Tuesday, April 5, 2016

#I'MBRINGINGBIRTHDAYSBACK - Creative Circle Design Team April Blog Hop

Welcome to the Creative Circle Design Team Blog Hop, #I'mbringingbirthdaysback. In case you're wondering what the hype is all about, it's a Stampin' Up! campaign to send birthday cards instead of just using social media. As you know, Facebook, Twitter, and other types social media allow us to type off a quick birthday wish instead of sending a card. I admit that I'm guilty of doing that as well. If I know your birthday, you are in luck because I'm participating in this campaign to bring birthdays back by sending a handmade card!

This month our project is a Perpetual Calendar and Card Box. I really needed a way to keep track of birthdays and this will work perfectly for me.  I chose "A Nice Cuppa" stamp set/framelits bundle with the matching Designer Series Paper Stack from the Spring Catalog.

As you can see, every side of both boxes is numbered, so I can turn the boxes to the correct date each day. The first block is numbered 0,1,2,3,4,5. The second block is numbered 0,1,2,6,7,8. To get a "9", you simply turn the "6" block upside-down. The numbers are from the "Number of Years" stamp set and framelits bundle. 

Here's a card I made to match my Calendar Box:

 I typed up the Month cards and have saved them in a Word document. They are approximately 6 x 6 3/4" and fit perfectly in the box behind the date blocks. I designed the month cards so the teapot and cup doesn't block the name of the month.The birthday month cards are lined from 1-31 with enough space to write in the person's name on their birthday. Since this method deals only with months and days, it can be used year after year.

I also added a photopolymer stamp image to the teapot which says "Sharing Creativity and Inspiration, One Card at a Time". The stamp set is called "Better Than E-Mail" and is available to anyone, and is perfect for my use as a Stampin' Up Demonstrator.  The other designs on the set are adorable and can be used to stamp on the back of your Stampin' Up' handmade cards. You could also just stamp a Happy Birthday on the teapot or decorate in any other way you choose.

There is a lot of room in the back of the calendar box, even with the 12 month cards. I plan to put birthday cards for the month in there and they'll be ready to mail.

And last, but not least, my completed project:

We're giving away a free Calendar/Card Box pattern.  Comment on each of our blogs to be entered into the give-away. A random drawing will be held on April 18, so be sure to check back then! For those who wish to purchase the calendar pattern (which includes PDF instructions and a How-To Video), please click HERE. Should you wish to make the 12 Month Cards as I have above, please e-mail me. I would be happy to e-mail the Month Cards word document to you for free upon request.

Now let's go see what the wonderfully creative Liz Holloway has for us. Click on the Creative Circle icon below to get to her blog:

In case you get lost, here's our design team's links:

Sandy Mott:       YOU ARE HERE
Liz Holloway:    http://lizhollowaydesign.blogspot.com
Fran Sabad:        http://fransabad.com
Barb Stencel:      http://beelinestamping.com

See below for a complete list of the supplies I used to make this project.



  1. Just an adorable project! I can see it sitting on a desk in someone's kitchen.

  2. I am a big tea drinker so I am super excited with your project and how you embellished it. The DSP was already on the order I am placing today.

  3. Oh I love this! I love desk calendars anyway but this is adorable and... practical! It's not just "eye candy" lol.

    1. Thank you Shelley! I love desk calendars as well and this will hopefully help me keep up.

  4. That is an awesome way to display the months! I love how it offsets it by the teapot & cup.

  5. Sandy, I just love this perpetual calendar idea! It's perfect for any desk :) I'm keeping my fingers crossed that I win the tutorial! Thanks for sharing

  6. Oh, I just LOVE this project and would LOVE to have the instructions/pattern! Thanks for the opportunity to possibly get it free!!

  7. I love this! I would love to teach the ladies in my Stampin' Up! club how to make this!

  8. Such a wonderful project! I love this set!

  9. This is an absolutely ingenious project. Thanks for sharing it!

  10. Love your choice of colors,great idea, love the bonus storage!!!

  11. Hi Sandra, this is just gorgeous! I just purchased the tutorial from Liz and I hope to do this for some upcoming Mother's Day gifts. I would love the word document of the 12 month inserts, could you please email that to me? My email is Lstreifert@nycap.rr.com

  12. This would be great in my 50's kitchen!

  13. Your Perpetual Calendar and Card Box is truly amazing!! Love it!!! <3

  14. LOVE your calendar and would LOVE to win!

  15. Love your version of the calenday. so stinkin cute.