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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, April 24, 2013

It's a Free For All at the Sisterhood

Good morning everyone!  I don't know about you but I wish Mother Nature would make up her mind.  Last week it was so hot that I almost put on my central air.  It was 80 degrees in my house.  I didn't because I thought it was obsurd to put it on in April.  Now this week I had to turn the heat on and bring back out the hats and coats...bbrrrrr

We have a fun and super easy challenge for you all over at the Sisterhood of Crafters.  It is a free for all.  Make whatever you please!!  How easy is that????

It is coming upon Communion and Confirmation season.  It is very hard to find SVG's for this occasion.  I have 5 total that I am invited to with 4 of them being boys.  SVG ATTIC released a set that was perfect for this.  It is called FULL OF GRACE.  I was excited that the card made it so easy for me to make the cards that I needed in literally minutes.  I changed the communion wafer to the cross card since it was already a circle.  I cut the chalice out in several colors but couldn't decide what I liked.  So I took a white one and colored it in with my new Spectrum Noir markers to give it some detail. Then I took the label from the Kiss the Cook set also from SVG ATTIC and used the knife feature in my Silhouette Designer edition (I just love this tool) and cut the file to fit the card.  Added some TH distressing ink and wallah I was done! I just fell in love with the cross box that is also in the kit.  Those flowers look so detailed but yet they are easy to put together.  Gotta love that.  I thought that the cross box would be a cute and different way to put a gift inside. They could always keep it to put their Rosary beads in or a little keepsake. I love those little boys and girls and have lots of ideas to make projects with those cuts.

Next I took some papers and stamps from Stampin up! and made a quick card to add to my stash.  I don't have many of these cards and sadly you always need them. I love, love, love this paper and it is to bad that I covered most of it up :(

I hope you stop on by the Sisterhood and play along with our challenge.  It lasts two weeks so there is plenty of time for you to get crafty.  Have a great day!

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Peachy Keen Spring Blog Hop Day #1

Hello everyone!  I am super excited to be part of this awesome blog hop. If you came here from Gigi's blog then you are right on track.  If not, you can start at the beginning by clicking HERE.  I am sure you have read  about the awesome prize being offered on this hop.  You need to leave a comment on each blog along the hop in order to be in it for the prize.  One current or past DT member on this hop will be picked to chose a comment from their blog to win an awesome and I mean awesome prize. 

If you win you will receive the April Face Assortment stamps, The Moodies in ALL THREE SIZES.  This prize package is valued at $50. We won't know who it is until the blog starts so that is why it is important to leave a comment on each and every blog.
Want more?? On Thursday, April 25th the second day of the hop will be held with more prizes up for grabs so don't miss out on the chance to get your hands on some Peachies!

I am very excited to now own some markers to color with.  I invested in some Spectrum Noir markers.  Okay not some I got them ALL..LOL An early birthday gift to myself.  Maybe it wasn't such a good idea to learn how to use them for this hop but I had so much fun using them I couldn't stop.  Now I have a very far way to go before I know how to use them properly but I am having a blast learning.

This is my very first project that I did with my markers. I used the PKS June 2012 Stamp of the Month kit for this project.  

For my next project I wanted to make a little THANK YOU set to have on hand, an easel card and a gift box.  This one took me many many tries to get stamped the way I wanted it to look.  I took the adorable mouse from PKS-350 Colby and Jack  stamp set and stamped him first.  Then I masked him off and stamped some extra chunks of cheddar cheese around him.  The cheese wedge is from SVG ATTIC's Aged to Perfection set.  I took one slice from the wedge to use it as a gift box to go with the card.  I thought it would be cute since it matched my image.  I used PKS-298 Grampa's Pajamas background stamp to jazz up the yellow card stock on the cheese. I just love having background stamps in my stash.  

And last but not least I made this card up quick.  I decided last minute to round the corners and it is something that is irking me as I stare at it while I do this post.  I forgot to round the DP before I made the card first!!  I tried to remove the center image that I popped up with Stampin' Up! dimensionals but man those suckers stick good.  It started to rip so I decided to leave it as is. The butterflies and the sentiment come from the freshly released 
April SOTM kit. I originally colored the butterflies to match this paper other paper that I loved.  But when I started to put the card together I decided on going for a much simpler approach and changed direction all together. 

So there you have it, you have all seen my very first, second and third projects I did with my spanking new markers.  I am so excited to have them if you can't tell already...LOL I have some AMAZING, AMAZING Peachy Keen DT members work to study to give me some guidance in this whole new journey I am trying out.  I feel like a kid again coloring..

If you are not a Stamp of the month member and would like to see what you are missing click HERE. Below you will read some of the benefits you receive when becoming a member.

KIT Details:
  • Kit subscriptions are a recurring monthly payment that you may opt out of at any time. 
  • Each month, you will receive one 8.5" x 11" stamp kit containing tons of mix and match elements for many occasions! No repeat images, each month is unique and original.
  • Several Kit options (International subscriptions and ala cart) are available. Shipping is included, please be sure to find the correct item for your country.
KIT Schedule:
  • Kits will be automatically billed* and mailed to all subscribers on the 6th of each month (*we will contact subscribers if there is a problem processing your payment).
  • Previews will be available to subscribers on the 1st of every month, and sneak peeks will begin on our blog from the 2nd through the 5th.Products will be launched on the evening of the 5th for shipment on the 6th.
  • Order your kit before the 5th of each month to receive the past month's kit.  

Now get on hopping and head on over to the ever so talented Leanne's blog!  Have fun hopping!!


Blog Hop Order Thursday, April 18th:
Peachy Keen Stamps Blog - http://www.peachykeenstamps.blogspot.com/
Lisa Buttafuoco - http://www.our2angelsinheaven.blogspot.com/ ** YOU ARE HERE**

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Animals in the house!

Hello everyone!  I am happy to be hosting the new challenge over at the Sisterhood.  The challenge is all about animals.  We are asking you to create a project with an animal (s) on it.  I had fun with this one.  I created a lunch box for my niece Beth who loves frogs.  I completed the whole box and the frog but I was stuck on the eyes.  She loves red eyed tree frogs so I wanted to make a box with a frog on it.  Every time I went to put on the red eyes it just looked like it was possessed.  I struggled with it and struggled with it and put it aside. I decided to put on googly eyes instead.  Well I couldn't find the eyes I wanted and I was trying to get the picture done before the sun went down.  I found these giant eyes and started laughing.  I put them on the frog and I just couldn't stop laughing.  I had to leave them on there just for giggles!  I hope she finds it as funny as I do!! I may end up taking them off but who knows! LOL

Next I came up with a quick tag for a baby.  It can be attached to any gift or package.

I hope you stop on by and play with our challenge over at the Sisterhood!

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

I have been locked out! But I am finally back!

Hello everyone!  It seems that blogger doesn't like me.  I have been blocked out for days and not even able to leave comments.  Not to mention that the past couple of posts that I scheduled didn't go up.  There is still a couple of more days left on our Easter challenge at the Sisterhood of Crafters.  We do have an awesome sponsor this week so stop on by and link up your projects to be entered into the drawing.  I made this card with some Peachy Keen stamps and a file from SVG Cuts.  The card came from the Cotton Tail Village SVG set.  The paint splats on the egg are from the PKS Easter Egg Paint fight stamp set  and the eye is actually a penguin eye.  For the life of me I can not remember which set but I masked off the other one so only one would show. I believe most of the paper is Cosmo Cricket but don't hold me to it!

Now this is the card that I made for the past Sisterhood challenge that never posted!! ARRGGHH 
The challenge was to make a card using mostly green papers.  Since I am not much of a St. Patty's Day stamper I used some scraps and a stamp from PaperTrey Ink.  I can always use Thank you cards in my stash!