Saturday, January 10, 2015

Cast Your Cares Away (Scrapbook Saturday)

Sometimes, especially after a long and busy week, you just need a little time off to relax and "cast your cares away." For today's Scrapbook Saturday share, designer Melissa Craig has created a darling page celebrating a little of that oh-so-precious time. The photo featured on her page today was taken by Melissa during a casual dinner with her daughter, Hollyanne, and Hollyanne's boyfriend, Johannes. I don't know about you, but I sure love those kind of casual dinners out with my family. Nobody has to cook or clean up, and we all just get to relax and talk and laugh together...great times! You can tell by the smiles on Hollyanne's and Johannes' faces that they are definitely having a great time out with Melissa, and it's wonderful that she was able to capture that.

To create this page, Melissa used elements from the "Ice Fishing" set, which is our January Digi of the Month and is currently available for FREE in the shop (HERE for non-EU residents and HERE for EU residents).  A white photo matte and white journalling create fantastic contrast against the jewel tones of the background and make the most important elements here -- the beautiful photo and journalling -- really stand out!

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Welcoming Faith Anderson to the Team!

We're excited to share that Faith Anderson, who was our Guest Designer in October, has joined our team! We look forward to sharing many more of her projects here in the months to come, along with those of the rest of our team. Welcome, Faith -- we're very blessed to have you! :-)

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

January Guest Designer: Sarah Taylor!

It's a new month, and time to meet our new Guest Designer for January. Please welcome Sarah Taylor!

Sarah was part of the original Deedee's Digis design team, when we first opened five years ago, and I had the joy of working with her again for a couple of years as part of the Clear Dollar Stamps team. Sarah has such a sweet, Christian spirit, not to mention a knack for bringing images to vivid life with her paper-piecing and coloring skills, and of always knowing just the perfect combination of papers and accessories to use to create something warm and wonderful.

For her first project share, Sarah has created a darling set of cocoa pouches.  To make these, Sarah used an image from the "Whole Latte Love" set (available HERE for our EU customers or HERE for our non-EU customers). She used a Kraft cardstock base for these, and printed the mug portion of the image on the same, which automatically, in my opinion, gives a warmth to the project. Some sweet shading with her markers and a little pop of red from the matte makes the cocoa cup stand out beautifully. I really like how Sarah shaped the pouches themselves, so that just the corner of the cocoa packets show, and how the colors of the cocoa packets coordinate with the colors that Sarah used for the pouches. Mini candy canes along with bits of jute twine and ribbon tie these packets closed and make the perfect finishing touches. Not only do the candy canes look adorable against the pouch, but they add something yummy to the cocoa if stirred in!

These cocoa pouches are such fun little treats to give, and you can make them up easily and keep them around for easy gift-giving throughout the winter season. With Valentine's Day coming up, they would be perfect to give to nieces and nephews, friends, or hey -- how about the mail carrier? I bet he or she would love to get a wonderful treat like this on a cold winter day! Thanks so much for sharing this idea with us, Sarah!

We'll have another sweet project by Sarah to share next Wednesday, so be sure to visit again then. But you don't have to wait to see more fabulous projects by her -- there's a whole pantry full of them at her blog -- "Aunt Bee's Pickles."

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Just a touch of Orange please!!

We are also sponsoring Fan-Tastic Tuesday today and their challenge is Just a touch of Orange (Must be a square or rectangle card). Orange is one of my favorite colors so I sooo wanted to play in this challenge but I just ran out of time. I'm so glad Tamara and Zella found time because there cards are adorable. Check them out!

Do you just not love that background paper for this!?!
But most importantly I love how it lets the image be center stage. Beautifully done!

Wouldn't this be a great card to give a child to encourage them along in their studies and let them know what a great job they are doing. The striped paper is perfect for a school themed card.

A touch of will you do that on your card? Link your card up to the challenge at Fan-Tastic Tuesday for a chance to win $15.00 to Deedee's Digis!

Anything Goes with Through the Craft Room Door

Today we are sponsoring two great challenges!! So we will start the day off with Through the Craft Room Door - Anything Goes Challenge! Check out the awesome inspiration from the Design Team.

Zella told me to pick one for the challenge but I couldn't just pick one! So I decided to showcase both! She has a way of picking out the perfect paper for the image...don't you agree! The doily pattern goes perfect for this Valentine's/Love card. And I don't think she could have found a better match for those grapes!

Look at how NanaConnie added an extra deer to the image...
why didn't I think of that!! Just clever and cute!

Oh this card can be used for so many different reasons...just because...non-traditional Valentine's card...the list goes on!  Oh and check out that paper piercing just the perfect touch to frame the image! 
Carol -
Pocket Pal Bunny - Non-EU Residents ONLY
Pocket Pal Bunny - EU Residents ONLY

Hope this has inspired you to take some crafty time out of your day.

Monday, January 5, 2015

Sponsoring Not Just Cards

I'm so excited that Deedee's Digis gets to stay open! What an answer to prayer. Deedee has been busy rearranging the shop...thank you for your patience with that. I have been busy re-setting up our sponsorships for challenges. We are continuing this year with sponsoring Not Just Cards Challenge. This is what they have to say about their challenge blog:
The theme will always be Anything Goes

We are a new group focusing on using digital stamps for Not Just Cards

The group was born out of a love for making other things using digital stamps and it felt like you were either a card-maker or a non-card maker the two worlds didn't seem to combine
So this group was set up for everyone!
We do hope to maybe get card makers trying out non card things and non card makers trying out cards!
We welcome anything handmade – cards are more than welcome
You don’t need to use a stamp (digital or real)
Your project can be real or digital
We just want to see your creations
and hope you join in with something other than cards
 but you don't have to.

 Well, I ran out of time to get more creative than a card so I have a traditional card. Good thing they are about no stress and take cards too! This is a real neat challenge blog because they just want to bring the fun back to creating. No rules and if you want to be challenged you can do that not making a card if that is what you usually make....or if you make altered art all the could make a card!


There is a $15.00 gift code to the store for one lucky participant in their challenge. So come play with us...will you be challenged or go with what you are comfortable with?

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Thoughts on VAT and Respecting the Decisions of Digital Artists

Since announcing that we found a way to keep Deedee's Digis open for business, I've had a lot of inquiries from other digital artists requesting source info. To be honest, I did a ton of research on this, including talking with the financial gurus in my life, and encourage all other artists to do the same for their own peace of mind before making any decisions. Still, I am always happy to help, so here are two of the most straight-forward links about the VAT tax/digital services issue, and that ultimately helped me decide how to move forward:

Sadly, I've also been hearing a lot about how other digi artists are being "pressured" and in some cases outright "bullied," based on my decision, to follow suit. Dearest crafty friends, I ask that you please not do this! Share the information and the links that I've provided, by all means, but please understand and respect that what might be workable and "right" for me may not be for another artist.

Running a digi business is not easy to start with, let alone trying to reconfigure one's whole business -- and, yes, in some ways, one's life! -- around these complicated laws. The solution that I've decided on is one that works for me, based on my time availability, the financial commitments that I have, and the capabilities of the software that runs my shop site. But it should not be assumed that any other artist has the same perfect combination of circumstances, or that even if they did, they would feel that this is the right solution for them.

I won't harp on about this, dear friends, as it's not what this blog is about, but I do ask that you please consider what I've said, and be respectful at all times and in all ways of the rights of other digital artists to decide for themselves what is right for them.

Wishing you a blessed start to your week!