10 Reasons Why Having a Crafting Squad Is the BEST!

10 Reasons Why Having a Crafting Squad Is the BEST! #ctmh #closetomyheart #crafting #scrapbookingWhat’s great about the world of crafting is that it brings unique, talented women together. Whether you regularly attend scrapbooking crops or just have some friends who like to craft together every so often, having a crafting squad is basically the BEST—just read the reasons below!

1. They give you an excuse to slip out for some much needed “me” time.

Whether you’re a stay-at-home mama or a working woman, every gal needs a little “me” time to recharge her batteries—and going over to a friend’s house for a craft night is just the thing!

2. They understand the obsession.

They don’t think it’s crazy to stay up until midnight on your computer waiting for the launch of new crafting products—in fact, they’ll be up all night with you as you place your order and chat about your favorite new items!

3. They don’t mind when you go down memory lane because that’s what they’re all about—preserving and creating memories!

They totally get it if, while you’re scrapbooking, you somehow end up telling a 20-minute-long story about your cousin’s daughter’s dog: They value storytelling and memories, and they want to learn more about your family because they truly care about you.

4. They let you use their fun gadgets and gizmos.

What’s the next best thing to owning the latest and greatest crafting products? Knowing somebody that does! 😉 When you have a crafting squad, it’s like your crafting stash multiplies! They let you borrow their tools, and you let them do the same because that’s just what crafting buddies do! #squadgoals

10 Reasons Why Having a Crafting Squad Is the BEST! #ctmh #closetomyheart #crafting #scrapbooking

5. They get your creative juices going.

When you hang out with your squad, you get to see the amazing artwork they create, which is always sure to inspire new ideas for you!

6. They teach you cool techniques and tricks.

On a similar note, you get to learn new techniques and tricks from your squad. When you have a problem you’re trying to overcome, two heads (or three, or four, or five…) are better than one!

7. They help you when you’re in a pickle.

Need last-minute décor for a forgotten birthday party? Did your Cricut® machine give up the ghost right before your crop? Do you need glitter paper for the school project due tomorrow that your kid just told you about? Crafting squad to the rescue! They’ll always have your back.

10 Reasons Why Having a Crafting Squad Is the BEST! #ctmh #closetomyheart #crafting #scrapbooking

8. They make you feel like you belong to something bigger than yourself.

 It’s not just about crafting. It’s about having a second family, a sisterhood, who understands you and accepts you for who you are.

10 Reasons Why Having a Crafting Squad Is the BEST! #ctmh #closetomyheart #crafting #scrapbooking

9. They give you confidence and encourage you to be yourself.

They boost your self-esteem and make you feel validated when they admire your artwork. They make you feel capable of doing more than you thought you could, which translates into all aspect of your life.

10. They help you reach your goals and dreams.

Whether you’re trying to catch up on scrapbooking your family photos, creating handmade invitations for an upcoming event, or working toward earning an all-inclusive trip by being a Close To My Heart Consultant, they help you get closer to reaching your goals and dreams. It’s the best support group a girl could ask for. 🙂

Are there more reasons you love your crafting squad? Tell us in the comments below! Let’s share the love! 🙂


Looking for a crafting squad to join? We can help!

To find a Consultant in your area who can introduce you to other women who also love to craft, visit our website. You can also volunteer to have a Consultant throw a crafting party at your house and earn free products! Learn more here.

You can even become a Consultant and start building your team! Not only will you build your own crafting squad, but you can also make money and earn free products at the same time. Learn more here.

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Bring On the Valentines!

Share your La Vie En Rose valentines on Instagram using #lovinLaVie and you could win a special prize! #creativechallenge #CloseToMyHeart #ctmh #Valentines #cards #LaVieEnRose

Remember this little beauty? In a week and a half, it will be given as a valentine, but today it’s serving as a reminder of our creative challenge!

Have you started working on your own La Vie En Rose valentine yet? You’ve got until the night of February 11 to create and share your own work of art as part of the challenge. To share your masterpiece, post a picture of it on Instagram using the hashtag #lovinLaVie. We’ll pick some of our favorites, and then those cards will be featured right here around Valentine’s Day. Oh, and did we mention that we’ve got A SPECIAL PRIZE for those that we feature here? Yay for giveaways!

For more valentine inspiration, have a second look at the other La Vie En Rose cards we shared. We’re excited to see what you create!

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Show Your Love with La Vie En Rose Valentines

Valentine’s Day is coming up fast, and we want to help you celebrate! We’ve got some great ideas for making one-of-a-kind cards using the perfect paper packet for Valentines: La Vie En Rose! With its elegant black and white patterns and the exquisite floral print paper, it is the perfect place to start when for creating personalized valentines for everyone—from your significant other to the kids’ teachers.

Ready for some inspiration? Let’s start with this little cutie:

Let La Vie En Rose help you with your Valentines! #CloseToMyHeart #ctmh #Valentines #cards

We meant it when we said “little”—this mini card is ideal for all those little cuties you know! Take advantage of Valentine’s day to tell your children or grandchildren how much they mean to you, or let your kids help create a handful of these simple cards to take to school and give to their friends. Thanks to the Darling Dinos stamp set, even boys can get in the fun without having to be too mushy about it.

For your significant other, we can try something a bit more grown-up:

Let La Vie En Rose help you with your Valentines! #CloseToMyHeart #ctmh #Valentines #cards

Chic and sweet! You don’t have to go all-out with hearts to create a lovely valentine. The two bitty hearts on this card are enough to convey, “I love you!” You might not initially think “black” when making a valentine, but it really works! We especially love the black ampersand that is accented with the help of some 3-D tape. A beautiful card like this one can add even more feeling to the words you write inside it.

All right, we’ve covered kids and significant others, but there are sure to be other people who would love to hear heartfelt words of appreciation on Valentine’s Day. How about your child’s teacher, for instance?

Let La Vie En Rose help you with your Valentines! #CloseToMyHeart #ctmh #Valentines #cards

In our book, this card gets an A+! The kraft cardstock and Glacier dotted lines take us right back to our grade school days—how fun is that? Plus, that special heart stamp will be the “apple” of the teacher’s eye! 🙂 Teachers can be so influential in a child’s life, and a beautiful card like this is sure to let them know how much you appreciate their hard work.

We’ve fallen in love with La Vie En Rose, and we know you will too when you start working with this paper packet. That’s why we’re going to issue a creative challenge for the chance to be featured on the blog and to win a prize!

Here are the contest details. First, create your own valentine using the La Vie En Rose paper packet. Then post a photo of the card on Instagram using the hashtag #lovinLaVie by the night of Thursday, February 11. On Valentine’s Day, we’ll post some of our favorites on the blog for all of you to see! Then we’ll reward our winners with a special surprise. 🙂

We want to see all of your lovable cards, so get excited and start crafting!

Recipes

3″ x 3″ You’re Dino-mite Card
Originals: Matted Square™
B1486 My Acrylix® Darling Dinos, X7201B La Vie En Rose Paper Packet, 44751 Archival Black Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad, Z2009 Red Enamel Hearts, 3505 Watercolor Pencils, 3174 Blending Pen

4 ¼” x 5 ½” Hugs & Kisses Card
C1621 My Acrylix® Mr. & Mrs., X7201B La Vie En Rose Paper Packet, 44751 Archival Black Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad, Z2173 Slate Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad, Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape, Z1809 Black Shimmer Trim, Z1263 Bitty Sparkles

5 ½” x 4 ¼” World’s Greatest Teacher Card
D1612 My Acrylix® Teacher Appreciation, X7201B La Vie En Rose Paper Packet, Z1375 Kraft Cardstock, Z2652 Poppy Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad, Z2153 Sweet Leaf Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad, Z2641 Glacier Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad, Z2173 Slate Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad, Z1151 3-D Foam Tape, Z1752 Sparkles Clear Assortment, Z3094 Poppy Thick Twine

All these products are available through one of our Independent Consultants. To find a Consultant near you, visit closetomyheart.com and click on “Find a Consultant” in the top right corner of the page.

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Tonya Sheridan: Why I Love the Close To My Heart Community

Tonya Sheridan: Why I Love the Close To My Heart Community #ctmh #closetomyheart #ctmhconsultant #stickyboy #family

There is no single word that describes the Close To My Heart community better than “blessing.” During this month of gratitude and Thanksgiving, I want to share why this community has been such a blessing for both myself and my family.

Close To My Heart—her Consultants, her Home Office team and Executive Team, and above all, Jeanette, have become a family to me. They have not only helped me discover who I am but also have helped me define the type of woman that I aspire to be. They have continually supported my dreams and fostered my growth as an individual, mother, leader, artist, and businesswoman.

Tonya Sheridan: Why I Love the Close To My Heart Community #ctmh #closetomyheart #ctmhconsultant #stickyboy #family

This family is composed of a community of many: my personal Team, my larger Team, my fellow Consultants across the country and around the world, and our Home Office teams. They have provided a support system that is like no other—a community that has seen each other through tears of sadness, trials and tribulations, losses, sicknesses, triumphs and celebrations, and complete joy. I have found strength within these relationships and have witnessed bonds like nothing else I’ve ever had the privilege of knowing or being a part of. These relationships are indeed priceless. They are genuine. They are real.

Within this community and on this journey that we call life, I find hope, respect, empowerment, unity, and togetherness. I find individuals building each other up. I find inspiration, faith, and celebration. We share a passion for preserving our memories and these relationships. I truly believe that these passions are what enable these unique relationships to grow. Along my 9-year Close To My Heart journey, I have been taken under the wings of great Consultants and encouraged to fly. I find myself now taking my own Team, and others who are now where I once was, under my wings. Their goals have become my goals to help them achieve. I want to walk with them as they make their dreams—with both Close To My Heart and in their personal lives—come true. All the while, Close To My Heart will help them grow and let their inner beauty shine.

Tonya Sheridan: Why I Love the Close To My Heart Community #ctmh #closetomyheart #ctmhconsultant #stickyboy #family

I am continually touched by the caring, selflessness, and giving nature that is a trademark of the Close To My Heart family. I have witnessed first-hand Consultants rally to help families recreate their families’ memories when they lost their homes to floods, help fellow Consultants earn incentive trips, make cards for troops overseas and at home, and hold creative fundraisers for our amazing charity partner Operation Smile™ and so many other personal causes. This selfless nature speaks volumes to the character of the Consultants and their company.

One of the things I love the most about our community is that even though I am the Consultant, my own family is treasured and valued as well. My children are asked about with genuine interest, not just as a formality. Little details are remembered by the Executive Team and other Consultants, which I find truly endearing.

To illustrate, my most cherished Close To My Heart memory is shared with my daughter, Abigail. She is now eight and has grown up with CTMH. She can do the “twist-twist-tap-tap-tap stamp dance” in her sleep, and with sass! She can name most of the colors in our palette, knows many of our products inside and out, and could probably teach my classes better than I could. She loves Close To My Heart and tries to be a part of it. Last year, Close To My Heart did a special promotion in which copies of Sticky Boy were sent out randomly with orders. Abigail wanted me to have one so badly! She stalked my orders looking for a Sticky Boy, helped me post to his Facebook page that she would give him a good home, and more. The campaign ended, no Sticky Boy had arrived at the Sheridan household with my orders, and Abigail was in tears. The following week, a package arrived addressed to Abby. Tucked inside was a handmade card and a stowed-away Sticky Boy. Never have I seen such delight and pride in her eyes! That is the magic of Close To My Heart—a magic that is incomparable! One individual taking note and blessing another. Astounding.

Tonya Sheridan: Why I Love the Close To My Heart Community #ctmh #closetomyheart #ctmhconsultant #stickyboy #family

The Close To My Heart community is truly a blessing. Within Close To My Heart, I have found the place where I belong.

Thank you, Tonya, for the beautiful blog post. We’re so glad that you’re part of our Close To My Heart family!

A few months ago, Tonya sent in some beautiful artwork for Monica and Jeanette that we just had to share. First, this beautiful Designed Décor chalkboard, which features an array of messages that embody Close To My Heart’s mission:

Tonya Sheridan: Why I Love the Close To My Heart Community #ctmh #closetomyheart #ctmhconsultant #stickyboy #family

Tonya also sent both Monica and Jeanette amazing cards inspired by a page we created at Convention this year:

Tonya Sheridan: Why I Love the Close To My Heart Community #ctmh #closetomyheart #ctmhconsultant #stickyboy #family #ctmhconv2015 #makeitfromyourheart

Didn’t she do a wonderful job of turning a scrapbook page into a card? Tonya, we’re so lucky to have you. Thank you to all Consultants and customers who help make our Close To My Heart family fabulous. We love you all!

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From Jeanette: Life Is Worth Sharing

With the reveal of our new idea books, I’ve been feeling especially sentimental toward this company and all it stands for. My wish is that these books will become something you cherish and return to again and again throughout the coming year. As we do with all of our products, we’ve put our hearts and souls into these books, and I hope you can feel it. I know that when I flip through these crisp, colorful pages, I’m filled with a resurgence of why I work so hard to do what I do.

Why am I so passionate about what I do? I know I’ve been asked that question on more than one occasion, and I’m sure our Consultants have as well. To answer it, we released a video that explains the “why” of Close To My Heart. Please take a moment to watch this video that has become so very dear to me.

Isn’t that beautiful? I also believe life is worth sharing—the laughter and the tears that make up life’s cherished moments and become precious memories. And what better way to share these beautiful bits of life than through memory keeping?

I know that this video will resonate with many of you who share my passion for preserving memories. If it does, I invite you to join me in my mission to promote this wonderful method of memory keeping by becoming a Close To My Heart Consultant. Now is a great time to take that leap! As of August 1, all new Consultants will receive a beautiful, redesigned New Consultant Kit*, which you can see below. This kit will give you all the necessities to get your Close To My Heart business up and running. You already have the passion and the skill for making and preserving memories—now it’s time to put it to work in a new way by becoming a Close To My Heart Consultant! Becoming a Close To My Heart Consultant is more than choosing a career path. When you join our wonderful company, you join a family.

New Consultant Kit

For those of you who are already with us, thank you for making this company extraordinary. Thank you for the years of dedication you’ve already given and the years of dedication to come.

I hope that each of you who share my love for beautiful artwork and memory keeping will share this touching video. Email it to your family, tweet it to your followers, post it to Facebook, Instagram, and your blog. Let them know why you are passionate about what you do.

I can’t wait to see what this next chapter at Close To My Heart holds for all of us!

With love,

Jeanette

 

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