Genuine Call to Action

I’m not one to get in your face and be pushy.  I like to think I’m fairly laid back and happy-go-lucky-and-go-with-the-flow type of girl.
As I lay in bed thinking about things, and saving my business, I decided that to keep what I want, I need to FIGHT for it. It’s time I take action, and ignore the voice of uncertainty nagging at the back of my mind, and be assertive. I can’t- I won’t- wave my white flag before I honestly and legitimately fight and hopefully surpass this obstacle. If it doesn’t work out, even though I gave it my all, I can honestly say I gave it a fair, fighting chance.
There is a solution to prevent my business from going under. It’s a simple solution, too. I started selling Close to my Heart because 1) I’m passionate about scrapbooking. (Shocker, I know). It’s been a natural progression since that day in Camrose that I decided I was going to get serious about this hobby. My boyfriend (now husband) and I had “gone steady”, and I wanted to capture our life and memories and preserve them. I’ve consistently scrapbooked since then. My love for it has grown exponentially since then, too. It’s completely safe to say I live my hobby. It’s become so much a part of me, it’s like the hair on my head or the white on my skin.  2) Since creating handmade items for sale didn’t work out, selling supplies to those that love this hobby (and umbrella concept crafting) as much as me was the next best thing. The only local scrapbook store we had in our area closed their doors a couple years ago. Even having a store here told me there is a market here for crafters and paper crafters. In addition, there is only one other CTMH rep in this area. There should be lots of opportunity! Where is everyone?! 3) The product is beautiful,  good quality and really nice to work with. I love the diversity in products offered, richness and vibrance of the colors and patterns in the inks and papers, and incentives available to all consultants. We are very much treated like family. I feel, much like our founder, Jeanette Lynton, that this hobby and this company- like its name states- has become 4) Close to my Heart.
My solution is to pull people out of the woodwork and encourage them to visit my website and start placing orders. It can be as little or as much as you want. Every little bit counts. I’m forcing myself to be assertive and ask people to help me out and buy! Meeting my monthly requirements is actually relatively low. If four people ordered $25 worth of product every month, I’d remain active! Do you feel you can afford that? There’s also home gathering (aka party) options available, too. You can earn free product in hostess rewards if you host a party. A ‘party’ could also look like a workshop. Get 5 or 6 girlfriends together and commit to 5 or 6 monthly workshops. Each month, there’ll be a new hostess. There’s lots of options available!
What I’m trying to say is help me out by getting your shop on! You can make a $10 order or a $150 order. There are incentives if you spend a certain amount of money, such as the Stamp of the Month when an order of $50 or more is placed. Take a look at your budget, and determine what you can spend per month, if anything. That’s not to say I won’t order at all, or never. I will place orders as I can and as I need and when i can afford to. I’m asking people to share the cost with me. That’s not too much to ask, I hope! Is it fair? I think so!
Visit my website here to start shopping and visit my Facebook page to see what stock I have on hand. Please, please help me out, and please spread the word! We have something for everyone!

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Mother’s Day Cards

Hello, I’m back today with more cards! With mothers day just around the corner, I thought I’d get a head start on them so I can get back into scrapbooking layouts.
I was all over the board creating these cards. Two of them were lifts of a card I found on Pinterest and the last one was inspired by a design in the Originals inspiration book by CTMH.

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This last card was made using the Originals Inspiration book and all CTMH product, not including the stamping on the card stock and the main sentiment (I used SU there), and the card stock (Recollections). The card measures 7×5 inches.
The patterned paper is Seaside and the feathers were stamped onto scrap MME patterned paper and cream card stock (Recollections).

Feathered Baby Boy Congrats

Hello! I’m going through crafty and bloggy withdrawals now that we’re in the thick of spring break up and the oil crash. With little to no work, my husband decided to take off for a couple of days to help his dad move back to his childhood home. It’s given me some time to get creative during my free time. It’s the only silver lining (that I see) to his frequent absences.
So, having said that, I’ve got a card to share with you! A friend delivered baby number 4 yesterday (a boy- finally!), so I made a card to congratulate her. My inspiration came from CTMH’s Originals inspiration book. I used the Greeting Pouch design.

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Except for the card base, which measures 5.5×4.25 inches, all the patterned papers used are CTMH  scraps! I used the A and B sides of Hopscotch patterned papers (these are still left over from the double page layouts I created a couple weeks ago), as well as some Recollections cream and teal card stock. I stamped the feathers in Flaxen and Lagoon inks; the congrats sentiment is stamped with Cocoa ink. All stamps used are CTMH. (Actually, the ink splatters are from SU and the tag was punched with a SU punch). Even the ribbon is a scrap! Woot! Lastly, I glued some CTMH Flaxen twine for a bit of bling at the bottom of the card.