Saturday, December 20, 2014

Shop Closing January 31st = Big Sale!

Well my crafty friends, I have some sad news to share with you today. Due to upcoming changes in the European VAT tax laws, which affect us because our customer base is largely EU residents, Deedee's Digis will be closing January 31, 2015, and will not be able to sell to residents of the European Union after December 31, 2014.

I did not think that, as an American company, Deedee's Digis was subject to these laws, but learned just days ago that it is. Because the majority of our customers reside in EU countries, we must comply with the new laws or face stiff penalties. Unfortunately, I am not in the position financially or administratively to meet these new demands, and as such, will be closing the shop.

The new VAT tax laws go into effect January 1, but I did not want to close with such short notice. Thus, the shop will remain open until the end of January, but again, we will be unable to sell to European residents after December 31. Between now and then, please enjoy a 75% discount on all products throughout the shop. No need for coupon codes -- all prices have been adjusted, and no product costs more than a dollar! We will still be posting and sharing here on our blog, and sponsoring the challenges we had committed to right up until the end. We'll also have a very special "last hurrah" Digi of the Month challenge starting December 29, along with a few other treats along the way to help us go out in a FUN way, not a sad way. So we hope you'll stick around for that last bit of fun, too.

I thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for your support of Deedee's Digis. I've really enjoyed sharing my doodles with you, and seeing you bring them to life has given me many, many smiles! :-)

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Sponsoring at Word Art Wednesday

Do you need a little spiritual lift today? If so, I encourage you to stop over to Word Art Wednesday, where there is always an encouraging verse, Christian fellowship, and a host of beautiful, encouraging cards to inspire you. We are thrilled to be among the sponsors for the current challenge, which features a very reassuring Scripture verse from Philippians. The word art of this verse -- Phillippians 1:6 -- was created by the Word Art Wednesday word-artist-in-residence, Karen Murray, and is available for free at the Word Art Wednesday blog. Why not stop by and download the file to use to make something with which to encourage someone? The current challenge runs for two weeks, owing to the Christmas holiday next week, so even if the Christmas season has you hopping, you have plenty of time to join in! Here is how a couple of us combined this week's beautiful verse with some of our digis to make our own cards of encouragement.

(Outside of card)

(Inside of card)

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Happy Healing with Pippa Price

It's a sad fact of life that "Cold and Flu Season" follows closely on the heels of the start of the holiday/winter season. We can't always keep our loved ones well, no matter how hard we try. But we can, as crafters, create fun cards and gifts to cheer them as they recover! :-) For today's share, our December Guest Designer, Pippa Price, has created one such card of cheer. Isn't this adorable?!? I know it would sure make me smile to get this if I were ill! (It makes me smile regardless -- hee hee!)

To make this card, Pippa used elements from the "Happy Healing" set. She layered the doctor duck image slightly over the sick-in-bed duck image, printed it out, and then colored this sweet scene with Spectrum Noir pens. Pippa has such a wonderful coloring style! Just look at the detailed shading on the pillow behind the sick duck's head, and on the folds of his blanket. Little touches like that really bring an image to life. Although it can be tricky to spot in the photos, this scene is also layered for dimension -- three layers deep, in fact! That's a lot of coloring and fussy cutting, my friends! When the card is opened, the recipient will also get a sweet little surprise in finding that it is an easel card.

The card measures 19.5 cm square (that's 7.68 inches square for our American friends), and Pippa positioned the sentiment to act as the stopper for the easel. Isn't this perfect for resting on a bedside table to bring smile after smile during recovery?

To see more of Pippa's fabulous creations, please visit her blog -- "Views from the Craft Room." Also, don't forget to stop back next Wednesday, when we'll have another no-doubt delightful project of hers to share her.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Reminder: Sponsoring at 52 {Christmas} Card Throwdown

Happy Sunday! Just a friendly little reminder that there is still time to play along with the challenge that we are sponsoring over at 52 {Christmas} Card Throwdown. The current challenge is to revisit any past challenge from 2014. There are so many different fun past challenges to choose from for inspiration, including sketches, color combos, and themes. Pick one (or more!) and then make and link up your project by Friday evening to be entered to win a $15 gift code to our shop.  Easy-peasy, right?

Here's a little more inspiration from our Design Team to get you thinking. Enjoy, and have a very blessed Sunday!
Kathy used the July 2014 Color Combo Challenge. Isn't this fun and festive?

Tamara -Meowy Christmas

Tamara used Sketch #30 from July 2014. Look at that pretty, embossed Christmas frame!

Deedee - Peace on Earth

I used Sketch #24 from January 2014. Sketches make it so easy to put a fun card together!