Thursday, January 21, 2010

FCD Blog HOP: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Good Morning and Welcome to Firecracker Designs Blog Hop!

     Our challenge this month is to Celebrate the New Year by finding a new way to use an old product; for some reason this caused me all kinds of difficulty. I racked my pea sized brain for days trying to come up with something that would be appropriate....I rummaged through all my stuff and wound up reorganizing. (can we say procrastination?) This didn't do anything but put me closer to the dead line and increase my anxiety. LOL Finally I hit upon an old kit I had for a project that would "reduce" the need to make more than one, it could be "reused" over and over again and is "recycled" year after year! What, you may ask can do all this?  Tada, a Perpetual Calendar! This doesn't set you free and send excitement running up your spine?  Hmmm, maybe after you see the way it turned out you will change your mind!

      This is the cover, I just love these colors and you will recognize my very own little chickadee from A Little Bird Told Me. My little chickadee (no pun intended) is stamped with versamark and Adirondack ink then clear embossed. After cutting it out I distressed the edges, then used gold ink around the edges. The oval was pressed into versamark and UTEED, this was done another three times, it began to crack when slightly bent. This technique is called "cracked glass", to help it appear older I rubbed Distress Walnut Ink in the cracks. Satisfied with the way it looked I went ahead and mounted it on the two other oval mats. This particular layout is from Mojo Mondays week 122 but I couldn't post it because I was saving it for today!!
     Let's look at some more views!

 
     I chose three months to share, all stamped verses are from FCD, stencils were used for each month and the small leaves you see on Oct.'s page are also FCD.




      I hope you have enjoyed my contribution to the Reduce, Reuse and Recycle challenge now it is time to hop along to MELISA's and see what she has come up with.
Thanks so much for playing along today. Be sure and read the information below about our circular blog and the goodies you may have a chance to WIN!!!
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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 Monday at 8:00 PM (EST).
Now to continue the circle you will need to hop over to MELISA's and keep going around until you have come back to where you've started! Good Luck!



particulars:
     stamps FCD's by Pamela
       paper - Club Scrap
       ink - Tim Holtz Distress
             Adirondack
             versamark
       tools - Nestibilities, Utee, stencils, stickers
    

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41 comments:

FireCracker082 said...

what a totally terrific idea Donna! Love it!

Ursula said...

Oh, Donna! This turned out beautifully! I love that kit, too! :o)

marsha said...

Great idea, love the perpetual calendar!
Hugs, Marsha

Shelly Schmidt said...

Beautiful! I love the cracked glass and what a fancy way to display it. I love the pages you stamped- fabulous project!

TesaB said...

What a great idea, and the calendar turned out soooo beautiful! Love the birds set, and wow! What amazing color!!!

StampinCathy said...

WoW! What a fun and creative calendar. I just love the color combo and the stamps you used. Thanks for this inspiring eye candy along this hop.

kc_froglady said...

Donna this is wonderful! This is my first year without a stamped calendar on my desk as I am no tin any groups that made one. I miss it - with something like this I would be set to go! Gorgeous color choices and the little chickadee is wonderful!

Michelle B. AKA JustPaintingAround said...

Yep, funny we both did calendars. Does that make us "calendar girls"? Ha! I love that cracked glass technique and your pages in your calendar are beautiful!

Juanita said...

Oh WOW!!! I can't wait to make a couple of these--you did a terrific job for a procrastanator---LOL

Melisa Waldorf said...

Hey girl! I LOVE your project! I am finding so much inspiration on this blog hop!! THank you soooo much!! I intended to create a desktop calendar and never got around to it. Maybe it's not to late, you guys are totally inspiring me!

Chrissy D said...

Donna, this is a stunning calendar - project! Love the colors and your design! TFS!

Paper Addict said...

this is stunning!!!!
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(¸.•´ (¸.•´HUGS *¸.•´¸.•*´¨)
(¸-:¦:-♥(¸.•´ *Ronnie.•*´¨ ) ¸.•*¨) -:¦:-♥
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Joan said...

What a fantastic project, Donna!

Sue Kelley said...

Too neat...all these ideas from the circle blog can keep this retiree really busy! Love the calendar.

Carolyn Sharkas said...

well this is a fantastic calendar, what a perfect gift. thanks for sharing.

Chrisd said...

I see a new idea for our papercrafting group at church! It is great!

Diana said...

This is a great use of items....love the calendar....may have to case this one.
Thanks

Diana said...

I forgot to post my email - it's dj_enns@yahoo.com

Tracey said...

Fantastic calendar Donna, I love it!

Hugs
Tracey
x
(SBS29)

StampnInkLady said...

I just adore your calendar Donna and the bird saying is beautiful! Thanks for sharing it! I would love to be able to make one too! Hugs Lori R.

Julia Lamey said...

What a lovely project. Like the seasonal flair to each month. Forgot about the cracked glass tech. Will have to try it again. thanks for sharing, Donna.

Rachelle said...

How cool is that!

JoAnn said...

You have truly out done yourself. That is a beautiful calendar. I love the pages and the way you set up the days. Very different from the normal calendar but easier to write in events.

PattiB said...

That's great. You put a lot of work into it. Thank you, it's inspiring.

Juliet A said...

I love all the inking you've done to the pages - gorgeous!

silvia said...

Fabolous calender!!

HappyCrafter said...

What a stunning project!

Joseline said...

Donna, this is beautiful!!! I love how you colored the bird and used the crackled glass technique. The calendar is beautiful and the verses are outstanding. I love how this looks so vintage.

Vickie Kertz said...

What a wonderful idea. I may have taken a while to come up with idea, but it was worth it. TFS

Kim Marie said...

Wow, this is more than terrific! I love all FCD images, and that little chickadee just sings to me! Beautiful project, Donna! You are so talented! and I don't just say that 'cause you're my SBS sister! ;)
Kim Marie

Chok Keun said...

this is such a beautiful calendar and loving the way u do it up, such vintage look...

Gayle said...

Your hard work coming up with an idea is so appreciated. I love your calendar...I especially love the bird quote that you shared.

Thanks so much,
Gayle Taylor
gaylememories@sbcglobal.net

Cheryl said...

Wonderful job!

Marianne in MD said...

Very pretty I really like the designs embellishing each month

Julie said...

What a beautiful perpetual calendar. I have promised myself for several years that I would make one and never seem to get to it. Maybe this will kick me into action, lol.
Julie SBS29

pamcherold said...

Glad it took so long to come up with an idea. Means you didn't settle for something less. Nice job. Thanks for sharing.

Kathy said...

An amazing project! I love your choice of colors, great project!

ArchivingAngel said...

Hello Donna~ this calendar is just gorgeous!
You did a fantastic job.
Thank you for your blog support.
I hope you can share the news about my blog.
http://archiving-angel.blogspot.com
I will keep tuning in to see your fantastic creations.
Hugs,
Sonia

Diane said...

Beautiful, and to use up something you already have...great idea...one I NEED to accomplish! dianegreghov@att.net

HappyCrafter said...

what a neat project! Great job with the cracked glass, too.

Rhonda said...

I am soooo in love with this. First I love birds and the quote on the front is one of my all-time favorites. The colors you chose are striking. And love the layout and what you did with the image. And the calendar. This is totally awesome as a whole. Thank you for sharing.
Rhonda
SBS29