Sunday, July 22, 2012

Close to My Heart Convention Recap/Retiring Products

Now, that I'm a little more rested from my week in Dallas for the Close to My Heart Convention, it's time for a recap of some of the fun had there. First of all, can I say I'm still on creative overload? There are always so many wonderful ideas and crafting goodness that I leave with my head spinning with all the things I want to create. If you've ever considered being a consultant, the opportunity to attend convention is well worth becoming one. (If you've considered it, let's talk--it's less expensive than ever to sign up). Here's just a few quick snapshots of some of the ideas featured at Extravaganza, a day of wonderful classes. And they are all made with new product that will be in the new Close to My Heart Idea Book that goes live August 1st!

These pinwheels were made by Victoria Fage with what I believe is going to be one of my favorite new paper packets, Clementine.

Michelle Snyder made this fabulous photo tray. Yes, we have photo trays in the new catalog! I'm very excited about this.
I don't know who made this fabulous air balloon but I LOVE it!
I also don't know who to give credit to for this table of wonderfulness but these are some colorful and gorgeous samples of what the Cricut Artiste Cartridge can do. It has so many fabulous new shapes and themed projects that you are absolutely going to need this one. (I just got mine and am dying to play with it).

And what is convention without fabulous fun? As a Senior Director with Close to My Heart, I was spoiled rotten. First of all, they took all the directors to dinner at Eddie Deen's where the rolls and the steak were a little bit of heaven. And they presented us with a bit of Texas bling.
And on Awards Night, I even got my own star on the Close to My Heart Walk of Fame!

And of course, my favorite part of convention is reconnecting with old friends and making new ones. I absolutely love the camaraderie amongst Close to My Heart consultants. We support one another through thick and thin and the encouragement, generosity and open sharing of ideas is truly amazing.

And I already talked about this fabulous woman (center) in my last blog post. Her convention speech on being enough and capturing the present was inspiring.

If you don't know much about Stacy Julian, you should. Check out her blog at and I do believe you will become a big fan in no time.

And of course, there was the catalog unveiling. I can't even go into all the goodness in this new one--home decor items, new colors, new paper, new stamps, new accessories, new Studio J announcements. It is going to take several posts. But I have catalogs now and you can being ordering from this catalog August 1st. Contact me and I'll make arrangements to get you one. You are going to love it!
And don't forget, with a new catalog, there are a few things that have to say goodbye. Close to My Heart will be retiring some paper packets, colors, and accessories. So order today if you still want any of these goodies because as of midnight on July 31st, they will be just a fond memory.

Retiring Colors (so that means all paper, ink pads, and reinkers in these colors will be gone):

Grey Wool
Grey Flannel
Vanilla Cream
Colonial White (ink and reinker only--cardstock will still be available)
Brown Bag
Baby Pink
Sunkiss Yellow
Key Lime
Heavenly Blue
Lilac Mist
Spring Iris
Holiday Red
Dutch Blue
Vineyard Berry
Garden Green
Pansy Purple
Note:  All markers in all colors will be retiring to make way for new alcohol based markers.
Retiring Paper Packets and coordinating stickease and accessories:
All current Workshops on the Go will be retiring as well.
Retiring accessories:
Sweet leaf grosgrain ribbon
Bottle Caps
Seaside Wooden shapes
Comic Badge Buttons
Heirloom Assortment
Lots of Dots Dimensional Element Alphabet
My Creations All-sorts Mini album
My Creations Mix n Mingle album
My Creations adorables
My Creations Cube
Craft Tray

I think that is all of it. You can order on my website or call me by the 31st to place your order.

Okay, now I'm off to play! With Stamp Club on Friday, I've got some creating to do. Take care all!

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