Groovin’ with the Go-to Gals – Happy Umbrella Day!

 Groovin’ with the Go to Gals – Happy Umbrella Day!

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. 

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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?

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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.

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

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226 Responses to Groovin’ with the Go-to Gals – Happy Umbrella Day!

  1. Diane Jaquay says:

    LOVE Betsy’s card, so cute!!! Love the umbrella papers too, thanks for the chance to win some!

  2. Stacy says:

    I love all of the bright spring colors. So crazy- a dog umbrella.

  3. Paige says:

    Cute, cute, cute! Love the umbrella stuff! Thanks for a chance to win!


  4. Btrflywmn says:

    Love the card, the colors are great.

  5. Nancy L. says:

    happy umbrella day to everyone!

  6. Rose Banwart says:

    I would enjoy winning! Cute giveaways and neat umbrellas. We ought to decorate umbrellas more, what do you think? I never have! Thanks.

  7. Tricia Dee says:

    Love your card and the paper pieced umbrella!

  8. Patty says:

    My dog has a rain coat, but not an umbrella. haha Come rain or shine, that package looks like fun.

    Congrats to Brandy and good luck to you for the next 12 weeks. You’ll do great though, its something you love!

  9. This collection is absolutely adorable! Happy Umbrella Day!

  10. Umbrella day??? Is there a day for galoshes? This new Prima line is so cute, I’d love to win it!

  11. Pamela Palm says:

    Happy Umbrella Day! I love the doggie umbrella, where can I get one? I had wondered where you were going with all the umbrella talk, the card is cute. Cricut has umbrella’s on lots of other cartridges like New Arrival and I believe on the wedding cartridge too.

  12. Ange Kelly says:

    Happy Unbrella Day! … and we certainly need them around here lately LOL!

  13. connie tacazon says:

    Wow, I didn’t know I had a thing for umbrellas till now. The Prima line is adorable.

  14. Very cute card. Such bright colours and a great shape!

  15. Bonnie Ratzloff says:

    Umbrella Day? What a concept! That dog one is tooo cute and so is that Prima line. I will have to check that out!

  16. Umbrella Day, too cute. Love the dog umbrella My Lab needs that and some wellington boots to keep his feet dry! Being English I am all about fashionable umbrellas and wellington boots. I usually buy them when I go home to visit but I might be able to shop here now with all the fun links I found, Thanks, and yes the lovely prima line is to die for. Thanks for enlightening me.

  17. Jen Cuthbertson says:

    That card is adorable!! Thanks for the chance to win!!

  18. That’s some pretty nice paper. I like the colors and designs.

  19. shirlann says:

    I had a real giggle over the doggie umbrella! Paper Piecing is one of my favorite techniques. Lovely ccolors!

  20. Paula Gray says:

    Great papers! I hope I’m the winner!

  21. Victoria in Ohio says:

    Love the umbrella papers – so cute!

  22. Vanessa B says:

    Adorable, thanks for a chance to win!!!

  23. Judith Gowdy says:

    Great card. Love the Prima umbrella paper. Thanks for the chance to win.

    Judith :)

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