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

Blessings To Call You Friend

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Welcome back to another wonderful Saturday here on our Weekly Scrapper blog!  I have some very fun treasures to share with you today.  I hope that they will inspire you to jump out of your comfort zone and create something uniquely you!

Cottage Rose Mini Album By Alicia McNamara

Who says you have to put photos only into layouts?  Mini albums are a fabulous way of using your precious photos. They are not only fun to create, but are also a perfect gift, and bring a smile to anyone’s face by sharing memories that have so much love and meaning.  Mini albums are not only a perfect gift but they also don’t take much time to create.  What enjoyment for both you and the one receiving the album!

Cottage Rose Mini Album

After discovering this gorgeous mini album on the blog Time To Create, I knew I just had to share it.  I highly recommend stopping by for a visit; you will be so inspired by Alicia McNamara, plus you will see all of the pages of her mini album. You can never create too many mini albums! 🙂

Pineapple Play By Julie Ebersole

Would you like to learn a new technique?  Today you are sure to be so inspired by Julie Ebersole and her fabulous watercoloring technique.  You will love the color combinations that Julie uses. Pop on over to her blog Paper Trufflez to see more of her fun creations.

Pineapple Play

Julie shows how easy these cards are to make using the die from Hero Arts Paper Layering Pineapple.  Julie’s step-by-step tutorial makes creating this card very fun; click here to follow along. Go ahead and give this a try; you will really enjoy creating this project!

Blessed To Call You Friend By Amy Kolling

Nothing says spring better then a bouquet of flowers!  This adorable card will certainly brighten anyone’s day.  Here is another fun card to try, so break out your stamps and dies!

Blessings To Call You Friend

To get a very crisp black image, use Versafine Onyx Black ink to stamp your wildflowers, clear embossing powder, and then heat set.  Embossing is a great way to watercolor as the embossing keeps your ink inside the lines.  Amy used vellum for her background along with the die-cut Leafy Vine Cutting Plate with thick vellum.  The vellum gives the card an opaque look.  When added to a light grey note-card, it looks like faux embossing.  For more inspiration from Amy, come with me over to her blog Stamp-N-Paradise.

Rosette Mirror By Christy James

Do you have an old mirror hanging around that you just don’t want to part with?  Today I am going to share a way of turning that old mirror into something different and charming.

Rosette Mirror

First of all, adding some dimension really gives the mirror a pop, and the appealing rosettes finish off the mirror in an attractive way.  Giving the mirror a new paint job and adding a few rosettes gives this a sweet, new look.  It isn’t expensive to create and the rosettes are so fun to make.  Click here for a full tutorial on making your rosettes, and then be sure to visit Confessions of a Serial Do-It-Yourselfer for more makeovers for your home.

Peanut Marshmallow Bars By Maryanne

These peanut marshmallow bars are made up of everything you would want in a treat – sweet, salty, crunchy, and very satisfying!  The best part is they are very easy to make and go a long way.

Peanut Marshmallow Bars

This is one of those fun summer treats you can take on picnics, family get-togethers, baseball games, etc. It is a great make-ahead dessert.  Once completed, it also holds up really well for a few days.  You will have no problem finishing this fabulous treat. Click here and I will take you over to The Little Epicurean where you will get your yummy recipe.  Enjoy! 🙂

Thank you for sharing a bit of your Saturday with me.  Hope you have been inspired today to try something new.  I am looking forward to seeing you back soon.  Have a great weekend!

Saturdays With LeAnn

Here For You

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Welcome to another wonderful Saturday here on our Weekly Scrapper blog.  I have some real treasures to share with you today.  I hope that these will inspire you to jump out of your chair and get started making some fun projects on this fabulous weekend!  Enjoy the inspiration, my friends!

Page Protectors By Samantha Peyton (aka Sami)

For the last few months I have been showing you some great pocket page layouts.  Today I want to share the varieties of page protectors.  This will give you an idea on how many different types of page protectors are available for you, along with the info on them, all in one spot.  A variety of pocket page protectors will give you lots of choices when creating these types of pages; you definitely do not have to stick with just one design.

Page Protectors

Come with me over to Scrapmaster’s Paradise where Sami will show you many different styles of pocket page protectors.  You will not only learn the different types of pocket pages, but you’ll be inspired by Sami and the information she shares.  As you will see, there are tons of different options and configurations when it comes to Project Life® style pocket page protectors.  The possibilities for your albums are endless!  I hope this will help you when you are creating your pocket page layouts.  Have fun scrapping, my friends!

Here For You By Julia Stainton

I just love the look of rolled flowers and the way they highlight projects to give beauty, dimension, and character.  They create such fabulous embellishments for your cards or layouts.  I fell in love with every little detail about this card – the soft colors, the stunning flowers, and the wonderful dimension. This inspiring card was created by Julia Stainton.  I can only imagine how this beautiful card will bring a ray of sunshine to brighten anyone’s day!

Here For You

I would love to have you come with me over to Belle Papier to see more of Julia Stainton’s outstanding and inspiring projects.  A big thank you to Julia for sharing her sweet card with us.  What a great inspiration!

Watercolor Shapes By Melissa Phillips

Don’t you just love the technique of watercoloring?  This is a technique that is classic, and yet new at the same time. It never gets old! This is such a fabulous way to add color to your project.  Today I would like to share a beautiful card created by the very (very!) talented Melissa Phillips.  She will show you how to create your own watercolor shapes to use as backgrounds and focal points on your cards.

Watercolor Shapes

I love the fact that this card has such a versatile design.  Give it a personal touch by adding a sentiment for the occasion you are using it for.  It is so pretty!  I can never throw away a handmade card.  Can’t you just see this being recycled into a cover of a cute mini album, or even put into a picture frame and then using it as a home décor piece?  Click here and you will find step-by-step instructions by Melissa. Be sure and check out Melissa’s other projects – I promise you will be so happy you stopped by her blog at LilyBean Paperie.

Picture Frame To A Pretty Tray By Christy James

After stumbling onto this wonderful blog Confessions Of A Serial Do It Yourselfer I have totally fallen in love with the projects featured! Christy James is one amazing and creative lady who shares such a great variety of outstanding projects. I have to say this is one blog you will want to check out very often, especially if you love to do makeover projects!

Picture Frame To A Pretty Tray

Serving trays are quite the rage right now.  In addition to using them to serve with, they look wonderful as a décor piece on your table, ottoman, or even your counter top.  Make one of your own using the design and color of your choice.  Click here and you will find directions from Christy, along with many more of her outstanding projects.

Soft & Chewy Ice Cream Brownie Cookies By Julie Gransee

This is one of the easiest treats to make!  These ice cream brownie cookies are so delicious you might not be willing to share!  Make them for your next party and everyone will beg for the recipe. They taste amazing and are easy to prepare; you will leave everyone wanting more!

Soft & Chewy Brownie Cookies

Every special occasion needs a special treat.  To give them a festive look, you can add  chocolate sprinkles, mini chocolate chips, or crushed peanuts to the ice cream.  Come with me over to the Lovely Little Kitchen where you will find Julie’s recipe and directions.  You are going to love these! 🙂

I hope you have been inspired to give these fun projects a try.  I am sure you will have so much fun creating them! Thank you for sharing some of your weekend with me.  I am looking forward to having you return next Saturday.  Enjoy the rest of your weekend, and have a fabulous week ahead!

 

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Thanks

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Hello, my friends!  I hope you all had a wonderful week and are ready for a relaxing and creative weekend.  I have some fun and inspirational projects to share with you today, so sit back, relax, and enjoy!

Cherish The Little Things By Alicia McNamara

I know you will enjoy this glorious layout from Alicia and I’m very excited to share it with you.  Alicia has such a beautiful and unique style; she inspires in so many different ways with her beautiful papers and embellishments. I always love the way she groups things in a way that draws your eye around the page.  Cherish The Little Things

Alicia’s design has a perfect balance with all of her beautiful elements.  I would love for you to come with me over to Time To Create where you will find a full tutorial on how Alicia created this beautiful layout.  She will share with you how she used her mists to add color to her background.  Thank you to Alicia for sharing your wonderful talent with us. Have fun scrapping!  🙂

Easter Greetings By Anne Kristine

I just love cards, and I save almost every one that has been given to me.  I love going through old boxes of cards and reading sweet, thoughtful messages that my friends and family have written to me.  With Easter just around the corner, I want to share this beautiful card that someone will definitely treasure forever!  I know this will give you some inspiration to start working on your own handmade Easter cards.

Easter Greetings

I love the soft, delicate, and vintage flair of this handmade treasure.  If you have been inspired as I was when I discovered this beautiful card on “Anne’s Paper Fun” blog, you will definitely want to check out more of her outstanding projects using collections from Pion Designs.  Have you been inspired to make and send a card?  Give one a try this week!

Thanks By Shari Carrol

Cards are all about letting those close to you know how much they are loved.  I often find myself wanting to send out thank you cards to express my gratitude for the big and small things that are given to me by friends and family. This sweet card is one that you can change the sentiment to “thinking of you,” “have a great day,” etc.  Can you just imagine the warm feeling that will come over the person who receives this one in the mail?

Thanks

Shari really has a gift for bringing her images to life with amazing coloring skills.  It is so fun to incorporate water coloring along with these beautiful die cuts.  Click here and you will find a video of the process on recreating this card by Shari. I hope you are inspired to send someone special one of your handmade creations.

Mini Storage Cabinet By Christy James

I also want to share a fun storage/organization cabinet using reclaimed wood.  Would you ever have imagined that something this cute would be made from an old wooden crate?  This is something you can hang on your wall or just sit on the counter.  It gives the room such a fun, shabby chic look and will also give you a small space to tuck things away.

Mini Storage Cabinet

This can be used not only for the bathroom but in any room of your home.  Create two then hang them on the wall for double the space and double the charm.  Let’s pop on over to Confessions Of A Serial Do It Yourselfer where you will find step-by-step instructions on how to create this fabulous mini storage cabinet.  Christy James is very talented from sewing, to painting, reinventing, rebuilding, craftiness and everything in between.  You will be so inspired by her projects!

Salted Caramel Apple Tart By Kelly Senyei

Do you love apples?  Today you are in for a real treat by Kelly Senyei.  This caramel apple tart is so fabulous and everyone will definitely want your recipe.  The ingredient list is not very long, and the savory flavors of buttery pastry, tangy apples, sticky sweet caramel, and sea salt is to dye for.  This is such a perfect combination that will be a real treat for your family and friends.

Salted Caramel Apple Tart

This is a recipe you don’t want to miss! For your ingredients and the recipe, visit Kelly at Just A Taste.  You will be so happy you paid her a visit.

I hope you have enjoyed today’s creations and that you have been inspired to begin your next project!  I am looking forward to sharing some more fun things with you next Saturday.  Thank you for stopping by, and have a fabulous week!

 

 

Saturdays With LeAnn

Vintage Tags

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Welcome back, my dear friends!  I hope you all had a great week and a wonderful Valentine’s Day last Sunday!  Sit back and enjoy the projects that I have to share with you today – I hope they will get those creative minds of your going, and that you have some enjoyable crafting time this weekend.

Colorful Pocket Pages By Nancy Damiano

Pocket pages are a simple and stylish way to tell your story; this is a great solution for getting your photos off your phone and computer. Are you one that has a lot of pictures in boxes?  You can get those into an album in no time. This is a great way of completing your albums without spending hours on only one page.

Colorful Pocket Pages

There are so many different types of themed card inserts that will give you no more cutting, pasting, or even having to buy oodles of supplies. It is simple, fun, and then you are done!  This fun and colorful pocket page was designed by Nancy Damiano. Be sure to visit Nancy at the American Crafts Studio blog. It is inspiring to see how Nancy creates unique and fun pocket pages. Pocket scrapbooking provides endless possibilities! Don’t hesitate to try this fun technique; there are so many different varieties to create that you won’t want to leave your craft room! It is the instant gratification of scrapbooking!  I know you will be hooked once you try it.

Vintage Tags By Marta De 

Today I would love to share some beautiful tags created by Marta De. Tags can be used in a variety of ways and take a package from ordinary to something really beautiful and special. These lovely tags were made using wood embellishments and fabulous mediums to give the wood great color and texture.

Vintage Tags

Notice the beautiful layering, along with the wonderful texture created by using Sandstone Stone Effects on the wood clock. These beautiful tags are so versatile – use them on a package, a layout, a card, or even as an invitation to a party. They give such a beautiful and vintage flare. Click here and you will see a video tutorial to show you how to create your own.

Sincere Thanks By Yoonsun Hur

I hope you will be inspired today to send out one of your beautiful handmade creations in the form of a lovely card. They are so much fun to make and such a joy to receive.  It is a great way of letting a special person in your life know just how much you care.  Who wouldn’t love to receive such a fun surprise in the mail?

Sincere Thanks

This bright, whimsical card was created by Yoonsun Hur. The roses are from Clearly Besotted Merci Beaucoup set with some red and black ink splatters. What a cheerful card!  Yoonsun also used the Storybook 3 Dies to add some dimension.  Come with me over to Rejoicing Crafts where you will find how she created this fun card with all of the supplies you will need to get started.

Dresser With Fabric Inlay By Christy James

Do you have an old dresser hanging around that you don’t want to get rid of because it has been in the family for a long time? Today I want to share a fun way of keeping that dresser and changing it into something beautiful. Once you restore this piece of furniture you are going to have a great appreciation for it since it will no longer just be sitting in a storage area! If you love this project but don’t have a dresser, you can always pick one up very cheap at a garage sale or thrift store.

Dresser With Fabric Inlay

Your dresser with a fabric inlay can be so charming and add a special flare to your room. The fun part of this is that you can use any fabric of your choice, along with painting the dresser a custom color to match your décor. Can you just imagine what you would have paid for this at a furniture store?  Let me take you over to Confessions Of A Serial Do It Yourselfer where you will receive step-by-step instructions from Christy James.  You will love her blog and be inspired by the fabulous projects she shares with you!

Lemon Blueberry Cupcakes By Alyssa

With spring just around the corner, these cupcakes just scream for warm weather. What a great treat for spring parties! These are the perfect individual desserts that will be sure to put a smile on your family and friends’ faces.

Lemon Blueberry Cupcakes

These yummy Lemon Blueberry Cupcakes are bursting with vanilla, fresh blueberries, and a hint of lemon. They are piled high with a delicious lemon buttercream frosting.  Don’t forget to add your sprinkles; it wouldn’t be a cupcake without them!  Let’s pop on over to The Recipe Critic to get your recipe and ingredients; this is a recipe you don’t want to miss out on! 🙂

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

 

 

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Lamp To Memo Board

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I hope this new year has started out well for you, and you have been able to get into your craft room and create some fun projects. My challenge for you this year is to break out of your traditional style. Take a look at your projects in a different way and never hesitate to try something new. There is never a right or wrong to crafting; so let your imagination run wild and have a fun time creating!

Love By Gabrielle Pollacco

I instantly fell in love with the beautiful and warm feeling that this layout portrays. I admire the talent that Gabrielle has for layering and creating such beautiful masterpiece backgrounds. Gabrielle always allows her photo to take center stage. Your eyes are automatically drawn to her photo; you then take in all of her fine detail.

Love

Gabrielle used two different stencils to help create her background. She used a texture paste and inks as well, along with some fun mixed media products. Click here and I will take you over to her blog “Such A Pretty Mess.” You will find a great recipe to create your own texture paste, along with the steps Gabrielle took to create this outstanding layout.

Vintage Type By Ginny Nemchak

Ginny Nemchak is a master cardmaker. Her incredible work and rich colors combine to create this beautiful card. Creativity is all about using your imagination and turning it into a piece of art. This fabulous shabby chic card will really put a smile on someone’s face. What a great, handmade treasure!

Vintage Type

I highly recommend stopping by and spending some creative time with Ginny. Let me escort you over to her blog “Polly’s Paper Studio.” You will definitely want to check out the other projects that she has designed. You are going to be inspired by her amazing talent!

Celebrate In Style By Heather

Don’t you love the simplicity of this card?  You can change the color scheme along with the sentiment, and you will have a darling card for any occasion. Create a set of cards so you will have plenty on hand when you are in need of a card in a hurry.

Celebrate In Style

I love how Heather uses many layers of paper to create dimension and detail while still allowing her stamped image to take center stage.  Adding a touch of Wink Of Stella really gives the shoe a pop. Be sure to visit Heather’s blog “Houses Built Of Cards” to see more of her wonderful projects. I hope you have been inspired to break out your fun stamps and inks and begin creating!

Lamp To Memo Board By Christy K. James

Can you imagine this wonderful memo board in your kitchen?  What a great way to remind yourself, or a family member, of things that need to get done! Not only is this very useful but such a fun décor piece to add some character to your home.

Lamp To Memo Board

Just think how much fun you can have by taking some old objects you haven’t used, or from a thrift store, to create a new item for your home. How clever to re-purpose them into something cute and useful! Be sure to visit “Confessions Of A Serial Do It Yourselfer” where you will find many more fabulous makeover projects. You will be amazed by the inspiration you will receive from Christy and all of her amazing projects.

Caramel Cashew Ice Cream Dessert by Julie Gransee

Cashew lovers – this dessert is for you! Packed with shortbread cookie crust on the bottom, cashews, and a caramel topping, I am sure you won’t want to miss out on this one!

Carmel Cashew Ice Cream

This is one of those easy and fast recipes that will be very impressive to your family and friends. Let’s pop on over to Lovely Little Kitchen where you will find the recipe. You may want to grab your pencil and pen; I am sure you will be making this more than just once. A big thank you to Julie Gransee for sharing her scrumptious recipe with us.

Thank you for spending a bit of your Saturday with me!  Have a wonderful week ahead and I will see you next weekend with more fun projects. Happy crafting!

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