Monday, December 31, 2007

VALENTINE'S Treat Cone Favor

Well....here is the FIRST project of the new year ( ok, its still 2007...but, I thought I'd get a JUMP!)....I had to post something...and since I had all my punches neatly on my NEW DISPLAY rack ( thank you my dear, sweet, wonderful husband!)....and I actually could FIND them...I used some left-over Cutie Pie dsp 4 x 4 scrap to create the cone shape...layered tag punches stamped with fun tag from 2008 HAPPY HEART DAY ( I LOVE this sweet set...& I WON it at my UPUP Line's Christmas Party!...whooowhooo!!)..I used the technique I saw on Cambria Turnbow's blog ( oh my, isnt she awesome??) for doing the fun strip down the front of the cone..its called a Corner rounder Criss-Cross...LOVE IT!..I also covered some CHOCOLATE Truffle Treasures with wheeled SCRAPS and added a punched Hugs & Kisses from ALL HOLIDAYS (if you blink, you ALMOST can miss this little cutie in the set!!)A little scrap of gross-grain ribbon ties it all together..
Anyhoo...I just felt a real need to get something posted....and am bizzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzy working on lots more for my OPEN HOUSE this saturday....Hey, if you're in the neighborhood, stop by and PLAY a while!....Thanks for visiting my blog!

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!...Lookee what MR.Lowes made for me!!

This is soooooooooo cool!!!!....My guy....Mr. Lowes.....in keeping with our HANDMADE Christmas theme , made this MOST AWESOME ...PUNCH Display Tree for all my hand punches,etc.....dont you just LOVELOVELOVE it???....He 'fashioned it" from an old display unit we used have in our craft booths years ago ( I knew there was a reason I needed to hold onto it!)
Anyhoo....as you can see, I need MORE PUNCHES!!...lol!...and my list from the brand new SU 2008 Spring catty is growing!!....
In my QUEST to be better organized for 2008...this is a GREAT New Beginning!....and, my friends....ya know what ???......You will absolutely LOVE the fact that I just happen to "mention"(winkwink) to him a few weeks ago that I "needed some way to store & display" my punches.....& he listened......He is soooooooooo great!....Hmmmmm...what OTHER organizational things do I need??????
So, here is my kick-off to 2008......Ive got a great head start!!

Friday, December 21, 2007

Post-It-NOTE Holder...Unfrogettable!

OOOOOPS!....a little blurry....but, I HAD to post SOMETHING!...This is a special order for one of my awesome local customers....for her Mom....who thinks PERHAPS she is losing her memory ( or mind!)...and wanted a sweet way to "remind her" of upcoming events, etc. with a post-it-note holder. I KNOW there are several...TONS of tutes out in BLOGLAND of post-it-note holders....IFIFIF you would like the specifics on THIS particular one, please leave a comment or email a request, and I will get something worked up ( AFTER the holiday festivities are thru!).....But, this idea for "future" gift giving ideas, would work for multiple seasons ( MORE BANG for your buck...I always say!)
Anyhoo....I HAVE to say, that I would not have EVER been able to do this ( easily) WITHOUT the MOST AWESOME VIDEO TUTE by KWERNER ( Kristina is THE BOMB!...oh my!!) using the Stamp-a-ma-jig....I used a couple of different wordage stamps and combined them to CREATE this specific sentiment...I ordered it SPECIFICALLY beeeeeeeeeecause of HER tute!!!....and I dont know WHATIN THE WORLD, I ever did before having it!...YOU gotta try it!....email ME for SPECIAL FROM ME if you'd like to order it!!!!!..STAMPIN'UP!.....it is awesome!!!
I am also so loving my new Scor-PAL.....oh what fun it is to score..........!!!!!Check out the web-site here!!
Ok...soooooooo, I am sooooooooo far beeeeeeeeeehind ( I have put the beeeeeeeeeeeeeee into beeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeehind this Christmas!!!)...soooooooo, I am back to creating!!....OH...and HAVE YOU SEEN the NEW 2008 CATTY from SU????......OH MY GOODNESS!!!!...my list is growing!!!....I am so excited!!

Saturday, December 15, 2007

I Have ELFED MYSELF!!!!!.....


Check this out.....

Like I have time on my hands!!!......but, its probably the ONLY way you'll ever see me dancing!!
OK...back to working on my LAST MINUTE stuff.....BTW....I did cheat a little on the last of my cards.....for those dozens to be handed out at LOWES ( hubby's job)....I re-worked all the retired cards from my SU board & stash( which does include old swaps, etc)....hey...they are still HANDMADE!!.....and have my "touch" on them!
Crafty, huh?....now Let's DANCE!
MERRY CHRISTMAS

QUICKIE CHOCOLATE Recipe...Sweeto Frito

WHat in the WORLD am I doing???....surfing my blog buddies...when I have sooo much still to do??.....Oh well......Just had to check some of my faves out, and get my FIX for the day!....like ALEX, California Stampin......She has some YUMMY wrapped Blog CANDY....all you have to do is leave her a recipe!......so ...here is mine( hey....I can multi-task.....a comment & a blog entry in ONE!!)

Sweeto Frito Bars:
1 10.5 oz bag Fritos originals
1 cup white sugar
1 cup Karo syrup
1 cup creamy peanut butter
7 Hershey Bars

Grease or spray a 9 x 13 pan...place corn chips in bottom of pan.
In saucepan...bring the sugar and Karo to a boil over medium heat...just so the sugar is dissolved.
Remove from heat & stir in the cup of peanut butter until smooth.
Pour over the chips.
Place SIX of the chocolate bars on the top & let melt.....EAT the other one while awaiting the real treat!!!...lol!
Cool....Break up or cut into pieces & ENJOY!!

ANyhoo......I am STILL crunching...crunching...crunching......( Fritos too!)....hope you have a WONDERFUL WEEKEND..............creative blessings, Debbie

Friday, December 14, 2007

ALTERED TILE Dry Erase Board


Here's MY version of an altered tile.....using it for a dry erase board.....I have seen others while BLURFFING ( what a fun name for stalking!)...and wanted to try it out. So, I had to play MRS. WIZARD ( for those of you who remember Mr. Wizard...the science dude on TV years ago!...This is what I found out through MANY trials on my PROTOTYPE Tile ( this tile will never be seen!)......
  1. If you happen to be handy, or live with a MR. LOWES...you need to sand off the "nipples" around the edges of the tiles....I suppose these have a purpose when using as intended!
  2. CLEAN tile ( glazed kind so, dry erase marker will work) with rubbing alcohol to clean off dirt, oils, etc.
  3. Stamp design ( I used the FREE Hostess set that SU sent to all demos....FUN!!)with STAYZON...set with heat gun ( I am soooooo impatient to wait for it to dry!)..This will help it NOT come off when you add color!
  4. Color in with SHARPIE PERMANENT MARKERS.....NOTE:...do not drag your hand thru the "wet" marker while coloring!( duh...did this one time!).....If this does occur, or you are NOT happy with the look...you can use NAIL POLISH REMOVER and wipe it all away, and start over with step #2.
  5. OK...NOW THIS IS IMPORTANT!!!....Thru my trials, I discovered the TRICK is to BAKE these babies!( the Crystal Effects druzzled oer it DID NOT WORK!...left it, well, YUCKY!)So, you need to BAKE at 350 degrees ( place it in a cold oven) for about 2 hours...then turn off the oven & let it cool in oven ( you can do up about 6 of these at once)
  6. Remove when cool..The heat does change the colors some what.....DO NOT USE A sealer, or these will not accept the dry erase marker!!!
  7. CLEAN WITH A DRY SOFT CLOTH( or paper towel)....no water needed!!!
I got my easel at Hobby Lobby on sale ( nice & scrolly, heavy weight)...The ones at the $$$ Tree were all gone!..Tied it up with some YUMMY SU Ribbon......And added the BEADED MARKER!!!!....if you need instructions for this...email me!
Soooooooo...this was my "gift" for my UP-UP Lines Dirty Santa exchange last night....and it seemed to go over well.....since it got "taken" 3 times!!
Gonna make more....if there were only 48 hours in a day!!!!!..........back to work( aka: PLAY!)
Have a FABULOUS FRIDAY..&....A WONDERFUL WEEKEND!!!
It's supposed to SNOW here!!!...whooowhooo( gotta buy milk & bread!LOL!)

Thursday, December 13, 2007

CHECK OUT THIS BLOG!!!!

Here's a gal who's got some AWESOME ideas for using what you have...and getting the "most BANG for your BUCK"(I say this ALL the time in my clubs & classes)!!!!!!!....Visit Crafty Al over at her blog: SHEETLOAD
AND she has a CONTEST going on too!!!.....yummy candy!!!
I am still doing my CRUNCH for cards & last minute gifts.....beeeee sure to check back to see what I have created...HANDMADE all the way!! ( ok...except for the Little Einstein stuff for my Grandguys!!)
Have a THOROUGHLY THRILLING THURSDAY!!!!!!
Creative blessings,
Debbie

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

NEW ADDICTION.....& no, its NOT CHOCOLATE!

I HAVE A NEW ADDICTION!!!!!.....& Obsession....Thanks sooooooooo much to
MS.DIVA Samantha Parisi
Oh MY GOODNESS GRACIOUS!!!....I KNEW I was hooked when, after filling up a stamp supply box with these FUN SPIRELLI's, using, of course, scraps from my stash (ya know, I NEVER throw anything away that can possibly be stamped or punched!)....that I actually reached for a WHOLE PIECE of c/s to PUNCH SOME MORE!..At least this addiction, unlike my one with chocolate, does not contain any FAT CALORIES!.....Honestly, these are wonderful...and now I have a ton of them to create more Christmas cards with!
Check out the 5-petal punch I used too...with a Spring Flower Bouquet flower center...spinning...spinning....my head is spinning!!!...Thanks, Samantha!!....Beeeeeeeee sure to check out her great TUTE on her blog!....I am on a QUEST today to use all of these on my cards BEEEEEEEEE-4 I punch any more!!!....hmmmmmmmmmmm...what do you want to bet.......??
Have a TERRIFIC TUESDAY!
Blessings, Debbie

Monday, December 10, 2007

Still CRUNCHING Cards.....

....but, I am making progress!!!...I decided to start off my card making by CASE-ing myself!...one of my designs ( which is close to the Holiday SU sample) from my Designer Christmas Card Buffet back in August.....What an easy way to go!....Copying what I had already done!...duh! Anyhoo....I made 20 of these...now, I am on to another design....You know by now, I am not the best with my recipes....but here are the "ingredients" to this card:
Purley Pomegranate, Blue Bayou and River Rock In-colors in C/S & ink....Blue Bayou double stitched ribbon ( confession: I did run out of this 1/2 way thru & had to substitute retired ribbons......USE WHAT YOU HAVE!!!!!!!)...Stamp set Star Studded Season....silver brads...Cut, stamp 'n stick....YUMMY!
So.....check out my Tower of Scraps!.......this is only one of literally DOZENS of these...Hubby brought home for me from Clearance at LOWES ( where he works)...he figured I could use for "something"...he knows me so well....As you can see, I always keep my punches close by, to save my scraps in the form of flowers, tags, scallops, photo corners...etc.....ya just NEVER know when you might need the PERFECT piece....and since all my SU c/s & dp co-ordinates, all I have to do is reach in the container and pull out a doo-dad punch to accessorize whatever project I am working on....ta da!!!
So...thats it for today....more crunching to do....the list keeps getting longer!.....Thank you so much to all of you who have requested my TUTE on the BRAG BOOKS....It will be forth coming this week....please check back!!!
Have a MARVELOUS MONDAY!!!.......Blessings, Debbie

Friday, December 7, 2007

LORD HAVE MERCY!....Fun TAG!!!

OK>>my creative juices are on OVERLOAD....and I am bizzzzzzzzzzy,bizzzzzzzy finishing up Christmas cards ( this weekend is the CRUNCH-time!) and gifts ( hand-made...of course). SO, for today...I have chosen...to be TAGGED by my kindred spirit friend MERCY....I know this is the easy way out for the post today...but....at least I am posting!!lol!!!...I promise the brag book TUTE will be forth-coming.....will be GREAT to use for last-minute gift...or how about a memory of the holiday season ??
Anyhoo.....here's the rules:
  • Link the person that tagged you, and post the rules on your blog.
  • Share 7 facts or weird things about yourself
  • Tag 7 random people and list them ( including links to their blogs)
  • Leave a comment on the blogs of the people that you tag letting them know they have been tagged!
Seven facts about me...some weird...some...just facts:
  1. I LOVE CHOCOLATE!....anything chocolate.....any color chocolate...any form of chocolate!
  2. I shop Goodwill...its my most favorite store for CLOTHES & junk...I am really into one-of-a-kind stuff!
  3. My dog, Lazer...eats cat food.....he LOVES it...of course, he also loves ROAD KILL too!
  4. Even tho I have a beeeeeeeautiful, huge studio,with lots of work-space I seem to be able to have SOMETHING GOING on every surface....and create on a 12" x 12" area (8"x8"..LOL!)...Have to have everything in sight...stamps, paper, ribbon, etc...etc!Anybody else?
  5. I am sooooooo tech-NO-challenged...THIS IS A FACT!....so, the chance that you are reading this IS A MIRACLE!!!
  6. I Love to re-create found objects....& make stuff outta junk!( which is another reason for fact #2!!!)
  7. I am blessed to be married to my soul mate...who totally supports my creativity in every way.!
OK.....tagging....
  1. Laura......of course...without her, I would not be blogging!!!
  2. Alicia...I just found her blogspot!....AWESOME ideas!!
  3. Flossie...I know everybody KNOWS her already, it is obvious from her HIT parade..but, she does so inspire me!
  4. Sandy...tons of inspiration......check out her video for today!!!....its a hoot!
  5. Samantha...I have been getting her updates for several weeks now....subscribe now!!..she is wonderful!
  6. Kristina...yeah.....I know...you visit her too....but, isnt she AWESOME???...and her video's are ROCK-A-LICIOUS!!!
  7. Shannon....who is always faithful reading my blog....and leaving a comment...Thanks so much!!
So........along with the DOZENS of others on my blogger roll...who I visit regularly for Creative Inspiration...these are my seven!
OK...TRULY....this entry today took me LONGER than if I had posted "normal".....duh!....remember my #5????
Have a FABULOUS FRIDAY!!!!...and a WONDERFUL WEEKEND!....I will be making my Christmas cards....listening to Christmas music.....and...............yeah....eating CHOCOLATE!

Thursday, December 6, 2007

SAFETY TIPS of INTEREST...Pass it ON....

The following information came to me in this morning's email......and I felt it noteworthy to PASS IT ON>>>


You may already know most of these tips but a reminder never hurts. Be cautious and be safe everyone!

Everyone should take 5 minutes to read this. It may save your life or love one's life.


Because of recent abductions
in daylight hours, refresh yourself
of these things to do
in an emergency situation...
This is for you
and for you to share
with your wife,
your children,
everyone you know.
After reading these 9 crucial tips ,
forward them to someone you care about.
It never hurts to be careful
in this crazy world we live in.

1 Tip from Tae Kwon Do :

The elbow
is the strongest point
on your body.
If you are close enough to use it,
do!

2. Learned this from a tourist guide

in New Orleans
If a robber asks
for your wallet and/or purse,
DO NOT HAND IT TO HIM
Toss it away from you....
chances are
that he is more interested
in your wallet and/or purse
than you,
and he will go
for the wallet/purse.
RUN LIKE MAD IN THE OTHER DIRECTION!


3. If you are ever thrown

into the trunk of a car,
kick out the back tail lights
and stick your arm out the hole
and start waving like crazy.
The driver won't see you,
but everybody else will.
This has saved lives.


4. Women have a tendency

to get into their cars after shopping,
eating, working, etc.,
and just sit (doing their checkbook,
or making a list, etc.
DON'T DO THIS!)
The predator
will be watching you,
and this is the perfect opportunity
for him to get in
on the passenger side,
put a gun to your head,
and tell you where to go.
AS SOON AS YOU GET INTO YOUR CAR ,
LOCK THE DOORS AND LEAVE.

a. If someone

is in the car
with a gun
to your head
DO NOT DRIVE OFF,
repeat:
DO NOT DRIVE OFF!
Instead gun the engine
and speed into anything,
wrecking the car.
Your Air Bag will save you.
If the person is
in the back seat
they will get the worst of it .
As soon as the car crashes
bail out and run.
It is better than having them
find your body
in a remote location.

5
A few notes about getting
into your car in a parking lot,
or parking garage:
A.) Be aware:
look around you,
look into your car,
at the passenger side floor ,
and in the back seat
B..) If you are parked next to a big van,
enter your car from the passenger door .
Most serial killers attack their victims
by pulling them into their vans
while the women are attempting
to get into their cars.
C..) Look at the car
parked on the driver's side
of your vehicle,
and the passenger side.
If a male is sitting alone
in the seat nearest your car,
you may want to walk back
into the mall, or work,
and get a guard/policeman
to walk you back out.
IT IS ALWAYS BETTER TO BE SAFE THAN SORRY. (And better paranoid than dead.)


6.
ALWAYS
take the elevator
instead of the stairs.
(Stairwells are horrible places
to be alone
and the perfect crime spot.
This is especially true at NIGHT!)

7.
If the predator has a gun

and you are not under his control,
ALWAYS RUN!
The predator will only hit you
(a running target)
4 in 100 times;
And even then,
it most likely
WILL NOT
be a vital organ.
RUN,
Preferably !
in a zig -zag pattern!




8. As women,

we are always trying
to be sympathetic:
STOP !
It may get you raped,
or killed.
Ted Bundy,
the serial killer,
was a good-looking,
well educated man,
who ALWAYS played
on the sympathies
of unsuspecting women.
He walked with a cane,
or a limp,
and often asked
"for help"
into his vehicle
or with his vehicle,
which is when he abducted
his next victim.

************* Here it is *******
9. Another Safety Point:
Someone just told me
that her friend heard
a crying baby on her porch
the night before last,
and she called the police
because it was late
and she thought it was weird.
The police told her
"Whatever you do,
DO NOT
open the door."
The lady
then said that
it sounded like the baby
had crawled near a window,
and she was worried
that it would crawl
to the street
and get run over.
The policeman said,
"We already have a unit on the way,
whatever you do,
DO NOT open the door."
He told her that they think
a serial killer
has a baby's cry recorded
and uses it to coax
women out of their homes
thinking that someone
dropped off a baby
He said they have not verified it,
but have had several calls
by women saying that
they hear baby's cries
outside their doors
when they're home alone
at night.

Please pass this on and

DO NOT
open the door
for a crying baby ----
This
e-mail should probably
be taken seriously because
the Crying Baby theory
was mentioned on
America 's Most Wanted
this past Saturday
when they profiled
the serial killer in Louisiana


I'd like you

to forward this
to all the women you know.
It may save a life.
A candle is not dimmed
by lighting another candle.
I was going to send this to the ladies only,
but guys,
if you love your mothers,
wives,
sisters,
daughters, etc.,
you may want to
pass it onto them, as well.

Send this

to any woman you know
that may need
to be reminded
that the world we live in
has a lot of crazies in it
and it's better to be safe
than sorry.
Everyone should take 5 minutes to read this. It may save your life or a loved one's life.

Ok....that's my post for today....not too creative....but, hopefully might be an eye-opener...pass it on.....see you soon in blog-land!

Blessing, Debbie

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

MINI Scrapbook BRAG BOOKS


Here are some FUN & FAST mini Scrapbook BRAG BOOKS, I designed, using ( re-inventing) those cheapy, bland ones you get from Walmart, etc, with the "sleeves" for pics. I have never done a "tute" before...but, if I get enough response from this post, I will try my hand at it....please post a comment if you are interested.
These make GREAT gifts...I have taken TONS of orders for the Christmas season...They can be customized...( One order is going to a soldier DAD, stationed in IRAQ...with pics of his family, so he can carry them in his pocket).
Portable and compact.
Thanks for looking!
Have a TREMENDOUSLY TERRIFIC TUESDAY!
Blessings, Debbie
PS.....I still havent heard from my BLOG CANDY WINNER..
STEPHANIE in SC.....PLEASE CONTACT ME , with your snail mail address, so I can get your box 'o goodies to you!!!




Friday, November 30, 2007

AND THE WINNER IS.............................


........drum roll..............( how do you SPELL that SOUND???).......anyhoo........The winner of my latest blog candy goes to STEPHANIE!!!...whoooowhooooo!!!....She is a brand new blogger...so, please go over to her blog and welcome her....and congratulate her!!!
And Steph.....you need to email me and let me know your snail mail address so I can sent out your loot!!!!...
THANKS sooooooooo much to all of you, who have visited and left comments.....It seems SCS is the MOST popular......however, beeeeeeeeeeeeecause I am soo tech-NO-challenged, I just dont know about navigating the site ( I can barely manage "searching".....and my own posts on my blog!....lol!)
Sooooooooo...stay tuned ( PLEASE!!!) and see what I come up with.....ya never know WHAT you might see coming out of THE BEE HIVE STUDIO & StudioBeeCreations!!!
Have a FUN-TASTIC FRIDAY....and most awesome weekend......I am bizzzzzzzzzzzzzzy creating items to stock my NEW space at a local Antique & Craft shop ( WHAT IN THE WORLD was I thinking?????).....I think it'll be GREAT advertising tho, for my studio!!!
Blessings, Debbie

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Gift TUBES Altered Art...

....Never letting anything go to waste...and always recycling SOMETHING...these Gift tubes are created from faux CRYSTAL LITE canisters ( Wal-mart brand).....I have mega quantities of these, and when a customers wondered if I had something to wrap up her Christmas cookies in...OF COURSE I DID!....SO, I covered the canisters with non-SU pp, using red-line tape on the wrapped ends...and grabbed up a spool of FUN GOLD MESH ribbon from Joanns ( approx 3 years ago....yes, I hoard!)...and wrapped that around center...attached a FUN SU LABELICIOUS embossed tag, with corners ticket punched. Top of canister has pp with a flower & leaves punched with the 5-petal punch ....and gold stickles centers for bling.
SO, thats it!....Will definitely KEEP saving them now......great for ANY holiday!!!
REMEMBER MY BLOG CANDY CONTEST!!!!....Please leave a comment......so you can be entered for the RANDOM draw.......CONFESSION: I have JUST about decided WHICH CHALLENGE I will be doing.....watch & see!!!!!
Blessings, Debbie

Sunday, November 25, 2007

SNOWGLOBE Shaker Card


True CONFESSIONS of a menopausal STAMPER...(TMI?...sorry!)....But, oh so true!...I designed this card WAY back in August for my Designer Christmas Card Buffet...which was a huge hit, I think because the cards were challenging more-so than your typical Stamp-a-stacks ( NOT that there is anything wrong with those....beeeeeeecause, they are very gratifying and make one feel accomplished!)
ANYHOO....when I saw this stamp set SIMPLE SNOWMAN from SU....I immediately saw a SNOWGLOBE....Ok, so bouncing back to the menopausal moment....I cannot, for the LIFE of me remember who EXACTLY recommended the basic shaker tute ( maybe Maria Bell??.)...But, this is what I came up with in the end. Using the CD envelopes available anywhere, I stamped the sno-guy onto the window sheet portion with STAYZON ink and colored in with SHARPIES. SNowflakes & the string of lights were stamped onto white cardstock which was placed INSIDE the envie...giving dimention to the card. MORE flakes stamped on outside edges...and 5 x 5 CD envie was layered onto a 6 x 6 folded card from SU Brocade Blue c/s...sentiment JUST FIT to be punched with round tab punch....another snowflake, punched with circle punch, glittered edge, silver brad, and POPPED....ribbon down one edge....OH...and before sealing up the envie, I added some cheapie glitter & snowflakes to make it a shaker SnowGlobe....The "icicles" across the top are made by taking CRYSTAL EFFECTS and droozling them across a piece of wax paper, and applying DD glitter....Let dry, and just peal it off, and attach to card with Crystal Effects. ( BTW...I DID try this with a BRAND X -CE.....and it did not work...just broke apart!!)
OK...I am a MUCH BETTER teacher IRL!!!....where I can use my hands to talk!....LOL!...I just have a hard time putting my "words" down on "paper"!!
Hope you like the card..I know its a tad blurry...still getting to know my camera.....sorry my "recipe" is not a standard one...( My cooking is basic 101 ALSO!)
PS......DONT FORGET about the BLOG CANDY!!!!!(scroll down!!)

Have a SUPERIOR SUNDAY!!!!!!!!!....Blessings, Debbie

Saturday, November 24, 2007

My GrandGUY SAM Scrapbook Pages

This is SAM.....he's my GrandGuy!....and the sweetest munchkin around. Sammy turned 2 years old this past September...and for several months prior to his birthday, both my hubby and I had struggled with the right approach in talking about..."perhaps something is not right" with our daughter( Sammy's Mommy) Its a sticky situation...and one where you dont WANT to be right....and did cause...hmmmmm shall I say, FRICTION ,between my "middle child daughter grown-up" and myself.....But....a Mama ( that's me) cannot go around with blinders on...ya know ???....for the sake of the child....
So...anyhoo....Sammy has been "tested".....over & over...still no certain diagnosis besides he is WAY far behind developmentally : mentally, emotionally, etc.etc.etc....and a challenge....But, at least, now..he is in the system, and on his way to being helped...praise God!

Check out those GORGEOUS blue eyes!!...My daughter takes the MOST awesome pictures using a DINOSAUR of a digital camera...I LOVE scrapping her pics!

This 12 x 12 double page layout was created at a SCRAPBOOK CLUB I am in with my UP-UPline in SU....I made these two pages "sans" pictures....came home with the empty pages and VOILA!...found the PERFECT pics of SAMMY!...Now, I know, this is not everyone's choice way of scrapping....but it IS getting my pictures done & in an album!....although I still love the "traditional" way of pulling out every bit of paper, stamp set and embelly in my studio and having a field day!! ( ummmm...can ANYONE relate??...LOL!)
I have enjoyed being in the club...and will be starting some of my own, here at THE BEE HIVE Studio in January.....One for SCRAPBOOKING....one for TECHNIQUES....and one for my PASSION..3-D gift-ables.
THANKS SO MUCH for visiting my blog today!....Beeeeeeeee sure to leave a comment for the CANDY I am offering!....Have a SUPER DUPER Saturday!! Blessings, Debbie


Friday, November 23, 2007

BLOG CANDY GOODIE ASSORTMENT!!!!

HAPBEEEEEE Day AFTER THANKSGIVING!!! Whoooooooowhooooooooooo....as promised...BLOG CANDY!!!..Which includes 2 packages of COCA-COLA embellies by EK Success,Christmas Lazer Designs from HOTP, 2-Minute Memories Scrapbook card from Simple Scrapbooks, 6 x 6 12-month Calendar from Boxer,Li'l Davis Tranparency sheet, MM Card & envelope template kit.....PLUS...not shown in picture.....
50 YARDS of assorted ribbons/fibers/trims from my STASH!!...OH MY!!
And WHAT, you might ask....do you need to do to WIN???????

Here's the scoop:......Since I have been blogging over the past few months...I have noticed that many of my blog-buds out there in cyber land participate in various CHALLENGES/Sketches. I have decided to take the plunge and JUMP in to a challenge!...So.....to be entered into the RANDOM drawing from the BEE BASKET for the BLOG CANDY, please leave a COMMENT on THIS ENTRY, telling me WHICH Challenge "group" you would suggest and WHY , in your opinion, you think I should participate.....I will choose a winner on FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 30th @ 6:00am.
Thanks so much!!!...SPREAD THE WORD!!!
Blessings, Debbie

Thursday, November 22, 2007

HAPBEEEEEEEEEE Thanksgiving!!!!...CANDY COMING SOON!

HAPBEEEEEEEEE Thanksgiving to each and everyone...my dear friends out there in BLOG-LAND....and I REALLY do think of you all as friends.....I am so truely blessed!
I will be posting some THANKFUL for YOU BLOG CANDY tomorrow...please beeeeeeeeeee sure to check back to visit...and see what you need to do to win....and spread the word! You will NOT be disappointed in the box 'o goodies, I promise!
Blessings & huggies....Debbie

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

An AWARD!!...What an HONOR!!!!!

OH MY GOODNESS GRACIOUS...MERCY ME!!!.....I am absolutely beeeeeeeeeeeside myself!!!...This is such an honor for me!!...My AWESOME Blogging buddy, Alex , California Stampin' sent this to me....and , well...I just cannot say ENOUGH about how excited I am!!!! Alex has been such a wonderful ENCOURAGER to me....and an ARTIST at getting those pictures SCRAPPED!!!
Ok...so, now to pass along the award.....THIS is sooooooo difficult for me, since I have met so many awesome, inspirational bloggers since I've been posting....but...here's a few I have to mention:
Mercy..Lord Have Mercy...My Kindred SISTAH friend.....she is soooooooo talented...and her card recipes are YUMMY!!!!!
Jen....Pieces of Me.....My ALOHA SISTAH.....SHe has been OH SO VERY Supportive ( especially at a really dark time a couple of months ago)...and she is sooooo talented....GREAT TUTES!!!!...love them!!
and speaking of TUTES!!!....Angie...Chic 'n Scratch
.....oh my!!! WHAT an inspiration she is!!!!...You have to CHECK her out, if you havent already! Awesome ideas....for craft shows and workshops!!!...ohhhh...and she has a SHACK where she sells her handcrafted goodies!!!!.....YUM!!!!
Also, Sandy, A Colourful World...she is so supportive...and VERY creative....and GENEROUS with her time for the soldiers who are putting their lives on the line EVERYDAY for US!
and, of course...my Best Bud LAURA, The Stampin' Soldier.....who got me addicted to blogging...who, without her, I WOULD NOT be doing this!!!....so, either THANK HER, or say WHAT IN THE WORLD WERE YOU THINKING!!????....she is a soldier....she is my hero.
Thanks to EVERYONE (...here is where I would like to HIGHLIGHT everybody on my blogger-roll!....hmmmmmmm....would that work?)...who has visited....and especially RE-VISITED my blog........Oh...and beeeeeeeeeeeeeee sure to SPREAD THE WORD......there will be BLOG CANDY for BLACK FRIDAY!!!!!!!!....whoooooowhooooooo....check back and see!!
Blessings....and have a TERRIFIC TUESDAY!!!!

Saturday, November 17, 2007

ALtered GIFT CARD HOLDERS


WhooooooooWHOOOOOOO!!! Well, I got my camera back last night!!! I AM a HAPPY CAMPER!
Here are some altered gift card holders I have been working on.....My dear hubby works at Lowes , and being the WONDERFUL,MOST AWESOME guy that he is ( and sooooooo supportive of my Creative Process!)...he called home to ask if I "thought" I might be able to "make something" out of these gift card tins that Lowes was DISCOUNTING for the season ( see top of picture for before view).....I guess they came out with HOLIDAY ones!...ANYHOO...I obviously said YESYESYES!!!...and started creating these FUN gift card holders/ORNAMENTS for the holiday season & everyday gifts. I made one for my daughter's birthday last week....and put a GIFT CARD good for SU merchandise ( what could be better???) inside.
The whole recipe process on these is simple.....STAMP/COLOR/STICK...to your hearts content...a GREAT way to use both current and discontinued stamps ( LOVE THE LATTE one.....for STARBUCKS...YUMMY!!)
I am off to a local craft show!!!....Have a SUPER DUPER Saturday!!!
Blessings, Debbie

Sunday, November 11, 2007

No Picture...No Camera...uh oh...

Uh, Oh......my brand new camera...is MIA...well...not missing now, just not with me! I did a small craft venue yesterday....took all my regular Stampin'UP! set up , plus some "crafty creations" using our products.....took some orders....sold some stuff.....LEFT MY CAMERA THERE!! Oh my goodness!...THANKFULLY, I had met a sweet lady, Meredith, who was also set up to sell her wares...She had saved my card...called , and left a message on my answering machine at home....she had my camera ( and my box of Animal Crackers, I had left under the table!).
Soooooooo, until I get my camera back...I will have to see if there are any pictures in my "archives" to Blog Show & Tell about. I am waiting to hear back from Meredith, to see if she has a blogspot/web-site that I can direct you to!
Have a STELLAR Sunday!!!

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

POCKETFUL of POSIES Card & GRAND Re-OPENING of STUDIOBEECREATIONS Ebay Store


WHOOOOO WHOOOOOO!!!! Today, I am announcing the GRAND Re-OPENING of my EBAY STORE
STUDIOBEECREATIONS
I originally opened the store in August 2006....and was soooooo bizzzzzzzzzzzy creating one-of-a-kind COLLAGE cards from VINTAGE textiles...then joined Stampin'UP!...and found out I could NOT (at that time) post and sell my SU creations on Ebay....bummer! BUT wait!!!....Starting Novemebr 15th, I will be allowed to post and sell my art using Stampin'UP! products....I am soooooo excited!!!
Today's card POCKETFUL of POSIES is one I have in my Ebay store right now....I have RE-CYCLED a super sweet pocket from a little girl's pair of jeans...layered onto assorted patterned paper, and adorned with PRIMA flowers and glass beadlets ( LOVE this bling!!).Pocketful of Posies has been custom printed on vellum.
This 6 x 6 card can also double as a PAPER piecing addition to a SCRAPBOOK PAGE, using the "pocket" for a secret journalling spot!....Please beeeeeeeeeeeeeee sure to check out my EBAY store StudioBeeCreations
.....and come back often...You never know what you might find!....Custom orders WELCOME!!
Have a WONDERFUL WEDNESDAY!!!!

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

HOLIDAY Party APRON Invitation


Here is a CUSTOM-ordered Holiday Party Invitation I created using an embroidery sent to me by my customer and sweet friend in Canada, CONNIE. Evidently, her group of friends celebrate with a huge party they call Kris Kringle, and every year have a contest to see whose invitation is THE BEST!...I think "WE" will be winning this year!!....I made a pocket from the stitchery ( which I think is a VINTAGE Aunt Martha pattern)...and sewed it onto an apron I made from 100% cotton Santa fabric. The coordinating card using SU HOLIDAY TAG TEAM will slip inside the pocket, and says "You're Invited"(from SU Hugs & Wishes)...I LOVE combining textiles and papercrafting into unique gifts...the possibilities are absolutely ENDLESS!!!
Thanks for visiting my blogspot today!!....Have a TERRIFIC TUESDAY!!!....blessings & huggies........Debbie

Monday, November 5, 2007

THANKFUL Cards Box Set

I LOVE fall colors!!....must be beeeeeeeeecause I am so WARM all the time!...Anyhoo, this set of cards & the FUN box ( found the instructions surfing...think it was SCS....but, not really sure WHERE I was.....does this EVER happen to anyone else???).......OK...back on track....I made one of these cards while in the middle of teaching my THANKFUL ACCORDIAN GARLAND class last week....since I told everyone I would throw in a BONUS Thanksgiving card idea.....so, using the "leftovers" ( Just like at THANKSGIVING!!)...I stamped out the image from Thoroughly Thankful and using my Stampin' Write Markers, colored in the "sampler". Layered onto assorted APPLE CIDER DP ( YUMMYYUMMYYUMMY!!) and coordinating cardstock....Created the box, and put another sampler on the front and tied with Chocolate Chip 5/8" grosgrain (mmmmmmmmmmmm...good!)...and added the sweet tag from the set also. So, from one class idea.....I made ANOTHER class!!!.....I LOVE stamping & creating!!!
Have a MOST MAGNIFICENT Monday!!!!

Friday, November 2, 2007

Cards for Soldiers

I woke up this morning...got my wonderful husband Gary off to work..and started going thru my blogger list doing my "morning read".....first on my list is A Colourful World ,
by Sandy.....I was in absolute tears after reading her latest entry. It sooooo got me thinking of how AWESOME Life is...that God in His Infinite wisdom has a plan for each & every one of us...and we all have a purpose. ALthough I am NOT savvy with expressing in words, I do recognize others who are most eloquent...and Sandy has expressed MY feelings in her blog today....she is such an inspiration!
All that being said....I HAD to show the box that came to my door a few days ago....from a sweet lady, Pat , who I met at a Stamp/Craft show I did with some other STampin'UP! demos a couple of weeks ago. For some reason ( now I KNOW is a GOD thing!), Pat & I were drawn together...and she made the statement that she had been stamping 24/7 for the past 10 months, while taking care of her husband due to illness....She said she had soooooooo many cards, and didnt know what to do with them! I told her about my CARDS FOR SOLDIERS program that I am trying to get going in my rural area.....and low & behold...she sent me a BOX FULL of wonderful creations...WAY over 100 ...PLUS ENVELOPES!!.....Pat is truely a blessing!
I am located close to Ft. Campbell, Ky where my bestest friend, Laura, The Stampin' Soldier is stationed...and these cards will be sent to her fellow soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division, who are now serving our country in Iraq.
If anyone would like to contribute cards to the next BOX 'o Goodies, please send to me at:
Debbie Harris
1910 Mosley Ferry Rd
Chapmansboro, TN 37035
Please pass along this info....these brave souls put their lives on the line for us each and every day....this is the least we can do for them...
Thank you....Blessings, Debbie

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

THANKFUL Accordian Garland

WOW....its been soooooo long since I have posted a picture, I am having trouble with the sizing thing....argh!...Anyhoo....I am TRYING to stay a little more consistant with my posts...ESPECIALLY since there are some MOST AWESOME blog buddies who have not given up on me yet...and keep visiting.....SOOOOOO....This is my take on the SU Garland Greetings "THANKFUL"...using the OH SO VERY,VERY YUMMY Apple Cider designer papers to cover the TOP Quality Chipboard for this wonderful accordian garland. I LOVE how using the CRAFT ink on the chipboard gives it an almost suede look & feel...YOU HAVE to try this!!.....Can't wait to use the other chipper pieces for CHRISTMAS Garlands & decorations!.....

Monday, October 29, 2007

SHAME ON ME!!!

Shame...shame on me!!!!.....No excuses....just too many irons in the fire.....I am basically going to start my blog over from SCRATCH...beeeeeeeeeeeeeeecause, I cannot seem to keep up with everything!.....so, after today's RAMBLING, I will get back to posting on a regular basis. HONESTLY, I do not know how my FAVORITE BLOGGERS do this daily!..I totally salute you all!
Please forgive me for being beeeeeeeehind on my RAK posts...I have received some awesome packages lately....and will be posting those too, to catch up!
A couple of weeks ago, I met my KINDRED SPIRIT Sister, Mercy
She is a WONDERFUL inspiration....and truely a God send into my life....please check out her blog!
OK....so...thats it for today......hopefully I can get back on track now with my postings!
Have a MOST MARVELOUS MONDAY!!!

Friday, October 5, 2007

THINKIN' PINK!!!

OK......its THAT time of the year....its all over the news...BUT, just in case, you don't know, or havent heard....it's time to THINK PINK for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. My AWESOME blog buddy Corie, had this info all spelled out on her blog....along with a VERY generous offer for donating to Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation. SO, not being able to say it any better..I will pass along the VERY IMPORTANT info:


Without a cure, 1 in 8 women in the U.S. will continue to be diagnosed with breast cancer - a devastating disease with physical, emotional, psychological and financial pain that can last a lifetime.


Without a cure, an estimated 5 million Americans will be diagnosed with breast cancer - and more than 1 million could die - over the next 25 years.



Without a cure, an estimated 25 million women around the world will be diagnosed with breast cancer - and 10 million could die - over the next 25 years.


A grassroots organization called Pink for October is encouraging everyone with a website to go pink for the month of October -- to raise awareness and encourage breast cancer education.


We can and should help raise money for research.Over the past 25 years, the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation (now Susan G. Komen for the Cure) has contributed significantly to some major victories in the fight against breast cancer:


More early detection - nearly 75 percent of women over 40 years old now receive regular mammograms, the single most effective tool for detecting breast cancer early (in 1982, less than 30 percent received a clinical exam).


More hope - the five-year survival rate for breast cancer, when caught early before it spreads beyond the breast, is now 98 percent (compared to 74 percent in 1982).


More research - the federal government now devotes more than $900 million each year to breast cancer research, treatment and prevention (compared to $30 million in 1982).


More survivors - America's 2.3 million breast cancers survivors, the largest group of cancer survivors in the U.S., are a living testament to the power of society and science to save lives.But the fight against breast cancer isn't over until we've found a cure.


You can help today by donating to Susan G. Komen for the Cure!.....PASS IT ON...............

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

My Bestest Friend & HERO!

Yes, yes, I know...I am sooooooo far behind in posting....But, my Holiday Open House is this weekend...in celebration of WCMD.....and I am, of course..BEEEEEEHIND!...ANyhoo, at least I will have LOTS of pictures of samples to post next week!
So, here is a picture of MY HERO, my bestest friend LAURA, aka The Stampin' Soldier.I am so lucky and blessed to have her in my life...and so proud of her signing up for ANOTHER tour of duty, serving our country. She is so very talented....I am encouraging her to create her own CARD KITS....so beeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee on the lookout!....coming soon! ( I hope!)

Friday, September 28, 2007

Wm. Tell Overture...WHAT A HOOT!!

video
I know this has probably been around...and been seen.....and I dont know who this lady is...but must be from a Women's Conference..& definitely worth viewing....it is too, too funny!!!...Pass it on...tell everyone you know who has kids ( or who might be thinking about it!!).....
***Educational VALUE!!***
What a HOOT!
I am bizzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzy this weekend at a Homebased Business EXPO in Nashville.....SPreading the word about Stampin'UP! opportunities!...I'll be posting again soon!
Blessings,Debbie