Friday, April 26, 2013

Some new cards! Dream Pop!

The special for the month of May (National Scrapbooking Month) is this brand new Dream Pop paper packet!   Spend $35 on my website and you can buy this for $10, 22 pieces of paper in all the bright spring colors!   If you join my club (see post below this one) you can also get hostess rewards on top of this!  Only a few days left to sign up!

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Do you remember?

Hey, do you remember those record clubs that you could join in the eighties? RCA or Columbia always had those inserts in magazines that caught your attention with a promise that you could get 3 record albums for just one penny. They even had a spot where you could attach the penny with tape and send it on out.  Of course, there was a catch, you then had to buy six more albums at the over-inflated "regular" price.  
Well, what if you could be in a club that didn't have a catch, one that laid it all out right from the start, one that still came with free gifts but didn't "get" you in the end?  I have that club for you but instead of record albums, it's all about paper crafting, scrapbooking, stamping and card-making. 
Here's the upfront deal!
I am putting together some paper-crafting clubs and here's how they work:
  • Clubs last six months
  • Each month you purchase at least $25 worth of products from the Close to my Heart catalog
  • One of the months, you will be the hostess and earn a at least $25 in free product credit and a free stamp of the month for that month
  • For signing up you receive a Petite Perk mini stamp set and a free catalog
  • On your month you may gather orders from your friends (if you like) to make your hostess rewards grow
  • You will also receive an exclusive card tutorial from me using the stamp of the month EACH month, that's six tutorials in all!
There are no surprises, you commit to six months of only a $25 order each month and gain everything above!  
So, here's what you do:
1.  Email me at and let me know you want in.  
2.  I will put you in a group of six and assign you a month to be a hostess.  
3.  I will send you a catalog right away (if you don't already have one) and a petite perk after your first order.  
4.  Each month you will either contact me with your order or buy online from my website (more details on how to do that and make it count will be emailed to you).  
See, I didn't even have to do that in fine print!!
So, if you are ready to join and get some great goodies with no catch, let me know before April 30th because we start in May!!!  

Monday, April 15, 2013

Close to my Heart Regionals Celebration

I returned from the fabulous Close to my Heart Regionals Celebration yesterday.  My team members, Linda and Marilyn, attended with me and we went in early on Thursday for some great shopping in Schaumberg, Illinois, near Chicago before the festivities began.  Here are some of our photos (we are scrapbookers after all) from the event. 

The stage is set.

Monica Wihongi from the corporate office was our keynote speaker.

Sheena Searles introduced our talk on clubs.

They sure fed us well!

Kristine Widtfeldt with Peeks and Geeks.

 My card box and cards donated for Operation Smile auction, it went for $130.00.

Cricut machine tips (if you want this same class, contact me and I'll come show you and your friends).

Brian Holman updates us on Studio J.

Lunch on Saturday.

One of the two layouts we made as make and takes.

Linda and Marilyn.

A sneak peek at the new Dream Pop layouts, directions will be available when Dream Pop comes out in May.

More Dream Pop.

My card for the card contest, I didn't win but it was fun participating.

As a senior director, I got front row seats.

Jean and Meredith, friends of mine.

Contest winners announced.

Working on the canvas display make and takes.

So many great ideas and speakers.

Fun pictures with the corporate staff afterwards.

The layout I made as a gift to my attending team members.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Love Your Layout: April 2013

If you love Studio J like I do, or would like to see how easy it is and just practice (and no cost), check out this video the go to my website and click on Studio J to practice.

Monday, April 8, 2013

Lots of Cards

I've been asked to donate a piece of art for our Close to my Heart Regionals event next week so I've been working on putting something together.  Here are four of the cards that I made, quite a few more to go!   Since I'm sharing my favorite Close to my Heart products, here are four of them   All of these cards use the For Always paper set.

Shimmer Trim!   What's better than glitter tape that doesn't fray, is self adhesive and adds bling?  Nothing, that's what! 

Glitz Glitter Gel!   It comes in seven different colors, only cost $2.75 and adds so much.  I not only used it on the tulips for this card but also the star on the card below.  

Studs!  Okay, if you're a girl, you just love the name!!  Our studs look like metallic masculine brads but they aren't brads, they are self-adhesive embellishments in pewter and antiqued gold, but guess what?  You don't have to keep them those colors.  I took my archival ink and sponged it on the studs and now I have a whole look, so easy!

Exclusive Inks Markers!   Okay, I admit it, I love copic markers and at first I was a bit of a snob about them but I've been won over.  At only $5.95 FOR TWO, I have fallen in love with our markers and am in the process of collecting all of them.  Over the weekend, my friend, Victoria Fage, showed me how she colored in the For Always pattern paper that has a white background.  Not being a fool, I immediately went home and tried it out here.  The top floral pattern piece normally has a white background but I took my Cranberry marker, colored it in and I have a whole new look!

This month we're having a sign up special.  I swear up and down that if you decide to buy our new consultant kit and get the four brand new stamp of the month sets, that I will not force, coerce, pressure or talk you into selling Close to my Heart products in any way if you don't want to.  Yes, you can just buy the kit and walk away.  Yes, you can buy the kit and buy at a discount for yourself.  Yes you can buy the kit and sell to just your friends and family.  The point is, it's up to you and I will support whatever choice you make but DON'T MISS OUT ON $220 WORTH OF PRODUCTS FOR JUST $49.00 PLUS SHIPPING AND TAX, IT'S TOO GOOD OF A DEAL!!

Friday, April 5, 2013

Shipshewana 2013

Every six months (and maybe even more often soon) the Can't Stop Dreaming Team throws a 3 day crop in Shipshewana, Indiana.  We have so much fun and although it's a little late, I'm finally posting the pictures of the crop we had in January 2013.  If you'd like to join us for the next event, scroll down to the bottom for info on the next crop.
Our big Artiste cartridge winner!
Nametag contest.

Our agenda.

Stores on premises.

Raising money for Operation Smile.

Can't get hungry here!

Win prizes all weekend.

August 9-11, 2013

Howdy partner!    Join us for a relaxing weekend of cropping, games, fun & and an opportunity to get those wonderful summer photos preserved.  Our 1980's themed crop in January was so much fun we thought we'd mosey into Western territory this summer and go with a cowboy theme but more about that later!

Total Cost: $155 per person (4 per room)
                 $170 per person (3 per room)
                 $200 per person (2 per room)

$25.00 non refundable deposit to hold your spot.

Mail your deposit by:  March 31st, 2013
Remainder due by June 1st, 2013

Cost Includes:
Lodging for two nights at the "old bunkhouse," the Farmstead Inn (there will be two queen size beds per room)
Hot Continental breakfast from 6am to 10am, Saturday and Sunday
Lunch and dinner vittles on Saturday
Cropping from 3 p.m. Friday - 3 pm Sunday  (Noone will be let into cropping room until 3 p.m.)
Goodie Bags, games, prizes, & visits from the mysterious stamping cowboy!
Indoor pool, hot tub, recreation fitness center and cozy
indoor campfires 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, consultant's name and preferred roommates to the following address:
Barbra Otten 1247 W. John Beers Road, Stevensville, MI 49127

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