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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, October 19, 2015

Photo Inspiration challenge for CDD

Hey everyone!  Today is week #2 of the Craftin' Desert Divas photo inspiration challenge/linky party.  I recently purchased some new Strathmore Watercolor paper as well as some new shades of Tim Holtz's distress inks.  I have been dying to try them out.  I based it around the colors of the challenge (of course). 

 This is the photo inspiration we were asked to make a project based on.

This was the finished product.

First I made a template with my Outdoor Landscape dies on cardstock that was slightly larger than my card base.  I cut my watercolor paper slightly larger than I needed as well. 

 I started at the top with the lightest distress ink colors and worked my way down to the darker colors.  I simply moved and retaped my template to where I wanted it to be. After I did all the layers I went back to fill in any of the white areas I missed.  The photo below is before I went back into touch up those areas. I flicked some water on the paper to get the watermarks, blotting it dry before proceeding further.

Then I embossed the sentiment from Thankful Squeaks in CTMH Topiary embossing powder.  I added the leaf from Autumn Wishes (which I colored with my new Winsor & Newton Promarkers) as well as the small brown retro square looking die cuts using my Pocket Pieces HI dies.

It is a super fun and easy way to use your dies in a different method.  I had so much fun making this card I can't wait to make more in different colors!

I hope you come on over to Craftin' Desert Divas and play along with our Photo Inspiration challenge!! There is one more week left to play along.

Happy Crafting!!


  1. VERY creative LisaB and it looks AWESOME! Hope you're having a wonderful Monday! HUGS ...