35 Reasons to Sign Me Up!

This year, we are celebrating our Founder & CEO Jeanette Lynton’s 35 years in the world of stamping, scrapbooking, cardmaking, and papercrafting. Under Jeanette’s leadership, we have not only created innovative products to help you celebrate those you love and preserve your cherished memories, but we have also spent decades helping others become leaders and achieve their goals as Close To My Heart Consultants. In the spirit of this celebration, we have 35 amazing reasons why you’ll want to sign up this month as a Close To My Heart Consultant, including free stamp sets!

Sign Me Up! #ctmh #closetomyheart #ctmhsignmeup #illustratedalphabet #alphabetstampset #scrapbooking #cardmaking #papercrafting

Just during February, when you sign up as a Close To My Heart Consultant, you’ll get a special bonus—all five exclusive Hostess Rewards stamp sets from the Seasonal Expressions 1 idea book. That includes the Illustrated Alphabet stamp set that we used for this happy title on the scrapbook page above.

Are you ready for 35 reasons why you’ll want to be a Close To My Heart Consultant??

Here they are:

  1. Get a discount on your favorite memory keeping and papercrafting products
  2. Earn amazing rewards like trips to other parts of the world (think Tahiti, Argentina, or the Caribbean!)
  3. Have access to new products before anyone else
  4. Make money by sharing your creativity with others
  5. Use how-to books for scrapbooking and cardmaking that are especially designed to make it easy to show others that anyone can be creative!
  6. Structure your business to work around the priorities in your life
  7. Build lasting friendships
  8. Take advantage of a New Consultant Kit with essential business supplies to help you get started
  9. Work from anywhere
  10. Receive Close To My Heart Cash when you sign up to spend on products like paper packets, cardstock, stamp sets, or stamp pads of your choice
  11. Get creative inspiration from other Consultants
  12. Start a business with no experience required
  13. Meet other people with similar interests
  14. Earn additional rewards like exclusive stamp sets, a logo t-shirt, and bonus products when you meet particular sales goals in your first 90 days as a Consultant
  15. Be your own party Hostess as a Consultant—this means you can take advantage of the Consultant discount AND the Hostess Reward program at the same time
  16. Use training and marketing resources available online from Close To My Heart to help your business succeed
  17. Make crafting your part-time to full-time living—it’s up to you!
  18. Receive weekly emails from Close To My Heart to walk you through the steps you should take to get your business started
  19. Be your own boss
  20. Use your Consultant discount on a Craft with Heart™ subscription
  21. Get a free e-commerce website to make shopping with you easy for your customers
  22. Participate in the Close To My Heart community online and on social media where you’ll find resources and encouragement from others just like you
  23. Attend regional or national events for business training, product training, creative sessions, and more
  24. Get started with a low-cost New Consultant Kit (plus bonus stamp sets this month!)
  25. Introduce others to the joy to recording and sharing their unique story with Story by Stacy™ workshop kits
  26. Set your own schedule
  27. Make money doing what you love!
  28. Receive recognition from Close To My Heart when you reach business and sales benchmarks
  29. Bring people together to do things that you enjoy like scrapbooking, cardmaking, and papercrafting
  30. Learn valuable business skills from Close To My Heart staff, online resources, and fellow Consultants
  31. Participate with Close To My Heart to contribute to our charitable partner, Operation Smile™, helping children get life-changing facial surgeries around the world
  32. Learn how to celebrate the relationships in your life and teach others to do the same
  33. Flexibility to adapt your business to your goals, whether you’re looking for a discount on products you love or plan to build your business to earn an income
  34. Connect with other people that encourage you to reach your goals
  35. Receive five free stamp sets when you sign up in February!

These are all phenomenal reasons to join the Close To My Heart family. Plus, the free stamp sets you get when you sign up this month make becoming a Consultant an even better deal.

Sign Me Up! #ctmh #closetomyheart #ctmhsignmeup #illustratedalphabet #alphabetstampset #gotsnow #thisisnotabill #letscelebrate #scrapbooking #cardmaking #papercrafting

These stamp sets will help you add a little extra something to any project, including cards, envelopes, scrapbook pages, and more. We love how you can combine the solid letters and illustrated overlay images with the Illustrated Alphabet. Take a closer look at that title.

Sign Me Up! #ctmh #closetomyheart #ctmhsignmeup #illustratedalphabet #alphabetstampset #scrapbooking #cardmaking #papercrafting

February is the perfect time to take advantage of this special and all of the opportunities available to you as a Close To My Heart Consultant. To get started, click here, and you’ll be on your way!


Recipe:

 12″ x 12″ Love Your Face Page
E1044 My Acrylix® Illustrated Alphabet Stamp Set, X7243B Feels Like Home Paper Packet, X9003 Mix-in Paper Packet, X5991 Lilac Cardstock, X5988 Peach Cardstock, X6022 Smoothie Cardstock, X6027 White Daisy Cardstock, Z2831 Charcoal Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2823 Goldrush Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2808 Lemon Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z6502 Peach Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2896 Smoothie Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z6500 Sugarplum Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, X7243C Feels Like Home Complements, Z4304 Loose Sequins—Silver, Z3132 Watercolor Paints, Z3224 Waterbrush—Small Round, Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape, Z2089 Glue Dots® Micro Dots

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Operation Smile™: Consultants in Santa Cruz, Bolivia

On October 11, 2018, a few of our Close To My Heart Consultants embarked on what was to become an experience of a lifetime. They traveled for 20+ hours to arrive in Santa Cruz, Bolivia, where they were immediately given instructions and put to work. After many long days in hot, humid, and very humbling conditions, all of these women, who are our Upline, Downline, Team members, friends, and family, would gladly do it all over again!

For over a decade, Close To My Heart has partnered with and supported the work of Operation Smile™, an international medical charity that provides free surgeries to children and young adults in developing countries born with cleft lip, cleft palate or other dental and facial conditions.

In an effort to increase our support for this cause, Close To My Heart hosted the Share a Smile Challenge last year. The winners of the contest would earn a spot as a non-medical volunteer in the Santa Cruz, Bolivia Operation Smile™ international medical mission, from October 11 through the 19. Announced in our North American Convention, the prize winners were none other than the generous and tender-hearted Avis Latimer, Holly Veselenak, and Brenda Rose. Canadian Consultant Jennifer Smith was awarded a fourth spot on the mission due to the extraordinary amount of donations brought in by her artwork donation at our Convention. (To read more about the Share a Smile Challenge and its winners, visit Operation Smile™ for the Win!)

We’ve reached out to all of our medical mission volunteers and collected their thoughts and insights into what it was like to be part of something so awe-inspiring. Here are their experiences:

Operation Smile Consultant Report #ctmh #closetomyheart #operationsmile #ctmhoperationsmile #scrapbooking #scrapbook #charity #medicalmission
Avis Latimer (Glenn Dale, Maryland)

“I’ve always wanted to do a mission trip but figured it would happen once I retired. I wasn’t sure what kind of trip it would be, I just knew that I wanted to help others and broaden my personal perspective. Now, I know my skill set and wasn’t sure how I’d find a fit, but, as always, when you let go and let God take over, amazing things happen—like earning an Operation Smile mission trip to Bolivia! I wasn’t prepared for the wave of emotions that would overwhelm me…”   continue reading

Operation Smile Consultant Report #ctmh #closetomyheart #operationsmile #ctmhoperationsmile #scrapbooking #scrapbook #charity #medicalmissionHolly Veselenak (Macomb, Michigan)

“It blows my mind, still to this day, that I went on a life changing mission for Operation Smile to help little babies, young toddlers, young teens/tweens and even adults, when in actuality, my life was changed. I’ll never forget landing in Santa Cruz with my mission buddies, Avis Latimer, Brenda Rose, and Jennifer Smith. We had no idea what we were about to embark on and we were all so humbled and blessed to have been the ones chosen to go…”  continue reading

Operation Smile Consultant Report #ctmh #closetomyheart #operationsmile #ctmhoperationsmile #scrapbooking #scrapbook #charity #medicalmissionBrenda Rose (East Bethel, Minnesota)

“Some time back, Bill and Kathy Magee spoke at our Convention. I fell in love with Operation Smile, and I respect every little thing the organization and volunteers do to help children and adults that so desperately need it. It has been a dream for me to go on an Operation Smile mission…”   continue reading

One of the great things about this cause is that we don’t all have to leave our house and fly around the world to help these beautiful children. All they need from us is to make donations to make the medical missions possible. Close To My Heart is fully committed to helping Operation Smile™ receive these donations. Did you know that it takes as little as $240 to perform one of these life changing surgeries?

“Operations Smile changes lives. We can help by simply rounding up our order or buying a t-shirt or stamp set. So simple, yet it allows Operation Smile the ability to continue the very important work they do!”
Brenda Rose

With each donation from you, whether from rounding up your order or by purchasing the Operation Smile stamp set, My Acrylix® Your Best Self, you are making a difference in someone’s life.

Operation Smile Consultant Report #ctmh #closetomyheart #operationsmile #ctmhoperationsmile #scrapbooking #scrapbook #charity #medicalmission #beyourselfstampset

You may never get to meet or see them, but these children will never forget your generous heart. To learn more about how you can help Operation Smile™, talk to your Consultant today or find one in your area by visiting closetomyheart.com and clicking Find a Consultant under the What We Do tab.

“If you’re looking for a charity to rally behind and support, this is it. You are impacting not only one life, but the lives of those who surround this person. We are making a difference one smile at a time.”
Holly Veselenak

Thank you for helping us make a difference! And a special thank you to Avis Latimer, Holly Veselenak, Brenda Rose, and Jennifer Smith for your continued support and extraordinary commitment to Operation Smile™!

“In the end, it’s about having faith, hope, love and doing what we are each led to do in order to improve the life of another.”
Avis Latimer


(Due to scheduling conflicts, Jennifer Smith was unavailable to contribute to this post.)

Recipes:

12″ x 12″ The Faces of Moses…Layout
Avis Latimer
X7242B I Heart Us Paper Packet, X7242D I Heart Us Coordinating Cardstock, X7242C I Heart Us Complements, Z4270 I Heart Us Sequins

12″ x 12″ Smiles for Miles Layout
Holly Veselenak
X7241B So Much Happy Paper Packet, X7241D So Much Happy Coordinating Cardstock, X7241C So Much Happy Complements, Z4254 So Much Happy Puffy Stickers, Z4271 So Much Happy Washi Tape, Z3230 Flip Flaps™ Memory Protectors™ 3″ × 4″

12″ x 12″ Be the Reason Someone Smiles Today
Brenda Rose
X7240B Something Fierce Paper Packet, X7240D Something Fierce Coordinating Cardstock, X7240C Something Fierce Complements, Z4221 Mink Twine

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From Jeanette: Celebrate with me!

Merry Christmas from the Lyntons!Merry Christmas from my family to yours! How I love this time of year and the opportunity to celebrate the birth and life of my Savior, Jesus Christ. He is the reason behind the holiday and the center of my personal and family celebrations. I love everything about Christmas, but most especially how wonderful it is to be surrounded by these dear people who mean so much to me. I hope that your holiday is filled with joy, peace, and merriment in the company of cherished friends and loved ones.

As we look ahead to the start of another year, I am just bursting with excitement for 2019—it marks 35 years since I first began selling stamps and designing my own. Close To My Heart is the amazing company and community that has grown out of those very first efforts of mine, which is why we’re making 2019 an entire year of celebration! We’re kicking off the year with a brand new catalog of products that will launch on January 1—here’s a little peek for you:

Seasonal Expressions 1 Idea Book and Catalog by Close To My Heart #ctmh #se1That’s only the cover, but I hope that when you look at it, you can feel the excitement I’m talking about. It’s the same excitement you feel on a Christmas morning: The anticipation of great things in store. And believe, me, have we got great things in store for you!

In fact, since it is just too hard to wait even one more week, I want to kick off the celebration with a little giveaway! I want to give away 35 prizes consisting of one of our new stamp sets paired with a pack of the new Mix-in paper packet featured in the upcoming idea book:

Enter to win this 35-year giveaway prize! #giveaway #ctmhIf you’d like to win one of these prizes, just share a comment with me of one thing you’ll be celebrating in 2019. Make your comment before January 1 and we’ll draw our 35 winners in the first week of January.

The reason I chose that particular stamp set is because of the sentiment, which says “We didn’t realize we were making memories we just knew we were having fun.” I have certainly experienced that many times in my 35 years of business! We may not always be aware of it, but we’re always making memories through all the adventures of this life. I hope that this holiday season has brought you many fun, fulfilling times, and that the year ahead brings you even more that you will be able to capture and preserve as happy memories for years to come.

From my heart to yours, I wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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A Giveaway, from our Holiday Kitchen to Yours!

From Our Holiday Kitchen to Yours #ctmh #closetomyheart #ctmhholidaykitchen #holidaykitchen #holidayrecipes #holidayfood #holidaymemories #tradition #holidaytraditions #Christmas #NewYears #familytraditions #memorykeeping #storytellingCan you believe that Christmas Day is less than 2 weeks away? As we all attempt to get some last-minute menu details in place, we thought it would be fun to host a recipe swap, right here on the blog! If you’d like to participate (and we hope you will), just post a holiday recipe and any story that might go along with it in the comments below.

To get us started, we have some yummy treats from a few of our favorite ladies at the Home Office:

From Our Holiday Kitchen to Yours #ctmh #closetomyheart #ctmhholidaykitchen #holidaykitchen #holidayrecipes #holidayfood #holidaymemories #tradition #holidaytraditions #Christmas #NewYears #familytraditions #memorykeeping #storytelling

 

From Our Holiday Kitchen to Yours #ctmh #closetomyheart #ctmhholidaykitchen #holidaykitchen #holidayrecipes #holidayfood #holidaymemories #tradition #holidaytraditions #Christmas #NewYears #familytraditions #memorykeeping #storytelling

 

If you’re not quite sure whether or not you want to share those delicious recipes and memories that are running through your mind right now, we’re sweetening the deal by adding a giveaway to help you preserve, celebrate, and remember your holiday table the way you would any other tradition. Share a recipe in the comments below and be a subscriber to this blog for a chance to win one of FIVE Cut Above® Holiday Kitchen Bundles!

From Our Holiday Kitchen to Yours #ctmh #closetomyheart #ctmhholidaykitchen #holidaykitchen #holidayrecipes #holidayfood #holidaymemories #tradition #holidaytraditions #Christmas #NewYears #familytraditions #memorykeeping #storytelling

The Cut Above® Holiday Kitchen bundle comes with:

30 – recipe cards
12 – overflow cards
10 – title cards
8 – journaling cards
6 – divider pages
2 – sticker sheets
36 – Memory Protectors™
1 – My Acrylix® From the Kitchen stamp set
1 – Black Everyday Life™ Album

Whether they are old family recipes or new favorites, the meals and goodies we prepare become part of the holidays themselves. The Holiday Kitchen Cut Above® recipe kit includes everything you need to get all those recipes in one place together with the stories and memories that make them so special—and it makes a wonderful gift, especially when filled up with your tried and true recipes!

Share a favorite recipe with us or share more than one to increase your chances to win a Cut Above® Holiday Kitchen bundle. (Posting the same recipe multiple times does not count and will not increase your chances of winning!) If you are not yet a subscriber, all you have to do is push the big blue button on the side bar that says “Subscribe to list” for your entry to count for the prize drawing. You have until noon tomorrow, Friday, December 14 (MST) to enter. Even if you miss the deadline, share a recipe anyway! The more the merrier!

Now remember, this Holiday Kitchen recipe kit is only available for purchase through the end of the year. Make sure to get yours while you still can!

Now it’s your turn: what’s cooking in your holiday kitchen?


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Free Thanksgiving Printables!

Free Thanksgiving Printables #ctmh #closetomyheart #ctmhgratefulheart #gratefulheart #gratefulfor #free #printable #Thanksgiving #gratitude

For many of us, the meaning of Thanksgiving includes a large feast with friends and family, an extended weekend, probably some football, and quite possibly a last look at “normal” life before Christmas decorations cover every nook and cranny of the world. This wonderfully busy holiday is, somehow, already here—just one week away! As hostesses of the festivities, it is our job to make sure that people are fed, happy, and generally having a good time. Doing all of these things while keeping everyone mindful of what they have to be grateful for is no easy feat. And then, because we are also the family historians, or memory keepers, we will want to scrapbook the whole experience afterward.

Challenge accepted!

Since we can’t come over to each of your homes to assist in meal preparation (or the aftermath!), we came up with a printable to help with the gratitude portion of the holiday.

Free Thanksgiving Printables #ctmh #closetomyheart #ctmhgratefulheart #gratefulheart #gratefulfor #free #printable #Thanksgiving #gratitude

(Download printable cards, here.)

As your guests arrive, or whenever it naturally fits during your celebrations, ask each of them to fill out one of these cards. During a designated time, a lot of people like doing this sort of thing before dinner, have everyone share their thoughts. Make sure to keep the cards so that later you can use them to scrapbook about your evening.

Free Thanksgiving Printables #ctmh #closetomyheart #ctmhgratefulheart #gratefulheart #gratefulfor #free #printable #Thanksgiving #gratitude

Another fun way to use these printables is within your own family. Have each family member complete one of the cards and then create a banner to display in your home as a reminder of all the wonderful things you have to be grateful for.

Free Thanksgiving Printables #ctmh #closetomyheart #ctmhgratefulheart #gratefulheart #gratefulfor #free #printable #Thanksgiving #gratitude

Even though Thanksgiving is right around the corner, it is not too late to add some personal touches to your plans! For additional free Thanksgiving printables, including conversation starters and thank you cards, make sure to revisit our post from a couple of years ago, here.

What are some ways that you keep the spirit of gratitude during Thanksgiving? Let’s help each other out—the more ideas we share the better! 🙂


Recipes

12″ x 12″ Blessed Beyond Measure Pocket Scrapbooking Layout
X7237B Grateful Heart Paper Packet, X6027 White Daisy Cardstock, X6010 Mink Cardstock, X6028 Black Cardstock, X6002 Espresso Cardstock, X6004 Glacier Cardstock, X7237C Grateful Heart Complements, Z4215 Fern-stitched Ribbon, Z3371 Gold Pearls, Z4181 Thin Cuts—Stitched Circles, Z1979 Marvy® Uchida® LePen™ Journaling Pen, Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape

Gratitude Banner
X7237B Grateful Heart Paper Packet, X9000 Seasons Mix-in Paper Packet, X6027 White Daisy Cardstock, X6011 New England Ivy Cardstock, Z4221 Mink Twine, Z3379 Gold Arrow Clips, Z4242 Watercolor Pencils, Z3224 Waterbrush—Small Round, Z2463 ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Sap Green Marker, Z2465 ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Turquoise Blue Marker, Z2456 ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Mahogany Marker, Z2451 ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Clay Marker, Z2448 ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Carmine Marker, Z2452 ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Golden Yellow Marker, Z2457 ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ Marigold Marker, Z1979 Marvy® Uchida® LePen™ Journaling Pen

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Fund Your Fun, Plus a Giveaway!

We show you how to celebrate relationships through discovering your creativity,
to preserve and share the moments that matter most.

This is what it’s all about at Close To My Heart. We believe that preserving and sharing the moments that mean the most to you is so important, and with Close To My Heart, you can do that in creative ways you’ll treasure and look at over and over again.

Fund-Your-Fun #ctmh #closetomyheart #ctmhfundyourfun #fundyourfun #consultnant #scrapbooking #cardmaking #papercrafting #stamping #giveaway #free

If you love scrapbooking, cardmaking, and papercrafting as much as we do, November is the perfect time to become a Close To My Heart Consultant with the Fund Your Fun special. You can join us as a Consultant and take advantage of extra CTMH Cash to spend on products of your choice. That means when you sign up during November you’ll get the same amount of CTMH Cash as the cost of your New Consultant Kit, and you can use that CTMH Cash to purchase your choice of products like paper packets, cardstock, stamp sets, stamp pads, and more! Plus, you enjoy all these other great benefits:

  • Discount on your favorite memory keeping products
  • Be your own boss
  • Set your own schedule
  • Build lifelong friendships
  • Attend events for business training, product training, creative sessions, and more
  • Make money doing what you love!

The group of ladies in the page below is creating with brand-new product at our North American Convention last June. Can you imagine getting to see and use new product before any one else?

Fund-Your-Fun #ctmh #closetomyheart #ctmhfundyourfun #fundyourfun #consultnant #scrapbooking #cardmaking #papercrafting #stamping #giveaway #free

Consultants not only have an amazing business opportunity and get early access to new products, they belong to the Close To My Heart family. This is a special group of people that supports and encourages you however you decide to use your Close To My Heart business, whether it’s to fund your own crafting fun or to reach other goals. Either way, you can have “fun with friends” while you create and celebrate the memories and relationships that matter the most to you.

Fund-Your-Fun #ctmh #closetomyheart #ctmhfundyourfun #fundyourfun #consultnant #scrapbooking #cardmaking #papercrafting #stamping #giveaway #free

To help you scrapbook your favorite crafting moments with friends, we are giving away FIVE Solid Classroom Alphabet stamp sets! You will love using this large alphabet stamp set in your scrapbooking, just like we did in the Raspberry title on this page. Enter in today’s giveaway by following these two steps. First, make sure you are a subscriber to the Make It From Your Heart blog. If not, just click on the blue “Subscribe to list” button in the sidebar. Second, leave a comment below telling us either what you love about your Close To My Heart Consultant, or what you love about BEING a Consultant! You have until noon (MST) tomorrow, November 2, to enter.

The Fund Your Fun special lasts only through the month of November. Just click here to become a Consultant and start your Close To My Heart journey!


Recipes:

12″ x 12″ Fun with Friends Page
B1638 My Acrylix® Modern Typewriter Alphabet Stamp Set, E1042 My Acrylix® Outline Classroom Alphabet Stamp Set, E1043 My Acrylix® Solid Classroom Alphabet Stamp Set, X7238B Oh What Fun Paper Packet, X6007 Lagoon Cardstock, X6027 White Daisy Cardstock, Z3271 Archival Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2812 Raspberry Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z4304 Loose Sequins—Silver, Z4222 Hello Pumpkin Shapes, Z4216 Raspberry Baker’s Twine, Sewing Machine

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Halloween Slime Kits with Shaker Window!

We are so excited to have the talented Amy Robison as a guest blogger today! Not only is she a contributing artist for Silhouette, but is also somewhat of an expert at designing children’s themed parties, gifts, and crafts. Don’t take our word for it, see for yourself!

Halloween Slime Party #ctmh #closetomyheart #shakerwindow #ThinCuts #Halloween #HelloPumpkin #shakercard #diy #kidsparty #kidshalloween

Hey! Amy Robison here! I’m so excited to share a fun party I created this week with the Shaker Windows & Confetti Thin Cuts, loose sequins, and Hello Pumpkin collection. If you follow me on Instagram stories then you already know that I am obsessed with the shaker windows after trying them out this week. I want to use them on everything! I already have a million ideas for Christmas. I’m getting a little ahead of myself, so I’ll calm down and focus on the party I’m sharing today— a slime making party. If you’re like me, then you hate this slime craze that has been going on for a few years. (It’s the worst!) Who started this? haha! My kids still love it though, so I decided that I just have to embrace it occasionally. Plus, how perfect is it for a Halloween party?

Halloween Slime Party #ctmh #closetomyheart #shakerwindow #ThinCuts #Halloween #HelloPumpkin #shakercard #diy #kidsparty #kidshalloween

I started out by designing a few characters I could use with the shaker windows that would be festive for the holiday. I’m loving their simplicity and how they turned out. Once they were all designed, I added the shaker windows to each one. If you haven’t used the shaker windows before, I included a simple tutorial. They are a piece of cake and you’ll absolutely love them!

Shake Window Tutorial

Halloween Slime Party #ctmh #closetomyheart #shakerwindow #ThinCuts #Halloween #HelloPumpkin #shakercard #diy #kidsparty #kidshalloween

Step 1: Remove the outer foam ring leaving the middle square foam adhesive to use for other projects. (Such a genius design so all that empty space isn’t wasted.)

Step 2: Place the foam shaker window ring on your project. It is very sticky, so you know it will stay right where you put it!

Step 3: Fill with sequins, glitter, sprinkles or any other fun media. This loose sequins mix is so beautiful! I can’t get enough of it, and it’s available in gold too!

Halloween Slime Party #ctmh #closetomyheart #shakerwindow #ThinCuts #Halloween #HelloPumpkin #shakercard #diy #kidsparty #kidshalloween

Step 4: Remove the protective paper on the ring to reveal the adhesive.

 Step 5: Peel the protective film off of the acetate circle. Use washy tape to help peel it off. This was a little tip I learned from the Close to my Heart creative team. Such a huge help!

Step 6: Place the acetate sheet on top. Press down to make sure everything is sealed in place.

Halloween Slime Party #ctmh #closetomyheart #shakerwindow #ThinCuts #Halloween #HelloPumpkin #shakercard #diy #kidsparty #kidshalloween

Step 7: Using the Shaker Window Thin Cuts, cut out the finishing border in your choice of coordinating paper.

Step 8: Glue the border on top to finish.

Step 9: I taped a sucker stick to the back so that I could place them in my kits. These would be cute in gift baskets, too, as a tag to the recipient.

Halloween Slime Party #ctmh #closetomyheart #shakerwindow #ThinCuts #Halloween #HelloPumpkin #shakercard #diy #kidsparty #kidshalloween

Once I finished all the shaker window characters, I gathered the supplies for the slime kits. I used the Hello Pumpkin collection to wrap and embellish the supplies and containers to make them look more cohesive and “pretty” everything up a bit.

Halloween Slime Party #ctmh #closetomyheart #shakerwindow #ThinCuts #Halloween #HelloPumpkin #shakercard #diy #kidsparty #kidshalloween

Each kit has everything needed to make slime including fun sequins to mix inside to make it extra special. I love making each guest feel important and special. My guests are usually small children and I love the look on their faces when they see what is waiting on the table just for them. It’s the best and keeps me doing all these crazy parties.

Halloween Slime Party #ctmh #closetomyheart #shakerwindow #ThinCuts #Halloween #HelloPumpkin #shakercard #diy #kidsparty #kidshalloween

Have you used the shaker windows before? Hopefully I have sparked some ideas of fun new ways you can use them in your next project.

Thank you Amy for all of your creative ideas! Please show our new friend some love in the comments below!

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Sharing the Memory Keeping Vision

True North Workshop #ctmh #closetomyheart #TrueNorth #TrueNorthWorkshop #CelebrateCanada #Canada #fall #autumn #hockey #icehockeyWe love October at Close To My Heart, not only because of the beautiful weather changes and the fun holidays it contains, but also because it is the month that we celebrate our Canadian friends and our shared vision.

It was in October of 2003 that excited new Close To My Heart Consultants began holding the first-ever Canadian Home Gatherings where the art of memory keeping was shared and taught.

To celebrate this momentous 15-year anniversary with all of our cardmaking and scrapbooking friends, we’ve designed not one, but TWO exclusive stamp sets and workshop kits!

As you can see, both stamp sets illustrate a few of our favorite Canadianisms, but are so versatile that you don’t have to be Canadian to like them!

True North Workshop #ctmh #closetomyheart #TrueNorth #TrueNorthWorkshop #CelebrateCanada #Canada #fall #autumn #hockey #icehockey

The True North workshop kit comes with materials to make two 2-page scrapbook layouts, one stand-alone scrapbook page, and four cards. Follow the instructions to create the artwork exactly as seen here or use the included tips and techniques to change them up and make them all your own. (There is no wrong way to use these tools if they are preserving your memories!)

Are you the outdoorsy, camping, hunting, fishing, wilderness type? Perhaps you are the “memory keeper” of someone who is. Either way, the Great Outdoors stamp set and workshop were designed exactly with you in mind!

The Great Outdoors #ctmh #closetomyheart #thegreatoutdoors #scrapbooking #cardmaking #wildanimals #wild #wilderness #moose #fish #bear #duck

The beautiful, intricate details used to create each of the animal designs as well as the deliberate compass and arrow are a must have in any adventurous spirit’s crafting collection!

Celebrate this joyful Canadian anniversary with us and share the true art of memory keeping with those around you!

If you need help getting started, find a consultant in your area by visiting our website, clicking on the What We Do tab and selecting Find a Consultant.

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Everyone Deserves a Smile

In honor of world smile day last Friday, we shared the story of a young man named Enok on our Facebook page. For 25 years, Enok lived in pain and isolation. He was tormented and mocked because of his severe cleft lip. With the help of Operation Smile™, it’s partners, and volunteers, Enok received the gift of a smile.

This is his story.

We share Enok’s smile with you today to bring awareness to the critical situation faced by billions worldwide who continue to suffer from a cleft lip or palate due to a lack of access to safe surgical care. Every three minutes another child is born with this condition, resulting in malnourishment, speech impediments, and social stigma.

The majority of people who lack access to safe surgical care are often the poorest in their countries, excluded from care due to economic and social barriers and residing in remote locations far from surgical sites. The truth is, more people die each year from the lack of access to safe surgery than from AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria combined. Through Operation Smile™, safe surgeries are provided to patients with the highest quality of care, based on the highest medical standards, no matter where they live.

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Did you know that it only takes $240 USD to perform a single life-changing surgery? (Most of us reading this spend a lot more than that on a regular basis to support our papercrafting hobby!)

Since 2008, Close To My Heart has partnered with Operation Smile™, repairing smiles and reshaping lives, one person at a time. Because we support the mission of this amazing organization, with each new catalog, we design a special stamp set and donate $7 USD of the proceeds from its sales to the efforts of Operation Smile™. By purchasing the My Acrylix® Beautiful Soul stamp set, you can help give a child the gift of a smile.

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Additionally, any time you place an order with Close To My Heart you have the option of rounding your order up to the nearest dollar, giving the extra as a donation to Operation Smile™. No matter the size of your contribution, you are making a difference!

There is an overwhelming need for these surgeries. Families will travel together hundreds of miles to an Operation Smile™ mission site, in some cases by foot, and in other cases to multiple sites, to give their child the opportunity to have a surgery. Unfortunately, not everyone who comes to the mission site will get surgery. Surgeries can only be provided to those out of the hundreds of people present who need it most. Most of these people will require multiple surgeries, which means returning the next time Operation Smile™ can fund a mission in their area. Even with medical team volunteers from around the world who donate their time and skills, supplies to perform these surgeries are limited.

With your help, we can remove these financial, geographic, and cultural barriers that are impeding access to safe and well-timed surgeries. Purchase the My Acrylix® Beautiful Soul stamp set, round up your next order for crafting supplies, encourage others to do the same, or simply get on our site and make a donation directly to Operation Smile™.

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Together we can continue blessing the lives of these children who need it so much!

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