Convention Fun

I am still reeling from the whirl wind of the Close to My Heart Convention which ended a week ago.   My mind has been spinning and I have been busy planning ever since.  All I can say is how awesome is it that you can say I have to go to a convention at Disneyland????  I love having to say that :-).  I was able to go last year for the first time and never want to miss again.

Convention is all about learning, meeting and seeing friends, and the most important part ~ getting a first hand look at the new products in the Idea Book.  It is truly an exciting, fun filled events.  The excitment and anticipation of the new products is electric and this year is no exception ~ this Annual Inspiration is AWESOME as is the new Holiday Expression.  I am so excited to share some of the new products with you but I will have to wait until September 1st before I can post it here.  However, if you want to get some sneak peeks you will want to follow my Facebook page ~ catscrapbooking.

As for the fun meeting up with friends both old and new was equally as fun.  Here are a few photos I wanted to share from convention.  IMGP3478aIt was so fun to be able to get my photo taken with Carl and Russel.  This year the convention was centered around the movie UP.

IMGP3483aIMGP3422aA couple of photos of our team.

IMGP3589aBeing silly after awards night.

IMGP3697aWhat more can I say…. this is the best company and I just love being a part of Close to My Heart!!!

Happy Crafting!

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I have been busy since coming back from convention last week.  Most of what I have been doing is behind the scenes planing and organizing.  Oh how I love to organize.  Once my craft room is organized I can usually get down to crafting and get on a creativity roll.  So I am hoping now that the organizing and planning are complete I can get to the crafty part.

I did want to share a couple of things with you, first of all if you do not already receive my newsletter they you will want to contact me via my Facebook page or email me at to get signed up.  I just sent out my newsletter last night which highlights my new Monthly Hostess Clubs.  This is such a great way to budget you scrapbooking supplies and earn FREE product.  Yes you heard me FREE product!! Please check out all the details right HERE and contact me right away to save your spot!

Convention was such a treat!  I can not even begin to explain how fun it was meeting fellow consultants and making new friends. Not to mention all the gorgeous artwork which was presented. I was blown away!  I took a lot of photos so I have been going over these to design great workshops for you.  I did want to share a few photos from my trip with you.


Here we are the first night at our team meetings.


This year CTMH had the first annual Rise & Shine fun run which took us through downtown Disneyland and into California Adventure before they were open.  It was awesome!! This and Halloween will probably the only time you will ever find me in a tutu 🙂

I also had a blast swapping cards.  I took 120 and came home with 100 new design ideas.  There were a lot of great ideas and techniques in these swap cards.  I have been flipping through them and sorting them into ones I want to scraplift for workshops. Here is a photo of just a sampling of the artwork.

IMG_0584To give credit here are the designers starting at 12 o’clock and going clockwise – Unknown, Carmen Johnstone, Jeannette Mignucci, Margaret Magnum Davis, Kim Hill and in the center Christi Madsen.

I will be posting over the next couple days the project we crated while at convention.  I have really enjoyed working for CTMH as a consultant but I felt after having gone to convention I am just over the moon.  It was such a great experience and I hope to never miss one again!

Happy Crafting!



Convention is Over, Now Back to Reality

Wow – Awesome -Inspiring – Exciting – Fun – Magical – Okay I am sure you are getting the picture now.  I am still on my Disneyland high.  It was such a wonderful experience going to the Close to My Heart convention this year.

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I learned so much and was inspired by all the many talented consultants out there.  But one of the best things was getting to see the new Annual Inspirations Idea Book for  2014-2015.  There are so many awesome new products that I will not be able to cover them all.  I will give you a taste of what to come with the following highlights.

  • 9 new paper packs including a Halloween one which I am super excited about.  I really love then all!
  • Workshops on the go – 7 scrapbook and 2 cards
  • Tons of new stamp sets
  • Artfully Sent – the new Cricut cartridge which focus is card making but can do so much more!
  • 5 new Picture My Life kits which can be used for so much more so stayed tune.
  • 3 new My Crush albums
  • Quick kits which are so super – these kits will simplify your card making by making all the cuts for you all you need to do is stamp and assemble.  Now if you to do more than the kit has you can order more of the pre-cut paper and cards.
  • Awesome new Home Decor items
  • New styles of the base and bling
  • New embellishments – stars, hearts, washi, and ribbon just to name a few.
  • Fundamentals papers in all the color assortments
  • Designer Creations for party/gifts
  • 4 new embossing folders
  • The return of heat embossing
  • New ShinHan Touch Twin markers in 24 colors
  • new boarder punches

Whew – I am exhausted just thinking about all this awesomeness! If you want an idea book before August 1st.  Be sure you place an order with me for $30 or more and I will send or deliver you your new Annual Inspirations.


Happy  Crafting!


Sneak Peak at what is coming with the Fall/Winter Idea book

I feel like I have been glued to my computer today and that is not a bad thing when you are wanting to learn what exciting new products are coming form CTMH.  I cannot wait so actually get my hands on the new catalog!!!   I have been able to look at it online and hear about what is going on at the CTMH Convention.  Can I just say how envious I am of all the consultants who were able to go.  Maybe next year….

Cover_AutumnWinterIBThere are a lot of great new products come out in the Fall/Winter idea book.  Here are some of the highlights:

  • Six new paper packs
    • Laughing Lola L3-LaughingLola
    • SaritaWOTG-Sarita
    • ProPlayerWOTG-ProPlayer
    • BabycakesWOTG-Babycakes
    • HuntingtonWOTG-Huntington
    • FrostedWOTG-Frosted
  • Base & Bling – Jewelry and wearable artworkBaseBlingKit
  • New Cricut cartridge – ArtbookingCricut-ArtbookingBeauty Cricut-ArtbookingBundle
  • Hostess Rewards Stamp Sets
  • 10 WOTG – 6 scrapbooking, 2 cards, 1 using the Base & Bling and one using Designed Décor frames
  • My Crush Books – 2 styles of hardbound spiral books with 60 pages of cardstonk and assortments to matchMyCrush-BluebirdBeautyMyCrush-ModvilleBeauty
  • Make it from your Heart Vol 2 and return of all the How-to Publications
  • 8 mini stamp sets for only $2.95 each
  • Jeanette’s Stamp Archive – these are some of Jeanette Lynton original designs, which were from the rubber stamp days.
  • Designed Décor Frames – three new frames
    • One is black with clothesline wires0813_SOM
    • Colonial white with chicken wire to hang photsDesignedDecorKit
    • Flip stand albumL3-ProPlayer
  • New embellishments too!
  • Dauber and pigment ink foam inserts for the small organizational box

If you placed an order with me this year you can receive your new Idea Book in July.  All of the new products will be available to purchase starting Aug 1st!!

Be on the look out for some specials coming in July/August….


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