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Saturday, January 31, 2015

LAST DAY for January Specials

It's January 31, which means it's the last day to order anything that involves January's specials.  It also means that today is the last day to order any of the stamp sets that retire tonight. When ordering on my website, be sure you have your order placed before 11:59 pm (MT) to get your specials!

Here is a reminder of all of the details:
1.  National Papercrafting Month Noted Kit
2.  January Stamp of the Month
3.  Retiring Stamp Sets

1. National Papercrafting Month Noted Kit:

In celebration of National Papercrafting Month, Close To My Heart invites you to reflect on the things that make you who you are and on what you want to accomplish in the coming months. Then, with the help of the Year >> Noted paper kit, record your experiences and goals! During the month of January, with a qualifying purchase of $50, you are eligible to purchase the exclusive Year >> Noted paper kit (which has a retail value of over $24) for only $5—that’s over 80% off retail! Or, for an additional $5, you can order the Year >> Noted paper kit with an accompanying My Creations™ kraft mini book.
The paper kit for both options includes:
  • 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

All items in the kit are specially designed to coordinate with the My Creations™ kraft mini book so you can have a yearlong scrapbooking experience. This means you will receive over $34worth of product for only $10 if you purchase the kit with the accompanying mini book!

But the fun doesn’t end there—included on the sticker sheet, you will find a large golden seal. Once the year is done and all the pages are filled, seal up your book and create a mini time capsule that you can open years from now. Remember, this deal is only available for January, so make sure to get your own Year >> Noted paper kit today for the perfect start to a crafty year!

Order your kit on my website today. You'll be prompted to add your kit before you check out. Another cool thing is that when you qualify for this special, you also qualify for the January Stamp of the Month for only $5.

2.  January Stamp of the Month
This set is perfect for Valentine cards or scrapbooking people you love.  As always, the Stamp of the Month is only available during it's month and is only $5 ($12.95 savings) with every $50 ordered (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 you check out.

3. Retiring Stamp Sets


























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.


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