Monday, September 8, 2014

#30yearsofhappy - September 8

Greetings from the Outer Banks of North Carolina!

It seems we have waited all year to say that -- well, we have! -- and the beaches are as beautiful as ever.
Our family has rented a lovely home less than 500' from the dunes, and we're here relaxing and I'm getting my craft on. Yes, I've brought my Cricut to chirp and supplies -- so when it's time to babysit the grandbabies or they're napping, I'll have time to get my Christmas (EEEEK!) cards done.
Before I left, I scheduled these posts featuring the mini-stamps of the #30yearsofhappy stamp set that's available FREE with your qualifying purchase. The set is made available in celebration of National Stamping Month and in honor of CTMH Founder/CEO's 30th year in the stamping business.  I have teamed up with two other CTMH Independent Consultants -- Rebecca Brown and Julia Hammond -- to bring you daily ideas on how to use these versatile stamps. 

If you've missed any of the ideas, you can scroll back here on my blog to September 1, or also visit us on Pinterest by going to our board at:
It's my turn again.  This time, I'm going to show you how I multi-stamped the "You + Me" stamp to create a design element for this Happy Anniversary card.
Here's the stamp I used. It's a wee one, just 1" wide, perfect for CTMH's 1" square acrylic block.
And here's the card I made:
I stamped the You + Me image multiple times on CTMH White Daisy cardstock, using CTMH Exclusive Inks in Whisper and Honey.  Then I hand-cut each of what would become daisy petals, using our micro-tipped scissors that make easy work out of what could be tedious.

I found a sweet flower image to cut on my Cricut, using a great search tool called My Cut Search, which was created by my friend and scrapping "Sistah" Shawn Mosch. I cut the image in its entirety (petals and all) on my Cricut Explore, cutting out of the adorable checkerboard paper in the CTMH Confetti Wishes paper pack. I trimmed it to size and mounted that paper on CTMH Black cardstock. I cut a second flower using the Cricut, but this time I cut it out of CTMH Pear cardstock, and trimmed out just the leaf and stem to fill the negative space with the bright color. Glued it in using CTMH Bonding Memories, and voila! 

This could be any occasion card, but I chose Happy Anniversary (from CTMH's "Happy Couple" stamp set) so I can send this to my parents next week, when they celebrate their 63rd (!!!) wedding anniversary. Happy Anniversary, Mom and Dad!!!
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!

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