heARTful stamping challenge

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This month’s theme and monthly prize

Anything Goes + a stamp

Oct 8 – Oct 15

Welcome October!  Wow…the seasons are confused around here for sure.  I am mentally ready for the fall colors but I must admit that I have enjoyed this unseasonably warm days!

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.  I bought some extra burlap ribbon for my fall wreath making class and I think you will love it!

This Week’s Inspiration

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and the special CTMH stamp set, Stronger Together, is filled with inspiring sentiments to give the receiver encouragement and hope.  CTMH is donating all proceeds from the sale of this stamp set to the Red Cross to help with the recent natural disasters.   Want to know more?    Check it out here.  

CTMH Stronger Together - all proceeds donated to the Red Cross | Silver & Gold cardstock | Breast Cancer card | Keep Calm and Fight On

I painted some pink watercolors on cardstock before diecutting the ribbon die.  I was inspired by the Adventure Fundamental paper packet from CTMH.  These gold foiled hearts come from their Silver & Gold paper pack in the Holiday Expressions catalog.  The gold paper is gorgeous and goes beautifully with my gold embossed sentiment.

CTMH Stronger Together - all proceeds donated to Red Cross | Breast Cancer card

CTMH supplies:  Stronger Together stamp set, Adventure Fundamental paper packet, Silver & Gold paper packet, Gold embossing powder, Watercolor paints, Aquabrush (other: ribbon die – a|s)

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A Grateful Heart from CTMH is definitely a stamp set that’s perfect for Thanksgiving but I imagine that watercolored, it can be a set for ALL seasons.  After all, most of us can be grateful “most” of the time…either way, it’s a good reminder to start each day positively and with a happy and grateful heart.  I paired this white embossed sentiment with CTMH’s Falling for You paper packet.  I have quite a bit left over from my Fall Wreath class this weekend (see the leaves?  These came from CTMH Cricut bundles – they are amazing in real life) and I’m quite okay with that!  I absolutely LOVE the colors in this packet.

CTMH A Grateful Heart and Thankful for You cardstock | CAS card | white embossing

 

CTMH supplies:  A Grateful Heart stamp set, White Daisy, and Nutmeg cardstock, Falling for You paper packet, White embossing powder

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I had a couple of packages to mail out this weekend (including the prize winner for September!) and I wanted to tuck in some quick cards.  These 3 x 3 cards were inspired by some cards I received from the CTMH home office over the past month.  I am repeatedly surprised by the generosity I receive as a CTMH consultant.  Anyways, I was intrigued by the tiny size and this was a perfect way to use up some scraps I had.  I had a lot of fun coloring in this kitty from CTMH’s Punny Pals stamp set.  This is their Operation Smile stamp set for this year and they donate $7 from each set sold – but during October they are MATCHING the donated dollars.  Additionally, if you are a fan of matching dies – during October you can pick up the Punny Pals thin cut dies.  woohoo!!  

CTMH Punny Pals - Operation Smile stamp set | CAS cards using paper scraps

CTMH supplies:  Punny Pals Operation Smile  stamp set, Prickly Pear paper packet (retired), Falling for You paper packet, Banner thin cut dies, Memento (other: copics)

 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!


CTMH All The Thanks

CTMH All the Thanks, Leaves embossing folder | CAS card
One of my favorite things about fall (other than the good sleeping temps!) is the colors it brings. The new CTMH Falling for You paper pack has packaged up all of those beautiful, rustic colors into one bundle.  The only hard part is deciding which side of the paper to use!  For this card I used the new Leaves embossing folder – which is also in the Close To My Heart Holiday Expressions catalog.  Its a new favorite!  All the Thanks is a great set of 4 sentiments that are perfect for your thank you notes.

CTMH All the Thanks, Leaves embossing folder | CAS card
For my card I used a retired CTMH set of leaves but the new Falling for You cardmaking stamp set is pretty amazing and looks gorgeous colored in. It would work well with this technique I’m about to share. This technique perfect for when you don’t have a lot of time to color.


I simply pressed a section of White Daisy cardstock into my ink color and then overstamped that crosshatch of color with the leaf stamp. You can fussy cut your leaf or use the thincut die set. CTMH now offers many of its stamps with matching thin cut dies – woohoo!

CTMH Halloween plus Christmas equals…

CTMH Banner Love, Happy Heart, Cats & Bats paper and Silver Foil paper | 25th Anniversary card

What do you get when you pair Halloween paper (Cats and Bats) with Silver Foil paper from CTMH’s Holiday Expression catalog? A gorgeous 25th wedding anniversary card, of course! 🙂 Yesterday my husband and I celebrated this great milestone – with sushi take out.
CTMH Banner Love, Happy Heart, Cats & Bats paper and Silver Foil paper | 25th Anniversary card
I used the sentiment from CTMH’s Banner Love and the hearts in the new Color of the Year (Bashful) are from Happy Heart – both in the main catalog. I first stamped the sentiment in black and just didn’t like it…I like the look of this banner in Pewter ink – it’s more pleasing to the eye!

If you haven’t checked out the Holiday Expressions catalog, it’s  a must see!  There is also a gold foil paper as well, but I’m in love with all of the stamp sets and new patterned paper packs!

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heARTful stamping challenge Winners!

ctmh Falling for You paper and You Are Here Cricut bundle

This weekend I was busy with my Cricut cranking out leaves for my Fall Wreath class coming up on Saturday! We’re making the wreath CTMH featured on their blog a while back and I can’t wait to have everyone over…I have room for just 2 more, or you can get a “to-go” kit (without the grapevine wreath if you are long distance, tee hee).  The leaf I am cutting is from CTMH’s new Cricut bundle called You Are Here, but I found and am using leaves in all 3 of their current Cricut bundles including Flower Market and Artistry.

And now on to our heARTful stamping challenge winners from last week’s challenge! Wow, so many wonderful entries again this past week – you make it tough to choose…

September’s Prize Winner

Mary Marsh – please send me your mailing address!

7.  Shilpa Nitin

14.  Helen

15. Ruza

Congratulations to the winners and I hope you will grab your blog badge.  This week’s new Anything Goes heARTful stamping challenge is up and running and you can join us here!

 

 

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!