Wednesday, September 17, 2014

#30yearsofhappy - September 17

In just three more days, we'll be heading back to reality from bliss ... it's been beautiful at the Outer Banks. VERY relaxing!   

The Outer Banks are renowned for the wild horses of the dunes north of Corolla, and for the high dunes at Kitty Hawk where the Wright Brothers tested their first "flying machines" on the soft sandy landings and windswept shores.

I hope you have been enjoying this month's daily posts, where Julia, Rebecca and I take turns demonstrating projects that have been made using one of the 30 mini-stamps in the set called "#30yearsofhappy" from Close To My Heart.

Today, it is my turn.

I have used the 1" tall anchor in the third row, third from the right on the stamp set shown above right. I had many, many ideas for this stamp (especially since I am so "nautical" and beachy this week!)  and eventually settled on my mainstay: a card. 

 Here is what I made:

I think you'll be surprised to learn which CTMH products I used on this card. The base of the card is predictable: White Daisy pre-made card in an A2 size. I first covered the card base with the red paper which is from ... Yuletide Carol. Yes! A Christmas paper. I love the "motion" in the paper. Next, the strip on the left (blue) is a retired paper called "Tommy" which is ALL nautical. I stamped the anchor onto ... get this: a bitty (2.5" square) envelope which is part of the My Crush Holiday collection -- yes, again, Christmas! 

Now I could have gotten away with using the dotted envelope as it was, but instead, I decided I wanted a little more blue tie-in, so I punched a 2.5" circle using my Fiskars punch. (I have those in every available size -- so handy!)  I trimmed off the holiday flap, punched a red eyelet from my stash to hold the baker's twine (real stuff on a huge cone, from my stash) and tied the stamped anchors together in a bow. (I punched small holes in the stamped anchors, using my Crop-A-Dile.)  I popped the envelope up over a "Tommy" Complement (also retired), and tied on some more baker's twine as I imagined a sailor might.  A few more Tommy Complements (stickers) adorn the inside of the card too.  

I hope you like it, and might try using some of the mini-stamps in your upcoming projects.
Here's how to get your own #30yearsofhappy stamp set:
*To qualify for the free #30yearsofhappy stamp set shown here, just spend $30 on any current retail-priced stamps during the month of September and the set will be sent with your order automatically!
You can see all of Close To My Heart's beautiful and practical stamp sets in the Annual Inspirations Book that was released this summer.  To get your copy, simply click on this link and order it directly from Close To My Heart. In a hurry and don't need a hard copy in your hands?  The entire Inspirations Book is available online. Just click HERE.

 I can answer any questions about CTMH products or if you're interested in hosting a class or gathering, please don't hesitate to contact me at
Just want to hurry and shop?  My CTMH website is http://cardmonkey.ctmh.comTHANK YOU!
P.S:  I am participating in this #30yearsofhappy challenge with two other wonderful CTMH Independent Consultants, Rebecca Brown and Julia Clendenen Hammond. If you are one of either of these gal's customers, please place your orders on her website by clicking either name highlighted above -- she has earned your business!

DeFiaNtLy DiFfeReNt & CreAtiVeLy Yours,

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