CTMH Stronger Together: All proceeds support the Red Cross

Stronger Together – C1716

CTMH created a very special stamp set that is designed specifically to benefit those affected by disasters, such as the recent hurricanes in the US and the wildfires throughout the US and Canada. The stamp set is titled Stronger Together and features a variety of sentiments that can be used for comfort, encouragement, and more.

In order to be able to support multiple needs, CTMH has determined that proceeds from the sale of this set will be donated to the Red Cross, which provides relief efforts to multiple disasters, and which will allocate the funds to where they are needed most. In order to maximize the donation amount, ALL proceeds will be donated to the Red Cross.

CTMH believes in the good that comes when we work together as a community. As the stamp set name states, we truly are stronger together. Ordering this set is one way of coming together and strengthening those who need some extra help in the wake of devastation.

The set is called “Stronger Together” (Item #C1716) 


Thank you CTMH!

It’s been exciting to see so many in the stamping and scrapbooking community donating to the current storm victims.  My prayers go out to all who are suffering.

CTMH Feel So Blessed September STOM

CTMH Feel So Blessed Sep 17 Stamp of the Month STOM | CAS card design - quick and easy! | back of the stamp technique

If you received my midmonth tutorial (it’s FREE and you can sign up for it here on my blog!) last month, you will have learned about this “back of the stamp” technique before. I love how quick and easy it is! And, it doesn’t have to be “perfect” to still look terrific.

This lovely feather (it’s really the perfect size!) is just one of the many great stamp images included in Feel So Blessed.  It’s Close To My Heart’s Stamp of the Month (aka STOM) for September.  What’s nice is that you can buy them outright – or, if you have an order going in and it reaches $50 (so EASY to do if you check out the new Holiday Expressions mini catalog!), you can get it for just $5.  I love this set, Feel So Blessed, and think it’s perfect for cardmaking and scrapbooking!

Feel So Blessed Sep Stamp of the Month

Thinking of You is from the CTMH National Stamping Month celebration, From the Heart, and I white embossed it on a scrap of black cardstock.  I love the look of stitching on a card but hate hauling my large sewing machine from the back and bottom of the closet.  I used CTMH’s stitching guide (they are sadly retired now) to poke the holes and then just quickly followed up with a needle and thread.  Easy peasy as we say in Kindergarten!

Some extra ink splatters finishes the card nicely.  I’m not sure if you consider this to be a CAS card (clean and simple) but it really is quick and easy!  Be sure to check out this month’s specials on my webstore…and if you have any questions, just ask!

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CTMH’s National Stamping Month Celebration!

CTMH From the Heart stamp set celebrating National Stamping Month! Feel So Blessed Stamp of the Month - Sep 2017 | easy CAS card idea

A Close To My Heart consultant was saying the “trouble” with the new From The Heart stamp set CTMH released for National Stamping Month was that there were so MANY possibilities. I laughed and said, “that’s a good problem!”. There are indeed endless color combinations and ways to arrange these blooms…and boy am I having fun exploring them all!

Here is the two sheets of stamps that are included in the National Stamping Month From the Heart stamp set…you can also upgrade and get a gold foiled set of cards to make this kit even more special!

CTMH From the Heart stamp set

For the card above I used the sheet of solid images and then did some 2 and 3-step stamping.  There really are no mistakes – even if you are in bifocals like myself, or stamp hurriedly (again, like me!) – it tends to look really good when you are finished.  I included the Thanks sentiment from CTMH’s Feel So Blessed Stamp of the Month.  I made a few cards while I had all my inks out and open – each one turned out unique!

Then I looked at one of the stamped images I had of a sentiment and flower outline (I had been coloring in the flowers with copics, colored pencils and watercolors up until now) … and I began to wonder if the solid flower images in the set would fit inside the outline flower images????

CTMH From the Heart stamp set celebrating National Stamping Month! Sep 2017 | easy CAS card idea

They did!! I really love the look because you can see it’s not a perfect fit – but it does achieve a wonderful look. I shared this on our CTMH facebook page and it was a big hit. So, if you are really short on time (or inspiration – because hey, that happens sometimes!) then this is the card for you.  It’s actually one of my favorites in the end.

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heARTful stamping challenge

Wanting to wish everyone a safe and restful Labor Day here in the US! I’m hoping to get some stamping time in – after I vacuum and maybe work in the flower beds…or maybe I’ll just skip the work and jump right into having fun!  tee hee….

We had some wonderful entries in last week’s Anything Goes heARTful stamping challenge.  WOW!  You all really inspire me with your work and some of the cards are so clever!  Thank you for sharing your talent and ideas here with me…

August Prize winner

Congrats to Billie A!  
You are the random prize winner – would you please email me your mailing address?  Thank you!


2. Gail Scott

6.  Stempelomi

Congratulations to the Top 3 winners – please feel free to grab your blog badge!  I hope everyone will return for this week’s Anything Goes heARTful stamping challenge and have a super week!

heARTful stamping challenge – Anything Goes!


This month’s theme and monthly prize

Anything Goes + a stamp

Sep 3 – Sep 10

Normally throughout the month I have held different sorts of challenges…”use it”, themes, sketch, etc.  But, depending on the challenge, I very often have less than 10 entries and those can include sometimes two links from one person.  I don’t know if it’s just that life is too busy for many of us (I know it is for me – I normally don’t even have the chance to go back and visit each entry, despite my intent to do so! – and I know that can be disheartening because we all appreciate the comments!) all my free time goes to creating new content for this blog, especially now that I am working full time.  I plan to see how a weekly Anything Goes heARTful stamping challenge goes.  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 be announced on Monday, Sep 4, and they will receive this package of CTMH grey gems from me.    

CTMH grey enamel gems

This Week’s Inspiration

Cyndi had a bad fall this week in her garage and hit her head hard and hurt her foot.  Miraculously she still had the desire to make a card for this week’s challenge and we both had to giggle at her theme.  Fall!  Cyndi used the Jack cardmaking stamp set that is now retired and also CTMH’s No Worries paper pack.  Just an FYI – this paper pack sold out before the Seasonal Expressions 2 catalog retired so if you do end up wanting something for sure – order it before the last month!

supplies:  Jack cardmaking stamp set (retired), No Worries paper pack (retired), No Worries sequins


I’m super excited about Close To My Heart’s National Stamp Month celebration taking place this month!  These 2 and 3 step flowers are from a special release stamp set called From the Heart.  I have more information about the stamp set and special card kit available here on yesterday’s blog post.

CTMH From the Heart National Stamping Month promotion | Sep 2017

 supplies:  From the Heart stamp set, all inks are from CTMH, Thistle cardstock


This was a super quick card and even though it has a few layers of cardstock, I feel like it is CAS in nature.  Years ago Mischelle Smith did a lot of watercoloring with masking fluid and I promptly went out and bought some.  I had terrible results and stuck it aside…until today!  I gave it another try and although it wasn’t perfect, I think I let the ink dry longer and had less smudging.  It allowed me to stamp the word thankful and then overstamp with the feathers and watercolor them.  Once I rubbed off the dried masking fluid, I used my gold shimmer brush marker to fill in the word “thank”.  I am in LOVE with this new CTMH Stamp of the Month called Feel So Blessed.  It has so many great words, sentiments and other “elements” – perfect for cardmaking and scrapbooking!

CTMH Feel So Blessed CAS card with gold brush pen and watercoloring

supplies:  Feel So Blessed stamp set, Archival Black ink, new basic ink colors in grey and brown, watercolor brush, Black cardstock, Bamboo cardstock (retired), Gold shimmer brush; other: masking fluid

 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!