Tuesday, July 15, 2014

So grateful for CTMH - (a Peek into my Personal Life)

I don't have a project to share with you today, but a little personal story I'd like to share instead. I am blessed beyond belief to have such a wonderful husband and two fabulous kiddos. My son is 10 (almost 11) and my daughter is 7 (almost 8.) My sweet daughter has been struggling with some pretty severe anxiety issues and panic attacks since March. She struggles with going out to public places like restaurants, school, certain stores, and anywhere that might be crowded. She has not been eating much and has lost weight, which concerns the doctors because she is already a bit underweight. It got so bad that we had to pull her out of school in April and she had to finish off her 1st grade school year at home.

We have been meeting with a psychologist weekly since April to help with her anxiety and eating issues. While this psychologist has been wonderful working with my son, who was diagnosed with high functioning autism 3 years ago, my daughter hasn't made much progress. In fact, in some ways it has been worse. So, I decided to do some research to see if I could find someone else who uses a different approach. I found a therapist who specializes in play therapy and art therapy to help children with anxiety. (My daughter loves art, so I thought this might be a good approach to try.) We met with the therapist a few days ago. The two of them really clicked and after a lot of talking and praying, we have decided to start seeing her weekly in hopes that she will help my daughter prepare to go back to school next month. The only down side is that our insurance doesn't cover it. However, because of my Close to my Heart business, we are able to pay for it!

When I signed up with Close to my Heart almost 10 years ago, I did it mainly to get a discount on my own crafting supplies. Then after a few years, I was able to make enough money to pay for my paper crafting supplies so I didn't have to dip into our personal checking account every time I wanted to buy something. Now, almost 10 years later, I am blessed to be making enough money to pay for my daughter's much needed therapy. I am so grateful for the opportunities that CTMH has provided to me and my family!

I know everyone can use a little extra money each month. How would you use an extra $500 or $1,000 each month? Would you use it to buy more paper crafting supplies, save it to take your family on a fun vacation, or use it to help a child who is in need of special therapy that is not covered by insurance?

Feel free to contact me if you'd like some information on turning your hobby into a lucrative business like I did. You can also find some great FAQs about signing up with CTMH here. Or if you are excited to start your journey now, you can find the online application here.

Whatever your reason for wanting to become a CTMH Consultant, I pray that you will be blessed as much as I have been! *Ü*

Friday, July 11, 2014

July Stamp of the Month and TWO New Consultant Kits

July Stamp of the Month

Your artwork can really put on a show with the July Stamp of the Month, Circus Alphabet, available during this month only. When you place an order of $50 or more, you can get this amusing set for just $5—and we're not clowning around! The artistic possibilities of this set reach far beyond simple lettering: its fancy acrobatics also work for stunning backgrounds and eye-catching embellishments. Such a fun stamp set is yours if you act soon on this jumbo deal!

Watch this video for some fun ways to use this adorable stamp set!

With a minimum qualifying purchase, get your D-size Stamp of the Month set for just $5.00! Add the stamp set to your cart on this page at full retail price or, with your qualifying order, add it at checkout for the promotional price.

Spend:  $50.00  No purchase required
You pay only:  $5.00   $17.95 (full retail) 

Click here to order your July Stamp of the Month.

New Consultant Kits are here!

Choose from two new kits containing all new products!

Do you love Close to my Heart products? Would you like to get a discount on every order you place? How about turning your hobby into a lucrative business?

If you answered yes to at least one of those questions, you might want to consider joining the CTMH family! When you sign up as CTMH Consultant this month, not only will you have access to all of the new products that are not even released yet, but you will get to choose from two different New Consultant kits! One is geared towards the scrapbooker and one is geared towards the cardmaker. 

For just $99, you can get over $365 worth of brand new CTMH goodies! Feel free to visit the New Consultant FAQ page here or contact me for more information.

I would love to have you on my team whether you would like to be a Hobbyist and just get the products at a discount for yourself or if you'd like to build a business and make some extra money doing something you love. There is a place for everyone here at Close to my Heart!

Want more information? Click here to see FAQs.
Have more questions? Click here to contact me. 
Ready to sign up? Click here to sign up online.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Prep Time...

I am currently prepping my monthly project kits. It's a lot of work, but so worth it! Nothing makes me happier than mailing out tons of project kits each month to eagerly awaiting crafters around the country!

450 leaves cut...1520 flowers to go! I am very thankful for my wonderful Cricut Explore right now!

Hope you are all working on some fun projects tonight too!

Friday, July 4, 2014

Give Thanks Framed Artwork for Operation Smile

I was honored to be asked to do a presentation at the Close to my Heart Convention last week. One of the highlights of presenting my artwork was that I got to donate one of my projects to a special live auction that CTMH does each year to raise money for Operation Smile. This is an incredible organization that provides surgeries to children across the world who have a cleft lip or palate.

The project that I donated was a framed piece of 12" x 12" artwork of a fall-themed tree scene. I cut the tree using the Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge. I brought the tree image into Design Space and added some extra branches and welded them to the tree. Then I cut the image 5 times from Chocolate cardstock and layered them on top of each other to give it some dimension. I did the same thing with the "Give Thanks" sentiment that was cut from the Artiste cartridge and then added some 3-D Foam Tape to the back. (The frame is a little sneak peek of a new CTMH product coming out that I know you will love!) Since the frame is more of a shadow box, I wanted my artwork to have some dimension.

The leaves were also cut from the Art Philosophy cartridge. Each leaf was cut twice. The back of each leaf was cut from Chocolate cardstock and the front was cut from either Goldrush, Olive, or the new Pathfinding patterned paper, which will be released on August 1st. (Since the front layer of the leaves is really intricate, I suggest cutting it on the Explore machine if you have one. It does a much better job with tiny, fancy cuts.) I adhered the two leaf layers together and then added them to the tree. Some of them were adhered with 3-D Foam Tape and some were adhered with Bonding Memories Glue.

The adorable little owl, squirrel, and pumpkin are from the new Pathfinding Dimensional Elements Compliments, which will also be released on August 1st.

I am amazed that my simple, humble artwork sold for $350 which is more than enough for one surgery!!! Yay! Thank you to everyone who bid on it! I am overjoyed that one child will receive the surgery that he/she desperately needs because of your generosity!

I will be sharing more of the artwork that I created for my presentation, so be sure to visit my blog again soon!. In the meantime, here are a few photos that were taking during and after my presentation. 

I was privileged to present with my friends and fellow Consultants Beckie Lehman, Pamela O’Conner, and Brenda Rose. A huge shout out to these amazingly talented and creative gals

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

July Project Kit - Jubilee Boxed Card Set

July’s Creative Club will be held on Thursday, July 17th at 7pm. We will be creating a boxed card set using the beautiful Jubilee papers and Cricut cut flowers.

The project kit is just $30 and includes all of the following: 
Additional products needed to complete this project:
3-D Foam Tape
Ink Pads: Chocolate, Honey
Spong Dauber
Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge (optional - Kit comes with all pieces pre-cut, but you will need the cartridge if you would like to make more in the future.)
Damask Embossing Folder and embossing machine

Add additional kits without the stamp set for just $15 more!

You will make this adorable box and 2 each of 3 card designs (6 cards total) with coordinating envelopes to go inside. 

The first card contains (5) 3-D flowers and opens in a unique way. 

The second card is sweet and simple with (3) small 3-D flowers and a sentiment of your choice.

The third card contains an elegant embossed panel with an open space to stamp your sentiment.

You will also learn how to add flair to your envelopes by lining the flaps on the outside.

Contact me for more information or to sign up for this month’s class. Please contact me no later than July 8th if you would like to join us for the class. 

Kits ordered before 7/8 will be mailed by 7/21.
Kits ordered after 7/8 will be mailed within 2 weeks.
All kits/classes need to be paid for in advance.
Thank you for understanding.

To order a kit(s), you may either send me a check or pay securely online with a credit card or your PayPal account by using the PayPal “Add to Cart” buttons below. Be sure to use the drop down menu to choose your kit options. (If you would like your kit(s) shipped, please choose the shipped option. $5 will be added for shipping to US addresses. If you are ordering a kit from another country, please contact me for shipping costs.)

Jubilee Card Set Pricing
1 kit with 1 stamp set - $30
2 kits with 1 stamp set - $45
3 kits with 1 stamp set - $60
4 kits with 1 stamp set - $75
5 kits with 1 stamp set - $90

July Kit - Jubilee Card Set - Local pick up

July Kit - Jubilee Card Set - Shipped ($5 will be added for shipping to US addresses)

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

2014 CTMH Convention Update

Oh my goodness! Did I ever have a good time at the 2014 Close to my Heart Convention last week! I was planning to pop in and share all of the CTMH goodness with you as it happened, but I ended up being so busy that by the time I came back to my hotel room each night, I fell asleep before I could get anything posted! I have lots to share, so check back as I won't be able to share it all in one post.

I love Disneyland and was thrilled that this year's Convention was at the DL Hotel. Seeing Mickey and Minnie is always a highlight for me. (I know I am 44 years old, but there is something about these two mice that always make me feel like I am a kid again!)

Another fun thing about Convention is seeing my old friends and making new ones! I was overwhelmed by the gifts I received from so many Consultants! I will have to take photos of each one of the amazing handmade gifts I received and post them for you to see!

I also gave a few little gifties to my team members who attended. (I always give my team something fun each year.) I posted a photo before I left of the outside, but thought I'd share what I put inside. I stamped one of our muslin drawstring bags with the cute Joyful Wishes stamp in Chocolate ink. I filled it with a base and bling necklace with our team name “Paper Trufflez.” Being the “Paper Trufflez” team, I just had to include an actual chocolate truffle. LOL! Each gift included a hand written card which I embossed using the quatrefoil embossing folder, and stamped with the Crafted with Love stamp set.  I also added a Cricut cut flower pin with each team member’s name which they could wear on their Convention name tag.

We made lots of fun projects during the create and take sessions using new products and even got a WHOLE BUNCH of new products to take home! I will post the artwork we made throughout the week, but these cards were among my favorites because they were quick and simple and used our new markers, which I love!!! (They blend like a dream.)

The business classes and the create and take sessions are always so fun and informative! I also enjoy the awards banquet each year. The food is to die for, the entertainment is fabulous, and cheering on my fellow Consultants who are honored for their hard work is always extra special. I was honored to receive an award this year for 5th place in recruiting in the United States. I have the best team and love watching them grow. Recruiting is something that makes me happy, happy, happy! Thank you to all of my team members who helped me earn this award!

I have so much more to share, but will do it in another post. Stop by tomorrow for more fun Convention updates, including photos of some of the artwork that I created to share during the Product Showcase presentation.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Retiring List, Convention, and Team Gifties

Hi Everyone! I am sorry that I have been MIA for a while. I have been hiding out while creating some secret projects for the 2014 Close to my Heart Convention! Did I mention that I am leaving TOMORROW for Convention? Woo-Hoo! Convention is the highlight of each year because I get to see all of my awesome CTMH family/friends, get the new Idea Book, play with new products, and I get a chance to spoil my team members who attend.

This year I made each of my team members a little goodie bag using one of our muslin drawstring bags. I will share the details and the contents of the bag later this week. (I don't want to spoil it for any of my gals who may see this post.) Check back throughout the week as I share photos from CTMH's Convention!

One of the great things about getting a new Idea Book is that there are lots of fun new products released! However, to make room for all of the new goodies, CTMH has to retire some of the old favorites. Everything on the retired list will be available to order through the end of July or while supplies last, so if there is anything you have been eyeing, you may want to order it now.

Here is the list of items that will be retiring:

Item # Description
Z1789 Chalkboard 12" x 12" Sheet, Adhesive-backed
Z1832 Spinner
Z1843 Irresistibles™ Frames
Z1844 Color-Ready Trinkets Wooden Shapes 
Z1858 Irresistibles™ Hexagons
Z1863 Color-Ready Midtown Cork Shapes
X7170C Laughing Lola Complements Dimensional Elements
X7171C Sarita My Stickease® Assortment 
X7172C ProPlayer My Stickease® Assortment 
X7173C Babycakes Complements Canvas Shapes
X7177C Skylark Dimensional Elements Complements
X7178C Ivy Lane My Stickease® Assortment
X7179C Ariana Dimensional Elements Complements
X7180C Balloon Ride Dimensional Elements Complements
X7181C Jubilee Dimensional Elements Complements
X7182C Timberline My Stickease® Assortment
X7183C Lollydoodle My Stickease® Assortment
Z1039 Create A Shade Pearl Paint
Z1825 Keyboard Kraft Alphabet
Z1835 Tiny Type Epoxy Alphabet
Z1961 Marquee Enamel Shapes–White
Z1891 Base & Bling Teal Jewels
Z1892 Base & Bling Black Jewels
Z1893 Base & Bling Red Jewels
Z1894 Base & Bling Pink Jewels
Z1895 Base & Bling Purple Jewels
Z1854 Laughing Lola Assortment
Z1869 Babycakes Assortment
Z1873 Sarita Assortment
Z1879 ProPlayer Assortment
Z3000 Skylark Assortment
Z3001 Ivy Lane Assortment
Z3002 Ariana Assortment
Z3003 Balloon Ride Assortment
Z3004 Jubilee Assortment
Z3005 Timberline Assortment
Z3006 Lollydoodle Assortment
Z1837 Mini-Medley Accents Wooden Collection
Z1702 Baker's Twine Paradise Assortment
Z1751 Harvest Baker's Twine
Z1760 Burlap Ribbon
Z1808 Outdoor Denim Chevron Ribbon
Z1817 Slate Polka-Dot Washi Tape
Z1826 Hollyhock Zipper Lace
Z1846 Ruby Chevron Ribbon
Z1850 Lagoon Houndstooth Washi Tape
Z1867 Jute Ribbon
Z1917 Lagoon Zipper Lace
Z1930 Chocolate Woodgrain Washi Tape
Z1343 12 x 12 Post Bound Album- Cranberry
Z1344 12 x 12 Post Bound Album- Hollyhock
Z1345 12 x 12 Post Bound Album- Black
Z1348 WIP 12x12 Album- Chocolate
Z1911 Designed Décor Frame Kit
Z1874 Base & Bling Necklace 
Z1875 Base & Bling Cuff 
Z1876 Base & Bling Hair Clips
Z1877 Base & Bling Rings
Z1878 Base & Bling Headband
Z1195 My Creations Memory Showcase 6x6
Z1647 My Creations® Card Box
Z1797 My Creations® Bracket Frame
Z1868 My Creations® Kraft Ring Box
Z1870 My Creations® Kraft Pocket Album
X1404 TrueFitFolios(5)
Z1820 For Always Textiles 
Z1885 Sarita Textiles
Z1970 Skylark Textiles
Z1971 Jubilee Textiles
Z1801 Alcohol Blending Marker
Z2400 Marker Set: Twilight
Z2401 Marker Set: Crystal Blue
Z2402 Marker Set: Sky
Z2403 Marker Set: Juniper
Z2404 Marker Set: Sweet Leaf
Z2405 Marker Set: Buttercup
Z2406 Marker Set: Creme Brulee
Z2407 Marker Set: Sorbet
Z2408 Marker Set: Blush
Z2409 Marker Set: Smoothie
Z2410 Marker Set: Gypsy
Z2411 Marker Set: Pacifica
Z2412 Marker Set: Lagoon
Z2413 Marker Set: Topiary
Z2414 Marker Set: Pear
Z2415 Marker Set: Honey
Z2416 Marker Set: Sunset
Z2417 Marker Set: Cotton Candy
Z2418 Marker Set: Hollyhock
Z2419 Marker Set: Cranberry
Z2420 Marker Set: Smokey Plum
Z2421 Marker Set: Outdoor Denim
Z2422 Marker Set: Indian Corn Blue
Z2423 Marker Set: Ponderosa Pine
Z2424 Marker Set: New England Ivy
Z2425 Marker Set: Olive
Z2426 Marker Set: Goldrush
Z2427 Marker Set: Autumn Terracotta
Z2428 Marker Set: Barn Red
Z2429 Marker Set: Ruby
Z2430 Marker Set: Black
Z2431 Marker Set: Slate
Z2432 Marker Set: Whisper
Z2206 Reinker Blush
Z2210 Reinker Buttercup
Z2260 Reinker Twilight
Z2267 Reinker Crème Brulee
Z2294 Reinker Sky                                                                                          
Z2106 Stamp Pad Blush
Z2110 Stamp Pad .Buttercup
Z2160 Stamp Pad Twilight
Z2167 Stamp Pad Crème Brulee
Z2194 Stamp Pad Sky                                                                                        
Z2500 Whimsy Mini Pigment Set
Z4133 Marker Tower
1271 Cardstock 12x12 Buttercup
X5640 Cardstock 12x12 Blush
X5666 Cardstock 12x12 Twilight
X5754 Cardstock 12x12 Creme Brulee
X5761 Cardstock 12x12 Sky                                                                                  
X5936 Whimsy Cardstock Combo
X7170B Laughing Lola Paper Packet
X7171B Sarita Paper Packet
X7172B ProPlayer Paper Packet
X7173B Babycakes Paper Packet
X7177B Skylark Paper Packet
X7178B Ivy Lane Paper Packet
X7179B Ariana Paper Packet
X7180B Balloon Ride Paper Packet
X7181B Jubilee Paper Packet
X7182B Timberline Paper Packet
X7183B Lollydoodle Paper Packet
1514 Tombow Adhesive
1515 Tombow Adhesive Refill
Z1311 Circle Punch 1 1/4                                                                                  
Z338 Euro Personal Paper Trimmer
Z1114 Piercing Tool Kit
A1130 Quick Cards-Bountiful Season
A1143 Teddy Bear Birthday
A1144 Birthday Cheer
A1145 Flowering Thanks
A1158 Doodle Signs
A1160 This Is Good
B1407 School Is Here
B1411 Greek Alphabet
B1425 Stitched with Love
B1426 Pick a Posy
B1446 Some Bunny
B1447 A Mother's Love
B1448 My Hero
B1451 Enjoy the Little Things
C1473 Remarkable Wreath
C1510 Merry & Bright
C1524 Words of Comfort
C1555 Count Your Blessings
C1563 Cityscape
C1572 On Holiday (Australia Only)
D1483 Glory To God
D1514 Just a Number
D1551 Swirls Around
D1557 Candyland
D1564 Maximum Power
D1583 Unicorn Dreams

G1072 Workshops on the Go® Skylark Kit
G1073 Workshops on the Go® Ivy Lane Kit
G1074 Workshops on the Go® Ariana Kit
G1075 Workshops on the Go® Balloon Ride Kit
G1076 Workshops on the Go® Jubilee Kit
G1077 Workshops on the Go® Timberline Kit
G1078 Workshops on the Go® Lollydoodle Kit
G1079 Workshops on the Go® Ivy Lane Cardmaking Kit
G1080 Workshops on the Go® Lollydoodle Cardmaking Kit

Click here if you'd like to place an order for any of the retiring products.