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heARTful stamping challenge – Anything Goes

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This month’s theme and monthly prize

Anything Goes + a stamp

Dec 10 – Dec 17

We had lots of snow this weekend – I couldn’t believe some of the places in the US that also got some unexpected (and unusual!) snow.  That’s always a great reason to stay inside and stamp!  So, welcome to this week’s Anything Goes heARTful stamping challenge.

If this is your first visit here, there are weekly Top 3 winners and a random winner from all of the participants receives the monthly prize drawing.  I need to dig around and see what I have for a nice prize since I am celebrating my First Anniversary with Close To My Heart!  woo hoo! I will update shortly. 

This Week’s Inspiration

Love, love, love!!   Cyndi’s creation is all about fun in the snow!  Here she did some amazing fussy cutting on CTMH’s Beary Christmas (scrapbooking) stamp set – but the good news is that you can get it also with a thin cut dies option if you prefer.   Cyndi also did some hot embossing with the sentiment …isn’t this such a fun, sweet scene? I love her colors on the black card background – it really pops.

CTMH Beary Christmas scrapbooking stamp set | handmade Christmas card

CTMH supplies:  Beary Christmas scrapbooking stamp set

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Juliet was at my house this weekend participating in our yearly mitten swap and tag shoe box event.  I’ll share more about that later this week but I couldn’t wait to post her tag.  This actually was my design but I sometimes am a little too extreme when it comes to CAS (clean and simple).  Juliet ended up with a smudge (or two!) and proceeded to dab our Gold Shimmer brush all over the card.  I expected her stop there but no, she added some star sequins and when she was done – the tag was glorious!  The stamp set is from CTMH’s Merriest Wishes Workshop Your Way kit.  Ironically it was a set that didn’t grab me right away but now is one of my favorites!

CTMH Joyful Tidings Workshop Your Way kit | handmade Christmas tag

CTMH supplies:  Joyful Tidings Workshop Your Way kit, Willow, Sweet Leaf, Emerald and Sea Glass inks, Ruby and White Daisy cardstock

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Every month Close To My Heart offers a Stamp of the Month which you can buy at retail, or get for just $5 when you spend $50.  It’s a great deal and this is one set, A Little Bit of Pun, that is flying off the shelves!  It’s so funny and is perfect for not only Valentine’s Day, but all year round.  I used Pebble ink for the background images and then went with Black for the focal piece.  I’m also using Bashful cardstock – it’s CTMH’s color of the year and it’s a lovely shade of pink!

CTMH A Little Bit of Pun December STOM 2017 | CAS card design

CTMH supplies:  A Little Bit of Pun stamp set, Tag thin cut dies, Pebble & Black ink  and Bashful & White Daisy cardstock

 I hope you join us!

Looking for past winners?  Check out this link here.

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!


Winter Coffee Lover Blog Hop 2017

It’s that time of year again!   Amy Tsuruta  is hosting another Winter Coffee Lovers Blog Hop and each hop we blow away the previous number of  participants!  Amy must really run on coffee because she does so much pre-hop coordination and then takes the time to visit everyone who plays along.  I hope you’ll join us – or at the very least, enjoy the amazing variety and creativity in all of the entries.

I am a Super Sponsor but, of course I can’t resist playing along as well!  I have access to several great coffee mugs and to-go cups in my CTMH Cricut bundles and I finally set on this cup.  I think it looks so festive in the holiday patterns and colors .  I ended up outlining the cup to make it pop.  Had I inked the edges before gluing this all down, that may have also looked nice.  I love how it turned out!

CTMH Joyful Tidings | Winter Coffee Lover's Blog Hop | CTMH Cricut bundles

CTMH Supplies:  Joyful Tidings Workshop Your Way kit (sentiment), Merriest Wishes Workshop Your Way kit (snowflakes), Beary Christmas paper pack, Silver and Gold paper pack, Fern cardstock, Cranberry & Pebble ink, Flower Market Cricut bundle (wreath), Artistry Cricut bundle (coffee to go cup)  Other Supplies:  Mini Messages die set (a muse), Red Gems (a muse)

The snowflakes are hard to see since they are almost tone on tone but they add a lot in real life!

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I am excited  about my prize package.  At first glance you may think, “aw…that’s not coffee related!” but I love to give homemade gifts during the holidays and hope you do too!  These two CTMH treat packaging will be perfect for wrapping up treats (store bought or homemade – wink, wink!), or anything else you feel like tucking in.

For a chance to win these two kits or one of the other great prizes from the MANY other sponsors (wow!!), you must link up a newly created project especially for the Winter Coffee Lovers Blog Hop  (holiday/winter themed coffee / or other favorite hot beverage project)…starting Dec 8 at 9:00 am eastern, and you have until 11:55 pm pacific on Friday, December 15th to link up…the more the merrier!  I hear there will be FLASH prizes as well.  Winners will be announced Dec 17.

 Want one more chance to win?
 
Leave a comment below (it’s good to leave contact info for winner notification) before midnight, Dec 15th to enter into a drawing for these 2 packages of pearls:  French Roast and Latte.  They are both perfect for coffee cards!
 
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Thanks so much for stopping by today!  Enjoy your cup of coffee!

CTMH Merriest Wishes

CTMH Merriest Wishes WYW kit | Christmas trees inspired by Garnet Hill catalog | non traditional Christmas card - handmade

I was flipping through the pages of the latest Garnet Hill catalog (sadly I only get the odd thing here and there and only when it’s super on sale!) when a door mat caught my eye. It immediately reminded me of my CTMH Workshop Your Way kit called Merriest Wishes. I put the catalog down and immediately began to pull inks aside that would be perfect – I was on a mission and it may be the fastest card I’ve ever started and finished to date!!

I was able to take a traditional looking stamp set (I love that these CTMH kits include some papers and other fun item – including two card sketches! – to get your started) and use some very non-traditional colors to really change things up!

Where do you tend to get most inspired? Normally it’s online for me but I love when something totally unusual gets me creating! Don’t forget that CTMH’s Holiday Expressions catalog retires at the end of the month – some things are already out of stock so don’t delay too long…

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heARTful stamping challenge winners!

I can hardly believe that it is D e c e m b e r   2 0 1 7!!  Mind boggling!  That also means that this is the last month that you can order from CTMH’s Holiday Expressions catalog.  If you haven’t taken a peek, it’s not just holiday stamps – there are two out of this world flower sets too.  But most of it is holiday related, tee hee…and, it’s wonderful!

and now on to our heARTful stamping challenge winners!

November’s prize winner (these gold sparkly gems pictured above) go to: Helen’s Craft Haven! Congratulations and please email me your mailing address.

Last week’s challenge winners were delightful – and I had a hard time narrowing it down, as usual!


4. Stempelomi
8. Glenda Atkins
17. Cebelica

Congratulations to the winners and please feel free to grab your blog badge!  I hope that everyone will return and play along in this week’s heARTful stamping challenge.  It’s an Anything Goes theme!

heARTful stamping challenge – Anything Goes

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This month’s theme and monthly prize

Anything Goes + a stamp

Dec 3 – Dec 10

Welcome to this week’s Anything Goes heARTful stamping challenge. Can you believe that December is here – where did 2017 go to?!  If this is your first visit here, there are weekly Top 3 winners and a random winner from all of the participants receives the monthly prize drawing.  Stop by on Monday to see who will receive these CTMH Gold Glitter Gems — they are perfect for holiday crafting!

This Week’s Inspiration

Oh my gosh – wait until you take a peek at Cyndi’s creation this week!  She combined CTMH’s Little Saint Nick with a sentiment from their Stronger Together stamp set.  The latter set was their set to raise money for the Red Cross and the promotion ended in November.  I love her card – it’s perfect!

CTMH's Little Saint Nick and Stronger Together | CAS card | handmade Christmas card

CTMH supplies:  Little Saint Nick stamp set, Stronger Together stamp set (retired)

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I was tickled to receive this card in the mail from my friend, Erica. Thank you! I just love the stenciled background and I don’t have this stamp set (yet) from CTMH called Created to Create. Take a moment to read all of the sentiments in here.  It’s perfect and it makes me smile!

CTMH Created to Create

The inside of the card is stamped too! Here she used This & That, also from CTMH. She made my day with this happy mail.  This set is perfect for both card making and scrapbooking! I think they are both “must haves”!

CTMH This & That

CTMH supplies:  Created to Create stamp set, This and That stamp set

 I hope you join us!

Looking for past winners?  Check out this link here.

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!