Saturday, April 12, 2014

My First Attempt Making Steampunk Canvas

Here is a piece I made awhile back, but haven't shared on the boards yet.  This was my first canvas board I had ever played with.  Looking at it now, I would have added a lot more texture, but live and learn.  I learn what I like, what I don't like, and what I would like to change just by playing around.  I can't wait to get out my paints and mediums again so I can play and learn more.

Below is my 8" x 10" canvas board.  Click pics to enlarge.







The compass was a freebie from The Graphics Fairy and the female focal image is "Steampunk Burlesque" drawn by Rick St. Dennis MFA and can be found in Rick's Zibbet Shoppe.  Rick has other steampunk images as well along with over 700 digital images ranging from cute to traditional and going all the way over to the macabre side of the scale.  Rick's shoppe has something for everyone.

The sassy lass was colored with Copic Markers as was the compass.  I added a copper encased gem to the compass to contribute to the steampunk feel.

The die-cut cogs are Tim Holtz of course and were painted with DecoArt paints.  I added some copper and metal washers to the gears as well as a Tim Holtz watch face sticker which I grunged up with Distress ink.  One of the cogs has texture on it which was created with DecoArt Snow Tex DAS9-4.

I used Canvas Board for my backing and used the following products from DecoArt:
Acrylic Gesso (TXFP06-51) 
Americana Lamp (Ebony) Black(DA067)
Weathered Wood Crackle Medium (DAS8-9)
 Americana Antique Gold (DA09-3)
Americana Honey Brown (DA163-3)
Americana Sea Breeze (DA256-3)
Americana Alizarin Crimson (transparent) paint (DA179-3)
Decou-Page Matte (DS106-45)
Americana Dazzling Metallics in Worn Penny (DA287-3)
Americana Dazzling Metallics in Copper (DA205-3)
On a whim, I submitted my project to "Just Steampunk" magazine and was published in volume 4.  Monique, Aletha, and Miranda were all featured in volume 4 as well.  I'm currently working on a few projects to submit for volume 5 which is why I haven't been blogging too much.

Many of Rick's EDT have submitted projects to "Just Steampunk" and have been accepted to be published in the upcoming volume 5 edition!  Hopefully I will join the ranks with my projects.  I will share my newest creations when they are finished.  

Big news!  Since so many like the instant download feature on etsy, Rick has decided to keep the Etsy shoppe open in addition to having his Zibbet shoppe.  Best of all, you can find most of Rick's newest designs on etsy, including several new and exotic steampunk images that Rick drew especially for the members of the EDT for their special projects.

Cheers and have a happy weekend!
~Lady B~


Wednesday, March 26, 2014

DIY ATC Holder x 3

It has been a long, rough, snow-filled and bitter cold winter in my neck of the woods.  Heck, it snowed on the first day of spring and more snow is in the weather forecast.  Luckily, the temperatures will get warm enough for the snow to melt.  I can't wait for some sunshine and warmer weather!

While being a shut-in this winter, I have made a few projects, but I haven't been very good about posting my makes.  That changes today!  I will not allow Mother Nature's messed-up alarm clock to interfere with my crafting anymore.  It is time to push those winter blues away.  Today I will share three projects with you.  All three projects happen to be the same thing, but they are all unique in their own ways.

Pictured below you will see three versions of my DIY ATC Holder.  Click the  pictures to enlarge.  If you want to learn how to make these ATC Holders for yourself, head on over to the Tuts and Comments Blog for the tutorial.

My first ATC Holder, which is actually the last one I made, is named "Beautiful Death".  It is pink, white, red and feminine.  Yes, it has a skull or three, but there are beautiful flowers and a cameo.  Have you ever seen a skull project of mine look so pretty?  This ATC Holder features the digi stamp  "Skull with Roses" by Rick St. Dennis.  You can find other great images
to adorn your projects in Rick's Zibbet and Etsy Shoppes.

Side View of ATC Holder.


Front view with ATC Holder closed. The top flap tucks behind the Cameo to stay closed.

The back view which showcases RSD's "Skull with Roses" stamp.


Front view with top opened. I used the "Skull with Roses" stamp again.  The skull was colored with Copic markers.

Front view with top opened. I used the "Skull with Roses" stamp again.  I love that image!  The skull was colored with Copic markers.


Side view demonstrating the stability of the ATC Holder. This ATC holder has 11 pockets. I wanted 13, but I messed up two pockets and didn't feel like making anymore.
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Now for ATC Holder #2.  This is the second ATC holder I made, but I haven't given it a name yet. This one has enough pockets to hold 15 ATC cards,  gift cards, or wallet sized photos.  Once again, click pictures to enlarge.

Front view with top closed.  The ATC holder is held closed with hemp and a plastic bone.
Above is the back view of my ATC Holder.  The image is "Poe 1" by Rick St. Dennis.
Pictured above is the front view with top opened.
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Now for my third ATC Holder, which happens to be the first one I made.  I do realize I'm posting in an odd manner.  I named this one "The Black Cat" after one of Poe's works. Click pictures to enlarge.


Front view with ATC holder closed. I made a closure from buttons and black hemp.

Front view with top opened.  Lots of patterns in here!

Side View.


This is a whopper of an ATC Holder.  This has pockets for 20-25 ATCs.  I will have to get a true count later when I'm more awake.  I used different dimensions for this book, but I forgot what they were.  This book is a bit wobbly in comparison to the others.

The Back View of my ATC holder using RSD's "Poe 1" digi stamp.


Back View of ATC Holder and some ATC's I made to go into the holder.  The images are all "Poe 1" from RSD.  The ATCs are colored with Copic markers and some have clear embossing on them. Two feature a portion of Poe's writing of "The Black Cat".




That's it for today, folks.  Now I'm off to finish some secret projects I've been working on all month.  Be sure to check out Tuts and Comments for the ATC Holder Tutorial and then head over to Rick's Zibbet or Etsy Shoppes for some cool images to go with your projects.




Cheers!

~  Lady B  ~




Sunday, February 23, 2014

Rethink Your Use of Stamped Images

 If you are anything like me, you probably own a ton of both rubber, clear and digital stamps.  If you are OCD...errr...I mean ORGANIZED, you probably have your stamps filed away according to season or holiday or perhaps by manufacturer.  Think of all those awesome stamps that get filed away and only come out once a year.  Sad, isn't it?  Wouldn't you like to get more mileage out of your stamps?

Today I want to remind stampers to think outside of their organized (or not so organized) boxes and find new uses for the stamps that would only get used once per year or for one season of the year.  I, personally, use my Halloween stamps year round.  Not all Halloween images are scary and the ones that aren't can make great Birthday Cards for boys and girls, especially images of cute and quirky monsters or aliens.

Here is a birthday card I made for my nephew:
Click image to enlarge.


I made this card 5" x 7" and added the birthday banner, balloons and the uncolored image with a drop shadow in PSE8.  I then printed the card on Copic X-Press-it blending card and colored the aliens with the most vibrant Copic Markers I had.  I trimmed the card a bit so I could add it to the colored card blank.  The inside had more balloons and a typed greeting as my handwriting is beyond horrible.

Sorry for all the watermarks, but digi theft happens daily so I try to protect my work as well as the artist who draws the images.  In this CAS card I used the digital stamp "Aliens" drawn by Rick St. Dennis.  More images like these can be found in Rick's Zibbet Shoppe.  If I didn't use these cute little guys, I may have used "Buddy and His Pet Plant", "Screaming Me! Me! Me!", or even "Cousin Dweeb".  If I was making a card for my niece I may have used "My Pet Fluffy", "Flying High", or "Phineus Pucker".  Those alternatives are just in the Cute Halloween section and the Monsters and Aliens section of Rick's shoppe.

  I know Rick has well over 750 images in his shoppe and all are organized to be easy to find.  Instead of Halloween images, I could have used Spring or Easter images, Cute Animals, or some of the new, beautiful fairies in the Fantasy section of Rick's Shoppe.

Rick has a bit of everything to suit every crafter's needs.  He has cute, quirky, bizarre, spooky, scary, romantic, all the holidays and even Steampunk images so if you haven't browsed his shoppe in a while, I encourage you to head on over to take a look.  Also, don't forget that non-traditional images can be used for many occasions.

I know I blabbed on and on and didn't really teach anything.  Here is a sneak peek of a tutorial I'm working on now.  Hopefully, I will have it ready soon.


Cheers!
~  Lady B ~

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Bloody Valentine's Hop with Smeared and Smudged Day 3 of 3

Hi!  Lady Brayton here.  I'm joining in the Bloody Valentine's Hop with Smeared and Smudged.  Although I'm posting early, the hop officially goes live at 9am Pacific time on Feb. 11th, 12th and 13th.  Be sure to hop along as you are sure to see some bloody good work :)

If you have arrived here from Violent Kitty's blog, you are on the right track.  If you found my blog by accident why not start at the beginning with Shell's blog?  After viewing my little offering, your next stop on the hop is Samara's blog.

First, I want to thank everyone for their kind comments.  I will be hopping on Friday to return the love.  I have peeked at the awesome projects, but haven't had time to comment.  I promise to leave comments come Friday as I have no work that day.  Hooray!

Today I bring another card.  This one went smoothly, thank goodness :)


I used "Mr. Shadows" digi stamp from Rick St. Dennis' Zibbet Shoppe.  He was colored with Copic markers and the background was done using various colors of Distress Inks.  The sentiment was added digitally.

Below is the Blog Roll:

Lady Brayton (you are here)

Have fun hopping!
~ Lady B ~

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Bloody Valentine's Hop with Smeared and Smudged Day 2 of 3

Hi!  Lady Brayton here.  I'm joining in the Bloody Valentine's Hop with Smeared and Smudged.  Although I'm posting early, the hop officially goes live at 9am Pacific time on Feb. 11th, 12th and 13th.  Be sure to hop along as you are sure to see some
 bloody good work :)

If you have arrived here from Violent Kitty's blog, you are on the right track.  If you found my blog by accident why not start at the beginning with Shell's blog?  After viewing my little offering, your next stop on the hop is Samara's blog.

My offering today is another card.  My original version was very clean and simple.  After my 12 hour shift I decided to add some dripping blood from the head that the "SH Enforcer" (drawn by RSD) is holding.  I envisioned the drips of blood pooling on the ground forming an abstract heart shape.  It would be gorgeous in the only way that blood can be.

 Oops!  Yep.  I made a big boo-boo of a mess! 

 They say in art there are no mistakes...just creative opportunities.  I say I had to get VERY creative to fix my mistake.  I tried white India ink, white paint and finally a white sharpie paint marker.  Nothing was getting rid of my unwanted blood stains.  Darn Copic markers!  Darn R89!  I didn't want to scrap the card and I didn't have time to start over.

What do you think I did?
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OK.  I won't keep you hanging.  I had printed another version of the image and cut out the negative space by the head and the Enforcer's leg and boot.  This worked well, but I now had a seam of paper that wasn't flattering.  I had to get creative again.  By this point my brain cells were actively dying and I needed to sleep, but I am stubborn and I was going to finish this card even if it killed me.  Thankfully, the light bulb in my brain turned on again.  I took scraps of the DP and used my Devil's Drippy Goo punch and added a border to part of the side as well as the bottom of my card.  My blood and my seam were now covered.

I have never been so happy to finish a card!
In fact, I was so happy I forgot to take a picture of the inside of the card.  D'oh! Anyway, the inside reads:

"Honey, I know you said you wanted a skull for Valentine's Day, but don't worry.  The flesh will rot off this one soon enough."

Baahahahaha!

 Click the image to enlarge.

Below is the Blog Roll:

Lady Brayton (you are here)
Samara
Have fun hopping!
~ Lady B ~

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Bloody Valentine's Hop with Smeared and Smudged Day 1 of 3

Hi!  Lady Brayton here.  I'm joining in the Bloody Valentine's Hop with Smeared and Smudged.  Although I'm posting early, the hop officially goes live at 9am Pacific time on Feb. 11th, 12th and 13th.  Be sure to hop along as you are sure to see some
 bloody good work :)

If you have arrived here from Violent Kitty's blog, you are on the right track.  If you found my blog by accident why not start at the beginning with Shell's blog?  After viewing my little offering, your next stop on the hop is Samara's blog.

My offering today is a simple card.  I didn't add any extra blood or gore, but I think my card still fits the theme of the hop.  Click the image to enlarge.


I used a RSD image named "Zombie-Soft Centers" which can be purchased here on zibbet.  My Zombie love was colored with copic markers, fussy cut and mounted on black card, then fussy cut again so he would stand out from the background.  

I tore the paper and added a punched border from the Devil herself, MS.  The name of the punch is Drippy Goo.  I mounted this on black card and added paint splotches made with bubble wrap and DecoArt paints.

To finish off the card I added a heart die cut and a sticker that says "Undying Love".  What can I say?  The image and sentiment combo just makes me chuckle :)

Below is the Blog Roll:

Lady Brayton-->that's Me!
Samara
Rebecca

Have fun hopping!
~ Lady B ~

Saturday, February 1, 2014

February's Featured Image and Challenge with RSD

Those that received RSD's newsletter will have noticed some changes. There are to be no more monthly freebies. Instead, there are two ways of obtaining the featured image.  February's image will be sent with any purchase between today (1st Feb) and the 15th.  Thereafter, the image will be available in the shoppes...On ETSY as an instant download and on Zibbet as an emailed image. 

We have also changed the way the monthly prize will be awarded. The more people entering the challenge...the bigger the prize...so encourage your friends to enter and reap the benefits! The closing date for the February challenge is the 22nd. This gives us all a chance to wander through your blogs, leave some love and deliberate on our favourite project. No Mr. Random here.

Below is my version of "Happy Heart Day".
Click on image to enlarge.


I colored this wee lad with Copic markers upon Copic X-Press-it card stock.  He was fussy cut and added to my 5"x7" card which features both plain colored cardstock as a base and torn patterned paper.  I got these on clearance and have no clue as to who manufactures the papers.  I added stickers of hearts, winged hearts and the word Love as an accent, tracing the stickers with thin, black permanent markers to make them pop from the background.

I know this project is a bit cutesy coming from me, Lady Brayton Darkart, but hey...why not expand my horizons once in awhile?  Anyway, there is a 3 Day Bloody Valentine's Day Hop coming up and I will be involved so I will let my dark side show at that time ;)

Be sure to check out the Sparkle and Glitter Blog for more details on the February Challenge and to see some inspiration from the rest of the EDT.

Cheers!
~ Lady Brayton ~

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Kickstart Your Art Day 3

There is an art journal challenge going on over at Smeared and Smudged.  It is a Daily challenge for 7 days which gives participants 24 hours to complete each day's challenge.  I'm new to art journaling so I thought I'd give these challenges a go...time permitting of course.

The challenge for day 3 was "Easy Found Objects Background Technique".

Pictured below is my take on the challenge:
Click image to enlarge.



I used objects I "found" at work.  I'm a nurse so I included some syringes, an IV tubing set and I also used some used grommets I cut off an old shower curtain the other day. 

 I placed these objects upon my blank page and misted red and black Dylusions inks which left a negative impression of the items used.  I also dabbed some black and red Staz-on ink onto the paper to darken it up a bit. 

 I colored, scanned and reprinted Rick St. Dennis MFA's "SH Monster Nurse" and fussy cut her twice.  I wanted to add more nurses to the page, but I was too tired to fussy cut the whole lot that I printed and I didn't want to cover up the background I created.  

For my final steps I added some journaling on white paper and I roughed up the edges of my paper with scissors and dripped brick red distress ink down the edges of my paper.  Even after blasting the thing with a heat gun, it is still a bit wet so I had to stick my final page between two transparency sheets to scan it without staining my scanner.

Thanks for Looking at my Work!
~ Lady B ~

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

KICKSTART YOUR ART with Smeared and Smudged Day 2

There is an art journal challenge going on over at Smeared and Smudged.  It is a Daily challenge for 7 days which gives participants 24 hours to complete each day's challenge.  I'm new to art journaling so I thought I'd give these challenges a go...time permitting of course.

The challenge for day 2 was to use an image of a heart(s) and/or journaling about a heart(s).



Pictured below is my take on the challenge:


I used stamps from Smeared Ink's "Heart Wings" rubber set which can be purchased as a "past offering" from Smeared Ink's Rubber Club.
I started with the words, inked them with embossing ink/glue and heat set clear embossing powder.  Next came layers of Dylusions Spray Inks.  I wiped the ink off the clear embossed words.  When dry, I stamped the various hearts with embossing ink/glue and heat set colored embossing powder.

Bring on Day 3 
~ Lady B ~

KICKSTART YOUR ART with Smeared and Smudged Day1

There is an art journal challenge going on over at Smeared and Smudged.  It is a Daily challenge for 7 days which gives participants 24 hours to complete each day's challenge.  I'm new to art journaling so I thought I'd give these challenges a go...time permitting of course.

The challenge for day one was to use Primary Color Drips.

Pictured below is my take on the challenge:


I used the primary paint drips, outlined the drips, doodled, added some stamped images along with my sentiment "Remember to Play".  This is significant to me because I tend to take life and art too seriously.  Remembering to Play reminds me to have fun with what I'm doing and permits me to "make mistakes".  The best learning comes from play.  Children learn through play so I figured adults can do the same.

I don't remember the maker of the stamps, but they were purchased many years ago through Gorey Details.

Cheers!
~ Lady B ~

Monday, January 20, 2014

How to Make a Wooden Block Perpetual Calendar

Lady Brayton here.  Today I'm going to show you how to make a Perpetual Calendar from blocks of wood.   This tutorial will also appear on the Tuts and Comments Blog.  If you don't want to cut wood or don't have the tools to do so, you can buy pre-made kits or finished pieces on Ebay and Etsy.  I gave links for examples and resources only.  I do not endorse the sellers I highlighted as I have not done business with either of them. 

Although this tutorial is long, the project itself is easy enough for someone new to crafting.  Click on images to enlarge.



Supplies needed:
  • Wood or wood scraps.  You will see the dimensions needed in the directions.  Feel free to improvise on size.
  • Safety goggles and a mask to use when cutting and sanding wood.
  • A saw, manual or power.  If you don't have one, borrow the neighbor's :)
  • Sandpaper, both medium grit (80 grit) and fine grit (120 grit).
  • A tack cloth or a damp rag to wipe off the dust after sanding.
  • Brad nails that are 1" or 2.54 cm.  You will need approximately 13.  Use more or less at your discretion.
  • A hammer or a nail gun.  I like power tools for their fast results :)
  • Wood Glue
  • Felt or fun foam to attach to the bottom of the calendar
  • Glue of choice or Velcro strips, squares, or circles to adhere the felt to project. You may also use glue to adhere the felt to the bottom of the project.
  • Paint brush.  I used a 3/4" flat brush.  
  • A glass, cup, or can of water to clean paint brush.
  • DecoArt Americana Premium Multi-Surface Satin Acrylic paint in the color or colors of your choosing.  I used  Black Tie DA539-30.  There are 40 colors to choose from and the benefit of this paint is that you do not need to prime nor seal your project.
  • DecoArt Americana Decou-Page Glue in Matte DS106-64 or you can use Gloss (DS101-64) if you prefer.  I love DecoArt Decou-Page because it is not sticky or tacky when dry unlike some of the popular brands out in craft land.
  • Decorative papers.  I used 7 Gypsies Avignon 6" x 6" pad of papers.
  •  A paper trimmer or a ruler and a razor cutter. 
  • Any embellishments of your choosing.  I used a swirled coil glued to the back of my calendar to hold pictures.  Mini clothes pins would work for this as well.
  • Hot glue gun and glue sticks, E-6000, silicone household glue, or any other strong glue of your choosing.


Cutting the Wood Pieces for the Calendar:
  • Wood thickness of 1/2" (1.27 cm) is recommended.  I used 3/4" (1.9 cm) wood because that is what I had on hand. I suggest using pine or another soft wood as it is easier to cut and sand than hardwood and it costs less as well. 
  • For the back of the calendar, cut wood 4 1/8" x 3 3/8" or 10.47 cm x 8.57 cm.  I made my backing bigger and cut my wood 4 1/8" x 4" or 10.47 cm x 10.16 cm.
  • For the bottom of the calendar, cut wood 4 1/8" x 2 1/8" or 10.47 cm x  5.39 cm.
  • For the sides of the calendar, cut two wood pieces measuring 2 3/4" x 3 3/8" or 6.98 cm x 8.57 cm.
  • For the numbered day blocks, cut two wood blocks measuring 2" square or 5.08 cm square.  I skipped this step as I was able to buy 2" wooden blocks at Michael's and Joann Fabrics.
  • For the month blocks, cut three pieces of wood measuring 4" long x 3/4" square or 10.16 cm long  x 1.9 cm square.
  • Sand wood pieces with a medium grit sandpaper first (80 grit) and then a fine grit (120 grit) sand paper until smooth.  Wipe dust off with a tack cloth or a damp rag.

Assembling the calendar:
Photo credit for the labeled picture above is http://www.scrapbook-crazy.com/
  • Glue the bottom piece of wood to the back piece of wood with wood glue.   Hammer in 3 brad nails that are 1" long or 2.54 cm long for extra security. Hammer the middle and the two ends.  You should have an L shape now or a shape that resembles a couch or bench without the sides or legs.  If any glue oozes out, wipe with a damp rag or your finger.
  • Now apply the sides.  Apply a thin line of glue to the outer edge of both the bottom piece of wood and the long edge of the back piece of wood.  Align the side piece against the glued edges of both the bottom and back pieces of wood, press together, and hammer in brad nails for extra security.  Use 3 brad nails to the area where the side connects to the bottom (middle and each end) and 2 additional brad nails to the area where the side connects with the back piece of wood (middle and top end as the bottom end already has a nail in it).  If any glue oozes out, wipe with a damp rag or your finger. Allow the glue to dry and repeat this step to attach the other side piece of wood.  You now have a piece of wood that resembles a bench that sits flat to the ground.  
     Pictured above is my version with the taller back piece of wood.  If you follow the measurements in the tutorial, your top will be the same height as your sides.  Below is my version assembled prior to decorating.

Pictured above is what the calendar should look like if you followed the measurements in the tutorial.  

  • Sand any additional rough edges or areas with raised glue using your fine grit (120 grit) sandpaper. Wipe dust with a tack cloth or a damp rag.




I cut my decorative paper with my paper trimmer and made the squares a bit smaller than the blocks so the edges painted with DecoArt Multi-Surface Satin in Black Tie would show.  Since my blocks were 2", I made my squares 1.75".  You will need 12 squares of paper for the two blocks as each block has 4 sides plus a top and bottom which gives you 6 sides to cover on each block.

I used Distress Ink in Antique Linen on the edges of my day blocks.  I also added the same ink to the month blocks.
  • Apply the names of the months on the 4 inch long by 3/4 inch squared pieces of wood. I printed my months on regular copy paper and added some Distress ink in Antique Linen.  After my DecoArt Americana Multi-Surface Satin paint dried, I decoupaged the months to the  blocks with DecoArt Decou-Page in Matte. The first block has January, February, March and April.  The second block has May, June, July, and August.  The third has September, October, November and December
  • Number your two 2" day blocks.  Your first block should have the number 0 on the bottom and the number 5 on the top of the block.  The sides should have the numbers 1, 2, 3, and 4.  Your second block should have the number 0 on the bottom and the number 8 on top of the block.  The sides should have the numbers 1,2,6,7.  (If you didn't notice, there is no number 9.  The number 6 flips and doubles as the number 9).  I used my Cricut to cut numbers out of black thin cardstock.  You can paint your numbers, use markers or even use stickers to create your numbers.
  • Apply felt or fun foam to the bottom of the calendar holder so it will not scratch your desk or furniture.  I attached felt by adhering Velcro strips to the bottom of my calendar.
  • Now that your calendar is made and decorated and all of your blocks are numbered and have the days of the months on them, place the month blocks on the bottom of your calendar holder with the current month facing outwards.
  • Set the square number blocks on top of the month blocks with the correct date facing outwards.
  • Rotate the blocks as needed to change the days and months.




I used silicone household glue to attach the decorative coil the the back of the calendar. This coil is acts like a paper clip to hold and display different pictures depicting the season or month.  A mini clothespin would work as well.  I kept the calendar in neutral colors so it could be used all year.  The Poe image in my ATC displayed below was drawn by Rick St. Dennis and can be found HERE in his Zibbet shoppe.  The backing paper features a blurb from Poe's short story "The Black Cat".



There are so many different kinds of Perpetual Calendars you can make.  I'm sure you will see more tutorials of different calendar types in the months to come.  I know I plan on making many more in many different styles.  These calendars make great gifts!  If you haven't seen it before, Helen did a tutorial on another version of a perpetual calendar. Click HERE to find her tutorial.

Thanks for looking at my work!  
~ Lady Brayton ~