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Sunday, December 8, 2013

Mini Calendar Gift...

This card was created for the "Anything Goes" or optional twist 
"Create a  Calendar" Challenge at 613 Ave C.

A Day For Daisies graciously provided images for the Design Team to use for inspiration - and I chose "Fairy Bird #1".  I already had "Fairy Bird #2" in my collection and I jumped at the chance to use them together!

You can see all the Design Team's versions of the theme 

and the challenge rules HERE.

A Day For Daisies

I am in love with so many of the A Day For Daisies images - and these "Fairy Birds" are among my favorites!  I am hoping to make several of these Easel Cards to give as gifts.

Base card is 5.5 x 5.25 size with a basic Easel Card construction.  Papers from two different companies were found in my color palette [as always, specific information on supplies will be found below] and all the inside and front DPs were inked along the edges with Distress Inks.  Layered on top are the die cut branches from Tim Holtz - cut from the leftover deep brown paper used for the base card.  The Fairy Bird images were both printed out twice, colored with Copics, fussy cut, both sculpted from the back to round them and finally each layer is mounted on foam tape to maintain their depth and shape.  These were mounted above the branches & off the page.

The inside reveals the 2014 Calendar - each mounted on foam tape to provide the Easel stop.  A space above the stop has been created for a personal message but will not be seen once the Easel is in place.

This card should be eligible for the following
Pile it On #48 – P is for... [pretty, precious, perpetual, paper]
Paper Crafting Journey – It's Christmas Time
Crafting from the Heart – A/G
LEJ Designs #82 – Christmas is Coming
Through the Craft Room Door – A/G
Papertake Weekly – A/G w/ optional CAS card
Sisterhood of Crafters –Handmade [Paper sculpted images]
Divas by Design – Feeling Festive
Delicious Doodles #65 – Christmas/ New Year
Basic Grey #109 – Happy Christmas
Beyond Grey #44 – 3D Gift Challenge [Birds have been sculpted with 3 layers for this calendar gift designed to stand up on a desk]  TOP THREE
ABC Challenge –A for Almost Christmas
Clear it Out – A/G + stash A/G
Paula Holifield Crafts (ALBC) – Christmas Cheer
One Sweet Challenge – A Gift in Itself

IMAGES:  The focal image is from A Day for Daisies; Christmas sentiment is a 1994 release by Annette Allen Watkins; 2014 is computer generated.
PAPER:  Neenah Classic Crest Solar White 80# Cover Wt. used for the images; DP is from Basic Grey's "Sweet Threads" & Studio Calico's "Heyday Collection";  base CS is stash.
EMBELLISHMENTS: Tim Holtz' Die Cut bare branches; Judikens "Rustique Patina Azure" EP used to embellish the wings and feelers.
INKS: "Old Paper" & "Tea Dye" Distress Inks were used to ink the edges of all the papers; the image was printed on a Canon PIXMA printer & colored with Copics:

May you color with abandon, create wildly and always make what amuses you!



  1. This is stunning love the way you have used the birds. Fabulous colours Ginny♥

  2. Oh this is really beautiful Ginny! I love the colours and layout… the birds and branches are very pretty… it's a perfect scene for all year round too… a fab design!
    Thanks for joining us at Divas by Design this week for our Festive Challenge!
    Hugs Sue B xx

  3. I love this! Gorgeous coloring. And I also love the combination of the colors you have used. Thank you for joining at One Sweet Challenge "A gift in itself". We wish you good luck and hope to see you again. Sylvia, DT-member Sweet Pea Stamps

  4. Love the softness in how you coloured those bird butterflies. What unique imagery!

  5. stunning easel calendar love the Fairy bird images and fabulous colouring and love the layout-thanks for joining us at Crafting from the Heart
    Carol DT x (osaat)

  6. Thank you so much for joining in this weeks challenge over on the LEJ Designs Challenge Blog, challenge No. 82 - Christmas is Coming.

    A great calendar. The colours are gorgeous, as are the images and different elements. Until you saw the sentiment, you would never think it was Christmas related.

    I hope you will visit us again and join in more of our future challenges. Things are changing in the new year, so keep your eyes open for details.

    <3 & Hugs
    Lisa xxxx LEJ DT Organiser

  7. This is really beautiful, Ginny! Love the soft color combo. Thanks so much for playing along with us in our Christmas/New Year challenge at Delicious Doodles this week, and also in the Calendar challenge at 613 Avenue Create. Good luck and I hope we'll see you again for the next challenges.
    NanaConnie DT

  8. This is fabulous sweetie!!

    Thank you so much for joining us at Delicious Doodles for our Christmas/New Year challenge and Good Luck!

    Karen. DT.xx

  9. Awee ginny ! this is heavenly !
    I love a day with daises and you used the digis very well !
    Love love love your coloring !
    thanks for playing with us at BGC - Dec challenge !
    Hugs !

  10. I'm sorry that i'm late with my Commenting. This is a beautiful card with wonderful details. Thank you for sharing your work with TTCRD this week.

  11. A gorgeous calender card, a lovely design and colour scheme - your little bluebirds are beautiful!!

    Thanks so much for joining Basic Grey Challenge
    Heather xx

  12. Your my feature Friday Blogger for this project. Just love it!

  13. Hi Ginny, this is stunning, those birds are gorgeous and just love your colour scheme!

  14. Great calendar, love the colour. thanks for playing along with us at Clear it Out Tuesday for the ATG challenge

  15. Your piece is absolutely stunning. I love your coloring and the colors you have chosen. wonderful art. Thank you for joining us at One Sweet Challenge.
    Susan s
    Sweet Pea stamps

  16. Gorgeous calendar ! Love the layout , the beautiful image and the colors used. Absolutely awesome work. Thanks you so much for joining us at BGC :)

  17. Quite beautiful!! I love the colors and design! Thank you for joining us at BGC!

  18. Hi Ginny!!
    Beautiful work! Your creation at BGC brought me to your blog :)

  19. Just beautiful, love this card. :0)x


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