Sundays With Lorraine

Hello, my crafty friends and thank you for stopping by. I’ve just returned home from a mini marathon of shows – Atlanta, GA, Kansas City, MO and ending in beautiful Santa Clara, CA. I am happy to report that the Creativity Center was on fire and a fun time was had by all – hugs to all those creative people that I had the privilege of meeting in person.  You are the reason that the Stamp & Scrapbook Expo has been doing shows for 20 years. 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!

Inspiration Butterfly ATC By Riikka Kovasin

You all know how I love a good inky background and these artsy ATC cards designed by the very talented Riikka Kovasin are no exception. It’s a little hard to see in the photo that the butterflies are stamped on acetate, cut out, and sewn to the card. I love the visual interest that it adds to the project without overpowering the cards.

Artist Trading Cards are pieces of art that can fit on a 2.5″ by 3.5″ piece of card stock paper. The possibilities are endless; remember that if you can imagine it you can create it. They are a great way to share your art with others. I hope you’ve been inspired to break out your favorite supplies and give these fun cards a try. I must warn you – they are a bit addictive, so once you get the fever it’s hard to stop. Remember there are no rules; just have fun with your art. 

Block Watercolor Stamping By Jennifer McGuire

I’d like to send a shout out to Jennifer McGuire for revisiting the art of water coloring with your acrylic blocks. It’s fun, easy and oh-so-showy. As you can see by these beautiful cards, the end results are stunning. Try using different size and shaped blocks to create all kinds of designs.

I highly recommend stopping by Jennifer’s blog to check out the video she prepared; you are going to love all the samples that she has to share. I hope you’ve been inspired to break out those acrylic blocks and your favorite dye based inks and or markers and create your own unique works of art.

Italiana Riviera Tile Coasters by Kathy

It makes me smile using my treasured stamps on things other than paper. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a paper crafter at heart, it’s what I do!  I live and breath scrapbooking, from layouts to cards to tags to mixed media projects; big or small I love ’em all!  But there is something to be said about walking into your craft room and coming out with a handmade gift. Wouldn’t this adorable set of coasters make a nice hostess gift at the next BBQ you’re invited to? Add a bottle of their favorite wine and you are the hero. 😉 
Add a cute tag and a simple ribbon and your handmade gift is ready to go.

Who would have guessed that these artsy coasters started out as a plain tile that was purchased at a home improvement store? I don’t want to frighten you, but the holidays are right around the corner and if we start our holiday crafting now we can enjoy the holidays instead of stressing out about not being prepared.  For further details along with a supply list, click here and I will be happy to escort you over to Kathy’s blog Joyfully Made Designs so you can see how easily this project comes together.

Glazed Pineapple and Shrimp Kabobs

These easy-to-make shrimp kabobs are sure to be a hit at your next BBQ. You’ll be happy to know that you can have them ready to serve in about half an hour, and another added bonus is that they are Weight Watcher friendly, too.

I highly recommend stopping by and spending some quality time with our friends over on the KITCHme Blog; they have the best selection of recipes – everything from desserts, drinks, complete meals, etc. If you are following the Weight Watchers program, kudos to you. Losing weight shouldn’t be a flavorless process and thanks to KITCHme, we can all enjoy our favorite foods.

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 is still in full swing and with 19 shows around the nation, the question is not what show you should attend, but rather how many shows you CAN attend! I’ll meet you at the Creativity Center. Hugs to all!

Sundays With Lorraine

Sundays-with-Lorraine

Welcome to Weekly Scrapper! It makes me smile knowing that you’ve found some time to get crafty; after all, creating art is very therapeutic, a proven stress reliever. The secret to success is to have fun with your art, so don’t hold back, you will never know what you’re truly capable of unless you explore. Sundays are special to me because this is the time that I get to share my passion for crafting with you when I’m not teaching at a Scrapbook Expo. I just finished teaching at our last Expo of the year in Ontario, California and loved my year of interacting with my fellow scrapbookers. You are a fabulous bunch! Our next Expo will be in February in Grapevine, Texas, so if you are in the area, please stop by and see me! We are looking forward to all our 2016 Expos; I know you’ll have a great experience if you are able to attend. When you go, make sure to stop by the Creativity Center and tell me hello!  For today, sit back, relax, and enjoy today’s inspiration.

# Cousins created by Melinda Spinks

What’s not to love about this sweet layout designed by the very talented Melinda Spinks? What a great idea to have the hand-punched flowers act as a pedestal to support the precious photo. The simple elegance of this layout proves that letting your photo take center stage is definitely the way to go.

#Cousins Layout

I hope that you’ve been inspired to dust off those well loved punches that have been pushed to the side by your new toys. 😉 (It’s ok, we’re all a bit guilty of this on occasion.) I highly recommend stopping by the Bean Talk Blog and checking out the great tutorial that Melinda has put together; she shares some easy-to-follow instructions, fun techniques, and lots of inspiration; you’re gonna love it. Happy scrappin!

Apothecary’s ATC designed by Alison

Would you believe that this amazing ATC card started out as several plain wooden bottle shapes sitting on a plain ATC blank ATC cards are a great way to kick start your creativity. They’re small in size so many people find them less intimidating to design, you get instant gratification because you can finish a mini work of art in one sitting, and they’re absolutely gorgeous – who could ask for more, right? From the detailed crackle in the stamped background to the beautiful shine and colors of the apothecary bottles, this is one project that is definitely on my crafting bucket list. So many techniques to experiment with!

Apothecary's ATC - by Alison

I’d like to send out a big hug to Alison for sharing her valuable tips and techniques on recreating this work of art. Click here and I will be happy to take you over so you, too, can follow along with Alison’s step-by-step instructions. You’re gonna love it!

Easy Burlap Pumpkins

Whether you sew or not, you’re sure to love these oh-so-cute burlap pumpkins! They come together in no time and you will be enjoying them through Thanksgiving. Debbie has thought of everything while she offers both a sew and a no-sew version of this sweet fall-inspired project.

Easy Burlap Pumpkins

Be sure to check out Debbie’s No Sew Shirt version of these festive fabric pumpkins.

No Sew Shirt Pumkins

I hope you’ve been inspired to give this project a try. You might want to make several sets because the girls are going to love them and wouldn’t they make a cute pishky to give as a hostess gift or a “just because I love you” gift.

Organize Your Ranger Products

I came across these printable labels to help you organize your ever growing stash of Tim Holtz Distress products. Thanks, Ranger, for keeping us organized; it makes our crafting experience that much more enjoyable when we can easily find our tools. Here’s the link for the distress pad labels (large) and here is the link for our treasured mini distress ink pads.

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It makes me smile seeing these stacks of distress inks all labeled and organized in color families. It’s a beautiful site, isn’t it? 😉

Organizing your Ranger Products

Whether you’re organizing your distress ink pads or your Dylusions Ink sprays, this site has a label and color chart for all your Ranger products. Now we can see at a glance what we have and what we need.

Easy Oven-Baked Chicken Fajitas

This recipe is super easy to make, even on weeknights, and it is full of flavor your family will love. It goes a bit over my usual dinner-in-30 minutes but the prep is easy and most of the time is cooking time; it’s definitely worth the extra 20 minutes. And you can shorten the preparation time by purchasing pre-cut peppers and onions if you’d like.

Easy Oven-Baked Chicken Fajitas

Top with sour cream, salsa, and cilantro, or your favorite fajita toppings and you have a great weeknight dinner with easy clean up since you basically cooked it in one baking dish. Bon appetit! Click here and I will lead the way over to the Betty Crocker Blog so you can print out the recipe.

Thanks for a great visit, I look forward to seeing you back soon. Have a wonderful week!