Tag Archives: Christmas

Annual Mitten Swap


Last night I held my annual Mitten Swap (we use a retired Amuse Studio die) with a group of friends.  This year was so much fun since we did a  hors d’oeuvres style potluck, enjoyed some wine and had a tag swap too!


Here is a group shot of all the mittens – it’s such fun mix of styles!


My photo doesn’t do Jeanette’s colored pencil skills justice!  We all want her to give us a class on her techniques – they were all so wonderful!

Check out my previous mitten swap events!

2015 Mitten swap

guess I didn’t “document” 2014  – oops!

2013 Mitten swap

2012 Mitten swap

2011 Mitten swap tradition is born!

My monthly newsletter went out yesterday!  I hope you got it – I have a special catalog deal in it for my subscribers – and some FREE tutorials.  You can sign up for it in the upper left sidebar.

Welcome to my NEW weekly challenge!

Don’t do a double take — you are in the RIGHT place!

With the closing of Amuse Studio I have officially joined Close to My Heart (as of Dec 3!) and that meant shaking things up around here…

  • new blog look (still a work in progress!)
  • new challenge name!  

In fact, congratulations to KT Fit Kitty for coming up with my new name!  P.S.  You all had some great suggestions and sadly some were already taken but thank you so much for your inspiration when I needed it!

heartfulheader1and here we go!!

This week’s theme and monthly prize

ALL this month we’ve been having an  Anything Goes heARTful stamping Challenge.   

Please share any stamped project you are working on this week – please no digital images.  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 be announced tomorrow (Monday, Dec 5)

This Week’s Inspiration

Since I just signed up yesterday, I really don’t have a lot of CTMH stamps to play with yet.  But I did have this Santa’s Helpers set that I bought years ago.  I was thrilled how beautifully it stamped after sitting in the dark depths of a drawer for so many years!


supplies:  Santa’s Helpers, CTMH, Fishtail tag die/Cherry ribbon, amusestudio


I was really happy that my upline, Lisa, sent me a few stamped images to play with.  I love how this all year round wreath becomes a Christmas/holiday image by adding a simple sentiment to the middle!


supplies: Mini Joy, CTMH Holiday Expressions catalog, Wreath, CTMH Annual catalog, cardstock, amusestudio


Linda, the CEO of amuse studio, is on her 10th year of designing digital calendars where all proceeds go to charity.  She’s raised over $22,000 over the years and this year the proceeds will go to GirlUp.org.   Girl Up has partnered with the United Nations to support programs that give girls an equal chance for education, health, social and economic opportunities, and a life free from violence.  There are 6 different sizes.  You can buy one or all 6!  I’ll be sharing more details later this week but here’s a peek at one I’ve just made.


supplies:  I used amuse studio, purple onion and The Angel Company stamps

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!