Sundays With Lorraine

Hello, my crafty friends and welcome back to Weekly Scrapper! It makes me smile knowing that even with your crazy, busy schedule that you’ve found some time to be creative.  So sit back, relax, and enjoy a little creative therapy – you deserve it!

Mixed Media Canvas Tutorial by Irina Astapovskaya

Mixed media is an art form in which more than one medium has been employed and can be used on just about any project from scrapbooking and card making to home decor projects and art journals. Whether you’re a mixed media queen or you are just starting out, you are going to love the Art Anthology blog. They have an amazing design team that is sure to keep you inspired as you explore the creative world of mixed media.

 

Have fun experimenting and combining various materials for original mixed media art! Discover a wide range of mixed media products on the Art Anthology siteClick here and I will be happy to escort you over so you can check out all the must-have products. I know you will have fun creating your own unique pieces.

Mail Art By Kristina Werner

Are you ready to take your card making to the next level? I know you’re an amazing paper crafter, so how cool will it be to mail one of your handmade cards in such a gorgeous envelope as this one? I was so inspired by Kristina’s Mail Art that I knew I had to share the love. I can’t think of a better way to enhance the experience of receiving one of your handmade cards in the mail.

It’s time to break out your favorite stamps and wow your family and friends with your new found talent. Who isn’t going to be blown away when they discover this piece of art in their mailbox? It’s so stinkin’ adorable, it just makes you smile! I’d like to send out a virtual hug to Kristina for being such a constant inspiration to her fellow paper crafters. Be sure to stop by her blog anytime you’re in need of some serious inspiration.

Count Your Blessings Index Cards By Patter Cross

What a great project to start off the New Year. I’m a firm believer that positive thoughts generate positive feelings, so why not record those positive feelings through your art? This heartfelt project designed by Patter Cross has truly inspired me to start paying a bit more attention to the many blessing in my life. We’re all passionate about scrapbooking our journey through life, so why not include those positive thoughts and prayers as well?

I hope you’ve been inspired by Patter’s enthusiasm, which is to create one card for each day of the new year.  But not to worry if you don’t hit the mark of  365 cards – there are no rules, just have fun with your art and enjoy jotting down those little things that make you smile. 😉 I highly recommend stopping by Patter’s blog Triple The Scraps – she has some great tips and techniques to share. One of my favorite tips is to create several cards at a sitting and have them ready when you want to record your next heartfelt moment.

Chicken Lo Mein by 

Many of you know that Chinese food is my absolute favorite. I seriously could eat it 7 days a week. Growing up In New York we were a bit spoiled because all you have to do is pick up the phone and they will deliver it to your front door – but not so much in sunny California. Well, not to worry, with a little help from our friend Joanna you can make your own amazing Lo Mein without ever leaving the house.

This chicken lo mein recipe is surprisingly easy to make at home, and it actually tastes a lot better than what you can get at most takeout restaurants. Another bonus about Lo Mein is that you can easily customize the recipe to include your family favorites, you can even go meatless if you prefer. Click here and I’ll take you over to Jo Cooks blog so you can print out the recipe. While you’re visiting be sure to check out Jo’s book “30-minute one pot meals cookbook”.

Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful week!

Saturdays With LeAnn

Hello Friend

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Happy Saturday, my crafty friends!  I hope this Saturday brings a ray of sunshine to your day!  We are approaching a new week, and with it comes a chance to start over and try new things.  Today’s inspirations will certainly give you some creative and inspiring ideas!

Amazing Moments By Lisa Gregory

Today I want to share this exquisite layout by Lisa Gregory.  Lisa added several different mediums which combine to make this layout very striking!  She started by adhering paper to a piece of corrugated cardboard along with using texture paste.  I am so impressed with her layering techniques that really give her layout a pop!

Amazing Moments

Lisa added some beautiful flowers, giving it a lovely shabby chic look. This also gives the layout a fun girly feel with fabulous dimension. I hope you are as inspired as I am – grab your photos and get started!  To see more how Lisa put her layout together, come along with me over to What A Beautiful Mess.  Lisa will surely inspire you!

Out On A Limb By Keisha Campbell

Sometimes we just need to create something simply adorable! You can create this card by using two new products, the I’m Tweet on You stamp set and die-namics by My Favorite Things.

Out On A Limb

Keisha truly has such talent for card making! Take some time and visit her blog A Bit East-Coast to see more of her outstanding projects – you will be so happy you did!  Cards are always such a great way to let those you care about know how special they are to you.  Take the time today and create a unique card and mail it out to a special person.

Hello Friend By Debbie Olson

Who would have thought that these beautiful tulips are a digital stamp set and colored with copic markers?  When using a digital file, you can print and color immediately.  I just love the bright color and ray of sunshine this design brings.  This is a card that has such rich, exquisite, and beautiful coloring.

Hello Friend

This digital stamp set is called Tulips in Hobnail Pitcher by Power Poppy.  This is one of those cards that you could give for any occasion, and with Mother’s Day just around the corner, what a beautiful card for a special mom.  Break out your markers or even your colored pencils.  You will have so much fun creating your card with this digital image. Click here and I will take you over to Thinking Inking, where Debbie will give you step-by-step instructions on how she created this beautiful card. A big shout of thanks to Debbie for sharing her wonderful talent!

Watercolor Wall Art By Debbie Hayes

Sometimes your beautiful creations should be displayed in your home for not only you to enjoy, but also for your family and friends.  This is certainly one of your masterpiece projects that you could frame and hang on your wall.

Watercolor Wall Art

This gorgeous watercolor art technique is amazing and Debbie uses stencils to create patterns into artwork on watercolor paper or on a canvas.  Be sure to click here for a step-by-step tutorial and supply list to create this outstanding watercolor.  If you would like to see more of Debbie’s beautiful projects visit her blog Paint And Pattern.

Lemon Cheesecakes By Kellie Grammer

Mother’s Day is just around the corner, and these beautiful mini cheesecakes would be the perfect way to celebrate the day.  I know moms would love them! 🙂

Lemon Cheesecakes

I love individual desserts.  They are not only super cute, but they also give you portion control, which is definitely a good thing when it comes to desserts!  These are not just yummy but very pretty to serve.  Click here to get your recipe by Kellie Grammer at Tea Time.  I promise this is one that you will serve more than just once!

I have given you some things that will keep you busy until we meet back again next Saturday.  Have a wonderful weekend and enjoy the week ahead!

Sundays With Lorraine

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Welcome to the Weekly Scrapper! Even with all the crazy hustle and bustle of the holidays, you still managed to get your craft on; kudos to you! I just can’t believe that in less than a week we will begin 2016; doesn’t it feel like this year went by in the blink of an eye? I hope you’re enjoying a beautiful holiday season surrounded by those you love. Since I won’t see you until next year, I’d like to wish everyone a very Happy New Year!

Time for Love Scrapbook Page by Wendy Price

Do you combine your stamping skills with your scrapbooking?  Check out the beautiful background that Wendy created using several must-have stamps sets from Stampendous. I have to laugh, when my scrapbooking addiction first began over 15 years ago things were very divided. You were either a stamper or a scrapbooker, if you did both you were a real pioneer. Can you imagine such a world? It makes me smile knowing that whether you’re a mixed media queen, scrapbooker, stamper, cardmaker or you just like to play with paper, we are all one big happy and creative family.

Time for Love Scrapbook Page by Wendy Price

I hope that you’ve been inspired to break out your favorite stamp sets and have fun creating your own unique backgrounds. If by chance you fell in love with the stamps that Wendy used on her beautiful layout, you can click here and I will be happy to take you over to the Stampendous Blog.

Sending You Smiles by Debbie Olsen

I bet you’re ready to move on from all the Christmas-themed crafting; I know I am. It’s time to gather up your favorite distress inks, watercolor paper, and your heat gun – we’re going to create some magic! As many of you know, one of my go-to favorite techniques is heat embossing and watercoloring. The combination is awesome and I love it that you never get the same look twice.

Sending miles by Debbie Olson

It’s hard to believe that the entire card was watercolored using distress inks. I’d like to send out a big hug to Debbie for being such an inspiration to all paper crafters. If you haven’t yet been on Debbie’s blog Thinking Inking blog, you’re truly missing out. Click here  and I will be happy to take you over. You are definitely going to leave totally inspired and fired up to start that next project.

Rubbernecker Multi Stamping Technique

Do you love that relaxed hand-painted look but can’t draw or paint to save your life? No worries, you are not alone since I just described myself! 😉 This is one video tutorial that you definitely don’t want to miss. The Rubbernecker Multi Stamping Technique is such a simple technique that brings stunning results.

Rubbernecker Multi Stamping Technique I know that you are going to be amazed at how easy it is to create your own mini works of art. So be sure to check out the Debby Hughes video that can be seen on the Simon Says Stamp Blog. Now that you have fallen in love with these must-have stamps, click here and I will lead the way over so you can order you own. I hope you’ve been inspired to give this technique a try. I’d like to thank Debby for being such an inspiration and for sharing her great tips and techniques..

Organize your Kitchen With Paint Pens by Elsie Larson

Do you believe in New Year’s resolutions? I must confess, I’m not the most organized person. Try as I might, I never quite get there. So every year I give it the old college try and attempt to organize my house, or at least my craft room and the kitchen. I have a thing for glass jars in my craft room, as they’re perfect to store my many embellishments. When I saw this post  A Beautiful Mess hosted by Elsie & Emma I knew I had to share the inspiration. You’re just a paint pen and some jars away from beautiful yet functional organization.

Organize your kitchen

I collect mason jars so I will be using those, but you can use whatever jars you have access to. A big thank you to Elsie & Emma for showing us that being organized doesn’t have to be painful. Don’t you love it when something so simple and affordable can be so cute?

One Pan Cajun Chicken Dinner

Even with Christmas behind us, we’re still busy preparing for New Year’s. No worries, I have your back! I discovered this delicious dinner on the Cooking Classy Blog and knew I had to share the love. Did I mention that the entire meal is made in one pan? Not only does this dish taste delicious, but it takes minimal clean up. “Ya gotta love it!”

One Pan Cajun Chicken Dinner

This recipe is perfect for those busy weeknights when you still want a homemade meal but you don’t have the time or energy to put in a lot of effort. Click here and I will be honored to take you over so you can follow along with Jaclyn as she shares the recipe as well as some great cooking tips. One thing that I would like to share is that this dish can be a little spicy, but not to worry, you can easily adjust the seasoning to your family’s liking by adding or deleting the cajun seasoning. Bon appetit!

Thanks for stopping by! I know how busy you are and I’m so happy that you’ve found some inspiration in today’s post. Happy New Year, my creative friends! I look forward to seeing you next Sunday.

Saturdays With LeAnn

Christmas Is In The Air

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Welcome back to Weekly Scrapper, my friends!  I hope you are having a great weekend so far and taking some time to relax.  It is time again to enjoy today’s inspirational projects that I am very excited to share with you. Take some of the holiday pressure off by spending a bit of time for yourself!  Happy crafting!

Free Falling By Jinny Newlin

I don’t think there is anything more precious than baby photos.  They are certainly one of my favorite things to scrapbook.  Having three grandchildren (and one on the way) really brings joy in my life; I love to preserve those special memories of each one of them.  This precious layout was created by Jinny Newlin and she always has such a creative and fun approach to her layouts.

Free Falling

Would you believe the background was created by rubbing Pumice Stone Distress Ink through a chevron stencil onto the wood grain star patterned paper?  Never throw those fun tags away from your new clothing; you will be surprised what you can do with them on a layout.  Jinny used her up-cycled clothing tag laced with Baker’s Twine and tucked it under the right side of the photo. Click here and I will take you over to her blog “Soaring” where you can follow the steps Jinny took in creating this darling layout.

Christmas Is In The Air By Ginny Nemchak

Are you beginning to feel that Christmas magic in the air?  Now is the time to start creating your handmade Christmas cards.  Everyone loves a beautiful handmade card, and they are such a pleasure to make and a joy to receive. This adorable card was created by the very talented Ginny Nemchak.  I highly recommend you to visit her blog at Polly’s Paper Studio.

Christmas Is In The Air

There are so many fine details on this darling card yet it all comes together perfectly.  I would like to give a big thank you to Ginny Nemchak for sharing her beautiful design with us today.  Click here to get your list of products to create your own adorable card.

Thank You For Your Kindness By Debbie Olson

You can never create too many Thank You cards.  I like to have several made up and on hand; when I need one quickly it is already done.  I have a love for mason jars so this card really caught my eye along with the gorgeous coloring by Debbie Olson.  I am always blown away by the talent in Debbie’s coloring; she is able to add such amazing dimension. Isn’t this card stunning?

Thank You For Your Kindess

This is definitely one of those times you will have fun creating with your copic markers.  What a fabulous idea of air brushing and it gives the card such a wonderful effect.  Whoever gets this card is going to feel an abundance of love.  Be sure to visit Debbie’s blog “Thinking Inking” – you will be so inspired by her wonderful talent!

How To Apply Wall Decals By Jocie Hagan

Applying decals on your wall can sometimes be such a headache, not to mention how they will sometimes be crooked, or bubble and not go on smoothly.  Today Jocie will give you instructions on how to apply your fun decals with no fuss.

How To Apply Wall Decals

Decals add so much personality to your walls and also to your projects. Follow the steps to an easier and less stressful way of displaying your decals today by just clicking here.  If you are wondering where you can find some decals for your holidays click here and I will take you over to Wallternatives.  Enjoy your fun walls this holiday season!

Raspberry Peach Shortcakes By Julie Gransee

It isn’t too late to get those last few peaches to create a shortcake for a holiday treat.  Some of my family members are not too fond of pumpkin desserts, so I always try to make something a little different for them. I came across this recipe and can’t wait to serve it this Thanksgiving.

Raspberry Peach Shortcakes

Not only will this dessert taste wonderful but the appearance will have your family and friend’s mouths watering. Lets pop on over to Lovely Little Kitchen where you will find your recipe.  You will want to check out some of Julie’s other recipes. This will become one of your favorite blogs!

Thank you for taking some time out of your busy schedule to visit me today.  I hope these projects will inspire you and help with some of your crafting needs.  I hope you have a delightful Thanksgiving; enjoy all of your family and friends during this wonderful time of year.

Saturdays With LeAnn

From The Heart

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Hello again, my crafty friends! I hope you are having a wonderful summer and have been doing the things that you love!

Summer Vibes by Vicki Boutin

As you reflect upon some of your fun summer activities, you may want to create this adorable layout created by Vicki Boutin. The mixed vibrant colors and fun embellishments will really add to your wonderful summer photos. Don’t you just love the dimension that these darling three-dimensional flowers give to this layout? Dies are such a fun way to create your own design of flowers.

Summer Vibes

Let’s pop on over to the Simple Stories blog where Vicki will give you some wonderful instructions on how she created this fun summer layout. Don’t put off putting those cherished summer memories into your layouts. What a great way to go back and reminisce on your fun summer!

From The Heart By Melissa Bove

This beautiful and warm card is sure to put a smile on anyone’s face. What a beautiful vintage look with such wonderful distressed layers.  Even though there is not a sentiment on the front, this card says so much. It looks like a lot of heart went into making it special; every element added to its perfection.

From The Heart

For step-by-step instructions, be sure to visit Creating From the Heart. You are sure to leave feeling inspired by Melissa to start your next project.

Reading Together By Debbie Olson

Have you taken the plunge into digital stamping? After you see how easy this adorable card is to make, you will think about diving in and giving it a try. Digital images are so easy to re-size to the size you need them. Making cards can be a breeze!

Reading Together

Pull out your markers, chalks, colored pencils, gelatos, and even your glitter. Just think how much fun you can have creating with your digital images. Debbie made her card look a bit vintage, so it was perfect to color in grays. Pop in a bit of yellow to give it just a bit of color. I love the simplicity of this adorable card!

Frame Shelves By Shanty 2 Chic

Do you have an empty wall space in your home that needs an uplift? Today you will learn how to take a frame and create a darling wall grouping. This is such a fun way to reuse some of your old frames, or to dress up cheap ones.  Add color to your wall, or keep them elegant and paint them a soft white or cream.

Frame Shelves

Let’s begin to create a “Do It Yourself” frame shelf. This is a great way to show off some of your priceless treasures.

Frame Shelves

Isn’t it the best feeling when you complete a beautiful home décor project that doesn’t cost you a lot of money? Now that you are excited to make your own frame shelves, hop on over to Shanty 2 Chic where you will find easy to follow instructions along with great photos.

White Chocolate Espresso Torte

If you love pralines and chocolate like I do, I think you are really going to love this White Chocolate Espresso Torte with Praline. This recipe starts with a rich espresso mousse filling, chocolate ganache, with praline and chocolate curls. This is one of those must-have desserts!

White Chocolate Espresso

This fabulous recipe was found on the Tastebook blog. Click here and I will take you over so you can print out the recipe. This is one dessert your family and friends will never forget!

Enjoy your weekend, and remember to take some time for yourself to enjoy your summer. See you next Saturday!

Saturdays With LeAnn

Thanks

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Welcome back, my crafty friends! I have some really great projects to share with you today. You will be inspired to scrapbook, create beautiful cards, tackle a fun sewing project, and whip up something yummy in the kitchen. Take a moment and sit back, relax, and get motivated.

Together Family created by Minna Paajanen

This gorgeous design was created by the very talented lady Minna Paajanen. I just love the gorgeous Pion Papers made in Sweden. They are so unique and are of a timeless design with a romantic and vintage feel.

Together Family

Minna used the beautiful blue-toned papers and tags from the “My Beloved Son” collection. Using three-dimensional floral embellishments really pops out her photo. This is definitely one of those simply elegant layouts. Click here and I will take you over to Pion Designs. You will find fabulous projects and have a chance to discover their gorgeous paper lines.  You’re sure to be inspired to start creating your next beautiful project.

Thanks created by Donna Mikasa

You don’t have to be a professional painter to create watercolor masterpieces! I have recently taken the plunge to using water with my markers and I love how it can make coloring so much fun, while being such a breeze. Don’t be afraid to pull out your distress markers and distress inks, and if you have watercolor pencils they are wonderful, too.

Thanks

This embossed imaged was colored by Donna Mikasa. She used some distress markers and water for her coloring. The sentiment was a die cut from gold foil cardstock and attached to a vellum band. Adding a few gold sequins finished off the card nicely. If you prefer some shine to your card, just add a Wink Of Stella pen. Now for your challenge; if you haven’t already been watercoloring, take the plunge and dive in! You will be amazed at your own talent with watercoloring.

Friends created by Debbie Olsen

Wouldn’t it be fun to go to your mailbox and receive a handmade treasure from a dear friend? Everyone loves a beautiful handmade card. They are so much fun to make and such a joy to receive.
Friends

Debbie Olsen always has so many outstanding and inspirational cards. Click here and I will take you over to her wonderful blog “Thinking Inking.” You will receive more fabulous inspiration from this talented woman. I hope you are inspired to send a special friend one of your handmade creations; I am sure you will brighten their day.

DIY Pillow created by Desiree

Pillows are such a great way to add beauty to your home. Using your favorite fabrics will reflect your personality and give your home a personal touch. The possibilities are endless!

DIY  Pillows

Have you ever stenciled on fabric?  It is super easy and will give character to your pillows.  For a full tutorial on how to create these adorable pillows click here and I will take you on over to The 36th Avenue where you will be able to follow step-by-step instructions. When you complete your darling pillows you will be amazed at your talent.  It will put a big smile on your face!

Coconut Macaroon Tart With Passion Fruit Cream created by Elizabeth LaBau

Are you a coconut lover? If you answered yes to that question, there is no way you will want to miss out making this yummy dessert; it will become one of your very favorites. These are full of fresh, bright flavors, and topped with piles of fresh berries.

Coconut Macaroon Tart

 

It is crunchy on the outside, chewy on the inside, filled with a passion fruit cream, and makes a perfect summer dessert! Click here and I will take you over to “Sugarhero” where Elizabeth shares her step-by-step instructions. Enjoy!

I hope you have been filled today with lots of great ideas. Enjoy the rest of your weekend and I will see you back next Saturday!

 

Sundays With Lorraine

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Hello my artsy friends, I’m happy to see that you’ve found some quality time to relax and get those creative juices flowing, I have some really cute projects to share today so sit back and enjoy. I just returned home from a wonderful Scrapbook Expo in Milwaukee and boy, are those ladies on fire. A great time was had by all! I’m hoping to see many of you at our Chicago show in August. 

Full Of Wonder by Karan Gerber

I discovered this adorable layout on Karan’s blog My Heart On Paper. What first caught my eye was all the yummy texture and layers going on. Karan really broke out all the stops. Do you stamp on your scrapbook pages? It really is a great way to create some very unique backgrounds as Karan shares here.

 Full Of Wonder Layout

I hope you’ve been inspired to add a little stamping on your next layout, you’ll be pleasantly surprised at the magic you can create.

Happy Mothers Day designed by Debby Yates

I seem to be on a texture kick these days 😉 . I love how Debby used embossing paste to create the subtle texture in the background. Such a delicate design; wouldn’t this be the perfect card to honor Mom on her special day?

Happy Mother's Day

Debby truly is a paper artist; you owe it to yourself to stop by and spend a bit of time on her blog A Scrapjourney; you’ll be glad you did. I hope this beautifully ornate card has inspired you to add a little texture to your next project.

A Wonderful Day designed by Debbie Olson

At first glace doesn’t the card base look like a soft suede? I’m loving this sweet little lavender sachet image by Power Poppy Stamps; it’s so versatile it can be used for anything. I think this is one of those “need to have it” stamp sets. 😉  It has 12 clear stamps, including a market bucket filled to overflowing, a trio of freshly-snipped stems, and the sachet with a scalloped tag that coordinates with three teeny sentiments. There’s also a petite cluster of flowers and buds that make a lovely background or accent.

A Wonderful Day

Did I mention that this must have stamp set is a mere $18 on the Power Poppy site? While you’re on a roll, you might want to check out Spellbinders Marvelous Squares. These intricately detailed nesting die templates are perfect as single elements or can be combined and layered for endless creativity. Happy stamping, my friends!

DIY Luminaries!

The sky’s the limit when it comes to creating these beautiful luminaries. They’re fast, easy, and you already have most of the supplies: some scraps of your favorite papers, dies, some strips of vellum, and embellishments. Don’t you love it when you can take a stroll into your craft room and come out with a cute and functional home décor piece?

DIY Luminaries

You can have the romantic look of a candle without worrying about the danger of an open flame. You can find these battery operated tea candles at your local dollar stores. How cute would a small grouping of these sweet luminaries be as a centerpiece for Mom’s special Mother’s Day dinner? Then Mom can take them home; she’d love that. They would be perfect to use as a unique party decoration/party favor or just to add a little ambiance to a room.

Have fun designing your own luminaries; the possibilities are endless!

Vegetable Lo Mein

“Busy” is a word we all understand and often dread. Between work and family, it feels as if our time and attention are completely consumed. The beauty of this oh-so-versatile dish is that you can adapt it to your and your family’s taste and you can use any of the local vegetables that are in season. You can either go total vegetarian or add whatever meat, chicken, or fish that you have on hand.

Vegetable Lo Mein

Fast. easy, healthy, and delicious – what more can we ask? This recipe is sure to be one that you will be making time and time again. Click here and I will take you over to The Woks Of Life where you can print out the recipe. Bon Appetite!

Thanks for stopping by for a visit; I look forward to seeing you back soon. Have a great week!