Monday, February 20, 2017

Dreamin' Big Workshop Kit

It has been so unseasonably warm here in Minnesota that it was pure joy to create the Dreamin' Big Workshop Kit for March.  (Yes, March is next week!!  Can you believe it?)

This pre-cut kit contains 3 two-page layouts and 9 cards.  I think you are going to love it!!  
The colors make me so happy!!  I thought they were perfect for our summer photos.  It was wonderful to get all of these photos scrapbooked!  

In the set of cards, you will see the the stamped butterflies more clearly.  The technique I've used to stamp them makes them pop just a little bit more!

Do you ever wonder why I pre-cut my kits?

When you invest in my kits, I want to help you paper craft in the most efficient and affordable way!

The cost of the Dreamin' Big Kit is $43 includes:
  • Dreamin' Big Paper Pack
  • Dreamin' Big Complements
  • Whisper Twine
  • Dreamin' Big Sequins
  • 7 Sheets Cardstock
  • 9 Card Bases and Envelopes
  • 6 Memory Protectors
  • Die-Cut and Stamped Butterflies and Dragonflies
  • (3) 2-page Layouts and 9 cards
  • Instruction Guide 
I will start mailing these kits the week of March 6th!  

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Close To My Heart Events

I love going to Close To My Heart Events!  I love to learn more about how to grow my business, and I love having time to learn new artwork techniques from the Close To My Heart art department.
My favorite reason for going to events, though, is the friendships that I share with other consultants.  We don't see each other that often, and it's wonderful to sit down and talk!  
So let me tell you about some of the events....

Team Meetings & Crops
My Rose Blossom team is a highly creative team.  I try to do all of my meetings in the form of a day crop or retreat.  It's a wonderful thing when we can all create together!  And we even cover business and learn new things to help us in our Close To My Heart businesses!

Launch Events
This event is a blast!  Close To My Heart sends people from the Home Office to different cities to teach artwork and share some business tips for the upcoming Seasonal Expressions book.  They also hand our awards and do giveaways!  The event 3 hours long and is only $35 (can you believe it?!).  We leave with stamp sets, a new Seasonal Expression book, and finished artwork to show our customers.  Here's a photo of my team from the last event in Bloomington.  I also had team members attend in Pennsylvania and California!

We have another Launch Event coming up on March 25th, and Close To My Heart will be visiting Bloomington (MN), Detroit (MI), Alexandria (VA), Anaheim (CA), Sacramento (CA), Andover (MA), Navarre (FL), Salt Lake City (UT), San Antonio (TX), Seattle (WA), and St. Louis (MO).  If you have given thought to joining CTMH, this would be a GREAT time so that you could attend one of these events!

Team Builders
I just attended this event in January in Salt Lake City, and it is truly one of the best events I've been to!  This is held for Managers and above, and anyone that earns the Incentive Trip each year.  There is a whole lot of learning, and this year there was a whole lot of artwork time, too!

I don't even know how to describe Convention!  It is 3 days FILLED with activity (and very little sleep)!  There are new product reveals, business classes, creative classes, artwork showcases, and a beautiful awards dinner.  This event is something I could never miss because it means so much to me to connect with Close To My Heart sisters and Home Office staff that I may only see once a year.  Again - with all the good teaching that I love - it's still those friendships that I treasure the most!
Here are a couple of photos of my beautiful team members that made the trip to Disney World with me last year.  This year, there are 9 of us going to Salt Lake City for the Convention at the end of June.

Incentive Trips
Close To My Heart has Incentive Trips for meeting sales and team building goals.  They pay for you and a guest (airfare, transfers, and accommodations!), and I have been blessed to earn 6 of these trips.  Every last one has been such a joy!
  • Mediterranean Cruise
  • Southern Caribbean
  • Costa Rica
  • Hawaii
  • Eastern Caribbean
  • Puerto Vallarta (we leave on Thursday!)
This is just one of the many places we have been.  This is Trunk Bay on St. John's.  Gorgeous!!

The next Incentive Trip Close To My Heart is offering is Bangkok and Phuket, Thailand.  Our son would really like to go on that trip with me, so I am working hard to earn that one for him!

My husband works very hard - 50-60 hours a week - and there is no opportunity for him to earn something like this.  I feel incredibly blessed to have the chance to earn trips.
Want to know the best part?
YOU can earn them, too!!

There's a little over a week left of the New Consultant/Former Consultant special where you will receive THREE FREE stamp sets when you join.  Have you been thinking about it?  I hope that you've seen that Close To My Heart is so much more than paper, stamps, and ink.  It is the friendships we share and the memories we make along the way!
Please feel free to contact me with any questions.

If you are ready to join and build those life-long paper crafting friendships, CLICK HERE.

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Friday, February 17, 2017

Stamp of the Month - Easter Bunny

I hope you've been enjoying the examples I've been showing you with the Easter Bunny Stamp of the Month.  I wanted to make sure that you saw different uses so that you know this can be a year round stamp set.  

I used Whimsy papers, Baby Boy complements, and Whimsy ribbon.  Now, I used a love theme for this card, but it could easily be used for a baby card, too!

I used Pastel Green and Barely Beige Shinhan markers, and the grey on the bunny is a watercolor pencil.  I love that coloring mediums can all be used together!

Thanks so much for stopping in to visit me today!

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Thursday, February 16, 2017

Stamp of the Month - Easter Bunny

Today and tomorrow I want to continue showing you examples of the Stamp of the Month, Easter Bunny.  These bunnies are so stinkin' cute, and I am finding lots of uses for them!

I KNOW you have a girlfriend that you'd like to send this card to!  I pulled out the Sweet Leaf patterns from the Whimsy Fundamentals.  Do you notice that Sweet Leaf ribbon across the card?  I love this about Close To My Heart.  There's always matching product to the paper!  The flowers, banners, and butterflies are from the Baby Girl Whimsy Complements.  I colored the bunny with Barely Beige, Tender Pink, and Pansy Purple Shinhan markers.  I removed some color using the blending marker to make the bunny as subtle as the card colors.

The stamp of the month is always just $5 with a $50 purchase!

Thank you so much for visiting today!  I appreciate when you stop by!

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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Hello Lovely! It's the Rose Blossom Blog Hop

Welcome to the Rose Blossom Blog Hop!  We are showcasing the Hello Lovely, and we are excited!  There are 10 of us in the blog hop, and all you need to do is follow the circle.  If you should get lost along the way, simply come back here for the full list.

Hello Lovely and the matching complements, embellishments, and stamps are beautiful!  I've got a family layout to share with you.  This will go on the wall in the living room.

I used a couple of Cricut cuts on this layout - a doily from Art Philosophy and Snowdrop Flowers from the Flower Market cartridge.  Don't you think the complements matching those diecuts perfectly?  These two are truly my happy place, and I love creating layouts like this!  Here are a couple of close-ups for you.  Look at that blush ribbon!!

You simply need the Hello Lovely Workshop Your Way to re-create this layout.

I also have a special guest  - one of my team members, Barb.  She created this lovely frame, and I had to showcase it along with the hop!  
Take a look at this frame - WOW!  She made fabulous use of a frame!

Now it's time to move on to Lynn.  She most certainly has some beautiful work to share with you!

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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

FLASH SALE! Happy Valentine's Day!

Happy Valentine's Day!!
What could be sweeter than a 24-hour flash sale?

The sale will give you a chance to get a 30% discount on selected products from Annual Inspirations and Seasonal Expressions 1.
The Sweet Sale starts February 14 at 3:00 pm MST (2:00 pm PST; 4:00 pm CST; 5:00 pm EST) and will end at that same time on February 15.  Sale prices are only available on orders placed through my website during these times. All discounted items count towards a Stamp of the Month purchase!

To see which items will be discounted during this sale, visit the shopping cart on my website at any time during the sale times—the Sweet Sale items will be listed on that page. All the items included in the sale are only available while supplies last!
I am SO EXCITED about this special one-time savings on our products!!

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Monday, February 13, 2017

Stamp of the Month - Easter Bunny

This morning, I took out my ink pads and small waterbrush to work on the Stamp of the Month, Easter Bunny.  Did you know that you can color your images that way?

Before you open your ink pad, squeeze it so that ink transfers from the pad to the inside of the cover.  Use your small waterbrush to pick up the ink color.  For the rabbit, I used smoothie for the dress, desert sand for the head, and pixie for the ears.

The Stamp of the Month is the best special we have every month!  It is just $5 with a $50 purchase!
Remember, too, when you join Close To My Heart this month, you will receive the February, March, and April stamps of the month FREE!
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