Won’t you join me?

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Today is your last chance to get a free Close to My Heart Cricut collection when you sign up as a consultant on my team. Don’t miss this amazing deal!

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When I joined Close to My Heart in 2000, I was a stay-at-home mom with three small children. My son was still a nursing baby! I wanted something creative that would get me out of house for a little fun, but still allow me the flexibility to work around my family life. I also liked the supportive environment that comes with the CTMH consultant program.

Almost 14 years, one more child and a move to another state, and I’m still in love with Close to My Heart. I’ve had tremendous success personally and professionally, even while choosing my own work hours and how I run my business.

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If you’re looking for a part-time income, full-time employment, or a just a way to pay for your scrapbooking addiction, there is a place for you at Close to My Heart.

Training, inspiration and guidance from myself and Close to My Heart are available to all consultants. Your minimum sales requirements are easily achieved with just one gathering each quarter, or conduct your business online with a free Close to My Heart website.

To read more about the April sign-up special where you can receive over $400 worth of product for just $99, plus special bonus offers when you sign up with me as your leader, read my blog post here. Today is the last day to receive the free Cricut Collection offer ($99 value), so don’t delay!

Or, if you’re ready to join CTMH, click here now!

Prom Dress Panic

Monday, April 28, 2014

Sometimes when things go wrong, it’s for the best. Like when you order the top half of your daughter’s prom dress and start sewing the bottom half… and the top decides to take a tour of the USA instead of shipping directly to your home.

Here’s the result of our scramble for a new plan…
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Pretty nice, eh?

Here’s the story. My daughter loves funky fashion and alternative styles of clothing. She pairs combat boots with mini skirts, or army fatigue jackets with sparkly leggings. I love her quirky style. So for prom, we wanted something unique. I found a black and white damask patterned corset top on Etsy, which we thought would look perfect with a gauzy black skirt that I could easily make. The corset had to be shipped from overseas, but the website said delivery would take 7 to 10 days and we had almost a month, so we had plenty of time. Or so we thought.

Meanwhile, I got started on the skirt. A trip to the fabric store ended up with our first change of plans. My daughter nixed the idea of the black ballerina-style skirt in favor of a red satin that she fell in love with (and I did too). The color combo would still work, a black & white top with a red skirt. I did have to commit to a much bigger sewing project, since the new satin skirt required yards and yards and YARDS of material, and it was definitely more complicated to sew. Luckily, I’ve done this before.

Let the cutting commence. This is just one side of the back half. That’s a LOT of fabric.

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As I worked on the skirt, we received notice that the top half of the dress was on its way. It took just a few days to arrive in the USA but then the problems began. I was able to track the package once it arrived in California, the first stop. Next stop… our home state of Washington, right? Nope. It ended up in Alaska. For more than a week. Moving from zip code to zip code, it bounced around Alaska with no explanation. All I knew is that my daughter might end up going to prom in a red satin skirt with a tee shirt on top.

Going into panic mode two days before prom, I knew I had to do something. I hit the second-hand store and went straight for the formal wear. Most of the items there are worn only once, but they are often out of date. I lucked out with this dress:

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The skirt was cheap and matronly, but the top was perfect. A quick alteration to remove the skirt and change the back, and we were set. I can’t believe how well it went with the skirt I had created, it was like it was made for it.

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End of the story: things will always work out with a little creativity.

Oh, and the corset arrived the day before prom. We’re saving it for another time.

What’s on your Bucket List?

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

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Close to My Heart is having a contest! Learn about it by watching this short video.


As a jewelry maker, I’m really impressed with the quality of the newest Base & Bling jewelry. It’s a fun and easy craft, and you don’t need any special skills or tools. It’s easy enough for children, but the results are impressive enough that you’ll be proud to wear your creation. Base & Bling is also super affordable!

You can win a Base & Bling wearable craft just by leaving a comment about what’s on YOUR bucket list on Youtube, Facebook or Jeannette Lynton’s blog before April 30, 2014.

Shop for Base & Bling wearable crafts on my website.

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

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Let’s have some fun today, shall we? I thought I’d show you some of the creation process that goes into the making of a card.

I started this card by choosing the stamp set first. Sometimes I start with the paper, or a color scheme, this time I wanted to use this “Owls” set. How cute are those owls? Very.

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Coloring Outline Stamps
When using a line stamp, you have several choices on how to color it. You can stamp it in color and skip the coloring (think green leaf outlines), or you can fill in the stamped image with color using markers, paintbrush, sponges or other tools. You can also stamp the image onto colored papers and cut them out (paper piecing). I chose to use markers on the owl, and colored cardstock on the branch.
First, I stamped the branch image in Chocolate ink onto a scrap of Desert Sand cardstock. I chose the dark brown ink instead of black to keep the pattern more subtle, and since the image is rather small I didn’t want the black to take over.

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After stamping I cut the branch out.

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Next I stamped the owl image in Archival Black. This non-smearing ink dries quickly and allows me to use Close to My Heart’s alcohol based markers.

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I like to start with the smaller areas first. Olive and Autumn Terracotta markers for the belly, feet and face.

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To fill in larger areas, using the smaller end of the Lagoon marker, outline the shape first, then fill with the brush end.

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If you end up with marker strokes, go back and cover the area evenly with more color.

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Next I cut out the owl. More fussy cutting, yay!

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Tip for Lining Up a Stamped Image 
      I cut a circle with the Cricut Art Philosophy Cartridge and I wanted to stamp a border from the Holiday Tags stamp set. When stamping onto a white or light cardstock, if you have a light colored working surface like I do here, it can be a bear to line up the image. White on white, not good

Quick answer to my dilemma, a scrap of colored cardstock under my white cardstock circle. Choose something that gives you a nice contrast so you can easily see the shape you are going to stamp on.

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All lined up!
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I stamped the sentiment from the Owls set in the circle using Lagoon Ink.

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Dimensional Leaves 
For a little extra dimension, I created some freehand leaves from Sweet Leaf cardstock. First, I scored the cardstock using a ruler and a scoring tool.

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I folded along the score mark to create the center vein of the leaves.

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In keeping with the whimsical style of the stamp set, I wanted my leaves to be imperfect, so I cut them freehand with a pair of scissors.

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A dot of Liquid Glass just on the end of the leaves secures them to the card.

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I also wanted my owl to have some dimension, so I used foam tape behind his head only.

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The feet are attached to the branch with a few drops of Liquid Glass so my owl is actually sitting on the branch and not floating over it.

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Finally, I assembled all the pieces to finish my card. I love mixing up patterns, so can you guess which paper packs I used to create this card? Leave a comment and tell me what you think! Hint: they are all in the newest CTMH Spring/Summer idea book.

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This is your chance! Free Cricut Cartridge

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

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Do you love papercrafting, creating beautiful projects and sharing your talents with others? Do you love getting an amazing deal and saving lots of money?

Now is the time to join Close to My Heart!

Only $99
During the month of April, when you join my team as a Close to My Heart independent consultant, you will receive over $250 in new Close to My Heart products, plus you can choose one Cricut Collection ($99 retail) for free! All for only $99 plus tax and shipping.

Why become a Close to My Heart consultant?
There are many benefits. You can get paid for doing what you love, supplement your income or replace your full-time income. You can join to get receive discounts for yourself, share your creativity with friends and family, and become part of the wonderful Close to My Heart family of consultants. Whether you are looking to take your hobby to the next level, or build a full time business, I welcome you to join my team!

What do you get?
To start your business off right, you’ll receive catalogs, business forms, swatches and samples of cardstock and patterned papers.

But who are we kidding, you want to know about the products, right?

You’ll receive over $250 in products from the CTMH spring/summer 2014 catalog. That’s 4 stamp sets, 3 inkpads, 3 acrylic blocks, one bulk paper pack, one Workshop on the Go, Two instructional how-to books, 4 embellishments, 7 tools and accessories. For the full list of items, with links to click and view, visit my website here.

Plus, you’ll get to choose one of Close to My Heart’s Cricut collections. There are three to choose from, and each one includes a cartridge with a font and over 700 shapes, three stamp sets, and three Dimensional Elements coordinating chipboard sheets.

Last, but certainly not least, you’ll receive a FREE website so your customers can shop from you online anytime.

Bonus for becoming a Stamp Goddess
When you join my Close to My Heart team, the “Stamp Goddesses,” you can earn even more rewards just for sharing and building your business. Receive CTMH products and exclusive Fabulously Artsy workshops. My exclusive designs will help you build your business and create beautiful artwork for friends, family and yourself!

Get your investment back
Close to My Heart wants you to be successful, and so do I. You can earn your kit price back with the Straight to the Top program. Just sell $1200 in your first three months as a consultant and Close to My Heart will refund your $99 purchase price of the kit.

Just think, over $250 in products, a $99 Cricut Collection, free exclusive Fabulously Artsy workshops and additional CTMH products from me, and it can all be free!

Want to know more? Email me with any questions or to set up a phone interview. I would love to help you become a part of my team!

Ready to join? Just visit my website and fill out the new consultant application.