Friday, October 25, 2013

Keep Thinking Pink!



Breast Cancer Awareness Month is not quite over yet! For that matter, even when it is, any day is a good day to reach out and spread a little encouragement, hope, and awareness. For those of you working on this type of project, I just wanted to remind you that we have a special "Think Pink Oscar" digi that you can snag for free HERE. I also wanted to share a couple of projects that our designers have made using this digi, because they are so lovely!

Cynthia Margaron transformed "Oscar" into "Oscarette" in this first, sweet card. Everything about this card is so cheerful! Don't you just love the sweet little throw rug she made for her, and the darling rosebud in her "hair?" Here's what the inside of the card looks like:



Now this beauty was made by Stephanie Wright. Stephanie's use of pink and white, and the fun textures she incorporated give this such a fresh and feminine feel! I especially like the extra pink ribbon she added to the greeting, and the sweet glittering on Oscar's collar. So darling, and a great card of encouragement!





If you have used "Think Pink Oscar" in your projects this month, would you please share a link to your project? The team and I so enjoy seeing what each of you makes with our digis!

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Cow Are You?



Puns: do you like them? I *love* them. They send me into huge fits of giggles, I kid you not. You'll find a lot of puns sprinkled throughout my sets, and some sets are entirely punny. For today's share, I have a couple of cards from one of my favorite punny sets, "Cow Are You?"

Jerusha Borden made the cheery card at the top of today's post. I love all the bright colors in this, including that wonderful rainbow rick-rack she used. How can you not smile seeing this? :-)



Here is one by me, just a sweet and simple "hello" card. The patterned paper in the background is included as a "printable" in this set, in both brown-and-white and black-and-white.

I hope we've made you smile today with our silly puns. If you want to see more puns, we have lots of fun sets such as this one that incorporate them in our shop. :-)

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

64 Days and Counting!



Embarrassing admission: the last couple of years, I have sent out store-bought Christmas cards. Gasp! I know, I know -- it's terrible! Our family life was so hectic for a while, that I just really dropped the ball. But I'm determined that this year, that is not going to happen. I've already made a few, and my goal is to have them all made by December 1st. I'd also really like to make some stocking stuffers, teachers' gifts, etc. So looking at the calendar this morning (64 days to go!), I'm feeling like I need to kick it into high-gear. How about you? When do you start crafting for Christmas? Do you set goals for yourself, or just go as the mojo strikes? One thing I'm always in need of while crafting for Christmas is fresh inspiration. I figure I can't be the only one in need of that, so today I have a few more Christmas cards by our fabulous designers to share with you.

At the top of today's post we have a sweet card by NanaConnie, made with the "Meowy Christmas" set. NanaConnie cut the image piece into such a fun shape, and I really like how the inking around the edges makes Oscar stand out. The pretty Christmas flowers are the perfect accents!



Here is a lovely card by Paula Bloom, made with the "Just Chillin'" set. The darling papers and sweet snowflake accents -- not to mention that gorgeous bow! -- that Paula used really give this a fun, festive feel!



I made this card using the new "Waiting for Santa" set  for my baby brother, as I know it will remind him of our Christmas mornings together when we were growing up.

Keep checking back for more Christmas card ideas. My aim is to keep you inspired throughout the upcoming season so that unlike me, you won't be stuck sending out store bought cards this year! ;-)


Monday, October 21, 2013

Baby Blessings



For some reason, when I think of babies, I think "Spring." But the truth is, babies are born in all seasons, year-round. My sweet cousin, for example, is due to have her first baby next month, and my own three babies were each born in a different season, so I really don't know why "Spring" comes to mind -- LOL! We have a few different digi sets in our shop to celebrate babies, in case you have a new little one to welcome sometime soon. Today I thought I'd share some cards made with our "Baby Blessings Boy" and "Baby Blessings Girl" sets. Each of these sets includes a variety of outline and precolored images as well as printable, digital papers.

At the top of today's post we have a card made by Sandy Domelle using the "Baby Blessings Girl" set. Sandy did such a sweet job of coloring up this cutie, and adding pretty, girly accents. The Scripture verse just tops it all off -- babies are definitely blessings from above! :-)


Here's one that I made using the companion "Baby Blessings Boy" set. When my own son (now 22 years old!) was a baby, he had this darling pair of footed yellow jammies that I loved to put him in, so I colored this image to match. Oh how I miss those fresh-from-the-bath, snuggly-jammies days!



This darling card, by Jerusha Borden, was made with the "Baby Blessings Girl" set. Jerusha used one of the precolored images, accenting it with bright and festive but girly papers and a sweet bow. I really like how she tucked the sentiment in at the upper right of the image. Totally adorable!


Now here is another by me, using the "Baby Blessings Boy" set. Something fun about this card is that, except for the white card base and the ribbon and bow accents, it is completely digital. I layered the image, verse, and papers all in Photoshop, even adding drop shadows to some of the elements, and then printed it out. Now this isn't the type of card that I would enter in a "handmade" challenge, but it is a quick and easy way to create, and I thought I'd share to further demonstrate how versatile digis can be for your crafting. :-)