CTMH Tea-rrific Stamp of the Month

Close To My Heart

I’ve been playing with CTMH’s Stamp of the Month called Tea-rrific as I am getting ready for the Spring Coffee Lover’s Blog hop coming next week.  It’s been so fun but I’m anxious to share some of this great stamp set RIGHT NOW with you!  Luckily last night I had some time after work – and two card challenges – made this card come together so quickly.  I totally love it and hope you do too!

I love the 3 different tea cup options in this Tea-rrific stamp set and it has some wonderful sentiments, as well as this single flower…

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What rubber stamping supplies do I need for this card?

I added some texture with one of my CTMH Cricut Flower Market bundle stamps to the teacup before adding just a little ink on the sides of the cup.  In fact, the sentiment comes from one of the 3 sets as well.  It’s an unbelievable value to get a paper pack, Cricut cartridge (or digital download which I do – so it’s even cheaper!) and 3 Size D stamp sets.  What’s even more amazing is that this package qualifies as a Hostess 1/2 price item – so what are you waiting for?!  Contact me to throw your own CTMH party!

I watercolored the flowers quickly and easily with my Close to My Heart watercolor pencils – love how they match their papers and inks.

Close To My Heart

stamps:   Tea-rrific, Cricut Flower Market Collection

papers:  Sapphire and Saffron cardstock, Dreamin Big paper pack (orange pattern strip), Sugar Rush paper pack (plus sign pattern strip), watercolor paper

other:  Sapphire ink, Black ink, Watercolor pencils

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Other challenges I am entering today:

Inky Chicks – flowers

Through The Craftroom Door – anything goes

Crafty Creations – anything goes

Freshly Made Sketches – sketch

Card Concept – rich texture (photo)

CTMH Hello Lovely stamps + papers

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I had a little time to play and found this great sketch over at CAS(E) this sketch! and just in the nick of time.  I ended up changing my panels slightly, although I wish I had left them as the original sketch shows – it definitely would have been easier that way!  Did you know that CTMH is having a Thin Cuts die sale and that includes stamp/die bundles like the Hello Lovely set I used here!  You can save 25% all month long.

What rubber stamping supplies do I need for this card?

I have been using a LOT of CTMH’s Hello Lovely paper pack these days.  I had a workshop for 13 folks and we made 12 cards each – that left me with quite a bit of scraps.  This card sketch was perfect for using some of those up!

I did very little coloring – but after I stamped the Hello Lovely set from CTMH, I added a little color in with my Sorbet inkpad and waterbrush.  I didn’t use watercolor paper so I had to be careful because my New England Ivy wanted to run if I got too close, and the Sorbet soaked in instantly.  I like the results – and almost added some color to my smile sentiment from CTMH’s Cricut Artistry stamp/paper and digital bundle.

Close To My Heart

stamps:   Hello Lovely, Cricut Artistry Collection (smile)

papers:  White Daisy cardstock; Hello Lovely paper pack

other:  New England Ivy, Whisper and Sorbet inks, Hello Lovely matching die 


squeal!!! So excited to have found out that I was a CAS(E) this Sketch! winner for this card. Thank you so much for the honor!

CAS(E) this Sketch

CTMH Heart Thincut dies {did I mention a sale?}

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If you saw my weather map during yesterday’s post and were wondering about the outcome – the storm was severely downgraded BUT we did get the day off from school…it’s definitely a heavy, wet 2 inches of snow, mostly ice rain but that’s tapered off and things are warming up.  That means I can post today – and, write my many thank you notes that are due to customers who have ordered this past month.  I’m also finishing up my mid-month inspiration tutorial and it’s fabulous so if you don’t get my newsletters, it’s not too late to sign up (upper left sidebar).  

Okay, on to these two cards!!  You know I am a clean and simple (CAS) card kind of lady.  I do like to have extra special details though like in this embossed heart!

These cards are from my recent Hello Lovely Workshop and I have one to-go kit left!  The cost is just $25 and that includes 12 unique card kits plus a box that you assemble to hold the cards!  It’s gorgeous and you will also get a PDF instruction sheet with photos for assembly.  Email me if you’d like to get this last kit.

What rubber stamping supplies do I need for this card?

The really GREAT news is CTMH has all of it’s thincut dies (including stamp and die bundles!) on sale this month for 25% off!  Their thin cut Hearts die is one of my favorites because you can use the thin outline and the leftover inside piece as I did in these cards.

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stamps:   Hello Lovely, Happy Heart

papers:  White Daisy cardstock; Sorbet cardstock, Hello Lovely paper pack

other:  White embossing powder, Gold embossing powder, Gold sequins, Heart thin cuts, Blush Shimmer ribbon and Artistry Cricut cartridge (card box lid) 


heARTful stamping challenge winners!

Snow or no snow?!?  That’s all the talk today around here – I personally think all the wishful thinking has “jinxed” us but I’m being cautiously optimistic!  I have enjoyed the mild winter though, to be honest.  Sorry I’m just posting the winners now.  This morning I woke up late (time change to blame and my lingering sore throat – is it possible to have a sore for more than 7 days?  Yes it is – I’m living proof, sadly) and then I did honestly have to brave the grocery store because I needed dog food.  It cracks me up watching people coming out of the store before a forecasted storm.  Men carry a six pack of beer, women are loaded down with water, milk and bread.  tee hee….

Okay!  On to the winners.  Yikes there were so many cute (and realistic) critters entered into the heARTful stamping challenge last week – I loved all of these cards and it was quite difficult to narrow it down to just a Top 3.

1. Sheryl Hare

6.  Larissa

14.  Billie A

Congratulations to the winners and I hope you’ll grab your blog badge!  Thank you for joining us this past week and I hope you’ll be back for this week’s Green heARTful stamping challenge.

heARTful stamping challenge – Green


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


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


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!