Tip of the Day: Rosettes Made Easy from Stamp & Scrapbook Expo

Lorraine from Stamp & Scrapbook Expo believes in alleviating stress in our crafting and she demonstrates how easy it is to create your own beautiful, custom rosettes. Using your own papers and some very simple supplies you already have on hand, Lorraine shows us how it’s done.

Lorraine shares all kinds of crafting inspiration at every Stamp & Scrapbook Expo in the Creativity Center. Visit scrapbookexpo.com to view all the show dates for 2017 and plan your own creative weekend. Lorraine will meet you there and I know you will LOVE crafting with her!

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Tip of the Day: Easy Glitter Clean-Up

Everyone loves a little sparkle in their lives! Lorraine from Stamp & Scrapbook Expo shares how to add glitter to your projects without leaving a big shiny mess behind.  Lorraine learned this tip from Elizabeth Craft Designs and was eager to share it with us. You’ll find Lorraine sharing all kinds of crafting treasures and wisdom in the Creativity Center at Stamp & Scrapbook Expo shows.

Make sure to check out the 2017 schedule HERE and plan a fabulous weekend at the Expo full of shopping, cropping, and crafting with Lorraine!

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Sundays With Lorraine

Hello my crafty friends, and welcome back to Weekly Scrapper. These are the last of the 12 projects that I will be teaching in the Creativity Center at the Stamp & Scrapbook Expo this season. I am so excited to see you all at the shows; four months is way too long to wait. Did you know that this is Scrapbook Expo’s 20th anniversary? We couldn’t have done it without you and to show our appreciation we have wonderful things planned this season, so come and join the fun!

Simple Stitched Layout

Do you like the visual interest that machine stitching adds to your layouts, but don’t want the hassle of breaking out the sewing machine? Then you are going to love these pre-designed layouts by Simply Stitched. They do the sewing and designing for you. What’s not to love? They have over 400 kits to choose from so there really is something for every occasion.

Click here and I’ll take you over to their site so you can check out the huge selection of kits they have to offer. We are going to attempt something that has never been done before in the Creativity Center- completing a 2-page layout in under 20 minutes. My money is on you, I think we can pull it off together! I hope to see you at the show, I’ll be waiting at the Creativity Center.

Sparkle & Sprinkle Card

You are going to love all the fun stuff that you’ll be playing with on this sweet card sponsored by Sparkle & Sprinkle. Not to worry, there will be some of their amazing glitter involved along with gold Embellishment Mousse, Gilding Flake,s and of course their wonderful Tear-ific tape.

You are sure to pick up some great tips and techniques during this Make & Take, so come join the fun. I’ll be waiting in the Creativity Center with your souvenir button.

Queen & Company Shaker Card

Queen & Company has mastered the art of creating beautiful interactive shaker elements. During this make & take I’ll be sharing just how easy it is to create the perfect shaker card. It’s all about the tools.and there are none better than Queen and Company. Be prepared to be amazed when you walk into their booth and see all the yummy eye candy!   I’ve seen their booth 1000’s of times over the years and it still stops me in my tracks. The most difficult decision you’ll have to make is which supplies you need in your life! Don’t laugh, it’s going to be tough not to want it all.

If you’re a crafter that loves everything to coordinate perfectly (and who doesn’t?) this is one booth you don’t want to miss. You are going to love how everything matches flawlessly – the toppings match the washi tape, that matches the bling, that matches the epoxy embellishments, and so on, it’s a beautiful thing! I’m really looking forward to sharing this make & take with you; who doesn’t love a fun shaker card and did I mention that the class is free? 😉

Crab and Ricotta Cannelloni

Dinner at my house would be pretty uneventful if it weren’t for the Food Network Blog. It is definitely one of my go-to food blogs. Growing up in New York, good Italian food was a given – in Southern California it’s a bit harder to find, so I’m always on the hunt for yummy Italian recipes, even if I do have to cook it myself. I hope you give Giada’s recipe a try; you’ll be glad you did.

Click here and I’ll escort you over to the Food Network Blog so you can print out the recipe. Top things off with a simple salad, some nice Italian bread, and you’re good to go. Bon appetit!

Thanks for stopping by; have a wonderfully creative week and I’ll see you next Sunday. Hugs to all and be sure to check out our show schedule. With 19 shows all over the country, I’m thinking there’s an amazing weekend waiting for you and your creative peeps at the Stamp & Scrapbook Expo!

Sundays With Lorraine

Elizabeth Crafts card

Hello my crafty friends, and welcome back to Weekly Scrapper! Today’s post is the 3rd in a series of four where I am sharing a peek of what you will be making in the Creativity Center at the Stamp & Scrapbook Expo in 2017.  As you can see I have many top-notch projects to share with you so be sure to stop by, say hello, and we’ll create something beautiful together..

A To Z Scrapbooking & Quick Quotes

A To Z Scrapbooking and Quick Quotes have been long time sponsors of the Creativity Center and many of you have come to love their easy-to-assemble layouts. Quick Quotes kits really take all the guesswork out of designing the perfect layout. We’ll be playing with the amazing Powderpuff Chalk Inks which are perfect for distressing your paper and embellishments…

You’ll also be using Simple Stories Photo Flips on your layout.  I love using these on a layout; they’re a great way to add some hidden journaling or an extra photo without overpowering your layout. I look forward to seeing you at the show & be sure to stop by the A To Z Scrapbooking booth to see what other new treasure that they will be sharing this year.

Heartfelt Creations

Heartfelt Creations truly is art from the heart. One of the many things that Heartfelt Creation is known for is their dimensional florals. In the Creativity Center, we’ll be using one of their must-have floral dies along with their magnetic stylus and I’ll be demonstrating just how easy it is to transform your dies into a dimensional work of art.

I will warn you, once you’ve mastered this technique, there is no turning back.  You will be roaming the house looking for something to put a flower on!  I’ve added dimensional florals to scrapbook layouts, cards, and tags, plus they are perfect to incorporate into your gift wrapping just to name a few ways I use them. Being the creative person that you are I’m sure you can think of dozens of ways to use your beautiful florals.

Elizabeth Crafts

Who doesn’t need a little sparkle in their lives, right? Well, you’ll be happy to know on this gorgeous card we’ll be playing with Elizabeth Crafts Silk Microfine Glitter, one of her newly released dies “Lovebirds,” and a few other must-have supplies that for now, I will keep a surprise.  

Elizabeth Crafts card

You’re going to be blown away when you discover just how detailed you can be with these amazing glitters, and combined with their double sided tapes, it is absolute magic!  I had the privilege of sharing a make & take with you last season (remember what we did with the lace, glitter, and tape?) and it was a huge hit. I also have many tips that Els herself has shared with me and I can’t wait to pay it forward by sharing them with you. I’ll meet you at the Creativity Center and I’ll have your souvenir button and some chocolate waiting for you. 😉

Honey Chilli Garlic Tiger Prawns

This is one of those shut the front door, ready in 10 minutes recipes. Yes, I did say 10 minutes from start to finish. With a little help from Richa, hostess of the amazing food blog My Food Story, you too can have a delicious meal on the table in no time.

Not only are these tiger prawns oh-so-tasty but they only need a sprinkle of this and a spoonful of that and before you know it, dinner is on the table. What I like to add is some lo mien or rice and you’re good to go. If you happen to have a Costco in the area, they have these yummy vegetable stir fried noodles and they only take three minutes in the microwave and they’re perfect. If you’re ready to kick things up a notch in the kitchen, just click here and I will lead the way over to My Food Story so you can jot down the recipe and while you’re in the neighborhood be sure to check out Richa’s other quick and easy recipe

Thanks for the visit and allowing me to share a little preview of what we’ll be creating together at Stamp & Scrapbook Expo. We currently have 19 shows scheduled for this season, so it’s time to start planning that special weekend with your creative peeps. I’ll meet you at the Creativity Center. Fun times and memories await us all!

Have a wonderful week and I’ll see you next Sunday with my final post on the Creativity Center.


Sundays With Lorraine

Hello, my crafty friends, and welcome back to Weekly Scrapper! Today’s post is the 2nd in a series of four where I will be sharing a peek of what you will be making in the Creativity Center at Stamp & Scrapbook Expo. I hope you’re as excited as I am because we have a great line-up this season and there is definitely something for everyone. We give you the chance to use fabulous products to create some great projects. How often do you get to play with the toys before you buy them? It’s a wonderful thing, so be sure to stop by and join the fun!

Craft Fancy

Let’s start out with this adorable project sponsored by Craft Fancy. Don’t you love it when you can use your scrapbooking supplies to create a fun home decor piece? During this make & take we’ll be doing a little stenciling on a dishtowel using a fun stencil by VVVVVVV. Can’t you see this darling towel hanging in your kitchen or as part of a hostess gift? Come join the fun as we create this adorable (and did I mention free!) make & take. 😉

For those lucky enough to be in the Chicago area, CraftFancy is a paper crafting store that features an amazing selection of scrapbooking and rubber stamping products. They also have monthly crops and classes for all levels of crafters! These days it is hard to find a good scrapbook store so when we find one we need to support them, so stop by and join in on some of those fun and educational workshops either at the store or at Stamp & Scrapbook Expo.

Melissa Frances

Melissa Frances is the queen of all that is shabby chic and I am so excited to have her as one of our sponsors in the Creativity Center. Her timeless, vintage-inspired design really speaks to many crafters. Melissa has several new products that we’ll be using on this adorable card, but for now, I must keep them a surprise. You’ll just have to stop by the Melissa Frances booth and/or join me at the Creativity Center and make the project yourself. 🙂

I’m looking forward to seeing you at the Creativity Center for this project! Without giving too much away, I will say there might be some fun water coloring techniques that I know you will enjoy. So stop by and join the fun; I’ll even have a fun souvenir button waiting for you.


For all my scrappy friends, we will be completing this adorable layout sponsored by Want2Scrap. On the outside chance that you aren’t familiar with Want2Scrap, they are most known for their amazing bling, their unique must have chipboard albums and embellishments and of course, their overlays which come in both 12X12 and 6X6. Overlays are a beautiful thing; they’re like the instant gratification of scrapbooking. We’ve all done those 3-hour layouts and that’s ok but sometimes you don’t have three hours to spare. My solution is to stock up on your favorite overlays and now you can complete a gorgeous layout in no time. The most difficult decision you will have to make is which ones to purchase – Want2Scrap has over 300 perfectly detailed overlays so there really is something for everyone.

Want2Scrap 12x12 Layout

You asked for a 12X12″ Disney-themed layout and Want2Scrap delivered! I hope you’ll join us for this free make & take; you’re going to love how quickly it comes together. See you at the show!

One Sheet Pan Shrimp Fajitas

Would you believe this delicious meal can be on the table in under 1/2 an hour? You know what that means – a happy family and more crafting time for you! If you have a seriously hungry bunch you can add some rice and beans. I love those kits at Costco, they come with two pouches of rice and two pouches of refried beans and they only take about five minutes to heat up in the microwave so you’re still done in about 30 minutes.

Click here and I will be happy to take you over to the amazing food and craft blog No. 2 Pencil, where you’ll find a plethora of amazing recipes and fun craft ideas. Hugs to Melissa for sharing this tasty dish.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have an amazing week ahead of you. I’ll see you next Sunday with another peek at what you’ll be creating at the Stamp & Scrapbook Expo you’ve selected to attend.  We currently have 19 shows scheduled for this season, so it’s time to start planning that special weekend with your creative peeps. I’ll meet you in the Creativity Center so we can create something beautiful together. Hugs to all!


Sundays With Lorraine

Hello, my crafty friends, and welcome back to Weekly Scrapper! I hope your new year is off to a great start. The beginning of the new year is beyond exciting for me as I not only have the privilege of sharing inspiration through Weekly Scraper, but it also means the beginning of a new season with Stamp & Scrapbook Expo.  I host the Creativity Center at the Stamp & Scrapbook Expos where I teach make & takes throughout the show. The best part is that each different project is sponsored by one of our amazing exhibitors, so once you fall in love with the products, you can go right to their booth and purchase your new treasures. How often do you get to play with the toys before you buy them? It’s a wonderful thing!

Art Anthology

Let’s start off with Art Anthology. They offer a full line of mixed media mediums that are amazing to work with. On this project, we’ll be playing with Art Anthology’s Coloration sprays (which come in 24 fabulous colors) along with dimensional paints, as well as several other fun tools that for now I must keep a surprise. I know you’re going to love the end result!

Art Anthology card

If you’re the artsy type and aren’t afraid of inky fingers this is one make & take you don’t want to miss. I must warn you, once you’ve experience Art Anthology’s products there is no going back. They will be a need in your very creative life. 😉 If by chance you miss making the card with me in the Creativity Center – not to worry because rumor has it that Stayce will be doing a free make & take in their booth.

Rubbernecker Stamps

This project is sponsored by Rubbernecker Stamps. We’ll be playing with their new layered Daisy stamp along with Ken Oliver’s amazing Colorburst & Liquid Metals – the two combined create magic! Rubbernecker Stamps was one of the first booths on our show floor to sell the Colorburst Powders & Liquid Metals so I would say they’re the resident experts on our show floor, You can usually find Dave or Pat giving demos throughout the show – it will blow your mind when you see how versatile these coloring mediums are and how perfectly they work with their unique watercolor stamps.

I hope to see you for this make & take; it makes me smile when I see everyone’s faces light up when they discover the magic of combining Colorburst, Liquid Metals, and Rubbernecker Stamps.

Stamp On It Project

We will be creating this adorable card showcasing Stamp On It’s  Art Acetates sheets and border/corner stickers.  The Art Acetate sheets are high-quality prints on heatable, embossable acetate that come in hundreds of different designs. The most difficult decision you’ll have to make is how many do you need in your life! They are so beautiful it’s hard not to buy them all.The corner stickers are vinyl stickers that can be used on various surfaces including paper, metal, plastic, glass, candles, and more, and are the perfect way to add a professional look to your handmade projects. You’ll be happy to know that they come in several different colors to accommodate just about any style or design.

Thinking of You Card by Stamp On It

Whether you’re a cardmaker, scrapbooker, or mixed media queen you’re going to love the amazing paper crafting treasures that Stamp On It has to offer. Come join the fun and nurture your own creativity!

Scampi-Style Steak & Scallop Recipe

Are you looking forward to Valentine’s Day, but aren’t thrilled about going out only to wait hours to have dinner in an overcrowded restaurant? Well, not to worry thanks to Judy, hostess of the amazing food blog Savoring Today, you can have this romantic dinner in the comfort of your own home and would you believe the entire meal takes about 30 minutes?

Since I’m sharing all kinds of secrets and sneak peeks today, I’ll share my plan for Valentine’s Day! Since this recipe is so easy and takes only about 30 minutes, why not let your Hunny be the hero by cooking you dinner on this special day? 😉 I think you deserve a night off. All you have to do is click here and I’ll take you over to Savoring Today so you can print out the recipe and hand it over to someone to make for you!

Well, I hope you’ve enjoyed the first sneak peek of the Creativity Center for 2017. I have 12 projects to share, so stay tuned as I’ll be sharing three more next Sunday. I look forward to meeting you in person at any of our shows. We currently have 19 shows scheduled for this season, so it’s time to start planning that special weekend with your creative peeps. I’ll meet you in the Creativity Center so we can create something beautiful together.

Hugs to all!




Sundays With Lorraine

Hello my crafty friends, and welcome back to Weekly Scrapper! I’m excited to share several heartfelt projects just in time to get you ready for Valentine’s Day, so sit back, relax and enjoy – you deserve a little me time!

My Heart Is Always With You By Mona Pendleton

Talk about adorable! Check out this darling card that Mona designed using Papertrey Ink’s Love Lives Here Stamp Set. This sweet stamp set is one that you will break out time and time again. With its adorable little houses, helping hands, and other heart-themed images, you will be well on your way to creating meaningful projects that any recipient will treasure always

I hope you’ve been inspired to create several of your handmade cards and mail them out to those special people in your life. Who wouldn’t feel your love when they open the mailbox to find one of your handmade treasures? I’d like to send out a big hug to Mona for being such a constant inspiration to her fellow paper crafters, I highly recommend stopping by her blog Cupcake’s Creations anytime you’re in need of some serious motivation to start that next project. Hugs to all!

Celebrate Your Special Day By Nichol Spohr

I love it when a card can be used for multiple occasions. This card is perfect for a birthday card, yet it would also be adorable as a Valentine’s Day card. Since I travel so often with Stamp & Scrapbook Expo I need to plan ahead, so what I do is create my cards – but I don’t typically add the sentiment and embellishments until I know who the lucky recipient is. A girls got to keep her options open, right? This way I’m ready for any occasion.

Nichol has prepared a must-see video showing how to get that no line watercolor look using your Distress inks. To watch the creation of this card from start to finish click here and I’ll escort you over to her blog and we can watch the video together. Nichol really is the queen of detail; I love how she created all that dimension without all the bulk.

Valentine Glitter Votives By Linda

Linda had me at glitter and mason jars! Wouldn’t these votive candles be a perfect little pishky to give out for Valentine’s Day? I’m also thinking they would be great to use without the candle to store some crafting supplies – like brushes and pens. Linda used mason jars for this sweet project. Mason jars are perfect to hold candles because they were made for canning and can handle the heat. If you are going to use the jars for storage you can use any old jar.

Since you will be breaking out the glitter on this project, I’d like to share a tip that is going to make your life a little less stressful. I love my micro fine glitter but in the past, I would cringe when it came to clean up – as you know glitter isn’t the easiest to clean up – until now.  Break out your Swiffer duster sheets (not the duster with the wand). They are going to be your new best friend when it comes to cleaning up glitter. One of the most requested projects that I taught last season in the Creativity Center was sponsored by Elizabeth Crafts and it was Els herself who shared this tip with me. Boy, did it blow everyone’s mind when we broke out the Swiffer sheets and bam the glitter was gone!

Slow Cooker Zuppa Toscana  Recipe By Amanda

With it being so chilly these days, I was thinking you might enjoy a little homemade soup tonight. Thanks to Amanda you can have this traditional Italian soup without ever leaving the house. This soup has all the great flavors of the Olive Garden soup, but making it at home is much more convenient and less expensive.  If you’ve never had this soup… it’s a creamy soup with tender potatoes, spicy Italian sausage, and healthy kale; you and your family are going to love it!

Just seven ingredients (plus seasonings) is all you’ll need, and getting this soup in the crockpot and on it’s way to deliciousness only takes about 5 minutes, then its back to the craft room where you belong! 😉 Pick up some of your favorite crusty bread and you’re good to go. Thanks to The Chunky Chef Blog, gourmet meals are just a click away. Bon appetit!

Thanks for stopping by – have a wonderful week and I’ll see you next Sunday.