Friday, December 12, 2014

Giveaway!!!!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Winner of the signed copy must be a U.S. resident (I'm pregnant, exhausted, and not up for going to the post office any time soon for an international order - if you win and you're not a U.S. Resident, I'll give you a gift code to my shop instead.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

I'm on Amazon

My book, "My Christmas Gifts" is now up on Amazon. Its FREE for Kindle Unlimited, $4.99 for Kindle or $8.07 right now for an actual copy. Click the link below to take you there. 

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Vote for me on Startup Nation

Vote for me on the Startup Nation Competition by clicking here. You can vote once daily.

Giveaway for the book will start within a few weeks.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

My Christmas Gifts, a Children's Picture Book by Dedra Tregaskis - Hey that's me!

Tonight I'm writing about my most recent adventure of writing and illustrating a children's book. First off I have to say besides fighting depression (which is totally gone now and which I should definitely blog about soon) and having babies, illustrating this book was one of the hardest things I've done in my life.

WHY DID YOU CREATE A CHILDREN'S BOOK?
My grandparents have all passed on (sad for me but great for them) and all I have is my memories and the things they left for me. My father's mother was extremely crafty. I can look around the room I'm writing in and pick out several things she passed on to me. I see these items every day and I think of her often. I've thought a lot about what I can pass on to my kids, but also to grandkids and beyond someday. What better way than sharing my beliefs and feelings through words and illustrations. For some that is definitely not the way but for me it just makes sense. And when I create, I feel especially close to my Grandmas who were all crafty in their own way. 

WHY DID YOU WRITE A STORY ABOUT CHRISTMAS?
Oh, this is a loaded question for me. We LOVE books in our house and I love to set out stacks of holiday or seasonal books, but when it comes to Christmas time I run into a problem. It seems that the only children's "Christmas" books out there are:
A. about Santa 
B. about snow (having nothing to do with Christmas) and 
C. about the Savior's birth only (which is great but really misses the picture for me)
Forgive me but I am a bah humbug when it comes to Santa. I have some serious Santa issues and I feel like he steals the show. I know some people can incorporate him into the holidays correctly and that is awesome, but for me I boycott all things "Commrecial Santa."
It is great to have books about the Savior's birth. It's an important part of His story but so many people seem to think nowadays that they are celebrating Christmas when they celebrate just His birth. To me, His life and mission are essential parts of the equation for what we should be celebrating at Christmas. 
I wanted a book I could read to my kids that would help them to see how they, as small children, could best celebrate Christmas--how Christ would have them celebrate it. 

WHAT IS THE BOOK ABOUT?
I'll let author Holly Kelly  and author Tifani Clark tell you about it: 
"What an amazing story! It brings the true meaning of Christmas to light through the eyes of a sweet child. With beautiful, unique illustrations that highlight this wonderful tale, it’s a treasure to have in my home. I especially love how this Christmas tale is centered on Christ. I can see myself reading this book to my children every Christmas season." Holly Kelly

"In My Christmas Gifts, the magic of Christmas and the spirit of giving is expressed through the eyes of a little girl. The story captures the reader from the first page. And the illustrations? Colorful and completely eye-catching. This is a great read for families of all shapes and sizes." Tifani Clark

WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO READ THE BOOK?
Definitely on Thanksgiving night but anytime during the holiday season is very fitting. The book starts out on Thanksgiving day and then the little girl side tracks a little to talk about Halloween. So now some of you may be really confused how we are talking about Pagan Holidays and Christian Holidays? "Mwahahaha" is all I have to say. 
Everyone celebrates Halloween differently too and in our house it is a month of friendly, safe, family fun for all ages. We really love the colors and the nocturnal animals and dressing up! I have 3 girls and trust me we love to dress up! 
So now that you are sidetracked in my description of the story...the girl then sets her sights for the coming holiday of Christmas. She's feeling gratitude and she understands where all of her blessings come from and she wishes to give thanks by serving in her own special way. 

WHERE CAN I BUY THE BOOK?
You can buy the book on Amazon or Create Space. It is available in paperback or Kindle.

ARE YOU ANNOUNCING ANYTHING FROM THE ILLUSTRATIONS?
My family has 5 members--A mother, a father and 3 girls. In the book there are 6 family members-- A mother, a father, 3 girls and a baby boy. NO, I am not making an announcement. I was visually trying to offset too much girlishness AND there is a tad of wishful thinking (ok more than a tad). To some we are crazy but we'd still love at least one more child. We've had a hard time having the kids we have but we are hopeful for more. If not, we are grateful for the children we have and the baby can at least symbolize one of the little ones we've lost. 

WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ABOUT THE BOOK BEING PUBLISHED
I appreciate the love and support I've received while making this from friends and family who have been curious about the project. 

It's really nerve racking for me to think about having other people look at it. I wrote it for my children. It's my first attempt at illustrating a book and I have no idea what people will think. It's not perfect in so many ways but I have learned a lot and if I ever did another, it would be no doubt better. 

I'm so excited to have it done and I hope that even if people don't love the illustrations or the grammar that they can still be touched by my love for my Savior and that they will be inspired with ways to better enjoy their holidays. 

Here are a few sneak peaks of the book:

 Cover:

Pages 6-7:

Page 14:

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Super Cool Announcement:

A children's book I recently wrote and illustrated is being published and will be released on November 5th! More details to come soon, plus a giveaway for a free copy. So excited!

Monday, September 8, 2014

HUGE Sale

Wow, has it really been since April since anything has been posted? I guess I've been having too much fun with my family. Sorry for leaving ya'll hanging.
I'm having a huge, mega stock up sale at my website: http://www.prettifuldesigns.com/
Everything is $1.50 or less AND Buy 3 Get 3 FREE!
Come see whats new and I'll soon have some good news to share!!!








Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Happy Spring

Spring has finally come, and I couldn't be happier!  Right now all Paper Packs are 50% Off, and Clip Art and Kits are 25% Off.

To make the deal even better you can combine it with our current specials: Buy 3 get 1 additional item FREE, Buy 4 get 2 additional items FREE, Buy 5 get 3 additional items FREE, Buy 10 get 10 additional items FREE, Buy 20 get 21 additional items FREE.

I'd love to see what you've been doing with our images lately.  Add pictures or links to the facebook page https://www.facebook.com/PrettifulDesigns

Here's some new Products:

Mum Papers

50% OFF SALE Digital Paper Pack  - Personal and Commercial Use - Mum (811)

Vintage Polka Dots

50% OFF SALE Digital Paper Pack Vintage Earth Tone Polka Dot Grunge Texture Set 2 (812)

Andrew Papers

50% OFF SALE Digital Paper Pack Turquoise, Gray, Taupe Backgrounds - Personal and Commercial Use - Andrew (814)

Oh Happy Day

50% OFF SALE Vintage Color Digital Paper cornflower blue, orange, pink, yellow- CU Ok - Oh Happy Day (815)

Kyle

50% OFF SALE Digital Paper Pack  - Personal and Commercial Use - Kyle (817)

Mother I Love You

50% OFF SALE Mothers Day Digital Scrapbook Printable Paper Pack Instant Download - Mother I Love You (820)


Within the last few weeks the following Clip Art set has been added to match a number of the most recent paper packs.

Spring Showers Clip Art

25% OFF SALE Digital Clip Art Frame Pinwheel Bird Owl Ribbon Banner Journaling Spot Spring Showers (826)

Monday, February 24, 2014

22,000th Sale Coupon Code!

In the last nine months we've more than doubled our number of sales, and it's all thanks to you!  To celebrate our 22,000th sale here's a 22% off coupon code: feb22off (good through Friday Feb 28th).  Everything in the shop is already 30% off, so that makes it an even better deal! Go check it out!

Here are a few of the new items that have been added recently.


St Patrick's Day

Irish Kisses (810)

30% OFF SALE St Patricks Day Digital Paper Pack for Personal or Commercial Use - Irish Kisses (810)


Lucky (809)

30% OFF SALE St Patricks Day Digital Paper Pack for Personal or Commercial Use - Lucky (809)


Spring is in the Air

Ariel (808)

30% OFF SALE Digital Background Paper Blue Pink Orange Sage - Commercial Use - Ariel (808)


Perfect Beginning (804)

30% OFF SALE Digital Textured Background Paper Coral Orange Gray - Perfect Beginning (804)


Skat Skootle (803)

30% OFF SALE Bright Digital Paper Rainbow Colors - Commercial Use - Skit Skat Skootle (803)


Sunny Days (802)

30% OFF SALE Digital Paper Teal Yellow Coral Cream - CU Ok - Sunny Days (802)


New Vector Format Items!

Vector Valentine Heart Love Arrow Clip Art in SVG, EPS and AI formats (807)

Vector Valentine Heart Love Arrow Clip Art in SVG EPS and AI for Commercial Use (807)

Friday, January 31, 2014

Writing Songs

I've been writing songs again. I love it. It fills a part of my soul. I can't believe I've been able to live so long without doing it. One I wrote a few nights ago is very near and dear called "Peace." I hope listening to it can bring peace to your heart: https://soundcloud.com/dedra-taylor-tregaskis/peace

And know that I wrote and recorded that in two hours. I know my talent isn't refined or amazing so if you're looking for perfection you won't find it. But if you're wanting to feel uplifted, I hope you'll take a peek (or rather a listen). I have a few other songs there too and will hopefully be adding the one I wrote tonight soon (my voice is too hoarse tonight to record).

xo,
Dedra

Monday, January 6, 2014

A New Look

I hope everyone had a happy holidays. We've been busy over the holidays spending time with family, but also giving the shop a new look!  The sections in the shop have been changed to make searching for what you need even easier.

The new sections include:
Kits & Deals
Girly
Boyish
Sports
Specific Patterns
All Else
Circles

Also, there are more kits in the shop to make coordinating things easier.  Now through January 15th all Kits are on SALE for 25% OFF!

Here's a couple of the new kits

25% OFF Sale Valentine Digital Scrapbooking Kit Papers Frames Clip Art  Be My Valentine Kit 1 (203) (126) (215) (213)


25% OFF Sale Digital Scrapbook Kit with Papers, Frames, and Clip Art - Monkey Kisses Kit 1 (489) (154) (490) (376)


25% OFF Sale Digital Kit Clip Art Paper Tree Washi Tape Journal Spot Commercial Use Instant Download Smooth (728) (742) (725) (744)


25% OFF Sale Pink Green and Brown Digital Paper Pack and Clip Art Kit - Personal and Commercial Use - Joanie (746) (704) (701) (706)


25% OFF Sale Digital Scrapbook Kit with Papers, Frames, Owls and Clip Art - Girly Rainbow (567) (565) (564) (568)


Go check out the new look! https://www.etsy.com/shop/PrettifulDesigns

Sunday, December 29, 2013

5 Easy Ways to Make your Marriage Zing, Pop, and Sizzle

It's been a while since I offered up some marriage tips. I've been testing them out for myself so I can share with confidence of the results. See for yourself:



1. Send love notes. There are so many ways: text, old fashioned snail mail, window paint on car door, mark it in the snow, notes slipped into pants pockets in his/her drawer etc. Find a way to do something every day to say I love you in a different or special way. If you already do it, be more specific about what you love about your spouse.

2. Before you kiss, think about what message you want to convey: I'll miss you. Glad to see you. Hurry home, I'll be waiting... etc. Kiss your spouse like you mean whatever message. Don't blame me if you are late to work.

3. Plan dates weekly, bi weekly or monthly as time and money permit. Make it special but not over the top. Make special considerations of what your spouse likes. The biggest key: make it consistent.

4. I've said it before and I'll say it again--Say "Thanks" whenever and as often as you can for all the things your spouse does for you (even if its in a roundabout way). Being thankful helps you look past things that you might not be as thankful for. Try it and you'll see.

5. Shower together. Oh no. Don't say ew gross. We are adults here! Its not always convenient but try to throw it in more often and see how it helps throw in an extra pinch of zing, pop, and sizzle! I dare you!

Friday, November 29, 2013

Black Friday/ Cyber Monday Sales

It's that time of year again...Black Friday/Cyber Monday.  I braved some stores this morning (with my 1 year old) in search of some good deals, but now I'm shopping online while reveling in the silence of nap time.  We're making it more enjoyable to shop from your computer by offering some AMAZING sales through December 6th.

EVERYTHING is on sale for 50% off.
Our usual specials still apply
Buy 3 items Get 1 additional item FREE, 
Buy 4 items Get 2 additional items FREE, 
Buy 5 Get 3 additional items FREE, 
Buy 10 items Get 10 additional items FREE, 
Buy 20 Get 21 additional items FREE
FREE items must be of equal or lesser value to the lowest priced item bought.

And best of all our the 
BLACK FRIDAY/CYBER MONDAY Special Codes

Buy minimum of $15 get an additional 10% off with coupon code: BF201310POFF

Buy minimum of $25 get an additional 20% off with coupon code: BF201320POFF

Buy minimum of $45 get an additional 30% off with coupon code: BF201330POFF
Codes valid through Friday, December 6th!


Here's a few of the most recently added items.  Go see what else you can find. https://www.etsy.com/shop/PrettifulDesigns

50% OFF SALE Christmas Nativity Silhouette Clip Art for Commercial Use  - Wise men Shepherd Animals Extended Version (783)


50% OFF SALE Christmas Owl Clip Art for Digital Scrapbooking, Invitations, Paper Goods, Card Making - Tis The Season (782)


50% Off Sale Digital Paper Pack  for Scrapbooking, Card Making, Invitations - Tis The Season Set 2 (781)


50% OFF SALE Christmas Clip Art Frames Journal Spots Pinwhells Tags Washi Tape - Eggnog (780)

Monday, October 28, 2013

Christmas is Coming

I know, I know Halloween hasn't happened yet, but we've already started getting ready for the Christmas season.  Dedra has added quite a few Christmas paper packs to the shop recently.  We've also created some new boards on pinterest for all of our Halloween and Christmas items.  We thought it might make it a little easier to see what's new so please follow us!

Also don't forget that EVERYTHING in the shop is 50% OFF through Oct 31st, and the sale can be combined with the specials (Buy 3 Get 1 additional item FREE, Buy 4 Get 2 additional items FREE, Buy 5 Get 3 additional items FREE, Buy 10 Get 10 additional items FREE, Buy 20 Get 21 additional items FREE)

Come take advantage of the Sale before it ends!

Here are some of the most resent additions to the shop

Fall:
50% off SALE Fall Digital Paper Pack Teal Orange Crimson Gold - Personal and Commercial Use - Autumn Stroll (761)
Autumn Stroll

50% off SALE Digital Paper Pack  - Personal and Commercial Use - Pumpkin (775)
Pumpkin Papers

Christmas:
50% off SALE Digital Scrapbooking Papers - Frosted Cranberries (769)
Frosted Cranberry Papers

50% off SALE Digital Christmas Scrapbooking Papers - Christmas (766)
Eggnog Papers

50% off SALE Digital Christmas Scrapbooking Papers - Christmas Cheer (767)
Christmas Cheer Papers

50% off SALE Digital Scrapbooking Papers - Wintry (770)
Wintry Papers

50% off SALE Digital Scrapbooking Papers - Christmas Baubles (768)
Christmas Baubles Papers

50% off SALE Digital Scrapbooking Papers - Poppin Christmas (771)
Poppin Christmas Papers




  

Monday, September 30, 2013

New Etsy Shop PD Printables

Just a quick reminder that we're having a 40% off SALE at our Etsy Shop Prettiful Designs


Now on to the real purpose of this post, our new shop!!! We've opened a new shop for holiday and party printables. https://www.etsy.com/shop/PDPrintables  Come take a look at what we have and take advantage of the 40% off SALE now going on!

Here's just on item from the new shop.  It's everything you'd need to decorate for a Halloween Party.  I love throwing parties and this set will make you not only the talk of the neighborhood, but will be a stress reliever! Decorations, food wrappers, party games and photo props are all included so once you print and cut all you need to worry about is the food!

Includes:
1 "Happy Halloween" Banner
8 Cupcake Toppers
11 Photo Props
4 Blank Invitation Templates/Labels Designs
10 Water Bottle Wrapper Designs
4 Cupcake/Straw Flag Designs
5 Favor Bag Tag Designs
4 Food Tent Designs
6 Mini Candy Label Designs
1 Welcome Sign
2 Miscellaneous Signs
1 MIni Cake Banner
10 Bingo Game Cards & Calling Cards
8 Cupcake Wrappers
13 Labels

40% Off SALE Ultimate Halloween Party Kit with Banners Cupcake Toppers Food Wrappers Photo Props Signs Games 88 Unique Designs