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heARTful stamping challenge Winners!

CTMH Cricut You Are Here and Gold paper

Yesterday was a busy day (visited a friend’s new women’s boutique, did some online Christmas shopping and gave Walter a bath – phew! He needed it!) but I managed to squeeze in some stamping. I have years worth of partial card kits from all of the classes I’ve done in my home and yesterday I decided to make a dent into some of them. This is paper from when I was with The Angel Company! It’s a birthday card for my Brother-In-Law and December birthdays are sometimes tricky to make. I love how beautifully CTMH’s Gold paper cuts and embosses.  This may be only available until the end of the month when the Holiday Expressions catalog retires.  For the deer I used the new CTMH Cricut bundle called You Are Here.

And now for our winners from last week’s heARTful stamping challenge.  I’m thankful for my steady group of players (thank you!) and always look forward to seeing what you create.  I’m also joyful when we get some newbies to the group!  

2. Stamping Kitty
8. Chez Scraplady
12. Melissa SHB

Congratulations to the winners! Feel free to grab your blog badge if you don’t have it already. I’ll have to see about getting a new image for 2018…mix things up a bit! tee hee. Also – please come back for this week’s heARTful stamping challenge.

heARTful stamping challenge – Anything Goes

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This month’s theme and monthly prize

Anything Goes + a stamp

Dec 10 – Dec 17

We had lots of snow this weekend – I couldn’t believe some of the places in the US that also got some unexpected (and unusual!) snow.  That’s always a great reason to stay inside and stamp!  So, welcome to this week’s Anything Goes heARTful stamping challenge.

If this is your first visit here, there are weekly Top 3 winners and a random winner from all of the participants receives the monthly prize drawing.  I need to dig around and see what I have for a nice prize since I am celebrating my First Anniversary with Close To My Heart!  woo hoo! I will update shortly. 

This Week’s Inspiration

Love, love, love!!   Cyndi’s creation is all about fun in the snow!  Here she did some amazing fussy cutting on CTMH’s Beary Christmas (scrapbooking) stamp set – but the good news is that you can get it also with a thin cut dies option if you prefer.   Cyndi also did some hot embossing with the sentiment …isn’t this such a fun, sweet scene? I love her colors on the black card background – it really pops.

CTMH Beary Christmas scrapbooking stamp set | handmade Christmas card

CTMH supplies:  Beary Christmas scrapbooking stamp set

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Juliet was at my house this weekend participating in our yearly mitten swap and tag shoe box event.  I’ll share more about that later this week but I couldn’t wait to post her tag.  This actually was my design but I sometimes am a little too extreme when it comes to CAS (clean and simple).  Juliet ended up with a smudge (or two!) and proceeded to dab our Gold Shimmer brush all over the card.  I expected her stop there but no, she added some star sequins and when she was done – the tag was glorious!  The stamp set is from CTMH’s Merriest Wishes Workshop Your Way kit.  Ironically it was a set that didn’t grab me right away but now is one of my favorites!

CTMH Joyful Tidings Workshop Your Way kit | handmade Christmas tag

CTMH supplies:  Joyful Tidings Workshop Your Way kit, Willow, Sweet Leaf, Emerald and Sea Glass inks, Ruby and White Daisy cardstock

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Every month Close To My Heart offers a Stamp of the Month which you can buy at retail, or get for just $5 when you spend $50.  It’s a great deal and this is one set, A Little Bit of Pun, that is flying off the shelves!  It’s so funny and is perfect for not only Valentine’s Day, but all year round.  I used Pebble ink for the background images and then went with Black for the focal piece.  I’m also using Bashful cardstock – it’s CTMH’s color of the year and it’s a lovely shade of pink!

CTMH A Little Bit of Pun December STOM 2017 | CAS card design

CTMH supplies:  A Little Bit of Pun stamp set, Tag thin cut dies, Pebble & Black ink  and Bashful & White Daisy cardstock

 I hope you join us!

Looking for past winners?  Check out this link here.

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 can hardly believe that it is D e c e m b e r   2 0 1 7!!  Mind boggling!  That also means that this is the last month that you can order from CTMH’s Holiday Expressions catalog.  If you haven’t taken a peek, it’s not just holiday stamps – there are two out of this world flower sets too.  But most of it is holiday related, tee hee…and, it’s wonderful!

and now on to our heARTful stamping challenge winners!

November’s prize winner (these gold sparkly gems pictured above) go to: Helen’s Craft Haven! Congratulations and please email me your mailing address.

Last week’s challenge winners were delightful – and I had a hard time narrowing it down, as usual!


4. Stempelomi
8. Glenda Atkins
17. Cebelica

Congratulations to the winners and please feel free to grab your blog badge!  I hope that everyone will return and play along in this week’s heARTful stamping challenge.  It’s an Anything Goes theme!

Cyber Monday plus winners!

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And now (a little late – I’m playing hooky from school while my parents visit for one more day! tee hee) for the heARTful stamping challenge winners from last week.

5. Kathy K
11. Elly’s Creaties
15. Sharon

Congrats to the Top 3 winners – please feel free to grab your blog badge if you don’t have it yet! Or post it again 🙂 I hope everyone will be back for this week’s Anything Goes challenge.

heARTful stamping challenge – Anything Goes

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This month’s theme and monthly prize

Anything Goes + a stamp

Nov 26 – Dec 3

Welcome to this week’s Anything Goes heARTful stamping challenge.  It’s another Anything Goes challenge!  If this is your first visit here, 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 receive these CTMH Gold Glitter Gems which are perfect for holiday crafting!

This Week’s Inspiration

My parents are visiting and my Mom needed a wedding card for next week.  I have some beautiful, flowery papers left over from CTMH’s Live Beautifully special release this summer – but I went with this gold foiled paper from the pack.  You can still find this paper pack and some other wonderful items you’ve seen in the past Seasonal Expressions in the GOING SOON section of my webstore.  I used the sentiments from CTMH’s Many Congratulations.  Their clear stamps allow me to curve the images the way I wanted and I love the results. I finished adding some “glitz” with Close To My Heart’s gold shimmer brush.

CTMH Many Congratulations and Live Beautifully paper pack | CAS card | handmade DIY wedding card

CTMH supplies:  Many Congratulations stamp set, Live Beautifully  paper pack, White Daisy and Black cardstock, Gold shimmer brush other: a|s dies and ring set (retired)

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I think this card is the perfect Christmas card for pet lovers!  The two cute little critters are from CTMH’s Operation Smile stamp set called Punny Pals.  Last month CTMH released a matching thincut die set and it’s available while supplies last (in the GOING SOON section of my webstore).   The sentiment is from the Workshop Your Way (WYW) Joyful Tidings kit and the Buffalo Plaid embossing folder made a great background.    I punched the gold stars with a Martha Steward border punch from some Gold Foil paper.  All three of these items are from CTMH’s Holiday Expressions catalog.

CTMH Punny Pals and Joyful Tidings WYW stamp set | Buffalo Plaid embossing folder | pet lovers Christmas card

CTMH supplies:  Punny Pals stamp set and thincuts dies, Joyful Tidings WYW stamp set, White Daisy and Ruby cardstock, Buffalo Plaid embossing folder, Beary Christmas paper pack, Gold Foil paper  other: Martha Stewart punch, copic

 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!