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Wednesday, April 29, 2009

David is making the big move...

Our dear boy is joining the ranks of the independent tomorrow. I am driving down to help move him from his dorm room (where he has been very comfortable for the last 2 of his 3 years at U of M!) into an apartment.

We got a tour of a sample apartment when we visited him last month. Boy, talk about fancy! Not what I remember as college living! Wouldn't you know I forgot the camera!

I am so not looking forward to the 8+ hours of driving in one day, but we will be really happy to have David back home for a week. Then it's back to A2 for a summer job and summer classes!

Wish us luck with the big day!

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

National Scrapbooking Month Offers and Contests




National Scrapbooking Month Offers & Contests for You

Here’s some great news! The Tickled Pink scrapbooking kit, created exclusively to celebrate National Scrapbooking Month, is available NOW for you to purchase at retail or earn FREE with a qualifying purchase. In addition, hostesses who have qualifying Home Gathering with sales totals of $400 or more will receive the Tickled Pink kit for FREE, and new Consultants who enroll in May will receive a FREE Tickled Pink kit as part of their New Consultant Kit.

Artwork Contests on Special Website
And it gets even better! As another fun way to celebrate this special month, Close to My Heart has set up the Scrapbook and Share blog site to showcase some great artwork, that you can visit to share your artwork and win Close To My Heart products. To participate in the Scrapbook and Share contest, simply send a JPEG image of a two-page layout that highlights you in some way to scrapbookandshare@closetomyheart.com. Along with your submission, you’ll want to share why the layout highlights you. At the end of May, finalists will be selected from all of the entries, and you will be able to vote for your favorites. The winners in each category will receive $150 US retail in Close To My Heart products.


Saturday, April 25, 2009

Open Hostess Club is forming

I wanted to make sure to get the good news out that I have an Open Hostess Club forming. I have hostesses for June 7th, June 28th, and July 19th.

Please give me a shout if you want to jump on board to reserve your hostess date for one of our fun workshops.

Also, I have set my class schedule through September 12th. You can get a lot of great information in the calendar section of my website, lovetostamp.myctmh.com

Here is a short synopsis of the exciting workshops I'll be teaching in the next few months:

May 2nd: National Scrapbooking Day Crop from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Come & Celebrate with a full day of scrapbooking (and cardmaking). You’ll also enjoy a peek at the new Summer 2009 Idea Book. There will be a make and take featuring new paper and stamps. Cost is $25 with lunch and dinner provided. Optional: Unforgettable Workshop---see next event. Payment due by April 19th. *I have space for 2 more croppers, so contact me very soon!*


May 2nd: Unforgettable Workshop from 1-6 p.m.during the National Scrapbooking Day Crop. Choose your kit level and create 6 pages with the Unforgettable Level 2 kit and My Stickease. Basic $26, Better $48, or Best $62. Register by April 19th.


May 9th: Stop by and visit me at the Emmet County Fairgrounds 4-H Building for the Mother's Day Weekend Expo being held 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. I'll have a make & take, cash & carry, and display.


May 31st: Tickled Pink! Workshop from 1-5 p.m. Mark your calendar for this FREE workshop day! Purchase or earn for FREE the Tickled Pink! scrapbooking kit and you are eligible to attend this workshop. Come & create the exclusive 4 layout pages using the included brochure.


June 7th: Bella Workshop from 1-6 p.m. Choose your level of kit and create 6 gorgeous pages with the brand new Bella Level 2 kit and My Stickease. Basic $27, Better $49, or Best $58. Register by May 16th.

June 28th: Animal Cookies Workshop from
1-6 p.m. Choose your level of kit and create 6 adorable pages with another brand new set, Animal Cookies. Basic $27, Better $49, or Best $61. Register by June 7th.

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: 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! This workshop runs from 1-5 p.m. and the cost is $15. 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 $53. 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.

Friday, April 24, 2009

My 4th of July Layout

Follow this link to see my 4th of July layout now appearing on Close to My Heart's Scrapbook and Share blog.

How cool is that!

We had such a wonderful evening that beautiful summer night. Watching the kids was such a joy to Wayne & I.

Also, don't forget to think about entering your own layout artwork to the Scrapbook and Share Contest!

Let me know if I can help you purchase or earn the terrific Tickled Pink! kit for free. I made up my kit with two great layouts and was so pleased. I also made some cards from the scraps too. The D-size stamp set that comes with it also makes some cute random stamped paper too.

I have a free workshop scheduled for Sunday, May 31st from 1-6 p.m. for anyone who earns or purchases the Tickled Pink! kit.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Earth Day Happies

I absolutely have to share a story about what great girls dear hubby and I have raised. They are 14 and 15 and growing into terrific young women.

Well, I can only begin to tell you how proud I was of them on Earth Day yesterday. They each dressed for school in green to spotlight the day and start some conversations. How cute is that?

The best part came when, after school, the 15 year old says, "I am going for a walk to pick up trash" AND the 14 year old says, "Can I come with you?" AND the 15 year old replies, "I guess." Talk about a doubly good happening with trash being picked up and some sister time too!

Our girls remembered how we would celebrate Earth Day and/or the arrival of Spring by going for a walk in the neighborhood to collect the trash that accumulated over Winter. It's been at least 3 years since we did that as a family adventure, but they did it on their own.

Now for the funny part: what a sight we saw when the 15 year old returned home a couple minutes after her sister (they each took one side of the road as their responsibility)! She was looking very tired and a bit dirty carrying three bags of trash AND dragging a ragged, blown out tire. I so wish I had taken that picture!

However, I did capture them with their "treasures."



Wednesday, April 22, 2009

April 2009 Newsletter


April
Close To My Heart April 2009
In This Issue
Featured Article
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Special Offer
April
Stamp of the Month: World's Best Dad
April SOTM World's Best Dad
A playful fishing motif makes this set perfect for any man who loves tossing out a line. Available April 1-30, 2009 only.

With a minimum qualifying purchase, get your Stamp of the Month at a great discount or FREE!
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Art & Soul:
Expressions of Love for Mom
Art & Soul Expressions of Love for Mom
Tune in to CTMH TV to see the latest project today! Don't miss the fabulous discounted stamp set too! Just click on this link and visit my website: CTMH TV: Art & Soul

Coming your way in this episode is an abundance of ideas for celebrating your mom. From cards and layouts to 3-D cubes and colorful flowers, you'll come away with lots of great ways to say "I love you" to the women who mean so much to you. You'll see how easy it is to "cluster" our My Acrylix® stamps on a block to create a unique focal point or background; you'll learn the trendy rock 'n' roll stamping technique; you'll go beyond the obvious with our colorful Fancy Cuts® Botanicals-use them as stencils! And Jeanette shares a mini album she created to honor her mother. You'll want to watch this episode several times to take it all in!

"Expressions of Love for Mom" Special:
AS1012 *My Acrylix® Priceless Love
*This stamp set is specially discounted until May 31, 2009. Use item #AS1012 to receive the discount when placing your order on my website.

Check out all the other Art & Soul episodes and discount stamps and bundles of products available at a great discount.
Dear Dawn,

It looks like spring has finally sprung! I just love the crocuses and tulips poking up and the return of the robins to the yard.
I hope your Easter was joyous and you snapped lots of great photos for scrapping too!

The big news for Close to My Heart is that the new Summer 2009 Idea Book will go live come May 1st! I can share that there are some beautiful new paper packs and fun new stamp sets too!

I can't wait to share all the excitement with you very soon!
Sincerely,
Dawn
You'll be "Tickled Pink!"
National Scrapbooking Month Campain
Tickled Pink kit image
Join the National Scrapbooking Month celebration with this special Tickled Pink offer.
It's a darling scrapbooking kit that includes the new D-size My Acrylix® I Am stamp set, textured cardstock, B&T Duos™ paper (2 with glitter!), Mini-Medley Accents White Daisy collection, a foam texture tool, and an instruction brochure for creating two beautiful two-page layouts.

This kit has a retail value of $39.95, however you have several options to get this exclusive set at a discount or FREE.
You may purchase the kit outright for $39.95, a savings of $5.
You may earn the the Tickled Pink kit for FREE with a purchase that includes a minimum of $60 in stamp sets (excluding K-size/customized and Stamp of the Month).

For Hostesses:
Dates: April 15-May 31, 2009
Hostesses who hold a qualifying Home Gathering with minimum sales of $400 US will receive the Tickled Pink scrapbooking kit for FREE.
For New Consultants:
Dates: May 1-May 31, 2009
New Consultants who enroll during the month of May will receive the Tickled Pink scrapbooking kit for free as part of their New Consultant Kit.

Here is the complete scoop of what this FABULOUS Tickled Pink scrapbooking kit includes:
· 1 - My Acrylix® I Am Stamp Set (D-size)
· 2 - 12" x 12" Floral B&T Duos™ Paper (1 with glitter)
· 2 - 12" x 12" Stripe B&T Duos™ Paper (1 with glitter)
· 1 - 12" x 12" Blush Textured Cardstock
· 1 - 12" x 12" Crystal Blue Textured Cardstock
· 5 - 12" x 12" White Daisy Textured Cardstock (1 sheet with die-cut shapes)
· 1 -Mini-Medley Accents White Daisy Collection
· 1- Foam Texture Tool
· 1- Brochure (instructions for 2 two-page layouts from brand-new patterns)
Featured Colors: Blush, Crystal Blue, Twilight, Hollyhock, Sweet Leaf
Call me to book your Gathering or place your qualifying order at (231) 347-6301.

***As a bonus to you, I am hosting a FREE workshop, Sunday, May 31st from 1-5 p.m. where you can join us to create the 2 two-page layouts using the included brochure.***
Unforgettable Workshop in May
Call to reserve your spot soon!

Unforgettable WOTG
Join us each month to complete beautiful scrapbook pages the Close to My Heart way (Faster. Simpler. Easier.) In May, we will get together to create 6 cool pages with the elegant paper pack, Unforgettable.

Choose your kit level and sign up to join our fun group. This workshop will be held Saturday, May 2nd from 1-6 p.m. Space is limited and prepaid registration is due by April 19th.
BASIC KIT ($26) = Unforgettable Level 2 paper pack, Unforgettable My Stickease two sheets, Foundry Bookplates, and 29" of Sorbet ribbon.

BETTER KIT ($48) = Unforgettable Level 2 paper pack, Unforgettable My Stickease two sheets, Foundry Bookplates, 29" of Sorbet ribbon, and D1340 Aspiration stamp set.

BEST KIT ($62) = Unforgettable Level 2 paper pack, Unforgettable My Stickease two sheets, Foundry Bookplates, 29" of Sorbet ribbon, D1340 Aspiration stamp set, Cocoa marker, Dimensional Elements Perennials, and Pewter Brads.

Call to register today: (231) 347-6301
Future Events
May 2nd: National Scrapbook Day Crop from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Come & Celebrate with a full day of scrapbooking (and cardmaking). You'll also enjoy a peek at the new Summer 2009 Idea Book. There will be a make and take featuring new paper and stamps. Cost is $25 with lunch and dinner provided. Optional: Unforgettable Workshop---see next event. Payment due by April 19th.

May 2nd: Unforgettable Workshop from 1-6 p.m.during the National Scrapbook Day Crop. Choose your kit level and create 6 pages with the
Unforgettable Level 2 kit and My Stickease. Basic $26, Better $48, or Best $62. Register by April 19th.

May 9th: Stop by and visit me at the Emmet County Fairgrounds 4-H Building for the Mother's Day Weekend Expo being held 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. I'll have a make & take, cash & carry, and display.

May 31st: Tickled Pink! Workshop from 1-5 p.m. Mark your calendar for this FREE workshop day! Purchase or earn for FREE the Tickled Pink! scrapbooking kit and you are eligible to attend this workshop. Come & create the exclusive 4 layout pages using the included brochure.

June 7th: Bella Workshop from 1-6 p.m. Choose your level of kit and create 6 gorgeous pages with the brand new Bella Level 2 kit and My Stickease. Basic $27, Better $49, or Best $58. Register by May 16th.

June 28th: Animal Cookies Workshop from 1-6 p.m. Choose your level of kit and create 6 adorable pages with another brand new set, Animal Cookies. Basic $27, Better $49, or Best $61. Register by June 7th.

Call or e-mail me to get register for these fun events!

Enjoy our beautiful spring!

Dawn
Close To My Heart
460 Silver Creek Road
Petoskey, Michigan 49770
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Tuesday, April 7, 2009

World's Best Dad---April Stamp of the Month Artwork

Once again my great group of fellow consultants in my swap group have produced some fantastic artwork using this month's Stamp of the Month. Here is what we came up with:













Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Well, it's official...

I took the plunge by signing up with Pampered Chef as a new consultant. I caught the enthusiasm from my sister-in-law who signed up last month. She has been having great success during her first month. I hosted a cooking show for her and was very pleased with the very nice quality of Pampered Chef products I earned! I was convinced that my family would love using the nice cooking and entertaining products, especially our great cook, Rebekah.

The cooking show I hosted was a lot of fun and the food was so yummy!


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