Sundays With Lorraine

Hello, my crafty friends and welcome back to Weekly Scrapper. Now that you have arrived we can begin today’s creative therapy. If you are a fan of inky fingers, this post is for you. I love the beautiful backgrounds that you can create using your favorite inks, stamps, and stencils – I hope you do, too.

Measured Moments – Art Journal Page by Maria Calderone

This is a perfect example of the beautiful art that you can create when using quality products. While spending some creative time on the Art Anthology Blog, I discovered these gorgeous art journal pages and knew immediately that I needed to share the love. Maria is a new addition to the Dream Team and boy, is she amazing!  On this project, she used some of the Art Anthology dimensional paints – Metal Effects, Velvets, and Sorbet. These paints are different than most paints I’ve used; they are translucent yet dimensional, so the heavier the application, the more dimensional and opaque they become. The Velvets have a beautiful matt smooth finish, the Sorbets have high gloss and a tinge of glitter. With Art Anthology products you can have it all!

If you would like to see how easily this piece of art came together, click here and I will be happy to escort you over to the Art Anthology blog so you can check out the Snapguide tutorial that Maria has prepared for you. You are going to love it!

 Color Outside The Lines By Dot Leathbridge

It was the combination of the gorgeous background and the fun sentiment that spoke to me. If you’ve ever created with me in the Creativity Center you’ve heard me say that It is ok to color outside the lines. One of my designer buttons has that quote and everyone seems to relate to it. One of the only mistakes that you can make with your art is fear. Many crafters get caught up with their art being perfect, but art doesn’t have to be perfect nor do you have to follow someone else’s rules. If it makes you happy then it is perfect as is. Be one with and enjoy what you have created.


The most important thing is to have fun with your art; it is our therapy and shouldn’t be stressful. You will find loads of gorgeous inspiration from Dot Leathbridge on the Visible Image blog as well as on her blog Ink Art Designs. Have fun and stay crafty, my friends.

All You Need Is Love By Amanda Southern

There is so much more that first meets the eye when you look at this artsy card  I definitely picked up some great tips and tricks from Amanda’s original post. I love how she stamped the flowers with black archival ink and then again onto a post-it note which she cut out and laid on top to mask off each flower. This has such nice layering and is very showy; these flowers really pop off the paper.

I hope you’ve been inspired to send one of your handmade treasures to someone special. Who wouldn’t feel the love that was put into this work of art? It’s like receiving a hug through the mail. I highly recommend stopping by Amanda’s blog That’s Blogging Crafty so you can take a closer look at the design process as well as the supplies that were used. There is sure to be some that you need in your life! 😉

Stuffed Baked Pork Chops With Prosciutto & Mozzarella by Gina Homolka

With summer right around the corner, many of us are attempting to eat a little healthier. Cooking healthy meals that taste great was a tall order for me – until I discovered Ginas Blog Skinny Taste. Gina is the Culinary Queen when it comes to preparing healthier meals that are seriously amazing. Thanks to Gina eating healthy doesn’t have to be painful.

While your spending some quality time with Gina be sure to check out her new cookbook “Skinnytaste Fast And Slow”. It has a total of 140 nutritious, flavor-packed, figure-friendly recipes—60 for the slow cooker and 80 that cook in 30-minutes or less! You know I’d rather be in my craft room than in a hot kitchen. So making it quick and easy or dumping it in a crock pot and running back to creating beautiful things really makes me happy. Hugs to Gina for taking the stress out of eating healthy.

I do hope you will take a minute or two to visit the individual blogs I have shared to see more details on these wonderful projects. Hugs to all who have shared the inspiration for today’s post. Have an amazing week and I’ll see you next Sunday.

Latest & Greatest Stamping with Fancy Pants AND The Stamps of Life

Latest & Greatest Stamping with Fancy Pants AND The Stamps of Life by @jbckadams for @scrapbookexpo #SSBE2017 #Stamping #cardmaking #beckiadams

Hey there Stamp & Scrapbook Expo friends and fans, Becki here, for another edition of Inspiration Station. I’m happy that you found your way to the Weekly Scrapper blog. The project I have to share with you today is using products from our Latest & Greatest Stamping workshop. These are products that workshop attendees will receive in the Latest & Greatest Stamping workshop at a few of our shows this Summer. Today, I’m working with a stamp/die set from Stephanie Barnard and the Stamps of Life AND patterned papers/embellishments from the Fancy Pants Family & Co. collection . Usually, I’m not a stamper. But recently, I’ve had a lot of fun working on a few stamping projects. When I first received this cute puppy stamp/die set, I knew that I had to make a card (or several cards) with it. After I stamped and colored the puppy image, I knew that it would go perfectly with the papers in the 6×6 paper pad from the Family & Co. collection. My preferred method of coloring stamped images is with Tombow Dual Brush Pens and a water brush. These markers come in a vast array of colors. I have a couple sets of markers in my stash and many more on my wish list. The sentiment for this card is stamped on a striped tag from the Family & Co. collection. Then, I adhered the stamped puppy to the bottom of the tag and adhered the tag/puppy cluster to layers of patterned papers to create the front of the card. The finishing touch on this card is a few sprinkles of navy shimmer ink. In my opinion a few sprinkles of ink is the perfect finishing touch to a LOT of projects.This card turned out so much better than I imagined. Watch for more projects using this stamp and die set from me. I already have a few more stamped images on my desk waiting to be colored. Thank you for stopping by for another edition of Inspiration Station. Make sure you sign up for Latest & Greatest workshops at a Stamp & Scrapbook Expo near you! You’ll LOVE these workshops!

Latest & Greatest: Stamping with Waffle Flower Crafts


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

Our next show is next week in Chantilly, VA on June 23rd-24th. 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 products from our Stamping workshop: Waffle Flower Crafts’ 4×6 Stamp Sets.

I am using the Flora Cat Play stamp set:


Waffle Flower Crafts has some of the cutest stamps around, and this particular stamp set is no exception. I just love the adorable images and the sweet sentiments in this set—perfect for the cat lover in your life or just about anyone else!

With this set, I created a couple of quick and easy cards:


I simply stamped an image and sentiment with black ink and colored them in with colored pencils.


This Latest & Greatest: Stamping workshop featuring Waffle Flower Crafts’ 4×6 Stamp Sets will be taught at our shows in Chantilly, Duluth, Kansas City, Santa Clara, Edison, and Schaumburg. We would love to see you there!

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

Sundays With Lorraine

Hello, my crafty friends, and welcome back to Weekly Scrapper! It’s time for today’s creative therapy session so sit back, relax, and enjoy a little me time – you deserve it.

Love You Mini Album by Karen Letchworth

You’ll often hear me say that mini albums are the instant gratification of scrapbooking. Don’t you just love it when you can complete an entire album in one sitting? They are the perfect gift for any occasion and who wouldn’t appreciate receiving a handmade mini album full of priceless memories? To create the actual book itself Karen used a small glassine bag that she folded over, covered with inked patterned papers and embellished with lots of ribbons that you can find over at Really Reasonable RibbonsClick here and I will take you over for a visit – they really have an amazing selection.  You can never have too much ribbon in your stash, right?  😉

With a little help from our creative friends Karen and Really Reasonable Ribbons, you, too, can put together an adorable mini album in no time. Kudos to you for keeping those memories alive one page at a time. Happy scrapping, my friends!

Dandelions In The Wind By Tracy

I have a thing for dandelions; they just make me smile. We all have those fond childhood memories of blowing Dandelions into the air while making a wish. I love how Tracy incorporated that sweet memory into the theme of her card. Who wouldn’t be smiling from ear to ear after finding this handmade treasure in their mailbox?

For all you dandelion fans, here are a few pieces of trivia for you. Did you know that there are 250 different species of dandelion? There are many folklore superstitions that have been attached to dandelions over the years.  In addition to granting wishes, many people believe that dandelion seeds will carry your thoughts and dreams to loved ones when you blow them into the air. I love the fuzzy behind that possibility, I hope you’ve been inspired to send a few wishes to someone you love today. Hugs to all!

Lunch Sack Card Pouches By Becky Roberts

I love how Becky transformed a plain brown paper bag into an adorable gift card holder. This is one of those “why didn’t I think of that?” moments. Think about it, if you sew up a bunch of these at one time you’ll have them all ready whenever you need a gift card holder. All you have to do is add a few embellishments and a sentiment and you are good to go. Big hugs to Becky for sharing the inspiration.

As you can see by Becky’s adorable card, paper bags are the perfect base for a gift card holder. With a few simple straight stitches, you have a perfect pocket to hold a gift card or two. It’s a real bonus that the kraft colored lunch sacks are so inexpensive and easy to find. You can even pick them up on your next trip to the grocery store. Have fun with this project; the possibilities are endless.

Pork Carnitas (Mexican Pulled Pork) by Dinner At The Zoo

One of my favorite things to order at a Mexican restaurant is the Pork Carnitas. Now, thanks to Sara’s blog Dinner At The Zoo you, too, can have this restaurant quality meal in the comforts of your own home. It does take a good three hours to cook but it is so well worth the effort. Click here and I will be happy to take you over so you can print out the recipe.

Still hungry? I highly recommend following Dinner at the Zoo for more great recipe ideas, you and your family will be glad you discovered this amazing food blog! Kudos to Sara for taking the guesswork out of making the Perfect Pork Carnitas.

Thanks for stopping by, I always enjoy our creative time together. It’s show time for me and the Stamp & Scrapbook Expo. The marathon of shows has begun and with 19 shows around the nation, the question is not what show you should attend, but rather how many shows youCAN attend! I’ll meet you at the Creativity Center. Hugs to all!

Sundays With Lorraine

Hello, my crafty friends, and welcome back to Weekly Scrapper!  As always, it’s an honor to have the opportunity to share projects created by some of the most talented people in our very creative industry. So sit back, relax, and enjoy today’s creative therapy.

Oh Happy Day Layout By Riikka Kovasin

I instantly fell in love with this artsy layout designed by the very talented Riikka Kovasin. Riikka truly is the Queen of all that is Mixed Media. To see how Riikka transformed a plain sheet of white cardstock into this gorgeous work of art, click here and I’ll take you over to the Paperiliitin blog so you can follow along.

Do you stamp in your scrapbooks? As you can see by this gorgeous layout, stamping your own unique backgrounds can open all kinds of doors. Think of all the stamps you have – the possibilities are endless. I hope you’ve been inspired to break out your favorite inks, stencils, and stamps and create your own piece of art. I’d like to send out a big hug to Riikka for being such a constant inspiration to her fellow paper crafters.

This is a Happy Life by Amanda Southern

This next project designed by Amanda Southern is sure to get those creative juices flowing – it’s play time, my creative friends! You know my motto, if we don’t get in there and play with our toys we will never know what we are capable of, right?  I love how Amanda used some of her scrap geli-prints to die cut those artsy little Metropolis buildings.

I know you’re holding your breath wondering “Where do I get that die?” Not to worry, just click here and I will take you over to That’s Crafty where you can order your own. The Cityscape-Metropolis is designed to cut and emboss and can also be used as a stencil. I know it will be a “need it in your life” die. Amanda really broke out the big dogs on this little treasure so be sure to stop by her blog for a complete supply list along with step-by-step instructions.

Prayers & Hugs Card By Amy Rysavy

Be the reason someone smiles today. Opening the mailbox to discover one of your handmade cards is like receiving a hug through the mail. On this sweet card, Amy stamped the flowers with Distress Inks using Simon Says Wild Beauty Stamp Set and Hero Arts Prayers Stamp & Die Set for the sentiment.   I love the soft painted look that the Distress Inks add to the card. To achieve this look be sure to use watercolor paper, otherwise, the ink won’t move the way you want it to and you’ll loose that artsy look.

If you are a visual person like myself, I highly recommend checking out Amy’s video, you’re going to love all the tips she has to share. Time to break out your favorite stamp sets and your ever growing stash of Distress Inks and create something beautiful today.

Chicken Asparagus Roll

If you are a fan of Chicken Cordon Bleu than you are going to love Jessica’s version of this classic chicken recipe. With the coming of spring brings fresh asparagus, add in some ham and gooey cheese all wrapped up in a chicken cutlet then top it off with a yummy, creamy sauce and you have a delicious dinner in no time.

With a little help from our friend Jessica, you too can have your chicken and eat it, too. Click here and I will lead the way over to her blog One Sweet Appetite so you can print out the recipe. Enjoy, my hungry friends!

Thanks for stopping by, I always enjoy our creative time together. Have a wonderful week and I’ll meet you back here next Sunday. If by chance you happen to be in the Orlando area next weekend (May 5th & 6th), I’ll meet you at the Gaylord Palms Resort where we’ll be hosting Stamp & Scrapbook Expo.  Hugs to all!

Latest & Greatest: Card Making with American Crafts


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

Our next show is in Grapevine, Texas on March 31st – April 1st! 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 Card Making workshop: American CraftsCreative Zen Coloring Cards & Markers.


I love that coloring has become a cool thing to do again. It definitely takes me back to when I was a kid. I would spend hours with my coloring books, crayons, markers, and colored pencils. It is just so relaxing and it is something that I really enjoy.

I started with the Floral 2 Thank You card pack, the Jewel coloring markers, and some coordinating colored pencils.


I outlined the flowers and leaves with the markers and used different shades of colored pencils to fill in.


To finish, I added some rhinestones to the small flower centers and added a bow to highlight the sentiment.


I haven’t colored in a long time, so I am sure there are techniques that I missed for getting better blends. But it was just so much fun working with these products that I can’t wait to play some more and improve my coloring skills.

This Card Making workshop featuring American Crafts’ Creative Zen Coloring Cards & Markers will also be taught at our shows in Anaheim CA, 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!

Latest & Greatest: Card Making with Bella Blvd


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

Our first show of 2017 in Pleasanton, California is over. I hope all of our Northern California guests had a great time shopping, cropping, and learning this past weekend. Now Expo staff is preparing for our next show in Grapevine, Texas on March 31st – April 1st! Will you be attending?

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 Card Making workshop: Bella Blvd‘s Make Your Mark collection.


If you are able to attend the Latest & Greatest: Card Making workshop, you will receive this awesome sampler kit with the 6×8 Paper Pad, Gift Tags, and Fundamentals Sticker Sheet from the Make Your Mark collection.


It is an amazing collection with bright, vibrant colors, gold accents, and a truly unique and artistic feel.

With all of the beautiful gold accents, I decided to alter my paper to give it a little bit of shimmer. I used a solid paper from the 6×8 Paper Pad, Tonic StudiosEmbellishment Mousse in Mother of Pearl, and a coffee filter.


I just wrapped the coffee filter around my finger, dabbed it in the Embellishment Mousse, and spread it in circles around my paper panel.


It dried almost immediately and gave the paper a distress, weathered look with a metallic shimmer.


I then used it for the base of my card, adding fussy-cut patterned paper, a tag, and stickers to finish.

This Card Making workshop featuring Bella Blvd’s Make Your Mark collection will also be taught at our shows in Anaheim CA, 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!

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