“I love scrapbooks. They are one of the finest ways of dejunking life and abode... A good scrapbook is interesting and inspiring even to the stranger...Well put together scrapbooks and photo albums have warmed more hearts than any bound book... Without a good scrapbook, much that's memorable in life is forgotten or damaged or lost...."

~ Don Aslett

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

June Stamp of the Month Blog Hop

Welcome to the June Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!  The stamp set featured this month is D1457 Jubilation.  This month we have 54 wonderful consultants participating and showing off their creations!

If you have come from Jen's Blog then you are on the right track!

This month's stamp set is so versatile!  There are so many images on this stamp set that you should find it difficult to find a holiday you couldn't use it for!   I wanted to go in so many directions with this stamp set and throughout the month I'm sure I will be creating more with it!  The 2 creations that I have made so far are a great summer layout using the fireworks image and the celebrate image and Fanfare papers.  I didn't have the perfect pictures but my cousin did!  I absolutely love how this turned out!

I also wanted to challenge myself to use most or all of the images with this set to create a project.  I decided it was time to make an event calendar to keep all my friends and families birthdays and anniversaries straight.  I used the Mayberry paper pack and I managed to use all but 3 of the stamps!   I love this stamp set and I think you are going to too!

Products used (all CTMH):
Jubilation stamp set
Sky, Pacifica, Sunny Yellow, Cranberry, White Daisy, Black, Cocoa, Olive, Smoothie, and Honey Inks
White Daisy, Sunny Yellow, Pacifica, Cranberry, Sky, Olive, Smoothie, Cocoa and Colonial White Cardstock
Fanfare and Mayberry Level 2 paper packets
Blue buttons
White Daisy, Cranberry and Cocoa Grosgrain ribbon
Glitz Glitter gel
Giggles lower case alpha stamp set
Posterboard alpha stamp set
You & Me stamp set
Party Pennants stamp set

Now "hop" on over to Shelia's Blog and check out her beautiful artwork for this month!

If you get lost along the way you can go to Helen's Blog to see the complete list of all the participants this month.
Be sure to visit all the consultants at their blogs to get some other great ideas! Remember, the June SOTM is only available until June 30th!  Contact me (GrigsterN at yahoo.com) or click here to see how you can get this stamp set at a discount or even free!

Top 5 reasons to join CTMH today!

Top 5 Reasons to join Close to my Heart TODAY!!

#5  -  Free products - don't forget that besides your Choose Me options you also get the You & Me kit for Free!

#4 - Access to training and artwork resources on the CTMH website.  The artwork ideas posted are endless and amazing and with the Training Academy you can go on to earn your Bachelor's, Master's and even your Doctorate of CTMH!

#3 - Amazing friendships and relationships.  Not only the people you will meet through growing your business but also the sisterhood of fellow consultants that you will become close with!

#2 - Flexible hours - you can make this "job" what you want it to be - I also work full time and do this on the side but I know plenty of women who do this as a career!  It takes time but you can too!

#1 -  Today is the last day to take advantage of joining for just $64.50 (plus shipping and tax)!  Who doesn't love a good bargain?  This one is so good that you can land yourself about $350 worth of supplies to start your business for only a fraction of that cost!   If you have ever considered this, NOW is the time.  What are  you waiting for??  Don't wait until tomorrow - the cost of joining goes back up to $129 and no more You & Me kit included.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Just 9 days remain!

This post is going to go all over the place....just giving you fair warning!  I've got some reminders, some shout outs and of course some artwork to share.

First, reminders - There are only 9 days left in the month of May.  This means if you are still pondering the idea of becoming a Close to my Heart consultant you'll probably need to make that decision very soon!  The incredible deal of joining for just $64.50 (plus shipping and tax) and getting a FREE You & Me kit included in your kit is soon to end - in just 9 days, May 31st!  If you want to find out more, please feel free to contact me. (GrigsterN at yahoo.com)  I can answer any questions you have and help you make an informed decision.  Click here if you are ready to sign up!

This also means there are just 9 days left to take advantage of the deal going to get your hands on a You & Me kit for just $15 when you make a $50 purchase.  The kit is beautiful and you get all the paper, embellishments, directions and a D-size stamp set to complete 4 layouts - what a deal! Check it out here!

At the end of April, Close to my Heart held a one day event for its consultants in the Philly area.  It was a wonderful experience and such a great feeling to know I am part of a wonderful company that takes care of its consultants.  At this event, we had an auction to raise money for Operation Smile, a great organization that helps children pay for surgeries for clef palette and other facial deformities.   We raised $3000!!  Enough to pay for over 12 surgeries!!  You can read all about it here on Jeanette Lynton's blog.

Also at this event, I was able to participate in a contest/swap.  While I didn't win the contest, I got some beautiful swap items.  I want to share the layout that I entered.

I used the Lucky paper pack, wooden buttons, journaling tags, hemp and even some embossing to make this layout come together. 

Thanks for reading and happy crafting!!

Friday, May 13, 2011

ScrapThat Preview for Saturday May 14th

Hi all!  I know it has been a while since I have posted anything new, I have been up to my ears in "life"!  And then when I finally get a free moment, Blogger decides to have an off day!  Ok, enough excuses, on to bigger and better things....like what I've been creating for all of you to see.

I'll be back at ScrapThat tomorrow and we are going on a Flip Flap Frenzy!  Both of the mini-classes I am offering will be different ways to use CTMH's exclusive Flip Flaps.  Check out the photos below.  I have some fellow consultants to thank for some inspiration for these projects.  First, my upline, the lovely, Helen Onulak, is the original creator of the layout.  I then ran with her idea and added some Flip Flaps to it to maximize photo space.  The flip flap photo book was originally created by Anna Jarnagin and I thank her for that, this is a wonderful little project! 

Hope to see you tomorrow!!

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Now Hiring!

As many of you may know, May is National Scrapbooking Month and to celebrate Close to my Heart has outdone themselves with some great offers this May.  First, is the awesome You & Me Kit - it doesn't get much better than this folks!!!!  This amazing kit comes with 6 sheets of cardstock weight double sided patterned papers with strips with the logo on them so they can be trimmed off and all 12x12 fabulous inches of paper can be used to its full potential!!!  There's also 1 additional sheet of colonial white cardstock, 1 yard of this fabulous brown and white thick ribbon, a package of Mocha opaques (pearls), 1 sheet of Irresistables die cut shapes, a full D-size stamp set with some of the most versatile images that you will want to use over and over on your artwork and a full color flier with instructions for creating 2 2-page layouts.  The kit is just $34.95 to purchase OR just $15 with any $50 Close to my Heart purchase. (available May1-31 only)

Here are some photos to show you the kit contents, pages I made and the additional projects I was able to create with what was left over, just by adding a few sheets of Colonial White cardstock.

The kit contents

Layout 1

Layout 2

Now on to the BONUS projects - mind you I used up every last scrap of patterned paper from this kit that was larger than 1" by 1"!
The 8 cards - the squares are 3x3's and the tall one is 3.5 by 8 and the one in the middle on the bottom is A2 size.

I was even able to create a 3rd 2 page layout!
Well, that sums up the great kit that you can get but there's more to this deal!  During the month of May I am looking to grow my team and "hire" some fresh new Close to my Heart consultants - and May is the best month to do it!  This deal is SWEET!  When you sign up to be a CTMH consultant in the month of May, you will get your sign up kit 50% off - that's just $64.50!  Not only that - but you get this fabulous You & Me kit for FREE as a bonus in your kit!  Talk about bang for your buck - you could be getting a kit valued at over $285!  Not to mention the great discount you will get on CTMH products, the friendships you will make and so much more!  Please feel free to contact me via phone or email (GrigsterN at yahoo.com) if you are interested in more information about this opportunity for some additional income. Let me show you how to make your hobby work for you! If you are ready to sign up - just click here!