8/06/2016

Annual Inspirations New Product Blog Hop

Welcome to the Annual Inspirations 
New Product Blog Hop! 



This month I am following Melissa Robinson's Blog.}   We have 25 Close to My Heart Consultants participating in this month’s Stamp of the Month Blog Hop. If you lose your place while traveling through our blog hop, the complete list of participants can be found here.      

Close to My Heart just released our new Annual Inspirations Catalog.  There are so many "funtastic" products in this book.  Something for everybody!  I decided to feature the Adventure Paper Fundamentals paper pack.  24 sheets of patterned paper.  2 each of 12 different designs.


I also used some of the stickers from the Good Life Complements.

I love to make cards and scrapbooking pages as well as 3D art.  My latest endeavor is Art Journaling.  I am taking some classes and am using Close to My Heart products in my journaling.  Here is my latest page.

The only product used here that wasn't Close to My Heart was the acrylic paint and stencils used to make the background.  Next time I am going to cut my own stencils using my Cricut and our cartridges.

All of my houses are hand cut freehand from the Adventure Paper Fundamentals.  I have used our journaling pen and the starts and smaller hearts are stickers.  The clouds are cut using our new Flower Market Cricut Cartridge Collection.

Thank you for visiting my blog.  I would love for you to show me a little love by leaving me a comment and then please go to our next artist, {Lela's Blog} and see what she has made with this adorable stamp set.

You can purchase this stamp set as well as any of the supplies listed below on my website. 


Supplies Used
(Coming Soon)

8/01/2016

Welcome to the August Stamp of the Month Blog Hop - Purr-fect Halloween

Welcome to the August Stamp of the Month 
Blog Hop! 






This month I am following {Cat Nowak's Blog.}   We have 24 Close to My Heart Consultants participating in this month’s Stamp of the Month Blog Hop. If you lose your place while traveling through our blog hop, the complete list of participants can be found here.      

The August Stamp of the Month is entitled Purr-fect Halloween (S1608) (Set of 17).   Here is a picture of this stamp set:







I am a real cat lover.  I own two ragdoll cats and an orange devil (I mean tabby).  My cats help me craft.  By helping I mean sit on my supplies, steal my embellishments, and get between me and my computer.  So I was excited to see this stamp set.  And with the release of a new catty - the perfect storm!

Here is my card.



See the purple patterned paper?  That is from our new Adventure Fundamentals.  LOVE it!!!  It features our new purple - Pansy.  And how do you like the Tangerine cardstock?  Our new colors rock!

With our new catalog we got lots and lots of ribbon.  The black ribbon with the gold edges is from our Uptown Ribbon Collection.  The black strands that I used in the upper right corner is from our Rustic Home Ribbon Pack.  It starts off as a brown woven ribbon.  I cut it apart into strands and colored it black with my black Shin Han marker.

I colored in my images with my Shin Han markers and added a little shimmer to the hat and the bat bow tie with our new Shimmer brush.

This was a fun card to make.




See the shimmer to the hat and the bat bow tie?

The Purr-fect Halloween Stamp of the Month Stamp Set can be purchased for $17.95 or if you purchase $50 in CTMH products, you can add this stamp set to your order for an additional $5.  This stamp set is only available between August 1 – August 31, 2016. 

Thank you for visiting my blog.  I would love for you to show me a little love by leaving me a comment and then please go to our next artist, {Melissa Robinson's Blog} and see what she has made with this adorable stamp set.

You can purchase this stamp set as well as any of the supplies listed below on my website. 


Supplies Used

7/13/2016

CTMH Exclusive Facebook Group

Do you like to scrapbook, make cards, stamp, or do any kind of papercrafting or mixed media?

If so, then you will want to be a part of my Exclusive Customer Facebook group.  In this group, I will be having fun giveaways, links to projects, tips, videos, artwork, specials, and a forum to share what you are making as well.  It will be a great way for you to Let Me Show You how to use our products and to share ideas and hints with you.

Feel free to invite your friends who might be interested as well.  This group is exclusively for customers. Consultants are welcome to visit my business page.
Here is the link to join the group. Or if you prefer, you can contact me with your email address and I will be happy to send you an invitation to the group instead. 

I am announcing the first giveaway tonight.  You won't want to miss it!

7/10/2016

Discounted Product

Can you believe that 10 years ago I had never picked up a piece of patterned paper or cardstock?  I was a quilter.  I sewed Halloween costumes for my grandkids.  I did not scrapbook or make cards.  It wasn't even on my radar.

Then we had a life change.  My 4th child had become an adult.  He had been diagnosed with Asperger's, a form of autism, at age 16.  So he had never received any treatment and he had now aged out of the system.  Then we moved to Memphis, Tennessee.  

I made the decision not to work outside the home.  I needed to be home with my son while we worked towards independent living.  And I was BORED!  I had worked as a Medical Technologist while I was a single mother for 5 children.  I had always been busy. Now I was remarried and it was just my husband and my son and me.   I needed something to do with my free time.

My daughter had introduced me to scrapbooking.  And then I found stamping.  I loved it!!  I bought a set of alphabets and I stamped.  Then I wanted more.  Beautiful paper and lots of stamps and different color inks.  I needed it all!!

That was when my Close to My Heart Consultant told me about the Consultant Opportunity.  I could sign up as a Consultant and get a 22% discount off of everything!  I could get extra free items based on my purchases.  

I did not want to sell anything.  I just wanted to buy what I wanted.  My Consultant told me that was fine.  There is no requirement that Consultants sell anything.  They even have a name for those Consultants - Hobbyists.

So I signed up 9 years ago for the discount.  And I love getting quality product at a discounted price.  Does this sound good to you? 

If it does, Close to My Heart is offering a great promotion right now for new Consultants.  And you get even MORE free product.


What's even better is that you will receive unreleased product.  Now how fun is that?

The New Consultant Kit is only $75 and it has more product in it.  Plus you get to design your own kit.  You will receive $50 credit to choose which products you want in your kit.  Since we are in a new catalog preview period, you will be able to choose more unreleased product.  


Close to My Heart is offering Opportunity calls this month to answer all of your questions about the Consultant Opportunity.  Whether you are interested in joining to get the discount or you are joining to start a business, consider joining in on this call.


I would love to have you join my team.  If you have any questions, I can be contacted at mkgmt@aol.com.

To sign up as a Consultant, click here.


7/02/2016

July Promotions

I just returned from the Close to My Heart Convention at Walt Disney World.  I was honored to be asked to present at Leadership.

I love the month after Convention because that means a New Consultant Kit premieres with all new product from the 2016/17 Annual Expressions catalog.  (Pictured below)

So what is included in the New Consultant Kit?  First of all you will receive $50 in Product Credit.  You will also receive:

  • Medium Organizer (Z4139)
  • My Acrylix® Block 2" x 6½" (Y1010)
  • My Acrylix® Block 1" x 3½" (Y1002)
  • My Acrylix® Block 2" x 2" (Y1003), 
  • Non-stick Micro-tip Scissors (Z1836), 
  • My Acrylix® Stamp Scrubber (Z1782), 
  • My Acrylix® Spritz Cleaner (1778), 
  • Bonding Memories™ Glue (1512)
  • 3-D Foam Tape (Z1151)
  • Sponge (Z697)
  • Customer Order Forms (W101- 1 pack of 25)
  • Annual Inspirations Idea Books (WC1171 - 5), 
  • Seasonal Expressions 2 Idea Books (WCS1163 - 5), 
  • Cardstock Sampler (W1136)
  • Paper Fundamentals Sampler (W1170)
  • Seasonal Expressions 2 B&T Duos™ Sampler (W1144)
  • A Little Love—Petite Perks Stamp Set (W2035 - 3)
  • Gathering Invitations (W1129 - 1 pack of 25)
  • Desk Pad (W1140 - 1 pack of 50)

This totals about $200 in product for only $75 and you get to personalize your kit with the product you want.  I love this!

This is the month to sign up as a Consultant if you are thinking about joining my team, The Bling Team.  Our July Promotion is called:


With this promotion, New Consultants who sign up during July will receive their choice of a
new Fundamental paper packet bundled together with its coordinating Complements FREE—and that’s in addition to the $50 in Select Product Credit they get for signing up!

This Early Bird Special is an excellent opportunity for those that simply can’t wait to get their hands on the exciting new products coming in Annual Inspirations 2016–2017 idea book.  July is the Consultant Preview month for the Annual Inspirations, meaning that only Consultants can purchase any and all of the new products found in this catalog.

The full retail value of each Fundamentals bundle is $31.90, making your kit worth almost $232.00.

Close to My Heart has set up "Opportunity Calls" to provide more information about the Consultant Opportunity with Close to My Heart.  I welcome questions as well and can be contacted at mkgmt@aol.com.

To sign up as a Consultant and take advantage of the Early Bird Special, click here to find the application.  

7/01/2016

July Stamp of the Month Blog Hop - From the Notebook

Welcome to the July Stamp of the Month 
Blog Hop! 





This month I am following {Cat Nowak's Blog.}   We have 16 Close to My Heart Consultants participating in this month’s Stamp of the Month Blog Hop. If you lose your place while traveling through our blog hop, the complete list of participants can be found here.      

The July Stamp of the Month is entitled From the Notebook (S1607) (Set of 24).   Here is a picture of this stamp set:



This is an awesome stamp for scrapbooking.  I decided to challenge myself and made a card with it.

 Here is my card.






I have had so much fun with our Calypso and Magical Paper packs that I have neglected our new Florence Paper Pack.  So I pulled it out and this is what I came up with.  I used two of the Picture My Life cards from the Florence Paper pack as part of the base of the card.
The From the Notebook Stamp of the Month Stamp Set can be purchased for $17.95 or if you purchase $50 in CTMH products, you can add this stamp set to your order for an additional $5.  This stamp set is only available between July 1 – July 31, 2016. 

Thank you for visiting my blog.  I would love for you to show me a little love by leaving me a comment and then please go to our next artist, {Haley Dyer's Blog} and see what she has made with this adorable stamp set.

You can purchase this stamp set as well as any of the supplies listed below on my website. 


Supplies Used

6/26/2016

July SWAA Magical or Mini Album Blog Hop

Welcome to July's Stampers with an Attitude Blog Hop.    Who are the Stampers with an Attitude?  It is the Close to My Heart team lead by my fabulous upline, Kimberly Moss. This month I am following  {Kim Moss.}  

This month we are the Magical Paper Pack or Mini Album artwork.  Our blog hop is a circular hop.  You just click on the link to the next blog at the bottom of this post and go visit the next blog.  If you get lost, I have all of the participating blogs listed at the bottom of my post.  Hope you enjoy seeing what our team has made for you.

I chose to use the Magical Paper Pack.  This paper pack has 12 different patterned papers to work with and they are all color coordinated.  I love Close to My Heart's new type of paper packs.  They only contain patterned paper, but with such a wonderful selection of small and large prints, I find that I am easily matching patterns with patterns.  Love it!

Right now I am at the Close to My Heart Convention.  For this hop I made this super cute paper purse to give out at roomie gifts at Convention.

Isn't it adorable?






I used the entire Magical paper suite to make this bag.  I will post a few more bags that I made using this paper pack in a couple of days when I return from Convention.


I want to thank you for visiting my blog.  The next very talented artist for you to visit on our blog hop is {Sheila Bennett}. 

Here is the July's Stampers with an Attitude Magical/Mini Album Blog Hop List
You can purchase any of the supplies listed below on my website. 

6/18/2016

I am the Creative Guest Designer at Inspired by All the Little Things


I am super excited to be the Creative Guest Designer today at Inspired by All the Little Things!  I was asked by the extremely talented Karen Day. Karen and I shared Design Team duties a few years back for the Close to My Heart Heart 2 Heart Challenge. And this is our beautiful challenge graphic!


I just love the colors of this camera and all of the glitz.  I wanted to make a card that expressed this.

Did you see the featured tutorial this week from Splitcoast Stampers?  They featured the Starburst Background technique.  I love the way the background spotlights the camera.  I have made cards with this before but I had always placed the "rays" next to each other with no space.  This time I left a little space between each ray and the black glitter paper peeks through giving my card a little more pizzaz.  

The camera is cut out using the Close to My Heart Cricut Artbooking Cartridge.  I used white Glitter paper to make the "burst" shape (also from the Artbooking cartridge) behind the camera to represent the white flash bulb of the camera.  I added aluminum foil to my camera for some shine.  And the hearts I added because I love hearts and glitter!

Thank you for visiting my blog!  Now be sure and head over to the Inspired by All the Little Things blog and see what the Design Team has made for this challenge.  And a big thank you to Karen and the Inspired by All the Little Things Design Team for having me this week!

You can purchase this stamp set as well as any of the supplies listed below on my website. 

Supplies Used