Friday, July 31, 2009

August Stamp of the Month BLOG HOP!!!!!!

Thanks for joining us for another round of Close To My Heart's Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!!!! This month we are featuring the set "It's Your Day" This set is so cool! It has sentiments for birthday cards, invitations and is great for those party pictures to scrap too!

Here we gooooooo......


If you have come here from Ann's Blog, you are on the right path! If this is your first stop, you can to go back to Jena's Blog to start from the beginning!
This month we have over 60 Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations
using this month's SOTM and other great CTMH products on their blogs. This is
simple to do - just click on the link at the end of the post on each blog to
move to the next one! Here we go!

Here's a birthday card for my FIL! I love the rustic, manly feel to the Back Country papers here! I also did a little stitching with embroidery floss on the "present" image!
Paper: CTMH Back Country
Colonial White cardstock
Ink: New England Ivy, Sunflower, Outdoor Denim
Buttons: Holiday craft
Neutral Embroidery Floss

These two cards are part of my upcoming card class on 8/16. I posted here some cards using Perfect Day. 1/2 of the cards will be using Perfect Day and 1/2 using this set: Emporium.
PP- CTMH Emporium Creative Basics
CS- Buttercup, Twilight, Colonial White
Stamps: Its Your Day, Treetops, Bird Basics, Thank You
etc: Heart Felt die cuts, Vineyard Berry Ribbon, sparkles

Now "Hop" on over to Laurie's Blog to see her work! Be sure to visit all the
Consultants at their Blogs to get some great crafting ideas and other fun ideas!
Remember, the Sugust SOTM is only available until 8/31!

Don't forget from 8/3 through 8/17 you can get not only the August Stamp of the Month FREE, but a current paper pack too with a $100 purchase!
Don't wait---- go shopping here


Here are some more cards I have made using this Stamp of the Month...

Both of these cards are for my upcoming card class on 8/16!
16 cards for $15---- email me to sign up :)

If you get lost on the hop or find links that aren't working, here is a
complete list of participating blogs:

Jena DeVries
Kristie Horness-Herdener
Carla Ironside
Deb Young
Alanna Moses
Paige Dolecki
Wendy Kessler
Heather Painchaud
Helen Onulak
Barbra Otten
Haley Dyer
Nona Davenport
Michelle Robinson
Cindy Leek
Melissa Laverty
Katy Donaldson
Amy McVey
Tammy Lea Pinchard
Leslie Markland
Judy Burger
Laurie R Newton
Kami Welter
Tracy Oleksak
Karen Norman
Chris Shouse
Cibele Glazer
Debra Van Patten
Terrie Dodd
Jamia Bankhead
Anne Beck
Jennifer Patrick
Laurie Levnik
Lori Miller
Brae Montgomery
Dawn Ross
Dawn Slipcevic
Barbara Harris
Carol Taggio
Jill Lucas
Chris Green
Nancy Ball
Dawn Heuft
Kelly Triggs
Beth Naumann
Antoinette Herrin
Jessica Booth
Jen Rubio
Misty Jackson
Adeline E. Brill
Lori Leng
Pam Klassen
Pamela OConnor
Jennifer Royal
Caren Goldsein
Shannon Pelletier
Sherry Thompson
Maricar Harris
Traci Godbee
Laura Dame
Miranda Kurz
Leisa Hubley
Julia Menssen
Jan Moxey
Jody Gustafson

Thursday, July 30, 2009

August Card Class

For my next workshop, I am doing a 16 card class using the Greeting Card template from Wishes!

Here are a couple of the cards we will be making:

PP- CTMH Perfect Day
CS- Juniper, Tulip, Coco, Colonial White
Stamps: Its Your Day, Treetops, Bird Basics, Thank You
etc: Heart Felt die cuts, Twill Ribbon, stickles, Coco Ribbon

Check back on August 1st to see 2 more cards featuring the August Stamp of the Month- Its Your Day!!!!

This class will be held on August 16th at 12:30pm. Class fee is $15.
email me to sign up for this class:

Don't forget, if you are not local, kits are still available to you! Just add $5 to have them shipped to you!

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

August Specials- FREE Stamp Set AND Paper Kit

Talk about a great special! This is something I know I've been waiting for! From August 3-17th if you order $100 worth of Close to my Heart products you will receive not only the August Stamp of the Month for free but ALSO a current My Reflections Level 2 paper packet! Not only that but Close to my Heart will charge you no shipping or tax on either item, whoo hoo! That's a $35.90 value for FREE! Now here's the fine print:

There is a limit of one free paper packet and Stamp of the Month per qualifying order. No shipping/handling or tax on free items, but shipping/handling and tax will still apply on the $100 US qualifying purchase. The paper packet will be chosen for you by Close to my Heart but will be a current and popular paper packet!

Now take a look at your catalog (or the catalog online here) and start your wish list! Make sure that you check out our August Stamp of the Month blog hop on August 1st to see all the wonderful things you can make with the stamp set too!!

Starts August 3rd

Friday, July 24, 2009


Leaving you with a little artwork as I go on a much needed vacation to beat this heat!

Check back on August 1st for the Stamp Of The Month blog hop! You won't want to miss this one!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Rock Slide

Paper- CTMH Back Country
Stickease/chipboard- CTMH Back Country
misc: Bazzill Edge, American Crafts thickers

Spring Has Sprung

Paper- CTMH Bella
Ribbon- CTMH Olive
Foundry Tabs- CTMH
Flowers- Prima
Brads- CTMH Bigger brads spring
American Crafts Thickers

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Scrappy Blog Hop Time!!!!!!!!

Its time for another round of Scrappy Blog Hop!!!!!

This time, my friends and I are showcasing Layouts with Hidden Journaling! Hidden journaling is fun! You can make a tag and put it under something (like a picture in my case), make a pocket for your journaling or use a little file folder and journal on the inside. The possibilities are endless!!!!!

Here's my creation:

and with the journal tag pulled out:

pp- CTMH Animal Cookies Lv 2 & Stickease
Buttons: CTMH Summer craft buttons
other: American Crafts Thickers

Now hop on over to JULIA's Blog, and hop all the way around the circle!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Leave comments if you are inclined!

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Why CTMH???

I’m so excited to finally share some information with you about why Close To My Heart is such a wonderful choice if you are considering becoming a scrapbooking, stamping, card making consultant.

Close To My Heart has been a top innovator of various products for the past 25 years!

* 1st to design true 12″ x 12″ patterned paper
* 1st to design an expandable 12″ x 12″ album with lay-flat page protectors
* Introduced acrylic stamps

CTMH is constantly working to educate their consultants (through an online training academy) and customers with the latest tips and techniques to help everyone continue to be forward thinking and grow their skills.

Another thing that is wonderful about CTMH is that in this economy…they are 100% debt free. Wow! All of the stamps are produced here in the United States and ship from the corporate office which helps streamline their cost. This means they are a financially strong company to do business with.

CTMH has also made a committment to keep it’s consultants connected. When you join a team, your upline (that’s the person you signed up under) will be there to guide and teach you and help you really learn the aspects of the business - at least as much as you want. In some direct scrapbook & stamp companies, if something were to happen, and your upline resigns from the company…you are left stranded…you’d have no team or upline to contact for help. CTMH doesn’t ever want anyone to feel this way, or to be put in this situation…so, with CTMH, if your upline were to ever leave the company…you’d roll up to the next upline and join their team. This is such a huge difference.

1. You always have a support network to help you out.
2. This provides more income to consultants because there is always a team leader somewhere that benefits from helping others.

CTMH pays more to their consultants in base commission (22%) and downline commission than other companies because they truly care about their consultants and want to share the joy.

Did you know that 80% of women in direct sales use what they earn to feed, clothe and educate their children? (source, Andrea Jung, Chairman and CEO of Avon). Direct sales can be a real source of income in this economy!

In a video from CNN, more an more Americans are turning to direct sales after being laid off, or to provide additional income. It’s becoming a financial safety net. The ultimate in job security - you won’t be laid off.

In this declining economy- I am happy to say that my CTMH business is booming and stronger than ever! It is possible!!!!!

I love Close To My Heart and how I have grown as part of their family. If you are considering becoming a consultant, I would like to set up a time to talk to you about the opportunity. I would love to have you as part of my growing team and I’m happy to answer any questions you may have!
Whether you are just looking for a scrapbooking discount for you and your friends, looking to make a few extra bucks in this strapping economy, or looking for a real business adventure----- I'd love to talk to you!

Email me at:


It gets even better…CTMH’s Favorite Five July Special

The basic new consultant kit from CTMH contains $300 worth of products and supplies for only $99. You can choose one or both of the bonus packs (or neither if you prefer).

* Scrapbook Bonus Kit - $60 and it includes $180 worth of scrapbooking products (includes an album and the Reflections how-to book
* Card Making Bonus Kit - $50 and it includes $150 worth of scrapbooking products (includes Originals how-to book and more)

During July, when you join my team, you can also choose FIVE of the items listed below…that’s a possible $98.75 in extra product at absolutely no additional cost to you…CTMH is picking up the shipping & tax on these items!

* My Acrylix(TM) Thank You Stamp Set (retail value $22.95)
* Magic Moments Scrapbook Kit (retail value $34.95)
* Basic Textured Cardstock Combo Pack (retail value $14.95)
* Life Delights Memory Showcase Kit (retail value $12.95)
* My Originals Hello Birdie Card Kit (retail value $12.95)
* Creative Basics Silhouette Collection (retail value $8.95)
* HeartFelt Whimsy Die-Cuts (retail value $9.95)
* All-Out Adventure Rub-Ons (retail value $9.95)
* Window Charms Squares (retail value $9.95)

What does this mean in terms of value? If you take advantage of both bonus kits and the Favorite Five free items, the new consultant kit would cost $209 (plus applicable shipping & tax) and you’d receive over $725 in products (a 71% savings). That would help you get your business off to a great start. You can’t go wrong with an incentive like this one.

If you are ready to join now, CLICK HERE! I’d love to have you on my team.


If you know of someone who you can think of that is looking for a part-time job, or needs some extra income, please pass this on to them.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Technique Card Class

I held my latest technique card class this past Monday evening!

House Card:
I have seen this house card a couple of times while blog hopping. Here's my version:

Technique: special folds

Supplies- all CTMH
PP- Magic Moments
CS- Dutch Blue and Colonial White
Stamps- For Every Occasion
etc- Silver Hinges & Brads, Coco Ink, Coco Marker

Flower Pot Card
This is a card I have seen in tons of places on the net also! This particular version is inspired by fellow consultant Nona Davenport. Yes, the same one that I lift all the time :)

Technique: Special folds, embossing with white on darker CS.

Supplies- all CTMH
CS- Hollyhock, Chocolate, Colonial White
Stamps- July SOTM- You've Got Flair, Thank You, Extreme Happiness
PP- That's Amore
etc- Sparkles, Twill Ribbon

You're a Hoot
This card features the cute new owl set stamped using reinkers on baby wipes. This gave it a tye-dyed look.

Technique: Stamping with reinkers on baby wipes.

Supplies- all CTMH
CS- dutch blue, Tulip, White daisy
PP- Animal Cookies Creative Basics
Reinkers- Tulip, Dutch Blue, Sunflower
etc- Tulip brads

Hope to see YOU at the next technique card class (September)

Friday, July 10, 2009

Win $1,000 at!

I have just discovered that The Cuttlebug Spot is having a contest - "The Journey to 1,000"! They are trying to reach 1,000 followers by the end of July and need your help. To enter all you have to do is go to their site, sign up as follower and complete a few easy steps and you could win a $1,000 gift certificate to Custom Crops (! GO NOW and check it out at

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

15,000 Hits!

BIG THANKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thanks to my followers- you rock!
Thanks to EVERYONE who has left a comment- you make this blog worth it!
Thanks to my customers who come here for inspiration!
Thanks to those who have given me blog awards!

THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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