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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, December 9, 2015

Sisterhood of Crafters last challenge of 2015

Wow! As I typed the header it hit me.....2015 is almost over!  It has gone so quickly, but I for one am glad.  This year has not been kind to me.

Today starts the last challenge for 2015 over at the Sisterhood of Crafters.  That is crazy but super exciting! I can't wait to show you what we have in store for next year.

This challenge is hosted by our Sistah' Diane.  She picked to have a Holiday color themed challenge.  I love her unusual color choices.  Here is what she picked.

And this is what I came up with. 

I used the adorable mouse from the Got Coffee stamp set from Craftin' Desert Divas. I used my Winsor & Newton markers to color him in.  The sentiment came from CDD's Baked with Love stamp set.

I sure hope you stop on by The Sisterhood to play along with our last challenge for the year!!

Have a great day and,

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Just Pigcause

Hello everyone! Today is my turn at showcasing the "Just Pigcause"stamps from Craftin' Desert Divas.  I just adore this little pig.  I found these papers and decided to base my design around them. While this set is being showcased it will be 15% off so don't miss out!!

I made the "mud" out of the Stitched Scallop dies and staggered the different cuts of all three of the scallop dies. The stitched rectangle layers came from the Mix It Up die set as well as the Fancy Frame die set. It is hard to see in the photo but the red layer is also a stitched die.

 The cloud die came from The Sky Is The Limit die set  and all the different sized hearts came from Pocket Pieces Hi die set.

Have a great day!
Happy Crafting,
Lisa B.

CDD Supplies used:

Friday, December 4, 2015

You melt my heart

Hello everyone! It has been a long time since I have done a layout.  I created this layout based around the adorable "You Melt My Heart" snowman svg file you get for FREE from Too Cute By Jessica when you purchase $10 or more in files.  You can find out all the information HERE.

I did cut out several layers of the hands, heart and top portion of the hat to give it a little depth.

I made the heart border by using the Valentine's Day Accessories file.  I saved the pink and red hearts that were left over from the borders to scatter around the page.  The photo mats were made by using the Fancy Frame dies from Craftin' Desert Divas. I created the snow hill that the snowman is sitting on my turning the large speech bubble upside down from CDD In Line Die set. This die set is huge and I love the large dies because they come in handy in situations like this. The paper pad I used is called Bundled Up by Crate paper. I love the color combo in this set, perfect for those winter projects!

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Tis' The Season

For the next couple of days over at the CDD Blog we will be showcasing the Tis' The Season stamp set.  Today was my day over at the blog to share what I created.

This is the stamp set we will be showcasing.

This is a larger 5x7 stamp set filled with a bunch of wonderful and essential holiday sentiments.  I love the selection of so many different sayings in all these great fonts. I love having this set in my stamp collection! And don't be afraid to cut some of them to make it easier to stamp if needed.

To create this card I used a couple of stamp sets along with the Tis' The Season set.  I have really been loving the masking technique using Post-It note paper. I took the basket from the Farmer's Market stamp set for the base of my tree and masked it off. Then I used the tree from the Chill Out stamp set and stamped my tree.  The sentiment of course came from the Tis' The Season stamp set we will be showcasing for the next couple of days. To finish off the rustic sort of look I used the stitched star die from the Banner die set and some twine. My Winsor & Newton Promarkers were used to color in all my images.

Stop on by the CDD blog for the next couple of days to see what other crafty inspiration the DT has cooked up for you using this set.

Happy Crafting!

Here are the supplies I used:

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Week #2 of CDD Christmas Linky Party

Good morning everyone! I hope you all have survived the holiday weekend.  Unfortunately my holiday was met with a tragedy.  My brother-n-law passed away suddenly at the age of 46.  All of the family was together for the holidays due to this unforeseen tragedy, it made me appreciate my family even more.  I truly did count my blessings!

When I need to escape I go to my safety zone which is crafting and creating.  I brought along a bunch of images that I stamped so I could color while I was there. I decided to play along with the Craftin' Desert Divas second week of their Christmas Linky Party which is what I created this card for. This linky party is extended and doesn't end until December 20th so you will have extra time to create and play along.

 First I stamped the Santa from the Craftin' Desert Divas Holiday Helper stamp set. I then stamped him on some post-it note paper to make a mask for him. To get my snowy background I used the Snow border stamp from Across the Borders stamp set.  I would just like to say, this is not just a snow stamp ( I called it that) it can be used for so many different things.  To give the snow a different pattern I would flip the stamp around.  I used my white embossing powder and my Tim Holtz distress inks to get the background done.  After that was completed I removed my mask on the Santa and used my markers to color him in as well as adding some liquid applique, Stickles and some Wink of Stella markers.  

My Stitched in Circle dies are always close by since I love using them.  I cut out the Santa with the larger stitched circle die and added it to my favorite paper Doodlebug SugarPlums paper pad. The sentiment "Christmas Blessings" from the Tis' The Season was embossed in black across the bottom of the card.

I hope you come on by and play along with our Christmas Linky Party challenge.  They normally last only two weeks but this one is extended until Dec. 20th so you have plenty of time to play along and get some chances to win prizes!

Supplies used:

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

November Craftin' Desert Divas Blog Hop

Welcome to the CDD November Product Release Blog Hop.  All stamps & dies are in the CDD shop and now available for purchase. 

For this release we have (4) new 2x3 mini stamps and (3) new 5x7 stamp sets and 2 new die sets designed by our own design team member Leah!

2x3 mini stamp set

2x3 mini stamp set

Little Birdie
2x3 mini stamp set

2x3 mini stamp set

Busy Bees
5x7 stamp set

Home Sweet Home
5x7 stamp set

Across The Border
5x7 stamp set

Pocket Pieces Hello Dies

Stitched Scallop Dies

You can purchase them here.
Free shipping on $75.00 or more.

Here is what I've created for you.....

I wanted to try something different with this adorable Elephant stamp.  I took the little peanut that comes with the stamp and stamped them into a frame of sorts, then stamped the elephant in the middle.  I used my Winsor & Newton Promarkers to color everything in.  I added some Glossy Accents to the Peanuts to make them raised (it is hard to tell in the photo).  I used my Fancy Frame dies to make the layers of the card as well as the banner die from the Party Dies to string across the card.  The sentiment came from the Animal Antics stamp set.

Here are the specials for this release:

**FREE shipping everywhere, no code necessary!!  We are also going to have a Pre Black Friday Sale, the biggest sale of the year.  The entire shop will be 20% off starting the day of the blog hop!  You need to use the Code:blackfriday during checkout to receive the discounts.

Free shipping and sale ends 11/29 10pm MST
Stamps and dies are made in the USA.

Here is today's SVG freebie.  Each stop along the way there will be a code letter for the freebie code.  You must comment and follow each blog in order to get the free file.  The file will be available in the shop at http://craftindesertdivas.com/ just for that day.  Just add it to your cart and enter the letters you collected at each stop for the special code word at checkout to receive your free file download.  **The code word and free file will be available that day ONLY so please be sure to visit the link.

I hope you enjoyed this release and will join us again tomorrow for more projects and day 2 of our blog hop release.  Thank you so much!!

Your code letter from me is: F

Your next stop is the super talented Kristin. Just wait until you see what she cooked up for you!! You will be in love!!!

Monday, November 23, 2015

Christmas Blessings

Good morning y'all! Today starts a new linky party over at Craftin' Desert Divas.  The theme is Christmas.  That is an easy one, especially since most of us are already in (or will be) into the Christmas spirit of making cards etc. 

For my card I used a couple of the new sets that were released this week.  For the background I used the Across the Border stamp set for the snow background.  I stamped and embossed several lines of the snow stamp flipping it to make the pattern a bit different.  Then I used some Tim Holtz distress inks to give the sky some color.

Next I put my scor tape on some white cardstock and ran it thru my Cuttlebug using the hill die from Outdoor Landscapes die set.  I peeled the tape off and sprinkled my Snow flower soft on top to give it that fluffy snow look. The street lamp is from the Rudy stamp set which I colored than cut out and tucked it behind one of the hills.  

To get the adorable birdie wearing the hat from the Chilly stamp set, I first stamped the hat on the paper then masked it with my Post It paper.  Next I stamped the Chickie from the new Chickie stamp set and peeled up the post it paper and wahla! Easy peasy way to Winterize that adorable Chick!  I just adore that bird. The sentiment came from the Tis' The Season stamp set which I embossed in black.

I hope you come on by and play along with our Christmas challenge over at CDD!.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Gobble Gobble

I wanted to pop in and share with you a card I created for the first challenge over at the new Too Cute By Jessica blog.  The theme is a Thanksgiving theme.  I decided to use the adorable new Little Lovelies Happy Turkey Day file that was just released.  I combined a couple of elements from several of the turkeys and images to create this card.  I just can't get enough of these adorable Turkeys!!!

The paper I used is from Doodlebug Paper called Fall Friends.  I got my paper pad HERE.

I hope you come on over to the new Too Cute By Jessica blog and play along with our Thanksgiving themed challenge!

Have a great day!


Monday, November 16, 2015

Altered composition notebook

Good afternoon everyone!  Today I wanted to pop in and share an altered compostion notebook that I made.  I left it blank so it can be personalized.  It can be used as a Christmas Planner or a journal of sorts filled with Christmas Memories.

To make this I used the Christmas Candles SVG File from Too Cute By Jessica. I cut the candles in several layers so they would pop up some.  The smaller one I cut out and layered four times and the tall one I cut out 3 times.  I used some distress inks as well as Glossy Accents on the candles.  It was hard to picture because the Glossy Accents wasn't completely dried when I was taking the pic.  I added a banner from Craftin' Desert Divas Mix It Up die set as a space for it so be personalized.

These would make inexpensive but personal gifts for the holidays! Or a great way to record and keep your treasured Holiday Memories!

Have a great day!

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Tags in a flash!

Hello everyone! Today is my day to share a craft tutorial over at Craftin' Desert Divas. I thought it would be fun to share with you a quick and easy way to make a bunch of tags at once.  These can easily be added to card fronts or tied to gifts. I made all of these in a matter of minutes. 

Here is a picture of some of my supplies I used for this project.

First, I took the smaller tag die from the Tag Essential Die set and cut one out in acetate to use as my template (you can see my template on top of the Texture Paste jar). I took the heart die from the Mix It Up die set and made a pattern with the heart die on the acetate template tag. I cut out a bunch of tags with the same tag die using watercolor paper. 

Then for each tag I laid the template on top of it and used my Ranger Texture Paste so the hearts would be raised up.  Once that was done I waited for the texture paste to dry.

Next I used some Tim Holtz Distress inks to make an Ombre looking background on the tags and blended the inks until I got the desired look.  I flicked some white paint over all the tags.  I topped the hearts with Glossy Accents and Dazzling Diamonds so they would not only be raised, but they would be shiny and glittery. I also sprayed and splashed water on the tags for more of a watercolor/distressed look.

For the base of the tags I ran the bigger tag from the Tag Essential Die set in blue as well as white.  I embossed the tag base then glued the solid white to the back so the backs could be written on.  

I took the sentiment "Sprinkled with Love" from the CDD Got Coffee stamp set.  I did cut the stamp in three to make it easier to stamp and emboss. The top layer is raised on the tag by using foam tape.

Here is a group picture of the finished tags.  I did distress the edges of a few of the tags for more of a variety.

Close up so you can see the details.

CDD Supplies Used: