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CTMH Feel So Blessed September STOM

CTMH Feel So Blessed Sep 17 Stamp of the Month STOM | CAS card design - quick and easy! | back of the stamp technique

If you received my midmonth tutorial (it’s FREE and you can sign up for it here on my blog!) last month, you will have learned about this “back of the stamp” technique before. I love how quick and easy it is! And, it doesn’t have to be “perfect” to still look terrific.

This lovely feather (it’s really the perfect size!) is just one of the many great stamp images included in Feel So Blessed.  It’s Close To My Heart’s Stamp of the Month (aka STOM) for September.  What’s nice is that you can buy them outright – or, if you have an order going in and it reaches $50 (so EASY to do if you check out the new Holiday Expressions mini catalog!), you can get it for just $5.  I love this set, Feel So Blessed, and think it’s perfect for cardmaking and scrapbooking!

Feel So Blessed Sep Stamp of the Month

Thinking of You is from the CTMH National Stamping Month celebration, From the Heart, and I white embossed it on a scrap of black cardstock.  I love the look of stitching on a card but hate hauling my large sewing machine from the back and bottom of the closet.  I used CTMH’s stitching guide (they are sadly retired now) to poke the holes and then just quickly followed up with a needle and thread.  Easy peasy as we say in Kindergarten!

Some extra ink splatters finishes the card nicely.  I’m not sure if you consider this to be a CAS card (clean and simple) but it really is quick and easy!  Be sure to check out this month’s specials on my webstore…and if you have any questions, just ask!

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CTMH’s National Stamping Month Celebration!

CTMH From the Heart stamp set celebrating National Stamping Month! Feel So Blessed Stamp of the Month - Sep 2017 | easy CAS card idea

A Close To My Heart consultant was saying the “trouble” with the new From The Heart stamp set CTMH released for National Stamping Month was that there were so MANY possibilities. I laughed and said, “that’s a good problem!”. There are indeed endless color combinations and ways to arrange these blooms…and boy am I having fun exploring them all!

Here is the two sheets of stamps that are included in the National Stamping Month From the Heart stamp set…you can also upgrade and get a gold foiled set of cards to make this kit even more special!

CTMH From the Heart stamp set

For the card above I used the sheet of solid images and then did some 2 and 3-step stamping.  There really are no mistakes – even if you are in bifocals like myself, or stamp hurriedly (again, like me!) – it tends to look really good when you are finished.  I included the Thanks sentiment from CTMH’s Feel So Blessed Stamp of the Month.  I made a few cards while I had all my inks out and open – each one turned out unique!

Then I looked at one of the stamped images I had of a sentiment and flower outline (I had been coloring in the flowers with copics, colored pencils and watercolors up until now) … and I began to wonder if the solid flower images in the set would fit inside the outline flower images????

CTMH From the Heart stamp set celebrating National Stamping Month! Sep 2017 | easy CAS card idea

They did!! I really love the look because you can see it’s not a perfect fit – but it does achieve a wonderful look. I shared this on our CTMH facebook page and it was a big hit. So, if you are really short on time (or inspiration – because hey, that happens sometimes!) then this is the card for you.  It’s actually one of my favorites in the end.

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heARTful stamping challenge – Anything Goes!


This month’s theme and monthly prize

Anything Goes + a stamp

Sep 3 – Sep 10

Normally throughout the month I have held different sorts of challenges…”use it”, themes, sketch, etc.  But, depending on the challenge, I very often have less than 10 entries and those can include sometimes two links from one person.  I don’t know if it’s just that life is too busy for many of us (I know it is for me – I normally don’t even have the chance to go back and visit each entry, despite my intent to do so! – and I know that can be disheartening because we all appreciate the comments!) all my free time goes to creating new content for this blog, especially now that I am working full time.  I plan to see how a weekly Anything Goes heARTful stamping challenge goes.  There will still be weekly Top 3 winners and a random winner from all of the participants receives the monthly prize drawing.  This month’s prize winner will be announced on Monday, Sep 4, and they will receive this package of CTMH grey gems from me.    

CTMH grey enamel gems

This Week’s Inspiration

Cyndi had a bad fall this week in her garage and hit her head hard and hurt her foot.  Miraculously she still had the desire to make a card for this week’s challenge and we both had to giggle at her theme.  Fall!  Cyndi used the Jack cardmaking stamp set that is now retired and also CTMH’s No Worries paper pack.  Just an FYI – this paper pack sold out before the Seasonal Expressions 2 catalog retired so if you do end up wanting something for sure – order it before the last month!

supplies:  Jack cardmaking stamp set (retired), No Worries paper pack (retired), No Worries sequins


I’m super excited about Close To My Heart’s National Stamp Month celebration taking place this month!  These 2 and 3 step flowers are from a special release stamp set called From the Heart.  I have more information about the stamp set and special card kit available here on yesterday’s blog post.

CTMH From the Heart National Stamping Month promotion | Sep 2017

 supplies:  From the Heart stamp set, all inks are from CTMH, Thistle cardstock


This was a super quick card and even though it has a few layers of cardstock, I feel like it is CAS in nature.  Years ago Mischelle Smith did a lot of watercoloring with masking fluid and I promptly went out and bought some.  I had terrible results and stuck it aside…until today!  I gave it another try and although it wasn’t perfect, I think I let the ink dry longer and had less smudging.  It allowed me to stamp the word thankful and then overstamp with the feathers and watercolor them.  Once I rubbed off the dried masking fluid, I used my gold shimmer brush marker to fill in the word “thank”.  I am in LOVE with this new CTMH Stamp of the Month called Feel So Blessed.  It has so many great words, sentiments and other “elements” – perfect for cardmaking and scrapbooking!

CTMH Feel So Blessed CAS card with gold brush pen and watercoloring

supplies:  Feel So Blessed stamp set, Archival Black ink, new basic ink colors in grey and brown, watercolor brush, Black cardstock, Bamboo cardstock (retired), Gold shimmer brush; other: masking fluid

 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!

September CTMH Promotions!

Our new Holiday Expressions catalog is NOW available and it is jam packed with tons of great new holiday themed products. You can view it online here or order your own copy here or get a free copy (add it at the bottom of your shopping cart as a freebie offer!)  with an online order. Here are a few fun projects made using some of the new CTMH products…I normally just think cardmaking or scrapbooking but these papercraft projects have me eager to craft!

And I love the silver and gold!

September’s Stamp of the Month – Feel So Blessed


With a minimum qualifying purchase, get your D-sized Stamp of the Month set for just $5! Add the stamp set to your cart here at full retail price ($17.95) or, with your qualifying order of $50, get it for just $5!

But wait! There’s more…

National Stamping Month—From the Heart Card Kit


Save 20% on this exclusive card kit! Celebrate National Stamping Month with the From the Heart card kit from Close To My Heart. This kit contains materials for creating 12 interactive cards, including foil-stamped card bases and an exclusive My Acrylix® stamp set. The stamp set is designed to make it easy to create beautiful, rich stamped artwork using three layers of stamp images and thoughtful sentiments. The card kit also includes envelopes and step-by-step instructions and is available at a 20% discount off the retail price! 

From the Heart Card Kit (CC1229)
12 – foil-stamped card bases with accompanying die-cut pieces
12 – 5 ½” x 4 ¼” white envelopes
1 – My Acrylix® From the Heart stamp set (E-size)
Retail Value: $43.90
Discounted Price: $34.95

Buy additional card bases & envelopes to make even more cards:
From the Heart Card Bases & Envelopes (CC1227) $13.95

Buy the From the Heart stamp set separately:
From the Heart Stamp Set (CC1228) $29.95

Get the kit for FREE

For Hostesses: Hostesses that host a Gathering in September that reaches the third level of hostess Rewards or higher can get the From the Heart card kit (CC1229) as a FREE item! That’s a $43.90 retail value! Contact me to schedule an online Gathering or in-home Gathering.

For New Consultants: New Consultants who sign up during September will receive the From the Heart card kit (CC1229) FREE in their New Consultant Kit—an added value of $43.90! 

* Offer available September 1–September 30, 2017 while supplies last. Shipping and handling assessed on retail value.

CTMH School Year and More Watercolored Backgrounds

CTMH Some Kinda Wonderful and School Year STOM. CAS card ideas. Watercolored background for a quick and easy card!
While I was making my Jack bear card yesterday, I was rummaging through my CTMH stamp sets to find the perfect sentiment. Well, I stumbled across my Some Kinda Wonderful stamp and thincut bundle and thought the fox would also be perfect with this sort of layout. I couldn’t wait to try it out and this card quickly came together after school yesterday. I think that’s what I love most about these watercolored background cards – how quick and easy they are but they are still good looking!  Perfect CAS (clean and simple) cardmaking.

I hadn’t used the speech bubble yet from CTMH’s School Year August Stamp of the Month so I wanted to include it.  The heart trio stamp filled in the extra space perfectly – but I like the larger sized speech bubble because it’s perfect for scrapbooking layouts too.

I was super surprised to see a new batch of Warehouse Specials pop up on Tuesday….there are some great deals in there, as usual.  This time though, everything ends TONIGHT (Aug 31st) at midnight!

Just a few of the items that caught my eye were:

These items are slashed to 50% off and there’s more! Be sure to check out the Going Soon! section to see all the CTMH Seasonal Expressions 2 products that retire tonight as well. You’ll see some items that I never even had a chance to feature! Last day to grab your STOM too. eeck!