Thursday, October 20, 2016


I posted this sneak of a make and take for our crafty gathering on Saturday that a few of the DT will be attending.  Full reveal tomorrow so you can see the fun Lawn Fawn Slide on Over die in action!  Also, I'm super excited to let you know additional Distress Ink colors are coming to the store with the next order.  Just in time for the holidays!

Fairy Christmas

Hi, everyone.  It's Lenae here from SugarGem with a little Challenge #5 inspiration.  Oh my word this inspiration pic has seriously inspired me.

I absolutely fell in love with the Lawn Fawn Frosty Fairy Friends Stamp set the moment I saw it. This sentiment is my favorite; it is a must this year!  I figured I might as well get started early on my Christmas cards. Hope you will join in with the challenge this month!

Other items in the store that would work great with this month's Challenge would be: Avery Elle Caroling CrittersAvery Elle Big Greetings, Carta Bella Pumpkin Stencil and Lawn Fawn Jump For Joy.


Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Mid-Challenge 5 Inspiration!

Elements:  Colors, Stack 'em Up, Large Sentiments


More inspiration for you for the current challenge!   The DT gals have really knocked it out of the park with their fun interpretations of the inspiration pic.  And check out the card Eunji, winner of Challenge #2, worked up.  I love her cute little scene with the pops of yellow behind those bats.  Thank you for joining us, Eunji!

Won't you come join us?  You have until next Wednesday, October 26, so best get scootin'!

(Winner of Challenge #2)
(using My Favorite Things Stay CoolVersaFine Onyx Black, Gina Marie Scalloped Stitched Frame die--coming soon!)

(using Concord and 9th Happy Day Stamps and coordinating Dies, We R Memory Keepers Woven Embossing Folder)

(Using Concord and 9th Wildflower and Love You, Mean It, Gansai Tambi Watercolors)

        (using We R Memory Keepers Woven Next Level Embossing Folder)

Please read the rules below before you enter. We can't wait to see what your heart desired!
  1. Challenges will run from the first Wednesday to the last Wednesday of each month. 
  2. Use one, two or three of the identified elements. 
  3. If you choose to use colors, you need only use 2 or 3 of them. Use your choice of neutrals (white, kraft, black, gray).
  4. Identify the elements you chose to use if not readily evident. 
  5. Enter up to 3 times and combine with no more than 5 challenges, including ours. 
  6.  Include the inspiration pic as well as a link to the challenge in your post. 
  7. The challenge winner will be invited to be a future guest designer. 
  8. Most importantly, have fun!!!! 

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Stretching Your Stamps Isn't Scary

Toni here with another THD challenge #5 inspiration card that stretches the stamps I have in my stash. And, in this case, I mean that quite literally.

Any guesses?  I'll give you a moment. How about now?

I took the lightbulb from the Concord & 9th Shine Brighter set and reshaped it into a cauldron.  As I was working up this photo for you, I realized the other stamps in this set would make great cauldron accoutrements.  Say what?!

Btw, if you guessed correctly, I owe you a virtual cookie.  Props to my friend, Tonya, the owner of The Heart Desires Store, who suggested I look at this set when I mentioned I wish I had a cauldron. I love that about her--always thinking on her feet (and enabling us with her fab products).

Another stash-stretch on this card was my use of the Avery Elle Falling Snow die as rising cauldron bubbles.  Just plain cool.  I placed Scor-Tape behind the bubbles then coated them in glam witch glitter.  The background is a Distress Ink watercolor wash--be on the look out for Distress Inks coming to the store, and the rest was colored with Copics.

The Details:  Concord & 9th Shine BrighterAvery Elle Falling Snow dieWaffle Flower Lacy Layers dieRanger Watercolor PaperZig H2O Detail Watercolor Brush, Lawn Fawn Booyah, Waltzing Mouse stitched scalloped rectangle die, Distress Inks (Wilted Violet, Blueprint Sketch, Carved Pumpkin, Squeezed Lemonade, Twisted Citron), Copics, Memento Tuxedo Black

Monday, October 17, 2016

Rollin' By

Hey all!  Katie here sharing some fun inspiration for this week!

I made this card for a co-worker of mine who loves to roller skate. She is so fun and kind and she is moving away to be near her family.  I am going to miss her a ton, but I know she will be thrilled to be close those she loves.  She will bring a new kind of brightness to the already sunny Texas!

Avery Elle Skating By
Essentials by Ellen
American Crafts 

Don't forget to join us for Challenge #5 and thanks for visiting today!

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Live Wild and Free

Toni here with my first ever video!  I had many curious Georgettes asking about my All Good Things card where I used a variation of the Versamark resist technique so I figured a show and tell plus another chance to play with these products was in order.

I've used the same ingredients as last time but the randomness of the Brushos and the choice of a darker base layer produced a completely different look and feel.  It's hard for me to choose a favorite!


Thursday, October 13, 2016

All Good Things to Those Who Wait

Toni here with a card featuring the Ranger Distress Specialty Stamping paper the store is now carrying. 

I've been wanting to try this paper for quite some time.  I knew Tim wouldn't let me down.  The smoothness of the surface reminds me of Yupo paper BUT you can heat it!  Trust me, you do not want to heat Yupo, unless you like Shrinky Dinks.

The RDSS paper handled the Brushos and water beautifully, drying in record time.  Unlike on glossy paper often used in the Versamark resist technique I used here, the stamped images did not at all smear.  What?  I can immediately move on to the next step?  Yes!!!!  The Versamark resist technique relies on Versamark to repel ink--love how it turned out with the Concord & 9th Tree Ring and HA Ombre ink, don't you?

You can also see that I'm using a Gina Marie border die.  Gina Marie dies are currently on their way to the store and totally rock!  You'll be seeing a lot of those in future cards.  Woo hoo!

If you'd like to learn more about the techniques I used for this card, do stop on by my blog, Frankie Helps Craft.  Toodles!