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Holiday Quickies: Chipboard Calendars

Chipboard Calendars
By: Nola J. Burkhard, Artistic Guide 

Finished Project Size: 4x4 inches square or 100 mm

Hello Stampers: I'm so glad you could join us here at Stamper's Quest today as I have some cute chipboard calendars to show you as one of my Holiday Quickie  Projects.  A few nights ago my stampin' bee, Beth, was over and we whipped up over a dozen of these to sell at a Holiday Church Fair I'll be at in early December. They are so quick and easy I wanted to share with you how I made one of them.

The two photos above are some of the calendars Beth and I put together.  You can make them into Magnets like the ones above by putting a magnet with some sticky strip along the back. Or, you can punch a hole or two at the top, put some ribbon through and tie it and then it can hang by a hook, doorknob or where ever you want.  I like to have one hanging in my office as it's a nice way to see something that I've made that is useful too.

Now let's get to the one I want to share with you today!

Language of Friendship and Pursuit of Happiness (Stampin' Up!)
Bonjour designer series paper (Stampin' Up!)
Bashful Blue, Marina Mist and Always Artichoke (Stampin' Up!)
Basic Pearls (Stampin' Up!)
Crop-a-dile (We R Memory Keepers)
Sticky Tape (Stampin' Up!)
Chipboard Coasters (unknown)
Calendars (Vippies.com)
Glue Dots in large and small
Aqua Painter by Stampin' Up!
Punches:  Scalloped Oval, Three Flower Punch, Corner Rounder,  Modern Label (Paper Shapers)
Dimensionals (Stampin' Up!)
Multipurpose Glue (Tombo)
Silk Rosette (Stampin' Up! )
Bashful Blue and Marina Mist markers  (Stampin' Up! )
Clear Block for stamps


  1. These chipboard coasters are easy to find.  Most are 4" x 4", but you can find theme larger or smaller.  Cut a piece of your pattern paper to fit the chipboard.  Round the corners with the corner rounder punch.  Glue the pattern paper to the chipboard using the Tombo glue.  Set aside
  2. To embellish the board, I took a nice sized scrap of a different sheet of pattern paper from the same collection, inked up a stamp from the Language of Friendship set that had three flowers on it with Bashful Blue.  I stamped it in various places on the scrap.  Using the same stamp with Marina Mist ink, I stamped it several more times.  Then I took the "Live in the Sunshine" stamp from the Pursuit of Happiness set and inked it with Always Artichoke and stamped it in various places on the scrap.  Some of the stamps overlap so that it created a mosaic look.  The photo below shows you how it looked after just stamping the flowers in various places.
  3. When the stamping is complete, punch out some flowers with the three flower punch, so that some of the letters from the "Live in the Sunshine" are punched, along with some of the stamped flower shapes.  Punch as many as you want.
  4. Do the same thing with the scalloped oval punch so that you punch out the entire phrase of Live in the Sunshine.  Punch the Modern Label punch on a scrap of pattern paper to create a small label that will go behind the scalloped oval and use a bit of glue to mount them together.  On the back, mount three dimensionals  and peel off the backing and then apply it to your coaster.
  5. Mount the flowers where you want them layering some if desired.
  6. To color in the white silk Rosette take the Aqua Painter and swipe it with the Bashful Blue marker a couple of times, then color the rosette with the Aqua Painter.  Do it again with the Marina Mist. Continue to do this until you get the Rosette in the colors you want.  Use a big Glue Dot to the back of the Rosette when dry to make it stick to the pattern paper that is glued to the Chipboard.
  7. Turn the little calendar from Vippies.com over and remove the film that covers the sticky tape.  Now to make it much stickier I use a piece of sticky strip by Stampin' Up! and apply it over the area of sticky tape that you have just uncovered.  Burnish it with your finger and peel off the red covering. Apply some ink to the edges of the calendar by scuffing it over the Marina Mist Pad.  Now it is ready to go on your Chipboard. Press it down where you want it and it will likely stay forever! picture)
  8. Now your chipboard is just about done. Take the sponge and ink it up with the Marina Mist. Rub some of the ink over areas of the paper you want to add some color too. Now take the entire piece and scruff the edges and rounded corners with the same color ink.  Did you notice that I also inked the edges of the calendar--I did this BEFORE I stuck it on the chipboard. (picture)
  9. Two last steps and you are done...Add pearls to some of the flowers and the 2 sides of the scallop label and then punch out 2 holes at the top with the Crop-A-Dile. Thread some pretty ribbon through the holes and knot as desired.  I used some very pretty So Saffron colored ribbon from a collection of retired ribbons called "Dress-Up" by Stampin' Up! (picture)
  10. I know I showed you a lot of steps, but really it only takes about 8-10 min to make each one. They are great for stocking stuffers and small gifts  for teachers, hair dressers, etc.

Stamp, Create, Play...Everyday!
Hugs, Nola

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4 Responses »

  1. I never make any two alike--just too much fun to create something different everytime.

  2. This is wonderful! I made a desktop calendar for a family member that works in an office, but these would work for anyone!!

  3. Theses are just too stinkin cute... I have been a recipiant of these kinds of cute calendars... Love it.

  4. Just a great idea. Great tutorial. I have made different ones but never thought about using coasters. Thanks for the idea.