Friday, July 27, 2012

Cricut Artiste

This cartridge has it all….
  • 700 total images with 698 being NEW images. The only ones repeated from Art Philosophy are the square and circle….because you always need a square or circle.
  • cards with matching envelopes.
  • Lots of new boxes.
  • Adorable purses.
  • mini albums.
  • pleated rosettes.
  • 4 new spiral 3D flowers.
  • Welded sentiments for many occasions.
  • Party hats, favors and decorations….all on one key!
  • And sooo much more! 

Want to get yours before everyone else?
  • Pre-buy before August 1st by clicking HERE, I’ll pay your shipping and your Artiste Collection will be on its way to you on August 1st!

Want to save some $$ as well?
  • Want to save even more? Sign up to be a Close To My Heart consultant. Get your consultant kit (worth $130) for only $49 and use your 22% discount to save on Artiste!

Monday, July 23, 2012

CTMH Convention 2012- Dallas, TX!!!

Wowza, what an event!!!  My head is still spinning from the awesomeness of my very first Close To My Heart convention.  It was a fun filled 3 days in Dallas, TX and when they say the stars shine bright, they really meant it.  The pic above is of the amazing new Idea Book that is about to be released on August 1st. There are 55 brand spankin' NEW products including a Cricut cartridge called Artiste.  I will be posting plenty more about this cartridge so watch for the pics.  It was truly an amazing time to spend time with my fellow CTMH sisters, learn from the best, make new projects, be inspired by Stacy Julian and hear from our founder Jeanette Lynton.  She is truly an inspiring woman that I just want to spend time with.  It is an honor to be part of a company that truly cares about its consultants and stays true to its roots no matter what.

Some of the highlights.........

  • NEW markers....we now have alcohol based markers that are simply amazing.  The possibilities are endless when it comes to blending and shading.
  • NEW colors....we have 6 beautiful new colors and have simplified our color palette.  The new colors are Slate, Whisper, Saddle, Cashmere, Champagne, and Ruby!  These colors all compliment our already wonderful color palette.  We now carry 40 + 2 colors instead of the 60 from last season. 
  • NEW accessories.....we have a lot of new accessories.  There are so many that I will cover each of them in a future post but let me share that two of my favorites are the new colors of glitz glitter gel (yay, pink)  and My Creations bracket frame.
  • NEW kits.... we now have the opportunity for everyone.  In addition to the Master Kit ($99) which includes all the supplies to get you started with your first gathering, we now have an Essentials Kit ($49)!!!!  This kit is aimed at the part-timer that would love to get their products at a discount and share with others.  For a limited time, beginning August 1st, you can get the messenger bag above.  This is the same amazing bag we got at convention and it is PERFECT for toting your supplies to and from your events.  It has a vinyl exterior that makes it so easy to wipe off and it fits 12x12 items perfectly!  Contact me today for more information on how to get started.
  • NEW Cricut cartridge...  we have done it again!  We have released our new cartridge called Artiste.  This includes 698 BRAND NEW images, many of them 3D!  The keypad is also now designed in a grid-like pattern so you do not have to guess at which one it is.  In addition to the overlay key pad we also have an assembly guide for your 3D items.  Also, our stamp sets now also identify which cartridge and which size to cut at.  There are also "themed" keys that allow you to design an entire collection in just minutes with a few buttons.
  • NEW mini pigment pad sets....  with the introduction of our home decor line it is only appropriate that we have a steadfast ink.  These comes in sets of 10 in our 4 color families.
  • NEW color family names and stamp categories.....we know that it can be confusing to remember which stamp set belongs with which occasion and how do you categorize sets that fit with multiple occasions?  Well, now you don't have to decide.  Our new categories are Holiday, Seasons & Nature, Flair, Everyday Life, Occasions, and Alphabets.
  • NEW paper packs...they are ALL so beautifully wonderful I do not know which one is my favorite.  They are: Avonlea, Clementine, Dakota, La Belle Vie, Scholastic, Flirty, Moonlight, Pear & Partridge.
  • NEW workshops....we have our fabulous Workshops On The Go (WOTG) to complement each paper pack but now we also have a Cricut kit, Scroll Album kit, Advent Calendar kit, and TWO card kits.  With these kits you will be able to create a beautiful home decor project or cards in a flash.

So, now you can see why my head is still spinning!!!  I look forward to a wonderful season of sharing these new products with you and helping preserve your family legacy.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

NEW Starter Kits!!!!

Have you been thinking about joining Close To My Heart?  Well, the time is now!  I am on one of the most celebrated teams in the company and we truly are the DREAM TEAM!


This kit is perfect for new Consultants who were great customers or club members before as you already have many of the tools and accessories to get you started.  Now you can use what you already own along with all these new wonderful supplies to get going!! 

This kit is also perfect for new Consultants who only want to be a Hobbyist!!  You won't end up with excess Idea Books, Order Forms and paperwork you don't need!!

Start by clicking HERE and completing the form.  As part of your enrollment you will purchase the New Consultant Essentials Kit for only $49!!  You will receive the basic business and creative supplies you want most. All the supplies in the kit have a retail value of approximately $130!!

Contents of the New Consultant Essentials Kit include:

Read Me First Letter, Current Idea Book (qty. 3)
Hostess Order Forms (W122/W122C, qty. 5)
Customer Order Forms (W101/W101C, qty. 5)
Close To My Heart Color Swatches (W471)
Autumn/Winter 2012 B&T Duos® Sampler (W1115)
My Acrylix® Nature's Delight Petite Perks™ Stamp Set (W2023)
Workshops on the Go™ Avonlea Kit (G1045)
Avonlea Complements Canvas Shapes (X7155C)
My Creations® Recipe/Photo Box (Z1322)
Color-Ready Canvas Alphabet (Z1777)
Chocolate Exclusive Inks® Pad (Z2111)
Slate Exclusive Inks® Pad (Z2173)
My Acrylix® Glamour Lowercase Stamp set (D1522)
My Acrylix® Perfect Fit--Frames Stamp Set (D1527)
3" x 3" My Acrylix® Block (Y1006)
2" x 3 1/2" My Acrylix® Block (Y1009)


This kit is perfect for new Consultants who are wanting to really work their business as it includes extra supplies to help you and your customers!!

If you're ready to make CTMH a business, we recommend the New Consultant Master Kit for just $99!! With a retail value of approximately $280, the Master kit includes expanded business items, along with additional products and Studio J layouts, to help you organize your business and reach your creative and financial goals.  It’s an investment that will reap big rewards!!

Contents of the New Consultant Master Kit Includes Everything in the Essentials kit PLUS:

Current Idea Books (qty. 7 more)
You Are Welcome Here Recruiting Brochures (W1151) (qty. 25)
The Rewards come Now Hostess Brochures (W1150) (qty. 25)
5 Studio J® Layouts (redeem within 3 months, not shown)
Studio J Brochures (W111/W111C) (qty. 5)
Hostess Order Forms (W122/W122C) (qty. 20 more)
Customer Order Forms (W101/W101C) (qty. 20 more)
Petite Perks™ Nature's Delight Incentive Stamp Set (W2023) (qty. 4 more)
Cello Bags (W1152) (qty. 25)
My Acrylix® Stamp Scrubber (Z1782)
My Acrylix® Spritz Cleaner (1778)
Bonding Memories® Glue (1512)
Sponge (Z697)
Liquid Glass (Z679)
Chocolate Exclusive Inks® Marker Set

~Joining Close To My Heart was and is one of the best decisions I have ever made.  I thought that I could never create the beautiful artwork and teach the ideas that are shown in the Idea Book but you truly can create faster, simpler and easier, and I can show you how!~

Join Close To My Heart in August and get a darling Damask Tote Bag FREE!!

When you become a new Consultant in August, you will receive a FREE Damask Tote Bag (retail value $50), while supplies last.

This handy, attractive tote with the Close To My Heart logo lets everyone know you are a Close To My Heart Independent Consultant—with class and style!!  This bag was given to consultants who went to convention and is seriously sought after by consultants who did not attend.  It's a MUST HAVE!

Choose the $49 New Consultant Essentials Kit or the $99 Master Kit which includes more supplies and tools, and we will send you a tote bag FREE — only in August and only while supplies last.

Damask Tote Bag Features
• 17" x 17" x 6"
• Large exterior pocket for 12" x 12" paper packets
• Huge interior can hold a 12" x 12" album and more
• Small, zippered interior pocket
• Fabric is coated-canvas for durability and easy cleaning
• 2 water bottle pockets
• Wear on the shoulder, across the chest, or as a backpack
• Large flap snaps closed
Offer available August 1–31, 2012, while supplies last. No tax or shipping/handling is charged on the Damask Tote Bag. Tax and shipping/handling is charged based on the price of the New Consultant Kit that is purchased ($49 or $99).

If you have any questions that I can answer for you, please email me at

At the end of the day all we have are memories

CTMH Convention in Dallas 2012

I recently returned from the Close To My Heart convention in Dallas, TX.  It was one of the best experiences I have ever had.  At first I was hesitant about attending because I have not built my business as I would have liked and we just relocated to a new state and are about to relocate again AND, AND, AND.....

As a mom, it seems like we all have reasons for not doing things that can benefit us.  We always have something else to do or someone more important than ourselves to attend to.  Well I have been living this way fro years, since the birht of my first child almost 14 years ago, but a moment came last week that changed me.

We were fortunate enough to hear from Stacy Julian, a scrapbooking industry visionary and a true motivator.  She made several points that just hit right home for me.  She told me that it was okay to not be caught up on my scrapbooking, to let go of the guilt that surrounds that black hole of the scrapbooking abyss.  She told me to take time to care for myself, something so simple, yet so easily neglected.

One of the most important phrases that I have ingrained in my memory and have thought of each day since I heard it, "At the end of the day all we have are memories."  Of course this is just a simple phrase and such a duh sentiment but it just struck a chord with me.  In fact, I plan to have this phrase turned into a vinyl expression for my wall so that we will never forget this simple mantra.

The reason that this is so dear to me is because, as many of you know, I lost my mother almost two years ago.  There will be no new memories made until we meet again one day.  I reflect on the little things that my mother and I did together as a child.  I refelct on the good, the bad, and the ugly, but mostly I reflect on the sound of her voice.  I do not have any old messages or videos that I can find with her voice and I desperately worry that I will one day forget her voice.  I wish those recordable storybooks would have been more readily available before she left us but I cannot live in the woulda, shoulda, coulda world.

I get so caught up in the daily humdrum and the constant connection to an electronic device that we forget to take time to reflect on the days events.  We take pictures, we record facts and details, and we tuck them away so we can preserve the memories for future generations.  It is in these moments that we think we are preserving them that we sometimes forget to experience the moment.  So while yes it is important to record the events and people in our lives for future generations to experience our lives, we must not forget to live in the moment of the day.  After all, at the end of the day all we have are memories.