From Jeanette: Celebrate With Me

As I’m turning one year older today, the importance of memory keeping is readily on my mind. Time really does fly by (and it seems to accelerate with each passing year!), which is why it’s so important to tell our stories and preserve them in albums so they live forever.

If you’ve been following this blog, you’ll know that memory keeping is at the heart of everything I do. I feel like it’s my mission in life to help others realize the importance of preserving memories—and to show them how to do it in a fun and fulfilling way! From sharing this company’s message about memory keeping with our “Life Is Worth” video and telling the story of how I started this company in my basement, to talking about the importance of documenting the little things that make us unique (like my love of “I Love Lucy”) and inviting you to submit your scrapbook stories through Stories from the Heart, this blog is such a wonderful place to get inspired and connect with others who share your passion. It’s where I can share with you my thoughts and feelings about memory keeping, and it’s where you can see beautiful artwork and learn techniques and strategies to make memory keeping a reality in your life.

Exclusive stamps from Close To My Heart Founder & CEO Jeanette Lynton #ctmh #closetomyheart #jeanettelynton #myacrylix #convention

To celebrate my birthday and the importance of memory keeping, I want to give away some of the exclusive mini stamps we give to Consultants who ask a question during the Q&A session at Convention. On the blog, I’m going to give away 25 of the Make It from Your Heart stamp you see here. To enter to win, please leave a comment below explaining why memory keeping is important to you and subscribe to this blog to receive inspiration and tutorials straight to your inbox. To subscribe, click on the blue button that says “Subscribe to list” on the right-hand side of this page.

At 11 am (MDT) tomorrow, I’ll select 25 random commenters (who must also be subscribed to the blog) to receive this fun stamp. And for a chance to win the other two exclusive Jeanette stamp sets you see below, head on over to our Facebook and Instagram accounts—I’m giving away a grand total of 75 stamps!

Exclusive stamps from Close To My Heart Founder & CEO Jeanette Lynton #ctmh #closetomyheart #jeanettelynton #myacrylix #convention

I just want to finish by saying how much each of you mean to me. I am so grateful for all the years of friendship and for the years of friendship to come. You have truly made my life a beautiful one, and I’m so grateful to have you in my story.

Sending you all my love,

Jeanette

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Magical Consultant Artwork

There are few things we like better than giving away free products, and one of them is looking at amazing artwork created by our Consultants! Today’s our lucky day because we get to do both. 🙂

We challenged our Convention attendees to create a scrapbook layout with Convention photos using our Magical paper packet and then to share their layout on social media using the hashtag #magicalconvention—and boy did they deliver!

Here are our five random winners, who will each receive a brand new My Legacy™ scrapbooking album of her choice:

 

If you see your artwork here, that means you’re a winner! Please send an email to ctmhblog@closetomyheart.com with your name, shipping address, and preferred My Legacy™ album (remember, choose a NEW one!) using the subject line “Magical Convention.”

There’s more beautiful artwork where this came from, so be sure to search #magicalconvention on Facebook and Instagram to see even more beautiful layouts!

Congrats to our winners! We hope this makes your day a little more magical. 🙂

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Another 25-Year Champ!

We’re in a celebratory mood. 🙂 Why? Because today is the 25-year anniversary of another of our fabulous Consultants: Debbi Fournier! It was Debbi’s passion for stamping that led her to D.O.T.S., the precursor to Close To My Heart, as a way of earning a little extra money for her family. 25 years later, we are honored to have her as part of this company; she is an extraordinary example of friendship, integrity, and loyalty, values we cherish here at Close To My Heart.

Debbi Fournier: Another 25-Year Champ! #ctmh #closetomyheart #ctmhgiveaway #scrapbooking #stamping

We recognized Debbi’s 25-year anniversary this year at Convention by inviting her to the stage and presenting her with a scrapbook filled with pictures from her many experiences, friendships, and achievements. You can look at some pages from this scrapbook here, and see for yourself what a lovely person she is.

Debbi Fournier: Another 25-Year Champ! #ctmh #closetomyheart #ctmhgiveaway #scrapbooking #stamping

In addition to achieving the esteemed title of Senior Executive Director in her time as a Consultant, Debbi has also earned two incentive trip cruises through her hard work and dedication—one to the Western Caribbean and the other to the Southern Caribbean.

Debbi Fournier: Another 25-Year Champ! #ctmh #closetomyheart #ctmhgiveaway #scrapbooking #stamping

Executive Director Joanne Walton, who has known Debbi for over 20 years, considers Debbi one of her closest friends, affirming that Debbi is the epitome of loyalty and personal integrity. When Joanne joined D.O.T.S. as a brand new Consultant, Debbi became a mentor to her, showing her how to run her business, even though Debbi was not her official Upline. According to Joanne, Debbi has never seen Team divisions but rather helps anyone and everyone who needs it. Over the years, Debbi, has continued helping Joanne with expo booths just for the sake of their friendship and from the goodness in her heart.

Debbi Fournier: Another 25-Year Champ! #ctmh #closetomyheart #ctmhgiveaway #scrapbooking #stamping

Debbi’s genuine care for others also makes her an incredible wife and mother. Her husband, Gary, has been by her side through her entire Close To My Heart journey. She has been a loving mother to her two sons, Garrett and Richard, and stepson, Bo. While she has helped support her family with her Close To My Heart business, her family has similarly supported her passion since day one, and even included a crafting studio in their home addition—what a lucky lady!

Debbi Fournier: Another 25-Year Champ! #ctmh #closetomyheart #ctmhgiveaway #scrapbooking #stamping

We’re so grateful to have Debbi as part of our Close To My Heart family, and we want your help celebrating Debbi’s special anniversary. She is such a sweet woman, and we want her to know just how amazing she is! If you know Debbi, please share a brief memory or story about how she has influenced you in your Close To My Heart business or personal life in the comments section. For those who don’t know Debbi personally, feel free to simply congratulate her on her 25 years with us. Next week, we’ll randomly select 25 comments—one for each of Debbi’s incredible 25 years—and send those individuals the Urban paper packet, which is one of our featured paper collections for November!

Thank you, Debbi, for your dedication and loyalty over the past 25 years! We appreciate all you do!

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Winners of the Honoring Longevity Giveaway!

Thank you for helping us celebrate Karen Morris’s 25 years with Close To My Heart! Your heartfelt comments have touched us, and we’re sure they’ve touched Karen, too.

As promised, we have randomly selected 25 comments, one for each of Karen’s incredible years, and those who wrote these comments will receive a free Sangria paper packet! Here are the lucky recipients:

  1. Carol Welch (posted on Oct. 1 at 2:44pm)
  2. trishkj (posted on Oct. 1 at 2:46pm)
  3. Donna Nelson (posted on Oct. 1 at 3:11pm)
  4. Joyce Shiota-Katayama (posted on Oct. 1 at 3:36pm)
  5. Cindy Adams (posted on Oct. 1 at 3:52pm)
  6. Debbie Gauvin (posted on Oct. 1 at 4:04pm)
  7. Sue McLeely (posted on Oct. 1 at 4:32pm)
  8. Karen T (posted on Oct. 1 at 4:52pm)
  9. kmg2109 (posted on Oct. 1 at 4:53pm)
  10. Sharon Mikulecky (posted on Oct. 1 at 6:07pm)
  11. Vicky (posted on Oct. 1 at 6:10pm)
  12. Peggy Pfeiffer (posted on Oct. 1 at 7:12pm)
  13. Randall & Cheryl Scott (posted on Oct. 1 at 9:17pm)
  14. Kathleen R (posted on Oct. 1 at 10:12pm)
  15. Stefanie Haluk (posted on Oct. 2 at 1:31am)
  16. Tonya (aka: Ms Pooh) (posted on Oct. 2 at 2:45pm)
  17. Carolyn S (posted on Oct. 2 at 11:04pm)
  18. Tonya Stone (posted on Oct. 3 at 4:51 pm)
  19. Jenny Nunn (posted on Oct. 3 at 7:19pm)
  20. Nancy Stephan (posted on Oct. 5 at 3:09pm)
  21. Helena Voss (posted on Oct. 5 at 3:24pm)
  22. Candy Lander (posted on Oct. 5 at 5:55pm)
  23. Gina Frawley (posted on Oct. 5 at 6:06pm)
  24. Connie J Miller (posted on Oct. 5 at 8:19pm)
  25. Natalie Soderquist (posted on Oct. 6 at 9:15am)

If your name is on the list, please email your name and mailing address to ctmhblog@closetomyheart.com. Send the email from the same email address you used to comment and put “Honoring Longevity Giveaway” as your subject.

Again, thank you for your part in making this an extra special milestone for Karen. We’re grateful for all you do to make Close To My Heart a close-knit family.

A Gigantic Giveaway You Won’t Believe!

Here at Close To My Heart, we’re all about celebrating relationships. Today we’re especially excited to announce a gigantic giveaway in honor of a very special relationship. With whom, you ask? Australasia! Close To My Heart has now had a direct sales presence in Australia and New Zealand for just over two years! We simply adore our Australasia Consultants and customers, and we can’t wait to celebrate their contributions to Close To My Heart for many more years to come!

Exactly how happy are we? Happy enough to give away heaps of free products! And by heaps, we mean HEAPS! To celebrate our dear Australasian friends, 100 lucky winners will receive a package of side load Memory Protectors™! Yes, 100! And there’s more! 10 grand prize winners will receive a My Legacy™ album of their choice and 4 packs of Memory Protectors™!

Incredible, right? We’re thrilled to give away our wonderful Memory Protectors™ and My Legacy™ albums because we’re passionate about these products— these are the tools we trust to safely and beautifully preserve our most cherished memories. Because we understand that everyone preserves their memories in a different way, we offer both D-Ring and Post Bound Albums, along with a wide variety of Memory Protectors™, to meet each and every scrapbooker’s needs.

How do you enter to win these amazing products? Simply leave a comment in response to the question below. Everyone is welcome to enter, even if this is your first time hearing about Close To My Heart! The contest will run from August 31–September 4, after which we’ll randomly select our 110 winners. One comment per person will be counted.

And now for the magical question: If you are a grand prize winner, what memories will you preserve in your brand new My Legacy™ album?

We’ll announce our gigantic list of winners on the blog September 8, so be sure to tune in! And don’t forget—you can follow this blog to receive notifications of new posts via email. Simply enter your email address under “Follow Blog via Email” on the right-hand side of the blog.

Good luck! We can’t wait to read your comments!

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Around the World with Close To My Heart

Around the World

Have you always longed to be a world traveler? Do you find international architecture, culture, clothing, and history fascinating?

Well, today is your lucky day because adventure is knocking! Close To My Heart is about to bring a bit of the world to you—right in your own home! Throughout the month of August, we’ll be sharing amazing artwork inspired by artistic traditions from four different countries across the world.

In each post we’ll give you some cultural background about the art form, and then we’ll go sightseeing to marvel at some truly exceptional papercrafting artwork. Each of these posts will be distinguished with the title “Around the World” followed by the name of the country the artistic tradition comes from.

But the adventure doesn’t stop there. With each “Around the World” post, we’re going to give away four travel-themed My Acrylix® stamp sets for a total of 16 stamp sets in one month! These blog posts will not only be your passport to the world, but also your passport to win some pretty awesome stamps. 🙂

How do you enter to win one of these stamp sets? Simply comment on an “Around the World” blog post. The more comments you make, the more you will increase your odds of winning! At the end of the month, we’ll randomly select 16 winners and announce them on the blog.

What do you say? Are you ready to soak in artistic inspiration from all around the world and win a stamp set while you’re at it? If the answer is yes, then be sure to check in frequently and prepare yourself for the journey of a lifetime! It’s time to get inspired.

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My Crush® For Her Book Giveaway Winners

Congratulations to the 10 winners of the My Crush® For Her book giveaway! If your name is on the list below, email ctmhblog@closetomyheart.com with your name and mailing address so we can send you TWO For Her books. Use “For Her book giveaway” as your subject line.

Our winners:

1. Renee Resetar (posted May 22 at 12:21 pm)
2. Kelly Massman (posted May 22 at 1:52 pm)
3. Nicola Blight (posted May 22 at 3:20 pm)
4. Regina Furman (posted May 22 at 4:21 pm)
5. Lois Lemkay (posted May 22 at 7:46 pm)
6. Simona MacAngus (posted May 22 at 10:16 pm)
7. Kelly Burt (posted May 23 at 1:17 pm)
8. Val Wood (posted May 24 at 3:06 pm)
9. Darlys (posted May 25 at 1:44 am)
10. Karma Wood (posted May 26 at 8:21 am)

Congratulations once again! And to EVERYONE out there, don’t forget about this week’s creative challenge. Can’t wait to see what you come up with!

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Jeanette’s Challenge Sneak Peek and a Bonus Giveaway

Recognize this artwork? Chances are good that you’ve seen it before—if not on TV, then at one of our spring Making Connections events.

My Crush™ book artwork

My Crush™ book artwork

If you’re having trouble placing the paper packet these fabulous papers come from, it’s because they don’t come from a paper packet at all: they come straight from the new My Crush® For Him and For Her books.

Are you already imagining what crafty things you can build with these beauties? We hope so, because Jeanette’s next creative challenge is for you to do just that! This is the official announcement, so pay attention: your challenge is to create artwork using the papers you tear from one or both of the My Crush For Her and For Him books.

We know it’s a few days early, but no one ever complained about a little extra time to make a masterpiece, did they? The deadline is midnight on May 31, and we can’t wait to see what you come up with—so hop to it! The winner will receive TWO My Crush For Her books with which to make even more great artwork.

You still have the full seven days to finish Jeanette’s current challenge, and the winner will still be announced on Facebook on Monday, May 25. We’re just so excited to see the artwork you make with the papers from these books that the overlap seemed excusable. The challenge is on!

To get you pumped for this unique challenge, we’re also giving away 20 For Her books to 10 winners with this post. That means 10 lucky souls will get two books apiece with which to make the finest layouts and cards out there. To enter the giveaway, leave a comment below telling us about your favorite way to use the For Him and For Her books: as mini books, on cards, or on scrapbook pages. We’ll announce the winners of the giveaway on Tuesday, right here on the blog.

Best of luck to you, crafters!

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Seamless Spring Stamping

There’s something unmistakable in the air this time of year. Besides the stuff that tickles the sinuses, the stuff that tickles the artistic soul is in full bloom. When you’re ready to relieve that tickle, pick up your Seasonal Expressions 2 idea book to see the crisp, new spring stamp sets bursting out all over!

One of our favorite flowering sets holds a place in our hearts not just because it’s adorable, but also because it’s incredibly utilitarian. The Botanical Backgrounds stamp set, found on page 16 of Seasonal Expressions 2, is your secret to seamless stamping.

You & I Layout

The springy designs of this set are made to be stamped in succession without any evidence of overlap. Applied to pages and cards, these stamps turn blank cardstock into patterned paper, straight off the press.

Botanical Backgrounds stamp set

How does it work? First, ink your stamp with an Archival Black Exclusive Inks™ pad. Press it to your cardstock, allowing the edges of the stamp to overlap onto your protected surface.

Re-ink your stamp and place it under the first impression, making sure to align the designs. Once you pull away you’ll see how your second stamp took over exactly where the first left off. Cool, no?

Botanical Backgrounds stamp

Continue to stamp your cardstock to your liking, re-inking your stamp with every repetition.

When you’ve finished stamping the pattern outline, pull out your ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ markers to splash some color onto those pretty petals.

Botanical Backgrounds stamp

Ahh, the thrill of spring! To order your own Botanical Backgrounds stamp set, contact your Independent Consultant to get started on your own seasonal sensations.

Or, for a chance to WIN the set, along with other great products we used to make this fabulous layout (a total retail value of $75), head on over to the Canadian Scrapbooker™ blog and leave a comment on our giveaway there.

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