Sundays With Lorraine

Hello, my crafty friends, and welcome back to Weekly Scrapper! Summer has officially begun and in Southern California, we can have days that can exceed 100 degrees so if I’m not at the beach, I tend to navigate to my happy place, which is my nice air-conditioned craft room.  Since you are here with me that must mean that you, too, have found a little “me” time in your happy place, so let’s get started with today’s creative therapy.

Walk By Faith Canvas By Suzanne C

This whimsical canvas really spoke to me and I hope you find it as inspiring as I do. You all know how I love a nice hand-painted and/or inked background. The combination of this along with the stenciled texture and the gorgeous crackle embossing paste really takes this canvas to the next level.  Add those gorgeous butterflies with a little help from our creative friend, Suzanne, and you too can create a real work of art.

Pulling off a project with a lot of negative space is quite a challenge and big hugs to Suzanne for showing us how it’s done. I love how all those beautiful butterflies look as though they’re ready to take flight right off the canvas. I hope you’ve been inspired to break out a blank canvas and create your own work of art! I highly recommend stopping by the blog Suzz’s Stamping Spot any time you are in need of some serious inspiration. Suzanne is the queen of paper crafting and she has prepared a tutorial that shares step-by-step instructions on how she designed this project.

Are We There Yet By Tamera

Isn’t this a perfect card to mail someone that needs a little pick-me-up? After all, isn’t that why we put so much love into our handmade treasures? Sending a handmade card is like sending a hug through the mail. Many thanks to Tamera for sharing how easily this adorable card came together.  Click here and I will take you over for a visit so you can follow along as Tamera shares easy-to-follow instructions.

Kudos to you for sharing those smiles one handmade card at a time. I hope you’ve been inspired to break out those Distress Inks and Distress Crayons to create your own customized backgrounds. Be sure to stop by Tamera’s blog Plays Well With Paper for more great tips and techniques.

Heat Embossing Basics By Julie Ebersole

Heat embossing is one of my favorite techniques to share. I love it when I break out the heat guns and embossing powders in the Creativity Center – it makes my heart sing to see those faces light up when they experience the magic for the first time. It’s a beautiful thing! Whether you have been heat embossing for years or it’s your first time, Julie has some really great tips to share, so be sure to check out her video on Ellen Hutson’s Blog; you’ll be glad you did.

One tip that I would like to repeat is the fact that you don’t have to limit yourself to using Vera Mark for heat embossing. I’m almost embarrassed to admit how many years I thought that was our only option. I love my Versa Mark and I use it often. Because it’s a thicker watermark ink it stays wet longer which gives you more time to add embossing powders. You can basically use any pigment ink for heat embossing; you just need to remember that the pigment ink will dry faster so you have to apply the embossing powder before the ink drys. This will open all kinds of options for you, as long as you have clear embossing powder you can heat emboss with all your yummy pigment ink colors. Have fun!

Shrimp Cakes By Skinny Taste

You’re going to love these light, pan-seared shrimp cakes. They are moist and tender, covered with a crispy panko crust. Not only are they tasty but also much healthier than what you would expect. For those following the Weight Watcher program, they count as 7 points or a mere 265 calories. I almost forgot to mention that you can have these delicious shrimp cakes on the table in under half an hour. What’s not to love, right?

Gina is the queen of preparing light, fresh meals you and your whole family will love! Click here and I will be happy to escort you over to her amazing food blog Skinny Taste so you can print out the recipe. While you are there make sure you check out the “need it in your life” cookbooks. Big hugs to Gina for sharing with us that eating healthier doesn’t have to be painful.

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.

Saturdays With LeAnn

Gold Brush Lettering

Saturdays-with-LeAnn

Welcome back, my friends, to Weekly Scrapper!  I hope you are enjoying your summer, and are finding the time to be inside crafting, out of the heat. I feel honored today to share some fun projects with you. I hope you will be inspired and get some of those creative juices flowing. Relax and enjoy some time for yourself today!

The Good Life By Missy Whidden

When creating a scrapbook page, the photo itself is usually a major guide to your process, determining both color and embellishments.  You don’t want to overwhelm your photo so you can choose to go with lighter shades and subtle colors that will create nice dimension.

The Good Life

Missy created her layout around the stars.  She used the large star to layer behind her photo making her photo stand out.  Missy did some machine stitching along with sprays mists and paints on the background to create a soft, watercolor effect.  Let’s pop on over to Little Nugget Creations where Missy will give you some wonderful instructions on how she created this fun layout.  What a great way to go back and reminisce with your special photos!

Just For You By Julia Stainton

White on white is such a clean look. It can easily be dressed up to make it look more elegant; or add just a small amount of color for a more casual look. When working with lots of white, be sure to add dimension and/or texture to add some interest.

Just For You

What’s not to love about this adorable card designed by Julia Stainton? This is such a perfect card for any occasion! It’s also one of those cards that just say you are thinking of that special person. Julia has so many wonderful projects that you don’t want to miss out on, so be sure to visit her blog Belle Papier.  You will have endless inspiration for your week!

Gold Brush Lettering by Kristina Werner

Here is a beautiful card that is full of inspiration.  Watercoloring is such a beautiful technique and there are so many different water-based coloring mediums to choose from.  I just love working with watercolors because it is such a great way to splash some color onto a card.

Gold Brush Lettering

Click here and I will escort you over to the Simon Says blog so you can check out the wonderful video that Kristina Werner has created showing just how easy this card comes together.  I love her tips and tricks on the Gold Brush lettering.  You will want to jump right in and create one of your own handmade treasures!  Your cards that are created are so priceless and are treasured by the person receiving your them.

Mixed Media Canvas By Emma Williams

This beautiful Mixed Media Canvas is a lovely summery home décor piece to showcase in your home.  I instantly fell in love with all of the beautiful layers and the unique design of this canvas.

Mixed Media Canvas

The beauty of working with mixed media on canvas is that you can change your mind and it is so easy to take things off and rearrange them.  The variety of materials you use add great detail and makes your canvas a keepsake. This piece was created by Emma Williams.  Click here and I will escort you on over to see Emma’s step-by-step instructions, along with the techniques she used to created this beautiful masterpiece.  You will be inspired by her talent!

Melon Ball Ice Cubes By Layla (Laylita) Pujol

There is nothing better on a hot summer day than something refreshing to drink!  I have the hardest time drinking plain water, but adding a lime or a lemon seems to make it taste so much better.  I came upon this recipe for making melon ice cubes and I am one happy camper with my water now.

Melon Ball Ice Cubes

This will also give your drinks some fun summer colors along with the flavor.  For a quick and easy drink, you can also place the melons in Sprite or sparkling water; add a squeeze of lime juice, and a mint to garnish. This simple drink not only looks beautiful, but has a delicious hint of melon, lime, and mint.  Such a refreshing summer drink!

Thank you for stopping by on this beautiful Saturday.  Stay out of the heat and enjoy doing some crafting. Be sure to visit again next week, as I have some more fabulous projects to share with you.  Have a great weekend!

LeAnn