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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.

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Some fun in this rainy, yucky weather!

Even though it is pouring rain, dreary and miserable out today I have a smile on my face! Today is the start of the blog hop that we are throwing in celebration of the Peachy Keen Stamps new September releases. OMG! When I say adorable I mean adorable!!! Mrs. Kathy never fails so amaze me. Every time I think she can't top the stamp I love, WHAM she hits us with more. To see all of the new releases click HERE.

Every designer was given a set to work with. I was given PK-637 Lisa Jean Halloween to use. This set has endless possibilities. I love that there is an extra arm that you can pose the witch in different ways. You could also use this as a "I'm sorry I have been such a witch lately" or something to that effect.

I started my image one late night after I came home from volunteering. It was one of those situations where I should of just walked away. I tried to save my poor little witch by using paint and flower soft for the hair. I just kinda slopped it on because I thought I wasn't going to use it. But when time got away from me I had to.

After I was done with the image I burned the edges and let it cool. Then I took a few more of the images from this set and stamped them on Shrinky Dinks and colored with my Prismacolored pencils. I wanted to get the witches legs into the cauldron which is how I came up with the idea to use Shrinky Dinks. I just love how the potion bottle came out! The amount of detail in such a small piece is amazing!! You will also see some guest appearances from the ghost and bat which are from PK-631 Halloween Minis & PK-630 Nikkity Knack Cat Gang.

This is what I came up with:

Now for the fun part! Each DT member along the way of the hop (see below for the full order of the hop) is giving away the stamp set that they used in their design!! How fun is that????? So if you just got here make sure to start at the beginning to leave comments on all of the posts to increase your chances of winning. We all pick our own winners so potentially you can win multiple times!! YIPPEE!!

All you have to do to win the set I am giving away is leave a comment on this post. How about telling us what your favorite Halloween costume was growing up??? The only ones I really remember were the ones my Mom made me. OMG..one year I was Wonder Woman and she had this star wallpaper that she wrapped around my boots, wrists and even made me a head piece. Then one year I was Raggedy Ann and I wore a red mop on my head...I loved it! I remember coming home with our sacks full of candy and all of us siblings would sit around a circle and barter & trade what we wanted and didn't want....How grand childhood is!

You have until October 4th to leave a comment to be eligible. I will then pick a winner and post it on my blog. If you do not contact me in one week I will have to give the prize away to another lucky person.

Click on the link below to keep on hopping. Below the button you will see the complete list if you have just joined us or got sidetracked along the way.

PKS linking to Kathy
Kathy linking to Viv
Viv linking to Kim
Kim linking to Lorie
Lorie linking to Heidi
Heidi linking to Janice
Janice linking to Joanna
Joanna linking to Nikki
Nikki linking to Erin
Erin linking to Emma
Emma linking to Ruthie
Ruthie linking to Sonia
Sonia linking to Samantha
Samantha linking to Lisa - YOU ARE HERE
Lisa linking to Angelica - CLICK HERE TO KEEP ON HOPPING!
Angelica linking back to PKS

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

It's that time again! Sneak Peek of whats to come!

It feels so good to be back! I have been gone from blogland for about 2 weeks and I am just starting to get back into the groove. I was volunteering about 12-16 hr days. It was exhausting but thank goodness I had someone I trusted watching the girls (she's a nurse!). Right before I left I got a new shipment of Peachy Keen Stamps in the mail. I was so excited but then I wanted to scream because I would be gone and not able to play. I only had a short bit of time to come up with my creation for the blog hop and I usually have a bunch to show you all but I just don't have the time this week. Especially because I just got my computer back yesterday...boy I missed this thing!

Anyways......... Here is a little snippet of what is to come.

Today is the last day of the sneak peeks and then tomorrow we start hopping. Peachy Keen is releasing the most adorable stamps. They are just to cute!! I wanted to play with them all and hopefully I will be able to soon. And what is even better is the PKS design teams have teamed up to Hop together and all who partcipate have oodles of chances along the way to win these great stamp sets!!!!! How cool is that!

I hope to see you all hopping along the PKS Blog Hop trail tomorrow! Wait to you SEE these stamp sets!!!!!!!!

Friday, September 24, 2010

Ribbon covered recycled project

Hello All!

When I was deciding what to make for the ribbon challenge this week over at
Practical Scrappers I just finished making some Crystal light..well actually the generic Walmart brand of it! I was holding the empty container in my hand and a light bulb went off. I went upstairs and found this huge roll of ribbon that I bought at Tuesday Mornings for $1.99. I didn't realize it but there was 25 yards in the spool and it was double sided. I was trying to use some of that up so I used mostly that and a few others to jazz it up a bit. I was gonna add some buttons or flowers but since it is in a heavy "traffic" area I didn't want anything bulky on it. I know this is simple but I just love how I took something I was going to throw away and made something out of it. What can you do with the ribbon in your stash? HHMMMM? stop and by and share with us!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

A Peachy new Sketch!

Hello everyone! This week is a VERY VERY busy week for me and I barely have time to post this. I am volunteering all week and starting tomorrow I am there basically from sun up to sun down and then some! So excuse this brief post.

This week over at Peachy Keen Stamps we have a great sketch challenge...but wait there's a twist! You must follow the sketch (below) but you have to use kraft card stock some where in your project. For some reason when I saw this sketch I saw a layout. I think I am the only one but I am never normal!! My daughters birthday just past and she would of been 7 years old. It has been a hard week for me but I kept busy and kept her in my mind by doing projects with her as the subject. I just love how this layout came out.
I picked up some new Cosmo Cricket DP and even some Glimmer mist for this project. You really can't make out the Glimmer Mist but I sprayed it on the flowers. The DP has a garden like theme so I decided to stay with that theme for the layout. I used my PK-641 Princess Faces for the adorable Caterpillar and for the Butterfly I used PK-741 Baby Animal Faces (fits the New Arrival cartridge).

Here is the sketch:

And this is my take on it!

Hope you have time to play with us for this challenge! Remember you have two weeks to play along and get a chance to win some great prizes! And don't forget our great blog hop coming up...you won't want to miss it!

Friday, September 17, 2010

Buttons, Buttons, who has buttons??

Hello everyone! We have a super fun & easy challenge this week over at Practical Scrappers. We would love to see what you can come up with using BUTTONS!

I took a wooden frame that I bought for a $1 from Michael's. I covered it in paper from CTMH and adhered it with Mod Podge. I then sanded it down and covered it in buttons from my stash. Some of the buttons are from PaperTrey Ink and the othes I have had so long I have no idea where I got them from or who they are from. I was going to paint it or add some flowers but I liked how it turned out just like it is. I have it on my desk in my craft room so I can look at my little Angel Annie whenever I am thinking about her. Very simple project but fun to do!

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

My forever Star - for the Sisterhood

Good afternoon everyone. It's challenge time again over at The Sisterhood Crafters. This week the challenge we have for all of our participants is to make something handmade as a gift for someone. It doesn't matter what it is, as long as it is handmade. Now I don't know about you ladies but I tend to have all these grand ideas of all of these projects so I go out and buy all of the supplies I need. But in reality what happens is all of those supplies sit ontop of the other supplies I bought for previous projects that I never completed or even attempted.

Well with this challenge I was able to cross something off of my "Bucket List". My daughter's birthday is this week and she would of been 7 years old. It is so hard to believe and even hard to believe that she is not here to celebrate it with us. So in her memory I decided to complete this star project for my sister. Ever since the kids passed away she has been obsessed with anything with stars. I bought these metal stars ions ago to decorate one for my son and one for my daughte. I was going to give them to her so she can put them on her wall and see them when she is really missing them the most. The only problem is, that I fell in love with the project so much I just don't want to give it away.....She may have to wait even longer.

I just picked out 5 pieces of coordinating paper which happened to be from My Mind's Eye. I made a template for each point (and side) of the star. I then used Mod Podge to adhere the paper to the star. The tricky part with this smaller star is to find pictures that would work. I trimmed each picture using another piece of paper and a Martha Stewart punch. I trimmed out the star with some threaded yarn ribbon that I have had in my stash for almost 8 years now. In the center I added 3 buttons to hide where all of the thread met. I also added some buttons on the points of the star. OOHH by the way, the buttons are from PaperTrey Ink. Now this is where some of you may laugh at me. I couldn't find chipboard letters that would match so I remembered the Staz-On ink pad that I bought awhile ago but never used. WELL I am HOOKED! I want to run out and buy every color!!!! The chipboard letters were glossy and they Staz-On ink had no problem covering it with ease. I distressed the edges and DP with some brown Stampin Up! ink. What is not shown in the picture was the ribbon I am going to add to the top of the star so it will hang properly.

I hope you liked my submission for this week's challenge over at The Sisterhood Crafters. I am also submitting this to the following challenges:

FabnFunky Challenge photo inspiration. I took the colors from the photo.
Creative Belli B themed embellishments
The ABC Challenge D is for Distressing
The Wild Flower Patch Use stripes
Ooh-La-La Creations Stripes
PaperPlay Time Variety
Craft Your Days Away Glittery & girly
Southern Girls Challenge Anything goes
Paper Sundaes Three embellishments

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Stuck on U Sketch challenge!

I am happy that I finally got to do a challenge. The minute I saw this sketch over at StuckOnUSKetches I just fell in love with it!! I wanted to try to get two done with this sketch but that didn't happen. I actually have had this LO done for over a week and I totally forgot to post it!!

Friday, September 10, 2010

White core card stock challenge

Happy Friday everyone! This week over at Practical Scrappers we have an awesome challenge for you. Break out your white core or colored core cardstock and see what you can whip up. I sat down at my desk and was contemplating what I was going to make. I challenged myself to make a card with whatever I could find on my desk. Good thing I am not a neat scrapper!! I had all these things left over from previous projects. I found the piece of brown CTMH card stock and scored it on my Scor-Pal, then sanded it lightly to bring out the white core. Really simple and quick but it used up more of my scraps and that makes me happy. Well I am off to create!! Hope you join us this week!!!!!

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Peachy Keen Color & Sketch Combo

Happy Tuesday everyone! Hope you all had a nice, relaxing holiday weekend. It is time for a new Peachy Keen Stamps challenge! This week there was a sketch & color challenge. I was a bit skeptical about the colors to be honest. But then I thought hey that's why they call it a challenge right?? And you know every time I think I can't do that or use those colors I am very surprised at the outcome and how cute it was. I did a LO of one of my twins during bath time. I put her name on the tub so there would be no question on which one it was!

Here are the colors & sketch we had to use:

Here is my take on it:

Supplies used:

Vellum stickers for the bubbles
Rhinestone accents
New Arrival cartridge
Everyday Paper Dolls cartridge
K&Company melon frame
PK-741 Baby Animal Faces This stamp set is great. All the faces are made to go with the New Arrival cartridge. The faces that cut out are less than desirable in my mind so I am very happy to own this set!

Friday, September 3, 2010

White Pen Challenge over at Practical Scrappers

This week over at Practical Scrappers we have a super fun and easy challenge to use a white pen on your project. There are soooooo many different ways to use a white pen. I personally have 4 of them because I can not be without them! I used the pen on her eyes, teeth, outfit and to add faux stitching around the border.

I used Sailor Honey from Sassy Studios. I just love her stamps. I have one in the works for my brother..right up his alley! I can not draw so I love when artists like this do all the work for me!! I used my Copics (still learning) and my Prismacolor pencils to color this image.

I hope you stop on by and play along with us this week!!