Saturdays With LeAnn

Recipe Box

Welcome back, my friends, to another wonderful Saturday here on the Weekly Scrapper blog.  I have some real treasures to share with you today.  I hope that these will inspire you to jump out of that chair and get started making some of these adorable projects on this beautiful summer weekend!

The Best Day By Anita Bownds

You are in for a real treat today!  You’re going to love this shabby chic layout created by such an amazing designer, Anita Bownds. There are so many pretty details on this layout!  Anita created this layout using the Sage & Grace collection by Kaiser Kraft and I know that you will love working with this collection.

The Best Day

This collection was just perfect for creating those fussy cut flower clusters.  Anita added some wood flourishes and tucked them under the flower clusters.  What a great way of adding some dimension to her layout.  I love how Anita made the main focus of her layout the hot air balloon.  Adding two different patterned papers behind it gave it some color and made it really pop out.   Wow, this is such a stunning layout! If you are more of a visual person, then click here and I will lead you on over to a full step-by-step video.  You will not only learn how to create this fabulous layout but will be so inspired by Anita as well.

Happy Birthday Card By Lorraine Aquilina

Are you ready to have some fun creating this background for a card?  Using Dylusions Ink Sprays will give a bright, vibrant look to a card.  I love the fact that the sprays are acid free and non-toxic and come in many splendid colors.  Don’t just stop there, but add some Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Inks, a Circles Cling stamp, and a Robin Cling stamp for your focus.  Now wouldn’t you want a birthday just so you could receive this darling card?  Handmade cards are such a treasure to receive.  There are so many incredible opportunities to let your imagination run wild by creating handmade cards!

Happy Birthday Card

I would like to give a big thank you to Lorraine for sharing her amazing card with us today.  It is so fun to incorporate stamps, inks, embossing powders, sprays, and so much more into your cards. I hope that you are inspired to create and send someone special one of your beautiful handmade cards.  Your card will be forever treasured!  Let’s pop on over to Lorraine’s Loft where you can see many more of her wonderful projects.  Lorraine will always keep you inspired and you will love her creations!

Recipe Box By Manila Guerilla

Who says a recipe box can’t be pretty?  Not long ago I was looking for one of my mother’s recipes and I came upon an old tin box that she kept all of her recipes in.  So many fond memories popped into my head.  When I came across this wonderful make over idea, I knew I needed to give this a try and refurbish her recipe box to something beautiful.  I love the way that Manila made this so simple, but yet it is so pretty.  This is such a wonderful keepsake that will be passed down through many generations.

Recipe Box

What a beautiful transformation!  I love the vintage look and the fact that the button is an heirloom makes this even more priceless.  It would be such a treasure to add this charming recipe box to your kitchen.  It will add a touch of memories, along with a beautiful vintage look with a functional design.  Let me take you over to Beulahbee where you will she how she put her sweet recipe box together.

Reese’s Cookie Ice-cream Pops By Six Sisters Stuff

These pops are a combination of cookies and ice-cream that your taste buds are going to love!  The best part is that there should be no guilt when eating these. These are such a perfect summer day treat and your family will beg you to make them again. And they will always want seconds!

Reese's Cookie Ice-cream Pops

Not only did the Reese’s get me all excited to make these, but so did the ice-cream and cookies.  When you combine them, it is an irresistible dessert! These little treats are so easy to make that even your kids and grand kids will be able to help you make them.  The hardest part is waiting for them to set up and freeze.  Let me take you on over to Six Sister’s Stuff where you will get the details on how to put these together.  I think you will love them as much as I do!

I hope that you’ve enjoyed these projects today, and that you were able to gather some creative thoughts and inspiration for your next project.  I can’t wait until you see what I have to share with you next Saturday!  Until then, enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Hugs to all,



Saturdays With LeAnn

Hello Gorgeous

Are you ready to get out of the heat and into your cool, air-conditioned craft room?  It is time for me to share some creative inspiration, so it’s time for you to sit back, relax, and enjoy a little creative therapy session. You definitely deserve it, so let’s get started!

Best Day Ever By Amanda Baldwin

Take advantage of your beach surroundings by adding some soft colors and a few embellishments, and you will have a perfect layout for your vacation photos.  Children at play, the sounds of waves, hot sun, laughter, and the noise of the beach makes a day perfect!   A day on the beach is worth a thousand words.

Best Day Ever

This stunning layout was created by Amanda Baldwin using the Pink Paislee Summer Lights collection.  With a little help from Amanda and Pink Paislee, you, too, can create a beautiful beach layout in just a short amount of time.  This layout will bring back all of your fabulous memories, and what a fun way to reminisce about an amazing day at the beach.  Let me escort you on over to Happy Art Days where you can see more outstanding projects created by Amanda.  You will be so inspired by her beautiful talent.

Hello Gorgeous By Laurie Schmidlin

No paper crafter should be without a good supply of cardstock for stamping, embossing, painting, chalking, and creating backgrounds.  I love the way the rich khaki color of kraft paper looks and how it gives a homemade, comfortable feel to the card.  Laurie Schmidlin transformed a plain sheet of kraft cardstock into this gorgeous work of art.

Hello Gorgeous

For Laurie’s card, she used one of the Infinity Frames die cuts to frame a pretty floral scene.  She then stamped and die cut several images from the Give Love stamp set and coordinating Give Love die set.  For more detail on how this adorable card came together, click here and I will take you over to Laurie’s blog “Just Give Me Stamps” so you can follow along.  Using your imagination is all about creativity and taking something as simple as a piece of paper and making a beautiful piece of art.  I hope you have been inspired today to take out your stamps and dies and let your imagination run wild.  Have fun, my friends!

Gatefold Mini Album By Lisa Gregory

You all know how much I appreciate a unique mini album, and this one is no exception.  This mini album has pages, pockets, and tags.  It is a fun size and also chunky, so you can place dimensional pieces on each page and it will still close.  I am thinking this is definitely one of those that is a must do.  Just think of all the possibilities!  Mini albums always make a beautiful home decor piece, not to mention a conversational piece as well.  They are the perfect gift for any occasion and who wouldn’t appreciate receiving a handmade treasure full of priceless memories? They bring a smile to anyone’s face and an instant enjoyment for both you and the one receiving the album.

Gatefold Mini Album

There is definitely a lot of love put into all the perfect details of this darling mini album.  Click here so you can check out the fine details and step-by-step instructions given by Lisa Gregory.  You will have so much fun you won’t know when to stop!  Have fun creating, my crafty friends!

Mini Mason Jar Fruit Crisps By Ali Ebright

Anyone craving a fresh fruit crisp this weekend?  These adorable little single-serving desserts can be made with just about any fresh and juicy fruits, and they will give you the true taste of summer!  They are wonderful, sweet, and delicious!  I highly recommend a scoop of ice cream to go with each one.  No matter how you serve them you can’t go wrong.

Mini Mason Jar Fruit Crips

These fruit crisps are easy to make with mini mason jars, bursting with fresh and sweet fruit flavors.  They are easy to scale down for one or two people, or up to a full crowd.  The best part of all is you can make them with whatever fruit you would like!  Such a perfect little summer treat!

Hope your week is ending on a creative high note!  I am not sure about you, but my neck of the woods is so hot I could really use a cold beverage and a day of crafting in a cool house.  Thank you for stopping by today and I hope you have a wonderful week ahead of you.  I will see you back here next Saturday with more great project to inspire you throughout the week.

Hugs to you all,



Latest & Greatest: Cool Tools with Ken Oliver Crafts

Hey everyone! Roree here with today’s Make It! Monday post.

Our next show is in Anaheim, California on April 6th-April 8th! Stamp & Scrapbook Expo will be teaching three “Latest & Greatest” workshops at this show: Card Making, Cool Tools, and Stamping. We have lots of great products from some awesome manufacturers in these classes, and today I am going to be working with one from our Cool Tools workshop: Ken Oliver Crafts‘ Cut ‘n Color stamps and dies. (See product catalog HERE.)

Today, I will be working with the bird stamp and die:

I used the set to make this card:

I stamped the bird on watercolor paper, cut out the stamped image with the die, and used watercolor pencils to color the image.

I then created a card with a little fence scene to highlight my image.

This was such a fun stamp and die set to create with. I can wait to use them again on another project!

This Cool Tools workshop featuring Ken Oliver Crafts’ Cut ‘n Color stamps and dies will also be taught at our shows in Milwaukee WI, Orlando FL, and Puyallup WA. We hope you can come join us at one of these shows. We would love to see you there!

I hope you enjoyed today’s Make It! Monday project. Thanks so much for stopping by!





Watercoloring Over Stamped Images

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Happy Tuesday, I hope you are having a creative one! Today I’d like to show you a neat trick you can use to make your stamped images look watercolored. It’s SO easy, you won’t even believe how simple it is!

First, to create a background for my card, I wanted to paint a couple of flowers and branches with watercolor paints. I started with a pinkish-purple watercolor paint and just added some background petals to my flower. Then with Yellow Ochre (gold) and Viridian Hue (teal), I added some branches and shadows. (I’m using a watercolor set from Michaels that has 18 colors in it and is made by Reeves. I also have a Loew Cornell set that has the pink color I used. The Reeves set doesn’t have a good pink in it, unfortunately.)


Next, I added some Crimson to the center of my flower in a circular motion. I didn’t use much water on my brush for this part because I wanted more of a precise look to the center of the flower, rather than blended.


Here you can see I’ve added more branches and a flower on the other side, which is painted with Flesh Tint and Crimson.


Now for the stamped bird! I have a set by Papertrey Ink called Spring Woods and stamped the bird in Aqua Mist ink and then Tropical Teal ink for the top layer. The bird is a 2-step stamp, so the bottom portion of the bird is stamped in a lighter color and the top portion of the bird (the details) look great stamped in a darker color. This is done on watercolor paper, so we can blend it in a minute!


Now to get a watercolored look to the bird, add a tiny bit of water on your paintbrush and paint the bird very slightly with the water to blend the paints.


Next, I trimmed the bird out when it was dry (you can use dies if you’d like, or just trim it out with scissors), and placed it on my card. Doesn’t it look like it was hand-painted? I love it! The background could be made this way, too, with stamped flowers, but for today, I just wanted to try my hand at painting them myself.


Last, I added a paper from the Ombre Stripes paper pad, as I thought the hand-painted look of the stripes would be pretty with this card. The sentiment is stamped from Tulip Time.

Happy Birthday by Danielle Flanders2

Happy Birthday by Danielle Flanders

I hope this inspires you to try something new today! The recipient will be wowed by your hand-painted cards! You can google “watercolor” or “watercoloring over stamped images” or look on Pinterest for many gorgeous ideas to get you started. Or pull out your stamps and stamp them on watercolor paper and just practice blending the images with water. See what you come up with!

See you again soon!


Saturdays With LeAnn



Welcome back, my friends, on this wonderful Saturday summer day!  You won’t want to miss out on all of the wonderful tips, tricks, and how-to inspiration I have captured from some wonderful designers, so sit back and enjoy!

Capture the Moment created by Marta Lapkowska

As scrapbookers, we know that its all about sharing the memories you preserve with your family, friends, and future generations. It’s a great thing to feel the joy and fulfillment that comes from what we have created. Here’s a beautiful, masterpiece layout that captures a special moment.

Caputre The MomentWho says stamping is just used on cards? I love stamping on layouts! Using a favorite stamp is a great way to add a background to your page. This elegant layout also includes lovely chipboard pieces from the Blue Fern “Deja Vu” paper collection. Pop on over to Blue Fern Studios to see unique layout designs; I recommend a visit whenever you are in need of some inspiration!

Your Special Day by Heartfelt Creations

The Cascading Fuchsia Collection is bursting with exquisite beauty. It is a flawless garden of delight that is a joy to work with, and will help you create a keepsake to treasure. If you can’t grow  these beautiful flowers, then stamping is truly the next best thing!

Your Special Day

These are the most realistic flowers ever. I am sure your head is spinning with ideas on how to use this beautiful collection! Come over with me to Heartfelt Creations to see many more of their fabulous projects. I hope you have plenty of time, because you will get lost for hours in this fabulous blog!

Smile created by Audrey Pettit

I just love these coordinating stamp and dies sets. Such a fun and fast way to create an adorable card! Sizzix has come out with more and more coordinating sets that really put a spark into card making!


Audrey Pettit is incredible when it comes to creating and showcasing her cards! She’s added a nice touch with soft watercolors, along with layers and leaves behind the tag that really pop out this sweet little bird. Audrey used Doodlebug Design stamps, embossing folders, and dies to create this sweet card. Let’s go over to Audrey Pettit’s Weblog to peek in on more of her fabulous designs. Send out one of your own smiles today!

Copper Dipped Vases created by Amy Kim

If you are anything like me, you have so many empty vases sitting in a cupboard just taking up space. Today I found a fabulous way to use those vases, along with adding some beauty to your home.  DIY copper dipped vases are different, inexpensive, and showcase a fabulous copper color.

Copper Dipped Vases

You will fall in love with this Rust-oleum Metallic spray paint in copper. This has a beautiful sheen to it that looks similar to a brushed metal look. Click here for step-by-step instructions on how to create these amazing vases. I gave this project a try and WOW they were fun and easy. I made up several extras; now when I need a present all I have to do is go get a few pretty flowers from my garden. This will put a smile on anyone’s face!

Creamsicle Pie made by Kelly Rowe

Summer reminds me of creamsicles. One of my fondest childhood memories was being at my grandmother’s home and her bringing out the orange creamsicle cups! This captures that same delicious taste that is to die for!

Creamsicle Pie

Kelly shares her fabulous recipe with us giving the ingredients and directions. Let’s go on over to Live Laugh Rowe to see just how Kelly makes these. This delicious Creamsicle Pie will surely be one of your summer frozen treat favorites.

Now you have taken this all in, let’s get working in your creative space. Have a great weekend! Looking forward to you stopping back by!

Clip Board & Dry Erase Board

With the holidays right around the corner, my thoughts are drifting toward crafting some unique gifts for those special people in my life. I love giving out little handmade Pishkys during the holidays. It shows how much you care. I came across this adorable clipboard/dry erase board on The Clear Scraps Blog. Won’t this make a cute little gift?

Dry Erase Board

Connie used a mini clip board then covered it with Jenni Bowlin pattern paper.  She used some Fast Finish Decoupage by Beacon to adhere the paper to the clip board.  If you like it shabby chic, ink all your edges. Trace the XL Clear Scraps Acrylic Bird onto the backside of the paper and cut it out.


Connie added some real tail feathers:). Love the texture & visual interest this adds to the project.   Zip Dry by Beacon works perfectly to adhere the paper to the acrylic bird.  Then it was glued to the clip board with 3-in-1 Craft Glue also by Beacon.


My hope for you is to be fearless when it comes to your creativity, to try new things and most important to have fun.  Thanks for visiting & have very creative day!



Clear Scraps XL Bird Shapes

Product Used (Not Shown):

  • Paper – Jenni Bowlin
  • Adhesives – Beacon Zip Dry3-in-1 Craft Glue, Fast Finish Decoupage
  • Misc – Clipboard, Feathers