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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Help Make A Miracle!

How would you like to be a part of something significant - something that will change lives forever? Close To My Heart has long partnered with Operation Smile to transform lives of precious children.

Operation Smile is an international children's medical charity that heals children's smiles, forever changing their lives. They are a mobilized force of medical professionals and caring hearts who provide safe, effective reconstructive surgery for children born with facial deformities such as cleft lip and cleft palate.

Every three minutes a child is born with a cleft — often unable to eat, speak, socialize or smile. In some places these children are shunned and rejected. And in too many cases, their parents can't afford to give them the surgeries they need to live a normal life.

That's where Operation Smile comes in as an international charity providing much needed surgical services. Since 1982, Operation Smile has provided over 200,000 free surgeries for children and young adults born with cleft lips, cleft palates and other facial deformities.

Between January 1 and March 31, the Close To My Heart Consultant who raises the most in donations will have the opportunity to go on an Operation Smile international medical mission.

I would LOVE for you to partner with me to Make A Miracle for at least 5 children! Will you do that? No purchase is necessary and 100% of your donation goes to Operation Smile. For companies and individuals who donate over $500, Operation Smile will provide a receipt for tax purposes (please contact me in advance - your donation will be handled specially.) For those wanting to donate any amount under $500, simple contact me or click here to make your donation! (See Operation Smile Donation box in left column.)

The video below will give you a glimpse into the hope and transformation Operation Smile provides and that YOU can be a part of!

The power of a SMILE is priceless! It only takes 45 minutes and $240 to provide the healing surgery that will bring not only hope, but LIFE! Will you join with me to help Make a Miracle?

Monday, January 23, 2012

Sneak Peek at NEW Products!

At my team meeting this weekend, we got to play with brand new Spring/Summer products! One of them is our new My Creations Milk Carton! So dang cute! And of course the possibilities are endless with this little box! I decided to make a little bird house birthday gift box out of it using our June Stamp of the Month called Life is Tweet!

We used some of our new Lucy B&T paper along with our spray pen and Sweet Leaf re-inker, Pink Collection Designer ribbon, clear sparkles and of course our Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge for the sentiment frames and roof tiles!

And did you notice the "way cool" bling on the sides of the box? That's our new Sparkles Flourishes!

And check out this other new product - Adhesive Springs! You can have so much fun with these little guys!

I can't wait to share more WONDERFUL NEW PRODUCTS with you here on this blog and at my open house next month! Stay tuned.......

PS - How would you like to get a sneak peek at ALL new products a month before customers? How would you like to get a kit valued at over $288 for only $99? How would you like to get a discount everyday? How would you like to get hands-on training? How would you like to be a part of an AMAZING team? Contact me for all the delicious details including additional incentives and rewards!

Tex Mex Turkey Soup

Just served this soup at my Team Meeting this weekend. They were my Guinea Pigs! LOL! I love to try out new recipes on my guests. I know that's not what you are supposed to do - what if it turns out horrible? But in this case it turned out great (thank God)! So I thought I'd share it with you. I found the recipe on Click here for the recipe link. Enjoy!

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Rock The Block - Collage Cubes

It took me so long to decide what to do with my collage cubes that I received in the Rock The Block special this month. There were so many great ideas and I only had ONE set - not only did I have to choose wisely, but I couldn't mess up! Does that same crazy phobia freeze your creative flow? (Say THAT 10 times!) Anyway, I decided to bite the bullet and JUST DO IT! I used photos from our day zip lining in the mountains of WV. I used mostly landscape photos to make it more of a challenge as a puzzle and a conversation piece on the coffee table. This would make a great gift as a memory of any occasion!

The cubes lay in the tray - where I put my "title photo" so to speak. You can flip them over in sections to see the next "scene". So cool!

I decided in the end to NOT ink the exposed edges of the cubes, but you can certainly ink them in any coordinating color or neutral color like bamboo or desert sand.

Have you ordered yours yet? We've got a ROCKIN' DEAL this month only!

Get your sneak peek Collage Cubes set PLUS this HUGE stamp set for only $15 for the set - when you order $25 in product from the Autumn/Winter Idea Book. This set retails for $44.95 - that's a $30 savings! Next month you will be able to order more of the cubes for $15 per set, but the stamp set is ONLY available during the special this month. Don't miss out!

I didn't use the stamp set on THIS set of blocks, but I intend to use it on many other projects - including cards and layouts! Click here to start shopping or contact me to place your order for you!
Happy Creating!

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Last Chance before they are gone!

These great Close to my Heart products will retire on January 31st. Be sure to grab your favorites while you still can...

I've made it super convenient for you! You can click on each item to view and/or add to your shopping cart! And don't forget to check out the "while supplies last" section for great deals on already retired items - up to 81% OFF!

And GREAT NEWS -- we now have Smart Post shipping for online orders - only $4.95! So if your order weight and size qualify, you will see that option available!

Paper Collections
Typeset Workshop On The Go (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 Compliment Rub-Ons – 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

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

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

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

Waxy Flax
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

Designer Brads - Colonial White - Z1274 - $3.95
Decorative Brads - Pewter - Z1146 - $3.95

Mini-Medley and Eyelets
Mini Medley - Antiqued Copper - Z1275 - $4.95
Mini Medley - Colonial White - Z1276 - $4.95
Foundry Metal - Bookplates - Z1147 - $3.50
Soft Set Eyelet Tool - Z1208 - $14.95
Soft Set Eyelets - Black and White Daisy - Z1228 - $3.95
Soft Set Eyelets - Chocolate and Colonial White - Z1229 - $3.95

Coordinating Collection Embellishments
Midnight Felt Shapes - Z1462 - $3.95
Harvest Charms - Z1633 - $4.95
Holiday Pockets - Z1486 - $4.95
Top Coats Icing Overlays - Z1468 - $4.95
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
Just Blooms Spring Blossom - Z1266 - $7.95 
Just Blooms White Daisy Variety Pack - Z1300 - $5.95

Color Ready Alphabets
Color Ready Alphabets - Oxford - X5749 - $3.95
Color Ready Alphabets - Hodge Podge - X1406 - $3.95

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

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

Rubber Brayer - Z616 - $12.95 
Eyelet Tool Replacement Punches - Z1245 - $2.95

Be sure to grab your favorite (almost) retired items before they are gone...and watch for my open house next month where you will find a bargin table with deeply discounted used and new stamp sets, accessories, textured cardstock, etc.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Starbucks, here I come!

I've just read the same information from a couple of different sources and couldn't be more excited!!!

"Women who drink a few cups of caffeinated coffee have a lower risk of depression than women who don't drink any coffee, according to a Harvard study. That research, published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, shows that women who drink two to three cups of coffee a day have a 15% lower risk, while women who drink four or more cups of coffee a day have a 20% lower risk!"

But wait, there's more! We may also be reaping its cancer-preventing benefits too!

I've always heard the negative effects of coffee, but now, experts tend to agree that the good largely outweighs the bad for most people, with the exception of the calorie-laden add-ins. However, all those add-ins (like the gingerbread latte pictured above) are what makes it such a special treat - an instant vacation - therapy in a cup, etc. I'm on my way to Starbucks. Anyone want anything?

Score a Perfect 10 with Studio J!

This month all Studio J members can win BIG! For every 9 layouts you purchase, you get the 10th FREE! So with 18 layouts you get 2 more FREE! And so on! Not a member yet? We can fix that! Members save more, do more and get more!
  • Exclusive patterns
  • 50% off layouts
  • Free JPG files
  • Free monthly shipment
  • Members-only promotions like this one!
Studio J is our fantastic online scrapbooking software that allows you to create beautiful 12x12 layouts in just minutes! It's the easiest, most economical way to get caught up on your scrapbooking, or create a theme album of a special vacation or event.

Are you interested, but feel like you need an introduction or some hands-on help? Or are you already familiar with Studio J but want to learn even more? Come to my Studio J Crop on Saturday, January 14 from noon to 4pm. Come part of the time or the whole time. I've recently installed an internet booster, so our connections should be strong. I can host up to 8 people at one time. And of course I'll have snacks to keep your energy up while you work away on your layouts! I've actually done 20 layouts in one day!

PLUS - for every 9 layouts you order from me in the month of January, you will be entered into a drawing for a FREE Studio J 5-pack! A $55 value that you can use for yourself in the future or give as a gift! You don't need to be present at the crop to participate. Anyone who orders Studio J layouts from me in January will be entered to win. I will draw the winner on February 1st. I hope you win!!

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

New Consultant Kit!

How would you like to receive over $288 worth of product for ONLY $99? 

In addition to that, you would receive a 22% discount on all future purchases! 

In addition to that, you would have access to discounted bulk products!

In addition to that, you would have access to NEW products a whole month in advance of the general public!

In addition to that, I offer one-on-one and group training!

In addition to that, you would have access to online training and endless inspiration!

In addition to that......well, lets just say I could go on and on! The point is, our NEW Spring/Summer Consultant Kit is NOW AVAILABLE!
Are you interested in getting a discount every day? I have team members that simply take the discount for themselves, others who have a handful of friends that they share with, and others who are actively building a business and a team to earn real income! I also have team members less than a mile down the road and some across the country!

Are you interested in any of those options? Contact me for more details. I'd be happy to chat with you to see if this would be a good fit for you! Do you already know you want in on the! deal? Click here to get your kit today

Let's start off your year with a fantastic discount on great products that will encourage you to be proactive and productive in preserving your memories and celebrating the relationships in your life!

January Kit Club - Sonoma

Are you a scrapbooker, card maker, or paper crafter? Do you like getting a deal on your products? Do you like getting FREE stuff? Do you like learning new techniques, playing with new products, and having a regular girls night out - all while preserving your memories and celebrating the relationships in your lives?


My monthly kit clubs feature one of our discounted kits complete with
  • A full Level 2 paper pack
  • Additional cardstock
  • An exclusive coordinating stamp set
  • Coordinating accessories
  • A full color instructional brochure
Each kit is discounted at only $29.95 and features instructions to complete two 2-page layouts PLUS a bonus project* like cards or 3-D items. YOU choose which projects you want to make - one or ALL!

*bonus projects may require additional materials

This month we are using our Sonoma kit (shown above). Here are the projects we will be making:

In addition to these projects - I have plenty of 3-D project ideas for you too!

The Danville Club is meeting this month on Friday, Jan. 13th at 6pm.

I am currently forming a new "very special" club in Cross Lanes - we only need 5 people to start! I already have a list started, contact me if you would like to join! Each person is guaranteed at least $25 in FREE PRODUCT during their hostess month. Plus, it's my heart's desire to donate my commission on each kit to Operation Smile, a very worthy charity that Close To My Heart supports. 

So not only will you be getting:
  •  a discounted kit, 
  • hands-on training in techniques and products, 
  • FREE products during your hostess month,
  • freebies and special club member only treats,
  • you kit purchase will help change the life of a child!

Want to form a club of your own friends? All you need is 4 friends, I'll come to your location OR you can come to my house. And as a thank you gift, I will give you your first kit FREE!

Now is the perfect time to start! Contact me today for all the details!

Monday, January 2, 2012

Cricut Crop - Valentine Theme

Since I got my Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge, I haven't stopped using it! But I'm hearing from many people that they aren't sure where to'm hosting my first Cricut Crop!

Bring your own cricut, cartridge, mat, and tools. I'll supply the products and goodies you need. We will spend the first part of the class covering the basics of your machine and then a little more about the cartridge. Then we will start creating the above projects. You will be learning about and using different creative function keys and layering. In this workshop we will be covering Fit To Page, Fit To Length, Flip, Center Point , Quantity, Multi Cut, etc. The AP images we will be using include basic shapes, cards, layers, decorative layers, and 3-D flowers.

The cost for this workshop is ONLY $8!
It include the supplies you need - including the treats!
Don't have your very own AP cartridge yet? Contact me in advance to order yours in time for the workshop and your class is FREE!

Friday, January 27th ~ 6pm-9pm
Saturday, January 28th ~ 2pm-5pm
This class is open to both customers and team members.
Space is limited to 8 people per day, so reserve your spot today!

Make these simple cupcake toppers - perfect for the office, kid's parties, dessert, or even breakfast (on top of a oatbran muffin with cream cheese frosting)

Treat bags using our Kraft Die-Cut card!
Little Debbie Be My Valentine Cakes. Mmmmm-good!

Truffle Box - Chinese To Go Box with truffle inside.

Milk and Chocolate Drink Hanger
Vanilla, Chocolate or Strawberry milk available.

RSVP asap - space is limited and this class will fill up fast.
Let me know:
  •  which day you prefer, 
  • what type of Cricut Machine you have, 
  • what flavor of milk you want!