Sunday, November 2, 2014

Hello, Novem{brrr}!

Hello, hello!   Happy November 1st!  It's definitely hat and mittens weather - so I bought a new vest.  I'm not ready for the winter jacket yet! :)

Happy, belated, Halloween!  I hope you all enjoyed the night.  We went trick-or-treating with our lil'fellas and it was a chilly one!  The boys stayed toasty warm as they ran from house to house.  The kids had so much fun!  They love being dressed up and seeing all the other costumes.  The dogs in costume walking around with their families usually get the best giggles out of the boys.

November blows in with new Close to My Heart specials as well as some new product!  Just when we thought we would be waiting until December for all new product with the launch of Seasonal Expressions CTMH snuck a few new goodies out first! These new products are with us for the long haul, which is why they aren't part of the December launch.

So, here we go... Hold on to your seats! Or maybe I should say, "Take a seat and stay awhile!" :)

Stamp of the Month: It's the Little Things

This stamp set is sure to warm up your blustery fall days!  I love the sweet sentiments that are included with this set.  The flowers are sweet and simple to be used alone or (check out the artwork below) you can fussy cut the images and layer and embellish until your hearts content.  This stamp set is only $5 with any $50 purchase this month! 

Cute stuff, eh?

Studio J Anniversary Sale!

Studio J is Close to My Heart's online digital scrapbooking program.  November marks the five-year anniversary of Studio J and that means it's your lucky month!  There are five amazing ways to win big through Studio J and Close to My Heart social media this month!

See that lagoon chevron album in the background??? mmmm-nummy-nummy!  SQUIRREL!  Focus people!!  hehehe... More on that later...

5 Ways to Win Big in November:

1) Studio J layouts are available for only $5 throughout the month of November.  You got it, layouts all month for $5 which is a savings of more than 25%.
2) Your second chance to win must come by sheer luck:  every fifth order placed in Studio J during November receives a FREE surprise CTMH accessory in its shipping box that has a retail value of $5 or more.  Be a multiple of 5, that's what I'm reading - I'm a math teacher remember!

3)  If luck doesn't smile on your in that way, you might stumble upon it by finding a little extra something in your Studio J box.  Five "golden tickets" will be sent out during the month of November with randomly selected Studio J print orders!  This "golden ticket" is redeemable for one of Close to My Heart's new D-ring albums loaded with 10 Top Load Memory Protectors.  The "golden tickets" are not made of gold - but they are as good as gold! 

"I've got a golden ticket! I've got a golden ticket!"  C'mon Charlie and the Chocolate Factory?!? Well, here's your chance!!!  How fun would that be to open up?? Ahhhh!!!!

4) For a fourth way to win, simply create new, gorgeous layouts in Studio J, select your favorites, and then post pictures of them on Close to My Heart's Facebook page using the hashtag #ctmhlucky5.  At the end of the month, five lucky winners will be selected from the entries based on their artistry and creativity and each of these winners will receive their own D-ring album loaded with 10 Top Load Memory Protectors!

The last way to win is to take your new Studio J artwork and post a picture of it on Instagram using the hashtag #ctmhlucky5.  Just as it is with Facebook, after November 30, five lucky winners will be selected from the entries to receive their own D-ring album loaded with 10 Top Load Memory Protectors!

And to make things even more exciting, starting November 1, five brand new kits from the Annual Inspirations idea book will be made available in Studio J, so you can create new artwork using the latest papers and embellishments from Close To My Heart.  With so many ways to win, five may be your new lucky number!  Log in to Studio J and start creating today!!

Who's feeling lucky?? You have the whole month of November to play!!  

*Offer valid November 1–30, 2014. Pattern and color of new D-ring album to be given to winners will be at Close To My Heart’s discretion based upon availability. New kits available in Studio J® on November 1 include Confetti Wishes, Snowhaven, Seaside, Pathfinding, and Scaredy Cat. No tax or shipping will be charged on the free item(s). Studio J layouts ship in a protected box that can hold 4 to 50 two-page layouts. 

NEW Products!!

HORRAY!!  Picture My Life kits are now available a la carte style!  As of today, November 1st, you can purchase just the pack of 4x6 and 3x4 cards (total of 122 cards) without having to get the page protectors and cover page, too!  This new option is only $14.95!  

CTMH currently has 13 fabulous designer packs to choose from.  All of the Picture My Life kits and cards can be found on my online shopping site and on pages 146-149 of Annual Inspirations.   At the moment, my favorite PML packs are "For Always" and "Babycakes".  They both take you by surprise.  "For Always" is SO versatile, really it can be used for just about anything.  "Babycakes" is definitely designed with the littlest people in our lives in mind but it, too, has cards that are multi-functional and can be used easily in non-baby ways!

Picture My Life: For Always

Picture My Life: Babycakes

The new CTMH Post Bound and D-ring have been approved and we have been assured they will be available this month!  These brand new albums are gorgeous!  They are available in 3 new designs: Lagoon Chevron, Ruby Floral and Black.  They are all canvas covered, 1 1/2inch non-expandable, durable albums that are sure to excite any memory keeper's style!  There is not an official availability date yet but, as always, I'll let you know when I know!

Dear Crafter On-the-Go, things just got WAY cute! Time to get organized in style! CTMH is releasing a brand-new rolling tote and matching shoulder bag for all your organizational needs!  I'm giddy with anticipation!!  Made of highly durable material the rolling tote is designed to store the CTMH Organizers in the center, 12x12 products in the front pocket and other tools and products in the side pockets!  

The shoulder bag is the perfect companion to the new rolling tote!  It is made from the same durable material.  It is big enough to carry your 12x12 projects, kits and books with additional space for your embellishments, tools and more!  Both the rolling tote and the shoulder tote will be available mid-November, at the same time, stay tuned!

Close to My Heart Clearance!
Who stops by the "While Supplies Last" page on my shopping site?  I DO!  I check that out frequently.  You should too!  These clearance items only hang around as long as they last and this page was just updated this morning with a whole lot of items (and already items are gonzo)!  You will find: paper packs, embellishments, ink pads, cards/envelopes and much more.  Snag 'em while you can!

Upcoming Workshops & Events:

Tuesday, November 11th, 6pm-9pm: Layout Workshop
You will make 3 two-page layouts at this workshop for only $15.  Please bring a paper trimmer, scissors, tape runner and pop dots/foam tape with you.  RSVP by Tuesday, November 4th for this workshop!  

Wednesday, November 19th, 6pm-9pm: Seasonal Expressions Preview Party!

The Seasonal Expressions Idea Book is set to launch on December 1st to the public!  Come on over on November 19th to get your first look at the new book before it goes live.  This new supplemental book has 40 pages packed with new paper packs, embellishments, stamps and more.  This event is FREE.  I will have new product and artwork to show as well as a FREE make-n-take featuring new product from Seasonal Expressions!  

In addition to the preview party, this same night, if you are interested in the Holiday Happenings Mini-Album Workshop there will be space for you to get your album ready for December!  We will use the My Crush Holiday Happenings Book as the base for this project.  You will need to order this or let me know that you'd like me to order if for you by November 5th to be sure it arrives in time.  For only $5 you will personalize the front cover of your album, add a few mini-pages for the inside, create holiday tags to add to your album as you add photos and receive a flip-flap to adhere to the back of your album to use to keep your mementoes that don't fit on a page safe.  

This album could be used in many ways: December Daily, Holiday Traditions, Holiday Recipe Keeper, Advent Celebrations, Gift Giving, etc.  However you decide to use your album I would also suggest the following products as the perfect embellishments and tools to have on hand as you create your album: Holiday Happenings Badge Buttons, Holiday Happenings Assortment,  Topiary Striped Washi Tape, Ruby Chevron Washi TapeGold Polka-Dot Washi Tape.    

Please RSVP by Wednesday, November 12th for this PaRtY! 

Saturday, December 6th, 9am-midnight: Crop & Craft 
Please RSVP by Saturday, November 29th for this event. 

Holy smokes! I hope you grabbed a comfy chair while you were reading! That's all the CTMH deals and news so far this month folks.  Stay tuned for availability dates on the albums, the rolling tote and shoulder bag.  

I sure hope I get to hang with you at one of my upcoming events!! Let me know which ones! :)

Happy Crafting!

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