heARTful stamping challenge – anything goes

CTMH Thoughtful Bird and Central Park scrapbooking stamp set


This month’s theme and monthly prize

Anything Goes + a stamp

 Jul 8 – Jul 15

Thank you for taking a moment to stop by and check us out! Welcome to this week’s Anything Goes heARTful stamping challenge!  We’re a great place to get and share some card making ideas for your rubber stamped cards. During the month of July Close To My Heart is holding it’s Stampaganza! You can click on the icon in my sidebar to find out more about this – buy 2 get 1 FREE stamp event.
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. July’s random prize winner will receive these beautiful 4 adhesive-backed wooden words; they measure 2″-3″ and are from the Documented CTMH line.

CTMH Documented Wooden Titles
This Week’s Inspiration

One of my favorite retiring CTMH stamp sets has to be Thoughtful Bird. It’s a 3 step stamp set which really allows you to get a lot of detail in the final image. It also allows you to get an incredible number of color variations…here are some of my other color combos in case you are curious! I was looking for more of a robin with it’s red breast look here but it also looks like a juvenile male cardinal! I ended up using Sorbet (one of the 10 retiring CTMH colors) and repeated it on the border piece to tie things together. I mentioned in my card on Friday that I like to use stamps for a nice transition. Those little dashed lines come from CTMH’s Central Park (scrapbooking) stamp set. The patterned paper is also CTMH – it’s their retiring Basic Fundamentals package.

CTMH Thoughtful Bird and Central Park scrapbooking stamp set

CTMH supplies:Thoughtful Bird stamp set, Central Park scrapbooking stamp set, White Daisy value card/envelope, Basic Fundamentals, Sorbet, Toffee and Espresso ink


This next card CASEs a card we made at the Seasonal Expressions 2 catalog release. I loved the layout and it really showcases the CTMH Beautiful Friendship paper pack. Next I watercolored the teapot from the Beautiful Friendship stamp set and overstamped it with the flowers (included in the set) in Canary ink. It’s such a pretty look. And, I love that most of CTMH’s stamp sets now come with the option of buying a matching thin cut die! One of the sentiments from the set finishes it all off pretty simply. My doily is from the craft store.

CTMH Beautiful Friendship

CTMH supplies:   Beautiful Friendship cardmakinging stamp set and matching thincut die set, Beautiful Friendship paper pack, White Daisy and Sapphire cardstock, Watercolor paper, Canary and Archival Black inks Other: doily

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. Your lovely layered bird design is so striking and beautiful Chris! I love the realistic image and the bright red.


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