Sundays With Lorraine

Hello, my crafty friends, and welcome back to Weekly Scrapper. Do you enjoy the summer heat or do you spend most of your time in the comforts of your cool, air-conditioned craft room? Either way, I hope that you are experiencing a wonderful summer day.  Now that you’ve arrived here, we can begin our creative therapy, so sit back, relax, and enjoy.

Art Journal By Kath Stewart

Just looking at this beautiful art journal cover inspires me to break out my supplies and get my craft on, I hope it does the same for you. Kath even created her own journal using Eileen Hull’s fabulous journal die. Here I go enabling again, but I do believe this is a “need it in your life die.” Think of all the possibilities – art journals, travel journals, and mini albums, do I need to say more? Add your own handmade tags and pockets to house your memorabilia and before you know it, you will have an amazing album and/or art journal suitable for gift giving. What’s not to love about this fabulous project?

If you have been inspired by Kath’s journal, click here and I’ll take you over to her blog “The Cubbyhole” so you can scrap lift some of her great tips and tricks. I love her philosophy, if you don’t have an item that you need – just alter something else and make it work.  Now that’s being creative! Hugs to Kath for showing us how it’s done. I almost forgot, if you, too, need Eileen Hull’s journal die, you can go over to the Sizzix Blog to purchase your own or if you are planning on attending any of our Stamp & Scrapbook Expos I highly recommend stopping by the booth It’s Cheaper Than  Maria B is the Sizzix Queen and she always has a great selections of Sizzix products. Happy crafting!

Hello Summer Card By Nichol Spohr

How adorable is this summer-themed card that I discovered on the Simon Says Blog? Nichol Spohr created this super fun card using components of the new Summer Hello July 2017 Card kit! To complete the design, she also used the Nuvo crystal drops in DandelionRipened Pumpkin, and Carnation as well as our Dot Scallop Border! I love how Nichole mixed and matched her patterned papers to create those adorable bikinis. What a great way to use even your tiniest scraps. Way to go, Nichol, thanks for being such a constant inspiration to your fellow paper crafters!

I highly recommend watching the video that Nichol has prepared; she really has lots of tips and techniques to share. She also shares step-by-step instructions on how easily this fun card comes together. Click here and I will be happy to escort you on over to the Simon Says Blog.

Beach Themed Cards By Lisa

In honor of summer, Lisa created this adorable beach-themed card. I love how she combined several different dies to create her own unique beach scene. Way to go, Lisa, you truly are an inspiration! I can also see this done on a larger scale to use as a fun cover for a summer-themed mini album. Lisa has an amazing eye for detail as you can see by this sweet card. I highly recommend stopping by her blog A Mermaids’ Crafts so you can take notes on what supplies were used. I know that there is a die or two that you need in your life!



This is one of those cards that most people will leave out all summer just because It makes them feel happy. It brings me back to the beach on a beautiful summer day. I hope you’ve been inspired to send one of your handmade treasures and brighten someone’s day. One can never receive too many of your handmade treasures.

Caribbean Pulled Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Tell me this recipe doesn’t scream summer! And you don’t even have to heat up the kitchen. 😉  It’s perfect served in the lettuce wraps or as Lexi said “You can even add the chicken to your favorite greens for a delicious, protein-packed salad any night of the week!” You are going to love it, cook once and enjoy twice.

This is one of those meals that you can dump in the crockpot and stroll right back to your craft room where you belong while the crockpot works its magic. Complete the meal by scooping the chicken into your lettuce wraps, top with your favorite add-ons, and enjoy as the compliments come rolling in. Big hugs to Lexi for sharing yet another delicious recipe to add to our book of culinary masterpieces.

I do hope you will take a minute or two to visit the individual blogs I have shared today so you can see more details on these wonderful projects. Hugs to all who have shared the inspiration for today’s post. With a little help from our creative friends, we can all create beautiful things.

What’s Hot On The Stamp & Scrapbook Expo Show Floor

Hello my crafty friends, I know it’s not Sunday, which is when you are used to seeing my posts. I also have the privilege of sharing with you what’s hot on the show floor at Stamp & Scrapbook Expo. Many of you know that I have a special place in my crafty heart for Heartfelt Creations. They have been a constant source of inspiration to many paper crafters throughout the years.

Today I will be sharing two new holiday lines by Heartfelt Creations and I hope you are as inspired as I am to get those holiday crafts started.  To be totally honest I had planned on posting this article in July but with our marathon of shows and the Winter’s Eve Collection just becoming available on August 9th, it turned into Christmas in August. What’s a few weeks amongst friends, right?  We still need to get a head start on our holiday projects and who better to inspire us than Heartfelt Creations?

Due to their popularity, I thought you might enjoy seeing a few projects using their new holiday lines Festive Holly and Winters Eve,

Who wouldn’t love to receive a gorgeous mini album filled with priceless memories?  Click here and I will be happy to escort you over to the Heartfelt Creation Blog where Anita Kejriwal shares step-by-step instructions on how easily this adorable album comes together using the new Festive Holly & Cardinal Collection.

Here’s a peek at some of the inside pages; they are too cute!

Here are two gorgeous cards created using the Winters Eve Collection. I absolutely love the dimensional flowers on these sweet cards.

I instantly fell in love with the window die that Emma Lou used to create this adorable winter-themed card. It’s on my “must have” list when I get to our New Jersey show next week. Be sure to check out the video that Emma Lou has prepared, you’re going to love it.


On the outside chance that you are new to the wonderful world of Heartfelt Creations, I want you to know about their amazing Gallery as well as Emma Lou’s videos. You will never be left without direction or inspiration as there are 100’s of videos and samples to guide you through each project step-by-step.

I hope you’ve been inspired to get a head start on those Christmas projects. This is the year that you are in total control, I have faith in you.  Your cards and tags will be complete weeks before the holiday, leaving you plenty of time to enjoy time with your family and friends.

Sundays With Lorraine

Hello, my crafty friends and thank you for stopping by. I’ve just returned home from a mini marathon of shows – Atlanta, GA, Kansas City, MO and ending in beautiful Santa Clara, CA. I am happy to report that the Creativity Center was on fire and a fun time was had by all – hugs to all those creative people that I had the privilege of meeting in person.  You are the reason that the Stamp & Scrapbook Expo has been doing shows for 20 years. It’s always a pleasure to create something beautiful with you in person. It’s like having my cake and eating it, too. Hugs to all!

Inspiration Butterfly ATC By Riikka Kovasin

You all know how I love a good inky background and these artsy ATC cards designed by the very talented Riikka Kovasin are no exception. It’s a little hard to see in the photo that the butterflies are stamped on acetate, cut out, and sewn to the card. I love the visual interest that it adds to the project without overpowering the cards.

Artist Trading Cards are pieces of art that can fit on a 2.5″ by 3.5″ piece of card stock paper. The possibilities are endless; remember that if you can imagine it you can create it. They are a great way to share your art with others. I hope you’ve been inspired to break out your favorite supplies and give these fun cards a try. I must warn you – they are a bit addictive, so once you get the fever it’s hard to stop. Remember there are no rules; just have fun with your art. 

Block Watercolor Stamping By Jennifer McGuire

I’d like to send a shout out to Jennifer McGuire for revisiting the art of water coloring with your acrylic blocks. It’s fun, easy and oh-so-showy. As you can see by these beautiful cards, the end results are stunning. Try using different size and shaped blocks to create all kinds of designs.

I highly recommend stopping by Jennifer’s blog to check out the video she prepared; you are going to love all the samples that she has to share. I hope you’ve been inspired to break out those acrylic blocks and your favorite dye based inks and or markers and create your own unique works of art.

Italiana Riviera Tile Coasters by Kathy

It makes me smile using my treasured stamps on things other than paper. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a paper crafter at heart, it’s what I do!  I live and breath scrapbooking, from layouts to cards to tags to mixed media projects; big or small I love ’em all!  But there is something to be said about walking into your craft room and coming out with a handmade gift. Wouldn’t this adorable set of coasters make a nice hostess gift at the next BBQ you’re invited to? Add a bottle of their favorite wine and you are the hero. 😉 
Add a cute tag and a simple ribbon and your handmade gift is ready to go.

Who would have guessed that these artsy coasters started out as a plain tile that was purchased at a home improvement store? I don’t want to frighten you, but the holidays are right around the corner and if we start our holiday crafting now we can enjoy the holidays instead of stressing out about not being prepared.  For further details along with a supply list, click here and I will be happy to escort you over to Kathy’s blog Joyfully Made Designs so you can see how easily this project comes together.

Glazed Pineapple and Shrimp Kabobs

These easy-to-make shrimp kabobs are sure to be a hit at your next BBQ. You’ll be happy to know that you can have them ready to serve in about half an hour, and another added bonus is that they are Weight Watcher friendly, too.

I highly recommend stopping by and spending some quality time with our friends over on the KITCHme Blog; they have the best selection of recipes – everything from desserts, drinks, complete meals, etc. If you are following the Weight Watchers program, kudos to you. Losing weight shouldn’t be a flavorless process and thanks to KITCHme, we can all enjoy our favorite foods.

Thanks for stopping by; I always enjoy our creative time together. It’s show time for me and the Stamp & Scrapbook Expo. The marathon of shows is still in full swing and with 19 shows around the nation, the question is not what show you should attend, but rather how many shows you CAN attend! I’ll meet you at the Creativity Center. Hugs to all!

Sundays with Lorraine

Hello, my crafty friends, and welcome back to Weekly Scrapper. I just returned home from the Stamp & Scrapbook Expo in Kansas City, MO and I’m happy to report that a fun time was had by all. The weather may have been hot and the humidity on high, but everyone was on fire at the Creativity Center!  Hugs to all those talented crafters for making it such an amazing show.

I’m feeling a bit eclectic today, and I hope you find inspiration in today’s post. I have mixed media tags, an animation card, an adorable quilt, and, of course, a delicious dinner that you can have on the table in under half an hour. Whats not to love, right?

Mixed Media Tags by Marlene

Many of you know that I have a passion for all that is inky. When I discovered these perfectly inked up tags on the Art Anthologies blog, I knew I had to share the inspiration.  Art Anthology Paints & Colorations Sprays are second to none; you’re going to love them, especially when you combine the two together. My favorite way to use them is a good old fashioned resist technique. You can stamp an image, paint random areas, dry, then spray over the top with the Coloration Spray. The areas you painted will then resist the spray, creating a gorgeous background.

If you would like to see how easily these little works of art came together be sure to visit the Art Anthology blog and check out the easy to follow Snapquide 

Animation Card by Nina-Marie Trapani

Have you seen the new Animation Stamps by Uchi’s Designs? For those of you new to animation stamps, they are images that are made up of a series of vertical lines. When stamped onto paper and paired with a vertical grid overlay, they create an image that appears to be moving.

They really are a lot of fun. You can make them as elaborate or simple as you like. If you are a visual person like myself, I recommend checking out the short video to see exactly how the animation works, so click here and I’ll take you over to the Simon Says Blog. Who wouldn’t love to receive this sweet interactive card in their mailbox?  Kudos to you for sharing those smiles one handmade card at a time.

New Quilting Dies By Sizzix

I must confess that I am new to the wonderful world of quilting, but even I can see the benefit of cutting out your fabric using a die versus cutting it out by hand. With a little help from our friends over at Sizzix you, too, can crank out this sweet quilt in a day if you are an experienced seamstress – maybe a little longer for us beginners. Victoria used the new Totally Trees Die by Sizzix to cut out the tree shapes, but you can also create different designs and patterns by switching the shapes up a bit. This is definitely one of those dies I know I can use in many different ways.

I’m thinking these handmade quilts will make a perfect gift for the holidays. If you want to see more on how easily this adorable quilt comes together, click here and I will take you over to the Sizzix Blog so you can check out the short 6-minute video. It truly inspired me to add this handmade quilt to my crafting bucket list and I hope it does the same for you. Happy quilting, my crafty friends!

Tilapia Fish Tacos With Tropical Salsa

These easy to make tacos are a great combination of flavors and textures, and the bright colors make this dish as pretty as it is delicious. You and your family are going to love them. Sara truly is a culinary genius and I don’t know how my family survived before I discovered her amazing food blog Dinner At The Zoo.

If you are not a fan of tilapia feel free to use any mild white fish in its place. Part of the charm of this recipe is that you can substitute the fish and also customize your salsa to include what your picky eaters like. Big hugs to Sara for sharing this amazing meal and for getting us out of the kitchen and back into our crafting rooms in under half an hour!

I do hope you will take a minute or two to visit the individual blogs I have shared to see more details on these wonderful projects. Hugs to all who have shared the inspiration for today’s post.

Have an amazing week and I’ll see you next Sunday!


Sundays With Lorraine

Good day to you, my crafty friends, and welcome back to Weekly Scrapper. I just returned home from the Stamp & Scrapbook Expo in Duluth, GA, where I had the privilege of crafting with some seriously fun and creative people. I miss you guys already!  Next week I’m off to Kansas City where I hope to see many of you in person at the Creativity Center – it’s people like you that get me through these mini marathons (back-to-back shows). It’s always a pleasure to create something beautiful with you in person. It’s like having my cake and eating it, too. Hugs to all!

Moments Captured by Sonia Thomason

This sweet layout was designed by the very talented Sonia Thomason and it truly inspired me to get some of those photos off my phone and on to a scrapbook layout. I hope this post does the same for you. The inspiration for this adorable layout began with Kaiser Crafts’ new Keepsake Collection – a perfect choice to complement those beautiful black and white photos. I love how Sonia used different size photos, it really draws your eye to the most important part of the layout which, of course, are the photos.

Memories are special moments that tell your story. Kudos to you for keeping those memories alive through you priceless scrapbooks! Big hugs to Sonia and Kaisercrafts for showing us how it’s done. I highly recommend stopping by the Kaisercraft blog so you can check out the other projects that their design team has created. You’re going to love them!

You Make Life Beautiful Card by Melissa Phillips

The first thing that caught my eye on this card was the gorgeous flowers, they seem to bloom right before your eyes.  Melissa used the Mondo Peony stamp and die By Julie Ebersole. Love to super size? Then this set is for you! The peony in all its grandeur is sized to impress; the larger of the flowers is a generous 3 1/2 x 3 5/8″ making it perfect for all kinds of paper crafts. Melissa took things a step further by heat embossing the top flower on vellum then coloring the back with Copic markers to create that elegant stained glass look. The bottom flower was stamped and colored with Prima Marketing Water Color Confections.

If you haven’t had the opportunity to play with Prima’s Color Confections, I must say they are amazing. Watercolor Confections are artist-grade, highly pigmented watercolor pens. These professional-grade paints provide bright, intense, smooth, and long-lasting colors that will work beautifully for any art or mixed-media project. For additional info along with the tools and supplies that Melissa used to create this handmade treasure, click here and I will escort you over to her blog Lilybean Paperie so you can take notes. Hugs to Melissa for being a constant inspiration to her fellow paper crafters.

You are Cherished by Kathy Racoosin

Have you had the opportunity to play with the new Chameleon Pencils? They look pretty amazing and I can’t wait to get to our Kansas City show to see who carries them on the show floor. If you are not able to make it to a Stamp & Scrapbook Expo I also saw them on the Simon Says site so click here and I’ll take you over. I am a big fan of coloring and I can’t wait to get my hands on them. Kathy has used them on this sweet card and the end result is stunning.

Shading is so easy; just flip the pencil to blend! One end has either a shade or a complementary color on the other end. They come in a nice case which makes them perfect for traveling – guess what’s coming on the plane with me on my next trip? If you fell in love with the sweet stamp, it’s from the Tiny Townies Collection titled “Sweet Pea.”  They are so stinking adorable and so much fun to color. Click HERE and I’ll take you on over to Kathy’s post about creating this lovely card, along with a video and some great coloring tips.

Jerk Chicken with Mango Avocado Salsa and Coconut Rice

I can’t think of a better way to ring in summer than with a good old fashioned BBQ! Is your grill out yet?  I hope so because you’re going to love this tropical recipe that I discovered on the Cooking Classy Blog. The fusion of island flavors here is most definitely set to impress.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have an amazing week ahead of you. Stay crafty, my friends!
~ Lorraine


Sundays With Lorraine

Hello, my crafty friends, and welcome back to Weekly Scrapper! Summer has officially begun and in Southern California, we can have days that can exceed 100 degrees so if I’m not at the beach, I tend to navigate to my happy place, which is my nice air-conditioned craft room.  Since you are here with me that must mean that you, too, have found a little “me” time in your happy place, so let’s get started with today’s creative therapy.

Walk By Faith Canvas By Suzanne C

This whimsical canvas really spoke to me and I hope you find it as inspiring as I do. You all know how I love a nice hand-painted and/or inked background. The combination of this along with the stenciled texture and the gorgeous crackle embossing paste really takes this canvas to the next level.  Add those gorgeous butterflies with a little help from our creative friend, Suzanne, and you too can create a real work of art.

Pulling off a project with a lot of negative space is quite a challenge and big hugs to Suzanne for showing us how it’s done. I love how all those beautiful butterflies look as though they’re ready to take flight right off the canvas. I hope you’ve been inspired to break out a blank canvas and create your own work of art! I highly recommend stopping by the blog Suzz’s Stamping Spot any time you are in need of some serious inspiration. Suzanne is the queen of paper crafting and she has prepared a tutorial that shares step-by-step instructions on how she designed this project.

Are We There Yet By Tamera

Isn’t this a perfect card to mail someone that needs a little pick-me-up? After all, isn’t that why we put so much love into our handmade treasures? Sending a handmade card is like sending a hug through the mail. Many thanks to Tamera for sharing how easily this adorable card came together.  Click here and I will take you over for a visit so you can follow along as Tamera shares easy-to-follow instructions.

Kudos to you for sharing those smiles one handmade card at a time. I hope you’ve been inspired to break out those Distress Inks and Distress Crayons to create your own customized backgrounds. Be sure to stop by Tamera’s blog Plays Well With Paper for more great tips and techniques.

Heat Embossing Basics By Julie Ebersole

Heat embossing is one of my favorite techniques to share. I love it when I break out the heat guns and embossing powders in the Creativity Center – it makes my heart sing to see those faces light up when they experience the magic for the first time. It’s a beautiful thing! Whether you have been heat embossing for years or it’s your first time, Julie has some really great tips to share, so be sure to check out her video on Ellen Hutson’s Blog; you’ll be glad you did.

One tip that I would like to repeat is the fact that you don’t have to limit yourself to using Vera Mark for heat embossing. I’m almost embarrassed to admit how many years I thought that was our only option. I love my Versa Mark and I use it often. Because it’s a thicker watermark ink it stays wet longer which gives you more time to add embossing powders. You can basically use any pigment ink for heat embossing; you just need to remember that the pigment ink will dry faster so you have to apply the embossing powder before the ink drys. This will open all kinds of options for you, as long as you have clear embossing powder you can heat emboss with all your yummy pigment ink colors. Have fun!

Shrimp Cakes By Skinny Taste

You’re going to love these light, pan-seared shrimp cakes. They are moist and tender, covered with a crispy panko crust. Not only are they tasty but also much healthier than what you would expect. For those following the Weight Watcher program, they count as 7 points or a mere 265 calories. I almost forgot to mention that you can have these delicious shrimp cakes on the table in under half an hour. What’s not to love, right?

Gina is the queen of preparing light, fresh meals you and your whole family will love! Click here and I will be happy to escort you over to her amazing food blog Skinny Taste so you can print out the recipe. While you are there make sure you check out the “need it in your life” cookbooks. Big hugs to Gina for sharing with us that eating healthier doesn’t have to be painful.

I do hope you will take a minute or two to visit the individual blogs I have shared to see more details on these wonderful projects. Hugs to all who have shared the inspiration for today’s post. Have an amazing week and I’ll see you next Sunday.

What’s New on the Stamp & Scrapbook Expo Show Floor

Hello, my crafty friends, and welcome back to Weekly Scrapper!  I know it’s not Sunday, which is when you are used to seeing my posts. It’s Tuesday and I’m happy to have the opportunity through this new series to share some of the things that are all the buzz on our Stamp and Scrapbook Expo floor.  I have been in the paper crafting industry for over 16 years, so when things WOW me, I feel the need to share them with you. There is so much happening on our show floors and sometimes it can be overwhelming, but in a fabulous way!  I’m here to shed some light on things you might have heard about but haven’t yet experienced, so don’t be afraid to ask questions. While teaching at the Creativity Center, I am often asked what’s up with Ranger’s new Distress Oxides by Tim Holtz. People often ask if I “need” them in my life.  My answer is a definite “Yes, I do!” and I’m here to share a few reasons why.

Distress Oxide Ink is a water-reactive dye and pigment ink fusion that creates an oxidized effect when sprayed with water. The Distress Oxides work beautifully on their own  – but when you hit them with water the magic begins.

Here’s my first attempt at playing with the new inks. Did I mention that I’m in love with all the possibilities? This card is one of my favorites; I used watercolor paper with Fossilized Amber, Spiced Marmalade, Wilted Violet, and Faded Jeans.

Another bonus is that you can layer the colors without making “mud.” You know what I mean – when you’ve obviously crossed the line with your blending and your colors turn to a lovely muddy brown shade?  With Distress Oxides, you can actually layer your colors and they remain true. It’s a real game changer. 

Be fearless when it comes to your creativity; if you don’t play with your toys you will never know what they’re capable of. Have fun!

Here’s a background that I heat embossed using white embossing powder on watercolored paper, then I inked over the top and buffed it out with a baby wipe. Too pretty, don’t you think?

You will be amazed at how different the inks look on different types of paper. A perfect example is how they work on kraft paper which is more porous than regular card stock. It almost has a suede look, too; it’s gorgeous, soft, and chalk-like.

One of the main differences between Distress Ink and Distress Oxide Ink is that with Distress Oxide Inks you can apply them to darker colored paper. You’re no longer limited to light colored papers. The colors are much more subtle, almost like you chalked on an old chalkboard. On this card, I heat embossed with white embossing powder on black cardstock then applied Distress Oxides over the top, then wiped over the embossed area with a damp baby wipe.

Because of the partial pigment in the ink you can even heat emboss with them, just remember you need to add your embossing powder right away before your ink dries. If you’re used to heat embossing with Vera Mark just know that Distress Oxide inks will dry a bit faster.  

A little tip when you’re playing and experimenting with your inks, remember that wet ink on wet ink will allow you to blend your ink whereas wet ink on dry will layer your inks, that’s why you always see Tim Holtz with that little white technique gun in his hand. He’s armed and ready to add that next layer of inky perfection.

The first 12 Distress Oxide colors that were released are Vintage Photo, Walnut Stain, Wilted Violet, Worn Lipstick, Broken China, Cracked Pistachio, Faded Jeans, Fired Brick, Fossilized Amber, Iced Spruce, Peeled Paint, and Spiced Marmalade.

You will be happy to know that Ranger has announced that they will be releasing 12 new Distress Oxide colors this month. Are you ready?!  The new colors will be as follows: Abandoned Coral, Antique Linen, Black Soot, Candied Apple, Frayed Burlap, Lucky Clover, Peacock Feathers, Picked Raspberry, Salty Ocean, Seedless Preserves, Twisted Citron, and Wild Honey. I’m doing the happy dance with you, too! I can’t wait to get to our Duluth show next week and pick up the entire set if they’re available yet. If not, I still have a few of the original colors to pickup, I was only able to score six colors at the Craft Fancy Booth before they were gone. Craft Fancy is an amazing paper crafting store in the Chicagoland area that carries just about everything you need for your paper crafting projects and they also exhibit at most of our shows. This is one booth you don’t want to miss!

Thanks for stopping by today.  I hope you’ve been inspired to give these amazing Distress Oxide Inks a try; you’ll be glad you did!

With this many shows around the nation, the question is not what show you should attend but rather how many shows you can attend! Click here and I will be happy to escort you over to the Stamp & Scrapbook website so you can start planning your creative mini vacation; you deserve it! I look forward to seeing you in person at any of our shows – I’ll meet you in the Creativity Center and we will create some beautiful together. I’ll bring the chocolate! 😉  I hope you have an amazing week ahead of you. Hugs to all!