Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Another Amazing week and Blog Hop

Graphic 45 and Petaloo are teaming up this week for a blog hop. Here is what Graphic 45 had to say about it.
"Welcome to this fantastic week of craft excellence as we team up with our pals at Petaloo! Yes, all week long we'll be featuring some breathtaking craft creations that combine the elegance of Graphic 45 papers and embellishments with the vibrancy and versatility of Petallo flowers! This truly is a match made in craft heaven! There are also some great opportunities to win prizes this week! Just leave your comments on the Graphic 45 and Petallo blogs and Facebook pages! That's all you need to do to win an awesome Graphic 45 and Petaloo gift package! We will be offering a prize on our blog and Facebook page and so will Petaloo! That means there's 4 prize packs to be given away this week! Leave your comments between now and Friday and you'll be entered to win! Check out this fabulous prize pack that we're giving away this week on our blog and Facebook page! A Tropical Travelogue 12x12 paper pad, Tropical Travelogue Stickers, Tropical Travelogue Alphabet Stickers, Chipboard Die Cuts, and 6 packs of gorgeous Petaloo flowers! Wow! "
Petaloo kindly sent us Girls at Graphic 45 an amazing bunch of flowers to play with. I loved the flowers, as they were made of cotton and had a vintage look to them. Charee had the wonderful idea that we should all make a Perpetual calendar.

The idea of a Perpetual Calendar has always intrigued me. In days of old the news readers on the radio would always tell you the day and date. Now days we use a computer or a diary. For me a diary is a waste of time as I can never find the blessed thing. The computer is not much better as I have to have it on. So I think this will have to have a place of importance on my desk. The problem will be remembering to change it each day.
I wasn’t sure were to start with this project so I asked my son Josh (from Imaginarium Designs) to design a perpetual Calendar for me from chipboard. I love what he has come up with.

It is a box, hinged at the bottom, with compartments for the date cubes to sit in. There is another box for the months. Inside the box is room for all the cubes and a note book. He made the top of the box to fit the new chipboard shapes from Graphic 45 and added a wrought iron looking top to it.
The closure is a Graphic 45 Stamped Geometric metal tag folded in half. I attached it to the front of the box and punched a hole in the top of the box. I have used a Graphic 45 metal button for a pin, which you when you pull the pin out the lid drops down and you can use the note book inside and get to the extra cubes. I used Graphic 45 Staples metal buttons for feet.
Josh has made a wheel that you can change each day to show the day.
The new papers from Graphic 45’s travelogue range was a perfect match for all the wonderful flowers Petaloo sent me. I had over 10 packets of flowers to choose from The flowers are made of cotton, so they are quite thick. This meant I was able to stamp a text stamp with distress ink on the leaves. I added some glitter to the edges of the petals then sprayed the flowers with Memories Mists Iridescent spray. This has given them a lovely shimmer and deepened the colours.
I wish you could see the flowers in real life as they look amazing. I love the earthy tones and the fact they are made of heavy paper. They work so well with the new papers from Graphic 45 and had added a lovely touch to the front of the calendar.
Product list

I used a mix of Graphic 45 8x8 Tropical Travelogue paper pad and 12x12 prints in the follow papers.
Garden Isle, Botanica, Island Jewel, Seaside Holiday, Oceania, Hibiscus Heaven, Paradise Postage, Tiki Voyager
Tropical travelogue tags 2.
Graphic 45 staples stamped metal buttons.
Graphic 45 staples stamped geometric metal tags.
Petaloo flowers Darjeeling collection.
Ranger Distress Ink - Vintage Photo
Perpetual calendar from Imaginarium Designs.
Mini Letters and Numbers from Imaginarium Designs.
Zva cystals.
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Don't Forget to leave a comment to go into the draw to win a prize - there are four prizes up for grabs so just leave a comment at Graphic 45's blog and facebook page as well and Petaloo's blog and facebook page to win. Please leave a comment here as I love reading what you write as well.
Hope you all had a wonderful time with family and friends and I wish you all a safe and Happy New Year
love to you all


  1. Beautiful! You and your son came up with not only a very beautiful piece but an absolutely brilliant design.

  2. Oh wow, I am loving that calender! Gorgeous!

  3. Just beautiful! I don't have this set of Graphic yet and hope to find it soon! I am an new 45er!

  4. Wow Jane.... your calendar is so gorgeous..... what a great piece of decor to have on any desk.... so super... :)

  5. Also... Wishing you A happy New Year for 2012 :)