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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, July 13, 2011

While the Cat's away the Mouse will Play!!

I don't know what it is but I feel like I am a kid left alone for the first time while my parents went on vacation. My husband is away on business and I am home with the girls. Now he is pretty much either working or sleeping most of the time anyway but for some reason just because I know he is away I feel all giddy like I am sneaking or something..LOL

So while the girls watched Toy Story for the gazillionth time I decided to get a card done for some challenges. This will be my second post for the day!! WOOT WOOT!
My fellow Sister Darlene from the Sisterhood has always inspired me with her cards and the look of them. She has such an amazing flare for vintage style cards. I always admired them but it was out of my comfort zone. So today I decided to try to do something a little different and this is what I came up with. This one is for you Dar!

This is my first attempt at something like this and I gotta say I know it's not the best but it is growing on me. I just love, love these papers. Here is how I made this.
First I took some Terracotta card stock from PTI for the base. Then I took some Rustic Cream cardstock also from PTI and stamped it with my Market Street Stamps Vintage Wallpaper in Bermuda Bay ink by Stampin Up!. I roughed up the edges and distressed it with Tim Holtz's Pumice stone and then Vintage Photo. I sewed all around the edges in a zig zag pattern and matted it in dark colored cardstock. Then I stamped Vintage Sheet Music (also by Market Street Stamps) in Espresso ink and distressed the edges.

I sewed around the inside in a straight pattern then layered it over the Vintage wallpaper background. Next I used some Graphic 45 Steampunk DP for the main image and matted that. I wanted to add a different element so I used a flower die from PTI to cut out several flower shapes out of felt. For an added touch I used my Staz-On ink in Timber brown and my Market Street Stamps Punched Tin background stamp. Folded them in several layers and used hot glue to adhere them. Finished it off with a PTI Terracotta button and twine..WALLAA it was done. I had so much fun doing this card, I hope you like it.

I am entering this card into the following challenges:
Simon Says Stamp and Show ~ Stitching
The Pink Elephant ~ Felt
PriscillaStyles Midnight Madness ~ Sketch
Simon Says Stamps Challenge ~ Anything Goes
Going Grey With Scrap-Creations ~ 2DP's & 2 embellishments
Jac-Inks Papercraft Challenges - Die-cuts Plus Texture
Shopping Our Stash - Use something you've been hoarding or your newest products
Lollipop Crafts - July challenge - Anything goes
One Stitch At A Time - Anything Goes


  1. Gorgeous vintage look!
    Thanks for joining us at OSAAT!

  2. OH WOW - My friend Darlene is going to LOVE that card! Thanks for joining us on the Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge this week!

  3. Hello. Your card is WONDERFUL! If that is your first attempt at something like that....then girl, you nailed it! Love the colors and papers you used. Very vintage and beautiful! Thanks for sharing your card with us at Simon Says Stamp and Show Challenge. <3 Candy

  4. Just love this - the papers, layering, stitching. Great vintage mood and fabulous images. First time? You're a natural - enjoy the sneaky feeling too! Just read your story too and was moved, amazed and blown away. Wishing you all much happiness, healing, many blessings and a lifetime of memories.
    Thanks for sharing your work with us at Simon Says Stamp and Show Challenge.

  5. This is gorgeous! What talent and love the vintage/steampunk look! Thanks for joining the challenge at Simon Says Stamp & Show.

  6. Gorgeous piece, and the first time...you would never know! Thanks for joining the Simon Says Stamp and Show Challenge!

  7. Hey Lisa! Hey Lisa! Thanks for catching the linky thing on the MME blog. I'll let someone know who can fix it! :)

  8. Love the vintage romantic theme to this card! Very cool! Thanks for sharing your work with Simon Says Stamp!

    :) Fran
    Simon Says Stamp

  9. Lisa, I have to tell you that I read your "About Me". I have to say, I was so moved by your story. That is just not the way life is supposed to be. Such a tragedy. Thankfully, God has once again blessed you with two beautiful little girls. I pray that He will protect your sweet family and shower you with His blessings. Your story made me want to go and kiss my grown children and hug my precious grandbabies a bit tighter. I've already commented on your piece for Simon Says Challenge. It's wonderful! <3 Candy

  10. lovely card
    thank you for joining us this week over at OSAAT
    love Jan

  11. This is a beautiful card. Thanks so much for joining us for the Midnight Madness sketch challenge.

    "priscillastyles" DT

  12. Your card is amazingly beautiful! I love this style and I think you captured it perfectly :)
    Thank you for playing along with us at The Pink Elephant!
    hugs, margie

  13. WELL!!! You've gone and done it again haven't ya!!
    WHY you haven't done this before is beyond me 'coz it looks like you were born to do this type of card. Lisa, this is a piece of ART love!!! xxx

  14. Wonderful project, thanks for playing with us this week at OSAAT for our “Anything Goes” Challenge.

    Good luck with the draw, we hope to see you play along with us in August for our “Pretty in Print” contest. I have some yummy candy to Celebrate too.

    xoxo Marjo

  15. Wonderful card!! Love the felt flower. Thank you so much for playing along with us at The Pink Elephant!!

  16. Love your card..Such a pleasure to visit your blog. Thank you so much for joining in the fun this week at the Midnight Madness sketch challenge.
    MMSC Hostess

  17. wonderful! Love the image, papers and lace too!
    Thanks for joining us at Shopping Our Stash!

    Hugs, Alica ;)

  18. Hoot! Hoot! WOWZA girl ... this is FABULOUS!!! I am truly overjoyed that my work has inspired you and twice as happy that it's also won you some recognition at the challenge sites!!
    You did an AMAZING job with this style ... don't underestimate yourself ... this is just PERFECT!!! I can't wait to see more!
    I say your name pop up over on MMSC as one of the winners but didn't take the time yet to check it out ... MY BAD!!!
    I just don't know what else to say other than . . . WELL DONE GIRLFRIEND ... this is WONDERFUL!

  19. I'd say you are a natural at Vintage. Love the look and all the details and embellishments. Also love that you've used so many techniques in your card. Such a creative solution. thanks so much for sharing your talent with us at jac-inks challenges.