Wednesday, October 28, 2009

On the verge of a big success-marker!

Don't you just love accomplishing something you never thought you could! I've had this privilege a few times in life and it aways surprises me. I graduated Cum Laude from college and I never ever thought I could pull that off! In high school I was much more concerned with cheerleading and boys than making grades. Well, after setback after setback in my "real career" this recession hit and my construction design job was put on pause for the foreseeable future. I started my CTMH business in August after teaching scrapbooking to little girls at church camp and loving it. I know, I may have blogged about that already. Anyway, CTMH sets goals for us and I think it's great that they do that. But, when I saw that a sales goal on my agenda was set for Nov. 1st I assumed I would never reach it. After all, I'm just starting out and I'm not a great salesperson, I just love to scrapbook. But, here I am only four days from that date and the prize is in sight!! In fact I only need about $110 in orders to hit it! I just love accomplishing something I didn't know I could. I sent out e-mails to all my Connections Club members letting them know that if they help me with this last little bit, I fully intend to shower them with goodies over the coming months. The prize isn't worth nearly as much to me as that feeling of accomplishment. Plus there's the added suspense of coming down to the wire. I'm a high school football lover and I get absolutely high on those close games! I guess it's the cheerleader in me. I was trying to figure out a way to put a clock on my blog or my website and a tally board showing how much time is left and how many dollars are needed. This business has been an adventure so far and I'm so grateful for it. I'm making new friends all the time and have developed relationships with other consultants from all around the country. It's very exciting.

I'll close with a little artwork. And G-O, go Connections Club!!!
Independant Close To My Heart Consultant
want a little..... place an order
want a lot........ host a gathering
want it all......... join my team

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Bachelor's Degree

I just earned my Close to My Heart Bachelors Degree!! Yeah! I'm so excited about my new business and the online courses are terrific for learning everything from Creativity to Leadership skills. I'll get started on my Masters tomorrow. I'm also excited about the events I have coming up. I'm holding a Mystery Hostess event next weekend that grew out of just one hostess not wanting to wait to see the goodies (she's holding her gathering in Dec.). My mom goes all out with the Halloween decorations so, I'm having it at her house. We'll be having a costume contest, making Halloween cards with the great Halloween stamp sets, and of course select that Mystery Hostess! I'm also going to be promoting the upcoming Studio J!! We'll be watching the promotion video on big screen t.v. Check back for pictures, it's gonna be great!

After completing the Leadership course I just did to complete my degree I'm feeling anxious to build my team. Mostly because I need someone to be excited with! I have some great ideas for events that will work better as a team rather than a single consultant.

Of course, I can't close out this blog without including some artwork! I've been working with my sanding kit and doing some dry embossing lately. Here is one of the cards I created.

Monday, October 5, 2009

I love Football Season!

Autumn is my favorite time of the year. I like to see the leaves turn golden and break out the hoodies!! Us country folk love our hoodies. This year brings extra excitement because my son is playing football. Not only do I love to watch and cheer for football, I recently discovered I love to scrapbook it too!! I made this layout to celebrate my son's rookie year (uh, oh. Is that strictly a baseball term?). Anyway, I used the nice, big Rustic Alphabet stamp set for my "IMPACT" title and used second generation stamping to make a second set for a shadow effect. The mock-football field I created along the bottom of the page wow'd everyone at my most recent gathering and it was so simple to make. I used a dry embossing technique to create my lines, evenly spaced, and then lightly sanded the paper to reveal the white core of the cardstock. Then I simply stamped little numbers for the yard-lines. This was a fun project and I'm looking forward to creating more artwork for my son's football memories.