CTMH – Last week to order these stamps!

I was happy to have some stamp play time this weekend and I was inspired by two different sites to come up with this CAS card using CTMH’s Dreamin Big and Good Thymes stamp sets.  Both of these sets – along with the Seasonal Expressions 1 catty – retire April 30.  

I went with the pastel butterflies from the Card Concept’s photo challenge and AAA Cards had the requirement to use a stencil.  This one was still in it’s original package from a Scrap Expo show two years ago so it was time to bring it out!

I will be sharing more details this afternoon and update my post but I’m late for work!  Yikes…

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

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PS.  Are you looking for my heARTful stamping challenge winners?  They will be announced at the end of the month since I’m running a month-long Anything Goes challenge…which you can find here.

heARTful stamping challenge – Anything Goes


This month’s theme and monthly prize

Anything Goes  + a stamp

Apr 2 – May 6

We’ll be having an Anything Goes theme ALL MONTH LONG here at the heARTful stamping Challenge.  Hope that gives you a chance to play along!

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.  This month is a C R A Z Y month for me with taxes due, inlaws visiting and a Spring Break trip to Germany to visit my sister.  

I was able to pick up an extra February CTMH’s Stamp of the Month which I think is perfect for Easter – it’s called Easter Bunny.  ooohhh!  Doing the happy dance here!  I have one more set for April.

This Week’s Inspiration

Cyndi sent me a great CAS (clean and simple) card using CTMH’s Dreamin’ Big stamp set.  It’s hard to believe that the Seasonal Expression 1 catalog retires at the end of the month and you won’t be able to get this great stamp set after that.  There is also a fun and colorful paper pack to match, also called Dreamin’ Big and it may be my favorite of the group.  Well, one of my favorites!  I think this would be perfect for sending to a teen who was going through a rough spot, don’t you?!

supplies: Dreamin’ Big stamp set from CTMH


Debi Brile, from That Might Look Good on a Card,  is back this week with a wonderful fun fold card featuring CTMH’s Sugar Rush paper packet.  Wouldn’t you LOVE getting this for your birthday?Did you know this paper is ALSO retiring this month?  Yikes!  The really neat thing about CTMH’s paper packs is that they are 12 x 12 and are double sided.  Each packet also includes one sheet of journaling cards that were intended for scrapbooking but are also fantastic for cardmaking!

Look at all of these great layers!  And then it magically opens up to this…

supplies: Sugar Rush paper packet,  Sugar Rush Coordinating cardstock, Sugar Rush dots

I hope you join us!

It’s simple to play along:

  • 1 entry limit per week or 5 total ** this month only! 
  • no digis please! 
  • please link back to this heARTful stamping Challenge to be eligible for the monthly prize!

CTMH – Swirly Seashells

A beach lover’s birthday card

I’m not sure if this stamp set will make it into the next catalog or not.  I know CTMH sold out of the matching die set during their last special for this stamp set called Swirly Seashells.  I think it’s beautiful and even if you can’t get the thin cut die, it’s super easy to fussy cut.

The fabulous thing about watercolors is that they look fine both inside and outside of the lines…in this case I managed to stay inside the lines but when I don’t, I go with it and enjoy that look as well.  I almost always feel like an artist when I am watercoloring and CTMH’s paint set makes it even easier.

I love how the paints blend together to achieve this sophisticated look…so much different than the simple, CAS card I shared the other day.  This is the card I ended up making for my daughter’s 21st birthday.  Hope she likes it!  I did add some Gold Peerless watercolor paint for some extra shimmer and sparkle.  I picked this wide palette of colors to play along with this week’s Addicted to CAS “rainbow” challenge.

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

I did use some Cold Press watercolor paper I had on hand and some older supplies left over from my time with amuse|studio.  The majority of supplies, however, are from Close To My Heart.

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Other Challenges I’m entering today:

Sisterhood of Crafters – stamp it

CASology – Grow  (it’s my daughter’s bday card + my anticipation of heading to the beach is growing as the days are getting warmer!)

CTMH – Some Kinda Wonderful Masked!

Close to My Heart

Easy Masking For Layering Stamps

I started to make this card for my daughter’s birthday…but, it’s her 21st birthday on Thursday so I thought it might be just a tad kiddish for this milestone event.  I was inspired in my layout by the Fusion Card Challenge sketch.

I love the CAS feel to this card and think these animal stamps from Close To My Heart’s Some Kinda Wonderful are adorable.  But, I masked my turtle too high behind the flower border (from CTMH’s Easter Bunny – last month’s Stamp of the Month).  To “fix” it, I ended up just adding a thin strip of green DP from CTMH’s Some Kinda Wonderful paper pack.  Luckily the fox was an easy mask.  My favorite masking method is to stamp my image on a sticky note and cut it out.  I do have a Masking Liquid but find I am impatient and so normally I end up smudging the ink before it’s dry.  argh…

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

CTMH has a great feature they offer.  They have a paper pack, a stamp set and a scrapbooking add-on for their different “themes”.  In this case, Some Kinda Wonderful, is really quite wonderful!   I hand doodled (I’m sure you can tell!  tee hee) the squiggles around the sentiment to make sure it complied with the sketch challenge.  I used my CTMH watercolor paint set for these images – there are quite a few color families and these paints are easy to use.

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Other Challenges I’m joining today!

Through The Craftroom Door – anything goes

Color Inspiration Monday – hand colored images only

Heart 2 Heart Challenges – CTMH + wonderful world

I’m Back!

I had a whirlwind week in Germany visiting my sister but now it’s back to reality – visiting inlaws, off to work and getting ready for my next card class!  I will be posting more regularly again – soon!  

Don’t forget my heARTful stamping challenge is going strong all month long with an Anything Goes theme and the winners will be posted at the very end!