Latest & Greatest: Card Making with Melissa Frances

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

Our next show is this week in Sacramento, CA on October 20th & 21st. Stamp & Scrapbook Expo will be teaching three “Latest & Greatest” workshops at this show: Card Making, Cool Tools, and Stamping. Today I am going to be creating with new products from our Latest & Greatest: Card Making class: Melissa Frances‘ Embellishment Sampler.

If you take the class, you will receive the following embellishment sampler:

Clock Charms, Thin Chips Sampler, Sequins, Sweet Life Words Stickers, and Watercolor Paper Pack

You will get a chance to work with Watercolor Paint, a Water Brush Pen, and a Candles Stencil from Melissa Frances in class too.

With the Watercolor Paper, Thin Chips Sampler and the Sequins, I created this Christmas card:

I also used the Watercolor Paint set, Water Brush Pen, and Wreath Stencil from Melissa Frances.

I used a permanent marker to outline the stencil on watercolor paper. Then, I painted the wreath with watercolors.

I added sequins around the wreath for the ornaments, added an inked Thin Chips sentiment in the center of the wreath, and added a baker’s twine bow to finish.

This Latest & Greatest: Stamping workshop featuring Melissa Frances Embellishments and Watercolors will also be taught at our upcoming show in Ontario. We would love to see you there!

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

Latest & Greatest Card Making with Crate Paper

Hey there Stamp & Scrapbook Expo friends and fans, Becki here, to share some Christmas card ideas with you. Our show season is quickly coming to an end which means the holiday season is right around the corner. We wanted to make sure that our Latest & Greatest card making attendees had some fun Christmas products in their hands to create their 2017 holiday cards with. If you’re able to attend the Latest & Greatest card making workshop in Denver, Akron, Sacramento, or Ontario, you’ll be going home with a few products from the new Falala collection from Crate Paper. With only a few products I was able to create these two cards in a few minutes. I used a similar design for each card to make the creative process much quicker. Each card has two patterned papers and a few stickers.

My favorite part about creating this card is the sticker sentiments. Stickers make adding sentiments to cards so easy!

It’s been a while since I created my last card making video. I thought you all might enjoy watching how these two cards came together. I’m sure a lot of you are better at planning ahead and have already started creating your Christmas cards.

I’d love to know if you’ve started creating your 2017 Christmas cards and how many are you making. Let me know in the comment section below. AND if you’re in the Sacramento area or the Ontario area. We’d love to have you in our Latest & Greatest workshops. You can find all the details HERE. Thank you for stopping by today. I’ll see you again next week for another edition of Inspiration Station. Have a great week!

Latest & Greatest Card Making with Fancy Pants

Hey there Stamp & Scrapbook Expo friends and fans, Becki here to share a fun card that I created with products from our Latest & Greatest Card Making workshop with Fancy Pants. I love making cards and making cards with adorable Fancy Pants products is even more fun.

To create this card, I used the Dream Big 6×6 paper pad, puffy stickers, and ephemera pack. These are all products that those who attend our Latest & Greatest Card Making workshop in Akron, Sacramento, and Ontario get to take home with them. Isn’t that awesome?This card has a LOT of dimension. Just because you’re using flat embellishments like stickers and die cuts, doesn’t mean that your card can’t have dimension. The best way to create dimension on a card is to use dimensional adhesive. I even use dimensional adhesive to adhere stickers sometimes. On this card, I used dimensional adhesive to adhere stickers, patterned paper, and die cuts.I chose “#hustle, Darling, you’ve got this” as the sentiment for this card. I thought that would be a really fun sentiment on a card for a teenager. The cute cloud and adorable bird add to the fun whimsical feel of this card.I couldn’t be happier with how this card came together. These card making products from Fancy Pants are so fun to work with. If you live near Akron, Sacramento, or Ontario. Make sure you sign up to take one (or all three) of our Latest & Greatest workshops. We’d love to have you in our workshops. Thank you for stopping by for another edition of Inspiration Station. I’ll see you again, right here, next week with a fun stamping project.


Card Swappin’ in Edison, NJ and Schaumburg, IL

Welcome back! I am excited to share the card making inspiration from our shows in Edison, NJ and Schaumburg, IL.  We had very amazing cards at both these show locations and I enjoyed the way they were created using several different elements.

In Edison, NJ we had several first-time card makers and first-time guests attending a card swap.  It is always great to hear what inspires a newbie to make cards and attend our swaps. We had two sisters that attended together. One of the sisters was a long time card maker and she inspired her sister to begin making cards and join her at the swap. It was wonderful to hear the sister new to card making say at one point during the swap, “I am hooked!”  What a great way for these two sisters to enjoy this beautiful card making and crafting experience.  We had a mother and son who had attended the swap last year and enjoyed it so much they came back to enjoy it together again this year. I love seeing people share their creative experiences with those people dear to them.

Take a look at this very fun shaker card!  It has an Inspiring message and a cute way to make the water drops fall; they are attached to the threads so they move up and down when you shake the card.  This is such a clever idea and really makes the card stand out.

This cute Hello card uses some beautiful flowers from Heartfelt Creations.  The embellishment was created with clay and makes the card so elegant.  It is sure to be cherished as a gift in itself.  Thanks so much to Kevin Devine for creating this card and sharing it at the Edison, NJ card swap.

The Card Swap in Schaumburg was jam-packed full of great cards!  We had approximately 60 card swap guests on Friday and Saturday.  Choosing just 15 special cards was a challenge for all of our guests.  It always amazes me how each card is such a personal statement about the creator.  Take a look at this card created by Kim Walters.  This twist and pop style card was very detailed on the outside with detailed dies cuts and also contained a beautiful surprise on the inside, adding even more elegance.  You could use this card for any special message by simply changing out the sentiment on the outside and inside.

Agatha McCallister pulled out all of the stops with her “Celebrate” themed card.  It has a decorative band to hold in all of the surprises that this card has to offer.  As you take the outside strap off, it reveals several triangles with places to stamp and create different celebratory messages.  As you open the card, it reveals several more triangles for you to create even more messages or to simply add more color to your card.  This card is a gift all by itself as it depicts the shape and look of a gift box.

Have you joined a local Card Swap yet?  It only takes a few friends to get one started and think of all of the fun you will have sharing your card ideas and inspiration with them.  Guess what???  I recently joined a group in New Jersey to swap cards with, and I live in California. You can swap cards if you are next door or on the other side of the country.  Find or create that special card swap group just for you! Keep making those beautiful card creations and I hope to see you and your friends at a Stamp & Scrapbook Expo near you!


Latest & Greatest: Card Making with Paper House Productions

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

Our next show is this week in Denver, Colorado on September 29th-30th. Stamp & Scrapbook Expo will be teaching three “Latest & Greatest” workshops at this show: Card Making, Cool Tools, and Stamping. Today I am going to be creating with new products from our Latest & Greatest: Card Making class: Life Organized from Paper House Productions.

The Life Organized collection features planners and planner accessories to help keep your life organized. But many of the products in this collection work well for any type of paper crafting, including card making. If you decide to take the Latest & Greatest: Card Making workshop at one of our upcoming shows, you will receive a sampler kit of Life Organized products that coordinate with the Autumn Woods collection:

Rice Paper Border Stickers, Flake Stickers, Puffy Stickers, and Stick On Pockets

With three of these products, I created this quick and easy tag:

I then added the tag to a pumpkin-shaped card that I designed in Cricut Design Space®  and cut out with my Cricut Explore® machine.

The tag is the perfect embellishment for this card. The foil accents are so beautiful on these products, and I absolutely love the autumn colors!

This Latest & Greatest: Card Making workshop featuring Paper House ProductionsLife Organized products will also be taught at our upcoming shows in Akron, Sacramento, and Ontario. We would love to see you there!

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

Lawn Fawn Halloween Card

Hey there Stamp & Scrapbook Expo friends and fans, Becki here to share a fun Lawn Fawn Halloween card with you that I created using some really fun Lawn Fawn products. Lawn Fawn sent me some really fun products to play with. My favorite thing they sent was the Costume Party stamp set. It is SO adorable! They also sent me the Costume Party die set AND the Shut the Front Door die set. This is such a FUN interactive card.I created a double z fold card with black cardstock. I cut a 6×12 piece of black cardstock. I scored the cardstock at the 2″, 4″, 10″, and 8″ and folded along the fold lines to create the base of the card. Then, I covered each panel of the card with patterned paper. After I had the base of the card created then it was time for the real fun to begin. I stamped each of the little Halloween characters with black ink. Then, I colored the images with Tombow Dual Brush Pens. Aren’t those cute little costumed characters so CUTE!?!?  After coloring the images, I die cut them with the coordinating die set as well as die cutting the pieces to the front door. The little Halloween characters are adhered around the front door in the center of the card. The cute little witch is inside the door with a bowl of candy ready to pass it out to all of the cute little trick or treaters.The final finishing touch to this card is the black ribbon that is tied around the entire card. That black ribbon holds the card closed as well as providing a fun embellishment on the front of the card.This card was so fun to create. I can’t wait to create more Halloween cards with this fun stamp set. Do you create Halloween cards? I’d love to see what Halloween cards you have created. Leave a link in the comment section below and I’ll make sure to stop by and see what you have been creating. Thank you for stopping by the Stamp & Scrapbook Expo blog. I’ll see you again next Thursday for another edition of Inspiration Station.

Sundays With Lorraine

Good day, my crafty friends, and welcome back to Weekly Scrapper! It’s really hitting home that our 2017 Stamp & Scrapbook Expo season is coming to an end, I just can’t believe that we only have 5 shows left in the year. 2017 seems to be flying by in the blink of an eye! Can you believe it’s almost mid-September? I am extremely thankful that we have Weekly Scrapper to inspire each other throughout the entire year!

On The Beach Layout By Mickie Sutcliffe

It’s time to get those priceless summer photos off your phone and into your scrapbook. I can’t think of a better way to pay tribute to a wonderful summer than to scrapbook those amazing memories.  Do you use your stamps and stencils in your scrapbooks? I hope so. It’s a great way to personalize your backgrounds while getting the exact look you’re going for.

If I know you like I think I do, you already have a pretty large selection of stamps that you’ve collected, so why not use them?  I know it’s hard for some of us old time scrappers to think about stamping on layouts since back in the day (10+ years ago) stamps were mostly used on cards & tags. Many scrapbookers never really used them on layouts. How silly we were back then, since all paper crafters share the same tools and supplies, we are all one big creative happy family. I hope this artsy layout has inspired you to create that next page in your scrapbook.

Follow Your Dreams By Tina Dornbaum

This is one of those cards that automatically puts a smile on your face. It’s time to break out those new Distress Oxides that you’ve been itching to play with. That’s how Tina created this beautiful background. Once the background is dry, you then cut two frames using Elizabeth Crafts Stitched Rectangle (the largest and the medium).  This is definitely a must have die set! I use it all the time; you get seven different sizes which covers just about any size you could possibly need. Talk about bang for your buck.

To create those whimsical butterflies, Tina applied texture paste through an Elizabeth Craft  “A Way With Stencils – Butterflies and Stars.”  While the paste was still wet she added White Silk Microfine Glitter over the butterflies, allowing it to dry before removing the excess glitter. For complete details on how easily this adorable card comes together, click here and I will be happy to escort you over to spend some creative happy time with Tina on the Elizabeth Crafts Blog.  You’ll be glad you did!

When We Love We Grow Canvas By Jenny Marples

To create the focal point (the house) Jenny used the Eileen Hulls House Pocket Die. At the risk of being called an enabler, I’m thinking this is another one of those “need it in your life” die sets. In case you didn’t notice, this is one of those stitchlit dies, which means if you want to create a 3-dimensional project to sew, the holes are already die cut for you making your sewing project a breeze. The die cut set comes with nine dies that you can mix and match allowing you to create all kinds of fun projects.

Big hugs to Jenny for sharing this beautiful piece of art with us. If you would like to follow along as Jenny shares step-by-step instructions and some great photos click here and I will take you over to her blog Pushing The Right Buttons. Happy crafting!

Roasted Red Pepper Pasta With Shrimp By Knorr

If you are looking for a quick and easy dinner that you can throw together in well under 1/2 an hour, then you are going to love this 15-minute pasta dish. The original recipe calls for medium shrimp but I like to use the large shrimp. You can also substitute chicken if shrimp isn’t your favorite. Either way, dinner is on the table in 15 minutes and all is good with the world.

For a complete list of ingredients be sure to stop by the Knorr food blog, they even have some tasty meatless recipes. It’s ok to take a few shortcuts in the kitchen and a big shout out to Knorr for showing us how it’s done.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have an amazing week ahead of you!. I highly recommend taking a minute or two to visit the individual blogs I have shared today so you can check out all the fine details on how these wonderful projects were created. Hugs to all!