Sunday, October 30, 2011

Holiday Wishes Card Class coming soon!

Card Class COMING SOON!!!  I am planning a Wonderland Card Class using the products below!  I am so excited!  Seriously, I have not held a card class in a REALLY long time...because the last one went so horribly wrong.  I have been too frightened to attempt another one.  BUT, because this fabulous Holiday Wishes set coordinates with the Art Philosophy cartridge, I think we can whip up some fabulous cards quickly and easily.  And, those of you who know me know that I make you cut your own paper....BUT NOT FOR THIS CLASS!!!!  Yes, that is correct, I will be cutting all the paper for you!!!!!!

Holiday Wishes stamp set PLUS
Wonderland Patterned Paper PLUS

Crystal Blue and Twlight card stock PLUS

6x6 Kraft Cards (all die cuts with envelopes) PLUS

Chocolate striped ribbon!
Stay tuned for the finished project...as soon as the Fed Ex man drops it off I will be able to make the samples!

Friday, October 28, 2011

Holiday Wishes stamp set available NOW!!

Starting TODAY and continuing all through November, you can get the new D–size My Acrylix® Holiday Wishes stamp set featuring stamp images that coordinate with the Cricut® Art Philosophy cartridge for only $5 with a qualifying purchase!

 Isn't this gorgeous?  Four of the images coordinate with the Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge...the tree, the ornament, the stocking, and the star.  I love how this is such a Scandinavian look--I don't have any sets like this at all and I am of Swedish descent (among others!) so I am thrilled to get this set!!  All you need to do to get your own is order $25 in STAMP SETS and this one is added for just $5.  It cannot be ordered on its own, so treat yourself to a couple of stamp sets and add this one!!  I see a Holiday card workshop coming for those who buy this set...stay tuned for more details!!!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Dreamin', a beautiful Fall kit!

 The featured layout with Dreamin'--paper ribbon, bronze Glitz Glitter Gel, and some Art Philosophy shapes of course!
 Close up of the paper ribbon...stamped a pattern with goldrush ink on the goldrush paper, then folded one piece into pleats.  Looks really good in person!
 Two Art Philosophy shapes layered to make the flower, accented with Glitter, and I stamped the branches behind it.  I popped up the flower with 3-D Foam Tape (my favorite!) and tucked some of the paper ribbon behind it too.
 The second layout---spray inked the bases with chocolate re-inker and water.  In the photo the paper looks really wrinkled, but it isn't...my spritzer pen sprayed in arcs because there was a bit of gunk on the sprayer part, so it made funny arcs when I sprayed.  Also, that long brown piece on the top left page is supposed to be on the top of the right page--I accidentally switched the pieces but I had already glued the 12 inch long piece and I didn't want to wreck the base page.  Oh well!
 These paper flowers are from the Art Philosophy cartridge, of course, one Pacifica, one Goldrush, one Honey.  I twirled them into shape, then put them under a 4 x 4 acrylic block and squashed the heck out of it.  Then I glued it with Liquid Glass, sponged it with chocolate ink, and rubbed some Glitte Gel over it too.  These flowers are really tight--I should have loosened them up more before I squashed them.  The leaves are also from the AP cartridge, stamped, glittered, or spritzed!
 This is the third layout we'll be making.  It's based on a layout that Corporate gave to consultants at the Leadershare Event recently (I didn't go, but have seen pictures).  For club we will make the scalloped square even bigger, I think ti will look better larger.  Or make it rectangular.  I added another piece of the orangey B&T patterned paper on the left, and then photo mats in Pacifica.  The bases here are also spray inked--but you can see it's much lighter on this layout than the second one. 
 Same leaves as the second layout--layered and tied with natural hemp.  I had some wooden buttons at hand and used on of those too.
This flower is the same as the ones on the second layout, but this one is looser and I think it looks better.  I inked this one too, put some leaves under it, and then separated all the strands of a piece of hemp at either end, but left it twisted in the center.  Then I folded it in half, stuck a glue dot under the twisted part and tucked it under the flower.  There is also a Mocha Pearl inside the center of the flower.  I like it!  I am working on my clustering skills--I love how clusters look on pages but I don't always get it to come out right.

If you'd like to join me for these layouts in November, simply click on the PayPal links on the left side of my blog and buy your kit!  I cut all the Art Philosophy shapes for you so you don't dip into your full sheets of card stock...and you'll get extra sheets of card stock for bases. 

Thursday, October 20, 2011

A sneak peek at DREAMIN', the Club Kit we are using in November!


I November, we are using the fabulous kit DREAMIN', and the video shows some ways to add Cricut pieces to the already great artwork! 

This is the first layout we'll be creating, but of course adding some Cricut flair to those photo mats!  I really love blue and orange together, and orange is one of the HOT colors right now in paper crafting as well as in fashion and home decor.  Did you know that at CTMH the designers look to fashion and home decor to see what is trending and what is hot, and then the designers translate those ideas into stamp sets and paper packs.  There will be more information coming soon about the November Club and how you can get in on the action!

Monday, October 17, 2011

New Studio J tab--learn to use this wonderful tool!

Last night I was blogging about joining CTMH and the FREE add-on kit you can choose this month, and I wrote a bit about Studio J.  It is really a great tool to use to catch up on your scrapping--scroll down to the previous post and read what I have to say on Studio J.  This morning I woke up and decided to create a handy-dandy tab here on my blog for you to use to learn how to use Studio J, and there will be tips and techniques in the videos as well.  CTMH corporate created all these videos for consultants to share with everyone and they are easy to watch--quick and to the point.  Remember, you can use Studio J for FREE every time to play and play and play!  When you decide that you want to purchase your layouts, you can buy them as a non-member...or purchase a 12-month or a 3-month membership, or just a 5-pack to purchase those layouts.  Membership has lots of benefits--click on the Studio J Membership tab to read all about that. 

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Close to My Heart Consultant Kit BONUS this month!

Just a reminder, if you have been looking for something just for YOU, a way to earn extra money each month, or a discount on fabulous high-quality products, this is the month to join Close to My Heart!

Every new consultant gets an opportunity to purchase extra add on kits, if they choose, at sign-up.  Each of these kits are $40, but are worth so much more.  For October only, new consultants can choose one of these add-on kits for FREE!

Below is the Roxie Add On kit--love those stamp sets!  And, by the way, I have been watching the AMC series Mad Men recently, and in the first season there is a scene in a restaurant where the wallpaper looks exactly like the zebra print in the Roxie pack!  I was cracking up!
 Here is the Elemental Add-On kit, so versatile and perfect for just about any occasion!    Those tags are everywhere--even in scrapbooking magazines. 
 And finally, Studio J.  If you have not tried this free online software program, you are missing a HUGE tool to get caught up on your albums.  The number one complaint I hear from my friends and customers is "I am SO behind on all my books".  Generally, many scrappers work in order of their pictures.  So the book they may be working on may be from 1, 2 even 5 or 10 years ago.  That means all their most recent photos are sitting and waiting for a VERY long time before getting their turn.  Now, I would agree that to scan in old photos to use in Studio J would take a long time, may be expensive, and just not for everyone.  But, imagine this:  you are working on your son's 5th birthday photos (he is now 23!).  You have a stack of photos you'd love to work on from his recent college graduation, but obviously, you can't scrap them because you are working on his 5th year album!  WHAT IF....you continued to work on the old stuff WHILE you use Studio J to scrap the new stuff???  It doesn't mean you have to convert to digital!!!  So many of us love to get inky and glittery and all that!  It just is a TOOL to use how you want to use it!  Not a replacement!  Just an additional way to get your pages done.

Below are some of my Studio J layouts--with a membership, I can order JUST JPEG files of my layouts and print them elsewhere, or order the layout printed by CTMH and get the JPEG for free.  Would you know just by looking at these that they are digital...if I didn't tell you?  And, by the way, these were some of my first layouts done with Studio J...I know so much more about the program now and there are so many more choices!  TRY IT FOR FREE!!!!  http://jennifercox.myctmh.com and click on Studio J.  FREE!




Friday, October 14, 2011

Third MISCHIEF layout for October Club

 Here is my third layout using the rest of my Mischief paper pack.  I added Autumn Terracotta card stock for the die cuts, and colonial white for the bases, but all the rest is what I had left over after completing the other two layouts.  I was going to add just more Sunset card stock, but I didn't have enough (or I just couldn't find it, which may be the reason!) and I thought Autumn Terracotta looked nice with this pack.
 On the bases, I used my stipple texture tool and black ink--I just brushed it around very lightly so it looked smokey.  I LOVE the effect I got!  I originally was going to use black bases, then thought it was too dark.  Then I tried Grey Flannel but it was not the same grey as in the paper (which is Grey Wool).  So I tried this technique and I really liked the result.
I also inked the edges of everything with black distress inks (sold in a pack of two, one black and one chocolate, Z1296, $3.95) which is a chalk ink, not dye ink.  The result is a smudgier look than what regular dye ink would give.  Because these distress inks are only 1 inch square, it's super easy to go around the die cut base (cut with the Art Philosophy cartridge, of course!) even in the nooks and crannies. I will add more embellishments to this once I put pictures on it--I'm getting our corn maze photos developed right now. 

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Second MISCHIEF Layout for October Club

Here is the second layout using the Mischief club kit for October!  Isn't it pretty?  Totally fall-themed, no Halloween here!  I used the Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge for the leaves (and the coordinating stamp set that comes with the cartridge to stamp them) as well as the cocoa brown bracket on the left, and the journaling area on the right page.  They are actually the same shape cut to the same size, but the one on the left I cut in half length-wise, and just cut the top off the one on the right.  For the journaling area on the right, I will add a colonial white piece to write on.  If you'd like to see close-ups--please visit my Streamlined Scrappin' Club page--click on the tab above!!!

Monday, October 3, 2011

Who can help me earn a CRUISE to the Southern Caribbean???

Every year direct sales companies offer incentive trips to their consultants, and Close to My Heart offers some of the BEST trips!  Recent trips have been cruises in the Hawaiian Islands (setting sail in early 2012), an Alaskan Cruise, a Mediterranean Cruise, a land excursion in NEW ZEALAND (!!), a Western Caribbean Cruise, and so many more! 

Beginning October 1, 2011, every dollar I sell counts as a point towards this cruise...and I only need 30,000 points to earn it!  This past earning period I earned over 15,000 points without really trying to earn the cruise, so I know if I really WORK IT I can easily attain those 30,000 points that I need!  Every new consultant who signs up under me also earns me points, 1,000 for each person!  Eeek!  And, of course, once you are a new consultant, you earn YOURSELF points as well!  Every single consultant in this amazing company has the opportunity to earn this incentive trip, no matter what type of business you have (or hobby).

Can you help me get there??  I am looking for some new HOSTESSES for parties (I do a great party, totally free and we always make a great layout or a couple of awesome cards)!!  I am looking for CROPS to sell my inventory.  I am looking for some new GREAT CLUB MEMBERS who would like to get scrappy with us each month (come when you can).  I am looking for NEW TEAM MEMBERS who love CTMH and want to nab that great discount for themselves, or find that they can sell these products and earn extra money!  If you would be able to help me out in any of these ways, I would GREATLY appreciate it!!! 

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Become a Close to My Heart Consultant in October and get extra goodies for FREE!!

Ok, generally when you join Close to My Heart, you get a load of great products in your start up kit that are awesome, and you have to opportunity to choose "Add-On" kits to expand that starter kit.  These add-ons are $40 but the retail value is much higher.   
IN OCTOBER 2011, YOU CAN CHOOSE ONE OF THOSE ADD-ON KITS FOR FREE!!!!!

 Roxie Add-On Collection
Includes a Workshops on the Go™ Roxie Kit, Rhinestone
Designer Brads, Foundry® Pin Clips, My Acrylix® Instant
Memories Stamp Set, My Acrylix® Unscripted Stamp Set, Tulip
Exclusive Inks® Pad, Cocoa Exclusive Inks® Pad, and a 2" * 6 V"
My Acrylix® Block.
 Elemental Add-On Collection
Includes a Workshops on the Go™ Elemental Kit**, Dimensional
Elements Banners, D├ęcor Journaling Spots, My Acrylix® Love
Life Stamp Set, My Acrylix® Happy Clusters Stamp Set, Olive
Exclusive Inks® Pad, and a Desert Sand Exclusive Inks® Pad.
**Cricut® Art Philosophy cartridge required to complete workshop
layouts and bonus project.
 Studio J® Add-On Collection
Includes a 12-month Studio J® membership and five Studio J
layouts (must redeem within first 3 months).

There are many different types of consultants in Close to My Heart, and you choose what you want to do with this fabulous collection of products! Here are some options that might appeal to you:

1.  HOBBYIST:  By far most consultants in CTMH are hobbyists, and CTMH works hard to offer many perks to them!  Bulk products, early purchase power, a great discount (minimum of 22%, goes up with the higher your sales are), and wonderful project ideas!!  If you choose to sell more to friends and family, then you can certainly do so!  There are no limits here--sell or don't sell, it's all up to you.  Minimums are the same for all active consultants--$300 PER QUARTER.  Quarters run Jan-Mar, Apr-Jun, Jul-Sept, and Oct-Dec.  These are the same for all consultants.  If you are generally spending about $100 a month in scrapbooking supplies, then this is a great option for you!!  

2.  CLUB LEADER:  You already host a group of your scrapper friends on a consistent basis, and you'd love a way to streamline the process so that you are not frantically trying to come up with ideas and searching for coordinating accessories.  Why not join CTMH and use our wonderful Workshop on the Go kits for your friends?  There are a number of ways to use these kits, but they sure make life so much easier and it's pretty much all done for me!  By being the consultant and offering these kits to your friends, you make commissions, they get great products, and the work is cut down to about 10% of t a time commitment! 

3.  BUSINESS BUILDER:  Stuck in a dead end job and hate answering to others?  Then Close to My Heart may be the way out of that situation!  Once you get a strong customer base and have found some venues for your business, you may find yourself with enough income to get out of that dead end job!!  Take a good look at the people you already know--do many of them scrap or make cards?  Do they stamp?  Would they be interested in holding gatherings for you so you get to know more people?  If you are nodding your head, then it seems to me that you already have a customer base just waiting for you!  And if you don't know a TON of people who scrap, ask this:  have you ASKED people if they scrap??  I didn't ask until I became a consultant, and low and behold, I DID know a lot of people who scrapped, and they introduced me to more!!  You can always start as a hobbyist and discover yourself to be a Business Builder!

4.  CROP VENDOR:  Do you go to lots of crops and there isn't a CTMH vendor there?  Why don't YOU become the CTMH vendor??  You could be the vendor for products you love and still scrap the day away.  Consultants are permitted to carry inventory with CTMH, although selling from the Idea Book is of course the recommended way.  This is ONLY because to buy inventory, you BUY it and it's YOURS until you sell it.  If you are able to invest in a few items, you can be a crop vendor.  I have slowly built my inventory (which is NOT huge) by using Hostess Rewards that I earned when ordering my club kits (oh, yes, Consultants can be hostesses!!).  

There are SO many options for what YOU want to do with your Close to My Heart consultant kit!  If you decide that you really don't want to do anything more with your kit than use it for yourself and never buy a thing, you certainly scored a GREAT deal!!!!