Tuesday, March 29, 2011

CTMH Weekend Retreat - May 20 thru May 22

1st Semi-Annual

Close To My Heart Weekend Retreat

May 20 - May 22, 2011

10 am Friday – 10 pm Sunday

Comfort Inn & Suites ~ West Side of Madison, WI

Cost - $65.00

Plans are finalized for our Weekend Retreat in May. WOOHOO!! :o)

You can choose to stay overnight at:

* the Comfort Suites for $79 /night (that's $20 each with 4 people per room),

* the Holiday Inn for $99 /night (that's $25 each with 4 people per room),

* or your house for free...LOL!!

You will book your hotel room yourself by calling the phone numbers in the Registration Form. Email me for your Registration Form - keeleyskreations@myctmh.com

If you would like to stay over night but don't have any roomies please let me know that in the comments section of the attached registration form, and I will do my best to find you one.

It's gonna be a great time so don't miss out!! Registration is now open, and payment is needed ahead of time. It is first come first serve.

If you have any questions please let me know. Feel free to pass this along to all your friends, family, co-workers, etc. The more the merrier!!

CTMH's Hope for Japan Stamp Set

We've all been reeling with the images of tragedy and devastation in Japan. Here is a fun and creative way to help out our friends overseas.

Typically, our A-size sets retail for $7.95, but the "Hope for Japan" set will be available through April 30 for just $5--and Close To My Heart will be donating 100% of the profits to the American Red Cross to benefit relief efforts in Japan.

You can place an order HERE, and it will be sent directly to your home.

If we all do a little, together we can do a lot. Let's show our support and together, provide real HOPE for Japan!!

Saturday, March 12, 2011

CTMH's Miracle WOTG Used to Make Pinwheels!!

The My Acrylix® Miracle Workshop stamp set, exclusively available in the Miracle Workshops on the Go™ kit, includes two stamp images that make it easy for you to create darling pinwheels. Watch the video to find out how!!

Below is a close up of the stamp set used in the above video. It is from the Miracle WOTG kit.

To Purchase the Miracle WOTG Kit or any other CTMH Products you can shop my website HERE!!

Thursday, March 10, 2011

CTMH's New 2" Scallop Circle Punch (Z1392)

Use the 2" Scallop Circle Punch (Z1392) with coordinating My Acrylix stamp sets to create artwork that is quick, easy, and darling!!

To purchase the new 2" Scallop Circle Punch (Z1392) click HERE!!

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

CTMH's March Stamp of the Month - Sensational Season

Every month Close To My Heart offers you an exclusive My Acrylix D-size stamp set FREE or at a large discount.

The stamp set is available to qualifying customers for that month only. It’s our way of saying thank you, and your way of getting fantastic deals on our amazing stamps!

Here’s how to get a fabulous deal on your very own Stamp of the Month!!

March's Stamp of the Month Is: Sensational Season (Set of 10)

Recommended Blocks:
1" x 1" (Y1000), 1" x 3 1/2" (Y1002), 4" x 4" (Y1008)

For more information click HERE!!

Besides the adorable cards and layouts pictured above, check out this super cute idea that you can do with this very versatile My Acrylix Stamp Set:

To begin your shopping click HERE!!

CTMH's March Campaign: Best Stamps on the Block

At Close To My Heart, we know we've got the best clear stamps and blocks — and we'll prove it!!

Throughout March, when you buy My Acrylix® stamps, we'll give you a free My Acrylix® block.

Not only will you have the best stamps on the block, you'll have the best block, too!!

Just purchase $25 in stamps and you can choose from two of our most versatile sizes: 3" x 3" (Y1006) or 2" x 6 1/2" (Y1010).

This campaign gives you a chance to build you block set simply by buying the stamps you've already fallen in love with!!

And what a value — the free block is like getting an extra $8.50 or $9.95 FREE!!

With this campaign, you can take the money you'd normally spend on blocks and spend it on a new stamp set, expanding your creative possibilities!!

To start your shopping click HERE!!

Saturday, March 5, 2011


Just wanted to apologize for being MIA for an entire month!! WOW did a lot happen in February!! I'm gonna start with the positive because there was sure a lot of negative that happened...LOL!! I can look back at most of it now and laugh, but at the time I was pretty upset.

The Good...
As most of you know, Close To My Heart had an awesome February Campaign called Free, Free and Fabulous. I was super excited to have 4 fabulous gals join my CTMH Team - From the Heart Embellishers!! Heather from California, Alicia from Oregon, Stephanie from Wisconsin and Mary Jo from Washington!! How cools is that?!?! This was the highlite of my month. They have officially made me an Executive Manager with Close To My Heart!! WOOHOO!! Thanks Ladies!!

The Bad...
Out Samsung TV of 6 years died. The colorwheel shattered so Sean ordered a piece to hopefully fix it for $102. He completely tore the inside of the tv apart...there was not a single component left in the unit. Once the part came a few days later he luckily (and with some skill...LOL) was able to repair it. It is now back to normal...Knock On Wood.

and The UGLY...
Thursday, February 9 I had gone to dinner with my mom and dad, hubby and kiddos. My parents were in town to watch our kids for a long weekend while Sean and I went to Las Vegas to go see Garth Brooks.

When we finished dinner, I decided to go back into work around 7:30pm to finish up some things so that I didn't stress out about having a lot on my plate when I got back to work on Tuesday. Around 10:00pm I decided to head home. I was about 3 miles from my house when I stopped for a red light. I was stopped and just happened to glance in my review mirror when BAMB...a Lexus SUV smashed into the back end of me pushing me half way thru the intersection. I couldn't believe it.

It gets even better.

She proceeds to try and drive around me and nails me for a second time pushing me thru the intersection!!??!! Oh how kind of her?!?!? What the heck?!?!

Oh the story isn't done quite yet.

She then pulls around me and drives in the PDQ Gas Station Parking Lot and sits for a few seconds.

And then...

SHE DRIVES AWAY!!??!!??!!??!! WTH??!!??!!

I was in such a daze I didn't know what the heck happened. I knew it was a cream colored Lexus SUV, but I didn't catch her plates. Luckily 2 witnesses stopped who had gotten her plates. When the police came they told them what had happened. Turns out that another witness who heard the accident got her plates when she pulled into the PDQ Parking Lot. Thank Goodness. I'm so thankful they stopped and helped out!! I was very ticked off about the whole incident and really ticked off that it was the night before we were to leave to go to Vegas!!

I declined having to have an ambulance as at the time nothing hurt. After having to talk to the police officer and the tow-truck driver I was starting to have pain between my shoulder blades and neck. So my dad and husband took me to the ER to get x-rays taken. They put me in a neck brace to be safe. Everything came out fine. They gave me a prescription for Vicadin and a muscle relaxer. So we headed to Walgreens to get me some drugs and then to Taco Bell to get some food so I could take the drugs...LOL!!

We got home around 2:00am and quick packed our clothes for the trip. I was in bed around 2:30am. Man did that alarm at 5:30am come quick. So off to the airport we went. I took my drugs and slept all the way...it was great...fell asleep before the plane even took off and had to be woken up when we landed...LOL!!

The trip was awesome!! I was pretty sore and stiff, but we made the best of it. Garth Brooks at the Wynn was AMAZING. It was just him and his guitar. Trisha Yearwood even came out to sing with him. How Cool!! Definitely choose the 10:30 show if you get the chance to go as the 8:30 one had to end by 10:00. He played until 1:30 am for us!! AWESOME!!

When we returned it was insurance companies galore. We found out my 2008 Toyota Sienna XLE had been totaled out with $19,000 damage. YIKES!! We got our insurance check and bought a new 2011 Toyota Sienna SE. I LOVE IT!!

Now we are still dealing with insurance as far as medical bills go because I am having to see a chiropractor due to neck and upper back issues.

Oh yeah...I forgot to tell you. She was arrested for OWI (Operating A Vehicle While Intoxicated) and Hit-And-Run. I can't tell you how thankful I am that my kids were NOT in the vehicle with me. I seriously think things would not have gone so well for her if you know what I mean...LOL!!

So with all that stress I think my immune system was running on fumes so I took on a HUGE headcold complete with headache, sneezing, sniffling, coughing, etc. I am finally on the mend and not needing to carry a Kleenex box around with me every where I go...LOL!!

I am now ready to get back to business as usual!! So hopefully you will see me posting on my blog on a regular basis again!! I've missed you all!! Get ready to get your crafty groove back on!! I sure am!!