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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, February 27, 2013

Birthday Wishes!

We are celebrating at the Sisterhood!  The challenge that we have currently is a HAPPY BIRTHDAY theme.  It can be cards or a gift/project that you make for a birthday.  This is one card that I need a lot of but currently do not have enough of in my stash.  

This first one I used a Cuttlebug folder as well as some Nestibilities.  The stamp set is from PaperTrey Ink.

I made a gatefold card with papers from Carte Bella.  This sentiment is from Scrappy Moms Stamps.  I recently won a challenge and picked this stamp set called FROM THE INSIDE OUT.  There are so many great sentiments that can be used for birthdays, Get well and sympathy.  This set is just an all around great set to have in your stash.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Being Grateful and giving thanks

Many people are quick to call up and complain when things don't go right or they didn't get the service they expected. Any many situations warrant that.  But when is the last time you called up and raved about a product, called a restraunt and told the manager how awesome your waitress/waiter was, or just call and Thank someone who did something for you.  Just telling someone how you feel and how much it meant to you will make their day.

Over at the Sisterhood of Crafters my fellow DT member and Sistah' Micki is hosting a fabulous THANK YOU challenge.  Everyone needs those types of things in their stash so this is a perfect opportunity to have some fun and make some crafty Thank you's.  Trust me, when you need them last minute you will thank us! LOL

For my first card I broke out some of my PaperTrey Ink stamps and some Lost & Found Paper from My Mind's Eye.  I wanted this first card to be simple.  I stamped the flowers in Vintage Cream ink(also from PaperTrey Ink) and colored the flowers in with a grey toned Copic marker just for a hint of color.  Then stamped the sentiment in Dusty Durango ink from Stampin' Up!  I used one of my Nestabillities die for the matting of the image.

Next I used another one of my stamps from the Peachy Keen February SOTM kit.  This has to be one of my favorite stamp sets in awhile. I just think its a lot of fun and it makes me smile :)  I made a tag to tie onto some goodies that I will  make one day to give a little THANKS to someone. The tag is a svg file from the Christmas Open House set by SVG CUTS.  I used the free SVG's you get along with the PKS SOTM kit for the moon.  As for the heart that is a Stampin' Up! punch.

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Meet Mr. Roboto!

I am literally "over the moon" with the new Peachy Keen February Stamp of the month kit!  This kit is just so much fun and super cute to work with.  Yep, you will be seeing a lot of this kit in the future.

Over at the Peachy Keen Ning site they have a challenge for this new release.  They have challenges with every release.  I was able to play along last month when they only had one challenge, and this is the first time that I was able to play along with both challenges that they had.

For the first challenge it was hosted by their DT member Gigi. That is what we call my daughter Gianna, we call her Gigi as well as a slew of other nick names.  So I knew I had to play along with her challenge!  Her challenge was to make a project with dots and stripes.  The minute I saw this stamp set I instantly thought of using my Boy's Life paper pad by Echo Park.  I put together the whole card then went about coloring my little Alien/Robot.  The whole time I was coloring all I could think of was that song...Mr. Roboto.... Thank goodness no one was around to hear me sing! LOL  I colored him so perfectly for once.  I used my Prismacolored pencils.  It actually looked like I shaded him in and colored him with my Copics.  I was pretty proud.  But then when I went to put Mr. Roboto on my card the color tone was way, way off.  Kinda bummed since I spent so much time coloring him in.  Instead I opted to make him all shiny and glittery with my Martha Steward glitter.  I wanted to put my Liquid Glass all over his face but when I went to go use it I found out that it got all gooey and gross.  So I added some Stickles to his face. I just love this card.  I don't say that often but I do.  It is just so fun and it makes me smile.

The next challenge was hosted by my friend Janice.  If you haven't seen what she created with these stamps you need to stop on by her blog.  Really cute, cute stuff for sure.  Her challenge was to make a monochromatic card.  I never did a monochromatic card.  Honestly I wasn't going to even attempt it but since she was hosting it, I figured I would give it a try.  And you know what, I am glad that I did.  My little guy came out kinda cute.  Actually adorable..LOL!!  I just love both these cards to pieces.  I had a lot of fun making them.  Today is the last day to join in on both challenges and enter to win one of two $25 gift certificates to the PKS store.  Crossing my fingers, eyes and toes!!! I would love to get some of the add on stamps to go with this set.  I am currently on a craft spending freeze which quite frankly is worse than dieting.

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Wanted!! 10,000 reward album

Hello everyone!  I love to make projects just because, things that I think up.  Well when SVG CUTS released their Happy Trails kit I came up with the idea to make a Western themed album.  I used papers from October Afternoon's Sarsaparilla line as well as a few from Cosmo Cricket.  

It is really hard to show all the details of this album.  I did take a video but between my allergies and me holding my Iphone it is pretty bad. I will try my best to describe it in photos.

This is the front cover.  Left a place for someone to put a picture of their little cowboy.

 Next I took the Cowboy card and cut out several card bases without the star.  There is 12 pages to put pictures or journaling.  I only showed an example of one page above.

Here is two simple pages for photos and some tags for journaling.

To the left is one mat for a large photo.  One the right I made an accordion style album to hold several pictures.  I had to come up with something to keep it closed so I used some die cuts and stickers to make a label.  I put a magnet behind the  label.  The little album opens up and then folds down holding 6 photo mats.  Then there is a place to tuck in extra pictures or tags.

This page I left as a blank canvas.  To the right of the big cowboy a small picture can be placed.
Now on this page I put another accordion album filled with another 6 photo mats but it is facing the other way.  To keep it closed I cut out several layers of the horse shoe and decorated it with some brads.  Then I put some Velcro behind the horse shoe.  You simply release the horse shoe and the album will open.  Cute little way to keep the album from opening.
After you open the horse shoe this is what you will see. Simple photo mats.

A view when you fold down the accordion album.

 Back cover!

It is really hard to show this in pictures but I tried.  Hope you enjoyed it.  I know I had fun making it.  If you need an help or have any questions, just let me know!