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April 15, 2014

Welcome to the Close to My Heart Washi Tape Blog Hop! 




This hop I am following {Katy Taylor's Blog.}   We have 17 Close to My Heart Consultants participating in the Washi Tape Blog Hop.   If you lose your place while traveling through our blog hop, the complete list of participants can be found here.                                                                                                              
So what can you do with Washi Tape?  

I use it in my planner to signify different events.  I can look at a glance and see when my workshops are happening or when the kids are out of school just by the pattern of Washi Tape I use.  

Here is another use for Washi Tape.  


I bet you are wondering why the Washi tape is on the light switch.  Well, my family never turns a light off after they leave a room.  Most of the time, I turn it off.  I am not overly gracious about it, but I am working on that.  However, in the garage the light might be on for hours before I notice.  I asked the family not to use the light switch from inside the house.  This is to remind them not to use it.  Don't laugh.  It is working!

Since I am sure my sister consultants will not think that the above picture is adequate for this blog hop, I also created a card using Washi tape.

Here is my artwork:

 I must admit that I don't like the Washi tape artwork.  I have been slow at using this product because I don't really like the unfinished look that I have seen with the Washi tape art.  But as I have used it, I have found that I have been able to mesh my more finished look with Washi tape.

So where is the Washi tape in my artwork?

I have it in two places.  The Smoothie striped "paper" is actually Washi tape.  When you back the Washi tape with white cardstock, it no longer is translucent.  It looks like paper.

The second place I used it was on the birthday cake.  The Washi tape pattern is the Honey colored triangles.  See the Smoothie lined pattern behind the triangles?  It comes from the stamped image.  I love how whatever pattern is behind the Washi tape shows through and becomes part of the "paper".

I am on a mission to decorate the inside of the card as well so here is the inside of my card:



By the way, I used the Mojo Monday pattern from this week.  



Thank you for visiting my blog.  I would love for you to leave me a comment and then please go to our next artist, {Lori Brown's Blog.}

You can purchase the supplies used  on my website.  


Supplies Used

April 13, 2014

Welcome to the April Stampers with an Attitude Blog Hop.  This month I am following  {Debbie Andrews.}  Our blog hop is a circular hop.  You just click on the link to the next blog on the bottom of this post and go visit the next blog.  If you get lost, I have all of the participating blogs near the bottom of my post.  Hope you enjoy seeing what our team has made for you.

This month our Stampers With an Attitude is featuring artwork with Focus on one of our new paper packs called Ariana.  I hadn't picked up Ariana yet because I found it a bit intimidating.  Big cabbage roses have not been my cup of tea.  

I know this sounds a bit funny but I kind of welcomed this challenge.  Mother's Day is coming up and I absolutely love the new stamp set, Mother's Day (C1577).  I decided to tackle those cabbage roses!

Here's my card:


 



The card base is Blush cardstock, all of the patterned paper is from Ariana, and the cardstock beneath the patterned paper is Outdoor Denim.  The oval scalloped frame is cut from Crystal Blue cardstock using the CTMH Art Philosophy cartridge, pg 52, Layer.  I changed the size using the Cricut Design Space (you can do this in the Cricut Craft room as well) to height: 4"  width: 2.8".  

I cut an additional frame in Blush cardstock and kept the oval so that I could stamp my image. I thought it looked a bit plain so I stamped the sentiment, "Home is where your Mother is", repeated over the Blush oval in Blush Ink.  It adds a little pizzaz to the oval.  I then picked one of the super cute silhouettes and stamped it in Outdoor Denim ink.  Yes, I know that it looks black, but it really is Outdoor Denim!

I also cut (using the above measurements) using the CTMH Art Philosophy cartridge, pg 52, in White Daisy cardstock.  I wanted the white to show through the cut outs in the frame.  

Everything was edged in Outdoor Denim ink using a sponge dauber.  I "broke" the sentiment up, putting part of it on the front of the card and the rest inside.  I also added the sentiment, Happy Mother's Day to the inside of the decorated card.  I just love it when the inside of the card is decorated!  Take a look:


The next very talented artist for you to visit on our blog hop is {Sheila Bennett}.  Below is a list of supplies used.  They can be purchased on my website and sent directly to you!


Supplies Used






Participating Blogs
  1. Sheila Bennett ~ http://sheila-bennett.blogspot.com
  2. Catherine Nowak ~ http://catscrapbooking.com
  3. Jen Patrick ~ http://roxybonds-scrappin.blogspot.com
  4. Pamela O'Connor ~ http://reflectionsofmyartandsoul.com/blog
  5. Di Crawford ~ http://scrapwithdi.blogspot.com
  6. Judy Faye Garner ~ http://judyfaye.blogspot.com
  7. Hilary Reynolds ~ http://stampcraftyreader.blogspot.com
  8. Denise Elliott ~ www.inspiredbyd.blogspot.com
  9. Melissa Robinson ~ http://mlisrobinson.blogspot.com
  10. Debbie Andrews ~ http://debstampsfromtheheart.com/
  11. Melinda Everitt ~ http://ifyoublingit.blogspot.com

April 2, 2014

I want to become a Senior Director and I need you to help me.  I need you to join my team.  I need 7 people to take advantage of the best offer that Close to My Heart has ever offered.  Purchase a New Consultant Kit for $99 and get over $300 in Close to My Heart products plus your choice of one of our Cricut Collections that has 700 images.  After you purchase the kit, you have no obligation to purchase or sell anything.  

I became a Close to My Heart Consultant 7 1/2 years ago when one of my sons was diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome and needed me to stay home with him.  After working at a job that I loved, Medical Technology, I found that I was bored staying at home and needed a new outlet.  That is where Close to My Heart fit into my life.

I had been "crafty" my entire life but I had never papercrafted.  Close to My Heart opened up a whole new world for me.  I love the product and I love the people I have met while working my business.  I signed up originally for the discount.  But once my son started improving, I have continued it as a business.  I now have a fairly large team that keeps expanding and I love it!  We hold large Team crops and are active in our Community.  I have team members all over the world.  I became a Director at Close to My Heart a year and a half ago. 

Being a "retired" military wife, I recognize the importance of a business that you can take with you when your family gets orders to move to another part of the world.  I love how Close to My Heart fits into my family.  I don't have to "clock in" and work a certain number of hours.  My family comes first and it has expanded.  We are now raising two of our grandkids.  So I really need a job that grows with me and gives me the freedom to work when I have time.

Don't want to work a business?  There is a place for you as well on my team.  My team is very active and many of the Consultants are hobbyists.  We have many fun, creative get-togethers and retreats.  I started out as a hobbyist and love the discount I receive from being a Close to My Heart Consultant.

I would love to extend the opportunity for you to join my team.  I am sure that you have questions about becoming a Consultant, so I will answer some of the questions I am asked most often.

New Consultant FAQs

Tell me about the New Consultant Kit.
The New Consultant Kit costs only $99 but is valued at $309.  Scroll down to FAQ #7 to see how you can get your kit for FREE!

What is in the New Consultant Kit?   
  

                   Contents of the New Consultant Kit 

  • Includes a Read Me First Letter
  • 10 Spring/Summer 2014 Idea Books 
  • 25 Hostess Order Forms 
  • 25 Customer Order Forms
  • Close To My Heart Color Swatches 
  • Spring/Summer 2014 B&T Duos™ Sampler 
  • 5 Petite Perks Delicate Wings Incentive Stamp Sets
  • Reflections™ Scrapbook Program 
  • Originals Card Confidence Program™ 
  • Workshops on the Go™ Skylark Scrapbooking Kit 
  • Skylark Complements Dimensional Elements
  • Skylark B&T Duos™ Bulk Paper
  • Skylark Bulk Resin Flowers
  • Durables Triangle Studs
  • Teal Shimmer Trim
  • Lagoon Exclusive Inks™ Pad 
  • Desert Sand Exclusive Inks™ Pad
  • Slate Exclusive Inks™ PadMy Acrylix™ Hopscotch Alphabet Stamp Set (E1028)
  • My Acrylix™ True to Life Stamp Set (C1575)
  • My Acrylix™ Believe in Yourself Stamp Set (C1574) 
  • 3" x 3" My Acrylix™ Block 
  • 4" x 5" My Acrylix™ Block
  • 2" x 6 ½" My Acrylix™ Block
  • Non-Stick Micro-Tip Scissors 
  • My Acrylix™ Stamp Scrubber 
  • My Acrylix™ Spritz Cleaner  
  • Bonding Memories™ Glue 
  • Sponge
  • Liquid Glass 
  • 25 Cello Bags 
After I purchase the kit, what are my obligations?
Absolutely nothing.  You never have to sell or purchase anything again.  Many Consultants     purchase the kit for their own use and many just want the discount they receive for being     active Consultants.  Those Consultants are known as Hobbyists.  No matter what, you get to keep your kit!

What is the discount? 
Close to My Heart offers a discount of 22% - 35% dependent upon your purchases/sales.      They also offer you an opportunity to earn FREE product each month.

How much do I have to sell or purchase to remain an active Consultant? 
Our quarterly minimums are the lowest in the industry.  You only have to sell or purchase     $300 each quarter.  You must have a full quarter to make this minimum, so if you sign up     today, your quarter will not start until April 1st and will end on June 30th.

I have never run a business.  What does Close to My Heart offer to help? 
Each Consultant gets a free website where their customers can place their orders.  You will find tons of training on our fantastic website.  I will help you with additional training and   will answer your questions.  You will have access to a free monthly newsletter brimming full of our latest promotions and news to send to your friends and customers. You will be invited to attend our annual Convention and our Regional Celebrations. 

As an active Consultant, you will be able to place your orders a full month before our customers can for most promotions and new catalogs. Close to My Heart's fantastic Customer Service is only a phone call or email away and I am available to answer any of your questions as they come up.

So as an Active Consultant, I will receive 22% Commission and free product as     compensation.  Is there anything else I can get?
If you reach $1200 in commissionable sales in your first three months as a Consultant, the price of your Consultant Kit ($99) will be refunded to you.  I will help you do this.

Also, with any gathering or orders you collect, you can list youself as a Hostess (if there isn't one already) and you will receive the Hostess rewards for that order.  That can amount to quite a bit of Free product.  I will help you figure out how to maximize your savings.

How can I sign up?
You can sign up on my website.  If you live in the Memphis area and want your kit right     away, just contact me first.  If you would rather have it delivered to your house, go ahead     and fill out the form.  your kit will be delivered to you in about 5 days.


    I hope I answered all of your questions, but if not, I would love to talk to you about becoming a Close to My Heart Consultant.  You can reach me at mkgmt@aol.com or (901) 218-1847.  Or if you are ready to sign up now, here is the link to become a Close to My Heart Consultant.


    I am offering this card workshop this weekend either April 5th at 10 am or April 6th at 1 pm.  If you are not local but would like to attend, I can add $5 for postage and you can make these cards in your home.


    If you order  this card workshop as a kit, it will come fully stamped and ready for  you to assemble.  Instructions will be emailed to you when I send the kit out.  



    Kit payment

    March 31, 2014

    Welcome to the April Stamp of the Month Blog Hop! 






    This month I am following {Adeline Brill's Blog.}   We have over 50 Close to My Heart Consultants participating in this month’s Stamp of the Month Blog Hop.   If you lose your place while traveling through our blog hop, the complete list of participants can be found here.                                                                                                              

    The April Stamp of the Month is entitled Balloon Talk (S1404) (Set of 24). Here is a picture of this stamp set:





    Such a fun stamp set!  My grandson always calls himself awesome, so I have to make him some cards using that sentiment.

    But for the Blog Hop I needed a thank you card and this owl caught my attention.  Here's my card.


    I just purchased a new Cricut Explore and am having a ton of fun cutting out images from our Close to My Heart exclusive Cricut Cartridges.  I placed this owl from the Artbooking cartridge over a piece of Cotton Candy cardstock that I embossed with our new polka dot embossing folder.  Love, love, love!

    I had to decorate the inside of my card as well.  I used a piece of the Lollydoodle patterned paper from the front and then edged it with part of a zip strip from the same paper packet.



    Thank you for visiting my blog.  I would love for you to leave me a comment and then please go to our next artist, {Kami Welter's Blog.}

    The Balloon Talk Stamp Set can be purchased for $17.95 or if you purchase $50 in CTMH products, you can add this stamp set to your order for an additional $5.  This stamp set is only available between April 1 – April 30, 2014. 
    You can purchase this stamp set as well as any of the above supplies  on my website.  



    March 20, 2014

    Welcome to the Close to My Heart Emboss It Blog Hop! 






    This hop I am following {Adeline Brill's Blog.}   We have about 25 Close to My Heart Consultants participating in the Emboss It Blog Hop.   If you lose your place while traveling through our blog hop, the complete list of participants can be found here.                                                                                                              
    Close to My Heart introduced our new Embossing Folders with the Spring/Summer 2014 Idea Book.  I had never used embossing folders, though I did own a Cuttlebug.  I have been surprised at how easy they are to use.  I especially like that they have an opening at the top that allows you to emboss a piece of paper that is as large as 4" x 12".  

    Here is my artwork:



    I am working on a Paper Fundamentals card workshop and decided to see if I could combine the embossing folder with the Paper Fundamentals paper.

    Once again I went to my go-to How to Book, Make it From Your Heart, Volume 2.  I used Pattern #28, pg 46.  LOVE the way this pattern goes together and showcases the paper and the stamp set.

    I also used our Skylark paper pack and actually embossed the patterned paper.  The strip with the sentiment was kind of blah so after I stamped the sentiment,  I ran it through the Cuttlebug with our damask embossing folder.  Look at a close up of it now.  Can you see the embossed pattern on the patterned paper?  Now it has gone from blah to super cute.



    I inked the edges of my card with our pigment ink mini pads because I wanted a stronger inked edge.  The sentiment and the flower came from the Funky Blossoms (B1452).  I stamped the flower on Sweet Leaf cardstock and then stamped it again on the striped patterned paper.  I cut the striped flower out and popped it up with 3D foam to add dimension.  In the center of the flower is some very elegant bling from the Rosewood Mini Medley.

    Thank you for visiting my blog.  I would love for you to leave me a comment and then please go to our next artist, {Brae Montgomery's Blog.}

    You can purchase the supplies used  on my website.  


    Supplies Used



    March 14, 2014



    I am getting desperate and am pulling out all the stops!  I need 3 new Consultants to join my team so that I can keep my title of Director.  Please contact me if you have ANY interest in becoming a Close to My Heart Consultant.  No selling required and you get a 22% discount off of your own orders PLUS be the first 3 to sign up as a Consultant and get a FREE Close to My Heart Cricut Cartridge collection of your choice.  

    *This offer is good only through Melinda Everitt, Director, CTMH Independent Consultant and you must email me at mkgmt@aol.com or call me at (901) 218-1847 if you would like to sign up in order to qualify for the FREE Cricut Cartridge.

    Thank you so much for your consideration!

    March 9, 2014

    Welcome to the March Stampers with an Attitude Focus on Paper Fundamentals Blog Hop .  This month I am following  {Catherine Nowak.}  Our blog hop is a circular hop.  You just click on the link to the next blog on the bottom of this post and go visit the next blog.  If you get lost, I have all of the participating blogs near the bottom of my post.  Hope you enjoy seeing what our team has made for you.

    This month our Stampers With an Attitude is featuring artwork with a Focus on our new Paper Fundamentals from the Spring/Summer 2014 Catalog. Paper Fundamentals is our fun to use new paper pack that has 10 different designs.  One side is cardstock and the other side has a glossy, embossed resist pattern.  There are 20 double-sided 12" x 12" sheets (2 each of 10 designs).

    Right now, Balloon Ride is my favorite paper pack in this new catalog.  The colors are so spring-like and muted - very vintage and shabby chic.

    For this card, I pulled out my Close to My Heart Wishes How to Book, page 27, called Lucky Layers.  I turned it on its side for this card.  I used our new Stamp Set called Give a Lift (D1581), which I colored with our Blending Pen and inks.  I added some embellishments from our Rosewood medley (my favorite as well), and then used the embossed side of the Paper Fundamentals that reminded me of an Art Deco pattern.  I think it went well with the feel of the era pictured in the stamp set.

    Here's my card:








    The Eiffel Tower is cut out of our Bronze Glitter Paper with the Cricut Artiste, pg 42, Accent 1, 1.25".


    The Colonial White oval is cut with the Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge, pg 42,  , 2.75" and the Saddle oval is cut at 3.0.  The entire card is 5" x 7".  The rose is cut with the Art Philosophy, pg 70, 2.5". I put a brown sparkle in the middle of the rose.  The edges if all the paper and the rose are sponged with Saddle Ink using a sponge dauber.

    See the bronze scallop?  It is our Bronze Glitter Trim cut with our scallop punch.


    Supplies Used




    See something you like?  Well I would love it if you would head on over to  my website and see what Close to My Heart has to offer!  I am sure that you will love our products as much as I do. 


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    Now, hop on over to our next Blog hopper, the very talented, {Denise Elliott} and see what she has made for you to see!


    If you get lost, here are the links to our participating blog hoppers.
    1. Kimberly Moss ~ http://kimspapercrafts.com
    2. Sheila Bennett ~ http://sheila-bennett.blogspot.com
    3. Catherine Nowak~ http://catscrapbooking.com
    4. Melinda Everitt ~ http://ifyoublingit.blogspot.com
    5. Denise Elliott~ www.inspiredbyd.blogspot.com
    6. Keeley Kirwan ~ http://keeleyskreations.blogspot.com

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