Monday, August 24, 2009


At our Ninth Annual BBQ this year, we had THIRTY FIVE KIDS!!! That's our most ever!  Many were repeat guests, some were brand new to our party, but all had a great time!  Two of the kids had left before we took the picture, but I counted them in the number anyway, since they put away so many clams!!!  Our littlest guest was only a few months old, and then at the high end of our Kids list we had teenagers.  What a FUN BBQ!!!!  Best yet!!  I can't wait to scrap this photo and hang it with 2007 and 2008, in the guest bathroom where everyone is sure to see it!

Monday, August 17, 2009

Celebrate the Everyday with this adorable card kit!!

This card kit is available beginning August 18th!  Contact me to order yours today!

in September we are giving you 3 ways to 

get a FREE Everyday Celebration card kit 

for making 16 beautiful cards! 

•  Purchase a minimum of $60 in stamp sets** 

(includes A, B, C, D, and E-size) between 

August 18–September 30 (CC1006C) 

•  Host a Home Gathering with minimum sales 

of $400 between September 1–30 

•  Sign up as a new Consultant between 

September 1–30 

You can also buy as many card kits as you’d 

like for $39.95 per kit (CC1006B). And 

there’s more fun! Place any order between 

September 1–30 and you’ll be automatically 

entered in our daily drawing for a FREE 

card kit! Winners will be announced on 

your Consultant’s MyCTMH website and Express your passion for 

stamping with this pretty new card kit today!

Friday, August 14, 2009

Good Save!!

This month for my clubs and workshops, we created our own B&T (background and texture) paper using CTMH stamps.  This is a really cool way to maximize your stamps, as well as personalize your pages.  

We used Back Country colors, and several stamp sets including Backwoods, You're A Hoot, and Campin' Fever.  One of my very good customers and friends (waving to Mo!) was really in the groove, stamping her little heart out, and she didn't notice that ink had built up on her block, as it sometimes does.  When that happens, if you don't catch it, you may end up with ink lines on your page that are unintentional.  Well, Mo had lots of these going on, and she decided to make it an intentional part of her design instead of starting over.
She simply inked a block with colors and added to the unintentional lines to create a really cool random stamped paper!  Good Save, Mo!

One of my other club members, Jessica, also made a great save, but I didn't have my camera handy to capture it.  Another feature of the Back Country LO (scroll through a couple of older posts to see the whole layout) was dry embossing.  Jessica put her olive base page into her trimmer and used the embossing tool to score a line, that she would sand in the next step to expose the white core.  However, her paper moved in the trimmer and she ended up with a crooked line.  Rather than get upset that she had made a mistake, she simply added more "crooked" lines and ended up with a great effect!  It looked like she had wound hemp or fibers around the bottom of her layout!  It was another Good Save!  

If you would like to attend a club meeting to check it out, you're more than welcome!  Please email me at for the latest dates!

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Changed it up a bit...

but I can't get rid of that green background at the top of the blog!!  If anyone can advise me on how to change it, I'd appreciate some help!  Thanks!!

Thursday, August 6, 2009


In my last post I gave you a little hint of what is coming up in Close To My Heart:  Studio J.  Close to My Heart has spent THREE years developing this revolutionary new online design tool to help us all get our scrapbooking done!

I love the CTMH style of scrapbooking.  I find that it suits me very well, and I enjoy designing pages to compliment my photos and memories rather than just gluing pictures to pretty paper.  I have avoided digital scrapbooking because I don't like the look of it.  I can always tell when the layout is digital in the magazines, and unless you have really sophisticated software (read expensive) then your choices are pretty limited.  While you can buy a button online and then make it any size or color you want, you still have to find the button that goes with what you're doing and you still have to buy it.

CTMH has once again taken the lead in the scrapping world and has developed a program that puts everyone else to shame.  Now I know I'm biased, but with Studio J there are SO many advantages.  I will try to sum them up for you here:
*FREE online design program-nothing to buy until you want to purchase your layouts
*Gives you the option to try CTMH paper packs with your photos to see which look you prefer
*Preloaded with CTMH designs from Cherish and Imagine
*Retired paper packs and EXCLUSIVE paper packs will be available
*Layouts are printed at CTMH onto high quality scrapbooking paper, so you can further embellish at home with your own lumpy-bumpies, or you can embellish online
*Layouts are printed as PAGES, not books, so you can do two page layouts and add them to your books whenever you want, instead of needing enough photos to fill a book at one time
*Embellishments are selected based on the design you choose, and you can toggle them to suit your color needs
*Intuitive program, so it guides you along-you do not need to be a computer guru to figure this out!
*Did I mention it is FREE????

Please visit the Studio J website to see the preview video here.  The program will be released to consultants this FALL (I am so excited!!) and to customers sometime in the spring.  You will be able to go to my website  and do your Studio scrapping, plan pages, and either buy the studio pages or order the classic supplies with me.  

I am really excited about this and I can't wait to show you all how easy this is going to be and how you can use it to catch up on your scrapbooks.  As a confirmed CLASSIC scrapper, I can tell you that I initially felt some concern, but then I saw the video at and I also watched one for consultants only from our founder and CEO Jeanette Lynton about it, and I am 100% on board.  To me, it's like a different version of our level 1 and level 2 kits!  I hope you will visit the site and see what it's all about, and plan to come to my Customer Appreciation Party on September 12th from 1-4 pm or 7-10pm, because I will be talking more about it then!!!

Wednesday, August 5, 2009


Back Country Fever! I am lovin' this month's layout.  I chose the design called Swing Rhythm from the CTMH how-to book Imagine and based this design on it.  The owl paper is random stamped!  How cute is that?  That way you can choose any of the colors in the kit as your focus color.  I used a lot of olive green, and brightened it up with crystal blue and goldrush.  My photos are still at Walgreens being printed but I know it will be super cute when it's finished.

My clubs and my workshop this month are creating this same layout.  All paper is pre-cut except for the white daisy, which needs to be stamped first.  Below is a close up of the random stamping.  The workshop cost is just $10 is is scheduled for August 9th at 1:30 pm at my house.  Please email me if you are interested in coming!!  

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Back from Vacation!!!

We are recovering from vacation today!  Eleven hours in the car with NO melt downs from the kids!  Isn't that amazing??  

This fella and all his friends really enjoyed us on vacation, since we saved bread scraps and fed the birds almost every day.  Several times it was like being in the movie The Birds with them all swarming around us and hearing their wings beat against the air.

The last three days were very important for Close to My Heart!  The company held its Leadership Convention in Long Beach, CA, and unveiled an amazing array of new products, new ideas, and new directions that the company is taking!  It's ALL good!  

Here are some hints:
**New format for the Idea Book
**FOUR new paper packs with super cool new accessories (what happened to #5??  See below)
**STUDIO J:  with "paper pack" #5 exclusively available here.  What is Studio J?  Click here to     see a short video explaining this new complimentary computer program!
**Updated products like an eyelet setter, edge distresser, BONE FOLDER, and more!
**New WORKSHOP format too!  Now workshops will be one discounted price and will include a paper pack, B size stamp set that is exclusive to the workshop kit, a full accessory pack, and the workshop guide!  ALL workshops every month will be $29.95 and we can choose to do two layouts or a card workshop!  Look for my newsletter for more information.  If you are not on my newsletter email list, please sign up on the right!!

There is so much more to share with you!  I am planning a customer appreciation event for early September so YOU can see and touch all the new goodies and learn more about this amazing forward thinking company!!!