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heARTful stamping challenge – embossing

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This week’s theme and monthly prize

Last weekend I was a bit lazy and got my blog post up later than I had hoped – so it didn’t make the Paper Playful posting.  Yikes!  Today I am back on track – despite having my Open House tomorrow.  If you want, you can still enter last week’s challenge since it won’t close until tonight at midnight!  You can find it here.

This week’s heARTful stamping Challenge is a embossing (the hot kind!).

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 figure with Valentine’s Day coming up soon (yeah, yeah…I know – don’t rush ahead!) this would be a fun Washi tape to add to your collection.  It’s called Everyday Life from Close To My Heart.

This Week’s Inspiration

I just love that little speech bubble from CTMH’s new set called Some Kinda Wonderful in their newest Seasonal Expressions catalog.  I thought the heart would look cute inside of it and see that little sentiment banner that reads “dream big”?  That is from the tiny stripe on top of the Some Kinda Wonderful CTMH 12 x 12 big circle paper that I used here.  Each of their designer papers has a different type of strip that you can cut of and it coordinates with that particular paper series.  I love it!  If my turtle looks familiar, I’ll confess he was a left over from a batch of thank you cards I made here.

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supplies: Some Kinda Wonderful stamp set and die bundle, Some Kinda Wonderful designer paper – CTMH

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The second card I am sharing today is based off of Muse Challenge #198.  It’s a little different from a true sketch challenge but the idea is similar.  I had this card idea in my head all week and finally had a chance to make it!   It feels good to be going back into my drawers of  paper and start using up some things like this Navy DCWV. The stars are from CTMH’s Charming Cascades stamp set and the sentiment is from one of the Close To My Heart’s Straight to the Top incentives that I earned.

 

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It’s definitely a super CAS card but I love the gold embossing!

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supplies: Charming Cascades – CTMH

I hope you come back and take a peek at my Virtual Open House….it should post LIVE by 10 am – Monday, 16 January.

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 – CAS

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This week’s theme and monthly prize

Since it’s the beginning of the new year, many of us want to “simplify” life.  So, today’s heARTful stamping Challenge is a Clean and Simple (CAS) theme.  

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 Week’s Inspiration

I’ve been playing with some of the new stamp sets from CTMH’s Seasonal Expressions.  This stamp is called Good Thymes!  I watercolored the various herbs with Splash and Tombow markers – and added some splatters for good measure.

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The second card I am sharing today is based off of CAS(E) this Sketch challenge #203.  I always feel with a good sketch a card comes together super quickly!  Again I am using a new stamp set from CTMH’s Seasonal Expressions and it’s from the Workshops Your Way Here For You Cardmaking Kit.  I love that I get a stamp set, white cardstock and envelopes, matching designer paper and some ribbon and enamel coordinates all in one packet.  So easy!!

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and believe it or not, I decorated the inside too!  woohoo!!

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supplies: Here for You Cardmaking kit – CTMH

If you are enjoying watching and hearing about my CTMH adventure, I want to invite you to join my Stamped Blessings VIP group, I’d love to have you!  You’ll see exclusive tutorials there, I’ll have extra drawings and it’s a fun place to share and ask questions!

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 winners!

Getting ready to send home “winter gifts” to our Kindergarteners this week.  I couldn’t resist dressing up these school die cuts with some little bows (amuse studio still has the best bow die around and you can find them now as an online store) and some stickles (that luckily were NOT dried up yet).  Aren’t they cute?  The story is too!

But now for a drum roll please

I’m so excited to reveal my new heARTful stamping blog badge. Congratulations to the Top 3 winner’s from last week’s challenge…you are the first to claim this badge!

10. Hussena
17. Vinita Jain
18. Claire C

Congratulations to the winners and please feel free to grab your blog badges.  I want to thank everyone who came to help me kick off my new blog challenge and I hope you will back to play in this week’s Anything Goes challenge.

If you are looking for a chance to win more prizes, don’t miss out on my Coffee Lover’s blog hop post.  Not only will you be inspired (by me, I hope, but over 300 other entries!) – there are chances to win Sponsor prizes and blog prizes.  I have both!

heARTful stamping Challenge

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This week’s theme and monthly prize

ALL this month we’ve been having an  Anything Goes heARTful stamping Challenge.   

Share any stamped project you are working on this week – please no digital images.  There are weekly Top 3 winners and a random winner from all of the participants receives the monthly prize drawing. December’s prize winner will receive this brand new stamp set from my stash…

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This Week’s Inspiration

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This is what waited for me after work on Friday and it’s my CTMH starter kit, order of new catalogs (already in the mail to a few folks!  If you want a copy – I have an order button in my sidebar!) and my own first order using the $50 coupon from my Starter Kit.  I couldn’t wait to play with Hello, Winter and this card is enroute to my brother-in-law.  My sister and her family are avid cross country skiers so I was super excited when I saw this set.  It was easy to watercolor with tombow markers and the CTMH Holiday Expressions mini catalog gave me a great example for color ideas.

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supplies:  Hello, Winter – CTMH, Tag bundle dies set, cardstock – amusestudio, Tombow markers, watercolor paper – other

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This card feature’s CTMH’s Stamp of the Month, Thoughtful Flowers.  I used a sentiment from Hello, Winter (partially stamped to fit on the tag) and turned it into a holiday card!  Thoughtful Flowers is a must have and you really can do so much with it – did you see my card using it for the Winter Coffee Lover’s Blog hop here?

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supplies: Thoughtful Flowers, Hello, Winter – CTMH, Tag Trio die set, cardstock, twine – amusestudio, Copic marker – other

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 Are you interested in becoming a guest designer for my heARTful stamping challenges?  If you have some Close To My Heart stamps (both current and retired) – just send me an email!

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!


Welcome to my NEW weekly challenge!

Don’t do a double take — you are in the RIGHT place!

With the closing of Amuse Studio I have officially joined Close to My Heart (as of Dec 3!) and that meant shaking things up around here…

  • new blog look (still a work in progress!)
  • new challenge name!  

In fact, congratulations to KT Fit Kitty for coming up with my new name!  P.S.  You all had some great suggestions and sadly some were already taken but thank you so much for your inspiration when I needed it!

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This week’s theme and monthly prize

ALL this month we’ve been having an  Anything Goes heARTful stamping Challenge.   

Please share any stamped project you are working on this week – please no digital images.  There are weekly Top 3 winners and a random winner from all of the participants receives the monthly prize drawing. November’s prize winner will be announced tomorrow (Monday, Dec 5)

This Week’s Inspiration

Since I just signed up yesterday, I really don’t have a lot of CTMH stamps to play with yet.  But I did have this Santa’s Helpers set that I bought years ago.  I was thrilled how beautifully it stamped after sitting in the dark depths of a drawer for so many years!

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supplies:  Santa’s Helpers, CTMH, Fishtail tag die/Cherry ribbon, amusestudio

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I was really happy that my upline, Lisa, sent me a few stamped images to play with.  I love how this all year round wreath becomes a Christmas/holiday image by adding a simple sentiment to the middle!

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supplies: Mini Joy, CTMH Holiday Expressions catalog, Wreath, CTMH Annual catalog, cardstock, amusestudio

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Linda, the CEO of amuse studio, is on her 10th year of designing digital calendars where all proceeds go to charity.  She’s raised over $22,000 over the years and this year the proceeds will go to GirlUp.org.   Girl Up has partnered with the United Nations to support programs that give girls an equal chance for education, health, social and economic opportunities, and a life free from violence.  There are 6 different sizes.  You can buy one or all 6!  I’ll be sharing more details later this week but here’s a peek at one I’ve just made.

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supplies:  I used amuse studio, purple onion and The Angel Company stamps

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!