2 Fun Spins on the Classic Card

Looking for some cardmaking inspiration? We’ve got you covered! Today we’re sharing two awesome ideas to take your cards to the next level!

2 fun spins on your classic card #ctmh #closetomyheart #thankyou #folding #cardmaking

Up first is this card that opens in the middle, like a beautiful set of French doors 😉 . To create the base for this card, cut a piece of cardstock that is 4″ x 11″. Fold the ends in until they meet in the middle, about 2 ¾” from each end, and then add patterned paper to the inside and outside of the “flaps” for more personality.

2 fun spins on your classic card #ctmh #closetomyheart #thankyou #folding #cardmaking

You can also have a lot of fun with the outside of this card. We created two halves of a flower on the flaps, strung a cute sentiment on some twine like a tag, and tied it around the card so opening this card feels like opening a present!

2 fun spins on your classic card #ctmh #closetomyheart #thankyou #folding #cardmaking #popup

If you’re feeling really adventurous, try making a pop-up card! There are a bunch of free tutorials on the internet. We modified this one from craftsy.com for our card.

2 fun spins on your classic card #ctmh #closetomyheart #thankyou #folding #cardmaking #popup

Like our first card, we finished off the card by wrapping twine around it. This is an especially great idea for pop-up cards because it holds the card closed nicely.

Which of these two cards is your favorite? Tell us in the comments below! 🙂

Recipes

“Thanks” Card
D1646 My Acrylix® Finding the Words Stamp Set, X7217B Some Kinda Wonderful Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X5788 Raspberry CardstockZ2812 Raspberry Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z1799 Silver Shimmer Trim, Z1151 3-D Foam Tape, Z3285 Cricut® Flower Market Collection

Cricut® Shapes
Flower Market
2 ½” Flower-1 <Daisy> (p. 46)
1 ½” Icon <1> (p. 1)
1 ¼” Icon <1> (p. 1)

“Graduation” Card
B1480 My Acrylix® Diploma Day Stamp Set, X7217B Some Kinda Wonderful Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z2805 Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z3216 White Twine, Z3274 Clear Sparkles, Z1204 Bone Folder, Z1151 3-D Foam Tape, Z3285 Cricut® Flower Market Collection

Cricut® Shapes
Flower Market
3 ½” <Daisy> (p. 46)

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Why NOW Is the Best Time to Become a Close To My Heart Consultant

If you’ve ever thought about becoming a Close To My Heart Consultant, now is a great time to take that leap of faith and sign up! Why? Well, during the month of October, you can get a deep discount on your New Consultant Kit—or even get it for free! Your New Consultant Kit includes several key business-building supplies as well as credit for purchasing additional supplies that you need to start your business off strong.

But signing up is more than just getting a kit: We know you’ll love being a Consultant. Just think—you’ll get to be your own boss, set your own schedule, make new friends, all while earning extra income to help your family (or to buy more crafting supplies! 🙂 ). And then there are the opportunities to earn even bigger rewards like free, all-inclusive trips for two to places like Mexico, Hawaii, and even Thailand!

We could talk all day about why being a Consultant is awesome, but you don’t have to take our word for it! We’ve asked two new Consultants to share their thoughts on the blog today.

Who are these two ladies? None other than our two newest Rising Star award recipients: Terry Holland and Brittany Rask! These two women have demonstrated incredible dedication and skill in their short time as Consultants, and we can’t wait to share their thoughts with you today. Take it away, ladies!

Terry Holland, Manager from College Station, Texas

Why NOW Is the Best Time to Become a Close To My Heart Consultant #ctmh #closetomyheart #Consultant #crafting #workfromhome

What did you accomplish in your first year as a Consultant?
I have accomplished so much more than I ever imagined. I originally signed up to get a discount on my products, and now I have a monthly cropping group, a monthly card buffet, 1–2 Gatherings a month, but most importantly, I have met many wonderful new friends because of this fun, creative, giving company that I love being a part of.

Why NOW Is the Best Time to Become a Close To My Heart Consultant #ctmh #closetomyheart #Consultant #crafting #workfromhome

How has your success as a new Consultant impacted your life? What has it meant to you?
I am reaching levels that I never thought possible. I am blessed and grateful for the opportunities and gifts.

Why NOW Is the Best Time to Become a Close To My Heart Consultant #ctmh #closetomyheart #Consultant #crafting #workfromhome

What advice would you give to new Consultants?
Be yourself, have fun, don’t try to reinvent the wheel. Take advantage of all the information shared by corporate and fellow Consultants.

Brittany Rask, Consultant from Rochester, Minnesota

Why NOW Is the Best Time to Become a Close To My Heart Consultant #ctmh #closetomyheart #Consultant #crafting #workfromhome

What did you accomplish in your first year as a Consultant?
When I joined Close To My Heart, I’ll be honest, I was a “kit-naper.” As a perk for signing up as a Consultant, I received several product lines that caught my eye. With more access to the materials, I learned more about the company. The products and atmosphere made me want to be a part of it. Previously, I had taught and sold at a scrapbook store, which I loved. I felt like this was a great opportunity to rekindle that passion and Close To My Heart would be the right fit.

In my first year, I hosted several crops and classes. In order to inspire business, I hosted a free monthly class at the local library. These classes included adults and children, first timers and frequent papercrafters. Another successful approach was vending at numerous events like craft fairs. Staying connected was a top priority. I followed up with Upline leads, established a Facebook business page, started a craft blog, and also sent out a monthly newsletter. Some of my favorite events included teaching a Valentine’s Day treat class to children and making Halloween bags with a group of disabled adults. My teammates also helped me literally reach new heights and overcome my fears this year by getting me on Tower of Terror during Convention.

I’m not sure how I fit it all in on top of a full-time job, part-time job, and planning a wedding, but I guess where there’s a will there’s a way.

Why NOW Is the Best Time to Become a Close To My Heart Consultant #ctmh #closetomyheart #Consultant #crafting #workfromhome

How has your success as a new Consultant impacted your life? What has it meant to you?
Friends and family would joke about my obsession for scrapbooking and cardmaking.  But after winning Rising Star, individuals started to see my name in the community. They are intrigued with what I’m doing and how I’m doing it. It means so much having my hard work be recognized.

Why NOW Is the Best Time to Become a Close To My Heart Consultant #ctmh #closetomyheart #Consultant #crafting #workfromhome

What advice would you give to new Consultants?
Try, try again. If at first you don’t succeed, try again. Unfortunately not every event is going to be a success, but take it as an opportunity to learn what you can do differently. Follow your Upline’s lead. They’ve been there, done that. They can help teach you about their successes and heartache so you don’t make the same mistakes. Sometimes you will find that the simplest things can create success, such as making a gift or card for another individual.

Aren’t these ladies incredible? They are proof of how life-changing it can be to become a Consultant. Thank you so much, Terry and Brittany, for sharing your thoughts. We are so grateful for you and your examples!

Talk to your Consultant today to learn more about saving big on your New Consultant Kit. We know it’s a conversation you won’t regret! 

Looking for more reasons to become a Close To My Heart Consultant? Then take a look at these 10 reasons why Close To My Heart Consultants live the dream.

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3-D Cards that Pack a Punch

What’s that in the sky—is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it’s a super-amazing handmade card we made using the incredible powers of the Cricut® Artfully Sent collection! Have a look:

Use the Cricut® Artfully Sent Collection to show off your cardmaking superpowers! #ctmh #closetomyheart #cardmaking #bithdaycard #cardideas #ctmhartfullysent #ctmhcricut

Don’t let its mild-mannered exterior fool you, because its true powers lie within:

Use the Cricut® Artfully Sent Collection to show off your cardmaking superpowers! #ctmh #closetomyheart #cardmaking #bithdaycard #cardideas #ctmhartfullysent #ctmhcricut

Ta-da! This 3-D pop-up card is just one of the many themed cards available on the Cricut® Artfully Sent collection. Let’s take a closer look at how it all comes together.

 

Use the Cricut® Artfully Sent Collection to show off your cardmaking superpowers! #ctmh #closetomyheart #cardmaking #bithdaycard #cardideas #ctmhartfullysent #ctmhcricut

Step 1: Cut all your card pieces. You’ll find all the shapes you need on the <j> key of your Artfully Sent collection.

You’ll notice we’ve cut the interactive feature of the super hero body multiple times—once from the Regatta ombré paper, once from a Regatta Picture My Life™ card, and once from gold glitter paper. That gives us the layers we need to make our hero pop out even more in the center of the card. We’ve also cut multiples of the “Happy Birthday” and “Super Hero” sentiments. For the backing piece, we used the Contour feature in Cricut Design Space™, but those shapes are also simple enough to trim out by hand.

Use the Cricut® Artfully Sent Collection to show off your cardmaking superpowers! #ctmh #closetomyheart #cardmaking #bithdaycard #cardideas #ctmhartfullysent #ctmhcricut

Step 2: Match up your layers! For your top layer, trim the suit pieces out of the Picture My Life paper and add them to your ombré paper, which is going to be the main part of the inside of your card. Take the lightning bolt from the negative cut of your glitter paper to make your hero’s lightning bolt shine. Feel free to add a few other glitter embellishments like boot cuffs, too!

Use the Cricut® Artfully Sent Collection to show off your cardmaking superpowers! #ctmh #closetomyheart #cardmaking #bithdaycard #cardideas #ctmhartfullysent #ctmhcricut

Step 3: Put the outside of your card together. We’ve kept it unassuming using a simple piece of zip strip and the Happy Birthday layered sentiment. 3-D foam tape gives some dimension to the front of your card.

Use the Cricut® Artfully Sent Collection to show off your cardmaking superpowers! #ctmh #closetomyheart #cardmaking #bithdaycard #cardideas #ctmhartfullysent #ctmhcricut

Step 4: Attach the inside of your card to the card base, adding sequins, the super hero cape, and another zip strip to give it a completed look.

This fun card is just one of many, many different cards you can make using the Cricut® Artfully Sent collection. There are several other pop-up cards you can create, as well as build-a-scene cards, sleeve cards, sentiment cards, and more! With cuts for envelopes and liners, and even pocket cards that look great on a card base or in the pages of a pocket scrapbook, this collection is a must-have for cardmakers and a great resource for every crafter.

Have you already been bitten by the Artfully Sent bug? If so, tell us what YOUR favorite use for this collection is in the comments below.

Recipe

5 ½” x 4″ Happy Birthday Card
X7206B Regatta Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z3076 Gold Glitter Paper, Z2012 Sequins Gold Assortment, Z3168 Cricut® Artfully Sent Collection

Cricut® Shapes*:
Artfully Sent
5 ½” Pop-Up <j> (p.27)
5 ½” Shift+Pop-Up <J> (p. 27)
5 ½” Icon <j> (p. 27)
5 ½” Shift+Icon <J> (p. 27)

*Real Dial Size

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

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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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Thanks for the Memories, Anaheim Convention 2015!

Whew! Can you believe that it’s almost been a whole week since we said goodbye to each other at the end of Convention? We’re still trying to recover from the whirlwind of papercrafting bliss that was Convention. Some bags are still unpacked, some Consultants are still sleeping sound in their beds, and others have visions of Disneyland® churros dancing in their heads. Having fun is a lot of work! But it’s worth every minute. 🙂
For all of you that attended, we hope you had fun because we sure did! Before life gets too busy again, let’s take a stroll down memory lane and revisit some of the highlights of our week spent next door to “The Happiest Place on Earth.” Shall we?

As usual, Sticky Boy was up to his usual shenanigans. This year Sticky Boy decided to be a little less sticky and a little more sweet by posting hints about his hiding places on his Facebook page. This sent more than one Consultant racing down the halls in hot pursuit of his latest revealed location. Some were victorious; others barely missed him. He frequented the nooks and crannies of the hotel, popping up on drinking fountains, flower vases, and elevator walls. It was quite the hunt! We can’t wait to see where Sticky Boy will travel this year with his newfound friends and his little heart balloon in tow.

We raised enough monetary wattage to light up a whole lot of smiles. Between the Base & Bling necklaces, the auction, and the 5K run, we raised over $40,000 for Operation Smile™! Thank you to everyone one who was generous enough to donate to this important cause. After listening to Monica share stories from her Operation Smile mission in Mexico and showing us a special video featuring celebrity Kate Walsh, who went on the same mission as Monica, each of our hearts beat a little faster for Operation Smile and its unique quest to change the lives of children by giving them back their smiles. And, as a special announcement, we unveiled the new Operation Smile™ t-shirts, which will be available for order July 23! We will donate $10 of every shirt purchase to Operation Smile.

Love was in the air. With the theme of “Make It from Your Heart” combined with motifs from the movie Up, we should’ve guessed that something truly magical was going to happen. During the dance on Saturday night, Monica’s husband Jody Wihongi took the stage and sang “Marry Me” by Train. That was our first clue. After he finished the song, Monica invited one lucky Consultant up to the stage who was then surprised by her boyfriend who came from behind the stage, got down on one knee, and proposed! We were thrilled to have the opportunity to play a part in this special moment.

We got to hang out with Jeanette Lynton. When Jeanette Lynton takes the stage, you know you’re in for a treat. It’s always inspiring to hear and simply be in the same room with the visionary who gave this company its wings. She chatted with us about future plans for the company, her favorite movie, and what her children and grandchildren have been up to lately. She also gave a bit of advice: “I wish you would stop saying ‘I can’t’,” she said. “Because you can!”

It was a paper feast for the eyes. In addition to unveiling loads of new products, we also hosted a number of artistic showcases where Convention attendees were able to feast their eyes on art made by fellow Consultants, as well as all the exclusive art from the new idea books. And if that wasn’t exciting enough, there was plenty more to be seen in business and Extravaganza classes.

Oh, yeah. We released new editions of these things called idea books. Ever heard of them? We’re sure this isn’t interesting to you, so that’s why we left it for last. Just kidding! The release of not one but TWO new idea books was met with quite the enthusiastic response at Convention. After we released the beautiful Annual Inspirations 2015–2016 idea book on the first day, there was one question left lingering in the air: What about Christmas? Well, the next day this question was answered in a magical way when, amongst flurries of snow and the jingle of bells in the ballroom, we unveiled the Holiday Expressions supplement!

*Both of these idea books will be available to all Consultants on August 1 and to customers on September 1.

Thank you for another wonderful Convention! All we have left to say is that we can’t wait until Convention next year at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort in Orlando, Florida. We’ll see you then!

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