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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Monday, September 6, 2010

October 2010 – 2 Page Layout $6 It’s Pumpkin Time, Little Monsters & You’re a Hoot


Isn't Fall just filled with all kinds of wonderful opportunities to scrap?  From pumpkins and piles of leaves to halloween and pre-holiday traditions, it's more than just my favorite time of the year.

This layout uses two of CTMH's brand new colors just unveiled in the new catalog this month . . . Sunset and Pear.  There are also a few little peaks of paper from the new "Olivia" paper packet.  From the pumpkin patch to pumpkin carving to baking your famous pumpkin pies, you can get tons of mileage from this adorable layout.  It's definitely putting me in the mood to capture those inevitable "gross, this is slimy" look on the kids faces as they are gutting their creations.  Although there are only a few spots for photos, by adding a few flip flaps the possibilities are endless.

“Little Monster’s” - when Tanya saw the new Hooligans paper packet matching felt monsters, she knew she wouldn't be any kind of a consultant unless she created the cutest Halloween page ever.  Of course, the pressure was too intense so I took some very strong ques from a page that was create by the CTMH corporate staff.  OK, she pretty much CASE'd their "Little Monsters" page.   But isn't it adorable?  Besides all of the cute, new Halloween papers and accents, we'll also be using items from the brand new Pear Mini-Medley.  I just can't wait to get this year's trick-or-treating pictures in here.

“You’re a Hoot” – Designed by Marla is Hootabulous!!!  The whimsy of the tree and the owls are something your scrapbook just can’t be without!!

Please make sure to sign up for your pages early!




Monday, August 30, 2010

October Workshop – Christmas Recipe Holder $20

This recipe workshop was created by Tanya by request from one of our Aurora Illinois gals, Jennifer. 

Jennifer wanted to create something special for her family, to save all their family recipes in.

Using the “My Creations Display Album” October's workshop features a Christmas recipe flip book with the beautiful new Mistletoe papers.  Each of the 24 pages is uniquely designed and includes ribbon, chipboard snowflakes, flowers, and other accents.  The pages are set up to take a 4 x 4 recipe printed off your computer.

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The price of this month's workshop is $20 and includes the recipe book, a 1/2 pack of Mistletoe paper plus additional cardstock (all of which will be pre-cut for you), a pack of the Mistletoe Level 2 assortment (Poinsettias, brads, and ornament charms), a sheet of Color-Ready alphabet stickers for the title (so you can personalize it), and various other needed ribbons and accessories that you need.

All-in-all, a fabulous windfall of fall and Christmas items at your disposal this October.  Please RSVP as soon as possible to ensure we have enough supplies on hand.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Sept 2010 – Interactive Workshop $20 – 2 layouts

These pages were designed by Tanya and are Septembers workshop!  The pictures do NOT do them justice as I’m thinking of borrowing a child to take to the zoo just to put this in my scrapbook!!!

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The above “Bring It On” Interactive Layout is designed for a sports themed layout.  With all the choices this month we’re hoping you will find something you just can’t live without! (Tanya’s words!!  and I agree)

Sunday, August 22, 2010

September - $3 Layout Choices / BBQ Fun and/or S'more Fun

Here are the new one page layout choices available for the month of September for $3 each. You can order one page or both pages, it's your choice!

We used the Cherry-O paper, Cocktail Alphabet and did some paper piecing for the grill, picnic table and watermelon. We then used 3 flip flaps to create the ultimate photo burger!! This makes room for 5 additional pictures.

This is the Second 1 page layout available for September available for $3, called S'more Fun. Again I used the Cherry-O paper, Cocktail Alpahbet and did some paper piecing to create a yummy s'more.

I tried to make them similar for anyone who likes both pages and can't let go of the 2 page layouts!! Make sure to take snapshots of your BBQ and S'more events!!

September 2010 Layout – FAN*ATIC/School Rules 2 page layouts - $6 each / $7 pre stamped


GB - Fanatics

With football season starting up again, it seemed appropriate that I make a Packer's page for my contribution to September's layouts. Although I HATE the colors Green and Gold, I was quite happy to come up with a layout that I didn't hate using the back sides of some of the Stardust papers. The giant football is paper pieced and since I have templates made now, hopefully all future layout makers will have a much easier time with it then I did. Additionally, embellishments include Sunflower and Topiary brads as well as twill ribbon.

Of course I wasn't thinking about our Illinois girls when I designed this page but the good news is there is blue on the back of the green paper! With some minor modifications, you ladies should be all set to go!

Have a fabulous week . . .



This layout was created by my sister Caryn, the newest Consultant in our rapidly growing Consultant Community.  She’s been helping me more and more because my full time job and the time I need to spend lounging in the pool has taken up much more of my time lately.  Plus it’s fun to be able to do something we both love together!! 

So Tanya’s page for September is definitely for the Packer Fanatic.  This adorable page is for anyone who is a Fanatic for any sport.

The football shown here can be changed to any time of sports ball, soccer, baseball, golf ball, basketball, volley ball…. you name it we have it.

Above the word Fanatic feel free to add the team name to make it personalized just for your team!



School rules

Marla created this adorable School Rules layout as the 4th choice for September.  Make sure to sign up for any layout you want so that you’re assured to get one!!

Happy Scrapping! Colette

September 2010 – Cards 5 for $10

These cards created by Marla will be available the 2nd Saturday of September or the make up date, yet to be determined.  Paper is cut, kits are ready to be stamped.  How much easier can it get?  Sign up now to reserve your kit!!  Start thinking ahead as cards, wrapped with a ribbon, with a beautiful pen attached, make great Thank You gifts, Thinking of you, and even Christmas gifts!  In this world of texting and emails, it’s really special to get a hand written note.

Sept Cards

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September Calendars

Ok, I’m going to be the first to admit that I LOVE the new colors, Smoothie, Sunset, & Pear!!  I’m using them all over, so be prepared to see them in October too!!!  I hope you love these circle flowers as much as I do – they make me smile!




Thursday, August 19, 2010

Circle Thank You cards by Judy Harreld


These cute little cards made by one of Close to My Hearts newest consutlant, Judy Harreld, were inspired by a workshop Tanya took to me to.  The workshop was hosted by one of Tanya’s friends Shelly, who is a Stampin’ Up Consultant.  Yes, I said it Stampin’ Up!  Love their stuff too, but just can’t switch over to the wooden stamps.

Great job Judy!!!


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Monday, June 14, 2010

Enjoy this Little Box!

Tanya and I met with about 10 other CTMH consultants for our tri-annual gathering, Create Day. We covered the "My Creations Recipe/Photo Box" (A1322). I selected the Top Stitch Paper and Stickease Assortment.

This box is a brand new CTMH product. I think I'll use mine store photos, but it can be used for recipes, notecards, greeting cards, and treasures of any kind.

Check out Tanya's blog to see her recipe box and a Zoo interactive page that is just about the cutest thing I've seen in a VERY long time!!!

August - Card Workshop

Sign up for August's Card Workshop - using the popular Level 2 Splendor packet (X7124B)and the Stamp sets - Hot Diggity (C1407) and Over the Rainbow (D1426.

5 cards for $10 - all cards are pre cut & stamped, all you need to do is put the kit together.

These cards will be available for purchase at August Workshop on August 8th, held at the Appleton Blood Bank 8am to 8pm or the Sabre Crop on August 21st from 5pm to 1am.

Sign up now so that you don't miss out as supplies are limited.

Contact me @ or Tanya @

Monday, June 7, 2010

August - Layout Choices

The great thing about being a CTMH Consultant with a partner is when you are not feeling creative, your partner is there to hold you up! For me, this creative block occured in the month of May/June, so Tanya actually designed this Happy Camper layout and let me use it as my selction for August workshop. I was thrilled to accept her help and especially excited to place my own camping pictures on it!!

For this layout papers from the Back Country Level 2 paper packet were used along with stamps from Campin' Fever. The colors include Outdoor Denim, New England Ivy, Olive, Crystal Blue, Barn Red, Goldrush,Autumn Teracotta, a little Cocoa ink, pewter photo clips and lots of hemp.

From Tanya:
I saw the title "You're My Cherry on Top" on a layout done by one of my favorite artists, Lisa Stenz. I REALLY wanted to make an August workshop layout with that title but, alas, I didn't have what I felt was a proper alphabet font or the perfect space to put such a long title. So, in a continued effort to make really great but really simplified layouts, I went with "You're Sweet" for the title of this one. I'm planning to write "you're my cherry on top" in the journalling lines instead of doing "real" journalling :)

I am using almost a full 1/4 of a My Accents in Tulip pack for each participant. I just HAD to have the Tulip buttons for the cherries and the tiny ribbon and photo clips are adorable.

New in August - One page layouts!! Yummy & Beachy Keen created by our newest CTMH partner, Marla, can be purchased for $3 each. A great addition to our monthly 2 page layouts the one page layouts are a simple solution to the pictures you just can't not scrap, but don't have enough to complete a two page layout.

Please sign up for layouts as soon as you can so that we can be sure to have enough kits available for August workshop.