Latest & Greatest: Stamping with Fancy Pants Designs


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

Our next show is in Edison, NJ on August 11th-12th. 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: Fancy Pants DesignsFamily & Co. collection.

I just love that Fancy Pants Designs includes stamps that coordinate with their adorable paper collections. If you take the class, you will receive a sampling of items from the collection perfect for stamping and card making, including the 4×4 Stamp Set, the 6×6 Paper Pad, and the Tags pack:


With these products, I created this card:


I stamped the house stamp from the 4×4 Stamp Set on cardstock and patterned papers from the 6×6 Paper Pad using black ink.


I hand cut shapes from each of the stamped images and pieced  the images together to create a colorful house.


I finished by adding the paper-pieced house on a tag from the Tags pack, stamped a sentiment from the 4×4 Stamp Set onto another tag, and layered the tags on the center of a 3 3/4″ square mini card to finish.


Such a cute, cute collection, don’t you think?!

This Latest & Greatest: Stamping workshop featuring Fancy Pants Designs’ Family & Co. collection will also be taught at our upcoming show in Schaumburg. We would love to see you there!

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

Designer Spotlight with Paige Evans: Rebecca Keppel

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Hello and welcome back to a new edition of Designer Spotlight! Today we’re getting to know Rebecca Keppel!

Name: Rebecca Keppel
Location: Arizona
Blog: myclutteredcorner.com
Instagram: @rebeccakeppel
YouTube: rebeccakeppel
Pinterest: @rebecca_keppel
Facebook: rebecca.keppel

Tell us a little bit about yourself and how you got started crafting: Twelve years ago I was working as a corporate securities attorney in San Fransisco. When my daughter was born in 2005, my husband Scott and I jumped at the chance to move to Arizona where we could afford a home and a backyard. We now also have a son (they are 12 and 10 years old) and I am a stay at home mom so I can drive them to and from their charter school and activities. We’ve added two Labrador / Weimaraner puppies to our brood (Crobsby and Cole) and at a little over one year old they are 125 and 85 lbs respectively! We will probably never get used to the 115 degrees that are common in the Arizona summers, but we love the family-oriented town we live in.

I’ve always loved creating and I even had a childhood “scrapbook” with torn out magazine photos and Mrs. Grossman stickers, but it wasn’t until my oldest was born that I decided to make a first year album for her and really got bit by the papercrafting bug. I bought a few basic supplies, which turned into a few more and before I knew it, I was obsessed. I quickly accumulated enough scrapbooking supplies that I decided they should be put to other good uses as well, like card making. These days scrapbooking and card making are still my two favorite types of paper crafts. I’ve had so many amazing experiences related to paper crafts including, being a member of design teams, being published in print or online publications and getting to know other paper crafters around the world.

Favorite thing to create: It varies! I always love sitting down to make a layout, but lately I have really enjoyed the process of designing and creating cards just as much!

What do you love about this hobby? I love the mind/body connection that I experience while creating. I love the creative outlet it provides when so much of life is daily tedium. And, I love the community of like-minded people who truly understand the notion of, “I just had to have that pretty piece of paper!”

5 fun facts about yourself:
1. I grew up on the east coast and moved to San Francisco after college with no money and no job.
2. I’m an only child.
3. I’ve travelled to Quebec, several cities in France, London, Edinburgh, Amsterdam and several places in Thailand as well as several US states.
4. I love sewing on paper, but I can’t for the life of me figure out how to sew fabric. I tried to make a nightgown for my daughter’s doll once and it totally stressed me out. Ugh, SLEEVES….amiright?!
5. Before moving to Arizona I had never lived in a landlocked state. I miss the ocean!


SUMMER CHILL by Rebecca Keppel

I have been obsessed with contact photos lately. I love that using them allows me to add a bunch of photos to one layout.

POOL TIME IN APRIL by Rebecca Keppel

This layout is based on a sketch by Kristine Davidson. In the sketch there was a 4×6 photo in the top lefthand corner, but I used tiny contact photos in that space. I told you I was obsessed with tiny photos!

LOVE CARD by Rebecca Keppel

When creating cards there are few things I love more than die cutting, shakers, and rainbows!

HUGS & KISSES CARD by Rebecca Keppel

Oh and inking! I love creating inked backgrounds over stamped and heat embossed backgrounds like in this card:

HELLO CARD by Rebecca Keppel

Ombre backgrounds are a close second to rainbows in my book! This card has all my favorites: die cutting, inking, shaker, and ombre!

Thanks so much to Rebecca for sharing her many talents with us today!! Be sure to drop by her social media sites listed at the top of this post to see more of her incredible work!

Sundays With Lorraine

Hello, my creative friends, and welcome back to Weekly Scrapper. It’s Lorraine here with some red, white, and blue inspiration for your 4th of July holiday. With the 4th of July just a few days away, I’d like to pay tribute to our brave American Heroes and their families on this special day. Happy Independence Day and hugs to all!

Hope For Peace: Mixed Medium with Shari Carroll

Shari started out with a Tim Holtz Idea-ology Frame but feel free to use any frame that you have on hand, just pop out the back and build your college on the chipboard base. The easiest way to attach your papers to the base is using Soft Matte Gel medium. Once all the paper layers were in place, Shari used a tried and true painting technique where she used petroleum jelly as a resist then applied some distress paints over the top to create the unique background.

All that’s left is to dive into your stash of ephemera, embellishments, stamps, and any other items that you’d like to use to personalize your little work of art.  Creating those amazing backgrounds and perfectly placed layers isn’t always as easy as it looks, but not to worry, with a little help from our creative friend Shari you, too, can create your own unique piece. If you’d like to check out her video click here and I will be happy to escort you over to the Simon Says Blog.

Stars and Stripes Forever Fun Fold Cards

I love Authentique’s new collection titled “Honor.” This awesome Americana collection is perfect to use on cards honoring our military service men and women, to scrapbook our 4th of July memories, or even to create some fun holiday home decor pieces. The possibilities are endless!

With interactive cards being all the rage  I thought you might enjoy this patriotic themed fancy fold card that I discovered on the Authentique blog. Of course, this card is perfect to mail to someone special but wouldn’t it also look adorable as part of a centerpiece for your holiday BBQ?

Patriotic Projects

While searching for some patriotic-themed DIY projects, I came across this fun blog DHWCOR and knew I needed to share these oh-so-cute and easy-to-make projects. The sign really spoke to me and the wreath would look adorable on your front door. 😉

These are just a few of my favorites but there are many more 4th of July DIY ideas to check out. There is something for all levels of crafters so I hope you stop by for a visit.

Grilled Chicken Fajitas on a Stick By Dinner At The Zoo

This is a super easy take on traditional fajitas – grilled chicken fajitas on a stick with a creamy cilantro dipping sauce! What’s not to love? This is perfect for your 4th of July BBQ. They make a great grab and go appetizer or you can kick things up a notch and make it a complete meal by adding Sara’s easy Mexican Pinto Beans & Rice.


I highly recommend stopping by Sara’s food blog Dinner At The Zoo any time you are in need of a little help with dinner; you and your family will be glad you did.

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you have a wonderfully creative week ahead of you. See you next Sunday or if you happen to be in the Duluth, GA area on July 14th & or 15th, I’ll be at the Stamp & Scrapbook Expo and would love to meet you in person. I’ll meet you at the Creativity Center and we can create something beautiful together. Hugs to all!

~Lorraine

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!