It’s Critters at Cute Card Thursday!

Hello friends and happy Thursday!  We are getting ready to start the weekend and I’m ready to have some time to catch up on a few things!  How about you?  Do you have any plans for the weekend?

Today starts a new challenge over at Cute Card Thursday!  Yay!  The challenge for this week is probably a favorite of mine which is “critters“!  Looking forward to seeing all those critters in the gallery this week!  🙂

My project for today is another one of those that I had actually wanted to start last year, but of course it gets pushed aside for another day, so here’s the day I start!  When I went to a stamp convention this last Summer, I really enjoyed the vendor booth for Taylored Expressions and just fell in love with these grumpy critters:

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LOL!  I plan on making myself this fun little calendar for my stamp room.  I also thought about making a couple more of them for some gifts too!  So here’s my start with them.  Really simple and fun little calendar cards to make up!  I have a die coming that will help to display all of the months which I will share later on.  So stayed tuned for up-coming Calendar months made with the Taylored Expressions Calendar Grumplings stamp set!

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So is this how we all feel when January rolls around?  LOL!

When I went to the stamp convention, I picked up this package of the 2019 3×4 calendar cards that were pre-printed with a special little rectangle on top with a decorative background print on it.  This is where I’m using the spot to create my “calendar scenes”.  There are dies that you can get that fit these to help you create your designs.

So I took the unhappy/surprised kitty and colored him in with Copics and cut him out with the coordinating die.  I took the frame from the calendar scene die set to cut out a frame with black cardstock and then placed some ribbon behind it to make it appear like curtains. and then I had a speech bubble punch which I punched from white cardstock and stamped the sentiment over it and sponged around the edges with some gray ink.  I took some foam tape and popped the speech bubble up over the scene.  I mounted this card onto some coordinating colored cardstock.  I wanted to keep these smaller, but I could see this work for some really cute cards too!

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And here’s the February Calendar Critter with the grumpy love pig!! LOL!

I stamped, colored him in with Copics and a red gel pen for accents and cut him out with the coordinating die set.  I also took the frame die from the calendar scene die set and cut it out from some red glitter cardstock and attached it over the pink heart background.

I then popped him up with foam tape and stamped the sentiment right next to him.  I took the heart sequins and glued them around the pig.  I used a gel pen to draw a heart around Valentine’s Day.  Lastly, I layered this calendar onto a piece of coordinating pink cardstock.

Hope you’ve enjoyed my “Grumpy Calendar Critters” today and please be sure to stay tuned in for more months in the future!  Thanks so much for stopping in! 


  1.  Use Your Stuff – numbers (hope a calendar counts!)
  2. Crafty Creations – Anything Goes
  3. Crafting By Designs – Layer it Up

25 thoughts on “It’s Critters at Cute Card Thursday!

  1. Love these fabulous calendar pages, Vicki!! I have to admit, that first one IS me!!! So very cute!!


  2. Those critters are really fun and great idea to use the pre-printed calendar and then to pop the design in on top. Thank you for sharing x


  3. These are so, so, so cute! Especially the piggy (I’m a piggy grandma)! Thanks for playing w/ us at “Use Your Stuff” – Doreen DT Member


  4. Awww your calendar pages are sooo cute Vicki! I love the adorable images and awesome designs, what a fun item to have in your craft room!
    Hugs, Tammy


  5. Those critters are adorable! These would definitely make great gifts! Thanks for joining us this week at Use Your Stuff! Amanda – DT


  6. Oh these are too cute – can’t wait to see the rest of your calendar. Love Taylored Expressions booth last year so you know where am heading first this year. Won’t have the sling this year like I did last – YEA – so will be able to carry my own bag. LOL Still having issues with shoulder – “nerve damage” per the specialist but I am functional, get to do all the things I want to do (except lift my newest grand baby) and we are working on pain management.


  7. I like your fun calendar idea! Love those grumpy critters too and how you can personalize each month any way you want to. Super cute and what fun to have these in your craft room 🙂


  8. I love your calendar pages, Vicki! January is perfect, we all put on that couple extra during the holidays!! and no love for Valentines Day, awww….A nice idea and beautiful pages.



  9. Oh my gosh, what awesome critters on your beautiful calendars, my special friend! I love the critter stepping on the scale; how appropriate for a January calendar! The grumpy pig image is so adorable and perfect for a February calendar! Great calendars, Vicki! Hugs!


  10. Yaayy cute and funny critters Vicki..I love them both the January made me smile and February cute too…they are both fun and I love it
    Hugs…and see you around sweety


  11. Love your calendar pages – what a great addition to put on your desk in the craft room. I have a couple more calendars to make before the end of January (best get to work). Love the cute little critters.


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