Hello Foxy {CTMH Stamp of the Month} Happy Mail!

Hello Foxy CTMH Stamp of the Month, Close To My Heart, CAS card

I was so tickled to receive this happy mail from my Close To My Heart upline, Lisa Stenz.  I was attracted to her because I had been following her blog for years and loved her cardmaking style – and now I appreciate her even more for her kind and generous nature.  She sent this to me because I made my quotas early!  I am so thankful that my transition to CTMH has gone so well – I am loving the product, the company and the people!

Lisa used the flowers from CTMH’s Stamp of the Month called Hello Foxy.  It’s really a super cute stamp set (and yes, there are foxes involved!) and I started playing with mine this week.  I’m prepping for two big card classes coming up – my June 24th class is almost full but you can check my Meet Up here if you are local.  I’m also happy to mail card kits 🙂

June Stamp of the Month – Hello Foxy

$17.95 retail OR, spend $50 and pay just $5

I love that CTMH let’s you buy the Stamp of the Month set at full price – or you can really save BIG when you include it with a purchase.  I have an ongoing party and orders of $50 receive an extra little thank you from me!

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heARTful stamping challenge winners

Close To My Heart No Worries paper pack, perfect for preserving your vacation memories, great beach stamps and photo album layouts when you combine with CTMH's Swirly Seashells

I was playing a little more with my Swirly Seashells from CTMH since they are retiring in July, and I thought how great they would be combined with CTMH’s new No Worries paper pack!  I can’t wait to show you the watercolor piece I was working on last night, but then I have to get busy with my next idea.  

heARTful stamping challenge winners…

I loved last week’s challenge theme of “coloring fun”…the entries were amazing and I loved the variety.  Thank you to everyone who entered!

 3.  Stempelomi

5.  maikreations

11.  Monika Reeck #2

Congratulations to the winners and I hope you’ll grab your blog badge – if you don’t already have it!  đź™‚  I hope everyone will be back for this week’s heARTful challenge which is “masculine”.  Do you have a hard time making guy cards?  Then this is a good time to push yourself out of your comfort zone – I can’t wait to see what you come up with!


heARTful stamping challenge – masculine


This month’s theme and monthly prize

Masculine + a stamp

Jun 11 – Jun 18

Father’s Day is coming up – in fact, that’s my husband’s birthday so I am really in the “guy” card mode this week!  Fittingly, this week’s  heARTful stamping challenge is a masculine theme.  

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.  You can also see last week’s heARTful stamping challenge which goes until Sunday night, midnight, right here.

This Week’s Inspiration

I am a little late in presenting this, but my daughter’s boyfriend just graduated from Virginia Tech and here is the graduation card I made for him.  Those are Hokie colors!  I used the Way To Go stamp set from CTMH (which is retiring next month!) and was inspired by the birthday card I made here for my son.

supplies: Way To Go stamp set (retiring – while supplies last), Sunset ink (retired), Eggplant cardstock and ink, Piercing Tool (retiring!)


I needed to make some Father’s Day cards quickly this weekend and since I’m still a relatively “new” Close To My Heart consultant, I don’t have a “huge” stamp stash to pick from.  I did start to look at my two Circut Collections that I bought from CTMH (half priced as a hostess reward – woot woot!) and found this cool hexagon shape in the Artistry bundle.  Talk about being excited!  I’ve been coveting a hexagon die for FOREVER but just never broke down and got one…and now I can cut them in any size!  I love how this card turned out.  The sentiment is one from my CTMH Straight to the Top rewards.  Sadly, CTMH is retiring BOTH the Rustic Home Fundamentals and Memo Fundamentals next month and so they are available only while supplies last.

supplies: Cricut Artistry Collection, Rustic Home Fundamentals (retiring), Memo Fundamentals (retiring), Dreamin’ Big paper (retired), Desert Sand ink



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 No Worries for the Final Mojo Monday


I love sketch challenges – you know that by now if you have been following my blog for a while!  Well, I couldn’t help but have my heart strings tugged when I read that Julee Tilman was posting her last Mojo Monday sketch challenge – it’s number 500!  I totally understand her reasoning because as I look back I often regret the hours I spent online or stamping while my kids were school aged.  They keep saying it was fine but I have a nagging suspicion that I should have been more “present”.

I guess it’s fitting then that I picked CTMH‘s new cardmaking stamp set and paper pack called, No Worries.  It has a lovely beachy, vacation feel to it that is perfect for preserving your holiday memories or making a summery card.  I really love the woodgrain patterned paper that’s included – but there are some lovely DPs, as usual!

What rubber stamping supplies do I need to make this card?

I’ve been cutting carefully from my piece of burlap scrap that I got from the Art teacher at school at while back!  But otherwise, all supplies for this card are from Close To My Heart.

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CTMH Jack and Some Burlap Scraps

I can’t believe I almost missed sharing this card I made using CTMH‘s new Jack cardmaking stamp set!  I wanted to call my post “Scrappy Jack” — not to be mistaken with the “Sloppy Joe” song I used to sign as a kid (dare I say era 1970’s?!?).  This card was perfect for using up scraps – I pieced together 3 different scraps to make the colorful panel directly behind the bear.

This is one from my series of Jack cards when I had him out on my table and couldn’t stop stamping and creating with him.  Can you believe I created that blue flecked piece?  It looks like designer paper, I think.  I find the two sets of what I think of texture or patterns from the CTMH Flower Market Cricut bundle sets are amazing.  Did you see my emboss resist card here using one of those patterns?  The best part?  You can buy these bundles as a hostess half price item when you have a qualifying party…be sure to ask me how because CTMH makes it so easy to have a party with your friends:

  • in your home
  • my home
  • online or
  • a combination of all of the above!

What rubber stamping supplies do I need to make this card?

I did rummage around my scrap 12-drawer cart for some papers that would mix and match with my CTMH papers (Dreamin Big is the background mat for Jack but it’s retired now and no longer available).  I found some papers that I had from a|s and they went together perfectly.  The bear was so easy to stamp on kraft and just cut out but did you know that CTMH has a matching thin cut die for this set?  They do!

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