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.

Sundays with Lorraine

Hello, my crafty friends, and welcome back to Weekly Scrapper. I just returned home from the Stamp & Scrapbook Expo in Kansas City, MO and I’m happy to report that a fun time was had by all. The weather may have been hot and the humidity on high, but everyone was on fire at the Creativity Center!  Hugs to all those talented crafters for making it such an amazing show.

I’m feeling a bit eclectic today, and I hope you find inspiration in today’s post. I have mixed media tags, an animation card, an adorable quilt, and, of course, a delicious dinner that you can have on the table in under half an hour. Whats not to love, right?

Mixed Media Tags by Marlene

Many of you know that I have a passion for all that is inky. When I discovered these perfectly inked up tags on the Art Anthologies blog, I knew I had to share the inspiration.  Art Anthology Paints & Colorations Sprays are second to none; you’re going to love them, especially when you combine the two together. My favorite way to use them is a good old fashioned resist technique. You can stamp an image, paint random areas, dry, then spray over the top with the Coloration Spray. The areas you painted will then resist the spray, creating a gorgeous background.

If you would like to see how easily these little works of art came together be sure to visit the Art Anthology blog and check out the easy to follow Snapquide 

Animation Card by Nina-Marie Trapani

Have you seen the new Animation Stamps by Uchi’s Designs? For those of you new to animation stamps, they are images that are made up of a series of vertical lines. When stamped onto paper and paired with a vertical grid overlay, they create an image that appears to be moving.

They really are a lot of fun. You can make them as elaborate or simple as you like. If you are a visual person like myself, I recommend checking out the short video to see exactly how the animation works, so click here and I’ll take you over to the Simon Says Blog. Who wouldn’t love to receive this sweet interactive card in their mailbox?  Kudos to you for sharing those smiles one handmade card at a time.

New Quilting Dies By Sizzix

I must confess that I am new to the wonderful world of quilting, but even I can see the benefit of cutting out your fabric using a die versus cutting it out by hand. With a little help from our friends over at Sizzix you, too, can crank out this sweet quilt in a day if you are an experienced seamstress – maybe a little longer for us beginners. Victoria used the new Totally Trees Die by Sizzix to cut out the tree shapes, but you can also create different designs and patterns by switching the shapes up a bit. This is definitely one of those dies I know I can use in many different ways.

I’m thinking these handmade quilts will make a perfect gift for the holidays. If you want to see more on how easily this adorable quilt comes together, click here and I will take you over to the Sizzix Blog so you can check out the short 6-minute video. It truly inspired me to add this handmade quilt to my crafting bucket list and I hope it does the same for you. Happy quilting, my crafty friends!

Tilapia Fish Tacos With Tropical Salsa

These easy to make tacos are a great combination of flavors and textures, and the bright colors make this dish as pretty as it is delicious. You and your family are going to love them. Sara truly is a culinary genius and I don’t know how my family survived before I discovered her amazing food blog Dinner At The Zoo.

If you are not a fan of tilapia feel free to use any mild white fish in its place. Part of the charm of this recipe is that you can substitute the fish and also customize your salsa to include what your picky eaters like. Big hugs to Sara for sharing this amazing meal and for getting us out of the kitchen and back into our crafting rooms in under half an hour!

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

Have an amazing week and I’ll see you next Sunday!


What’s New on the Stamp & Scrapbook Expo Show Floor

Hello, my crafty friends, and welcome back to Weekly Scrapper!  I know it’s not Sunday, which is when you are used to seeing my posts. It’s Tuesday and I’m happy to have the opportunity through this new series to share some of the things that are all the buzz on our Stamp and Scrapbook Expo floor.  I have been in the paper crafting industry for over 16 years, so when things WOW me, I feel the need to share them with you. There is so much happening on our show floors and sometimes it can be overwhelming, but in a fabulous way!  I’m here to shed some light on things you might have heard about but haven’t yet experienced, so don’t be afraid to ask questions. While teaching at the Creativity Center, I am often asked what’s up with Ranger’s new Distress Oxides by Tim Holtz. People often ask if I “need” them in my life.  My answer is a definite “Yes, I do!” and I’m here to share a few reasons why.

Distress Oxide Ink is a water-reactive dye and pigment ink fusion that creates an oxidized effect when sprayed with water. The Distress Oxides work beautifully on their own  – but when you hit them with water the magic begins.

Here’s my first attempt at playing with the new inks. Did I mention that I’m in love with all the possibilities? This card is one of my favorites; I used watercolor paper with Fossilized Amber, Spiced Marmalade, Wilted Violet, and Faded Jeans.

Another bonus is that you can layer the colors without making “mud.” You know what I mean – when you’ve obviously crossed the line with your blending and your colors turn to a lovely muddy brown shade?  With Distress Oxides, you can actually layer your colors and they remain true. It’s a real game changer. 

Be fearless when it comes to your creativity; if you don’t play with your toys you will never know what they’re capable of. Have fun!

Here’s a background that I heat embossed using white embossing powder on watercolored paper, then I inked over the top and buffed it out with a baby wipe. Too pretty, don’t you think?

You will be amazed at how different the inks look on different types of paper. A perfect example is how they work on kraft paper which is more porous than regular card stock. It almost has a suede look, too; it’s gorgeous, soft, and chalk-like.

One of the main differences between Distress Ink and Distress Oxide Ink is that with Distress Oxide Inks you can apply them to darker colored paper. You’re no longer limited to light colored papers. The colors are much more subtle, almost like you chalked on an old chalkboard. On this card, I heat embossed with white embossing powder on black cardstock then applied Distress Oxides over the top, then wiped over the embossed area with a damp baby wipe.

Because of the partial pigment in the ink you can even heat emboss with them, just remember you need to add your embossing powder right away before your ink dries. If you’re used to heat embossing with Vera Mark just know that Distress Oxide inks will dry a bit faster.  

A little tip when you’re playing and experimenting with your inks, remember that wet ink on wet ink will allow you to blend your ink whereas wet ink on dry will layer your inks, that’s why you always see Tim Holtz with that little white technique gun in his hand. He’s armed and ready to add that next layer of inky perfection.

The first 12 Distress Oxide colors that were released are Vintage Photo, Walnut Stain, Wilted Violet, Worn Lipstick, Broken China, Cracked Pistachio, Faded Jeans, Fired Brick, Fossilized Amber, Iced Spruce, Peeled Paint, and Spiced Marmalade.

You will be happy to know that Ranger has announced that they will be releasing 12 new Distress Oxide colors this month. Are you ready?!  The new colors will be as follows: Abandoned Coral, Antique Linen, Black Soot, Candied Apple, Frayed Burlap, Lucky Clover, Peacock Feathers, Picked Raspberry, Salty Ocean, Seedless Preserves, Twisted Citron, and Wild Honey. I’m doing the happy dance with you, too! I can’t wait to get to our Duluth show next week and pick up the entire set if they’re available yet. If not, I still have a few of the original colors to pickup, I was only able to score six colors at the Craft Fancy Booth before they were gone. Craft Fancy is an amazing paper crafting store in the Chicagoland area that carries just about everything you need for your paper crafting projects and they also exhibit at most of our shows. This is one booth you don’t want to miss!

Thanks for stopping by today.  I hope you’ve been inspired to give these amazing Distress Oxide Inks a try; you’ll be glad you did!

With this many shows around the nation, the question is not what show you should attend but rather how many shows you can attend! Click here and I will be happy to escort you over to the Stamp & Scrapbook website so you can start planning your creative mini vacation; you deserve it! I look forward to seeing you in person at any of our shows – I’ll meet you in the Creativity Center and we will create some beautiful together. I’ll bring the chocolate! 😉  I hope you have an amazing week ahead of you. Hugs to all!

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.