I conquered the sketch!!

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Oh Holy Night

It appears Karen, the hostess for the Card Sketch Challenge @ Scrapbook.com, really likes this sketch, Sketch-N-Scrap Card sketch #7,  because she has picked it twice now for the challenge!

aug 5th

Not only has this been inspiration on her challenge I also saw it when it was originally posted! Love the sketch but apparently it scares me and my brain freezes when I try to do it. So I never conquered it…till now!! When I saw it again as inspiration on the Card Sketch challenge I knew I had to do it. Which this time wasn’t as hard as I had the perfect digital stamp from Diane’s Daydream Designs to work with – Christmas Wonder Sentiment Set. I love how it came it. It was also quick which was good because one of my regular customers forgot to play his Christmas card order for 16 cards and needed them in 2 days. So I made 5 of these! The blue patterned paper came from a DCWV paper pack that I got free from my friend Lisa.

If you like this digital image then you must get over to Diane’s Daydream Designs as she is closing shop on Dec 30th. This is what she wrote:

Daydream Designs will be closing December 31 due to tax regulation for online digital download businesses like this one.  The foreign tax is call VAT (Value Added Tax) and it requires US businesses to assess taxes for sales in countries in the European Union.  The regulations are cumbersome, and create an impossible paper nightmare for small companies.  One way around the situation would be to limit sales to US customers only, but that would cut into nearly half of all Daydream Designs sales. That scenario makes profit impossible  and necessitate the close of our store.

Hopefully there is one small silver lining for all of us….our CLOSE OUT sale. 

From now through December 30

USE COUPON CODE:  DDCLOSE50 to buy anything in the store at a 50% discount.

CHALLENGES:
1) Card Sketch Challenge @ Scrapbook.com – Sketch #4 – use the original sketch, Sketch-N-Scrap Card Sketch #7, as your inspiration.

SUPPLIES:

Image: Christmas Wonder Sentiment Set @ Diane’s Daydream Designs

Cardstock: Bazzill

Patterned Paper: DCWV paper pack

Inks: pre-colored digital image printed on Canon Inkjet printer

Accent/Tools: glue dots, gems,

Have a Flappy Christmas!

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Flappy Christmas

I have been so busy with making cards for my Christmas orders that I didn’t even have time to post. I was thankful when I finished my last card last week but then I chilled for a couple days before getting my niece for a couple days so today is the first day I had time to sent down in front of the computer.

This card was made for the 52 {Christmas} Card throwdown challenge that ended on Dec 19th. But now I’m using it to tell you all of the sad news that Deedee’s Digis is closing shop Jan 31st. The new VAT tax law that goes into effect on Jan 1st is putting a lot of small digital companies out of business. The law was intended for big stores that sell games and digi downloads but they did make any exceptions for the little artist selling stamps for fun. If you haven’t heard about this read up on it…it is horrible for the small business. They would have to hire an accountant just to deal with sells to VAT countries…not feasible when you sell a digi stamp for $3.  So if you live in a VAT country and want ANY digi stamps you need to get out there and buy them before Dec 31st. There are several digi companies that will not be able to sell to VAT countries after Dec 31st even though they are keeping their doors open.

Deedee’s Digis is having a 75% off Store Closing Sale…check it out. Everything is under a $1.00. You can get a lot of cute digis for a little money right now.

I used Sketch -N- Scrap Card Sketch #39 for my inspiration. The sentiment inside says “Wishing you a Flappy Christmas”. My husband came up with “Wishing you a Flappy Holiday” but by the time I got to my computer I had accidentally switched it to Christmas.

SUPPLIES:

Digital Image: Pink Christmas @ Deedee’s Digis

Cardstock: Bazzill

Patterned Paper: from my stash

Accent/Tools: Cricut, Elegant Edges Cricut Cartridge, pop dots

 

Reminder for House of Cards Blog Hop

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Four days left in the House of Cards Blog Hop! Hope you will come over and play as there is a chance to win a $20.00 gift code from Deedee’s Digis along with other great prizes from several sponsors. The blog hop is based off this photo:

better homes chocolate and turquoise placesetting

You can just do the hop and leave comments on each of the designers cards or you can make a card to enter into their challenge OR YOU CAN DO BOTH!!

Winter Woods

I was inspired by the blue and brown color scheme, wintery whites and the deer. I needed a masculine Christmas card for my boss and he hunts so I thought this would be perfect. I thought my design would work for an easel card and it did so that was awesome!

Thanks for stopping by today!

CHALLENGES:

1) Sparkles Christmas Challenge #47 – Blue blue Christmas

SUPPLIES:

Digital Image: Winter Woods @ Deedee’s Digis

Cardstock: Bazzill

Patterned Paper: Chatterbox (Blizzard Swirls)

Inks: pre-colored digital image printed on Canon Inkjet Printer

Accents/Tools: Martha Stewart snowflake border punch, Christmas Cheer Cricut Cartridge

Technique: Easel card

Snowman Soup to the rescue

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Deedee’s Digis is one of the sponsors for House of Cards End of Term Blog Hop. The blog hop creations were inspired by this photo:

better homes chocolate and turquoise placesetting

My plan was to use At the Table Digital Image but I just couldn’t get it to look like a Christmas card. I’m sure having a cold didn’t effect my creativity at all!

Dinner Place Setting

I liked it enough I decided to keep it and just make it a “thank you” card. I used i {heart} sketches #55 as my inspiration.

I then found paper that matched the color scheme of the inspiration photo and recolored the At the Table Digital Image to match. But when I put it all together it didn’t look like a Christmas card…as my husband said, “cute wedding card!” Since that was NOT what I was going for I took off the image so I could try to save the card. Back to the computer to find another image that might work with what I had started. Good ol’ Snowman Soup to the rescue! I changed up the layout a little using Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge #234 as my inspiration.

Snowman Soup

I was happy with my result and glad I didn’t have to throw a card away!

CHALLENGES:

1) House of Cards Dec Blog Hop – make a project based off the inspiration photo.

2) December Card Challenge @ Scrapbook.com – Theme category: Christmas

SUPPLIES:

Digital Image: Snowman Soup @ Deedee’s Digis

Cardstock: Bazzill

Patterned Paper: Recollections

Inks: pre-colored digi stamp (just changed colors on it in photoshop) printed on Canon Inkjet printer

Accents/Tools: white brads, Cricut, Basic George Cricut Cartridge