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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: 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! ;-)

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Bot Buddies

Everybody needs a buddy, so why not a bot buddy? :-)  Today I wanted to share a couple of cards that I made using our new "Bot Buddies" set. I so rarely get to make cards these days, but I needed a way to reach out to two of my nephews, whose lives are a bit hectic right now. So I used two of the robot images, and colored them up with Copic (TM) markers to create these. Now I just need to get them in the mail with a little care package for each of the boys! Hopefully they will know they are loved and feel a bit encouraged, and, after all, that's the reason for card-making isn't it?

Monday, July 14, 2014

Challenge Inspiration Week 3

A new week has arrived, ripe with promise! What will you do this week? Maybe play along with our July Digi of the Month Challenge? ;-)

For this week's challenge inspiration, we have a whimsical card made by Judith Wright. Judith has been having a grand time crafting with this month's featured/challenge set -- "So Cool", and this is her latest masterpiece. She used the penguin image and one of the greetings from our set, along with a variety of other clever, summery digital elements to create this. I love all the bright colors in this, and the playful layout. Just perfect to celebrate a summer birthday!

Birthday cards are just one of the many ways you could use this month's featured set. Remember, the set -- "So Cool" -- is available for just $1.25 this month, or FREE with your order of $10 or more, and if you link up what you make with it to our challenge post by 2 August, you'll get next month's set for FREE. Have a fantastic week!

Friday, July 11, 2014

Delivered From Fear

Yesterday was an extremely tense day for my family. My sister, Betty, who has been struggling with breast cancer for the last 9 months, went in for a mastectomy. The news from the doctors leading up to the surgery was not terribly encouraging -- after several months of chemotherapy, the tumor she started with hadn't responded to the chemo, and in fact, a second tumor had formed. They had held off on doing the mastectomy to try to get the cancer gone first, because once the breast tissue is removed, it can be hard to monitor the state of things. But with the chemo not working, well, it was time. We (family, friends, community) prayed so much in the weeks and days leading up to the surgery. Her adoptive father, who is a minister (we were separated by adoption in early childhood), prayed over her and the surgeons as they went in for the procedure, and we all continued to pray throughout. I am so very thankful to be able to share today that the surgery went exceedingly well! The doctors feel that they removed every last trace of the cancer, and that the lymph nodes that they removed during the surgery seem to be clear. We have another week to wait to be sure on the latter, and then she will begin radiation treatment. So she's not out of the woods yet, but this is all such wonderful, encouraging progress. We all had so very many fears about how this could go, but God has heard our cries for help, and answered our prayers in the most wonderful of ways!

This whole process has me in mind of the Scripture verse Psalm 34:4 -- "I sought the Lord, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears." This has been a touchstone verse for me for a long time -- one that I recite in my head in times of trouble. Although I have great faith in the Lord, I am still a frail human vessel. Fear can and does take root sometimes. Reciting this verse to myself helps to bring me back to center, reminds me that I am commanded through Scripture to "pray without ceasing," and that in doing so, the Lord hears me and takes away my fears. It's such an important verse to me, that I included it in "The Lord is Our Refuge" set, so that hopefully it can be an encouragement to others -- YOU! -- as well. Designer Stephanie Wright has shared with me that this is an important verse to her, too. She used it on the card that we're sharing today, which, yes, I know we've shared before, but it is so sweet and perfect for this occasion that I wanted to share it again. :-) I hope that seeing this powerful verse on this sweet card will help you find center today, too. Remember, God does hear us, and it makes Him very happy to take away our fears!

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

A Skillful Sailor

"A smooth sea never made a skillful sailor." This is so true, don't you think? Times of ease can sure be enjoyable, but we learn so much more during the tough times! For today's share, we have a card by KT Fit Kitty that emphasizes this idea. Little Daniel Duck is sailing through some pretty rough seas in this image from the "Set Sail" set, but he isn't worried. In fact, he's a pretty happy little guy because he knows how much he is growing from the experience! Kitty really created a delightful card here. The background embossing, steering wheel die, and twine all give it that "sailing" feel. I particularly love the little sun die that she added -- to me it represents the idea that goodness and God are always there, even when the going gets tough! :-)

Monday, July 7, 2014

Challenge Inspiration Week 2

How was your weekend? I hope it was wonderful in every way!

Our July Digi of the Month challenge is in full-swing. Several of you have already linked up  your fabulous creations -- thank you! It is always such fun for our team to get to see your creativity at work! Today we have a couple of new cards, made with the current Digi of the Month -- "So Cool" -- to inspire those of you who haven't played along yet. Remember, you have until Sunday, 2 August to make and link a project made with this set to qualify to receive next month's featured set for FREE!

This first card was made by Danielle Vincent. Danielle colored the image beautifully, and the background paper that she used is just perfect with the image. The pattern looks like ice cubes -- how fun is that?!?

This second card was made by Carol-Happy Expressions. The whimsical shape of the card works so well with this image. The little extra touches that Carol added, like the faux stitching and the glittery sequins, really bring this scene to life. Can you feel the "cool?"

We look forward to seeing what you make for this month's challenge, and wish you a fabulous week!

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Scrapbook Saturday: Unforgettable!

We all want to be remembered, always, to the ones we love. Today for Scrapbook Saturday, Melissa Craig has captured and remembered a special somebody. That's what scrapbooking is all about, after all! Melissa used elements from the "Forget Me Not" set to create this layout. The color combination she used really makes her sweet photos stand out. I especially love how she layered the doodled blossoms from this set with real-looking leaves. Digital scrapbooking offers so much flexibity in the creative process, don't you think? All in all, this is a stunning tribute to a special lady!

Friday, July 4, 2014

Happy Independence Day! (& a Sale!)

Happy Independence Day (4th of July) to all of our American friends! A special thank you, too, to our Veterans and their families, who have sacrificed so much to preserve our freedom. We appreciate you more than words can say!

For today's inspiration, I thought I'd share some of the many cards that our team have made in celebration of this day and those who continue to make independence something to celebrate. Also, we're having a little sale over at our shop. Use the coupon code INDEPENDENCE at checkout to save 25% off all orders thru Sunday, July 6. (Remember to click the "Apply" button after entering the code, or your order won't be discounted!) However you celebrate today, may God bless you and your loved ones!

Carol/"Hats Off"

Deedee/"Stitchy Stars"

Carolina Cards (Mary H.)/"Stitchy Stars"

Donna/"Hats Off"

Judith/"For Owl You Do"

Lynn/"Hats Off"

Rhonda/"Hats Off"

Stephanie/"Stitchy Stars"

Zella/"Hats Off"

Thursday, July 3, 2014

A Shell in Your Pocket and Sand in Your Shoes

Are you enjoying Summer? I sure am! Although Fall is my favorite season, Summer runs a close second. It's so wonderful to be able to get outside and enjoy the bounty with which God gifted us! The mountains, the forests, the meadows...the bayous and deserts, and of course, the beach! For today's share, we have an exquisitely beach-y card by Kren Kurts, made with the "Seashells" set. Kren created a scrumptious textured background on this with some dry embossing and the addition of burlap. She inked up the image piece and then layered seashells all around. Doesn't it make you feel like you've just stepped on to the beach? It sure makes me long for a shell in my pocket and some sand in my shoes! :-)

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Christmas in July! (New Digis)

Growing up, I always started listening to Christmas records (yes, I'm dating myself a bit there!) and making Christmas cards and gifts in July. How about you? Since I know that many of you are year-round Christmas crafters, especially our friends who donate (thank you!) to missionaries, Operation Write Home, and various charities, I decided to make Christmas the focus of our July release. If you're not ready to start your Christmas crafting, no worries -- we have lots of other digis in our shop for you to play with! ;-)

Here are the newest additions to our digi line-up. Click on a set title to go directly to that set in our shop.

Monday, June 30, 2014

July Digi of the Month Challenge: So Cool!

It's time for a new Digi of the Month challenge! This month, our little penguin friend is beating the heat in "So Cool." Wouldn't this make some fun summery cards, scrapbook pages, and projects?

You can purchase this month's featured set for just $1.25 in our shop. 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 -- sometimes things do go wrong with email).

Some of our designers made projects to help get you thinking about how you might use this set. I love seeing what they do with the featured set each month -- don't you?!?! We'll have more inspiration each week throughout the challenge as well, so be sure to check back!

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, 3 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!

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 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, June 27, 2014

Gone Camping (Customer Support Closed 6/27-6/30)

Happy Friday! I wanted to let you all know that I will be out of town for the next few days for a much-needed family vacation. We are attempting to "camp," which we haven't done in several years, so it should be an experience! To that end, Customer Support will be unavailable at the shop from today, Friday, 27 June thru Monday, 30 June. You can still place your orders and get your digis -- INSTANT DOWNLOADS -- HOORAY! -- at the shop, but I will be unable to answer questions, or send the Digi of the Month for $10+ purchases until I return. I will tend to any needs that arise upon our return. Also, the July Digi of the Month challenge and featured set will still go live on Monday, but a bit later in the day. I will email July's featured set to all June challenge participants that same day. (You have thru 11:55 PM Pacific time this Sunday evening still to participate!)

I'll leave you now with this wonderfully outdoorsy card by NanaConnie. Little Oscar the Cat, as seen in the "Great Outdoors" set is thinking outside -- no box required! Great idea, Oscar! Did you see the little ladybug zooming across the sweet background paper that NanaConnie used for this? So adorable! And the twine accents are just perfect! This is definitely putting me in the mood for a little of the great outdoors! :-)

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Stay Cool

We may have passed the official "longest day of the year," but the days will continue to heat up for the next few months. I hope you are able to find some good ways to stay cool! Speaking of staying cool, we have a darling summer share for you today, made by Donna Hanley. Donna used a pre-colored image and sentiment from the new "Dog Days of Summer" set, along with fun background papers that mimic the swirling air from the fan. Little touches of red and black really draw out the colors in the image beautifully. As I look at this, I can't help but think that this little doggie is sure on to something. It might just be time to switch on my own fan. Stay cool! :-)

Monday, June 23, 2014

Last Week to Join the June Challenge!

Calling all "Digi of the Month" challenge players: it's the last week to join in the June challenge! Don't forget to link your creations to the challenge post by this Sunday evening, 29 June, at 11:55 PM Pacific time to receive the July set for free!

Here's a fun bit of last-minute inspiration for you, by "Tiggerscraps" (Marji). Marji really set the scene on both of these cards with the use of photo-realistic background papers. Pugsley and Perdita, the stars of the featured "Life's a Beach" set, look happy as can be on this first card on the beach that she created for them! The little starfish accent is very fun and gives even more realism to this fantastic scene.

This second card is the perfect summer postcard to send to a loved one. It's fun to see how even just a sentiment, when combined with the right papers and accents, can be used to create a delightful card, don't you think?

We look forward to seeing what YOU make for the challenge!!! :-)

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Scrapbook Saturday: Silly Time With Family

Time spent being silly with your family -- it's an incredible joy, isn't it? For today's "Scrapbook Saturday" share, Melissa Craig has made a wonderful page to celebrate this special time. Melissa used an image and paper from the "Little Miracles" set to accent the fun photos of all these wonderfully happy faces. I love how the extra swirly paper she added in the background evokes that feeling of laughter and silliness, too. You can almost hear it! :-)

Thursday, June 19, 2014

A Picnic and a Few Ants

Sunny days are perfect for picnicking! I don't know what it is about eating outside that is so enjoyable, but it is fun, isn't it? Of course, no picnic is complete without a few ants. Today Carol Longacre has created a delightful picnic of a card to share with you, ants included! Carol used two different images from the "Life's a Picnic" set to set this summery scene. There are so many fun details in this, and each time I look I see something new. See how she used the ant holding the watermelon to create a repeating border? Fun! And look at that little ruffle along the bottom of the main image piece! It feels like she's set the table for the picnic. The darling yellow daisy clip and brad on the basket handle add little rays of sunshine to the whole scene. She even carried the design into the inside of the card. Truly a picnic for the eyes! :-)