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A SMILE THEY CAN HOLD FOREVER

Charlynn Designs Greeting Cards, My Friends Characters, and Ornaments

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ABOUT US

We started creating Christmas cards in 2009 to send to family and friends. Soon after, we were sending free blank greeting cards to American troops deployed overseas; it was our way of thanking the troops for their service. We shipped more than 7,000 free holiday cards to deployed American troops.

Imagine our surprise when we were contacted about selling our cards to the generl public. Soon we had agreements with retail outlets to sell our greeting cards and we established an online store. (Our new online store will open January 21, 2017.)

December 2015 marked an expansion of our product line. An invitation to an artist ornament exchange led to the creation of Charlynn Designs My Friends Characters. This event had one important rule; the ornaments had to be handmade. This rule set the bar high because the other invited artists always create exceptional art. In the end, a wonderful time was had by all and Charlynn Designs started expanding the characters of the line. Each My Friends Character is handcrafted in wood by hand.

Charlynn Designs, a family owned company, has been creating handmade greeting cards for more than eight (8) years and and handmade ornaments (My Friends Characters) for more than two (2) years.

Our goal is to spread smiles all over the world with our product lines.

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Beth Thurman - Owner & Artist

Beth brings many skills to Charlynn Designs with her years of experience in illustration, graphic design, human resources, payroll, reporting systems, analytics, help desk, and networks.

She holds a Masters degree in Computer Information Systems and a Bachelor degree in Journalism. For fun, Beth went back to school and obtained an Associate degree in Multimedia. In addition, while residing in Georgia, she was a freelance graphic and traditional artist. Outside of work she enjoys riding her motorcycle, enhancing her knowledge of art, and keeping abreast of computer technology.

Beth volunteers and participates in various organizations:

  • Art Association of Henry County Member (August 2014 - September 2016  |  April 2017 - Present)
  • Art Association of Henry County Board Member (August 2015 - September 2016)
  • Artistry Annex (May 2015 - September 2016)
  • Friends of the New Castle Public Library (June 2015 - Present)
  • Henry County Historical Society (August 2014 - July 2015  |  April 2017 - Present)
  • Lana Love Project | Co-Founder, Board Member (2014 - Present)
  • ACM Siggraph CA (1995-1997)¬†and ACM Siggraph GA (1990)

Wanda Thurman - Office Manager

Wanda is the reason for the smooth work flow and product distribution for all of the Charlynn Designs operations and products. Her skills include supervising the office, conducting research, arranging meetings, shipping and receiving, purchasing, managing stockrooms, greeting visitors, and handling travel arrangements.

She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Art and a Beachlor of Science Degree in Math and Science. Wanda spends her free time with family and frieinds, walks, and reading.

Wanda volunteers and participates in various organizations:

  • Art Association of Henry County (August 2014 - August 2016  |  April 2017 - Present)
  • ASCP: Lifetime Member (1986 - Present)
  • Friends of the New Castle Public Library (June 2015 - Present)
  • Henry County Historical Society (August 2014 - July 2015  |  April 2017 - Present)
  • Lana Love Project | Co-Founder, Board Member (2014 - Present)
  • Registered Histologist (1960 - Present)
  • Registered Cytologist (1970 - Present)

 

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