Friday, February 8, 2019

So Much Happy Scrapbook Workshop

So Much Happy Workshop includes:

  • So Much Happy Paper Packet (pre-cut and you get all the extras)
  • So Much Happy Complements
  • So Much Happy Journaling Cards
  • So Much Happy Puffy Stickers
  • So Much Happy Washi Twine
  • Pre-Cut Cardstock and Cricut Cuts
  • Silver Glitter Gems (1/2 package)
  • Mink Twine (1 yard)
  • 4 Memory Protectors
  • Color Instructions
Kits will ship the week of March 4th.  Thank you!!

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Saturday, February 2, 2019

Join One of My Clubs and Earn Product Free!

• 6 Months (March 2019 – August 2019)
• $40 In-Home Class (pay at class)
• $47 Virtual (billed monthly on the 1st of the month and this price includes shipping)
• I will be designing the layouts for this class! Kits will be pre-cut, sorted, and mailed directly to you. They will include any Cricut cuts and specialty items I use.
• During the six-month period, you will be a Hostess during one month, and you can invite your friends to shop during the month.
• You will automatically receive $40 in Hostess Rewards. You will also receive one half-price item during your Hostess month!
• I will have a Virtual Classroom for the Scrapbooking Club. I want my long distance members to be a part of the fun! Once a month, I will do a Facebook Live video showing you how to create your layouts and explaining any techniques. When you come to the in-home class, you will automatically be added to the virtual group.

• 6 Months (March 2019 – August 2019)
• $25 Order Each Month (you choose!) or $30 for a pre-cut Workshop Your Way card kit. The Workshop Your Way card kit always makes 12 cards with at least 2 different designs.
• The Cardmaking Club is a virtual club. I will come to you on Facebook Live at least twice per month. This is a technique-based class. I will use the specials, Featured Paper, Workshop Your Way card kit, stamp of the month, various stamps, and teach you how to use tools throughout the month.
• During the six-month period, you will be a Hostess during one month, and you can invite your friends to shop during the month.
• You will automatically receive $25 in Hostess Rewards.

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Friday, February 1, 2019

Love Blooms in February!

We have the most beautiful special this month!  It is a 12-Card workshop made with spring colors and a gorgeous E-sized stamp.

This workshop uses Carolina, Lilac, Peach, and Pixie.  Don't you love the colors?

Get a 20% discount when you purchase the Love Blossoms Workshop Kit or the Love Blossoms Workshop Kit + Embossing Folder.

The value of this stamp set is $31.95!

To read all the details and to see the different kit options, CLICK HERE.

When you purchase the kit, I will add you to my Love Blooms virtual classroom!  It is a self-paced classroom, and I will teach you how to create these cards and how to watercolor the flowers.

Inks are included in the Workshop Kits ($55.95 and $47.95 options), but you will need a large 5" x 6" block for making these cards, so if you don't have one click here to order one..  

Brenda's Special!
If you order the $47.95 or $55.95 workshop, I will send you a small waterbrush free of charge!!
You will need this to color the flowers, and I want you to have this option.  This is a savings of $6.50!

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Friday, January 25, 2019

Re-Cap of Operation Smile Mission in Bolivia

For the last ten years, Close To My Heart has partnered with Operation Smile™ in an effort to bring children around the world healthy smiles. Operation Smile™ is an international medical charity that provides free surgeries to children and young adults in developing countries who are born with cleft lip, cleft palate or other dental and facial conditions. It is one of the oldest and largest volunteer-based organizations dedicated to improving the health and lives of children worldwide through access to surgical care.

On October 11, 2018, a few of our Close To My Heart Consultants embarked on what was to become an experience of a lifetime. We traveled for 20+ hours to arrive in Santa Cruz, Bolivia, where we were immediately given instructions and put to work. After many long days in hot, humid, and very humbling conditions, all of us would gladly do it all over again!

Here is my story:

When my name was chosen at Convention for the Operation Smile mission it felt very surreal. I have heard people use (and overuse) that word, but I don’t think I knew what it meant until that very moment. I had seven team members in that drawing, and I was sitting in my chair and praying that one of their names would be drawn. It took me a minute to register my own name when it was read! So how did I respond? I cried. And then I sobbed. And then, I cried some more. Right there on stage for everyone to see. But it truly is a moment I will never forget! Some time back, Bill and Kathy McGee spoke at our Convention. I fell in love with Operation Smile, and I respect every little thing the organization and volunteers do to help children and adults that so desperately need it. It has been a dream for me to go on an Operation Smile mission. After about 21 hours of travel time and layovers, our team from Close To My Heart arrived in Bolivia. What a journey! It was so exciting to be heading to a place where we knew that we were needed. We went on the Bolivian mission as non-medical volunteers, and there was just so much to do! Once we arrived at the hospital, we helped set up a child life area for the kids to play while they were waiting to be seen. It was shocking to me to see all the people waiting with their children, and then I realized again how great the need is for our donations. I did not expect to see the hundreds of people waiting. If it was overwhelming to me, imagine how overwhelming it was to them! Even though it was crowded, there were smiling children everywhere. I brought an Instax camera to take pictures, and the children loved getting their little faces in print!

The time I spent hugging babies and children was priceless. I don’t have the opportunity to rock little ones very often, so it was a great joy for me to relieve a mama’s arms. Some of those people had long trips to the hospital and had been waiting and holding their babies for hours. I met a very special little boy, Ian Lucas. He was 6 months old at that time, and his mama showed me that day what strength and character are. She had been at the hospital since early morning, and she carried him, all his blankets, diaper bags, and coats. All the children had to go through ten different areas for screening, and I followed Ian through those areas. Much of the time I couldn’t understand what was being said, but thanks to Monica and Google translate, we were able to talk a little bit. The ten areas helped determine whether they were able to have surgery, and I was so happy to hear he was healthy and had been chosen! On surgery day, I was able to sit with Ian and Mama during nutritional counseling and pre-surgery. This was a very hard time for Mama, and I am so glad it reassured her knowing I would be in surgery with Lucas. What an incredible experience! To be able to stand next to the surgeons as they performed this life-changing surgery was not only miraculous, but it was humbling. These doctors, nurses, and all the supporting staff are volunteers and they worked tirelessly to care for all of the children. On the day we went home, the sun was rising over Santa Cruz, and I found myself contemplating all that we had experienced. I knew that this experience changed me and the way I think about things. I think the thing I learned that was most valuable is to always be ready with a smile. That sounds simple, but it is powerful. Mother Teresa said, “We shall never know all the good that a simple smile can do.” Even when their smiles weren’t perfect, these children showed so much love and shared so many smiles. They spread goodness. Our smiles are so precious, and we need to share them freely.

Operation Smile changes lives. We can help by simply rounding up our order or buying a t-shirt or stamp set. So simple, yet it allows Operation Smile the ability to continue the very important work they do.

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Brenda's VIP Group

If you are looking for a place where there's a little bit more to the artwork, you belong in my VIP Group!!  Click the link below to join!

(As much as I love my sister consultants, this is a customer-only group!)

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Monday, January 21, 2019

I Heart Us Workshop

This workshop is SO bright, SO bold, and SO full of fun!!

Included in this $40 workshop:

  • I Heart Us Paper Packet (you keep all the extras!)
  • I Heart Us Complements
  • I Heart Us PML Cards
  • I Heart Us Sequins
  • Cricut Cuts
  • 4-feet Black/Gold Ribbon
  • Photo Mats and Photo Place Cardholders
  • Instructions
I will start shipping this kit on February 1st!

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Monday, January 7, 2019

12-Hour Paper Crafting Crop - February 2nd

It's time for another paper crafting crop!  We had so much FUN last weekend, and we hope you can make it to the February crop.  It's a GREAT time of socializing and being inspired by other paper crafters.  Whether you make cards, pages, or mixed media, this would be the right place for you!  Here are the important details:  
  • February 2nd
  • 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
  • $25 (includes table space and a table gift)
  • Best Western Plus (10580 Baltimore, Blaine - next to Super Target)
Please bring:
  • Long extension cord and power strip for your electronic machines
  • Your favorite beverage.  There is a water cooler and coffee at the hotel.   
  • Bring a snack to share during the day.
In effort to keep your costs as low as possible, I do not provide meals during crops.  I want you to have a place to spend time paper crafting with like-minded people so that you can make good progress on your projects.  Culvers is right outside the hotel doors, and there are several restaurants, as well as the Target deli within a mile.

If you haven't been to one of my crops in awhile or you have never joined us at all, I truly hope you will be able to attend!  These are wonderful events, and I have so much fun seeing what everyone is doing!  I changed locations this year, and it was been well received by all who attended last weekend!  If you have any questions, CLICK HERE to email me.  If you cannot make it and would like to join my Facebook group for crops, just let me know!

Otherwise click the link to pay for your spot.  Your spot is guaranteed once you pay the crop fee.  I look forward to seeing you!!

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