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Thursday, November 28, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving!

Wishing each of you a very Happy Thanksgiving! My heart overflows with gratitude for each one of you and I pray that you will be surrounded by loved ones today - for that is more important than all the good food that will be shared. (Did I just say that? Yep!) Although I LOVE food, it's the relationships in our lives that matter most.

Thank you Lord for the people you have brought into my life - to mold me, shape me, bless me, and challenge me. I pray for those who are alone today and ask that you bless them and comfort them with your love.

Now I'm off to go finish up some of that "good food"!
Happy Thanksgiving!

Monday, November 25, 2013

Clearly The Best: Do the Twist!

Here is the latest how-to video in the Clearly The Best series featuring our new Twist Ties! I've been playing with the curly-cues for a while now, but I LOVE the Wired Washi and Wired Ribbon techniques! I'm certain you will too!

(Click on the image above to watch in YouTube)

Below are some of the supplies used in today's projects. Click on those images to get more information or add them to your shopping cart!

 Slate Striped Twist Ties

Washi Tape to create the Wired Washi look:

Textiles to create the wired ribbon look:

I've got to go and "do the twist" myself now!
Happy Creating!

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Sparkle and Shine Christmas Card Kit

Next month's card club will be making these 14 adorable but simple cards using our Sparkle and Shine paper pack along with our Sparkles - Holiday Shapes!

This first set of 5 cards comes with options - the tree version, and the baby Jesus version. Choose one or do a few of each!

The tree branches are embellished with a little Stardust Glitz Glitter and the banner with the sentiment actually folds down flat for mailing!

For the baby, I paper-pieced the blanket and body parts and added a little Blush Marker to his cheeks and Stardust Glitz Glitter on the halo.

The next set of 5 cards features the Sparkles Holiday Shapes! These fun shapes are actually one cluster - just like our flourishes. They easily lift up and lay right on top of your tree! And the star fits overtop of a cricut star shape cut at 3/4"! So easy!

I added a Silver Glitter cricut shape under the sentiment for a little more sparkle and shine! (The glitter paper is an optional add-on, but I LOVE the effect!)

This last set of 4 cards features cricut card bases and more Sparkles Holiday Shapes!

I added another Silver Glitter mat under this sentiment too!

The basic card kit is only $15 for 14 cards that really Sparkle and Shine!
The basic kit includes:
14 cards/envelopes
1/2 Sparkle and Shine Paper Packet
Sparkles Holiday Shapes
10 sparkles
Grey bakers twine

Optional Add On's include:
Black and Grey Glitter Paper - $6
Stardust Glitz Glitter - $3
Ruby, Juniper, Slate Ink Pads - $5.25 each

We are meeting on Friday, December 20th at 1pm and 6pm. Contact me if you would like to join us! Even though it is so close to Christmas, these cards will be perfect to hand out to Sunday School teachers, neighbors, the mailman, the newspaper delivery person, your hair stylist, etc., as well as friends and family! Or make them a sparkling addition to your gift under the tree!

Hope you can join us!

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Retiring Products - available while supplies last!

It's that time of year again - where we bid farewell to a host of products that have served us well, lived a long full life, and now must take a back seat to fresh, new, NOW products! 

You can see the products that will be retiring as of January 31, 2014 on my website HERE. They are available between now and January 31st at full retail price - while supplies last! So if there is an item that you really want or need to complete a collection, I recommend you grab it while it is still available. Once they are gone, they are no longer available.

There are some surprising items on the "retirement list"! That always makes us gasp with fright because we LOVE them and don't want to see them go! Ever! But once we see the fresh, new products that come in their place we always squeal with delight! So grab the ones you really want now and get ready to squeal on Febuary 1st with the release of our new Idea Book!

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Clearly the Best: Crafts for Curls!

We have a really fun new product line called Base & Bling - Wearable Crafts! You can make anything from hair clips, lapel pins, head bands, rings, necklaces, wrist cuffs, etc with this new product line!

In today's segment of Clearly the Best, Kristine and Monica will show you how to make adorable pieces for your curls (hair) or clip them on your lapel or a gift bag/box! Any way that you choose to wear them, you will make a fashion statement for sure!

(Click on the image above to watch the video in YouTube)

Like what you saw? Here is a supply list to help you in creating your very own crafts for curls! These would make great stocking stuffers or even clip onto the package to decorate the package and then wear later!

Textiles - in four different combo packs:

Base and Bling Wearable Craft Bases

Base and Bling Adhesive and Liquid Glass

Click here to see resin flowers, sparkles and other embellishments for your creation!
Happy Creating!

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Sparkle and Shine Hand Sanitizer Gift!

Here is a nifty little project that we made at my Christmas Crop on Saturday! One of my customers shared the idea with me and I created a template in the Cricut Craft Room (by welding and overlapping simple rectangles) to make it even easier to use in the future! And I'll even share the file with YOU so you can make as many of these cuties as you like!

I love the peppermint striped paper we have in our Sparkle and Shine paper packet! So festive! Open this up and you will find a bottle of Bath and Body's Candy Cane Bliss PocketBac Anit-bacterial Hand Gel! Coordinates perfectly with the candy cane paper!

The inside sentiment is from the Frosted Workshop On The Go Card Kit! LOVE how well it works with this paper and project! I also used one of our tiny velcro dots to close it. And just a bit of our Ruby Chevron Ribbon for a handle!

You can decorate the front and insides however you want! I chose a simple route and just added a wreath and bow. For the leaves I used a punch. (I should have used the holly leaves on the Cricut Art Philosophy!) For the bow, I used our Red Shimmer Trim and added a metal flower to the center! 

Here is the Craft Room File if you want to try your hand at this project! It doesn't have to be just for Christmas - it could be ANY theme, ANY time. 

(Once you cut out the template you may have to trim it down to 10 3/4", then turn it sideways and score at the following lengths: 1/4", 1 1/4", 2 1/4", 3 1/4", 6 1/2", 7 1/2". On the outside tabs, score a 1" segment where the tab meets the box to fold over to create box. Fold on all of the scored lines to create card with box!)

Here are the materials I used to make it:
Sparkle and Shine Paper Pack

Red Shimmer Trim

Base and Bling Floral Accents

Ruby Chevron Ribbon

Frosted Card Kit stamp set

Ruby Ink

You can click on any of the above images to see them or purchase them on my website! 

Happy Creating!

Monday, November 18, 2013

Make the Switch to Close To My Heart!

Make a fresh start and discover great products and real income when you become an Independent Consultant now!

Are you currently or have been affiliated with another company that has caused you to reconsider your future? Does the horizon look uncertain to you? Why not take a look at Close To My Heart where the future is bright! Here are five fast and fabulous reasons that YOU should join Close To My Heart:

#1) A passion for memory-keeping.
We believe that memories matter! And whether you love hand-crafting classic 12" x 12" layouts, creating layouts in a snap online, or even designing fun mini-albums, we have what you're looking for! Close To My Heart is committed to delivering on-trend scrapbooking products that fit every project, design style, and crafting preference.

#2) Hundreds - not dozens - of beautiful products.
Choices, choices, choices! We offer hundreds of exclusive products you can't find anywhere else, including our beautiful My Acrylix clear stamps; our easy-to-use palette of 42 colors in coordinating inks, markers, and cardstocks; plus embellishments, trims, and albums. And don't forget our expanding line of decor, textiles, wearable crafts, and kits that make crafting fun and easy for everyone.

#3) Consultants come first.
With incredible, free training resources, regional events, annual Conventions, monthly promotions, and so much more, we're here to help your business succeed. Plus, your New Consultant Kit comes packed with supplies and products - starting at just $49, but with contents nearly triple the value!

#4) Real income and Team opportunity.
Your earnings start at 22% commission on every order and rise as high as 35% based on monthly sales. Add in Team commissions that pay up to four levels deep, monthly product credit, and title rewards - plus incentive trips to dream destinations with your Consultant friends - it's all real and can start for you today!

#5) A solid past, a bright future.
Close To My Heart was founded by CEO and industry pioneer Jeanette Lynton, who will celebrate 30 years in business in 2014. We manufacture many of our core lines in-house, using facilities and equipment we own, and the company is DEBT FREE (not many businesses or households can say that!) - allowing us take the right product and design investments and always respond to Consultants.

If this sounds good to you, watch this short video and learn more about our free Picture My Life scrapbooking program offer:

Are you ready to make the switch? Click here to get started or contact me for more information!

Join My Team and Picture Your Life for FREE!

I've been so busy with life and other fun stuff that I haven't taken the time to share this SUPER EXCITING OFFER!!! But I can't wait any longer - I have to share the news!

Close To My Heart is releasing a BRAND NEW product February 1, 2014 called the Picture My Life Scrapbooking Program. With this new program, you can preserve your memories in minutes!!

Scrapbook dozens of photos in no time at all with this program, designed with the signature Close To My Heart flair! Select from eight charming themes, each featuring 122 double-sided cards plus 10 unique Memory Protectors to capture life as it happens. Whether you choose to embrace a single theme in your album or mix and match for a truly unique look, you'll love the ease, affordability, and beauty of the Picture My Life programs, each based on a popular My Reflections paper packet.

Even better, you can earn yours FREE when you sign up as a Close To My Heart Consultant between November 1 - December 15, 2013.

When you join the Close To My Heart family from November 1 - December 15 and submit qualifying personal sales of $300 by March 31, 2014, you get to choose from a STUNNING new product line, the Picture My Life scrapbooking program - FREE (retail value $24.95)!

Select from darling themes, from vacation to friendship to childhood - each featuring 122 double-sided cards plus 10 unique Memory Protectors to capture it all! Here are 6 of the 8 themes*:

 *Not pictured: two Picture My Life scrapbooking programs to be released with the February-July 2014 Idea Book. The Picture My Life Chantilly scrapbooking program will not be available until February 1, 2014. Images shown represent only  sampling of the designs in each program.

Picture it - then capture it! 

A brand new product available to customers beginning February 1, 2014 - but new consultants can get one FREE by joining my team between November 1 - December 15, 2013 AND by placing your qualifying orders totaling $300 by March 31, 2014! What a fabulous opportunity for you to start your own hobby at a discount or a business to support your hobby OR provide substantial income! The choice is yours! I'd love to have you join my award winning team today! Contact me for more information to see if this is a good fit for you OR if you are ready to sign up, click here to begin!

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Blast from the Past!

When Jeanette Lynton, founder and CEO of Close To My Heart, began her venture into stamping 30 years ago, she drew by hand all her stamp images. Originally made of rubber and set on wood blocks, a few of these stamp sets are available to you in clear polymer for a limited time only from Close To My Heart! Click on the video below to learn more.

Here is a closer look at the cards featured in the video! Aren't they darling?

Be sure to get your "Blast From The Past" before they disappear back into the archive! (click on the images below to order yours today)

And don't forget to have some pigment inks and alcohol markers available to transform them into beautiful works of art!

Friday, November 15, 2013

Operation Smile Donations to Benefit Philippines Disaster Recovery!

I just love the spirit and heart of Close To My Heart - from the founder and president, Jeanette Lynton, to the executive team, staff, consultant base, and customers!! Whenever there is a disaster or need, we quickly step up to the plate to help! This month is no different. After the SUPER storm that ravaged the Philippines, they are in desperate need of help - NOW!

During the month of November, all donations made to Operation Smile via Close To My Heart will go to benefit survivors of the recent typhoon in the Philippines. 

On Wednesday, Close To My Heart received the following message from Dr. Bill Magee, the co-founder and CEO of Operation Smile:

 "My wife Kathy and I have a very special connection to the Philippines—it's the place where we conducted our first medical mission, and the country whose people inspired us to found Operation Smile over 30 years ago. Now they need us more than ever—the coming days will be critical to the survival of hundreds of thousands of people. 

 "That's why I'm reaching out to you today. Your gift will make an immediate impact—helping to provide essential supplies and funds to our Operation Smile Philippines office headquartered in Manila. They are standing by for our help right now. As many of you already know, one of the largest storms ever recorded—Super Typhoon Haiyan—struck the country on Friday, leveling homes, destroying infrastructure, and displacing hundreds of thousands of people. 

 "Every dollar you give will go directly towards providing our foundation, on the ground in Manila, with the supplies and resources they desperately need to help their communities. This includes supplies like portable water filtration devices to provide clean drinking water, antibiotics for those facing infection or water borne illness, nutritional supplements, and other medical supplies that will help the hundreds of thousands of people affected."

Anytime this month, you can visit my website - to shop and donate or simply to donate - by clicking on the "My shopping cart" link in the upper right corner, you can add your donation to Operation Smile. 

Click below to shop and/or donate now. And thank you for your generosity toward those in GREAT need right now!