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How to Face Your Paper Crafting Fears

What Are You Afraid Of? Have you ever heard the saying that fear is a powerful motivator?  It can cause us to freeze up, shut down, or just plain make bad decisions.  It can make your heart hammer and your body break out in a cold sweat.  How do you deal with that? I know there are people who have issues with everything from heights to clowns, but my trigger is snakes.  Living in Florida, I’ve seen my fair share of them and still I’ve never gotten over it.  I even hide my eyes if there’s a snake in a tv show or a movie.  Like Indiana Jones, I cannot handle snakes.  Fear might sneak up on you or it might just slither right over your foot. A few years ago, I would have had dentists on my list of terrifying fears.  It turned out I just needed to find the right dentist.  I finally found someone who treated both my oral health and my anxiety.  I had a lot of dental work done.  I’m talking the proceeds may have sent her kid to college and put in her swimming pool, but I trust her and I am so glad she was guiding me to better health while I faced my fear.   When I heard today was National Face Your Fears Day, I thought about what it felt like to finally feel good about going to the dentist.  I thought of other areas of my life where fear had kept me from trying something new or made me so anxious I could not enjoy myself.  When I first started scrapbooking, I went to my local scrapbook store on Friday nights to attend crops.  I’m introverted and I don’t usually find it easy to make new friends, so I always

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Book of Me
The Witch

A Manifesto

Are You Missing from Your Scrapbook? I’m not the best photographer, but when it comes to taking photos for my scrapbook I am almost always the one behind the camera.  Since I have yet to master the art of the selfie, I find that photos of me are rare.  It’s something I would really like to improve.  I need to remember to ask friends to take some of the pictures and I definitely need to include more photos of myself in my layouts. The Book of Me When I want to go a bit deeper into the details, I craft in my Book of Me.  This scrapbook is dedicated to telling my story.  The layouts here allow me to leave a legacy.  They allow me to be seen, to be known , and maybe even to inspire.  They are a place for me to document my growth and to share the more private aspects of my life. I recently completed a mastermind event for stamping business owners.  This is the event where I set my business goals for the year.  My coach had some great advice about personal goals too.  After all, if you’re the engine that runs your business, you need to take care of yourself! You can hear more about this event on the podcast.  Check out the episode titled Masterminds & Manifestos. Just after the event, I happened to pick up Michael Hyatt’s Your Best Year Ever.  Hyatt has a lot to say about setting goals, both personal and professional.  I’m excited about using his methods for keeping motivation high.  Hyatt recommends dealing with any type of belief that is blocking you from success before you start your challenge.  In support of that idea, I decided to create a manifesto.  I took a hard look at who

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Card Making
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Weekly Projects – Delivered!

Would you love to receive free paper crafting projects in your inbox?  Subscribe to my weekly newsletter to receive exclusive card designs with step-by-step instructions, plus I’ll keep you in the know with details on the latest podcasts, tips and techniques videos, sales and promotions. Sign Up To thank you for signing up, I’ve created a free guide to creating this gorgeous congratulations card.  It’s so versatile; you’ll use it for lots of occasions.  Sign up today to receive your free card tutorial and weekly inspiration direct to your inbox! Sign Up

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Card Making
The Witch

Top 3 Tips for Heat Embossing

Recently, a customer reached out to me with questions about a card project that just wasn’t coming together for her.  Her stamped image didn’t have the emphasis she was hoping for and it made her card seem off balance.  I recommended heat embossing.  It’s one of my favorite ways to add subtle texture and shine to a project.  Today I’m going to share with you my best tips to make heat embossing quick and easy. For this quick card, I used our Yesterday & Today Scrapbooking Stamp + Thin Cuts.  Heat embossing with black embossing powder gave the silhouette a rich, glossy color and a subtle raised texture. Quick Tips Always use an anti-static pouch before stamping your image.  Embossing powder seems to cling to the wrong spots on my projects.  I use an anti-static pouch before stamping and I also keep a small paint brush on hand so I can brush off any small flecks of powder before I turn on my heat tool. Turn your heat gun on and let it get good and hot before directing it to your project.  You’ll get a more even melt time if you run the heat tool 10 to 20 seconds before hand. Air needs to pass through your paper as it heats to avoid warping and curling  Hold your project with tweezers so you don’t burn your fingers! Step By Step Instructions The next time you need to add emphasis to a stamped image or want to create a rich, glossy effect, try heat embossing.  Use these helpful hints get started and be sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel for more of my Quick Tips video series.

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VIP Membership

Once upon a time, Close To My Heart rewards were reserved for hostesses and consultants.  Those days are over.  With our new VIP Customer Program, you can earn credits toward future purchases and free stamp of the month sets!  Plus you’ll have access to exclusive products and perks. This brand new program rewards you, our loyal customer, every time you shop.  Close to my Heart has prepared a detailed summary of the program along with a list of frequently asked questions to help you determine if membership is right for you.  Sign up today and earn your first program credit of $25!

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Card Created from Paper Scraps
Card Making
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Creating Cards from Paper Scraps

Take another look at this gorgeous card.  Do you see paper scraps or do you see a beautiful finished card?   I see both!   I admit I’m a little fixated on scrap paper.  I think about how to store it, how to use it, and how to get the most out of it. Adding Interest to Paper Scraps With just a few tools, you can create cards like this from your paper scraps.  For this example, I’ve die cut our Multi Square Windows Thin Cut from Charcoal cardstock.  I’ve use scraps of Glacier cardstock and our grey striped Mix In pattern paper to fill in the squares.  I used both sides of our double sided cardstock to vary the color.  I embossed all of the scraps with our Quilt embossing folder. to add texture and interest.  I attached the die cut to a White Daisy card and then decorated the front with an images from the Winged Wishes stamp + Thin Cuts set.  I colored it with TriBlend markers and added it to the card with 3D foam tape. Do you have tips for incorporating paper scraps into your cards and scrapbook layouts?  Be sure to share them here in the comments.

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