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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

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Let’s have some fun today, shall we? I thought I’d show you some of the creation process that goes into the making of a card.

I started this card by choosing the stamp set first. Sometimes I start with the paper, or a color scheme, this time I wanted to use this “Owls” set. How cute are those owls? Very.

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Coloring Outline Stamps
When using a line stamp, you have several choices on how to color it. You can stamp it in color and skip the coloring (think green leaf outlines), or you can fill in the stamped image with color using markers, paintbrush, sponges or other tools. You can also stamp the image onto colored papers and cut them out (paper piecing). I chose to use markers on the owl, and colored cardstock on the branch.
First, I stamped the branch image in Chocolate ink onto a scrap of Desert Sand cardstock. I chose the dark brown ink instead of black to keep the pattern more subtle, and since the image is rather small I didn’t want the black to take over.

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After stamping I cut the branch out.

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Next I stamped the owl image in Archival Black. This non-smearing ink dries quickly and allows me to use Close to My Heart’s alcohol based markers.

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I like to start with the smaller areas first. Olive and Autumn Terracotta markers for the belly, feet and face.

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To fill in larger areas, using the smaller end of the Lagoon marker, outline the shape first, then fill with the brush end.

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If you end up with marker strokes, go back and cover the area evenly with more color.

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Next I cut out the owl. More fussy cutting, yay!

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Tip for Lining Up a Stamped Image 
      I cut a circle with the Cricut Art Philosophy Cartridge and I wanted to stamp a border from the Holiday Tags stamp set. When stamping onto a white or light cardstock, if you have a light colored working surface like I do here, it can be a bear to line up the image. White on white, not good

Quick answer to my dilemma, a scrap of colored cardstock under my white cardstock circle. Choose something that gives you a nice contrast so you can easily see the shape you are going to stamp on.

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All lined up!
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I stamped the sentiment from the Owls set in the circle using Lagoon Ink.

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Dimensional Leaves 
For a little extra dimension, I created some freehand leaves from Sweet Leaf cardstock. First, I scored the cardstock using a ruler and a scoring tool.

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I folded along the score mark to create the center vein of the leaves.

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In keeping with the whimsical style of the stamp set, I wanted my leaves to be imperfect, so I cut them freehand with a pair of scissors.

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A dot of Liquid Glass just on the end of the leaves secures them to the card.

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I also wanted my owl to have some dimension, so I used foam tape behind his head only.

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The feet are attached to the branch with a few drops of Liquid Glass so my owl is actually sitting on the branch and not floating over it.

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Finally, I assembled all the pieces to finish my card. I love mixing up patterns, so can you guess which paper packs I used to create this card? Leave a comment and tell me what you think! Hint: they are all in the newest CTMH Spring/Summer idea book.

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This is your chance! Free Cricut Cartridge

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

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Do you love papercrafting, creating beautiful projects and sharing your talents with others? Do you love getting an amazing deal and saving lots of money?

Now is the time to join Close to My Heart!

Only $99
During the month of April, when you join my team as a Close to My Heart independent consultant, you will receive over $250 in new Close to My Heart products, plus you can choose one Cricut Collection ($99 retail) for free! All for only $99 plus tax and shipping.

Why become a Close to My Heart consultant?
There are many benefits. You can get paid for doing what you love, supplement your income or replace your full-time income. You can join to get receive discounts for yourself, share your creativity with friends and family, and become part of the wonderful Close to My Heart family of consultants. Whether you are looking to take your hobby to the next level, or build a full time business, I welcome you to join my team!

What do you get?
To start your business off right, you’ll receive catalogs, business forms, swatches and samples of cardstock and patterned papers.

But who are we kidding, you want to know about the products, right?

You’ll receive over $250 in products from the CTMH spring/summer 2014 catalog. That’s 4 stamp sets, 3 inkpads, 3 acrylic blocks, one bulk paper pack, one Workshop on the Go, Two instructional how-to books, 4 embellishments, 7 tools and accessories. For the full list of items, with links to click and view, visit my website here.

Plus, you’ll get to choose one of Close to My Heart’s Cricut collections. There are three to choose from, and each one includes a cartridge with a font and over 700 shapes, three stamp sets, and three Dimensional Elements coordinating chipboard sheets.

Last, but certainly not least, you’ll receive a FREE website so your customers can shop from you online anytime.

Bonus for becoming a Stamp Goddess
When you join my Close to My Heart team, the “Stamp Goddesses,” you can earn even more rewards just for sharing and building your business. Receive CTMH products and exclusive Fabulously Artsy workshops. My exclusive designs will help you build your business and create beautiful artwork for friends, family and yourself!

Get your investment back
Close to My Heart wants you to be successful, and so do I. You can earn your kit price back with the Straight to the Top program. Just sell $1200 in your first three months as a consultant and Close to My Heart will refund your $99 purchase price of the kit.

Just think, over $250 in products, a $99 Cricut Collection, free exclusive Fabulously Artsy workshops and additional CTMH products from me, and it can all be free!

Want to know more? Email me with any questions or to set up a phone interview. I would love to help you become a part of my team!

Ready to join? Just visit my website and fill out the new consultant application.

Always be a Unicorn

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

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Sometimes you just have to make something for the fun of it. Like a unicorn card. Everybody loves a unicorn!

I mixed patterned papers from Skylark and Lollydoodle for a fresh color combo. The unicorn is embossed with clear powder and sponged with Cotton Candy ink on the background. Of course, every unicorn needs some sparkle, so I added Prisma Glitter and Liquid Glass.

The Unicorn Dreams stamp set from  is found in Close to My Heart’s Hostess Rewards stamp sets. These specially priced sets are available only for a limited time (until July for this one), and they are only available for hostesses. Good news: it’s so easy to qualify as a hostess when you place an order of $150 in products, so you can stock up on supplies or gather orders from others, and enjoy the perks of being a hostess with great hostess only deals!

To see the Unicorn Dreams set and other Hostess only sets, view the catalog here, click on the Spring/Summer book and scroll to page 6.

To schedule an online gathering or place your own order and qualify for hostess rewards, contact me!

I’ve got vacation brain!

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

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We’ve been back from our cruise for over a week, and I’m still in a haze. Does this happen every time one goes on a cruise to to a warm and sunny tropical location after suffering through snow and cold all winter? ‘Cuz sign me up for next year, I can’t wait to go again!

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We started our trip in New Orleans on the weekend before Mardi Gras. What a nice bonus to our vacation! We traveled with my husband’s brother David and his wife Debbie. Best travel companions ever!

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We were on the Royal Caribbean ship, Serenade of the Seas. Not one of the newest mega-ships, but plenty large for us. Leaving from New Orleans gets you an 8 hour trip down the Mississippi delta. Passing all the oil tankers and refineries was fascinating.

James brought his camping hammock and hung it on our balcony. One of those “must brings” if we ever go on a cruise again. You can’t get much more relaxed than a hammock while at sea.

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I just happened to bring my facepaints on our trip (never leave home without them, you never know when you need an emergency facepainting) so I was well-prepared for the Mardi Gras evening dinner on board. My sister-in-law and I were looking pretty snazzy!

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Our first port of call was Jamaica, where we took an excursion to float the Rio Bueno river with our own personal guide. We booked our shore excursions online, outside of the cruise ship and I’m so glad we did. While throngs of people were lining up to get on crowded buses, we had a personal driver and river guide for just the four of us. We wrapped up the float trip with a few hours on a private beach in a little cove with beach chairs, jerk chicken and rum punch.

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Our second port of call was Grand Cayman. We boarded a 50 ft. catamaran and sailed to Sting Ray City, a shallow sandy area offshore where you can feed and interact with dozens of rays. They come flocking like pigeons when a ship anchors, it was a little unnerving having them flap right up to you, brushing by like a dog. A big, slimy, creepy dog. But after a few minutes I got used to it and really enjoyed the experience.

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The boat captains did a wonderful job of teaching us about the stingrays and they were very conscientious about the sea life and the ecosystem.

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Our third and final stop was in Cozumel, Mexico. This is a small island so we decided to skip the professional excursions and rent a car for sightseeing. It was a blustery day but still beautifully sunny. We stopped at several places, enjoyed some delicious food and saw a lot of gorgeous views.

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Now that I’m back and unpacked, I’ll be posting on my blog again, so expect more papercrafting goodness coming soon.

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Whenever I need a little break, I can always remember with this picture.
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Because I’m Happy, CU post #3

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

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Just a quickie post today!

Know why I’m so happy? I’m packing my suitcase today for a cruise to the Caribbean, lucky me! My husband and I will be taking our first cruise. This is something I’ve wanted to do my whole life and he surprised me by booking the trip several months ago. So I’m happy… and lucky to have such a spontaneous husband!

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This card from the card café at Creative University uses on my favorite new stamp sets, Hopscotch alphabet. Love that you get both upper and lower case plus numbers and punctuation.

Shop for Hopscotch alphabet here.

I call this background technique Inky Blocks. It’s so simple, yet so awesome! Stamp a 2”x2” block into an inkpad, then spritz with water. The more water you use, the more ink will transfer to your page. Stamp onto white cardstock, overlapping some areas. Make sure to wipe off your block in between stampings so you don’t water down your inkpad.

Tresa’s Tip: Choose colors that will blend well. When using dye-based inkpads your colors are transparent and will create a third color when overlapping. Keep this in mind when choosing inkpads.

Messy Techniques, CU post #2

Thursday, February 20, 2014

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At Creative U, I like to push the students into techniques and artwork that they might not have considered. It’s wonderful what you can do with a captive audience. (You WILL get messy and you WILL love it! Bwa ha ha!).

For the card café, students created a total of 20 cards, 4 each of 5 designs. Each of the card designs started with a technique base, which they created on a plain piece of white or colored cardstock.

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This card has a paint resist technique. Stamp a border stamp along one edge of the white cardstock in clear versamark ink, then heat embossed with clear powder. Brush acrylic paint onto the cardstock piece and allow to dry. Make sure you leave some nice paint strokes, blending out and away from the stamping. This is a messy technique and I wanted an “artsy” look to it.

After the paint dries, use a baby wipe to remove the paint from the embossed area. Again, this is not an exactly perfect look, some of the embossing ink may come off if you rub too hard, and it may be splotchy in areas. More artsy, less perfection.

Notice that I chose to use this messy, artistic technique with a modern color scheme and patterns. This could easily have been done in distressed browns and shabby chic vintage patterns, but I wanted to show off how to apply these messy techniques to other styles as well.

So if you like modern, but want to get a little messy, go for it! You’ll most likely end up with painty fingers and a happy creative spirit!

CTMH supplies used on this card (click on the link to shop):
Geometric Backgrounds stamp set
All the Details stamp set
Lollydoodle paper packet
Smoothie cardstock
Whisper cardstock

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Tuesday, February 18, 2014

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Best. Year. Ever.

Truly, I can’t begin to tell you what an awesome time I had at Creative University 2014. Friendships, artwork, food and creative inspiration, it was perfect.

So perfect in fact, we seem to have forgotten we are scrapbookers with cameras. I did not take a single photo, and there were remarkably few cameras clicking away at our retreat. We were too busy having fun! Thankfully, I have all the artwork that I created for the classes, so I’ll be posting the class projects over the next couple of days.

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This card above is from the Page and Card class. All students created a double page layout and one card in this quick and simple class. No crazy challenging techniques, just good design and color balance. I used Skylark paper packet and the hello stamp is from the Cricut Artiste collection.

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The layout pages also used Skylark B&T. I added Chocolate, Crème Brulee, Sweetleaf and Lagoon cardstock, plus Outdoor Denim cardstock was sanded for a distressed look. Stamp sets are True To Life and Believe in Yourself.

I’ll be sharing more artwork soon. For now, enjoy something that we DID seem to take lots of pictures of….
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Photo credit: Amy Kupperman