Saturday, July 2, 2011

2012 Magnolia Calendar

Have I got a post for you ….. it’s a long one so grab a cup of your drink of choice and sit back and enjoy.

So, had my second epidural injection on Friday and I know the first one helped because this time I felt the medicine flow in to my arm and back instead of just my neck. I’ll tell you though I felt like I got hit by a Mack truck yesterday. Feel pretty good today and the numbness is getting better in my fingers.

Since I have been home from work (doc’s orders, tried to go back but he said NO! and boy do I feel guilty especially since I can function for the most part just no lifting or pressure on the left side) and as I have been recuperating I have been doing a lot of coloring …. honing up on those skills ya’know. I have a home made drafting type table that allows me to sit straight up and a high back office chair that is completely adjustable. Of course, haven’t been able to stay in any one position for very long but have managed to get a little creating done. I’m so glad that it was the left side of me that was in pain and not the right. I am one that has to be doing something and with not being able to sit in any one place or position long my coloring has kept me sane. So what have I learned?

  • How to cap and uncap my Copics with my right hand only
  • It’s very difficult to cut a piece of paper with only one hand but it can be done
  • You can stand, sit, lean backward, lean forward, use your elbows, etc. when cutting out an image. Don’t pick hard ones though because with limited use it takes a LONG time to cut one out

OK, so enough about that, that’s not what you came here for. My post title is 2012 Calendar right? So here you go.

My idea for this type of calendar came from one of the issues of Magnolia Ink. There was a few pictures of this gorgeous calendar on one of the last pages (been reading my magazines in spurts too!). I liked how it looked so decided to take a stab.

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I made a 10” long base using my LAST piece of Kraft (gulp) to hold all of the calendar pages. All of the papers used for calendar are Tim Holtz papers. I also inked all of the edges on the pages using Tim Holtz Distress Ink – Tea Dye. All coloring was done with Copics but I did not write down the colors, so sorry. I also marked all of the holidays using Imaginisce I-Rock tool and gems. The calendar was assembled using the Zutter Bind it all. The corners of all the calendar pages were punched using a corner punch from Hobby Lobby bought years ago (it’s old but I love it!).

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For the 2012 portion I used Tim Holtz Hanging Sign, Core’dinations cardstock, Cricut Storybook cartridge, sanding block, Longing Tilda.

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January uses Rowdy Tilda, Ranger Stickles and McGill’s Highland Snowflake punch.

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February uses Cupid Tilda and SSD Skeleton Leaves.

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March uses a rose from my stash sprayed with Glimmer Mist and Tilda with Rubber Boots.

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April uses flowers from my stash sprayed again with Glimmer Mist and Tilda with Hanging Rabbit.

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May uses a heart from my stash inked with Distress Ink Tea Dye, Tilda with Three Flowers and SSD Gardenia’s.

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June uses a bobber from my stash, Edwin waiting for fish and log. I added my own fishing pole using a twig from my yard.

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July uses Tilda with Balloon, pearls colored with copics and ribbon from my stash.

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August uses a laser carousel horse cut out, Tilda with lace jeans and Ticket.

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September uses Scarecrow Tilda and a bunch of buttons from my stash.

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October uses a couple of pom poms with the wire from roses colored with Copics and Tilda with Spiderweb. You can’t see it to well but I added some sewing batting stretched to look like  spiderweb for he spiders.

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November uses more buttons from my stash, raffia and Tilda with pumpkins.

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And finally December which uses more buttons from my stash, some candy canes, some  tree trimmings, Tilda hanging ornament and Christmas tree.

I am entering this in the following challenges:

Well, thanks for stopping by and listening to my rant and making it all the way to the end!

Have a great, safe holiday with family and friends.


Trina said...

I can't believe you made this with one hand! It's awesome! Love the images you chose for each month... I hope you feel better soon!

anaRy said...

I hope you will feel better soon are in my prayers.

Jenny said...

Terrific job on the calendar! What a perfect way to use those cute Maggies :) I really need to make one of these too.

Anonymous said...

What a mammoth task. Awesome creation, great job
hugs Julie P said...

FIRST of all OH MY GOODNESS you outdid yourself with this one!
SECOND I think you should send to Magnolia to see if they will post in their magazine as this needs more attention for all the time, love and attention you put into this!
AMAZING in so many way
Kudos to you

Angélique said...

Oh my! This is soooooooooo adorable! Love your coloring and eye for detail. TFS!!

Mascha van Dijk Zimmerman said...

Beautiful project, and so much work,
love the images you used, and they are colored so well!

cabio's craft corner said...

Excellent job on picking the images for each month and this calenda looks awesome :-)

Linda said...

Wow Wow Wow absolurwly gorgeous!!!!!What a truly beautiful creation.... I started a calendar but i did not have enough stamps so I am waiting for my new order to come in. My calendar is not as nice as yours!!!!! You did an awesome job!!!! Way to go!!!!

only1bedorah said...

What a wonderful little calendar! Lots of hard work (especially with one hand!), and I love how you've designed it too! Lovely job. Debbie xx

Elle said...

The work you put into your calendar shows! Amazing job on the project!

Myrna said...

Just AWESOME! I love it Stephanie!

Myra W said...

Love it! I am not sure, but I think you do this every year. I have been inspired, and each year I prepare, but never get it finished. I can see how great it is to be finished so early in the year! What a great job, so many images to enjoy!

thanks for sharing

Vivi Casale said...

OMGGG... absolutely outstanding.. your coloring is fabulous Steph! and I love the calendar!!!

MonaV said...

Fantastic work:):)

Thank you for joining Card and Scrap.

Card Crazy said...

WONDERFUL! So much work and detail. The most perfect addition to any desk, would make any workday more enjoyable.
Sue S.

Unknown said...

All I can say is WOW! Your calendar is gorgeous with so much beautiful detail and coloring! Thanks for sharing!

Anne said...

All I can say is WOW! Your calendar is gorgeous with beautiful coloring and detail. Thanks for sharing!

Beth said...

Stephanie, this is fabulous! Each and every month is a work of art! Love the papers, your coloring, all the fantastic detail! Can't believe you did this with one hand! Hope you're feeling better soon!

thetis492 said...

This is absolutely great! I'd be impressed if you did it with 2 hands, but using only one leaves me twice as impressed. :) It's beautiful!

Tracy said...

This is just an amazing project, especially with the circumstances under which you made it. All the images are colored beautifully and I love how functional this will be for you. Thanks so much for sharing this with us this week at The Kraft Journal!

Cordine said...

It's a stunning project! Love it!

Stephanie said...

You are all so wonderful to leave such great comments for me. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

I do want to let you know that I am not superwoman though, I did use my left hand just very limited. No pinching or pressure but did hold the images so I could cut them out, just took awhile cuz I had to rest it :)

Big hugs to you all!

Chris said...

Stephanie, this is just an adorable calendar! I love each and every month's image! Bless your heart! You worked so hard, and it shows! How smart to get it done now! Kudos to you!

Chris Christensen

Rhonda Miller said...

What a gorgeous calendar. TFS.

Christina C. said...

WOW, WOW, WOW....those calendar pages are magnificent.....each one is a work of art!!!!! Stephanie..your work is absolutely phenomenal.

PaulaM said...

OMG - this calendar is so adorable. I bet you can't wait for the year to be over so you can use it. Amazing and having done it one handed too. Wow. Fantastic. TFs

Linda S. said...

What a lovely job you have done with this calender!! All while not feeling your best, and not having all your skills available. One question...if Kraft CS is the longest piece, how does this support the calender pages? Is it meant to hang on the wall, or sit on a desk or table? Can't tell from the pics how it works, or remains upright. Your coloring on each month is just gorgeous! TIA for your answer. Linda S. in NE

Cricket said...

Wow, your calendar is beautiful. Hope you get better soon!

Cathy said...

So so stunning, amazing colouring, especially as ou have had to do everything one handed.
Thank you for joining in our Bingo challenge with us at Totally Papercraft.
Cathy xx

Meg said...

This is amazing! I love it!

Gaynor said...

What an absolutely stunning creation, a lot of hard work went in to this, this has made my day, thanks for sharing with us at CYDA and good luck with the challenge, Gaynor DT xx

I too think you should send to Magnolia, they'd be mad not to publish this.

shell said...

wow this is STUNNING truly amazing, thanks for joining us for our anything goes challenge at Bling It On.
Shell xx

Mary C said...

Oh Stephanie this Magnolia calendar is gorgeous! So many wonderful details on each page. Wonderful work. Thanks for playing with us this week at Going Grey with Scrap-Creations and Good Luck!

Tracey Manderson said...

OMG, this is amazing!! (I want to grow up to be just like you!! rofl) Brilliant! Thanks for joining us at the Emerald Faerie Garden

Julie M said...

Stephanie, this is divine - what a great way of using so many different stamps (you've got quite the collection!). And all with one hand too - I am in awe of your talent!!

Best wishes for a good recovery and thanks for joining us on PaperPlay this week.

Julie :o)

ScrappySandie said...

Wow! This is an amzaing project! I love your color and paper choices! Each "month" is so unique...each image is colored so expertly...and all the embellishments are adorable! My favorites are March and August, but the whole thing is just great.

Brigitte said...

OMG, this is amazing!!! I might have to try this!!! Every single page is fantastic!!! Does the calendar sits on its own or do you hang it?

DesignerDiva said...

WOW - Stunning!

Thanks for sharing it with us at Oldie But A Goodie and good luck with the challenge

Hugs Laurie x

Anonymous said...

What a stunning project! Thanks so much for playing along with Paperplay this week!!

HandmadebyTLC said...

What a great collection of Magnolia's you have and that June Edwin is my FAV! This is a perfect entry for the Die Cuts and punches challenge over at Diva's by Design. Good luck and hope to see you again next time!
Tammy Louise XX

Debbie Pamment said...

Oh what a gorgeous project - love your colouring and can't BELIEVE how much you achieved with one hand - AMAZING!!!! Hope you feel on top of the world soon.
Thanx for joining us in The Emerald Faerie Garden.

punknscrap said...

WOW!!! You are a one handed legend! This is awesome. Thanks for playing along at The Emerald Faerie Garden.

Anonymous said...

WOW, This is amazing and such a lot of work! Just Beautiful!
Hugs Julie P

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