HaPpY New Year…

You’ve heard the story if you’ve been a reader for long…making calendars with my family has become a tradition.  This year was a little bit different, but the calendars are made and will be delivered at Christmastime.

It might be fun to end this blogging year with a new calendar page for each month of 2017.  Any of these calendar pages could easily be made into a card or scrapbook page…

January 2017


One of the hottest products this year was this embossing folder  of what I call White Birch Trees.  Demos all over the world are so creative and resourceful and began using it as a painting palette for objects in the background.  Love the technique and felt it was the perfect way to begin the new year…

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits


  • Paper:  The blank calendars were ordered online from  They measure approximately 4-1/2″ X 5-1/2″ with the majority of the space open for art work.  They come with a Lucite case that doubles as the calendar holder and are usually priced at $9.99.  (They are probably on sale right now)
  • Ink:  Soft Sky, Marina Mist, Mossy Meadow, Real Red, Smoky Slate, Chocolate Chip
  • Stamps:  Country Livin’ and Thoughtful Branches
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  White Birch Embossing Folder, Blender Pen


  • None!  You don’t have to measure or cut a darn thing!
  • Stamp the truck from Country Livin’ on a post it note and “fussy cut” out.
  • Ink the truck from Country Livin’ in Archival Basic Black and stamp on back side of embossing folder (the side where the background is raised)
  • Cover truck with post it note mask.
  • Ink up the background side of the Embossing Folder with Soft sky first, then Marina Mist with the truck mask in place.  Seriously, don’t give it a thought how your color goes on…it will looks good in the background!
  • With the mask still in place, stamp the evergreen trees in Mossy Meadow in the background.  Remove mask.
  • Place your calendar face down on the ink…remember the trees are upside down on the embossing folder so place your calendar accordingly.  Run through Big Shot.
  • Color your truck with a Blender Pen and Reinker.  Leave some white space where the bumpers are rounded and on the hood.  Be sure to color all four tires (I used Smoky Slate)!  A little Soft Sky on the windows and the chrome in Smoky Slate.
  • Is that magic or what?  Now using Chocolate Chip marker, color in some of the indents in the bark of the trees.
  • Your January calendar is done!

This is a great project to do with family or friends.  We usually all pile in the studio and work on our calendars together.  Or you could gift the calendar all at once or send  a page a month!  In any event the person receiving this gift can’t not think of you all year long…

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…



for sure.

Come get inky with me…be HaPpY!



  1. What a beautiful calendar page, Billie. I love your coloring of the old truck and the details you gave us to do it ourselves. My coloring skills need practice, so your details are very helpful. I love the “b-ism” today. I’ll have to remember it. Too cute!! Have a great weekend.

  2. Am a demo. But these directions are confusing the heck out of me. It’s a great card but the techniques I’m not following..any u tube on this you’ve done lol?

    • Hey Jennie…if you’ve never inked an embossing folder for this technique, I’m sure there are several on YouTube you could watch that might make it easier for you. I don’t have one on my channel. I can see where it might be confusing just reading the directions. Most of us need to “see” a technique done…B