Saturday, October 1, 2016

October 2016 CTMH News

I have a lot of news to share this month. Please grab your favorite beverage and sit in your favorite chair so you are comfortable to the end of the post. Be sure to stay with me until the last part of the post because I am offering an October special of my own.

The October 2016 Stamp of the Month is Yuletide Joy


Yuletide Joy (S1610) is an exclusive D-size set of 7 stamps that is only available for purchase during the month of October 2016. The stamp set can be yours for $5 when you place an order of $50 or more in qualifying Close To My Heart products (and you qualify for additional sets at $5 for each $50 you spend). Alternatively it is available for purchase at $17.95. Recommended CTMH My Acrylix® Blocks for this stamp set are: 1" x 3½" (Y1002) and 3" x 3" (Y1006). The images outlined in red (star and stocking) coordinate with the Cricut® Art Philosophy cartridge (Z3171) – retired. If you do not like finding the cuts and setting the correct size in Cricut® Design Space, you will find my CDS file here; the file includes the images as they are added to the canvas (with an extra decorative layer) and ready to cut to coordinate with the stamp.

CTMH Corporate Artists created this card and layout using the Yuletide Joy stamp set.



If you would like a list of the products used to create the above items, you will find the information in the Recipes for Holiday Expressions, a PDF file that lists the products used to make the samples in the Holiday Expressions so you may re-create projects at home. I am participating in a Yuletide Joy blog hop this month; you will find my post tomorrow. Please visit my Pinterest Board CTMH 2016 10 Oct SOTM Yuletide Joy to find how others are using this stamp set.

October 2016 – Real Rewards


If you are thinking about becoming a Close To My Heart Independent Consultant, October may be the month you want to join. During October you may use your Hostess Rewards credit toward a New Consultant Kit! The new consultant kit includes:


When your Gathering reaches $250 in sales, not only will you get 50% off a product of your choice, but you can also choose to use your $40 in Hostess Rewards credit to pay for part of your New Consultant Kit! With a Gathering that reaches $450, you will have all the credit you need to get the New Consultant Kit for FREE (minus shipping/handling and tax)!

Visit the Be A Consultant page on my OBA to see a list of what is in the new Consultant Kit, read a FAQ about being a Consultant and watch videos about joining the CTMH family of Consultants. If you still have questions, please contact me via the form to the right or via the email link below. If you decide to become a Consultant, there is a link there to do that too.

If you would like to host a Gathering, use the contact form to the right or click on the mail link below to reach me about scheduling an online or in home Gathering to earn Hostess Rewards (even if you do not plan to use Rewards toward starting a CTMH business).

October 2016 - Share The Love Operation Smile™ Blog Hop

As some of you know, Close To My Heart is partnered with Operation Smile™. Operation Smile™ is an organization that provides free, life-changing surgery that repairs smiles and reshapes lives, one child at a time. Since 2008, CTMH has provided support to change the lives of over 1,500 children and their families.Your shopping with Close To My Heart makes a big difference in the life of a child and their families (information can also be found on my OBA here). CTMH also offers "Make Someone Smile" t-shirts on that same link, just scroll down.


Each Annual Inspirations, CTMH creates a stamp set which benefits Operation Smile™. In AI 2016-17 the stamp set is True Love (D1711) a set of 9 stamps. Recommended CTMH My Acrylix® Blocks for this stamp set are: 2" x 2" (Y1003), 3" x 3" (Y1006) and 4" x 5" (Y1012). The heart coordinates with a cut from the Flower Market collection (more on Flower Market below).

You will find it on the back cover of Annual Inspirations 2106-17 (please note it is shown there at 50% of actual size). When you purchase the True Love stamp set from now until July 31, 2017, CTMH will donate $7 of the proceeds to Operation Smile™. Talk about a win-win. You get a fantastic stamp set and $7 will go to a life-altering surgery for a child.

I have heard people comment that True Love coordinates well with School Kids (D1706). They have mentioned that you could use both stamp sets to create a family or classroom. Maybe we will see some samples using both stamp sets on the blog hop.



I am participating in a Share The Love/Operation Smile Blog Hop blog hop this month; you will find my post here on October 7. Please watch my pins for the tags #CTMHShareTheLove and #D1711TrueLove to see other projects I have found that use the True Love stamp set.

October 2016 - Cricut® City Sidewalks Digital Collection


If the Cricut® City Sidewalks Digital Collection is new to you, I wrote about in on September 4. City Sidewalks is only available as a digital collection and the product description is "Only available for use with Cricut® Explore™ and Cricut® Explore Air™", so please to not purchase this cartridge unless you have an Explore that you use with Cricut® Design Space.

I am participating in a City Sidewalks Blog Hop blog hop this month; you will find my post here on October 17. Please watch my pins for the tag #CTMHCitySidewalks to find projects I have pinned that use the City Sidewalks Collection.

Special October Promotions from Me

To start off the final quarter of 2016 with a bang and to do what I can to help Operation Smile™, I am offering a special promotion during the month of October. If you order the True Love stamp set I will send you the equivalent of a 12" x 12" sheet of die cuts that coordinate with the heart stamp.


That is 77 die cuts. However, since I know you would not want 77 dies cuts of the same color, you will receive a mix of White Daisy, Colonial White and colors we typically associate with hearts. Some cuts will be from cardstock and some from Fundamentals. All die cuts will be mailed on or before November 4, 2016.

If you are ready to place an order or would like to research any product, the Shop Now button will take you there.


If you have any product or promotion questions, do not hesitate to email me. You will also find me on Facebook at Brenda's Paper Crafts. Thank you for visiting today.

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