Sundays With Lorraine

Hello, my crafty friends and welcome back to Weekly Scrapper. I am loving this beautiful weather, perfect for today’s creative therapy. I am packing up for our Denver show, then I am moving on to New York to spend some time with family and friends. I’m really hoping to see some of the gorgeous fall foliage. I love California but we really don’t have much of an autumn season. Let’s get started with our crafting inspiration, shall we?

My Elements by Riikka Kovasin

I was immediately drawn to this beautiful, artsy layout and knew I had to share the inspiration. It really is the whole package, a unique inky background that compliments the photo, perfectly placed layers, and even handwritten journaling. What more can you ask?

Thanks to our very creative friend Riikka you, too, can create your own version of this unique layout. Click here and I will be happy to escort you over to her blog Paperiliitin where she shares the original inspiration for this layout. You are going to love it!

Happy Halloween by Richele Christensen

Not to worry, there is still time for a few more Halloween cards. Have you seen some of the new Halloween releases from Tim Holtz/Sizzix? At the risk of sounding like an enabler, I think you need to take a look, they are adorable. The die set that Richele used is appropriately titled Witchcraft. Richele colored the background on mixed media heavyweight cardstock using Distress Oxide Inks (Seedless Preserves, Twisted Citron, and Black Soot) then die cut the stars out of the background. Don’t you just love how the witch and stars pop against the gorgeous background? I love those Distress Oxides!

Richele is truly a talented paper crafter and you will be happy to know that she offers workshops. Click here and I will escort you over to her blog California Art Girl so you can plan a crafty afternoon with your creative peeps. Have fun!

Pumpkin Patch Pillow Tucks with Tim Holtz & Sizzix

It’s time to celebrate the wonders of Fall so I thought you might be inspired by these sweet fabric pumpkin pillows. Just thinking out loud here but if we don’t permanently attach the Happy Halloween we can keep them out through Thanksgiving right… maybe tiny safety pins, a cute hat Pin, well you get the idea..  😉 .

Audrey die cut the pumpkins from orange denim using the new Pumpkin Patch die from Tim Holtz and Sizzix. I can think of all kinds of fun uses for these little cuties, how about adding a little pumpkin spice fragrance to the pillows and putting a few in the bathroom or in a guest room? “Happy fall ya’ll!”

The BEST Chicken Parmesan

If you are ready for another one of those yummy Italian comfort foods, then you are going to love Kelley’s Chicken Parmesan. There is something about the fall weather that makes it almost enjoyable to cook. You know I typically don’t enjoy spending lots of time in a hot kitchen, but when the cooler weather hits and we have a little help from Kelley, it’s almost fun. Big hugs to Kelley for showing us the way to delicious meals in no time.

Kelley is the queen of creating delicious, quick, and easy weeknight meals that your family will love. I highly recommend stopping by the Chef Savvy Blog anytime you need some fresh ideas to answer that dreaded question “MOM! What’s for dinner?” You’re going to love this easy 30 minute Chicken Parmesan Chicken, simply add a side of your favorite pasta, a nice loaf of crusty Italian bread, and dinner is served. It’s the perfect comfort food for those cool fall nights.

Thanks for stopping by; happy crafting and hugs to all!.


Sundays With Lorraine

Hello my crafty friends, and welcome back to Weekly Scrapper. Can you believe that it is the middle of October already; what happened to the year? Not to worry, fall is the best time of the year, it’s time to get our holiday crafting started. So put on your favorite comfy sweats and take a stroll over to your happy place (the craft room) because it’s time for today’s creative therapy.

Shaker Tags By Laurie Willison

With the holidays creeping up on us we are going to need tags for all those gifts that we will be giving, right?  How cute are these dimensional shaker tags by Queen & Company? Shaker elements aren’t just for cards anymore, Queen & Company has taken the guesswork out of creating the perfect shaker elements that can be used on your cards, tags, mixed media projects, and of course, don’t forget your scrapbooks.

Thanks to Queen & Company you, too, can create the perfect shaker elements in the blink of an eye!  It’s pretty much three easy steps, just peel, fill, and stick. What’s not to love? Click here and I will be happy to escort you over to their site so you can check out the huge selection of eye candy for your paper crafting. You might want to grab a cup of coffee, you will be spending a bit of time drooling over all the must-have paper crafting supplies. Have fun!

Steampunk Halloween Card by Jan Hobbins

I absolutely love this Steampunk Pumpkin stamp by Stampendous. It’s been out a while but I recently found mine at my local scrapbook store. Steampunk and Halloween go so well together, so I couldn’t resist revisiting this amazing card designed by the very talented Jan Hobbins. This card is the reason that I went on the hunt for this stamp.  It just makes me smile and I hope it does the same for you.

Do you give the insides of your cards the same love that you give the outside? Talk about fine details!  Check out how Jan continued the design onto the inside; it gives such a professional finish.

Don’t you just love all those fun gears? They prompted another purchase on my part which was Sizzix’s Tim Holtz Gearhead Thinlits set. There are 22 gears in this set, one of them a corner gear collage, which Jan used on the inside of the card. I love all the visual interest that it adds to the design. I’d like to send out a virtual hug to Jan for showing us how it’s done.

If The Hat Fits Halloween Card By Nichol Spohr

Nichol broke out all the bells and whistles for this fun and festive Halloween card. She used  Zig Kuretake Gansai Tambi Starry Colors to paint the witches hats and Nuvos’s Gilding Flakes on the title.  Don’t you love all that sparkle against the black background? This adorable Halloween card is sure to put a smile on the recipient’s face, the girls will love it! There you go again, sharing those smiles one handmade card at a time.

Something that I picked up from watching Nichol’s video was another way to adhere the Gilding Flakes.  She used Rangers Sticky Embossing Powder – I didn’t know that there was such a thing!  It’s the first thing on my shopping list when I get to the Sacramento show next week. I can’t wait to share this with my crafty friends in the Creativity Center since we’ll be playing with the Gilding Flakes.

Cheesy Baked Ziti 

We’ve arrived in one of the best seasons of the year – I’m talking about the comfort food season, which celebrates all things cheesy, creamy, hearty and oh-so-decadent. Maybe it’s the New Yorker in me but in our house, one of our favorite comfort foods in the fall was Moms homemade Baked Ziti. Thanks to the culinary geniuses over on the Food Network Blog, you, too, can enjoy this yummy dish with ingredients you most likely already have on hand.

This top-rated casserole yields a whopping 12 servings, so keep it in mind when you’re planning for a crowd. How perfect will this yummy Baked Ziti be for your Halloween party or for when the kids return home after trick-or-treating?  Click here and I will take you over to the Food Network Blog so you can print out the recipe.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s projects. For additional information on any of these projects be sure to stop by the individual blogs, I have supplied links so all you have to do is click and you are there. Happy fall to all!


Saturdays With LeAnn

Ghols Just Want To Have Fun

Welcome back, my crafty friends!  The weather here in Utah has become chilly, and with days like today I really enjoy staying inside and crafting in my office.  I hope you will be able to spend your day creating something you’ll love.  I just love this time of year!  Halloween is one of my favorite holidays, and since it’s coming soon, I thought it would be fun to share a few festive projects with you today.  I hope you will enjoy each one.  Remember, it isn’t too late to create some of your Halloween projects for the year!

Dream Chaser By Missy Whidden

Isn’t it funny how one scrap of paper can inspire an entire layout?  Are you ready to do some great things with your products?  Hopefully this layout will give you some added inspiration.  Who doesn’t love a little extra color in their world?  Even though there are a lot of beautiful details and dimension to this layout, the photo is still the first thing your eye is drawn to.  I love how Missy went around the edges of the leaves with some white gesso, and then added gold Color Shine and a few gelatos to add color around the edges.  Also notice the metallic gold machine stitching through the center of each leaf.

Dream Chaser

Missy really created a masterpiece.  Most important, remember there are no set rules when crafting, just have fun with it.  I highly recommend stopping by Little Nugget Creations where you will find a video tutorial on how Missy put her layout together.  The possibilities are endless!  Give it a try you will love the results!

Ghouls Just Want To Have Fun By Therese Dahl

Since it’s October, it’s time for some spooky fun!  You still have plenty of time to get your Halloween cards made and sent out.  This is one of those cards that will make you want to pull out some of your fun festive Halloween papers and put your creative mind to work.  This is such a fun card that really portrays the spirit of Halloween.  With Halloween coming up, what a great way to celebrate by sharing your fun Halloween cards with friends and family.

Ghols Just Want To Have Fun

Therese Dahl did such a fabulous job using the Grim Gretchen Set by Kraftin Kimmie Stamps.  The detail on this card just takes it up to another level.  Don’t you just love this ghoul?  She looks so vicious – such wonderful work by Therese!   I am sure you would like to have a list of supplies that Therese used, so click here and I will take you over to the Katten Mia blog.  A big shout out to Therese for being such an inspiration to all of you fellow paper crafters.

Look A Bit Frightened By Anna-Karin

Halloween is such a perfect opportunity to be creative.  With a little help from our crafty friend Anna-Karin, you can make some spooktacular tags to add to your yummy Halloween treats.  It is also a time when a lot of photos will be taken, so let’s get them off your phones and cameras and into an adorable Halloween mini album.  Let’s take this fun tag a step further and create a mini album out of it.  Just add a few more pages behind the tag and you will create a darling mini album.  What a great way to show off your fun and unique costumes, along with a festive celebration of Halloween.  Don’t you just love a project that can be used in several different ways?

Look A Bit Frightened

Anna-Karin used some fun techniques for her background.   She started out with a die cut tag and then added her patterned paper and brushed gesso over it. To give it a distressed look, Anna-Karin used the Slate stencil and Opague Crackle Paste. I am sure that your creative mind is spinning with all the different techniques that Anna-Karin used, so click here and I will be happy to take you over to spend some quality time with Anna-Karin and her fabulous blog Layers Of Ink.  Enjoy craftin,g my friends!

Halloween Cupcakes By Kelly Senyei

Spooky cupcakes make Halloween so much sweeter!  These sweet treats will both charm and scare your guests all at once.  Cupcakes have never looked so scarily delicious!

Halloween Cupcakes

These darling cupcakes are easy to make and those little hands will love helping in the kitchen.  What a great way to make memories with your children or grandchildren.  This will be a treat they will forever remember making in the kitchen for Halloween.  I just love recipes that look like they take a lot of time but are really quite simple to make.  Let’s pop on over to Just A Taste where you will find full details on how to create your Halloween cupcakes.  Thank you, Kelly, for sharing your fun recipe with us!

I hope you have enjoyed every minute of today’s Weekly Scrapper.  As always, I enjoy you stopping by on Saturday and sharing a bit of your precious time with me.  I hope you will get to those crafting projects today and have some fun creating some outstanding projects.  Have a wonderful week ahead and I will see you back next Saturday!

Hugs to all,


Saturdays With LeAnn

Open If You Dare

Welcome back to Weekly Scrapper on this beautiful fall day.  Don’t you just love Saturdays?  I certainly do because I get to share my passion of crafting with you.  I always try to make it a priority to spend some time in my craft room over the weekend and I hope that you do, too.  This is a good time to take the opportunity to try something new.  You never know what new technique you are truly capable of unless you give it a try.  I hope you will find some inspiration today and will also find some new tips and techniques in the projects I have to share with you.

You Are The Best By Kavi Tha

What’s not there to love about this adorable layout?  It is obvious there was a lot of love and detail put into this outstanding design.  It is so exquisite!  Don’t you just love the vintage tones?  Kavi Tha added so many different elements to her layout to play off the colors in the photo.  The Factory 42 Collection was used in this layout, which has the perfect mix of dark and light colors that is suitable for any kind of project.

You Are The Best

There is something about the vintage look that always pulls me in.  Are you inspired to do great things with your products?  Hopeful this layout will give you even more inspiration!  Click here and I will be more than happy to take you over to Kaiser Kraft Design.  I highly recommend stopping by for a visit.  They have wonderful paper lines and embellishments, along with a very talented design team. You will find some very helpful steps in creating your own beautiful layout.   Remember there are no set rules when crafting, just always have fun with it.  Happy crafting!

Open If You Dare By Keia Shipp-Smith

Make your own cute tags, greeting cards, postcards, or even invitations when using Sugar Skulls stamps and the coordinating dies from Taylored Expressions.  This is a time where you can keep the card simple and let the image take the front row seat.  Pop out your image with foam adhesive and give it some dimension to portray that festive feel.

Open If You Dare

There are so many incredible opportunities to let your imagination run wild by creating handmade cards, tags, and invitations.  Don’t be afraid to add both masculine and feminine styles, along with fun embellishments to get that perfect look for your projects.  Let me escort you on over to Confessions Of A Paperholic, where you can write down all of the materials you will need for these darling projects.  A big shout goes out to Kei Shipp-Smith for sharing her fun projects and her outstanding coloring.  What a great project to help you get in the mood for Halloween!

Wall Art By Pam Bray

Are you ready to start creating some fun Halloween decorations?  This fun wall art will be one that you will want to jump on right away.  Halloween is such a perfect opportunity to be creative. Halloween wall art is one of my favorite things to create.  I love the fact that they are so fast and easy to complete; they provide an instant gratification.  Not only will you love your completed project, so will your family and friends as you hang it up for all to enjoy!

Wall Art

Scare up a good time by creating a wall decor of your own.  You can make your home as spooky as you want this Halloween!  This is a perfect decor to add a little spirit to your home!  I would like to send out a big hug to Pam for sharing this spooktacular wall art.  Be sure to stop by her blog Scrapbook Flair so you can see how easily this project comes together.  While you are visiting her blog be sure to check out her other fabulous projects as well.  You will leave feeling so inspired.

Apple Cinnamon Bread By Glory Albin

Forget the pie crust and get all the flavors of fall in a quick and easy bread! This recipe makes the best Cinnamon Apple Bread!  I love the brown sugar and cinnamon topping, and the bread is moist, flavorful and tastes like apple pie in bread form!  A second perk to this Apple Cinnamon Bread is the fragrance that will bring a wonderful fall aroma to your home!

Apple Cinnamon Bread

Let’s kick off the fall baking season with this flavorful and delicious Apple Cinnamon Bread!  If you are ready for fall baking then this is the perfect kick off!  Apples, cinnamon, and sugar are flavors that are delicious all year round, but seem to be extra perfect for fall.  Click here so you an visit Glory Albin’s blog Glorious Treats where you will find the ingredients and recipe for this yummy bread.  Enjoy!

Thank you for sharing a part of your Saturday with me.  I hope this beautiful fall day will find you with some time to create at least one of those wonderful projects you desire to make. Have a wonderful week and I look forward to seeing you back soon.





Saturdays With LeAnn

You Make Me Smile

Hello friends, and welcome back to Weekly Scrapper!  It looks like there are many of you finding some “you” time, and that makes me very happy.  I am grateful that you are doing the things you love to do!  My goal is to impress you with new and fun projects, techniques, and creativity.  I hope you will enjoy today’s post.  Sit back, relax, and take in all the inspiration!

Wander By Amanda Baldwin

Fall is here with cool temperatures slowly creeping in the air, and Amanda shows a great way to capture that fall feeling using beautifully soft and delicate colors.  I just love the color combo along with the way that Amanda uses her printed binder chip, cut files, stickers, and beautiful, intricate doilies. This is definitely a layout that makes your heart feel warm and fuzzy.


I hope that Amanda’s work of art inspires you to step outside of your comfort zone and create something beautiful.  Are you ready to begin?  Let me escort you on over to her Happy Arty Days blog where Amanda will give you all the supplies you need to get started.  You will love the inspiration that Amanda shares, and you won’t want to miss out on any of her fabulous projects.  I highly recommend taking a minute (or more!) to visit her blog.

You Make Me Smile By Kathy Racoosin

I love to explore new trends in the crafting industry.  A new technique that I discovered, created here by Kathy Racoosin, is alternating a stamp and adding watercoloring.  The sunflower was stamped again, cut, and popped for more dimension.  Sunflowers are one of my favorite flowers, so this really brought a smile to my face especially on this dreary and rainy day.  I love the way that Kathy colored them, so I say pop this card in a frame and call it a day!  Who wouldn’t love to receive this priceless and treasured creation?

You Make Me Smile

Kathy has prepared a wonderful video showing just how she created this beautiful card, along with tips and techniques on how she does some masking and stamping to create a taller sunflower for some impact on her card.  Click here and I will escort you over to The Daily Marker so you can watch her short video.  You will find all the supplies you’ll need to begin to create your own card. You will also walk away being so inspired by Kathy.  Don’t forget to check out her other amazing projects.

Village Bungalow By Sarah Vouga

With Halloween just around the corner, it is time to get out those spooky decorations.  Why spend money buying decorations when you can create some wonderful ones yourself? (And that’s so much more fun, right?)  These frightful little villages will add a spooky flare to your Halloween decor.  This is certainly a project that your children and grandchildren will love and even help with. You will be the talk of the neighborhood with these over-the-top decorations in your home.

Village Bungalow

Village Manor

These creative decorations are definitely ones that will get a second look.  What a great way to enjoy the Halloween season!  You are probably dying to know how to make these and where to get the supplies.  Click here for a video tutorial by Tim Holtz and he will give you many creative tips and techniques on how to create these.  Be sure to visit the Sizzix blog for more wonderful projects.  I promise you will be more than inspired!

Crepe Cake By Natasha K

Crepe cake recipes are exactly what they sound like, cakes made out of crepes.  And if you are a fan of crepes, then crepe cakes exist just to make you happy!  When you need to make a big impression, this scrumptious crepe cake is an easy-to-assemble dessert that is as taste-bud-pleasing as it is visually appealing.

Crepe Cake

Crepe Cake
This is the easiest 30 layer cake you’ll ever make with 15 crepes and 15 layers of cream.  Everyone will think it took you hours to prepare but it’s really very simple.  Let me take you over to Natasha’s Kitchen where you will get all the ingredients and directions to start making one for your family and friends.  This will definitely be one you will make again!
I hope your week is ending on a creative high note!  In my neck of the woods it is quite chilly so with that said, it is always fun to take some time out of the weekend and grab a hot drink, snuggle up, and take some time to be creative.  Enjoy the rest of your weekend and I will see you again next Saturday!
Sending warm hugs,

Lawn Fawn Halloween Card

Hey there Stamp & Scrapbook Expo friends and fans, Becki here to share a fun Lawn Fawn Halloween card with you that I created using some really fun Lawn Fawn products. Lawn Fawn sent me some really fun products to play with. My favorite thing they sent was the Costume Party stamp set. It is SO adorable! They also sent me the Costume Party die set AND the Shut the Front Door die set. This is such a FUN interactive card.I created a double z fold card with black cardstock. I cut a 6×12 piece of black cardstock. I scored the cardstock at the 2″, 4″, 10″, and 8″ and folded along the fold lines to create the base of the card. Then, I covered each panel of the card with patterned paper. After I had the base of the card created then it was time for the real fun to begin. I stamped each of the little Halloween characters with black ink. Then, I colored the images with Tombow Dual Brush Pens. Aren’t those cute little costumed characters so CUTE!?!?  After coloring the images, I die cut them with the coordinating die set as well as die cutting the pieces to the front door. The little Halloween characters are adhered around the front door in the center of the card. The cute little witch is inside the door with a bowl of candy ready to pass it out to all of the cute little trick or treaters.The final finishing touch to this card is the black ribbon that is tied around the entire card. That black ribbon holds the card closed as well as providing a fun embellishment on the front of the card.This card was so fun to create. I can’t wait to create more Halloween cards with this fun stamp set. Do you create Halloween cards? I’d love to see what Halloween cards you have created. Leave a link in the comment section below and I’ll make sure to stop by and see what you have been creating. Thank you for stopping by the Stamp & Scrapbook Expo blog. I’ll see you again next Thursday for another edition of Inspiration Station.

Halloween Gift Bag

Hey, everyone! Roree here with another Make It! Monday project. Today I am sharing a gift bag I created for Halloween using corrugated cardboard, a gesso-painted patterned paper, and embellishments.

First I started with a piece of cardboard I cut from an old mailing box. I cut it to 4 x 5″ so that it would fit the front of my gift bag.

I peeled back one of the covers to reveal the corrugation on the inside of the cardboard.

I used a sanding block to clean up the corrugated cardboard.

For the moon, I cut out a 4″ circle from patterned paper. But instead of using white cardstock, I decided to use a patterned paper. I really liked the chevron pattern on this patterned paper, but I thought it would be too busy. So, I painted the patterned paper with White Gesso from The Crafter’s Workshop.

I painted it just enough to lose the orange but still see a hint of the chevron pattern.

After the paper dried, I adhered it to the cardboard panel and decorated it with embellishments from October Afternoon‘s Witch Hazel collection.

I then adhered the finished panel to my bag.

I hope you enjoyed today’s Make It! Monday project. Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you have a Happy Halloween!