Saturday With LeAnn

Thank You

Welcome back my friends, and thank you for sharing a part of your Saturday with me.  I have been collecting some really fun projects to share with you.  I hope today will be another inspirational day for you and that you can take time this weekend to create some wonderful projects of your own.  So sit back, relax, and enjoy!

Dare To Dream By Riikka Kovasin

Today I have a fabulous layout to share that was created by Riikka Kovasin. She took inspiration from arrows and a dream catcher. I love this layout! Can’t you just see a photo of your dad, husband, son, or even a grandson on this layout?  Perfect for Father’s Day!

Dare To Dream

When creating a layout, the photo itself is the major guide to your process.  Have you ever noticed that when using a photo that is black and white, or with very little color, that it really emphasizes the faces in the photo?  I love the outstanding job that Riikka did on this layout and it really tells a story!  Click here and I will take you over Elizabeth Crafts and Designs where you will find a full step-by-step tutorial on how Riikka put this layout together.  Be sure and check out her blog Paperiliitin where you are sure to be inspired by Riikka’s outstanding projects.

Thank You By Melody Rupple

Today’s card is a perfect way to say thank you.  I just love how Melody incorporated some of today’s trends of watercoloring, ink blending, and stamping.  This card really pulls out all the charm of a shaker card.  Simple add some different elements to create your own personal shaker card.  Wouldn’t you love to be the one to receive this adorable card?

Thank You

I instantly fell in love with this adorable card.  Since shaker cards are quite the trend now, be sure and pop on over to Pretty Pink Posh where you will find all kinds of elements to add to your card. Melody really did a fabulous job creating this darling card.  The fun spring colors make it such a ray of sunshine!  Come with me and I will take you on over to A Paper Melody where you will see all the different products that Melody used.  Remember to step outside your traditional style.  Look at your project in a different way, and try something new.  Have fun creating!

Upcycled Drawer By Christy K. James

What a creative storage solution for your silverware!  Instead of being in a drawer and taking up valuable drawer space, create a new silverware organizer.  I am sure you can find access to an old dresser drawer at a thrift store, a garage sale, or maybe a dresser you want to get rid of.  If you are anything like me and love mason jars, this is just one more way of using them and showing them off.

Upcycled Drawer

I just love the way that Christy painted and distressed this old drawer to make it look vintage.  How adorable to sit on a hutch and use as a decor piece for your kitchen.   Are you as excited about this as I am?  Let’s get started and find that old drawer to start recycling it into a storage unit!  Come with me on over to Confessions Of A Serial Do It Yourselfer where you will see a step-by-step tutorial on how Christy created her drawer.  There is nothing more fun than to create and transform an old object into something beautiful and functional.  Hope this has inspired you as much as it did myself.  I can hardly wait to jump in and make one of these for my kitchen!

Key Lime Cheesecake Jaclyn Bell

This thick and creamy key lime cheesecake is the perfect combination of sweet and tart!  You know it is a perfect dessert when it gets a lot of requests to be made.  This recipe is not only delicious, it is also so beautiful, and is a WOW to anyone who has a slice!

Key Lime Pie

We all need to treat ourselves once in awhile, and this is definitely the perfect bright summery cheesecake to make for any of your summer celebrations.  You will be the hit of your summer gatherings.  Click here and I will take you over to Cooking Classy where you will be able to write down the recipe and ingredients.  I promise you that this will be your all time favorite cheesecake!  As a lover of cheesecake in all it’s flavors and forms, this key lime cheesecake has completely stolen my heart!

As always, I appreciate being able to spend some time with you today.  I hope you have been inspired by today’s post and that you have a wonderful week ahead of you.  Enjoy this beautiful weather and I will see you back next Saturday!

Hugs to all,

LeAnn

Sundays With Lorraine

Good day to all my crafty friends and welcome back to Weekly Scrapper!  I hope you are enjoying a nice, carefree weekend and I’m glad that you’ve found your way into your craft room. It’s an honor to have the opportunity to share a little inspiration from some of the most talented people in our industry, so sit back, relax, and enjoy today’s creative therapy!

Sanctuary Layout By Jan Hobbins

Have you had the opportunity to play with the new Sizzix 3-D Embossing Folders? I love all the added texture that they bring to this amazing layout. 3-D Embossing Folders are a bit thicker than your traditional embossing folders and leave a deeper, more pronounced 3-D effect. A little something I picked up from Jan that I’d like to share is that when you’re using these embossing folders, you will need to adjust your plates (Sizzix Sandwich) before you run it through your die cut machine. Instead of using two cutting plates you will only need one to compensate for the thickness of the embossing folder.

If you’d like more information along with a complete supply list, click here and I will be happy to take you over to Jan’s blog In My Own Imagination so you can follow along as she shares step-by-step instructions along with some great pics on how this gorgeous layout came together. I hope you’ve been inspired to sit down and create that next page in your scrapbook.

Mr & Mrs. Card By Natalia Valkovskaya

How clever of Natalia to die cut her own flowers out of Inkadinkado’s masking paper to create this soft, elegant background. The masking paper is perfect for creating dimensional and resist effects with your stamps and as you can see, is the perfect tool for masking techniques. Don’t you love it when a card this beautiful comes together so quickly? Think of all the wonderful dies you have! This technique really opens up all kinds of options.

I hope you’ve been inspired to break out your favorite dies and inks and create your own unique background papers. What a great way to get a little extra mileage of your precious dies and stamps! Big hugs to Natalia for sharing this great tip.

Ombre Toolbox Tutorial By Anna-Karin

I absolutely fell in love with what Anna-Karin created with the Sizzix Scoreboard Toolbox Die! This puppy is on my wish list to purchase at our Texas Stamp & Scrapbook Expo this weekend. 😉 I just checked and It’s Cheaper Than Therapy.com has it on sale for $31.99 online. In case you’re wondering, the design dimensions of the toolbox are 9 5/8″ x 4 3/4″ – 1 1/2″ x 1 1/8″. How perfect to fill with a little pisky (gift) or some sweet treats. This is one die you will really get some use out of. 

I’d like to send out a virtual hug to Anna-Karin for being such a constant inspiration to her fellow paper crafters, she really has outdone herself on this adorable toolbox. I highly recommend stopping by the Layers Of Ink Blog so you can follow along as she shares step-by-step instructions on how this project came together. Be prepared to take notes – she has lots of tips and techniques to share and I’m pretty sure you’re going to be introduced to some must-have supplies that you might not have seen yet, like the Eileen Hull Blends by ColorBox and those amazing stamps by Darkroom Door to name a few.

Skillet Chicken Cordon Bleu with Creamy Dijon Sauce

If you like Chicken Cordon Bleu but not all the fuss it takes to prepare it the traditional way, then you’re going to adore Jaclyn’s simplified version. I love that it only uses one pan for the chicken and the sauce! Less time spent cleaning up means more time in our craft room.

Click here and I will take you over to the Cooking Classy Blog so you can print out the recipe. I recommend printing out several copies because your friends will want to know how you made it. By the way, while you’re visiting Jaclyn be sure to check out her fabulous drink recipes; they are truly amazing. Big hugs to Jaclyn for helping us spice things up in the kitchen.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have an amazing week ahead of you. I’ll see you next Sunday unless I’m lucky enough to see you in person at one of our 19 Stamp & Scrapbook Expos. I’ll meet you at the Creativity Center and we can create something beautiful together. Hugs to all!

Saturdays With LeAnn

Pointillism play

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Hello, my crafty friends. It makes me so happy that with your busy schedule you still find some time to be creative and do the things you love.  I am blessed to have the opportunity to share some fun and wonderful projects with you today.  I hope you can sit back, relax, and enjoy some creative inspiration, because you deserve it!

Loved By You by Delaina Burns

Simple and elegant style is what Delaina Burns gives us today with this pretty layout.  I love the white stencil lettering on white cardstock using modeling paste.  White on white portrays such a elegant look and pops out the sentiment on a layout.

Loved By You

When I find a pretty scrapbook layout, I like to be drawn first to the photos, then take in all the beautiful embellishments and details.  The extras should always complement the photos.  I give a high five to Delaina for her lovely layouts.  Creating several layers can sometimes be difficult; its not as easy as it looks.  As you can see on this layout, Delaina has a talent for layering and adding in pretty details.  I highly recommend you stop by Delaina’s blog “Delaina’s Embellished Memories” anytime you need some inspiration; you will enjoy all her beautiful projects. Happy scrapbooking, my friends!

Congratulations by Julia Stainton

This week I have a fabulous card I want to share with you. I am really excited about this one!  I have had so much fun playing with my Die-namics Mini Fringe from My Favorite Things.  This die is a great way to add interest and texture to your projects.  You can create beautiful borders and edges as well as the cute paper tassels.  This is another one of those white on white elegant projects and the fringe die takes it up a notch.

Congratulations

One of the fun features of this card is the slide tab that you can pull out for an extra message.  Here’s a tip: there is nothing like a surprise!  Add an interactive element to your cards when you want them to be extra special!

Congratulations

This card will put a big smile on that new bride and groom.  Don’t you love a card that you can change it up a tiny bit and use it for other occasions?  A handmade card means more to people than you may realize and will always be treasured.  A big hug and thank you goes out to Julia for sharing her outstanding talent with us.  Click here and I will take you over to find the products you’ll need and how to create one of your own.

Pointillism Play by Heather Nichols

Are you wondering what pointillism is?  It’s an age-old painting technique where small strokes or dots of color are applied to a surface so that when viewed from a distance, they blend together.  A beautiful array of ink colors, a light touch, and a little patience are all you need to master this coloring technique.

Pointillism play

Today we have Heather Nichols showing how to take stamped images to a new level.  You will explore a new stamping technique using a polka dot stamp and other tools to apply color to the stamped image in a dot form to color them in. Layering the colored dots together creates wonderful blending opportunities. Click here and I will take you over to Heather’s full tutorial on how to do this fabulous technique.  While this technique takes some time and patience, the end results are so well worth the effort.  Be spot-on with your next coloring project by giving the pointillism technique a try.

Trinket Box by Karen Letchworth

I would like to share how to make a super cute and cost-effective gift.   Give someone you care about a very special and heart-felt, handmade gift that they will love and cherish.  This is a very fun and creative project. These trinket boxes can make such great gifts, so you might want to make several to have on hand.

Trinket Box

Karen shares a quick and easy tutorial on how she created her darling trinket boxes, along with sharing with you all of the supplies you will need for you to get started.  Karen is such a talented lady with always so much inspiration to share. Take a minute and we’ll hop on over together to My Cup Runneth Over. You are sure to leave Karen’s blog inspired, refreshed and ready to begin creating many more wonderful projects.

Mini S’mores Cookie Cups by Jaclyn Bell

Summer may be nearly over but with these delicious s’mores cookies, you can have the taste of summer all year long!  They taste just like a s’more but in more of a soft and chewy cookie form. They are over-the-top and melt in your mouth.  They are a great way of having a s’more without the hassle of building a fire.  If you love s’mores then trust me, this is a dessert you don’t want to pass by!

Mini S'mores Cookie Cups

Come with me over to Cooking Classy where Jaclyn will give you the recipe and ingredients to begin making your own.  These Mini S’mores cookies really are just a little bite of heaven!  Everyone will want more than just one.  When your next party rolls around, this will be the perfect treat.  It is a treat that all ages will instantly fall in love with.  Enjoy!

Thanks for the visit today!  Enjoy your upcoming week and be sure to pop back in next Saturday as I will have some more fun projects to share with you.  I am off to the next Stamp & Scrapbook Expo in Marlborough, MA which will be held on September 9th and 10. I hope you will come and spend the weekend with us!  Come by the Registration Desk and say hello to me, I would love to see you!

~LeAnn~

Sundays With Lorraine

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Hello my crafty friends, and welcome back to Weekly Scrapper! While I was searching for amazing projects to share with you, I came across a fuzzy quote that spoke to me and I immediately knew this needed to be my theme for today’s post. Here we go; I hope you enjoy it! The quote read as follows: “How you make others feel about themselves says a lot about you.” so remember when you send out one of your handmade treasures you are lifting up those you love.

The Things You Say By JenEm

What attracted me to this beautiful layout was both the design and the journaling. After being in the Scrapbook Industry for over 15 years I’ve discovered that people who scrapbook tend to be the fuzzies of the earth. We lovingly preserve and present our unique journey through life using various art forms. By journaling on layouts, it helps tie our priceless photos, our thoughts, emotions, and experiences together creating those treasured scrapbooks that will be enjoyed for many years to come.

The Things You Say Scrapbook Layout By JenEm

Many of us are all about our precious photos (which is wonderful) but we don’t give our journaling the respect that it deserves. (No worries, we all fall short in this area.) Think about how without the journaling, we’d have photos without the story behind them. The value of journaling lies in the fact that it provides an account of family histories that may otherwise be forgotten over time. I love the idea of pages sprinkled through my scrapbook that highlight my thoughts, feelings, and special things I want my loved ones to remember about each other. I hope you’ve been inspired to add some extra journaling to your next layout.

Garden Gate Card By Betsy Veldman

I’m excited to share one of the cards that Besty created using the new Papertrey Ink Garden Gate Kit that was just released on August 1st. I was blown away with all the gorgeous designs that Betsy was kind enough to share on her blog Paper, Scissors & Super Heros. You’re going to love them!

Garden Gate Card By Besty Veldman

Betsy has really outdone herself with this kit! I highly recommend stopping by and checking out her video which reveals all the amazing treasure that comes in this limited edition kit as well as several other amazing projects.

You’re Amazing By Yoonsun Hur

It’s a beautiful thing to find someone who makes you feel encouraged, uplifted, and valued, and that’s what happens each time you send out one of your handmade cards, so keep up the good work. Who wouldn’t feel the love that was put into this cheerful card?

You're Amazing By Yoonsun Hur

Yoonsun used the Diagonal Sentiment Strip Cover-Up Die-namics from My Favorite Things that she watercolored with various Tim Holtz Distress Inks. For the complete instructions on how Yoonsun created this fun card click here and I would be honored to escort you over for a visit.

Mixed Media Pencil Case By Riikka Kovasin

With the ongoing textile trend still on fire, I thought you might enjoy this artsy pencil case designed by the very talented Riikka Kovasin. Rikka actually sewed this pencil case, but not to worry if sewing isn’t your thing! I have seen premade canvas type bags in all shapes and sizes at Michaels, JoAnns, and Hobby Lobby, just to name a few retail outlets. There’s nothing wrong with taking a shortcut here and there, right? 😉 If you’re up to the challenge of sewing your own bag, click here and I’ll take you over to Hamels Thread Blog where you’ll find a great step-by-step tutorial with tons of great photos.

Mixed media pencil case

It’s important to have fun with your art to achieve success. Art is our therapy, so it shouldn’t be stressful! Just have fun and remember that it’s ok to color outside the lines. There are no rules! There is something so creatively inspiring when you sit down and just PLAY.  No rules, no guidelines… just experimentation at it’s finest. Have fun creating your one-of-a-kind piece. You might want to make a couple because the girls are going to love yours.

Grilled Lime Salmon with Avocado-Mango Salsa and Coconut Rice

Whether you’re having company over for dinner or just looking for something different to add into your regular dinner rotation, you’re going to love the flavor combinations of the slightly charred lime salmon with the sweet, fruity salsa and the rich and creamy coconut rice.

Grilled Lime Salmon with Avocado-Mango Salsa and Coconut Rice

I hope you give this recipe a try – it will definitely be the highlight of a nice summer day! This is one of those restaurant quality meals that you can make and enjoy in the comfort of your own home. Thanks to Jaclyn, author of the amazing cooking blog Cooking Classy. Click here and I will be happy to escort you over so you can print out the recipe and pin a few others while you’re there. Bon appetit!

Thanks so much for stopping by today! I have some fun projects in the works for you coming next Sunday so be sure and check back. Have a great week!

Lorraine

Sundays With Lorraine

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Welcome to Weekly Scrapper! I’m happy you’ve been able to find some time for yourself to enjoy being creative. Sundays are special to me because this is the time that I have to share my passion for crafting with you when I’m not teaching at a Scrapbook Expo. So sit back, relax, and enjoy today’s inspiration.

Seasons Greetings

Now that Thanksgiving is behind us, it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas. Christmas doesn’t have to always be red and green, as shown in this adorable shaker card designed by Kara. Don’t you just love the soft pink and grey color scheme with a hint of sparkle?

Seasons Greetings

For a complete list of supplies, hop on over to Kara’s blog K and R Designs. Would you believe this sweet holiday card was created in less than 20 minutes? Ya gotta love it! Happy holidays to all!

From Our House To Yours by Nina-Marie Trapani

What a gorgeous winter scene! Nina-Marie even created her own custom embossing powder; I love it. The unique background was done with distress inks and a fun heat emboss-resist technique.

From Our Home To Yours by Nina-Marie Trapani

If you’ve been as inspired as I am with the beautiful background, click here and I will escort you over to the Neat and Tangled site so you can check out Nina-Marie’s video tutorial. You definitely don’t want to miss it, you are going to love all the fun tips and techniques she has to share.

Old Ledger Box by Jenny Marples

There is nothing like a handmade gift around the holidays. Who wouldn’t love this altered Ledger Box designed by the very talented Jenny Marples. Would you believe that this shabby chic project started out as a boring, inexpensive paper-mâché box?

Altered Ledger Box By Jenny Marples

I’d like to thank both Jenny and the folks at Frilly and Funky for allowing us to share this unique project. I highly recommend stopping by the Frilly And Funky blog anytime you need a burst of inspiration.

Lasagna Roll Ups

Are you looking for an easy yet yummy dinner for tonight?  You are going to love these Lasagna Roll Ups that I discovered on the Cooking Classy blog.

Lasagna Roll Ups

Just add a simple salad and your favorite crusty Italian bread and you have a delicious meal. Your family and friends will be requesting this dinner time and time again, so you might want stop by the Cooking Classy Blog and print out a few copies of the recipe. Click here and I will take you over. Enjoy!

I hope you all enjoyed a wonderful Thanksgiving and are ready to prepare for the upcoming holidays. Have a wonderful week and I look forward to seeing you back soon!

Cherry Limeade Cupcakes

How could anyone resist these yummy Cherry Limeade Cupcakes? Such a fun and timeless flavor combination! These cute cupcakes can be used for many occasions from a summer picnic to a whimsical Christmas party. Can’t you just see these yummy cupcakes brightening up your Christmas table?

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Cherry  Limeade Cupcakes

This is one of those recipes you will want to make sure to add to your collection. I discovered these adorable Cherry Limeade Cupcakes on Cooking Classy. Just sit back and let those compliments roll in because this cupcake is sure to be a hit with your family and friends.

Iingredients 

  • 3/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup cake flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/8 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cups + 2 Tbsp granulated sugar
  • 1 Tbsp lime zest
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 large egg whites
  •  1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup + 3 Tbsp buttermilk
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp fresh lime juice

Simple Syrup

  • 1 Tbsp fresh lime juice
  • 1 Tbsp granulated sugar

Frosting and Topping

  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 2 1/2 – 2 3/4 cup powdered sugar
  • Few drops red food coloring (optional)
  • 3 Tbsp maraschino cherry juice
  • 12 maraschino cherries, lime slices and sugar crystal sprinkles

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Sift all-purpose flour and cake flour into a mixing bowl. Add baking powder, baking soda, and salt and whisk 20 seconds, set aside.

In a food processor, pulse together 3/4 cup + 2 Tbs granulated sugar with lime zest until finely ground, about 1 minute. In the bowl of an electric stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, whip together butter with lime sugar mixture until pale and fluffy (if you don’t have the paddle attachment that constantly scrapes bowl, then occasionally throughout entire mixing process, stop mixer and scrape down sides and bottom of bowl). Mix in egg, then mix in egg whites one at a time, adding in vanilla with second egg white.

In the liquid measuring cup used to measure buttermilk, whisk together buttermilk with lime juice. Working in three separate batches, beginning and ending with flour mixture, add 1/3 of the flour mixture alternating with 1/2 of the buttermilk mixture and mixing just until combined after each addition. Divide batter among 12 paper lined muffin cups. Bake in preheated oven until toothpick inserted into center of cupcake comes out clean, about 18 – 20 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool several minutes in muffin tin, then transfer to wire rack to cool slightly while preparing simple syrup.

Simple Syrup

In a small bowl, whisk together 1 Tbsp lime juice with 1 Tbsp granulated sugar until sugar has dissolved. Brush mixture over warm cupcakes (use all of it, add two light coats over each cupcake). Allow cupcakes to cool completely.

Frosting

In the bowl of an electric stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, whip butter until pale and fluffy. Mix in 1/4 cup powdered sugar then mix in maraschino cherry juice and optional red food coloring. With mixer set on low speed, slowly add remaining 2 1/4 cups powdered sugar (add an additional 1/4 as needed to reach desired consistency), then increase mixer to medium and whip until light and fluffy. Pipe or spread over cooled cupcakes, top each with a maraschino cherry and a lime slice and sprinkle edges with sprinkles if desired.

Thanks for visiting and have a very sweet day!

Bird’s Nest Cupcakes

This is one of the cutest cupcakes I have ever seen. The best part is that Jaclyn author of Cooking Classy has the recipe all ready to print out for you. If you would like to give these sweet treats a try, go to the Cooking Classy site & follow Jaclyn’s lead.

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Wouldn’t they be perfect at a baby shower. How about a spring time event?

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I have to share how the adorable chicks were made. Instead of Fondant or icing Jaclyn used Cadbury eggs and since Easter was just a few days ago they are now 1/2 price, perfect timing.

Have fun with these fun & oh so tasty treats. Thanks for the visit, may your day be a sweet one.