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Monday, July 26, 2010

Monday Musings week #2

Got my Monday project all done. Check out the beautiful new paperpack, coming September 1st, called Magnifique. What beautiful colors, and did I happen to mention...they are my wedding colors exactly!! I used a new stamp set as well - D1438 Circle of Love - for the awesome peacock and new colors, Pear and Lagoon, throughout the layout. And whada think about our new flip flops?! Aren't they cool. Finally, they come in three new sizes to create even more options for pictures on your single layouts. I show two different ways to use them - horizontal and vertical - and used all three new sizes. Enjoy!

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Beach themed picture frame

OMG only about three weeks or so before my wedding! I am getting so excited but nervous too. Just today I sat down to wrap presents and forgot all about the place cards. Since it's such a small wedding (only about 16 guests), it didn't take me long. Anyhoo, I wanted to share the couple gift that I put together based on a great idea that I saw at the CTMH silent auction in DC a few weeks back. Once I did one, the project became simpler and really didn't take long at all. This was my first attempt and I was anal enough to actually measure. I purposely left the lighter spot in the middle until I figured out shell placement. The original canvas was 8 x 10 and will nicely hold a regular sized photo. And yes, I glued all those shells on and the sand on (LOVE Liquid Glass!!). If you'd like detailed instructions, please email me for a supply list and instructions! Enjoy!

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Albums retiring!!

I have it on pretty good authority that our 6 x 6 and 9 x 9 albums, and possibly our linen 12 x 12 albums are going to be discontinued at the end of the year. In fact, they are not in our new Idea Book set to go live on September 1st. I currently have some of each in stock and will deeply, deeply discount these. Please shoot me a private email at if you'd like to order one.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Monday Musings Week #1

Okay, so it's Monday...time to get motivated! I put this card together in about 5 minutes using our Wishes book, pg 117, and the Stamp Set, C1361, Buttoned Together. I used one piece of the B&T paper to cut the large circle and the MyStickease level II to create the other circles and the flower on top (adhered with foam tape to POP up). I tied a quick chocolate ribbon into a bow, stamped my sentiment in chocolate ink, and added two felt flowers from a prior Connection Reward with some "bling" and poof...a cute little card to send to your BFF!! Don't forget to post your take on the Monday Musing and be entered to win a fabulous Prize!!! The contest ends next Sunday night before the new Monday Musing post. I can't wait to see yours!! Happy Scrapping!!

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Monday Musings Sneak Peak week #1

Monday Musings sneak peak: I am posting this early for you 2 have the weekend 2 do this!! The rules:1. Use any paperpack w/@ least these 3 colors - chocolate/cocoa, blush & bamboo - create a "Frienship" themed CIRCLE card. ALL products must be CTMH. Please upload your photo starting today. This contest runs next Sunday nite. I will randomly chose a winner, who will receive a special goodie from me!!

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Monday Musings

Join me every week on Monday for a supply list. You will be asked to use those products to create a project to post on my FB business page. A random winner will be selected each week and will receive a free goodie from me!

I am baaaack!! Convention was awesome!

Whew....what a week. I am finally back from Washington, DC where I spent almost 6 days at the glorious Gaylord Hotel and Convention Center celebrating friendships and our love of papercrafting. Close to My Heart unveiled it's new Fall/Winter book, and let me tell you, they never cease to amaze me!! There are 4 gorgeous new paperpacks, new card kits, new colored sparkles - my favorite...bling! - and 8 new colors just to list a few!

There are super exciting changes coming to Studio J, our on-line scrapbooking studio. While the original program is in place - NO charges to use our software, nothing to buy - they have added a new Membership program! Some of the member benefits will include 50% layout pricing, hi-reCTMH s JPG files for every printed layout purchased, special members-only kits, and free S&H and memory protectors. They also will have special campaigns geared towards Studio J members only!

Speaking of Studio J, new consultants starting September 1st will also have the option of enhancing their business with a FREE web-site! This will allow you to accept web orders, all without any extra fees from Propay because CTMH is now absorbing ALL of those costs! Your Studio J customers can now order direcctly from your site!

Also effective shortly (I don't have the date in front of me), but all consultants who renew or sign up for a MyCTMH website will receive a 1 yr. membership in Studio J FREE, FREE, FREE!!!

CTMH has also upgraded its hostess plan and now it's even easier to receive half off products.

Please also visit my other sites and become followers on there to keep up with all the great things coming your way!!

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Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Would you like to earn FREE products?

Looking for help on organizing and keeping up to date with my blog. Are you good at this?!! If you could take maybe one hour a week and help me, I will reward you with scrapbooking products! That's right...become my techie and I will help you keep up with your scrapbooking projects. Please leave a comment in the section below so that we can hook up and set up a schedule....Thanks!!
Upcoming Events and March Promotions from Close to My Heart

Dear Friends,
Wow, March already? Where is the time going? I have so many great things to tell my fellow scrappers. Please take a few minutes and find the latest and greatest listed below. I have some bonus gifts to give away to everyone as well!!

Tara DeBenedetti
Manager/Independent Consultant
Close to My Heart

March Constant Campaign
March is an exciting month at CTMH. When you "Dare to Dream", you will receive all FOUR exclusive Stamp of the Month in the Spring catalog FREE, FREE, and FREE!! Have you ever wondered why I love this "Job"? It's because I get to earn free product every month and share my passion and love of scrapbooking and card making . YOU CAN DO IT TOO! I would welcome the opportunity to have you on my team. The basic consultant kit is only $99.00. When you sign up to become a consultant, you will receive almost $100.00 in FREE stamp sets. Close to My Heart is THE leader in this industry and rewards its consultants generously. We have the freedom to run our business how we see fit, without rules and regulations. If you have ever thought of reaping the rewards, please contact me to discuss this further. There is no obligation and it's a lot easier than you think.
ISO....New or returning hostesses!!!

Help!! I am currently in a contest to book at least three shows a month for March, April and May. Who wants to be rewarded?!! This can be any type of show...a newbie class, a technique class, or a traditional catalog or home show. All prior hostesses are eligible, as are my team members!!
***If you date a show in March, I will reward you with not only the Stamp of the Month free, but also, you will receive $25.00 in FREE merchandise for each booking dated off your show up to $75.00. (A qualifying show is $150.00).

***If you date a show in April or May, you can negotiate your hostess reward....that's right, you tell me what YOU want. We can then negotiate a show total you must hit to earn the FREE reward.

For those of you who maybe cannot host a show this quarter, I will reward you with the same reward for a referral to a friend or family member who does date and hold a show!! Yep, you heard me right...if you send me a new hostess, you will get her rewards too!
Dates to remember:
1.There are no open spots left in my card clubs. However, if you would like to start a club, please contact me. Teaching classes is one of my favorite pasttimes, and I'm sure that we can find something suitable for you and your friends to continue to get your scrapbooking done.

2. I have a few open spaces left for my all-day crop. Each cropper is rewarded with not only a generous crop space, but goody bags and drawings/raffles, and special sales throughout the day. The first crop is set for Saturday, April 10th from 10 am to 10 pm. For $50.00, you wlil get breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and some surprises!!

3. Our new Workshop on the Go series is starting soon. We have three open spaces left on Sunday, April 25th at 2:00 pm. The basic kit price is $35.00 and includes a Level 2 Paper Packet, a D sized special stamp set, one embellishment, and a workshop guide.

We will be making one, double 12 x 12 layout and six cards (3 designs) utilizing the above in each workshop kit following the recipe guide. You will have the rest of the paper pack and embellishments for future layouts. More information can be found via my website at for examples of past workshops.

These workshops really showcase how many pages or cards, or a combination of both, you can actually get from a paper pack. The recipe guide also utilizes our layouts and cards from our Educational programs...a nice way to see how easy and fast you can create your layouts and cards.

These workshops are on a reserved basis only. These kits must be ordered and paid for ahead of time.

At all of these adventures, my inventory will be deeply discounted.

Space is limited; please contact me ASAP to hold your space. Payment is NOT due until the day of the crop but I need to have an accurate head count for food and space, etc. The workshop date must be paid for in advance for ordering purposes. Last date to order for that is April 15th.
Studio J, our new on-line scrapbooking program is coming in the Spring! I would love to show you how totallly awesome this program reallly is. ***Book your home demonstration on this new program for April and I will reward you with one FREE layout with a qualifying show total in orders. CTMH will be offering specials as well I expect down the line to coincide with the launch of Studio J. Book your demonstration show today as this special goody ends on March 31st.