heARTful stamping challenge – Anything Goes

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This month’s theme and monthly prize

Anything Goes + a stamp

Sep 17 – Sep 24

Welcome to our 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.  This month’s prize winner will receive this You Amaze Me petite set…these words are just under an inch long each!

What a busy week for me with teaching Kindergartners, having two stamping events at my home (woot woot, that’s fun time for me!) and playing along with the Fall Coffee Lover’s blog hop.  If you haven’t heard about it, you can check out my post here.  I’m also thrilled with the stamp set, Stronger Together, that CTMH released in an effort to help raise money for the Red Cross – check it out here.

This Week’s Inspiration

I love how Cyndi picked up the owl branch from CTMH’s Punny Pals stamp setand paired it with the little twig  from CTMH Stamp of the Month (STOM) called, Feel So Blessed.  There are so many wonderful components from the STOM – including these larger font words and then the other focal images like the embossed circle.  This stamp set can only be purchased during September but you’ll find yourself using it all year round!

Feel So Blessed, Punny Pals - CTMH Operation Smile

supplies:  Punny Pals Operation Smile stamp set  Feel So Blessed STOM

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Here’s one of the cards we made at my National Stamping Month celebration.  It features one of the larger stamps within the CTMH From the Heart stamp set.  I gold embossed it to make it pop and then paired it with a piece of gold foiled paper from CTMH’s Silver and Gold paper pack.  Some quick coloring with markers and the addition of a scrap of cardstock and I had a CAS card that was quick and easy – and looks terrific!

CTMH National Stamping Month celebration with this limited release: From the Heart #ctmhfromtheheart

 supplies:  From the Heart stamp set, Silver and Gold paper pack, Gold embossing powder 

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I did something rash and scary to create this next card….I performed some minor “surgery”.  eeck!  I’ve actually read about it and finally gave it a try because I knew it would make stamping this background a whole lot easier!  I carefully cut the sentiment away from the flower image on one of the larger stamp sets included in CTMH’s From the Heart stamp set.

CTMH From the Heart stamp set
I took my time and made a clean cut – it works perfectly when I line them back up and want to stamp it as one image!  Remember that this stamp set, From the Heart, is available only during September.

CTMH National Stamping Month celebration with this limited release: From the Heart #ctmhfromtheheart

supplies:  From the Heart stamp set, Fern cardstock and ink, Memento 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!


Fall Coffee Lover’s Blog hop!

I’m so glad you are joining me for the Fall Coffee Lover’s blog hop!  I’m thrilled to be a Super Sponsor of this fun event…it’s unbelievable that Amy Tsuruta has been able to continue this project as it has grown to be an event almost larger than life!  Here are the details if you are not familiar with this blog hop…check below for my prize offerings!

When: Friday, Sep 15 – 22

Time: 6 am pacific

THEME: Fall

USE: coffee, tea &/or cocoa images

#fall2017clh

Prizes?!?  Yes!  There are prizes involved!  But first let me share a card I made for this hop…I’m loving the new fall paper line in CTMH’s Holiday Expressions catalog.  It’s called Falling For You.  I also used the new Leaves embossing folder, the coffee to-go cup is from the new CTMH Cricut You Are Here package and lastly, I used their September Stamp of the Month called, Feel So Blessed.  It took a long time to get this card together (way too long!) but I’m finally happy with it!

CTMH You Are Here, Falling for You, Feel So Blessed | Coffee Lover's blog hop

CTMH supplies:  Feel So Blessed Stamp of the Month stamp set, Falling for You paper pack, White Daisy, Kraft and Fern cardstock, Leaves embossing folder, Cricut Here For You package, Slate, Fern and Goldrush ink

I am offering the following stamp set, Stronger Together, as my Coffee Lover Blog Hop Super Sponsor prize offering…it’s a brand new stamp set that has been designed by CTMH to lend support to the victims of the recent natural disasters.  If you don’t want to wait to “win” this set – you can buy it online here.  All proceeds are donated to the Red Cross.  It’s a great set of sentiments so it’s a win-win!

CTMH Stronger Together – all proceeds are being donated to the Red Cross!

There will be 83 prize winners during the Coffee Lover blog hop – that’s how many Super Sponsors there are!  I think there will a quite a few Flash prizes too!  

Additionally, if you leave a comment below before midnight on Friday, Sep 22nd, you can also have the chance to win my blog prize!  

CTMH Mistletoe Kisses – fits on a 2 x 2″ block

Enjoy the hop and thanks “a latte” for stopping by!  snort!

 

 

CTMH From the Heart

CTMH From the Heart and Many Congratulations | CAS card design | 2 step stamping | #ctmhfromtheheart

S T O P! Have you ever made a card and have been happy with it and then thought, “oh, I’ll just do this yet” and then – blah!  That kinda, sorta happened here with this card but luckily, in the end, I was able to save it (and now really like it again.  Phew!).

The From the Heart stamp set from CTMH – we’re celebrating National Stamping Month! – is a set that lets you do just a little stamping or a LOT of stamping and I have found you really can’t goof.  This card is the perfect example. I added some little black dots to tie it all together and matted it once so that it’s a variation from my white on white look lately.  I know you might appreciate that!

This set is absolutely amazing and is only available through the end of September!  I have so many cards to share – I need to get busy but I’m having a card making workshop this Saturday and I have to prep for that first…so stay tuned for lots of loveliness to come!

CTMH From the Heart stamp set

In case you missed them, here are some of my favorites that I’ve already posted.

In other news…the Fall Coffee Lover’s blog hop kicks off this Friday AND, CTMH has released a special stamp set to help raise money for the victims of recent disasters.  ALL proceeds will be donated to the Red Cross.  This set is called Stronger Together…so true, right?!

You can find all of these items (and more!) on my webstore…

CTMH shop now

heARTful stamping challenge winners!

I shouldn’t tease you but my first order from CTMH’s Holiday Expressions arrived last week! I’ve just started to play with it (check out how I used one Christmas themed stamp set for an everyday card here) but hopefully this will help inspire you all for weeks to come! The best part? I earned about a third of this for FREE as a Close To My Heart consultant…they have a generous program and after 6 months + of being with them, I still love it! If you’d like to learn more about joining my team (and earning the From the Heart kit for FREE as a sign up bonus this month), be sure to email me!

And now for last week’s heARTful stamping challenge winners!  The entries were terrific – thanks to everyone for joining in!

5. Karen Ladd

8.  Beverly’s Blog

21.  Stamping Kitty

Winners – congratulations!! If you don’t have my blog badge, feel free to claim it.  I hope everyone will return for this week’s challenge!

heARTful stamping challenge – Anything Goes!

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This month’s theme and monthly prize

Anything Goes + a stamp

Sep 10 – Sep 17

It’s so hard to believe the destruction that has happened in Texas and as I type this, we await Hurricane Irma’s toll on Florida.  My thoughts and prayers are with those in harms way and that are suffering so much.  You can see the small part CTMH is trying to play in raising money for the Red Cross here.

If you have time this week, I’d love for you to join our Anything Goes heARTful stamping challenge.  There will still be weekly Top 3 winners and a random winner from all of the participants receives the monthly prize drawing.  This month’s prize winner will receive this You Amaze Me petite set…these words are just under an inch long each!

This Week’s Inspiration

Last week Cyndi had a bad fall in her garage and hit her head hard and hurt her foot…this week she had to get a walking cast because there was a torn ligament involved.  Ouch!  I hope you are feeling better this weekend, Cyndi!  I do think crafting has a healing nature to it and amazingly, Cyndi felt like stamping and sent me this sweet, sweet card.  Although she has 3 cats at home, I’m tickled that she picked the dog from CTMH’s Punny Pals stamp set.  It’s this year’s Operation Smile stamp set where they donate $7 from each set sold to that charity.  Cyndi also used the Stamp of the Month from CTMH called, Feel So Blessed.  Doesn’t this card make you smile?!  I love it!

CTMH Punny Pals #operationsmile and Feel So Blessed #STOM

supplies:  Punny Pals Operation Smile stamp set  Feel So Blessed STOM, Other:  bone sequins, twine, copic markers

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I have been having a lot of fun combining two September special stamp sets from CTMH – Feel So Blessed (stamp of the month) and From the Heart, their exclusive set available only this month.  This was the first time I stamped the flowers on colored cardstock and I really like the results.  I also used my new Buffalo Plaid embossing folder from CTMH’s Holiday Expressions catalog.  I love that you really can’t go wrong when stamping these flowers and each card is unique.

CTMH From the Heart, Feel So Blessed and Buffalo Plaid embossing folder | CAS card idea | #ctmhfromtheheart #CTMHstampofthemonth

 supplies:  From the Heart stamp set, all inks are from CTMH, Canary and Sorbet cardstock, Buffalo Plaid embossing folder

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I pretty much CASEd this card using Thoughtful Bird from the new CTMH Annual catalog but I made one simple change:  that striped piece!  The original card used some patterned Fundamental papers but I love looking at my stamp sets and try to use them for more than one purpose.  Those stripes come from a new Christmas stamp set called Silver & Gold in the CTMH Holiday Expressions catty.
I think I will be using these stripes and dots in many future cards!
CTMH Thoughtful Bird and Silver and Gold cardmaking stamp set | CAS card ideas | 2 and 3 step stamping

supplies:  Thoughtful Bird stamp set, Silver & Gold cardmaking stamp set, assorted CTMH inks, other: twine

 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!