Card Challenge winners!


Birthday Princess mini album from CTMH

We are rolling into the last week of July and I’m trying to lock in a date for my Open House to celebrate the new CTMH Annual Inspirations catalog!  But, that means some wonderful stamp sets will be retiring.  This sweet Birthday Princess is not only perfect for making handmade birthday cards, it’s also perfect for scrapbooking or making mini albums like this one from Close To My Heart.  Don’t miss out on getting your favorite stamp sets before they are gone forever – and during Stampaganza – you can really save because it’s a Buy 2 Get 1 FREE kind of deal!  

ctmh stampaganza

And now on to last week’s embossing themed heARTful stamping challenge winners.  I am popping in this morning to leave comments and thanks to everyone for playing along.  I always appreciate it!

4.  Mai

10.  Stamping Kitty

11.  Gail Scott

Congratulations to the winners!  Please grab your blog badges – I suspect you already have them though.  🙂  I hope you will join us 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

Jul 23 – Jul 30

We’re coming up to the end of the month (already?!)  so that means it’s time for an Anything Goes 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.

July’s prize winner will receive this Petite Perks stamp set from CTMH.  They are tiny – perfect for a tag or on a card.

This Week’s Inspiration

I’ve been focusing on a lot of retiring CTMH stamp sets since the end of the month is almost here and then they will be gone forever; but, today I wanted to refocus on some neat stamps in the Seasonal Expressions 2 catalog.  I’ve had a lot of fun with the new Prickly Pear papers and cardmaking stamp set – I’ve used both of these in this card.  Aren’t these sentiments so fun?  They are part of the Prickly Pear cardmaking stamp set.  There is also a Prickly Pear scrapbooking stamp set that has additional cacti, flowers and fun sentiments.

Prickly Pear cardmaking stamp set from CTMH, Stuck on You - ouch!

supplies: Prickly Pear cardmaking stamp set, Prickly Pear paper pack – CTMH.  Other:  copic markers, corner rounder


The Prickly Pear cardmaking stamp set from CTMH also includes this sweet Llama!  eeck!  This little guy really makes me smile.  Once again I’ve used the Prickly Pear paper pack – I didn’t expect to fall in love with this paper like I did!.  I CASEd a card in CTMH’s Seasonal Expressions 2 catalog.  I have just 2 left if you are interested in getting one – you can get it free with the purchase of the new CTMH catalog that goes LIVE on 1 August.  (Order via my right sidebar).  I think this is the perfect CAS birthday card.

CTMH Prickly Pear cardmaking stamp set, llama stamp set, CAS card, Happy Birthday

 supplies:  Prickly Pear cardmaking stamp set, Prickly Pear paper pack – CTMH.  Other:  copic markers


This is another card inspired by the CTMH catalog…I love how easy it is to copy or springboard off of the cards within the catalogs! It’s perfect for when your Mojo has left you… ha ha.   I paired the retired Sugar Rush paper pack with the new Little Dreamer cardmaking stamp set.  If you get my newsletter – you saw this stamp set used in a creative new way.  It’s not too late to sign up for my FREE newsletter if you don’t already get it!  (Sign up via left sidebar).

 Little Dreamer CTMH cardmaking stamp set, Happy Birthday card, build able unicorn stamp set

 supplies: Little Dreamer cardmaking stamp set, Sugar Rush patterned paper (retired)

In case you haven’t heard – CTMH is running Stampaganza this month which means when you buy 2 stamp sets, you get another 1 stamp set for FREE!

 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 Shower Flowers Decorate a Birthday Card

CTMH Shower Flowers are the perfect finish to this CAS birthday card, Some Kinda Wonderful paper pack, CTMH inks

As we approach the last week of July, that means the soon to be retired CTMH products, like this Shower Flowers stamp set, will be gone soon.  I fell in love with this funky flower set and have gotten quite a bit of use from it.  This card here is a often repinned on Pinterest!  These little flowers just pop with color – I used CTMH’s Goldrush and Poppy inks.  The designer paper is actually one of the Project Life type cards that come in the 12 x 12 paper packs – this one is from the now retired, Dreamin’ Big paper pack.

ctmh stampaganza

With Stampaganza going on – Buy 2 Get 1 FREE – there’s no reason to miss out on these terrific stamp sets!  For instance, you can get Shower Flowers and Wise Guy Birthday (each just $13.95 and BOTH retiring) and then pick a third stamp set valued at $13.95 or less for FREE!  Stampganza is good on all current and retiring stamp sets…it does not cover stamp/thin cut bundles.

Shower Flowers

Wise Guy Birthday

Don’t miss out!!  Click to see what’s going – GONE as of July 31.

PS.  I have just a few of the new CTMH catalogs available…you can still buy yours for just $5 shipped in my right sidebar.  I mail same day but if you wait, I’ll be out of stock soon!

CTMH Lovely Leaves and Gold Embossing

CTMH Lovely Leaves are gold embossed and then loosely watercolored for this dramatic look! CAS cards - watercolouring

It’s inevitable that some stamps must retire from a catalog to make way for new goodies, but I am sad to see this Lovely Leaves stamp set from CTMH retire at the end of this month.  It’s such an easy card and I was totally inspired (think “Copy And Stole Everything” – CASE) from Mischelle Smith’s work here in the Take Ten Stamper’s Sampler.  

I love Mischelle’s loose, flowy style of watercolouring paired with the pop of gold embossing.  I can’t wait to try this on more cards!

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

I happened to use a thick, cold press watercolor paper which I cut to 8 1/2 x 11.  I like to run the cardstock folded to an A2 card size through my Big Shot to flatten it a bit.  Makes it easier to watercolor and emboss!  Other than the watercolor paper and “With Sympathy” sentiment, all supplies are from Close To My Heart.

Don’t forget – Lovely Leaves is one of the many stamps sets and products – CTMH will be retiring at the end of this month!  I’ve also posted some upcoming price increases on my Stamped Blessings FB page so if you haven’t already – please hop over and Like and then click Follow to make sure you stay in the loop!

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ctmh stampaganza


No Worries Scrapbooking kit and Challenge winners!

No Worries scrapbooking kit is also perfect for quick and easy cardmaking!  | CTMH

I love that my design team member, Cyndi, is such an avid scrapbooker that she has been getting some of the scrapbooking kits CTMH offers.  Here she proves once again how functional this kits are because she whipped out a card and didn’t even have to pull out an ink pad for this one!  This  is the new No Worries theme.  CTMH scrapbooking and cardmaking workshop kits come with papers, complements or stamps and a roll of ribbon and sequins.  They are handy to have on hand and are perfect for either scrapbooking, cardmaking or both!

I’m pretty excited that the new 2017/2018 CTMH catalogs have arrived at my house and I’ll be going to the post office soon to mail out all the preorders!  You can order one in my sidebar to make sure you get one this week – it’s just $5 shipped in the US…

New Annual CTMH catalog!

And now on to the heARTful stamping challenge winners from last week’s birthday theme.  I’ve been really oohhing and aahhing over the entries – you have given me some great ideas and inspiration – thank you!!

6.  Imke

7.  Vinita Jain

9.  Kathy k

Congratulations to the winners and I hope you will grab this blog badge if you don’t already have it.  Please come back for this week’s heARTful stamping challenge – it’s a fun one, I think!  It’s all about hot embossing…let’s heat things up!  tee hee….

PS.  My mid month inspiration tutorial is going out later this morning to my newsletter subscribers.  It’s FREE and something I only share with them – if you don’t get it, sign up in the upper left sidebar.  This one is one of my favorite projects to date!!  It’s super cute and is perfect for anyone – any age!