Thursday, January 21, 2010

FCD January Hop!



Welcome to the January Firecracker Designs By Pamela Blog Hop! This month's theme is "Reduce Reuse Recycle." A horse-loving co-worker was telling me that she needed a small calendar on her desk this year and I bet you could probably see the little light bulb going on above my head! I decided to make a calendar from an old CD case I used to keep stamps in.

NOTE: The official start time of this Hop is Friday, at 8:00 AM (EST). If you arrived early, please be patient as all the links may not be live yet.

This is a “circular blog hop” where the only beginning is wherever you start!! You will know you are at the end of your blog hop when you’ve come back to the blog you’ve started from! (It’s not a huge circle…so it should be easy to remember where you started.) The winner will be chosen from a mystery blog hostess that we don’t even know who it will be until the hop is over…so that’s why you’ll want to leave a comment on EVERY blog, so you don’t miss out!**To find out if you’ve won… you will be contacted by Pamela via e-mail (so be sure to leave it with your comment.) and you can also find out on Pamela’s blog after the blog hop ends on Mon, at 8:00 PM (EST).

Now, to continue the circle, you will need to hop on over to SHELLY'S BLOG!!!!

Deets on this calendar: The hardest part was finding a calendar! Most are created with tiny little calendars that you can stamp around. I wanted to stamp ON the calendar. I finally found this one that was created in Excel. This enabled me to enlarge it and still space it properly on the page. OK, so once that trauma was over, I simply stamped a horse onto the calendar, added the flourish around the month title, and sponged some brown onto the edges. There are so many good sized horses in my Horses of Courses set that I only had to repeat each horse once! Here's a few other months so you get the idea:






Stamps: FireCracker Designs by Pamela Horses of Courses
Paper: GP110
Ink: Creamy Caramel, Riding Hood Red or Bravo Burgundy I can't remember!
Accessories: empty CD case

Enjoy!
Michelle B.
Designer for FireCracker Designs by Pamela

25 comments:

Donna Moore said...

Love your calendar!!! Can you believe we both did calendars?? Like yours better, horses are always a great subject, cool project!!

FireCracker082 said...

how funny that you and Donna both did calendars!! Great minds think alike huh?? LOVE using the horse images for yours...looks great behind the numbers like that!

Ursula said...

Great job, Michelle! I love the focal image as almost a watermark behind the nummbers! Great way to embellish, but not distract from the dates! Coolio project!

Shelly Schmidt said...

What a wonderful project! You made them so pretty- love the horse theme. Thanks for the link for the calender- I have been wanting to try one that I can stamp on! And- your hair is so cute!!!

TesaB said...

Hey Michelle - you are amazing! This project is a total stunner, love your soft stamping and idea for project! And wow, girl, you look GREAT on your new photo!!!

StampinCathy said...

Wonderful calendar and just love the stamps you used. Thanks for this inspiring eye candy along the way of this creative hop.

kc_froglady said...

Lovely! I want to make some of these now - too bad I wasn't thinking ahead I could of probably done some for Dec and given as gifts LOL! Perhaps to work on some throughout the year for next year :) I hope your friend loves it!

Juanita said...

very talented!! I love the calendar :-)

Melisa Waldorf said...

This is a truely priceless gift that you co-worker is going to cherish!! I bought one of the 7 Gypsies photo holders to make a desk calendar out of and unfortunately it's sitting there, still empty. Thanks so much for the inspiration and motivation to get mine completed. Beautiful project my dear!

Carolyn Sharkas said...

I love this cool calendar and I have this horse set, so I may be making this real soon.

thanks for sharing

Chrisd said...

How cute is your project... I have been looking for calendars just like this. Love the details.

Diana said...

Another great calendar idea and a good use of cd cases. Thanks for sharing.
Diana - dj_enns@yahoo.com

StampnInkLady said...

Michelle, I love your calendar and have just recently been working on a photo album CD case, so I am finding they are great for gift ideas! Thanks for giving me another idea for them!
Hugs Lori R.

JoAnn said...

Nice Calendar. I did the same thing when my mother-n-law told me she needed a calendar. Now every year she is waiting on her calendar.

Rachelle said...

Looks great! Love how you did it too!

Juliet A said...

I love the way you did this - most CD case calendars are mostly art with a tiny calendar in the corner. Yours is a nice, useable calendar, but it is still pretty!

silvia said...

Cute calendar!!

Vickie Kertz said...

Another great design. Thanks for sharing your wonderful ideal.

Stampin_melissa said...

Lovely calendar! I should keep this idea in mind for gifts since I now have a stack of pre-used cd cases. :)

Anna Banana said...

Simple and elegant - I LOVE your pages!! Thank you for such a great calendar!!
Anna Banana

Kim Marie said...

I love the subtle images on the pages...so wonderful!
Kim Marie
kimmet123@aol.com

Chok Keun said...

nice calendar, it is simple yet nice...

Gayle said...

You did great on the calendar. One can never have too many calendar choices. I really appreciate your hard work finding a project for us for this blog hop. Your work is very, very much appreciated.

Gayle Taylor
gaylememories@sbcglobal.net

pamcherold said...

Never would have thought about doing a calendar like that. Amazing job. Thanks for sharing

Diane said...

Great calendar...love the softness of the images behind the dates...very creative!
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