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Hello, my crafty friends and welcome back to Weekly Scrapper! Since you’re here that must mean that you’re ready for today’s creative therapy, so grab your favorite drink and let’s get started.

Brilliant Shaker Set Layouts By Nicole Nowosad

Shaker cards are currently all the rage, so I thought you might be inspired to take those shaker elements to the next level and use them on your scrapbook layouts. I instantly fell in love with these adorable layouts that I discovered on Queen & Co’s Blog and knew I had to share the love.

Now that your creative mind is spinning with all the wonderful ways you can use shaker elements, click here and I’d be happy to escort you over to Queen & Co’s site so you can check out all the amazing treasures they have to offer. Be prepared to be amazed; their toppings are definitely candy for the eyes.  Everything coordinates perfectly and their shaker cards and elements are as easy as 1,2,3 – pop, fill and cover. While you’re in the neighborhood, check out the camera kit, it’s so stinkin’ adorable. You’re going to love em all.

Hello There By Barbara Andrews

Barbara had me at heat embossing and water coloring, I love this technique – it’s a very showy look and makes it oh-so-easy to create stunning backgrounds. I was also inspired by how the sentiment was created. Barbara heat embossed the “Hello” on vellum then die cut the word “there” out of black cardstock and adhered it to the vellum after adding some rolled up silk thread for added interest. Way to go, Barbara!  Thanks for being such a constant inspiration to your fellow paper crafters.

Bright bold colors have always been a challenge for me, I’m more a shabby chic/vintage kind of girl, but I do love a good challenge. Challenges that force us to step outside of our comfort zone are a great way to enhance our creativity. If we don’t play with our toys and step outside the box we will never know what we are capable of. For more detail on how this festive card came together, click here and I will take you over to Barbara’s blog Paper Pursuits so you can follow along.

How to Make a Tray from a Frame

There is something magical about creating something beautiful out of an item that most people see as trash. Many crafters possess the gift of seeing the beauty of what could be and thrive on the creative challenge of transforming it into something functional as well as beautiful. I fell in love with this shabby chic tray made from an old (and I must say pretty ugly) picture frame,  I wouldn’t hesitate to purchase this tray if I discovered it at an antique store or craft fair. Making it for next to nothing really spoke to me and I hope it inspires you as well.

One person trash is another crafter’s treasure! If you don’t happen to have a frame or two laying around the house you can check out your local thrift stores or garage sales for inexpensive frames. Sometimes the hunt is as fun as creating the project. Have fun, my crafty friends!

Balsamic Chicken With Roasted Veggies

Are you looking for an easy, delicious and healthy dinner to cook tonight? (Who isn’t, right?)  You are going to love this chicken recipe that I discovered on one of my favorite food blogs Skinny Taste. This recipe is definitely lighter on calories yet big on flavor. For all you Weight Watcher fans, you’ll be happy to know this recipe counts as 8 points and has a mere 401 calories. Not to scare you, but summer is right around the corner and that means buying a new bathing suit. I don’t know about you, but I’m not ready to go there yet! Hugs to Gina for taking the guess work out of eating healthier.

 

I know it’s hard to believe but with a little help from our friend Gina, you can have this yummy dinner on the table in about half an hour. Gina truly is a master in the kitchen and has proven that it doesn’t have to be painful to eat healthier.

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you have a wonderfully creative week ahead of you. See you next Sunday or if you happen to be in the Puyallup, WA  area next weekend (June 2nd & 3rd) I’ll be at the Stamp & Scrapbook Expo and would love to meet you in person. I’ll meet you at the Creativity Center and we can create something beautiful together. Hugs to all!.

Saturdays With LeAnn

Thanks

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Welcome back, my friends.  What a better way to round out your work week than with five amazing projects from four wonderful designers, and then add to it some yummy cookies!  I hope these will be some projects that you want to create yourself.  So kick off your shoes, relax, and let’s get started!

Heritage Portrait By Delaina Burns

I am delighted today to share this beautiful layout designed by the very talented Delaina Burns.  The astonishing moments with our family are not only to be cherished, but are so very important for us to scrapbook.  I love Delaina’s layout and how she added the vintage flare to set off her old photo.

Heritage Portrait

Delaina created her beautiful page using a stenciled background along with the Artisan Powder from Prima. She also added lots of layers by mixing papers, flowers, and metals.  Don’t you just love this soft, vintage look?  All of her embellishments are a perfect match to complement her layout.  Click here and I will be happy to take you over to her blog, Delaina’s Embellished Memories, where you will find the steps to creating this page.  This is one design I am sure you will want to use again.  A big thank you to Delaina for sharing this outstanding layout with us.  Enjoy creating one of your own!

Thanks By Inge Groot

I know many of you (like me) are enjoying the shaker-card trend that is going on right now, and I hope you will be inspired to make one of your own. I would like to share this darling shaker card that was created by using the Gift Box Cover-Up-Die-namics windows.  Adding beautiful colored sequins to your card will immediately add color to your background of your card.  Step it up a notch and add a coordinating envelope to your card.  What a sweet surprise when the recipient opens the envelope to find such a fabulous card inside.

 

Thanks

Whether you have made dozens of shaker cards or if this is your very first, I highly recommend you stopping by the Patterned Paper blog where Inge will share the supplies needed and how she created this adorable card.  You will love how she used this window die to create a shaker card with a beautiful floral arrangement!  Thank you, Inge, for your inspiration!

Well, Hello By Cindy Lawrence

Today I would like to also share this fabulous card created with a new digital stamp set from Power Poppy called Well, Hello Dahlia.  My favorite part of this card is the fact that it is a digital file, and the best part is that you can print it as many times as you desire.

Well Hello

Digital stamps are becoming increasingly popular.  They present a stamper with a whole new range of crafting opportunities.  One of their attractions is the fact that the images can be resized, flipped to create a mirror image, or manipulated in other ways before printing it out and colored in the same way that a rubber stamped image is colored.  This gives you a range of new design opportunities.  Cindy shows us her beautiful coloring skills using Copic markers.  Click here and I would love to take you over to The Creative Closet where you can see the different colors of markers that Cindy used to create this masterpiece. Have fun creating! 🙂

Wire & Felt Flowers By Anna-Karin Evaldsson

These unique flowers are so fun to make and look great in a vase together, or just one flower on its own in a glass jar becomes a great little gift.  The flowers look very nice and decorative, and can be used for different things like gifts, napkins and many other items.  Don’t you just love the look of the twisted wire for the stems?  No need to cover them up with florist tape.  The mixed metals really step up the style.  Try making your flowers from other materials, such as printed paper, old book paper, leather, matte board, or any kind of surface that you can die cut.

Wire & Felt Flowers

So you are probably wondering how you make your wire twists, right?  There is a new tool out is called Twist & Style.  This exciting twist tool quickly and easily twists wire with other materials, including ribbon, raffia, cotton cording, plastic cording, embroidery floss, and fabric strips. The results are so amazing!  Click here to learn how to use this amazing tool. This video will show you step-by-step instructions and you will find yourself having so much fun creating with this tool.  A big thank you to Anna-Karin for another wonderful inspiration.  Have fun crafting, friends!

Coconut Lime Shortbread Cookies By Ali Ebright

You have got to try these!  If you are looking for a cookie that will make you look like a professional baker, these are the cookies for you.  Not only are they so tasty but very appealing as well.  These are full of fresh lime, coconut, and buttery flavors, and topped with a light lime glaze.  They will become one of your all-time favorites!

Coconut Lime Shortbread Cookies
You absolutely can’t go wrong with these.  I highly recommend making a double or triple batch, then you will have extras to give away or even to freeze for later.  Let me take you over to Gimme Some Oven where Ali has the recipe and ingredients for you.  With the days starting to get cooler, it is a great time to spend in your kitchen and do some baking.  Enjoy!
Thank you for sharing a bit of your Saturday with me.  I hope you have enjoyed today’s projects and you have been inspired to begin some of your own.  I am looking forward to sharing some more fun things again with you next Saturday.  Have a wonderful week ahead of you and enjoy this beautiful fall season!
~LeAnn~

Saturdays With LeAnn

Pointillism play

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Hello, my crafty friends. It makes me so happy that with your busy schedule you still find some time to be creative and do the things you love.  I am blessed to have the opportunity to share some fun and wonderful projects with you today.  I hope you can sit back, relax, and enjoy some creative inspiration, because you deserve it!

Loved By You by Delaina Burns

Simple and elegant style is what Delaina Burns gives us today with this pretty layout.  I love the white stencil lettering on white cardstock using modeling paste.  White on white portrays such a elegant look and pops out the sentiment on a layout.

Loved By You

When I find a pretty scrapbook layout, I like to be drawn first to the photos, then take in all the beautiful embellishments and details.  The extras should always complement the photos.  I give a high five to Delaina for her lovely layouts.  Creating several layers can sometimes be difficult; its not as easy as it looks.  As you can see on this layout, Delaina has a talent for layering and adding in pretty details.  I highly recommend you stop by Delaina’s blog “Delaina’s Embellished Memories” anytime you need some inspiration; you will enjoy all her beautiful projects. Happy scrapbooking, my friends!

Congratulations by Julia Stainton

This week I have a fabulous card I want to share with you. I am really excited about this one!  I have had so much fun playing with my Die-namics Mini Fringe from My Favorite Things.  This die is a great way to add interest and texture to your projects.  You can create beautiful borders and edges as well as the cute paper tassels.  This is another one of those white on white elegant projects and the fringe die takes it up a notch.

Congratulations

One of the fun features of this card is the slide tab that you can pull out for an extra message.  Here’s a tip: there is nothing like a surprise!  Add an interactive element to your cards when you want them to be extra special!

Congratulations

This card will put a big smile on that new bride and groom.  Don’t you love a card that you can change it up a tiny bit and use it for other occasions?  A handmade card means more to people than you may realize and will always be treasured.  A big hug and thank you goes out to Julia for sharing her outstanding talent with us.  Click here and I will take you over to find the products you’ll need and how to create one of your own.

Pointillism Play by Heather Nichols

Are you wondering what pointillism is?  It’s an age-old painting technique where small strokes or dots of color are applied to a surface so that when viewed from a distance, they blend together.  A beautiful array of ink colors, a light touch, and a little patience are all you need to master this coloring technique.

Pointillism play

Today we have Heather Nichols showing how to take stamped images to a new level.  You will explore a new stamping technique using a polka dot stamp and other tools to apply color to the stamped image in a dot form to color them in. Layering the colored dots together creates wonderful blending opportunities. Click here and I will take you over to Heather’s full tutorial on how to do this fabulous technique.  While this technique takes some time and patience, the end results are so well worth the effort.  Be spot-on with your next coloring project by giving the pointillism technique a try.

Trinket Box by Karen Letchworth

I would like to share how to make a super cute and cost-effective gift.   Give someone you care about a very special and heart-felt, handmade gift that they will love and cherish.  This is a very fun and creative project. These trinket boxes can make such great gifts, so you might want to make several to have on hand.

Trinket Box

Karen shares a quick and easy tutorial on how she created her darling trinket boxes, along with sharing with you all of the supplies you will need for you to get started.  Karen is such a talented lady with always so much inspiration to share. Take a minute and we’ll hop on over together to My Cup Runneth Over. You are sure to leave Karen’s blog inspired, refreshed and ready to begin creating many more wonderful projects.

Mini S’mores Cookie Cups by Jaclyn Bell

Summer may be nearly over but with these delicious s’mores cookies, you can have the taste of summer all year long!  They taste just like a s’more but in more of a soft and chewy cookie form. They are over-the-top and melt in your mouth.  They are a great way of having a s’more without the hassle of building a fire.  If you love s’mores then trust me, this is a dessert you don’t want to pass by!

Mini S'mores Cookie Cups

Come with me over to Cooking Classy where Jaclyn will give you the recipe and ingredients to begin making your own.  These Mini S’mores cookies really are just a little bite of heaven!  Everyone will want more than just one.  When your next party rolls around, this will be the perfect treat.  It is a treat that all ages will instantly fall in love with.  Enjoy!

Thanks for the visit today!  Enjoy your upcoming week and be sure to pop back in next Saturday as I will have some more fun projects to share with you.  I am off to the next Stamp & Scrapbook Expo in Marlborough, MA which will be held on September 9th and 10. I hope you will come and spend the weekend with us!  Come by the Registration Desk and say hello to me, I would love to see you!

~LeAnn~

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Because You Are Amazing

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Another wonderful weekend is here!  I hope you have had a great week and are ready to share part of your weekend with me.  Today I want to inspire you with projects from several fabulous designers.  Each designer has their own unique talent.  I hope you will take some time to enjoy their styles and create some of the new things I’m sharing with you today.

Oh Shine By Riikka Kovasin

I wanted to share this layout today because of the wonderful background that uses different techniques and mediums.  Creating your own background is a great way to add some visual interest to layouts.  Using layers of dimension will draw the viewer into the focal point of your layout.  My favorite is how Riikka uses her washi tape to give contrast and appeal to her layout.  Some people think of mixed media as being busy, but remember that it can be elegant and soothing and complement your photos.

Oh Shine

There are a lot of different techniques involved in this background, however, the photo still takes center stage.  Riikka kept things simple using soft colors and glitter.  I love when you can take time to be creative and make something brand new.  Now is the time to break out some of your fun mediums, distress inks, embossing powders, and your favorite stamps and stencils.  Have fun creating a beautiful background on your next layout!

Hello By Karen Letchworth

I have to admit my eyes were drawn immediately to this retro telephone image combined with the fun embellishments on this card, and I thought you would also be inspired by this sweet card designed by Karen Letchworth.  Who doesn’t love cards? I know we all enjoy pretty things with lovely details. There is nothing better than getting a handmade treasure in the mail that was made with love.

Hello

Don’t you just love being inspired by the creations of other talented artists?  Once you have found an adorable card, you can take the time to recreate it and add your own personal touch.  Now that you have fallen in love with this sweet card, let me take you on over to Karen’s blog My Cup Runneth Over where you will find the supplies that Karen used.  Karen always does such a perfect job with her layering skills. You will be in awe when you see all the different possibilities she created!

Because You Are Amazing by Amy Lee

Are you ready for some more fun and inspiration?  This is one of those “wow” cards that you can create using a few different techniques along with some calming colors.  I love how the mini scallop square is a die cut using watercolor paper, then heat embossed with roses all over the background. Amy also die cut some flourishes from watercolor paper and vellum using the leaf flourishes.

Because You Are Amazing

For Amy’s beautiful color she used distress inks and a mini blending tool, then brushed the same ink colors with a wet paint brush giving it a watercolor look.  Wouldn’t you love to be the one who receives this gorgeous card?  Click here and I will take you over to The Craft Bunny where you will be able to get all the supplies needed and find more fabulous projects by Amy.

Flower Box By Tami Mayberry

This darling little flower box is a perfect size for a small gift and card to give to someone special.  It is fast, fun, and very easy to create. You will want to make several while you have all your materials pulled out so you will have plenty on hand!

Flower card Box

You are just a few basic supplies away from creating this fun up-cycled flower box in just minutes.  Click here and I will take you over to the Sizzix blog where you can find all the dies and steps to create yours.  This is a project you will have so much fun creating!

Watermelon Cooler By Kelly Senyei

Here in Utah we have been having a heat wave and boy, is it HOT!  When I came upon these watermelon coolers I couldn’t have been happier.  What a refreshing treat on a hot summer day! This yummy cooler is the consistency of a slushie without the sugar high!

Watermelon Cooler

You can pour the coolers into chilled mason jars for a fun summertime twist.  Tie a different color of ribbon around the tops of the jars so everyone can keep track of their beverage. (I think it makes them look very cute as well!)  Come on over with me to Just A Taste where you can get the recipe from Kelly.  You will put smiles on your family’s faces.  Such a great way to cool down!

I have really enjoyed sharing these projects today and hope they have been inspiring for you.  Thank you for taking the time to stop by.  Looking for additional inspiration?  Visit Weekly Scrapper every day, and make sure to pop back here next Saturday; I promise I will have more inspiring projects for you!  Enjoy your weekend!

~LeAnn~

 

 

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Thanks Very Much

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Welcome back on this beautiful Saturday!  I don’t know about you but I am having the hardest time believing that it is already August! Time flies by so fast, and because of that… we really need to enjoy some time for ourselves.  I hope today’s inspirations will lead you right into your craft room and that you take some precious time just for you.  I hope you have a fabulous Saturday!

American Beauty By Deborah Wagner

Now that July is over, it’s time to grab your fun photos and get those special memories onto scrapbook layouts.  Most of us probably picked up some wonderful Americana red, white, and blue products, so now is the time to get started.  Americana is a casual style that can be patriotic, primitive, or reminiscent of a country farmhouse, and is usually a mix of the three.

American Beauty

This precious layout was created by Deborah Wagner. She used digital ingredients along with some embellishments from her stash of products on hand.  When people browse through your scrapbook pages and pause with admiration and delight, you know you have created something special. This fabulous layout is definitely an eye catcher and I’d like to thank Deborah for sharing it with us!

Fantastic Foiling By Stephanie Klauck

Have you had a chance to use Deco Foils yet?  With Deco Foils being so popular these days, I thought you would be inspired by this fun card designed by Stephanie Klauck. Today’s card is a fun and simple technique that you can do with Deco Foils.  You will love the unexpected look a bit of foil will add to your card, and it is so easy to do!  Stephanie started with a New York Skyline die and cut it out on Deco Foil toner paper and then ran it through her embossing machine with teal foil. This gives the design a great shine.

Fantastic Foiling

This foiling technique is so simple and really adds a great touch to cards.  Deco Foils help you create dimensional art on fabric, paper, wood, and other porous surfaces. I know once you have tried this you are going to be addicted to foiling!  If you haven’t played with Deco Foil, I challenge you to give it a try.  You will love the end result!  Click here to watch a video created by Stephanie to help you create your own card.

Thanks Very Much By Cindy Lawrence

There is nothing like something cold and refreshing to drink in the summer, and this is the perfect card to create for hot summer days. I love the cool colors and the green tones. Wouldn’t you love to be the one who receives this darling card?

Thanks Very Much

Handmade cards are such a treasure to receive.  Cindy really has a gift  for bringing her images to life with her amazing coloring skills. Cindy uses a really fun summertime stamp set called Tea In The Garden.  The inside of her card is adorable so I just have to share that with you, too.

Limeaide In The Garden

Cindy stamped the tea cup onto X-Press It Blending Card and used her Copic Markers to color it.  It dressed the inside of the card and still allowed space to write a sweet note.  For more of Cindy’s beautiful creations, be sure to visit her blog The Creative Closet.  It is full of inspiration!

Muslin Stamped Bag By Martha Lucia Gomez

Tiny muslin bags are perfect for small gifts, party favors, holiday decorations, wedding favors, and so much more!  Muslin bags can come in many sizes and if you can’t find the size you want, they are so easy to make.

Muslin Stamped Bag

Personalize your tiny bag with using your favorite stamps that will transform it into a beautiful creation.  Add trinkets inside and you will surely put a smile on someone’s face.  Click here and I will take you over to the Imagine Craft blog where you will find step-by-step instructions showing how to create your own personal bags.  To finish off the bag, add a tag stamped to personalize your gift.

Banoffee Pie Dessert By Nila

You are probably asking “What is a Banoffee Pie?” This is a British invention and consists of bananas, dulce de leche, lots of whipped cream, and plain biscuits. Adding cookies to this dessert instead of the biscuit gives it a crunchy, sweeter taste. These are absolutely delicious!

Banoffee Pie Desserts

This recipe can be made into a pie, or as an individual serving in a small glass.  You can make these in a breeze as they come together very quickly.  Let me give you one tip.. be sure not to eat this dessert layer by layer.  Instead, try to get your spoon all the way to the bottom of the glass, getting as much of the good stuff at the same time.  Serve this at your next party and I guarantee it will make a big hit with your guests!

I hope you have been filled today with lots of great ideas.  Thank you for spending a part of your Saturday with me.  Enjoy the rest of your weekend and I will see you back again next Saturday!

LeAnn

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Thinking Of You

Saturdays-with-LeAnnWelcome back, my friends.  What better way to round out the work week than with five amazing projects from four wonderful designers?  I hope I can WOW you today with these wonderful projects and a yummy dessert!  So kick off your shoes, relax, and let’s get started!

Young Wild & Free By Cathy Cafun

You are probably familiar with the term “fussy cutting.”  It is something we see quite often in layouts.  Our motifs lend themselves to be hand-cut, layered, and put on display.  What a fabulous way of using some of your beautiful papers.  It adds dimension and gives your layout a clean, refreshing look.

Young Wild & Free

Cathy has some step-by-step and easy to follow instructions prepared to help you create your fun beach layout.  I highly recommend you stop by her blog “Cathy Can’t Help Herself” for a visit; you will love all of her fun tips and techniques.  This is one that you will certainly will want to make to put your fun beach photos on. Thank you for sharing your beautiful layout, Cathy.

Thinking Of You By Yoonsun Hur

With shaker cards being so popular, I wanted to share this adorable card designed by Yoonsun Hur.   Yoonsun used the Die-namics Wonky Stitched Rectangle Stax die from My Favorite Things that really simplifies the process of creating a perfect shaker card.

Thinking Of You

Along with the fun dies, Yoonsun used a fun flower stamp to create this beautiful and colorful design.  For the beautiful sequins to fill up your shaker card, you’ll find them at My Favorite Things. The fabulous combination of beads, sequins, and confetti all coordinate perfectly to create this beautiful card.  I really hope you have a great time creating your own fun shaker card!

Venetian Summer By Heather Telford

I instantly fell in love with this beautiful card.  It is so classy and I love the pop of red.  Heather created those shadows and highlights so perfectly with water coloring.  Heather inked her stamp Venetian Summer in London Fog, but avoided the hat so she could ink it in red.  She then added some shading to the building and the woman by picking up ink with a small watercolor brush. What a masterpiece Heather has created!

Venetian Summer

Her beautiful card encouraged me to develop some new skills and be less intimidated to try new things.  My motto is “Creativity involves in breaking out of your traditional style. Never hesitate to try something new.”  I would like to say a big “Thank You” to Heather for her fabulous inspiration and allowing us to share her beautiful creation.  Do yourself a big favor and stop by her blog Bits and Pieces where you will enjoy some creative therapy with Heather.  You will be filled with so much inspiration and be very happy you took the time to visit.

Fancy Box By Beatriz Jennings

I love having cards on hand.  When an occasion comes up, I am prepared and don’t have to stress about making one quickly!  I found this adorable Fancy Box created by Beatriz Jennings and immediately knew that I had to make one.  What a perfect way to store all of my hand-crafted cards!  This adorable box turned out to be the perfect place for my cards, and I had a blast creating one of my own.  Thank you, Beatriz, for sharing your fun Fancy Box.

Fancy Box

Now lets take it one step farther and create a birthday card using up some of the scraps that were used for the Fancy Box.  Grab some of your fun embellishments to finish adding some dimension to your card.

Birthday Card

Now that you have fallen in love with both the box and the card, let me take you on over to Beatriz’s blog Iralamija where you will find the supplies that she used, along with instructions to begin creating your own box and card. Have fun creating!

Mason Jar Lid Mini Cheesecake By Linda Braden

I have such a great love of Mason jars; I have used them in so many different ways in my crafting.  Today I want to take it one step farther than only using the jar – we are going to use the Mason jar lid to create mini cheesecakes! Yes, you read that right, Mason jar lids!  Who would have ever thought that a lid would be so useful?  They are like mini springform pans.  What a fun treat to make with your family.  Always creating memories, right?

Mason Jar Lids Mini Cheesecake

These taste as good as they look.  I bet you can’t just eat one! 🙂  Click here and let me escort you over to the It All Started With Paint blog so you can print out your recipe.  This is one you will want to be sure and add to your favorites. Enjoy!

I hope you enjoyed spending some of your Saturday with me.  If you are in the Orlando, Florida area today, make sure to stop in at the Gaylord Palms resort and say hello and enjoy a fun day with Stamp & Scrapbook Expo.  Hope to see you there! 🙂

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Hello Friend

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Welcome back, my crafty friends!  I have some really great projects to share with you today.  You will be inspired to scrapbook, create beautiful cards, tackle a fun banner for your home, and whip up something yummy in the kitchen for a wonderful dessert!  Take a moment and sit back, relax, and get motivated.

Pocket Page Planners By Layle Koncar

I don’t know about you, but my life is too hectic to get through each day without a planner.  So with that said, why not have one that will brighten up that busy schedule using fun photos and embellishments? Today I have Layle Koncar here to show how you can change up your planner using different pockets as your mood changes; or if you you’d rather keep the pages the same, that’s great, too! Planners are all about you!

Pocket Page Planners

Don’t let those fun pocket page inserts just be for your pocket page layouts; use them for your planners as well.  Decorate them to suit your own personal style.  Pop in a bit of color and and add throughout your monthly or weekly pages. Click here to see how Layle put her planner together to give you some ideas how to get started.  Journaling cards are great for memory keeping and events that you don’t want to forget.  Pull out some of your pocket page pieces, along with your journaling inserts, and dress up your planner.  Your days will seem a bit less stressful as you see your beautiful photos and fun creations brightening your day!

Hello Friend By Kimberly Crawford

This beautiful card was created by using deco foil, adhesives, glue dots, translucent vellum, die cut flowers, a clear stamp, and gold embossing powder. Isn’t this card simply gorgeous?

Hello Friend

Kimberly Crawford is a fabulous designer for My Favorite Things. Click here to see her video which gives step-by-step instructions to create this beautiful card.  She gives great tips for foiling without a machine, and who would have ever thought of using glue dots for her polka dots?!  You will definitely want to give this one a try!  🙂 Thank you, Kimberly, for sharing such wonderful techniques with us.

Just Because By Leslie Miller

I just love Leslie’s choice of stamp for this beautiful, clean, and refreshing card.  It is so fun to recycle some of your older stamps.  Dig into your stash of stamps and reuse some of them you haven’t used for a while. You will be surprised how easily you can turn that “old” stamp back to “classy”!

Just Because

You don’t have to be a professional to create a watercolor look image.  Don’t be afraid to pull out your distress markers and distress inks; you’ll have so much fun creating with them.  Pop on over to Running With Scissors for more of Leslie’s fun projects.  Wouldn’t it be fun to go to your mailbox and receive a handmade treasure from a dear friend?  Everyone loves a beautiful handmade card.  What a joy they are to receive!

 Seashore Banner By Kathy Clement

Today we have a very inspiring seashore-themed banner by Kathy Clement.  The soft colors of teal along with all of the fabulous embellishments caught me eye while I was visiting the Kathy By Design blog.  I highly recommend popping in for a visit – Kathy is sure to inspire your creativity!

Seashore Banner

Layering up elements and shells found during her own beach adventures make for lots of dimension and added interest.  Isn’t it funny how just one piece of paper can inspire an entire project? This beautiful beach-themed banner was created using Prima papers, embellishments, and flowers. Kathy painted some of her chipboard with Picket Fence Distress Ink and added some embossing powder while wet to age it.  Doesn’t this just make you want to take a long walk on the beach?  Thank you, Kathy, for your wonderful inspiration and creativity!

Strawberry Rhubarb Shortcake By Elizabeth LaBau

This amazing dessert looks too beautiful to eat!  Just think how your family and friends will be impressed with your talent in the kitchen!  This cake is filled with tangy rhubarb curd and sliced fresh strawberries. I am sure your mouth is already watering, am I right?

Strawberry Rhubarb Shortcake

This could be used for a very fancy occasion, or you don’t have to put the flowers on top and you’d still have a beautiful cake!  Either way it will be a big hit when you serve it. Click here to find your recipe from Elizabeth LaBau.  She will give you step-by-step directions to create your own beautiful cake.  Have fun creating and enjoy!

I hope you have been filled today with lots of great ideas. Enjoy the rest of your weekend and I will see you back next Saturday!

LeAnn