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!




Saturdays With LeAnn



Welcome back, my crafty friends! With all of this hot weather going on I hope you can escape to a cool room, enjoy some time for yourself, and get some crafting in this weekend. Today I think you will be inspired with the fun projects I have to share.

Make A Wish by Riikka Kovasin

I just love to create a colorful background using stencils, along with colored pencils and mists, on my layouts. It’s such a great way to help your pictures pop on the page. Never hesitate to step out of your comfort zone by trying something different. You will be amazed at how creative you can be, and how fun your project will turn out.

Make A Wish

This darling layout was created by Riikka Kovasin. Click here and come with me to see more of Riikka’s fabulous projects, along with step-by-step instructions on how to create this adorable layout. You are sure to learn a tip or two from Riikka’s instructions.

Thanks by Mona Pendleton

Don’t you just love Prima products? This is certainly a card you will fall in love with and enjoy every step of creating it. Have you ever used Modeling Paste, Acrylic Glaze, Gesso, or even Glass Glitter? Sometimes it is just fun to try some new products and let your imagination run wild. It will be a real treat for you to follow Mona Pendleton today as she gives directions for creating this fabulous card.


When you are finished you will have created a card with beautiful color, wonderful textures, and striking elements. This is such an eye catching card. Hmmm, who of your friends will be the lucky one to receive this card when you’ve created it? Come with me to Cupcake’s Creations where you will find so many inspirational ideas from Mona Pendleton.

Take Time by Annette Green

I fell in love with the bright colors along with the fun stamps that Annette used in this charming card, along with all of the beautiful details she has created.

Take Time

It is time to create one of those handmade treasures, so let’s pull out your stamps and dies and get started. Click here and I will take you over to Annette’s Creative Journey will you will find step-by-step instructions on how to create this fun card; its sure to bring a smile to anyone’s face. Have you ever created a card using the Peony die by Susan Tierney Cockburn? You can also find a series of wonderful videos on how to create different flowers for each die by Susan; just click here.

Recipe Holder by Kathy Clement

I have a few cherished hand written recipes that were my mother’s; this recipe holder is such a fantastic way to display her recipes. I happened to bump into this vintage recipe holder and could not wait to share this with you. Can you just imagine giving one of these at a bridal shower with your favorite recipes, or even to give to a special person for her birthday?

Recipe Holder

What a stunning project with so much detail and fun, fun embellishments. This is such a wonderful inspirational piece and will look adorable in your kitchen.  Click here and I will take you over to Kathy by Design where you will find step-by-step instructions and a list of products to create your own recipe holder.

Philly Brownie Cheesecake by Kraft

Here is a recipe for all of you brownie and cheesecake lovers. Who would have thought to combine the two together? You can have the best of both worlds combined into one single dessert. Such a fun summer treat!

Philly Brownie Cheesecake

This yummy dessert is so easy to make and will be enjoyed by all. They come out looking amazing like something you would buy at an upscale bakery. I guarantee you will not have any leftovers with this dessert. Stop by the Kraft blog so you can print off the recipe and directions. This will be one of those recipes you will make over and over again. Hope you enjoy making these for your summer parties!

Thank you for stopping by today. Be sure to visit next week; I know you will love what I have to share with you next Saturday. Have a wonderful week!