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Carlisle, Pennsylvania
I am a stay at home mom..now that is! February 19th, 2007 I was involved in a car accident while on vacation in Florida. I awoke in ICU to find out that my only two children Annemarie age 3 and Michael age 5 did not make it. Scrapbooking became such a big part of my life. It helped fill a void that I desperately needed to fill. Our therapist suggested that I take up scrapbooking as a way to memorialize my children, little did she know! So I took that and ran with it.I became obsessed with scrapping and took over the second largest room in my house. Because of my injuries I couldn't go out and get a job, I just scrapped!I printed out 2,000 photos and my journey began. I have made albums for family members and layouts to decorate my craft room. We thought we were done having kids but who expected this tragedy??? I just gave birth in June 2009 to two beautiful baby girls Mia Anne and Gianna Marie named after their brother and sister.I swore that I would keep up with their albums so I won't become overwhelmed so we will see how that works out! My profile picture is the last family picture that was taken of all of us.

Monday, September 12, 2016

Totally awesome........

Good morning! I wanted to pop on here to share with you my adorable surfer "dude" taking advantage of his last days of summer.  I used to be into very dull, neutral tones but now I am loving these bright colors! 


To create this card  I cut out my top card base using the CRAZY STITCHED FRAME die. Even though it is subtle in this card I liked how it gave it a bit of detail around the edge. I used ISLAND PARADISE for my little Surfer and his rad surfboard.  To create the waves I actually used the opposite side of the STITCHED SCALLOP die so they would be facing in the direction he was surfing. I grabbed the opposite side from the cut and since I hate wasting things, I added it to the bottom edge of the card. CDD does carry a wave die in their OUTDOOR LANDSCAPE die set but the water was facing the opposite direction then what I needed it to. Plus I love the double stitching on the Scallop dies, it gives it an extra little "POP"! Finally to make the card "TOTALLY AWESOME" I used the GREETING WORD dies and cut it out in several layers so it stood out some.

Thank you for stopping by today~! 

Sadly with this card I am saying goodbye to my last "summer" card, with that said WAIT TO YOU SEE THE ADORABLE (and I mean ADORABLE) fall/winter stamps coming out soon.  I am tickled pink especially since Fall is my favorite season of the year!

HAPPY CRAFTING!

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Monday, September 5, 2016

Blessed to have you.........

Good morning! I wanted to pop on here to share with you a shaker card that I made with some of my CDD products.  This is a perfect card to have in your stash.



I was going for a CAS card of sorts which is usually hard for me, however I am happy how this one came out.  I started with the PICTURE FRAME die to make the card base. Next I used the SHAKER TAG DIES to make the shaker tag in the middle.



I wanted to use the SCRIBBLE CIRCLE dies as my center and turn that into the shaker window so I had to free hand the cut out with my Xacto knife.  I did two layers on the Scribble circle so it would have a base underneath. I turned this into my shaker window and added some of those gorgeous flowers from the BOTANICAL LAYERS stamp set and popped them up a bit with some foam tape. This was the first time I used my INKTENSE pencils.  I love them but need to learn how to use them.  I finished the card off by adding the BLESSED sentiment from the GREETING WORD dies, and a flag banner from the FLAG BANNER dies stamped with a sentiment from the coordinating TINY SENTIMENT stamp set. This is the type of card you can mass produce while using up some of your scraps!



Thank you for stopping by my Blog today and for taking a moment out of your busy day and sharing it with me.  

Have a great day!
HAPPY CRAFTING!


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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Day #2 Craftin' Desert Divas Blog Hop

Welcome to the Craftin Desert Divas August Release Blog Hop. We have some wonderful stamps and dies that we will be sharing with you.

All stamps are in the CDD Shop and now available for purchase HERE.












We also offer SVG stamp outlines for .99 they work perfectly with your cutting machine. You must have a program that opens these files. This is a great alternative to coordinating dies and much less expensive.


Here's what I've created for you...

I wanted to show that the CDD Planner stamps are not just for planners, there are so many different possibilities to create with this set. I mixed the HALL PASS stamp set with the PICTURE THAT stamp set to create the background. I stamped the images randomly on a piece of Xpress paper then used my PICTURE FRAME die to create the base. 
Next I used the Oval die from the FANCY STITCHED LABEL die set to cut out the center. My first idea was to create a bookmark with this for my daughter who loves sparkly things....just perfect for a shaker card.  However I figured it would be better flat. But in my typical crafty life I changed gears last minute and used the "Thanks" die from GREETING WORD dies paired up with the "for all you do" sentiment from TINY SENTIMENT. To finish it off I inked around the edges with some Tim Holtz Black Soot distress ink.


Here are the specials for this release:

**New Shimmer sequins will be on SALE for $1.00.

**FREE SHIPPING with minimum on orders placed.

Shipping minimum orders:

$10 USA use Code: 10SHIP

$15 International use Code: 15SHIP

Enjoy this special for in stock items only 8/22 thru 8/31 at 10pm MST
All Stamps and Dies are made in the USA.




 Your next stop is the super talented: 
Jeanin







Monday, August 15, 2016

Watercoloring with Distress Inks

Good morning! Today starts another linky party over at Craftin' Desert Divas.  The theme is "WATERCOLOR".  I love my collection of Tim Holtz distress inks so I decided to try using them to watercolor with. 



I started out with my FLOWERS IN BLOOM stamp set, using a masking then embossing method a few flowers at a time.  When that was done I used my reinkers to watercolor these gorgeous flowers in.  The sentiments came from WISHFUL THOUGHTS.  


This is my attempt at a CAS card.  I hope you like it, if so come on by the CDD blog and play along with us.  Let me see your Watercolor creations! I love getting inspiration from you all!



Friday, August 5, 2016

A Little Bit of This & A Little Bit of That

Good morning everyone! I am here to share with you a bunch of different items that I created with various stamp sets and dies from Craftin' Desert Divas.  Absolutely no main theme in mind, I just wanted to play around with too many stamps at once.  This was the result, lol. CDD has so many adorable stamps and amazing dies I don't know what to do first.


For my first project I used THE SKY IS THE LIMIT stamp set along with a masking technique to accomplish the overall design.  My goal here was to make a flat mailable card to brighten someone's day. I grabbed my trusty FANCY FRAMES dies to finish it off.

Next I grabbed the newly released TINY TREASURE stamp set along with the TINY TREASURE COORDINATING DIES.  I had sooooo much fun playing around with this set!! I couldn't stop.  I love,love, love the nice big onesie die.  I did a masking technique on a couple just playing around with designs.  I am also including a picture of one that I made and shared in the CDD GALLERY  (the pink cutie POO Tootie) so you can see the versatility of the set.






This was my daughter's favorite! She love the "poo" in the diaper...lol and wouldn't stop talking about it.


Thanks for stopping by the CDD Blog today.  Don't forget we have a super fun LINKY PARTY going on right now.  You have plenty of time left to play along.









Monday, August 1, 2016

Back to School - ALREADY????

Where has the summer gone???? Out with the hot, in with the cold I guess. This summer has flown by.  In honor of the BACK TO SCHOOL season Craftin' Desert Divas starts a new linky party today. 


For this Linky Party we have this awesome picture to use as inspiration.



I created this Junior notebook cover as a teacher gift using some papers from SIMPLE STORIES. Fancy Stitched label dies came in handy for the two center mats. Then I broke out my BEYOND MEASURE STAMP & DIE BUNDLE for the images as well as the sentiments.  Just a little quick and easy gift for your kids Teachers to let them know you care.

I hope you come on over and play along with us!








Monday, July 18, 2016

Let's hit the BEACH!!!!!!!!

Good morning to everyone out in blog land! Today starts a new linky party over at Craftin' Desert Divas. I don't know if you have checked out their recent digi stamps but they are BEYOND ADORABLE!!!! I fell in love with this little "hippo" while I was browsing their new digis and I knew it would be the main image for this challenge. Funny thing is, I found out while I was looking for the link to the digi that it isn't a hippo, it's a darn bear!!! Only me!


Anyway, the theme for this 2-week linky party is a "BEACH" theme.  This super cute stamp is called LITTLE BEAR BEACH DAY.  I made her pretty big and had so much fun coloring her up with my Copics. It was really hard to get a good picture of it due to the acetate on the front. 


 I added some Glossy Accents to make certain elements stand out. I turned it into a shaker card with some 


The banner dies are from FLAG BANNER DIES and the THANKS die is from GREETING WORD DIES



I finished it off with the sentiment "for everything" which is from TINY SENTIMENTS.


I printed one out even bigger for my twins to color while I colored mine.  Not only did we get to spend some time together we were able to do that while doing something I wanted to do!! Finally a happy medium :)  

Thanks for stopping by today! I hope you play along with our "BEACH" linky party theme over at CDD.