Weekend Retreat Availability – sign ups end October 16


Attention Close to My Heart fans within a few hours drive of Dayton, OH…are you looking for some uninterrupted time to catch up on your scrapbooking/card making projects? If so, I am hosting a 4 day retreat at the Drury Inn in Dayton from November 12-15. If you have never stayed at a Drury Inn, they are fantastic (and come with 2 adult beverages per person per night). Rates (for double occupancy) are $240 for 3 days and $320 for 4 days. This price includes all your food, snacks, drinks, prizes, goodie bag and a few more surprises! I have day rates if you want to commute and you can also put 3 or 4 to a room if you want to save some money. This was a blast last year – you don’t want to miss it! Sign up form below. There will also be a CTMH store on site in case you forget anything!

Check out the Drury Inn here!


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I’m Back!!!


It has been more than a year since I have made a blog post.  Life was busy and got in the way, but it didn’t stop me from building my business.  My Close to My Heart business is bigger and busier than ever!  But I have let my blog followers down by not keeping up with it!  Well that is going to change!  And…I am going to start sending out newsletters for those of you that would like to keep up with what I am doing!

Because the Close to My Heart special for October is a bonus for signing up to be a consultant this month, I am going to start by sharing this with you:

I went on an interview for a job and when the boss asked what I wanted for compensation I replied:

1. First, I would like a 22% commission on everything I sell.
2. And as I sell more, my commission goes up, up, up!
3. I want the ability to earn all-expense paid trips for a job well done, not just vacation time, but the vacation!
4. I would also like the opportunity to purchase my own products at a great discount or even get them FOR FREE!
5. I expect you to provide me with the very best website and training FOR FREE!
6. When I bring in and train any new team members, I deserve to be compensated plus earn a percentage of their sales & the sales of the people they bring in.
7. I would like the opportunity to rapidly advance within the company.
8. When I do well, I expect LOTS of praise and recognition, gifts & bonuses!!
9. I would like my friends and family to work here.
10. By the way, I need to set my own schedule & work only when it suits me and my family.
So… when can I start?
After the owner recovered from shock, he ROARED with laughter, “You can’t be serious!?! You’re dreamin’! You’ll never find an opportunity like that ANYWHERE! And if you do…come back and get me because I want to work with you!”
So I gave him my business card!!!

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You too can have all of this if you choose to join my team!  Just click on the link or click above on “Join My Team”!

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Get some desired products now before August 1 price increase!!


In addition to a HUGE amount of items retiring at the end of July, there are several items that will be increasing in price! Below is a list of items that are increasing.  Make sure you stock up now!  I will be announcing a JULY SPECIAL in my next blog post!


August 2014 price increase

(Thanks to fellow consultant Mandy Leahy for creating this chart!)


Please click here to to go to my website and place an order.


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New Feature to My Blog – Kits for Purchase


I have added a new tab to the top of my blog called “Kits for Purchase”.  I will be designing kits of mini albums, cards, layouts, etc.  I will do all the cutting and some of the stamping and then package them up for sale to you.  They will be available while supplies last, so buy early!  If you want more than one of the same kit, please let me know so you aren’t paying extra shipping!  Thanks for checking it out and I look forward to helping you create beautiful projects!!!


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Top 12 Reasons to Join Close to My Heart!


Initially when I joined Close to My Heart, it was PURELY for the discount!!  But I am so pleased with the business that I have created with CTMH that I want to share it with all of you!!

I love to save money and when I realized how many CTMH products I wanted to buy, it just made sense for me to sign up to get the discount (not to mention the kit full of products at a deep discount!)  Now, several months later, I look at the many reasons there are to join Close to My Heart and my Girls Gone Scrappy team!


1.  The Discount!  This is why I started as a consultant last year!  You begin with a 22% discount on all product orders.  So any order you place, you will instantly receive 22% off the retail total (excluding tax & s/h).  For example, if you sold and collected payments on items totaling $100, you would keep $22 as your profit and pay only $78 to CTMH.  Each month, you have the ability to earn additional commissions and Select Product Credit (SPC) based on sales!


2.  Products!  I absolutely love our products!!  Close to My Heart stays up-to-date on all the trends and ensures our products are always on target!  As an added BONUS, Close to My Heart will now be releasing NEW products every 4 months beginning this Fall!  Talk about staying current on trends!




cricut-art-philosophy-collection3.  Innovation!  CTMH is the innovative leader in the industry!!  From the introduction of true 12″x12″ albums, to My Acrylix stamps and our exclusive Cricut Collections, CTMH is constantly leading the industry in innovation and inspiring creativity worldwide!  Click here to read more on CTMH Innovation!





4.  Training!  Close to My Heart has a fully staffed training department that focuses on ensuring consultants have the most up-to-date training and information on new products, techniques and more!  CTMH is regularly releasing YouTube videos to make it easier for us to educate our customers, along with our online Training Site to give us detailed training on creativity, products and more!  The training is fantastic and is a valuable resource for new crafters looking to learn stamping, scrapbooking and/or paper crafting techniques!

5.  Community!  The Close to My Heart community is filled with fabulous members who share their artwork, ideas, tips and more to help every CTMH member succeed, whether in building a business or completing their projects…our community will provide you the support you need to accomplish any goal you set your sites on!

6.  FREE Resources!  Of course FREE is AWESOME!!

a.  FREE Website – Online Business Address (OBA):  Every CTMH consultant is given an Online Business Address (OBA) where customers can shop, view the idea book, watch videos, learn about products, explore the current specials, and even join your team.  The great thing about the OBAs is that CTMH maintains them, so there is no work on our part, but we enjoy all of the benefits and commissions.

b.  FREE Newsletter Service:  We are provided with professionally designed, monthly newsletters to share with our friends and customers!  The newsletter is designed by the CTMH Marketing Department, which reduces the amount of work on our part, but we do have the option to personalize the first section of it to add our own personal touch and advertise our specials and events.

c.  FREE Credit Card Processing:  CTMH allows us to accept credit cards both on our website and at gatherings and we pay NO processing fees!!  You get to keep YOUR ENTIRE COMMISSION!!

Can you believe CTMH provides ALL these resources free, allowing us to keep our COMMISSION and making it easy for us to be successful?!


hawaii-2015-promo-hula7.  Travel!!  Each year Close to My Heart offers an incentive trip with airfare and accommodations for 2!  I haven’t had the opportunity to win one yet, but I sure would love to give my husband a free trip to Hawaii in February 2015!  What makes this more exciting is that the goals you set to achieve these trips are also growing your business and your income!!




8.  Convention.  Again, I haven’t had the opportunity to attend one yet, but I have heard they are absolutely spectacular!  For only $300, you get all the training, networking and inspiration you can imagine for 3 days!  Convention for 2014 is at Disneyland and I can’t wait to go and meet all the new friends I have “met” online due to CTMH!

9.  Low startup costs!  Have you considered starting your own business?  With Close to My Heart, the startup costs are extremely low!  Currently ONLY $99 (plus tax and shipping) to launch your own business, complete with website, advertising, samples, training and more! The Consultant Kit comes with everything you need to host your first event and begin earning an income!!  Refer back to item 6…most businesses you have to pay for all of those resources…so for ONLY $99 (plus tax & shipping), you not only get the supplies needed, you also get the marketing resources to help you successfully launch your business!!

Spring Summer 2014 consultant kit

10.  Flexibility!  I joined for the discount, but one of the things I love about Close to My Heart is the flexibility to work my business the way that best suits my family and me!  You can choose to host gatherings, crops, or retreats; focus on social media and blogging; host workshops and clubs, or any combination of activities that work for you!  You decide what type of consultant you want to be and how you want to run your business!

11.  Monthly Specials!  Close to My Heart offers a monthly campaign that costs consultants nothing to offer to their customers!!  Additionally, we have our Stamp of the Month program to reward our customers purchases (only $5 with a $50 purchase, which is a $17.95 value!), along with the monthly constant campaign!!

12.  Gatherings and Workshops on the Go!  Close to My Heart provides us with a comprehensive collection of projects, instructions and even pricing so that we can offer gatherings and workshops to our customers in an economical, efficient and creative way!  We are provided with cutting guides, price breakdowns, supply lists and marketing materials to make running our business Faster, Simpler, and Easier than ever!

BONUS:  Girls Gone ScrappyTeam!!  Our Close to My Heart Team includes consultants who share their talents, creativity, and support with everyone on the team!  We have an active Facebook Group, allowing everyone to connect, ask questions, share artwork and inspire others!

So what are you waiting for?  Click here to join my team!


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Get a Close to My Heart Cricut Collection Absolutely FREE!


I have been waiting 2 weeks to announce this awesome special that Close to My Heart has for the month of April!


Anyone that signs up to be an independent consultant with CTMH beginning today will receive a Cricut Cartridge Collection of your choice absolutely free!  This is probably the biggest sign on promotion that CTMH has ever done!  The consultant kit is $99 (plus shipping and tax) and has a value of over $300!  Plus, if you have $1,200 in retail sales in your first 3 months you will get the $99 kit cost refunded to you!  Of course, you can choose to sign up and get over $400 in product for $99 and never do another thing…that is ok too.


Look at all the fabulous stuff you get in your kit!

Spring Summer 2014 consultant kit


Our Cricut Collections include the cartridge, 3 “D” size stamps sets (valued at $17.95 each) and 3 sheets of chipboard shapes (valued at $4.95 each).  The cartridges all cut at least 700 images!

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Don’t delay!  Join my Girls Gone Scrappy team today!  Plus, as my gift to you for picking me to be your leader, I will send you a paper pack – just for signing up!  If you saw a deal like this at Michaels or JoAnn’s, you wouldn’t hesitate…approximately $419 worth of product and you only have to pay $99 plus shipping and tax!  So what are you waiting for, click the link below and join my team!


Join the Girls Gone Scrappy team


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Technique Tuesday – Shaving Cream Card


Are you tired of making the same old boring cards?  Here is a video from StampTV that shows a great way to spruce up those cards!  It is called the Shaving Cream Technique and will give you a beautiful marbled look!


Supplies Needed

Can of white shaving cream (not gel!)

Paper plate


White (or colonial white) cardstock

Re-inkers (2-4 different colors)

Flat edge



1.  Squirt enough shaving cream onto the paper plate to cover it.

2.  Randomly add several drops of each re-inker color to the shaving cream.

3.  Take the knife and slice through the shaving cream, turning the plate as you go, creating a nice swirl pattern.  Do not mix it too much or it will just become one new color!

4.  Press the cardstock into the shaving cream, making sure it is completely coated.  Pull the cardstock off the shaving cream and press another piece onto it if you would like 2 of them.

5.  Use a flat edge to pull the shaving cream off of the cardstock.

6.  Set the cardstock aside to dry.  Repeat if desired.



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Make it Monday – 3×3(ish) card using Timberline paper pack


Here is a video of an adorable card I made using the Timberline Paper Pack & the B1450 Owls Stamp Set from our Spring/Summer 2014 Idea Book.



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Where you can go to find ideas


Do you feel like you are not very creative?  Do you sit down to scrapbook or make cards and think to yourself, “I don’t know where to start” or “I can’t think of any ideas’?  If you do, then check out my suggestions below.

You Tube videos – Channels such as StampTV, Splitcoaststampers and CTMHCorp (Close to My Heart) have videos that not only will give you new ideas but also tutorials on different techniques.  Usually step by step instructions on how to make a card or scrapbook page are demonstrated.

Idea Books/Page maps/Sketches – Some people have produced books of these (Becky Fleck has a couple) and there are several websites that will challenge you with a sketch and want you to come up with a scrapbook or page using the sketch.  The 8 Idea Books that CTMH sells are combinations of finished layouts/cards and black & white sketches.  You can check out our Idea Books here.  The Mojo Monday blog has tons of card sketches.  The Scrapbooks Etc. website has a bunch of scrapbook layout sketches.  Just Google page or card sketches and you’ll be surprised what you will find!

Pinterest – Need I say more?  If you haven’t created an account yet, you need to!  But don’t say I didn’t warn you…it is addicting!

I guess what I’m trying to say is that there are a lot or resources out there for ideas.  You don’t have to be “creative” to be a scrapbooker and you don’t have to be an artist to be a card maker. Just sit down with your computer and start looking for some help, but most importantly…have FUN!


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Short of time but still want beautiful scrapbook pages?


If you have limited time to scrapbook and/or feel you have no creativity, Close to My Heart just came out with a line of products called Picture My Life.  Picture My Life (PML) Kits are designed to just slip your pictures and “decorations” directly into slots in your page protectors for a quick and simple (but beautiful) page!  The PML kits are only $24.95 and include:

4 – 4″ × 6″ Cards (2 each of 22 designs)
78 – 3″ × 4″ Cards (3 each of 26 designs)
1 – 12″ × 12″ Designed Cover Sheet
10 – 12″ × 12″ Memory Protectors™ (4 different designs)

You receive 4 different types of protectors so you have a variety of ways to display your pictures!  Whether you tend to take more vertical or horizontal pictures won’t matter because you will have the different types of pages to use!  Also, CTMH has 2 options for storing the PML kits…the Medium Organizer which retails for $16.95 and the My Creations Journaling Cards Box which retails for $5.95.  This box is more for traveling with a few cards and the best part about it is that you can decorate it however you would like!

Medium Organizer    Journaling cards box

There are 8 different PML kits available.  Below are Chantilly (left) and Later Sk8r (right)!  They are perfect for adding to your son’s or daughter’s albums (or grandson/grandaughter’s)!

PML Chantilly PML Later Sk8r

Here is a video from Close to My Heart explaining the Picture My Life products in a bit more detail.  Enjoy!



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