Saturday, May 29, 2010

Card Class - Sunday, June 6th

Sunday, June 6th : 1st Session @ 2pm | 2nd Session @ 6:30pm

I promise this will be the last post of the day!  It is hard to believe how fast June snuck up on me.  Next Sunday is card class and I am excited to share our upcoming cards. I have been requested to add back in the evening session, so I'll try it out for this upcoming class because I think both classes will end up being full.

We are focusing on Birthday and Congratulations cards this month! Everyone gets to make 3 cards. Cost is just $7.50 or FREE with a $20 purchase.

RSVP is required to ensure your spot: or 425.413.4280.

Please bring your tool kit: scissors, adhesive, foam tape, Versamat and sanding kit.  If you don't have any of these items, do not stress I will have limited supplies on hand to use. Having your own tool kit allows you to move faster through the projects.

Everyone will make one or the other.

Everyone will make this card.

Again, everyone will make one or the other.

Close To My Heart Consultant/Hobbyist Opportunity

I have to share a fantastic opportunity with you before the month is over. Close to my Heart is offering a free Miracle Kit to anyone who signs up as Consultant or Hobbyist this month.

I am offering an extra special gift (a $50 value) 
to the next two (2) new team members! 
Email me at for details.

Every new Consultant will be entered into a drawing for...

Close To My Heart's beautiful shoulder tote! (a $34.95 value)

In addition to a huge discount on the New Consultant Kit and the free Miracle Kit and the extra gift from me, there are so many other great reasons to sign up...

More benefits to ordering a New Consultant Kit today...
  • Get 22% - 34% discount on all of your CTMH products, every day!
  • Order new products before they are released.
  • Free online business, creative, and personal development classes.
  • Access to Consultant only bulletin boards, including artwork, templates, swaps, business, gathering, and more.
  • Your first 10 Studio J layouts are discounted to only $9.95 plus commission!
  • Opportunity to go to corporate sponsored events.
  • Earn up to $125 in free products in your first 90 days with the Straight-to-the-Top Program.
  • Bonus $100 gift certificate from me to buy your favorite supplies when you achieve STTT
  • Be your own hostess and earn hostess rewards as well as generous commissions.
  • Attend team training meetings.
  • Gain access to pre-designed workshops and tons of wonderful project ideas.
  • Participate in my team challenges and win prizes.
  • and tons more...

There is a place for everyone on my team including...

Business Builder – Work with customers to hold home gatherings, create clubs, have fun at weekend crops and host workshops. Make additional income to contribute to your family. Wake up with a purpose to your day – owning your own business!

Studio J Consultant – You have fallen in LOVE digital or online scrapbooking. The ease and timeliness of creating these Studio J layouts works with your lifestyle. Between you and your friends & family, you are creating about 10 layouts per month at a 22% discount.

Club Coordinator – You have a group of friends that love Close to My Heart as much as you do. Get 4 or more of them together once a month to create one of CTMH's Workshop on the Go and get at least a 22% discount on your purchases.

Personal Use Consultant – You and a couple of your friends really like CTMH's products. You submit $300 or more in orders per quarter and get at least a 22% discount on all your purchases.

Junior Consultant – You like CTMH's products and can't resist getting more than $300 for only $99. You might order a few things a year at a 10% discount.

Here are the details on the New Consultant Kit:
For only $99, you get over $300 worth of products including:

X7123A My Reflections Level 1 Kit: ‘Cherry-O’ 
X7123B My Reflections Level 2 Paper: ‘Cherry-O’ 
X7123C My Reflections Level 2 Stickease: ‘Cherry-O’ 
Cherry-O Workshop on the Go Guide 
Stamp Set: ‘Bowl of Cherries’ (WOTG) 
A1108 Stamp Set: ‘A Flitter’ 
B1351 Stamp Set: ‘You’re Sweet’ 
D1427 Stamp Set: ‘Tasty Treat’ 
C1414 Stamp Set: ‘Little Princess’ 
Z1320 Mini-Medley Accents: Tulip Collection 
Z1139 Dimensional Elements: Perennials 
Z1274 Designer Brads: Colonial White 
Z280 Natural Hemp 
Z1307 Irresistibles Pizzazz Die-cuts 
Z1319 Opaques ‘Cherry-O’ Adhesive Gems 
1385 12x12 White Daisy Cardstock 
Y1002 My Acrylix Block: 1x3 ½ 
Y1003 My Acrylix Block: 2x2 
Y1004 My Acrylix Block: 2 ½ x 2 ½ 
Z2106 Exclusive Ink Stamp Pad: Blush 
Z2111 Exclusive Ink Stamp Pad: Chocolate 
Z2153 Exclusive Ink Stamp Pad: Sweet Leaf 
Z2166 Exclusive Ink Stamp Pad: Tulip 
Z1322 My Creations Recipe/Photo Box 
Z1163 Double Scrubber 
1778 Spritz Cleaner 
1512 Bonding Memories Glue (.85 oz.) 
Z697 Sponge 
Business Supplies – 
Hostess Helps 
Home Gathering Postcards 
Brochure: ‘You are Welcome Here’ 
Brochure: ‘The Rewards Come Now’ 
Hostess Order Forms (25) 
Customer Order Forms (25) 
Cello Bags (25) 
Customer Register Envelopes (25) 
Idea Books: Summer 2010 (10) 
‘Keynotes’ Newsletter 
2010 Product Review 
Incentive Stamp Set: ‘Beautiful Day’ 
Petite Perks Stamp Set: ‘Dreams’ 
B&T Duos Sampler 
Connections Club Reward: Textured Stickers 
Connections Club Cards 
Color Swatches

You also have the option when you order your kit, to get one or both of the bonus add-on kits at an amazing 65% discount!

The Card Making Bonus Kit contains over $150 in products for only $50.

The Scrapbooking Bonus Kit contains over $180 in products for only $60.

Ready to order your kit?
Does this all sound too good to be true? I know, but it is all true! Click here to email me if you have any questions and click here to order your kit and take advantage of all that Close to my Heart has to offer. But hurry, all of the extra freebies end on May 31st.

Heirloom Make - n - Take

It was so much fun to teach so many of you at the Heirloom Stamp show this cute and easy make - n - take. Here is a photo of the original card, cutting dimensions and shopping list if you would like to recreate them. :)

Cutting Dimension:
4 x 8             Colonial White CS Base Card (folded in half)
4 x 2 3/4       B&T (large floral design)
3 x 3             B&T ( green leaf design)
2 3/4 x 2 3/4 Colonial White CS
1 1/2 x 1 1/2 Colonial White CS (to cut balloon from)

*B&T is Background and Texture paper, which is our pattern paper.
*CS is Cardstock

Shopping List: 
X7124B 12" X 12" Splendor Level 2 Paper Packet $12.95
D1426 Over The Rainbow $22.95
Z2118 Desert Sand $5.25
Z2117 Crystal Blue $5.25
Z2101 Autumn Terracota $5.25
1512 Bonding Memories® Glue $6.95
Z697 Round Sponge $1.25

Make - n - Take with a Twist
Try something new with the make - n - take.  Here I have used the same overall design, but changed a few colors, added ribbon and a fun technique.  I love the blue pops in the Splendor paper packet and wanted to accentuate them. Pulling out my reinkers (moonstruck, crystal blue and topiary), I was able to create my own stripe pattern paper that made my card pop!

Shopping List: 
X7124B 12" X 12" Splendor Level 2 Paper Packet $12.95
D1426 Over The Rainbow $22.95
Z2134 Moonstruck $5.25
Z2117 Crystal Blue $5.25
Z2101 Autumn Terracota $5.25
1512 Bonding Memories® Glue $6.95
Z697 Round Sponge $1.25
Z1102 3/8" Colonial White Grosgrain Ribbon $6.95
Z1285 Holiday Craft Buttons $7.95
Z2255 Topiary Reinker $4.25
Z2234 Moonstruck Reinker $4.25
Z2217 Crystal Blue Reinker $4.25

Friday, May 14, 2010

Heirloom Stamp Show in Puyallup, WA: Saturday May 15 10-5 & Sunday May 16 11-4

I hope that you will visit (or have visited Alicia and I) at the Heirloom Stamp Show at the Puyallup Fairgrounds this weekend! Shortly I will post photos and a shopping list for tonight's project, so check back soon.

To take advantage of the show specials (shown below), contact me:

Christine David - Close To My Heart Independent Consultant
Phone (425) 413-4280 / 

click on each image to view full size

Monday, May 10, 2010

I sure do love this little guy!

Blake is such a joy in my life! From the moment he was placed in my arms, I was awe struck. I wish I could explain the feeling I have when I see his face (whether full of joy or hacked off because he isn't getting to do what he wants) - my heart flutters. 

Sure there are times where he stretches my patience as his mother and if you call me you are likely to hear one of the following phrases...

- "Out of the oven Blake"
- "Off the top of the piano Blake"
- "Please don't eat the fish oils capsules."
- "Honey, please no fishing in the fish tank."
- "Poison control, my son consumed ______ (fill in the blank)."

But you know, I wouldn't change a thing! I love him as he is and I welcome the journey ahead as I do my best to keep him safe as he grows.

Recently, he decided that he loves his helmet (he wears it when he gets to ride the motorcycle with Daddy in the yard).  However, he has decided that it should be a permanent fixture on his head.  Go ahead and say that it is a normal 2 year old right of passage (like the need for a specific security blanket), but I have a feeling that Blake knows as well as we all do that the helmet comes in handy for more than just riding bikes and motorcycles.  So, I welcome this new accessory as it may save us from another trip to the ER!

Friday, May 7, 2010

NSD Crop Game: Secret

The ladies did amazing creating their cards for the Ice Breaker game at our National Scrapbook Day Crop. You'll see their very creative cards below. Here's a little secret though, When I prepared the supply bags, I cut for a template in Wishes, one of Close To My Heart's nifty how-to books. Imagine how much easier it would have been to create their cards if they had the template for inspiration even with the eclectic collection of supplies.

Template used: Wishes Keep It Level (pg. 107)

Thursday, May 6, 2010

National Scrapbook Day Crop Recap

Now that I have put all my crop supplies away, it is time for a National Scrapbook Day crop recap. This last Saturday, May 1st, 31 ladies joined us for our all day crop.

Upon arrival each lady (still looking for a few talented guys to start joining us) was greeted with a custom made purse filled with goodies and supplies for the techniques we would be teaching throughout the day. AND of course, the brand new Idea Book, which was a huge hit. There was lots of oohing and awing.

Thank you to Stephanie Dawson for providing the "kitchen equivalent magnets" and to Stacy McDowell for the sweet smelling PartyLite tea lights.

Everyone quickly settled in and prepped their space for a full day of crafting.
Once the majority of the ladies had arrived, it was time for the Ice Breaker game. We divided the group up into 4 teams. Each team was given a baggie of supplies and instructed that everything in the bag must be used on the card. The catch, the card must be assembled relay style - each person may only add one item to the card during their turn and there was to be no giving instructions from the sideline. All the cards would be signed be each team member and sent to Jeanette Lynton. The team to complete their card the fastest would be the winning team, so knowing that it was going to Jeanette ensured that they would still strive to be extremely creative. What a blast it was to watch all the ladies with widely different styles work together as a team - many having just met for the first time.
Team #1 was the first to complete their card and win the prize! Check out their smiles in the first team photo :)

Then it was time for a scrumptious lunch, followed by an afternoon of crafting, shopping and technique classes.

After dinner, we enjoyed desert while voting on the wonderful art contest entries. Alicia and I were amazed at how creative all the ladies were in using the supplies that came in their goody bags. I wish that I had managed to snap a photo of each piece of artwork.

The winning layout featured a darling red head and an exceptional use of color. Congratulations to Dawn F. - her prize was a handmade cupcake and a gift certificate for $20 off our Fall Scrapbooking Retreat this October.

Thank you ladies for a marvelous day. Alicia and I are already looking forward to next year!
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Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Home Run = a Memorable Mother's Day Card

This week I went for a home run: Mojo Monday sketch, Heart 2 Heart challenge (Mother's Day), Practical Scrapper challenge (use up stickers) and Jeanette Lyton's Color Me Monday.

I'd have to say this stretched me and a few pieces had to be reconsidered or filed in the trash. I am rather happy with the final project though.  

At our crop on Saturday, we taught the ladies how to make crumpled flowers and brainstormed how to use them. A brooch for Mother's Day seemed to be a perfect fit and what better way to give them than to include them as part of a card.

Hopefully my Mom won't look at this before she receives it this card :)

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Double Up - Mojo Monday & Heart 2 Heart

Phew! In just under the gun :)  This week I have doubled up and completed both the Heart 2 Heart and Mojo Monday challenge.

Now the cherry on top? If you'd like to win this sweet little card, simply leave a comment and next Sunday I'll pick a lucky winner. Topic: Check out the new catalog on my website and tell me your favorite new Close To My Heart product! 

Of course after you drool over the catalog, you can order right online.  
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