Sundays With Lorraine

Hello, my crafty friends and welcome back to Weekly Scrapper! I recently returned home from our  Anaheim, CA show, three days of non-stop make & takes with some of the most talented paper crafters on earth – it was a sure fire way to get those creative juices flowing. I hope you enjoy today’s creative therapy, so sit back, relax and enjoy a little me time, you deserve it!

Vintage Mini Album By Tati Scrap

I instantly fell in love with this adorable shabby chic mini album that Tati has designed using Graphic 45’s new Vintage Hollywood Collection. Mini albums are the instant gratification of scrapbooking and with a little help from Graphic 45 and their amazing designers you, too, can complete an entire mini album in no time. How creative to add those interactive flaps and folds, they really add a touch of whimsy and delight to your albums.

The gift of memories is priceless, so why not create an album to give as a gift at the next baby shower, birthday or any special occasion? Click here and I will lead the way over the Graphic 45’s blog as Tati shares some great tips to creating your own stunning vintage inspired mini album.

I Adore You By Barbara Anders

With handmade shaker cards being all the rage right now, I thought you might be inspired by this adorable card designed by Barbara Anders. There is something about all those shiny sequins and beads shaking around that adds such a sparkly, festive feel. Barbara cut her shaker window with Die-namics LJD Jumbo Peek-a-Boo Circle Windows, which as you can see creates the perfect window for a shaker element and/or frame. If you’re thinking the same thing I’m thinking (this is one of those need it in your life dies), then  click here and I’ll take you over to the site so you can order your own.

 

With a little help from our friend Barbara and a few simple supplies, you too can create these fun & festive shaker elements. Click here & I’ll take you over to the Paper Pursuits blog and you can follow along as Barbara shares just how easily this sweet card came together.

DIY Twine Dispenser By Angie Chavez

You know how I feel about glass jars, big or small I love them all. If you are a twine-lover too, this project is for you! They are a great way to store our ever growing stash of craft supplies while also helping to reduce the amount of trash that goes into our landfills. I will admit that I”m a bit of a twine junkie, we have bakers twine, cotton twine, hemp twine etc., all of which are great for adding texture and visual interest to our paper crafting projects.

Thanks to Angie you too can have your craft supplies organized and looking good. Click here and I will escort you over to her blog Knick Of Time where you can print out some of her free antique graphics to decorate your jars. A well-organized craft room makes crafting so much more enjoyable.

Waterslide Paper Technique By Dreams Factory

Spring is in the air and I was thinking it might be a good time to do a little spring cleaning/organizing in our craft rooms. How adorable are these shabby chic containers? I already have a chalk pen in hand – ready to label the contents! 🙂  Have you had the opportunity to play with Waterslide decals also known as slip decals? As you can see they make the perfect embellishment for just about any project. Until recently, water slide decals were professionally printed and only available in supplied designs, but with the advent of printable decal paper for color inkjet and or laser printers and a little help from our crafty friends over at Dreams Factory, we can create our own waterslide decals.

 

I hope you’ve been inspired to give this fun technique a try. Now that I have your attention ;-), click here and I will lead the way over to the Dreams Factory Blog where Diana shares all you need to know about Waterslide Decal Paper Transfers. Happy organizing my crafty friends.

Sheet Pan Cheesy Hasselback Ham, Potatoes and Asparagus

Move aside winter, spring is here and what tastes more like spring than ham and asparagus? This sheet pan recipe uses one pan and gets the whole feast on the table in a little over an hour.

I highly recommend stopping by the tbsp. blog anytime you need to kick things up a bit in the kitchen. If you’re a visual person, they even have a little 1-minute video sharing how easy this recipe is to prepare. Bon appetit my hungry friends!

Thanks for stopping by and I’d love to see you at an upcoming Stamp & Scrapbook Expo. I’ll meet you at the Creativity Center! Hugs to all!

 

Sundays With Lorraine

Hello, my crafty friends, and welcome back to Weekly Scrapper. You’re just in time for today’s creative therapy, so sit back, relax, and enjoy!  Spring is in the air and Easter is just around the corner so I thought you might enjoy the following projects.

Watercolor Easter Eggs By Allison

These watercolored eggs are so pretty, you almost don’t want to crack the shell. Notice how I said almost – because these pretty little eggs are soon to be an amazing egg salad. But not to worry –  until that time they will look oh-so-cute in a basket and or crystal bowl on the table for your Easter brunch.

You can use this technique on hard boiled eggs, you just need to substitute food coloring markers (sold in the cake making craft section) for the Sharpie. Allison used the dyeable plastic eggs sold at Walmart for about $2. I’m going for the real hard boiled eggs. I hope you give these beautiful watercolored eggs a try.

Dragonfly Dreams Card By Chat

I’m in love with the adorable Stampin’ Up! Dragonfly  stamp and die set that Chat used on this adorable card. This is a “Two-Step Stampin’” set which gives you the freedom to switch things up to create different looks. The Thinlet Dies have a mix of open images and detailed images and these dies can cut detailed die-cuts or frame stamped images. With this set, you can have it all!

If you’re like me and you need both the stamp and coordinating die set, you can save a little by bundling them together. Click here and I will be happy to escort you over to Chat’s Blog Me, My Stamps & I so you can follow along as she shares how this sweet card came together. Chat also has an Etsy site where you can purchase some of her gorgeous handmade cards.

Hello Friendship Card By Yoonsun Hur

This gorgeous card is sure to brighten up anyone’s day. The rainbow of color is just so cheerful. Yoonsun used Zig Kauretake Gansai Watercolors to create the beautiful background,  then she dove into her stash of dies. I love how she used multiple dies to create lots of visual interest.

Now that’s the way to use your tools, just experiment using different configurations. If you don’t play with your toys you’ll never truly know what they’re capable of. Way to go, Yoonsun, and thanks for sharing.

Baked Chicken Parmesan By Gina

Gina is the hostess of the amazing food blog Skinny Taste. I love how she took this Italian classic and eliminated some of the unwanted calories. The secret is baking the chicken cutlets versus frying them. The chicken remains moist and flavorful, the clean up is much easier, and there are fewer calories, what’s not to love?

I highly recommend stopping by Gina’s blog Skinny Taste any time you need to kick things up a notch on the kitchen. Her recipes are proof that eating heathier doesn’t have to be boring.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have an amazing week ahead of you! I just returned home from the Stamp & Scrapbook Expo in Texas and I am happy to report that a fun time was had by all. 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!

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!

Sanctuary Layout By Jan Hobbins

Have you had the opportunity to play with the new Sizzix 3-D Embossing Folders? I love all the added texture that they bring to this amazing layout. 3-D Embossing Folders are a bit thicker than your traditional embossing folders and leave a deeper, more pronounced 3-D effect. A little something I picked up from Jan that I’d like to share is that when you’re using these embossing folders, you will need to adjust your plates (Sizzix Sandwich) before you run it through your die cut machine. Instead of using two cutting plates you will only need one to compensate for the thickness of the embossing folder.

If you’d like more information along with a complete supply list, click here and I will be happy to take you over to Jan’s blog In My Own Imagination so you can follow along as she shares step-by-step instructions along with some great pics on how this gorgeous layout came together. I hope you’ve been inspired to sit down and create that next page in your scrapbook.

Mr & Mrs. Card By Natalia Valkovskaya

How clever of Natalia to die cut her own flowers out of Inkadinkado’s masking paper to create this soft, elegant background. The masking paper is perfect for creating dimensional and resist effects with your stamps and as you can see, is the perfect tool for masking techniques. Don’t you love it when a card this beautiful comes together so quickly? Think of all the wonderful dies you have! This technique really opens up all kinds of options.

I hope you’ve been inspired to break out your favorite dies and inks and create your own unique background papers. What a great way to get a little extra mileage of your precious dies and stamps! Big hugs to Natalia for sharing this great tip.

Ombre Toolbox Tutorial By Anna-Karin

I absolutely fell in love with what Anna-Karin created with the Sizzix Scoreboard Toolbox Die! This puppy is on my wish list to purchase at our Texas Stamp & Scrapbook Expo this weekend. 😉 I just checked and It’s Cheaper Than Therapy.com has it on sale for $31.99 online. In case you’re wondering, the design dimensions of the toolbox are 9 5/8″ x 4 3/4″ – 1 1/2″ x 1 1/8″. How perfect to fill with a little pisky (gift) or some sweet treats. This is one die you will really get some use out of. 

I’d like to send out a virtual hug to Anna-Karin for being such a constant inspiration to her fellow paper crafters, she really has outdone herself on this adorable toolbox. I highly recommend stopping by the Layers Of Ink Blog so you can follow along as she shares step-by-step instructions on how this project came together. Be prepared to take notes – she has lots of tips and techniques to share and I’m pretty sure you’re going to be introduced to some must-have supplies that you might not have seen yet, like the Eileen Hull Blends by ColorBox and those amazing stamps by Darkroom Door to name a few.

Skillet Chicken Cordon Bleu with Creamy Dijon Sauce

If you like Chicken Cordon Bleu but not all the fuss it takes to prepare it the traditional way, then you’re going to adore Jaclyn’s simplified version. I love that it only uses one pan for the chicken and the sauce! Less time spent cleaning up means more time in our craft room.

Click here and I will take you over to the Cooking Classy Blog so you can print out the recipe. I recommend printing out several copies because your friends will want to know how you made it. By the way, while you’re visiting Jaclyn be sure to check out her fabulous drink recipes; they are truly amazing. Big hugs to Jaclyn for helping us spice things up in the kitchen.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have an amazing week ahead of you. I’ll see you next Sunday unless I’m lucky enough to see you in person at one of our 19 Stamp & Scrapbook Expos. I’ll meet you at the Creativity Center and we can create something beautiful together. Hugs to all!

Sundays With Lorraine

Hello my crafty friends, and welcome back to Weekly Scrapper. It makes my heart sing knowing that you were able to carve out a little “me time” from your busy weekend to be creative, so sit back, relax, and enjoy today’s creative therapy, you deserve it!.

Sweet & Precious Layout By Natasha

I instantly fell in love with this shabby chic layout that I discovered on one of my favorite paper crafting blogs Moments of Tranquility. A shabby-chic and/or vintage inspired design embodies a soft, relaxed, feminine feel which worked out perfectly with the sweet black & white photo. Even though there are a lot of fine details going on, the embellishments complement the photo allowing the photo to take center stage. After all, isn’t that why we scrapbook book – to preserve our priceless memories/photos?  I’d like to send out a big hug to Natasha for showing us how it’s done.

There is so much more than meets the eye going on with this gorgeous layout,  I recommend stopping by and spending some quality time with Natasha as she shares step-by-step instructions on how she created all those fine details. Happy scrapping, my friends!

Coffee & Friends Card By Amy Rysavy

If you’re looking for a fast and easy card that comes together in no time you are going to love this sweet friendship card designed by the very talented Amy Rysavy. Amy used Doodlebug’s Latte Love Shape Sprinkles for the focal point and I am in love with these adorable self-adhesive enamel shapes! Doodlebug Sprinkles are a fun way to add a little shimmer to all your paper crafting projects without adding a lot of bulk.

To see how quickly this adorable card came together be sure to check out Amy’s YouTube video by clicking here. I hope you’ve been inspired to create one of your handmade cards and mail it out to someone special. Receiving a handmade made card through the mail is a perfect way to let those you love know how special they are.

Paper Lanterns

Decorating for a party can be expensive, so why not create a few of the decorations yourself? These paper lanterns are simple to make and since you already have a healthy stash of paper they cost practically nothing. to make. Other than the paper and your favorite adhesive all you need are a few flameless candles and you’re good to go. I’ve seen the smaller tea lights at the Dollar Tree store but you can also find them at most chain stores and many craft stores.

I hope you’ve been inspired to break out your favorite patterned papers and give this craft a try, they’re great to use as a table decoration but they’re also fun to hang from the ceiling with fishing line. For additional inspiration, I recommend stopping by the BoBunny blog which is where I discovered this fun project.

Lemon Chicken & Asparagus Foil Packs By Tiffany

Here in Southern California it already feels like summer, the last 2 days have been in the high 80’s, and I am so ready to heat up the BBQ. But even if you’re not ready to break out the grill you can also cook this tasty dish in the oven, so not to worry. What’s not to love about a delicious dinner on the table in about 30 minutes and no pots and pans to scrub?

Tiffany is the Queen of simple stress-free meals so I highly recommend stopping by her blog Creme de la Crumb not only to print out this recipe but also to pint out a few others for future meals. You and your family will be glad you did!

Thanks for stopping by, I always enjoy our creative time together. Have a wonderful week and I’ll meet you back here next Sunday. Hugs to all!

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.