Advent Calendar Extravaganza with Taheerah Atchia

Hello Advent and paper crafting fans!  I’m excited to be part of Taheerah’s grand event for the third year, and thrilled to have found a new stamp company as a result! If you’ve been following along this season, or the last few years, you know that each day there are sponsors and gifts to be had, and it is the season for giving! So on with the show!

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Advent Calendar Extravaganza is -the- festive event of the season! This ‘hop with a twist’ was dreamed up by Taheerah Atchia and features surprise destinations each day!

Joining in the fun with Taheerah are ONE HUNDRED special guests – each serving up some fantastic Christmas inspiration! Just like an Advent Calendar, you’ll never know where you’re going to be visiting next until you ‘open the door’!

And that’s not all! With 25 *amazing* sponsors taking part as guests as well, your crafty wish list is bound to get a boost with a chance to win a prize EVERY SINGLE DAY!!

Join in the fun every day at taheerah-atchia.com to see what special surprises await behind the door!

Our sponsor today is The Stamp Market, a company that speaks to my modern and graphic heart!  I’ve used three of their products for today’s pieces and will soon feature more holiday and packaging goodnesss from them, so check out my instagram for updates!

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First up, a dynamic duo with one with alternative holiday colors– perfect for someone who lives in Hawaii or is having a tropical Christmas.  I stamped so many of these flowers from the Botanicals Stamp & Cut set, playing with a variety of pinks and reds, so it became the focal point of all my designs.

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My card also features the large Stemmed Leaves Die  cut from gorgeous green bokeh paper.  This die mirrors the stamped leaves in the Botanicals set.

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Finally, the sentiment is part of the Holiday Hellos set, which is a fabulous mix of graphic lettering and sentiments for many occasions.  Here I stamped the Merry on thick linen vellum and heat embossed, then fussy cut.

Since it is an advent extravaganza after all, I decided to wrap these cards up in Neat & Tangled’s lacy envelope die which takes any card to the next level.  What’s behind door number two?

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This version features more traditional colors and a bit of a retro feel.

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The Botanicals set comes with a die to cut the flower, so I added a vellum layer over the stamped image.  Again I’ve included the large Stemmed Leaves die cut.

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I included this close-up so you could see the gorgeous shimmer of the red paper on which I stamped and heat embossed a sentiment from Julie Ebersole’s Modern Christmas, available through Ellen Hutson (as is the #110 Woodgrain Cardstock I feature in many of my pieces here).

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For my final two pieces, I created some wine tags, as I recently had booths at an art show and night market here in Seattle. Holidays are a time for bubbly and fine festive drinks, alcoholic or not, so why not adorn a bottle at your table or as a gift!  I love this wine tag die which is quite old and no longer available.

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Thank so much for stopping by to see what was behind the door today!

But before you go– remember to comment!

It’s not a party without a prize – and with prizes every day there are several chances to win! Today’s prize is generously supplied by The Stamp Market so you’ll definitely want to win! How to win?

  • Simply leave a comment on my post – then head back to taheerah-atchia.com and leave a comment there too!
  • You must leave a comment on Taheerah’s blog as well as mine in order to be eligible to win!
  • Don’t forget to grab the other surprise destinations from Taheerah’s blog and head over to them to leave comments there as well to improve your odds even more!
  • You have until 23:59 EST on 31st December 2017 to enter.

The Advent Calendar Extravaganza runs from 1st-25th December inclusive, so make sure you visit taheerah-atchia.com every day for fabulous inspiration and amazing prizes every single time!

A merry season to all who celebrate a variety of holidays or in various ways this time of year– wishing you a peaceful, reflective and artful time!  And a Happy New Year, too!

Under Your Spell: THD Challenge 17

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Well, it’s October again, and there are only 3 months left in 2017!

Pretty scary, huh?

Depending how you look at it, this might be a good thing, as 2017 has been a pretty rocky, surreal ride for many, many people. Halloween may just pale in comparison this year!

But we’ve got the perfect challenge for you this month that is more fun and colorful than frightening! (Click challenge photo above to be taken to the link up!)

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I’m always under the spell of adorable harbor seals– my favorite marine mammal!! I think our Puget Sound seals and those along the CA coast need to cast a serious spell over the transient orca pod here and the increasing white shark population in California waters, both of whom are enjoying the sweet, solitary butterballs a bit too much (in my opinion) this year!

Here I stamped the LF Sealed with a Kiss seals and then Copic colored them, drawing the Dracula hair and fangs, and stamping their eyes. The LF candy corn were also Copic colored and fussy cut.

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The background was stamped in Hero Arts neon green dye ink with Concord and 9th’s Lacy Leaf abstract stamp, and I love how it looks like a green, ghostly (ghastly?) gas!! Kind of like the state of our Puget Sound at this time of the year!!

I added a few additional Jolie’s Boutique candy stickers, a witch hat brad, and Michael’s Recollections sentiment sticher, and finished the inside with some bat washi.

Now what tricks do you have up your sleeve? We can’t wait to see how you weave our challenge this month into your creation! Leave us spellbound!

Happy haunting and creating!

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

Happy Birthday Tonya!

Tonya, of The Heart Desires store fame, is having a birthday today!!

I hope she is enjoying the gorgeous fall day & weekend the PNW has presented us!! To celebrate her day and the season, I created an autumn card featuring Kaisercraft & Essentials by Ellen Leaves, and Altenew letters. The cross-stitch die can be found at The Heart Desires. Love the Gina Marie dies Tonya carries!

(I ripped the side of the card as I was repositioning. Grrrrr!!)

The leaves were die cut from stamped cardstock.

I used gold cardstock from Essentials by Ellen for a shimery, rich base. Inside finished with washi!

Make Tonya’s day by wishing her the best year ahead and mayylbe picking up something from her store! She has some great new arrivals!

Birthday hop line-up!

Amy

Laura

Kimberly

Toni

Tonya–Birthday Girl!

THD Challenge 16–Feeling Fall

Hi Everyone and welcome to The Heart Desires Challenge for September!

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Fall is just around the corner, though I’m not quite ready to make the transition.  How about you?

Most Seattlites struggle with 80 degree days and yearn for the cool and rain– not me!  I love the seasons, but struggle with transitions, and frankly summer is always snatched away too soon. The older I get, the grumpier I get when summer comes to an end! We’re also experiencing some pretty gnarly weather in Seattle due to numerous wildfires around Washington and in Oregon. Last night’s full corn moon was red again and our sun has been a neon pink orb the last few days as the ash and smoke hang in the air and cover homes, inside and out–more fall cleaning!  It’s pretty surreal– an odd natural beauty born of disaster, lightning, a changing climate, and human carelessness. Certainly many places around the globe are experiencing difficult, and disastrous, seasonal transitions as well. Change is challenging no matter how or when it happens!

So why not head over to The Heart Desires where change is  good and our challenges are more fun?

The colors, patterns, and my thoughts of Central California Coast, where I traveled this summer and where life is all about the beach and surfing, particularly in and around Santa Cruz and Big Sur all influenced my design.  How I’d love to own or rent an Airstream or Vanagon and just live for a month or two traveling up and down the coast!

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I created a fall duo with the Flora & Fauna Camper set and Carta Bella’s Autumn & Jen Hadfield’s Warm & Cozy papers, available at The Heart Desires store.

The Warm & Cozy papers are perfect for making these little epoxy buttons.

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I used the Concord & 9th Layering Leaves Die to create my “surfboard” cut from cherry wood veneer.

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The wheels were cut twice to create the silver rims, and then I used Matte Sprinkles for the tires.

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The envelope die isn’t available at the Heart Desires– it’s an exclusive Neat and Tangled product, but it makes the best wrapper for pretty much every card.

Finally, the inside is finished with some ombre aqua washi, reminiscent of the ocean & echoing the tires on the bus!  You might also note that the blue of the table in the challenge picture also inspired the use of this color– aqua and orange are such an amazing combo!

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Since I’m posting this feature a day late, I’m also over on the Heart Desires blog today, Thursday, with another card featuring the Flora and Fauna Camper!  Head over there and learn more about it!

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That’s it for me!  Here’s to smooth transitions, happy trails and good vibes!

Hang loose!

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

Happy Birthday Amy!!

PNW friends are hopping once again, this time for Amy Tsuruta!

Lovely Laura Norris is our hostess and I’m the last stop, but you can check below for the hop order!

Our challenge was to create a card with green, Seattle, or coffee.

I chose green as my focus, and because I was traveling and had three blog posts to write during that time, I brought my cards along, and for Amy I did the photoshoot in a San Francisco coffeeshop!

Last year I took her to NYC as a virtual trip; well this year, Amy, here are some coffeeshops I recommend along with your so-not San Francisco card (could any California city be less tropical??!!)

Amy likes pineapples so I created a very clean card with the Pink Paislee pinapple embossing folder and Kaisercraft pineapple die cut from green and gold Bazill paper.

Pineapples are sweet and so is Amy! Hoping she has an amazing day filled with friends, family, some crafting and of couse, coffee!

Equator on Market in SF is a great choice for healthy eats and their single origins, as well as some great art.

Just down the street you’ll find Mazarine who features Ritual coffee and Linea roasters. Love their decor and single origin options.

We also visited Ritual in the Haight, a super modern, friendly and delicious choice!

But I saved the best for last: Sightglass in SOMA. Amy you’ll love the affagato bar! 

Single origin Colombia espresso over Salt & Straw vanilla ice cream! 

Want to know where these are located and 20 more must-visit coffee shops in SF? See this Eater article! Happy travels, happy drinking, and….

Happiest birthday, Amy!

Amy—Birthday Girl

Laura

Kimberly

Toni

Tonya

Kate—— You’re here!


THD Challenge 15!!

Hey everyone! 

You’re going to love this month’s challenge!

Some of my favorite colors happening here!!


I’m vacationing this week in sunny California (well, sunny that is after the fog burns off, as I’m in Central CA!) and these colors scream Santa Cruz boardwalk, so I brought my finished card along for a photo op here! Here the narwhal is overlooking Santa Cruz wharf and the freaking majestic Monterey Bay!

You can find the Neighborly Narwhal at the Heart Desires store, along with the Gina Marie cross-stitch circle/rectangle dies and WeRMemory Keepers Next Level embossing folder! Everything is layered on a gold cardstock base!

Santa Cruz Boardwalk Photo by Kate Lorenzini 

Hope you’ll play along with us this month!

THD Challenge & Celebration

Hello Everyone and welcome to a special THD Challenge for July!

We just celebrated Toni’s birthday and the 4th of July, and now we’re celebrating the first anniversary of The Heart Desires Store with a sale and a new THD Challenge this month with a hop where you could be a winner! 

Here’s our current inspiration!

This month’s Hop Rules

There are up to 3 opportunities to win a $20 gift certificate to the store.

  • Leave a comment on the challenge post on the blog, on IG, and/or FB. You must be a follower of each platform you comment on for your vote to count.
  • Enter the July 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.

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 and offering the opportunity for the winner to guest design for the challenge.
  • 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!!!!

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

#thdchallenge, #theheartdesiresstore

Oh, and did we mention a sale?

And now for how I was inspired by our challenge graphic!

 

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I pulled together some things old, some things new for this one!  I had a few leftover Waffle Flower floral die cuts that had been colored with Brushos from my card in the April challenge. While I was playing around with them, I realized they could double as both fireworks and anemones!  Here they are playing the role of the latter!

I love how they look with the Memory Box underwater collage dies.  The inner panel was cut from hand-colored alcohol inked glossy paper; the outer from the Gina Marie cross-stitch die. The top one is adhered with a cute clip from Michael’s mermaid line!

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The inner panel was colored with Distress inks and then sprayed with Heidi Swap Color Shine.  I then stamped a sentiment from Waffle Flower’s Flora Cat Play.

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I put a clear dot from Tear Drops and Clear dots in the flower’s center.

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Finally, I added one of my sequin strands that uses a variety of sequins, including Hero Arts Ombre sequins and some anchor washi from Target on the inside!  The base paper is from an old collection from Glitz Design.

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Thanks for celebrating with us! I look forward to seeing what you create this month! Click on any of the links below to purchase items used in my card for 20% off!

Supplies from THD Store:

Memory Box Seaweed Collage and Underwater Collage Dies; Waffleflower Flora Cat Play sentiment; Gina Marie Stitched Rectangle die; Distress Ink Tumbled Glass Mermaid Lagoon; Ranger Mini Ink Blending tool; Ranger Watercolor paper; Brushos Ultramarine; Hero Arts Ombre Sequins

 

PNW Birthday Celebration 

It’s Toni’s birthday today, and we’re hopping in her honor! As the hostess of the celebration, I put together a festive mood board, a mix of fire-crackin’, jewel-toned glitz, glam, boho-chic, and retro vibes!

I had so many ideas… I mean look at this board! But the main image that kept popping out initially was the red & blue high rise, so I started there, stenciling a dotted background with MFT Persimmon hybrid ink and blue Distress ink using Dot Fade from Tim Holtz.

Thinking of Toni, and her love of mermaids and sea-focused designs, I proceeded with Hero Arts Layering whale. I love that it’s a humpback because we had one visit us in early June and it was so exciting because we don’t have them pass through all that often. He was literally in my backyard! So that makes this PNW Birthday card even more PNW!!

The stenciled background was much more interesting cut & reassembled from Avery Elle’s Petal frame. The flower of the petals echo water droplets and the blue/white/black dress in mood board.

The mermaid was stamped with teal pigment ink and then hest embossed with Ranger verdigris powder, so it echos the teal room and gilded necklaces.

The whale’s party hat is blue and a red/orange combo. I love how it reflects the smaller dots and the colors of the 70s model. I worked in the stars on her hat in my sequin strand.

The sequin strand is also inspired by the necklaces in the mood board.

My lighting conditions were about as low visiblity as the ocean deep, so it was difficult to capure the inner card, but I finished it off with some blue waves washi.

Well, Toni I hope your day goes swimmingly and you’re feeling whaley loved (sorry, had to)! Wishing you an ocean if inspiration and good times this year!

Please join in the fun, and hop along with the rest of my friends. Here’s the full line up! And don’t forget to wish Toni a happy day!

Amy

Laura

Kimberly

Toni—– Birthday Girl 

Tonya

Lisa

Kate—— You’re here!


No Drama, Llama! It’s THD Challenge 13!

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Well, there are no llamas in this month’s inspiration photo, but there are some pretty fantastic images, and to say nothing of the color scheme.  I love the citron, red and grey combo– so unexpected and not a combo I would usually work with, which makes creating even more exciting. I hope you’ll feel the same way because we want you to help us celebrate a whole year of The Heart Desires’ challenges!

Here’s some more inspiration to get you started~

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First up, No Drama Llama!

Flora and Fauna’s newly launched products are fabulous and Tonya has most of them in the store!

I love the llama die cut, and here I have cut it once from card stock, once from fun foam/Stick it, and then stamped it using one of the cats from Waffle Flower’s Flora Cat set!

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The back of the cat created a curved line that worked perfectly with the lines of the llama.

I’ve also covered the rest of the llama with Flower Soft and inlaid glossy black cardstock into the reins.

I have also used Waffle Flower’s Hey, Hello, Hi die cut for the sentiment.

Inside, I used Concord and 9th’s Sophisticated Script letters to create some of the sentiment.

I created another card using the grey, black, citron and red scheme.

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First I stamped a Concord & 9th Tree Ring in Unicorn White ink, heat set, and water colored with Twisted Citron, Mowed Lawn, and Shabby Shutters Distress Inks.  Tonya has many of the Distress Inks and new Oxide Distress Inks in store!

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I used the Distress Inks to splatter a background on to Ranger Watercolor paper.
I layered the rest of the elements and finished with the Waffle Flower sentiment.

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Here’s how it all wrapped up!  Taking my cue from the green and bamboo plates in the inspiration photo!

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So how will you help us celebrate our anniversary this month? In what ways might you stretch your stamps and supplies that will surprise you? I cannot wait to see how we’ve inspired you!

Thanks for playing along with us for the past year– here’s to this month and the next eleven!