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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, August 30, 2010

Let's get ready to HOP!

I am so excited that the day has finally come!!! Peachy Keens new stamp sets are officially released and I can share them with you!!! We are celebrating with a super fun blog hop filled with lots of prizes. If you came here from Samantha's blog than you are right on track. At the bottom of this post you will see the stamp set that I am giving away along with the blog hop order in case you just came here without doing the hop. This is a long post filled with lots of pictures but since I am giving away a prize I didn't want to confuse anybody which post to leave the comment on.

For this Halloween treat bag I used PK-630 Nikkity Knack Cat Gang. These ghosts are just to cute! For the bag I used my Once Upon A Princess cartridge. I decided after I cut it out I didn't want to use the holes so I covered it up with ribbon

For this purple treat bag I used PK-631 Halloween Minis (hat) and PK-630 Nikkity Knack Cat & Gang for the spider. On the background I used PK-624 Halloween Background One.

For some reason when I saw this cat I wanted to do pink and black. I colored the eyes green with my Copics but it doesn't show up well in the photo. I embossed the image with Versamarker and black embossing powder. Stamp sets I used on this card are:
PK-630 Nikkity Knack Cat Gang &
PK-101 Medium Polka Dots

I also cut this bag out with my Once Upon a Princess cartridge. I just had fun with this one!

Supplies used:
Cuttlebug embossing folder
PK-631 Halloween Minis (sentiment)
PK-630 Kikkity Knack (bat)
PK-632 Halloween Sweet Folks
PK-615 Halloween Candlestick Delight (spiderweb and spider)
MS Grass punch & Iron gate punch

I found a piece of scrap paper in my bin or shall I say Scrap Heap and simply just folded it in half and worked with whatever I had. Actually all the project I am showing here today are made with SCRAPS! YIPPPEEE..
The apple is also from PK-632 Sweet Folks. After stamping & coloring it, I covered it in Liquid Glass from Close to My Heart.

Now don't forget to visit each of the blogs along the way..Lots of fun prizes to be won...not to mention some wonderful EYE CANDY with all these great creations!!! I will also be giving away PK-632 Sweet Folks (pictured below) to one lucky winner. Just leave a comment on this post and I will randomly pick a winner to win the adorable PK-632 Halloween Folk stamp set.

Now hop on back to Peachy Keen Stamps view all of the complete stamp sets. Each DT member will be giving away different stamp sets so make sure you stop on by their blogs for a chance to win!

In case you get lost along the way here is the blog order:

Lisa - That's me! You are here :)
PKS Blog

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Day 3 of Sneak peeks..Are you getting ready to hop?

It is almost here!!!!! Tomorrow the Peachy Keen Stamps Blog Hop will start!!!!!! All of the designers will be showcases the new stamps and we will all be able to show you the projects that we have been working on. You won't want to miss it because not only will you be among the first to see the new stamps, there will be lots of fun & prizes along the way.

Here is my last sneak peek for you...

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Day 2 of Sneak Peeks

I wish you could see how much fun I have when I played with these Peachy Keen Stamps. I just didn't know where to start and when to STOP! I don't want to..that's why!!! Here are two more sneak peeks of projects I made with the stamps. I can't wait to show you the WHOLE project and all of the stamps. I would love to be able to show you a project with each stamp that comes in each set...hhhmmm maybe some coffee will help me accomplish that...

Sneak Peek #3

Sneak Peek #4

Friday, August 27, 2010

Sneak Peeks & get ready to HOP!

OMG! I am splitting at the seams trying to contain my excitement about these brand new stamps from Peachy Keen Stamps. Halloween is one of my FAVORITE FAVORITE holidays. I just have sooo much fun making projects for Halloween. To celebrate we are having Sneak Peeks all weekend in order to get ready for our Blog HOp on Monday. There is gonna be loads of fun and prizes along the way so don't miss out!!

Lots of the PKS design team are giving out sneak peeks all weekend. I have several that I will be sharing with you for the next couple of days. And I am still working on a few more...we will see if I get them done in time!!

Here is Sneak Peek #1:

Sneak Peek #2:

I promise you........... you will not be disappointed when you see these new stamps! They had me wrapped around their cute little fingers the minute I saw them!

Friday, August 20, 2010

Stitching Challenge over at Practical Scrappers

I know what you are thinking....a Christmas card in August??? Well I am always so far behind I figured why not and get ahead of the game. I actually was just glancing thru my Winter Woodland Cricut Cartridge and came across this image. I have been trying to use my Design Studio more so I just started playing around. I welded the two shapes into a card. I then used two different snowflakes and inked them up with Stampin Up! ink. For dimension I added some pop dots to the second layer of the snowflake. The challenge this week over at Practical Scrappers is to use Stitching on your project. So I added stitching on the inner layer of the card with my sewing machine and then used my white gel pen to go around the scalloped edge and add faux stitching. I started to add ribbon to it but honestly it looked better plain and simple like it is so I left it. Now that I got some Christmas cards done...hhhmmm maybe I should work on actually getting them sent out!! HA

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Chance to win a $60 Gift Certificate!! YEs $60!

If you arrived here from Teri blog then you are right on track! If not, scroll down to the end of this post and there is the blog hop order to help you out.

Help us celebate our Sister Teri's one year anniversary this week! We are celebrating the beautiful digital designs she has been sharing with us for the last year over at Delicious Doodles. She is giving away freebies all week to to celebrate her birthday anniversary.
Her work is absolutely mind blowingly beautiful....if that is a word! She is an extremely talented person that I am proud to call my Sistah'. We are having a two week blog hop and have a fantastic prize to give away. CSNStores.com has donated a $60 gift certificate that you can use on anything you like. All you have to do is grab one of Teri's freebie images from her store and make a card or project. Once your done go back to the Sisterhood and link your project up to Mr. Linky & your done! This is such an awesome prize!!! But wait..........there's more! Leave a comment on my post telling which one of Teri's Stamps at Delicious Doodles was your favorite. I will then pick a winner and they will receive their choice of 3 of her GORGEOUS digis!!! Many of my sistah's along the way of the hop are giving away prizes so don't forget to finish the hop for more chances to win!

We are hopping for the next two weeks then we have a whole new round of challenges for you so be sure to make the rounds and come back to The Sisterhood September 1st for some fun! I can't wait to get those started. We are changing things up and have abunch of super fun things coming your way.

I used Teri's beautiful Monarch Butterfly. I picked this image because my friend loves Butterflies. I made the card simple without alot of foo-foo because it's not a good time for her. I just wanted to let her know that I am here for her. I used my Copics to color the image, then cut it out and popped it up with mounting squares for a little dimension. Once you are done here make sure to hop on over to Terri and show her some love!

Now you must start at The Sisterhood then make your way around and back again. We certainly hope you have a great time and enjoy checking out all the Delicious Doodle goodness!
[here's the lineup if you get lost along the way]

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Try this challenge for a $30 Prize!

Hello Everyone!

This is going to be a brief post because I just had some family leave and a new batch is coming. I have to clean up from wave #1 to get ready for wave #2!

This week over at Peachy Keen Stamps we have a great challenge. I gotta admit I had something totally in mind when I saw the sketch part of the challenge but I had to scrap it when I saw the color challenge. I kinda froze when I saw the colors because those are not colors I normally use so I was a bit worried. But afterall a challenge is a challenge right??? LOL! Well I had fun doing it. I am just starting to practice with my Copics and need to get the right ink/paper to prevent it from bleeding so you will have to excuse that in the card (bleeding of colors). Challenge #35 over at Peachy Keen Stamps is a sketch AND a color challenge. The prize is a $30 gift certificate to the PKS store..How cool is that????????? I wish I could enter!! Kathy is always coming up with new and fun images and I just want them ALL!!

Here is the challenge this week:

And this is what I came up with...

I wanted to add some more to the card but I had family come up for a visit then throw in some horrendous thunderstorms and I just ran out of time. I do love this image from PKS..She is sooooooo cute! I used Peachy Keen Stamps PK-780 Lulee's Swim Time. I colored her with my Copics then accented her with some stickles and my white Gelly pen.

Why don't you come on over and take the challenge with us??? If not, you gotta stop on by to see what my other DT friends came up with, they are FANTASTIC!! But that doesn't surprise me!

Friday, August 13, 2010

Practical Scrappers Summer themed challenge

Hello All! It is sad to say that it has taken me this long to start scrapbooking my husband and me. These pictures were taken on our honeymoon almost 10 years ago..this was also the last time I wore a bathing suit..sigh... I had so many pictures to try to fit in here that this was my only option. I am working on an adjoining page to this layout where I kept my favorite pictures bigger.

I completed this layout for the challenge this week over at Practical Scrappers. We had to use summer themed products on our projects. I am now on a mission to start doing more pages for "our" book. It is important not only to remember where we started and our journey together but it will be something for our children to cherish. One down...a gazillion more to go!

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Celebrating Back to School Sistah style!

Hello Everyone!!! This is alot of parents favorite season to celebrate...Back to School time! Now I know there are some that will sit home and sob for the first few days....I know I will!

Over at The Sisterhood Crafters we are celebrating the Back to School season. We are asking you all to make any project that has to do with the Back to School theme. I did a two page layout of my son Michael getting ready for his Early Intervention class. He had a speech delay so he would attend these classes two-three times a week. Unfortunately he didn't get past that onto regular school. But even for this my husband took off and we both cried..we were so proud of him. The picture of the back of my husband and son for some reason gets me everytime. I don't know why but that picture just makes me cry...it's one of my favorites. After his initial hesitation he LOVED going to IU20 (his school).

Here is what I came up with. I wanted to keep it simple. I also wanted to use up these stickers that I have had forever from Creative Memories.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

More Fun Challenges over at Practical Scrappers

Bling, Bling, & more bling! Here is my entry for the Practical Scrappers Online Crop party Bling It On - Challenge #8. For this challenge you need to use at least three different types of bling (Bling is anything that has a shine to it). I used metal charms, brads, beads, glitter, embossing powders, shiny embellishments...let's just say this LO has lots of BLING going on!

Next we have my entry for the Color Me - Challenge #1. We had to make a project with the color YELLOW being the dominant color.

Friday, August 6, 2010

Practical Scrappers Online Crop Party!

Whoo HOOO! Some more online fun with Practical Scrappers!! As I mentioned Practical Scrappers is celebrating their one year anniversary this week. On our message board (which you can get to by clicking on the Practical Scrappers badge on my sidebar, then on the MESSAGE BOARD badge on the left side of the page)we have loads of fun going on. There are some sketch challenges, color challenges and lots of fun themed challenges. I started today on some and I am having a blast.

For the Sketch Challenge #7 I came up with this layout for my friends album. I didn't do any journaling because I left that for her. I used paper from My Mind's Eye and embellishments from K & Company.

Next we have Seed Spittin' Challenge #3 where we had to do something with watermelons or the color of watermelons. Here is a quick and simple layout for that challenge:

Last but not least Clowning Around Challenge #2 I made a scrapbook page border, tag and mat to be put on a LO in the future. I made this one completely out of scraps!! Now that makes me happy!!

I am off to complete some more Cropping fun!! I know I am not going in order but I am never normal!! Come along and join us...lots of fun prizes along the way!

Happy 1st Anniversary Practical Scrappers!!!

Happy Anniversary Practical Scrappers!! PS is one year old today (in blog years) and they are celebrating all week long with different challenges everyday with the number "1" in mind.

Today over at Practical Scrappers we were challenged to make a project using the "First" of something. I choose to do a layout of my son's first haircut. My dad cut my son's hair and he was NOT happy. It was going good until my dad sprayed him with the water. I normally hate to journal on my pages because my handwriting is so bad but I am changing that. And I am glad I did on this one because I would of forgotten what made him cry! I tried to use a paper pad that I had bought years ago by Paper Pizazz. It is part of my new movement to start using stuff I have!!!!!!

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Celebrating the Month at the Sisterhood!

Good afternoon everyone!! This post was suppossed to go up yesterday but we had some bad weather and I had to shut down the computer. I didn't realize until now that it never launced so here it is!

Come celebrate the month of August with us over at The Sisterhood Crafters. This week we are challenging you to use these colors:

I am just starting to get my mojo back since I haven't been crafting for a couple of weeks. I wanted to make a simple card and since I am always soooooo behind I thought I would do a snail...kinda like sorry it took me so long card!

This is what I came up with:

I cut out the snail on my Cricut using the Create A Critter cartridge. I stamped her little face with my Peachy Keen Critter Faces medium stamp set. I embossed the plain white card with my herringbone Cuttlebug folder. Very simple but cute!

Stop on by and come take the The Sisterhood Crafters. You will love all the great samples by our DT and we would love to see what you came up with!

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

I'm back...(hopefully!) with Peachy Keen challenge #34

Hello Everyone! I am so sorry that I have not been posting and just kinda left everyone hanging. My littlest twin has been sick with 103 fever among other things so I have been a complete wreck. Considering what I have been thru in the past I have been in melt down status. She is finally coming around and feeling better but now I am dealing with teething times two and very little sleep!

I haven't been in my craft room for weeks and I am very far behind. I apologize for leaving several commenters/prize winners hanging but today is my first day back in the craft room and I am trying to play catch up so please bare with me.

During the Peachy Keen blog hop we released the new awesome Cottage Cutz dies by
The Scrapping Cottage and Peachy Keen Stamps. I had people leave comments and give me ideas what to make with the new dies. Well I randomly picked comments and created a few projects with them and it was fun. Well this week over at Peachy Keen Stamps there is a sketch challenge. I randomly picked this comment and tried my best to incorporate it into the sketch. I gotta say it was a hard one to try to put together but I somehow managed it.

This is the comment I picked:

**Treefrog** said...
Oh Lisa, all your designs are just too cute, love those yummy little gingerbread men and love the tags. Also love the penguins and the igloo, what a great idea for a card. I just love all of these dies but my all time fave is the froggie, I guess you can guess why. LOL Since I collect froggies, (have for most of my life, LOL) and we have Cows could you do something with the two of them. We have a small farm so you could throw in the flowers also since we have alot of wildflowers around here too, Hee Hee. Sorry to hear of your health issues and hope your feeling better soon. Take Care, Thanks and good luck to all!
Froggie ((Hugs)) Theresa

I laughed because I love frogs also. When my daughter Gianna was born she had these big ol' eyeballs for such a tiny little thing that she was. So ever since then she had the nick name of Froggie and has everything froggie. As she grew older she grew into her eyes but the nick name stuck.

This is what I came up with for this weeks challenge:

Congratulations TREEFROG!!! Since I picked your comment and tried to do something with your suggestion I am giving you a prize filled with Scrapping goodies. Please contact me with your mailing information so I can get it out to you. Thanks for taking the time to leave such a challeging request!! Hope you like it!