Sunday, July 31, 2011

Last Day for Live in Five!

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Saturday, July 30, 2011

Live in Five Posters Welcome Here!

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Friday, July 29, 2011

Live in Five - Only Three Days to Go!

If you didn't sign up for my newsletter you missed the instructions to make this cheery Christmas card! Live in Five is happening but you must subscribe to my newsletter (sign up block to the right)!

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Live in Five is Happening!

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See instructions to make this card in today's newsletter based on a card by Jen Rubio (

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Live in Five Starts Tomorrow!

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Monday, July 25, 2011

Roxie Paper or the 1980's Revisited!

Sorry about the editing on these photos, I'm in the process of having my computer redone and don't have my photo software loaded yet. This is the new Roxie paper that will be coming out on August 1st. Doesn't it take you back? Check out my website on August 1st to see the whole calendar online or get it now by booking a party for August or September (989) 906-6420.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

CTMH Convention 2011

I miss it already! Take a look at the fun Close to my Heart consultants get to have. You can find a place to laugh and grow too! Join us and you'll be in for the time of your life. START HERE. Our convention next year is in Dallas, Texas but we'll be having a mini one in Detroit in October. You can join us!

Saturday, July 23, 2011

New Cricut Cartridge and More!

I just can't wait to tell you about this. I know sooooo many of you have Cricuts out there. How about an amazing Cricut cartridge and stamp special (with some chipboard thrown in too)? If you WAIT until August 15th, here's what you can get:

Our brand new exclusive Cricut Art Philosophy Collection cartridge with over 700 images, fonts, shapes and 3-d items. You can only get this from Close to my Heart but that's not all.

You also receive THREE D-sized stamp sets that are designed to go WITH your new Cricut cartridge and there's even more...

Three Dimensional Elements chipboard collections also are part of the package, tags, mixed shapes and banners. Again, they are made to go with the Cricut cartridge.

There's more though!

Stamps of the Month are now just $5.00 if you spend $50 (which you would if you buy the collection above). When you buy the stamp of the month for August you also receive FOR FREE the My Acrylix Typeface stamp set. It's an A sized alphabet stamp set!!

That's not all, you also can get the Pair-A-Phrase DOUBLE stamp set! That's right, two stamp sets in one package by spending $75, which you will have done when you buy the Cricut cartridge.

So, have you added all this up?

Buy one $99 Cricut cartridge...
get THREE D-sized stamp sets ($17.95 per set)
THREE Dimensional Elements (4.95 per set)
ONE D-sized stamp of the month for $5.00 ($17.95 per set)
ONE A-sized stamp set (6.95)
TWO D-sized stamp sets in one package ($17.95 per set)

That's $124.50 in free (or reduced price products) for your $99 purchase (plus $5.00 for the stamp of the month)! That means you get more than double the merchandise for your money. Can you beat that?

Well there is one more way to get free product. Spend another $50 in your order and you also will be able to get $25 in free hostess rewards!!! That's right, you no longer have to have a party to earn hostess rewards, you can get them right on my website by spending $150 in total.

Remember though, you have to wait until August 15th to take advantage of all the specials going on that month. If you have questions, call me at 989 906 6420 or email me at and I can take you through it all again.

Don't miss out on this great bundle of products! On August 15th, place your order with me or on my website.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Celebrate National Stamping Month!

Beginning August 15th through September 30th you can earn a Pair-a-Phrase DOUBLE stamp set (2 D-sized stamp sets in one envelope) when you place a minimum order of $75! Whoo hoo! The new catalog debuts on August 1st!!!

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Studio J layouts

While I was at convention I was lucky enough to win five free Studio J layouts. I got to work the day after I arrived home and here are the results. Currently I'm working on my Galapagos Islands trip and convention pictures. I just love Studio J. You can get working on your own layouts HERE.

By the way...Live in Five is coming soon! Stay tuned!

Friday, July 8, 2011

Convention 2011 is over!!

Make sure you hear about all the news and see pictures of the new products on my facebook page. I will be your on-site reporter starting Wednesday, July 13th. "Like" my page HERE!

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Three Day Crop in Shipshewana - LAST CHANCE!

I still have openings but only for a few more days.

It's time for our 2nd Shipshewana 3 day crop!! August 12, 13, and 14th we will be cropping in the quaint town of Shipshewana, Indiana at the Farmstead Inn. Our last crop in January was so much fun and I have been counting down the days to do it again. You are all invited but we have only 45 spots and we're already half full. Here's the information about this new one. Just call or email me with any questions you have!

Scrapbooking Get Away in Shipshewana
August 12-14 ~ Farmstead Inn

Join us for a relaxing weekend of cropping, games, fun & and opportunity to get those wonderful summer photos preserved.

Total Cost: $150 per person (4 per room)
(for 2 persons to room cost is $180 per person)

$25.00 non refundable deposit to hold your spot
Start earning tickets for PRIZES by mailing your deposit by May 10th. (Receive 10 raffle tickets if in on time)!

Remainder due by July 10! (Receive 10 raffle tickets if in on time)!

Cost Includes:
Lodging for two nights (there will be two queen size beds per room)
Hot Continental breakfast from 6am to 10am, Saturday and Sunday
Lunch and dinner on Saturday
Cropping from 6 p.m. Friday – 2 pm Sunday
Make and take on Friday and Saturday
Goodie Bags, games, prizes, & visits from the stamp fairy!
Indoor pool, hot tub, recreation fitness center and cozy
fireplaces at the hotel

Email or call me for more information:

Consultant Info: Barbra Otten 989 906 6420

Again, to register, send your deposit with your name, email, phone number and preferred roommates to the following address:

Barbra Otten 1247 W. John Beers Road, Stevensville, MI 49127

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Create a moment #14

Have you thought about spending a couple of hours taking pictures of just one thing, like, for instance, toes. Painted toes, toes in the water, baby toes next to adult toes, toes dug deep in sand, toes in sandals, tip toes, toes in ballet shoes. You could do a wonderful 2 page layout just on all the different ways toes are used and dressed in a day. Imagine how cool that would be!

The more you know the bigger the pay-off. Sharpen your skills by
taking some online
photography classes
. Start your search here.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Create a moment #13

Part of the fun of a vacation is the dreaming and planning about it. Do you catch photos of the "before" of your trip? This time you can. As you plan your getaway, spread out the brochures or pull up the possibilities on the computer and start taking photos. Take notes too on all the different suggestions for where to go, those can go in a pocket page in your vacation album. What about the packing? Don't forget that either along with the return to the house when your trip is finished. Don't forget that the end is not always the goal, sometimes the process is.

Monday, July 4, 2011

Create a moment #12

It's the 4th of July, a day that will be full of great moments but don't forget to catch the details you might miss. Here's a short list, you can come up with more.

The baking of the special desserts.
The pile of burnt sparklers.
The face of the children watching the fireworks and not just the fireworks themselves.
Flags in the hands of your kids.
The candy thrown into the crowd by people on the floats.
The calender with 4th of July circled.
The red, white and blue hat laying on the bed next to your sleeping child.

You can think of even more, scrapbook them all while it's fresh in your mind.

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Create a moment #11

You don't have to wait until Thanksgiving to work at a food bank. There are so many ways to help out your community and what a great lesson it would be for your kids. What a great opportunity for photos too! Look up your local volunteer opportunities and carry your camera with you. Scrapbooking these pages will make your lesson about giving be remembered long after the day you did.

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Create a moment #10

Game Night! Come on, admit it, you miss Monopoly, and Checkers and Pick up Sticks. Why let your kids miss out on those and, if you don't have kids, imagine the fun that the adults in your family or your friends would have playing these games. Imagine the laughter. Get your camera out and a bunch of board games and get clicking! Don't forget to scrapbook who won!

Friday, July 1, 2011

Create a moment #9

Have you seen Minute to Win It? At Christmastime my mom made up some of the games from the show for the kids to play. You can do the same thing. Can you imagine the pictures you could take as your children try to move an Oreo from their eye to their mouth, hilarious!!! Here's my scrapped pictures of the game, let's see yours!