Whatever Wednesday

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

stubborn men

Sounds about right.

Goodbye Old Favorites

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

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With the new Close to My Heart catalog release approaching on September 1, it’s time to say goodbye to some old favorites to make room for new friends!

Seven colors from the Enchantment color palette are retiring and will be replaced by new cardstocks, stamp pads and re-inkers. The new colors will not be a color-for-color replacement (blue for a blue, green for a green) but it will refresh and modernize this rich color palette with a whole new look.

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That means you still have time to snap up your faves before they go away forever. Stock up now while supplies last, because the won’t be around for long! Official date for retirement is August 31, but inventory on popular colors may run out much sooner.

The following colors from the Close to My Heart Enchantment color palette will be retired on August 31, 2015. Click on the links to shop.
Barn Red cardstock, stamp pad, re-inker
Indian Corn Blue cardstock, stamp pad
Olive cardstock, stamp pad
Outdoor Denim cardstock, stamp pad
Autumn Terracotta cardstock, stamp pad
Ponderosa Pine cardstock, stamp pad, re-inker
Smokey Plum cardstock, stamp pad

SAVE before September 1st!

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Prices on ALL inkpads and re-inkers will be going up by $1 each on September 1. The current price applies to all retiring products as well as those colors that are sticking around, so save a few bucks and stock up on your favorite colors now!

Whatever Wednesday

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

interesting man scrapbook

I admit it, I’m a slow scrapbooker. How about you? Are you slow or speedy? Leave a comment and let me know!

Get Your Summer Scrap On!

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Summer is speeding by and you probably have lots of pictures of your fun in the sun moments, or travel photos ready to scrapbook.

Purchase a Fabulously Artsy Scrapbooking Workshop and spend less time designing your pages and more time scrappin’ your pics! The products for these workshops are retiring soon, so don’t miss out!

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I have two 8-page scrapbooking workshops available on my website that are perfectly suited to summer photos and more. Choose from Wanderful (above) or Blossom (below), or get both for a variety of styles and occasions!

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The products for these workshops will be officially retiring on August 31st, but some items may sell out, so make sure to place your orders before they are no longer available!

Fabulously Artsy Frequently Asked Questions:

Q: What is a Fabulously Artsy Workshop?
A: More than a kit, better than a cutting guide, a Fabulously Artsy workshop includes instructions, tips, photos and step-by-step assembly to create scrapbook pages, cards or projects.

Q: What do I get when I purchase a FA Workshop?
A: You will receive a PDF file to print or view on your tablet or computer. This full color multi-page guide contains all the information you need to create your project.

Q: Do I get products when I order a FA workshop?
A: If you would like to order products to create your workshop, you may purchase any or all of them through my CTMH shopping website, or use the links found on my Workshop shopping site. When you spend $25 in products, you receive the Fabulously Artsy Workshop Guide of your choice for FREE!

Q: Can I buy the workshop guides without purchasing any products?
A: Yes! Guides are for sale without any additional product purchase required. If you already own the products, or want to shop with your own CTMH consultant, or you want to use your own papers and accessories, you can just buy the guide alone and receive it by email. Guides are usually sent the same day as purchase.

Q: I’m a Close to My Heart consultant. Can I use your workshops for my customers?
A: Yes! I have a very generous consultant release that allows you to host your own classes in person or online, or sell kits to your customers. You’ll receive a special consultant guide with pricing info, workshop tips and special promotional images to help you market your event. Please visit my consultant page for more details.

Blast from the Past

Friday, July 17, 2015

Is it throw-back-Thursday, or Flashback Friday? I’ve been in such a whirlwind since returning from Close to My Heart’s national convention I can’t keep my days straight!

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I discovered this card in my studio while cleaning up after all my extravaganza artwork craziness. It’s an oldie, but a goodie. Colored pencils and a sponged background still look pretty, although the torn paper edges are seriously dating this card.

I’m not even sure when I created the card, but I know that it was from the days when CTMH still had wooden stamps. Wow, that’s old!

I know what you’re asking… when can we see all the fabulous creations you made for convention? You can see some sneak peeks by following my facebook page and instagram.

Since the new products won’t be available until later, Close to My Heart has requested that consultants hold off on showing new products featured in the Annual Inspirations and Seasonal Expressions catalogs until the products are available for purchase. This will keep you from being frustrated that you can’t get your hands on all that crafty goodness, and it gives us all something to get excited about!

I’ll have the new catalogs available for purchase on my website soon, and beginning August 1 you can view and purchase a select line of product for your summer crafting. Then on September 1st I can share anything and everything that I’ve created using all the new products, including product details and tutorials! Yippee!

Almost There!

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Getting ready for convention is always my most creative time, and yet my poor blog tends to look abandoned. If you’ve been missing my posts, I’ll be able to start sharing all the awesome new products and artwork that I’ve been creating over the past couple of months. Hang in there!

Last year my extravaganza class product was the My Crush books, and I had a blast creating with them. They’re great for quick and easy informal scrapbooking, but also a wonderful source of paper for other projects like cards, scrapbook pages and gifts.

Here are a few of my creations from the My Crush extravaganza class last year:

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As always, extravaganza teachers can’t share anything about our new products we receive for this year’s class. So you’ll have to wait for a bit to see my newest artwork. The big reveal at convention is just a week away, so you won’t have too much longer to wait!

Stamping with Tape

Thursday, June 18, 2015

big hug

Call it vintage, distressed or shabby chic, the imperfect look is here to stay. When stamping a sentiment or focal point, instead of using a neat and tidy block of colored cardstock, try using a swipe of inky color as a background.

You can stamp your stroke of color using Close to My Heart’s Brushstrokes stamp set, or use a sponge or paintbrush and an inkpad to create the look.

Another way to create a custom-sized swatch of color is by stamping with tape. I love this technique because it can be any size and it creates a perfectly “imperfect” look. Each impression will be slightly different and it gives you a slightly distressed image that works with many different styles, from modern to vintage.

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Begin by tearing a strip of painter’s tape or masking tape. You can choose any length, although the long strips can be tricky to work with. Press the tape sticky side down onto an inkpad, using your fingertips to get the ink to transfer to the tape.

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Next, position the tape onto your cardstock and lightly run your fingers over the tape. Depending on your tape color, you may be able to see the ink transfer. Watch for inky fingertips on your cardstock (you may want to have a baby wipe handy for cleaning fingers before pressing the ink onto the cardstock).

Don’t worry about getting every bit of ink transferred, this is where the imperfect part works for you.

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Carefully remove the tape from your cardstock. I sometimes use the tip of my scissors or my craft knife to lift the corner of the tape first, if the edges won’t come up easily.

Now all you need to do is stamp your sentiment or focal point stamp over your inky stripe! This technique also works to create backgrounds and stripes.

Are you CURIOUS for more?
Learn more stamping techniques with common household items like tape, lids, rubber bands and more on my “Stamping with Homemade Stamps video on Curious. This video is part of a 10 part course that will teach you dozens of traditional and out-of-the-box techniques, from basic random stamping to masking techniques and more!

Visit Curious and check out my Start Stamping Course.