Thursday, December 29, 2011

Last Chance for these kits: Mischief, Believe, Wonderland, and Dreamin'

Our new Idea Book has made its way to most consultants by now and we are busy drooling over all the fabulous new products!!!  I am so excited to share it with you, but not until February 1, 2012.

Until then, I can tell you that four of the current paper packs are retiring, so if you love them, get them now!  The photos below show the Workshops on the Go, one of my favorite products in the Idea Book.  These kits contain everything you see pictured and are $29.95.  SHOP NOW

Cards are an optional project and require additional supplies.

Banner is an optional project and requires additional supplies.

Box and cards are an optional project and requires additional supplies.

Card set is an optional project and requires additional supplies.

Check out the NEW tab called CLUBS: Something for Everyone!

More details to follow--but I am planning some awesome new opportunities for you to get some scrapbooking time into your schedule!  Make it a New Year's Resolution to get out and get scrappin'!!

Friday, December 23, 2011

Merry Christmas to all!!

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas, and good tidings and joy throughout the year!  Thank you for supporting my business!

Waiting for the FedEx man!!!

My NEW Spring/Summer Idea Books should be arriving tomorrow!  Merry Christmas to ME!!  I have heard about some of the new things in the book from consultants in Utah--they always get their books the fastest.  Some GREAT and VERY on trend things are coming!  I might be dancing to FOOTLOOSE as well (wink'll have to wait to hear why!)  SOOOOOOO excited!

I am also excited for Christmas Eve.  I love watching my kids feel the magic of it all, I love having my family together, and I think there might be some special stuff going on too.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

January Club: Wonderland

Blues, Greys, Chocoaltely brown, and shimmery goodness for January Club!  As of right now, Club is set for January 20th at 7 pm.  We'll be making this gorgeous layout plus two more at club and YOU are welcome to join us! 

One Little Word...I made my choice! my One Little Word choice for 2012.

to fill with an animating, quickening, or exalting influence: His courage inspired his followers.
to produce or arouse (a feeling, thought, etc.): to inspire confidence in others.
to fill or affect with a specified feeling, thought, etc.: to inspire a person with distrust.
to influence or impel: Competition inspired her to greater efforts.
to animate, as an influence, feeling, thought, or the like, does: They were inspired by a belief in a better future.
My goal with choosing this word is to inspire myself to grow my Close to My Heart business in 2012.   I want to inspire the members of my Sandy Hearts team to grow their own businesses--we could all do with extra money, right?!  I want to inspire myself to continue growing and changing in my new life.  I want to inspire others to create and scrapbook their memories and stories.  I also hope to inspire other women to be STRONG.  I found strength in myself this year, and although right now is really hard, I know I am STRONG and I can find my way out of this.  I am a firm believer of one door door opens.  I am waiting for the right door to open and I am excited to see what awaits me in 2012!

Art Philosophy Banner--easy as pie!

I made this super cute banner for Natey's birthday this week, and used the Art Philosophy cartridge for all of it.  I had about 20 minutes to get it done, and that's all it took.  I cut the banner pieces from cranberry, moonstruck, honey, clover meadow, and white daisy card stock, and stars from sunny yellow.  All letters were cut from white daisy too.  I ran all the small letters and the stars through my Xyron X tape adhesive thingy and popped them on, then used CTMH's Bonding Memories for the rest of the letters.  All I used to string them together was cranberry ribbon and voila!  A cute custom made banner that I could re-use if I want next year, just changing the 5th to a 6th!  I used primary colors because Natey LOVES Mario Brothers, and their game packaging is very primary color-based.  He loved it and I was happy it didn't cost me a cent.  All the banners in the store were at least $5 and none of them fit my theme of primary colors, and I was tired of looking too.

And, by the way....I am still trying to figure out what the Universe is trying to tell me.  Yesterday while making almond spritz cookie dough, I got a double yolk in one of my eggs.  In all my life I have never gotten a double yolked egg.  I bought the exact same kind of eggs I always buy, same size, and boom--there it was.  Not a crazy thing, I know, but to happen THIS week was strange.  Still listening!

Friday, December 16, 2011

One Little Word...

I don't really follow along with the One Little Word project that Ali Edwards does...but I do usually think of a word and think about it a little bit at the end of each year.  This year I have some ideas of words that could define the next year of my life....







At this time I have too many choices and I know I have to pick one...any thoughts?  Are you doing OLW?  What is your word for 2012?  I have had many changes over 2011...and I am continuing to make more changes every day.  Even little things, like where the trash can is in the kitchen, are changes I am making because it makes me happy to change things that have bothered me for a long while.  More changes I plan on making include more purging of unnecessary junk that is clogging up my home, some personal changes....and more.  I actually like change, it energizes me and gets me going.  I have been in the grip of stress and anxiety for much of 2011, and going through a divorce that I had hoped would be amicable and as stress-free as I could make it be.  But it was not to be and so it has been extremely tiring to go through the process, as well as causing much anxiety.  I don't share a ton of super personal information here, but divorce is something that is consuming my life right now and maybe that would help explain a lack of artwork here on my blog.  When I am anxious, I have a hard time creating.  So days where I feel good, I do other stuff like clean up the house!  There's not been much time for creating where I actually felt like creating. So hopefully in 2012 when things are more settled, I will be able to create much much more than I could this year. 

Please leave me a comment and share your One Little Word, and what you plan on doing with it for 2012!!!

Check out our NEW format for the Idea Book!

Close to My Heart has updated the online platform for viewing our Idea Books--and it's *almost* as good as looking at it in person!  Click on the Idea Book below to go check it out!!

I still have some of these Idea books--you can email me and I can send you one for FREE!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

I'm Listening....

Do you ever get the feeling that you're supposed to be realizing something...but you don't know what it is?  I am calling this "the Universe is trying to tell me something..."  somewhere in the cosmos a message is trying to get to me.  Now I have to listen and figure out what it is.  I'm listening, cosmos.....I'm listening!

Saturday, December 10, 2011

A few Home Decor ideas from Close to My Heart

All products featured below can be found online at my website!

Ah, home sweet home, where we get to decorate to our heart’s delight! Add these beautiful DIY d├Ęcor pieces to your home to live inspired every day. We’ve chosen a sleek color scheme of Grey Flannel, Black, and White Daisy, with a pop of Pear, and we used the graphic flowers from the My Acrylix® Dreamin’ Workshop set to add subtle texture to the White Daisy paper in the desk calendar and art canvas. Here are a few hints for you as you create these chic projects.
Desk Calendar
Desk Calendar
  • Create the triangular base of this calendar by folding a 12" × 12" piece of chipboard at the 3" and 7 1/2" marks.
  • Insert three pins from the Bling assortment (Z1466) and clip the sharp ends if they protrude too much. (Tip: You can use hot glue on the back to anchor the pins.)
  • Cut twelve 3 1/2" scalloped squares from Pear cardstock using the shape on the Cricut® Art Philosophy cartridge (Z1686) and sponge the edges with Pear ink.
  • Cut twelve 3 1/2" squares from Grey Flannel cardstock and sponge edges with Grey Flannel ink.
  • Use the 3" chipboard squares from the My Creations® memory game (Z1614) for the date tiles. Stamp the background flower pattern in second generation using Grey Flannel ink and then stamp the month or numbers with black StazOn® ink. Sponge the edges with Grey Flannel ink. (Tip: Stamp two of numbers 1 and 2. Stamp one each of numbers 3 – 9 and 0.)
  • Back each month and date tile with the 24 pieces of cardstock and then punch a hole in the top for easy hanging.
Art Canvas
Art Canvas
  • Cut a piece of cardstock to the size of your canvas. (Tip: Do all your stamping and inking first before attaching the cardstock to the canvas.)
  • Select four or five alphabet stamp sets, varying the size and styles. (Tip: You can create this “subway art” look with whatever alphabet sets you have on hand.)
  • Choose a few simple icon stamps to fill in empty areas.
  • Play around with the placement and spacing of the letters and icons before stamping.
  • Stamp the words and icons with black StazOn® ink.
  • Attach the finished cardstock piece using a thin coat of Mod Podge applied to the canvas.
  • Cut out 130 2" scalloped circles from Grey Flannel cardstock using the shape on the Cricut® Art Philosophy cartridge (Z1686) or by punching the circles using the 2" scallop circle punch (Z1392).

  • Staple the circles together in stacks of five.

  • Squeeze and scrunch the edges then adhere two stapled sets together on the flat sides to create a spherical shape.

  • Sponge edges with Grey Flannel ink if desired.
  • Place the finished flowers inside a glass carafe or vase.
  • Wrap Sweet Leaf ribbon from the Designer Ribbon green collection (Z1616) around the neck of the vase to accent.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Studio J can help you finish your gift shopping for everyone on your list!

The gift-giving season can be an uplifting time of merriment and joy... but it can also feel a bit hectic. It’s nice to know you can count on Studio J® to help you give meaningful gifts that don’t require a lot of time or money. Here are a few ideas to simplify your life and save time for both the giver and the receiver.

  • Make one family layout and print multiple copies for everyone. (Time: 15–45 minutes) With Studio J, printing extra copies of a layout is as simple as changing the quantity on the checkout screen. Or, if you prefer, create one layout, then copy it into a new project as many times as you like and customize it for each recipient.
  • Give a Studio J 5-pack along with a Quick Pic™ album. (Time: 5 minutes) Since a 5-pack includes free layouts, free shipping, and free Memory Protectors®, it’s everything they’ll need to create a finished album!
  • Present a loved one with a 3-month Studio J membership. (Time: 5 minutes) A 3-month membership costs just $30 US / $33 CAN and is the perfect way to help someone “get their feet wet” with Studio J and give them complete access to a product you love. Combine it with a 5-pack to make it an extra-special stocking stuffer!
  • Give a gift certificate for one-on-one Studio J training. (Time: 35 minutes) With Studio J, you can create two 2-page layouts in just 30 minutes. Give a gift certificate for a 30-minute session of one-one-one training where you help them create two layouts. Once you’ve shown them how fast and easy it is to scrapbook the Studio J way, they’ll be excited to create more pages on their own!
So put on the holiday music, pour yourself some eggnog, and pull out your holiday gift list. Studio J is a great way to help you give the gift of memories—without taking much time!

Start right here:  Click on Studio J to give it a try for free!

Friday, December 2, 2011

Rock the Block stamp set

Thought you might like to see the actual exclusive stamp set that comes in the Rock the Block campaign starting December 19th! 

Isn't that lovely??  The stamps are perfectly sized to stamp on the 2x2 blocks that come with this campaign.  Flourishes are always useful and you can use those on just about anything!  I have this set already (a perk of being a consultant!!) and it is awesome!  I see myself using this one over and over again for lots of projects!

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Are you looking for a job you can do from home???

I have been looking for a job for the past few months, and it's been tough.  I have a teaching degree in Elementary Ed, and I left teaching two years ago joyfully.  The economy tanked right after that and in NJ we had a new governor who really went after cutting the excesses in education.  Unfortunately, that meant many teachers got cut and there aren't many positions that open each year.  I went for a Mantoux test a month ago and had a panic attack that afternoon--all from the thought of going back to teaching!  ACK!  What is that all about?  I am not sure, but I know in my heart I am not meant to be back in the classroom.  I've applied to many retail stores too but with limited experience and my availability, I'm not very hireable. 

My personal life has been through some major changes this year as well--since Easter I have had a hard time working my business like I want to.  Between my parents working and most scrapbook events taking place at night or on weekends, I just haven't been able to get out there.  I LOVE doing gatherings and teaching people how to scrapbook--it is truly my passion and I certainly love the products I sell with Close to My Heart.  I do buy other products sometimes, but to be honest, I rarely like the scrapbook pages I make with other products.  CTMH is my brand, through and through. 

Why am I blogging about this?  Because I want to be able to live on my Close to My Heart business!  It was always my dream to be a great mom to my kids, and for me to be able to do that, I need to work from home.  I understand that other people can work full time jobs away from home, come home and cook dinner and do homework and get the laundry done and all of that.  And I did that for many years!

To be my best at my most important job, being a mom, I need to work form home.  I can help others do this as well--even if all you want to do is make some extra money to buy your own scrapbooking products!  I am experienced (just celebrated my FOUR year anniversary with CTMH), I am available (you can call me, email me, or text me with questions or concerns), I am knowledgeable about this business and also about scrapbooking techniques, and I am PASSIONATE about helping others be their best self too!  You can join Close to My heart for $99 and make that investment back in ONE gathering! 

Here's how you can decide if joining a scrapbooking direct sales company is for you:  you go to crops frequently, you have some friends who also scrapbook, you are always looking for sales or coupons to use to buy more scrapbooking materials, and you need some extra money!  CTMH is a direct sales company--not a pyramid scheme or some sort of scam.  Direct sales is one of the BEST businesses for women, because they are usually started and/or run by women!  CTMH was started by Jeanette Lynton (check her out on her blog, and she is still the leader of the company over 25 years later.  SHE owns the business, not some corporation, and SHE is passionate about the same thing I am--being the best mom for her kids. 

Go ahead and click on the tab at the top that says Join CTMH and read about how easy it is to get started, and what you get in your kit.  And go ahead and contact me with your questions!  I don't mind questions and would be happy to answer them for you.  If we are local to each other, I can meet you for coffee and tell you all about me, CTMH, direct sales, scrapbooking, and anything else you want to know!  Even if you are a novice scrapper, you can do this!  I was a novice when I started and leaned quite a lot!!! 

Make your own gift tags using the Art Philosophy cartridge!