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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.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Is it considered a card when you sew it together????

Okay!!!!!!! From the start this was one of those projects you should of just walked away from! I followed the sketch from Allsorts CHallenge blog. I decided to try to incorporate the paper pleating challenge from the Just Magnolia blog. That in itself was a challenge for me because I stink at measuring normally but to do this on a day where my girls refused to nap at all was well....I probably would have had an easier time climbing Mount Everest! I ran a nail file down the paper pleating front. Then I put it into a bundle and did the file on both sides. It is about 11pm at night so the pictures are really horrible. Unfortunately you can not see all of the details and texture as well as layering on this card.

I finally got the paper pleating sort of figured out so I decided to sew it on for added adhesive (besides I love sewing on my cards!). I was so relieved that I finally got the paper pleating done I was kinda doing a skip away from the sewing machine when I realized that I sewed the darn card together!!!!!!!!!!! I just wanted to fall to the floor and kick, scream and even throw a pout or two in there! I couldn't believe it! I don't know about you but once I put so much time in a card I REFUSE to ditch it. I ended up cutting it into strips & then adding it to another piece of cardstock.

The other challenges I submitted this card to:

Simon Says "Shabby Chic" challenge

Basic GreyPhoto Inspirational challenge. The pattern on the ivory paper as well as the pink paper (used Basic Grey LILYKATE paper) matches the wallpaper in the inspirational photos as well as the rug BUT it is very hard to make out in the photo...Sorry!

Just Us Girls Stitching challenge
SSD celebrations challenge
Crafty Creations Texture challenge


  1. Oh my goodness, sounds like you had quite a time of it!! But you perservered and as they say, where there is will there is a way!! I think you found the way and the end card is super cute!! The pleating and stitching is so fun!! Well done and thanks so much for sharing it with us at Crafty Creations challenge!!

  2. What a gorgeous card Carlisle! The pleated paper looks amazing & I like how you stitched it right in place :) Love your little flower embellishment! Thank you so much for playing along with Just Us Girls stitching challenge - Hope you join us in some fun future challenges!

  3. Fabulous card Lisa, so pretty, great stitching, gorgeous Tilda and I love your distressed flower.
    Had to giggle about the stitching the card together.......sticking the card on the front of another is what I do when I have one of those oopsies (and I have plenty I can tell you).
    Thanks so much for playing along with us at BG.
    hugs Heather xx

  4. Gorgeous card :-) I love this image and the paper pleating and sewing look fab ! :-)
    We all do mistakes like that ,,, it's all part of 'hand made' :-)I would do the same as Heather ,, stick it onto the front of another :-)

    thanks for joining the Simon Says Stamp Challenge and DT call :-)

    Lols x x

  5. What a pretty card! Love the pleating. I just read in CK that pleating was the "in" thing for this year is scrapping. : )

  6. Hey friend :-). You've inspired me to take out my sewing machine, lol. I love your card. That pleating is awesome and your flower..... all that detail. It actually does look like fabric...beautiful. Love your coloring. Thanks so much for playing along at SSDS this week.


  7. Your card makes me want to run out and buy a sewing machine I love the whole look ans would love to try sewing on my cards

    Thanks for playing at Allsorts

    Emma xxx

  8. WOW!!!! Intricate, creative, and GORGEOUS! Fabulous job...I love the stitching and folding of the papers...and of course Tilda!

    Thanks so much for entering the Simon Says Stamp Challenge!


  9. All of that gorgeous pleating is just fantastic!!!

    Loving your flower too.

    Great take on Emma's sketch.

    Thank you for playing along with Allsorts this week.

    Love Jules xx

  10. you should have just left it stitched together and called it a wall hanging...its gorgeous and well worth all the effort...the pleating is perfect and you could always do it freehand you dont have to measure it...thank you for joining in with the Just Magnolia challenge
    Mina xxx

  11. this is gorgeous!! and i luv the flower.

    thanks for joining us on crafty creations this week :)

  12. gorgeous card hun! really love the paper pleating!



    ps. I have a yummie candy on my blog what will end today maybe you wanted to take chance?

  13. Oh that is gorgeous - fabulous details. Kim

  14. Hi,
    thats a wonderful work.
    Thanks for joining in the SimonSaysChallenge this week.


  15. Gorgeous card :)
    Your pleating and sewing is fab! Your 'saving' of the stiched card is great - adds even more demension. Love it!

    Carol x

  16. Thanks for joining us on Crafty Creations with your beautiful work! Hope to see you back next time! :)


  17. Thanks for playing along at Crafty Creations - lovely card - great papers....worth it in the end! Cheers Claire x