December Stamp of the Month Blog Hop “Year Round Cheer”

If you are here via Elizabeth Mindemanns’ Blog and the blog hop you are on the right track.

I love this set.  It is perfect or our Event Calendar.  I made all 12 months.

January to June

 July to December

I did various techniques on all of these.  I am detailing the instructions on February doing a concept called Folded Focus.  I will also show each of the others along with what technique I used.

Check out all 12 or feel free to hop on over to Lori Brown’s Blog.  If you get lost along the way Helen Onulak’s Blog has a full list of all participants.

February Folded Focus:


The square at the top of the Event calendar is 3 ¾ sq. I made all mine 4 x 4 you can adjust if you prefer.

Start with a template, mine is cut 4 x 4, then I used a ruler to mark from corner to corner. 

Next step is to decide the size square you want to cut out.  I did a 2 x 2, on my template I marked where I will cut and where I will score.  This is just for instructional purposes as I will need to cut entire square out to do this. 

Next place your template over your project.

Line it up just right

Now with your ruler make the x on your project and mark score line with inside of box

Make sure you cut on solid line and score on dotted line then fold back flaps.


You will want to use two sided paper or this project.  Ours works perfectly.  Just fold corners out and decorate.  I used our Pearl Opaque’s Z1336.

To finish the project I made the base from La Belle Via Mauve size is 4 x 4 (you can use Smokey Plum also).  Used the B&T from La Belle Vie 1-A to do my special cut it was also 4 x 4 you could make this 3 ¾ if you wanted a border.

I also cut

Black CS 1 ¾ sq.

Slate CS 1 5/8 sq

Colonial 1 1/2  sq.

Stamped my birdie in Smokey plum and sponged color over it.


January – dryer sheet & Prisma

February shown above

March – Sponging and creating Border with stamp image

April – Using cricut for images cut and using 3 D foam tape

May – dry embossing and Sand Paper

June – Heat Embossing

July- Tone on tone stamping, sponging and using ribbons to create borders.  (this was an old ribbon of ours no longer available but could not resist using it.

August – Subway stamping and using liquid glass to pop an image

September – Chalk marker, Border cut out, and sanding

October – Edge distresser, sanding block and sparkles

November – Liquid appliqué two ways for suede effect and also for whip topping

December – Glitter Gel

Hope you enjoy all of these.  Now hope on over to Lori Brown’s Blog for another great idea!



6 Responses to “December Stamp of the Month Blog Hop “Year Round Cheer””

  1. Jean McNulty says:

    What a great calendar:)

  2. Susan Brooks says:

    Great cards and techniques! TFS!

  3. Joy McHargue says:

    Nice tutorial on the folded focus!

  4. Michelle says:

    These are great calendar toppers! TFS!

  5. Haley D. says:

    So cute!

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