Category Archives: CAS

Using Challenges For Card Design


To be honest, I would have never come up with this card if it had not been for me finding these two challenges this week when I needed some inspiration:

Using these two challenges my card quickly came together because I had CTMH’s Live Beautifully rose out (it’s available only during May) and I thought the CTMH Memo Fundamentals paper (which is retiring and available only while supplies last) would be a perfect place to start.  The flowers and squiggly Love come from one of the D-stamp sets CTMH includes in the Cricut packages.  You get the Circut cartridge (or, save $20 like I did and get the digital download!), 3 stamp sets and a paper pack.  The best part?  You can get this for half price as a qualifying hostess.  woot woot!!

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Yesterday I talked about “zip strips” on CTMH’s paper packs.  That little grey (Whisper) pattern is one of those!  I also used a waterbrush and my CTMH watercolor paints to add a little extra dimension to my rose.  It’s gorgeous in real life!  I love the vintage feel to this CAS card.

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heARTful stamping challenge – animals


This month’s theme and monthly prize

Animals + a stamp

May 14 – 21

Today ushers in a brand new challenge here on the heARTful stamping challenge  – this week’s theme is animals.  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. 

It seemed fitting with today being Mother’s Day to feature the Hello Lovely Compliments pack from CTMH.  These “stickers” are great for both cardmaking and scrapbooking!  The gold words, hearts and arrows in the lower left corner are raised so they really are quite lovely.

This Week’s Inspiration

Cyndi was at a scrapbooking crop last weekend and so she worked with “limited supplies”.  That might be a great future challenge because I really love what she come up with!  Here is Nature’s Wish from CTMH and I find the focal image so striking.  It’s a mix of great masculine and outdoorsy images as well as useful sentiments.

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supplies: Nature’s Wish stamp set from CTMH


I continued to make a few more thank you cards for some of my Kindergarten students.  CTMH’s new Jack stamp set for cardmaking is so adorable – he is getting rave reviews and I love all the little “accessory” stamps included in the set.  This cheerful cardstock is no longer available – it was in CTMH’s Seasonal Expressions 1 catty and so I am quickly finding out as a new demo, if you want something, order it!  The “thank you” frame is from CTMH’s Hello Lovely stamp set and is in the Going Soon category so it’s while supplies last.

supplies: Jack cardmaking stamp set, Hello Lovely stamp set (available while supplies last), Dreamin’ Big paper pack – retired

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 Live Beautifully for Mother’s Day

Just a super quick post to share the cards I made for Mother’s Day this year.  I made one for my mom and one for my Mother-in-law.  My husband was really complimentary on how beautiful it was – it really looks dimensional in real life!  I love a pretty CAS card, don’t you?!

I used some paper scraps of CTMH’s Live Beautifully paper pack that I had leftover from my big cardmaking event.  You can make more than 20 cards per pack of paper!  And this rose from CTMH’s Live Beautifully stamp set looks amazing just stamped and then you can add more definition with watercolor pencils and/or colored pencils.  This stamp and paper set are available only during the month of May!

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CTMH Rustic Home

Close To My Heart

I love, love, love the CTMH Rustic Home Fundementals paper pack so I won’t lie and say I’m not disappointed that it is on the retirement list.  It’s in the Going Soon! section and will be available only while supplies last.

This is the birthday card I made for my sister and it came about while I was prepping for my Live Beautifully 10 card workshop.  So, many of the elements I used for the class popped up here too!  Ah, that reminds me – be sure to join my heARTful stamping challenge this week because it’s all about glitter!

These daisies were so easy to create with my Cricut Flower Market cartridge from CTMH.  I love that I can get this as a physical cartridge or digital download (less money!) AND, that it comes with 3 stamp sets and a paper pack.  Best part?  You can get it as a Hostess Half Price item.  Interested in finding out more?  It’s super easy to be a Hostess for CTMH and you can do it in person as a Gathering, online or combine the two.  Ask me how

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CTMH – Jack for Cardmaking

Close To My Heart

When I first thumbed through the new CTMH Seasonal Expressions 2 catty, this Jack cardmaking stamp set caught my eye immediately and was on my first order!  This little bear is adorable and has so many extra add on details that will make it a fun set for all year round.  There is also a matching thin cuts die set if you don’t enjoy fussy cutting!  I also love that his paws are separate so that gives you even more options.

Close To My Heart

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I had to write some thank you notes to a few little boys in my Kindergarten class following Teacher Appreciation week.  I thought this little bear was perfect (although it’s good for boys at any age and, women too, I think!).  I was also happy to dig through my scraps of Some Kinda Wonderful paper.  It has such a fun pattern to it.  This paper is from the last catty and it’s still available while supplies last in the Going Soon! category.

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