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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!


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!


Card Challenge winners!

 

Birthday Princess mini album from CTMH

We are rolling into the last week of July and I’m trying to lock in a date for my Open House to celebrate the new CTMH Annual Inspirations catalog!  But, that means some wonderful stamp sets will be retiring.  This sweet Birthday Princess is not only perfect for making handmade birthday cards, it’s also perfect for scrapbooking or making mini albums like this one from Close To My Heart.  Don’t miss out on getting your favorite stamp sets before they are gone forever – and during Stampaganza – you can really save because it’s a Buy 2 Get 1 FREE kind of deal!  

ctmh stampaganza

And now on to last week’s embossing themed heARTful stamping challenge winners.  I am popping in this morning to leave comments and thanks to everyone for playing along.  I always appreciate it!

4.  Mai

10.  Stamping Kitty

11.  Gail Scott

Congratulations to the winners!  Please grab your blog badges – I suspect you already have them though.  🙂  I hope you will join us this week for our Anything Goes heARTful stamping challenge!

heARTful stamping challenge – heat embossing

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This month’s theme and monthly prize

Heat Embossing + a stamp

Jul 16 – Jul 23

There are a lot of fun rubber stamping techniques out there and one of my favorites is still embossing with powders.  So, that will be this week’s focus at heARTful stamping challenge?  I hope you will like the design team’s rubber stamped cards and that they give you some card making ideas.  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

Juliet always loves a challenge when making her cards so I handed her an old card kit from a class at least a year ago.  She got busy and I really love how striking the bear looks embossed.  It’s one of my favorite CTMH stamp sets and it’s called Jack – cardmaking.  That sounds strange but CTMH also has a paper packet called Jack and a Jack – scrapbooking stamp set that’s really super cute too!

Jack - CTMH's rubberstamping set, white embossing, CAS card

supplies: Jack – rubberstamping set, White Daisy cardstock

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I love the look of embossing on vellum and I was inspired by a card I saw on Instagram by janesdoodles.  It was gorgeous and I wanted to create something similar.  I used the now retired CTMH stamp set called Hello Lovely for the flowers and Happy Heart which is still in the base catalog and will be back another year.  pst!  I’m super excited that Close To My Heart will be carrying vellum again in its new catalog.

CTMH's Happy Heart and Hello Lovely, embossed vellum, handmade thank you card

  supplies:  Happy Heart stamp set, Hello Lovely stamp set and thin cut dies

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Some of you may know that I am a Kindergarten Instructional Aide – I just finished my first year.  It was great and I worked with a group of wonderful teachers.  I was excited to get my hands on CTMH’s September Stamp of the Month called School Days.  As a consultant I can order them early to get started on samples – and in this case, it was perfect for making cards for my fellow teachers.  I also used the School Days set for a few thank you notes.  It looks great with the chalkboard or black board look!

 School Year - CTMH's September Stamp of the Month, STOM, chalkboard card, handmade teacher card

supplies: School Days, September Stamp of the Month

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 
  • no digis please! 
  • please link back to this heARTful stamping Challenge to be eligible for the monthly prize!


heARTful stamping challenge – Take me to the beach!

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This month’s theme and monthly prize

Take me to the beach + a stamp

Jul 2 – Jul 9

Summer is in full swing now and what better way to kick of July’s heARTful stamping challenge?  So it’s a beach theme this weekNormally 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.

By the way – I forgot to mention the prize package for June – the winner will be announced tomorrow but it’s this gorgeous roll of White Shimmer trim!

White Shimmer trim CTMH

This Week’s Inspiration

You haven’t seen Juliet’s work in a while but we got to spend a wonderful evening crafting together and I had so much fun.  While I had all my stamps laid out, Juliet got busy “playing” with some scraps I had from previous card kits.  I call her the scrap Queen.  She did a lovely job with the monochromatic look on CTMH’s Swirly Seashells – they are only available while supplies last and will not be in the new catalog.  Juliet finished the seashells off with some sparkle – Clear Shimmer Brush (think Wink of Stella!)

Swirly Seashells from CTMH, monochromatic card, CAS card, Shimmer Brush

supplies: Swirly Seashells, Hello Foxy – June STOM, Clear Shimmer brush

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Cyndi is an avid scrapbooker so I am especially excited to have her on my design team.  She started off with the new CTMH Workshops Your Way No Worries scrapbooking kit.  I love these kits because they always include paper, sequins and some ribbon.  Then, depending on your choice, you can get Complements or a stamp set.  I love the results!  This is a perfect CAS card – the No Worries paper line is really beautiful and a must have for summer crafting and memory keeping.

No Worries Scrapbooking kit from CTMH, CAS cards, summer memories

supplies:  Workshops Your Way No Worries Scrapbooking kit, White Daisy cardstock

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I too played with one of the new No Worries stamp sets for cardmaking from CTMH.  You can find these items in their latest Seasonal Expressions 2 catty.  I repeatedly stamped the sentiment on kraft paper (I love how dark the CTMH kraft paper is – watermark ink really pops on it).  I think this card turned out perfectly since we’re getting ready to celebrate the Fourth of July here in the US.  

No Worries cardmaking stamp set, CTMH, CAS card, beach card

supplies: No Worries cardmaking stamp set, Kraft cardstock, White Daisy cardstock, Ruby, Glacier and Champagne inks, Versamark ink, Hello Lovely paper pack

 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!