Saturdays With LeAnn



Welcome back, my friends.  What a better way to round out your work week than with five amazing projects from four wonderful designers, and then add to it some yummy cookies!  I hope these will be some projects that you want to create yourself.  So kick off your shoes, relax, and let’s get started!

Heritage Portrait By Delaina Burns

I am delighted today to share this beautiful layout designed by the very talented Delaina Burns.  The astonishing moments with our family are not only to be cherished, but are so very important for us to scrapbook.  I love Delaina’s layout and how she added the vintage flare to set off her old photo.

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Delaina created her beautiful page using a stenciled background along with the Artisan Powder from Prima. She also added lots of layers by mixing papers, flowers, and metals.  Don’t you just love this soft, vintage look?  All of her embellishments are a perfect match to complement her layout.  Click here and I will be happy to take you over to her blog, Delaina’s Embellished Memories, where you will find the steps to creating this page.  This is one design I am sure you will want to use again.  A big thank you to Delaina for sharing this outstanding layout with us.  Enjoy creating one of your own!

Thanks By Inge Groot

I know many of you (like me) are enjoying the shaker-card trend that is going on right now, and I hope you will be inspired to make one of your own. I would like to share this darling shaker card that was created by using the Gift Box Cover-Up-Die-namics windows.  Adding beautiful colored sequins to your card will immediately add color to your background of your card.  Step it up a notch and add a coordinating envelope to your card.  What a sweet surprise when the recipient opens the envelope to find such a fabulous card inside.



Whether you have made dozens of shaker cards or if this is your very first, I highly recommend you stopping by the Patterned Paper blog where Inge will share the supplies needed and how she created this adorable card.  You will love how she used this window die to create a shaker card with a beautiful floral arrangement!  Thank you, Inge, for your inspiration!

Well, Hello By Cindy Lawrence

Today I would like to also share this fabulous card created with a new digital stamp set from Power Poppy called Well, Hello Dahlia.  My favorite part of this card is the fact that it is a digital file, and the best part is that you can print it as many times as you desire.

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Digital stamps are becoming increasingly popular.  They present a stamper with a whole new range of crafting opportunities.  One of their attractions is the fact that the images can be resized, flipped to create a mirror image, or manipulated in other ways before printing it out and colored in the same way that a rubber stamped image is colored.  This gives you a range of new design opportunities.  Cindy shows us her beautiful coloring skills using Copic markers.  Click here and I would love to take you over to The Creative Closet where you can see the different colors of markers that Cindy used to create this masterpiece. Have fun creating! 🙂

Wire & Felt Flowers By Anna-Karin Evaldsson

These unique flowers are so fun to make and look great in a vase together, or just one flower on its own in a glass jar becomes a great little gift.  The flowers look very nice and decorative, and can be used for different things like gifts, napkins and many other items.  Don’t you just love the look of the twisted wire for the stems?  No need to cover them up with florist tape.  The mixed metals really step up the style.  Try making your flowers from other materials, such as printed paper, old book paper, leather, matte board, or any kind of surface that you can die cut.

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So you are probably wondering how you make your wire twists, right?  There is a new tool out is called Twist & Style.  This exciting twist tool quickly and easily twists wire with other materials, including ribbon, raffia, cotton cording, plastic cording, embroidery floss, and fabric strips. The results are so amazing!  Click here to learn how to use this amazing tool. This video will show you step-by-step instructions and you will find yourself having so much fun creating with this tool.  A big thank you to Anna-Karin for another wonderful inspiration.  Have fun crafting, friends!

Coconut Lime Shortbread Cookies By Ali Ebright

You have got to try these!  If you are looking for a cookie that will make you look like a professional baker, these are the cookies for you.  Not only are they so tasty but very appealing as well.  These are full of fresh lime, coconut, and buttery flavors, and topped with a light lime glaze.  They will become one of your all-time favorites!

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You absolutely can’t go wrong with these.  I highly recommend making a double or triple batch, then you will have extras to give away or even to freeze for later.  Let me take you over to Gimme Some Oven where Ali has the recipe and ingredients for you.  With the days starting to get cooler, it is a great time to spend in your kitchen and do some baking.  Enjoy!
Thank you for sharing a bit of your Saturday with me.  I hope you have enjoyed today’s projects and you have been inspired to begin some of your own.  I am looking forward to sharing some more fun things again with you next Saturday.  Have a wonderful week ahead of you and enjoy this beautiful fall season!

Brush Lettering Card

Hey, everyone! Roree here with another Make It! Monday project. Today I am sharing a brush lettering card I created using a stamp and a water-based marker.

I love the look of brush lettering, but freehand brush lettering isn’t a skill I have acquired just yet. So to get the look without all of the practice, I decided to try stamping to achieve the look. I started with Scraptastic Club’s Heart It Races stamp set (October 2014), Crafter’s Companion’s Floral Spectrum Aqua markers, watercolor paper, water, and a fine-tip paint brush.

I chose the “Lovely” stamp from the Heart It Races stamp set, placed it on my stamp block, and colored the stamp with the Leaf Green Spectrum Aqua marker.

I stamped the image onto a panel of watercolor paper.


I wet my brush with water and carefully went over the stamped image.

This gave the stamped image a hand-drawn, brush-lettered look.

I then placed the panel on a card and decorated around it with strips of patterned paper, floral die cuts, and rhinestones.

It was a quick and easy way to achieve the brush-lettered look I was going for without all of the practice.

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



Charming Gingham

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Gingham is one of my very favorite patterns! It has a country old-world charm that I love so much. Yet, when it’s paired with white, it has a clean, updated look to it! Today I have three cards to share with you using gingham to set off these pretty florals.

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These are a set of mini scalloped note cards. The backgrounds are cut with a new die called Noted: Scalloped Square by Papertrey Ink, which will be available on June 15th. I added a gingham background with patterned paper called Chicken Scratch Gingham.

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The flowers are stamped with a new stamp set called Forget Me Not (also available on June 15th), along with the sentiment. The white die cuts are trimmed out with the Forget Me Not dies. Ink colors I used are Melon Berry, Pure Poppy and Dark Chocolate.

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On my last card, I “stepped it up” a bit with a few more layers. I used a Noted: Scalloped A2 die set to cut the card base and stenciled a light pattern over the top. I trimmed an oval out of the front of the card and backed it with gingham paper, then added the pretty florals and sentiment over the top.

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What do you think? Do you like a simple approach or more layered? Are you a fan of gingham as much as I am?

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Thank you for stopping by today! See you next week!


Classic Calligraphy

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Calligraphy is all the rage in stationery, and I love that it’s making its way to card making as well! A few stamp companies are getting in on that trend with their pretty stamp sets. For today’s post, I used Calligraphy Classics by Papertrey Ink for the sentiments, along with a watercoloring technique that I will show you. I love the classic look to these! I hope they will inspire you to create something pretty today!

  1. First, I stamped a sentiment in a variety of pink colors. I dipped the stamp in Lovely Lady and Raspberry Fizz inks and stamped it onto my watercolor paper. It’s ok if it doesn’t stamp perfectly on the watercolor paper! (It most likely won’t, because the paper is bumpier than regular cardstock.)

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2. Next, with a slightly wet paintbrush, I drew over the the word with a bit of pink watercolor on my brush, not much, just a little, mixed with water. It looks blurry and not very pretty at this point, but don’t worry! We are going to make it look great!

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3. After the sentiment was completely dry, I stamped over it again in red stamping ink, slightly off-setting the word, so you could see the pink underneath.

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4. I also used teal and a little bit of gray and black mixed in to create my own leaves. The flowers were stamped with Paper Clippings: Thinking of You stamps in a light pink ink, then I added more color over the top myself with a dark pink watercolor. After it was dry, I added a bit more color with some red in the centers of the flowers.

I love how the sentiment is nice and neat, but still has that watercolored look underneath!

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I had so much fun with it, I had to make another one to go with it, “Just Because”. The shadow effect is so neat, isn’t it? All done with a stamp!

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The envelopes were splashed with gray mist. I can’t wait to make more sets of these in a variety of colors!

Calligraphy Cards1withsigIt’s so much fun to combine several of my loves into one card: stamping, watercoloring, drawing and painting. If you don’t prefer to draw, you could stamp the leaves with a stamp set and then add water over the top of them to make them look more “painted”. Have a great day, everyone!


Layering Die Cuts

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For today’s card, I used the Little Moments collection by Elle’s Studio that I recently received. After making some cards for an Elle’s Studio sketch class this month, I couldn’t help but to make one more with this cute line! I love working with tags and pre-made die cuts, as the patterns and colors are so much fun for layering. Elle’s Studio has such fun products! Die cuts can be used on scrapbooking layouts, but are also great for cards!

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First, I trimmed a patterned paper from the 6×6″ paper pad (dots) to 5 1/4″ x 3 3/4″. I cut and stamped a frame from the Make It Market: Don’t Forget to Write kit to put behind the journaling card (the kit I used in my last post!). The frame was cut in half, so I could put half of it at the top and half of it at the bottom. It was square, so it didn’t quite fit around my journaling card, but I made it fit nicely! I added the journaling card over the top, then found this cute floral tag, which I am going to adhere over the top at an angle. I don’t want everything to be square and perfect, so off-setting it will make it look a bit more organic.

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I trimmed a “hello” card from one of the patterned papers and found a cute striped die cut from the Cutouts package that I also wanted to use. Twine was wrapped around the “hello.” The hello happiness tag will just be tucked into the twine and adhered down.

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Last, I trimmed a leaf from one of the papers along with a red flower.

When layering die cuts, I look for different sizes of patterns (a large, medium, and small pattern) and colors that work well together. I always try to find one piece that has all of the colors in it to pull the design together, like the floral tag and striped tag. I also look for large, medium, and small shapes/tags that can be layered on top of one another, with a little bit of each peeking out behind the top one.

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I love layers! Do you? Layers can be flat also; they don’t have to be popped up, if you are concerned about mailing a card with layers.

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I’ll see you next week with more ideas and inspiration for your card making!


4 x 4″ Mini Cards

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Happy Tuesday, card makers! Today I’m working with the “Don’t Forget to Write” card kit by Papertrey Ink to create these 4×4″ mini cards! Creating a little set of them is a fun gift for family and friends! They can be packaged in a clear card box or put together into a stationery set for gift giving!

First, I have cut a card base with the 4×4″ scalloped card die and folded it in half to create my mini cards (with a top fold).

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Next, I die cut the square frame and stamped it with the striped square stamp and the flourishes in the corners with the coordinating stamp set from the kit. I die cut the floral piece and stamped it with the coordinating floral stamps in the kit also.

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After die cutting the “Sending” sentiment, I used an ink blender to add some orange ink to the bottom of the die cut word (sponging the ink onto the word). I added a piece of striped patterned paper onto the card front and stamped “birthday cheer” in the center.

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Last, I adhered the large die cut sentiment “Sending” over the top, just adhering the ends of the word to the frame, but not the center of the word, so it pops up off the card a little bit!

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I made a coordinating card with the same design, but different colors, to go with it…”Just a Note.”

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I hope this inspires you to make something pretty today. Thank you for taking the time to stop by. See you next time!


Watercoloring Over Stamped Images

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Happy Tuesday, I hope you are having a creative one! Today I’d like to show you a neat trick you can use to make your stamped images look watercolored. It’s SO easy, you won’t even believe how simple it is!

First, to create a background for my card, I wanted to paint a couple of flowers and branches with watercolor paints. I started with a pinkish-purple watercolor paint and just added some background petals to my flower. Then with Yellow Ochre (gold) and Viridian Hue (teal), I added some branches and shadows. (I’m using a watercolor set from Michaels that has 18 colors in it and is made by Reeves. I also have a Loew Cornell set that has the pink color I used. The Reeves set doesn’t have a good pink in it, unfortunately.)


Next, I added some Crimson to the center of my flower in a circular motion. I didn’t use much water on my brush for this part because I wanted more of a precise look to the center of the flower, rather than blended.


Here you can see I’ve added more branches and a flower on the other side, which is painted with Flesh Tint and Crimson.


Now for the stamped bird! I have a set by Papertrey Ink called Spring Woods and stamped the bird in Aqua Mist ink and then Tropical Teal ink for the top layer. The bird is a 2-step stamp, so the bottom portion of the bird is stamped in a lighter color and the top portion of the bird (the details) look great stamped in a darker color. This is done on watercolor paper, so we can blend it in a minute!


Now to get a watercolored look to the bird, add a tiny bit of water on your paintbrush and paint the bird very slightly with the water to blend the paints.


Next, I trimmed the bird out when it was dry (you can use dies if you’d like, or just trim it out with scissors), and placed it on my card. Doesn’t it look like it was hand-painted? I love it! The background could be made this way, too, with stamped flowers, but for today, I just wanted to try my hand at painting them myself.


Last, I added a paper from the Ombre Stripes paper pad, as I thought the hand-painted look of the stripes would be pretty with this card. The sentiment is stamped from Tulip Time.

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I hope this inspires you to try something new today! The recipient will be wowed by your hand-painted cards! You can google “watercolor” or “watercoloring over stamped images” or look on Pinterest for many gorgeous ideas to get you started. Or pull out your stamps and stamp them on watercolor paper and just practice blending the images with water. See what you come up with!

See you again soon!