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!

Hugs,

LeAnn

 

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All Is Calm All Is Bright

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Welcome back, my dear friends.  I hope you all had a fabulous Thanksgiving and spent some quality time with your family and friends!  This time of year is such a great time to focus on our blessings and our relationships with those we love. I am truly grateful for each one of you and feel so blessed to spend part of my Saturdays with you.  I hope to inspire you today with more fun projects from outstanding designers.  So sit back and enjoy!

December Daily Album

It is no secret that I love to make little mini books full of pictures and memories.  This little mini album will be extra special to make; it is all about your fun day-to-day memories made in the month of December.  This is a great way to put in some of the fun activities you want to do with your family.  December is such a busy month, so prepare your album now and have it ready to go for December.  As you do your daily activities, jot down the memories and activities of that day.  Just think when December is over – all you have to do is add your photos and you instantly have a completed mini album!

December Daily Album

You can make all kinds of secret flaps and fun pockets and the best part is that there are no rules. Creating mini albums it is also a great way to try out ideas that you might use down the road in your scrapbook page layouts.  Creating is even more magical when you savor every moment and memory of an outstanding holiday.  Let me take you over to Time to Create where you can follow a video created by Alicia McNamara.  She will show you how she created her darling December Daily Album.  A big shout out to Alicia for her inspiration and her fun idea for the month of December!

All Is Calm All Is Bright

Die cutting is a wonderful element to add to your paper crafting  The creative possibilities are endless.  Using die cuts will give you the little extras to expand your creativity.  Now that Thanksgiving is behind us, it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas.  Christmas doesn’t always have to be done in the traditional colors of red and green. Try something a bit different in your cards this year!

 

All Is Calm All Is Bright

Melissa Phillips shares a video that shows you another fun way of using die cuts. You won’t want to miss out on all of the great tips used in this video.  Come with me and I will take you over to Lilybean Paperie. You will also find so many more of her wonderful projects.  Take a few minutes and look around her blog, I promise you will be very inspired by Melissa’s talent.

It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year

This whimsical card will really put you in the mood to start creating your Christmas cards.  Don’t you just love these vibrant, fun colors?  The different shades of green and aqua, along with the pop up snowflakes, really put a smile on my face. You can create such amazing backgrounds just using stamps and distress inks.

It's The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year

This fun card is sure to brighten anyone’s day.  This is surely one of those cards that will be fun to receive at Christmas time – there is nothing like a handmade treasure.  Are you ready to get started?  Click here and I will take you on over to Double Stick Heaven where you will find a full list of supplies used on this card. Thank you, Laura Bassen, for truly being an inspiration to all of us crafters.  Don’t forget to look at more of Laura’s fabulous creations while you are visiting her blog.

Advent Calendar Shadowbox

Can you believe it is almost Christmas?  Time to start thinking about Christmas crafts!  This is a fun Advent Calendar to count your days down ’till Christmas.  Your children or grandchildren will have a blast peeking inside each little individual drawer to see what prize is awaiting them!  Last year I decided to take a twist on my advent calendar and have a count down of 25 acts of kindness so we could serve others.  My grandchildren got a kick out of this; they could hardly wait each day to find out what we were doing to put a smile on someone’s face.  It was so much fun and a great way to teach them how to serve others.

Advent Calendar Shadowbox

This adorable advent calendar is a bit detailed so you may want to get started on it right away!  Let me take you on over to Scraps Of Life where you will see how Gloria Stengel created her darling shadow box.  She will give you some step-by-step instructions to make your project come together a bit easier.   Be sure to pull out some of your extra Christmas embellishments and just have fun creating!

Gingerbread Roll Cake

If you have never made a roll cake, it is time to change that! You should not be afraid, just follow a few simple steps and in no time you will have the most beautiful swirl cake.  I have to mention that these are surprisingly easy to make.

Gingerbread Roll Cake

This moist gingerbread roll cake filled with spice creamy filling is a delicious traditional Christmas gingerbread cake, and your family will love it!  Having a family Christmas party?  This will be the treat everyone will go for.  For those who don’t love gingerbread, then make a pumpkin roll, or even a vanilla roll cake.  These are the perfect dessert for Christmas parties! One bite and you will understand why.  Let me escort you over to A Treats Affair where you will get all the recipes from Roxana.  You will be way ahead of the game for the hollidays!

I hope you have enjoyed today’s post and have been inspired to give these lovely projects a try.  I know you will have fun creating them.  Thank you again for sharing some of your weekend with me; as always I look forward to having you return next Saturday.  Have a fabulous week!

~LeAnn~

 

 

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Here For You

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Welcome to another wonderful Saturday here on our Weekly Scrapper blog.  I have some real treasures to share with you today.  I hope that these will inspire you to jump out of your chair and get started making some fun projects on this fabulous weekend!  Enjoy the inspiration, my friends!

Page Protectors By Samantha Peyton (aka Sami)

For the last few months I have been showing you some great pocket page layouts.  Today I want to share the varieties of page protectors.  This will give you an idea on how many different types of page protectors are available for you, along with the info on them, all in one spot.  A variety of pocket page protectors will give you lots of choices when creating these types of pages; you definitely do not have to stick with just one design.

Page Protectors

Come with me over to Scrapmaster’s Paradise where Sami will show you many different styles of pocket page protectors.  You will not only learn the different types of pocket pages, but you’ll be inspired by Sami and the information she shares.  As you will see, there are tons of different options and configurations when it comes to Project Life® style pocket page protectors.  The possibilities for your albums are endless!  I hope this will help you when you are creating your pocket page layouts.  Have fun scrapping, my friends!

Here For You By Julia Stainton

I just love the look of rolled flowers and the way they highlight projects to give beauty, dimension, and character.  They create such fabulous embellishments for your cards or layouts.  I fell in love with every little detail about this card – the soft colors, the stunning flowers, and the wonderful dimension. This inspiring card was created by Julia Stainton.  I can only imagine how this beautiful card will bring a ray of sunshine to brighten anyone’s day!

Here For You

I would love to have you come with me over to Belle Papier to see more of Julia Stainton’s outstanding and inspiring projects.  A big thank you to Julia for sharing her sweet card with us.  What a great inspiration!

Watercolor Shapes By Melissa Phillips

Don’t you just love the technique of watercoloring?  This is a technique that is classic, and yet new at the same time. It never gets old! This is such a fabulous way to add color to your project.  Today I would like to share a beautiful card created by the very (very!) talented Melissa Phillips.  She will show you how to create your own watercolor shapes to use as backgrounds and focal points on your cards.

Watercolor Shapes

I love the fact that this card has such a versatile design.  Give it a personal touch by adding a sentiment for the occasion you are using it for.  It is so pretty!  I can never throw away a handmade card.  Can’t you just see this being recycled into a cover of a cute mini album, or even put into a picture frame and then using it as a home décor piece?  Click here and you will find step-by-step instructions by Melissa. Be sure and check out Melissa’s other projects – I promise you will be so happy you stopped by her blog at LilyBean Paperie.

Picture Frame To A Pretty Tray By Christy James

After stumbling onto this wonderful blog Confessions Of A Serial Do It Yourselfer I have totally fallen in love with the projects featured! Christy James is one amazing and creative lady who shares such a great variety of outstanding projects. I have to say this is one blog you will want to check out very often, especially if you love to do makeover projects!

Picture Frame To A Pretty Tray

Serving trays are quite the rage right now.  In addition to using them to serve with, they look wonderful as a décor piece on your table, ottoman, or even your counter top.  Make one of your own using the design and color of your choice.  Click here and you will find directions from Christy, along with many more of her outstanding projects.

Soft & Chewy Ice Cream Brownie Cookies By Julie Gransee

This is one of the easiest treats to make!  These ice cream brownie cookies are so delicious you might not be willing to share!  Make them for your next party and everyone will beg for the recipe. They taste amazing and are easy to prepare; you will leave everyone wanting more!

Soft & Chewy Brownie Cookies

Every special occasion needs a special treat.  To give them a festive look, you can add  chocolate sprinkles, mini chocolate chips, or crushed peanuts to the ice cream.  Come with me over to the Lovely Little Kitchen where you will find Julie’s recipe and directions.  You are going to love these! 🙂

I hope you have been inspired to give these fun projects a try.  I am sure you will have so much fun creating them! Thank you for sharing some of your weekend with me.  I am looking forward to having you return next Saturday.  Enjoy the rest of your weekend, and have a fabulous week ahead!

 

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Coin Purse

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Welcome back to another wonderful weekend! I hope this Saturday brings some time for you to relax. I have the privilege of seeing many beautiful projects and sharing them with you. My desire is that today’s projects will bring you inspiration and ideas for your own creating. I hope you will be inspired to pull out your fun products and begin to create things that will make you feel happy and accomplished.

We Are Family By Allison Davis

When I have multiple family photos to include on a page, I often switch to a pocket style layout. This is such a great way to add several photos to your page. In order to take the complication out of scrapbooking, Project Life is a way to simplify the process of scrapbooking. The simple design is stylish and makes it possible for you to complete more pages in less time.

We Are Family

We Are Family

It is also fun to create traditional scrapbooking layouts to mix in your albums along with your pocket pages. Above is a great example of this. I love that you can mix both styles in the same album and create a customized album. Photo overlays are also a great way to add some interesting elements to a photo.  If you haven’t tried to create a Project Life album, I encourage you to do so. You will be so impressed with how you created your own one-of-a-kind album as you add your personal touch. You are sure to become addicted to creating these and you won’t stop at just one!  Click here and I will take you over to the Simple Stories blog; you will find a sketch from Allison on how she created her darling pages.

Love Is Sweet By Michele Kovack

I love cards!  Whether they are simple or detailed, cards are so fun to make.  With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, it is a great time to get started making your cards. Pull out your lace, ribbons, sequins, glitter, etc. You can create one by adding beautiful papers and embellishments, including sweet sentiments, and then share your finished product with the special people in your life.

Love Is Sweet

This adorable card was created by Michele Kovack; click here to find how she created it. Don’t procrastinate getting your cards done – Valentine’s  Day is just a little over two weeks away! I am sure your loved ones will treasure one of your handmade cards!

You’re So Tweet By Debby Hughes

This is the time of the year to send out a handmade card to someone special. This darling card will certainly brighten up someone’s day and put a smile on their face; it truly warms my heart. Just think of the different possibilities you can do with this fun stamp, and I can see it working for all seasons.

 You're So Tweet

Debby Hughes did a beautiful job with her coloring technique using her Copic Markers.  For instructions and a list of supplies, jump on over to her blog Limedoodledesign. Debby will share how she created this adorable card.  I would love to see what you do with this fun stamp set Some Birdie Loves You by Simon Says Stamps.

Coin Purse By Melissa Phillips

Ok, isn’t this the cutest thing you ever did see?  I just couldn’t resist making these adorable little purses for my grand-daughters! I know they will love these to pieces! I thought this was such a fun way to give them their Valentine’s Day card. I can hardly wait for Valentine’s to get here now! You will be so surprised how easy and fun these are to make. The Coin Purse die is so easy to use; when your finished you will want to make more and more!

Coin Purse

I was so excited to share this sweet little purse with you today. A big thank you goes out to one of my favorite designers, Melissa Phillips. She truly amazes me with her talent, and I know you will fall in love with her inspiration as well. Click here to visit her blog to see this adorable project, along with many more that she has created. Thank you for being such an inspiration, Melissa!

Red Velvet Whoopie Pies By Roxana Yawgel

Who can resist a yummy whoopie sandwhich cookie filled with a layer of fluffy white frosting? My mom made these for years as I was growing up. They were such a great treat that they didn’t last very long. Today I want to share a delicious recipe with you for turning the soft chocolate sandwich into a Red Velvet Whoopie cookie. With Valentine’s just around the corner what a perfect treat to make for your family!

Red Velvet Woopie Pies

Roxana will inspire you to want to spend some time in the kitchen baking. Click here to get the ingredients and recipe for these yummy little treats. Be sure to check out her other fabulous desserts as well.  Who says January is the month for dieting, RIGHT? 🙂  Enjoy!

Once again, thank you for taking time out of your Saturday to be with me. I hope you have been filled with inspiration and will leap into some of those projects and enjoy being creative! Have a wonderful week and I will see you back next week with more fabulous ideas.

 

Saturday’s Inspiration: Valentine’s Day projects, a lovely wedding layout, and a yummy treat!

From The Heart

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Good morning crafters, and a very happy Saturday to you all! Today I hope you will enjoy some projects that I found to be inspiring to me and hope they will be to you as well.

Cherish by Gabrielle Pollocco

Gabrielle Pollocco is one of my most favorite designers for a beautiful, vintage look. She has so many wonderful projects at Such A Pretty Mess and I know you will truly be inspired by visiting her blog. This stunning layout has some really fun techniques along with gorgeous embellishments. And an extra bonus from Gabrielle – learn how to make your own texture paste with her step-by-step instructions.

Cherish

From The Heart by Melissa Phillips 

I just love Valentine’s Day! It is such a fun time to make and hand out cards to those you love. This darling card was created by an amazing designer, Melissa Phillips. You can always feel the love that she puts into her projects. See more adorable cards made by Melissa on her blog LilyBean Paperie. You are sure to have endless inspiration for your week.

From The Heart

Paper Rose Framed Art Work by Lia Griffith

It is the time of year I like to bring spring and some color into my home décor. This beautiful design is one that will look fabulous in any room of your home. Believe it or not, these gorgeous flowers were made using metallic text weight paper. Are you inspired and want to get started? Click here for the step by step tutorial from Lia Griffith on how to create your paper roses. Lia has so many wonderful home projects, so be sure to visit her blog Handcraft Your Life  I hope this will inspire you to create a beautiful masterpiece for your own home décor, or share the love by giving this to someone special.

Paper Rose Framed Artwork

Paper Rose Framed Art Work

 Textured Tag by Hels Sheridan

This lovely tag is all about texture. Let your imagination run wild just by using some stamps, texture paste, paint, gesso, and inks, along with some fun embossing folders. Adhere this to a package, a card, scrapbook page, or just set it out on a small easel to enjoy. Be sure to pop on over to the Ink On My Fingers blog to see instructions on how to create your lovely tag.

More Than A Feeling

Lemon Poppy Seed Cupcakes from Your Cup of Cake

I would like to share one more item with you, and that is Lemon Poppy Seed Cupcakes with Strawberry Frosting. These are so yummy they will just melt in your mouth. (I bet you can’t just eat one, lol!) So simple to make and very impressive to serve. Stop by and see Lizzy at Your Cup Of Cake. You will find the Ingredients and directions, along with enjoying more of her wonderful recipes.

Lemon Poppy Seed Cupcakes

I have really enjoyed sharing these projects today and hope they have been inspiring for you. Thank you for taking your time to stop by. Looking for additional inspiration? Visit Weekly Scrapper every day, and make sure to pop back here next Saturday; I promise I will have more inspiring projects! Enjoy your weekend!

Over the River and Through The Woods

Hi everyone! I have a very fun card to share with you today. This darling card was created by the very talented Melissa Phillips. I recommend paying her a visit at LilyBean Paperie any time you need a burst of creative inspiration.

Through The Woods

It’s so fun to pull out your inks and stamps and have some fun playing. This stamp set consists of luggage images that can be stacked or stand alone, along with so many fun sentiments for many occasions.

Through The Woods

Holidays are such a great reason to create a handmade card. They are a wonderful way to send sunshine and love to a friend or family member. I hope you enjoy this card as much as I have and are inspired to get creative!

Thank you for your visit. Hope to see you again soon!

Supplies

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Supplies Used (Not Shown)

  • Kraft Cardstock
  • White Cardstock
  • Green Ink
  • Red Ink
  • Black Ink
  • Versamark Pad

So Sorry For Your Loss

There are no better words for comfort than receiving a home made empathy card.  The sentiment comes from your heart and what a great way to share your love.  Creating your card is perfect for many of life’s difficult situations and offers a heartfelt warmth to the one who has sorrows.  This beautiful card was created by Melissa Phillips.  Be sure to visit her blog LilyBean Paperie for more of her outstanding projects.

So Sorry For Your Loss

Melissa  combined two sentiment from the Words of Comfort set for her card.  This  stamp set is great for you to combine your sentiments to convey your feelings.  The first sentiment was stamped onto a die cut tag.

So Sorry For Your Loss

 The second sentiment  was stamped on a Melissa Frances die. A tag was then tucked underneath with just the heart peeking out.

So Sorry For Your Loss

Don’t you just love all of the layering done on this card.  I can only imagine how comforting this will be to the recipient with the warm feeling that you get when you see this card. Thank You Melissa for sharing this beautiful card.

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.

SUPPLIES

Stamps:

2765 comfort stamp set

Cardstock:

64429 Rustic Cream

Ink:

63126 Smokey Ink Pad

Dies:

ptd-0335 Papertrey Die Collection

Accessories:

vb114 Vintage Buttons

Other Supplies Used (Not Shown):

  • Melissa Francis Paper
  • Melissa Francis Die Tag With Hearts
  • Melissa Francis Resin Heart
  • Freckled Fawn Washi Tape
  • Vintage Trim and Tea-Stained Twill