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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, April 28, 2011

Happy Mother's day

MOM, MOMMY, MOMMA those are the most amazing words to be uttered out of your child's mouth. One of those words that will bring tears to my eyes till this day. And some days make you cry your eyes out while you are tearing your hair out after hearing it repeatly for hours and hours. Being a mother of 2 children in heaven and 2 on earth is the most important and rewarding job I have ever done or ever will. When I walk into my twins room in the morning they have this huge smile on their faces like they haven't seen me in years when it has only been hours. Moments like those are what makes all the hard times of being a parent all the worth while.

So with that in mind, this week over at The Sisterhood of Crafters we are celebrating Mother's Day. We are asking you to make any project, gift, card, layout etc etc. to celebrate this holiday. I just got in a brand new paper line that I just adored so I had to use it. I made a simple card that would be easy to mail to my friend. I stamped something that I didn't like so I had to cover it up (hence the strips of paper) and I added another one to even it out. I was planning on doing a beautiful layout but I am so busy this week with volunteering I just didn't get it done. Which is also why this post is going up late!! It is almost 1a.m here and I am not even in my PJ's yet!

Well I am off to try to get in bed before 3am since I have to be up early and back at it again to go to volunteer.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

My laid back Hillbilly is LATE!!!!

What a big OOPPPSSS! Guess I was in the Hillbilly mood and I was laid back and easy going because I never posted my post! Sigh :( Sorry folks! It has been one crazy week here to say the least but that is my life.

I don't know if you all have seen the new Hillbilly Holler Stamps over at Peachy Keen Stamps. They are stinkin' adorable! For this set I used SY-900 Hillbilly Holler Set One. I had so much fun with these. I can't wait to play with the other sets. One of the things I love about them is their size. It is very easy to color the images especially for a Novice like me. The best part of it all is they are supposed to look rustic so when I screw it up it looks like it belongs there! LOL! I colored him in with my Prismacolor pencils, Stickles, and lots of Tim Holtz Vintage Photo ink. The challenge this week at Peachy Keen Stamps was a fun one!! It is our 50th Challenge so you need to use the color Gold somewhere in your project. I am not a big fan of gold so I find it hard to use sometimes but I guess it is just my Phobia of it. For my gold I used Gold Stickles, Gold Small Library clips from Stampin' Up! and gold embossed paper from DCWV. To mat my Hillbilly Holler I cut out some cardstock with my Nesties. Then I covered up the image that I stamped on the diecut with a scrap piece of paper. Since my little guy is banging away on his homemade Banjo I wanted to add some music so he could really look jamming. I took my Vintage Music background stamp from Market Street Stamps. I also added a touch of gold threaded yarn across the border. I sure hope you stop on by and play along this week. Trust me it will be worth it, wait to you see the prize!!!!!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

New Challenge over at the Sisterhood & a quick card

Hello Everyone! I say that with as much cheer as I can muster up after an especially grueling session of Boot Camp. Ugghh makes you think twice about eating junk food. There is a great new challenge over at The Sisterhood of Crafters and you get a chance to win some great prizes. The challenge this week is to make an Easter related project which is easy peazy because of the timing. One lucky winner will be elgible to win a great prize from AmberInk. After the week I had I didn't get my card done in time unfortunately but there is some great eye candy from our new Guest Designer Team as well as our Sisters so make sure to stop on by.

I also wanted to share with you this super quick and easy card I made from scraps and things in my arms reach the other day. I was making a card for the Market Street Stamps Color Cue challenge and had some leftover scraps so I decided to make a quick card with them. I also found a die cut that I had stamped for a previous card and it fit the colors perfectly so I used that to mat my butterflies. I stamped the cardstock with Vintage Wallpaper first as well as the butterflies. For the die cut I used Perfectly Pretty Grid to jazz it up a bit. I didn't put a sentiment on it because I wanted to add some cards to my stash that can be used for anything and this card fit the bill. It's simple but the stamps make it looks so pretty! Thought I would share it with you all. I am off to try to make the best of this miserable, dreary and rainy day!

Monday, April 11, 2011

My entry for the first color cue challenge

Maybe I am getting distracted by the 80 degree breeze coming thru my window or the screaming babies in the background but my card didn't come out the way I wanted. I always have a vision and somehow end up with something completely different. I thought the girls would sleep so I decided to work on a quick card for the very first Color Cue Challenge over at Market Street Stamps. I sure hope they allow more than one entry because this isn't what I had in mind..LOL For this card I used the Too Many Martinis background stamp and the Robo Love adorable robot. I didn't do such a good job coloring it and I didn't let the Liquid Glass dry that I put over it either before taking the picture...my bad :(

I also wanted to share with you these adorable quick and easy photo holders I made with Vintage Wallpaper and the Zebra Print background stamps. I spray painted the wooden cubes black and added a touch of cardstock for a bit of color. I know they are super simple but I just love them!

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Getting Sassy With Market Street Stamps

Okay I am soooooooooo in love with the new Market Street Stamps Zebra background stamp. I also got the new music note background stamp which is totally a MUST have. I ordered once 2 packages of DP just because I wanted the music printed paper that was in the assortment. Now I can make as much as I want. One of the things I love the most about Market Street Stamps is the size. They are so wonderfully huge you don't have to worry about trying to make the pattern match like some of the other stamps.

I recently purchased a Zebra print organizer for my desk. I am, well lets just say not gifted in the organization department. My husband recently told me that he need to build Monkey Bars just so I can get to my craft desk. So I decided to make some fun stuff to help me get organized. I wanted to keep it simple because it was going to be in a high traffic area (nice word for in the mist of a cluttered, chaotic mess of a desk). I made two of these caddys and used my Scor-tape to hold them together. I then took some Linen cardstock from PaperTrey Ink and embossed the Zebra print background stamp with black embossing powder. After I did that, I used two layers of Ultra Thick Embossing powder and that really changed it up a bit. Lined that with colored card stock.

Now I will say that I decided to use a hot glue gun to adhere the zebra print to the cardstock and the heat of the glue kinda made the embossing powder on the other side melt even though I did it the day before. So if I were you be very light with the glue gun or even better don't use it at all if you use UTEE or embossing powder. For the flower I used some scrap cardstock and stamped the Zebra print in Stampin! UP' Dusty Durango and inked up the edges.

This caddy holds all my Market Street Stamps perfectly. And it is all made out of paper! Beat the $30 I spent on the organizer I bought! On the other side I put some liquids, tools and tapes etc. I gotta say I love it. It looks so much better in person..sorry I just couldn't capture the pictures right. I am gonna make some more of these and fill them with cards, gifts etc...cause I am going WILD with my Zebra stamp...I just love it to bits!! You will not be disappointed I will tell you that!!

A Very Peachy Sketch

I don't know about where you all live but yesterday it was almost 80 degrees and beautiful (here in PA). Well today it is flippin' cold out, only about 40 degrees and its rainy and very dreary. Perfect day for crafting!!I just wish that Mother Nature would make up her mind!!

This week over at Peachy Keen Stamps there is such a great sketch. This has to be one of my favorite sketches because it has so many possibilities. I was gonna try to do one with watermelon and one for the 4th of July but I ran out of time.

Here is the sketch: And here are my two takes on it:

For the Thinking of You card I used the flowers from PK-286 Easter Patch and the Sentiment is from PK-284 Spring Bouquet . I used Copics, Stampin Up! Markers and Stickles to color in the flowers. For my adorable little Space Boy I used PK-643 Boy Mates 1-1/8" . He is rather large. I think I cut up out from the Everyday Paperdoll cartridge at 5". For the moon sand I just used my CTMH wavy cutter and stamped it with the new PK-150 Accessories ONE Assortment for the circles using one of the stamps that were supposed to be a pair of eye glasses. The sentiment is from Market Street Stamps BLAST OFF set. I had a package of clips on my desk that had pretty cardboard backing in it so I literally just stamped it on that..talk about being resourceful (I hate throwing things out!!) .

I hope to see your take on the awesome sketch. Remember you have two weeks to play along with this great challenge and to get a chance to win some awesome prizes!

Friday, April 1, 2011

Hopping along with Peachy Keen

Hello and welcome to another fabulous Peachy Keen Blog Hop. This release just knocked my socks off. I am sad that I didn't get to complete the rest of my projects for the blog hop, but I hope to for the future challenges.

I got to work with the adorable PK-278 Easter Basket Paint Fight. The grass is from PK-286 Easter Patch. My first idea was to make an Easter Egg coloring kit. I saved this old paint can container that held cookie cutters at one point and thought that it would be a great way to contain everything. I did not put the lid on the container because I realized that it had the name of the person I am giving it to and I don't want to ruin the surprise if they see it here. I thought it would be fun to fill the bucket up with a bunch of supplies to color Easter Eggs. For the matting I cut out the Glitter Cardstock (which will be available at PKS website) and white cardstock with my Nesties. To make my bunny soft & fluffy I used the Quickie Glue Pen from Peachy Keen Stamps and white Flocking. That glue pen is the bomb! It allows you to have such precision and gets into the smallest of spots. I literally just colored the spots in that I wanted with the glue pen and added the Flocking on top of it. A also used Stickles, Copics, White Gelly Roll Pen Medium Point and Prismacolor pencils. For some extra depth I covered the basket in Liquid glass by CTMH.

Next I decided to make a card to go with it. I used a piece of the glitter cardstock scrap to punch a decorative border, added some twine from The Twinery and an Epoxy flower. I cut out the mat with my Nesties and randomly stamped the paint splatters all over. I covered it in several layers of Ultra thick embossing powder and stuck it in the freezer for a couple of minutes to get that crackled look. The color of the images changed a little bit when I put the UTE over it. I then used mounting dots to bump up the image a bit. Simple card but a fun card.

This concludes the hop! Hope you had fun hopping along the PKS bunny trail and checking out all of the awesome creations. In case you just got here below is the full blog hop order...trust me you don't want to miss out on all of these awesome releases!

Blog Hop Order:

Lisa - http://our2angelsinheaven.blogspot.com/ - ** YOU ARE HERE **