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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, April 7, 2010

My recycled project in honor of Earth Day

Hello Ladies! This week I was in charge of the challenge over at The Sisterhood of Crafters. This challenge is sponsored by DigiSparkle and she is offering up a prize to her shop for one lucky winner - so stop on by and play along!

In honor of Earth Day I challenged everyone to alter an item or recycle something that you would normally throw out. This is one of my favorite things to do because I can challenge myself to literally turn trash into a treasure. Since I am redoing my craft room I thought that I would make myself a sign for my door...why not?? All the kids have them right??? Plus I wanted to actually use some of my supplies.

I took a metal garden frame that I got from the $1 section of Target and a piece of cardboard that was on my floor from a package of curtain rods and just had fun with it. I wanted to pick paper that I normally wouldn't use (busy, bold prints) and see how it would turn out. In the end I really like the combo colors.

I cut the flowers out on my Cricut using the Graphically Speaking cartridge (flower pg. 44). I cut the flowers out from 5" and went down 1/2" till I got to 3" and just randomly layered the flowers until I got the look I wanted using lots of pop dots. I originally had a cute little face in the center of the flower from Peachy Keen but the size of the flower made it look ridiculous so I covered it up with some Liquid applique. The frame is 16" wide so I just simply took some scraps and sewed them together to make up the width then glued them to the cardboard. What made me happy was that I used up alot of my scraps!!!!!! YIPPEEEE

Here is a list of my supplies that I used:

PK-101 Medium Polka Dot print - I used this on the MS Grass border punch

PK-249 Honey Hugs & Bugs - I used the ladybug from this set above the title
PK-204 Lil' Bugs I know it is hard to see in the pics but I stamped these on vellum and then sprinkled clear embossing powder over it. I then colored the reversed side of the image with my Copic markers and cut out. I added some MS glitter to the wings and since I had to cut off the "ears" I used some metal wire from the trees that I just bought and wound them up.

MS Grass border punch
MS leafy punch (forget the name of it)
Bohemian DP
Prismacolor pencils
Copic Markers
Graphically Speaking Cartridge - for the flowers
Hello Kitty Font cartridge - for the lettering
Home Decor cartridge for the birds
Tim Holtz distressing paint - I tried to paint the frame and of course I didnt' prime it or anything so when I woke up the next morning it had all peeled off...but you know I just left it because it looked "distressed"!!

I am entering this into the following challenges:

Lexi's Creation Altered Item
Peachy Keen Stamps You had to use orange & white, stitching, a Peachy Keen stamp and an "upcycled/recycled" item.
Pollycraft's Anything Goes challenge
Cupcake Craft's Make your own flowers
The Pink Elephant's Nature challenge
Practical Scrappers marker challenge
My Time to Craft's On the Spot challenge
Die Cuts R Us Stamped Image & a bird
Delightful Sketches Buttons & Bling
The Creative CottageButtons & Bows


  1. Amazing project!! Love all the detail and dimension!! Thank you so much for playing along with us at DCRU & TPE this week!!

  2. This is so neat...very creative!

  3. O.M.G. That is unreal, Lisa. I'm speechless. Not only did you manage to use up a whole ton of crafting goodness (and "junk"), but you made it absolutely stunning! WOW!

  4. This is so beautiful Lisa and such wonderful attention to detail...absolutely beautiful! Thanks for joining in the fun at Cupcake this week :) Donna x

  5. Oh my, Lisa...this little door sign totally ROCKS!!! It turned out so cute. I think when we move my craftivity room that I'm going to have to try this. I think your little fence peice was adorable to begin with...but all the extra details and embellies dress it up into a workable piece of art! Yeah for you, Ladybug!!!

    I'm so happy you shared this with the DCRU gang and joined in our challenge for the week.

    Gwen DTC@DCRU

  6. WOWWIE... this is totally awesome. I just spent like 10 minutes reading all the directions and opening all the photos to get close up views!! Thanks so much for sharing with us at Practical Scrappers this week!!

  7. OMGOSH!!! this is simply fantastic.. I LOVE IT!!! Such a GORGEOUS project!!
    Hugs, Linda

  8. Lisa, that's some door hanger, girl! I just love those big, bold flowers!

  9. This is stunning, I would love one for my room too :)

    Thanks for joining us at Lexi's Creations this time & Good Luck!


  10. Fantastic project. thanks so much for joining in with Lexi's creations Challenge this week
    hugs rozzy xx

  11. Fabulous project hun - I'm WOWED!! Loving it all - so clever of you!
    Oh, and thanks for joining in at The Creative Cottage this week too!
    Teri xx

  12. I just can't say enough about this project! TOTALLY AWESOME!!!

  13. Gorgeous ...I love all the colors and details on this one...really can't find the words to say what I want to say...beautiful ..this is all I can manage...still in awwww. TFS

  14. Just incredible! I would totally love to have this! I'm going to be on the lookout for something very similar! Love all the flowers and your bees are too cute!
    Kim xXx

  15. Thank you for joining us at Cupcake Craft with such a stunning creation ! Gosh you are clever ! Really outstanding ! Smiles from Catherine

  16. This is just absolutely adorable. Oh man you and I could have soooo much fun if we ever got together, lol. Awesome job!!!


  17. You rocked this project!! And look you getting it in on so many different challenges. You go girl. : )

  18. fantastic project,soo colourful and fun ,i love it,i want one for my roomn too.thanks so much for joining us at lexis creations and good luck in all the challenges
    lalkygirl x

  19. What a gorgeous project!!
    Thanks so much for joining us at The Creative Cottage and Pollycraft!
    Love Becky xx

  20. Great project..I just loove the birdies! tfs!

  21. WOW what a fantastic project!! Thanks for joining us at pollycraft xx

  22. This project is fab. Just read yr profile,I was in tears to read what happened to yr beautifull kids and I was in tears how blessed you are having twins and bring joy, happines and laughter into yr life. Now about the Crafters Companin challenge, if you go back on the blog there is a link just click on it and feel it out, it's not mr linky.
    Take care
    Ildiko x

  23. WOW Lisa! Too gorgeous! Beautiful!!

    Sammye Jo

  24. What a BEAUTIFUL project! you did an Awesome job!
    Thanks for joining us @ Peachy Keen!

  25. This is really fantastic! So creative! I love the huge flowers, the grass, the buttons. The whole project is beautiful! Thanks for joining the challenge at Peachy Keen!

  26. Wow, wow wow Lisa, this is such a stunning project hunny, how absolutely inspirational, and what a very clever girl you are! just adore this! thank you for sharing and joining in with the Creative Cottage Challenge this week. Please join us again next time, as ill look forwrad to visiting you again! hugs Linda x

  27. What a fantastic project - It is gorgeous.
    Thanks for joining us at the creative cottage this week
    ((hugs)) Suzie xx

  28. What a brilliant project and very clever too, thanks for joining us at Delightful Sketches.

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  30. Wish I could spell lol
    Such a gorgeous creation, really pretty.
    Thanks for playing along with Delightful Sketches and Lexi's Creations
    Anne x

  31. Fabulous, Lisa!! Love the little birds! Thanks for sharing with DCRU!!
    Cara DCRU DT

  32. Wauw, this is such a great project. What a great idea. I love it. Awsome!!
    Thanks for playing with us at DS.


  33. This is fantastic! Thanks for joining us at Delightful Sketches and Challenges.
    Julie x

  34. So beautiful and so creative! Great work!

    sweet greetings, Saskia :)

  35. So beautiful! LOVE your project, super idea!
    DCRU Hugs

  36. Absolutely stunning project.Really beautiful
    Thank you so much for joining us at Lexis Creations

  37. This is beautiful! Gorgeous flowers! Thanks for taking part in the MTTC challenge xx

  38. Girlfriend...this is fantastic!!!!!!!!!! WOW!!

    Big TPE and DCRU Hugs - LORi

  39. Yep, I'm FLOORED!!! SO PRETTY!!! thank you SO MUCH for playing along with us again at PKS...I always look forward to seeing your creations!!!

    big fat hugs!!!


  40. *Jaw hitting the floor* WOW WOW WOW! Lisa this is GORGEOUS!!! I totally LOVE it! So creative!
    Hey, ya know..that would look good on MY door too.LOL
    Thanks for playing along with s at Delightful Sketches and Challenges!

  41. Lisa this is so fun! I love altered products and recycling items, so this is right up my alley when it comes to projects. ;) Wonderful job with all the challenges, who would have thought that a fence and some cardboard would create something this fabulous? Thank you for joining us at DCRU this week!
    ~*Joni DCRU DT

  42. What a great project! Thanks for playing at Delightful sketches

  43. Lisa,

    Wow this is a wonderful project and just why I just added you to my Winners Post for the week and you are not just in the top 3 but also the Overall winner for this week!!!

    Congratulations this is wonderful and your "Story" also touched me very deeply I can not imagine what you have overcome to be where you are at today!!! I am pregnant right now with my 4th and most likely last kido and I am just so touched by your story and it makes you even more grateful than you already are for what you have in life!!!

    Congrats on your twins and on your WIN!!!

    Heather Schlatter - DCRU DT

  44. Fabulous project!
    Thanks so much for joining in with our challenge at MTTC this week!

  45. This is fabulous! Thanks for playing along at Lexi's Creations

    Hugs Lexi xxx

  46. OMG LISA!!! You certainly turned a common or garden ('scuse the pun)item into wonderful treasure. You are SO creative my friend. I've never seen anything like it. You have a great imagination sweety. It's lovely to have you playing along with us again too, sahowing off your wonderful creativity.
    Big hugs Viv xxx

  47. What an awesome project! Congrats on wining a guest DT spot at Lexi's

  48. This is gorgeous Lisa! I love the little bugs in the flowers. You are so creative!! Big hugs to you! Angelica

  49. BEAUTIFUL! LISA.. you should be so proud of yourself! THIS IS JUST AWESOME!! I LOVE IT!!
    :)Hugs to you my friend! Love, Kathy

  50. Lisa...wow! I love your project....who knew something one would throw out could become so wonderful!!!
    Congrats on your new appointment to practical scrappers DT>...I can't wait to work with you more there.