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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Swimming Like There's No Tomorrow



Sometimes in life, we just have to go with the flow, and others we have to swim like there's no tomorrow! Remember, God always has plans for us, even when things seem tough. When we face the challenges He sets before us, we grow and prosper in spirit, courage, faith, and, as my Gram used to put it, "intestinal fortitude." Though we know this to be true, it can be tough to persevere at times without a little -- or a lot -- of encouragement. Thank God for the blessing of friends and family who help us along!

For today's share we have a wonderful card of encouragement, created by Marji Franklin (a.k.a. "Tiggerscraps.") Marji made this using elements from the "Go With the Flow" set. You can see that Marji is adventurous in her crafting, as this card folds and unfolds in several different ways. I never can seem to get the hang of making these. Each new way that you open this card reveals more fun details -- wow!






This is a true showpiece, but more importantly, it is a source of incredible encouragement, and will be a huge blessing to whomever receives it!

Monday, August 25, 2014

Last Week of Our August Challenge

It's the last week to join in our August challenge! We have a last little bit of inspiration for you from our designers, but first, let's find out who our latest weekly winner in our month-long Anniversary celebration is! This week's winner, as determined by random draw is:

#13...Sarah W.!

Congratulations, Sarah! You've won your choice of any one set from our shop. Please email Deedee at deedeesdigis@gmail.com with your choice, and she will send it directly to you.

Now as I said, it's the last week to join this month's challenge. You have until Sunday evening at 11:55 PM Pacific Time to make and link a project made with this month's featured set -- "Monkey Business" -- in order to receive next month's set for FREE! We'll also be drawing one more weekly winner of one digi set and the Grand Prize winner of 5 digi sets next Monday, so don't miss out!

Here are a few last cards to help inspire you, created by our designers. Happy crafting, and we look forward to seeing your own projects! :-)








Friday, August 22, 2014

A Hayride!



Are you all ready for Fall? The calendar says we've got a month left still of Summer, but here in California, at least, the seasons seem to be running ahead of schedule. Fall is my favorite time of year, for so many reasons, not the least of which is all the fun activities associated with it, like hayrides!

For today's share, we have a delightful hayride-themed card made by Mary H. ("Carolina Cards"). Mary used the new "Hayride" set to create this. Look at that lucky little crow! How fabulous to have a friend like this sweet scarecrow to give him a lift! Mary set the backdrop for this scene using the leafy paper from the set, accenting with a little of the gingham print. The inky spongeing she did around the edges of the image and sentiment pieces give them a wonderful weathered look that speaks so perfectly of Fall.

Ah, Fall...I can't wait! How about you? :-)

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Not Just a Story



I have always been a reader. I especially love to read about history. I know that many people feel history is boring, but to me it's just about people, and people, I think, are always interesting. Their actions and motivations...characteristics and cultures...well, who needs "reality" TV when there are so many amazing stories about real people to be read?!? One of my favorite histories to read, of course, is that of Jesus Christ. Whether or not you are Christian, I highly recommend picking up the Bible and reading about Him sometime, as His life was incredibly fascinating. In my mind, the story of His life is the greatest story ever told, and best of all, it's true!

The true story of Jesus Christ was my inspiration in creating "The Story" digi set, and the basis of today's share by our newest designer, Gail Scott. Gail put so much into this, and I love the combination of rustic and royal elements that she used. It fits so well with the dichotomy of who Jesus was: the son of God -- the King of Kings -- and yet, a man, and one of humble birth and means at that. Truly an amazing card in honor of the most amazing man! :-)

Monday, August 18, 2014

Challenge Inspiration & Another Winner!



It's that time of the week! Time for some fresh inspiration for our challenge winners, AND time to choose another weekly winner for our month-long Anniversary celebration! First...the inspiration!

Today's share using the August Digi of the Month -- "Monkey Business" -- was made by Lynn Hayes. This is such a fun little card! At first glance, it seems "clean and simple," but the more you look at it, the more of the special details that Lynn put into this you will see. The playful way the image piece is placed off-center from its matte...the paper piercing around the matte...the stitching along the edges of the background paper...the clever shape of the greeting piece. A delightful card indeed!

If you haven't joined in this month's challenge yet, there is still plenty of time. Don't forget that this month's challenge is a FREE-FOR-ALL, too -- meaning that you can get one of the images from this month's set for free and join in the fun. If you make something with it, and link it up to our challenge post before the challenge deadline, you will get next month's set for free!

And now, it's time to announce this week's winner of one set of their choice from our shop! Congratulations to...

#16 -- Tamara D.!

Woo-hoo for Tamara! Tamara, please contact Deedee at deedeesdigis@gmail.com to claim your set!

We'll draw another winner from among our challenge players next Monday, so keep on playing! :-)

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Happy Birthday



Every day is somebody's birthday. I never can quite wrap my mind around that thought, but the proverbial "they" say it's true! If today is your special day, happy birthday!

For today's share we have a darling birthday card made by Rhonda Miller. Rhonda used elements from the "Triple Scoop" set to make this. I love how she colored the octopus, and the colors of her papers are so cheery, and would work for either a boy (man) or girl (woman)! The little metal accents around the "Happy Birthday" sentiment are just the right amount of "something" to finish this off. Super cute, and guaranteed to make somebody's birthday extra special!

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Back to School?!?



It's one of my favorite times of year -- Back-to-School! Can you believe it?!? Although growing up we never returned to school from summer break until after Labor Day, here in Northern California the kids now return mid-August. How about yours? This year is going to really be an adventure for our family, as for the first time ever, our girls will be at separate schools. Tonight our older daughter has her High School orientation, and then the fun begins. Bring it on! :-)

Clearly I'm not the only one who has "back-to-school" on the brain, as I've seen a surge of school-themed projects from our designers. So how about we share some today?

This first card was made by Carol Longacre, using elements from the new "High School Daze" set. Carol laid this out in such a playful way, and the "binder paper" makes a fantastic backdrop! The little ruler and glue embellishments are super cute, and tie this all together so neatly. It's everything you need for school, all in one adorable card!



Here's another fun one by Judith Wright, made with the new "School or Bust" set. Doesn't the "cloud" of sentiments and doodles that Judith added to this make you feel like you're back in school? It sure does me! Every notebook I ever owned looked like this -- what a fun memory Judith has inspired!

Whether you or your kids or grandkids start this month or next, we wish everyone a happy, successful back-to-school!!!

Monday, August 11, 2014

A Goodbye, a Hello, Some Inspiration, & Our First Winner!

Happy Monday! We've got a lot to share with you today!

First off, we are saying, "happy trails," today to designer Cynthia Margaron. We are sad that she is moving on, and will miss seeing her beautiful projects, but wish her well with future endeavors.

But today is not just about goodbyes -- it's also about hellos! Please welcome our newest designer, Gail Scott! Gail is an active challenge participant, so no doubt you have seen her lovely cards and tags around blogland. She is also a fellow sister in Christ, and we are very blessed to have her joining our team. Welcome, Gail!


Now, Monday is our usual "challenge inspiration" day, and we've definitely got some of that for you, too. But before we share the fabulous creations our designers have made to inspire you, we have a winner to announce! As explained last week at the start of the August challenge, we are celebrating our 1st Anniversary of being back in business this month. As part of our celebration, each week we will draw one random winner from this month's challenge participants who will receive their choice of any one set from our shop.  So our first weekly winner is...

#8 -- Alison B.!

Congratulations, Alison! Please email Deedee at deedeesdigis@gmail.com with your choice of any one set from our shop, and she will get it to you ASAP.

If you played along last week and didn't win, there are still several more chances! :-) We'll be choosing a winner at the end of each challenge week, as well as a Grand Prize winner at the end of the month. You can even enter more than once, as long as each entry is part of a separate blog or gallery post. So keep those challenge creations coming!



And now --  finally! -- some fresh inspiration for our challenge players this week! This first card is by Zella Turley. Zella used the outline image of the monkeys in the barrel from this month's featured set -- "Monkey Business" -- to create this, bringing it to life with her own coloring. Isn't the wood texture in the background fantastic? And how about that pom-pom rick-rack she added? Super cute, Zella!


This little darling was made by NanaConnie. NanaConnie used the pre-colored image, along with a sweet layout to make this birthday card. This card has such a lovely "fresh" feel to it, with the use of all the white and just the little bits of aqua accents. Beautiful, NanaConnie!

Now you know the drill -- it's your turn to share your challenge creations! If you didn't earn this set by playing along last month, you can still join in for FREE this month. Click HERE to find out how! :-)

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Scrapbook Saturday: Smile!



Parenting comes with a lot of challenges. At times, trying to keep a child fed, clothed, healthy, happy, and on a morally upright path through life can take so much out of us! But then, just as we're ready to cry, "Uncle," something amazing happens! A smile graces that child's face, and in that smile we see the culmination of all of our hard work, our reason for being, and suddenly, it's all better! Thank God for the amazing blessing of those smiles!

For today's Scrapbook Saturday share, Melissa Craig has made a page capturing some of her children's precious smiles. She used elements from the new "Picture Perfect" set to create this page. The playfulness of the layout really emphasizes the joy of seeing those smiling faces. I'm telling you, you can't see these sweet, smiling faces and not smile back and think, "Yes, God is good!" See what I mean? :-)

Monday, August 4, 2014

August Digi of the Month Challenge with TWISTS!!!



It's the start of August, and besides being time to start our newest Digi of the Month challenge, it also happens to be the one-year anniversary of our being back in business! Woo-hoo! To celebrate, we've added a couple of fun TWISTS to this month's challenge. But first, the basics:

This is a monthly progressive freebie challenge. You can purchase this month's featured set  -- "Monkey Business" -- for just $1.25 in our shop, or get it for FREE with any $10 purchase of Deedee's Digis products. NOTE: Deedee will email this set to you after payment clearance of your qualifying purchase. Create and share any wholesome project made with this set by the challenge deadline, and we will send you next month's featured set for FREE. Keep playing, and keep collecting freebies -- it's as easy as that! :-)  

Twist #1 -- FREE-FOR-ALL!
This month is a FREE-FOR-ALL challenge! As you can see, the featured set is "Monkey Business," and while last month's players received the whole set, we're offering this image from the set to anyone else who would like to join in. When you make and link up a project using our Digi of the Month, you get the next month's featured set for free! This is a great chance to join in and start collecting new, FREE digis each month!

To download this digi, first click on it to access the full-size image. Then right-click on the image and select Save As... or Save Image As... to save the digi to your computer. Please note that, while currently offered as a "freebie," this image remains copyrighted to Deedee's Digis, and is subject to our Terms of Use and Angel Policy


   

Twist #2 -- PRIZES!
Each Monday throughout this challenge, we will select one winner by random draw from our challenge participants to-date. The winner of each weekly draw will receive their choice of any one digi set from our shop. (Limit: one weekly win per challenge participant. All participants up to the date of each drawing will be included, unless they have already won.) Then, at the end of the month, we will choose one Grand Prize winner who will receive their choice of any five digi sets from our shop. All participants from throughout the month, including our weekly winners, will be entered for the Grand Prize draw. You can enter more than once, but each entry must be a separate share on your blog or gallery, please.

So you see, there are lots of reasons to play along this month!!!

Here are some fun creations that our designers made with "Monkey Business" to inspire you.













Now it's your turn! To join this month's challenge, please make any wholesome project using this set, and then link directly to your project using the linking gadget at the bottom of this post before 11:55 pm Pacific Time on Sunday, 31 August 2014. We will email next month's featured set to all those who participate at the end of this challenge. We can't wait to see what you all make!

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Dashing Through to Let You Know...



Hello, crafty friends! You've probably noticed that things have been a bit quiet around here lately. I've been ill, and just haven't had the energy to keep up. I hope to be on the mend soon. To that end, though, I wanted to let you all know that our August release is going to be a week later than usual (new sets will be added to the shop on Friday, August 8). I just need a little extra time this month to pull things together. Our August "Digi of the Month Challenge" will start on time this coming Monday as announced, and I promise it will be worth the wait for new digis! :-)

Now, since we started the month with the release of our newest Christmas sets, it seems fitting to end the month with a lovely little Christmas card. This festive piece was created by Mary H., using the "Dashing Through" set. Mary really brought this silly scene to life with all of the details she added, including glittery snow, and flocking on the penguins' head gear! Looking at this almost makes me want to skip the next few months and go straight to Christmas...almost!


Monday, July 28, 2014

Last Week for the July Digi of the Month Challenge!



Here it is -- the last week to participate in the July Digi of the Month challenge. I've got the August set ready and waiting to send to anyone who participates by the deadline (Sunday, 2 August), so don't miss out!

We've got a last bit of inspiration for our July featured set -- "So Cool" -- from Stephanie Wright. What a fun layout Stephanie used, and the variety of textures she incorporated add such wonderful visual interest to this! The simple sentiment -- "Hello" -- really conveys the versatility of this image, too. It's not just for summer!

So what will you make with this set? We look forward to seeing! ;-)


Friday, July 25, 2014

Handmade Happiness


Hello, crafty friends! We've reached the end of another week, and I'm sure you are eager to get on with your weekends. So we have just a quick share today of a darling card made by Sandy Domelle to inspire your weekend crafting. Sandy used the pre-colored image and a sentiment from the "Handmade Happiness" set to create this. Even though she used a pre-colored image, Sandy definitely made this her own! Look at the fun way she colored the background "air" around little Melia Mouse, and the sweet pattern she added to her dress. So adorable, and so in keeping with the theme of this set -- happiness is handmade! :-)

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Keep Calm and Eat Ice Cream!


Sometimes ice cream is the answer! :-)

For today's share, we have a delicious card made by Danielle Vincent using our new "Triple Scoop" set. Danielle combined the pre-colored image and one of the printable papers on the front of the card, and then carried the theme through to the inside, using one of the sentiments that is also included in the set. Everything about Danielle's card is just so adorable! I especially love the die cut word she added to the front -- "Yum." That sums this card up perfectly!


By the way, the set that she used for this -- "Triple Scoop" -- is currently available for FREE at our shop, but only thru the end of the day tomorrow, Thursday, July 24. Be sure to stop by and "scoop" it up!

Monday, July 21, 2014

Challenge Inspiration Week 4



Happy Monday! I hope you had a very relaxing weekend. I did nothing of consequence for the first time in months, and am feeling so refreshed. Aren't weekends wonderful that way?

Today I have some inspiration for our Digi of the Month challenge players. Our team has made so many wonderful projects this month, and I just had to join in the fun! So here's a cheery little birthday card that I made using this month's featured set -- "So Cool." I used the precolored image, along with some fun papers from my scraps stash. I love having extra birthday cards on-hand, and this one came together so quickly!

If you haven't discovered our Digi of the Month challenges yet, you are missing out! Each month we offer a featured set that is available in our shop for just $1.25 (or FREE with your purchase of $10 or more). Make a project using this set and link it up to our challenge post, and you'll get the next month's featured set for FREE! This is a great way to build your digi collection at little to no cost, plus it gives you something fun to look forward to each month. What have you got to lose? ;-)

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Scrapbook Saturday: Let It Snow!



The funny thing about weather is that we always seem to be wishing for whichever form of it we don't have at the moment. If it's freezing cold outside, we wish for sunshine, and when it's hot as an oven outside, we wish for snow. Well, we can't do anything to actually change the weather for you, but we can give you a delightfully snowy scrapbook page to look at today!

For this week's "Scrapbook Saturday" share, Melissa Craig has captured sweet memories of her daughter on a snowy day. Melissa used papers, images, and a sentiment from the new "Snowflakes" set to create this beautiful page. The metallic-looking border and sentiment frame set off the blues in these pre-colored images so beautifully, and coordinate so well with little Hollyanne's snow jacket. The greeting frame even looks like it has a touch of snow on it -- so sweet!

Ah...I'm feeling cooler already! How about you? :-)

Friday, July 18, 2014

A Freebie Because It's Friday!



I don't know about you, but I've had a crazy week! It's been one of those weeks  -- you know, the kind where one just feels so blessed to have made it to Friday? To celebrate, I've added a new FREEBIE to the shop! "Triple Scoop" will be available to download for free at our shop thru the end of the day Thursday, July 24.  I'm going to have some fun relaxing this evening and playing with it, and yes, I will probably eat ice cream while I do so -- ha ha! Wishing you a terrific weekend! :-)

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Dog Days of Summer



Did you know that "Dog Days of Summer" refers to an actual period of time each summer? Apparently it refers to a period of about 20 days before and 20 days after the alignment of the "Dog Star" (Sirius) with the sun, from about July 3 to August 11 (source: Infoplease.com). In olden days, this time frame was typified by "sultry" days and nights, along with lots of "discomfort," thus the common usage of the term to refer to the hottest days of the season. You learn something new every day, right?

Speaking of the "Dog Days of Summer," we have a fun share today featuring our set of the same name! Lynn Hayes has created this darling card featuring two hot dogs who have found a way to keep cool. Lynn colored the image beautifully, bringing in the warm colors of the season. I especially love how she colored the dog in the pool, with his adorable spots! The die-cut sun really brings this fun scene together perfectly.

Wherever you are in the world, I hope you are keeping comfortable today! If nothing else, you can follow these darling dogs' examples and drag out the wading pool -- the kids won't mind, trust me! ;-)