Friday, July 29, 2016

Celebrating 10 Years with CTMH

August marks my 10 year anniversary with Close to My Heart!! Wow, how time flies when you're having fun.  It's been an amazing decade and I wanted to share 10 reasons, in no particular order, why I LOVE CTMH & what I do.

10 years!! Celebrating in Orlando at the 2016 Annual Convention

#1 -- traveling to all the inspiring, educating, & motivating CTMH events!
Disney World - Hollywood Studios in Orlando, FL, June 2016

I have now gone to:
  • 6 conventions, including Disneyland, Disney World & Dallas
  • 4 Album Retreats, which are exclusive for consultants only (corporate spoils us as we create a 20 page album in a weekend!)
  • other fun team, training, and regional events
These are totally worth it, not only for the product and the project we get to create, but the networking, relationship building, and educational aspects!!

#2 -- My CTMH Sisters

The friendships I have made over the years, not only with my CTMH sisters, but my local scrappers, are beyond priceless.  They (YOU) are my reason for still doing what I do.

#3 -- The high quality, amazing, and versatile product lines

Hands-down the best product I've come across. I'm so utterly happy with CTMH, I rarely buy anything else.  I only own a Disney specific Cricut cartridge because I don't need any others beyond the CTMH collections.  The papers are versatile and support all my needs.  Unless it is something very specific I need, CTMH is my happy place. #lovethesmellofnewpaper

#4 -- supporting my habit

I joined CTMH to support my habit. Falling in love with the products, I needed more!!! FULL ACCESS hahahaha.  I get the inside scoop on all the upcoming promotions, limited-edition products, and a 22% discount / commission.  

#5 -- My team - Hearts of Inspiration

Over the years, I've had the wonderful honor of being the upline to a handful of girls who love scrappin' too.  It's great getting to know them more & sharing our passion for crafting.

#6 -- My BESTIES!!!

I've been very fortunate to meet my besties over the last ten years.  They're my sidekicks, a shoulder to lean on, the kick in the pants I need, the peeps I share my ups & downs with, and simply just my besties.  I love them and so glad we are part of each other's lives.

#7 -- finding Sticky Boy
I found another one!!! Orlando, FL - June 2016

Yup, I'm a total nerd.  Sticky Boy is Jeanette's first stamp she ever created and we can only find him at convention.  It's a fun tradition to go hunting for Sticky Boy. This year, he found Sticky Girl. :)

#8 -- creating and scrapbooking my memories

It feels me with joy and pride to see a project come together. Capturing my trips, memories and the people in my life is my creative outlet. :)  I especially love watching people look through my scrapbooks.

#9 -- being the 1 of 4 "DENISE" consultants

My bestie Jen took me on the 2015-16 CTMH Incentive Trip to the Caribbean. During that trip, me and the other Denise's realized we were all together and there are only 4 of us as consultants. Thus, the fun photo above. :)  We like being unique and having fun ties like this.  You'll find there are many more within the CTMH family.  Roomie gifts, fun team-specific things, recognition, etc. What can I say?!? We are a fun group of gals!

#10 -- making a difference in the lives of children, through Operation Smile

The other cool thing I love about being a consultant is that Close to My Heart supports Operation Smile.  It takes $240 to change a child's life and get their smile burning bright.  A portion of each My Acrylix stamp goes to Operation Smile, as well as any donations (round up those orders!!) & purchases of the Operation Smile featured stamp set or logo wear.  I'll have to share some of the videos I've shared on my Facebook page on here.  #bringonthetissues #bringonthesmiles

THANK YOU for making these 10 years awesome.
From the bottom of my heart, I have enjoyed your company, appreciate your support, and love to inspire you.  I know I have not always been able to be consistent (in creating or leadership) for various things, and again, thank you for hanging in there with me.  It has been fulfilling to have grown so much creatively, personally, and as a consultant.  Close to My Heart simply rocks in how they support us, create for and inspire us, and strive to continue leading the way in the papercrafting industry & I'm so glad I found them.  My life has been enriched ten fold over these past 10 years & am looking forward to many more!!

Friday, July 1, 2016

July CTMH Promotions

Early Bird Sign-Up Special

Do you love getting together with friends? Do you love making new friends? Do you love to travel? Would you like to support your crafting habit?? Looking for residual income to support your dreams & family?

If you answered YES to any of those, let's chat!!! I'd love for you to join my team ❣Hearts of Inspiration❣ in July!

I've been a consultant for 10 years & ❤️❤️ what I do!! This is more than scrappin' ... I've met some of my dearest friends because of CTMH & traveled for awesome events. I'd love for you to join the fun!

New Consultants who sign up during July will receive your choice of a new Fundamental paper packet* bundled together with its coordinating Complements FREE—and that’s in addition to the $50 in Select Product Credit you get for signing up!

This Early Bird Special is an excellent opportunity for those that simply can’t wait to get their hands on the exciting new products coming in Annual Inspirations 2016–2017 idea book.


Can't wait for you to join my team & the CTMH family!!

*Choose from Whimsy, Adventure, and Enchantment Fundamentals. No tax is charged for free items. Standard New Consultant Kit shipping rates will apply. No additional shipping/handling will be charged for this promotion.

Dates: Offer valid July 1, 2016 (9:00 am MDT) – July 31, 2016 (11:59 pm MDT).


As CTMH embarks closer to the release of a new Annual Idea Book, we always have to prepare to say farewell to some of our favorites or things on our wish list. This year is no exception.

View the GOING SOON section for retiring items

There are a handful of shimmer trim, glitter paper and various embellishments departing. Additionally, a ton of stamps and THREE, yes 3, Cricut Collections.

Don't miss out on these items!! They are WHILE SUPPLIES LAST, so don't count on them to be here until the end of July.


July Stamp of the Month (SOTM)

During the month of July, get this limited edition stamp set ~From the Notebook~ for $17.95* OR for $5* with any $50 order before tax and S&H.  It's a fun one to have, especially if you like to color with watercolors or markers!!


*before tax and S&H  |  Offer valid July 1-31, 2016 only

Seasonal Expression 2 

There are 3 new paper packs, lots of new embellishments, new tools, and a great variety of stamps featured in Seasonal Expressions 2.  This idea book is available through August 31st (or while supplies last).

You can add a FREE copy with your first order placed on my website.

*SHOP HERE*        ~View SE2 HERE~

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Art With an Attitude Blog Hop - Calypso or Beach Themed

The Stampers with an Attitude team is doing a blog hop, themed {Art with an Attitude}!!  "Who are we?" you might ask?  We are Close to My Heart (CTMH) consultants, who are passionate and talented crafters!

You are in the right place if you just came from

For this blog hop, we're showcasing the new paper pack, Calypso, or something beachy!!  I haven't had a chance to create with the newbie, so I'm sharing a layout I created with Zoe.  It's such a fun and versatile paper pack and it worked perfect to show case one of my favorite beaches in Kauai.

Be sure to LIKE my Facebook page!!

Now Hop on Over To
{Jen Patrick's blog}

LOVE IT? These items are available now - shop at

Thanks for visiting - now go get inspired!!

Monday, May 9, 2016

May Promotions - Happy National Scrapbooking Month!!

National Scrapbooking Month

Happy Times can be yours during the month of May thanks to National Scrapbooking Month! With a qualifying purchase of $60, you can get the exclusive Happy Times paper packet for FREE! 

This fun paper packet, which is available for one month only, features floral designs, gold foil details, and more! You get two of each paper. 

You can also purchase this exclusive paper packet at full retail for $14.95 with no purchase requirement. Get the coordinating D-size stamp set, My Acrylix® Happy Times, for $17.95. 

Together with the Happy Times paper packet, this stamp set will help keep your precious memories vivid and bright in the pages of your scrapbook.  Contact me for a scrapbook workshop guide.


Some albums are Ruby and others Lagoon; they’re all on sale just for you!

Now through the end of May, you can save 25% on the purchase of Close To My Heart’s amazing My Legacy™ albums! That is a savings of over $8.50 per album! 

Choose from our gorgeous variety of colors colours and patterns available in both post-bound and D-ring styles. 

But this offer is only available while supplies last, so place your order early to make sure you get the styles and colors colours you love. They’re built to last and going fast—order yours today!

Pick out your album today.

Note that these albums and colors/patterns are retiring at the end of July. So if you want one to round out your collection, now is the time to get it!!

*Offer valid while supplies last. Sale ends May 31, 2016 (11:59 pm MDT). Shipping/handling is calculated based on the full retail price of the discounted items.

May Stamp of the Month (SOTM)

During the month of May, get this limited edition stamp set ~Celebrate with Cake~ for $17.95* OR for $5* with any $50 order before tax and S&H.  It's a fun one to have, especially if you like to color with watercolors or markers!!

*before tax and S&H  |  Offer valid May 1-31, 2016 only

Seasonal Expression 2 is HERE

There are 3 new paper packs, lots of new embellishments, new tools, and a great variety of stamps featured in Seasonal Expressions 2.  This idea book is available through August 31st (or while supplies last).

You can add a FREE copy with your first order placed on my website.

*SHOP HERE*        ~View SE2 HERE~

Friday, April 15, 2016

It's All in the INK

Let's talk about Close to My Heart's inks... Here is the scoop on the 5 different styles we offer.

Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pads: Our Exclusive Inks™ stamp pads, including our Black Exclusive Inks pads, are water-based dye inks. The dye ink absorbs directly into your paper and allows the colors to blend easily with the material. They dry quickly and blend easily. These inks are recommended for most stamping projects, but not for projects where you plan on using watercolors or coloring with alcohol markers after stamping the image.

Archival Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad: Our Archival Black Exclusive Inks™ stamp pad is our archival ink offering. This pad quickly sets an image that you can then color in using watercolor pencils, watercolors, or water-based inks with the blending pen.

Exclusive Inks™ Mini Pigment Pad Sets: Pigment inks behave differently from dye inks, in that they settle on top of your material rather than soaking into it. This allows you to stamp lighter colors on darker materials and to keep the true color of the ink pad when stamping on another color. Though they take longer to dry, when dried, they work well for coloring in with your markers or watercolor inks, as the pigment inks will form a permanent bond and will resist blending when you color over them.

StazOn™ Black Ink Pad: StazOn™ is specifically formulated for stamping on non-porous materials. Because StazOn is solvent-based, this ink works well when stamping an image that you will later color over with watercolors, but it is not ideal for use with alcohol markers.   Also available in Brown.

Memento™ Tuxedo Black Ink Pad: The Memento™ ink pad gives you another archival quality ink pad that works for any stamping project and can be used with alcohol markers, watercolors, or any of our other coloring options.

Other stamping products available also... such as blocks, reinkers, scrubbers, spritz cleaner, StazOn cleaner & refills.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

April Promotions

Baby, I'm Worth It

Signing up as a new Consultant with Close To My Heart during April is more rewarding than ever, thanks to the April Constant Campaign, Baby, I’m Worth It!

Join during April and submit a $350 order in personal sales within the first 30 days, and you will get a choice of either a FREE Cricut® collection or $100 in Select Product Credit (SPC) —and that’s in addition to the Straight To The Top start-up bonus that you will earn along the way! It’s a great opportunity to earn extra rewards.

In addition to this fun incentive, new Consultants who sign up in April will also be the first to take advantage of the reconfigured New Consultant Kit. Beginning April 1, new Consultants can join Close To My Heart for just $75 USD!!!
New Consultant Kit
At this low price, the kit is filled with basic supplies as well as $50 in Select Product Credit that can used to purchase additional items (papers, compliments, inks, etc.)!!!

If you're interested in getting an awesome deal, hanging with amazing, talented & fun crafters, traveling & writing it off, and looking to support your habit or start a business, let's chat!!

What We Do: Be a Consultant  |  Baby, I'm Worth It Promo Info

 ‪#youareworthit‬ ‪#heartsofinspirationteam‬ ‪#ctmh‬

April Stamp of the Month (SOTM)

During the month of April, get this limited edition stamp set ~Life in Pictures~ for $17.95* OR for $5* with any $50 order before tax and S&H.

*before tax and S&H  |  Offer valid April 1-30, 2016 only

Innovative, creative, and always versatile—here’s just one example of these stamps in use.

Seasonal Expression 1 Retiring Soon

April is the last month to get products featured in SE1!  They will all retire, including stamps (even those Cricut compatible).  Don't miss this chance to get those items before they are gone!

*SHOP HERE*        ~View SE1 HERE~

Sunday, April 3, 2016

MyAcrlyix Stamp Availability

CTMH is simplifying the rules regulating the availability of the My Acrylix® stamp sets to make it easier for you to know which stamp sets are currently available.

Stamp sets will only be available when they are pictured in an active idea book

Under this updated policy, stamp sets featured in the Annual Inspirations idea book will remain available for the year-long duration of that idea book, while stamp sets featured in seasonal idea books will retire when the seasonal idea book retires, like the other items featured in these idea books. This policy includes stamp sets with Cricut®-compatible images (which previously, never retired after being introduced).

This shift goes into effect immediately, meaning that stamp sets featured in Seasonal Expressions 1 will be retired at the end of that idea book on April 30, 2016. Stamp sets featured in Annual Inspirations 2015–2016 and any other stamp sets that are currently available but are not pictured in any active idea books will be retired on July 31, 2016, with a few exceptions.

To help you in referencing which sets are retiring and which are not, I have two reference lists: one that shows a complete list of stamp sets being retired, and one that shows the stamp sets that will continue to be available after August 1.  Contact me if you would like them.

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Stampaganza Returns!

Everyone’s favorite campaign, Stampaganza, is back in March! 

During this awesome campaign, buy any two stamp sets and get a third FREE!

You can earn multiple free stamp sets on a single order, too, because for each two sets you purchase at full price, you can get a third of equal or lesser value free! When placing your orders, keep in mind that the lowest-priced stamp sets on the order will always be the free ones.

This is perfect time to get the stamps you want, especially with ALL the stamps (even cricut compatible) retiring at the end of July (SE1 retired April 30th). 

Shop at March 1-31, 2016.