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Monday, July 30, 2012

Last FREE Perfect Pair...Get It While You Can!

The wonderful Perfect Pairs campaign that Close To My Heart has been running this month ends with July, which means just today and tomorrow.  During these two days, if you spend $75 on my website, you will get either the Believe Paper Packet and Matching Holiday Pockets pair or the Wonderland Paper Packet and matching MyStickease pair.  Each pair is worth more than $15!

Believe Paper Packet and Holiday Pockets

Wonderland Paper Packet and matching MyStickease

Also, as you know from previous posts this month, if you spend $50 (which you will of course already have done if you are taking advantage of the "Perfect Pairs") in one order, you qualify for the awesome July Stamp of the Month ("Live Out Loud" for only $5 ($17.95 value). Not too shabby!
July Stamp of the Month: $5 ($17.95 value) with a $50 order. Available July 2012 only.

Beautiful artwork made with the July Stamp of the Month by the talented CTMH Art Department

The artwork you see at the top of the post is all made by me with the Wonderland kit. The artwork below I made using the Believe kit.  You can, of course, click on any photo in this post to see it larger and in more detail. Aren't both pairs full of possibilities?  I say, "Get 'em while you can!"

If you choose to order from my website and take advantage of these great specials before the end of July, you will receive a hand-stamped card of appreciation in the mail from me!

Thursday, July 26, 2012

FREE Paper Pack and Matching Stickease Plus Some Artwork!

July 26-29 Perfect Pair: "Sophia" paper pack and matching MyStickease
A new Perfect Pair is available today (Thursday, July 26) through Sunday (July 29). It's the girly Sophia Paper Pack and the matching My Stickease (total value over $15). If you spend $75 on my website during this time period, you get this perfect pair absolutely FREE!  Cool Beans!

If you take advantage of this special, then in addition to this awesome paper pack and stickease, you qualify for the awesome July Stamp of the Month ("Live Out Loud) for only $5 ($17.95 value). Think about it, spend $75, get $15 free in papers and stickease, and get the Stamp of the Month for only $5. That's over $107.95 in products for only $80. Not too shabby!
July Stamp of the Month - "Live Out Loud"

Layout using the July Stamp of the Month. I know I shared this layout earlier in the month but those screaming grandbabies are so cute I had to share it again!

Want a little bit (or a LOT bit) more FREE?  Be sure to check out yesterday's post to find out how to get $100 in product from me FREE! FREE is always good, right?
I thought I'd share a bit of artwork I made with Sophia a while back. I loved using this paper to celebrate some of my girl friendships and our little granddaughter, Daci (who is now 3!).

As always, you can click on any photo to see it larger and in more detail.  Have a wonderful day!

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Sneak Peek of August Sign Up Special, $100 in FREE product and a Christmas Layout

First things first: if you read this whole post,  in addition to art and technique tips, you will see how you can get $100 in FREE product from me. Keep reading and see if you can find it. I'd LOVE to have to come through for you!

Today I wanted to share a layout I made for my class at Convention with the brand new Avonlea papers (you can click in it and any other photos on my blog today to see them larger and in more detail). I decided that by adding a bit of Cranberry, I could make this paper quite Christmas-y.  This is what I came up with. Although the Avonlea papers and the ornament stamp set that I used are not available until the new Autumn/Winter Idea Book goes live on August 1 (be watching here on my blog for it that day), there are several items I used on this layout that are available right now, such as:
Before I share the close-up detail photos of this layout and a few technique tips, I wanted to give you a sneak peek into the special for August. It's a good 'un!  Not only can you now sign up to become a consultant for only $49, but if you do it in August, you also get this awesome damask bag for FREE!  I have one and I love it!
You can sign up on my website here If you sign up and reach $300 in sales between your sign up date and September 30, I will give you $50 in FREE product of your choice! If you sign up and reach $1200 before September 30, I will give you an additional $50 in product free for a total of $100 in FREE product of your choice.  No kidding! I want you to succeed and I know that by doing this, you will be off to a screaming start. In addition to that, CTMH has a great incentives for hitting $300 and $1200 as well.  We're talkin' LOTS of FREEBIES!

Here is what comes in the $49 New Consultant Kit (filled with over $130 in products):
How could you resist? Sign up August 1, and reach the sales numbers I listed above by September 30 for a total of $100 in free product of your choice from me.

Now on to some detail photos of the Christmas layout:
Avonlea Christmas Layout: detail 1

Avonlea Christmas Layout: detail 2

Avonlea Christmas Layout: detail 3

Avonlea Christmas Layout: journaling detail
Technique Tips:
  • Try sponging our dimensional elements with Cranberry ink and then topping that with a generous layer of Red Glitz Glitter Gel. I used a small paint brush to move it around evenly
  • Want some words to stand out in your journaling?  How about highlighting them with colored pencils?
  • Looking for an easy and inexpensive way to sponge on ink? Try our round sponge. It's only $1.25. I usually cut it into 6 pie pieces.  Just hold the pointy edge and add ink to the rounded edge and you have your own very inexpensive (.32 cent a piece) sponging tool.
  • Want a little bit of a distressed/antiqued look? Well that's easy! Just sponge a little bit of a neutral ink around the edges of pieces. I have used Chocolate but I quite often also use Desert Sand, Cocoa, Black, and even greys.
  • Attach a ribbon loop to a journaling pocket piece with a staple. Quick and easy and a great way to make it easy to pull out.
  • Attach chipboard pieces to your layouts using liquid glass. It's a great way to make sure those heavier pieces stay adhered.
Have a wonderful day! It's Pioneer Day here in Utah.  It marks the day in 1847 that the pioneers arrived and Brigham Young famously declared, "This is the place!" I'm grateful to live in such a beautiful place. Happy Pioneer Day!

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Avonlea Wedding Layout and a New Perfect Pair

There is a new perfect pair available today, Saturday, July 21 through Wednesday, July 25. It's the awesome Mayberry paper pack and matching My Stickease Assortment and they can be yours for FREE. Who doesn't love free?

Here is what they look like. Yep, you're right. They ARE stinkin' cute!  To get yours FREE (over $15 value), all you have to do is go to my website and place an order of $75 or more (before shipping and tax) and it's yours FREE!
Wondering about that layout at the top of this post (feel free to click on it or any other photo in this post to see them larger and in more detail)? It's a layout of my awesome parents. They celebrated their 50 year wedding anniversary this Summer.  I hope it wets your whistle just a bit for the new Idea Book which is debuting on August 1. Be sure to check back on my blog that day for a link to it!  Yummy!  I made it with the brand new Avonlea kit.  Keep reading this post to find more detailed photos of this layout. Note: We will be using this kit to make three 2-page 12" x 12" layouts in my Play Group classes in September. Yay! 

While you're shopping on my website, especially if you are doing the Perfect Pairs and are already spending $75, you'll want to pick up a July Stamp of the Month. It's only $5 with a $50 order, and if you are already spending the $75 for the Perfect Pairs special, you already qualify. Cool beans! You'll be prompted to add it to your order before you check out. The card you see below is one I created with this awesome stamp set.
5 1/" x 4 1/4" card. Don't you love that gorgeous saying? I sure do!

July Stamp of the Month. Yours for only $5 with a $50 order.  Available only in July.
 Here are a few more pictures of the Avonlea layout. Enjoy!
Avonlea layout: detail photo #1, left side of layout.

Avonlea layout: detail photo #2, bottom of left side of layout.

Avonlea layout: detail photo #3, bottom corner of right side of layout.

Avonlea layout: detail photo of right page.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Close To My Heart Convention, New Idea Book, New Products, and MORE!

Me, next to my 'star' at Convention. Close To My Heart had a star for every Director and above. It's details like this that make me know how much we are all valued as Close To My Heart Consultants
I have been a Close To My Heart Consultant for almost 20 years. It's crazy to think it's been that long. Time flies when you're having fun! But, out of all of the Conventions I've attended, the one last week in Dallas, TX was my all-time favorite. It might have had a little something to do with an amazing award I was given (The Spirit of Close To My Heart).  More on that later in the post under the "Awards Banquet" heading, but first I wanted to share all of the new information and products and more. 

Our theme was "The Stars Shine Bright" and shine they did!

New Idea Book
The new Idea Book will go live on my website on August 1st and it is jam-packed with over-the-top new products and artwork!  If you would like your own copy of the Idea Book, you are more than welcome to stop by for a free one.  If you'd like one mailed to you, just email me at
Autumn/Winter Idea my blog on August 1 for it to go live!

One of my favorite new products:
We have a brand new Cricut Collection called Artiste and it is, in my not-so-humble opinion, the best cartridge on the market today...for so many reasons!  I will share some of them with you in a flash. First I wanted to mention that I have had the opportunity to have this wonderful cartridge for about 2 months now (top secret stuff!) as I prepared for the class I taught at Convention. Is is possible to fall in love with a Cricut Cartridge?  Well, fall in love I did!  I'm over the moon! With 700 exclusive images, the cartridge features themed projects, interactive cards, awards, and more! From robots and spooks to wedding and Valentines, your cupcake liners, invitations, and party favors will coordinate and quickly come together for any celebration!
CTMH/Cricut Artiste Collection
  • Cutting and assembling the MANY 3-D items is a snap using the projects reference chart.
  • There is a separate step-by-step assembly book. 
  • Each key has items that work together. For instance, if there are things that work together, they are on the same key. If they layer with each other: same key. Get the idea?  
  • Many keys are themed for different things. For instance: wedding, birthday, space, etc.  Cool beans!
  • If you have your 'Real Dial Size' off, all layering pieces will automatically cut to fit the bottom image, without having to resize. More cool beans!
  • Many of our new stamp sets coordinate with this cartridge. As you go through the new Idea Book (which will go live here on my blog on August 1), you will see many sets that have images that are outlined in red. Those items coordinate with Cricut images. It will specify which cartridge (Artiste {the brand new one} or Art Philosophy). When you receive your stamp set, you will see that it also tells you what size to cut the image as well as which page to find it on in the instruction book.

When you purchase the CTMY/Cricut Artiste Collection, you’ll get:
1 - Cartridge (with 700 exclusive images including themed projects, cards, font, shapes, cupcake liners, accordion and rolled flowers, and TONS of 3-D boxes, purses, and other items)
3 - new D-Sized coordinating stamp sets
3 - sheets of coordinating chipboard shapes (with speech bubbles, a mini album, and lots of banner shapes)
1 - project reference guide
1 - step-by-step assemble book

Other New Products:
With over 60 new stamp sets, 8 new paper kits, 13 new Workshop on the Go kits, over 50 new accents, accessories and tools (from new stamp scrubbers, to organizational items, to bling and new chipboard home-decor items), 4 new Studio J Express Collections, a new publication with card and layout patterns, and even will just be brimming with excitement, just like I am! I'm tellin''s a treasure trove of goodies! I can hardly wait for you to see it!

Studio J
Lots of great Studio J improvements were announced, including no more Membership fees! Now everyone can have access to all of the layouts and kit without a membership*. The layouts are only $6.95 and there are TONS of great kits. There are also new fast and easy Expressions Collections where you can create an entire 10 layout (20 page) album in less than an hour with themes such as Year in Review,  All About Me, Little Miss, Little Man, School Days, and Travels! There are available now, so be sure to check them out here, on my website.

*If you already have a membership, you will get to participate in a special Members Bonus program. Be sure to check your email inbox for an email from CTMH explaining the details.
New Consultant Kit
You can now become a Close To My Heart consultant for as little as $49!  
"Essentials" New Consultant Kit: only $49!
"Are you kidding me?"  you ask. Nope! Its for real, dudette!   Check out the new consultant kit and sign up on my website today here. I'd love to have you join my award winning team!

Awards Banquet
I look forward to the Awards Banquet every year! CTMH goes all out with food, entertainment, gifts, and quality awards. This year was no exception.  We had a delicious dinner, were given an awesome western themed stamp set and were entertained  by the Texas Tenors (you may have seen them on America's Got Talent). Not only are these three talented (WOW!), they are stinkin' cute as well. I admit it, I hooted and hollered quite loudly! 
The Texas Tenors
My team (The Pacemakers) was awarded the #3 team in sales for a team of their size in the company this year. YAY TEAM! I am so proud of you all!

In addition to all of the sales, team building, recruiting, and website awards, Close To My Heart gives a special award each year to one consultant called "The Spirit of Close To My Heart". This tradition began 6 years ago.  It is the last award given at the Awards Banquet. This year I had several members of my team who were attending Convention for the first time.  I leaned over to many of them right before this award and said, "Hey you guys, pay attention to this. This is a big deal!"  Lo and behold, and embarrassingly enough, as they started the video I realized the award was being given to me this year.  I think it was the biggest shock of my life. To be nominated and chosen from thousands of consultants across the United States and Canada as someone who embodies what Close To My Heart is all about was humbling, to say the least.  Close To My Heart had surprised me not only with the award, but by flying in my hubby, and my daughter and granddaughter to be on stage with me as I received it. I don't know how my family kept this a secret from me the last few months.
Instead of telling you all about it, I suggest you check out my daughter's blog here for all the details. She posted the sweetest update on her blog about the award and the experience today.
Me, Kori and Daci after the Awards Ceremony. Yes, I cried all of my makeup off!
Dan-the-Man, Me, Daci and Kori after the Awards Banquet.

Art Classes (Extravaganza)
 Extravaganza is one of the highlights of Convention each year! Participants look forward to not only seeing art made with the new products, but receiving instruction and demonstration on new artistic techniques by attending eight classes, each of which covered one of our 8 new paper packs, a Cricut® Artiste feature, brand new products, and creative ideas.  I was honored to be chosen to teach one of these classes.  As exhausting as it is (you teach 8 times in one day!), it is so much fun! I taught from the new kit Avonlea and showed a fun emboss resist technique and shading using embossing, our spray pens and a sponge.  My hands and fingers were black when I was done! That's okay, inky fingers just means you've been having lots of fun!

Business Classes
We were also treated to numerous classes to help us in our businesses. They were wonderful and I came away refreshed, renewed and motivated to continue to grow my business with Close To My Heart. I love this company!

I had such fun with my dear friends and roomies, Michelle and Amy. I also  enjoyed every moment spent with so many of my CTMH friends. Even though EVERYTHING about Convention is always wonderful, I have to say that the friendships are my favorite part. I am so blessed to be part of a company like Close To My Heart that attracts that kind of people it does; kind and giving people who share my love of what we do! I'd love to have you join my team!
Me and three of my CTMH friends (Melissa, Kelly and Christine). These three ladies also taught Extravaganza.  We had such fun!

Well, that's probably enough wonderful information for you to process today.  Have a wonderful day!

Monday, July 16, 2012

July Stamp of the Month Circle Card and More Perfect Pairs!

I'm back from Dallas and the CTMH Convention (got home late last night) and I have soooooooo much to share, but haven't even had time to download photos or write anything up. I have been too busy this morning doing laundry, unpacking, catching up on email, and just basking in the left-over glow from all of the excitement. Stay tuned later this week for a full re-cap and lots of fun photos and new products.  WOWZA is all I can say!

Today, I just wanted to be sure and let you know that a new Perfect Pair is available.  Currently, as in from now (July 16) through Friday (July 20), you will receive a FREE Lucky paper pack and matching MyStickease Assortment with every $75 order on my website.  Here is what this AWESOME paper pack and set of MyStickease look like:

While you're shopping on my website, especially if you are doing the Perfect Pairs and are already spending $75, you'll want to pick up a July Stamp of the Month. It's only $5 with a $50 order, and if you are already spending the $75 for the Perfect Pairs special, you already qualify. Cool beans! You'll be prompted to add it to your order before you check out. The card you see at the top of my post is one I created with this awesome stamp set.

Here is a detail photo of the card and a little gander at the stamp set:

I'll be back later this week with more FUN stuff...lots of photos from Convention, including some new products that you will be dying to get your little ink-stained hands on.  Yee Haw!  Yes, I'm still yee-hawing and y'alling.  I love that about Texas!


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