It’s 2023! Commissioned Calendars and More Calendars to Start the Year!

We’ve made it to 2023!🎉  Congratulations and a huge welcome!  I’m so thrilled to have you with me for another crafty year and honored to be apart of your creative journey in some way.

Towards the end of last year…which was a few months ago…I was asked to create a set of those calendar cards that I had made last January which you can view in my previous post HERE. If you look at the calendars at the bottom of the post, it explains the details. In sharing those, someone asked me to create a set with a particular theme in mind for giving as Christmas gifts.

I was given instructions to use a sheep image for their card/game group that call themselves “Sheeples”.😄  The first one that came to my mind was this adorable little die cut set from Taylored Expressions called Spring Squad Die & Clear Stamp Combo.  I love the added stamp set to create the details of the characters!  And of course I’ve also used the TE Mini Tear-Off Calendars.

For the background, I wanted to incorporate some game theme items with this cutie, so I pulled out the fun stamp set from Inky Stamper called Game Night, of course!  I ink blended the background panel with some reds and black/gray Oxide Ink colors and spritzed it with water for some texture.  Once dried, I added the different “suit” images in the corresponding colors of the suits.  I also stamped a sentiment from this same stamp set and die cut a banner with it to pop up under the sheep.  Lastly, I’ve added a few Playing Card Shaker Elements and rhinestones.

In total, I needed to create 8 of these calendars and I think they turned out really cute and fun!  I didn’t know if there were any masculine members of the group, so I wanted to keep it for use either way and I’m glad I did as it was needed.  So these are each A2 size that can fold flat and fit inside A2 envelopes for mailing if you needed. Then the recipient can stand them up to remind them of their next game night fun throughout the year!  She seemed pretty pleased with them, so that was great too!  And of course she received them in plenty of time for Christmas giving, but I’m just now getting them posted.

I enjoy creating a new calendar for my craft room every year and there is a fun 2023 Calendar Kit from Inky Stamper that I completed.

Every year Inky Stamper comes out with these calendars that comes with all of the calendar month cards plus pre-stamped and cut images along with a sentiment strip and papers for each month.  It also includes some sort of stand to display them on. (I like to use the previous year calendar to make cards with too!)

I was able to get them all colored and assembled for this year and have it displayed on a shelf next to my computer so that I can flip through each month and enjoy.  I enjoy taking the time to sit and color especially with it being cold and snowy again over my way.

And since this post is all about calendars, I thought I’d take the time to complete TWO Perpetual Occasions Calendars from Taylored Expressions that I had gotten sometime last year for gifts and never got around to finishing them up.

Vicki-TE-perpetual calendar

I’ve just turned it to January to show, but you can see the other pages of the calendar on the bottom corner that were all stenciled up similarly.  The link above takes you to the class kit which includes the TE Perpetual Occasions Calendar, the TE Calendar Coil plus the video class instructions from Taylor on how to put everything together.  You can also get the TE Floral Vines Layering Stencils that work with this calendar which I’ve used with these that I made.

And of course you can also use these same stencils to make a pretty card too!  I’ve taken the same stencils that I’ve used on my calendar and made a birthday card.  I took the instruction from Taylor’s class and applied it similar to my own card using the TE Diagonal Stitch Rectangle die to partially cut one side of the stenciled panel.  I also pulled out the TE On Occasion stamps & dies to white heat emboss over black and cut out over the front of the card.

And then after creating two sets of the perpetual calendars and birthday cards to match, I’ve added a rainbow pen that I had previously purchased from Taylored Expressions (no longer in the store) and placed them all inside these TE 5×8 Clear Calendar Boxes.  I pulled out some ribbon in my stash and wrapped it around the boxes.  I now have two completed birthday gifts with cards this year!  Yay!  I feel like I’ve accomplished something ahead of time for a change!

  • I hope you’ve enjoyed my New Year calendar post today and have been inspired to start getting crafty!  Thanks so much for stopping in and I’ll see you soon! 


  1. Creatalicious – Anything Goes optional something new (new calendar kit for 2023)
  2. Love to Craft – Anything Goes
  3. Love to Scrap – Anything Goes
  4. Crafty Animals – Anything Goes + animal (top and middle projects)
  5. Lil’ Patch of Crafty Friends – Anything Goes
  6. Penny’s Paper-Crafty – Anything Goes with paper
  7. Paper a la Mode – Let’s Get Started (no cards)

21 thoughts on “It’s 2023! Commissioned Calendars and More Calendars to Start the Year!

  1. OMGoodness, I LOVE all of these! I used to make calendars every year but for some reason the tradition kind of fizzled out. Several of us still use our perpetual calendars which are so awesome and last literally a lifetime. Your creativity is amazing, Sistah!


  2. Your calendars are wonderful and this is the first year I haven’t made any myself! I love the tear-offs – they are so cute and fun and the calendar you made for yourself is a gem and would make me smile every day just looking at it! The perpetual calendar makes a wonderful gift and the matching card makes it so elegant! You’ve been busy and I love everything I see here today! It’s a great way to kick off 2023!


  3. Super cute sheep calendars! You reminded me to update my tear off calendar too. Thanks for that 😀


  4. Love your sheep calendars! Your other calendars are gorgeous too. Love the calendar gifts a lot!
    xxx Margreet


  5. Your customer must have been delighted with those adorable sheep calendars, they are absolutely gorgeous. Love the critters in your desktop calendar and of course the perpetual occasions calendars and matching card.


  6. Oh, Vicki, your little sheep are adorable such a fabulous idea and fabulous calendars with those little shaker elements, and then the cute mouse sledding across January, well, he just made me smile, and THEN, all his buddies turned up, so so cute, love them all. The perpetual calendar’s are a fabulous size and beautifully stenciled, then packaged up with the gorgeous card and pen, what a perfect gift..stay warm and safe..

    Luv CHRISSYxx


  7. Simply Amazing all of your calendars. The game night ones are awesome and I know your “client” had to have been super pleased…so well thought out for sure and the one from Inky Stamper has painted me green with envy…how can I be content with my dollar tree flip over after seeing all of this! Looking forward to another year of visiting you and seeing your beautiful art work. I actually bought me a fun and playful set “Playing in the Rain” from Stampin up! You are rubbing off on me, I guess I’m not too old for playful! Smiles to you, Kathy


  8. Oh my goodness those sheep calendars are so cute and the ink blended background and the terrific stamping to incorporate the cards is fantastic.

    I love all the little friends on your calendar. I need to get a new calendar for 2023 for my desk. I might need to look in to doing something like the one you have here.

    I love the colors and stamps you used on the perpetual calendar too. My perpetual calendar is just plain with no images.

    Super gorgeous card to pair with the calendar too.


  9. Love the Sheep Calendars as well as the perpetual calendar. I used to make the calendars but just “don’t” anymore. No reason. So looking forward to what you come up with this year for inspiration.


  10. OH MY GOODNESS VICKI, what a wonderful array of Calendars. I do love the sheep, everything about them, the background is so nice and I am sure she was pleased, who wouldn’t be! Awesome details, everyone of them!!



  11. Your personalised sheep calendars are brilliant-love all the cute critter toppers too.Love the stencilling on the calendar pages and card too
    Carol x


  12. Well, darn. Now I wish I’d made calendars! This post is amazing, from the sheep to the packaging! Great calendars, and the perpetual calendar is pure genius! Love everything you shared! Hugs…!


  13. Wonderful creations! I bet the calendars were a big hit. Those are truly original and adorable. Your birthday sets are so pretty. It’s always good to plan ahead – wish I could get my act together! Oh, and your personal calendar is too cute! I had to check each month out and the images and puns are so cute and fun.


  14. Wow, what amazing gifts! They are all so beautiful and I’m sure your gifts will be much appreciated 🙂. You packaged them together so beautifully too, love these! Happy and creative wishes! Hugs Jo x


  15. Vickie, I love these creations! Thank you for sharing this with us at The Paper A La Mode Challenges Blog.


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