Because I’m Happy, CU post #3

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

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Just a quickie post today!

Know why I’m so happy? I’m packing my suitcase today for a cruise to the Caribbean, lucky me! My husband and I will be taking our first cruise. This is something I’ve wanted to do my whole life and he surprised me by booking the trip several months ago. So I’m happy… and lucky to have such a spontaneous husband!

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This card from the card café at Creative University uses on my favorite new stamp sets, Hopscotch alphabet. Love that you get both upper and lower case plus numbers and punctuation.

Shop for Hopscotch alphabet here.

I call this background technique Inky Blocks. It’s so simple, yet so awesome! Stamp a 2”x2” block into an inkpad, then spritz with water. The more water you use, the more ink will transfer to your page. Stamp onto white cardstock, overlapping some areas. Make sure to wipe off your block in between stampings so you don’t water down your inkpad.

Tresa’s Tip: Choose colors that will blend well. When using dye-based inkpads your colors are transparent and will create a third color when overlapping. Keep this in mind when choosing inkpads.

Messy Techniques, CU post #2

Thursday, February 20, 2014

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At Creative U, I like to push the students into techniques and artwork that they might not have considered. It’s wonderful what you can do with a captive audience. (You WILL get messy and you WILL love it! Bwa ha ha!).

For the card café, students created a total of 20 cards, 4 each of 5 designs. Each of the card designs started with a technique base, which they created on a plain piece of white or colored cardstock.

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This card has a paint resist technique. Stamp a border stamp along one edge of the white cardstock in clear versamark ink, then heat embossed with clear powder. Brush acrylic paint onto the cardstock piece and allow to dry. Make sure you leave some nice paint strokes, blending out and away from the stamping. This is a messy technique and I wanted an “artsy” look to it.

After the paint dries, use a baby wipe to remove the paint from the embossed area. Again, this is not an exactly perfect look, some of the embossing ink may come off if you rub too hard, and it may be splotchy in areas. More artsy, less perfection.

Notice that I chose to use this messy, artistic technique with a modern color scheme and patterns. This could easily have been done in distressed browns and shabby chic vintage patterns, but I wanted to show off how to apply these messy techniques to other styles as well.

So if you like modern, but want to get a little messy, go for it! You’ll most likely end up with painty fingers and a happy creative spirit!

CTMH supplies used on this card (click on the link to shop):
Geometric Backgrounds stamp set
All the Details stamp set
Lollydoodle paper packet
Smoothie cardstock
Whisper cardstock

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Tuesday, February 18, 2014

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Best. Year. Ever.

Truly, I can’t begin to tell you what an awesome time I had at Creative University 2014. Friendships, artwork, food and creative inspiration, it was perfect.

So perfect in fact, we seem to have forgotten we are scrapbookers with cameras. I did not take a single photo, and there were remarkably few cameras clicking away at our retreat. We were too busy having fun! Thankfully, I have all the artwork that I created for the classes, so I’ll be posting the class projects over the next couple of days.

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This card above is from the Page and Card class. All students created a double page layout and one card in this quick and simple class. No crazy challenging techniques, just good design and color balance. I used Skylark paper packet and the hello stamp is from the Cricut Artiste collection.

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The layout pages also used Skylark B&T. I added Chocolate, Crème Brulee, Sweetleaf and Lagoon cardstock, plus Outdoor Denim cardstock was sanded for a distressed look. Stamp sets are True To Life and Believe in Yourself.

I’ll be sharing more artwork soon. For now, enjoy something that we DID seem to take lots of pictures of….
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Photo credit: Amy Kupperman

New Product Blog Hop

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

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Are you looking for inspiration? Join me and other CTMH consultants as we share our creations with new product from the Close to My Heart Spring/Summer idea book & catalog.

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I love color, in every shade, tint and hue. Whether it’s bold brights, deep jewel-tones, warm neutrals or 50 shades of grey, I love to mix ‘em, match ‘em and come up with new combinations.

The new Skylark paper packet has a gorgeous assortment of blues, and neutral browns. Plus it features a special edition Skylark Yellow that is only available in this paper pack.

For the card above, I decided I had to create something for my Creative University card class using Skylark Yellow, but I wanted to add a bit more pizzazz to the color scheme. Sorbet was a perfect choice, with its mellow peach tones, not too bold but enough to add a pop of color.

I used the Skylark Yellow B&T paper for the banner, with Sorbet cardstock on the upper half of the card. For the lower half of the card, my CU students will be creating their own patterned paper using a cool technique they’ll learn at camp. Lagoon (blue) and Whisper (grey) complete the color scheme.

I also use one of my favorite new stamp sets, Hopscotch Alphabet. This is a huge set, two carrier sheets in one envelope, with both upper case and lower case alphas, numbers and punctuation. So adorable and versatile, I’ll be using this one often.

Close to My Heart products used for this card:
Click on the link to view and purchase 
Hopscotch Alphabet stamp set
One Way Borders stamp set
Skylark Paper Packet
Lagoon Houndstooth Washi Tape
Aqua Dots

Ready to see more creative creations with new products from Close to My Heart? Click on any of the pictures below to visit other CTMH consultants’ blogs and see their artwork. This hop will continue to grow with new entries until Sunday, Feb. 9th, so come back to this post for more inspiration. New entries are added at the bottom, so scroll down to view the latest each day!

If you are a CTMH consultant and would like to join the CTMH Blog Boosters hop, please visit our facebook page and request to join.

Spring/Summer catalog and products now available!

Sunday, February 2, 2014

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The wait is over! New Close to My Heart stamps, papers and accessories galore! You can shop directly on my website, view the catalog online, or purchase your own copy of gorgeous 144 page catalog, shipped to you! You’ll receive a $5 rebate coupon good on your first order of $25 or more. Plus, while supplies last, you can get two catalogs for the price of one. Click for details.

If you’re shopping in February, make sure to take advantage of these great deals….


Are you a texture junkie? CTMH now has embossing folders! Choose from 5 different designs, all sized 7”x5”. You can get one free with the purchase of 2 exclusive color cardstock packs (single color or combo). These 24 sheet cardstock packs coordinate with our inks, reinkers and markers and are available in 40 gorgeous colors. Find them on page 139 of our online catalog.

And don’t forget the Stamp of the Month!

What does the fox say? It says “I’m adorable!”

You can purchase the February Stamp of the Month, Wild about Love, for $17.95 retail or get it for just 5 bucks when you order $50 or more on my website. It’s only available during February, so get this fox before it gets away!