Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Calendar Easel Card with Envelope (January class project)

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Maybe a little late to be making calendars?  Nah!  Still plenty of months left in the year to be giving calendars . . . or making one for yourself!

I snagged the idea for this calendar from Pinterest -- pinned from Carol Payne's blog.  Please visit to see her post.  To download Carol's instructions to construct the calendar card, please visit  I made mine slightly different than Carol's, so where there are differences, I will note that in the instructions below.



Stamp Set
* Ray of Sunshine

* Basic Black card stock (11" x 4-1/4"; 5-1/2" x 4-1/4"; 3-1/4" x 2-1/2"; 3-3/4" x 2-3/8")
* Lost Lagoon card stock (5-1/4" x 4"; 3-1/2" x 2-3/4"; 3-1/2" x 3/4"; 3-3/4" x 2-1/4")
* Very Vanilla card stock (3" x 2"; 5-1/4" x 4")
* Going Places Designer Series Paper Stack (5" x 3-3/4"; 3-1/2" x 1")**

* Lost Lagoon Classic Stampin' Pad
* VersaMark OR Basic Black Archival Stampin' Pad

Accessories and Tools
* Simply Scored Scoring Tool
* Big Shot Die Cutting Machine
* Lots of Labels Framelits Die
* Project Life Cards and Labels Framelits Die
* Heat Tool
* Black or Clear Embossing Powder
* Stampin' Sponge
* Adhesives: SNAIL Adhesive, Stampin' Dimensionals, Tear Tape Adhesive, and Mini Glue Dots

Miscellaneous Items
* 2" x 1-1/2" Post-it Note Pad
* Small Clip Pen (I found mine at Staples)
* 2-15/16" x 2-1/4" Mini Calendar Pad


* Lost Lagoon card stock (9" x 9"; 1-1/2" wide scrap for large flower)
* Basic Black card stock (1-1/4" wide scrap for medium flower)
* Whisper Whire card stock (1" wide scrap for small flower)
* Everyday Chic Designer Series Paper (12" x 1")

Accessories and Tools
* Envelope Punch Board
* Blossom Bunch Punch**
* Iced Rhinestone Embellishments**

** 2016 Occasions Mini Catalog


First, view Carol's directions for assembly of the card base.  The only difference between Carol's and mine is that I added one more score line so my calendar would close more like a booklet.  So for mine you will score the 11" x 4-1/4" paper at 5-1/5", 5-7/8" and 8-5/8".  Then, when you place the 5-1/2" x 4-1/4" card front onto the base, you will line the top edge of the card front up with the 5-7/8" score line.  Other than that, the construction is identical to Carol's.

Card Front

1. Adhere 5-1/4" x 4" Lost Lagoon card stock to 5-1/2" x 4-1/4" Basic Black card stock (this is the card front).  Adhere 5" x 3-3/4" Designer Series Paper over Lost Lagoon.

2. Adhere 3-1/4" x 2-1/2" Basic Black card stock to 3-1/2" x 2-3/4" Lost Lagoon card stock; adhere calendar over Basic Black card stock.  Adhere all three layers to card front 1/8" from top edge of Designer Series Paper.

3. Stamp sentiment on scrap of Very Vanilla card stock, and cover with embossing powder.  (If you stamp with VersaMark ink, use black embossing powder; if you stamp with Black ink, use clear embossing powder.)  Use your heat tool to melt the powder and make the words pop out.  Cut out sentiment using the 2-7/8" x 1-3/4" die from the Lots of Labels set; use the Stampin' Sponge to apply Lost Lagoon ink around edges.  Use die from Project Life set to cut 3-1/2" x 3/4" banner from Lost Lagoon card stock.  Adhere sentiment to banner, and then adhere to card front below calendar with Stampin' Dimensionals.

4.  Adhere card front to card base as explained above and in Carol's video.


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5.  Adhere Very Vanilla 5-1/4" x 4" card stock to inside of card.  Adhere Basic Black 3-3/4" x 2-3/8" card stock about 1/8" away from bottom and side edges.  Adhere 3-1/2" x 1" Designer Series Paper about 1/2" from bottom of Basic Black card stock.6. To make pen holder, score Lost Lagoon 3-3/4" x 2-1/4" card stock at 3/8", 3/4", 1-1/8", and 1-1/2" from one short end.  Fold away from all score lines, making a little square to hold pen.  Apply Tear and Tape adhesive on outside of 3/8" section closest to the edge.  Adhere that section right up against the first score line, creating a square opening for the pen. 
Score lines and Tear and Tape positioning.

Finished pen holder before attaching to card.
Depending on what type of pen you get, it should fit -- you could also make the holder narrower or wider by making the score lines closer together or further apart.  A clip pen will work best because that will hold the pen in place if the opening is slightly large.  NOTE:  If you increase or decrease the width of the score line, be sure to also increase or decrease the overall length of the card stock to correspond.

Attach the pen holder over the Basic Black card stock and Designer Series Paper as shown above.

6. Attach Tear and Tape to backing sheet of 2" x 1-1/2" Post-it Note pad and attach pad to base of pen holder.  Insert pen, and you're ready to go.


Carol's instructions on the link above have detailed instructions on how to make the envelope.  You will need to use an envelope punch board.

The flower on the belly band was made by punching the three flowers from the Blossom Bunch Punch -- one each of Basic Black, Lost Lagoon, and Whisper White card stock.  Adhere the flowers together with a dot of Tombow Liquid Adhesive in the center of each, and top with an Iced Rhinestone Embellishment.  Attach to the belly band with a couple of glue dots, covering the seam.

That's it!  A wonderful and pretty inexpensive gift for a good friend!

Cathy  ;D  


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