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!




Sundays With Lorraine

Hello, my crafty friends, and welcome back to Weekly Scrapper! Today’s post is the 2nd in a series of four where I will be sharing a peek of what you will be making in the Creativity Center at Stamp & Scrapbook Expo. I hope you’re as excited as I am because we have a great line-up this season and there is definitely something for everyone. We give you the chance to use fabulous products to create some great projects. How often do you get to play with the toys before you buy them? It’s a wonderful thing, so be sure to stop by and join the fun!

Craft Fancy

Let’s start out with this adorable project sponsored by Craft Fancy. Don’t you love it when you can use your scrapbooking supplies to create a fun home decor piece? During this make & take we’ll be doing a little stenciling on a dishtowel using a fun stencil by VVVVVVV. Can’t you see this darling towel hanging in your kitchen or as part of a hostess gift? Come join the fun as we create this adorable (and did I mention free!) make & take. 😉

For those lucky enough to be in the Chicago area, CraftFancy is a paper crafting store that features an amazing selection of scrapbooking and rubber stamping products. They also have monthly crops and classes for all levels of crafters! These days it is hard to find a good scrapbook store so when we find one we need to support them, so stop by and join in on some of those fun and educational workshops either at the store or at Stamp & Scrapbook Expo.

Melissa Frances

Melissa Frances is the queen of all that is shabby chic and I am so excited to have her as one of our sponsors in the Creativity Center. Her timeless, vintage-inspired design really speaks to many crafters. Melissa has several new products that we’ll be using on this adorable card, but for now, I must keep them a surprise. You’ll just have to stop by the Melissa Frances booth and/or join me at the Creativity Center and make the project yourself. 🙂

I’m looking forward to seeing you at the Creativity Center for this project! Without giving too much away, I will say there might be some fun water coloring techniques that I know you will enjoy. So stop by and join the fun; I’ll even have a fun souvenir button waiting for you.


For all my scrappy friends, we will be completing this adorable layout sponsored by Want2Scrap. On the outside chance that you aren’t familiar with Want2Scrap, they are most known for their amazing bling, their unique must have chipboard albums and embellishments and of course, their overlays which come in both 12X12 and 6X6. Overlays are a beautiful thing; they’re like the instant gratification of scrapbooking. We’ve all done those 3-hour layouts and that’s ok but sometimes you don’t have three hours to spare. My solution is to stock up on your favorite overlays and now you can complete a gorgeous layout in no time. The most difficult decision you will have to make is which ones to purchase – Want2Scrap has over 300 perfectly detailed overlays so there really is something for everyone.

Want2Scrap 12x12 Layout

You asked for a 12X12″ Disney-themed layout and Want2Scrap delivered! I hope you’ll join us for this free make & take; you’re going to love how quickly it comes together. See you at the show!

One Sheet Pan Shrimp Fajitas

Would you believe this delicious meal can be on the table in under 1/2 an hour? You know what that means – a happy family and more crafting time for you! If you have a seriously hungry bunch you can add some rice and beans. I love those kits at Costco, they come with two pouches of rice and two pouches of refried beans and they only take about five minutes to heat up in the microwave so you’re still done in about 30 minutes.

Click here and I will be happy to take you over to the amazing food and craft blog No. 2 Pencil, where you’ll find a plethora of amazing recipes and fun craft ideas. Hugs to Melissa for sharing this tasty dish.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have an amazing week ahead of you. I’ll see you next Sunday with another peek at what you’ll be creating at the Stamp & Scrapbook Expo you’ve selected to attend.  We currently have 19 shows scheduled for this season, so it’s time to start planning that special weekend with your creative peeps. I’ll meet you in the Creativity Center so we can create something beautiful together. Hugs to all!