Sunday, July 25, 2010


You are probably asking yourself - "why do I need new CTMH colors?" Ok -maybe not! SO let me tell you these NEW colors are AWEsome and very trendy in today's color scheme...

So with that said - check out this left page of my son's layout (waiting for more pics via email....)

So don't you NOT love these new colors??? Pacifica, Lagoon, Gypsy, and Pear.....
This is another layout from the new book Magic by Jeanette Lynton...

this is just a tease - I will post the second page of this layout as soon as my son sends me more pictures from his business trip to Hong Kong!( how do you get a trip like this in public education????)


Adeline B

Friday, July 23, 2010

07/23 NEW Olivia WOTG layout

WOW - are you longing for the cool days of autumn?..... Fall is not likely to happen here in Florida until maybe - January! But check out the NEW Olivia WOTG (Workshops to Go) that I completed tonight in the comfort of my air-conditioned home!!

Did I tell you that Fall is my favorite season??

NEW G1013 Olivia workshop kit (now featured in the Idea Book)
My Acrylix Timeless stamp set
NEW Shimmer Designer Brads -Z1349
New Z2196 Smoothie Ink!

I hope you are as excited as I am about the NEW products I will be offering this September!! Stay tuned....

Thursday, July 22, 2010

07/22 What a bunch of Hooligans!

NEW!!! NEW!!!

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Here is a sneak peek from the NEW Autumn/Winter CTMH Idea Book. I also incorporated one of the techniques from the NEW Magic book by Jeanette Lynton. It includes 35 brand new layouts with interactive techniques to "bump up" your scrapbook pages to a new level!

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CTMH Supplies include:
NEW X7129 Hooligans paper pack
NEW Z1339 Pear Mini-Medley accents Collection
NEW 9034 "Magic" scrapbook program book
NEW D1441 Royal Birth stamp set
NEW COLOR Z2197 Pear ink
NEW COLOR Z2190 Gypsy ink

Z668 Gold Embossing Powder
Irresistibles chipboard, Just Blooms flowers

I was able to cover our silly photo (we are famous for that) with another serious photo using this technique! enjoy!

Adeline B

Monday, July 19, 2010

07/19 Merry Christmas to me!!

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My CTMH convention bundle arrived today - Just what I needed to cheer me up today! I am off to start creating..... stay tuned.....

Adeline B

Sunday, July 18, 2010

07/18 Rock On!! Studio J

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Happy Birthday to me! My entire family came home to celebrate my birthday with me - I am a truly lucky girl! This layout literally took me only 15 minutes to complete - digital scrapbooking is becoming my new BFF! AND in September it will be cheaper to print the entire layout compared to 1 large photo! SOOO ask me HOW!!

Thursday, July 15, 2010

07/15 Spotlight Blog Hop

The month of July is flying by and here it is the 15th already. It is time for the CTMH Spotlight Blog Hop and it is all about cupcakes today! Our featured stamp set is D1336 Cupcake Sprinkles - such a cute stamp set to celebrate the popularity of yummy cupcakes.

Close to My Heart ©CTMH 2010

If you have been blogging with us, you have arrived from Karen's blog- a super cute card with this stamp set - don't you think?? I started this page over a year ago and my nephew Owen was so funny experiencing eating his first cupcake!

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X7105 Emporium paper pack and My Stickease
Colors - Sweet Leaf, Buttercup, Crystal Blue and Chocolate
Z1099 Twill ribbon - 20 yards for $4.95!
Craft Buttons - 100 buttons for $7.95
Z679 Liquid Glass - $6.95 - GREAT for adhering the buttons!!

Now it is time to hop on over to Kristie's blog and check out her Cupcake Sprinkles artwork. If you would like to start at the beginning begin here at Wendy K's blog. have fun!!!

Adeline B

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

07/13 Travel pics from CTMH convention

I just love Studio J - imagine completing a layout in less than 15 minutes?!! But that is exactly what I did! Check out my first night at the Gaylord National and the National Harbor...

Adeline B

Sunday, July 11, 2010

07/11 Another great HGTV classic...

Trading Pages... haven't you heard of it????

Monica introduces the challenges.....

Tiffany pages are boring and Stacey has TOO many photos to even get started!

Introducing the NEW Flip Flaps - a great way to feature several photos in one layout!!!

And when your pages are completed, you can store them in our NEW Faux Leather albums....


Adeline B

07/11 CTMH Convention Day Opening Session

Oh my - what an exhausting week - but I did want to share with you some highlights of the opening session. If you are enjoying the posts, please leave a comment so I know you are enjoying them!

The next skit was a very clever interpretation of "The Apprentice"! I wonder where they get all of these clever ideas as I KNOW they do not have time to watch prime time TV!

Here is the team trying to decide who to hire and who to fire! (don't you LOVE Jeanette's hair do????)

Sales pitch - who will win????

Jeanette's verdict! Everyone is a winner!

Our NEW embellishments are always the winners.......

Check out this layout.....


Adeline B

Thursday, July 8, 2010

07/08 CTMH Convention - Day 1

What an exhausting - yet a truly, creative and inspiring day! I took lots of pictures and I will try and start adding posts so all of my CTMH friends can feel like they are here in Washington, DC with the rest of us! Introducing Jeanette Lynton - the owner and founder of Close to My Heart! As always her sincere 'chat' with us at the opening of the convention is what all of us needed to recharge our CTMH batteries.

So here is the cover of the new Idea Book - after all it is the highlight of the day!

The opening skit was definitely an "belly" laugh - a spoof on the Brady Bunch - the Gathering Bunch was indeed a clever idea to introduce "Online Gatherings" - a very 21st century concept......

The new Summer Carnival and Celebration palettes.... (good bye Hydrangea, Orange and Clover Meadow.....)

Hello... Gypsy, Sunset and Pear!

The NEW Hooligans Level 2 assortment of adhesive felt monsters! They have a new paper pack to match!! woohoo!!! I love Halloween......

More coming soon.......

Adeline B

07/08 CTMH Leadership Update

I ran out of steam last night so I put this together this morning......

Just a few brief notes to share with everyone! I am not as savvy with the iphone etc. since I do not own one!! :-)

Jeanette opened Leadership Day and explained the theme of convention" Picture This". Highlight of the day is restructuring the compensation plan - they are looking for our input they are not taking away the 22% discount, but other compensation points may be changed.

She introduced the 4 VP's and they each presented a piece of the convention logo.

Monica Wihlongi - Pilot program called "Leadershare" - similar to regionals - not sure of all of the details but they plan to assist each consultant with plans, power points etc....

I didn't write down the dates)
Naomi Smith - Washington
Sherry Rostlerr (sic?) - ?
Karen Morris - Las Vegas
Kathy Markoff - April 16, 2011 - Pennsylvania
Tina Sutton - Florida - April 2, 2011

Brian - VP of IT (Wings was his theme- and we each received a feather)
Studio J Snapshot - for the iphone and ipod touch :'( - not all of us have will include the paper pallette and full color pallette - he showed us his scrapbook pages....

Christine - her part was the butterfly to the logo
JCCU program will end on 12/31 - everyone will be notified by email - these are the hobbyists who have not placed a $300 order in 12 months (or in my case DL who have quit CTMH but never resigned....)

Idea Book - revisited.... 136 pages every 6 months- Feb - July Spring/Summer 2011 and August - January 2012 - to coic=ncide with conventions - $1.25 per book - ALL amounts including 10, 25, 50 etc. 100 pre prder will still recieve the 6 months of SOM. Preorders must be paid at the time of ordering and then they will be shipped to you.

Jeff - VP of Finance
Change of UPS to Fed Ex - shipping Tuesady- Saturday until 8:00 p.m. Starts July 15th!
New payment - no Propay - Chase Payment and NO fees with myctmh.....

The rest of the afternoon info is on my blog

A big highlight of the afternon was "Top 10 Best Practices for a Simply Irresistible Blog" working on that!!! :-)

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Off for the morning General Session - very lonely here( I miss a bunch of you!) ..... today Toni Hinchcliff and I going to the events of the day!

Adeline B

P.S. I took lots of pictures at the general session - I will update later this evening...

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

07/07 CTMH Leadership Day 2010

Exciting, inspiring and NEW WOTG!! Exciting news starting February 2011 (I can't believed I just typed that number!!!) The Idea Book will now be offered twice a year - February to July AND August to January - more pages and more artwork - woohoo!! This is an opportunity for the IB to coincide with the conventions and I am excited to receive my FREE copy in the morning!

Here is a quick peak at the new WOTG Olivia (did I tell you I love that name???!) - one of the new paper packs for Fall. It has a NEW color ink listed- Smoothie!! love the food names, of course! The brochure has been redesigned as well - scrapbook layouts opened in one direction and the card layouts open in the opposite direction - you know - like those magazines that have the pages upside down......

The color of smoothie is similar to sorbet but add a little of tulip to the mixture. One of the pages reminds me of a fall paper pack we had a few years ago - brown and leafy.... The stamp set has been designed for FALL photos so plan your trip right now to the Georgia Mountains.....

I can not wait to hear about all of the new products in the morning - I will post as soon as I can!


Adeline B

How cool is this? #CTMHConv on Twitpic

How cool is this? #CTMHConv on Twitpic

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

07/06 Welcome to Washington DC!

I am anxiously awaiting the start of another CTMH convention here in Washington DC. SO today I decided to take a walk around the Gaylord National Hotel in the 100+ heat. OMG - it was sooo hot! I thought I would share a few scenic pictures with you - it is really beautiful but very hazy today because of the intense heat.

Here is the view from the pier in the National Harbor - I hope to be able to take a picture at night - I imagine it is beautiful all lit up!

I am not sure of the significance of this sculpture so I will have to investigate and let you know! It is rather interesting and the metal was way too hot to touch!

Well time to relax, I'll try and post something every night to keep you updated - so be sure and stop by!

Adeline B