Saturdays With LeAnn

Peony Wishes

Welcome back, all my friends!  I have some really fun projects to share with you today.  This week you are going to be very motivated from all of the inspiration I get to share with you.  You will be motivated to scrapbook, create a beautiful card, make a pumpkin chai candle, and last, but not least, a wonderful dessert you can make in just a few minutes.  So let’s get started!

So Very Loved By Anita Bownds

This adorable layout gives so much inspiration for the perfect layout about your newest arrival.  It’s a beautiful way to capture baby’s first precious moments.  It is so fun to create a layout that expresses your personality.  This adorable baby layout is clean and simple and really shares the sweetness of the photo.


So Very Loved

We all know how much texture and dimension add to a layout. One layout can look many different ways according to how you use color, embellishments, and textures.  Anita’s layout is full of all kinds of beautiful elements, she has such a great way of giving layouts a nice contrast.  Let me take you on over to Neat N Crafty’s blog where you can find a video of Anita’s tips and techniques to create this precious layout.  Take some time while you are visiting her blog and see many more of her wonderful creations.  You will certainly leave feeling very inspired!

Peony Wishes By Laurie Schmidlin

Have you seen the new stamp sets by Gina K Designs?  These sets are Wise Old Owl, Peony Wishes, and the new Grand Greetings.  You will be so inspired with more of Laurie’s beautiful card projects so be sure and click here to see them.  Today I wanted to share this beautiful card Peony Wishes created by Laurie Schmidlin.  The beautiful flowers really caught my eye.  I love Laurie’s coloring and the vintage look that she captured so well.  Adding some inked edges and lace for embellishment really gives a beautiful finishing touch to her card.

Peony Wishes

If you haven’t had the opportunity to play with some of Gina K’s stamps, I suggest you take the time to do so.  She really has some fun and unique stamps.  I give all you wonderful crafters a high five for sharing those smiles by sending handmade cards.  The love that is put into a card is a treasured gift for life.  I hope you have been inspired to break out your stamps.  Be sure to stop by Just Give Me Stamps where you will find many wonderful ideas and techniques from Laurie Schmidlin.

Pumpkin Chai Soy Candle By Katie Enzenberger

Fall is the season of pumpkin spice.  This Pumpkin Chai Soy candle is a cozy and inviting scent that gives a warm, fall fragrance.  Candles don’t get any better than this!  This candle is a mix of soy wax, pumpkin spice oil, vanilla, oil, ginger oil, and clove oil.  A perfect scent for the fall or anytime of the year!

Pumpkin Chai Soy Candle

With the holidays coming u,p this would be a perfect gift.  Make some and have them on hand for other occasions as well.  They are so easy and fun to make.  Come with me and I will take you over to The Casual Craftlete where you will find step-by-step instructions given by one amazing lady, Katie Enzenberge.  You will definitely want to take some time to explore her blog as she is so creative and has many wonderful things to share.

Peanut Butter Frozen Yogurt Pops By Kelly Senyei

If you are a fan of the peanut butter and chocolate flavor combo (that covers just about everyone I know), you will love these.  This is not only a summer treat but you can enjoy these all year long. Peanut Butter Frozen Yogurt Pops are creamy and delicious, and they are packed with healthy goodness, too.  That makes them twice as fun!

Peanut Butter Frozen Yogurt Pops

Tangy yogurt, peanut butter, and three additional ingredients are whisked together into a light and creamy mix that is poured into popsicle molds and frozen until solid.  Waiting for the popsicles to freeze is the hardest part of this recipe! Let’s pop on over to Just A Taste where Kelly has the ingredients and recipe waiting for you.  This will be a fun treat to let your children jump in and help.  I am so excited to have my little grandkids over this weekend to give this a try.  I have to say I am looking forward to tasting one of them as well! 🙂

Thank you so much for stopping by today.  I hope you have been inspired and found some great ideas for a fun crafting day!  Be sure to visit the individual blogs I have shared with you to see more details on these fabulous projects.  Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Hugs to all,

LeAnn

 

 

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Welcome Little One

Well, another week has flown by and I do hope you have all had a wonderful week.  It is so fun this time of year to start planning some spring and summer projects, so sit back, relax, and enjoy.  It is time to show you some fun projects that will bring a lot of creative inspiration to your day!

Happy Summer Days By Amanda Baldwin

I would like to share with you this exquisite layout by Amanda Baldwin.  Amanda has added a delicate watercolor splatter base, as well as using the Colour Me Happy cut files to add some interest and draw your eye into her image.  She has stitched some pattern papers together and used cotton floss around her embellishment clusters.  What a beautiful way to preserve a special photo! Look at all the beautiful layering that Amanda achieved.  I am so impressed with her skilled techniques and they really give her layouts a pop.

Happy Summer Days

Amanda added fun flare and wood buttons, some enamel shapes, and a few flowers to give it a girly feeling along with adding some wonderful dimension.  Grab your darling photos and get started! You will be so inspired by Amanda and her impressive talent, so be sure to pop on over to Happy Arty Days where you will find many more of her fabulous projects and lots of inspiration!

Welcome Little One By Laurie Schmidlin

There are so many incredible opportunities to let your imagination run wild when you are creating handmade cards.  Today I want to share a darling baby card created by a very talented designer, Laurie Schmidlin.  This card can be used for any occasion just by changing out the sentiment.  What a sweet card that will bring a smile to anyone’s face.

Welcome Little One

Whether you keep your card simple or very detailed, your creation will always stand out and be remembered.  Cards may be small but they are packed with so much love and inspiration.  Click here and I will escort you over to spend some time with Laurie Schmidlin.  You are going to love her blog and will certainly be inspired by all of her beautiful projects!

Enjoy By Sara Barker

This beautiful masterpiece can be used for a home decor piece or a beautiful card to brighten up someone’s day.  Can’t you just see this on a canvas board and sitting on an end table?  I just love the texture that was created on this beautiful project.  You can always create a spectacular background using all kinds of different mediums.  You know me, I am all about creative and different backgrounds!

Enjoy

There is nothing more exquisite than a handmade decor piece for your home.  One of my favorite projects are the ones you can use it in many different ways, and wow, this would make an awesome card as well.  I would like to send out a big thank you to Sara Barker for sharing this beautiful and unique masterpiece with us.  Let me take you on over to Sarascloset where you can find how Sara created this beautiful card.  Be sure to stop by her blog anytime you are in need of a burst of inspiration.

Three Ingredient Coconut Macaroons by Kelly Senyei

My husband’s favorite cookie ever is a coconut macaroon and when I found this wonderful recipe I was so ecstatic because they are very easy to make!  Just think – only three ingredients and I think you will agree that this is a scrumptious recipe!

 

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Wonderful Mother

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Happy Mother’s Day to all of you lovely ladies! I hope this weekend you get to sit back and relax and enjoy your weekend doing the things you love to do. I appreciate you being with me this Saturday and hope you will find a punch of inspiration for your weekend!

Cherish created by Di Garling

This adorable muslin fabric mixed media background really gives beautiful texture and color to this layout. Di Garling is so wonderful when it comes to mixed media, and she surely shows her talent on this one! She has used Bo Bunny papers and lots of fun 2Crafty chipboard. Such a beautiful way to pop out her adorable photos!

Cherish

To finish off her embellishments, Di added doilies, flowers and some sparkle!  Don’t you just love the way she worked the chipboard? What an exquisite masterpiece full of inspiration. Let’s pop on over to Di’s Creative Space to see more of her wonderful inspiration. Click here for her full video on how she created this gorgeous layout with her wonderful techniques.

Wonderful Mother created by Lucy Abrams

This beautiful card is such a great way to show love to that special mom in your life; whether it be a mom, daughter, granddaughter, or a special friend. Cards are such a easy way to bring some sunshine to a loved one’s day.

Wonderful Mother

This card was made using the fun images called Just Darling from Simon Says Stamp! Using Gansai Tambi watercolors and mixing together a red shade with some pearly white created this beautiful pink color. Adding a few sequins and some rhinestones really popped out the flower, giving it a little sparkle! I don’t want to forget to mention the cute binding with stitching down the side. Let’s go over to Lucy’s Cards to see more of Lucy’s wonderful projects.

Life Is Beautiful created by Kathy Roney

How better said than “Life is Beautiful.” Spring is my favorite time of the year and it is a time that I reflect on the beauty of the world and how wonderful life is. This card certainly popped out at me and I fell in love with it. I love the color combination in this card and the coloring is so outstanding.

Life Is Beautiful

Kathy used the Botanical Rose Bouquet set for the main image along with the Butterfly Medley stamp set, both from Heartfelt Creations. She colored them with colored pencils and mineral spirits. What a wonderful combination to match the frame with her colored image. She added her sentiment, a teal colored seam binding bow, and button to finish off her gorgeous card. Take a moment and visit Joyfully Made Designs. You will be filled with so much inspiration; it is definitely worth your time.

Victorian Frame created by Mou Saha

Are you in the mood for a shabby chic project? Today’s inspiration is a fun Victorian frame that will look adorable in any room along with your special photo to have on display. The Sizzix Bigz XL die Victorian frame is the perfect die cut to create this adorable frame. This is certainly a project that will put a smile on anyone’s face.

Victorian Frame

If you would like step-by-step instructions come with me over to the Sizzix blog. You will see how Mou Saha created this stunning frame and get a list of all of the supplies needed. She shares her great tips and techniques for a fabulous shabby chic frame. You don’t want to miss out on this one!

Individual Raspberry Trifle with Lemon Cream

When serving desserts, I always love to serve an individual serving. Everyone gets their own nicely presented dessert. These are so easy to make and look so fancy.

Lemon Raspberry Trifle

You can switch things up if you would like, and try using blueberries, blackberries, or even strawberries. I am pretty sure that they would all be fantastic, too! Click here for your recipe and ingredients made by Glory Albin. Have fun making these yummy desserts!

I hope today has given you some inspiration and motivation. Enjoy your weekend and hope to see you back next Saturday.

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Mom

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Hello again, my crafty friends! I recently returned from a wonderful Scrapbook Expo show in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. I always get home feeling so motivated and inspired to start creating! With my enthusiasm today, I hope to share some wonderful projects that will get you inspired to take some time this week for you to create some fun projects.

Clock Face Chipboard Layout created by Kim Price

Today I want to share this exquisite layout featuring a large Blue Fern clock face chipboard piece, which made this layout so striking! Kim did some fussy cutting, painted her chipboard clock face, and added her layering technique to make this layout really pop! Her embellishments with her beautiful papers come together so well.

Clock Face Chipboard Layout

Kim added many beautiful flowers, giving this a lovely shabby chic look. This also gives the layout a fun girly look with some fabulous dimension. I’m inspired, aren’t you? Get out those special photos and begin your layout! Using chipboard is always a great way to get started.

Mom created by Cherry Nelson

When I discovered this beautiful card created by Cherry Nelson, I couldn’t help but think about my own mom. The scissors brought back memories of my mother as she was a hair dresser, along with being a beautiful seamstress. I took some time to reminisce about the fun things she would sew for me, and the haircuts in her beauty shop that I would often get. Oh, how I miss her and those memorable days!

Mom

Since Mother’s Day is just around the corner, what a treasured card to create for your mom, grandmother, or even a special friend who is a mom! Along with this adorable vintage card, you can take a few extra minutes and create a pillow box gift set.

Mom

Cherry used Carta Bella papers, along with a handmade flower made from a vintage hankie, and antique linen fabrics. This will be one of those gifts that will be treasured for years to come.

Ingenious Inking created by Barbara Anders

This beautiful mixed media canvas is a perfect way to experiment with all of the fun mediums, textures, colors, and embellishments. Let your creative mind go to work using all of your supplies, and enjoy all the different textures and patterns.

Ingenious Inking

For this outstanding project, Barbara started by using a 8 x 10 inch linen canvas. The taupe colored canvas gives a great color to start with for the background. Adding some gesso, stamping, and then her fabulous embellishments, Barbara created a masterpiece to display in her home. For her step-by-step instructions CLICK HERE. Remember that mixed media is forgiving; if you don’t like the way you put something on the canvas, just gesso over it and start over. Give this a try, you will have a lot of fun!  Mixed media could easily become your favorite way of crafting!

Vintage Floral Jewelry 

Once again, giving mom a homemade gift will warm her heart and she will cherish it forever. This fun vintage floral necklace was made using Epoxy clays and molds. Don’t be intimidated – just give it a try; you are going to have so much fun making these. The molds are very easy to use.

Vintage Floral Jewelry

By the time you finish your first necklace you will have your jewelry making wheels a-spinning. To get you started, be sure to visit damask love. You will find easy steps that will walk you through your first project; after that it will be a breeze. Happy crafting!

Strawberry Shortcake by Kayley McCabe

These yummy individual Strawberry Shortcakes will be perfect for your Mother’s Day dinner. I can see these being one of my favorite desserts through the summer months as well. They are so delicate and beautiful as well as being very delicious.

Strawberry Shortcake

Let me take you over to get your recipe and ingredients to make these fabulous individual desserts; just CLICK HERE. Enjoy!

Have a great week and enjoy some time for you by creating your fun projects. See you next week!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Welcome back to another wonderful weekend! I hope this Saturday brings some time just for you to relax.

I have been asked quite often if my job is fun. I definitely have to say YES, YES, YES! I have the privilege of seeing many beautiful projects and bringing them to you. My hope is that this will be a way to give you some inspiration and ideas for your way of creating. It brings me great joy to see the beautiful items that you create and to watch how your creativity is a gift you give to others. In addition to sharing lovely projects on Weekly Scrapper, it is also very rewarding for me to teach at the Scrapbook Expo workshops and being with such wonderful people who love the world of crafting. I see so many talented, happy, kind, and giving people at our Scrapbook Expos. They amaze and inspire me!

Today my first inspiration in scrapbooking is this beautiful layout “Never Give Up” created by the talented Mona Pendleton. It is easy to preserve the happy moments, but sometimes hard to create a layout for the challenging moments of life. It is important to create for the difficult times as well as the happy. We can go back and ponder on how hard that time was and appreciate the strength we received going through it.

Never Give Up

Mona has such a gift for creating layouts. She started building this layout combining various Prima papers and Spellbinders dies. To create her layout she was inspired using the “Let’s Get Sketchy” sketch challenge. Sketches can be such a great way to start your inspiration. I love how she framed the photo and used a bit of red and blue to pop out some color. Be sure to visit Mona at Cupcakes Creations for more of her outstanding projects.

I love cards!  Whether they are simple or detailed, cards are so fun to make. They can be created by adding beautiful papers and embellishments, including sweet sentiments, and sharing the finished product with the special people in your life.

Hugs & Kisses

Today’s beautiful card was created by using “Once Upon A Springtime” collection from Graphic 45. Here Romy has fussy cut her flowers and layered them with pop up foam. This gives the card some character and dimension. Romy also added some pearl embellishments to the centers of her flowers, butterflies, and clock giving it a more elegant look. She used several different patterns of papers; layering them harmoniously combines everything together. Let’s pop on over to Scrapstuff & More so you can see more of Romy’s beautiful creations. You will be so inspired by her that you won’t want to leave her blog!

I was sitting today enjoying a bit of warm weather here in Utah, and knowing that spring is just around the corner brings us to Easter. It is hard to believe that we are coming upon that day so quickly! I want to share with you an adorable card that is perfect for Easter. This rubber stamp is from Crafter’s Companion Bebunni Floral “Sweet As A Rose.” Isn’t this image so adorable?

You're As Sweet As A Rose

Giovana did a beautiful job with her coloring technique using Spectrum Noir Markers. The elements work really well together. For full instructions and a list of supplies, jump on over to her blog Believe. Giovana Smith will share in full detail how she created this adorable card.

Making your house a home is all about the details you add to make it your own.  Whether you add a picture to your wall or a decoration on your shelf, adding the little things can make a big difference. Today I have a very inspiring way to add a little fresh vintage look to your home. This doily table runner is so unique and beautiful.  What a wonderful idea to use up your treasured doilies that were made by grandma, mom, or even a gift from a friend you cherish. I have many doilies that were my mom’s and I just can’t part with them. This idea is such a great way to display and enjoy each hand stitched doily created by my mother.

Doily Table Runner

If you love this doily table runner but don’t really have doilies hanging around, check out some thrift stores. You can pick these up there as well as garage sales and will spend very little on them. This stunning doily runner was created by Ashley Ann who was inspired by a photograph on Country Living Magazine. You can find more on Ashley Ann’s projects on her blog Under The Sycamore.  A big thank you to Ashley for creating this doily table runner and sharing her instructions.

Wow! This is too pretty to even begin to eat. What a perfect treat using fresh fruit, lemon cream, and a flaky pastry!  With just a few ingredients, you can create a beautiful yummy dessert that is quite easy to make. What a way to impress your friends and family.

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Wouldn’t this be a gorgeous dessert to serve at a shower, Easter brunch, or even at a summer party? This is such a great way to express the taste of spring and summer! You will have a fun time making these. For the recipe and directions, let’s jump on over to Glorious Treats blog where Glory will walk you through how to make these yummy Lemon Cream Puffs with Fresh Fruit. Go ahead and be a show-off! It is easy with this deceptively easy cream puff recipe!

No matter what your talent is, spring is a great time to try a new technique or step of of your comfort zone. Think of it as a “creative stretch.”  Happy crafting!

Thanks for joining me today, and I will look forward for your return next Saturday – have a great week!

Saturday’s Inspiration: Beautiful cards, a wintery day layout, a home décor project, and a special treat

Love You

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Welcome to another wonderful Saturday here on the Weekly Scrapper blog. I have some real treasures to share with you today. I hope that these will inspire you to jump out of that chair and get started making some of these adorable projects on this fabulous weekend!

Together Card by Aida Haron

I want to share a very gorgeous card created with burlap. Who would have ever thought that burlap could look so stunning on a card? This is a perfect example of shabby chic with simple elegance. I fell in love with every little detail about this card – the soft colors, the stunning flowers, and the wonderful dimension. How fun to mix all varieties of die cuts! This inspiring card was found on the Sizzix blog created by Aida Haron. I can only imagine how this beautiful card will bring a little sunshine to brighten anyone’s day.

Together

Love You Card by Michele Kovack

Everyone loves a beautiful handmade card. They are so much fun to make and such a joy to receive. Can you just imagine giving this to someone you love for Valentine’s Day? I think it makes a wonderful statement in showing your love to that special person. I just love the warm fuzzy feeling that I get inside this time of year. It is so fun to see a big smile on someone’s face as you give them your treasured handmade card.

Love You

This darling card is made with straws for the main backdrop of the card. Adding some beautiful lace really gives it that feminine touch. It just wouldn’t be a Valentines card without adding a heart. I would like to thank Michele Kovack for sharing this sweet card with us. What a great inspiration!  Visit Thoughts Of A Cardmaking Scrapbooker blog; you will see many more outstanding projects.

Enjoy by Mona Pendleton

On a winter day what could be more fun then to go out and ice skate? This beautiful layout brings back so many wonderful childhood memories for me. Mona Pendleton really has an eye for detail. With her perfectly placed layers using flower blossoms, gears, and doilies, she really pulls this layout together so beautifully. Don’t you just love her textured background?

Enjoy

To add a little bit more detail she embellished her layout adding a fun pair of skates created with a Sizzix die. To give them the old rustic look she painted, distressed, and added laces to her skates. Be sure to visit Cupcakes Creations for more wonderful inspiration from Mona Pendleton.

Decorated Heirloom Box by Delaina Burns

Do you ever wonder what to do with all those pictures that are just waiting to be scrapbooked?  My favorite way of storing them is putting them in decorative boxes. How beautiful these are to set out in your home, and at the same time you have easy access to those photos.

Heirloom Box

Another beauty of this box is to create a photo album that fits inside, then give as a gift. Who wouldn’t love to receive a gift like this? What a great way to use up some of your product stash! I love metal hardware, and what an excellent idea to display your best loved pieces. This beautiful box was created by Delaina Burns. Visit her blog at Delaina’s Embellished Memories for her video tutorial. You will also see her wonderful talent and enjoy many more of her outstanding projects.

 Mini Chocolate Raspberry Brownie Trifles

I don’t know about you, but my mouth is watering right now just looking at this fabulous dessert. These yummy trifles are made with Ghirardelli chocolate baking chips. It can’t get any better than this!  Serve these at a party or even dessert for your family and I guarantee they will be impressed! I highly recommend paying a visit to the Ghirardelli blog; you are sure to leave ready to break out your baking supplies and create some amazing desserts.

Chocolate Raspberry Brownie Trifles

I hope you have been inspired to give these fun projects a try. I am sure you will have so much creating them!

Thank you for sharing some of your weekend with me. I look so forward to having you return next Saturday. Enjoy the rest of your weekend, and have a fabulous week!

Strawberry Margarita Cupcakes

Are  you having a block party, or maybe just a party to have a few family and friends over for a summer gathering?  These strawberry margarita cupcakes will be the hit of your party.

Strawberry Margarita/Cupcake

Ready to give it a try?  Here is the recipe and ingredients for you.  Enjoy your baking time and especially enjoy your summer!

Thanks for stopping by!

Ingredients:

For The Cupcakes:

  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 3 limes, zested and juiced
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 tablespoons + ¼ cup tequila
For the frosting:
  • 1½ cups diced strawberries
  • 4 egg whites
  • 1½ cups sugar
  • Generous pinch of salt
  • 1½ cups (3 sticks) unsalted butter, cut into tablespoons, at room temperature
  • 3-4 tablespoons lime juice
  • 2-3 tablespoons tequila
  • Coarse salt, lime wedges and/or strawberry slices, for garnishing

Directions:

Heat the oven to 325º and line two cupcake tins with liners. Whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt in a medium bowl and set aside.

In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter and sugar together at medium-high speed for 3-4 minutes, or until light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition, and scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl as needed.

Combine the buttermilk, lime zest and juice, vanilla and 2 tablespoons of the tequila in a 2 cup measuring cup. With the mixer on low speed, alternately add the dry and wet ingredients in 2-3 batches, starting and ending with the flour. Mix until just incorporated.

Divide the batter evenly among the prepared tins. Bake for 18-24 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with a few crumbs and the top springs back when touched lightly. Cool the cupcakes in the tins for 5 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack and brush the tops with the remaining ¼ cup tequila and cool completely before frosting.

To make the frosting, puree the strawberries in a food processor and set aside. Combine the egg whites, sugar and salt in the bowl of a stand mixer set over a small saucepan of simmering water. Whisk constantly by hand until the sugar has dissolved. Test by rubbing the mixture between your fingers; you shouldn’t feel any grittiness.

Attach the bowl to the stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment. Begin mixing on low speed and gradually increase to high and whip until stiff peaks form. Continue mixing until the mixture is completely cool (test by feeling the bottom of the bowl) and light, fluffy and glossy. This should take about 10 minutes but may take longer.

Replace the whisk attachment with the paddle attachment. Set the mixer to medium-low and add the butter, 2 tablespoons at a time, mixing well between each addition. Once all the butter has been incorporated, increase to medium speed and beat until fluffy. Gradually add the strawberry puree and lime juice and tequila, and mix to combine.

Frost cupcakes as desired and sprinkle with coarse salt. Garnish with lime wedges and/or strawberry slices, if desired.