April Stamp of the Month

Monday, April 25, 2016

I'm loving the vintage vibe on the April Stamp of the Month, Life in Pictures! Capture your obsession with photography and scrapbooking with this stamp set, available only during April 2016.

Get this set for just $5 when you place an order of $50 or more on my CTMH website. Or buy it for $17.95 with no other purchase required.

New Consultant Kit Price!

Monday, April 18, 2016

Are you looking for a fun and creative way to earn extra money, get your own personal scrapbooking and cardmaking done, and make new friends? Join my Close to My Heart team with a brand new lower priced consultant kit!

When you sign up as a new consultant, you'll receive over $200 in essential supplies for just $75, plus $50 in select product credit to spend on papers, stamps and more!

Sign up in April and submit $350 in sales (that's about the average party/gathering amount), and you'll earn a FREE Cricut collection or $100 in additional select product credit!

You'll also receive free training, support from me, and the opportunity to join thousands of other people just like you who LOVE papercrafting!

Check out this video to learn more about your opportunity to join Close to My Heart.

Have more questions? Contact me! If you're ready to join, CLICK HERE to begin. It only takes a few minutes, and your kit will arrive very quickly. You'll have access to the Close to My Heart consultant website before that, and I'll be in touch with you by phone or email to welcome you to my team!

Wonderful Watermark Techniques

Sunday, April 3, 2016

What exactly is watermark ink, and why is it so awesome? If you haven’t tried it yet, or you’re only using watermark ink for heat embossing, you’re missing out on the amazing potential of this versatile crafting medium!
Watermark ink is manufactured by several different companies, but the most commonly available one is Versamark by Tsukineko. Many people (including me!) use the names “watermark ink” and “Versmark” interchangeably. Kind of like Kleenex and facial tissues.
One of the simplest ways to use watermark ink is to create a watermark. That’s a faint image, or tone on tone design that is usually used as a background pattern. Simply stamp in Versamark, then stamp onto your cardstock.

The watermark technique will only work on cardstock that has been dyed, otherwise known as solid-core cardstock. That’s because the watermark ink can sink into the dyed cardstock and create a slightly darker image. If your cardstock has a design printed onto it, or if you can see a “white core” on the cardstock when you look at the cut edge, the watermark ink most likely won’t create any reaction. This is because the ink used to print the cardstock is not affected by the watermark ink. It will just sit on top. Bummer.

Below is an example of solid core cardstock (right), compared to white core (left). Tearing the cardstock will reveal the inside, so it's very easy to see the difference.
But here's a neat technique: If you do have printed cardstock, or white core cardstock, you can use clear embossing powder with your Versamark ink to create a faux watermark technique. The clear color of the Versamark means your cardstock color won’t be altered, and the true color will show through!
If you want to learn more about Watermark ink, including seven ways to use this versatile product, plus tips and cleaning advice, check out my video lesson on Curious!
In this in-depth video lesson, I'll show you how to use versamark ink and dye-based ink pads to create “fake” colored embossing, for those times when you don’t have the right color embossing powder. Watch as I show you how to use chalks and pigment powders with versamark, and how to create an emboss resist for beautiful backgrounds and focal points. You’ll also learn how to keep your pads as clean as possible when working around messy powders and inks.

Click here to visit my Watermark Techniques video lesson on Curious.

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One Week Left for the March SOTM!

Thursday, March 24, 2016

I'm still waiting for spring in my neck of the woods, it's been a soggy March in Washington state. But I have faith in our northwest weather, and soon the sun will return and we'll have our glorious spring flowers and blue skies!

The March Stamp of the Month from Close to My Heart, Sunshine Birdies, will tide me over while I wait for the sunshine. The adorable little doodles are perfect for markers or watercolors, and I love the hand written style of the sentiments.

You can purchase this set during the month of March for $17.95 retail, or get it for just $5 when you place an order of $50 or more on my CTMH website.

Click here to visit by online store!

Stampaganza is here!

Thursday, March 10, 2016

The only thing better than Close to My Heart stamps, is FREE Close to My Heart stamps! Our super popular yearly event, Stampaganza, is back!

It's simple - go to my website, put three stamp sets in your shopping cart, and the lowest priced one is FREE! There's no limit on how many stamp sets you can get for free, so when you buy 4, you'll get two free, when you buy 12, you'll get 6 free! Even with my poor math skills, I can figure this one out!

As a reminder, the lowest priced stamp sets will be the ones you receive for free. Also, don't delay, because this offer is while supplies last, and it ends on March 31. So what are you waiting for? Find out more about Stampaganza, and grab your free stamps now!

Share the Love

Thursday, February 18, 2016

When is a stamp set not just a stamp set? When it's also a fabulous way to help a child born with a life-altering condition.

During the month of February, when you purchase Close to My Heart's Share the Love stamp set for $17.95, you'll not only receive an adorable stamp set, but you'll also be helping Operation Smile repair cleft lips and palettes for children all over the world!
For every Share the Love stamp set sold, CTMH will donate $7 to Operation Smile! So share the love today and help make a child smile!

Fabulously Artsy Urban Scrapbook Workshop

Friday, February 5, 2016

I can't get enough of the industrial salvage look! From home decor to commercial spaces, designers are including distressed metals, crackled paint and weathered wood. It almost seem you can't turn on an HGTV decorating show without seeing a home using reclaimed wood or salvaged fixtures.

My Urban Scrapbook Workshop is loaded with worn finishes and heavy metal industrial style. If you want to showcase your big city vacation photos or use these pages to scrapbook the hard-playing, adventure-seeking men and women in your life, Urban is the perfect fit!
If you feel you're too busy to scrapbook, or find the prospect of choosing papers and products to complement your photos is overwhelming, my Fabulously Artsy workshops are made just for you! 

Create eight 12"x12" pages (4 double page layouts) using Close to My Heart's Urban paper pack plus additional supplies. You'll save time with these pre-designed layouts that you can customize yourself. 

Anyone who scrapbooks knows the amount of time it can take to decide on a layout, then wonder which papers look best, and where to place them. You'll also save money because the cutting guides are designed to maximize your paper without waste, so you can cut with confidence, knowing exactly where each piece will fit into the big picture. Plus you'll be able to save a generous amount of leftovers for additional projects after you are done!
Have you ever felt "embellishment challenged?" Choosing which embellishments to use, and where to place them can be another major time waster when scrapbooking. The Fabulously Artsy Urban Workshop uses cardstock and clear stickers, printed chipboard die-cuts, thick twine, silver foil tape and metal triangle studs. My detailed instructions include full color close-ups for you to embellish with confidence. With a generous amount of product in the workshop supplies, you'll also be able to switch out words and images to create a customized accent that is just perfect for your own layout!
When you purchase a Fabulously Artsy Workshop, you get my exclusive guide that will walk you through every step of your workshop. My background in publishing and graphic design means that you'll receive professional looking, easy to follow instructions with photos and images to help you create your layouts with  ease. I have been creating these type of instructions for my in-home classes, for hundreds of students for over a decade, so now you can attend a Fabulously Artsy workshop in the comfort of your home!

So, how can you get your hands on the Fabulously Artsy Urban Workshop? You can visit my Fabulously Artsy shopping website to find out more about the Urban workshop and other workshops available for purchase, or you can keep reading for more details.

1. Get it for FREE! Just purchase $10 or more in Close to My Heart products from my CTMH website, and I'll send you the workshop guide absolutely free! Purchase products for the workshop (listed here), or any products you like! You'll receive the PDF guide by email, ready to download, print, or view on your tablet, phone or computer.

2. Purchase the guide. If you already have the products, or you have a CTMH consultant you shop with, you may purchase the guide alone for just $9.99. This includes all instructions in PDF format, emailed to you.

3. Join my team! Become a Close to My Heart consultant and join my team to receive this and all other Fabulously Artsy workshops. You'll be able to use my designs to host your own workshops, earning money doing what you love! Read more about becoming a consultant, or contact me for details.

Are you a Close to My Heart consultant? Host your own workshop by purchasing my Consultant Workshop kit. You'll receive the workshop guide plus the consultant guide with supply lists, pricing guides, helpful tips, promotional images and more! You'll also receive the consultant agreement that allows you to hold your own workshop in person or offer the workshop to your long-distance customers by email and online. 

Visit my Fabulously Artsy shop to get your Urban Scrapbook workshop, and leave me a comment below to let me know which CTMH paper pack you'd like to see as my next Fabulously Artsy Workshop!