amc0109beate.jpgMost of you probably know Julie Ebersole. She is an amazing stamper, was a team member of SCS and is the Creative Teams Director of A Muse Artstamps. I had the pleasure of meeting her twice. She is such a sweetheart.

Well….Julie approached me and asked if I could make a sample for a fundraiser A Muse is starting today. I had to say yes! Not only would I do almost anything for Julie, but this fundraiser is for Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. My Dad died  of Leukemia one day before Rebecca was born. How could I say no?

Here is more information about this fundraiser:

Last year, Linda Carnell, owner of A Muse Artstamps, designed a calendar to raise funds for Scleroderma Research, an illness her mother suffers from.  The project was so successful, that she was determined to expand the variety of calendars, and find another great cause to support!In honor of Victoria Nelson, an avid fan of A Muse, who is undergoing treatment for Hodgkin’s Disease, 100% of the proceeds from the sale of this year’s calendar will benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

This year’s Calendar features 16 months and includes Sept 2008 through December 2009.  It also includes a perpetual calendar which is great for keeping track of birthdays and anniversaries. 

The calendar has been designed in several different sizes.There are THREE donation levels per calendar.  The minimum donation is $4 per calendar, but, there is also an option to donate $10 or $20 for each version.We hope people will enjoy stamping these calendars as fun projects and gifts for friends and family, while contributing to a great organization at the same time!


I printed out the beautiful square calendar pages, cut them down to 4″ squares and decorated them with Stampin’ Up! stamps and paper.

I just don’t have enough A Muse stamps to make it all A Muse.

The calendar was bound together with the Zutter Bind-It-All machine and a 1″ silver wire.

I order my postage stamps online from They always come with great sturdy cardboard pieces to keep the postage stamps sheets straight. I keep them for BIA projects. I cut two down to 4 1/2″ squares for my Calendar front and backing.

The cardboard front is covered with Urban Garden Designer Paper. The bottom part measures 3″ x 4 1/4″, the top 1 7/8″ x 4 1/4″. In between I taped a thin strip of Whisper White cardstock that was punched with the Scallop Edge Punch. I covered the front of the back cover the same way. The insides are covered with a 4 1/2″ square of the Olive paper from Ski Slope Designer Paper. I tied 5/8″ Baja Breeze Ribbon around the top.

The frame is from Frames & Flourishes and was stamped in Chocolate Chip ink on Whisper White cardstock. 2009 was stamped with the Short Order Numbers in Old Olive. I cut out the frame, added Flower Flusions II flowers with an Ice Circle Rhinestone Brad in it’s center to the left of the frame and taped everything down with dimensionals.

This will be a LONG post. If you want to see all the pages, click on more.


All calendar pages have 1 3/8″ x 4″ pieces of Designer paper on top with a 1/4″ x 4″ piece of Ski Slope Designer Paper taped over the bottom edge.

January’s 1 3/8″ x 4″ strip of paper is from Ski Slope Designer Paper.

Over the Chocolate Scallop circle is a 1 3/8″ paper pierced Ski Slope paper, with a Pink Pirouette Snowflake from Best Wishes & More. The center of the snowflake was stamped with Night of Navy ink on another piece of Whisper White, cut out and adhered to my Pink Snowflake.


The designer paper strip for February is from the Bella Rose Designer Paper pack.

The scallop circle here is topped with a 1 3/8″ Ski Slope paper circle.

The heart is stamped in Riding Hood Red on Whisper White. It’s from the Best Wishes & More stamp set.


The paper strip for March comes from the Ski Slope Designer Paper.

So does the 1 3/8″ circle on top of the Chocolate Chip scallop circle.

The Butterfly is from the Flight of the Butterfly stamp set. 

The solid image was stamped in Red Riding Hood on Whisper White cardstock. I stamped the outline butterfly over the solid image in Chocolate Chip. I stamped the outline again on Ski Slope Designer paper, cut out the wings and taped it over my Whisper White butterfly.


The paper strip for April is from Urban Garden Designer Paper, the paper for the circle from Bella Rose Designer Paper.

The bird from Best Wishes & More was stamped in Baja Breeze on Whisper White cardstock and cut out.


The paper strip on top the May page is from the Ski Slope Designer paper, the paper in the circle is from the Urban Garden Designer Paper.

The flower is again from the Best Wishes & More stamp set. It was inked with Baja Breeze, the edges were inked with the Chocolate Chip marker before it was stamped on Whisper White cardstock and cut out. I stamped the flower again in Chocolate Chip and punched out it’s center with the 3/4″ circle punch. That circle was adhered to the center of my blue flower.


June is one of my favorite pages.

Both the paper strip as well as the paper circle are from the Urban Garden Designer Paper.

The flowers are the small flower from Inspired by Nature.

I inked it up with Old Olive marker on the stem, Red Riding Hood ink pad for the flower head. Next I added shading with the Chocolate Chip marker on the top of the flower, and more Red Riding Hood ink with a Fantastix with bullet tip. The image was stamped on Whisper White and cut out. I repeated the steps to make my second flower.


July’s paper strip is from the Ski Slope Designer Paper pack, the circle from the Bella Rose Designer Paper.

The star is from Holiday Trinkets.

It is stamped in Red Riding Hood on Whisper White cardstock, cut out and adhered to my circle.


For the August page, the paper strip is from the Bella Rose Designer Paper pack, the circle from Ski Slope Designer Paper.

I figured March and August are spaced far enough apart so I could use the bird from Best Wishes & More one more time. This time I stamped it in Night of Navy on Whisper White and cut it out.


Both the strip and the circle on the September page are from the Ski Slope Designer Paper.

The leaf stamp is from Best Wishes & More. I inked it up once in Riding Hood Red, added Night of Navy with a marker on the edges, stamped it on Whisper White and cut it out. Next I inked it with Old Olive, inked the edges again with the Night of Navy Marker and cut it out again.


October and November pages stumped me a little.

I couldn’t believe that with all the stamps I own, I only have one Halloween set and no Thanksgiving sets.

Both paper strip and circle are from the Urban Garden Designer Paper.

The stamp is from Eat, Drink & Be Scary from the upcoming Holiday Mini catalog.

I stamped the hat in Chocolate Chip Craft ink on Ski Slope Designer Paper.

I cut a small strip or Riding Hood Red cardstock for my hat trimmings, sponged the edges and taped it down.


For November, the paper strip is from the Urban Garden Designer Paper, the circle from the Ski Slope Designer Paper.

After debating forever about what to use, I settled on the gratitude definition from Define your Life in a frame from Frames & Flourishes. Both were stamped in Chocolate chip ink on Whisper White cardstock.


The paper strip for the December page is from the Ski Slope Designer Paper, the circle from Urban Garden.

The tree from Holiday Trinkets was inked up with Chocolate Chip and Old Olive Markers, stamped on Whisper White cardstock and cut out.

When I started working on this project, I was a bit overwhelmed with the number of pages to fill. I started by cutting two strips of 1 3/8″ x 4″ designer paper from each design and adding the chocolate chip strip under it.

Next I punched the 12 chocolate scallop circles and topped it with 1 3/8″ designer paper circles, again two of each design. Then I went hunting for matching stamps.

I hope you enjoy today’s super long post and you will give a thought about supporting this wonderful fundraiser.
Hugs and smiles


Stay at Home Mom of Three, Splitcoast Team Member and Copic and Spellbinders die Lover.

53 Responses to “A Muse Calendar fundraiser”

  1. Lovely calendar Beate! That was an awesome thing you did for A Muse. Thank you! My father died from Leukemia at age 52. I have a soft spot for that cause.

  2. Beautiful calendar !!!! Great cause.
    God bless

  3. WOW. Amazing and a great cause. I’m sorry about your dad. He is smiling at you. :)

  4. Your calendar is amazing and so very special!! I’m sorry about your Dad, and will be checking out the cause. Hugs!!

  5. My oh my! This is an amazing calendar to support a worthy cause. I know you thought of your dad many times as you created this beautiful calendar and I know it will inspire many. Off I go to check out cause! Thanks and hugs, Beate!

  6. Absolutely stinking cute, Beate! Well done sweetie!

  7. A great calendar supporting a great cause!

  8. This is absolutely gorgeous!!

  9. Georgous! I love all the projects you do. I’m always inspired!

  10. You did a gorgeous job on the calendar! Very pretty!

  11. This is a great project. I think many people will support this endeavor.

  12. I’m absolutely speechless !!! What an INCREDIBLE project…it’s absolutely AMAZING (just like you)!
    What a wonderful way to remember and honor your Dad too. He’d be so very proud of you, my friend

    Big Hugs

  13. Great calendar and I just love fundraisers!

  14. Fabulous project, Beate, love how you bound the calendars — fabulous papers, too! Is this the square format calendar?

  15. Love this Beate, what size calendar do I need to purchase to make the size you made? Thanks so much for sharing your awesome project!!!!

  16. Beate as always your work is simply stunning and what a great cause. I am going to download the calendars and hopefully get some interest in classes and will donate proceeds from those to the foundation. Thanks also for the chat tonight.


  17. Just gorgeous. I mad a 12×12 scrapbook calender for my mother-in-law last x-mas…this is much more reasonable size wise!! Beautiful project. That must’ve been SO difficult for you to lose your dad at such a time. I’m going to have a look at the fundraiser. Have a great day!


  18. Oh this is so beautiful!

  19. Gorgeous calendar, Beate!

  20. What a wonderful contribution to a great cause! I love your calendar and how you used the bind-it-all. I think I need to get mine out and play with it again :)

  21. An excellent creation once again. Thanks for sharing the fundraiser with us. Although I don’t have time for much stamping anymore, I purchased the calendar template in hopes that I can make some Christmas presents in the next 3 months.

  22. Beate, this is just beautiful! Thank you so much for participating in this project. I’m so sorry about the loss of your father to Leukemia. Your love for him is clearly shown in this project.

  23. Beate, this really touched my heart! Your Amuse project is so wonderful for a very important cause. God bless you Beate! HUgs, Deb

  24. Oh my goodness, what a FABULOUS project, Beate! That took some time. . but it is just gorgeous! Love it!

  25. Absolute Fab project – love your work… will go over to Muse Artstamps now….

  26. I love it! Thanks for sharing, Beate!

  27. This is absolutely breathtaking Beate! I love the layout of your calender!

  28. WOW! I don’t do a lot of blog comments, but girl, you have just blown me away today and I have to say THANK YOU for sharing so much of yourself and your creativity on your blog. I’m off to order my calendars now.


  29. Love your calendar! I bought my calendar pages last year from Amuse. Every year I make calendars for my Thanksgiving guests …. guess I better get busy! I’ve just been waiting for the calendars to go on sale.

    I may be CASE’ing some of your pages!


  30. Hmmm… And here I was, wondering what to do with my brand-new Bind-It-All machine!!! Love it!

    I love every image you’ve selected for each month – perfect! What a great project. Perfect for home or the office, perfect inexpensive but thoughtful gift… love it.


  31. Wow!! This is absolutely stunning!! I love everything about it!!

  32. Great cause ! I lost a friend to leukemia… I definately order a calendar.
    You did a great job with yours !!

  33. Beate – This is just stunning! I love how you repeated the circles, and mixed up the papers! Just beautiful! So sorry to hear about your father … thanks for helping with a great cause!

  34. Beate, what a beautiful calendar! Thanks so much for playing along with us!

  35. What a great calendar! Now is the time to start :) Great gift idea!

  36. Beautiful Beate! I am sorry to hear you lost your Dad to Leukemia. And one day before Rebecca was born! I cannot imagine your emotions at that time. Some say that when there is a death in a family, there is always a birth to follow. So true for you! Do you see your Dad in Rebecca?


  37. (((((Hugs)))))) my friend. I still remember crying on the way to Tulsa when you told me the story of Reba’s birth. Heavy sigh. ((((hugs)))))

  38. Wow! This is absolutely gorgeous!

    You don’t have enough A Muse stamps??? You really need to fix that! 😉

  39. Absolutely gorgeous Beate! Hmmm… methinks I may have to purchase one or two of these templates after seeing your beautiful sample!!! :)

  40. This is gorgeous, Beate! Absolutely stunning. Wouldn’t have expected anything less! ;0)

  41. Omigosh, this is GORGEOUS!!! I love it!!!

  42. This is a beautiful calendar, Beate! You have a heart that keeps on giving and this is a great cause. Thanks for showing all the pages and including what you used.

  43. Great calendar Beate. I just love your work and try to check your blog everyday so I don’t miss anything. I would love your input on my new blog. Thanks for all the great instruction you provide every day. I sure missed your blog in the summer but glad you had the time off that you needed.

  44. ………..THUD!!! Oh, Beate! BEATE!!! It’s absolutely GAAAAW-JUS!!! Thank you, my friend! I’m so honored you could join us for this great cause. {{{{{{{{{Beate}}}}}}}}}}}

  45. Your work is absolutely amazing! I love how you used the same layout throughout the year for a consistent theme. I will have to try this on my next calendar. Thank you so much for participating in the calendar project. I am so sorry that you lost your father to leukemia. I truly hope that some day soon cures will be found not only for blood cancers, but all types of cancers.

  46. Absolutely adorable!! You’ve inspired me to dust off my BIA and make some calendars.

  47. I’ve seen these wonderful calendars popping up all over the web, but I don’t know which size to order. You said these were the square ones cut to 4″. Do you know what size the A2 ones would make? I’m wondering if they would fill the whole 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 space and how much room would be left for decorating? Also, once you receive the download, can you print out more than one copy?

  48. The calendar is fabulous. I would love to do a similar project and maybe even involve my customers. They could download their own calendar blanks from the Amuse Calendar site. A question about the calendar paper – is it a nice grade of print paper or is it heavier weight like a cardstock? Looks to me like to ordered the square option which comes in a full page and cut that, correct? I so enjoy your work and how you have so generously shared your art and time with us. Thank you

  49. In honor of your dad and all of the generosity of your spirit, I bought three calendars today. Instead of using the Bind It since I don’t have one, I am following your sketch design but Anna Wright’s design using rings as you suggested. Thought someone else may want the site too. Her site can be found also at Then go to Blog and then scroll down until you can see her name above Beate’s. It is fun to look at all of the different ways and styles that these talented artists made their calendars. Of course, Beate, yours is my favorite because of your talent and you use SU products. Thanks Beate!

  50. Beautiful work!! Do you have the pattern for the calendars?

  51. Beate – Thank you for another beautiful project. I ordered two different calendars and love them. My husband died 15 years ago after an eleven month battle with NonHodgkins Lymphoma – I am glad to support this endeavor.

  52. I LOVE the calendar idea but where do you find the calender sheets? Did I miss something in your description? Gorgeous project!
    God bless you.

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