Saturday, October 5, 2013

A Fresh Dose of Christmas Inspiration

My children have informed me that that there are only 81 days until Christmas. On the one hand, as I explained to them, that is nearly a fourth of a year. But on the other hand, well, I'm thinking I really had better get to work! Here's a fresh dose of Christmas inspiration for those who need it, like me. :-)

This first card was made by Becky Peterson, using the "Oh Hoppy Day" set. She colored the image with pencils, giving it such a warm, soft feel.

Melissa Craig made a very elegant card using the "Beauty of the Season" set. If you look closely you can see that she has layered her textured pieces, as well as the pieces of the poinsettia for dimension. Such a simple but effective way to add visual interest to a card!

Finally, here is a darling card by Lori Finch, using the "Country Christmas" set.  I really like how she carried the country feel of this image out into the papers and accents she used, giving it a warm, homey feel.

I hope these have given a little Christmas spark to your imagination today! 81's going to go by so quickly!  

Friday, October 4, 2013

Get Well Soon!

One of the big downsides to the change toward the cold seasons is the simultaneous change toward the cold-and-flu season! Already it seems that nearly every child at my daughters' school is sneezing, coughing, and generally ailing. I suspect we're in for a long haul this year. Time to get started on those "Get Well" cards and care packages!

Designers Carol Longacre and Diane Miller have made some sweet "get well" cards to get you thinking today, and I have a silly one to share because, well, that's just me.

Carol created an elegant pick-me-up using the "Cup of Joy" set. This card is so pretty with its cheery greens and purples, and the textured white background and soft ribbons also lend it that air of "soothing."

Diane has created a darling pick-me-up using the "Basket of Love" set. The stitching gives this that homey feel that is so important when one is sick, and the way Diane layered the image makes it seem like the teddy is just reaching out to hug the recipient -- so sweet!

And here is my silly addition. I often feel that, besides prayer and a good dose of chicken soup, laughter is the best medicine. For this card, I used the "Happy Healing" set.

I do sincerely hope and pray that you and yours stay well this cold-and-flu season, but if not, well, we have what you need to send a little get well cheer.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Sweet & Spicy

"Fall," in my household, is practically synonymous with "good food." Not that we don't enjoy it the rest of the year, but the harvest time brings so many fun choices to play with, and the cooler weather means I can bake without overheating the house. One of my favorite foods to play with this time of year is apples. I add them to our salads, cook them into sauces and spicy drinks, and bake them into yummy desserts. My hubby loves to drench them in caramel (just like the one in Jerusha's card above!), then slice them up to snack on during football games. And of course I eat one raw every day, because I definitely want to keep the doctor away! ;-)

Apples are so versatile, not only in cooking, but in crafting. Apple images can be used in every season, and for so many purposes. You can find them in a few of our sets, including the one featured in today's card shares -- "Sweet & Spicy."

Here's what the whole set looks like. Just looking at it makes me hungry. Must be time for my daily apple! :-)

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Think Pink! (Oscar Freebie)

Breast cancer: it's mean, it's nasty, and we need to wipe it off the face of this earth. According to the American Cancer Society, 232,340 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in women this year alone! As far as I'm concerned, even one new case is one too many. There are presently over 2.8 million breast cancer survivors in the United States. I am honored to know several survivors, and am grateful on behalf of each and every one of those women and their families. But I can't help but pray for a time when none will have to go through it. Although a cure has not yet been found, continued research and increased rates of early detection through public awareness have already led to great strides in the right direction. Let's keep things moving in the right direction, ladies! Do your monthly self-exams, get those uncomfortable-yes-but oh-so-necessary mammograms, and pray for the doctors and scientists to find an answer soon.

To honor those who have suffered, survived, or are currently affected by this disease, Oscar has donned his pink ribbon today. I would love it if you would help spread awareness by using him this month in your projects.

Here he is in black and white. His ribbon can be colored in any of the colors that symbolize specific cancers, as we know that breast cancer is not the only battle to be fought.

And here he is in full-color, wearing his pink ribbon.

Last but not least, here is a sentiment (in black and white, and again with a little color) that you can use along with Oscar to help spread awareness this month.

Each of these digis is an individual image. To download, first click on an image to enlarge it to full-size. Then, right-click on the image with your mouse, and select "Save Image..." or Save As..." from the menu that pops up on the screen.

Please remember that these digis, although "freebies," are subject to our Terms of Use, which includes not sharing them except as part of finished projects. If there is someone who you think would like to have these, please send them here to get it, OK? Thanks so much for respecting my work! :-)

Double the Digis!

Hi friends! This is just a quick post to share some news. As many of you know, for the last two years I have illustrated for Clear Dollar Stamps (aka "Clearly Digi Stamps" and "CDS"). Recently, the owner of that company, and my dear friend, Lori McCroskey, decided to close her store. God has led Lori in a new direction, one that will allow her to focus more on her family and health. I am sad that her store has closed, but at the same time, joyful for Lori that she is able to make this choice and give attention where it is needed right now. Above all else, I am grateful for the incredible blessing of the time that I had with her and her team. Now that CDS has closed, all of the digis that were previously available there are now available in my shop at Diane's Daydream Designs. With Lori's permission, I will also be adding the many digi tutorials that I created for CDS to this blog soon. As it is said, "With God, there are no endings -- only endless beginnings!"