Wednesday, February 24, 2016

A special offer for YOU when I am on my CTMH Cruise!!

We are SO EXCITED, and can hardly BELIEVE that in just 2 days we will be seeing my FAVORITE trees – Palm Trees!!

I just wanted to take a moment & again thank Close To My Heart, and a HUGE thank YOU to EACH of you for blessing me with this incredible opportunity!! It's YOU - my loyal customers- that have helped me to earn this amazing thank YOU!!!  

Eric & I are really looking forward to our EXPENSE paid trip on our cruise to St. Thomas, Tortola- British Virgin Islands AND Nassau, Bahamas!!! CTMH treats us like royalty when we are there…AND before we arrive too!! 

A few weeks ago, I received an entire BOXFUL of goodies from CTMH!!  Of course – I had to take a picture of these items…check it out!!

 Also, included in this kit is the yearly EXCLUSIVE incentive trip stamp set, created just for the incentive trip earners of that year.  It has city names, places, and images that will be used throughout our entire album!!  I just ADORE the dolphin & cruise boat!!!!

 So, our “royal treatment” has already begun, and I can’t WAIT to see what creativity CTMH has in store for our DAILY room gifts!!!  Yes – DAILY – this is another item I look forward to each trip!  Each day, we receive a gift in our room & it has an ADORABLE poem attached that helps us figure out what's inside!!!  Often the items have the CTMH logo on them, and some of my favorite gifts in the past were - an Eddie Bauer backpack, sunglasses, a zip up beach mat & a waterproof pouch to hold my phone....just to name a few!! 

This year, for the 2016 Incentive Trip, we will be cruising on the BRAND NEW boat from Norwegian - called the Escape.  It was just released in November 2015 & it is an AMAZING boat from the videos I've seen!!!  

If you want to check all this boat has to offer (high ropes course, water park, 12 pools, mini golf, etc)  - feel free to CLICK HERE for a video showcasing this amazing vessel.  

We will sail out of Miami...and actually, Eric & I are headed there a couple days earlier to visit with friends!!!  We are looking forward to that too! 
I can feel the sun’s warmth & see the palm trees already!

Enjoy the pictures below of what our ship will look like…and if you’d like to stay up-to-date with what’s going on our trip J…make sure to “like” my CTMH Business Facebook page!!  I plan on posting there a couple of times during my time away, as long as I have Wi-Fi access...that is to be determined.  J

I can't WAIT to see this in person - the movie screen area on the deck of the boat.

The WATER slides that are on the boat!!!

AND they have a high ropes course!!  and these pictures are ONLY pictures of the cruise boat...not any pictures of the actual ports we'll be stopping at!! J

As part of my THANK YOU for helping me earn this trip,
I wanted to bless you with a "thank you" goodie too!!  I know - it's not quite like a vacation, but I'm excited to give you a fun treat because you are the reason I earned this trip! J

***Place a  $35 or more order on my website during my time away...
Feb 25 - March 5, 2016…
and I will SEND you a FREE pack of BEAUTIFUL, new Playful Puffies!!  
(retail of $3.95)

These new embellies have been a favorite of mine.  It's hard to see the glitter & sparkle that they have in this picture, but they are beautiful & can be used with just about anything!! 

So here's what you do...
1. Place your $35 or more order on my website
2. When your order is placed, please contact me to let me know that you just placed the qualifying order.  
3. When I return, I’ll get those puffies mailed to you right away!  Wahoo!! J

Thanks so much for all of your well wishes & congrats and thank YOU once again for helping me to achieve this amazing goal!! 

Blessings to EACH of you and I look forward to sharing with you again soon!  

Krista J

Monday, February 22, 2016

Balloon Animals - February Stamp of the Month

Are these guys ADORABLE or what?  J

What a cute stamp set, and I LOVE the word phrases that are included in this set!! J 

In case you haven't heard - this "Balloon Animals" stamp set if ONLY available during February 2016!!! 

It's THIS month's Stamp of the Month (SOTM) and can be yours for ONLY $5 with any $50 or more order placed on my Close To My Heart website

***Check out this card I created ***
(no other stamp sets included, just the Feb Balloon Animals stampJ

Isn't he cute?  And it's such a simple card too! 

As I was brainstorming about creating this card, I knew I wanted to use the word phrases to be on my card in some I headed to Pinterest to get my brainstorm going.J Here is the card that I was inspired by....and I'm excited how I was able to turn it into Close To My Heart style!!  

Here is a close up of this adorable balloon buddy...and yes, I did "fussy cut" him out. 

 I can't tell you how EASY it is to cut out shapes with our FABULOUS micro-tip scissors at CTMH!!  

I will FIND these scissors (and yes, I have more than one) to cut out stamped images, or I won't cut it out.JIf you don't have a pair of these FABULOUS scissor, you can check them out by clicking HERE.  We have them in a non-stick coating (yup, you can cut 3d foam tape apart & not get your scissors all gunky! $13.95) & the regular scissors ($9.95) . 

I used the ink colors below for the WORDING at the bottom of the card, as well as the different colors of confetti at the top of the card. 

Ink colors used were: Sorbet, Glacier, Honey, Sweet Leaf & Slate

The BALLOON ANIMALS stamp set can be purchased ONLY during February 2016!!! 

 You can pay the retail price of $17.95 OR when you place a $50 CTMH, you get this FUN, ADORABLE stamp for ONLY $5!!! 

This stamp set is EXCLUSIVE….so hurry & get yours today.  J 

Feel free to head over to my website & check out the OTHER new goodies too!  New SPRING products have a green banner, so it's easy to see what was just released. 

AND...while you're there - why not check out the AMAZING Clearance SALE that's going on right now! 

That’s all for now!! Thanks for stopping by & feel free to come on back to my blog weekly for new posts! J

Blessings to you!

Krista Hershberger J
Close To My Heart Independent Consultant

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Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Welcome to our monthly  
 Joyful Stars Blog Hop!!!!

We're excited to share our creativity with you using PRODUCTS from Close To My Heart!!

Come on in and see what BEAUTIFUL projects my fellow consultants have creating using the AMAZING products from Close To My Heart!!

 This blog hop is easy to do…just click on the link at the end of the post to go to the next creation!!  
If you get lost along the way, CLICK HERE to see the list of this month’s hoppers! 

If you have arrived from Joyce's blog you are right on track.

Today I wanted to share a card I created using the "Share the Love" stamp set that's from Close To My Heart February 2016 special.  

Take a look!! J

I used the soft colors of our Georgie paper pack to create this card.

Take a look at the camera...

Did you notice the "shiny" lens? Liquid glass helps to create a "lens" and give it a dimensional look! 

I also chose to use the stamp set called "Ink Blot".  This stamp set is a FAVORITE....and I LOVE the extra texture it brings to any creation!! 

*****Here's a close up view of this ADORABLE stamp set. ****

So....what's so special about this stamp set? 

There are TWO reasons it's so special!! 

1. This "Share the Love" stamp set is ONLY available during February 2016. 

2. ***The most important reason**** $7 of the purchase price of this stamp set goes DIRECTLY to the Operation Smile kids!!   

 Operation Smile is an AMAZING organization that provides surgeries to repair cleft lips and palates for CHILDREN all over the world!!

Close To My Heart is partnered with Operation Smile, an organization that provides, FREE, life-changing surgery that repairs smiles and reshapes lives, one child at a time.  Since 2008, Close To My Heart has provided support to change the lives of over 1,500 children and their families.  Buy with pride - your business with Close To My Heart makes a BIG difference in the life of a child. 

*****There are actually THREE WAYS you can ALWAYS help the kids at Operation Smile beyond February 2016! 

1. For EVERY Close To My Heart order that you place, there is ALWAYS an area online or in person, for you to donate directly to Operation Smile.  You can do this by rounding up your order OR by giving a donation of any amount.  

2. We also have another stamp set available, that the same monetary amount apply!!  $7 of the purchase price of $17.95, will go DIRECTLY to Operation Smile! This stamp set is called "Animal Critters" and how CUTE this stamp set is!!!  Perfect for birthday, baby, or just a thinking of you card!!  

3. If stamping is not your thing - you can support Operation Smile in a non-crafty way! J

Purchase 1 or more of these EXCLUSIVE t-shirts, created exclusively for Close To My Heart . 

Wear one of our "Make Someone Smile" t-shirts with pride, knowing that $10 of every shirt purchase is DONATED toward Operation Smile!!  Show your support for Operation Smile & order yours today!  J

Your donation WILL HELP change the lives of children all over the world - one smile at a time. 
CLICK HERE to support Operation Smile kids today.     

Here's another card I created using this "Share the Love" stamp set too!!  Click on the picture to see details about creating this card.

Thanks for stopping by, and make sure you contact YOUR Close To My Heart  consultant to get this EXCLUSIVE, Operation Smile stamp set this month! J


Now it’s time to Hop on over to my fellow consultant and check out  Nancy's blog and see what beautiful, crafty item she has to share with us! J 

Happy Hopping and we’ll see you on the 9th next month, when the Joyful Stars team members will be sharing more artwork using Close To My Heart products!    

Blessings to you for BEAUTIFUL day!!!

Krista Hershberger J

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Share the Love - Blog Hop

Welcome to this 
Special Blog Hop!

Today we will be featuring February's special the Share the Love stamp set!   

If you have come here from Terrie's Blog, you are on the right path!

The blog hop is a great big circle, so you can start here and work your way all around. If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants by clicking HERE

This month we have over  25 Close To My Heart Consultants sharing items they created using items from this mini book.

 This hop is simple to do - just click on the link at the end of the post on each blog to move to the next one! Wahoo!! 

Here we go!

Let's take a look at this FUN LOVING stamp set - that's ONLY available this month...

Has your mind started churning as you looked at this stamp set???  So many creating possibilities!!!  

Well, I chose to create a card today - and I used NON-TRADITIONAL "love" colors to make it...check it out. 

I LOVE the soft colors of the Georgie paper collection from Close To My Heart, and that is what I chose to use today.  

This paper pack has 6 different designs to chose from, and can be used for SO much MORE than the baby theme! 

In addition to the "Share the Love" stamp set, you may have noticed my splotches of ink. J

I used the "ink blot" stamp set.  I must encourage you to add this stamp set to your collection!! J It's one of those go-to stamp sets that is something you can always pull out to use and it never goes out of style. 

Here's a close up shot....

I used a lot of our 3D foam tape to create dimension, and my handy exacto knife helped me to "fussy cut" the telephone out to mount on top of the Artiste Cricut cut heart. I used two of the flamingo dots as a finishing touch.

Ink colors used: Whisper, Juniper & Pixie

Before you go - PLEASE NOTE:

Not only will you get this loveable stamp set by taking part in this promotion, but Close To My Heart will DONATE $7 of the proceeds from this stamp set to Operation Smile, an AMAZING organization that provides surgeries to repair cleft lips and palates for CHILDREN all over the world!!!

Is that AMAZING or what??? J 

There are 3 OTHER ways YOU can also help donate to Operation Smile kids!  Take a moment to CLICK HERE to learn how a "little donation" can go a LONG way !! 


I hope you enjoyed this card design J...and now it's time to    "Hop" on over to Michelle's  Blogto see what she has created!

Be sure to visit ALL the Consultants at their Blogs to get some great crafting ideas and other fun ideas!   We LOVE to hear any feedback you’d like to share as well, so feel free to take a moment & leave a comment. J

Contact your CTMH Consultant (or click here if you need a consultant J) 
so that you can get in on the FUN and get your OWN copy of this ADORABLE, exclusive stamp set this month!! 

Blessings to you for a WONDERFUL day!!!

Krista J