Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Valentine Kiss Calendar Tutorial

This is my project for the fourth and final Creative Crew challenge for the month. For this challenge we were to use a past holiday item to inspire a scrapbook page or d├ęcor item. I decided to use this year’s advent calendar to inspire a Valentine Kiss Calendar. This calendar works in the same way as a Christmas advent calendar, but it counts down to Valentine’s Day instead of Christmas. The second part of the challenge was to use your newest Big Shot toys to create “this beauty.” No problem! This project uses the Big Shot in abundance.

If you saw my Christmas Advent Calendar, you will notice that this calendar is based on the same design, with the exception that this calendar has 15 cubbies instead of 25. There is one cubbie for each day until Valentine’s Day. The extra cubbie is for a SPECIAL treat (maybe a piece of jewelry or a note to where a bigger gift is hidden) OR you could close off this cubbie if you wish. If you would like to make your own Valentine Kiss Calendar, just follow the tutorial below...

Valentine Kiss Calendar Tutorial


Step One

Calendar Base
1. Start with a piece of 10-1/8” x 7-7/8” piece of card stock. On the long side, score at 1-1/8”, 2-¼”, 3-3/8”, 4-½”, 5-5/8”, 6-¾”, 7-7/8” and 9”.


Step Two

2. On the short side, score at 1-1/8”, 2-¼”, 3-3/8”, 4-½”, 5-5/8” and 6-¾”.


Step Three

3. Cut off the corner squares and the two adjacent squares. (you will be cutting off 3 squares from each corner). Also, cut along the 4 score lines as shown to create 4 inner tabs.


Step Four

4. On the outer strip, cut slots 1-1/8” inch down (to the first score line) on each of the four sides. Make the slots about 1/16” wide by cutting down on either side of the score mark and then cutting away the little strip. This will ensure that there will be enough room for the dividers to fit properly.


Step Five

5. Fold ONLY the outer two score lines on each side. The middle score lines will NOT be folded.


Step Six

6. Put a piece of score tape on the outer tabs on each side. Also place a piece of score tape on the square opposite the inner tabs (4 total).


Step Seven

7. Remove the score tape liner on the four inner tabs. Pull the tabs over to the sticky strip to form a box. Bend back the remaining outer tabs. Set aside.


Step Eight

Horizontal strips (make 4)
8. Start with a piece of 2-¼” x 4-3/8” piece of card stock. On the short side, score at 1-1/8”.


Step Nine

9. On the long side, score at ½”, 1-5/8”, 2-¾” and 3-7/8”


Step Ten

10. On both 2-¼” ends, cut up along the score line 1/2" (to the first score line). Make the slots about 1/16” wide by cutting down on either side of the score mark and then cutting away the little strip.


Step Eleven

11. Fold the strip along the score line length-wise.


Step Twelve

12. On the long side (with the strip still folded), cut the middle two score lines halfway up from the open side of the strip. Make the slots about 1/16” wide by cutting down on either side of the score mark and then cutting away the little strip. This creates slots that are large enough for the strips to form a grid without bending.


Step Thirteen

13. Here are the four finished horizontal strips.


Step Fourteen

Vertical strips (make 2)
14. Start with a piece of 2-¼” x 6-5/8” piece of card stock. On the short side, score at 1-1/8”.


Step Fifteen

15. On the long side, score at ½”, 1-5/8”, 2-¾”, 3-7/8”, 5", 6-1/8”.


Step Sixteen

16. On both 2-¼” ends, cut up along the score line 1/2" (to the first score line). Make the slots about 1/16” wide by cutting down on either side of the score mark and then cutting away the little strip.


Step Seventeen

17. Fold the strip along the score line length-wise.


Step Eighteen

18. On the long side (with the strip still folded), cut the middle four score lines halfway down from the scored (folded) side of the strip.


Step Nineteen

19. Here are the two finished vertical strips.


Step Twenty

Interlocking the strips
20. Bring the four horizontal and two vertical strips together to form an inter-locking grid.


Step Twenty-one

21. Bend the outside tabs along the score lines.


Step Twenty-two

Assembly
22. Place the grid in the middle of the calendar base.


Step Twenty-three

23. Start removing the sticky strip liner from the tabs one at a time. Fold down each tab to adhere. This photo shows five of the tabs folded down and adhered.


Step Twenty-four

24. Finish removing the sticky strip liner and folding down the tabs.


Step Twenty-five

Box Fronts
25. Punch a Petal Card Punch piece out of card stock. Please Note: The Petal Card Punch requires a lot of pressure, in order for the piece to be punched properly. I usually load my card stock into the punch, push down and rock back and forth from the lever end to the opposite end. This will ensure all parts of the piece get punched out and that all four score lines show up.


Step Twenty-six

26. Place sticky strip on one of the petals.


Step Twenty-seven

27. Decorate the drawer fronts as desired making sure the sticky strip towards the bottom.


Step Twenty-eight

28. Make enough drawer fronts for the fifteen cupboards.


Step Twenty-nine

29. Remove the sticky strip liner from the first cupboard front and adhere to the top left corner of your calendar grid. To close the cupboard just tuck the top and side tabs into the box opening.


Step Thirty

30. Add the rest of the drawer fronts to complete the calendar grid.


Step Thirty-one

31. Decorate the rest of the Valentine Kiss Calendar as desired.


Need Extra help with this project? Check out the video tutorial for my Christmas Advent Calendar. My Valentine Kiss Calendar is based on this calendar and although the measurements are slightly different, the basics of the construction are the same.


Stampin’ Up! Supplies:
Stamp Sets: Take it to Heart, Short & Sweet, Calendar Alphabet & Numbers; Paper: Twitterpated DSP, Red Glimmer; Card Stock: Island Indigo, Baja Breeze, Riding Hood Red, Blushing Bride, Shimmery White; Ink: Island Indigo, Blushing Bride; Punches: Petal Card, Small Heart, 1” Square; Big Shot; Hearts Collections Framelits; Labels Collections Framelits; Fashionable Hearts; Square Lattice Embossing Folder; Ribbon: 3/8” Blushing Bride Pleated Satin, ½” Baja Breeze Seam Binding; Marina Mist Brads; Clear Rhinestone Brad; Rhinestone Jewel; Simply Scored; Sticky Strip.

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22 comments:

  1. You have the cutest tutorials!!! Thanks for the hard work and sharing with us!

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  2. Wow, you are just amazing with the ideas you come up with! Thank you for sharing all of this talent with alll of us too!

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  3. You are one talented lady!! You are so creative. Can't thank you enough for sharing your wonderful talent with those of us who aren't so creative!! Look forward to your next post!
    Bev

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  4. OMG!!!! This is too stinkin' adorable!!! I am sooo going to try to make one! Thank you for the incredibly clear and concise directions! I will link back to your tut, of course, if I post my project on my blog: (meganannwalker.blogspot.com)! Thank you sooo much for sharing this!

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  5. I adore your blog!!! I made your 3-d kiss christmas trees and everyone LOVED them!!! You continue to inspire me!!!! Craft on girlfriend!!

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  6. Sorry!! I forgot to say "Thank You".....

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  7. awesome project! thanks so much for sharing! this will be on my inspiration blog post tomorrow.

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  8. Wow this is amazing thank you so much for sharing

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  9. WOW!!! Totally amazing project.... Thank you so much for your inspiration, hard work and for sharing..... I LOVE THIS!!!

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  10. it is fantastic, it is stunning, it is beautifully designed. Thanks for sharing.

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  11. This is sooooooo adorable! Love the colors. Thanks so much for all your hard work in doing the tutorials!

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  12. Wow......what an awesome project.
    Your hole blog is great. I will definitely come back.
    Thanks for sharing all your ideas and even giving us all those tutorials.

    Have a great day!
    Gaby

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  13. This would make such a great class. Thanks for writing up such good directions.

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  14. This is great! I really didn't want to make one around Christmas because EVERYONE was making them. This is perfect because it is filled with Kisses/with Valentines go hand in hand. Thanks for such detailed instructions and for FREE also! I ordered all the paper since I didn't have these on hand. I am so excited to start. Thanks Brenda

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  15. OMG!!! This is totally awesome!! Thanks so much for posting the tutorial too!! I will be featuring this project on My Crafty Picks #47 with a link back to your blog on 1-8-12. Make sure to stop by to check out all the picks and to pick up your blog badge to display on your blog for being featured!!

    If you wish to decline please email me by responding to this comment to let me know.

    Thanks and take care
    Tiffany Bauer
    http://www.mycraftyworld.blogspot.com

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  16. Wonderful project! I just finished making one and I love it! Thanks for the tutorial :)

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  17. Really nice, soooo cute. Thanks for the free tutorial. I plan to start one tonight. Thanks again.

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  18. this is amazing!!! thank you for sharing :)

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  19. Brenda this is an awesome project. Thank You so much for sharing. It was indeed thrilling to see a comment from you. I have since long admired your pop up cards and tutorials.
    Cheers from Bangalore, India
    Sonia
    cardsandschoolprojects.blogspot.com

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  20. OMG You shared this!!! You are AWESOME and "SWEEt"!!!! nOW i HAVE TO MAKE ONE

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