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Friday, August 11, 2017


We had a good time at our workshop yesterday. I got out some of my older CTMH paper packs and made 3 2-page layouts for our upcoming Anniversary cruise in October. I combined No Worries with Majestic Blue and Moon Doggie.  The paper/cardstock was perfect for the cruise.
Once I get the photos on these pages, I can add a few more embellishments.
The very next photo is a page for my Grandma and will be at the start of my heritage album, featuring my Dad's side of my family.
Our new products are perfect for every occasion. The colors are so versatile - vibrant, subtle, exciting and beautiful. So, I can make cruise pages, heritage pages, grandchildren pages, nature pages and cards for anything and everything.  AND, I can't say enough great things about our new stamp sets. Wonderful stamp sets and die cuts.
I will continue to work on my cruise pages and the heritage album over the next few months.
Thanks for visiting!!  I hope you enjoyed your visit. Come back again soon...

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Hi Crafting Friends,
I have been so busy cataloging my new products from the specials on stamps and all the wonderful new products in our new Annual Inspirations Idea Book for 2017-2018, I almost can't keep up. I am having so much fun. I think I do have my stamp set list up to date. I must have gotten 50 stamp sets and I love all the new ones I got plus some older ones brought back for our Stampaganza in July. (Thanks to all of you who took advantage of that great special)

This month, August, we are having weekly Warehouse Sales...another way to pick up some fabulous products from Close To My Heart. The new list of products for the coming week comes out tomorrow. I'm excited. There is always something I need - okay, maybe I don't need them, but I WANT them.

I missed one of my favorite crops on Saturday because my tummy was out of sorts AND my phone had died, so I had to spend the whole morning trying to figure out if I could fix the phone or if I would need to send it in. Luckily, the company is honoring the warranty and I sent it in to get it repaired or replaced. BUT, now I won't have a phone for the next 2 weeks. I feel lost without it. We are all so dependent upon our technology, aren't we? I could have just bought a new phone, but mine was only a year old, so I wanted to fix it. Anyway, back to cropping... I am working on my Heritage album, so I worked on that on Sunday. I lucked into getting copies of some old family photos and I am having fun with those. It is wonderful seeing the photos of my Aunts and Uncles as young people and my cousins and I getting together as youngsters. Our family, on my Father's side, is so big and those photos bring back such precious memories. I may not have been around when my Aunts and Uncles were graduating or getting married, but I have quite a few photos and I love them. I wonder if I can get the whole album completed this year!  That's a big goal for me.

I am also busy making scrapbook pages for our upcoming Anniversary cruise in October. Tom and I will be celebrating 17 years marred this year. We were together 9 years before we got married, so it's been awhile.  It is hard for me to believe tat we've been together that long.  I've pulled out some older papers and embellishments from CTMH that fit into the theme.  I didn't even know I had them!
LOL - I have too much stuff...NOT

We are having such hot weather this summer.  It actually is good for me though, because I don't want to go outside, I just want to stay in the air conditioned house and craft.  Now that I'm almost caught up on organizing my New items, I will have more time to have fun with them.  Do you all have so many projects that you want to do that you can't figure out where to start?  I have that problem.

I must put this photo of E on a page by itself...

Well, I didn't get to finish this today because I didn't take photos of my finished pages from Sunday. I know, it's Wednesday already. 

Friday, July 21, 2017

My orders are coming in and I am getting more excited by the hour. I can't wait for our BIG REVEAL on July 29th. I hope everyone who will be here is as excited as I am!! I only have one more order to receive (this Tuesday - WOO HOO) and I will be ready.


Last night I went to "paint night" at Rio Pinar CC. Anne and Michele went with me and we had a great time. I couldn't believe that I actually painted on canvas and it didn't turn out half bad. Now I need to find a place to hang it and show it off...  Michele and I had a few glasses of wine, so it was even more fun.  Who would like to join us next month?  We are going to do a wine glass with wine pouring in and making a wave.  That will have to go in my kitchen.  If you want details, give me a call.

Tomorrow, Anne, Maggie and I will be going to the Salvation Army crop and garage sale. I've been gathering products that I'd like to sell, including some new/unused Close To My Heart Stamp Sets.  I will also have a few kits, embellishments and other fun things. The Salvation Army crop is fun and there is lots of space for each cropper.  I really need to get a few projects completed.

Don't forget - come on over for the BIG REVEAL, Saturday, July 29th. Crop starts at 11:00 am and the BIG REVEAL will start around 4:00 pm. Come see our new card stock, ink colors, embellishments, Thin Cuts, Embossing Folders and organizational items.

Our new Workshop Group starts in August. If you are interested in being a part of our Workshops, let me know. Workshops are fun and a great opportunity to get cards or scrapbook pages done and ready to send or put photos on. We have good food's always yummy here.

Be on the lookout for my OPEN CROPS twice a month. I post the dates and information on Facebook (Shelly's CTMH), Nextdoor and here in the blog.

See you at the BIG REVEAL!!!

Happy Crafting,
Corporate Logotype, Color

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Hi Crafting Friends, I am having an OPEN CROP and BIG REVEAL party on July 29th. The CROP starts at 11:00 am. A crop is an event for crafters of any kind. "crop" means trimming photos to be placed on scrapbook pages of all different sizes. I could call this a CRAFT EVENT and I may change it in the future.  That way, new people who do crafts of any kind will feel as if this is an event they can attend.
THE BIG REVEAL will feature the new Close To My Heart Annual Inspiration Idea Book. This will start at 4:00 pm. We may play a game, but we will have prizes and great food for sure.  We will also do a craft with all new products - WOO HOO!! We will have tons of fun!
Call me to rsvp, please. 407-247-9574 ( I need to know how many for the food and prizes). Thanks, in advance!
If you'd like to know more about what we do, please visit my website and blog (listed below).
Happy Crafting,
Shelly Ott
CTMH, Consultant
2554 Treymore Drive
Orlando FL 32825
#closetomyheart #crafting #papercrafts #homedecordiy #cardmaking #scrapbooking #cropping

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

TRYING to find my photos from Convention - Eureka!!

Well, I am having a really hard time finding the photos on my pc. I insert the SD card and it doesn't show it. I made sure that I took my camera so that I could download the photos and I've been looking for them for days!

Oh, I just reinserted the SD card and it finally came up. YEAH!
I hope you enjoy these photos from our 2017 CTMH Convention in Salt Lake City UT.
Salt Palace

beautiful landscaping

the bikes for anyone's use

they're clean and green

The LDS temple

Sunday downtown. everything is closed

the temple at night

the temple

my roommate, Marie before the banquet

Awards banquet

the LDS grounds

Assembly hall

I hope you've enjoyed this little tour around Salt Lake City

Thanks for reading!  See you soon...
Happy Crafting,
Corporate Logotype, Color

Monday, July 10, 2017

CTMH Convention 2017 - Salt Lake City Utah

WHEW! What a busy few months I have had. I got back from our CTMH Convention 2017 last Monday afternoon and I was exhausted.  I really had to catch up on my sleep. Utah was beautiful, but the altitude did get to me, even though it isn't very high. I walked everywhere - except to the airport and back. It was hot, but not humid.
Convention was a blast! I had the best roommate - Marie Goetz! It was fun getting to know her and some of her fellow Ohio Consultants.
I am so very excited this year and rarin' to go!  Our new Idea Book goes live on August 1st and I love it. Then we also got a new Seasonal Expressions for September 1 through December 31st and I LOVE everything in it. I am NOT kidding. There are some gorgeous, exciting and fun new things that I can't wait to share with you all.  Keep reading because I will be posting photos of Convention and give you some sneak peaks of great things to come.
We had some truly inspirational speakers at Convention. And some great business classes. One in particular was about Social Media by Karen Pederson. I have so much to learn about systems I don't currently use now. So, I will be busy getting up to speed on some of that. Is there a book entitled "Instagram for Dummies"?  I need it!  Oh, I bet I can google it and learn all about it.  That is the first thing I am going to that I've caught up on my sleep!
So, I made some interesting observations about Salt Lake City. The Salt Palace was beautiful and easy to get to, plus so close to hotels and restaurants. It really was nice. I loved walking around the part of downtown that we were in. Here are my favorite things I observed:
  • Restaurants served real butter
  • The streets were so clean, it was impressive
  • There are huge rocks, boulders and landscaping around the streets (made for very calming and beautiful walks)
  • The UTA cable cars were pretty cool
  • Art also lined the streets and it was very interesting
  • From certain spots, I could peak at some mountains (no pun intended)
  • It's a dry heat
  • The weather was beautiful and so many of the streets had wonderful shade
  • They had bikes there, parked along the curbs that you could rent - if I though I could have ridden, I would have tried one...but it has been way too many years since I've been on a bike
  • The whole place seemed so conscious of the environment and keeping it beautiful
The idea of butter being served was so pleasant - there is nothing I dislike more than opening up a hot roll and spreading oleo (yes, I'm showing my age) and not having it spread and melt as gloriously as butter.  Hey, I'm just a country girl at heart.

Workshop is this Thursday - starting at 2 pm. We will be working with our Prickly Pear Kits. I love the cacti stamps and Thin Cuts.

July OPEN CROP days are July 15th and 29th - yes 2 Saturdays. The 29th will include the BIG REVEAL to present our 2017-2018 Idea Book, play a game or two and win prizes. Crops start at 11 am and go until you are too tired to crop another photo!  Bring your drink and a snack to share and a project or two...

I hope to see as many of you as possible! 

Thursday, May 11, 2017


I'm so excited.  Most of you know that May was already a special month for me, but now it is even more special:  It is National Scrapbooking month!  This month is going to be so busy for me.  I get to spend Wednesday through Saturday with my leader, Tina, and a few other CTMH Consultants working, eating and having some fun.  Tomorrow we are going to the Magic Kingdom.   I wonder if it will be hot?? LOL  That's the fun part.
Thursday, we all go to work - at Stamp and Scrapbook EXPO. Thursday is set-up day. That will be a ton of work. Thank goodness there are more than a few of us. 
Friday and Saturday will be fun and work. I love meeting all of the other crafters at EXPO. It's amazing how many of the same people I see year after year.  EXPO is wonderful.  I will be working for Tina this year. I actually met Tina in 2007 or 2009 (I can't remember exactly) at the EXPO. She is an amazing artist, motivator and friend.
Sunday, I may have to sleep all day! 
Since it is National Scrapbooking Month, Close To My Heart also has a fabulous Special to help us celebrate.  Yesterday I received my package and it is beautiful - as always! It includes the Live Beautifully Cut Above™  layout kit, a My Legacy™ album  (D-ring or post-bound), one Marvy® Uchida® LePen™ journaling pen, and one Tombow®  permanent adhesive.  It has everything needed to create some wonderful pages. Ok, so maybe Sunday I will be working on this lovely Kit. This kit is only available this month, while supplies last. You can get the layout kit alone or get a discount by buying it as part of an album bundle. And if you love the look of these pages, be sure to check out the coordinating Live Beautifully paper packet and My Acrylix® Live Beautifully stamp set!