Saturday With LeAnn

Hello

Hello again to all my crafty friends and welcome back to Weekly Scrapper!  I hope you are enjoying a nice, relaxing weekend.  I am so happy you made your way over to be with me today.  It is an honor to have the opportunity to share inspiration from some of the most talented people in our industry.  Please take a few minutes today to sit back, relax, and enjoy today’s creative therapy!

You Can Do It By Cathy Cafun

I immediately fell in love with this beautiful layout that I discovered on Cathy Cafun’s blog, Cathy Can’t Help Herself.  I always feel inspired and enjoy all of her beautiful paper crafting skills.  This layout gives such a soft feminine feel and really gives a pop to her photo.  Even though there are a lot of fine details going on, the embellishments really complement her photo and allow it to still take center stage on this lovely layout.  It is always such a treasure to preserve our priceless memories by taking lots of photos, then taking the time to scrapbook them.

You Can Do It

Cathy created this beautiful layout using the L’Aquarelle Collection from Ultimate Crafts.  Cathy also used coordinating dies, embossing folders, and stamps, along with fussy cutting to make some of her own embellishments.  This beautiful vintage work of art has truly inspired me.  I love how Cathy incorporated warm colors that retained the vintage style. Click here and I will take you on over to Cathy’s blog, Cathy Can’t Help Herself, where you will find all the products needed to create one of your own.  A big shout out to Cathy for sharing this wonderful inspiration with us.

Hello By Yoonsun Hur

Put a smile on someone’s face today just by saying “Hello.”  Can you just imagine the smile when they discover this darling card that was made with so much love?  Receiving a handmade card is like receiving a huge hug through the mail.  It is definitely a great way to brighten up one’s day!

Hello

On this sweet card Yoonsun stamped the sunflower with Memento Tuxedo black ink using Summer Flowers by Simon Says Stamp.  She then colored it in using her Copic markers.  I love Yoonsun’s blending which makes this look just like a watercolor.  Yoonsun is one very talented lady so be sure to pop on over to Rejoicing Crafts where you will find so many more inspirational projects.

French Farmhouse Tray By Diana at Dreams Factory

For those of you who know me, you know I just love vintage.  I always fall in love with projects that are a DIY project with a fun vintage flare.  Today I want to share with you a ship-lap inspired tray, with a little bit of painting and distressing.  You will learn how to transfer an image and lot of tips and tricks so you can easily make a chic French Farmhouse tray in no time.  This is a perfect project to make as a gift just about for anyone.  Who wouldn’t love this?

French Farmhouse Tray

There are so many possibilities for using this Shabby Chic tray in your home.  Use it as a decor piece and style it with other decorative items that you may already have around.  Use this fun piece to hang on your wall, or even to use it as a breakfast tray, and serve that special someone a nice breakfast in bed.  Click here and I am going to escort you on over to our crafty friends at Dreams Factory where you will get step-by-step instructions.  Have you heard of Waterslide decals, also known as slip decals? It used to be they were professionally printed, but with the luxury of having a color inkjet or laser printer you can print your own PDF file.  Diana will share all about the Waterslide Decal Paper Transfers with you.  I hope you have been inspired to give this fun technique a try.  Enjoy crafting, my sweet friends!

Peanut Butter Pie by Tonia Larson

This smooth and silky peanut butter pie has a hidden layer of chocolate, a crunchy peanut butter cookie crust, and is topped with mini peanut butter cups.  You will love the results and want to share this with a friend or two!  They will be so impressed with how beautiful this pie looks and they will definitely want your recipe!

Peanut Butter Pie

With a little help from our friend Tonia you can easily make this beautiful pie. She also shares a fun video on how to create it, so don’t miss out – just click here and I will lead the way over to The Gunny Sack so you can print out the recipe.  Enjoy, my friends!

Thank you for stopping by today.  I love our creative time together.  If by chance you are close to the Chantilly VA area this next weekend (June 23rd & 24th) we would love you to join us at Stamp & Scrapbook Expo for a weekend of crops, classes, and lots of shopping! It’s a weekend crammed with crafting, stamping, and scrapbooking.  Stop by the registration desk and say hello to me, I would love to see your smiling face!

Hugs,

LeAnn

 

Saturdays With LeAnn

Hands Of Time

I hope today you are taking some time to relax and enjoy your weekend.  Since it is cold outside, go grab yourself a cup of coffee, tea, or even a good old mug of hot chocolate.  I want you to sit back, relax, and enjoy the inspiration I have to share with you on this beautiful Saturday!

Dream Passionately By Cathy Cafun

How do you come up with your ideas to start layouts?  For me, inspiration usually comes from sifting through photos, which I love to do.  When I stumble across the ones I want to use, I usually come up with some quick ideas for starting a layout.  One of my favorite go-to ideas is using chipboard; its a great way to add some dimension to your layout.  This ultra-sweet layout was created by Cathy Cafun using some Dusty Attic chipboard. Using frames is a great way to draw the eye to your photos.  Other favorite techniques of mine when using chipboard include painting along with adding glitter, stickles, texturizing elements, and so much more.

Dream Passionately

What a wonderful design Cathy created, and her details are perfect.  Don’t you just love how she tied all the chipboard pieces together using flowers?  Cathy’s combination of pastels are glorious and makes us hopeful that spring is not that far away.  Click here and I will be happy to escort you over to the blog “Cathy Can’t Help Herself” where you will be thrilled with all the inspiration! While you are visiting Cathy’s blog be sure to check out all of the other beautiful layouts she has to share.

Hands Of Time By Brenda Brown

This beautiful masterpiece can be used for a home decor piece or a beautiful card to brighten up someone’s day.  I love the texture that was created using gesso, modeling paste, and your favorite stencil.  You can always create a spectacular background by spritzing with ink sprays, mists, or color wash.  You know me, I am a big fan of creative and different backgrounds.

Hands Of Time

Brenda created this on a 5 X 7 canvas board.  There is nothing more exquisite than a handmade decor piece for your home.  This distinctive canvas is definitely the proof of what one can do when you open up your imagination.  I would like to send out a big thank you to Brenda Brown for sharing this beautiful and unique masterpiece with us.  Let me take you over to Bumblebees And Butterflies where you can find a list of supplies along with the steps of how Brenda created her canvas.  Be sure to stop by her blog anytime you need a burst of inspiration.

Headboard To Chalkboard By Christy James

Chalkboards are a versatile tool that come in so handy at home.  They can come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and styles to fit the needs of multiple users.  Today I have to share with you one of the most unique and fun chalkboards I have ever seen.  I totally fell in love with this and so will you.

Headboard to Chalkboard

Christy found this fun old headboard at a thrift store for only $10.00.  It is amazing how you can find great treasures at the thrift store; and so inexpensive as well.  Who would have ever thought of a headboard turning into a useful chalkboard?  I also love the added hanging hooks to add a little more function.  This is one project I can’t wait to get started on.  I have the perfect spot in my home for it.  I know you are dying to make this as well, so come with me over to Confessions Of A Serial Do-It-Yourselfer where you will get step-by-step instructions by Christy.  You will want to jot down some notes and what supplies you will need.  With a little help from Christy, you will be able to create this adorable chalk board in no time. This will be one fun project to create!

Chocolate Toffee Buttercrunch By Christy Denney

The sweet crunch of this delicious Buttercrunch Toffee pairs chocolate and pecans for a winning combination.  This recipe requires very few ingredients and little effort, but the result is superb, making it appear as if you had slaved over a hot stove all afternoon.

Chocolate Toffee Buttercrunch

I don’t know about you, but just looking at this photo makes my mouth water.  It looks so yummy!  I can’t wait to give this one a try.  What a fun treat to have when family or friends pop over.  Let’s go on over to The Girl Who Ate Everything so you can print out your recipe from Christy Denney.  I bet this will become one of your family’s favorites!

I hope you enjoyed today’s projects and that you have been inspired to begin your weekend crafting.  I’m looking forward to sharing some more fun things with you next Saturday.  Have a wonderful week!

LeAnn

 

Saturdays With LeAnn

Blessed

Saturdays-with-LeAnn

Well, another week has flown by and I do hope you all had a wonderful week.  It is so fun this time of year to start planning those fall projects, so sit back, relax, and enjoy. It is time to show you some fun projects that will bring oodles of creative inspiration to your day!

Captured Moments By Cathy Cafun

Today I want to inspire you with this beautiful layout that has a lovely vintage/shabby chic feel.  I love the soft muted brown, cream, and blue colors, with a beautiful range of floral and textures that give it that rustic feel.  This layout has all the components of a perfect page.  Micro-beads are a fabulous way to add more texture to your layout.  Cathy used a touch of gold micro-beads on the leaves by dipping a small brush in clear gloss varnish and randomly brushing over the leaves, which really gives them a pop.

Captured Moments

Cathy added a beautiful lacy chipboard coated with Dusty Attic acrylic paint behind the photo to give it a lovely, feminine touch.  She finished it off by adding a touch of lace to the torn layers and hessian twine to frame the photo. This definitely will pop and draw your eyes to the photo.  I hope you have been inspired by this beautiful layout.  Let’s pop on over to “Cathy Can’t Help Herself” where you will find additional details on how this fabulous page was created.  You will find yourself so inspired by Cathy and her wonderful talent.

Happy Fall By Anna-Karin

Here in Utah it is starting to feel more like fall.  The leaves are changing colors and the air is crisp.  I am having a hard time letting go of summer, but I do have to admit I love the different seasons. I especially enjoy this time of year with the vibrant colors and the beauty of fall.  With that being said, I would like to share this adorable card created by Anna-Karin.

Happy Fall

The beauty of Anna-Karin’s card is that it works great for an autumn card or you can turn it into a fun Thanksgiving card.  Anna-Karin always shares techniques that can be applied to different types of projects. The background of her card would look wonderful on a scrapbook page as well.  Come along with me over to Layers Of Ink where she will give you a full tutorial of her step- by-step autumn card.  You will be so inspired that you will want to pull out your embossing folders and stamps and begin your fall crafting!

Blessed By Kay Miller

This card certainly will brighten anyone’s day!  The beautiful watercolored background was created by using Peerless watercolors, then splattered with a little bit of red.  The “Blessed” sentiment is layered three times, adding some of the Fancy Foliage Detail die cuts, giving the the card a pretty, fall flair.

Blessed

This is such a great time of year to feel blessed, so I hope this beautiful card has inspired you to create one of your own handmade designs and mail it off to someone special.  Click here and I will take you on over to My Joyful Moments so Kay can share all of her products that she used in designing her sweet card.

Paper Hydrangea Wreath By Lia Griffith

As I have said, I am one that really has a hard time letting go of summer.  This is a great wreath for me to make for my front door.  You still have the beautiful summer colors with the deep, warm feeling of fall.  Who would have ever thought that these gorgeous flowers would be made out of paper?  The very talented Lia Griffith gives us some step-by-step instructions how you can create this beautiful hydrangea wreath.  What beautiful fall decor for your front door!

Paper HydraPngea Wreath

The steps are actually very simple to do, and if you do not have a Cricut Explore you can click here and get the pattern so you can fussy cut your own petals and leaves. I would like to send out a huge note of thanks to Lia Griffith for sharing this amazing project with us.  You can click here and I will be honored to take you over to her blog Lia Griffith where she will share how to create your beautiful hydrangea fall wreath.  This is definitely one that you do not want to miss out on.  Have fun creating this one, my sweet friends!

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Granola By Kierste Wade

With school being back in session, you probably need some yummy snack ideas for lunch, a even or quick, running-out-the-door breakfast idea.  And who doesn’t love granola?  Your kiddos will think you are the best ever!

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Granola

The basic recipe is so easy and yummy and you can really add anything you want to it.  You can create it adding chocolate or peanut butter chips, raisins or craisins, and your favorite nuts.  If you are a coconut lover you will want to be sure to add that into your granola, too.  Your family will go crazy over this, so you might want to make a double batch it as it won’t last long!  Click here and I will take you on over to A Homemade Life Simply Kierste where she will share the ingredients and recipe with you.  Enjoy! 🙂

Thank you for stopping by.  I hope you have a wonderful week ahead and I will see you next Saturday with some more great projects.  Be sure to check out the last few Stamp & Scrapbook Expo shows of the year. Click here and I will take you over to our website so you can start your planning for an amazing weekend with some of your family or friends.  I hope to see you there!

~LeAnn~

 

Saturdays With LeAnn

Thinking Of You

Saturdays-with-LeAnnWelcome back, my friends.  What better way to round out the work week than with five amazing projects from four wonderful designers?  I hope I can WOW you today with these wonderful projects and a yummy dessert!  So kick off your shoes, relax, and let’s get started!

Young Wild & Free By Cathy Cafun

You are probably familiar with the term “fussy cutting.”  It is something we see quite often in layouts.  Our motifs lend themselves to be hand-cut, layered, and put on display.  What a fabulous way of using some of your beautiful papers.  It adds dimension and gives your layout a clean, refreshing look.

Young Wild & Free

Cathy has some step-by-step and easy to follow instructions prepared to help you create your fun beach layout.  I highly recommend you stop by her blog “Cathy Can’t Help Herself” for a visit; you will love all of her fun tips and techniques.  This is one that you will certainly will want to make to put your fun beach photos on. Thank you for sharing your beautiful layout, Cathy.

Thinking Of You By Yoonsun Hur

With shaker cards being so popular, I wanted to share this adorable card designed by Yoonsun Hur.   Yoonsun used the Die-namics Wonky Stitched Rectangle Stax die from My Favorite Things that really simplifies the process of creating a perfect shaker card.

Thinking Of You

Along with the fun dies, Yoonsun used a fun flower stamp to create this beautiful and colorful design.  For the beautiful sequins to fill up your shaker card, you’ll find them at My Favorite Things. The fabulous combination of beads, sequins, and confetti all coordinate perfectly to create this beautiful card.  I really hope you have a great time creating your own fun shaker card!

Venetian Summer By Heather Telford

I instantly fell in love with this beautiful card.  It is so classy and I love the pop of red.  Heather created those shadows and highlights so perfectly with water coloring.  Heather inked her stamp Venetian Summer in London Fog, but avoided the hat so she could ink it in red.  She then added some shading to the building and the woman by picking up ink with a small watercolor brush. What a masterpiece Heather has created!

Venetian Summer

Her beautiful card encouraged me to develop some new skills and be less intimidated to try new things.  My motto is “Creativity involves in breaking out of your traditional style. Never hesitate to try something new.”  I would like to say a big “Thank You” to Heather for her fabulous inspiration and allowing us to share her beautiful creation.  Do yourself a big favor and stop by her blog Bits and Pieces where you will enjoy some creative therapy with Heather.  You will be filled with so much inspiration and be very happy you took the time to visit.

Fancy Box By Beatriz Jennings

I love having cards on hand.  When an occasion comes up, I am prepared and don’t have to stress about making one quickly!  I found this adorable Fancy Box created by Beatriz Jennings and immediately knew that I had to make one.  What a perfect way to store all of my hand-crafted cards!  This adorable box turned out to be the perfect place for my cards, and I had a blast creating one of my own.  Thank you, Beatriz, for sharing your fun Fancy Box.

Fancy Box

Now lets take it one step farther and create a birthday card using up some of the scraps that were used for the Fancy Box.  Grab some of your fun embellishments to finish adding some dimension to your card.

Birthday Card

Now that you have fallen in love with both the box and the card, let me take you on over to Beatriz’s blog Iralamija where you will find the supplies that she used, along with instructions to begin creating your own box and card. Have fun creating!

Mason Jar Lid Mini Cheesecake By Linda Braden

I have such a great love of Mason jars; I have used them in so many different ways in my crafting.  Today I want to take it one step farther than only using the jar – we are going to use the Mason jar lid to create mini cheesecakes! Yes, you read that right, Mason jar lids!  Who would have ever thought that a lid would be so useful?  They are like mini springform pans.  What a fun treat to make with your family.  Always creating memories, right?

Mason Jar Lids Mini Cheesecake

These taste as good as they look.  I bet you can’t just eat one! 🙂  Click here and let me escort you over to the It All Started With Paint blog so you can print out your recipe.  This is one you will want to be sure and add to your favorites. Enjoy!

I hope you enjoyed spending some of your Saturday with me.  If you are in the Orlando, Florida area today, make sure to stop in at the Gaylord Palms resort and say hello and enjoy a fun day with Stamp & Scrapbook Expo.  Hope to see you there! 🙂