Wednesday, December 31, 2014

This Moment - Stamp of the Month Blog Hop


Hello, welcome & Happy New Year!!  Thanks for joining us on our Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!  I hope you enjoy the artwork I created.  I know you will definitely find inspiration by all of the beautiful artwork you will see featured here today!  We will be featuring January's SOTM, which is called This Moment, a set of 12 stamps.  Here is a look at all of the lovely stamps that are included in this great set!

If you have come here from Crafty Carol's Blogyou are on the right path!  The blog hop is a great big circle, so you can start here and work your way all around.  If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants here.

We have over 60 Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using this month's SOTM and other great CTMH products on their blogs.  So grab a cup of your favorite beverage, sit back, enjoy and be inspired!  It is simple to do - just click on the link at the end of the post on each blog to move to the next one!  Now here we go!  


I created the following single page 12"x 12" layout using Heartstrings papers because those papers just go perfectly with this stamp set, at least I think so!  I also used a few of the coordinating Heartstrings Complements as well as a couple of the new Stuck on You Puffies.  How fun are those!?!!  You'll have to pardon the shadows in my picture.  It does show that I used 3D foam tape to pop up the title & photo mat though.

Now "Hop" on over to Donna's Blog to see her beautiful work!  Be sure to visit all the Consultants at their Blogs to get some great crafting ideas and other fun ideas!  Make sure to leave them some love also with your kinds words!

Remember, the SOTM is only available until January 31st!  Contact your CTMH Consultant (or click here) to see how you can get this stamp set at a discount!


Until my next post, happy crafting! 
Pam 

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Monday, December 29, 2014

Jeanette's post - Here's to 30!

Jeanette Lynton is reflecting & sharing over on the Close to my Heart, Make It from Your Heart blog today.  You can get to the blog here, but I've copied & pasted it in below for you to read.  I just love being part of this innovative company!  And Congratulations to Jeanette on winning the Legacy Award!!

Here’s to 30!

The fact that I get to do what I love for a living—and have been able to do it for the past 30 years—is one of the greatest blessings in my life.
It all started when I was a young mother, trying to support my family. Getting a “traditional job” meant being outside my home all day, and I was reluctant to leave my small children alone. I was looking for a company where I could be home, be creative, interact with other women, and also earn a living. Such a company didn’t exist . . . so I decided to create one. In the beginning stages, I entertained dreams of where this company could go, but there were many nights when I didn’t know if those dreams would ever come true. But, oh, how they did!
As 2014 comes to a close, I’m reflecting on not only the many blessings of these past 30 years, but also the many exciting Close To My Heart events and innovations that have come to pass during this one year alone.
We held two Conventions this year in order to meet the needs of our ever-expanding Consultant base. I had the pleasure of overseeing and attending our first Australasia Convention, where Consultants from far and wide came to experience their very own Artistic Adventure. And what an adventure it was! Opening the doors in Australasia takes me back to the year we expanded from the United States to Canada. I’ve seen incredible expansion within this company and we’re not done yet! Where will the next 30 years take us?
This year has also been a big one for change at Close To My Heart. We launched a new idea book program, starting with Annual Inspirations and rounding out with Seasonal Expressions. The look and feel of these books is trendy, colorful, and full of life. I hope you enjoy their beautiful artistry. It’s exciting to look back at years of similar publications—idea books, catalogs, how-to books, and many others—and see how they’ve morphed; both trends and technology advancements have practically given our publications complete makeovers! The idea books I hold in my hands today have come a long way from the hand-drawn and hand-pasted stamp designs I drew at my kitchen table 30 years ago.
But over the past 30 years my ability to communicate with the world—with you!—has expanded in ways far beyond print. This year I oversaw the creation of this blog, and I thoroughly enjoy having such direct communication with each of you. Thirty years ago I never dreamed I’d be able to address such a large audience in a matter of mere seconds, and in such a lovely way, at that. I truly hope you enjoy the community building and sharing of inspiration that goes on here. I hope you use this blog as a tool to reach out to one another and to lift and inspire your peers. It’s easier (and faster) than ever before to make a difference in someone’s day, even if they are thousands of miles away. Isn’t that incredible?
We’ve also introduced some fabulous products this past year, including the outstanding Cricut®Artfully Sent cartridge, designed completely by Close To My Heart! It is a stunning product, the best cardmaking cartridge on the market. Additionally, we’ve broadened our product selection for crafters of all skill levels and dispositions by introducing great products like Picture My Life™, Cut Above™, Designer Creations, and several others. Looking back on 30 years worth of innovative products, I see the rise and fall of trends, but always, ALWAYS the consistency and love from audiences far and wide for hand stamping.
Stamps are really where my business started, as you know. This year marks not only my thirtieth anniversary of being in the business, but also my tenth anniversary of introducing the My Acrylix®line of clear stamps and blocks to the world. Clear polymer stamps have completely transformed the way people stamp! As the first direct sales company to produce and carry clear stamps and blocks, we have true reason to celebrate a fabulous ten years of success.
It has been a fantastic year, and it ends on a positive note for me personally. I was recently honored to receive the Legacy Award from the Direct Sales Management Association of Utah. Given in honor of my longevity and innovation in this business, this award represents the challenges and achievements I’ve experienced over the past three decades. It honors not only the creativity and passion that have gone into this business, but also the good old-fashioned sacrifice and endurance. I was honored to receive the award, and, in part, credit the wonderful people who have long worked by my side in pursuit of this dream—both those at the corporate office, as well as all of you!
DSMA Award
Indeed, 2014 has been the icing on a beautiful cake that has been in the making for thirty years. Thank you for everything you have contributed to this legacy. Here’s to the many years past and the many more to come!


Until my next post, happy crafting! Pam I love reading your comments, won't you please leave me one! :)

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Birthday Gift for YOU!!

Today is my birthday, but I have a gift for you!!

Close to my Heart has received another shipment of the amazing chevron designed Rolling Totes!  I cannot wait to receive mine!   But my gift to you, is if you order one of the Rolling Totes on my website today, you will receive the matching Shoulder Tote as a "Thank You" gift from me! :o)

Here are pictures of the Rolling Tote.  Stock corporate photo first and some wonderful detail photos showing it packed full, courtesy of fellow Australian Consultant, Cassie Ingersoll.  She won hers at the Australasia Convention!   Just look at all she has in hers!  Crop time here we come!






Next here is the adorable Shoulder Tote that you can get for FREE today only!!  Just by ordering the Rolling Tote on my website.  It's my birthday but you get a gift, how fun is that! 



Go HERE to view the Rolling Tote online.  And Go HERE to view the Shoulder Tote online.
The Shoulder Tote will ship separately.


Until my next post, happy crafting! 
Pam 

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Saturday, December 6, 2014

Deal of the Decade - December Special


This year marks the 10-year anniversary of Close To My Heart’s revolutionary My Acrylix®clear polymer stamps—and we can’t wait for you to celebrate with us! With a qualifying purchase of $50 during the month of December, you will be eligible to purchase ANY C- or D-size stamps from the Annual Inspirations 2014–2015 idea book for only $10. That’s up to $7.95 of savings on a single stamp set! Plus, once you achieve the qualifying order total, there is no limit to the number of eligible stamp sets you can purchase at this discounted price. Remember, a purchase of $50 will also qualify you to receive the December Stamp of the Month for only $5, so if you purchase both the discounted Stamp of the Month and additional stamps at this special campaign pricing your savings will compound! It is truly the deal of the decade.

Here are pictures of the eligible stamp sets you can purchase for only $10 with your qualifying $50 purchase.  I'm more of a visual person and don't want you to have to go searching the Annual Inspirations Idea Book to see which stamp sets are part of the special from a list of stamps.










And here is the super cute Cutie Pie, December Stamp of the Month Stamp set that you can get for only $5!

Go HERE to make your purchase!  Or message me with any questions you might have at pamtrostle@msn.com

Until my next post, happy crafting! 
Pam 

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Wednesday, December 3, 2014

CTMH Albums for All!

Check out Close To My Heart’s exclusive new albums. Introducing three beautiful colors and designs in post bound and D-ring styles.  Watch this video to see these albums featured.  You can go HERE to view & order them online.



Until my next post, happy crafting! 
Pam 

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Monday, December 1, 2014

It's CYBER MONDAY!!


Close to my Heart has a DEAL for you!!  And to sweeten this wonderful One Day sale, You get 20% OFF with Corporate and an Additional 20% OFF with me!!  You must email me to place your order!

Along with today's Cyber Monday Sale, the December Special is called Deal of the Decade.  This year marks the 10-year anniversary of Close To My Heart’s revolutionary My Acrylix®clear polymer stamps—and we can’t wait for you to celebrate with us! With a qualifying purchase of $50 during the month of December, you will be eligible to purchase ANY C- or D-size stamps from the Annual Inspirations 2014–2015 idea book for only $10!


Cricut® Collections














Until my next post, happy crafting!
Pam

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