Saturdays With LeAnn

Peony Wishes

Welcome back, all my friends!  I have some really fun projects to share with you today.  This week you are going to be very motivated from all of the inspiration I get to share with you.  You will be motivated to scrapbook, create a beautiful card, make a pumpkin chai candle, and last, but not least, a wonderful dessert you can make in just a few minutes.  So let’s get started!

So Very Loved By Anita Bownds

This adorable layout gives so much inspiration for the perfect layout about your newest arrival.  It’s a beautiful way to capture baby’s first precious moments.  It is so fun to create a layout that expresses your personality.  This adorable baby layout is clean and simple and really shares the sweetness of the photo.

So Very Loved

We all know how much texture and dimension add to a layout. One layout can look many different ways according to how you use color, embellishments, and textures.  Anita’s layout is full of all kinds of beautiful elements, she has such a great way of giving layouts a nice contrast.  Let me take you on over to Neat N Crafty’s blog where you can find a video of Anita’s tips and techniques to create this precious layout.  Take some time while you are visiting her blog and see many more of her wonderful creations.  You will certainly leave feeling very inspired!

Peony Wishes By Laurie Schmidlin

Have you seen the new stamp sets by Gina K Designs?  These sets are Wise Old Owl, Peony Wishes, and the new Grand Greetings.  You will be so inspired with more of Laurie’s beautiful card projects so be sure and click here to see them.  Today I wanted to share this beautiful card Peony Wishes created by Laurie Schmidlin.  The beautiful flowers really caught my eye.  I love Laurie’s coloring and the vintage look that she captured so well.  Adding some inked edges and lace for embellishment really gives a beautiful finishing touch to her card.

Peony Wishes

If you haven’t had the opportunity to play with some of Gina K’s stamps, I suggest you take the time to do so.  She really has some fun and unique stamps.  I give all you wonderful crafters a high five for sharing those smiles by sending handmade cards.  The love that is put into a card is a treasured gift for life.  I hope you have been inspired to break out your stamps.  Be sure to stop by Just Give Me Stamps where you will find many wonderful ideas and techniques from Laurie Schmidlin.

Pumpkin Chai Soy Candle By Katie Enzenberger

Fall is the season of pumpkin spice.  This Pumpkin Chai Soy candle is a cozy and inviting scent that gives a warm, fall fragrance.  Candles don’t get any better than this!  This candle is a mix of soy wax, pumpkin spice oil, vanilla, oil, ginger oil, and clove oil.  A perfect scent for the fall or anytime of the year!

Pumpkin Chai Soy Candle

With the holidays coming u,p this would be a perfect gift.  Make some and have them on hand for other occasions as well.  They are so easy and fun to make.  Come with me and I will take you over to The Casual Craftlete where you will find step-by-step instructions given by one amazing lady, Katie Enzenberge.  You will definitely want to take some time to explore her blog as she is so creative and has many wonderful things to share.

Peanut Butter Frozen Yogurt Pops By Kelly Senyei

If you are a fan of the peanut butter and chocolate flavor combo (that covers just about everyone I know), you will love these.  This is not only a summer treat but you can enjoy these all year long. Peanut Butter Frozen Yogurt Pops are creamy and delicious, and they are packed with healthy goodness, too.  That makes them twice as fun!

Peanut Butter Frozen Yogurt Pops

Tangy yogurt, peanut butter, and three additional ingredients are whisked together into a light and creamy mix that is poured into popsicle molds and frozen until solid.  Waiting for the popsicles to freeze is the hardest part of this recipe! Let’s pop on over to Just A Taste where Kelly has the ingredients and recipe waiting for you.  This will be a fun treat to let your children jump in and help.  I am so excited to have my little grandkids over this weekend to give this a try.  I have to say I am looking forward to tasting one of them as well! 🙂

Thank you so much for stopping by today.  I hope you have been inspired and found some great ideas for a fun crafting day!  Be sure to visit the individual blogs I have shared with you to see more details on these fabulous projects.  Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Hugs to all,




Saturdays With LeAnn

Hello Gorgeous

Are you ready to get out of the heat and into your cool, air-conditioned craft room?  It is time for me to share some creative inspiration, so it’s time for you to sit back, relax, and enjoy a little creative therapy session. You definitely deserve it, so let’s get started!

Best Day Ever By Amanda Baldwin

Take advantage of your beach surroundings by adding some soft colors and a few embellishments, and you will have a perfect layout for your vacation photos.  Children at play, the sounds of waves, hot sun, laughter, and the noise of the beach makes a day perfect!   A day on the beach is worth a thousand words.

Best Day Ever

This stunning layout was created by Amanda Baldwin using the Pink Paislee Summer Lights collection.  With a little help from Amanda and Pink Paislee, you, too, can create a beautiful beach layout in just a short amount of time.  This layout will bring back all of your fabulous memories, and what a fun way to reminisce about an amazing day at the beach.  Let me escort you on over to Happy Art Days where you can see more outstanding projects created by Amanda.  You will be so inspired by her beautiful talent.

Hello Gorgeous By Laurie Schmidlin

No paper crafter should be without a good supply of cardstock for stamping, embossing, painting, chalking, and creating backgrounds.  I love the way the rich khaki color of kraft paper looks and how it gives a homemade, comfortable feel to the card.  Laurie Schmidlin transformed a plain sheet of kraft cardstock into this gorgeous work of art.

Hello Gorgeous

For Laurie’s card, she used one of the Infinity Frames die cuts to frame a pretty floral scene.  She then stamped and die cut several images from the Give Love stamp set and coordinating Give Love die set.  For more detail on how this adorable card came together, click here and I will take you over to Laurie’s blog “Just Give Me Stamps” so you can follow along.  Using your imagination is all about creativity and taking something as simple as a piece of paper and making a beautiful piece of art.  I hope you have been inspired today to take out your stamps and dies and let your imagination run wild.  Have fun, my friends!

Gatefold Mini Album By Lisa Gregory

You all know how much I appreciate a unique mini album, and this one is no exception.  This mini album has pages, pockets, and tags.  It is a fun size and also chunky, so you can place dimensional pieces on each page and it will still close.  I am thinking this is definitely one of those that is a must do.  Just think of all the possibilities!  Mini albums always make a beautiful home decor piece, not to mention a conversational piece as well.  They are the perfect gift for any occasion and who wouldn’t appreciate receiving a handmade treasure full of priceless memories? They bring a smile to anyone’s face and an instant enjoyment for both you and the one receiving the album.

Gatefold Mini Album

There is definitely a lot of love put into all the perfect details of this darling mini album.  Click here so you can check out the fine details and step-by-step instructions given by Lisa Gregory.  You will have so much fun you won’t know when to stop!  Have fun creating, my crafty friends!

Mini Mason Jar Fruit Crisps By Ali Ebright

Anyone craving a fresh fruit crisp this weekend?  These adorable little single-serving desserts can be made with just about any fresh and juicy fruits, and they will give you the true taste of summer!  They are wonderful, sweet, and delicious!  I highly recommend a scoop of ice cream to go with each one.  No matter how you serve them you can’t go wrong.

Mini Mason Jar Fruit Crips

These fruit crisps are easy to make with mini mason jars, bursting with fresh and sweet fruit flavors.  They are easy to scale down for one or two people, or up to a full crowd.  The best part of all is you can make them with whatever fruit you would like!  Such a perfect little summer treat!

Hope your week is ending on a creative high note!  I am not sure about you, but my neck of the woods is so hot I could really use a cold beverage and a day of crafting in a cool house.  Thank you for stopping by today and I hope you have a wonderful week ahead of you.  I will see you back here next Saturday with more great project to inspire you throughout the week.

Hugs to you all,



Saturdays With LeAnn

Welcome Little One

Well, another week has flown by and I do hope you have all had a wonderful week.  It is so fun this time of year to start planning some spring and summer projects, so sit back, relax, and enjoy.  It is time to show you some fun projects that will bring a lot of creative inspiration to your day!

Happy Summer Days By Amanda Baldwin

I would like to share with you this exquisite layout by Amanda Baldwin.  Amanda has added a delicate watercolor splatter base, as well as using the Colour Me Happy cut files to add some interest and draw your eye into her image.  She has stitched some pattern papers together and used cotton floss around her embellishment clusters.  What a beautiful way to preserve a special photo! Look at all the beautiful layering that Amanda achieved.  I am so impressed with her skilled techniques and they really give her layouts a pop.

Happy Summer Days

Amanda added fun flare and wood buttons, some enamel shapes, and a few flowers to give it a girly feeling along with adding some wonderful dimension.  Grab your darling photos and get started! You will be so inspired by Amanda and her impressive talent, so be sure to pop on over to Happy Arty Days where you will find many more of her fabulous projects and lots of inspiration!

Welcome Little One By Laurie Schmidlin

There are so many incredible opportunities to let your imagination run wild when you are creating handmade cards.  Today I want to share a darling baby card created by a very talented designer, Laurie Schmidlin.  This card can be used for any occasion just by changing out the sentiment.  What a sweet card that will bring a smile to anyone’s face.

Welcome Little One

Whether you keep your card simple or very detailed, your creation will always stand out and be remembered.  Cards may be small but they are packed with so much love and inspiration.  Click here and I will escort you over to spend some time with Laurie Schmidlin.  You are going to love her blog and will certainly be inspired by all of her beautiful projects!

Enjoy By Sara Barker

This beautiful masterpiece can be used for a home decor piece or a beautiful card to brighten up someone’s day.  Can’t you just see this on a canvas board and sitting on an end table?  I just love the texture that was created on this beautiful project.  You can always create a spectacular background using all kinds of different mediums.  You know me, I am all about creative and different backgrounds!


There is nothing more exquisite than a handmade decor piece for your home.  One of my favorite projects are the ones you can use it in many different ways, and wow, this would make an awesome card as well.  I would like to send out a big thank you to Sara Barker for sharing this beautiful and unique masterpiece with us.  Let me take you on over to Sarascloset where you can find how Sara created this beautiful card.  Be sure to stop by her blog anytime you are in need of a burst of inspiration.

Three Ingredient Coconut Macaroons by Kelly Senyei

My husband’s favorite cookie ever is a coconut macaroon and when I found this wonderful recipe I was so ecstatic because they are very easy to make!  Just think – only three ingredients and I think you will agree that this is a scrumptious recipe!


Saturdays With LeAnn


Saturdays-with-LeAnnWelcome back this beautiful Saturday morning! The weather here in Utah has been so lovely. With a new season comes more sunshine, and lots of pretty flowers. This is a time to shake off the winter and tackle some new projects. Just around the corner is Easter, so I hope to bring you some Easter inspiration to create for your special day.

Today’s layout showcases beautiful florals with a touch of gold. This is one of those designs where all you have to do is fit in one of your favorite photos. Along with the photos, there is nothing that is more important than journaling. The rule of thumb for journaling is three-fold:

  1. Name of the person(s) in the picture
  2. Include the date the picture was taken
  3. Tell the story of the photo. If you don’t love to have your journaling on the front of your layout, just flip it over and write on the back; it is just important to have it with the layout.

Hello Sunshine


This layout was created by Jen Evans for Heidi Swapp Inspirations. Jen used the new Wanderlust Collection and Heidi’s Minc to create her layout.  To create these beautiful flowers, Jen placed the dies on the Minc’s carrier sheet, added the foil on top, closed the carrier sheet and ran it through the Minc. Done! It doesn’t get much easier than this. Jen curled the edges of the flowers to give them more of a realistic look. She also added the new Butter Color Shine to the large veneer word and add a bit of yellow ink to the flowers. How simple and yet so gorgeous. To find more inspiration on Heidi’s newest products visit Jen at Create Well Create Often blog. You will be so inspired with her talent and creativity.

There is nothing sweeter in my eyes than a vintage style card. This card brings back so many memories of my childhood. (I guess I just aged myself with that one!) These adorable Easter Button cards are full of beautiful details, plus they are a digital download, which makes them so easy to get. What a wonderful way to take the time to express your love and affection to both family and friends on such a beautiful day. These cards can also be used for scrapbooking, any type of crafting, tags for gifts, a label on a homemade treat, or just add to your seasonal decor.


Ginny Nemchak created this adorable Easter card using layers of patterned papers, images from the Easter Kids Button Card Digital Collage, and fun embellishments. To finish her card she add a bow using Chevron Striped Twill, and Forsythia Seam Binding from Really Reasonable Ribbon. Thank you Ginny for your inspiration along with sharing such an adorable Easter card. You can visit her blog Polly’s Paper Studio for more of her wonderful projects.

I just love how this design is one of the latest trends.  Combining a stamp with a coordinating die set is so fun to do. And don’t you just love the watercolor wash over the background? Once the watercolor wash was dried, Laurie spritzed on some light aqua spray, then added some messy stitching to her background. This gives the card some added color, along with giving it that fun mixed media look.

Love You More Than Jellybeans

I am always amazed by the new, inventive ways to find embellishments on a card or a project. For these adorable stamp sets with the coordinating die sets visit Reverse Confetti. Laurie Schmidlin has out done herself again with this adorable card. Be sure to pop on over to see her wonderful projects on Just Give Me Stamps.

Who would have ever thought to decorate Easter eggs with paper napkins? Are you ready to try something new this year? This is a less messy alternative to dying eggs. You may want to try this fun technique to decorate hardboiled eggs this Easter.

Easter Eggs Decorated with Paper Napkins

This will be so fun and easy for your children, grandchildren (or even just you!) to create. You will have your family members blown away at the beauty of these eggs. Give it a try you will love the end result! These were created by Sandeea Cocina — click on over to her blog la receta De La felicidad for instructions on how to create these special eggs, plus more wonderful ideas. Let your imagination run wild!

Last but not least today I have a cute Easter desert that will be so fun for your Easter dinner. These yummy Pineapple Carrot Cakes with Cream Cheese Frosting will definitely make your family ask for seconds. You can enjoy your fruits and veggies all in one serving of cake!

Pineapple Carrot Cake

The little carrot cakes are very moist with a dense texture, and the full flavor of pineapple and carrots. So different and very fun for Easter! You will hear nothing but wonderful comments as you bring these to the table! To find more fun recipes go to Just a Taste with Kelly Senyei. You will be amazed at her talent in the kitchen!

I hope today has brought you some fun Easter inspiration, and that you are feeling excited and ready for Easter Sunday! Thank you for sharing your time with me today. Happy Easter to you all!

Birthday Wishes

What first caught my eye on this darling card was the unique front, how the card isn’t just folded in half really highlights the  Vertical Greeting. by  Gina K Designs. The lacy die cut on the right side naturally draws your eye to the greeting as well, but also ties in to the lace at the bottom of the card. So sweet.

Birthday Wishes Gina K Designs

 Don’t you just love how Laurie carried the floral theme throughout the card.  The rounded edges really compliment the theme. I’d like to send out a big thank you to Laurie Schmidlin author of the Just Give Me Stamps blog for sharing her beautiful design with us today. Be sure to stop by her blog anytime you need a burst of inspiration. You are sure to be inspired by her fun unique designs.

Hope to see you back soon & have a wonderfully craft-filled day!



Vertical Greetings (Gina K Designs TM-43-C $19.95)

Vertical Greetings TM-43-C Gina K Designs

Misc: Basic card stock. floral patterned paper of your choice, ribbon, flowers

Welcome Baby

Don’t you just love all the feminine details and the soft colors of this baby card?  This was designed by Laurie Schmidlin from Just Give Me Stamps.  What a precious card for a darling baby girl!

Welcome Baby

  She totally went for the vintage look.  Using the Nordic Baby stamp set, she used two images along with two sentiments.  Notice on the baby banner how Laurie gave it extra ink and extra distressing on the edges.  The sentiments are separate so it makes it easy to stamp them in different colors.  Thank You Laurie for sharing your darling card with us.

Hope you have a fun crafting day!

Creativity involves in breaking out of your traditional style.  Take a look at your project in a different way, and never hesitate to try something new.



Prima Tea-Thyme Collection 6x6 Paper Pad


Waltzingmouse Stamps Nordic Baby Set


Martha Stewart Modern Garland Punch     Spellbinders Paper Arts Circles Nestabilities Die Templates


Prima Heart Rhinestones

Product Used (Not Shown):

  • Cardstock, Ivory, stash
  • Seam Binding, Pom Pom Trim, stash
  • Prima Flowers, stash
  • Spring Sugar, Tattered Rose Soft Leaf Shadow Inks, Hero Arts
  • Chamomile Vintage Ink, Papertrey Ink

Thanks For Your Service

I fell in love with the simplicity of this patriotic card that I found on the Just Give Me Stamps blog.  I would like to thank Laurie Schmidlin for sharing today’s inspiration with us.  We can never say Thank You enough to our service men and women for all they do for our country.

Thanks For Your Service

This card has a lot of texture which really makes it pop it out.  To make this card, Laurie used Kraft Core Core’dinations cardstock.  Stamping the background, she used a star stamp, making firework images.  Cut out approximately a 3″  circle in green Kraft Core Core’dinations cardstock and emboss it with Tim Holtz “Rays” embossing folder. Cut out a star using the same paper.  Cut three strips from the Kraft Core Core’dinations cardstock in deep red.  Distress all pieces.   Cut out a 1 1/2″ x 1 1/2″ square and distress it, then use the sentiment “Thanks for your service”  from Paper Smooches Circle of Honor set.  To finish it off add some twine and an embossed dotted edge around the card base.

Creativity involves in breaking out of your traditional style.  Take a look at your project in a different way, and never hesitate to try something new.



Core'dinations Tim Holtz Nostalgic Collection Cardstock


Paper Smooches Circle of Honor Stamp Set


Sizzix Tim Holtz Rays Texture Fades Embossing Folders

Product Used (Not Shown):

  • Star Stamp
  • Distressing Tool
  • Twine