Map Your Journey with a Paper Piecing Stamping Technique!

September is a very exciting month for us at Close To My Heart. Not only do we celebrate National Stamping Month, but it’s also the month that we launch our new annual catalog!

In this year’s Core Products Catalog, you will find lots of new and exciting products, among them a new series of stamps called Map Your Journey. With versions for all our current markets (USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and Japan), we thought these stamp sets would be a fun way to share with you yet another stamping technique, in addition to the 10+ techniques we shared last week. (If you missed it, make sure to check that post out: Stamping Techniques to Keep Up Your Crafty Sleeves!)

Today we will take the imprint of a stamp that has many parts or lines to it, like a map 😉, and create a final image by piecing together a variety of papers, kind of like a mosaic. This technique is fittingly known as paper piecing. The technique is much harder to describe than it is to do, so let us show you and see for yourselves!

The first thing you’ll want to do is figure out what colors or patterns you want incorporated into your final design. In our case, with the map, we thought it would be best, because of all the details that we are not cutting out, to use four solid cardstock colors.

Once you’ve chosen your color and pattern scheme, stamp your image onto all your chosen papers using the same ink color. We used White Daisy, Shortbread, Scarlet, and Papaya cardstock and the Exclusive Inks™ Mocha stamp pad.

This next step is also easy, but maybe a bit more time consuming, depending on the image you are working with. Cut out all the shapes from each of your papers, except one. The one you do not cut into pieces will act as your base later, when you put it all back together.

When you are cutting your shapes, make sure to cut them out exactly the same between papers. For example, our cutout of California should be the same shape and size in each of our cardstock colors. Essentially, we are creating a puzzle and its puzzle pieces. The pieces need to fit together for this technique to work.

The final step is to put those puzzling skills to use and assemble the paper pieced image on your base.

As a tip, we suggest playing around with the placement of your paper pieces, first, before attaching them.

And there you have it! Another stamping technique to add to your repertoire!

How are you spending your National Stamping Month? Let us know in the comments below, and, as always, happy stamping! ❤️

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Join Us in Thailand!

Earn an all-inclusive trip for two to Thailand, courtesy of Close To My Heart! #ctmh #closetomyheart #workfromhome #scrapbooking #crafting #thailandAs many of you know, Monica and Tiffany from the Home Office recently traveled to Thailand to make sure everything will be absolutely perfect for the 2018 Close To My Heart incentive trip for North America. They loved this beautiful country and can’t wait to share it with you!

Close To My Heart incentive trips are unlike any other incentive trips. We know our Consultants go above and beyond to serve their customers and communities, so we go above and beyond to provide them with trips they will remember for a lifetime.

For example, many companies give you an all-inclusive trip for one—but we know that you want to share such an incredible experience with a loved one! We’re all about creating and preserving memories AND celebrating relationships, so it just makes sense. 🙂

Earn an all-inclusive trip for two to Thailand, courtesy of Close To My Heart! #ctmh #closetomyheart #workfromhome #scrapbooking #crafting #thailand

Here’s everything the 2018 Thailand trip includes:

—Round trip airfare for two from a major airport to Bangkok, Thailand

—Accommodations for three nights at the Anantara Bangkok Riverside Resort & Spa in Bangkok

—Accommodations for three nights at the five-star JW Marriott Resort in Phuket

—Airfare for two from Bangkok to Phuket

—Transfers between airports and hotels, including meet & greet services

Thailand is sure to be the adventure of a lifetime! You’ll get to immerse yourself in an entirely different culture, see beautiful historic landscapes, eat authentic cuisine, all while staying in the finest resorts and spas!

Whether you’re a Consultant or someone considering becoming a Consultant, this trip is within your reach! There are still 327 days to earn this trip, and with thoughtful planning, goal-setting, and fully investing yourself into what you love, you can really reap the rewards!

We’ll be in Thailand in 2018, and we really hope you join us. After all, once-in-a-lifetime experiences are the best when shared with friends. ❤️

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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

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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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