Join My Team in February

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Why I Love Being a CTMH Consultant

I won a set of Stamps of the Month at the 2016 Convention playing the Left-Right Game!

When you join my team during February, you will get three free Stamps of the Month.  That’s a great deal, but there are so many better reasons to become a CTMH Consultant.  Here’s an incomplete list of what I love about being a part of the CTMH family:

  • The Discount: I was a customer for years, when I finally realized that I was placing orders each month anyway, so why not get a discount as a Consultant. 
  • The Rewards: There are so many outstanding rewards you can earn as a Consultant.  One of my favorites is free product by meeting monthly sales goals.  As a new Consultant, when you reach Straight to the Top, you will earn select product credit, cash, stamps, a bag, a shirt, and a large organizer filled with product!  Some Consultants even earn incentive trips…how would you like to go to Thailand in 2018?!
  • Four “generations” of my CTMH family at Album Retreat!

    The Friendships: It didn’t take long for my priorities to change about being a Consultant.  I still love the product, but I stay for the people!  I have developed so many important friendships over the years with my customers and fellow consultants.  They truly are close to my heart!

  • The Travel: The BEST event of the year is Convention!  That’s where I get to see all my friends and learn about new products and programs from CTMH.  We also get to take home a lot of FREE product!  If you plan on becoming a Consultant, my advice to you is to attend as many CTMH events as possible.  You will learn so much and be inspired to make your business grow.
  • The Home Office Team at the 2016 Convention!

    The Freedom: Yet, sometimes we don’t want our business to grow.  We have enough on our plates and are satisfied meeting our quarterly minimums.  You know what?  That’s okay!  This is YOUR business and you get to run it as you see fit.  I love that there is no pressure other than what I put on myself.

  • The Education: I’m a life-long learner, and I get so excited every time Home Office releases a new training on the Consultant website.  It is filled with training courses, videos, and a listening library.  They will teach you everything you need to know about being a Consultant.
  • We found Sticky Boy at the 2016 Seasonal Launch Event in Portland, OR!

    The Opportunity to Teach: I’m a teacher.  I love to share what I know with others and watch them grow and succeed.  CTMH has provided me with the opportunity to share my passion for memory keeping and paper crafting in a variety of ways, from home workshops to crops to online classes to presentations at Home Office events. 

  • The Hunt for Sticky Boy (and Girl)! CTMH has forever ruined every other conference that I attend because of Sticky Boy!  Sticky Boy was the prototype for CTMH’s My Acrylix® clear stamps.  During events, Consultants with a keen eye can spot Sticky Boy and take him home.  Finding Sticky Boy is one of the highlights of Convention for me!  Over the years, I have found 15 Sticky Boys and one Sticky Girl.  I even won a giant Sticky Boy in a dance contest…that’s how much I love Sticky Boy!

I could go on and on, but I’ll stop here.  I hope you will join my team and meet me in SLC for Convention this year!

I’ll leave you with this little video about Sticky Boy!














Celebrate National Scrapbooking Month

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National Scrapbooking Month is Here!

National Scrapbooking Month is here, and that means that summer is right around the corner!  Are you ready for a Taste of Summer? I know that I’m counting down the days until school ends and I am free to play. I have lots of plans for the summer that involve creative play in the sense of getting outside and enjoying nature, updating my blog and filming online workshops, and exploring the programs I’m using for my video game design course. Yes, that one is for school, but it is still a major form of play for me! I’m also looking forward to exploring my creativity through papercrafting. After taking nearly a year-long break from memory keeping, I’m finding it hard to get back into scrapbooking, so I’m going to focus my time on making cards…and actually sending them! I’m also finding that I’m having fun creating gift items for people, and that’s the first class I’m going to share with you.

Get Your Free Taste of Summer Online Workshop

So, here’s how it works. Simply purchase $25 or more on my website by the end of May, and I will send you a link to the online video workshop. Your purchase must include at least one set of the Taste of Summer paper. Remember, it is only $8.95 and there are no purchasing requirements or quantity limits! This is a sweet deal to celebrate National Scrapbooking Month! I’ll also include the workshops featured in this video.

Taste of Summer Workshop Supplies

The following are what you will need to complete the projects:

TOS1Taste of Summer Mini-Album

  • CC1038 Taste of Summer Paper Packet
  • CC1039 Taste of Summer Stamp Set
  • S1505 Just Sayin’ May 2015 Stamp of the Month (this is only $5 with a $50 purchase!)
  • Z2640 Thistle Exclusive Inks™
  • Z2162 Honey Exclusive Inks™
  • Z2643 Canary Exclusive Inks™
  • Z2155 Topiary Exclusive Inks™
  • Z2173 Slate Exclusive Inks™
  • 12×12 Cardstocks – (1) – Thistle, (1)- Canary, (1) – Honey, (2) – White Daisy, scrap of Topiary
    • X5940 Whimsy Cardstock Combo Pack
    • X5935 Adventure Cardstock Combo Pack
    • 1385 White Daisy Cardstock
  • Y1009 2 x 3 1/2 Block
  • Paper TOS2Trimmer with cutting and scoring blade or Score Board (12×12 is easier to use)
  • Exacto Knife
  • Z1912 Corner Rounder
  • Strong Adhesive
    • 1512 Bonding Memories Glue
    • Z1904 Base & Bling Adhesive Strips
  • Z534 Micro-tip Scissors
  • Z1263 Bitty Sparkles
  • Z1924 Dot Embossing Folder
  • Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape
  • Z1805 (1) Hook and Loop Dot (aka Velcro)
  • Z1204 Bone Folder
  • 1778 Spritz Cleaner
  • Z1782 Stamp Scrubber
  • Extras to further embellish:
    • Shin Han Markers – Z2462 Peony Purple and Z2452 Golden Yellow to color sparkles
    • Z1752 Clear Sparkles Assortment
    • Z2045 All Purpose Mat (allows you to get glue all the way to the edge)
    • Z1207 Rub and Remove Eraser (lets you remove any excess adhesive)
    • M1050 Mini Calendar Stamp


1505-cc-nsm-layout-01-us_caYou Make Me Happy & Life is Grand layouts

  • D1647 Documenting Moments
  • CC1038 Taste of Summer Paper Packet
  • 1385White Daisy Cardstock
  • Z2105 Black Exclusive Inks™
  • Z3024 White Shimmer Trim
  • Z2013 Sequins Silver Assortment
  • Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape
  • Z1979 Marvy® Uchida® LePen™ Journaling Pen
  • Y1000 1″ x 1″ Block
  • Y1002 1″ x 3½” Block
  • Y1003 2″ x 2″ Block
  • Y1006 3″ x 3″ Block


1505-cc-nsm-cards-01-us_caTaste of Summer Cards

  • D1646 Finding the Words
  • CC1038 Taste of Summer Paper Packet
  • X254 White Cards & Envelopes Value Pack
  • Z2105 Black Exclusive Inks™
  • Z2643 Canary Exclusive Inks™
  • Z2191 Sunset Exclusive Inks™
  • Z1799 Silver Shimmer Trim
  • Z1263 Bitty Sparkles
  • Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape
  • Y1000 1″ x 1″ Block
  • Y1002 1″ x 3½” Block
  • Y1010 2″ x 6½” Block


1504-se-coverSeasonal Expressions 2

When you place your online order, don’t forget to add the Seasonal Expressions 2 idea book to your cart for free!  As always, you can purchase the Annual Inspirations book using item # WC1151.  Both idea books are good through the end of August.

Close To My Heart Studio J Intro

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Tool Tip Tuesday:  Studio J

If you have spent any time on my blog at all, you know that I love Studio JStudio J solves a lot of problems that people have when it comes to memory keeping.  The biggest complaint…lack of time!  Studio J has Express Collections that allow you to complete layouts in minutes by simply dropping in your photos and adding a little journaling.  It really does not get any easier than that.  The other problem that it solves is a perceived lack of creativity.  If you don’t feel creative, start with the Express Collections.  Soon you will gain confidence and move on to the regular templates which allow you to modify color choices and more.  Eventually, you will want to try your hand at the No Limits layouts and design from a blank canvas!  Studio J also saves you money.  A double-page spread (aka Layout) is only $6.95…that’s it!  You don’t pay for kits, embellishments, templates, or software.  You simply pay for the layouts you receive in the mail.  It’s an amazing savings over other forms of digital scrapbooking.

Studio J Introduction

I uploaded several of my Studio J videos on Curious and created the following video as an introduction to my course.  I’m currently creating a new course that will be exclusive to Curious, so stay tuned for more information!


Save Money on Studio J Layouts in March!

The good news is that you can save even more money on your Studio J layouts this month…they are only $5!  The bad news is that the month is 1/2 over.  Check out the following video from CTMH for more information:

Studio J Portfolio

To really get the most out of this memory keeping tool, I invite you to view my Studio J Portfolio for more ideas.  Don’t forget to watch my other tutorials on YouTube.


Close To My Heart Spring-Summer 2014 Idea Book

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Welcome to my online CTMH Spring-Summer 2014 Idea Book launch party! This video walks you through the first few pages of the new Idea Book and shows you where to look for more…including Studio J to see all the new paper up close. Visit my blog at to follow along with the video.

Idea Book Highlights

Close To My Heart Spring Summer 2014 Idea Book

to order from this Idea Book.

  • Hostess Rewards Stamps: everything from unicorns to celebrating spring holidays
  • Stamps of the Month: cute foxes in February, awesome speech bubbles in April, to an eclectic alpha in July
  • THE PAPERS!  I seriously love all of them this time.
  • Idea Book Art: the art department continues to give us samples that are artistic, right on trend, and can be duplicated easily
  • Stamp Sets:  There is something for everyone.
  • Picture My Life:  I can’t wait to scrapbook my childhood photos/memories with this system.
  • Base & Bling:  Love the idea of creating my own wearable crafts.  Plus, I’m going to use the charms on my layouts.
  • Fun Accessories:  Lagoon Zipper Ribbon, Purple & Teal Shimmer Trim, more Washi Tape, Pink Glitter Paper, Paper Fundamentals Assortment, Embossing Folders, New Albums & Divided Page Protectors
  • Sponge Dauber Value Pack:  A huge shout out to CTMH for adding this!  I requested it at album retreat and they made it happen.  I’m sure it wasn’t just me, but it makes me happy anyway.



Cricut Craft Room CTMH Display Tray

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Welcome to Studio Scrapping with Amy! This video shows you how to create a Close To My Heart Display Tray in the Cricut Craft Room. Visit my blog at
and click on the Freebies link to download the CCR file for this project.

Stitching on Paper

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Welcome to Studio Scrapping with Amy! This video walks you through the different options for sewing on paper from using a sewing machine to hand stitching to faux stitching to stamping. You’ll see all four styles and get to decide which is best for your project. If you have any questions, please visit my blog at

CTMH Studio J Tutorial #21 (True Friend Frames with Photoshop Layered Template)

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Welcome to Studio Scrapping with Amy Ulen! This video is the fourth in my Photoshop series and comes with FREE downloads! You’ll find the downloads under the Freebies tab at
I hope you will follow my blog while you are there. In this video, I briefly show you how I created my own background paper and photo clusters using the FREE clipping mask download from my blog. I hope you’ll post your completed layouts on my Facebook page at
Leave a comment here with some love to let me know how you like the download. Please visit
and become a subscriber so that you don’t miss any of the videos in my Photoshop series or the free downloads!

CTMH Quick Tip #10 (Ordering Online & Newsletter)

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Welcome to Studio Scrapping with Amy Ulen! This video shows you how to enter my current (June 2012) mystery hostess contest by joining my online gathering, Last Call for Stampaganza! I also show you how to register for my newsletter which will go out on or near the first of each month. As always, you’ll find more information on my blog at
I hope you will follow my blog while you are there.

CTMH Studio J Tutorial #20 (One Photo in Multiple Wells)

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Welcome to Studio Scrapping with Amy Ulen! This video shows you how to quickly bring a focal photo to life by dropping it in multiple photo wells. I absolutely love how easy it is to enlarge photos with Studio J! Please visit my blog at
for more details. I enjoy seeing what you have learned from my tutorials, so I also hope you’ll post your completed Studio J layouts on my Facebook page at

CTMH Studio J Tutorial #19 (3D Text)

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Welcome to Studio Scrapping with Amy Ulen! This video is my application video for teaching at the Close To My Heart 2012 Extravaganza. I love Studio J and want to share all my tips and tricks with my fellow consultants at Convention. In this video, you will learn to layer three different text colors to create a highlight and shadow for your titles. Please visit my blog at
I also hope you’ll post your completed layouts using this 3D technique on my Facebook page at

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