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Operation Write Home Memorial Day Weekend Blog Hop--Giveway

Welcome to another stop along the blog hop trail.  If you've come from Amy's Blog you are on the right path, if you've stumble upon my blog you can go to Operation Write Home for the start of the blog hop Saturday, 10 am est.

Memorial Day is a day that is very important to me.  My father served his / our country for 22 years.  He was a Vietnam War Veteran.  I understand the fear of the possibility of not having my dad come home.  Our family was fortunate that dad did come home. 

Dad brought a MIA bracelet back to me from Vietnam.  I still have mine today.  The name on my bracelet is Lt. Col. Ivan D. Appleby.  I received this bracelet when I was 13 years old.  I prayed through the years for Lt. Col. and his family.  When I went to the Vietnam Memorial in Washington, DC I found his name and did a rubbing like many others and looked his name up in the memorial book.  At that point he was still listed as MIA. 

Getting ready for the this blog hop I decided to see if I could find…

Memorial Weekend Begins

Let me remind you at the start of my blog post about the Dare Ya! (challenge) “Cards You’ve Been Dealt.” One name will be randomly drawn for a Letterpress Starter Kit from Quickutz. Click and check out the details.

Memorial Day weekend. Around here it’s when public access to the lake opens and the lake beach will be crowded with picnickers and swimmers. Family’s will be grilling and playing games. Fun * Cameras * Memories to scrap.

Tomorrow I’m participating in a blog hop entitled “Operation Write Hope Blog Hop.” Lots of card makers are participating and there will be many opportunities to win a bit of blog candy. I’m excited to honor our men and women who have given the best of life for my freedom.

My father was career Air Force. My son Jacob plans on making the Air Force his career. As a child of a serviceman I loved my childhood. Meeting new people, seeing new places, experiencing what most never get to experience. Mostly I grew up very patriotic and with great respect for my co…

Cards You've Been Dealt Challenge/RAK

Have you heard of The Skit Guys? I found them via Facebook and subscribe to their feed on youtube. They are two men, Tommy and Eddie, who use the creative medium of drama to convey biblical truths. Sometimes I can’t stop laughing because not only their approach of a topic but that it often hits home. I highly recommend their videos for you and if you are in a youth group these are great skits.

I ran across this youtube video entitled “Cards You’ve Been Dealt” by The Skit Guys. It was sobering, thought provoking, and if one allows can alter your perceptive on the Card You’ve Been Dealt.

Take 4 minutes and watch the video and then read on for a Dare Ya! / Challenge I’m holding starting June 7th and running through the 13th.
What are the Card’s Dealt to You in Life? The good and the not so good. How does it affect you and your life? Are you Angry? Hurt? Confused? Thankful? Blest?
Pick Five cards you’ve been dealt in life.Create a layout that either expresses in art/scrapbooking that part…

Need a Bit of Mojo

I've been a bit overwhelmed with teaching assignments and design team assignments over the past week or so. We all get overwhelmed with life at times and the Mojo flow seems to slow down. I've learned a long time ago how to kick start my Mojo!
I love colors that you find in nature. These are the purest of colors and I've yet to see any one come close to reproducing the colors or the feel you get when you are enjoying nature. The best place for some outdoor color right now is in my own yard. I looked around today to find I had quiet a bit of flowers blooming and my peach tree is so heavy with peaches the branches are touching the ground. I can't wait to get my teeth sunk into a nice juicy peach. When I say juicy I mean the kind of juicy when you bite into the peach the juice is so overwhelming it drizzles down your chin. I can't wait.
So if you can use a little Mojo here are a few of the photos I took while enjoying God's creations.

I'm getting ready for Fath…

Guest Blogger: Cindi Barton

I would like you to meet a crafty friend of mine from one of the local scrapbook stores in my hometown: Cindi Barton. Cindi works and teaches at a local scrapbook store that I’ve taught in several times. I got to know Cindi through taking classes together with Wendy Vecchi. We had fun together at a Certified Fiskars Demonstrator’s Training that I taught. I did most of my creative prep for classes at The Stamping Place and Cindi is incredible at seeing colors and structure. She makes creating the perfect page easy.

I hope you enjoy her work as much as I do. I know I’m photo heavy but it’s hard to choose just which one I want to share. This first is Cindi’s most recent mini-book about her son who just graduated from the College of Charleston.

About Cindi from Cindi
I have always been interested in art and design and received both bachelors and masters degrees in Architecture from the University of Illinois. I started scrapping around 1996 when I wanted to document the kids’ first trip to…


Thanks for all the great comments!  By the scrappy RAK goes to

Shannon Marie said...

     great demo!!!

Way to go.  Happy flower making.  Send your snail mail address to

Check in tomorrow for a new Guest Blogger and an awesome, creative, fun friend. 

Gratitude List
1.  because
2.  seeing an old friend this am in church
3.  laughter
4.  rest in God
5.  Love so incredible it defies definition

Debby's Dares Demo: Flower Gone to Far!

I have some beautiful multi-colored moss roses and deep red Gerber daisies blooming in my little flower garden right off my porch. The flowers make me smile every time I go outside. The creation of that kind of beauty only comes from the great Creator.

I love bringing flowers into my studio and onto a scrapbook page. Debby’s Dare Demo is about making another style of flower. It’s a simple square and fold…it’s a flower I called art gone too far. LOL You’ll have to watch to see why.

Enjoy and as always I would love to hear from you so leave a comment and I’ll draw a name for a little scrapbook goodie on Sunday.

Don’t forget about Buckets for the Cure photo Dare Ya!

Gratitude List
1. smiles and laughter
2. the never ending photos and memories
3. love that is kind
4. 1 Cor. 13
5. God’s sovereignty in my life

Did You Win? You Still Can!

Winner of the Artful Legacy Rubber Stamp Duck is

oppossumwoman said...

TFS these beautiful stamps Debby! I signed up as an Artful Legacy follower and for the emails - so give me 2 chances please : )

Send your snail mail to

When Artful Legacy reaches 100 followers I will giveaway the clock stamp.

Here’s a Dare Ya where you will win no matter what. I have a special relationship with KFC (Kentucky Fried Chicken). My husband is employed by a KFC franchise. If you have seen the national advertisement you might have seen that they have changed up their Buckets.

For a limited time when you purchase a bucket of chicken it comes in this cute pink bucket. It is their campaign KFC’s Buckets for the Cure. For every bucket sold KFC donates 50 cents to Susan G. Komen for a Cure for Breast Cancer.
The goal of KFC is to “Help Make The Largest Single Donation To End Breast Cancer Forever!” Their goal is 8.5 million dollars. You can check out the current amount raised and add your …

Dare Ya! Stamping RAK/Giveaway

Father’s Day is fast approaching. Artful Legacy and I want you to have an opportunity at a wonderful giveaway. Artful Legacy donated the stamps but there is no other compensation (legalize).

Artful Legacy Blog is full of inspiration and now they have a new feature demo/tutorial with the Design Team. The last tutorial that was posted is about altering Dominos. I learned a lot along the way and can’t wait to show you what I did with the tutorial.  Sharon Russell just add a cool wall hanging that I'm dieing to try. 

From now until Wednesday evening take the opportunity to check out Artful Legacy’s blog. While you are there become a follower or sign up for their RSS feed and get updates in your email box. Come back here and let me know which or both that you did. You know if you do both I’ll put your name in the drawing twice.

Wednesday evening I’ll draw a name and announce a winner for a wonderful Artful Legacy stamp:

Approx image size 4" x 4"
Here is the kicker when we hit…

College Days

Yesterday we took a family trip to Conway (aka.  Myrtle Beach), SC for Jacob to attend a College Information Day for the Service Academies.  I watch him as he went into shock over the reality of college and the future.  Everyone tells you to enjoy your high school years, but Jacob had a shot of reality yesterday.  He's shocked but excited. 

We did take a few moments to go to the beach and walk around.  We had a time constraint as Jacob had to go to work.  We did get in a few photos. 

We had to be in Conway at Costal Carolina at 9 am and we live 3 hours away counting stops and picking up Michelle we were up at 4 am. Yuck. It wasn't a great moment for Jim's one day off a week.

Fun day all around.

Giveaway/RAK starts tomorrow morning for a wonderful stamp from Artful Legacy.  Just in time for Father's Day. 

Gratitude List
1. a fun family day
2. opportunities
3. beauty of the ocean and beach, reminder of God's greatness
4. manageable pain day with all the riding


During National Scrapbook Day I took up a few challenges from the Fiskateer community. One was a double page layout sketch from Allison Davis author of Sketches for Scrapbooking. Normally, I’m not a “sketch” person but Allison Davis’s sketch was detailed and I always love detail. Click here to see the sketch we were challenged to create from is a sneak peek from Allison’s book to be released this July.

This is my take on her scrapbook sketch:

The photos are of my son’s family during our time on the Isle of Palms during Tabitha’s wedding. Imagine getting up every morning to take a stroll on the beach. Talk about a great way to start a day!

Here is an attempt of a sketch from Me! I would like to feature your take here on Debby’s Dare. Just send me a photo and a little story behind it to

Gratitude List
1. quiet days
2. rest
3. Ruth
4. satisfaction from creating
5. God’s creativity in my life