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Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Playing Catch-Up

A Bit About Me

Well, I finally "broke my chain" after 36 consecutive weekly entries.  I took some much needed time off to spend with family and friends.  I must say, although it was a conscious decision not to compose and schedule last weeks post, I did feel somewhat guilty!  I had so much to do and something had to give.  Planning and emailing about classes and team meeting took priority.

I realize that I don't share much about my personal life here on this blog or my CTMH Facebook page and perhaps I should.  As you may know, I love the outdoors.  I love to hike, especially our incredible mountains here in Washington and August is the best month to go.  I started last week with a quick day hike to Mt. Rainier.   Up until now, it's been day hikes, but I have always wanted to try backpacking.  This week, my friend, Colleen and I packed up our gear, tent, sleeping bags, food, cooking stuff, water pump etc. and hit the trails for our first overnight girls hike.  We wanted to see if, one, we could actually carry 1/3 of our body weight on our backs up hill 7 miles to Echo Lake and two, pitch our tent, build a fire and pump our water all without help from our men.  We had a blast!  Going mid-week we had the lake all to ourselves.  We are ready to do it again next week!  Maybe we'll invite the men this time.

I also had a family reunion barbecue, overnight guests and then I hosted a wedding shower for my niece with 35 people.  I was really weird to have a group of mostly total strangers in my home!

Well, that was my week and it's now back to work.  Here are a couple of photos.

On the trail to Echo Lake
Fremont Lookout Mt. Rainier

My neice Chrstina and her fiance Keith Stone.

Business Bit:
This weeks article comes from The Success Factory.  One sure-fire way to build your CTMH business is by booking gatherings or parties.  It is the best way to meet new people and share your love for stamping and scrapbooking.  With all the new products we have in the Fall/Winter Idea Book, it's the perfect time to get on the phone and fill your calendar.  Here are a few tips:

BOOKING PARTIES Quick Tip #1 If you are a brand new consultant, start by scheduling your Grand Opening party. This is a party you may choose to host in your own home to introduce friends and family to your new business venture. Over-invite, be excited and encourage everyone to bring a friend! Try not to take it personally when some friends and family decline. This happens to everyone and the longer you are in business, the more supportive they will become!

Quick Tip #2 If you are a "seasoned" consultant and need a party, consider scheduling a "Grand Re-Opening" in your home. Remember, you probably won't say "no" to yourself! Invite friends, family and past hostesses. Consider having a drawing for a "Mystery Hostess", where one or two guests receive the hostess rewards!

Quick Tip #3 Know your "open dates". Be prepared to schedule a party whenever and where ever you are by knowing when you want to work in the next several weeks.

Quick Tip #4 Book in close! There is no hard and fast rule that says you must have a 2-3 week lead time on booking a party. Most people know on Thursday whether or not they are available the following Tuesday! Your hostess will save money on postage and her excitement level will remain high when she schedules a fast and easy party!

Quick Tip #5 Referrals... Don't forget to ask everyone for them. Even though someone might not be interested in hosting themselves, when you ask them "Who's the party lady in your neighborhood?," they will be able to give you a name right away.

Team Reminders:
Registration is now open for the 2012 Dallas Convention, Vancouver, BC Canada and Detroit Regional Celebrations.

Washington Team Meeting is Saturday August 27th - those in Washington should have received the invitation with details.  Email me if you didn't get it.

Shout-Outs: Welcome to the following new team members who have joined our team in August and CONGRATULATIONS to their wonderful leaders! 

DLLevelConsultant NameStateUpline Name
Level 2Angela ShorroshTXCyndi Waltman
Level 2Angie ValleeCALinda Sturdivant
Level 2Annette Owen-ClontzORGinni Candelaria
Level 2Barbara CooperORKari Palmer
Level 2Caprice ClarkTXLinda Caler
Level 2Courtney ThomasWALisa Combs
Level 2Dana Pasic-CallaghanORGinni Candelaria
Level 2Karyn WilliamsORGinni Candelaria
Level 2Krista ParrishFLLinda Caler
Level 3Danielle ChurchAELori Gebhart
Level 3Delilah RivasTXNoreen Petty
Level 3Jane BarnesCALaura Canup
Level 3Jennifer AltmanHIFaith Hilsinger
Level 3Melanie SparacinoTXNoreen Petty
Level 3Nikki CalmesNYKat Stromecki
Level 4Andrea LinkINChristine David
Level 4Christine MartinoFLChristine David
Level 4Deb GreenKSDr. Phil Wilhelm
Level 4Julia BrasherALDr. Phil Wilhelm
Level 4Kristeen DurenTNDr. Phil Wilhelm
Level 4Nora NelsonMOJenifer Benner
Level 4Pam HenryTNDr. Phil Wilhelm
Level 4Sherry DeVasherTNDr. Phil Wilhelm
Level 4Shirley BordersOKSherry Lester
Level 4Tanya SulliventTXJennie Hilligus
Level 4Teri MarshallTXLinda Norman
Level 5Brenda RodgersonMEDenice Conary
Level 5Cheryl Axt-SchuldtWISarita Schraeder
Level 5Mary LueckeHILori Brown
Level 5Susan GeelanIAGeri Conley
Level 5Tammy WheelerILTammy Sinks

Creative Corner:
This weeks featured art is mine!  Most of my workshop customers are card makers who are not fond of most Halloween images.  I happen to love the August Stamp of the Month- Wicked and wanted to use it in a way that my customers would like.  Here are 2 versions of the same card that they can choose from.  All I did was change and sentiment and "witch" end of the stamp to use on the white square.  I blinged her up and made her a glam gal. by adding purple sparkles to her shoes and collar.  I printed the right sentiment from my computer.  The ovals are cut with the new Cricut cartridge.

Artwork by Naomi - Mischief bulk B&T, Sunset, Gypsy and Pear Cardstock

This is a swap spoiler!  I am participating in Karen Morris's Board swap.  My paper packet is Sonoma.  This card uses one of our new 6x6 Kraft die-cut cards.  Lots of Cricut here!
Quote of the Week:
Success is not dependent on your ability to do this business well, but your willingness to do it regularly.
The Success Factory


  1. Thank you for the spoiler! I love this card. I am hoping to use it!

  2. Naomi - AWESOME job on the hike. The pictures are amazing, and it was great to see the "personal" side. Thanks for all of the hard work you do for us, it does not go unnoticed, or unappreciated!