Saturday, December 10, 2011

Joy Banner

Today is a beautiful, sunshiny day so I took pictures of the banner.  You can see a bit better the detail.  It is still a difficult thing to photogragh.   There are a some different angles, one with flash and then each letter separately.  I was trying not to get myself in the mirror.  HA!  You can click on each picture to see even closer if you would like.

Stamp Set:  Bright Hopes
Cardstock:  Old Olive, Early Espresso, Letters to Santa, Silver Glimmer Paper
Ink:  Riding Hood Red, Early Espresso, Old Olive
Accessories:  Mini Jingle Bells, Linen Thread, Basic Pearls, Buttons, Glimmer Brads, Antique Brads, Perfect Pennants Die, Timeless Type Junior Alphabet Sizzlit, Doily Punch, Circle Punch, Decorative Label Punch, Vintage Trinkets, Snow Burst Embossing Folder, Early Espresso Quilted Satin Ribbon

Have a great day!

Sunday, December 4, 2011


Joy.  1a : the emotion evoked by well-being, success, or good fortune or by the prospect of possessing what one desires : delight b : the expression or exhibition of such emotion : gaiety
2: a state of happiness or felicity : bliss
3: a source or cause of delight

Joy is also a Fruit of the Spirit.  We are to be joyful in all things.  We all want joy.  We all desire joy.  True and lasting joy only comes by faith through grace in believing Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.  We are to 'Rejoice in the Lord always, and again I say rejoice!' (Philippians 4:4)

No matter what we are going through, no matter what the adversity, we should always have the attitude of joy.  Is this impossible in the reality of daily life?  James 1:2,3 - 'My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience.'

There is outward joy and there is inward joy.   We can be ecstatic in our joy.  Outward.  It is so exciting when you KNOW the truth.  Jesus Christ died for us so that we may have eternal life.  And the blessings of life He bestows on us.   James 1:17 - Every good and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.    Inward.  2 Corinthians 6:10 'as sorrowful, yet always rejoicing'.   We may be having hardship.  Some very extreme.  But we have an internal sense of joy.  This joy comes from God.  Through Jesus Christ and dispensed by the Holy Spirit.

This all comes down to my JOY banner.  I was just going to post the picture and the recipe.  But all of the thoughts above were going through my head and I decided to post them. 

The weather is dark and dreary today.  I cannot get a good picture.  If you click on it you can get a closer look.  I will try again on a sunny day.

By the way, do you have joy?  True joy?  I want you all to have it my friends.  And it only comes through faith by grace in believing Jesus Christ died and rose again for you.  Because hell is more than a 4-letter word.  And I don't want any of you to go there.


Sunday, November 20, 2011

Mica Flakes and Shaker Frames

This was for my October class. 
The Mica Flakes (124115 $3.50) are white, iridescent, shimmery and sparkly.  I love sparkly!  Under the tree the Mica Flakes are adhered using Multipurpose Liquid Glue (110755 $3.95).  Just place a line of the glue where you want the Mica Flakes to adhere.  Take a pinch or several of the Mica Flakes and place them over the glue.  Press down.  Shake the excess off and back into your container (it's HUGE!).

To make the frame:  In this example I stamped the snowflake from the Bright Hopes Set (122690 Woodmount $23.95 / 122692 Clearmount $17.95) right onto the base of the card.  Take the second from the outside of the Shaker Frames and place the sticky side down around the snowflake.  Punch out a 1-3/4 sized circle from the Window Sheets (114323 $4.95).  Pinch some Mica Flakes into the middle on top of the snowflake.  Peel off the paper on the frame and place the window sheet over it. 

To make the scalloped piece:  Punch out a 1-3/8 circle on your cardstock.  Punch out a 2-3/8 scalloped circcle around the punched out circle to get your scalloped frame.  Place glue on your piece and attach over the window sheet.  The window is fiddly, but fun!

Scroll down to see a second post for today.  I am trying to catch up here and post things that have been waiting.
Have a great day!

Two Tags Die Magnetic Bookmark Card

Two Tags Die Magnetic Bookmark Card

This was for class back in October.  The scalloped butterfly piece is the bookmark.

To make the base of the bookmark, take a piece of cardstock 2-1/2 x 8-1/2.  Score the 8-1/2 side at 4-1/4 and fold it.  Lay this piece on the Two Tags Die with the fold on the smaller scalloped tag with the folded edge lined up below the straight cut line.  Click on the picture and it will show it close up.

Embellish your bookmark as desired.
Cut 2 pieces of Stampin' Up!'s Magnetic Sheets.  For this I used 1 x 1 pieces.  Place both pieces together on the non-adhesive sides.  So that the adhesive is on the outside of the piece.  Take the adhesive off on one side and attach it to the inside scalloped area of your bookmark.  Take the adhesive off the other side and close your bookmark together.  Give it a good press.  BAM!  You have a magnetic bookmark.  Here is a side-ish view of the bookmark. 
The front view again.
I hope you like it!

Have a great day!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Did you know?!?!

Did you know that if you sign up with me to be a demonstrator that you will get a FREE Big Shot!?!??!  Yep, a FREE Big Shot.  This is only until November 11th, so if you have been wanting one you should click on my link to sign up.  There will be a join now button on the left. 
Or, if you have a Big Shot, you can get $100 in FREE product.  Pretty great deal if you ask me!!!

Plus, right now is a great time to be a Hostess!  You can get an additional $35 in FREE product.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Fun Flowers Rose Tutorial

Fun Flowers Rose Tutorial

Debra Daam
Here is the rose.
Using 4 cardstock pieces 5-1/2x8-1/2 put them through your Big Shot with the Bigz L Fun Flowers Die.  You can only do 2 of these at a time.  You will use 4 of the large flower, 3 of the middle one and 3 of the smallest.
Snip between each petal towards the center of each flower piece.  Every size.
Spritz all of the largest size with water.  Take one at a time and place them on a folded piece of paper towel.  Using  your round headed hammer starting in the center, press down and make circular motions cupping the flower. 

Do this on each petal.
Every single one.
Take each petal and place one behind the other all the way around.

Squitch it all together.
Do this with all of the large and middle sizes.  Do the same with the small but use a smaller rounded end such as a paint brush end.

If you want the center to be tight then with tweezers pull each petal around tighter.

Here is each flower curled and squitched.
Separate all sizes into the large, medium and small.  Using Mono Multi Adhesive, glue the bottoms (one at a time) of the large and place one inside another, stacking them together.   Then glue each bottom into the other on the medium size and the same with the small.
You will have what looks like this.
Then glue the middle size into the large and then the small into the middle of that.
There is your completed rose.  You can squitch it tight or push down on the petals to make them relax and be more open.
You can also make smaller 'buds' by using just the middle and small size.

For leaves I use the Build a Blossom stamp set and then punch out with the Blossom Petals Builder Punch.  I used the Simply Scored stylus to score the veins and make the leaves curve a bit.

For class, this is the final project.

Here is another project using this technique.

Have a great day!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Two Tags Die Easel Card

We made this last month at club.  I found how to do this over on Bronwyn Eastley's blog  FABULOUS!  There are a lot of good ideas over there! 

Using a piece of cardstock 3-1/2 x 9, score at 4-1/2.  Fold along the score line.  Using the Two Tags Die, align the folded edge on the larger tag inside the straight end and run it through the Big Shot.  With another piece of cardstock, cut out a full tag.

On the folded base piece, fold the top back.
Embellish the single piece.  This is the front of the card.  Attach the top of the single piece to the top of the folded card base.  Embellish as desired.

Pretty cool, huh?  I just love it.

Have a great day!

Thursday, October 13, 2011


Fan Fold Flower, Rosette, Lolly, Medallion, Whatchamacallit!

One of my projects last month was to make a Fan Fold Flower, Rosette, Lolly, Medallion, Whatchamacallit!  This really is called all of these things.  ANYway,  they really are fun to make.  They can be fiddly to work with, but fun!  I even made one of my very first tutorials!  WOOOHOOO!!!

This is the final project.

Now for the tutorial.  This is what we are making.

Place your 1x12 piece to score onto the Simply Scored board.

Score at every 1/2 inch.

Flip your piece over and score at every 1/4 inch.

Accordian fold your scored paper.

Snip off one end at the first score line.

Sticky strip the ends together.  It will look like this.
Using a low temp glue gun, glue cardstock circles onto your 'whatchamacallit'.  I have tried other glues.  This is the easiest and longest holding way to make these.
There!  Now it is ready for a project!
Go make some!  They are fun!

Have a great day!

Friday, September 16, 2011

A Robin CASE!

My friend Robin has a GENIUS way to use the Scallop Square Clear Die to make cards.  So I decided to CASE it for my 10 for 20 tomorrow.  Here is Robins (About a Girl) that I CASEd.   And THEN, my friend Emma (Lady & the Stamp) did a wonderful tutorial on how to do this.  Here is my card.

I had to quick post this today because in looking at the challenges over on SCS, 'Mostly Blue' is the Free For All today!!!  WOOOHOO!!!
Now go make sure you check out my friend's blogs.

Have a great day!

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Holiday Mini Swap

This is my card for Emma's Holiday Mini Swap.  I love the Gently Falling set and the Spice Cake Designer Series Paper.  Fall is my favorite time of year so these were on my list first thing.  This is a 2 Step stamp set.  You can stamp the solid image and then stamp the lined similar image over it.  Or you can use the images alone.  Regardless, a beautiful set.  This is the full card.
This is a close-up so that you can see the sparkle of the Dazzling Details better.
Stamp Sets:  Gently Falling, Fabulous Phrases
Ink:  Soft Suede, More Mustard, Cajun Craze, Pool Party, River Rock
Cardstock:  Spice Cake Designer Series Paper, River Rock, Pool Party, Naturals Ivory
Accessories:  Dazzling Details, Vintage Trinkets, Decorative Label Punch, Modern Label Punch, Word Window Punch, Victoria Crochet Trim, Pool Party Ruffled Ribbon, Soft Suede Taffeta Ribbon

Have a great day!  Debra

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

2011 New Catty Swap

This card was made for a new catty swap that I was in.  I am just now taking the time to get it uploaded.  Life has been crazy busy!  My son David is getting married in a week and a half.  Not as busy as the bride's parents but busy nonetheless.  Phew!  I am so excited!!!

ANYway.  Here is the card I swapped.
I used my favorite color at the time.  Calypso Coral.  Pool Party is a close second.  Or maybe it is first this week?  I just love both of those colors.  But I digress. 
Stamp Sets:  Creative Elements, Hello Doily
Cardstock:  Naturals Ivory, Soft Suede
Ink:  Soft Suede, Calypso Coral, Early Espresso, Versamark
Accessories:  Clear Embossing Powder, Basic Pearls, Calypso Coral Ruffled Ribbon
Techniques:  Rock n Roll (surprise there, huh?), Emboss Resist
The backdrop is Paisley Petals Designer Series Paper.  Isn't that beautiful?  I love it.  And Calypso Coral isn't even a listed color for it.  It is gorgeous together.

This is most likely the last you will hear from me until after the wedding.  Next week Erin and her girls (yep, my granddaughters) Elise and Irelyn are coming in for the wedding.  WOOOHOOOO!!!  I cannot wait!