Whatever Wednesday

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Artistic, clever, and irreverent, October Jones is my type of artist.

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Nerd Alert!

Monday, May 4, 2015

May the fourth be with you! It’s national Star Wars day and I’m feeling the nerdy love of a nation of celebrating sci-fi fans.

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I’m not ashamed to say I’ve been kind of a geek all my life. I love science fiction, fantasy and comic book art. Thankfully, it’s now cool to be a geek, so anyone can embrace their inner nerd.

Today I decided to create a card just for this special day of geek-hood.

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I used the Geek Is Chic stamp set, one of my favorites from the Annual Inspirations Close to My Heart catalog. The paper is from the Wanderful paper pack.

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If you like the Wanderful Paper Pack, you can still purchase my Fabulously Artsy 8 page Wanderful Workshop guide for just $9.99, or get the instructions for FREE when you place an order on my website for $25 or more. Click here for details to purchase the workshop guide.

Typed Note: Last chance!

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

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I love a good typewriter font. That’s why I absolutely adore this month’s Stamp of the Month, Typed Note.

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This set is perfect for cardmakers, with 17 phrases for inside and outside your cards. The old-timey typewriter and pointing hand are perfect for any style, from modern to vintage.

Check out this pinterest board for more inspiration with the April Stamp of the Month, Typed Note.

Get this set for just $5 when you spend $50 or more on my website, or purchase it for retail price at $17.95. But don’t wait, it’s only available until the last day of April, so shop now!

DEAL OF THE DAY – Ends Tomorrow!
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If you’re hankerin’ for a deal, you’ve only got two days left to take advantage of the CTMH Deal of the Day! Purchase a full-price current item on my Close to My Heart shopping website, and you’ll be eligible to purchase a mystery box of CTMH goodies for a discount! The contents of the box are a secret, and the prices vary from $35 to $150, depending on the deal of the day. Some grab bags are worth more than double the price you pay!

How do you get the Deal of the Day?
1. Go to my shopping website.
2. Place one or more items in your cart (must be non-discounted, current items)
3. Your shopping cart will let you know that you have qualified for the deal of the day, and reveal the price for the day’s deal.

CTMH Convention News

Monday, April 13, 2015

I can officially share my big news, I’ve been selected to teach at Close to My Heart’s national convention!

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This June I’ll be celebrating my 15th year with Close to My Heart, and in July I’ll be at Disneyland with 1,0000+ consultants at our yearly convention!

One of the highlights of convention is Extravaganza. Close to My Heart picks their best consultant artists and teachers to show off the newest products and inspire our fellow attendees. I’m proud to say that this will be my 11th year teaching at convention!

Our topics and products are always top-secret, so I won’t be able to share any artwork peeks until after I’ve attended convention. But here are two cards that I created last year for my class all about the My Crush books.

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Want to attend the Close to My Heart national convention? Join my team for $99 and become a Close to My Heart consultant, and you can go to convention too!

Making Faces

Friday, April 3, 2015

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Papercrafting isn’t my only passion. I also have several other creative hobbies, from sewing to cooking to jewelry making. But the one that gets the most attention recently is my facepainting and special effects makeup work.

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I love transforming someone into a character, whether they are beautiful or hideous or a bit of both. Being able to take a human face and change it with makeup, prosthetics and latex is not an easy skill to master, but when you do it right and get the reaction you’re looking for, it’s so rewarding.

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If you’re interested in learning special effects makeup, there are many excellent videos and websites with tutorials and instructions. Invest in some professional products, the halloween junk sold at Wal-mart isn’t going to give you the effects you’re trying to create.

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My best tip… practice, practice, practice. Paint all your children until they refuse to let you near them with a brush. Paint yourself. Paint your friends. When you run out of willing faces, practice your brushstrokes on your arm, or just on paper.

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When you’re practicing on yourself, pray that you don’t have unexpected guests at your door, or you’ll have to answer like this….

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How about you, are you a multi-craft artist? I believe that everyone who has a creative spirit is drawn to more than one type of art. Leave me a comment and let me know what you do to release your inner creative goddess, and if you could learn a new art form, what would it be?

Safety First!

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

From the Fabulously Artsy archives, an old video that I thought you’d like to see again. Click on the picture to start video.

Watch at your own risk!

DEAL OF THE DAY
Now that I’ve got your attention, let me tell you about Close to My Heart’s April Special!

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Love a great deal? How about 30 days of great deals?

During the month of April, you have the opportunity to score a deal every day with Close To My Heart!

What deals are we talking about? Each day during April, while supplies last, we’ll feature a random grab bag filled with current and retired Close To My Heart products available for purchase at a major discount.

To grab your bag, simply place any current, full-priced item in your online shopping cart through my website and you will then be eligible to purchase as many grab bags as you wish (while supplies last)! Grab bags will be featured at five different price points throughout the month, ranging from $35 to $150. Some grab bags will contain product with more than DOUBLE the retail value of the price you pay!

Grab bags will be available for 24 hours starting at 3:00 pm MDT each day and only while supplies last—so visit often and early! Remember that grab bag tiers will be featured on a random schedule throughout the month, so seize the opportunity to purchase from the grab bag tier you’re interested in when it becomes available because it might not come around again!

Grab one NOW!

*Offer valid April 1, 2015 (3:00 pm MDT)–May 1, 2015 (2:59 pm MDT). A given grab bag offer will only be available for 24 hours each day starting at 3:00 pm MDT through your Consultant’s Online Business Address. Tax and shipping/handling will be charged based on the amount actually paid for the grab bag(s). Amounts paid for grab bag(s) are not eligible for Hostess Rewards.

Thinking Outside the Book

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

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Are you a cardmaker, or do you like making papercrafted projects? Don’t overlook the CTMH My Crush line of products!

My Crush books are perfect for scrapbooking in a quick and fun way, with their preprinted pages and spiral bound format, you can save your memories, photos and collectibles with nothing more than adhesive and a pen!

I created a fun interactive scrapbook of a trip with my husband using the My Crush Wildwood book and accessories.

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You can see more of the book here.

One of my favorite things about the My Crush book is the huge variety of patterned papers. Unlike a traditional paper pack with a few coordinating papers and solid colored cardstocks, the My Crush books have 60 pages with very few repeating patterns, and they are all designed to coordinate beautifully!

If you’re a cardmaker or papercrafter, you can ignore the cover and ring binding, it’s just a fancy wrapper for all those yummy heavy-weight patterned papers!

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Tear out the papers, or pull the binding apart and remove the pages individually. Then get creative!

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Since most cards and many papercrafting projects don’t need large 12x12 sheets of cardstock, the handy 7x10 size pages in the My Crush books is not a problem. Cut, layer, stamp and embellish with this amazing line of products!

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Check out the My Crush products by Close to My Heart on my shopping website.

See more ideas for My Crush scrapbooking in this short video from Close to My Heart.