heARTful stamping challenge – Anything Goes!

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This month’s theme and monthly prize

Anything Goes + a stamp

Feb 18 –  25

Welcome to this week’s Anything Goes heARTful stamping challenge!  We’re a great place to get and share some card making ideas for your rubber stamped cards.  I have been really enjoying watching some of the Winter Olympics and its a great time to stamp and catch up on the latest events.  I am also looking forward to having President’s Day off here in the US – I expect to get extra crafty then!  🙂

If this is your first visit here, there are normally weekly Top 3 winners and a random winner from all of the participants receives the monthly prize drawing.   February’s prize winner will receive this package of beautiful Chelsea Gardens dots from CTMH.

This Week’s Inspiration

Cyndi created a sweet and springy birthday card using CTMH’s Punny Pals stamp set.  Did you know that CTMH donates $7 from this stamp set sale to Operation Smile?  It’s an awesome charity and makes me proud.  Look at that fabulous idea from Cyndi.  She die cut a partial scalloped oval and then flipped the cut out piece around to make a layer.  Love it!

CTMH Punny Pals

CTMH supplies:  Punny Pals Operation Smile stamp set, Dreamin’ Big paper pack (retired)

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One of my favorite new releases in CTMH’s Seasonal Expressions 1 catalog was the Chelsea Gardens paper and cardmaking stamp set.  I haven’t shared in at least two weeks (did you see this card?  It’s amazing – if I may say so myself!), but I need to put them away for a bit to force myself to play with all of the other new goodies I ordered.  As you can see, they are both really fabulous!!  Sigh…

CTMH Chelsea Gardens paper and stamp set

CTMH supplies:  Chelsea Gardens (cardmaking) stamp set, Chelsea Gardens paper pack

I hope you join us!

Looking for past winners?  Check out this link here.

It’s simple to play along:

  • 2 entry limit per week
  • any stamp manufacturer is allowed
  • no digis please! 
  • please link back to this heARTful stamping Challenge to be eligible for the monthly prize!


CTMH Sunny Thoughts Stamp of the Month

CTMH Sunny Thoughts | CAS card design

This week I took a new look at my Sunny Thoughts Stamp of the Month from CTMH. I love building more complex backgrounds with the smaller stamps I have in a set (look for my Inspirational Newsletter going out today after work for another great look! It’s free and if you don’t get it, you can sign up for it in my left sidebar). I thought a blue and white look would be springy and crisp looking. I was right!  The pop of yellow finishes everything off perfectly…

CTMH Sunny Thoughts close up

I colored a pearl blue with a copic marker and dyed my paper flowers with some Splash. Somehow I managed to get too much glue on one of the flowers so I just doused them in some glitter. Voila! A sparkly look and problem solved.  I hope you have a little sunshine in your day today and don’t forget that you can buy the SOTM at retail … or, if you spend $50 you can purchase it for just $5.

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CTMH Banner Love — Valentine Tags

CTMH Banner Love | Valentine tags | paper scraps

Happy Valentine’s Day!

I was inpsired by some tags I spotted on Pinterest and “knew” I had a bag of perfect scraps to make some myself. CTMH’s Banner Love steals the show AND it’s on sale this month! It obviously works well with their tag and banner thin cut dies but it’s also ideal for cardmaking and scrapbooking.

SHOP SALE…

heARTful stamping challenge Winners!

CTMH Splash of Color
Now I might be singing that all day…”all you need is love — love is all you need!” This was such a quick and easy Valentine to make with CTMH’s Splash of Color stamp set working as the backdrop. The sentiment is from one of the stamp sets included in CTMH’s Artistry Cricut bundle but it would be easy to switch out for any occasion.  I like it when a card design can do double duty!

And now on to the Top 3 winners from last week’s Anything Goes – heARTful stamping challenge.  WOW!  We really had a lot of entries and it was quite difficult to narrow it down to three.  sigh… but, that’s a good problem to have!  Like my husband and I joke – are you complaining or bragging?!  tee hee.

3.  Ksenija

5.  Kathy Schweinfurth

22.  The Papercraftess

Congratulations to the winners – I hope you’ll grab your blog badge!  Please come back this week and play along again in our heARTful stamping challenge…it’s fun to hang out with you all and be inspired!

 

heARTful stamping challenge – Anything Goes

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This month’s theme and monthly prize

Anything Goes + a stamp

Feb 11 –  18

Rain, rain go away!  It’s strange to have 2 days of heavy rain during the winter – I think I’d welcome snow instead.  Either way, it’s a good reason to stay home and get inky!  I hope that you have some time to join in on this week’s Anything Goes heARTful stamping challenge!  We’re a great place to get and share some card making ideas for your rubber stamped cards.

If this is your first visit here, there are normally weekly Top 3 winners and a random winner from all of the participants receives the monthly prize drawing.   February’s prize winner will receive this package of beautiful Chelsea Gardens dots from CTMH.

This Week’s Inspiration

Valentine’s day is just around the corner and look at this stunning card Cyndi created.  I love how she embossed the large image and then die cut it out.  This stamp is now retired but it’s called Grateful Heart and it’s from CTMH.  By using just this rich red and black, the card is so elegant!

CTMH Grateful Heart | Handmade Valenine

CTMH supplies:  Grateful Heart stamp set

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I too have a Valentine to share … this one is cute for kids and adults!  It features another CTMH stamp set that is now retired called Some Kinda Wonderful.  I love that CTMH has begun offering thin cut dies for many of their stamp sets so if you hate to fussy cut, it makes things a lot easier!  This sky was so easy to sponge and it a great technique for you to try if you haven’t already.  A die cut or torn scrap of thin copy paper is all you need and a nice light blue of ink.

CTMH Some Kinda Wonderful Valentine

CTMH supplies:  Some Kinda Wonderful stamp set, Willow and Glacier ink, Ruby cardstock

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With all of the rain I wasn’t able to get a really bright photo but I love the soft colors of CTMH’s Basics Fundamentals paper pack combined with their color of the year – Bashful.  By the way, all of CTMH’s pinks are 25% off this month for their Pretty in Pink sale! The sentiment and flowers are from CTMH’s Stamp of the Month called Sunny Thoughts…which has been getting me through this dreary spell we’re in!  This is a great card sketch for using up scraps of paper and is loosely based off of one in CTMH’s Make it From Your Heart volume 4 how-to book filled with 24 card patterns.  Do you spot those cute little cork shapes?  They are in CTMH’s Seasonal Expressions 1 catty and are in the Gimme Some Sugar line.  Sweet!!

CTMH Sunny Thoughts Stamp of the Month (SOTM) | Birthday card | great layout for using scraps

CTMH supplies:  Sunny Thoughts SOTM stamp set, Heather and Bashful ink, Bashful and Daisy White cardstock, Basics Fundamentals paper pack, Gimme Some Sugar Cork Shapes

I hope you join us!

Looking for past winners?  Check out this link here.

It’s simple to play along:

  • 2 entry limit per week
  • any stamp manufacturer is allowed
  • no digis please! 
  • please link back to this heARTful stamping Challenge to be eligible for the monthly prize!