Saturdays With LeAnn

Vellum Overlay Cards

Do you have spring fever?  I know I sure do!  After the winter most of us had, I am sure you are ready for some beautiful spring-themed projects.  With spring on it’s way, it is also a reminder that Easter is just around the corner.  When I think about spring or Easter, pretty pastel colors and flowers come to mind.  So with that said, I would like to share some fun projects using flowers.  I hope today you will be inspired with these fun spring projects.

Best Days Of Our Lives By Alicia McNamara

We all know how much texture and dimension adds to a layout, card, or mixed media project. Alicia has definitely demonstrated this in this layout. We often use the term “Happy Papercrafting” because we know the opportunities with paper are so much more than just on the page.  Today, Alicia shares her gorgeous example of beautiful altered art. I would also like to share a tip that will help you when creating your outstanding layouts.  TIP: Choose a focal point on your layout and then create embellishments that will continue to tell the story from that point.  It is amazing how well this works!

Best Days Of Our Lives

Alicia’s layout is full of all kinds of beautiful elements.  It is really light and colored with some pastels, but there are also some black parts here and there to give it a nice contrast.  I absolutely love that!  Alicia adds wording perfectly and it tells so much about the photo.  This layout is certainly an eye catcher and is very well done.  Let me take you over to Time to Create where you can write down all of the products you will need to start your own layout.  Take some time while you are at Alicia’s blog to see more of her beautiful creations.  You will certainly leave her blog feeling very inspired.

Vellum Overlay Cards By Jennifer McGuire

Not sure how to use vellum?   Do you ever struggle using vellum?  Here’s a fun technique using vellum that will turn your curiosity (or struggles) into having fun and being very creative.  You will enjoy working with vellum so much that I guarantee you will make many more projects using it. These beautiful cards created by Jennifer McGuire have a vellum overlay that give each one a very soft look.

Vellum Overlay Cards

Jennifer started her cards by simply using white embossing powder to emboss the floral image on vellum.  There is a little bit of glitter added to the lines of the flower for extra interest and a pearl added to the center. Adding some color to her image, she started by stamping the layering floral image with the Altenew Beautiful Day Stamp Set using different shades of Altenew ink on a small note card.  Let me escort you over to watch Jennifer’s YouTube Video on how she created her card, along with her step-by-step instructions.  You are going to love every minute of her video.  Step out of your comfort zone and take some time to experiment and just have fun creating!

Absolutely Beautiful By Melissa Phillips

Cards might be little, but they are packed with so much inspiration.  This is one of those cards that can be so versatile.  Send it as a Spring, Hello, Birthday, Thinking Of You, or even an Easter Card.  Who wouldn’t love to receive this adorable card in the mail?

Absolutely Beautiful

Melissa’s card started with the word beautiful to create the theme for her card.  She used the Reverse Confetti You’re So stamp set for her sentiment.  The beauty of this stamp set is it has four uplifting words that can be mixed and matched to create numerous uplifting sentiments.  She also used the Blooms ‘N Buds stamp set to create the pretty blossoms.  For the background, Melissa used the XOXO Hearts Confetti Cuts.  Melissa’s creativity is amazing!  I love her combinations and the colors she chose are so pretty and perfect!  Click here and I will take you over to see more of Melissa’s wonderful talent and fabulous creations.

Luscious Lemon Cake By Christi Johnstone

Lemon desserts always make me think of spring, so I wanted to take a moment to share this Luscious Lemon Cake with you.  This cheery lemon cake is perfect for Easter or any festive occasions.  Lemon is one of my absolute favorites and this Luscious Lemon Cake is both easy and delicious.  You won’t want just one bite!

Luscious Lemon Cake

This lemon cake is probably one of the best I have ever made.  Being that lemon is one of my favorite flavors; I have been making lemon cakes for many years.  My children said that this has to be a new tradition in the family and I am to bring this cake now whenever we have get togethers.  Let me take you on over to Love From the Oven where Christi Johnstone will share her recipe with you.  Be sure and grab your pen and paper, because this is one recipe you will want to make to share with your family and friends!

Thank you for sharing a bit of your Saturday with me.  I hope you have been inspired today to try something new.  I am looking forward to seeing you back next week.  Have a great weekend!

Hugs,

LeAnn

 

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Valentines Day Sign

Hello my friends, and happy Saturday to you!  Since it is Saturday, inspiration is coming your way for the weekend.  I get so excited to share new ideas with you each Saturday. I hope you are in your comfys and ready to sit back and enjoy some fun projects that I believe will give you tons of inspiration!

PS I Love You By Alicia McNamara

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and I want to share this beautiful layout which is perfect for your Valentine photos.  The PS I Love You collection was used for this layout which was created by Alicia McNamara who is a fabulous designer for Kaiser Kraft.

PS I Love You

I fell in love with this priceless photo with the soft, warm colors on the layout.  This is one of those layouts that just make you smile; it is a reminder of a special time these girls will never forget. Click here and I will take you over to Alicia’s blog Time To Create where she will share a video on how she created this beautiful layout.   This was so inspiring to me and I hope it will be for you as well.

Follow Your Dream By Laurie Schmidlin

This whimsical stamp set is just adorable and oh, so versatile!  Ready for some inspiration?  I totally fell in love with this hot air balloon stamp.  Looking at it closely, I discovered that there is a lot more going on than first meets the eye.  There is multi-level stamping, paper piecing, and layering.  Laurie is know for her fine detail and is certainly very inspirational.

Follow Your Dream

Laurie created her card using the Half Pint Heroines stamp set designed by Claire Brennan. She also inked every layer, then adding some final touches she applied buttons to her card. Who doesn’t love buttons right?  Click here and I will be happy to take you over to Just Give Me Stamps where you will find more of Laurie’s wonderful projects.

Valentine Sign By Landee Anderson

As the Christmas decorations come down, I always find it so refreshing to pull out my Valentine’s Day decorations. Show your love with this adorable wood sign crated by Landee Anderson.  This vintage love sign is sure to lighten up any room!  It would also make a sweet gift for someone you love.

Valentines Day Sign

You can purchase your wood rounds at Home Depot for around $6.00.  It is so fun to take a piece of wood, apply some paint and a sentiment, and have a custom Valentine decoration. Click here and I will gladly take you over to Landeelu so you can jot down the supplies that Landee used to create her sweet sign.

Cake Roll By Tasbih

With Valentine’s Day coming up, it is never to earlier to start thinking about wonderful desserts to make.  Love is all around with this scrumptious cake roll.  I love finding creative ways to dress up desserts for the holiday, and this is a perfect one for Valentine’s Day.  Whether you are making this for yourself, friends, family or loved ones, you can’t go wrong with a sweet heart-themed dessert.

Cake Roll

Tasbih is a fabulous cook from Egypt who loves baking.  She is obsessed with perfecting dessert recipes and this is certainly one of them.  I know you are dying to get this recipe so let me me take you on over to Cleobuttera where you will find the ingredients and recipe to this fabulous cake roll.  Enjoy baking, everyone!

I hope these projects have given you some inspiration today.  One of the things that I love is connecting with crafters.  I appreciate you taking time on your Saturdays and spending it with me.  I hope you have a wonderful week ahead, and I will see you back next Saturday!

~LeAnn~

 

 

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Tis The Season To Sparkle

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This is the most magical time of the year!  You can feel the warmth of the Christmas spirit in the air.  Since we are in the midst of the holiday season, I thought it would be fun to share a few festive projects with you today.  It is still early enough in the season to create some of your favorite Christmas projects for this year.  I hope you will enjoy the projects from some fabulous designers today.  Sit back and enjoy!

Believe By Alicia McNamara

Today I want to inspire you with this beautiful layout that was created with lots of lovely sparkly sliver, as well as using some silver-toned papers.  This beautifully elegant and eye-catching layout was created using the “Glisten Christmas Collection” by Kaisercraft.  The beauty of the silver accents really makes for a perfect layout.

Believe

This is definitely one of those layouts that has perfectly placed embellishments and fine details.  What a beautiful way to preserve a special Christmas photo!  Look at the beautiful layering that Alicia achieved.  I am so impressed with her skilled techniques that really give her layouts a pop.  This beautiful layout really jumped out at me and I knew I just had to share it with you!  Let’s pop on over to Time To Create where you will see all of the products you will need to create your own.  Thank you, Alicia, for another fabulous layout!

Joy By Peet Roeven

If you haven’t started your Christmas cards, maybe this will help you out.  This sweet card will bring a smile to anyone’s face!  I love the clean and elegant design.  Peet used the Penny Black stamp Red Sparkle along with Winter Cheer, and Bird Flower Doily dies.  These stamp and dies are going to be the perfect solution for your handmade Christmas cards.

Joy

Peet always does such an incredible job with her watercoloring skills.  You will be in awe when you see all of the different possibilities you can do just by watercoloring.  I have to warn you, once you get started with watercoloring you won’t be able to stop. There is nothing better at Christmas time than to receive a handmade card in the mail that was made with love.  Be sure to visit Peet’s blog Scrapablum to see more of her outstanding talent.  The possibilities are truly endless!

Tis The Season To Spakle By Julia Stainton

Who says you have to only use traditional colors for Christmas?  It will be so fun to step outside your comfort zone this year and create something different for your holiday Christmas cards. And what’s not there to love about reindeer?  To me it is one of those images you could use all year long!

Tis The Season To Sparkle

It’s all about a magical Christmas, and this card does send out the magic of the season. Julia kept the design simple with the deer die cut and used Rouge Glitter Paper to show off how lovely the simple die cut is.  It is layered over a lot of fun details with a great play of textures mixed together.  Click here and I will take you over to see some of the steps that Julia took to create this adorable card.   Please take a moment and check out Julia’s wonderful blog Belle Papier.  I promise you will be so happy you took the time to visit.  Have fun creating!

Christmas Lasagna By Vera Zecevic

Christmas Lasagna is a whimsical layered dessert with red velvet shortbread cookie crust, peppermint cheesecake, white chocolate pudding, whipped cream, and mini marshmallows on top. How could this dessert not become a favorite at one of your Christmas parties?

Christmas Lasagna

Every special occasion needs a special treat.  Take this festive treat to your Christmas gatherings and you will be the hit of the party!  Come on over with me to the Oh My Goodness Chocolate Desserts where you will find Vera’s recipe and directions.  You are absolutely going to love this Christmas Lasagna!

This is the time of the year we all enjoy, so make sure to take some time for yourself and do some holiday crafting and create handmade treasures.

Thank you for stopping by today!  I hope you have a wonderful week ahead and enjoy this Christmas season.  See you back next Saturday!

~LeAnn~

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All Is Calm All Is Bright

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Welcome back, my dear friends.  I hope you all had a fabulous Thanksgiving and spent some quality time with your family and friends!  This time of year is such a great time to focus on our blessings and our relationships with those we love. I am truly grateful for each one of you and feel so blessed to spend part of my Saturdays with you.  I hope to inspire you today with more fun projects from outstanding designers.  So sit back and enjoy!

December Daily Album

It is no secret that I love to make little mini books full of pictures and memories.  This little mini album will be extra special to make; it is all about your fun day-to-day memories made in the month of December.  This is a great way to put in some of the fun activities you want to do with your family.  December is such a busy month, so prepare your album now and have it ready to go for December.  As you do your daily activities, jot down the memories and activities of that day.  Just think when December is over – all you have to do is add your photos and you instantly have a completed mini album!

December Daily Album

You can make all kinds of secret flaps and fun pockets and the best part is that there are no rules. Creating mini albums it is also a great way to try out ideas that you might use down the road in your scrapbook page layouts.  Creating is even more magical when you savor every moment and memory of an outstanding holiday.  Let me take you over to Time to Create where you can follow a video created by Alicia McNamara.  She will show you how she created her darling December Daily Album.  A big shout out to Alicia for her inspiration and her fun idea for the month of December!

All Is Calm All Is Bright

Die cutting is a wonderful element to add to your paper crafting  The creative possibilities are endless.  Using die cuts will give you the little extras to expand your creativity.  Now that Thanksgiving is behind us, it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas.  Christmas doesn’t always have to be done in the traditional colors of red and green. Try something a bit different in your cards this year!

 

All Is Calm All Is Bright

Melissa Phillips shares a video that shows you another fun way of using die cuts. You won’t want to miss out on all of the great tips used in this video.  Come with me and I will take you over to Lilybean Paperie. You will also find so many more of her wonderful projects.  Take a few minutes and look around her blog, I promise you will be very inspired by Melissa’s talent.

It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year

This whimsical card will really put you in the mood to start creating your Christmas cards.  Don’t you just love these vibrant, fun colors?  The different shades of green and aqua, along with the pop up snowflakes, really put a smile on my face. You can create such amazing backgrounds just using stamps and distress inks.

It's The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year

This fun card is sure to brighten anyone’s day.  This is surely one of those cards that will be fun to receive at Christmas time – there is nothing like a handmade treasure.  Are you ready to get started?  Click here and I will take you on over to Double Stick Heaven where you will find a full list of supplies used on this card. Thank you, Laura Bassen, for truly being an inspiration to all of us crafters.  Don’t forget to look at more of Laura’s fabulous creations while you are visiting her blog.

Advent Calendar Shadowbox

Can you believe it is almost Christmas?  Time to start thinking about Christmas crafts!  This is a fun Advent Calendar to count your days down ’till Christmas.  Your children or grandchildren will have a blast peeking inside each little individual drawer to see what prize is awaiting them!  Last year I decided to take a twist on my advent calendar and have a count down of 25 acts of kindness so we could serve others.  My grandchildren got a kick out of this; they could hardly wait each day to find out what we were doing to put a smile on someone’s face.  It was so much fun and a great way to teach them how to serve others.

Advent Calendar Shadowbox

This adorable advent calendar is a bit detailed so you may want to get started on it right away!  Let me take you on over to Scraps Of Life where you will see how Gloria Stengel created her darling shadow box.  She will give you some step-by-step instructions to make your project come together a bit easier.   Be sure to pull out some of your extra Christmas embellishments and just have fun creating!

Gingerbread Roll Cake

If you have never made a roll cake, it is time to change that! You should not be afraid, just follow a few simple steps and in no time you will have the most beautiful swirl cake.  I have to mention that these are surprisingly easy to make.

Gingerbread Roll Cake

This moist gingerbread roll cake filled with spice creamy filling is a delicious traditional Christmas gingerbread cake, and your family will love it!  Having a family Christmas party?  This will be the treat everyone will go for.  For those who don’t love gingerbread, then make a pumpkin roll, or even a vanilla roll cake.  These are the perfect dessert for Christmas parties! One bite and you will understand why.  Let me escort you over to A Treats Affair where you will get all the recipes from Roxana.  You will be way ahead of the game for the hollidays!

I hope you have enjoyed today’s post and have been inspired to give these lovely projects a try.  I know you will have fun creating them.  Thank you again for sharing some of your weekend with me; as always I look forward to having you return next Saturday.  Have a fabulous week!

~LeAnn~

 

 

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Blessings To Call You Friend

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Welcome back to another wonderful Saturday here on our Weekly Scrapper blog!  I have some very fun treasures to share with you today.  I hope that they will inspire you to jump out of your comfort zone and create something uniquely you!

Cottage Rose Mini Album By Alicia McNamara

Who says you have to put photos only into layouts?  Mini albums are a fabulous way of using your precious photos. They are not only fun to create, but are also a perfect gift, and bring a smile to anyone’s face by sharing memories that have so much love and meaning.  Mini albums are not only a perfect gift but they also don’t take much time to create.  What enjoyment for both you and the one receiving the album!

Cottage Rose Mini Album

After discovering this gorgeous mini album on the blog Time To Create, I knew I just had to share it.  I highly recommend stopping by for a visit; you will be so inspired by Alicia McNamara, plus you will see all of the pages of her mini album. You can never create too many mini albums! 🙂

Pineapple Play By Julie Ebersole

Would you like to learn a new technique?  Today you are sure to be so inspired by Julie Ebersole and her fabulous watercoloring technique.  You will love the color combinations that Julie uses. Pop on over to her blog Paper Trufflez to see more of her fun creations.

Pineapple Play

Julie shows how easy these cards are to make using the die from Hero Arts Paper Layering Pineapple.  Julie’s step-by-step tutorial makes creating this card very fun; click here to follow along. Go ahead and give this a try; you will really enjoy creating this project!

Blessed To Call You Friend By Amy Kolling

Nothing says spring better then a bouquet of flowers!  This adorable card will certainly brighten anyone’s day.  Here is another fun card to try, so break out your stamps and dies!

Blessings To Call You Friend

To get a very crisp black image, use Versafine Onyx Black ink to stamp your wildflowers, clear embossing powder, and then heat set.  Embossing is a great way to watercolor as the embossing keeps your ink inside the lines.  Amy used vellum for her background along with the die-cut Leafy Vine Cutting Plate with thick vellum.  The vellum gives the card an opaque look.  When added to a light grey note-card, it looks like faux embossing.  For more inspiration from Amy, come with me over to her blog Stamp-N-Paradise.

Rosette Mirror By Christy James

Do you have an old mirror hanging around that you just don’t want to part with?  Today I am going to share a way of turning that old mirror into something different and charming.

Rosette Mirror

First of all, adding some dimension really gives the mirror a pop, and the appealing rosettes finish off the mirror in an attractive way.  Giving the mirror a new paint job and adding a few rosettes gives this a sweet, new look.  It isn’t expensive to create and the rosettes are so fun to make.  Click here for a full tutorial on making your rosettes, and then be sure to visit Confessions of a Serial Do-It-Yourselfer for more makeovers for your home.

Peanut Marshmallow Bars By Maryanne

These peanut marshmallow bars are made up of everything you would want in a treat – sweet, salty, crunchy, and very satisfying!  The best part is they are very easy to make and go a long way.

Peanut Marshmallow Bars

This is one of those fun summer treats you can take on picnics, family get-togethers, baseball games, etc. It is a great make-ahead dessert.  Once completed, it also holds up really well for a few days.  You will have no problem finishing this fabulous treat. Click here and I will take you over to The Little Epicurean where you will get your yummy recipe.  Enjoy! 🙂

Thank you for sharing a bit of your Saturday with me.  Hope you have been inspired today to try something new.  I am looking forward to seeing you back soon.  Have a great weekend!

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Thanks

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Hello, my friends!  I hope you all had a wonderful week and are ready for a relaxing and creative weekend.  I have some fun and inspirational projects to share with you today, so sit back, relax, and enjoy!

Cherish The Little Things By Alicia McNamara

I know you will enjoy this glorious layout from Alicia and I’m very excited to share it with you.  Alicia has such a beautiful and unique style; she inspires in so many different ways with her beautiful papers and embellishments. I always love the way she groups things in a way that draws your eye around the page.  Cherish The Little Things

Alicia’s design has a perfect balance with all of her beautiful elements.  I would love for you to come with me over to Time To Create where you will find a full tutorial on how Alicia created this beautiful layout.  She will share with you how she used her mists to add color to her background.  Thank you to Alicia for sharing your wonderful talent with us. Have fun scrapping!  🙂

Easter Greetings By Anne Kristine

I just love cards, and I save almost every one that has been given to me.  I love going through old boxes of cards and reading sweet, thoughtful messages that my friends and family have written to me.  With Easter just around the corner, I want to share this beautiful card that someone will definitely treasure forever!  I know this will give you some inspiration to start working on your own handmade Easter cards.

Easter Greetings

I love the soft, delicate, and vintage flair of this handmade treasure.  If you have been inspired as I was when I discovered this beautiful card on “Anne’s Paper Fun” blog, you will definitely want to check out more of her outstanding projects using collections from Pion Designs.  Have you been inspired to make and send a card?  Give one a try this week!

Thanks By Shari Carrol

Cards are all about letting those close to you know how much they are loved.  I often find myself wanting to send out thank you cards to express my gratitude for the big and small things that are given to me by friends and family. This sweet card is one that you can change the sentiment to “thinking of you,” “have a great day,” etc.  Can you just imagine the warm feeling that will come over the person who receives this one in the mail?

Thanks

Shari really has a gift for bringing her images to life with amazing coloring skills.  It is so fun to incorporate water coloring along with these beautiful die cuts.  Click here and you will find a video of the process on recreating this card by Shari. I hope you are inspired to send someone special one of your handmade creations.

Mini Storage Cabinet By Christy James

I also want to share a fun storage/organization cabinet using reclaimed wood.  Would you ever have imagined that something this cute would be made from an old wooden crate?  This is something you can hang on your wall or just sit on the counter.  It gives the room such a fun, shabby chic look and will also give you a small space to tuck things away.

Mini Storage Cabinet

This can be used not only for the bathroom but in any room of your home.  Create two then hang them on the wall for double the space and double the charm.  Let’s pop on over to Confessions Of A Serial Do It Yourselfer where you will find step-by-step instructions on how to create this fabulous mini storage cabinet.  Christy James is very talented from sewing, to painting, reinventing, rebuilding, craftiness and everything in between.  You will be so inspired by her projects!

Salted Caramel Apple Tart By Kelly Senyei

Do you love apples?  Today you are in for a real treat by Kelly Senyei.  This caramel apple tart is so fabulous and everyone will definitely want your recipe.  The ingredient list is not very long, and the savory flavors of buttery pastry, tangy apples, sticky sweet caramel, and sea salt is to dye for.  This is such a perfect combination that will be a real treat for your family and friends.

Salted Caramel Apple Tart

This is a recipe you don’t want to miss! For your ingredients and the recipe, visit Kelly at Just A Taste.  You will be so happy you paid her a visit.

I hope you have enjoyed today’s creations and that you have been inspired to begin your next project!  I am looking forward to sharing some more fun things with you next Saturday.  Thank you for stopping by, and have a fabulous week!