So let me start by sharing with you the news we Independent Consultants received last week about which of the products are retiring from CTMH at the end of July 2013, and where there is limited availability until then.
As your Close To My Heart Consultant, it's my pleasure to show you and actually use the Accessories and Embellishments manufactured and/or distributed by CTMH. Many, however, are retiring at the end of July to make room for new products coming on board in the Autumn/Winter 2013 Idea Book (being premiered at Convention!).
Using your Spring/Summer Idea Book (with this image, at left, on the cover) and starting with Page 116, I'd like to review with you which are the retiring Accessories or Embellishments. At the end of the list, I'll give you my personal recommendations on those that I believe you should stock up on while you can.
Please note: It is not anticipated that these items will go on sale or fall onto what is known as CTMH's "While Supplies Last" (WSL) list. You can always check the discounted WSL list by going HERE. You'll find plenty of bargains there, so don't miss out. And those items on the WSL list go quickly; first come, first served. Order them while you can!
|The wax-like bee button shown on this card that
I recently made for my Dad is one
of the retiring CTMH embellishments, from
Z1831: Buzz and Bumble Assortment
Z1831 Buzz and Bumble Assortment
Z1813 Claire Assortment
Z1810 Later Sk8r Assortment
Z1748 Brocade Assortment
Z1794 Cottage Assortment
Z1780 Wrangler Assortment
Z1766 Memo Assortment
Z1755 Posh Journaling Spots
Z1710 Just Blooms Paradise Paper Flowers
Z1612 Paper Clip Pins
Z1410 Antique Copper Designer Brads
♥ Z1366 Brads Metal Assortment
Z1697 Mini Medley Accents Smoothie Collection
Z1489 Mini Medley Accents Olive Collection
Z1487 Mini Medley Accents Pewter Collection
♥ Z1326 Sparkles, Red Pink and Purple Assortment
♥ Z1327 Sparkles, Blue and Green Assortment
All of the buttons, including:
♥ Z1703 Wooden Badge
Z1704 Pewter Badge
All of the Waxy Flax, including:
♥ Z1081 Colonial White
...and the Z1096 Embroidery Floss Neutral Assortment
♥ Z1798 Black Tulle Ribbon
Z1734 Persnickety Journaling Spots
Z1718 Color Ready Garden Wooden Shapes
Z1773 Color Ready Noted Canvas Shapes
Z1719 Color Ready Evergreen Cork Shapes
Z1450 Cork Color Ready Alphabet
Page 126 - 127 - My Creations
Z1827 My Creations Paper Pouch - Small
Z1828 My Creations Paper Pouch - Large
♥ Z1740 My Creations Bookmark Album
Z1739 My Creations Milk Carton - Sold out
♥ Z1774 My Creations Canvas Journal
Z1736 My Creations Mini Banner - Sold out
Page 128 - Cardmaking Supplies:
All of the Kraft Envelopes and Die-Cut Cards, including:
Z1474 Kraft Die-Cut Cards & Envelopes 6x6"
Z1721 3"x3" Kraft Envelopes
♥ Z1722 4-1/4" x 5-1/2" Kraft Envelopes
♥ Z1723 5" x 7" Kraft Envelopes
♥ Z1724 6"x6" Kraft Envelopes
Page 128 - Albums and Accessories:
♥ Z1347 My Legacy Faux Leather Album, 12x12" in Dark New England Ivy
|Only the New England Ivy (shown at left, above) is retiring.
♥ 1771 Waterbrush - Medium (pictured below)
Most of the Embossing Powders (all except Gold, Silver and Clear Details), including:♥ Z672 Red
♥ Z659 Cranberry
♥ Z1350 Topiary
Z1351 Dutch Blue
Z656 Outdoor Denim
♥ Z670 Black
♥ Z673 White Daisy
... and also Embossing Supplies:
Z724 Embossing Pen
♥ Z608 Dry Embossing/Scoring Stylus
Page 132 - Cutting Tools:
♥ Z1392 2" Scallop Circle Punch
Z578 Corner Rounder
Now, here are my recommendations: The CTMH Embossing Powders are the best I've found among the many, many I have tried. I will be stocking up on Red, Cranberry and Topiary to use on my Christmas cards. For my own use, I am ordering several jars of Black and White -- both great for embellishing sentiments in cards, in my opinion. You will not be sorry if you follow my lead on this.
I also am highly recommending the CTMH Kraft envelopes in whatever size you use them most. I am especially ordering the A2 size (Z1722 4-1/4" x 5-1/2" Kraft Envelopes) and A7 size (Z1723 5" x 7" Kraft Envelopes) again, for my own use. I already have enough of the other, more unusual sizes (3x3" and 6x6", pictured above). I have not used the CTMH die-cut kraft collection -- just my personal preference.
I will also be buying some of the black tulle ribbon (Z1798 Black Tulle Ribbon) for my upcoming Halloween projects.
And if I already didn't have several of the waterbrushes (1771 Waterbrush - Medium), I'd be buying them too. They are great for blending watercolor pencils. I also use them to thin glue spots where I want the application to be smoother. Don't just think of them for water only, though -- I have also used them as a paint brush with watered-down food coloring on baked goods! (Disclaimer: They are not advertised as "food safe." Keep them clean and only for food use, and use at your own discretion/risk.)
One more to consider: the 2" Scallop Punch is very nice, and very useful. I have a non-CTMH one like it, however, so have not bought this one. I think it's a bit pricey @ CTMH; if I can find a similar quality elsewhere where I can use my weekly coupons (Joann's, Michael's, ACMoore's), that's what I'd do. But consider that 2" Scallop Punches are hard to find, and not all quality is the same. Shop around.
(Key: ♥ = stock up while you can! These are the products that I will be ordering for my own use in the Paper Jungle. Yes, I am my own best customer -- and getting the Consultant's discount was the key reason I became a CTMH Consultant. Ask me how you can become one too ... CTMH's quarterly minimums are low and likely what you spend on craft supplies, anyway! I'd LOVE to have you on my team!!)
OK, that's it for today. Stop back tomorrow when I'll be letting you know which CTMH paper lines are retiring, and which will be carried over into the next catalog.