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Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Rediscover Close To My Heart

I was thrilled to be able to attend the Rediscover CTMH events in Philadelphia, PA and then in Arlington, VA this past week! I got to spend time with Natasha in PA and Angie, Tina, Michele, and Robyn in VA! AND I got to see Kristine Widtfeldt 2 nights in a row! 

Natasha and I celebrating our birthdays in PA!

The goofy girls in VA!

Aside from time with "my girls" it was a great business session taught by the amazing Kristine Widtfeldt, VP at CTMH. She always brings fresh insight delivered with sass and humor!

We were also given NEW products to create with! So I can't show them to you just yet! They're top secret! But we did make a cute Summer fun mini album using our Hip Pics album. It was really quick and easy! A great project for summer vacations for kids and adults!

But another highlight of this trip was the opportunity to see and stay with my brother and SIL (Renee)! My sweet brother made me a delicious and thoughtful birthday dinner that included Lobster Bisque and fresh grilled burgers AND Ice Cream Cake!! Yum!

THEN he made arrangements for Renee and I to get massages at a spa! So sweet! As we left for the spa in the morning he handed us cups of fresh juice that he blended for us out of berries and fresh fruit! When we came home, he had fresh fruit, omelets, and bagels ready for us! What a guy!

My handsome and wonderful brother!

My fun SIL!

It was a great business trip that felt more like a vacation! Have I mentioned that I love my job? I do!

I'll be back soon with May's Club projects! Until then, happy creating!

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Save the Date!

I've reserved space at two different venues for a Fall and Winter Crop! 

Be sure to SAVE THE DATE! 

More details will be coming soon…

October 3-5, 2014
Ramada Conference Center

January 23-25, 2015
Stonewall Resort BALLROOM*
Roanoke, WV
(My contract this year GUARANTEES that we get the Ballroom!!!)
(Click here for more information)

Let me know if you are interested in either of these. Space is limited at both events, so be sure to reserve your spot right away! I know it's only Spring, but you can secure your spot now and schedule your time away before Summer vacations begin! We always have a great time and I would LOVE to see you there!

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Career Day at Bible Center School!

I had my arm twisted to participate in Career Day at Bible Center School for the Jr. High class last week, and I'm SO glad I went!

I represented the direct sales industry and was a little unsure it was appropriate for me to be there among the doctors, dentists, law enforcement, child psychologists, translators, etc. - until I met the kids! These were some of the most polite, intelligent, and all around great kids that I have ever met!

They had a set of questions to ask about each career as they made the rounds to each table.

1. What is your job title?
I am an Independent Consultant - which basically means I am my own boss! But I represent a company that has great products, training, and a generous compensation plan!

2. What do you like most about your job?
My answer was the flexibility to determine when I get up, how hard I work and how much money I want to make! Having this flexibility also allows me to be there for family emergencies too. In addition to that, I have to say I LOVE the relationships I have built with some of the most wonderful and amazing people on the planet - that I would never have met outside of this career!

3. What are the educational requirements for this job?
There are no minimum requirements! However, I think people skills would help you to be more successful!

4. What school subject would be helpful in this job?
I had to answer - computer class for internet skills. More and more business is done online and marketed through social media sites, so I think that is a skill that would definitely add to your success!

(The kids aren't aliens, I've just blurred their faced to protect their identity.)

Beyond that, we got to chat about other aspects of my job. I sell product, but more than that, I am a teacher. I show people "how to" use our products and how to create with their own hands. My goal is that they will grow in confidence to create on their own. But we always have a great time when we get together as a group and over a short time we all become good friends!

I also enjoy being a team leader! These women are like a tightly knit "sisterhood" and I love every single one of them!

The company I represent, Close To My Heart, offers so much in the way of a compensation plan. One of the great perks is the incentive trip! I brought along an album from the Easter Caribbean Cruise that I took, compliments of Close to My Heart. They paid for both my husband and I to cruise the Caribbean for a week in style! They loved looking at my Studio J album with all that we got to see and do on this trip!

They also got to sit down and make a card if they wanted. They LOVED that! Boys and girls alike! Using 3-D foam tape, Tombow adhesive, coordinating papers and accessories - they got so excited! It was fun to watch.

But I have to say, they were most interested in the charity we support - Operation Smile. I had a display board set up to show the before and after pictures of kids who had the reconstructive surgery and they were amazed! Amazed at the transformation, but also amazed that just a few of us can pool together enough money to pay for the surgery! And that my customers have done that many times over! They were inspired by that - and I have to say that I am too. I'm grateful for the amazing organization - Operation Smile - and to my customers who round up their order to donate money or purchase cards to donate money, or who participate in our crop fundraisers to donate money. So many lives have been changed - actually SAVED - because of their generosity. I will never cease to be amazed and grateful.

So having experienced all of that, I can honestly say I was glad to have my arm twisted to participate in Career Day! (Thanks Cindy!)

Would YOU like to be your own boss, set your own hours, take exotic vacations for two, and develop life long friendships? I'd love to have you join my team and experience all the joy of being a Close To My Heart Independent Consultant? And THIS is the month to do it! During the month of April, when you join my team, you will receive over $400 in the industry's best products (including a Cricut Collection of your choice) all for only $99!

Contact me if you'd like to talk about whether this would be a good option for you. Honestly, if you are a paper crafter, this is a no-brainer! You are getting an over 75% savings on these amazing products, PLUS the "opportunity" to have your own business or continue as a hobbyist and receive the discount on all of your own personal orders. DEAL! There is no down-side. If you decide you don't want to continue or stay an active consultant, there is nothing to return. The entire kit and everything you have purchased is yours to keep. No strings.

BUT if you decide you'd like to try and build a business, I will be right by your side to help you! PLUS Close To My Heart has a ton of training videos online to help you get started, I have a Facebook Team Group for our entire team across the country - where we can ask questions and inspire each other 24/7, as well as an Online Team Training Facebook Group for those who want to step it up and grow their business, AND quarterly meetings at my home, AND Close To My Heart hosts regional events and their amazing annual convention - this year at the Disneyland Hotel in California!

Click here to order your kit today or contact me if you want to talk more about it. I'd love to chat with you!

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Wedding Card

My mom asked me to make her a card for an upcoming wedding she is attending. She wanted it to be a cash card, so this is what I came up with.

I used our grey glitter paper to accent the sentiment and ribbon. I also used our new Quatrefoil Embossing Folder on the Whisper card stock on the front. I also used our retired black mesh ribbon and a rhinestone brad. I love those two products - so sad to see them go.

 Open it up and you see a pocket with a card inside to write a note on and include the cash gift inside.

I used the Happy Couple stamp set! So many possibilities with this set! 

It's a simple card, but it went together so quickly! I love having supplies at my fingertips to create on the spot as needed! Are you stocked up and ready to create at a moment's notice?

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Get a FREE Cricut Collection this month!

This has to be one of the very BEST deals we have offered - EVER!
Join my team in the month of April and get over $400 in product for only $99!

During the month of April when you join Close To My Heart you will get a kit packed with our beautiful Skylark products, tools, accessories, how-to books, and so much more - valued at over $300 - all for only $99! PLUS you get to choose one of our exclusive Cricut Collections absolutely FREE!

Choose from Art Philosophy, Artiste, or Artbooking!
Each has 700 images and endless options for creativity! 

So you might ask - "What am I committing to when I purchase a consultant kit?"
You are simply getting a GREAT deal on the best products in the industry, along with an "opportunity" to get a discount on your products every day, earn extra income, or even make a career of it!

There is no commitment to do anything if you don't want to. However, if you choose to do something with this opportunity, I will be right beside you to support you all the way!

You might be thinking - "Can I really turn this into a money making career?"
Absolutely! I've earned 3 all expense paid incentive trips for two with Close To My Heart and received commission checks that have caused me to squeal with delight! But the best part is the relationships I have made along the way - with my amazing team and my fun-loving customers, as well as life-long connections with fellow consultants world-wide!

You simply have to be willing to work your business like a business and the possibilities are endless!

Do you have questions or want to talk through your situation to see if this is a good fit for you? Contact me, I'd love to chat with you!

Do you already know you want to take advantage of this deal? Simply click here and get your box of goodies delivered to your door so you can start creating with the best products on the market!