Saturday, February 13, 2016

Operation Smile

One of my New Year's resolutions is to "Fund a Smile" and I have a 'stretch goal' to go on an Operation Smile  mission trip.

This video beautifully explains the good that Operation Smiled does.

If you'd like to contribute to this great organization by buying a T-Shirt, or either of the stamp sets mentioned in the video, contact me at

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Penelope Scrapbook Workshop = March 5th

On March 5th, starting at 1 pm, we'll make the scrapbook pages from the Penelope workshops your way kit.

The cost for this workshop is $29.98, including tax and shipping. Please RSVP to by February 20th if you'd like to attend.

You can find the detailed workshop instructions including cutting guides and photo sizes on my website here:

If you can't attend but would like the workshop kit, you can order it on my website at this link:

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Operation Smile

One of my goals for this year is to Fund a Smile! It costs $240 to provide an operation to a child. so far we've raised $18.48 through purchases and round up donations.

Close To My Heart has a longstanding relationship with Operation Smile. During February, a special stamp set is available with $7 of each purchase going directly to Operation Smile. If you love this stamp set as much as I do, you can order it on my website, or email me.

Sunday, December 27, 2015

A Guide To Inks

Close To My Heart now sells several kinds of inks, the information below can be helpful to understand the different types.

You can find current colors and purchase inks on my website:

Exclusive Inks™ stamp pads: Our Exclusive Inks™ stamp pads, including our Black Exclusive Inks pads, are water-based dye inks. The dye ink absorbs directly into your paper and allows the colors to blend easily with the material. They dry quickly and blend easily. These inks are recommended for most stamping projects, but not for projects where you plan on using watercolors or coloring with alcohol markers after stamping the image.

Archival Black Exclusive Inks™ stamp pad: Our Archival Black Exclusive Inks™ stamp pad is our archival ink offering. This pad quickly sets an image that you can then color in using watercolor pencils, watercolors, or water-based inks with the blending pen.

Exclusive Inks™ Mini Pigment Pad Sets: Pigment inks behave differently from dye inks, in that they settle on top of your material rather than soaking into it. This allows you to stamp lighter colors on darker materials and to keep the true color of the ink pad when stamping on another color. Though they take longer to dry, when dried, they work well for coloring in with your markers or watercolor inks, as the pigment inks will form a permanent bond and will resist blending when you color over them.

StazOn™ ink pad: StazOn™ is specifically formulated for stamping on non-porous materials. Because StazOn is solvent-based, this ink works well when stamping an image that you will later color over with watercolors, but it is not ideal for use with alcohol markers.

Memento™ Tuxedo Black ink pad: The Memento™ ink pad gives you another archival quality ink pad that works for any stamping project and can be used with alcohol markers, watercolors, or any of our other coloring options.

Saturday, December 26, 2015

Planners Gonna Plan Special - Only a few days left!

Attention all planner addicts! During December, you can get your hands on the new, gorgeous Everyday Life™ album from Close To My Heart, the accompanying Everyday Life 2016 planner pages, and the coordinating Everyday Life Perfect Plan roller stamp in an exclusive product bundle for only $29.95. That’s over 15% off the retail price! With the new Everyday Life line, you’ll experience “memory keeping on the go” as you track your water intake, stamp reminders, keep appointments, and tuck away precious memories—plus much more—all at once! 

Just a few days left for the December special planner bundle. Order by December 31st to receive the discounted bundle price. You can find these products on my website by clicking here.

This video will give you a closer look at what this planner looks like.

I just received mine and started organizing next year already.

Friday, December 25, 2015

La Vie en Rose Workshop - February 13th

February 13th 1 pm at my house - please RSVP by January 31st if you plan to attend.

We will be making 3 two page layouts designed by Lisa Stenz. 

The cost for this workshop is $25.

Please RSVP by January 31st to