One Awesome Stamp, Four Incredible Looks!

When you find a stamp you love, you tend to use it over and over (and over) again—we get it! 😉 Today we’re sharing some fun ideas to showcase one stamp in four different ways so it’s not the exact same every time. To show you what we mean, we’re going to use the darling “HELLO” stamp from our Dreamin’ Big—Scrapbooking stamp set.

The following stamping techniques range in skill levels—try them all to find your favorite!

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When going for a saturated and vibrant look, especially in small details, ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ markers are an excellent choice. They are bright, smudge-proof, and, because they are alcohol-based, they are easy to blend. The fine tip on each marker is ideal for coloring intricate images, like those flowers and leaves in our stamp. To ensure a crisp outline of your stamped image, use our permanent Archival Black Exclusive Inks™ stamp pad. Unlike other inks, Archival Black won’t smear or smudge when you apply color.

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For a softer  look, use watercolors! Once again, stamp your image using Archival Black ink. Because this ink is waterproof, it won’t run when you apply your paint. In this example, we used a fine tip brush to color the small details.

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Ready to add some texture? Try embossing! For those of you who are new to this technique, embossing powder is a special powder that, when heated, melts to form a raised surface. To start, stamp your image using the VersaMark™ ink pad (embossing ink), which will create a clear, wet-looking print of your stamp. While the ink is still wet, cover it with embossing powder and carefully shake off any excess. In our example, we used white embossing powder to make our image pop on the colored cardstock. Use a craft heater to dry and seal your design. Craft heaters blow extremely hot air with a low air current, which keeps the powder from blowing right off—hair dryers are not a good substitute!

After your powder is set, add some shimmer using our gold and clear shimmer brushes. When you use these, prep your brush before you do! You want to squeeze your brush over scrap paper until the shimmery liquid comes out. Keep brushing it on the paper until you get the consistency you want on your brush before coloring in those details.

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Okay, here’s technique we’re really excited to share! Did you know that you can pair our Exclusive Inks™ mini pigment pads with clear embossing powder to emboss in any color you want? Yes, really! Stamp an image with your choice of pigment ink, cover it with clear embossing powder, and then set it with your craft heater! It’s that simple! You can match all of our exclusive colors perfectly using this last technique!

Of course there are many more ways to customize a stamp. That’s the best thing about finding a great stamp—you can use it again and again without it being identical each time. Give these techniques a try and have fun dolling up your current fave. 🙂

Recipes

Hello—Markers
D1714  My Acrylix® Dreamin’ Big—Scrapbooking Stamp Set, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z3271 Archival Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2453 ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Lavender Marker, Z2454 ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Leaf Green Marker, Z2455 ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Light Orange Marker, Z2459 ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Pastel Green Marker, Z2462 ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Peony Purple Marker, Z2463 ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Sap Green Marker

Hello—Watercolors
D1714 My Acrylix® Dreamin’ Big—Scrapbooking Stamp Set, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z3271 Archival Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z3132 Watercolor Paints, Z3188 Paintbrush Set

Hello—Embossed
D1714 My Acrylix® Dreamin’ Big—Scrapbooking Stamp Set, X5776 Peacock Cardstock, Z891 VersaMark™ Ink Pad, Z2068 Ranger™ White Super Fine Embossing Powder, Z555 Craft Heater, Z3293 Shimmer Brush—Clear, Z3316 Shimmer Brush—Gold

Hello—Embossed Pigment
D1714 My Acrylix® Dreamin’ Big—Scrapbooking Stamp Set, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z2507 Sea Glass Exclusive Inks™ Mini Pigment Pad, Z2088 Ranger™ Clear Super Fine Embossing Powder, Z555 Craft Heater

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Shading Flowers with Watercolors

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Today is National Floral Design Day, and to celebrate, we want to share with you a fun watercolor technique for getting beautifully shaded flowers, like those on this card from our Seasonal Expressions 1 idea book.

Step One

Mix your favorite watercolor paints with water to create a mixture that has roughly the same consistency as milk. Then, using an ink color of your choice, stamp your flowers. We stamped ours with Whisper ink.

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Step Two

Paint a light coat of your watercolor mixture onto your first flower, covering the entire surface.

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Step Three

Mix a darker shade of the same color, and start adding it to just the “shaded” areas of the flower. You want to add it as a thick line. It won’t look pretty and blended yet, but that’s the look you want for this step!

Not sure where to add shading? A good general rule is to shade the edges of the petals that are closest to the center of the flower. If you prefer, you can also look at real photos of flowers online and follow the shading you see there. Continue to step four before the paint has dried.

Step Four

Rinse out your brush. Using a small amount of clean water, gently blend the color out toward each petal’s edge without going all the way to the edge. Allow to dry.

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That’s the gist of the technique! Repeat for any additional flowers and leaves that you want!

Here are a few general tips to keep in mind when painting with your watercolors:

  • You’ll notice we didn’t use our waterproof Archival Black ink to stamp this image. You can use dye-based inks when coloring with watercolors, but you’ll want to be careful not to touch the edges of the stamp image with your brush or else it will make the ink bleed.
  • If using dye-based ink, we recommend using a lighter color. That way if there is any slight bleeding, it will not be too noticeable. A lighter color also draws the eye to the watercoloring of the flowers rather than the outline of the flowers.
  • If you want a “no line” look, you can use a light ink color and carefully color the lines completely. If you like to see the lines though, you can reinforce the stamp image by stamping the image again after the paint is completely dry. Both methods have their own beauty.

Happy painting!

Recipe

4Âź” × 5½” You’re Invited Card (Vertical)
X7216B Hello Lovely Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z3146 Watercolor Paper, Z2872 Whisper Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2864 Sorbet Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z3313 Blush Shimmer Ribbon, Z3312 Gold Glitter Gems, Z3132 Watercolor Paints, Z3188 Paintbrush Set, Z3301 Hello Lovely Cardmaking Thin Cuts Bundle (includes stamp set C1670), Z2046 Piercing & Embossing Tool Kit, Z1852 Stitch Guide, Z3247 Simple Chevron Embossing Folder, Embossing/Die-cutting Machine, Thread

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Embossing with Two Powders

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If you’re a big fan of embossing, we’ve got a fun idea to share with you today: using TWO different embossing powders on the same stamped image!

We decided to use this technique on our My Acrylix® Yuletide Joy stamp set because it has so many intricate designs—and maybe we wanted an excuse to start making Christmas cards. 🙂

So let’s dive in to the technique. The star and stocking cards above both use the same basic technique. We simply stamped the image with VersaMark™ ink, added the two embossing powders, and then set the images. This was easy enough because of where we wanted to put the powder and the look we were going for, but the present card required a little more precision, so we decided to use masking!

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We taped off everything but the ribbon, inked the image, removed the tape, stamped, added silver embossing powder, and then heat set the powder. We repeated this same technique for the gold wrapping and ended up with a wowie finished product.

What fun embossing ideas do YOU have? Tell us in the comments below! And be sure to share your artwork using the hashtag #ctmhembossing.

Recipes

4 ½” x 4 ½” Star Card
S1610 My Acyrlix® Yuletide Joy, X7212B Swan Lake Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X5929 Whisper Cardstock, Z891 VersaMark™ Ink Pad, Z1263 Bitty Sparkles, Z2066 Ranger™ Princess Gold Embossing Powder, Z2067 Ranger™ Silver Super Fine Embossing Powder, Z555 Craft Heater

 4 Âź” x 5 ½” Noel Card
S1610 My Acyrlix® Yuletide Joy, X7212B Swan Lake Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z891 VersaMark™ Ink Pad, Z1263 Bitty Sparkles, Z4014 White & Gold Twine, Z2066 Ranger™ Princess Gold Embossing Powder, Z2067 Ranger™ Silver Super Fine Embossing Powder, Z555 Craft Heater

4 Âź” x 5 ½” Stocking Card
S1610 My Acyrlix® Yuletide Joy, X7212B Swan Lake Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z891 VersaMark™ Ink Pad, Z1263 Bitty Sparkles, Z3274 Clear Sparkles, Z3289 Uptown Ribbon Pack, Z2066 Ranger™ Princess Gold Embossing Powder, Z2067 Ranger™ Silver Super Fine Embossing Powder, Z555 Craft Heater
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4 Ways to Color Your Create Kindness Cards

One great thing about our Create Kindness cards is how easy it is to add your personal touch to them before giving them to others in a personal way. Today we want to inspire you with even more ways to color these cards that you may not have thought about before.

4 ways to color in stamps! #ctmh #closetomyheart #stamping #coloring #ctmhcreatekindness #createkindness1. Watercolor Pencils

You can use our watercolor pencils wet or dry to color in these cards. If you use them dry, they work like colored pencils. If you want to use them wet, you can do it two ways: Either get the tips of the pencils wet or use a waterbrush to blend the colors afterward.

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Watercolor paints are another great way to color these stamps. The circles that come in the kit are regular cardstock, not watercolor paper, so just make sure you use more paint than water if you choose this route. Our waterbrushes make this easier. You also might find that you’ll need a bit more adhesive to attach the circles this way.

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Here we used our ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ alcohol markers to color in the cards so they match the card bases. Going monochromatic gives the cards a unique look!

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4. Sparkles & Shimmer

Jazz up your cards with our bitty sparkles and shimmer brush. Bitty sparkles are just the thing to up the drama on these bitty cards! And if you’ve never used the shimmer brush before, it’s a lot of fun! Follow these steps to get started:

  • Remove the neon clip, twist the lid on, and squeeze the pen while brushing onto a scrap piece of paper.
  • Once you get the amount of shimmer on your brush that you like, start brushing over your flowers!
  • Since the shimmer brush tends to smear watercolor pencils or paints, be sure to color your stamped images using markers.

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There’s only one week left to purchase the Create Kindness card kit (or more card bases if you already have the stamps), so hurry and get yours today! We know you’ll love finding new ways to personalize these cards and to leave them for others to brighten their day.

Happy coloring!

Recipes

3″ x 3″ Watercolor Pencils Cards
CC1145 Create Kindness Card Kit, 3505 Watercolor Pencils, Z3224 Waterbrush—Small Round

3″ x 3″ Watercolor Paint Cards
CC1145 Create Kindness Card Kit, Z3132 Watercolor Paints, Z3226 Waterbrush—Medium Flat, Z3224 Waterbrush—Small Round

3″ x 3″ Monochromatic Cards
CC1145 Create Kindness Card Kit, Z2450 ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Cherry Pink Marker, Z2464 ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Tender Pink Marker, Z2462 ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Peony Purple Marker, Z2459 ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Pastel Green Marker, Z2454 ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Leaf Green Marker, Z2466 ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Vivid Green Marker, Z2463 ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Sap Green Marker, Z2453 ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Lavender Marker, Z2458 ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Marine Blue Marker, Z2449 ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Cerulean Blue Light Marker, Z2465 ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Turquoise Blue Marker, Z2461 ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Peacock Green Marker

3″ x 3″ Sparkles & Shimmer Cards
CC1145 Create Kindness Card Kit, Z2457 ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Marigold Marker, Z2452 ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Golden Yellow Marker, Z2466 ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Vivid Green Marker, Z2453 ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Lavender Marker, Z2465 ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Turquoise Blue Marker, Z2461 ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Peacock Green Marker, Z2450 ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Cherry Pink Marker, Z2456 ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Mahogany Marker, Z2463 ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Sap Green Marker, Z2464 ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Tender Pink Marker, Z2455 ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Light Orange Marker, Z2462 ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Peony Purple Marker, Z3293 Shimmer Brush—Clear, Z1263 Bitty Sparkles
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19 Things You May Not Know About Our My AcrylixÂŽ Stamps

Think you know everything about our exclusive My Acrylix® stamps? Put your knowledge to the test by reading the list below! 🙂

1. We have French and Spanish stamp sets.

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2. If you see a stamp image outlined in red, that means it coordinates with one of the shapes from our Cricut® collections. If it’s outlined in blue, that means it coordinates with one of our Thin Cuts dies.

3. We put A LOT of thought and effort into making the best stamps for our customers. See the entire process in this infographic:

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4. After we design each paper packet, we create two coordinating stamp sets, one for scrapbooking and one for cardmaking, to be paired with that specific paper. These two stamp sets can be found in the idea book right behind the coordinating Workshops Your Way™ scrapbooking kits. 

5. Our stamps are made right here at the Home Office, in a top-secret room.

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6. It takes about one hour to make one sheet of stamps from start to finish.

7. New stamps work best when you “season” them. To do so, rub the stamp across a stamp pad, and then stamp onto scrap paper until the image is even.

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8. Our stamps can be used with all sorts of inks, including dye, pigment, solvent, and alcohol inks.

9. Rather than attaching your stamps to your blocks, try using your blocks to pick up your stamps from a flat surface. This way, the stamp will hold its natural shape.

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10. Our My AcrylixÂŽ blocks have a small white horizontal line on them to help you with stamp placement, which is especially helpful for keeping words and borders straight.

19 Things You May Not Know About Our My AcrylixÂŽ Stamps! #closetomyheart #ctmh #stamping #clearstamps #crafting #scrapbooking #cardmaking #stampinghelp #myacrylix #howtostamp11. Some people cut apart their stamps in order to rearrange words in a sentiment when sticking them to their blocks.

12. Our stamps are flexible! Manipulate them so they fit inside shapes and banners, or just to get a different look!

19 Things You May Not Know About Our My Acrylix® Stamps! #closetomyheart #ctmh #stamping #clearstamps #crafting #scrapbooking #cardmaking #stampinghelp #myacrylix #howtostamp13. If some of your ink doesn’t transfer when stamping, quickly breathe over the stamp to re-moisten the remaining ink and then stamp over the image again. The missing portion usually blends into the existing image if the ink isn’t too dry. This is called the Huffing or Stamp Over Technique.

14. Because our stamps and blocks are clear, you can easily stamp over the image again to get a richer, deeper image.

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15. If you’re looking to remove that stubborn pigment ink, try our Spritz Cleaner and Stamp Scrubber. It makes it easy!

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16. Our stamps don’t need to tan—they like being transparent, so keep them out of the sun!

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17. Our stamps come in handy envelopes, which fit into our My AcrylixÂŽ organizer. You can also use our large organizer and tabs to store even more stamps. We also have a mini organizer for those mini stamp envelopes.

19 Things You May Not Know About Our My Acrylix® Stamps! #closetomyheart #ctmh #stamping #clearstamps #crafting #scrapbooking #cardmaking #stampinghelp #myacrylix #howtostamp18. If your stamps ever start to lose their stickiness, all you need to do is rinse them with warm water and soap, and the stickiness will come right back. You can also use StazOn™ cleaner on the smooth side of the stamp.

19. Some stamps make great friends, like our good ol’ friend, Sticky Boy!

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What things did you not know? Tell us in the comments! 🙂

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The Perfect Starter Kit for Cardmaking

Cardmaking is about so much more than pretty paper. It’s about creating and celebrating beautiful relationships. Take a look at this short video to see what we mean:

Don’t you love the way this video captures the spirit of cardmaking? Not only do you get to make something beautiful with your own two hands, but you also get to give those cards to others and brighten their day. Even little cards can make a huge impact on someone. That’s why we created the Create Kindness card kit.

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What better way to celebrate National Stamping Month than with this mini card kit that includes everything you need to complete 24 cards!

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Here’s a list of the products included in the kit:

24 – 3″ × 3″ card bases with envelopes (6 of each color)
24 –white cardstock circles
8 –mini stamp sets (4 for the front of the cards, 4 for the inside)
1 – Archival Black Exclusive Inks™ mini stamp pad
1 – 2″ × 2″ My AcrylixŽ block
1 – My Acrylix® mini stamp organizer

This kit isn’t just for beginners either. If you already have the block, ink, and organizer, you can also purchase the stamps and cards separately. There’s stamping happiness to be spread all around! 🙂

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What’s really fun about these stamps is that you get to color them with whatever you’d like! We colored these ones with ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ markers, but you could use anything you have in your crafting stash. Get creative!

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We hope you join us in using handmade cards to create a little more kindness in the world. You may feel like you’re not doing much, but when we all do our part, we’ll make the world a better place.

Now get stamping! 🙂

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Recipe

3″ × 3″ Colored Cards
CC1145 Create Kindness Card Kit, Z5459 ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Pastel Green Marker, Z2452 ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Golden Yellow Marker, Z2461 ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Peacock Green Marker, Z2450 ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Cherry Pink Marker, Z2454 ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Leaf Green Marker, Z2462 ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Peony Purple Marker, Z2453 ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Lavendar Marker, Z2465 ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Turquoise Blue Marker, Z2464 ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Tender Pink Marker

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Well Hello, Paradise!

With the weekend still a day away, we’re going to whisk you off to paradise with a brand new stamp set called Hello Paradise!Buy two stamp sets, get one free! #stampaganza #closetomyheart #ctmh #stamping #scrapbooking #cardmaking #craft #vacation

Tropical flowers and leaves paired with stylized sentiments make this stamp set great for decorating scrapbook pages of your favorite getaways. But it also makes simply exotic cards:Buy two stamp sets, get one free! #stampaganza #closetomyheart #ctmh #stamping #scrapbooking #cardmaking #craft #vacation

Check out that colorful parrot hiding among the leaves below!Buy two stamp sets, get one free! #stampaganza #closetomyheart #ctmh #stamping #scrapbooking #cardmaking #craft #vacation

As you can see, this stamp set is perfect for scrapbooking AND cardmaking. And did we mention it is only available until March 31? Better act quickly before paradise slips out of reach!

Thankfully, now is the time perfect time to get it because Stampaganza is still going on—for every two stamp sets you purchase, you get one free! So, treat yourself to this exclusive stamp set, and then tell us in the comments below—where is YOUR paradise? 🙂

Recipes

12″ x 12″ Hello Paradise Page
CC1065 My Acrylix® Hello Paradise, X7206B Regatta Paper Packet, X7207B Penelope Paper Packet, X5759 Pacifica Cardstock, X5762 Lagoon Cardstock, X5770 Glacier Cardstock, X5778 Saffron Cardstock, X5929 Whisper Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z2195 Lagoon Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2648 Sapphire Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2641 Glacier Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2651 Saffron Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z1752 Sparkles Clear Assortment, Z3204 Maritime Puffies, Z1151 3-D Foam Tape

5 ½” x 4 Âź” Hello Card
CC1065 My Acrylix® Hello Paradise, X7206B Regatta Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X5775 Sapphire Cardstock, Z2648 Sapphire Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2105 Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2643 Canary Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2197 Pear Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2164 Sorbet Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z3024 White Shimmer Trim, Z1263 Bitty Sparkles, Z1151 3-D Foam Tape

5 ½” x 4 Âź” Hello Card
CC1065 My Acrylix® Hello Paradise, X7207B Penelope Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z3146 Watercolor Paper, Z2640 Thistle Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2197 Pear Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, 44751 Archival Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z3132 Watercolor Paints, Z3188 Paintbrush Set, Z2012 Sequins Gold Assortment, Z1979 Marvy® Uchida® LePen™ Journaling Pen

4 Âź” x 5 ½” Happy in Paradise Card
CC1065 My Acrylix® Hello Paradise, D1683 My Acrylix® Woodland Romance, X7207B Penelope Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X5776 Peacock Cardstock, Z2641 Glacier Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2195 Lagoon Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2649 Peacock Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2197 Pear Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2640 Thistle Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2643 Canary Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z1263 Bitty Sparkles

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I Am a Stamp Addict

In the spirit of Stampaganza, we’ve asked Executive Director Denise Anderson-Turley to share why she’s so passionate about stamping. Here is her beautiful story.

It started with an invitation. It was a “party” called D.O.T.S.

Read Denise Anderson-Turley's story about becoming a Close To My Heart Consultant! #ctmh #closetomyheart #craft #stamp #stamping #scrapbooking #cards

My husband, children, and I had recently moved to Southern California. We were new to the state and new to the neighborhood. I wanted to make new friends. I was hoping to meet the movers and shakers at Luiseno Elementary School. I reluctantly attended the D.O.T.S. party because I knew the PTA president was the hostess, and I desperately wanted to be friends with her. I was a little late because I didn’t know anyone and I didn’t want to be labeled as one of those “party going” or “party giving” types! I was a happy stay-at-home mom to three great kids.

Once I arrived, I stood in the back with my arms folded over my chest, feeling a mix of social anxiety and suspicion of the “home party” culture. I was not interested in selling anything to anyone. Ever. I watched and listed as Cindy Baker shared the story of Jeanette, and then the magic happened. She showed us how to stamp two images without having the inked lines show through! I’ll never forget that adorable card. She stamped a cloud behind it. She added glitter and sponged the sky blue. When she held up the card, I gasped. I had never seen anything like it! I was hooked. That card changed the course of my adult life.

At the end of her presentation, she asked if anyone wanted to learn more about becoming a D.O.T.S Demonstrator, and I blurted out “I’ll sign up!”—I was her easiest recruit, ever. 🙂

I rushed home and told my husband about my decision. I told him I needed $250, which was not a small amount of money in 1992. I was going to sell stamps! I’m pretty sure he thought I was kidding. He had no idea what I was talking about! I ordered my “kit” and waited with great anticipation. The kit came in about 3 weeks in a small cardboard box. When I opened the box, I saw ink pads, a box of markers, stamps, glossy paper, and glitter! My heart knew those products were something special.

I begged a few friends to have a D.O.T.S. “party.” They did not go well. I had so much to learn. My confidence and skill level needed help. I felt like a failure. I was sure that I had made a $250 mistake. But I did not give up. In December that year, I made flyers and put them all over my new neighborhood and held an Open House. I think five people came. And all five booked a party for January. I was over the moon!

Then it got real. It got real fun. I had become a stamp addict! I earned $50 on my first commission override check! I couldn’t believe it! I got paid to make pretty things and have fun! I invested that check plus a little more right back into the business.

I was lucky to live near my Upline, Cindy Baker, and she started teaching me the “art” of stamping. She was my mentor, my friend, and my teacher. She still is. One of my fondest memories is when I would take my two-year-old daughter, Jenna, with me to stamp at Cindy’s house. Cindy would give my sweet little Jenna a Ziploc bag filled with mini marshmallows while we sat at her table and stamped our way through many afternoons!

What a kick it was! What a rush! I spent my days creating the cutest gift bags, nametags, and bookmarks!Read Denise Anderson-Turley's story about becoming a Close To My Heart Consultant! #ctmh #closetomyheart #craft #stamp #stamping #scrapbooking #cards

D.O.T.S. grew, my Team grew, and the company’s name changed to Close To My Heart. Through all these changes, the creative life I loved never wavered. I had parties almost every night of the week. I continued to share my addiction with other women. I invited them into my stamping world. I loved the joy it brought into people’s lives. Stamps, markers, paper, and glitter were my world. My happy-stampy-crafty world!

Read Denise Anderson-Turley's story about becoming a Close To My Heart Consultant! #ctmh #closetomyheart #craft #stamp #stamping #scrapbooking #cards

My husband, Jeff, and I on my first incentive trip cruise

Because I am a stamp addict, I was able to teach my children about loyalty, perseverance, discipline, and finances, about following your dream and knowing your heart. I was clueless when I signed up. I had no idea about the benefits of a direct sales business. I knew I could sell eye shadow or bowls or necklaces, but none of those products were as magical or addicting. Close To My Heart is so much more than a direct sales company. It’s not something I sell. It’s who I am.Read Denise Anderson-Turley's story about becoming a Close To My Heart Consultant! #ctmh #closetomyheart #craft #stamp #stamping #scrapbooking #cardsBeing a stamp addict has provided me with income and travel, lifelong friends and amazing moments that I would never have experienced in any other job. I am lucky that this addiction has so many great side effects!

Read Denise Anderson-Turley's story about becoming a Close To My Heart Consultant! #ctmh #closetomyheart #craft #stamp #stamping #scrapbooking #cards

Today I am a happily-ever-after stamp addict. I am thrilled when I get my hands on the new idea book at Convention. I love the excitement of the Seasonal Expressions. I share my art and my passion with anyone who’ll listen. I still want to stamp every single day. Cindy Baker is still my Upline, and Jenna is still sweet!Read Denise Anderson-Turley's story about becoming a Close To My Heart Consultant! #ctmh #closetomyheart #craft #stamp #stamping #scrapbooking #cards

My stamp addiction became my strength. My stamp addiction changed me into a leader, a mentor, and the woman I am today.

I am a stamp addict.

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Stampaganza Is Back!

Sticky Boy's taken over the blog! Learn about how you can get free stamp sets and a free Sticky Boy! #ctmh #closetomyheart #stamping #ink #create #scrapbooking #cardmaking #papercraftsIt’s me, Sticky Boy, and I’m here to officially announce that Stampaganza is back! In case you don’t know what that is, let me explain. For every two stamp sets you purchase, you can get one of equal or lesser value for free—free, my friends, FREE!

Now, everyone loves free, but when it comes to Close To My Heart’s My Acrylix® stamps, you’re getting an exceptionally good deal, if I do say so myself. My Acrylix stamps, like moi, are one of a kind. We’re made with special, high-quality materials, which means you can’t find anything like us on the shelves of your local craft store. When it comes to affordable, easy-to-use, and versatile stamp sets, we’re the clear winner. (Ah ha? See what I did there? 🙂 )

Now on to my favorite stamp sets!Sticky Boy's taken over the blog! Learn about how you can get free stamp sets and a free Sticky Boy! #ctmh #closetomyheart #stamping #ink #create #scrapbooking #cardmaking #papercrafts

As you know, I’m a pretty energetic little stamp. That’s because I guzzle the good stuff. I love the My Acrylix Treats of Friendship stamp set because it just gets me. I mean, it has a donut in it! Donuts are round, sticky, and sweet, like me!Sticky Boy's taken over the blog! Learn about how you can get free stamp sets and a free Sticky Boy! #ctmh #closetomyheart #stamping #ink #create #scrapbooking #cardmaking #papercrafts

And just like me, these diamond stamps are one of a kind. If you like the ba-BLING like I do, make sure to get your My Acrylix Diamonds Are Forever stamp set. It’s a real gem! 🙂Sticky Boy's taken over the blog! Learn about how you can get free stamp sets and a free Sticky Boy! #ctmh #closetomyheart #stamping #ink #create #scrapbooking #cardmaking #papercrafts

Now I’m going to share with you something I haven’t shared before—I’m a bit of a romantic. I think the lovey-doveyness of the My Acrylix I Do stamp set is just awesome. I hope that someday I’ll find a Sticky Girl to be my sweetie forever.

Okay, okay, enough with the mushiness.

Because taking over the blog today was so fun, I think I’m going to stick around a bit more. How about a good ol’ game of Spot Sticky? Here’s what I’m thinking: I’m going to sneak into a few blog photos during the month of March. The first person to leave a comment saying where I am will get a Sticky Boy stamp! In order to win, you’ll need to be specific!

In the meantime, tell me below what your favorite stamp set is. I want to hear your opinions! Then stay tuned for later blog posts and try to spot me in the photos.

Good luck!

Recipes

5½” x 4Âź” I Like You a Latte Card
Make It from Your Heart™ Vol. 2: Pattern 20
C1616 My Acrylix® Treats of Friendship X7199B Sangria Paper Packet 1385 White Daisy Cardstock X5643 Chocolate Cardstock Z3127 Paper Fundamentals Whimsy Z3126 Paper Fundamentals Enchantment Z2165 Juniper Exclusive Inks™ Pad Z2111 Chocolate Exclusive Inks™ Pad Z888 Black StazOn™ Ink Pad Z2012 Sequins Gold Assortment Z3132 Watercolor Paints Z3188 Paintbrush Set Z1979 Marvy® Uchida® L
 
5½” x 4Âź” You’re One of a Kind Card
Make It from Your Heart™ Vol. 1: Pattern 25
C1629 My Acrylix® Diamonds Are Forever X7202B Kaleidoscope Paper Packet X5930 Slate Cardstock X5929 Whisper Cardstock Z3146 Watercolor Paper Z2641 Glacier Exclusive Inks™ Pad Z891 VersaMark™ Ink Pad Z3130 Silver Foil Tape Z2068 Ranger™ White Super Fine Embossing Powder Z3132 Watercolor Paints Z3188 Paintbrush Set Z3167 Cricut® Artistry Collection

CricutÂŽ Shape:
Artistry
1½” Icon-1 (p. 13)

5½” x 4Âź” Bride and Groom Card
D1636 My Acrylix® I Do X5776 Peacock Cardstock 1385 White Daisy Cardstock X5763 Smoothie Cardstock Z2649 Peacock Exclusive Inks™ Pad Z2172 Whisper Exclusive Inks™ Pad Z2105 Black Exclusive Inks™ Pad Z2196 Smoothie Exclusive Inks™ Pad Thread

To learn more about Stampaganza, talk to your Independent Consultant or find an Independent Consultant by going to closetomyheart.com and clicking on “Find a Consultant” in the top right corner.

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