Sundays With Lorraine

Hello, my crafty friends and welcome back to Weekly Scrapper! It makes me smile knowing that even with your crazy, busy schedule that you’ve found some time to be creative.  So sit back, relax, and enjoy a little creative therapy – you deserve it!

Digital Scrapbook Layout by Marla Thrall

Digital scrapbooking is a form of scrapbooking that is done using a personal computer, digital or scanned photos, and computer graphics software. For many of us seasoned scrappers digital scrapbooking was a little hard to swallow at first. My only concern was what would happen to all the treasured supplies that I have been collecting for the last 15 years!? Not to worry, there is room for both; I call it going hybrid. It is totally fine to have some traditional scrapbook layouts mixed in with your digital layouts. Remember there are no rules, just have fun with your art!

Digital scrapbooking can be a beautiful thing as you can see by this adorable layout designed by the very talented Marla Thrall. Whether you are a seasoned professional with computer graphic skills or are just getting your feet wet, I highly recommend spending some quality time with Maria as she shares how quick and easy it is to create the perfect digital scrapbook layout. 

Hello Friend By Lynn Put

One of my favorite types of cards to make are friendship cards. Growing up in New York and then moving to California as an adult, I appreciate the importance of keeping in touch across the miles. What better way to let those special friends in your life know how important they are to you than to send a handmade card, right?

I hope you’ve been inspired to break out your favorite watercolors and create something beautiful. On this sweet card, Lynn used Distress Inks to create the gorgeous backgrounds, but feel free to use what you have on hand. For a complete supply list click here and I’ll escort you over to The Queens Scene Blog so you can check out how easily this heartfelt card came together. Keep up the great job you’re doing by sharing those smiles one handmade card at a time.

Butterfly Gift Card Box By Marjie Kemper

With gift cards being available everywhere, they have quickly become one of my go-to gifts, but I sometimes harbor a bit of guilt – that it wasn’t personal enough. A handcrafted gift card holder like this one adds that personal touch back into the gift so in my world that erases the guilt. 😉 Who wouldn’t love to see their favorite store gift card peeking out of this adorable gift card box handcrafted by you. Maybe it’s me, but I don’t have any problem walking into my favorite store and picking out exactly what I want with my gift card, do you?

Marjie paired Eileen’s Hulls Recipe Box die with Tim Holtz’s Detailed Butterflies die to create this custom gift card holder.  These are wonderful to have on hand whenever you need a gift card holder, they also make great party favors, a place to house your business cards etc. Click here and I will be honored to take you over to Eileen’s blog so you can follow along as Marjie shares how this darling project was created.

 30-Minute Caprese Chicken Recipe By Heidi

It’s that time again when everyone is asking what’s for dinner but not to worry, I have your back on this one. I discovered this easy to make Chicken Caprese Recipe on one of my go-to food blogs Foodie Crush and knew I had to share the love. With just a few simple ingredients, you can make this tasty, one-pan chicken breast dinner in under 30 minutes.

Big hugs to Heidi for sharing this delicious Caprese Chicken recipe! Click here and I’ll take a stroll with you over to her blog Foodie Crush so you can print out the recipe. You all know how I love to share those amazing recipes that can be on the table in under an hour, and with a little help from our culinary genius Heidi – you too can have this dinner serve in about 1/2 an hour. Bon appetit my friends!

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have an amazing week ahead of you!

Sundays With Lorraine

Hello, my crafty friends and welcome back to Weekly Scrapper! It makes me smile knowing that even with your crazy, busy schedule that you’ve found some time to be creative.  So sit back, relax, and enjoy a little creative therapy – you deserve it!

Mixed Media Canvas Tutorial by Irina Astapovskaya

Mixed media is an art form in which more than one medium has been employed and can be used on just about any project from scrapbooking and card making to home decor projects and art journals. Whether you’re a mixed media queen or you are just starting out, you are going to love the Art Anthology blog. They have an amazing design team that is sure to keep you inspired as you explore the creative world of mixed media.

 

Have fun experimenting and combining various materials for original mixed media art! Discover a wide range of mixed media products on the Art Anthology siteClick here and I will be happy to escort you over so you can check out all the must-have products. I know you will have fun creating your own unique pieces.

Mail Art By Kristina Werner

Are you ready to take your card making to the next level? I know you’re an amazing paper crafter, so how cool will it be to mail one of your handmade cards in such a gorgeous envelope as this one? I was so inspired by Kristina’s Mail Art that I knew I had to share the love. I can’t think of a better way to enhance the experience of receiving one of your handmade cards in the mail.

It’s time to break out your favorite stamps and wow your family and friends with your new found talent. Who isn’t going to be blown away when they discover this piece of art in their mailbox? It’s so stinkin’ adorable, it just makes you smile! I’d like to send out a virtual hug to Kristina for being such a constant inspiration to her fellow paper crafters. Be sure to stop by her blog anytime you’re in need of some serious inspiration.

Count Your Blessings Index Cards By Patter Cross

What a great project to start off the New Year. I’m a firm believer that positive thoughts generate positive feelings, so why not record those positive feelings through your art? This heartfelt project designed by Patter Cross has truly inspired me to start paying a bit more attention to the many blessing in my life. We’re all passionate about scrapbooking our journey through life, so why not include those positive thoughts and prayers as well?

I hope you’ve been inspired by Patter’s enthusiasm, which is to create one card for each day of the new year.  But not to worry if you don’t hit the mark of  365 cards – there are no rules, just have fun with your art and enjoy jotting down those little things that make you smile. 😉 I highly recommend stopping by Patter’s blog Triple The Scraps – she has some great tips and techniques to share. One of my favorite tips is to create several cards at a sitting and have them ready when you want to record your next heartfelt moment.

Chicken Lo Mein by 

Many of you know that Chinese food is my absolute favorite. I seriously could eat it 7 days a week. Growing up In New York we were a bit spoiled because all you have to do is pick up the phone and they will deliver it to your front door – but not so much in sunny California. Well, not to worry, with a little help from our friend Joanna you can make your own amazing Lo Mein without ever leaving the house.

This chicken lo mein recipe is surprisingly easy to make at home, and it actually tastes a lot better than what you can get at most takeout restaurants. Another bonus about Lo Mein is that you can easily customize the recipe to include your family favorites, you can even go meatless if you prefer. Click here and I’ll take you over to Jo Cooks blog so you can print out the recipe. While you’re visiting be sure to check out Jo’s book “30-minute one pot meals cookbook”.

Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful week!