Featured: CTMH From the Grapevine

It is time to feature another stamp set from Close to My Heart. This set is called “From the Grapevine”. I think it is a very old set. I bought it second hand like most of my CTMH stamps. One funny thing about this particular set is that it is extremely sticky!! The stamps stick to everything, even my hands! I am not sure why that is, either because it is very old or because of the way the previous owner used it… some of the stamps were black and when I wiped them with the stazon cleaner, ink came off.  However, because they are so sticky, I could stamps them with distress inks! something I can’t do with other stamps…at least not with satisfactory results.

Well, enough chatter, here is stamp set:

grapevine stamp set

and here are the cards with short description below each:


Even though it is not very clear, I embossed the vine and one of the leaves in gold. I colored in the leaf using Distress ink “Crushed olives” and a water brush. I curved the sentiment stamp when placing it on the acrylic block, and stamped with Versafine onyx black.

Here is a close up when tilted against the light:

close up

next card:

grape bunch

Some time ago while browsing on the net I had come upon a wood block stamp of a Grape cluster. I liked how it looked and sketched it out. So when I stamped this cluster, I followed that sketch. I masked the grapes as I stamped (I just cut out three individual grape masks and used them repeatedly). I stamped the grapes and the leaves all on separate pieces of paper and cut them out, then arranged them on this card.

stamped background

Here I used Distress inks (crushed olive and shabby shutters) to stamp the leaves randomly. The outline is first generation while the inside of the leaves is second generation stamping.  I cut out a 1″ strip and inked it up with a sponge applicator and a CTMH ink (Vineyard berry) then embossed the sentiment in white.

This time I only made three cards. I did have a few more ideas, but couldn’t make time to try them out. When I get a chance, I will add them here later.

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CTMH: Simple Blossoms

Back when I started stamping, I had accumulated a lot of Close to My Heart (CTMH) stamp sets. I learned about the art of stamping through a Youtube video featuring their products (I can’t believe I found this video again after about two years!), so CTMH was the only company I knew about. However, I soon learned about other companies and my collection of stamps started to increase exponentially!

Last year, when I decide to start a blog, one of my goals was to feature CTMH stamps. I thought this would be a good way to bring me to use every single stamp set in creative ways. However, with me getting obsessed with challenges and infatuation with yet other stamps, I never got around to doing it. With my blog almost coming to the closing of one year, I decided it was high time I started my CTMH stamp features. I plan to do it every other Tuesday for this upcoming year, the other Tuesdays being reserved for my Runway Inspired challenge posts.

So without any delay, here is the very first CTMH stamp set that I had purchased:

simple blossoms0001

And here are my cards, with a short description underneath each.


On this card I stamped the flowers and leaves randomly. Stamped two of the flowers on a separate piece, cut them out and adhered with foam dots. Simple and easy to make.


Here I used a 1/2″ masking tape and put it across the center of the card. Then I stamped one row of flower on either side. Next I put down the masking tape so it was touching the tips of the first row of flowers and stamped the second row. Did the same with the third row. Then repeated on the opposite side.

Flower ribbon

For this card I stamped the flowers on a separate piece of paper and cut them out. I used a Bazzill walnut cream card stock for the lower panel, and applied random dots with a white gel pen. Adhered the flowers with foam dots, stamped sentiment and done.


Once again I stamped and cut the flowers separately.  However, here I also stamped the flowers in red on the panel, so you can see the red picking through, and for the yellow ones I rolled the stamp slight on one side on a darker ink (notice the shadowy area on lower right). The panel is scored on all sides to create a subtle frame.


An lastly for this card, I stamped the flower on 1.5″ square white card stock, rounded the corners and applied Bisque liquid pearl to the centers. Once they were dry, I covered the squares with glossy accent. It took few hours to dry. They became slightly warped, so instead of adhering them with foam dots I just used my ATG gun and stuck them flat on to the card front. I figured they already had some dimension due to the glossy accent. The sentiment is a laser cut sticker.

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