Welcome to a new month. In the Phoenix area, March is the time of Major League Baseball's Cactus League Spring Training, and lots of snowbirds/spring break visitors all jamming the roads. And spending lots of money, which makes it possible to build those roads, so I guess it all evens out, LOL.
In the Stampin' Up! world, March is the last month of the Sale-A-Bration period, so be sure you get your order(s) in to receive your FREE item(s)...remember you can choose one for every $50 you spend. By the way, if you realized that you wanted one of the limited-time offerings that went away on February 15, SU! announced today that they have a small quantity of them left, so you can still try to choose one. Let me know if you have any questions on this or anything else.
If you're looking for my March class schedule, hang tight a few more days...I'm still working out the details. In the meantime, here's a look at what we made in February's classes:
This card is all about the Botanical Gardens Suite on pp. 26-27 of the Occasions Catalog. From this suite we used the Botanical Blooms stamp set, the Botanical Builder Framelits Dies, and the Botanical Gardens Designer Series Paper (DSP).
We started by cutting the left edge of the Thick Whisper White card base with the leafy vine Framelit, which allows the DSP we added to show through.
The large leaf was stamped in Mossy Meadow ink on Pear Pizazz card stock before being cut with a Framelit and the edges sponged. The flowers were cut from some DSP and Hello Honey card stock. The Hello Honey flower was stamped in the center with a little image from the stamp set in Cajun Craze. The leaf and large flower were popped up with Stampin' Dimensionals, and the Hello Honey flower added with a Glue Dot. The sentiment is from the Tin of Cards set, and was stamped in Mossy Meadow.
The Botanical Blooms stamp set also coordinates with some images on the Botanical Gardens DSP. You can see in the picture below where we added veins and flower centers to leaves and flowers: Cajun Craze centers on Cajun Craze flowers, long stamens in Hello Honey on those flowers, and veins in Old Olive and Mossy Meadow on leaves. This is the first DSP that was designed to be stamped on for added dimension, and it's very fun!
These three items in the suite are available in a bundle ( item number is 140819) which saves 15% off the cost of purchasing them separately. In addition, you'll see that one can purchase some sparkly embellishments and washi tape that also coordinate. Oh, the fun one can have!
Know how I've been talking about Paper Pumpkin?
Stampin' Up! just announced today that they're now offering a 12-month prepaid subscription that will save you $24 over the monthly pay-as-you-go option! The item number is 137861, and the cost is $214.50. This will earn you 4 Sale-A-Bration items if you purchase it before the end of March.
The 3-month prepaid subscription (item number 137859) is still on sale for $55, and will earn you 1 Sale-A-Bration item.
Either way, be sure to sign up before March 10, so that you don't miss the 3-year anniversary kit in March!
The other week I taught a technique class featuring different methods of transferring ink and water onto paper for backgrounds. See my first, second and third examples here, here and here.
The final technique we explored was pressing 3 or 4 stamp pads directly on the acetate/Window Sheet, spritzing with a good amount of water, then turning the plastic upside down and touching one part of it to the paper, then lifting and touching another part of the paper. You can press the plastic to move the ink along a bit during the process. This is kind of a combination of the first and third methods.
Here is one example of this technique made with Shimmery White Paper and Blackberry Bliss, Marina Mist and Perfect Plum inks. I think that the Shimmery White produces the best results because the ink and water can "float" on the surface for a fraction of a second longer than the super-absorbent Watercolor Paper.
This one is also on Shimmery White, with Pool Party, Bermuda Bay, Island Indigo and Night of Navy inks. Once the ink had been pressed onto the paper I used an AquaPainter to flick drops of water onto the page. I let them sit for a minute or two until I could see that they had lifted or moved the ink, then carefully blotted up the excess water with a paper towel.
One last example, this time with Mint Macaron, Tip Top Taupe and Hello Honey inks. I'm going to have to figure out what to make out of these sheets!
Don't be left out of the March Paper Pumpkin fun!
March is Paper Pumpkin's 3rd birthday. I was a total skeptic when the program was introduced, and the first year's kits weren't inspiring at all. That has totally changed and I look forward to every month's kit with giddy anticipation.
March's kit is going to be shipped in this special, blue box...who knows what goodies it will contain?
What are you waiting for? You need to be signed up by March 10 to receive the March kit. A 3-month subscription is on sale for $55, which also earns you a FREE Sale-A-Bration item! Go to my Online Store and order item #137859 so you don't miss out on March's kit!
I've been paper-crafting since 2006, and an Independent Stampin' Up! demonstrator since 2010. I love sharing my craft with others, either through classes or by creating special cards and gifts that meet their needs. Join me in creating fun!