Last Call for February Specials and Cruise Flash Sale

Last call to help a child out by purchasing “Share the Love” stamp set. $7.00 goes to Operation Smile where it takes $240 to provide a child with a potentially life saving surgery to fix a cleft lip or palette.   Can you imagine your child living with a cleft lip or palette for the rest of their lives?  I can’t imagine SG living with a fixable disfiguration which would effect her ability to speak, eat, and subject her to ridicule and stares from those around her.


S1602 Balloon Animals is about to go away…’s another card made with the set.   $17.95 or $5.00 with a $50.00 order!

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Here’s the set:

2015_02 SOM with $5.00My Cruising Special will get you a FREE My Reflections Paper Pack with your $50.00 order.  This ends March 5th.

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Don’t miss out and have a great day!!

Operation Smile

This is a beautiful video of the work Operation Smile does. One of our Corporate Office staff, Monica, went on a mission.

When you watch this, you get an inside picture of how important Operation Smile is to children who have cleft lips or palettes.  You can see the difference it makes.  You can support Operation Smile through the following with CTMH:

Share the Love stamp set ($7.00):



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Animal Greetings stamp set ($7.00 of the sale):

D1679 Animal GreetingsSo come  join the club this month and help support Operation Smile!  Don’t forget with a $50.00 order you’ll qualify for a FREE gift!


SSS Wednesday Challenge One Layer

It’s been ages since I made a one layer card so this is a good challenge from Simon Says Stamps Wednesday Challenge.  When was the last time I created a one layer card, LOL?   I created this card:

SSS Wed 1 Layer Card

The challenge was a one layer so I took some painters tape and gently put it down so it would come off without ripping the paper. Doing this was inspired by two of the samples (Heather and Jenn’s) posted on the SSS Wednesday blog,    I took some Tim Holtz distressing inks, sponges, and created the ombre background.

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Using black Memento ink, I used the super cute stamp set CTMH has designed for the raising money($7.00 of every set purchased, is donated to Operation Smile) this month for Operation Smile “Sharing the Love” CC1060, to stamp the camera, dialog box, and a sentiment.


I stamped them over the background, working diagonally across the card, opposite of the background diagonal. The camera is centered.

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I used one of my favorite embellishments, Purple Enameled and Glitter Heart Duos, taking one of the glitter hearts to add a little bling to the heart on the camera.

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I had a blank corner (not necessarily a bad thing but it was not looking balanced to me) so I added the sentiment in the corner:

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This was a fun card to do and reminds me that simple, as in one layer,  is often best and it looks great!  Thanks for stopping by!


Helping a child smile and you’ll get some love for yourself!

This month we are focused helping a child smile by raising money for the nonprofit, Operation Smile. A tidbit about me – my degree is in Speech Pathology and Audiology, plus I have worked with children for years (over 20).   My background makes the Operation Smile mission near and dear to my heart.

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Operation Smile is focused on providing surgeries for children who have clef lips and palates.  It’s such an important surgery as it enables children to eat and breath properly as well as improving their ability to speak and smile. And to think, the cost is $240/child to do this surgery and it can be life saving for some of them. Can you imagine being the parent who is waiting to see if your child qualifies to have the surgery? To have walked miles, days, weeks to stand in line for days to see if your child is selected?


Close To My Heart (CTMH) offers several different ways to help out raise money for Operation Smile, all of which you get some love too!  It’s a fantastic exchange.

First Way – Shirts – $10.00 is donated to Operation Smile for every shirt purchased:

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Second Way – D1679 Animal Greetings Stamp Set$7.00 is donated to Operation Smile with each stamp set purchased:

D1679 Animal Greetings




Third Way – Share the Love Stamp Set – $7.00 is donated to Operation Smile with each stamp set purchased.






Some other ways you can help out this mission – save your pennies and coins for me.

I have a “Pennies for Smiles” jar at every crop where I’m collecting change to support this.  So far from the first 3 big crops of the year (2 from Harbor Scrapbooking and one from the Canaan Valley Crop) we have raised $225.51!  Just a little bit shy of $240.00 for one operation!  This is just from your change!  We have a few more big crops to go and I hope we can exceed what we’ve done already!!

Donate Directly, Ways to Give,  or Volunteer on a Mission Trip

I, personally, would love to win the trip to go one on of the mission trip to be a volunteer.  I know it will be heartbreaking to see the families and children who do not get chosen.  It will be uplifting to be able to help with the process for those families who have been selected.  To be able to experience things first hand.  CTMH is going to send one consultant to participate in a mission trip.  It is determined by the amount of money raised for Operation Smile. You can donate directly to Operation Smile.  If you do this and feel so inclined, please put in your memo notes that you are participating the CTMH Share The Love drive and my name/consultant number (Linda Caler/11180) so your donation helps me to reach my goal of earning this mission trip.  Read about Shandra Kight’s story:



Thank you for helping a child smile!




Pennies for Smiles

I’ve started collecting pennies, change, or dollars, for my Pennies for Smiles drive this year. My goal is for us to raise enough to fund 10 smiles over the next year – October 1st, 2015 – September 30th, 2016! With $240.00 we can:OS1

Have you heard of Operation Smile? If you have not, it’s an amazing non-profit from Virginia, who focuses on providing life-changing operations for children around the world born with cleft lips and/or palettes.  face page of OS

Close To My Heart has been partnered with them for years.   Here are some purchases you can make from CTMH which fund Operation Smile!  Our T-shirts:

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And we have this super cute animal stamp set with sayings for $17.95 and $7.00 of this set funds Operation Smile!!D1679 Animal Greetings

I used this set to create some lunch box cards for my daughter.  Here’s one:Moose you a

So be looking for the “Pennies for Smiles” jar the crops and add your “2-cents worth” to it.  Together, we’ll make the difference.

Thanks for stopping by!



Operation Smile

I’m not the best about sharing Operation Smile and I need to be better.  Operation Smile is a wonderful organization who’s focused on providing children with cleft palette defects with operations to fix this.  It’s truly amazing what $240.00 can provide for a child!

  This video is amazing to show you how important Operation Smile is:

Close to My Heart has been teamed up with Operation Smile for as long as I can remember. When you purchase stamp sets designated for Operation Smile, like this one below, $7.00 is donated:D1653 Happy Everything WM

We are now selling T-Shirts to support Operation Smile and $10.00 of every shirt will be donated!

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Aren’t they super cute??  Get yours today ~ They are $25.00 and $10.00 of this goes to Operation Smile! My goal this year is to raise $500.00 – enough money to provide 2 children with a life changing surgery.   I personally can’t imagine being a parent and not being able to get a surgery for my child because either I could not afford it or the current health care system can’t provide it.  When I see the groups of parents and children waiting for assessments to see if they qualify for the surgery, it breaks my heart.

So thanks for helping me reach my goal of raising $500.00 and supporting Operation Smile.  2 children, somewhere, will appreciate being able to eat, breath, talk, and smile because of your generosity.

Happiness is…

Happiness is….ice cream!  How can one not love this stamp set, S1506 Ice Cream Dream??  Here’s my second card with it:

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On the inside of the card, I used D1563 Happy Everything  which is our Operation Smile stamp!  When you buy it, a portion of the sales are donated to Operation Smile, an organization dedicated to providing surgeries to repair children’s smiles.  It’s a win-win for you and the children it benefits.

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D1563 Happy Everything

D1653 Happy Everything

A1170 Doodled Designs is another favorite set – I love how you can just stamp the circle, first and second generations, and be able to set off another featured stamp, the ice cream cone – nummy!

S1506 Ice Cream Dream Card 2

A1170 Doodled Designs CTMH

A1170 Doodled Designs

One of the sayings in S1506 Ice Cream Dream is great for coloring in with our ShinHan Touch Markers.  I love the fine point on them. If you don’t like the chisel tip, you can replace it with the brush tip which is what I’m doing.


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And to finish off the card, I used lots of our Z1807 pink glitter gems, which are sadly going to be retired on August 31, 2015.   I know it means we’ll get lots of new product but I’ll miss these fun embellishments!

S1506 Ice Cream Dream Card 2



Thanks for stopping by to check things out.  Have a great day!