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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, August 23, 2011

Charmed I'm sure ....

I know I am FAR from normal so why would my brain think in a normal way right?? LOL
When I saw the new release from Peachy Keen Stamps PK-335 Christmas Heads the first thought that popped into my head was Wine charms. I hate going to a party and not knowing what glass is mine or hosting a party and having a bunch of wasted drinks because people get confused or lose their drinks. So I came up with this idea of using this set as wine charms. I found a tin that I had in my stash that I thought would be perfect to store them in.

I followed the sketch for the front of my tin for the challenge part this week. I grabbed whatever scraps that were within my reach and came up with this. I used Scor-Tape and MS glitter for the trim around the top lid. For the charms I stamped all of the outlines of the heads from PK-335 Christmas Heads on clear shrink paper. For the faces I used PK-482 Winterwonderland Assortment and PK-484 Snowmany Faces Assortment. Unfortunately some of the ones that I colored the best I broke last minute trying to put a bigger hole in them. A very important step is to make sure you put the proper size hole in the shrinky dinks before you shrink them!! I colored the faces with my Prismacolor pencils and my Copics.

I started to put the beads around the silver loop but my girlies woke up and my craft time was done. Itty bitty beads and little toddlers do not mix! I will be coming up with a better idea for packaging them inside as well as adding the beads but I hope you get the idea of what I was aiming for here. I think this would be a cute hostess gift or a great holiday gift to just about anybody. It doesn't have to be for alcholic drinks.

Some of the other supplies I used were:
DS65-3 SnowWriter for the puffy snow on the snowmans hat
Paint Writer in Christmas Red for the band on the Snowman's hat on the front of the tin
And some pear paint to accent the snow on the hat and inside of the buttons

Friday, August 19, 2011

Animal House!

I bet you all thought I was talking about my house!!! Well it is not an animal house more like an insane asylum. LOL!!

I decided to play along with Peachy Keens Let's Face It Friday challenge this week. The theme they chose was ANIMALS. I wanted to use the stamps that they are giving away as a prize PK-755 Critter Faces Large Set. Since Fall is my favorite time of the year I picked the flippin' adorable turkey. I grabbed a tag that I had already cut out and worked with that. He is just to darn cute! To bad I didn't have a wobble to put him on because it would of went great with the sentiment...Wobble til' you Gobble!! That's pretty much what I do everyday..no need to wait to Fall to do that! LOL

I sure hope you play along and show us the "animal" inside you!

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Having fun with my new PKS stamps!!

Hello everyone in blogland! Here in PA it in a rainy dreary day..ugh! But on the bright side of things Peachy Keen Stamps just released a bunch of absolutely AMAZING & ADORABLE stamps. I tell you, everytime I think they can't get any cuter they do!! I did one project before I got the new stamps and once I got the new sets I just had to create something with them so I came up with another one. For both projects I used scraps and recycled materials.

The sketch to follow was:

For the first project I was playing around with some cookie ideas to give out at Christmas time. The first cookie I made was HUGE so I came up with a simple and quick packaging idea that holds only one cookie.

Here is the package I came up with:

Side View:

And here is they ooey gooey yumminess that is on the inside.

All the paper I used are scraps. The big red bow came from a pajama set that I got for Christmas (and of course I saved the ribbon). I was so proud that I was actually able to tie a bow. After I put it together I realized that the bow blocked the part top of the scalloped top border (as scene in the sketch) but I was so excited about my bow that I couldn't change it.

The snowflakes are from PK-232 Large Snowflakes. I stamped them with two contrasting colors. Next I covered them in several layers of Ultra Thick Embossing powder and hung them on some twine.

Another one of my hobbies is hoarding I mean recycling. A friend of mine gave my girls some clothes for their birthday and they came in these great sturdy boxes. The twins destroyed one box and my husband went to throw the other box out and I grew wings, flew across the room and said don't you dare!! For some reason I decided to decorate the box in a Christmas theme with the new PKS stamps (perfect timing). Then inside will be a Christms photo album that will be taken out every Christmas and displayed as part of the decorations.

Items I used for this photo box:
PK-334 LauriLoves Skip Faceless Elves
PK-417 Faceless Gingerbread Doll face stamp for the girl Elf
PK-277 Vivienne & Friends for the turtle toy and the doll in the Santa bag
PK-205 Feed, Santa or flour sacks for the toy bag
PK-332 Peachy keen Santa Set for the sentiment
Tim Holtz Brick embossing folder
Various stickers & embellishments
Prismacolor pencils
Graphic 45 paper
Joys of the Season Cricut cartridge for the fireplace

The only bummer is that covered the elves in 3 layers of UTE and when I glued them down they cracked a bit. I should of just stuck with one layer but oh well!!

Friday, August 5, 2011

Shaped Cards

Hello Everyone!! Hope you are all having a great morning. I decided to join in on the LFIF Design Team's challenge over at Peachy Keen Stamps. They were asked to make a shaped card.

Well I tried my hand in welding on my Design Studio to make this card. The headstone is from Wrap It Up and the ghosts are from Simple Charmed I believe. For the faces I used PK-691 Make A Monster Face stamp set. I started out with coloring the ghosts with my copics. I distressed the edges with grey ink and then for some reason I decided to use Tim Holtz's antique linen distressing stain. When this is applied it makes it kinda damp so I crumpled them up a bit. I think I liked the ghosts better before the stain but oh well!! Since one of the ghosts were laughing and looked up to no good I decided to put a ball and chain around the other ghosts well I can't say legs but his little tail I guess you would call it. The ball and chain is from the Wedding cartridge...LOL go figure! This is such a fun challenge and I had sooooooooooo many ideas for it. I hope you guys decided to play along.