Saturdays With LeAnn

Vellum Overlay Cards

Do you have spring fever?  I know I sure do!  After the winter most of us had, I am sure you are ready for some beautiful spring-themed projects.  With spring on it’s way, it is also a reminder that Easter is just around the corner.  When I think about spring or Easter, pretty pastel colors and flowers come to mind.  So with that said, I would like to share some fun projects using flowers.  I hope today you will be inspired with these fun spring projects.

Best Days Of Our Lives By Alicia McNamara

We all know how much texture and dimension adds to a layout, card, or mixed media project. Alicia has definitely demonstrated this in this layout. We often use the term “Happy Papercrafting” because we know the opportunities with paper are so much more than just on the page.  Today, Alicia shares her gorgeous example of beautiful altered art. I would also like to share a tip that will help you when creating your outstanding layouts.  TIP: Choose a focal point on your layout and then create embellishments that will continue to tell the story from that point.  It is amazing how well this works!

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Alicia’s layout is full of all kinds of beautiful elements.  It is really light and colored with some pastels, but there are also some black parts here and there to give it a nice contrast.  I absolutely love that!  Alicia adds wording perfectly and it tells so much about the photo.  This layout is certainly an eye catcher and is very well done.  Let me take you over to Time to Create where you can write down all of the products you will need to start your own layout.  Take some time while you are at Alicia’s blog to see more of her beautiful creations.  You will certainly leave her blog feeling very inspired.

Vellum Overlay Cards By Jennifer McGuire

Not sure how to use vellum?   Do you ever struggle using vellum?  Here’s a fun technique using vellum that will turn your curiosity (or struggles) into having fun and being very creative.  You will enjoy working with vellum so much that I guarantee you will make many more projects using it. These beautiful cards created by Jennifer McGuire have a vellum overlay that give each one a very soft look.

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Jennifer started her cards by simply using white embossing powder to emboss the floral image on vellum.  There is a little bit of glitter added to the lines of the flower for extra interest and a pearl added to the center. Adding some color to her image, she started by stamping the layering floral image with the Altenew Beautiful Day Stamp Set using different shades of Altenew ink on a small note card.  Let me escort you over to watch Jennifer’s YouTube Video on how she created her card, along with her step-by-step instructions.  You are going to love every minute of her video.  Step out of your comfort zone and take some time to experiment and just have fun creating!

Absolutely Beautiful By Melissa Phillips

Cards might be little, but they are packed with so much inspiration.  This is one of those cards that can be so versatile.  Send it as a Spring, Hello, Birthday, Thinking Of You, or even an Easter Card.  Who wouldn’t love to receive this adorable card in the mail?

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Melissa’s card started with the word beautiful to create the theme for her card.  She used the Reverse Confetti You’re So stamp set for her sentiment.  The beauty of this stamp set is it has four uplifting words that can be mixed and matched to create numerous uplifting sentiments.  She also used the Blooms ‘N Buds stamp set to create the pretty blossoms.  For the background, Melissa used the XOXO Hearts Confetti Cuts.  Melissa’s creativity is amazing!  I love her combinations and the colors she chose are so pretty and perfect!  Click here and I will take you over to see more of Melissa’s wonderful talent and fabulous creations.

Luscious Lemon Cake By Christi Johnstone

Lemon desserts always make me think of spring, so I wanted to take a moment to share this Luscious Lemon Cake with you.  This cheery lemon cake is perfect for Easter or any festive occasions.  Lemon is one of my absolute favorites and this Luscious Lemon Cake is both easy and delicious.  You won’t want just one bite!

Luscious Lemon Cake

This lemon cake is probably one of the best I have ever made.  Being that lemon is one of my favorite flavors; I have been making lemon cakes for many years.  My children said that this has to be a new tradition in the family and I am to bring this cake now whenever we have get togethers.  Let me take you on over to Love From the Oven where Christi Johnstone will share her recipe with you.  Be sure and grab your pen and paper, because this is one recipe you will want to make to share with your family and friends!

Thank you for sharing a bit of your Saturday with me.  I hope you have been inspired today to try something new.  I am looking forward to seeing you back next week.  Have a great weekend!

Hugs,

LeAnn

 

Tip of the Day: Embossing Metal from Stamp & Scrapbook Expo

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Pauline Steffensen, instructor for Stamp & Scrapbook Expo, shares how to use embossing folders to emboss on metal with ArtEmboss light aluminum sheets and a Sizzix die cutting machine. She also demonstrates how to use alcohol inks to make the embossing really come alive.

You will find Pauline sharing lots more crafting techniques and tips as she teaches workshops at Stamp & Scrapbook Expos all around the country. Find the Expo and workshops for you at scrapbookexpo.com.

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Saturdays With LeAnn

Happy New Year

Happy New Year to all of my wonderful friends and crafters!  I hope today you will be inspired to begin a new project and find wonderful inspiration from our Weekly Scrapper posts.  I love sharing Saturdays with you, and hope these projects will take you out of your comfort zone to try new things.  Remember – creativity involves in breaking out of your traditional style; never hesitate to try something new!

Music Fuels The Soul By Dana Tater

Sometimes simple becomes your favorite layout.  The gorgeous Pion Papers made in Sweden have a lovely and unique design, with a romantic and vintage feel.  I love the versatility of this sweet new collection “Where The Roses Grow” by Pion Design.  Who wouldn’t fall in love with this stunning layout?

Music Fuels The Soul

This is also the perfect collection to be used for either a girl or boy.  The combination of a vintage feel, along with muted pastels, and wood grain patterned paper are not too overwhelming to use for a masculine photo.  Let’s pop on over to Pion Designs where you will find all the products you will need to create this beautiful layout.  Thank you, Dana, for sharing your wonderful talent with us.

Happy New Year By Laura Bassen

Don’t be afraid to pull out your distress inks and do some coloring on watercolor cardstock. You don’t have to be a professional painter to create a watercolor masterpiece.  You can make coloring so much fun, and it is so easy to do.  If you have watercolor pencils they are also wonderful to use as well.

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Laura began her card using watercolor cardstock.  She then stamped and embossed the feather image Adore You from Altenew Stamps.  Now for your creative nudge – if you haven’t already been watercoloring, take the plunge and dive in!  You will be surprised how easy and fun it is to do.  I am sure you will be amazed at your own talent with watercoloring!  Let me take you on over to Double Stick Heaven where you will see more amazing projects from Laura.  Have fun creating your own style!

Paper Feather Backdrop By Lia Griffith

Have you ever made paper feathers?  They are so versatile and always beautiful, not to mention how fun they are to create.  Add a little shimmer to yours by adding a little gold dipped effect using a gold leaf pen.  You can create a feather wall hanging, backdrop, or even a garland.  Hang from a branch and you can also create a perfect backdrop for a birthday, a wedding, or just a fun wall hanging to brighten up a bare wall.

Paper Feather Backdrop

How fun to create something different and unique!  Click here and I will take you over to Lia Griffith blog where you can download the feather images on a PDF or SVG file.  Your imagination will run wild as you create these fun feathers.  Don’t forget to see more of Lia’s beautiful projects.  You will be so inspired by her beautiful projects!

Beautiful Appetizer Platter By Gloria

Great food always makes a party even better.  Whether you are gathered with friends or family, it is always perfect to have a flattering appetizer platter.  Fruits, berries, cheese, and nuts are perfect for creating a beautiful platter; they look beautiful and are yummy and healthy!

Beautiful Appetizer Platter

A gourmet appetizer platter like this one is sure to be a welcome sight to your guests.  This is a great collection of nibble food for appetizers in a beautiful presentation.  Let’s go on over to Glorious Treats where you will learn the tips that Gloria used in putting together this beautiful platter.  Your guests will be so impressed with your creativity! Enjoy!

I hope you have been filled today with a lot of fun ideas.  Thank you for visiting; I hope you have a fabulous week and take some time for yourself to be creative.

LeAnn

Enhanced Embossing Card

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Hey, everyone! Roree here with another Make It! Monday project. Today I am sharing a card I created using some embossed cardstock and Tonic StudiosNuvo Embellishment Mousse.

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I started by embossing a panel of blue cardstock with the Cricut Cuttlebug­® Snow Dots embossing folder.

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Then with my fingertip, I lightly spread Pure Platinum Embellishment Mousse over the embossing on the cardstock panel.

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This enhanced the embossing and gave it a shimmery silver look.

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I added the panel to a card using paper from the Pebbles Winter Wonderland 6 x 6″ paper pad and some assorted embellishments from my stash.

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I hope you enjoyed today’s Make It! Monday project. Thanks so much for stopping by!

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Saturdays With LeAnn

You Are In My Prayers

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Welcome back this wonderful Saturday morning!  The weather here in Utah has been so beautiful.  I certainly have been enjoying all of the fall colors and the nip of the cool air.  It is such a beautiful season!  This is a perfect time of year to gather all of the projects you’ve been wanting to create and maybe even tackle some new techniques.  I hope to bring you some inspiration today for your next creation!

Life Is Better With Friends

This darling layout is sure to catch your eye as it is filled with gorgeous autumn colors.  I just love the vintage and distressed look that was carried throughout the layout.  Don’t you love the feminine details and the soft, pretty colors?

Life Is Better With Friends

Gabrielle added several different mediums which combine to make this layout very striking.  I am so impressed with Gabrielle’s layering techniques that really give this layout a pop.  This is such a wonderful way to preserve that special moment captured in your priceless photo.  Can you imagine what a heart warming Christmas gift this would be to give to a treasured friend?  This remarkable layout was created by Gabrielle Pollacco.  Be sure to pop on over to her blog Such A Pretty Mess to find many more of her sensational projects.  You are sure to be inspired by Gabrielle and I highly recommend you stop by often to see her latest projects.

Hello Autumn

I want to share with you another fabulous layout using a photo as the main focus.  Elina has hand drawn, colored, and extended the branches along with leaves from her photo.  She has added some die-cut leaves to the bottom to give some texture and depth.  This brings a strong visual impact to your page.

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Leaving the background white enhanced the rich autumn colors from the photo.  What an inspirational layout!  Thank you, Elina, for being such an inspiration to us.  Click here and I will be happy to take you over to Elina’s Arts & Crafts so you can take a closer look at the way she put this fabulous layout together.  Happy scrapping, my friends!

You Are In My Prayers

Recently I have had two very special friends that have been having some health issues.  When I came upon this card I instantly knew this was the perfect card to give these wonderful friends. This soft, elegant card would really warm a heart!

You Are In My Prayers

This card was created using a digital stamp by Power Poppy called Rose And Chamomile.  The beauty of a digital stamp is that you can make multiple copies, rotate, and overlap them as necessary to get the shape you desire. This card is one that you could change the sentiment and give for any occasion.  Break out your markers or even your colored pencils.  You will have so much fun creating this card with the digital image.

Wrapped Pears

With the holidays just around the corner, this beautiful dessert is one that will provide an abundance of compliments and be enjoyed by all.  These puff pastry-wrapped pears are so elegant and very easy to make.  You can serve them with chocolate sauce, caramel sauce, or even raspberry sauce; you can also simply enjoy them plain or top them with vanilla ice cream.

Wrapped Pears

We are creative in our craft rooms, so who says we can’t be creative in our kitchens as well?!  If you are looking for an exquisite dessert for your holiday planning, let me escort you over to Sugar Hero where you will be able to print out Elizabeth LaBau’s recipe.  While you are visiting her blog, be sure to check out all the other fabulous deserts as well.  I promise you will not be disappointed, and you will find yourself spending a little more time in your kitchen.  Enjoy!

Thank you for stopping by today and spending some time with us on Weekly Scrapper.  We at Stamp & Scrapbook Expo really enjoy sharing our love of crafting with you, and are very grateful for you!  I hope you have a wonderful week ahead and I look forward to seeing you back soon.

~LeAnn~

Freebie Friday: Win Tickets to Attend Stamp & Scrapbook Expo

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Have you attended a workshop at Stamp & Scrapbook Expo? I have been fortunate enough to attend some workshops at the Expo and have loved every one. Some of my very favorite have been the Latest & Greatest workshops taught by Pauline Steffensen. She’s an experienced crafter who is not only fun to create with, but she’s committed to help each person in the class feel great about what they are making.

Because of Pauline’s creative talent, she is one of our go-to people who provide Tips of the Day on Weekly Scrapper, and I’m sure you have enjoyed her tips in the past. Here’s a LINK to one of her previous tips, and you can search Weekly Scrapper for Pauline and find lots more. (Weekly Scrapper is so full of lots of inspiration!) Today I am sharing a brand new tip from Pauline where she shares a fabulous tip for embossing with Deco Foil. In only two minutes, you’ll learn two great techniques for embossing with Deco Foil. If you’d like to easily add a beautiful touch of gold to your projects, you’ll love Pauline’s tips!

You can enjoy lots more tips from Pauline by attending one of her workshops at a Stamp & Scrapbook Expo. Find one near you at scrapbookexpo.com and create to your heart’s content! We’d like to make it easier for a lucky reader to attend an Expo, so make a comment to be entered to win two free tickets to the Expo of your choice in 2017.

When making plans to attend a workshop, what do you want to learn? Cardmaking tips? Mixed media? Watercolor techniques? How to create mini albums? Make a comment and let us know what type of workshop you’d like to attend, and we’ll get you entered to win admission tickets to an Expo.

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If you are looking for even more inspiration, join Stamp & Scrapbook Expo at these locations:

Make sure to leave a comment about what you’d like to learn about at a workshop, and we will get you entered to win tickets to an Expo of your choice in 2017. We’d love to have you come and be our guest!

This giveaway runs until midnight EST on Thursday, November 17th. We’ll be happy to welcome Jen Walker back to Weekly Scrapper next Friday (November 18th). She’ll be announcing the winners of several giveaways, so make sure and don’t miss her post!

~Pam

Dry Embossing over Stamped Images

Hello, and happy Tuesday!

If you know me, you know I love dimension on my cards, and what better way than dry embossing?! I have quite a few embossing folders that I’ve collected over the years. I love that they add a soft dimension, yet the cards are still mailable. The subtle dimension adds an elegant look to what would be a just a plain background.

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Here are some of my embossing folders that I’ve collected. I love using them, as they are so easy! You simply open up the folder, place your paper inside and close it, lay it on the tray of your embossing/cutting machine, like the Cuttlebug or Big Shot, and turn the handle. It creates an embossed or debossed look, depending on how you place your paper and what look you are going for. You can use the front or the back of the paper!

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I also love to stamp sentiments on my cards! Here I’ve combined the two techniques, stamping and embossing. This is what my significant other calls “Stambossing”! Isn’t he clever? Ha!

I first stamped the saying with Think Big Favorites #2 stamps by Papertrey Ink. Then I’ve inserted the card front into an embossing folder and ran it through my Cuttlebug die cutting machine. Last, I added the tag and chipboard elements over the top.

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The chipboard butterfly was also run through an embossing folder. Works like a charm on chipboard elements, too! You could even stamp on them before embossing, like I did on the card background.

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I hope you will give this a try and leave a comment with a link to your card! I would love to visit you and see what you are making. Enjoy your week!

Danielle