Sunday, September 25, 2011

I did it!!!

I'm so excited to share with you all that I have earned my second incentive trip from Close to my Heart!

In March I'll be sailing on a 7 day Hawaiian Cruise for 2, airfare inclusive!  I'm going to surprise my 9 year old daughter & take her with me!

I wanted to thank CTMH, the Canadian Scrappers Team,  my customers, friends & family.  I couldn't have done it without each & every one of you.

I love my job & so can you.  Ask me how.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Less then 1 month away.

There is less than 1 month until the end of the qualifying period for Close to my Heart Independent Consultants to earn enough points to receive an all expense paid, 7 day Hawaiian cruise for 2, airfare inclusive.

I'm so excited as I'm within reach of earning this trip!  If I do make it, it'll be my 2nd cruise with the company.

Makes for a pretty nice "Happy Birthday to me" too :)

If you would like to join me on one of these fabulous adventures, just ask me how.  You too can sail away to an exotic adventure.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Wow, even more options!!

Close to my Heart has now offered a new option in the New Consultant Kit!  If you want to change the main kit to focus on the Sonoma paper pack, ink colurs, stamp sets & coordinationg accessories, you can.  Simply sign up & then contact consultant services to choose the beautiful Sonoma Kit Option!

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

How would you like to get CTMH products for FREE?

If you would like to get a FREE CTMH shopping spree, just ask me how.  There are a variety of ways you can get one.

You can simply order $165CDN in products & get $30 in select products for FREE.  Want even more?

You can hostess your very own home party where we'll make either a layout page or a card, which ever you prefer for FREE.  Your friends get a tour of our new Idea Book &  hands on time with our new products!  Then we'll have a shopping time where you can get quality products at a great price.  As your party sales total increases, so do your hostess rewards.

With a party total of just $300, you not only get $45 in FREE select products but also a 1/2 price item!  You can get anything in the Idea Book with your 1/2 off!!  Yes, even the New Cricut Art Philosophy Bundle!!

Are we far apart from each other?  Did you know you can hostess an ONLINE Party with the same rewards?!!

Contact me asap to schedule your very own Close to my Heart Party. 

Email me at

Friday, July 15, 2011

Art Philosophy Cricut Collection.

Curious about the new CTMH Exclusive Cricut Cartridge??? Watch this video to learn more.

Day 2 at CTMH Convention.

We had an awesome general session this morning.  Everything from Mary Flynn, a great guest speaker to fun CTMH Price is Right games with tons of prizes and winners!! 

If you have ever considered joining Close to my Heart, Canada, you need to click here to see the BRAND NEW CONSULTANT KIT!!!!

We're just about to begin some creative classes so I can post pictures of new goodies later & then to get ready for an awards banquet fit for a queen!

Thursday, July 14, 2011

New Consultant Kit

Beginning tomorrow, you can see the new consultant kit & it's awesome contents with add on options on my website. & click on Your Opportunities. New Kit will be just $99 CDN for over $320 in retail products. You can add on up to 3 other collections for just $40 each, valued between $85 & $140 each.
 Here they are for your viewing pleasure :) 

CTMH General Session Gossip!

We had our first general session this morning, where so many new goodies were revealed! 

First, our new catalogue is now 9 x 10 1/2 size with all the stamp sets featured at 100% of actual size.

All our stamp sets have gone down significantly in price!!  Yahoo!!  You can get those sets for that special product without feeling like they're a collectors item!

New accessories galore!!!!  Here are a few...  Color Ready Alphabet Cork,   new alterable items & chipboard, corrugated chipboard shapes, Mini Medley Collections in Honey, Olive, & Pewter & Rhinestone Designer Brads!

New die-cut envelope shapes & new 4 x 5 Acrylic Block!

New Level 2 Paper Packs now include, 3 double sided cardstock weight patterned paper (2 of each) & 6 pieces of cardstock, in 4 different colours...all for a lower price!

The Hostess Rewards Program now includes Workshop of the Go & Studio J Memberships as well as 5 Packs!!

You can now get the Stamp of the Month for just $5.50 with a $55. minimum purchase!!

I can't wait to get home & show you all of these neat new goodies!!  See you August 13th for my Open House!!  You can join me on Facebook just by clicking HERE.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

2 New Stamp Sets!

This is Love Life.

This is Wonderful You.

New CTMH, Cardstock Weight Paper!!!

We made these cards using the 8 new paper packs, new corrugated cardboard stars, white daisy printed butterflies, Wonderful You stamp set & Love Life stamp set.

I can't wait to see the new idea book tomorrow!!  Come back & see what I have for you then!

Leadership Day

Thanks for stopping by to hear some of the highlights from our general session at Leadership today.

A few tidbits of news~

Our New Autumn/Winter Idea Book will be 148 pages with our stamp sets featured at 100% of actual size!

There will be 8 new paper pack kits & Workshop on the Go's!

Our New Consultant Kit will have new pricing, options & composition. 

As of August 1st, you can order online for the same minimum shipping as a regular order. 

You will no longer need 3 people minimum to create a "Gathering/Party", so if you have a minimum qualifying order you also get FREE Hostess Rewards! 

There are improvements coming for the Stamp Of The Month be revealed tomorrow. 

Are you ready for this....???

Tomorrow we will find out the big secret...the unveiling of the biggest innovation since our clear, acrylic stamps!!  What do you think it'll be?? 

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Let’s Celebrate National Scrapbooking Month!

During our May celebration, you can get the exclusive You & Me scrapbooking kit at a fabulous discount or even FREE*!
products* in May, you can get the exclusive You & Me scrapbooking kit for the discount price of just $16.50—that’s more than half off the retail value! You’ll create two fully embellished two-page layouts using the new cardstock-weight B&T Duos® papers, D-size stamp  set, accessories, and instructions. You can also purchase the kit at
full retail for $38.95 with no minimum purchase required. 
Become a Close To My Heart Consultant during May and we’ll include a You & Me kit for free* as part of your New Consultant Kit. Contact me today to get the celebration started.
* Shipping/handling and tax apply to purchased kits but not free kits. Offer valid May 1–31, 2011
only. Products or memberships purchased on a Studio J® website, even if Studio J is entered via
a MyCTMH® site, do not count toward a qualifying order. While supplies last.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Oh so thoughtful!!

I wanted to share with you a random act of kindness I received in the post the other day.  A parcel arrived in the mail from Charlene Charette.  Charlene & I haven't seen each other since the 2010 Brandon Scrapbooker's Charity Convention.  While spending some time in Texas this winter, Charlene was thinking about my family & me when she saw some super awesome vinyl decals that go on vehicles.  These are of a farm family!  They perfectly suit our life in the country.  I can't wait to get my truck washed & add these decals for everyone to see!  Thank you Charlene!!  I love them!

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Free My Acrylix Blocks in March!!!

AT CLOSE TO MY HEART, WE KNOW WE’VE GOT THE BEST CLEAR stamps and blocks—and we’ll prove it! Throughout March, when you buy your favorite My Acrylix® stamps, we’ll give you a free My Acrylix block. Not only will you have the best stamps on the block, you’ll have the best block, too! Just purchase $30 in stamps and you can choose from two of our most versatile block sizes: 3" × 3" (Y1006) or 2" × 6½" (Y1010).   

Click HERE to shop now.
*Offer valid March 1–31, 2011. Limit one free My Acrylix® block per order per customer. Qualifying stamp purchases include A-, B-, C-, D-, and E-size stamp sets, including Stamp of the Month sets purchased at full price or at a discount. K-size stamp sets, Stamp of the Month sets earned for free, and Workshops on the Go™ kits are excluded. Close To My Heart reserves the right to substitue a block of a similar size or price.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Who do you want to be when you grow up?

Is there anyone whom you idolize?  Anyone you would want to be more like?  I have found my "Who I want to be when I grow up" Idol~  Ree Drummond.   How many of you just LOVE The Pioneer Woman? 

I grew up in a big city in California & now live in a small rural prarie town in Manitoba, Canada.  What a change of life it's been & all for the better!  I just adore cooking for my husband & 3 kids.  It doesn't get much better than sitting down to supper in the Summer to our home grown beef & all the fixens from our garden.  Now here's another love of mine~ gardening.  Ijust love getting into the black soil & growing delicious food all from seed.  What to do with all that food? Can it of course!  Another funthing to do is canning.  From about August to October you can usually find me in the kitchen canning salsa, relish & jam.

Now back to who I want to be when I grow up~ If you haven't already checked out Ree's blog, you really ought to.  Try to do this after having had a meal, otherwise it could be very dangerous.

Tell me...who do you want to be when you grow up?

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Card Making Evening at Tiger Hills Arts Association

If this is your first time visiting my blog, welcome.

Annette Verniest from Holland is hostessing a card making evening where we'll make 4 cards for $10 plus a free make & take. To see more about the event or how to register, simply click here.

Here are 3 of the 4 cards we'll be making.

First is your choice of a baby girl or a baby boy Congratulations card using the new Mayberry Papers, wood buttons, chocolate flower buttons, cocoa ribbon, cotton candy pom pom ribbon, waxy flax, 2" scallop punch, 1 1/4" circle punch and Welcome Baby stamp set.  Pleats are the rage!

The second card we'll be making uses the new Bliss paper pack.  Chocolate cardstock & grey wool ink add class & elegance to this wedding/Anniversary card.  Finish it off with white organdy ribbon and 3 beautiful pearls, you'll make any couple smile.   
This yummy birthday card was designed by the awesome Lisa Stenz.  The perfect balance of colour, using the new Sophia papers paired with hollyhock & white daisy cardstock.  You'll love how easy it is to make this uber cute cupcake from scored cardstock & a 2" scalloped circle.  Top it off with your cherry or in this case, a chocolate flower brad & clear sparkle.

We'll also be making a fourth card which I am keeping as a surprise for the evening.  The only hint is it is a get well card.

Once you finish your 4 cards, help yourself to make a FREE 3 x 3 card!

You can register by emailing me at or joining the Card Making with Brandy Lees event on Facebook.

Friday, February 4, 2011

Valentine's Day Blog Hop Day #4

Well, here I am again...wanting to share with you a super cute card I made today for Valentine's Day. 
Products used are all CTMH:
Colonial White Value Pack Card Base
Mayberry Level 2 Paper Pack
Sweetheart Level 2 Paper Pack
Jubilation June 2011 SOTM
Cotton Candy Ink Pad
Cotton Candy Pom Pom Ribbon
1 1/4" Circle Punch
2" Scalloped Circle Punch
Micro-tip Scissors
3-D Foam Tape

Be sure to hop over to each of the linked blogs here to see lots more creative artwork & get your creative juices flowing.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

CTMH Valentine's Day Countdown Blog Hop!

Make sure to check out all the creative inspiration from so many wonderfully talented ladies! 

Here's my contribution for today.

All items used are CTMH.
Cotton Candy Cardstock
Sweetheart Level 2 paper pack
Kraft Color Ready Borders
Vineyard Berry Grosgrain Ribbon
Vineyard Berry Ink
Archival Black Ink
Spray Pen
Vineyard Berry Re-Inker
Soul Mates Word Puzzle Stamp Set
Sweetheart Level 2 Black Epoxy Stickers

Friday, January 7, 2011

Hard to believe!

Well, here I am 4 years after my journey with Close to my Heart began.  Today I am celebrating my relationship with YOU!..

Here's the email I received from CTMH today:

Congratulations on year 4 with Close To My Heart! We are so thrilled to have you as a member of the Close To My Heart team and we value your contributions to the company. Thanks for a great year and we look forward to celebrating many more anniversaries with you.


Close To My Heart

When I read this I felt really good.  Good about me.  But why?  Well, let me tell you.  I feel good about me because of YOU!

It's all of you, my family, my friends.  All my "customers", which is a really hard word for me to use because I think of you ALL as friends, not really as "customers".   Sure you buy your scrapbooking supplies from me but you are way more than a target audience. 

All of this has happend in the 4 years I have lived in Manitoba.  We came together because of a common interest but we stay together because of friendship.

I can't to share with you all, my apreciation for YOU, next Saturday, January 15th at my house.  Please come by anytime between 10 am & 2 pm for my Customer Appreciation & Retirement Blow-Out Sale. 

A big thank you also goes to Jeanette Lynton, Founder & CEO of Close to my Heart.  Thank you for making me a part of your CTMH family & continuing to show your appreciation for what I do.  Thanks again for wonderful Western Caribbean Cruise this past March.  It was truly a highlight in my life.

Thank you!