Sundays With Lorraine

Hello, my crafty friends, and welcome back to Weekly Scrapper. I just returned home from our Chicago show and I am happy to report that a fun time was had by all.  I’d like to send a huge note of thanks to all those creative souls that I had the opportunity to meet in person; you really made it a wonderful show.

City On The Square By Lucy

I must confess, I do have a soft spot for a nice city scape, it must be the New Yorker in me. I love how Lucy arranged the buildings by size to create the illusion of depth – so clever. The buildings were die cut using the Tim Holtz Cityscape Buildings then colored using Distress Oxides To achieve the proper perspective of the city, Lucy drew a set of squares increasing in size by 1/2″ increments, cut the centers out, painted them different colors from dark receding to light. Talk about an eye for detail – this project is definitely on my crafting bucket list.

If you are as inspired as I am to give this amazing project a try, click here and I would be honored to escort you over to A Vintage Journey Blog so you can check out all the fine details of how this gorgeous piece came together. Kudos to Lucy for sharing this amazing project with us.  I also recommend stopping by her blog Glue and Glitter anytime you are in need of some serious inspiration.

Love You To The Moon And Back By Nichol Spohr

Don’t you just love how the Wonky Rectangles Frame Die adds lots of visual interest to the background of this precious baby card? What a bonus that you don’t even have to break out the sewing machine, the die adds the detail for you.  Keep in mind that it would be very easy to change the card to accommodate the little boys in your life simply by changing the color combination.

To watch the creation of this sweet moon and stars card featuring Simon Says stamps and dies, click here and I will escort you over to Nichol’s blog so you can take notes. I’d like to send a shout out to Nichol for being a constant inspiration to her fellow paper crafters.

No Place Like Home By Chris Cresswell

Chris is a master of creating layers and contrast and she always throws herself enthusiastically into all she creates. I was so inspired by all the happy vibes that this artsy canvas brings to the table and I immediately knew I had to share the love. How adorable would this look hanging in your craft room or to give as a gift for the up coming holidays?

I hope Chris’s work of art inspires you to step outside your comfort zone and create something magical.  Whether you are a Mixed Media artist or just getting your feet wet, there are many tips and techniques to scrap lift from Chris’s original post. Click here and I will be happy to take a trip over to her blog with you.

Ginger-Glazed Mahi Mahi 

With a little help from the culinary genius over on the Kitchme Blog you, too, can have a delicious meal on the table in less than 1/2 an hour.  If you think about it, it takes longer to order a pizza and this Mahi Mahi is much healthier and is sure to impress even your pickiest guests. All you have to do is add your favorite vegetable and you’re good to go.

If you haven’t experienced the Kitchme blog you are in for a real treat. Not only do they have yummy treats of all kinds, but they also provide nutritional information for those of us that are watching our weight and trying to eat a bit healthier. Click here and I will be happy to take you over for a visit.  Bon appetit!

Thanks for stopping by and I’d love to see you at an upcoming Stamp & Scrapbook Expo. I’ll meet you at the Creativity Center! Hugs to all!

Saturdays With LeAnn

Love You

Hello, my friends!  Welcome to another inspirational day here at Weekly Scrapper.  I just returned home from our first fabulous Stamp & Scrapbook Expo show of the year.  I love going to the shows and having you come by and say hello to me.  It is so fun to see you and to receive a big hug!  I have been collecting some really fun projects to share with you today.  I hope you will find some time this weekend to create some of your own.

Love You By Amanda Baldwin

Scrapbook pages are always a great reminder of all that is special to us; they are a great record of your journey and the people in your life.  So as a scrapbooker, it is so important to take those precious photos and add them into our scrapbooks.  When I came upon this beautiful layout I was drawn to all the fine details that Amanda created; this is such a fabulous design that uses lovely colors and showcases her precious photo.


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Amanda created this pretty layout using the beautiful Wild At Heart collection by Cocoa Vanilla Studio.  She started out by drawing a large circle onto her cardstock and then added watercolors over and around the circle.  After that had dried, she did some machine stitching around the circle repeatedly to create a gentle, textured look.  After gluing her butterflies into position she filled the gaps with die cuts, wood veneers, and enamel dots.  Amanda’s layout is so soft and elegant; I love it!  I would like to say thank you to Amanda for sharing her talent with us.  She is one of the fabulous design team members at Cocoa Vanilla Studio. Click here and I will take you over to her blog Happy Arty Days where you will see more of her outstanding talent.  You will definitely be inspired to start that next page!

They Say It’s Your Birthday By Kay Miller

Cards are all about letting those close to you know how much they are loved, especially on their special day.  Who doesn’t love cards?  Whether the are simple or detailed; cards are not only fun to give but are also very fun to make.  This one is for those who love to stamp and color.  This sweet card is also one that you can change the sentiment to and use it for several different occasions.

They Say It's Your Birthday

This is such a cheerful card!  Kay used the stamp Forget Me Not for her flowers, and some different dies to add some dimension.  Come over with me to My Joyful Moments where you will find all of the supplies you will need to get started on creating one of your own.  Can you just imagine the warm feeling that will come to the person who receives this one in the mail?  Not only will this card warm the heart, but it will be treasured for a life time.

Clip Frame By Shanty 2 Chic

A clip frame is perfect for when you want to display a favorite photograph or artwork without the distraction of a frame.  What’s the best part of this fun frame?  It will only cost you around five dollars to make. Yes, you heard that right!  Clip frames feature an easy-to-use clasp that makes your photos stand out in a unique way, so the artwork stands alone.

Clip Frame

Find a special space on your walls, or set this on a table where you can show off that special photo.  Create several of these rustic warm wood frames and personalize your display.  Let me take you over to Shanty 2 Chic where you can see a video tutorial with step-by-step instructions.   You will love this blog so be sure to check out more of their fabulous projects.  You will be so inspired to make many more Do It Yourself projects!

Thin Mint Truffles By Stephanie Hann

What a perfect time to make and share these Thin Mint Truffles.  Not only do they honor Girl Scout cookie season, but the are also a great treat for St. Patrick’s Day as well.  If you have bought some Thin Mints from the Girl Scouts this year, and still have a box or two, you really need to give this recipe a try.

Thin Mint Truffles

These little balls of goodness are amazing (especially if you love the mint and chocolate combo).  Best part about them, no baking required and only four ingredients needed! I recommend making a double batch because from my experience, they disappear rather fast.  Store them in the freezer, as you would with your Girl Scout cookies.  This will savor the truffles a little bit slower… that is, if you don’t eat them all in one sitting. 🙂  I know you are wanting to write down this recipe so click here and I will escort you over to Cookin’ Cowgirl.  Let’s just say… these will be a big hit with your family and friends!

Thank you for your time today!  Life get so busy, so I appreciate you stopping by.  I hope you will enjoy your weekend and please do something that makes you happy.  Weekends go by way too fast, so make the most of yours!  Be sure to hug those you love and spend some good quality time with them.

See you back next 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.

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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!



Saturdays With LeAnn

Valentines Day Sign

Hello my friends, and happy Saturday to you!  Since it is Saturday, inspiration is coming your way for the weekend.  I get so excited to share new ideas with you each Saturday. I hope you are in your comfys and ready to sit back and enjoy some fun projects that I believe will give you tons of inspiration!

PS I Love You By Alicia McNamara

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and I want to share this beautiful layout which is perfect for your Valentine photos.  The PS I Love You collection was used for this layout which was created by Alicia McNamara who is a fabulous designer for Kaiser Kraft.

PS I Love You

I fell in love with this priceless photo with the soft, warm colors on the layout.  This is one of those layouts that just make you smile; it is a reminder of a special time these girls will never forget. Click here and I will take you over to Alicia’s blog Time To Create where she will share a video on how she created this beautiful layout.   This was so inspiring to me and I hope it will be for you as well.

Follow Your Dream By Laurie Schmidlin

This whimsical stamp set is just adorable and oh, so versatile!  Ready for some inspiration?  I totally fell in love with this hot air balloon stamp.  Looking at it closely, I discovered that there is a lot more going on than first meets the eye.  There is multi-level stamping, paper piecing, and layering.  Laurie is know for her fine detail and is certainly very inspirational.

Follow Your Dream

Laurie created her card using the Half Pint Heroines stamp set designed by Claire Brennan. She also inked every layer, then adding some final touches she applied buttons to her card. Who doesn’t love buttons right?  Click here and I will be happy to take you over to Just Give Me Stamps where you will find more of Laurie’s wonderful projects.

Valentine Sign By Landee Anderson

As the Christmas decorations come down, I always find it so refreshing to pull out my Valentine’s Day decorations. Show your love with this adorable wood sign crated by Landee Anderson.  This vintage love sign is sure to lighten up any room!  It would also make a sweet gift for someone you love.

Valentines Day Sign

You can purchase your wood rounds at Home Depot for around $6.00.  It is so fun to take a piece of wood, apply some paint and a sentiment, and have a custom Valentine decoration. Click here and I will gladly take you over to Landeelu so you can jot down the supplies that Landee used to create her sweet sign.

Cake Roll By Tasbih

With Valentine’s Day coming up, it is never to earlier to start thinking about wonderful desserts to make.  Love is all around with this scrumptious cake roll.  I love finding creative ways to dress up desserts for the holiday, and this is a perfect one for Valentine’s Day.  Whether you are making this for yourself, friends, family or loved ones, you can’t go wrong with a sweet heart-themed dessert.

Cake Roll

Tasbih is a fabulous cook from Egypt who loves baking.  She is obsessed with perfecting dessert recipes and this is certainly one of them.  I know you are dying to get this recipe so let me me take you on over to Cleobuttera where you will find the ingredients and recipe to this fabulous cake roll.  Enjoy baking, everyone!

I hope these projects have given you some inspiration today.  One of the things that I love is connecting with crafters.  I appreciate you taking time on your Saturdays and spending it with me.  I hope you have a wonderful week ahead, and I will see you back next Saturday!




Saturdays With LeAnn

Warm Wishes

I am excited to share a few more fun projects today.  With our crazy, busy schedules these past couple of months in preparing for the holidays, I hope you will find some time to be creative, and enjoy the rest of this special time of year!  You so deserve it!

Christmas Wishes by Kylie Kingham

The holidays can get pretty hectic; however scrapbooking gives you that little outlet that allows us to slow down and take a breath!  The holidays will soon be over and we need to take some time to put those beautiful memories into our scrapbooks.  I just had to share this gorgeous layout with you created by Kylie Kingham.  I can’t wait to create this layout, and add my precious grandchildren to this page.  This layout is sure to bring back fond memories of the Christmas that has gone by.

Christmas Wishes

I highly recommend stopping by Kaisercraft blog.  Kylie Kingham, a very talented design team member, shares a supply list of what she used to create this amazing layout.  The pastel tones and added gold certainly made this layout a winner.  You don’t want to miss out on this one – you’re going to love it!

Warm Wishes By Anya Lunchenko

I love this combination of turquoise with the chocolate brown paper, it gives a warm and peaceful feel to these cards. You may have loved ones that were expecting one of your beautiful handmade cards this holiday season.  You may not have had time to create and send out your Christmas cards, but it’s not too late to send a warm wish for a Happy New Year!

Warm Wishes

I would like to say thank you to Anya for being such a wonderful inspiration to us paper crafters.  Anya is on the design team for Echo Park.  You can see more of her beautiful projects and designs by clicking here.  You will be so inspired by her talent!

Let There Be Snow By Emma Williams

The holidays will come and go, however, our memories will stay forever. What better way to capture your Christmas memories or the fun times created on a cold winter day.  Add a canvas decor to your home and treasure the gift of memories.  Emma will inspire you today to develop some new skills and be less intimidated to try new things.


Emma shares a beautiful way to capture a perfect moment in her photo, and also transfers that perfect feel by using the right paper and embellishments. Click here and I will be happy to escort you over to “That’s Life” where Emma will share her tips and techniques with you, along with here instructions on how she put her masterpiece of art together.

Gingerbread Almond Loaf Cake By Patricia Scarpin

It is that time of the year again where I can hardly wait to make some gingerbread Almond Loaf Cake.  This gingerbread cake is soft, smells and tastes delicious, not to mention it will make your home smell completely divine as your guests come and go.  I also love that this loaf is great for breakfast, a snack, or even a dessert.  The possibilities are endless, and if you have a few minutes to spare, very easy to whip up this gingerbread batter.

Gingerbread Almond Loaf Cake

This gingerbread loaf is probably one of my favorite holiday breads.  There is nothing better on a cold winter morning than a warm buttered piece of gingerbread loaf and a hot drink.  A huge thank you to Patrica for sharing her wonderful recipe.  Click here and I will take you over to Technicolor Kitchen where you will find the recipe and ingredients, along with more fabulous recipes from Patricia.

As Christmas approaches us tomorrow, I hope you have a wonderful holiday!  Above all, enjoy the love and friendship between each other.  Thank you for being such great crafty friends and spending your precious time with me each week.  Hugs to you all!  Merry Christmas!




Saturdays With LeAnn

So Sweet


Another fabulous weekend is here!  Once again, thank you my sweet friends for sharing a part of it with me. Today I believe you will be inspired by the wonderful and talented designers I am featuring. I hope you will take some time to sit back and relax and enjoy the inspiration so you can begin to create your own outstanding projects!

Embrace Life by Gina Lideros

This fun layout started out with using paper from the Fancy Free collection by Pink Paislee.  Cutting out some birds from different patterned papers gives balance to the layout.  Have you had an opportunity to play around with watercolors?  This creative background is one that you can experiment with using watercolors and die cuts. If you have not used a watercolor technique before, take the opportunity to give it a try. You will love the beautiful look of watercolor on your projects and will be so impressed by how artistic you will be.  I am sure this will not be the last time you work with watercolors!

Embrace Life

Once the background is dry, you can adhere the birds. Then help bring your layout to life by adding your favorite embellishments!  Creating your own style and technique can really show off your talent.  Most important – just have fun doing it!  Be sure to check out other creations from Gina Lideros.  Click here so I can take you over to her blog Canon Creative Girl.  You are sure to be inspired by her talent.

Love & Hugs by Judy Rozema

This is one of those sweet cards that you can make by using some of your scraps.  If you are anything like me, I keep everything!  I have the hardest time throwing away scraps of my beautiful papers.  I do have to say, though, that I do use them – they don’t just get thrown in a drawer or basket. Use some of your great embellishments and add them to your card.  You will end up with a bright, cheerful card ready to give to that special someone!

Love & Hugs

Take a minute or two and visit Joy In A Jar.  You will find Judy’s blog very stimulating and innovative.  You are going to want to jump right in and start creating your own cards.  A big thank you to Judy for her wonderful inspiration.

So Sweet by Debby Hughes

Watercolor can be applied to card making projects in a variety of different ways. Watercolors are transparent which lend them to great use on paper for layering and creating depth in images. Adding watercolor to your projects creates such an impressive look.  What a great way to boost your creativity level!

So Sweet

Pick a fun sentiment to add to your design, add a few sequins, and you have the perfect card for summer.  Debby Hughes is a fabulously talented lady with so many inspirational projects. If you would like to add watercolor to your next project, I highly recommend you to stop by her blog Lime Doodle Design.  I promise you will be so happy you took the time to do so.  Click here and I will take you over to find the products you need to create this fantastic card.

Cheers For The Red White & Blue by Audrey Pettit

Before you know it, the fourth of July will be here.  It is a wonderful day to spend with family and friends to celebrate and recognize how truly blessed we are to live in such an amazing country. With that said, it is time to start thinking about your July decorations.  These fun, patriotic fireworks are perfect to gather together for a fun bowl filler.

Cheers For The Red White & Blue

These fire crackers are inexpensive to make, yet positively eye-pleasing for the Fourth of July.  Break out the red, white, and blue in a decorative and clever way!  They are a perfect addition for your Fourth of July celebration.  Audrey is such a talented lady, so be sure to visit her blog Audrey Pettit Designs for some of the amazing ideas and projects she has created.  Her blog will definitely be a treat to follow!

Nothing Bundt Cakes By Erica

This cake will not only remind you of the good old days at home, but at the same time open a new world of cake goodness!  These fabulous cakes have thick frosting petals made with cream cheese and real butter. What a special gift to give to a friend or family member for any occasion.  Believe me, they will love every bite of these scrumptious cakes.

Nothing Bundt Cakes

This cake looks like it is complicated and difficult, but the good news is that it’s actually really easy to make.  This is a very beautiful dessert to create and your guests will be so impressed. Click here and let me take you over to Favorite Family Recipes where Erica will give you the recipe on how to create your own bundt cake.  Share the enjoyment of this cake with your family and friends.

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

Charming Gingham

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Gingham is one of my very favorite patterns! It has a country old-world charm that I love so much. Yet, when it’s paired with white, it has a clean, updated look to it! Today I have three cards to share with you using gingham to set off these pretty florals.

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These are a set of mini scalloped note cards. The backgrounds are cut with a new die called Noted: Scalloped Square by Papertrey Ink, which will be available on June 15th. I added a gingham background with patterned paper called Chicken Scratch Gingham.

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The flowers are stamped with a new stamp set called Forget Me Not (also available on June 15th), along with the sentiment. The white die cuts are trimmed out with the Forget Me Not dies. Ink colors I used are Melon Berry, Pure Poppy and Dark Chocolate.

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On my last card, I “stepped it up” a bit with a few more layers. I used a Noted: Scalloped A2 die set to cut the card base and stenciled a light pattern over the top. I trimmed an oval out of the front of the card and backed it with gingham paper, then added the pretty florals and sentiment over the top.

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What do you think? Do you like a simple approach or more layered? Are you a fan of gingham as much as I am?

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Thank you for stopping by today! See you next week!