Thursday, July 2, 2015

Sticky Boy! Convention! Jump in July!

What do those three things have in common?  CTMH acrylic stamps!  I am adding the video about Sticky Boy and how the new Acrylix stamps were tested when CTMH first introduced them. 



Convention is July 9-11th. 
Guess what?  I will be previewing an entire new catalog featuring 100's of new Acrylix stamp designs.  I can't wait!



Finally, what is in this for you? 
The July Special! 

When you purchase $25 in current, retail priced stamps, you qualify to receive either the July Stamp of the Month, My Acrylix® Life Is Wonderful, FREE or any one of the Hostess Rewards stamp sets featured in Annual Inspirations 2014–2015 (page 7-12) or Seasonal Expressions 2 (page 6-7) for only $5!  This is a perfect time to browse the retiring list here and pick up those stamps sets that will be gone forever...and get a few discounted stamps that have only been available to hostesses. 

Here are photos of the Hostess Reward stamp sets.













 Here's to Sticky Boy!  Happy stamping,
Michele

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

July Stamp of the Month Blog Hop: Life is Wonderful

Welcome to the stamp of the month blog hop!  Close to My Heart has featured another fun stamp set with sentiments to brighten any card, scrapbook page or decor item.



If you have arrived from Wendy Kessler's Blog, you are headed in the right direction.  The hop is one big circle.  As you continue from post to post, you will see the fabulous artwork from almost 50 consultants.  After you have visited here, you will hop on over to Lela Norris's Blog to see what she has created! 

I was inspired to use this stamp set in a couple of different ways.  First I played with the Artfully Sent Cricut cartridge and made a "Sleeve" card.  These pull out cards are a fun way to send a special message.




After playing with the "Sleeve" function, I moved to the "Pocket Card" option.  This cartridge is full of so many possibilities.  I made both a 4x3 card and 4x6 that can be used for either pocket scrapbooking or as embellishments on a classic scrapbooking layout.  I will be featuring these on a future blog hop but I did want to give you a sneak peek!

  
Now here's the great news! 
As usual with the stamp of the month, you can purchase the set for $17.95 or $5 with a $50 purchase  BUT during the month of July, CTMH has an additional special going on.  When you purchase $25 in stamps, you can get this stamp of the month FREE!  To hear more about this special, contact your consultant or visit my website and click on the "promotions" tab. 

Don't forget, there is more to see!  Hop on over to Lela's Blog and see what she has created. 

Life is Wonderful!
Michele

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

For Her Crush Book: A whole new paper packet

When you open a crush book, you can add photos and memorabilia and create a treasured keepsake.  Or, you can tear pages out and begin creating cards or scrapbook pages.  It's like having a whole new paper packet.

Using the For Her Crush Book which can be purchased for $10.95, a few cardstock scraps and card based, I created 11 cards.  For embellishment, I added Gold Shimmer Trim and Gold Sequins.  I used three different stamp sets but as you can see, you can use your favorite stamps.

Enjoy the possibilities!











Supplies I used can be purchased on my website.


Have fun!
Michele

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

CTMH 2015 retirement series: Chalk it up!

Well, CTMH has told us that they will have to retire some products to make room for some new.  Over the next few weeks, I will highlight individual paper packets that will be retiring, showing the artwork I have created and what will be retiring.  Remember, if the featured paper kit and coordinating supplies strike your fancy, shop now because all items are while supplies last. 

So lets start with Chalk it Up!  A fun paper packet to celebrate the school years, your rocket scientist or even a trip to Harry Potter world at Universal Studios.


 Shown:  Chalk it up Workshop on the Go

Just a reminder you can click on the photos to see them larger. 






Highlights:  I used the Workshop on the Go to create my layouts as well as the Picture My Life set, complements and assortment.  I love the word bubbles in the assortment set and those hearts can be colored with Shin Han Markers to coordinate with other "reds" in your project. 

My favorite element in this kit is the stamp set which is only available in the Workshop on the Go and will retire along with it! 




To order this set before it retires, shop on my website

Life is Good! 
Michele

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Why do I go CTMH Convention every year?

It all started when I signed up as a consultant under my mom.  This was a great connection we shared and the timing of the Portland convention was perfect:  close to home, Portland was between us on the map, and I had made it through my first year as a consultant even though I wasn't sure it would ever last that long. 


Convention has changed for me over the years.  At first it was to be with my mom, to see our own artwork posted on the artwork wall and experience the excitement of new product and programs with her!  Then after she passed away, I have to say, it was hard to go to convention but really, I didn't want to miss the CTMH celebration of the year.  Now going to convention is about deepening the friendships I have made over the years (meeting at the pool first thing this year!), learning about the new products and programs (and technology allows me to share with my downline in almost real time), and coming home with exciting products and techniques to share with my customers for the coming year.

Ultimately, convention "feeds" me and is one of the greatest things about being a Close To My Heart Consultant.   It re-energizes me!

If you have ever wonder what it would be like to be a consultant, what the rewards might be, how you can earn free vacations, or take a trip to convention, I would love to hear your questions.  AND when I return from convention, there will be a brand spankin' new consultant kit updated with the latest and greatest products, ready for you to see what Close to My Heart has in store for you! 

Watch for details about new product in September with classes and workshops! 
Michele