Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Final Day to Join CTMH for $64.50 (50% Off)

Over 6 years ago, I joined Close To My Heart. I was a brand new momma that couldn't bear to leave my child and return to work even though we were struggling financially. Close To My Heart provided me a way to stay home with Conner while still earning an income. What a blessing CTMH has been in my life!

That is why I joined Close To My Heart. Your reason will be all your own, but it might include:

 - The kit at 50% off kit is just too good to pass up! For just a little over the cost of two Workshops on the Go, you'll receive your choice of over $300 in goodies.

- You'd like a 22% discount on all your favorite Close To My Heart supplies.

- You want to have LOTS OF FUN! And boy - o - boy do we have fun. This is a photo of our retreat last year. We spent the weekend crafting and laughing so hard our abs were sore. Most of these ladies attended as customers and are now team members. 

The list of "whys" is as numerous as our family of Consultants and is as unique as each one. Whatever, your reasons for wanting to join, I encourage you not to wait. Take a leap of faith today, because tomorrow the kit will be back to full price!
A few more details: 

- Quarterly minimums are only $300 and your purchases count. With your 22% discount, that works out to be just $78 a month. Get together with a friend or two to work on the Workshops on the Go each month and you'll be able to easily achieve the minimums.

- Quick Start Program - in your first 90 days you have the opportunity to earn $264 in commission PLUS $100 in select product credit. Most of my downline are doing this with just 3 to 5 parties 

- Join today and you'll have all of July through September to meet your first quarterly minimum.

- Junior Consultant Program - unable to meet the $300 minimum, submit $100 in orders per quarter and still enjoy a 10% discount. Best news is that when you submit $300 in a quarter you will raise back up to active Consultant and 22% discount!

- No Inventory - you are able to submit any size order at any time.

- New Products - get all the new products before anyone else during our preview period, 1 month before the catalog goes live. That means in July you can start ordering from the brand new Autumn/Winter Idea Book!

- You'll have access to the best training and resources.

- Team Awards! I love celebrating my team members accomplishments by awarding them with prizes. Ask me what my special is for this month for all new team members! 

or Contact me today and request a
free information kit on becoming a CTMH Consultant. 

Friday, May 27, 2011

Friday Fabulous Find - Her Photography Lives On

What an amazing story about Vivian Maier, a street photographer and nanny. She may have been rather unknown in her life, but her photos will live on.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Wordless Wednesday - Music from a Bonsai

Only 6 days left...
- to get your You & Me Kit
- to join Close To My Heart for 50% off

Become a Close To My Heart Consultant during may and you'll save 50% off on your New Consultant Kit and get one You & Me kit for FREE*! 

Find out more about becoming a consultant and don't forget to ASK ME about my new team member rewards!

You can also get your exclusive You & Me scrapbooking kit at a fabulous discount during our May celebration as a customer.

Place a minimum order of just $50 on my websiteand snag the You & Me kit for only $15.

Or you can purchase it for the special price of $34.95.

Each You & Me Kit Includes:
  • D-size exclusive stamp set 
  • 12x12 Colonial White Cardstock
  • 12x12 B&T Duo's - new cardstock weight!
  • You & Me Irresistibles chipboard
  • chocolate striped ribbon
  • Opaques Mocha Adhesive Gems
  • a full-color instruction guide

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Nona's Paper Crafting Templates

My talented friend Nona Davenport creates wonderful paper crafting templates showing you how to get the most out of Close To My Heart level 1 kits. Here is her most recent template using the Bliss Level 1 kit. Can you believe all that she was able to create out of just one kit!?

"Make a pretty wall hanging for your mom, grandma, sister or friend that features 4 photo mats, and another wall hanging for a favorite couple about to walk down the aisle! Both feature gorgeous hand crafted paper roses - that I show how to make with step by step photos and instructions! Additionally, you can make a card holder and 9 cards!

My Bliss Kit Template is just $5, and features 7 pages of cutting templates, photos and written directions for all of these projects. When you purchase the template, it becomes available for immediate download, so you can get working on your projects right away." Find out more... click here.

Go check out all the additional templates that Nona offers - Nona's Papercraft Templates.

Remember you can purchase all the supplies needed to complete these projects on my website and they'll be shipped right to you!

Friday, May 20, 2011

Friday Fabulous Find - Cupcake Decorating Tutorial

Something you probably don't know about me, I LOVE watching the food network, specifically the cake decorating shows. I am in awe of the creativity and talents of the decorators. What they do with cakes is amazing!

Although I am not much of a cook/baker myself, I started dabbling with this creative outlet last year in preparation for our fall craft retreat. I wanted a unique desert and came up with baking cakes in cups and finish them so that they looked like lattes. They were a hit! 

As we now prepare for this years retreat, I have been scouring the internet for something that will wow retreat attendees again and I came across this great cupcake decorating tutorial that I thought I'd share with you all.

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Thursday, May 19, 2011

New Close To My Heart Tutorial - Love Your Layout

Recently Close To My Heart released a new program for Studio J called "Love Your Layout." Each month they'll feature a new pattern and show us how to create a stunning layout in just minutes. We were among a lucky few given a preview of Mays episode while at Studio J Bootcamp (a full 2 amazing days of Studio J training for Consultants). I couldn't wait to get home watch the episode again and create my own version. I love how it turned out!

Want to know how to create shadowed text? (see "I love this")
  • Use a text/title box to create your desired text.
  • Copy and paste text.
  • Change text color to a color that will either create a shadow (I used Cocoa behind Bamboo) or make it pop with a brighter color behind if on a dark piece of paper (such as Bamboo behind Cocoa instead).
  • Use the arrow keys to nudge the front text to reveal the "shadow/highlight."
Photos by the talented Liz Madsen of Madsen Photography

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Close To My Heart Featured on Creating Keepsakes Blog

Kristine Widtfeldt, one of my many favorite people at Close To My Heart, has an article about my new favorite CTMH tool featured on the Creating Keepsakes Blog. Here is an excerpt of her post:

kristine widfeldt1 Weekly Warm Up: Time Saving Solution For Your ScrapbooksRaise your hand if you are a busy scrapbooker.

Wow, that’s a lot of hands! I know I raised mine.

I’m Kristine Widtfeldt, Close To My Heart’s Vice President of Marketing, and I’m going to tell you the secret to creating four scrapbook pages, start-to-finish, in just 30 minutes!

I love scrapbooking, but as a working mom of three, my life can get kind of hectic. That’s why I love Studio J®, Close To My Heart’s online design software.

Studio J lets me upload my photos, choose a layout and themed paper kit, and embellish my layout—all in just a few minutes. Then I place my order, and in a few days my 12″ x 12″ layouts are delivered to my door, all ready for my albums. I can do a month’s worth of scrapbooking in just a few hours, and I don’t even have to bother getting my photos printed beforehand! That means I can scrapbook my life as it happens, without falling behind.

I want to share Studio J with you, so at the end of this post I’ll tell you how you can win a free Studio J 5-pack. .... (cont'd)

Click here to read the rest of her article and find out how to win a free Studio j 5-pack.

Then it is time to try Studio J out for yourself, click here to start creating and see first hand why we all all raving about Studio J.

Here are a couple more of my recent Studio J layouts:

Monday, May 16, 2011

Celebrate National Scrapbooking Month with Close To My Heart

Watch the video below to see CTMH's National Scrapbooking Month special kit called You & Me. It is truly a stunning packet, perfect for both feminine and masculine layouts!

Image from CTMH  /  Uses the You & Me Stamp Set
Get your exclusive You & Me scrapbooking kit at a fabulous discount or for FREE during our May celebration.

Join my Close To My Heart team for 50% off (making it a steal at $64.50) and receive a FREE You & Me scrapbooking kit with your new Consultant Kit.

Place a minimum order of just $50 on my website and snag the You & Me kit for only $15.

Or you can purchase it for the special price of $34.95.

Each You & Me Kit Includes:

  • D-size exclusive stamp set 
  • 12x12 Colonial White Cardstock
  • 12x12 B&T Duo's - new cardstock weight!
  • You & Me Irresistibles chipboard
  • chocolate striped ribbon
  • Opaques Mocha Adhesive Gems
  • a full-color instruction guide

Friday, May 13, 2011

Friday Fabulous Find

Click on photo to check out the SLC Camera Similator
The other day I came across this nifty site that I just had to share with you! It's an online SLR camera simulator that will allow you to experiment with lighting, ISO, aperture, shutter and distance settings in a mock photo session. Understanding how each of these components interact will give you greater control and help you capture your pictures as you see them in your head.

I'd love to have you join us on my Close To My Heart Fan Page and share any photos this simulator helps you capture!


Thursday, May 12, 2011

Unlimited Paper, My Stickease & Embellishments with Studio J

Here is one of my favorite layouts from Studio J Bootcamp!

Often I need just one more button, brad, My Stickease or piece of paper in my traditional scrapbooking and need to make another purchase just for that one item to finish my layout. With Studio J, I'll never run out of supplies - the paper, My Stickease, embellishments and everything are all unlimited.

Get your Studio J annual membership for during May for just a little over $5.00 a month 
and save 50% off every layout you order, plus free jpegs, page protectors and shipping!
Find out more...

Technique: filling multiple photo wells with the same photo to create a mosaic/window appearance, layering My Stickease (notice how many diamonds we used, there are only 6 on the printed My Stickease), cropping ribbon so that it looks like it wraps around the paper.
I can't stress enough how easy Studio J is, it really is! But you've heard me say it before, so let me share what one of my customers had to say:

I just tried a sample of the Studio J.....WOW! That was easy! It literally took me like 3 minutes! 
- Suzanne from Wa

One thing I liked to share about Suzanne, while she LOVES the final results of scrapbooking, she simply is not a scrapbooker. She has limited time as a full time working mom with two active kids. She has been wanting to create layouts to hang on her walls (instead of plain 'ol pictures) and now she'll be able to create those layouts even with the little time she has.

Watch this video and then I challenge you try it out yourself!
Click here to got to Studio J

Get your Studio J annual membership for during May for just a little over $5.00 a monthand save 50% off every layout you order, plus free jpegs, page protectors and shipping!Find out more...

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Let's Get the Party Started: Facebook Referral Contest

Time for a little contest on my Close To My Heart fan page at www.facebook.com/CreatewithChristine. I'm giving a BIG prize to the person who brings the most friends to the party. You'll have to visit my page to see what you can win just by referring your friends.

How to Win:

- Refer a friend or family member to "like" the Create with Christine Facebook Page.
-  Your friend must then comment ON THIS POST that "so and so referred me".
-  The person with the most referrals wins the grand prize.


- Contest starts today, May 10th and runs through May 31st.


-  For a referral to count, your friend MUST post in the comments section below this post.  Please do not post on the Facebook wall to avoid cluttering the page. 
- You must have a minimum of five (5) referrals to be eligible for the prize.
- Your referred friend MUST be a new fan (joined after the start of the contest) and not an existing fan.

That's it!  Let's see how many new fans we can bring to our Facebook Page.

Good luck everyone! 

****Added Incentive!!****

Everyone that gets at LEAST five (5) referrals, will be eligible to win a prize at the conclusion of the contest! So, even if it appears like you will not be able to win the grand prize, there is still something to play for!


Tuesday, May 10, 2011

50% Consultant Kit & Free You & Me Scrapbooking Kit

Join the National Scrapbooking Month celebration by getting the exclusive You & Me scrapbooking kit FREE* and your New Consultant Kit at 50% off when you sign up in May!
With this wonderful kit, you can make two fully embellished two-page layouts using the included instructions, papers, D-size stamp set, and accessories. The You & Me scrapbooking kit includes:

   1 – My Acrylix® You & Me Stamp Set
   1 – 12” × 12” Colonial White Cardstock
   6 – 12” × 12” B&T Duos® Papers
   1 – 6” × 9” You & Me Irresistibles Die-Cut Sheet
   1 Yard – Chocolate Stripe Ribbon
   1 Package – Opaques Mocha Adhesive Gems
   1 – Instruction Guide

Become a Close To My Heart Consultant during may and you'll save 50% off on your New Consultant Kit and get one You & Me kit for FREE*!

*Shipping/handling may apply. Offer valid May 1–31, 2011 only.

During May, receive an additional 50% off the price of your Consultant Kit!
PLUS, You'll receive a FREE You & Me Scrapbooking Kit

FOR ONLY $129, you’ll receive all the business essentials you need plus your choice of three “choose me” product collections that are sure to help you start a successful and creative business! With this starter deal, you can save up to $200 off the retail value of the three collections you choose. The savings only get bigger and better from there. If you can’t decide which “choose me” collections to purchase, get them all! Each additional collection is only $40 more. Start smart by saving big.

Some items may not be shown. Contents are subject to change without notice.

or Contact me today and request a
free information kit on becoming a CTMH Consultant.
ASK ME about my New Team Member Rewards!

Monday, May 9, 2011

No paper, scissors or glue required scrapbooking...

Yesterday I returned from Close To My Heart's first ever (and maybe only) Studio J Bootcamp. It was an unbelievable experience. I got more scrapbooking done in just a single day that I have in the last several months. We spent Tuesday learning all about Studio J and you know what, I discovered that the possibilities are endless when scrapbooking the Studio J way.

Over the next week, I will be sharing the many layouts we created showcasing the techniques we learned. Today I will share just a couple...

Remember this layout? Can you believe that this layout uses the same packet? It is called "Take the Cake" and it is an exclusive paper packet for Studio J Members. I already adored this packet, but even more so now.

Technique learned: Paper Ribbons / "Polaroid" pictures
We used the Wings paper packet to create this layout. Really, we did! I know that that kit is full of Juniper and Vineyard Berry. That is just about the coolest thing about Studio J - I can change the paper colors to fit my style!

Technique learned: custom colored paper (adjusting the intensity), shaped embellishments using My Stickease as a template (the cute button heart) and gathered/pleated ribbon.
Bet you wanna try it out for yourself now, hey why not... after all it is free to play and you don't even have to worry about software to down load.  So, go play now...visit my website.

Psst... if you decide that you want to become a Studio J member? Ask me about how you can save $34.50 off the annual membership, discount on every order, and get your albums and some other great freebies and the best membership of all ...being a CTMH Consultant.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Join CTMH for 50% off this month - just $64.50

Join CTMH for 1/2 off this month! Yowzers, that is over $300 in product for just $64.50. Plus, receive a free You & Me scrapbooking kit. What a crazy good time to join my team!

Join the National Scrapbooking Month celebration by getting the exclusive You & Me scrapbooking kit FREE* and your New Consultant Kit at 50% off when you sign up in May!

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