What a Whirlwind!

Our family is in the middle of a whirlwind right now!  We got word recently that our little boy will be ready to come to his new home soon and we have been scurrying around to get our house and things ready for him.    

And I now get to share this super fun information:

We are happy to introduce Jonathan Robert Ritskes.  This photo was taken a few weeks ago when my husband Chris was able to visit him very briefly while on a mission trip to Haiti with Speroway.  We hope that this little guy will be home with us before Christmas!  We would so appreciate your prayers for Jonathan’s visa to be processed quickly so Chris and I can go down and get him.

Now, on to other things.  Obviously my focus has been elsewhere lately as we prepare to have Jonathan join our family.  I apologize for not getting on my blog lately to update you on what’s happening with Close To My Heart!  This will be a long post, but I hope you’ll read through and just click the links if you would like more info about anything you see here.

When you join the CTMH family this month, you’ll not only get all the business materials you need to start your new business, but you’ll get your entire kit fee back in CTMH cash!  That means you can purchase $95 in product at no additional cost.  If you would like to get in on this opportunity, you can click on over to my website to learn more.  Or, email me at simplycreating@hotmail.com and we can set up a time to chat more about this exciting opportunity.
Host a gathering and for November only once your party sales reach level 3 you will get to jump to the next level of rewards!  It doesn’t have to be an actual gathering where you clean your house, invite all your friends and prep some yummy snacks.  You can even just gather some orders from your crafty friends or do an event on Facebook.  Contact me if you would like to try to Jump for Joy!


And we’ve got lots more going on.  Check out these 4 promotions:

The top two photos are our special Canadian promotions!  We’re celebrating 15 years with CTMH and you can purchase product bundles with stamp sets and paper and embellishments to create cards and layouts.  Check them out here and here

The bottom two photos show our Days of December kit, which allows you to create a December Daily album, and our beautiful Christmas card kit.  Take note that the silver glitter paper in the photo will now be replaced with silver foil paper (which I think will look even better!)  Check out the Days of December kit here and the Christmas blessings kit here.

And we have a beautiful stamp of the month.  Here is what the set looks like:

And here is what the CTMH Art Department created:

I have also seen numerous beautiful cards and layouts created by other consultants with this set.  There is a ton of potential with this stamp set.   Remember that when you place an order of at least $50, you can get this set for just $6.

If you loved the Hello Pumpkin paper suite, but maybe not the Halloween aspect of it, we’ve got just the thing for you.  A special workshop where you can create 3 two-page layouts that aren’t Halloween at all.  Take a look:

Click here to get all the details for this kit.

One last kit to tell you about.  The Important Things album bundle:

Learn all about it right here.

Phew!  If you made it to the bottom of this post, thank you for hanging in there.  

Questions?  Just let me know!  Happy Crafting!


Cross Canada Hop: Boutique!

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It’s our first Cross Canada Hop with our brand new Holiday Expressions catalogue and I’m so excited to be able to share things I’ve been sitting on for a month or more.  🙂  If you arrived here from Arlene’s Creative Space, you are in the right place.  If you’re starting here, just keep clicking the links at the bottom of each person’s post until you get back to my blog.

Our first focus pack is Boutique and it. is. Gorgeous!  Such a pretty, versatile paper suite.  Here’s a look at what’s included in the Workshop Your Way kit:

Kit contents:
1 – Boutique Paper Packet (X7235B)
1 – Boutique Complements (X7235C)
4 – cardstock sheets (1 Peach, 1 Peacock, 2 White Daisy)
1 – Boutique Puffy Stickers (Z4234)
1 – Mink Twine (Z4221)
photo placeholders
printed instructions

With this new catalogue, we are introducing a new version of our Workshop Your Way program, the Deluxe kit.  The kit contents are the same, but we’re stepping up the artwork with three different layouts using some additional products.

This particular kit uses our brand new texture paste.  I’m so excited about this new product and I’m having a blast playing with it.

I have been so busy getting the kids ready for school and preparing for my Launch Party that happened last Wednesday that I didn’t have time to get photos on these layouts.  I think I’m going to use photos of my kids, probably in black and white.

Now, on to the layouts!

This layout uses the new Sugarplum Shimmer Brush.  Look at that shimmer!

Here we see the fun texture paste.  I’ve used the Matte Opaque paste through a stencil and I just love how it adds so much to the layout!

This last layout uses the same texture paste, but it’s been mixed with some of the Shimmer Brush solution on my All-Purpose Mat before I spread it on a piece of White Daisy cardstock.  In the close up you can see a more subtle shimmer than on the first layout.  It’s just so pretty!

Now, you can head on over to Lucy’s Creative Expressions to see what lovely things she’s created for you to enjoy.

As always, if you would love to get your hands on the Boutique paper suite, just contact your consultant.  If you don’t have a consultant, just drop me an email.  I’ll be happy to help.

Happy Creating!

Document the School Years with “You’ve Got Class”

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Where I live school is about to start.  In just a week, the kids will be back in school and all the fun “stuff” will start coming home again.  What do you do with all the artwork and papers and photos that come out of each school year?  What if I told you that Close To My Heart has the answer?  

The You’ve Got Class kit has everything you need to create layouts using TrueFit Folios from Kindergarten to Grade 12!  Each Folio, which is essentially a 12×12 file folder, will create the base for 2 grades.  The instructions also show you how to create a divider inside the folio so you can easily separate the 2 grades.  

There are a number of different options for purchasing what you need for this project.  There’s an exclusive paper pack and stamp set.  The project also uses a current stamp set you may already have in your stash.  Just be aware that this special is while supplies last, so don’t wait too long to order or you may lose out!

Click here for all the details.

I know it seems nearly impossible to scale down all the precious items that come home so that it will all fit in this one pocket.  Here’s how I deal with it.  At the end of the year, we lay everything out so my kids and I can see it all.  We each choose 5 items that we don’t think we could possibly part with, and that number can change depending on how much there is.  Maybe you can each only choose 3.  That way your child has a few items that show what’s been important to them and you also get to keep the ones that touched your heart in a special way.  I have found that discovering what my kids choose opens a window into who they are at the moment and you can even add some journaling about that!

Have fun!  And happy Back to School!

Let’s Add a Little Magic

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We’ve gone back into the vault and brought out a favourite, Magical!  Now it’s been updated with new (and yet to be released) colours.  Not only that, but our home office art department has created a beautiful set of instructions for creating some super fun layouts and cards.

Check out some of the projects you can create.

Aren’t they cute?  There’s a special package of products all put together so you can create these projects.  You can check it all out on my website by clicking here.  There are a lot of options on how to get the products used in the cards and layouts, too many to list here.

It includes the paper, embellishments and a stamp set that was previously given to consultants who attended convention a while ago.  Now you get to play with it, too.  🙂

If you’re a Disney lover, then this pack is for you.  But, I have used this paper for non-Disney themes as well.  I just can’t seem to find the photos of those projects right now. Hee hee.  Happy Creating!