Friday, November 22, 2013

Hanging Encouragement

From time to time, we all need a little reminder that someone "has our back." Here's a little gift that I made for a friend who is going through a tough time, both to remind her that she has people who care about her, but also that God cares and is always there, working towards a good future for her.

This is an altered coaster, decorated and designed to be hung in a special spot where it can be looked at frequently. The framed verse with the butterfly accent is an image from the "Framed Comfort" set. The verse is Isaiah 41:10 -- "Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness." This is one of the many verses that I find very comforting when I'm having a tough time, and I hope that my friend will, too.

If you are wanting to try to make one of these for someone you know who might need a little encouragement, it is pretty easy to do. To make this, I started with a cardboard coaster, covering the front and back of it with patterned paper. Once the paper was applied and trimmed, I sanded all the edges for a more perfect fit, and then inked them a bit. Then I punched holes through the top two corners of the coaster, and inserted some large, sturdy eyelets. I strung some ribbon through, and then finally decorated the front. The toughest part of this project was creating the holes for the eyelets -- make sure you have a tool that will punch through the cardboard. I ended up having to use a combination of a hole punch, an eyelet punch, and finally a pencil to work the holes through. Not an elegant process -- LOL! -- but worth it, I think.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Challenge Inspiration Week 3

We've made it to week 3 of the November Digi of the Month Challenge! Thanks to all of you have shared your challenge creations so far -- they are all amazing! For those who haven't entered yet, here's some fresh inspiration from our Design Team to get you thinking.

Let's start with this beauty made by designer Stephanie Wright. Stephanie created a whole wonderful, snowy world around little Daniel. Aren't those Kraft snowflakes that she made particularly lovely?

Here is one by designer  Carol Longacre. I really like the "soft" feel of this, with the pretty purple, green, and white papers she used. The way she staggered the pieces of the greeting adds a playfulness to this, too -- so fun!

Last but certainly not least, we have this cheerful card by NanaConnie. She went all out in her coloring, adding texture to Daniel and his little tree, and even creating a sky full of glittery snowflakes. She carried her decorating to the inside of the card, too. Love it!

Remember, you have until 11:55PM Pacific Time on 1 December to enter this month's challenge, and receive next month's digi for free. If you didn't play along last month, you can still get this month's digi -- "Daniel's Tree" -- for just $1.25 HERE.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Christmas Cardinal

Some of the loveliest Christmas cards, I think, are the ones that simply showcase the beauty of the natural world as seen this time of year. Here is one such card, made by designer NanaConnie. She used the "Christmas Cardinal set," along with one of the digital papers from the "Make a Joyful Noise" set. I really like how she colored the bird, to give the impression of feathers, and the sweet snowy accents she added to the branch and pine cones. Can't you just picture this scene outside your window on a Christmas morning? What a lovely sight that would be! :-)

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

O Give Thanks!

Do you decorate for the holidays? With Thanksgiving nearing, our home is currently decked out with scarecrows, turkeys, candles, pilgrims, and of course, lots of leafy creations. I do love getting in the spirit of the season, whatever the season might be! That said, I do try to also keep the meaning behind the holidays in perspective. Thanksgiving isn't just a day for fun decorations, or great food for that matter -- it's a day to give thanks for all the many blessings given to us throughout the year. My card today, made with the "Autumn Blessings" set, celebrates both. I printed the wreath image at about one-and-a-half times its normal size (one of the great things about digis -- the ability to resize them!), and then colored it with Copic markers, and fussy cut it. I have to tell you that my hands were shaking by the time I finished all the cutting (arthritis fun!), but it was so worth it! This lovely Scripture verse accent is from the same set. Now if only I could find a pretty wreath like this for my door! :-)

Monday, November 18, 2013

Some Technical Difficulties at the Shop

Hi crafty friends! I just wanted to confirm what some of you have already learned, which is that we are having some technical difficulties at the shop. The web company that hosts the store has mandated a software upgrade that, while it will be a good thing in the end, has messed up a few things. Diane Noble is working hard to get things smoothed out (thank you, Diane!), and hopefully everything should be working well again soon. In the meantime, we thank you for your patience while we work out the bugs. Also, so as not to disrupt your opportunity to play along with the November "Digi of the Month Challenge," I've added a "Buy Now" button to the challenge post. For the time being, you can purchase this set directly from me via Paypal. If you make a purchase, I will email the digi set to you within 24 hours at the latest of payment clearance. Again, thank you for your patience, and if you experience any difficulties with which you need assistance, please click on the "Contact Us" button at the top of this page to send us a message, and we will help get things sorted out.