Sunday, January 29, 2012

Scrap Your Stash results!

Oh my goodness, Scrap Your Stash was so much fun!  Maureen, Pat, and Maria came over last night and scrapbooked with me.  We chose a layout in the Magic book and created it with what papers we had in our stash, and so everyone's pages came out differently!  I used my Kissing Booth 6x6 paper pad that I had just bought at Paper Wings and some card stock, and those bitty pads work GREAT for this layout--or you could use up your scraps.

 I used the same 6x6 pad and chocolate card stock and made the layout below, totally copying my friend Maureen on this variation of the layout above.
 Then I got down to business and created a NEW layout from the brand new Victory paper pack that goes live on February 1st.  We'll be doing this layout in March at Club.
 Second layout from Victory, also for March, and this one is not complete yet.
 And then, FINALLY, my blocks from the Rock the Block Campaign that ends on January 31st.
 I took out all my beach-themed stamp sets, which was about 7 or 8 from CTMH alone, and just randomly stamped the card stock squares with different images.  Even if the image was too big for the square, I stamped it anyway and liked how it looked--you can see that in the lighthouse block in the top right corner. 
 Sorry this one got blurry.  My cat decided to jump up on my feet as I snapped this one.  But you can see the seahorse in the middle is totally cool--bamboo rolled into lagoon ink--so adorable.
 No rhyme or reason to where the blocks go in the tray, because these are going to go on my mantle when I get my summer stuff out.
That one in the middle is a border stamp that I just repeatedly stamped to look like one image.  My crabby is upside down too--sorry!

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

One of my favorite tools...the VERSAMAT!

So what the heck is this thing?  It is one of my favorite tools.  It's called a VERSAMAT and it is about 13"x13"...making it perfect to use for creating your layouts.  I actually have two of these side by side on my desk, one for the left page and one for the right page.  There are grid lines along all sides, so it's perfect for lining up your papers on your layouts.  The front side is self healing--making it a perfect surface for cutting.  The back side is a thick foam, sturdy but GREAT for stamping!  By now, if you come to my classes, you know that the way to a perfectly stamped image every time is to use the foam from the stamp set under your paper.  That little cushion is all you need for great images.  BUT...if you don't have the piece of foam for whatever reason, then you can flip your Versamat over and use the reverse side for stamping. 

I use this Versamat every time I create, making it one of my MOST USED tools!  Get yours here, for $14.50!

Monday, January 23, 2012

ROXIE February Streamlined Scrappin' Club!

February 17th at 7 pm...we'll be creating this adorable Roxie layout, plus two more layouts!

This one above (sorry it's wonky) is the second layout, and then I'll pick one more for us to do to.

Want to get in on the fun?  Simply choose your kit on the right of the blog and use the PayPal links to pay for your kit.  The $20 kit contains the full Level 2 Roxie paper pack plus the instructional brochure, additional card stock, embellishments, and any Art Philosophy shapes we may need.  The $35 kit contains all of the above PLUS a package of the Bling Assortment, the Roxie Workshop stamp set, and a pack of black hemp. 

That cute little box and coaster set does NOT come in teh kit-it's extra!

I hope you can join us for Club!  We have SO much fun!

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Cropping away!

I am here in Ocean City NJ cropping away at the Scrappers' Anonymous Getaway!  I am having a fabulous time but not really scrapping at all. I have been busy talking and laughing and teaching my classes.  This is a GREAT bunch of ladies and we have so much fun!!!

If you even get a chance to go to a weekend crop, this one is the best!!!

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

"I love my job!!"

If you know anyone who sells products for a Direct Sales company (Avon, Tastefully Simple, Pampered Chef, Close to My Heart...) you have probably heard that line..."I LOVE MY JOB!!"

You want to know the dirty little secret ALL of us direct sellers have??


Here's why, and this is the honest truth:  I really do choose when and how much I work--of course, the more I work, the more I make.  I really do most of my work at home--I update my blog, research layouts for class ideas, cut paper and make class kits, and keep up with my team members.  When I go out to work it's a party-we eat snacks, we make cards or layouts, we laugh and tell stories, it's fun!  For example, this weekend I am vending at a weekend crop--fancy hotel, fancy buffets three times a day, scrapping all day...seriously, does that even SOUND like work???  Well, it's my work, and I LOVE IT!

Think of your own life...are you a pretty regular scrapbooker or card maker?  Do you have a circle of friends who share your passion?  Then you are perfect for direct sales, and perfect for Close to My Heart!!

If you ever watch The Shark Tank, you see many entrepreneurs trying to sell their ideas to the Sharks--the people with money.  Most, if not all, direct sales companies were started by entrepreneurs--and direct sales is the OLDEST and MOST RESPECTED business model!  Direct sales IS NOT pyramid scheming, it is NOT a Ponzi scheme, it is NOT a SCHEME at all!  It is A BUSINESS MODEL.  I am paid by Close to My Heart, NOT my team members who signed up under me.  I do not pay anyone above me or below me or next to me or anywhere else.  No one pays me except Close to My Heart--and they pay me to get their products out there in the best way possible--by showing people how to use them.

Do you like paying LOTS of money in taxes??  Then for sure you don't want to join CTMH.  Having my own business helps me at tax time.  Do you like paying FULL PRICE for all your high quality scrapping supplies, or only buying the cheapest products you can find?  Again, don't join CTMH then!  Do you like going to a job you have no passion for, and being bossed by someone else?  CTMH isn't for you then!

Give it a try--our starting kit is $99, and very little commitment.  If you don't like it, don't sell it.  After a time you'll drop to Junior status, and then exit the company.  Nothing else happens.  No one calls you and pressures you to sell, no one calls you and threatens you, because after all, it's YOUR BUSINESS.

TRY IT NOW and join my team. This link takes you to my CTMH website (this is my personal blog, you have to sign up with the company on their hosted website).  CTMH handles all the paperwork, leaving me free to WELCOME YOU to my team of scrappers!

Saturday, January 14, 2012

2011 Retiring List of CTMH products...

Our new Spring/Summer Idea Book goes live on February 1st, so that means many products are retiring (to make way for all the new goodness!)  I have posted before about which paper packs are retiring, but here is the full list of stamp sets, accessories, etc., that are going to be gone forever after January 31st.  You can shop for all of these on my website:

Retiring List 2011

Spring/Summer 20ll Idea Book
(All Stamp Sets)

Trellis – D1451 - $17.95
Backgrounds & Borders – D1463 - $17.95
Dreams Come True – D1470 - $17.95
Summer Days – B1375 - $9.95
Love Ya – D1460 - $17.95
From My Heart – C1443 - $13.95
A Love – A1103 - $6.95
So Lucky – C1390 - $13.95
Circle of Love – D1438 - $17.95
Soul Mates – D1254 - $17.95
Bless This Nest – C1445 - $13.95
A Little Buzz – B1353 - $9.95
Beautiful Butterflies – B1373 - $9.95
Ambiance – C1349 - $13.95
Springtime – D1415 - $17.95
A Hop – A1112 - $6.95
Take Luck – B1364 - $9.95
Enjoy Every Moment – C1395 - $13.95
Beloved – B1343 - $9.95
Bunny Love – B1324 - $9.95
Carefree – C1447 - $13.95
A Paisley – A1105 - $6.95
Always In My Heart – A1101 - $6.95
Charmed – C1385 - $13.95
Togetherness – D1402 - $17.95
One Of A Kind – D1410 - $17.95
Blooming Layers – C1449 - $13.95
A Posy – A1102 - $6.95
Extreme Happiness – C1356 - $13.95
Friendship Blessings – D1191 - $17.95
Flower Pot – D1409 - $17.95
Smiles – C1397 - $13.95
Happy Moments – C1437 - $13.95
His and Hers – C1460 - $13.95
Tasty Treats – D1427 - $17.95
You’re Sweet – B1351 - $9.95
Recipe Box – D1364 - $17.95
Bon Apetit – D1367 - $17.95
Daydream – D1297 - $17.95
Makin’ Waves – C1365 - $13.95
Cruisin’ – D1471 - $17.95
Down By The Sea – C1451 - $13.95
True Happiness – D1365 - $17.95
Summer Breeze – C1453 - $13.95
Treetops – C1368 - $13.95
Let’s Go Camping – C1355 - $13.95
Beautiful Things – D1298 - $17.95
Campin’ Fever – D1353 - $17.95
Beary Best – C1363 - $13.95
Beary Busy – C1409 - $13.95
Howdy – D1435 - $17.95
You’re Great – D1434 - $17.95
Hot Diggity – C1407 - $13.95
It’s A Zoo – C1360 - $13.95
Fun Times – B1309 - $9.95
Love Birds – C1396 - $13.95
Over The Rainbow – D1426 - $17.95
Post Card – Travel Series – D1357 - $17.95
Horizon – C1454 - $13.95
Ciao – D1461 - $17.95
Thrill Ride – D1425 - $17.95
Retro Tech – C1446 - $13.95
Around The Block – D1377 - $17.95
Family Ties – C1346 - $13.95
Family Ties – Children – C1345 - $13.95
Family Ties – Pet – B1350 - $9.95
Family – C1305 - $13.95
Play Day (old set) – D1360 - $17.95
Believe In Your Dreams – B1322 - $9.95
Ms. Scrapbook – B1352 - $9.95
Ms. Chillin’ – D1404 - $17.95
You Rock – D1346 - $17.95
Catching Waves – D1466 - $17.95
X-Treme – D1432 - $17.95
Hero – D1474 - $17.95
Star Power – D1403 - $17.95
Tea Time – C1438 - $13.95
Little Princess – C1414 - $13.95
Birthday Boy – C1411 - $13.95
Birthday Blast – C1436 - $13.95
Shining Star – D1320 - $17.95
Royal Birth – D1441 - $17.95
Cupcakes Sprinkles – D1336 - $17.95
Piece of Cake – D1407 - $17.95
Paisley Praise – D1414 - $17.95
Sweet Baby – C1359 - $13.95
Baby Love – B1368 - $9.95
You Did It – C1351 - $13.95
Adoption – A1098 - $6.95
Precious Love – C1444 - $13.95
Love Always – D1337 - $17.95
A Game – A1113 - $6.95
Magic Tabs – C1448 - $13.95
Circle Together – B1372 - $9.95
Just For Boys – C1338 - $13.95
Just For Girls – C1337 - $13.95
Cherished Flourishes – D1413 - $17.95
Unity – C1422 - $13.95
Two-Step Backgrounds – D1473 - $17.95
On The Edge – C1399 - $13.95
Circle Around – D1300 - $17.95
Connections – D1330 - $17.95
Adorning Corners – D1322 - $17.95
Fill In The Blank – D1465 - $17.95
Priceless Love Word Puzzle – D1348 - $17.95
Kanji Phrases – C1339 - $13.95
Boom! – B1354 - $9.95
Just The Ticket – B1323 - $9.95
Salutation Seals – C1461 - $13.95
A Little Everything – D1408 - $17.95
For Every Occasion – D1187 - $17.95
Thank You – D1361 - $17.95
TLC – C1364 - $13.95
In The Month Of February – C1403 - $13.95
In The Month Of March – C1404 - $13.95
In The Month Of April – C1405 - $13.95
In The Month Of May – C1415 - $13.95
In The Month Of June – C1416 - $13.95
In The Month Of July – C1417 - $13.95
Notice The Details – D1378 - $17.95
On This Day – D1468 - $17.95
Happy Holidays – D1431 - $17.95
Dream Big – D1399 - $17.95

Autumn/Winter 2011 Idea Book

Typeset WOTG Kit – G1024 - $29.95
Roxie WOTG Kit – G1025 - $29.95
Elemental WOTG Kit – G1026 - $29.95
Dreamin’ L2 Paper – X7142B - $9.95
Dreamin’ My Stickease – X7142C - $4.95
Dreamin’ WOTG Kit – G1027 - $29.95
Sonoma WOTG Kit – G1028 - $29.95
Mischief L2 Paper – X7144B - $9.95
Mischief My Stickease – X7144C - $4.95
Mischief WOTG Kit – G1029 - $29.95
Believe L2 Paper – X7145B - $9.95
Believe My Stickease – X7145C - $4.95
Believe WOTG Kit – G1030 - $29.95
Wonderland L2 Paper – X7146B - $9.95
Wonderland My Stickease – X7146C - $4.95
Wonderland WOTG Kit – G1031 - $29.95
Sophia L2 Paper – X7131B - $12.95
Sophia My Stickease – X7131C - $4.95
Mayberry L2 Paper – X7136B - $12.95
Mayberry My Stickease – X7136C - $4.95
Lucky L2 Paper – X7137B - $12.95
Lucky My Stickease – X7137C - $4.95
Fanfare L2 Paper – X7138B - $12.95
Fanfare My Stickease – X7138C - $4.95

pg 124
Colonial White Ribbon collection - Z1126 - $7.95
Cranberry grosgrain ribbon - Z1103 - $6.95
Cocoa grosgrain ribbon - Z1100 - $6.95
Colonial White grosgrain ribbon - Z1102 - $6.95
White Daisy grosgrain ribbon - Z270 - $6.95
Wings Level 2 Assortment - Z1398 - $4.95

pg 125
Embroidery Floss - Red/Pink - Z1092 - $3.25
Embroidery Floss - Green - Z1094 - $3.25
Embroidery Floss - Blue/Purple - Z1093 - $3.25

Waxy Flax - Cranberry - Z1086 - $3.95
Waxy Flax - Sorbet - Z1249 - $3.95
Waxy Flax - Juniper - Z1248 - $3.95
Waxy Flax - Crystal Blue - Z1247 - $3.95

pg 126
Designer Brads - Colonial White - Z1274 - $3.95
Designer Brads - Pewter - Z1146 - $3.95

pg 127
Mini Medley - Antiqued Copper - Z1275 - $4.95
Mini Medley - Colonial White - Z1276 - $4.95
Foundry Metal - Bookplates - Z1147 - $3.50
Soft Set Eyelets - Black and White Daisy - Z1228 - $3.95
Soft Set Eyelets - Chocolate and Colonial White - Z1229 - $3.95

pg 128
Midnight Felt Shapes - Z1462 - $3.95
Harvest Charms - Z1633 - $4.95
Holiday Packets - Z1486 - $4.95
Top Coats Icing Overlays - Z1468 - $4.95 (already sold out)
Lucky Level 2 Assortment - Z1356 - $4.95
Lucky Level 2 Journaling Spots - Z1359 - $3.95
Bliss Level 2 Assortment - Z1355 - $5.95
Sweetheart Level 2 Assortment - Z1386 - $4.95
Fanfare Level 2 Assortment - Z1400 - $4.95
Spring Blossom - Z1266 - $7.95
White Daisy Variety Pack - Z1300 - $5.95

pg 129
Cardstock - Black 8-1/2 x 11 - X1412 - $5.50
Cardstock - Colonial White 8-1/2 x 11 - X1411 - $6.75
Cardstock - White Daisy 8-1/2 x 11 - 1320 - $6.75
Color Ready Alphabets - Oxford - X5749 - $3.95
Color Ready Alphabets - Hodge Podge - X1406 - $3.95

pg 130
Dimensional Elements - On Target - Z1226 - $5.95
Dimensional Elements - Flurry - Z1225 - $4.95

pg 131
My Creations - Board Book - Z1310 - $6.95
My Creations - Journal - Z1268 - $7.95
My Creations - Memory Showcase 9x9 - Z1198 - $5.95

pg 132
Rubber Brayer - Z616 - $12.95

pg 133
Soft Set Eyelet Tool - Z1208 - $14.95
Eyelet Tool Replacement Punches - Z1245 - $2.95

Just a Note: Some alphabet stamp sets from Fall/Winter do not appear in the Spring/Summer book. May discontinue this Summer(?) 

Remember, all website purchases over $50 will earn you a FREE Spring/Summer Idea Book before it goes live February 1st!

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Thinking Big...

I went to the library earlier this week and got myself 12 books--my kids are away this weekend for the first time and  I wanted to be able to distract myself.  One of the books I came aross was this one:

Donald Trump's "Think Big and Kick Ass in Business and Life".  I have never read one of Trump's books, but I kind of liked the title and it made me laugh!  I figured, what the heck, maybe I'll browse through it and get some business ideas. 

From the first page, I was hooked on this book.  It's not that he's the best writer I've ever read, it's that I can hear it in his voice and what he says makes total sense to me.  I took his quiz about whether I have what it takes to make it big--and I do. 

Many of his quotes resonate with me...this one especially:  "If you are no longer passionate about your career anymore, then find something you are passionate about."  --Donald Trump.  To me, this is exactly how I felt about teaching.  I was passionate when I was first teaching.  I created fantastic lessons, I was thinking about how to teach things all the time, I thought about teaching every single day.  A few years in, things changed.  Maybe I changed, maybe teaching changed...maybe both.  Once I had kids of my own, my passion absolutely changed.  My passion is being a mom.  Being the BEST mom I can.  Being bled dry by my teaching job and coming home too exhausted to enjoy my children is NOT me.  Yes, I know many people do it.  Good for THEM.  NOT good for ME.

So what is my passion, besides my kids?  I honestly and wholeheartedly am passionate about Close to My Heart.  I was thinking about it, as I read the book, if it was creating that I loved so much, or the teaching of scrapbooking, or what part was the one I was so passionate about.  I love the creative side of my CTMH job, it's fun so it's not like it's work.  I love working with people at crops, teaching them how to scrapbook easier and faster with better results.  And that's where CTMH comes in.  CTMH fully supports making this wonderful hobby easier and faster with better results.  And that is MY focus too.  CTMH focuses on its consultants and its customers.  They focus on researching trends and the best products that will make life easier for us.  They focus on how to make the job of consultant easier and more rewarding.  They focus on us.  Not many, if any, other direct sales companies do that. 

I read a blog written by another direct sales leader, to keep tabs on what's going on there, and honestly her words leave a bad taste in my mouth every time I read them.  She seems fake and phony and NOT focused on making her company focus on her consultants.  I would never work for her.  Not even if CTMH folded.  From the moment I met Jeantte Lynton (founder and CEO of CTMH) I knew I had met a genuine person who truly believes in all of us (her consultants) and she remembers vividly what it is like to be on this side of the fence.  She has so many plans for her company that in 100 years they probably couldn't catch up to her!  If you've never read her blog, scroll on this page until you see her badge, and go read about her.

So what is my BIG DREAM?  My big dream, simply put, is to grow my Close to My Heart business and help others do the same.  People say you can't make money doing this.  Really?  I know someone who makes a 6 figure income from doing exactly this.  And I am going to do the same.

Monday, January 9, 2012

New Spring/Summer Idea Book!!!!

Isn't it super pretty???  I love it, I know you're not surprised, but I do!  One thing that stands out to me is how much MORE artwork is in our new books (this one and the current Fall/Winter one) than our older ones.  More ideas to scraplift!!!

Would YOU like your VERY OWN COPY of this Idea Book???  Here's how:

  • Are you one of my Streamlined Scrappin' Club Members?  You will be receiving your brand new Spring Idea Book – FREE!--at our Club meeting on January 27th!  If you want it sooner because you just can't wait, let me know and I'll get one to you asap!
  • Are you a customer that purchased at least $150.00 or more with me during the 2011 Autumn/Winter Idea Book cycle (August – January)?  Your Spring Idea Book is also – FREE!

If you don't fit into one of the above categories, you can STILL get an Idea Book before February 1st--the live date:

  • Purchase at least $50.00 or more with me during the month of January 2012 and I will send you a FREE Spring Idea Book!!!
  • Can you purchase your new Idea Book outright?  Yes!  It’s only $3.00 plus shipping.
All books will start shipping mid to late January.  I’m so excited for you to see it!

Layouts for the Scrappers' Anonymous Getaway crop

In a couple of weeks I'll be vendoring for a three-day weekend crop (YAY!!!) and during the course of the weekend I'll be offering classes to the ladies who are there cropping.  Here is what I'm offering so far:

ALL BOY--featuring some awesome Art Philosophy shapes.  So fun!

Kraft accents, stamped and corrugated

Cute little Bingo board

Little boy pennant

Let It Snow layout--featuring spray ink and some snowflakes from the AP cartridge

Left side

Right side

 Fall layout using Olivia--love those greens together!
 Left side
 Right side

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

January Stamp of the Month: Little Reminder

Janaury's stamp of the month is so awesome!  I especially LOVE the numbers--what a cool font!

Monday, January 2, 2012

Spring/Summer New Consultant Kit is available!

Join my team HERE:

You can also choose ADD-ON kits to the basic kit for just $40 each, making your kit just EXPLODE with creativity!!!

Why should you join Close to My Heart?  For FUN, for MONEY, for DISCOUNTS, for CONTROL of your LIFE!  Whatever your reason, CTMH can fill your bill.  I have blogged many times about ways CTMH can enrich your life, and now it is time for YOU to decide to have something FOR YOU.  My One Little Word for 2012 is INSPIRE...and I hope you become inspired enough to TRUST yourself and join my team!