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!

Best Days Of Our Lives

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.

Vellum Overlay Cards

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?

Absolutely Beautiful

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

 

Latest & Greatest: Stamping with Sunny Studio Stamps


Hey everyone! Roree here with today’s Make It! Monday post.

In case you don’t already know, Stamp & Scrapbook Expo’s first show of 2017 is about to start this week in Pleasanton, California. If you are in the Northern California area and have a chance to come see us, you should. There will lots of great shopping, cropping, and learning going on!

Stamp & Scrapbook Expo will be teaching three “Latest & Greatest” workshops at this show: Card Making, Cool Tools, and Stamping. We have lots of great products from some awesome manufacturers in these classes, and today I am going to be working with one from our Stamping workshop: Sunny Studio StampsFriends & Family stamp set.

With it, I created this card:


I wanted to create a little bit of “texture” on my card without adding any bulk, so I decided to stamp it on. I started with some smooth white cardstock, a scrap piece of textured cardstock, the tulip stamp from the Friends & Family stamp set, and some ink from We R Memory KeepersMini Ink Pads 6 pc set.


I inked the stamp and stamped it once onto the scrap piece of textured cardstock.


This left the impression of the cardstock texture on the stamp.


I then stamped the image onto the smooth white cardstock. It gave me the look of texture without the added dimension.


I repeated this step multiple times in two different colors to create my “textured” garden.


This Stamping Workshop featuring Sunny Studio Stamps’ Friends & Family stamps set will also be taught at our shows in Grapevine TX, Anaheim CA, Milwaukee WI, Orlando FL, and Puyallup WA. We hope you can come join us at one of these shows. We would love to see you there!

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

Saturdays With LeAnn

Hello Sweet Pea

Welcome back to Weekly Scrapper on this beautiful winter day.  I don’t know about you, but I can’t believe we are at the end of February already!  Time certainly does fly by quickly, and because of that we really need to be enjoying some time for ourselves.  I hope today you will be inspired to spend some of your precious time in your craft room.  It is my hope that I will give you some wonderful inspiration from today’s post that will help you in your creating!  Have a fabulous Saturday, my friends!

Happy Birthday By Laura Bassen

I am so excited to share a new stamp Sketchy Cities America by Simon Says Stamp.  This fun new stamp gives you the skyline of Seattle.  I have so many fond memories of Seattle, so I can’t wait to play with this stamp set.  You will also enjoy all the wonderful sentiments that comes with this set.  This is one of those cards that you could easily turn into a perfect masculine card.  Don’t you just love the color blending?  It really adds a great touch to this fabulous card.

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For Laura’s beautiful card she highlighted the skyline by embossing it in clear, then blending several of the Altenew inks from their Sea Shore ink set.  This is such a magnificent way of saying Happy Birthday!  Click here and I will take you over to Laurafadora where you will be able to see a video on how Laura created this fun card.  While visiting, be sure to look at some of the other fabulous cards she has created.  Wouldn’t you love to be the one who receives this gorgeous card?

Hello Sweet Pea By Broni Holcombe

Are you ready for some more fun and inspiration?  This is one of those “wow” cards that you can create using a few different techniques along with some fun vibrant colors.  Broni really has a gift for bringing images to life with her amazing coloring skills.  This is one of those cards that make you want to jump right in and create one of your own. Are you ready to begin?  This digital image comes just like the image seen below.  You can enlarge it or shrink it down to create the size of card that you desire.

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Digital images are a great way to let your imagination run wild.  The best images speak for themselves.  Broni decided to watercolor these sweet pea flowers using a very casual watercoloring technique.  She used a few of her Zig Clean Color pens to fill in the background and shade the blossoms.  The coloring is so easy with a lot of different options of color.  The rest of the work is just matting it all up.  Let me escort you over to Splashes Of Watercolor where you can see the supply list needed for this card.  The cards you create are so priceless and will always be treasured by the person receiving them.

Felt Dahlia Wall Art By Lia Griffith

I just had to share this Felt Dahlia Wall Art with you today.  Not only does it look spectacular but it is also a breeze to put together, and the finished wreath looks fabulous on the wall.  There is nothing more satisfying than receiving compliments on your own hand crafted projects.  This is the kind of beauty your guests will be unable to take their eyes off, and won’t believe you hand crafted it.

Felt Dahlia Wall Art

This giant felt dahlia would be a great piece of art for any time of the year.  It is easy to customize to fit any home decor color scheme.  All you need is some felt and you can get started!  This wreath is great for both indoor and outdoor decor.  You can make it to match the season, a specific occasion, or just your personal style. I know you are going to want to create this fun wreath, so click here and I will take you over to Lia Griffith where Lia will give you step-by-step instructions to beautify your home.  Happy crafting!

White Chocolate Blueberry Lasagna

White Chocolate Blueberry Lasagna is the perfect recipe for an easy dessert for family or friends.  It’s light, easy, and no oven required!  It is such a refreshing dessert, and can I say that it is such an eye catcher?  It is every bit as good as it looks!  Is your mouth watering yet?

White Chocolate Blueberry Lasagna

This fabulous dessert is a mixture of crushed Golden Oreo cookies, with melted butter pressed into the bottom of a pan.  It is followed by yummy cream cheese, butter, and cool whip mixture bursting with blueberries.  On top is just a simple layer of cool whip.  Vera shaved white chocolate over the top of the whip cream.  You can also use white chocolate chips.  I bet there will not be any left at the end of the day!  Click here to get this fabulous recipe.  You will be thanking me for posting this, so go ahead and give it a try!

I have really enjoyed sharing these projects with you today.  I hope they have been inspiring to you.  Thank you for taking the time to stop by.  Whenever you are in need of additional inspiration be sure to visit Weekly Scrapper every day, and make sure to pop back here next Saturday; I promise I will have more inspiring projects for you!  Enjoy your weekend!

LeAnn

 

Saturdays With LeAnn

Hands Of Time

I hope today you are taking some time to relax and enjoy your weekend.  Since it is cold outside, go grab yourself a cup of coffee, tea, or even a good old mug of hot chocolate.  I want you to sit back, relax, and enjoy the inspiration I have to share with you on this beautiful Saturday!

Dream Passionately By Cathy Cafun

How do you come up with your ideas to start layouts?  For me, inspiration usually comes from sifting through photos, which I love to do.  When I stumble across the ones I want to use, I usually come up with some quick ideas for starting a layout.  One of my favorite go-to ideas is using chipboard; its a great way to add some dimension to your layout.  This ultra-sweet layout was created by Cathy Cafun using some Dusty Attic chipboard. Using frames is a great way to draw the eye to your photos.  Other favorite techniques of mine when using chipboard include painting along with adding glitter, stickles, texturizing elements, and so much more.

Dream Passionately

What a wonderful design Cathy created, and her details are perfect.  Don’t you just love how she tied all the chipboard pieces together using flowers?  Cathy’s combination of pastels are glorious and makes us hopeful that spring is not that far away.  Click here and I will be happy to escort you over to the blog “Cathy Can’t Help Herself” where you will be thrilled with all the inspiration! While you are visiting Cathy’s blog be sure to check out all of the other beautiful layouts she has to share.

Hands Of Time By Brenda Brown

This beautiful masterpiece can be used for a home decor piece or a beautiful card to brighten up someone’s day.  I love the texture that was created using gesso, modeling paste, and your favorite stencil.  You can always create a spectacular background by spritzing with ink sprays, mists, or color wash.  You know me, I am a big fan of creative and different backgrounds.

Hands Of Time

Brenda created this on a 5 X 7 canvas board.  There is nothing more exquisite than a handmade decor piece for your home.  This distinctive canvas is definitely the proof of what one can do when you open up your imagination.  I would like to send out a big thank you to Brenda Brown for sharing this beautiful and unique masterpiece with us.  Let me take you over to Bumblebees And Butterflies where you can find a list of supplies along with the steps of how Brenda created her canvas.  Be sure to stop by her blog anytime you need a burst of inspiration.

Headboard To Chalkboard By Christy James

Chalkboards are a versatile tool that come in so handy at home.  They can come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and styles to fit the needs of multiple users.  Today I have to share with you one of the most unique and fun chalkboards I have ever seen.  I totally fell in love with this and so will you.

Headboard to Chalkboard

Christy found this fun old headboard at a thrift store for only $10.00.  It is amazing how you can find great treasures at the thrift store; and so inexpensive as well.  Who would have ever thought of a headboard turning into a useful chalkboard?  I also love the added hanging hooks to add a little more function.  This is one project I can’t wait to get started on.  I have the perfect spot in my home for it.  I know you are dying to make this as well, so come with me over to Confessions Of A Serial Do-It-Yourselfer where you will get step-by-step instructions by Christy.  You will want to jot down some notes and what supplies you will need.  With a little help from Christy, you will be able to create this adorable chalk board in no time. This will be one fun project to create!

Chocolate Toffee Buttercrunch By Christy Denney

The sweet crunch of this delicious Buttercrunch Toffee pairs chocolate and pecans for a winning combination.  This recipe requires very few ingredients and little effort, but the result is superb, making it appear as if you had slaved over a hot stove all afternoon.

Chocolate Toffee Buttercrunch

I don’t know about you, but just looking at this photo makes my mouth water.  It looks so yummy!  I can’t wait to give this one a try.  What a fun treat to have when family or friends pop over.  Let’s go on over to The Girl Who Ate Everything so you can print out your recipe from Christy Denney.  I bet this will become one of your family’s favorites!

I hope you enjoyed today’s projects and that you have been inspired to begin your weekend crafting.  I’m looking forward to sharing some more fun things with you next Saturday.  Have a wonderful week!

LeAnn

 

Tip of the Day: Girlie Grunge Twine and Tissue Tape by Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L

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Are you ready to create something beautiful? Donna Salazar from Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L demonstrates how to create some lovely flowers using Girlie Grunge Twine and additional products, including Girlie Grunge Tissue Tape and Donna’s flower dies from Spellbinders. Actual sticks from nature add to the charm of these flowers, and Donna’s step-by-step tutorial make it easy to create some of your very own.

Make sure to stop by scrapbook-adhesives.com to view all their products and their blog at scrapbook-adhesives.com/blog for all kinds of project inspiration!
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Saturdays With LeAnn

Hugs You Got This

Hello my friends!  I hope the weather is warmer where you are, because we are dealing with some seriously cold temperatures here in Utah.  Not fun, but a girl has to stay warm, and what a better way than to play in my craft room out of the cold? Let’s get to today’s inspiration for some new and fun projects that are sure to warm your heart!  I hope these will inspire you and you will have fun creating some of your own.

Hugs You Got This By Amy Sheffer

This beautiful card, designed by the very talented Amy Sheffer, is a great way to send some hugs through the mail.  Amy always brings her cards to life with beautiful, soft water coloring.  I love they way that it complements the beautiful flowers.  Who wouldn’t feel the love with this perfect message of hope and encouragement?

Hugs You Got This

Amy used the stamp Fresh Bouquet along with a combination of Papertrey inks and Zig clean color brush markers.  Stamps are always a great way to create your own images to color.  You can outline the image and add your own pop of color using your favorite coloring technique.  Thank you, Amy, for always being a great inspiration. To see more of Amy’s designs, let me take you over to her blog Pickled Paper Designs.  You are sure to leave inspired to start your next project.

Let It Snow By Loll Thompson

I just love how Loll captures the sense of peacefulness of the freshly fallen snow, along with a lovely background to showcase the snow white trees.  This beautiful card really sets the mood for the winter months.

Let It Snow

Here in Utah the weather has been very cold with lots of snow.  For those of you who love snow, this is a great project for you.  This fabulous card was created by Loll Thompson.  Click here and I will take you over to Stamping with Loll where you can see the steps to create this card.  She will also have a list of supplies to help you get started.  Take some time to visit her blog; she has many wonderful projects to share and you will be so inspired by her talent!

Candy & Flowers With A Twist By Jenny Williamson

When you hear the words Valentine’s Day doesn’t it bring to your mind flowers and candy?  This is a perfect gift for someone who is hard to shop for.  Everyone loves chocolates and flowers, so celebrate with a colorful bouquet.  I love the tulips combined with the candy.  This would also be a great centerpiece for your dining room table!

Candy & Flowers With A Twist

Jenny has great step-by-step instructions, so click here and I’ll take you over to her original post and you can take notes on all the great tips to create your own fun bouquet.  Make one for yourself and one for your Valentine!

Chocolate Covered Pretzels By Christi Johnstone

If you like sweet and salty flavors, then you will love these Chocolate Covered Pretzels.  They are so easy to make and are very addicting!  The options for customizing are endless.  You can make chocolate covered pretzels using any pretzel shape that you like.  The long pretzel rod or a traditional pretzel twist are perfect to use.

Chocolate Covered Pretzels

Be creative and add different colors and toppings.  Add nuts, coconut, sprinkles, and even coconut.  These will be a great gift for Valentine’s Day, or just for a fun family treat!  Click here and I will take you over to get the recipe from Christi.  You will want to visit her blog Love From The Oven to see more of her wonderful recipes.  Enjoy!

Thank you for stopping by.  I hope you have a great week and I will see you back next weekend with more projects to keep you inspired.  Stay warm!

LeAnn

 

 

 

 

Mixed Media Butterfly 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 fun mixed media and stamping products and techniques.

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First, I started by stamping a 3 3/4 x 5″ watercolor paper panel with the Large Elegant Word Background Cling Stamp from Heartfelt Creations and White Gesso from The Crafter’s Workshop.

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I then colored the panel with a mix of Colorations Sprays (Glorious, Granny Smith, and Siesta Key) from Art Anthology.

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I stamped around the panel with the dot stamp from Scraptastic Club’s Shake It Off stamp set and Memento Dye Ink in Rose Bud using first, second, and third generation stamping.

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I stamped two butterflies on my panel using a butterfly stamp from the We R Memory KeepersButterfly Layered Stamp set and StazOn ink in Jet Black.

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I painted the butterflies with Velvet Dimensional Paint (Rhodolite, Cayman, and Mayan Gold) from Art Anthology.

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I added some stamped cross stitching using Scraptastic Club’s Free Fallin’ stamp set and StazOn in Jet Black and drew through the cross stitches with a black fine-tip Sharpie marker.

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I added a few more splotches of ink to the panel with Heidi Swapp‘s Black Velvet Color Shine.

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I stamped some sentiments again using Scraptastic Club’s Shake It Off stamp set and StazOn Jet Black ink.

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I added a few floral stamped images to the card with a stamp from Pink Paislee‘s Butterfly Garden stamp set.

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I then added some clusters of thread, a few flowers from Maya Road, and some epoxy dots from Queen & Co. to decorate the panel and added the panel to a black card to finish.

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I had a lot of fun mixing and matching some really fun products from my stash to make a beautiful mixed media card. I hope you enjoyed today’s Make It! Monday project. Thanks so much for stopping by!

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