Happy Birthday CTMH Australia!!

Happy Birthday to The Creative Heart, The Creative Heart Team, to Close To My Heart Australaia  and all my  #ctmhaustralasia sisters!

It has been two years since I started with the awesome company Close To My Heart and I could not be happier! I am grateful Jeanette created this company with its central messages and that Brian went looking for a good company to take us into in 2013.

Would you believe two years ago I could not stamp to save myself? I even had to give myself permission to use stamping in my scrapbooking! Since then I have learned the joys of the Cricut, made flowers, and made use of my knowledge of painting and other mediums to make some pretty creative mixed media pieces and taught classes, workshops and more. I have been on trips away and found the rewards are much more than where the money is.

Most important to me is the new family I have.  I have met some awesome #ctmhsisters and had heaps of fun at conventions, retreats, crop events, my classes and launch events. Sisters are always there with help and support any time of day and my amazing Presidential Director visits our little country town during the year too! I have the Mantra ‘Everyone is welcome here’. I have grown a team of ‘sisters’ who watch out for each other and share and care for each other. I have done my best to be a good leader and while not being able to meet everyone’s needs I have done as good as I could at the time.  I could not be prouder of my team and how they have grown with me.  Just yesterday I had one very excited team member who made her first quarter work for her. I was like a proud mum. It warmed my heart to hear her excitement!

I could gush for ages about how awesome this company feels – but will let these photos do that work. Here are some snaps of where the Creative Heart Team has come over the last two years. If you would like to be part of the fun we have be sure to drop me a line. You can of course join any time right here.

 

I was just a bit excited about getting my box!

I was just a bit excited about getting my box!

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Myself and my first two team members - we get together regularly to crop and share ideas.

Myself and my first two team members – we get together regularly to crop and share ideas.

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My goal was to fill this workshop space.

 

To infinity and beyond

To infinity and beyond

If you want o know more please contact me. if you want to see more head to the video post about sticky boy!

If you want o know more please contact me. if you want to see more head to the video post about sticky boy!

Proud to wear the manager ribbon - it is real :)

Proud to wear the manager ribbon – it is real 🙂

Sarah Shipton our Senior Director, Sandra Boutlon and Amy Langford, members of my team and myself.

Sarah Shipton our Senior Director, Sandra Boutlon and Amy Langford, members of my team and myself.

Monica is an awesome powerhouse of a woman, a pocket rocket. She is an awesome working mum and advocate for the company. It was a pleasure to be in her company.

Monica is an amazing woman, a pocket rocket. She is an awesome working mum and advocate for the company. It was a pleasure to be in her company.

Be You

Be You

This is the finished page.

A mixed media page

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Yay- we are reaching that goal!

 

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In my home classes

 

Pink decoration, Pink Food, projects using pink and a goodie bag with the Pink Ribbon Motiff are all a feature of this event!

Pink decoration, Pink Food, projects using pink and a goodie bag with the Pink Ribbon Motiff are all a feature of this event!

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OMG!!! We are full!

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Leaders Conference

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I LOVE teaching people to craft. Did you know that? lol

The Aussie Contingent

The Aussie Contingent in Disneyland 2014

Convention

Disney 2014

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Disney 2014

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Disney 2014

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Disneyland CA 2014

Disneyland CA 2014

 

We Sparkled and Shone!

Wow! How awesome is it to have a Founding Director visit your area to present a workshop! I was really excited to have Diane Lampert come to Mildura and help us launch the Holidays from the Heart products at our Sparkle and Shine event. We had many customers and consultants come along and get inky with trees and baubles and some great artwork was produced. I would like to share with you some photos from the event. I have written about my dream to fill the venue with scrapbookers and card makers and I am so glad to say that on this occasion we did achieve the highest numbers yet!

Holidays from the Heart on show

Note – I was busy running around helping with the event so I only have a few photos and none of me – I hope the photos by others will come through soon and I can add them in here.

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As a consultant I learned a lot. Our customers had FUN! Many chose to join the CTMH family taking home the best deal we have. It was a fabulous day! Thank you so much to all customers, consultants and especially Diane for coming to visit us!

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As you can see the venue is well lit – it is also air conditioned. We have playdays here every month so if you are local to Mildura be sure to drop me a line and find out more about the next one. Playdays are also available in Wentworth, Merbein and Robinvale. I am happy to come to the Riverland and down to Ouyen too! To keep up to date with events follow my page on Facebook and sign up for my newsletter.  For more ideas using the products in the holidays from the heart guide and the sparkle and shine paper check out my Pinterest Board.   If you would like to know more about the best deal contact me now! I would love to tell you all about it! (Australian residents only)

Next Mildura Playday is October 26th

First Wentworth is November 9th

Next Robinvale is November 16

Next Merbein Nov 17

If you are local why not come along and join in the fun. It is so relaxing to ink it up and get photos and precious memories preserved in albums!

Sparkle and Shine with your gift giving this Christmas

This is the time of year when we should be thinking about anything we plan to give that might be hand made is underway and CTMH have made the simple gift of giving a hand made card or gift box a breeze with this delightful short time only collection available from October 13th.  Come along to our Country Road Show event in Mildura Monday October 21 and not only see the products, create with them! You will take home samples including card, a page and an off the page project!

Remember these products are available from October 13 and available while stocks last.

Imagine one of these trees on your table center at your Christmas function!

Sparkle and shine catalog available soon

Sparkle and shine catalog available soon

Let us show you how!

Mildura, Monday Oct 21. Two sessions 2 pm and 7 pm. Bookings via links below.

Mildura, Monday Oct 21. Two sessions 2 pm and 7 pm. Bookings via links below.

To Book in for this event you can

1. Purchase your ticket online right here Be sure to choose your session.

2. email Jenny nenifoofer@gmail.com for bank or paypal payments

3. Phone Jenny 0400253422

It would be awesome to welcome those of you from around the region too! Why not car pool and come for the day, join us for dinner and scrap as well? All those prebooked will be in a special prize draw!

By the way, when these products go live on October 13 if you purchase $130 worth of product in an order you can get and star item free! Make your wish list up right now!

To make the table center with my help  check your inbox for this months newsletter or follow me on Facebook.

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Having fun with Artbooking

Have you discovered the joy of Artbooking? I have and I am loving it! It is playful, random and fun!

Artbooking is scrapbooking, journaling and being creative and arty all rolled into one. You make the book, you create the embellishments (and add from your stash) and your very best friend is the Cricut Artbooking cartridge by CTMH!

It has awesome pre-designed shapes in a number of sizes so you can create a journal of photos and memories in a number of ways. I still see myself very much a beginner in all this but I wanted to share with you what I have done so far with a 3 ring Kraft folder, my Artbooking cartridge, and papers from my stash. Most of this has been created with cardstock and papers from the Chantilly paper pack.

The cover made with a frame from the Artbooking Cartridge.

The cover made with a frame from the Artbooking Cartridge.

So I have the Cricut ExpressionII- and the CTMH Artbooking Cartridge collection which includes precut chipboard shapes and three stamp sets- and a project with a purpose. This little journal is going to record my journey as Carer for my parents. The journalling is what will really matter and I won’t be sharing those pages. However, I have made a start with some photos of my parents, and the family they brought into being. I explored a few things on the cartridge and got my head around ‘real dial’ size and other such matters. These page elements all had to be done at the right size so the pre cut holes line up with the rings.

Ok – so this is what it all looks like so far.

This is the title page - not as wide as some of the other pages but I actually like that they stick out.

This is the title page – not as wide as some of the other pages but I actually like that they stick out.

 

I am enjoying the stamps that came with the collection too! Here are the following pages – with tabs and lacy edges and more!

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The titles have also been cut with the Artbooking cartridge.

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I love the overlays in the Artbooking cartridge – the hexagons and lattice above can be made to fit any page and I have seen awesome artwork done with these on scrapbook pages too.

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These are blank – still to be filled with photos and love. I did these just because I wanted to see how they cut! In future I will have a bit of a plan for each page I do. I may also replicate the many ideas shared by CTMH on the Artbooking Made Easy series on You Tube. They have some awesome ideas and the ongoing series is an inspiration to us all!

Imagine making something just like this one by CTMH design team

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Imagine feeling this clever! You know you can!

Here is a video showing you more

If you are in the Sunraysia region a class in Artbooking is right here in town in Mildura. Why not book into one and get a guiding hand to get creating a gorgeous Artbook just like these ones? I can give you a supply list on your inquiry and classes are just $10 per session. Of course if you do not have the cricut or the cartridge yet you can use mine! I will also be able to assist with artbooking projects on play days even though artbooking will not always be the focus. Play days occur each month in Mildura, Merbein, Robinvale and we are just launching in Wentworth.

For a complete list of classes and play days complete the form below. Be sure to sign up to my newsletter for the latest news and specials coming up including our super special Warm Holiday Wishes from the Heart Brochure, available to customers from mid October.

I hope to see you in classes and one day when I am brave, if prompted enough I just might have a go at a how to video! Start commenting and requesting and some magic may happen!

I dare you!

Artfully yours

Jen

 

The Country Road Show – Part1

This is a totally unabashed plug for a fabulous event coming to Mildura. It is the 

 

Close To My Heart Country Road Show!

(applause…louder!!!)

We country folk live over 4 hours drive from the nearest capital city (Adelaide) and even more the capital of our own state (Melbourne). Often feel we miss out simply because there are awesome things going on in the cities that we just cannot get to. We may not have the time, the fuel money or family needs may come first, preventing us from attending some wonderful events. This is true of  many major events, but for the scrapbookers, stampers and cardmakers in Sunraysia it is particularly so as we rarely get the opportunity to go to workshop with well known and respected representatives of a company. So

I AM EXCITED!

The Sunraysia consultants from Jen’s Creative Hearts Team are very pleased to be hosting Close To My Heart Sr Executive Director Diane Lampert in town on Monday 21st October for a make and take fest!

Consultants Amy Langford, Myself and Diane Lampert at Creative Kickoff in Melbourne. We look forward to Diane Joining us in Mildura for a fabulous creative play session.

Consultants Amy Langford, myself and Diane Lampert at Creative Kickoff in Melbourne. We look forward to Diane joining us in Mildura for a fabulous creative play session.

I have absolutely no idea what she has in store for us but that doesn’t matter – I know it will be good because of all the noise and back chatter about how awesome events have been around other major centres! Everyone who has been to one of these events has great things to say about the product, the projects and the awesome business opportunity that is provided by Close To My Heart here in Australia.

There will be two sessions available for attendees, one at 2 pm and one at 7 pm. The session is $10 and attendees will go home with three make and take projects. In between sessions the venue, Sunraysia Masonic Centre, is available for those who wish to give themselves some ‘me’ time, or ‘play time’ to bring along their current projects and get some of them completed. Dig in for the day along with the consultant in attendance and get some projects done.

If you are from the Sunraysia and mallee region and are excited can you let me know? Pop in a comment below. I would love to have some feedback!

For more details and information complete the form below or jump on over to my Facebook Event page and book your ticket!  I would love to have you come along and join us on this awesome day!

Part 2 of this post will of course be…the report – with lots of photos!

You are special! Have a gathering and find out how special!

Have you ever balked at the idea of hosting a direct selling anything? Be honest….I have! Especially when most of the products are priced upward of $50. It is out of the reach of most people I know to buy up big and even harder if you are the consultant trying to help the host get her rewards when they need 2 bookings to qualify, As the host you fear there may not be any friends kind enough to support you to achieve your $350 plus 2 host bookings in order to gain anything from making the effort to invite people, make supper and try and have a fun time.

Close to My Heart IS DIFFERENT. You are special. We want you to feel special and successful! They make us as consultants feel special too. Your host rewards begin with sales of $200 allowing you $30 to spend. The next step is $50 to spend plus a half price item for just a $300 total in sales. It goes up from there and you can see just how much you can be rewarded by looking at the Host reward guide on page 2 of the product launch guide . When you do look, you will notice the dreaded number of bookings is not there ! No need to con a friend into hosting a party they do not really want! You can succeed without extracting a promise from a friend to book forward for you!

The other thing you will notice is how generous the rewards become as sales go up! You are treated with great generosity for gathering with CTMH!

You are also a person of privilege when you host a CTMH gathering. You have access to exclusive stamp sets, which is perfect if you paper craft, scrapbook or make cards. You can see the full range on the 3rd and 4th pages of the product launch guide – and please note the pricing. Imagine getting these for half their usual price with your host reward money! It certainly does make your reward dollars go further!

My favourite is Washi Wonder. I do not need hundreds of rolls of washi tape – I can stamp a large number of tape designs in 40 different colours and even more with specific stamping techniques!

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Washi Wonder – my favourite of the host rewards!

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And there is more! As a gathering host you have the choice about what sort of gathering will suit you and your friends. I can accommodate you with a hands on scrapbook page, a card, or another project. Your friends won’t be sitting around listening to the consultant talk endlessly about the benfits, features and prices of a product and walk the catalogue – we get engaged and interact with the products. Hands On! We play with the products, explore the possibilities and have fun along the way!

If you prefer not to have anyone over, but wish to have a virtual or catalogue gathering and collect orders you can do this too! We have an EZ invite system that lets you take charge electronically inviting people to shop for your event! And the rewards are the same!

How easy it is to be rewarded and gain those favourite items at half price. I am betting every one of you who own a Cricut Cutting machine would be wanting to get that Cricut collection with your 50% off item credit!

One final note about the advantages of being a host – if you become a consultant – you get ALL THESE ADVANTAGES and you also get the consultant price on all the goodies you order! If you do not yet have a Cricut you can also get that at a very special low price too! That my friends makes being a consultant AWESOME for crafters like me.

I was hopeful CTMH would be a great company for us when we lost what was. I am stunned at how generous this company is with both Hosts and Consultants and invite you to contact me now to get your gathering orgainsed or your consultant kit ordered!

 

 

September Spring and Stamping! Let’s get Happy!

Spring is definitely in the air and our energy levels are on the up. What could be a better time to learn or further develop  a new skill and get our pages and cards made?

‘Good things will come if you believe’ Such a beautiful sentiment and you can stamp that onto all sorts of projects with this awesome stamp set.

My Acrylix stamps are Close To My Heart’s signature product and this offer is a great way to help you get started adding stamping to your artwork. ( Or perhaps you already have a collection going and it will add to your stash at an amazing price!)

Beautiful My Acrylix Stamp sets are the best on the market and add a whole new rang of diversity to pages, cards and other art projects.

Beautiful My Acrylix Stamp sets are the best on the market and add a whole new rang of diversity to pages, cards and other art projects.

September is national Stamping Month and to celebrate Close To My Heart has brought us a fantastic exclusive range of D size stamps ”You are my Happy”’which will most certainly bring out some of the happy in me!

Take a look at this video to see up close and personal the fabulous stamp set and its versatility!

These whimsical sets will compliment a whole host of scrapbook page layouts, cards, and gift making. I am really looking forward to mine arriving and will have them on show at my Play Days and Gatherings. Through September I am running Play Days (formerly known as workshops)  at Robinvale (Sept 7) , Wentworth (Sept 8)  and Mildura(Sept 22) .   Grab your tickets at Stickyticket on my Facebook page or contact via the form below to book your place. I will show you a number of stamping techniques and you will see this fabulous stamp set and what it can do for your artwork. All play days include a scrapbook page project, a card project and just maybe a little surprise 🙂

You can purchase this stamp set – over $60 worth for just $15! All you need to do is place a qualifying order with me ($75) and you will be entitled to having this fabulous stamp set!

You Are My Happy just $15 with every qualifying order of just $75

You Are My Happy just $15 with every qualifying order of just $75

 

There is also our REGULAR stamp of the month as well – the very versatile and popular Pinwheel motif – a great addition to fun celebration pages. With an order of $75 you can also get this stamp set for just $5!

The Versatile Pinwheel - yours for just $5 in this month's Stamp of the month program

The Versatile Pinwheel – yours for just $5 in this month’s Stamp of the month program

If you missed August’s Stamp of the month A Chocolate Affair

August SOTM A Chocolate Affair

August SOTM A Chocolate Affair

I have a sweet treat in store for the first two people to book gatherings with me. Host a Gathering in September, and you will not only get the usual host rewards, you will also receive this gorgeous stamp set free as a booking gift. Your gathering must be held in September in order to qualify for this gift. You do not need to live near me to host a gathering either – we can hold a virtual one! How awesome is that? The first two hosts booked are guaranteed to get this awesome stamp set! Be the first to book! Contact me below and let’s get you organised to have a happy time with your friends as we ignite your innate creativity!