Monday, January 3, 2011

First Challenge of the Year!

It's January! Not only is it a brand new's time for the Paper Cubed Jan. 2011 challenge!
The first challenge of the new year is to create a 3D project with SPORTS as the theme. Pretty much rules out cards, but anything else is fair game! (did you catch the clever sports metaphor there?)

I don't know about you, but I always get a little rush putting out all the new calendars on New Year's Day.  It's like a fresh start, leaving all the baggage of last year behind and vowing to try harder, accomplish more and be better in the year ahead.  I don't make New Year's Resolutions anymore (they tend to fizzle out by the end of the week), but I always start the year with more motivation and focus. 

On that note, here is my SPORTS themed 3D project for January at P3:
I went with a handy dandy new desk calendar that features extreme sports.

(As always, you can click the pic for a detailed view)

I must thank my upline, Diane Fischer, for this idea. She made a stand up calendar in a workshop last year that I thought was so cute. There are 4 panels, 2 on one side, which can be flipped around mid-year to show the 2 on the other side. I fashioned a center support with a velcro tab to make this standing desk calendar stay up.  The finished calendar is 5"x10"x3", the supplies I used are listed in the recipe at the bottom of this post. I found the calendar printable at 

And here are the close-ups of the other panels:

I'm not sure who is getting this yet, but it definitely isn't girly.

For more sports-inspired 3D crafts, head on over to Paper Cubed to see what the rest of the super-creative design team has come up with.  Get yourself all revved up to create some sporty crafts of your own, then link them up so we can all cheer!

I hope 2011 brings you health and happiness
and all the crafting time you want!

Stamps: CTMH D1432 Extreme
             SU Extreme Skateboard and Extreme Snowboard
Papers: CTMH Aspen Level 2 Paper Kit 
            CTMH Simple Pleasure Level 2 Paper Kit
            CTMH You Rock Level 2 Paper Kit
            CTMH Zippidee Level 2 Paper Kit
Inks: CTMH Twilight, Cocoa, Desert Sand, Smokey Plum, Cranberry, Versamark
Brads:  CTMH Black, Cocoa, Outdoor Denim, Cranberry
Images and sentiments heat embossed with CTMH Black Embossing Powder

CTMH Euro Paper Trimmer, Bone Folder, Piercing Tool Kit, Craft Heater
Other: Velcro dots, Printable Calendar from


  1. Great idea - thanks for sharing.

    Toni :o)

  2. Sweet! And not sweet like that adorable baby bottom up above ;P. Ok this is awesome! I read you over in reader but had to come on over to tell you that YOU ROCK! I love these.

    Congrats on the new DT as well :) can't wait to see your creations.

  3. I love the idea, and it's great seeing masculine items being used.

  4. Hi Lorrinda

    Another fabulous idea!!

    Any young lad would love this on his desk.

    Michelle :-)

  5. Such a great idea and we can all use a new calendar. I am still writing 2010 on my checks, just can't believe 2011 is here already.


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