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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, August 22, 2012

Sympathy cards

Sympathy cards....These are the cards that everyone hates to make but everyone needs.  It is the circle of life but it just stinks having to send these out.  I am on a kick to use up my scraps, well let me rephrase that since I will never use up all my scraps in this life time.  I am on a kick making cards using my scraps.  This week at the Sisterhood of Crafters we are having a challenge to you all to show us your sympathy cards.  I went into my stash and found some small scraps and this is what I came up with.  The sentiment is from Stampin' Up! and punches from EK Success.  Even my ribbon was a small scrap!

I hope you stop on by and play along with us over at the Sisterhood.  Have a great day!

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Don't Worry, Be Happy!

I had a little time to play with my new Peachy Keen July Stamp of the Month club set.  I am just starting to get back into my craft room and have some fun.  The last cards that I have been making I have been using my scraps which is so much fun to do sometimes.  The only problem is that I get back into saving everything because I find uses for even the littlest pieces of paper!!  Kinda a catch 22.

There is a new challenge over at the PKS Challenge blog that ends today.  The challenge had a Pop up theme.  I first cut a scrap piece of white cards stock down and stamped the sun and mountain in the center.  Then I stamped it again to cut out the sun face and gave it a cute little face that was included in the SOM kit and popped that up.  I again stamped it onto the green scrap and cut the mountain shape out with my knife just following the hill "scape" on the actual stamp.  Found some blue scrap paper and made clouds out of that and figured it would be cute to stamp the sentiment in the clouds.  They are also from the PKS July SOM kit.  It is a simple card but it could be used for a get well or just about anything.  Plus this card means that much less scraps in my scrap draws!! That's the part I love the most!!  Can't wait to play with my August SOM kit..stay tuned :) 

Have a great day AND Don't worry, Be Happy!

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Tag your it!

Hello ladies and gents!  I have a great challenge to share with you that I am hosting over at the Sisterhood of Crafters.  We are asking you to create a tag..yep that's it!  I love making tags.  I wish I could of made more for this challenge but I didn't want to bore you :)

First I made these two tags with the same design but a different sentiment using PaperTrey Ink stamps and a script background stamp that I don't know who made.  Next I made this tag for the PKS color challenge.  I took a big plastic cauldron and filled it with candy.  Then I added some tissue paper to make it look like "smoke".  To make the tag I used a nestie for the frame and some various Haloween themed paper.  The adorable Frankenstein is from  PKS-634 Frankly....  I distressed it a bit with Tim Holtz Distress inks.
For the last tag I made this one with scraps laying around and my PaperTrey Ink stamp set and Mat stack die.

Sunday, August 5, 2012

I'm BACK! Have you missed me??

So I have taken some time off from crafting.  Not intended but with so much going on it just didn't happen.  Then I decided to clean (yikes) my craft room.  I took a very long time to do that since I ripped it apart.  It is not completely done yet but I couldn't take how clean it was so I had to come in and mess it up some what to make it feel like home!! LOL!  I even redid my craft closet. Then I also haven't had internet on my computer in my craft room.  Just on my Ipad and it wouldn't let me load any pictures because I needed Flashplayer.  But hopefully all is now good and I can continue on crafting.

I figured it would be fitting to come back with a project using my PKS Stamps since that is how I started in blog land.  This weeks PKS challenge is a color challenge.  For some reason at first glance I saw Fall and Halloween colors. I picked this paper pad up on my trip to WI and PKS Headquarters. This may sound silly but I "hoard" my good papers and I hate using them.  I don't have craft store by me except for the commercial ones. Since I made this for myself and not a card that someone would just throw away, I SPLURGED! Teehhee

 I will be posting one of my projects today and they other on Wednesday for the new Sisterhood of Crafters challenge I will be hosting.

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Here is my project that I came up with.  I started with a chipboard album that I decided to make into some home decor for my house.  Fall is my favorite time of the year.  I think it is just the gorgeous colors and the warm comfy feeling I get when I think of fall.  It was hard to picture this since it is almost 30 inches long.  One the back of this album I will be putting pictures of fall memories, adding a new one every year.  Certain elements I raised with mounting tape but it is hard to see in the picture.  I should of taken a close up of the letters because I was happy with how they came out.  I used several left over chipboard letters.  I painted them with Tim Holtz Distress paint in Vintage Photo.  I inked them up with coordinating TH Distress ink but still didn't like the look. I checked out my stash and found some wood stain.  That was the finish I was looking for.  Up close they have the crackled look of wood.

I colored my adorable Scarecrows with my Prismacolor pencils and Copic markers as well as some paper piecing.  Itty Bitty paper piecing mind you.  The paper pad is called Autumn Splendor by We R Memory Keepers.

Below is a list of stamps I used to complete this project.

It feels good to be crafting again.  I feel whole...maybe that is what has been missing.  Tune in Wednesday for another project of mine for the PKS color challenge.