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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Happy Autumn

Happy Autumn everyone,
I am loving the cooler mornings, but it seems as if our hot summer days are continuing into Fall.  Tom & I golfed yesterday and I went through 2 visors, but decided to make it through 18 holes, I will need a minimum of 3 visors.  My game was so bad, I wanted to laugh and cry at the same time. Hopefully, I will do better on Thursday.

Last Saturday I was getting ready to go to a crop, but needed to clean up the kitchen a bit before I left. I had a plate in my hand and was going to put it in the dishwasher and somehow my leg bumped into the door and down I went!! I fell right on my tailbone - ouch!  It happened in slow motion, thank goodness, and I was able to catch myself.  I'm so thankful that I didn't seriously hurt myself.

I'm looking forward to our workshop this Thursday. We are going to have some Halloween fun.  Cats and Bats is on the menu. No we aren't going to eat cats and bats, we are going to make pages and cards with this adorable paper pack and embellishments. 

I will be on vacation starting October 15th for a week.  Yes, we do have a friend staying at the house to take care of Sarge.  Sarge is really going to miss us. He is so used to having us both home for the most part. Of course, I will miss him so much too.

I have such a busy week, I hope I make it through and get everything done. 2 doctor appointments, workshop, golf, bunko, etc.
See you soon,
#ctmh #colorpalette #memorykeepingmatters #exclusiveinks #stamping #ctmhfromtheheart

Monday, September 11, 2017

September 11, 2017

It is hard to think that 9-11 happened so long ago. While we, here in Florida, get busy cleaning up after hurricane IRMA, we cannot forget what happened to our country so many years ago.  I know in other places, they are seeing shows about 9-11, but our local channels are only showing the damages from IRMA, over and over again… So, it is a solemn day for everyone around the country. We can never forget the attack from humans.  A natural disaster is one thing, 9-11 is quite another.  

Blessings to all of you.  Thank God that we are safe.


Hurricane IRMA is bearing down on Florida as I write this. We have done all we can to prepare.  I plan on doing many crafts this weekend. Yesterday I went out a few times to check on some neighbors and finish up our patio clearing.  Quite a bit is in our eat-in kitchen area with only a few things in the garage. If we lose power, we will move the grill out to the garage to cook our food. I don’t plan on us losing power for too long; maybe wishful thinking.

More and more people in our neighborhood are boarding up their homes. Oh well, too late for us now. After it passes and the clean-up is complete, we may have to get the plywood and clamps for next time.  As we were draining our pool/spa Tom noticed that our pump is squirting water out of the tip of it…not good. We are now having constant rain and some wind gusts. I certainly won’t be walking much today and I feel so restless.

September is such a busy and wonderful month for Close To My Heart (CTMH). First it is National Stamping month so we have a very nice cardmaking kit that I know you will love. 


Next, CTMH has offered a very inspirational Stamp Set to help us get through all of the disasters going on right now – Hurricane Harvey clean-up and assistance, Hurrican IRMA right now, all of the fires out in the west/northwest. It is a set with sentiments, such as ‘tough times don’t last TOUGH People do’, ‘WE’RE IN THIS together’, ‘believe in miracles’ ‘KEEP CALM & Fight On’ and a few others. All proceeds (even Consultant commissions) go to the Red Cross.

My Acrylix® Stronger Together (C1716)
Set of 10
Recommended My Acrylix® blocks:
1" × 1" (Y1000), 1" × 3½" (Y1002), 2" × 2" (Y1003), 3" × 3" (Y1006), 2" × 3½" (Y1009)

$13.95 USD

I was falling asleep so I went to bed before I could finish this.

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
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