Saturday, December 13, 2014

Scrapbook Saturday: Christmas Joy!

Every month I look forward to seeing what designer Melissa Craig has made to share for our twice-monthly "Scrapbook Saturday" posts, and I sure hope that you do, too! When I saw this week's layout, though, my jaw dropped. Not only is the page she created stunning as always, but, well...that's a baby me in those photos!

Melissa is a dear friend outside of our team, and she very sneakily borrowed some photos without me knowing to create this sweet page. She was worried that I might be upset about it, but quite the contrary -- I'm touched that she did this! Until two years ago, I didn't have any baby pictures of myself, and the ones that I do have now are fragile, so I've worried about destroying them in the process of scrapbooking them. Thank goodness for digital scrapbooking, and for Melissa thinking to handle them this way! Besides, now you all can giggle at what a goofy-looking baby I was, with my red curls just starting to come in, finally, at age 2! :-)

To make this page, Melissa used digital paper and tags/frames from the "Blue Christmas Kit."  Aren't the little accents she added from her own stash of digital goodies -- the snowflake, bow, and that snowy white pinecone -- just darling? The white and light blue accents pick up the snowy swirls in the background paper so beautifully, and help to bring light to what I know to be some pretty dark photos. Of course, the large, white title is the perfect topper for a page celebrating the day of our Lord's birth -- Joy to the World, indeed!

By the way, the kit that Melissa used is one of three versatile Christmas kits that we introduced just last month. I hope to make and create more such kits going forward. Each of the Christmas kits includes five 8.5x11-inch printable digital papers as well as 30 coordinating patterned tags/frames. You can find each of the sets in our shop, and of course, as I said, I hope to bring you more soon! :-)

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Reminder: House of Cards Blog Hop!

Have you hopped along with the team at the House of Cards Challenge blog yet? If not, there's still time to do so this week! They're having their end-of-year blog hop and challenge, and are offering some fabulous prizes, including a gift coupon for digis from us! There are two ways to win. First, you can hop around and leave a little love for each of the DT members who created projects for the hop. Second, you can create a project based on the inspiration photo that their team worked with. Here's the photo. There's so much in it to work with, don't you think?

Our team made some projects, too, based on this lovely photo. Between the House of Cards Challenge team and ours, we sure hope you find some fun inspiration! :-)

Inspired by the color scheme, deer, and wintery whites in the inspiration photo, Kathy created a gorgeous easel card! The delicate snowflakes in her patterned paper are so lovely, and how precious is that snowflake punched border around the sentiment piece?

Tamara worked with the wonderfully warm color scheme from the inspiration photo along with some elegant die cut pieces and jeweled accents to create this gorgeous card of peaceful wishes. What better gift could one get for Christmas?

I, too, was inspired by the fabulous color scheme of the inspiration photo, along with the wintery white evergreen branches that decorate the plate. (Yes, my sentiment is a bit lop-sided -- LOL!)

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Little Readers with Pippa Price

Do you like to read, or have a loved one who does? If so, our December Guest Designer, Pippa Price, has a project to share today that you're really going to love! Using elements from the "Little Readers" digi set, Pippa made a darling pair of cards. But these aren't just cards. Take a peek!

For the first card, Pippa colored up the little girl image from the set using alcohol markers. Isn't her coloring just stellar? The yellow, lime, and aqua color combination she used is darling, too. (Might have to case that for a future set -- hee hee!) Pippa printed and colored a second image of the book the little girl is holding, and then trimmed the base image so that she could slide the book into her hands. What a fun effect! She matted the image quite elegantly, using a piece cut from the Nouveau Stamping Frame die by Die'sire.

Pippa followed the same basic design for her second card, but used one of the pre-colored boy images from the "Little Readers" set. This really shows how you can create equally wonderful cards whether you like to color the images yourself or not.

Now you'll notice that the back piece of each card is wider than the front. That's because the end piece of it is scored at 6cm from the end so that the recipient can zip it right off and use it as a bookmark. How clever is that? These would make great little gifts from a teacher to her students, or from a child to their classmates, don't you think?

To read more about how Pippa made this darling set of cards/bookmarks, or to see her other wonderful creations, please visit her blog -- "Views from the Craft Room." Of course, we'll also be back next Wednesday with another of her projects, so be sure to visit then! :-)

Monday, December 8, 2014

December Challenge Inspiration Week 2

It's a super busy time of year for sure, but we hope that in all the busy-ness of the season, you're still finding some time to craft. If you're needing some motivation, how about giving our Digi of the Month Challenge a try? Here's how it works: each month we offer a sweet new digi set at the budget-friendly price of just $1.25. If you make something with that set and link it up to our challenge post before the deadline, we will email you the next month's featured set for FREE! Continue to play, and continue to collect free digis. What a great way to build your digi collection, and get some projects made in the process!

This month's featured set is "Happy Brrr-day." The set includes several images and sentiments, in both outline and pre-colored versions, so there are a lot of possibilities for how you could use the set. Whatever you make, please remember to link it up to our challenge post by Sunday, December 28 so that we can email you next month's set for free!

Here are some fun things some of our team members have made with this set to inspire you this week. Enjoy! :-)