Sunday, April 28, 2013

friday freebie winner2

Thank you to everyone who entered the Freebie Friday giveaway. I appreciate every one of your comments, and it looks like the overwhelming response is more videos and tutorials. I figured that would be the answer, since I get lots of requests for more videos all the time, and I am going to try really hard to do just that!

By random drawing of all entries submitted to the linky tool, entry #26 was chosen as the winner. Congratulations to Mariya, who left this comment:

“I would like to see more videos! Thank you for sharing your talent.”

You’re welcome Mariya, and thanks to you and all my readers for visiting and commenting on my blog!

I have notified the winner by email and she has 7 days to respond with her mailing address. If the prize is unclaimed by May 5th, I will hold a new drawing.

Where do you want to go today?

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

I’m absolutely fascinated with Google Maps street view. My son is a big google maps user, and he’ll spend hours exploring the world, “discovering” tropical islands and exotic locations.

The following pictures are all screen shots of our recent trip to Monaco. No, not a real trip, but it’s pretty cool getting to experience the freedom of exploring anywhere you want to go, as long as there are roads you can get there! Best part, it’s all free!

monaco cathedral

We were able to drive around town using Google street view, checking out the sights by panning the camera in a full 360 degree circle, which lets us see views like the one above.

My son likes yachts, so we had to go check out the marina.

monaco yachts

I thought a nice drive in the mountains would be fun. Look at the clouds rolling in over the hilltops.

monaco mountains

Down to the swanky shopping district for a little window shopping.

monaco street

We even had fun navigating through the narrow side streets. (Which would make me more than a little nervous if I were driving a real car.)

monaco alley

One more stop at the waterfront for the cruise ships….

monaco ships

and then it’s time to come back to reality. There’s laundry to fold and dinner to cook, not to mention homework.

Maybe tomorrow we’ll visit Rome.

Did you know that Google Street view can take you beyond roads? Travel by snowmobile, bike or even on foot! To learn more about Google street view, click here.

Freebie Friday!

Friday, April 19, 2013

FB april giveaway
How about some freebie Friday goodness? It’s been awhile since I held a giveaway, and I’m feeling very blessed to have reached 800 likes on my Fabulously Artsy facebook page, so I’m giving away this fabulous stamp set, Frame Flair, by Close to My Heart!

I’ll be having another giveaway when I reach 1,000 likes, so please help me grow by liking my page if you haven’t already!

How to Enter Tell me what you want most from Fabulously Artsy…
1. Video Tutorials
2. Step by Step Tutorials (in photo/text format, not video) 
3. Workshop kits (Exclusive Fab Artsy designs for purchase)
4. Live Classes
5. Challenges
(sketch, color, or products)
6. Product specials
7. Other
(tell me!)

Type your response in the linky comment gadget below. Just click on the blue “Click Here to Enter” link, at the bottom of this post.
You will need to leave name and email (see below). First name only if you like. You do not need to provide a link to your blog or website.

The Details This contest is hosted by Tresa Black, independent Close to My Heart consultant. Winner will be chosen at random from all entries correctly submitted by midnight 4/24/2013. Email address and name required to enter, this information is only to contact winner and will not be displayed or used for any marketing purposes. Retail value of prize, $17.95 plus tax, s&h. Winner will receive notification by email and must reply to provide mailing address within 7 days or a new winner will be chosen. This contest is not affiliated with Close to My Heart corporate or Facebook.

Four Free Stamp Sets!

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Close to My Heart Consultant special
Join Close to My Heart in April and receive the April, May, June and July Stamp of the Month sets!
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Group Photo

Sunday, April 14, 2013


Family group picture. Nailed it!

Well, at least they’re all smiling.

Quick Tip: Backless Brads

Thursday, April 11, 2013


I love brads. They’re inexpensive, they add dimension and color, and they are so simple to add to just about any papercrafting project.

Except when you decide to add them after you’ve assembled your project. Not fun. Not simple. Layers of paper and stamping, already attached… how do you poke a hole in your masterpiece and risk ruining it all?

You can always use self-adhesive brads, which are becoming more and more popular. But if you don’t have any one hand, let me show you how to create Backless Brads using any regular brad (any size, shape or color will do).

This portion of my card (below) is feeling a little blah, it needs a little extra texture and I’d like to add some pink brads under the “Hello.”


Problem is, the card is already assembled and that’s a lot of adhesive, foam tape and liquid glass holding everything together. Tearing it apart is out of the question, and poking through all the layers is too.

First, cut off the prongs from the back of the brad. The metal prongs are very soft and can be cut with a variety of tools. Wire cutters or snips, or even a pair of old scissors (ones you won’t use for paper or fabric) will work. You may need to bend the prongs back and forth to break off the metal if the snips don’t cut through all the way.


After removing the back of the brad, you may need to flatten any protruding prong left behind. Again, any variety of tools will work, I like to use the flat side of my scissors. Just press down firmly on the back of the brad until the prongs no longer stick up outside the brad.


Finished backless brad.


Use glue dots or liquid glass to attach to your project.


Finished and fabulous!


Close to My Heart products used:
Hello Blooms stamp set
Chantilly Paper Pack
Kraft Cardstock

Wishi Washi? I think not!

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

faux washi

Washi Tape is growing ever more popular. It’s a quick, easy pop of color and pattern. It gives a casual vibe to your project, perfect for a modern look.

I’m just starting to jump on the washi tape bandwagon and sometimes I find myself wishing I had a particular color or pattern on hand.

Wishing for washi. Hee hee!

Recently I attended Close to My Heart’s album retreat and learned a new technique to create a faux washi tape look. As a stamper, I have every ink color in the rainbow, and tons of patterned stamps. Here’s a quick and easy way to add the trendy look of washi tape using your own stamps and inks, without spending a cent!

The quickest method is to stamp off the edge of the paper.


By stamping off-kilter, you’ll create a more playful and haphazard design.


If you want to create a smaller piece of tape, without running off the sides of your paper, use a mask to block the unwanted portion of your stamp (below).


Here I have placed a piece of copy paper over my cardstock, leaving the right side exposed (above). This will “mask” the base cardstock from the unwanted portion of my stamp.


Ink and stamp. Remove the copy paper mask.


Ta da! Custom created washi tape, just the right pattern, just the right color!


Here are some excellent background stamps for faux washi tape technique (click to view stamp sets):

In the Background
Patterned Pennants
Universal Backgrounds
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Super special offer! This month, sign up as a Close to My Heart consultant and receive the April, May, June and July stamp of the months, for free! That’s a savings of $72, plus you’ll receive the new consultant essentials kit with business and creative supplies, retail value $130.
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