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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.

Saturday, October 24, 2015

CDD October Stamp & Die Release Day - #2

Welcome to the CDD Stamp & Die Release Blog Hop. 

All stamps & Dies are in the CDD Shop and now available for purchase.

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

To make the frame of the card (window/door) I taped together the Stitched rectangle die from Fancy Frames and square die from the Pocket Pieces die set and ran it thru my machine with watercolor paper.  Before removing the tape I ran it through two more times but this time with craft foam, making my base for the shaker card.  I did cut out another solid stitched rectangle to put it all together.  I used watercolors as well as some distress inks to color the window. For the snow I used some Microbeads as well as the Snow & Ice Sequins.

To assemble the wreath I cut out the wreath looking die from the Circle dies that were released yesterday.  I cut it out like 6 times in two different colored greens.  I added the candle and the bow die from the Party Dies.  I was so excited that I had these dies because they really finished the wreath off and made it so easy to make this card! Stickles came in handy for the "berries" and for the candle.  Before I embossed and distressed the window/door frame I embossed the sentiment from Get Your Jingle on.  This is one of my favorite sentiments from CDD, especially because it is a nice size.

Last but not least I used the angled die from the new In Line dies for the blue matting and the stitched line die for the red matting.

I will tell you ladies, if you need to make a bunch of Christmas cards this is a great and easy way to use up your scraps and make them in no time.  The dies do all the work!!

Here are the specials for this release:
**FREE MINI BANNER DIE to the first 60 orders (purchase must be $40 minimum before tax & shipping, one free banner per address) PLUS 1 BAG OF FREE SEQUINS on all orders placed on 10/23-10/25, no code necessary!! Ends 10/25 at 10pm MST. Just leave your choice of sequins in the comment section as you place your order. Stamps & Dies are made in the USA.

Here is today's SVG freebie. Each stop along the way there will be a code letter that spells a word 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 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 have enjoyed this release and will join us again tomorrow for more projects.

Your code letter from me is: U

Your next stop is the super talented: 


  1. GORGEOUS card!!!
    LOVE the layers and design!!!
    THANK YOU for sharing :)

  2. Awesome and beautiful shaker card. Love it. Thank you for sharing. Have a wonderful crafty day.

  3. This is gorgeous!!! I love the colors and layers!

  4. Your card is absolutely beautiful!! I love how you used all of the dies and did the layering. It really works!!! Beautiful card!

  5. Love this card, Lisa!! Fabulous job in using all the different dies to create the wreath!! Love!

  6. You really put a lot of work into that card. It's beautiful

  7. LOVE this beautiful shaker card!! <3

  8. Love this beautiful card you created Lisa :)

  9. Gorgeous card. I so like how you combined the dies to create the window. I just love your design also. I so love this new release sooooo much.

  10. Such a lovely Card Lisa! :)


  11. I love your card the colors are beautiful

  12. Gorgeous card Lisa!

  13. Like the vintage look of this.
    "Sunshine HoneyBee"