Sundays With Lorraine

Hello, my crafty friends, and welcome back to Weekly Scrapper. Lorraine here, ready to share some fun projects on this beautiful fall day, so grab a cup of coffee, sit back, relax and enjoy a little crafty “me” time. You deserve it!

Adding Color to Black & White Elements by Missy Whidden

There is nothing like a beautiful watercolored background to make a black & white photo just pop. Missy used the Faith > Fear Collection by Illustrated Faith on this layout. The collection is entirely black & white which leaves your color options wide open. I love the contrast of this black & white collection. Click here and I’ll take you over for a peek of all the pieces that are available.

For more details click here and I will be honored to take you over to the Bella Blvd blog so you can follow along as Missy shares many tips and tricks on how easily this adorable layout comes together. Happy scrappin’!

You Are Amazing By Yoonsun Hur

Since we already have the watercolors out, I thought you might enjoy this sweet card designed by the very talented Yoonsun. Have you had the opportunity to play with Altenew multilayer stamps yet? They really take the guesswork out of creating a beautiful bold contrast, or you can use your favorite coloring medium for a soft and subtle look.

No matter what your style is, you are sure to fall in love with all the possibilities. Yoonsun stamped the image using Versa Fine Onyx Ink than watercolored the flowers with Distress Inks, but feel free to use what you have on hand. Have fun experimenting with different coloring mediums to alter the finished piece.

Mini Album By Suzz

What’s not to love about mini albums?  They are the instant gratification of scrapbooking, not to mention they make the perfect gift for those special people in your life.  With a little guidance from our crafty friend Suzanne, you, too, can whip up several of these little works of art for the holidays. Add a few photos and some meaningful sentiments and you have a gift that will be treasured for years to come. The large house in the set measures approximately 5″ tall by 3 5/8″ wide, which can easily handle of few carefully cropped pics and lots of stamping. After all, there is no better gift than the gift of memories, right?

I couldn’t resist sharing a 2nd photo of the inside. Be sure to stop by the Funkie Junkie Blog to check out the album in its entirety. You’re gonna love it!

I love the fact that Suzanne created her own mini album using the Tiny House Die by Tim Holtz. What a creative way to use the die. I must confess, I loved the die before but I haven’t purchased it yet. I was on the fence thinking how many little houses can one make, but when you add in mini albums – well that’s another story!  After seeing what Suzanne did with this project It’s now on my list to purchase at our Sacramento show in a few weeks.

Creamy Lemon Parmesan Chicken Piccata

It’s lemon time in my neck of the woods (sunny southern CA) so I am on the hunt for ways to use them. My family and friends love this creamy chicken over pasta, but a piccata can be served over anything: rice, zucchini noodles, steamed vegetables, or anything else you can think of. Have fun making this dish your own.

Be sure to stop by and visit with Karina on her amazing food blog Cafe Delites; you and your family will be glad you did. Big hugs to Karina for helping us kick things up a notch or two in the kitchen. Bon appetit!

Thanks for stopping by, have an amazing week, and I’ll see you next Sunday with some really fun projects to get you in the fall spirit. If you happen to be in Sacramento, CA the 3rd weekend of Oct (10/20 – 10/21) or in Ontario, CA the first weekend in Nov (11/3 – 11/4) we would love to have you join us at our last two shows of the year! I will meet you at the Creativity Center and we can create something beautiful together.



Sundays With Lorraine



Hello, my crafty friends, and welcome back to Weekly Scrapper. Today is a bittersweet day for all, marking the 15th anniversary of 9/11. so In honor of all the amazing heroes and all those Americans whose lives were changed forever, today’s post was written with you in mind.

Positively Patriotic by Angie Leach

I can’t think of a better way to celebrate our country’s freedom than to show your appreciation to military members and their families for their service and sacrifice! I have several friends that have children (or should I say, young adults) that have recently joined the military. Wouldn’t it be sweet to make up several of these handmade cards and gift them to one of your not-so-crafty friends? I know it’s hard to believe, but not everyone is a talented card maker like yourself.

Positively Patriotic Cards

Would you believe that all these adorable cards are made using just one stamp set—Work of Art! This stamp set has been out for awhile but I see that it’s still available, so I would recommend contacting Angie by clicking here. I’d like to send out a virtual hug to Angie for sharing her beautiful designs.

Heart & Flag Wreath

There are two things I can never resist and that’s hearts and the American flag, I love the simplicity of this patriotic wreath that I discovered on Pinterest, I apologize that I don’t know the original person who posted i, so I’m unable to link back. It’s pretty easy to find the stars and striped fabric at any of your local fabric stores and I always see the grapevine wreaths at craft stores.

patriotic wreath

Again, thank you to all who so valiantly, and bravely serve this great country!

Grateful For Those Who Serve  

While taking a walk down memory lane through my many Pinterest boards I came across this oldy but goody and I knew I had to share the love. I’d like to thank Karen for being such a constant inspiration to her fellow crafters.


Karen used an older Spellbinders Star die to cut through all three layers of the card front and a smaller star to cut/emboss the vellum heart to dangle in the opening. Not to worry, though, if you don’t have that die; just use what you have.

You’re a Grand Old Flag!!

To a true DIYer/recycler, taking down an old wooden fence is like hitting the jackpot. That old weathered wood can be turned into all kinds of new shabby chic treasures. This rustic flag is a fun and creative  way to upcycle one of those treasured panels. Just think, you still have the whole fence to use for other projects.

You're a Grand Old Flag!!

I have to share another fun way to use some of the wood. Years ago when I replaced my last fence I planned a birdhouse-themed craft party for my daughter and her friends. Everyone designed their own birdhouses, the dads cut the planks of wood to fit our designs, and the kids and moms assembled and painted them.  This was a fun activity for both the kids and the adults. I even have birds living in mine. 😉   I’d love to hear how you recycled your old fence. Keep in mind that not everyone is an amazing crafter like yourself, so when you see one of your neighbors preparing to replace their old fence they might be happy campers if you offer to take a panel or three off their hands.

 Marinated Grilled Flank Steak with BLT Smashed Potatoes By Rachael Ray

After all that crafting how about a nice dinner that can be on the table in about 1/2 an hour. If you’re a meat and potatoes fan, you’re going to love this tasty recipe that comes together in no time.

Marinated Grilled Flank Steak with BLT Smashed Potatoes

Click here and I will take you over to the Food Network blog so you can check out Rachael’s video and print out the recipe; this one is going in the family recipe book.

Thanks so much for dropping by. Despite the passing years since September 11, 2001, it remains as important as ever that we continue to come together to remember and honor the victims and our shared history. Hugs to all!

Warm regards, Lorraine

Saturdays With LeAnn

Coconut Macaroon Tart


Welcome back!  I hope you have had a fabulous week!  I have collected another batch of lovely projects for your crafting inspiration, and I hope you will find plenty of time this weekend to enjoy being creative.

Moments Like These By Azzari Jarrett

I have shared several different types of pocket pages over the last few months.  Today I want to share how to create some of your own pocket cards using some of your favorite stamps, rub-ons and embellishments. Head on over to your scrapbook supplies, dig deep, and pull out some of those treasured supplies you have been waiting to use.  This is the project where your products will come in very handy, and you will have a lot of fun working them into your pocket pages.

Moments Like These

Moments Like These

For you new mommies out there, this is a great way to create your baby album.  You will be able to add your favorite photos, document favorite memories of your child, and add in your journaling.  Pictures tell most of the story but adding cards that complement the photos will complete a darling baby book for your children.  A big thank you goes out to Azzari Jarrett for sharing her beautiful pocket pages with us.

Thanks By Amy Rysavy

Are you looking for a new technique?  Today I would like to introduce you to Amy Rysavy, who will share how she created this beautiful masterpiece.  I just love the vibrant colors, don’t you?  This sure makes me ready for summer!


Amy created this darling card using Ranger Distress Crayons, Mixables Plates, and Embossing Paste  I am sure you are eager to try this new technique so click here and I will take you over to Amy’s video where you will be able to follow her step-by-step instructions. I am sure this will be one of those techniques you will use over and over again.  Be sure to stop by Prairie Paper & Ink where you will find many more of Amy’s inspirational projects.

Rain Or Shine By Amy Sheffer

April Showers bring May flowers!  This is a watercolored card you will definitely want to make on a rainy day!  The soft watercolors and heat embossing come together quickly, and you will just love the end results!  Watercolor is such a forgiving medium for backgrounds, especially one that is suppose to look wet and rainy! 🙂

Rain Or Shine

Cheer someone up on a rainy day by sending them this adorable card.  You will brighten their day and let them know just how much you care.  Please come with me over to Reverse Confetti Design where you will see how Amy Sheffer created her darling card, and find all the supplies you will need to create your own.

Do It Yourself Hanging Chalkboard By Ashley Turner

Chalkboards are such a fun way to decorate, plus you can infuse a little inspiration to everyone who reads them.  Chalkboards are also a great way of having a to-do list for the family.

DIY Hanging Chalkboard

Chalkboards have been the craze for a few years and they have all sorts of creative uses in the home.  Using chalkboard paint, chalk ink markers, or just writing with regular chalk will get you started on your own projects. This hanging chalkboard is a perfect project if you are a beginner because the steps are very simple.  Come with me over to Shanty 2 Chic where you will find step-by-step instructions on how to create this fun hanging chalkboard.  Thank you, Ashley, for sharing this fun and simple project with us.

Coconut Macaroon Tart By Elizabeth LaBau

This beautiful tart looks like spring itself!  This will become one of your favorite desserts!  It is crunchy on the outside, chewy on the inside, and makes a wonderful dessert choice for anyone gluten free.

Coconut Macaroon Tart

This gorgeous looking tart will definitely make your mouth water and I’m sure you are excited to try this one.  Mother’s Day is just around the corner, and what a great treat to make for your special mother!  Click here and I will take you over to Sugar Hero blog; Elizabeth will give you the recipe and instructions to get started on your beautiful tart.

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