Saturday, November 3, 2012


Really Pam?? I'm I like this!! Beth sent me the video. Thanks for the laugh you guys!

For those of you who were not at the last couple of crops this was the big joke whenever someone (especially me) would forget what they were doing or do something funny.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

November 2, Scrapbooking Class

November 2nd, “Christmas” & More, Scrapbook Class

Friday Night 6:30 

I can’t believe that we are already making Christmas scrapbook pages! I haven’t even bought one Christmas present yet! Are you ready for a Christmas card class too?? 

This month we will be working with “Pear and Partridge” our Christmas Kit. Soft and pretty patterns with whimsical partridges and swirl combinations and classic damask designs. A traditional color palette blending soft reds and pinks complimented with greens and neutrals. This paper will accent your Holiday photos perfectly especially when paired with the coordinating rub-ons. Wait until you see the rich red velvet “Festive Rub-ons!”  They are Be-U-T-full! And there is also Dimensional Elements in Holiday colors to match. I’m getting excited just thinking about all the fun Christmas pages and projects to made with this kit and all the coordinating Christmas embellishments to go with it! 

Join us for the next Scrapbooking Class using “Pear and Partridge” on Friday Nov. 22 @ 6:30. We will be putting together some awesome Christmas Pages.

To order your supplies visit my website, make sure to go to the bottom right side “Join one of Jolene’s Gatherings” click on “November WOTG class" Here’s a link to my site 

October Special Studio J Digital Layouts

October is the month to save on Studio J® layouts. In this special promotion, when you buy 9 Studio J layouts, you’ll get another custom-printed layout for free! It’s the perfect opportunity to use any Member Bonus layouts you may have on your Studio J account, or to try this fast and easy online software for the first time.

The discount is automatically applied to your cart when you order 10 or more layouts. You can get up to 4 free layouts with this fantastic promotion! So what
are you waiting for? Start your online scrapbooking today!


Spend $50 and get this Stamp of the Month set for just $5.


New WOTG Card Kits, Christmas and Avonlea

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Organize Your Craft Supplies

Check out this video showing you our new CTMH Organizers. I can't wait to get them. It will make it so easy to pack for a crop or class. No more forgetting your adhedisive or blocks!

Thursday, August 30, 2012

New CTMH Paper Kits

It's hard to decide...But here's my top picks for our new paper kits and WOTG.

Some of you know how much I love Halloween decor and paper...well and of course all the fun embellishments that go with it!  "Moonlight" is our new Halloween Kit. With its whimsical owl paper, dramatic purple patterns and black and cream distressed stripe you will add interesting flair to all your pages.  Use it for Halloween, fall or anything in between! Many of the patterns and colors in this kit are perfect for any theme.
I love these coordinating brads & embellishments. Aren't they a riot! Spiders & skulls and yes my personal favorite...flourishes!

Gotta love these papers! I can see using the black and cream distressed stripe on my soccer pages & the green damask for fall. This kit is very versatile. Check out the matching chipboard! Isn't it fantastic! So many fun embellishments to add to your pages and make them "Pop."
Next "pick" is our new Christmas Paper "Pear and Partridge." Very pretty designs and the color scheme is phenomenal. Beautiful reds, greens and neutrals. And look...more flourishes!! The WOTG kit includes colorful sparkles and Glittery rub-ons. (which are more Shimmery than glittery. I love the size quality of our rub-ons)

Take your pages up a notch with these adorable matching rub-ons. Cute designs and easy to use. You'll be able to customize your pages with ease using the Pear and Partridge Compliments Glittery Rub-ons.

Artwork by our fantastic designers at CTMH!

Great designs to put together your Christmas pages or cards. The traditional patterns and colors are lovely and easy to work with.
I could just kiss whoever designed these Festive Velvet Rub-ons. They are gorgeous! So rich looking and striking. (The picture just does not do them justice.) They will add beauty to your cards or special Christmas photos and memories. Wait until you see them up close.  
I will be planning a Christmas card workshop with these Holiday chipboard dimensional elements. I really enjoy making my Christmas cards & I love hearing stories from my attendees about how the family member or friend on the receiving end enjoyed their card. It's so funny to hear them tell me that their "Mother in Law" didn't believe they actually made it themselves!

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Scrapbooking Weekend Retreat

Oct 26, 27 & 28, 2012
Jolene McCormick
Independent Close To My Heart Consultant
Starts Friday at 4:00 ends Sunday at 4:00***


Get “Early Entry Privileges” and start at NOON on Friday!!

Take a vacation from the day to day hustle of your busy life. Just imagine a weekend of no cooking, no dishes, no laundry, no running errands or catering to everyone else. This weekend is just for you! Leave your routines at home & come pamper yourself!
We all have precious pictures in boxes waiting to be made into special scrapbook pages capturing wonderful memories in a unique and creative way. Whether you are an experienced scrapper or looking for some hand holding in getting started - I have the getaway weekend for you. 


*** Breakfast Buffet daily with each overnight stay at the Hotel

*Bottled water, coffee, tea, pop & juice

*Your own 6’ table
*FREE use of CTMH Stamps and Inks, tools & more

*Games & Prizes

*Grand Prize Basket Entries for each day you are at the retreat

*Free Technique Demonstrations

*Visit my creative “Help Desk” for inspiration

*Cricut with large cartridge library available to use! (Please bring your own 6 x 12 Cricut matt)

NEW***Receive an extra Grand Prize Entry for each overnight stay during the crop. 

Scrapbook the weekend away for only $55.
Or join us daily     Friday   $20.         Sat.    $30.            Sun.   $15.

*** Held at the SpringHill Suites, 5250 28th Street, GRR,  (behind Target) Reserve your room under the “Close To My Heart Block” to take advantage of a $20. per night savings. Call SpringHill Suites @ 464-1130. You must reserve your room by Oct 4th to insure Blocked rate & room availability. The hotel is newer & very nice. Rooms are spacious & clean. They include: 2 queen beds, separate area with pullout couch, desk w/chair, counter/sink, micro & refrigerator, large flat screen TV with cable, coffee maker, hair dryer, iron and wireless high speed internet.

*** Register: Send in your $30 Crop deposit by October 10 & get “Early Entry Privileges” Start as early as noon on Friday. Your deposit is what saves your cropping spot. Spots are first come first serve. *** Mail your deposit to: Jolene McCormick, 12700 McPherson, Lowell, MI 49331. Include; your name, phone # & email address for you & your guests. 

*** What to Bring:

* Your favorite cropping tools & craft items

*Surge Protectors for your cricuts, computer, Ott lights & phones

*A treat to share. I will be emailing a list splitting snacks into 3 categories; appetizers, salads/fruits/veggies, desserts a couple of weeks before the crop.

*All your Scrappin’ & Stampin’ Friends.  

***Meals are not included in this retreat. However, in splitting up the snack list many croppers have not found it necessary to go out to lunch as our snack area will be well rounded. Should you chose to go out we are in a great location with many fast food or nice sit down restaurants nearby. The hotel lobby is large with plenty of space if you decide to order in.

*** Regrettably this is a non-refundable event. Space is limited. I appreciate your understanding in this matter. 

Jolene McCormick  #616-608-2653
Close to My Heart Independent Consultant,

Unit Leader of the Scrap Happy Hens

New Cricut Cartridge "Cricut Artiste Collection"

The Cricut® Artiste Collection helps you turn everyday events into magical celebrations! The unique cartridge takes creativity to a new level allowing you to cut themed projects and shapes using a single key. Color-coded images in the accompanying booklet indicate shapes that are linked and can be cut using the same size setting for hassle-free layering and assembly. Choosing a themed project is easy with the project reference pictures, and assembling 3-D items is a snap with the separate assembly and folding guide. With 700 images, you’ll find a themed project for any event, large or small, from Valentine’s Day, Christmas, and Halloween, to occasions like birthdays and baby showers, plus clever motifs like signage, game night, gears, timepieces, awards, and more. Use the three coordinating My Acrylix® D-size stamp sets to jazz up your Cricut accents, then splash in some Dimensional Elements shapes from the three included sets for added flair! The Cricut® Artiste cartridge makes it easy to create a charming, cohesive project, taking you from crafter to awesome artiste in a flash.

Cricut® Artiste Collection (Z1790) $99 (retail value of nearly $125)
1 – Cartridge (700 images: themed projects, cards, font, shapes, 3-D items)
3 – My Acrylix® D-size Stamp Sets*
3 – 12" × 9" Dimensional Elements in coordinating shapes


Videos about our new Cricut Artiste Cartridge. Check them out!

I'm so excited to have another great Cricut cartridge in our Product Line!

Favorite new CTMH stamp set

OK...So I can't pick just one! I do love the bird & holly leaves in this set called "To You and Yours." B1403 Only $9.95. So Pretty & I can't wait to color it in with our new dual tip, alcohol-based marker set! (More on those later!) And yes I did say I would color! I know it's not been a favorite media of mine in the past but now that we carry alcohol markers (like "Copics") I'm excited for the experience of coloring with markers!
 These flowers are so much fun. And how easy are they going to be to stamp with...yup real easy with our clear blocks & stamps so you can have perfect placement ever time! I just can't decide what colors to use! "Love Blooms" C1511 $13.95

This set is the best idea ever!! "Frame it Up."  D1524 $17.95 Just cut the shape out with the Cricut Art Philosophy Cartridge and stamp your border and add your sentiment. Easy Peasy! It will jazz up my cards and look great on my pages with journaling or as a base for embellishments.

It was hard but I did narrow it down to 3 sets! To see all our available clear stamp sets look here.


Cricut® Artiste Collection
With just the touch of one Cricut® Artiste key you can take your creativity over the top with wonderful 3-D projects, party favors, interactive cards, awards, and more! From robots and spooks to weddings and Valentines, your cupcake wrappers, invitations, and party essentials will coordinate and come together for any celebration!

Collection includes:
Includes a separate step-by-step assembly booklet for the 3-D projects.
   •1 – Cartridge (700 images: themed projects, cards, fonts, shapes, and 3-D items)
   •3 – My Acrylix® D-size stamp sets
   •3 – 12" × 9" Dimensional Elements (3 sheets of different shapes)
           *Creative Feature Keys: Accent 1, Accent 2, Accent 3, Accent 4, Card, 3D Object.

Our new idea book includes many stamp sets that coordinate with the new Artiste Cartridge! I'm just delighted when I don't have to cut items out by hand with scissors! With this new cartridge you will get a perfect cut every time.

Z1790 $99.00  

Would you like to get this cartridge collection for HALF OFF??!! Just book a party or have a catalog party and acquire orders reaching $250. & you can get the collection for only $49.50. Retail Value $125. Email me for more info! Plus you get another $45. in FREE CTMH PRODUCT! Or click here to order at regular price.

New Idea Book!

I love when we release a new Idea Book! New products, new artwork, new colors!! Wait until you see all the latest paper kits & WOTG's. Gorgeous Christmas paper, fun Halloween and a new "Back to School" kit with ledger paper & graph paper! Loads of  spectacular embellishments & My Personal Favorite New Item...Drum Roll please...Cricut Artiste Collection!! Yes we have a new cartridge with 700 new images!
More info on the cartridge soon!
Happy Scrappin'

Friday, June 15, 2012

July Scrapbook class

July 13 Scrapbooking Class
X7147B  Stella Paper Kit 
Love, Love, Love this paper kit!

I’m so excited for the next two months Scrapbooking classes! We are using 2 of my favorite kits in the catalog. Stella, for July with its flirty colors and scrumptious patterns & I love the Canvas compliments that go with this paper. Footloose, for August with its summery colors & fun patterns for beaches, pools and vacations. (Pictures and more info soon!) The Coordinating Compliments are colorful chipboard & you all know how much I love chipboard! There’s also something new for us to work with…Seaside wooden shapes! We used the garden wooden shapes in the Florentine class & everyone loved them. And as luck would have many of the products & colors used for the July class will also be used in August!

Just For You Stamp Set

Paradise Assortment
Bakers Twine perfect
colors to match this
kit! (and next months
kit too!)

Once again Kudo's to our CTMH Art Department for their
inspiring pages and altered items!

The Bohemian collection of embellishments includes the
shabby chic crocheted flowers for a vintage feel and some
unique buttons.
Our Paradise Paper Flowers coordinate
perfectly with the Bakers twine & "Stella"
Paper Pack.

I’m so excited for the next two months Scrapbooking classes! We are using 2 of my favorite kits in the catalog. Stella, for July with its flirty colors and scrumptious patterns & I love the Canvas compliments that go with this paper. Footloose, for August with its summery colors & fun patterns for beaches, pools and vacations. The Coordinating Compliments are colorful chipboard & you all know how much I love chipboard! There’s also something new for us to work with…Seaside wooden shapes! We used the garden wooden shapes in the Florentine class & everyone loved them. And as luck would have many of the products & colors used for the July class will also be used in August! 

Join us for the next Class using “Stella” Friday July 13 @ 6:30. Normally we
save class on the first Friday night of the month but because of the holiday we switched to the 2nd Friday. We’ll be creating at 11790 7 Mile, Lowell, 49331. Near Grattan Auction House & Slayton Lake off Lincoln Lake Road. 
To order your supplies visit my website, make sure to go to the bottom right side “Join one of Jolene’s Gatherings” click on July 13 Scrapbooking Class & place your order. Here’s a link to my site 

June Special
 It’s Stampaganza – an annual sale from Close to My Heart. When you order 2 stamp sets, you’ll get to pick out a 3rd of equal or lesser value for free! This is a great opportunity to stock up on the stamps you’ve had on your wish list! From June 1-30, purchase any two stamp sets (sizes A, B, C, D, or E) at full retail price and receive a third stamp set of your choice FREE (of equal or lesser value)—a savings of up to $29.95! 
“Life is Tweet” $17.95 or with a $50. or more purchase you get the SOTM for only $5.00! 72% savings!

To order remember to go to Jolene’s Gatherings & click on the July 13 date.  (Must order before June 30 to insure that supplies deliver before class date.)
Join us on Friday JULY 13 @ 6:30
X7147B Stella Paper Pack                   9.95  
X7147C Stella Comp Canvas               4.95
X5914 Lt Yellow/Orange Shd pk          7.95
Z1687 Bohemian Assortment              4.95
Z1702 Bakers Twine Paradise             4.95
Z1710 Paradise Paper Flowers            5.95
B1398 Just for You         Stamp Set    9.95
Z2195 Lagoon Ink                             5.25
Z2191 Sunset Ink                             5.25
Z2114 Cocoa Ink                              5.25
Z2137 Olive Ink                                5.25
Z2166 Tulip Ink                                5.25
Z697 Sponge                                   1.25

(Must order before June 30 to insure that supplies deliver before class date.)

Remember to Bring:
**Bring your tool kit, adhesives including glue dots, pop dots, tape runner & a glue pen
**Tool Kit: 12” cutter, scissors, paper piercer, sand paper/block, sponges & inks if you have them. Bring any of your favorite tools. 
**Bring your Basic CTMH supplies. CS, chipboard & any of your favorite embellishments that will go with this month’s kit. 
**Don't forget your basic CS neutrals and your shade pack.
**Please bring your own beverage with a lid & a snack to share 
See you soon!
Jolene McCormick
(616) 608-2653

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Dotty for you card

Bright vibrant colors, beautiful butterflies and Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge = Awesome card!
12 - 4

Well…you know how I feel about flourishes! This is such a pretty butterfly. It’s teamed up with the butterflies in the patterned paper & whimsical Sweet Leaf dotted paper for a maximum artistic effect. Add our black pearls for the body & BAM! Instant snazzy card!

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Front and Center: Project Inspiration Spring/Summer 2012 Idea Book

Dotty for You. New Paper Pack Special Starts April 17 thru May

Love the colors & fun designs in this paper pack!
There are 3 ways to get yours:
  • Place an order of $35 or more in products from the Spring/Summer 2012 Idea Book between April 17th and May 31st, and add the Dotty for You paper packet for just $5.
  • Host a Gathering with a sales totoal of $400 or more (excluding tax, shipping/handling, and Operation Smile donations) between April 17th and May 31st, and receive a Dotty for You paper packet FREE.
  • Join Close To My Heart as a new Consultant between April 1st and May 31st and receive a Dotty for You paper packet FREE.

Monday, February 6, 2012

Awesome New Travel Scrapbooking Kit

Fun, Fun Fun! Love this paper!

 These are silver foil stickers. Pretty cool! These will make great "Guy" pages & cards as well as travel pages for the hole family.

Black Mini Medley with all kinds of Bling!

Check out these bottle caps! Bright & fun!

What can I say...You know how much I love Bakers twine!

How much fun is creating with this new travel kit "Cruisin'" going to be??! We will be using these products in our April WOTG Class.

BA Ha Ha Ha! You have to see this! It is so Funny!

Joanne (my sister) is laughing so hard right now! I can just tell...I'm sure she has tears running down her face! Cuz this is how I am for cookies! They are my breakfast almost everyday. Or snack at any time!

Hope this makes you smile on a Monday!

Thursday, February 2, 2012

New Catalog = New Consultant Kit!

Along with a new Idea Book also always comes a New Consultant Kit! If you have or are thinking about becoming a Close To My Heart Consultant, this is a great time to do it with a brand new kit & combine it with this months Five for Five Special and you'll really save! 

You can embark on a rewarding new career! Close To My Heart Consultants enjoy something that is often elusive in the working world—flexibility. Besides being paid for doing what we love, Consultants are their own boss—we set our own hours, work around our priorities, and share revolutionary new products unparalleled in the industry. We also receive awesome discounts on the products we love and have the amazing opportunity to touch hearts and change lives through the joy of scrapbooking and stamping!

If you’ve ever thought about owning your own home-based business and would love an exciting career in the booming scrapbooking and stamping industry, you owe it to yourself to take advantage of this opportunity. There’s never been a better time to join Close To My Heart!

Click HERE to join.

February SOTM

Close To My Heart has designed a fun stamp set that is available during this month only. The February set is called "Thoughtful Tidings" and is full of wonderful sentiments, many of which coordinate with shapes on our "Cricut Art Philosophy Cartridge" 

Our Close To My Heart Art Department is so talented! They created the cute boxes & artwork below!  To get a discount on the Feb. SOTM spend $50, it's yours for only $5 (a $17.95 value). Or, you can purchase it for $17.95. Either way, it's only available during the month of February.  Order through my website or call me. (616.608.2653) Once your spend $50, you will be prompted to add it, or if you are purchasing it for the $17.95 price, enter item #S1202.