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Thursday, September 3, 2015

Embossing with Crafty Gals Corner

What's your favorite paper crafting technique? Mine is definitely embossing, hands-down! I love the dramatic effects that one can get with embossing powder and a heating tool...with a stylus and a template...with an embossing machine and a folder...there are so many possibilities! Ooh that's really got my mind running with ideas now -- ha ha! If your mind is running with ideas, too, be sure to stop over and share what you make this week the gals at Crafty Gals Corner. If your mind isn't full of possibilities yet, well, you should still stop over there and get some inspiration! We are sponsoring the challenge, of course, so there's a chance of a digi prize in it for you. :-)

Before you start your embossing extravaganza, check out this beauty of a sample that Carol Longacre made to share with you. Carol put so many fun details into this, from the cloudy sky to that darling frog accent. But best of all, her embossing goes perfectly with the pattern on the giraffe image from our "Go Wild" digi set. Who wouldn't love to get this in their mailbox?




Wednesday, September 2, 2015

September Guest Designer - Welcome Ruth!!

It's the first Wednesday of September which means it's time to introduce our September Guest Designer.  Please help me welcome Ruth of Tip Top Toppers Things as our new Guest Designer!!!  You'll be amazed by her work - I certainly am!

A little bit about Ruth:


I live in Lancashire, UK and have been crafting for a long time but my main interest is papercrafting.I currently design for Polkadoodles and Dr Digi and I'm part of the Design Team for Simply Create Too.  I single handedly run Crimbo Crackers - a fortnightly Christmas themed challenge blog.  I previously designed for Funky Hand, Jellypark and Dude Time Doodles before they closed. I'm mum to two boys who keep me very busy with their sporting activities (football and go-karting) and I work full time in a very demanding role so papercrafting is my escape time.

I started cardmaking after making my own Wedding stationery 15 years ago and it's sort of snowballed from there!  I don't have a craft room or dedicated work area so have to keep the mess to a minimum.  I primarily use digital stamps and papers as these take up less space and I can print what I want when I want and have an endless supply.  Although I do have quite a large stash of physical papers!  I enjoy colouring and more often than not use Promarkers and Flexmarkers and sometimes Aquamarkers or watercolour pencils.  I enjoy using die cuts in my creations and my trusty old and well used Sizzix Original Red machine keeps me going although it is limited to die size

For this week Ruth is celebrating our  bit of summer by using Grillin' & Chillin'.  I'm thinking I need to BBQ now:


Stop by and visit Ruth at Tip Top Toppers ThingsShe would love to have you visit and leave her some love!!

Be sure to come back next week when Ruth will have us reaching for the stars!
 







 

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Feeling Sketchy?

Are you feeling "sketchy" this bright and beautiful Tuesday morning? If so, pop on over to the Feeling Sketchy blog, where they have a brand new layout for you to play with, and a chance for you to win some of our digis. Their Design Team has also made some amazing projects from the sketch to share with you. I love seeing how different people interpret the same sketch, don't you? They went a lot of different directions with it, and every project came out so great!


Here's what I made with the sketch. The background paper, image, and sentiment are from the "Raggedy Fall" digi set. I couldn't find eyelets that I thought matched the papers well, so I went with brads instead, and wrapped the twine around the brads. It still gave me the laced-up kind of feel that the sketch has, I think, and coordinates with the rag-doll, too. Not the best light on this, sorry -- my scanner broke when we updated our operating system. Another thing to add to the never-ending to-do list -- ha ha!


Monday, August 31, 2015

Outlawz Greeting Challenge

(If you're looking for the September DOM Challenge post, please scroll down.)

It's time for a new Greeting Challenge over at Outlawz! This time around, the theme is "Anything Goes," as long but you must include a greeting/sentiment. "Anything goes" challenges are especially nice this time of year. The seasons are changing, and sometimes one is in a Summer mood still but other times thinking more on Autumn. Then of course, there are all the non-seasonal occasions that come along for which one needs cards, scrapbook pages, and gift items!

Here are a couple of fun projects created by our teamies to inspire you in this challenge.  You can find more inspiration, of course, over at Outlawz! :-)






September Digi of the Month Challenge

Ah, Autumn...it's almost here! It's my favorite time of year, for many reasons, so I've come up with something autumn-ish for you to play with in this month's Digi of the Month Challenge -- "Leaf Your Cares Behind."


Yes, I know -- an elephant playing in leaves? How silly! Well, sometimes we need a little silly in our lives, don't you think? :-)

If you participated in last month's challenge, you should have already received this set in your email. (If you participated but didn't receive the set, please contact us at deedeesdigis@gmail.com -- sometimes things do go wrong with email). If you did not participate in last month's challenge, you can still purchase this set for just $1.25 this month at our shop. You can find it HERE.

Some of our designers made projects to help get you thinking about how you might use this set. We'll have more inspiration throughout the challenge as well, so be sure to check back!




(Outside of Card)

(Inside of Card)




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 by 23:55 (11:55 pm) Pacific Time on Sunday, 27 September 2015. If you are inspired to make more than one project we would love to see them all...no limit on the number of times you can enter! You must make at least one project and link it up below to get next month's featured set emailed to you. We can't wait to see what you all make!

If you are new to our "Digi of the Month" challenges, it's not too late to join in the fun! This is a monthly progressive freebie challenge. You can purchase this month's featured set 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 $10 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!

Friday, August 28, 2015

Simply Papercraft

As the challenge name says it all Simply Papercraft is all about just creating and posting it on their blog. It is anything goes challenge and as long as you made a paper craft project it can be entered into the challenge. Deedee's Digis is sponsoring the 2 week challenge that started today so if you enter a project you will have a chance to win a $15.00 gift code to the store!!!

Kren's card is perfect for all the summer colds that are going around. Please don't share with me...you can keep it to yourself this time!! :)





Marji made an adorable scrapbook page to show off pictures of when her 5 year daughter plays dress up! I never thought to use this digi that way but it is PERFECT!


Lynn made up one last card to REMIND YOU that you have until SUNDAY (2 days) to get a project made with the Digi of the Month set entered into the challenge so you will get next month's image for FREE!!
Lynn
Digi of the Month - Seasonal Baskets



The weekend is here!! Hope you plans to play in your craft room at least for a little bit!


Thursday, August 27, 2015

Word Art Wednesday

This week Deedee's Digis is sponsoring Word Art Wendesday and if you play along you will have a chance to win a $15.00 gift code to the store.  They give out a FREE Scripture Word Art and you can use it if you like but you don't have to. The challenge is Anything Goes as long as it's family-friendly, and uses an encouraging or uplifting sentiment. 

I decided to play along this week and used the digital image In Season 


Thanks for stopping by today and hope you have a blessed day!

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

A Little Somthing Sweet

I love ice cream.  I could eat it every day...and even for breakfast.  I mean gee, it is dairy right?  This week Jean, our August Guest Designer, decided to use the ice cream image from A Little Something.  Doesn't her card look just yummy???


She decided not to use a sentiment on the card so that it could be used for just about anything.  What a fun card!  And I love the paper pattern too!  And if you look real close you'll be able to see the sticky embossing and fine glitter she used on the whipped cream - LOVELY!

I asked Jean what her favorite technique was....her answer:  I love learning new things, so my favorite is always the one I am doing right now.

Be sure to visit Jean at Tangle Street Colorway to see her marvelous creations and for more details about her cards.  She also has two other blogs and you can find the links on her blog.

Jean, thank you so much for sharing your talent with us!  We have been truly blessed by you!!!!

Be sure to come back next week to meet our September Guest Designer.




Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Oh the lazy days...




I wish I had a few lazy days just to sit next to the ocean and have a few drinks! I'm jealous of Faith's pig and want to join him! Faith made this adorable card to play along at Crafty Girlz Challenge #6 which is Lazy Days. The challenge runs for a month so you have until September 14th to play along. Deedee's Digis is the sponsor so you will have a chance to win a $25.00 gift code to the store.

Hope you have a wonderful lazy week!


Monday, August 24, 2015

Last week for August DOM

Hello! Happy Monday to you all. I'm here to remind you that this is the last week for the August DOM. You have until Sunday, 8/30/15, at 11:55 pm Pacific Time to link up your project so you can get next months image FREE!!

Go to the original DOM post to get the Christmas Basket FREE so you can start playing in the monthly challenge!

We have some wonderful inspiration to help inspire you this week.

Happy Birthday Pippa!












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 by 23:55 (11:55 pm) Pacific Time on Sunday, 30 August 2015. If you are inspired to make more than one project we would love to see them all...no limit on the number of times you can enter! You must make at least one project and link it up to the original post to get next month's featured set emailed to you. We can't wait to see what you all make!
 
 

Saturday, August 22, 2015

3-D Saturday: Last Sip of Sweet Summertime!

This week was "Back-to-School" week for my family. << Insert sad sigh here! >> Well, summer vacation may officially over, but we've still got a month of the official season left. So here from DT member Melissa Craig is a fun "3-D Saturday" project to help you sip that last bit of summer -- quite literally -- down to the last drop!


Aren't these little bottles, with their coordinating decorative straws, awesome?!? As soon as I saw them, my mind started racing with the possibilities. Pool parties, baby showers, birthday parties, bridal showers, stocking stuffers, classroom gifts...oh so many occasions, celebrations and seasons to play with, and so many digis in our shop that one could use to customize each set with!

For each bottle/straw combo, Melissa first made a straw from scratch by rolling a piece of 1.5- by 12-inch patterned paper. She then dipped the straw into melted paraffin to make it waterproof. When they wax had cooled (not long with paraffin!), she topped it with a popped up butterfly image from the "Caity Caterpillar" digi set.


Melissa garnished the bottle with a shiny gold tag, embellished with a layered image and sentiment from the "Grillin' & Chillin'" digi set.


This shape of bottle (and many others) can often be purchased pretty inexpensively at the craft store. Alternately, recycled Prima Paper Flowers(TM) or Starbucks(TM) bottles work perfectly. An altogether easy and adorable project with which to celebrate that last bit of summer...or any other fun occasion, don't you think? Thanks for another great idea, Melissa!  :-)




Wednesday, August 19, 2015

A Little Birdie Told Me.....

A Little Birdie told us that it's time to to share another creation by Jean - our August Guest Designer!  Jean used Little Birdie for her card this week and once again she put her expert coloring skills to use! 


It's the Bluebird of Happiness!  Jean's favorite papercraft project is making cards.  She said "I am enjoying making cards since you never have to repeat yourself, and probably couldn't (or I couldn't) if you tried. I especially love trying new folds for interest. Birthdays, hellos, or no sentiments allow me the most freedom for backgrounds and images." 

Why not drop by Tangle Street Colorway and visit Jean.  You can always leave her some love too - she would love to hear from you.  But while you are there you will want to visit her other sites: Tangle Street Journals and Tangle Street Studio for Zentangle.

Come back next tweet...I mean week!  (Yep - that's a hit of what is come!)




Monday, August 17, 2015

Opportunity...what does that mean to you?

Just a short post to remind you that Deedee's Digis is sponsoring the month long challenge at Path of Positivity which is Opportunity.  They want to see your interpretation of what Opportunity means to you. You can make any sort of project and/or post as long as it is positive in nature and relates to the theme. 


She loves how the giraffe is taking the Opportunity to have fun!
(If you want to know more about her card please click on her name.)

She used a new stamp that has so many different Opportunities to make cards with!



Sunday, August 16, 2015

Start of Week 3 of the DOM

I can't believe it is the 3rd week of August already so that means we are only a couple weeks from Fall starting to arrive in the U.S.. Time flies by way to fast because that means we are only 3 1/2 months away before Christmas is here! So if you want to beat the rush and start on your Christmas Cards Deedee is giving away the Christmas basket from this month DOM set to everyone for FREE! Go to the ORIGINAL POST to get your free image.


Donna and NanaConnie must have realized how close Fall really is as they have started to make Fall cards. Check out these beauties for some inspiration!






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 by 23:55 (11:55 pm) Pacific Time on Sunday, 30 August 2015. If you are inspired to make more than one project we would love to see them all...no limit on the number of times you can enter! You must make at least one project and link it up to the original post to get next month's featured set emailed to you. We can't wait to see what you all make!

 

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Lazy Days are almost over

Deedee's Digis will be sponsoring the monthly challenge at Crafty Girlz Challenge that started today which is Anything Goes with an optional twist - Lazy Days. Here in the U. S. lazy days are over for the schools that started this week. Some are lucky and have a few more weeks left of summer but lazy days are coming to an end soon. So before you have to get back into the school routine take a few hours to yourself and spend them in your craft room creating.

Marji created this wonderful card that shows off a wonderful Lazy Day scene. It is even a special fold so click on her name if you want details on her card.



Have a blessed Lazy weekend!


Thursday, August 13, 2015

Anything Goes with Crafty Girls Creations

An oldie but goodie digi and 2 new digis to show today while playing in the Crafty Girls Creations Challenge - Anything Goes!! You have 2 weeks to play in this challenge for a chance to win a $15.00 gift code to the Store. August 2nd was FRIENDSHIP DAY so why not make up a card to let a friend know you are thinking of them this month!











Let's see layers!!

Deedee's Digis is sponsoring Crafting by Designs this week and they want to see 3 or More Layers on your card. It is that easy for a chance to win a $15.00 gift code to the Store.

Carol and Tamara sure know how to make some 3 layer + cards that make you say "WOW"....check it out...










Hope that inspires you to spend a little time in your craft room this week! See you at 3 pm for another sponsored challenge and more great samples.