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

 

 

 

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Happy Birthday

Welcome back to Weekly Scrapper.  I am so excited to share some outstanding projects from a few wonderful and very crafty ladies.  Go grab your favorite drink, sit back, relax, and let’s get started into our creative world of crafting!

Love You Everyday By Jill Keller

If you are one that loves mixed media, then you’ll love the inspiration you will receive today from this beautiful layout.  I totally fell in love with the mixed media influenced background, the subtle textures, and the gorgeous colors that Jill used in her layout.  What a great way to complement her precious photo. For the background, Jill has added lots of watercolor, paste, and stitching mixed in with pretty elements of the collection.  She really draws your eyes into her image.

Love You Everyday

What a beautiful way to preserve a special photo!  Jill also gives a perfect example of how to include the mixed media style without overpowering her precious photo.  I just love all the beautiful layering that Jill also achieved.  She really has the skills and techniques to give her layout a pop.  Her layout is a piece of art that is all about texture, techniqu,e and a great imagination.  A big shout out to Jill for an outstanding job on this layout!  I am sure you are curious about what products she used, so click here and I will take you on over to Pretty Little Studio where you can write them all down.  While you are there be sure to check out her other fabulous projects.  You are going to be so inspired!

Happy Birthday By Amy Sheffer

Giving money to someone special can be a great present, but wrapping it inside an adorable money holder birthday card makes it even better!  I don’t know about you, but there are so many times when I run out of gift ideas for what to get others, or I have those hard to shop for people on my list.  Sometimes it just works out to give them some cold hard cash.  Here is a fun trifold money holder card project that I think you will enjoy!

 

Happy Birthday

Amy used bright colors, fun patterns, and gift shaker elements to give her card some fun appeal.  Shaker cards are so fun to make and very impressive to receive.

 

Happy Birthday

Queen & Company has a new kit called Pretty Presents that is available in stores now.  So with that in mind, create a fun trifold money folder!  Let me escort you over to Queen & Co. where you will see how Amy put together her fun birthday card.  Be sure and see the other designs she made using the same supplies.  Have fun creating!

Mason Jar Gift By Tonia Larson

Make a special gift just by gathering some fun items and packaging them in pretty jars.  Need a gift for the breakfast lover on your list?  Give the gift of a good morning with a “Rise and Shine” mason jar gift filled with everything to make a delicious breakfast for two.  It will serve up plenty of smiles.

Mason Jar Gift

Gifts in a Jar recipes are always so fun to make… and we all know mason mar gifts are always so fun to receive! Spoil your sweetheart, friends, family, or teachers this year with some sweet homemade gifts made with love.  Grab some mason jars and get started.  Who wouldn’t love to receive this fun gift?  For step-by-step directions, let me take you on over to The Gunny Sack where Tonia will walk you through on how to make your Rise and Shine gift.  Your imagination can run wild and I can’t wait to see some of the things you come up with!

Chocolate Turtle Brownies By  Christy Denney

Chocolate Turtle Brownies are a perfect brownie treat with nuts, topped with chocolate chips, and drizzled with caramel.  They make one amazing dessert!  You will love using this recipe for family treats or casual entertaining. Your guest will love these and I guarantee they won’t just eat one!

Chocolate Turtle Brownies

Are you ready to make these for your fun summer outings?  Click here and I will be happy to take you on over to The Girl Who Ate Everything so you can print out the recipe and get started baking.  Enjoy!

Once again, thank you for taking some of your precious time out of your schedule to be with me today.  I hope you will be able to check out more on these fabulous projects and enjoy the inspiration of these individual blogs.  Have an amazing week ahead and I will see you back next Saturday.

Hugs to all,

LeAnn

 

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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

 

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Plaid Watercolor

Welcome back, my dear crafty friends, to Weekly Scrapper!  Don’t you just love Saturdays?  It is one of my favorite days of the week, and especially because I get to share my passion of crafting with you. I just love spending the day in my craft room and do the things I love to do!  I hope you will be able to take some time for yourself today and have fun with your crafting.

Best Weekend By Missy Whidden

When creating a layout, the photo itself is the major guide to your process.  Any time you are using a black and white photo, you can incorporate a lot of color on the remainder of the layout to balance the lack of color in the photo.  Have you ever noticed that black and white emphasizes the faces in the photo?  Missy did such an outstanding job on this layout.  The colors she used really give the photo a pop and helps it really stand out.

Best Weekend

Missy added some fun arrows and arranged them for her background, adhered them, then went over them with gesso.  She added some shimmerz paints, washi tape, and embellished with some die cuts, tags, sequins.  To top it off she did some machine stitching through the center of her arrows.  This is such a fun and eye catching layout!  Let me escort you over to Little Nugget Creations where you will find a step-by-step video, along with many more outstanding projects created by Missy.  You will always leave her blog feeling very inspired.

Plaid Watercolor By Debby Hughes

Today’s card is all about the plaid background. Can you believe this gorgeous plaid was created with watercolors?  You can get an intense background with watercolor paints!  Not all watercoloring has to be soft and subtle.  The beauty of plaids is that they can be used for both a masculine or feminine look.  I just love this plaid card; it is so eye-catching and a very fun technique! Handmade cards instantly brighten up anyone’s day.

Plaid Watercolor

Step outside the box and create unique watercolor plaid backgrounds in all colors.  You can create a card and design a greeting for any occasion from birthdays, holidays, and invitations to general correspondence.  There is so much joy that comes from a card made with a lot of love.  A pop of color can make it look perfect!  Let’s pop on over to Lime Doodle Design where you will be inspired by Debby’s talent.  You will want to jump right in and create one of your own handmade treasures!

Love You To Pieces By Shari Carroll

Here is a fun card full of inspiration.  Watercoloring is such a beautiful technique and there are so many different water-based coloring mediums to choose from.  I love working with watercolors; it is such a great way to add beautiful colors to your cards.  This card was created using the Heart of Flowers Wafer die cut on top and a watercolor panel beneath the die cut. What’s not to love about this adorable card designed by Shari Carroll?  A perfect card to say you are thinking of that special person!

Love You To Pieces

This die is so much fun to play with you just want to jump right in and create one of your own handmade treasures!  The possibilities are absolutely endless!  Shari has so many wonderful projects that you don’t want to miss out on.  Let me take you over to her blog My World, where you will find endless inspiration.

Turtle Peanut Butter Cookies By Dorothy Kern

Cold winter days are a good reason to go into the kitchen and bake some nice warm cookies.  These turtle cookies have every indulgent flavor you could pack in a recipe.  Peanut butter, caramel, chocolate, all topped off with a pecan.  You’re ready to make a batch, aren’t you?

Turtle Peanut Butter Cookies

These are the simplest cookies you will ever make!  Peanut butter and caramel are a dynamic duo, and of course the chocolate enhances both peanut butter and caramel flavors!  The chocolate on top adds a nice surprise, and the pecan adds a little extra flavor and texture.  Now that you are craving this cookie, click here and I’ll take you over to Crazy For Crust, where you will find the recipe to get you started making your cookies now.  Enjoy!

Thank you for stopping by on this beautiful winter day.  Stay in out of the cold and enjoy doing some crafting!  Be sure to visit again next week, as I have some more fabulous projects to share with you!  Have a great weekend!

LeAnn

 

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Hugs You Got This

Hello my friends!  I hope the weather is warmer where you are, because we are dealing with some seriously cold temperatures here in Utah.  Not fun, but a girl has to stay warm, and what a better way than to play in my craft room out of the cold? Let’s get to today’s inspiration for some new and fun projects that are sure to warm your heart!  I hope these will inspire you and you will have fun creating some of your own.

Hugs You Got This By Amy Sheffer

This beautiful card, designed by the very talented Amy Sheffer, is a great way to send some hugs through the mail.  Amy always brings her cards to life with beautiful, soft water coloring.  I love they way that it complements the beautiful flowers.  Who wouldn’t feel the love with this perfect message of hope and encouragement?

Hugs You Got This

Amy used the stamp Fresh Bouquet along with a combination of Papertrey inks and Zig clean color brush markers.  Stamps are always a great way to create your own images to color.  You can outline the image and add your own pop of color using your favorite coloring technique.  Thank you, Amy, for always being a great inspiration. To see more of Amy’s designs, let me take you over to her blog Pickled Paper Designs.  You are sure to leave inspired to start your next project.

Let It Snow By Loll Thompson

I just love how Loll captures the sense of peacefulness of the freshly fallen snow, along with a lovely background to showcase the snow white trees.  This beautiful card really sets the mood for the winter months.

Let It Snow

Here in Utah the weather has been very cold with lots of snow.  For those of you who love snow, this is a great project for you.  This fabulous card was created by Loll Thompson.  Click here and I will take you over to Stamping with Loll where you can see the steps to create this card.  She will also have a list of supplies to help you get started.  Take some time to visit her blog; she has many wonderful projects to share and you will be so inspired by her talent!

Candy & Flowers With A Twist By Jenny Williamson

When you hear the words Valentine’s Day doesn’t it bring to your mind flowers and candy?  This is a perfect gift for someone who is hard to shop for.  Everyone loves chocolates and flowers, so celebrate with a colorful bouquet.  I love the tulips combined with the candy.  This would also be a great centerpiece for your dining room table!

Candy & Flowers With A Twist

Jenny has great step-by-step instructions, so click here and I’ll take you over to her original post and you can take notes on all the great tips to create your own fun bouquet.  Make one for yourself and one for your Valentine!

Chocolate Covered Pretzels By Christi Johnstone

If you like sweet and salty flavors, then you will love these Chocolate Covered Pretzels.  They are so easy to make and are very addicting!  The options for customizing are endless.  You can make chocolate covered pretzels using any pretzel shape that you like.  The long pretzel rod or a traditional pretzel twist are perfect to use.

Chocolate Covered Pretzels

Be creative and add different colors and toppings.  Add nuts, coconut, sprinkles, and even coconut.  These will be a great gift for Valentine’s Day, or just for a fun family treat!  Click here and I will take you over to get the recipe from Christi.  You will want to visit her blog Love From The Oven to see more of her wonderful recipes.  Enjoy!

Thank you for stopping by.  I hope you have a great week and I will see you back next weekend with more projects to keep you inspired.  Stay warm!

LeAnn

 

 

 

 

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Happy New Year

Happy New Year to all of my wonderful friends and crafters!  I hope today you will be inspired to begin a new project and find wonderful inspiration from our Weekly Scrapper posts.  I love sharing Saturdays with you, and hope these projects will take you out of your comfort zone to try new things.  Remember – creativity involves in breaking out of your traditional style; never hesitate to try something new!

Music Fuels The Soul By Dana Tater

Sometimes simple becomes your favorite layout.  The gorgeous Pion Papers made in Sweden have a lovely and unique design, with a romantic and vintage feel.  I love the versatility of this sweet new collection “Where The Roses Grow” by Pion Design.  Who wouldn’t fall in love with this stunning layout?

Music Fuels The Soul

This is also the perfect collection to be used for either a girl or boy.  The combination of a vintage feel, along with muted pastels, and wood grain patterned paper are not too overwhelming to use for a masculine photo.  Let’s pop on over to Pion Designs where you will find all the products you will need to create this beautiful layout.  Thank you, Dana, for sharing your wonderful talent with us.

Happy New Year By Laura Bassen

Don’t be afraid to pull out your distress inks and do some coloring on watercolor cardstock. You don’t have to be a professional painter to create a watercolor masterpiece.  You can make coloring so much fun, and it is so easy to do.  If you have watercolor pencils they are also wonderful to use as well.

Happy New Year

Laura began her card using watercolor cardstock.  She then stamped and embossed the feather image Adore You from Altenew Stamps.  Now for your creative nudge – if you haven’t already been watercoloring, take the plunge and dive in!  You will be surprised how easy and fun it is to do.  I am sure you will be amazed at your own talent with watercoloring!  Let me take you on over to Double Stick Heaven where you will see more amazing projects from Laura.  Have fun creating your own style!

Paper Feather Backdrop By Lia Griffith

Have you ever made paper feathers?  They are so versatile and always beautiful, not to mention how fun they are to create.  Add a little shimmer to yours by adding a little gold dipped effect using a gold leaf pen.  You can create a feather wall hanging, backdrop, or even a garland.  Hang from a branch and you can also create a perfect backdrop for a birthday, a wedding, or just a fun wall hanging to brighten up a bare wall.

Paper Feather Backdrop

How fun to create something different and unique!  Click here and I will take you over to Lia Griffith blog where you can download the feather images on a PDF or SVG file.  Your imagination will run wild as you create these fun feathers.  Don’t forget to see more of Lia’s beautiful projects.  You will be so inspired by her beautiful projects!

Beautiful Appetizer Platter By Gloria

Great food always makes a party even better.  Whether you are gathered with friends or family, it is always perfect to have a flattering appetizer platter.  Fruits, berries, cheese, and nuts are perfect for creating a beautiful platter; they look beautiful and are yummy and healthy!

Beautiful Appetizer Platter

A gourmet appetizer platter like this one is sure to be a welcome sight to your guests.  This is a great collection of nibble food for appetizers in a beautiful presentation.  Let’s go on over to Glorious Treats where you will learn the tips that Gloria used in putting together this beautiful platter.  Your guests will be so impressed with your creativity! Enjoy!

I hope you have been filled today with a lot of fun ideas.  Thank you for visiting; I hope you have a fabulous week and take some time for yourself to be creative.

LeAnn

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You Are In My Prayers

Saturdays-with-LeAnn

Welcome back this wonderful Saturday morning!  The weather here in Utah has been so beautiful.  I certainly have been enjoying all of the fall colors and the nip of the cool air.  It is such a beautiful season!  This is a perfect time of year to gather all of the projects you’ve been wanting to create and maybe even tackle some new techniques.  I hope to bring you some inspiration today for your next creation!

Life Is Better With Friends

This darling layout is sure to catch your eye as it is filled with gorgeous autumn colors.  I just love the vintage and distressed look that was carried throughout the layout.  Don’t you love the feminine details and the soft, pretty colors?

Life Is Better With Friends

Gabrielle added several different mediums which combine to make this layout very striking.  I am so impressed with Gabrielle’s layering techniques that really give this layout a pop.  This is such a wonderful way to preserve that special moment captured in your priceless photo.  Can you imagine what a heart warming Christmas gift this would be to give to a treasured friend?  This remarkable layout was created by Gabrielle Pollacco.  Be sure to pop on over to her blog Such A Pretty Mess to find many more of her sensational projects.  You are sure to be inspired by Gabrielle and I highly recommend you stop by often to see her latest projects.

Hello Autumn

I want to share with you another fabulous layout using a photo as the main focus.  Elina has hand drawn, colored, and extended the branches along with leaves from her photo.  She has added some die-cut leaves to the bottom to give some texture and depth.  This brings a strong visual impact to your page.

Hello Autumn

Leaving the background white enhanced the rich autumn colors from the photo.  What an inspirational layout!  Thank you, Elina, for being such an inspiration to us.  Click here and I will be happy to take you over to Elina’s Arts & Crafts so you can take a closer look at the way she put this fabulous layout together.  Happy scrapping, my friends!

You Are In My Prayers

Recently I have had two very special friends that have been having some health issues.  When I came upon this card I instantly knew this was the perfect card to give these wonderful friends. This soft, elegant card would really warm a heart!

You Are In My Prayers

This card was created using a digital stamp by Power Poppy called Rose And Chamomile.  The beauty of a digital stamp is that you can make multiple copies, rotate, and overlap them as necessary to get the shape you desire. This card is one that you could change the sentiment and give for any occasion.  Break out your markers or even your colored pencils.  You will have so much fun creating this card with the digital image.

Wrapped Pears

With the holidays just around the corner, this beautiful dessert is one that will provide an abundance of compliments and be enjoyed by all.  These puff pastry-wrapped pears are so elegant and very easy to make.  You can serve them with chocolate sauce, caramel sauce, or even raspberry sauce; you can also simply enjoy them plain or top them with vanilla ice cream.

Wrapped Pears

We are creative in our craft rooms, so who says we can’t be creative in our kitchens as well?!  If you are looking for an exquisite dessert for your holiday planning, let me escort you over to Sugar Hero where you will be able to print out Elizabeth LaBau’s recipe.  While you are visiting her blog, be sure to check out all the other fabulous deserts as well.  I promise you will not be disappointed, and you will find yourself spending a little more time in your kitchen.  Enjoy!

Thank you for stopping by today and spending some time with us on Weekly Scrapper.  We at Stamp & Scrapbook Expo really enjoy sharing our love of crafting with you, and are very grateful for you!  I hope you have a wonderful week ahead and I look forward to seeing you back soon.

~LeAnn~