Monday, March 30, 2015

Why I Love Being a Consultant - I'm a Better Person

I signed up 6 years ago for one reason - to get that awesome discount so I could craft and not go broke in the process. I planned everything out to build my business and reach my goal. But what I didn't plan on was this - becoming a Close To My Heart consultant made me a better person. 

I've never been a shy person - I can talk to just about anyone in any situation. So talking about our products and teaching techniques at workshops and parties was never a problem. Heck, talking to random strangers about Close To My Heart was never a problem.

I may be a talker, but I rarely told people what was truly on my mind. I never reached out for help, and I kept myself pretty isolated. There's a difference between talking and connecting. I rarely let myself connect.

But, scrapbooking is all about telling your story. And creating is a very emotional process. I found myself opening up and really talking to people. I found myself connecting.

Most of my customers have become my friends. They've seen me through good and bad times in my life. They listen to me when I talk, and they comfort me when things aren't going well. In turn, I've made sure to listen and be there for them.

When I was upset, I used to just keep it in, or sometimes let my husband or best friend know what was going on. But recently, when I had a problem, I realized I had so many more people I could go to - and they're all people I met because I became a consultant. 

I don't close myself off the way I used to. If something is bothering me, I talk about it instead of holding it inside. And when someone opens up to me, I open up to them (sometimes, I even open up first!)

I think we've all had jobs that made us better at what we do. But how often can you say you've had a job that made you a better person? My Close To My Heart business has helped me grow as a person - and it's the only job I've ever had that's done that.

What can Close To My Heart do for you? If you'd like to start an amazing journey with this company and my team, email me at to talk more about it. Or click here to sign up. With only a few days left, you can still take advantage of March's special:

Friday, March 27, 2015

My Favorite Seasonal Expressions 1 Retiring Products - Heartstrings Collection

Our Seasonal Expressions 1 mini-catalog is retiring March 31st, and I've been showcasing art made with my top 3 favorite products before they're gone. My favorites so far? Puffies and the You're the Bomb stamp set. For my third and final favorite, it's the gorgeous Heartstrings collection:

I'll admit that by the time I got to making this project, all I had left were scraps! (And that's after purchasing 2 paper packs!!) So I thought decorating one of our Slate Paper Bags would be a good way to go. 

I used bits and pieces from all 6 paper designs, added an arrow sticker from the Heartstrings Complements, and finished it with Lovestruck Mini Clothespins (also retiring!), Clear Sparkles, and Mini Stapler. 

Someone is going to be getting a yummy gift from this adorable bag...

Make sure to stop by my website today to get your favorite products from the mini before they're gone!

Project Supplies

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

March Stamp of the Month - Choose Happy Card

The frames from March's Stamp of the Month are awesome for coloring! I chose a simple card layout to showcase the frames colored in a lovely spring palette: 

The papers and colors are all from the Brushed paper pack, along with some Brushed Complements. I added touches of spring with the Flamingo Dots and White Shimmer Trim. To bring everything together, I used our ShinHan Touch markers - Leaf Green, Pastel Green and Tender Pink.

March's Stamp of the Month can be yours for $5 with a $50 purchase. Get yours today on my website! But remember, it's only available until March 31st! 

Monday, March 23, 2015

At-Home Kit: Seaside Memory Frame

I'm introducing a workshop that can be done in the comfort of your own home - At-Home kits that only require glue and scissors! The kits come pre-cut, pre-stamped and with instructions. 

My very first kit is this beautiful memory frame made with the lovely Seaside papers:

The kit is $40 and includes:
  • Pre-cut Seaside papers 
  • Pre-stamped images using A Budding Friendship stamp set
  • Sparkle Flourishes
  • Clear Sparkles
  • Cricut-cut images 
  • Instructions
  • The gorgeous Colonial White Shadow Box
This is a perfect way to showcase a beautiful memory in your home or to give as a gift (Mother's Day anyone? :) 

If you would like a kit, simply email me at, and I will send you an invoice via PayPal. If you would like the kit shipped, additional shipping charges will be applied based on your location. 

The kit will be available to order until April 15th.

Kit Contents

Friday, March 20, 2015

Why I Love Being a Consultant - Sneak Peaks!

I'll admit it, I love finding out about things before everyone else. 
What can I say, I'm nosy. :) 

And I love knowing that even though the new Seasonal Expressions 2 mini-catalog won't be available till April, I've not only gotten a copy of the mini, I also have products from it as well.  

Yes, they are awesome. And yes, I have been creating like mad.

I'd like to share a sneak peak with you - the New Consultant Kit has all new product from the mini, and if you sign up in March, you can start playing with new product before everyone else, too. :) 

There are two kits you can choose from - one for cardmakers and one for scrapbookers. Both are $99 and have over $350 worth of product. Both are awesome. 

  • Annual Inspirations (qty. 5)
  • Seasonal Expressions 2 (qty. 15)
  • Close To My Heart Cardstock Color Sampler
  • Close To My Heart Paper Fundamentals Sampler
  • Annual Inspirations B&T Duos™ Sampler 
  • Seasonal Expressions 2 B&T Duos™ Sampler
  • Petite Perks Incentive Stamp Set (qty. 5)
  • Workshops on the Go® Blossom Cardmaking Kit
  • Jackson B&T Duos™ Bulk Pack
  • Oceanside Sequins
  • Durables Triangle Studs
  • Teal Shimmer Trim 
  • Gold Polka-Dot Washi Tape 
  • Honey Exclusive Inks™ Pad 
  • Smoothie Exclusive Inks™ Pad
  • Pear Exclusive Inks™ Pad 
  • Archival Black Exclusive Inks™ Pad
  • My Acrylix™ Dizzy Circles
  • My Acrylix™ Wavy Blooms
  • My Acrylix™ Finding the Words
  • 1" × 3½" My Acrylix™ Block
  • 3" × 3" My Acrylix™ Block
  • ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Golden Yellow Marker 
  • ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Cherry Pink Marker
  • ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Sap Green Marker 
  • White Cards & Envelopes Value Pack
  • My Creations™ Hip Pics Album
  • 3-D Foam Tape
  • Non-stick Micro-tip Scissors
  • My Acrylix™ Stamp Scrubber
  • My Acrylix™ Spritz Cleaner
  • Bonding Memories™ Glue
  • Sponge
  • Liquid Glass
  • Ranger™ White Super Fine Embossing Powder
  • VersaMark™ Ink Pad
  • Watercolor Pencils
  • Cello Bags (qty. 25)
Not only can you get all that, but if you sign up during March...

If you'd like more information about joining Close To My Heart, please contact me at

If you are ready to sign up, HERE'S THE LINK!  Close To My Heart and my team (the Sweet Tweets) would welcome you with open arms!

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

My Favorite Seasonal Expressions 1 Retiring Products - You're the Bomb

Our Seasonal Expressions 1 mini-catalog is retiring March 31st, and I wanted to showcase art made with my top 3 favorite products before they're gone. Last week was all about Puffies; this week, it's the totally cool You're the Bomb stamp set.

If you want to tell someone how awesome they are, this is the stamp set to do it with. You're the Bomb has fabulous phrases and adorable images that are great for personalizing cards, layouts and even gift boxes!

Even better? For every You're the Bomb stamp set you buy, $3 is donated to Operation Smile - an amazing organization that provides free surgeries to repair facial deformities for children around the world. 

Make sure to stop by my website today to get your favorite products from the mini before they're gone!

Supply List

Monday, March 16, 2015

April Layouts Workshop - Inking and Sponging

During the April Layout Workshop, you'll get to learn a variety of inking and sponging techniques as we create these lovely layouts using the Brushed collection!

Take a closer look at the first layout:

And the second layout:

You'll make two 2-page layouts and learn awesome sponging and inking techniques! The layout kit is pre-cut and comes with instructions. Can't make the class? These kits are available for mail order (or local pick-up)!

Kit Information:

You can choose from three great kit options (includes tax):

*Photos of Kit Contents Below*

Basic Kit - Brushed paper pack, Assortment, Complements, and Clear Sparkles, 3 Sponge Daubers and extra cardstock ($31.09)

Better Kit - Brushed Workshop on the Go, Brushed Complements, Clear Sparkles, and 3 Sponge Daubers ($45.40)

Best Kit - Better Kit + Pixie Ink and 8 Sheets Pixie Cardstock ($57.73)
*Qualifies for the Stamp of the Month*

Class Dates:
South Elgin - Sunday, April 12th at 2pm
Bolingbrook - Thursday, April 9th at 6:30pm

If you would like your kit shipped, it will be an additional $5; pre-stamping is not offered with this kit because that's part of the main technique we're learning!

If you would like to order this kit, simply email me at: and I will send you an invoice via PayPal. 

Mail order kits ordered by Mar. 22nd will be mailed by Apr. 13th. 

Kit Contents

Friday, March 13, 2015

Why I Love Being a Consultant - Convention

The awesome March sign-up special got me thinking about when I first signed up as a Close To My Heart consultant 6 years ago. I did it because I wanted that fantastic discount (that's why most of us do it!) But I stayed because it became so much more than a way to get awesome products at a discount. 

During the next few weeks, I'm going to share why I love being a consultant through stories and photos. Today's favorite? The amazing Close To My Heart annual Convention!

So, what is Convention? Well, take thousands of crazy and passionate papercrafters, get them together at Disney, give them an awesome reveal of all the new upcoming products from the annual catalog, and throw a bunch of free product and artwork at them, and watch the fun begin!

The last time I went to Convention, it was in Disneyland, and I went with three of my fellow teammates. We're going back to Disneyland this year, and I'll be going with some new teammates. Plus, it's always wonderful to meet people I've gotten to know through Facebook and their blogs.

Close To My Heart pulls out all the stops when it comes to giving away prizes - there's games, contents and of course lots of drawings! 

Another big perk is that they load us down with all sorts of free goodies from the new catalog, then give us plenty of time to make fun projects with them! I loved all our creative sessions, along with all the artwork fellow consultants showcased to help get our creative juices flowing.

The best part of all is the incredible fun I had with my fellow consultants. Whether it was squealing over all the new products, dressing up for a contest, sharing ideas, hanging out at Disney, or just getting to know more about each other, I loved all our time together.

If you'd love to join us at this amazing event, why not consider signing up? Thanks to March's sign-up special, this is one incredible time to join! For more info, feel free to contact me at, or click here to sign up.