Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Close To My Heart Scrapbooking

I started scrapbooking many many years ago.  I, like so many others, was invited to a "home party" and was told to bring 3 pictures and be ready to be hooked for life.  So, off I tootled to that party, pictures in hand and guess what...I was hooked for life!  It was a Creative Memories party hosted by a teacher where DH works and the consultant was a fellow teacher.  I spent a small fortune!  Cover sets, papers, tools...those border and circle/oval cutters, that corner rounder that I STILL use.  Even my current CTMH students know that if you want the best corner rounder use the 2 color blue one.  :o)

But things change.  I made several albums and then I discovered card making.  I was introduced to Close To My Heart via a friend and another home gathering.  Oh wow... what terrific goodies.  Beautiful, high quality papers, white core card stock that I can distress and age, STAMPS and inks that feed both my scrapbooking and card making addiction.  I spent yet another fortune on stamps, inks and those terrific acrylic blocks.  I thought, wonderful...now I don't have to worry about storing those bulky wood blocks anymore. 

When it came time to make the decision to start my own paper crafting business, the decision was easy.  I went with Close To My Heart.  They had everything.  Card making and scrapbooking supplies, all kinds of tools, ultra high quality products and those stamps.  :o)  The compensation plan was great, the discount was great and even better was the solid foundation that Jeanette Lynton had built for CTMH.  Faster, Simpler, Easier...Let me show you how... were all mantras that soon began to roll off my tongue. 

This is a scrapbook layout that I recently did as the opening page of my Convention 2013 Album Contest entry.  There are so many goodies packed into this layout...items from the Cricut Cartridges, color coordinated papers, embellishments, stamping and the all important journaling.  Close To My Heart truly does help you to create beautiful scrapbook albums.

I've been on my scrapbooking journey for at least 15 years and a Close To My Heart Consultant for five.  I have never looked back.  I have never regretted either a CM or a CTMH purchase.  Times change.  The gals that initially got me started all those years ago have both left DH's school, but would you believe we still remain in communication!  Close To My Heart has given me the opportunity to meet so many wonderful people.  CTMH has helped me grow as an artist and has helped me grow as a person.  Don't be afraid of change.  Give CTMH a try.  Let me help you meet new people and expand your horizons.  Visit my website for more information.  For Now, Happy Crafting!

Monday, July 29, 2013

Be A Close To My Heart Consultant

When I became a Close To My Heart Consultant, I had no clue where the decision would lead me.  Five years and all I have to say is what a happy path I've been on.  I have met so many wonderful people, enjoyed the excitement of several CTMH events and grown as an artist and person.

Saturday, the Saving Memories Team, along with our fearless leader from the Paper Dolls held a wonderful team meeting at my Studio.  I was truly reminded of the friendships and opportunities that Close To My Heart has been directly responsible for creating.  And, in honor of that event, I've created this card featuring yet another sneak peek at new product that will be available in just a few days.

The paper is from one of the new paper packets called Laughing Lola, the Stamp is new and see that strip at the bottom???  That is a new CTMH punch!

Pictured here are a several of the team members busy working on one of the projects from the Creative Session.  We also discussed business along with a lot of laughter, food and fun.  The Memory Savers are a great team of dedicated gals who enjoy each others company.  We are active and support one another.  You'll never feel alone as a Consultant.  If this is the kind of opportunity you are looking for...whether it be just to get the discount on great product or to actually start your own business, contact me.  For $49.00 you can get started with the Consultant Kit that contains approximately $150 in product.  Email me for more information.  For Now, Happy Crafting!

Thursday, July 25, 2013

CTMH Artbooking Cricut Cartridge

Oh, am I ever loving the soon to be released CTMH Artbooking Cricut Cartridge!  I spent some more time yesterday playing with it and it is really amazing.  Prior to the 2013 Convention, there was a post from Close To My Heart that indicated that something that was going to be unveiled at Convention was "ground breaking."  Well, let me tell you, it is this cartridge.  You know how so many times, you are working on a layout and you waste paper because you misjudged the size of your image or title?  Admit it, we've all done it... :o)  With Artbooking, you will no longer waste that time and paper!  Contained right on the pages of the booklet, are full scrapbook layouts with the mats, titles and embellishments designed to fit.  A few simple cuts and you have a layout.  There are also several mini books that are set up the same way.
I guess I am still on Convention mode, but this is a layout I did yesterday.  It features some fun pictures from Disney.  The best thing is that short of the stamped stitching along the sides (Stitched Together C1459) everything is done with the products contained in the Artbooking Cricut Package.  Even the title stamp and the stamped arrows are from the package.  How can you argue with that. 

Artbooking will be available to the general public in just a few days (August 1st.)  I know that everyone is going to love it as much as I do.  For Now, Happy Crafting!

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

CTMH Convention 2013 Highlights

Hi Everyone!  Look what I found this morning.  Yours truly is right at the beginning!  I'm also toward the end pictured with the Paperdolls and members of my team...The Memory Savers!

Do you love to preserve your memories?  Do you love to share your passion for scrapbooking with others?  Do you love to have fun?  Watch this video and see the fun and camaraderie that you have share in when you become a CTMH Consultant.  The start up kit is as little as $49 (plus s/h and tax) and will get you started with over $150 worth of memory saving productions.  Contact me for more information or visit my website.  I would love to have you join us in 2014.  For Now, Happy Crafting!

Monday, July 22, 2013

CTMH For Always Workshop

What a fun weekend and workshop I had!  I just love working with my workshop gals.  On Saturday, we held our monthly workshop featuring CTMH's For Always paper packet.  It is a terrific black and white paper that is so versatile. 

Here are some of the workshop members showing off one of the cards we completed.  We made several cards and if you look closely in the background there is a mini banner hanging on the plate rack that we also made.  Sometimes, I think I stuff too much into a workshop and send the gals on overload.  But, we have a good time...we learn for each other, we laugh and we enjoy.  If you live in the Philadelphia area and would like to join us, please email me.  For Now, Happy Crafting!

Thursday, July 18, 2013

CTMH Frosted Sneak Peek

This is just another quick and simple sneak peek at another product to be released in the August 1st Fall/Winter Close To My Heart Idea Book.  As usual, I have to run off to work in a little while and actually have a long day.  After my floral shift, I have a paper-Ed class with 3 lovely ladies.  I won't be home until the store closes.  I was able to get this card done first thing this morning.

OK, what are you seeing new here...  :o)  The pattern paper is from the upcoming paper packet called "Frosted."  The minute I saw it I went nuts over it.  Wait until you see more.  It is terrific.  The candle image and sentiment are also from one of the new My Acrylix sets, too.  Love, Love, Love.  When I first saw Frosted, I immediately thought of Ponderosa Pine card stock.  CTMH does not feature it with this color, but I think it works.  What do you think?  That is the beauty of Frosted...so many possibilities.

Getting excited about the new Idea Book?  I sure am thrilled with it.  Don't forget to keep checking back as August 1st draws near.  By the way, don't forget that some old favorites will be discontinues effective July 31st, so if you are in need of any current supplies, stop by my website and get them before it is too late.  For Now, Happy Crafting!