Category Archives: CAS

CTMH Punny Pals and Operation Smile

CTMH Operation Smile Punny Pals - otter with copics - new CTMH Scalloped Border thincut die

Probably one of the most popular new sets in the CTMH Annual Inspirations catalog (at least based on the response from my recent Open House attendees!) is the new Operation Smile set: Punny Pals.  I love the new Scalloped Border due thincut dies that CTMH also is now offering.  It’s a perfect size for adding just a little bit of detail!

Close To My Heart is partnered with Operation Smile™, an organization that provides free, life-changing surgery that repairs smiles and reshapes lives, one child at a time. Since 2008, Close To My Heart has provided support to change the lives of over 1,500 children and their families.  So, everytime someones purchases the Punny Pals stamp set – CTMH will donate $7 to Operation Smile.  What a win-win deal!  đź™‚

CTMH Punny Pals Operation Smile stamp set. CTMH donates $7 from each sale to Operation Smile!
I’ve really had a lot of fun playing with these little cuties and you can see some more cards I’ve made here.

Don’t forget to stop in and check out my Virtual Open House if you missed it!

CTMH – Jack Enjoys a Party Drink!

Jack cardmaking stamp set with a fun party drink from No Worries cardmaking stamp set | all supplies from CTMH | CAS card design - quick and easy | watercolor background

tee hee! Isn’t this a fun card?! I love how it turned out – I’m still grinning. I had an idea to mask Jack with something in his hands and as I looked through all my CTMH stamps, this party drink from the No Worries set jumped out at me. Sometimes you have to give it a try or two to mask something just right, but this was really pretty easy. I did preplan where the drink would fall because of the umbrella in the glass. Perfecto!!

The background was really super easy to create.  I shared a similar card with the instructions here.  I think this watercolored background works equally well with a whimsical or more realistic background.  And, I am loving the trend of having a bright background with an uncolored focal image.  That makes for a really quick card!!

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

psst!  I’m on vacation right now and there’s a 99% chance that this is me enjoying a party drink!!  

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heARTful stamping challenge – Paper Scraps

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This month’s theme and monthly prize

Paper Scraps + a stamp

Aug 6 – Aug 12

I had my friend Juliet over and she always challenges me to use up my scraps.  So, I figured that would be a fun theme for this week’s 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.  I’ll announce the winner on Monday!

This Week’s Inspiration

Juliet had so much fun digging through my piles of paper scraps.  I love the colors she picked for her unicorn – it’s from CTMH’s Little Dreamer cardmaking stamp set.  She used those colors to pick her scraps – many of them from CTMH’s Little Dreamer paper packet but she also found some old a|s paper scraps that went along with it.  The sentiment and banner stamps are also from the Little Dreamer set.  I think Juliet’s doodling makes this card extra special and really adds to the look by tying everything together.

Little Dreamer cardmaking stamp set from CTMH, great card for using up paper scraps

supplies: Little Dreaner cardmaking stamp set, Little Dreamer paper pack, inks – CTMH.  Other:  circle dies, paper scraps

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One of my favorite things about CTMH is their commitment to Operation Smile – a non profit organization that provides surgeries to repair cleft lips and palates for children around the world.  Punny Pals is Close To My Heart’s special set where they will donate $7 from each stamp set sold.  Isn’t this little guy sweet?  Makes me happy just to look at the bright and cheerful card…and happy to use up those paper scraps that I have been hoarding!

Punny Pals for CTMH's Operation Smile, CAS card, great card layout for using up paper scraps

 supplies:  Punny Pals stamp set, Prickly Daisy White cardstock – CTMH.  Other:  paper scraps

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While I had my Punny Pals stamp set out (and there are 13 cute critters to play with!), I decided to make one more card.  Of course it had to be slightly different…but again, it’s another great layout for using up paper scraps!  I also love the CAS design here…  In addition to the fun “pals” – there are some great “punny” sentiments to finish off your card.  I think I might add ” You’re TOAD-ally awesome” to this one.  tee hee…

CTMH's Operation Smile stamp set - Punny Pals, CAS card, great layout for using up paper scraps supplies:  Punny Pals stamp set, Prickly Daisy White cardstock – CTMH.  Other:  paper scraps

 I hope you join us!

It’s simple to play along:

  • 2 entry limit – per week of challenge
  • no digis please! 
  • please link back to this heARTful stamping Challenge to be eligible for the monthly prize!


Stampaganza Ends Today! Last Day To Order These CTMH Stamp Sets {and more!}

CTMH Safari Ballet | shaker card

Cyndi has done amazing things with this Safari Ballet from CTMH. It retires today! These sweet animals are perfect for any child’s card but look at how adorable they are on this shaker card. Cyndi did an amazing job fussy cutting them too. Many stamp sets from Close To My Heart now have matching dies so that’s a nice option.

I had fun playing with this Wreath stamp from CTMH – it also retires today! I did some gold embossing and really rough and loose watercoloring over the top. I struggled a while with getting this card where it is…sometimes CAS is NOT that easy. ha ha

Ugh…some of my favorite stamp sets are RETIRING today. You won’t be disappointed tomorrow when the new CTMH Annual Inspirations catalog goes LIVE! I am busy planning my Open House and will have a virtual option too…stay tuned.

Stampaganza ends TODAY – it’s your last chance to take advantage of CTMH’s buy 2 stamp sets and get 1 free…you can choose from the special release stamp sets they brought out, from the Annual Inspirations catalog and from the Seasonal Expressions 2 catty. There is no limit but you must finish your purchase by midnight tonight! I love that CTMH’s shipping starts at just $4.95…

ctmh stampaganza

Looking for the heARTful stamping challenge winners? I’ll be back next Monday with the winners…I’m visiting my parents in upper Wisconsin and have limited access to the internet. Sorry for the delay but please continue to join us this week for our Anything Goes challenge!

heARTful stamping challenge – more Anything Goes

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This month’s theme and monthly prize

Anything Goes + a stamp

Jul 30 – Aug 6

I goofed and thought last weekend was the last weekend of the month which would mean it’s time for an Anything Goes heARTful stamping challenge!   But we have 5 weeks in July so that’s okay – we’ll just do it again!  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

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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

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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 – per week of challenge
  • no digis please! 
  • please link back to this heARTful stamping Challenge to be eligible for the monthly prize!