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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Sundays With Lorraine

Hello, my crafty friends, and welcome back to Weekly Scrapper. Lorraine here, ready to share some fun projects on this beautiful fall day, so grab a cup of coffee, sit back, relax and enjoy a little crafty “me” time. You deserve it!

Adding Color to Black & White Elements by Missy Whidden

There is nothing like a beautiful watercolored background to make a black & white photo just pop. Missy used the Faith > Fear Collection by Illustrated Faith on this layout. The collection is entirely black & white which leaves your color options wide open. I love the contrast of this black & white collection. Click here and I’ll take you over for a peek of all the pieces that are available.

For more details click here and I will be honored to take you over to the Bella Blvd blog so you can follow along as Missy shares many tips and tricks on how easily this adorable layout comes together. Happy scrappin’!

You Are Amazing By Yoonsun Hur

Since we already have the watercolors out, I thought you might enjoy this sweet card designed by the very talented Yoonsun. Have you had the opportunity to play with Altenew multilayer stamps yet? They really take the guesswork out of creating a beautiful bold contrast, or you can use your favorite coloring medium for a soft and subtle look.

No matter what your style is, you are sure to fall in love with all the possibilities. Yoonsun stamped the image using Versa Fine Onyx Ink than watercolored the flowers with Distress Inks, but feel free to use what you have on hand. Have fun experimenting with different coloring mediums to alter the finished piece.

Mini Album By Suzz

What’s not to love about mini albums?  They are the instant gratification of scrapbooking, not to mention they make the perfect gift for those special people in your life.  With a little guidance from our crafty friend Suzanne, you, too, can whip up several of these little works of art for the holidays. Add a few photos and some meaningful sentiments and you have a gift that will be treasured for years to come. The large house in the set measures approximately 5″ tall by 3 5/8″ wide, which can easily handle of few carefully cropped pics and lots of stamping. After all, there is no better gift than the gift of memories, right?

I couldn’t resist sharing a 2nd photo of the inside. Be sure to stop by the Funkie Junkie Blog to check out the album in its entirety. You’re gonna love it!

I love the fact that Suzanne created her own mini album using the Tiny House Die by Tim Holtz. What a creative way to use the die. I must confess, I loved the die before but I haven’t purchased it yet. I was on the fence thinking how many little houses can one make, but when you add in mini albums – well that’s another story!  After seeing what Suzanne did with this project It’s now on my list to purchase at our Sacramento show in a few weeks.

Creamy Lemon Parmesan Chicken Piccata

It’s lemon time in my neck of the woods (sunny southern CA) so I am on the hunt for ways to use them. My family and friends love this creamy chicken over pasta, but a piccata can be served over anything: rice, zucchini noodles, steamed vegetables, or anything else you can think of. Have fun making this dish your own.

Be sure to stop by and visit with Karina on her amazing food blog Cafe Delites; you and your family will be glad you did. Big hugs to Karina for helping us kick things up a notch or two in the kitchen. Bon appetit!

Thanks for stopping by, have an amazing week, and I’ll see you next Sunday with some really fun projects to get you in the fall spirit. If you happen to be in Sacramento, CA the 3rd weekend of Oct (10/20 – 10/21) or in Ontario, CA the first weekend in Nov (11/3 – 11/4) we would love to have you join us at our last two shows of the year! I will meet you at the Creativity Center and we can create something beautiful together.



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.

What’s Hot on the Stamp and Scrapbook Expo Show Floor

Lorraine here with my September’s update to share products that are all the buzz on our Stamp and Scrapbook Expo show floor. As many of you know, I host the Creativity Center at 18 of our Stamp & Scrapbook Expos. It truly is my happy place because this is when I have the privilege of sharing my passion for the industry as well as for creating beautiful projects with you in person. Talk about having your cake and eating it, too!

We all love Sizzix, I know.  Have you seen the new Sizzix Journal Die designed by Eileen Hull?  This really is a “:must have” die set. I know, there I go enabling your habit again but you know it’s true! 😉 Let me start off by saying that this die is so popular that Eileen even has a  book available, appropriately titled Journal Treasury featuring over 75 journal projects right at your fingertips!  Think of all the possibilities – art journals, travel journals, mini albums, prayer journals, and planners, need I say more?  🙂

Now that I have your attention, I want to share a few of the beautiful journals that I’ve discovered while searching for fun things to share with you. I apologize for not having my own journal to share, but I just picked mine up at our Chicago show last week and haven’t had time to play yet. Maria B with It’s Cheaper Than Therapy to the rescue, she always has an amazing selection of Sizzix products both at the show and on line. If you are looking for the die and you happen to be at one our shows, Maria B is the lady to see for all your Sizzix needs. I’ll be sure to post pictures of my journals once I have a few complete.

Have you had the opportunity to play with Sizzix Paper Leather? It’s a durable material that can do it all! Made to simulate the look and feel of real leather, Sizzix Paper Leather Sheets can be used to die-cut, emboss, print, ink, stitch, paint, watercolor, or distress. When you run the paper through your favorite embossing folder and hit it with some Distress Inks it really looks like tooled leather. How cute would that be for your first handmade journal cover? Just thinking out loud.

Eileen Hull Journal with Seth Apter Stamps and Dies

It’s time to break out your texture paste and your favorite color mediums.  On this journal Autumn covered the dies with Prima texture pastes and then watered Vintage Photo Distress Oxide to tone it down, wiping away as needed. I love the vintage shabby chic look that she created.

Click here and I will take you over to the Sew Paper Paint blog so you can see all the other techniques that Autumn used while creating this little work of art.

Prayer Journal By Julia Aston

What about a Prayer Journal? I love what Julia Aston created with her die. She made a Faith Journal out of kraft cardstock and embellished the cover using embossed panels of black paper leather.

Julia used Newsprint Paper by Wendy Vecchi for the inside pages.  She cut 12 pieces of the 8.5′ x 11′ to 8″ x 7.5″, folded them in half to measure 4″ x 7.5″ and divided them into three signatures, each with four papers folded in half, giving eight pages in each signature.

Art Journal Designed By Suzanne C

This gorgeous journal caught my eye immediately due to the beautiful brightly colored background. I love how Suzanne incorporated a shabby chic feel while introducing the bright colors, not an easy task to marry the two together. Way to go, Suzanne!

Would you believe that there is no patterned paper involved on this artsy journal cover?  Suzanne created an ombre effect with Distress Oxides in wilted violet blending into worn lipstick into spiced marmalade, finishing off with fossilized amber. While designing the cover, Suzanne got a little carried away with her Distress Oxides (not hard to do) so she had lots of orphan bits. This worked out nicely as she used those pieces to coordinate the inside of the journal pages to match the amazing colors on the cover. You’re going to love it!

Tree Sketch Journal By Anna-Karin 

Check out this simple sketch book that Anna-Karin created. The great thing about making your own sketchbook is that you can use your favorite papers and also mix different papers. The front and back covers were coated with a clear gesso then colored using Dina Wakley’s Scribble Sticks and stamped using a Jet Black ink. So simple and yet so pretty.

The binding can be done multiple ways; be sure to stop by Layers Of Ink as Anna-Karin shares some great tips for adjusting the thickness of your journal to fit any size you need. Eileen also has a video on how to assemble your book click here and I’ll take you over to her video.

I hope you are inspired by the journals that were created by some very talented paper crafters. I tried to pick several different styles to show how versatile this die can be. I love it when multiple people use the same product and come up with totally different looks. I highly recommend stopping by their individual blogs for a visit, you’ll be very glad you did. Each designer has their own unique techniques to share and I wouldn’t want you to miss out.  You don’t have to be an art journal aficionado to have fun with this one. The possibilities are truly endless!

Since I’ll be busy flying to the last five shows of the year, there won’t be much personal crafting happening for me for during the next two months. I guess I will have to enjoy my creative therapy with all of you at the Creativity Center. 😉  I’m ok with that, it doesn’t get any better than creating beautiful things with some of the most talented crafters in the industry.

I hope to see many of you at the shows, I’ll meet you at the Creativity Center. Hugs to all!

Sundays With Lorraine

Hello, my crafty friends, and welcome back to Weekly Scrapper. You’re just in time for today’s creative therapy, so sit back, relax, and enjoy!

Altered 3D Recipe Box featuring Family Recipes – with Solange

Are you ready to walk into your craft room and come out with a fun and oh-so-useful recipe box? We all have those favorite recipes that are written on the back of a napkin or whatever was handy at the moment, right? Well, with a little help from our friends over on the Bo Bunny Blog you can crank out several of these recipe boxes in no time – one for you and a few to give as gifts for the quickly approaching holidays.

Solange created this adorable recipe box using the new Family Recipes collection. I hope you’ve been inspired to create your own unique project. For a complete supply list click here and I will take you over to the BoBunny blog so you can take down some notes. You are going to be amazed at how quickly this adorable recipe box comes together.

Dark To Light Art Journal Pages By Chris Cresswell

This is one of those pieces that makes my heart sing. I instantly fell in love with the different hues of blues and greens (my favorite color combo) and all the contrasting stamps and doodles. Not to worry, if you’re not a doodler, Chris used Kim Dellow’s gorgeous stamp set titled “Eclectica³” along with some of her precious geli prints to create those fun whimsical flowers. You’ll be happy to know that this set also comes with stencils to perfectly coordinate your projects. You get the mask and the stencil of the outer shape which can also be used as a frame. You are going to love it!

Remeber one of the only mistakes that you can make with your art is fear. Many crafters get caught up with their art being perfect, but art doesn’t have to be perfect nor do you have to follow someone else’s rules. If it makes you happy, then it is perfect as it is. Be one with your project and enjoy what you have created. Hugs to Chris for sharing this gorgeous work of art.

Under the Sea by Jennie

In honor of an amazing summer, I thought you might be inspired by this beautiful piece of art created by the very talented Jennie Atkinson. Would you believe that this little treasure started out as a plain Square Birch Ply Wood Plaque? These plaques are great to use for mixed media projects as you can really use a lot of products on them and they hold up great.  You can find them on the Calico Craft Parts site; click here and I’ll take you over for a visit.


Jennie really is the queen of fine detail. I highly recommend stopping by her blog Live The Dream any time you are in need of some serious inspiration. You are going to love her shabby, vintage style. Hugs to Jennie for being such a constant inspiration to her fellow paper crafters.

30-Minute Caprese Chicken Recipe By Heidi

With a little help from our friend Heidi, you can have chicken on the table and create beautiful things in your craft room in no time.  What’s not to love, with just a few simple ingredients, you can make this stand out, one-pan chicken breast dinner in under 30 minutes – then it’s back to the craft room where we belong.  🙂 At the end of a crazy day, creating beautiful things can be a real stress reliever.

I’d like to send a shout out to Heidi for carrying the team when it comes to kicking it up a notch (or maybe several notches) in the kitchen. Foodiecrush is one food blog you don’t want to miss, you are going to be amazed at how creative Heidi is withher recipes.

Thanks for spending a bit of your Sunday with me. I’m on my way to the Stamp & Scrapbook Expo in Marlborough, MA, so if you happen to be in the neighborhood we would love to meet you in person. The show will be on September 8th & 9th at the Best Western Royal Plaza Hotel located at 181 Boston Post Rd W, Marlborough, MA. I’ll meet you at the Creativity Center!

I do hope you will take a minute or two to visit the individual blogs I have shared today so you can see more details on how these wonderful projects were created. Hugs to all who have shared the inspiration for today’s post.




Sundays With Lorraine

Hello, my crafty friends, and welcome back to Weekly Scrapper. I just returned home from our Chicago show and I am happy to report that a fun time was had by all.  I’d like to send a huge note of thanks to all those creative souls that I had the opportunity to meet in person; you really made it a wonderful show.

City On The Square By Lucy

I must confess, I do have a soft spot for a nice city scape, it must be the New Yorker in me. I love how Lucy arranged the buildings by size to create the illusion of depth – so clever. The buildings were die cut using the Tim Holtz Cityscape Buildings then colored using Distress Oxides To achieve the proper perspective of the city, Lucy drew a set of squares increasing in size by 1/2″ increments, cut the centers out, painted them different colors from dark receding to light. Talk about an eye for detail – this project is definitely on my crafting bucket list.

If you are as inspired as I am to give this amazing project a try, click here and I would be honored to escort you over to A Vintage Journey Blog so you can check out all the fine details of how this gorgeous piece came together. Kudos to Lucy for sharing this amazing project with us.  I also recommend stopping by her blog Glue and Glitter anytime you are in need of some serious inspiration.

Love You To The Moon And Back By Nichol Spohr

Don’t you just love how the Wonky Rectangles Frame Die adds lots of visual interest to the background of this precious baby card? What a bonus that you don’t even have to break out the sewing machine, the die adds the detail for you.  Keep in mind that it would be very easy to change the card to accommodate the little boys in your life simply by changing the color combination.

To watch the creation of this sweet moon and stars card featuring Simon Says stamps and dies, click here and I will escort you over to Nichol’s blog so you can take notes. I’d like to send a shout out to Nichol for being a constant inspiration to her fellow paper crafters.

No Place Like Home By Chris Cresswell

Chris is a master of creating layers and contrast and she always throws herself enthusiastically into all she creates. I was so inspired by all the happy vibes that this artsy canvas brings to the table and I immediately knew I had to share the love. How adorable would this look hanging in your craft room or to give as a gift for the up coming holidays?

I hope Chris’s work of art inspires you to step outside your comfort zone and create something magical.  Whether you are a Mixed Media artist or just getting your feet wet, there are many tips and techniques to scrap lift from Chris’s original post. Click here and I will be happy to take a trip over to her blog with you.

Ginger-Glazed Mahi Mahi 

With a little help from the culinary genius over on the Kitchme Blog you, too, can have a delicious meal on the table in less than 1/2 an hour.  If you think about it, it takes longer to order a pizza and this Mahi Mahi is much healthier and is sure to impress even your pickiest guests. All you have to do is add your favorite vegetable and you’re good to go.

If you haven’t experienced the Kitchme blog you are in for a real treat. Not only do they have yummy treats of all kinds, but they also provide nutritional information for those of us that are watching our weight and trying to eat a bit healthier. Click here and I will be happy to take you over for a visit.  Bon appetit!

Thanks for stopping by and I’d love to see you at an upcoming Stamp & Scrapbook Expo. I’ll meet you at the Creativity Center! Hugs to all!

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

Hello my crafty friends, I know it’s not Sunday, which is when you are used to seeing my posts. I also have the privilege of sharing with you what’s hot on the show floor at Stamp & Scrapbook Expo. Many of you know that I have a special place in my crafty heart for Heartfelt Creations. They have been a constant source of inspiration to many paper crafters throughout the years.

Today I will be sharing two new holiday lines by Heartfelt Creations and I hope you are as inspired as I am to get those holiday crafts started.  To be totally honest I had planned on posting this article in July but with our marathon of shows and the Winter’s Eve Collection just becoming available on August 9th, it turned into Christmas in August. What’s a few weeks amongst friends, right?  We still need to get a head start on our holiday projects and who better to inspire us than Heartfelt Creations?

Due to their popularity, I thought you might enjoy seeing a few projects using their new holiday lines Festive Holly and Winters Eve,

Who wouldn’t love to receive a gorgeous mini album filled with priceless memories?  Click here and I will be happy to escort you over to the Heartfelt Creation Blog where Anita Kejriwal shares step-by-step instructions on how easily this adorable album comes together using the new Festive Holly & Cardinal Collection.

Here’s a peek at some of the inside pages; they are too cute!

Here are two gorgeous cards created using the Winters Eve Collection. I absolutely love the dimensional flowers on these sweet cards.

I instantly fell in love with the window die that Emma Lou used to create this adorable winter-themed card. It’s on my “must have” list when I get to our New Jersey show next week. Be sure to check out the video that Emma Lou has prepared, you’re going to love it.


On the outside chance that you are new to the wonderful world of Heartfelt Creations, I want you to know about their amazing Gallery as well as Emma Lou’s videos. You will never be left without direction or inspiration as there are 100’s of videos and samples to guide you through each project step-by-step.

I hope you’ve been inspired to get a head start on those Christmas projects. This is the year that you are in total control, I have faith in you.  Your cards and tags will be complete weeks before the holiday, leaving you plenty of time to enjoy time with your family and friends.