Monday, August 14, 2017

Happy Birthday Sunshine!



Kimberly with you today, wanting you to join our challenge!!  I hope you are as EXCITED as I am over this challenge board.  Eeeeek.. It is a Sweeet Combo!



I knew the sweet images in the delightful challenge colors using watercolor would really "pop" off a white background, so I used Neenah paper for the card base, and stamped the Neat & Tangled Beach Day characters in Versafine Black Onyx on Strathmore Bristol Vellum Paper, as well as using the Gina Marie Cross Stitch Circle Dies for my "pocket."


 I just LOVE these Neat & Tangled images!!! 

I colored the images with Koi watercolor brush markers and a Zig Detail Water Brush for blending. I trimmed the circle die cut to a pocket shape, added the sentiments, and topped with a scrap of Pollen Bazill Basics Paper, as well as a square of ombre pink paper from the Jen Hadfield Everyday 6x6 pad.  For additional texture and detail, I die cut the borders of the papers with a rectangle stitch die. The images were adhered with foam mount tape.  The card base was embossed with the WeR Memory Keepers Next Level Dotted Folder, I added the pocket and images, swiped the suits and watermelon with a little Wink of Stella Clear, added some white gel pen accents, a little Pretty Pink Poshconfetti sequin "bling," [That I love so very much!]  I was done! 

I based my coloring on the current Challenge #15 amazing images and vibrant colors. I sure hope that you are as excited as we are about the AMAZING inspiration challenge boards that The Heart Desires has, the MORE than amazing DT creations!  I count myself privileged and blessed to be on a team with my friends that I get to see regularly and be so creative with, its a BLAST!

I look forward to seeing you in the Gallery my friends!!

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

CHALLENGE 14 WINNERS

First thing's first.  The random.org winner of the $10 gift certificate to the store is #24 Cimbacreative fun!  Please write to info@theheartdesires.com within 7 days to request your code.

Now on to the design picks.  You would not believe how close the voting was this round--so many delightful entries to choose from!  I wish we could choose every card!

The winner is #3 Tricia Barber. Congrats, Tricia! Your card so perfectly pulled from the inspiration board--just love it!



The honorable mentions wowed us too. Congratulations in order of entry to #4 Maria F, #7 ElizStewart, #8 Andrea Shell, and #19 Cris G

Everyone, please grab a badge from the top tab if you like.



We hope you all join in the fun and inspire us again! There's still plenty of time to join in our current challenge #15 which runs through August 31. Hope to see you there!



Monday, August 7, 2017

Let's Flamingle


Toni here with you today with a fun invitation card inspired by the current THD Challenge 15! I adore the colors--absolutely ADORE--and the fun party elements.

I created the background panel by sponging Distress Oxide Worn Lipstick, Spiced Marmalade and Picked Raspberry over it.  I overlapped the sections for smooth color transitioning.  Next I flicked the panel with water.  Once dry, I stamped the SugarPea Designs Let's Flamingle pineapple in a random pattern with Tsukineko Delicata Golden Glitz Ink. I could look at this panel all day!

Next I stamped SugarPea Designs Let's Flamingle flamingos with Distress Oxide Cracked Pistachio and Versafine Onyx Black; I cut the lot out with my Scan n Cut 2. I added the fun American Crafts Sunny designer paper border to the now-dry background panel. Love those cute treats! Finally I stamped the sentiment and water rings with  and tacked down the flamingos with Scor-Tape and Ranger Multi-Medium Matte.

Now time to arrange the party! LOL




Thursday, August 3, 2017

Wish You Were Here

Hello from Monterey, California!


I'm writing this in advance of our kayaking of the Elkhorn Slough and trip to the Monterey Aquarium, but by the time you are reading this, we will have done both, and I made my card with this part of our trip in mind!

I am beyond excited to see all the sea otters, seals and other marine and avian life this area has to offer, up close!!  We hiked Ano Nuevo a few days ago and spent time with elephant seals, brown pelicans and a host of other wildlife, but it was the elephant seals' show there as 8 year old males practiced play fighting and younger males just rested on the beach and tried to get through their molt!

This is such an amazing part of California and the United States, so if you've not been, I recommend it!  It's been a dream of mine for a long time! 

Here's my card at the Aquarium overlooking Monterey Bay, which is actually an underwater canyon ( similar to the Grand Canyon) and from here you can see whales, dolphins, sea otters, lots of cormorants, and my favourite, harbor seals, to name a few wildlife! The otter population is still of concern, but their numers are rising and there are currently about 3,200 Southern Sea otters along the coast.  Numbers in the Elkhorn Slough are about 112 according to the person I spoke with.

I'm hoping to kayak this very area on Friday!


I opted for a postcard design cuting a two rectangles from the Gina Marie Designs cross stitch die, and then stamping my scene, which involved a bit of stamp surgery and masking!


I cut the -ly off the Lawn Fawn sentiment so it fit mine! The postcard was stamped on other diecut, then they were adhered back to back.


Here's the back, using a different Lawn Fawn stamp set to create the postcard.

I wrapped it all up with some wax twine and sequins!





If you've seen our challenge, which began yesterday, you'll note that I used the colors in my design!

Thanks for stopping by! We'll be heading to Big Sur then back up the coast to San Francisco for the last leg of our trip! Hope all your trails this summer are happy ones!


Supplies at The Heart Desires Store:

Gina Marie Designs Cross-Stitch Rectangle
Delicata Gold Ink
Hero Arts Inks
Hero Arts Blue Whale Stamp set
Concord & 9th Scripty Letters
Lawn fawn Year Five Otterly

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

The Heart Desires Challenge 15


Can you believe it's August already? Time to par-te before summer is over!!! Maybe you're inspired by the colors, the flamingos, the tropical fruity vibe, the jars, the shapes--whatever inspires you from our board, come play along!

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

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(using Strathmore Bristol Vellum Paper, Lawn Fawn Aloha stamp set and Aloha die)
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