Thursday, December 31, 2009

January Blog Hop!

Welcome to the January Stamp of the Month Blog Hop! If you arrived here from Dawn's blog, you're on the right path! This month's Stamp of the Month is True Friends. I used this Stamp of the Month along with the Felicity collection (campaign for this month) to create two projects.

The first project is a card that was inspired by one my friend made. (Thank you, Karen!) I love the uniqueness this card displays, with the right flap and the Stamp of the Month cut out. I used paper from the Felicity collection. I am very pleased how well it turned out.


The second project is one of our new My Creations Journals (Z1268). The front cover of the journal features a 7"x5" clear pocket, which is great for creating a journal with your personal touch! I used the Felicity collection on this, too. I love the color combination!


I hope you enjoyed your stop here on this month's Blog Hop! Next, hop on over to Kim O'Rear's blog to see the beautiful project she created!! If you get lost on the hop, you can always start here again or check Jena DeVries' blog for the complete list. Have fun!! :)

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

LOVE it!

I absolutely LOVE the new papers in the spring catalog!! I can't wait to show it all to you on Saturday, January 23, at my Open House!! Plan to stop by my house between 4-7pm to see all the fantastic new stuff CTMH has to offer! There will be lots of giveaways and specials for that night only...you won't want to miss it! Also, bring your current project and plan to stay and work 'till midnight. We will provide munchies and drinks and it's FREE! Perfect girls night out!! RSVP so that I know you're coming. Bring a friend!!

Featured below are two of the new paper packs...aren't they awesome?!

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Felicity!

January is National Papercrafting Month and CTMH is celebrating with the beautiful Felicity Collection! In this collection you will receive decorative die-cut paper, three gorgeous color schemes, and a D-size stamp set that include flowers, flourishes, argyle patterns, birds, and an entire alphabet! It is absolutely stunning!

How can you get your hands on Felicity?
1...Purchase it at full retail price for $34.95 US
2...Receive it FREE by placing an order of $60 or more in full-retail priced stamp sets (A, B, C, D, and E-size)
3...Place an order of $125 or more in full-retail priced Close To My Heart products and receive one collection FREE!
4...Host a gathering with a sales total of $400 or more and receive Felicity FREE
5...Sign up to become a consultant and you'll receive the Felicity collection FREE in your New Consultant kit!

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Mark Your Calendars!

I hope you enjoy this festive time with friends and family. Remember the reason for the season. Take a minute, put your feet up and enjoy this beautiful time of year! Don't forget to take lots of pictures so we can Stamp*Crop*Create together in 2010!

My New Catalog Open House is on Saturday, January 23, 2010. Here are the details...
  • Join us from 4-7pm at my house to take a look at all the fantastic new products the spring catalog has to offer. There will be two new projects for you to make and take home to enjoy!
  • Plan to stay after the open house until midnight to crop and create for free!! Drinks and munchies will be included. There are limited spaces available for cropping, so make sure to sign up now!
  • For Open House specials and discounts, check your inbox for my email newsletter! If you do not currently receive my newsletter, you can sign up with your email address on the right side of my blog. :)
Stumped for a gift?? There is still time to get a Close To My Heart Gift Certificate for you friend or loved one who enjoys stamping and/or scrapbooking! Gift Certificates can be purchased in any denomination. There's also still time to Shop Online and receive your goodies before Christmas! Take a look at what our online shopping has to offer. There are still a few days left of our Holiday HeyDay sale where you can get several awesome CTMH products for under $10!

Monday, November 30, 2009

December Stamp of the Month Blog Hop

Welcome to the December Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!! I know you will enjoy hopping from blog to blog to see the fantastic artwork using this month's Stamp of the Month!










These cards were made with the December Stamp of the Month and Emporium paper. Inks are Twilight and Vineyard Berry. Cards are embellished with Liquid Glass or Chocolate grosgrain ribbon. I enjoyed creating cards with this stamp set.










This next project is my favorite project using this month's SOM. The little binder clips look great over pictures, the date and week stamps were perfect for this layout. I also used the faux tab to create a little book, when opened shows my journaling and another picture of my son.






The last project I made with this set is a pocket calendar. I slipped it out of the protective sleeve to decorate the cover, then slipped it right back in. What a perfect stocking stuffer, don't you think?!




I hope you enjoyed your stop here! Next, hop on over to Tracy Oleksak's blog for more great ideas and inspiration using the December Stamp of the Month! If at any time you get lost on the hop, simply start back here or check out the full list of participants. It's a big circle, so you'll be able to find your way back in no time! :)

Online Holiday Heyday Sale!!

CTMH has done it again and just in time for the holidays!! On my website (http://melissaburch.myctmh.com) beginning December 2nd after 11:00 a.m. EST, you will be able to purchase from a special clearance section. Sale has quantities restricted to FIVE per item to provide a smooth shopping experience for all customers. Serious shipping savings apply! Note: Clearance items may not be combined with regular-priced items in a single shopping cart, and clearance purchases are not eligible for Stamp of the Month. What a fantastic way to shop for the scrapbookers and cardmakers on your list! Happy shopping!!

Here's the list of available products:

CC1008 Grab Bag $30.00
Z9990 Key to My Heart Paper Pack $5.00
Z9991 Just Because Card Base $2.00
Z9992 Life Delights Pack $4.00
Z9993 Promise of Spring Pack $5.00
Z9994 Magic Moments Pack $10.00

Z464 Sassy Strands® Summer Carnival Collection $1.00
Z400 Sassy Strands® White Daisy Collection $1.00
Z467 Sassy Strands® Spring Blossom Collection $1.00
Z401 Sassy Strands® Autumn Harvest Collection $1.00
Z402 Sassy Strands® Winter Classic Collection $1.00
Z463 Sassy Strands® Spring Harmony Collection $1.00
Z466 Sassy Strands® Autumn Garden Collection $1.00
Z465 Sassy Strands® Winter Cozy Collection $1.00
Z468 Sassy Strands® Summer Celebration Collection $1.00

Z1108 Chocolate Brads $3.00
1759 Silver Brads $3.00
Z1105 White Daisy Brads $3.00
Z1107 Black Brads $3.00
Z1111 Brads Summer Carnival Assortment $3.00
Z1137 Brads Spring Harmony Assortment $3.00
Z297 Bigger Brads Autumn Harvest Assortment $7.00
Z298 Bigger Brads Winter Classic Assortment $7.00
Z1051 Bitty Brads $3.00

Z288 My Accents® Topiary Accessories $6.00
Z285 My Accents® Garden Green Accessories $6.00
Z286 My Accents® Outdoor Denim Accessories $6.00
Z284 My Accents® Cranberry Accessories $6.00
Z290 My Accents® Autumn Terracotta Accessories $6.00
Z196 My Accents® Baby Pink Accessories $6.00

Z1015 Clear Inspirations Believe Ribbon Slides $1.00
Z1013 Clear Inspirations Precious Ribbon Slides $1.00

Z1133 3/8" White Daisy Ricrac Ribbon (bulk) $4.00
Z803 Organdy Ribbon Rounds™ Spring Blossom Collection $4.00
Z807 Organdy Ribbon Rounds™ Autumn Garden Collection $4.00
Z802 Organdy Ribbon Rounds™ Spring Harmony Collection $4.00
Z808 Organdy Ribbon Rounds™ Winter Classic Collection $4.00
Z804 Organdy Ribbon Rounds™ Summer Carnival Collection $4.00
Z805 Organdy Ribbon Rounds™ Summer Celebration Coll. $4.00
Z1301 Designer Ribbon Rounds™ Chocolate Collection $4.00
Z823 Designer Ribbon Rounds™ Autumn Terracotta Coll. $4.00
Z1306 Designer Ribbon Rounds™ Heartfelt Collection $4.00
Z1305 Designer Ribbon Rounds™ Holiday Collection $4.00
Z816 Ribbon Rounds™ White Daisy Collection $4.00
Z814 Designer Ribbon Rounds™ Cocoa Collection $4.00
Z812 Designer Ribbon Rounds™ Hollyhock Collection $4.00
Z1303 Designer Ribbon Rounds™ Outdoor Denim Collection $4.00
Z815 Designer Ribbon Rounds™ Twilight Collection $4.00

Z331 Eyelet Mat $2.00
Z169 Black Eyelets $2.00
Z159 Buttercup Eyelets $2.00
Z136 Heavenly Blue Eyelets $2.00
Z171 Pewter Eyelets $2.00
Z149 Garden Green Eyelets $2.00
Z165 New England Ivy Eyelets $2.00
Z153 Indian Corn Blue Eyelets $2.00
Z150 Autumn Terracotta Eyelets $2.00
Z179 Chocolate Eyelets $2.00

Z1012 Braggin’ Tags™ Mini Album $3.00
Z1017 My Creations™ Circle Album $3.00

1776 1/8" Long Reach Punch $7.00
1762 Write ‘n’ Rub™ Pen $6.00
X1401 StickStock® Linen $6.00
X1400 StickStock® Twill $6.00
Z820 Window Charms™ Squares $5.00
Z922 Pastel Coloring Pencils $4.00
Z920 Earth Coloring Pencils $4.00
X8701 Floral Impressions Embossed Photo Mats $4.00
Z1044 Dimensional Elements Basic Shapes $3.00
Z4128 Foundry® Frames $3.00
Z1134 Holiday Fabric Tags $3.00
Z309 Sculpting™ Foam $2.00
Z657 Vineyard Berry Embossing Powder $2.00
Z1010 Colored Staples $2.00
X277 5" x 5 1/2" Clear Cello Envelopes $2.00
4109 6" x 6" Matte Memory Protectors® (15) $2.00
X143 Door Hangers with Pouch (10) $1.00

X8519 My Child's Reflections™ All About My Family $4.00

X5802 Creative Basics® Everlasting Collection $5.00
X5803 Creative Basics® Silhouette Collection $5.00
X5804 Creative Basics® Boom-Di-Ada Collection $5.00

X7045A My Reflections® Vintage Travel Level 1 Kit $5.00
X7045C My Reflections® Vintage Travel My Stickease® $4.00
X7056A My Reflections® Discovery Level 1 Kit $5.00
X7060A My Reflections® Heirloom Level 1 Kit $5.00
X7060B My Reflections® Heirloom Level 2 Paper Packet $6.50
X7061A My Reflections® Floral Impressions Level 1 Kit $5.00
X7061B My Reflections® Floral Impressions Lev.2 Paper Packet $6.50
X7061C My Reflections® Floral Impressions My Stickease® $4.00
X7062A My Reflections® Laid Back Level 1 Kit $5.00
X7069A My Reflections® Just Chillin' Level 1 Kit $5.00
X7069C My Reflections® Just Chillin' My Stickease® $4.00
X7071A My Reflections® Best Friends Forever Level 1 Kit $5.00
X7072A My Reflections® School Zone Level 1 Kit $5.00
X7072B My Reflections® School Zone Level 2 Paper Packet $6.50
X7072C My Reflections® School Zone Level 2 My Stickease® $4.00
X7073A My Reflections® Abundance Level 1 Kit $5.00
X7073B My Reflections® Abundance Level 2 Paper Packet $6.50
X7073C My Reflections® Abundance Level 2 My Stickease® $4.00
X7076A My Reflections® Sonata Level 1 Kit $5.00
X7076C My Reflections® Sonata Level 2 My Stickease® $4.00
X7077C My Reflections® Sweet Harmony My Stickease® $4.00
X7078A My Reflections® Cutie Pie Level 1 Kit $5.00
X7078C My Reflections® Cutie Pie Level 2 My Stickease® $4.00
X7079A My Reflections® Rough n Tumble Level 1 Kit $5.00
X7079B My Reflections® Rough 'N Tumble Lev. 2 Paper Packet $6.50
X7079C My Reflections® Rough 'N Tumble My Stickease® $4.00
X7080A My Reflections® Route 66 Level 1 Kit $5.00
X7080C My Reflections® Route 66 Level 2 My Stickease® $4.00
X7082A My Reflections® Expedition Level 1 Kit $5.00
X7082C My Reflections® Expedition Level 2 My Stickease® $4.00
X7083A My Reflections® Let's Get Together Level 1 Kit $5.00
X7084A My Reflections® Floral Tapestry Level 1 Kit $5.00
X7085A My Reflections® Everlasting Level 1 Kit $5.00
X7085B My Reflections® Everlasting Level 2 Paper Packet $6.50
X7085C My Reflections® Everlasting Level 2 My Stickease® $4.00
X7086A My Reflections® Caprice Level 1 Kit $5.00
X7086B My Reflections® Caprice Level 2 Paper Packet $6.50
X7086C My Reflections® Caprice Level 2 My Stickease® $4.00
X7087A My Reflections® Enchanted Level 1 Kit $5.00
X7087B My Reflections® Enchanted Level 2 Paper Packet $6.50
X7087C My Reflections® Enchanted Level 2 My Stickease® $4.00
X7088A My Reflections® Free Spirit Level 1 Kit $5.00
X7088B My Reflections® Free Spirit Level 2 Paper Packet $6.50
X7088C My Reflections® Free Spirit Level 2 My Stickease® $4.00
X7089A My Reflections® Life Delights Level 1 Kit $5.00
X7089C My Reflections® Life Delights Level 2 My Stickease® $4.00
X7093A My Reflections® Sweet Pea Level 1 Kit $5.00
X7093B My Reflections® Sweet Pea Level 2 Paper Packet $6.50
X7093C My Reflections® Sweet Pea Level 2 My Stickease® $4.00
X7094A My Reflections® Paper Garden Level 1 Kit $5.00
X7094C My Reflections® Paper Garden Level 2 My Stickease® $4.00
X7099A My Reflections® Whoops-A-Daisy Level 1 Kit $5.00


X8524 Simply Snapshots® Rough 'N Tumble Album Pages $4.00
X8525 Simply Snapshots® Lets Get Together Album Pages $4.00
X8526 Simply Snapshots® Floral Tapestry Album Pages $4.00
X8528 Simply Snapshots® Everlasting Album Pages $4.00
X8529 Simply Snapshots® Silhouette Album Pages $4.00
X8530 Simply Snapshots® Sweet Pea Album Pages $4.00
X8531 Simply Snapshots® Boom-Di-Ada Album Pages $4.00
X8532 Simply Snapshots® Perfect Day Album Pages $4.00

X8608 My Originals® Groovy Blossoms Card Kit $6.50
X8611 My Originals® Pretty Purses Card Kit $6.50
X8613 My Originals® Peaceful Season Card Kit $6.50
X8614 My Originals® Holiday Photo Greetings Card Kit $6.50
X8615 My Originals® From The Heart Card Kit $6.50
X8617 My Originals® Holiday Wishes Card Kit $6.50
X8620 My Originals® Merry & Bright Card Kit $6.50

Stamp Sets
A1084 My Acrylix® Sweet Flowers (Set Of 6) $2.00
A1092 My Acrylix® Simple Invites (Set Of 16) $2.00
A1093 My Acrylix® Genuine Fun (Set Of 4) $2.00
B1071 My Acrylix® Playful Numbers (Set Of 20) $4.00
B1167 My Acrylix® Thinking Of You (Set Of 6) $4.00
B1182 My Acrylix® Let It Snow (Set Of 6) $4.00
B1215 My Acrylix® Life Is (Set Of 16) $4.00
B1258 My Acrylix® Merry Little Christmas (Set Of 7) $4.00
B1260 My Acrylix® Let Us Adore Him (Set Of 5) $4.00
B1262 My Acrylix® Celebration Labels (Set Of 34) $4.00
B1277 My Acrylix® Hello Friend (Set Of 13) $4.00
C1079 My Acrylix® Playful Lowercase (Set Of 52) $6.00
C1198 My Acrylix® Let's Play Ball (Set Of 8) $6.00
C1209 My Acrylix® Christmas Scripts (Set Of 13 $6.00
C1221 My Acrylix® Choo Choo Train (Set Of 8) $6.00
C1222 My Acrylix® Seasonal Thoughts (Set Of 39) $6.00
C1226 My Acrylix® Floral Charms (Set Of 12) $6.00
C1227 My Acrylix® Our Wedding Day (Set Of 13) $6.00
C1244 My Acrylix® Glistening Snow (Set Of 11) $6.00
C1245 My Acrylix® O Christmas Tree (Set Of 26) $6.00
C1252 My Acrylix® Abundance Borders (Set Of 4) $6.00
D1013 My Acrylix® Playful Caps (Set Of 57) $8.00
D1111 My Acrylix® Card Sentiments (Set Of 10) $8.00
D1115 My Acrylix® Princess (Set Of 17) $8.00
D1211 My Acrylix® First Class (Set Of 10) $8.00
D1126 My Acrylix® Precious Alphabet (Set Of 52) $8.00
D1140 My Acrylix® Miracle (Set Of 9) $8.00
D1146 My Acrylix® Back To Nature (Set Of 7) $8.00
D1152 My Acrylix® Follow Your Dreams (Set Of 15) $8.00
D1153 My Acrylix® Because Of You (Set Of 16) $8.00
D1165 My Acrylix® Bundled Up (Set Of 10) $8.00
D1175 My Acrylix® Steep And Deep (Set Of 12) $8.00
D1176 My Acrylix® Youthful Heart (Set Of 13) $8.00
D1179 My Acrylix® Festive Thoughts (Set Of 14) $8.00
D1086 My Acrylix® Birthday Bash (Set Of 16) $8.00
D1197 My Acrylix® My One & Only (Set Of 11) $8.00

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Black Friday Specials!

Thanksgiving is such a wonderful time off year! I love the time with family and friends, sharing and caring about each other. I am so blessed and have so much in which to be thankful.

YOU are such a huge part of my blessings! Thank you for your support of my CTMH business. Because of you, I am offering a few specials for Black Friday. Stay home in your PJs, sip your coffee or tea, and send me an e-mail or call with your order. This is a great way for you to get a jump on your Christmas Shopping! Let me know which part of your order are gifts for someone special, and I will even wrap for you! You can't make Christmas shopping much easier than that!

Take a look at the catalog online and browse through all the products we have to offer at http://melissaburch.myctmh.com. Don't order online, though! I cannot discount orders placed online.

If you are on my email list, check your inbox for my Black Friday Specials! If you are not and would like to receive the email with my Black Friday Specials, let me know! I would be happy to forward them to you!!

Gift Certificates are also available. Let your loved ones decide what goodies they would like with a CTMH gift certificate!

Enjoy your day with family tomorrow! I wish you a blessed Thanksgiving and I hope to hear from you Friday! :)

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Wanna Crop?


Meadowbrook Congregational Church in Novi is having their fall crop this coming weekend. Take a look at the flyer for more details. I will be there both days and would love for you to join me!

Friday, November 6, 2009

Coaster Ornament





This ornament took me about 15 minutes to make and will look perfect on your tree! It is made from one coaster, two four inch circles, one three inch circle, one stamped two inch square, and a piece of ribbon. There is a small adhesive pearl on the star to give it a little shimmer. I can't wait to make more of these with different papers!

Now it's your turn...make a coaster ornament and send me the picture to post on my blog. When you do, you'll get a prize!

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Eight Easy Cards!

My friend, Dana Swadling, created the cutting guide and samples to make similar cards shown. With her cutting guide, you will make two of each card design from less than three pieces of paper! If these cards look like something you'd like to make, let me know! We can schedule a workshop at your house with a few friends and make these cards (with any paper you like for any occasion)!

Retiring Stamp Sets

Close To My Heart is retiring lots of stamp sets at the end of 2009. Now is your chance to stock up, because November's special is buy two, get one free!! Click HERE to take a look at the stamp sets that are retiring and grab the ones you'd like now! As always, you can shop online OR give me a call to get in on my other specials for November!

Monday, November 2, 2009

Two New Followers!

Ginny S. and Miller Family....send me your addresses via email (mdburch04@gmail.com) and I will send you something fun in the mail! If you have not signed up to follow my blog yet (http://melissaburch.blogspot.com) do it soon so you can get fun goodies, too! :)

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Extra hour to create!

What did you do with your extra hour this weekend? I used my hour to create! I made a little box that holds four thank you cards. I wanted to see how long this would take me, because I'm thinking of making something similar for parent volunteer gifts for Christmas. Now I need to figure out what I want to do for envelopes. Any suggestions? (The cards are 3.75 x 3.75)

Three November Specials!

ONE...
It's almost time for STAMPAGANZA!! From November 3-30, you can earn FREE stamp sets...just in time for the holidays!! When you purchase two stamp sets you get a third for FREE! You can earn any A, B, C or D size stamp set for free. There is no limit to the amount you'll earn free!! Check my website to see current stamp sets, as well as the stamp sets that will be retiring at the end of 2009. Get your favorites before they're gone!! Place your order today!

TWO...
During the month of November, if you become a follower on my blog, you will receive a handmade gift from me. So, take a minute to check out my blog at http://melissaburch.blogspot.com and sign up to follow me (on the right side of the blog). When you do, I will send you a handmade thank you just for stopping by online! One lucky new follower will receive a gift certificate for FREE CTMH goodies in their thank you. It could be you!! :)

THREE...
I am booking parties right now for November, December, and January. BUT before you pick up the phone to call and book a party, I have an even better offer for you. Wouldn't you like to earn hostess rewards without cleaning the house or making snacks?!

How?! The first ten people who contact me will earn a minimum of $15 in FREE CTMH goodies! On top of that, I will do a random drawing from the 10 hostesses to win...$30, $40, or $50 in select product credit, one 1/2 off item, and a free D-sized stamp set. Every hostess will be a winner! If you collect $200 in orders, you will win 2 prizes....$300 in orders - 3 prizes, etc.

Email me at mdburch04@gmail.com or give me a call 810-223-4283 to join in on the fun!

I will also throw in a free exclusive Petite Perk stamp set to everyone who orders at least $25 worth of product! (See the back of the idea book) When you turn in your orders over $100, just let me know how many you need, and I'll give those to you to hand out when your product arrives.

If you don't have a current idea book, you can check out all current products at my website (http://melissaburch.myctmh.com).

Remember, you can collect orders from your friends, you can combine orders to reach the $100 minimum order, or you can place the $100 yourself (which does qualify you for the Free November Stamp of the Month).

I hope you enjoy Fabulous Fall Savings being offered this month! I would love to Stamp*Crop*Create with you soon!! Check out my calendar of upcoming events and let me know when you'd like to come!!

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Another Paper Bag album!

Ok, I think I'm hooked! These are so fun to make!! This one is made with the Twitterpated level 2 pack. Won't fall pics look cute in this one?!

Paper Bag Mini Album

While the boys were napping today, I created this paper bag mini album. It uses four sheets of paper from the Sweet Home lever 2 pack, three paper bags, some rub-ons, ribbons, and brads. What do you think?

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Sooo excited about this November Special!!!



CTMH is making it easy to build your stamp collection and cross items off your Christmas list with STAMPAGANZA! Cardmakers and scrapbookers alike will love this opportunity to earn free stamps during November.
From November 3–30, when you purchase any two stamp sets (sizes A, B, C, D, and/or E) at full retail price, you will receive a third stamp set of your choice FREE (of equal or lesser value) — a savings of up to $22.95!

Why not have a mini catalog party and easily earn hostess rewards?! You know your friends & family are going to love this special, too! Make your lists and let me know what you'd like! I'll put in an order on November 3!

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Baby Tri-fold Shutter Card



I love this card! I found the tutorial on splitcoaststampers.com and love the way it turned out!! I used Animal Cookies paper, two different baby stamp sets, buttons, ribbon, and pins. I plan to write my own little note on a small piece of white paper and attach to the center of the card. I can't wait to give it away to a special little nephew coming soon!! :)





Wednesday, October 7, 2009


Scrapping Play Groups...A GREAT girl’s night out complete with crafting and FUN!!!


What do we do at Play Group?
Each month, we will create a beautiful & unique two page 12x12 layout featuring one of our new paper packs. You will receive a full color brochure full of instructions, not only for our Play Group layout, but also to create 2 MORE 12x12 pages and 3 cards!

Why would I want to come to Play Group?
Play Groups are a GREAT way to use what you buy and get crafty! No more crafting supplies sitting on a shelf gathering dust – you will receive your supplies at Play Group and use them that very night! AND it’s a fun night out with the girls!!

What is my commitment?
There is no commitment with Play Groups! Come and play when you can – there are no club rules for having fun! The Play Groups will last about 2 hours each session.

What is the cost?
Here’s the best part! You pay ONLY for your supplies; the actual Play Group is FREE!!! Each basic Play Group kit will cost $29.95 (plus tax/shipping) and you keep all your leftover supplies. The kit contains the workshop guide, paper, an embellishment kit, and an EXCLUSIVE stamp set (only offered in the kit)! You can choose to add-on coordinating accessories, but it’s not required. Payment must be received 2 weeks before Play Group so I have time to order our supplies.

Where do we Play?
Play groups will be held at my home, unless you arrange a play date with 5 or more at your house!

How do I sign up for Play Group?
Contact me today! Spots are limited and will be filled on a first come/first serve basis.

November Play Group: Twitterpated, November 4th from 6:30-8:30pm (sign up by Oct. 21)


















December Play Group: Jingle, December 3rd from 6:30-8:30pm (sign up by Nov. 19)













I Can’t Wait to Play with YOU!

Thursday, October 1, 2009

20 page workshop (Reflections)


Alas, I'm done with the 20 page workshop! Here are the layouts!
Made with Route 66 paper.

Gotta scrapbook!

My foot surgery went well, and has provided me the opportunity to work on my scrapbooking because I can't do much else! I created a new 20-page Reflections layout workshop. I'm so excited to put it together and am hoping to have it at my Open House this weekend! I'd love for you to stop by on Sunday for my Open House. It's from 2-6pm. There will be lots of new products for you to see, a cute project for you to make, and lots of relaxing and girl-time! You'll be able to sign-up for different workshops and gathering dates for the next few months. Everyone who stops by will receive a freebie and if you place an order you'll get a chance to win $25 in FREE products! Let me know if you plan to come! Hope to see you Sunday...it's gonna be fun! :)

Monday, September 21, 2009

My little guy!

My little man "working" with me! Love it!
video

Sunday, September 20, 2009

New Craft Room Set-up!




My girlfriend, Suzanne, helped me rearrange my craft room a few weeks ago, but today I finally got around to cleaning and organizing! It's not perfect by any means because I have so much STUFF, but at least you can see the floor and desk top! Here are a few pics. You'll notice that I have lots of room to work...that means you need to come over and create with me soon!!

Monday, September 7, 2009

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Change with me!

Happy Fall! (Goodness, can it be fall already?!) This month will bring about change. The weather will begin change temperature, the leaves will begin to change colors, even the time will change soon. What does that mean to you? Maybe there have been changes in your family recently and you're looking for a little extra change in your pocket? Maybe you are looking to change how you use your free time? I would love for you to join my team!! This month I have been challenged to recruit and bring my friends and customers closer to Close To My Heart. You already love the products...why not get them at discount? For just $99 you can get over $325 worth of CTMH products to begin your business! Whether you want to "support your habit" or you are truly looking for a change, please consider CTMH! As a consultant you will receive at least 22% off every order you place! Contact me to learn what ELSE you will receive from me for signing up during the month of September! Make a change and join my team today!!

Take advantage of the September "Delight in the Everyday" Special. Spend $60 in stamps and receive the beautiful card kit and stamp set FREE! Spend just $40 on top of that to get the stamp of the month for free, too!

Upcoming Events:
September 23 ~ Team Meeting and work night at my house from 6-9pm
September 27 ~ 24 page layout workshop (2 spots left) $30
October 4 ~ New Catalog Open House at my house 2-6pm *Everyone that stops by will receive something for free!
October 17 ~ Crop 'till you Drop! at Holiday Inn Express in Brighton 9am-midnight $30
November 9 ~ Holiday Card Class at my house from 2-7pm $25 for 30 cards and envelopes (5 spots left)
(More events listed HERE...check them out!)

Happy Fall! Let's Stamp*Crop*Create soon!! :)

Sunday, August 30, 2009

24 page layout workshop pics!

I completed the workshop using the new Jingle paper pack. It took me about 3 hours to cut and assemble. There are still three spots left for my workshop on Sept. 27. Let me know if you want to come!! :)

Saturday, August 29, 2009

24 page layout workshop!

If you are interested in my 24 page layout workshop on Sunday, September 27...now is the time to commit! You will create 24 beautiful pages from one paper pack! Cost is $30 and includes your supplies, food and drink. It is going to be a fun afternoon! Check out the paper packs, pick the one you like best, and RSVP ASAP!! There are only four spots left...!!

Friday, August 28, 2009

Get your FREE Autumn/Winter catalogs!


The Autumn/Winter catalogs are available soon. How would you like one for FREE?

From Sept 1-11, I will be giving away TWENTY idea books FREE! Here are 3 ways you can get one of them...

1...Stop by my house and pick one up anytime I am home.
2...See me at school, church, or anywhere else and ask me for one.
3...Book a gathering for September or November and I'll drop one off to you with your hostess packet.

INSIDE each of the 20 Idea Books, you will find a sealed envelope. Inside this envelope is a unique prize, discount offer, or gift! You can OPEN & redeem this offer ONLY at my fall New Catalog Open House on Sunday, October 4, 2009 from 1-5pm.

EVERYONE is a winner at the open house! Mark your calendar for October 4. There are so many awesome new products for you to see and a cute project for you to make and take home. You won't want to miss it! RSVP today and find me to get your FREE catalog!! :)

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Christmas Card Workshop!

Start thinking about Christmas because I have some fantastic cards planned for this year's Christmas Card Workshop! You will use the awesome NEW Jingle paper pack to create 30 cards complete with embellishments like sparkles, ribbon, brads, and liquid glass. (see below...two of each design) This card class will show you just how simple and fun creating Christmas Cards can be! Cost is $25 for 30 homemade cards and envelopes. I'll do the planning and prep...you just come stamp and put them together! This class will be held on Sunday, November 8, from 2-6pm. (Please reserve your spot by October 1.) It's going to be a great afternoon! :)

If this date doesn't work for you...let me know! I would love to hold this workshop in your home for you and your friends! I have a couple openings still available in October and November, so contact me today!

Friday, July 31, 2009

Specials!!

Today is the last day to take advantage of the July new consultant special! Sign up HERE to join my team and receive some great freebies with your new consultant kit!! :)

August brings TWO specials for you to enjoy!! As a special thank you to your customers, this August 3–17, 2009, with all orders of $100 or more, you will receive a free My Acrylix® It’s Your Day August Stamp of the Month and a My Reflections® Level 2 paper packet. There is a limit of one free paper packet and Stamp of the Month per qualifying order. No shipping/handling or tax on free items, but shipping/handling and tax will still apply on the $100 qualifying purchase.

I am going to put an order in tomorrow (Aug 1) so let me know if you'd like to take advantage of this special right away! I am ordering supplies to arrive in time for my Aug. 13 Create and Crop at my house. Need anything?


September is National Stamping Month...but we're going to start celebrating a little early (Aug. 18 to be exact)! CTMH is giving you 3 ways to get a FREE Everyday Celebration card kit for making 16 beautiful cards!
• Purchase a minimum of $60 in stamp sets** (includes A, B, C, D, and E-size) between August 18–September 30
• Host a Home Gathering with minimum sales of $400 between September 1–30
• Sign up as a new Consultant between September 1–30

You can also buy as many card kits as you’d like for $39.95 per kit. And there’s more fun! Place any order between
September 1–30 and you’ll be automatically entered in our daily drawing for a FREE card kit! Winners will be announced on your Consultant’s MyCTMH website and closetomyheart.com. Express your passion for stamping with this pretty new card kit today!

Check My Calendar online to see upcoming events! Spots are filling quickly for the September 27th 24-page layout workshop and the October 17 all-day Crop 'till You Drop!! I'd love to Stamp*Crop*Create with you soon!! :)

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Upcoming CTMH Events!!

Upcoming Events:

* Thursday, August 13 will be my last summer open Crop and Create at my house in Pinckney! Please let me know if you'd like to come and make cards or work on your scrapbook layouts. I will put in an order August 1 for supplies, so please let me know if there's anything you'd like to order in time for the crop. Crop is FREE...please bring a munchie to share. :)

* Fall Stamp Camp in Clarkston - Sept 18-20 $130 (includes lodging and meals)

* 24 page layout workshop $30 - You pick the paper pack from the new catalog (debuts Sept. 1)! Leave with 24 layouts ready for pictures...or bring pictures and finish your entire album before you head home!! (dinner included) Sunday, Sept 27 from 2-7pm - Register no later than Sept. 10.

* Fall Crop 'till You Drop in Brighton on Saturday, October 17. Cost is $30 which includes lunch, dinner, prizes, tons of fun, and lots of time to work!! See the flyer on the post below for more details and let me know if you'd like to come!

* Open Crop & Create thru Brighton Community Ed 10/23 5-10pm $10 (register at www.brightoncommunityed.com)

* Holiday Cards workshops thru Brighton Community Ed - 16 cards and envelopes for Christmas (different cards each workshop...come to both!) 6:00-8:30pm $20 class fee, $15 materials fee
o Session 1 - Mon, Oct. 19
o Session 2 - Tues, Nov. 10
o Register for community ed events at www.brightoncommunityed.com

* Holiday Card class at my house - Thurs, Nov. 12 from 6:00-9:00pm 30 cards and envelopes $25 per set

I hope you can join me for at least one of the events listed above! :)

ps....The Favorite Five campaign ends soon! Take advantage of becoming a consultant and getting lots of freebies before the end of the month. Let me know if you're interested and we can meet up this week to chat! I'd love for you to join my team!!

August & October crop info!

August 13 will be my last summer open Crop and Create at my house! Please let me know if you'd like to come and make cards or work on your scrapbook layouts. I will put in an order August 1 for supplies, so please let me know if there's anything you'd like to order in time for the crop. Crop is FREE, please bring a munchie to share. :)

Also, there are still spaces available for our Fall Crop 'till You Drop in Brighton on October 17. Cost is $30 which includes lunch, dinner, prizes, tons of fun, and lots of time to work!! See the flyer below for more details and let me know if you'd like to come!

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Wow! Similar but Different Cards

These cards were made from the Just Because Workshop Card 4 layout (from the new Wishes book). I used Animal Cookies Level 2 and creative basics paper, as well as the Emporium creative basics. I think it's amazing how different a card can look with different stamps and papers, even though it's the same layout.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Paper combo layout

I made this layout for a unit challenge. Our task was to use two different paper packs to complete one layout. I used Rough & Tumble and Stardust. The Stickease are from the Stardust kit. I used our Imagine book for the layout idea. This took me 20 minutes from start to finish. You can't beat that!! Click here to see the complete paper packs.

(Pictures are from our weekend trip up to Drummond Island. We had a blast!)

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Follow Me!!

Help me out!!! Sign up to follow during the month of July and you will be entered to win a $10 gift certificate good towards any current product or any product I have in cash and carry! My goal is 100 followers before the end of July! Will you PLEASE help me out!!

June's winner was Karen Eggers! Thanks for following! :)

Create and Crop!

Come over on Wednesday, July 15, for another FREE Create and Crop! The fun starts at 6pm and goes 'till you leave! Bring a munchie to share, your favorite CD, and your current creative project. You are welcome to use my stamps and inks if you'd like!

I will have card kits for $5 if you want something new & easy to work on. Kits include materials to make five cards, complete with embellishments and envelopes.

Please let me know if you plan to come so I have enough work space ready! Also, let me know if you'd like a card kit...Thank You cards, Birthday Cards, or Christmas Cards (why not start early?)!!

Hope to see you on Wednesday, July 15! :)

Sunday, July 5, 2009

3x3 box and cards

Here is a simple, yet personal gift you can make for a friend or loved one. It's just a little box and four 3x3" cards. I made this tonight for my friend's birthday. Card designs adapted from the new Wishes book.
Paper: Daydream Level 2
Ink: Hollyhock
Stamps: TLC
Template for box from Split Coast Stampers





Wednesday, July 1, 2009

So, you weren't into buying those mystery boxes in June? You loved the idea of getting things for 50% off, but you were just too afraid it would be filled with things you didn't like? Well, this offer might appeal to you more! See the details below for a VERY special box of goodies - filled with product at MUCH MORE than a 50% discount AND filled with an incredible opportunity as well!

If you love creating like I do, and you've considered joining Close To My Heart as a Consultant, now is the time! If you sign up during July you can choose five wonderful CTMH products for FREE (in addition to your kit full of goodies)! And that's with no additional shipping/handling or tax charged! During July we are treating new Consultants to your choice of five items worth up to nearly $100 from our Favorite Five product list to help you jumpstart your business. You'll find beautiful papers, embellishments, card kits, a versatile stamp set, and more to help you create. So, for your sign-up fee of just $99 you'll receive about $400 total retail in product! It's an incredible deal that will really jumpstart your business and your creating!

For only $99.00 (plus tax/shipping) you will receive $218.85 worth of product including:
X7110A Back Country Level I Kit $9.95
X7110B Back Country level II Paper pack $12.95
X7110C Back Country level II Stickease $4.95
1385 White Daisy Cardstock (24 sheets) $9.50
D1394 Framed Moments $22.95
B1328 Backwoods $13.95
D1353 Campin' Fever $22.95
E1013 Field Trip $34.95
C1362 You're a Hoot $18.95
Y1004 My Acrylix block 2.5 x 2.5 $7.50
Y1010 My Acrylix Block 2 x 6.5 $9.95
Z261 Double Scrubber $10.95
1778 My Acrylix spritz cleaner $4.25
Z2104 Barn Red ink Pad $5.25
Z2114 Cocoa Ink Pad $5.25
Z2137 Olive Ink Pad $5.25
Z2140 Outdoor Denim Ink Pad $5.25
Z2305 Black Marker $2.95
Z2335 New England Ivy marker $2.95
1512 Bonding Memories Glue $6.95
Z697 Sponge $1.25

(You'll also receive over $50 worth of business supplies)

With this purchase you become a Close To My Heart consultant and will get a minimum of 22% off all your purchases for at LEAST the NEXT SIX MONTHS!!!

In addition from July 1st - 31st only, you have an opportunity to pick any FIVE free items from this "favorite fives" list making your new kit worth over $300 for just $99! Wow!

My Acrylix® Thank You Stamp Set (retail value $22.95)
Magic Moments Scrapbook Kit (retail value $34.95)
Basic Textured Cardstock Combo Pack (retail value $14.95)
Life Delights Memory Showcase (retail value $12.95)
My Originals® Hello Birdie Card Kit (retail value $12.95)
Creative Basics™ Silhouette Collection (retail value $8.95)
HeartFelt™ Whimsy Die-Cuts (retail value $9.95)
All-Out Adventure Rub-Ons (retail value $9.95)
Window Charms™ Squares (retail value $9.95)

You will also have the opportunity to add a scrapbooking bundle and/or cardmaking bundle and receive even more fantastic CTMH supplies for a deep discount! See page 4-5 of the current catalog for more details.

By taking advantage of the deals above, you will become a member of my CTMH team and will have access to our company and team websites full of amazing art and ideas, as well as our team newsletters and team meetings. Our unit is fantastic…I’d love for you to join the fun!! You can do as much or as little as you want…the best part is that Close To My Heart never “kicks you out” so you can enjoy purchasing our fantastic products at a discount forever!!

Let me show you how to Stamp*Crop*Create with this awesome special in July!!

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Binder Mini Album


I made this album for an Operation Smile raffle. I was pleased with how it turned out! If you like the mini album and want a blank one for yourself, let me know! :)

Last Chance for Great Goodies!!

Today is the last chance for you to order a Great Goodies box! So far, they have been packed with fantastic CTMH products! If you've missed the others, take advantage of this last offer! What a deal! For just $125 you will get approximately $300 worth of popular product! And what's more, you get discounted shipping/handling of just $10 when you order the Goodie Box alone. You can't beat that!! Order yours today!!

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Rub-ons are the Deal today!

Grab your rub-ons! I love these. They work on just about everything and look fantastic! This rub-on set is great for all seasons and all projects! All you have to do it add one stamp set to your cart, add the freebie, and checkout. So simple and a fantastic deal! Click here to take a look!

Friday, June 26, 2009

Goodies! Goodies! Goodies!

Grab a goodie box for only $25! It will have over $50 worth of CTMH products inside!! The boxes so far have been filled with fantastic papers, embellishments, tools, and stamps! Don't miss out!! This great deal is only available online until 9 am tomorrow morning...but when they're gone, they're gone! CLICK HERE TO ORDER!!

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Let's play!!

Since I've only had one person sign up to come over for my Stamping 101 class on Tuesday, June 30, I'm going to make it an open "play" time! Bring whatever you'd like to work on. You can use all my stamps, inks, tools, etc. No cost...just bring a munchie to share and let me know that you're coming. :)

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Crop 'till You Drop again!

Sign up today for our Fall Crop 'till You Drop on October 17! You have until tomorrow to sign up at the discounted price of $25. After that, it will cost $30 for a fun day of cropping, prizes, meals, snacks, dinner, and fun!! This will be a day to relax and crop that you don't want to miss! Only 28 spots available. Sign up today!!



Follow my creative blog!

Sign up to follow my creative blog at http://melissaburch.blogspot.com during the month of June and you will be entered to win a FREE stamp set. I have several for you to choose from ($22.95 value). Join the fun and sign up today!! Click on my blog and find the box on the left side to follow!

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Grab Your Goodies!!

Grab your goodies while you can!! This is one of the few special days in June where you can purchase a goodie box for 1/2 off! That's right...today, June 10, you can purchase $80 of fantastic CTMH products for only $40, and get reduced shipping for only $6.

The first goodie box contained a full album kit, three stamp sets, and several embellishments! (see below) I can't wait to see what's in this one! Offer ends at 9am tomorrow morning, but last time they sold out, so grab your goodies quickly! Click HERE to shop!!



Contents of the first goodie box!

Monday, June 1, 2009

Deal-a-Day!

June is the time to stock up on all your creative supplies for scrapbooking, stamping, and cardmaking with our Deal-a-Day special. Most of June you'll have the opportunity to grab a popular Close To My Heart product FREE when you make a purchase of one My Acrylix stamp set! We'll also have exciting goodie boxes available on several days where you'll get a bag-full of products well below retail price! You'll want to stock up now while you can save big. Visit my MyCTMH website every day to save money and fill your craft room with everything you're going to need. Discounted shipping rates apply, too! Check out my website (http://melissaburch.myctmh.com) each day in June for the Deal of the Day! Happy shopping!! :)

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Summer Classes!

If you are interested in learning more about Close To My Heart's fantastic Acrylic Stamps, join me for "Stamping 101" on Tuesday, June 30, at my house from 6:30-8:30pm. You will learn how to use our acrylic stamps to make cards, bookmarks, and a few other goodies you can take home with you! Cost is $10. 8 spots available

Christmas in July! Come make 16 cards for only $15, complete with envelopes! We'll listen to Christmas music and beat the heat with this cool workshop! Who doesn't want to have 16 Christmas cards ready well before you need them?! Summer is a great time to get that task out of the way! Sign up today! 8 spots available

Send me an e-mail (mdburch04@gmail.com) or give me a call (810-223-4283) to reserve your spot! Both workshops will be held at my home in Pinckney.

Are you interested in a Mommy Play Date to come to my house, use my stuff, work on your projects in a relaxing setting, and have a night out for FREE?? Let me know!! I'd like to set up a few Mommy Play Dates for this summer!!

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Hi, friends!! There are four spots left for our all-day crop in Brighton on May 30! If you're interested in coming, please let me know ASAP so I can save you a spot! It is going to be a fun day!!

Also, if you are interested in purchasing the Tickled Pink Scrapbooking Kit or earning it for free, contact me today! Supplies are getting low and I want to make sure you get one if you want one!!

Have a creative day!! :)

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Tickled Pink!

Here is a layout made from the Tickled Pink Scrapbooking kit - offered for National Scrapbooking month! It's a beautiful kit, complete with sparkly papers, embellishments, tools, and more! It's a great value, and you can even get it FREE! Check out the flyer!


Thursday, April 30, 2009

Crop 'till You Drop


Join me on May 30 to Crop 'till You Drop! There are still a few spots available. It should be fun!!

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

card workshop

I am doing a card workshop in Brighton tomorrow evening. The class is through Community Ed. Each person will create 15 cards, each with some sort of embellishment. I think they turned out pretty great. What do you think? My favorite card is the vertical torn card that says "So Happy" at the bottom. If you would like to sign up for the May 19th class, visit the Brighton Community Education website to register.
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Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Card Box


I created a fun card box the other night. I used the current constant campaign Tickled Pink on my box. I love the way it turned out!

Creative Playground

I have decided that I need a place to showcase my creativity, as well as my adventures as a Close To My Heart Independent Consultant. So, here is my new creative playground! Let me know what you'd like to see here! :)

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