Saturdays With LeAnn

Hello my friends, and welcome back to Weekly Scrapper.  I hope you are ready for another inspirational Saturday.  I am so happy you found your way here to spend some time with me today. Take a few minutes for yourself and sit back, take a deep breath, and enjoy some down time. I have some beautiful spring projects in store for you today, and I hope you will enjoy these unique ideas and be filled with wonderful inspiration.

For You By Lorraine Aquilina

Incorporating water into your project can give it a unique look.  It can be an image of water, or water coloring, or just splashing water onto your creation.  Today’s beautiful card was created by using Oxide Ink Pads for Lorraine’s background, which gives a lovely chalky effect when splashed with liquid.  What a beautiful masterpiece!  Can you just imagine the look on your mom’s face when she opens up this gorgeous card?  I have to say those mason jars just finish the card. They always are lovely and make you feel happy!

For You

This card is perfect for Mother’s Day, however, it is one of those cards that could also be used for many other occasions.  A big shout out to Lorraine for sharing her talent with us.  Be sure to pop on over to Lorraine’s Loft where you will see how she created this darling card.  Be sure to look at all of her other fabulous projects as well.  Have fun creating!

Happy Mother’s Day By Brenda Brown

I just love creating mixed media projects.  This adorable mixed media card is not only beautiful, but will sure to put a smile on your mother’s face on her special day.  Don’t you just love the gorgeous background with all of the beautiful spring colors?

Happy Mother's Day

Brenda added some fun embellishments using various Tattered Florals, Vintage Lace Decorative Strips, and topped it off with a beautiful seam binding ribbon.  Brenda added various mediums using paints and distressed inks to give it that rustic shabby chic look.  Let me escort you on over to Country View Crafts where you will find all the supplies you’ll need to create one of your own. You will also see how Brenda created her card and glean so much inspiration from this fabulous lady.

Window Shadow Box By Christy K James

Make a creative home decor project just by using an old window that you can find at a garage sale or thrift store.  It will make a great choice of decor for your wall.  Embellish this shadow box with a variety of decorative accents and some choice photos.  This will certainly be an eye catcher in your home.  The possibilities are endless, and the best thing about this it is one-of-a-kind!

Window Shadow Box

Shadow boxes showcase your own personality and are a great way to store and share priceless treasures.  This would be fun to change out seasonally with some of your favorite photos from each time of year.

Window Shadow Box

I know you are dying to see how easy this was to create. Let me take you on over to Confessions Of A Serial Do-It-Yourselfer where you will get a full step-by-step tutorial on how to create one of your own.  A big thank you goes out to Christy James for sharing her fun project and her wonderful talent with us.  She is such a creative lady so take some time to visit her blog.  Your head will be spinning on what to create next!

Banana Split Dessert Salad By Vera Zecevic

Sweeten your mom’s day by creating a delicious fruit dessert.  This creamy fruit salad is loaded with banana split toppings.  It’s the perfect side dish to any dinner or picnic and you can mix in any kind of fruit you like. It is such a fun treat for your family!

Banana Split Dessert Salad

Whenever you need a quick and easy no bake dessert to prepare and serve in less than 15 minutes, you can turn to this yummy simple Banana Split Dessert Salad recipe.  It is not only yummy but very refreshing and a great crowd pleaser salad.  Let’s pop on over to the  Oh My Goodness Chocolate Desserts blog where will you will find the recipe by Vera Zecevic.  You are really going to love this one.

I hope you have been inspired today!  For you precious mothers, I would like to say Happy Mother’s Day.  I hope you have a fabulous weekend and do the things you love to do.  I am already looking forward to seeing you back next Saturday.  Have a great week ahead.

Hugs to all!

LeAnn

 

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Hands Of Time

I hope today you are taking some time to relax and enjoy your weekend.  Since it is cold outside, go grab yourself a cup of coffee, tea, or even a good old mug of hot chocolate.  I want you to sit back, relax, and enjoy the inspiration I have to share with you on this beautiful Saturday!

Dream Passionately By Cathy Cafun

How do you come up with your ideas to start layouts?  For me, inspiration usually comes from sifting through photos, which I love to do.  When I stumble across the ones I want to use, I usually come up with some quick ideas for starting a layout.  One of my favorite go-to ideas is using chipboard; its a great way to add some dimension to your layout.  This ultra-sweet layout was created by Cathy Cafun using some Dusty Attic chipboard. Using frames is a great way to draw the eye to your photos.  Other favorite techniques of mine when using chipboard include painting along with adding glitter, stickles, texturizing elements, and so much more.

Dream Passionately

What a wonderful design Cathy created, and her details are perfect.  Don’t you just love how she tied all the chipboard pieces together using flowers?  Cathy’s combination of pastels are glorious and makes us hopeful that spring is not that far away.  Click here and I will be happy to escort you over to the blog “Cathy Can’t Help Herself” where you will be thrilled with all the inspiration! While you are visiting Cathy’s blog be sure to check out all of the other beautiful layouts she has to share.

Hands Of Time By Brenda Brown

This beautiful masterpiece can be used for a home decor piece or a beautiful card to brighten up someone’s day.  I love the texture that was created using gesso, modeling paste, and your favorite stencil.  You can always create a spectacular background by spritzing with ink sprays, mists, or color wash.  You know me, I am a big fan of creative and different backgrounds.

Hands Of Time

Brenda created this on a 5 X 7 canvas board.  There is nothing more exquisite than a handmade decor piece for your home.  This distinctive canvas is definitely the proof of what one can do when you open up your imagination.  I would like to send out a big thank you to Brenda Brown for sharing this beautiful and unique masterpiece with us.  Let me take you over to Bumblebees And Butterflies where you can find a list of supplies along with the steps of how Brenda created her canvas.  Be sure to stop by her blog anytime you need a burst of inspiration.

Headboard To Chalkboard By Christy James

Chalkboards are a versatile tool that come in so handy at home.  They can come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and styles to fit the needs of multiple users.  Today I have to share with you one of the most unique and fun chalkboards I have ever seen.  I totally fell in love with this and so will you.

Headboard to Chalkboard

Christy found this fun old headboard at a thrift store for only $10.00.  It is amazing how you can find great treasures at the thrift store; and so inexpensive as well.  Who would have ever thought of a headboard turning into a useful chalkboard?  I also love the added hanging hooks to add a little more function.  This is one project I can’t wait to get started on.  I have the perfect spot in my home for it.  I know you are dying to make this as well, so come with me over to Confessions Of A Serial Do-It-Yourselfer where you will get step-by-step instructions by Christy.  You will want to jot down some notes and what supplies you will need.  With a little help from Christy, you will be able to create this adorable chalk board in no time. This will be one fun project to create!

Chocolate Toffee Buttercrunch By Christy Denney

The sweet crunch of this delicious Buttercrunch Toffee pairs chocolate and pecans for a winning combination.  This recipe requires very few ingredients and little effort, but the result is superb, making it appear as if you had slaved over a hot stove all afternoon.

Chocolate Toffee Buttercrunch

I don’t know about you, but just looking at this photo makes my mouth water.  It looks so yummy!  I can’t wait to give this one a try.  What a fun treat to have when family or friends pop over.  Let’s go on over to The Girl Who Ate Everything so you can print out your recipe from Christy Denney.  I bet this will become one of your family’s favorites!

I hope you enjoyed today’s projects and that you have been inspired to begin your weekend crafting.  I’m looking forward to sharing some more fun things with you next Saturday.  Have a wonderful week!

LeAnn

 

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Thank You

Welcome to another wonderful Saturday here on our Weekly Scrapper blog!  I hope you’ve had a great week and are now enjoying some carefree time for yourself.  I am excited to share some of the great projects that I discovered this week.  I hope you will be inspired to find some creative time for yourself this weekend.

Chase Your Dreams By Sonia Thomason

As you probably know by now, I love a layout with different backgrounds; especially ones that you add your own personality to.  Just adding a splash of ink, using mediums, or even using stencils always creates a beautiful and inspiring background.  I’m also a big fan of layering.  Layering can add so much to your layout, but remember it is meant to complement your photos.  Your background should take a back seat and allow your photos to be the center stage of your layout.

Chase Your Dreams

Sonia has added some aged metallic heat embossing powders to her layout.  Using these powders really gave her layout some dimension.  With the perfect layering, flower blossoms, clocks, and metallic leaves, she really pulled this layout together so beautifully.  I fell in love with every little detail on this layout. You can see more details on how Sonia created this masterpiece at Pieces Of My Life.  Be sure to visit her blog; you will also see many more of her outstanding projects.

Thank You By Shari Carroll

I want to share a very gorgeous card created using the Circle of Leaves die.  Shari added three layers of different papers and placed them with a slight rotation so each of the layers would show.  I love the soft colors, the layering, and how elegant this beautiful card is.  How fun it is to create with different varieties of die cuts!

Thank You

I have a really hard time throwing a handmade card away, so here is a tip for you: take your card, cut it in half, and create scrapbook pages using both the outside and inside of the card. I have mine categorized by themes, such as Birthday, Christmas, etc.  It is so fun to pull out the album and look at all the wonderful talent and time put into these beautiful cards.  You can also capture your memories and take your favorite cards and recycle them into a cover of a mini album. No need to get rid of those beautiful cards, just find a new way to enjoy them!  A handmade card like this is sure to make many smiles happen. To see more of Shari Carroll’s inspirations come with me over to her blog My World.  You will be so inspired by her talent.

Ribbon Heart Drop Cloth Pillow By Amy Geib

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and it is time to start thinking of what to give to those special people in your life.  If you don’t have any idea what to give as a present for your loved ones, here is a great idea for you.  Pillows can be a very adorable present, and it’s more fun because you made it with love.  If you make this for those special loved ones, you can do no wrong!  After all, who wouldn’t want to receive this darling pillow, right?

Heart Drop Cloth Pillow

Nothing says “I love you” like a gift you have made with your own two hands.  This Valentine’s Day, take a break from the same old candy and flowers and put on your crafting gloves. Do-it-yourself gifts are a great way to show your loved ones how much you care.  The best parts of making this pillow is it doesn’t have to cost much or take a lot of time, and it is super fun!  Click here and I will take you over to Always Never Done where you will find step by-step-instructions.  Have fun crafting! 🙂

Valentine’s Day Apple Rose Tart By Lorena

You know the old saying “an apple a day keeps the doctor away”?  Who would have ever thought an apple could turn into such a beautiful masterpiece?  This dessert looks super fancy but really it is very easy to make.  A few simple steps will give you a special treat everyone will think you spend hours in the kitchen making!

Valentine's Apple Rose Tart

Making this for those you love will be fun and there is no better way to show your love than through the belly!  🙂  If the love of your life loves desserts you will win over his heart in no time!  Click here and I will take you over to Green Healthy Cooking where you will find the recipe, ingredients, and step-by-step instructions by Lorena.  You will leave quite the impression this Valentine’s Day. when you create this elegant (and yummy) dessert! Enjoy!

As always, I appreciate being able to spend some time with you today.  I hope you have been inspired by today’s post and that you have a wonderful week ahead of you.  See you back next Saturday.

LeAnn

 

 

 

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Foxy Blessings

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Welcome back to Weekly Scrapper, my dear friends.  I am so blessed to have the opportunity to share the following projects with you today.  I hope you will take some time for a bit of creative therapy.  You deserve a little “ME” time after the busy week you just put in.  Sit back, relax, and enjoy!

Fall Is Here

Have you ever tried working with clear acrylic?  I encourage you to play with your supplies to add different techniques to the acrylic. Embossing and inking, alcohol resist technique, or adding your own fussy cutting and adhering to the acrylic sheet are also great possibilities.  Leah Crow fussy cut leaves out of different patterned paper and adhered them to her acrylic sheet. This is a perfect time to use up some of those scraps you’ve been saving. Add a touch of color and you will create a beautiful look on your next project.

Fall Is Here

I love how you can go from elegant to whimsical just by the different techniques and paper that you use on acrylic.  How special would it be to add a photo of you and your loved ones?  Once you bring out all of your embellishments, the magic begins!  Be sure to stop by the Clear Scraps blog so you can write down what materials Leah used to create this wonderful acrylic layout. Have fun crafting!

Foxy Blessings

I just fell in love with this adorable little guy, how about you? And what’s not to love about this reverse masking technique?  The blues really allow the little fox’s color to pop. If you are not familiar with the term “reverse masking” it involves cutting out a shape with a die-cutting machine, punches, or scissors and then using the negative of the cut shape as a mask to cover up parts of the cardstock you don’t want inked, leaving the shape revealed to stamp and sponge.

Foxy Blessings

There are so many different products you can incorporate in your projects; Embossing Powders, Gelatos, Ken Oliver’s Color Burst are just a few.  To learn more about the reverse masking technique, click here and I will lead you on over to a wonderful tutorial.  You will see step-by-step instructions of this technique.  The possibilities are endless and you are going to love it.  I hope you have been inspired to give this fun technique a try.  A big thank you to Judy Rozema for her fabulous inspiration!

Thankful

Don’t you just love it when a beautiful card comes together so quickly?  I love how Lols added depth and dimension to this card.  The different layers really add to this card, along with making the flower very showy. Just by changing up the sentiment this can be a card made for any occasion.

Thankful

What a fabulous background made using the Woodgrain Background Stamp and Pumice Stone Distress Ink.  Lols also used a dot fade stencil and embossing paste to create some texture. While the paste was still wet she sprinkled it with Vintage Platinum Distress Dust.  By using this same background you can create several totally different cards, or crank out several of the same in no time. With the holidays fast approaching, you could create a poinsettia instead of the flower to make it into a Christmas card. Now that you have an idea for your holiday cards, you can get started on them before the big rush of the season.  Let me take you over to Lorraine’s Loft so you can see all of the supplies you will need to get started.  Have fun, my creative friends!

Book Clocks

I love having things in my home that are a bit different from the norm, so when I came upon these fun book clocks I knew I had to create them.  I made a gallery using several of my favorite books for my craft room, and can I say “WOW!” My wall turned out so great!  I knew I absolutely had to share this tutorial with you.
Book Clocks

If you don’t have any books that you want to cut up, there are many flea markets or thrift stores where you can purchase these at very inexpensive prices.  You can place your clock hands anywhere on the book that you desire.  If you are doing several for one wall, I suggest creating each differently to give your wall some interest.  You can also set your clock on a table to create a fun home decor piece.  These make wonderful gifts as well.  For step-by-step instructions, I’ll take you over to Woonblog where you will be inspired by Tom and his many creations.

Pumpkin Ice Cream Sandwiches 

I love, love, love pumpkin ice cream and cookies. They are some of my very favorite treats, so with the two combined life couldn’t be better.  I was so happy when I came upon this idea.  What a fun treat to serve to your family this fall.  This is a great treat that doesn’t call for a recipe and is super quick and easy to make.

Pumpkin Ice Cream Sandwiches

Make your own cookies or use store-bought cookies if you are in a hurry.  This is a dessert you could use any flavor of your favorite ice cream and cookies.  This festive fall treat will create many smiles and bring many compliments. Come with me over to Eighteen 25 to see how easy it is to make these!  I hope you enjoy every bite! 🙂

Thank you again for stopping by today.  I will see you back next Saturday with more great projects to inspire you throughout your week. I hope you will have a wonderful Thanksgiving!  Enjoy your family and friends, and create fun memories that you will forever cherish!

LeAnn

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Happy Birthday

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Welcome back, my crafty friends! I hope you are ready to take in some inspiration and get those creative minds flowing. Six back, relax, and enjoy the projects I have to share with you today.

Enjoy Life by Mona Pendleton

Do you stamp on your scrapbook pages? Think of all the unique possibilities you can create one after another using stamps, textures, crackle pastes, and embossing powders. It is a very fun and unique way to create backgrounds for your layouts.

Enjoy Life

This beautiful layout was created by the very talented Mona Pendleton.  Mona always amazes me with her fabulous and inspiring talent. Mona is one to light the fire under you and motivate you to try something you have never done before. So… if you haven’t tried stamping on your layouts, you must give it a try! It will be so addicting and you will want to do one after another. Click here and we will visit the Cupcakescreations blog where you will find so much inspiration to start your next project.

Dive Into Fun by Ginny Nemchak

How perfect is this adorable card for the summer months? Who wouldn’t feel the love that was put into this darling card. Take some time and send a friendly hello to brighten someone’s day this summer!

Dive Into Fun

Let’s go on over to Polly’s Paper Studio where you will find all the supplies you will need to make this adorable card. You will love Ginny Nemchak’s wonderful projects. I hope you will be inspired to mail out one of your handmade treasures to someone special today and share your talent.

Happy Birthday by Donna Mikasa

I love the beautiful, multicolored ombre’ effect for the background of this card. Donna Mikasa shares how she created this wonderful card. Using the Balloon Strings Background, she gold embossed the design to give it some texture.
Happy Birthday

I fell in love with the different colors of ink and the blending effect that created such a beautiful background. The colors complement the gold lettering and give it a real pop. Give this blending technique a try – come with me over to Three Umbrellas and Donna Mikasa will show you how this is done

Vintage Canvas by Bobbi Smith

If you love creating projects using canvas, then this one is just for you. This is such an adorable idea for home décor. Set this on an end table, or even hang it on your wall. You will definitely be able to show off your wonderful talent!

Vintage Canvas

Bobbi Smith gives us a tutorial on creating this fun double layer canvas. Click here for full instructions. The techniques you will learn are such great inspiration. You will simply love working with stencils, crackle paste, and so much more. Bobbi did a beautiful job with her cluster of flowers and her finishing touches.

Lemon Icebox Pie By Kitchen Nostalgia

Would you believe that this is a no-bake pie? I just have to mention that this is also an eggless, and lower in fat pie as well. This delicious pie is a Southern dessert named “Icebox Pie”  because you set it in the refrigerator instead of baking it. I can promise you that it is every bit as good as it looks!  My mouth is watering!

Lemon Icebox Pie

Click here for the easy Instructions along with all the ingredients. This will be such a fun summer treat and your family and friends will love every bite! I would like to send out a big thank you to Kitchen Nostalgia for sharing this fabulous dessert.

Thank you for sharing part of your Saturday with me; I hope you have a wonderful week ahead and I will see you back here next Saturday!

 

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Bugs and Kisses

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Welcome back, my crafting friends. It’s summertime! It’s the time of year to get out of the heat, kick back, relax, take in the inspiration, and then enjoy your day crafting!

Once Upon A Time By Lisa Novogrodski

Today let’s start with this gorgeous layout designed by the very talented Lisa Novogrodski. This collection can be created in many different ways, such as a vintage flair with some mixed media, or even a steampunk theme. I love using stamping for my background; if you haven’t yet created a stamped background, you must give it a try. I guarantee it will become addicting!

Once Upon A Time

Along with your stamps, pull out your dies and add some glitter paste from BoBunny. Most important is just to have fun experimenting. Click here and I will take you over to Rainings Artful Life where you will be inspired by all the beautiful projects created by Lisa.

Smallest Things by Lainie Michel

I am a true hoarder when it comes to saving scraps of paper from previous projects. Today I want to show you a darling card utilizing those leftover pieces. Scraps can make such fun backgrounds for your cards! Mixing and matching your scraps can really add character to your card, and can make a fast card with minimal measuring.

Smallest Things

Don’t be afraid to apply the same concept to your layouts. You will have so much fun creating different backgrounds. (And look at the money you will save by not buying more paper!) Now that you have fallen in love with this adorable card, just click here and I will take you over to Paper & Passementerie, where Lainie will give you step-by-step instructions that showcase her love of layering. You will be so inspired!

Bugs & Kisses By Jinny Newlin

Look at this beautiful colorful background, contrasted with embossed scenery. It’s time to pull out your Glimmer Mists and watercolor paper, along with your fun stamps. This one is all about stamps and mists! You are sure to put a smile on the recipient’s face with this beautiful card.

Bugs and Kisses

Whether you have made many cards using watercolor paper and glimmer mists, or this is your first attempt, you will learn some great tips from Jinny Newlin. Click here and it will take you over to Soaring where you will find her instructions on how to create this adorable card. I am sure you will be very inspired by Jinny.

Cat Coasters by Amanda Niederhauser

These adorable cat coasters are purrrrfect for all of you cat lovers!  How adorable it would be to have these sitting out for special occasions. If you are not a crazy cat lover, you can easily pick another Sizzix die that you can swap out for the cat heads.

Cat Coasters

With summer here it will be a great time to make these adorable coasters and have a few friends over for a patio drink. This fun project requires very few materials and they are so easy to make.  Click here and I’ll take you over to the Sizzix blog where you will find step-by-step instructions by Amanda Niederhauser.

Almond Joy Sorbet by The 36th Avenue

It has been a very hot summer, so this yummy Almond Joy Sorbet is the perfect thing to help cool you down! If you are an Almond Joy lover you don’t want to pass up this delicious treat.

Almond Joy Sorbet

From chocolate chips and slivered almonds, to toasted coconut shavings, this combination makes for a yummy dessert. Its not only tasty, but incredibly simple to make. You almost feel like you are on a tropical island. If you are a coconut lover like I am, you absolutely need to try making this. I will tell you it won’t be one of those treats you make only once. Click here for the ingredients and directions to make this delicious dessert.

Tip of the Day: Clear Stamp Backgrounds In Minutes By Stampendous

Today’s Tip Of The Day goes out to all of you creative stampers. We are very lucky to have Fran Sieford with Stampendous here to share a great tip on how to get the most out of your stamp sets.

What a great way to create a beautiful stamped background in minutes. Be sure to stop by the Stampendous website for more tips and to view all their products. Happy stamping!

Thanks for the visit and I wish you a very creative day.