New Ustream Schedule

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

ustream intro

For fans of my live Ustream shows, mark your calendars for Wednesday, December 7 at 7 pm pacific. You won’t want to miss this show if you’re an out-of-the-box thinker!


I’m going to try out a new monthly schedule, so you can look forward to seeing me live on ustream every month on the first Wednesday. If you are a fan, help keep my show on the air by attending the live shows whenever possible! I’ll keep broadcasting regularly if you show up. Deal?

Close to My Heart Cyber Monday Specials!

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Cyber Monday is like Black Friday’s civilized cousin. All the deals, none of the injuries (well, maybe a cramp in your index finger from clicking on all those great offers).

Sunday and Monday, take advantage of my exclusive Close to My Heart product offers and save BIG for Cyber Monday!


Purchase 2 stamp sets, inkpads and/or level 2 paper or shade pack, and get the third one free!

Mix and match, your choice! No limit!

Offer applies to all stamp sets, inkpads and level 2 paper packs or shade packs. Free item will be of equal or lesser value than the least expensive item.

Buy 2 stamp sets, get the third one free!
Buy one paper pack, one stamp set and get an inkpad free!
Buy 6 inkpads and get 3 inkpads free!
Mix it up, match it up, enjoy the savings of free products!

This offer is only available for emailed order, it is not available through my Close to My Heart shopping website. Email me with your list of items to order,  and include your MAILING ADDRESS. I will contact you with your total due and instructions to pay by Credit/debit card.

This sale will only be available until midnight pacific time, November 28th.

Remember – this offer is for emailed orders only, not available on my shopping website. Clicking the product links above will take you to my shopping website and are only for your information, do not proceed through check out on the site.

holiday wishes

BONUS #1! When you order a minimum of $25 in stamp sets, you can add the exclusive Holiday Wishes stamp set (above) for just $5 additional ($17.95 value). This set coordinates perfectly with the Cricut Art Philosophy Cartridge.

cherish the day

BONUS #2! When order a minimum of $50 in ANY products, you can add the November Stamp of the Month, Cherish the Day (above) for just $5 additional ($17.95).

Bonus stamp sets are in addition to the B1G1 offers above. Tax and S&H apply.

B2G1 offer good in US only.

Lindy’s Stamp Gang Black Friday Sale

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Looking to add some shimmer and shine to your holiday projects? Stock up on Lindy’s Stamp Gang products with big discounts for Black Friday!


Over 30% OFF  SETS!  
starbursts, moon shadows, magicals, embossing powder
and little Lindy kits

starbursts, moon shadows and embossing powders

No coupon necessary!

Prices are only available at these prices from Nov. 25, 26 and 27, (no exceptions).

Starbursts Sprays reg. $ $13.25
Starbursts Stains reg. $ $13.25
Starbursts Color Shots reg. $ $13.25
Moon Shadow Mists  reg. $ $13.25
Moon Shadow Ink Pots  reg. $ $13.25
Magical sets  reg. $ $10.50
Embossing Powder sets  reg. $ $14.25
Little Lindy kits
  reg. $ $10.15
Individual Starbursts & Moon Shadows
(sprays, stains, color shots, mists and ink pots)
reg. $ $3.20
Individual Embossing Powders
reg $ $2.80

Visit Lindy’s Stamp Gang website


What’s the difference between Magicals , Starbursts, Embossing powders and Micas? Learn about all the LSG two-toned products here.

Big Whoops: Bleach to the Rescue

Monday, November 21, 2011

Something about Mondays, it’s a good day to begin fresh and start over. I feel ready to face the week, and make big plans to get lots accomplished.

By Friday, most of the plans have gone out the window, but a girl can dream, can’t she?

In honor of Monday’s start fresh feeling, today I’ll show you how to repair a boo-boo. If you use Close to My Heart inkpads, most of them are dye-based. They offer almost instant drying time, and easily blend for watercolor effects.

Being a dye-based pad, they will also react to bleach. I’ve got tons of techniques you can use for your artwork with bleach and inkpads, but today I’ll show you how to easily change your mind and remove the ink, when you made a big whoops.

Here’s a sweet butterfly, from the retired Miracle chipboard set.

You can purchase this set on my website for just $1.00! That’s 75% off the original price, and while supplies last.

Irresistibles™ have a resist pattern that shows through when covered with ink, chalk, markers, or watercolors. The Miracle shapes include flowers, leaves, brackets, frames and more, all with various resist patterns.

I’ve added Cotton Candy ink with a sponge to the butterfly shape.

The problem: I don’t want it to be pink. Whoops.

Use a paper towel, or a paintbrush, or pretty much anything you have on hand…. dab bleach straight from the bottle onto your chipboard shape.

Use a little at first, you want to avoid saturating the chipboard to prevent warping.
Bleach takes a moment to begin working. The photo above was taken seconds after touching the bleach to the chipboard. The color will begin fading, so watch and decide if you need to add more bleach.
After a few seconds, there is still color on the chipboard, so it’s time for a second application of bleach. I repeat the process of patting the paper towel dipped in bleach onto the shape.
After the color has completely disappeared, allow the shape to dry thoroughly. This may take a few minutes, or it may take overnight, depending on the amount of bleach that soaked into the chipboard. You can test it by dabbing with ink – if it changes color or begins to lighten, there is still wet bleach in the chipboard.

After bleach has evaporated, it is neutralized and you can proceed with your project, your chipboard will be good as new!

Snowflakes and Cricut

Tuesday, November 15, 2011


Call me old fashioned, call me old school. Or maybe it’s just my mad cutting skills.


I use an x-acto knife and scissors more than I use a Cricut.

It’s quicker and easier for me to reach for a hand tool than to fire up an electronic cutting device. I like simple, and I like to use my hands.

BUT there are times I have to eat my words. The Art Philosophy Cricut collection from Close to My Heart has it all. I can cut these perfect snowflakes, then stamp directly onto the shapes using the coordinating stamp sets. And I can cut enough snowflakes to make 6 cards at the touch of a button.

So guess what? I used my Cricut. And hello handsome, I think I’m in love.

Maybe I’m not as old school as I thought.


You can get this exclusive collection for just $99. Includes the Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge, three stamp sets and three chipboard die cut sheets.

Like the card in this post? I’ll send it to you! All orders placed on my website in November will receive the snowflake card above. No minimum required. Shop now!

Live Broadcast Tonight

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

I’m being erratic, I know.

Sometimes I’m on, sometimes I’m off. Story of my life. Tee hee!

ustream intro

Join me tonight at 7 pm pacific for a live ustream class on resist techniques, part two.

If you’re not in the pacific time zone, that’s 8 pm mountain, 9 pm eastern, 10 pm eastern.

Three ways to watch! See the show here, or join me on my ustream channel. And the new way… visit my Fabulously Artsy Facebook page where you can watch and chat with your facebook account.

Can’t make the show? All shows are recorded and archived, view them on my channel page. Since it’s live TV, the recordings aren’t always guaranteed. Things happen, buttons get pushed, connections fail, so your best bet is to show up for the live show! Plus I like having people in the live audience, so there will be more shows if there are more people. Now I’m just bargaining with you.

Join the chat! Use the tab in the window above to chat on ustream (sign up for a free account if you don’t have one already), or you can chat on the social stream tab. I monitor the ustream chat during live shows, and may not be able to view the social stream chats.

Decorate YOU!

Thursday, November 3, 2011

henna bracelet

My last ustream class was a bit different. Adding a bit of body bling  with glitter and paint is a fun way to show off your artistic side, and it’s much less permanent than a real tattoo. Not to mention pain-free.

glitter tattoo

If you caught the live show, you were treated to a tiger facepainting as well, but the recording had some issues so the video below is shorter, with just the glitter tattoo and henna-style bracelet.

Watch the video:

High quality paints and supplies make all the difference. I buy my facepainting products from Silly Farm and Jest Paints.

Prosaide glitter glue
Martha Stewart Glitter (Not for faces or small children, I use Mama Clown glitter for cosmetic face application)
Diamond FX Facepaints
Wolfe Facepaints