Here's a new page for my version of Kate Crane's calendar project. I'm also joining Linda Ledbetter's StudioL3 challenge and the current challenges at Simon Says Stamp and Show and Paper Issues. Linda's challenge is based on Tim Holtz's book, the Compendium of Curiosities Volume 2, and this week the focus is on Distress Markers.  I used the second of the two techniques Tim outlines on page 50 for this page.

The focus on my page is the new leaf stamps designed by Mario Rossi III.  I love the blueprint measurements he's included around them…. so unique! I've used the Sizzix Word Play and Hexagon dies, and dry embossed the letters for added texture.

The markers are reactive to water and you can really do some awesome coloring with them. I finished the page up with some favorite stamps and stencils.

And here's a peek at the finished September:

Ten down, two to go!  Thanks for visiting.

I hope you have a great week.



  1. windows 7 professional key on March 28, 2013 at 10:22 am

    Adorable Angela

  2. Diana on October 7, 2012 at 12:16 pm

    Your October page is fabulous! I love the HEXagons for the days — so apropos.

  3. Petitecerise on October 7, 2012 at 6:33 am

    Hi , thank you so much for having come on my blog. it’s my turn to stop by yours and i love what i am seeing . this is so beautiful and gorgeous. petitecerise see ya

  4. Joy on October 4, 2012 at 11:08 am

    The colours of your October page are absolutely gorgeous, as are those leaf stamps.

  5. Candy on October 4, 2012 at 5:47 am

    Marjie, your calendar pages are so cool! Love the colors and the designs on each page. They are all so different and artistic fun! Thanks so much for sharing these with us at Simon Says Stamp and Show. The October page really captures the colors and the “feel” of the coming of autumn! <3 Candy

  6. Patricia Fernandez-Moreno on October 4, 2012 at 4:47 am

    Stunning colours for both months, amazing pages love all the detail.

  7. Tracy Evans on October 4, 2012 at 4:31 am

    Absolutely gorgeous Autumnal page, your use of colour is wonderful, so rich, vibrant and great depth. Love how you have used the leaves around the edge too. Thanks so much for joining in the Simon Says Stamp and Show Challenge. Tracy x

  8. Anna-Karin on October 4, 2012 at 12:40 am

    Such a gorgeous calendar page! Wow! The leaves look wonderful (I love those stamps too) and all the colours and layering is fabulous. Thank you for sharing with us at Simon Says Stamp and Show!

  9. Michelle Webb on October 3, 2012 at 4:46 am

    Wow Marjie, October is glorious, I love that page. Michelle x

  10. fern cawley edwards on October 3, 2012 at 3:34 am

    The leaves, the letters, the hexies! Wow – love this page.

  11. Teresa Jaye on October 2, 2012 at 6:15 pm

    oooooooo, love the gorgeous colors! Those leaf stamps are cool and you’ve colored them beautifully!

  12. Wanda Hentges on October 2, 2012 at 5:33 pm

    Marjie, I love your October page!!!!!!!!

  13. Sandra on October 2, 2012 at 2:30 pm

    Stunning calender page! Love the bright background and those beautiful blue print leaves! Really pretty! Thank you so much for joining us at Simon Says Stamp and Show. Hugs, Sandra

  14. Marjie Kemper on October 2, 2012 at 1:12 pm

    I find the same problem with regular papers, Helen, no matter how I pre-treat them. I’ve only found two kinds of paper that won’t buckle: Ranger’s Manila card stock and regular old watercolor paper. This calendar is actually an XL watercolor pad. Thanks for your kind words… always appreciated!

  15. Helen Tilbury on October 2, 2012 at 12:29 pm

    Wow awesome Marjie!! I would love to be with you and have you explain everything to me. I don’t own the same kind of stash as you – would have no idea what to do with those markers – I presume you colour in all over and then you wipe with a sponge dipped in water. I want to achieve some watercolour effects but my paper is buckling so much – please let me know if you know the best thing to overcome that (in other words what to use to avoid that happening). Currently I am using my mists to achieve the effect but spraying my paper with water first. I like the effect but keeping the paper flat is impossible. I adhere the entire sheet to another sheet behind it which helps quite a bit but not entirely.

  16. Linda K on October 2, 2012 at 11:34 am

    Fabulous richly colored pages for October!! That border looks like a stamp I own from Stampers Anonymous…hmm, I haven’t used it in awhile :)

  17. Anita Houston on October 2, 2012 at 10:57 am

    Gorgeous Marjie, I like the finished one, but the October one with all the leaves is yummy!

  18. trisha too on October 2, 2012 at 10:57 am

    So rich and beautiful, and that beehive pattern–what a great idea!
    Wonderful pages, Marjie!

  19. Ann Briggs on October 2, 2012 at 7:24 am

    Wonderful, vibrant pages, and I love those leaf stamps

  20. Penny on October 2, 2012 at 7:20 am

    Such a gorgeous calendar page, Marjie! I love all the layers in your background and your colored leaves add the perfect touch for October!

  21. butterfly on October 2, 2012 at 5:12 am

    Can hardly believe that October page – it’s completely stunning! Glorious colours, fantastic use of the leaf blueprints – and your hexagonal days are just fabulous! I love it (could you tell?)…
    Alison x

  22. Shahrul Niza on October 2, 2012 at 5:06 am

    LOVE the happy colors for October!!. Amazing stamps, love the acorn & leaves.

  23. Brenda Brown on October 2, 2012 at 4:03 am

    My on my Marjie, this is a stunning calendar page with a real flavour of autumn. Your ability to use colour, to design and to create masterpieces is amazing. I really love this.
    hugs {brenda} xox

  24. paula c on October 1, 2012 at 9:36 pm

    Marjie, this calendar page is beautiful. I love everything about it.

  25. Julie Case on October 1, 2012 at 12:42 pm

    OOH! I love this! What fun colors and shapes! You’ve got my mind a’churnin’ with inspiration ;)

  26. Julia on October 1, 2012 at 10:07 am

    Just love the colours, stamped images and the faux stitching is wonderful. Great to see you’ve finished september too! Need to make sure I sit on my hands so I don’t buy those stamps – just bought other stuff so need to be good!

  27. Anne R on October 1, 2012 at 9:57 am

    Oh Marjie, your October page is fabulous, I love Mario III’s stamps (Only problem is I want them all!) and it is only when I think of them that I get an impression of the size of your calendar pages – wow. The autumnal colours are beautiful and blended so well. The leaves are stunning and love that faux stitching around each section – the whole thing is beautiful. Love September blues too. Crafty hugs, Anne x

  28. Terry on October 1, 2012 at 9:48 am

    What a great use of those stamps, which I did not think I needed. Love how we do that to each other! This is so Fall Fabulous! Love it! Happy October!

  29. Sharon on October 1, 2012 at 8:41 am

    Fantastic colors and love the blueprint .

  30. SusanK on October 1, 2012 at 8:08 am

    Your calendar pages are just wonderful! It’s been a joy waiting for each month..no disappointments! I think I might give this a go for next year…if I remember! lol

  31. Valerie-Jael on October 1, 2012 at 6:51 am

    Lovely Calendar, wonderful colours, love the leaves! Hugs, Valerie

  32. Stephanie Rodgers on October 1, 2012 at 6:49 am

    Love your calendar pages! I haven’t gotten bit yet by the journaling bug, but this looks like a great way to get started. I just don’t get making art pages that are hidden between the covers of a book.

  33. 2amscrapper on October 1, 2012 at 6:41 am

    these pages are beyond awesome!

  34. france papillon on October 1, 2012 at 6:31 am

    i’m drooling… big time! wow, such a rich colors!!
    i’m in love… :)

  35. krisandkreate on October 1, 2012 at 5:57 am

    Wow !!! Beautiful autumnal/fall feel. Loving the stitch detail :)

  36. Kimberly on October 1, 2012 at 5:55 am

    Oh, these are just beautiful. I love how soft the pages are. Thank you for sharing all your tools. What a great idea!

  37. Stacy on October 1, 2012 at 5:13 am

    Love your October calandar. This is my favorite time of the year and you captured the fall colors perfectly.

  38. Sharon on October 1, 2012 at 5:03 am

    Wow really stunning Marjie!! The colours are amazing!

  39. Dorothy on October 1, 2012 at 4:44 am

    Beautiful colors!!!

  40. Anesha on October 1, 2012 at 4:32 am

    Wow, I love the colours and stamps you used on your page!!!

  41. Alexa Noble on October 1, 2012 at 3:47 am

    The colours are gorgeous. I love the stitching and the leaves – fab page!

  42. Debbie Reid on October 1, 2012 at 3:23 am

    Love your calendar pages Marie! Great vibrant colours and I love those leaf stamps! I have yet to try. Hopefully next year!

  43. kathy/NorthCarolina on October 1, 2012 at 2:32 am

    Oh, I love these colors!!! They make me want to dance. And what a fun layout for the calendar…vertically instead of horizontal. All this and fluttering leaves and hexagons, too? Your work just fills my heart with joy!

  44. Alie Hoogenboezem-de Vries on October 1, 2012 at 1:57 am

    A great calendar Marjie…the leaves stamps are so nice!And those sweet colours together…gorgeous!
    You did so well on both months!! Compliments
    greetings, Alie :-)