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 you...it 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.
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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.




Thursday, January 09, 2014

Valentine Countdown featuring cuts from CTMH Cricut Cartridges

Every once in a while I design a project that I love, love, love... and this is one of them.  I wish my picture could do it justice!!!  I used the Designed Decor frame from Close to My Heart

I love this frame.  It's quick and easy to switch it out for different holidays.  Just wait until you see what I have planned for St. Patrick's day!!




I created the countdown with some quick and easy cuts from all three of our Cricut cartridges.



  • Art Philosophy - fry boxes, lacy hearts
  • Artiste - labels on the boxes
  • Artbooking - heart swag
The tags are created with one of my new favorite sets - D1560 Holiday Tags.  (I have several posts lined up featuring this set so if its not on your wish list yet....I think it will be soon!!)




Thursday, January 02, 2014

Cloud Nine Cardmaking Kit

It's National Papercrafting Month and CTMH is celebrating with a fun Cardmaking kit. When you spend $35, you can get this exclusive kit for only $15.

I have to admit, I only ordered this kit because it was the special for this month. I wasn't super excited about it, but I am so glad I ordered it! It looks so much better in person and I love the glitter tape and washi tape that is included in the kit.

Here's just one of the five card designs in the kit, along with my adaptation. One of the best things about our kits is that you can vary it according to your own tastes and style.

Here are the pieces I cut, using the cutting guide included in the kit.


And here is card number one. (You can make two each of five designs.)


Tuesday, December 31, 2013

January 2014 CTMH Stamp of the Month Blog Hop


Welcome to the January 2014 CTMH Stamp of the Month Blog Hop. Whether you're starting here, or hopped over from Kathleen's blog, you're right on track.  Just follow the links at the end of the posts and you'll hop through all the fun creations.

This month's stamp set is perfect for those who love sewing and cross stitch.  You can stamp the images and then stitch over them...or get that cross-stitch look by simply stamping the images on your cards or projects.





Now it's time to hop on over to Tamytha's blog to see what she has created.

Monday, December 16, 2013

How to use Evernote in your CTMH Business

Welcome to my new series on Evernote.  I am finding that I am using Evernote more and more to organize my life.  I have notebooks for my CTMH business, my day job, church, school and my personal life. I don't profess to be an expert on Evernote, but I am passionate about it, so I thought I'd start sharing some of the things I use it for.  

**Evernote is a free product (premium paid version is available for $5 per month) that can be used on a variety of platforms.  I run it on a pc, iphone, ipad and macbook.  The notes/notebooks sync across all platforms so I can retrieve the same information from every device.**

Today I'm going to give a brief overview of how I use Evernote to keep track of my CTMH (Close To My Heart) business.

I have the following folders in my CTMH notebook:

Blog/Video Planner - It's either feast or famine for me.  Sometimes I have a million things I want to blog about and sometimes I can't think of anything.  I use this notebook to keep track of different topics and gather information.  I also make lists/schedules of future posts.

Business Helpers - This is my largest folder! Here are just a few of the things I keep in this folder
  • Inventory lists - stamp sets I own, paper, stamp pads, etc.
  • New consultant info - current kit, info to share with recruits, etc.
  • Featured colors - each catalog I go through the paper kits and make a list of all of the colors that are featured in the paper packs.  This helps me to determine what colors of cardstock I need to order, etc.
  • Company Updates
  • Notes I've taken at meetings, convention etc.
  • Product Info - paper weight, etc.
  • Tips on holding clubs, facebook parties, open houses, games, etc.
  • Compensation chart
  • Master supply list
Cricut - Information about the different cricuts, how to reset, contact information for provocraft, list of cartridges, project ideas, links to videos and websites, etc.  

Extravaganza - This is where I keep my top secret info/planning when I teach at extravaganza.  I list project ideas, add pics of projects to adapt, plan what I'm doing for each board, emails from corporate, etc.

Facebook Parties - Ideas for topics, lists of videos to shoot, lists of parties/themes I've already held, etc.

Order History - This is my customers favorite notebook.  How many times have you had a customer ask you if they have ordered ___________?  I have a note for every customer and each time they order I quickly type the items on the list.  Then when I'm at a party or get a text asking me if they have a stamp set from 2 years ago, I can look it up and tell them yes or no.  It takes a little time to keep it up to date, but it's totally worth it and my customers love it.

Paper Hearts - This is my team.  I have a note for each team member where I record information about them and their family.  I keep track of the number of catalogs they order from me, things I've loaned out, and anything team related.

Project Book - This is a work in progress, mostly because I'm inconsistent. LOL.  My goal is to document each project I make.  I take a picture and type any pertinent information like cricut cuts, measurements etc.  

Project Ideas - Another huge notebook!  I snip web pages, copy photos etc. into this notebook for future projects. I add tags so that I can search for them by paper pack, technique, product, holiday etc. 

Receipts (Expenses) - I use my iphone to take pictures of receipts and invoices and add them to the folder.

Retreats - I keep track of my retreats, food lists, attendees, payments received, projects planned etc.

RSVP - Each month I create an RSVP table to keep track of who has RSVP'd, how many kits they want, whether they have paid or not, etc.  I print it out right before my workshop and then bring it to the workshop to keep track.  

Are you using Evernote in your CTMH business?  How are you using it?  I'm always looking for more ways to organize my life!