Thursday, October 19, 2017

Thankful leaves

Hi everyone it's Lenae here from SugarGem. I really was inspired by the new Challenge #17 this month. It's so darn cute. I really wanted to make a fall thank you card with the colors. What do you think?



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XOXO
SugarGem 

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Mid-Challenge 17 Inspiration


Greetings, everyone!  We've got some mid-challenge inspiration for Challenge #17 for you. They are amazing, if I must say so myself . . . and I must!

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


Katie



Monday, October 16, 2017

Stretching your dies!

Hi Friends!  Katie here with another fun card for this month's THD challenge!  Here is our fun and hilarious inspiration board as a reminder: 


Here is my card: 


As you can see, I honed in on the green and black from the inspiration photo.  Some of these DPs are quite old, but I've held onto them for a long time and it worked out perfectly.  I used the SugarPea Designs stamps and colored them with my Copics.  Now how fun is the use of the Lawn Fawn Wonderful Window Die?!  You wouldn't think to use it in black for something spooky but it works so well.  I simply covered the little heart with a Doodlebug star to set the mood right. 

Do you celebrate Halloween?  If so, what are you doing to get ready for it?  

I hope you enjoyed this post and hope you will join us for this challenge! 







Friday, October 13, 2017

Snail Mail RULES!



Kimberly with you today with some FUN mini card and envelope decorating.

I had to ink up the Waffle Flower Snail Mail Stamp Set and paired the cuteness with the American Crafts 3x3 Mini Card and Envelope Set in ombre lime green.  Stamping in Memento Tuxedo Black and coloring with copics after hand cutting the images, they sure are sweet on the mini card. Decorating an envelope adds a sweet touch when you send your mini card!

My colors are based on the Challenge #17 FUN images and ghoulish colors.


 I look forward to seeing you join us in the Gallery!!




WAFFLE FLOWER SNAIL MAIL



Wednesday, October 11, 2017

CHALLENGE 16 WINNERS and More Challenge 17 Inspiration

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

Now on to the design picks. Autumn must be everyone's favorite time of year because there was a record number of entries for us to vote on. You all did not make it easy for us, that's for sure!

The winner is #27 Cris G. Cris, your card is stunning, absolutely stunning--the background, the layers, the coloring and choice of layout! You totally rocked it!



The honorable mentions wowed us too. Congratulations in order of entry to #9 Kathy Schweinfurth, #10 I Card Everyone, #14 Cimbacreativefun, and #23 MauraEveryone, 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 #17 which runs through October 31. Hope to see you there!






Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Honored Guest!

Hello friends!  Katie here and I have an exciting card to share with you today.  This card is made by our Honored Guest Michele Ferguson from I Card Everyone!

As a reminder, he is the challenge photo for this week's challenge.




Here is Michele's amazing card!  You should definitely visit her blog and learn all about this creation and you can do that HERE




Michele is the sweetest of people and an amazing designer!  I mean look at this, the texture, the color, oh-la-la!!!!  We are lucky to have her come an join us for almost every single THD challenge! She's won a time or two as well! :)  Now, admittedly, I had an error and didn't get her card up when the challenge went live.  I only hope this dear and lovely lady can forgive me! 

Big thanks to Michele and all our lovely visitors!


Thursday, October 5, 2017

Seasons


What do you love about Autumn? For me it's the golden afternoon light and the quick snap cold of night; to me, autumn is like a haiku-- arresting in its brevity, abundant and emptying, a yearning for the long days, and a leaning in toward acceptance-- autumn is paradox, all.  And as a writer, it may be the most inspired season, if not necessarily my favorite.

For this month's card, I was merely guided by instinct, without a plan, so it was a lovely surprise to see what developed.  Concord and 9th's Lace Leaf took center stage, stamped in Distress Oxide inks and Intense Black, then layered with vellum.


The sentiment from the same set was stamped in copper and heat embossed on the vellum cut from Gina Marie's Cross-stitch rectangle die. This copper embossing may have just rocked my world.  I never really thought much about using copper in my work; however, I am designing the table numbers and seating charts for my brother's upcoming wedding, and the featured colors are copper, navy and burgundy, so I have been working with it quite a bit, which really is perfect for autumn as it calls to mind that afternoon light I love so much.


Both the inside and the wrapper feature copper as well.



I'll leave you with a poem by one of my favorites.  Wishing you an inspired season!


Beginning

The moon drops one or two feathers into the field.   
The dark wheat listens. 
Be still. 
Now. 
There they are, the moon's young, trying 
Their wings. 
Between trees, a slender woman lifts up the lovely shadow 
Of her face, and now she steps into the air, now she is gone 
Wholly, into the air. 
I stand alone by an elder tree, I do not dare breathe 
Or move. 
I listen. 
The wheat leans back toward its own darkness, 
And I lean toward mine.

James Wright, “Beginning” from
 Above the River: The Complete Poems and Selected Prose.Copyright © 1990 by James Wright. Reprinted by permission of Wesleyan University Press.
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