Showing posts from February, 2010

Design Team Search for Artful Legacy Rubber Stamping and More

I'm breaking my Vacation for just a few moments to apply to a design team for whom I adore their stamps. I just discovered Artful Legacy this past February at the Stamp, Scrap, Art Tour and you saw the set of stamp I purchased of the Vintage Ladies. I received an email from them letting me know about their Design Team Search. Since I love the quality of their stamps and designs I do want to apply.

I found out their company is right here in South Carolina. How dangerous is that for me and my love of vintage stamps!?! They also carry outrageously funny stamps by Delive Vestal Designs. I was rolling in the floor laughing!

I wish I had more time to focus on using my first set of stamps that I have from Artful Legacy for this Design Team Call. Maybe you saw one of my recent posts of my lovely card using the Vintage Ladies. If not, I've posted it again below.  How can you not help but to jump into them and stamp?

Here are a few samples of published or award winning work I've done …


We are coming up on some deadlines for my daughter's wedding.  So I've Dared myself to take a work/computer vacation.  I'm heading to Charesleton this weekend with my daughter and new soon-to-be family.  I really can't wait to share everything we are making for this wedding.

Have a wonderful long weekend on me!

52 Weeks of Homemade Families, Week 8

What week is it anyway? I’ve been so busy with the preparations of my daughter’s wedding that I’ve lost track of everything. I know I have hard fast deadlines. But one thing I know: I would not have it any other way.

This is the last Tuesday of Heritage month for Homemade Families. I know we will be doing this again. I loved digging into my old photos, stories and recipes.

I was told a story by an older cousin that my Grandmother Thomas had a way to let people know whether she liked them or not. This was her way of being polite. If, when it came time to leave, she would give them a melon. If she gave you a green melon you were in, she liked you. If she gave you a yellow melon (honeydew melon) then she didn’t like you. I don’t know if then people realized the difference. I don’t even know if the story is true. But I love it and wanted to capture the thoughts of in my family recipe book.

Do you have an old family story that includes food? If not, is there a more recent funny exp…

Rain, Rain, Go Away, Come Again Another Day!

Wow, what a downpour that is going on here. The lighting and thunder is getting bad. I wanted to post a little something today before it gets too bad.

Two words that describe my style: Secrets and Hats. Guess what? I have one of both. One I can’t tell until March and the other will be on tomorrow’s post! Don’t you love suspense?

Here is an ongoing project I have. It’s a year long project but certainly full of potential and fun.

The calendar is a perpetual calendar. You can add your numbers from the pack or add your own. It comes with the rub-ons for the months. I really liked the ease of use for these rub-ons. The stamps, inking, and photos I added.

Photo Possibilities
1. Birthdays…which I’m working on
2. use your little mini-photos you get back with your photos when you have them printed and place the mini-photo on the day you took the picture. Later you will be able to go back and remember when you took the picture.
3. Participating in 365? Well, this is a great way to stay orga…

Busy, But Having Fun

I’m getting ready for Create Scrapbooks Live show February 26, 1:30 EST on Facebook. For those not on Facebook I’ll post my projects here on Debby’s Dare Saturday morning.

I’m warming up by making this fun layout of my grandfather’s extended family when he was a small child. His grandfather and grandmother are in the photo. It’s a shame that I don’t know who is everyone in the photo.

Pattern Paper: Kaiser Crafts NEW Duschess Collection, Dynasty: Sample Bookmarks from Webster’s Pages
Prima Flowers
Stamp: humming bird from Earth Art International, I would strongly urge you to use ; Versa fine Embossing powders with this stamp. The detail was lost a bit with the Ranger’s Fine Embossing powders; Tim Holtz’s Flourish
Title: Maya Road, Jonathan
Tim Holt, metal corners
Antique Button: from Mom

Studio Makeover
Okay, I’ve been promising to show you my studio/scrap space for so long. I’m going to run a series starting the Wednesday on my studio, whys, alternatives, personal inspirati…

Take A Look

I am a guest blogger for Southern PaperCrafter's Corner!  Woo Hoo.

Check it out as I filmed Ted Cutts owner of Stampers Anonymous.  Ted and Michelle make the signature stamps we all love from Tim Holtz, Wendy Vecchi of Studio 490, and Teresa Collins.  Ted demo's tons of techniques in the making of this tag.

Make sure to leave a comment at Southern PaperCrafter's Corner!

Gratitude List
1.  at peace with decisions
2.  excitement about now and the future
3.  great friends
4.  unconditional love
5.  My Father who willingly offers His unconditional love in the face of my failings.

Just for Fun

I finally found the bottom of my stash from Saturday’s stamping show and decided to play with a couple of stamps.

Remember this is my very first time trying this. I thought it was fun.

Just for Fun Postage Stamp
Artful Legacy
Stamp Camp “Grace”
Tim Holtz Flourish Stamp Tattered Angels Pearl Glimmer Mist Tim Holtz Distress Ink: Tattered Rose, Tea Dye, and Worn Lipstick

I’m in the middle of cutting, gluing, tying, ripping, and painting all sorts of fun wedding things for my daughter who is getting married in April. She has forbidden me from posting any of the projects until after the wedding. She is really pushing my limits of creativity. The challenge and the confidence she has in me make me want this to be the best I can do and then some.

Thank you everyone for Monday’s sale. Debby’s Dream Studio totally sold out of every bottle of Glimmer Mist. Which means it’s time to reorder some new glimmers products. Question for you: Would you like to have the Tattered Angels new lines or…

Homemade Families, Week 7

One of the most precious things my dad left me was his journal. I love his stories but even more I love seeing his handwriting. It is like a real part of him was still with me. When I see Dad’s handwriting I remember stories. 

A big issue in our family was/is what was Dad’s middle name. The courthouse where his birth certificate was housed burned down when he was young. My Grandma went to reapply for his birth certificate. The story goes that dad did not like his middle name so Grandma put down Otis C. Perkins. Everyone called him Chuck. Why? It became a game over the years about his middle name.

When dad had to go sign some papers at the courthouse I rode with him. I promised everyone when dad signed his legal name it was Otis Clarence Perkins. No one every believed me. When I see dad handwriting, strangely enough I remember that story. 

This week’s Homemade Family is a hard challenge.

Make your recipe one with a family member’s handwriting. If you don’t have one YOU handwrite a re…

A Bit of My Sunday

The snow did keep me away from an event I had been planning on since last year this time: The Scrap, Stamp, Art Show. This show is where I pick up my new Tim Holtz and Wendy Vecchi (Studio 490) new line of stamps. Ted, the owner, is awesome along with his whole family. Some time this week you will be able to get the whole story along with a video demo by Ted at Southern PaperCrafter’s Corner. This is a website by Susan Mintmire that allows you to “Get the latest on area crops, retreats, deals, scrapbook gossip &more….”

Here is one photo of my friends from Memories in the Making. Yes, Shannon and Monica are avid scrapbookers and fellow Fiskateers! They are new out there but staying booked up to capacity everywhere they go.

I picked up way too many stamps. But to my defense it was truly a stampers paradise. I’ll let you know when the report of the show and all the links and demos are posted to the Southern PaperCrafter’s Corner. FYI: Ms. Beverly Baxley a Fiska-friend won a $100.00 …

8.5 inches of Snow...

in the midlands of South Carolina! We have had a blast last night and this morning. Now I'm exhausted!

One funny: Bailey, my dachshund, was so funny this morning. The snow was taller than he was. When he bound down the stairs he plowed himself to the tire tracks of Vanessa's car. He would run up and down the tire tracks like a train on a train set! He finally ventured into the "deep end" and you acted just like a snowplow. It was hilarious. 

I just wanted to post some photos I can't wait to scrap. I have to pull out my winter paper as I was ready for spring!!

Gratitude List
1. Safety for my family on road
2. the fun we all had with this gift
3. Vanessa's first day on the job
4. when people think of me in such a nice way
5. God's surprises around every corner of my path.

Debby's Dare Demo, 101a Heat Embossing

Several bloggers have asked about the simple start to heat embossing. This is at least my answer to the start of embossing. I could do a two-hour class on what to do and not do. You will see a bit of product review. {These are my opinions and was not given any products for this review…a must say because of the law thing.}

Notes before you watch:
Chalks and Dye inks are not as great for heat embossing (HE) due to the fact it dries fast. Exception would be Tim Holtz Distress inks that are dye but formulated to allow time for embossing.

Stazon is not good for embossing. Its function is mainly for non-pours products. Photos, plastic, glass, glossy papers, etc. are just a few examples.

Pigment Inks such as Ranger archival inks, Ranger Adirondack Pigment Inks, ColorBox pigments, Memories, and Versa Mark are just a few examples.

There is a big different between embossing with “regular” embossing powders and Tim Holtz Distress embossing powders. They act very different with a different effect. I…

52 Weeks of Homemade Families, Week 6

We are in the mist of Heritage Month for 2 Weeks of Homemade Families. I have so many “heritage” photos and recipes I believe we are going to have to do this month again.

When I do my heritage photos and more I always think of my Grandmother and Mom. My mother-in-law is a godly woman as well as a great cook. Wait until I share a few of her dessert recipes. This week I wanted to pick a recipe that I’m not sure that is a heritage recipe, but it has been passed down to my children.

Judy and me always put in for Mom Lewis to make her chicken and rice when we visit them. Judy does a pretty good job as well, but not like Mom. Last time she visited us in October, Mom who is XX (you don’t tell a woman’s age) actually stood there and help us cook and we made sure she could make her yellow rice. It’s a fight to the finish and when we are all together there is never any leftovers.


What is a wonderful recipe that you have picked up from your Mother-in-Law (or someone in your husban…

Scripture Challenge, Word 3

The Scripture Challenge this past week is based on the word Abide. When I thought of Abide or Abiding my mind went straight to the thought of Whom I Abide. I wanted to search out the character of God. I want to know the character and nature of the He who I Abide.

My first thought was the old Hymn by Martin Luther written around 1527: “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God.” The description of God in these verses and knowing of the persecution and hardships Luther was experiencing is mind boggling that He was able to pen these words. The very character of God is brought out in these verses.
The song is based on Psalms 46 and following.

God is our refuge and strength A very present help in trouble. There we will not fear, thought the earth should change
And thought the mountains slip into the heart of the sea;
Though it’s waters road and foam Though the mountains quakes at its swelling pride.

Although I am shakable God is that Fortress that is impenetrable in my walk in this life. In my life it mea…

Debby's Dare Demos, Caddy Remix!

Hi! The rumor of my demise has been great exaggerated. LOL Between a slight health issue and the Scrapbook Yard Sale this Saturday I’ve been off the computer busy.

I was able to get a demo completed. I’ve had people ask me for this demo throughout the two years I first posted it. Two years, different camera, better sound and I decided to do it again.

The demo is the basic caddy. Below are the photos of what I did with the basic caddy. Enjoy, as always if you like the demo, learned anything, have questions etc. leave a comment. I love to know you are out there!

After the demo I took the square pieces off the caddy. I dipped them in beeswax, added texture with a piece of netted material then added a bit of Perfect Pearls. Magic happens with Perfect Pearls and beeswax. Even when the beeswax is dry your Perfect Pearls with stay on. Magic I tell you!

I dipped the Heidi Swapp flower in the wax. As it dried I separated the petals and positioned them the way I wanted them to stand. This was …

Homemade Families, Week 5

February is here and we have one month under our belt for Homemade Families! If you haven’t jumped into the fun yet it’s not too late. I don’t believe in “catching up” just “picking up” from where we are at. It is a once a week challenge. The prompts are posted here. You make your layouts. Post in a gallery or to Dare2Dream website. Come back here and post your link in the original post. Once a month I draw from the names of those who completed as least one for a nice giveaway. To join send me your real name and your comment name at

February is our Heritage month. We are going to be creating layouts that have to do with recipes handed down or if you started your own tradition that will be passed to your child, niece, nephew, etc. Preserve the family of your origins with their precious recipes.

My family’s most famous recipe is that of my grandmother’s biscuits. You have never had a real biscuit unless you’ve eaten one of her biscuits. Every family event had to have…