Monday, July 25, 2016

Being a Consultant with Close To My Heart

In May of this year, I marked my five-year anniversary as a consultant with Close To My Heart. I absolutely love this company, and I have had a great time over the past five years. I initially signed up mostly to get the discount for myself, but I have really enjoyed turning it into a successful business over the past year or so. I have met some great friends, learned so much, and been able to make beautiful cards and scrapbook layouts with CTMH's fabulous product lines. I now have a monthly hostess club running, and I have ladies who get together every month to preserve their memories and make cards to send to loved ones.

I also want to start building my team. In the past I haven't been very bold about sharing the CTMH opportunity because I didn't want to bother people, but I am realizing that I'm not bothering people if I'm sharing something with them that they may love! I want to get better at sharing this opportunity because it's so wonderful! Close To My Heart is a great company that really supports their consultants, and I think anyone who joins them as a consultant will really benefit from and love the experience.

If you love scrapbooking, cardmaking, or any other type of paper crafting, you should really consider signing up with Close To My Heart. As I've said before, they are very supportive and helpful to their consultants, and this company really tries to make a difference with their Operation Smile donations and support. They sell high-quality products, and we have the best acrylic stamps in the industry! They are always on-trend and are constantly requesting feedback from consultants and willing to change things to meet our needs. In addition to all that, we get lots of free product! And as a new consultant, you'll get a great starter kit to get you going!

The kit for new consultants is only $75, but you will receive over $200 in product! Plus, you will get an additional $50 in product credit to spend on new products of your choice!

But wait - it gets better! If you sign up in July, Close To My Heart is throwing in another $30+ in free product!

When you sign up in July, you will receive your choice of a new Fundamentals paper packet bundled with its coordinating complements for FREE! This is a great way to get your business started!

If you are interested in learning more or are wanting to sign up right away, click here or contact me. I would love to talk to you more about the opportunities you can have with Close To My Heart!

Bethany Rielage

Friday, July 15, 2016

July Scrapbooking Workshop - Magical

For my July scrapbooking workshop, we will be using the Workshops Your Way Magical Scrapbooking Kit.

This workshop kit retails for $26.95 and provides you with enough materials to create three 12x12 two-page layouts and one two-page pocket page layout. It also provides you with the paper and embellishments for 9 cards! With this kit you receive a full Magical Paper Packet, 1 pack of Magical Complements, one roll of White Twine, one pack of Magical Sequins, and four sheets of cardstock (3 White Daisy and 1 Sapphire).

Here are the layouts we'll be creating:

In order to participate in the workshop, you will simply need to purchase the Magical workshop ahead of time and bring any necessary tools and adhesive with you. If you would like me to purchase the kit for you, the cost is $35, which covers shipping and tax.

Date and Time:
This workshop is scheduled for Friday, July 29th, and I have two workshop times available that day. You can come from 1:00-3:00 in the afternoon or from 6:30-8:30 in the evening.

Sign-up Deadline:
The deadline for signing up for this workshop is Wednesday, July 27, but you will need to order your kit no later than July 20 in order for it to arrive in time. Space is limited so sign up soon. You can email, call, or text me to sign up.

Optional Additional Services:
$5 - I will provide any adhesive you need, including foam tape.
$5 - I will cut all of your paper ahead of time so you can just assemble and decorate the layouts the day of the workshop. If you would like this option, I need to have your kit by Tuesday, July 26.

This workshop will take place at my home; if you need my address or directions, please contact me.

I will also have information out in the next few days about the additional cards you can make with this kit!

Let me know if you have any questions, and I hope to see you later this month!

Bethany Rielage

Thursday, July 14, 2016

July Specials from Close To My Heart

Sorry for the absence from my blog - we moved and then I had a procedure on my eyes, which has left my vision blurry for about two weeks. Hopefully it'll clear up soon, but in the meantime, I'm determined to post something!

July is an exciting month for Close To My Heart. It's the last month for the current Annual Inspirations Idea Book, the July stamp of the month is great, and there's a fabulous special for new consultants!


Retiring Items!

Many stamp sets, paper packets, and accessories are all retiring at the end of July. You can check them all out at the link below. But don't wait too long! All these items are only available while supplies last!


July Stamp of the Month - From the Notebook

Each month you can purchase a new D-size stamp set, available for one month only, for just $5.00! When you place an order of $50 or more in Close To My Heart products, you qualify for this special Stamp of the Month pricing.

This month's stamp of the month is awesome for scrapbooking, but it could also be used on cards. Hopefully I'll be able to post a few ideas later this month!


Early Bird Sign-Up Special!

Join the Close To My Heart family of Consultants this month to get your choice of a FREE Fundamentals paper packet bundled together with its coordinating Complements. These brand new products won’t be released to the public until August, so joining today is your chance to get them first! When you sign up, you also get $50 in Select Product Credit to spend on more new products, including the newest stamps, paper packs, and cardstock colors!

If you have any questions about anything I've mentioned above, or if you would like to sign up as a consultant this month and get the great new free products, please contact me! You can email, call, or text me.

Bethany Rielage


Thursday, June 2, 2016

June Deals from Close To My Heart

I can't believe June is already here! There's lots of fun stuff happening this month, including Close To My Heart's annual convention! I'll be posting more information about that later, but for now I want to share with you the specials for June.

June Flash Sale!

During the month of June, Close To My Heart is offering great deals on bundles of discounted products every weekend! Check my website ( each Friday during June to find a new set of bundles. There will be lots to choose from, but you’ll need to snatch them up quickly, because they’re only available through the following Monday while supplies last! Bundles will be available at various discount levels and price points throughout the month, so check every weekend to see the new offerings. Remember, these discounts won’t last forever, and some will be gone in a flash, so act quickly to score the best deals!

Friday, June 3, 2016 at 3:00 pm (MDT) – Monday, June 6, 2016 at 3:00 pm (MDT)
Friday, June 10, 2016 at 3:00 pm (MDT) – Monday, June 13, 2016 at 3:00 pm (MDT)
Friday, June 17, 2016 at 3:00 pm (MDT) – Monday, June 20, 2016 at 3:00 pm (MDT)
Friday, June 24, 2016 at 3:00 pm (MDT) – Monday, June 27, 2016 at 3:00 pm (MDT)


June Stamp of the Month - The Long Way Home

Each month you can purchase a new D-size stamp set, available for one month only, for just $5.00! When you place an order of $50 or more in Close To My Heart products, you qualify for this special Stamp of the Month pricing.

This stamp set is perfect for scrapbooking all those fun summer vacations!


Retiring Items
The Annual Inspirations idea book is only good until the end of July, and many items will be retiring. All of the items on the retiring list are now only available while supplies, so be sure to get your favorites soon!
  • G1096 Workshops on the Go® Zoe Scrapbooking Kit
  • G1097 Workshops on the Go® Sangria Scrapbooking Kit
  • G1100 Workshops on the Go® La Vie En Rose Scrapbooking Kit
  • G1101 Workshops on the Go® Kaleidoscope Cardmaking Kit
  • G1102 Workshops on the Go® Georgie Scrapbooking Kit
  • G1103 Workshops on the Go® Urban Scrapbooking Kit
  • X7197B My Reflections™ Zoe Paper Packet
  • X7197C Zoe Complements
  • X7199B My Reflections™ Sangria Paper Packet
  • X7199C Sangria Complements
  • X7201B My Reflections™ La Vie En Rose Paper Packet
  • X7201C La Vie En Rose Complements
  • X7202B My Reflections™ Kaleidoscope Paper Packet
  • X7202C Kaleidoscope Complements
  • X7203B My Reflections™ Georgie Paper Packet
  • X7203C Georgie Complements
  • X7204B My Reflections™ Urban Paper Packet
  • X7204C Urban Complements
  • Z1475 3" x 3" White Daisy Envelopes
  • Z1476 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" White Daisy Envelopes
  • Z1477 5" x 7" White Daisy Envelopes
  • Z1478 6" x 6" White Daisy Envelopes
  • Z1725 Adhesive Springs
  • Z1750 Display Tray
  • Z1752 Sparkles Clear Assortment
  • Z1756 3" x 3" Colonial White Envelopes
  • Z1757 4.25 x 5.5 Colonial White Envelopes
  • Z1758 5" x 7" Colonial White Envelopes
  • Z1759 6" x 6" Colonial White Envelopes
  • Z1816 Durables Artisan Studs
  • Z1833 My Creations® Kraft Container
  • Z1838 5 x 7 Hinged Display Tray
  • Z1849 Bronze Shimmer Trim
  • Z1851 Scallop Border Punch
  • Z1853 Aqua Dots
  • Z1871 My Creations® Kraft 3-Ring Album
  • Z1903 Base & Bling Adhesive Dots
  • Z1904 Base & Bling Adhesive Strips
  • Z1918 Teal Shimmer Trim
  • Z1919 Purple Shimmer Trim
  • Z1922 Pink Glitter Paper
  • Z1924 Dot Embossing Folder
  • Z1925 Chevron Embossing Folder
  • Z1926 Quatrefoil Embossing Folder
  • Z1927 Damask Embossing Folder
  • Z1928 Durables Triangle Studs
  • Z1934 Flamingo Dots
  • Z1953 My Creations® Journaling Cards Box
  • Z1956 Hip Pics Album
  • Z1960 Stripe Embossing Folder
  • Z1980 My Legacy Cocoa Damask D-Ring Album
  • Z1981 My Legacy Slate Circles D-Ring Album
  • Z1982 My Legacy Cocoa Damask Post Bound Album
  • Z1983 My Legacy Slate Cirlces Post Bound Album
  • Z1986 Pink Shimmer Trim
  • Z1991 Teal Glitter Paper
  • Z1992 Purple Glitter Paper
  • Z1993 Arrow Embossing Folder
  • Z1994 Floral Embossing Folder
  • Z1995 Honeycomb Embossing Folder
  • Z1996 Woodgrain Embossing Folder
  • Z1997 Triangle Border Punch
  • Z1998 Chevron Border Punch
  • Z2006 Designed Décor Red Magnetic Chalkboard
  • Z2009 Red Enamel Hearts
  • Z2010 White Enamel Stars
  • Z2015 Designed Décor Black Shadow Box
  • Z2016 Designed Décor Colonial White Shadow Box
  • Z2023 Bling Gems Gold Assortment
  • Z2028 Designer Creations Short Stack Album
  • Z2036 Designer Creations Slate Paper Bags
  • Z2037 Designer Creations Lagoon Paper Bags
  • Z2038 Designer Creations Ruby Paper Bags
  • Z2039 Designer Creations Honey Paper Bags
  • Z2049 Designer Creations Cupcake Box
  • Z2050 Designer Creations Takeout Box
  • Z2053 Designer Creations Buttoned Bag
  • Z2054 Base & Bling Journey Style Sheet
  • Z2055 Base & Bling Signature Style Sheet
  • Z2090 My Legacy Lagoon Chevron D-Ring Album
  • Z2091 My Legacy Ruby Floral D-Ring Album
  • Z2092 My Legacy Lagoon Chevron Post Bound Album
  • Z2093 My Legacy Ruby Floral Post Bound Album
  • Z3018 Heart Embossing Folder
  • Z3019 Vine Embossing Folder
  • Z3020 Diamond Embossing Folder
  • Z3021 Scallop Embossing Folder
  • Z3025 Blue Shimmer Trim
  • Z3032 Rolling Tote
  • Z3034 My Legacy Black D-Ring Album
  • Z3035 Pixie Extra Thick Twine
  • Z3036 Flaxen Extra Thick Twine
  • Z3039 Glacier Extra Thick Twine
  • Z3040 Thistle Extra Thick Twine
  • Z3043 My Creations™ Black Mini Book
  • Z3044 My Creations™ Kraft Mini Book
  • Z3069 My Creations™ Mini Mix Album
  • Z3070 My Creations™ Mini Folio
  • Z3078 La Vie En Rose Assortment
  • Z3079 Urban Assortment
  • Z3082 Zoe Assortment
  • Z3084 Sangria Assortment
  • Z3085 Kaleidoscope Assortment
  • Z3092 Georgie Assortment
  • Z3114 Roller Stamp This Happened
  • Z3115 Roller Stamp Day-to-Day
  • Z3137 My Creations™ Pint-Sized Container
  • Z3145 Picture My Life Overlay Black
  • Z3147 Cut Above™ Dapper Giraffe Card Kit
  • Z3148 Cut Above™ Beautiful Blossoms Card Kit
  • Z3168 Cricut® Artfully Sent Collection
  • Z3170 Cricut® Artiste Collection
  • Z3171 Cricut® Art Philosophy Collection
  • Z3173 Base & Bling Affirmations Style Sheet
  • Z3174 Base & Bling Lovely Blooms Style Sheet
  • Z3177 Picture My Life™ Through the Year Scrapbooking Program
  • Z3178 Picture My Life™ Childhood Scrapbooking Program
  • Z3179 Picture My Life™ Georgie Scrapbooking Program
  • Z3180 Picture My Life™ Going Places Scrapbooking Program
  • Z3181 Picture My Life™ Beautiful You Scrapbooking Program
  • Z3182 Instalife™ Album–Berry
  • Z3183 Instalife™ Album–Teal
  • Z3186 Instalife™ Cards–Colorful Me
  • Z3187 Instalife™ Cards–The Bright Side

The list of stamp sets that are retiring can be found at the link below. Just scroll down to find the list retiring on July 31.

If you have any questions about anything, please let me know! You can email, call, or text me.

Bethany Rielage


Thursday, May 26, 2016

New Calypso Workshop for June!

I'm excited to share with you all the details for a new workshop I'm having in June! This workshop will be a scrapbooking and/or cardmaking workshop because you get to choose whether to make a scrapbooking layout, some cards, or both!

This workshop will take place at MUGS Coffee in Anderson. I have been looking for a location outside of my home to hold workshops, and I think MUGS Coffee will be perfect. Besides having a side room with a big table, we can also purchase yummy coffee and snacks!

So here's what we'll be making! For June's workshop we will use the Calypso Paper Packet, which is Close To My Heart's featured paper packet for June.

Here's the scrapbooking layout we will put together:

This layout gives you space for seven pictures, and it's pretty simple to put together.

In addition to paper from the Calypso Paper Packet, this layout also features the fun Beach Life stamp set.

We will also embellish the layout with some Calypso Sequins and some of the fun flamingo tape from the Calypso Washi Pack.


Here are the cards you can make. You will make two of each of the five designs.

And here are the cards in more detail:

These fun cards feature the stamp set Tickled Pink.

This stamp set is so much fun to play with, and I love the sentiments. There are also coordinating Thin Cuts, which make the flamingos so easy to cut out!


Here are the details for the workshop:
  • Date: Monday, June 13
  • Time: 6:30-8:30 p.m.
  • Location: MUGS Coffee (1909 University Blvd. in Anderson)
  • Cost: $8.00 - $20.00 (see options below)

I know not everyone enjoys both scrapbooking and cardmaking, so I wanted to give you some options for this workshop. You can choose from one of the three options below:
  • $8.00 - make one two-page scrapbooking layout
  • $15.00 - make 10 cards (two each of five different designs)
  • $20.00 - make BOTH the scrapbooking layout and 10 cards

I will supply all the tools, embellishments, stamps, and inks, and I will have all of your paper pre-cut and ready to go for you. All you need to bring is adhesive!

Since this is the first time I'm doing a workshop like this and the first time I'm holding one at MUGS, I am limiting the workshop to six people. I will be advertising this to a broader audience since I'm not holding the workshop at my home, so I expect it to fill up quickly. If there's enough interest, I will try to hold a second workshop.

If you want to come, please email, call, or text me as soon as possible and let me know which option you are choosing. The deadline for signing up is Friday, June 10.

I look forward to seeing you in June!

Bethany Rielage


Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Happy Times and Celebrate with Cake

May has been such a fun month with Close To My Heart! I have really enjoyed creating both cards and scrapbooking layouts with the Happy Times paper packet and stamp set. Both of these are only available during the month of May, and you can even get the paper packet for FREE with a qualifying purchase.

I also really love the May stamp of the month - Celebrate with Cake. It's so versatile and fun for both stamping or coloring.

Today I thought I'd share a card that uses both the Celebrate with Cake stamp of the month and the Happy Times paper packet.

It's a fairly simple card - nice and flat for mailing too! I used two different papers from the Happy Times paper packet and then stamped a couple layers of cake with coordinating ink colors. For this card I used Glacier, Canary, and Blush (retired). I then stamped "Celebrate" at the top and added some White & Gold Ribbon to the corners. I attached the stamped piece with thin foam tape, and I was done!

There's only one more week to take advantage of the May specials from Close To My Heart, so make sure you don't miss out!

Bethany Rielage

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Happy Times Layouts!

This month has been crazy for me and my family, but I finally found some time yesterday and today to finish up some scrapbooking layouts I've been working on.

I absolutely love the special Happy Times paper packet that Close To My Heart is offering during the month of May. It's beautiful and has been so much fun to play with!

The paper packet is free with a $60 order, or you can purchase it for $14.95. There's also a coordinating stamp set that is $17.95.

There is a Happy Times scrapbooking workshop that Close To My Heart provided to all consultants, but I wanted to tweak things a little bit and create my own layouts.

During the month of April, I realized that the Happy Times paper packet coordinated really well with the Picture My Life Love My Selfie collection. Unfortunately, those cards are no longer available, but I know some of you have already purchased them. If you don't have those cards, you could substitute the Picture My Life Watercolor - Gold cards or possibly the Picture My Life Through the Year cards.

Here are the four two-page layouts that I created with the Happy Times paper packet, the Love Your Selfie Picture My Life cards, and the Happy Times stamp set.




In addition to the products mentioned above, I also used the Sequins Gold Assortment, the Glacier Fundamental Assortment, and the Glacier Extra Thick Twine.

If you are interested in completing these layouts, I will be offering my assistance in putting them together as a workshop for next month. All you need to do is purchase the necessary supplies from me or through my website, and I'll let you know when I get some dates scheduled. I will provide a cutting guide and personal instruction for those who purchase the supplies and attend the workshop.

Here are the necessary supplies:
Happy Times paper packet
Happy Times stamp set
- Picture My Life collection (Love Your Selfie (retired), Watercolor - Gold, or Through the Year)
Sequins Gold Assortment
Glacier Fundamental Assortment
Glacier Extra Thick Twine
- Extra cardstock: 3 sheets White Daisy, 2 sheets Pomegranate, 2 sheets Creme Brûlée (retired)
- Stamp pads: Pomegranate, Canary, Blush (retired), Honey

If you already have some of these supplies, there's no need to purchase them again. Just get whatever supplies you will need to complete the layouts. And if you purchase all the necessary supplies, you'll get the Happy Times paper packet for free!

Optional Additional Services:
$5 - I will cut all of your papers for you ahead of time.
$3 - I will provide any stamps and ink if you would prefer to not purchase your own.
$5 - I will provide any adhesive you need, including foam tape.
$5 - I will provide the individual sheets of cardstock to supplement the Happy Times paper packet.

If you have any questions, please let me know, and be sure to get your Happy Times products before the end of the month. The paper packet is only available while supplies last, so there's a chance it could sell out early, so don't wait too long!

Bethany Rielage