Friday, May 29, 2009

Exciting Announcement! Great Scrapbooking Weekend Opportunity!

I have signed on to be a Close to My Heart vendor and to teach a class for a cool scrapbooking retreat happening this fall.

I wanted to get the word out so you can check out some details and sign up before things get full. It does seem to be filling up fast!

If you would like to check out the event website, click here: Shop & Crop

You can contact me directly and I would love to send you some additional information:

I look forward to seeing you there for this great weekend of creative fun!

The New Consultant Opportunity for Close to My Heart Rocks!

The new consultant kit that Close to My Heart has available now is so darn cute! Shown in the first picture, you can see over $350 worth of creative and business supplies for just $99.

Also available to new consultants are two bonus packs: the Scrapbooking Bonus Pack for $60 (Shown in the second picture with a retail value of $180+) and the Cardmaking Bonus Pack (Shown in the third picture with a retail vaule of $150+). In the month of May (only 3 days left), you get as an added bonus a free "Tickled Pink" scrapbooking kit worth $39.95 (shown to the left here on my blog).

So, if you do the math and add up all the great deals, you can join today for $209, but receive a whopping $630 in products!!! It makes me wish I could sign up all over again!

So, you have several great ways to begin your creative career with Close to My Heart. I'd love to have you contact me via e-mail at: and I will help you tell you more about this great opportunity to do what you love and earn great rewards too! Or, if you are ready to sign up now, here is the link to do so: and make sure the sponsor information lists me. I will be your mentor on this new adventure!

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Organizational Tip for Cards

I have a tip, based on my current organizational project to help you keep your cards organized and make good use of all those swaps we seem to accumulate.

I have hundreds of swap cards plus my stash of cards that were flowing out of boxes everywhere. I have spent the last couple of evenings making sure the cards are in good shape, adding envelopes if needed, and bagging them into clear bags. I then organized them by occasion in plastic shoebox totes I found on clearance for $1. Now, when I need a quick card or inspiration for a new card, I can find things quickly.

I also kept one nice basket for my most recent creations and swaps so that when my customers come for workshops, they can see the latest things easily.

My next step is to tackle my growing hoard of display boards...

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Lemonade Stand Award for me! Yippee!

Well, I couldn't be more excited! Sandra T. sent me this cool award. This is my first blog award. Thanks so much, Sandra!

You can click on the link from her name to check out her fun blog. She has some great artwork posted.

Now, some info about the Lemonade Stand Award. The rules of this award are as follows:

  1. Comment on this blog.
  2. Cut and past the award logo and use it on your own blog.
  3. Nominate 5-10 blogs that you feel show great attitude and gratitude.
  4. Link to your nominees within your own blog post.
  5. Comment on their blogs to let them know they have received the award.
  6. Please link back to the person who gave you the award to show them your appreciation for being recognized.
And the Lemonade Stand award, in no particular order, goes to:

These gals are fellow CTMH consultants who display great talent and humanity in their lives. Their blogs sure are great fun to follow! Click on the links to check out their blogs and please remember to leave a comment and join me in congratulating them on their good works!!!

Here's the latest Close to My Heart News!

Close To My Heart Newsletter
Creative News from Close to My Heart
May 2009
In This Issue
Just in time for Father's Day!
Deal-a-Day Specials
Animal Cookies Workshop
Join me for a summer of fun

Art & Soul's Newest Episode:

Mementos for the Man in Your Life

Art & Soul Mementos for the Man in Your Life

Tune in to the latest episode of "Art & Soul" today.

Get ready to celebrate the special man in your life by creating a fast, fun, and manly gift to help him remember just how much he's loved and appreciated. You'll learn fabulous techniques like generation and rock 'n' roll stamping, using a corner rounder to create fun and unique shapes, working macho magic with a pivot point stapler, and much more. Then, for a few moments of partying with everything from sprinkles to chocolate mousse, follow Jeanette into the enchanting Art & Soul Cupcakery-and find out why she's so delighted!

Speaking of cupcakes, now you have the recipes and instructions to make them, too! The instructions are written to describe just one of the cupcakes in each lovely trio, but should give you enough information to be able to create the others or to switch it up and make your own paper confection.

To learn how to make these great projects, just click on this link and visit my website:
CTMH TV: Art & Soul

"Mementos for the Man in Your Life" Special
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May Stamp of the Month: Be Yourself

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Dear Dawn,

May has proved to be a very eventful month in my life. Our family had one son moving into his first apartment, another son moving four hours away into a house, one daughter turning 16, and the baby working hard to keep her all A's record despite being sick again! Whew!

Did you get a chance to enjoy our beautiful Memorial Day weekend? We took advantage of the pleasant weather to get our yard and gardens whipped into shape. We also made sure to get in a couple of evenings of BBQing.

As June is fast approaching I had to make sure to check in and let everyone know the exciting news Close to My Heart has in store for the month of June.

What's more fun than discovering a new art technique, using an embellishment in a unique way, or trying an accent you've never used before and loving it? Well, our June Deal-a-Day promotion is perfect for bringing out the fun in your creative projects! It's a great time to pick up some products you love or ones you've never used before at an incredible price and discover all the creative ways you can use them. You can add to your scrapbooking supplies so you'll always have just the perfect item on hand. You can even challenge your creative side and say, 'Whatever deal pops up this Wednesday I'm going to buy and use-even if I've never used it before!' That can get your imagination flowing! Visit my MyCTMH website every day in June and see what gets your artistic juices bubbling! And remember, the deals are good for just that one day and only while supplies last.

Be on the lookout for the details below for the Deal-a-Day fun beginning on June 1st!

I hope you are getting ready for a fabulous summer full of fun!


Who Doesn't Love a Deal?
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June Deal-a-Day Website Specials are coming your way beginning on June 1st. Plus, I am offering an extra special reward for those shopping the deals during June.

You'll find a different deal each day on my website:

June is the time to stock up on all your creative supplies for scrapbooking, stamping, and cardmaking with our Deal-a-Day special. Most of June you'll have the opportunity to grab a popular Close To My Heart product free when you make a purchase of one My Acrylix stamp set! We'll also have exciting goodie boxes available on several days where you'll get a bag-full of products well below retail price! You'll want to stock up now while you can save big. Visit my MyCTMH website every day to save money and fill your craft room with everything you're going to need.

Once you arrived to my website, you will find a special June Deal-a-Day link to see that day's special deal. However, there will be a one hour window each day when the deal changeover will occur and you will not find a deal from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. eastern time each day.

What are the campaign details?

Dates: June 1-30, 2009 (the last item posted on June 30 will remain online until July 1, 2009 at 10 a.m. (ET) or while supplies last.

Featured Products: It's a different product special each day!
Take advantage of a different deal each day during June only on my website.
Each special will run for just one day-23 hours to be exact, from 11 a.m. (ET) to 10 a.m. (ET) the following day. The hour between 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. will be used to finalize all pending transactions and launch the next "deal."

There will be two different types of "deals" offered on through this exciting promotion:

Receive a free item with a qualifying purchase. On 24 of the 30 days in June, you can receive a specially-selected current product absolutely free (tax does apply on free items in the US) when you purchase a My Acrylix® stamp set, size A, B, C, D, or E (Excluding Stamp of the Month and customized or K-size sets). Please read additional information about qualifying stamp sets. The free product will change daily and there can be only one free item per order. Shoppers will also save big on shipping when orders meet all Deal-a-Day guidelines. Please read on for shipping requirements.

Receive 50% off or more on "Great Goodies" boxes. On 6 of the 30 days in June, you can purchase a "mystery" box filled with "Great Goodies." Contents will vary by box and include both current and retired favorite stamp sets, paper packs, embellishments, and other great products. The six "Great Goodies" boxes will all have different pricing of at least 50% off retail, with some at even deeper discounts! Note that we have made every effort to differentiate the 6 "Great Goodies" options so you can purchase boxes on different dates and receive a wide variety of differing products! No qualifying purchase is required on the days a "Goodies" box is the deal; discounted shipping is also available when orders meet all Deal-a-Day guidelines. Please read on for shipping requirements.

What are the item numbers for the campaign products?
Since the special changes from day to day, so does the item number-but no worries! You only need to "add" the item to your cart as you usually do when shopping online. You don't need to know the item numbers to place an order. Note that on the days when a qualifying purchase of a stamp set is required to receive a free item, you must put the stamp set in the cart BEFORE the free item may be added and checked out.
Also note that in order to give you the best possible deal on products and shipping, Deal-a-Day purchases must include ONLY Deal-a-Day items and nothing else. Simplifying the guidelines will streamline the shipments of orders and that is also how we're able to discount shipping for this exciting and unique promotion.

This means:

On "Great Goodies" days, only one "Great Goodies" box and no other items may be checked out in a single transaction.
On the "free item with qualifying purchase" days, only one stamp set and the free item may be checked out in one transaction.
If there are additional or different items in the cart, the system will not recognize the purchase as a "Deal-a-Day" purchase and neither the "deal" nor the discounted shipping will be accepted.
This is key to ensure you understand this important qualification so they can take full advantage of the great deals and incredible shipping discounts associated with this promotion. If you wish to make regular purchases on my website, you may still do so, but they are not eligible for the Deal-a-Day free products, Great Goodies boxes, or discounted shipping for regular shopping.

Plus, here is my special reward to those shopping the deals on my website in June:

For every purchase you make from my website from June 1-30, you will earn one chance to win my drawing at the end of the month for your choice of a how-to book (Wishes, Reflections, Cherish, Imagine, or Originals). Each time you place a website order from me, you can increase your chances to win the drawing.

I hope you'll join me each day in June to discover all the great finds happening with the Deal-a-Day specials at:

I can't wait to shop the deals and I hope you will too!

Happy shopping!

Sign up to join us for this adorable workshop

Animal Cookies WOTG Bright, cheerful colors and stripes, engaging animal designs, and fun polka dots create memory magic with Close to My Heart's Animal Cookies Level 2 paper packet. As my workshop guest, you'll have great adventures using our handy piercing tool kit!

Join our fun great when we meet Sunday, June 28th from 1-6 p.m. to create six fun pages from the Animal Cookies paper packet. You can choose from the basic, better, or best kits to make your pages as fancy as you want.

BASIC KIT ($27) = Animal Cookies Level 2 paper pack, Animal Cookies My Stickease two sheets, Foam Die-Cuts Numbers, and 48" of White Daisy ribbon.

BETTER KIT ($49) = Animal Cookies Level 2 paper pack, Animal Cookies My Stickease two sheets, Foam Die-Cuts Numbers, 48" of White Daisy ribbon, and C1359 Sweet Baby stamp set.

BEST KIT ($61) = Animal Cookies Level 2 paper pack, Animal Cookies My Stickease two sheets, Foam Die-Cuts Numbers, 48" of White Daisy ribbon, C1359 Sweet Baby stamp set, a package of Summer Craft buttons, and Neutral embroidery floss assortment.

Prepaid registration is due by June 7th.

Call today to register: 231-347-6301
A Peek at More Creative Fun

Moon Doggie WOTG for July

Moon Doggie is the featured scrapbooking workshop for July.

Other upcoming events include:

July 12th: BBQ Bonanza of Recipes Workshop 1-6 p.m. Choose your level of kit to share your favorite BBQ or camping recipes. We'll use the 6x6 display album to store all these delicious recipes. Basic $15, Better $30, or Best $55. Register by June 28th.

July 19th: Moon Doggie Workshop from 1-6 p.m. Choose your level of kit and create 6 beautiful pages with Moon Doggie Level 2 kit and My Stickease. Basic $26, Better $48, or Best $53. Register by June 28th.

August 2nd: Cool Cube Workshop from 1-5 p.m. Come create a Cool Cube with us. We'll use the My Creations Cube to make a stunning gift or a sweet desk conversation piece! The cost is: Basic $15, Better $25, or Best $50. Register by July 19th.

August 23rd: Tinkerin' Workshop from 1-6 p.m. Choose your level of kit and create 6 fun pages with Tinkerin' Level 2 kit and My Stickease. Basic $28, Better $50, or Best $65. Register by July 19th.

September 12th: Back Country Workshop from 1-6 p.m. Choose your level of kit and create 6 outdoorsy pages with Back Country Level 2 kit and My Stickease. Basic $26, Better $48, or Best $65. Register by August 23rd.

September 12th: National Stamping Day Crop from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Join us to celebrate with a day filled with stamping, scrapbooking, and cardmaking. Today will also be a great opportunity to see what new items Close to My Heart has to offer with the launch of the brand new Autumn/Winter 2009 Idea Book. There will be the optional Back Country Workshop as well as a free make & take. Be sure to register by August 23rd to reserve your space.

Don't forget that you can earn free scrapbooking and stamping supplies by hosting your own Home Gathering for an evening of creative fun with your family and friends. Call me today to book yours: 231-347-6301.

Thank you for support! I look forward to seeing you soon!

Dawn Ross
Close To My Heart

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Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Weekend Winners!

Did everyone have a fabulous weekend?

I know I sure enjoyed our great weather! We took advantage of the warm, sunny days and got the yard whipped into shape. I planted some flowers while my husband and girls did some tilling and planting in the vegetable and herb garden. The trees got pruned and the lawn mowed too.

After full days out in the sun, we had a couple of evening BBQ's to relax and regroup. We followed that up with some family movie time too. I could not have asked for much more.

On the topic of my first ever blog candy give-way event, I am very thankful for the kind ladies who stopped by and made a point to comment.

I had the following winners:


I still need addresses for Gina and Lynn please. You can you send your address to me at:

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Blog Candy Still Waiting for a Great Home!

Congratulations to Lisa Stenz who is the winner of my first blog candy giveaway! She was my 200th visitor and posted a Close to My Heart-related comment. Thank you, Lisa!

Now, as I mentioned in yesterday's post, I want to celebrate all weekend by giving away a surprise each day to the first person to comment on that given day.

Are you feeling lucky?

Friday, May 22, 2009

Let's celebrate with CTMH and some blog candy!

I am about to hit 200 visitors to my blog. I know that's not huge compared to many of you "old timers," (ha ha) but I want to celebrate!

The first person to post a comment to my blog after I hit 200 visitors and their comment is related to Close to My Heart in some way, will win a surprise.

Since I am feeling like celebrating more than once, I will send a surprise to the first person to comment then on each day of this holiday weekend too.

Let's have some fun!

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

In My Future: Green Day with 3 Teenagers!

Just a little background for you: My daughter, Rebekah, just turned 16 this past weekend. Her favorite band is Green Day. She idolizes Billie Joe Armstrong.

Well, in case you hadn't heard, Green Day just put out a new CD and they are going on tour for the summer. Wouldn't you know, they are stopping in Michigan, and Rebekah told us, "I am going to see Green Day."

I guess I remember what it was like, so long ago, to be 16 and crazy about a band. So, dear hubby and I agreed to get her to the concert as her birthday gift from us.

We weren't dummies about it though. Tickets went on sale this past Saturday at 10 a.m. Well, it's just unheard of to see Rebekah up before 11 a.m. on Saturdays. However, we teased her and told her there was no way I could function to purchase concert tickets online without a good breakfast first. Guess who was up and cooking pancakes first thing Saturday morning?

So, long story short, sort of, I am taking Rebekah and her friend, plus my younger daughter to see Green Day in July! Wish me luck!!!

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

New Art & Soul Episode: Mementos for the Man in Your Life

Head on over to my website: and enjoy the latest episode of Art & Soul. This month's webisode: "Mementos for the Man in Your Life." It is dedicated to helping you celebrate the men in your life by helping you make your artwork manly.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Tickled Pink Display Board and more...

Since I finally found my cable to unload some things from my camera, I wanted to remember to share this photo of two of my display boards. They are a compilation from my artwork and some from a couple of fellow swappers too (Thanks, Rebecca and Amy!).

I had these out during my National Scrapbooking Day crop. I hope you enjoy them:

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Mother's Day Lunch

Here you can see the finished Life Delights Memory Showcase Album I made as Mother's Day gifts for my Mom and Step-Mom. I think they were a hit.

We gathered together this afternoon to celebrate Mother's Day and have a family birthday party in honor of Rebekah's upcoming 16th birthday.

Her sister made her a great card!

You can see that the artist is quite proud of her work too:

Here is the snapshot where she found out she is going to see Green Day in concert in July. We hid a little note in her new pocketbook giving her the happy news. Priceless!

Here is the birthday cake too, which Rebekah really was tickled about:

All in all, I think everyone enjoyed a great day for celebrating!

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Family Dinner

We enjoyed some precious family time with all the kids home for dinner. Here are David and Adam, with Adam clowning around as usual.

It's hard to not to be reminded of how I feel like my Grandma felt when she had all of her kids home for holidays. Deja vu!

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Be Yourself---May SOTM Swap Artwork

Another beautiful batch of results from the great artwork swap I am in. It would be hard not to make something terrific with the Bella paper, but these girls made things stunning with this fun stamp set!

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