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Saturday, November 22, 2014

It's the Little Things

I've said it before and I'll say it again -- it's the littlest things that bring the greatest joy! Of course, the love between a mother and her child, as celebrated in today's "Scrapbook Saturday" layout by Melissa Craig, is no little thing. And yet, there are so many little things that make that love into the big thing that is. Smiles...hugs and cuddles...little things, but so big when collected together over the years!

To make today's scrapbook share, Melissa used elements from the "Greatest Joy" set. She combined the image of the little mouse blowing bubbles with soft-colored papers and just the barest of hint of black. These coordinate beautifully with the brighter colors in the photo, accenting them but making the photo stand out at the same time. The extra bubbles she added at the upper left corner tie the page together so beautifully. So sweet and whimsical, and so perfect to celebrate the love between a mother and child!

Friday, November 21, 2014

Last Day for Freebie and a little TEASER!!

I just wanted to let you know that you MUST get this month's Digi of the Month done by Nov 30th.  
YOU WILL WANT NEXT MONTHS IMAGE...I promise!! It is so darn cute and versatile that I thought I would give you just a little tease!!

This is no tease...Today is the last day to get this adorable image free (see below).
Just click on link below and load it to your cart from the Free section.

I hope I have given you the motivation to carve out a little crafty time. 
Seriously, you will REALLY want next months Digi of the Month.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Week 3 sketch at the Outlawz Challenge

We are in the 3rd week of November (can you believe Thanksgiving is NEXT weeks!) so it is time for another sketch challenge at the Outlawz Challenge.

This is the sketch provided for you to use as your inspiration. 

Here are the samples of how the DT was inspired by the sketch.

Deedee - Pilgrim Owls

Hope you get a little time to crafty before the holiday next week!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Snowflakes with Tamara Dixon

Snow: it's something we don't get much here in Northern California, and yet, when asked what I associate most with Winter, snow is exactly what comes to mind. How about you? Snow is truly iconic, and today our November Guest Designer, Tamara Dixon, has created a spectacular card showcasing that which is at the heart of snow -- snowflakes!

Tamara used an image, paper, and sentiment from the "Snowflakes" set to create this 5.25-inch square card. The classic navy blue cardstock by Bazzill, along with the grey ink (Memento London Fog) that she used to highlight the elements really make them stand out to the eye. She added rhinestone accents by Want2Scrap that glisten just as snow does in the sunshine. Isn't it gorgeous?!? Tamara isolated the single large snowflake against a backdrop of so many others and really dressed it up. You can see where she sponged the ink around the image to make the snowflake stand out, and added the rhinestones to the end and center points. What you might not be able to see in the photo is that she glossed up the snowflake with clear Wink of Stella, and that the background paper glistens like real snow, thanks to the Shimmer (frost) she added. I am told by a mutual friend who has seen this card in "real" life that the effect is truly stunning!

Here's what the inside looks like. Here Tamara highlighted a sentiment from the "Snowflakes" set, and sparkled up the snow mound that she added.

Everything about this is so lovely, but especially the message! If we think of ourselves as snowflakes moving through life, we each shine in our own ways like the snowflake that Tamara highlighted on the front of her card, but it is when we stick together, like mounds of snow, that we truly accomplish!

Tamara will be back next Wednesday to share one last project as our November Guest Designer, so don't miss out! In the meantime, you can see more of her beautiful work at her gallery at Splitcoast Stampers.

Monday, November 17, 2014

November Challenge Inspiration -- Half-way Through!

We are halfway through our November Digi of the Month challenge. Have you played along? I see that a lot of you have, and it's so fun to see the variety of projects you've come up with using this month's set! If you haven't played yet, there is still plenty of time. This month's challenge will run through Sunday, November 30.

Here is a little "half-way through" inspiration for you today from some of our designers. Enjoy, and happy crafting!

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Inspiration is Everywhere

Especially if you look around our DT blogs! These ladies have been busy making some cute crafts to inspire you.

Have a blessed week! Come back tomorrow for Digi of the Month Inspiration.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Snowman Soup (Freebie!)

One of the most fun things about this time of year is the opportunity to make treats for others. Whether as a stocking stuffer or just as a little gift to cheer up someone special,  "Snowman Soup" is one of my favorites to make and share. To help you make some, too, I've added a new "Snowman Soup" digi set to the shop. It's currently available for FREE, through next Friday, November 21. Enjoy!

Never heard of "Snowman Soup?" It's a little kit that you put together (like the one shown at the top of this post) that is made up of a packet of cocoa, some marshmallows, and a peppermint stick. Then you tuck in a cute little poem to explain the theme of the kit. You can find all sorts of poems on the Internet. I wasn't sure about the legality of "borrowing" one of these for my digi set, though, so although it took me days (literally!), I finally was able to write a silly poem of my own.

Of course, this digi set doesn't have to be used to make "Snowman Soup." It would make cute cards and scrapbook pages, too. Here's a darling card that Carol - Happy Expressions made using it. Super sweet, don't you think?

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Ready for another sketch?!

It is another week in November so that means there is another Sketch Challenge at the Outlawz Challenge. Here is the sketch for this week's inspiration.

Here are Deedee's and Kathy's takes on the sketch:

Kathy D. - Puppy's Christmas

It is time to use black cardstock

That's right it's time to dust off the black cardstock and put it to use! We are sponsoring Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenge this week (Nov 12th - Nov 18th) which is Use Black Cardstock! Now I can use black cardstock without thinking about it until you TELL ME to use it then I draw a blank! Does that happen to anyone else? Well Deedee nailed it with her adorable Thanksgiving card!

After thinking and thinking this card came together in a flash once I figured out the sketch I was going to use!
Kathy D. - Dashing Through

Hope you will come play along with us!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving with Tamara Dixon

Every day is filled with blessings, large and small. Scripture instructs us to be thankful at all times, but it is still to fun to have a special day set aside each Fall for giving thanks, don't you think? For this week's share, our Guest Designer, Tamara Dixon, has created a gorgeous card celebrating this extra special day of Thanksgiving.

To make her card, Tamara used an image and sentiment from the "Autumn Blessings" set. She combined a gate fold with an easel layout.

Tamara used some of the glorious "Fall Harvest" papers by Tim Coffey (K & Company) to set the stage of her card, along with richly-colored cardstocks by Bazzill.  She cut out the image and sentiment pieces using the "Petite Ovals" and "Petite Scalloped Ovals" dies by Spellbinders. She also inked these pieces lightly around the edges, giving them a little visual "pop" along with a very elegant and polished look! Finally, Tamara accented the area around the sentiment piece with a few brown "baby bling" rhinestones by Want2Scrap. The final result is a "card" that is an delightful gift as well! Who wouldn't cherish having this to display on their mantel throughout the holiday?

Thank you, Tamara, for blessing us with your share today! To see more of Tamara's lovely creations, please stop back next Wednesday, or visit her gallery at Splitcoast Stampers.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Thank You to Our Veterans!

Today in the United States, we celebrate "Veterans' Day." Freedom does not come free, so I think it is awesome that we have a special day set aside to show our appreciation for those men and women who serve in the military (not to mention their families!) and who sacrifice so much every day to provide that freedom.

I've made a little card of thanks to share with you today. This was made with the image from the "Snow Thankful" set. This set will always be free in our shop, so that anyone who wants to can make and send their own cards of thanks. As a member of a family with many service veterans, I can tell you that those cards are very, very much appreciated.

To our veterans, an extra special thank you. May God bless and keep you and your loved ones today and every day!

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Time Invested (Scrapbook Saturday)

Time spent with loved ones isn't just time spent, it's time invested! For today's Scrapbook Saturday share, designer Melissa Craig has made a delightful page celebrating some of the time her children and their grandma have invested together. It might seem like such a simple activity -- making Easter bags together -- but you just know from looking at these pictures that the bonds being built between these three and their grandmother is far from simple, and so very, very precious!

To create this page, Melissa used elements from the "Handmade Happiness" set. The Spring color pallette and crafty nature of this set both coordinate wonderfully with the theme of Melissa's page. The layout that Melissa used is so fun, too -- it reminds me of a film strip, and makes me long to see the next frame in the series. Scrapbooking should always be like that, don't you think -- celebrating the memories, but also inviting curiosity about what happens next! :-)

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Sketch Challenge at the Outlawz Challenge

We are sponsoring the Sketch Challenge this month at Outlawz Challenge! There will be a new sketch challenge every Wednesday at Outlawz Challenges. We will be posting our samples on Thursday since Wednesday is Guest DT member day and we want to show off Tamara Dixon's beautiful work too!

Here is this week's sketch used as our inspiration, and a couple of samples from our team to get you thinking.

Creative Corners with Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenge Blog

We are sponsoring Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenge Blog this week (Nov 5th - Nov 11th) and the challenge is Creative Corners. Which I loved because I hardly think to use decorative corners and this made me get out of my comfort zone. I hope you will come play at Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenge and you will have a chance to win a $10.00 gift code from Deedee's Digis. Which would be AWESOME since she just added more cute items to the store....check them out in the Newest Releases Section.

Kathy D. -Fun & Festive and Corners & Frames

Deedee - At the Table

Do you tend to use corners or is it something you forget about too? Either way I hope you will add some corners to your card and join in the challenge!

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

November Guest Designer: Tamara Dixon!

Please welcome our Guest Designer for the month of November -- Tamara Dixon! Tamara is a card-maker and fellow sister-in-Christ. She first came to my attention through our monthly challenges and through her gallery at Splitcoast Stampers. What I love about Tamara's crafting style is how clean and classic it is! I have seen her use a variety of techniques, including some that I know can get pretty messy -- ha ha! -- but no matter what, her cards always have such a classy look to them!

For her first share, Tamara created a super sweet card using the "Hay Ride" set. She used a gate fold for the layout, and was tickled to share with me that she managed to use all of the digital papers included in the set. On the front of the card, she layered the image of the scarecrow toting her crow friend directly on to the leaf-patterned. This really sets the Fall scene, don't you think? She then layered the leafy paper over the gingham paper, and used her "Rectangles" and "Deckled Rectangles" dies by Spellbinders to cut the image piece that holds the card closed. She added some glittery accents to parts of the image using a Sakura gel pen (falling leaves) and clear Wink of Stella (hay). Here is what the inside of the card looks like:

You can see that she used the third paper -- a "hay" pattern -- here, and again, layered the pre-colored image plus one of the sentiments from this same set directly on to the paper before printing. The result is a darling, uplifting card that is perfect for Fall! Looking at this card sure gives me a lift -- how about you? :-)

We'll be back with another share from Tamara next Wednesday, so stay tuned. In the meantime, for more inspiration, please visit her personal gallery at Splitcoast Stampers. She has some amazing cards in there for you to peek at!

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

A Fix and a Freebie!

Hello, crafty friends! I have just a couple of bits of news to share with you today. 

First, it was brought to my attention recently that some of you were struggling with the "Search" function at our shop. It took some time and experimenting, but I've finally got it working correctly -- hooray! You should now be able to search by set name or subject and pull up the sets that you are looking for. Thanks to everyone who let me know that this was a problem -- I appreciate the feedback and the opportunity to improve your shopping experience with us!

Second, I've added a new freebie to the shop. "Checked Recipe Cards" is now available for you in the "Try Before You Buy" area of the shop. I don't know about you, but I do a ton of baking this time of year, especially gift items, so I thought these might be helpful to have around. This set also coordinates well with this month's featured set -- "Mix it Up," and might be a fun addition to your challenge creations this month. Enjoy! ;-)