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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, June 25, 2014

MONOCHROMATIC challenge at the Sisterhood of Crafters

Hello everyone!  It is time for a new challenge over at the Sisterhood of Crafters.  The challenge is to make a project Monochromatic.  To be honest I was a little scared of this one.  I never really had much ease doing a monochromatic challenge.  I struggled with it since I was unsure of myself.  But I am very please with how this one came out.  

The style of the card is from SVG CUTS Dress shop kit.  I just wanted the design or the base of the card.  Next I used some papers from Stampin' Up! and ribbon from PaperTrey Ink.  Sadly everyone needs these cards in their stash so I made it into a Sympathy card.  I thought it was a very soft card that would work for a Sympathy card.  The stamp I used was from Craftin' Desert Divas SIMPLY SAID stamp set.  I have been using that one a lot lately since there are soooo many different sentiments and it covers many bases.

I hope you play along with our new challenge.  Happy Crafting!

Craftin' Desert Divas New Release Hop - Guest Designer

Welcome to our fourth Craftin Desert Diva's stamp release blog hop!! I'm super excited to share with you in full the CDD June release stamps. There are four new stamps that are being released today in the Craftin Desert Divas Shop and are available now for purchase.

So without further ado here are the latest stamp sets:

Holly Day Punnies - you can purchase them HERE

Be Inspired - You can purchase them HERE * This is the set I used *

Bring On The Cake - You can purchase them HERE

Say It Big - You can purchase them HERE

How about a sale??!! Use the code JUNE for 20% off your ENTIRE order!!

CDD is giving away one stamp set each day and Too Cute by Jessica is giving away $25 gift card to her store (regular priced items).

PLUS, every purchase qualifies for this FREE pattern from TCBJ...

Jessica has made this pattern just for the new CDD release freebie. 

Now onto my project that I created for this hop.  I am super excited to be able to create alongside these talented ladies as a Guest Designer. I would like to thank Tara for giving me that opportunity...THANK YOU!

I used the sentiment from the BE INSPIRED stamp set.  I created my first ever box card using SVG CUTS Box card kit.  These are super fun and addicting. The only thing I did differently was resize the label to fit my the sentiment.  I will be sending this to my Aunt that is going thru some really tough health issues.  My hope is seeing it set up like this will let her know that she is indeed Stronger than she thinks and that she has many people rooting for her! The papers I used are from Stampin' Up! but I am pretty sure they are retired.

Next up on the Line Up is the amazing and talented Lisa. Be sure to hop with us tomorrow!! Winners will be picked from a different blog each day,so the more you comment the more chances you have to win.

CDD Gallery - We'd love you to share your projects using the CDD stamps.

Blogs on the hop:
Craftin Desert Divas - http://www.craftindesertdivas.com/

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Get Well Soon

Everyone knows it stinks when you are sick and you just feel miserable.  If you can put a smile on someones face who is sick I would say that is a job well done!  I fell in love with these adorable ducks from Too Cute By Jessica's RAINY DAY DUCKS file. If you click on the picture of the complete file it should take you right to the page if you would like to see/purchase it.  TCBJ is having an amazing sale right now.  You can get 90% off your purchase of $50 or more.

I have so many ideas to do with it so I decided to tackle my first one!  I made a Get Well card that holds a travel size pack of tissues. The sentiment I used on the cloud is from Craftin' Desert Divas SIMPLY SAID stamp set and the adorable face is from Peachy Keens PK-482 Winter Wonderland Face Assortment.  The paper I used is from DCWV The Spring Mix Stack.  You may not be able to tell but I popped up the ducky with some dimensionals from Stampin' Up!

I am going to add this as well to the Craftin' Desert Divas Red, White and Blue linky party. 

** Enabler Alert ** Right Now Craftin Desert Divas is having a sale.  If you enter the code JUNE you will get 20% off your order.  The sale is good until July 7th! 

Monday, June 23, 2014

Red, white and blue challenge

Between my birthday which just past and my surgery I needed to come up with some Thank you cards that were flat and easy to mail.  I have been loving the teal/red combo and found some paper by Cosmo Cricket called Baby Jane that I have been hoarding...I mean holding onto.  I wanted the sentiment to be the focal point so I kept the cards simple.  I used some punches from Stampin' Up! for the labels and the heart.  And I used another sentiment from my SIMPLY SAID stamp set from Craftin' Desert Divas.  They are having a new linky party that started today so I decided to link these up and play along.  There are a lot of great prizes so you should check it out!!

Here is what I came up with.  I hope they will like the cards, they better since I used my "good" paper from my Stash.  You know you are somebody in my book when I use my good paper on you!! lol

Happy Crafting!

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Craftin' Desert Divas Linky Party

Hey everyone! I wanted to share with you these projects that I made with some paper that I fell in love with.  I loved all the bright colors.  It is funny how tastes change.  I used to be all about Neutrals and fall colors.  Now I like bright colors.  And I used to hate teal.  Well now I love teal.  Especially red and teal. Craftin' Desert Divas is having a Linky party so I made some projects to play along.  I will be sharing another one tomorrow.

I took the Gable box from SVG Cuts Classic Gift Boxes kit and shrunk it down so I can get two boxes from one sheet of 12x12 paper.  The chick is from their Bunny Hop kit.  I used it because it fit perfectly with the squareness of the head.  Then I used my oval SU Oval and Butterfly punches along with some SU ribbon.

I found a 1" circle punch and punched out some sentiments that I stamped from Craftin' Desert Divas SIMPLY SAID stamp set.  They fit perfectly into the circle!! I was going to add a tag but I liked the different elements, levels and shapes when I added the circle so I left it that way.  I of course had to finish it off with a face from Peachy Keen Stamps APRIL 2013 Stamp of the Month kit.

What you can't see is the other one in the background.  I cut out two each in orange, teal, pink and green.  These would make cute favors or Thank you gifts. They maybe small but you can get a bunch of candy or a small gift in there.

Craftin' Desert Divas New Release Party!

Are you ready to get the sneak peeks started? I am!!
Welcome to Day 1 of our June stamp release party!! Each day we will be giving you a sneak peek at one of the four new stamp sets. Then, on Tuesday and Wednesday, we will have a blog hop with prizes each day. The design team has some amazing creations to start this stamp release party. Today we are showcasing the BE INSPIRED stamp set. 

All of the new stamps are 4x6 and Made in the USA. Stamps will be available to order on Tuesday. We hope you will stop by our store Craftin Desert Divas Shop and our Craftin Desert Divas Gallery Facebook group. We would love for you to join usand share your creations with us using Craftin Desert Diva's stamps. In this group we show previews first, have giveaways and much more!!

Here's my project I created:

I used the CHOOSE TO SHINE sentiment from the new BE INSPIRED stamp set. 

I designed this card on my Cameo using some files from KaDoodle Bug Designs. I used her LABELS file and welded it to make the card base and the sun as well as the clouds are from the PEARLY WHITE FAIRIES set. It is hard to see in the picture but the sun as well as the clouds I popped up with some SU Dimensionals. This really was a fun card to make. When I saw the sentiment I knew right away that I wanted to base it around a Sun theme.

I can't wait for you to see the whole stamp set. It really is a must have in your stamp collection.

Sneak Peek Giveaway!! All you have to do is leave a comment on each of our blogs! You are NOT required to comment on EVERY SINGLE blog, but the more you comment on, the better chance you have for winning!! Just click on the DT's name to get to their blog. Tara will announce today's winner tomorrow. The winner will be picked from a different blog every day, so be sure to visit and leave comments. Thank you also much for joining us today and I hope you will come back tomorrow for more sneak peeks!

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Wedding Bliss

Today starts another new challenge at The Sisterhood of Crafters. The theme is Wedding so you can create any project based around a wedding.  Now for some fun I challenged myself to use something old and something new. I have had this paper in my stash for I don't know how many years. I don't even know where I got it since it was a 8x8 size and I don't ever recall buying anything like that.  I found it by accident and fell in love With it. I also had these metal heart stickers if you will for about 6-7 years. I also found this card in my library on my Silhouette and thought that the belly band would work perfectly. Now I needed something new.  I grabbed my newly purchased SIMPLY SAID stamps from Craftin' Desert Divas and it fit perfectly. The gorgeous ribbon is also new from Love Bug Creations.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Showing some Patriotic pride!

Hey everyone! I wanted to get this post up yesterday but we had some bad storms come thru so I had to shut down my computer.  I wanted to share with you a super fun way to show off your Patriotism this coming holiday.  Actually this pin/brooch can be worn 365 days a year!  I also thought it would be fun to make a few of these and give them to people who are currently in the Military or have finished their service, as a way to THANK them for giving us what we have today........Our Freedom!

I took the rosette from the SVG Attic's Vintage Nation kit and sized it to what I needed.  Then I took the outline of the USA from the card and sized that to fit into the center and did an extra layer for matting.  I designed all these sizes to fit around my brand spankin' new set of stamps from Craftin' Desert Divas called CELEBRATE FREEDOM.  I just fell in love with the stamps and have so many ideas to work with that set.  I stamped the first sentiment in the center of the country matting, a second one in a star and then I stamped a bunch of the independence day sentiments so I could cut out the stars.  Then I cut small strips of paper and twirled it around a pencil to make it curl. Oh the paper I used is from Authentique called PRIDE. What you can't tell from the picture is the rosette is made from paper with sheet music (National Anthem/Patriotic).  I punched out two circles out of cardstock and one out of Tyvek.  I layered a jumbo safety pin in between all those layers so it can be attached and worn. Then of course I used my trusty Tim Holtz Vintage Photo distress ink to jazz it all up.

Hope you like it!  Happy Crafting!