Ok Cupcakes...we are good to go for our Dec. 6th holiday meeting~ 6:30-9:30 At our usual place $3 per person for tip collection. Please support the FREE room by having dinner with us. I need 20 RSVP's! Optional Card Swap Theme...Valentines card swap with La Belle Vie UPDATE! I just realized that the La Belle Vie papers are not carrying over to the next catalog...and that is the paper pack I chose for the Dec. swap...if you have already made your cards (Patty) then that is fine but if you have not, I would suggest using any of these current papers with a Valentine twist... Avonlea, Clementine, Dakota, and Scholastic papers are due to carry over to the Spring/Summer 2013 Idea Book. Bring your basic tool kit for a project. Optional gift swap~ Bring a wrapped present~paper crafting related~$20 value with a handmade gift tag. (The tag will be entered in a contest)
Want to share something? Please email me! Fun to be had!!!
Did you see this??? National Papercrafting Month Constant Campaign: Whooo’s Your Valentine Be sure to tell your customers we’re celebrating January’s National Papercrafting Month with an incredible deal. From December 13, 2012, through January 31, 2013, when your customer spends $35 or more on current products, the Whooo’s Your Valentine kit is theirs for only $10! The kit makes creating personalized valentines—perfect for classrooms and other group settings—a cinch! This kit also offers a sneak peek at two new Spring/Summer 2013 products: the My Creations™ treat tubes and the silver glitter paper. The kit comes with 12 die-cut boxes, 3 cardstock sheets, 1 sheet of silver glitter paper, 12 treat tubes, and an exclusive D-size stamp set created specifically for the kit, giving it a retail value of $40. Sooooo FUN!! :o)
Sharing my latest work of heART using the November Stamp of the Month. Cookie sheet ($1 plus spray paint .25) and matchboxes ($2.50) from dollar tree. Magnets from Walmart ($3). Embellishments could add up but I had all this and not all of it is CTMH...jingle bells, tiny ornaments, lace and ribbon, snowflake and heart brads. Buttons, bottle caps run through my big shot, discontinued font for the word Christmas. Old and new papers. I wanted the vintage look but you could do your own version of what you have. Many hours of prep time. I pre-stamped everything. Bling, tinsel, tiny key, tiny safety pin, yadda yadda...Use score tape for the seam on the matchbooks. Use liquid glass, glue gun or I prefer Beacons 3 in 1 glue for adhering the magnets. Use Bonding memories for the papers on the backing. (Only paint the sides not the center of the cookie sheet) Medallion behind the flower on the 25 box. Hope you likey!
This is the little pumpkin treat box we are making at the team meeting tonight. Inspired by Mary Thompson, I just had to share!
Box using ARTISTE page 32 @ 4 1/2" in Autumn Terra Cotta
I used an embossing folder and my Big Shot for the pattern on the CS
Leaves page 54 (the two) at 2" and a single using the Pear and partridge B&T page 32 @1"
Tag Page 37@ 1 1/4 using set B1410 A Friend Like You Occasions
I added a tied piece of our burlap for the stem and stuck it through the slot and taped it on the back...It closes with our new little velcro tabs. Add a button and fill with goodies.
Look what I discovered! You can use our alcohol based markers to color our Glitter tape! This card was inspired by Beth Nauman at our Big Bear retreat...the glitter seemed a bit too bright so I tried coloring it with our markers...Presto! You can also color our sparkles any color you wish to match your project! See my monogram stamp with the smokey plum bling?
I did try to color our silver alpha stickers, but it took several layers and it was still light. Try it! Show your customers!
Working day and night on some really cool stuff! I was inspired by Terri Howard and her LED mini tea light baby cakes. They are tiny and darling and I will be offering this to my customers and maybe even my team too! There is a mini cupcake box, the tea light and matching tag. SO darn CUTE! Take a peak!
Come and join me next Wednesday, September 19th for a FREE card making class. I will be show casing our 8 NEW paper packs and our NEW Artiste Cricut Collection, with lots of great "Stamples". You have two choices to join in the fun. 1-3pm and 6-8pm. Cookies and tea will be served. The location will be in Point Loma (email me for the location is you are interested) Just up the hill from my house. For customers I am offering a FREE new winter idea book with any catalog purchase, but am opening this up to consultants for fun too! Just let me know you are coming and what time you prefer so I can prep enough cards for all! Scatter Joy! Bren
Ok Cupcakes...I just checked with the Sizzler and they are not beginning the remodel til after our meeting and should be complete by our Dec. 6th meeting so we are good to go. Next Meeting is Oct. 4 6:30-9:30 At the Sizzler off Aero Dr. $3 per person for tip collection. Please support the FREE room by having dinner with us. I need 20 RSVP's! 3755 Murphy Canyon Rd, Ste S, San Diego CA 92123 (If anyone finds coupons, let us know!) Optional Card Swap Theme...Holly-daze using our new partridge and pear tree papers. (Yes, its that time already) Bring your basic tool kit for a project. Mark your calendars now for our Yuletide Bash on Dec. 6th...fun and prizes and a gift basket swap (Valentines card swap with La Belle Vie)...more details later.
I have shared a little organizational gifty on our facebook team page under "files"...but I
created it with the pharmacy font that matches our logo. You can download the font for FREE at
if you don't have it already.
This document is for printing a file folder tab of all our
current solid colors and paper packs. I
used Avery 5366 file labels
Firstly let me send a warm welcome to our newest team member, Bee (Bernadette) Perez!
I know she is going to have fun in her new venture with Close To My Heart!
Congratulations to all 24 new recruits from my first downline team members that have been recruiting this month! Kay Pekin, Dawn Heuft, Heather Plotzke, Linda Taylor, Lucy Kelleher, Jan Dagley, and Jennifer Lee. Way to go my Ladies!!!
AND drum roll please...In my 1st thru 4th downline we have added 281 new team members so far just in the month of August!!!!! (Doin' the Happy Dance!) Please invite all your new recruits to our facebook team page (https://www.facebook.com/groups/225527790903176/) and our team blog!
Now...I just wanted to share some great info from Cindy Bakers Team meeting that I attended!
Pass on this great info!
Trivia: in the new Autumn/Winter Idea book there are....
62 new stamp sets 8 new paper packs 13 new WOTG kits 5 new accessories and tools New publication with layout and card patterns ("Make It From Your Heart"....it's fabulous....and only $7.95)
SPECIAL PAPERS IN PAPER PACKS:There are 3 new paper packs that have special cardstock colors, that are NOT available in our regular line of cardstock colors. There are no ink pads, markers or re-inkers in those special colors, as well. Those paper packs are : Avonlea, Flirty and La Belle Vie. CTMH has added these fun, trendy colors to these paper packs to keep fresh and up-to-date with current paper-crafting colors and trends, without having to add tons of new colors to the permanent line. These papers also create "urgency" for your customers....they will want those fun new colors, so they will purchase the kits! There are supporting neutral colors in these paper packs that you can use to stamp with, that coordinate with the special colors, of course, so no worries! Plus many of our other inks blend well with these paper packs.
Order these on a supply order....they are NOT commissionable, but how GREAT that we carry them and can order them when need them asap without having to go hunting for them!
Not like Copic Markers, except they are alcohol ink
1. Not refillable 2.Store only horizontal 3. Hard tips 4.Will color on clear sparkles and clear embossing! (COOL!) 5. Works best when coloring an image in, if you stamp with: new Pigment Ink cubes. They work with Stazon, but still may smear. Our regular ink pads aren't the best to use with the markers. 6. Be sure and put scrap paper under whatever you are coloring...the ink will bleed through! 7. Shake the marker before using!
Artiste Cricut Cartridge Features:
1. Easier to find images 2. More organized, with "like" images grouped together. 3. How-to booklet with photos on how to put the 3-D projects together! (amazing!) 4. 700 images! 5. Several mini albums....cut out the pages, embellish and assemble! 6. 20 cupcake wrappers! I LOVE this cartridge already!
This question was brought up: What if a customer just wants the cartridge and not the stamp sets and chipboard sheets? Should I sell them just the cartridge?
My answer: absolutely not! Tell your customer it comes "pre-packaged", so there is no way to separate it. Suggest they give the stamps and chipboard away as a gift, or donate them. Also tell them: the stamps and chipboard are included for FREE, so customers can see how well the images on the cartridge coordinate with our stamps, accessories and Workshops on the Go! The cartridge alone is well worth the $99....with 700 images! Regular Cricut cartridges average between 70-90 shapes. Ours is a GREAT value!
I highly suggest that you do NOT separate the cartridge and the stamps and chipboard. It will set a bad precedent....and others will want you to do the same and you will be losing money!
Another great thing about our cartridges.....another consultant shared that one of her downline had a customer remark that she was disappointed with CTMH, saying that we aren't keeping up with Stampin' Up"...SU had so many more punches, dies, than we do, etc. Really?? Well....let's just see about that....yes, they do have alot more punches than we do, but...at what cost??....
This CTMH consultant did this comparison and shared it on the cruise email group:
46 punches 7 edgeing punches 12 framelets 21 dies 8 bigz dies for a total of 73 punches and dies.... at a total cost of...wait for it....$1,920.15!!!
(not including storage of all the items above, plus carrying them (heavy!) to a crop or a gathering, etc.)
Close To My Heart has: 2 Exclusive Cricut cartridges = $200 even if you add in the cost of a Cricut Expressions machine...approx. $200.... The total is $400.....WAY less expensive than all of those punches and dies!! And way more images!! Isn't that incredible? Just another awesome selling point, if anyone happens to mention something like that to you!
We discussed this a little....inspired to share some thoughts shared by my upline, Sheri Rottler in an email to her team: (thanks for sharing, Sheri!)
"Are you taking full advantage of our awesome new compensaton plan? Know your montly sales totals, so you don't miss out on a simgle dollar! It can make a big difference in your paycheck and your product credits. For instance, if you sell $599 this month but order a little more, just enough to reach the $600 mark, you get an additional $25 in SPC (Select Product Credit), for a total of $50!! That makes a big difference! There are SPC increases at $150, $400, $600 and $800.
Another important level to keep in mind is to reach $1,000 in sales. At this level, not only are you maxing out your SPC ($75) but you also gain an additional 8% in override commissions...that's another $80 in your pocket!!
Have you checked your SPC lately? It's now on the main page when you log into your CTMH account, right at the top of all the other stats! Yay for that! Sheri mentioned that one of her downline didn't really know about SPC and had $400 in her account, waiting to be spent!! So check it often...and remember, SPC expires 1 year from the date you earned it...so it's not good forever.
What can you use SPC for:
Invest in your business without having to take money out of your pocket!
1. Hostess gifts/customer gifts (for large sales at a gathering, for a large order, etc.) 2. Prized for games at a gathering or workshop. 3. Customer gifts at Christmas 4. Get supplies using SPC, and then do some FREE projects for customers 5. Incentives for your team....for recruiting, sales, etc. 6. I use my SPC to get supplies for my club projects for the next month, so I use mine every month...that's less money out of my pocket! 7. Give a new recruit some extra little incentive gifts if she reaches her Straight to the Top goals!
Keep track of your sales and your SPC...it pays!!
Love this Paper Cupcake!
Album Retreat: Salt Lake City Utah, March 14th-16th City Creek Marriott More info to come from corp. One last reminder...I know it's a bit early, but....Sept 30th is the last day of the sales quarter...so you have a month and half to get your $300 min. sales in, if you don't already!
Dates to Remember: June 27-29, 2013 - Convention - Orlando, Florida Coronado Springs Resort. ***LAST DAY TO REGISTER FOR THE $33 A MONTH PAYMENT PLAN FOR DOLLARS TO DISNEY IS THIS TUESDAY, AUGUST 22!! BE SURE AND REGISTER BEFORE THEN IF YOU WANT TO BE ON THE $33 PLAN! (there are other payment plans to choose from as well)
Hello Ladies...did you see we are having our first blog hop? Go on over to my business website to hop around and get inspired HERE!
We, at Close
To My Heart, are celebrating National Stamping Month with a specialMy Acrylix®double stamp set offer
called “It’s Your Day”. You can purchase this adorable exclusive set for
only $5 with your qualifying order of $35 or more from August 15-September 30!(A retail value of $35.90)!
Did you know there are NEW "While Supplies Last" items just listed on your CTMH site? Sonoma Stickease for $1 Quick pic 12 x 12 Albums for $2! If you are NOT a Paper Cupcake and want to shop, get them HERE! If you WANT to be a Paper Cupcake and join my team, sign up HERE!
The Training Academy is full of training and ideas to help your business flourish. Let's all get on track to have our CTMH PhD and set the example for our team! Please share something you have learned that has helped your business from this experience!
Calling all Paper Cupcakes (1st through 3rd downline)...do you want to participate in our first blog hop?
To participate, you need to post something you have created using the National Stamping Month Special double stamp set on August 15th on your blog.
You need to send me your blog address by August 5th and commitment to 100% participate.
I will post more directions here later as it comes together!
Same place, same time...
Well ladies...I have a conflict with Aug. 2nd and since there are 5 thursdays, it should not throw us off our schedule.
I hope this does not cause a conflict in your schedule...
The team meeting has been pushed up one week to August 9th.
the NEW Scholastic paper pack! (remember this is a suggested theme)
Bring a 3-D School themed idea to share for an extra ticket!
Email me if you are sharing and/or teaching anything from convention or if you have something else to share
for extra auction dollars!
Hello girlfriends...just wanted to invite all my Paper Cupcakes to join our team facebook page.
Paper Cupcakes~Close To My Heart team page
Please visit me there often!
For my first downline that want to become Directors, I have a mentoring page by invitation only.
If you are in my first downline and want to grow your team, let me know, but you have to be a facebook member and you have to friend me!
I'm already making convention plans for "Viva" at the Coronado Springs Resort in Disneyworld~Florida! I plan on applying to teach too. Any of my gals gonna join me?
Leadership day will be June 26th. I know I will have my business builders attending! Our team meeting will be the evening of the 26th so start planning now!
And convention kicks off June 27th-29th.
AND I hear we can already register during regular business hours. For CTMH group reservations call 1-407-939-1020. You may reserve a room with your credit card at no charge per ctmh policy. You can add tickets to your room up till the day before arrival (but you have to pay for them when you add them) Base 3 day tickets (non-hopper) are $231.96 or 3 day hopper @$286.60. Base 5 day tickets are $256.88 or 5 day hopper @$311.52. For booking with the CTMH group rate, you get a complimentary ticket for each person to disney quest or a water park from what I understand. Half day ticket-after 2:00pm is $69.00 Half day ticket-after 4:00pm is $55.00 A single day is not discounted.
Doesn't this place look amazing?
Update: 6-22-12 I just made my reservation and found our a little more info... If you fly into Orlando International Airport (NCO) and have booked your room at the Coronado Springs Resort, then you can call them ahead of time and arrange for a FREE, complimentary shuttle to our destination (Normally a cab would cost $80 each way!) There are restaurants to dine at like the Pepper Market and the Maya Grove. There are 4 theme parks 1) The Magic Kingdom 2) Epcot Center 3) Disney's Hollywood Studios 4) Disney's Animal Kingdom If you are a pass-holder (like myself) for Disneyland, your pass is NOT transferable. You must purchase tickets to attend the park.
AND I just found out they have complimentary wi-fi in every room and several hot spots in common areas!!!
AND for FREE there is Downtown Disney. No entrance fee and lots of restuarans, shopping and things to do. Also, somethin fun for young and old alike...is the Disney Trading Pins. The rules are that every employee has to trade with you unless yours is damaged or they already have the one you're trying to give them. You can buy starters off of Amazon or Ebay pretty cheap and then trade for cuter ones at any of the Disney parks, hotels or Downtown Disney. here are a couple more sites for you to visit: Disney Convention Ears and Everything Mouse
fun fun fun!
AXUL is our color group! Airport code: MCO for Orlando, FL if you are checking flights now! Allow time to attend your team meeting Wed. nite after 6pm if you are not attending leadership. You don't want to miss out on the pre-convention fun!
Fun was had at Convention in Dallas! Yes that's me at our team meeting!
Thank you to Linda Taylor for helping me make our posters! Yee-haw!
And a special congrats goes out to Linda and her team, the Rising Hearts for second place in top team sales for a group size of 26-100 downline. You Go Girlfriend! We are saving you a black Director's chair at the front for next convention!
And let's hear a big shout for Tina Sutton for third place in personal sales and third place in team sales of over 1000 downline! Way to do it BIG girlfriend!
And another shout out goes to Mandy Leahy who won TOP team builder in the entire company!
Congrats and Happy Labor Day!!!
Our uplines Cindy Baker and Sheri Rottler also received team sales awards!!! Yeah us!!!
And my sweet friend, Karen Pedersen, received the prestigious award the Spirit of Close To My Heart award! Luv ya Karen!
Miss Heather P and Tasha V... handmade-out-of-a-paper-bag vests! You sports were the big winners at the team meeting!!!
There are SO many fun new items added to the catalog! My Fav? the NEW Artiste Cricut Collection!!!!!
Also we have New alcohol based marker sets, 8 new paper packs and over 50 new embellishments! Some new colors of inks and a new revised color selection. Home Decor workshops! And so much more!!!
I had fun teaching a create and take-the workshops-on-the-go scroll album. (pg 23)
Even though I taught the one in the catalog, I also made my own version!
I So enjoyed all the new products we came home with, my cool bag, LOVED all the funny skits and the Texas Tenors!
We danced the nite away on saturday!
Plan for next year in Florida!!!!
I am SO excited for convention and am making plans now! I have reserved The Senators Lecture Hall-Tall side of the building-Tower Building Lobby area
Wed. July 11th 6-6:50pm
Be there so you don't miss out on the pre-convention fun!!!
Convention Team Meeting "Cupcake Round- Up!"
Are you coming to our convention meeting?
We have a contest!
Enter your homemade from a brown paper bag cowgirl vest contest! Use CTMH products with it! 1st 2nd and 3rd place winners! Be on time. Wed. 6pm sharp!
Also two Drawings for my handmade paper Cupcakes!
Bring a handmade CTMH Thank You card with a note from you for Jeanette for one drawing and
Bring a professionally printed (not hand written) business card that you use for your CTMH business to hand out to customers with your current contact info including your name, website, phone and email. These are two separate random drawings to win! Bring your camera for a fun photo op!
Who is coming to learn, play and share?
June 07, 2012 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Come to our mega meeting at The Sizzler on Aero Dr. 6:30-9pm and see whats New!
Christine Adams Created this cute card set I own from a previous swap!
Suggested Card Swap-Footloose paper pack.
Optional challenge: Bring one item that could be used as a decoration for a Luau party i.e, picture frame, invitation, table decoration, cupcake topper, wall hanging.
Wear Hawaiin attire for an extra ticket in the drawing.
Always bring your basic tool kit!
email me to rsvp or share: email@example.com
Here is our team member, Gail Vought! She won a CTMH shopping spree years ago when our stamps were still wood! Her dreams came true that day! And you can share the experience too by attending convention in Dallas this summer! There is still time to sign up!
This is my lay-out entry for the postcard contest! Did you submit one too????
Here is my version using our AP Cricut Cartridge! Created by a fellow consultant Tracy Sanders, and then creative Christine Adams put her twist on it...then my buddy Denise Anderson-Turley shared it with me along with instructions. You guys are killin' me! I have to go do my taxes!
Here is how I showcase our papers. I found this black n' white polka dot album at Big Lots for $5. It has 6-4x6 openings. Perfect for our papers. I add the zip strip from each paper pack and put them in order just like the catalog. You need to order two Spring/Summer B&T Duos Samplers and cut off 2" for another sample ring. (be aware of the hole and the direction of the print before you cut) I just flip each paper to reveal all 6 prints. I also cut up a catty for the titles.
I'm sure you've all read the Company Update from yesterday from CTMH....and the announcement of the March Constant Campaign.....any new consultant who signs up during March will get the Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge FREE with their kit!!! WHAT???? That is an AMAZING deal!! If the new recruit already has the cartridge, they get to choose $100 in extra products with their kit!!! WOOOOOHOOOOOO!!!
Now, remember...NONE of us can pass up this awesome deal....we ALL need to get out there and sign up tons more team members!! Call everyone you know....past hostesses and customers, club members, former consultants....family, friends, neighbors....tell them all and grow YOUR team, and OUR team!! This is by far the BEST recruiting offer CTMH has ever had...so don't miss this opportunity to grow your team!!
Be sure and read all the details on the CTMH website!
And, the excitment conintues with the announcement today....CTMH is holding a drawing for anyone registered for convention....and 4 lucky people will win FREE airfare to convention!! How cool is THAT?? I'm so excited that I'm registered and attending and I'm keeping my fingers crossed to win...and crossing more fingers for anyone on my team to win, too! If you haven't registered for convention yet, be sure and do so today, so you can have a chance to win that FREE airfare!! Good luck to all!
Come to our mega meeting at The Sizzler on Aero Dr. 6:30-9pm and see whats New!
Bring a reject but useful white elephant wrapped gift for our annual after Christmas exchange! Did you recieve something that just wasn't you??? It can be funny, unique or whatever. Must be unused, valued at $10-$25.
Suggested Card Swap-Anything using the new Stella Papers!