Saturdays With LeAnn

Carousel Card

Hello my dear friends, and welcome back to Weekly Scrapper.  What a better way to round out your work week than with five amazing projects that I have gathered to share with you?  I hope today’s post will give you some great “WOW” inspiration from these fun projects (and of course a yummy dessert)!  Shall we get started?  Kick off those shoes, get comfortable, and relax, because here we go!

Dream By Tina Stepanova

You all know by now how much I love creative backgrounds, and an inked mixed media background is one of my favorites.  The combination of embossing powders, inks, and sprays really make a gorgeous background.  Some stamped images in the background really turns this into a beautiful masterpiece.  Think of all the possibilities you can do to create beautiful backgrounds!


You will find all kinds of inspiration from Tina Stepanova on her blog Dare To Create.  Click here and I will be happy to escort you over to her blog where you will find all kinds of inspiration.  The most important thing is to have fun when creating your backgrounds and layouts. Ok, now let’s get those creative minds to working!  Happy scrappin’!

Carousel Card By Kathy Clement

Did this whimsical card catch your eye as it did mine?  You can make this darling card for a very special occasion.  Choose unique papers and embellishments to design a card that is just perfect for that special person.   Kathy took it a step further and made it function as a mini folio.  This alone makes a perfect gift for any occasion.  Who wouldn’t love and appreciate receiving this beautiful card full of surprises and all the love that went into making it?!

Carousel Card

This is just a sneak peak of what you will see inside. Remove the little brown binder clip, and you will find that the front cover is just the beginning.   You just wait, you will totally love this card and will be anxious to make your own!


Carousel Card

Kathy created this fun tri-fold design using the Imagine Collection Kit from Authentique.  Are you dying right now to see how Kathy created this gorgeous card?  I am going to take you over to  Authentique’s blog where Kathy shows you every surprise she has created. On top of that, as an added bonus for you, Kathy also has a full step-by-step video tutorial.  You are going to love this project and I hope you will give this one a try.  You will certainly be inspired by Kathy.  Have fun creating, my crafty friends!

Quilt-Inspired Window By Allison Murray

Clear glass doesn’t coordinate with messy shelves!  Ready to hide away your mess, or just add some personality to the window panes on your cabinet?  You don’t need to get rid of that cabinet you are tired of, or even paint it to make it look different.  This is a perfect solution to give your cabinet a totally new look. I just fell in love with how covering the window panes with scrapbook paper brought so much charm to this piece of furniture.   Who would have ever thought to use scrapbook paper this way?

Quilt-Inspired Window

If you fell in love with this stunning cabinet and don’t have one in your home (but wished you did), visit one of your favorite thrift stores or a garage sale.  It is surprising what is available out there. Always remember that one person’s trash is another person’s treasure!  A little distressing, along with adding some fun scrapbooking paper to the window panes, will give you a beautiful piece of furniture for your home.  Let me escort you on over to Dream A Little Bigger where Allison will show you just how she covered her windows and made her cabinet so charming.  Can’t you just see this attractive piece in your home?

Peach Pie Cookies By Vera Zecevic

This cookie is the best of summer in a bite!  The taste of a pie but in the size of a cookie; you are going to fall in love with these scrumptious baked treats!  Peach Pie Cookies bring you the best of both worlds, the deliciousness of traditional peach pie with the convenience of a cookie – no fork required!  I promise you can’t eat just one or two!

Peach Pie Cookies

Make an extra batch and freeze them for cold winter evenings where all you want to think about is summer!  Peach Pie cookies are delicious no matter what the season is!  You can’t go wrong with this delicious recipe.  Click here and I will escort you on over to one of my favorite food blogs “Oh My Goodness Chocolate Desserts.”  I have to say that this will become one of your favorites as well.  You will love all of the wonderful desserts and recipes that Vera has to share!

I want to thank all of the fabulous designers for sharing such wonderful inspiration with us today.  Have a fabulous week ahead, and I hope to see you all back here next Saturday with more fun projects!  I always enjoy our crafty time together!



Sundays With Lorraine


Hello my crafty friends, and welcome back to Weekly Scrapper. I have some great projects to share with you today, so sit back, relax, and let the creative therapy begin!

Flip & Fold Baby Mini Album designed by Kay Futula

Let’s start out with an adorable Flip & Fold Mini Album that I discovered on the Authentique blog. It was love at first sight for me.  Talk about a fuzzy – giving a mini album full of those priceless newborn photos to someone you love. You’re sure to be the hero at the next baby shower, and if the baby isn’t here yet you can include pregnancy photos with pages to fill in when the baby arrives. There is no better gift than the gift of memories.

Flip & Fold Mini Album for Baby Photos

What new mom wouldn’t feel the love that was put into this precious gift. Not only would this mini album be perfect for the new momma but also for the new grandparents; after all grandparents have bragging rights, too. Click HERE and I will escort you over to Authentique’s blog so you can take a look at all of the gorgeous products in the Cuddle collection. You’re going to love this line and not to worry, it also comes in blue for those precious baby boys. So scrap on, my creative friends, and keep up the amazing job you’re doing preserving those priceless photos one page at a time!

Tri-fold Mothers Day Card designed by Lorraine

Do you have a favorite card shape and/or fold? If you’re looking for something showy to celebrate the most important women in your life, you’re going to love this Tri-Fold Shutter Card design. Lorraine chose this shape because it gives you so many panels on which to add your embellishments and sentiments. After all, doesn’t Mom deserve something special on her big day?

Happy Mothers Day Card

Click here so I can take you over to Rainey’s Craft Room and you can check out what supplies were used to create this sweet card. If you’ve never made a tri-fold card, click here and I will lead the way over to a youtube video prepared by Sage Kimble with the Mad Scrapper. A big thanks to both Lorraine and Sage for being such an inspiration to their fellow paper crafters.

With Love By Lol of Lorraine’s Loft

What’s not to love about this sweet and whimsical card? Lorraine used the Eclectica3 Kay Carley stamp set by Paper Artsy which I instantly fell in love with. Click here and I will take you over so you can check out the entire stamp set (there are 12 stamps in all). You’re going to love it!

With Love By Lol

I hope you’ve been inspired to break out your distress inks and blend up some magic. I highly recommend stopping by Lorraine’s Loft any time you’re in need of some serious inspiration . Happy stamping!

Eileen Hull Sizzix Suitcase Die Projects

I don’t know about you, but when I make a new die purchase I want to know that I am going to get some good use out of it. I have been collecting scrapbooking supplies for the past 16 years and boy, do I have a large stash of treasure! This Suitcase Die by Sizzix is definitely in that “use it all the time category” which means it’s a “need it in my life” die. 😉 If you feel the same way, click here and I will lead the way over to the Sizzix site so you can order your own.

Eileen Hull Sizzix Suitcase Die Projects

You’re going to have so much fun with this die! Click here so I can escort you over to Eileen Hull’s blog so you can check out what dozens of designers have done with the suitcase die. They’ve created everything from a suitcase diorama to gift-card holders. No matter what your style is, there’s something for everyone, so be sure to stop by Eileen’s blog for a visit.

Grilled Shrimp and Lobster Gremolata

With the warm weather upon us in Southern California, it is time to break out the BBQ! I’m thinking this would make the perfect Mothers Day dinner, don’t you? Gremolata is not just for garnish anymore! In this tasty dish it serves as the main ingredient to intensely flavor baby lobster and shrimp, then all is cooked rustic-style in foil right on top of your grill.

Grilled Shrimp and Lobster Gremolata

Mom is definitely going to feel like the queen she is when this delicious dinner is served to her on Mother’s Day! Click here so I can take you over to the Proud Italian Cook Blog so you can print out the recipe and hand it to the hubby. This is a great recipe for him to grill outside so you and your mom can relax on your special day. Just looking out for you!  😉 Bon appetit!

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you have a wonderful week and I’ll see you back next Sunday. If you happen to be close to the Minnesota State Fairgrounds, Stamp & Scrapbook Expo is having a show on April 29th & 30 and I would love to share a make & take with you. I’ll meet you in the Creativity Center. Hope to see you there!



Sundays with Lorraine

Sending Happy Thoughts


Hello my crafty friends! I just returned home last weekend from a wonderful show in beautiful Pleasanton, California. A fun time was had by all. We really got our craft on in the Creativity Center. I love meeting and teaching scrapbookers; there are some of the best people on earth! This weekend I am happily meeting fellow scrapbookers at our Expo in Orlando, Florida! I hope you can join me at a future show.

I’m really excited to share some fun projects and even a yummy and oh-so-easy dinner for tonight. If you’re like me, I’d rather be in my craft room designing something wonderful than in the kitchen next to a hot stove. 😉

Our first project is a beautiful layout designed by the very talented Melinda Spinks, author of one of my favorite blogs, The Scrap Farm. If you haven’t yet had the pleasure of visiting Melinda’s blog you are in for a real treat.

Boot Scootin’ Layout

Boot Scootin Layout

Are you looking for an easy way to create the perfect placement for your titles in the round? Click here and I’ll take you over to the Jillibean Soup Blog where Melinda shares a clever way to create the perfect placement for all your titles using parchment paper.

Nautical Tri-Shutter Card

Have you ever wondered how those intricate interactive tri-fold cards are made? Then you are going to love the new Tri-shutter card die by Sizzix. It has all kinds of small dies that you can use to embellish your cards. I think it’s another one of those “need it in my life” dies. Check out this adorable Nautical Tri Shutter Card designed by Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

Sizzix Inspiration | Nautical Tri-Shutter Card by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

Wasn’t I right? And don’t you just love the new Life Made Simple Die Set designed by Rachel Bright? This die set makes it so easy to create a fun and interactive card. Don’t worry; no more measuring, cutting by hand, and scoring since the die does it all for you. The set also comes with an additional nine dies: labels, flowers, a butterfly, leaves, and two lovely words. Use them with the tri-shutter card or for lots of other projects. It’s ok to accept a helping hand; after all, there should be no stress in our craft world.

Sending Happy Thoughts Your Way Card

There is nothing like receiving happy thoughts through the mail (I’m talking about real snail mail). Don’t you love finding a handmade card in your mailbox? This card is a perfect way to send a smile through the mail; who wouldn’t feel a hug when receiving this cheerful card?

Sending Happy Thoughts

If you’re wondering how Char created this beautiful watercolored treasure, click here and I will lead the way to her great tutorial including all the fine details that went into this cheerful design.

Authentique Classique Home Décor

This next project inspired me so much that I purchased the new Classique Beauty Collection by Authentique at the Pleasanton, CA Scrapbook Expo last weekend. I really love how gorgeous yellows contrast against the neutral whites and blacks.

Beautiful Home Decor with "Classique: Beauty"

What a great way to use all those Instagram photos that we all take. You can also shrink your photos down to about 2 x 2.”  I’m also a sucker for black and white photos and the Classique Beauty Collection really compliments the photos. Hop on over to the Authentique Blog where you can find step-by-step instructions on how to create your own personalized home décor piece.

It’s time to start thinking about what’s for dinner. How about a yummy Shrimp and Tortellini Pasta Toss that’s ready in less than 1/2 hour?

Shrimp Tortellini Pasta Toss

Shrimp Tortellini Pasta Toss

Shrimp Tortellini Pasta Toss

Add a loaf of nice crusty bread and you have a tasty dinner in no time at all. Bon appetit!

As always, I’m sending happy thoughts your way! See you again next Sunday!






Saturday’s Inspiration: Beautiful projects and Valentine’s Day creations

Love Love Love


Good morning, my crafty friends! I hope you are enjoying a nice relaxing weekend. Valentine’s Day is approaching rapidly so here are a few love-themed projects I wanted to share with you.

Love Love Love by Amy Sheffer

What’s not to love about this adorable heart card designed by Amy Sheffer? This is such a perfect card for Valentines Day, plus it is one of those cards you can use anytime to just say “I Love You.” Don’t you just love the textured background along with the fluttering hearts? Share the love by creating beautiful Valentine cards to give to those who are so special to you. You still have plenty of time to get them done! I fell in love with this card, featured on the Taylored Expressions blog.

Love Love Love

Amy used the Hearts A Flutter Cutting Plate and Heart Stacklets from Taylored Expressions to create this beautiful card. Amy has so many wonderful projects you don’t want to miss out on, so be sure to visit her blog Pickled Paper Designs. You will have endless inspiration for your week!

Beautiful Days layout by Shellye McDaniel

This lovely layout brings a breath of fresh air. (I don’t know about you but I am ready for it to be spring.) I love how these pretty papers make it so easy to create a scrapbook page with nothing else but papers. Add a few elements and you have everything you need to create something truly beautiful.

Beautiful Days

Shellye is on the design team for Authentique. I would like to say thank you to Shellye, author of Papered Cottage, for her outstanding layout – this is one of those designs you can’t wait to create. The Classique Beauty Collection is a must-have. There is something about yellow… it is such a happy color!

With Love created by Lols

It is time to pull out your colored pencils, markers, and even your chalks to have some fun creating this delightful card. The beauty of stamps is that you can color the image with any of your favorite products. The possibilities are just endless! This is one of those wonderful stamp sets that is so versatile you can create a card for any occasion.

With Love

Be sure to stop by Lols’ blog Lorraine’s Loft where you are going to find so many more of Lols’ wonderful projects, along with tons of inspiration.

Lace Makeover by Kelli Johnson

Who would have ever thought the technique of using lace and spray paint would turn an old dresser into something so beautiful? When I came across this dresser on the Design-Innovate-Create blog it was definitely a “WOW” project. I immediately called my daughter and she and I got together and tried this technique. Can I just say our project turned out so charming?

Lace Makerover

You don’t even have to buy new hardware. Spray the old hardware with metallic paint to spice it up. This is a home project that is so simple and yet so elegant. Don’t be afraid to give it a try – I promise you will love the end result!

White Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake

This is a great way to fancy up a cheesecake. This yummy and also attractive cheesecake really is very simple to make and it looks like you spent hours on it.  Do you want to make something special for your sweetheart, a good friend, or even your family? This would be a great gift to either give or receive on Valentine’s Day.

White Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake

Be sure to visit  the Cooking Classy with Jaclyn for more of her wonderful recipes. She will be such an inspiration to you in your kitchen. Not only does she have the best desserts, but you will find yourself making many of her wonderful dinners as well.

I hope I have left you today with a smile on your face and full of wonderful inspiration. It is always such a blessing for me to be able to share fun and creative projects with you each Saturday. Enjoy your weekend and I will see you back here next week!

Let It Snow

This has already been a winter with a lot of snow in many parts of the country. And while snow shoveling has become a regular form of exercise for me so far this season, I still enjoy a good snow. Today’s card comes from Audrey Petit and it is a celebration of snow!


Audrey is one of our favorite designers and you can find more of her projects on her blog.

She says about this card, “I’ve been crushing big time on gray this past year, so this collection has stolen my heart. For today’s card, I pulled out a variety of gray tones from the 6×6 papers and Enhancements Cut Apart paper to create an icy monochromatic look. I absolutely adore the mix of hues, from deep, dark gray to silver gray to light gray to crisp, bright white. Adds a lot of interest, even in a design lacking in a lot of color. You can notice from the side how the frame has been popped up on foam dots for a bit of dimension. The tag, too, is elevated, and a big, puffy bow adds even more depth. Quick way to create a window effect with very little effort.”

Have a wonderfully crafty day!



Authentique Glistening Paper 6x6 Bundle     Enhancements Paper - Glistening - Authentique

Ribbon: May arts

An Accomplished Mini Album

Do you share my love of mini albums? Then you are going to love today’s inspiration piece designed by the very talented Shellye McDaniel, author of the Papered Cottage Blog. Not only is this mini album “Oh, so cute!” but it also comes together in no time when you use Authentique’s Accomplished Collection along with their coordinating Card Making Stack.

To create the cover, Shellye die-cut a couple of prints from the 6 x 6″ Paper Bundle and layered them. To add some visual interest and texture, she used several buttons from Petaloo to embellish the front.

Accomplished Collection.

 To create the inside pages, select six different sheets of the pre-scored cards and fold each in half along the score line. Using a high-tack adhesive, apply a strip along each side of the card. You will have a pocket with the opening at the top.

inside page

For the inner pages, Shellye cut her mats to measure 3.25 x 4.5″ and carried this throughout the book, along with adding in some neutral buttons

Shellye used adhesive and foam dots to attach all of the embellishments.If you plan on using brads or hand-stitching, you might want to do that before adhering the sides of the card together or to the mat itself before attaching.
And who doesn’t love tags?!? These tags were cut  from a single sheet of the “Circulate” 12 x 12″ paper into 4 x 5″ tags. To avoid having a lot of bulk, Shellye staggered the tags in the pockets so that every other page had a bow. What a great way to add some journaling or to add some extra space for additional photos. The tags slide easily down into the openings of the cards. To see additional photos of this gorgeous album, be sure to visit The Papered Cottage – you’ll be glad you did!
Thanks for the visit and I hope you have fun creating your own mini album to hold your special memories.


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Supplies Used (Not Shown)

  • Ribbon
  • Buttons
  • Brads
  • Album Rings

Beautiful Handmade Packaging

 Who doesn’t love getting a beautifully wrapped package? Making your own handmade packaging is a great way to customize your gifts to perfectly fit any theme or occasion, and is much less expensive than purchasing it from the store. This pretty packaging was created by Audrey Pettit, a wonderfully talented design team member of Authentique. A big thank you to Audrey for sharing her talent with us.

Handmade Packaging/Authentique

Alter a plain gift box by adding patterned paper to the top, sides, and lid. The new Authentique Life Cards and banner strips are an easy way to add extra embellishments to the top. Add some ribbon and a big bow to complete the package.

Handmade Packaging/Authentique

This pretty bow was easily put together using the Tim Holtz Alterations die. All you need to do is die cut, assemble, and top with a fun big button. Add a few die cuts and a sticker tag, along with a few scattered sequins, and you have a fun gift box that is ready for that special gift for the party.

Handmade Packaging/Authentique

But don’t stop there!  Take some of the same paper used on your box and make a beautiful matching card. You can add a matching die cut ribbon bow, banner strips, and Authentique Life Cards. Again, add the final touch by adding a few more sequins. How impressive and festive is this?

We hope you have been inspired today. Get out your products and start your own handmade packaging!

Thank you for your visit and have a fun day crafting!


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Supplies Used (Not Shown)

  • Petaloo Lace
  • Hemp
  • Grosgrain Ribbon
  • Sequins
  • Plain Gift Box