Sundays With Lorraine

Hello my crafty friends, and welcome back to Weekly Scrapper. Can you believe that it is the middle of October already; what happened to the year? Not to worry, fall is the best time of the year, it’s time to get our holiday crafting started. So put on your favorite comfy sweats and take a stroll over to your happy place (the craft room) because it’s time for today’s creative therapy.

Shaker Tags By Laurie Willison

With the holidays creeping up on us we are going to need tags for all those gifts that we will be giving, right?  How cute are these dimensional shaker tags by Queen & Company? Shaker elements aren’t just for cards anymore, Queen & Company has taken the guesswork out of creating the perfect shaker elements that can be used on your cards, tags, mixed media projects, and of course, don’t forget your scrapbooks.

Thanks to Queen & Company you, too, can create the perfect shaker elements in the blink of an eye!  It’s pretty much three easy steps, just peel, fill, and stick. What’s not to love? Click here and I will be happy to escort you over to their site so you can check out the huge selection of eye candy for your paper crafting. You might want to grab a cup of coffee, you will be spending a bit of time drooling over all the must-have paper crafting supplies. Have fun!

Steampunk Halloween Card by Jan Hobbins

I absolutely love this Steampunk Pumpkin stamp by Stampendous. It’s been out a while but I recently found mine at my local scrapbook store. Steampunk and Halloween go so well together, so I couldn’t resist revisiting this amazing card designed by the very talented Jan Hobbins. This card is the reason that I went on the hunt for this stamp.  It just makes me smile and I hope it does the same for you.

Do you give the insides of your cards the same love that you give the outside? Talk about fine details!  Check out how Jan continued the design onto the inside; it gives such a professional finish.

Don’t you just love all those fun gears? They prompted another purchase on my part which was Sizzix’s Tim Holtz Gearhead Thinlits set. There are 22 gears in this set, one of them a corner gear collage, which Jan used on the inside of the card. I love all the visual interest that it adds to the design. I’d like to send out a virtual hug to Jan for showing us how it’s done.

If The Hat Fits Halloween Card By Nichol Spohr

Nichol broke out all the bells and whistles for this fun and festive Halloween card. She used  Zig Kuretake Gansai Tambi Starry Colors to paint the witches hats and Nuvos’s Gilding Flakes on the title.  Don’t you love all that sparkle against the black background? This adorable Halloween card is sure to put a smile on the recipient’s face, the girls will love it! There you go again, sharing those smiles one handmade card at a time.

Something that I picked up from watching Nichol’s video was another way to adhere the Gilding Flakes.  She used Rangers Sticky Embossing Powder – I didn’t know that there was such a thing!  It’s the first thing on my shopping list when I get to the Sacramento show next week. I can’t wait to share this with my crafty friends in the Creativity Center since we’ll be playing with the Gilding Flakes.

Cheesy Baked Ziti 

We’ve arrived in one of the best seasons of the year – I’m talking about the comfort food season, which celebrates all things cheesy, creamy, hearty and oh-so-decadent. Maybe it’s the New Yorker in me but in our house, one of our favorite comfort foods in the fall was Moms homemade Baked Ziti. Thanks to the culinary geniuses over on the Food Network Blog, you, too, can enjoy this yummy dish with ingredients you most likely already have on hand.

This top-rated casserole yields a whopping 12 servings, so keep it in mind when you’re planning for a crowd. How perfect will this yummy Baked Ziti be for your Halloween party or for when the kids return home after trick-or-treating?  Click here and I will take you over to the Food Network Blog so you can print out the recipe.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s projects. For additional information on any of these projects be sure to stop by the individual blogs, I have supplied links so all you have to do is click and you are there. Happy fall to all!


Sundays With Lorraine

Hello, my crafty friends, and welcome back to Weekly Scrapper. Lorraine here, ready to share some fun projects on this beautiful fall day, so grab a cup of coffee, sit back, relax and enjoy a little crafty “me” time. You deserve it!

Adding Color to Black & White Elements by Missy Whidden

There is nothing like a beautiful watercolored background to make a black & white photo just pop. Missy used the Faith > Fear Collection by Illustrated Faith on this layout. The collection is entirely black & white which leaves your color options wide open. I love the contrast of this black & white collection. Click here and I’ll take you over for a peek of all the pieces that are available.

For more details click here and I will be honored to take you over to the Bella Blvd blog so you can follow along as Missy shares many tips and tricks on how easily this adorable layout comes together. Happy scrappin’!

You Are Amazing By Yoonsun Hur

Since we already have the watercolors out, I thought you might enjoy this sweet card designed by the very talented Yoonsun. Have you had the opportunity to play with Altenew multilayer stamps yet? They really take the guesswork out of creating a beautiful bold contrast, or you can use your favorite coloring medium for a soft and subtle look.

No matter what your style is, you are sure to fall in love with all the possibilities. Yoonsun stamped the image using Versa Fine Onyx Ink than watercolored the flowers with Distress Inks, but feel free to use what you have on hand. Have fun experimenting with different coloring mediums to alter the finished piece.

Mini Album By Suzz

What’s not to love about mini albums?  They are the instant gratification of scrapbooking, not to mention they make the perfect gift for those special people in your life.  With a little guidance from our crafty friend Suzanne, you, too, can whip up several of these little works of art for the holidays. Add a few photos and some meaningful sentiments and you have a gift that will be treasured for years to come. The large house in the set measures approximately 5″ tall by 3 5/8″ wide, which can easily handle of few carefully cropped pics and lots of stamping. After all, there is no better gift than the gift of memories, right?

I couldn’t resist sharing a 2nd photo of the inside. Be sure to stop by the Funkie Junkie Blog to check out the album in its entirety. You’re gonna love it!

I love the fact that Suzanne created her own mini album using the Tiny House Die by Tim Holtz. What a creative way to use the die. I must confess, I loved the die before but I haven’t purchased it yet. I was on the fence thinking how many little houses can one make, but when you add in mini albums – well that’s another story!  After seeing what Suzanne did with this project It’s now on my list to purchase at our Sacramento show in a few weeks.

Creamy Lemon Parmesan Chicken Piccata

It’s lemon time in my neck of the woods (sunny southern CA) so I am on the hunt for ways to use them. My family and friends love this creamy chicken over pasta, but a piccata can be served over anything: rice, zucchini noodles, steamed vegetables, or anything else you can think of. Have fun making this dish your own.

Be sure to stop by and visit with Karina on her amazing food blog Cafe Delites; you and your family will be glad you did. Big hugs to Karina for helping us kick things up a notch or two in the kitchen. Bon appetit!

Thanks for stopping by, have an amazing week, and I’ll see you next Sunday with some really fun projects to get you in the fall spirit. If you happen to be in Sacramento, CA the 3rd weekend of Oct (10/20 – 10/21) or in Ontario, CA the first weekend in Nov (11/3 – 11/4) we would love to have you join us at our last two shows of the year! I will meet you at the Creativity Center and we can create something beautiful together.



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

Happy Tuesday my crafty friends, I’m smiling because today is the day that I have the opportunity to share some of the must-have treasures on our show floor. Many of you know that I host the Creativity Center at the Stamp & Scrapbook Expos. One of my favorite projects that I get to share with you at the show is from Elizabeth Crafts Designs. It takes me to my happy place when I see the faces of those who have seen the magic for the first time.  What you can do with their amazing microfine glitter and double-sided tape will blow your mind!

Here’s a photo of the project we made at the Creativity Center; I couldn’t resist sharing. When you can create this kind of detail with glitter and double-sided tape, you know that you are experiencing the best of the best.

Sorry, I got distracted in my excitement over their glitter! 🙂  What I really intend to share with you today are their gorgeous new Christmas designs. How lucky for us that they are available just in time to create some beautiful holiday cards.

Let’s start out with this gorgeous snowflake card; doesn’t it just scream simple elegance?  If you plan on creating your own handmade cards for the holidays, this would be a great choice.  It’s fast, easy, and oh-so-pretty. The Snowflake die comes in three sizes – the largest Snowflake is approximately 3.5” x 4.1” which is the one used on this card. I know that your creative mind is spinning with all the ways you can use this die, so click here and I will take you over to Elizabeth Crafts site so you can order your own.

Who says Christmas has to be red and green? I love the soft, romantic pink and white combination on this card. The die set used on this little beauty is titled Festive Glow.  The set comes with 6 separate dies, making it oh-so-easy to change the design to suit your mood.

For those that prefer more of a traditional look, the Hang the Christmas Stockings die is perfect. Do you have someone in your life that just can’t wait for Christmas? Then you are going to love this gentle reminder that they can’t open their gift until Dec 25th (too cute)! This die set comes with 11 separate dies, making it so very versatile.

The Christmas Tree is my absolute favorite die set.There are so many ways to alter the trees. It’s hard to see the intricate design in this photo but each section of the tree has a different pattern. Tthe pieces are all separate so you can also adjust the size of the trees, big or small you are going to love them all! Each die also comes with an outline so you can have a plain tree without the design. The possibilities are endless. Be sure to check out the video that Els has prepared; it shows how easily this adorable card comes together. The second card was created using the Reindeer die set; this set has seven separate dies, making it so easy to create the perfect winter scene.

I hope that you have been inspired to get a head start on your holiday cards. We still have two shows left for the year and we would love to see you at one of them. Once you’re on the show floor you can find all of the dies at the Elizabeth Crafts booth. If you are unable to attend the show you can also find lots of must-have supplies at the Elizabeth Crafts Designs website; just click here and I will be happy to take you over for a visit. While you’re on the site be sure to checkout Els’s Technique Friday, you will never be left without inspiration. Els is the queen of paper crafting and her videos are amazing. There is good reason that she has 19K subscribers!

Thanks for stopping by, and I hope you have an amazing week ahead of you.

Sundays With Lorraine

Happy fall, my crafty friends, and welcome back to Weekly Scrapper. It’s hard to believe that it’s October already and that means beautiful fall foliage (if you’re lucky), warm cozy sweaters, holiday crafting, and of course, everything pumpkin. It’s my favorite time of the year and I can’t wait to start my holiday crafting. Since you have arrived it must be time to start today’s creative therapy.

Don’t Forget to Be Awesome

A priceless photo or two, some artsy techniques in the background, and topped off with some handwritten journaling to add that personal touch, creates the perfect recipe for an amazing layout, a real work of art. I love how Riikka used the foils to add that subtle shimmer throughout the background as well as on the photo. Did you know that most foils will stick to just about any sticky surface? On this layout, Riikka used several ways to apply the foil, one of which she stamped a pattern using Wow! Embossing Ink and covered the stamped image with Bonding Powder.  While the powder was still hot she placed the foil on top. You can also use a stencil and a glue stick but remember, the image won’t be quite as defined as if you used a stamp. The possibilities are endless!

There is so much more than first meets the eye. I highly recommend stopping by the Wow! Blog to check out Riikka’s article where she generously shares some great techniques that were used to create this adorable layout. Happy scrapping, my friends.

You Got This By Barbara Anders

I can’t think of a better way to offer a bit of encouragement than to send one of your handmade treasures through the mail. This clean and simple card is proof that sometimes less is definitely more. Who wouldn’t feel the love after opening the mailbox to find this heartfelt card?

I hope you’ve been inspired to break out the foam tape and create your own peek-a-boo elements with your favorite dies. Big hugs to Barbara for being such a constant inspiration to her fellow paper crafters. Keep up the great job you are doing by sharing those smiles one handmade card at a time.

Family Birthday Tracker

While spending some quality time on my Pinterest boards, I came across this adorable birthday tracker that I shared a while back and knew I needed to revisit this one for the holidays. Being the talented crafter that you are, do your friends and family look forward to receiving one of your handmade treasures during the holidays? I’m thinking that they do! 😉  I made several of these one year to give to the girls for Christmas and they were a huge hit. The hardest part is to gather all the birthdays. If that’s not an option you can leave the tags blank and let them fill them in later; you could even include a fine-tipped marker.

After all, not everyone is blessed with the gift of being super organized, so having this handcrafted birthday reminder is a beautiful way to keep track of everyone’s birthday at a glance. Since I travel so much with the Stamp & Scrapbook Expo and am on a plane more than I am in my Toyota, I am always late for someone’s birthday so I can use all the help I can get, how about you?.   Click here and I will be happy to take you over to the original source of inspiration so you create your own birthday tracker. That’s one gift you can check off your list.

Artichoke and Sun-Dried Tomato Pasta

Are you looking for a quick and easy solution for dinner tonight? Then you are gonna love this yummy pasta dish that can be on the table in less than 30 minutes. It would take longer to order a pizza and your family will love this homemade goodness. A real comfort food for the cooler weather that’s been knocking at our door. You know my motto – less time in the kitchen leaves more time in your craft room!

Click here and I will escort you over to one of my favorite food blogs Julie’s Eats & Treats, so you can print out the recipe. You and your family will be glad you did. Bon appetit!

Thank you so much for stopping by today and I hope you have an amazing week ahead of you. Hugs to all and I look forward to seeing you back next Sunday.

Sundays With Lorraine

Hello, my crafty friends, and welcome back to Weekly Scrapper. I just returned home from the Stamp & Scrapbook Expo in Arizona and I’m happy to report that a fun time was had by all. Hugs to all of the amazing people that I had the privilege of crafting with in person.  You guys were on fire which always makes for a great show. I must admit that I am getting a bit melancholy about only having three shows left for the year, but again I am extremely thankful that we still have Weekly Scrapper to keep us connected throughout the year.

Adventure Awaits Layout By Kerstin

Have you ever taken pictures with a particular layout in mind? I know I have. Since your priceless photos should always be the focal point of your layouts, I thought you might be inspired by this sweet layout designed by the very talented Kerstin. It makes me smile seeing how she designed the layout around the photo. This obviously would need to be pre-planned to have the children posed in just the right way, but how adorable is the end result?  I love it.

For a complete list of supplies that were used on this fun layout, click here and I’ll escort you over to the Scrap FX blog. While you’re there be sure to check out all the must-have chipboard embellishments; there are pages of choices and they are so detailed you’re going to love them. Dare I bring up that Christmas is fast approaching?  They have over 70 chipboard embellishments for Christmas alone. Have fun!

Hope Card By Alice Wertz

I instantly fell in love with the peaceful design of this heartfelt card. To create the focal point,  Alice used the Dove Die from Paper Smooches to cut out the main image then colored the negative with Copic Markers and inserted them back into the outline. What a beautiful way to share an encouraging message of peace and hope during the holidays. The background was created by layering the outline cutouts on the card base. What a perfect card to offer a little inspiration to someone that could use a hug from a friend. Receiving a handmade card is like getting a hug through the mail; they are appreciated more than you know.

Very clever!  Big hugs to Alice for sharing this adorable card with us. Keep up the great job you’re doing by sharing those smiles one handmade card at a time. Click here and I will escort you over to the Paper Smooches Blog so you can see how easily this card comes together.

Washi Tape Mini Wood Pallet DIY Coasters By Amy

Have you started your holiday crafts yet? How cute would these adorable coasters be to gift to your family and friends? You can design them to fit any holiday theme or customize them to coordinate with anyone’s color scheme. I know you probably already have a healthy stash of washi tape – so to create this project all you really need is some basic supplies and inexpensive craft sticks.

This would also be a great project to get the kids involved in. I’m sure the grandparents would love a handmade treasure from the kids for the holidays. Click here and I’ll take you over to ClubChica Circle so you can jot down the few supplies that you will need. Have fun!

Cajun Honey Chicken Bowls

This flavorful recipe is perfect for those busy weeknight dinners. Many of you know that I am not a big fan of spending hours in the kitchen, so this tasty dish can be on the table in about 1/2 an hour, after the marinating time. This truly makes my heart sing and I hope it does the same for you.

I hope you’ve been inspired to give this Cajun honey chicken a try – you are going to love it.! I highly recommend subscribing to The Weary Chef so you never miss one of Andi’s yummy recipes. Both you and your family will be glad you did.

Hugs to all who have shared the inspiration for today’s post. Have an amazing week and I’ll see you next Sunday.  If you happen to be in the neighborhood of the Denver Mart located at 451 East 58th Ave in Denver, CO on September 29th & 30th, I’ll be at the Stamp & Scrapbook Expo and would love to meet you in person, I’ll meet you at the Creativity Center!

Sundays With Lorraine

Good day, my crafty friends, and welcome back to Weekly Scrapper. I just returned home from the Stamp & Scrapbook Expo in beautiful Marlborough, MA. The weather was perfect and my students were amazing. Hugs to all those crazy, fun, and creative people whom I had the privilege of crafting with in person at the Creativity Center.

Back To School Stories By Neela Nalam

Now that our kids are back to school, I’m betting that you have some really cute pics on your phone. Pocket pages are a fast and easy solution for getting them off the phone and into an adorable album. Since we tend to take lots of pics of our kids at school, and all the activities that follow, wouldn’t it be fun to have a mini album documenting each year? They seem to grow up in the blink of an eye, and capturing those memories via scrapbooking is priceless.


Neela used the August kit to create these fun pocket pages. Each kit includes a mix of tags and shapes that are perfect for your layouts, cards, mini albums, and of course, Project Life!  Pocket pages are the instant gratification of scrapbooking, but remember it’s ok to combine your traditional scrapbook pages with your pocket pages, I like to think of this as going hybrid, This way you still get to incorporate those wonderful embellishments and supplies that you been collecting all these years. If you’d like more information on Elle’s Studio monthly kits, click here and I’ll take you over to the blog. Happy scrapping, my crafty friends!

Thanks For All You Do By Jamie Martin

I love how the bright orange and yellow water-colored poppies seem to just pop off the card when combined with the black and white background, very showy! Jamie creates this adorable card using Rubbernecker Designs multi-layer watercolor stamp set titled “Poppy Trio” along with the smallest of the Nested Rectangle Stitched Dies. This die set includes eight different sized dies, talk about bang for your buck! This is one set you are guaranteed to use over and over again.

Rubbernecker Stamps is known for their two-step stamp sets. These stamp sets really do take all the guesswork out mastering this fun and oh-so-showy technique. Dave with Rubbernecker has prepared a wonderful video showing just how easy it is to create a perfect watercolored masterpiece; click here and I will escort you over so you can watch the short 5-minute video. While you’re watching the video check out how Dave lines up his stamps on the acrylic block by using the packing as a guideline to ensure perfect placement each and every time.

DIY Pallet Plaques By Susan

It’s time to start thinking about who’s getting what for the holidays. How cute would this adorable hanging frame be to gift to your family and friends? They could change out the photo each time you send out a new one – it’s the gift that keeps on giving. Don’t forget to make yourself one, since school is in session they would also be fun to display all those precious pieces of art that your children bring home throughout the year.

What a creative alternative to picture frames – these handmade pallet plaques can be easily modified to fit any home’s decor simply by changing the coloring medium you choose to decorate them with. You can paint it, stain it, ink it, stamp on it, or rough it up for a more distressed look. The possibilities are endless. I’m sure that your very creative mind is spinning with all the ways you can embellish this fun project, so click here and I will be happy to take you over to spend some quality time hanging out with Katie on her blog.

25 Minute Thai Chicken Flatbread Pizza By Carlsbad Cravings

I’m getting hungry just looking at the photos of this yummy Chicken Flatbread.  Jen was inspired by the Thai Chicken Pizza served at the California Pizza Kitchen and being the culinary genius that she is, came up with her own version.  You’ll be happy to know that you can create this yummy flatbread pizza in the comforts of your own home in under half an hour.

Jen truly has a gift for creating recipes that take everyday ingredients and transforming them into extraordinary meals. Click here and I will escort you over to the Carlsbad Cravings Blog so you print out this recipe along with all the others you are sure to fall in love with.

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 how these wonderful projects were created. Hugs to all who have shared the inspiration for today’s post. Have a wonderfully creative week and I’ll see you next Sunday. If you happen to be in the area the Stamp & Scrapbook Expo is having a show in Mesa, AZ at the Mesa Convention Center, I’ll meet you at the Creativity Center and we’ll create something beautiful together.

Hugs to all!

Sundays With Lorraine

Good day, my crafty friends, and welcome back to Weekly Scrapper! It’s really hitting home that our 2017 Stamp & Scrapbook Expo season is coming to an end, I just can’t believe that we only have 5 shows left in the year. 2017 seems to be flying by in the blink of an eye! Can you believe it’s almost mid-September? I am extremely thankful that we have Weekly Scrapper to inspire each other throughout the entire year!

On The Beach Layout By Mickie Sutcliffe

It’s time to get those priceless summer photos off your phone and into your scrapbook. I can’t think of a better way to pay tribute to a wonderful summer than to scrapbook those amazing memories.  Do you use your stamps and stencils in your scrapbooks? I hope so. It’s a great way to personalize your backgrounds while getting the exact look you’re going for.

If I know you like I think I do, you already have a pretty large selection of stamps that you’ve collected, so why not use them?  I know it’s hard for some of us old time scrappers to think about stamping on layouts since back in the day (10+ years ago) stamps were mostly used on cards & tags. Many scrapbookers never really used them on layouts. How silly we were back then, since all paper crafters share the same tools and supplies, we are all one big creative happy family. I hope this artsy layout has inspired you to create that next page in your scrapbook.

Follow Your Dreams By Tina Dornbaum

This is one of those cards that automatically puts a smile on your face. It’s time to break out those new Distress Oxides that you’ve been itching to play with. That’s how Tina created this beautiful background. Once the background is dry, you then cut two frames using Elizabeth Crafts Stitched Rectangle (the largest and the medium).  This is definitely a must have die set! I use it all the time; you get seven different sizes which covers just about any size you could possibly need. Talk about bang for your buck.

To create those whimsical butterflies, Tina applied texture paste through an Elizabeth Craft  “A Way With Stencils – Butterflies and Stars.”  While the paste was still wet she added White Silk Microfine Glitter over the butterflies, allowing it to dry before removing the excess glitter. For complete details on how easily this adorable card comes together, click here and I will be happy to escort you over to spend some creative happy time with Tina on the Elizabeth Crafts Blog.  You’ll be glad you did!

When We Love We Grow Canvas By Jenny Marples

To create the focal point (the house) Jenny used the Eileen Hulls House Pocket Die. At the risk of being called an enabler, I’m thinking this is another one of those “need it in your life” die sets. In case you didn’t notice, this is one of those stitchlit dies, which means if you want to create a 3-dimensional project to sew, the holes are already die cut for you making your sewing project a breeze. The die cut set comes with nine dies that you can mix and match allowing you to create all kinds of fun projects.

Big hugs to Jenny for sharing this beautiful piece of art with us. If you would like to follow along as Jenny shares step-by-step instructions and some great photos click here and I will take you over to her blog Pushing The Right Buttons. Happy crafting!

Roasted Red Pepper Pasta With Shrimp By Knorr

If you are looking for a quick and easy dinner that you can throw together in well under 1/2 an hour, then you are going to love this 15-minute pasta dish. The original recipe calls for medium shrimp but I like to use the large shrimp. You can also substitute chicken if shrimp isn’t your favorite. Either way, dinner is on the table in 15 minutes and all is good with the world.

For a complete list of ingredients be sure to stop by the Knorr food blog, they even have some tasty meatless recipes. It’s ok to take a few shortcuts in the kitchen and a big shout out to Knorr for showing us how it’s done.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have an amazing week ahead of you!. I highly recommend taking a minute or two to visit the individual blogs I have shared today so you can check out all the fine details on how these wonderful projects were created. Hugs to all!