Start Stamping! Course Now Available

Friday, January 23, 2015

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I’m so excited to share my newest course for Curious is now available, and during the month of January you can save 50% on the enrollment price!

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This 10 part course, is entitled Basic Stamping but it’s for beginners and experienced stampers alike. I’ll show you how to make the most of your existing products and how to create multiple looks with different stamp styles.

In lesson one I’ll show you how to choose supplies and you’ll learn the difference between some popular stamping products and tools and how to look for quality and versatility. Lesson two will teach you how to care for your supplies, from cleaning to organizing.

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In this course, you’ll find 7 lessons focused on techniques, for building your skills. From random stamping backgrounds to creating your own unique images with homemade stamps, you’ll learn to look at your stamps in a new light and see dozens of possibilities with your existing stamp collection.

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For your tenth and final lesson, you can use your stamping skills to create a set of cards using just one stamp set and paper pack. Create 3 cards or use the included cutting and assembly guide to create four each of the three designs for a total of 12 cards!

All attachments for this card workshop are included with the course, including recommended supply list, cutting guide and assembly guide. You can create the card set using your own supplies or use the links on the course to shop for the same materials as I used.

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HOW CURIOUS LESSONS WORK
If you’re new to the Curious website, you’ll need to create a free profile when you visit. There are many lessons for free on the site, along with lessons that charge an enrollment fee. Once you have enrolled in a lesson (for free or for a fee), you’ll have lifetime access to the lesson, so you can watch it anytime, as often as you like. You can access from your computer or mobile devices too.

Lessons are divided up into sections, with a short question (exercise) to help you retain your new knowledge. At the end of the lesson, you are encouraged to submit an “assignment” to the teacher, which could be a photo or video of what you learned. The exercises and assignments are optional, but they can be a lot of fun! I respond to every one of my students’ comments, questions and assignments, because, you know… I love you all so much!

The half-price sale is good through January, so make sure to check out this awesome deal soon!

CTMH CONSULTANTS
Are you a Close to My Heart consultant? Use this course as a learning guide to teach your clubs or workshops! Basic Stamping is packed with quick and easy techniques that your students will love, and they can be adapted for any stamp set. If you’ve ever struggled for fresh techniques that can be taught quickly and without expensive materials, this course can be a lifesaver!

Another idea for consultant looking for ways to build your business: host a card workshop for your customers using the final lesson in this course. You can download and print the cutting and assembly guides right from the lesson page, and hand them out to your workshop guests for a professional workshop presentation. You’ll save yourself tons of work using my designs and handouts, and you’ll learn lots of new techniques and tips along the way too!

Big Head Squirrels

Thursday, January 22, 2015

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How could you not love this squirrel feeder? I’ve been providing critter food for my furry friends for years, and they have grown fat, lazy and spend most of their time fighting with each other. I still love them, even though they’re jerks.

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This big head squirrel feeder was a Christmas gift, and I was so excited to try it out, but skeptical if the squirrels would actually use it. Well, it took about 30 minutes before the first furry guy was brave enough to stick his head in there, and now I can’t keep it filled fast enough.

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The squirrels are still fighting each other and making a big mess, but they’re definitely earning their keep in entertainment value. It’s like having a teeny tiny college mascot character on our deck. Big head squirrels, you are awesome!

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You can buy a big head feeder on Amazon here.

Altered Stamps: Changing Shapes

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

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Part of the appeal of stamps is how simple it is to alter their appearance. I’m big on changing things up, I often prefer to come up with new ways to use something but I also like to keep it simple. Let me show you two easy ways to create a different look for a shaped stamp!

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This cute “Hello” stamp with a speech bubble can be used as-is, but I don’t always want the speech bubble shape, so I’m going to transform it easily with a few quick cuts in my paper trimmer.

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Line up the image and cut off the edging and the speech bubble “tail” for a square image that’s ready to mount onto a card or scrapbook page. Add a color coordinated mat or just leave it plain.

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For a shaped image, you can stamp over a die-cut, cricut shape or punched shape.

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If your shape is light colored and your workspace is too, place a scrap piece of dark colored cardstock under the shape before stamping. This helps you see the edges of the image better and line everything up perfectly.

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I recommend a two-handed hold when placement is crucial, don’t use one hand like I’m doing here (unless you’re holding a camera with the other hand, then it’s okay).

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Don’t forget to use padding when stamping a bold stamp like this one. I’m using the foam sheet that comes in every Close to My Heart stamp set. The padding allows your stamp to make full contact with your paper, to avoid missing spots or uneven inking.

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Goodbye speech bubble shape, hello new shape!

Have you tried this technique before, or do you have any favorite ways to alter a stamp shape? Leave a comment and let me know!

January Special: Year >> Noted

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

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I love the start of a new year. The possibilities of 365 brand new days to make a difference, accomplish goals and create memories. This year I am working on being true to myself, focusing on productivity and if all goes well, maybe I’ll start posting more frequently on my blog.

If you’ve got goals and plans for the new year and want to record your memories, CTMH has a project just for you, and it’s only $5!

In celebration of National Papercrafting Month, Close To My Heart invites you to reflect on the things that make you who you are and on what you want to accomplish in the coming months. Then, with the help of the Year >> Noted paper kit, record your experiences and goals!

For more info and to place an order, visit my website.