Holiday Gifts…

In monthly classes, I try to design one of the projects to be a sweet, inexpensive gift.  We all have so many people in our daily lives that we would like to thank or remember with a small gift…today’s post is one of those remembrances.


This easel annual desk calendar could be made masculine or not (this one seems a little masculine to me).  Here’s a side view…


And it will fit inside a regular envelope…


Once you’ve made an easel card…you will think of all kinds of possibilities.  I mean, this could have a picture frame where the calendar is for a favorite photo.  You could  even construct it so the photo could be changed.  How about a shaker where the calendar is?  Well, we could go on and on, but I bet you want the Stuff ‘N Digits


  • Paper:  Basic Grey, Pear Pizazz, Copper Foil and Thick Whisper White Cardstock, plus Warmth & Cheer Designer Series Paper Stack
  • Ink:  Basic Black
  • Stamps:  Holly Berry Happiness (sentiment)
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Calendar (, Pretty Pines Thinlits Dies, Layered Ovals Framelits, 1/8″ ribbon (retired), small oval punch (retired)


  • The Basic Gray base card is 4-1/4″ x 11″, scored and folded at 2-3/4″ and 5-1/2″.  Fold center for a normal card, then fold 2-3/4″ up over the card front.  See photo above.
  • Cut another piece of Basic Gray 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″.  Add Multipurpose Glue to just the 2-3/4″ panel folded on the first card base.  Place this layer on top.  Only the top of this layer will have been glued.
  • The DSP layer is 4″ x 5-1/4″ added with SNAIL to what is now the card front.  The Basic Gray layer behind the calendar is 2-1/4″ x 3-1/4″.  Glue calendar to this back and then to the top of the card front.
  • Cut one large Basic Gray oval and one next smaller oval from Thick Whisper White.  To make this sentiment fit this oval, ink the first three lines with a Basic Black marker and stamp just a little above the half way point of the oval.  Clean the stamp and ink just the words “surround you” and place below the last line of the stamped sentiment.  Glue these two layers together and to the card front under the calendar.
  • Cut two Copper Foil pine cones with Pretty Pines Thinlits.  Cut four small pine boughs from Pear Pizazz.  Add one cone and two boughs to the top of the sentiment with Thin Tip Glue or Multipurpose Glue.  Use any ribbon of your choice.
  • Inside the Whisper White layer s 4″ x 5-1/4″.  The DSP piece is 2″ x 3-1/2″ attached at bottom and added to card base with SNAIL.  If you don’t have the small oval punch, use a small circle punch with Basic Gray and add toward the top of the DSP layer with dimensional.  This will serve to “stop” your card front when it is opened.  Add two pine boughs and one pine cone with glue.

This project was one used in my classes this month.  The girls had no problems constructing it and all seemed to like it enough to plan on making more for the holidays.  Made my day!

So now you know where to get your calendars ($3 for 10).  Everything else here your are welcome and encouraged to order from my blog by just clicking on the “shop now” star button to your right. 😉

Thanks for stopping by today…check back again tomorrow for a cute fall card…

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


Get inky…Be HaPpY!



  1. Billie, your easel calendar is a perfect little gift. It is too funny that before I opened your blog this evening, I had seen some magnetic calendars for the fridge door and wondered where I could get the mini calendars. Then I opened your blog and there is the answer – at Taylored Expressions. It’s my lucky day. I get to see your pretty calendar and find out where to get the supplies. I love your little gift with the great copper foil pine cones and the pine bough on the plaid. I agree it does seem a little masculine but then we need some small gifts for men as well. It could be easily changed for our women friends. I love your design and that you always give us the complete instructions to make it ourselves. I got a good chuckle from the “b-ism” today. Too funny!! Have a wonderful weekend.

    • See, HJ, our minds are running together on the same track. These calendars were a hit in my classes this week…my stampin’ peeps loved them and had no trouble putting them together…I love when that happens!…B!

  2. This is great! Thanks for sharing. I cannot, for the life of me, find the calendars. I went to the website you provided but could not locate the little tear away calendar. Would you be able to share the link to them? Thanks so much! You are a very talented lady!

  3. Thank You Billie. I must have been on the wrong site or something. Found it! Thank You so much for your reply and great tutorials!!