Saturdays With LeAnn

Ghols Just Want To Have Fun

Welcome back, my crafty friends!  The weather here in Utah has become chilly, and with days like today I really enjoy staying inside and crafting in my office.  I hope you will be able to spend your day creating something you’ll love.  I just love this time of year!  Halloween is one of my favorite holidays, and since it’s coming soon, I thought it would be fun to share a few festive projects with you today.  I hope you will enjoy each one.  Remember, it isn’t too late to create some of your Halloween projects for the year!

Dream Chaser By Missy Whidden

Isn’t it funny how one scrap of paper can inspire an entire layout?  Are you ready to do some great things with your products?  Hopefully this layout will give you some added inspiration.  Who doesn’t love a little extra color in their world?  Even though there are a lot of beautiful details and dimension to this layout, the photo is still the first thing your eye is drawn to.  I love how Missy went around the edges of the leaves with some white gesso, and then added gold Color Shine and a few gelatos to add color around the edges.  Also notice the metallic gold machine stitching through the center of each leaf.

Dream Chaser

Missy really created a masterpiece.  Most important, remember there are no set rules when crafting, just have fun with it.  I highly recommend stopping by Little Nugget Creations where you will find a video tutorial on how Missy put her layout together.  The possibilities are endless!  Give it a try you will love the results!

Ghouls Just Want To Have Fun By Therese Dahl

Since it’s October, it’s time for some spooky fun!  You still have plenty of time to get your Halloween cards made and sent out.  This is one of those cards that will make you want to pull out some of your fun festive Halloween papers and put your creative mind to work.  This is such a fun card that really portrays the spirit of Halloween.  With Halloween coming up, what a great way to celebrate by sharing your fun Halloween cards with friends and family.

Ghols Just Want To Have Fun

Therese Dahl did such a fabulous job using the Grim Gretchen Set by Kraftin Kimmie Stamps.  The detail on this card just takes it up to another level.  Don’t you just love this ghoul?  She looks so vicious – such wonderful work by Therese!   I am sure you would like to have a list of supplies that Therese used, so click here and I will take you over to the Katten Mia blog.  A big shout out to Therese for being such an inspiration to all of you fellow paper crafters.

Look A Bit Frightened By Anna-Karin

Halloween is such a perfect opportunity to be creative.  With a little help from our crafty friend Anna-Karin, you can make some spooktacular tags to add to your yummy Halloween treats.  It is also a time when a lot of photos will be taken, so let’s get them off your phones and cameras and into an adorable Halloween mini album.  Let’s take this fun tag a step further and create a mini album out of it.  Just add a few more pages behind the tag and you will create a darling mini album.  What a great way to show off your fun and unique costumes, along with a festive celebration of Halloween.  Don’t you just love a project that can be used in several different ways?

Look A Bit Frightened

Anna-Karin used some fun techniques for her background.   She started out with a die cut tag and then added her patterned paper and brushed gesso over it. To give it a distressed look, Anna-Karin used the Slate stencil and Opague Crackle Paste. I am sure that your creative mind is spinning with all the different techniques that Anna-Karin used, so click here and I will be happy to take you over to spend some quality time with Anna-Karin and her fabulous blog Layers Of Ink.  Enjoy craftin,g my friends!

Halloween Cupcakes By Kelly Senyei

Spooky cupcakes make Halloween so much sweeter!  These sweet treats will both charm and scare your guests all at once.  Cupcakes have never looked so scarily delicious!

Halloween Cupcakes

These darling cupcakes are easy to make and those little hands will love helping in the kitchen.  What a great way to make memories with your children or grandchildren.  This will be a treat they will forever remember making in the kitchen for Halloween.  I just love recipes that look like they take a lot of time but are really quite simple to make.  Let’s pop on over to Just A Taste where you will find full details on how to create your Halloween cupcakes.  Thank you, Kelly, for sharing your fun recipe with us!

I hope you have enjoyed every minute of today’s Weekly Scrapper.  As always, I enjoy you stopping by on Saturday and sharing a bit of your precious time with me.  I hope you will get to those crafting projects today and have some fun creating some outstanding projects.  Have a wonderful week ahead and I will see you back next Saturday!

Hugs to all,

LeAnn

Saturdays With LeAnn

Vintage Tags

Saturdays-with-LeAnn

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

Colorful Pocket Pages By Nancy Damiano

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

Colorful Pocket Pages

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

Vintage Tags By Marta De 

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

Vintage Tags

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

Sincere Thanks By Yoonsun Hur

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

Sincere Thanks

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

Dresser With Fabric Inlay By Christy James

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

Dresser With Fabric Inlay

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

Lemon Blueberry Cupcakes By Alyssa

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

Lemon Blueberry Cupcakes

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

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

 

 

Tangerine Mini Cupcakes with Vanilla Buttercream & Candied Kumquats

Some desserts are almost too pretty to eat (notice how I said “almost!). Just the description alone was enough to make my mouth water, Tangerine Mini Cupcakes with Vanilla Buttercream & Candied Kumquats.

Tangerine Mini Cupcakes with Vanilla Buttercream and Candied Kumquats

See what I mean? These cupcakes are absolutely gorgeous and the best part is that they are as yummy as they look.

Look how beautiful the candied kumquats look in a glass jar. I guess it is true, presentation is everything. Wouldn’t they make a sweet hostess gift or a little pishkey for a friend?

Candied Kumquates

For the recipe to make the Vanilla Buttercream, the Tangerine Cupcakes, and the Candied Kumquats, visit Suzie Sweet Tooth. You’ll be happy you paid her a visit!

Thanks for stopping by for a visit and I hope you have a very sweet day.

Chocolate Leaf Cupcake

These wonderful fall cupcakes are so amazing and I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to share them with you. I’d like to thank Beth from Tricks Of The Trade for sharing her secret way of  making Chocolate Leaf Cupcakes. Be sure to visit Beth anytime you need some sweet inspiration.

Chocolate Leaf Cupcake

INGREDIENTS

  • Wilton Melts Yellow
  • Wilton Melts Orange
  • Wilton Melts Red
  • Wilton Melts Brown
  • Favorite Cupcake Recipe
  • Favorite Frosting Recipe

DIRECTIONS

Beth found leaves that were the right size and shape, then she cleaned the leaves up. She put red, yellow, orange, and brown Wilton’s Melts in separate bowls. Once melted, she used them to make streaks of colors across the leaves and blended them with a paint brush. She let them dry just a little before covering with a second layer of the brown to hold it all together. When they were completely dry, she carefully peeled off the real leaf to see the beautiful imprint. Make your favorite recipe for your cupcakes and frost them, then add these beautiful leaves to the top for a fun fall treat.

Sit back and enjoy the compliments you will receive from these unique cupcakes.

Thank you for stopping by!

Christmas Presents Cupcake

The holidays are coming and it is that time of year to start planning yummy goodies for all your parties! These adorable and delicious cupcakes will be the talk of the party, along with adding color and charm to any table.

Christmas Cupcakes

These fun cupcakes will be a super treat for your little ones as well. They are easier to make than you might think, so let them join in on the fun of decorating. You’ll be creating memories that will be cherished forever!

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

FILLING

  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips

DIRECTIONS

In a large mixing bowl, combine the dry ingredients. Add the eggs, water, oil, vinegar and vanilla; mix well. Pour into 18 greased or paper-lined muffin cups.

For filling, beat cream cheese and sugar in another mixing bowl. Add egg and salt; mix well. Fold in chocolate chips. Drop by tablespoonfuls into center of each cupcake. Bake at 350 degrees F for 25- 30 minutes. Cool completely and then place in refrigerator to chill.

FONDANT FROSTING

  • 1 cup light corn syrup
  • 1 cup shortening
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon clear vanilla extract
  • 2 pounds confectioner’s sugar

DIRECTIONS

1.  In a large bowl stir together the shortening and corn syrup. Mix in the salt and vanilla flavoring, then gradually mix in the confectioner’s sugar until it is a stiff dough. If you are using a stand mixer, use the dough hook attachment, otherwise knead by hand. If the dough is sticky, knead in more confectioner’s sugar until it is smooth. Store in an airtight container at room temperature or in the refrigerator.

2.  To use, roll out on a clean surface that has been dusted with confectioner’s sugar until it is 1/8 inch thick. Cut strips for your ribbons and create squares for your presents. The bow was created using a tiny part of a cookie cutter. Place the presents on the chilled cupcakes and add gold beads around the presents. Chill in the refrigerator until ready to serve.

Apple Pie Cupcakes

Wow, doesn’t this photo make your mouth water?  With all those wonderful fall apples, it’s time to make something really yummy with them. This fabulous Apple Pie Cupcake is such a great treat for fall! These taste so good, not to mention the lovely aroma of cinnamon and apple baking in your oven.

Apple Pie Cupcakes

INGREDIENTS:

  • 4 Tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 large Granny Smith Apples, peeled, cored, and diced into 1/3 inch cubes
  • 1/2 Teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/3 Teaspoon  salt
  • Juice from half of a lemon (about 1 1/2 Tablespoons)
  • 1/4 Cup all purpose flour
  • 1/4 Cup + 2 Tablespoons packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 (can 12.4 oz)  Pillsbury refrigerated cinnamon rolls
  • Whipped cream
  • Caramel flavored syrup

 

Apple Pie Cupcakes

Start by making a simple streusel topping for the cupcakes. Mix together butter, flour, brown sugar, and nuts.

Apple Pie Cupcakes

Peel and dice the apples. Granny Smith apples were used here, but you can also use another good baking apple. When selecting apples, go for those that are nice and crisp.

Apple Pie Cupcakes

Saute the apples in a large saute pan over medium to high heat. Melt a tablespoon or two of butter, add apples, and cook about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally until softened. Sprinkle with 2 tablespoons brown sugar, cinnamon, and salt.

Apple Pie Cupcakes

Cook 5 minutes longer or until tender, then stir in lemon juice.

Apple Pie Cupcakes

Heat oven to 400 F. Grease muffin tins slightly. Separate dough into 8 rolls. Flatten each into a 4 inch round and place into muffin cup.

Apple Pie Cupcakes

Divide apple filling evenly onto rolls in muffin cups. Divide streusel topping mixture evenly over apples.

Apple Pie Cupcakes

Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until bubbly and tops are lightly browned. Cool slightly before removing from muffin cups. Cool completely, about 30 minutes. Serve cupcakes topped with whipped cream and a drizzle of caramel syrup.  A big thank you goes out to Joanne and Adam Gallagher for sharing this wonderful recipe for us to enjoy.

Thank you for stopping by. Hope you have a fun-filled day baking!

Boozy Gummy Bear Cupcakes

These festive sweet treats were made for adults but can easily be adapted for the little ones by simply omitting the secret ingredient (gummies soaked in vodka).

 boozy gummy bear cupcakes

 The cupcakes themselves are very simple – just funfetti boxed mix topped with whipped vanilla buttercream; you can easily change the flavor to incorporate your favorite. These cupcakes make an awesome presentation that is equally at home at a birthday party for the little ones or a party for adults. If you’re not interested in the adult version, you could fill these champagne flutes with M&M’s or other colorful candy for a really cute dessert display. (Just don’t forget the sprinkles!)

Standard muffin tin cupcakes fit perfectly inside plastic champagne flutes that can be easily found at  your favorite party store. These sweet treats are sure to be a hit.

If you are interested in the recipe, be sure to visit Erica’s Sweet Tooth blog. (After all, us big kids need sweets too!)

Thanks for the visit and I wish you a sweet and fun-filled day!