Saturdays With LeAnn

Open If You Dare

Welcome back to Weekly Scrapper on this beautiful fall day.  Don’t you just love Saturdays?  I certainly do because I get to share my passion of crafting with you.  I always try to make it a priority to spend some time in my craft room over the weekend and I hope that you do, too.  This is a good time to take the opportunity to try something new.  You never know what new technique you are truly capable of unless you give it a try.  I hope you will find some inspiration today and will also find some new tips and techniques in the projects I have to share with you.

You Are The Best By Kavi Tha

What’s not there to love about this adorable layout?  It is obvious there was a lot of love and detail put into this outstanding design.  It is so exquisite!  Don’t you just love the vintage tones?  Kavi Tha added so many different elements to her layout to play off the colors in the photo.  The Factory 42 Collection was used in this layout, which has the perfect mix of dark and light colors that is suitable for any kind of project.

You Are The Best

There is something about the vintage look that always pulls me in.  Are you inspired to do great things with your products?  Hopeful this layout will give you even more inspiration!  Click here and I will be more than happy to take you over to Kaiser Kraft Design.  I highly recommend stopping by for a visit.  They have wonderful paper lines and embellishments, along with a very talented design team. You will find some very helpful steps in creating your own beautiful layout.   Remember there are no set rules when crafting, just always have fun with it.  Happy crafting!

Open If You Dare By Keia Shipp-Smith

Make your own cute tags, greeting cards, postcards, or even invitations when using Sugar Skulls stamps and the coordinating dies from Taylored Expressions.  This is a time where you can keep the card simple and let the image take the front row seat.  Pop out your image with foam adhesive and give it some dimension to portray that festive feel.

Open If You Dare

There are so many incredible opportunities to let your imagination run wild by creating handmade cards, tags, and invitations.  Don’t be afraid to add both masculine and feminine styles, along with fun embellishments to get that perfect look for your projects.  Let me escort you on over to Confessions Of A Paperholic, where you can write down all of the materials you will need for these darling projects.  A big shout goes out to Kei Shipp-Smith for sharing her fun projects and her outstanding coloring.  What a great project to help you get in the mood for Halloween!

Wall Art By Pam Bray

Are you ready to start creating some fun Halloween decorations?  This fun wall art will be one that you will want to jump on right away.  Halloween is such a perfect opportunity to be creative. Halloween wall art is one of my favorite things to create.  I love the fact that they are so fast and easy to complete; they provide an instant gratification.  Not only will you love your completed project, so will your family and friends as you hang it up for all to enjoy!

Wall Art

Scare up a good time by creating a wall decor of your own.  You can make your home as spooky as you want this Halloween!  This is a perfect decor to add a little spirit to your home!  I would like to send out a big hug to Pam for sharing this spooktacular wall art.  Be sure to stop by her blog Scrapbook Flair so you can see how easily this project comes together.  While you are visiting her blog be sure to check out her other fabulous projects as well.  You will leave feeling so inspired.

Apple Cinnamon Bread By Glory Albin

Forget the pie crust and get all the flavors of fall in a quick and easy bread! This recipe makes the best Cinnamon Apple Bread!  I love the brown sugar and cinnamon topping, and the bread is moist, flavorful and tastes like apple pie in bread form!  A second perk to this Apple Cinnamon Bread is the fragrance that will bring a wonderful fall aroma to your home!

Apple Cinnamon Bread

Let’s kick off the fall baking season with this flavorful and delicious Apple Cinnamon Bread!  If you are ready for fall baking then this is the perfect kick off!  Apples, cinnamon, and sugar are flavors that are delicious all year round, but seem to be extra perfect for fall.  Click here so you an visit Glory Albin’s blog Glorious Treats where you will find the ingredients and recipe for this yummy bread.  Enjoy!

Thank you for sharing a part of your Saturday with me.  I hope this beautiful fall day will find you with some time to create at least one of those wonderful projects you desire to make. Have a wonderful week and I look forward to seeing you back soon.

Hugs,

LeAnn

 

 

Saturdays With LeAnn

You Make Me Smile

Hello friends, and welcome back to Weekly Scrapper!  It looks like there are many of you finding some “you” time, and that makes me very happy.  I am grateful that you are doing the things you love to do!  My goal is to impress you with new and fun projects, techniques, and creativity.  I hope you will enjoy today’s post.  Sit back, relax, and take in all the inspiration!

Wander By Amanda Baldwin

Fall is here with cool temperatures slowly creeping in the air, and Amanda shows a great way to capture that fall feeling using beautifully soft and delicate colors.  I just love the color combo along with the way that Amanda uses her printed binder chip, cut files, stickers, and beautiful, intricate doilies. This is definitely a layout that makes your heart feel warm and fuzzy.

Wander

I hope that Amanda’s work of art inspires you to step outside of your comfort zone and create something beautiful.  Are you ready to begin?  Let me escort you on over to her Happy Arty Days blog where Amanda will give you all the supplies you need to get started.  You will love the inspiration that Amanda shares, and you won’t want to miss out on any of her fabulous projects.  I highly recommend taking a minute (or more!) to visit her blog.

You Make Me Smile By Kathy Racoosin

I love to explore new trends in the crafting industry.  A new technique that I discovered, created here by Kathy Racoosin, is alternating a stamp and adding watercoloring.  The sunflower was stamped again, cut, and popped for more dimension.  Sunflowers are one of my favorite flowers, so this really brought a smile to my face especially on this dreary and rainy day.  I love the way that Kathy colored them, so I say pop this card in a frame and call it a day!  Who wouldn’t love to receive this priceless and treasured creation?

You Make Me Smile

Kathy has prepared a wonderful video showing just how she created this beautiful card, along with tips and techniques on how she does some masking and stamping to create a taller sunflower for some impact on her card.  Click here and I will escort you over to The Daily Marker so you can watch her short video.  You will find all the supplies you’ll need to begin to create your own card. You will also walk away being so inspired by Kathy.  Don’t forget to check out her other amazing projects.

Village Bungalow By Sarah Vouga

With Halloween just around the corner, it is time to get out those spooky decorations.  Why spend money buying decorations when you can create some wonderful ones yourself? (And that’s so much more fun, right?)  These frightful little villages will add a spooky flare to your Halloween decor.  This is certainly a project that your children and grandchildren will love and even help with. You will be the talk of the neighborhood with these over-the-top decorations in your home.

Village Bungalow

Village Manor

These creative decorations are definitely ones that will get a second look.  What a great way to enjoy the Halloween season!  You are probably dying to know how to make these and where to get the supplies.  Click here for a video tutorial by Tim Holtz and he will give you many creative tips and techniques on how to create these.  Be sure to visit the Sizzix blog for more wonderful projects.  I promise you will be more than inspired!

Crepe Cake By Natasha K

Crepe cake recipes are exactly what they sound like, cakes made out of crepes.  And if you are a fan of crepes, then crepe cakes exist just to make you happy!  When you need to make a big impression, this scrumptious crepe cake is an easy-to-assemble dessert that is as taste-bud-pleasing as it is visually appealing.

Crepe Cake

Crepe Cake
This is the easiest 30 layer cake you’ll ever make with 15 crepes and 15 layers of cream.  Everyone will think it took you hours to prepare but it’s really very simple.  Let me take you over to Natasha’s Kitchen where you will get all the ingredients and directions to start making one for your family and friends.  This will definitely be one you will make again!
I hope your week is ending on a creative high note!  In my neck of the woods it is quite chilly so with that said, it is always fun to take some time out of the weekend and grab a hot drink, snuggle up, and take some time to be creative.  Enjoy the rest of your weekend and I will see you again next Saturday!
Sending warm hugs,
LeAnn

What’s Hot on the Stamp and Scrapbook Expo Show Floor

Lorraine here with my September’s update to share products that are all the buzz on our Stamp and Scrapbook Expo show floor. As many of you know, I host the Creativity Center at 18 of our Stamp & Scrapbook Expos. It truly is my happy place because this is when I have the privilege of sharing my passion for the industry as well as for creating beautiful projects with you in person. Talk about having your cake and eating it, too!

We all love Sizzix, I know.  Have you seen the new Sizzix Journal Die designed by Eileen Hull?  This really is a “:must have” die set. I know, there I go enabling your habit again but you know it’s true! 😉 Let me start off by saying that this die is so popular that Eileen even has a  book available, appropriately titled Journal Treasury featuring over 75 journal projects right at your fingertips!  Think of all the possibilities – art journals, travel journals, mini albums, prayer journals, and planners, need I say more?  🙂

Now that I have your attention, I want to share a few of the beautiful journals that I’ve discovered while searching for fun things to share with you. I apologize for not having my own journal to share, but I just picked mine up at our Chicago show last week and haven’t had time to play yet. Maria B with It’s Cheaper Than Therapy to the rescue, she always has an amazing selection of Sizzix products both at the show and on line. If you are looking for the die and you happen to be at one our shows, Maria B is the lady to see for all your Sizzix needs. I’ll be sure to post pictures of my journals once I have a few complete.

Have you had the opportunity to play with Sizzix Paper Leather? It’s a durable material that can do it all! Made to simulate the look and feel of real leather, Sizzix Paper Leather Sheets can be used to die-cut, emboss, print, ink, stitch, paint, watercolor, or distress. When you run the paper through your favorite embossing folder and hit it with some Distress Inks it really looks like tooled leather. How cute would that be for your first handmade journal cover? Just thinking out loud.

Eileen Hull Journal with Seth Apter Stamps and Dies

It’s time to break out your texture paste and your favorite color mediums.  On this journal Autumn covered the dies with Prima texture pastes and then watered Vintage Photo Distress Oxide to tone it down, wiping away as needed. I love the vintage shabby chic look that she created.

Click here and I will take you over to the Sew Paper Paint blog so you can see all the other techniques that Autumn used while creating this little work of art.

Prayer Journal By Julia Aston

What about a Prayer Journal? I love what Julia Aston created with her die. She made a Faith Journal out of kraft cardstock and embellished the cover using embossed panels of black paper leather.

Julia used Newsprint Paper by Wendy Vecchi for the inside pages.  She cut 12 pieces of the 8.5′ x 11′ to 8″ x 7.5″, folded them in half to measure 4″ x 7.5″ and divided them into three signatures, each with four papers folded in half, giving eight pages in each signature.

Art Journal Designed By Suzanne C

This gorgeous journal caught my eye immediately due to the beautiful brightly colored background. I love how Suzanne incorporated a shabby chic feel while introducing the bright colors, not an easy task to marry the two together. Way to go, Suzanne!

Would you believe that there is no patterned paper involved on this artsy journal cover?  Suzanne created an ombre effect with Distress Oxides in wilted violet blending into worn lipstick into spiced marmalade, finishing off with fossilized amber. While designing the cover, Suzanne got a little carried away with her Distress Oxides (not hard to do) so she had lots of orphan bits. This worked out nicely as she used those pieces to coordinate the inside of the journal pages to match the amazing colors on the cover. You’re going to love it!

Tree Sketch Journal By Anna-Karin 

Check out this simple sketch book that Anna-Karin created. The great thing about making your own sketchbook is that you can use your favorite papers and also mix different papers. The front and back covers were coated with a clear gesso then colored using Dina Wakley’s Scribble Sticks and stamped using a Jet Black ink. So simple and yet so pretty.

The binding can be done multiple ways; be sure to stop by Layers Of Ink as Anna-Karin shares some great tips for adjusting the thickness of your journal to fit any size you need. Eileen also has a video on how to assemble your book click here and I’ll take you over to her video.

I hope you are inspired by the journals that were created by some very talented paper crafters. I tried to pick several different styles to show how versatile this die can be. I love it when multiple people use the same product and come up with totally different looks. I highly recommend stopping by their individual blogs for a visit, you’ll be very glad you did. Each designer has their own unique techniques to share and I wouldn’t want you to miss out.  You don’t have to be an art journal aficionado to have fun with this one. The possibilities are truly endless!

Since I’ll be busy flying to the last five shows of the year, there won’t be much personal crafting happening for me for during the next two months. I guess I will have to enjoy my creative therapy with all of you at the Creativity Center. 😉  I’m ok with that, it doesn’t get any better than creating beautiful things with some of the most talented crafters in the industry.

I hope to see many of you at the shows, I’ll meet you at the Creativity Center. Hugs to all!

Saturdays With LeAnn

Have A Chill Summer

Hello, my crafty friends, and welcome back to Weekly Scrapper on this beautiful Saturday morning!  As always, it is a great honor to have the opportunity to share inspirational projects created by some of the most talented people in our industry.  I hope you will feel the inspiration that I am sharing as you create some masterpiece projects today.

Seaside Journal By Anna-Karin

Splash your words and pictures around in this awesome journal!  It’s big enough for plenty of writing space and also large enough to add some special photos. I really love the tall shape of this journal.  Would you believe me if I told you it was a die cut?  Yes, that’s right – it is a Sizzix ScoreBoard XL journal die.  Just think of all the different types of journals you can create using this awesome die!  This rustic journal features papers by Prima along with color-coordinated papers and embellishments.  How fun it will be to write down and share all of your fun adventures!

Seaside Journal

Journals have endless possibilities, and sharing your style of journal is a great inspiration for you and those you give it to.  I love this rustic journal that Anna-Karin created with her touch of flowers and the fun dimension of embellishments. Journals have been extremely popular lately and I have seen so many fabulous ones made.  It makes me want to start one for myself and just have fun experimenting with my creativity.  I want to send you on over to Layers Of Ink where you can see the whole journal and a wonderful tutorial on how Anna-Karin has put this all together.  You will truly be inspired.  Have fun, my friends, creating one of your own!

Have A Chill Summer By Kay Miller

I love this time of the year.  It is all about summer BBQ parties and lots of outdoor fun. With the hot weather we have been having, thoughts of yummy, cold treats fill my head.  Who doesn’t love popsicles, right?  I think everyone can relate to having fond summer memories that include cool and refreshing popsicles.  Summer just wouldn’t be complete without them.

Have A Chill Summer

Get ready to fall in love!  This adorable new stamp and die set makes for the sweetest card to make your summertime stamping so much fun!  I love the bright and bold colors that Kay used, they really make those popsicles look delish!  Such a terrific summer card!  I am sure you are wanting to know what products Kay used and how she created this adorable card, so come with me over to My Joyful Moments.  You will find so many more outstanding projects that Kay has created.  Hope you are enjoying your summer days, my friends!

Beach Tote & Flip Flops By Jana Eubank

Flip flops and beach totes are a big hit with summertime lovers.  You just automatically get that sunny feeling with the “Under The Sea” collection by Echo Park.  The fun, summer-y colors and the images and sayings are perfect to create a one-of-a-kind bag and flip flops for your summer fun!

Beach Tote & Flip Flops

It would be so much fun to fill the flip flop boxes up with treats or a gift inside.  Tuck them inside the tote and you have a instant gift bag.  What an outstanding gift to receive, and can’t you just imagine the look on the face of the person you give this to?  Take this a step further and create these to make fun table decorations for your summer-themed parties as well.  You will be the talk of the party with these darling items.  Come along with me over to Jana Eubank’s blog where you can take notes on how she created these adorable flip flops and tote bag.  You are going to love creating your own!

French Silk Pie Brownies By Amanda

These French Silk Brownies are a dessert that I had to get out of my house immediately.  I took one bite to taste them and I knew I was doomed to inhale the entire pan if I wasn’t careful.  Yes, these are so amazing, yet simple to make as well!  The fudgy brownies are topped with a rich french silk pie filling, whipped cream, and shaved chocolate.  So if you are a true chocolate lover you have found the ultimate chocolate lovers dessert!

French Silk Pie Brownies

Let’s not waste your time, we’ll get right to the recipe so you can begin to make your yummy dessert!  Click here and I will take you right over to the Chunky Chef where you will find the recipe and ingredients.  This fabulous treat will for sure be one of your favorite desserts.

I hope you have enjoyed today’s projects and have been filled with tons of inspiration.  I can’t wait to see you back here next Saturday so I can share more fun projects!  Thank you for spending some of your precious time with me today.  It warms my heart to see you all staying so crafty and creative!   Enjoy your weekend creating.

~LeAnn~

 

 

Saturdays With LeAnn

Home Decor Frame

Welcome back to Weekly Scrapper, my friends!  I hope you all had a wonderful 4th of July.  As we are in such a heat wave this summer, so take some time and enjoy doing some crafting in your nice, air-conditioned craft room.  I have some fun and creative projects to share with you today.  Sit back, relax, and enjoy the inspiration!

Beautiful Joy By Emilia Van Den Heuvel

This beautiful layout is a perfect example of a creative piece of art made using different mixed media mediums.  I totally fell in love with this gorgeous layout the minute I laid my eyes on it and I couldn’t wait to share it with you.  I just love all the fun products Emilia used in creating her masterpiece.  Emilia is on the design team for Kaiser Craft and she is an amazing designer.

Beautiful Joy

You are probably very curious about what products Emilia used along with how her layout all came together.  If you follow me on over to Few Favorite Things you will be able to check out her project along with the full tutorial she has prepared for you.  This is one you are going to love!

Cloche Quarter Birthday By Lynn Put

Taking a simple piece of paper and using your imagination is what being creative is all about. I hope you will be inspired today to take out your stamps and let your imagination run wild. I love the watercolor and all the layered pieces. This simply charming card will put a smile on anyone’s face and brighten up their day!

Cloche Quarter Birthday

If you have never tried to use watercolors, you should give it a try.  I will just say one thing – you will definitely get hooked!  This is a perfect way to send out birthday wishes! I love the way Lynn incorporated watercoloring, ink blending, and stamping on her card.  Please click here so you can visit The Queen’s Scene.  You will love Lynn’s blog and will enjoy all of her projects!

Home Decor Frame By Jan Hobbins

 Are you ready to learn great crafting techniques to create a beautiful and lasting work of art? Jan will teach you how to apply your scrapbooking style to a home decor frame.  With her step-by-step instructions and basic scrapbooking tools and materials, you can make this gorgeous frame in no time.
Home Decor Frame
You will learn how to incorporate mixed media with basic craft techniques such as using your die cuts, layering, distressing, inking, and much more.  Whether you are new to scrapbooking or have been doing it for years, you will find inspiration for imaginative interior design projects that are both fun and rewarding to do.  Incorporating scrapbooking into home decor will build memory-inspired projects for wall hangings, tabletop art, and so much more.  There is something to be said about creating a one-of-a-kind piece.  Click here and I will be happy to take you over to the Sizzix blog where you can follow Jan in her tutorial.  Happy scrapping, my friends!

Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Sandwiches By Peaches Please

I don’t know about you, but I love chocolate chip ice cream, and do you know what is even better? Sandwiching a big fat scoop of that ice cream between two big, fat, chewy chocolate cookies! You will get a double-dose of cold, creamy, chocolaty minty goodness.

Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Sandwiches

I have to admit that while making them it was mighty tempting to gobble them down on the spot!  I managed to resist because in the end I was richly rewarded since they are actually better after a couple of days in the freezer.  These make a perfect treat on a very hot summer day.  Your family and friends will love you for making such a refreshing treat.  Let’s pop on over to Peaches Please where you can find the recipe to start making yours.

I hope that you are experiencing a wonderful summer day and staying cool.  Please take some time to visit the blogs of these fabulous designers to see more details about there wonderful projects.  I hope you have an amazing week ahead and I will see you back next Saturday!

Hugs,

LeAnn

 

 

Latest & Greatest: Card Making with Sizzix

Hey everyone! Roree here with today’s Make It! Monday post.

Our next show is in Duluth, GA on July 14th-15th. Stamp & Scrapbook Expo will be teaching three “Latest & Greatest” workshops at this show: Card Making, Cool Tools, and Stamping. We have lots of great products from some awesome manufacturers in these classes, and today I am going to be working with products from our Card Making workshop: Sizzix‘s Framelits Mini Circle Flip-its Card Die Set.

If you take the class, you will receive the 17-piece die set designed by Stephanie Barnard:

With this fun set, I created this card:

I used a die cut machine to cut out the card, circles, sentiment, hearts and border shapes shapes from cardstock and the the side panels from Photo Play Paper‘s Summer Bucket List 6×6 Paper Pad (another product in the Card Making workshop).

Once the die cuts are layered and adhered together and the card is folded on the score lines, you pull the left side panel and the circle flips so you can see the decorated back.


For this circle, I die cut the Bee Happy sentiment shape and trimmed the bee from the sentiment.

There are so many dies in this set that you can create countless unique cards for many different occasions!

This Latest & Greatest: Card Making workshop featuring Sizzix’s Framelits Mini Circle Flip-its Card Die Set  will be taught at our shows in Chantilly, Duluth, Kansas City, Santa Clara, Edison, and Schaumburg. We would love to see you there!

I hope you enjoyed today’s Make It! Monday project. Thanks so much for stopping by!

Tip of the Day: How to Create Fold-a-Long Cards from Its Cheaper Than Therapy

Maria B, the Sizzix lady from itscheaperthantherapy.com, is here today to show us how to cut and fold the Fold-a-Long cards by Sizzix and Jen Long. Maria walks us step-by-step through the process and makes it simple to create these beautiful and impressive cards.

Make sure to stop by itscheaperthantherapy.com for all kinds of great products! Thanks, Maria, for stopping by to share this tip with us; happy card making, everyone!

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