Top 12 in 2012

Monday, December 31, 2012

Another year draws to a close, and it’s time to look back and remember those special memories that make me love creating, blogging, and sharing.

My random list of best, favorite, most memorable blog moments of 2012.

1. Most pinned: If it fits, it ships. I had no idea such a quick blog post would be shared by thousands of viewers. I’m so glad my worn-out Fiskars cutter is now gracing the boards of so many pinners out there. At least I had the presence of mind to don my fabulous vintage bracelet.

2. Most delicious fake food: Sweet Cupcake Card. Oh yes, you know you want to lick that card.

3. Favorite new CTMH product: Hands down, Burlap Ribbon takes the prize for me. Pleat it, tie it, cut it, wrap it. Oh the possibilities!

4. Biggest regret: realizing that I only made one video in 2012. Wait, really? That can’t be right.
Um… yeah. 
I’ll try to do better in 2013, honestly I will. 

5. Getting treated like a celebrity: CTMH corporate knows how to show a girl a good time. I was lucky enough to be participate in a consultant promotional video filming, it was a wonderful experience and all of the CTMH staff couldn’t have been nicer!

6. Overwhelmed, but in a good way: Shortly after releasing my Footloose scrapbooking workshop, CTMH unexpectedly sold out of the Footloose paper pack. Now, I don’t know if it was my workshop that caused it, but I like to think I might have had something to do with it. Hundreds of consultants purchased the kit to teach to their customers, so I’m guessing they might have sold an awful lot of Footloose paper packs. If you missed this workshop, I plan to have another this coming spring.
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7. Cutest craft ever: Magical mushroom charms for Creative University charm swap. Sweet and petite.

8. Trying my hand at Memes: Oh Ryan, your love for CTMH is adorable.
hey girl distress

And everyone is more interesting with glitter.

9. My most favorite bird. It would be interesting to count how often you see me use this bird stamp from A Tweet. I think I’ve gotten my money’s worth on this little $6.95 set.
heartfelt wishes

10. Best use of a trash item: You know those little desiccant packs that come in packaged goods? The little beads are quite useful when you need a little something shiny. Just remember the warning, do not eat your project after applying desiccant beads. I’m not sure why you would, but consider yourself warned.

11. No-Brainer Crafting: Any can do this. Open jar, throw in rocks, moss, sticks and butterflies. Close jar. Bam… done. You’re welcome.

12. I look good in a ‘stache. It makes me so much more sophisticated, don’t you think?P7110559

Wishing you a fabulous, funny, and creative new year!


Sunday, December 30, 2012


Close to My Heart’s January Stamp of the Month, “Happy Valentine’s” is for all you floral lovers. Gorgeous roses and sentiments, the set is just $5 when you place a minimum $50 order on my website in January only. I love the woodcut look of the flowers, the style lends itself to so many different techniques, from rustic to elegant.


I used Lindy’s Stamp Gang Starburst Spray in Jazzy Jivin’ Purple. It looks absolutely stunning with CTMH Juniper, Slate and Whisper. Try as I might, I just couldn’t capture the beautiful shimmer of bronze-gold in this LSG spray. I blame our cold and gloomy Spokane winter day. I like to photograph in natural light and the weather just wasn’t cooperating. I have a couple more cards in the works using this set and perhaps ol’ mister sunshine will pop out just for my next photo session, just so you can enjoy the shimmery goodness of Lindy’s Starburst Sprays.

Close to My Heart January Stamp of the Month, Happy Valentine’s. $17.95 or just $5 with a qualifying $50 minimum purchase on my website. Available Jan. 1-31, 2013.

Merry Christmas!

Tuesday, December 25, 2012


Let the present unwrapping begin! From our crazy, silly, fun family, wishing you a blessed holiday.

When life gives you squishy fudge….

Saturday, December 22, 2012

I make a lot of homemade treats at Christmas. From nuts to soup. Really, soup. I make it in batches, freeze in portions and fill my mother’s freezer.
Candy is another big favorite, but it can be tricky. Especially when you’re in a rush and it’s late at night and you don’t write down the recipe correctly. You end up with squishy fudge.
No worries… scoop it into balls and dip in chocolate. Heavenly truffles to die for. Yeah, I can make mistakes, but I can roll with it.
Microwave Fudge
4 cups Chocolate Chips (2 bags)
(to make squishy fudge for truffles, use 3 cups chips)
14 oz. can sweetened condensed milk
1/4 cup butter
dash of salt
1 teaspoon vanilla

Combine all ingredients except vanilla. Microwave 2 minutes, stir well. Microwave again at 30 second intervals, stirring each time until completely melted. Stir in vanilla. Pour into foil-lined 8x8” pan. Cool completely, cut into squares.
For truffles: after cooling, scoop into balls and roll with hands. Melt dipping chocolate. Place rolled centers in freezer for 5-10 minutes prior to dipping. (I like to work with batches at a time, so they don’t thaw while dipping). Dip into melted chocolate, place on parchment paper to cool.

Blessings of Peace

Thursday, December 20, 2012


Every year I start out the Christmas season with excitement and anticipation of the approaching holiday. Then the weeks begin to speed by in a blur, and suddenly it’s just days away and I’m caught up in the rush of buying, baking, decorating and wrapping.

When I’m feeling like a grinch and bah-humbugging about my huge list of things to do, I know it’s time to take a moment and remember the reason for the season.

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope. Romans 15:13
peace closeupI know your plates are probably as full as mine in these last days before Christmas, so I wish you peace, dear reader. Enjoy and live in the moment, create treasured memories…. and if every item on our to-do list doesn’t get done, no one but you and I will know.

Close to My Heart products:
Blessings of Peace
Pear & Partridge paper pack
Gold Embossing Powder
Prisma Glitter
Create-a-Shade Pearl Paint
Cardstock: Colonial White, Olive, Cocoa, Kraft
Baker’s Twine (Olive)

Whooo’s Your Valentine?

Friday, December 14, 2012


January is National Papercrafting Month, but Close to My Heart is starting early with the Whooo’s Your Valentine Kit, available now. This darling kit, which retails for $40, can be yours for only $10 when you spend $35 or more in Close To My Heart product from the Autumn/Winter 2012 Idea Book.


You’ll receive:
12 die-cut boxes
3 cardstock sheets
1 sheet of silver glitter paper
12 treat tubes
exclusive D-size stamp set created specifically for the kit.


This kit offers you a sneak peek at two new Spring/Summer 2013 products: the treat tubes and the silver glitter paper!


Shop my website now!

Santa Baby

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

This photo and story has captured my heart! You may have already seen it on facebook, but just in case, it’s too good not to pass it along…..

Sarah Pasley

Sarah Pasley of Meridian shared the following story on Facebook on the baby clothing store Carters Facebook page.

"My mother and I had braved the mall (on a Saturday in December of all days) in hopes of capturing a picture of my 8 month old son, Kiptyn "meeting" Santa.

"We stood in line for over 30 minutes waiting for our turn. Of course, 5 mins before our turn to meet Santa, Kiptyn fell asleep!! Part of me thought we should just get out of line & avoid wasting anyone else's time that busy Saturday, but as we went to leave Santa gestured us over. I handed Kiptyn to my Mom & grabbed my camera. "

"I was escorted outside of the fenced area in order to snap my own shots. What happened next will be one of my all time favorite memories of Christmas... Santa grabbed his book & slowly laid back into his oversized chair. He then silently motioned for my Mom to lay Kiptyn on his stomach. Kiptyn stirred for a moment and I thought he'd wake for sure. "

"Santa hushed him & Kiptyn's little arms fell into such a peaceful position. After we finished taking pictures we heard a round of applause from the crowd that had gathered around below & above in the rotunda. I just wish this jolly ol' man could know how truly special he is. I can honestly say that I believe in Santa and the magic of the holiday season again. I'd just like for everyone to see how special the Santa at the Boise Towne Square mall really is. "

Year-Round Cheer, only in December

Monday, December 10, 2012

swing card-001

Like that stamp in the center of the card? How about 11 more stamps that are oh-so-adorable?
Check out Year-Round Cheer, Close to My Heart’s December Stamp of the Month. Only available in December, and you can get it for just $5!
I used the Close To My Heart Cricut Artiste Cartridge to create this modern color-blocked swing card. I was inspired by the colors on this card, by Lynn Putt.
swing card
A swing card has a z-fold, with a center cut shape. It looks complicated, but it’s a breeze to make… when all the cutting is done by the Artiste cartridge. I chose the round center, but there are several versions on this cartridge, so you can pick square, scalloped, oval or more.
swing card-002
Close to My Heart products used:
Year-Round Cheer December Stamp of the Month
Blessings of Peace stamp set (sentiment)
Silver Shimmer Trim
Black Hemp
Cardstock: Whisper, Pear, Lagoon, White Daisy
Cricut Artiste Cartridge

It’s a tag? It’s a card? It’s both!

Saturday, December 8, 2012

tag card

I wanted to come up with a clever combined name for a papercrafted creation that can be used as a tag and as a card. But cag sound weird. And tard is just plain wrong.

tag card open

Whatever you call it, I like the idea of having something that can fit into a standard card envelope but you can use it for a nice big gift tag too. Either way, whipping up a few to have on hand would definitely be a good idea!

tag card CU

Close to My Heart Supplies used:
Perfect Fit Holidays Stamp Set
Eclectic Edges Stamp Set
Burlap Ribbon
Milepost Shapes (corrugated stars)
Prisma Glitter
Colors: Desert Sand, Juniper, Ruby

Snowflakes and Students

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

steep n deep

Post #2 of my 12 posts of Christmas.

One of the reasons I’ve been so busy lately, is that I’m now attending school as an aide to my son Richard, who has Asperger’s syndrome. He’s a great kid, although his Asperger’s makes it difficult for him to keep up with the rigors of school life, and traditional school hasn’t been successful for us. I love the school he attends now, with a project-based curriculum. I’m blessed to be able to spend so much time with my son and make a difference in his education.


Field trips are common at City School, and it’s always fun to be out and about with the kids. I created this scrapbook layout about the science class trip to Deep Creek, to study geology.


While this layout isn’t about Christmas, the snowflake theme would be perfect for a snowy holiday page. I used Avonlea paper pack, plus Desert Sand, Ruby and Cocoa cardstock.



12 Posts of Christmas

Saturday, December 1, 2012

You’ve probably noticed I’ve been a little out of touch with my blog in the past few months. Sometimes blogging is like life, there are times when it comes easily and everything falls into place, then there are times when it doesn’t.

So how do you get out of a blogging slump? Set a deadline and stick with it!

This month, I’m making a  goal to triple the number of posts I created in each of the last two months. That’s twelve posts, and I’m excited to get some crafty mojo going right here on Fabulously Artsy.
So, let’s get this (posting) party started!

This card is one of three projects that my Creative University students created along with me during my live online make-n-take class. Live classes are always a hoot, where everyone can see all the goofy mistakes I make (like losing a snowflake piece, looking all over and finally having one someone in the chatroom point out it was right in front of me!)
Stamp set: Perfect Fit Holidays

Black Friday? A More Colorful Sale….

Friday, November 23, 2012

I’m a big fan of Black Friday. I mean, who doesn’t love a bargain? I know the term “black” refers to the business making a big profit on this shopping crazed day, but yeesh… it all sounds so ominous and depressing if you ask me. Not that I mind the word BLACK, hey – it’s my last name and one of my fave slimming colors.

But why not Ruby Friday?

Or Whisper Friday, or my favorite… Champagne Friday. You know what? I’ll let you choose your favorite color.

4 Days Only
Receive up to 4 Free Inkpads
when you shop online
Nov. 23-26

Pick any color, qualify for 1, 2 or 4 exclusive Inks stamp pads by Close to My Heart. Value $5.25 each. Shipping and tax included.

Place an order for $50* or more, receive 1 free inkpad
Place an order for $75* or more, receive 2 free inkpads
Place an order for $100* or more, receive 4 free inkpads
*order total before shipping & tax

To Order:
Visit my website and click the JOIN button for Tresa’s Workshop

Place your order by 11:59, Monday Nov. 26. I will contact you by email for your choice(s) of free inkpads.

Purchase the Stamp of the Month, Save the Date, for just $5 with your order of $50 or more and receive 50% off a stamp set of your choice! To receive your free stamp set, you will be prompted in the online shopping cart after your order reaches $50.

For every stamp of the month Close to My Heart sells in the month of November, they will donate $1 to the American Red Cross relief efforts for Hurricane Sandy victims.

Ready to get colorful? Order now!

Top 6 reasons to attend Creative University

Friday, November 16, 2012

Can you believe it? There are still spaces open for Creative University! I’m usually sold out by this time, but lucky you – you can still get in on this amazing event.

Create U 2011 (above)

What is Creative University?
Well, it’s awesome. It’s an art retreat, it’s a crop, it’s a girl’s camp, it’s the ultimate get-away. It will boost your creative spirit, teach you new art techniques, introduce you to new friends and fill your inspiration bucket to overflowing.

Dates: Feb. 14-17, 2013
Location: Lake Coeur d’Alene, ID
Click for map

Six Reasons Why
In honor of my 6th year hosting Creative U, here are 6 reasons why you should attend Creative University 2013.

1. Value
This is an all-inclusive event, which means you receive everything for one price. For just $82 per day*, you get:

• Lodging for 3 nights
• 8 meals (Thurs. dinner to Sun. brunch)
• 5 Creative Classes with projects included (over 10 hours!)
• Self-paced make-and-take projects
• Student assemblies with games & prizes

*4-day package price. 3-day package is also available.


2. Classes &  Projects designed by Tresa
Have you ever wanted to take a class designed by the stamp goddess? This year I will be designing ALL of the class projects, presented by a hand-picked staff of talented teachers.

Classes include scrapbooking, cardmaking, projects and techniques. Some projects may include home d├ęcor, gifts, wearables, jewelry and/or textiles. All classes are hands-on and include complete projects. Whatever your skill level, you’ll be challenged and inspired by the assortment of projects to complete and techniques to learn at CU.

You’ll attend four 2-hour classes, and one self-paced classroom activity for a total of 5 classes. Classes are always optional, so if you’d rather spend your time crafting at your table, it’s your choice.

You’ll also receive make-and-take projects with materials and instructions to create in your free time.

DSC_1045-002November Monthly Make-n-take

3.  Online Classes
As if all of the above projects aren’t enough…. new this year: monthly make-and-takes, LIVE with chat!

Work along with me on the private Creative University Ustream channel and chat with the other CU students online. Materials provided, you only pay shipping costs.

Register for Creative University in November and receive your November class with three holiday themed projects for FREE, no shipping charge!

Monthly make-and-takes are available only to students registered at the time of the class, so don’t miss this opportunity, register now so you won’t miss any of the classes.

Live classes are a great way to meet your fellow students while creating some fun creative projects!

twinchie swap

4. Extracurricular Activities
While Creative University is an institute of higher learning, it’s not all work, work, work…. there’s room for some purely fun activities as well.

Enjoy any or all of the following optional events:
1. Swaps – Join one of our annual swaps with other students for a bevy of take-home inspiration. Swaps this year include charms, twinchies and cards.
2. Secret Sister – a favorite activity for all participants.
3. Student Assemblies – Games and prizes!
4. Massage* – Relieve your stress and pamper yourself with an on-site masseuse
5. Zumba!* – Wake up and burn off those calories from the delicious camp food with a fun and easy Zumba class.
6. Logowear – Have you noticed how adorable all the students look in our CU photos, and how color-coordinated? Create U has the BEST logowear, really. Comfy, flattering and best quality, you’ll want an entire wardrobe.

*Activity option depends on number of participants.

kimberly tamara tresa-7

5. Location, Location, Location
Stunning views of Lake Coeur d’Alene, peaceful mountain setting with nature trails, cozy cabins with modern facilities (cabins include bathrooms and showers), crackling fireplaces, and delicious home-style meals.

No clean-up, no cooking, it’s all done for you.


Getting to camp is easy. Many students fly or drive to CU, it’s worth the trip!

6. Your last chance
I’ve saved the most important, and biggest news for the last. It’s official, this is the final year for Creative University retreat. Six amazing years, and this year will be the best one yet. It’s not easy to say goodbye to my “Creative baby” and I have cherished the time I have had with all of my CU alumni.

If you’ve been wanting to attend, and keep promising yourself “maybe next year,” this is your last chance to experience Creative University retreat in person.

I’m pulling out all the stops, planning the biggest art budget and teaching staff ever. You won’t want to miss it, reserve your spot now before CU sells out and it’s history.
Just 20 spots left!

For more information about Creative University, visit the CU website.