Monday, April 18, 2016


Would you love to WIN the Close to My Heart Cricut 'Artfully Sent' Collection? It's a Value of $99 and I'll even ship it RIGHT TO the doorstep of your own Craftroom! 

To Enter just Hop over to my Business Facebook Page and 'Like & Share' the Pinned post at the top of the page! 

Leave me a comment letting me know you've done this for your entry! Easy as can BE! 

You can 'Share & Comment' Once PER DAY throughout the Month of April! The more you SHARE the more entries you will receive! 

I will draw the Winner May 1st! 

While you're visiting my page, feel free to 'Like/Subscribe' and click the 'receive notifications' link to keep up to date on my newest Workshops and Kits available, be notified of open contests & giveaways, and to stay current on Close to My Heart Products (and so much more!) 

Thank you for joining me today! You are a Blessing to me! 

Saturday, April 2, 2016

'City Limits' Workshop with Cutting Files!

I'm so Excited to share my latest workshop with you! I Love the 'Twist' put on the formal looking LaVie En Rose Paper Collection just by adding in the 'City Limits' Instalife Cards! 

What do ya think?!

 I am IN LOVE with this Workshop! Let's just get right to the Important stuff! 

I stretched the supplies to create (12) 12" X 12" Scrapbook pages! I'm SO pleased with each of them! I  hope you enjoy them as well! 

Let's Have a closer look! 

Layout #1 

Layout #2

Layout #3

Layout #4

Layout #5

Layout #6

Didn't they turn out Great?! You'd never even believe this paper was 'formal' themed, huh?! :) 

Just like  my previous workshop packages, I will send the files and cutting guide via email to my customers ordering the workshop supplies (see supply list below) from my CTMH Shopping website.

I spend Hours and Hours (Days and Days) working on my files and I am super proud of them! As you can see, they are both professional as well as easy to read.

The entire set of files include; 
- 'City Limits' Welcome Letter/Cover Sheet
- 'City Limits' (Newly Condensed) 10-page color cutting guide 
- 'City Limits' 'The Rest of the Story' 
(Photo suggestions, additional notes and tips to assist with workshop completion) 
- Detailed colored photos of each of the (12) 12" X 12" Pages.
- 'City Limits' InstaLife Card Diagram

Fellow Close to My Heart Consultants are also welcome to order these files to use in support of their own business! Yes, this means you can copy/print/distribute these files to your own customers and hold your own events using my designs and files! 

Close to My Heart Consultants may place any order of $25 on my CTMH Shopping Website to qualify to receive the files for free! 

Close to My Heart Consultants who live OUTSIDE the United States are invited to EMAIL ME to discuss their option of purchasing the files to use for their own business! 

Consultants receiving this workshop will also receive...
- CTMH Consultant Release Form
- CTMH Consultant Information
(Supply List, suggested coordinating 'up sell' items, etc.) 

Supply List;
-       La Vie En Rose Paper Packet #X7201B $9.95
-       Instalife Cards - City Limits #Z3199 $6.95
-       Silver Foil Tape #Z3130 $4.95
-       Whisper Extra Thick Twine #Z3095 $3.95
-       Black Fundamental Assortment #Z3104 $9.95
-       (12) pieces of Black Cardstock (24 sheet bulk pack $9.50) #1386 $7.20
-       (6) pieces of White Daisy Cardstock (24 sheet bulk pack $9.50) #1385 $ 2.40

Also Remember, joining my 'JUST CRAZY BLESSED' CTMH Team gets you unlimited access to my complete files library FOR FREE! I will go to GREAT LENGTHS to serve my team by offering pre-designed works and custom cutting guides to help support their own businesses! 

P.S. NOW is THE time to Join Close to My Heart! You can NOT believe the CASH and FREE PRODUCT being offered!! It's unbelievable! Hop over HERE to see the incentives you'd qualify for when Joining my 'Just Crazy Blessed' CTMH Team! 

Okay, back to your regularly scheduled programming! :) 

If you have never purchased my workshop packages before and you'd like to understand them better (and learn how they can benefit a hobby crafter OR a CTMH Consultant's own business) you are invited to watch the video below (showcasing a previous workshop that I still have in my inventory) will talk in detail about how my workshops can be beneficial to both Hobby Crafters as well as Close to My Heart Consultants. :)

Here is a quick video I created for a previous will talk in depth regarding my workshop packages! 

And Don't forget....You have until April 30th (or until supplies are depleted) to order your 'Charlotte' Workshop! Here is the original Blog post if you missed it! 

If you are a CARD LOVER I have one especially for you! Check out my 'Everyday Life Crush' 36-card workshop! Here is the original post!

Please shout at me if you should have any questions regarding my workshops, other Close to My Heart Products, or even Joining my Team! It would be my PLEASURE to visit with you anytime! :)

Blessings, Sus 

Have you ever Wondered...?

Greetings Friends! 

Have you ever thought about Joining Close to My Heart? 
Like REALLY thought about it?

I appreciate the opportunity to provide you with information that can help you decide if joining Close to My Heart is a perfect fit for you! 


I joined Close to My Heart in April of 2009 because I fell in love with the products featured in the brand New Consultant Kit (I would have affectionately have been called a 'Kit Napper' - Grin!). I already Loved Scrapbooking and I thought I couldn't go wrong by purchasing a big box of heavily discounted paper crafting supplies AND getting a discount on all of my future purchases! 

I fell in love with Close to My Heart right away but had no desire to run a business or to sell the products to anyone else. In 2011, at the request of a local scrapbooking friend, I began hosting small informal classes (of 4 -10 attendees) once a month at our town library teaching paper crafting.  I quickly found that hosting these classes and placing orders for my friends earned me enough money to buy ALL of my own personal scrapbooking supplies! It never felt like work, it always just felt like a fun night of scrapbooking alongside my girlfriends and I found that I really enjoyed it! 

The classes I hosted featured kits of pre-cut papers for both Scrapbook pages and greeting cards. I began creating additional pre-cut kits to sell to those who couldn't attend as well as marketing them online and shipping to long distance buyers.  Before I knew it I had built up a large group of buyers and I was producing hundreds of pre-cut kits each month.  

The exposure from marketing/selling kits online opened the door for me to meet many of Close to My Heart's most successful (and top ranking) consultants! As I visited with them I learned that growing a Close to My Heart business really was not as scary as I had previous thought and it was then that I began changing my mindset! I mean, how AWESOME is doing something you love WHILE earning income?! 

It truly took a CHANGE of mindset to accomplish this! I worked full time outside my home, I was a mom to a special needs kiddo, wife to a business owner, and I lived in an itty bitty town of only 700 felt like too many obstacles! One night in late 2013 after a long talk with (who is now) one of my most cherished friends/most successful CTMH consultants, I actually began believing I could grow a business of my own!   

I began building our 'Just Crazy Blessed' Team in 2014 and over the past 2 years we have grown our CTMH family stretching across the United States! Having a team of (who are now my) BEST FRIENDS is one of the most rewarding experiences ever! 

We have both 'Hobby Crafters' and 'Business Builders' on our 
team and no matter 'where you fit' you are ALWAYS WELCOME to join us! 

We are (Just Crazy) Blessed to have the opportunity to support 
and encourage each other in many areas of our lives!

It would be my pleasure to visit with you regarding Close to My Heart! I am happy to share that I have recently transitioned to 
working my Close to My Heart Business as my FULL TIME  

I love talking about what this company means to me and I believe 
it is reflected in my successes! Here are some of my most 
recent recognitions and awards!   
- 2015 Annual Awards - Top Team Builder 1st Place (US)
- 2015 Annual Awards - #1 Mentor (Most Downline to Achieve STTT)
- 2016 Eastern Caribbean Cruise Incentive Trip - 1 of 3 Suite Earners
- 2014-2015 Convention Awards - Top Team Builder 1st Place (US)
- 2014-2015 Convention Awards - #1 Mentor (Most Downline to Achieve STTT)
- 2014-2015 Connected Hearts Team Awards - Top Personal Sales 4th Place
- 2016 Eastern Caribbean Cruise Incentive Trip Earner (earned in 6 months) 
- 2014-2015 Connected Hearts Team Awards - Top Team Builder 1st Place (US) 
- 2015 National Convention Extravaganza Creative Presenter
- 2014 Corporate 'Thriving 30' Event Awards - 1st Place Team Promotions
- 2014 Annual Awards - #1 Mentor (Most Downline to Achieve STTT)
- 2014 Annual Awards - Top Team Builder 7th Place (US)
- 2014 Corporate 'Thriving 30' Event Awards - 1st Place Team Building
- 2015 Hawaii Incentive Trip Earner (earned in 10 months) 
- 2014 Corporate 'Thriving 30' Event Awards - 1st Place Top Personal Sales
- 2014 Corporate 'Thriving 30' Event Awards - 'Standout & Spotlight' Award
- 2013-2014 Convention Awards - Top Team Builder 10th Place (US) 
Join My Team!
Being a consultant is SO flexible! You get to decide how much
you want to do - a little or a lot! Choose to be a Hobby Crafter or a Business Builder but the choice is YOURS! 

I consider a 'Hobby Crafter' someone who loves paper crafting
and is interested in receiving a discount on their own purchases! 

They might even enjoy placing orders for their friends, earning 
commissions and additional free product to further 'fund' their own love of crafting! 
'Business Builder' is someone who - in addition to a love of 
paper crafting - has an interest in earning extra income with flexible working hours, earning an incentive trip, or growing a team of 
their own! They may enjoy hosting local events, In-home 
gatherings, or choose to work their business solely online! They 
may desire to supplement their income or turn Close to My Heart into a full time Business! 

Are you unsure where you fit? Maybe you'd just like to take 
advantage of the heavily discounted products within the New 
Consultant Kit? Even if you are unsure which direction you'd like 
to go with your consultant status I'd LOVE to have you join our 
'Just Crazy Blessed' team! 

It really is RISK FREE with absolutely NO strings attached! Even if you Join Close to My Heart by purchasing the New Consultant Kit and choose to do nothing afterward you are never required to return anything! All of the discounted products are yours to keep! Then you will have the time, training opportunities, and my assistance to help you decide where you fit! 

Whatever your reasons are for joining, I would love to have you become a part of our 'Just Crazy Blessed' Family...there is a place for you here! 

The New Consultant Kit

The new Consultant kit is only $75 and includes all of the items below! The kit has a Value of over $205! (My very favorite part - now YOU get to choose your favorite Papers, Stamps, and Ink pads to begin your adventure with Close to My Heart (new consultant kits comes with a $50 product Voucher!) 

Medium Organizer (Z4139, qty 1) 
My Acrylix® Block 2" X 6½" (Y1010, qty 1) 
My Acrylix® Block 1" X 3½" (Y1002, qty 1) 
My Acrylix® Block 2" X 2" (Y1003, qty 1) 
Non-stick Micro-tip Scissors (Z1836, qty 1) 
My Acrylix® Stamp Scrubber (Z1782, qty 1) 
My Acrylix® Spritz Cleaner (1778, qty 1) 
Bonding Memories™ Glue (1512, qty 1) 
3-D Foam Tape (Z1151, qty 1) 
Sponge (Z697, qty 1) 
Customer Order Forms (W101, qty 1 pack of 25) 
Annual Inspirations Idea Books (WC1161, qty 5) 
Seasonal Expressions 2 Idea Books (WCS1163, qty 5)
Cardstock Sampler (W1136, qty 1) 
Paper Fundamentals Sampler (W1137, qty 1) 
Annual Inspirations B&T Duos™ Sampler (W1138, qty 1) 
Seasonal Expressions 2 B&T Duos™ Sampler (W1144, qty 1) 
Artful Textiles—Petite Perks Stamp Set (W2034, qty 3) 
Gathering Invitations (W1129, qty 1 pack of 25) 
Desk Pad (W1140, qty 1 pack of 50) 
$50 Select Product Credit (Choose your favorite Paper, Stamps, Ink pads, and MORE!) 

Consultant Benefits

- Enjoy an INSTANT 22% Discount/Commission on ALL orders placed! (Including your own purchases as well as any orders you place for other people).

- Earn ADDITIONAL Discounts/Commission (up to 50%) based on your monthly sales volume and/or title.

- Earn FREE PRODUCT each month based on your monthly sales volume (you can even resell the free product you earn, turning it into additional income).

- LOW QUARTERLY Sales Quota - $300

- Enjoy FLEXIBLE 'work' hours! Choose to make it a career, part time job, or just help pay for your own supplies - which ever you prefer, Close to My Heart has a place for you!

- FREE Online Business Address (Shopping website!) Close to My Heart even absorbs the credit card processing fees!

- SELF HOST to earn even MORE Free Product! 

- Access to the Close to My Heart Consultant website FILLED with online training as well as creative workshops & project inspiration, marketing videos & business information, a bulletin board forum, and MUCH MORE! 

- Connect with Thousands of Consultants World Wide!

- Attend Corporate Events featuring Top Notch training, creative sessions, and NEW Products! 

- Corporate 'Start with Heart' email series to help you 'Get you started'. 

- An Invitation to my very active (Members Only) 'Just Crazy Blessed' Team Facebook Page!

- Unlimited access to my 'Studio Sus' Workshop Files Library! (My file library access is available to ALL Levels of my Downline so YOU may use this as a Recruiting tool when you decide to begin building a team of your own!) 

- Earn product and/or cash by participating in my monthly team incentives! 

- Access to UN-watermarked graphics & posters personally designed by me! 

- Earn additional EXCLUSIVE products, Logo wear - even CASH when you or your future team members  achieve STTT (Straight to the Top)!

Straight To The Top! 

Straight to the Top is an incentive program designed to help Brand New Consultants hit the ground running! Research shows that new consultants are more likely to have long-term success when they enjoy immediate sales success! This program helps consultants to achieve success early on by offering rewards for reaching certain sales milestones! 

The official 'Start Date' of a New Consultant's Straight to the Time frame is (5) days after the New Consultant kit shipping date!

Did you notice the column on the right of the graphic? Yes, you read that right! I give an additional $100 in FREE product for my New Consultants who earn ALL 3 LEVELS of the Straight to the Top Incentive! This is a gift offered EXCLUSIVELY by me and NOT a corporate award! You can earn over $350 in Incentives JUST for hitting your Straight to the Top Goal! 

And GUESS WHAT? EXCLUSIVELY during April 2016 when you Join Close to My Heart and sell $350 during your first 30 days (your $250 in sales going toward your STTT Goal count for this promotion too! Talk about DOUBLE DIPPING!) you will receive YOUR CHOICE of Cricut Collection (Value of $99) or $100 in additional PRODUCT Free!! 

The Rewards are OUT OF THIS WORLD! NOW is the PERFECT time to JOIN Close to My Heart! 

Are you ready?! Once you complete the application (it only takes a few minutes) and your approval notification is sent, you will be added to our 'Just Crazy Blessed' Team Facebook Page right away! I have the CRAZIEST Never-Before-Offered April Incentives (both product and Cash incentives) going on for our team! New Consultants are welcome to take part so Hurry and come join us! 

Once you’ve ‘officially’ joined the Close to My Heart family not only will you have access to my exclusive team incentives but you’ll also get in on some FABULOUS Corporate incentives geared toward Brand New Consultants (in addition to the Free Cricut or $100 in Product and the Straight to the Top Program!) 

Close to My Heart wants to Encourage you to begin building a team right away (now, don’t be nervous…I’m here to help every step of the way!) Close to My Heart wants you to grow your team so much that they are putting their ‘money where their mouth is’ (and so am I!

You have two ways to earn by adding team members! 

#1.  Close to My Heart is PAYING for Promotions! Yes, that’s right, PAYING! They have never done this before (It’s pretty crazy)! Anytime between April 1st and December 31st 2016 when you achieve a New Leadership Title Close to My Heart will pay you CASH or Product! 

As if this is not already generous enough I’m sweetening the deal! For any of my 1st Downline who achieve the level of Manager (this means that you personally recruit 5 people) I will add $100 in Cash to the $250 in Cash you will receive from Corporate! $350 TOTAL!  

Now, if you are like me the details of Direct Sales makes you a bit dizzy! It seems like every company is a bit different from the others in structure of both Commissions as well as Title Maintenance! Don’t be overwhelmed, I am here to help you understand everything! 

Have a Look at this chart below for illustration!  

Okay, so this isn’t the Best Illustration (insert giggle)! You noticed something different about the chart right away, didn’t you?

The chart above is correct all except for the NEWEST consultant title, Sr. Supervisor! This was a wonderful surprise announced at the Business Meeting on the Incentive Trip in March! 

The chart does not reflect the Sr. Supervisor addition to our Title column (the title will ‘officially’ be effective April 1st – and since I’ve created this document in March I don’t have an updated chart to show you,  however it  will be posted in our Team Facebook Page as soon as it’s provided to us!)

To achieve the title of Sr. Supervisor you must personally recruit 3 people! And don’t forget, you can earn commissions from the sales of your team members! 

#2. Now, as if PAYING us for promotions was not enough Close to My Heart is giving us just a little bit BIGGER push to grow our team right out of the gate! They are calling it ‘Help a Friend to the Top!’

‘Help a Friend to the Top’ is a campaign JUST FOR YOU who are new to our CTMH family! It means that when you join Close to My Heart and you achieve Straight to the Top (remember the chart we previously discussed) and YOU recruit a team member of your own WITHIN 6 months of your own ‘start date’ and THEY also earn the Straight to the Top Incentive - Corporate will DOUBLE your rewards as an ‘upline’! 

Okay, breaking it down…As an upline Corporate rewards us for helping/teaching/mentoring our new team members to the quick successes of achieving ‘Straight to the Top’! Not only do the New Consultants who earn the Prestigious ‘STTT’ goal earn Rewards, the UPLINES earn them as well! 

When a New Consultant earns all 3 levels of ‘STTT’ an upline will receive a total of $50 in SPC (free product from corporate), $50 in cash, and an Exclusive upline ‘Charm’.  Under the parameters of the 'Help a Friend to the Top' campaign, YOU, as the upline will earn DOUBLE those rewards! So when your new Team Member earns all 3 levels of the ‘STTT’ incentive you will earn a total of $100 in SPC and $100 CASH! (Crazy, right?!)

This campaign is ‘Unlimited’…meaning that any number of team members you recruit within your first 6 months who earn STTT you will receive $100 in SPC and $100 in Cash for EACH OF THEM!

Also, keep in mind about the Promotion chart above….let’s say, for example, you recruited 5 new team members during your first 6 months and all 5 earned the ‘STTT’ incentive – YOU would earn a total of $500 in SPC and $500 in CASH from Corporate.  Then for achieving the first time title of Manager (having 5 team members under you) you would receive $250 CASH from Corporate and $100 CASH from me! Then for BLAZING right past the Reward for Sr. Supervisor you would still earn the $100 SPC offered for achieving that title! 

Okay, so who did the math? 
(Meeeee! Cause I’m a NUMBERS GIRL!) 

For adding 5 New Team members during your first 6 months and helping them reach ‘STTT’ it would put a total of $600 In SPC and $850 in CASH into your pocket and these numbers do NOT reflect the commissions you would earn from your team member’s monthly sales! (Big SMILE!) 

Holy Smokes! So, can you SEE WHY I’m so excited?! 

So, is your head spinning?! Girls, this is JUST the beginning! THIS is why I LOVE this job! It’s the ONLY JOB that has ever given me Butterflies! I am SO EXCITED to bring Brand New Members into our ‘Just Crazy Blessed’ Family! What do ya say? Would you like to join us? We’d love to have you! 

Do you have additional Questions? Please shout at me! It will always be my pleasure to visit! 

Susan Williams, Leader of the ‘Just Crazy Blessed’

Close to My Heart Website:

Thank you for your time Friends! 
I look forward to visiting with you very soon!