Betsy Veldman

Did you know that today is Umbrella Day? You didn’t? Really??? Well, you do now! Good thing I’ve got your back ‘cuz it’s a day you wouldn’t want to miss, right? Let’s make it a celebration, shall we? I’m always looking for an excuse to celebrate. So today, umbrellas it is! 

I did a little research and was pretty surprised at how many different kinds of umbrellas I found! There are umbrellas for the rain, for the beach, for golfers and I even came across…(and this is just for Cath!)…umbrellas for your dog! Yes, siree. 

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There are upscale umbrellas made from fine fabrics and bejeweled handles…

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Umbrellas for brides, complete with the couple’s monogram…

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You can even visit, where all you have to do is input your zip code to find out if you’ll need an umbrella today. 

And if you’re up for a feast for the eyes, just do a Google image search for “colorful umbrellas” and prepare to be wowed by glorious images and colors!

So…I know what you’re thinking…how does this all relate to paper crafting? Well, umbrellas are trendy and they’re popping up everywhere, from patterned papers to stamps to die cuts and more! They’re fun, colorful and happy! We need something to brighten us up on those rainy days, don’t we? 

So here is a paper crafting project for you, using a fun umbrella die cut image from Provo Craft’s A Child’s Year Cricut cartridge. 

It also features one of my favorite techniques…paper piecing! Umbrellas are just perfect for this technique! Umbrellas need to be colorful, don’t they?

If you like the look of paper piecing, be sure to keep an eye out for the PC 101 column in the March/April 2010 issue of Paper Crafts. Here I explore nine different ways to use paper piecing in your projects. It’s coming to a newsstand or mailbox near you soon! 

Wishing you clear skies…or should that be cloudy?

Paper Crafts Go-to Gal,
Betsy Veldman

P.S. In honor of Umbrella Day, Prima has graciously donated three prize packages that feature what else…their new Umbrella collection! To be eligible to win, leave a comment by midnight (MST) on Thursday, Feb. 11.

Three lucky winners will take home items from Prima's new Umbrella line!