Saturday, November 30, 2013

Close To My Heart December Stamp of the Month Blog Hop

Welcome to the December Hop!  I am so glad you are here.  If you just arrived this is a full circle hop so you can just go from blog to blog but if you want to start at the beginning (or see the full list) you can go to Adeline's blog.  You should be arriving from Alyson's blog.

This month's special is the opportunity to get a brand new Picture My Life kit when you join Close To My Heart!  This extends until December 15th (and makes the perfect gift for yourself or a creative person on your list this year).  Our stamp of the month is called Special Care and is available only from December 1st through December 31st.

You can get this stamp set one of two ways:

1.  Purchase directly from your Close To My Heart consultant or on my website here for $17.95
2. Place an order of $50 or more and get this set for only $5

With it being December I am busy with all the handmade gifts that I make for family and friends.  I found a great recipe for creating liquid handsoap and immediately thought of this stamp set - it is perfect for creating the tag for my soap.

First the Soap Recipe: 

So simple you only need three ingredients:
Castile Soap (I used fragrance free all natural Kirk's Castile Soap)
Essential Oil (optional and there are many choices - I used peppermint and lemon)

Grate an entire bar of soap into a bowl
 Cover with water and let sit overnight

In the morning it will have magically dissolved ;)  You just need to stir and add water until it is the consistency you want and then add your essential oils. 

I poured the soap into a small canning jar and then attached a bow and this gift tag I made with the Special Care Stamp Set and the Sparkle & Shine paper pack.

To create the gift tag I took a 2x3 piece of white cardstock. Then I took 1 inch strips of pattern paper and cut them on an angle to create the chevron look.

I had some left over page protector from my card I made with last month's stamp of the month and I cut it to 2 1/4 x 3 1/4.  Using tombow adhesive I put the designed paper inside the protector.

Then I attached a stamped sentiment and small wooden shapes to the outside of the tag.

I turned the tag over and attached a stamped image and a piece of white cardstock to (1) provide a spot for writing on the tag and (2) cover the adhesive from the inside.

Here is another look at the completed project.

This set will work great for laundry room wall art, thinking of you cards, baby card and more.  I have a baby card I created that will post tomorrow so come back and take a look at another way to use this stamp set.

Now it is time to hop on over to Wanda's blog and see what she created.
Creatively Yours, 

Elizabeth Mindemann
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Holiday Storyteller E-class

   I like to document my every day life but nothing brings the joy and excitement like the holidays :)  I signed up for a free e-class from Simple Scrapper called Holiday Storyteller.  
The name struck a chord with me since that is why I scrapbook - to tell stories.  

The first two prompts were:
Friday - 11/29/2013 - Holiday Card story

Two years ago I wanted a photo like this one for our Christmas cards.  Every year we go away with my extended family for vacation around Christmas and my sister, who is an excellent photographer, takes our family photos.  I had to laugh when I read this prompt because while the photo above looks like everyone is having fun . . . 

Just before my middle son was screaming and crying because I hung him upside down.  Photos rarely go the way we want them to and I was reminded of the need to just cherish my kids and my memories instead of trying to get the perfect family photo.  
This year I had Michelle draw a picture of our family instead - so much easier!  LOL

I love this because it incorporates our daughter's favorite blanket, it looks like we are making a tent (one of our favorite family activities and reminds me of the song "His Banner Over Me is Love".  

So this is the photo we will use for our Christmas cards and I'm still in the process of finishing them up on Studio J but here is what they look like in progress 

All I need to do it have them printed and I'll cut them and they are ready to go :)  

The second prompt was for today: 

Capture moments that reflect the season. Give back to those around you. Consider creating a random acts of kindness jar or advent chain featuring small actions your family can take inside and outside of your home.  Every year we make up boxes for Operation Christmas Child.  We also participate in Angel Tree ministries and our children pick a family they want to show a kindness to.  We help with handing out meals and give to the local food bank.  We visit the retirement community next door, take cards and sing carols.  We do these things all year long but I love that my kids know praying for and helping people in practical ways is being the hands and feet of Jesus.  Now I just need to document it.    


Elizabeth Mindemann
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Thursday, November 28, 2013

Black Friday/Cyber Monday Close To My Heart sale

Cyber Weekend Sale with Elizabeth Mindemann
Independent Director with Close To My Heart

Welcome!! I am extending my Black Friday Sale to include Cyber Monday (or starting my Cyber Monday sale early - lol which ever you prefer)

Starting at 12:01 on Friday, November 29th and ending at 12:00 midnight on Monday, December 2nd when you shop on my website joining the Black Friday Sale party you will get the following FREE gifts

Place an order of $35 and get a FREE monogram stamp set or size M stamp (value $2.95) of your choice!

Place an order of $50, get the stamp of the month (value $17.95) for $5
get a FREE ink pad (value $5.25) of your choice!

Place an order of $75 and get a FREE size A stamp set or Ink pad (value up to $6.95) your choice!

Place an order of $100 and get a FREE item from the Holiday Gift Guide (up to plus a FREE paper pack of your choice (total value of free items up to $23.95) and the option to get the stamp of the month for $5!

But Wait There is More :)  (Don't you just love the phrase)

When you shop this weekend I will have a mystery gift on top of the FREE gifts every hour all weekend long.  Contact me for more deatils.

You WILL NOT know the gift amount until Tuesday, December 3rd (the mystery is half the fun!).  All hours from Midnight on Thursday, November 28th through Midnight on Monday, December 2nd will have a gift amount assigned.  I will contact you all via the e-mail you provide with your order to
(1) get your choice of FREE gift based on your order total and
(2) provide you with your gift based on the hour you placed your order :)

You can e-mail me with questions or comment on this post here.
ALL orders must be placed on my website and must join the Black Friday sale when ordering.

Now is a great time to get those Christmas card kits, mini album kits or other holiday gift items for the creative person on your list.  If you are looking for quality craft products under the tree this year have your family contact me and I'll help them provide you with some great
Close To My Heart products for the holidays :)

***This is a sale exclusively with me, Elizabeth Mindemann an independent Director with Close To My Heart and not valid with other consultants - Close To My Heart is not responsible for this sale*** 


Elizabeth Mindemann
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Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Why Join Close To My Heart?

Do you enjoy scrapbooking, stamping, cardmaking or any kind of paper crafting?  If you are a follower of my facebook page or blog than I'm sure you answered yes :)  

Why not order a Close To My Heart "Try Me Box" for only $49 and see if getting a great discount or turning your hobby into a business is right for you?  At this price (with a retail value of $149) you just can't lose plus you get a super Christmas gift for yourself or a creative friend on your list this year :)  

Here is WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING about Close To My Heart

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Passion into Profits

As a former Creative Memories Consultant, I am proud to say that I am now a Close To My Heart Consultant and loving every minute of it! The product line is fantastic and so diverse, the quality is great, the prices are very affordable and the company itself is well run, organized and incredibly helpful. I am so happy to have been given the opportunity to join such an innovative company that cares about my desire to turn my passion into a profitable business. I would recommend Close To My Heart to everyone.
—Julie Young, Executive Manager

On Trend, on the Money

I cannot tell you how excited I am to be part of the Close To My Heart family. As a Senior Leader with another direct sales company for the past 14 years, I feel honored and privileged to be given the opportunity to start my new business with Close To My Heart. The product, the people, and the income opportunity hold no bounds. In the first month alone, I earned the title of Senior Director with an income to match the title. With such a wide range of exclusive, affordable and on-trend product, I know my personal business, along with my Team’s, will soar to greater heights, allowing my family to enjoy so many more of life's pleasures. Thank you, Close To My Heart!
—Shirley Dionysius, Senior Director

Everything a Crafter Could Ask for …and then Some

From the moment I was first introduced to Close To My Heart, I knew I had found the "one-stop shop" for all my papercrafting needs. Whatever I am working on—scrapbook pages, cards, or other paper-based activities—we have the perfect product (and then some!) for my project. I love how diverse our product lines are, everything from beautiful photo-safe papers, to innovative stamp sets and exclusive embellishments. The company definitely strives to keep up with all that's new and contemporary in the crafting world!
Everything is carefully designed to coordinate, with an element of fun, and it also meets my budget. Close To My Heart’s fabulous “how to” programs help me complete my projects with ease while still allowing my individuality and creativity to shine through, resulting in artwork I am excited about and very proud to display. What more could a papercrafter ask for?
—Chris Lothian, Manager

Memory-Keeping with a Vision for the Future

After 15 years with Creative Memories in Australia, I wondered what my future held when the company ceased operations. Uncertainty turned to certainty—the BEST THING EVER—a new business opportunity with Close To My Heart!
The results are astounding: my Team business is larger than it was previously and my Team is thriving; attendance at events is at an all-time high; new Consultants are engaged and enthusiastic, and everyone is happy working with the expansive Close To My Heart product line and this wonderful company. It’s so exciting to be involved in this fresh start!
Company founder Jeanette Lynton has built this debt-free company over the past 30 years and she has a vision for the next 30 years that every single member of the corporate team embraces and executes every day. Instead of being worried about the direction of my future, I am proud to represent Close To My Heart products and the brand that has been passionately built for many years.
I encourage anyone thinking about making a switch to consider Close To My Heart. I am thankful to have a solid, fun, welcoming new home that values memory keeping as much as I do!
—Diane Lampert, Senior Executive Director

My Team and Customers Have Renewed Energy

Over 13 years ago, I started as a Creative Memories consultant. Over those 13 years, I built up a successful business and was devastated when they closed. People always say things happen for a reason, it’s just not always clear at the time of the “event” what that reason is. Now I know!
Since starting with CTMH, myself, my team and my customers have fallen in love with scrapbooking again. Better than that, with the addition of stamping and papercrafting, I’m meeting so many new people who enjoy the other craft elements of CTMH. We are all benefiting from renewed energy, an amazing career plan, incredible training resources, a quality product, the diverse range, and the company’s generosity. I’m in love all over again.
—Megan Lawrence, Director

A Wonderful Change

Having been a consultant with another scrapbooking company for nearly 14 years, deciding to join Close To My Heart was a big change for me. It has proven to be a wonderful change!
Stamping was totally new to me, but that has not been a problem, as Close To My Heart has so many videos to show us how it is done. The product line is beautiful, keeps up with the trends, and yet still meets the needs of the classic scrapbooker. Close To My Heart is very generous toward customers and Consultants. I am so glad to be part of this wonderful company.
—Grace Green, Executive Manager

Something for Everyone

Close To My Heart is a company that has the most amazing lines of product that are also very affordable. There is something in this company for everyone, whether they are scrapbookers, cardmakers, or just love making crafty items. The company provides excellent business opportunities and I find they offer great rewards for both me as a Consultant and my customers. For Consultants, they provide an excellent training program with great backup.
—Yvonne Worthington, Supervisor

Sharing Your Story

I grew up with a mother in Direct Sales and saw what the stress from her leaders did to her.  I swore I would never ever join a company and allow other people to pressure me to be something I was not or did not want to be!  Then in October of 2010 I was introduced to Close To My Heart and never looked back.  I joined in May of 2011 and quickly fell in love with the teaching and mentoring plus the joy of using quality products to share my story and preserve my memories.  When my grandfather passed away in March of 2012 my passion for recording my memories grew even stronger as I searched through old photos longing to know the story of my grandparents and great grandparents.  Close To My Heart has provided me with the means to preserve my story, add a little extra income to suppliment my husband's salary while I stay home with our kids and given me the opportunity to meet and build relationships with crafters all over the country!  I am thrilled with the training I receive, the team that truly is close to my heart, and the growth of my personal business.  You really have nothing to lose :) 

--- Elizabeth Mindemann, Director 

Want to know more?  Check out the answers to commonly asked questions or contact me today I'm happy to help!  


Elizabeth Mindemann
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