Operation Smile: Share the Love

What a perfect time to SHARE the LOVE and SMILE!  During the month of February, when you purchase this stamp set, Share the Love …

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Close to my Heart will donate $7 to Operation Smile!  Look at the beautiful smile you can help to make happen with your purchase.  Not only that, when you check out to after making your purchase, why not ROUND UP and donate a little bit more.  Every cent counts towards the $250 it costs to change the life of one child and make them thrive and SMILE again!

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Here’s a quick video to view:


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Isn’t this an adorable card by Melanie Brown?  I thought I would share it with you.  Love the watercolor/paint look that she used to create the mass of color. So pretty!

Watercolor paint,paper and products can be found HERE on my website.  



This exclusive stamp set is only available during the month of February.  You can buy it outright for $17.95, or when you make a $50 purchase, you can get it heavily discounted for only $5.00!  The Share the Love Stamp set purchase counts towards your total, so it may be just the ticket for you!

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I love the artwork that I found created by a fellow CTMH consultant Julie Carriere and wanted to share the “Party Theme” idea.  Stinkin’ cute for sure!


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When I get some of my own artwork created (a little behind right now), I’ll post them too. Sock monkey 1But I thought I would share the some of the best ARTWORK and get the ball rolling for February.  I just love Margi Gilbertson’s fun idea with the sock monkey. The monkey is paper pieced with two monkey balloons stamped on Colonial White cardstock; one in Desert Sand ink and one in Chocolate ink.  She cut out the entire Chocolate monkey and just the feet and face of the Desert Sand image and attached the pieces with the fab CTMH Glue Pen!  Love that glue!  The hat is a 1/2″ circle out of Bamboo cardstock and trimmed.  She painted his mouth with red Watercolor Paint and his eyes are Bitty Sparkles colored with the ShinHan Touch Twin Black Marker.  All the outlining is done with the Journaling Pen.  The little Red Enamel Gems put the finishing touch on the monkey’s hat and scattered around the card!

Birthday Cards… and a Valentines!

I can’t tell you the number of times one of my children has announced at 9 am, “Oh yeah, I’m invited over to Susie’s house for her birthday today at 10 am…”  Which is why I keep a closet shelf of last minute age-appropriate fun gifts and a stock of birthday cards on hand.

How is your stock of ready made birthday cards doing? Now is a great time to stock up on birthday cards.  Come to my Workshop on Thursday February 11th or Saturday February 13th and make this gorgeous set of 12 cards using CTMH’s new Kaleidoscope paper pack and Kaleidoscope cardmaking stamp set.

After stamping the cake and balloon images for the cards, we’ll decorate them with your choice of sparkles, sequinsgreen shimmer trim and pink or white enamel gems.

We’ll make 4 each of the three designs shown below:

Additionally, you are welcome to make a free Valentines card for your sweetheart (whether or not you join us for the Birthday cards)….






I’ll have supplies on hand for either of these two Valentine’s Day cards.

On Saturday you are also welcome to bring your child to make a set of children’s Valentines cards for school classes:

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$10 per set of 30 cards.


Join us on a Thursday evening for wine or a Saturday for some tea and coffee, cake and cookies and fellowship while we create these beautiful hand-crafted Birthday and Valentines cards to send out to your friends and family.

Workshop is limited to 8 participants. RSVP by February 9th to guarantee a spot.

♥   Come join us!

When: Saturday February 13th at 9am or Thursday February 11th at 7pm
Where: 1832 Birch Rd, McLean VA 22101
Cost: $20 for 12 cards with envelopes
Bring your own adhesive
RSVP: mariefarson@juno.com

You can purchase this kit to work on at home.  Everything will be pre-cut, necessary pieces will be stamped, and all accessories included.  I will provide you with a photocopy of the cards so that you can create them at home.  The prices are as follows:

  • $23.00 – you need to pick them up
  • $25.00 – mailed to you first class

Charlotte Pages

Northern Virginia came to a snowy stop last week as we dug out from under almost 30″ of snow and had 11 days off of school (counting weekends). I took advantage of the time to visit with my dad in California, and get some scrapbooking done.  I played with the soft and subtle Charlotte paper packs… here’s what I came up with:






The Charlotte paper pack has a total of 12 patterned papers, so these pages use far more patterned paper and fewer sheets of cardstock. Two of the pages are cut apart cards in 4×6 and 3×4 sizes. I loved using these on the layouts as titles and journaling blocks. Additionally, I’ve used the elegant black ribbon with a gold thread down the middle and the gold puffies in heart and “splat” shapes. Finally, the Charlotte complements and a handful of stamped images from the “Woodland Romance” stamp set provide finishing touches on these pages.



I’ve added 6 extra sheets of White and Whisper cardstock, along with ribbon and gold puffies and some white enamel dots.

Come join me Saturday or Sunday, February 20th or 21st at 2 pm to have fun creating these layouts!
Cost: $25 for 8 pages

The kit can also be ordered to go so that you may assemble the pages at home if you are unable to join a workshop. Contact me to arrange pick up or the postage amount. RSVP by January 14th so that I may order materials for you….
RSVP: 571-276-5405   or mariefarson@juno.com


If you want to complete lots of beautiful layouts and keep up with your family scrapbooking, consider joining my scrapbooking club. We will complete 8 to 10 layouts (or even 12!) each month for the 10 months.  Cost is $25 to $35 for each month’s set of layouts. If you join us at least 8 of the 10 months,  you will earn a free set of page protectors to put your layouts in and the option of purchasing any album at half price.

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