Sundays With Lorraine

Hello, my crafty friends and welcome back to Weekly Scrapper. Now that you have arrived we can begin today’s creative therapy. If you are a fan of inky fingers, this post is for you. I love the beautiful backgrounds that you can create using your favorite inks, stamps, and stencils – I hope you do, too.

Measured Moments – Art Journal Page by Maria Calderone

This is a perfect example of the beautiful art that you can create when using quality products. While spending some creative time on the Art Anthology Blog, I discovered these gorgeous art journal pages and knew immediately that I needed to share the love. Maria is a new addition to the Dream Team and boy, is she amazing!  On this project, she used some of the Art Anthology dimensional paints – Metal Effects, Velvets, and Sorbet. These paints are different than most paints I’ve used; they are translucent yet dimensional, so the heavier the application, the more dimensional and opaque they become. The Velvets have a beautiful matt smooth finish, the Sorbets have high gloss and a tinge of glitter. With Art Anthology products you can have it all!

If you would like to see how easily this piece of art came together, click here and I will be happy to escort you over to the Art Anthology blog so you can check out the Snapguide tutorial that Maria has prepared for you. You are going to love it!

 Color Outside The Lines By Dot Leathbridge

It was the combination of the gorgeous background and the fun sentiment that spoke to me. If you’ve ever created with me in the Creativity Center you’ve heard me say that It is ok to color outside the lines. One of my designer buttons has that quote and everyone seems to relate to it. One of the only mistakes that you can make with your art is fear. Many crafters get caught up with their art being perfect, but art doesn’t have to be perfect nor do you have to follow someone else’s rules. If it makes you happy then it is perfect as is. Be one with and enjoy what you have created.

The most important thing is to have fun with your art; it is our therapy and shouldn’t be stressful. You will find loads of gorgeous inspiration from Dot Leathbridge on the Visible Image blog as well as on her blog Ink Art Designs. Have fun and stay crafty, my friends.

All You Need Is Love By Amanda Southern

There is so much more that first meets the eye when you look at this artsy card  I definitely picked up some great tips and tricks from Amanda’s original post. I love how she stamped the flowers with black archival ink and then again onto a post-it note which she cut out and laid on top to mask off each flower. This has such nice layering and is very showy; these flowers really pop off the paper.

I hope you’ve been inspired to send one of your handmade treasures to someone special. Who wouldn’t feel the love that was put into this work of art? It’s like receiving a hug through the mail. I highly recommend stopping by Amanda’s blog That’s Blogging Crafty so you can take a closer look at the design process as well as the supplies that were used. There is sure to be some that you need in your life! 😉

Stuffed Baked Pork Chops With Prosciutto & Mozzarella by Gina Homolka

With summer right around the corner, many of us are attempting to eat a little healthier. Cooking healthy meals that taste great was a tall order for me – until I discovered Ginas Blog Skinny Taste. Gina is the Culinary Queen when it comes to preparing healthier meals that are seriously amazing. Thanks to Gina eating healthy doesn’t have to be painful.

While your spending some quality time with Gina be sure to check out her new cookbook “Skinnytaste Fast And Slow”. It has a total of 140 nutritious, flavor-packed, figure-friendly recipes—60 for the slow cooker and 80 that cook in 30-minutes or less! You know I’d rather be in my craft room than in a hot kitchen. So making it quick and easy or dumping it in a crock pot and running back to creating beautiful things really makes me happy. Hugs to Gina for taking the stress out of eating healthy.

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

Hello, my crafty friends, and welcome back to Weekly Scrapper! It’s time for today’s creative therapy session so sit back, relax, and enjoy a little me time – you deserve it.

Love You Mini Album by Karen Letchworth

You’ll often hear me say that mini albums are the instant gratification of scrapbooking. Don’t you just love it when you can complete an entire album in one sitting? They are the perfect gift for any occasion and who wouldn’t appreciate receiving a handmade mini album full of priceless memories? To create the actual book itself Karen used a small glassine bag that she folded over, covered with inked patterned papers and embellished with lots of ribbons that you can find over at Really Reasonable RibbonsClick here and I will take you over for a visit – they really have an amazing selection.  You can never have too much ribbon in your stash, right?  😉

With a little help from our creative friends Karen and Really Reasonable Ribbons, you, too, can put together an adorable mini album in no time. Kudos to you for keeping those memories alive one page at a time. Happy scrapping, my friends!

Dandelions In The Wind By Tracy

I have a thing for dandelions; they just make me smile. We all have those fond childhood memories of blowing Dandelions into the air while making a wish. I love how Tracy incorporated that sweet memory into the theme of her card. Who wouldn’t be smiling from ear to ear after finding this handmade treasure in their mailbox?

For all you dandelion fans, here are a few pieces of trivia for you. Did you know that there are 250 different species of dandelion? There are many folklore superstitions that have been attached to dandelions over the years.  In addition to granting wishes, many people believe that dandelion seeds will carry your thoughts and dreams to loved ones when you blow them into the air. I love the fuzzy behind that possibility, I hope you’ve been inspired to send a few wishes to someone you love today. Hugs to all!

Lunch Sack Card Pouches By Becky Roberts

I love how Becky transformed a plain brown paper bag into an adorable gift card holder. This is one of those “why didn’t I think of that?” moments. Think about it, if you sew up a bunch of these at one time you’ll have them all ready whenever you need a gift card holder. All you have to do is add a few embellishments and a sentiment and you are good to go. Big hugs to Becky for sharing the inspiration.

As you can see by Becky’s adorable card, paper bags are the perfect base for a gift card holder. With a few simple straight stitches, you have a perfect pocket to hold a gift card or two. It’s a real bonus that the kraft colored lunch sacks are so inexpensive and easy to find. You can even pick them up on your next trip to the grocery store. Have fun with this project; the possibilities are endless.

Pork Carnitas (Mexican Pulled Pork) by Dinner At The Zoo

One of my favorite things to order at a Mexican restaurant is the Pork Carnitas. Now, thanks to Sara’s blog Dinner At The Zoo you, too, can have this restaurant quality meal in the comforts of your own home. It does take a good three hours to cook but it is so well worth the effort. Click here and I will be happy to take you over so you can print out the recipe.

Still hungry? I highly recommend following Dinner at the Zoo for more great recipe ideas, you and your family will be glad you discovered this amazing food blog! Kudos to Sara for taking the guesswork out of making the Perfect Pork Carnitas.

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 has begun and with 19 shows around the nation, the question is not what show you should attend, but rather how many shows youCAN 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! Today we have a scrapbook layout, a gorgeous watercolor card, a DIY trash-to-treasure project and, of course, a delicious meal that will get you out of the kitchen (and back into your craft room where you belong) in no time! 😉  So sit back, relax, and enjoy today’s creative therapy! You deserve a little creative “me” time.

Sweetie Love Layout By Riikka Kovasin

There is so much more than first meets the eye when you look at this gorgeous layout. I was truly inspired by the way the artsy background complements the photo versus competing for the attention that it deserves. It looks complicated but with a little help from your creative friend Riikka you, too, can pull off your own work of art in no time. Big hugs to Riikka for showing us how it’s done.

I hope you’ve been inspired to break out your favorite coloring mediums and create your own unique backgrounds. There is something to be said about creating a one-of-a-kind piece. Whether you are a mixed media queen like Riikka or just getting your feet wet, you are sure to pick up a few techniques from Riikka’s video so be sure to check it out. Click here and I will be happy to take you over to her blog Paperiliitin. Happy scrappin’ my friends!

Watercolored Backgrounds By Shari Carroll

I confess, I seem to be on a watercolor kick, but in my defense, there are so many amazing projects using all kinds of fun techniques that it’s hard to resist sharing the inspiration. Whether you’re creating a card, tag, scrapbook layout, art journal pages, etc., there is always room for some watercolor magic.

More often than not when designing a card I don’t add the sentiment until the need arises; that way you’re ready for any occasion.  Just grab one of your cards, add a greeting, and you are good to go. Many of you know that I travel often with the Stamp & Scrapbook Expo, so things can get hectic. This habit of making my cards without committing to a specific occasion has saved me many times. I highly recommend creating your own stash of not only cards but also background pieces to use at a later date. It’s a real time saver when you’re in a pinch.

DIY Jewelry Storage By Christy

How cute is this shabby chic Jewelry Tower?!  I can definitely see this beauty sitting on my dresser – it’s perfect to toss your favorite pieces of jewelry into at the end of the day, or maybe your hair accessories in one layer. I absolutely love the blue dishes with the distressed candlesticks, however, you can easily customize your own Jewelry Tower to fit your style and space.

The next time you’re going to yard sales or visiting your favorite thrift store, don’t hesitate to pick up those pretty dishes and make something beautiful. Kudos to you for saving our landfills one recycled piece at a time! One person’s trash is another crafter’s treasure.

Salmon Teriyaki With Pineapple Salsa By Sara

I don’t know about you, but I would much rather be creating something beautiful in my craft room instead of hanging out in a hot kitchen! I bet you feel the same way. With a little help from the culinary master Sara, we can all have a healthy and delicious meal on the table in no time.

Flaky and tender fish, sweet and savory teriyaki sauce, and a tropical tasting salsa – you can’t go wrong! Click here and I will escort you over to one of my favorite food blogs Dinner At The Zoo. I must admit it’s thanks to Sara that my family eats so well.

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.  If you happen to be in the neighborhood of the Minnesota State Fairgrounds in St Paul. I’ll be at the Stamp & Scrapbook Expo and would love to meet you in person. I hope I get to see you at the show!

Sundays With Lorraine

Hello, my crafty friends and welcome back to Weekly Scrapper! Since you’re here that must mean that you’re ready for today’s creative therapy, so grab your favorite drink and let’s get started.

Brilliant Shaker Set Layouts By Nicole Nowosad

Shaker cards are currently all the rage, so I thought you might be inspired to take those shaker elements to the next level and use them on your scrapbook layouts. I instantly fell in love with these adorable layouts that I discovered on Queen & Co’s Blog and knew I had to share the love.

Now that your creative mind is spinning with all the wonderful ways you can use shaker elements, click here and I’d be happy to escort you over to Queen & Co’s site so you can check out all the amazing treasures they have to offer. Be prepared to be amazed; their toppings are definitely candy for the eyes.  Everything coordinates perfectly and their shaker cards and elements are as easy as 1,2,3 – pop, fill and cover. While you’re in the neighborhood, check out the camera kit, it’s so stinkin’ adorable. You’re going to love em all.

Hello There By Barbara Andrews

Barbara had me at heat embossing and water coloring, I love this technique – it’s a very showy look and makes it oh-so-easy to create stunning backgrounds. I was also inspired by how the sentiment was created. Barbara heat embossed the “Hello” on vellum then die cut the word “there” out of black cardstock and adhered it to the vellum after adding some rolled up silk thread for added interest. Way to go, Barbara!  Thanks for being such a constant inspiration to your fellow paper crafters.

Bright bold colors have always been a challenge for me, I’m more a shabby chic/vintage kind of girl, but I do love a good challenge. Challenges that force us to step outside of our comfort zone are a great way to enhance our creativity. If we don’t play with our toys and step outside the box we will never know what we are capable of. For more detail on how this festive card came together, click here and I will take you over to Barbara’s blog Paper Pursuits so you can follow along.

How to Make a Tray from a Frame

There is something magical about creating something beautiful out of an item that most people see as trash. Many crafters possess the gift of seeing the beauty of what could be and thrive on the creative challenge of transforming it into something functional as well as beautiful. I fell in love with this shabby chic tray made from an old (and I must say pretty ugly) picture frame,  I wouldn’t hesitate to purchase this tray if I discovered it at an antique store or craft fair. Making it for next to nothing really spoke to me and I hope it inspires you as well.

One person trash is another crafter’s treasure! If you don’t happen to have a frame or two laying around the house you can check out your local thrift stores or garage sales for inexpensive frames. Sometimes the hunt is as fun as creating the project. Have fun, my crafty friends!

Balsamic Chicken With Roasted Veggies

Are you looking for an easy, delicious and healthy dinner to cook tonight? (Who isn’t, right?)  You are going to love this chicken recipe that I discovered on one of my favorite food blogs Skinny Taste. This recipe is definitely lighter on calories yet big on flavor. For all you Weight Watcher fans, you’ll be happy to know this recipe counts as 8 points and has a mere 401 calories. Not to scare you, but summer is right around the corner and that means buying a new bathing suit. I don’t know about you, but I’m not ready to go there yet! Hugs to Gina for taking the guess work out of eating healthier.


I know it’s hard to believe but with a little help from our friend Gina, you can have this yummy dinner on the table in about half an hour. Gina truly is a master in the kitchen and has proven that it doesn’t have to be painful to eat healthier.

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you have a wonderfully creative week ahead of you. See you next Sunday or if you happen to be in the Puyallup, WA  area next weekend (June 2nd & 3rd) I’ll be at the Stamp & Scrapbook Expo and would love to meet you in person. I’ll meet you at the Creativity Center and we can create something beautiful together. Hugs to all!.

Sundays With Lorraine

Good day to all my crafty friends and welcome back to Weekly Scrapper!  I hope you are enjoying a nice, carefree weekend and I’m glad that you’ve found your way into your craft room. It’s an honor to have the opportunity to share a little inspiration from some of the most talented people in our industry, so sit back, relax, and enjoy today’s creative therapy!

DIY Journaling cards By Nicole Nowosad

Most paper crafters have a nice selection of scraps, so why not put them to good use? I love how Nicole created her own unique journaling cards using pieces of this and parts of that. What a sense of accomplishment you will feel when you walk away with a dozen or so pocket cards and embellishments using nothing but scraps. You can use these cards in your pocket page albums as well as on your cards, tags, planners and traditional scrapbook layouts. The possibilities are endless.

I hope you’ve been inspired to break out those treasured scraps and create some of your own one-of-a-kind embellishments. How creative of Nicole to alter some premade cards as well as cutting her own 3X4 cards and starting from scratch. I love purchasing premade cards but the sentiments or phrases don’t always fit my projects. I love Nicole’s solution which is to alter them with washi tape – cover up what you don’t want and add what you need. Big hugs to Nicole for being such a constant inspiration to her fellow paper crafters.

Miss You By Melissa Phillips

Paper piecing is an inexpensive yet creative way to add visual interest to your paper crafting projects. Paper piecing is a technique used in both quilting and paper crafting that involves cutting and layering small paper shapes together to create customized embellishments. It’s also a great way to use up some of those scraps that you’ve been collecting.

Back in the day (LOL) we used to fussy cut all those tiny pieces and that is still an option but not necessary.  On this sweet card, Melissa used the new Up In The Air Stamp & Die Set by My Favorite Things to paper piece the hot air balloon. Paper piecing is a fun way to take your stamps and dies to the next level.  I hope you’ve been inspired to give this technique a try, you’ll be glad you did. Who wouldn’t be smiling from ear to ear when they opened the mailbox to find this handmade treasure?

Believe In Magic By Suzanne

Suzanne was challenged to design a vintage or shabby chic project without using any patterned/designer paper. That’s a tall order. I think it’s safe to say that she definitely stepped up to the plate with this gorgeous Art Journal.  This work of art has really inspired me to step outside my box. I love how Suzanne incorporated bright, warm colors while retaining the vintage/shabby chic style. I have to admit, I tend to stay with more neutral tones like cream, tans, and pastel colors (how boring of me). Big hugs to Suzanne for sharing the inspiration.

I know you’re probably scratching your head thinking “how did she do that”? Not to worry, click here and I’d be honored to escort you over to Suzz’s Stamping Spot so you can follow along as she takes us step-by-step on how the journal came together. Be prepared to take notes she has some great tips and techniques to share.

Cheesy Bruschetta Chicken Cutlets By Simply Recipes

With a little help from our friends over at Simply Recipes you, too, can have this yummy Cheesy Bruschetta Chicken on the table in less than 1/2 hour. It takes longer than that to order pizza! By using chicken cutlets (thin sliced chicken breast)  along with canned diced tomatoes doctored up with a bit of olive oil, garlic, and Italian seasonings, it cooks in about 15 minutes.

All that’s left is to click here and I will lead the way over to Simply Recipes so you can print out the recipe – you probably have all the ingredients you need on hand.  I like to serve this with a simple salad and some french bread and my family are happy campers. You can’t go wrong adding a side of pasta if you have a hungry group. Enjoy!

Thanks for stopping by today and I hope you have a wonderful week ahead of you. I’ll see you next Sunday with more great projects to inspire you throughout the week. I’ll be at the Stamp & Scrapbook Expo in Puyallup, WA next week June 2nd & 3rd and would love to meet you in person. It’s gonna be a great show so if you’re in the neighborhood we would love to see you there. I’ll meet you in the Creativity Center and we’ll make something beautiful together!

Sundays With Lorraine

Hello, my crafty friends, and welcome back to Weekly Scrapper. I hope you are enjoying an amazing Mother’s Day surround by those you love. If you are crafting something beautiful together, even better. Hugs to all of you amazing women!

Have you seen Tim’s Holtz new Assemblage Collection yet? I know I don’t typically write about a particular line – but I couldn’t resist sharing this “Holy Cow” collection with you. It is my understanding that this jewelry line is available exclusively at JoAnns Craft storesClick here and I’ll take you over for a peek. With the Assemblage Collection, you not only can make unique jewelry to wear but you can also use the pieces to create some great embellishments for your scrapbooks, planners, and mixed media projects.

While writing today’s post, I had to stop mid-sentence to order the Turquoise Medallions. Check them out! The next time I see you in the Creativity Center I hope to be wearing the necklace and earring set that I plan on creating. LOL!  There are three pages of yummy pieces to choose from, everything from chains to charms. Have fun creating your own unique pieces.

Happy Birthday Shaker Card

Since shaker cards are more popular than ever, I thought you might be inspired by this adorable gift card holder designed by the ever so talented Jan Hobbins. Jan used the Sizzix Pocket Mini Shaker die set to create the fun shaker element. I love how she even customized the plain white tissue paper to coordinate with the dog theme. Thanks to Jan and her very creative way of thinking, we don’t have to deal with plain white tissue paper ever again.

For those of you who like videos, Lyndsey Serata has a great tutorial with tons of tips and tricks when making the shaker pocket.  Click here and I will be happy to escort you over for a peek. What a great way to present and personalize your gift cards,

The Little Things By Donna Gray

Have you had the opportunity to play with PaperArtsy’s Infusions yet? PaperArtsy Infusions are water soluble particles with two components – dye color pigment suitable for paper/fabric mixed with walnut stain. The color powder particles dissolve faster than the walnut crystals, so you can control how much color-to-brown stain ratio you get depending on the amount of water you apply and when you dry.

As you can see on Donna’s little work of art, Infusions powders are great for quick and easy watercolor effects. I hope you’ve been inspired to break out your favorite watercolor mediums and create your own unique handcrafted card. For a complete supply list along with step-by-step instructions, click here and I will take you over to Donna’s blog  That’s Blogging Crafty so you can take notes.

Cajun Shrimp In Foil 

If you are looking for a quick, easy, and healthy, meal to add to your recipe rotation, then you are going to love this recipe I discovered on the Skinny Taste Blog. Gina is the queen of preparing delicious, light, and fresh meals that your family will love.

You’ll be happy to know that this recipe is freezer friendly and counts as 7 points if you’re following the Weight Watchers program.  I’d like to send out a big hug to Gina for sharing her amazing culinary skills with us. This is one food blog that you definitely want to add to your favorites.

Thanks for stopping by, I hope you have a wonderful week ahead of you! And Happy Mother’s Day to all you moms!

Sundays With Lorraine

Hello, my crafty friends and welcome back to Weekly Scrapper. Mother’s Day is next Sunday, May 14th. It is Mom’s special day, so why not celebrate by creating one or two of your handmade treasures? Today’s post is all about honoring those special Moms in your life.

Mothers Day Gift Card Holder and Card

I haven’t met a woman yet that doesn’t appreciate a gift card to her favorite store. I know I do, that way you can pick out exactly what you want or need. My husband of 30 years loves it because it saves him a trip to the mall which he hates. Just yesterday I took a little trip to Marshalls and boy did I score with a gift card I received for my birthday last month.

Now, I know some people think of a gift card as impersonal, but in my opinion, if you know the person well enough to know their favorite places to shop and you make a handmade card and gift card holder, then that makes you a hero! Click here and I will be happy to escort you over to the Pebbles Blog so you can check out the supplies that were used to create this fun gift set.

All About Mom Bunting By U Create

What a wonderful way to make mom feel like the queen she is! Let’s make her a bunting that is all about her. This is a great project to get the kids and grandkids involved in; it can be as simple or as detailed as you want it to be. On the U Create blog, there is even a free printable that you could use to add a little journaling to your project. Click here and I will take you over.

Thanks, Rebecca, for sharing a beautiful and thoughtful Mother’s Day Craft to celebrate the amazing women in our lives! I can’t think of a single Mom that doesn’t treasure a handmade gift.

Spa In A Jar By Tonia

All moms deserve to be pampered, right? You all know how I love my Mason Jars, big or small I love them all. When using jars for gift giving, I recommend using a wide mouth jar since the opening is wide enough to put your hand in to move things around and it also allows you to fit larger items in the jar. If you’re looking for a nice size mason jar, I recommend stopping by your local Walmart. They have the Heritage Collection Jars in several colors. I’m in love with the vintage-inspired colors like teal, that gorgeous green, and the purple.

The fun part about giving a gift in a jar is customizing the gift to each individual person. You can make your own spa treatments or if you’re running out of time most stores have a large selection of travel sized items that fit nicely in a large mason jar. While writing this article I even found a Mercury Glass inspired design in Gold that would be perfect for a floral arrangement. Walmart even has those Frog Lid Inserts that make flower arranging a snap. Have fun and hugs to all of you amazing moms.

Lasagna Stuffed Shells Recipe

How about cooking Mom a nice dinner? These Lasagna Stuffed Shells are filled with cheese and sausage then smothered in your favorite pasta sauce! I also love the fact that they are quick to make and you can even prepare them ahead and freeze them, which leaves more time to hang out and enjoy your time with Mom.

If you love lasagna but not the time it takes to prepare, then you are gonna love Jesseca’s Lasagna stuffed shells. It can be on the table in half the time it takes to prepare a full-blown lasagna. Add a nice simple salad and you are good to go. Bon appetit, my hungry friends. Hugs to Jesecca for sharing her amazing culinary skills with us.

Garlic Knots

At my house pasta isn’t complete without some nice crusty bread, or how about these yummy garlic knots?  Thanks to Jesseca we can have our stuffed shells and garlic knots on the table in no time.

Click here and I will take you over to Jesseca’s food blog One Sweet Appetite so you can print out the recipe and while you’re on the site, check out her yummy desserts to finish off your perfect meal.

Thanks for stopping by, I always enjoy our creative time together.  Hugs to all!