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Sunday, May 24, 2015

Alert! Alert! Last week to post for DOM Challenge

The warning sirens are going off!! Drop everything and run to craft room!! This is the last week to get your Digi of the Month project done using this Handsome digi

*On sale until Sunday*

You have until May 31 to share your own creation made with this set and link it up to the challenge post in order to receive next month's featured set for FREE. 

Our Guest Designer this month, Deanne - A Little Bit o' Paper has some inspiration for you.

Oh I love the striped pants and how the chair looks like a real textured chair. 
Great job keeping it masculine and visually interesting to the eye at the same time!

If you live in the U.S. and your off Monday why not take the day to yourself and create! That's what days off are for! If not make sure to be outside having fun enjoying life and our freedom. But no matter where you live I hope you can find some crafty time and join in on the monthly fun we have here!

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Happy Graduation by Joyce Johnson

I love to doodle.'ve probably figured that out by now, huh? But do you know what I love more? Seeing those doodles being used to make fun things!

With her permission, we have a delightful graduation card to share today. This was made by follower Joyce Johnson. It is definitely that time of year, isn't it? Joyce used the "Congratulations Graduate" set to make this (available here for non-EU residents OR here for EU residents). The classic (and classy!) color combination of red, white, and gold really stand out on her card. I love the simple elegance of the dotted texture in the background. And look at how she personalized the diploma! Beautifully made, Joyce, and thanks so much for letting us share it today!

It is such a joy when you share with us the many different ways that you use our digis to bring a little extra sunshine into your and others' days. Anytime you make something with one of our digis, please do feel free to share a link, or send us a photo at With your permission, we'll even share it wider with our blog followers! :-)

Friday, May 22, 2015

It's a Flower Frenzy!

To me, flowers are just so lovely, whether they are live and growing in the garden, in a sweet little vase on the kitchen counter, or recreated in paper. Are you a flower-lover, too? If so, then the theme of the fortnightly challenge at Simply Papercraft Challenges is right up your alley: "Flower Frenzy!" Stop by and show them your best blooms sometime in the next two weeks for a chance to win a $15 gift code to our shop.

I had my own little flower-making frenzy in response to this challenge. I used one of the little chick images plus a sentiment from the "Spring Chicks" set (available here for non-EU residents OR here for EU residents). This is another all-digital card (still can't get to those crafting materials due to house construction!), and a variety of digital punches by Stampin' Up! helped me to create the floral border and "die" behind the image.

So, what kind of "floral frenzy" will you create? We'd love to see!

Thursday, May 21, 2015

May Sketch Challenge #3 at Outlawz!

Have you been playing along with the sketch challenges this month over at Outlawz? This week they have another fantastic sketch on offer for your crafting pleasure! Stop over and take a peek, and don't forget to join in the fun -- it could mean some prize digis from our shop for you!

Look at this beauty that Faith Anderson created based on this week's sketch. She used an image from the "Grown with Love" set, along with a cheery combination of patterned papers, and bright, Spring colors! Everything about this says, "LIFE!" How about that bow she made -- isn't it wonderful? I especially like the pearl in the center. It's such an pretty finishing touch, and ties in beautifully with the flower centers on the darling, floral border strip.

I went all-digital this week. Our house has been "under construction" so I haven't been able to get to my hand-crafting materials. But that's the fun thing about digis, isn't it? There's more than one way to use them! I used the pre-colored radio image and a sentiment from the new "Vintage Media" set. Since I had a more masculine card in mind, I didn't add a bow, but used that area of the sketch for my sentiment instead.

You can see many more projects made with this week's sketch over at the Outlawz Sketch challenge. I always love the projects that their DT make, but this week, they are especially precious. Remember, we're offering a $25 gift code prize to one monthly winner, PLUS, if you make a project that features this month's twist of a "Baby" theme, you could win a baby $5 gift code.

Enjoy your evening -- Friday is almost here! :-)

Photo Inspiration at Addicted to Stamps and More

Happy Thursday! Do you need some inspiration for your crafting today? Check out the photo inspiration offered over at the Addicted to Stamps and More challenge blog!

Here's what our own Faith Anderson was inspired to create based on the photo. Isn't this sweet? Faith incorporated the bird theme of the inspiration photo, as well as the dramatic color scheme. The way she colored the owls, especially, makes them stand out so beautifully. Love it! Faith used the image and a sentiment from the "Under Your Wing" set, which you can find in our shop here if you are a non-EU resident OR here if you are a EU resident.

Not only is the photo offered at Addicted to Stamps and More this week very inspirational, but crafting something based on it, and linking it up there, could win you a $15 gift code to our shop. So have at it, and don't forget to have fun!!!

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

A Little Something.....

As promised - Deanne, our May Guest Designer, has a little something just for you today:

Once again Deanne has used her favorite technique of paper piecing.  She's so talented!!!  Once again she has added those special touches such as stitching and a die cut edge.  Deanne used "Chance of Showers" which can be found HERE (non-EU Residents) and HERE (EU Residents ONLY).

Deanne shared how her style has changed since her first card she made and now:  --I use digis now.When I started making cards I used my rubber stamps. I rarely take them out now!! They are feeling neglected :O(

Of course here at Deedee's Digis we are THRILLED she's using digis!  :)  Be sure to stop by Deanne's blog - A Little Bit O' Paper - and leave her some love.  Also browse around a bit - you'll see some lovely work!  Come back next week and see what Deanne has planned for's going to be simply YUMMY!

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

No patterned paper

Can you make a card with no patterned paper? That is the challenge this week at Fan-Tastic Tuesday where your cards must be Square or Rectangle and include the twist!

I actually probably do equal amount of cards with and without patterned paper. It all depends on the image or feel to the card. But my cards are simple compared to the work that went into Mary H.'s card that contains no patterned paper....

Do you see that grass...amazing! She did it with "just flicking the blade strokes" of her Copic markers. She also made the background paper too! No patterned paper here and it's a masterpiece.

So mine uses Deedee's images as the star of the card! I used Kraft paper to give it the feel of the dirt on a baseball field. This card started with last weeks sketch at the Wedensday Outlawz Sketch Challenge.

Hope you will come join us for a chance at a $15.00 gift code to Deedee's Digis. 
Have you seen the newest releases just in time for Father's Day?

Happy Crafting!

Monday, May 18, 2015

Are you persevering with your crafts?

This month the challenge at Path of Positivity is Perseverance. However you want to represent Perseverance they want to see it....journal, art page, scrapbook page, cards, pottery, etc. This was the first time for Deedee's Digis to sponsor this challenge and I sure have enjoyed seeing how the DT members took on this challenge. None of us had played in this challenge before except for Stephanie so Pippa, Faith, Carol and I have been pushed in our creativity....and we all have persevered!!


WOW! Everything about these cards represent her take on Perseverance...even down to the clear card bases! You really need to go read her post (just click on her name).

I didn't know a caterpillar could be so pretty!! I love how she placed the encouraging sentiment in the vine.

CAS perfection! I love how she shows that never giving up will result in growth.

It has been fun creating with a purpose in mind. Sometimes it is just fun to create for fun and sometimes it is fun to push ourselves. I hope you will persevere and try your hand at this different type of challenge.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Digi of the Month Reminder

We are in the middle of the month so if you haven't made up your card for the Digi of the Month Challenge now is the time to start getting serious! You have 2 weeks left since the challenge will run to May 31st.

This month we're featuring "Dad's Day Off" (available here for Non-EU residents or here for EU residents).

That plaid is perfect for a masculine card. I love brads so of course I like the added brads and matching ribbon. An extra touch but still masculine. 

Remember, you have until May 31 to share your own creation made with this set and link it up to the challenge post in order to receive next month's featured set for FREE. 
Happy crafting, and have a terrific week!!!

Saturday, May 16, 2015

No Squares Allowed!!

Today Deedee's Digis is sponsoring Allsorts Challenge Blog and their challenge for the week is No Squares Allowed!

Zella and Lynn created for this challenge and they went completely opposite of each other!! Lynn went for a Christmas creation while Zella is at the beach!! I'm thinking I'm with Zella and want the warm weather and cool water!

Lynn made this adorable bag with Daniel Santa on it since she is going to be filling them with gift cards. Check out her blog for details by clicking on her name.

Oh this card just reminds me how much I need a vacation!! 
I like the touch of the ribbon and the patterned blue paper behind the shells. 

Friday, May 15, 2015

Christmas Critters!!

If we keep sponsoring these Christmas Challenges each month we won't be stressed when Christmas gets here. I didn't get one done yet for The 12 Months of Christmas Link Up Challenge - Christmas Critters but Faith, Marji and Donna did and they sure are cute.

If you have not seen or heard Deedee's Digis is offering a FREE Christmas Image - Jingle All the Way - till Thursday as part of our sponsorship of Jingle Belles Christmas Challenge. Go to the Try Before You Buy section of the store and you will see it for FREE!!

Both Faith and Donna used this image on their cards.

(Also used paper from the set below that Marji used!)

Marji used all four images and made a set of Christmas Cards!! 
Got to her blog by clicking on her name to see all 4.

Hope you will come play in Jingle Belles - Digital Christmas Challenge and The 12 Months of Christmas Link Up Challenge - Christmas Critters.  You can make one card and enter both to double your chances of winning Deedee's Digis!! Yippee!!

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Let's see Flowers

Spring is in full bloom so Crafting by Design would like to see Flowers on your creations this week. As the challenge says,  "So this is your chance to dig out those Flower Stamps. Boxes of flowers, Flower dies and punches and create a fabulous project for our challenge."

I had to make a sympathy card for the family of one of my "regulars" in my craft class at the retirement home. When I was praying about making the card these were the flowers I felt led to put on the card. They are bright and beautiful just like she was. Flowers can be used for numerous types of cards which makes them so wonderful in the craft world. Which type of card will you make while displaying flowers on your project?

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

It's Your Day Deanne!

Wednesday brings our Guest Designer back to share her next lovely creation!  Deanne titled her card "It's Your Day" and it's just so cute!!!

Deanne loves working with children so it's only fitting that her card features a child.  Look at all those little special touches - the twine, the button...and did you notice the mustard on that Corn Dog?  I would have never thought of that!!!!  For this card Deanne used "Carnival Kids" which can be found HERE (EU Residents Version only) or HERE (Non EU Residents).

I asked Deanne "When paper crafting, what is your go-to item(s) that you couldn't live  without and why?"  Once again you can see her paper piecing skills and now you know that of course she would answer - --My go-to items are my patterned paper stash and my Stickles or glitter
glue. I also love coloring my digis with my Copics!!

Be sure to stop by A Little Bit O' Paper and leave her some love.  She would love to hear from you!!!  And come back next Wednesday when Deanne will be sharing "a little something just for you"....yes, that's a hint!  :)

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

It's Tuesday Morning!!

That means time for Tuesday Morning Sketches!! Check out this awesome sketch that has so many possibilities!

I love sketches and 99.5% of my cards start from sketches....I have to have a starting point. It might not end up looking like the sketch but I have to have something to start me down a path. When I saw the big circle in the sketch I thought that would be perfect for a flower. The button took away from the beautiful rose (that I have cut three separate layers and pop dotted each) so I left it off. That's what I love about sketches you can make them your own. The beautiful rose digi also gave me the opportunity to use one of my newer embossing folders.

Even before I was on Deedee's Team and the sponsor coordinator I had two go-to sites for sketches...Tuesday Morning Sketches and Sketch Saturday. So I was a happy girl to find out Deedee Digis sponsors both!! I would love to see your take on this sketch by playing along at Tuesday Morning Sketches Challenge.

Monday, May 11, 2015

A flower for Mother's Day

I hope everyone had a wonderful Mother's Day yesterday. If you didn't get real flowers yesterday I hope you got some on your cards. If not Outlawz Greetings Challenge wants you to make a Mother's Day Card with at least one flower so you will be prepared for next year. All woman like flowers now and then. I like them for "just because" days. I didn't get flowers yesterday but the puppies did have daddy get me a gift certificate to get a massage!! Much better and much needed gift! How did you spend your day? If you get any crafty time we would love for you to join the Outlawz Greetings Challenge for a chance to win a $15.00 gift code to the store.

Bee-lieve - Non-EU Residents ONLY
Bee-lieve - EU Residents ONLY

I love how Deedee and I both went with frames around the main image and then swirls around our flowers!

Sunday, May 10, 2015

NSD Challenge Winner & Digi of the Month Challenge Reminder!

Happy Sunday, and Happy Mother's Day to all Moms!!! We hope you're having a very blessed day today!

We've got a couple of things to share with you today. First, because we know you've all been waiting, we have the winner to announce of our National Scrapbook Day challenge. Thanks so much to everyone who joined in! It was a lot of fun to see how creative you got with lifting our team's projects! Without further ado, the winner of the $21 gift code to our shop AND an upcoming spot as a Guest Designer here on our blog, as determined by random draw, is....

#1...Patacake! Congratulations! We'll be contacting you shortly by email to arrange your prize!

And now, some crafty inspiration from our team to get you thinking about this month's "Digi of the Month" challenge! This month we're featuring "Dad's Day Off" (available here for non-EU residents or here for EU residents).

Tamara created an elegant, masculine card. I love the background texture on this, and how well it reflects "Dad's" chair. Of course, the sentiment says everything "Dad" needs to hear -- nobody could fill his shoes, ever!

Faith had a lot of fun creating a whole little scene around "Dad." The window and kitty are from the "Open Window" set (here for non-EU residents or here for EU residents), and the rest she made herself using Photoshop (TM)! Check out the photo of Dad she added to the "wall!"

Remember, you have until May 31 to share your own creation made with this set and link it up to the challenge post in order to receive next month's featured set for FREE. Happy crafting, and have a terrific week!!!