February 23, 2010

In Like A Lion, Out Like A Lamb

Don't you just love it!!! This is our March calender Wall Hanging sits in our foyer.... Hubby and I use it to communicate... we add notes or leave comments for the other by filling out little green shamrocks and clip them to the black cord with a little closepin! The frame is from Creative Memories. In like a lion out like a lamb is our hope for this year.
This is how my design looks on My Gypsy Woman.... gereral on the first page and then I pulled out the other pages as shown below to accomidate the different colors. I used my February calendar, adjusted for the new month, added two days and called it a success.
I then chose my colors to go with the yarn that I got from Jen... it just didn't make sense to buy when she had leftovers and all I needed was 2 to 3 feet. My paper is from DCWV.
I cut the entire project and then seperated each section to make it easier to put together. I started with the hardest part first.... the calendar. After removing from the mat I stickled the days of the week and set aside to dry. The tedious job of placing the numbers on was made easier with my tape. Unforturnately I wasn't skilled enough to get the back off the mat without pulling up some of the letters too so I couldn't just take them off the mat with the tape. After the numbers were glued down I stickled them as the color was just too much of a contrast and I couldn't quiet get the burnt orange match I wanted without the stickles.
As you can see from above I was running out of steam so I got into the leftover valentine candy and had some sweethearts... I needed to rest as this is still my hectic Monday and I needed to finish as I knew my week would be extremely busy, and this would be the last post for February. Didn't the letters turn out good? This is it after completing.
Now it was time for my little lamb from the Easter cart. I took the white portion and embossed the him with the swirl folder. Then I adhered that to the black and he had little feet and eyes and ears.....
Put on his little pink face and stickled all the swirls... he looks so handsome now.
I was going to use the word March that I cut but loved how it looked with the letters removed so I got out the packing tape and placed it face up on the counter and set the image on the tape. I took my left over glitter from the snow on my Skating With Willie page and sprinkled it on the image and of course it adhered to the tape and looked wonderful. I must add that it was a little too thin looking when I laid it on my page. I could see some of the plaid coming through so I backed it with white scrap paper.
Then I stated my favorite part of this calendar.... the lion ROAR.... now he is really handsome! I cut in two colors and then cut away the mane. Embossed with the swirl folder on my Cuttlebug and added stickles.
I removed the eves and nose and made sure the ears and jowl would lift a little. Then I took a scap piece of black paper and placed it behind the face.
I flipped it over and then added glue dots all around the top of the mane from the body section as shown.
The yarn was slow to put on becasue you want to make sure they are even and that they adhere all the way. After completing I used chalk to finish off his fact and even chalked his body a little to add a little color and dimension. Guess I need to spend more time looking at Nanne's layouts on Nanne's Creations as she is an artist with that chalk on her work!
Then I placed the embossed mane over the yarn adhering it securely with Zip Dry glue. Now he is handsome, isn't he?
I then took all my completed components and placed them on the calendar...
Before and after framing...
Thank you for being with me today, I hope you like my little project and that it may have given you an idea that you can use in the future.
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