Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Retiring Products on 4/30

There are just a few more days to get these great products before they are gone for good on 4/30. One of them might be on your list of “must have items” before they go!  You can make a purchase on { my WEBSITE HERE }.




You will find the retired items below, organized by category (links for each product are below each picture):
  • Paper Packets and Coordinating Accessories
  • Stamp Sets & Coordinating Thin Cuts
  • Picture My Life Products
  • Instalife Products 

Paper Packets and Coordinating Accessories:

Charlotte
Penelope
Regatta

Stamp Sets:

Risen
make a wish
pirate
to the moon
kiss better
my mother
sugar and spice
gymnastics
cheering
diving
block upper
your beautiful self
our story
live, laugh, love
stamps of approval
spring critters
take heart
friend in me
springtime wishes
my anchor
C1642 My Anchor (see below for coordinating thin cuts)
my anchor thin
My Anchor Thin Cuts  (can be used with My Anchor stamp set in above and your die cut machine…like a Cuttlebug or Big Shot)
stuck on you
C1643 Stuck on You (see below for coordinating thin cuts)
stuck on you thin
Stuck on You Thin Cuts (can be used with Stuck on You stamp set above and your die cut machine…like a Cuttlebug or Big Shot)
woodland romance
beach day
plus signs
patch of sky
a day for mother

Picture My Life Products

PML

Instalife Products:

instalife

You can { SHOP HERE } for any of these items or email me if you have questions: handmadefromtheheart@gmail.com
~Michelle

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Basketball Layout



While I was cleaning out my scraproom I came across one of my favorite CTMH paper packs, Pro-Player. It's retired now but I still love it! Its "gamer" theme was originally purchased to document my oldest boy's love of video games but when I looked at it again I realized it's perfect for a sports layout!

This one is shares the story of my little guy's first basketball team. Unfortunately, his coach gave up in the middle of the season and decided to stop coaching. Thankfully though, my hubby and another dad stepped up and finished out the season for these kids!

Enjoy!

~Michelle Battitori

Project Recipe (all CTMH unless otherwise noted)
Paper: Slate Cardstock (X5930), Pro-Player (retired), White Daisy Cardstock (1385)
Stamps: All the Details (D1555)
Ink: Honey (Z2162), Ruby (Z2170), Pacifica (Z2192)
Other: Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge, Pro-Player Complements (retired), Red Enamel Gems (Z3090)

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Why I Became A CTMH Consultant

Welcome to the "Why I Became a CTMH Consultant" blog hop! With the wonderful "Baby, I'm Worth It" promotion this month, several CTMH consultants decided to share their personal reasons on becoming a consultant.  If you've arrived from Lauren Moore's blog } you are on the right track! For a complete list of hoppers please visit Melinda's blog { HERE }.


Everyone has different reasons for choosing to become a CTMH Consultant and there is certainly no wrong reason to start! I decided to share "My Why" in layout form. For me, it started right after my third child was born six years ago. I knew finances were going to be tight and I didn't want to spend our family budget on craft supplies. So, I decided to join a company I believed in and became a discount consultant!


I really had no intention of having parties or hosting monthly club nights. But, when my upline moved out of state she asked if I would be willing to work with her monthly card group. I hesitantly said yes and am so glad I did! I'm not going to lie. The thought of creating projects and sharing my ideas with others was terrifying. But it's something I've wanted to overcome and this business has helped me do that! I never would have thought I'd feel so comfortable talking with others. It's been such a blessing to feel confident enough to do those things now.


Obviously one of the many perks of being a consultant is the products and discounts!  CTMH quality is supurb and it's even better knowing I'm getting a fantastic discount using products I love! Oh, and of course I get to do those things a month earlier with Consultant-only previews!


Most importantly though, the biggest benefit I've seen is the people I've met. I've had the pleasure of working with some amazing people during the last six years and have developed friendships that I hope will continue forever. This isn't just a business to me. It's my passion. It's my release from the everyday stuff. It's often my therapy after a tough day at work or with the kids.


I hope you know that you are always welcome here! If it's something you've ever considered I highly encourage you to attend one of the CTMH upcoming Consultant Webinars (details can be found { HERE } or talk with your local consultant. If you don't have one I'd love to work with you!


Thank you so much for taking the time to ready my story. Please continue on to { Wendy Kessler's blog } to see her reasons for becoming a CTMH Consultant.

~Michelle Battitori

Supplies Used (all CTMH):
Paper: Charlotte (X7205B), White Daisy Cardstock (1385)
Stamps: Insta-Life Roller Stamp This Happened (Z3114)
Ink: Archival Black (44751)
Other: Magic How To Program (9040), Charlotte Complements (X7205B), Fundamental Sticker Pack-Basic (Z3166), Gold Sequins (Z2012), Treasured Puffies (Z3203), Black and Gold Ribbon (Z3197), Thin 3D Foam Tape (Z2060)

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

April CTMH Promotion - So Exciting!

Sign Up as a Consultant in April and earn a FREE Cricut Cartridge or $100 in Select Product Credit!!

If you've ever thought of having your own business or simply getting a discount on your favorite papercrafting supplies, now is the time! Signing up as a new Consultant with Close To My Heart during April is more rewarding than ever. Did you know the price of the New Consultant Kit has dropped to $75? Here's what's included in your kit:

  • New Consultant Essential Supplies
  • $50 in Select Product Credit to spend on additional supplies
  • The chance to earn awesome Straight To The Top rewards
If that doesn't have you drooling what about a FREE Cricut Cartridge? That's right! When you submit $350 in personal sales within your first 30 days**, you get your choice of either a FREE Cricut® collection or $100 in Select Product Credit—and that’s in addition to the Straight To The Top start-up bonus that you’ll earn along the way!

*Offer valid April 1, 2016 (9:00 am MDT) – April 30, 2016 (11:59 pm MDT). Cricut® collections available while supplies last. No tax will be charged on the free item. Shipping/handling will be charged based on the retail value of the free Cricut® collection.

Watch this video to learn more about the perks and benefits of becomming a CTMH Consultant:



To learn more, you may also join us for one of our free upcoming Opportunity Webinars. During the webinar, CTMH will walk through the contents of the New Consultant Kit, talk about the Consultant discount, explain how new Consultants can earn free products, and answer the most frequently asked questions. Those who join the webinar will come away understanding what an incredible opportunity it is to join Close To My Heart.
So mark your calendar and attend one of these free 1-hour webinars!
Tuesday, April 5, 6:00 pm PDT
Thursday, April 14, 6:00 pm PDT
Saturday, April 23, 8:00 am PDT
Wednesday, April 27, 6:00 pm PDT

Join the Opportunity calls via phone by calling 1-201-479-4595. To join online, go tohttp://fuze.me/32464058 a few minutes before the scheduled webinar time. You can also simply go to www.fuze.com or open the Fuze app and enter the meeting ID: 32464058. If you wish to participate online, we encourage you to download the Fuze application beforehand so you can be all set up to enjoy the webinar when it’s time to join.

So if earning money—and rewards—through your love of scrapbooking and stamping sounds like a dream job, then now is the perfect time to join Close To My Heart. Believe us, it’s worth it! If you have questions about becoming a CTMH Consultant, feel free to contact me. Are you ready to sign up? Click { HERE } for the online application. 

Friday, April 1, 2016

April SOTM Blog Hop - Life In Pictures

Welcome to the Stamp of the Month (SOTM) Blog Hop. Today, Close To My Heart consultants will be showcasing creative ways to use the April SOTM, Life in Pictures. If you've arrived from { Priscilla Gotham's blog } you are on the right track. To see a list of all participating consultants please visit Melinda's blog { HERE }.


For my project I made a two-page scrapbook layout of my husbands 40th birthday celebration from 2015. I used Urban papers and complements to coordinate with our Mexican Fiesta themed party.


The camera images were stamped on Colonial White Cardstock and colored with ShinHan Touch Markers. They were fussy cut and popped up on the page with Thin 3D Foam Tape.



The photo frames were also stamped on Colonial White Cardstock. They are backed with cardstock from the Enchantment Paper Fundamentals pack. The "Smile" phrase was stamped on one of the arrow accents from the Urban Complements pack. I love how perfectly the sentiments fit!



Thanks for checking out my page. I hope it inspires you to create your own layout using the Life in Pictures Stamp Set! As a reminder this stamp set is only available until April 30th. For more information or to purchase yours please contact your CTMH consultant or visit my webpage { HERE }

Please continue to { Brenda Lapp's blog } to see what she's created!

Project Recipe (All CTMH Unless otherwise noted):
Paper: Colonial White Cardstock (1388), MyReflections Urban Paper Pack (X7204B), Pacifica Cardstock (X5759), Paper Fundamentals -Enchantment (Z3126)
Stamps: Life in Pictures (S1604)
Ink: Sapphire (Z2648), Archival Black (44751), Saffron (Z2651)
Other: Urban Complements (X7204C), Fundamentals Stickers-Enchantment Pack (Z3164), Fundamentals Stickers-Basics Pack (Z3166), Blue Enamel & Glitter Duos  (Z3122), Thin 3D Foam Tape (Z2060)
ShinHan Touch Markers: Warm Grey4, Pastel Green, Cerulean Blue, Mahogany, Carmine, Golden Yellow


Wednesday, March 30, 2016

4 Easy Tips for Taking Better Photos


I love taking photos but I'm certainly no expert. Here are four great tips to taking better photos with whatever camera you have -- iPhone, DSLR, or point and shoot.



Wendy Whitacre from Blue Lily photography shares tips for taking better photos for your scrapbooks. For more information about Close To My Heart, visit closetomyheart.com to find a Consultant in your area. To learn more about Wendy, visit www.bluelilyphotography.com.

If you are receiving this post via email and don't see the video please click on the post title to view.

Have a beautiful day!

~Michelle Battitori

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Last Days for Stampaganza


There are only a couple more days to take advantage of Stampaganza! 



Buy any two My Acrylix® stamp sets (M-, A-, B-, C-, D-, or E-size) at full retail price and get a third stamp set of equal or lesser value FREE! That is a savings of up to $29.95! Just a reminder: If you purchase multiple stamps in sets of three (six, nine, twelve, etc.), you will earn the lowest-priced stamp sets on your entire order for free. For example, if you order nine total stamp sets, the three lowest priced stamp sets will be free.
THE LOWEST-PRICED SET IS…CHOOSE THIS SIZE OF STAMP SET TO RECEIVE FOR FREE!
M-sizeM-size
A-sizeM- or A-size
B-sizeM-, A-, or B-size
C-sizeM-, A-, B-, or C-size
D-sizeM-, A-, B-, C-, or D-size
E-sizeM-, A-, B-, C-, D-, or E-size
To view stamp sets please contact your CTMH Consultant or visit my website { HERE }!