August Stamp of the Month

Thursday, July 21, 2016

I'm loving this month's Stamp of the Month from Close to My Heart! It's perfect for planners, cards and scrapbook pages. You can get this set only in the month of August, after that it's gone! When you place an order of $50 or more in Close to My Heart products on my website, you can add the Stamp of the Month set for just $5, or buy the set without a qualifying purchase for the retail value of $17.95.

Get it here!

August Consultant Special

Monday, July 18, 2016

Join the Close To My Heart family as a Consultant this month and get your choice of a FREE Fundamentals paper packet* and its coordinating Complements. These brand new products won’t be released to the public until August, so joining today is your chance to get them first! When you sign up, you’ll also get $50 in Select Product Credit to spend on more new products, including the newest stamps, paper packets, and cardstock colors.

When you join my team, you'll also receive access to all of my workshop designs, for as long as you're a consultant! Hosting your own Fabulously Artsy workshop for your customers makes it so easy for you, just invite your friends and order the products!

For more details on becoming a consultant, don't miss the chance to join an opportunity call hosted by Close to My Heart. Pick a date below and join online or by phone.

July 21 at 7 pm MDT or July 30 at 10am MDT
or call 1-201-479-4595
Meeting ID: 32980098

Ready to sign up? Click here!

Fabulously Artsy Florence Workshop

Thursday, May 26, 2016

As soon as I saw the new Close to My Heart paper pack, Florence, I wanted to create a new Fabulously Artsy workshop with it! I love the eclectic look of the mixed patterns, and the color combo makes me think of sunny summer days.

I decided to go with the bohemian vibe, and added kraft cardstock and fern twine for an earthy appeal, plus sequins for a spot of glam. I think these pages would look fabulous with photos of that free-spirited special someone in your life, or use them for beach and vacation photos!

This workshop contains four pages (one double page spread and two single pages that can be used together), plus six cards (two each of three designs). The workshop uses the Cricut Artistry cartridge from Close to My Heart, or you can substitute your own favorite cartridge with your favorite shapes.
The pages come together quickly with no stamping required. The cards use the Bitty Birthday stamp set, or you can use your own favorite sentiment set. Embellish your pages with hand-drawn borders to give your pages and cards even more artistic flair!
As with all my Fabulously Artsy workshops, you'll get my professional quality guide to help you through every step of the way in cutting and assembling your pages and cards. Easy and thorough instructions will have you creating beautiful pages ready for your photos, and creative cards to wow your friends.

There are two ways to receive the Fabulously Artsy Florence Workshop guide:

1. Get it FREE! Just place an order on my website for $20 in any products of your choice. You can order supplies for the workshop, or anything else, you choose!

2. Purchase the guide alone. No other purchase is necessary!

Your guide will be emailed to you in a PDF file, ready to print or view on your computer, phone or tablet.

Visit my shopping website to purchase the Florence workshop, and check out my other available workshops!

Close to My Heart consultants, click here for my special consultant kit options! Host your own workshop for your customers, in person or online!

A Lovely New Catalog!

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

If you have spring fever, I've got good news for you! The Close to My Heart Seasonal Expressions 2 catalog is now available! Keep reading to see how you can get your own copy.

But first, let me show of my pretty little card using the new Florence paper pack and the Lovely Birthday stamp set. This paper reminds me of the popular BoHo Chic look that's so popular right now. I just love mixing it with natural elements like twine and kraft paper, but also adding a little bling too.

Good news! I'm working on a new Fabulously Artsy workshop with scrapbook pages AND cards, and I'm hoping to get it all finished and out for sale sometime next week. 

Check back here on my blog or follow me on facebook to stay up to date on my workshop release.

Want to see ALL the new papers, stamps, accessories and new products in the Seasonal Expressions 2 catalog? You can view it online here, or if you like to hold a real catalog in your hands, mark pages and make notes, you can get your own copy right here.

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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