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

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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.

June Stamp of the Month

Friday, June 12, 2015

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Don’t miss out on this adorable stamp set, Ice Cream Dream, available only in the month of June!

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With a minimum qualifying purchase of $50, you can get this limited edition stamp of the month for just $5! Perfect for summer scrapbooking, children’s birthday cards and just plain fun, make sure you SCOOP it up before it’s gone.

Stamp of the Month sets are available only during their purchase month. You can purchase the current set at full retail price ($17.95) with no minimum order, or buy the set at the reduced price of just $5 when you place a minimum order of $50 on my website.

Summer Crush

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

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During the month of June, when you purchase any My Crush™ book and its accompanying assortment pictured in Annual Inspirations 2014–2015, you will receive the coordinating stamp set FREE! That is a savings of at least $9.95 USD / $10.95 CAD!

Choose a Book
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Holiday Happenings

Choose from five lovely My Crush book offerings that will provide a swoon-worthy background for your favorite memories.


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From family reunions to camping adventures to holiday countdowns—and much more—you will be crushing on all these books and the possibilities they provide.

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Every My Crush book features a hard cover with wire binding and cardstock-weight pages that are printed with eye-catching designs to form the perfect bases for your memory keeping.

Additionally, each My Crush book also features unique details—from glossy print, to vellum pages, to gold foil, to ink-resistant patterns—that make displaying your personality easier than ever.

Add an Assortment Pack

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Plus, once you add the artistry of the coordinating assortments featuring sticker sheets, envelopes, alphabets, cards, and journaling spots, you will be well on your way to your own gorgeous mini book creation!

Receive a Free Stamp Set!

Once you have placed your choice of a My Crush book and the coordinating assortment into your shopping cart, you’ll qualify to receive the free coordinating stamp set for your book! Which set will you get for free?

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Love this, available with Bluebird

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Reel Live, available with Modville

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Magical Moment, available with Holiday Happenings

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Glitter Glam, available with In the Pink

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Born to Roam, available with Wildwood

This offer is only available while supplies last and once they’re gone, these books are gone for good, so put your orders in early to get your summer romance rolling today!

SHOP NOW!

Blossom Fabulously Artsy Workshop

Thursday, May 28, 2015

It’s twice the excitement in one blog post! I am thrilled to share my latest Fabulously Artsy Workshop using the Blossom paper pack from Close to My Heart.

For my second big announcement….I’ve updated my website so you can easily see and order any workshops and kits I have available! Yippee!


This new workshop has 8 pages (4 double page layouts) and uses the Blossom paper pack along with the matching Complements stickers. No stamping and no fancy cutting make it super simple to assemble in record time!


No fancy cuts means no cricut machine needed. You can create the entire workshop with just a regular paper trimmer, and the optional border punch of your choice and a circle cutter or punch. I wanted to offer an easy layout collection that doesn’t require any hi-tech tools. Of course, if you want to add more shapes to your layout, feel free to bust out the cricut or die-cuts!


The Blossom paper pack is perfectly suited for those of you who are looking for feminine pages and spring-time colors, but what about boys and brights?

I love getting two distinct looks out of a single paper pack, so you’ll notice that the first two layouts will satisfy your needs for girly-pretty pages with lots of florals and pastels. But the third and fourth set of pages have nary a flower in sight, with a cleaner, more modern look and bright contrasts. One paper pack, two looks!


You can purchase the workshop instructions two ways: get it free with a minimum $25 order on my website, or buy the Workshop Guide alone for $9.99.

Close to My Heart consultants can offer this workshop to their customers when they purchase the consultant option. You’ll receive the workshop guide for you and your customers plus consultant guide to help you plan your own workshop.

For more details, supply lists and ordering information on this workshop and my other available workshops, visit my brand-new-super-awesome updated website!


SHOP NOW!

One Photo Scrapbook Sketch

Friday, May 15, 2015

I know, I know, I’m late! Last week I promised the newest Fabulously Artsy workshop reveal, but I’m still working on my guides and they need to be absolutely perfect before I can release the workshop.

To tide you over, I’m sharing this scrapbook sketch for inspiration, just for you!

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This is a great layout for a single photo, or you can alter the sketch and add a photo in the journal spot, or a small photo in the accent square. Mix it up, make it yours!

Here’s my layout using the sketch.

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All supplies are by Close to My Heart. I used papers from Chalk it Up paper pack and In the Pink My Crush book.

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Coming Soon! Blossom Workshop

Friday, May 8, 2015

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Are you ready for the next Fabulously Artsy Workshop? I’m putting the finishing touches on my newest creation and hope to have it finished sometime next week!

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This is an 8 page (4 double-page layouts) workshop, using the Blossom paper packet and Blossom Complements. This paper packet is perfect for spring and summer pages, or anything where you want a soft floral with lively brights. I’ve added rustic appeal with CTMH Kraft cardstock and thick twine, plus a little shine with sequins.

This workshop has no stamping, and only requires basic papercrafting tools. You’ll find a few circles in this workshop, but if you don’t own a cricut, no problem! Use a circle cutter, or my handy full-size templates.

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Receive the workshop guide for FREE when you place an order of $25 or more on my website, or buy the guide alone for $9.95.

Close to My Heart consultants who purchase the guide or place a $25 minimum order on my website can request the consultant guide for no additional charge, packed with helpful tips, supply lists, and pricing info to host your own workshop, plus a consultant release to offer your workshop in person AND online.

Check back on my blog for the big release, or visit my facebook page!