From CTMH to Stampin’ Up

With the recent announcement that Close To My Heart is shutting its doors, it looks like I’ll be transitioning from CTMH to Stampin’ Up as of May 1st, 2024.


I started my CTMH journey on February 15th, 2001. Being a stay at home mom to my 3 beautiful little girls, I was looking to find a bit of purpose beyond motherhood. So I joined CTMH because, at the time, they were the only crafting company that would allow me to have my own website and sell something from it, not that I ever expected to actually sell a thing… but I did. Within 2 years I earned the title of Director and started earning fabulous incentive trips, all from behind my computer. <3

My little girls are all grown up now and experiencing big things in their lives this year. Becca, my middle daughter, is expecting her first born bundle of joy within the next 9 weeks. While Stephanie, my oldest daughter, is getting married this year and so is my youngest, Alyssa. The very best part of being with CTMH was having the ability to work from home and watch my daughters grow. I am forever grateful for this opportunity!


Jeanette Lynton, Founder and Owner of CTMH, has decided to close our doors. But, before she made that decision, she did some pretty miraculous things. She reached out to Stampin’ Up, our main competitor for decades, in hopes of building a bridge and giving her consultants a brand new home. She didn’t have to do that, but she did! From what I’m hearing she has given and sold some patents, products and intellectual property to Stampin’ Up so that her scrapbooking legacy can carry on. I’m hearing that Stampin’ Up will be bringing scrapbooking back to the table through the many of us CTMH Consultants that decide to on-board with them. I’m also hearing that things like our patented Ink Pads and Flip Flaps will also be making the move, so I know I’ll be in good company as exciting things will be unveiled soon!

While it is my choice as to whether I head over to SU or not, this is what I know is true… Through her ongoing health issues, Jeanette Lynton went out of her way to make sure Consultants have a place to turn and that the transition will be as smoooooooth as possible. That alone tells me that I need to give the situation a chance. Who else would take care of their people like that?


It’s “business as usual” with Close To My Heart through April 30th, 2024. That means that you can continue to SHOP my CTMH Website through that time.

But sometime during the month of April, Stampin’ Up will be reaching out with my onboarding instructions so that May 1st, 2024 I will become a new Stampin’ Up consultant, with my CTMH longevity in tact. At least that’s how I understand it.

While I know you have a choice in who you choose for your Stampin’ Up Consultant, I really do hope you will give me a chance at being your new demonstrator. I’ve been wanting a ‘refresh’ in my business for some time now and I’m excited at the possibilities of at least another 23 years in the industry. After all, I have grand babies on the way and they will need their photos documented!

I want to carry on the ‘Let me show you how’ legacy that Close To My Heart has instilled. So I plan on ramping up my business in so many areas to help YOU fall in love with creating all over again. I plan on doing more scrapbooking retreats. I’m looking at bringing back local crops and classes. AND I want to get better at videos and online classes since many of my customers are from across the miles.

If there is something in particular you would like to see when it comes to scrapbooking and card making please reach out to me. I want to be your inspiration and your go-to for everything crafty. Plus, building a friendship is always the bonus. <3

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