Wednesday, February 29, 2012

The Philosophy of Fun

March is a great time to share Close To My Heart's philosophy of fun!  If you sign up to become a Consultant in March, you will receive a fabulous Cricut Art Philosophy collection FREE!!!!  If you already have the collection, you can choose to receive $100 in select product credit instead.  The collection, which retails for $99, is actually valued at over $124, adding incredible value to the New Consultant Kit.  It's time for you to embrace the philosophy of fun-Consultant and Cricut fun!

If you are interested, please visit my website and follow the instructions at the bottom of the page to sign up today!  I signed up in February, and bought my Cricut Art Philosophy collection and I have not stopped using it since!

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Oh What A Great Day Off

I cranked some soft rock tunes for background music, broke into the Consultant Kit and let the creative juices flow.  I had so much fun discovering the new Spring products that arrived in my kit.  I was truly in my "Happy Place" today... let me share a few of the things I was able to make...
First of all, please refrain from commenting on the bangs... it was the style back then!  As soon as I saw the Pemberley paper pack, I thought of these photos that were hidden, I mean packed away.  The colors works so well together.  I was inspired by the layout on Page 24 of the SPRING IDEA BOOK.  I used the papers in the Workshop On The Go Pemberley Kit (G1033).

I used the heart and the YOU & ME stamps from the Love Clusters Stamp Set (C1484).  I accented with the Bouquet Assortment (Z1694) and the buttons and brads from the Mini-Medley Accents Collections (Pacifica) (Z1698).  I love how it turned out!

Since I had some of the papers cut and ready to go, I decided to try out 2 cards.  Again, I love the colors in this Pemberley Kit.  I used a variety of stamp sets and embellished with the wooden butterflies from the Color Ready Accents (Z1718).

On the last 2 page layout, I used the Florentine Worskshop On The Go Kit.  When I showed my mom the Consultant Kit she fell in love with these paper combinations, so it just made sense to create a page for her using them.  I thought it would be a nice way to honor my dad, who passed away when we were young... and my mom, who picked up where he left off, never missing a beat!

I used the Family Love (D1506) Stamp Set, and used embellishments from the Bouquet Assortment (Z1694), the Timeless Charms (Z1689) and the Bohemian Assortment (Z1687).  

It was a great day off.  Today's plan is to get some paperwork done, meet some great friends for lunch and then home to create some more!!  Oh, and I have my regular CTMH Workshop tonight, so I will be playing with Florentine papers and embellishments tonight too!

Sunday, February 19, 2012

My first Studio J Layout

My first attempt at Studio J online scrapbooking.  I have to admit it was pretty cool.  This 2 page layout would have taken me at least an hour, but on Studio J it only took me about 20 minutes.  If you want to try it out, just visit my CTMH Site and give it a try... you can try it without buying anything.

Saturday, February 18, 2012

So excited.... my CTMH Consultant Kit is here... let the creating begin!!!  I have to admit, I feel like a child at Christmas.  I took everything out of the box, put it all back, took it back out, put it all back again.  Now I need to organize my space to make room for all my new products so I can get creating!!!  I can't wait to share my photos over the next few days!  So thankful for the break next week so I can take a few days off and escape to my "happy place".  A shout out to the Fedex delivery guy for not making me wait all day... and a shout out to my family who will have to listen to me talk about and show them everything several times!!! Off to create... see you soon!
Please join me as I introduce myself as a new Close To My Heart Independent Consultant and share with you the newly released SPRING IDEA BOOK.

DATE: Saturday, March 3, 2012
TIME: 12 Noon - 3pm
WHERE: My House
RSVP: or (315) 278-8547

If you are unable to attend the Open House, but are interested in any of the get-togethers listed below, please email me so we can set something up.

If you are unable to attend the Open House, but are already familiar with the CTMH products and wish to purchase something, feel free to visit my website and place an order,

  • Browse the brand new SPRING IDEA BOOK - you will be amazed!!
  • Book a Home Gathering - see details below
  • Raffles - a chance to win something fun!
  • Make and Take/Hands On Item - so you can try the products out!!
  • Check out a variety of products and premade items - Many from the Spring Idea Book!!
  • A live demonstration of Studio J - Online scrapbooking in minutes!!
  • The chance to sign up for classes, workshops, Hostess Clubs - see details below
  • Light refreshments will be available
Book a Home Gathering - Earn FREE Close To My Heart products when you host a Home Gathering for you and your friends. Home Gatherings are a fun way to socialize, to create, and to share the joy of stamping and scrapbooking. I will make it easy for you and your guests to learn some new techniques and see the latest stamp designs, My Reflections kits, exclusive papers, and more great products! Home Gatherings can be done at your place or mine!

Classes - I will offer a variety of Card Making and Scrapbooking Layout classes (samples will be provided in advance).  Price is determined based on items being offered for each class.  Classes will be held at my house.  I will have a calendar of dates available and the details of each upcoming class.  Simply sign up if you are interested!

Monthly Workshops – Typically 4-6 people per group get together once a month to complete two 2-page layouts (4 pages total) using modern, coordinating products! I precut all the papers necessary for each layout and I will incorporate a new technique each month! Think about it… if you attend once a month for a year, that’s 48 pages done… which is equivalent to 2 typical sized scrapbooks!! The cost will be between $15-$20/month, depending on items included. Workshops must be paid for one month ahead to allow for purchase of materials and cutting time.

If you have a group of friends, I can place you all together. If you don’t, I can add you to another group where you can make new friends. I currently belong to one and find myself watching the calendar in anticipation of the date! It’s a great time to hang out and chat while getting 4 more pages done in my Scrapbook! Despite becoming a consultant, I plan to remain a member of this fun group until they kick me out to make room for a new person!

Hostess Clubs – This is a great way to earn FREE products and help you start or build your collection of stamping and scrapbooking products without putting a hole in your pocketbook. Using the 6/$25 example, 6 people commit to submitting a minimum monthly order of $25 (excluding tax and shipping) for a minimum of 6 months and each person takes a turn being the Hostess of the Month. Since the clubs are set up so the monthly sales total $150, which is the amount needed to activate the Hostess Rewards, the Hostess of the Month automatically gets rewarded with $25 in FREE product. The Hostess of the month is welcome to bring in additional outside orders during their assigned month and increase their level of rewards. Hostess Club Members can be part of a monthly group that meets for a workshop, or simply a group that submits a minimum order of the required amount per month and waits for their turn to be the Hostess. It can even be done online. Don’t forget to sign up if you are interested!!

I hope to see you at the Open House, but if not... I hope to hear from you soon!  Deb