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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.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Encouraging words Peachy Keen Style!

There was a saying that I saw awhile back and for some reason I just loved it. After what all I have been through it really comes into play now. So when we were given the challenge of making a card over at Peachy Keen Stamps with encouragement as a theme this was the first thing that popped into my head. The saying is:

"When life gives you lemons...make lemonade".
I have heard it .."when God gives you lemons.." also but either way works for me. In that case I need to see up a lemonade stand on the corner because I will be making lemonade for a VERY VERY long time. But I figured that if I will be forced to make lemonade for the rest of my life I am going to make it the best darn lemonade I can! We can not control sometimes what life gives us. We have to take it and deal with it no matter what. Your life is what you make out of it. Not that I asked to be dealt the hand I was dealt but I was. Now it is up to me to make the best I can out of it.

I came up with this card. This was as encouraging of a statement that I could think of. Even when things look really bad, somehow, somewhere there is a light at the end of the tunnel.

I loved the color scheme on this paper. I know the sentiment is hard to see in the photo (sorry!). I was "encouraged" to actually weld something in my design studio. I took a scallop tag and welded it into a card.

I added Liquid glass to the lemondade glass but it doesn't show up very well in the photo. For my stamps I used PK-460 Happy Lashes Assortment. The size I used on the lemons was the 1 3/8" which is the biggest one that comes in the package.

I sure hope you come on by and play along with us this week. There are some AMAZING prizes to be won!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

What are you Thankful for?

Fall is my favorite time of the year. I just love the colors the "light" (and I stress light) chill in the air. It is also the season of "Thanks". Many of you may not celebrate Thanksgiving but you of course are Thankful for something. The challenge over at the challenge over at the The Sisterhood of Crafters this week is about being thankful. Even with the hard times I have gone thru I know I am blessed and very thankful for many things.
Why don't you stop on by The Sisterhood of Crafters this week and share your "Thankful" or Thanksgiving inspired project. Maybe even share your thoughts on what you are most thankful for.

Here is a quick card that I came up with that I will give to my neighbors attached to some baked goods. I had to keep it simple since I was making so many of them but I will dress it up when I attach it.

Hope to see you over at the Sisterhood!

Monday, November 15, 2010

My Peachy New Winner!

Thank you all for hopping along with us to celebrate the November releases over at Peachy Keen Stamps. I wanted to log on to pick the winner of the PK-331 Our 2 Angels In Heaven stamp set. I also wanted to take a moment to thank each and everyone of you for your beautiful comments. I would love to email you all directly but my little girlie goo's tell me that I do not have the available time to take off in order for me to do that! LOL But I read everyone of them and they were very touching and comforting. So please accept this big ol' cyber hug from me!

Now on to the winner of the PK-331 Our 2 Angels In Heaven stamp set.

Drumroll please ...........................

And the winner is:

SueNJ said...
Lisa, your card and story touched my heart! I am now a follower and would like to share this on my blog as well. Being a preschool Sunday School teacher makes your strength resonate. May you be blessed beyond measure for your compassion and wonderful spirit.Happy Scrappin'Sue B

Friday, November 12, 2010

It's finally HERE!!! Let's hear it for Peachy Keen!

Can you tell how excited I am??? I have been counting down the minutes till I could see all my fellow DT's projects with these great stamps. I have only seen the sneak peaks just like you all. And just by the little tidbits I know they are going to be great. Since you all probably have seen most of them along the hop, you know what I am talking about!! I unfortunately haven't been able to play with all of them yet and I am DYING to!!! sigh...

As you know along the hop each DT member has a stamp set that they made a project with for this release. They will also be giving that stamp set away (the one that they created the project with). If you count them you will have 14...yes 14 chances at winning one of these great sets.

Now on to my stamp set! Awhile back Kathy from Peachy Keen Stamps called me and told me that she has designed a stamp set of two angels in memory of my children who passed away in a tragic car accident Feb. 19, 2007 at the ages of 3 & 5. It has been a horrible struggle to deal with this loss but when someone does something kind like this I am just blown away. Of course I was crying like a baby (much like I am doing now ). She also knew that I sell things to help raise money for several children's charities ever since my kids passed away. So not only did she design the set in honor of my children she is donating $15 of the sale of this stamp set to the charity of my choice. I will be picking the Make-A-Wish foundation to help grant children's wishes that are extremely ill. What is great about this, is that I have already spoken to the Chapter in my area and I will be able to know the story on the child (hopefully more than one)and the wish we were able to grant. I can't imagine what goes on in a child's head when they are facing such a horrible battle but I can see the smile on their face when they get their wish fulfilled. Not only will they have forever memories, their families will to. No parent should ever have to see their child suffer.

The stamp set was lovingly named PK-331 Our 2 Angels In Heaven . This is the stamp set that I used and will be giving away as well. PLEASE forward the information on about the stamp set PK-331 Our 2 Angels In Heaven to anyone you think maybe interested since the profits from this set will be donated to charity. It would put a smile in my heart if we were able to grant a terminally ill child's wish. Thank you all in advance for you support!!!

Unfortunately when I made my card showcasing this stamp I wasn't feeling so well. That made me feel worse that I didn't do a good job, especially on such a special set but I promise to try better next time.

Here is the set. As you can see, it comes with a bunch of great sentiments so you can use this year round.

In case you get lost, here is the order of the blog hop.

Lisa - You are here
All you have to do to win this beautiful stamp set is leave a comment on this post. I will pick the winner by random on the 15th of November. You will have 3 days to contact me to claim your prize, if I don't hear from you another winner will be chosen.

Thursday, November 11, 2010


OH My Word! Everytime I think I have my favorite PKS Stamp I get blown away by new ones that Kathy has drawn up. Just wait...Just wait till you see these November releases!!! They are just tooooo cute! I just wanna pinch their checks!! There are so many great and different ideas that you can do with each one. They are not just for the holidays.

There is something also VERY VERY SPECIAL going to be released tomorrow and I can't wait to share that with you. It is extremely close to my heart and I have known about it but I haven't been able to share it with you. It had me in tears (sniff, sniff as I am now)..OK can't say anymore...You will have to tune in tomorrow for the full story. But for now here is a little sneak peak.

To see all of the sneak peaks you can click on the banner to the right on my sidebar. You are going to be blown away with what all the PEACHES from the Orchard have been working on with the new releases!! You won't wanna miss the Blog Hop tomorrow because there is OOOODDDLLEESS of fun stuff to win. Peachy Keen just has the best blog hops. Not only do you get some amazing inspiration you have so many chances to win. Don't forget to shine your shoes tonight for the hop tomorrow!! Remember you got to be in it to win it!!!!!!!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Sugar and Spice and everything nice!

Hello Everyone! Sorry for this late post but I have been dealing with a situation that has been brought to our attention this morning. I plan on posting it tomorrow because people need to be AWARE of people like this in Blogland!! It is disgusting that people would do this. So tune in later or tomorrow for the news.

On to the good stuff! There is a new challenge over at Peachy Keen Stamps Challenge blog. For this challenge we had to follow this sketch below. I started out with a layout and had it almost done. But time got away from me and in my twisted mind I thought it was easier to start all over on something else.

Here is the sketch.

And this is what I came up with.

The supplies I used were:
PK-411 Lil' Gingerbreads and phrases - for the sentiment
PK-406 Sugar 'n Spice Ginger Girl
October Afternoon DP
Papertrey Ink Kraft Card Stock
Papertrey Ink Pure Poppy ribbon
Prismacolor pencils
StazOn ink
white gel pen
Liquid applique
Martha Stewart border Punch