Hi Everyone and welcome to The Heart Desires Challenge for September!
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!
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.
I used the Concord & 9th Layering Leaves Die to create my “surfboard” cut from cherry wood veneer.
The wheels were cut twice to create the silver rims, and then I used Matte Sprinkles for the tires.
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!
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!
That’s it for me! Here’s to smooth transitions, happy trails and good vibes!