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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, February 10, 2010

My Yummy Gift for a SPecial Friend

You know those friends who go out of their way for you? Well I have a special friend who listens to me rant and still wants to talk to me the next day! She has done so much for me I wanted to come up with a little something to show her how special she really is! At times I just don't know how to repay her kindness and the only thing I am good at..or shall I say I enjoy doing is cooking. I came up with this whole idea based on the darnest,cutest stamp set by Peachy Keen! Now if you don't know this by now I am very CHEAP when it comes to my craft supplies. Since I am a hoarder I am afraid of using certain things because I won't have it or it is to nice to use etc. etc. Well to show this friend how special she is and how much I value her friendship I thru caution to the wind on this one. I used my GOOD (and brand spankin new) paper, huge strips of my glue tape instead of cutting it into little squares just for the corner,...and I even changed the bobbin on my sewing machine and threaded with new thread!! I did manage to get a few scraps in there to make myself feel better. Not to mention sitting there cutting out those itsy bitsy marshmellows. I stamped each one, colored them and then "toasted" them with some ink. It took me sometime to get this all done because I was busy trying to dig myself out of like 4ft of snow and trying to take care of two little babies and one BIG baby. I had some other visions for it but since I am need to get this to that person ASAP because it is a perishable item I had to leave some ideas behind.
But I do hope they get the point...that alot of love went into this...What is the most important thing is that I had alot of fun doing this project and it made me smile...I hope it does the same for the recipient! Tucked inside this glass jar is some homemade Hot Coca on a stick. It is homemade marshmellow and fudge on a stick that can be swirled thru warmed milk, hot coffee or simply eaten by itself. I am also going to give this to the kids in my neighborhood for Valentine's day (just the stick & tag).

Okay here is my supply list. If anyone would like a tutorial or some pics/details on how I did all of this please let me know.

I got the idea for this project from the Peachy Keen's PK-08 Hot Cocoa stamp set. I also used Peachy Keen PK-490 Everyday Character Face Assortmentstamp set for the face on the cup. I just get such a kick out of the faces on the marshmellows. It is like some are bracing for the hot liquid they are about to be dunked into and others are accpeting their fate of being dissolved and have a smile on their face! I got this jar at TJ MAXX. I stuffed several sticks of pure joy inside...yummy! Maybe I need to go and taste test one now!

My fellow blogging buddy Maria over at the Joyful Stamper had a post awhile back that showed hot cocoa on a stick. I saved that recipe along time ago but I had no idea where it was so I contacted Maria and she graciously pointed me in the right direction...THANK YOU MARIA!

Other suplies I used:
Prismacolor Pencils,
Stampin Up' Crystal Effects
Stampin up Ink
White embossing powder
Close to My Heart "That's Amore" paper pack
Close to My Heart Alphabets stamp set
Martha Stewart border punch & adhesive ribbon
Tons of pop dots and tape

Now I combined several challenges into this as well. Rather than do a separate post for each item I combined them all into one post so you can see them as the set. SOrry if this upsets anyone!


Verve Stamps
Peachy Keen Stamps
Magical Crafts Fortnightly


  1. Great project. Love all the little details and those sweet faces. Thanks for playing along at Kaboodle Doodles. Hope to see you back for the next challenge. Marianne x

  2. This is so sweet,
    love it, your friend will be very happy to get these,
    Thanks for joining us at Kaboodle Doodles this week,

  3. I love your project Your friend will love it and the kids will love the Marshmellow and Fudge on a stick! sounds delicious. Thanks for playing at MCFC.
    Carol Ann xx

  4. Thanks so much for playing in our Kaboodle Doodle challenge again. I love seeing your entries and this one is really gorgeous and I'm sure it will be a welcome gift. ~chris

  5. that is gorgeous lisa, the little lolly one with the tag would fit in just right with the 1 ribbon and a tag challenge over on lily-boo too!!!xxx

  6. ooooh, I love your card! we must think alike, when you get a chance, check out my card:) I love the colors & everything else you made is PERFECT:)
    Thank you for joining us @ Peachy Keen!

  7. OH MY! The entire set is amazing... love the colors!!! Thanks for playing along... HUGS...SK :)

  8. Oh my goodness how lovely

    Beautiful Project for a child thank you for playing with MCFC this week

    Liz xx

  9. Lisa, this is so gorgeous, what a lucky friend!! Sounds yummy!!
    Thanks for playing along at PKS again this week. :)
    Hugs, Angelica

  10. What a beautiful project Lisa. Thanks so much for joining in Kaboodledoodles this week, hope to see you next time. Jill

  11. super sympa j'adore ton cadeau c'est superbe

  12. What a gorgeous project, I'm sure your friend will be delighted with it. Thanks for playing at Kaboodles. x

  13. What a great project, I'm sure it will be loved by the recipients and the children will love the fudge and chocolate
    Thanks for joining in at MCFC

    Jackie x

  14. Loved reading your post! Your friend is going to love this for sure!! It is ADORABLE!!! Thanks for playing @ PKS!!

  15. Great project, am sure your friend will love it, it sounds delicious!! Thanks for playing at MCFC, love Steph

  16. Lisa! you are a genius! This is one helluva gorgeous gift that I'm sure your friend will totally adore. (She's very lucky).
    Thanks for playing along with us again at PK. Good luck!
    Viv xx

  17. Third time lucky leaving a comment! But I keep coming back as I want to tell you how adorable your project is. I LOVE those little toasted marshmallows - their faces are so cute! I'm sure your friend will be thrilled with her gift, well worth using your good stash on.

    Thanks for joining us at MCFC x

  18. Hi Lisa,
    Such a wonderful matching project, I'm sure your friend will love it! The marshmallows are too cute. Thanks for joining in at MCFC this time,
    Hugs, Donna x

  19. what a fabulous set you've made Lisa!!! Gosh, now I'm hungry for this treat again!
    excellent job on everything hun!
    Hugs & Blessings, Maria

  20. Hi My Friend!! :( SORRY i am so late getting over here! You always have such great ideas! A true inspiration to us all! Your friend is gonna LOVE THIS! It is just as cute as can be!! :)THANK YOU for all of your great samples that you make with our stamps! We appreciate you! Big Hugs and lots of love, Kathy

  21. Wow, what a perfectly yummy gift for your friend. Thanks for joining in at Polkadoodles this week.

  22. Brilliant project thanks for joining MCFC Wonderful work

    Liz xx

  23. Thanks for playing along in the Polkadoodles Paper piecing challenge!fab roject - yum tum! Cheers Claire x

  24. LUCKY me!!.. how was I to know that I WAS THE SPECIAL FRIEND?!! Lisa sent this to ME!! I love IT and let me tell you the fudge/marshmallow yummies on the stick are TO DIE FOR!! YUMMY!! Lisa .. thank you so very much! :)Love, Kathy

  25. Wow!! Very special! Thanks for entering the Polkadoodle Challenge - hope you can join us again next week!

  26. What a fabulous project. These are just adorable!

  27. Great project Lisa and such a fabulous idea.
    Thanks for joining us at Polka Doodles paper piecing challenge.

  28. Hello Lisa! My friend, you have outdone yourself! This is just fabulous, and such a great gift! I'd love to have that recipe!! Thanks so much for playing along, and sharing this wonderful creation with us!

    Love ya,

  29. Having trouble posting. Thank you so much for recipes. My niece and I think this would be a hit for the Mother's Day Tea at our preschool...only 6 in this class so small project. Will be watching for more great ideas! Rose rosewil54@yahoo.com

  30. Thanks for sending the recipes. I am not sure how soon I will get to them but do appreciate it. Great project!


  31. Hi
    I love this!! I originally saw this project on the PK website. Is there anyway I can get the recipe for the cocoa on a stick? Tried to find a way to email you directly. Hope this works!
    my email is saferscents@yahoo.com

  32. I just tried to post a comment but I think I did something wrong. I love this idea and wondered if you could send me the recipe I would really appreciate it. Your sight as well as Peachy Keen's site is awesome with very inspirational ideas. Thanks.

    Linda Slager