Wednesday, August 22, 2012

New color labels doc for Paper Cupcakes!

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
go on over to:
If you are a 1st thru 4th downline on my team, but not a member yet, then request an invite from me for approval.  Lots of support there!  Not on facebook? You can easily create an account on google!

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Recap of Cindy Bakers Team Meeting & Welcome

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 ( 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"'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.

New Supply Items:

W1117 Cricut Cutting Mats (2)  $12
W1118 Cricut Spatula  $5
W1119 Cricut Replacement Blades (20) $10

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!

New Markers:

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, what cost??....

This CTMH consultant did this comparison and shared it on the cruise email group:

SU carries...   
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!

Compensation Plan:

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'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 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 you have a month and half to get your $300 min. sales in, if you don't already!

Make is productive, profitable week!!

ctmh dollars to disney

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)

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

CTMH National Stamping Month Promotion

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 special My 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)!

We have a NEW canvas journal that I used for my sample!  

If you are visiting my blog and not a Paper Cupcake, you can shop for Close To My Heart products HERE!

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

New CTMH "While Supplies Last"!

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!

Monday, August 13, 2012

CTMH Artiste Cricut Cartridge Scalloped Treat Box

With your Artiste Cricut cartridge, cut two 3" size boxes.  One out of slate and one out of white.  Trim flaps off the slate one, assemble both, and slip the white one inside.  Attach straw to stamped (perfect fit frames), scalloped circle. 
Add bakers twine.  Fill with candy!
We made this at Cindy Baker's team meeting! CUTE!

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Do you have your CTMH PhD?

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!

Monday, August 6, 2012

AZUL is our color group for convention!

...since we will have a few nursing mommy's among us, Azul it is! Remember dollars-to-Disney and registration begins tomorrow! August 7th!