Latest & Greatest: Stamping with Brutus|Monroe


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

Our next show is 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 a new product from our Latest & Greatest: Stamping class: Brutus|Monroe 4×6 Stamps.

We will have a different stamp set at each location. Today, I am going to be creating with the Fancy Borders set.


I used the largest border in the set to create a design element on this card:


I started with the Fancy Borders stamp set and my Tim Holtz Stamping Platform from Tonic Studios.


I used navy ink from the ColorBox® Petal Point® Primary Pastels Chalk Ink in to stamp the image onto white cardstock.


I’m not the best stamper, so using the Stamping Platform made stamping a clean, crisp image so much easier. I was able to stamp the image several times until I got it just right.

Because I stamped on bright white cardstock and the paper I planned to use had a vintage feel, I used a sponge and an old brown ink pad to distress the image just a bit.


I then framed the stamped border with a denim print patterned paper from Crate Paper‘s Random collection. (It’s an older collection I had in my stash.)


I finished with stickers and embellishments (from the same collection) to highlight my stamped image.


I just love the patterns in this Fancy Borders stamp set, and I know I will be using the set again and again!


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

Saturdays With LeAnn

Autumn Vase

Hello my crafty friends!  Welcome back to Weekly Scrapper on this beautiful Saturday.  I just got back from another wonderful Stamp & Scrapbook Expo show in Marlborough, MA.  It was such a fun time for everyone.  I was very inspired by so many wonderful ideas and projects, and I’m really excited to share some of those wonderful ideas with you.  Since you are here visiting our blog that means that you are ready for some wonderful inspiration and creative therapy. Grab your favorite drink and/or treat, and sit back, relax, and enjoy the inspiring projects I have to share with you today!

The Fruit Stand By Mary Ann Jenkins

This adorable layout was created by Mary Ann Jenkins.  Shaker cards are all the rage right now in the world of card making. They are not only interactive and adorable, but they are also so much fun to make. And they are easier to create than you think!  Why not take it to the next level and add them onto your scrapbook pages?

The Fruit Stand

Queen & Company have adorable Fruit Basket Shaker kits.  You will totally fall in love with these shaker filling pieces.  What a perfect way to bring your favorite fruits alive!  You will have so much fun creating with these that you won’t know when to stop.  Everything coordinates perfectly and their shaker cards and elements are very easy to use.  Your imagination will run wild!  Let me escort you over to I Rock Paper & Scissors where Mary Ann will show you her techniques to create this adorable layout.  Be sure and visit Queen & Company as well so you can check out all the amazing treasures they have to offer.  I am sure your mind is spinning with all the fun and different ways you will be using shaker elements!  Have fun creating, my sweet friends!

Cafe Parisian Card Set By Elena Olinevich

You will love the contrast of the detailed elements and layers on top of these adorable cards created by a Elena Olinevich.  Elena used the Cafe Parisian Collection from Graphic 45.  There are so many stunning floral papers found in this collection.  The best part about these pages is that they are great to fussy cut to create your own embellishments.  Flowers add the perfect finishing touch to any beautiful project; you can see how adding a few paper flowers made each card more dimensional.

Cafe Parisian Card Set

Paper piecing is such a fun way to combine the paper layers with fussy cut elements.  I hope you’ve been inspired to give this technique a try; you will be so glad you did.  Take your cards up a level and add some chipboard, stamps, and even some dies to create an absolutely stunning card.  Who wouldn’t be smiling from ear to ear when they opened up the mailbox to find this beautiful treasure?  So pull out your scissors and start having fun today!

Autumn Vase By Riikka Kovasin

Before we know it, we will start feeling fall in the air, and those summer nights will turn into golden autumn evenings. Why not add a beautiful touch of autumn to your home by adding accents of sunflowers in a beautiful autumn vase. Sunflowers are at their peak in September so now is a great time to bring some into your home.

Autumn Vase

This unique handmade sunflower vase was created by adhering some thick yarn and a flower-like embellishment to a tin pot.  Riikka added some different mediums to her vase to achieve this look.  You are probably dying to know exactly how she created such a masterpiece, so please follow me on over to Paperiliitin for step-by-step instructions.  Bring beauty to someone special with this handmade sunflower vase.  It will make the perfect gift!

Pie Shakes By Tonia Larson

This build-your-own pie milkshake can be made with any kind of pie!  This is the best way to use up any leftover pie.  I know what you’re thinking….leftover pie?  Is that such a thing?  Maybe not always, hahaha!  These are the best way to beat the heat or to just enjoy a yummy Pie Shake.  Keep this recipe on hand for when you have an extra pie during the holidays!

Pie Shakes

Please come with me over to The Gunny Sack where you will find a variety of recipes for different flavors, along with a video with step-by-step directions in making the best pie shakes ever!  A big shout out to Tonia Larson for sharing this fun treat with us.

Thank you for stopping by!  I always love our creative time together.  Enjoy your upcoming week, and I will see you all back here next Saturday and I will have many more fun projects to share.

Hugs to all!

LeAnn

Saturdays With LeAnn

Gift Bags

Happy Saturday my friends, and thank you for joining me today!  I want to share some fun projects created by fabulous designers, and of course a yummy dessert for your summer gatherings!  I hope you can take some time to sit back and enjoy the inspiration.  Enjoy!

Pocket Pages By Amy Little

It has been awhile since I shared pocket page ideas.  This past week I went on a fabulous vacation with my family.  I decided I was not going to put these memories in an envelope and hope to scrapbook them one day. The next day I printed some photos (well, a lot of photos) and decided to make a Pocket Page album.  This was so much fun and got me excited to share some ideas with you today!  Whether you are going on a dream vacation or exploring where you live, be sure to take lots of photos to document your adventures!

Pocket Pages

Today I want to share three of my favorite items for creating my pocket pages.  My first one is Pocket Life Cards.  These contain cards like “Places” and “Today” and can help focus your vacation journaling.  Second would be cut apart pages. These are great for your pocket layouts.  You can fussy cut and layer so many different pieces to create a one-of-a kind masterpiece!  Third, wood veneers or chipboard pieces.  What a great and fun way to add some layering, dimension, and personality to your layout.  Take time to record your feelings and thoughts about your photos in that moment so you will always cherish that special time.  Let me take you over to BoBunny where Amy has created this adorable pocket page.  She will give you some tips in creating this page, along with a list of all the supplies you will need to get started.  Thank you, Amy for your fabulous inspiration!

Shaker Over A Colored Image By Nina-Marie Trapani

The sizzling hot shaker trend shows no signs of cooling down anytime soon.  That is good news for me because I love this fun technique.  Today I want to share a new shaker card inspiration.  Yes, let’s add a colored image underneath the fun sequins!  I always look for some unique and different ways to create shaker cards.


Shaker Over A Colored Image

There is nothing better than receiving a handmade card in the mail!  The cards that leave a lasting memory in my mind are always interactive in some way.  This is truly one of those cards that will forever be cherished.  I highly recommend stopping by the Simon Says Stamp blog where you can see some step-by-step instructions by Nina-Marie on how to create this beautiful card.  You will learn so many new techniques for watercoloring along with adding some magical effects to the card using clear sequins.  This is one technique you don’t want to miss out on!  Have fun creating!

Gift Bags By Riikka Kovasin

These sweet bags are not only adorable but can be used for multiple purposes; they are perfect for Thank You, Get Well, Happy Birthday, Just Because, or just about any occasion you need it for. Basic brown bags can make the prettiest bags for gift giving.  How fun to personalize each one, and then adding a tag is such a bonus!

Gift Bags

These stamps offer fun and unique designs that will be a great addition to any occasion for your bags or paper project.  Don’t hesitate to start playing with these fun stamps and see what great designs you can come up with!  Riikki used the Prima Cling Mounted Stamp Doll with Ruffle Dress to create her bag.  I hope you have been inspired to start your own adorable gift bags!

Chocolate Cheesecake Dessert By Tonia Larson

Chocolate cheesecake is one of the ultimate desserts.  With so many recipes, you will find that this one is just right for you!  When the occasion calls for an extra-special dessert, this creamy, rich, chocolaty cheesecake is the one you will want to serve!

Chocolate Cheesecake Dessert

This four-layer chocolate cheesecake dessert is the ultimate way to serve chocolate.  It is also way easier than it looks. Click here for a full video on how to make this scrumptious dessert.  Your family and friends will love this one!

Thank you so much for stopping by today.  I hope this gives you some inspiration and great ideas for a fun summer crafting day!  Enjoy the rest of your weekend and I will see you back here at Weekly Scrapper next Saturday.

Hugs to all,

LeAnn

 

 

 

Latest & Greatest: Cool Tools with We R Memory Keepers


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 Cool Tools workshop: We R Memory KeepersTab Punch Board.

We R Memory Keepers is the one of my go-to companies for craft tools (along with their other amazing products) and the Tab Punch Board is no exception. It is easy to use and perfect for so many types of projects. You can learn more about it HERE.

I used my Tab Punch Board to create this mini album:


First, I started with the Tab Punch board and some white cardstock.


I wanted the my mini album to be 4 x 6″ (excluding the tabs) so I cut each piece of cardstock to 6 x 9 1/2″ and scored each panel in the center.


I placed the Tab Alignment Bar in the Side Tabs position and punched the corner of my cardstock panel.

I then removed the Tab Alignment Bar, flipped the cardstock panel over, lined up the punched tab with the tab size I was creating (medium), and punched the other end.


I placed the cardstock under the Cutting Track and trimmed off the excess cardstock with the Cutter to create my tab.


To create my center tabs, I lined up the edge of the cardstock in the 6″ medium tab position (the length of my page and the size of my tab) and punched the cardstock. I flipped the paper over and repeated this step for the other side.


Then, I trimmed off the excess with the Cutter and Cutting Track.

I created two panels with side tabs on both ends that were diagonal from each other and one panel with center tabs on both sides.


I layered the panels together and punched holes along the scored lines with my Crop-A-Dile.


Then I decorated my mini album. I chose papers and stickers from Bella Blvd‘s Addison and Alex collections, a chipboard sentiment from Pink Paislee‘s Take Me Away Wild Heart Thickers pack, and some ribbon to bind it all together.


And here is a tip for decorating your tabs: I used border stickers cut into smaller strips, attached them to the tabs, then used the punch on the Tab Punch Board to trim off the excess sticker. So quick and easy!


This Cool Tools workshop featuring We R Memory Keeper’s Tab Punch Board 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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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

 

Interactive Slider Card with Cricut®


Hey, everyone! Roree here with another Make It! Monday project. Today I am sharing an interactive slider card I created using Cricut®.


First, I pulled up the fish and fish bowl images from the Create a Critter cartridge in Cricut Design Space®. I sized the images proportionally so that my finished card size was 4 3/4 x 5 1/2″.


To create the slide cut on one of the water images, I made a copy of the fish bowl image and ungrouped the images. I hid the contours of everything on the fish bowl image except for the slit at the neck of the bowl. I readjusted the size of the slit to 1/4 x 4″, placed it over the extra water image, and attached the images together before cutting.

After cutting all of the pieces from colored cardstock with my Cricut Explore® machine, I pulled both water die cuts aside and cut a 7/8 x 4 3/4″ strip of matching blue cardstock for the slider. I rounded two of the ends with a corner rounder punch.


I flipped the water die cut with slit over and covered the hole with the cardstock slider strip. I placed a foam adhesive strip on both sides of the slider, leaving a little bit of room between the strip and adhesive so the slider could move freely.


I flipped the die cut back over and placed a thin strip of foam adhesive at the end of the slider and attached the fish die cut.


I adhered this die cut to the solid water die cut with foam adhesive before attaching it to my card.


I layered and adhered the die cuts to my card base popping up the sand and plant with foam adhesive so the fish would slide behind them. I used rub-ons and chipboard letters to create a sentiment on the card and “pull” on the end of the slider. I finished the card with a ribbon bow at the top of the card.


If you have a Cricut® machine, a Cricut Design Space® account, and the Create a Critter cartridge, you can access my pre-designed cut files to create your own interactive slider card HERE.

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

Multiple Stickers Card


Hey, everyone! Roree here with another Make It! Monday project. Today I am sharing how I created a card by easily applying multiple stickers at once.


First, I started with a ruler and the Pond patterned paper and Puffy Stickers from the Shimelle Go Now Go collection from American Crafts.


I cut the patterned paper to 4 1/4 x 5 1/2″ and cut down the package of stickers to the length of the panel.


I cut the sheet of stickers into four strips. I then slid my ruler along one side of a strip between the sheet and the stickers.


Once the stickers were attached to the ruler, I removed the backing sheet.


I placed the exposed stickers onto the patterned paper panel and removed the ruler.


I repeated these steps three more times to apply all of the stickers.


I then decorated the edge of the panel with a strip of the Walk patterned paper and chipboard from the Chipboard Stickers and Adventure/Multicolor Thickers packs to finish.


It was a quick and easy application, and it saved me a lot of time from lining up each and every sticker by hand.

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

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