Sundays With Lorraine

Hello, my crafty friends and thank you for stopping by. I’ve just returned home from a mini marathon of shows – Atlanta, GA, Kansas City, MO and ending in beautiful Santa Clara, CA. I am happy to report that the Creativity Center was on fire and a fun time was had by all – hugs to all those creative people that I had the privilege of meeting in person.  You are the reason that the Stamp & Scrapbook Expo has been doing shows for 20 years. It’s always a pleasure to create something beautiful with you in person. It’s like having my cake and eating it, too. Hugs to all!

Inspiration Butterfly ATC By Riikka Kovasin

You all know how I love a good inky background and these artsy ATC cards designed by the very talented Riikka Kovasin are no exception. It’s a little hard to see in the photo that the butterflies are stamped on acetate, cut out, and sewn to the card. I love the visual interest that it adds to the project without overpowering the cards.

Artist Trading Cards are pieces of art that can fit on a 2.5″ by 3.5″ piece of card stock paper. The possibilities are endless; remember that if you can imagine it you can create it. They are a great way to share your art with others. I hope you’ve been inspired to break out your favorite supplies and give these fun cards a try. I must warn you – they are a bit addictive, so once you get the fever it’s hard to stop. Remember there are no rules; just have fun with your art. 

Block Watercolor Stamping By Jennifer McGuire

I’d like to send a shout out to Jennifer McGuire for revisiting the art of water coloring with your acrylic blocks. It’s fun, easy and oh-so-showy. As you can see by these beautiful cards, the end results are stunning. Try using different size and shaped blocks to create all kinds of designs.

I highly recommend stopping by Jennifer’s blog to check out the video she prepared; you are going to love all the samples that she has to share. I hope you’ve been inspired to break out those acrylic blocks and your favorite dye based inks and or markers and create your own unique works of art.

Italiana Riviera Tile Coasters by Kathy

It makes me smile using my treasured stamps on things other than paper. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a paper crafter at heart, it’s what I do!  I live and breath scrapbooking, from layouts to cards to tags to mixed media projects; big or small I love ’em all!  But there is something to be said about walking into your craft room and coming out with a handmade gift. Wouldn’t this adorable set of coasters make a nice hostess gift at the next BBQ you’re invited to? Add a bottle of their favorite wine and you are the hero. 😉 
Add a cute tag and a simple ribbon and your handmade gift is ready to go.

Who would have guessed that these artsy coasters started out as a plain tile that was purchased at a home improvement store? I don’t want to frighten you, but the holidays are right around the corner and if we start our holiday crafting now we can enjoy the holidays instead of stressing out about not being prepared.  For further details along with a supply list, click here and I will be happy to escort you over to Kathy’s blog Joyfully Made Designs so you can see how easily this project comes together.

Glazed Pineapple and Shrimp Kabobs

These easy-to-make shrimp kabobs are sure to be a hit at your next BBQ. You’ll be happy to know that you can have them ready to serve in about half an hour, and another added bonus is that they are Weight Watcher friendly, too.

I highly recommend stopping by and spending some quality time with our friends over on the KITCHme Blog; they have the best selection of recipes – everything from desserts, drinks, complete meals, etc. If you are following the Weight Watchers program, kudos to you. Losing weight shouldn’t be a flavorless process and thanks to KITCHme, we can all enjoy our favorite foods.

Thanks for stopping by; I always enjoy our creative time together. It’s show time for me and the Stamp & Scrapbook Expo. The marathon of shows is still in full swing and with 19 shows around the nation, the question is not what show you should attend, but rather how many shows you CAN attend! I’ll meet you at the Creativity Center. Hugs to all!

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!




Sundays With Lorraine


Welcome back to Weekly Scrapper! I am happy to see that you were able to devote a small piece of your busy schedule to allow your creative side to flourish. It’s import to your well-being to make time to do things that make you happy. If you’re like me, it makes your heart sing to create beautiful things, so keep up the good work.

Winter Bliss by Jelissa

I instantly fell in love with how Jelissa captures the sense of serenity of a fresh fallen snow. The world all covered in a soft white blanket of snow is so beautiful and peaceful as shown in this gorgeous photo. The monochromatic color scheme was a perfect choice as it truly complements the photo. Can’t you see this beautiful layout displayed in a distressed vintage frame and used as a home décor piece?

Winter Bliss

Even though there are such beautiful embellishments on this page, I love the fact that your eye is automatically drawn to the photo, then you take in all the fine details. This is how it should be; isn’t that why we scrapbook, to show off our priceless photos? The background belongs in the background not competing for center stage. I’d like to thank Jelissa for being such an inspiration and showing us how it’s done. Happy scrappin’ my friends!

Winter Wonderland Card by Shelly Hickox

Talk about being creative! Shelly used Karen Burniston’s  gift card accordian die to create this whimsical winter scene. Even with all the textures and dimension that this beautiful card has to offer, it still folds flat enough to be sent through the mail, and yet expands into an amazing diorama. “Ya gotta love it!”  What a great way to get a little extra mileage from your die.

Winter Wonderland by Shelly Hickox

If you’d like to see more of Shelly’s tunnel cards, click HERE and I will take you over for a visit. You’re definitely going to be amazed at how easy these cards come together. Thanks for being such an inspiration, Shelly!

Shadow Stamping by Jennifer McGuire

Whether you’re an experienced stamper or just getting started, you’re going to love the technique of shadow stamping or you might have heard it called ghost stamping. As you can see by the samples that Jennifer McGuire has generously shared with us, this is a simple yet showy technique. I love that you can create an entire set of cards in no time. These adorable cards feature the Simon Says Stamp set titled “Many Thanks” layering (or building) stamp set.

Shadow Stamping by Jennifer McGuire

Since you were so successful with your first attempt at shadow stamping, how about creating an entire set of cards for that special person in your life? They will love you for it.

Shadow Stamping by Jennifer McGuire

I’d like to send out a hug to Jennifer for sharing a bit of her handmade kindness while being such an inspiration to so many. I hope that you give this stamping tip a try; you’ll be glad you did. Click here and I will be happy to take you over so you can watch the video Jennifer prepared on shadow stamping.

Motivational Heart by Kasia

With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, I thought you might enjoy this artsy heart designed by Kasia, one of the very talented people on the Finnabair design team. Who wouldnt feel the love when presented with this handmade treasure? What a fun way to offer that special someone that much appreciated motivation.

Motivational Heart by Kasia

Would you believe that this project started out as an ordinary, plain Jane wooden heart? Click here and I would be honored to escort you over to the Finnabair blog so you can follow along with Kasia as she walks you through the process of recreating this heartfelt gift. I highly recommend stopping by the blog anytime you’re in need of some serious inspiration – they have some great step-by-step video tutorials that are sure to inspire as well as some must have products like the Art Basic & Art Ingredients line. You’re going to love them!

Steak Stroganoff Recipe

With there being a serious chill in the air, I thought you might enjoy a classic comfort food like this delicious Steak Stroganoff made in your slow cooker. The combination of tender sirloin steak with a flavorful gravy is typically served over noodles for a home-style meal, but you can also substitute your famous mashed potatoes if you like. Your whole family is going to be doing the happy dance about this dinner!

Steak Stroganoff Recipe

It makes me smile when I walk in the door and am greeted by the wonderful aroma of this delicious beef stroganoff! 😉 This tasty dish takes about a half hour to prepare in the morning, then it’s on autopilot in your slow cooker until you come home. Click here and I will be happy to escort you over to the Taste Of Home Blog so you can print out the recipe. Bon appetit!

I hope you have a magical week ahead of you and I’ll see you next weekend.

Happy Card

This is such a happy card, I had to share!  It definitely brightened my day.


The sunshine rays are actually from Hero Arts’ Radiant Banner stamp.  Very cool use of the stamp I must say.


The rest of the card consists of layered circles of patterned paper with a white heat embossed sentiment and a few “blingy” things.  You can make this card, right?


For all the materials used in making this card, go here: