heARTful stamping challenge Winners!

I was pretty excited to unpack my latest CTMH order – lots of fun goodies from the new Seasonal Expressions 1 catalog. Now to carve out some playtime! 🙂 Those little brownish/yellow shapes are cork!  I can’t wait to use  them.  I’m sure you know exactly what I mean…so many stamps, so little time! ha ha…

And now on to our heARTful stamping challenge winners roll call.

January’s prize winner is Karen Ladd!  

Congrats Karen – you won a $10 gift certificate with me.

The Top 3 has some new names this week…I appreciate everyone who participated and the entries were fabulous!  

15.  Vickie O’Dell

16.  Maria Rodriguez

21.  Fikreta

Congratulations to the winners – I was excited to see some new participants this week but of course, I appreciate my “regulars” as well!  XOXO

Please feel free to grab your blog badge and I hope everyone will be back for this week’s Anything Goes heARTful stamping challenge.

heARTful stamping challenge – Anything Goes


This month’s theme and monthly prize

Anything Goes + a stamp

Jan 7 –  14

Welcome to this week’s Anything Goes heARTful stamping challenge – This begins our first full week in the new year!  Baby it’s cold outside!  Did you get hit by an arctic blast these past few days too?  I was home from school for two days and it gave me a chance to get some stamping done – loved it!

If this is your first visit here, there are normally weekly Top 3 winners and a random winner from all of the participants receives the monthly prize drawing.   I am celebrating my First Anniversary with Close To My Heart and thought it would be fun to have a special prize package.  I’ve dug around and found some really great items but then I realized with the new Seasonal Inspirations catalog going LIVE soon (and it’s really fantastic!), I decided to let the winner pick out something with their special $10 gift voucher from me!  Winner will be announced on Monday, Jan 8.

This Week’s Inspiration

Cyndi is back after a holiday break (and well deserved!).  I love this sweet Valentine themed card using CTMH’s Punny Pals stamp set.  Punny Pals is this year’s Operation Smile stamp set – it’s where Close To My Heart donates $7 for each stamp set sold.  It’s a great cause and a super cute stamp!

CTMH Punny Pals | Valentines Day card

CTMH supplies:  Punny Pals stamp set


I’ve been trying to make a few extra birthday cards to have on hand and I was digging through some of my retired CTMH paper packs to start using up leftover scraps.  The sentiment is from CTMH’s Birthday Sparkles stamp set and I think this card turned out to be quite fun with the different colors and patterns.  Talk about quick and easy cardmaking!

CTMH Birthday Sparkles | handmade CAS birthday card

CTMH supplies:  Birthday Sparkles stamp set, Dreamin Big paper pack, White Daisy cardstock


Sometimes a card doesn’t quite turn out how you hoped.  It’s not “throw away” worthy (that happened to me in my last post here…not 100% happy with my card but there were parts I really liked so I couldn’t bear to throw it away.)  I hate the idea that the foliage would look really neat using the Rock n Roll technique and repeatedly stamped to fill in the entire background.  I think the colors are too different and thus didn’t blend as smoothly as I would’ve liked.  I do love the little pair of rain boots that comes in this CTMH stamp set – it’s called Mothers Garden and it’s in the new Seasonal Expressions 1 catty. 

CTMH Mothers Garden | Rock n Roll inking technique

CTMH supplies:  Mothers Garden stamp set, White Daisy cardstock, Sweat Leaf and Fern ink

I hope you join us!

Looking for past winners?  Check out this link here.

It’s simple to play along:

  • 2 entry limit per week
  • any stamp manufacturer is allowed
  • no digis please! 
  • please link back to this heARTful stamping Challenge to be eligible for the monthly prize!

CTMH Stargazer

CTMH Stargazer | emboss resist technique | boy card

Before Christmas a few of my Kindergartners gave me some gifts and I was so excited to work on personalized thank you notes for them. CTMH’s new stamp set called Stargazer was perfect for the little boy cards. I colored the different astronauts hair color to match each recipient. It was so fun (and so easy!!).

If you’ve been here before, you will know that one of my favorite techniques is the emboss resist technique.  This little background panel was a breeze to stamp with the various sky pieces included in the Stargazer stamp set.  I just white embossed them on some watercolor paper and then quickly brushed some Navy Splash I had leftover from my amuse|studio days.  Once the paper dried, I quickly buffed the white embossed images and that really made them pop.  

I’m not so keen on my spiky circle at the bottom of the card.  I had envisioned it looking a little better but I had thought that might be a fun way to highlight the sentiment.  I’ll have to go back to the drawing board for that one but in the meantime, my thank you notes are done.  woohoo!

Stargazer is just one of the great new stamp sets available in CTMH’s Seasonal Expressions 1 catty.  There is a matching Stargazer paper pack that is “out of this world” – ha ha!  Get it?!  Yeah, weak, I know!

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CTMH’s Seasonal Expressions 1 is now LIVE!

I couldn’t wait for this new CTMH Seasonal Expressions catty to go live because I knew you would LOVE it as much as I do! So far the reviews are amazing and what do I keep hearing? Friends are saying, “I want it all!”. I couldn’t agree more! I’m waiting on my second order to arrive on Saturday. That’s one of the benefits of becoming a Close To My Heart consultant. I can preorder from the catalogs…but that’s just one of the many things I enjoy! There is a new consultant kit that was released with this Seasonal Expressions catalog too…so if you are interested, check it out!

Since it is not only the new year, it’s also January so that means CTMH is offering a new Stamp of the Month. It’s called Bloom and Grow. It’s not only perfect for cardmaking and scrapbooking but if you are in a Bible Study, I think it’s perfect for papercrafting in there!

Bloom and Grow retails for $17.95 but if you spend $50 you can get it for just $5 as the January STOM.

CTMH is also featuring another January special called Love Letters.

For National Papercrafting Month, we’ve designed a set of beautiful papercrafted monograms. Each comes as part of a kit containing the sturdy chipboard letter base, rose gold accents, die-cut floral embellishments, and letter stickers for customizing your final artwork piece. The finished letters are the perfect size for adorning any wall in your home. Each letter is 11 1/2″ tall and is made from chipboard.

These versatile letters can also be used together to spell out a whole name or word, which is why if you buy five letter kits, you can choose a sixth kit FREE!  To check out the Love Letters promotion, hop on over here.

Happy New Year and challenge winners!

I want to wish you a very Happy New Year! My husband and I spent a quiet evening at home with a fire, a few movies and some sparkling wine at midnight…it was a nice way to welcome in 2018. I hope this year will be one of good health and blessings for you.

I also need to post my heARTful stamping challenge winners from my two-week “event” over Christmas. So many wonderful and wintery entries…I really had a hard time (once again!) narrowing it down to just 3!

But, here they are…

9. Lia
21. Steffi H
26. Linda McEnery

Congratulations to the winners and I hope you will grab your blog badge! Please come back for this week’s heARTful stamping challenge. I have finally listed the prize package which is a gift certificate. I think you will enjoy picking out your “winnings” from the new Seasonal Expressions 1 catalog that just went LIVE today! You can take a peek of it right here.