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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, February 23, 2011

Using Market Street Stamps at the Sisterhood

I don't know about any of you but I constantly make up challenges for myself while crafting. For some reason I get a kick out of it and it forces me to see what I can do.
Well the other day I received my order of Market Street Stamps that I placed. I was blown out of the water first by how quickly it got to me but then I opened the package and simply fell in love. I ordered three of their background stamps and could NOT believe how fabulous they were. They were HUGE!!!!! One of the bad things for me using background stamps is matching up the design if I need to do a large area. Well with the stamps from Market Street Stamps I don't have to worry about that. The background stamp coveres an A2 (4 1/4 x 5 1/2) sized card perfectly with room to spare!! I couldn't wait to start playing with them but then I realized that I didn't have a block big enough to fit the stamp. BUT NO FEAR HERE!! On Market Street Stamps blog there is a tutorial how to use the stamps without blocks. You can click HERE to see that tutorial. I used my Scor-Mat and it worked PERFECTLY!!

In today's world we are all so quick to complain when something is wrong or to our disliking. Very few people actually will call a company or a store manager when they are delighted with the product or service. So I decided I am going to do just that. This is where challenging myself comes in. I wanted to share how awesome these stamps are with everybody. I challenged myself to only use Market Street Stamps and scraps...nothing new..

There is a great challenge this week over at The Sisterhood of Crafters. This is a great way to use up some of your stash. The challenge is to use Ribbon & Brads on your project. Starting with this challenge I decided to do a little "Shout out" about Market Street Stamps and on how happy I am with their stamps. Also to show how one stamp can be so versatile and used for sooooo many projects/ideas. I just saw their sneak peak of a new release called "Vintage Wallpaper" so I know I will have to add that one to my cart...SHHHHH!

Ok so on to my challenge to myself & The Sisterhood of Crafters. The first stamp I decided to showcase this week was Perfectly Pretty Grid background stamp. This card was a simple card that I came up with using what I could reach on my desk. I used my favorite cardstock from PaperTrey Ink in Dark Chocolate. Next I stamped the Grid with Versamarker ink and Ultra thick embossing powder. Found some scrap pieces of paper also within my reach (sigh..I am not a neat crafter) and some rub-ons. I also had a container of flowers I was gonna use on another project but never did. They were kinda bland so I stamped the flower in red with the Grid background stamp to jazz it up a bit. Added the brad and ribbon for the challenge over at the Sisterhood and I was done. Easy Peasy! I love stamps that do that!!

I am did another project using scrap paper within my reach. I stamped the grid onto some yucky DP that I had on my desk and punched it out with my scallop punch to make a beautiful flower! I didn't like the paper before but now I just lllooovvveee it!
Plus I used up more of my scraps!! YIPPEE!!

Tune in tomorrow to see some more fun projects I used with my Perfectly Pretty Grid stamp. After that I have 2 more background stamps to showcase...Is it wrong to be having so much fun??????


  1. OMG!! These are just amazing Lisa!!! I LOVE both cards so much. You did Angelica proud with these two my lovely friend!!! Viv xxx

  2. These are both gorgeous! I absolutely LOVE them!!!! Hugs- Glora

  3. Lisa I love what you have done with the grid stamp! I love the background stamps and Vintage Wallpaper is going on my wish list.

  4. GORGEOUS! Lisa! You've outdone yourself. I'm so proud to call you my friend!! Love you!! Angelica

  5. BEAUTIFUL cards, LISA! I'm so glad you liked the tutorial and took a chance with the background stamps- they are sooooo AMAZING! They're pretty addicting, too!

  6. These are awesome!

    so glad that you are loving your stamps...and YES - get that Vintage Wallpaper stamp. You will not be sorry!


  7. those cards are so brilliant!

    love especially the sewed border and the big flower...

    very lovely background-styles!

    hugs and kisses from germany,
    silvi xoxo