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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, September 18, 2012

A Peachy Halloween/Fall Blog Hop!

Hello everyone and welcome to the huge combined PKS Halloween/Fall Blog hop.  If you have come here from the talented Sandra's blog then you are right on track.  If not, you can start from the beginning HERE.  Trust me, this is a Huge hop and you don't want to miss a thing.  Another reason you don't want to miss anybody on the hop is the prizes!!  There will be a total of $150 in prizes given out along the way.  There will be one $50 Gift Certificate and four (4) $25 Gift Certificates to the Peachy Keen store.  But you have to leave a comment on every stop along the hop in order to be eligible.  5 of the current and past designers will be chosen to give the prizes away.  We don't even know who it is yet, so that is why it is important to visit everybody!  If you get lost along the way, scroll to the bottom and I will include the blog hop list.

Now onto my projects!  This one started out as a cute reversible door hanging for Halloween and Fall using the September Stamp of the Month kit.  I have been a member since the beginning, (actually I think I missed the first one or two) and I LOVE it!  I love being surprised on what Peachy cuteness Kathy has come up with now!!  For complete details on how this works you can click HERE if you are interested in the SOTM kit.  But in summary you get automatically billed once a month and an adorable stamp set shows up at your door.  They can also be purchased separately but at a higher price then kit members get them.  And the stamp sets are HHHUUGGGEEE with endless possibilities. 

Like I said, mine started off as a door hanging but then I ran to  my favorite store Target and as always went thru the Dollar Spot and saw these foam wreathes.  A light bulb went off in my head and since my mind is always working and never concentrating I switched projects halfway thru.  Each SOTM kit comes with a free set of SVG files that match the stamp set so you don't have to cut around the stamp.  OMG what a blessing for sure!!!  A little heads up, if you are using Make the Cut the DPI needs to be set at 72!  I basically broke the images apart and made sheets of each leaf that I wanted by duplicating and filling the page.  Easy Peesy!  Then I picked a few colors I wanted to use and stamped away while I was on the phone.  It went a lot quicker than I thought.  I inked up each leaf with a coordinating TH Distress Ink and simply glued them on with a hot glue gun pretty randomly and then filled in the blanks.  And WAALLAA a nice little door wreath for a $1 thanks to Peachy Keen stamps!  Perfect for gifts to let friends and family members know how much you appreciate them this Fall season!!!

Next I used PK-637 Lisa Jean Halloween  to whip up this cute card.  I stamped the image directly onto the DP then layered it with paper piecing and coloring of my Prisma Color pencils.  I added some fibers under her hat for her hair and some liquid applique to the "pot" for some bubble affects.  As I was coloring I found this tag on my ever so neat and clean craft table (NOT!!) and decided to stamp on that and add it to the card.

I don't want to keep you hoppers any longer!  You have lots to see.  Now hop on over to Leanne's blog to see what amazing and adorable creation she has cooked up!  Winners will be announce Saturday at 6a.m. CST on the PKS blog.  Good luck ladies and happy hopping!!

Peachy Keen Stamps Blog -- http://www.peachykeenstamps.blogspot.com/
Lisa Buttafuoco -- http://www.our2angelsinheaven.blogspot.com/ ** YOU ARE HERE **
Michelle Criswell -- http://www.scrappinwithmybug.com/
Glorajean Beardall -- http://glorascrafts.blogspot.com/
Erin Lee Schreiner -- http://www.erinleecreative.com/
Lauren Brewer --  http://laurenscreative.com/
Joanna Bandeline -- http://scrap-making.blogspot.com/

Monday, September 17, 2012

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

No Stamps allowed!

I never would of thought that I would have so much fun with this challenge!  Over at the Sisterhood of Crafters we are hosting another super fun challenge to help you get to using your stash!  For the next two weeks we want to see what you can create using no stamps at all.  Yep, no rubber, acrylic or Digital stamps allowed.  I grabbed my scraps and this package of K&Company die cuts that I had bought on clearance for like $1.99 ions ago but I tend to forget about them.  I simply just looked for things that would work and made these two cards.  There are probably at least over 100 more die cuts in there so I could of just kept on going.  I would of been able to make quite a bit of cards for under $5.00.  It was fun but I had to make myself stop or I would of bored you to death with pictures.

This is what I came up with:

Now lets see what you can dig up in your craft room!  Don't forget to share it with us at the Sisterhood so we all can be inspired!

Sunday, September 9, 2012

A fond farewell blog hop :(

Good morning friends, and welcome to Angelica's Fond Farewell Blog Hop.  If you arrived here from the talented Amy's blog , you are hopping along in just the right order, but if you started here on my blog, then you will want to go back to the beginning to the Peachy Keen Stamps blog, because you're not going to want to miss one single crafty creation.

I personally know that the decision to leave the "orchard " must have not been an easy one for her to make. So I wanted to make a card that would give her some support as well as love. I decided to use a stamp set (PK-225 Happy Flowers and Cheerful Phrases I didn't realize until typing up this post that they no longer sell that stamp set... :( Sorry!) that I picked up when I was in WI meeting everyone in the PKS family last year. 

I had so many ideas but decided to keep things bright and cheery..at least try to anyway. After it taking me FOREVER to actually mail out her birthday card and gift from the last hop we did for Angelica, I wanted to keep this card flat so I could mail it right away!!

What is a hop without some prizes right??? Here is why it is very important to make sure to visit and comment on every blog in the hop. Four (4) lucky winners will get a chance to win a $20 Gift Certificate to the Peachy Keen Store!! Yeppers... $20 bucks to buy whatever stamps your little heart desires. IMPORTANT.... in order to be eligible to win you need to have left a comment on every blog in the hop, including the PKS blog. Four of the designers, past and present will be picked to choose a winner.  You have until Tuesday the 11th to leave a comment. The winners will be picked Tuesday morning and announced on the PKS blog so to be on the safe side I would try to finish and leave all the comments by Monday night!

The exciting part is that we don't even know yet who it will be out of all of us that will be giving out the gift certificates. So sit back, have some fun and help us send Angelica off with lots of love and support!

I want to wish her the very best of everything on her new and exciting journey!!!! Good luck Angelica!

The next stop on the hop is my dear ol' PKS DT member Heidi. You will definitely want to see what she has cooked up.

Below you will find the blog hop order as well as some info and mini Bio on Angelica.

Angelica Suarez has served as the Design Team/Marketing coordinator for Peachy Keen Stamps, for the past three years, and as many of you may have read from her post here a few days ago, she has made the difficult decision to leave her position here at Peachy Keen for a new and exciting opportunity in the printing industry, which is near and dear to her heart. It's a bittersweet celebration for us, as we are sad to see her go, but we know that she will be a tremendous success in this new venture, and we couldn't be happier for her. 
It is for this reason that those of us who have had been blessed to work with Angelica have come together to bid her a fond farewell and share some special creations that we have made to let her know how much she means to us, how much we have enjoyed working with her, how much we are going to miss her and that we wish her all the best.


Peachy Keen Stamps Blog -- http://www.peachykeenstamps.blogspot.com/
Lauren Brewer -- http://laurenscreative.com/
Lisa Buttafuoco -- http://www.our2angelsinheaven.blogspot.com/ ---- YOU ARE HERE!
Michelle Criswell www.scrappinwithmybug.com
Glorajean Beardall -- http://glorascrafts.blogspot.com/
Erin Lee Schreiner -- http://www.erinleecreative.com/