Sunday, July 31, 2011

Last Chance for retiring products

Today is your last chance to order CTMH's retiring products and it is the last day for the great Bang for your Buck promotion.

One of my favorite papers that is retiring is Olivia. Here are a few projects that I made last year using this festive collection...

Click here to see a list of retiring products.

Remember that if you spend $50 today, you will also get to choose
a bonus item for just $1. There are five items to choose from including:
  • Creative Basics® Mistletoe Collection (original retail: $8.95)
  • Creative Basics® Animal Cookies Collection (original retail: $8.95)
  • My Originals® Bits & Pieces Card Kit (original retail: $12.95)
  • My Originals® It’s Your Day Card Kit (original retail: $12.95)
  • My Originals® Around the Holidays Card Kit (original retail: $14.95)

*Offer available July 1–31, 2011. Tax and shipping/handling charges apply. Close To My Heart reserves the right to substitute a comparable promotional item while supplies last. Limit one promotional item per qualifying order.

Click here to place your order for your favorite retiring products. But be sure to place your order before 11pm (Pacific Time) or they will be gone.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Boxed Card Set - My Convention Team Gifts

I always make a fun gift for my Team who attend Convention each year. This year they each received a packet of mini cards and envelopes that I made using our new
Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge, new Dreamin’ paper packet, and two of the new stamp sets that come in the Art Philosophy bundle.

I also made another version of the gift box that was displayed on one of my Extravaganza art boards during my class. The one below uses the new Believe paper packet.

Here are directions using the new Art Philosophy cartridge which will be available to order on August 1st:

Stationery Box:

  1. Cut 4 boxes (box #1 on the overlay mat) at 7".
  2. Trim off the 4 curved petals on each box.
  3. Adhere the flaps of the boxes together.
  4. Adhere all 4 boxes together so that you have one large square with 4 compartments.
  5. Cut 1/2" strip of B&T and wrap around edges.
  1. Cut 4 scallop square cards from Honey cardstock and 4 bracket shaped cards at 2-3/4" from Crystal Blue cardstock.
  2. Cut 4 scallop square borders from Crystal Blue cardstock and 4 bracket borders from Goldrush cardstock at 2-1/4".
  3. Cut 4 White Daisy scallop squares and 4 White Daisy bracket shapes at 2". These will be used to stamp your images.
  4. Stamp images in Cocoa ink from stamp sets that come in the Art Philosophy bundle.
  5. Adhere all layers together for each card.
  1. Cut 8 Colonial White square envelopes at 3-1/2".
  2. Fold envelopes and adhere together.
  3. Stamp patterns in Crystal Blue and Honey ink on flaps.
Final Steps:
Place all cards and envelopes into the sectioned box and slide everything into a square clear box. Clear boxes can be purchased from You can either use a 6-1/8" x 5/8" x 6-1/16" box (fits perfectly) or you can use a 6-1/8" x 1" x 6-1/16" box if you'd like a little more room. You can add shredded paper, confetti, or something else to the back of the larger box to fill it up. Add a Cocoa Grosgrain ribbon bow around the middle of the box to finish it off.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Out with the old, in with the new...

As you may know, Close to my Heart is releasing the new Autumn/Winter 2011 Idea Book on August 1st. To make room for all of the AMAZING new products, we must say good-bye to some of our old favorites. You have until 11pm (Pacific Time) to order your favorite retiring products before they are gone.


2011 Close To My Heart Retiring List

(items on this list are available until July 31st, only while supplies last)

A huge thank you goes out to my sweet friend Christine David for compiling this list and allowing me to use it!

Click here to pick up all your favorites before they are gone!


Retiring Paper

As of August 1st, the majority of bulk cardstock packets (24 sheets) will be retired.
Remaining bulk packets will be increasing in price, so stock up now!

Click here to stock up on your
favorite colors of Cardstock!


Retiring Ink Sets
As of August 1st, ink pad and marker sets will no longer be available.
Complete your ink pad and marker collection today.

Click here to complete your ink
pad and marker collection today!


Z1154 Designer Ribbon Buttercup
Z1209 Designer Ribbon Cranberry
Z1125 Designer Ribbon SweetLeaf
Z1223 DEs Booksmart
Z1156 DEs Borders
Z1140 DEs Framed Fun
Z1312 DEs Stars
Z648 Emb Powder Baby Pink
Z671 Emb Powder Clear
Z647 Emb Powder Heavenly Blue
Z664 Emb Powder Pansy Purple
Z678 Emb Powder Silver Pearl
Z1400 Fanfare Ll 2 Assort (brads)
Z263 Fun Flock White
Z1354 Irresistibles Miracle

Z1390 Irresistibles™ Villa
Z1300 Just Blooms White Daisy
Z1377 Kraft Color-Ready Borders
Z1166 Mini Album Cream
Z1340 Mini Medley Lagoon
Z1277 Mini Medley Outdoor Denim
Z1339 Mini Medley Pear
Z1243 Mini Medley Pewter
Z1141 My Creations Mini-Binder
Z1009 Pivot Point Stapler
Z1231 Rub-ons Across The Board
Z1265 Rub-ons Primavera
Z1211 Top Coats Framed In
ALL DEs Monogram

Z1021 Envelope Flats 2 1/2" x 3 1/2"
Z1022 Envelope Flats 3" x 3"
Z1023 Envelope Flats 3" x 4 3/4"
Z1024 Envelope Flats 4" x 4"
Z1244 Envelope Flats 4 1/2" x 4 1/2"
Z1025 Envelope Flats 5" x 5"
Z1026 Envelope Flats 5" x 7"
Z1027 Envelope Flats 5 1/2" x 4 3/4"
Z1028 Envelope Flats 6" x 6"
Z1029 Envelope Flats 8" x 3 1/2"

Z338 Euro Paper Trimmer
Z339 Euro Replacement Blades
Z340 Euro Replacement Blade/Scoring
3501 Red Eye Pen
Z1289 Block Buddy Set
Z1090 Texture Tools
Z263 Fun Flock
Z185 My Accents Block Organizer

Click here to order your must have accessories!

My Reflections Kits

Retiring My Reflections Kits

All Level 1 Kits!

X7132A Bliss Level 1
X7132B Bliss Level 2
X7132C Bliss Stickease
X7133A Miracle Level 1
X7133B Miracle Level 2
X7133C Miracle Stickease
X7134A Sweetheart Level 1
X7134B Sweetheart Level 2
X7134C Sweetheart Stickease
X7135A Wings Level 1
X7135B Wings Level 2
X7135C Wings Stickease
X7127A Magnifique Level 1
X7127B Magnifique Level 2
X7127C Magnifique Stickease
X7128A Olivia Level 1
X7128B Olivia Level 2
X7128C Olivia Stickease
X7129A Hooligans Level 1
X7129B Hooligans Level 2
X7129C Hooligans Stickease
X7130A Mistletoe Level 1
X7130B Mistletoe Level 2
X7130C Mistletoe Stickease

Click here to order these My Reflections Kits before they retire!

Workshops on the Go Kits

Workshops on the Go
The following Workshops on the Go's will retired at the end of August.
Order them now or plan ahead to make sure you don't miss out.

G1023 Miracle Workshohp Kit
G1022 Mayberry Workshop Kit
G1021 Fanfare Workshop Kit
G1020 Bliss Workshop Kit
G1019 Sophia Workshop Kit
G1018 Lucky Workshop Kit
G1017 Sweetheart Workshop Kit
G1016 Wings Workshop Kit

Click here to add a Workshop on the Go or two to your order!


Retiring Blocks

Y1001 1" x 1 1/2" Block
Y1004 2 1/2" x 2 1/2" Block
Y1005 1" x 6 1/2" Block
Y1007 2" x 11" Block
Y1011 4 1/2" x 6 1/2" Block
Y1500 Block Starter Kit

Click here to buy these blocks
before they are gone!

Stamp Sets

Retiring Stamp Sets
B1313 Merry Pursuits
B1319 Four Seasons
B1325 Welcome Baby
B1333 Merry Monsters
C1292 Tropical Christmas
C1318 Best Wishes
C1324 Spooky Smiles
C1328 Festive Frills
C1333 Spooky Night
C1340 Aspiration
C1342 Damask Tiles
C1350 Dainty Thoughts
C1353 Gear Up
C1354 Robot Power
C1361 Buttoned Together
C1362 Youre a Hoot
C1366 Fringed Phrases
C1371 Holiday Jingle
C1372 Grateful Hearts
C1373 In the Game-Hockey
C1374 Spellbound
C1375 In the Game-Football
C1376 Stocking Style
C1377 Christmas Story
C1378 Heartfelt Christmas
C1380 Judiac Commentary
C1381 Card Chatter -Thank you
C1384 Neighborhood
C1386 Boys at Play
C1387 Playin Hard
C1391 Embrace Life
C1394 Candlelight
C1398 Love You Forever
C1402 In the Month of January
C1406 Hit the Spot
C1421 The Boo Crew
C1426 Thanksgiving
C1428 Ice Crystals
C1430 In the Month of September
C1431 In the Month of October
C1432 In the Month of November
C1433 In the Month of December
C1434 School Rules
D1166 Vintage Christmas
D1171 New Fallen Snow
D1177 No Peeking
D1224 Holiday Joy
D1225 Jingle Borders
D1226 Magical Season
D1243 Peace on Earth
D1244 Snow Friends
D1257 Make It Count
D1258 Friendship Word Puzzle
D1265 Gracious Greetings
D1266 Baby Steps
D1280 Spot On Backgrounds
D1299 Thoughtful Seasons
D1305 Gloria
D1315 Evergreen
D1317 Feathery Flakes
D1319 Creepy Cobwebs
D1324 Christmas Melodies
D1326 Season of Splendor
D1332 Boutique Borders
D1333 Wishing Star
D1335 Intrinsic Backgrounds
D1339 Moments in Time
D1347 Confidential
D1349 Be Yourself May
D1350 Tender Tags
D1352 It’s Your Day
D1354 Endless Friendship
D1355 Gracious Greeting-F.
D1356 Gracious Greetings-S.
D1359 Comments
D1363 Picture Perfect
D1365 True Happiness
D1366 Holiday Trinkets
D1369 Delightful Things
D1370 Welcome Home
D1371 Many Thanks
D1372 Grown with Love
D1374 Ms. Holiday Cheer
D1375 Treasures
D1376 Holiday Warmth
D1379 Flourished Blessings
D1380 Just for the Holidays
D1381 Beware
D1382 Holiday Hoopla
D1383 Santas List
D1385 Good Work
D1393 Flourished Blessings-F.
D1395 Flourished Blessings-S.
D1406 True Friends
D1416 State of Mind
D1421 Cherish the Moment
D1422 Wonderful Friend
D1423 Happy Forever
D1424 Something Splendid
D1428 Happy Journey
D1433 My Game
D1439 Spook Alley
D1450 Beautiful Day

Click here to snatch your must have stamp sets before they are gone!

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Topiary using the new Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge

I had the honor of teaching a 3-D class on the new CTMH Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge at the Close to my Heart Convention last week! This is one of the projects I made for the class. I used one of the incredible 3-D flower images on the cartridge to make this topiary. I cut a bunch of flowers out at 3-1/2" and some at 4-1/2". Some of them were cut from Honey cardstock and some were cut from White Daisy cardstock. I inked the White Daisy flowers with Honey ink on the edges with a sponge dauber before I rolled them. Then I rolled each one starting from the outside going in and held them together them with some Aleen's Tacky Glue. Each flower was attached to a styrofoam ball with a pearl tipped pin.

I wrapped a wooden dowel with some floral tape and added it to the bottom of the ball. I put some more styrofoam in the bottom of the metal white container and stuck the wrapped dowel inside. A little Colonial White and Honey ribbon was added to the base of the ball to dress it up a bit.

The new CTMH Idea Book has lots of fun new Mini-Medley Assortment packs. I used the metal plate in the Honey Mini-Medley Collection on the container. It was soft enough to bend so that it would fit nicely around the curve of the container. I stamped a sentiment from the November Stamp of the Month and attached it behind the metal plate. Then I attached the plate with some Velcro so that the sentiment could be changed for different occasions.

Stay tuned for more sneak peek projects using new CTMH products!

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Convention Video and Consultant Opportunity

If you were able to join us this year at the CTMH Convention, then you know how FABULOUS it was! If not, I’d like to share a video with you that shows a small part of the wonderful time we all had...

If you would like to join us in Dallas for next year’s Convention, all you need to do is sign up to become a CTMH Consultant. If you are interested in getting a great discount on top quality products and gaining access to sooooo many more benefits, including the opportunity to join us for our next Convention, click here to join my team today. I will be posting more info on the new Consultant Kit soon, but you are welcome to contact me in the meantime with any questions you may have. I’d love to chat with you more about the benefits of being a Customer Consultant, a Hobbyist, or a Business Builder. The choice is yours!

Friday, July 22, 2011

Convention Gifts and Artwork

I am FINALLY back from my whirlwind trip and ready to share some more fun Convention photos with you. I have a little sneak peek of the artwork I created for the 3-D Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge Class that I taught. I promise to post more detailed close-up photos soon. (You can click on these photos to see them larger.)

I have to share all of the amazingly wonderful gifts I received at Convention as well. Look at all of this loot! (I forgot to take a picture of the adorable personalized Mickey ears that I got at the Directors’ Dinner and the cute flower pin that Denise made for me.)

A super cute Disney journal from my 4th upline Debbie Fournier.
Just look at the cute bow on Minnie!

An adorable mini stamp set designed and signed by Jeanette herself.

A super cute notebook from my DL and roomie Vanessa Garcia.

My sweet friend Mandy Leahy gave me this awesome bag of goodies. I’d show you the contents, but I used/ate a lot of them before I could take a picture of the contents. LOL! Check out the darling flower clip she made. LOVE IT!!!

I love this super blingy (is that a word?) Mickey key necklace from my friend Bren Yule.
I got so many compliments on it at Convention. Look at the cute bag and Sticky Boy tag she made too.

My upline Denise Anderson-Turley gave me this super cool journal and...

...this cool handmade bag filled with goodies.

This adorable clip and card are from my 3rd upline Sheri Rottler.
How cute is that card and I can think of a ton of things that I want to do with the clip. *Ü*

My awesome friend, DL and roomie Christine Adams gave me this sweet wand and some candy boxes that she made for her Extravaganza class. (She taught the same class that I did! We had a ton of fun.) It was all I could do to keep this little beauty away from my 4-year old daughter when I got home. She said it was a REAL Princess wand and she really should have it. Ummm....nope!

I won a bag full of fabulous embellishment goodies at the closing crop.
If you look closely, you might find some new products in there. (wink, wink)

I cannot wait until next year’s Convention in Dallas. I think I may have to bring a separate suitcase just to bring home all of the goodies from my dear friends and team!

Sunday, July 17, 2011

More Convention Photos

Wow! What an incredible week it has been! Convention is over and I am finally (somewhat) rested. I have soooo much to share. The new policies, procedures, and products are all so exciting that I can hardly stand it. While I am still at the Disneyland Hotel (my hubby and kiddos are meeting me here today for a short family vacation) I won't be able to share too much with you, but when I get home at the end of the week, I will share more.

I was privileged to be able to share my room with my downline Maria, Vanessa, and Christine. (Just look at those hotties!)

I also had 2 more downline attend this year including Noelle and Lisa. This photo was taken at the awards banquet.
I was honored and humbled to receive an award this year for Team Building. I came in 6th place for recruiting. Thank you to those who joined my team. You are all responsible for this award! xoxo

My sweet friend Christine David and me at the Awards Reception!
(This gal is the Recruiting Queen!)
Sheri Rottler is my 3rd upline and she is one of the kindest people you'll ever meet! Love ya Sheri!

I am VERY proud to share with you that my close friend and downline Christine Adams was selected to be on the Advisory Board! What an honor! They couldn't have chosen a better person! Congrats my friend!
A trip to Disney wouldn't be complete without a visit with Goofy! Christine and I were thrilled that we had the chance to see him.
I am off to get ready for my family's arrival. I'll post more when I get home at the end of the week. (Yes, I will post some artwork. I promise!)

Friday, July 15, 2011

New CTMH Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge Info

Did you guess what the awesome new product is yet? Yes, we are getting an exclusive Cricut Cartridge! I taught a class yesterday on the new CTMH Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge and let me tell you that is is AWESOME!!! I have been playing with it for the past two months and I can't wait to share all of the fantastic details with you. You can watch the video below to get some of the details, but I plan to post more info over the next few weeks with the artwork that I created for my class.

This awesome new product will be available to purchase on August 1st and if you would like to get it at a discount, you can host a Home Gathering and earn it as part of your 1/2 price hostess rewards, or sign up to become a Consultant and order it NOW!

Gotta run...I'll post more later.

Convention Day 1

Boy oh boy, am I having fun! The first 2 days of Convention (Leadership Day and Day 1) have been jam packed with great inspiration. I am sorry that I haven't posted until now. I have been going and going and going like the Energizer Bunny! (I am pretty exhausted already!) I have a copy of the new Idea Book in my hot little hands and I CANNOT wait to share it with you on August 1st! There are some fantastic new products, an awesome New Consultant Kit, fabulous new hostess rewards, and great LOWER PRICES! Stay tuned for more details...
Here are a few photos from Day 1.

My sweet friend and downline Christine Adams and Me on Leadership Day.

Amy McGrew and I sneaked up on stage for a quick picture before General Session started.

Cinderella and her Prince Charming made a special appearance.

A quick photo just before the Extravaganza class I taught.
(Can you tell what that class topic was? It's an awesome new product!!!!)

Corina and me just before Extravaganza started. (Aren't the teacher aprons cute?)

Me with two of my fabulous downline (Christine Adams and Noelle Catiller.)

Tresa Black and Me just after Extravaganza was over. (We got to keep our cool signs.)
Check out my class title. Yes, we are getting an INCREDIBLE new product! I can't wait to share some of my artwork with you! Stay tuned...

Denise Anderson-Turley and me at the Directors Dinner!

A fun night at California Adventure was part of the Directors Dinner!
Have a great day! I'll try to post more tonight.