An Inside Look at Convention 2016

We don’t know about you, but thinking back to Convention last week gives us all the feels! From the happiness of seeing dear friends and the excitement of revealing new products, to the amazement of seeing our Consultants’ generosity toward Operation Smile and the pride of watching our award recipients come on stage—Convention 2016 is sure to be a core memory we’ll revisit again and again!

In fact, let’s revisit it right now! Join us as we take a train of thought to Convention Island!

An inside look at the Close To My Heart Convention 2016! #ctmh #closetomyheart #makeitfromyourheart #ctmhconv2016

We got an inside look at how Jeanette’s creative mind works—well, sort of! General Session on Thursday morning took us inside the mind of Founder and CEO, Jeanette Lynton. Inspired by the Disney movie Inside Out, characters named Adventure, Whimsy, Enchantment, and Basics, who run the control panel inside Jeanette’s head, helped her invent our brand new Fundamentals line! Additionally, on Saturday Consultants got to attend a Q&A with Jeanette, which, as always, made us laugh and cry. We sure love Jeanette!

An inside look at the Close To My Heart Convention 2016! #ctmh #closetomyheart #makeitfromyourheart #ctmhconv2016

The Directors Dinner proved truly magical. Directors enjoyed a delicious meal together, which included a great photo op with Mickey and Minnie, after which they boarded boats to take in the spectacular Disney firework show. We love spoiling our Directors—they work so hard and deserve some pampering!

An inside look at the Close To My Heart Convention 2016! #ctmh #closetomyheart #makeitfromyourheart #ctmhconv2016

Our 25-year longevity Consultants got up close and personal with Jeanette. Consultants who have been with us for 25 years got a personal meeting with Jeanette. It was a beautiful moment, as they reminisced about the past and looked forward to the future.

Sticky Boy found his love! If you’ve been following Sticky Boy’s Facebook account, it probably won’t surprise you that he met up with his one, his only, Sticky Girl! Lucky Consultants found her hanging out at Convention on the walls, tables, and other surfaces.

An inside look at the Close To My Heart Convention 2016! #ctmh #closetomyheart #makeitfromyourheart #ctmhconv2016An inside look at the Close To My Heart Convention 2016! #ctmh #closetomyheart #makeitfromyourheart #ctmhconv2016

Our Consultants raised A TON of money for Operation Smile. Consultants donated over $28,500 for Operation Smile in connection with Convention!!!!!! Can you believe it? It was a treat to hear from Dr. Ruben Ayala, Vice President of Medical Affairs at Operation Smile, share more about the vision and purpose of this great organization.

An inside look at the Close To My Heart Convention 2016! #ctmh #closetomyheart #makeitfromyourheart #ctmhconv2016

The highest selling bundle in our Operation Smile auction, created by the talented Michelle Synder, went for $1,500! We are so proud to be associated with such generous, selfless women.

An inside look at the Close To My Heart Convention 2016! #ctmh #closetomyheart #makeitfromyourheart #ctmhconv2016

Did somebody say new products? We sure did! We gave all of our attendees a copy of both our new Annual Inspirations idea book AND our Holiday Expressions idea book. We also gave away heaps of brand new products, including brand new scrapbooking albums! But for now, these new items are Consultant-only—they’ll be available to everyone starting in August, and we can hardly wait for you to see what we’ve been working on for the past year!

As we wrap up this trip down memory lane, we want to thank everyone who attended Convention, whether in person or virtually. And thank you to all of our Consultants—you inspire all we do, and we feel privileged to work with each of you. We hope to see you all at Convention 2017 in Salt Lake City next year!

***GIVEAWAY***

We want to see the Convention scrapbook layouts you create using our Magical paper packet. Share a picture of your Magical layout with Convention pictures on social media using the hashtag #magicalconvention for a chance to win one of our brand new My Legacy™ scrapbooking albums! Be sure to post your picture by July 25, because on July 28, we’ll randomly select five winners and announce them on the blog!

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Pushing the Envelope

Looking for ways to switch up your cardmaking game? Well you’re in luck, because today we’ve got a couple tricks up our sleeves (or cards, in this instance!) to help you take things to the next level!

For starters, try decorating your envelopes so they coordinate with your cards.

Fresh ideas to mix up your cardmaking game. #ctmh #closetomyheart #cards #crafting #thankyoucard #happybirthdaycards

It’s like creating your own stationery! Getting a beautiful handmade card is already a breath of fresh air, so imagine how much you’ll brighten someone’s day by giving a card with a beautiful, matching envelope.

Fresh ideas to mix up your cardmaking game. #ctmh #closetomyheart #cards #crafting #thankyoucard #happybirthdaycards

You can also add stamping to your envelopes. This “Thinking of You” envelope communicates love and empathy before it’s even opened.

Fresh ideas to mix up your cardmaking game. #ctmh #closetomyheart #cards #crafting #thankyoucard #happybirthdaycards

Embossing is another great way to make your cards extra special. It’s simple to do, but gives your cards a high-end look.

Fresh ideas to mix up your cardmaking game. #ctmh #closetomyheart #cards #crafting #thankyoucard #happybirthdaycards

And while you have your embossing machine out, here’s another fun idea to try—embossing the flaps of your envelopes!

Fresh ideas to mix up your cardmaking game. #ctmh #closetomyheart #cards #crafting #thankyoucard #happybirthdaycards

Eager to start crafting? Then head over to your Consultant’s website to get your hands on these Flash Sale bundles, which are perfect for making unique cards:

CC1078 Stripe & Chevron Embossing Folders Bundle (2-pack)
CC1113 Ultimate Embellishments Bundle
CC1123 4 ¼” × 5 ½” Envelopes Bundle (2-pack)

Remember to hurry though, because these bundles will only be available until Monday at 3:00 pm (MDT) or while supplies last!

Recipes

4 ¼” × 5 ½” Thanks Card & Envelope
CC1113 Ultimate Embellishments Bundle, CC1123 4 ¼” × 5 ½” Envelopes Bundle (2-pack), C1625 My Acrylix® A Thousand Thanks, 1386 Black Cardstock, X5762 Lagoon Cardstock, X5772 Canary Cardstock, X5931 Champagne Cardstock, X5758 Sunset Cardstock, 44751 Archival Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape

4 ¼” × 5 ½” Thinking of You Card, Thanks Card, & Envelope
CC1078 Stripe & Chevron Embossing Folders Bundle (2-pack), CC1113 Ultimate Embellishments Bundle, CC1123 4 ¼” × 5 ½” Envelopes Bundle (2-pack), C1605 My Acrylix® Happy to Be Friends, X5751 Sorbet Cardstock, X5776 Peacock Cardstock, X5770 Glacier Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, 1388 Colonial White Cardstock, 44751 Archival Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2864 Sorbet Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad

4 ¼” × 5 ½” So Sorry Card & Thinking of You Envelope
CC1078 Stripe & Chevron Embossing Folders Bundle (2-pack), CC1113 Ultimate Embellishments Bundle, CC1123 4 ¼” × 5 ½” Envelopes Bundle (2-pack), C1605 My Acrylix® Happy to Be Friends, X7203B Georgie Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X5751 Sorbet Cardstock, X5929 Whisper Cardstock, Z2873 Slate Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, 44751 Archival Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad

4 ¼” × 5 ½” Happy Birthday Card & Envelope
CC1078 Stripe & Chevron Embossing Folders Bundle (2-pack), CC1113 Ultimate Embellishments Bundle, CC1123 4 ¼” × 5 ½” Envelopes Bundle (2-pack), C1605 My Acrylix® Happy to Be Friends, X5776 Peacock Cardstock, X5770 Glacier Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z2849 Peacock Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2846 Pixie Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2840 Thistle Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad
 
4 ¼” × 5 ½” Happy Birthday Cheer Card & Envelope
CC1078 Stripe & Chevron Embossing Folders Bundle (2-pack), CC1113 Ultimate Embellishments Bundle, CC1123 4 ¼” × 5 ½” Envelopes Bundle (2-pack), B1504 My Acrylix® Sending Love, X5769 Thistle Cardstock, 1385 White Daisy, 44751 Archival Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad

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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Quick Father’s Day Gift

Looking for a quick DIY Father's Day gift idea? We've got you covered! #ctmh #closetomyheart #fathersday #fathersdayideas #diygift #handmadegiftWith Father’s Day about two weeks away, we want to share with you a fun DIY project that would make a perfect Father’s Day gift.

For this project, we thought inside the boxto create this adorable display tray! It’s a beautiful way of reminding your special guy that he is loved.

If you’re dying to recreate this look, good news—it’s really simple! First, get yourself our wooden display tray. Then pull out your Cricut® machine and cut out the letters for your message (we used the Cricut® Artistry collection). Next, snap some photos with your kids or grandkids holding the letters. To bring it all together, place the pictures inside the little boxes on the tray, decorate any remaining boxes with paper and embellishments, and you’re done!

What special plans do you have for Father’s Day? Share them below! When it comes to helping the men in our lives feel loved, you can never have too many ideas! 🙂

Recipe

Father’s Day Display Tray
X7209B Magical Paper Packet, X7208B Florence Paper Packet, X5775 Sapphire Cardstock, X5929 Whisper Cardstock, Z1750 Display Tray, Z2013 Silver Sequins, Z3167 Cricut® Artistry Collection

Cricut® Shapes*:
Artistry
1″, ¾”, ½” Icon-1 <k> (p. 28)
8″ Shift <Font> “LOVE YOU DAD”

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.

*Real Dial Size
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Here Comes the Sun!

When you’re having a gloomy day, a great way to cheer yourself up is to do something nice for someone else—but sometimes it’s hard to know what to do! How about mailing someone a box of sunshine? 🙂

Send a box of sunshine to someone who needs a smile! #ctmh #closetomyheart #boxofsunshine #paperaddict #handmade #giftideas

Papers from Penelope, Kaleidoscope, and our Fundamentals transform this ordinary box into something really special, as does the gold glitter paper—you can never go wrong with glitter! We’ve filled our sunshine box with all things bright and yellow—including fun accordion-folded strips of Honey cardstock as filler—but you could certainly put any goodies you’d like inside.

Send a box of sunshine to someone who needs a smile! #ctmh #closetomyheart #boxofsunshine #paperaddict #handmade #giftideas

Thanks to our handy-dandy Cricut® collections, making this box is really easy. Simply follow the recipes below to cut your sentiment, sun, and card!

Send a box of sunshine to someone who needs a smile! #ctmh #closetomyheart #boxofsunshine #paperaddict #handmade #giftideas

We used our Cricut® Artfully Sent collection to cut this lyrical card. There’s nothing that brightens someone’s day quite like a handmade card with a handwritten message.

J.M. Barrie, the creator of Peter Pan, said, “Those who bring sunshine into the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves.” Remember that each time you create something with paper, you are spreading sunshine to others and filling your own life with sunshine—so keep on crafting! 🙂

What do you like to do to brighten someone’s day? Tell us in the comments below!

Recipes

Sunshine Box
X7202B Kaleidoscope Paper Packet, X7207B Penelope Paper Packet, Z3125 Paper Fundamentals Adventure, X5668 Honey Cardstock, Z1375 Kraft Cardstock, Z3076 Gold Glitter Paper, Z3169 Cricut® Artbooking Collection, Thread

Cricut® Shapes*:
Artbooking
2 ½” Shift+Title <T> (p. 52)
11 ½” Shift+Overlay <T> (p. 52)
¾”<font> “Sending your way”

5 ½” x 4″ Here Comes the Sun Card
1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z3076 Gold Glitter Paper, X5668 Honey Cardstock, Z3168 Cricut® Artfully Sent Collection

Cricut® Shape*:
Artfully Sent
5 ½” Sentiment <u> (p. 17)

*Real Dial Size

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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Seasonal Expressions 1 Contest

It’s December 1 and the very first Seasonal Expressions 1 idea book is now available to the world. Hurray for 37 pages of the finest paper, stamps, and goodies in the land!

Seasonal Expressions cover photo

So what will you fall for first? The lovely Heartstrings paper packet? The fresh designs of the spring-inspired Workshops on the Go® Hopscotch scrapbooking kit? Or perhaps the chunky, twisted Pixie extra thick twine? Ah, the possibilities!

Tell us the product from Seasonal Expressions 1 that sets your heart most aflutter for a chance to win a free Heartstrings or Hopscotch paper packet! We’ll randomly select a handful of winners and post their names here on December 8, one week from today.

Happy crafting!

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