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Sunday, January 25, 2015

Time to Get Girly with Allsorts Challenge

Time to get all girly and bring out the lace and pearls for the challenge at Allsorts Challenge Blog. Now this is a hard challenge for me but as you can see Tamara and Faith rocked it. If lace and pearls are your thing come play with us at Allsorts Challenge Blog. If they are not and you want to push yourself out of comfort zone, like I did, then this is your perfect excuse to come play with us.


Saturday, January 24, 2015

Best Teacher Ever (Scrapbook Saturday)

Where would we be without great teachers? Our children spend the bulk of their weekday hours in the care of their teachers, so it is such a blessing when those teachers give not only their time but their total devotion to educating, challenging, and inspiring them. When I think about all the things that a great teacher does just in the course of a single day, let alone a whole school year, I am truly astounded!

For today's "Scrapbook Saturday" share, designer Melissa Craig created a darling page to celebrate one such fabulous teacher. Melissa used elements from the "Coffee Cup Greetings" set (HERE for European Union residents and HERE for non-EU residents) to create this sweet layout. Don't you just love the soft look that the rounded corners give to the whole page? The pink, oval matte behind the coffee cup makes it stand out, and that pretty, white-patterned, lacy photo frame gives a little extra feminine feel to the layout. It also helps that precious picture of smiling, happy teacher and student to stand out. The sentiment on the coffee cup is Melissa's own -- "Best Teacher Ever!" Can you imagine how honored a teacher would feel to get a gift like this, or just to know that they had a place of honor in a child's scrapbook? :-)

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Sponsoring at Addicted to Stamps & More

Are you addicted to stamps and more? Well so are we! That's why it's exciting for us to be sponsoring this week at...Addicted to Stamps and More! The challenge theme this time around is "holidays." You could create something for a holiday, about a holiday, or even just featuring a holiday get-away. Be creative! Just don't forget to link up whatever you make to this week's challenge post over at Addicted to Stamps and More for a chance to win some of our digis!

Need some inspiration? We're always happy to oblige! :-)

Faith Anderson (Easter)

Kathy D. (Christmas)

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Cow Are You with Sarah Taylor

Do you have a pun-loving friend to whom you want or need to reach out? If so, our "Cow Are You" set (available HERE for European Union crafters or HERE for non-EU crafters) might be the one for you. This set is full of silly puns for many different occasions. And check out this fabulous sample made with this set by our January Guest Designer, Sarah Taylor!

Sarah used a fun combination of red, black, and white patterned papers and ribbons to create this card. She colored the baby calf image from this set to coordinate. Look at that little red-haired cutie she created! As always, Sarah's coloring is superb, and the various patterned elements she used, combined with the darling cow image, make for a visually stunning card. If that weren't fun enough, though, Sarah also made a little "shaker" feature on the front of the card using microbeads. So this card is not only fun to look at, but to play with as well. Who wouldn't want to get a card like this?

You can view more of Sarah's marvelous projects at her blog -- "Aunt Bee's Pickles." We'll also be sharing one last project by her here next Wednesday, so don't miss out!

Monday, January 19, 2015

Digi of the Month 3rd week Inspiration (FREEBIE ALERT)

Hello, crafty friends! This is your weekly reminder about and inspiration for our monthly challenge. This month we are offering the featured set -- "Ice Fishing" -- totally FREE to anyone who wants to download it from the shop. This is a great chance to join in our challenges.

Why join in our challenges? Well, every month we email the featured set to everyone who participated the previous month. So you get to collect quite a few free digis this way, just by making one project each month. Each month's set is different -- some include one image, some two or more. Some include papers, some don't. But they are always FREE to the previous month's participants! We also offer occasional twists such as prizes to be won, adding to the fun. This month, for example, we're offering a $10 gift code to the shop to anyone who participates, along with entry into an end-of-the-challenge drawing for a $50 gift code. So like I said, this is a great time to join in! :-)

Now some of our teamies made some samples to inspire you. We hope to be seeing what you make with this set soon, too!


Thursday, January 15, 2015

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Mr. & Mrs. with Sarah Taylor

"Mr. & Mrs."...that has a lovely ring to it, doesn't it? (No pun intended!) For today's share, our January Guest Designer, Sarah Taylor, has created a stunning "Mr. & Mrs." card using elements from the "Loads of Love" digi set (available HERE for our European Union customers and HERE for our non-EU customers).

Sarah started with a layered black and white cardstock base, giving the card a formal feel. She incorporated subtly-patterned love/wedding papers to set the theme. She then carried the color combination from these papers into her focal image, bringing this sweet scene of love to life! The sponged clouds and sky, not to mention the carefully brushed blades of grass, make for a beautiful backdrop to the hanging hats. Can't you just feel the warmth of the day she created here? And just look at the wonderful shading she achieved on the hats, especially the "Mrs." hat. Can you can see where she added bits of gray to indicate the little valleys in the brim? Very clever! The organdy-and-satin bow, and that precious wedding cake charm finish this off so elegantly, and leave no doubt as to the theme of the card. Whether for an engagement, wedding, or anniversary -- this card will no doubt be cherished by the loving couple!

To see more of Sarah's fabulous creations, be sure to visit her blog -- "Aunt Bee's Pickles." Of course, you can also stop back here next Wednesday when we'll be privileged to share another with you as well.

Monday, January 12, 2015

Challenge Inspiration

Have you played along with the January Digi of the Month challenge yet? If not, what's holding you back? This month's featured set is totally FREE in our shop (HERE for our non-EU followers and HERE for our EU followers), and anyone who plays along will receive a $10 gift code to spend in our shop, not to mention an entry into the drawing for a $50 gift code, and next month's set for free as well! If that's not incentive to play along, I don't know what is. You have until Sunday, February 1st to play along. Here's a fresh bit of inspiration to get you thinking. We can't wait to see what you make! :-)

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Cast Your Cares Away (Scrapbook Saturday)

Sometimes, especially after a long and busy week, you just need a little time off to relax and "cast your cares away." For today's Scrapbook Saturday share, designer Melissa Craig has created a darling page celebrating a little of that oh-so-precious time. The photo featured on her page today was taken by Melissa during a casual dinner with her daughter, Hollyanne, and Hollyanne's boyfriend, Johannes. I don't know about you, but I sure love those kind of casual dinners out with my family. Nobody has to cook or clean up, and we all just get to relax and talk and laugh together...great times! You can tell by the smiles on Hollyanne's and Johannes' faces that they are definitely having a great time out with Melissa, and it's wonderful that she was able to capture that.

To create this page, Melissa used elements from the "Ice Fishing" set, which is our January Digi of the Month and is currently available for FREE in the shop (HERE for non-EU residents and HERE for EU residents).  A white photo matte and white journalling create fantastic contrast against the jewel tones of the background and make the most important elements here -- the beautiful photo and journalling -- really stand out!

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Welcoming Faith Anderson to the Team!

We're excited to share that Faith Anderson, who was our Guest Designer in October, has joined our team! We look forward to sharing many more of her projects here in the months to come, along with those of the rest of our team. Welcome, Faith -- we're very blessed to have you! :-)

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

January Guest Designer: Sarah Taylor!

It's a new month, and time to meet our new Guest Designer for January. Please welcome Sarah Taylor!

Sarah was part of the original Deedee's Digis design team, when we first opened five years ago, and I had the joy of working with her again for a couple of years as part of the Clear Dollar Stamps team. Sarah has such a sweet, Christian spirit, not to mention a knack for bringing images to vivid life with her paper-piecing and coloring skills, and of always knowing just the perfect combination of papers and accessories to use to create something warm and wonderful.

For her first project share, Sarah has created a darling set of cocoa pouches.  To make these, Sarah used an image from the "Whole Latte Love" set (available HERE for our EU customers or HERE for our non-EU customers). She used a Kraft cardstock base for these, and printed the mug portion of the image on the same, which automatically, in my opinion, gives a warmth to the project. Some sweet shading with her markers and a little pop of red from the matte makes the cocoa cup stand out beautifully. I really like how Sarah shaped the pouches themselves, so that just the corner of the cocoa packets show, and how the colors of the cocoa packets coordinate with the colors that Sarah used for the pouches. Mini candy canes along with bits of jute twine and ribbon tie these packets closed and make the perfect finishing touches. Not only do the candy canes look adorable against the pouch, but they add something yummy to the cocoa if stirred in!

These cocoa pouches are such fun little treats to give, and you can make them up easily and keep them around for easy gift-giving throughout the winter season. With Valentine's Day coming up, they would be perfect to give to nieces and nephews, friends, or hey -- how about the mail carrier? I bet he or she would love to get a wonderful treat like this on a cold winter day! Thanks so much for sharing this idea with us, Sarah!

We'll have another sweet project by Sarah to share next Wednesday, so be sure to visit again then. But you don't have to wait to see more fabulous projects by her -- there's a whole pantry full of them at her blog -- "Aunt Bee's Pickles."

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Just a touch of Orange please!!

We are also sponsoring Fan-Tastic Tuesday today and their challenge is Just a touch of Orange (Must be a square or rectangle card). Orange is one of my favorite colors so I sooo wanted to play in this challenge but I just ran out of time. I'm so glad Tamara and Zella found time because there cards are adorable. Check them out!

Do you just not love that background paper for this!?!
But most importantly I love how it lets the image be center stage. Beautifully done!

Wouldn't this be a great card to give a child to encourage them along in their studies and let them know what a great job they are doing. The striped paper is perfect for a school themed card.

A touch of will you do that on your card? Link your card up to the challenge at Fan-Tastic Tuesday for a chance to win $15.00 to Deedee's Digis!

Anything Goes with Through the Craft Room Door

Today we are sponsoring two great challenges!! So we will start the day off with Through the Craft Room Door - Anything Goes Challenge! Check out the awesome inspiration from the Design Team.

Zella told me to pick one for the challenge but I couldn't just pick one! So I decided to showcase both! She has a way of picking out the perfect paper for the image...don't you agree! The doily pattern goes perfect for this Valentine's/Love card. And I don't think she could have found a better match for those grapes!

Look at how NanaConnie added an extra deer to the image...
why didn't I think of that!! Just clever and cute!

Oh this card can be used for so many different reasons...just because...non-traditional Valentine's card...the list goes on!  Oh and check out that paper piercing just the perfect touch to frame the image! 
Carol -
Pocket Pal Bunny - Non-EU Residents ONLY
Pocket Pal Bunny - EU Residents ONLY

Hope this has inspired you to take some crafty time out of your day.

Monday, January 5, 2015

Sponsoring Not Just Cards

I'm so excited that Deedee's Digis gets to stay open! What an answer to prayer. Deedee has been busy rearranging the shop...thank you for your patience with that. I have been busy re-setting up our sponsorships for challenges. We are continuing this year with sponsoring Not Just Cards Challenge. This is what they have to say about their challenge blog:
The theme will always be Anything Goes

We are a new group focusing on using digital stamps for Not Just Cards

The group was born out of a love for making other things using digital stamps and it felt like you were either a card-maker or a non-card maker the two worlds didn't seem to combine
So this group was set up for everyone!
We do hope to maybe get card makers trying out non card things and non card makers trying out cards!
We welcome anything handmade – cards are more than welcome
You don’t need to use a stamp (digital or real)
Your project can be real or digital
We just want to see your creations
and hope you join in with something other than cards
 but you don't have to.

 Well, I ran out of time to get more creative than a card so I have a traditional card. Good thing they are about no stress and take cards too! This is a real neat challenge blog because they just want to bring the fun back to creating. No rules and if you want to be challenged you can do that not making a card if that is what you usually make....or if you make altered art all the could make a card!


There is a $15.00 gift code to the store for one lucky participant in their challenge. So come play with us...will you be challenged or go with what you are comfortable with?

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Thoughts on VAT and Respecting the Decisions of Digital Artists

Since announcing that we found a way to keep Deedee's Digis open for business, I've had a lot of inquiries from other digital artists requesting source info. To be honest, I did a ton of research on this, including talking with the financial gurus in my life, and encourage all other artists to do the same for their own peace of mind before making any decisions. Still, I am always happy to help, so here are two of the most straight-forward links about the VAT tax/digital services issue, and that ultimately helped me decide how to move forward:

Sadly, I've also been hearing a lot about how other digi artists are being "pressured" and in some cases outright "bullied," based on my decision, to follow suit. Dearest crafty friends, I ask that you please not do this! Share the information and the links that I've provided, by all means, but please understand and respect that what might be workable and "right" for me may not be for another artist.

Running a digi business is not easy to start with, let alone trying to reconfigure one's whole business -- and, yes, in some ways, one's life! -- around these complicated laws. The solution that I've decided on is one that works for me, based on my time availability, the financial commitments that I have, and the capabilities of the software that runs my shop site. But it should not be assumed that any other artist has the same perfect combination of circumstances, or that even if they did, they would feel that this is the right solution for them.

I won't harp on about this, dear friends, as it's not what this blog is about, but I do ask that you please consider what I've said, and be respectful at all times and in all ways of the rights of other digital artists to decide for themselves what is right for them.

Wishing you a blessed start to your week!


Saturday, January 3, 2015

Just Finishing or Just Starting

The challenge at Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge that starts today is Anything Goes - Christmas. So if you finished a last minute project and haven't posted it yet OR you want to get a start on next year's Christmas cards, this is the challenge for you! If you enter the challenge you will have a chance to win $15.00 in digis, and with 75% off digis right now that is a lot of digis!! So come over and play with us!

I'm sure you still have stuff on your desk that you can use to make one last Christmas card and be one ahead for next year!

Thursday, January 1, 2015

We Found a Way to Stay OPEN!!!

Dear Crafty Friends,

Oh my goodness what a hectic last few days this has been!!! So much research and prayer, and sounding out ideas, and more research and LOTS more prayer and listening for God's will in this. But long story short, we have found a way to keep the shop OPEN!!! The bottom line is this: the new VAT tax laws only apply to downloads. The EU government buried it deep within obscure documentation, but we were able to confirm, finally, that digi files that are emailed to customers are NOT subject to the taxes!'s what needs to happen for this to work. Within our main shop there will need to be two mini shops -- one for our European Union customers, and one for our non-EU customers. The EU shop will contain all the same products as the non-EU shop, but they will be labeled as "EU Version" in the listings, and as "Physical" products behind-the-scenes. This means that EU customers will still be able to shop with us, but your digis will have to be emailed to you. Our non-EU customers will still be able to download digis directly. 

This change will require some patience on the part of our non-EU customers, but I hope you will feel it is worth it to still have the digis available to you. Simply put, I won't always be able to email you the files immediately upon purchase. As a busy wife and mom, I do sometimes have to be away from my desk -- LOL! But I do promise -- barring true emergencies -- to get them to you within 24 hours of purchase, OK? Even if I have to be away, I will make arrangements so that happens.

Getting the shop to work this way is going to take a lot of rebuilding, so please expect the shop to be under construction for a bit. Like I said, I need to have two duplicate shops inside the one, and from the bit of fiddling I did last night, there is just no low-time way to accomplish this. To that end, I probably won't have any new digis available until next month, save the February Digi of the Month. And yes -- there will be a February Challenge complete with a new set!

Now I'm sure some of you are wondering, so I'll answer: yes, the 75% off sale will still continue thru the end of January. I made that offer and will stick by it. Prices will go back to normal February 1st. Likewise, the January Digi of the Month will remain free to everyone, and those of you who join our January "Digi of the Month Challenge" will still receive a $10 gift code to the shop for playing. But you'll also get a new digi set at the end of the month, and how cool is that?

Before I close, I want to say a huge, heart-felt thanks to all of you who sent up prayers on my behalf to find a way to stay open, and to the many of you who were so kind and encouraging these last couple weeks. God heard you, and He made a way, and I'm so grateful.

Wishing you all a very happy New Year!

A new challenge blog - Crafty Artisans

*The original post was modified*

It appears the challenge blog is having technical difficulties. So we will just show off our wonderful creations for your viewing pleasure.

I did anything goes and made a Christmas gift box.

Time With You (Non-EU Residents ONLY)
Time With You (EU Residents ONLY)

She was inspired by the colors, rock pattern and keys! How cute is this!! 

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Thank You Set with Pippa Price

Once the Christmas season of giving ends, the time for thank you note writing begins! For her last project share as our December Guest Designer, Pippa Price has created a wonderful "thank you" set to inspire you.

Using just her computer and elements from the "Handmade Happiness" set (available HERE for non-EU residents and HERE for EU residents), Pippa designed and printed this sweet set of notes, notelets, and coordinating envelopes. She used one of the digital patterned papers from this set as the background for each piece, adding pretty white frames in the centers. She accented each piece with the same pre-colored mouse image, and added the "Thank you kindly!" sentiment to the notes and notelets. She then printed everything out. Super easy to make, but also super cute, don't you think? Pippa reminds us that although she didn't hand-color the images herself this time, the option is always there with digis, as is the ability to add additional layers and trims to make these more complex, depending on your crafting style. You could make these to keep and use yourself, or as a gift set for someone else.

We are so thrilled to have had Pippa as our Guest Designer this past month (thank you, Pippa!), and hope that you've gotten a lot of crafty inspiration from her delightful collection of projects. Although her time with us is over, please remember that you can visit her blog -- "Views from the Craft Room" -- for ongoing inspiration!

Monday, December 29, 2014

January Digi of the Month Challenge (Freebie & Prizes!)

**Please note that this post has been modified from the original.**

It's time for a new Digi of the Month challenge! We had thought that this would be our last challenge, but in light of recent discoveries and -- praise God! -- finding a way to keep our shop open, we will have a February challenge after all!  Still, we have some fun twists this month, as promised. But first, take a peek at this month's featured set -- "Ice Fishing." Who knew sitting out on the ice waiting could be so much fun?!?

And now those twists!

  1. This set is FREE to download from our shop for everyone this month, whether you participated in the December challenge or not (find it HERE for non-EU residents and HERE for EU residents)
  2. Anyone who participates in this month's challenge will receive a $10 gift code to the shop. With our current rock-bottom sales prices, you should be able to have a bit of fun shopping with that! Play as many times as you like, and we'll send you a $10 gift code each time, BUT each entry must be unique, and shared in a separate post on your blog or gallery.
  3. Everyone who plays along this month will be entered into a drawing for a $50 gift code to the shop. Again, each time you play, you'll be entered into the drawing.
  4. Finally, as usual, everyone who plays along with this month's challenge will receive next month's featured set for free at the end of the challenge.

So there you go -- fun, fun, and more fun! A few of our designers made sweet cards to inspire you to create something wonderful with this set. 

Now, of course, it's your turn! To join this month's challenge, please make any wholesome project using this set (it doesn't have to be a card!) and then link directly to your project using the linking gadget at the bottom of this post by 11:55 pm Pacific Time on Sunday, 1 February 2015. We will email the $10 gift codes to participants as your projects are linked (please allow a 24-hour turn-around time), and announce the winner of the $50 gift code here on the blog on Monday, 2 February. We'll email next month's set to all of this month's participants that same day.