Wednesday, 7 January 2015

A Fresh Start!

Happy New Year to all of you!

Before I start, I had some wonderful news on New Year's Day, which I hope you will not mind me sharing.  I was the very lucky winner of Linda Ledbetter's Compendium of Curiosities #17 for my little Christmas tree vignette.  I was completely overjoyed to win and I am still on a bit of a high - it was a fantastic start to the New Year, to be chosen by the team as a winner!

This is my first post of 2015 and it is my DT piece for Inspiration Journal where the latest challenge is  - A Fresh Start.   I am making a fresh start this year, with a new address book a new note book for blog notes and whilst I was at it, I decided to make a couple of perpetual calendars (the other one will be shown later this month).  The beauty of a perpetual calendar is that they don't need to be changed year on year.

In my Inspiration Journal Design Team pack this month I got the wonderful G45 French Country paper pack and could not wait to use them.

I don't have a pattern as such for the calendar base, I just construct it as I go along but the  three boxes with the numbers and month are from Eileen Hull's fabulous Artist Trading Block die, the one with three blocks on the die (#658984) and I used the smallest die to create these blocks.  They are the perfect size for projects like this.

I love the way the papers all co-ordinate.  I cut another flower and leaf from the papers and decoupaged these on the front of the base.  The base was painted all over with Vintage Photo Distress Paint before I covered it with the gorgeous papers.

The words French Country fitted beautifully on the back of the base.

Finally, a view from the other side.  The calendar base itself is 5.1/2" x 2.1/2" and only took half a sheet of each of the patterned papers.

Inspiration Journal's new challenge - A Fresh Start has just begun HERE and we hope you will join in if you have the time.  There is a fabulous prize of a $50 Inspiration Emporium gift voucher for one lucky entrant.  If you do make a purchase from Inspiration Emporium and you use my code Redanne you will get 10% off your order.

As always, thank you for looking, I hope you like what you see, I have a few posts this month so I hope to see you here again soon.

Hugs, Anne xx

Products Used:

Graphic 45 - French Country - 12" x 12"
Eileen Hull Artist Trading Block ScoreBoard Blocks/Cubes, 3D
Vintage Photo Distress Paint


  1. Oh my gosh Anne, you are such a creative genius!! I am borrowing this amazing design for sure! I love the Graphic 45 papers, reminds me of a picnic on a warm sunny day in the countryside, LOVE IT!! until next time, hugs and smiles :)

  2. These Graphic 45 papers are delightful and I love how you have used them to create such a stunning perpetual calendar. I love te idea of the blocks for the date. Great close-up photos showing all of the details, too. Have a happy, creative 2015. Cheers, Di. xx

  3. A great start to the year with a great project. I love Graphic45 papers and really ought to use the ones I have!! Look forward to seeing your next project! Elaine xx

  4. well done on your win at CCC...fabulous project to start off the year...hugs kath xxx

  5. Wow Anne huge CONGRATULATIONS for your CCC3 win, I am not suprised you are on a high what a wonderful start to the New Year. You already know how much I love your perpetual caledars (especially the one you made for me:). I love the gingham blocks on this one and the way you so carefully choose the words on the papers to be the focal point of the project. Beautiful work as always Mon ami. Mo x

  6. Oh goodness Anne, I have been working on a calendar this afternoon for our next workshop and now I want to start over! This is fabulous ! Well done on your win too, well that tree was pretty stunning! Happy New Year my friend, hugs Carole Z X

  7. Congrats Anne and Happy New Year. I do now how you fee as l I was lucky enough to win a challenge last year and chose some fabby stamps from the shop.

    Adore your projects and love reading how you make them. The best ones are always when they are off the cuff so to speak. The French Country are amongst my fave papers from G45. Can't wait to see more.

    Warm crafty hugs from Shirl x x x

  8. Fantastic project Anne! Love the old country vintage vibe! Happy New Year!

  9. Congrats for your win!!!!! This is a wonderful idea! Beautiful and clever as always!!!! BArbarayaya

  10. That's gorgeous Anne and one of my favourite paper collections, Happy New Year, Elizabeth xxx

  11. Huge congratulations, well deserved! I love your French country calendar!

    Lucy x

  12. So pleased for you Anne to have won the CC3 challenge - it was a brilliant make so your win is totally deserved. Enjoy your goodies.

    As for this, Oh là là!! It is totally gorgeous and I LOVE how the text fits so perfectly. Such a a beautiful, generous make. Lucky recipient to receive this ray of sunshine!!

    Nicola xx

  13. Congratulations Anne, well deserved win. I am not in the least surprised you won.
    I just LOVE your fantastic Calendar, brilliant papers used.
    Wishing you a wonderful creative 2015.
    I am really looking forward to seeing all your stunning creations

    Patricia xx

  14. So happy you won Anne...congrats!!! LOVE your fresh start calendar design and great paper!

  15. Happy New Year Anne and big congrats on your well deserved win!
    Your perpetual calendar is stunning. The fabulous design really makes such great use of those gorgeous papers. Thank you for the inspiration, I need to try to make one of these now!
    Hugs Sue xx

  16. Congrats on your win Anne, it's not surprising... your work is always amazing!! What a lovely way to start the new year. :)
    How practical is this make?? Also, the papers are just beautifully vintage (biased as I have them too :) ). The whole assemble is just perfect.

    Also I want to say a huge thank you for adding my blog candy icon, your support means so much to me :) xx
    Biggest squidge
    Georgie xx

  17. Lucky you just love Graphics 45 papers, great calendar. Well done with the win over at Cof C, well deserved. Happy crafting, Angela x

  18. I was just a few inches away from writing you - it has been way too quiet from your neck of the woods. Delighted to see you post today! What a wonderful calendar and what could be better than the French Country paper by Graphic 45. I love their papers.
    Congratulations on you win - very well deserved!
    Sandy xx

  19. Congratulations Anne! And I love this country frenchie calendar !
    Bonsoir de France!

  20. Congratulations Anne, such wonderful news!
    Absolutely love the Country French feel to this calendar. You achieved a wonderful authentic appearance, as though it has been unearthed in a cupboard, in a cottage in Provence.

  21. Congratulations again Anne - you so deserve it! I love this perpetual calendar with the French touches. Sunflowers are one of my favourites so I always love to see them. They also remind me of my sister who lives in rural Normandy and we often drive past fields of sunflowers when we visit. I have one of the calendars which I really should do something with. Love yours! (Am I the only one without any Graphic 45 papers??!!) Enjoy the rest of your week.
    Hugs, Juliaxx

  22. Congratulations Anne lovely to hear your news, so pleased for you at the start of a new year. Your calendar is so pretty and beautiful too. Love the way you have used the Graphic 45 papers and it's a wonderful project x

  23. Congratulations Anne. What a great prize too. Love your calendar and I use mine every day. Andrew got the dreaded phone call once again. I am laid low with the worst cold ever. Hugs Rita xxx

  24. Massive congratulations on your incredibly well deserved win Anne. Enjoy your prize winning parcel when it arrives. Your calendar design is spot on and looks super covered in these papers. You need to get Eileen to create a new die for it! No, seriously - I LOVE mine. Jenny xxx

  25. A fabulous project Anne, such a good idea. You could sell your designs I reckon, why not set up an Etsy shop and sell them? Mind you, I bet that would be an awful lot of work, on top of what you already do with DT work.
    Congratulations on your win and may you go from strength to strength throughout the coming year. Happy New Year to you ((hugs)) :o) xx

  26. I'm still so tickled for you, Annie! I hope this amazing recognition has you walking on air for weeks to come ~ you deserve it!!

    There is nothing like the fresh clean scent of a brand new year, is there? I think it's a fabulous idea to start it out with those new books that are so essential to our daily lives AND what could be more essential than a calendar?! I love how you've made it so that every day will be like a summer picnic on a red-checkered cloth in the French countryside, no matter how gloomy it is outside! Brialliant idea!! Hugs, Darnell xxoo

  27. I think all of your brilliant designs could be award winners Anne, congratulations on your well deserved win at CofC. I just love your perpetual calendar made using those gorgeous G45 papers, I have had many holidays in France and your calendar certainly evokes happy memories of the wonderful sunshine, clear blue skies and typically laid back french way of life, for me. Love it. Hugs Lottie x

  28. You are having wonderful luck for the New Year and well deserved. This is so perfect for the country style home, I can see it sitting on my counter! haha I love how you can use those blocks for so many things and the shape of the holder is really cute. I love how you made it! I am so happy for all the new adventures you will have this year.
    Hugs Kelly

  29. What a lovely way to start the year - congratulations on your win.
    I love this project Anne and the PPs are just perfect for it.
    Toni xx

  30. So pretty! I used to have a calendar like that when I was a teacher! :)
    And congratulations!!

  31. That reminds me of the sunflowers I have been making and gives me an idea for something. Now all I want are those gorgeous papers.
    Once again Anne, you have done it again - you make the most amazing things and have the most wonderful ideas.
    Love it!
    Hugs, Neet 3 xx
    ps will try to remember EH on Saturday

  32. This is such a clever idea. I know what you mean by making it up as you go along...that's how I roll too. I will be looking out for the new G45 papers. They look really fabulous!

  33. Lovely papers and such a beautiful project. Loved the shape of the box too. Very very inspiring work.

  34. WOW! What a fab start to 2015. I love your calendar ..... those papers are gorgeous. Congratulations on the win too ... Well deserved! Xx

  35. First of all, BIG CONGRATS Anne and so well deserved! A great start of the year indeed!
    This latest perpetual calendar looks fantastic, I love the elements you used, that beautiful sunflower gives it such a happy feel!

    Sorry I have not been around much lately, but, as you know, I have been away from home with very little time on the internet. Back home now, so hoping to catch up. Belated Happy New Year to you and yours!!

  36. Happy New Year to you Anne. It still amazes me all these wonderful designs you think of with this box die and the Graphic 45 papers suit your perpetual calendar so well. Great design.
    Julie x

  37. Congrats again, so well deserved. Of course I love this French country chic calander, it really is a great design.....I'm still thinking about mine but ideas are forming! Ruth x

  38. Happy New Year! I hope you had a lovely Christmas. Congratulations on your fantastic news! I love your gorgeous calendar and the beautiful papers - your projects are always so different!

  39. This HAS to be the best use of that G45 paper (one of my favorite sets all time) that I've seen anywhere. I smiled at your comment 'no pattern, I just construct as I go along'. That boggles my mind at the skill needed to do this, but you definitely succeed when you work this way. Love the red country checks with the sunflowers...what a cheery accent where this perpetual calendar will be placed. And clever to use the tiny boxes for your turnover dates. Another amazing project from Miss Anne! TFS - Hugs.


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