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!

Hugs,

LeAnn

 

Saturdays With LeAnn

Easter

Saturdays-with-LeAnnWelcome back this beautiful Saturday morning! The weather here in Utah has been so lovely. With a new season comes more sunshine, and lots of pretty flowers. This is a time to shake off the winter and tackle some new projects. Just around the corner is Easter, so I hope to bring you some Easter inspiration to create for your special day.

Today’s layout showcases beautiful florals with a touch of gold. This is one of those designs where all you have to do is fit in one of your favorite photos. Along with the photos, there is nothing that is more important than journaling. The rule of thumb for journaling is three-fold:

  1. Name of the person(s) in the picture
  2. Include the date the picture was taken
  3. Tell the story of the photo. If you don’t love to have your journaling on the front of your layout, just flip it over and write on the back; it is just important to have it with the layout.

Hello Sunshine

 

This layout was created by Jen Evans for Heidi Swapp Inspirations. Jen used the new Wanderlust Collection and Heidi’s Minc to create her layout.  To create these beautiful flowers, Jen placed the dies on the Minc’s carrier sheet, added the foil on top, closed the carrier sheet and ran it through the Minc. Done! It doesn’t get much easier than this. Jen curled the edges of the flowers to give them more of a realistic look. She also added the new Butter Color Shine to the large veneer word and add a bit of yellow ink to the flowers. How simple and yet so gorgeous. To find more inspiration on Heidi’s newest products visit Jen at Create Well Create Often blog. You will be so inspired with her talent and creativity.

There is nothing sweeter in my eyes than a vintage style card. This card brings back so many memories of my childhood. (I guess I just aged myself with that one!) These adorable Easter Button cards are full of beautiful details, plus they are a digital download, which makes them so easy to get. What a wonderful way to take the time to express your love and affection to both family and friends on such a beautiful day. These cards can also be used for scrapbooking, any type of crafting, tags for gifts, a label on a homemade treat, or just add to your seasonal decor.

Easter

Ginny Nemchak created this adorable Easter card using layers of patterned papers, images from the Easter Kids Button Card Digital Collage, and fun embellishments. To finish her card she add a bow using Chevron Striped Twill, and Forsythia Seam Binding from Really Reasonable Ribbon. Thank you Ginny for your inspiration along with sharing such an adorable Easter card. You can visit her blog Polly’s Paper Studio for more of her wonderful projects.

I just love how this design is one of the latest trends.  Combining a stamp with a coordinating die set is so fun to do. And don’t you just love the watercolor wash over the background? Once the watercolor wash was dried, Laurie spritzed on some light aqua spray, then added some messy stitching to her background. This gives the card some added color, along with giving it that fun mixed media look.

Love You More Than Jellybeans

I am always amazed by the new, inventive ways to find embellishments on a card or a project. For these adorable stamp sets with the coordinating die sets visit Reverse Confetti. Laurie Schmidlin has out done herself again with this adorable card. Be sure to pop on over to see her wonderful projects on Just Give Me Stamps.

Who would have ever thought to decorate Easter eggs with paper napkins? Are you ready to try something new this year? This is a less messy alternative to dying eggs. You may want to try this fun technique to decorate hardboiled eggs this Easter.

Easter Eggs Decorated with Paper Napkins

This will be so fun and easy for your children, grandchildren (or even just you!) to create. You will have your family members blown away at the beauty of these eggs. Give it a try you will love the end result! These were created by Sandeea Cocina — click on over to her blog la receta De La felicidad for instructions on how to create these special eggs, plus more wonderful ideas. Let your imagination run wild!

Last but not least today I have a cute Easter desert that will be so fun for your Easter dinner. These yummy Pineapple Carrot Cakes with Cream Cheese Frosting will definitely make your family ask for seconds. You can enjoy your fruits and veggies all in one serving of cake!

Pineapple Carrot Cake

The little carrot cakes are very moist with a dense texture, and the full flavor of pineapple and carrots. So different and very fun for Easter! You will hear nothing but wonderful comments as you bring these to the table! To find more fun recipes go to Just a Taste with Kelly Senyei. You will be amazed at her talent in the kitchen!

I hope today has brought you some fun Easter inspiration, and that you are feeling excited and ready for Easter Sunday! Thank you for sharing your time with me today. Happy Easter to you all!

Just A Note To Say . . .

Do you have lost treasures floating around at the bottom of your scrapook supplies?  This card was made by Amy Sheffer.  Amy dug deep into some of her supplies and what a craft treasure she came up with!  Thank You Amy for sharing this beautiful card with us.  How fun to create with old products you have laying around at home. You will be so surprised at what you will find.  Be sure to visit Amy’s blog Pickled Paper Designs for more wonderful inspiration of Amy’s.

Just A Note To Say

Stumbling onto a few fun embellishments, Amy used a acetate film strip, felt stem by Prima, ticket strip, and some vellum.  The vellum she tore and gave it an eclectic look.  She used a label die-cut to stamp her sentiment onto.  Amy did use some new paper from Jillibean soup, but other than that it was all from her stash.

Just A Note To Say

 How fun to put together some forgotten products to good use.  Start digging into your stash and give it a try.  You will be so surprised what you will come up with.

Hope you have fun day crafting!

SUPPLIES

Stamps:

Reversed Confetti Lots to Say Stamp

Other:

  • Paper – Vellum, Rustic White Cardstock, Kraft Cardstock
  • Patterned Paper – Jillibean Soup
  • Accessories – Ticket Strip, Acetate Film Strip, Button, Staples
  • Ink – Papertrey Ink Vintage Cream Ink Pad,  Tsukineko Versafine Onyx Black Ink Pad
  • Bling- Clear Rhinestones
  • Textiles – Linen Thread
  • Tools – Distressing Tool
  • Dies – Label Die-Cut