Wednesday, November 1, 2017


It is with a heavy heart that due to personal reasons Tonya, the owner of The Heart Desires, has decided to shutter the challenge and blog for the next few months effective immediately.  Tonya will keep us apprised as she's able. The DT has enjoyed providing inspiration to you and we all wish Tonya the very very best.

But, let's end this post with happier news by announcing the winners and honorable mentions of Challenge #17.

The winner is #24 Cris G. Congrats!

The honorable mentions wowed us too. Congratulations in order of entry to #8 Lea L, #11 Dana Kirby, #14 Christina Luna, and #17 Karin Akesdotter!

Thanks to each and every one of our players. You have made this experience so fun and inspiring.  Hopefully we'll be back stronger and better than ever!

Monday, October 30, 2017

Special Guest Dana Kirby

Hi THD fans!  Today we have another amazing guest designer joining us on the blog.  Ms. Dana Kirby!  She was the winner of Challenge 15! and she has some holiday inspiration to share.

This first card features Lawn Fawn's Pumpkin Spice Latte set as well as some Echo Park holiday paper.  It is so fun, in love with the colors and layout. The scalloped edge is so sweet. 

She also created this fun card and gift card holder!  The embossing folder is Echo Park and the stamp set is Lawn Fawn Love you a Latte.  The black is just so bold for a holiday set but it works so well!  Perfectly cute Dana and thank you for joining us with these amazing creations!

You can find more of her fun creations on Instagram here,

Thanks for you visit!

Monday, October 23, 2017

For You

Seriously, what's not to love about squirrels and acorns?!  Hey, this is Amy here with you today sharing a fall inspired project.

I've been wanting to ink up the Neat & Tangled - My Favorite Nut stamp set.  I combined it with the Lawn Fawn Tiny Tags stamps.

That little baggie is from my stash.  I was digging around and found it all by its lonesome and thought it matched wonderfully with my color palette.

Don't forget about the current challenge, there's still time to join in the fun!

Thanks so much for stopping by and have an awesome week!


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?

I used 


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


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!!


Wednesday, October 11, 2017

CHALLENGE 16 WINNERS and More Challenge 17 Inspiration

First thing's first. The winner of the $10 gift certificate to the store is #7 Kelly C! Please write to 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


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!


The moon drops one or two feathers into the field.   
The dark wheat listens. 
Be still. 
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.
Other supplies: Poppystamps Thicket Wreath
Neat and Tangled company exclusive Envelope Die

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

The Heart Desires Challenge 17

Hello, friends! Autumn is fully upon us and Halloween is just around the corner.  Let's celebrate all things spooky and cute and colorful. Or, maybe you're drawn to other elements in the photos.  Whatever floats your boat is A-okay with us!  We've got a lot of fun inspiration for you, using the supplies we have in really creative ways. Come join us!

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