Sundays With Lorraine


Welcome back to Weekly Scrapper, my crafty friends! When witches go riding and black cats are seen, the moon laughs and whispers “tomorrow is Halloween”! I hope you have loads of fun and take lots of pictures.

Best Costume Ever By Julia Aston

Halloween is the perfect opportunity to be creative. As people all over the world gear to celebrate Halloween, children will be looking forward to trick-or-treating, while adults will be eager to show-off their unique costumes.  This means lots of happy photos will be taken, so let’s get them off our phones and into this adorable Halloween mini album.

Best Costume Ever By Julia Aston

Halloween minis are my favorite to create. I love the fact that they are so fast and easy to complete; just think of them as the instant gratification of scrapbooking. I try to make one for each year then I put them out on display and the kids love flipping through them and reminiscing over their favorite past costumes and activities.


I hope you all have a night that is so fun it’s scary!  I’d like to send out a big hug to Julia for sharing this spooktacular mini album. Be sure to stop by her website Create With Me so you can see how easily this project comes together. Remember to check out Eileen Hull’s blog for more great holiday ideas using her Sixxiz dies!

The Traveler By Jenny Marples

Don’t you just love it when you can walk into your craft room and come out with an amazing piece of art for your walls? Thanks to our talented friends over at Frilly And Funkie you, too, can create this stunning piece of art.

The Traveler Canvas By Jenny Marples

Jenny used an 8 x 8″ canvas to create this project, but you can easily adapt your project to any size canvas. For the complete step-by-step tutorial, click here and I would be honored to escort you over to the Frilly And Funkie blog so you can follow along as Jenny shares some great tips and techniques.

Pen and Ink Over Gesso

Doodling helps relieve boredom and frustration and the urge to doodle gets stronger as stress levels rise. Doodling is like a safety valve that allows pressure to be dispelled in a playful and creative way. You all know my motto: “there should be no stress in our craft world” so doodle away my friends, and let the stresses of life slip away as you create something beautiful.

Pen and ink over gesso

Who knew that a black sharpie pen over gesso could create such a gorgeous pies of art? I love the simplicity of pen and ink doodles. Its a fun and creative way to express yourself while at the same time designing some unique pieces to decorate your home or give as gifts. Who wouldn’t love a piece of your art work for the holidays?

Julia Childs’s Beef Bourguignon With Mashed Potatoes

OK guys, this isn’t one of those” dinner in under 30 minutes” recipes but it is so worth the effort. Your friends and family will be talking about this recipe for many moons to come! It will be worth every second. Plus, it makes at least 6 servings, so you can enjoy the fruits of your labor the next day, too!


Talk about comfort food – this dish is the golden ticket. If your ready to kick things up a notch in the kitchen, click hereand I will take you over to Spache The Spatula Blog and Rachael will walk you through the entire recipe. Bon appetit!

Thanks for stopping by! I’m wishing all my crafty friends a happy and safe Halloween!  I have some fun projects in the works for you coming next Sunday so be sure and check back.

Stay crafty, my friends!

Saturdays With LeAnn

Gold Leaf Square Wreath


Welcome back to Weekly Scrapper on this beautiful fall Saturday!  I don’t know about you but I am having the hardest time believing that it is already October!  Time certainly does fly by fast, and because of that we really need to enjoy some time for ourselves.  I hope today will lead you into your craft room and you can take some precious time just for you.  I hope you will receive some wonderful inspiration here that will help you in your creating!  Have a fabulous Saturday, my friends!

Love Silly Smiles By Missy Whidden

Today it is time to grab some of your fun photos from this summer and get those special memories onto scrapbook layouts.  As scrapbookers we know it is all about sharing the memories and preserving the moments.  When people browse through your scrapbook pages and pause with admiration and delight, you know you have created something very special.

Love Silly Smiles

This fabulous layout is definitely an eye catcher created by the talented Missy Whidden.  Missy used several of the Maggie Holmes chipboard stickers.  I just love using chipboard as it creates great dimension. Her background has just the right amount of pink and gold spray to give it some contrast. Don’t forget to add fussy cut flowers to add some elegance to the layout.  Missy never ceases to amaze me with her talent.  I would like to say a big thank you to Missy for sharing this with us.  Please come with me over to Little Nugget Creations where you will see a video on just how Missy puts this gorgeous page together.

Dry Embossing With Foil By Melissa Kerman

Are you an embossing folder fan?  If so, today you will want to pay close attention to the fabulous cards created by Melissa Kerma.  Heat embossing with embossing folders is such a great technique and I am sure it will become one of your favorites as well.

Dry Embossing With Foil

There are so many different color variations you can use to create your beautiful card.  Put your own personality into it and see what you can come up with. Your outcome will be amazing and truly inspiring.  Here is another beautiful card that was created using this technique.

Dry Embossing with Foil

So do I have your curiosity yet?  Click here and let me escort you on over to The Crafting Treehouse blog where you will get step-by-step instructions on how to learn to do this wonderful technique. Thank you for sharing, Melissa!  This is definitely an inspiration.

Autumn Wildlife By Sue Ralph

Are you ready for some more fun and inspiration?  Let’s create a fun Halloween canvas that will be absolutely adorable on your wall or an easel! What a great way to add your own personal touch and then set it out to showcase your style of crafting.  Your family and friends will be begging you to make them one of their very own.

Autumn Wildlife

I love how Sue created both depth and dimension with her canvas.  The different layers really add to the dramatic effect; it’s very showy, isn’t it?  This is such a great mixed media project.  The mixed media background really complements the Halloween feel of the canvas.  Sue is an amazing designer with so much inspiration to share.  I highly recommend visiting her blog Birdcage Craft Studio where she shares a step-by-step tutorial on how she created this outstanding canvas.  I hope you will be inspired to give this a try.  Remember that creativity involves breaking out of your traditional style.  Never hesitate to try something new!

Gold Leaf Square Wreath By Lia Griffith

I am always looking for a fresh new DIY home decor for fall.  As I was searching for something new to make, I stumbled onto this gorgeous Gold Leaf Square Wreath created by Lia Griffith. This is the ideal DIY for adding a touch of handcrafted beauty to your home.  Having a Cricut Explore® made it fast and easy to cut out all of my leaves.

Gold Leaf Square Wreath

This is an outstanding masterpiece project that is not only gorgeous, but will not take too much of your time.  When you are finished, you will step back and be amazed at what you have created! The gorgeous Gold Leaf Square Wreath was created by the very talented Lia Griffith.  Take a minute or two and visit Lia Griffith; I can guarantee that you will find her blog very stimulating and innovative.  You will want to jump right in and start creating your very own wreath.  A big thank you to Lia for all her wonderful inspiration!

Easy Caramel Apples By Kelly Senyei

Caramel apples are one of those things that are as much fun to make as they are to eat.  When I think of caramel apples I think off fall.  And what’s a fall party without apples dipped in homemade caramel?  These apples are a must-have!

Easy Caramel Apples

Add you favorite toppings and you will put smiles on everyone’s face!  These caramel apples are a true favorite year after year.  Let’s pop on over to Just A Taste where Kelly will give you her recipe and directions on how to make these yummy treats.  They will look almost too pretty to eat!  Enjoy! 🙂

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; I look forward to having you return next Saturday.  Have a fabulous week!





Saturdays With LeAnn

Gold Brush Lettering


Welcome back, my friends, to Weekly Scrapper!  I hope you are enjoying your summer, and are finding the time to be inside crafting, out of the heat. I feel honored today to share some fun projects with you. I hope you will be inspired and get some of those creative juices flowing. Relax and enjoy some time for yourself today!

The Good Life By Missy Whidden

When creating a scrapbook page, the photo itself is usually a major guide to your process, determining both color and embellishments.  You don’t want to overwhelm your photo so you can choose to go with lighter shades and subtle colors that will create nice dimension.

The Good Life

Missy created her layout around the stars.  She used the large star to layer behind her photo making her photo stand out.  Missy did some machine stitching along with sprays mists and paints on the background to create a soft, watercolor effect.  Let’s pop on over to Little Nugget Creations where Missy will give you some wonderful instructions on how she created this fun layout.  What a great way to go back and reminisce with your special photos!

Just For You By Julia Stainton

White on white is such a clean look. It can easily be dressed up to make it look more elegant; or add just a small amount of color for a more casual look. When working with lots of white, be sure to add dimension and/or texture to add some interest.

Just For You

What’s not to love about this adorable card designed by Julia Stainton? This is such a perfect card for any occasion! It’s also one of those cards that just say you are thinking of that special person. Julia has so many wonderful projects that you don’t want to miss out on, so be sure to visit her blog Belle Papier.  You will have endless inspiration for your week!

Gold Brush Lettering by Kristina Werner

Here is a beautiful card that is full of inspiration.  Watercoloring is such a beautiful technique and there are so many different water-based coloring mediums to choose from.  I just love working with watercolors because it is such a great way to splash some color onto a card.

Gold Brush Lettering

Click here and I will escort you over to the Simon Says blog so you can check out the wonderful video that Kristina Werner has created showing just how easy this card comes together.  I love her tips and tricks on the Gold Brush lettering.  You will want to jump right in and create one of your own handmade treasures!  Your cards that are created are so priceless and are treasured by the person receiving your them.

Mixed Media Canvas By Emma Williams

This beautiful Mixed Media Canvas is a lovely summery home décor piece to showcase in your home.  I instantly fell in love with all of the beautiful layers and the unique design of this canvas.

Mixed Media Canvas

The beauty of working with mixed media on canvas is that you can change your mind and it is so easy to take things off and rearrange them.  The variety of materials you use add great detail and makes your canvas a keepsake. This piece was created by Emma Williams.  Click here and I will escort you on over to see Emma’s step-by-step instructions, along with the techniques she used to created this beautiful masterpiece.  You will be inspired by her talent!

Melon Ball Ice Cubes By Layla (Laylita) Pujol

There is nothing better on a hot summer day than something refreshing to drink!  I have the hardest time drinking plain water, but adding a lime or a lemon seems to make it taste so much better.  I came upon this recipe for making melon ice cubes and I am one happy camper with my water now.

Melon Ball Ice Cubes

This will also give your drinks some fun summer colors along with the flavor.  For a quick and easy drink, you can also place the melons in Sprite or sparkling water; add a squeeze of lime juice, and a mint to garnish. This simple drink not only looks beautiful, but has a delicious hint of melon, lime, and mint.  Such a refreshing summer drink!

Thank you for stopping by on this beautiful Saturday.  Stay out of the heat and enjoy doing some crafting. Be sure to visit again next week, as I have some more fabulous projects to share with you.  Have a great weekend!


Saturdays With LeAnn



Welcome back, my dear friends, to another wonderful summer weekend!  My desire today is that the projects I have to share with you will bring you inspiration for your own creating.  I hope you will be inspired to pull out your fun products and begin to create things that will make you feel happy and accomplished.  May you have a beautiful, relaxing, and creative Saturday.

Moments By Di Garling

As scrapbookers, we know that it’s all about preserving and sharing memories for your family, friends, and future generations.  It is a great thing to feel the joy and fulfillment that comes from the projects you have created.  Here is a masterpiece layout that showcases how to beautifully capture a special moment.


Chipboard embellishments are so easy and amazing to use.  My favorites are titles and background panels. This beautiful vintage layout uses several pieces of chipboard and it is certainly an eye catcher.  Click here and I will take you over to Di’s Creative Space, where she’ll give you the products and directions for creating this beautiful layout.  Di is a fabulous designer and you will not want to miss out on any of her outstanding projects. It will be a real treat to follow her!

Be Grateful By Rhonda Van Ginkel

There are so many incredible opportunities to let your imagination run wild when you are creating handmade cards. Today I want to share a darling card created by a very talented designer, Rhonda Van Ginkel.  Rhonda uses the Butterfly Kisses collection from Bo Bunny along with some accents from their Blossoms.

Be Greatful

I love the fact that this card has such a versatile design.  Give it a personal touch by adding a sentiment of the occasion you are using it for.  Don’t you just love the other fabulous cards that she has created?  You will walk away with so much inspiration every time you visit her blog!  Keep up the good work, and keep those smiles coming with each handmade card you give.

Friend By Amy Rysavy

Friends are certainly a joy in life!  Have you told your dear friend lately how much she means to you?  This bright, whimsical card created by Amy Rysavy is certainly a cheerful card to send out in the mail to your special friend.  She will cherish your personal, creative cards for years, not to mention the smile that will come across her face as she receives this handmade treasure.


Amy created her card by starting with Tim Holtz Distress watercolor cardstock, then sponged four different Distress Inks over it to create this embossed resist look.  Amy shares several different techniques, so click here and I will take you to her step-by-step video so you can begin to create your own personal card.

Fish Canvas By Lisa Nazario-Gregory

Summer has arrived! I am sure you are feeling the high temperatures, so it is time to stay inside and create something beautiful for your home.  Take a different look at scrapbooking, and decorate your home with items you may already have created.  This beautiful seaside scene has bright and vivid colors and portrays a lovely, vintage feel.  This would look beautiful on an easel or as a wall décor piece.

Fish Canvas

Lisa really knows how to bring her images to life with a combination of stamps, Sizzix dies, gesso, dye colored base spray, and stickles, all on watercolor paper.  Let me escort you on over to What A Beautiful Mess where you will see how Lisa puts this all together.  You will be so inspired by her talent and I am sure you will want to check out the other projects she has created.  Your finished project will certainly add some personality and charm to your home.

Lemonade Cookie Sticks By Glory Albin

I just love cute cookies…. and I also love cookies that don’t take hours to decorate.  These adorable summer cookies are a perfect treat to share with the people you love!  Not only are they darling, but pretty easy to create, too. Hooray for summer! Now let’s celebrate with a cold glass of lemonade and these yummy and cute Lemonade Cookie Sticks!

Lemonade Cookie Sticks

You are probably wondering “What is a cookie stick?”  It is a style of cookie that is long, thin, and rectangle. They are cute, easy to make, and perfect to give as packaged gifts. The design options are endless and you can create your own variations!  Click here and I will take you over to Glorious Treats where you will find the easy recipe so you can begin creating cookies in your very own style.

Thank you for sharing a bit of your Saturday with me.  I hope you have enjoyed today’s projects and you have been inspired to begin your next one.  I am looking forward to sharing some more fun things again with you next Saturday.  Have a wonderful week ahead and try to keep cool! 🙂


Saturdays With LeAnn

Thankful For You


I feel very blessed to be able to spend some time with you on this lovely Saturday. I hope you will receive some inspiration today from the projects I have to share. Enjoy your weekend!

Sweet Dream by Keren Tamir

What’s not to love about this precious, feminine layout? The photo is absolutely priceless and what a beautiful way to showcase this adorable baby. At first glance, your eyes automatically go to the precious photo, and then take in all of the beautiful details on this lovely layout.

Sweet Dream


I just love the fabulous way that Keren placed her layers and the beautiful textures, not to mention the fun die cuts she used as her background.

Sweet Dream

I had to share one more photo; I couldn’t resist sharing this adorable baby girl! You will be so inspired by Keren; wait until you see the rest of her details. Click here and I will take you over to Keren’s blog, Expressing From My Heart And Soul. Happy scrapping!

Thanks A Bunch by Audrey Pettit

One can never have too many “Thank You” cards ready to use. I love to make up a bunch so I will always have them on hand. Today I want to share a very fun card created by Audrey Pettit using the Basic Grey Barista Collection. Feminine cards are always easy to create, but sometimes it takes a bit of thinking for a masculine card. Scroll down and you will see both feminine and masculine cards using the same collection.

Thanks A Bunch
Thanks A Bunch

The masculine card uses several elements from the same collection, so when making a card why not create both at the same time? You will always have an extra card on hand. Let’s pop on over to A Peek Into My Crafty World where you will find so much inspiration from Audrey.

Thankful For You by Julia Stainton

This card is for you crafty ladies who love to work with stamps and dies that coordinate together. I was attracted to this card because of the fun stamping techniques and watercolor background Julia used.

Thankful For You

It’s hard to believe that the Thanksgiving holiday is approaching. It is such a perfect time to let those you love know how much you are thankful for them. A handmade card like this one is sure to make their hearts warm and add a smile to their face. Click here and I will take you over to see more of Julia’s wonderful projects.

Embroidery Hoop Frame by Jess Mutty

Today I have a fun home décor piece that will add a personal touch to your home. Embroidery hoops are a great way to display a smaller canvas and are inexpensive and very easy to find.


This adorable canvas was created using several Maya Road products. Jess added her photo directly onto a piece of muslin. She sewed a border around the edge, and frayed it a bit before adhering it on the canvas. Add your favorite embellishments and you have an adorable home décor piece to add to your wall or sit on an easel. Click here and I will take you to visit Jess where she will give you step-by-step instructions to make your beautiful altered hoop.

Chocolate Raspberry Mousse Cake by Elizabeth LaBau

Grab your last chance at summer raspberries to make this fabulous Chocolate Raspberry Mousse Cake. With a fudgy brownie base, three layers of light mousse in chocolate, raspberry, and vanilla, who wouldn’t fall in love? What a great way to serve up a fancy dessert!

Chocolate Raspberry Mousse Cake

It looks as pretty on the inside as the outside!

Chocolate Raspberry Mousse Cake

Let’s go on over to Sugarhero so you can print out your recipe from Elizabeth. Go ahead and be a showoff! It is easy to do with this mouthwatering, beautiful cake. Your friends and family will be so impressed.

I hope you have been inspired by today’s posts. Have a wonderful week ahead of you, and I will see you back next Saturday.


Sundays With Lorraine


Hello my artsy friends, welcome to the weekend! Sundays were meant to be relaxing, so sit back and let those creative juices flow!

Sweet Dreams by Jinny Newlin

It’s layouts like this that make me wish I had been more creative with my daughter’s baby photos. At the time I was too busy figuring out motherhood. 😉  My daughter is now 19 (ouch) so needless to say, scrapbooking has come a long way. Did you notice the background paper by Dear Lizzy titled Phases Of The Moon; isn’t it just perfect for those priceless sleepy time photos?

Sweet Dreams

I know you need the scoop on how Jinny created this adorable layout, so click here and I will take you over to her blog so you can take notes. There’s a lot of fine detail and layering on this beautiful layout and you’re going to love the closeup photos. Happy scrappin’!

Altered Notepad/ Giftcard Holder designed by Gloria Stengel

I truly enjoy giving pishkies (little gifts) to people “just because.” There is nothing that fills the heart more than bringing a smile to someone’s face. When I discovered this sweet notepad/giftcard holder I knew I had to share. It’s a perfect little pishky to give to someone that might need a little pick-me-up. For complete instructions click here and I will take you over to Gloria’s blog Scraps Of Life. Would you believe this notepad holder started out life as a tag?

 Altered Notepad Holder

Here’s the inside; too cute!

Altered Notewpad

I’m a firm believer in the policy of Random Acts Of Kindness and I challenge you to think of just one thing that you can do to bring a smile to someone. Whether it’s giving a little handmade pishky or paying for a stranger’s cup of coffee, you just never know how important those little acts of kindness are. Have fun thinking of ways to brighten someone’s day!

Collage Stamping & Masking Technique by Allison Okamitsu

Collage stamping/masking is a great technique to use in your cardmaking, scrapbooking, mixed media projects, or any time you want to create a unique background. Click here and check out the video that Allison has prepared; you are gonna love it!

Collage Stamping & Masking Technique

I hope that you’ve been inspired to break out your favorite stamp sets and have fun creating your own one-of-a-kind backgrounds. The possibilities are endless. Happy stamping!

Welcome Spring Canvas by Shari Carroll

With spring in the air I thought you would enjoy this beautiful canvas designed by the very talented Shari Carroll. I’m in love with the butterfly wreath that Shari created using some paper covered wire; it really adds such visual interest to this already gorgeous project.

Welcome Spring Canvas by Shari Carroll

Whether you are a mixed media artist or just ready to take the plunge, you won’t want to miss out on the great video tutorial that Shari has prepared. Yes, you’re gonna love it! Click here and I will take you over. Have fun experimenting with the different techniques that you’ve learned.

Double Crunch Honey Garlic Chicken

This recipe has a bit of history that I would like to share. The recipe for Double Crunch Honey Garlic Chicken Breasts now has over two million views, many of which were rave reviews. This super crunchy double dipped chicken breast recipe with an easy honey garlic sauce is holy cow amazing!The original pork version of this recipe Double Crunch Honey Garlic Pork Chops was posted several years ago and it was so popular that it’s still being shared by many. In August 2014 Rock Recipes came out with another version that is a bit on the lighter side 😉 . You’re gonna love ’em all!

Double Crunch Honey Garlic Chicken

Click here and I will lead the way over to Rock Recipes where you can print out this amazing recipe. This chicken is going to leave your friends and family doing a happy dance. Bon appetit!

Thanks for stopping in for a visit; I hope you have a wonderful week. I’m looking forward to seeing you back soon; I can’t wait to share what I have planned for you next Sunday 😉 !



Saturdays With LeAnn

Life Is So Sweet


Welcome back, my friends! I hope this beautiful Saturday finds you all doing well. Today I am going to share some wonderful inspiration with you. Take a minute for yourself and sit back and enjoy!

This Makes Me Happy by Missy Whidden

If you are like me, you have a ton of scraps sitting in a box or drawer just waiting to be used. This fabulous layout is such a great way to use up those little scraps you just couldn’t throw away. Along with those scraps, this is also a fun way to use some of your favorite embellishments. This fast, creative layout will definitely be motivating to use up the fun scraps you have on hand.

This Makes Me Happy

Don’t be afraid to combine both feminine and masculine styles, adding your embellishments to obtain that perfect look for your photos  Chickaniddy is fairly new company to the industry; they have such wonderful embellishments and papers to help you create your perfect project. Missy Whidden gives you a step-by-step tutorial how to put this whimsical layout together. Be sure to visit Little Nugget Creations; you will be so glad you did!

Hello by Jackie Pedro

Jackie kept this card simple by letting the embellishments take the front row seat. The wording says it all, and who wouldn’t love to receive this adorable card from a special friend? I fell in love with the simplicity of this sweet card, and how it brings a little sunshine to brighten one’s day.


Don’t you just love the texture and dimension as well, not to mention how fun it is to work with Kraft cardstock? There is something about the vintage look that always pulls me right in. Take some time and visit The Scalloped Edge blog. Jackie has a ton of fun projects and ideas to share.

Hello Friend by Mona Pendleton 

With Mother’s Day just around the corner, I hope this card will inspire you to create a beautiful handmade card for someone special you love. It is always a great time to let your loved one know how much you care; not to mention the smile that will come across her face as she opens this outstanding card!

Hello Friend

Once again that vintage look caught my eye! Isn’t this so exquisite? I am sure your mom will love it!  Visit Cupcake’s Creations by Mona Pendleton for more wonderful inspiration. You will find so many outstanding projects that will get your creative mind spinning!

Life Is Sweet by Kelly Foster

Do you need a fabulous and different idea for your special mom this next week? Give her some of your talent by creating a beautiful art piece on a canvas. She will be able to show this off by hanging it on a wall or just sitting it on an end table. Most of all she will enjoy every minute bragging about you!

Life Is So Sweet

This exquisite design was made using Prima products. What a cheerful and charming way to use bottle caps! My eye captured this project by all of the wonderful textures, along with the bright and beautiful colors. Kelly is an amazing designer with so much inspiration to share. I highly recommend visiting her blog All The Pretty Things where she shares a step-by-step tutorial on how she created this gorgeous canvas

Mint Chip Brownie Ice Cream Squares by Glory Albin

As many of you probably have noticed, one of my favorite dessert blogs is Glorious Treats. My stomach won’t quit growling at me while searching this fantastic blog. When you need a dessert, you will find anything you need for that perfect occasion, or just something sweet to eat! Today I want to share with you a fun treat. Are you one that loves brownies?  How about mint chip ice cream? You are going to love these frozen brownie squares!

tMint Chip Brownie Ice Cream Squares

This is one of those fun desserts that will be great for the warm weather coming up. Not only is this dessert delicious, it is easy to make as well. Both adults and kids love it and will be asking for seconds!  For full directions on how to make this yummy brownie ice-cream cake CLICK HERE.  I hope you enjoy this as much I did.  Don’t tell – I had to have seconds as well! 🙂

Thank you for sharing some of your Saturday with me. I hope you have been inspired and will continue to have a wonderful week ahead. Try to get in some craft time for yourself. See you next week!