A little bird told me

Thursday, September 22, 2016

For my second card with the Woodland Critters stamp set, I used this sweet little bird stamp. I love how he's flying with his eyes closed, so I added a whimsical touch by creating a dotted line to show his flight path.

Paper pack is Oh Deer, and I embellished with Whisper Thick Twine, Sequins and Bitty Sparkles.

Such a Cutie!

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Taking cute to the next level!

The Woodland Critters stamp set is so much fun to play with. Four adorable animals (bird, fox, owl and raccoon) with sentiments (Hello, Thanks) and a sprinkling of additional images. 

Woodland Critters set has that modern cartoon style, which works for a variety of uses. How cute would this raccoon be on a baby layout? But it also works for an adult greeting card like I've created here. 

If you're feeling playful, add googly eyes to this set. Instant awwwww!

I've created four cards with this set, so stay tuned for more!

Annual Inspirations and Holiday Expressions Catalogs

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

New products, stamps and paper, oh my! Close to My Heart's new Annual Inspiration catalog is now available to view online, or you can purchase your very own copy right here.

The Annual Inspiration catalog is good all year long, from August 2016 to July 2017, with tons of papers, stamps and kits, plus the newest CTMH cricut cartridge, Flower Market.

Close to My Heart also has supplemental catalog that come out seasonally, and right now you can get the first supplement, Holiday Expressions, for FREE (while supplies last) when you place your order for the Annual Inspiration catalog right here on my blog. Just click this link to go to the catalog page.

August Stamp of the Month

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

I love it when Close to My Heart designs a stamp set that can be used in multiple ways. The August Stamp of the Month, "Purr-fect Halloween" is one of those sets! Purr-fect for Halloween, and purr-fect for cat lovers!
Silly and cute, and not a bit scary, this little kitty can be dressed up in your choice of hats and you can customize his expression with four different eyes.

Check out this pinterest board for more ideas using the August Stamp of the Month!

You can purchase this set for the retail price of $17.95, or you can get it for just $5 when you order $50 or more in Close to My Heart products on my website. Purr-fect Halloween is only available during the month of August, so get it while you can!

July Stamp of the Month

Thursday, July 21, 2016

I'm loving this month's Stamp of the Month from Close to My Heart! It's perfect for planners, cards and scrapbook pages. You can get this set only in the month of August, after that it's gone! When you place an order of $50 or more in Close to My Heart products on my website, you can add the Stamp of the Month set for just $5, or buy the set without a qualifying purchase for the retail value of $17.95.

Get it here!

July Consultant Special

Monday, July 18, 2016

Join the Close To My Heart family as a Consultant in July and get your choice of a FREE Fundamentals paper packet* and its coordinating Complements. These brand new products won’t be released to the public until August, so joining today is your chance to get them first! When you sign up, you’ll also get $50 in Select Product Credit to spend on more new products, including the newest stamps, paper packets, and cardstock colors.

When you join my team, you'll also receive access to all of my workshop designs, for as long as you're a consultant! Hosting your own Fabulously Artsy workshop for your customers makes it so easy for you, just invite your friends and order the products!

For more details on becoming a consultant, don't miss the chance to join an opportunity call hosted by Close to My Heart. Pick a date below and join online or by phone.

July 21 at 7 pm MDT or July 30 at 10am MDT
Visit http://fuze.me/32980098
or call 1-201-479-4595
Meeting ID: 32980098

Ready to sign up? Click here!

Fabulously Artsy Florence Workshop

Thursday, May 26, 2016

As soon as I saw the new Close to My Heart paper pack, Florence, I wanted to create a new Fabulously Artsy workshop with it! I love the eclectic look of the mixed patterns, and the color combo makes me think of sunny summer days.

I decided to go with the bohemian vibe, and added kraft cardstock and fern twine for an earthy appeal, plus sequins for a spot of glam. I think these pages would look fabulous with photos of that free-spirited special someone in your life, or use them for beach and vacation photos!

This workshop contains four pages (one double page spread and two single pages that can be used together), plus six cards (two each of three designs). The workshop uses the Cricut Artistry cartridge from Close to My Heart, or you can substitute your own favorite cartridge with your favorite shapes.
The pages come together quickly with no stamping required. The cards use the Bitty Birthday stamp set, or you can use your own favorite sentiment set. Embellish your pages with hand-drawn borders to give your pages and cards even more artistic flair!
As with all my Fabulously Artsy workshops, you'll get my professional quality guide to help you through every step of the way in cutting and assembling your pages and cards. Easy and thorough instructions will have you creating beautiful pages ready for your photos, and creative cards to wow your friends.

There are two ways to receive the Fabulously Artsy Florence Workshop guide:

1. Get it FREE! Just place an order on my website for $20 in any products of your choice. You can order supplies for the workshop, or anything else, you choose!

2. Purchase the guide alone. No other purchase is necessary!

Your guide will be emailed to you in a PDF file, ready to print or view on your computer, phone or tablet.

Visit my shopping website to purchase the Florence workshop, and check out my other available workshops!

Close to My Heart consultants, click here for my special consultant kit options! Host your own workshop for your customers, in person or online!

A Lovely New Catalog!

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

If you have spring fever, I've got good news for you! The Close to My Heart Seasonal Expressions 2 catalog is now available! Keep reading to see how you can get your own copy.

But first, let me show of my pretty little card using the new Florence paper pack and the Lovely Birthday stamp set. This paper reminds me of the popular BoHo Chic look that's so popular right now. I just love mixing it with natural elements like twine and kraft paper, but also adding a little bling too.

Good news! I'm working on a new Fabulously Artsy workshop with scrapbook pages AND cards, and I'm hoping to get it all finished and out for sale sometime next week. 

Check back here on my blog or follow me on facebook to stay up to date on my workshop release.

Want to see ALL the new papers, stamps, accessories and new products in the Seasonal Expressions 2 catalog? You can view it online here, or if you like to hold a real catalog in your hands, mark pages and make notes, you can get your own copy right here.

April Stamp of the Month

Monday, April 25, 2016

I'm loving the vintage vibe on the April Stamp of the Month, Life in Pictures! Capture your obsession with photography and scrapbooking with this stamp set, available only during April 2016.

Get this set for just $5 when you place an order of $50 or more on my CTMH website. Or buy it for $17.95 with no other purchase required.

New Consultant Kit Price!

Monday, April 18, 2016

Are you looking for a fun and creative way to earn extra money, get your own personal scrapbooking and cardmaking done, and make new friends? Join my Close to My Heart team with a brand new lower priced consultant kit!

When you sign up as a new consultant, you'll receive over $200 in essential supplies for just $75, plus $50 in select product credit to spend on papers, stamps and more!

Sign up in April and submit $350 in sales (that's about the average party/gathering amount), and you'll earn a FREE Cricut collection or $100 in additional select product credit!

You'll also receive free training, support from me, and the opportunity to join thousands of other people just like you who LOVE papercrafting!

Check out this video to learn more about your opportunity to join Close to My Heart.

Have more questions? Contact me! If you're ready to join, CLICK HERE to begin. It only takes a few minutes, and your kit will arrive very quickly. You'll have access to the Close to My Heart consultant website before that, and I'll be in touch with you by phone or email to welcome you to my team!

Wonderful Watermark Techniques

Sunday, April 3, 2016

What exactly is watermark ink, and why is it so awesome? If you haven’t tried it yet, or you’re only using watermark ink for heat embossing, you’re missing out on the amazing potential of this versatile crafting medium!
Watermark ink is manufactured by several different companies, but the most commonly available one is Versamark by Tsukineko. Many people (including me!) use the names “watermark ink” and “Versmark” interchangeably. Kind of like Kleenex and facial tissues.
One of the simplest ways to use watermark ink is to create a watermark. That’s a faint image, or tone on tone design that is usually used as a background pattern. Simply stamp in Versamark, then stamp onto your cardstock.

The watermark technique will only work on cardstock that has been dyed, otherwise known as solid-core cardstock. That’s because the watermark ink can sink into the dyed cardstock and create a slightly darker image. If your cardstock has a design printed onto it, or if you can see a “white core” on the cardstock when you look at the cut edge, the watermark ink most likely won’t create any reaction. This is because the ink used to print the cardstock is not affected by the watermark ink. It will just sit on top. Bummer.

Below is an example of solid core cardstock (right), compared to white core (left). Tearing the cardstock will reveal the inside, so it's very easy to see the difference.
But here's a neat technique: If you do have printed cardstock, or white core cardstock, you can use clear embossing powder with your Versamark ink to create a faux watermark technique. The clear color of the Versamark means your cardstock color won’t be altered, and the true color will show through!
If you want to learn more about Watermark ink, including seven ways to use this versatile product, plus tips and cleaning advice, check out my video lesson on Curious!
In this in-depth video lesson, I'll show you how to use versamark ink and dye-based ink pads to create “fake” colored embossing, for those times when you don’t have the right color embossing powder. Watch as I show you how to use chalks and pigment powders with versamark, and how to create an emboss resist for beautiful backgrounds and focal points. You’ll also learn how to keep your pads as clean as possible when working around messy powders and inks.

Click here to visit my Watermark Techniques video lesson on Curious.

Curious is a subscription service with thousands of how-to lessons on every subject you can think of. I’m not only a teacher, I’m also a student! Right now I’m learning how to prune my trees, and I just finished a course in comic character drawing. Try before you buy - click here for a free trial!

One Week Left for the March SOTM!

Thursday, March 24, 2016

I'm still waiting for spring in my neck of the woods, it's been a soggy March in Washington state. But I have faith in our northwest weather, and soon the sun will return and we'll have our glorious spring flowers and blue skies!

The March Stamp of the Month from Close to My Heart, Sunshine Birdies, will tide me over while I wait for the sunshine. The adorable little doodles are perfect for markers or watercolors, and I love the hand written style of the sentiments.

You can purchase this set during the month of March for $17.95 retail, or get it for just $5 when you place an order of $50 or more on my CTMH website.

Click here to visit by online store!

Stampaganza is here!

Thursday, March 10, 2016

The only thing better than Close to My Heart stamps, is FREE Close to My Heart stamps! Our super popular yearly event, Stampaganza, is back!

It's simple - go to my website, put three stamp sets in your shopping cart, and the lowest priced one is FREE! There's no limit on how many stamp sets you can get for free, so when you buy 4, you'll get two free, when you buy 12, you'll get 6 free! Even with my poor math skills, I can figure this one out!

As a reminder, the lowest priced stamp sets will be the ones you receive for free. Also, don't delay, because this offer is while supplies last, and it ends on March 31. So what are you waiting for? Find out more about Stampaganza, and grab your free stamps now!

Share the Love

Thursday, February 18, 2016

When is a stamp set not just a stamp set? When it's also a fabulous way to help a child born with a life-altering condition.

During the month of February, when you purchase Close to My Heart's Share the Love stamp set for $17.95, you'll not only receive an adorable stamp set, but you'll also be helping Operation Smile repair cleft lips and palettes for children all over the world!
For every Share the Love stamp set sold, CTMH will donate $7 to Operation Smile! So share the love today and help make a child smile!

Fabulously Artsy Urban Scrapbook Workshop

Friday, February 5, 2016

I can't get enough of the industrial salvage look! From home decor to commercial spaces, designers are including distressed metals, crackled paint and weathered wood. It almost seem you can't turn on an HGTV decorating show without seeing a home using reclaimed wood or salvaged fixtures.

My Urban Scrapbook Workshop is loaded with worn finishes and heavy metal industrial style. If you want to showcase your big city vacation photos or use these pages to scrapbook the hard-playing, adventure-seeking men and women in your life, Urban is the perfect fit!
If you feel you're too busy to scrapbook, or find the prospect of choosing papers and products to complement your photos is overwhelming, my Fabulously Artsy workshops are made just for you! 

Create eight 12"x12" pages (4 double page layouts) using Close to My Heart's Urban paper pack plus additional supplies. You'll save time with these pre-designed layouts that you can customize yourself. 

Anyone who scrapbooks knows the amount of time it can take to decide on a layout, then wonder which papers look best, and where to place them. You'll also save money because the cutting guides are designed to maximize your paper without waste, so you can cut with confidence, knowing exactly where each piece will fit into the big picture. Plus you'll be able to save a generous amount of leftovers for additional projects after you are done!
Have you ever felt "embellishment challenged?" Choosing which embellishments to use, and where to place them can be another major time waster when scrapbooking. The Fabulously Artsy Urban Workshop uses cardstock and clear stickers, printed chipboard die-cuts, thick twine, silver foil tape and metal triangle studs. My detailed instructions include full color close-ups for you to embellish with confidence. With a generous amount of product in the workshop supplies, you'll also be able to switch out words and images to create a customized accent that is just perfect for your own layout!
When you purchase a Fabulously Artsy Workshop, you get my exclusive guide that will walk you through every step of your workshop. My background in publishing and graphic design means that you'll receive professional looking, easy to follow instructions with photos and images to help you create your layouts with  ease. I have been creating these type of instructions for my in-home classes, for hundreds of students for over a decade, so now you can attend a Fabulously Artsy workshop in the comfort of your home!

So, how can you get your hands on the Fabulously Artsy Urban Workshop? You can visit my Fabulously Artsy shopping website to find out more about the Urban workshop and other workshops available for purchase, or you can keep reading for more details.

1. Get it for FREE! Just purchase $10 or more in Close to My Heart products from my CTMH website, and I'll send you the workshop guide absolutely free! Purchase products for the workshop (listed here), or any products you like! You'll receive the PDF guide by email, ready to download, print, or view on your tablet, phone or computer.

2. Purchase the guide. If you already have the products, or you have a CTMH consultant you shop with, you may purchase the guide alone for just $9.99. This includes all instructions in PDF format, emailed to you.

3. Join my team! Become a Close to My Heart consultant and join my team to receive this and all other Fabulously Artsy workshops. You'll be able to use my designs to host your own workshops, earning money doing what you love! Read more about becoming a consultant, or contact me for details.

Are you a Close to My Heart consultant? Host your own workshop by purchasing my Consultant Workshop kit. You'll receive the workshop guide plus the consultant guide with supply lists, pricing guides, helpful tips, promotional images and more! You'll also receive the consultant agreement that allows you to hold your own workshop in person or offer the workshop to your long-distance customers by email and online. 

Visit my Fabulously Artsy shop to get your Urban Scrapbook workshop, and leave me a comment below to let me know which CTMH paper pack you'd like to see as my next Fabulously Artsy Workshop!

Wise Words

Sunday, January 10, 2016

A new year, a new me! I always set new year's resolutions.... I'm not always successful at keeping them, but I love the feeling of a blank slate to start off the year, with goals and accomplishments to guide my choices. I really love this quote, since the key to developing new habits is to release the old habits.

What about you? Do you have a favorite quote that inspires you to stick to your goals?

National Papercrafting Month

Friday, January 8, 2016

Celebrate National Papercrafting Month with the exclusive Picture My Life™ Live Your Day scrapbooking program—available for one month only! 
This collection was designed to coordinate perfectly with the sensational Everyday Life™ 2016 Planner Pages and My Crush® Everyday Life Pages, so you can seamlessly integrate pocket scrapbooking into your 2016 planner. Whether in the planner or on their own, these cards make it easy to preserve your everyday moments all year long. Get yours today for only $8.95 before this offer is gone!
Dates: Offer valid January 1, 2016 (9:00 am MDT)–January 31, 2016 (11:59 pm MDT).