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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Sponsoring at Word Art Wednesday

Do you need a little spiritual lift today? If so, I encourage you to stop over to Word Art Wednesday, where there is always an encouraging verse, Christian fellowship, and a host of beautiful, encouraging cards to inspire you. We are thrilled to be among the sponsors for the current challenge, which features a very reassuring Scripture verse from Philippians. The word art of this verse -- Phillippians 1:6 -- was created by the Word Art Wednesday word-artist-in-residence, Karen Murray, and is available for free at the Word Art Wednesday blog. Why not stop by and download the file to use to make something with which to encourage someone? The current challenge runs for two weeks, owing to the Christmas holiday next week, so even if the Christmas season has you hopping, you have plenty of time to join in! Here is how a couple of us combined this week's beautiful verse with some of our digis to make our own cards of encouragement.

(Outside of card)

(Inside of card)

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Happy Healing with Pippa Price

It's a sad fact of life that "Cold and Flu Season" follows closely on the heels of the start of the holiday/winter season. We can't always keep our loved ones well, no matter how hard we try. But we can, as crafters, create fun cards and gifts to cheer them as they recover! :-) For today's share, our December Guest Designer, Pippa Price, has created one such card of cheer. Isn't this adorable?!? I know it would sure make me smile to get this if I were ill! (It makes me smile regardless -- hee hee!)

To make this card, Pippa used elements from the "Happy Healing" set. She layered the doctor duck image slightly over the sick-in-bed duck image, printed it out, and then colored this sweet scene with Spectrum Noir pens. Pippa has such a wonderful coloring style! Just look at the detailed shading on the pillow behind the sick duck's head, and on the folds of his blanket. Little touches like that really bring an image to life. Although it can be tricky to spot in the photos, this scene is also layered for dimension -- three layers deep, in fact! That's a lot of coloring and fussy cutting, my friends! When the card is opened, the recipient will also get a sweet little surprise in finding that it is an easel card.

The card measures 19.5 cm square (that's 7.68 inches square for our American friends), and Pippa positioned the sentiment to act as the stopper for the easel. Isn't this perfect for resting on a bedside table to bring smile after smile during recovery?

To see more of Pippa's fabulous creations, please visit her blog -- "Views from the Craft Room." Also, don't forget to stop back next Wednesday, when we'll have another no-doubt delightful project of hers to share her.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Reminder: Sponsoring at 52 {Christmas} Card Throwdown

Happy Sunday! Just a friendly little reminder that there is still time to play along with the challenge that we are sponsoring over at 52 {Christmas} Card Throwdown. The current challenge is to revisit any past challenge from 2014. There are so many different fun past challenges to choose from for inspiration, including sketches, color combos, and themes. Pick one (or more!) and then make and link up your project by Friday evening to be entered to win a $15 gift code to our shop.  Easy-peasy, right?

Here's a little more inspiration from our Design Team to get you thinking. Enjoy, and have a very blessed Sunday!
Kathy used the July 2014 Color Combo Challenge. Isn't this fun and festive?

Tamara -Meowy Christmas

Tamara used Sketch #30 from July 2014. Look at that pretty, embossed Christmas frame!

Deedee - Peace on Earth

I used Sketch #24 from January 2014. Sketches make it so easy to put a fun card together!

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Scrapbook Saturday: Christmas Joy!

Every month I look forward to seeing what designer Melissa Craig has made to share for our twice-monthly "Scrapbook Saturday" posts, and I sure hope that you do, too! When I saw this week's layout, though, my jaw dropped. Not only is the page she created stunning as always, but, well...that's a baby me in those photos!

Melissa is a dear friend outside of our team, and she very sneakily borrowed some photos without me knowing to create this sweet page. She was worried that I might be upset about it, but quite the contrary -- I'm touched that she did this! Until two years ago, I didn't have any baby pictures of myself, and the ones that I do have now are fragile, so I've worried about destroying them in the process of scrapbooking them. Thank goodness for digital scrapbooking, and for Melissa thinking to handle them this way! Besides, now you all can giggle at what a goofy-looking baby I was, with my red curls just starting to come in, finally, at age 2! :-)

To make this page, Melissa used digital paper and tags/frames from the "Blue Christmas Kit."  Aren't the little accents she added from her own stash of digital goodies -- the snowflake, bow, and that snowy white pinecone -- just darling? The white and light blue accents pick up the snowy swirls in the background paper so beautifully, and help to bring light to what I know to be some pretty dark photos. Of course, the large, white title is the perfect topper for a page celebrating the day of our Lord's birth -- Joy to the World, indeed!

By the way, the kit that Melissa used is one of three versatile Christmas kits that we introduced just last month. I hope to make and create more such kits going forward. Each of the Christmas kits includes five 8.5x11-inch printable digital papers as well as 30 coordinating patterned tags/frames. You can find each of the sets in our shop, and of course, as I said, I hope to bring you more soon! :-)

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Reminder: House of Cards Blog Hop!

Have you hopped along with the team at the House of Cards Challenge blog yet? If not, there's still time to do so this week! They're having their end-of-year blog hop and challenge, and are offering some fabulous prizes, including a gift coupon for digis from us! There are two ways to win. First, you can hop around and leave a little love for each of the DT members who created projects for the hop. Second, you can create a project based on the inspiration photo that their team worked with. Here's the photo. There's so much in it to work with, don't you think?

Our team made some projects, too, based on this lovely photo. Between the House of Cards Challenge team and ours, we sure hope you find some fun inspiration! :-)

Inspired by the color scheme, deer, and wintery whites in the inspiration photo, Kathy created a gorgeous easel card! The delicate snowflakes in her patterned paper are so lovely, and how precious is that snowflake punched border around the sentiment piece?

Tamara worked with the wonderfully warm color scheme from the inspiration photo along with some elegant die cut pieces and jeweled accents to create this gorgeous card of peaceful wishes. What better gift could one get for Christmas?

I, too, was inspired by the fabulous color scheme of the inspiration photo, along with the wintery white evergreen branches that decorate the plate. (Yes, my sentiment is a bit lop-sided -- LOL!)

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Little Readers with Pippa Price

Do you like to read, or have a loved one who does? If so, our December Guest Designer, Pippa Price, has a project to share today that you're really going to love! Using elements from the "Little Readers" digi set, Pippa made a darling pair of cards. But these aren't just cards. Take a peek!

For the first card, Pippa colored up the little girl image from the set using alcohol markers. Isn't her coloring just stellar? The yellow, lime, and aqua color combination she used is darling, too. (Might have to case that for a future set -- hee hee!) Pippa printed and colored a second image of the book the little girl is holding, and then trimmed the base image so that she could slide the book into her hands. What a fun effect! She matted the image quite elegantly, using a piece cut from the Nouveau Stamping Frame die by Die'sire.

Pippa followed the same basic design for her second card, but used one of the pre-colored boy images from the "Little Readers" set. This really shows how you can create equally wonderful cards whether you like to color the images yourself or not.

Now you'll notice that the back piece of each card is wider than the front. That's because the end piece of it is scored at 6cm from the end so that the recipient can zip it right off and use it as a bookmark. How clever is that? These would make great little gifts from a teacher to her students, or from a child to their classmates, don't you think?

To read more about how Pippa made this darling set of cards/bookmarks, or to see her other wonderful creations, please visit her blog -- "Views from the Craft Room." Of course, we'll also be back next Wednesday with another of her projects, so be sure to visit then! :-)

Monday, December 8, 2014

December Challenge Inspiration Week 2

It's a super busy time of year for sure, but we hope that in all the busy-ness of the season, you're still finding some time to craft. If you're needing some motivation, how about giving our Digi of the Month Challenge a try? Here's how it works: each month we offer a sweet new digi set at the budget-friendly price of just $1.25. If you make something with that set and link it up to our challenge post before the deadline, we will email you the next month's featured set for FREE! Continue to play, and continue to collect free digis. What a great way to build your digi collection, and get some projects made in the process!

This month's featured set is "Happy Brrr-day." The set includes several images and sentiments, in both outline and pre-colored versions, so there are a lot of possibilities for how you could use the set. Whatever you make, please remember to link it up to our challenge post by Sunday, December 28 so that we can email you next month's set for free!

Here are some fun things some of our team members have made with this set to inspire you this week. Enjoy! :-)

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Sponsoring at 52 {Christmas} Card Throwdown

'Tis the season to be crafting those Christmas cards, and we are sponsoring the perfect challenge to help inspire you: 52{Christmas} Card Throwdown! The theme of the current challenge is an easy one: revisit any past challenge. The team at 52 {Christmas} Card Throwdown has all the previous challenges indexed and easily accessible through the tabs at the top of their blog to make this super easy for you. This is a bi-weekly challenge, meaning you have two weeks to join in. If you play along, not only will you have one more Christmas card finished, but you could win a $15 gift code to our shop. I'd call that a win-win situation, wouldn't you? ;-)

Here's what some of our team made for this challenge:

Theme Challenge # 23 ("Stars") -- "Away in a Manger"

Color Combo Challenge # 11 ("Pink, Brown, and Cream or White") -- "Gingerbread Angels"

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

December Guest Designer: Pippa Price!

Please welcome our December Guest Designer, Pippa Price! Pippa is a wife of 29 years, mom of two lovely daughters, an educator, and a lifetime crafter. She is also a fellow sister in Christ, and in fact is the wife of a rector -- how fun! Pippa first came to my attention through our monthly challenges. She has a clean and classy crafting style, and the way that she colors the images on her projects always makes them shine out.

For her first project, Pippa has made a magnificent Christmas card combining elements of nature with  the true reason for the season -- the birth of sweet baby Jesus! She started with the pre-colored poinsettia wreath image from "Beauty of the Season". She printed the poinsettia flowers multiple times, and then layered them one on top of another. This 3D layering, plus the golden glitter she added to the flower centers really bring them to life! Pippa made a sweet little recessed spot inside the poinsettia frame in which to nestle the image from "Away in a Manger." She colored the image of the baby Jesus in the manger with Spectrum Noir pens. See what I mean about her coloring? It is just so vivid! Again, Pippa layered multiple copies of the image to give this dimension and life. Then she layered the whole beautiful scene on to a festive gold cardstock base.

Here is what the inside looks like. Pippa duplicated the poinsettia frame image from the front of the card, adding a Scripture verse about the birth of our Lord, along with another warm Christmas sentiment.

Pippa even created an "envelobox" for this showpiece of a card. How fun is that?!?

To read more about how Pippa put together this fabulous Christmas creation, and to see more of her lovely work, please visit her blog. We'll have another fun project from her next Wednesday, so please do check back!

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Hopping along with House of Cards

House of Cards is having their end of term blog hop so we decided to join in the fun! If you hop along you will have a chance to win a $10.00 gift code to Deedee's Digis! The blog hop creations were inspired by this photo:

Carol and I were also inspired by this photo so we decided to play along!

I just love this card. Love how the deer stands out and the tree is frosted. A beautiful scene with so much detail! If you want details on the card click on her name to go to her blog.

I went with the food and color scheme. This is not what I started out making but it is what I ended up with. You can read all about it on my blog.

Head over to House of Cards and play can do the hop and/or make a project yourself based on the inspiration photo.

Monday, December 1, 2014

December Digi of the Month Challenge

Did you turn your calendar over to December this morning? If not, it's time. It's also time for a brand new Digi of the Month challenge! This month we have a very playful set to share with you -- "Happy Brrr-day." There are a lot of elements in this set, which gives you a lot of options for creativity! Use any one of the images alone, or layering them to create a festive Winter scene.

You can purchase this month's featured set in our shop for just $1.25If 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 -- 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. 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 by 11:55 pm Pacific Time on Sunday, 28 December 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, November 28, 2014

Ornamental (Icy) with Tamara Dixon

Happy Friday! I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving! 

The month of November is quickly drawing to an end, and with it, our time of having the talented Tamara Dixon as our Guest Designer. For today's post, Tamara created a glorious card using the "Ornamental Icy" set. For the front of the card, she layered the patterned papers from this set with white cardstock by Bazzill and glittered cardstock by DCWV. The metallic cardstock makes the blues in the papers stand out so well, and gives this a rich and elegant feel! Tamara shaped the image piece using circle dies by Spellbinders, and then sponged some Memento London Fog ink around the ornament to make it stand out. Some silver Wink of Stella along with carefully-placed rhinestones were added to give the ornament dimension and sparkle. Tamara then added a darling bow to the top of the ornament to bring it to life. To create this little bow, she took a piece of cream-colored ribbon by Really Reasonable Ribbon and dyed it using "Tumbled Glass" by Tim Holtz so that it would match the other blues in this card. Talk about detailed work! Here's a close-up of the ornament. Isn't this elegant?!? I wish that I had one for my Christmas tree!

As beautiful as the front of the card is, check out the inside!!! This is what is called a double tri-shutter card, and Tamara says that this is only her second attempt at making one. My goodness, this is amazing, don't you think? Whoever receives this beauty is blessed indeed!

Now I mentioned that our time with Tamara as our Guest Designer is coming to a close. But guess what? She has graciously agreed to join our team as a permanent member! What a blessing. :-) I look forward to being able to share more of her work with you in the months to come. If you just can't wait to see more of Tamara's designs, please do visit her gallery at Splitcoast Stampers. Thanks so much, Tamara, for a wonderful month of inspiration!!!

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Week 4 at Outlawz Challenge

The last Wednesday of the month so it is the last Outlawz Sketch Challenge for November! If you haven't played along I hope you can find some craft time and join in on the fun. For playing there is a chance to win a $10.00 gift code to the store!

Carol and I were both inspired by the sketch in similar ways...we rotated the sketch! How will the sketch inspire you?

The final Guest DT spot for November will be posted later so come back for more inspiration from Tamara.
Hope you have a wonderful relaxed and blessed Thanksgiving Day tomorrow! 

Monday, November 24, 2014

Last Week of November Challenge!

It's the last week to join in our November Digi of the Month challenge! If you haven't made or submitted your project yet, please remember to link up to the challenge post by Sunday evening. I'll be sending out the December set and posting the new challenge first thing on Monday. Remember, if you participate in the challenge by the deadline, the next set is totally FREE! If you didn't receive the November set for free by playing along last month, you can still get it in our shop for just 65 cents right now due to our Customer Appreciation Sale prices. That's right -- just 65 cents for 3 images in both outline and color format, plus sentiments and even printable papers! Now here's a last bit of creative inspiration from our team to help you think on what you might make. Happy crafting! :-)

Sunday, November 23, 2014

So Very Thankful (Inspiration & Sale)

Yes, I say it a lot, but this time of year is so wonderful! Not only are the seasons changing so splendidly, but we get special days just dedicated to being thankful for our many blessings! I truly believe that gratitude, for the little things and big things and everything in between, is key to a happy life. So in case I don't say it enough, thank you to all of you! Without your patronage, we wouldn't be here. As a token of appreciation, we've set up a little "Customer Appreciation Sale" at the shop for you this week. All digi sets (including the Digi of the Month!) are discounted 50% through Monday, December 1st at the shop. No coupons are needed -- the prices have been adjusted throughout the shop for you already. Enjoy, and again, thank you so much!

Now our Design Team has been doing a lot of crafting in anticipation of the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday this week! Here are just a few of the amazing projects of gratitude that they have made lately. I am so thankful for all that they do to share word of our little shop, and to inspire you all.