Friday, February 25, 2011

Fresh & exciting new paper pack "Sophia"

Aren't these colors fresh & inspiring! While working with this paper I called my sister & said "You just can't create anything that's not beautiful with this paper!" The name of this paper pack is "Sophia" named after Jeanette Lynton's (CTMH CEO & owner) newest granddaughter.

I even stamped & cut out flowers & birds! I purchased the Sophia WOTG Kit. It includes an exclusive "B" sized stamp set, pink buttons & colonial white waxy flax. It has the most delightful stamp set with a bird designed with florishes in it! (And you all know how I love flourishes!) There's also flowers & vines & a charming bird cage.
Isn't this cupcake card "Cute!" Yes... I actually created a "Cute" card I like! (If you've stamped with me before you know I have a really hard time with "cute!") Our new 2" Scallop Circle Punch makes creating this whimsical card fun & easy.

This is my favorite card. I just love the bird & flowers it all came toghether beautifully.

Check out this new ribbon in our Designer Ribbon Pink Collection. Isn't it to die for! You all know how I love flowers. When I saw this I knew I had to get it right away! Wait until you see how I used on my scrap book pages. The journaling spot (frame) is from our new Sophia Level 2 Journaling Spots. Make sure to check back in a few days for a look at the pages you can create at my next WOTG class on Friday night, March 4th. Call or email to reserve your spot.
What a great weekend! Thanks to all that joined me at the Weekend Retreat. It was very relaxing (except for the fact that I could not get my ipod & new speakers to work!) One of the features I hear a lot is that my croppers love the space they get to use. Everyone gets a 6' foot table to themselves! I also heard a lot of "I'm so glad I came this weekend...I've learned soo much!" There was lots of demoing & teaching happening! I showed how to use pattern papers (some where quite colorful) & how to keep them from overshadowing the photos. We discussed having a focal point on your page & how to create it. Balance also played a big part of how to build pages & keep them pleasing to the eye.

It was a very enjoyable weekend. I even completed a few pages myself! Woo Hoo! Here's a few of them. Jarred's green coat and CTMH's Mistletoe paper pack inspired these layouts.

I Love my new snowflake punch. It sure made a beautiful boarder on these pages. The large snowflakes are one of the chipboard Dimensional Elements shapes in our catalog. I love our Chipboard. It is sooo easy to use. They come white & in lots of shapes & alpha's, they are ink ready. In comparing our chipboard to other companies the biggest feature that makes them easier to use is that the texture is like our white daisy card stock & is very easy to stamp on or add ink to. Most other companies are grey or kraft colored & you have to cover them with paper or if you try to ink them it is difficult to get the color you want. Many are a glossy texture which can be inked but again the color will not be the same. I love that with our chipboard I can easily add the coordinating ink that matches my pattern paper & it always looks great! I used my cricut to cut the other snowflakes. I love to use different dimensions & layers on my pages. The cart. is "Winter Wonderland." When applying the DE (Dimensional Elements/Chipboard) to my page I always use glue dots. Make sure you know where you want the piece to go because once you put it down it is not going to come back up with out ripping your paper. HINT... Use craft tweezers & pick up your piece once you have the glue dots on it, then you came hold it just above the paper & move it around (without your bulky fingers in the way!)to see where you want to put your embellishment & place it accordingly.The picture of Jarred & Alyssa just makes me say "Aaauhhhh! They do love each other!" One would not know that if they were at our house when school got out! These pictures also remind of older photos I have of Jimmy, Nick & Alyssa when they were young standing in front of the snow tunnels they made.

I stamped the snowflakes in New England Ivy onto Colonial White & used a generation stamping technique to make it look like it was snowing with bold snowflakes in the forefront & lighter flakes fading into the background. The "Generation" stamping technique is a simple one... Ink up your stamp & continue to use it without re-inking. The darker the color the more "generations' you with get. Another simple technique that can add to your page is to put your corner piece in an embossing folder & run it through your cuttlebug. Our "white core" cardstock is perfect for this technique. Once you have the texture on your piece sand it & watch the magic appear! The top color will sand off & the white core will show the texture. In this example I used a snowflake template.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Designer Ribbon Pink CollectionDesigner Ribbon Pink Collection

Check out this awesome video showing you a few different ways to use our new Designer Ribbon in Pink. I Love the pink ribbon roses! Enjoy!

Friday, February 4, 2011

February Stamp of the Month

This damask stamp set is so pretty and so easy to use with our clear blocks & stamps it's a breeze to line up! Available until the end of February.

My mind is swirling with ideas for this stamp set. It will make great backgrounds for scrapbook pages as well as cards. So versatile it will work with any theme & in any color. I can't wait to play!

When you place a qualifying order with your Consultant, you an receive this Month's Stamp of the Month Set "Friendship" which retails for $22.95 for FREE or at a discount, based on your purchase total. Here are the details:
* earn it FREE when you spend $100 or more (before shipping and tax)
* earn it for 75% off ($5.74) when you spend $75 or more (before shipping and tax)
* earn it for 50% off ($11.74) when you spend $50 or more (before shipping and tax)
* earn it for 25% off ($17.21) when you spend $25 or more (before shipping and tax)
* purchase it for full retail price ($22.95)

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

100th Post & $100 FREE!!

100th Post & an opportunity for $100 FREE!!
Free, Free and Fabulous: If you've EVER thought about becoming a Close To My Heart Consultant like me, this THIS is the month. I personally think this is the BEST sign-up special that Close To My Heart has EVER run. In addition to the $100 in free product you can earn when you reach both levels of our Straight to the Top program (CTMH's great 'get started' program), every consultant who joins the company in February 2011 and achieves both levels of Straight to the Top will receive a New Consultant Kit rebate of $129! Free product and Free Kits make February FABULOUS!

What business can you get started in and get a rebate of your initial investment! Wow! Think about it! For $129 out of pocket for the kit (over a $350 value in products), you can get another $100 in product and your $129 back! That's $229 for FREE...and if you count what the kit is worth, it's more like $45o for FREE! To join, just click Or, if you have any questions, feel free to call or email me 616-608-2653.