Vintage Floral Calendar with Cricut Explore

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It’s no secret that I love calendars. Strike that. I love making calendars. I’ve been doing it for years on the blog and there is no reason to stop the tradition now! Take a look HERE to see all the pretty calendars from the Damask Love archives.

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During one of my late night Pinterest sessions, I came across this pretty calendar by Rifle Paper Co. I knew I could create something similar and that’s when I hopped to it. Sometimes, I create crafts like I’m a superhero being summoned to the job. Like some sort of siren just went off and there’s a craft emergency to be solved. I drop everything I’m doing and start with the making.

This time around, I called on my beloved Cricut Explore. Y’all know I love that thing with a passion. If this house goes up in flames, I’m grabbing the baby…and the Explore. The folks at Cricut advertise the Explore as a machine that allows you to “Go from Inspiration to Creation in just a few clicks.” Well, truth be told – when I first heard this tagline, I was feeling pretty cynical about the whole thing…but dammit…it turns out those people were right. From the time I saw the inspiration calendar, it took me all of fifteen minutes to come up with something similar in Cricut Design Space. It’s incredibly satisfying to make something in such short order…without having to order special dies or stamps for the project. So, let me take you on a little tour of how this pretty calendar came together:

DIY Vintage Floral Calendar with Cricut Explore | Damask LoveHere’s a rundown of details on supplies. You’ll wanna read this to make sure you understand how all the elements were created:

{1} Twelve 4 x 4.5″ scalloped rectangles cut from white cardstock. These were cut using a design I created and imported into Design Space. You certainly don’t have to use a scalloped-edged rectangle. You could whatever shape you want, but I have a little love affair with scalloped edges. We’ve been serious for quite some time.

{2} Month words cut from gold vinyl.  This is the most labor intensive part of the project. Cricut Design Space allows you to use whatever fonts you already own on your computer, so I used one of my favorite script fonts to spell out the months of the year. I cut them from gold vinyl, which is a great medium for cutouts that are delicate and might otherwise rip or tear if cut from paper.

{3} The vintage floral images are also available through Cricut Design Space. Stationery designer, Anna Griffin has several Print Then Cut designs available through Design Space and these florals are part of her Vintage Florals image set. Just select the ones you want, resize them, and you’re ready to print them out and cut them. I printed twelve floral images onto the Cricut Printable Sticker Paper so that they’d be super easy to adhere to my calendar design.

{4} To add the months of the year to each calendar page, I used the Damask Love Let’s Make a Date stamp set that was released last year! If you’re chomping at the bit to have this stamp set, it’s back and available for purchase in very limited quantity. Visit the SHOP to grab yours.  For more deets on this awesome stamp set, visit THIS post and if you’d like to order be sure you do it now!

{5} Select your favorite ink for stamping the months of the year. I went for Memento Luxe because it’s my current fave.

{6} NOT PICTURED: Since you’re working with vinyl, you’ll also need some vinyl transfer tape.

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{1} Stamp each calendar page using “Let’s Make a Date” – if you don’t have this stamp set  yet, keep scrolling! It’s back in stock and ready to come live with you.

{2} Peel away one of the vintage floral stickers…

{3} Adhere the sticker to the calendar page. I stuck mine slightly off the edge of the calendar page.

{4} Use scissors to trim off any of the sticker that extends beyond the edge of the calendar page.

DIY Vintage Floral Calendar with Cricut Explore | Damask Love{5} Place the transfer tape over the word cutout

{6} Peel the word off of it’s original backing and then place directly onto the calendar page. Rub it well to make sure it adheres.

{7} Peel away the transfer tape and you’re done…and yes…vinyl works beautifully on paper. It adheres just like a sticker would…so go ahead and add it to your arsenal of paper crafting supplies!

DIY Vintage Floral Calendar with Cricut Explore | Damask Love

DIY Vintage Floral Calendar with Cricut Explore | Damask Love DIY Vintage Floral Calendar with Cricut Explore | Damask LoveDIY Vintage Floral Calendar with Cricut Explore | Damask Love

DIY Vintage Floral Calendar with Cricut Explore | Damask Love

DIY Vintage Floral Calendar with Cricut Explore | Damask Love

DIY Vintage Floral Calendar with Cricut Explore | Damask Love

DIY Vintage Floral Calendar with Cricut Explore | Damask Love

DIY Vintage Floral Calendar with Cricut Explore | Damask Love

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Introducing: Over the Edge: Merry

HeaderThis is becoming a bit of a tradition I suppose.

Last year, when I launched the inaugural issue of Toile Holiday Gift Guide, I also launched my first Limited Edition Stamp Set – Over the Edge: Joy. The response was great and this holiday season I’m releasing another set that follows that same trend of large, ornate sentiments that make for beautiful handmade stationery. You’re going to love this simple stamp set that can be combined with tons of stamps and dies that you already own.

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This stamp set includes a large and small sentiment in a beautiful script font that I am obsessed with! The accompanying words can be coupled with the larger sentiments for a customized greeting. The “be” sentiment is also separate, so you can choose to use it with your design if you’d like.

Of course, I’m gonna give you a look at how this sentiment stamp set looks in action…so let’s get started!

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As you can see, the large “Merry” sentiment is designed to fall off the edge of your A2 sized cards. This is one of my favorite looks in stationery but it’s tough (if not impossible) to find stamp sets that allow for this feature. For this design, I heat embossed the sentiment with gold embossing powder then stamped a few holiday poinsettias all around.

What you need:

Over the Edge: Merry // Fiskars Stamp Press // Versamark Watermark Ink // WPlus9 Pretty Poinsettias // Ranger Gold Embossing Powder // Martha Stewart Heat Gun // Embossing Magic // Fresh Ink Pigment Ink in Mojito, Basil, Strawberry, Currant and Mango

What you do:

Rub the entire card fromwith Embossing Magic to decrease static and ensure that embossing powder only adheres to the stamped ink  // Place the large “Merry” sentiment onto the Fiskars Stamp Press and apply Versamark Watermark Ink // Stamp the sentiment onto the front of the card  then sprinkle with gold embossing powder // Shake off excess embossing powder then use heat gun to set the embossing powder // Stamp poinsettias around the embossed sentiment

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The large “Merry” sentiment also works for creating a beautiful gift tag like this one. I used the largest shape in the  My Favorite Things Traditional Tag Stax and the size is perfect. Using my Simple Chalkboard technique I created the tag and embossed the sentiment in white. Those little holly embellishments are actually stickers that I created using the Print Then Cut feature of my Cricut Explore. You know how much I love that thing!

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What you need:

Over the Edge: Merry Stamp Set // Fiskars Stamp Press // Versamark Watermark Ink// White Embossing Powder // Embossing Magic // My Favorite Things Traditional Tag Stax // Black Licorice Cardstock // Crayola Chalk // Cricut Explore // Printable Sticker Paper // Papertrey Ink To You From Me  stamp set //  Memento Luxe Pigment Ink in Wedding Dress // Martha Stewart Heat Gun

What you do:

Die cut largest tag shape from black cardstock // Rub tag with chalk and then gently wipe away to create a chalkboard look // Rub entire tag front with Embossing Magic // Apply watermark ink to stamp and stamp onto the tag // Sprinkle with white embossing powder, shake off excess and set with heat gun // Stamp “to/from” with white pigment ink

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When it comes to quick & easy cards, watercolors are you very best friend! The messier you make it, the better it looks – so you can’t go wrong. For this card, I painted shades of blue onto watercolor paper and then stamped and embossed the sentiment in white. Easy! Just be sure the watercolors are completely dry before you start embossing!

What you need:

Over the Edge: Merry // Fiskars Stamp Press // Swathmore Watercolor Paper // Watercolor Palette // Versamark Watermark Ink // Embossing Magic // White Embossing Powder  // Martha Stewart Heat Gun

What you do:

Paint the card front with watercolors in whatever pattern you want // Allow the watercolors to dry completely. You can speed this along by using the heat gun // Once dry, rub embossing magic all over the front of the card // Apply watermark ink to the stamp and stamp onto the card //  Sprinkle with white embossing powder, shake off excess and set with heat gun

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Now let’s take a look at the smaller “Merry” sentiment.  It’s perfectly sized to complement your stamped designs without taking up too much space. On this card, I stamped a simple folkart pattern using two of my favorite stamp sets: Folk Art Florals and Fresh Cut Florals. This took me just a few minutes to stamp out, so it’s a great design for creating mass produced stationery for all your friends.

What you need:

Over the Edge: Merry // Folk Art Florals // Fresh Cut Florals // Fresh Ink in Mojito, Basil, Strawberry, Currant and Chocolate

What you do:

Stamp floral design by first stamping the red center than stamping leaf shapes around  // Stamp sentiment below

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And here’s another simply stamped design. Just one layer and some stamps. Again, I pulled out those  Fresh Cut Florals with a few other faves to create a simple holiday motif that is not overly Christmassy. The smaller “& Bright” sentiment nestles perfectly under the word “Merry” – it looks like they were meant to be together, right?!

What you need:

Over the Edge: Merry // Fresh Cut Florals stamp set  // More Fresh Cuts stamp set // Merry & Bright stamp set // Fresh Ink Pigment Ink in Chocolate, Basil, Mojito, Strawberry, Currant

What you do:

Stamp sentiment in the center of the card front // Stamp floral images in whatever array you wish!IMG_0257

Order-YoursIf you want to add Over the Edge: Merry to your stamp stash, go for it! The set will be available in limited quantity and will be restocked periodically, though I can’t be sure if it will be restocked before Christmas. Grab yours now to be sure you don’t miss out.

To order your stamp set you can visit the SHOP page or simply order right here!

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Toile 2014: Top Three Gifts for Creative Bloggers

CreativeBloggerHeaderBlogs are a huge source of inspiration for all of us crafty, creative people – and there is a good chance that you host your own blog…or maybe you are thinking about it. Whether you blog professionally already or you are getting your feet wet in the blog world, today’s gift guide picks are definitely something you should check out. Come hang out with me for the next two and a half minutes to see what I’m loving.

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I threw myself into Blog Inc and Craft Inc…and I continue to use them as resources as I navigate my way through the world of blogging. Some of the material in the books may not apply directly to your goals…and if that is the case, just skip to the next chapter! There are nuggets of wisdom throughout and you can pick and choose how you want to apply the information to your own goals as a creative blogger and crafter. The Craft Inc Planner is a great way to make sure you “do your homework” and iron out all the details for your personal business.

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For years, I used the plain ol’ camera bag that you can find at most electronic stores…then I found Jo Totes! These handbags area all style …and function! The Betsy tote is my personal favorite but if you’re looking for a large tote, check out their Missy tote. The Missy can carry a 15″ Macbook Pro, while the Betsy is perfect for the 13″ model. I especially love how versatile these bags are. With the velcro inserts, you have everything you need to protect your lenses and camera, but if you’d like to use it for everyday purposes, you can do that too! The colors options are fabulous and so much more appropriate for the creative blogger. Say goodbye to those boring camera bags!BloggingTee3

Jossie has been a Damask Love reader and friend for years and I am so excited that she’s a part of today’s gift guide picks. She’s started her own Etsy shop filled with customizable tees and treats. When I saw her “Blogging is my Jam” tee on Instagram, I knew I had to have it – you should probably have it too. I’ve worn my tee out several times and it’s a great conversation starter! People want to know about your blog and before you know it, you’ve got a new blog friend!

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Easy Like Sunday Morning: No. 23

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Alternate title for this post was: How to make pretty packaging for gourmet chocolates without spending a ton.  You can see how that was a little long winded, right?

Here’s how the last week has gone in this house:

1)  Amber receives an awesome chocolate gift set from Seattle Chocolate Company

2) Andrew sees said package and asks about them.

3) Amber says “You can’t eat those yet. I need to use them in a project. Once I photograph them, you can eat them.”

4) For the next seven days, Andrew asks EVERY.SINGLE.DAY: “can I have the candies yet?” “where are the candies?” “just let me have one.” (the man clearly has a problem)

5) On day seven, Amber sits down to make project and photograph the aforementioned candies. She notices a few mysteriously missing pieces. Hmm…who ever could have been the culprit here? The world may never know.

Thankfully, there were enough candy survivors to complete today’s super easy project – and you’ll be happy to know that those candies were also majorly delicious. They know what they are doing at Seattle Chocolate Company. And to top it off, they are a generous group of chocolatiers. For the rest of 2014, Seattle Chocolate Company is donating a meal to the San Francisco-Marin Food Bank for every purchase and every #chocolategives post on Instagram. Chocolate with a cause? Yeah. I can get down with that.

So just in case you need a little more convincing to place your order, howsabout I show you a cute way to package up those chocolates.

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  • Waxed tissue paper works best here. It’s sturdier than regular tissue paper. I picked mine up from Michaels.
  • I used THIS mailing tube for the project. Originally, I thought I could use an empty paper towel tube but it turned out that they are way to flimsy and hard to work with. At $0.99 each, the mailing tube is a really inexpensive option.
  • The pretty little candies are from the Seattle Chocolate Company 1lb Assorted Truffle Bag. My husband, the self appointment truffle taste tester would like you to know that the Mint, Candy Cane, Sea Salt, Cool Mint and Toffee flavors are the most delicious. I am partial to the Birthday Cake and Dark Chocolate truffles.
  • You’ll also need a craft knife for this project.

DIY Mail Tube Candy Treat Boxes | Damask Love

  1. Use a craft knife to trim the mailing tube to a 3-4″ length. Your cut does not need to be perfect at all. The jagged edge will be covered.
  2. Place double sided adhesive on the ends of the tube.
  3. Adhere tissue paper around the ends
  4. With the tissue paper adhered, your tube will look like this
  5. Cut cardstock to the be same width as the tube and wrap it around the center of the tube. Adhere with double sided adhesive

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  1. Tie off one end of the tissue paper with twine or ribbon
  2. Fill with candy then tie off the other end
  3. Create a tag if you with and adhere it to the front of the box. Done!

DIY Mail Tube Candy Treat Boxes | Damask Love
DIY Mail Tube Candy Treat Boxes | Damask Love

DIY Mail Tube Candy Treat Boxes | Damask Love

DIY Mail Tube Candy Treat Boxes | Damask Love

If ever you had an excuse to buy some chocolate, this it! And just in case you’re still on the fence, Seattle Chocolate Company is giving away a gift package to one lucky winner…and no, Andrew, you are not eligible to win any more candies.

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Toile in Review: Week 2

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There were a ton of great prizes up for grabs this week, they may just be my favorites ever! I wanna send a big congrats out to all the winners. Marilyn is gonna receive an Evolution Advanced Die Cutting Machine and Jodi  will receive the complete collection of Spectrum Noir Markers! The Plaid Crafts Glue Gun Helpers will be going to live with Mel and Laurie will get her hands on some of the Cricut Printable Sticker Paper and Vinyl.  Last but not least Stephani will receive $50 to spend at Shutterfly on any of their awesome, customizable designs!  PHEW! That is a lot of winning for just one week. Stay tuned, because there is more winning to come!

The holiday crafting continues tomorrow and throughout the rest of November! Hope to see you here.