heARTful stamping challenge – anything goes!


This month’s theme and monthly prize

Anything Goes  + a stamp

Apr 2 – May 6

I’m back from my trip to Germany!

We’ll be having an Anything Goes theme ALL MONTH LONG here at the heARTful stamping Challenge.  Hope that gives you a chance to play along!

Normally 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 month is a C R A Z Y month for me with taxes due, inlaws visiting and a Spring Break trip to Germany to visit my sister.  

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.  ooohhh!  Doing the happy dance here!  I have one more set for April.

This Week’s Inspiration

Cyndi had some fun combining CTMH’s Dreamin Big bug stamps with a floral embossing folder she had on hand.  This card just makes me think, Spring!!  I absolutely love the purples and blues together – and look at that sparkle on the dragonfly!  Wouldn’t you LOVE getting this in your mailbox?!  This stamp set is available only through the end of April.


supplies: Dreamin’ Big stamp set from CTMH


I needed to make a birthday card for my Sister-In-Law and I remember seeing a card somewhere on my feed or Pinterest that had this layout of sorts.  I think there was a recent sketch challenge with it.  Anyways, it made an impression on me and I thought CTMH’s Hello Lovely stamp set would be perfect for this!  I used my watercolor paints from CTMH to watercolor the flowers – in real life the rose matches this Sorbet cardstock perfectly.

Close To My Heart
supplies: Hello Lovely 
stamp and matching thincut die set, White Daisy cardstock, Sorbet cardstock, Archival Black ink, watercolor paint set

I hope you join us!

It’s simple to play along:

  • 1 entry limit per week or 5 total ** this month only! 
  • no digis please! 
  • please link back to this heARTful stamping Challenge to be eligible for the monthly prize!

CTMH – scrapbooking layouts


Oh, hello spring!!

There are lots of ways to welcome spring and to document it as well…

These layouts are easy to replicate with different papers and colors.

This Dreamin’ Big – scrapbooking set is only available through the end of April – as is everything in the CTMH Seasonal Expressions 1 catty.  Don’t miss out on your favorite stamps and papers!

CTMH Twins Rule!

Did you know?!

1 in 50 people is a fraternal twin in the USA, and 1 in 150 is an identical twin.

This Twins Rule from CTMH’s Seasonal Expressions 1 catalog really makes me smile.  I think it’s adorable and I had no idea how common twins are although I should since we have triplets in my Kindergarten class and a set of twins in one of the other classes.

This stamp set is not just perfect for scrapbooking – but it’s also great for cardmaking!  And, the images work for kids at heart – so, no matter the age or, twin or not, these animals are so cute!

Twins Rule | C1675 | $13.95

Don’t forget that you can only order from the Seasonal Expressions 1 catalog through the end of April and then these items are gone…


CTMH ink pads = ♥

My inlaws came to visit and I had to whip out a quick birthday card for my father-in-law.  A recent trend (has it been going on a whole year now or just more recently?!) that has caught my eye is to simply stamp your image in black and then give it a smack of color in a circle or other type of shape.  It’s such a fun look and so EASY!  I think “easy” should be my middle name.   hm…better scratch that idea!  🙂

I used a retired set from amuse called Itty Birthday and Lots of Dots.  The key here was to use a lighter coverage of ink.  I picked some of my CTMH ink pads in:  Sweet Leaf, Canary and Glacier – the latter I did stamp off once each time.  I am really enjoying my Close To My Heart ink pads and just ordered the last 3 colors to make my collection complete.  Woot Woot!

Are you looking for the heARTful stamping challenge winners?  I’m off to Germany to visit my sister and her husband so I’ve just kept the challenge open all month.  It’s an Anything Goes challenge and you can find the details here.

CTMH Love Thin Cut die

Close To My Heart

Things I love…

CAS cards – check!

Word dies – check!

CTMH patterned paper – check!

This card!!  This card is a super CAS (clean and simple) design and it’s perfect for using up paper scraps.  We all have them, right?!  If you are like me – they are hard to throw away.  This card features CTMH’s Hello Lovely patterned paper pack and some of the matching Hello Lovely stamp/thin cut die bundle.  The focal point though is CTMH’s Gold Glitter paper cut with their Love sentiment thin cut die.

See that peek of the Sorbet stamp pad up in the corner?  Close To My Heart has redesigned their ink pads and made them – in my humble opinion – the best holder on the market.  The inks are pretty good too, tee hee…  Seriously though.  These ink pads are large (think iPhone 7 size vs. the 5) and are magnetic so you can stack them or attach the lid underneath so your workspace is less cluttered…or you don’t cap the wrong ink.  Experience talking here…

I’ll be out of the net for the next week so if you have any questions – it will take me a while to get back to you as I will not have any internet access.  Please feel free to browse/shop in my absence and I will catch up with my thank you notes upon my return!

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