Thursday, November 6, 2014

~* PiDdLeStIxS VoLuMe 7 *~

Lisa Kettell's Piddlestixs Volume 7 is available! I am honored and excited to have some of my artwork featured among other talented artisans in this beautiful Fall 2014 issue!

*Piddlestixs is a magazine for crafters, DIYers, artists and vintage-istas. It taps into the imagination and brings out the creativity in everyone with vintage and trend setting ideas.

To see a preview of this latest issue, visit Lulu
Lisa also has her new website up! If you are looking for inspiration or maybe some magical treasures to craft with, visit Lisa at


Saturday, August 9, 2014

~ Let's Turn Type One into Type None ~


Our lives forever changed this past January when our daughter, Ava, was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. Even though I had two uncles with T1D, (and graduated from Nursing school),  I had no idea the challenges that people suffering with this disease faced on a daily basis. It's an invisible war. 
And there is no cure.

Ava undergoes fingersticks all hours of the day as well as during the night. She needs insulin 4-6 times a day to survive. She wears a sensor in her arm for continuous monitoring as not to fall dangerously low, especially in the night. Any parent with a child of T1D knows that nighttime is the scariest time. We get used to not sleeping through the night. Moms of T1D refer to each other as Zombie Moms! And we are!

On November 15, 2014, my family and I are taking part in JDRF's Walk One, a walk for a cure in hopes of turning Type One into Type None.  JDRF is the one organization with the plan, influence, and ability to not just deliver hope, but a series of life-changing therapies that will make the burden of T1D less and less. Until it no longer exists.

There are many reasons to be hopeful. Artificial pancreas technology, islet transplants, insulin patches, and the list goes on with ways to make our child's, and the lives of thousands of others, better. 

 By supporting Team Ava and donating even the smallest amount to JDRF, you are giving hope to thousands of people. And you are giving our children a chance to lead a more normal life. 

My husband and I are matching all donations, up to $1000 total. We are so grateful for even the smallest of donations to help fund this awesome organization. 

To learn more about One Walk and to donate to Team Ava, please click on either image or click here.  

Thank you for your time in reading our story. 
God Bless

Saturday, June 28, 2014

~* A FROZEN Affair *~ Part 2, The Scrapbook!

 ~* A Frozen Affair *~
A chunky, sparkling scrapbook filled with memories of Ava's winter wonderland birthday celebration!


Thank you for stopping by!

Materials List: 
Bazzill Basics paper snowflakes, Snowflake confetti, Tim Holtz dangling charms, Paris Hilton Creativity Collection bling stickers, Prima Pearls and Vintage Trinkets, Heidi Swapp journaling spots, Disney Frozen sticker sheets, Pink Paislee - House of Three ruffled trims, Prima Say it in Crystals rhinestones, Zva Creative adhesive pearls Petaloo Fancy Trims light blue and aqua, Webster's Pages Sparklers, Want 2 Scrap adhesive pearls and rhinestone snowflakes "Christmas Bling," Little B snowflake gems, Kaiser Craft Wooden Flourishes, Jenni Bowlin Self Adhesive Rhinestone Buttons and mini chipboard banners, K and Co. Life's Little Occasions Snowflake stickers, various laces and trims, rhinestones, chipboard hearts and album covers, vintage jewelry pieces, mica flakes, silver paint, Stickles aqua, Letter stickers - American Crafts and Studio Calico, patterned papers - S.E.I., Karen Foster, Hambly, Making Memories, Pink Paislee, Echo Paper Co. 

Monday, June 9, 2014

~* A FROZEN Affair *~

Ava turned 11 last week, and we decided to go "BIG" with a Frozen party for her and her friends. It seems like everyone is into the Frozen party craze and we were no exception. This was probably the most fun I ever had preparing for a party! 
I brought my party outside by spray painting dead tree branches silver and hanging mica glittered snowflakes on them. 

Inside, I had a huge silver painted tree branch in my entryway decorated with beautiful crystal snowflake ornaments, tinsel and blue rock candy "icicles."  A mini aqua Christmas tree and sparkly garland wrapped garden cone gave it company! I bunched up pillow batting and threw it all over my house for a "snow" effect!

I took a giant styrofoam ball, covered it with texture paste and sprinkled it with mica flakes for a giant snowball! Grab your Christmas snowflake decorations, pearl garlands, white candles and go crazy! 

Balloons are always fun! For this party I used white, silver and aqua and had them floating over a gold crown! I threw tons of icicle lights along my banister for lots of sparkle!

I found different kinds of candy in every shade of blue I could for a wintery candy buffet. Snowmen cookies added some cuteness to the dessert table! 

No Frozen party is complete without sparkly snowflake wands. I found mine on etsy here

Glittery snowflake cookies and snowflake confetti displayed in pretty bottles, "captured snow," added more sparkle to my table! 

Instead of a going with a 'Disney' cake, I opted for a blue ombre rose cake and it was a big hit!  

  "Do you want to build a snowman?"  We did! I had various snowman crafts for set up the kids. I took more painted branches and hung them in my lighting. My friend threaded pom poms for a snowball garland and we hung them on the lights. I topped off everything with sparkly tinsel for an icy effect!

Of course if you know me well, you'll expect that I am now working on a scrapbook for Ava that captured the memories of her winter wonderland birthday party.

 If you get a chance to throw this kind of party, whether for a birthday or Christmas cocktail party, do it! SNOW much fun!  

Happy 11th birthday to my sweet Ava! Hope this magical party brings you happy memories always!!!

Sunday, June 8, 2014

~* MeRmAiD CoVe BaNnEr *~ Lisa Kettell Designs

Having a mermaid party anyone? Here's a cute banner you can create using Lisa Kettell Carnival Mermaid Cupies!

Mermaid Cove Banner by Debra Famularo

Materials used:  Lisa Kettell Designs mermaid trio pack, green feather boa, Thickers blue glitter alpha stickers, light blue foam letter stickers, assorted seashells and starfish, pearl accents, assorted blue scrapbooking papers, chipboard triangles, blue glitter, flower tag, embroidery thread, glue stick and glue gun

Assemblage:  Cover chipboard triangles in patterned papers using glue stick. Adhere “ mermaid” letter stickers in place. Glitter edges and allow to dry. Overlap corners of the chipboard and glue gun in place. Once that is complete,  glue the top edges of the chipboard banner onto the boa making sure it is centered. Do this by starting in the center of the banner and working outwards until all are glued in place. Embellish every other bottom edges of the chipboard triangles with starfish. Add a faux pearl center. On the remaining triangles, glue on a Lisa Kettell Designs mermaid. Lastly, on add letter stickers “cove” to your flower tag, glue on a mini seashell and tie on with embroidery thread. 


Saturday, May 3, 2014

~* Nurse Appreciation Day *~

Well, it has been awhile since I have been in my studio or blogged.  But I had some motivation to create a gift for someone who is dear to our family.  This Tuesday May 6th is Nurse Appreciation Day, and since Ava was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes in January, our lives have changed far from what they used to be. "Shelly," who is Ava's school nurse, has kept a close eye on my daughter during those long 8 hours Monday through Friday when she is out of my sight. I wanted to give her something special, so a bLiNg-ed out nurses cap came to mind and for the first time in months, my creative juices flowed again! To Nurse Shelly, thank you for all that you do for my daughter. I appreciate you more than words can say. You are a blessing to our family.

And to all nurses worldwide, Happy Nurses Day!! 


Friday, March 7, 2014

~* Scarlet Pink Magazine *~

A dream has turned into reality for my friend, editor Kelly Keyser, and I as we have published the first issue of our new magazine, Scarlet Pink! In this Spring issue, we showcase many talented designers including our cover girl Jessica Louise, photography by well renowned Lou Freeman and Michelle Starr, artists Lisa Kettell and Claudette Barjoud aka Miss Fluff along with a special segment on indie film maker Arthur Collins and his upcoming film, White Zombie
Thank you to all of our talented contributors who are a huge part of this special premiere issue: 
Heather Young-LearyAnita Rivera, Kirstie Keyser, Carol Coffin, Pinky Hobbs, Sara Shen, Victoria Pettella, Liza Jane Clothing, Teresa Brown, Vince Mirabella, Nadine Takvorian, Rudy Fig, Tina Henderson and Vickie Miles.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

~* a Very Merry Un-Birthday to You!*~

A very merry 
Unbirthday to you, 
To you, A very merry 
Unbirthday to you, 
To you, 
It's great to 
Drink to someone , 
And I guess that 
You will do,
A very merry 
Unbirthday to you!

Best Party Ever!
  Hard to believe it was five years ago. Life was so different then.  One month ago today, Ava was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. It's been a lifestyle change for our family, but my little girl is handling the change so well and we could not be more proud.  In fact, it wouldn't surprise JJ or I if she discovered a breakthrough for this disease.
 She tells us she will find a cure someday, and I believe her.  
Love you Angel!

Sunday, January 26, 2014

~* and the FaIrY met aLiCe in WoNdErLaNd *~

    Together Keke and I have combined our interests and are working hard to bring a wonderland of talent in photography, art, fashion, film and music in one magazine that will premiere this Spring. We are featuring gifted artists who have taken their creative passions and turned them into successful businesses. A sneak peek of the magazine and our contributors will be on our website later next month.  In the meantime, you can visit Scarlet Pink at:
 (Instagram coming soon.)  


Materials used:  Graphic 45 Alice’s Tea Party patterned paper, letter stickers from Glitz Designs, Creative Imaginations, Pink Paislee, and October Afternoon, Alice sticker from 
Disney EK Success, flowers and felt vines by Prima, assorted ribbons, mushroom accents, acrylic bunny, wooden bunny and vintage earrings and brooch.

Friday, January 17, 2014

~* Hers was a World of ScArLeT PiNk*~

As some of you know, I am embarking on a new adventure with my talented friend, Owner/Editor-in-Chief,  Kelly "Keke" Keyser as Creative Director of Scarlet Pink Magazine.  
Our literary and creative passion will be combined to showcase fashion, art and photography together in one publication. We've been working hard to bring our readers a beautiful first issue full of 'eye candy' which will debut this Spring. We hope to inspire your creativity by showcasing talented artisans, some of whom have taken their creative skills and turned them into successful businesses. To see just a few of our Spring Issue contributors, please visit us at and to 'like' us on Facebook, click our logo below!
 Special offers, contests and giveaways will be coming soon! New contributors are being added daily to our website and we invite you to submit your stores, product and art to us for consideration. Please see our website for more details.  


Artwork by Debra Famularo  ~  Materials used: Velvet Kiss hand dyed hot pink crepe paper by etsy shop juliecollings, Glitz Design Teeny Alphas pink, Thickers chipboard letter stickers, Everyday is a Holiday Beach Bungalow collection paper and trim,Bazzill Buttons pink, Recollections Glitz Blonc Rose’, Stickles Lime Green, Martha Stewart decoupage glue, 8 x 10" stretched canvas by Coloron, Lisa’s Altered Art collage phrases, Modern Romance floral roses, vintage earring and brooch.

Friday, January 10, 2014

~* Would You Like to be Featured in a Magazine? *~

"Alice and the Fairy Queen"

Once upon a time, in an enchanted forest far away, there was a small cottage

where there lived a girl who would be  fairy queen.

Every now and again she would venture into the forest, and 

see the most enchanting fairy folk in celebration.

[images, above and below: Tricia Fountaine]

She longed to join them in celebration but being she was so much bigger,
she didn't dare disturb them, out of fear of scaring them away.
Time after time, she'd return home and have her own celebrations,
inviting everyone she knew.
But deep down, she longed to play with the fairies and little folk who lived deep in the forest.

So one day, she sat down with her book of magic
and tried to find a way to shrink down to their small size.

She read that all she had to do was drink a magic potion
and then climb down into a magic rabbit hole that was just outside her door.
 When she finally got near to the opening at the other end, she saw a girl waiting for her.

The fairy princess smiled because it was her friend Alice who was waiting for her in there Wonderland, and they played with the fairies and little folk, forever more.


I am partnering with  Kelly as  Creative Director of a new magazine, Scarlet Pink.
Scarlet Pink, is quarterly magazine that will feature artists and creative types of all backgrounds and mediums. The focus of the magazine will be to inspire and inform the reader, while helping to promote the individuals featured in each issue.
Kelly and Debra have joined forces to unite in one magazine the artisan pioneer in his or her respective medium as well as the emerging artist. We will focus on what inspires each of them, how they started, where they sell, the ups and downs of being a full time artist, and offer advice from the professionals on how to make the time for those who long to turn their hobby into a profitable business. This is where you come in. We are asking you to submit photographs and background information, tips, tutorials, or anything else you deem valuable to publish in an upcoming issue of Scarlet Pink.  Our goal is to introduce each talented artist, even if they have previously been published elsewhere, to a brand new audience.
Scarlet Pink was born from our combined literary and artistic talents. We partnered together because we realized a need for a publication that focused on topics and people living the creative lifestyle, united together in one publication. We hope Scarlet Pink will become your go-to magazine for the creative lifestyle as we work hard to consistently bring you topics, ideas, techniques, stores, and people who inspire you. Our goal is that Scarlet Pink will help encourage you to bring out your creative talents and live a creative lifestyle
If this is something you would like to be a part of, and we hope you do, please go to and complete the form in the "Contact" section to be considered, or email us directly at The theme for the premiere issue is "Alice and the Fairy Queen."
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Thank you,

Yours truly,

Debra & Kelly

"Alice and the Fairy Queen"  blog post written by Kelly Janine Keyser
[all images from google search, unless otherwise notated. If you are the owner of any of these images and wish to be given proper credit, please email me and I will include you in the credits.]