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Saturday, 17 January 2015

The Artists on the Block - A New Year

It is not quite the New Year, I know, but I am sitting here wondering where on earth the last two weeks have gone!

My Design Team project for January for The Artists on the Block (where Amy is showing a summary of the team's favourites from 2014) is a perpetual calendar - I promise this is my last one but I have really enjoyed making these for some special people in my life.

The calendar is made up using Eileen Hull's Artist Trading Block die by Sizzix #658984 and it has three blocks on the one die and is my favourite go to die for 3D projects.  I used the smallest block for the calendar months and days and then created a base for them to sit in.

I hope this last calendar has now arrived safely at its destination.  If not, hopefully it will be a nice surprise when it does!
I used some fabulous Bo Bunny papers that I had been saving in my stash, I wanted the calendar to have a light and fresh look, suitable for all year long.
You can see from this view, the shape that the base needs to be in order to angle the months and numbers.  The angle inside the base is quite deep so that the days and months can be viewed easily.
And finally the back view.  The calendar blocks have been covered with the same papers with some light distressing to the edges.  The months have been added with tissue paper.  I typed the months out and then added a sheet of tissue paper to a sheet of printer paper with a strip of tape across the top and ran it through my printer.  I used Glue 'N' Seal to add the tissue to the blocks and then coated the blocks with the seam medium (as the blocks will be handled quite regularly).

Eileen has a challenge running on her Art With Heart blog HERE with the theme of 'Fresh Ideas'.  As always, there is a wonderful prize on offer.  It would be lovely if you did use a Sizzix die but Eileen just wants to see what is inspiring you at the moment - your fresh ideas!

If you would like to see the Artists on the Block Design Team favourites from 2014 you can see them HERE.  You will find lots of wonderful inspiration if you need a kick-start for this new year!

Thanks for looking and I really appreciate any comments you leave!  Big hugs,  Anne xx

27 comments:

  1. Another awesome calendar block. The butterfly does add a touch of lightness & flightiness too, a bit of fun, that can be appropriate all year. Thanks for explaining how you used the tissue paper in the printer...would never have thought of that. You're just a whiz at these perpetual calendars. Love this one too. TFS & Happy wkend.

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  2. Another fabulous creation - I have loved seeing your calendars.
    Toni xx

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  3. So so clever Anne!! The idea for attaching tissue paper to printer paper - fab-u-lous! :) love these calendars, it's such a great use of those little blocks! Have a beautiful weekend Anne, hugs, Georgie xx

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  4. Such a beautifully designed perpetual calendar Anne. I love the soft colours and gorgeous butterflies.
    I hope you have a good weekend.
    hugs Sue xx

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  5. Another work of art Anne ..... these calendars are just fab! I love the colour tones in these papers and the beautiful butterfly adds a nice splash of colour. Have a lovely weekend ..... Linda xx

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  6. Your calendars have all been fabulous Anne but I really love the soft colours on this one. I have it on my list of things to have a go! Have a lovely weekend x

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  7. The calendars are a great idea for a gift and this one is especially nice. Hope you have a good weekend and happy crafting, Angela x

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  8. I think your idea of the calendars is great for many occasions! This is another wonderful perpetual calendar. Love that butterfly! Happy Weekend and Hugs from CA!

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  9. This is such a lovely idea and would look fabulous on a desk. Love the delicate feel to it given from the papers and your light distressing. Lovely Anne x x x

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  10. Such lovely colors! A great reminder that Spring will be here before we know it if time keeps flying like it has been this month! Wonderful make! xx Lynn

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  11. A fresh idea indeed ! For me too time flies like this nice butterfly! Waiting for Spring!

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  12. You are such a wonderful friend, and I'm sure these will be treasured!

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  13. Anne, I feel the same, where have those 16 days disappeared to?!!! If you find them, could you share them with me LOL.
    Oh this has such a beautiful Springtime feel to it, a tonic for the weather we are experiencing at the moment. That gorgeous butterfly is the cherry on the icing on the cake!
    Wishes
    Lynne

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  14. this is brilliant Anne - really fabulous - I'm sure the recipient will be truely thrilled!!! Big hugs rachel xx

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  15. super cute, thanks for the inspiration....I need to make one of these!

    add a little glimmer to your life....sparkle & shine! *~*

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  16. Another brilliant perpetual calendar, Annie! I love this as much as I loved the pretty sunflower calendar!! Enjoy your Sunday!! Hugs, Darnell xxoo

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  17. This is a truly stunning calendar Anne! I do have to have a go at one of these, I really do!!! Hugs Carole Z X

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  18. I just love your calendar design Anne, best use of the trading block die ever!! Love the soft vintage tones and that butterfly is gorgeous!! I just love it! until next time, big hugs :)

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  19. As one of the very lucky recipients of one of your earlier calendars Anne I can attest how beautiful they are. I'm admiring it as I type. This one is utterly gorgeous too. Hope that your weekend has gone well and that you are staying cosy and warm as temperatures drop. Nicola x

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  20. Another stunning perpetual calendar and the accent of your 3d butterfly is so pretty.
    Julie x

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  21. Your calendars are really wonderful Anne and make great gifts!!
    Sandy xx

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  22. Just what is making the time fly!? Your lovely perpetual calendars have all been fabulous - I love the butterfly on this one and the gorgeous papers! Chrisx

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  23. Wonderful calender - what a fabulous gift to receive. the butterfly looks so real! xxx

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  24. OK, Anne---you've got me feeling that I REALLY need to get Eileen's ATB die!! I just love the perpetual calendar you've created (I loved the one you made for Jenny, too!) along with everything else you create with this die!! So much fun and you've got me thinking...Hmmmmm :) ;) Fabulous!! XOXO-Shari

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  25. Do you ever have those moments Anne when you really think you left a comment but can't see it.

    I loved this make when I first saw it and still love it now.

    Warm crafty hugs from Shirl x x x
    ShirlsCards.

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  26. Yipes, hope this is not a double post, but my comment did not appear last time. Anyway, I just stumbled onto your site and am in AWE! I also make calendars as gifts each year (up to 40 this last year) and love the perpetual calendar you have designed. I searched the site for instructions on making the angled base but came up empty. Do you have a template or measurement you could share? Thanks again; I've had a years worth of inspiration in one day!!

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    1. Hi Wanda, I have tried to find a way to reply to you but cannot find anything. I don't have a template as such, I have an old antique perpetual calendar and I just copied that, each one is different in size because of the different papers and card that I use. If you email me (address on my sidebar) I will try and put something together for you. Thanks for your lovely comment!! Anne xx

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