Monday, December 29, 2014

Ice Fishing

     Today's post is one of the saddest I've had to write but I have to report that Deedee's Digis is closing its doors, yet another American victim of the new VAT laws in the European Union which seem designed to drive out of business those small internet companies dealing in digital products.  Deedee's will close it's sales to European addresses on December 31, 2014 and will close it doors to all sales on January 31, 2015.   -- Edited to add:  Great news!  Deedee's has found a work around which is going to allow her to keep the shop open and we're so excited about that!  There will be a February DOM set and a challenge in February so be sure to play along this month.  :-D  NC

     The card I did for today is the last of the Digi of the Month Progressive Challenge sets designed by Deedee.  However, this time the January challenge will run through January 25, 2015.  The "Ice Fishing" set is being offered for free in the shop.  There will be no February DOM set to "earn."  Instead, all of you who participate during January will receive a $10 gift code to the shop, and you'll be entered in a drawing to win a $50 gift code. Fans may play as many times as they like, but must share a different project each time.  You'll get a $10 gift code for each submission, plus additional entries into the big drawing.  Deedee will announce the big winner on the challenge blog on Monday, January 26. 

     BTW, there's also a 75% off sale going on throughout January so grab up those sets you've had on your wish list before they're gone forever.  Those of you in Europe have only a day or two to take advantage of that sale!

     This image brings back some of my fondest childhood memories.  I loved going fishing with my dad; it was always special father/daughter time and I never grew tired of it.  But one especially cold winter, we took the weekend after Christmas and drove up to one of our mountain lakes for some ice fishing, a completely new experience for me.  It just had never occurred to me that fish were alive and swimming around under the ice, waiting for someone to come along and offer them a winter meal on a fishhook.  :-D

     We were with a group of 6 or 8 others and the whole thing turned into a wonderful party!  Doesn't this image look like a party in the making?  Someone even brought the 'icecubes.'  lol  Anyway, you can imagine how much I adore this digi set.

     I used one of the pre-colored images and one of the sentiments from the set, die cut it with a Spellbinders die, and layered it onto "Winter Magic" dp (DCWV), then added the bow and some stitching around the edges.  Fast (less than 10 minutes) and easy, a classic CAS design even though the die cut makes it look more complex than it is.

     Here's a photo of the whole set.

A Creative Need
A Little Bit Crafty
Animal Friends
Catch the Bug (ribbon/snow/sewing)
Chocolate, Coffee & Cards
Creative Moments
Die Cut Divas
Dream It Up
Frosted Designs
House That Stamps Built
Inky Impressions
Scrapy Land
ShowCASe Your Style
Simon Says Stamp
Speed Craft
Sweet 7
Sweet Stampin'

     I hope you'll come and play along in our last challenge.  It would be a wonderful way to say goodbye to a terrific artist and great team of ladies who love working with Deedee's images.  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie

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  1. How sad for Companies who are just trying to make a few dollars with such wonderful images to create with. I just don't understand all of it. But yes again another wonderful online store closes...Your card is so cute. Such a shame. Hugs, joann

  2. Darling card, Connie. That background paper really helps to bring out your image. Have a g ood day.

  3. So sad about Deedee's! Small business always gets the brunt of it! The image is adorable and such a lovely card, Connie! Thanks for sharing with us at A Creative Need.

  4. What an adorable card! I love those ice cubes! It is so sad to see so many scrapbook and card making stores go out of business! Thanks for playing along with us at Scrapy Land Challenge #8!

  5. So very sad that such businesses are being forced to close their doors due to the EU putting their oar in! I love your card and the penguin is such a cutie.
    Linda xxxx

  6. Very very sad what is happening to those who are affected by the new VAT laws but i am sure they will fund a way around the problem very soon.

    Lovely story about fishing with your Dad, i used to go with mine too, beings back happy memories.

    Gorgeous card, thank you for playing along again with our Speed Challenge. Looking forward to seeing you on the next one.

    DT Speed Craft Challenge

  7. Lovely card, cute image and great design.
    So sad to hear of another business closing, I'm starting to wonder if there'll be any left soon!
    Thanks for joining us at Sweet Stampin’ this week.

  8. Love your card and read every inch of your childhood memories of fishing with your dad. Alas, too bad about .deedee images closing.

  9. This image makes my smile; so very cute; and I love your home grown sentiments, this one included.
    Blessing hugs,

  10. Wouw fablous card. Thanks so much for entering in our challenge party time at CC&CC.
    Hope to see you in our next challenge.
    xxx Anneke

  11. A gorgeous card Connie, a lovely design and background papers - your image is just adorable and what a fantastic sentiment!!

    Thanks so much for joining us at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge
    Heather xx

  12. Loveeeeee this!! Thanks for playing along with Frosted Designs!!!

  13. LOL! How do you do it? ALWAYS coming up with the darlingest-ever cards! How cute to fish with ice-cube man. Your center is beautiful - and so perfect! Love this, Connie! now for my other hat: Thanks for playing in the Scrapy Land Challenge using die cuts! I hope to see more of your pretty projects in the next challenge, too! hugs and blessings, de {Creative Smiles}

  14. It is so very sad that companies are closing because idiots in the EU never realised that microbusinesses even exist! It makes me so angry and upset!

    Your card is lovely, hun, the image is so much fun and I love the effect of the pretty white Spellbinders oval against the dark background.

    Thanks for joining in at CRAFT Challenge, and have a Happy New Year!

    love Mags B x

  15. PS There is a website, Digital Microbusiness Action Group that has a lot of info that's relevant for consumers and businesses outside the EU as well as within it.

    There are details of who to email in the EU about it. Truly this is a vicious example of 'the law of unintended consequences' because a law devised to stop tax avoidance by big companies is destroying small businesses.

    It enrages me, as you can probably tell!!!

    with love, Mags B xxx

  16. What a darling card!!! I love the ice cube snowman!!! Thanks for joining us at Frosted Designs!!

  17. Such a cute image and love your coloring.

    So glad you joined us at Die Cut Divas.

  18. This is such a cute image NC!! Really darling card! :)

  19. Beautiful. thanks for sharing at C.R.A.F.T. Challenge. Marlene DT

  20. Aww, that's a cute image. Love the paper and frame too. Thanks for joining us at Sweet Stampin' for our 'Anything Goes' challenge. Happy New Year wishes! Hugs, Wends x Sweet Stampin' DT

  21. Wonderful card, and such a cute set! Thanks for joining us at Catch The Bug!

  22. Such a fun image! Thank you for joining our ' Anything goes' challenge at Sweet Stampin', Happy New Year, love Jacky x


  23. Happy new year for you.
    Wouw fablous card. Thanks so much for entering in our challenge party time at CC&CC.
    Hope to see you in our next challenge.
    xxx Anneke

  24. This is adorable and great news about her shop. Love the sentiment you added to this too. So glad you shared it with us for the Scrapy Land Challenge,

  25. Amazing job with the challenge!!!

    Thanks for joining us at Frosted Designs :-)


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