Sunday, November 29, 2015

How Will You Get There?

Here's a fun challenge for you: over at the Outlawz CAS (Clean-And-Simple) challenge, they would love to see you craft something that represents the mode of transportation you'd use to travel to see family or friends for the holidays, or any other occasion. Your project must, of course, also be clean-and-simple in style, in keeping with the overarching theme of the challenge. Share your project over there, and you could win some digis for the holidays!

Now, in looking at our digi collections, I felt like we needed something special for this challenge. There are just so many fun ways to travel! So here's what I came up with..."Here Comes Christmas" available in our shop.

Several of our team members had fun playing with this one. Check our their marvelously cheery (but clean and simple!) holiday transportation creations, and don't forget to share your own this week over at the Outlawz CAS Challenge!

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Country Christmas Pop-Up (3-D Saturday)

Happy Saturday! We hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday, and that you didn't eat too much or tire yourself out too much with all of the great 'Black Friday' sales! The Christmas season has now officially begun, and to get us started, designer Melissa Craig has created an extra special Christmas card for our '3-D Saturday' share.

At first peek this card is totally adorable -- a sweet snowman wishing you a warm Christmas. Set against the vintage paper pattern, this evokes the clean elegance of snow and the woods in winter -- everything you need in a Christmas card to send your loved ones good wishes. But then you open it up, and...! A whole warm and wonderful Christmas scene! The fireplace and mantel pop up when you open the card. Melissa decorated it with a swathe of evergreen garland and Christmas candles. She even colored a warm glow behind the candles -- how sweet is that? The stockings are, naturally, hung with care above that beautiful fire. The greeting is cut from the same vintage-y, woodsy paper that was used on the front of the card. When I look at this scene, all I can think is what a happy surprise this will be for the recipient.

To make this special card, Melissa used the snowman, candle, and stocking images, along with a sentiment, from our "Country Christmas" digi set. This is one of our older sets, so it's especially fun to see a fresh take on using it. That just goes to show that digis never go out of style, just like loving, handcrafted Christmas greetings! :-)

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Sketchy Inspiration with Sweet Sketch Wednesday 2

This time of year, when the crunch is on to get those holiday cards made, it is always helpful, I think, to have a little extra inspiration. Sketches are especially helpful for that! The ladies over at Sweet Sketch Wednesday 2 have a great sketch on hand to help you out this week. Stop over and take a peek. If you use the sketch, be sure to link up over there for a chance to win some of our digis!

Faith created today's lovely sample to inspire you. She used elements from the "Polar Peace" set along with digital papers from the "Blue Christmas Kit." She did such a beautiful job coloring and shading the image -- one can practically feel the ice! The little pop of color from the yellow star is so fun! Don't you just love how she angled the "Merry Christmas" sentiment to fit on the star? So clever! :-)

Getting Ready for Christmas!

With less than a month now to go, it is now officially OK to start getting ready for Christmas! That is what the ladies over at the Crafting by Designs challenge blog are doing this week. How about you? If you, too, are paper-crafting in preparation for Christmas, be sure to link up your projects over at Crafting by Designs for a chance to win some digis!

Today's glorious cards by some of our Design Team members were definitely made in preparation for Christmas, and we hope that they will inspire you as you begin -- or continue -- your own Christmas preparations today. I have to say, I love all of the projects that our Design Team makes, and I get so excited about sharing them with you, but there is just something extra special about their Christmas cards, and all the tiny little details that they put into them are just exquisite! And rightly so -- the birth of our Saviour was an event -- and a gift -- like no other, and I love seeing how our teamies celebrate this in their crafting. I hope you, do, too. :-)

"Winter Church" digi set

Happy Thanksgiving!

A very HAPPY THANKSGIVINtoday to  all of our crafty friends in the United States, and to anyone else who chooses to celebrate this holiday today throughout the world. We are very thankful for your patronage, and for the gift of crafty inspiration and friendship that you bring us here at Deedee's Digis every day of the year. May God bless you and yours richly on this day and in the year to come. For those who are deployed away from family and friends, please know that you are in our prayers, and that we are so grateful for your service!

"Fall Warm-up" digi set

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Just hangin' around

It's Wednesday and that means another treat from our Guest Designer.  This month we have been honored to have Rene van Wyk of Life in the Craft LaneRene used Loads of Love for her card - I love the simplicity of her style - don't you?

Stop by and visit Rene at Life in the Craft LaneShe would love to hear from you!!!!

Rene, thank you for being a great Guest Designer for November.  We were thrilled to have you!!!

Be sure to stop by next week to meet our December Guest Designer.


Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Just a Few More Days to Play!

There are just a few days left to play in our November "Digi of the Month" challenge! Be sure to link up your creations made with the featured "Polar Peace" set by this Sunday in order to receive the December set for free! If you haven't got this set yet, now is the time to snag it -- with the 75%-off year-end pricing in our shop, the set costs just 31 cents! Yes, you read that right! ;-)

Now we've got a last little bit of inspiration for you from our team today. Have a peek!

Monday, November 23, 2015

Celebrating with Through the Craft Room Door!

The team at Through the Craft Room Door is celebrating their one-year anniversary, and throwing a blog hop along with many prizes to celebrate! How fun!!! We're very excited to be part of their celebration, among many other sponsors. Through the Craft Room Door is both a challenge blog, where the theme is always "anything goes," but it is also a wonderful digital magazine. Many paper crafters, including some from our own team, have been featured there, and it is a great source of inspiration. Be sure to stop over and take part in the festivities. You could win one of several prizes, and I guarantee the inspiration alone will make it worth your time!

Speaking of inspiration, here's a bit of birthday festivity to inspire you. Aren't these so much fun?!?

"Wish Big" digi set

Sunday, November 22, 2015

For What Are You Thankful?

It's Thanksgiving week here in the USA, and the ladies over at the Outlawz CAS challenge, where we are sponsoring, want to see what you are thankful a "clean and simple" way, of course!  A card of thankful Scripture praise...a thank you card for somebody who has done you a good turn...a scrapbook page of a memory for which you are thankful...any of these or any other way that you can think to craft what you are thankful for, in a clean and simple way, is welcome, and could win you some digis.

Here's how our teamie Kren Kurts interpreted this challenge. Green cardstock that she dry-embossed with thanksgiving words provide a sweet base for her quilty pumpkin (from the "Stitchy Fall" digi set). She added a little yellow bow for a pop of color,  a button, and voila -- a clean and simple but totally adorable card of thanks!

Teamie Donna Rinckel used the "Otterly Thankful" set to design her adorable thank-you card. The layout is classically clean and so pretty with the different papers she used. The sand-colored dry-embossed piece in the lower area of the card really makes the colors in the otter image pop. So darling! will you craft your thanks this week? We'd love to see! :-)

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Thankful For You! (Scrapbook Saturday)

What blessings are you the most thankful for in your life? With Thanksgiving coming up here in the United States, this is a topic that is without a doubt on many of our minds! For today's "Scrapbook Saturday" share, designer Melissa Craig shares something that she is incredibly thankful for -- her three children! As you can see in this sweet photo, Melissa's "little ones" still love to climb into her bed to snuggle -- even if they aren't so little these days. That doesn't leave much room, of course, for Melissa herself, but does that matter to her? Nope, not really -- not if it means quality snuggle time with her kids, and a precious photo to boot! Such is the way with moms. Our little ones grow far too quickly, so we snatch up every little moment like this we can get, hold them in our hearts, and thank God every day for them.

To frame this cherished photo, Melissa created a beautiful layout using elements from our "Leave Me Smiling" digi set. The paper ribbons and the leaves in the sentiment add just a touch of rich Fall color to accent the neutral background of this page. The creamy base, combined with the faux stitching, brings to mind a comfy old quilt, don't you think? What could be more perfect a cool Fall day of snuggling with the loves of your life, or for framing the memories of that time together? :-)

Thursday, November 19, 2015

75%-off Year-End Sale Thru December 31

Are You Stamps and More?

I always smile when I see that, like this week, we are sponsoring at "Addicted to Stamps and More." It's the title of their challenge blog that gets me. Who knew that an addiction could be so wholesome and fun?!? If you, like me, are addicted to "stamps and more" (oh yes -- stamps, papers, inks, ribbons, and so much more -- ha ha!) be sure to stop over and play this week. You can indulge your addiction in a healthy way (how often can you say that???) by making anything that your little heart delights, and maybe win some digis, too. That's right -- it's an "anything goes" challenge. Oh how fun! Here's what delighted the hearts of some of our team members. We hope that these creations delight you, too, today! :-)

"Raggedy Fall" digi set

"Stitchy Stars" digi set

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Christmas is coming!

It's one of my favorite Christmas Carols - Away In A Manger.  Such a simple song yet so beautiful packed with a powerful message.  This week Rene van Wyk, our November Guest Designer, has featured that song - and set called Away in a Manger.  

Christmas is just weeks away and she is getting ready to start sending out those cards.  She created her own background using metallic oil pastels to get a rustic look.  She doesn't think it's 100% successful but I sure do!  Don't you?  Why not stop by her blog - Life in the Craft Lane - and tell her...she would love to hear from you.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Halfway Through the November Digi of the Month Challenge!

My, my, how time does fly! Here we are, over halfway through the month already, and also halfway through our November "Digi of the Month" challenge! If you haven't joined in the fun yet, please do. All you have to do to play is make a wholesome using this month's featured set, and link it up to our challenge post before the deadline of Sunday, November 29. You'll get next month's featured set in your email just for playing -- fun!!! This month's featured set is "Polar Peace," and you can find it in our shop for just $1.25 this month, if you don't have it already. This is a great set for making Christmas and winter cards, tags, scrapbook pages, and more! A few of our designers had fun playing with this set this week, too. I love how different their creations are, even using the same set!!! One of the many wonderful joys of paper crafting, right? :-)

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Christmas Without Red or Green?!?

When you think of Christmas, which colors come to mind first? Red and green, for most of us! But not to the team at the Outlawz CAS challenge! This week they want us to create a Christmas project without using either of these two colors. Of course, since it's a CAS challenge, the design should also be "clean and simple." Clean and simple is challenging in and of itself, but throw in not using the classic colors of the season, and wow -- this is one to really challenge yourself with! With a chance at winning $15 of digis from our shop, of course, it's definitely a challenge worth taking! ;-)

Our very own Donna Rinckel is also a member of the Outlawz CAS team, and as you can see, she's created a gorgeous non-red-and-green Christmas card! Donna used an image from the "Ornamental Icy" digi set. She glittered up the silver areas of the ornament, and added a sweet bit of chain to give this dimension and to bring the ornament to life, all while keeping the card simple. So elegant, don't you think? It makes me want to pull out my Christmas decorations. Soon...soon!

Inspired by a Cupcake!

Cupcakes...who doesn't love them?!? Even those who are allergic to gluten and dairy products can find yummy recipes for them these days! Well, today, we aren't eating cupcakes, but rather being inspired by them! Over at the Cupcake Inspirations Challenge blog, where we are, naturally, sponsoring this week, you will find a very scrumptious cupcake photo. All you have to do to play along is craft something based off of the photo. Easy, right? Of course, you might need to bake yourself up a batch of cupcakes, too, afterwards, just to stave off the craving -- ha ha! Anyway, do hop over and take a peek, and play -- you could win some digis, and those are (almost?) as good as cupcakes! We've got a little inspiration on our end for you, too, of course, from our own DT member, Faith Anderson.

"Ugly Sweaters" digi set
"Stocking Pals" digi set

Faith was inspired by the color combination from the inspiration photo. She layered the Daniel image from our "Stocking Pal" set on to the blank sweater image from the "Ugly Sweaters" set. What a great idea! The glittery pine branch accents really make this festive, and this is such a fun and unique color combination for a Christmas card, don't you think?