Sunday, July 31, 2011

August Paper Trail Blog Hop-Getting Into Mischief

Welcome to this month's Paper Trail blog hop! If you have come here from Betsy Gully's blog, you are on your way to exploring a number of terrific artwork samples. With the latest CTMH Idea Book going "live" TODAY, we chose to go with an "anything goes" theme for the featured paper.
I just had to play with our new Mischief papers and the August Stamp of the Month, Wicked. I must say that having attended a fabulous performance of the musical Wicked in June, this hat image brought back great memories!
Do you see anything else new? Yes! Check in the lower right-hand corner and you will see that our charming decorative brads now come in antiqued copper. Sprinkled in among the licorice opaques are dots of the NEW bronze glitz glitter gel!
Once you're done checking out this sample featuring papers from the Mischief collection, hop on over to visit Terri Howard's blog to see what she has to offer this month! Enjoy!

A Little Something FREE!

A Typeface Stamp Set
We all love something FREE and this versatile font stamp set can be free to you during the month of August only!

Do you love our Stamps of the Month? Have you heard that the Stamp of the Month program has been simplified? It is so easy... Simply purchase $50 in CTMH product and the SOTM can be added to your order for just $5. A new exclusive stamp set is featured each month!

Now for the FREE part- Qualify and purchase the SOTM in August and receive the A Typeface stamp set free!

It gets even better... Check out the National Stamping Month promotion that begins on August 15th and consider taking advantage of the period between Aug. 15th and Aug. 31st when these two programs overlap!!! Fun and Free!

Awesome Rising Hearts Team!

The Rising Hearts Team is such an awesome group of CTMH consultants! I want to take this opportunity to thank them in this forum for all of their dedication and hard work this year. This picture shows all of the boxes containing fun goodies that were sent out during convention to all of the team's annual award recipients. I felt so proud as I packed them up and you all deserve a huge pat on the back! Enjoy!

Thursday, July 28, 2011

For My Team...

There is something incredibly satisfying about surrounding yourself with papers, inks, and an assortment of bling as you set out to create for someone special. That's precisely how I felt prior to convention when I began to craft a little something for my "first string" team members who were in Anaheim with me!
Our journal is so simple and fun to create as it features a clear pocket on the front that holds a 5"x7" piece of artwork. With that size canvas, you can create to your heart's content! I even used a pattern from our Wishes card book for inspiration!
Papers from the Sophia collection provide sweet, summer colors and before I could say "bibbidi-bobbidi-boo", I had completed the journal covers!
Note that the background has added texture with dry-embossed lines that have been sanded and many of the papers have added depth with sponged edges.
With an accordion-folded flower, a little button, and a few stamped images, the piece came to life just like magic! Check out the quote, a saying that was woven throughout our convention experience... "A dream is a wish your heart makes..."  Enjoy!

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Matterhorn Madness!

Ready to roll!!!
Thought I would share some of the fun and excitement that we enjoyed at Disneyland prior to the fun and excitement of convention!!!
Here we are, my daughter and I, strapped in and ready to roll on the Matterhorn ride. This ride is one of her top favorites and it was only going to be open the first day we were there before being closed for renovation! We just HAD to make sure that we made time for the thrill of tearing through the mountain and being surprised by the abominable snowman!!!
It was awesome! In fact, with that day being early admission for resort guests, we rode the Matterhorn TWICE before you could blink an eye! Disneyland is simply on of our favorite places to be... the happiest place on earth!

Tuesday, July 26, 2011


Where have I been? Have you missed me? The past couple of weeks have been a whirlwind of fun and excitement as I enjoyed everything to do with Close to My Heart and Disney! This year, our convention was held at the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim, CA and the experience was a not-to-be-missed extravaganza of new products, ideas, and dear friends. We spent several days park-hopping before convention and even celebrated the mutual birthday of my daughter and brother. Who could ask for more than being at Disneyland on your birthday?!!!

Convention was.....SPECTACULAR! The new papers are just fabulous and, of course, I am looking forward to playing with all of the new accessories. Here's a snippet of video that you can watch and feel a bit of the excitement as we all look forward to August 1st when the new Idea Book goes live! Enjoy!