Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Christmas Cardmaking Day - 2015

What a LOVELY day we had, as we had our ANNUAL Christmas Cardmaking Day in Lancaster Co this past Saturday!

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My team & I make this a “Customer Appreciation” day, and enjoy treating our customers (really, friends Smile) extra special this day!!

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Everyone received a goodie bag when they arrived….and then headed over to this table to create a TAG for their bag.  These stamped images came from the October Stamp of the Month stamp set – Twinkle

Next, they took the rest of their Artistry Cricut cut pieces (see photo below) and stamped some of the images, pieced the other Cricut pieces together to create some GREAT embellishments to use in future crafting! 
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2015-9 Christmas Cardmaking Day_3x3 card_DSC_0271Check out the ADORABLE 3x3 card they made with our NEW diffusers that go along with our Embossing folders!!!! 

These NEW GOODIES arrived the week of card day, so I quickly figured out a way to incorporate them into the Christmas Cardmaking Day’s creations. SmileI’m so glad I did – diffusers were new to MANY of our attendees that day!!

2015-9-26 Christmas cardmaking day_DSC_0182There was plenty to see & ooh & ahh over, as they roamed around the room.  We even had some Christmas music playing (until our CD player quit working )

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Of course, there was some scrumptious breakfast goodies, drinks,  and candy for anyone to snack on too!!

Then it was time to create!!!  We divided up into 5 different groups, and stayed as a group the entire day. 

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There were 6 different stations in the morning, and 6 in the afternoon….meaning there was an “extra” table to head to when you had a few extra moments.  

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I’ll show you a QUICK peek of the projects we created in the morning…

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We had our “traditional” lunch of homemade taco soup with all the fixings…and of course LOTS of other goodies too Smile  The Pumpkin Torte made by Sheri, is ALWAYS a HUGE hit too!!!

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Then we went back to our CRAFTING and enjoyed the rest of our afternoon creating this set of goodies!! 
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Each “class” throughout the day lasted 25 minutes, and we were finished our day by 3:15pm.  We appreciate EACH person that joined us for this day and know that it is something everyone looks forward to each year!!

The past two Christmas card days (we’ve had 7 of them!) we also have a table set up in honor of Operation Smile. We as consultants, donate handmade cards and ask the attendees to feel free to donate what they can and 100% of the proceeds go directly to the kids!!

This year we raised $74.50, just through our handmade cards!! 
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We also had the current Operation Smile stamp set there, so everyone could see how ADORABLE it was!!  I know I’ve already received an order for that stamp set!  So thankful CTMH is donating $7  to O.S. for EACH of these stamp sets that are purchased!!  Wahoo!!! 

(click on the picture of the stamp set below to get this ADORABLE stamp set, and $7 will go DIRECTLY to the kids at Operation Smile!)
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merry christmas_4x3_card_card dayIf you like what you see, we’d LOVE to have your join us at NEXT YEAR’s Christmas Cardmaking Day event!! 

We had a new location this year, which would hold a lot more people Smile…so spread the word, bring your friends & mark the down Saturday, Sept 24, 2016 and plan to join us then!! 

If you like what you see, and would like to know what products we used to create these goodies – please CONTACT ME….or feel free to head to my website & browse around at all these FABULOUS, new products that Close To My Heart has…you won’t be disappointed!!

Have a wonderful day & many blessings to each of you!!!
Krista  J

Thursday, September 24, 2015

EXTRA goodies in October 2015!! - CTMH

I’m so EXCITED, and couldn’t WAIT to share the EXCITING news I just learned about!!! 

Check out the special that is running from Oct 1-31,2015!
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****AND…there’s MORE!!!  Starting Oct 1st – Close To My Heart has REVAMPED there Straight To The Top program!!!

YOU will have a chance to EARN these FABULOUS goodies when you become a NEW consultant!!!! 
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 We have an AWESOME rewards program just for NEW COSULTANTS called Straight To The Top (STTT)!!!

 As you achieve each milestone in the STTT program, you will not only EARN MONEY from your sales, BUT you will ALSO earn FUN, EXCLUSIVE REWARDS that will help you continue marketing your CTMH business and sharing your passion for crafting!!

I’m HERE to help YOU in every step of your journey.  Join my Team today, and watch the perks pile up!!! I can't WAIT to help YOU achieve your goals!!! 
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******Did you SEE the BONUS SECTION when you achieve all 3 levels???? (squealllll of delight!)

I LOVE the rewards Close To My Heart gives us a Consultants!!!  These beautiful, quality, crafting goodies can be yours at a DISCOUNT!!  Wahooo!! 

Want to learn MORE about what it means to become a part of my Close To My Heart family?  J

CLICK HERE to read more details, and feel free to call me with any questions you may have!!

Already know this is the DEAL for you?
  CLICK HERE to get started and join my CTMH family today!! J

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This bag is the PERFECT size!!!  14" x 13" x 3"...and
 it's BEAUTIFUL inside too! :) 

It would be a JOY to have you be apart of our team as we continue to share together in our papercrafting hobby!! 

Why not give Close To My Heart a try & get a DISCOUNT on these AMAZING products while doing so? 

We WELCOME YOU to our “Create 4 Him” family!  Talk soon!!!

Krista Hershberger J
Close To My Heart Independent Consultant

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Monday, September 14, 2015

Paper Garden–Sept Stamp of the Month - CTMH

This month’s EXCLUSIVE Stamp of the Month stamp set is just BEAUTIFUL!!   In case you haven’t seen it, let me show it to you now.

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Did you notice the RED outline on some of these shapes? 

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You know what that means, right?  That means that those shapes COORDINATE with one of our exclusive Cricut collections here at Close To My Heart.  If you have the Artiste Cricut collection, you will find these shapes on page 54.

Imagine the possibilities with this stamp set!  These beautiful images can be stamped on a sympathy card, a wedding card, a birthday card, layout, creation – etc…..there are so many options!

Today I chose to create a simple card…
(yes, the Cricut cut shapes made it even simpler!)
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This card uses our NEW colors of Fern & Eggplant ink colors.  I used one of NEW paper packs for the printed paper – it’s called Nevermore. 

nevermore paperThe Nevermore paper was created with Halloween in mind, but I always like to challenge myself to use papers in different ways Winking smile  ….this doesn’t look like a halloween card, does it? 

The beautiful grey designer paper was PERFECT for this “Thank You” card!! 
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The “thank you” stamp wording came from our NEW stamp set – “A Thousand Thanks”….yes there is a LOT of “NEW” in this card creation! Smile 

One of my favorite stamped images in our September SOTM stamp set, is the wire fence background stamp…I think it adds so much extra texture to whatever you are stamping on. Smile 

The pink shimmer trim was the only embellishment I decided to use on this card….although now as I look at it, I believe I should have added grey enamels too.

Now – why don’t you head to your craft area, and create your OWN masterpiece?!?  Make sure you don’t miss out on this LOVELY stamp set that can be yours for ONLY $5 with a $50 CTMH purchase during the month of September!! 

Have a wonderful day! 

Krista Hershberger J
CTMH Independent Consultant
Email: fun2stampnscrap@dejazzd.com 
As always, feel free to 
CLICK HERE to go directly to my website 24/7 and have your CTMH items shipped directly to your door step!!
September 2015 Specials! Wahoo!

A BRAND New month with BRAND NEW products!!
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Holiday Supplement_fall 2015®® Receive a FREE Holiday Expressions Idea Book with any sized order placed on my website!


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Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Joyful Stars Blog Hop- Urban football card

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Welcome to our monthly  
 Joyful Stars Blog Hop!!!!

We're excited to share our creativity with you using PRODUCTS from Close To My Heart!!  

Come on in and see what BEAUTIFUL projects my fellow consultants have creating using the AMAZING products from Close To My Heart!!

 This blog hop is easy to do…just click on the link at the end of the post to go to the next creation!!  If you get lost along the way, CLICK HERE to see the list of this month’s hoppers! 

If you have arrived from Betty Locco’s blog you are right on track.   J

Urban paper packOne of my FAVORITE paper packs in the NEW Annual Inspirations Idea Book is the Urban collection.   J

I was recently apart of a swap ( I make multiples of 5 different creations & get others in return) and I chose to use the Urban paper. 

I thought I would share one of the cards I created today. (and I’ll share the rest of these items in the upcoming weeks here on my blog.  J )

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Since football season is just beginning, I wanted to try my hand at using this NEW “Play Hard- football” stamp set. 

So, I went to our handy-dandy Wishes How-to-book for some inspiration, and this card is what I came up with….let the football season begin!

Did you notice the RED outlines on the stamp set? 

These RED lines DO mean something!!!  It means these shapes coordinate with one of Close To My Heart’s 5 Cricut cartridges…in this case it’s our NEWEST cartridge – Artistry!!!

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For the Star border – I welded 3 strips together, and created my own border. This image can be found on the “U” key.

The “shield” image was found on the “Patriotic” key….notice I used the new PEACOCK color cardstock for the base of this shield!!

For the football player himself, I stamped him 4 different colors, and paper pieced him together.

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I also was thrilled when I thought to background stamp the “plays” on top of the already created Background paper!!  The background was dry embossed with our chevron embossing folder, then sanded, and sprayed with our spray pen….just a bit of added texture.

I think that’s all for now….please come back and join me again AND if you’d like to create your OWN football card – here is the list of items I used below!  Happy Crafting!! J

Items used to create this Artistry Card ~ “Go Team”
Wishes – “On the Edge”

B1498                Play Hard- Football
X7204B             Urban Paper pack
Z3167                Artistry Cricut Collection
Z1925                Chevron Embossing Folder
Z3122                Enamel & Glitter Duos- Blue dots
Z1294                Sandpaper Kit

Inks used:          Peacock, Saffron, Saddle, Champagne &
15-ai-football-pageNow it’s time to Hop on over to my fellow consultant Andrea Sherman’s blog to check out what beautiful, crafty item she has to share with us! J 

Happy Hopping and we’ll see you on the 9th next month, when the Joyful Stars team members will be sharing more artwork using Close To My Heart products!    

Blessings to you for BEAUTIFUL day!!!

Krista Hershberger J

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Open House–Fall 2015 re-cap


to EACH OF YOU that were apart of my Fall Open House!!! J

It's so much fun to be able to share all that Close To My Heart has created this 2015 Fall/Winter season  for you and me!!!

Come join me TODAY, as I’ll share with you a little bit about what Open House time is like with Krista. 

You will see NEW PRODUCT, Artwork & the WINNERS of my door prize drawings! J
Here we go – as you walk into the front door of our home, you will first see my display of Cash & Carry items!!


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This is a highlight for many of you, as you enjoy looking for those retired items that you wanted just “one more” item of. 

Many of you wanted to see the Artistry Cricut Collection in action and take a look at the handbook in person!! Yes – CTMH has amazed us once again with ALL the amazing cuts this cartridge can do!
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2015 Fall OpenHOuse_new goodies_DSC_1584Take a peek at these different NEW goodies….
8 NEW Paper packs!!!
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September Stamp of the Month & the National Stamping Month Special.  

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I was also VERY EXCITED to have in hand – our NEW Consultant Kit. 

As you can see here our kit has had a make-over & it is a BEAUTIFUL kit LOADED with the quality goodies you expect from Close To My Heart!

 CLICK HERE to learn more about joining our CTMH family.

Most of you look forward to creating a Make n Take card at my Open House too!!  Of course, I do my best to use ALL new products!! 

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We used the NEW Sangria paper pack, NEW gold foil tape, the beautiful NEW pink enamels & one of our NEWEST confetti embossing folder…along with the NEW stamp set – “a Thousand Thanks”!!  Lovely!!   
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to each of YOU who were the winners at this Open House!!
 Wahoo!!! J

Take a PEEK to see if YOU were one of the DOOR PRIZE Winners!!  J

Door Prize #1 – Picture My Life pack – Later Sk8r~ Cora Ford

Door Prize #2- Thank You mini-stamp & roll of red chevron ribbon~ Martha Brown

Door Prize #3- White Pines paper, ribbon & coordinating buttons~Dawn Alderfer
Door Prize #4-Black Display Tray ~Janet Duncan

Door Prize #5- Pack of 12” asst of Flip flaps & Laughing Lola Complements pack ~Mary Lou Nolt

Congratulations to EACH one of you!!!

We also had 2 SPECIAL door prizes & those winners are…

RSVP Drawing ~ Anne Arroyo – gems & Donna Smith – foil tape
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Attending Actual Open House Drawing ~ Carol Churns

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Wahoo!!!  So excited for EACH of you!!

*** I will include your door prize items with the order that you placed.  
Please get in touch with me to let me know when you will be able to get your order.

Even though everyone wasn't able to win a door prize -

 EVERYONE was a winner at my Open House , whether you were here in person...or placed an order online!  When you placed a $30, $50 or $80 order, you received THESE items for FREE!!!  

When you purchased $30 you received your choice of  our NEW colors of Extra Thick Twine!!
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Purchase $50–your choice of one of our 8 NEW Complement Assortments! 
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Purchase $80– your choice of one of our NEW Instalife items
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I hope you were just as Excited
about the FUN extras that my Open
House brought to you!!! J

***If you would like to stay up to date with what is takingplace with CTMH & me by receiving updates
CLICK HERE to sign up to join my email mailing list!****
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Feel free to check out my BLOG (
click here) for samples of NEW ARTWORK and creations (and some updates too!) 

If you still haven’t had a chance to look through this BEAUTIFUL  NEW Idea Book...feel free to click on the book below to go check it out!
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This book is NOW available in a PDF file download!!  Save this Idea Book to your phone or laptop to have it available at a moment’s notice!!

Make sure to check out the details on the September Specials by CLICKING HERE!!   J

Blessings to EACH of you for a WONDERFUL day & thanks again for each of you that joined in this celebration! 

Krista J