heARTful stamping challenge Winners!


Finally got some happy mail going out…belated customer thank you notes and some prize winnings! Yay! It feels good to send out the cards I make – I should do it more often. So that leads me to ask. Do you mail your cards? And, how often?!

I’m so excited by the participation going on in our weekly heARTful stamping challenges.  Thanks to all of my “regulars” (ha, ha – you know who you are! XOXO) and welcome to our new visitors.  Come back again!  I really struggled picking out the Top 3 winners this week but I’m pleased to share them with you.

3.  Annemis

5. Deb’s Bat Cave (both were great cards but I went with #5)

26.  J. Atterbury Creations

Congratulations to the winners – please feel free to grab your blog badge and I hope you will be back for this week’s Anything Goes heARTful stamping challenge!

heARTful stamping challenge – Anything Goes (with a stamp!)

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This month’s theme and monthly prize

Anything Goes + a stamp

Nov 12 – Nov 19

Welcome to this week’s Anything Goes heARTful stamping challenge. Brrrr…we’ve had quite a cold spell here in Northern Virginia and I saw it was pretty wide spread.   My husband and I are both veterans (he retired with 20 years and I got out after 7 1/2 when we got married) so we have also been enjoying a marathon of military movies this weekend.  Two good reasons to stay inside and craft!!  

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

Cyndi really has a knack for creating little scenes and combining different stamp sets.  I just love how Cyndi used the feather from CTMH’s September Stamp of the Month – Feel So Blessed, to create a frame.  The sentiment is from there as well.  The kitten is from CTMH’s Operation Smile stamp set called Punny Pals.  Cyndi did a lot of fussy cutting with scissors and an exacto knife but it was worth it, I think!

CTMH Punny Pals and Feel So Blessed

CTMH supplies:  Punny Pals stamp set, Feel So Blessed September STOM

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I know, I know!  There are a million ornament stamp sets out there and you probably already have a few (I do!).  But, I just had to add the new Silver and Gold cardmaking stamp set from CTMH to my inventory.  I like the ornaments but I LOVE the sentiments’ fonts and the two border stamp sets.  I know I will get a lot of use from these.  Those little dots and stripes are perfect for adding a border strip to “finish” off seams, and you can customize them to what ever color you need.  Buffalo Plaid is “in” right now and this is one of the papers in CTMH’s Beary Christmas paper packs.  The other piece is from their Silver and Gold paper collection which is so eye catching and can be used all year round (check out this sample here of what I mean!).  I also am loving the silver and gold foiled papers CTMH has released in their Holiday Expressions catalog.

CTMH Silver and Gold cardmaking stamp set with Beary Christmas and Silver and Gold paper packs |  Quick and easy Christmas card | DIY

CTMH supplies:  Silver and Gold cardmaking stamp set and thin cut dies, The Thought that Counts stamp set,  Beary Christmas paper pack, Silver and Gold paper pack, Silver Foil paper, Silver embossing powder

 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 Joyful Tidings {Workshops Your Way}

CTMH WYW Joyful Tidings with You Are Here Cricut bundle snowflake | Gold Foil paper | Vellum | CTMH Beary Christmas | handmade Christmas card

Joyful Tidings was one of my favorite stamps in CTMH’s Holiday Expressions and this card was a big hit at my Christmas card workshop this past week. Included in the Workshops Your Way (WYW) kits, are two card layouts that work perfectly with the stamps, papers and extra goodies that come in the kit. Because I was making this card 3 times for close to 20 people, I changed it up just a bit – so I used the layout and switched the papers. Oh, and for stars I used snowflakes! I love this card.

CTMH WYW Joyful Tidings and Buffalo Plaid embossing folder with vellum snowflakes and gold foil paper

Buffalo Plaid is really popular right now and CTMH is carrying a Buffalo Plaid embossing folder in the Holiday Expressions – which is good until December 31st.

CTMH supplies for this card:  Joyful Tidings Workshop Your Way kit, Beary Christmas paper pack and matching cardstock, Gold Foil paper, Grass ink, Buffalo Plaid embossing folder, Banner thin cuts, You are Here Cricut bundle 

CTMH The Thought That Counts


CTMH supplies: The Thought that Counts stamp set, Beary Christmas paper pack, Silver Glitter paper, Tag thin cut bundle

This card makes me want to clap! I love it. It’s sassy but not too sassy – know what I mean? If you like these types of sentiments, you MUST check out CTMH’s The Thought that Counts stamp set. It comes with 22 stamps and is just $13.95. You can make lots of tags with this set but I see scrapbooking and of course, cards in it’s future too!

CTMH The Thought That Counts and Beary Christmas paper | CAS Christmas card | snarky but fun sentiments

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This was just one of the cards my Hostess Club members made this month. I had a marathon Christmas card class on Monday and Tuesday and will be sharing those cards over the next few days. Everyone loved the selection and I think they had a good time!

Don’t forget that CTMH’s Holiday Expressions retires at the end of December so you don’t want to miss your favorites! Plus, right now they are having a FUN fundamentals sale and there are some great patterns and colors to stock up on! If you spend $50 – you can get the Stamp of the Month, Through the Years for just $5!

Through the Years S1711 stamp of the month

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heARTful stamping challenge winners!


Today I am kicking off day 1 of my Christmas card workshop! I still have to get some cake baked before everyone arrives so this will be short and sweet! I’ve been using a LOT of the Beary Christmas and Silver and Gold holiday paper packs from CTMH for my cards. But, I love this display of the Silver and Gold papers – they totally work for ALL year round. I guess that’s why CTMH paired these papers with the November stamp of the month – Through the Year. Brilliant!

And now on to last week’s heARTful stamping challenge winners – plus our prize winner!

Congrats to Lovely Linda! You won my burlap ribbon prize and please send me your mailing address…

and for our Top 3 winners…

7. Vinita Jain
19. Deonna B
27. Zora

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