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Friday, August 11, 2017

A Fond Farewell

Hello, best customers on the planet!

I have some news to share with you today. It’s kind of big, and I want you hear it straight from the horse’s mouth (I would be the horse. J ).

Close To My Heart contacted me recently and offered me the full-time job of Manager of the Art Studio at the Home Office.  This means I will supervise, and sometimes create, all of the art that you see in the catalogs, CTMH advertising, on our blog and website, etc.  I was taken by surprise, but after talking with Dan and weighing all of the pros and cons, I knew that accepting this position was the right thing for my family and me.  I am so very honored and excited to serve CTMH in this way. After being a Consultant and Executive Director with the company for almost 25 years, I love this company with all my heart!  That said, with this new position, I will no longer be a CTMH Consultant.

What this means for you is the following:
·      You can purchase from my website for the next few days, and then my site will be going down.
·      I am MORE than happy to recommend a consultant to you for the future. Please call or email me (, 801.360.9896) and let me know what you are looking for. Are you looking for a local consultant who does classes and things you can attend, or are you looking for someone who is a long-term consultant with a website you can purchase from? I’m more than happy to help you find the right person for you!
·      My Facebook Business Page will be going down by August 31. You are more than welcome to friend me on Facebook personally, if we aren’t friends already (Karen Overstreet Pedersen).
·      My Instagram Account will go from business to personal, but if you follow me, you will still be following me.
·      I am not sure what I will do with my blog. I may keep it up and still share my personal artwork there. We’ll see…

I want you all to know what a privilege it has been to serve as your CTMH Consultant for all of this time.  24 ½ years is a long time to be with a company. I have joked many times that I will die with a CTMH shirt on and a stamp in my hand (lol). Little did I know that even in this new capacity, that will be true! 

I want to thank you all for enriching my life, for making my job as Executive Director such a pleasure, for touching me in so many ways, for being part of my family and allowing me to be part of yours.

Please continue to stay in touch with me!  Feel free to call, email or private message me with any questions you may have after reading this letter (801.360.9896,  YOU are “Close To My Heart.”

Monday, August 7, 2017

Back To School Card

Every mom and grandmother of a school aged child needs this set! It's not only perfect for scrapbooking those school memories, but it's great for cards for the kids and teachers.

This set is only available in August and is yours for only $5 ($12.95 savings) with every $50 you purchase (before shipping and tax).  Order $100, get 2...and so on.  When ordering on my website, you'll be prompted to add your set(s) before checking out. Easy, peasy!

August Stamp of the Month- School Year. Carrier sheet size is approximately 6" x 6"

What kid or teacher wouldn't love this card on the first day of school, complete with an apple (or apple pie!), or a bundle of brand new pencils, or even inside their lunch?

Here's a close up. I used our watercolor pencils to color in my pencils, but didn't use any water. Our watercolor pencils are awesome with water, but also on their own, just used like regular colored pencils.

Friday, August 4, 2017

Two Toned Cardstock, New Neutrals, a Die Cut Alphabet and a Brand New Cricut Collection

As you may or may not know, we have a brand new Annual Inspirations Catalog that debuted on August 1. It's dynamite!  There are so many fun, new things!  You can view that catalog page-by-delicious page here.  After that you can click here to order.

I wanted to talk about a few of the new things that have me like...

1.  Two Toned Cardstock: Yes!  All of our cardstocks are now 2-toned. There is a darker shade on one side and a lighter shade of the same color on the back. This makes your cardstock twice as nice!  There are 40 colors to choose from, or you can even purchase them in 10 color combo packs (like the Whimsy collection you see below). Check them all out here.  Not only that, all 4 colors have matching stamp pads, pigment pads, and re-inkers to match. You can find the inks here.

We have also added a brand new Color of the Year (available for 1 year only) called Bashful!  It's a gorgeous soft pink, right on trend, and is a must have. It comes in cardstock (two-toned of course), a stamp pad and a pigment pad, as well as some fun embellishments to match.  Find those products here.

2.  New Neutral Color Palette:  We have 10 new neutrals that are sure to please! I love that although they are neutrals, they are still trendy. Close To My Heart has made sure that they have chosen basics that are the basics you are seeing in home decor and fashion right now. We would never want to miss staying in style!

The colors are Charcoal, Pewter, Pebble, Linen, Mink, Heather, Espresso, Nutmeg, Toffee, and Almond.  Delicious. All of these colors come in Cardstock, Stamp Pads, Pigment Pads, Reinkers, and even a Fundamental Patterned Paper Package.

3.   A Die Cut Alphabet to Die For!:  Yep, I am doing back handsprings over this one. I love it!  The letters dies are approximately 1 1/2" high, and the font is so versatile it can go with any style. It's a must have in my studio! I love that I can cut any paper or color I want, and make titles that say whatever I want! SCORE!  Get yours here.

4.  A Brand New Cricut Collection: Although this "You Are Here" collection focuses on travel, there is so much more to enjoy as well!  I already have it in my hot little hands and have been cut, cut, cutting away! It comes with a 700 image cartridge (or digital download, whichever you choose, depending on which Cricut machine you own), 3 stamp sets that coordinate with the cuts on this cartridge (valued at $53.85 on their own) and a package of Enchantment Combo Pack of two-toned  cardstock (24 sheets).  Get yours here.

Here is a link to the shape index so you can see all of your 700 options with this cartridge.

The items I've highlighted above are just a small sampling of the new products in the brand new catalog.  There are even more to drool over!  Please let me know if you have any questions. I'm here to help (, 801.360.9896).

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Four August Specials with Close To My Heart

Layout I created with the August Stamp of the Month. See #4 below for all of the details.

Yep, you read that title correctly. Not one, not two, not three, but FOUR fabulous special in August for you to take advantage of!  Not only that, there is a BRAND NEW annual catalog that debuted today. You can see this book page-by-delicious page here.  Then you can order from it here.

1. Weekly Online Warehouse Sale
2.  Rewards Your Way Sign Up Special
3.  Jump for Joy Hostess Special
4.  August Stamp of the Month

1.  Weekly Online Warehouse Sale: 

Every Tuesday during the month of August we will unveil a fresh set of retired Close To My Heart products and product bundles at a 50% discount! For this sale only, we’ll also only charge shipping and handling on the price paid instead of on the retail value of the items, the way we normally do. These items will only be available during the week they are launched while supplies last, so you’ll need to act fast! To shop this week's deals, click here.

2. Rewards Your Way:

New Consultants who join my Team during August and submit qualifying sales of $300 by September 30 can earn their choice of a FREE Cricut® collection, a Block Alphabet Thin Cuts bundle, or an additional $99 in Select Product Credit!

Let's do the math on this incredible special, because there is so much more savings than just this awesome deal...
  • To become a New Consultant, the kit costs $75. That kit is valued at over $210. That is already a savings of $135.
  • Then, when you reach your first $250 in sales in the first 30 days, with the Straight to the Top Program, you get 3 beautiful stamp sets for FREE (valued at a total of $53.85). So there's another $53.85 in value.
  • If you sign up in August and reach $300 in sales by September 30, you get another $99 in free product with the August Rewards Your Way Special.
  • As a summary, if you sign up in August, sell $250 in your first 30 days (just $50 shy of the Rewards Your Way total), AND make sure to have $300 in sales by September 30 (just $50 more than your $250 Straight to the Top total), you will have gotten $362.85 in products and supplies for only a $75 investment. WHAT? Unheard of! That's almost 5 times that $75 investment in stuff! Who wouldn't want to sign up?
 To join my team, click here.

3.  Jump For Joy:

When you host a party (in home or catalog {catalog party is where I just send you a catalog and order forms and you collect orders from your friends without hosting an in person gathering}) and the order total reaches $350 (that's an average party), your Hostess Rewards will jump up to the next level of rewards! This means an instant reward boost of $20 and possibly an additional item at 50% off! Call or email me to schedule your in home (or catalog) party today:  801.360.9896,

4.  August Stamp of the Month (School Year):  I used this awesome set to create the layout you see at the top of this post. It's a set every mom and grandma of kids needs for scrapbooking the start and end (and even the middle) of every school year!  This is a set you'll use year after year, so it's a steal!

August Stamp of the Month - School Year. Carrier sheet is approximately 6" x 6".

This set is yours for only $5 ($12.95 savings) in August with every $50 you order (before shipping and tax). Order $100, get 2...and so on. When ordering on my website, you'll be prompted to add your set(s) before checking out.

Here's a collage of close ups of the details of the layout I created.  You'll find a list of the products I used (so many of them brand new today!), complete with photos and links for your convenience, at the very end of this post.

I enjoyed embossing in white for most of the stamping on the outside blue strips, coloring in all of my black stamped lined images with watercolor pencils (without using water), and adding some white enamel dots from our Black and White Dots embellishments to compliment the pain splatters from the Splash of Color stamp set.


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