Wednesday, January 13, 2016

CTMH January SOTM - S1601 2nd Generation Stamping Technique




I am loving the January Stamp of the Month!  It is such a versatile stamp set.  I can see myself finding uses for it all year long.  There are 14 stamps in the stamp set and it includes the following sayings:


  • You mean so much to me
  • Love You!
  • Thinking of You
  • Happy Valentines Day!
  • Hugs, kiss and Valentine wishes.
  • Love is not a matter of counting the years, it's a matter of making the years count.

At my workshop this month I showed the Second Generation Stamping Technique.  This technique is perfect for this stamp set and really helps you to get the most out of your stamp pads.  You can create additional shades and add depth to your projects.


On the first card we used the little sprig in the set.  While I was working with a Valentine theme, you could ink this sprig with a variety of colors and use it all year long.  

  • Ink your stamp in the color of your choice and stamp it on your card.
  • Before you reink, move your hand over slightly and then stamp it again.  
  • The lights, darks and varying shades add more interest and depth to your project.





On the second card we played with the base and shade stamp sets.  While you can stamp them in any order, I like to start with the solid stamps first, then stamp the detailed stamps on top.

Ink your stamp in the color of your choice and "stamp it off" on scratch paper.
Then stamp your image again on your project.
Ink up the detailed image and then stamp it on top.  

Tips for lining up the stamps:
Use a block that is a little bit bigger than your image so that you can see excess block all the way around the edge of your image.  This will help you to see through the blocks for proper alignment.
I find that it helps if I stand up so that I can look straight down on my image.
Look for a particularly distinguishing characteristic of the stamp and use that to align it.  On the rose, I used the two leaves/petals that have that v shaped cut away between them.
Practice makes perfect.  Experiment a few times on scratch paper until you get the hang of it.

You can purchase the stamp of the month, papers and inks featured on my website.  

Wednesday, January 06, 2016

Workshop Kits featuring CTMH new Thin Cuts

I am so excited to share Close To My Heart's new Thin Cuts at my workshop Saturday.  While I am a big fan of Cricut and I can't imagine crafting without it... there are many who can't afford the machine or think it is too "techy" for them....well Thin Cuts might be the perfect answer!!



You can use the thin cuts in your die cut/embossing machines like cuttlebug and Big Shot.  I will be demonstrating how to use them and incorporating them into my projects at my workshop this weekend.

We will be using the Springtime Wishes Thin Cuts


Along with the Springtime Wishes Stamp Set





I welcome your business!  You can purchase all of these items on my retail website.  Please let me know if you have any questions!



Thursday, October 08, 2015

Road Trip to Phoenix Making Connections Event

I think that one of the GREATEST blessings that has come out of my time with Close To My Heart (CTMH), is the opportunity to travel to different events.  Every year CTMH hosts a variety of events around the world.

The Home Office hosts:

  • The North American Convention (June 2016 in Orlando)
  • Regional Events across the country.  (December 5th there will be 11 across North America!)
  • Online Fun -Creative Live - November 20-21
  • Australia/New Zealand Convention (October 2015)
  • Album Retreat (November 2015)
  • Team Building (for Directors and above - January 2016)


In addition we receive ongoing training and information via conference calls, online training videos and emails.

The trick is.... you have to participate in order to get anything out of it. LOL


Well, the closest regional event for me was held in Phoenix, AZ (6 hour drive) so I gathered a few of my friends and hit the road and we had SO MUCH FUN!!!!

Gail and I loaded up the car with props and ideas and we made Candace and Bren play along.  We shared ideas and brainstormed ways to build our businesses.  We shared our struggles and set some goals.

We had a little fun too... Here is a behind the scenes pic of us prepping for our Fiesta party video...did I mention we made crazy videos for our team along the way??? 

And a road trip isn't complete if you don't take a little junk food with you. For some reason Cheetos bring out the kid in all of us.



Tomorrow I will share more from our trip.

(All of the videos and fun are available on our private team page)

I would love to have You join my team and enjoy these great events and The October Special just sweetens the deal!

Check out this blog post for more info.

Thursday, October 01, 2015

It's in the Bag in October!!

I am so excited to share that everyone who joins my team in October will receive the awesome messenger bag we got at convention this year.  I can't tell you how many people have stopped me to ask about my bag since I got it!



Our amazing new consultant kit is only $129 and has everything you need to get your business up and running quickly.  It contains over $445 in products and supplies and now that they are adding in the bag... I imagine it is worth over $500!!


If you have been following me and have been thinking... "she sure has fun, I'd like to be a part of it..."  then don't delay.  Join my team and let's enjoy the fun together!



I would love for YOU to join my Paper Hearts Team! 





Thursday, September 03, 2015

Let's Celebrate National Stamping Month with Fun Tutorials all month long!

September is National Stamping Month!  Why not celebrate by focusing on stamping techniques?  All month long I will be posting quick videos and tutorials that will help you increase your stamping repetoire.

First up is... Masking!

Masking is a quick and easy way to layer images and create depth to your projects.

Watch the video to learn more.  

Be sure to leave me a comment if you have a video request!!  I'm still working on my list of videos to create this month.


Tuesday, September 01, 2015

Hello September - New Idea Book, National Stamping Month and Gorgeous SOTM

I am sooo excited about September!  I don't even know where to begin!  Our new CTMH Idea Book goes live today.  It's National Stamping Month and I love, love, love the September SOTM!

Let's start with the SOTM because I am planning to share cool samples all month long.  This is definitely a stamp set you are going to want to add to your collection.

Here's a beautiful sample made by the artists at the Home Office.  I love how they made it look like watercolor!



Next Up:  Three fun stamp sets to celebrate National Stamping Month!!

September is National Stamping Month, and this year Close To My Heart has something to help every kind of papercrafter say a big “hello” to life! Available only during the month of September, these exclusive C-size My Acrylix® Hello, Life! stamp sets can be purchased for $13.95 USD / $16.50 CAD each! Or, for an even better deal, you can purchase all three for only $34.95 USD / 41.50 CAD—a savings of $6.90 USD / $8 CAD! Each stamp set is designed to fit with a specific type of papercrafting, whether that’s scrapbooking, cardmaking, or pocket scrapbooking. However, all the stamp sets coordinate with each other and can be used together to create dynamic artwork. These stamp sets also coordinate with shapes from the new Cricut® Artistry collection to help expand your artwork options even further. Remember, these stamp sets are available for one month only, so get your orders in for one stamp set—or all three—before these gorgeous stamps disappear! Make certain to follow Close To My Heart’s blog, Instagram, and Facebook page for artwork inspiration featuring these lively stamp sets all month long. You can post your own artwork to your social media channels using the hashtag #ctmhHelloLife.


Dates: Offer valid September 1, 2015 (9:00 am MDT)–September 30, 2015 (11:59 pm MDT).

Shop here to get yours today!




But wait - Did I say NEW IDEA BOOK?

Not only is the NEW idea book live today, but our Fall Seasonal Supplement is too!!  If you're like me, your wish list will be HUGE!!  Don't worry though!  I'm always here to help you get the most for your hard earned dollars.  You can order a little bit each month to fit your budget or... you can host a party and get some of it FREE and even earn 1/2 off items too.


Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Gift Bag with the CTMH August SOTM

Check out this cute gift bag the Home Office made with the August Stamp of the Month (SOTM) and the Artiste Cricut Cartridge.



The stamp set is so versatile, you could re-use this idea all year long by just switching out the paper and the sentiments.  It would be perfect for Mother's Day, Christmas, Father's Day, Birthday and Valentines Day.  What kind of goodies could you fill it up with?