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.

Sundays With Lorraine


Good da,y my crafty friends and welcome back to Weekly Scrapper. It’s really hitting home now that there are only two Stamp & Scrapbook Expo shows left for our 2016 season. I am extremely thankful that we still have Weekly Scrapper to inspire each other throughout the year!

How To Hide A Story In Plain Sight By Kirsty Smith

I love how Kirsty put together this layout so that it features text as both a design element and also to tell a story. Making the text the focus of the page really draws attention to the words. Text as a background can be very striking, especially if you’ve gone with black ink on white paper as Kirsty did.


I hope you are as inspired as I am to give Kirsty’s technique a try. After all, we all have a story to tell, even when we don’t have photos to share the moment. I love text as a background but never thought of creating an entire 12 xx12″ sheet with my own handwriting while sharing a special memory all at the same time. Thanks, Kirsty, for being such an inspiration to your fellow paper crafters.

Mason Jar of Hearts by Alice

Alice had me at mason jar and hearts! Add in lace doilies, water coloring, and washi tape and there was no turning back – I knew I had to share the inspiration.The adorable Mason jar die and stamp that Alice used is from Stamping Bella and comes bundled together for a mere $16.13. You know how I love my Mason jars! I’m thinking this die will make the perfect tag for all the treats that I plan to make during the holidays.

Mason Jar of Hearts

If you’re on the same page and you, too, need this die in your life, click here and I’ll take you over to the Stamping Bella site and you can order your own. For complete details on how easily this sweet card came together, click here and we’ll take a trip over to Alice’s Little Wonderland

Shabby Halloween Box

‘Tis the season for all things eerie, mysterious, curious, and shabby chic. Since it’s the beginning of October, I knew you would enjoy this spooky altered box designed by the very talented Brenda Brown.

Shabby Halloween Altered Box


Who knew that this shabby chic treasure started out as a boring, plain papier–mâché box. If you’re as intrigued as I was about how to create your own unique treasure box, don’t be scared. With a little help from our crafty friend Brenda, you too can follow along as she shares the creative process from beginning to end.

“Mummy Veggie Dip Tray”

Now that October has begun, I bet you’re starting to plan your Halloween activities. I thought you might enjoy this clever and elegant veggie dip. It’s perfect to serve when you’re creating those cute Halloween crafts with your peeps or maybe you’re looking for an appetizer that’s showy, yet not full of sugar.

“Mummy Veggie Dip” tray

Healthy doesn’t have to be scary.  Click here and I will take you over to the Hostess with the Mostess® so you can print out the recipe. While you’re there, be sure to check out all the other cute Halloween ideas that Jenn has to share.

Thanks for stopping by, I’m off to the Stamp & Scrapbook Expo in Sacramento, CA. If you happen to be in the neighborhood I’d love to meet you in person – I’ll meet you at the Creativity Center. Stay crafty, my friends!

Sunday With Lorraine

Believe by Riikka Kovasin


Hello, my artsy friends, welcome to the weekend! Sundays were meant to be relaxing, so sit back, enjoy, and let those creative juices flow.

Believe by Riikka Kovasin

What’s not to love about this sweet layout, it’s so soft and feminine, and perfect to support the priceless black and white photo. Riikka truly is the queen of fine detail; how creative to use Gelatos instead of ink to stamp the hearts in the background.

Believe by Riikka Kovasin

I just love the chipboard embellishments from Scrap FX. The book paper butterfly and the flying seed spores are my favorites; they add such a whimsical touch. For more details on this beautiful layout, click here and I will lead the way over to the Paperiliitin blog where Riikka shares some great tips and tricks. Happy scrappin’!

Love Shaker card by Lucy Abrams

With shaker cards being so popular, I thought you might enjoy this adorable card designed by Lucy Abrams. Lucy now has her own die collection, and on this card she used her very own Shaker Shapes Star and Heart Die. These dies really simplify the process of creating perfect shaker cards.

Love Shaker Card by Lucy Abrams

I know you’re wondering where to find the gorgeous sequins used to fill the balloon; those are also part of Lucy’s new collection and they’re called the Gilded Rose Shaker Selection. This is a fabulous combination of seed beads, sequins, and confetti that all coordinate perfectly. Keep up the good work creating smiles one card at a time!

Sorry You’re Feeling Blue by Sharon Harnist

This arty card is sure to lift anyone’s spirits; it’s so sweet. It was this beautiful water colored background that first caught my eye. The watery background for the hippo was created using Sharon’s Copic Watercolor Background technique.

Sorry You're Feeling Blue by Sharon Harnist

Sharon has perfected several amazing background techniques that you don’t want to miss, so click here and I will take you over to the CLASSroom where Sharon has prepared easy to follow instructions. You’re gonna love em!

Americana Bunny by Hilary Kanwischer

Most people associate the Sizzix Big Shot with die cutting paper, but this amazing machine does so much more. This darling bunny was cut out of fabric using the Bunny die by E.L. Smith; this die comes with all the directions needed to cut and assemble the bunny.

Americana Bunny by Hilary Kanwischer

Now that you have fallen in love with this oh-so-cute bunny, hop on over to the Sizzix blog where you will find easy to follow instructions as well as a video tutorial on creating your own.

Fruit Bouquet

With the 4th of July less than a week away, I thought you could use a fun way to serve fruit at your 4th Of July BBQ. How cute would this fruit bouquet look on your table?! They are easy to make, so attractive, and who doesn’t love fruit?

Fruit Bouquet  by the Produce Mom

For some great tips hop on over to visit The Produce Mom; she really has some great ideas on serving fruits and veggies.

Thanks for sharing a bit of your Sunday with me. I hope you and those you love have a wonderful 4th of July weekend; don’t forget to take lots of pictures!.

Sundays With Lorraine

Hello my artsy friends, welcome to the weekend! Sundays were meant to be relaxing so sit back and let those creative juices flow.

Beach Life By Riikka Kovasin

With summer knocking at our door, I thought you might enjoy this sweet layout designed by Riikka Kovasin. I love how Riikka created a nautical/beachy theme without the traditional colors and design. For instance, I wouldn’t typically go for the background paper with music notes, but I love it. I hope Riikka’s design has inspired you to think outside the box. I love it when we get fearless when it comes to our creativity; remember art was meant to be fun, so enjoy it!

Beach Life By Riikka Kovasin

Isn’t it time to transfer some of those cute beach photos off your phone and into an album. Be sure to stop by the Paperiliitin anytime you need a burst of inspiration. Happy scrappin’!

Baby Congrats by Sharon Harnist 

Do you love the fun interactive elements of a shaker card, but don’t know how to get there? No worries, check out this adorable shaker card designed by Sharon Harnist, Sharon has really finetuned the process of creating the perfect shaker card.


Click here and it will take you over to Ellen Hutson’s the CLASSroom where Sharon has prepared a must read article with complete step by step instructions and additional photos.Whether you’ve made dozens of shaker cards or this is your first attempt, you’re sure to learn a tip or two from Sharon’s instructions.

Oh Happy Day designed by Mel

This card is sure to bring a smile to anyones face; it’s like receiving flowers in an envelope. Mel’s coloring really brings the digital floral image to life.

Oh Happy Day

I was a little surprised when I found out that other than coloring with Copic markers, everything else is digital, even the lining in the envelope is a free printable that you can find here.  I must confess going digital is something I haven’t explored a lot yet, but I would like to give it a try – especially when I see how easy it is to create a really artsy card in no time.

Mini Fairy Garden

With the kids almost ready to begin their summer vacation, you’re bond to hear “Mom we need something to do,” right? How cute are these mini Fairy Gardens, they are perfect for kids from 2 to 102.

Mini Fairy Garden




Mini Fairy Garden

This project is definitely on my bucket list of things to make this summer. Wouldn’t they look adorable as a little table decoration at your next BBQ. Click here and I will take you over to The DIY Mommy Blog where you can watch a video and check out all the other photos of these Oh So Cute Fairy Houses. Happy summer to all!

Szechuan Shrimp Salad Recipe

Doesn’t this sound like a perfect summer recipe? Packed with veggies, flavor, and color, this recipe is sure to be a family favorite.

Szechuan Shrimp Salad Recipe

I love that all of the ingredients are pretty basic and you most likely have them in the frig and pantry. Click here and I will take you over to the Taste Of Home Blog where you can print out the recipe and directions to prepare this tasty dish at home in about 30 minutes. Bon Appetit!

Thanks for the visit and I look forward to seeing you back soon. Have a wonderful week.