Sundays With Lorraine

Hello, my crafty friends, and welcome back to Weekly Scrapper. Lorraine here, ready to share some fun projects on this beautiful fall day, so grab a cup of coffee, sit back, relax and enjoy a little crafty “me” time. You deserve it!

Adding Color to Black & White Elements by Missy Whidden

There is nothing like a beautiful watercolored background to make a black & white photo just pop. Missy used the Faith > Fear Collection by Illustrated Faith on this layout. The collection is entirely black & white which leaves your color options wide open. I love the contrast of this black & white collection. Click here and I’ll take you over for a peek of all the pieces that are available.

For more details click here and I will be honored to take you over to the Bella Blvd blog so you can follow along as Missy shares many tips and tricks on how easily this adorable layout comes together. Happy scrappin’!

You Are Amazing By Yoonsun Hur

Since we already have the watercolors out, I thought you might enjoy this sweet card designed by the very talented Yoonsun. Have you had the opportunity to play with Altenew multilayer stamps yet? They really take the guesswork out of creating a beautiful bold contrast, or you can use your favorite coloring medium for a soft and subtle look.

No matter what your style is, you are sure to fall in love with all the possibilities. Yoonsun stamped the image using Versa Fine Onyx Ink than watercolored the flowers with Distress Inks, but feel free to use what you have on hand. Have fun experimenting with different coloring mediums to alter the finished piece.

Mini Album By Suzz

What’s not to love about mini albums?  They are the instant gratification of scrapbooking, not to mention they make the perfect gift for those special people in your life.  With a little guidance from our crafty friend Suzanne, you, too, can whip up several of these little works of art for the holidays. Add a few photos and some meaningful sentiments and you have a gift that will be treasured for years to come. The large house in the set measures approximately 5″ tall by 3 5/8″ wide, which can easily handle of few carefully cropped pics and lots of stamping. After all, there is no better gift than the gift of memories, right?

I couldn’t resist sharing a 2nd photo of the inside. Be sure to stop by the Funkie Junkie Blog to check out the album in its entirety. You’re gonna love it!

I love the fact that Suzanne created her own mini album using the Tiny House Die by Tim Holtz. What a creative way to use the die. I must confess, I loved the die before but I haven’t purchased it yet. I was on the fence thinking how many little houses can one make, but when you add in mini albums – well that’s another story!  After seeing what Suzanne did with this project It’s now on my list to purchase at our Sacramento show in a few weeks.

Creamy Lemon Parmesan Chicken Piccata

It’s lemon time in my neck of the woods (sunny southern CA) so I am on the hunt for ways to use them. My family and friends love this creamy chicken over pasta, but a piccata can be served over anything: rice, zucchini noodles, steamed vegetables, or anything else you can think of. Have fun making this dish your own.

Be sure to stop by and visit with Karina on her amazing food blog Cafe Delites; you and your family will be glad you did. Big hugs to Karina for helping us kick things up a notch or two in the kitchen. Bon appetit!

Thanks for stopping by, have an amazing week, and I’ll see you next Sunday with some really fun projects to get you in the fall spirit. If you happen to be in Sacramento, CA the 3rd weekend of Oct (10/20 – 10/21) or in Ontario, CA the first weekend in Nov (11/3 – 11/4) we would love to have you join us at our last two shows of the year! I will meet you at the Creativity Center and we can create something beautiful together.

 

 

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

Sundays With Lorraine

Welcome back to Weekly Scrapper! It makes me smile knowing that you’ve found some time to get crafty; after all, creating art is very therapeutic, a proven stress reliever. The secret to success is to have fun with your art, so don’t hold back, you will never know what you’re truly capable of unless you explore.

Mixed Media Layout By Missy Whidden

Missy truly has a gift for putting together perfect scrapbook layouts and this little beauty is no exception. Would you believe that this adorable layout started out as a plain piece of white cardstock? The inky background was created using plastic package and some Shimmerz Inklingz and Creameez Paints.  You add some paint to plastic packaging, flip the packaging over onto your background paper, and smush it around. I love the artsy look and how you can customize the background to coordinate with your papers and embellishments. What a perfect background for those great black & white photos!

There is so much more than first meets the eye on this layout. I highly recommend stopping by the Scrapbook & Cards Today Blog so can follow along as Missy shares step-by-step instructions on how the layout was created. You will definitely pick up a few tips and techniques to use on your next page. Happy scrapping, my friends!

Live In The Now By Jane Tyrrell

What a gorgeous background Jane created using the new Distress Oxides on black cardstock. There’s one thing that Distress Oxide Inks can do that the Distress Inks can’t, which is to stamp on darker colored paper. Since they are a dye-pigment fusion, the stamped or inked areas really show up better. And check out the soft chalky look that they bring to your project. They’re a real game changer.

This card has such lovely details it almost tells a story. Big hugs to Jane for showing us how it’s done. It’s time to break out those new Distress Oxides you’ve been itching to play with and while you are gathering your tools, don’t forget the heat gun, embossing powders, and your trusty Big Shot. I hope you’ve been inspired to send one of your handmade cards to someone special today!

Summer is finally here, so why not take advantage of the plethora of summer veggies that are in abundance at local produce stands. This is like an Italian spin on salmon in foil and you are totally going to love it; even your pickiest eaters will be asking for seconds!

With a little help from Jaclyn the Queen of Cooking Classy you, too, can have a healthy weeknight dinner in no time and as if it needs to get any better – clean up is a breeze since you basically cooked it in one baking dish. What’s not to love?!  Click here and I will lead the way over to the Cooking Classy Blog so you can print out the recipe. Bon appetit!

Thanks for a great visit! I look forward to seeing you back soon and I hope you have an amazing week ahead of you. Hugs to all!

Saturdays With LeAnn

Happy Easter

Happy spring, everyone!  And happy April Fool’s Day!  Another fabulous weekend is here and I hope you are enjoying warmer spring weather.  I thank each and everyone of you for sharing part of your day with me.  I have some wonderful inspirational projects to share from some very talented designers.  I hope you take the time to enjoy and create some of the fun projects I have to share.

Favorite Gardener By Missy Whidden

When you scrapbook it is a great joy to feel the fulfillment that comes from the projects you have created.  As scrapbookers, we know it is all about preserving and sharing memories for your family, friends, and future generations.  This masterpiece layout definitely showcases just how to beautifully capture a very special moment.

Favorite Gardener

With spring in the air; we soon will see many beautiful flowers, and Missy created her layout around a floral theme.  This is such a great way to break out those treasured scraps you have been hanging onto, and transform them into your beautiful layout.  Missy fussy cut flowers out of bright fun colors, and to contrast those colors she added some blue acrylic paint to white cardstock for the background.  For a full tutorial on how Missy created this adorable layout, click here and I will take you to her video.  Be sure to visit Little Nugget Creations blog where you will see more of Missy’s outstanding projects.  You will not want to miss out on any of her wonderful projects – it will be a real treat to follow her!

Happy Easter By Yana Smakula

Easter is not too far away so now is a good time to start making your Easter cards, from cute and cuddly to inspirational and elegant.  I love Easter and this time of the year.  When I came upon this adorable card created by Yana Smakula, I knew I just had to share it with you.  Pull out your favorite markers and Easter images and have some fun coloring and bringing that spring feeling into the air!

Happy Easter

I just love how creative you can get using kraft paper.  Today I want to share some step-by-step instructions given by Yana Smakula just by clicking here.  You will be able to make two of her spring cards as well as the Easter card, using the Spring Seeds stamp by Simon Says.  These are not only fun to create, but they are absolutely adorable.  Can you just imagine the look on the faces of the ones who will receive these darling cards?  Nothing is more priceless then receiving a handmade card that is delivered by mail from someone so special!

Office Memo Board By Ashely Broviak

This Wood Chicken Wire Memo Board is perfect for your office or any other room.  This fabulous memo board will be an eye-catching decor piece for your home.  Personalize it by adding photos, reminders, calendars, recipes, notes, some embellishments, or just some odds and ends for your entry display!  This is much more attractive than the good old cork board.  This would make such a great gift!

Office Memo Board

I just love the use of the clothespins to hang up wedding invitations and cards so they can be displayed and not just end up in a pile somewhere.  Click here and I would love to escort you over to the Little Glass Jar where you will find how to make one of your own.  A big thank you goes out to Ashely Broviak for sharing this outstanding project.  What a fun home decor item, along with some great organization!

Malted Coconut Cake By Country Living

This is an Easter dessert that is guaranteed to satisfy your sweet tooth!  This beautiful cake will be the hit of your Easter dinner, not to mention how impressive it will look!  This cake is almost too pretty to eat (but also too delicious not to).  If you love coconut this is the cake for you!  This towering creation is loaded with coconut flavor.

Malted Coconut Cake

You can certainly put a spin on it for other spring occasions such as a Mother’s Day luncheon or even a fun baby shower.  Whatever the occasion is, this outstanding cake will become one of your favorite cake recipes.  I know you are dying to get this recipe, so let me take you over to Country Living where you will find the ingredients and recipe to this fabulous cake.  Enjoy baking, everyone!

Thank you for stopping by today.  I hope you have a wonderful week ahead and I will see you back next Saturday with some more fabulous projects.  Be sure to take some time and check out the Stamp & Scrapbook Expo shows coming up this year.  Click here and I will take you over to our website so you can start your planning for an amazing weekend with some of your family or friends.  I sure hope to see you there!

LeAnn

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.

Best Weekend

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!

LeAnn

 

Saturdays With LeAnn

Gold Leaf Square Wreath

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Welcome back to Weekly Scrapper on this beautiful fall Saturday!  I don’t know about you but I am having the hardest time believing that it is already October!  Time certainly does fly by fast, and because of that we really need to enjoy some time for ourselves.  I hope today will lead you into your craft room and you can take some precious time just for you.  I hope you will receive some wonderful inspiration here that will help you in your creating!  Have a fabulous Saturday, my friends!

Love Silly Smiles By Missy Whidden

Today it is time to grab some of your fun photos from this summer and get those special memories onto scrapbook layouts.  As scrapbookers we know it is all about sharing the memories and preserving the moments.  When people browse through your scrapbook pages and pause with admiration and delight, you know you have created something very special.

Love Silly Smiles

This fabulous layout is definitely an eye catcher created by the talented Missy Whidden.  Missy used several of the Maggie Holmes chipboard stickers.  I just love using chipboard as it creates great dimension. Her background has just the right amount of pink and gold spray to give it some contrast. Don’t forget to add fussy cut flowers to add some elegance to the layout.  Missy never ceases to amaze me with her talent.  I would like to say a big thank you to Missy for sharing this with us.  Please come with me over to Little Nugget Creations where you will see a video on just how Missy puts this gorgeous page together.

Dry Embossing With Foil By Melissa Kerman

Are you an embossing folder fan?  If so, today you will want to pay close attention to the fabulous cards created by Melissa Kerma.  Heat embossing with embossing folders is such a great technique and I am sure it will become one of your favorites as well.

Dry Embossing With Foil

There are so many different color variations you can use to create your beautiful card.  Put your own personality into it and see what you can come up with. Your outcome will be amazing and truly inspiring.  Here is another beautiful card that was created using this technique.

Dry Embossing with Foil

So do I have your curiosity yet?  Click here and let me escort you on over to The Crafting Treehouse blog where you will get step-by-step instructions on how to learn to do this wonderful technique. Thank you for sharing, Melissa!  This is definitely an inspiration.

Autumn Wildlife By Sue Ralph

Are you ready for some more fun and inspiration?  Let’s create a fun Halloween canvas that will be absolutely adorable on your wall or an easel! What a great way to add your own personal touch and then set it out to showcase your style of crafting.  Your family and friends will be begging you to make them one of their very own.

Autumn Wildlife

I love how Sue created both depth and dimension with her canvas.  The different layers really add to the dramatic effect; it’s very showy, isn’t it?  This is such a great mixed media project.  The mixed media background really complements the Halloween feel of the canvas.  Sue is an amazing designer with so much inspiration to share.  I highly recommend visiting her blog Birdcage Craft Studio where she shares a step-by-step tutorial on how she created this outstanding canvas.  I hope you will be inspired to give this a try.  Remember that creativity involves breaking out of your traditional style.  Never hesitate to try something new!

Gold Leaf Square Wreath By Lia Griffith

I am always looking for a fresh new DIY home decor for fall.  As I was searching for something new to make, I stumbled onto this gorgeous Gold Leaf Square Wreath created by Lia Griffith. This is the ideal DIY for adding a touch of handcrafted beauty to your home.  Having a Cricut Explore® made it fast and easy to cut out all of my leaves.

Gold Leaf Square Wreath

This is an outstanding masterpiece project that is not only gorgeous, but will not take too much of your time.  When you are finished, you will step back and be amazed at what you have created! The gorgeous Gold Leaf Square Wreath was created by the very talented Lia Griffith.  Take a minute or two and visit Lia Griffith; I can guarantee that you will find her blog very stimulating and innovative.  You will want to jump right in and start creating your very own wreath.  A big thank you to Lia for all her wonderful inspiration!

Easy Caramel Apples By Kelly Senyei

Caramel apples are one of those things that are as much fun to make as they are to eat.  When I think of caramel apples I think off fall.  And what’s a fall party without apples dipped in homemade caramel?  These apples are a must-have!

Easy Caramel Apples

Add you favorite toppings and you will put smiles on everyone’s face!  These caramel apples are a true favorite year after year.  Let’s pop on over to Just A Taste where Kelly will give you her recipe and directions on how to make these yummy treats.  They will look almost too pretty to eat!  Enjoy! 🙂

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; I look forward to having you return next Saturday.  Have a fabulous week!

~LeAnn~

 

 

 

Saturdays With LeAnn

Gold Brush Lettering

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Welcome back, my friends, to Weekly Scrapper!  I hope you are enjoying your summer, and are finding the time to be inside crafting, out of the heat. I feel honored today to share some fun projects with you. I hope you will be inspired and get some of those creative juices flowing. Relax and enjoy some time for yourself today!

The Good Life By Missy Whidden

When creating a scrapbook page, the photo itself is usually a major guide to your process, determining both color and embellishments.  You don’t want to overwhelm your photo so you can choose to go with lighter shades and subtle colors that will create nice dimension.

The Good Life

Missy created her layout around the stars.  She used the large star to layer behind her photo making her photo stand out.  Missy did some machine stitching along with sprays mists and paints on the background to create a soft, watercolor effect.  Let’s pop on over to Little Nugget Creations where Missy will give you some wonderful instructions on how she created this fun layout.  What a great way to go back and reminisce with your special photos!

Just For You By Julia Stainton

White on white is such a clean look. It can easily be dressed up to make it look more elegant; or add just a small amount of color for a more casual look. When working with lots of white, be sure to add dimension and/or texture to add some interest.

Just For You

What’s not to love about this adorable card designed by Julia Stainton? This is such a perfect card for any occasion! It’s also one of those cards that just say you are thinking of that special person. Julia has so many wonderful projects that you don’t want to miss out on, so be sure to visit her blog Belle Papier.  You will have endless inspiration for your week!

Gold Brush Lettering by Kristina Werner

Here is a beautiful card that is full of inspiration.  Watercoloring is such a beautiful technique and there are so many different water-based coloring mediums to choose from.  I just love working with watercolors because it is such a great way to splash some color onto a card.

Gold Brush Lettering

Click here and I will escort you over to the Simon Says blog so you can check out the wonderful video that Kristina Werner has created showing just how easy this card comes together.  I love her tips and tricks on the Gold Brush lettering.  You will want to jump right in and create one of your own handmade treasures!  Your cards that are created are so priceless and are treasured by the person receiving your them.

Mixed Media Canvas By Emma Williams

This beautiful Mixed Media Canvas is a lovely summery home décor piece to showcase in your home.  I instantly fell in love with all of the beautiful layers and the unique design of this canvas.

Mixed Media Canvas

The beauty of working with mixed media on canvas is that you can change your mind and it is so easy to take things off and rearrange them.  The variety of materials you use add great detail and makes your canvas a keepsake. This piece was created by Emma Williams.  Click here and I will escort you on over to see Emma’s step-by-step instructions, along with the techniques she used to created this beautiful masterpiece.  You will be inspired by her talent!

Melon Ball Ice Cubes By Layla (Laylita) Pujol

There is nothing better on a hot summer day than something refreshing to drink!  I have the hardest time drinking plain water, but adding a lime or a lemon seems to make it taste so much better.  I came upon this recipe for making melon ice cubes and I am one happy camper with my water now.

Melon Ball Ice Cubes

This will also give your drinks some fun summer colors along with the flavor.  For a quick and easy drink, you can also place the melons in Sprite or sparkling water; add a squeeze of lime juice, and a mint to garnish. This simple drink not only looks beautiful, but has a delicious hint of melon, lime, and mint.  Such a refreshing summer drink!

Thank you for stopping by on this beautiful Saturday.  Stay out of the heat 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!

LeAnn