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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, October 18, 2011

Peachy Keen Sketch CHallenge #63

Good morning everyone! I am having such a wonderful time in Peachy Keen Wonderland here in Green Bay. It is such an amazing feeling to be sitting with people you have admired for years but have never met. It was worth every penny and stress to be sitting here amongst some of the most genuinely beautiful friends I have ever had.

OK, let's get to the Tuesday Challenge card, (now I've shared how happy I am to be here with everyone),
Here's my card, which I've combined with the second day of the blog hop, using the new stamps from the mini blog hop . (You can find it HERE)
My card uses PK-694 Uglies 'Face Assortment'

Please excuse the short post as I'm on Lorie's PC and trying to get this to you from Wisconsin! Whey Hey!! (Sorry, but I'm having such an amazing time, lol )!
Please go to the Peachy Keen blog for all the details and the (Sketch of course).

Thanks for visiting!!

Monday, October 17, 2011

Peachy New Release Blog hop

HELLO from Green Bay, WI!!! Yes I am here in the Orchard, Peachy Keen headquarters. I have died and gone to heaven. I just don't know where to go first. I now know what Charlie felt like when he won the Golden Ticket and got into Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory. I got carpet rash on my chin from it dragging all over the floor!!! I just couldn't shut it. I was in complete awe so it was hanging wide open the whole time. If I thought she was fabulous via the "internet" you have to see her and her stuff in person. WOW WOW WOWSERS!

Peachy Keen just launched a new mini release and they are just to darn cute. I was so busy getting ready for the hop I just didn't have time to play with all of them.

Lorie our fellow DT member has released her own line of stamps called Country Bumpkin stamps now being sold at Peachy Keen stamps. They are so adorable! You probably have seen most of them by now along the hop but if not you must go to the PKS store to check them out.

So to celebrate them both we are having this blog hop! If you came from Samantha's blog then you are right on track. At the bottom of the post I will list the complete blog hop order if you get lost along the way or just arrived here.

Here is what I came up with:

First I used Lorie's new Goblin Greetings. What is hard to see in the photo is it is 3D. I cut out the center with a Nestie and layered it with pop dots. Then stamped the image on cream card stock underneath. I added some liquid glass to the goblin to raise him even more.
I am always, always far behind on sending out birthday cards. So far behind I still have some from 2007 to send out so I figured I would be able to use a card like this in my stash! For this card I used the new PK-655 Fall Blessings and turned it into an easel card.
Now this one I had lots of fun with!!! Awhile back I bought a bunch of 6" candles on clearance figuring that one day I would do something with them. I was downstairs and an idea hit me and I ran upstairs. I used my Market Street Cane background stamp and stamped it onto tissue paper using Staz-On ink. Then gingerly using my heat gun I adhered it to the candle. The rosette is from SVG Attic which I shrunk to fit the candle. The sentiment from Lorie's new Jack O Light along with the pumpkin was perfect for a candle so I used that. I was so excited it worked!!
Here it is again as a flower pick in a Fall centerpiece.
Now go on and hop onto Kim's blog so I can go finishing drooling at all the PKS stuff!!
Below is the entire blog hop order.


PKS Blog - http://peachykeenstamps.com

Angelica - http://handmadebyangelica.com

Viv - http://craftinghaven.blogspot.com

Lorie - http://thethinkinspot.blogspot.com

Janice - http://stampingwithjanice.blogspot.com

Nikki - http://scrappinnavywife.blogspot.com

Emma - http://creativetimeforme.com

Samantha - http://samanthacasey.blogspot.com

Lisa - http://our2angelsinheaven.blogspot.com

Kim - http://paperpunchaddiction.com

Heidi - http://gotscraps.blogspot.com

Joanna - http://scrap-making.blogspot.com

Erin - http://erinleecreative.com

Ruthie - http://septemberninth.blogspot.com

Kathy - http://peachykeenstamps-kathy.blogspot.com

Friday, October 7, 2011

Peachy Keen & SVGAttic Blog Hop

Thank you so much for joining us for the Peachy Keen Stamps/SVG Attic Hop! If you've just come from Raven's blog, then you are hopping along just fine. If not, make sure you start at the beginning over at Peachy Keen's blog and the SVGAttic's blog so you don't miss a single chance to win one of two fun prizes up for grabs! You'll have until Sunday night to complete the hop.
Peachy Keen Stamps and SVG Attic have partnered this weekend to bring you fun, creative, and inspiring projects to get your Fall crafting into high gear! You'll find out how easy PKS face stamps are to use with SVG Attic's adorable cuts!

I have been in love with Jessica's SVG's for some time but I didn't have the machine or the software to be able to cut them out. Well when this hop came up Silly me used that as justification to buy the machine, I just couldn't help myself. I really wanted to do the hop!! Well much to my horror with so much going on here in my personal world I didn't realize that the hop was only one day away and I didn't even take the machine out of the box yet. Computers and I just don't get along. Well needless to say I had one day (and not even a full day) to figure out how to use it and come up with some projects. Now I can kick myself in the but because I am sooooooooooooo in love with the cuts available on SVG Attic!!! She makes it so easy for you which was perfect for me especially since I was a first timer. I have so many ideas to work on with the other cuts I have so stay tuned next week for my next attempt at using SVG's. Alot of her stuff go perfect with the stamps from Peachy Keen Stamps which is why this blog hop makes perfect harmony. What is even better is both companies are run by wonderful and personable women and I think that says alot about a company.

Here is a little bit about each of the companies involoved in this hop.

Peachy Keen Stamps is a family business founded by Kathy & Dave Jakopovich in September, 2003. We are located in Green Bay, WI and are the leading manufacturer of the original clear, high-quality, whimsical face stamps loved by die cutters internationally! Kathy illustrates the entire face line as well as an image stamp line with the same sweet whimsical look. Our stamps stamp crisp, clear, and never need to be sanded or rubbed with an eraser. Trade quality photopolymer means that your stamps will last through thousands of impressions!

SVG Attic was founded early 2011 by Jessica Bashaw and is a family owned company that operates in Southern California. Jessica provides fresh, cute, and easy to cut/assemble SVG files for use with your favorite electronic cutting machines.

I wanted to play with all of her cuts. I had a hard time deciding which ones to do. But unforutantely I didn't have time on my side. I did start a couple other ones that I will have to finish this week and post. But for today I would like to share with you these ADORABLE newly released THANKFUL FRIENDS from SVG Attic. I also paired them up with the haystack and pumkin from the Fall Celebration Kit. The possiblities are endless with these kits. For those adorable chubby little faces that you would just like to pinch I used the PK-451 Wide Eyed Kids stamp collection. Now these can be used as placecards for Thanksgiving dinner or just as decoration for the Fall Season.

Thanks again for stopping by! I hope you're inspired and ready to create! Don't forget to leave a comment on each designers' blog for a chance to win a $50 prize package from SVG Attic or $50 prize package from Peachy Keen! The deadline for commenting is 11:59pm CDT, Sunday, October 9th. And remember to stop on by my blog next week for some more goodies from SVG and Peachy Keen. I will be giving away some prizes and have lots of eye candy for you.

Your next stop on the hop is Cristina's blog.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Did I ever mention I LOVE Fall

Fall happens to be one of my most favorite times of the year. I love anything to do with Halloween, Thanksgiving, colors of Autumn and just about everything that comes with it. I am starting to love it again that is. It is now a hard time for me with my son and daughter celebrating their birthdays in heaven and with the upcoming holidays it usually just stinks. But it is hard not to smile when I saw this adorable scarecrow from Peachy Keen Stamps called
PK-648 Faceless Scarecrow dolls. OMG I instantly fell in love!! I thought this would work great with the new challenge this week which is another great sketch challenge over at the PKS Blog.

Here is the sketch:

And this is what I came up with using yet again more scraps within my reach on my ever so neat (NOT!) craft desk.

For the face of the scarecrow I used PK-693 Monster Mash Faces. I wanted to add a litte depth to the background so I used my newly purchased Bit of Burlap stamp from Market Street Stamps. To color him I used my Prismacolor pencils and some Copics. I distressed the edges with Tim Holtz's Rusty Hinge and my fav Vintage Photo. The deep burgundy cardstock I had already cut to make a 6x6 card so I just grabbed it and went with it. It wouldn't normally be a color I would use but I think it turned out okay.

Please stop on by and play along with us over at the Peachy Keen blog! There is some fantastic prizes as always and I would love to see your take on the sketch! See ya there!