heARTful stamping challenge – LOVE

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This week’s theme and monthly prize

LOVE + a stamp

Feb 12 – Feb 19

This week’s heARTful stamping Challenge is to show us a papercrafting project that is all about LOVE…but please be sure to use  stamps in your project!  You can find last week’s challenge here.

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 have been working on becoming more “organized” as I start my CTMH business (I’ve been stamping over 11 years now!) and I came across this new and uncut rubber cling set I have that is perfect for this month..  February’s random prize winner will receive this rubber stamp set …

Gina K Designs

This Week’s Inspiration

It’s been a busy week for me at school and I still want to make homemade Valentines for my Kindergartners this weekend – I need to make 25!  yikes.  That meant for this week’s challenge I needed some fast inspiration and I found it at CAS(E) This Sketch challenge #208.  When I saw the sketch and some of the design teams’ work – I had an idea to use Charming Cascades from CTMH.  I always love the emboss resist technique and it worked perfectly here.

Close to my Heart
supplies: Charming Cascades stamp set, Sending Smiles (Flower Market cricut bundle stamp set),  Raspberry, Black and White Daisy cardstock, Ranger Clear Super fine embossing powder – CTMH; Blush, Grapefruit and Cherry Splash – a|s, watercolor paper – walmart

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Since I was in a rush to complete two cards for this week’s heARTful stamping challenge, I turned to a second Sketch Challenge I found at Freshly Made Sketches.  I took a little more liberty in this sketch layout and used a scrap of Gold Embossed vellum from CTMH’s Rustic Home Fundamentals paper pack instead of two smaller, fishtail banners.  I love how this card turned out!  The colors are inspired by Becca Whitham, another CTMH consultant I recently stumbled upon.  I love that CTMH offers Cardmaking Kits that include papers, a stamp set and accessories, like this Here For You kit. 

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supplies:  Workshops Your Way (WYW) Here For You cardmaking kit, Ruby, Flaxen and Fern ink, White Daisy and Rustic Home Fundemental cardstock – CTMH; Tag Bundle die set – a|s

On a personal note, I’m super excited to share with you that I reached all three levels of CTMH’s Straight to the Top incentives for new consultants.  They have another great new sign up special and if you’d like to join me on this exciting crafting journey, be sure to email me with any questions you have.  I’d love to have you as part of my team!!

 

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 Easter Bunny | February Stamp of the Month

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I was lucky to have Monday off from school and had time to play with a bunch of lovely ladies (instead of 5/6 years olds!).  Here is one of the cards we made featuring CTMH’s Stamp of the Month – Easter Bunny.

It’s a quick and easy card with a really CAS style – I’m finding Close to My Heart’s paper packs makes it so easy to put a good lucking card together.  Well, I say “easy” but I still personally have a hard time choosing my “favorite” side of the paper to use, but I guess that’s a good problem to have, tee hee…

Hello Lovely is all about springtime – you can think spring colors, weddings, Easter, Mother’s Day, romance, flower gardens….I think you get it!  You can also pick up a package of solid, coordinating cardstock at the same time.

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

To color my cute baby bunny, I used my new watercolor paints from CTMH.  I call them an “adult version” of those little yellow rectangle shaped strips of paints we had as kids.  They are super easy to use and even one of the gals that normally stays away from watercoloring gave them a try and was happy.  I use a waterbrush with mine.

Close To My Heart

stamps:   Easter Bunny

papers:  Hello Lovely Patterned Paper and matching cardstock, White Daisy cardstock

other:   Watercolor paint; Circle die (a|s)

heARTful stamping challenge winners!

Operation Smile CTMH

I featured this sweet little album in my newsletter this month (if you don’t get my free newsletter be sure to sign up!) … I thought it was perfect for the month of February when you think of Valentines.  But, perhaps even more importantly – did you know that CTMH donates $7 for each True Love stamp set to Operation Smile?  And that makes my heart sing all year round!!

The Mission of Operation Smile
Every three minutes, a child is born with a cleft lip or cleft palate. Facial deformities like these can result in difficulty speaking, malnourishment, and social ostracism. Operation Smile, an international non-profit, organizes volunteers and resources to aid these children, their parents, and their communities by performing life-saving surgeries and advocating for sustainable healthcare systems.

And now, I am finally stopping in to post last week’s Anything Goes heARTful stamping challenge winners.  Sorry for the delay – I had a cardmaking workshop all day here in the house followed by a Vet appointment.  It’s been a FUN busy sort of day!

January’s random Prize Winner is:

Shona (please send me your address) Congratulations!

2.  Emma Martinez

12.  Tindeloo

25.  Zora

Congratulations to this week’s winners.  Please feel free to grab your blog badge and I do hope you’ll be back for this week’s heARTful stamping challenge – to make something for someone special.

I’ll be sharing the cards we made this week – they are super cute and two of them feature this month’s Stamp of the Month from Close To My Heart.  It’s super cute and timely – it’s called Easter Bunny.

heARTful stamping challenge – for a special someone

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This week’s theme and monthly prize

For a Special Someone + a rubber stamp

Feb 5 – Feb 12

This week’s heARTful stamping Challenge is to show us a papercrafting project for someone special…but please be sure to use rubber stamps in your project!  You can find last week’s challenge here.

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 will announce January’s prize winner tomorrow.

This Week’s Inspiration

I didn’t really buy any CTMH stamps that were specifically for Valentine’s Day but I feel like I was still able to pull together these two stamps:  Charming Cascades and Some Kinda Wonderful (stamp/die bundle) to make the perfect Valentine.  I used Copic markers on the fox and left the brushstrokes showing to simulate fur.  I suppose it looks wierd in the photo but in real life, it’s okay!

CTMH cards
supplies: Charming Cascades stamp set, Some Kinda Wonderful bundle (stamps/dies), Pixie & Desert Sand inks, White Daisy cardstock – CTMH; Bubblegum cardstock – a|s, Copic markers

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I almost called this week’s challenge “10 minute cards or less”.  I suppose it shows but as I was fooling around with different looks for this card – I just felt that this worked.  I used a square punch to make the perfect fishtail cut…have you seen that trick before?  It takes the guess work out of cutting!

 

CTMH cards

supplies:  Dreamin’ Big bundle (stamps/die), Pomegranate & Black ink, White Daisy cardstock – CTMH; Reverse Onyx polka dot paper, onyx mini sequins – a|s

DESIGN TEAM SEARCH!!

YAY!  I have 2 volunteers for my Design Team search.  Would you like to make just one a card a month to have featured on my heARTful stamping challenge?  It’s kinda fun to see it and you’ll have a link back to your own personal blog.  If you have CTMH stamps and are interested in doing a once a month “gig”, let me know!  I have one more slot open 🙂

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 Scrapbooking Layout Kits

I am what you call a beginner scrapbooker – lots of photos and they are all sitting in a box!  Sound like you?  Hey, I know time is precious and short!  These two new Layout Kits from Close To My Heart can be put together quickly – and they’ll make it easy for you to keep on going!  

You can check out these Layout kits on my webstore and be sure to visit the Clearance section as well – it was restocked with new items this month but things are selling out quickly!!