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At this time of year, you might be asking yourself just when does spring start anyway? At least that’s what’s been on everybody’s lips north of the 49th parallel! It keeps snowing, and we keep shovelling and scraping.  And I’m getting just a tad tired of my heavy coat and scarf! How about you?

Well, with Janine’s project I’m showcasing for Front & Centre Friday, spring might just start…TODAY!

Once again my favourite bundle Colourful Seasons, comes to life in her pretty pastel coloured card. Now if you haven’t picked up this bundle yet, a word of caution. You want to make sure you get it today so you can save 10%. (I sure hope it sticks around in the next catalogue and if it does, the set and thinlits will be full price!)

See if you think SPRING when you see it!

just when does spring start anyway

When this bundle first debuted last June, I snapped it up. When I asked myself my 10 questions for making a smart craft purchase, there really WAS no question. I KNEW this was a versatile, all-round set I would get TONS of use out of.

Take a peek at just some of the cards I’ve shared:

Really, if you make only one bundle purchase this catalogue, make it this one!

just when does spring start anyway

Well, just when does spring start anyway?

NOW! (I’ll step down from my Colorful Seasons soapbox (😁) and get back to Janine’s beautiful card.) There’s a couple cool techniques here I want to make sure you notice.

Take a close look at the branch. Can you see it? Rather than cut out a branch and lay it on top of the card, Janine cut out the Whisper White and laid a piece of the Wood Textures designer series paper stack in behind it. Pretty fun and smart! (TIP: She stamped her small Blushing Bride petals on her card FIRST before cutting out the branch.)

Lastly she added the three cut out blossoms on top with liquid glue.

And for her second technique. Do you remember paper piercing? How it used to be all the rage? Then, like lots of great – and simple – finishing touches, it got edged out (no pun intended ☺️). Look how pretty it is here along the bottom edge of the card.

just when does spring start anyway

And there’s a third technique here too we seldom see much anymore.  Sponging the edge of the Whisper White in a colour to match the matting.  So simple and so effective to add a softness to your card!  (TIP: Sponge BEFORE you glue to the matting.)

How’d she do that? I think most of us have what we affectionately refer to as a “pokey tool” (aka paper-piercing tool and you can find it on page 204 of the annual catalogue). And it’s fabulous for picking up small items to adhere to our cards (think rhinestones, glue dots, enamel shapes). But pair it with the Stampin’ Pierce Mat and it really does become a paper piercing tool! Go figure!

Janine lined the scalloped die from the thinlits along the edge of her card and poked the tool through the cardstock next to it. (TIP1: Place the mat under your card so your tool will pierce into it. TIP2: Make sure you open your card and lie it flat to do this or you’ll pierce the inside too. And TIP3: Hold the die in place with a couple small pieces of washi tape so both hands are free to work.)

Now it’s up to you!

Get out your Colorful Seasons bundle and get busy creating spring cards just like Janine’s. And if you held off purchasing it this long, don’t wait any longer! I don’t want you to miss out on saving 10% when you click on the image below and order it from me! I really appreciate it!

just when does spring start anyway

Know what I’m going to do?  I absolutely guarantee you can’t go wrong with this bundle.  In fact, I’m so sure of it, if you bring it back to me even a year after you buy it and it hasn’t seen an ink pad or the framelits are still attached to the tape, I’ll buy it back from you!  No questions asked!

Every single season – and holiday – can be covered with this one bundle. Summer, fall, winter and now spring. So pull it out, grab your subtles stamp pads and paper and see if you can conjure up some warm and breezy weather in your craft space. And then really does it matter what the answer is to your question just when does spring start anyway?

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