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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

My 22 Year Journey

Wondering what this photo is about?  Hint:  my journey with Close To My Heart began because of this!  Read on for more info....

January is my anniversary month with Close To My Heart. On January 12, I celebrated 22 years as an Independent Consultant with Close To My Heart.  What a journey it has been! I thought it might be fun for you to hear a little bit of my story.

If you'd like to begin your journey as a Close To My Heart Consultant on my team, click here.  At the end of this post, I'll tell you a little bit about what being a member of my team means and what you can expect from me.

September 1992: I was the room mom for my daughter, Kori's (she's 28 now!) first grade classroom. Her teacher had the most darling catalog on her desk. I took a look at it and asked her how I could purchase some of the cute stamps and accessories. She told me, "Darn! I just had a party. If I had known you liked this kind of stuff, I would have invited you. Why don't you call the consultant on the back of the book and schedule a party of your own? That way you can get free stuff too!"  So, I did.  I had a great party. At the end of the party, the Consultant said, "Karen, you had a great party! You would be so good at what I do. You should think about becoming a Consultant."

At the time, I had just decided to enter the Mrs. Utah pageant.  The entry fee was $600, plus I would need an interview suit, evening gown, etc.  When my CTMH Consultant suggested I join, I thought about the $ I needed to compete in Mrs. Utah, and in...

January 1993: I joined as a Consultant. My plan was to earn the $ I needed to pay for my pageant and then get out. Little did I know that I would LOVE what I was doing. I earned the money for the entrance fee my first month, and the extra I needed for my wardrobe shortly thereafter. But, I was having so much fun and I was making GOOD money by going out and teaching people the craft of stamping a few nights per week. I was hooked! I thought I'd stick around a little longer.  In 1993, I had 3 children, the youngest of which was 1 1/2. He is now 23.  I had one baby after I became a CTMH Consultant. Dawson is now 20 years old.  My, how time flies when you are having fun!

Dawson was born in April of 1994, a little over a year after I signed up with CTMH. He is my "CTMH baby."

Fast forward over the next 22 years.  In those 22 years I have:
  • built an amazing, award-winning, million dollar team with CTMH
  • promoted from Consultant  to Supervisor, Manager, Executive Manager, Senior Executive Manager, Director, Sr. Director, Executive Director, and finally to Senior Executive Director (which is what I am now)
  • been able to meet and get to know the amazing lady who founded and owns CTMH, Jeanette Lynton. They say that the climate of a company is determined by the ownership and leadership of it. That is so true with this company. It is a wonderful place to be because of this lady.
  • taught at numerous national conventions
  • had my artwork published in catalogs and magazines
  • earned 11 incentive trips (Hawaii {3 times}, Alaska {twice}, the Caribbean {3 times}, Europe, and Mexico). I have taken my hubby on several and have been able to take each of my children on at least one trip with me, just one-on-one with them and me.  I also took the whole family on an Alaskan cruise. In fact, my hubby and I are headed to the Disney Aulani resort in Hawaii in less than 2 weeks, courtesy of CTMH!
The first trip I earned, to Hawaii

Dan and I on our 2nd trip, this one to Alaska

We took the whole family to Alaska in 2007
  • watched team members become Directors and above (so fulfilling!)
  • appeared on a national TV show
  • appeared in scrapbooking videos
  • done motivational speaking for CTMH and for other companies
  • organized and held stamp camps, crops and other fun events for my customers and for my team members
  • been awarded the highest award available in CTMH, The Spirit of Close To My Heart
  • have earned sales awards
  • have earned team sales awards
  • have served 2 terms on the CTMH Advisory Board 

  • have made thousands of friends

  • have learned skills I never would have learned otherwise
  • have made a significant contribution to our family's finances
  • bought several cars and paid for my children's braces
  • paid for dance lessons and private training for football, basketball and baseball for my children (which led to college scholarships for all of my children)

  • paid for dance competitions and sports tournaments across the country
  • supported our family during a time of unemployment for my awesome hubby
Trust me when I tell you that I NEVER would have dreamed all of this would come from that little decision to join and make a bit of money to pay for the Mrs Utah pageant (I did win, by the way. I think a lot of went into my win was my interview skills. I learned so much about self-presentation and confidence through standing in front of customers and my team members with CTMH). I went on to place 6th at the Mrs. USA pageant as well.  Thank you, CTMH for helping me fulfill that short term goal of becoming Mrs. Utah (and being able to represent our state as I promoted parent involvement in education).

Joining CTMH is one of the best decisions I have ever made.  I invite you to join me and begin your own CTMH journey. Whether you want to just pay for your "habit" of papercrafting, make a little extra money, or create a career, CTMH is for you.

As the leader of the Pacemaker team (I named my team this because I believe "We keep the HEART {as in Close To My Heart} pumpin'!), I provide team meetings, weekly training emails, contests, challenges, one-on-one mentoring and so much more.  I'd love to have you join us!  Again, you can easily begin your CTMH journey by clicking here.  Once you've signed up, I'll contact you to welcome you, find out what it is you want to accomplish with CTMH, and how I can help you do that.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Straight From The Heart Valentine Card

This post comes to you "straight from the heart!"  Don't you love that saying in the January Stamp of the Month? I do! In face I love every single saying and image in this set. This is a 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" (standard) size card that I created with the January Stamp of the Month. 

January is almost over (only five more days!), which means this lovely set will be disappearing with it.  This set can be yours for only $5 ($12.95 savings) with every $50 you spend (before shipping and tax). Spend $100, get 2, and so on. When ordering on my website, you'll be prompted to add your set(s) before checking out.

Don't forget that January is also National Papercrafting Month. Close To My Heart has created a darling kit that is only $5 ($10 if you want the mini-album included as well) with a $50 order. If you're already qualifying for the Stamp of the Month at $5, you also qualify for the National Papercrafting Month "Noted" kit.  You'll also be prompted to add that if you'd like before you check out.

Here's the set (the actual size of the carrier sheet is 6" x 6"):

And here's a close up shot of my card:

I've included a products used list, complete with links and photos at the end of this post for your convenience.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Thank You Card with the Noted Kit

I have really enjoyed playing with the National Papercrafting Month paper pack, Noted.  There are less than 2 weeks left to get it!  When January is gone, so is the kit.  I took some of the left over papers I had after making my mini-album (see it here) and created this card. I added a Hopscotch Picture My Life card, a few of the stickers from the Hopscotch Complements, and a stamp set and came up with something fun. I ALWAYS am in need of thank you cards, so I went that direction.

Just a reminder that this kit is only available during January, and is only $5 with a $50 order.  If you want the mini-album included, it's $10 (which is what the mini-album is at full price all by itself!).  What a deal!  When ordering on my website, you'll be prompted to add your kit(s) before you check out.  Also, you qualify for the January Stamp of the Month for only $5 ($12.95 savings) with your $50 order as well. You'll also be prompted to add this at the end of your order.

I have included a products used list at the end of this post, complete with photos and links for your convenience.

Technique Tip:  You may have noticed that my flower has different colored petals. I stamped it once in Chocolate, once in Flaxen, once in Glacier and once in Sorbet. I cut the petals I wanted out of the Flaxen, Glacier and Sorbet flowers and adhered those petals to the chocolate flower.  Voila!  Multi-colored flower!

Here is what comes in your Noted Kit:
  • a C-size stamp set (24 stamp images)
  • Gold foil stickers (100 stickers)
  • 4-Cardstocks (1 light mint, 1 light coral, 2 white daisy)
  • 2- B&T Duos™ papers ( one side is a light coral pattern and the other is six 4" x 6" squares of multiple patterns.  Both B&T sheets have a gold arrow zip strip perfect for accents and borders)
  • My Creations Mini-Book - Kraft* (holds 4" x 6" and 3" x 4" photos and cards)
*if you choose to include it. You will have the option of with or without the mini-book


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