Wednesday, July 19, 2017

The Heart Desires mid Challenge #14

I'm back with a little mid-challenge inspiration for The Heart Desires Challenge #14!
So many beautiful images!


Here are my takes:


I'm really enjoying all of the Flora & Fauna sets the store carries- I've put the Glass Dome Set to work for both of my cards today. 
I was inspired to create that sunset in the mood board- and thought it was fun to capture it in the dome!
The next one also uses the Glass Dome Set & the sunset inspiration, but it also has the cute bird & flag image from the Birthday Set, and is on a panel cut with a Gina Marie Scalloped Stitched Rectangle Die and the glass dome portion is covered in Glossy Accents!


Don't forget!
We're celebrating the anniversary of The Heart Desires Store and the THD Challenge this month with a hop where you could be a winner! It seems like just yesterday that our journey started--insert damp eyes--and we want to share the love!  At the same time we're going to start something new for the challenge.

HOP RULES
  • There are up to 3 opportunities to win a $20 gift certificate to the store.
  • Leave a comment on this post on the blog, IG, and/or FB.  You must be a THD follower of each platform you comment on for your vote to count.
  • Enter the challenge for an additional chance to win a $10 gift certificate. Don't forget to link back to the challenge in your personal post.
  • Winners will be randomly selected from the eligible entries and announced August 2 so you have plenty of time to comment and enter.
HOP BONUS
  • Some of the DT will be offering up prizes on their own social media platforms. Visit the DT for more details.
    CHALLENGE RULES
    • NEW:  A randomly selected participant each month will receive a $10 gift certificate to the store. Who doesn't like an excuse to shop?!
    • NEW:  If you would like to be a guest designer on the blog, please add GD next to your name when you enter.
    • Don't worry. We'll still be choosing our favorites.
    • Challenges will run from the first Wednesday to the last day of each month. 
    • Enter up to 3 times and combine with no more than 5 challenges, including ours. 
    • Include the challenge inspiration pic or link in your post. 
    • The challenge winner will be invited to be a future guest designer. 
    • Most importantly, have fun!!!!
    STORE SALE
    • As an added bonus, everything in The Heart Desires is 20% through July 31.  Use the code CELEBRATESUMMER2017!
    Image may contain: text

    When you post your entries, feel free to tag us on social media!
    #thdchallenge, #theheartdesiresstore

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    We can't wait to see what you're inspired to create!

    Monday, July 17, 2017

    Curtain Call: Surf's Up

    I am playing along with Curtain Call today after being inspired by Sugargems, who is a guest designer!
    Here's my take:


    I seriously can NOT get enough of Flora & Fauna!
    I've used Under the Sea here- a little distress oxide ink smooshing for the background & a fussy cut whale (looks like a beluga when left white!)
    A few Pretty Pink Posh sparkling clear sequins finish it off.


    Don't forget there's still a sale & hop going on at The Heart Desires! You could pick up your own Flora & Fauna on sale!
    *wink* 

    Wednesday, July 5, 2017

    The Heart Desires Challenge #14

    Time for a new challenge at The Heart Desires!
    Hopefully everyone had a wonderful Independence Day- summer officially starts in the PNW today!
    We've got another great inspiration board for you:


    Here's my take:


    Yep, completely in love with the Under the Sea set from Flora & Fauna- it's the set that got me hooked (hahahaha!). Sorry- couldn't resist!!!
    I've stamped it with Versafine onyx ink on Bristol paper, colored with zigs & my Watercolor Detail Brush20, then fussy cut the images. The background was created with Turquoise Brushos & framed with the Gina Marie scalloped stitched rectangles die.
    The sentiment & bubbles are heat embossed in white. Can you see the bit of shimmer on her tail? A little stickles....
    No doubt this set will get lots of use in our house!


    We're celebrating the anniversary of The Heart Desires Store and the THD Challenge this month with a hop where you could be a winner! It seems like just yesterday that our journey started--insert damp eyes--and we want to share the love!  At the same time we're going to start something new for the challenge.

    HOP RULES
    • There are up to 3 opportunities to win a $20 gift certificate to the store.
    • Leave a comment on this post on the blog, IG, and/or FB.  You must be a THD follower of each platform you comment on for your vote to count.
    • Enter the challenge for an additional chance to win a $10 gift certificate. Don't forget to link back to the challenge in your personal post.
    • Winners will be randomly selected from the eligible entries and announced August 2 so you have plenty of time to comment and enter.
    HOP BONUS
    • Some of the DT will be offering up prizes on their own social media platforms. Visit the DT for more details.
      CHALLENGE RULES
      • NEW:  A randomly selected participant each month will receive a $10 gift certificate to the store. Who doesn't like an excuse to shop?!
      • NEW:  If you would like to be a guest designer on the blog, please add GD next to your name when you enter.
      • Don't worry. We'll still be choosing our favorites.
      • Challenges will run from the first Wednesday to the last day of each month. 
      • Enter up to 3 times and combine with no more than 5 challenges, including ours. 
      • Include the challenge inspiration pic or link in your post. 
      • The challenge winner will be invited to be a future guest designer. 
      • Most importantly, have fun!!!!
      STORE SALE
      • As an added bonus, everything in The Heart Desires is 20% through July 31.  Use the code CELEBRATESUMMER2017!
      Image may contain: text

      When you post your entries, feel free to tag us on social media!
      #thdchallenge, #theheartdesiresstore

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      We can't wait to see what you're inspired to create!

      Friday, June 30, 2017

      Summer Coffee Lovers Bloghop Take 2

       Sneaking one more in for the Summer Coffee Lovers Hop! I had high hopes of making more, but packing my house has trumped creative time- boo!


      I was SO lucky to be the winner of the AMAZING Unity prize during the spring hop, so I HAD to put an image to work! These images are truly beautiful! This is colored with zigs & cut with a Gina Marie die. The pp is old echo park.
      Hoping to find some time to check out the wonderful coffee creations this weekend!
      Thanks to Amy & the Coffee Loving Cardmaker Crew for keeping us inspired (and caffeinated!)

      Tuesday, June 27, 2017

      Where Creativity Meets C9 Challenge 10

      Playing along with Where Creativity Meets C9; Challenge 10- Layered!
      Here's my take:


      I've put my Mother's Day gift to work on this one! The Happy Words stamps & Happy Card Frame set are really fun! I've used the frame with vellum & machine stitched it in place after using my zigs to stamp & then waterbrush the color out. A few seqins finish it off.
      I must say that Concord & 9th has rocketed to the top of my favorites list- and their customer service is amazing! Makes this challenge a new favorite too!



      Friday, June 23, 2017

      Summer Coffee Lovers Bloghop

      The Coffee Hop is here! The Coffee Hop is here!
      Always so much fun (and dangerous for the wallet!) to see all the coffee inspired fun!
      Thank you to Amy & the Coffee Crew for all of the work that goes into these hops!
      Here's my first entry:


      I've put Altenew's Coffee Love stamps to work- using The Heart Desires Challenge #13 inspiration & my trustee zigs! A Gina Marie Die Scallop Stitched Frame highlights the image.

      The Heart Desires is a super sponsor again for the Summer Coffee Lovers Blog Hop!  Please join along for fun, creativity, inspiration and tons of prizes!  

      To celebrate the Summer hop there is a sale!  Use code 2017SummerCoffeeHop at checkout and receive 15% off your total purchase.




      Thursday, June 22, 2017

      MFT Camp Create: Bonfire Badge & Day 5

      I'm so excited that I was able to participate in the entire camp!
      First up is the Bonfire Badge earned by using dry embossing:


      Those are rolled roses that I've used to dry emboss! 
      I'm normally a bit terrified of purple, but I recently purchased the Distress Oxide in in Wilted Violet to try to overcome!
      The Adorable elephant is colored with Zigs, fussy cut & only adhered in the center to allow his ears to pop up a bit. The flowers are stamped on the dry embossed panel.

      Last of all is the Glitzy Glitter Challenge- I was surprised this was a challenge for me- I normally really like glitter! I admit to struggling with this & not being in love with the outcome- the patterned paper is fussier than is my normal style. The glitter was achieved with stickles covering the balloon.
      I used DI ink & zigs to color the sweet PI image. I always love this cutie!



      This has been such a fun excuse to take a break from packing up our house! 
      Tomorrow is my girl's last day of school & I'm hoping we can find time to play a bit more in the craft room before it's time to pack it up!


      Wednesday, June 21, 2017

      The Heart Desires Mid-Challenge Inspiration #13

      A reminder of the fabulous board:


      Here's my take:


      I've put the Concord & 9th Sweet & Cool set to work wit the inspiration colors on Bristol paper. The sentiment is stamped in Versafine Onyx Black. A few ink spatters & sequins finish this CAS treat off! 
      This is such a fun set- super versatile- I was excited to put it to use for the challenge!
      Hope to see how you've been inspired! Still lots of time to play :)


      Tuesday, June 20, 2017

      Camp Create: Day 3 & 4

      Two more creations to share for Camp Create at MFT!


      Those Adorable Elephants make me smile every time I see them!
      I've colored the elephant with zigs & the butterflies with prisma pencils. 
      The fun paper is from Stampin Up- Thanks Danielle!



      This my very first try at a slider/magic color card! Toni & Lenae make amazing ones all the time so I thought I'd give it a try! Now I know why people like to make them- so fun!!


       I've put I Knead You stamps to work!
      The kitty is colored with zigs & the background is Distress Oxide- Broken China & Cracked Pistachio. I am LOVING them!!
      Paper is ancient MME pad- glad I still like it!




      One more for a better view of the stars!


      Hope to finish up the rest of the camp today! :D


      Monday, June 19, 2017

      MFT Camp Create 2017: Day 1 & 2

      I am playing along with MFT's Camp Create! It is so fun to see all the inspiration packed into the week- much more fun to play along instead of packing my house up to move- so a little procraftination it is! :D
      The first day is all about Wonderful Watercolors- here's my take:


      I loved the background created in the video & thought it would be fun to give it a try- I love how it turned out! This is my first galaxy & I can certainly understand why people enjoy making them so much :) The cutie dragon (thanks Karen!) is colored with zigs & is finished with some stickles!



      Day 2 was Remarkable Resist- Here's my take:



      I used the Colors from Color Challenge #71 for this one- a bit of double duty!
      Some watercolor over the resist & zigs to color the kitty!



      Hoping to get all the challenges done!!! They are making it easy to keep putting off more packing!!


      Wednesday, June 7, 2017

      The Heart Desires Challenge #13

       We are back with another fabulous challenge at The Heart Desires!

      So many ways to be inspired!
      Here's my take:


      I have to admit, when I found out The Heart Desires was going to be carrying the Flora & Fauna line, I may have squealed! I adore all of the images!
      I've used the Flora & Fauna Birthday Set for this card- who could resist that image?
      I've used the inspiration for my color choices- zigs with my watercolor detail brush20 & a couple of prismacolor pencils for the red flowers. The image is stamped on Bristol paper with versafine onyx ink (my go-to for zig colroing) but I've used a layer of DCWV paper cut with my Gina Marie Scalloped Circle Frame Die- using the frame as an inlaid piece. 
      A few sequins & twine finish it off!
      I hope you'll find time to play along with us this month!

      Saturday, June 3, 2017

      MFT Color Challenge #70

      Playing along with MFT's Color Challenge & those sweet adorable elephants!


      I used a spellbinder die to create the frame (popping up the scallops) and a LRDS die to create the bottom, but wasn't able to finish in time for the sketch challenge!
      The elephant is colored with zigs on bristol paper.


      Wednesday, May 17, 2017

      The Heart Desires Mid-Challenge Inspiration #12

      I'm back with some mid-challenge inspiration for The Heart Desires! Hard to believe it's the middle of May!!
      Here's what I came up with:


      This Concord & 9th set is one not to be missed! I've used the Happy Words stamps with the Happy Card Frame die set- and I was smitten with the results!
      I used the bottom left image as my inspiration on this one- but all the images and colors are so lovely! I hope you'll join us!


      ETA: I had good intentions of adding this to the current Where Creativity Meets C9 challenge too- it's all about florals! Better late than never!


      Wednesday, May 3, 2017

      The Heart Desires Challenge #12

      So hard to believe it's time for another challenge! Here is your beautiful inspiration for Challenge #12:


      Here's what I've come up with:


      I've used Altenew Beautiful Lady; after heat embossing in white, I colored with Zigs. Some ink spatter on the base layer, and roughing up of the focal panel was finished off with a sentiment (tying in the challenge colors). There is also some wink of stella on the blooms, but it doesn't show in the photograph at all!
      I can't wait to see how you are inspired by this beautiful challenge!

      Wednesday, April 19, 2017

      The Heart Desires Mid-Challenge Inspiration #11

      I'm back with some mid-challenge inspiration for The Heart Desires!


      This card is smaller than I usually create- 3.5"x 4.5"- but the scale seemed perfect for the adorable Lawn Fawn Stinkin' Cute image! I stamped the little cutie in Versafine Onyx Black on Bristol paper & colored with zigs & my zig Watercolor Detail Brush20
      I stamped 2 of the flowers with gray ink & used them in the back- the front flowers are popped up with dimensional adhesive. The flowers were also colored with zigs & a little clear Wink of Stella gives them a bit of shimmer.
      The sentiment is Avery Elle- I LOVE the font!
      The flowered panel is old fabric paper & it seemed perfect for this challenge!
      Speaking of the challenge- LOTS of time left to play & so many sweet ways to be inspired!
      I hope you'll join us!


      Wednesday, April 5, 2017

      The Heart Desires Challenge #11

      So hard to believe April is already here! With it comes a new The Heart Desires Challenge!!
      Look at this fabulous inspiration:


      Here's what I came up with:


      I found patterned paper that had most of the colors in it to use as my base (Old Echo Park, I believe).
      I cut a focal panel with Gina Marie Scalloped Stitched Nested Rectangle dies & stamped the CUTEST image from Cottontail Cuties! Actually, all the images are so darling!
      I colored her up with my zigs & zig watercolor detail brush20.
      I masked off the frame & then sponged in the sky around her. A little sentiment flag is heat embossed in white with dimensional adhesive it to keep the middle popped up. A bit of silk to finish it off!
      I can't wait to see how you're inspired- hope you can join us at The Heart Desires!