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PENNY HANUSZAK, CONSULTANT, Independent Stamping Up Demonstrator, http://pennyhanuszak.stampinup.net

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Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Creative Circle Design August 2017 Blog Hop - Birthday Blast!

In early July I received an invitation from Liz Holloway to join her amazing design team called the Creative Circle. This small international group of super talented stampers hosts a monthly "themed" blog hop where they featuring Stampin' Up! products.  I was deeply honoured by this invitation and quickly accepted the challenge.   Let me tell you I had butterflies for days!   

And now, I'm very excited to share this news with you and to invite you along on this fantastic blog hop which is entitled "Birthday Bash". The Creative Circle Blog Hop happens monthly on the first Thursday, so make sure to make a note of it in your calendar! 
Here's My Birthday Bash Project: 
I've made two projects to share with you today that I've been anxious to post.  While I was nervous going into this I had a lot of fun deciding what I would be making and which Stampin' Up! products I would be show casing. Both of my projects feature products from the "Color Theory Suite".

Project One:   Happy Birthday Z-Fold Card

I never get tired of Balloons, and today's project promises to have lots of them!  When I think of fun interactive cards the "Z-Fold" immediately comes to mind.  I originally made this card back in August 2016 for the Watercooler Wednesday challenge and you can see that card plus all the instructions by clicking here.
This card is made with a base of Dapper Denim card stock, Whisper White panels and the coordinating Dapper Denim Color Theory Designer Series Paper from the stack of the same name.   I loved this paper stack with it's paint chip colour variation on one side and wood grain paint crackle on the other.
The center balloons bobble around for a fun effect on pieces of acetate window sheet that I cut from the Color Theory Memories and More Card Pack.  How handy was that, I didn't have to go searching for any. 

Here you can see one of the acetate window sheets I used on the center of the card.  It says "happy", and I certainly was with the way this card turned out.  What fun!  There was a striped card in the Color Theory card pack that featured all the coordinating colors so I couldn't resist making a little banner from it using a retired die cut from the Celebrate Today Dies set. 

Supplies:
Stamp Sets:  One Wild Ride, Boys Will be Boys (happy birthday sentiment) (R)
Card Stock:  Berry Burst, Crushed Curry, Dapper Denim, Old Olive and Whisper White and Color Theory Designer Series Paper Pack
Inks:   Berry Burst, Crushed Curry, Dapper Denim, Old Olive, Crushed Curry Embossing Powder and Versa Mark Ink
Punches and Dies:  Bunch of Banners Dies, Small Star, Celebrate Today (R)
Other:  Big Shot, Paper Trimmer, Mini Glue Dots, Tom Bow Glue, Gold Enamel Stars, White Gel Pen, Basic Rhinestones
In case you're wondering the back of this Z fold card has a Whisper White Panel for adding additional sentiments and writing space. 

Project Two: Perpetual Calendar Birthday Bash Book
Family and friends birthdays are so important to me, yet I must admit in this busy world, I'm sometimes apt to be late in getting out a card. So, for my second project I decided to design something I've been thinking about for some time, a Perpetual Calendar. It features a page for each month that I can record all those special dates for friends and family members. 

When I began this project I was planning on making something small, so  I purchased a chip board base from a big box store that measured 4" x 6".  However, during the process, different ideas evolved based on the template I used for the Perpetual Calendar, and so the finished project now measures 11 1/4" x 4 14".  Some of the pictures of the individual pages may be small because of this, and I apologize.  

I had to paint each of the six chip board panels with a mixture of Gesso and White Acrylic paint prior to embarking on this adventure.  I also had to use one of the panels as a template so I could enlarge and cut out panels for the cover and back pages of this calendar.  


Cover Supplies:
Stamp Set: Happy Birthday Gorgeous

Card Stock and Paper: Berry Burst, Old Olive, Crushed Curry, Whisper White and Dapper Denim card stock, Color Theory Card Stock Pack and Color Theory Designer Series Paper, 1 piece of Dapper Denim DSP from Eastern Palace Specialty DSP pack, 
Inks: Berry Burst, Old Olive, Crushed Curry and Dapper Denim
Dies and Punches: Happy Birthday Thinlets, Seasonal Layers, Stitched Shapes, Balloon Bouquet Punch, Celebrate Birthdays (R)
Accessories: Big Shot, Paper Trimmer, Embossing Paste, Pattern Party Decorative Mask - Clouds, Palette Knives, Basic Rhinestones, Dimensionals, Tom Bow Adhesive and Tear N' Tape

Pages:
I printed out a template from a Pinterest site for the Perpetual Calendar.  My printer does not do card stock well, so my first hurdle was realizing I had to print it out on photo copy paper so they weren't very sturdy.  To remedy this I mounted each of the months on card stock.
 
I have grouped the months in twos so the calendars are mounted back to back on one chip board panel. They were mounted on card stock. I added a 4" by 4" holder at the bottom of these pages to hold the perpetual calendar page. it was mounted on three sides with Foam Adhesive Strips.The whole book is held together with binding rings and I have tied several ribbons in coordinating colours around them.
  
January:
The Color Theory Pack includes 52 double-sided 3" x 4"  cards, 2 each of 26 designs; 20 double-sided 4" x 6" cards, 2 each of 10 designs; 2 card stock sticker sheets; 4 printed acetate cards, 1 each 4" x 6"  and 3 each 3" x 4".  I used these pieces to assemble the decorations on each of the calendar pages. 

Here you can see the holder for the Perpetual Calendar Page.  I used a 1 3/4" punch to put a slot in the front so the calendars could be removed easily.  In future I will also house my mailing labels in these holders.
Note:  I found that when I opened and closed the Perpetual Calendar that the pages seemed to move around or fall out, so when I added the decorations at the top of the page I measured them carefully so that the bottom half of each design would slightly overlap the calendar and hold it in place.

Supplies:
Stamp Set(s): Date It(R), Badges and Banner Badges and Banners #141610, Happy Birthday Gorgeous #143662 

Card Stock: Dapper Denim, Whisper White
Ink: Dapper Denim
Punches/Dies: Stitched Shapes (Squares) #145372, Seasonal Layers #143751
Accessories: Big Shot, Paper Trimmer, Tom Bow Glue, Dimensionals, Tear N' Tape, Foam Adhesive Strips, Basic Rhinestones

February:




Supplies:
Stamp Set(s): Date It(R), Badges and Banner Badges and Banners #141610, Happy Birthday Gorgeous #143662 and Colourful Seasons #143726. 

Card Stock: Dapper Denim, Whisper White
Ink: Dapper Denim
Punches/Dies: Stitched Shapes (Ovals) #145372, Balloon Bouquet #140609 and Best Badge Punches #140633
Accessories: Big Shot, Paper Trimmer, Tom Bow Glue, Dimensionals, Tear N' Tape, Foam Adhesive Strips, Basic Rhinestones 
 

March:


Supplies:
Stamp Set(s): Date It(R), Butterfly Basics #137154

Card Stock: Berry Burst, Crushed Curry, Soft Suede
Ink: Berry Burst 
Punches/Dies: Stitched Shapes (Circles) #145372, Seasonal Layers Thinlet Dies #143751
Accessories: Big Shot, Paper Trimmer, Tom Bow Glue, Dimensionals, Tear N' Tape, Foam Adhesive Strips

April:


Supplies:
Stamp Set(s): Date It(R), Happy Birthday Gorgeous #143662, Lift Me Up #14289

Card Stock: Berry Burst, Crushed Curry and Whisper White
Ink: Berry Burst
Punches/Dies: Stitched Shapes (Squares) #145372, Balloon Bouquet #140609
Accessories: Big Shot, Paper Trimmer, Tom Bow Glue, Dimensionals, Tear N' Tape, Foam Adhesive Strips, Basic Pearls, Sponge Dauber

May:



Supplies:
Stamp Set(s): Date It(R), Colourful Seasons #143726

Card Stock: Berry Burst, Crushed CurryI
Ink: Berry Burst
Punches/Dies: Happy Birthday Thinlets Die #143700, Seasonal Layers Thinlets #143751
Accessories: Big Shot, Paper Trimmer, Tom Bow Glue, Dimensionals, Tear N' Tape, Foam Adhesive Strips, Basic Rhinestones , Sponge Dauber
 
June:


Supplies:
Stamp Set(s): Date It(R), Happy Birthday Gorgeous #143662, Good Guy Greetings #137178

Card Stock: Berry Burst, Crushed Curry and Soft Suede
Ink: Soft Suede and Crushed Curry
Punches/Dies: Happy Birthday Thinlets Die #143700, Seasonal Layers Thinlets #143751
Accessories: Big Shot, Paper Trimmer, Tom Bow Glue, Dimensionals, Tear N' Tape, Foam Adhesive Strips, Sponge Dauber

July:
 


Supplies:
Stamp Set(s): Date It(R), Happy Birthday Gorgeous #143662

Card Stock: Old Olive, Soft Suede, Whisper White
Ink: Berry Burst
Punches/Dies: Itty Bitty Punch Pack Star (R), Balloon Bouquet Punch #140609, Stitches Shapes (Circles) #145372
Accessories: Big Shot, Paper Trimmer, Tom Bow Glue, Dimensionals, Tear N' Tape, Foam Adhesive Strips, Basic Rhinestones , Sponge Dauber

August:


Supplies:
Stamp Set(s): Date It(R), Happy Birthday Gorgeous #143662, Balloon Celebrations (R)

Card Stock: Old Olive, Soft Suede, Whisper White 
Ink: Old Olive, Soft Suede
Punches/Dies: Seasonal Layers Thinlets #143751Balloon Bouquet Punch #140609, Stitches Shapes (Circles) #145372
Accessories: Big Shot, Paper Trimmer, Tom Bow Glue, Dimensionals, Tear N' Tape, Foam Adhesive Strips, Basic Rhinestones , Sponge Dauber

September:




Supplies:
Stamp Set(s): Date It(R), Number of Years #140653

Card Stock: Old Olive, Soft Suede, Whisper White and Crushed Curry
Ink: Soft Suede 
Punches/Dies: Stitches Shapes (Circles) #145372, Seasonal Layers #143751
Accessories: Big Shot, Paper Trimmer, Tom Bow Glue, Dimensionals, Tear N' Tape, Foam Adhesive Strips, Sponge Dauber

October:
 

Supplies:
Stamp Set(s): Date It(R), Happy Birthday Gorgeous #143662Card Stock: Old Olive, Soft Suede, Whisper White and Crushed Curry

Ink: Soft Suede 
Punches/Dies: Stitches Shapes (Circles) #145372, Balloon Bouquet #140609
Accessories: Big Shot, Paper Trimmer, Tom Bow Glue, Dimensionals, Tear N' Tape, Foam Adhesive Strips, Sponge Dauber
 

November:





Supplies:
Stamp Set(s): Date It(R), Happy Birthday Gorgeous #143662Card Stock: Dapper Denim, Whisper White 

Ink: Dapper Denim
Punches/Dies: Stitches Shapes (Circles) #145372, Seasonal Layers #143751, Balloon Bouquet #140609, and Happy Birthday Thinlets #143700
Accessories: Big Shot, Paper Trimmer, Tom Bow Glue, Dimensionals, Tear N' Tape, Foam Adhesive Strips, Basic Rhinestones Sponge Dauber

December:






Supplies:
Stamp Set(s): Date It(R), Carols of Christmas (NEW) #144804, Happy Birthday Gorgeous #143662

Card Stock: Dapper Denim, Whisper White 
Ink: Dapper Denim
Punches/Dies: 1/2" Circle Punch, Card Front Builder Punch (NEW), #144674
Accessories: Big Shot, Paper Trimmer, Tom Bow Glue, Dimensionals, Tear N' Tape, Foam Adhesive Strips, Basic Rhinestones Sponge Dauber,Wink of Stella.

Whew that was sure a long post.  I hope I didn't lose you along the way.  Now on to the next stop on our Creative Circle Tour.  You'll be visiting Liz Holloway who has an incredible project for you. 



Happy Stamping!
Penny Tokens Stampin' Spot

11 comments:

Liz Holloway said...

Wow, wow, wow! What amazing work you have done! Glad to have you on the team!

Juan Ambida said...

Wow! Two stunning projects Penny. They're both amazing and so colorful. Love them both. :)

Lolascrap said...

Very nice card. And i realy love your perpetual calendar ! Great job !

Penny Hanuszak said...

Thanks so much Liz! Means a lot to me. And thanks so much for inviting me to be a part of this awesome group of ladies. I'm looking forward to future blog hops and the wonderful creativeness everyone shares.

Lynn Streifert said...

I am blown away- your perpetual calendar is a gorgeous work of art, and I'm in awe of how much time it took to put all of this together! Your birthday card is stunning too! Welcome to our group Penny!

Kate said...

Wow! That's all I can say. You really made a great showing your first time on the hop! I enjoyed seeing all of the pages of the birthday calendar. Welcome to the team!

Heidi Weaver said...

Wow, Penny. That's the first word that comes to mind. Great projects. I love the way you've used those balloons and all those wonderful colours. The calendar? Double wow! This was a labour of love and a work of art. Thanks for sharing.

Penny Hanuszak said...

Thanks Heidi for your comment. Yes it was a labour of love, but I had a lot of fun designing each of the pages of the calendar and the cover. It was quite the challenge.

Susan Mac Donald said...

WOW!!! what a wonderful idea & a lot of work; but so worth it, as it's different & a nice change from cards; thank you for sharing.

Penny Hanuszak said...

Thanks Susan for visiting my post and leaving me such a wonderful comment. I really appreciate it.

Heather Hopson said...

Penny what awesome projects that you have completed. You didn't need to worry about either your card or the Perpetual Calendar projects. Both are stunning! a lot of work, and you have accomplished a super job! I am proud to call you my sister!