Season of Friendship

Most of us any where North of the Mason Dixon Line are convinced that spring will never arrive, especially as I sit here and watch freezing rain fall here in central Ohio.  But that is no reason to not celebrate the seasons we do, usually, enjoy.  So, I made a calendar today.  I know, I know.  I can hear you all now.  “Lynn, why would you make a calendar when it is almost April?”  Well, the answer is that I was asked to make one by a friend from church.  She had purchased a calendar for 2013 at a craft show and wanted it to be changed over to 2014, and a new one made as well.  Now unfortunately, I have no idea who made the original so I cannot give credit where credit is due.  I hope she or he knows it was a great project worth recreating in my own way.IMG_1050The actual calendar is 5 1/2 x 11 in, scored at 5 1/2 and is double sided, so it stands tent like with the appropriate quarter facing.  How cute is that.  For 1st Quarter I used pool party, early espresso and, especially appropriate for this year, snow flakes with Frosted Finishes embellishments left over from the 2013 Holiday catalog.  The stamp is from Festive Flurry and is available on line.   IMG_1051

Since the 2nd quarter was on the same side as the first quarter, see the picture below, I wanted the colors to be the same and used pool party with Early Espresso again.  The stamp is from Peaceful Petals, now available in the Celebrate the Everyday Occasions catalog.


July, August, and September said sunflower to me.  I stamped in Early Espresso and then used So Saffron, Daffodil Delight and Crushed Curry markers to color in the petals.  I outlined the whole thing with Early espresso and sahara sand for shadowing. The accent color for the 3rd and 4th quarter of the year is Crushed Curry and Early Espresso


The leaves, of course you have to have leaves for October, November and December, were made using my Autumn Accents Bigz die.  To see the full technique, click here.

Here is the whole calendar, laid out flat.  To make the all the printed aspects of the calendar I used My Digital Studio.  For the sentiment, I used MDS for that as well, and here’s the thing, it was printed on whisper white paper.  I added the decorative label punch to the project, colored it in early espresso, added the text colored in whisper white and printed it out.  The punch shape on MDS is exactly the size of the real punch so all I had to do was punch it out.



Here is the calendar my friend gave me to work from.  In these pictures, I’ve already updated the portions for 2014 but everything else was the creators original work. I actually loved her tree idea, but didn’t have that stamp set to use when recreating, so, I made it my own.



Thanks for stopping by the Owlery today. Let me know what you think.  Would you sport one of these on your desktop?   If you have any questions leave a comment and I’ll get back to you as soon as possible.


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Thanks for visiting my Site. My name is Lynn Kolcun and I'm a Stampin Up Demonstrator. I love being creative with paper and ink, learning new techniques and sharing my craft with you.


  1. Oh my goodness. This is wonderful! I am going to do the same. I live how both you and the original artist decorated each quarter. Can you tell me if each “tent” is free standing? Do they stand in their own like a standard card? Are all 4 quarters attached in some way or are they two separate “tents”? Thanks for sharing!

    • Hi Kelly, It’s all one piece with two quarters on each side. I used white card stock, but it’s 80 lb cover weight, which is hefty enough to hold it. If you used Whisper white from Stampin Up, I’d use two pieces together for sturdiness. Any other card stock from SU would work fine.

  2. Beautiful calendar! Is the actual calendar MDS? I have been looking for a site where I can print out calendars; but, have not been able to find any. Thanks for sharing with us. So very nicely done!

    • You know, you are right, the whole calendar isn’t MDS. I did the month and day portion in Excel. When it is printed, you can crop each calendar piece with the next to the smallest Square framelit from Stampin up.

  3. Lynn,

    I love how you recreated the calendars. Your calendars are beautiful. I love what you chose for each quarter.

    I bought some small calendars at the beginning of the year and now I know how I could use them.

  4. Hi Lynn, Wow, great job! I’m sure your friend will love it!

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