Sundays With Lorraine

Hello, my crafty friends and welcome back to Weekly Scrapper! It makes me smile knowing that even with your crazy, busy schedule that you’ve found some time to be creative.  So sit back, relax, and enjoy a little creative therapy – you deserve it!

Digital Scrapbook Layout by Marla Thrall

Digital scrapbooking is a form of scrapbooking that is done using a personal computer, digital or scanned photos, and computer graphics software. For many of us seasoned scrappers digital scrapbooking was a little hard to swallow at first. My only concern was what would happen to all the treasured supplies that I have been collecting for the last 15 years!? Not to worry, there is room for both; I call it going hybrid. It is totally fine to have some traditional scrapbook layouts mixed in with your digital layouts. Remember there are no rules, just have fun with your art!

Digital scrapbooking can be a beautiful thing as you can see by this adorable layout designed by the very talented Marla Thrall. Whether you are a seasoned professional with computer graphic skills or are just getting your feet wet, I highly recommend spending some quality time with Maria as she shares how quick and easy it is to create the perfect digital scrapbook layout. 

Hello Friend By Lynn Put

One of my favorite types of cards to make are friendship cards. Growing up in New York and then moving to California as an adult, I appreciate the importance of keeping in touch across the miles. What better way to let those special friends in your life know how important they are to you than to send a handmade card, right?

I hope you’ve been inspired to break out your favorite watercolors and create something beautiful. On this sweet card, Lynn used Distress Inks to create the gorgeous backgrounds, but feel free to use what you have on hand. For a complete supply list click here and I’ll escort you over to The Queens Scene Blog so you can check out how easily this heartfelt card came together. Keep up the great job you’re doing by sharing those smiles one handmade card at a time.

Butterfly Gift Card Box By Marjie Kemper

With gift cards being available everywhere, they have quickly become one of my go-to gifts, but I sometimes harbor a bit of guilt – that it wasn’t personal enough. A handcrafted gift card holder like this one adds that personal touch back into the gift so in my world that erases the guilt. 😉 Who wouldn’t love to see their favorite store gift card peeking out of this adorable gift card box handcrafted by you. Maybe it’s me, but I don’t have any problem walking into my favorite store and picking out exactly what I want with my gift card, do you?

Marjie paired Eileen’s Hulls Recipe Box die with Tim Holtz’s Detailed Butterflies die to create this custom gift card holder.  These are wonderful to have on hand whenever you need a gift card holder, they also make great party favors, a place to house your business cards etc. Click here and I will be honored to take you over to Eileen’s blog so you can follow along as Marjie shares how this darling project was created.

 30-Minute Caprese Chicken Recipe By Heidi

It’s that time again when everyone is asking what’s for dinner but not to worry, I have your back on this one. I discovered this easy to make Chicken Caprese Recipe on one of my go-to food blogs Foodie Crush and knew I had to share the love. With just a few simple ingredients, you can make this tasty, one-pan chicken breast dinner in under 30 minutes.

Big hugs to Heidi for sharing this delicious Caprese Chicken recipe! Click here and I’ll take a stroll with you over to her blog Foodie Crush so you can print out the recipe. You all know how I love to share those amazing recipes that can be on the table in under an hour, and with a little help from our culinary genius Heidi – you too can have this dinner serve in about 1/2 an hour. Bon appetit my friends!

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

Sundays With Lorraine

Hello my creative friends and welcome back to Weekly Scrapper. I’m so excited to have the opportunity to share these fun projects with you today so sit back, relax, and let the creative therapy begin! 😉 I just returned home from our first Stamp & Scrapbook Expo of the new year and I’m happy to report that a fun time was had by all. You guys in northern California were on fire! I miss you already, but not to worry, we always have Weekly Scrapper as well as the future 18 shows to keep us connected.

I Heart You Mini Quilt By Allison

Many crafters, myself included, don’t limit ourselves to just one craft. Big or small we love them, all right? Quilting is one craft that calls to me but I haven’t taken the plunge yet, so when I discovered this adorable mini quilt, I knew I had to share the inspiration. Mini quilts are the instant gratification of quilting and a great start for a new quilter as well as a fun project for the pros.

What’s not to love about this quick, easy, and oh so adorable mini quilt? I’d like to send out a big hug to Allison for sharing this sweet project. If you’d like to create your own mini quilt click here and I’ll take you over to the Cluck Cluck Sew blog so you can download the printable pattern and follow along with Allison’s very detailed step-by-step instructions.

Snow Angel Card by Debby

This beautiful card goes out to all my crafty friends that I know are pretty done with all the snow they’ve been shoveling lately, so as we approach the end of winter remember warmer times are coming. I thought the cute sentiment, as well as the gorgeous techniques, would bring a smile to your face.

Debby created a resist technique by stamping the snowflakes with Tsukineko Delicata white shimmer ink then used clear embossing powder to heat emboss the image. Since the heat embossed image resists the Gansai Tambi paints you end up with that spectacular background. Don’t you just love how the snowflakes seem to just pop off the card? Using pigment ink in combination with clear embossing powder really stretches your crafting dollars as many of us have a lot more color choices of ink than we do colored embossing powder. One thing that you want to remember is that your typical pigment ink dries a bit faster than Vera Mark, which is what many of us use when heat embossing. All you need to do is apply the embossing powder immediately after stamping your image, otherwise, the ink will dry before the powder has a chance to stick and you’re good to go.

Sanctuary Layout By Jan Hobbins

I love the layout that Jan created using Sizzix’s new 3D Texture Impressions embossing folders.These embossing folders have a deeper and bolder texture to them so it really adds lots of dimension and visual interest to your projects. Keep in mind that the 3D embossing folders are a little thicker than your standard embossing folders so you will need to adjust your Sizzix sandwich by omitting one of your cutting plates, otherwise it will be too thick to properly run through your die cut machine.

I hope you’ve been inspired to add a little extra texture to your scrapbook layouts Click here and I’ll take you over to Jan’s blog In My Own Imagination so you can follow along as she shares exactly how this adorable layout came together. Happy scrappin’ my friends!

Shrimp and Veggie Pasta by Jenn Laughlin

Are you looking for something different for dinner tonight? Well, you are going to love this yummy shrimp pasta dish that I discovered on the Peas & Crayons blog. My family are big shrimp lovers so I usually double the shrimp. The sauteed shrimp are so amazing that it’s tough to resist eating them right out of the pan.

Click here and I’d be happy to escort you over to the Peas & Crayons blog so you can print out the recipe. If you struggle with cleaning shrimp be sure to check out the tool that Jenn uses, it’s going to make the shrimp cleaning process a lot less time-consuming. Bon appetit, my friends.

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

Sundays With Lorraine

Hello, my crafty friends and welcome back to Weekly Scrapper!  I hope you’ve enjoyed the sneak peeks of the projects that you can be creating at  Stamp & Scrapbook Expo’s Creativity Center. Things are back to normal with my regular Sunday posts and the scrapbook season has officially begun for me, so I’m back on the road and heading your way!  I hope to see many of you at the shows – I have so much to share with you so be sure to stop by the Creativity Center and say hello.

Lovely Layout By Missy Whidden 

Missy had me at a watercolored background and using your scraps!  I have been in the paper crafting industry for over 15 years and I’ve yet to meet a scrapbooker that doesn’t own a healthy stash of scraps. Like fabric is to a quilter, paper scraps are to a scrapbooker/card maker. With that said, I hope you’ve been inspired to break out those treasured scraps and transform them into a beautiful scrapbook layout.

I instantly fell in love with what Missy created using some of her favorite Bella Blvd scraps. How creative to have the butterflies look as though they are about to fly off the page.  I also love how it appears as though the person in the photo is looking at the butterflies. Way to go Missy, hugs to you for sharing the inspiration! It’s the fine details that take your scrapbooking to the next level. Now that you have fallen in love with this adorable layout, I highly recommend stopping by the Something Beautiful blog so you can follow along as Missy’s shares step by step instructions on how this layout comes together. Happy Scrappin my friends!

Miss You By Debby Hughes

We all love our trusty foam applicators to apply inks/various water-based coloring mediums – but have you ever used a brush to apply ink? I just discovered these Inkylicious Ink Dusters – they are blending brushes which allow you to create fantastic inky effects on all your paper crafts. Ink Dusters™ can be used with many different coloring mediums – ink pads (Dye, Pigment, Distress, Pearlescent etc.) and also used with liquid inks, mica sprays, all other paints or any water-based mediums, along with chalks and pastels, to name a few.

Now that your very creative mind is spinning with ideas on how you are going to make magical backgrounds with these must-have brushes, click here and I will take you on a little field trip over to the Simon Says Stamp Blog, and then onto Lime Doodle Designs so you can follow along as Debby shares how she created this elegant card. Stamping has come such a long way and the techniques are so varied, a constantly evolving craft which can incorporate much more than just an ink pad. I hope you’ve been inspired to give Debby’s techniques a try.

Easter Mason Jars Craft

How cute are these easy to make Easter accessories?! Can’t you see these cute little guys holding your flatware during Easter brunch or holding some beautiful spring flowers? 😉

Melissa used spray paint to color the outside of the jars for a quick & easy craft.  However, you could also use acrylic paint on the inside if that’s what you have on hand. Click here and I’ll take you over to the No. 2 Pencil Blog so you can follow along as Melissa shares just how easily this project comes together.

Bang Bang Shrimp Pasta

I have a soft spot for shrimp and pasta so when I discovered this yummy recipe on the My Incredible Recipes blog, I knew I had to share the love. As if you need any more convincing, I want you to know that with a little help from your creative friends over at My Incredible Recipes, you can have this tasty dish on the table in under half an hour.

I gave this recipe a try and my family liked it so much they had me cook it twice in the same week!  I did try it with both chicken and shrimp – I will say I preferred it with the shrimp but it’s up to you. I highly recommend stopping by My Incredible Recipes blog and printing out a couple of copies of the recipe. I guarantee your friends and family will be asking how you made it. Bon appetit!

Thanks for stopping by – have a wonderful week and I’ll see you next Sunday.

Sundays With Lorraine

Hello my crafty friends, and welcome back to Weekly Scrapper. These are the last of the 12 projects that I will be teaching in the Creativity Center at the Stamp & Scrapbook Expo this season. I am so excited to see you all at the shows; four months is way too long to wait. Did you know that this is Scrapbook Expo’s 20th anniversary? We couldn’t have done it without you and to show our appreciation we have wonderful things planned this season, so come and join the fun!

Simple Stitched Layout

Do you like the visual interest that machine stitching adds to your layouts, but don’t want the hassle of breaking out the sewing machine? Then you are going to love these pre-designed layouts by Simply Stitched. They do the sewing and designing for you. What’s not to love? They have over 400 kits to choose from so there really is something for every occasion.

Click here and I’ll take you over to their site so you can check out the huge selection of kits they have to offer. We are going to attempt something that has never been done before in the Creativity Center- completing a 2-page layout in under 20 minutes. My money is on you, I think we can pull it off together! I hope to see you at the show, I’ll be waiting at the Creativity Center.

Sparkle & Sprinkle Card

You are going to love all the fun stuff that you’ll be playing with on this sweet card sponsored by Sparkle & Sprinkle. Not to worry, there will be some of their amazing glitter involved along with gold Embellishment Mousse, Gilding Flake,s and of course their wonderful Tear-ific tape.

You are sure to pick up some great tips and techniques during this Make & Take, so come join the fun. I’ll be waiting in the Creativity Center with your souvenir button.

Queen & Company Shaker Card

Queen & Company has mastered the art of creating beautiful interactive shaker elements. During this make & take I’ll be sharing just how easy it is to create the perfect shaker card. It’s all about the tools.and there are none better than Queen and Company. Be prepared to be amazed when you walk into their booth and see all the yummy eye candy!   I’ve seen their booth 1000’s of times over the years and it still stops me in my tracks. The most difficult decision you’ll have to make is which supplies you need in your life! Don’t laugh, it’s going to be tough not to want it all.

If you’re a crafter that loves everything to coordinate perfectly (and who doesn’t?) this is one booth you don’t want to miss. You are going to love how everything matches flawlessly – the toppings match the washi tape, that matches the bling, that matches the epoxy embellishments, and so on, it’s a beautiful thing! I’m really looking forward to sharing this make & take with you; who doesn’t love a fun shaker card and did I mention that the class is free? 😉

Crab and Ricotta Cannelloni

Dinner at my house would be pretty uneventful if it weren’t for the Food Network Blog. It is definitely one of my go-to food blogs. Growing up in New York, good Italian food was a given – in Southern California it’s a bit harder to find, so I’m always on the hunt for yummy Italian recipes, even if I do have to cook it myself. I hope you give Giada’s recipe a try; you’ll be glad you did.

Click here and I’ll escort you over to the Food Network Blog so you can print out the recipe. Top things off with a simple salad, some nice Italian bread, and you’re good to go. Bon appetit!

Thanks for stopping by; have a wonderfully creative week and I’ll see you next Sunday. Hugs to all and be sure to check out our show schedule. With 19 shows all over the country, I’m thinking there’s an amazing weekend waiting for you and your creative peeps at the Stamp & Scrapbook Expo!

Sundays With Lorraine

Elizabeth Crafts card

Hello my crafty friends, and welcome back to Weekly Scrapper! Today’s post is the 3rd in a series of four where I am sharing a peek of what you will be making in the Creativity Center at the Stamp & Scrapbook Expo in 2017.  As you can see I have many top-notch projects to share with you so be sure to stop by, say hello, and we’ll create something beautiful together..

A To Z Scrapbooking & Quick Quotes

A To Z Scrapbooking and Quick Quotes have been long time sponsors of the Creativity Center and many of you have come to love their easy-to-assemble layouts. Quick Quotes kits really take all the guesswork out of designing the perfect layout. We’ll be playing with the amazing Powderpuff Chalk Inks which are perfect for distressing your paper and embellishments…

You’ll also be using Simple Stories Photo Flips on your layout.  I love using these on a layout; they’re a great way to add some hidden journaling or an extra photo without overpowering your layout. I look forward to seeing you at the show & be sure to stop by the A To Z Scrapbooking booth to see what other new treasure that they will be sharing this year.

Heartfelt Creations

Heartfelt Creations truly is art from the heart. One of the many things that Heartfelt Creation is known for is their dimensional florals. In the Creativity Center, we’ll be using one of their must-have floral dies along with their magnetic stylus and I’ll be demonstrating just how easy it is to transform your dies into a dimensional work of art.

I will warn you, once you’ve mastered this technique, there is no turning back.  You will be roaming the house looking for something to put a flower on!  I’ve added dimensional florals to scrapbook layouts, cards, and tags, plus they are perfect to incorporate into your gift wrapping just to name a few ways I use them. Being the creative person that you are I’m sure you can think of dozens of ways to use your beautiful florals.

Elizabeth Crafts

Who doesn’t need a little sparkle in their lives, right? Well, you’ll be happy to know on this gorgeous card we’ll be playing with Elizabeth Crafts Silk Microfine Glitter, one of her newly released dies “Lovebirds,” and a few other must-have supplies that for now, I will keep a surprise.  

Elizabeth Crafts card

You’re going to be blown away when you discover just how detailed you can be with these amazing glitters, and combined with their double sided tapes, it is absolute magic!  I had the privilege of sharing a make & take with you last season (remember what we did with the lace, glitter, and tape?) and it was a huge hit. I also have many tips that Els herself has shared with me and I can’t wait to pay it forward by sharing them with you. I’ll meet you at the Creativity Center and I’ll have your souvenir button and some chocolate waiting for you. 😉

Honey Chilli Garlic Tiger Prawns

This is one of those shut the front door, ready in 10 minutes recipes. Yes, I did say 10 minutes from start to finish. With a little help from Richa, hostess of the amazing food blog My Food Story, you too can have a delicious meal on the table in no time.

Not only are these tiger prawns oh-so-tasty but they only need a sprinkle of this and a spoonful of that and before you know it, dinner is on the table. What I like to add is some lo mien or rice and you’re good to go. If you happen to have a Costco in the area, they have these yummy vegetable stir fried noodles and they only take three minutes in the microwave and they’re perfect. If you’re ready to kick things up a notch in the kitchen, just click here and I will lead the way over to My Food Story so you can jot down the recipe and while you’re in the neighborhood be sure to check out Richa’s other quick and easy recipe

Thanks for the visit and allowing me to share a little preview of what we’ll be creating together at Stamp & Scrapbook Expo. We currently have 19 shows scheduled for this season, so it’s time to start planning that special weekend with your creative peeps. I’ll meet you at the Creativity Center. Fun times and memories await us all!

Have a wonderful week and I’ll see you next Sunday with my final post on the Creativity Center.


Sundays With Lorraine

Hello, my crafty friends, and welcome back to Weekly Scrapper! Today’s post is the 2nd in a series of four where I will be sharing a peek of what you will be making in the Creativity Center at Stamp & Scrapbook Expo. I hope you’re as excited as I am because we have a great line-up this season and there is definitely something for everyone. We give you the chance to use fabulous products to create some great projects. How often do you get to play with the toys before you buy them? It’s a wonderful thing, so be sure to stop by and join the fun!

Craft Fancy

Let’s start out with this adorable project sponsored by Craft Fancy. Don’t you love it when you can use your scrapbooking supplies to create a fun home decor piece? During this make & take we’ll be doing a little stenciling on a dishtowel using a fun stencil by VVVVVVV. Can’t you see this darling towel hanging in your kitchen or as part of a hostess gift? Come join the fun as we create this adorable (and did I mention free!) make & take. 😉

For those lucky enough to be in the Chicago area, CraftFancy is a paper crafting store that features an amazing selection of scrapbooking and rubber stamping products. They also have monthly crops and classes for all levels of crafters! These days it is hard to find a good scrapbook store so when we find one we need to support them, so stop by and join in on some of those fun and educational workshops either at the store or at Stamp & Scrapbook Expo.

Melissa Frances

Melissa Frances is the queen of all that is shabby chic and I am so excited to have her as one of our sponsors in the Creativity Center. Her timeless, vintage-inspired design really speaks to many crafters. Melissa has several new products that we’ll be using on this adorable card, but for now, I must keep them a surprise. You’ll just have to stop by the Melissa Frances booth and/or join me at the Creativity Center and make the project yourself. 🙂

I’m looking forward to seeing you at the Creativity Center for this project! Without giving too much away, I will say there might be some fun water coloring techniques that I know you will enjoy. So stop by and join the fun; I’ll even have a fun souvenir button waiting for you.


For all my scrappy friends, we will be completing this adorable layout sponsored by Want2Scrap. On the outside chance that you aren’t familiar with Want2Scrap, they are most known for their amazing bling, their unique must have chipboard albums and embellishments and of course, their overlays which come in both 12X12 and 6X6. Overlays are a beautiful thing; they’re like the instant gratification of scrapbooking. We’ve all done those 3-hour layouts and that’s ok but sometimes you don’t have three hours to spare. My solution is to stock up on your favorite overlays and now you can complete a gorgeous layout in no time. The most difficult decision you will have to make is which ones to purchase – Want2Scrap has over 300 perfectly detailed overlays so there really is something for everyone.

Want2Scrap 12x12 Layout

You asked for a 12X12″ Disney-themed layout and Want2Scrap delivered! I hope you’ll join us for this free make & take; you’re going to love how quickly it comes together. See you at the show!

One Sheet Pan Shrimp Fajitas

Would you believe this delicious meal can be on the table in under 1/2 an hour? You know what that means – a happy family and more crafting time for you! If you have a seriously hungry bunch you can add some rice and beans. I love those kits at Costco, they come with two pouches of rice and two pouches of refried beans and they only take about five minutes to heat up in the microwave so you’re still done in about 30 minutes.

Click here and I will be happy to take you over to the amazing food and craft blog No. 2 Pencil, where you’ll find a plethora of amazing recipes and fun craft ideas. Hugs to Melissa for sharing this tasty dish.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have an amazing week ahead of you. I’ll see you next Sunday with another peek at what you’ll be creating at the Stamp & Scrapbook Expo you’ve selected to attend.  We currently have 19 shows scheduled for this season, so it’s time to start planning that special weekend with your creative peeps. I’ll meet you in the Creativity Center so we can create something beautiful together. Hugs to all!


Sundays With Lorraine

Hello, my crafty friends, and welcome back to Weekly Scrapper! I hope your new year is off to a great start. The beginning of the new year is beyond exciting for me as I not only have the privilege of sharing inspiration through Weekly Scraper, but it also means the beginning of a new season with Stamp & Scrapbook Expo.  I host the Creativity Center at the Stamp & Scrapbook Expos where I teach make & takes throughout the show. The best part is that each different project is sponsored by one of our amazing exhibitors, so once you fall in love with the products, you can go right to their booth and purchase your new treasures. How often do you get to play with the toys before you buy them? It’s a wonderful thing!

Art Anthology

Let’s start off with Art Anthology. They offer a full line of mixed media mediums that are amazing to work with. On this project, we’ll be playing with Art Anthology’s Coloration sprays (which come in 24 fabulous colors) along with dimensional paints, as well as several other fun tools that for now I must keep a surprise. I know you’re going to love the end result!

Art Anthology card

If you’re the artsy type and aren’t afraid of inky fingers this is one make & take you don’t want to miss. I must warn you, once you’ve experience Art Anthology’s products there is no going back. They will be a need in your very creative life. 😉 If by chance you miss making the card with me in the Creativity Center – not to worry because rumor has it that Stayce will be doing a free make & take in their booth.

Rubbernecker Stamps

This project is sponsored by Rubbernecker Stamps. We’ll be playing with their new layered Daisy stamp along with Ken Oliver’s amazing Colorburst & Liquid Metals – the two combined create magic! Rubbernecker Stamps was one of the first booths on our show floor to sell the Colorburst Powders & Liquid Metals so I would say they’re the resident experts on our show floor, You can usually find Dave or Pat giving demos throughout the show – it will blow your mind when you see how versatile these coloring mediums are and how perfectly they work with their unique watercolor stamps.

I hope to see you for this make & take; it makes me smile when I see everyone’s faces light up when they discover the magic of combining Colorburst, Liquid Metals, and Rubbernecker Stamps.

Stamp On It Project

We will be creating this adorable card showcasing Stamp On It’s  Art Acetates sheets and border/corner stickers.  The Art Acetate sheets are high-quality prints on heatable, embossable acetate that come in hundreds of different designs. The most difficult decision you’ll have to make is how many do you need in your life! They are so beautiful it’s hard not to buy them all.The corner stickers are vinyl stickers that can be used on various surfaces including paper, metal, plastic, glass, candles, and more, and are the perfect way to add a professional look to your handmade projects. You’ll be happy to know that they come in several different colors to accommodate just about any style or design.

Thinking of You Card by Stamp On It

Whether you’re a cardmaker, scrapbooker, or mixed media queen you’re going to love the amazing paper crafting treasures that Stamp On It has to offer. Come join the fun and nurture your own creativity!

Scampi-Style Steak & Scallop Recipe

Are you looking forward to Valentine’s Day, but aren’t thrilled about going out only to wait hours to have dinner in an overcrowded restaurant? Well, not to worry thanks to Judy, hostess of the amazing food blog Savoring Today, you can have this romantic dinner in the comfort of your own home and would you believe the entire meal takes about 30 minutes?

Since I’m sharing all kinds of secrets and sneak peeks today, I’ll share my plan for Valentine’s Day! Since this recipe is so easy and takes only about 30 minutes, why not let your Hunny be the hero by cooking you dinner on this special day? 😉 I think you deserve a night off. All you have to do is click here and I’ll take you over to Savoring Today so you can print out the recipe and hand it over to someone to make for you!

Well, I hope you’ve enjoyed the first sneak peek of the Creativity Center for 2017. I have 12 projects to share, so stay tuned as I’ll be sharing three more next Sunday. I look forward to meeting you in person at any of our shows. We currently have 19 shows scheduled for this season, so it’s time to start planning that special weekend with your creative peeps. I’ll meet you in the Creativity Center so we can create something beautiful together.

Hugs to all!