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heARTful stamping challenge – Anything Goes

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This month’s theme and monthly prize

Anything Goes + a stamp

Oct 1 – Oct 8

Last weekend it felt like you could still go swimming and this weekend it definitely feels like fall!  Wondering what your temperatures are like and are you ready for the switch of seasons?

Thanks for checking out this week’s Anything Goes heARTful stamping challenge.  There are weekly Top 3 winners and a random winner from all of the participants receives the monthly prize drawing.  September’s prize winner will be announced on Monday and they will receive this petite stamp set from CTMH called You Amaze Me.

The natural disasters have continued to worsen and I received an email this week that the Red Cross was also helping in Puerto Rico.  Did you know that CTMH has released a special stamp set, Stronger Together, in an effort to help raise money  – check it out here.  All proceeds will be donated to the Red Cross.

This Week’s Inspiration

Debi, from That Might Look Good on a Card, is getting a head start on her Christmas cards.  She featured the cute new stamp set from CTMH’s Holiday Expression called Little Saint Nick.  I love that strip of Red Glitter cardstock that CTMH also carries – it really adds some pop!

CTMH Little Saint Nick

CTMH supplies:  Little Saint Nick stamp set, Red Glitter cardstock, Embossing folder and die cut (retired)

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I had stamped most of this panel of flowers before I noticed a stray ink mark or two (okay, more than that!).  But, I couldn’t throw it away and just kept going.  The sponging on the bottom helps and I love the Scalloped Thincut dies that CTMH released in their Annual Inspirations catalog.  There is this one and an opened scallop – it’s the perfect size!

CTMH From the Heart campaign and scalloped thincut die

CTMH supplies:  From the Heart stamp set, White Daisy, Canary and Black cardstock, Scalloped Thincut die, all CTMH inks

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I was in a CAS mood this weekend and I quickly whipped this card together.  It was so easy to watercolor – the Tombow markers made it even easier since I could apply the ink to the tiny images and then add some water.  I am so grateful for all my blog readers.  Huge thanks!

CTMH Feel So Blessed STOM stamp of the month | CAS card design

CTMH supplies:  Feel So Blessed (Sep STOM)  stamp set, Joyful Tidings stamp set, Archival ink, Woodgrain patterned paper (retired)

 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 – Anything Goes

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This month’s theme and monthly prize

Anything Goes + a stamp

Sep 24 – Oct 1

Can it really be the last week of September already?  Unbelievable!  We’ve had a heat wave though so it seems like fall will take just a bit longer to arrive!  Thanks for checking out this wee’k’s Anything Goes heARTful stamping challenge.  There are weekly Top 3 winners and a random winner from all of the participants receives the monthly prize drawing.  This month’s prize winner will receive this You Amaze Me petite set…these words are just under an inch long each!

It’s heart wrenching to have seen all of the destruction take place in the wake of the recent hurricanes.  Did you know that CTMH has released a special stamp set, Stronger Together, in an effort to help raise money  – check it out here.  All proceeds will be donated to the Red Cross.

This Week’s Inspiration

Masculine cards can be tough but they don’t have to just be browns or blues!  I think Cyndi added just the right touch of “bling” to keep this card interesting but also manly!  She used Nature’s Wish from CTMH and added the color with a waterbrush and ink.  Beautiful!

CTMH Nature's Wish | masculine card

CTMH supplies:  Nature’s Wish stamp set

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Last week I had some folks over to celebrate National Stamping Month and I used CTMH’s From the Heart stamp set for all 3 cards.  I featured a few of those cards here on my blog, in case you missed them…  Well, I love those two sheets of stamps so much that after everyone left, I kept my inks out and continued to make cards with From the Heart all week long!  Here I combined it with CTMH’s Birthday Sparkles stamp set.  What I really need is a belated birthday sentiment – since this one went out late.  Very late!

CTMH From the Heart and Birthday Sparkles | CAS card design #ctmhfromtheheart

CTMH supplies:  From the Heart stamp set, Birthday Sprinkles stamp set, all CTMH inks

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I fell in love with Nicole Nowosad’s card from SCT magazine using CTMH’s From the Heart stamp set.  I couldn’t wait to use her ideas and create my own card.  I love how it turned out!  One tip I have when stamping with this set – use blocks that are a good fit for your stamp.  I find if the block is too big, you will have a tendancy to get extra ink on the block and those end up on your cardstock in stray places.  The little dot pattern is a good way to hide them – ask me how I know!?!  tee hee…   Remember that this stamp set, From the Heart, is available only during September.

CTMH From the Heart | CAS card design #ctmhfromtheheart

CTMH supplies:  From the Heart stamp set, Black cardstock,  CTMH inks, and Memento ink

 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 – Anything Goes

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This month’s theme and monthly prize

Anything Goes + a stamp

Sep 17 – Sep 24

Welcome to our Anything Goes heARTful stamping challenge.  There are weekly Top 3 winners and a random winner from all of the participants receives the monthly prize drawing.  This month’s prize winner will receive this You Amaze Me petite set…these words are just under an inch long each!

What a busy week for me with teaching Kindergartners, having two stamping events at my home (woot woot, that’s fun time for me!) and playing along with the Fall Coffee Lover’s blog hop.  If you haven’t heard about it, you can check out my post here.  I’m also thrilled with the stamp set, Stronger Together, that CTMH released in an effort to help raise money for the Red Cross – check it out here.

This Week’s Inspiration

I love how Cyndi picked up the owl branch from CTMH’s Punny Pals stamp setand paired it with the little twig  from CTMH Stamp of the Month (STOM) called, Feel So Blessed.  There are so many wonderful components from the STOM – including these larger font words and then the other focal images like the embossed circle.  This stamp set can only be purchased during September but you’ll find yourself using it all year round!

Feel So Blessed, Punny Pals - CTMH Operation Smile

supplies:  Punny Pals Operation Smile stamp set  Feel So Blessed STOM

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Here’s one of the cards we made at my National Stamping Month celebration.  It features one of the larger stamps within the CTMH From the Heart stamp set.  I gold embossed it to make it pop and then paired it with a piece of gold foiled paper from CTMH’s Silver and Gold paper pack.  Some quick coloring with markers and the addition of a scrap of cardstock and I had a CAS card that was quick and easy – and looks terrific!

CTMH National Stamping Month celebration with this limited release: From the Heart #ctmhfromtheheart

 supplies:  From the Heart stamp set, Silver and Gold paper pack, Gold embossing powder 

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I did something rash and scary to create this next card….I performed some minor “surgery”.  eeck!  I’ve actually read about it and finally gave it a try because I knew it would make stamping this background a whole lot easier!  I carefully cut the sentiment away from the flower image on one of the larger stamp sets included in CTMH’s From the Heart stamp set.

CTMH From the Heart stamp set
I took my time and made a clean cut – it works perfectly when I line them back up and want to stamp it as one image!  Remember that this stamp set, From the Heart, is available only during September.

CTMH National Stamping Month celebration with this limited release: From the Heart #ctmhfromtheheart

supplies:  From the Heart stamp set, Fern cardstock and ink, Memento ink

 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 winners!

I shouldn’t tease you but my first order from CTMH’s Holiday Expressions arrived last week! I’ve just started to play with it (check out how I used one Christmas themed stamp set for an everyday card here) but hopefully this will help inspire you all for weeks to come! The best part? I earned about a third of this for FREE as a Close To My Heart consultant…they have a generous program and after 6 months + of being with them, I still love it! If you’d like to learn more about joining my team (and earning the From the Heart kit for FREE as a sign up bonus this month), be sure to email me!

And now for last week’s heARTful stamping challenge winners!  The entries were terrific – thanks to everyone for joining in!

5. Karen Ladd

8.  Beverly’s Blog

21.  Stamping Kitty

Winners – congratulations!! If you don’t have my blog badge, feel free to claim it.  I hope everyone will return for this week’s challenge!

heARTful stamping challenge – Anything Goes!

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This month’s theme and monthly prize

Anything Goes + a stamp

Sep 10 – Sep 17

It’s so hard to believe the destruction that has happened in Texas and as I type this, we await Hurricane Irma’s toll on Florida.  My thoughts and prayers are with those in harms way and that are suffering so much.  You can see the small part CTMH is trying to play in raising money for the Red Cross here.

If you have time this week, I’d love for you to join our Anything Goes heARTful stamping challenge.  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 receive this You Amaze Me petite set…these words are just under an inch long each!

This Week’s Inspiration

Last week Cyndi had a bad fall in her garage and hit her head hard and hurt her foot…this week she had to get a walking cast because there was a torn ligament involved.  Ouch!  I hope you are feeling better this weekend, Cyndi!  I do think crafting has a healing nature to it and amazingly, Cyndi felt like stamping and sent me this sweet, sweet card.  Although she has 3 cats at home, I’m tickled that she picked the dog from CTMH’s Punny Pals stamp set.  It’s this year’s Operation Smile stamp set where they donate $7 from each set sold to that charity.  Cyndi also used the Stamp of the Month from CTMH called, Feel So Blessed.  Doesn’t this card make you smile?!  I love it!

CTMH Punny Pals #operationsmile and Feel So Blessed #STOM

supplies:  Punny Pals Operation Smile stamp set  Feel So Blessed STOM, Other:  bone sequins, twine, copic markers

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I have been having a lot of fun combining two September special stamp sets from CTMH – Feel So Blessed (stamp of the month) and From the Heart, their exclusive set available only this month.  This was the first time I stamped the flowers on colored cardstock and I really like the results.  I also used my new Buffalo Plaid embossing folder from CTMH’s Holiday Expressions catalog.  I love that you really can’t go wrong when stamping these flowers and each card is unique.

CTMH From the Heart, Feel So Blessed and Buffalo Plaid embossing folder | CAS card idea | #ctmhfromtheheart #CTMHstampofthemonth

 supplies:  From the Heart stamp set, all inks are from CTMH, Canary and Sorbet cardstock, Buffalo Plaid embossing folder

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I pretty much CASEd this card using Thoughtful Bird from the new CTMH Annual catalog but I made one simple change:  that striped piece!  The original card used some patterned Fundamental papers but I love looking at my stamp sets and try to use them for more than one purpose.  Those stripes come from a new Christmas stamp set called Silver & Gold in the CTMH Holiday Expressions catty.
I think I will be using these stripes and dots in many future cards!
CTMH Thoughtful Bird and Silver and Gold cardmaking stamp set | CAS card ideas | 2 and 3 step stamping

supplies:  Thoughtful Bird stamp set, Silver & Gold cardmaking stamp set, assorted CTMH inks, other: twine

 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!