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

fireworks...

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

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

halloween...

Good morning all!  It is Tuesday so you know it is time for the Papertake Weekly challenge.  This weeks challenge is "fright night" or halloween.  I don't happen to have any halloween stamps (just not my thing) but I do have some fabulous fall stamps.  So grab yours 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 Pumpkin Wreath
SU very vanilla, early espresso
Basic Grey designer paper
Versafine black, Memento black, Ranger antique linen
Copic markers, Spellbinders, sponge, SU ribbon

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

all creatures great and small...

Good morning all!  It is once again Tuesday and time for yet another Papertake Weekly challenge.  This weeks challenge in all about the critters, all creatures great and small.  So grab your animal stamps 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 On Eagles' Wings and O Christmas Tree Carol

SU crumb cake, basic black
Versafine black, Memento black, Ranger antique linen
clear embossing powder, Copic markers, twine, sponge

Sunday, October 7, 2012

happy birthday Kelley blog hop

if you are looking for the Papertake Weekly 5th birthday blog hop please scroll down two posts, thank you

We are so excited today to be posting a special Birthday Wish to Our Daily Bread designs owner ...Kelley Holland!  This is a very special birthday for Kelley, as it's the BIG 50!!!  Some of us on the Design Teams have gotten together a Birthday Blog Hop for Kelley.  We're so happy to have you join us on this hop... and we hope you will visit each post and leave a comment, because several of the DT members have some BLOG CANDY hidden along the way!  You will have to leave a comment on each blog and the team members who have the candy will be drawing names from those who commented on their post, announcing it on Oct. 10th!  There will also be a Winners Post on theODBD Blog on Oct. 10th giving the names of the winners and links to the blogs that held the candy! So if you didn't start at the Our Daily Bread designs Blog, you might want to, so you don't miss any chances to win! 

So if you arrived here from Chris's blog then you are in the right place. 


now hop on over and visit
and see what she has to share

What I used:
Our Daily Bread Designs Be Joyful
SU orchid opulence, very vanilla, early espresso
BoBunny Garden Girl
Versafine black, Memento black
Copic markers, Spellbinders, SU corner rounder and ribbon, BoBunny brad

Thursday, October 4, 2012

time with me...

Here is a project that I designed for the Our Daily Bread Designs blog.  For all the details pop on over and check it out!

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

celebrate...

if you are looking for the Our Daily Bread Designs blog hop please scroll down one post, thank you

Good Morning all!  The Papertake Weekly challenge blog is celebrating it's 5th birthday and you are invited to join in the celebration!  Pop on over to the blog and check out all the fun prizes we have to give away this week and check out some of the work of our alumni members who are joining us this week.  Take the time to play along by making a card to "celebrate" something.  I chose Christmas for my card. 
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 crumb cake, riding hood red, early espresso
My Mind's Eye Lost & Found Christmas

Versafine black
SU ribbon, Copic markers, Spare Parts brads, Spellbinders, clear embossing powder, 
glitter, Flower Soft

Monday, October 1, 2012

October Our Daily Bread Designs new release blog hop

Welcome to the October Our Daily Bread Designs new release blog hop!  If you arrived here from Chris's blog you are in the right place.  If not you really want to pop on over to the Our Daily Bread Designs blog and start the hop at the beginning.  If you find a broken link or get lost along the way just pop back to the ODBD blog.

Here are the basics of the hop: Hop will run 8:00am Oct. 1 to 8:00pm EDT Oct. 2.  Winners will be announced Oct 3. There will be SIX prizes of your choice of one set. Hop to each link and leave a comment, then return to tell us you completed the hop, and answer the question on the ODBD blog. Check back on the ODBD blog on Oct. 3 to see if YOU are one of the winners!

NEWS FLASH!!! Our Daily Bread designs has a brand new website, and it opens today! You’re going to love how pretty it is, and how easy it is to maneuver! So have a look, and don’t forget to bookmark the new web store so you go to the right place to order or for inspiration!

For my card I used Pumpkin Wreath.  I colored my image with Copic markers after stamping the image with Memento black ink.  The image is layered on some lovely My Mind's Eye designer paper and accented with a bow made from some recycled ribbon.  
Now hop on over and visit 
and see what loveliness she has for you.
What I used:
Our Daily Bread Designs Pumpkin Wreath
SU very vanilla, more mustard, early espresso
My Mind's Eye Lost & Found 2 sunshine
Versafine black, Memento black, Ranger antique linen
clear embossing powder, sponge, Copic markers, recycled ribbon

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

papertake sketch...

Good morning all!  Today is once again Tuesday and time for another Papertake Weekly challenge.  This weeks challenge is another sketch challenge so grab you stamps, paper and goodies and play along!
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 Keep Climbing and Mountain
SU crumb cake, early espresso, not quite navy
BoBunny weekend market collection
Versafine black, SU crumb cake, Ranger antique linen
SU ribbon and brad, sponge, clear embossing powder



Tuesday, September 18, 2012

a hazy shade of autumn...

Good morning all!  I don't know about where you are but here in Upstate New York our mornings are becoming a bit crisp, fall is in the air and I love it!  I noticed a couple of trees today that are beginning to change colors and I am feeling the urge to go up on the hill and pick some apples.  So this weeks Papertake Weekly challenge is entitled "a hazy shade of autumn", why don't you go capture the seasons colors on your card and play along?
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 Keep Climbing and Mountain
SU really rust, basic black and confetti cream
Basic Grey Pyrus
Versafine black, SU crumb cake, Ranger antique linen
clear embossing powder, sponge, twine


Monday, September 17, 2012

just because...

It is a very rare thing when I make a card just because.  No challenge, no special occasion just some bits and pieces that have been laying on my desk for a week that finally came together.  Had to share, hope you enjoy...
What I used:
Our Daily Bread Designs Keep Climbing
SU confetti cream, whisper white, early espresso
My Minds Eye Breeze
Versafine black, Ranger antique linen
Spellbinders, sponge, SU ribbon, Recollections flowers and brads

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

things that make you go awww...

Good morning all!  Today is Tuesday and once again time for another Papertake Weekly challenge.  This weeks challenge is entitled "things that make you go awwwww".  Most will go for something cute but nothing makes me go awwwww like a big smacking kiss so MWAAH!
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  Be Joyful
SU whisper white, early espresso, sage shadow
My Mind's Eye designer paper
Versafine black, Memento black
clear embossing powder, Copic markers, Spellbinders, SU ribbon

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

anything goes, not square...

Good morning all!  Last day of summer vacation here and we are in a bit of a scramble getting everything ready for the big day tomorrow!  I will miss summer but we are ready to get back to some sort of order (or as close as you can get to it in "the house of chaos").  Well on to business, today is tuesday so it is once again time for another Papertake Weekly challenge.  This weeks challenge is an "anything goes" challenge with the optional twist of not being square.  I may have missed this one by a bit but in my defense my card is rectangular NOT square, right??
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 Keep Climbing
SU crumb cake, early espresso
BoBunny Weekend Market
Versafine black, SU crumb cake, Ranger antique linen
sponge, clear embossing powder, SU ribbon, twine and brad

Saturday, September 1, 2012

September Our Daily Bread Designs new release blog hop

Good morning all.  I am very excited this morning to have a part in showing you the new release from Our Daily Bread Designs.  If you arrived here from Angie's blog you are in the right place.  If not you may want to hop on over to the Our Daily Bread Designs blog to start the hop at the beginning.  There you will also find all the details about the hop and what you need to do to qualify for one of the prizes.

On my card I used the new set Be Joyful.  Once again, as I usually do, I went for simple because I wanted the verse to shine through.  I stamped the verse, masked it then stamped and sponged around the verse, after that I just layered it on some yummy BoBunny paper.  Simple...


now pop on over and visit with 
and see what loveliness she has to share with you
What I used:
Our Daily Bread Designs Be Joyful
SU whisper white, crumb cake, basic black
Prima Reflections
Versafine black, SU crumb cake, Ranger antique linen
clear embossing powder, sponge, SU ribbon and brads

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

sketch free for all...

Good morning all!  This week's Papertake Weekly challenge puts a twist on the monthly sketch challenge.  This week you get to pick your sketch from all the sketches that have come before.  I chose sketch number 32 for mine.  Why don't you join us and play along?
the 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 Bookmark Verses
SU whisper white, early espresso, wild wasabi
BoBunny Country Garden
Versafine black, Ranger antique linen
clear embossing powder, sponge, prima flower, glimmer mist, SU ribbon
Grand Calibur and Spellbinders

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

pins and needles...

Good morning all!  It is once again Tuesday and time for yet another Papertake Weekly challenge.  This weeks challenge is entitled "Pins and Needles".  Why don't you join us and play along?
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 Bookmark Verses
SU going grey, basic grey, whisper white
Prima Fairy Belle paper, flowers
Versafine black, SU going grey
sponge, clear embossing powder, SU ribbon, misc brad, hat pin
Grand Calibur and Spellbinders

Monday, August 20, 2012

for Randi...

Today is a day to honor a very special person, one of the breadsticks in the Our Daily Bread Designs basket, Randi.  To celebrate ODBDs is having a special blog hop in her honor.  Today is Randi's 60th birthday and as she struggles yet again with another bout of cancer we all want to let her know how special she is to us and how very much we love her.  I have been blessed to meet Randi in person at a couple of Our Daily Bread Designs shows and am honored to call her friend.  Much can be learned from watching how Randi lives her life and faces her battles with cancer head on while clinging tightly to the Lord.

If you arrive here from Dawn's blog then you are in the right place.  If not you may want to hop over to the ODBD's blog to start at the beginning of the hop.  Also if there is a link broken or you get lost all the links are there for you.  Kelley is giving away some fabulous prizes (all the details are on the ODBD blog) and all you have to do is leave a comment on each member of the design teams blog and wish Randi a happy birthday on the ODBD blog.

now hop on over and visit 
and see what loveliness she has in store for you!
What I used:
Our Daily Bread Designs Serve the Lord plus the matching dies and Mini Tag 3
SU crumb cake, whisper white, basic black
Basic Grey Oxford
Versafine black, Ranger antique linen, SU crumb cake
sponge, twill ribbon, Copic markers, Prima button, SU black brads, clear embossing powder

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

spots and stripes...

Good morning all.  Today is Tuesday and once again time for another Papertake Weekly challenge.  This weeks challenge is entitled "Spots and Stripes".  Why don't you join us and play along.
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 Bookmarks Scripture

SU crumb cake, early espresso
Basic Grey Oxford
Versafine black, Ranger antique linen, SU crumb cake
sponge, clear embossing powder, SU ribbon, charm, twine

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

anything goes, with felt...

Good morning all!  It is once again time for the Papertake Weekly challenge.  This weeks challenge is everyone's favorite Anything Goes with the extra option of adding anything felt.  I added some felt flowers that have been hiding in my stash for ages.
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 Bookmark Eagles and Verses
SU basic grey, whisper white
Prima designer paper

Versafine black
Copic markers, clear embossing powder, SU ribbon and felt flowers, corduroy button