Saturdays With LeAnn

Once Is Enough

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Hello, my friends! Welcome to another inspirational day here on Weekly Scrapper.  I just returned home from a fabulous Stamp & Scrapbook Expo show in Denver.  Thank you to those who came and said hello to me.  It was so fun seeing you again!  I have been collecting some really fun projects to share with you today.  I hope you can find some time this weekend to create some of your own.  Thank you for sharing a part of your Saturday with me, and enjoy the inspiration!

Who Am I by Lynn Shokoples

This layout is one that will help you share just exactly who you are.  I love this because it is about your life; its a great way to display what you love and the things that are important to you. Pocket pages are an excellent choice for this layout because you can easily add photos to this memorable layout.  It will be treasured forever by those who love you!

Who Am I

Who Am I

Lynn used the 12 x 12″ Soiree Collection from Bo Bunny to create her cards.  To add some dimension through layering, Lynn backed some of the photos with the Lattice Frame Craft Die and some of the paper from the 6 x 6″ paper pad.  The layered chipboard is a great element that will bring dimension to your pages. Adding embellishments such as buttons, glitter sprays, and paste will bring life to your layout!  Would you like to see what else she did to create this fun layout? Let me escort you over to the Bo Bunny blog where you will enjoy all the details Lynn shares.  And I’d like to thank Lynn for sharing a fun way to scrap about the things we love!

Congratulations by Amy Sheffer

It is always wonderful to have “Congratulations” cards on hand.  I thought you might enjoy this sweet handmade card created by the very talented Amy Sheffer.  Shaker cards are really an eye-catcher with all of the beautiful pieces inside. They really add a touch of cheer to the occasion.

Congratulations

Whether you have made dozens of shaker cards or if this is your very first, I highly recommend stopping by Pickled Paper Designs where Amy shares some helpful tips on how to create this adorable card.  A big thank you to Amy for her wonderful inspiration!

Once Is Enough by Jill Foster

Don’t you just love how the flowers on this amazing card by Jill Foster are so bold and vibrant?  Jill added some Colorless Blender directly from the refill bottle, and flicked some of the paint using a paintbrush to give some added splatters to the watercolored background.

Once Is Enough

Jill used an ink blending tool and foam pad to add background inking. Adding an inked background still keeps the flowers bold and bright. The subtle background stamping was done using Penny Black stamps.  It’s time to pull out those Copic markers and have some fun. Let me take you on over to Studio Sessions Art where you will find the products needed to create this beautiful card. You will certainly brighten up anyone’s day by sending them this handmade, treasured card.

Triangle Pillow By Jessee Maloney

Has it been months since you pulled out your sewing machine?  If you are not one of those people that sews on a regular basis, you will want to get out that sewing machine.  Today I have a fun home décor pillow that you can finish in no time.  This fun pillow is easy and quick to make, and a perfect summer project.

Triangle Pillow

Throw pillows are such a great addition to any piece of furniture. Bright and bold seems to be the trend.  With summer months approaching us, why not add some bright colors to your home? Learn how to make a cozy pillow with this quick and easy photo tutorial which gives you great step-by-step instructions from Jessee Maloney.  The best part of making these pillows is that you have a fabulous tool to help get your triangles exactly the same size. Who would have ever thought that you would cut your triangles out on a Sizzix Bigz L Die – Triangles, 2 1/2″ H x 4 1/2″ W die?  I bet you won’t end up making just one after you realize how fun they are to make!

Peanut Butter Flourless Chocolate Cake by Ali

You can make this scrumptious cake in no time, and with only five ingredients!  It is naturally gluten-free and is wonderfully decadent and delicious!  This chocolate cake is like eating a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup, perfect for lovers of this classic flavor combination!

Peanut Butter Flourless Chocolate Cake

It is so easy to mix together and bakes in just half an hour.  You can serve it just as it is, or you can chill it and serve it cold.  Click here so I can take you over to Gimme Some Oven where Ali will share her wonderful recipe with you.  I won’t be surprised if this finds it’s way into your favorite recipe file.

Once again, thank you for stopping in. I hope you have felt some inspiration today and will be able to spend some of the weekend doing things you love to do.  Enjoy your week, and I will see you back next Saturday!

 

 

Saturdays With LeAnn

Thanks

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Welcome back, my crafty friends! I have some really great projects to share with you today. You will be inspired to scrapbook, create beautiful cards, tackle a fun sewing project, and whip up something yummy in the kitchen. Take a moment and sit back, relax, and get motivated.

Together Family created by Minna Paajanen

This gorgeous design was created by the very talented lady Minna Paajanen. I just love the gorgeous Pion Papers made in Sweden. They are so unique and are of a timeless design with a romantic and vintage feel.

Together Family

Minna used the beautiful blue-toned papers and tags from the “My Beloved Son” collection. Using three-dimensional floral embellishments really pops out her photo. This is definitely one of those simply elegant layouts. Click here and I will take you over to Pion Designs. You will find fabulous projects and have a chance to discover their gorgeous paper lines.  You’re sure to be inspired to start creating your next beautiful project.

Thanks created by Donna Mikasa

You don’t have to be a professional painter to create watercolor masterpieces! I have recently taken the plunge to using water with my markers and I love how it can make coloring so much fun, while being such a breeze. Don’t be afraid to pull out your distress markers and distress inks, and if you have watercolor pencils they are wonderful, too.

Thanks

This embossed imaged was colored by Donna Mikasa. She used some distress markers and water for her coloring. The sentiment was a die cut from gold foil cardstock and attached to a vellum band. Adding a few gold sequins finished off the card nicely. If you prefer some shine to your card, just add a Wink Of Stella pen. Now for your challenge; if you haven’t already been watercoloring, take the plunge and dive in! You will be amazed at your own talent with watercoloring.

Friends created by Debbie Olsen

Wouldn’t it be fun to go to your mailbox and receive a handmade treasure from a dear friend? Everyone loves a beautiful handmade card. They are so much fun to make and such a joy to receive.
Friends

Debbie Olsen always has so many outstanding and inspirational cards. Click here and I will take you over to her wonderful blog “Thinking Inking.” You will receive more fabulous inspiration from this talented woman. I hope you are inspired to send a special friend one of your handmade creations; I am sure you will brighten their day.

DIY Pillow created by Desiree

Pillows are such a great way to add beauty to your home. Using your favorite fabrics will reflect your personality and give your home a personal touch. The possibilities are endless!

DIY  Pillows

Have you ever stenciled on fabric?  It is super easy and will give character to your pillows.  For a full tutorial on how to create these adorable pillows click here and I will take you on over to The 36th Avenue where you will be able to follow step-by-step instructions. When you complete your darling pillows you will be amazed at your talent.  It will put a big smile on your face!

Coconut Macaroon Tart With Passion Fruit Cream created by Elizabeth LaBau

Are you a coconut lover? If you answered yes to that question, there is no way you will want to miss out making this yummy dessert; it will become one of your very favorites. These are full of fresh, bright flavors, and topped with piles of fresh berries.

Coconut Macaroon Tart

 

It is crunchy on the outside, chewy on the inside, filled with a passion fruit cream, and makes a perfect summer dessert! Click here and I will take you over to “Sugarhero” where Elizabeth shares her step-by-step instructions. Enjoy!

I hope you have been filled today with lots of great ideas. Enjoy the rest of your weekend and I will see you back next Saturday!

 

Chocolate Sundae Cupcakes, Gluten Free

Chocolate Sundae Cupcakes, Gluten Free

Chocolate Sundae Cupcake

When the chocolate cupcake is calling, it’s a good idea to answer. This is one of those fast & fabulous desserts that are sure to impress. Simply toss some festive cupcake liners in a pan, whip the cream in advance, drain those cherries and by the time the cupcakes are cooling their heels on a rack, dessert is ready. 

Ingredients
Chocolate Cupcake
  • 5 oz. GF flour (3 oz. superfine brown rice flour, 1 oz. superfine white rice flour, 1 oz. tapioca starch/flour) (about 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons)
  • 3 oz. unsweetened cocoa (about ¾ cup)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon instant espresso powder
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • 7 oz. sugar (1 scant cup)
  • 4.5 oz. (9 tablespoons) unsalted butter, melted and cooled
  • 3 large eggs
  • 3 oz. sour cream (about ⅓ cup)
  • 2 oz. very hot water (about ¼ cup)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon Kahlua or Creme de Cacao
Cream and Topping
  • 1 half-pint heavy whipping cream (1 cup)
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • optional: chocolate jimmies or sundae chopped nuts
  • 12 maraschino cherries with stems, drained (get tasty stuff)
Instructions
Cupcake
  1. Preheat oven to 350. Place liners in a muffin pan (about 12). Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl weigh the flour, add the cocoa, baking powder, espresso powder, salt and baking soda. Add the sugar. Whisk together. In a heatproof glass bowl/container, melt butter. Cool slightly. Add eggs, sour cream, vanilla and liqueur. Whisk to incorporate thoroughly. Add the butter/eggs/sour cream/flavoring ingredients to the dry and mix until the batter is smooth, thick and no lumps remain. Add hot water and mix thoroughly until smooth and less thick. A stand mixer or a hand-held mixer makes fast work of this. Scoop about ⅔ full into liners and bake for about 18-22 minutes or until a toothpick comes out with few crumbs. Don’t over bake. Place each cupcake on a rack to cool completely.
Topping
  1. Using a hand-held mixer or stand mixer with a whip attachment mix cream with sugar and vanilla. As it begins to thicken, turn the mixer to a medium high setting and whip until soft peaks form. Store in the refrigerator until ready to top cupcakes.
  2. Drain cherries and set on a paper towel to completely drain until ready to top cupcakes.
Assembly

Pipe or scoop whipped cream onto the top of each cupcake. Optional: sprinkle with chocolate jimmies or chopped nuts. Top each cupcake with a cherry – with the stem attached.

Sit back & enjoy your yummy work of art!

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