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Wednesday, July 1, 2009


This is a test post from flickr, a fancy photo sharing thing.

Monday, June 29, 2009

Can anyone help me at all?!!

I cannot get my slide show to post on my blog. OOOH, I am getting so frustrated. I have tried and tried to get this to show. I have posted pics in my flickr account and then re-did my layout to include that tool but no success. Help!!!

Sunday, June 28, 2009

July 2009 newsletter

July Newsletter #7
Ladies, can you believe it is July already?!! This is one of my favorite times of the year with Fourth of July, camping trips, and of course, tons of scrapbooking opportunities! Please find my monthly newsletter below with all the goodies and happenings since last month.

1. I welcomed two new team members, Anna Lang and Leeann Perez, during the month of June. Let’s give a cheer and wish them success!

2. CTMH Constant Campaign for July is geared towards new consultants. If you decide to sign up as a consultant during the month of July, you will be able to chose five select products FREE to go along with your kit. Please contact me if you are thinking of joining my team as this is the month to do it. CTMH offers generous consultant discounts along with a healthy selling bonus. It’s a great way to make some extra money for your addiction, and get FREE stuff too!

3. My hostess special for July is….drum roll please….Because I purchased every mystery box during the June Deal of the Day promotion, I am going to put together my own mystery boxes for my hostess perks in July. If you host a party OR refer someone to me who then books a show, you will receive a raffle ticket. There will be two mystery boxes worth $50-100 in product and two lucky hostesses will receive them FREE. The two winners will be announced in my August newsletter.

4. Would anyone like to come to my house and scrap? I have Saturday, July 11th available for a scrap day…I am thinking of doing an all-day scrapfest. Whadda think? Please let me know if you want to share the day with me.

5. Lastly, I am having a garage sale…just a normal garage sale…but will have at least one, probably two tables full of scrapbooking products on July 9-10th. If you decide to come to the scrap day on the 11th, you are more than welcome to visit the table and purchase anything that is left! If you are looking for something in particular, please let me know as these items have been further discounted once again!!

Thursday, May 28, 2009

June Newsletter #6

Happy June! This month brings the end of school, summer vacations, and of course, wonderful deals with CTMH. Please find my newsletter below. I invite ALL of you to visit my blog regularly and become a follower. That way, you will receive all the news, my calendars and workshops planned, and "my special deals."

1. Contest: There will be another June contest - I want to see all of your "Summer's here" 4 1/2 x 5 1/2 cards. Please submit these by June 25th to my email so that I can upload them onto the blog site. Voting will take place June 25th-27th by all of YOU!!! The prize is a gift certificate!! No-one is taking me up on these contests, and to be honest, you would have a good shot at winning product!! Cmon scrappers!!

2. CTMH Constant Campaign for June: Deal-A-Day! The campaign is SWEEEEET! Only available to customers via the websites. Please visit mine - EVERY day for 23 hours, there will be specials via my site for purchase. They will change every day and once they are gone, they are gone, gone, gone. We have been told that these include special bundle packs and project packs. I am anxiously looking forward to these deal-a-day sales. Remember, my website accepts Visa, MC and Discover.

Don't forget about Jeanette's special webisodes that air every other Tuesday. Those also come routinely with a special deal as well as the instructions. These are listed under my website as well, and they can be viewed and purchased all of the time. These project packs are a great deal as well.

3. Hostess Special for June: As stated in my prior May newsletter, I am offering the new Wishes card program reference book ($29.95 value) FREE to hostesses in June with a qualifying show ($250.00 in sales plus one booking). I have this reference book already and it is awesome, chock full of new layouts, including circle cards, and it also has three workshops detailed in it, allowing you to maximize your cards utilizing less than two or three sheets of paper.

4. I have one full card club booked, which will be starting in July. I have another card group started north a bit in Lapeer/Burton area and would love for you to join this amazing workshop. It is a great way to get your card making done once a month and enjoy a girls' night out. Please contact me if you are interested. Spots are limited, and I am down to about four left. You do not have to come every month or any month, you just need to commit to six months of cards and pick up your kit at your leisure.

5. Finally, this is a great time if you are looking for extra money to spend on your scrapbooking to become a consultant on my team! I have one, possibly two customers who may join my team in June, and I would really love to have more of you come on board. CTMH is really a wonderful community of creative forces with unbelievable perks and goodies for us. If I wasn't a consultant, my need for a constant scrapbook fix could not possibly be met! The monthly minimums are low and the rewards are high. Ask me today on becoming a consultant and I will gladly share the good news....

As a parting shot, just to make sure you are reading my newsletters! - ha - I have had over 20 shows this year already. Those 20 hostesses will receive a FREE Stamp of the Month Set ONLY if they re-schedule another home gathering during the month of July, August or September. This is a $23 value FREEEE....

FOR ALL NEW HOSTESSES: If you've been to one of my gatherings and would like to earn free product, spend a night with your gal pals, and learn a new technique or idea, I will also give you a FREE stamp set. However, this offer is only good for the month of JULY!

Enjoy the wonderful weather we are having, including the rain, because it could be snow! Ughhh.... and thanks for reading the newsletter!

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Wishes Book has arrived

Due to some amazing corporate wheeling and dealing, the new Wishes card program book has arrived, and I already have my copy. I just want to say...It's amazing. The first card club kits will have card templates taken straight from this book.

YOU CAN EARN THIS BOOK FREEEEE. Host a home show in June, and with sales of $250.00 or more, I will give you this book FREE!! Contact me today to reserve your show date.

Open House

My open house was a huge success! For those of you who visited my home that day, where are your make n take projects? There is a prize at stake! For those of my out of town friends, please be patient with me. I have your products set aside, I just haven't had time to get the post office!

In regards to the open house.... I did start a new card workshop. The first set of cards of 10 for $15.00 will be available on July 17th. You may preorder the card kit if you cannot make the workshop. I have one group of ten signed up; however, I have received numerous comments from others who would like to be involved but not necessarily able to attend monthly. Therefore, you CAN still be in the just need to pre-order and pre-pay in advance. Please contact me by June 10th for this month' s kit so that I may order enough supplies.

Tip of the week #2

For all of those who like chipboard, did you know that all of our chipboard products can be inked, painted on, stamped on, or chalked?

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Tip of the Day #1

When tying a bow in a ribbon or tying ribbon onto an embellishment, do NOT cut the ribbon first. This will cause you to guess the length you need and you will cut too much or too little, thus wasting the ribbon. My suggestion would be to tie the ribbon on the spool, then cut it!

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

May 2009 newsletter #5

May 2009 Newsletter, #5

Hellooo to all of my fellow paper crafters! Please find my monthly newsletter below with all the specials and campaigns being offered by Close to My Heart as well as myself…As always, please feel free to contact me any time.

As most may remember, May is national scrapbooking month, and to celebrate this, CTMH has a constant campaign running right now. With a $60.00 order in stamps (excluding customized stamps and the Stamp of the Month), you will receive a Tickled Pink scrapbooking kit FREE. A flyer is attached for you to preview. As of today’s date, CTMH has sold 25% of these kits. I encourage all hostesses to either book a date with me during the first week of May or into the second in order to grab one of these kits while they are still available. The majority of times, these types of kits sell out before the ending date of the promotion.

New Idea Books go LIVE on Friday, May 1st. If you will not be attending my open house on May 9th, please shoot me a quick email and I will put one aside for you. Those attending will receive a FREE Idea Book.

OPEN HOUSE: The garage sale table is set up and ready to go for all of you to shop. AGAIN, please pre-register with me so that I can set aside your goodie bag and plan for my projects. So far, I only have four attending for sure…out of 25 invitations that I sent out. Don’t forget the extras… ***ALL those attending will be put into a drawing for a surprise GIFT or two. *** If you bring a friend, you will receive an extra chance at the drawing prizes! I will be taking orders that night as well from the new Idea Book and you will also receive an extra ticket for the drawing prizes.

I will be starting a card club monthly. You receive enough product to make 2 sets of 5 diffferent cards, equaling 10 cards for $20.00. Some have expressed that they would like to work on them together while others have expressed that they want to pick up a kit. Therefore, I am setting this up as a mailed club, but if anyone wants to plan a day and put theirs together along with their friends, I would be more than willing to be in attendance for guidance!

To segway into my other club, my monthly kit club is also still accepting members. This is a theme-based monthly kit in which you receive enough product to make a two page layout, including embellishments, stamped images if applicable, and recipe booklet and/or picture.
Both May’s page kit and May’s card club examples will be up on my website as well as my NEW blog (if I can get that together in time) –see below.

Okay, to get into all this new technology, I am going to try to set up my blog this month. The monthly blog will include my newsletter, a calendar of events, news of things going on in my life and hopefully yours, and I will have the monthly kits up there as well as a “featured technique.” I will have a contest every month in which you can win special goodies or gift certificates. The only catch is…you can only use CTMH products…nothing else. To WIN, you have to submit photos to me, which then all the viewers of the blog will vote on. You can’t win if you don’t play!!

Lastly, I am giving away FREE to anyone who hosts a home show the new reference book in the Idea Book. This is a $30.00 FREEBIE just for hosting a home gathering with sales of $250.00 or more. This is in addition to your hostess credit and my other usual incentives. This book isn’t being made available until June, so please contact me now to schedule your show in June or July as my dates are filling fast with this awesome incentive!!!

I hope that I have a chance to scrap my memories with each one of you this month! There are so many great things coming up. It’s not too late to put together a memory box of cards for Mother’s Day. Father’s Day is coming. Wedding and baby showers are approaching fast as the summer draws closer, and of course, there will be vacation and beach memories to scrap. I would love to help you continue enjoying paper crafting while receiving loads of discounted and free product.

Enjoy the May Flowers!!!

Tara DeBenedetti
Independent Consultant/Supervisor
Close to My Heart

May Challenge #1

Okay, per my newsletter, my challenge to all of you is to create a minimum of a Mother's Day- themed one-page 12 x 12 layout using only four products - not including adhesive, glue dots and/or paper trimmers... These four items could include cardstock, background and texture papers, bling, flowers, brads, or ribbon, staples, rub-ons, or chipboard/stamped image just to name a few. Rules are simple....ONLY CTMH products on a Mother's Day layout and only FOUR products. A photo submission must be received by me by May 15th to qualify. The winner will receive a $10.00 gift certificate to be used only during the month of June. Voting will take place via this blog site from May 15-23rd. All of YOU will pick the winner!!

Let's Blog!

Yeah, I think I did it! Please be patient as I learn how to blog and add things such as pictures and techniques. Haven't quite gotten the hang of it! Any help would be appreciated!