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Monday, November 24, 2014

Last Week of November Challenge!

It's the last week to join in our November Digi of the Month challenge! If you haven't made or submitted your project yet, please remember to link up to the challenge post by Sunday evening. I'll be sending out the December set and posting the new challenge first thing on Monday. Remember, if you participate in the challenge by the deadline, the next set is totally FREE! If you didn't receive the November set for free by playing along last month, you can still get it in our shop for just 65 cents right now due to our Customer Appreciation Sale prices. That's right -- just 65 cents for 3 images in both outline and color format, plus sentiments and even printable papers! Now here's a last bit of creative inspiration from our team to help you think on what you might make. Happy crafting! :-)

Sunday, November 23, 2014

So Very Thankful (Inspiration & Sale)

Yes, I say it a lot, but this time of year is so wonderful! Not only are the seasons changing so splendidly, but we get special days just dedicated to being thankful for our many blessings! I truly believe that gratitude, for the little things and big things and everything in between, is key to a happy life. So in case I don't say it enough, thank you to all of you! Without your patronage, we wouldn't be here. As a token of appreciation, we've set up a little "Customer Appreciation Sale" at the shop for you this week. All digi sets (including the Digi of the Month!) are discounted 50% through Monday, December 1st at the shop. No coupons are needed -- the prices have been adjusted throughout the shop for you already. Enjoy, and again, thank you so much!

Now our Design Team has been doing a lot of crafting in anticipation of the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday this week! Here are just a few of the amazing projects of gratitude that they have made lately. I am so thankful for all that they do to share word of our little shop, and to inspire you all.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

It's the Little Things

I've said it before and I'll say it again -- it's the littlest things that bring the greatest joy! Of course, the love between a mother and her child, as celebrated in today's "Scrapbook Saturday" layout by Melissa Craig, is no little thing. And yet, there are so many little things that make that love into the big thing that is. Smiles...hugs and cuddles...little things, but so big when collected together over the years!

To make today's scrapbook share, Melissa used elements from the "Greatest Joy" set. She combined the image of the little mouse blowing bubbles with soft-colored papers and just the barest of hint of black. These coordinate beautifully with the brighter colors in the photo, accenting them but making the photo stand out at the same time. The extra bubbles she added at the upper left corner tie the page together so beautifully. So sweet and whimsical, and so perfect to celebrate the love between a mother and child!

Friday, November 21, 2014

Last Day for Freebie and a little TEASER!!

I just wanted to let you know that you MUST get this month's Digi of the Month done by Nov 30th.  
YOU WILL WANT NEXT MONTHS IMAGE...I promise!! It is so darn cute and versatile that I thought I would give you just a little tease!!

This is no tease...Today is the last day to get this adorable image free (see below).
Just click on link below and load it to your cart from the Free section.

I hope I have given you the motivation to carve out a little crafty time. 
Seriously, you will REALLY want next months Digi of the Month.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Week 3 sketch at the Outlawz Challenge

We are in the 3rd week of November (can you believe Thanksgiving is NEXT weeks!) so it is time for another sketch challenge at the Outlawz Challenge.

This is the sketch provided for you to use as your inspiration. 

Here are the samples of how the DT was inspired by the sketch.

Deedee - Pilgrim Owls

Hope you get a little time to crafty before the holiday next week!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Snowflakes with Tamara Dixon

Snow: it's something we don't get much here in Northern California, and yet, when asked what I associate most with Winter, snow is exactly what comes to mind. How about you? Snow is truly iconic, and today our November Guest Designer, Tamara Dixon, has created a spectacular card showcasing that which is at the heart of snow -- snowflakes!

Tamara used an image, paper, and sentiment from the "Snowflakes" set to create this 5.25-inch square card. The classic navy blue cardstock by Bazzill, along with the grey ink (Memento London Fog) that she used to highlight the elements really make them stand out to the eye. She added rhinestone accents by Want2Scrap that glisten just as snow does in the sunshine. Isn't it gorgeous?!? Tamara isolated the single large snowflake against a backdrop of so many others and really dressed it up. You can see where she sponged the ink around the image to make the snowflake stand out, and added the rhinestones to the end and center points. What you might not be able to see in the photo is that she glossed up the snowflake with clear Wink of Stella, and that the background paper glistens like real snow, thanks to the Shimmer (frost) she added. I am told by a mutual friend who has seen this card in "real" life that the effect is truly stunning!

Here's what the inside looks like. Here Tamara highlighted a sentiment from the "Snowflakes" set, and sparkled up the snow mound that she added.

Everything about this is so lovely, but especially the message! If we think of ourselves as snowflakes moving through life, we each shine in our own ways like the snowflake that Tamara highlighted on the front of her card, but it is when we stick together, like mounds of snow, that we truly accomplish!

Tamara will be back next Wednesday to share one last project as our November Guest Designer, so don't miss out! In the meantime, you can see more of her beautiful work at her gallery at Splitcoast Stampers.

Monday, November 17, 2014

November Challenge Inspiration -- Half-way Through!

We are halfway through our November Digi of the Month challenge. Have you played along? I see that a lot of you have, and it's so fun to see the variety of projects you've come up with using this month's set! If you haven't played yet, there is still plenty of time. This month's challenge will run through Sunday, November 30.

Here is a little "half-way through" inspiration for you today from some of our designers. Enjoy, and happy crafting!

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Inspiration is Everywhere

Especially if you look around our DT blogs! These ladies have been busy making some cute crafts to inspire you.

Have a blessed week! Come back tomorrow for Digi of the Month Inspiration.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Snowman Soup (Freebie!)

One of the most fun things about this time of year is the opportunity to make treats for others. Whether as a stocking stuffer or just as a little gift to cheer up someone special,  "Snowman Soup" is one of my favorites to make and share. To help you make some, too, I've added a new "Snowman Soup" digi set to the shop. It's currently available for FREE, through next Friday, November 21. Enjoy!

Never heard of "Snowman Soup?" It's a little kit that you put together (like the one shown at the top of this post) that is made up of a packet of cocoa, some marshmallows, and a peppermint stick. Then you tuck in a cute little poem to explain the theme of the kit. You can find all sorts of poems on the Internet. I wasn't sure about the legality of "borrowing" one of these for my digi set, though, so although it took me days (literally!), I finally was able to write a silly poem of my own.

Of course, this digi set doesn't have to be used to make "Snowman Soup." It would make cute cards and scrapbook pages, too. Here's a darling card that Carol - Happy Expressions made using it. Super sweet, don't you think?

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Ready for another sketch?!

It is another week in November so that means there is another Sketch Challenge at the Outlawz Challenge. Here is the sketch for this week's inspiration.

Here are Deedee's and Kathy's takes on the sketch:

Kathy D. - Puppy's Christmas

It is time to use black cardstock

That's right it's time to dust off the black cardstock and put it to use! We are sponsoring Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenge this week (Nov 12th - Nov 18th) which is Use Black Cardstock! Now I can use black cardstock without thinking about it until you TELL ME to use it then I draw a blank! Does that happen to anyone else? Well Deedee nailed it with her adorable Thanksgiving card!

After thinking and thinking this card came together in a flash once I figured out the sketch I was going to use!
Kathy D. - Dashing Through

Hope you will come play along with us!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving with Tamara Dixon

Every day is filled with blessings, large and small. Scripture instructs us to be thankful at all times, but it is still to fun to have a special day set aside each Fall for giving thanks, don't you think? For this week's share, our Guest Designer, Tamara Dixon, has created a gorgeous card celebrating this extra special day of Thanksgiving.

To make her card, Tamara used an image and sentiment from the "Autumn Blessings" set. She combined a gate fold with an easel layout.

Tamara used some of the glorious "Fall Harvest" papers by Tim Coffey (K & Company) to set the stage of her card, along with richly-colored cardstocks by Bazzill.  She cut out the image and sentiment pieces using the "Petite Ovals" and "Petite Scalloped Ovals" dies by Spellbinders. She also inked these pieces lightly around the edges, giving them a little visual "pop" along with a very elegant and polished look! Finally, Tamara accented the area around the sentiment piece with a few brown "baby bling" rhinestones by Want2Scrap. The final result is a "card" that is an delightful gift as well! Who wouldn't cherish having this to display on their mantel throughout the holiday?

Thank you, Tamara, for blessing us with your share today! To see more of Tamara's lovely creations, please stop back next Wednesday, or visit her gallery at Splitcoast Stampers.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Thank You to Our Veterans!

Today in the United States, we celebrate "Veterans' Day." Freedom does not come free, so I think it is awesome that we have a special day set aside to show our appreciation for those men and women who serve in the military (not to mention their families!) and who sacrifice so much every day to provide that freedom.

I've made a little card of thanks to share with you today. This was made with the image from the "Snow Thankful" set. This set will always be free in our shop, so that anyone who wants to can make and send their own cards of thanks. As a member of a family with many service veterans, I can tell you that those cards are very, very much appreciated.

To our veterans, an extra special thank you. May God bless and keep you and your loved ones today and every day!