Saturdays With LeAnn

Ghols Just Want To Have Fun

Welcome back, my crafty friends!  The weather here in Utah has become chilly, and with days like today I really enjoy staying inside and crafting in my office.  I hope you will be able to spend your day creating something you’ll love.  I just love this time of year!  Halloween is one of my favorite holidays, and since it’s coming soon, I thought it would be fun to share a few festive projects with you today.  I hope you will enjoy each one.  Remember, it isn’t too late to create some of your Halloween projects for the year!

Dream Chaser By Missy Whidden

Isn’t it funny how one scrap of paper can inspire an entire layout?  Are you ready to do some great things with your products?  Hopefully this layout will give you some added inspiration.  Who doesn’t love a little extra color in their world?  Even though there are a lot of beautiful details and dimension to this layout, the photo is still the first thing your eye is drawn to.  I love how Missy went around the edges of the leaves with some white gesso, and then added gold Color Shine and a few gelatos to add color around the edges.  Also notice the metallic gold machine stitching through the center of each leaf.

Dream Chaser

Missy really created a masterpiece.  Most important, remember there are no set rules when crafting, just have fun with it.  I highly recommend stopping by Little Nugget Creations where you will find a video tutorial on how Missy put her layout together.  The possibilities are endless!  Give it a try you will love the results!

Ghouls Just Want To Have Fun By Therese Dahl

Since it’s October, it’s time for some spooky fun!  You still have plenty of time to get your Halloween cards made and sent out.  This is one of those cards that will make you want to pull out some of your fun festive Halloween papers and put your creative mind to work.  This is such a fun card that really portrays the spirit of Halloween.  With Halloween coming up, what a great way to celebrate by sharing your fun Halloween cards with friends and family.

Ghols Just Want To Have Fun

Therese Dahl did such a fabulous job using the Grim Gretchen Set by Kraftin Kimmie Stamps.  The detail on this card just takes it up to another level.  Don’t you just love this ghoul?  She looks so vicious – such wonderful work by Therese!   I am sure you would like to have a list of supplies that Therese used, so click here and I will take you over to the Katten Mia blog.  A big shout out to Therese for being such an inspiration to all of you fellow paper crafters.

Look A Bit Frightened By Anna-Karin

Halloween is such a perfect opportunity to be creative.  With a little help from our crafty friend Anna-Karin, you can make some spooktacular tags to add to your yummy Halloween treats.  It is also a time when a lot of photos will be taken, so let’s get them off your phones and cameras and into an adorable Halloween mini album.  Let’s take this fun tag a step further and create a mini album out of it.  Just add a few more pages behind the tag and you will create a darling mini album.  What a great way to show off your fun and unique costumes, along with a festive celebration of Halloween.  Don’t you just love a project that can be used in several different ways?

Look A Bit Frightened

Anna-Karin used some fun techniques for her background.   She started out with a die cut tag and then added her patterned paper and brushed gesso over it. To give it a distressed look, Anna-Karin used the Slate stencil and Opague Crackle Paste. I am sure that your creative mind is spinning with all the different techniques that Anna-Karin used, so click here and I will be happy to take you over to spend some quality time with Anna-Karin and her fabulous blog Layers Of Ink.  Enjoy craftin,g my friends!

Halloween Cupcakes By Kelly Senyei

Spooky cupcakes make Halloween so much sweeter!  These sweet treats will both charm and scare your guests all at once.  Cupcakes have never looked so scarily delicious!

Halloween Cupcakes

These darling cupcakes are easy to make and those little hands will love helping in the kitchen.  What a great way to make memories with your children or grandchildren.  This will be a treat they will forever remember making in the kitchen for Halloween.  I just love recipes that look like they take a lot of time but are really quite simple to make.  Let’s pop on over to Just A Taste where you will find full details on how to create your Halloween cupcakes.  Thank you, Kelly, for sharing your fun recipe with us!

I hope you have enjoyed every minute of today’s Weekly Scrapper.  As always, I enjoy you stopping by on Saturday and sharing a bit of your precious time with me.  I hope you will get to those crafting projects today and have some fun creating some outstanding projects.  Have a wonderful week ahead and I will see you back next Saturday!

Hugs to all,

LeAnn

Designer Spotlight with Paige Evans: Felicity Wilson

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Felicity Wilson makes the most beautiful, layered, and textured projects! She’s truly a well-rounded crafter and dabbles in card making, traditional layouts, mini albums, and Project Life!

Name: Felicity Wilson
Location: Emerald, Queensland, Australia
Blog: herhand.blogspot.com
Instagram: @flisw
YouTube: Felicity Wilson
Facebook: felicity.wilson.167
Pinterest: @felicitywilson

Tell us a little bit about yourself and how you got started crafting: I’m Felicity, a wife and mumma to 3 kiddos. I live on a large farm so if I’m not inside being creative then I am outside being creative in the garden or helping out on the farm. I have always been crafter, right as a little kiddo. I was one those kiddos that would sit and colour in all day, chop up paper and glue it back down!! When my eldest son was born 8 years ago, I started to really get into paper crafts, I dabbled a little bit before his birth, but more so after as I wanted to freeze and document his special moments. Still today, I’m paper crafting and recording my kiddos’ memories 🙂

Favorite thing to create: If I had to choose just one, it would be Project Life. Simply because I’m freezing the moments and recording as much as I can about the kiddos’ lives.

What do you love about this hobby? I love being able to freeze the moment and record it. I know in a few years my grey matter will fail, so by having all the moments and photos recorded, we can all chatter and giggle about the days back then!!

5 fun facts about yourself:
1. I love shoes. I once had 100 pairs in my early teenage years!
2. I can’t stand moths. Give me a snake anyday, just not a moth!! LOL
3. If I can’t be sticking paper and glue down, I will be out in my garden. I love growing and picking pretty flowers.
4. I’m an organised person. I can’t function without a to do list!
5. I went sky diving many years ago to try and overcome my fear of heights. I’m still scared of heights, but don’t regret the sky dive, it was beautiful!

Here is a set of cards Felicity made for her spotlight!

CARDS by Felicity Wilson

I love using up scraps and bits and pieces off my desk. I love to challenge myself by simply creating something from all the bits around me and that’s what I did with these tags. Very satisfying!

MINI ALBUM by Felicity Wilson

I love being able to put a series of photos together in a mini album, just as I did here of my daughter. The photos truly tell the story.

PROJECT LIFE by Felicity Wilson

When creating Project Life pages, I like to try and incorporate new techniques, so here I did a lot of hand stitching, which is something I just love to do.

BUTTERFLY LAYOUT by Felicity Wilson

I find fussy cutting really therapeutic. This is what I have done, is sat and relax with the scissors and butterflies and it’s still one of my favorite pages hanging on my wall 🙂

LOVELY LAYOUT by Felcitiy Wilson

This is also another favorite layout of mine because it incorporates some of my favorite techniques. Hand stitching, mixed media, and fussy cutting!

Thank you so much for visiting today! I hope you are as inspired by Felicity’s creations as I am!

Sundays With Lorraine

Hello, my crafty friends, and welcome back to Weekly Scrapper. Do you like the summer heat or do you spend most of your time in the comforts of your cool, air-conditioned craft room? Either way, I hope that you are experiencing a wonderful summer day and now that you’ve arrived we can begin our creative therapy, so sit back, relax, and enjoy.

Mixed Media Passport Mini Album By Pam Bray

You all know how much I appreciate a unique mini album and this one is no exception, even the book is handmade using Sizzix XL Passport Book Die. I’m thinking this is definitely one of those “need it in your life” dies. Think of all the possibilities! You can click here and I will be happy to escort you over to the Sizzix site so you can order your own or if you happen to be at one of our Stamp & Scrapbook Expos, you might want to stop by and visit Maria B at the It’s Cheaper Than Therapy booth; she always has an amazing selection of Sizzix products.

You will find all kinds of inspiration from Pam Bray on her blog Scrapbook Flair. I hope that you’ve been inspired to get those precious photos off your phone and into a mini album. Have fun and stay crafty, my friends.

Just Breathe By Kim Van Diepen

In celebration of the beginning of summer, I thought you might enjoy this simple summer-themed card. What a perfect card to send someone that needs a little encouragement. Let’s face it – life can be hectic at times and we need to be reminded to take a deep breath and say out loud “This, too, shall pass.” I love the simple carefree feeling that this sweet card brings to the table and I’m sure the recipient will feel that way, too.

This is one of those cards that most people will leave out just because It makes them feel happy and loved. It brings me back to the beach on a beautiful summer day. I hope you’ve been inspired to send one of your handmade treasures to someone special today. Click HERE to stop by and spend some creative time with Kimberly; you’re sure to pick up some handy tips and techniques.

Stamped Sachets By Tamera

Do you use your die cuts on materials other than paper? I hope so! I love how Tamera created these adorable sachets using the Sizzix Alterations Postage Stamp Frame Die to cut out some muslin and linen.  Not to worry, if you don’t have a field of lavender to fill the sachets, you can use any store bought potpourri and or essential oils for your sachets. The lavender images were stamped on the fabric using distress paints. I love stamping on fabric – it’s another way to use our precious stamps and stencils. I am currently teaching a Make & Take at the Creativity Center where we stencil on a flour sack dish towel using archival inks and that class is such a hit! I hope you’ve been inspired to step outside the box and give this technique a try.

With a little help from our creative friend Tamera, you can have a set of these wonderfully fragrant sachets in no time. Wouldn’t these be perfect to put in your drawers,  in the linen closet, the car, or even if you need a little gift? Click HERE and I will take you over to Tamera’s blog Plays Well With Paper so you can follow along with the easy-to-follow instructions.

Grilled Salmon Skewers with Garlic and Dijon

There is nothing like salmon on the grill to kick off those summers BBQ’s. These take less than 30 minutes to make and you end up with such juicy, flaky, and flavorful salmon – everyone will be asking for seconds! What’s not to love?

If you’d like to give this world famous recipe a try, click here and I will be happy to take you over to Natasha’s Kitchen so you can print out the recipe.This is one of those delicious meals that will get you out of the kitchen (and back into your craft room where you belong) in no time! Bon appetit!

Thanks for stopping by; I always enjoy our creative time together! It’s show time for me and Stamp & Scrapbook Expo. The marathon of shows has begun 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 and we’ll make something beautiful together. I do hope you will take a minute or two to visit the individual blogs I have shared today so you can see more details on these wonderful projects. Hugs to all who have shared the inspiration for today’s post.

Sundays With Lorraine

Hello, my crafty friends, and welcome back to Weekly Scrapper! It’s time for today’s creative therapy session so sit back, relax, and enjoy a little me time – you deserve it.

Love You Mini Album by Karen Letchworth

You’ll often hear me say that mini albums are the instant gratification of scrapbooking. Don’t you just love it when you can complete an entire album in one sitting? They are the perfect gift for any occasion and who wouldn’t appreciate receiving a handmade mini album full of priceless memories? To create the actual book itself Karen used a small glassine bag that she folded over, covered with inked patterned papers and embellished with lots of ribbons that you can find over at Really Reasonable RibbonsClick here and I will take you over for a visit – they really have an amazing selection.  You can never have too much ribbon in your stash, right?  😉

With a little help from our creative friends Karen and Really Reasonable Ribbons, you, too, can put together an adorable mini album in no time. Kudos to you for keeping those memories alive one page at a time. Happy scrapping, my friends!

Dandelions In The Wind By Tracy

I have a thing for dandelions; they just make me smile. We all have those fond childhood memories of blowing Dandelions into the air while making a wish. I love how Tracy incorporated that sweet memory into the theme of her card. Who wouldn’t be smiling from ear to ear after finding this handmade treasure in their mailbox?

For all you dandelion fans, here are a few pieces of trivia for you. Did you know that there are 250 different species of dandelion? There are many folklore superstitions that have been attached to dandelions over the years.  In addition to granting wishes, many people believe that dandelion seeds will carry your thoughts and dreams to loved ones when you blow them into the air. I love the fuzzy behind that possibility, I hope you’ve been inspired to send a few wishes to someone you love today. Hugs to all!

Lunch Sack Card Pouches By Becky Roberts

I love how Becky transformed a plain brown paper bag into an adorable gift card holder. This is one of those “why didn’t I think of that?” moments. Think about it, if you sew up a bunch of these at one time you’ll have them all ready whenever you need a gift card holder. All you have to do is add a few embellishments and a sentiment and you are good to go. Big hugs to Becky for sharing the inspiration.

As you can see by Becky’s adorable card, paper bags are the perfect base for a gift card holder. With a few simple straight stitches, you have a perfect pocket to hold a gift card or two. It’s a real bonus that the kraft colored lunch sacks are so inexpensive and easy to find. You can even pick them up on your next trip to the grocery store. Have fun with this project; the possibilities are endless.

Pork Carnitas (Mexican Pulled Pork) by Dinner At The Zoo

One of my favorite things to order at a Mexican restaurant is the Pork Carnitas. Now, thanks to Sara’s blog Dinner At The Zoo you, too, can have this restaurant quality meal in the comforts of your own home. It does take a good three hours to cook but it is so well worth the effort. Click here and I will be happy to take you over so you can print out the recipe.

Still hungry? I highly recommend following Dinner at the Zoo for more great recipe ideas, you and your family will be glad you discovered this amazing food blog! Kudos to Sara for taking the guesswork out of making the Perfect Pork Carnitas.

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 has begun and with 19 shows around the nation, the question is not what show you should attend, but rather how many shows youCAN attend! I’ll meet you at the Creativity Center. Hugs to all!

Sundays With Lorraine

Hello, my crafty friends and welcome back to Weekly Scrapper! I recently returned home from our  Anaheim, CA show, three days of non-stop make & takes with some of the most talented paper crafters on earth – it was a sure fire way to get those creative juices flowing. I hope you enjoy today’s creative therapy, so sit back, relax and enjoy a little me time, you deserve it!

Vintage Mini Album By Tati Scrap

I instantly fell in love with this adorable shabby chic mini album that Tati has designed using Graphic 45’s new Vintage Hollywood Collection. Mini albums are the instant gratification of scrapbooking and with a little help from Graphic 45 and their amazing designers you, too, can complete an entire mini album in no time. How creative to add those interactive flaps and folds, they really add a touch of whimsy and delight to your albums.

The gift of memories is priceless, so why not create an album to give as a gift at the next baby shower, birthday or any special occasion? Click here and I will lead the way over the Graphic 45’s blog as Tati shares some great tips to creating your own stunning vintage inspired mini album.

I Adore You By Barbara Anders

With handmade shaker cards being all the rage right now, I thought you might be inspired by this adorable card designed by Barbara Anders. There is something about all those shiny sequins and beads shaking around that adds such a sparkly, festive feel. Barbara cut her shaker window with Die-namics LJD Jumbo Peek-a-Boo Circle Windows, which as you can see creates the perfect window for a shaker element and/or frame. If you’re thinking the same thing I’m thinking (this is one of those need it in your life dies), then  click here and I’ll take you over to the site so you can order your own.

 

With a little help from our friend Barbara and a few simple supplies, you too can create these fun & festive shaker elements. Click here & I’ll take you over to the Paper Pursuits blog and you can follow along as Barbara shares just how easily this sweet card came together.

DIY Twine Dispenser By Angie Chavez

You know how I feel about glass jars, big or small I love them all. If you are a twine-lover too, this project is for you! They are a great way to store our ever growing stash of craft supplies while also helping to reduce the amount of trash that goes into our landfills. I will admit that I”m a bit of a twine junkie, we have bakers twine, cotton twine, hemp twine etc., all of which are great for adding texture and visual interest to our paper crafting projects.

Thanks to Angie you too can have your craft supplies organized and looking good. Click here and I will escort you over to her blog Knick Of Time where you can print out some of her free antique graphics to decorate your jars. A well-organized craft room makes crafting so much more enjoyable.

Waterslide Paper Technique By Dreams Factory

Spring is in the air and I was thinking it might be a good time to do a little spring cleaning/organizing in our craft rooms. How adorable are these shabby chic containers? I already have a chalk pen in hand – ready to label the contents! 🙂  Have you had the opportunity to play with Waterslide decals also known as slip decals? As you can see they make the perfect embellishment for just about any project. Until recently, water slide decals were professionally printed and only available in supplied designs, but with the advent of printable decal paper for color inkjet and or laser printers and a little help from our crafty friends over at Dreams Factory, we can create our own waterslide decals.

 

I hope you’ve been inspired to give this fun technique a try. Now that I have your attention ;-), click here and I will lead the way over to the Dreams Factory Blog where Diana shares all you need to know about Waterslide Decal Paper Transfers. Happy organizing my crafty friends.

Sheet Pan Cheesy Hasselback Ham, Potatoes and Asparagus

Move aside winter, spring is here and what tastes more like spring than ham and asparagus? This sheet pan recipe uses one pan and gets the whole feast on the table in a little over an hour.

I highly recommend stopping by the tbsp. blog anytime you need to kick things up a bit in the kitchen. If you’re a visual person, they even have a little 1-minute video sharing how easy this recipe is to prepare. Bon appetit my hungry friends!

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!

 

Technique Spotlight with Paige Evans: Exploding Box Mini Album

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I recently taught a class in Prague and together we made exploding box mini albums! I filmed the process so you can make one, too!

This kind of album is so fun to open and flip through – all of the interactive elements, pockets, and dimension work together to make it a box of joy!
Since there is so much space you can really add on and layer the embellishments more than usual to make it chunky – I love all the lumps and bumps! 🙂
I made my album about things I love using mostly 2″ square Instagram photos.
Everything you see (except small things like staples, baker’s twine, and the journaling pen) are from my Oh My Heart collection with Pink Paislee.
I had a few extra photos so I made a pocket to store them.
Best of all, it came together FAST!
Here is the start-to-finish tutorial showing exactly how you make one of these!


I would looooooove to see if you make one; add your link in the comments below!

Latest & Greatest: Cool Tools with We R Memory Keepers


Hey everyone! Roree here with today’s Make It! Monday post.

Our next show is in Grapevine, Texas on March 31st – April 1st! Stamp & Scrapbook Expo will be teaching three “Latest & Greatest” workshops at this show: Card Making, Cool Tools, and Stamping. We have lots of great products from some awesome manufacturers in these classes, and today I am going to be working with one from our Cool Tools workshop: We R Memory KeepersTab Punch Board.

We R Memory Keepers is the one of my go-to companies for craft tools (along with their other amazing products) and the Tab Punch Board is no exception. It is easy to use and perfect for so many types of projects. You can learn more about it HERE.

I used my Tab Punch Board to create this mini album:


First, I started with the Tab Punch board and some white cardstock.


I wanted the my mini album to be 4 x 6″ (excluding the tabs) so I cut each piece of cardstock to 6 x 9 1/2″ and scored each panel in the center.


I placed the Tab Alignment Bar in the Side Tabs position and punched the corner of my cardstock panel.

I then removed the Tab Alignment Bar, flipped the cardstock panel over, lined up the punched tab with the tab size I was creating (medium), and punched the other end.


I placed the cardstock under the Cutting Track and trimmed off the excess cardstock with the Cutter to create my tab.


To create my center tabs, I lined up the edge of the cardstock in the 6″ medium tab position (the length of my page and the size of my tab) and punched the cardstock. I flipped the paper over and repeated this step for the other side.


Then, I trimmed off the excess with the Cutter and Cutting Track.

I created two panels with side tabs on both ends that were diagonal from each other and one panel with center tabs on both sides.


I layered the panels together and punched holes along the scored lines with my Crop-A-Dile.


Then I decorated my mini album. I chose papers and stickers from Bella Blvd‘s Addison and Alex collections, a chipboard sentiment from Pink Paislee‘s Take Me Away Wild Heart Thickers pack, and some ribbon to bind it all together.


And here is a tip for decorating your tabs: I used border stickers cut into smaller strips, attached them to the tabs, then used the punch on the Tab Punch Board to trim off the excess sticker. So quick and easy!


This Cool Tools workshop featuring We R Memory Keeper’s Tab Punch Board will also be taught at our shows in Anaheim CA, Milwaukee WI, Orlando FL, and Puyallup WA. We hope you can come join us at one of these shows. We would love to see you there!

I hope you enjoyed today’s Make It! Monday project. Thanks so much for stopping by!

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