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heARTful stamping challenge – die cuts

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This month’s theme and monthly prize

Die cuts + a stamp

May 21 – 28

Thank you for stopping by and checking out this week’s heARTful stamping challenge.  I think – I hope! – this will be an easy challenge since it’s just to use a die cut.  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.

It seemed fitting, with us celebrating Mother’s Day this month,  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

Get ready for two CAS cards…that seems to be my “go to” style!  tee hee…

I have quite a few thank you notes I have to send out for recent orders and I have been on a roll playing with the new Jack cardmaking stamp set in CTMH’s Seasonal Expressions 2 catty.  It’s really a great outdoorsy, masculine stamp set that has a lot of accessories that will help you achieve quiet a few different looks.  I guess that’s why I can stop!  Here I paired him with some bright colors from the Some Kinda Wonderful designer paper pack – this is one of the Going Soon! products leftover from CTMH’s Seasonal Expressions 1 catalog.  The “thank you” sentiment is also from the previous catalog and is one of my favorite collections:  Hello Lovely.  Be sure to check out this section before it’s too late!

supplies: Jack cardmaking stamp set, Hello Lovely stamp set (while supplies last), Some Kinda Wonderful paper pack (while supplies last), Raspberry ink, watercolor pencils, White Daisy paper – CTMH; other: tag die – a|s

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This next card is one of my Live Beautifully workshop cards and I was inspired by another CTMH consultant who paired this die cut with the designer paper pack.  I loved the variation of roses that everyone made at my workshop.  Some roses had tinges of yellow that really looked amazing.  you really can’t go wrong!  I used my Flower Market Cricut download from CTMH (which I got as a hostess half priced item and you can too!) to cut out the rose.  I think it really pairs well with the Live Beautifully patterned paper pack that CTMH is offering during May only.  I will keep this card as is until I need a particular sentiment and then I can add that before I mail it out!  Do you do that too?


supplies: Flower Market Cricut download/cartridge, Live Beautifully paper pack, White Daisy paper, Watercolor paint set

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!


Lots and Lots of winners to announce!

Looking for the heARTful stamping challenge and Coffee Lover’s Blog hop winners?

Phew!  What a fun past week it’s been and I have some lucky and talented winners to announce…

For all of March, the heARTful stamping challenge random prize winner will get CTMH’s adorable Easter Bunny stamp set that was only available in Feb.

March Prize winner

Billie A (please email me your mailing address)

and, it was an Anything Goes theme last week – we had these Top 3 placers…although, as usual, it was difficult to narrow it down!

14.  Jose

19.  Lovely Linda

26.  Stampwilly

Congratulations to the winners and I hope you will grab your blog badge!  Please come back and play again in this month’s heARTful stamping challenge…all month long it’s Anything Goes (because that is the kind of month April is panning out to be, tee hee….)

Did you participate in the Spring Coffee Lover’s blog hop?  There were over 1,000 entries.  So amazing – we blew through the previous record!  Amy Tsuruta does an incredible amount of work to make this a success and we really appreciate it!

I was a Super Sponsor and congrats to Mary H who won my CTMH Tea-rrific stamp set (available only during the month of March).

For my individual blog prize of two packages of pearl stickers – congrats goes to Cynthia Cole!  Please contact me with your mailing address.

And lastly, my Starbucks $15 gift card winner from my facebook Stamped Blessings VIP group (which you can still join if you are not a demo – please!) is:  Jackie Julian!  Please contact me with your mailing address.

heARTful stamping challenge – anything goes!

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This month’s theme and monthly prize

Anything Goes  + a stamp

Apr 2 – May 6

This is NOT an April’s Fools joke – we’ll be having an Anything Goes theme ALL MONTH LONG here at the 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.  This month is a C R A Z Y month for me with taxes due, inlaws visiting and a Spring Break trip to Germany to visit my sister.  On top of it, I have to go in and expedite my passport renewal – one week out from my trip I found out that I am required to have my passport valid for 6 months past my travel dates…mine is only valid for 3 months longer!  Who knew?!?  argh…  Anyways, this will be more fun for you!  

I was able to pick up an extra February CTMH’s Stamp of the Month which I think is perfect for Easter – it’s called Easter Bunny.  The winner will be announced tomorrow, April 3…and then I’ll just update my blog post to post the next prize for April.  Thanks for being patient with me!

This Week’s Inspiration

Cyndi had some fun combining CTMH’s Dreamin Big bug stamps with a floral embossing folder she had on hand.  This card just makes me think, Spring!!  I absolutely love the purples and blues together – and look at that sparkle on the dragonfly!  Wouldn’t you LOVE getting this in your mailbox?!  This stamp set is available only through the end of April.

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supplies: Dreamin’ Big stamp set from CTMH

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I needed to make a birthday card for my Sister-In-Law and I remember seeing a card somewhere on my feed or Pinterest that had this layout of sorts.  I think there was a recent sketch challenge with it.  Anyways, it made an impression on me and I thought CTMH’s Hello Lovely stamp set would be perfect for this!  I used my watercolor paints from CTMH to watercolor the flowers – in real life the rose matches this Sorbet cardstock perfectly.

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supplies: Hello Lovely 
stamp and matching thincut die set, White Daisy cardstock, Sorbet cardstock, Archival Black ink, watercolor paint set

I hope you join us!

It’s simple to play along:

  • 1 entry limit per week or 5 total ** this month only! 
  • no digis please! 
  • please link back to this heARTful stamping Challenge to be eligible for the monthly prize!


heARTful stamping challenge – Green

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This week’s theme and monthly prize

green + a stamp

Mar 12 – Mar 19

This week’s heARTful stamping Challenge is to create something with green…after all, Saint Patrick’s Day is almost here!  You can find last week’s challenge here – open through Sunday, midnight.

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.  I was able to pick up an extra February CTMH’s Stamp of the Month which I think is perfect for Easter – it’s called Easter Bunny

This Week’s Inspiration

I have been trying to participate in a few more challenges (not just my own!) and found a new to me one this week!  It’s called “Less is More” and this week’s Cue Card is leaves.  I love one layer cards and I had not yet played with my CTMH Lovely Leaves set so this was perfect!!  It was a super fast card to put together – I merely inked my leaf, spritzed the stamp lightly with water and then stamped.  For a little extra, I embossed the sentiment from CTMH’s Here for You set.

supplies: Lovely Leaves stamp set, Here for You stamp set, Juniper, Sweet Leaf and New England Ivy inks, Gold embossing powder

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Cyndi’s card is super green and I love her “girlie” little turtles from CTMH’s Some Kinda Wonderful.  Look at those flower sequins, adorable!  This really is the perfect Saint Patrick’s Day card. 

supplies: Some Kinda Wonderful, CTMH

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I used the  CAS(E) This Sketch layout from last week for this card, but I was too late to share it for the official challenge.  That’s okay!  I love how a sketch can get me started when I’m in a slump – and coming off of the flu and then a bad, bad cold … I have been almost too exhausted to create.  For this card I just spritzed my acrylic block with some assorted green Splash left over from my amuse studio days … and some spritz of water and then stamped the block for my background panel.  The real focus of this card is my CTMH Good Thymes sentiment and herb stamps.  Love this set! Close To My Heart

supplies: Good Thymes stamp set (CTMH), watercolor cardstock (other), Onyx, Green cardstock, white embossing powder and assorted Splash (a|s)

 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 – animals

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This week’s theme and monthly prize

animals + a stamp

Mar 5 – Mar 12

This week’s heARTful stamping Challenge is to create something using your animal stamps – cute or realistic.  It’s all critters so bugs can count too!  You can find last week’s challenge here.

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.  I have been working on becoming more “organized” as I start my CTMH business (I’ve been stamping over 11 years now!) and I came across this new and uncut rubber cling set I have that is perfect for this month..  February’s random prize winner will receive this rubber stamp set … I will be announcing the winner tomorrow, Monday Mar 6!  

Gina K Designs

This Week’s Inspiration

Cyndi’s card is guaranteed “tu-tu” make you smile!!  Corny, I know – but isn’t this card sweet?  Cyndi did some amazing coloring and then fussy cut out this adorable little giraffe and hippo from CTMH’s Safari Ballet.  That hippo looks like she has on purple lipstick.  And, I love the extra little pop of bling to make this card extra girlie.

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supplies: Safari Ballet, CTMH

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The card I’m sharing with you is actually happy mail that I was lucky enough to receive from Mischelle Smith. I have known Mischelle for over 11 years through our love of stamping and the internet…I have an inspiration board that her work always goes when I’m lucky enough to receive one of her works of wonder! Don’t miss out on her whole series of CTMH’s Some Kinda Wonderful here on her blog, Mischellemakes. She has an incredible eye and you won’t be disappointed!  The best part? This month CTMH has all dies on sale for 25% off and that includes stamp/die bundles like this set!  And the heart die Mischelle used as well… Close To My Heart

supplies:  Some Kinda Wonderful stamp/die bundle, Thin Cuts heart die, Gold Glitter cardstock 

 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!