Wednesday, January 1, 2014

YNS New Year's New Release Hop...

Hello all!  I know I have been gone for a while but my dear stamping friend, Angel,  asked me to dust off my markers and play along with the Your Next Stamp digi team to celebrate her birthday!  How could I resist?

Welcome to the YNS New Year's New Release Hop!!  It's not just the start of a New Year, it's also Angel's birthday today, so we have lots to celebrate!!  We're happy to help you continue celebrating the start of 2014 with more NEW digital stamps by Penny & Laurence of Omnia Designs!!  We are so excited to have you join us as we showcase our new images along with some of Angel's special guests!! 

The party begins on Angel's blog and guess what?!  We'll be giving away 10 digis from ALL of the blog comments!!  Winners will be announced on January 4th on the YNS Blog.

Happy Hopping!!

On my card I used the adorable Rosie Rabbit image, colored with Copic markers and layered with My Mind's Eye Vanity Fair designer paper.

Make sure you check this out!

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Color Throwdown 5th Anniversary...

Hello all!  It is hard to believe that I have been in stamping semi retirement for 8 months now but I decided to come out and play to help the Color Throwdown celebrate 5 years of color challenges.  I was blessed to be a guest design with them in February 2010.
 my humble card:

Monday, December 31, 2012

a new year, a new beginning...

Hello all. I apologize for my long hiatus but I needed a bit of time off from all things crafty. Between my paycheck job in the world of retail and my mom job I was a bit overwhelmed, with nothing leftover to get creative with. I took a leave from the Papertake Weekly design team and with great sorrow stepped down from the Our Daily Bread Designs team. This was not an easy decision for me at all. A place on the ODBD team was my dream. But I could no longer keep up the pace and I had no desire to let down Kelley or the rest of the team, so stepping down was the right thing to do. But I am not done stamping or creating. I will be back to it shortly, I promise. But on my terms and maybe with some changes. We will just have to wait and see.

When I started this blog it was a slice of my life and someplace along the way it became all about someone else's stamps; first Stampin' Up! then all the other companies or blogs I have been been privileged to be a part of their design teams. But I am taking it back. So I apologize if you are only looking for stamping (and will completely understand if you unsubscribe, but hope you don't) because I am taking this blog back to the beginning. Look up. The name of this blog is "Debi's Crazy Life: faith, family and stamping.  So I am taking it back to the personal, mixed with the creative and maybe just some fun stuff too.

My life is crazy but a really good kind of crazy. I have a great husband, Jeff and we have been married for 27 years. He has just retired from his career in law enforcement. A huge leap of faith for us, that we can support a family of 7 on his pension and the income from his small business. We have 5 children between the ages of 23 and 9. Two biological and 3 adopted. We have foster parented for the last 15 years. We think we are done but only God knows if we really are. Our kids are all active, very active, in sports and other activities that keep us running constantly. It's a good life, busy but good.

We face some new challenges this year:
1.  Finding balance between our work lives and our family life; having Jeff around a lot more is both a blessing and a challenge.  Some responsibilities have to be re-delegated and we need to learn again how to work as a team.
2.  Finally finishing our house, which we have not made much progress on over the last couple of years.  This years plan is to just take it one room at a time and get it done.
3.  Getting closer and closer to our goal of being completely debt free; definitely within 3 years, hopefully within 2.
4.  Continue on with our efforts to simplify our diets (we have already removed almost all fast food, artificial additives and preservatives) by raising some of our own food this year.
5.  Find an educational plan that works for our youngest son's special needs

On a personal front I need to find myself again.  Crafting has always been my outlet, my one thing all about me.  In house that on several occasions had 10 kids living in it and a husband that works two jobs, it kept me sane, or at least a sane as I am going to be.  Then I decided to throw a job in on top of all of it and try to keep it all balanced, and I failed.  And in taking care of everyone else I have been forgetting to take care of me.  So some personal goals for this year are needed as well:
1.  I have lost 40 pounds over the last 4 years and would like to continue the trend.  I am not really all hung up on the whole "gotta lose a bunch of pounds" thing but who doesn't want to look better???
2.  Right now I walk several mornings a week before work.  I would really like to turn that up a bit.  I used to run, a very very long time ago, really starting to wonder if I could do it again.  Anyone want to do the Princess run with me at Disney in 2014 or 2015?
3.  Start crafting again, on my own terms.  Maybe a scrapbook page this week or a quilt next month.  Whatever is fun and satisfying.
4.  I fell off the wagon over the busy holiday retail season and got re-addicted to diet soda.  That stops right now, just as soon as I finish this last McCrack, aka diet coke.
5.  Make a weekly date with the hubby a priority, even if it is just lunch out on my day off, sandwiched between errands and grocery shopping.

So there is the plan for 2013 laid out in front of me, let it begin...

Monday, November 19, 2012

I'm sorry...

Regretfully I will be taking a brief hiatus from stamping until into the new year.  I apologize and hope to be sharing with you again soon.  Thank you for understand.  Happy Thanksgiving and Merry Christmas.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

November Our Daily Bread Designs new release blog hop

Good morning all!  Welcome to the Our Daily Bread Designs November new release blog hop.  If you just arrived here from Becca's blog then you are in the right place.  If not you may want to pop on over to the Our Daily Bread Designs blog so you don't miss anything.  There you will also find all the information on the hop and what you have to do to win one of the fabulous prizes.  Make sure you visit all the design team members blogs and leave comments along the way.

For my project I used the set "The Babe" which contains one of the sweetest baby Jesus images I have ever seen.  My image was colored with Copic markers, cut out with spellbinder dies then layered on BoBunny Snowfall designer paper.  My embellishments are simple just some big brads and the last bit of some ribbon I recycled.

Now hop on over and visit the always fabulous
What I used:
Our Daily Bread Designs The Babe
SU baja breeze, early espresso, GP white
BoBunny Snowfall
Versafine black, Memento black, antique linen, Copic markers
sponge, Basic Grey brads, recycled ribbon, spellbinders and Grand Calibur, clear embossing powder

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

sketch challenge...,

Hello all!  This weeks Papertake Weekly challenge is another sketch from the always fabulous Dawny P!  So grab you toys and play along with us!
our sketch:

Make sure you pop over to the team blog and play along with us. Check out what the rest of the team has done and show them some love.

What I used:
Our Daily Bread Designs O Christmas Tree
SU basic black, whisper white, crumb cake
BoBunny Father Christmas
Versafine black, SU whisper white
clear and white embossing powders, SU ribbon and brad

Tuesday, October 23, 2012


Hello everyone!  It's Tuesday and you know that means it is time for yet another Papertake Weekly challenge.  This weeks challenge is all about the bling.  So pull out your glitter and sparkles and play along with us!
Make sure you pop over to the team blog and play along with us. Check out what the rest of the team has done and show them some love.

What I used:

Our Daily Bread Designs O Christmas Tree Carol and O Christmas Tree
SU crumb cake, early espresso, riding hood red, very vanilla
Versafine black and vintage sepia, Ranger antique linen
Copic markers, clear embossing powder, Spellbinders,
glitter, bling, SU ribbon