Thursday, November 26, 2015

2016 Coaster Calendar (November 2015 Class Project)

Yup . . . it's definitely time to be making calendars for next year.  I've already got my desk calendar filled with lots of upcoming dates!!!  This sweet little calendar will sit next to your phone or on your desk for quick reference any time.

Click on image for closer look.

* English Garden Designer Series Paper ("DSP") (4" x 4" -- two pieces; 1-1/4" x 1-7/8")
* Soft Suede card stock (2-5/8" x 2")
* Old Olive card stock (2-1/2" x 1-7/8")
* Blush Blossom card stock (scrap for flower)
* Hello Honey card stock (scraps for flowers)

* Soft Suede Classic Stampin' Pad

* Pearl Basic Jewels (1 large; 3 medium)
* Petite Petals Punch
* Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack (small flower)
* Stampin' Sponge
* Linen Thread
* Adhesives: Tombow Liquid Glue; Glue Dots; Tear & Tape

Other Stuff:
* 4" x 4" coaster**
* Medium Binder Clip (clip size 1-1/4"; capacity 5/8")
* Mini Calendar Pad (size 2-3/8" x 1-5/8")***


1. Use Tear & Tape to adhere two 4" x 4" pieces of DSP to coaster -- one on the front and one on the back.

2. Use scissors to trim DSP around the corners of the coaster.

3. Use Stampin' Sponge (I cut mine into 4 pieces and use the wedges) to apply Soft Suede ink around edges of DSP-covered coaster, as well as the smaller piece of DSP and the two small pieces of card stock.

4. Use Tear & Tape to adhere Old Olive card stock to Soft Suede card stock; adhere mini calendar to Old Olive card stock; adhere three-layer piece to front of calendar.

5. Cut one Petite Petal flower from Blush Blossom card stock; cut three Itty Bitty flowers from Hello Honey card stock.  If desired, sponge Soft Suede ink around edges of flowers.  To attach to calendar, I applied a tiny drop of Tombow Liquid Glue where I wanted each flower, and then dropped the flowers onto the glue.  Add a self-adhesive pearl in the middle of each flower (I used large for the larger flower, and medium for the three smaller flowers).

6.  Apply Tear & Tape to each short edge of small piece of DSP, as well as one piece across the center.  Remove the tape backing and adhere one end up under the rounded edge of the binder clip.  Carefully wrap the DSP tightly around the clip, making sure the center of the DSP adheres to the bottom of the clip.  This is a pretty exact fit, so you may need to use scissors or other pointy tool to tuck the edges of the opposite end of DSP under the coils on the back side of the clip.

7.  Last step, make a small bow from Linen Thread and attach to clip with a Glue Dot.

Hope you enjoy this easy peasy project.  If you give this as a gift, the recipients will think of you every day as they glance at their calendars.

** If you don't have 4" x 4" coasters, a sturdy piece of cardboard will do just as well.
*** Yes, I still have mini calendars for sale -- they come in three different sizes; I used the medium size for this project.  Contact me for info.

Cathy  ;D

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