Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Swap It!

An exciting part of CTMH's Convention is the card swap.  It's totally informal and not endorsed by CTMH, but it's so awesome to see the creativity of my scrapbooking sistahs.  ;)  Basic rules are to use current product, at least two layers of paper on the card, clean stamping and at least one embellishment.  I must admit that I think another "etiquette" rule should be making it a full card and not just a face and including an envelope.  It's been frustrating a few times when I've hurriedly grabbed a card and it's just the card face.  Maybe I should learn to plan ahead.  But that's another post.

Here's the card I made last year to swap.  By the way, I made 100 of this card and was SICK TO DEATH of it by the time I was finished.  And not to mention all of that distress sponging I did on the edges with Chocolate Ink...my fingers were stained for a week!  But, I did think it was pretty.

I used Blush Re-inker to dye the crocheted flowers to match the cardstock on the front.  It took a while but I loved the effect!  I also liked doing something different with our product.  Speaking of different, this is probably my favorite swap I received...so unique that friends who had already swapped all of their cards begged for extras to swap for this one.

How cute is that?  The front is the bra and the back is the panties.  Inside it reads, "Count your blessings" with the pink ribbon again.  This was designed by Debi Squires (debisquires@yahoo.com) and was a HUGE hit!

I can't wait to see what kind of cards I get from swaps this year.  Stay tuned for the cards I made for this year's swap! 

Monday, June 27, 2011

Convention 2011

Close To My Heart Convention 2011 is quickly approaching...just 16 more days until I board a plane for Anaheim.  California here I come!  The Thursday-Saturday event is filled with business classes, Extravaganza techniques, fun workshops, entertainment and all sorts of scrapping and stamping goodies.  While I love learning about the company and all of the exciting plans they have for us consultants, my favorite part is probably hanging out with my Close To My Heart team, the Let's Get Fancy girls!  Here's a photo of my good friend, Laura Petruso, and me holding our team sign last year.

Convention 2010 was held in Washington, D.C. and there were a total of 13 of us from Melissa Laverty's (http://www.fancymelissa.blogspot.com/) Let's Get Fancy team.  This year, even with flying across the United States, there will be nine of us attending Convention.  I'm hoping for another awesome team photo, like this one, taken at the Gaylord Hotel and Convention Center last year.

These are amazing, fun, energetic women who share a passion for papercrafting.  Don't you want to join our team?  Contact me to find out how you can become a Close To My Heart consultant, or sign up here (in Step 5, enter Michelle Jones, Leesburg, VA as your upline!). I'll save a special prize pack valued at over $60 for the first three people who sign up with me!