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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 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!


  1. WOW, WOW, WOW!!! this is absolutely gorgeous and so creative! Thanks for sharing your projects using CDD Stamps!!

  2. WOW!! Absolutely Beautiful!!!
    Have a wonderful day,
    *Crafting With Creative M*