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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

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Background Stamping Techniques Video

Monday, November 17, 2014

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It’s so good to be back! You may have noticed my blog has been pretty quiet lately. I’m blaming my crazy schedule all through the Halloween season for my lack of blog posts, sometimes we just can’t do it all! Working at a haunted theme park as a makeup artist (pictures to come) and co-directing an all-school haunted house for the middle school tends to take away from my time for scrappin’ and stampin’.

The good news is that I’ve been making steady progress on my Start Stamping Videos for Curious. My newest video, Background Stamping Techniques is now available!

Have you ever spent too much time searching through your stash for the perfect patterned paper, or even gone to the store just to buy paper that coordinates with a single layout that you’re trying to complete?

As a stamper, I use plenty of pre-printed papers. I love all of the My Reflections paper packets by Close to My Heart, with their coordinating cardstocks and patterned background and texture papers (B&T paper). But often I want something that is customized to my project. I also get real satisfaction from creating a project that’s completely unique, from the color choices to the pattern of my backgrounds.

My latest Curious video shows you how to create your own patterned background papers using simple techniques that don’t require specialty tools or supplies. Using stamps, inks, cardstock and standard craft tools, you’ll learn about masking, direct-to-paper, overstamping and more!

For this video and others, please visit my Curious page.

New Video on Masking Techniques

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

One of the things I love about stamping is the ability to alter the design and appearance of the stamp using techniques.

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I was an artist before I was a stamper, and I worked in many different mediums. Paints, pencils, airbrush, inks, you name it. But I somehow missed out in my art education on the versatility of rubber stamps, and I thought that a stamp was nothing more than the image shown on the block. Boy, was I wrong!

Nearly 15 years ago, my neighbor invited me to a Close to My Heart event. That evening, my eyes were opened to the possibilities of stamping, and “the Stamp Goddess” was born!


Learning new techniques is the best way to get more looks from your stamp sets, and the more techniques you learn, the more choices you’ll have.

If you’re curious about new techniques, check out my newest video, Masking Techniques for Stamps.


Learn how to block out portions of your stamps using simple materials like copy paper and masking tape.

See one of my favorite all-time techniques for adding color when I need to create a LOT of images. Reverse masking has saved me so much time, and the images turn out consistent and beautiful every time.


My latest videos, Masking Techniques for Stamps is now on Curious. It will be affordably priced, like all my Curious videos, and once you enroll in a Curious video lesson it’s yours to watch for life.

If you hurry on over to my Curious page, you may be able to catch the free preview period for this video, before the price is added. The lessons are always a great value, but free is good while you can get it!

See it now!

Stamp of the Month and a Ribbon Surprise!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014


Halloween is just around the corner, but it’s not too early to start planning your Christmas stamping!

The October Stamp of the Month, Home for the Holidays, is available only until October 31. You can purchase it for $17.95, or you can get it for just $5 when you place an order of $50 or more on my website.

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This stamp set coordinates with the Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge. Home for the Holidays is perfect for homemade gift tags and package decorations. I love that little gingerbread house, and the polar bear!


Do you like surprises? I do! When you place an order of $50 or more, you’ll receive a free roll of Chevron Ribbon! Five yards long and 3/4” wide, this is a lot of ribbon for a great price… nothing, zip, nada, zilch! The color will be Ruby or Outdoor denim, that’s the surprise, so you’ll have to wait to open your order box to see what you got. Original retail value $6.95, it’s like getting a little Christmas surprise early!

*Offer valid October 1–31, 2014 while supplies last. No tax will be charged on the free items. Shipping/handling is calculated based on the full retail price of the free item ($6.95 USD)

How to Make Chain Style Earrings

Sunday, October 5, 2014

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I love these swingin’ earrings! This tutorial from Auntie’s Beads shows how to make three different style earrings from just a few simple supplies.

Click here to shop for supplies.

New Video! Outline Stamp Techniques

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Ready for more Fabulously Artsy lessons on stamping? My latest video for Curious is now available!

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Wondering how to add color and pizzazz to your plain outline stamps? Learn 8 simply spectacular techniques to make your stamping stand out! No need for fancy tools or expensive supplies, in this lesson you’ll learn how to use your stamps, inkpads, cutting tools and markers to add color, depth and texture to your outline images.

Learn how to fussy cut and paper piece for multi-layered images.


Create beautiful hand-painted cards with nothing more than a paintbrush and a few inkpads.


See the quickest way ever to fill your outline stamps with solid color!


Visit my Curious teacher’s page to watch Outline Stamping Techniques. This video is just $1.99 to watch, and you can watch the introduction to the lesson for free to decide if you’d like to enroll. All lessons on Curious have a money back guarantee, and you can also save money by pre-purchasing credits in advance.

If you’d like to watch a free lesson, visit my teacher’s page for more videos.

Psst! Get in early on Solid Stamp Techniques, it is still available for free but that won’t last long. Don’t wait, watch it now!

Sensational New Cricut Collection Now Shipping!

Friday, September 12, 2014

Cardmakers rejoice! Scrapbookers celebrate! The wait for Artfully Sent, the newest Close to My Heart Cricut cartridge is now available for purchase. Keep reading to find out how you can get a free bonus products when you order from me!

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Close to My Heart Cricut collections are so much more than a cartridge and some shapes. Artfully Sent includes three perfectly coordinated stamp sets. You also get 700 shapes on the cartridge, including a font. Along with all that, you’ll receive a 24 pack of White Daisy cardstock. Just the stamps and paper alone is worth over $63!

To see all of the CTMH Cricut Collections, click here.

Artfully Sent is for cardmakers AND scrapbookers!

First, let’s talk about how this collection can take your cards to new levels. You’ll find 5 card types, with 25 themes each, which gives you hundreds of card options. The sentiment stamp set included everything from birthday to holidays to just because occasions. Imagine making a pop-up card with just the click of a button, no complicated patterns and hand cutting!

Now, don’t think we forgot about you scrapbookers! If you like the quick and easy style of pocket scrapbooking (like Picture My Life), you’ll find the pocket card type will let you cut custom insert cards for your pocket pages. (That’s a lot of pockets in one paragraph!)

Scrapbookers can also adapt the pop-up and sleeve card types to make interactive album elements, and the scene and sentiment options will give you even more scrapbooking choices.

Want to learn more about the Artfully Sent collection? Watch this video from CTMH, and don’t forget to scroll down for my September Special Offer to earn FREE products when you purchase Artfully Sent!

Three Fabulously Artsy Special Offers:
Get MORE when you buy the Artfully Sent collection in September!

1. Free Paper Packet
Receive a paper packet of your choice (retail $9.95) when you order through my website using the September Special button. Choose any one of the 9 My Reflections paper packets, absolutely free! Each My Reflections paper packet contains 6 double sided patterned papers (B&T Duos) and 6 assorted solid colored cardstocks. Perfectly coordinated, and perfect to get you started right away with your new Artfully Sent Collection!


To receive your free paper packet, shop on my website using the September Cricut Special button (look for it on the right side of the page here). Once you’ve clicked the JOIN button you can begin shopping. After you have finished your order and completed the payment, I’ll email you within 24 hours to ask you which paper packet you’d like to receive for free.

This offer is available through Tresa Black, CTMH independent consultant and not offered by Close to My Heart. Order must contain one or more Cricut Collections by Close to My Heart, and order must be placed using the September Cricut Special button. To receive the free paper packet of your choice, please respond to the email request, check your inbox and/or spam box within 24 hours for my offer. Free item will be sent separately from your online order.

2. Add the September Stamp the Month for just $5!
When you purchase the Artfully Sent Cricut collection, you’ll qualify to receive Family Is Forever, the September Stamp of the month for just $5 additional. This set is priced at $17.95, so you save 13 bucks!

3. Want more? Get Hostess Rewards for more free products!
Take advantage of the Close to My Heart’s hostess rewards program and earn $25 or more in free products when you purchase $150 or more in products, (including the Cricut Collections). I’ll even throw in the FREE paper packet for your purchase of Artfully Sent collection if you place the order in September, so you’ll be even more for free!

With orders over $250, you qualify to earn the Cricut Collection of your choice or any other catalog item for half off!

Gather orders from your friends, or just have a one-person order, you’ll get hostess rewards for any order over $150. Contact me for more details or to place an order and receive free hostess rewards.