Monday, August 31, 2009

Happy 'Close To My Heart' Anniversary to Me!

Happy Anniversary to me! Wow! I can't believe that today marks my third anniversary with Close To My Heart! The time sure has gone fast and what fun it's been! I started out just wanting to get all the great products at a discount but decided after a short period of time that I really wanted to share this great company with everyone I knew. In the three years since I joined this wonderful company, I became a Supervisor with three downline who also have a strong love for scrapbooking and stamping like myself. I have made many new friends, who include my upline, two of my downline, who I hadn't known prior to joining CTMH and great ladies who have become my faithful customers who help to grow my business. If not for them, I don't know what I'd be doing! Thank you all!

I have been busy creating lately so to show my appreciation for all the stampers, scrapbookers and cardmakers in my life, I have posted some of my artwork for you to enjoy. Feel free to 'lift' if you so desire. The first two cards were created using the new 'Grace' paper pack which I am really loving with it's rich earth tones.

This layout was also created with the 'Grace' paper pack. I used the Sideline Surprise design from one of the Close To My Heart how-to books, whose name eludes me at the moment. Sorry! : ( It was a challenging layout, to say the least, as the photos on the sides had to be trimmed just 'so' in order to fit. But I love the look! I still need to complete the journaling on this page. That is one thing I always procrastinate on. I like to make sure I pick just the right words so I really have to think deeply before writing. The Brandywine Battlefield was one of the day trips we took while my son and his family were visiting us back in July. Don't you just love the look of those old buildings? I wish I had one in my own backyard to look at and enjoy every day.

These last two cards were created using the new 'Twitterpated' paper pack. The designs are from the 'Wishes' how-to cardmaking book from CTMH. The 'Twitterpated' paper pack is starting to become my favorite so far of the 4 new paper packs that are available to everyone starting tomorrow, Sept. 1. Fall has always been my favorite time of year so it's no surprise that I would love any paper pack with a Fall color scheme. If you'd like to get your hands on any of the new products from Close To My Heart, check out my website tomorrow for the unveiling of the new Autumn/Winter 2009 Idea Book and Catalog.

I hope you have enjoyed all my new artwork today as much as I have enjoyed bringing it to you! Please feel free to leave a comment. I would love to know what you think!

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Tuesday, August 25, 2009

CTMH Scrapbook Challenge #21-It's a Beautiful Day


My latest layout in the Weekly Scrapbook Challenge. Here I am using Back Country paper again but I can't seem to help myself. I love this paper for outdoor photos, although I haven't added photos yet to this layout, I shouldn't have a problem with that. This design comes from the Cherish how-to book from Close To My Heart called 'Column Composition'. This is also the layout my scrapping friends will be creating this evening during our monthly scrap class. I am anxious to see what they think of it. I also used the Picture Perfect, Backwoods and True Happiness stamp sets along with Barn Red, Outdoor Denim and Olive inks.

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Saturday, August 22, 2009

Close To My Heart-Grace Layout


Here's a layout I created using the new 'Grace' paper pack from Close To My Heart. This paper has such beautiful flowers on it in rich earthy tones that I'm really loving it. The photos I had from my son's wedding back in July just seemed perfect for these papers. Don't you agree? What a beautiful couple they make! And so happy! That's the important part!
I also used 'The Works' alphabet stamp set and the exclusive stamp set that comes with the Workshop on the Go 'Grace' kit along with some buttons and brads. Hope you enjoy the layout!

Thanks for looking!

Close To My Heart Twitterpated Card


Thought I'd share this cute little card I made with this cute little hedgehog. Isn't he cute? Did I mention how cute he is? Okay, enough of the cute stuff! But seriously, he is so stinkin' cute that I had to share him with you.

I used the new Twitterpated paper pack and exclusive stamp set for this card along with chocolate ribbon and ink, hemp, and the new Dimensional Elements-In Color-Organic chipboard embellishments. Whew! That's a mouthful! I am really loving the new Twitterpated papers and I know you will, too. They will be available for purchase beginning on September 1. So if you like this stinkin' cute little hedgehog, contact me to purchase the supplies to create this card for yourself.

Thanks for stopping by! Have a great day!

Friday, August 21, 2009

Close To My Heart News!

Close To My Heart has so many new and exciting products to offer in the upcoming new Autumn/Winter Idea Book that I can't wait to share it with you! Join me for my Open House on September 12 from 2:00-6:00pm to check out the latest and greatest CTMH has to offer. It is also a great time to become a CTMH consultant so you can be in on all the changes about to take place. Contact me for more info about joining my team and becoming a part of this wonderful company.

Everyday's a Celebration! But September is National Stamping Month and to celebrate, CTMH wants to give you something FREE! Click here to view the fantastic Everyday Celebrations card kit which includes an exclusive D-size stamp set, 2 mini inkpads, 16 designer card bases and envelopes along with embellishments, ribbon, sponge and a color brochure with directions for making 16 cards. This kit has a retail value of $39.95 but you can earn it FREE with a $60 stamp purchase. That's right! Just purchase $60 worth of stamp sets and this kit is yours FREE! What an awesome deal! Plus you can earn the September Stamp of the Month-Treasures (retail value $22.95) at a 50% discount with your $60 stamp purchase. How cool is that?

What's *NEW* for September, you ask?

  1. Autumn/Winter Idea Book
  2. National Stamping Month Campaign (starts 8/18)
  3. Workshops on the Go kits! These are fantastic!
  4. Awesome new Autumn/Winter/School stamp sets!
  5. Lots of new bling!
  6. Studio J...click here to learn more about this new program coming in Spring 2010
Thanks for stopping by! Hope to see you on September 12!

Thursday, August 20, 2009

CTMH Scrapbook Challenge #20-Picnic Time


Aren't these three little girls just the cutest? In case you've forgotten, although I don't know how you could have (haha), these are my cute granddaughters. I was able to take many photos of them when they visited last month so they will be the subject of many layouts to come.

This layout is the latest one I've created for the Weekly Scrapbook Challenge. It uses one of the newest paper packs from Close To My Heart called 'Twitterpated'. I LOVE this paper pack! I have already made another layout and a card with this paper and love how they turned out. I will try to post them both soon.

This week's challenge uses the 'In the Groove' design from CTMH's how-to book, Imagine. I also used the new Dimensional Elements-In Color-Organic embellishments, the stamp set that is included in the Workshop on the Go kit (paper pack, exclusive stamp set, chocolate ribbon and a workshop guide) copper brads, hemp, chocolate ribbon, and chocolate, sorbet and sweet leaf inks. If you are interested in purchasing this Workshop on the Go kit for yourself, contact me through my CTMH website.

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Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Another card using the CTMH September Stamp of the Month

Here is another card featuring the September SOTM from CTMH. I used the Perfect Day papers on this along with Tulip, Juniper and Cocoa inks. Very simple but nice! Now, who can I send this card to? There are so many people in my life right now that I really need to thank so it will be a tough decision. I love the verse on this: those who bring sunshine into the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves. Don't you just love that?

Thanks for stopping by. Hope you enjoy the card!



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CTMH Scrapbook Challenge #19


Here is the latest layout I've created for the Weekly Scrapbook Challenge. This is #19! Wow! I can't believe I have been doing these challenges for 19 weeks! I have enjoyed being a part of this weekly challenge as I've been able to accomplish a lot of layouts and stay current with my memories. If you are interested in joining in on this challenge, click here to go to Helen Onulak's blog where she posts every Sunday the layout design to use for each week.

I used the CTMH Perfect Day paper pack for this layout as I think the papers matched my photos quite well. The designs for these pages came from CTMH's Reflections how-to book. I still think there's a little something missing on this layout and will try to figure that out soon. Maybe some brads between the photos on the left page? Or some small flowers? It'll have to wait though till I return from my trip to NY.

This layout has photos I took on our recent visit to Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, PA. Aren't all those little girlies just too cute? Well, I think so! Sorry there's a glare on it but no matter how hard I tried, I couldn't get rid of it. Hope you enjoy the layout!

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Sunday, August 9, 2009

Sneak Peek of CTMH's September Stamp of the Month











I was playing around today with the new September stamp set of the month from Close To My Heart and thought I'd give you all a sneak peek by sharing my creations with you. These are 2 cards I made with 'D1375 Treasures', which I am really starting to love. There are so many possibilities with this stamp set that I think everyone is going to love it as well. I especially love to do random stamping with this type of stamp set. It is so much fun!

I used Orange and Topiary cardstock and inks for these cards. Don't you just love the cheery brightness of these colors? The first card is a standard 5 1/2 x 4 1/4 size. The second one is 8 x 3 1/2. I don't often make cards that size but thought I'd see what I could do. Not too bad!

If you would like to get your hands on this awesome stamp set at a discount or even FREE, all you have to do is place an order with me in the month of September. Click here to go to my website to see what other awesome products Close To My Heart offers.










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Saturday, August 8, 2009

CTMH-Scrapbook Challenge #18



Here's the latest layout I've created for the Weekly Scrapbook Challenge I participate in. This is a layout of 2 of my granddaughters having fun playing with Playdoh on a recent visit here. They were too funny making all kinds of playdoh food. I sure wish it had been real 'cuz they were making me hungry! Hope you enjoy it!

Products used are all Close To My Heart:
1. 9029 Cherish How-to-book (Give Me Ten design)
2. X7113B Tinkerin' paper pack
3. D1378 Notice the Details (Dec.09 SOTM)
4. D1137 Giggle Lowercase
5. C1304 Sans Alphabet
6. Z2127 Holiday Red ink
7. Z2113 Clover Meadow ink
8. Z2160 Twilight ink
9. Z2150 Sunflower ink
10. Z291 Hinges
11. Z292 Photo Clips
12. Z1111 Brads
12. White Daisy My Accents

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Thursday, August 6, 2009

Close To My Heart-New Kit of the Month Club!

Join me for my newest club...the Kit of the Month Club. This club is designed for scrapbookers AND cardmakers. I can't wait to show you what comes in this kit! The cost will be $29.95 +tax and shipping, which is a discounted price. And you will receive an exclusive stamp set in this kit along with a Level 2 paper pack, package of embellishments and a workshop guide to create 2- 12x12 layouts and 6 cards!

Here is also what you will receive when you join this club:

*a mini stamp set-just for signing up!

*3 Idea Books that will be released each quarter for the duration of the club!

*a one-month opt-out option if you decide you either don't like the kit in a particular month or you're having a hardship that month

*the Stamp set of the Month and Hostess Rewards during the month you are the Hostess!

Does this sound like an awesome deal or what? Contact me for more details and to sign up for this club! The club will begin in September and payment must be received by the first of every month!



Have a great day!

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

CTMH Scrapbook Challenge #17

Here's the latest layout for the Scrapbook Challenge I participate in every week. It's a bit late but it's done, well, almost done! I still have to figure out where I'm going to put the journaling. Most likely it will be tucked behind one of the photos. I love to do that as it gives me room to put more photos on the page. This layout was created using the Elegant Showcase design from the Cherish how-to-book from Close To My Heart. The paper used is one of my all-time favorites called Paper Garden, also by CTMH. I believe this layout is appropriately titled as my son and new daughter-in-law are truly "Soulmates" in every way!

Thanks for stopping by today! Have a good one!




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Sunday, August 2, 2009

CTMH It's a Thanks-a-bration!


CTMH wants to say "THANKS" for being a great customer! From August 3-17, when you place a minimum order of $100, you not only get the August Stamp of the Month, 'It's Your Day', for FREE, you'll also receive a FREE Level 2 paper packet (randomly selected from select paper packets). To make the deal even sweeter, CTMH will cover the tax, shipping & handling on the FREE items! Act fast, because this deal only lasts a couple of weeks! Click on the image to go to my website to place your order.

Have a great day!


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Exciting New Announcement from Close To My Heart

Wow! Has Close To My Heart ever done it again! This is such an amazing company and wait till you hear about what's coming in the Spring of 2010! Close To My Heart will be unveiling a new Online Digital Scrapbooking program called 'Studio J', where you will be able to create custom 2 page layouts using all the same great CTMH products you know and love. How exciting is that? It's a totally FREE program that you will be able to access through my CTMH website. After you create your awesome scrapbook pages, you then can have them printed and mailed directly to you.

Would you like to see how easy this program is going to be? Check it out here. In just 5 easy steps, you'll have a layout ready to be printed. It couldn't be any Faster, Simpler or Easier than that!

1. Upload your photos (get them OFF your computer or memory card)
2. Choose a theme kit from the many choices
3. Pick your layout design from hundred's of options
4. Add your photos, title, journaling and embellishments (including ribbon, brads, stickers, buttons and many others)
5. Choose your custom-made layouts for purchasing

That's it! You're done! Just wait for your completed layouts to arrive at your doorstep.

If you are as excited about this new program as I am, and can't wait till Spring 2010, then I encourage you to join my team as a consultant because CTMH consultants can begin using this program this Fall. How awesome is that? Sign up now by clicking here and you can begin an exciting career with CTMH now!

Stay tuned for more details on my website about this exciting new Online Scrapbooking Program beginning in the Spring of 2010. And don't forget to pop on over to Studio J to check out the video to hear about this innovative new approach to digital scrapbooking.

Thanks for stopping by today! Make it a good one!



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