Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Making Close Friends, Building A Team...It's the Same Thing

I just had a successful introductory meeting with a new member of my Close To My Heart team.  It was so invigorating!  Joy, excitement, and anticipation are all contagious and I feel so blessed that I get to be a part of that.

Close To My Heart is really my passion.  I love the feeling I get when I complete a project.  I adore all of the relationships I am building with my customers, my upline, and my downline.  I am one lucky girl because I get to make money while basically playing like a kid.  It's awesome!

If you have been entertaining the idea of joining my team or getting involved in direct sales, now is really the perfect time.  Close To My Heart has completely revamped their kits and their incentive programs and made them better than ever before.

The kit is $129, but it is stocked up with over $445 worth of amazing goodies.  That is less than 1/3 of the regular cost!  The products have been carefully thought out and chosen specifically for you to get hit the ground running.  You will get everything needed to start hosting gatherings and workshops right away.  Not to mention, you get access to me!  I am your support line, your reference book, your leader, and your friend and I cannot wait to see you succeed at this.  To see everything included in the current kit, just follow this link.

During the month of October 2015, you will get the added bonus of receiving this amazing bag.  It is perfect for taking small projects on the go, turning heads, and starting conversations with potential customers and recruits. 

Straight To The Top, the Close To My Heart incentive program for new consultants, gives you the opportunity to earn some really cool stuff.  If you meet the Straight To The Top sales goals during your first 90 days as a consultant, you could earn all of this.

Close To My Heart really supplies you with all of the tools to get your business going and to keep it successful.  If you are willing to put in the work, I am excited to help you be a success.  I know that we will have a lot of fun.  If you want to learn more, just contact me to set up a time to learn more about it.  I'd love to have some one-on-one time with you!

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Stamping Basics - "Must Have" Items

A few weeks ago I wrote an article titled "5 'Must Have' Supplies for Getting Started with Paper Crafts."  Once you have the basic items needed for your cards and scrapbook layouts, you might find that you want to take your art to the next level.  One fun and easy way to do this is with stamping.

Stamping is so easy that anyone can do it.  Don't get me wrong.  It is definitely an art and there are a lot of advanced techniques that you can learn, but it can also be kept simple.  Anyone can pick up a stamp and get started.  I'm going to share with you the 5items you need to get started with stamping.  I'm not including cardstock because if you purchased the items in my last article, you should have some.

1.  Blocks

I prefer clear acrylic blocks.  The reason I like clear blocks is that you can see through them while you are stamping.  This allows you to line-up your stamp exactly where you want it.  You also have a better chance of fixing a poorly stamped image because you can by going back over it with another layer of ink.  However, stamps can also be on wood blocks.  You can purchase them mounted and unmounted.

2.  Stamps

If you decide to use clear blocks, you need unmounted stamps.  You can get stamps in all sorts of shapes.  You can get sentiments, animals, flowers, backgrounds, people...really anything.  Whatever stamps you choose, make sure that you have the right sized blocks to affix them to.  A block that is too small or too large for your stamp will cause an uneven image or unwanted ink lines.

3.  Ink

There are many different types of ink available and each serves a purpose.  Dye inks are softer and dry quickly.  These will work well for the bulk of your projects.  Pigment inks are thick and are good when you stamp on materials other than paper because they sit on top of the surface.  They take longer to dry though.  You will also find alcohol, solvent, and water-based inks.  As your artwork advances, you will want to learn more about these and how they are suitable for different projects.  Tip:  If you really love a color of ink, invest in a re-inker for your pad.  You never know when your favorite color could be discontinued.  Also, there are a lot of artistic techniques you can learn that utilize the re-inkers themselves.

4.  Cleaning Supplies

Maintaning your stamps is the key to ensuring they last.  You will want some kind of scrubber to clean your stamps with.  I recommend getting something made specifically for cleaning stamps so that you don't damage them with overly abrasive chemicals.  You can use plain water, but I recommend a cleaning solution.  The one from Close To My Heart is really amazing (and has saved my household surfaces many times).  I also highly suggest getting some baby wipes or adult gentle wipes to have on hand.  They are a nice temporary clean for your stamps until you can get to the sink.

5.  Coloring Tools (Optional)

Okay, you don't have to have coloring tools to do stamping, but it can really add that little something extra!  Sometimes you just need an additional pop of color in your images.  Coloring is also very relaxing.  You might have even noticed a recent trend in coloring books for adults.  This is because coloring is a wonderful way to clear your mind and de-stress.  As a papercrafter, you don't need a coloring book!  You can make your own with your stamps.  You can use anything for your coloring - crayons, color pencils, markers, paints...the only limit is your imagination.  And you don't have to start out with the most expensive products.  Start with whatever you have on hand and as your coloring techniques get better you can upgrade to the professional tools.  I started with dollar store crayola markers and now I am really a huge fan of the ShinHan Touch Twin markers.  I also can't wait to experiment with the new Close To My Heart watercolor paints!

There it is.  The complete list of what you need to get started.  If you want help getting set up and started with stamping, I would be happy to assist you!  Just contact me at tarastreasuretrove@gmail.com.