Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Fall 2017 Coffee Lovers Bloghop

I'm quite late to the Fall Coffer Lovers Bloghop!
Here's my first entry- which will be in the high 800's! WOW!
 
 
Altenew & Concord & 9th stamps using the current The Heart Desires challenge!
I used some watercolor for the colors & anchored the panel with some glitter washi- it looks very fall-ish to me!
A big shout-out to ~amy~ & the Coffee Loving Crew- what fabulous inspiration!
 
Don't miss the Challenge or the sale at The Heart Desires!
 

The Heart Desires Mid-Challenge 16

We are halfway through this month's challenge already at The Heart Desires
Here's a reminder of the great inspiration:


And here's my take:


A whole lotta of Concord & 9th! 
I've stamped the Concord & 9th Tree Ring in Versafine Sepia Ink, then using the same ink I stamped the sentiment and splatters from Hello Lovely. Wouldn't the sentiments from Give Thanks be perfect too?
Those leaves!!! Gah!
I was trying to incorporate all of the colors and that fall feel in the inspiration so I used my zigs on Bristol paper and the Layering Leaves Dies. I really dig how it turned out!
A few sequins would have been great, but I still haven't uncovered them. I suspect they may be packed until the house is built!
Hope you can find some time to join us this month at The Heart Desires!



Friday, September 15, 2017

Curtain Call Challenge Guest Designer

I'm playing along today with the Curtain Call Challenge- look at this fun inspiration:


Here's my take:


I've put some watercolor to use on the front panel, then die cut with the Memory Box Tessatina Border die. I watercolored a wash on the cardbase and attached my top layer. A lovely sentiment from Lil' Inkers Paint Your Canvas set is heat embossed with white powder & some watercolor splashes finish it. Truth be told I would love to add some sequins- but they are packed away somewhere!!

Thank you so much for inviting me to play along with the Curtain Call Challenge!

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

The Heart Desires Challenge #16

I'm here today playing along with a new challenge at The Heart Desires!

Here is the fabulous fall inspiration:


Here's my take:


I adore this sweet Neat and Tangled set, My Favorite Nut! I've stamped the image with Versafine sepia ink on Bristol paper and used my zigs to color. 
I've layered Gina Marie dies for my focal panel: Scalloped Stitched Rectangle Dies and Nested Scalloped Stitched Rectangles- I think it made for a fun accent!
I hope you will be able to join us at The Heart Desires!

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

The Heart Desires Mid-Challenge 15

Time for a bit of mid-challenge inspiration at The Heart Desires!
Here's the gorgeous mood board:


Here's my inspiration for you this go-round:


I'm kind of hooked on Flora & Fauna- I've used the Birthday Set with gold foil again because I loved how it looked together! This time I've used lots of Fresh Ink from Impress, a bit of zigs (always on bristol paper!) and prisma pencils for the macaroons & framed it up with a Gina Marie Die!
What do you think?
Still lots of time to join in- can't wait to see how you are inspired!

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

The Heart Desires Challenge 15

Hard to believe it's already time for another challenge at The Heart Desires!
Check out this fabulous inspiration:


Seriously- possibly my favorite so far!
Here's my take:



I've put the Flora & Fauna (shocking, I know!) Birthday Set to work for this challenge!
I've used the inspiration colors and pic to color it with my zigs and my Zig Watercolor detail brush on Bristol paper.
The background tassel is stamped with Delicata gold ink and a few are foiled with gold- my first take on foiling! I know I'm super late to the party- but I am pretty excited with the outcome!


I'm excited to see how everyone is inspired by this mood board!!

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!!