A Calendar for All Seasons

So our final look at Suzanne Czosek’s gorgeous, handmade calendar includes November and some leaves for fall. This features our Trees and Leaves Perfectly Clear Stamp Set.

November by Suzanne Czosek
November by Suzanne Czosek

And, of course, December joins us with a frosty scene straight from our Christmas Charms Perfectly Clear Set where we started.

December by Suzanne Czosek
December by Suzanne Czosek

And, of course, one of the cutest things about Suzanne’s calendar is the way she packaged it. In a handmade envelope with our Holly Bird Perfectly Clear Stamp Set.

2014 Calendar Cover by Suzanne Czosek
2014 Calendar Cover by Suzanne Czosek

Now check out what some of our other Design Team Members are sharing today with our Charms Perfectly Clear Stamp Sets:

Lea Kimmel

Kristine Reynolds

Fall is in the Air!

Suzanne Czosek’s  beautiful handmade calendar will join us in Fall as we look at her pages for September and October. We hope you’ll consider making a charming handmade gift like this for someone special this Holiday Season.

September by Suzanne Czosek
September by Suzanne Czosek

September skates into Back To School with our charming Children Play Perfectly Clear Stamps Set. Just love the old-fashioned beginning reader look this stamp gives her page.

And October – once again we’re celebrating the fun of a spooky witch ride on a moonlight night with our Halloween Charms Perfectly Clear Stamp Set.

October by Suzanne Czosek
October by Suzanne Czosek

More details on Suzanne Czosek’s Blog today as she reviews the second half of the year –

Suzanne Czosek

Summer Nicer than Others!

We’re continuing with Suzanne Czosek’s beautiful handmade Calendar, just one of the gorgeous suggestions for homemade Holiday Gifts you’ll see on our blog this month. We’re moving into Summer now with a beautiful look at June!

June by Suzanne Czosek
June by Suzanne Czosek

Suzanne started with our Herbs Perfectly Clear Stamps Set which would also make beautiful labels for some homemade olive oils and vinegars. Then she added our Butterfly Charms Perfectly Clear Stamps for a fresh breath of beautiful Summer!

July by Suzanne Czosek
July by Suzanne Czosek

Continuing Summer, Suzanne used our Air Scapes Perfectly Clear Stamps set with the circus setting and  fireworks. The fun bits like making the Ferris Wheel out of Acetate for dimension and LOTS and LOTS of glitter make this bit of Summer fun irresistable!

August by Suzanne Czosek
August by Suzanne Czosek

But irresistible Summer fun begins at the beach! Suzanne used the super fun Critter Collection Perfectly Clear Stamps Set to create an Undersea world of fun! Again, glitter makes the cool water glisten on a hot August day.

Now check out this Handmade Gift Inspiration:

Krissy Fossmeyer

Rhea Weigand

Marching Through the Year

We’re continuing today with Suzanne Czosek’s beautiful handmade calendar as we proceed into our month of handmade Holiday Gifts. Nothing says love like a gift from the heart, and this calendar would be a very impressive gift!

March by Suzanne Czosek
March by Suzanne Czosek

The shamrocks on Suzanne’s March page are made of hearts stamped in groups of four. This heart is once again from the Wonderland Perfectly Clear Stamp set. The darling top hat is from the Steampunk Charms Perfectly Clear Stamp Set.

The skipping right into spring:

April by Suzanne Czosek
April by Suzanne Czosek

Suzanne has done such a sweet job with April Flowers using the French Flower Cart Perfectly Clear Stamps

Set. You can just see that kitty purring around the tulips!

And moving into May:

May by Suzanne Czosek
May by Suzanne Czosek

Suzanne has used our terrific Air Scapes Perfectly Clear Stamps Set to make a Spring flight over Paris to usher in the Summer!

There are more details on Suzanne’s blog today as she reviews the first half of the year –

Suzanne Czosek

A Whole Year of Possibilities

A terrific gift for anyone on your list would be a beautiful hand stamped calendar like this one that Suzanne Czosek made for our July 2013 Catalog. We’ll look at it more closely this week as we enjoy some of our smaller stamps for Jewelry and Project making. You can find all the supplies and instructions HERE

January by Suzanne Czosek
January by Suzanne Czosek

The January page uses our new Christmas Charms Perfectly Clear Stamps to create this gorgeous winter scene!

February by Suzanne Czosek
February by Suzanne Czosek

February goes a little farther afield using the tag from Christmas Charms but then adding the Heart from the Wonderland Perfectly Clear Stamps set and the Air Travel Perfectly Clear Stamps in the background, finishing off with the Tiny Alphabet Perfectly Clear Stamps.

Super great idea making the tiny love tags tuck behind the February pocket! Stay tuned for more great ideas as Suzanne continues through the year!

Now check out what some other Design Team Members are doing with their Handmade Gifts:

Kristine Reynolds

Mixed media and Jumbo Daisies by Asia King

April flowers
Greetings! Your favourite Foreign Correspondent Asia here :). Guess what? The sun is finally shining and who knows, maybe Spring is finally on its way to the UK? In case Mother Nature is still unsure whether it’s time for Spring, I hope this project will make it absolutely clear – yes, it IS time! LOL.

The project I am sharing today has been inspired by Kate Crane’s all year long challenge of journaled calendars (BTW here you can link up April pages and while you’re at it you might also like to join this fab Journaling challenge at Fashionable Stamping Challenges). Kate is a very inspirational mixed media artist and her signature style is easily recognisable in her colourful and vibrant art journaling.

For quite some time now I’ve been trying to make a journaled calendar to keep track of all important dates and here’s my April page.

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For my page I reused parts from an old calendar I kept. It was so pretty that I just had to find another use for it.
My background was created with acrylic paints, Inktense pencils, Colour Wash, Glimmer Mist and Cosmic Shimmer Mist sprays. I used a brickwork stencil to add gessoed texture and to add some colour highlights.
Those fabulous flowers are Stampendous Jumbo Daisy with a free (how fabulous is that?) template.
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Jumbo flower templates – helpful tips
And I thought it would be helpful to share a quick tutorial on how I use the free templates from the new Stampendous Jumbo flower stamps.
(Click on the photos to enlarge).
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I hope you enjoyed my April Daisies :). Have a fabulous week!
Big hugs
Asia