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.

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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?

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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

Hands Of Time

I hope today you are taking some time to relax and enjoy your weekend.  Since it is cold outside, go grab yourself a cup of coffee, tea, or even a good old mug of hot chocolate.  I want you to sit back, relax, and enjoy the inspiration I have to share with you on this beautiful Saturday!

Dream Passionately By Cathy Cafun

How do you come up with your ideas to start layouts?  For me, inspiration usually comes from sifting through photos, which I love to do.  When I stumble across the ones I want to use, I usually come up with some quick ideas for starting a layout.  One of my favorite go-to ideas is using chipboard; its a great way to add some dimension to your layout.  This ultra-sweet layout was created by Cathy Cafun using some Dusty Attic chipboard. Using frames is a great way to draw the eye to your photos.  Other favorite techniques of mine when using chipboard include painting along with adding glitter, stickles, texturizing elements, and so much more.

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What a wonderful design Cathy created, and her details are perfect.  Don’t you just love how she tied all the chipboard pieces together using flowers?  Cathy’s combination of pastels are glorious and makes us hopeful that spring is not that far away.  Click here and I will be happy to escort you over to the blog “Cathy Can’t Help Herself” where you will be thrilled with all the inspiration! While you are visiting Cathy’s blog be sure to check out all of the other beautiful layouts she has to share.

Hands Of Time By Brenda Brown

This beautiful masterpiece can be used for a home decor piece or a beautiful card to brighten up someone’s day.  I love the texture that was created using gesso, modeling paste, and your favorite stencil.  You can always create a spectacular background by spritzing with ink sprays, mists, or color wash.  You know me, I am a big fan of creative and different backgrounds.

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Brenda created this on a 5 X 7 canvas board.  There is nothing more exquisite than a handmade decor piece for your home.  This distinctive canvas is definitely the proof of what one can do when you open up your imagination.  I would like to send out a big thank you to Brenda Brown for sharing this beautiful and unique masterpiece with us.  Let me take you over to Bumblebees And Butterflies where you can find a list of supplies along with the steps of how Brenda created her canvas.  Be sure to stop by her blog anytime you need a burst of inspiration.

Headboard To Chalkboard By Christy James

Chalkboards are a versatile tool that come in so handy at home.  They can come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and styles to fit the needs of multiple users.  Today I have to share with you one of the most unique and fun chalkboards I have ever seen.  I totally fell in love with this and so will you.

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Christy found this fun old headboard at a thrift store for only $10.00.  It is amazing how you can find great treasures at the thrift store; and so inexpensive as well.  Who would have ever thought of a headboard turning into a useful chalkboard?  I also love the added hanging hooks to add a little more function.  This is one project I can’t wait to get started on.  I have the perfect spot in my home for it.  I know you are dying to make this as well, so come with me over to Confessions Of A Serial Do-It-Yourselfer where you will get step-by-step instructions by Christy.  You will want to jot down some notes and what supplies you will need.  With a little help from Christy, you will be able to create this adorable chalk board in no time. This will be one fun project to create!

Chocolate Toffee Buttercrunch By Christy Denney

The sweet crunch of this delicious Buttercrunch Toffee pairs chocolate and pecans for a winning combination.  This recipe requires very few ingredients and little effort, but the result is superb, making it appear as if you had slaved over a hot stove all afternoon.

Chocolate Toffee Buttercrunch

I don’t know about you, but just looking at this photo makes my mouth water.  It looks so yummy!  I can’t wait to give this one a try.  What a fun treat to have when family or friends pop over.  Let’s go on over to The Girl Who Ate Everything so you can print out your recipe from Christy Denney.  I bet this will become one of your family’s favorites!

I hope you enjoyed today’s projects and that you have been inspired to begin your weekend crafting.  I’m looking forward to sharing some more fun things with you next Saturday.  Have a wonderful week!

LeAnn

 

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Blessings To Call You Friend

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Welcome back to another wonderful Saturday here on our Weekly Scrapper blog!  I have some very fun treasures to share with you today.  I hope that they will inspire you to jump out of your comfort zone and create something uniquely you!

Cottage Rose Mini Album By Alicia McNamara

Who says you have to put photos only into layouts?  Mini albums are a fabulous way of using your precious photos. They are not only fun to create, but are also a perfect gift, and bring a smile to anyone’s face by sharing memories that have so much love and meaning.  Mini albums are not only a perfect gift but they also don’t take much time to create.  What enjoyment for both you and the one receiving the album!

Cottage Rose Mini Album

After discovering this gorgeous mini album on the blog Time To Create, I knew I just had to share it.  I highly recommend stopping by for a visit; you will be so inspired by Alicia McNamara, plus you will see all of the pages of her mini album. You can never create too many mini albums! 🙂

Pineapple Play By Julie Ebersole

Would you like to learn a new technique?  Today you are sure to be so inspired by Julie Ebersole and her fabulous watercoloring technique.  You will love the color combinations that Julie uses. Pop on over to her blog Paper Trufflez to see more of her fun creations.

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Julie shows how easy these cards are to make using the die from Hero Arts Paper Layering Pineapple.  Julie’s step-by-step tutorial makes creating this card very fun; click here to follow along. Go ahead and give this a try; you will really enjoy creating this project!

Blessed To Call You Friend By Amy Kolling

Nothing says spring better then a bouquet of flowers!  This adorable card will certainly brighten anyone’s day.  Here is another fun card to try, so break out your stamps and dies!

Blessings To Call You Friend

To get a very crisp black image, use Versafine Onyx Black ink to stamp your wildflowers, clear embossing powder, and then heat set.  Embossing is a great way to watercolor as the embossing keeps your ink inside the lines.  Amy used vellum for her background along with the die-cut Leafy Vine Cutting Plate with thick vellum.  The vellum gives the card an opaque look.  When added to a light grey note-card, it looks like faux embossing.  For more inspiration from Amy, come with me over to her blog Stamp-N-Paradise.

Rosette Mirror By Christy James

Do you have an old mirror hanging around that you just don’t want to part with?  Today I am going to share a way of turning that old mirror into something different and charming.

Rosette Mirror

First of all, adding some dimension really gives the mirror a pop, and the appealing rosettes finish off the mirror in an attractive way.  Giving the mirror a new paint job and adding a few rosettes gives this a sweet, new look.  It isn’t expensive to create and the rosettes are so fun to make.  Click here for a full tutorial on making your rosettes, and then be sure to visit Confessions of a Serial Do-It-Yourselfer for more makeovers for your home.

Peanut Marshmallow Bars By Maryanne

These peanut marshmallow bars are made up of everything you would want in a treat – sweet, salty, crunchy, and very satisfying!  The best part is they are very easy to make and go a long way.

Peanut Marshmallow Bars

This is one of those fun summer treats you can take on picnics, family get-togethers, baseball games, etc. It is a great make-ahead dessert.  Once completed, it also holds up really well for a few days.  You will have no problem finishing this fabulous treat. Click here and I will take you over to The Little Epicurean where you will get your yummy recipe.  Enjoy! 🙂

Thank you for sharing a bit of your Saturday with me.  Hope you have been inspired today to try something new.  I am looking forward to seeing you back soon.  Have a great weekend!

Butterflies for Any Occasion

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Welcome! Today I have two butterfly cards to share with you, and I’d like to tell you more about my process for creating these! Butterflies are so much fun for any occasion – birthdays, sympathy, get well, baby showers…you name it! They’re very versatile.

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On the watercolor card I’ve first stamped and die cut the pretty butterfly and attached it to my card in the center, so I could pop up the wings with dimensional adhesive. I stamped the tiny flowers and leaves around it. Then with a teal watercolor paint, I added paint around the design. (I used watercolor paper for my card base.) When dry, I cut out the “So Happy” and adhered it over the top. The card looks difficult to create, doesn’t it? But was actually quite simple!

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The clear sequins by Pretty Pink Posh give it a touch of sparkle!

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Next up is a stenciled card. I used the fun Color Pop Butterflies mini kit (available April 15th at Papertrey Ink) that has three stencils that you layer. First I stenciled the yellow butterflies using the large butterfly stencil in the kit. Next, I placed the second stencil over the top and stenciled the smaller aqua butterflies, and last I stenciled the flowers in pink. Then I used the stamps in the kit to add details to my butterflies and flowers in slightly darker colors. The details give it such life!

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When my panel was finished, I cut a piece out of it with this frame. The panel was popped up with dimensional adhesive. See how the butterflies look as if they are going off the edge of the panel? I love this effect.

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Last, I added another die cut sentiment, a vellum butterfly die cut, and a flower grouping.

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I hope this gets your creativity running today! See you again soon!

Danielle

Coloring Pages for Cardmakers

Miss You card by Danielle Flanders

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Coloring pages for adults seem to be all the rage right now… I mean, really, who doesn’t like to color? It’s so relaxing and reminds me of my childhood love of art! I’ve recently discovered that now cardmakers get to color, too! Check out these neat card-sized paper packs with different designs you can color in with Copic Markers, colored pencils, etc. So much fun! This one is called Fancy Pants Sentiments Coloring Pages by Papertrey Ink, but they have others including a feather-themed pack, a butterfly-themed pack, and more. And when you are done coloring, you get to send your finished artwork to someone special in the form of a card!

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I’ve chosen this particular sentiment, because I had these tulips all stamped and ready to go, and this “Miss You” coloring sheet has a nice open space in the lower left corner where I can add my tulips. So this one, it is! I’ve also grabbed some Copics from my collection that I thought would go well with the colors in the tulips.

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I learned that I’m not the best colorer in the world, but I had a lot of fun with it, and it sort of turned out with an “artistic” look to it. I used the R39 Copic Marker to color in the “Miss You,” then shaded around the words with R20. The swirls were colored in with BG10, then shaded with two greens on the ends, YG11 and YG63.

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What do you think? Will this be a trend you’ll try? See you next time with more cardmaking ideas!

Danielle

Saturdays With LeAnn

Unforgettable Birthday

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Hello my friends, welcome to another inspirational Saturday. I am so happy you have found your way here!  Today I want you to take a minute to sit back, take a deep breath, and enjoy some down time for yourself. I have some beautiful spring projects in store for you today. I hope you will enjoy these unique ideas and be filled with wonderful inspiration.

Handsome Little Man By Di Garling

These priceless photos were the first thing that caught my eye on this darling layout. I was also drawn to all the fine details that Di created on her fabulous layout. This is one of those fun designs using many wonderfully vibrant colors, and showcasing precious photos.

Handsome Little Man

Scrapbook pages are always a great reminder of all that is special to us; it is a record of your journey through life.  As a scrapbooker, it is our responsibility to gather these precious photos and add them into our scrapbooks. I would like to send out a big thank you to Di Garling for sharing her masterpiece of inspiration with us today.  Be sure to visit her blog Di’s Creative Space for more of her outstanding projects.

Sending Happy Thoughts By Mona Pendleton

I really enjoy creating mixed media projects. This adorable mixed media card is not only beautiful, but will sure to put a smile on anyone’s face.  Don’t you just love the gorgeous background with the beautiful colors of spring?

Sending Happy Thoughts

Mona added a lot of texture using various mediums including texture paste, distress embossing powder, crackled paste, and paint.  Come along with me as we pop on over to Cupcake’s Creations to see how Mona created her beautiful card.  You will be so happy you stopped by and will leave with much inspiration from this fabulous lady.

Unforgettable Birthday By Kaiwan

Would you believe this darling card was created using only four stamps?  I love mason jars and this is such a cute way to use one on a card.  There is something to be said about a beautiful watercolor background and how it sets the stage for creating a lovely card.

Unforgettable Birthday

Click here to see your step-by-step instructions on how Kaiwan created this beautifully artistic design.  You will learn techniques on watercoloring, stamping, and creating with die sets.  Keep up your good work of creating heartfelt cards and spreading smiles by sending out your handmade cards.

Tulip Wreath By Tasha 

Spring is here and it is time to brighten up your front door with a beautiful door decoration.  This adorable wreath is certainly different than you normally see.  The best part of all, it is very easy to make.  Visitors will be instantly impressed with your home as they walk up to your door and see this beautiful display.

Tulip Wreath

This pretty arrangement only takes three items to make and just a few tools.  Click here and I will take you over to Designer Trapped In A Lawyer’s Body, where you will find step-by-step instructions. Thank you, Tasha, for your wonderful talent and for sharing this fabulous decoration with us.

Lemon Blueberry Bread By Gloria Albin

This recipe comes together so quickly and would be perfect for a special brunch, tea party, or even a shower.  Lemon Blueberry Bread is a refreshing, sweet, and light treat.  This is a recipe for anyone who loves the fresh, bright taste of citrus.

Lemon Blueberry Bread

This yummy Lemon Blueberry Bread was inspired by one of the very best bakers, Gloria Albin.  Grab your pencil and paper and come with me over to Glorious Treats where you will find the recipe; I’m sure this will find its way into your favorite recipe file.

Thank you for sharing a bit of your Saturday with me; I am already looking forward to seeing you back next weekend.  Have a fabulous weekend and a great week ahead! 🙂

~LeAnn

 

Watercoloring Over Stamped Images

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Happy Tuesday, I hope you are having a creative one! Today I’d like to show you a neat trick you can use to make your stamped images look watercolored. It’s SO easy, you won’t even believe how simple it is!

First, to create a background for my card, I wanted to paint a couple of flowers and branches with watercolor paints. I started with a pinkish-purple watercolor paint and just added some background petals to my flower. Then with Yellow Ochre (gold) and Viridian Hue (teal), I added some branches and shadows. (I’m using a watercolor set from Michaels that has 18 colors in it and is made by Reeves. I also have a Loew Cornell set that has the pink color I used. The Reeves set doesn’t have a good pink in it, unfortunately.)

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Next, I added some Crimson to the center of my flower in a circular motion. I didn’t use much water on my brush for this part because I wanted more of a precise look to the center of the flower, rather than blended.

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Here you can see I’ve added more branches and a flower on the other side, which is painted with Flesh Tint and Crimson.

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Now for the stamped bird! I have a set by Papertrey Ink called Spring Woods and stamped the bird in Aqua Mist ink and then Tropical Teal ink for the top layer. The bird is a 2-step stamp, so the bottom portion of the bird is stamped in a lighter color and the top portion of the bird (the details) look great stamped in a darker color. This is done on watercolor paper, so we can blend it in a minute!

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Now to get a watercolored look to the bird, add a tiny bit of water on your paintbrush and paint the bird very slightly with the water to blend the paints.

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Next, I trimmed the bird out when it was dry (you can use dies if you’d like, or just trim it out with scissors), and placed it on my card. Doesn’t it look like it was hand-painted? I love it! The background could be made this way, too, with stamped flowers, but for today, I just wanted to try my hand at painting them myself.

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Last, I added a paper from the Ombre Stripes paper pad, as I thought the hand-painted look of the stripes would be pretty with this card. The sentiment is stamped from Tulip Time.

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Happy Birthday by Danielle Flanders

I hope this inspires you to try something new today! The recipient will be wowed by your hand-painted cards! You can google “watercolor” or “watercoloring over stamped images” or look on Pinterest for many gorgeous ideas to get you started. Or pull out your stamps and stamp them on watercolor paper and just practice blending the images with water. See what you come up with!

See you again soon!

Danielle

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