Friday, 28 June 2013

CTMH Convention - Day 2

From General Session to the banquet, this has been a busy and exciting day! Close to my Heart is such a super company to be a part of! In General Session this morning, we were introduced to our new consultants from Australia and New Zealand! Welcome all of you to our CTMH family!

Monica, Kristine and Brian hosted the very funny and fun filled Good Morning CTMH America. Some flubbed lines didn't stop our intrepid Vice Presidents from entertaining us all in the grand CTMH style we have all come to know and love. We learned about the new videos that will be available starting in September and going through to next April that will guide us all through new techniques to help us and our customers make our scrapbooking and card making really come alive. We saw some of the beautiful artwork created by other consultants, some of which will be auctioned in the Operation Smile Silent Auction tomorrow evening.

After lunch, we attended six sessions at Extravaganza where we learned all about the new paper packs and their accompanying embellishments, and some of the many, many ways to combine them. We learned how to make rolled flowers (I am SO going to be making some of these!) from our beautiful fabrics! We learned how to use the Cricut Real Dial Size to get our cut images just the right size for the new stamps! We also learned that Close to my Heart has worked with Cricut to take the guesswork out of cutting our images by linking the images with the Real Dial Size, so when we dial in a size of 11", all of the images we choose to cut will be sized just right for the page! Now how cool is that!?

The new papers are so beautiful, but my favourites are Frosted with its muted blues and greys, and Laughing Lola with its vibrant colours of Lagoon and Gypsy. I am really looking forward to tomorrow's Creative Sessions when we will be able to use these papers to make our new Spinner Cards!! I LOVE these new cards!! I can see a workshop (or two or three...) in the making!

The banquet tonight was great. Here is our menu for this feast...

And this is how it looked! It was sooooo good!! Especially the Mickey Mousse Ears! 

My wonderful upline, Sue Wilde, won the awards for Top Personal Sales and Top Team Sales for Canada for teams with up to 25 members! Yay Sue!! You rock!! You are an inspiration to your team members and we all want to make you proud! And a HUGE congratulations to Michelle Stewart from Halifax, Nova Scotia (my shopping buddy!) for her award as New Rising Star for 2013! What an honor for Michelle and her team!
Well, it has been a tiring day and I am going to bed. Tomorrow is the last day of convention 2013 and our last day in sunny Florida. It has been a blast and I can hardly wait until next year! But we won't know where next convention is until tomorrow!
For now, good night all! Chat again tomorrow!

Thursday, 27 June 2013

Ariba from Convention at Walt Disney World, Florida!

One day done and it was everything I expected! The Hearts so Wilde team with our sombreros and ponchos had everyone looking! (Tried uploading a picture to my tablet from the SD card and it wouldn't work. I will post some tomorrow when I am on the BIG laptop!)

General Session started with a welcome song and dance from some of the Disney troupe, including the Three Caballeros - Donald Duck, Jose Carioca, and Panchito Pistoles! Such fun! Of course, Jeanette Lynton's own Three Caballeros - Kristine Widfeldt, Monica Wihongi, and Brian Holman, were also on hand to lead us through two hours of new products and lots of laughs! I can't let the cat out of the bag yet as to the new product, but I will tell you we have a new Cricut cartridge!!! WOOHOO!! 700 more images to play with!! And they are so cool! A tiger, a turkey, and tons of others! So excited! Can hardly wait to get my hands on one!

New mini stamps that are a very affordable $2.95 each! So cute! There is also an assortment of stamps from Jeanette Lynton's vault! These are stamps that have not been available since the rubber stamp days of CTMH, so they are very special and only available in the new Autumn and Winter 2013 Idea Book. I have so many ideas for workshops! I want to tell you everything, but you will have to wait for the new Idea Book to see what is coming up! For all of the consultants who read my blog, you already know what is in store!

This afternoon, we hada creative session where we worked on a gorgeous mini album! All of the pieces for the album were cut with the new Cricut cartridge! I got all but two pages finished but they will be done by the time I get home! I have so much to show everyone when I get home!! Saturday morning we will make some spinner cards and in the afternoon we have two layouts to work on. The paper we will use is so beautiful! I know some of you will love them!

Well. that's it for today. For more information, stay tuned tomorrow when I will have pictures to go with the words! G'night all!

Saturday, 15 June 2013

June Cross Canada Hop - Let's Party!!

It's summer time and the living is easy. And along with it comes parties - birthday, family reunion, and just-because parties! Maybe it is a party to celebrate a new baby, a promotion, a marriage! Whatever it is, it means decorations, invitations, party favours and above all, lots of FUN! This month our theme is PARTY! (Bet you didn't guess that one!)

This is a short hop this month, starting with Michelle in the lovely province of Nova Scotia, and ending with Chantal in gorgeous Alberta! So hop along and please let us know what you think of our artwork by leaving a comment! If you came here from Terry Ann's blog, you are on the right track! If you get lost along the way, Michelle has the complete list of hoppers so you can always return to her page to get back on track.

I decided to make invitations and a banner for a Father's Day party, and thought I had TONS of the Later Sk8er paper. After three invitations, I decided to work on the banner and discovered I had enough paper to make eight invitations and maybe 1/4 of the banner. But here are three of the invitations and if I can get my hands on another couple sheets of Later Sk8er this afternoon, I will finish the banner this evening and add it.

I used an older stamp for this (D1497) which doesn't have a name. But it has the cupcake, which is what I wanted! I stamped the cupcake cup in Pear Pigment Ink and the top in Whisper Pigment Ink. When the ink was dry, I "painted" over the swirls with my narrow Bonding Memories pen and sprinkled it with Prisma Glitter (I LOVE that stuff!!) "It's a Party!" is stamped in Outdoor Denim Pigment Ink, and I also sponged the edges of the Outdoor Denim cardstock with the pigment ink.

I am so happy with how these little invitations turned out. I have a total of 8, but these were all I photographed.

I hope you like our little hop this month! Please leave us comments as we all love to hear what you have to say! Next on the hop is Chantal in Calgary!