You’re the Bomb Operation Smile Blog Hop

Hello and welcome aboard our You’re the Bomb Australasian Close to My Heart Blog Hop. If you have arrived here from Maz’s blog Inky Fingers,  then you are in the right place. If you landed here by accident, no problem, please join in by following the link at the end of this post.

Operation Smile is a private,  not for profit organisation providing reconstructive surgery to children and young adults born in developing countries.  Close To My Heart is partnered with Operation Smile®, an organization that provides free, life-changing surgery that repairs smiles and reshapes lives, one child at a time. Since 2008, Close To My Heart has provided support to change the lives of over 1,500 children and their families.  For more information about Operation Smile please visit

On 1st December Close to My Heart Consultants released our Seasonal Expressions Idea Book. On the back page of this Idea book you will find the C- sized, You’re the bomb stamp set. By purchasing this set at full retail price  of $25 you can help change the life of a child as CTMH will donate $US3 from your purchase to Operation smile.  This special is available until the 31 March so be in quick to get this stamp set and make your donation to this very worthy cause.

Today we will be sharing some inspiration using “You’re the Bomb“. We hope you will be compelled to purchase this set and in so doing, contribute to the life changing work of operation smile.

The blog hop is a loop with about 11 participants so follow along and you will end up right back here. If you get lost there is a list of participants on Mandy’s Blog here.

I would like to share with you some cards that I have made with this stamp set.  I struggled with some inspiration so looked at the Seasonal Expressions Idea Book to get started.

I love the simplicity of the card that is used for the book and took that and changed it a little with different papers and embellishments.  I have used Heartstrings and Hopscotch papers and mixed them up as well as using different coloured inks to stamp.  The hearts are from the This Moment stamp set and I have used a combination of stamping and fussy cutting as well as first and generation stamping.  Sometimes less is more and I would like to thank the CTMH art department for the inspiration.CTMH You're the Bomb and Heartstrings CTMH You're the Bomb and Hopscotch CTMH You're the Bomb stamp set

Then I was able to stretch out with the Hopscotch paper and use different embellishments.  I love the look of faux stitching on the sentiment and how it makes it stand out more.  I used the  Marvy Uchida LePen Journalling pen that is available from CTMH.  It has a lovely fine nib and lasts a long time.  I don’t normally cut the corners on my cards but this card worked really well with this finish.


This card has been inspired by the card in the Seasonal Expressions Idea Book and I have changed it to fit the You’re the Bomb stamp set and added the new Extra Thick Pixie Twine.  I have also used the new thinner foam tape to add some dimension with the sentiments.

DSCF2277Thanks for joining me on this journey, the “You’re the Bomb” stamp set is available from your CTMH consultant here and $3USD from every purchase will go directly to Operation Smile.
To continue your journey, hop over to see what Mandy has created on her blog, Hall of Indulgence and see what fabulous ideas she has come up with.

Materials used:

Cardstock – White Daisy, Colonial White, Cotton Candy, Glacier, Flaxen, Ruby

Paper – Heartstrings, Hopscotch

Stamps – You’re the Bomb, This Moment

Inks – Glacier, Sorbet, Flaxen, Ruby, Lagoon

Extra Thick Twine – Pixie

Gold Sequins

Flamingo Dots

Marvy Uchida LePen Journalling pen

Happy Crafting




21 thoughts on “You’re the Bomb Operation Smile Blog Hop

  1. I love these cards! A clean look with such beautiful paper and stamps. I also love how easily you’ve changed up the designs with just some different paper and bling. This would give you an endless supply of beautiful cards!

  2. Patricia your working is always exceptional and just when I think you’ve excelled and blown me out the water, you do it again. Your such an inspiration to us all.

  3. I honestly wish I had the means to purchase your cards, as I admire your cause. I wish you the very best of luck raising money for the children. These really are beautiful cards.

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