heARTful stamping challenge – Anything Goes!

CTMH Mother's Garden | watercolored background


This month’s theme and monthly prize

Anything Goes + a stamp

April 15 – 22

What has your weather been like?!?  We had upper 70’s here today (which is like 21 C) and I managed to get a lot of needed spring yard work done.  But my parents got a sprinkling of snow and I even saw blizzard conditions for some areas.  Our design team samples will have you dreaming of spring though, no matter what!  So, welcome to this week’s new Anything Goes heARTful stamping challenge!  We’re a great place to get and share some card making ideas for your rubber stamped cards.  

If this is your first visit here, there are normally weekly Top 3 winners and a random winner from all of the participants receives the monthly prize drawing.   I happened to end up with an extra CTMH Birthday Time stamp set from last month so one lucky winner will receive this in April!

This Week’s Inspiration

I wanted to share a great card I spotted on CTMH’s Make It From Your Heart blog.  It’s the perfect layout for using up the thin paper scraps we always seem to have left over when trimming down edges.  I think this card looks wonderful with the Chelsea Gardens images stamped in grey and on vellum.  The banner die is in CTMH’s current Seasonal Expressions 1 catty and learned that they will not carry forward.

CTMH Chelsea Gardens | great layout for paper scraps

CTMH supplies:  
C1709 My Acrylix® Chelsea Gardens—Cardmaking Stamp Set, C1710 My Acrylix® Make Waves—Cardmaking Stamp Set, X7227B Make Waves Paper Packet, X7228B Gimme Some Sugar Paper Packet, X5953 Charcoal Cardstock, X5946 Linen Cardstock, Z3367 Vellum Paper, Z2831 Charcoal Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z2833 Pebble Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad,Z3271 Archival Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z4152 Thin Cuts—Party Banners, X7230C Chelsea Gardens Complements, Z4142 Make Waves Sequins & Gems, Z2088 Ranger™ Clear Super Fine Embossing Powder, Z555 Craft Heater, Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape, Z3285 Cricut® Flower Market


I had a LOT of fun watercoloring this background.  I randomly stamped the images from CTMH’s Mother’s Garden stamp set and embossed them in white.  I found I got a nice bright color by laying down some ink with my Tombow markers and then I went over it with an aquabrush.  I ended up using a Winter Sky Splash ink for the background because I felt I didn’t have enough contrast with a light blue in my first attempt.  Be your own kind of beautiful is from a retired CTMH stamp set from last year.

CTMH Mother's Garden | watercolored background

CTMH supplies:  Mother’s Garden stamp set, White embossing powder

I hope you join us!

Looking for past winners?  Check out this link here.

It’s simple to play along:

  • 2 entry limit per week
  • any stamp manufacturer is allowed
  • no digis please! 
  • please link back to this heARTful stamping Challenge to be eligible for the monthly prize!


One thought on “heARTful stamping challenge – Anything Goes!

  1. WOW!! I just love your garden themed card so much. The fresh veggies are making me eager for spring planting.


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