CTMH School Year Stamp of the Month

CTMH School Year Stamp of the Month and Little Dreamer

My friend Juliet made this gorgeous card for me! I absolutely love it! There is minimal stamping on it because she let the Little Dreamer paper pack from CTMH be “main attraction” with those cute unicorns prancing away…it’s hard not to smile at this paper!!

Juliet did use the frame from CTMH’s Stamp of the Month – School Year and she used the sentiment and crown from CTMH’s Little Dreamer cardmaking stamp set.    All of these items disappear at the end of the month so don’t miss out!
CTMH School Year STOM and Little Dreamer Be a Unicorn

Look at this close up! I wanted to share a cool technique I learned from Juliet. She took her marker (in this case a copic) and outlined the edge of the paper to make a border. Because the paper was light enough and the marker is semitransparent, it really is a cool effect. I love how she finished it off with her usual doodling.

What rubber stamping supplies do you need to make this card?

CTMH Supply List

School Year – S1708 $17.95 or just $5 with a $50 purchase!


Remember, always be yourself unless you can be a unicorn!

heARTful stamping challenge winners!

Yikes!  I’m getting ready to run out the door for my first day back to work at a new school!  Pretty exciting and I’m a bit nervous too.  

Last week’s back to school challenge had just a few players BUT the entries were fabulous!  It’s hard again to just pick the Top 3…sigh….

3.  Vickie O’Dell

5.  Veana R.

6. Melissa SHB

Winners – congrats and feel free to grab your blog badge!  I hope everyone will be back this week for our Anything Goes heARTful stamping challenge.

heARTful stamping challenge – Anything Goes!


This month’s theme and monthly prize

Anything Goes + a stamp

Aug 20 – Aug 27

Yikes!  I guess that the Back to School theme last week was a toughy…only had 4 players.  Or, is it just a busy time of year for you too as summer wraps up?  Let’s make it easy and have any Anything Goes for this week’s heARTful stamping challenge!?    Normally throughout the month I have different sorts of challenges…”use it”, themes, sketch, etc.  There are weekly Top 3 winners and a random winner from all of the participants receives the monthly prize drawing.  You can also see last week’s heARTful stamping challenge which goes until Sunday night, midnight, right here.  ah… and perhaps you are wondering what is the prize for this month’s winner?!    

CTMH grey enamel gems

This Week’s Inspiration

Cyndi really used the Prickly Pear cardmaking stamp set from CTMH well on her card.  I love how she repeatedly stamped it for a background – but used it also for the focal point.  That llama is fussy cut (but don’t worry, if you hate trimming you can buy a matching die set).  What a great idea!  Prickly Pear is in CTMH’s Seasonal Expressions 2 catalog which does retire at the end of the month.

CTMH Prickly Pear cardmaking stamp set | love the repeat stamping for the background | sweet llama stamp set, cute cactus stamp set

supplies:  Prickly Pear cardmaking stamp set


Juliet and I had a “play date” – well, a cardmaking play date that is!  Here she found her unicorn color inspiration from CTMH’s Little Dreamer paper pack.  That sweet “build a unicorn” stamp set is also by that name – it’s CTMH’s Little Dreamer – cardmaking stamp set.  This set is also retiring at the end of the month as part of the Seasonal Expressions 2 catalog.

CTMH Little Dreamer cardmaking stamp set and paper pack | hand doodling details | sweet build a unicorn stamp set from Close To My Heart

I love Juliet’s knack for doodling!!

CTMH Little Dreamer cardmaking stamp set and paper pack | hand doodling details | sweet build a unicorn stamp set from Close To My Heart

 supplies:  Little Dreamer cardmaking stamp set, Little Dreamer paper pack, Scalloped Border thincut die, Thistle, Lemon and Emerald inks, Way to Go stamp set (dot)


I don’t think I can pick a favorite stamp set from CTMH’s Seasonal Expressions 2 catalog – each time I think, “oh, it’s Jack – the bear – that won my heart” then I fall in love with the one I am currently using!  Like this super cute Llama from CTMH’s Prickly Pear cardmaking set.  Often overlooked in CTMH’s catalogs though are Workshops Your Way kits.  I love these!  They include a paper sampler and a stamp set – plus, normally sequins or gems and a roll of ribbon.   The Let’s Party kit is one of my favorites!!  It has some really fun birthday sentiments and I can never get enough of those since those tend to be the type of cards I send the most of.  I love the build a banner – it has both the open (great for paper piecing!) outline and the solid banner image as well.  Don’t miss these great sets – they retire at the end of the month.

CTMH Workshop Your Way (WYW) Let's Party kit and Prickly Pear cardmaking stamp set


supplies:  Workshop Your Way Let’s Party kit, Prickly Pear cardmaking stamp set, Daisy White cardstock, Glacier, Thistle, Canary, Sweet Leaf ink, Glacier cardstock, other:  Copics

 I hope you join us!

It’s simple to play along:

  • 2 entry limit 
  • no digis please! 
  • please link back to this heARTful stamping Challenge to be eligible for the monthly prize!

CTMH Punny Pals and Operation Smile

CTMH Operation Smile Punny Pals - otter with copics - new CTMH Scalloped Border thincut die

Probably one of the most popular new sets in the CTMH Annual Inspirations catalog (at least based on the response from my recent Open House attendees!) is the new Operation Smile set: Punny Pals.  I love the new Scalloped Border due thincut dies that CTMH also is now offering.  It’s a perfect size for adding just a little bit of detail!

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.  So, everytime someones purchases the Punny Pals stamp set – CTMH will donate $7 to Operation Smile.  What a win-win deal!  🙂

CTMH Punny Pals Operation Smile stamp set. CTMH donates $7 from each sale to Operation Smile!
I’ve really had a lot of fun playing with these little cuties and you can see some more cards I’ve made here.

Don’t forget to stop in and check out my Virtual Open House if you missed it!

CTMH Annual Inspirations Virtual Open House!

Today was my Open House kicking off the release of CTMH’s latest Annual Inspirations catalog!  Here you can see the new basic color palatte, one of my favorite thincut dies (Scalloped Border – woohoo!), some new Fundamental papers and, of course, stamps!   I’m really excited about the two toned solid papers and everyone loved this new feature.

It was a last minute event that I squeezed in between my last days of summer which has been  filled with family visits and a trip to the beach.  Despite the rain, I was thrilled to have a full house! Thank you to everyone who came out in person!

If you are not local or you couldn’t make it today – don’t worry! There is still a prize raffle opportunity for you AND, if you place an order with my Open House Gathering by this Sunday at 5 pm ET, you will be entered to win $25 in free Hostess Rewards!

One of my favorite new CTMH stamp sets is Many Congratulations. Here I feature it with the wrapped bow but later on I share a field of flowers I stamped with it for a totally different look and feel.

CTMH Many Congratulations with watercolor pencil
We made two FREE Make n Take cards at my Open House today. I wanted to feature some stamps and papers from the current Seasonal Inspirations 2 catty – remember that mini catalog retires at the end of this month! Yikes! Here is Jack for cardmaking and the Jack paper pack – from Close To My Heart.

CTMH Jack cardmaking stamp and paper - Make n Take project
The next card we made was from the brand new Annual Inspirations catalog and features one of CTMH’s new 3-step stamps. Love this Thoughtful Bird and I found it easy to achieve a great look. I think everyone was happy with their results. One tip would be to wipe your block edges between ink colors – I found several folks (including me!) had random and stray lines of ink from that!
CTMH Thoughtful Bird - 3 layer stamping - Make n Take project
If you have ever been over to my house for a stamping event, you know my dog Walter. He normally thinks of these “get-togethers” as his play date – and today was proof it’s true! He got his first card – made by Cole…just one of his biggest fans.

So, you’ve stuck around this far and made it to the end of my post! Leave a comment below if you have or have not ever tried CTMH stamps before and I will pick a prize winner on Saturday, August 18th. I ask that because I was talking to some of my guests that until I discovered CTMH, I had some earlier misgivings from prior experiences with “other” types of clear stamps.   And, honestly, I love them — so glad I decided to join Close To My Heart!

The random drawing winner will get to choose his or her favorite sentiment from the four shown. These are meant for the Cut Above Tag Kit – Golden Moments (which is awesome by the way!) but are designed to work with tags, cards or even a scrapbook page!