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.

Are you Trendy, or Traditional?

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Hipster style

It’s not easy keeping up with the latest styles. Luckily, we have Close to My Heart to do that for us.

One of the reasons I’ve been a CTMH consultant for so many years is that the company is committed to lightning fast changes to follow styles and trends in the scrapbooking and stamping industry, without sacrificing core product availability.

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What does that mean to you? It means you can count on Close to My Heart to bring you three catalogs a year with new products that are right on trend with what you’re seeing the the magazines and online. You’ll find fresh color combos, hip new stamp designs and hot paper patterns.

But you’ll also find a solid collection of traditional alphabet and image stamps, 42 cardstock and inkpad colors, and high quality tools and accessories.

Trendy or traditional, I love CTMH!

Born to Roam stamp set, $9.95. Click to shop.

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Free Stamp Set!
Purchase $30 in stamps and get the September special #30yearsofhappy for free!

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Get this set only during the month of September, with your purchase of $30 in stamps.

Bonus! Spend $50 total (stamps and any products) and you can add the September Stamp of the Month to your order for just 5 bucks. Imagine how much fun you’ll have with all your new stamps, and with the free set and the $5 special you’ll be stamping like the stamp goddess!


September Stamp of the Month, $17.95 or $5 with $50 purchase.

Making a Good Impression (when stamping!)

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

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Are you a bad stamper? Do you suffer from blurred lines and splotchy solids? Do you wish your could make a good impression every time you stamp?

In episode 3 of my Start Stamping course for Curious, I’ll show you why you’re making a bad impression, and how to start making more consistent and even stamped images each and every time you create!
In my video class, you’ll learn how block size is important, and what to do if you don’t have the correct block for your stamp.

Ever stamped with a plate? You might need this tip in the future. I’ll tell you why in my lesson.

I’ll teach you how to ink your stamp with just the right amount of ink, and why different stamps need different types of pressure to make the perfect image.

What do you do if you DO make a bad impression? Don’t give up, I’ll share four ways to rescue your stamped piece. No crying necessary.

Ready to learn? Join me on Curious and watch Making a Good Stamped Impression. If you have already watched the lesson, leave me a comment here on my blog and let me and other readers know what you think!

Hello September!

Monday, September 1, 2014

I’m still not ready for summer to end, and we have two more days until my kids go back to school so I’m clinging to those last lazy days of summertime.

Of course, it hasn’t been much of a lazy summer for me, with all the work I’ve been doing on my Curious lessons lately. The good part about working on the Start Stamping videos is that I have lots of stamped examples when I want to put together a quickie card!


I made this one using a piece that I stamped on my Making A Good Impression video. The card went out to one of my awesome customers as a thank you for her order.

Did you know you will receive a hand stamped card from me every time you place an order on my Close to My Heart shopping website? It’s just one of the ways I like to say thanks for choosing me as your CTMH consultant.

Sweet Deal! September is National Stamping Month, so it’s a good time to get your hands on some brand new stamps, plus you can earn this exclusive set for free with a qualifying order on my website!

30 years of happy!
When you spend $30 on any current retail-priced stamps during the month of September, you qualify to receive the exclusive C-sized stamp set #30yearsofhappy for FREE! This special offer is part of our celebration of National Stamping Month and in honor of our ongoing celebration of our founder and CEO Jeanette Lynton’s 30-year anniversary in the scrapbooking and stamping industry.

You can purchase the Honeycomb set that I used in my card above, and many more old favorites and new stamps on my website. Shop now!

Care & Keep: Start Stamping! Episode 2

Thursday, August 28, 2014

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Cleaning and organizing? No thanks, I would rather make pretty things.

But what about keeping my stamps organized, and making sure that my inkpads stay fresh and juicy so I can be ready to stamp whenever the mood strikes? If it helps save me time and money, I’m all in.


My new lesson on Curious is all about caring for and keeping your stamps and supplies in tip-top shape. You can watch it free right now, but that price may change soon so get over to Curious and watch as soon as you can!

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Have you ever accidentally stamped into the wrong inkpad? Or spilled glitter on your pad? I’ll show you how to rescue your pads without any tears.

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Did you know that seasoning your stamps before using them is important for the best image? I’ll show you three ways to season your stamps, pick the one that’s right for you!

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Are you spending too much time hunting for the right stamp, or wondering how to store your inkpads? I’ll share several different ways to store your stamps, inkpads and cardstocks. Proper storage will not only keep your supplies in their best shape, but it will save you time when you want to get creative.

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Click here to watch Start Stamping! Episode 2: Care & Keep.

Curious has a new look!

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I’m proud to be one of the Curious 100, which is the first 100 teachers that Curious enlisted (I’ve even got a plaque to prove it!) Since then, Curious has gotten bigger and better, and now there are over 10,000 courses and lessons on every subject you can imagine. Join Curious with a free membership and start learning today!

Start Stamping!

Monday, August 25, 2014

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I’ve been stamping a long time. But I wasn’t always a stamper, and when I first started out I spent a lot of time learning about products and techniques. I also wasted a lot of money on purchases that I didn’t need to make, and ruined projects because I didn’t know better.

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Whether you’re a new stamper or have been at it for decades, I hope that  you will enjoy my latest project. I am creating a new series of video lessons called Start Stamping!

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The course will take you from understanding basic supplies and how to care for and store your products, through techniques and tips for getting the most out of your collections. I wish I would have had something like this when I first started stamping!

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Each lesson is free for a short period of time, so if you're quick you can watch them for no charge! After a short time the lessons will have a small fee to watch, and once I have completed all of the videos the course will be bundled so you can save by purchasing all the lessons together.

If you’d like to stay updated on my lessons as they are released, make sure to check back here on my blog so you can enroll in the lesson while it is free.

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These lessons are speedy and entertaining, but don’t let that fool you. Because of the magic of video editing, the lessons are between 10 to 15 minutes, but they would be a 1 hour class if I offered it live in person or on ustream. Because I can condense the information, you’ll get the maximum amount of information, presented in an easy to follow format. Pretty sweet!

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The lessons are broken into sections, so even if you don’t have the full 10 minutes, you can watch one section and come back to the next when it’s convenient for you. Once you have enrolled in the class, it is yours to watch as often as you like… forever!

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Watch episode 1 of Start Stamping! by clicking here or on the photo at the top of this post. You’ll need to register for a Curious account, but it’s free… and so is this lesson, so get started stamping now!

A Dash of Black

Monday, August 18, 2014

Twins LO

Before I tell you about the design of this scrapbook layout, let me just tell you how much I love that my kids are such goofballs. That top photo just cracks me up.

Now on to the important design tips….

I used an assortment of paper from the In the Pink My Crush book for this layout, with a Whisper cardstock background. The muted colors are a great backdrop for my photos, but they seemed a little blah on their own.


I could have added a brighter pop of color, something in the same color family already in the patterns, such as the bright blue of Close to My Heart’s Ocean cardstock. But instead I chose to pull my color choice from my photos and use black.

Both my son and daughter have black on their clothing, and they have dark hair, so the black really draws the eye through the layout, from the title to the photos to the embellishments.