heARTful stamping challenge – anything goes!

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This week’s theme and monthly prize

Anything Goes + a stamp

Feb 26 – Mar 5

This week’s heARTful stamping Challenge is an easy one – it’s Anything Goes…but please be sure to use  stamps in your project!  You can find last week’s challenge here.

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 have been working on becoming more “organized” as I start my CTMH business (I’ve been stamping over 11 years now!) and I came across this new and uncut rubber cling set I have that is perfect for this month..  February’s random prize winner will receive this rubber stamp set …

Gina K Designs

This Week’s Inspiration

Cyndi is back this week – woohoo!  I know you’ve missed her creative ideas, I have!  Cyndi is an avid scrapbooker so she was particularly excited when I joined CTMH. 🙂  She sent me this Title Page she’s been working on in her “free time”.  It features CTMH designer paper (retired) and little Aqua Dots that are now on CLEARANCE and marked at a great price!

Close To My Heart Scrapbooking

supplies: CTMH patterned paper (retired), Aqua Dots (on Clearance while supplies last)

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Sometimes I come across a card that I absolutely LOVE but I want to change it slightly to make it my own.  That happened to me when I came across a card created by CTMH Consultant Denise from Australia…over at Scrap Stamp Share.  I used different papers but when with her color scheme…it’s wonderful!  The Stripe Embossing folder is just one of a few CTMH embossing folders on CLEARANCE for an amazing $3.15!  I have really been using my Shower Flowers from CTMH a lot this week.  In case you missed it, I love the CAS card I created for last week’s heARTful stamping challenge using a different flower from that set.

 Close To my Heart, Shower Flowers

supplies:  Shower Flowers stamp set, Happy Everything stamp set, White Daisy, Sugar Rush paper,  Rasperry and Willow cardstock, Black, Willow, Cranberry and Blossom ink, edge distresser, Stripe Embossing folder (on clearance while supplies last)

 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 Here for You Workshops Your Way

Close To My Heart

I have a BIG twelve card workshop coming up this Saturday and I’m excited to have 12 folks coming over PLUS I’m making up 2 “to-go” kits.  I have the supplies for just two more if you are interested.  But, in the meantime, I want to share some cards we made at my card class earlier this month…seems like ages ago!

I fell in love with the Here for You stamp set in CTMH’s latest Seasonal Expressions catalog.  This card is almost exactly like CTMH’s Workshop Your Way Here For You Cardmaking Idea Guide that you get FREE.  This is a special feature when you purchase certain kits…you have the option to download the guides immediately.  For me that’s a plus because it’s an easy starting point and helps me get my stamp set inky right away.

Everything I used in the card above was included in this kit (except the ink!)…there is enough supplies to make 6 of this card and 6 more of a second design.  Or, perhaps you just want to make one and use the papers to do your own thing!  I went in a totally different direction with this Here for You swirl flowers on this card here.  It’s still one of my favorites to date! 

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

In this case, pretty everything I needed was included in this cardmaking kit.  I did supplement with my inks – CTMH takes all the hard part of guessing the right color out by including the ink colors that complement the paper packs.  Yay!!

Close To My Heart

stamps:   Here for You (inlcuded in kit)

papers:  Here for You papers – pack includes 12 card bases and envelopes!

other:  Blossom, Smoothie and Willow ink

 

heARTful stamping winners!

Happy President’s Day to my US readers!

For many of us it’s a holiday and I get to stay home today.  It’s a chance for me to clean up my stamp area and start prepping for my 12 card workshop coming up this weekend.  So far I have 10 RSVPd and 2 to-go kits.  It will be a lot of fun!  Should I save you a slot?!?

This past week we had a lot of players in my heARTful stamping challenge with the focus on LOVE.  I loved all the entries!  It was hard to narrow it down to just a Top 3 but I did…

8.  Lily Patch Stamp

9.  Anushree

15.  Tanvi

Congratulations to the winners – I hope you will grab your blog badge!  I also want to invite everyone to come back this week and play along with the “repeat this” heARTful stamping challenge.  My idea is that you repeat something in your project!

heARTful stamping challenge – repeat this!

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This week’s theme and monthly prize

repeat “this” + a stamp

Feb 19 – Feb 26

This week’s heARTful stamping Challenge is to focus on repeating something…but please be sure to use  stamps in your project!  You can find last week’s challenge here.

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 have been working on becoming more “organized” as I start my CTMH business (I’ve been stamping over 11 years now!) and I came across this new and uncut rubber cling set I have that is perfect for this month..  February’s random prize winner will receive this rubber stamp set …

Gina K Designs

This Week’s Inspiration

I have a lot of floral stamps that I’ve collected over the years.  Some are realistic and others are what I call, funky!  I really liked the possibility that I saw in CTMH’s Shower Flowers.  This set of florals offers a little bit of both worlds!  I also think this color combo is perfect for this time of year – with this mild winter here in Northern VA I can see my daffodils are ready to pop open!

Close to my Heart

supplies: Shower Flowers stamp set, Dreamin’ Big stamp set from Seasonal Expressions Catalog 1,  Sweet Leaf and White Daisy cardstock, Slate, Canary and Sweat Leaf ink, corner rounder – CTMH; Medium Scalloped border die, twine, Slate Splash – a|s

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Last week I had some fun with the emboss resist technique and I have to admit, once I start it, I have a hard time stopping!  So, here we go again!  My set of CTMH watercolor pencils and Operation Smile True Love stamp set came in the mail on Friday.  So exciting.  I’ve been eyeing this stamp set for awhile (I love that $7 from each purchase goes to a great cause – Operation Smile fixes Cleft Palates) but I made myself “pace myself” as I thumb through the CTMH catalog(s).   I had meant to use this week’s Freshly Made Sketches but left off the sentiment part.  I do think the splash ink background and watercolor pencils will be okay for the AAA Card challenge though.  So you have a challenge card within a challenge – tee hee.

Close to My Heart

This card is a birthday card for my niece and I love that she often wears her long hair in pigtails.  This little gal reminds me of her.  One of the really cool things about CTMH is that many of their patterned paper packs match well across paper packs AND they all have a small decorative strip across the top of each 12 x 12 sheet.  One side is a unique pattern (that matches the set) and the other side tells you the name of the paper pack and the colors that match.  Makes life so SIMPLE!! A little liquid glass makes her heart really shine. 

Close To My Heart

supplies:  True Love stamp set, White Daisy, Sugar Rush (sprinkles paper) and Dreamin’ Big (blue tone top strip) cardstock, Watercolor pencils, white embossing powder, Liquid Glass – CTMH; Habanero Splash – a|s

 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 Dreamin’ Big

Close To My Heart

Finally!  Last week I had promised to show peeks all week from my last cardmaking event.  I did show a cute card using CTMH’s Stamp of the Month (STOM) Easter Bunny here – but then I got caught up in other posts!  Sorry!

Here was one of everyone’s favorite cards (although they were all pretty well received!) using Dreamin’ Big Thin Cuts set (that’s a stamp set and matching die bundled together for a really great price).  It was super easy to coordinate my butterflies with the matching Dreamin’ Big paper pack.  

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

I know most people appreciate when I can share a card that uses just one stamp set.  This is a perfect example of a CAS card with a few extra details to make it pop.  Like a small strip of White Glitter paper but you could easily use CTMH’s White Shimmer trim that is adhesive backed.

Close To My Heart

stamps:   Dreamin’ Big

papers:  Dreamin’ Big paper pack, White Daisy cardstock, White Glitter paper

other:   Dreamin’ Big die bundle, Black, Goldrush, Poppy and Juniper inks