Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Sample Layouts

I wanted to add some photos of layouts I have been working on over the past few weeks.  A lot of these layouts, I would personally love to take credit for the design, but for the most part they are from the fabulous CTMH book MAGIC and inspiration from fellow CTMH consultants.  I do not have all the names of the consultants, but please know this, I thank each and every one of them from the bottom of my heart for such amazing inspiration....CTMH consultants are so amazing and creative, I am lucky to be a part of this wonderful company!  Some of the designs are from the back of the My Stickease sheets and the Workshop on the Go layouts as well. 


These first 3 photos are from the Sophia Paper Pack
{which is still available by the way}

Now I will show you layouts from the Lucky Paper Packs and coordinating embellishments.
{Lucky is still available as well}

I will post more photos tomorrow!  
Have a great day!

Monday, August 1, 2011

August Special!

August Stamp of the Month Wicked

Autumn/Winter 2011 Idea Book

Recommended Blocks:
1" x 3 1/2" (Y1002)
2" x 3 1/2" (Y1009)
2" x 6 1/2" (Y1010)
4" x 5" (Y1012)


 Beautiful Stamps, Amazing Discounts

Each month you can enjoy a new D-size stamp set, available for one month only, for just $5—that’s over 70% off retail! When you place an order of $50 US / $55 CAN or more in Close To My Heart products, you qualify for this special Stamp of the Month pricing.

Spend $50 US / $55 CAN and get this Stamp of the Month set for just $5/$5.50.

When you purchase Wicked and spend at least $50, you also qualify for the August special, Extra Extra.

Extra! Extra!

Free bonus stamp set in August!

In celebration of our newly updated Stamp of the Month program, we’re throwing in a little something extra: a FREE* bonus stamp set! In August, when you place an order of $50 US/$55 CAN or more in products and purchase the August Stamp of the Month set, Wicked, for just $5.00/$5.50, you’ll receive the My Acrylix® A Typeface bonus A-size set FREE (retail value $6.95/$7.75)! Think of it as two promotions in one—qualify for and purchase the discounted August Stamp of the Month set, and we’ll throw in a second stamp set FREE! It’s Extra! Extra!

 Get 2 great stamp sets this month with a purchase of $50.  What a deal!  

Sunday, July 31, 2011

CTMH is Fabulous!

Hello and happy summer to you!
Wow, I have to say I am so excited right now - Close To My Heart is really a FABULOUS company.
CTMH just had its annual Convention and there are 
some really great changes coming your way.....
 I can't wait to share them with you, so lets get started!

First, we have a NEW and improved Mission Statement ~
{we show you how to celebrate relationships through discovering your creativity, to preserve and share the moments that matter most}
I love the part about discovering YOUR creativity because everyone creates differently, in their own way and we all have it in us, just waiting to be discovered. 

I also want to mention something Jeanette Lynton, the founder of CTMH recently discussed.  She talked about actually "using or consuming"  the amazing CTMH products.  I don't know about you, but I buy the paper packs and fabulous embellishments, create 2-3 layouts and maybe a card or two and then "store" the rest for future use{somethings I have had for over 6 years...yikes!}
Well no more.  Starting now, I am going to use up the product I have.  
Jeanette talked about consuming the products NOT collecting them. 
I really took this to heart and started thinking about the way I scrapbook.  
So lately, I have been a very busy bee around my home.... 
I have found products I forgot, organized all of my paper and I had and have created over 25 scrapbook layouts with all of my "paper packs" that I have been collecting. 
I will be sharing pictures HERE with you soon. 

Ok so here we go on some of the AMAZING changes coming your way!

1.  Starting with the NEW 2011/2012 Autumn/Winter Idea Book, all Stamp Sets are lower in price! 
Size A Stamps are now $6.95 (were $7.95 - $1 savings)
Size B Stamps are now $9.95 (were $13.95- $4 savings)
Size C Stamps are now  $13.95 (were $18.95 - $5 savings)
Size D Stamps are now $17.95 (were $22.95 - $5 savings)
Size E Stamps are now $29.95 (were $34.95 - $5 savings)
There are many new, fabulous stamp sets now available as well as many of these new stamp sets coordinate and extend previous stamp sets.  How great is that!

2. NEW Lower Prices on Level 2 paper packs. YAY!  The paper packs have also been streamlined for consumption.  You now get 6 sheets of Background and Textured(B&T) paper and 6 sheets of coordinating cardstock.  The price is now lower $9.95(they were $12.95).  Smaller paper packs means it is easier to use up. I also love that the MY Stickease are NOT the only option available for coordinating with the paper packs anymore. We now have rub-ons, canvas stickers, dimensional elements and felt shapes that are all GREAT!

3.  There is a NEW SOTM (Stamp of the Month) program. You no longer have to spend a certain amount of $ to get a % off on price of the SOTM.  Now when you spend $50 in products you can purchase the SOTM for only $5(which is 72% off retail).   Or you can just purchase the Stamp set outright for only $17.95.  It's as simple as that.  You will also notice in the Idea Book, there is a Supply List next to the SOTM showing you what you need to purchase to make the fabulous projects pictured.  How great is that!!!   Also, when you actually purchase the SOTM, in the stamp set you will get a COLOR insert with the project ideas pictured there for your use.  On the CTMH website under Campaigns & Promotions, you can see the supply list and instructions for projects too.  I love this change!

4.  NEW Autumn/Winter Idea Book, goes Live tomorrow August 1st.  It has 8 new wonderful paper packs.  There have been changes to the color chart too.  Now there are only 4 color families and the neutral family.  It is more organized and has streamlined categories.  Changes to the color chart makes it so much easier to read and understand.   Stamp sets are now shown actual size and printing/descriptions are in real black with increased fonts.  There is also an index in the back of the Idea Book, you don't know how happy that makes me.  The Idea Book is now an easy size to carry and store.  I also like how there are tips and coordinating products featured throughout the Idea Book.

and.......drum roll please......this is HUGE!!!!!

5.  CTMH had a CRICUT CARTRIDGE.  Yes, you heard me correctly, CTMH has its own Cricut Cartridge!!!!! WOW WOW WOW!!!  How G R E A T is that!  It is called Art Philosophy and it can make over 700 shapes, boxes, bags, tags, etc.  As yes it has fonts too.  The Cricut cartridge also coordinates with our matching stamp sets - hello?! how cool is that?  Can you imagine everything you will be able to do?  When you are looking at Stamp Sets in the Idea Book and you see a stamp shape outlined in RED, it means it coordinates with Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge and you can actually cut out the shape on the Cricut and stamp directly on to it perfectly!  Easy, peasy!  It even gets better, you can get the Cricut bundle as a Hostess Reward!!!!  Just ask me how! 

Cricut® Art Philosophy Collection

Cricut® Cartridge Creativity

We’re delighted to introduce the exclusive Close To My Heart Cricut® Art Philosophy collection! We’ve worked with Provo Craft* to bring you a Cricut® cartridge filled with 700 shapes hand-selected by company founder and CEO Jeanette Lynton. Simply insert the cartridge into your Cricut® machine (sold at retail stores) and you’re ready to cut any of the shapes with the touch of a button! Choose from stunning rosettes, unique gift boxes, elegant doilies, crafty banners, and more. The exclusive images are incredibly versatile, and many are designed to be used with specific My Acrylix® stamps for real eye-popping power!

Cartridge & More

Bring your artwork to life with stamps and chipboard Dimensional Elements! When you purchase the Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge,** you’ll also receive three exclusive D-size stamp sets and three sets of Dimensional Elements designed to perfectly coordinate with images on the cartridge. That’s a retail value of over $120 for just for $99.  Stamp on your Cricut shapes; cover your Dimensional Elements with a Cricut shape; or cut, stamp, and then cover!

Complementary Stamp Images

Numerous My Acrylix® stamp images in our Idea Book  pair wonderfully with images on our Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge. When you see the Cricut icon or a stamp image outlined in red in the Idea Book, you will know there’s a matching shape on your Art Philosophy cartridge. Cut out the coordinating shape with your Cricut machine using the setting indicated on the stamp’s carrier sheet, then stamp your image on the base shape—quick and easy!

6. The NEW Background and Textured paper(B&T going forward) is now thicker in weight.  This makes it more flexible for layouts, Cricut cutting, making cards and non-card projects too! B&T has two distinct sides that you can use independent of each other, coordinate together, contrast together, or compliment together.  B&T has a patterned strip on the top of one side that can be used as an accent/embellishment, it also saves you from having to hide the copyrighted stamp.  B&T can be used in cutting systems since it is thicker, now.  And how can you not love the lower prices!  

7.  Online Shipping costs are going down.  This mostly pertains to orders on my CTMH website orders and EZ-Invite orders.

8.  Hostess Rewards Program is NEW.  You no longer need 3 people on a Gathering to qualify for Hostess Rewards!  So basically any order totaling $150 or more will qualify for the Hostess Rewards Program.  You can now be your own hostess!  Plus if the order goes over $250 then you get $40 in free products AND you can purchase any item in the Idea Book for 50% off {hhhmm, maybe the Cricut Cartridge Art Philosophy}.
Here are the products available for Hostess Rewards:
  • My Acrylix® Stamp Sets including customized K-size and E-size stamps (Stamp of the Month sets are not included)
  • My Acrylix® Blocks
  • Exclusive Inks® Stamp Pads
  • Exclusive Inks® Markers
  • Exclusive Inks® Re-inkers
  • My Reflections® Paper Packets
  • My Stickease® Assortments
  • All Cardstock Packs
  • Workshops on the Go™ kits(this is NEW)
  • Studio J® memberships
  • Studio J® 5-packs

9.  Workshop On The Go(WOTG) are NEW too!  The Stamps are bigger, they are now size C(instead of B).  There are 3D embellishments that are great and there are detailed directions on how to make the fabulous projects.  The WOTG will also have 2 neutral Cardstock's for stamping.  Adding the ability to get WOTG for free as a hostess reward item is amazing! 
10. My Stickease now come in complimenting canvas, chipboard, or traditional self-adhesive depending on the paper theme.   Rub-ons and Felt shapes are available too.  These are the latest and greatest themes in the industry right now. 
11.  Embellishments are NEW: Glitter Gel has expanded colors. New ruler with metal edge for cutting and evenly spaced holes for piercing/stitching/texturizing/measuring-spacing. New ribbons sets.  Our fabulous new embellishments are packaged to be used up and are soooo fresh and current.  6X6 album are back as well!!!!

13.  Cardstock Changes: Not all colors will be available in 24 packs anymore, but there are new fabulous shade packs available.  These Shade Packs will give you 3 colors all within the same shade.  Imagine blush, hollyhock and tulip together or lagoon, indian corn blue and outdoor denim....ahh and in the perfect combo of 4 sheets each for only $7.95.  Again, consume, don't collect :)

14.  I'm really excited about the fact that Studio J (aka Level 1) artwork is featured for each new Paper Pack!  There is also a new tagline for Studio J: You've taken the photos. Now keep the memories.   If you are interested in online scrapbooking, just ask me about Studio J! 
15. There will be bonus projects and videos on the Ideas & Inspiration section of the Close To My Heart Website that are going to be AMAZING!  I too will be checking these projects out.  They will be available August 1st. 
16.  Something to think about: many items are going away....Level 1 kits, some older Level 2 Paper Packs and Cardstock 24 packs just to name a few.  These items will be dramatically marked down and only available on my CTMH website.  Make sure you are checking my website frequently to catch these amazing deals!!!! 

Now let's talk about the specials coming up......
they are A M A Z I N G!!!!!

August Constant Campaign: Extra Extra!

In celebration of our newly updated Stamp of the Month program, we're throwing in a little something extra: a FREE bonus stamp set! In August, when you or your customers place an order of $50 US or more in products and purchase the August Stamp ofthe Month set, Wicked, for just $5, you’ll receive the My Acrylix® A Typeface A-size set FREE (a retail value of $6.95). Think of this as two promotions in one—qualify for and purchase the discounted August Stamp of the Month set and we'll throw in a second stamp set FREE! It's Extra! Extra!

To celebrate National Stamping Month in September, we are offering our first-ever double stamp set! You can get the exclusive My Acrylix®    
Pair-a-Phrase double stamp set FREE when you place an order of $75 US / $82 CAN from August 15 through September 30, 2011.
You'll love this double set—two D-size sets in one envelope—which includes lots of clever phrases and coordinating images you'll use in your handmade cards all year long. The double set has a retail value of $35.90/$39.90, which drastically increases the value of your qualifying purchase! Have double the fun stamping during National Stamping Month with our new Pair-a-Phrase double stamp set!

  • Dates: Offer valid August 15 (9:00 am MDT)–September 30, 2011 (11:59 pm MDT)

If you place any order on August 15th, that is $75 or more, you will receive both specials, Extra Extra and Pair a Phrase!  What a deal!
Check back tomorrow for access to the NEW Autumn/Fall Idea Book.

Have a happy Sunday!