Latest & Greatest Card Making with Crate Paper

Hey there Stamp & Scrapbook Expo friends and fans, Becki here, to share some Christmas card ideas with you. Our show season is quickly coming to an end which means the holiday season is right around the corner. We wanted to make sure that our Latest & Greatest card making attendees had some fun Christmas products in their hands to create their 2017 holiday cards with. If you’re able to attend the Latest & Greatest card making workshop in Denver, Akron, Sacramento, or Ontario, you’ll be going home with a few products from the new Falala collection from Crate Paper. With only a few products I was able to create these two cards in a few minutes. I used a similar design for each card to make the creative process much quicker. Each card has two patterned papers and a few stickers.

My favorite part about creating this card is the sticker sentiments. Stickers make adding sentiments to cards so easy!

It’s been a while since I created my last card making video. I thought you all might enjoy watching how these two cards came together. I’m sure a lot of you are better at planning ahead and have already started creating your Christmas cards.

I’d love to know if you’ve started creating your 2017 Christmas cards and how many are you making. Let me know in the comment section below. AND if you’re in the Sacramento area or the Ontario area. We’d love to have you in our Latest & Greatest workshops. You can find all the details HERE. Thank you for stopping by today. I’ll see you again next week for another edition of Inspiration Station. Have a great week!

What’s Hot On the Stamp & Scrapbook Expo Show Floor

Happy Tuesday my crafty friends, I’m smiling because today is the day that I have the opportunity to share some of the must-have treasures on our show floor. Many of you know that I host the Creativity Center at the Stamp & Scrapbook Expos. One of my favorite projects that I get to share with you at the show is from Elizabeth Crafts Designs. It takes me to my happy place when I see the faces of those who have seen the magic for the first time.  What you can do with their amazing microfine glitter and double-sided tape will blow your mind!

Here’s a photo of the project we made at the Creativity Center; I couldn’t resist sharing. When you can create this kind of detail with glitter and double-sided tape, you know that you are experiencing the best of the best.

Sorry, I got distracted in my excitement over their glitter! 🙂  What I really intend to share with you today are their gorgeous new Christmas designs. How lucky for us that they are available just in time to create some beautiful holiday cards.

Let’s start out with this gorgeous snowflake card; doesn’t it just scream simple elegance?  If you plan on creating your own handmade cards for the holidays, this would be a great choice.  It’s fast, easy, and oh-so-pretty. The Snowflake die comes in three sizes – the largest Snowflake is approximately 3.5” x 4.1” which is the one used on this card. I know that your creative mind is spinning with all the ways you can use this die, so click here and I will take you over to Elizabeth Crafts site so you can order your own.

Who says Christmas has to be red and green? I love the soft, romantic pink and white combination on this card. The die set used on this little beauty is titled Festive Glow.  The set comes with 6 separate dies, making it oh-so-easy to change the design to suit your mood.

For those that prefer more of a traditional look, the Hang the Christmas Stockings die is perfect. Do you have someone in your life that just can’t wait for Christmas? Then you are going to love this gentle reminder that they can’t open their gift until Dec 25th (too cute)! This die set comes with 11 separate dies, making it so very versatile.

The Christmas Tree is my absolute favorite die set.There are so many ways to alter the trees. It’s hard to see the intricate design in this photo but each section of the tree has a different pattern. Tthe pieces are all separate so you can also adjust the size of the trees, big or small you are going to love them all! Each die also comes with an outline so you can have a plain tree without the design. The possibilities are endless. Be sure to check out the video that Els has prepared; it shows how easily this adorable card comes together. The second card was created using the Reindeer die set; this set has seven separate dies, making it so easy to create the perfect winter scene.

I hope that you have been inspired to get a head start on your holiday cards. We still have two shows left for the year and we would love to see you at one of them. Once you’re on the show floor you can find all of the dies at the Elizabeth Crafts booth. If you are unable to attend the show you can also find lots of must-have supplies at the Elizabeth Crafts Designs website; just click here and I will be happy to take you over for a visit. While you’re on the site be sure to checkout Els’s Technique Friday, you will never be left without inspiration. Els is the queen of paper crafting and her videos are amazing. There is good reason that she has 19K subscribers!

Thanks for stopping by, and I hope you have an amazing week ahead of you.

Sundays With Lorraine


Hello, my crafty friends and welcome back to Weekly Scrapper. With the holidays fast approaching I want you to know that I have your back. I’ll be posting lots of holiday gift ideas, home decor projects, cards, and scrapbooking projects. I’m a firm believer that the best gifts come from the heart, not the store. My hope for you is that you have your holiday preparations done in plenty of time to  enjoy this special time of year.

“You Are Loved” By Cathy

The gift of memories is one of the most precious gifts that you can give to those special people in your lives. Even if the recipient isn’t a scrapbooker, this adorable layout would be a treasured gift when displayed in a shabby chic frame or even a shadowbox.

"You Are Loved" by Cathy

What girl wouldn’t love a cute shadowbox frame showcasing a precious photo that was beautifully transformed into a unique jewelry holder?  I recently made one for a friend using a shadowbox that had  a chicken wire front in place of glass. She loved it and her Brighton earrings are hanging on it as we speak. If you’d like to see the shadow box I used, it was purchased at Michaels – click here and I’ll take you over. I’m sorry that I don’t have a photo of the one that I made, but I’m sure you get the idea.

Brushed Silver Snowy Trees

I’m sure that you have lots of friends and family that are expecting one of your famous handmade Christmas cards this year. Well, not to worry, with a little help from our creative friend Kittie, you too can crank out several of these elegant cards in no time.

Brushed Silver Snowy Trees

Kittie is the queen of creativity; click HERE and I will escort you over to her blog Kittie Kraft so can follow along with her step-by-step instructions. I highly recommend stopping by for a visit any time you’re in need of a burst of inspiration.

Trimming The Tree By Ashley

Trimming the Christmas tree has always been something I look forward to every year. Regardless of our decorating styles, we pull out our ornament collections, many with sweet memories attached, and savor unwrapping each one and finding just the perfect place to hang it on the tree. This new collection titled Vintage Ornaments II by Papertrey Ink is sure to bring back those priceless memories.

Trimming The Tree Christmas Card By Ashley Newell

The Vintage Ornaments II set contains 27 images in all. The largest ornament (both the outline image and the assembled multi-step images) measures 1-5/8” x 2-5/8”. The smallest ornament measures 1-1/4” x 1-3/4”.  The long, skinny ornament measures 3/4” x 2-1/2” and the round ornament measures 1-1/2” x 1-7/8”. Are you thinking what I’m thinking? This stamp and die set is going to be perfect for your cards and tags! Have fun with this must-have collection.

Grilled Pork Tacos With Mexican Corn Salsa

Pork tenderloin marinated to perfection and smothered with an incredible Mexican corn salsa. This may not be dinner in under 30 minutes, but it’s sure to be a huge hit with your family and friends.


Chelsea took the components from Mexican street corn and incorporated them into this Mexican corn salsa. Click here and I will personally escort you over to her amazing blog Gal On A Mission so you can print out the recipe. You might want to print out several copies because everyone will be asking you for the recipe.

Thanks for stopping by; may the spirit of the holidays be with you throughout the entire year!

Sundays With Lorraine



Hello, my crafty friends, and welcome back to Weekly Scrapper! I hope you’ve all had a “spooktacular” Halloween because it’s time to move on to our winter holiday crafts.  I’m honored to have the opportunity to inspire you by sharing projects created by some of the most talented crafters in our industry. We can all use a little help when it comes to preparing for the holidays, don’t you agree? There are cards, tags, gift wrapping, sweet treats, and of course the holidays wouldn’t be complete without your handmade gifts. So sit back, relax, and let the creative therapy begin!

Enjoy The Journey By Cathy Cafun

While spending some quality time surfing for unique projects to share with you, I came across this amazing layout designed by the very talented Cathy Cafun and I knew I had to share it. Many of us find masculine-themed projects a bit more challenging to design. Things that we typically use as embellishments like florals, bling, lace, etc. aren’t very user friendly when it comes to scrapping for the boys. I love Cathy’s solution to go “grunge” in tones of blues and browns with lots of texture.

"Enjoy The Journey"

I’d like to send out a virtual hug to Cathy for being such an inspiration to her fellow scrapbookers, I highly recommend stopping by her blog Cathy Can’t Help Herself so you can see how easily this amazing layout comes together. Many of the embellishments and paints used are from The Dusty Attic. If you’re not familiar with her site, Cathy Can’t Help Herself, click here and I’ll take you over. You don’t want to miss out on all the “need it in your life” chipboard embellishments. Happy scrapping!

Countryside Snow Scene Card by Kittie Caracciolo 

I instantly fell in love with the serene, peaceful feeling that this sweet card has to offer. Who wouldn’t be smiling from ear to ear when finding this handmade treasure in the mailbox? There is something magical about using a pale blue and white color combination when creating a winter scene.

Countryside Snow Scene

Did you notice the light dusting of glitter on the trees? It’s such a perfect touch. For a detailed description of how Kittie put this card together, click here and I will take you over to her blog Kittie Kraft; you are going to be amazed by all the gorgeous projects she has to share.

Mason Jar Drinking Glass Gift Set

Are you looking for a gift for the person that has everything? Well, look no further! With a little help from our crafty friend Kierste you can put these oh-so-cute mason jar glasses together in no time.  I love the fact that not only is it a fun and useful gift, but it’s also very inexpensive. I believe each set of glasses ran about $10. What’s not to love?

Mason Jar Drinking Glass Gift Set

I love this gift idea because the recipient can easily replace the cupcake liners and use the glasses time and time again.  How fun to theme these for holidays, game days, birthdays, and more! Whether you’re looking for fun gift ideas, recipes, and more this is one blog you don’t want to miss. Click here and I would be honored to escort you over to spend some creative time with Kierste.

Chicken Spinach Mushroom Alfredo Roll Ups

I know we’re all busy getting ready for the upcoming holidays but we still need to eat, right? Thanks to Nikki and her culinary skills, we can have an amazing dinner and creative time, too. This recipe is not my typical dinner in 30 minutes, but I’m sure you will agree it’s definitely going to be worth the effort. I love how Nikki describes this recipe as one of those “Lick the plate, ask for thirds, smiling faces all around kind of good.”


I highly recommend stopping by the Chef in Training blog anytime you’d like to kick things up a notch in the kitchen, you and your family will be glad you did. Bon appétit, my hungry friends!

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you have a wonderful week ahead of you and try to remember our crafting motto “No stress allowed in our creative world.” If we pace ourselves, we can have an amazing stress-free holiday with lots of handmade treasures.

Unique Christmas Cards



Hello, Becki here. I’m excited to share a quick and easy Christmas card with you. When I make Christmas cards, no two cards are alike. I like to mix my designs, products, and even the size of my cards.

Becki Adams_December Card_1

I created this card with some chipboard letters that I had in my stash. Everything in this card came from the same manufacturer, Bella Blvd, (which made mixing and matching elements much easier). I like to make cards using items in my stash.

Becki Adams_December Card_2

I used a bit of dimensional adhesive to make the stickers stand out and “pop” off the card above the chipboard.

Becki Adams_December Card_3

Thanks for stopping by today! I hope I’ve inspired you to create a few Christmas cards using bits and pieces from your stash. I look forward to seeing you back next Thursday! And make sure to visit Weekly Scrapper every day for more creative inspiration. Better yet, subscribe to our newsletter and have fun ideas sent right to your inbox.



Easy Handmade Christmas Cards

Easy Handmade Christmas cards by @jbckadams for @scrapbookexpo


Happy Thanksgiving to my American friends. Welcome! Becki here, to help you get a jump start on creating easy and adorable Christmas cards. I created this set of Christmas cards using the Claus & Co. collection by Simple Stories. These cards came together in a matter of minutes. By using a 4×6 journaling card for the sentiment I was able to create these cards quickly and easily. In this video I show you just how quickly these cards can come together.

I created the remaining cards in this set using the same basic method (card base, patterned paper, journaling card, and a few small embellishments).

Easy Handmade Christmas cards by @jbckadams for @scrapbookexpo

Easy Handmade Christmas cards by @jbckadams for @scrapbookexpo

Yes, it’s really that easy! Thanks for stopping by the Weekly Scrapper blog today. I’ll see you next week for another edition of Inspiration Station.