Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Calendar Easel Cards

Hello friends!
Here, finally, is the long awaited calendar easel card post! I've battled weeks of being sick to make it here and I am happy to report I am finally on the mend.  The calendar cards I made this weekend did not turn out exactly as I had envisioned, but I know I also wasn't feeling my best. Having said that, I am still quite pleased with them.  I still have several to make to give as gifts.
I discovered CEC's in 2015 and have since been making them every year for friends and family. I'll be including several photos in this post which, along with my text, will make it appear quite long. I hope you will follow along with me and read the details! I promise to be engaging. ;)
(I will also share a few photos of ones I have made in the past.)
I made 3 different versions of the CEC's. I wish I were set up to make videos, friends, but unfortunately I am not. This is not so much a tutorial blog post as it is an inspiration post in hopes you become excited to make some of your own!! I will include some YouTube videos that are very similar to the techniques I use. Once you understand the basics of cutting, scoring and assembling the CEC's you can easily modify the directions to different sizes/measurements.

All stamps used are from Unity Stamp Co. <~Click here to see their collection. I am not affiliated with the company. Just a happy and loyal customer.

The first 2 are pretty basic, but stick with me. ;) They get better.
This one I made for my husband's home office desk. The sentiment is from the Oct. 2018 Sentiment Kit by Graciellie Design called "I Am With You".
I haven't shown him the card yet. I placed it on his desk, and I am eager to see when he discovers it. ;)
This one I made for my Pastor. You'll notice I kept the first 2 very simple and basic. My husband and my Pastor are very simple yet extraordinary men of God. These fit them perfectly.

Many of you have seen this next one on the Unity S&T page when I was asking opinions regarding embellishments. I agreed completely that less is often more. :) I absolutely loved water coloring these images from a Graciellie Design called "Girl in a Garden", The sentiment is from a Graciellie Design set appropriately named  "You Matter". It may be a small sentiment, but oh what a mighty and powerful statement it is. I have used it several times on different projects.
(Here is a video (<~~click here) tutorial very similar to how I created this one. I have no affiliate to Stampin Up nor the owner of this video. I am simply sharing for you to learn the assembly of this design. :) 

I wish you could see the true beauty of this next one. I love the little tag sticking up sideways displaying the sentiment. Photos in my blog just aren't as clear as they are on my social media pages. Links are located at the top of my blog if you'd like a better photo view. I made this one for one of my daughters. She recently fell in love with sewing so you'll see in the next photo a close up of the sewing machine charm. I know she will love it so. The sentiment is from the June 2018 Sentiment Kit by Lisa Arana called Every Single Day.


This next CEC is the most basic design, and the first design I learned to create. As a matter of fact, It is the only design I used up until this year. I am showing you several photo views because it is folded quite differently than the other 2 versions I made.
Here is a video (<~~click here) tutorial very similar to how I created this style below. I have no affiliate to the owner of this video. I am simply sharing for you to learn the assembly of this design. :) 
You'll notice in the photos the different ways you can get the easel to stand by putting foam tape under the calendar or by using embellishments. I prefer the look of letting it rest against the popped up calendar. How bout you?

The sentiment is from the Sept. 2017 Sentiment Kit called "Abundant Blessings". It is such a beautiful and warm sentiment that I use often for pieces that might be displayed in someone's home. The frame and butterfly are part of a chipboard set I bought several years ago from Bo Bunny. I really love the DSP I used on this one. It is from Recollections called Blue Blooms.

In the photo below I wanted you to see that they are still able to fit in an envelope. I made both A2 and A6 sizes. My advice if you are mailing these would be to put them in their appropriate envelope as well as a larger envelope with a piece of cardboard (or thick cardstock) to help protect it. It may cost more to send, but certainly worth protecting your creation that you no doubt put love into making.
See that beautiful vellum envelope? I was blessed in finding a brand-new box of 250 count A6 vellum envelopes at my local Goodwill!  You can absolutely mail a vellum or clear envelope, too!

Here are a few CEC's I have made over the past few years.  I had forgotten about this size and actually prefer this more squared look.
Here is a video (<~~click here) tutorial very similar to how I created this style below. I have no affiliate to Split Coast Stampers nor the owner of this video. I am simply sharing for you to learn the assembly of this design. :) 
I hope you will make some CEC's of your own. If you do, please share with me! I do have a few extra 2019 Mini calendars. If you would like one please message me on my FB or IG. I would love to send you a couple!
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Thanks for spending time with me today!

Until next time~

Be blessed, friends!
Bobbie Sue
Forgive any grammar mistakes you may find.  Please know, I write my blog out of absolute enjoyment and do not stress over possible minor errors within the layout. However, I am always open to friendly and constructive criticism or correction. I appreciate you, friends!


  1. Replies

    1. Thank you so very much, Laura!!! I appreciate you visiting and commenting

  2. Thank you so very much, Laura!!! I appreciate you visiting and commenting!!

  3. These turned out great! I love them. Where did you get the calendar from? Thank you for the links to videos. I need them to know how to case your creations.

  4. Thank you so much Sharon! I ordered them from Taylored Expressions. I have some extra and would love to mail you a couple!