Saturday, November 16, 2013

Wish Big

Birthdays...we all have them, like it or not -- LOL! How do you usually celebrate yours? Is it a day of indulgence, or do you keep it more low-key? I find that I love to make a big deal out of everybody's birthdays but my own. When it's my day, I just want to keep it quiet and get through. Maybe because I'm getting old -- LOL! Seriously, though, birthdays are a blessing, whether someone else's or your own. Despite getting older, and not always liking the ramifications on my physical self, I am grateful for each year that passes that I get to spend with my family and loved ones, and for the additional wisdom that comes with the passage of time. Those are truly things to celebrate, don't you think?

For today's share, we have some lovely birthday celebration cards made by designer Becky Peterson, using the Wish Big set. Becky used such a fun combination of colors on these, and colored the image with pencils to bring them to life.

I love the clean look of each one, and the simple accents that really put the focus on the images. Wouldn't you love to get one of these on your special day? :-)

Friday, November 15, 2013

Waiting for Santa

How about a little inspiration for our Christmas crafters today? Designer Jerusha Borden made a darling card to share using the "Waiting for Santa" set. I love all the festive little details that Jerusha put into this, from the star-punched border to the darling stocking accent on the greeting. But my favorite part is that the little boys on the card are colored like her own precious munchkins. That makes the card that much more personal, don't you think? One of the fun things about the "Waiting for Santa" set that Jerusha used is that it includes a lot of differently colored children, both boys and girls, so if you like to use pre-colored digis, this set makes it very easy to personalize your Christmas cards. At Christmas time, I think the more personal the better! :-)

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Challenge Inspiration Week 2

We are about halfway through our November "Digi of the Month" challenge, and I wanted to share a little more inspiration with you to get you thinking about what you will make this month. ;-) How about this super cute card by designer Lori Finch? Those tree papers and matching buttons are so fun, and Daniel looks right at home in the "woods" that Lori created here, don't you think?

Remember, you have until Sunday, 1 December to link up your project made with this month's Digi of the Month -- "Daniel's Tree" -- and get next month's digi for FREE. If you don't have this month's digi yet, you can get it HERE for just $1.25, or totally free with any $10 purchase of Deedee's Digis products.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Distinguished Gentleman

I always find it so challenging to make masculine cards and gifts. How about you? Part of the issue for me is that I tend to collect digis and stamps of "cute" things -- you know, the things that I love. But then I sit down make a card for one of the wonderful men in my life and realize that "cute" just isn't going to cut it for them -- LOL! It was with that thought in mind that some of the more realistic and masculine sets in my shop were made -- to give myself and others some things to work with when crafting for our cherished menfolk. One of the more recent additions to this stash is the "Distinguished Gentleman" set.

Today I have a couple of cards to share with you that were made with this set. The first is by designer Paula Bloom. Paula made the wonderfully whimsical (yet still totally masculine) card at the top of today's post. I really like how she combined both the formal and everyday bow ties in this -- so fun!

Here is one that I made, using the everyday hat image. Growing up, my beloved grandfathers and uncles always wore hats much like this one, so making this card was like revisiting a sweet memory for me.

This is what the whole set looks like. You can find it, and other fun, masculine sets in our shop.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Cuppa Love Gift Set

Do you hand-make gifts for the holidays? I'm always on the look-out for little things that I can make for friends and teachers, as well as for stocking-stuffers for my family. Today I have a sweet little gift idea to share, brought to you by designer Stephanie Wright. Stephanie took a simple junior-sized legal pad, a pad of post-it notes, and a pen, and turned them into an adorable gift set. She used the "Cuppa Love" digi set for the accents.

Here you can see how the cover of the notepad opens to the side. So cute and clever! Wouldn't this make a great gift for a co-worker, teacher, or friend? For more details about how she made this sweet set, please visit Stephanie's blog.

Monday, November 11, 2013

My Heroes

Today in the United States we honor our veterans, those who have served in the armed forces, past and present. I just wanted to say a personal thank you today from my family. We enjoy a lot of freedoms in this country that I know would not be possible if not for your service, and the amazing sacrifice that is required on the part of your own family members. From the bottom of my heart, you -- those who have served, and those of you who have given of your hearts while your family members serve -- are my heroes. Happy Veteran's Day, and thank you for all that you do every day!