Verse of the Day

Sunday, January 31, 2010

Hearts for Haiti

Close to My Heart is not only an AWESOME scrapbooking & stamping company,  but it is also a very charitable organization.  For the month of February, CTMH is sponsoring a Hearts for Haiti campaign —where customers can get a great deal while doing great good for those affected by the devastation in Haiti.

From February 1-28, 2010, our 12” x 12” textured cardstock combo packs are buy one, get one FREE—and with every offer purchased, Close To My Heart will donate $2 to Operation Smile’s Haiti relief efforts.  That means that for $14.95 you can get two packs of textured cardstock --- a great deal at about $.30 per sheet!

So stock up now on every color combination:





Operation Smile is always a fantastic charitable partner—offering free facial reconstruction surgeries to needy children throughout the world. They’ve currently marshaled their medical teams and resources to provide emergency relief in Haiti, and the donations given as part of Hearts for Haiti will be used exclusively for Operation Smile’s efforts in Haiti. For more information on their on-the-ground response, you can visit

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Studio J --- Digital Scrapbooking

Close to My Heart is unveiling a brand new program called Studio J. It is Close To My Heart's version of digital scrapbooking...but since it is so much better than any other digital program out there, we are calling it Studio Scrapbooking. It will be available during the next couple of months for customers.  However, as a CTMH consultant I have had the opportunity to play with it!!!! Tonight was the first night to play and in less that one hour I had the following layout completed:

Studio J is absolutely free to 'play' with and create gorgeous layouts.  This can be used as a planning tool or a creation tool --- create layouts, order them and place them in your album!!!  What a quick, easy & beautiful way to preserve your most treasured memories!

While you are waiting for it to go live, you can register as a member of the Studio J website for FREE, and that will make you eligible to have a chance to win a brand, new Cocoa Linen Album. To do that, go to and register in the upper right hand corner. There is also a link here to watch a special video that shows a little more about this awesome new tool.

Monday, January 25, 2010

Who Am I?

“Who am I, O Lord God, and what is my house, that you have brought me this far?” I Chronicles 17:16

I have recently finished a Bible study about the life of David and this is a question that David asked in the form of praise to God after realizing that in spite of his many failures, God still loved him and planned to bless him and his family. During this study was the first time that I ever really remember reading this verse. I’m sure I have read it before or at least heard it in a message at some point, but for whatever reason, it has never meant so much to me as right now. There are so many things in my life that I can take a step back and ask “Who am I, O Lord God, and what is my house, that you have brought me this far?”  It amazes me at how blessed I am that God chose me and has brought me as far as He has because I know that I am so undeserving of even one morsel of His loving-kindness, mercy, grace, love, forgiveness, or blessings. Yet He showers me with all of this and so much more. I am so unworthy but because of His unconditional love and unmerited favor, He has decided to bring me exactly where I am!  Thank you my Lord, my Savior, my God!

Here are a couple of layouts from last year depicting who I am and I know without a shadow of a doubt that I am who I am because of my Lord & Savior!

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Valentine Card Class

February is the month of LOVE!!! What better way to show your love for your family and friends than with adorable hand-made cards. Come join us on February 8th and create 6 cards that will be perfect for Valentine's Day or any other occasion --- or simply just because! We will be using one of Close to My Heart's new beautiful paperpacks - Topstitch with coordinating ribbons and embellishments.  

WHEN: February 8th, 2010
WHERE: Beef O' Brady's - Palatka
TIME: 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
COST: $6.00 (pay at the class)
RSVP: February 5th

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Thank You Gifts from My Holiday Homie!!!!!

In October my wonderful CTMH upline, Melissa R., started a "Holiday Homie" exchange. She decided to call the exchange "Holiday Homies" rather than "Secret Santas" or "Secret Sisters" because when mailing things all over the country, it is a little challenging to keep it secret. Participants were asked to send hand-created papercrafting gifts to their Holiday Homie around Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas with a thank you gift sent, in return, around the New Year. I ended up being Melissa's Holiday Homie.  (WOW - what a challenge to create gifts for her -- -she is our inspirational leader!!!!)  Well, I did --- I made her an altered Halloween coaster frame, dry-erase board and an all sorts mini album.  (I have posted all these on previous posts).  Apparently, she liked them all because yesterday I received an AWESOME thank you package from her with all of teh following gifts.  How blessed I am to be a part of such a wonderful team.  You can check out her blog by clicking here.

My Reflections Scrapbooking Kits

Close To My Heart's My Reflections Scrapbooking Kits are unique to the scrapbooking industry. Only CTMH offers such an all-inclusive system to help you do your scrapbooking and paper crafting faster, easier and simpler. My Reflections Scrapbook Kits are offered at Level 1 and Level 2 as kits. Level 3 scrapbooking involves utilizing the Level 1 or Level 2 kits along with coordinating stamp sets and accessories. Level 1 kits include pre-designed pages using our exclusive papers and 2 pages of stickease. (Stickease is a pack of perfectly coordinated stickers to match the kit!!!)  Level 2 paper packs include 22 papers (10 pieces of our exclusive white-core cardstock and 12 B&T (Background & Texture) papers. Additional Stickease can be purchased separately.

That's a lot of paper!! What I, personally, love best about our My Reflections Scrapbook Kits is that they are just that - kits! I don't have to randomly go through literally hundreds of papers at a scrapbook store, trying to put together things that coordinate. Close To My Heart does all that for me and all I have to do is shop by kit! And our exclusive white-core cardstock is sold in bulk, so choosing coordinating papers is easy!

View all of our current My Reflections Scrapbook Kits to find the ones you like best! 

Here is one of our NEW My Reflections Kits:

Level 1

Level 2

Thursday, January 7, 2010

How Do I Create That Beautiful Artwork???

This is the coolest thing ever! Ok, picture yourself browsing through the CTMH Online Idea Book and you see an idea that you want to try. Now, picture a booklet that contains ALL the recipes for ALL the cards, paper crafts and scrapbook pages in the Idea Book. Well, you don't have to imagine it, because Close To My Heart gives it to you! This booklet is ABSOLUTELY FREE, too!!! Yep, you read it right! CTMH gives you a FREE downloadable booklet full of our recipes! Check it out at: Product Recipes and scroll down to the bottom of the page, click on "recipes" and your booklet is ready for printing! (Adobe Acrobat Reader required.) Think about it: How many companies give you free recipe booklets? Not too many! CTMH has even more freebies to offer, so stay tuned!
Thanks to fellow CTMH Tricia Johnson for the great info!!!!

Art & Soul --- Video Tutorials

Close to My Heart is on TV! Every month, CTMH puts together a fantastic video that features not only our latest products, but a special price on a selected item! Art & Soul features our Founder and CEO, Jeanette Lynton, as she introduces us to the latest items. They not only have detailed tutorials, but quick-moving fun segments that capture the magic of CTMH while having fun! Art & Soul shows you how to use your new products to maximize their benefits, but also branches out into many paper-crafting ideas. You'll want to watch each episode again and again!

And, you know what else? There's a link "Learn how to make the project in this show" that gives you a detailed recipe for making the featured project! FREE!!!

These Art & Soul episodes are completely commercial free, informative and entertaining! Tune in today!

Thanks to fellow CTMH Tricia Johnson for the great info!!!!

Friday, January 1, 2010

Happy New Year!

WOW, I cannot believe it is 2010!!! It amazes me at how fast time goes by and yet it seems like it goes faster and faster as I get older and older - LOL!

In 2010, my main goal is to be more dedicated in my worship of my Lord & Savior.  He blesses my life so unbelievably, yet I take Him for granted so often.  I realize that when I am in sync with Him, then all the other areas of my life are also in sync.

So for 2010 here is my top ten goals for a better and more sincere life:
 1. Be more consistent with daily Bible study & quiet time with God
 2. More consistent prayer life
 3. Focus more on my family
 4. Learn to be a better listener
 5. Create a faith book / journal
 6. Walk 2 - 3 times / week
 7. Eat healthier
 8. Take a digital photography class
 9. Be wise about finances -- control my spending
10. Enjoy life

May God bless each of you.  My prayer for us all in 2010 is that we all learn to "Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight."  Proverbs 3:5-6