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7 comments | Thursday, December 25, 2008




Well, I got so caught up in Christmas yesterday that I forgot to post my "Stand Up and CARE!" Blog Party link....so click on the above preview and you can grab it. Personal use only and please don't share the link, send friends here to paty and download......

Link to Sale:
Ready to purchase my store for the “Countdown to 2009” promotion? Well it couldn't be easier! Once you purchase my store and go through the checkout process, you will receive a download link. The download link is a coupon for 100% off one purchase from my store. That way you can put everything or anything you don't have in your cart and not have to deal with a million zillion download links!


Please note: This coupon code will only work with products made by and sold by Wetfish Designs. No other designers’ items can be purchased with this coupon. NO DISCOUNT COUPONS ALREADY ISSUED CAN BE USED TOWARDS THIS PURCHASE. PLEASE SAVE THEM FOR A FUTURE PURCHASE. THANK YOU!



You will have until January 31st to use this coupon, so you can grab what you want now or wait until the end of January and get a whole lot more since I will be putting new stuff in my store after the holidays. This promotion will only be on sale until January 1, 2009. Then it is gone! So grab it now and get everything in my store and everything that will be put in my store during the month of January!
Gotta go get ready for another Christmas celebration with my husband's family, but I'll leave you with some photos of our Christmas---it was great :)








10 comments | Wednesday, December 24, 2008

I can't believe it is Christmas Eve! And I actually just finished wrapping all the boys gifts and it isn't the middle of the night, either! My parents snuck them out of the house for a holiday lunch at Friendlys and I did a mad rush to get it all wrapped and hidden before they got back. Whew!!! Now I'm exhausted, not just from the wrapping but from keeping my three cats off the wrapping paper and the ribbon out of their mouths. My three cats, one of which is 13 years old and the other two are 5 and 6 years old, become kittens every holiday season when I pull out the ribbon and wrapping paper. The metallic tissue is their favorite, probably because it makes noise when they slide across the room on it! Oh the life with three cats and two boys....and of course my two dogs and husband. Never a dull moment, even when wrapping presents!





Now that the boys are back from Friendly's and Henry is down for his nap, and I made the lasagna this morning so dinner is taken care of, I'm going to blog and post my two sets of freebies and then get ready for the 4:00 service we're going to today for Christmas Eve. It is a new church, one we've never been to, but one that has a lot of children and tons of programming for children and adults alike. So I'm excited to go for the first time and check it out and the service today will have a puppet show that I'm sure the boys will love. We had an ice store very early this morning and it looked like no one would be going anywhere today, but thankfully it warmed up and the salt trucks made a pass through a couple times and now everything is fine. Can't wait to get out of the house!





So without further typing and wasting precious holiday minutes that are running shorter and shorter each second I type, here are today's freebies.....





This is the freebie for my "Stand Up and CARE!" Blog Party....click on the image to download...






And this is the freebie for my "Countdown to Christmas" of which there will be one more tomorrow and then I'm thinking of doing a "Countdown to 2009", what do you think? Should I do it? Let me know when you leave a comment (hint, hint....)



The "Stand Up and CARE!" kit is still uploading. Can you believe that? Only three more zips to go and the kit will be ready for me to load in the store. This is a HUGE kit and I truly hope it sells well so the we can give a nice, fat donation to CARE International next month! I doubt I will get to put it in the store tonight, but if I get a break tomorrow I will since I know so many people are anxious to get their hands, or should I say their mouses on it!




Anyway, have a wonderful Christmas Eve if you are celebrating this holiday tonight and if you aren't, have a wonderful evening doing something fun and inspiring. Following this post are some holiday pictures I thought I'd share.......enjoy!




Warmly,

Cyndi, Wetfish Designs














p.s. Come back tomorrow for more freebies and a SPECIAL CHRISTMAS SALE!!!!!!!!!

9 comments | Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Short post today because I've got so much to do to catch up with Christmas---it is running away from me!




First, today the blog party comes here to my blog to help celebrate all things "girl" in an effort to promote CARE International's "Girl Effect Project." I finally finished the kit preview and it will be on sale tomorrow, so here is a sneak peak:






And here is my blog party freebie for today......click on the image to download and this is personal use only and please don't share the link, send others here to download and comment (yes, I'm taking comments again)...





And here is my Day 3 for my "Countdown to Christmas" celebration.....personal use only, too. Click on the image to download....





Gotta go back to Christmas prep, so enjoy the freeebies and I hope you are gearing up for a wonderful holiday!



Warmly,


Cyndi, Wetfish Designs



p.s. Don't forget my contest.....every fifth customers wins my "Vintage Box of CU Cheer" or the sale amount of $25 in free items from my store for purchasing this latest commercial use grab bag from me, "New Year New Stash" :




Check out this HUGE commerical use grab bag that contains NO HOLIDAY ITEMs here:

http://divinedigital.com/boutique/product.php?productid=9153&cat=0&page=1

Good luck if you try and win!

0 comments | Sunday, December 21, 2008

I have a new grab bag out today to help get ready for the new year, 2009! This is a non-holiday grab bag and it has six brand new products I'm sure you'll have fun using in your designs. It is a combination of layer styles, overlays, vintage elements and fun embellishments. For only $6 this is a steal, so pick it up before the clock strikes midnight on December 31st!!!
Here is the link to the grab bag and no coupons will be accepted on this product as it is already a great deal. Thanks for understanding!





And the "Stand Up and CARE!" Blog Party is underway and it will make it to my blog on Christmas Eve. I was a little anxious to play with those girly colors so I made a little blog freebie for today that kind of goes with the kit but is also a great little element set for Valentine's Day layouts. This is personal use only, click on the image to download.....leave a comment on 4shared if you download and say hi (my blog comments are still disabled until the trolls go away)...




"Stand Up & CARE! - THE GIRL EFFECT"
CARE.org has a project going right now called "The Girl Effect" which poses the question that if we just made an investment in ONE girl - we could make a difference! We are doing a kit in tandem with the GIRL EFFECT PROJECT for CARE.org
Watch VIDEO for the EVENT:
Divine Charity EVENT Thread:
Keep your eyes on the event thread for the charity kit to be released next week. I am almost done with the preivews---here are a few to tease you while you wait for the full kit to be revealed:




And now I will end this post with a few photos of my dancing little reindeer, Henry. He made this reindeer hat at preschool and has been wearing it ever since he brought it home last week. And he loves to dance to holiday tunes in the kitchen and this hat just made his dancing all the more hilarious!



Well, that's it for today. Enjoy the freebie and I hope you pick up the grab bag as it is so much fun. I'm off to wrap Christmas gifts and make a last minute run to Target. Then I'm back to making previews for the charity kit.
Have a fantastic Sunday and I'll be back later this week with my blog party contributions.
Best,
Cyndi

0 comments | Saturday, December 20, 2008

I think that the topic of charity and my friend Laura has run its course. Please stop the comments that only aim to bring her down and make me mad. Flame on? You bet I will....


To the last comment made by Missy I say this: just because she has a cell phone, which is often cheaper than having a home phone and some people only use a cell phone as their main phone, and just because she bought her little boys Halloween costumes (it is cheaper to buy them than it is to make them these days AND you can get used Halloween costumes at thrift stores), and has pets does NOT make her a "handout" type of woman or citizen. I visited the link you posted "Missy" and it is a conservative website and boasts "christian" viewpoints. Well I am a conservative and a christian. And I don't see what either has to do with my helping a friend with a little grab bag that might help her get through the holidays in a little better shape than if I had done nothing. I'd do so if I wasn't a Christian and wasn't conservative. Actually, Christians and conservatives tend to be more giving and compassionate so you lost me. Would you rather she go beg on the street? Make her pets homeless? Deny her children the joy of a Halloween costume? Not have a phone? How Christian are you to suggest such things as being luxury items? And her husband going to school is an effort to improve their lives so they don't need help....can't you see that? In order to get out of the hole they are in he is going to school at night while working full time during the day so that they can all have a better life. How is that not the right thing to do?




Missy and everyone else who is coming here to shame my friend, well the party is over. I'm disabling comments. If you don't like it, too bad. Some people have gone too far. This is not a smack blog and I'll not tolerate trolls coming on my blog and trashing my dear friend and speculating about things that simply are not true. So for now I am no longer taking comments on this or any subject as I want to try and get myself back in the holiday spirit and not worry about what else is being said on MY BLOG that will make my friend more upset than she already is. So go hijack another blog to bitch on and insult people, this one is closed for you.




To everyone else that came here for their freebie, excuse the drama and enjoy the freebies. And if you think these trolls are wrong, purchase the grab bag and help me support my friend. That would be the best way to show your support:








And anyone who purchases my grab bag between now and Christmas for Laura will get a coupon for $5 to use on anything in my store. So in addition to the 16 CU products you are already going to get in the bag you will be able to purchase a few more on me. Forward me your invoice and I'll email you the coupon.
Best,
Cyndi



13 comments | Friday, December 19, 2008

Okay, this is a first for me. I just had someone leave a comment on my blog this morning which was a bunch of quotes about gossip. This post was made anonymously. I deleted it. Why? Because it was ridiculous. This is my blog and I'll post what I want and delete what I want. This blog does not belong to the digi community but to me. If I want to discuss what a customer said to me, I'll do that. I didn't share the customers name. I didn't share anything beyond my frustration with people being inconsiderate and cruel when someone is in need or when someone lends a hand to someone who is in need. If you don't like my grab bag sale to help a friend, just don't buy it and if you don't like the idea of someone selling her store and sharing with consumers the reason why, don't buy her store and don't read about it.



Now the comment about the gossip quotes is back. Hi Jane! I'm going to leave them since you felt so strongly as to post them again. They are actually good quotes but they don't really apply to me as I was not gossiping. If I was gossiping I would have named names. The person whose comment on an invoice I was upset about was gossiping and even admitted as much when she indicated she has "yet to talk to another designer friend of mine who has seen this ad & thinks this isn't tacky." So the gossip quotes belong to her, not me. She discussed my friend's sale and financial situation with others. That is gossip.



But what really prompted me to post again is the last comment made by someone who chose to remain anonymous. Here you go, read it in bigger print---it is a rant worth larger print and color:



Well isn't it enough that I pay such high TAXES for these incompetant people to sit on welfare? Why should I dish out more of my hard earned money to these selfish people who rather than stop doing what they know isn't working(going to school while children starve)they just stick their hand out to all and everyone in anonymous web land, I bet not one cent of these so called charity gifts are being accounted to the welfare dept. Their are serious people in real need and people like you designers who don't register your fund raising schemes or acts of charity are just jokes ripping off the wonderful giving and loving digi community like myself and all the real giving charitable women in this world! Who put our money/time/effort into real legitimate and registered charity functions!So she put all her store on sale, many designers do the exact same thing for many different reasons, but I've yet to see one designer do it in such a tactless way as this, I'm sitting here reading that ad thinking sell your bloody computer, your cell phone and all your other crap before crying poor to me or just put "sale" without all the emotional crap on your product listing!I think your airing a private comment about a customer on your blog is "TACKY" and don't look now but you have turned this blog into a "smack blog"!! LOL I wonder what the anonymous comment you deleted said?! I bet it was the only real truthful thing said on this post!Royanna are you a responsible business owner? how you handled this situation is inappropriate. How dare you berate a customer in this way! I'd not be surprised that you have passed her name around to everyone in your store and forum, touting yourself as the most charitable woman around and how dare anyone question your motives on this "cause" after all haven't you had the best month in sales since using this "cause" to your financial and mutual benefit! Why don't you put your money where your mouth is and donate to this Laura all your month's taking and not just give lip service to it but show us some real receipts of you doing it? How much have you raised for her and how much has she taken in sales, real charity funraisers have this information available to the public, this so called "charity" case is a joke and illegal!Yes, there are laws to protect the everyday charitable person from being taken advantage of in this way and many real and more worthwhile fundraisers to participate in!Please display how much income this "charity case" is actually getting from all her various sources, redundancies from leaving job, Husbands income, welfare income, partnership for Devine's ownership shared income, church handouts and welfare and then allow us grownups the decision on whether she is really a worthy cause or not! Heck I bet she has more disposal income than the magority of your customers who spend at your store!I appaud that designer for having the courage to tell you what alot of your customers were thinking anyway!


To this comment and anonymous person, I say:


1. I only deleted one comment and it has now been reposted and will stay that way since there is a name attached to it. Perhaps you should consider putting your name next to your convictions and opinions since you seem to have some pretty strong opinions about me.
2. This is not a smack blog. If you or anyone else continues to post comments in an effort to spew nastiness, I'll just disable comments or delete them. This blog is not a forum for people to anonymously post opinons, whether I agree with those opinions or not. Go find a real smack blog if that is what you want to do.
3. My friend, who I chose to help with a donation of my sales from a grab bag, is not a welfare recipient. So she isn't cheating anyone and no one is hiding any sales from the welfare department. And this isn't a scam or scheme to pull the wool over the digi community's eyes. For goodness sake, this is a $6 grab bag!!! Seriously now, to say that"fund raising schemes or acts of charity are just jokes ripping off the wonderful giving and loving digi community like myself and all the real giving charitable women in this world!" is just too much for me. If you were a truly charitable and giving woman you wouldn't be posting such nasty things THAT ARE NOT TRUE about my friend. You have made her out to seem like a scheming woman on welfare ready to take money raised by me or herself just so she can go to a spa or shop at Nordstroms. She is trying to put food on the table, heat her home and put a few gifts under the tree for her children. There is nothing illegal going on here. There is no scheme. It is people like you who go and post things that aren't true that make people question the sincerity of others when they do something that is decent and honest or ask for help because they really need it. Shame on you!
4. Why are you asking Royanna (correct way to spell her name by the way) on my blog? This isn't Royanna's blog and she didn't ask me to post anything or sell anything to help out our mutual friend. She, like me, is a bit dumbfounded at how cruel so many people can be when someone is in need.
5. Quote from you: "I'd not be surprised that you have passed her name around to everyone in your store and forum, touting yourself as the most charitable woman around and how dare anyone question your motives on this "cause" after all haven't you had the best month in sales since using this "cause" to your financial and mutual benefit! Why don't you put your money where your mouth is and donate to this Laura all your month's taking and not just give lip service to it but show us some real receipts of you doing it?" I didn't share this customers name with anyone other than those who received a copy of the invoice on which she made her comment. That would be me, since she used a gift coupon in my store, Laura whose store she purchased despite having said she didn't agree with the whole idea behind the sale (hypocrisy perhaps?) and the store owners, Laura and Royanna. I passed around her name to NO ONE. I did not visit any forums or smack blogs and say "hey, guess what so and so said to me." That is not my style. Those fellow designers and customers who know me know that I am not like that and I would never do such a thing. Posting about it---about my frustration with the situation in general about lack of charity and compassion in the world today---on my blog is how I dealt with it. That is my style. And just so you know, I have just about donated all this month's sales to Laura as the products in that grab bag were what I planned on putting in my store this month. This has been my worst month for sales to date because I gave up my sales for a friend. So actually I consider it my best month in sales because she needed the money more than I did and the amount that I was able to raise for Laura is her business and my business, not yours. And if you think I'm going to share invoices to prove to you or anyone else how much I have raised for her with my grab bag sales, think again.
6. It is "Divine" Digital, not "Devine" Digital. Learn how to spell.



For those customers that came here for a freebie, I apologize for the drama. And if you are of the same opinion as this poster is, I really don't need or want to hear about it. The holidays are supposed to be a time of giving and caring and I feel like I am defending myself for being charged with the horrific crime of kindness and compassion.


Best,
Cyndi


There is a wonderful mythical law of nature that the three things we crave most in life -- happiness, freedom, and peace of mind -- are always attained by giving them to someone else.
~Peyton Conway March

22 comments | Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Here is the link to the full set of texture overlays that go with yesterday's CU freebie:


http://divinedigital.com/boutique/product.php?productid=9102&cat=0&page=






And here is the new set I put together last night and managed to preview this morning while my kids were in preschool..... "Down & Dirty Texture Overlays Set 3"







And here is another CU freebie that goes with "Down & Dirty Set 3".....enjoy!



I want to end this blog post with a little note about charity. Charity to me is something that is very personal and very important. Charity can be a kind word to someone who is upset or down, and charity can also be a donation made to an organization, cause or friend in need. Recently I started selling my "Santa's Vintage CU Sack" to help out my friend, Laura. Today I was shocked beyond belief when a fellow designer told me via an invoice comment box that "Operation Save Christmas" was "tacky" and that other designers in the digi design community also felt the same way. So my act of charity, to help a friend who is in financial need with a brand new baby and who lost her job just before her baby was born, has now become "tacky" in the eyes of my designer peers. How sad. How terribly sad. Not for me---believe me, I've been called worse than "tacky" and I can take it. But to leave nasty comments in the checkout process so the designer behind "Operation Save Christmas" can read them, well that is just over the top in my book.

Where has the goodness in the world gone? Don't people realize that if someone is so hard up that they are selling their store and all their designs at a ridiculously low price to try and get through the holidays with a roof over their head and a few gifts under the tree for their three young chhildren they deserve a little compassion and sensitivity? Tacky isn't a word I believe belongs in charity. There is no tackiness in helping others, especially a friend in need. Tacky is an adjective for the fashion industry, furniture, etc. It isn't, in my humble opinion, an adjective that should even be in the same sentence as charity.

Yes, a lot of people are going through tough economic times right now. Some go through them silently without a word to anyone and others need help and let it be known. To do so is not tacky and to help someone is not tacky, either.

So to those designers that are here to download yet another CU freebie from me, I ask that you remember that kindness, compasssion, empathy and sincerity are all words that go in tandem with charity for me. Not tacky. Never tacky. No act of charity can ever be called tacky. And if you don't agree with that, and you are one of the designers on one of those smack blogs or bulletin boards talking about how tacky this is or that is in terms of helping someone via a sale, well that is your opinion and your are entitled to it. But have a little "tact" and don't leave nasty comments on the invoices so the designer in need reads them. What purpose does that serve other than to be cruel? Cruel at Christmas....is that the new theme in the digi world?



And now I am going to step off my soap box and part with some of my favorite quotes on charity and tackiness, to help educate those who need a little lesson:



Tacky


I wouldn't say I invented tacky, but I definitely brought it to its present high popularity.
~Bette Midler


Not that I give a hoot about jewelry. Diamonds, yes. But it's tacky to wear diamonds before you're forty... ~Truman Capote, Breakfast at Tiffany's, 1958, spoken by the character Holly Golightly


I think everybody likes to be remembered. I haven't heard anyone say it's tacky, it's more like, 'Hey, this is now available.' People have welcomed it.
~Kate Heller


After Elvis died, there were so many licensing deals signed that led to a lot of very tacky stuff.
~Scott Williams


Charity

We can do no great things, only small things with great love. ~Mother Teresa


I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. And I will not let what I cannot do interfere with what I can do. ~Edward Everett Hale


If you can't feed a hundred people, then feed just one. ~Mother Teresa


The true meaning of life is to plant trees, under whose shade you do not expect to sit. ~Nelson Henderson


While earning your daily bread, be sure you share a slice with those less fortunate.
~Quoted in P.S. I Love You, compiled by H. Jackson Brown, Jr.


Charity sees the need, not the cause. ~German Proverb


We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give. ~Winston Churchill


The first question which the priest and the Levite asked was: "If I stop to help this man, what will happen to me?" But... the good Samaritan reversed the question: "If I do not stop to help this man, what will happen to him?" ~Martin Luther King, Jr.


Sometime in your life, hope that you might see one starved man, the look on his face when the bread finally arrives. Hope that you might have baked it or bought or even kneaded it yourself. For that look on his face, for your meeting his eyes across a piece of bread, you might be willing to lose a lot, or suffer a lot, or die a little, even. ~Daniel Berrigan


It's easy to make a buck. It's a lot tougher to make a difference. ~Tom Brokaw


Find a need and fill it. ~Ruth Stafford Peale

7 comments | Tuesday, December 16, 2008



Get ready for Divine Digital's December Charity Event, "Stand Up & CARE! - THE GIRL EFFECT"


CARE.org has a project going right now called "The Girl Effect" which poses the question that if we just made an investment in ONE girl - we could make a difference! We are doing a kit in tandem with the GIRL EFFECT PROJECT for CARE.org








Divine Charity EVENT Thread:

http://www.divinedigital.com/forums/...play.php?f=617

Check out the events for CARE, including the blog party and charity mega kit!





I haven't put many new things in my store the past week or two, but I do have a special product I really would like you to consider purchasing since all the proceeds go towards helping my friend, Laura White, aka designer Princess Lala, and her "Operation Save Christmas." Here is what I am donating, so please consider helping me help my friend give her family a wonderful Christmas this year:

People always say that "charity begins at home." Well, this vintage "Santa Sack" is my way of helping out a member of my family here at Divine Digial, Princess Lala. So please, purchase this sack of CU Vintage Products--16 vintage elements total---and the entire $6 you pay will go to Laura's "Operation Save Christmas." Here's the scoop on "Operation Save Christmas...."

To help Laura out even more, consider purchasing her store (an incredible value from an incredibly talented designer):

http://divinedigital.com/boutique/product.php?productid=8859&cat=0&page=1
Now....here are a few new things in my store you might want to put on your Santa list.....and note the sale I have running right now:
This is the ultimate gift you can give yourself for Christmas this year----25 CU products for $25!!!!

Since mostly all my CU products are $3, put 25 of them in your cart at Divine Digital and use this coupon code to get them for $1--that is a savings of $50!

christmasgift

This coupon expires January 1st. Make sure you are logged in and that the coupon code is placed in the box at the bottom of your shopping cart page (not the gift certficate box on the checkout page). Also, make sure your total shows up as being $75 or more since that is how the coupon is set up--$50 off a $75 order. So you can purchase items more than $3 with this coupon, but remember that the order total must be $75 before the coupon discount.
Link to my store:




I have a new product, a set of texture overlays (I haven't had a new set of those in a long time!) and I have a commercial use freebie to go with my new "Riding Rough Texture Overlays Set One." I will be putting this set of overlays in my store tomorrow....along with (I hope another couple sets)...

Remember, this is Commercial Use Okay, so designers have at it! But please, send friends here to download (don't share the link) and say hi when you download! Click on the image to download...




And here is a glimpse of the full set....






Did you notice my new preview? I have been working on this for awhile and I finally got it to where I was satisifed. So let me know what you think.....!!!!!




And finally, some new photos of the boys and what we've been up to. Henry had his first trip to a real barber and that was a fun event, although he didn't like it too much. And a bunch of fun xmas snapshots (none are touched up so excuse the poor levels and lighting!)....



Check back tomorrow for perhaps another CU freebie!
Best,
Cyndi






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