Saturday, July 4, 2015

Splash-tastic Scrapbook Saturday

Happy Saturday, and happy Independence Day to our readers in the states! Today we have a wonderful Scrapbook Saturday share by Melissa Craig. Featured front and center in this month's layout is Melissa's cousin's grandson, Leo. Leo is taking a much-needed Summer cool-down in his turtle pool. His smile is so precious, and I just want to give his chubby cheeks a good squeeze -- how about you?

Melissa started this totally adorable, digital scrapbook page with a layer of plain black followed by a bubbles-patterened paper from the MyMemories online store. She matted Leo's photo with a layer of white, and then layered on pre-colored PNG images from the "Diver Daniel" digi set to create a fun and colorful underwater scene. Last but not least, she added the fun title, which is also included as a sentiment in the "Diver Daniel" digi set. This page is whimsical and summery, but best of all, it enhances the photo of Leo instead of overshadowing it, which of course, is the whole point! ;-)

Friday, July 3, 2015

Christmas in July with CASE-ing Christmas

Are you a "Christmas in July" kind of crafter? If so, you'll want to hop along with the gals at CASE-ing Christmas this week! They're holding their first annual "Christmas in July" blog hop, and we are sponsoring along with several other wonderful companies. There will be tons of Christmas inspiration to see, not to mention lots of prizes up for grabs! In addition to the hop, the CASE-ing Christmas team is, of course, offering their usual weekly challenge. "CASE"-ing, in case you're not familiar with the term, basically means to look at somebody else's card/page/project , and then repeat certain elements from it in your own creation. Maybe you get inspired by the layout, the color scheme, the papers or digis used, or all of the above. This week, though, instead of CASE-ing a card that they select for us to work from, the team at CASE-ing Christmas want us each to CASE our own past work!. So here you go, here's my Christmas in July CASE of a very non-Christmas card!

My inspiration was this card that I made about two years ago, using the "Hello Sunshine" digi set.

And then here is my CASE creation. As you can see, I re-used the layout, as well as the types of accents. For this one I used the angel and a sentiment from the "Country Christmas" set.

Your turn! :-)

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Summer Fun with The Crafter's Cafe

What is the most fun thing about summer for you? The sunny weather? The chance to get outdoors and be active? Traveling? Or maybe just firing up the BBQ on a regular basis? Craft something that signifies "summer fun" to you, and share it over at The Crafter's Cafe this week to win some of our digis! Of course, crafting is the most fun way of all to spend the summer, right? ;-)

For this challenge, our own Carol Longacre created a gorgeous scene that combines so many wonderful things about summer! Blue skies with just a few cotton-puff clouds, a cooling breeze, green trees, and getting to play outside with kites...definitely summer, and definitely fun, right?!?

One of my favorite things to do in summer is to head to the beach!  Now, Northern California beaches are a totally different thing from Southern California beaches (the ones you see in movies). Here our beaches are largely rocky instead of sandy, and most of the time, they are foggy and cold. But the rockiness means we have lots of tidepools and what-not to explore, and the cold ocean fog is the very best natural air conditioning! 


The "Emboss"ibilities are Endless!

I do love adding embossing to my cards as it is a wonderful way to give texture with out a lot of bulk. C.R.A.F.T. Challenge would like to see what kind of embossing you are up to this week. Stop on over and strut your (crafting) stuff for a chance to win a $15 gift code to our shop!

A couple of the lovely ladies from our team had a great time with this challenge. Check out these embossed beauties that they made! Are you inspired? I sure am!  :-)

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Word Art Wednesday Challenge

We are sponsoring Word Art Wednesday this week and they have an amazing FREE Word Art that can be used if you are inspired to. You do not have to use the word art to enter the challenge...just has to be an uplifting and family friendly creation. Several DT ladies decided to play along and did use the Free Word Art in their creations.

 *New Image Released Today*


If you have time to be crafty this week and make a family friendly project link it up at Word Art Wednesday for a chance to win a $15.00 gift code to Deedee's Digis. Which she just put 5 new images in the store...check it out as there is SUPER CUTENESS going on!

Introducing Our July Guest Designer...

We're excited to introduce our July Guest Designer - Pat Martin of Patacake Pages!  Pat was the winner of a recent contest here at Deedee's Digi's and part of her prize was a Guest Designer spot.  And what a great designer she is!  Wait until you see what she has in store for us this month - you'll want to be sure to be back here each and every Wednesday to see her amazing work!!!

Here's a little bit about Pat in her own words:

After going to my first Stampin Up workshop, I was hooked on card-making. Soon I discovered all the fun and new supplies for scrapbooking. From there I explored the digital world of images, papers and elements, stumbling into altered art at times. My newest passions include water colors and mixed media canvas.
I am married with two grown children, one still in college. The other has gifted me with a daughter-in-law who shares my love of crafting, five grandchildren and another one on the way.  We live outside of Chicago (go Blackhawks!) and enjoy occasional family vacations.
I belong to virtual crafting groups as well as a Card Club that meets once a month at my lss. I design/have designed for several stamp companies and challenge blogs and been published in a print magazine. I am passionate about creativity in all its forms. I love to stretch my artistic imagination and yank myself out of my comfort zone (sometimes kicking and screaming).
I am blessed to be chosen as the Guest Design Team member for July here at  DeeDee’s Digis.

Pat's first offering for her Guest Designer spot is using Happy Trails.  Take a look at this:

Don't you just LOVE it!?  There's so much texture and I just love her use of the colors too.  Be sure to visit Pat at Patacake Pages and leave her some love.  Browse around a bit too - you'll be dazzled!!!

Come back next won't be sorry! 

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Let's Play at Through the Craft Room Door

The team at Through the Craft Room Door really makes it fun to play along with their challenges! Every challenge is "Anything Goes," so you can totally express yourself through your project. And not only could you win a $15 gift code to our shop by playing along there this week, but you could also win one of their coveted Guest Designer spots! You could even have your card featured in their bi-monthly digital magazine if your project is chosen as one of their weekly Top 3! If those aren't good reasons to play along, I don't know what are! :-)

Some of our team had fun playing along. Here's what they came up with:

How darling is this?!? Mary did such a beautiful job of crafting the "ocean" around Pippa Pig, from the wave pattern that she embossed on the background cardstock to all of the fun little sea creatures she added. It's a perfect summer card, and doesn't it just make you want to take a dip in the sea yourself?

What a sweet and elegant anniversary card! The colors that Tamara used convey a softness that I associate with love while the variety of die-cut shapes lend this a touch of vintage and the passage of time. Just right for celebrating a wedding anniversary!

Bugs & Blooms Digital Image

I am so used to seeing this little snail in her pre-colored form that I was almost startled to see her colored differently -- ha ha! But aren't these bright, clear, summery colors that NanaConnie used for her wonderful? The subtle patterns in the background paper and bow combine with this beautifully colored image to make a wonderful summer friendship card!

"Greatest Joy" Digital Image

Here's a fun one by Sandy. She was so clever to use this little mouse image to make a 4th of July card! Although she used the pre-colored image, she also added her own little touches, making some lovely grass using her Copic markers, and glossing up the bubbles. Those gold stars are so fun, too!

So, what will YOU make to share at Through the Craft Room Door? We can't wait to see!

Monday, June 29, 2015

Anything Goes with Crafting from the Heart

While I love a directed challenge, there is also something purely wonderful about an "anything goes" challenge! I think this sort of challenge truly lets a crafter's style shine through, don't you? "Anything goes" is what you will always find at Crafting from the Heart, where we are blessed to be sponsoring this week. Here's a peek at some of the fun creations our team came up with. Each one is so different, yet equally lovely. Be sure to stop over at Crafting from the Heart to see more lovely samples, and to play along!

Ice Cream Truck (July Digi of the Month Challenge)

Summer has arrived, and it is definitely HOT outside now!!! This month's featured set -- "Ice Cream Truck" -- will, hopefully, help you to keep a cool frame of mind, despite the weather. As a child, I loved almost nothing more than ice cream, and got so excited when I hear the jingly tune of the ice cream truck making its way through our neighborhood. I didn't always have money to spend, but it was still fun to watch and listen as the truck went by! How about you? Do you have similar fun memories? This month's set is perfect for recapturing them!

If you participated in last month's challenge, you should have already received this set in your email. (If you participated but didn't receive the set, please contact us at -- sometimes things do go wrong with email). If you did not participate in last month's challenge, you can still purchase this set for just $1.25 this month at our shop. You can find it HERE.

Some of our designers made projects to help get you thinking about how you might use this set. We'll have more inspiration throughout the challenge as well, so be sure to check back.


Now it's your turn! To join this month's challenge, please make any wholesome project using this set, and then link directly to your project using the linking gadget at the bottom of this post by 23:55 (11:55 pm) Pacific Time on Sunday, 2 August 2015. If you are inspired to make more than one project we would love to see them limit on the number of times you can enter! You must make at least one project and link it up below to get next month's featured set emailed to you. We can't wait to see what you all make!

If you are new to our "Digi of the Month" challenges, it's not too late to join in the fun! This is a monthly progressive freebie challenge. You can purchase this month's featured set for just $1.25 in our shop, or get it for FREE with any $10 purchase of Deedee's Digis products.  (NOTE: Deedee will email this set to you after payment clearance of your $10 qualifying purchase.) Create and share any wholesome project made with this set by the challenge deadline, and we will send you next month's featured set for FREE. Keep playing, and keep collecting freebies -- it's as easy as that!