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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.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Ghostly Greetings, Wonderfully Wicked and Frightfully Cute

This  is my first post as a Design Team member on the Craftin' Desert Divas blog.  I am super excited to be here and share with you what I create with the amazing stamps.

I absolutely love, love, love Halloween.  These stamps make it so easy to whip up some cute projects.

For my first project I used Ghostly Greetings to make the adorable images on the Nugget box from the Silhouette Store. The SVG's for the witch and the images made this a breeze to put together.  I did offset the circles in the program to make a purple matting for them. The witch and sentiment came from the Wonderfully Wicked stamp set and were colored with my Spectrum Noir markers.

Here it is opened up showing all the adorable images inside.

Close up of the images.  There is one more stamp that can not be seen in the photo and that is the spider one.  How can this gift not put a smile on someone's face??

I made this Monster box to hold my eye candy.  The box is from My Scrap Chick and can be found HERE.

This sentiment was perfect for it!

Wonderfully Wicked can be found HERE.

Ghostly Greeting can be found HERE.

Frightfully cute can be found HERE.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

You want a chance at some amazing prizes???

Hello everyone!  Today is Day #2 of the combined Craftin' Desert Divas, Too Cute by Jessica and KaDoodle Bug Designs Facebook Fanpage hop.  You have three incredible companies joined together to give you an amazing hop but also a chance at some amazing prizes.  It is incredible when you look at the list of prizes so you don't want to miss out.  

Here is a list of the prizes:

KBD - 2 - $15 GC
TCBJ - $30 GC
Craftin Desert Divas - One stamp set each day of hop.
Stamp N Storage - $50 GC
Therm O Web - $25.00 Gift Card
Spectrum Noir - 2 six-pack of Spectrum Noir Markers
Xyron - 5" Create-a-Sticker Max valued at $28.
Magnolia-licious - Surprise Pack
Dies R Us - $10 GC
SRM Stickers - Halloween Stickers
Clear Snap - 3 Winners of Crafty Goodies
Really Reasonable Ribbon - Halloween Prize
Wow Embossing Powder - 2 winners
Lovebug Creations - $10 GC
Kathy's Cozies - $20 Off shopping spree
Vinyl Outlet - Pack of vinyl for 3 Winners!!
Fleurette Bloom $10 GC
Tombow - Use Code: Fall20 to get a 20% discount valid 9/27 - 9/30
Pumpkin Spice - $20 GC
Kraft Outlet - Mystery Pack full of Kraft Outlet items valued at $20 Use Code: BLOGHOP to save 10%

And to sweeten the deal even more...Craftin' Desert Divas is offering an amazing sale of 30% off anything in her store!! WOW I am totally taking advantage of that one!! 

Now for my projects I made some adorable little treat holders.  For my first project I used DRESS UP PUMPKINS from Too Cute By Jessica which you can find HERE.The stamps I used are from Craftin' Desert Divas Ghostly Greetings set which you can find HERE. 
I created a treat holder to fit my needs. Since I hate wasting stuff I incorporated the entire sheet of 6x6 paper! lol

Next I made this adorable treat holder with CUTE HALLOWEEN ACCESSORIES from KaDoodle Bug Designs which you can find HERE. It is hard to see in the picture but I "rolled" the banner with the sentiment on it so it adds some dimension. The sentiment is from CDD's Wonderfully Wicked stamp set which you can find HERE.

You can start the hop HERE.  I hope to see you there!!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Lots of Layers at the Sisterhood of Crafters

Good morning everyone!  Today starts a new challenge over at the Sisterhood of Crafters.  The challenge is LOTS OF LAYERS!! I may have gone overboard with this one but I couldn't stop..lol!  I got some new Sizzix dies which I used on the banners. I fell in love with all the bright colors of the paper, I couldn't narrow down which ones to use so I used them all!! It is hard to tell in the picture but this is a pretty big card. 

 I had fun with this challenge!! Come on by and have some crafty fun with us and show us your layers!

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Day #2 Craftin Desert Divas Blog Hop

Welcome to our seventh Craftin Desert Diva's stamp release blog hop!! We're super excited to share with you in full the CDD September release stamps. There are six new stamps that are being released today in the Craftin Desert Divas Shop and are available now for purchase.**All stamps with images have a FREE SVG (digital cut file)**This makes it so easy, you just cut out the image and then stamp on it. The SVG cut file will be in the CDD Gallery for you to download or after purchase just send Tara an email at craftindesertdivas@gmail.com to claim your SVG cut for the stamp set you purchased. So without further ado here are the latest stamps.

You Can Purchase This Set HERE

You Can Purchase This Set HERE

You Can Purchase This Set HERE

You Can Purchase This Set HERE

You Can Purchase This Set HERE

You Can Purchase This Set HERE

With a minimum 2 stamp purchase you will receive a FREE mini stamp. I will add it to your order.Use code: SEPTEMBER to save 20% off your ENTIRE purchase.The mini stamp & sale will end Sept. 30, 2014.

Here is the free pattern with your purchase:

Here is the free mini stamp with any 2 stamp purchase:

Tara 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).

And now onto my project!

For my project I used the free with purchase file from TCBJ as well as the AUTUMN and Beary Thankful sentiments from the Beary Thankful set to make a gift box.  I love those adorable bears!!I just want to reach thru and pinch their chubby cheeks!  The candy corn box is from SVG Cuts and you can find that HERE.  The paper I used is from Authentique.

Next up on the Line Up is the amazing Lori
So hop on over to her blog and see what craftiness awaits you!

 Winners will be picked from a different blog each day,so the more you comment the more chances you have to win.Craftin Desert Diva's ShopCDD Gallery - We'd love you to share your projects using the CDD stamps.

Blogs on the hop:

Sunday Day 2 -

3. Lisa B. - http://www.our2angelsinheaven.blogspot.com/ **You are here**

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Sneak Peak at Craftin' Desert Divas

Today  is Day #2 of the September stamp release at Craftin Desert Divas. We have six new stamp sets in this release! These images and sentiments will also come with a matching SVG cut file that is FREE to you.

There are a few specials during this release we want to share with you. Every purchase receives a FREE Too Cute by Jessica SVG pattern made especially for this release. Any minimum 2 Stamp purchase will receive a FREE mini stamp. Both stamp & pattern will be revealed during the hop.  Also there will be a sale 20% off your ENTIRE purchase using code: SEPTEMBER starting on Saturday.  The free mini stamp & sale will end Sept. 31, 2014.

Welcome to Day 2 of Craftin Desert Divas September stamp release! Each day we will be giving you a sneak peek at two of the six new stamp sets. Then, on Saturday and Sunday, we will have a blog hop with prizes each day. There are some amazing creations being shared today during this stamp release. We also have some special guest designers who will be joining us. 

Today we are showcasing the Ghostly Greetings and Wonderfully Wicked stamp sets. I am using the Ghostly Greetings as well as a special stamp for my project.

We have (6) 4x6 stamp sets.
Made in the USA.
Stamps will be available to order on Saturday.

We hope you will stop by the Craftin Desert Divas Shop and the Craftin Desert Divas Gallery Facebook group. We would love for you to join us and share your creations with us using Craftin Desert Diva's stamps. In this group we first show previews, have giveaways and much more!

I fell in love with this sentiment the moment I saw it so I knew I would have to use that one. I absolutely love the SVG's that come with these stamps.  It makes things so much easier for me.  The sentiment is from the Ghostely Greetings stamp set that I am showcasing today and the spider....well you will have to tune in to find out about him!  To make him more "bug eyed" (no pun intended) I added googly eyes to him. This awesome and fun hat is from SVG Cuts Halloween kit which you can find HERE. The top of the hat comes off so you can stuff it with goodies or leave it like I have it as a decor piece. You would think it would be hard to put together due to the shape but it is not at all!

Here is a close up of the sentiment.

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!

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 all so much for joining us today and I hope you will come back tomorrow for more sneak peeks.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Single Layer cards with the Sisterhood of Crafters

Hey everyone!  There is another challenge over at the Sisterhood of Crafters. This one was hard for me at first.  I ended up surprising myself and falling in love with the finished product. 

The challenge is to make a card with only one layer.  I always add paper or something so I was stumped at first. I used the Tiny Tag card from the Silhouette store and I stamped it with the Bear from Craftin' Desert Divas. To color it in I used my Spectrum Noir markers.  I found the perfect matching paper for it!!  It is really tiny but I think it packs a punch! lol  These would make a cute gift or attached to gifts as a little thank you.

I hope you play along with us over at the Sisterhood of Crafters.!  Happy Crafting!

Monday, September 1, 2014

Picture perfect!

Hey y'all!  I recently bought the newly released stamp set from Craftin' Desert Divas called Capture the Good Times. I loved the sentiments in this set and knew they would be perfect for albums, journaling as well as cards.  I thought I would challenge myself to make a bunch of projects using the same stamp set.  I thought I would share them with you all.  

Here is the first batch of ones I made.

First I made this photo cube with a picture that was taken of me and my girls by Hannah Westbrook photography. I thought the sentiment was perfect for it.

When I saw the next sentiment the first thing that popped into my head was to use a negative of the Sizzix die cut I used for the photo block.  I made this card completely out of scraps.  It was fun! lol

Next I made a camera album using the Camera shaped album by Lori Whitlock.  I changed things a bit to have it the way I wanted it.  The paper I used is by My Minds Eye called Lost & Found TWO.  I tried to show the pages inside since the papers were so pretty.  I added extra pages for a total of 20 pictures.  I also doubled up the pages so they are nice and sturdy.  Then added some ribbon and a camera charm for that extra pizazz.  

Craftin' Desert Divas is having a Linky party as well as a Facebook Gallery challenge.  Both have fantastic prizes so I am entering these into both.

Happy Crafting!