National Craft Month (and my new on-line class) is here!

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It’s March – aka National Craft Month and I’ve got a ton to celebrate! First of all, my newest on-line class – the largest class I’ve done to date at www.craftwithmay.com is now live! You can still join in at the early bird price ($35) for this class. It is going to be four months long, and in that time you’ll get to see my entire vacation album be built – from organizing the photos to creating single, double, and pocket page layouts for it! If that 30+ layouts isn’t enough – I also have six guest instructors joining me and sharing projects ranging from mini books to traditional layouts.

Even if you’re not scrapbooking a vacation you’ll find loads of fun and inspiration in this class – you don’t want to miss out! You can find out more information and register here.  

Want to win a spot in class? Leave a comment on this post for your chance to win. (note if you’ve already registered and win a spot your class fee will be refunded). What could be better? Let’s crank this give-away up to make it worth over $100!! That’s right. I went on a shopping spree and purchased some amazing new goodies…

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And I’m giving them away as well! If you’d like your chance to win a spot in the class AND get the fabulous stamps and goodies you see above leave a comment on this post before March 10th, 2015. Winner will be announced on this post + notified via email on that date. Good luck – and happy crafting!

I’ll be back daily with new posts, tutorials, prizes, and more!

Challenge: Hint of Clover

From green to feelin’ lucky… it’s all about the clover this week!

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Simon is offering a generous $50 voucher that will be randomly drawn from the eligible entries each week. Join the fun by creating a project this week – and for your chance to win a $50 voucher you should hop on over and join in the challenge here.

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I used my new lucky stamp set from Lawn Fawn to create this card. It was such fun! Using watercolors to color the images in and then assembling and of course just a flick of gold – really had a good time making this one.

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Supplies Used:

Creative play + quick card

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This card is made with a new Tim Holtz stencil. Paste. Heidi Swapp gold mist. As far as the background? I really can’t remember. Why? I was in the zone, man! I made all these backgrounds in a “I’m not feeling creative” frenzy and I think this one is distress and dylusions mists but I’m not sure.

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But really? It’s cool. Because I tested a ton of new products, had a ton of fun, and ended up with backgrounds I have been turning into finished cards and projects! Expect to see more of these over the next few weeks.

Technique phases

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Here in my world, something I do a lot is to repeat a technique or look a lot. Oh, not forever… but I will get in a zone where I want to color all stencils then flip them and ‘stamp’ onto another piece of paper + rub gel or paste into the stencil (see above).

I just love doing that right now, and this isn’t the first or last technique to see this with me. It’s something I do. I will play with an idea a lot, then retire it or at least use it a more reasonable/rare amount. Right now though, this is my “yes let’s do that” every time I touch a stencil. In fact I’ve got a guest post going up in a few weeks (with video tutorial) and I’ll explain more then.

For now, I’m enjoying this technique and curious what the next phase will be…

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Celebrate: a birthday card

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Last week I posted the tutorial (here) for my daughter’s birthday party invitations. Thing is – I made more teacups than I needed. So… what to do? Make more cards, of course! Here’s how I used the trio of pre-painted/stamped cups on another card. Today is her birthday (and marks 10 years of me being a mom!) so seemed like a good day to share it.

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Also used: Winnie & Walter “Big Bold & Party” stamp set for ‘celebrate’. You’ll be seeing more with that stamp set!

Tag with a current favorite combo: purple & blue

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I have always had the HARDEST time crafting with purple. Lately though, some minty greens, aqua, and blues have been pairing up beautifully with this color! Today I’ve got a tag to share – this features a new Rebekah Meier stencil.

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Over on my YouTube channel I’ve been doing gesso, paste, and other medium videos so there have been a lot of tests going on. This is one of my favorites so far. Gotta love it when you can find new ways to craft your favorite color!

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