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Sunday, February 14, 2016

Operation Smile Opportunities in February!

If you are not attending my crop this coming weekend, no worries, you can still participate in supporting Operation Smile all this month!

Of course, the Animal Greetings stamp set is available for purchase online:
(Close To My Heart will donate $7 to Operation Smile)

And exclusively for the Month of February, you can purchase the Share The Love stamp set for only $17.95 and Close To My Heart will donate $7 to Operation Smile! (Click here to purchase.)

Two super fun stamp sets to use for all of your creative projects AND at the same time contributing to the well being of a child in need! That's a Win-Win!

Did you know you can WEAR your support? Check out these t-shirts available for purchase - available in Heathered Nickel and Classic Red! Purchase your t-shirt for $25 and Close To My Heart will donate $10 toward Operation Smile! (Click here to see the shirts, sizes, and sizing chart.)

Also available in a Unisex version!

Check out this short video from Monica as she shares about her first hand experience on an Operation Smile mission trip! (Click on the image below to watch the video.)

Operation Smile Opportunities at my Stonewall Resort Crop!

February is often associated with Valentine's Day! The month of LOVE! And there is no better way to show love than by transforming the life of an innocent child in great need!

This month, Close to My Heart has many opportunities for you to help a child. And there are a few exclusive opportunities at my Stonewall Resort Crop this coming weekend!


You will find this ADORABLE stamp set on the back cover of our Idea Books! Just think of the fun you could have with this set!!! Doesn't it make you SMILE?

When you purchase this stamp set for $17.95, Close To My Heart will donate $7 toward Operation Smile to provide life changing surgery to repair cleft lips and palates in children. The result? SMILES all around!

At my crop this coming weekend, when you purchase an Animal Greetings stamp set, you will receive:
an ADORABLE stamp set
$25 in Crop Cash
Warm Fuzzies for helping a child to SMILE
and you get to make a FREE card!

Here are just a few samples I made with this set:

But that's not all!!! We will also have a very special Spring-themed Basket at my Stonewall Resort Crop for you to purchase tickets for with the proceeds going to Operation Smile! You will receive Crop Cash for every dollar donated! (I don't have a picture yet -- it's a surprise!) PLUS there will be other opportunities there to raise money for this so-very-worthy cause!
Are you ready to party with me and 72 of my closest friends at Stonewall Resort?? I can't wait! I'm already packing and will be ready to go on Friday morning! Hope to see you there!

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Base & Bling Buffet at the Stonewall Crop!

I'm so excited to have this available for you during our weekend together! This is such a simple project with so much versatility! Make a necklace or key ring, embellish your card or layout, make a magnet! I'll have the stickers for you to choose from OR you can bring a photo to use instead for the perfect personalized gift for a teacher or friend!

**You will likely spot a mistake I made in the sign above right away! Can I just say, in my defense, I was just super tired when I made this and don't have time to recreate it again! Anyone who spots it get 2 points! (Toward what? Nothing, just 2 points!) Thank you for your patience with me!**

And here are a couple of necklaces that Lisa Stenz made with family pictures inside the pendant instead of a decorative sticker! These would make great key chains or fobs to hang from purses, etc. 1" x 1" for the square pendant or I have a 1" circle punch for the circle pendant. The Rectangle and Oval pendants are 1 3/8" x 1".

So come prepared with a photo to make your own personalized gift or use one of my stickers!
I can't wait to see you guys!!

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Stonewall 2016 Crop Schedule!

I've had some people ask me about a schedule for the weekend. I don't normally post this in advance, but in case it helps you plan your weekend! Some things to remember - doors open at 3pm on Friday, the room is closed every night about 11pm and open again at 7:00am for breakfast, and the crop is over on Sunday at 3pm!

1:00-5:00pm – Beverage Service in ballroom lobby
3:00pm – Doors open!
5:00pm – 9:00pm Dinner on your own
7:30pm – Time Machine Game (2)
8:00pm – Workshop: Zoe Layout
9:30pm – Time Machine Game (2)
11:00pm – Conference Room Closed

7:00am – Conference Room Opened
7:00-11:00am – Breakfast in Ballroom lobby
9:30am – Time Machine Game (2)
10:00am – Workshop: Urban Cards
11:00am – 2:00pm Lunch on your own
1:00pm-5:00pm – Beverage Service in Ballroom Lobby
2:00pm – Workshop:  Kaleidoscope Layouts and Cards
5:00pm – 9:00pm - Dinner on your own
7:30pm – Time Machine Game (2)
8:00pm – Workshop: La Vie En Rose Layout
9:30pm – Time Machine Game (3)
11:00pm – Conference Room Closed

7:00am – Conference Room Opened
7:00am-11:00am  – Breakfast in Ballroom lobby
11:00am – Hotel Check out time
9:00am – Creative Showcase
10:00am –Auction
11:45 – Operation Smile Drawing
11:00am – 2:00pm Lunch on your own
12:30pm – Workshop: Year Noted Framed Layout
3:00pm – Crop Over

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Stonewall Winter Crop - Last Minute Details!

Can you believe we are only a couple weeks away from our weekend of fun???

I wanted to give you an idea of what I will be bringing and what you should bring. You are welcome to use my tools - just sign them out and return them when you are done. Or you may prefer to bring your own to have at your fingertips. I'll leave that up to you!

I will be bringing my stamp sets and inks for you to use.

I will be bringing my Cricut Expression for you to use - along with my Close To My Heart cartridges. YOU need to bring your own cutting mat. You can get them at any craft store or from Amazon.

I will also have my Cuttlebug and Embossing Folders, as well as my craft heater.

I will also have cardstock and certain pattern paper available by the sheet.

Stonewall Resort charges $15/day per surge protector! I decided to use that money toward crop prizes instead. That means that I need YOU to bring as many cords and surges as you can. Last year we arrived and they had them out for us, but we can't count on that. So if you would like electric at your table, please pack those items and bring extras with your name on them. 

And don't forget - even though it's winter, the sun may be shining and everyone may be in t-shirts! Or there could be snow on the ground, in which case, gathering around the fire pit after dinner sounds like a plan! Either way, we are going to have a fabulous time together!

Let me know if you have any questions!
Can't wait to see you!