Monday, September 01, 2014

Celebrate National Stamping Month and #30yearsofhappy

This month Jeanette is celebrating 30 years in the stamping business!  What an amazing accomplishment.  I am incredibly grateful for the opportunity that she created when she built D.O.T.S/Close To My Heart.  I have been a consultant for 19 years and it has enriched my life in so many ways.  As I look at the people I hang out with and call my many of them are because of my association with Close To My

What's a celebration without a few gifts??  Let's get back to our roots and order some stamps, practice some stamping techniques and get FREE stuff!  When you order $30 in stamps during the month of September you will receive the #30yearsofhappy stamp set free!! And since I am starting on my 20th year with Close To My Heart/D.O.T.S. I will give the first 20 people who order $30 of stamps from my website...a free stamp pad of their choice.

What stamps are you going to order???

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

What a Hoot - August 2014 CTMH SOTM

I am loving this month's stamp of the month!  I love how big and open the owls are.  They are perfect for paper piecing!!  You can stamp them on patterned paper and then cut them out... or you can use our new markers to color them in.  The cute little elements included in the set will make it easy to adapt to variety of projects!

Hurry, this set is only available until August 31st.  Don't miss out!!

Head on over to my website to place your order today!

Thursday, July 10, 2014

CTMH Convention Recap - Post #1 - 2014

It has taken me a while to get home and get settled, but now I'm finally ready to start posting my convention recaps.  While I typically enjoy myself at convention, I truly think this one was my absolute favorite!!!!

My trip started when Gail and I headed up on Tuesday, June 24 and we met up with our buddy Linda Taylor.  Gail, Linda, Karen and I have become great friends over the years and have had a lot of fun connecting at the corporate events.  At some point we started calling ourselves the "Fab Four" because when we get together and share all of our ideas it is truly....fabulous!!!  We learn so much from each other and it is so fun to see how differently we run our businesses.

Well Karen had to make the difficult decision to NOT join us this year.  We were incredibly bummed and couldn't imagine convention without her so we decided to bring along "Flat Karen."  Linda sent the picture off to Staples and had it added to foam board and Flat Karen was born...  Many, many bouts of laughter we shared as we planned our adventure....

At the last minute, my hubby ended up being in town so we decided to include him in our Disney trip.  After all, the fab four needed a photographer!! Rick was such a good sport and so much fun that we might actually have to make him an honorary member. While we wore our "Mickey" glow in the dark ears proudly, Rick spent the evening creating different shapes with his "ears."  I happened to catch the Viking look...but they also appeared as pretzels.  I wish I had thought to photograph all the fabulous looks he came up with!

Flat Karen sure made Disneyland fun.  She popped up everywhere and photo bombed us throughout the night.  I think she entertained more than a few people in the lines we waited in too.  In fact one group saw our hats and said.  "We only see three of the fab four..." They laughed when we pulled out Flat Karen.  

Here are a few pics from the evening.  Come back tomorrow to see what adventures Karen had during Leadership day at convention.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Time to say Goodbye to some of our favorites....

I'm headed off to the CTMH convention next week where the new Idea Book will be unveiled, along with all of our fun new products.  Sadly that means it's time to say goodbye to some oldies but goodies.

Blush, Buttercup, Twilight, Creme Brulee and Sky will be leaving our color palette to make room for ???? I can't wait to find out!!!!

In addition all of our current paper packs will be retiring we shift to using ONE Idea Book per year.  Don't worry - we'll also have some fun seasonal supplements to introduce new products throughout the year.

(Here are a few that are leaving us....)

Click here to see the complete list of retiring items

Friday, February 07, 2014

Embossing is Boss! Got Cardstock?

During the month of February, purchase 2 packs of bulk single or combo colored cardstock and receive your choice of 1 of our 5 new embossing folders FREE!

One of the great things about our embossing folders is that they are 5 x 7!!  That means they will fit a whole standard size card, as well as many other great projects like the strawberry pictured below!

I didn't have my Close to My Heart embossing folders when I made my sample and let me tell was quite tricky to get the whole box into the small embossing folder I was using!  I finally had to let one edge stick out a bit.

After I embossed the cardstock I ran some sandpaper across it to expose the white core.  I love how it turned out!!

The strawberry was cut using the Close To My Heart Artiste Cricut Cartridge 3d object, page 72

Ready to purchase your own Artiste cartridge or take advantage of the Embossing special?  Head on over to my  my website  and order now, or contact me to set-up your own party and earn more product FREE.

Friday, January 31, 2014

Feeling Foxy? Feburary 2014 SOTM Blog Hop

Welcome to the February Stamp of the Month Blog!  I am so excited about this stamp set!!!  I have been waiting and waiting for February to come. 

Whether you're starting here, or hopped over from Michelle's Blog - You're right on track!  Just follow the links at the end of each blog post to hop through the loop.

The adorable heart background paper is from the NEW Paper Fundamentals Basics Assortment.  It has 20 double-sided sheets, two of each design.  If you got our Dream Pop special back in May and loved the paper....this is just like it.  One side has a glossy resist pattern.  Too fun!  One of my favorite items from the new catalog!!

Now it's time to hop over to Jen's Blog to see what she has designed with this adorable set.

Friday, January 10, 2014

Valentine Treat Tube

Here's another project featuring D1560 Holiday Tags.  The labels can be cut with the CTMH Artiste Cricut Cartridge, which makes it quick and easy to whip up a bunch of tags.

I cut the cranberry tag from page 37 of the Art Philosophy cartridge

And then cut the white tag 1/4 inch larger using Pg 50.  The wholes didn't line up perfectly so I just re-punched them.