Wednesday, May 24, 2017


Toni here and head over fins for all of the nautical goodies coming in to The Heart Desires! Take the Hero Arts Manatee Stamp and Cut set that comes with stamps, sentiments AND dies. All that cuteness in one package--swoon!

I used the WRMK Next Level Wave Embossing Folder as a backdrop and framed the manatee scene with a porthole. Look at me getting all seaworthy! The VersaFine Onyx Black for the sentiment was a no-brainer; nothing is better for ultra-crisp sentiment stamping in my book. Oh, I should have said "boat"!

Of course, everything is colored with my beloved Copic Sketch markers.  I used a Copic Multiliner to draw the waves and splash before coloring them in. Notice the color differentiation between the manatee above and below water?  I like to do that after I've colored up the object then I layer the water color on top without worrying about shading because the object itself is already shaded. A bit of Clear Wink of Stella for the world's most uncomfortable bra and done!

Monday, May 22, 2017

You Make Me Happy x 3

Hello!  It's Amy here with a quick card trio:

These cards are 3x3 and were super quick to make.  I used the Doodlebug Design Desert Flower Shape Sprinkles.  These guys are so cute and petite so the 3x3 card size is perfect.  I mixed up some of the Sprinkles by putting some of them on foam dimensionals.

The paper and sentiment strips are from the Fun in the Sun paper pad.   These were super quick and easy to whip up!

Don't forget about the current challenge:

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Sending You Hugs

I think I've mentioned this before, but my great grandma's name was Bunny. So every time I play with the My Favorite Things Somebunny Stamps set I think of her. She was so sweet and loving. Always loved giving hugs. I'm sure I'll be sending this to my grandma for a little thank you. This stamp set really has great sentiments for thank you and birthday cards which is what I tend to need the most of. 

I also used this We r Memory Keepers Next Level Embossing Folder - Bouquet.  If you don't have this set yet you need to order it now because it is a beautiful must have. It is beautiful just by itself for a gorgeous super fast last minute thank you card.      

Thank you so much stopping by! 

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Aloha, New Friends

Toni here with a couple of fun hello cards for recent winners of an IG giveaway sponsored by The Heart Desires Store. Congrats to Rebecca Griffith and Vandana Rastogi!

For my card, I randomly stamped the pineapples from Concord and 9th Pop Art Pineapple using Distress Inks, including Picked Raspberry (my fav!). I used the colors from the latest THD Challenge to boot. So bright and cheery, doncha think?

Remember how foiling was all the rage a while back? I still love it so spattered some foil paint (essentially thinned rubber cement tho not as stinky pants) then used gold foil and my laminator for some glam. There's a lot going on so I used Doodlebug Black/White Striped Washi beneath the die cut sentiment to draw the eye to it.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Nuts about Mom

Katie here. Did everyone have a good Mother's Day?  I hope so!  I certainly did.  I love my sweet family sooo much.

Speaking of Mother's Day, I wanted to share this card that I made for a mom with you. 

I love these little squirrels from Neat & Tangled's My Favorite Nut. Perfectly colored with Copics and supplemented with some paper from My Minds Eye. 

That's all, thanks for your visit today! 

Don't forget to join us for the current Challenge #12. 

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

CHALLENGE 11 WINNERS & More Challenge 12 Inspiration

Drumroll, please.  The winner of Challenge 11 is #34 Cornelia. Cornelia, your coloring is amazing and really speaks of spring and growth! The bouquet is the perfect backdrop for the spattered dots and that bold black sentiment. Congrats!

The honorable mentions wowed us too. Congratulations in order of entry to #2 Finally Friday, #11 Scrap & Doodles#20 Cris G., and #33 I Card 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 #12 which runs through May 31. Hope to see you there!

Thursday, May 4, 2017

How We Roll!

Welcome to May, THD fans!  Let's hope it is full of flowers and fewer showers! I am so ready for the rain to end here in the PNW!

And I am so sorry to have missed you at my appointed time in April--it was indeed a cruel, cruel month, so I am welcoming May with open arms, kind of the like the sweet new cat stamp, Flora, from Waffle Flower featured in my cards below!

I made these cards with my students in mind. For most youth, the desire to fit in and not appear different is pretty typical. But working with young people diagnosed with learning disabilities (LD), the feeling of being different and all the emotions that go along with it are turned up to 11! So the kids need lots of positive reinforcement, which is why making cards is so fun.

I often use card making as a reward for some of my kids who meet learning or behavior goals as many enjoy playing with ink and paper and creating cards for their parents or friends.  It can also be a good way for kids with fine motor difficulties to work on their motor control by manipulating stamps, scissors, and aligning images, or coloring in lines.  I am not an occupational therapist, but do need to incorporate fine motor exercises for some of my kids, and what better way to do it than making art?! Learning is hard work, but it should also have some element of fun-- so that's how we roll in my studio!

For my first card, I have incorporated three new offerings from Waffle Flower, all available in the store-- Layering Marble, Magical Butterfly and Flora Cat Play!  While I didn't use it here, you can get the same circle window effect by using Waffle Flower's Inverted Circle die.

I love the marbling stamp, though it does take some practice, and having the guide (available at Waffle Flower's website) does help with aligning stamps if you are particular, but really, you can mix and match to create your own unique marbling effect.  I have achieved that here with layers of pink ink and Delicata Gold, which was heat embossed for extra sheen.

The magical butterfly die is so sweet, and I love that you can inlay the wings or make them dimensional.  I decided to layer them so I could get a 3-D effect. 

I kept my cat black and white as to not compete with the busy card front, which was cut using the Gina Marie Cross Stitch die-- I love these dies as they are inexpensive and she has some really fun offerings.

I'm obsessed right now with lacy backgrounds and wrappings, as well as creating my own envelopes. So I wrapped up this sweet card with some gorgeous two-sided 12 x 12 paper cut from a new Neat and Tangled die.  I really like how it looks with the butterfly and the intricate design of the cat.

Next up, You Do You!

While I was at it, I made a second card, which features Flora, whom I have foiled here-- a new technique for me.  I fussy cut her and placed within the Gina Marie Circle Cross Stitched die.

The back has been stamped with a bold Kaisercraft subway style sentiment.  I love these stamps, and Tonya has a few from them in the shop!

And that's a wrap!

Hope you've found some inspiration here today, and don't forget to check out our latest challenge which started yesterday!

Keep on rolling!