It’s my birthday, but the gifts are for you!

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

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I’m another year older today, and I hope you’ll help me celebrate!

It’s only a few short weeks until Close to My Heart’s national convention in Dallas, Texas and I’m so excited to share the news that I’ll be showing off my artwork using the brand new accessories for the Fall/Winter idea book. I’ve been hard at work with my top-secret projects, so I can’t share any of it just yet. Don’t worry, once convention is over, you’ll get to see all the artwork right here on my blog. It’s probably my most creative time of year,  and I love the chance to pull out all the stops and create over-the-top fabulously artsy projects.

Probably the number one reason I love being a Close to My Heart consultant is that it allows me to share my knowledge and passion for stamping & papercrafting. I love to teach, and whether I’m sharing at my home classes, or through video, or right here on my blog, I hope to make a difference by encouraging someone else’s creativity.

I’m giving away three stamp sets for my birthday, and it’s simple to win. Just like me, these stamp sets are a little older, and that just makes them more special. All three sets are past Stamp of the Months, and you can’t buy them any longer, but you can win all three from me!

To enter: Leave me a comment and answer this question…

What have you learned from me?
Maybe it was a new technique, or a crafting tip, or a blog-building idea. It doesn’t matter where you learned it, it could be from CTMH convention, youtube, my blog, or my home classes. As long as you learned something, let me know!

Be specific and list just one thing, so I know you really got something out of it. No fair saying “I learned so much, I can’t pick one.” You gotta tell me something, or you won’t qualify!

If you don’t have a profile with contact info, make sure you leave your email address in the comment. I will choose a winner on Friday, June  22. Contest is open to everyone, so enter by clicking on the “leave a comment” link below my signature. While you’re at it, make my day and click the facebook “like” button!

73 comments:

Peggy said...

My most favorite thing I learned from you is the suspension card! I loved your little bat and have gone on to do the same technique with spiders, snowflakes and flowers! So fun!

Rochelle Crawford said...

I have SO MUCH fun making your cupcakes!!!! Granted, they take a few hours to make from start to finish and I am usually covered in glitter from head to toe.... BUT, they are a HIT with everyone I give them to. Thank you so MUCH for sharing your talent with us all.

~Rochelle
mustbesweet7403@yahoo.com

RenessaTalu said...

My absolute favorite that you taught me was the cupcake. It was so easy to follow and you make it so fun to watch.
It was so inventive. I am always so excited to see your new posts and blogs. I was happy to see you at convention in Cali. But just wish I could have spoke to you also ^_^ but my hope is to be able to go to one of your retreats. hope you have a Great Artsy Birthday!!

Cynthialoowho♥ said...

Happy Birthday Tresa!!! I learned the stamp kissing technique from you, I have yet to try it but love all the options available from "kissing" :) I hope you have an amazing birthday♥

Kisha! said...

haha Tresa - you probably won't like my answer, but what I've learned from you is that you ARE Fabulously Artsy and I am a FABULOUS copy cat ;)
I love your innovative ideas, but I honestly don't know how you come up with them, or how they just magically pop into your head.

I've also learned to not be 'greedy' with the ideas that DO pop into my head - and to share, because the more creativity you share, the more creative you become! <3

Kisha

Karen said...

Happy Birthday Tresa! I have watched all your you tubes and live streams(and miss them BTW) and one of the things that sticks out in my mind is when you made a card with the "Seize the day set" and you did a bleach technique on it--it turned out so beautiful. Have a wonderful Birth-Day!

Linda Norman said...

I learned to make my own embellishments from stamps and things I have on hand!

Miriam Prantner said...

You are awesome and Happy Birthday! One thing that I have learned from you is the Bandana technique (I mean I've learned a lot, but that one sticks out because of the Banana/Bandana schtick at the front....have I mentioned that you are pretty funny)?

I also wanted to say that you have also challenged me (this doesn't count because it's not the same as learning, it's different, right?) I really enjoy how you challenged us to improve our blogs and try new things, and I REALLY appreciated your willingness to spend so much time and effort showing your fellow consultants the catalog before ours came last time. Again, you are awesome!

Uta said...

Happy Birthday. I wish you all the best. There are several things that I learned from you. All your inspirations and videos are so fantastic.
Hugs, Uta

LauraLee said...

How to have silly crazy fun while scrapbooking! Have a rockin birthday!

Uta said...

... for example I made your Halloween Pop-Up Candy Holder.

Roz Bianchi said...

Well just today I went back and reread how to put a cool header on my blog. I love your directions and insight, you made it so easy to do. Thanks!!! & Happy Birthday!!

Kim said...

Enthusiasm. Plain and Simple! I am so glad you are a CTMH consultant and are so willing to share. Happy Birthday!

Chris said...

I love your videos - they must be amazingly time consuming! And that scrapbook creation you won for last year was breathtaking - I enjoyed the video you made for that.

My fav though it the Halloween votive card...love it!! :)

Abby said...

My favorite thing I learned from you was the glitter technique you used on the ornament card. It was the first video I saw of yours and I've been hooked ever since.

All of your cards look so great and I love that your videos show me step by step how to get the same result!

Regina Henne said...

Tresa, Happy Birthday! Wish you many happy and joyful days!
I enjoy your blog and check back frequently to see past what you've done. You've been a very busy lady, and the results are stunning!
Your videos are simply fabulous! You have explained your videos so simply that everyone, anyone could follow it, even me. Thank you so much for showing us!

Regina*

amotherof3plus2 said...

I learned Embossing Resist with the peacock card. I learned how to do it on ustream. I worked right along with you and created a beautiful card. Thanks for all you do for the crafting world.

Julie said...

I learned how to do the faux stitching from you. I had to buy the CTHM Ruler just so I could do it! I love that technique and have even tried to teach it to others. Thanks for sharing and have a great birthday!

Kelley Balzola said...

Happy birthday dear Teresaaaaaaaaaaaaa, Happy birthday to youuuuuuuuuuuu ;) I love your blog and videos, your art inspires me. I learned to have FUN and laugh, I love that about you! To add depth with edging is a specific thing, it finishes projects beautifully and takes them up a notch.

pbalzola@centurytel.net

Jennifer Kelly said...

Happy Birthday Tresa. Can't wait to attend your class at Extravaganza (doesn't matter what group I'm in I'll find your booth!!)
And I learned ... no matching socks today - has stuck in my head ever since I heard your video!!

Lisa Stenz said...

Happy birthday my friend! I don't need to enter your contest, but I did want to share that I have learned over the years that I want to be JUST LIKE YOU when I grow up! You are a never-ending well of inspiration and I am so grateful for all of that hard work that you do to share your creativity with all of us wannabes! Have a fabulously artsy day!!!! xoxo

Linda said...

I liked how you demonstrated sponge daubing. Happy Birthday!

Natalie Racine said...

Tresa, you are a movie star to me and I know I will be star struck when I see you at Convention. I will be the one wanting to take my picture with you and your autograph.

One of the many things I learned about you that I use everytime I post on my blog is how to take beautiful pictures to post opn blogs. You tutorial was amazing and I can't thank you enough for the time and dedication you give everyone. Again, Happy Birthday and expect paparazzi at Convention cause that will be me.

Cheers
Nat
Natracine14@yahoo.ca

Penny Kentosh said...

Cupcakes and magic cubes! Love, love, love them and you and your willingness to share your creativity with us all. The thing that you created and absolutely rocked the block was your album for Convention last year. So looking forward to more of your fabulously artsy creations!!

jeanine mayden said...

happy birthday first of all and i want you to know i have learned to be patient and laugh at the little hickups in a project that is just not going my way. i love your laugh whenever you can't find something or something happens that you didn't plan. i want to grow up to be just like you. lol i am 59. love your willingness to share and inspire others.

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Texas Scrapbooking Queen said...

Well I have learned so many from your youtube tutorials, thus I have become a stalker of your blog. I have noticed you haven't posted in a while and just knew you were busy doing something super special for convention. I can't wait to see everything!!!

My favorite, well one of my favorites is your Mini-Pocket Album tutorial. I have made several of these and love giving them as gifts. Your video makes it a cinch and I love how easy they are to make.

Have a great birthday. Thanks for sharing all of your great ideas! Love them and can't wait for your next tutorial (hint... hint! ;o)
Lori.Allen94@yahoo.com

Kimberly said...

oh my goodness... i love what you do with your cards... and I do tend to lift them :)... thanks for all your inspiration!!!

Stacy said...

Everything I know about stampin and scrappin, I've learned from you! ...But,since I can't say that I think waaaaaay back to the stamp kissing technique that you did. Love it!

Janet Carney said...

Happy Birthday! I learned to take intentional pictures. Always keeping mind how they will fit into a book, page or card. Thanks for sharing your talent with all of us!
One other thing is that things still turn out cute even if they don't look EXCACTLY like yours;)... You always remind us that no one but us see your sample!!

Lynn B. said...

Happy Birthday! The mini album with pockets was one of the first non-card things I ever tried. I made one for a friend with a beach theme and she loved it. It helped me get out of "card only" mode!

Vicka M said...

Happy Birthday, Tresa! My first video of yours that I watched was a video about stamp kissing, where I learned all kind of stamp kissing and one in particular - a kiss with a twist:) After that I just had to try it right away. I didn't have a background stamp, but I was able to kiss my flower with the butterfly and twist it and it did the trick - it was magical! Still have that card as a sample of that technique. Thank you for the lesson.

Heather said...

Golly Wally!?!?! What have I learned from Tresa Black? In ONE statement??? Are you crazy?
first there was this thing called bleaching...stamping with bleach? NO WAY! Oh yes you can! I saw Tresa do it!
Sprays from LSG...I never would have tried them had I not used them with your help at CU12
my favorite item though was your gift card holders...I have made so many of them since I forgot for a second I learned it from YOU!
Oh ya, and the differences between different glues...I wish I had learned before I gave you that tree! LOL

well, sorry, I could not pick just one...hope they were specific enough though.

Happy Birthday and thanks for your continued sharing!

Terrie Dodd said...

Happy Birthday Tresa! While I love all your projects and have tried most every one of them, what I have learned from you is how to tactfully share and comment on bulletin board posts by always keeping it upbeat and postive while still sharing tips and insight to get the negativity turned around. Even if you agree with a poster, you offer ideas of how to make a frustrating situation turn out to be OK! I love that and know why you are so successful....Hope to see you at convention and hope to be in your group!!!
Terrie

Haley D. said...

Happy happy birthday to you!!!! You are such a positive person who shares so generously. I have truly learned so much from you that it's hard to pick one thing. (It's okay that I won't be entered in the birthday bash drawing; I have two treasured Tresa artwork pieces in my home!)

mmccoygrly said...

I love the gel card made with hair gel. I was not a card maker until I found your blog. I loved scrapbooking. You taught me how to use the flip flaps. One of my favorite products CTMH sells. Tresa you are great. I love your personality. May all your wishes come true.

Happy Birthday!

Marianne McCoy
mmccoygrly@msn.com

Julie said...

Happy Birthday Tresa and thank you for the opportunity to win some great goodies. Oh my, what have I not learned from you. Thank you for taking the time to making all those great videos and projects on your blog. The one technique that I love is the resist technique with embossing. I just love it and use it often to make cards. Hope you spent a wonderful day with your family.
Hugs Julie
jv.catlady@yahoo.ca

Anonymous said...

I love your creativity and style using bling and embellishments in fun ways to bring cards and projects up a notch.

djdjdane@yahoo.com

Lisa Page said...

Just wanted to wish you a Happy Birthday, Tresa! I {heart} your blog, youtube and ustream videos! And, I look forward to seeing your artwork at Convention! Thanks for sharing your FABULOUSLY ARTSY talent! Hope your day was a special one!

A Card A Day said...

My favorite has been the Halloween Ornament. I've always been hesitant to try new techniques and paper crafts but you make it so much fun that before I knew it, I had paper and cutter out creating right along with your videos. Thank you for being one of the best teachers online. I wish you all the best now and always and Happy Birthday, Tresa! Mary marysa45@hotmail.com

scrapwithlinda said...

Hey Tresa, I just learned that you and I share the same birthday! How about that! I hope you had a wonderful day.

Sarah Mauk said...

Happy Birthday, I've learn how to make those cute flowers (before we got the cricut cart. Thanks so much
Sarah
kmauk@excel.net

Denice said...
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Denice said...

I learned the bleach technique from you. I loved the idea with the Sieze the Day stampset. Then I used the idea and created a Christmas Card using a Pointsettia. Thank you for your generous sharing of ideas and techniques. Have a Fabulous Birthday! pdenice2@san.rr.com

Jennifer S said...

Happy Birthday:-) the best thing I learned from you was you should take time and make a book about yourself...whether you think its important or not its important for your family!!! I absolutely loved the book you made for the CTMH contest!!! I would love to see the original post again so that I could scrap lift some of your ideas!!! Email: shears@ameritech.net

Becky B. said...

Hi, Tresa and a VERY HAPPY birthday to you!! Hmmm...it's pretty hard to select ONLY one thing that I've learned from you...you are so talented and creative on so many levels! Since I can only select one thing, I'm going to choose the tutorial that you made explaining how to make a custom blog header. It was a terrific tute and allowed me to make a great header for my blog...all thanks to you!! :)

Thanks for the chance to win the great stamp sets!! Once again, happy birthday!

Maraye said...

Happy, happy birthday!! I love your blog and everything you post! You are such a talented woman....I am so jealous of your talent. But, you have taught me that I don't have to be a "professional" artist........just let my own style and creativity shine..... Thank you for giving me more confidence in my own abilities. : ) I want to be like you when I grow up!! : )
Maraye Pratschner
Redmond, WA
Pratschnerm@gmail.com

purplemel said...

I do love and actually have learned a lot plus got a lot of inspiration.
My most important one is the tutorial on making bows as I am 100% bow challenged. Thank you for taking the stress out bows.
Happy Birthday to you and once again for all the inspiration it is greatly appreciated.
Melanie Kuzik
purplemel2@yahoo.ca

cowboycentral said...

Happy Birthday ! Your Joseph's coat technique is my favorite. Learning it has changed how I make cards. Love it. Thank you for entertaining and inspiring us.

MuNa3 said...

Happy Birthday Stamp Goddess!!! Wishing you many glittery ideas and more fabulously artsy crafts to share with us because you are truly FABULOUS! I love all of your work and have learned a lot from watching you. The one thing I will say is that I have learned to just be myself when creating anything (especially when glitter is involved! I love glitter!) To be confident and stand behind my work because it always comes from within,and I can see that same passion come through in your work! I love it and I look forward to seeing more of your fabulous creativity. And always...TFS!! -sonia muna3@att.net

Nickalli said...

Happy Birthday!! I think the technique that I learned from you that I use the most is Stamp Kissing!! I love watching your videos and stalking you on facebook. :0)

Pam Klassen said...

Happy Birthday Tresa (mine was last Friday - a BIG ONE....lol)

I don't want to play to win anything but I wanted to share something with you and those reading that I learned from you! I've shared this with you already but want to reiterate just how a person can spread joy - and to complete strangers as well. Ripples in a pond....

A while ago you shared a tutorial for the Three Ring Binder, creating an adorable little mini-album full of twists and surprizes and of course FABULOUS ideas. I shared this with my mom after creating one of my own. She loved it so much she has since created over 20 of them for her family, my sons and myself. (When the binders retired she stocked up...lol) The albums were for each of her 7 brothers, filled with photos of their childhoods and photo memories that some never knew existed until they were all gathered in to the little album. I was the happy recipient of one last year for my birthday and my kids each got a special album made by Granny of their very own. She has added her own tweeks and embellishments along the way but each is filled with her love of family, scrapbooking and fun.

So you see Tresa, while you put together a cute little album to showcase a product and your FABULOUS IDEAS, you also through your creativity brought joy to many many others as a result.

Once again I thank you for sharing your ideas, creativity, time and talents. Like ripples in a pond, they spread further than you can see....

HAPPY BIRTHDAY

Syster Pyssla said...

Congratulations!

I've learned plenty of use ful things from you, but I indeed have one favourite tip. You know your youtube clip when you get inspired from a shoe and make your own patterned paper? That is the best trick ever, never got stuck because of "yuck, all my papers are wrong for this" after that!! Thank you!

Ulrika from Sweeeeden!

Anonymous said...

I want to wish you a Happy Birthday and I love all that you share!! I don't think I can pick just one favorite, because each time I watch the newest thing it becomes my favorite!! I love your tips, and shortcuts and have you have a file on my computer all your own, lol, of tips that I can refer back to, lol. I guess one of the greatest things I love is your willingness and love of teaching, your free spirit!! Your JOY in what you do and your love in helping give us the joy to share with others!! Thanks so much!! <3 to you!!
Lisa McVaugh
billisa@epix.net

Nancy Ball said...

Happy Birthday, Tresa! I'm glad you're still celebrating birthdays....I'm on to anniversaries of birthdays!
I don't want to be considered for the prize, but your bleach technique with the embossed daisy stamp is still one I recreate for my students. Thank you for always being an inspiration and so quick to help other consultants, like me! I look forward to seeing you in Dallas!

Anonymous said...

Dear Tresa,
Happy Birthday to you, the most inspiring person I know. You really has put stamping to a new demension with all your wonderful techniques. You gave us a challenge when we could choose only one...For me it has to be the Rock and Roll stamping, everytime I use this technique I´be amazed with the result!

Helene Björk Sweden
helenebjork@msn.com

lilscrappers said...

Happy Birthday...it's the pop ups :) I think of you every time I make one since your album. THat album has pushed me to experiment, try new ways and just have fun with my projects. You rock (the cupcake was a close second tho.....had much fun with that),

bettybaker said...

Well A Happy Birthday to you, I enjoyed your glitter and tape segment....didn't know how much one could do with these 2 item, and your artsy way of teaching without the humdrum manner that one can see on utube....I find when I need a lift, I enjoy watching u . thanks for sharing all your joy.....

Paper Memories4u said...

Happy Happy Birthday! As a new CTMH consultant I have LEARNED SO VERY MUCH from you and your blog. Thank You! I think the main thing I've learned from you is to have fun when crafting and not to take yourself to seriously. Thanks for all the fun you share here. Dana papermemories4u@yahoo.com

Lighthouse Scrappers said...

Happy Birthday Tresa! Just want to thank you for ALL we learn from you, but the most recent thing, and the one thing my customers really loved (because it was easier than it looked!) was the faux stitching! Love, Love, Love the faux stitching! Thanks!

Melinda Abrahamson said...

I have learned that a project is never finished until the edges are kissed with chocolate (or desert sand) ink. :)
That is really only one, but the one that popped into my mind first. Happy Birthday sister June-baby ( I have another week until mine.)
Enjoy your celebration and thanks for the chance at a give away.

thecraftchick@gmail.com said...

Yes...there are so many wonderful things that I have learned from reading your blog and watching your videos but if I have to pick one..it would be making the gift card cupcake...I have made so many of them that the whole family wants me to put them on my gift giving list just so they can get one. I have made so many cupcakes that I have lost count. Baby showers, Bridal Showers and even wedding gift card cupcakes...and they are such a great hit that guests that I don't know want me to make them for them too.Thank you for your inspiration and Happy Happy Birthday!
Crafty Hugs,
Marianne

Helen said...

Ok, I will specifically say I learned to laugh at myself a little more when I flub up, instead of berating myself.
I love the cupcakes you taught me to do,
and I love the Josephs coat technique you explain so clearly, although I haven't used it recently. Thanks for all you do and share!!
Helen Bixby

Sue Laufer said...

Hi Tresa,
What I've learned from you is that it's okay to stretch & think outside of the box when using products.
Mahalo,
Sue

Anonymous said...

By coming all the way from Ohio to your house for a workshop I learned --if you can dream it, you can DO IT!!! I always wanted to meet this Fabulously artsy person to see what made her that way, so I invited myselff to her house AND she let me come to learn everything I could soak up. And the best part has been Yes You Too Can Do It. Thanks Tresa. Maureen msee50@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

And yes, Happy birthday and I do not want the prize. My prize was meeting you. And to actually think I will get to see you again. This is my very first convention. I've been praying you'd be teaching!!! I am loving you new workshop also!!!! thanks, thanks lovcely lady! Maureen

Anonymous said...

What I have learned is....not to be afraid of a mistake. You can turn a mistake into something beautiful. No matter what the little mistake is, it will not be noticed by the person you give the card/gift to, they will love what you give them. Use/exercise you mind in ideas. Use what you have on hand sometimes.
Thanks, Linda Grubb attabeast2oo@aol.com

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday!! I like the bleaching technique that you shared with us.
Crystal
ctzaldrich@yahoo.com

dragonswing said...

I love all the different glittering techniques. Can never get enough glitter!!! I also liked the embossed resist technique. Very different.
Taerie
dragonswing15137@yahoo.com

TINA said...

I know you don't want to hear it, but I have learned a ton of different things from you ;) But my all-time favorite would have to be the free mini album class with the (retired) My Creations 3 Ring Binder. You taught me how to look at things differently and be creative. You took a product that I thought was very boring, and turned it into something that I literally bought 20 of when they went on clearance! Thank you for your inspiration and teaching!!!

Stacy said...

The first that drew me to your site was a youtube tutorial on the bandana technique. Basically using a colored pencil as a relief for other inks. Great idea. You are Fabulously Artsy! Thanks for the chance to win, great giveaway!
Stacy
azureskye@embarqmail.com

Anonymous said...

Thank you for all of the great advice. And now I need to go back and read your "How to Blog" tips and join the fun. Barbara banies@msn.com

Laura said...

I have learned from you "The Stamp Goddess" is that I CAN be creative. I just need to follow what is in my heart. You inspire me to think outside the stamp. It is so much fun to watch you create!! Happy birthday and keep creating!!!

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