Friday, August 29, 2008

Scrapbooker's Extravaganza!!

Scrapbooker’s Extravaganza!!!
And you’re invited

Want Free scrapbook supplies?

Tuesday September 9, 2008

Every person who RSVP’s by Sept. 7th then attends will carry home at least $10.00 in Close To My Heart Merchandise free! Bring a friend & you get a special gift!

And you’ll have a chance to win even more free supplies!*

You can increase your chances of winning for each of the following items you complete you'll earn a extra raffle ticket*:
  • RSVP
  • Bring a friend
  • Show up on time
  • Bring a banana
  • Post a comment on this blog

For the following you'll earn 3 extra tickets each*:

  • Place an order
  • Make a donation to Operation Smile during the extravaganza
  • Book a gathering

To RSVP and get directions call 251-422-4095

What is a scrapbook extravaganza? It’s a night out with the girls; being some of the first to see, play with and take home some of the awesome brand new products Close To My Heart has to offer.

Lean Ott
Independent Consultant with
Close To My Heart

*You have to be present at drawing to win. The drawing will be held on Sept. 9, 2008 during the Scrapbooker's Extravaganza.

Also if scapbooking or card making isn't your thing that's okay you can come any way or please send this to someone you know who might be interested I would very much appreciate your help getting the word out.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

I just can't hold out any longer...

Here it is a sneak peek at some of the new toys (hum I mean products to which I will forever preserve our family memories with) from CTMH. I am working on items to display at my Scrapbookers Extravaganza happening on Sept. 9th. Yes you're invited, and you can see these masterpieces in person. I just love all of the new paper kits, the 4 new colors and accents. This is the new memory keeper box. It is so amazing because you can use it for so many things. I am going to use it to hold some of the many love notes DH leaves for me. The paper is from the new Notebook collection. I also used the Free Spirt, and Make It Count stamp sets. Everything but the larger flowers is from CTMH. They also have large flowers. I just haven't been able to add them to my toy box yet. The top of the box design was inspired by the CTMH Spring 2008 Idea Book cover. The top page with my adorable son Taylor is a simple 6x6 page using our new Juniper and Creme Brulee colors, ribbon, and accents. The T is one of the great solo dimensional elements. And you can see the bling on the T with the new sparkles. This card I created using a design from the brand new Originals by Jeanette Lynton the founder and creator of CTMH. You can find the directions for this card on page 66. This book is wonderful and has great pictures, easy instructions and lots of examples. It's a must for every crafter. I used three of the brand new stamp sets CTMH is debuting in Sept. Circle Around, Thoughtful Seasons, and Magic Moments. We're going to be playing with the Thoughtful Seasons in our make and take at the Extravaganza. Come see and play with it for yourself. I hope you've enjoyed this sneak peek. I'll am saving the best for the 9th. I hope you can make it.

Aswesomely Cheap Storage Idea

My mom and I were shopping in the mall yesterday and found the perfect solution to my ribbon and accent storage issue. Total cost $6.75!! Yep. I thought you'd like that part. I bought the square shelf for $3.00 and the magnet board for $2.75 and a pack of prestick magnets for $1. Each was regular price. Great deal, I know! So here's my end result.

FYI. The adhesive on the prestick magnets is not enough so I added Clear Gel Tacky Glue.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Husband Alarmed When Alone At 1am!

Yes I was up until after 2am Monday night creating and playing with an awesome new product from Close To My Heart. DH said he woke up at 1am and saw I wasn't anywhere around but then he looked up and saw the house alarm was still set so at least he knew I hadn't run off with my CTMH loot. He's so silly.

I cannot wait to show you my latest creative outpouring. Here's a sneak peek. I know it's not much but you're going to LOVE LOVE LOVE it. I have been so busy with life I haven't been able to finish it completely but let's just say this new product gets your memories out of the box in an amazing way. I'll post the finished product on the first of Sept. so check back here then.

Friday, August 15, 2008

Give a gift, Get a gift!!

  • Who wouldn't love to help a child have a future and get something really wonderful in return. Here is a great opportunity for you to receive this wonderful From Me To You card kit and give the gift of a better life to a child. I am so proud to announce this partnership with Close To My Heart and Operation Smile. This card kit can be yours for only $10 (plus S&H), and all of the profits go to Operation Smile! Isn't that amazing.

You'll get

  • 16 Colonial White Card Bases
  • D size My Acrylix From Me to You stamp set (value 22.95)
  • Precut cardstock and textured cardstock
  • Coordinating brads & ribbon
  • Sandpaper
  • 16 Envelope Flats
  • Step-by-step instruction booklet to create 16 cards (2 of each of 8 beautiful designs
  • An attractively decorated box

The retail value of this kit is $34.95

Operation Smile is a wonderful organization that works in 26 different countries around the world with volunteers preforming surgeries on children with severe facile deformities. The deformities are debilitating and in some cases lead to death. While at the 2008 Close To My Heart convention. I was blessed to hear co-founders Dr. William P. Magee Jr., a plastic surgeon, and his wife, Kathleen S. Magee, a nurse and clinical social worker speak. I was so impressed that they used their talent and time for the last 20 years to give an amazing gift to children who would have had no chance at life. Since their inception in 1982, OS has helped more than 115,000 children . I was astounded to learn that the life altering surgery takes less than 45 minutes to preform and costs about $240 each. I really encourage you to check out their website and learn more about Operation Smile for your self. I am sure you will feel the same way I do about such a worthy cause.

If you would like to order this card kit or any CTMH products, or even host a gathering please contact me.

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Just Because!!

You could WIN $1,000 In CTMH Products & Earn this beautiful Card Kit FREE!!! Close To My Heart is featuring an exclusive and really fabulous Just Because card kit in honor of National Stamping Month, and you can get it free, or greatly discounted.

The Just Because card kit will make 16 beautiful cards and includes
-A D-size My Acrylix® Just Because stamp set
-Designer ribbon and Sparkles
-Two Exclusive Inks™ mini stamp pads
-Cardstock and B&T Duos™ papers
-A magnetic-closure designer box
-Step-by-step instructions for making these stunning cards
-Kit colors: Chocolate, Colonial White, and our new Tulip color.

Beginning Aug. 14, - Sept. 30 you can purchase the Just Because card kit for $34.95, or if you make a purchase of CTMH products with the minimum of $75 you can receive the kit for $15.00, or you can get it free as well as the Stamp of the month free with the minimum purchase of $125. That's $57.90 free!!!

To enter for a chance to win $1,000 in CTMH products, begining Aug. 14th, you can log onto Just fill out the entry form and you're entered to win!

With this kit you will not be intimidated, instead you'll be amazed at just how easy it is to create 16 beautiful cards with the easy step by step instructions and photographs. Your friends will be so pleased when they receive a hand made card created by you. If you would like to see move of this kit or would like to order one please contact me.

Photos and cards by Lourae Minor

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Back from convention

This was my first, but not my last Close To My Heart Convention. Lisa Murphy and I traveled last Wednesday to sunny Orlando, Florida and stayed in the beautiful Gaylord Palms Resort. I have returned with a fresh new perspective and invigorating energy and I'd like to share it with you.

The excitement in the room during the first General Session of convention can be compared to the Beatles landing in the U.S. Yes, we were all screaming teenagers when we learned of the great new products being released by Close To My Heart. Some of them include 4 new colors with delicious names I can't wait to share with you on September 1st. We created a fabulous Christmas album with the crystal clear My Acrylic album (retailing for 14.95). We saw and came home with many beautiful new stamp sets and lots of creative ways to use them. I would love to show you the great new products and the truly fabulous current products Close To My Heart has to offer during my Open House coming in September.

I will be posting more information, and great items you can walk home with FREE. So like your favorite TV show keep it tuned right here for updates.

Let The Creativity Begin

I am so excited; I can feel the creativity pumping through my veins! I am starting this blog as a way to share with you ideas, tips, new techniques, and great new innovate products that will help your own creativity flow. Here you'll find semi-weekly blogs concerning scrapbooking, card making, creative gifts, photography tips, and much more. I am going to keep this introduction short. I don't know if you are like me but I don't have a lot of time to read all that I'd like, so I appreciate brevity and great new ideas that are to the point. So that's just what you'll find here.

Let me know you've visited with a quick post.

Leana Ott
Independent Consultant
with Close to My Heart