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Friday, October 31, 2014

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween!! 
Hope you have a wonderful day and a spooktacular night! 
I hope after all the trick-or-treating and Halloween parties you will have time to craft. 
Here is some inspiration for you.

Customer Spotlight...I saw this totally cute card by Anna C.





Have a wonderful weekend....don't eat too much Halloween candy!!



Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Dashing Through and Dashing On with Faith Anderson



Well we've come to that point of the month where it is time to say goodbye to our October Guest Designer, Faith Anderson. Faith has been extremely generous with her time with us this month, creating far more projects than asked, and each one over-the-top amazing!

Before Faith dashes off, she has one last project to share to inspire you. She created this marvelous Christmas gift set using the "Dashing Through" set. As you can see, this set includes a card, a tote bag, and a sweet little gift bag to place it all in. Talk about a complete ensemble! I love how Faith used the image to create a repeating pattern for a background paper for the card and gift bag. And that tote bag -- wow! Faith printed the image on iron-on paper, and then applied it to the bag. If you look closely you can see that she added some puff paint to the santa cap on the one penguin, too, giving the image dimension. Very clever, Faith! This will make a fantastic Christmas gift.

I hope that you've gotten as much inspiration from Faith's creations this month as I have. You can continue to be inspired by her work by visiting her blog regularly at Daffodil Cards. Thank you, Faith, for all that you have done this month to inspire us to think of digis in new, fun ways -- from all of us!

Monday, October 27, 2014

Last Week of October Digi of the Month Challenge



Here it is -- the last week of the October Digi of the Month Challenge! I can't believe how quickly October has flown by -- can you? There's still a few days to participate in the challenge. To do so, simply create something fun using the current Digi of the Month -- "Thinking Spot" -- and link it up to the challenge post to receive next month's featured set for FREE! I'll tell you, it's a fun one, and you won't want to miss out! ;-)

We've got a last little bit of inspiration from designer Marji Franklin, aka "Tiggerscraps," today to get you thinking.  Marji made this darling easel card using both of the images from this month's set.  She added papers from the "Pumpkin Pals" set as well. The crinkly ribbons and layered buttons accent the country feel of her card so sweetly, don't you think?

Remember, to qualify to receive next month's set for free, you must link up your challenge creation by this Sunday, November 2 at 11:55 PM Pacific Time. We can't wait to see what you make! :-)


Saturday, October 25, 2014

Celebrating Life (Scrapbook Saturday)



Life is so very precious, and when the life of someone we love is threatened and then spared, we can't help but celebrate day after blessed day! For today's "Scrapbook Saturday" share, designer Melissa Craig has created two beautiful pages, celebrating the lives of two amazing women.

This first page (at the top of today's post) commemorates Melissa's beloved sister, Theresa. As you've probably guessed, Theresa is a breast cancer survivor. Certainly this moniker -- "breast cancer survivor" -- does not define Theresa, but it is a tremendous cause for celebration. The photo framed on this page was taken at Theresa's one-year post-cancer "Celebration of Life." She is surrounded by loved ones, and couldn't be more beautiful!

To create this page, Melissa used the paper and image (Oscar the cat) from the "Think Pink" set (downloadable for free at our shop). The embellishments she added are so sweet, and just add to the aura of love for her sister that exudes from this page. Pink ribboned buttons, doodle heart flowers, and a darling little pink ribbon stick pin...these are adorable!



This second page was a special gift to me from Melissa. (Thank you, Melissa -- from the bottom of my heart!!!) Just last week my own sister, Betty, completed her treatment for breast cancer. At the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, where she was treated, they have a tradition of having the patients "ring the bell" when they complete their treatment. This is symbolic, yes, but the act of ringing that bell meant so much to my sister, and by extension, those of us who love her. She was blessed to have her closest friends join her for this occasion. One of the difficult things for me about her battle this past year has been not being able to physically be there with her throughout; praise God for those loving friends who helped to keep her spirited and determined!

To create this page, Melissa used some of the elements from the "Passionately Pink" set (also available to download for free at our shop). She did such a beautiful job of preserving this special event!

Life...again, I say it is very, very precious. I encourage you to celebrate it today and every day, no matter your circumstances! :-)

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Winter Woods with Faith Anderson



Fall is well underway here in the northern hemisphere, which means...YES! Winter is coming! I find that most people have pretty strong feelings about this season -- they either love it or they hate it. Whether you are in the "love" camp or the "hate" camp, you have to admit that there are some very beautiful things about this season!

For today's share, our October Guest Designer, Faith Anderson, has created a stunning diorama card that highlights the beauty of winter. Faith used an image and greeting from the "Winter Woods" set to create this, along with some gorgeous snowflake papers. She layered parts of the moose image to give it dimension, and even glittered up his horns to look like a dusting of snow. The punched and layered snowflakes that she added give even more life to this scene. I especially love how she accented those snowflakes -- some with jewels, some with glittery bows. As I told Faith when I first saw this, this is truly a showpiece for the mantel!

If you'd like to see more of Faith's amazing creations, please visit her blog at Daffodil Cards. We'll also be back next Wednesday with one last creation by Faith as our October Guest Designer, so don't miss out!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Sponsoring Clear it Out Challenge

We are playing over at Clear it Out Challenge by sponsoring the challenge this week. The challenge (if you choose to accept it!!...I just couldn't resist!) is Halloween (or Black & Orange). It's time to make the last minute Halloween cards or do what Faith did and make a black & orange card. If you join in the challenge at Clear it Out Challenge you will have a chance to win a $10.00 gift code to the store!!

Inspiration from the Design Team:





Sunday, October 19, 2014

It is time to party!! (FREEBIE!)


We are joining the party over at the Outlawz Challenge this week!! They are throwing a week long party where there will be challenges, games and puzzles! Since it was a party Deedee decided all the guests that stop by the party should get a party favor so she is giving away, Fun & Festive, during the party, Oct 20 - 26th.


All you have to do is go to the "Free to Try" tab and click on that to take you to all the current Freebie digital stamps. 

Is that not the cutest party favor EVER!! The theme at Outlawz Challenges this week is Party/Masquerade and this digital stamp is perfect. So pick it up for FREE and get making something cute so you can enter it into their challenges for a chance to win a $15.00 gift code to the store!

Check out the party crafts our Design Team made:









Party on and happy crafting!





Saturday, October 18, 2014

Hope (Breast Cancer Awareness FREEBIE)



October is Breast Cancer Awareness month! Although I think breast cancer, like all cancers and other dread diseases that impact our loved ones, is something we need to be aware of all the time, I really appreciate that there is a special effort made, too, during this month each year.

Many of you know that this disease hit my family hard this last year. My cousin Brandi was diagnosed with Stage 4 breast cancer last Fall, and passed away in January. Her sister, Wendy, was tested for the gene that sometimes causes breast and ovarian cancers, was found to have it, and had to have a double mastectomy and hysterectomy. Right on the heels of this, my sister, Betty, was diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer (a particularly nasty, aggressive form of it). Betty just completed her last stage of treatment this week -- HOORAY! -- and has finally begun the post-cancer healing process. We are so thrilled that Wendy was able to take measures to prevent the disease, and that Betty can now be called a survivor, but it really hits home for my family that we need to reach out to others and help raise awareness about this disease!

As a dear friend and long-time survivor told me when my sister was diagnosed, breast cancer is not the "death" sentence it used to be. But as I've learned through my cousins' and sister's experiences, it is crucial to catch it early. So although this is a sensitive subject for many, I beg you to do those monthly self-checks, and to get regular mammograms!  Moreover, I ask to you reach out to those who are battling or recovering from this disease. The ups and downs of having and being treated for a potentially fatal disease are tremendous! I can't even begin to tell you what this struggle was like for my cousins and sister, and I am just an outside observer, if a very emotionally invested one. But there were so many little things along the way that made it more bearable for each of them. Every time someone reached out to them with love and care, it lifted their spirits and their hope and their strength with which to fight. No gesture of care is too small to make a difference!

OK, I've said my piece, and won't keep harping at you on this. But I have one last bit to share, and that is that if you feel inclined to make cards and other projects to reach out Breast Cancer patients and survivors, or to honor those who have fallen to this disease, we have a couple of different sets available to you for FREE in our shop. "Think Pink Oscar" and "Hopeful Heart" have been available for some time, and we've now added "Passionately Pink" as well. You can find them all in the "Try Before You Buy" section of the shop.



If you need a little extra inspiration to make something, you can find all sorts of inspirational challenges this month in the "Hope You Can Cling To" forum at Splitcoaststampers.com. Each challenge also includes directions for how to mail your cards to patients at UT MD Anderson cancer treatment center, in case you want to reach out beyond those affected in your immediate life.

Last but not least,  the beautiful card at the top of today's post was made by designer KT Fit Kitty. She combined elements from the "Think Pink" and "Passionately Pink" sets to create this wonderful card of hope. Thank you, Kitty! :-)



Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Special Delivery with Faith Anderson



Every baby is a precious gift worth celebrating! For today's share, our Guest Designer, Faith Anderson, has created this darling card to celebrate a brand new baby boy. I literally squealed with delight when I saw this card, and it's not even for me -- ha ha!

To make this, Faith used elements from the "Special Delivery" set. She used digital paper from this set to create the house, along with SVG-cut borders for the roof and the flowers. She printed the image of the stork and baby boy on acetate. Because ink prints somewhat pale on the acetate, she also colored on the back of the image, too, to brighten it. As if the front wasn't cute enough, here's what the inside of the card looks like:


Faith carried the house theme inside, hanging a little "charm" of the baby on the "knob" of the door. She added a super sweet poem of her own, accented again by the stork and baby image. This is just about as cute as it comes!

To read more about how Faith created this precious card, and to view more of her fabulous creations, please visit her blog at Daffodil Cards. We'll of course have another of her projects to share her next Wednesday, too, so stay tuned! :-)


Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Digi of the Month Challenge Inspiration Week 3

We've shared a lot of inspiration this past week for challenges we're sponsoring, but don't want you to forget that we also have our "in-house" Digi of the Month Challenge going on! :-) In this ongoing progressive freebie challenge, everybody who plays along per the challenge rules gets the next month's featured set for FREE! Our current challenge is to use the featured "Thinking Spot" set to create a project and link it to the October challenge post by no later than November 2. There is still plenty of time to play, and here's a little inspiration from our designers to get you thinking. We sure do hope you'll play along! :-)













We'll have more challenge inspiration for you next week! In the meantime, you can also check out the projects made by fellow challenge players by following the link-ups in the October challenge post.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Sponsoring at Not Just Cards

We share a lot of cards here, but digis aren't just for cards! Over at Not Just Cards, they would love to see some of your non-card projects this week. Scrapbook pages, altered notebooks, tags, boxes, frames, bags...anything goes! Of course, cards count, too, but they -- and we -- encourage you to try something new. With Christmas not too far off, this is an especially great time to make little gifty items. Plus when you play along, you could win a $10 gift code to our shop! A few of us card-makers at Deedee's Digis decided to challenge ourselves, and here are some of the things we came up with. What will you make? :-)

Sandy - K-Cup Gift Packs featuring "Open Window" and Fall Teddies and  "Whole Latte Love"



Sandy - Pumpkin Bread Gift - Sweet & Spicy and Open Window



Faith (Guest Designer) - Christmas Treat Box featuring Snowman Tags



Deedee - Fall Treat Pouch featuring "Happy Jacks"

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Sponsoring Sentimental Sundays

Oh yes, we sure do have a whole lot of sponsoring going on this month! But that's good news for you, as it means LOTS of chances to win some of our digis!!! Today and throughout the coming week, we are sponsoring the challenge at Sentimental Sundays. The theme this week is "buttons." Ooh, that's a fun one -- I love buttons!!! Oh and don't forget to include a sentiment -- it is "Sentimental Sundays," after all! :-)

Here are some samples that our designers have made for this challenge to inspire you. Enjoy, and happy crafting!












Saturday, October 11, 2014

Scrapbook Saturday: Autumn Days Are Here Again!



Autumn days are here again, and so is Scrapbook Saturday! Today designer Melissa Craig brings us a delightful layout showcasing the exquisite palette of Autumn, not to mention this wonderful photo of her daughter and her daughter's friend getting ready to support their favorite team. (That's another fun thing about Autumn -- football season!)

As always, Melissa has combined subtle textures (notice that beautiful embossed honeycomb pattern in the background layer?) with just the right amount of accents to really make her photo and journalling stand out. She used elements from the "Stitchy Fall" set to bring in the Autumn flair.  The buttons and little "twine" bows she added tie in so well with the feel of the digi elements, and make great "girly" accents, too. Beautifully-made, Melissa!

Friday, October 10, 2014

Sponsoring Sister Act Card Challenge

Yippee it is Friday!! Hopefully the weekend will allow for some craft time. If you are able to craft please come join us as Deedee's Digis sponsor Sister Act Card Challenge!! The theme is always ANYTHING GOES!! You have till Oct 16th to join in the fun. If you play in the challenge you will have a chance to win a $10.00 Gift Code to the store.

Here is some inspiration from the DT:


Have a blessed weekend,