Last day of the Sale!

Friday, December 31, 2010

Time’s almost up to get this crazy deal. Spend $20 or more on my Close to My Heart website, get a free D-sized stamp set worth $22.95 for free! It’s like a mystery gift, you won’t know what you get until you get it, but there are some seriously fab stamps shipping out to customers by the bushel. Will one of them go to you?

It’s the last day of the sale, so Shop Now!

Have a Seat!

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Pull up a chair, we’re just getting ready for a picnic on the deck. Anyone care for frozen food?


Starburst Stains and Wood

Wednesday, December 29, 2010


I love it when my kids can create a craft project all on their own. My 7 year old daughter has been hankerin’ to paint this mini rocking chair ever since we got it. I’ve been a little distracted with the post-Christmas clean-up and really didn’t want to haul out all the acrylic paints and have her mix everything into one glorious shade of poo brown. Lindy’s Starburst Stains to the rescue! The chair is an unfinished wood piece, from the craft store, so the stains soak into the wood beautifully. And the more they overlap and build up, the prettier they get. We did step outside onto the covered porch to do the spritzing, so I didn’t have to worry too much about overspray – I just set the chair in a cardboard box to protect the deck floor. After a few minutes the spray was dry, so my daughter was able to start on the white paint dots right away. I just poured a puddle of acrylic paint onto a scrap of paper and she used the handle end of a paint brush to dip-n-dot. Now I want a full-size chair just for me!

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On another note, if you’re buried in snow (like I am today), aren’t you glad you don’t have to leave your house to watch my live Fabulously Artsy show tonight? I’ve been on Holiday Hiatus for two weeks, so I’ve missed everyone! Hope to see you there!

School Christmas Craft Project

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Just a few more days until Christmas, and I’m in the home stretch. Still crazy busy with gifts, food and house cleaning, but I thought I’d take a minute to share the craft project I provided for my son’s middle school Christmas Craft day. The kids visited classrooms on a rotating basis throughout the day, and had 45 minutes to create each project they had signed up for. In my class they made photo keychains. I printed hundreds of small sized photos in a variety of subjects, from popular movies to sports to animals. The kids cut their choice of photo to size, trimmed it very carefully and attached it to a silver dog tag.
The next step involved pouring epoxy resin on the tags, which is highly toxic and should not be done around middle school monkeys, so I completed the tags at home and brought them back for the kids to pick up. They were thrilled with the results! Hopefully some of these will make it under the tree as Christmas gifts this year.
Dog Tags, Swivel clips, Jump Ring and Epoxy Resin all purchased from Rings & Things.

Snowman with Chocolate

Sunday, December 19, 2010


A simple snowman card with twilight blue and chocolate brown. I used cranberry red for a festive accent color. And of course a bit of bling with Glitz gel. Happy Holidays!

MacGyver Christmas Decorating

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Decking the halls sometimes takes a little creative tinkering, especially if you want to be able to UN-decorate without leaving a permanent reminder of your festive display.

christmas mantle

You may remember that I recently re-painted my living room mantel and there is no way I’m going to risk putting nails into this pristine white surface. Attaching the garland and the stockings seemed a bit tricky… until I channeled my inner MacGyver and raided my sewing stash.

Enter the ball head straight pin.

I inserted a row of pins where the mantel meets the wall, then used fishing line to attach the garland, lights and stockings. By placing the pins every ten inches or so, the weight of the hanging items could be evenly distributed. Of course, when Santa fills the stockings he’ll have to snip the line so the stockings don’t fall down with the extra weight. (All that coal for my naughty kids is pretty heavy.)


Next, I hung snowflakes from the ceiling using the same pins, with white heads. Betcha can’t see the pins at all.


Mac would be proud.

Winner Winner Chicken Dinner

Friday, December 10, 2010

chicken burger

Well, not chicken. But nothing cute rhymes with “Resin Pendant.”

For the secret give-away contest, ustream viewers left a comment on my Plenty for Twenty post below. I’m giving away a pendant similar to the one I made in the ustream class. I don’t have pictures yet, so stay tuned for photos coming soon!

ustream winner

Congratulations to Amy, who left comment #11.

Amy said...
Loved your show! Thanks for showing us how to make resin jewelry.

December 9, 2010 7:24 AM

Amy, please contact me so I can mail your prize! Thanks to everyone who entered the contest!

A Christmas Surprise for YOU!

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

plenty for twenty

Sometimes I think Close to My Heart might be a little crazy in the head. During the month of December, when you place an order on my website of $20 or more, you’ll get a FREE $22.95 stamp set. I know what you’re thinkin’… did I hear that right? Spend at least $20 and get a $22.95 set for nuthin’? Oh yeah, you heard right.

The stamp set will be like a little Christmas surprise just for you. You won’t know what you’re getting until the package arrives. But it will be a popular retired D-Sized stamp set… and it will be awesome to get something for FREE!

What are you waiting for, my frugal friend? Shop on!

Video Tutorial for Starburst Stains plus Monday only Sale!

Saturday, December 4, 2010

LSG wreath

Starbust stains are fabulous!

Monday, December 6th ONLY: Lindy’s Stamp Gang Saint Nik Website Sale! 20% off everything in the store. Use the coupon code STNIK.

Mystery of the Missing Stamp

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Last night’s ustream class was a lot of fun with a couple of quick and simple cards. I demonstrated a neat-o technique, how to add color and sparkle to Liquid Glass.

Pretty quick Cards!

If you tuned in last night, perhaps you might remember me fretting about a lost stamp. I had it all ready to go, stuck it on the block and everything. Despite my best laid plans, the stamp just wasn’t anywhere to be found. I had to make do without, but it was driving me crazy and as soon as I finished the show I looked everywhere on my worktable, even on the floor. No luck. Woke up still thinking about that darned stamp.

Then I watched my show.
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Um…. I found the stamp. missing stamp CU

Tune in next week for the Fabulously Forgetful show.

Tonight’s live class

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

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Join me live on ustream tonight for a simple and elegant Christmas card! The show will be a short one, so tune in for some quick Tresa-time!
7 pm pacific, 8 pm mt., 9 pm central, 10 pm eastern
Go to my Channel HERE.

On another note, you may notice my blog is looking a little naked. The background is gone for a bit, I'm getting ready for a make-over. Good news, bare naked blogs tend to load faster, so there's always that. (Now thinking I probably shouldn't have said naked in this post, I can just imagine all the spam that my inbox will now be receiving.)

Rich Red Wreath Card

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

I’m working on a video for Lindy’s Stamp Gang and I’m going to admit I’m really nervous. I’ve got this great product to work with, and amazing design team-mates, so I am just a wee bit anxious about doing a fabulous job. I’m hoping to get the video up in a few days. Wish me luck!
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In the meantime, enjoy this preview of the card from the video. I used Starburst Stains in Dark Chocolate Truffle and Poinsettia Red Gold. There are so many ways to use these sprays and stains, I’m discovering something new every time I use them!
red wreath LSG
Here I stamped and gold embossed the wreath from Festive Frills Stamp set. Then I mixed together a bit of Liquid Glass and Poinsettia Red Gold and applied it to some of the berries on the wreath. Shiny, dimensional and gorgeous!
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How’s that for holiday glitz? These sprays are fab, I tell ya.

Wait, what?

Monday, November 29, 2010

Bad lighting and twenty photos later, a masterpiece in the making.

Silly pen test

Okay, not really my best work. I’m testing my stop-motion video skills for something a bit better than this. And my kids think the video is hilarious for some reason.

Here’s a much better example of a stop-motion video. No post-production editing, it’s all done with giant billboard sized photos. Kind of amazing.

Lindy’s Stamp Gang Black Friday SALE!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Ah, Black Friday. It’s not named after me (Tresa Black) but it should be. Yes, I’m one of those crazy people hunting for bargains on the day after Thanksgiving.

Want to get in on the deals, without battling the crowds? As a new design team member of Lindy’s Stamp Gang, I’m going to share a can’t miss opportunity! This weekend their entire product line is 30% off! If you haven’t heard of Lindy’s Stamp Gang products, well you’re in for a treat! Their sprays and stains are amazing. The color vibrancy is out-of-this world and every color has a beautiful shimmer.

The Try-Me kits are my fave, a sampling of products in a color coordinated theme. Try the Sweet Treats with Candy Pink and Dark Chocolate Truffle Brown……

or the Tiffany’s Chocolates for the most gorgeous blues paired with yumm-o Crème Brulee Cream spray.

I’m getting’ hungry just thinkin’ about these! There are lots of other color kits to choose from, something for everyone!  The 30% off sale is good until November 28th. Use coupon code BLACK30 on checkout. Hurry up, it’s while supplies last!
Click here to shop.

Living Room Re-Do Update

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Just had to share my progress! There are still more changes to make, but I just couldn’t keep you waiting any longer.

The chocolate brown accent wall is absolutely fabulous! The soft grey walls are very subtle, I was worried they’d be too dark but once I got the color up it was almost too light! But once I painted the baseboards white I was pretty pleased with it.

Another huge update is the fireplace. Before it was grainy oak, with a shiny brass and glass screen. I painted the woodwork white and removed the screen. After I scrubbed 25 years of ash and soot off the interior of the fireplace, I painted it black inside with high heat paint. We don’t use this fireplace, so there’s no need for a screen, but if it ever does get used again the high-heat black paint is safe for burning.

I’m far from done, you’ll see that I have no artwork on the walls, the window trim isn’t painted white yet, and I want to paint the sideboard. Then I’ll be spiffing it up with throw pillows and new blinds… whoo hoo, welcome to this century!

Let’s take a look at the stuck-in-the-80’s house pics before:



And after:



Double Slider Card

Saturday, November 20, 2010

My computer has been in the shop ALL week, I’ve been limping along on the laptop but soooo glad to have my big desktop back so I can finally get some bloggin’ done! But enough about computer, let’s talk about Christmas cards!wreath slider-2

Double slider cards are like a little surpise all wrapped up in a card. Pull the tab and ta-da! Not one but TWO panels slide out!
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This card is perfect for a small photo, but you can add anything you want to the double sliding portions of the card. 
wreath slider
You can watch me make this card on my ustream class, click the link below. There are LOTS of ways to assemble double sliders when it comes to the outer part of the card, but the inside is essentially always the same, a strip of plastic wraps around an inner panel, then attach the two panels to the plastic. When you pull one panel down, the other panel slides up. Or side to side, if you orient the card that way.


Supplies: Festive Frills stamp set, Magnifique level 2 paper pack, Prisma Glitter, Liquid Glass, Silver Embossing Powder.

Whatever Wednesday

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Almost as much as movie theater popcorn, I love watching previews of coming attractions at a movie theater.  Sometimes the trailers (previews) are better than the movie. A good movie trailer gives you brief glimpses into the characters, the mood and the plotline, and entices you to want more.

Even more fun... re-cut movie trailers. Amateur filmmakers create "new" trailers for famous movies, completely changing the premise of the film. You can find plenty of examples by searching youtube. Below are three of my favorites. 

What if "Mary Poppins" was a horror movie?

What if "The Shining" had been a romantic comedy?

And can you picture Meg Ryan in "Sleepless in Seattle" as a crazy stalker?

White OUT!

Monday, November 15, 2010

I am on a mission.
 I've been living with the semi-gloss white walls in my home for far too long, they are on their way out.
Current project: the living room.
Old color scheme: the never-flattering shiny white.
New color scheme: pale grey and dark chocolate. 

If you're a CTMH fan, it's Cocoa and Grey Flannel.

But first, a bit of goofing off.
Have fun kids, it's a giant blank canvas just begging for some artwork. But don't drip anything on the carpet.

And just a warning. If you plan to paint a lovely shade of chocolate brown, you will have cravings for chocolate. Oh yes... you will.
Finished room photos coming soon!

Lindy’s Stamp Gang Design Team

Thursday, November 11, 2010

I’m happy to announce that I have added one more feather to my cap, (don’t worry, I have a huge head capable of many, many feathers). I’m honored to join the design team at Lindy’s Stamp Gang! I’m still a Close to My Heart consultant, and the Lindy’s Stamp Gang products work so well with CTMH, I’m just tickled pink! Well… purple and green right now.

LSG tree card

The card above is from my first video using Lindy’s products. I used Starburst Stains from the Haunted Halloween collection, Freaky Frankenlime and Witch’s Potion Purple, plus Moonshadow Mist in Golden Doubloons. I started out sponging  and stamping the background of this card in Sky ink, from Close to My Heart, then oversprayed with green and gold.

LSG tree card lace

Let me tell you how cool these sprays and stains are! The Starburst stains are incredibly vibrant. No wimpy watered down colors, these are striking! The entire card shown here is done on Colonial White cardstock, an off-white color (well, the dark brown tree mat is Cocoa cardstock, but everything else is Colonial White). They come with a dauber cap or a spray cap, and you can order extras and swap them out. The lace design above was created so easily. I just set a piece of cheap-o lace over the cardstock and spritzed right over it. Remove the lace and ta-da!

LSG tree CU

The watercolor effect on the trees above is done with a dauber cap. Just pat the color onto the stamp and plop it down on your cardstock. Instant hand-painted look!

LSG tree card CU

If you like distressing and aging your cardstock, the Moonshadow mist is awesome. It’s based on the old-school Walnut Inks, (blast from the past!) but it has a sparkly addition that glimmers when the light catches it! In fact, ALL the sprays, stains and mists have a glimmery base. This Golden Doubloons color looks dark brown from some angles, I did my best to catch that amazing golden glint. Here’s another angle…

LSG tree gold CU

Want to talk prices? The sprays and stains are just $3.95 each, and even less per bottle when you purchase them in coordinated sets of five. Check out the Try Me Kits, perfect little sample packs of a single color in each product.

Watch me make the card here!

Feel free to laugh at how wiggly I am in the beginning. I can’t seem to sit still. I’m not just a talking head, I’m a bobble head apparently.

Whatever Wednesday

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Redneck mansion. Nuff’ said.

redneck mansion

Blogtoberfest Buds!

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Thanks to all the bloggers who joined me in the Blogtoberfest challenge! Lots of great tutorials and info, lots of fabulous posts in the month of October. Thanks also to all the readers who visited my blog and clicked on the sidebar links to visit my Blogtoberfest Buds.
If you haven’t visited, check ‘em out! While you’re browsing, leave a comment, we love that!

Gift Card Holder to the Rescue!

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Need a quick gifty for a friend, teacher or co-worker? A gift card is always nice, but a little impersonal. Jazz it up with a handmade gift card holder!
gc holder

This is the card I made on my ustream class last night. If you missed it, you can watch it below.
GC holder open

The basic card is so quick and easy to whip out., make a bunch and have them ready when you’re in a hurry!

As I promised in the class,  the measurement of the card base is 5” x 12”. Score at 3-1/2”, 6” and 8-1/2”. You’ll want to watch the video to see how to put it all together. If you’d just like to see the card base assembly, without all the decorating, click here for the shorty version.

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Supplies for this card:
A Timber stamp set (just $7.95, wowee!)
Mistletoe level 2 paper pack
Cranberry Grosgrain ribbon (another fabulous deal, $4.95 for 20 yards. Double wowee!)
Red Sparkles
Ink colors: Cocoa, Bamboo, Garden Green

Watch the show:

Live Class Tonight!

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

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Tonight’s class, gift card holder with 3-D tree embellishment.
Live at 7 pm pacific, 8 pm mountain, 9 pm central, 10 pm eastern.
Show will be recorded for those who can’t make it.
Go to my channel.

Happy Halloween!

Sunday, October 31, 2010

halloween house

I’ve been a busy bee this last few weeks, with Halloween prep. Not just for my kids, but hundreds more at the elementary school carnival and the middle school  haunted house.  I managed to sneak in a bit of time for a quick decorating of our front porch.  I love the lights at night, they are spooky, yet magical in white.


When facepainting at events, I try to look the part. For the elementary school, I wore a black and orange witch hat with matching fire butterfly.

The middle school was a different character. Demented art teacher. 

haunted house facepaint

I feel pretty, oh so pretty….

Over forty kids each night for four nights needed to be transformed into the characters in the “haunted school.” Conversations in the make-up room sounded like this:
ME: “Which rooms are you working?”
KIDS: “Upstairs hallway, Mary’s Classroom and Jason’s Classroom”
ME: “Okay, you’re freshly dead. You’re bruised and beaten, and you… brain eating zombie.”

Whatever Wednesday

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Sometimes even ghosts have bad days….

Ghost footage

Something’s Got to Give

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

TV button

I hate to do it, but I this week’s episode of Fabulously Artsy Live on ustream is not going to air. I haven’t missed a show in quite a while, and only once when I was super-duper sick. This time it’s about  family, personal time, and prior commitments. You can see from the post below, I’ve had my hands full with volunteer work. Once I get through Halloween, I’ll be back to broadcasting. But this week, if you haven’t had a chance to watch all my ustream episodes, perhaps you can catch a re-run on my channel.

Next episode of Fabulously Artsy Live:
Wed., November 3rd
7 pm pacific
8 pm mountain
9 pm central
10 pm eastern

Spooky Halloween from the Linky Party

This is such a busy time of year for me, I’m a little late wrapping up the Friday Linky party.

Why am I busy? I do facepainting for the schools and local events, and it’s Halloween, so I turn little monsters into REAL monsters.

Photo shoot of some of this year’s faces for the middle school’s Haunted House… my kids are the models.
Rice krispies make excellent rotting flesh.

Surprised Zombie.

Zombies want brains, and some zombies wear cute sailor shirts.

Zombies also enjoy computer time,
snuggled in a colorful beach towel.

Now for some of the spooky halloween linky party particpants!

If I didn’t have so many facepainting bookings, Id be  whipping up one of these candy cartons from Isn’t that Sweet. It would make a wonderful gift for a special teacher. I’m thinking I need to try my hand at one for Christmas.

I love making jewelry, and these little skull beads are such a fun addition to this bracelet from Aaron at Booth #32. Since gothic glam is so popular, I might be tempted to wear something like this any time of year, not just for Halloween!

Speaking of gothic glam, check out the bedazzled and bejeweled pumpkin, from November Rose. Cinderella would love to have this one for her carriage!

You had me at chippy paint. Scrappin’ Becky B shares a darling mini treat tin, including a tutorial and links on where to find the band-aid tins.