Category Archives: Christmas

CTMH Joyful Tidings – Workshop Your Way kit

CTMH WYW Joyful Tidings plus Beary Christmas paper pack
I love traditional colors for my Christmas cards but there was something about the light blues in this paper that I felt needed to be highlighted. I think I’ve seen some blue toned cards on Pinterest perhaps, but it led me to stamp the stars in Glacier ink.

That’s one of the things I love about CTMH paper packs – well, that and the fabulous patterns! – CTMH gives you a range of “featured” colors that work with the papers. Makes life easy and I like that!

So now that I have rambled on, let me tell you about my card…I used the sentiment from CTMH’s Workshop Your Way (WYW) Joyful Tidings kit.  This is a really neat stamp set with some border stamps for banners, some great star patterns, and these tiny stars.  Oh, the two sentiments are great too and I love that they have one “open font” type of word that is perfect for adding a touch of color or using a Gold or Silver shimmer brush (think Wink of Stella!).

These kits include a sampler of papers, white cards and envelopes, and normally some sparkle in the form of gems, twine and in this case, Silver and Gold foiled papers.  Here is just part of the WYW Joyful Tidings kit:

CTMH WYW Joyful Tidings kit

 The papers I used for my card are from CTMH’s Beary Christmas paper pack.  I can mix and match all the double sided sheets – even the zip strip at the top of the sheets is perfect.  That’s the little strip of lights.  I was channeling my good friend Angela Kelley with that stack of circle dies.  She does that a lot too and uses the scallop sometimes as the first layer – just to be different!

There are some great deals in the clearance section and the FUNdamentals sale has been a big hit … some items are sold out so don’t delay if there was something you needed or want to try!  🙂

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CTMH Joyful Tidings {Workshops Your Way}

CTMH WYW Joyful Tidings with You Are Here Cricut bundle snowflake | Gold Foil paper | Vellum | CTMH Beary Christmas | handmade Christmas card

Joyful Tidings was one of my favorite stamps in CTMH’s Holiday Expressions and this card was a big hit at my Christmas card workshop this past week. Included in the Workshops Your Way (WYW) kits, are two card layouts that work perfectly with the stamps, papers and extra goodies that come in the kit. Because I was making this card 3 times for close to 20 people, I changed it up just a bit – so I used the layout and switched the papers. Oh, and for stars I used snowflakes! I love this card.

CTMH WYW Joyful Tidings and Buffalo Plaid embossing folder with vellum snowflakes and gold foil paper

Buffalo Plaid is really popular right now and CTMH is carrying a Buffalo Plaid embossing folder in the Holiday Expressions – which is good until December 31st.

CTMH supplies for this card:  Joyful Tidings Workshop Your Way kit, Beary Christmas paper pack and matching cardstock, Gold Foil paper, Grass ink, Buffalo Plaid embossing folder, Banner thin cuts, You are Here Cricut bundle 

CTMH Snowflakes and Silver {and Gold}

CTMH Silver and Gold stamp set and CTMH / Cricut You Are Here bundle | CAS holiday card | Nicholson Silver Watercolor paint

I love how this card turned out – it’s clean and simple (CAS) but it’s also so elegant!  You may be searching right now for the “gold” in this card but that’s the name of the sentiment’s stamp set! It’s called Silver and Gold and it’s from Close To My Heart. I’ve also used the CTMH Cricut bundle called You Are Here and Flower Market for these beautiful snowflakes. I was inspired by Jessica Frost-Ballas and Australian CTMH Consultant Doreen Watkins helped me make this happen! I had no idea how to lock my images in place and Doreen created a cut file for my in Cricut – thank you so much!! CTMH consultants are the best!

Here is a close up of the shimmer and shine on these snowflakes!

CTMH You Are Here cricut bundle | Nicholson Silver watercolor paint
I first painted on some Silver Nicholson Peerless watercolor paint but I wanted a little variation in the background colors. I added just two drops worth of the CTMH Glacier reinker and randomly brushed that on.

CTMH You Are Here cricut bundle | Nicholson Silver watercolor paint
I hope this helps you look at your dies and cutting files in a new way!

CTMH Punny Pals and Beary Christmas

CTMH Punny Pals meets Beary Christmas - stamplifted this adorable design from Gail!

I absolutely fell in love with this card when I saw Gail Gross first shared it last week. I often tweak a card to make it my own, but not this time! It’s so cute how she used the santa hat from CTMH’s Beary Christmas for scrapbooking stamp set. It fits perfectly on all the little critters in CTMH’s Operation Smile set – Punny Pals.

The most exciting part is this month we’re celebrating Share a Smile and CTMH is matching all funds raised for Operation Smile through the sale of Punny Pals. PLUS, they are offering a matching die set for those of you who like to skip the fussy cutting! tee hee…

CTMH Punny Pals Operation Smile plus Beary Christmas for scrapbooking

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Snow or Sun?!?

I just love these fun little tags I made at our recent tag shoebox swap and mitten exchange…did you see the mittens here?  It got me to thinking, since we live in Northern VA and for Christmas, we just never know what kind of weather we will have!  Do you prefer snow or sun for your Christmas?  


I’ve just started a new Stamped Blessings VIP Group over on Facebook!  I would love to have you join me over there…CTMH is unveiling a fun special event that starts on Monday (12/26 at 5 pm EST) and runs for 4 days!  You don’t want to miss an update since the sale will change daily.  Hop on over and join my VIP group  today!