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!




Saturdays With LeAnn

Plaid Watercolor

Welcome back, my dear crafty friends, to Weekly Scrapper!  Don’t you just love Saturdays?  It is one of my favorite days of the week, and especially because I get to share my passion of crafting with you. I just love spending the day in my craft room and do the things I love to do!  I hope you will be able to take some time for yourself today and have fun with your crafting.

Best Weekend By Missy Whidden

When creating a layout, the photo itself is the major guide to your process.  Any time you are using a black and white photo, you can incorporate a lot of color on the remainder of the layout to balance the lack of color in the photo.  Have you ever noticed that black and white emphasizes the faces in the photo?  Missy did such an outstanding job on this layout.  The colors she used really give the photo a pop and helps it really stand out.

Best Weekend

Missy added some fun arrows and arranged them for her background, adhered them, then went over them with gesso.  She added some shimmerz paints, washi tape, and embellished with some die cuts, tags, sequins.  To top it off she did some machine stitching through the center of her arrows.  This is such a fun and eye catching layout!  Let me escort you over to Little Nugget Creations where you will find a step-by-step video, along with many more outstanding projects created by Missy.  You will always leave her blog feeling very inspired.

Plaid Watercolor By Debby Hughes

Today’s card is all about the plaid background. Can you believe this gorgeous plaid was created with watercolors?  You can get an intense background with watercolor paints!  Not all watercoloring has to be soft and subtle.  The beauty of plaids is that they can be used for both a masculine or feminine look.  I just love this plaid card; it is so eye-catching and a very fun technique! Handmade cards instantly brighten up anyone’s day.

Plaid Watercolor

Step outside the box and create unique watercolor plaid backgrounds in all colors.  You can create a card and design a greeting for any occasion from birthdays, holidays, and invitations to general correspondence.  There is so much joy that comes from a card made with a lot of love.  A pop of color can make it look perfect!  Let’s pop on over to Lime Doodle Design where you will be inspired by Debby’s talent.  You will want to jump right in and create one of your own handmade treasures!

Love You To Pieces By Shari Carroll

Here is a fun card full of inspiration.  Watercoloring is such a beautiful technique and there are so many different water-based coloring mediums to choose from.  I love working with watercolors; it is such a great way to add beautiful colors to your cards.  This card was created using the Heart of Flowers Wafer die cut on top and a watercolor panel beneath the die cut. What’s not to love about this adorable card designed by Shari Carroll?  A perfect card to say you are thinking of that special person!

Love You To Pieces

This die is so much fun to play with you just want to jump right in and create one of your own handmade treasures!  The possibilities are absolutely endless!  Shari has so many wonderful projects that you don’t want to miss out on.  Let me take you over to her blog My World, where you will find endless inspiration.

Turtle Peanut Butter Cookies By Dorothy Kern

Cold winter days are a good reason to go into the kitchen and bake some nice warm cookies.  These turtle cookies have every indulgent flavor you could pack in a recipe.  Peanut butter, caramel, chocolate, all topped off with a pecan.  You’re ready to make a batch, aren’t you?

Turtle Peanut Butter Cookies

These are the simplest cookies you will ever make!  Peanut butter and caramel are a dynamic duo, and of course the chocolate enhances both peanut butter and caramel flavors!  The chocolate on top adds a nice surprise, and the pecan adds a little extra flavor and texture.  Now that you are craving this cookie, click here and I’ll take you over to Crazy For Crust, where you will find the recipe to get you started making your cookies now.  Enjoy!

Thank you for stopping by on this beautiful winter day.  Stay in out of the cold and enjoy doing some crafting!  Be sure to visit again next week, as I have some more fabulous projects to share with you!  Have a great weekend!



Sundays With Lorraine

Hello my crafty friends, and welcome back to Weekly Scrapper! I’m excited to share several heartfelt projects just in time to get you ready for Valentine’s Day, so sit back, relax and enjoy – you deserve a little me time!

My Heart Is Always With You By Mona Pendleton

Talk about adorable! Check out this darling card that Mona designed using Papertrey Ink’s Love Lives Here Stamp Set. This sweet stamp set is one that you will break out time and time again. With its adorable little houses, helping hands, and other heart-themed images, you will be well on your way to creating meaningful projects that any recipient will treasure always

I hope you’ve been inspired to create several of your handmade cards and mail them out to those special people in your life. Who wouldn’t feel your love when they open the mailbox to find one of your handmade treasures? I’d like to send out a big hug to Mona for being such a constant inspiration to her fellow paper crafters, I highly recommend stopping by her blog Cupcake’s Creations anytime you’re in need of some serious motivation to start that next project. Hugs to all!

Celebrate Your Special Day By Nichol Spohr

I love it when a card can be used for multiple occasions. This card is perfect for a birthday card, yet it would also be adorable as a Valentine’s Day card. Since I travel so often with Stamp & Scrapbook Expo I need to plan ahead, so what I do is create my cards – but I don’t typically add the sentiment and embellishments until I know who the lucky recipient is. A girls got to keep her options open, right? This way I’m ready for any occasion.

Nichol has prepared a must-see video showing how to get that no line watercolor look using your Distress inks. To watch the creation of this card from start to finish click here and I’ll escort you over to her blog and we can watch the video together. Nichol really is the queen of detail; I love how she created all that dimension without all the bulk.

Valentine Glitter Votives By Linda

Linda had me at glitter and mason jars! Wouldn’t these votive candles be a perfect little pishky to give out for Valentine’s Day? I’m also thinking they would be great to use without the candle to store some crafting supplies – like brushes and pens. Linda used mason jars for this sweet project. Mason jars are perfect to hold candles because they were made for canning and can handle the heat. If you are going to use the jars for storage you can use any old jar.

Since you will be breaking out the glitter on this project, I’d like to share a tip that is going to make your life a little less stressful. I love my micro fine glitter but in the past, I would cringe when it came to clean up – as you know glitter isn’t the easiest to clean up – until now.  Break out your Swiffer duster sheets (not the duster with the wand). They are going to be your new best friend when it comes to cleaning up glitter. One of the most requested projects that I taught last season in the Creativity Center was sponsored by Elizabeth Crafts and it was Els herself who shared this tip with me. Boy, did it blow everyone’s mind when we broke out the Swiffer sheets and bam the glitter was gone!

Slow Cooker Zuppa Toscana  Recipe By Amanda

With it being so chilly these days, I was thinking you might enjoy a little homemade soup tonight. Thanks to Amanda you can have this traditional Italian soup without ever leaving the house. This soup has all the great flavors of the Olive Garden soup, but making it at home is much more convenient and less expensive.  If you’ve never had this soup… it’s a creamy soup with tender potatoes, spicy Italian sausage, and healthy kale; you and your family are going to love it!

Just seven ingredients (plus seasonings) is all you’ll need, and getting this soup in the crockpot and on it’s way to deliciousness only takes about 5 minutes, then its back to the craft room where you belong! 😉 Pick up some of your favorite crusty bread and you’re good to go. Thanks to The Chunky Chef Blog, gourmet meals are just a click away. Bon appetit!

Thanks for stopping by – have a wonderful week and I’ll see you next Sunday.

Technique Spotlight with Paige Evans: More Hearts


Hearts are one of my very most favorite shapes to use on a layout. They symbolize love and the photos I’m scrapbooking and the people in them – I love – so it’s perfect!


SWEET STORY by Paige Evans

To help bring out the colors of the patterned papers backing the heart cut outs, I watercolored around them!


FUN WEEKEND by Paige Evans

Cut hearts in half, piece them back together, then stitch through them to create a patchwork style background!


LOVE YOU by Paige Evans

I used a paper towel roll bent into a heart shape then stamped with paint to make this custom heart background!


YOU & ME by Paige Evans

Hearts are perfect for lovey dovey layouts! 🙂 I also incorporated some paper tearing because goodness knows I love to use lots and lots of patterned papers on my pages!

Do you love to add hearts to your layouts, too?

Creative Uses for Stamps

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Hello cardmakers!

How often do you look at your stamps in a new way? Today I have a stamp that is supposed to be used as flowers for a bicycle basket, but instead I used them as corners. They aren’t perfectly straight corners, but I thought they would make a great whimsical frame to house my sentiment on this card!

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The stamp set I used is the Pedal Pusher stamp set by Papertrey Ink. Here is a card with the flowers and leaves used on the bicycle basket. The card is by Melissa Phillips. You can see they are adorable in the basket, but when stamping them onto a scratch piece of paper to decide what colors to use one day, I happened to view them as pretty corners. Do you ever see something different when looking at a stamp?

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Isn’t this card by Melissa so cute? Here are a few more cards I made with that set.

Using a ruler, I lined up the corners as best I could, stamped them in pink, then the leaves, and last I used a couple of hearts to fill in missing spots and a little dot with yellow. The sentiment is from the Pedal Pusher set also. In the background, I used a die from My Favorite Things, the Die-Namics Four Way Chevron Cover Up die, and backed it with polka dot paper.

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The card is finished with a gold paperclip, a little piece of seam binding, and a few clear sequins.

Be sure to send me a link of a stamp you used differently than it was meant to be used! I’d love to see how you are being creative with your stamps and getting more use out of them! Have a creative day,


Saturdays With LeAnn

All Of Me


Hello my friends, thank you for stopping by today!  Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching and I have a few fun love-themed projects that I am really excited to share with you. I hope these will inspire you to spend some time being creative on this fabulous weekend!

Be Happy, Be Bright, Be You By Cathy Cafun

This gorgeous layout brings a breath of fresh air. (I don’t know about you, but I am so ready for it to be Spring!) This stunning layout was created using Kaisercraft’s “True Love” collection. It has such a soft, romantic feel and sets the scene for a special photo.

Be Happy Be Bright Be You

Would you believe that this layout was made using a misting technique with cling wrap?  Who would have ever thought that cling wrap could do something so amazing!  Come with me over to Kaisercraft’s Inspiring Craft Ideas to see Cathy Cafun’s step-by-step tutorial on a misting technique using some of the new release Kaisermist colors.  Add a few elements and you have everything you need to create something truly beautiful!

Valentine Tags By Keisha Campbell

Valentine’s Day is such a great time to express your love by giving a small gift. Who wouldn’t love to receive a gift with one of these adorable tags attached? You certainly would already feel the love before you even open the box to see what is inside!

Valentines Tags

Valentines Tags

Valentines Tags

Try one or all three!  This is going to be one of your next “must make” projects.  Can’t you see these adorable tags used for just about any occasion?  Simply switch out the paper and embellishments and you will have a darling tag in just a few minutes. On Valentine’s Day you will really “shine” because you have given a gift on top of a gift!  Happy crafting, my friends! 🙂

All Of Me By Kimberly Crawford

I am pleased to be able to share this adorable card designed by Kimberly Crawford. I love every part of this fabulous heart card!  This is such the perfect card for Valentines Day, plus it is one of those cards you can use anytime just to say “I Love You.”  Don’t worry, you still have plenty of time to create this darling card before Valentine’s Day. Share your love by sending this card and let those who are so special to you know how much you love them!

All Of Me

Take advantage of using the new releases from My Favorite Things!  You will have so much fun with these new products. Come with me over to “Kimberly Stamps” where you will see the supplies you will need and how she created this adorable card.  Thanks for the great inspiration, Kimberly!

Heart Quilt By Amanda Niederhauser

Nothing is more heartwarming than a homemade quilt!  The tender love that goes into a quilt with many countless hours is such a treasure. This sweet quilt was created by Amanda Niederhauser.

Heart Quilt

I just love the simplicity of this quilt with its lovely heart applique. Would you believe that there are no two hearts the same and the background is a variety of low volume prints? Who would have ever thought that you would use a Sizzix die cut machine with the Sizzix Bigz Die Heart #3 to cut out the hearts?  Click here for a step-by-step tutorial from Amanda on how she created this gorgeous work of art.  Beautifully done, Amanda!

Zebra Cake By Roxana Rawgel

Is your mouth watering?  I know mine sure is and I can’t wait to try these.  I think I might put some pink color into my frosting to give them that Valentine flare!  This could make a special treat on a fun Valentine’s Day.

Copycat Zebra Cakes

I am sure these are every bit as good as they look. Click here and I will take you over to get the recipe. I am sure you will want to try these right away; after all, who could resist them?

Thank you for spending some time today on our Weekly Scrapper blog. Our team at Stamp & Scrapbook Expo really enjoys sharing our love of crafting with you. I look forward to returning with you next week. Have a fabulous week ahead, and enjoy the rest of your weekend.


Sundays With Lorraine


Hello, my crafty friends and welcome back to the Weekly Scrapper! It makes me smile knowing that you found a bit of time to get crafty. One of my goals for this year is to make sure that I take the time to do more of what makes me happy. Since art is proven to be very therapeutic, it’s important to our well being, right? There you go, you now have a hall pass to be creative. 😉

Project Life inspired by Peanut & Bean

Pocket page scrapbooking has proven that it’s here to stay. Creating colorful pocket pages with a clean linear design is a great way to tell your story. I’m a little embarrassed to admit that i’m stepping outside my comfort zone as I have never done a Project Life album, so I had to do a little blog surfing about pocket pages. All I can say is WOW! I can’t believe I waited this long to embrace this amazing way to actually complete multiple albums in a reasonable amount of time. “Ya gotta love it!” The original post for this Project Life layout goes back a bit but I felI in love with the color scheme combined with using both color and black and white photos. Along with the perfectly coordinated pocket cards used to embellish the album, what’s not to love? It didn’t hurt that all the cards are available to print out for free on the Inspired by Peanut & Bean Blog. If you are new to Project Life click here and I will be happy to take you over to Becky Higgin’s Blog so you, too, can catch the fever.

Project Life inspired by Peanut & Bean

I am now officially hooked on the endless possibilities that pocket scrapbooking has to offer. Whether you are going digital or you prefer shopping for your supplies at Scrapbook Expo (which I highly recommend) pocket page scrapbooking has something for everyone. I’m thinking of it as the instant gratification of scrapbooking. I’ve been in the scrapbooking industry for many years and I don’t know many people that are actually up-to-date with their albums  Yes, it’s time to play catch up, my fellow scrapbookers! Think about how with all the time we will be saving, we can be out creating lots more memories to scrapbook.

Hugs To All by Virginia Lu

Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be pink and red as demonstrated by this sweet card designed by Virginia Lu. Yellow and orange wouldn’t have been my first thought for a Valentine’s Day card, but it’s absolutely adorable. Who wouldn’t feel a hug when they opened the mailbox to discover this handmade treasure?


Here’s yet another way to use your color mists. How about customizing your own paper and running it through your personal die cutting machine as Virginia did with the Stacked Hearts die by Simon Says Stamp. Think of all the possibilities! It’s also a great way to experiment with your different coloring mediums. Start out with some watercolor paper cut into A2 card size; this way when you come up with some amazing effects you can use them on your cards and tags. It’s the perfect head start on that next project as well as a great creative release.

Feel A Hug by Loll Thompson

I must confess I have a slight spray mist addiction since leaving CHA last week. There are so many to choose from and I love that you can mix up your own as Loll did here. Don’t they make the most unique one-of-a-kind backgrounds? Loll took it one step further and added more visual interest by using cling wrap and three different colors of spray mist, then ran some embossing paste through a stencil to get the beautiful tulip image. So clever!

Feel A Hug By Loll Thompson

I’d like to thank Loll for being such an inspiration and for sharing this fun technique. I hope you’ve been inspired to break out the cling wrap and give it a try. Click here and I will be happy to bring you over so you can follow along and takes notes. Loll’s card is a perfect example of what happens when you play with your supplies without fear. After all, you will never know what you are truly capable of unless you just dive in and have fun with your art. Keep up the great job of sharing smiles one handmade card at a time.

Year In Review: Photo Frame Display

I still can’t believe that 2015 is over; where did the time go? Realizing how fast time seems to slip by, I was inspired to print out some photos highlighting the year and scraplift this great idea. This project is also a great way to use the leftover pocket page cards that you’ve been collecting. I love it when I can walk into my scrapbook room and come out with a cute home decor piece. 😉  I hope that you’ve been inspired to get some of those precious photos off your phone and printed out so you can create your own year in review photo display.

Year In Review: Photo Frame Display

You might want to make several because they make great gifts for those family members that live out of state. This way you can update the pictures throughout the year. Yes, you will be the hero of your family!  Click here so I can take you over to the American Crafts Blog where you can follow along with Gina as she shares step-by-step instructions to make your own year in review.

Seafood Cioppino Recipe

If you’re looking for a great seafood recipe to create in your slow cooker, this classic fish stew is just the ticket. There is something to be said about taking 20 minutes in the morning to prep the meal, forgetting about it and 4-5 hours later you have an amazing dinner with no muss and no fuss!

 Seafood Cioppino Recipe

This stew pairs well with a simple salad, a loaf of crusty bread,and a bottle of your favorite white wine. I love that it’s easy enough to prepare for a change of pace in the weekly dinner rotation and is equally at home served to company. I’d be happy to take you over to the Taste Of Home Blog so that you can print out the recipe; this is one dish you will be making time and time again. Bon appetit!

Thanks for stopping by – have a great week and I’ll see you back next weekend with more projects to keep you inspired..