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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, November 29, 2011

A Peachy New Challenge!

Hello there! It is time for another Peachy Keen challenge. I started another project for this challenge but it was more involved than I thought so I will have to share it with you at another time. It is defintely a fun one and useful to boot!

Here are the deets for this challenge:

This is the sketch we had to follow

Our Guest Designer for this challenge is Julie - http://juliescraftyspot.blogspot.com/

This is what I came up with using PK-321 Snowmen, Greetings & Globe stamp set. The minute I saw this set I fell in love and had to have it. It is just to cute and the possibilities are endless with this set. I cut out the hat and popped it up with some foam tape but it is hard to see that in the photo.

Next I did a quick card using one of the stamps included in the new release from my fellow DT member Lorie Souther's stamp line. The stamps are called Country Bumpkin and can be found for sale on the PKS website HERE. For my card I used the adorable CB-07 Deputy T.O. Snow. I had these rustic metal signs in my stash forever (gulp atleast 8-10 years). When I was making this card I thought of them right away and thought they would be perfect for this card. On the strip of pape on top I used my Market Street Stamps Woodgrain Background stamp.

I sure hope you stop on by and play along with this great sketch challenge. We all love seeing what you create!

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Cute candy, gift box from SVG Attic

Good morning all! I hope you survived the holiday week. Better yet Black Friday! I wanted to share with you a great idea from SVG Attic. This cute little box is great for candy, stocking stuffers, jewelry etc. If you are looking for a more creative idea to give money here you go! This box is from the Fun Favors Collection which is on sale today for only $2.00! There are 4 very versatile boxes in this collection that can be resized to fit your needs.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Seeing Spots???

Good morning everyone! Just a quick post to let you know about the new challenge over at The Sisterhood of Crafters. We have a fun and easy challenge for you this week. We would love you to use Polka dots on your creation. The paper I used is from My Mind's Eye and the Stamps are from Stampin up!. I put some glitter on the trees which you can't really see in the photo for some added sparkle. You can make any project with this from birthday cards to Thanksgiving place mats...the possibilities are endless! We hope you have the time to play along with us. I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving (if you celebrate it) feast with your friends and family.

Monday, November 21, 2011

We surpassed out mission!

Today we were on the front page of our newspaper and I thought I would share it with you all. Making a long story short my husband always wanted to rebuild a car with my son Mikey. After we lost both of our children we got a 56' Chevy and used that has a path to healing. Whatever time he could he was in their with blood sweat and lots of tears. Now almost 5 years later the car is completed and he is able to start doing some Charity work with it which is what he set out to do. Last minute we put together a toy drive for Toys for Tots. Mike signed up to be in the Toys for Tots parade thru town and said it would be great to fill the Chevy up with toys to donate. Thanks to many great friends, neighbors and complete strangers we were able to fill up the back and inside of our truck as well as the inside and trunk of the Chevy. The Coordinator of Toys for Tots in our area came down to present us with a Certificate of Recognizition which was very touching.

The saying goes "When Life gives you lemons, you make lemonade"...well guess this is us making lemonade. We may not be able to see smiles on our children's faces this Christmas morning but we know that because of our children Annemarie and Mikey there will now be oodles of children smiling come Christmas morning.

Thank you to everybody who helped us complete this task! Many hugs from us and our angels!

You can click HEre to read the article. Now if I can just get past how HUGE my face looks...ugh ugh ugh

Saturday, November 19, 2011

SVG Attic Ornament bag & PKS Blog Hop Day #2

Hello Everyone! I wanted to share with you this adorable quick and easy bag from SVG ATTIC that I made. To make this, I used the ornament from the newly released Holidy Cheer Gift Boxes collection. These would make such cute gifts stuffed with anything from note cards for teachers, candy, stocking stuffers, maybe a cute way to deliver a "wish list" to Santa or filled with bakes goods. I thought it would be cute to actually hang on the tree stuffed with goodies for Christmas morning. To decorate the front I used the newly released PKS-15 Oh By Golly! stamp set from Peachy Keen Stamps. I just adore this set because there are soooooooooooo many possibilities you can do with it. Guess I have been in a Vintage kinda mood lately!

You can get this SVG collection as well as many other great cuts at SVG Attic's website. Stock up and save with this coupon code: SVG2011

Also don't forget to hop along with us at Peachy Keen Stamps. You can start at the beginning of the hop HERE.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Peachy Keen Blog Hop

Good morning! I am so excited to be showcasing the new Peachy Keen Stamps along with their adorable new Peachy Keen Kut Out dies. If you came here from Samantha's blog then you are right on track. If not, you can start at the beginning HERE so you don't miss any of the eye candy and chances to win awesome prizes. The blog hop order will also be listed at the bottom of this post.

I am not a master with my scissors and always seem to botch things up when I try to cut out my stamps. But her dies just make my life so much easier!! For my first card I used PKKO-03 Lauri the Elf die and PKS-03 Lauri the Elf stamp set. This set comes with three different faces that you can choose from. The sentiment is from PKS-15 Oh By Golly stamp set which is also part of the new release. I just love this set because there are soooooo many possibilities and things you can use this for. A Definite must for your stamp collection. My adorable tree. Well let me tell you about that. I can not take full credit for that tree being colored so beautifully. Even though I would like to I had help from my fellow DT member Lorie while I was in WI. The tree has also just been newly released and you can find that HERE. I made the card using the tent card SVG from SVGATTIC.

For my next card I used PKKO- Skip the Elf Kut Out and PKS-04 Skip the Elf stamp set.
Now hop on to Kim's blog to continue on the hop. Don't forget to leave a comment on this post for your chance to win some awesome prizes as well as the other stops along the way of the hop for more chances to win. PKS will be drawing 3 winners. The winners will receive their choice of one (1) Peachy Keen Kut Out die and one (1) coordinating stamp set. Winners will be chosen amongst ALL comments left on all the blogs across the hop! You have until Sunday November 20th to enter to win.

Peachy Keen is also offering a special in honor of this hop. FREE shipping this weekend only 11/18-11/20 and an additional 5% off promo code - KUTOUT5 - which means customers will receive 15% off (promo code + everyday savings of 10% off)! So don't forget to take advantage of this great deal.


PKS Blog - http://peachykeenstamps.blogspot.com

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

Angelica - http://handmadebyangelica.com

Jeanne - http://www.thecricutcorner.com

Zeni - http://www.scrappyzeni.com/

Candace -www.scrappin2littleprincesses.blogspot.com

Michelle - http://www.scrappinwithmybug.com

PKS Blog - http://peachykeenstamps.blogspot.com

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

One of my FAV PKS sketches!

Good morning everyone! Today it is dreary and rainy here in PA so hopefully my card will cheer up Mother Nature! This is a card that I made while in WI visiting with my PKS family. I used scraps for the background. I just fell in love with that paper (Called HOT COCOA) the minute I got there. I couldn't bare to waste any of it so I decided to use it for this sketch challenge.

Here is the sketch that Angelica whipped up for you all:

And this is what I came up with:

I used the acrylic snowflake from PKS which you can find here PKOA-11 Snowflake B. It is a card and gift in one since they can take the ornament off and hang it on a tree if they wante to. For the adorable face I used PK-520 Wintery Face Assortment.

In case you haven't seen them yet you have to stop on by and check out all the adorable new dies and matching stamps. They are to adorable for words. I don't know about you but I love dies and the face that there is a matching stamp is just a bonus.

Kathy posted a great video showcasing them all and you can see that HERE.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Some Super Duper Exciting News!!

HOORAY FOR ME!!!!!!!!! I am now a Designer for SVG ATTIC, I made the Cut! No pun intended!! LOL I was like a giddy school girl when I got the news. Especially it was my first time really playing with SVG's. I just love her designs but I never had the right machine so I would just drool as I stalked her sight. Well when the Peachy Keen Stamps and SVG Attic teamed up I used that as an excuse to get a Silhouette. I wear my dunce hat when it comes to computers and by golly I wear it proudly (sniff) but Jessica's files are a breeze that even I could figure out how to use a SVG from her store.

In typical Lisa fashion I started like a gazillion projects because I couldn't decide what to do first. As some of you may know I love to bake and cook. Many of my neighbors wait for the holidays so they can get some goodies from me. The logical thing I thought was to make a simple bread box that I could mass produce and Jessica surely made the job easy for me. The file I used was from the Holly's Holiday Gift Boxes collection. The minute I saw this set I was in love and knew it was right for me. I have some other projects started with this set as well and will be sharing them with you. Every Saturday I will be posting a project made with a SVG file from Jessica's store. One of the things that I love about this collection is that you don't have to use it just for food. You can make the boxes into holders for virtually anything and everything by simply changing the style or size. I will be sharing some of those with you in the near future.

Now on to the deets. I cut the file out in plain kraft card stock. The pretty decorative edge is included in the file so you really could cut it out in plain paper and leave it at that. I decided to use one of my fav background stamps from Market Street Stamps called CANE. I stamped it on the kraft with my Memento brown ink, then distressed the edges with Tim Holtz Rusty Hinge and Vintage Photo. Glued it together in two easy steps and I was done. A simple ribbon tying to give it some extra pizzaz..easy peasy! Then I remembered the awesome sentiments from her THANKFUL CAPTIONS file and decided to add a quick tag. After it was all cut out I took a scrap piece of brown paper and that was all she wrote. Unfortunately by the time I was done the lighting was horrible.

Here are some pictures of the box before I added the tag which were taken in better lighting.

Thanks for sharing this day with me. I hope you stop by to see what else I create with my new addiction... SVG files! Just bare with me since I do not really know how to do anything fancy like everybody else does. All I know is how to open a file and cut but I will get there eventually!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Peachy Keen Challenge 64

Hello Everyone! Janice here. Lisa is without power because of the recent snowstorm so I am posting her project for her. Sorry for the delay. They have heat and water, but may not have electricity for a few days yet.

Lisa made this adorable card while we were in Green Bay! She used PK-333 Snowmany Thanks Snowman and Bunny. I think she did a beautiful job coloring her handsome snowman! You can find out all the details for the sketch challenge and see what everyone else has created by clicking here!

Lisa is sorry for any inconvenience and will be back as soon as her power and internet have been restored. Thanks for stopping by!