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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, July 14, 2011

Cereal boxes + recycled tin = this!!

So I am a self professed hoarder of things. I keep every little thing that I can manage. Even the ribbons that come inside a shirt to help you hang them up, yep I cut them off and reuse them. I just can't bare to throw anything out. And the times that I do throw it out I find myself cursing myself or rummaging through the trash while shouting.."See I knew I should keep this! I knew I would use it!!"

Well I went to a charity auction and won a tin filled with Tastefully Simple items. Of course there was no way I would throw out the tin so I put it away for a future use (straw and all). I also have a stash of cereal boxes. I decided to go through my stash and use some of these things that I hoard. On this project I used only my scraps and boy did it feel soooooooooooo good to get rid of some of those puppies. Buried in my stash I also found a Sizzix star die. I became obsessed with Stars after my children were killed so I must of picked it up without thinking (didn't think it would work in my Cuttlebug since it was the Big die). The die cuts out each tip of the star so you can make it 3D. I did a layer of cereal boxes underneath and then a layer of my DP. Well one night I got to playing and this is what I came up with.

I used my Cricut Stand & Salute cartridge for the sentiment. I wanted to do another layer of the stars so I just searched for another star and tried to size it to fit in Design Studio. I stamped the sentiment with Perfectly Pretty Grid background stamp from Market Street Stamps. I distressed the edges with Tim Holtz Vintage photo then covered the whole thing with CTMH Liquid Glass. I added some stickles to the Stars to make them glitter a bit. I also used Vintage Sheet Music (also by Market Street Stamps) on the cream colored card stock in Espresso ink by Stampin' UP! For my flower I took my Nesties and cut out several layers of the scalloped circle in Kraft card stock from PTI. I used my Market Street Stamps Punched Tin background stamp and PTI Vintage cream ink. I had these thin strips of card stock left over so I ran them through a crimper and twirled them up (told you I don't throw anything away!). For the band I took a bunch of scrap pieces that were different sizes and cut them to the same width. I decided to make a ruffled look to hide all the different pieces being made as one. To help hold it all together I ran it thru my Janome several times in a zig zag design. Gosh I love using my scraps this way!!

It was really hard to get a good picture of this for some reason so sorry for the cruddy pics.

I am entering this into the following challenges:

Market Street Stamps ~ Red, white & blue

Little Darlings Challenges - buttons/brads/eyelets

Make it Monday with Kraft Outlet - Something Borrowed or Something Blue
Paper Creations Ink - Red, white and blue
Creative Inspirations - Red, white and blue
Fashionista Friday - patriotic
Cooking It Up With Katie - colors of your flag/something your country is known for
Our Daily Bread Designs - Red, White & Blue
Simon Says Stamp and Show ~ Stitching
Simon Says Stamps Challenge ~ Anything Goes

Not bad for something people would normally throw away!


  1. What a beautiful tin!! Love your flower and your decor!! Stunning red, white and blue creation. Thanks for joining the ODBD Shining the Light challenge!!

  2. Hi Lisa!

    I LOVE this! I love the ruffled band and the flowers with the crimped twirly things. Fab idea! I love how you added the extra edge to the tin with the cream card stock and an edge punch. It changed the whole look of the tin. The starts are really cool too, I might have to look for that star die.

    Ruthie :)

  3. Oh my goodness, Lisa! I absolutely LOVE this tin! There are so many beautiful details and I love the soft, rustic color scheme! Just beautiful, girl!!

  4. WOW, where would I even begin. I love all the background stamps you incorporated. All of the details are amazing. You are so good at making altered items - WOWZERS! Hugs- Glora

  5. Oh my goodness this is gorgeous....I love all of it.....will have to scrap lift this.....
    Thank you for your sweet comment on my blog.....I really do appreciate your visit......and I love coming to yours.....You are so inspiring....

  6. As usual Lisa, you leave me speechless with your creativity!!! This is fantastic!! Just like you! xxx

  7. Congratulations! Your gorgeous recycled tin was named the Shoe of the Week for FF#85!

  8. Very very cute project you made using recycles stuff!!! Who would have ever known that is what this is?! Love the colors, the stamping, the distressing and your end result!! The stitching on the cute ruffle certainly qualifies your piece for our Simon Says Stamp and Show Challenge. Thanks so much for joining us! <3 Candy

  9. Very cool project in red white and blue! very imaginative! Thanks for joining us at Paper Creations Ink this week!

  10. Cereal boxes??? You are one creative lady! Thank you so much for joining us at Little Darlings Challenges :-)


  11. gorgeous project, indeed very creative
    thanks for joining the PCI challenge this week

  12. Now that is one awesome recycling project! You did an amzing job putting this together. Sure glad you found all those wonderful scrappy parts and pieces. :-) Thanks for joining us this week at The Kraft Journal!

  13. beautiful creation love it Thanks for Joining us at Paper Creations Ink

  14. What a fabulous project this is! Love it for so many reasons....1. love patriotic 2. love recycling 3. love the sentimental value to you of the stars. This is gorgeous AND meaningful. Great job!
    Thanks for sharing this with us at The Kraft Journal.

  15. Lisa, this is beyond amazing! The colors the vintage feel, everything!! Thanks so much for joining us in the Color Cue Challenge!!!

  16. I am so happy you could join us on Simon Says Stamp Challenge and help us get over 1000 entries!!! Fabulous creation, really love your colours and gorgeous details. Good luck on our double give away!!!