Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Sad Mac :(

Remember Sex and the City's Carrie got a Sad Mac on her laptop? Her boyfriend-my favorite of her boyfriends!-tried to help her out by pressing control/alt/delete...and she got a SadMac. My MacBook is not that bad off...but when the letter I stopped working, along with the number 8, things were looking dicey. This morning it decided I was done looking up how to send cards to soldiers and powered off. Then it stayed off for a while, then it decided I was allowed to go on again. I knew this was a bad sign...when your MacBook starts making its own decisions, it's time to go to the Geeks!
Because I bought my Mac at Best Buy, I returned there to let the Geeks tell me what I already knew...probably needed another keyboard replacement. I say another because last fall when Nate drooled all over the touchpad, it was fried! This time, I am not sure what happened to make it go fritzty. Perhaps all the sweat on my fingers. Yes, I was without air conditioning during the HOTTEST month on record in recent years. Why? Too long of a story to tell. I am back in my bedroom though, a welcome change from the basement, and have the A/C set on a chilly 72! Nice!
So, because all of my photos are on my Mac, as well as the fact I have no clue anymore how to upload pictures to my desktop computer, I may not update the blog as much during the next couple of weeks. I am sure my poor Mac will be hospitalized for that long...again. Sigh!

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Lovin' Level 1 Kit Class this month!

Join me this month to create these 4 amazing pages in under an hour!  Yes, you read that right, under an hour!  On July 28th at 7 pm we're using the Passages Level 1 kit to make these pages, and you can even bring your photos to add if you want, that's how much time we'll have!  You do not have to copy my pages exactly, as all Level 1 Kits come with two sheets of My Stickease that have artwork samples on the backs, but I will be happy to share the directions for these pages with you.  The layouts pictured were designed by the very talented Annette Green in Florida.  

Friday, July 16, 2010


Is this just the cutest???  New paper called Hooligans-and new felt Monster guys!  So cute!  But don't worry, I know how to take this monster/Halloween paper and turn it into all sorts of things that have nothing to do with monsters OR Halloween!  

Flip Flaps just got even BETTER!

Okay, so hopefully you have bought our amazing Flip Flaps and tried them out on your pages-their 4x6 size is perfect for adding more photos to any layout!  At convention Close to My Heart announced a FABULOUS "upgrade" to Flip Flaps-they will be available in 3 NEW SIZES!  All are 12 inches long, and come in 4, 6, and 8-inch widths!  They have super strong adhesive that will adhere all along your page protector (or page, if you like to cut through your page protectors) and add amazing dimension and FUN to your pages!

Do you see in the photo above there is another new product?  MORE CLEAR CARDS!!!  Our popular clear cards debuted in rounded-corner squares and scalloped circles, and will be available in a standard sized 4.25x5.5 , one plain and one with a fancy edge!  They are SO fun to play with!!  I can't wait to teach you how easy it is to create clear cards!

Monday, July 12, 2010

Sticky Boy! | CTMH My Acrylix Clear Stamps

The ever elusive and popular STICKY BOY!!!!  The prototype for Close to My Heart's acrylix stamps, he is hidden all over Convention events by corporate staffers and it's our job to find him!!  He is only available to consultants at convention, and if you find him, consider yourself lucky!!

CTMH Scrappin Ladies

Does this look like a fun place to work or what???  Yes, those are CTMH corporate VIce Presidents, staffers, artists, etc, dancing to ALl The Scrappin' Ladies!!!  They were so brave to dance in front of well over a 1000 people!!!  Great job, CTMH!!

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Convention Updates!!

So sorry not to post from DC!!! My computer charger broke, so my laptop died and my dreams of keeping you all updated just as fast as possible!  I will upload a couple of photos a day and tell you a little about each one.  I had so much fun and can't wait to go to Anaheim next summer for the next one!!  Made so many new friends and reacquainted myself with some favorites!

First off, I posted on Wednesday about the new colors, 8 total!  Here is a better picture of those colors:  Gypsey, Pacifica, Sunset, Cotton Candy, Lagoon, Pear, Sky, and Smoothie!!  Really nice colors, love them all, but Lagoon is my new favorite!

The new how to book MAGIC, is going to be amazing!!!  It contains not only patterns for layouts, but also innovative ideas about how to create INTERACTIVE pages!!  Moveable slides of photos strips, flip up boxes, spinners, hidden pockets, you name it, it's there!!  All patterns will also have non-interactive directions in case you don't want to make them that way.

Another new product is actually a twist on one of our most popular products:  FLIP FLAPS!!  Our original flip flaps are sized 4x6 and make it easy to add more photos in a snap.  Our NEW flip flaps are all 12 inches in length, and come in 3 widths:  4 inches, 6 inches, and 8 inches!! Wait until you see the layouts we made...posting those tomorrow!!

Come back tomorrow to see them, and to read more about my fabulous time at convention!!

(A More Real) Love Story

Jon Schmidt - Love Story Meets Viva la Vida with MP3 Download Link

Thursday, July 8, 2010


My team!
a NEW How-To Book!!
Our goodies from Extravaganza!!
8 new colors!!  We got all 8!!!!!
New clear cards and new sizes of flip flaps!!

2 Big Changes!!!

My TEAM!! (l-r) Kathy, Me, Chris, Donna, and Carol (Chris is our Director Upline)  We are all a little tired in this photo!

I have 2 big changes to tell you about!  

1)  THE IDEA BOOK IS CHANGING TO A SEMI-ANNUAL (2 TIMES PER YEAR) FORMAT!!! Why is this exciting?  Because you are going to get MORE artwork and MORE tips and techniques in each Idea Book, as well as MORE pages!  I don't have this is my hot little hands yet, but I will Thursday!!!  WHOO HOOO!!!

2)  THREE NEW COLORS (so far!!)   We have a new paper pack called Olivia featuring Smoothie, Pear, and Sunset!!!  I have NO idea which colors these are replacing but will update as soon as I can!

Monday, July 5, 2010

Washington DC, watch out!!

Tomorrow I will be packing my car and waiting for two friends to join me, Josette and Sharon, and pack their stuff in the car.....and then early early early Wednesday morning, we're packing Kathy's stuff in the car...and we're on our way!!!  Except for a quick stop to pick up Carol and pack her stuff in the car....then we're really on our way!!

What are we doing?  Close to My Heart's annual convention is in our capitol this year and we are car pooling down the highway to get there for some fun and exciting announcements!!  I am really happy I don't have to fly in this time.  I like flying, but it's so much easier to drive in!  

Starting at 8:30 am on Wednesday, I will be attending CTMH's Leadership Day, a special convention day just for those consultants with the title of manager or above.  Since I am an executive manager, I got to register for this awesome event for the first time!  I am looking forward to meeting the superstars of our company and learn some amazing tips from them.  

Thursday starts the regular convention schedule-general sessions, lunches, business and creative classes, and FUN FUN FUN!  

I will be bringing my laptop with me and updating this here blog every night as soon as I am able to-and I will be spilling secrets!!  Well, not really, but if you want to know what's coming up with CTMH you'll want to check in here every day this week beginning on Thursday.  I can't wait to share with you!!!!