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An End and a Beginning

The end of Sale-a-bration always feels a little strange. You know, like it shouldn't be over "already." Now that it's March 1, we put Sale-a-bration in the rear-view mirror, though, and look ahead to what the next new thing is. Because isn't that what being a crafter is all about? The new, the different, the exciting?

March 1 also marks the last day to register for my March classes. And did you know in person classes are back? These classes again give us an opportunity to connect face to face but also serve as a way to use new product, put more ink to more stamps, and smile, laugh, and connect with others. For those who live a distance away, virtual classes are still the bedrock on which I'm building my class offerings. Register on March 1 for all of them, including the Easter Bunny Buy & Try class - receive the stamp set and punch (when it becomes available again) with this class - and the Thanks a Bunch class - choose to get the stamp set with the class or use your own. For all March class details, click here.

Now that we've covered the end of some things, we need to check out the beginning of others! March 1 is the first day on which you can grab the brand new Colorful Kaleidoscope Kit from our Kits Collection. Absolutely gorgeous!

In addition, we have new Online Exclusive products! These products are not found in any catalogs but are available for purchase now until they're gone and not restocked. I know that sounds really up in the air, but with all the frustration in recent years with supply chain problems, it's refreshing personally to have this mindset. Gone when they're gone! However, there is one caveat about this...if a product is gone, but it's still listed in the online store, it'll say "Currently Unavailable," which means it will be available again. And that's exciting, too!

Today during What's Up! Stampers, I used these new Online Exclusive products:

I made this super cool card that stands all by itself on a shelf!

Making the card base is super simple. Start with a piece of cardstock that measures 9" x 5 1/2", then score it at 2 1/8", 4 1/4", 6 3/8", and 8 1/2". Fold on all those lines and adhere the 1/2" section to the first 2 1/8" section. Layers on the card base, then are as follows...

Lost Lagoon cardstock:

-4 pieces (one for each panel) 1 7/8" x 5 1/4"

Hello Irresistible Designer Series Paper:

-3 pieces 1 3/4" x 5 1/8"

Basic White cardstock:

-One piece 1 3/4" x 5 1/2"

You can see here the front and the back of this card. The back has that white panel, so you can write your sentiment.

When getting the leaves ready for this card, I used Soft Sea Foam ink on white cardstock, then cut them out using the Irresistible Blooms Dies. I no longer have the Lost Lagoon Classic Stampin' Pad from years ago, so I used Versamark ink on Lost Lagoon cardstock to create the Lost Lagoon leaves. I so love how it turned out.

To hinge the focal image/sentiment circles, I cut 2 small pieces of Lost Lagoon cardstock measuring 3/4" x 1 1/2", then folded them in half and layering them onto the card as shown below, with the folds matching up with the fold in the center of the card base.

I added glue to those tabs, then, and added the focal piece. Here's a side view.

But those tabs can't be seen from the front.

You can watch me make this card during What's Up! Stampers by clicking here. Note that I had some technical difficulties until about the 4 minute mark. See a list of the products I used - along with links to my online store to those products - by scrolling to the bottom of this blog post.

Back in 2020, I used this card design for an alternate Paper Pumpkin project. You can watch make that card here:

Happy stamping!


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