CTMH Kick Off Open House – virtual!

Welcome to my CTMH Kick Off Open House!

If you are reading this – that means you couldn’t make the event in person…  You are missing out on some good company, two free make n takes (don’t despair – you can get in on the action) and homemade biscotti and chocolate covered pretzels.  So yummy!

Loving the paper samplers CTMH included in my Starter Kit! 

(interested in joining me?  I am part of an amazing and growing team!!)

These word dies cut beautifully and they are large!!  That “celebrate” just fits on an A2 card and is also perfect for scrapbooking.

The wreath kit was a big hit too – so much neater in real life!  Do you have a kit and need ideas?  I’m happy to add you to our FB group…send me a note for an invite.

Glitter paper and inks – oh my!  The new CTMH inks have a magnetic lid that is out of this world.  Everyone loved them.

Have you checked out the Close to My Heart inspiration books?

Some CTMH glitter paper and my Flower Market Circut cartridge really “upscaled” these thank you note cards from the Michael’s dollar bin!

One of my make n take projects – little treat bags to personalize with either a Valentine theme or more glitter snowflakes.

My second make n take project – the bird or turtle were equally cute!  I love how some of my guests added hand drawn doodling to the edges…

If you live in the US and would like my make n take projects mailed to you, drop me an email with your address.   I’m sorry you couldn’t be here to make them in person.

Also – as my thanks for stopping by to visit my Virtual Open House…leave a comment as to your favorite CTMH product 🙂  You’ll be entered into a drawing for this cute tiny set.  Deadline for drawing:  Friday, 20 Jan at midnight.

If you are enjoying watching and hearing about my CTMH adventure, I want to invite you to join my Stamped Blessings VIP group, I’d love to have you!  You’ll see exclusive tutorials there, I’ll have extra drawings and it’s a fun place to share and ask questions!

Interested in placing an order?  If you order from my website before Jan 18 and enter my Open House party – you’ll be entered to win one of  TWO $25 shopping sprees from my webstore!!

Thanks for stopping by!!


heARTful stamping challenge – embossing


This week’s theme and monthly prize

Last weekend I was a bit lazy and got my blog post up later than I had hoped – so it didn’t make the Paper Playful posting.  Yikes!  Today I am back on track – despite having my Open House tomorrow.  If you want, you can still enter last week’s challenge since it won’t close until tonight at midnight!  You can find it here.

This week’s heARTful stamping Challenge is a embossing (the hot kind!).

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.  I figure with Valentine’s Day coming up soon (yeah, yeah…I know – don’t rush ahead!) this would be a fun Washi tape to add to your collection.  It’s called Everyday Life from Close To My Heart.

This Week’s Inspiration

I just love that little speech bubble from CTMH’s new set called Some Kinda Wonderful in their newest Seasonal Expressions catalog.  I thought the heart would look cute inside of it and see that little sentiment banner that reads “dream big”?  That is from the tiny stripe on top of the Some Kinda Wonderful CTMH 12 x 12 big circle paper that I used here.  Each of their designer papers has a different type of strip that you can cut of and it coordinates with that particular paper series.  I love it!  If my turtle looks familiar, I’ll confess he was a left over from a batch of thank you cards I made here.

supplies: Some Kinda Wonderful stamp set and die bundle, Some Kinda Wonderful designer paper – CTMH


The second card I am sharing today is based off of Muse Challenge #198.  It’s a little different from a true sketch challenge but the idea is similar.  I had this card idea in my head all week and finally had a chance to make it!   It feels good to be going back into my drawers of  paper and start using up some things like this Navy DCWV. The stars are from CTMH’s Charming Cascades stamp set and the sentiment is from one of the Close To My Heart’s Straight to the Top incentives that I earned.



It’s definitely a super CAS card but I love the gold embossing!


supplies: Charming Cascades – CTMH

I hope you come back and take a peek at my Virtual Open House….it should post LIVE by 10 am – Monday, 16 January.

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 Good Thymes

I created this card for a sketch challenge this week but then missed the entry by a few hours so I decided to save it and share it today.  It’s another super CAS card (that’s clean and simple!) but I hope you like the few extra details I added.

I used CTMH’s new stamp set:  Good Thymes which you can find in their Seasonal Expressions catalog.  


One thing I discovered about polymer clear stamps – you can bend them on the acrylic block!  This is just a slight curve but I felt it followed the lines of the rosemary plant.

Being a huge fan of woodgrain paper

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

Close To My Heart

stamps:   Good Thymes

papers:  assorted amuse studio paper scraps

other:   Woodgrain Embossing folder, white enamel dots (CTMH), Tombow markers

Don’t forget to take advantage of the special Welcome Home wreath kit offer that’s only available this month!  You can buy it or earn it for FREE 3 different ways!

And, all orders added to my Open House party will be entered to win a $25 shopping spree – looks like there were will be two awarded!!

CTMH Sugar Rush

Here is a fun and sweet (ha ha) card I was able whip together when I came across this week’s Mojo Monday #479 sketch challenge.  I did leave off the vertical strip (accidently) and I’m hoping the ribbon and corner of the tag give the same feeling…  oops!

I don’t get a lot of players in my challenges when I have a sketch, but those tend to be my favorite!  PSST! This week my heARTful stamping challenge is CAS and I’ve only had one entry so far because I didn’t post it on time – I hope you’ll consider joining in!

I used CTMH’s new paper pack called Sugar Rush and the matching cardstock. You can find it and a fun, coordinating stamp set and die bundle in the new Close to my Heart Seasonal Expressions catalog.


I also used the Stripe Embossing Folder which is on Clearance for just $3.15!  I’m always finding something cool in that section or the “going soon” category!

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

Close To My Heart

stamps:   From my CTMH upline!  🙂

paper:   Sugar Rush Paper Packet, Sugar Rush Coordinating Cardstock

other:  Fishtail tag die, Circle die (amuse studio), sheer ribbon (unknown), Versafine Onyx ink, Stripe Embossing folder (CTMH)


heARTful stamping winners


Yesterday for my CAS themed heARTful stamping challenge I wasn’t that happy with the photo quality of one of my cards.  I was intent on reshooting the picture and must have had a drop of coffee on my thumb … ohhhh  NOOOOO!  Luckily for me, these Black and White dots were part of the Here for You Cardmaking Kit from CTMH.  I was able to snip a square of plastic and practice placing them first before sticking them down.  I think they saved the day!

And now on to last week’s Top 3 winners from my heARTful challenge that was to share your favorite (or top 2) creations from 2016 – I know it’s tough to pin it down to 2!!

(1) Coloring Outside the lines

(2) Pleasure by Peet 

(13)  Helen Gullett

Congratulations to the winners and I hope you will grab your blog badges!  Please come back for this week’s CAS challenge…I got my post up late so it didn’t post well to PaperPlayful – help me get the word out if you can – I appreciate it!