Sunday, 8 December 2013

Anything but Christmas!

 Thanks for all your lovely comments last week. It has been a busy time with our school panto. Dad went to the hospital on Wednesday, but they decided not to operate as they think the pain is more likely being caused by a trapped nerve than by his hip, so they gave him his breakfast and sent him home! He is in good spirits and has an appointment for a CT scan to see if they can find the exact problem.
We have had a great day today, celebrating Steve's Dad's 93rd birthday. We were joined by the youngest member of the family, young Elliott, who is just 7 weeks old which meant there were four generations present. here are the oldest and youngest together.

On to my make for this weekend. The theme at Allsorts is 'anything but Christmas'. I am still making Christmas cards, but I needed a few calendars too, and wanted to experiment with an idea I'd had. I've made a few easel card style calendars and have seen ideas for post it note holders, but wanted to combine the two and still leave space for a picture. Here is my attempt at doing this - not perfect by any means, but I am quite pleased with it!
The scene was created using ink dusters, Inkylicious stamps, a white gel pen and Memento inks in dandelion yellow, lilac posies and grape jelly. The nesties are the spellbinders timeless rectangles using the largest one. I used a calendar tab from a set I won on Sarn's Rudolf day challenge.
I  would have liked to add something just above the calendar, but then it would have been really hard to post, so I left it as it is.
Thanks for looking and for all your lovely comments. I hope I will get round to visiting you all over the coming week now panto is over and I will be home by 5.30, rather than 8.30!


susiestacey said...

A lovely desk piece Sally and a beautiful stamped scene. A lovely family photo too x Susan x

Sue's Crafty Corner said...

A gorgeous Calender/Postit holder Sally, lovely colours and beautiful picture, such a great idea. I love the family photo, it's so nice to see photos with the older generation meeting the youngest. We have several of my Grandmother holding my daughter and son and also my eldest niece. Sadly she passed away before the younest niece was born.

Sue x

Mrs A. said...

I love the image on your calendar. It is very serene and fab colours against the blue of the backing pad. Trying to come up with a calendar idea for my desk next year but not gotten very far. Well its ages away yet isn't it!! Hugs Mrs A.

Lynne K said...

Wow, gorgeous, Sally! Love the picture & the colours, great way of combining the post it holder and calendar. The Nesties make such a pretty frame. Must get round to posting the one I've just made. x

brenda said...

Super photo and what an atmospheric scene which I love, thanks for sharing with us at Allsorts challenge this week.

B x

Doreen said...

Just love this gorgeous

Sandra (Stamping For Pleasure) said...

Wow Sally . . .you really put the calendar tabs to good use. This is just LOVELY.

Great family photo too.

Sarn xxx

Paula (PEP) said...

Great to have so many generations together. Your picture for the calendar is very atmospheric & I particularly like the way you placed that reed image & the birds - nice bit of balancing with the tree & its reflection,
It must be a relief to have the panto over.
Paula (PEP)

Helen J said...

The card is lovely but the best picture (and I'm sure you'll agree with me) is the first one, definitely one to treasure!

Faith A said...

Wonderful to have 4 generations together and a photo to prove it when Elliott is older.

Great desk top calendar, fabulous scene too.

Valerie Nolan said...

Wonderful inking as usual Sally, love the calendar. How amazing to have that family photo, hope I look as good at 93!!!
Val x

Eret said...

Sally, it's stunning. Love the shape of your post-it notes/ calendar holder. It's so elegant. The picture you made to the front panel is so beautiful. Awesome work!
Eret x

lisa said...

What a gorgeous photo, Sally. It really spans the generations. I hope your Dad gets his hip sorted out soon too.
What a stunning picture on the calender, the colours are lovely.
We are into panto week next week, talk about everything in the last week of term!!
Glad yours went well.
Hugs Lisax

Jo Channon said...

This is a lovely project Sally thank you for sharing it at my Challenge at Allsorts Jo x

Sandy said...

Your picture is wonderful - great memories for your family.