Happy St. Patty’s Day!

Top Koala-ty Card

Green Krispy Kreme Donut

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!  How did you celebrate?  This was the first year that my kids didn’t make any leprechaun traps–so no shenanigans occurred in our home.  I’m not sure if it’s that we had too busy of a week and it got overlooked (on the kids part) or if we’ve finally hit that age where they no longer need it.  Over the years, I’ve posted several ideas–from pranks to treats–on how to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with kids.

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Stamp & Scrapbook Expo Make & Takes

CTMH Expo Booth

CTMH Expo Booth

The last several days have been quite busy for me!  The Stamp & Scrapbook Expo kicked off it’s 2018 season in Pleasanton and I hosted a Close To My Heart booth!  The Expo itself was Friday and Saturday with setup on Thursday (in the pouring rain, I might add!)

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Punny Pals Halloween Boxes

Punny Pals Halloween Boxes

This month Close To My Heart is trying to give more to Operation Smile–the organization they’ve supported for nearly a decade.  In fact, just this weekend while I was at a scrapbooking retreat hosted by Close To My Heart, we raised nearly $10,000 through an auction.  It was enough to save a mission to Mexico … Read more Punny Pals Halloween Boxes

Share a Smile Card Kit

This month Close To My Heart is doing some AMAZING things to support Operation Smile. The last few years  (actually nearly a decade!) Close To My Heart has offered an exclusive stamp set to support this wonderful organization.  With the purchase of each of these stamp sets, $7 is given to help fund surgeries to … Read more Share a Smile Card Kit

Punny Pals Operation Smile Card

Punny Pals Toadally Awesome Card

Have you seen Close To My Heart’s special Operation Smile Stamp Set?  It’s called Punny Pals and is super adorable!  What’s even better though is that with each purchase of this stamp set, $7 is donated to Operation Smile to assist those with a cleft lip or cleft palate.  It really is a worthy cause. … Read more Punny Pals Operation Smile Card

12 Days of CTMH Deals Day #12

CTMH Daily Deal #12

It’s here–the final day of my 12 Days of Close To My Heart Deals! Since a big part of what this season is all about is giving to others, I wanted today’s deal to fall in line with that. As you may be aware, Close To My Heart is a big supporter of Operation Smile … Read more 12 Days of CTMH Deals Day #12

Paper Hug Card

True Love Operation Smile Card

True Love Operation Smile Stamp Set

Did you know that Close To My Heart supports Operation Smile?  They even offer an exclusive stamp set that donates $7–yep, $7 of the purchase price to Operation Smile to help children have surgeries to correct cleft palate and cleft lip (children who might otherwise never have access to this common service we each can unknowingly take for granted.)  

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Leap on it! February Stamp of the Month

Giraffe Balloon Animals Card

Giraffe Balloon Animals Card

Happy Leap Day!  With it being a Leap Year this year, you get one extra day to get your hands on Close To My Heart’s February Stamp of the MonthBalloon Animals!!

Isn’t this giraffe card darling?  Such a creative spin using this stamp set.  

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#CTMHSharetheLove Card Kits

#CTMHSharetheLove Card Kit

February CTMH Special #SharetheLove

This month, Close To My Heart is offering a special stamp set dedicated to providing additional support to Operation Smile, an amazing organization that provides surgeries to repair cleft lips and palates for children all over the world!

If you are familiar with CTMH, you know that a percentage of every stamp set sale goes to support Operation Smile.  We also offer the ability to round up your order totals to donate that change to them as well.  There’s even an exclusive stamp set each year dedicated to supporting Operation Smile.  This year that stamp set is called Animal Greetings and it is SUPER adorable!

Animal Greetings Operation Smile Stamp Set

CTMH donates $7 from each sale of this stamp set to Operation Smile.

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Operation Smile & CTMH – Make Someone Smile

2014 CTMH Operation Smile Base & Bling Necklace

2014 CTMH Operation Smile Base & Bling Necklace

Close To My Heart has been supporting Operation Smile since 2004.  A portion of the proceeds from each sale of a stamp set has gone to this wonderful charity.  Plus, customers can always round up their order totals and donate the change to Operation Smile–such a simple way to help out.  Consultants got in on the action and began having Silent Auctions at our local events and even at the Annual Conventions to support this cause.

Last year, the support expanded to an exclusive Base & Bling necklace created by CTMH only for Convention attendees with a minimum donation amount (pictured above.)  It was so well received, that they did it again this year!

2015 CTMH Operation Smile Base & Bling Necklace

Also, last year was the first year for a 5K run–just like the necklaces, it was a hit so they did it again this year.  Would you believe that we raised over $40,000 for Operation Smile during Convention this year between the necklaces, the auction and the 5K run?!?  Amazing, right?

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Operation Smile Stamp Set

New from Close To My Heart is a special stamp set to support Operation Smile.  While a portion of every stamp set sold from CTMH already goes to Operation Smile, with the purchase of You’re the Bomb at full retail price, CTMH will donate $3. So now you can truly change the life of a child … Read more Operation Smile Stamp Set

How I Make a Difference as a Stamping Business Owner!

Tomorrow is ‘Make a Difference’ Day so I thought it was the perfect opportunity to talk about the partnership Close To My Heart has with Operation Smile–an organization that provides free, life-changing surgeries to repair cleft lip, cleft palate and other facial deformities. It only costs about $240 and 45 minutes of time to change … Read more How I Make a Difference as a Stamping Business Owner!