Thursday, October 8, 2015

Autumn C.R.A.F.T.'ing

The Autumn crafting season is just so short! Well, I suppose all of the seasons are equally long, if you really think about it -- ha ha! But for some reason this season seems to me to pass by so quickly, probably because we have to use it to make our Christmas cards in time. Thankfully, Autumn challenges are abounding right now in the paper crafting world! This week we are sponsoring a fun one over at the C.R.A.F.T. challenge blog. The theme is very inclusive: Autumn, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Bonfire. Well that about covers it, doesn't it? :-)

Naturally, we've got some Autumn projects from our team to inspire you, and of course, you can see many more lovelies over at he C.R.A.F.T. challenge blog! Don't forget to link your own Autumn project up over there for a chance to win some digis!


Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Meet Our October Guest Designer!

October is here and our new Guest Designer is feeling a little wild it seems.  Please help me welcome Anne Slattery as our October Guest Designer.  You can visit Anne at her wonderful blog:  Cards With Purpose.  What a wonderful title for a blog...wish I would have thought of that (LOL!).

Here's a little bit about Anne: 

I am a card maker for worthy causes. I started donating cards I created to Operation Write Home; with our troops coming home (heart warming), OWH no longer accepts cards.
Now, I seek out nursing homes, senior citizen centers, homeless shelters, hospitals, etc. to ask if there is a need for cards. You would be very surprised to find out how you can help the needs of others by using your talents if you just ask. I make cards for a local church so the pastor can send them for Valentine’s Day to the widows and widowers of the congregation and A Day Cards to the single moms of the congregation; I supply Christmas Cards to a Senior Life Center my husband works for. I send cards to SAS4Kids and right now am in contact with two children's hospitals in this area to see if we can help them with cards.

Obviously Anne has a huge heart - but she is also is a mega talent!  For her first card this month she used used Go Wild.  (I told you she was feeling a bit wild - LOL!).  Take a look at this:

I'm an animal lover at heart so I just adore her card!  What do you think?  Stop by and visit her at Cards With Purpose and let her know...she would love for you to visit.  While you're there leave her some love and also poke around her blog a bit.  I can promise you this:  You won't be disappointed!  

Be sure to come back next Wednesday to see what Anne has in store for us....I'll be here...will you?

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Digi of the Month Challenge Reminder & Inspiration

We share a lot here about the challenges that we're sponsoring, but we don't want you to forget about our own Digi of the Month challenge! This month's challenge features the "Pumpkin Patch" digi set. Make any wholesome project using this set, and link it up to the challenge post by 11:55 PM on Sunday, 1 November to receive next month's featured set for FREE! If you don't have this set yet, you can get it for just $1.25 in our shop thru the end of this challenge.

Faith and Carol have a little fresh inspiration for you today. We hope it helps to get those creative juices flowing in your brain today! :-)

Monday, October 5, 2015

Halloween Party

Now I know that not all of our readers celebrate Halloween, and I totally respect that. For those who, like me, enjoy the cute and silly side of this holiday, the Monday Outlawz Greeting Challenge is perfect for you this week! This week's theme is "Halloween Party." This is a great chance to make an invitation for the party you have planned, or just a fun Halloween card. Remember, you must include a sentiment on your project in addition to following the theme. This is a one-week-only challenge, and one festive participant will receive a $15 gift code to our shop, so don't miss out!

Here's the silly card that I made for my niece for Halloween this year. I have many nephews but only one niece, so it's fun to get a little girly with her cards, even the Halloween ones. The image and sentiment, and background paper are all from the "Treat Monsters" digi set. I recycled the pink and green curly ribbon from a gift that a dear friend sent me, and the pumpkin button has been in my stash for years, but I never found quite the right card to use it on until now! :-)

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Sending Early Holiday Wishes 4 Kids

So did you enjoy our World Card Making Day challenge?!? We sure hope that you had fun with it! If you have already played, you are welcome to play again! If you haven't played yet, you have until Friday, 16 October to play and link up your project(s)! Remember, everyone who plays wins the "Pal" digi(s) assigned to the row(s) of the Tic-Tac-Toe board that they complete. We'll announce the grand prize winners here on Saturday, 17 October.

Speaking of winning, here's another fun challenge you can join in and possibly win some of our digis (among other prizes): over at Send a Smile 4 Kids, they want to see "Early Holiday Wishes 4 Kids." The many children's hospitals that they currently serve really like to have Winter holiday cards in plenty of time to prepare them for the children, as well as to give the kids time to choose some for their loved ones. You may create any Winter holiday card that would be appropriate for a child. Don't forget to link up your project at the Send a Smile 4 Kids blog, and to read the information on offer there about how to donate your cards. Entries must be uplinked there before noon CST on Friday, 16 October.

Crafting for kids is so fun!!! A couple of us gladly took up this challenge, and here's what we came up with:

"Stocking Pals (Daniel)" digi set
**Currently available exclusively as a prize for our WCMD challenge!**

Saturday, October 3, 2015

"Pick Your Pal" World Card Making Day Challenge!

Happy World Card Making Day ("WCMD")!!! Today is a day set aside worldwide to celebrate our craft. Naturally we couldn't let it pass us by without a special event to celebrate! So here's what we've got for you today: "Pick Your Pal" Tic-Tac-Toe!

As you can see, we've created a fun game board for you. (Click on it to enlarge it if you need to!) How do you play? Easy-peasy!

1. Choose a row on the Tic-Tac-Toe board, make a card using one of our digis that matches that row, share it on your blog or public gallery, and then link it up to our WCMD challenge post using the linky tool below. No back-linking please. You must create a new card for this challenge.
2. Each numbered row on the Tic-Tac-Toe card coordinates to a "Pal" digi that you will receive as a prize for completing that row. There are a total of eight "Pal" digis that you can win, including four from our "Pumpkin Pals" set...

...and four from our brand new, not-yet-in-the-shop "Stocking Pals" set!

3. When you link up your card, please state which row number you followed to create it, and verify that your email address is 100% correct in the link-up so that Deedee can email you your prize!
4. You may participate multiple times to get multiple digis. Each entry must be linked separately, even if you include them in a single blog or gallery post.
5. If you complete the whole Tic-Tac-Toe card ("Blackout") via one card OR by completing three cards representing either all three vertical rows or all three horizontal rows, you will receive both full sets including the additional elements shown in the photos above!
6. In addition to the "Pal" digi prizes shown above, we will also have TWO additional prize drawings at the end of the challenge:
  • One entrant will win a spot as our Guest Designer here on the blog for the month of November! Now, we know that some of you would not be interested in this, so to make sure that we're only drawing from those who are, please, if you are interested in entering this drawing, remember to put "GDT" next to your name in your link-up(s).
  • We will draw for a number between "1" and "9" (eight numbered Tic-Tac-Toe rows plus the number "9" for "Blackout"). Everyone who entered a card for that number of row on the Tic-Tac-Toe card will win a $10 gift code to the shop!
7. DEADLINE: You have until Friday, 16 October, 2015 to complete this challenge. Drawing winners will be announced here on Saturday, 17 October, 2015.

Need a little inspiration to get you started? Here's a little from our team!

Followed row 5 on the game board, using the "Sunshine & Sunflowers" digi set

Featuring the fox image from the "Pumpkin Pals" prize set

Featuring the Oscar and teddy images from the "Stocking Pals prize set

Followed row 8 on the game board, using the "Dad's Day Off" digi set

Featuring the penguin image from the "Stocking Pals" prize set

OK, so that's it! We hope that you have fun with our little game, and we look forward, as always, to seeing the fabulous projects that you come up with! :-)

Friday, October 2, 2015

2 Fun Challenges to Try Today

Happy Friday! Today we are sponsoring two fun challenges that we wanted to share with you.

Over at Chocolate, Coffee & Cards, the theme this time around is "Animals." We've certainly got plenty of those among our digi sets for you to choose from! Marji used frames and papers from the "Merry Christmas" kit, along with the sweet birdie from the "Christmas Cardinal" digi set to make this gorgeous, matching gift set. Don't you just love that fancy bow on her card? Which animal will you use on yours?

The ladies at Creative Artiste would love to see you use "lace and pearls" on your projects. Didn't Tamara combine these so beautifully? The sentiment that she used is from the "Winter Woods" set. This is a fabulous example of how cards do not have to be image-focused to be beautiful and meaningful!

Ok, so that's it for today, but just a quick reminder to stop by tomorrow for our World Card Making Day event! We'll have a very fun challenge to share with you along with many opportunities to win prizes. You won't want to miss out!!!!

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Show Us Your Autumn Colors!

The calendar clicked over to October this morning -- my favorite month of the year -- woo-hoo! We are definitely in Autumn, now, without a doubt! Speaking of Autumn, the ladies over at Creative Moments want to see your Autumn colors this week. Autumn colors are so magnificent, especially if you are blessed to live in a part of the world where the leaves of the trees change colors!

For my sample for you today, I used the new "Autumn Harvest" digi set. I broke out the clear embossing powder to try an old favorite technique -- "Cracked Glass." There is a great tutorial for this over on Splitcoast Stampers. Alternately, if you prefer a video walk-through, here is a wonderful video tutorial on YouTube. This is honestly such an easy technique to do, and you'll love the results if you give it a try! I backed the finished image with digital paper from the "Leave Me Smiling" digi set. This houndstooth print is just one of four Autumn-colored papers available in that set for your Autumn-crafting delight! :-)

So, show us your Autumn colors this week, and don't forget to link them up over at Creative Moments for a chance to win some digis!

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Stringing Up The Lights

Christmas is right around the corner.  Yeah, I know that it's just the middle of Fall but before you know it Christmas will be here.  Admit it - you've already seen signs of it in the stores.  And you have been thinking about the decorations and the's never to early!  LOL!!

Ruth, our September Guest Designer, used Merry & Bright this week for her card....She certainly is in a Festive state of mind!  Visit her at Tip Top Toppers Things to learn more about her and her card:

Be sure to visit Ruth at her won't be disappointed!  She shared a bit more about her style and card making: 

Promarkers, die cuts and ribbon are probably the three items I go for although glitter glue, glossy accents and half pearls are not far behind!  I usually create clean and simple cards although I do enjoy up-cycling and recycling non papercraft projects.  I don't think I have a particular style - I create what ever happens - sometimes things come together really quickly and other times I take days or weeks (depending on deadlines!) to mull it over and think about what I'm going to make.

We want to take a minute and thank Ruth for being our September Guest Designer.  She has certainly inspired me and I hope you as well!!!!  Be sure to come back next week as we introduce our October Guest won't want to miss it!!!

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Today's Sponsored Challenges

We have a pretty busy sponsorship schedule this week, which is great, because that means crafty inspiration plus lots of chances for you to win some of our digis!!! Today we are sponsoring at:

Clear it Out Challenge
This is a great challenge for diminishing the stash of crafty materials you've been hoarding! This week's theme: "things with wings." Of course, you need to use a stash item, too, and this week they challenge you to use up some of your glitter! 


{PIN}spirational Challenge
As always, you'll find a delightful inspiration photo at this challenge. This time around it's a fun Autumn image. Stop by and take a peek! You have until October 12th to link up your entries, and you can enter up to 5 times!

Through the Craft Room Door
It's always "anything goes" at Through the Craft Room Door, for those of you who enjoy total flexibility in your crafting but still want to be able to share what you make and maybe win a prize while you're at it! 

Monday, September 28, 2015

October Digi of the Month Challenge

There's still a few days left of September, but being the Monday closest to the start of the month, it's time for the October Digi of the Month challenge! We hope that you had fun playing in the leaves during our last challenge. This time around we're hanging with a new scarecrow friend in the featured "Pumpkin Patch" set. October is, after all, "pumpkin everything" month, right? ;-)

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 -- 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 HERE in our shop.

Here's a little inspiration from Gail and Kren to get you thinking. We'll have more inspiration from our designers throughout the challenge, 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 23:55 (11:55 pm) Pacific Time on Sunday, 1 November 2015. If you are inspired to make more than one project we would love to see them 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!

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Following After Peace with Word Art Wednesday

In Romans 14:19, Scripture admonishes us to, "Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace, and things wherewith one may edify another." Such a simple command, but one that, for us humans, can be so difficult to fulfill! As humans, we are naturally competitive, and there is an instinctive drive inside us to put our own needs and even our own ways above those of others. What a blessing, then, that as spiritual beings, and with God's grace, we have the power to overcome that. Moreover, when we pursue ways of being and doing that prioritize the needs of others before our own, things that make for peace and build up others, the process builds us up, too! When you care for others, they care for you, and when you put positive out, you get positive back. How cool is that?!?

This Scripture verse is the free word art by Karen Murray this week at Word Art Wednesday, where we are blessed to be sponsoring. As always, the theme there is to make something using a Scripture verse or encouraging sentiment. A couple of our designers were inspired to use the offered verse in their cards this week. Have a look, and don't forget to hop over to Word Art Wednesday and snag this beautiful word art for yourself!

Cat and hamster from the "Homework Helpers" digi set
Cross scene on the wall from the "Become New" digi set

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Got Milk?

I love those "Got Milk" commercials....and I love cows!  Ok, I admit that I have a thing about animals - they are all so cute...everything from the cutest puppy and kitten that we have as pets to the farm and zoo animals (and of course all those who live in their natural habitats).  Cows are so cute - especially the cows in Cow Are You.  Ruth, our September Guest Designer, has made the cutest cow Birthday card:

 Isn't this just darling??!!  Be sure to visit Ruth at Tip Top Toppers Things to learn more about her card and also to leave her some love.

Come back next week as Ruth will be sharing a bit of Christmas Cheer with us. 

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Design Team Call! (November 2015 thru end February 2016)

Happy Tuesday, crafty friends! If you look up at the menu bar at the top of this page, under our banner, you'll see that I've added a "Design Team Call" button this morning. Yes, we are looking to add a few new members to our team for the term of 2 November thru 28 February. At this busy time of year, we sure could use some extra help sharing the word about Deedee's Digis and the fun and wholesome products that we offer!

If you are interested in applying, please read the full details HERE (or by clicking on that "Design Team Call" button above). The deadline to apply is Monday, 19 October, 2015. If you have any questions, please feel free to email me directly at to ask.

Thanks for your interest, and we look forward to hearing from you! :-)

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Last DOM Reminder for September!

Well here it is -- your last reminder and batch of inspiration from our team for the September Digi of the Month Challenge!  The challenge ends this Sunday evening at 11:55 Pacific Time, so if you haven't made or linked up your creation yet, don't delay!

Our September Guest Designer, Ruth of "Tip Top Toppers Things",  kindly made this gorgeous sample to inspire us this month. As you can see, she made the "Autumn To-Do List" sentiment from this month's featured set -- "Leaf Your Cares Behind" -- the centerpiece of the card. She enlarged some of the leaves, and meticulously fussy cut and applied them. She also added the little pencil image from the "High School Daze" set. The twine and the faux stitching really finish this Autumn card off so well, don't you think?

I was thankful to get a smidge of time to play along this month, too. Most months that doesn't happen -- ha ha! I really wanted to use the elephant playing in the leaves to make a card to let a friend know that I'm praying for them. Hopefully this will cheer her!

Ruth and I came up with such different cards using the same set. That is one of the wonderful thing about digis, and really paper-crafting in general -- you can make so many different things with one simple set, depending on where your imagination takes you! Where will your imagination take you this month? Someplace fun, we hope! :-)

Saturday, September 19, 2015

3-D Saturday Post-it Set

Here's a cute little gift that's super easy to make by our resident 3-D artist, Melissa Craig. For this month's "3-D Saturday" share, Melissa used the "Teddy Frame" digi set (FREEBIE!) along with printable digital paper from the "Handmade Happiness" digi set to make a precious little post-it/notepad set. Isn't it darling?

The holders themselves are super easy to make and to customize with the digis of your choice! For the pen, simply purchase the type with the clear casing that unscrews at the bottom. You roll a piece of paper the right length, and slide it in, then replace the end cap on the pen. Simple! These sets make great little "thank you" or "thinking of you" gifts. They work wonderfully in purses, and as stocking stuffers, too! Just think of the possibilities, especially with the gift-giving season coming up.

If you'd like to make one of these of your own, there's a great video on YouTube (TM) HERE that goes through the process step-by-step. We also have lots of different freebies in our shop for you to play with, along with plenty for sale that are sure to meet crafting needs for all occasions! :-)