Monday, February 28, 2011

Miracle is Back

Last year, one of the Close to My Heart specials was a kit called Miracle. It included the fresh colors of sweet leaf green, crystal blue, heavenly blue, and bamboo.  The special kit has been expanded to a full My Reflections scrapbook kit including more patterned paper and stickease.  These are a couple of the pages we will create during the March 5th scrapbook workshop.  (You can see past Miracle artwork here.)

The color ready Kraft Borders are a new product that are highlighted in the workshop.  In addition, I will show you how to create a pleated "ribbon" of cardstock and the pinwheel from the Miracle stamp set.  .  See details below. 

Some of the page details, pleated paper, pinwheels and woven border. 

Weaving in an 1/8" in piece of cardstock to add color and design.  It is best to leave the sticky backing on when doing this and then add your own adhesive to adhere to the paper.  I used tombow. 

Look how many you get in a package!  Two of 25 different designs for a total of 50 borders for $5.95.  Use them on scrapbook pages, cards, and another other paper craft item.  They are self adhesive too!

Coloring with chocolate in and sponge.

Friday, February 25, 2011

What if you could scrapbook 10 double page layouts this weekend?

You can still take advantage of the February free layout month for Studio J® members! For every 9 custom-printed Studio J layouts you buy, you'll receive the 10th layout free. And you can totally take advantage of this promotion by ordering in multiples of 10. Buy 9, get 1 free. Buy 18, get 2 free. Buy 27, get 3 free. And so on! If you're not a member yet, now's a great time to join!

Here are some layouts that I have done.  I am working on more and will order them this weekend...taking full advantage of the special. 

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Close to My Heart has punches...with stamps to match!

New to the Spring/Summer Idea book is a 2" scalloped flower punch.  Last idea book, we also sold a 1 1/4" circle punch.  Here's a video showing how CTMH creates their stamps and punches to coordinate making your creating faster, simpler, and easier!

The scallop punch (z1392) is $14.95 and the circle punch is $12.95.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Taking a break from the pink

More artwork from the new Spring Summer 2011 Idea Book.  If you don't have yours yet, please feel free to contact me to arrange a way to get your copy.  Or you can see it online here and purchase from my website here

These cards are from our team swap in January.  We used the Wings paper packet and then a variety of new stamp sets from the new idea book.  I have quite a talented team! 

Created by Meredith

Created by Cindy N.

Created by Tracie C.

Created by Carla

Friday, February 18, 2011

Are you tired of pink yet?

Here are some more of my creations using the Sweet Heart paper packet!  These cards are more from the "Just Because" workshop cutting guide in the Wishes Card Confidence Program. 

This features the stamp set "Chairs to You" which will be the May 2011 Stamp of the Month.  It is a fun set to play with and I look forward to having time to play with it for a couple more months...showing you all the possibilities! 

The birthday cake stamp is from the "Jubilation" June 2011 Stamp of the month.  It features 1-2 inch size stamps from different holidays and celebrations throughout the year.  This would be great for an event calendar.  I feel a workshop coming on!

The letters are from the Bohemian Alphabet and the flower and leaf below are also included in the alphabet set.  One of my new favorites. 

These last two were created from the "Tailor-Made" stamp set (C1442).  If you have a seamstress, quilter or crafter in your life, this is the perfect set to highlight their special talent. 

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Show 'em your Heart! H2H challenge

I love it when I have completed a challenge and didn't even know it.  In my attempt to "use what I have", I found these chipboard hearts from a long past CTMH special.  Now we all know that banners are in and the Sweet Heart paper packet is perfect for Valentine's Day, so I began creating.  Funny what I found that I could use in this project...remember the days of wire?  I had some hot pink wire and used that to "string" my hearts.  So much fun! 

I did learn that I have a hard time taking photos of banners.  Any hints anyone?

How would you describe yourself?

There is a place for everyone at Close To My Heart... 
Everyone has a different style of paper crafting, scrapbooking, and creating.  That's what I love about Close to My Heart Products.  The exceptional products fit any style.

Every consultant has a different style of business.  That's what I love about Close to My Heart, it can fit my style...even if that style changes. 

Even if you have never thought about being a consultant, you may find your style in the list below.  If you do find a "style" you recognize, I would love to talk with you.

Business Builder

Earn additional income by working with customers, hosting workshops and home gatherings, harnessing online shopping and more. Whether you want just a little extra spending money or enough to pay your bills, the sky is the limit.

Studio J Consultant

The Studio J bug has bitten you and you love the ease of creating layouts, the instant gratification and outstanding quality. Start taking advantage of the 22%+ Consultant discount!

Club Coordinator

You and your friends love Close To My Heart. Get the group together once a month to create one of CTMH's Workshop on the Go and receive a 22%+ discount on your purchases.
Personal Use Consultant

You are a Close To My Heart enthusiast and submit an average of $300 by yourself (or with a group of your friend) in orders per quarter. It's time for you to start earning a minimum of 22%+ discount on all your purchases.

Junior Consultant

You like CTMH's products and can't resist an amazing deal - all that comes in the kit for such a low price. You might order a few things a year at a 10% discount, would love access to our exceptional Bulletin Board full of art inspiration or would like to attend one of Close To My Heart's exclusive Consultants only events. Everyone signs up as a full Consultant and if after one full quarter, you do not have $300 in retail sales, you will become a Junior Consultant. Anytime you submit $300 in sales in any given quarter, you'll even bump back up to full status and start receiving a 22%+ discount!

Did you recognize any "style" that fit you?  Someone you know?  I would love to hear from you!

Monday, February 14, 2011

Free, Free & Fabulous in February!

Have you ever thought you might want to be a Close to My Heart Consultant?  There is a place for everyone at Close To My Heart...  And this month, you can be a part for free! 
When you join Close To My Heart during February and achieves both levels of Straight To The Top (First month and first three months), you will receive Straight To The Top rewards totaling $100 US in select product credit, PLUS you will receive a cash rebate of $129 on your New Consultant Kit. It's free products and a free kit—a fabulous deal!

Spring Summer 2011 Consultant Kit
Click on photo and then scroll down on the link to see each option in more detail. 

Interested in learning more?  Contact me today!  I would love to have you join the Evergreen Memories Team!

Friday, February 11, 2011

More Pink

Close to My Heart has a new pink ribbon collection that is so beautiful!  I just got mine and perfect timing for this video tutorial!  Take a look. 

Thursday, February 10, 2011

What is black and white and pink all over?

My work table.  Right now I am working on a set of cards.  I have been using the Sweet Heart paper (X7134B), packet, the new stamp set Tailor-Made (C1442), and any pink embellishment I can get my hands on.  Since my girls have grown up a bit...they are not really into pink as much but I know someone who still appreciates pink and will love this set of cards.

To get started, I used the "Just Because" 20 card workshop from the Wishes Card Confidence Program (9033).  This book gives you individual card patterns with lots of samples and rotated pattern ideas.  The workshop sets include cutting patterns for several cards so that you can complete a set of cards using 2-6 sheets of paper.  Faster, simpler, easier! 

I haven't finished my complete set, but here are a couple cards to whet your creative palette.  

The work table...not as black, white and pink but you get the idea. 

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Time for some artwork catch up!

Well, it is now February, I have had two open crops, a trip to Mexico, the flu, PTA meetings, History Day boards and a few other exciting things....all in the first 35 days of the year!  Now it is time to show some of the things I have been sneaking in to my creative time!

Wings Paper Packet, Baroque Alphabet stamp set (retired), Friendship Alphabet stamp set, Black Mini-Medley collection.  Page pattern "Showtime" from Magic Interactive scrapbook book. This will be the layout, with a different paper packet for February 21st Magic Monday class at the Rowley Residence.  Contact me if you are interested in attending. 

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Reap the Rewards! Join today for extra rewards!

Although the drawing is over, you are still welcome to join us.  Edited 3/30/2011 

Join before February 5th,  2011 and earn more rewards:

When you join between January 5th and February 5th, 2011, your name will be entered in a drawing for a free Distressing Kit (retail value $35.95) or January stamp of the month "Find Your Style" (retail value 22.95). (You also qualify if you have at least half of a current term to complete in your ongoing commitment.) The drawing will be held at the Spring Idea Book Unveiling. You don't have to be present to win...but it will be more fun if you are!

When you participate in my Reap the Rewards group, you commit to a $15 purchase for 10 months OR $25 purchase for 6 months and receive the following benefits:

1. The new Spring/Summer 2011 idea book (retail value $3.95) a week before regular customers.

2. When you turn in your club order by the 10th of the month, you will receive a Workshop Guide with scrapbook and card patterns and a sample accessory pack to coordinate. (retail value $1.50-$2.00) This reward is available every month beginning Jan 2011.

3. When you invite a friend to sign up for the club, you will receive a $10 gift certificate after she completes her term. You will earn a second drawing ticket for January's prize.

4. During your reward month, you will earn a minimum of $25 in free products. Many hostesses receive $40 on free product and one half price item.  Your reward month will be scheduled based on your reward term.

5. Also, preview and pre-buy opportunities at all studio sales and events.

If you need further information, please contact me by phone 425-398-5410 or email ( I would love to give you the rewards you deserve!

Those names that are currently in the drawing are:
Stephanie K.
Kelsey M.
Jamee M.
Jenni H.
Kathy G.
DeAnn K.
Sharon C.
Liz F.

Join the list today!  Renew your term or start the rewards now!

Early Spring!

Punxsutawney Phil didn't see his shadow and predicted an early spring but I already knew about an Early  Spring!  The new, BIGGER, Close to My Heart Idea book for 2011 is here!  Spring and summer papers, embellishments and fun new tools like the spray pen that we had a sneak peak of in January! 

Want to experience the early spring for yourself!  Come to the idea book unveiling on Saturday, February 5th, 3:00 p.m.  I will have paper samples, workshop plans, and Valentine ideas to share.  Create and take with new stamp sets as well.  Come join the fun!

Can't wait for get your hands on spring?  You can view the new idea book here and even order from it here