Sneak Peak and Idea Book Reveal Party



When:  SATURDAY, August 25th from 2 p.m. – 5 p.m. (pre-party on Thursday, Aug 23rd 9am to noon as well)

Where: My Home, 1832 Birch Rd, McLean

Come Enjoy the Fun, Food and FREEBIES!!

I’m so very excited about this new idea book and can’t wait to share it with you!  I am officially kicking off the release of the new Autumn/Winter 2012 Idea Book at my Semi-Annual Sneak Peak & Idea Book Reveal Party on Saturday, August 25th from 2 p.m. – 5 p.m. (pre-party Thursday August 23rd 9am to noon for those who can’t make the weekend)  by giving each attendee their own personal copy of the Autumn/Winter 2012 Idea Book….for FREE!  In addition, I will be displaying some of the latest products CTMH has to offer, including new stamp sets and paper packs, embellishments, and more!  There will also be completed samples for upcoming workshops and classes,  two “Creation Stations” for you to complete projects FREE of charge, including a 3D project using our exclusive Cricut cartridge!  There will also be refreshments and prizes, including a special Grand Prize!

Increase your chances to win a prize by collecting tickets.  You will automatically receive a ticket simply for attending.  The other ways to earn tickets include….

  • 1 entry when you RSVP “Yes” by Thursday, August 23rd

  • 1 entry for every $10 you spend.

  • 3 entries for each friend you bring (or referred) to the Sneak Peak Party.

  • 5 entries when you complete the Open House scavenger hunt.

  • 5 entries for each class you sign up for (prepayment is required).

  • 5 entries for rounding your order up to the next dollar (or making a donation of any amount) to Operation Smile.

  • 10 entries…a FREE gift#…and a FREE SOTM# (of your choice) when you book and host your own Home Gathering.

  • 10 entries when you join a monthly club.

  • 15 entries when you join CTMH, as well as over $290 of products for only $99!

#Received at your Home Gathering.
You will place your tickets into any or all of the prize drawings.  After names have been drawn for all prizes, all tickets will be entered into a special Grand Prize drawing.  I will notify all the winners within the following 24 hours to make arrangements for delivery.

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Exciting Previews of Good Things to Come!

Close To My Heart just wrapped up our annual convention in Dallas, TX. Sadly, I didn’t get to attend this year, but I followed the unveiling of  all the new products daily on Twitter and there are some pretty fantastic items!!  These will all be coming out in the new catalog which goes live on August 1st. Give me a call or come to one of my workshops to pick up your free catalog!

Highlighting the five most amazing new items, we have…..

First:  13 different Workshops on the Go kits! We have our core of eight great scrapbooking kits, plus we’re introducing two cardmaking Workshops on the Go kits and our first-ever home décor kits—a scroll album and an advent calendar. Stay tuned for more details on this soon, as well as dates for my workshops featuring each of these new paperbacks…

Second:  New alcohol-based marker sets! (like Copics) We even offer a new alcohol blending pen to help you blend with ease. Best of all these are a fraction of the price of Copic markers and match our papers perfectly.

Third: Six beautiful new neutral colors were also introduced. But the color unveiling didn’t end there. Close To My Heart is adding sets of mini pigment ink pads to our lineup. They offer intensely vibrant color and are specially formulated for projects that will be out in the open, like home décor projects. That’s because pigment ink is super colorfast and light safe. It’s one of the best archival solutions around. You’ll get a stacked tower of 10 colors for just $19.95.

Fourth:  Studio J Express Collections were introduced! These allow you to create 10 professional-looking, themed layouts faster than ever—just add your photos, journaling, and you’re done! We’ve done all the work in putting together six themed collections of 10 detailed, beautiful custom layouts each, but you can take all the credit by just dragging and dropping in your photos to the finished layouts! Even better, the price of Studio J layouts dropped from $13 to $3.99 per page,  no membership required.

Fifth and Best of All:  the new Cricut® Artiste Collection cartridge! Every single element on the cartridge was personally selected and shaped by Jeanette, so it’s a cartridge that really thinks like you do. And what was that last Workshops on the Go kit? It’s called the Spellbound Cricut® kit and is an entire Halloween party complete with papers and embellishments that works hand-in-hand with the new Artiste cartridge!

To show you how amazing this new Cricut cartridge is, I’ve included a short video clip about it by fellow consultant Mandy Leahy here:

Keep Calm….

Keep Calm and Carry On was a poster produced by the Government of the United Kingdom in 1939 during the beginning of the Second World War, intended to raise the morale of the British public in the event of invasion. In 2000, a copy of the “Keep Calm and Carry On” poster was rediscovered in Barter Books, a second-hand bookshop in Alnwick, Northumberland.

According to the Bagehot column in The Economist, it “taps directly into the country’s mythic image of itself: unshowily brave and just a little stiff, brewing tea as the bombs fall.” Its message is also relevant to the late-2000s recession and has been adopted as an unofficial motto by British nurses, the poster appearing in staff rooms on hospital wards. The poster has also appeared on the walls of places as diverse as the prime minister’s strategy unit at 10 Downing Street, the Lord Chamberlain’s office at Buckingham Palace, and the United States embassy in Belgium.

Since Crown Copyright expires on artistic works created by the UK government after 50 years, the image is now in the public domain. Including the Hostess Awards section of Stampin’ Up’s newest catalog…. I immediately fell in love with this stamp set and claimed it as a Hostess Award on my recent order. Alas, it was not to be….

In August 2011, it was reported that a UK-based company called Keep Calm and Carry On Ltd had registered the slogan as a community trade mark in the EU, after failing to trademark the slogan in the United Kingdom. They issued a take-down request against a seller of Keep Calm and Carry On products. Stampin’ Up has ceased sales and delivery of their Keep Calm and Carry On stamp set. My order went in a day too late to get one. This, of course, only increased the desirability of owning said stamp set. An internet search revealed several small independent stamp companies selling similar stamps.

Having finally gotten my hands on this much sought after stamp, I took great delight in fashioning this card:

It features CTMH’s Superhero papers, Outdoor Denim and Cranberry card stock and red stripe baker’s twine as well as a single sparkle in the top of the crown. I believe the saying could also be re-created using CTMH’s “A Typeface” stamp set and the crown image from CTMH’s “Princess Wings” stamp set.

In the meantime, I’m delighted to play around with the stamp image I have. Who knows? Perhaps the Stampin’ Up “Keep Calm” stamp set will become available:

“Questions have been raised as to whether the registration could be challenged, as the slogan had been widely used before registration and is not recognisable as indicating trade origin. An application has been submitted by British intellectual property advisor and UK trademarking service Trade Mark Direct, to cancel the trademark on the grounds that the words are too widely used for one person to own the exclusive rights. The company is now trying to trademark globally in the United States and Canada.”

Perfect Pairs in July

Place an online order of $75 or more in July and you will receive a popular paper packet and coordinating accessory – A Perfect Pair – FREE!!! That’s a retail value up to $17.90! Different Perfect Pairs are available on different dates throughout the month, so you will want to place more than one qualifying order to snatch up several Perfect Pairs! Place your order early in the availability period, as the promotion is while supplies last.

Here are the dates available for each set of Perfect Pairs.

Order Dates        Perfect Pair                                                       Retail Value

July 1-5               Mischief Paper Pack and Midnight Felt Shapes                  $15.90

Mischief July            midnight felt July

July 6-10             Dreamin’ Paper Pack and Harvest Charms                       $14.90

Dreamin July            Dreamin embellies

July 11-15           Fanfare Paper Pack  and Fanfare Level 2 Assortment        $17.90

Fanfare July             fanfare assortment

July 16-20           Lucky Paper Pack and Lucky My Stickease                       $17.90

Lucky July            Lucky My Stickease

July 21-25           Mayberry Paper Pack & Mayberry My Stickease                 $17.90

Mayberry Level 2 Paper           Mayberry My Stickease

July 26-29            Sophia Paper Pack and Sophia My Stickease                   $17.90

Sophia Level 2 Paper Packet          Sophia My Stickease

July 30-31            Believe Paper Pack and Holiday Pockets OR

Believe Paper          holiday pockets

                           Wonderland Paper Pack and Wonderland My Stickease   $14.90

Wonderland Paper          Wonderland My Stickease

Ready to order? Click here to begin shopping.  Remember that the Mischief Perfect Pair is only available until July 5th and only as long as supplies last.

Thanks for looking and happy crafting!

July’s Footloose Workshop

Now that summer is in full swing, if you’re like me you are taking lots of wonderful summertime and vacation photos.

I am so excited to be able to share the following workshop with all my local customers.  It is a Footloose 10 page workshop created by none other than the very talented Tresa Black.  If you have not checked out her fabulous artwork, be sure to stop by her blog.  She has generously offered to let other Close to My Heart consultants offer her workshop to their customers.
Here are the pictures from this amazing workshop, perfect for those summer photos:

The 10 Page Footloose Workshop kit includes:

1 Footloose level 2 Paper Pack

11 page workshop booklet including cutting diagrams and assembly guide

12 sheets of White Daisy Cardstock

1 pkg of assorted blue and green buttons

1 pkg of Natural Hemp

1 pkg of Dimensional Stars

1 sheet of Pearl Adhesive Gems

and a Cork Alphabet packet for Titles

Retail Value: $36.20 (does not include S&H and tax) or $41.50 delivered to Fairfax Co, VA

Your Workshop Cost: $35

I am offering the workshop as a 1 evening and 1 day workshop.
Thurs, July 12th from 6:30-9:00*
You cut and prep your workshop
Sunday, July 15th from 2-7 pm
You assemble your workshop with a light supper included.
*If you choose the option of me pre-cutting your papers, you will not need to attend on Thurs, July 12th.  I will pre-cut papers for a small pre-cutting fee. You can also cut your papers on Thurs or Sunday and finish the layouts yourself at home using the detailed workshop booklet if you are unable to attend both days.
With your purchase of the workshop, you qualify for the free Perfect Pairs Promotion — a popular paper packet with coordinating accessories for free! Check out my website to see which paper packet you’ll get.
Please be sure to place your order by July 10th to join the workshop.
Spots are limited for this workshop.
Workshop Options
Kit and Class $35.00 USD

Kit (pre-cut) and Class $40.00 USD

Kit, delivered to your home $41.50 USD

I can’t wait to share this fabulous workshop with you!

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