Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Scout Of The Year Award

Some of the VFW's earliest ties to the community involve youth groups and perhaps none are stronger or more lasting than the relationship between the VFW and America's scouting organizations. In fact, VFW's partnership with the Boy Scouts of America dates back to 1915 when VFW Post 2100 helped to establish Troop 1 in Everett, Washington.
Through the VFW's Scout of the Year program, members of the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts who display standout citizenship, patriotism and love of country have the opportunity to be rewarded with college scholarships of up to $5,000.
Scouts should submit the completed VFW Scouting Scholarship form, resume of high school activities, scouting record, community service record and letters of recommendation to a local VFW Post no later than March 1. Locate your local Post here.
Note: A Scout can enter through ONE VFW Post only.
Go here for more info.


I hope you will pass this information on to family and friends who are involved in Scouts and lets get them awarded for their great acheivements.

Happy Scrappin',


Monday, February 8, 2016

Teacher Of The Year!

Do you know an Awesome Teacher who teaches Americanism and Patriotism?

 The Veterans Of Foreign Wars (VFW) is seeking nominees for Teacher Of The Year. Needs to be turned in by February 15, 2016

This is a national program.


Without our nation’s veterans, America wouldn't be the great nation it is today. Our youth deserve to learn about our rich history, traditions and the role of our veterans in creating and shaping America.

The VFW Teacher of the Year award contest recognizes three exceptional teachers for their outstanding commitment to teaching Americanism and patriotism to their students. Each year, a classroom elementary, junior high and high school teacher whose curriculum focuses on citizenship education topics—for at least half of the school day in a classroom environment—can be nominated for the Smart/Maher VFW National Citizenship Education Teacher Award. Winners receive:

A $1,000 award for professional development expenses.
A $1,000 award for his/her school.
Two award plaques: one for the teacher, the other for his/her school.
An all-expenses-paid trip to attend a VFW conference to receive their award.

GO here for more info.

I hope you will pass this on to friends and family members who have school age children and lets get those great teachers nominated and rewarded for such great work.

Happy Scrappin',


Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Have you seen the Stamp of the month yet?

Look at how cute this stamp set is.  So many cute things you can do.

It's called Balloon Animals

You can get this set for just $5.00 when you spend $50.00 or more.  

Why not get the Share the Love stamp set too.  

Close To My Heart is sending $7.00 to Operation Smile from each Share the Love set purchased and I will send another $3.00 for every Share the Love stamp set purchased through me or my website through the month of  February.  That makes it a $10.00 donation from each stamp set.  

It costs $240.00 per operation, together we can help with at least one operation.

Thank you in advance for your generosity. 
I will keep track of the sales on my website and keep you all up dated of our results.

Happy Scrappin',


Monday, February 1, 2016

Share the Love.

Share the love this February by purchasing the exclusive My Acrylix® Share the Love D-size stamp set (CC1060). Filled with adorable icons and loveable sentiments, this stamp set will be a beautiful addition to your collection—but there is more to this stamp set than meets the eye! Not only will you be getting a high-quality, swoon-worthy stamp set by taking part in this promotion, but Close To My Heart will also donate $7 USD of the proceeds from this stamp set to Operation Smile™, an amazing organization that provides surgeries to repair cleft lips and palates for children all over the world!* Check out our social media channels all month long to see this stamp set in action, and remember to post your own artwork using the hashtag #ctmhsharethelove to help bring attention to a wonderful and worthy cause.

And just to make things better, I will add $3.00 to Operation Smile Donations for each Share the Love Stamp set purchased through me or my website during the month of February.  
That will bring the total donation up to $10.00 per stamp set.  
Get your Share the LOVE Stamp set here.

Join me in purchasing this stamp set and help me raise enough for 1 smile.  
It costs $240.00 per operation that is just 24 stamp sets. Together we can do this.

Happy Scrappin',


Charlotte Workshop Your Way.

I love this paper pack. The colors are so soft and gentle.

Close To My Heart is changing up the paper packs and Workshops.  Here we have the Charlotte Workshop Your Way.  All of these layouts use the Picture My Life cards that now come in the Workshops Your Way kits.  You get 2 sheets of 5 different patterend papers and 2 sheets of the Pictue My Life cards that you get to cut apart.  One side of the Picture My Life card sheets is printed in one direction and the other side is printed in the other direction, so you can have the saying go the direction you want it too. I was supposed to add flowers from the Springtime Wishes Stamp set C1641 and it has matching Springtime Wishes Thin Cuts dies too, but somehow I have misplaced them. I have taken this to my monthly crops twice now, so I must have pulled them out at some point and didn't get them back in my bag.  Oh well gives me something else to do. lol

I also made 15 cards, well they are still in the making process, but that is a lot from 1 paper pack. 

The stamp sets will no longer be part of the Workshops and there is a new name too.  I think you will like the new Workshops Your Way.  Along with the changes comes a new price too. They are now just $26.95.  Here's what the Charlotte Workshop Your Way kit looks like.

Workshops Your Way™ Charlotte Scrapbooking Kit Contents:
1 – Charlotte Paper Packet (X7205B)
1 – Charlotte Complements (X7205C)
3 – Cardstock Sheets (1 Black, 2 Whisper)
1 – Black & Gold Ribbon (Z3197)
1 – Treasured Puffies (Z3203)
Featured Colors: Black, Champagne, Slate, Sorbet, Whisper, White Daisy
Use the materials and the online guide to create three traditional layouts and one Picture My Life™ layout.
I hope my artwork will inspire you to create beautiful things with this paper pack.  By the way, can you guess where the name comes from?  Leave me a comment below. 

Happy Scrappin',