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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, 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


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  2. Oh my goodness, gorgeous star and what a GREAT Idea!!! Thanks for participating in the Paper Playtime challenge.


  3. Oh wow absolutely beautiful and so different very creative Thank you so much for joining us at ooh la la this week

  4. what a beautiful star,love all the details,thanks for joing us for southern girls very first challenge

  5. So very pretty and what a great gift! Thanks for joining us at Paper Sundaes!

  6. What a beautiful creation! I love it! Thanks for playing in paper with us this week at Paper Playtime. :) Janis

  7. this is amazing lovely piece of work adore the star shape - thank you so much for joining us on abc this challenge
    vicky x

  8. This is fabulous!! What a gorgeous way to display those precious photos!!
    Barb :)

  9. Beautiful work of love. I cannot IMAGINE your experience. Oh my.

  10. Wonderful work!! This is an amazing project! Thanks for playing along with us at The Wild Flower Patch!

  11. Just beautiful Lisa, love the papers you have chosen. I can see why you would want to keep it - very special. Thanks for playing with us at SGC.

  12. This is a beautiful project and a wonderful way to showcase such precious photos. Thanks for joining us at Southern Girls this challenge.

  13. This is absolutely gorgeous, what a beautiful project. Thank you for joining us at Craft Your Days Away and good luck with the challenge xxx

  14. Wow, this is absolutely fabulous! Love it!
    Thank you for playing with "Paper Sundaes" this week!
    hugs Nana

  15. This is a wonderful project! I don't blame you for not wanting to give it to your sister.

  16. I absolutely love it! How beautiful it will look hanging on the wall. God Bless your little angels and God Bless you for all your inspirations- through paper and through living!!

  17. Great Job ! This is soooo adorable !

    Thanks for joining our challenge at Paper Sundaes !

  18. Oh what a gorgeous project. I love the idea of the star, it's beautiful and the photos are adorable, no wonder you can't bring yourself to part with it yet. Thanks for joining us at Fab and Funky this week x

  19. Fabulous project! How wonderful to celebrate the life of Anne-Marie! Thanks for playing the Belli Challenge!