Sunday, 3 January 2010

Christmas Calanders

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I hope your New Year has started well and you are keeping warm in this chilly weather. We're certainly having a proper winter this year aren't we. We had fresh snow on New Years Eve and again last night so haven't ventured far from the warm fire.

I like to make some handmade gifts each year for family and friends and this year did calenders so now they have been received I'll show you the results. The idea for them came from the very talented Michelle who makes lots of homemade gifts.

I lined each square with patterned paper and then embossed around each edge in either gold or silver EP. The calender page sentiment was from an Elusive Images theme plate and the opposite page contained a family photo.

The front covers were Starburst stained spritzed paper cut from various Nestabilities making a frame raised on foam pads and then the design on top. All the ladies got the flowers in various combinations. These were Dawn Bibby stamps embossed and cut out of various scraps of paper, finished with a brad and the men got the trees and sentiment from the EI Tall Trees theme plate.

I punched the holes with my crop o dile and fastened them together with organza ribbon so that they will stand open.

Thank you as always for stopping by and if you are back to work tomorrow I hope it's not too stressful. Wrap up warm.


craftimamma said...

A lovely gift idea Lisa. I'm sure they were well received by your loved ones.

You're right about it being a proper winter this year. We haven't had as much snow as you but it's bitterly cold.

Stay warm and cosy for as long as commitments allow.

Lesley Xx

Sarah xx said...

What a beautiful gift Lisa.
Thank you for your lovely comments, they do help cheer me up! xxx

Debbie Dolphin said...

what a fab gift lisa.i always cherish something that is handmade.
hope you have had alovely new year xxx

Lynne K said...

Your calendars are beautiful, Lisa. What a lovely gift.

Well below freezing here just now, and more snow to come, they are saying. Not looking forward to going back to work on Tuesday! xx

Michelle said...

Hi Lisa
This is a great take on the idea, love how you've made your calender. Hope this year brings you all you would wish for yourself
much love
x Michelle

Linda said...

They're beautiful and I love making and receiving hand made gifts - always more personal and treasured hopefully.

Christine said...

A beautiful gift idea Lisa, they will be lovely to look at each month.
I am fortunate to be retired, so no work for me, only crafting!!!!
Christine xx

Sally H said...

They are beautiful! I am sure they were loved. Work and School starts on Tuesday here, so I'm lucky to have an extra day's holiday...might have to make a couple of cards and a cake I think, lol!

Beryl said...

These are beautiful Lisa - such a lovely gift idea. I've gt those Dawn Bibby stamps and have hrdly used them. Have to rake them out now I've seen what you've done with them.
Beryl xx

Lynda said...

These are very richly decorated - a fabulous gift and I bet the recipients loved them. A handmade gift is always so much more special.

Love Lynda xxx