Saturday With LeAnn

Thank You

Welcome back my friends, and thank you for sharing a part of your Saturday with me.  I have been collecting some really fun projects to share with you.  I hope today will be another inspirational day for you and that you can take time this weekend to create some wonderful projects of your own.  So sit back, relax, and enjoy!

Dare To Dream By Riikka Kovasin

Today I have a fabulous layout to share that was created by Riikka Kovasin. She took inspiration from arrows and a dream catcher. I love this layout! Can’t you just see a photo of your dad, husband, son, or even a grandson on this layout?  Perfect for Father’s Day!

Dare To Dream

When creating a layout, the photo itself is the major guide to your process.  Have you ever noticed that when using a photo that is black and white, or with very little color, that it really emphasizes the faces in the photo?  I love the outstanding job that Riikka did on this layout and it really tells a story!  Click here and I will take you over Elizabeth Crafts and Designs where you will find a full step-by-step tutorial on how Riikka put this layout together.  Be sure and check out her blog Paperiliitin where you are sure to be inspired by Riikka’s outstanding projects.

Thank You By Melody Rupple

Today’s card is a perfect way to say thank you.  I just love how Melody incorporated some of today’s trends of watercoloring, ink blending, and stamping.  This card really pulls out all the charm of a shaker card.  Simple add some different elements to create your own personal shaker card.  Wouldn’t you love to be the one to receive this adorable card?

Thank You

I instantly fell in love with this adorable card.  Since shaker cards are quite the trend now, be sure and pop on over to Pretty Pink Posh where you will find all kinds of elements to add to your card. Melody really did a fabulous job creating this darling card.  The fun spring colors make it such a ray of sunshine!  Come with me and I will take you on over to A Paper Melody where you will see all the different products that Melody used.  Remember to step outside your traditional style.  Look at your project in a different way, and try something new.  Have fun creating!

Upcycled Drawer By Christy K. James

What a creative storage solution for your silverware!  Instead of being in a drawer and taking up valuable drawer space, create a new silverware organizer.  I am sure you can find access to an old dresser drawer at a thrift store, a garage sale, or maybe a dresser you want to get rid of.  If you are anything like me and love mason jars, this is just one more way of using them and showing them off.

Upcycled Drawer

I just love the way that Christy painted and distressed this old drawer to make it look vintage.  How adorable to sit on a hutch and use as a decor piece for your kitchen.   Are you as excited about this as I am?  Let’s get started and find that old drawer to start recycling it into a storage unit!  Come with me on over to Confessions Of A Serial Do It Yourselfer where you will see a step-by-step tutorial on how Christy created her drawer.  There is nothing more fun than to create and transform an old object into something beautiful and functional.  Hope this has inspired you as much as it did myself.  I can hardly wait to jump in and make one of these for my kitchen!

Key Lime Cheesecake Jaclyn Bell

This thick and creamy key lime cheesecake is the perfect combination of sweet and tart!  You know it is a perfect dessert when it gets a lot of requests to be made.  This recipe is not only delicious, it is also so beautiful, and is a WOW to anyone who has a slice!

Key Lime Pie

We all need to treat ourselves once in awhile, and this is definitely the perfect bright summery cheesecake to make for any of your summer celebrations.  You will be the hit of your summer gatherings.  Click here and I will take you over to Cooking Classy where you will be able to write down the recipe and ingredients.  I promise you that this will be your all time favorite cheesecake!  As a lover of cheesecake in all it’s flavors and forms, this key lime cheesecake has completely stolen my heart!

As always, I appreciate being able to spend some time with you today.  I hope you have been inspired by today’s post and that you have a wonderful week ahead of you.  Enjoy this beautiful weather and I will see you back next Saturday!

Hugs to all,

LeAnn

Saturdays With LeAnn

Happy Easter

Happy spring, everyone!  And happy April Fool’s Day!  Another fabulous weekend is here and I hope you are enjoying warmer spring weather.  I thank each and everyone of you for sharing part of your day with me.  I have some wonderful inspirational projects to share from some very talented designers.  I hope you take the time to enjoy and create some of the fun projects I have to share.

Favorite Gardener By Missy Whidden

When you scrapbook it is a great joy to feel the fulfillment that comes from the projects you have created.  As scrapbookers, we know it is all about preserving and sharing memories for your family, friends, and future generations.  This masterpiece layout definitely showcases just how to beautifully capture a very special moment.

Favorite Gardener

With spring in the air; we soon will see many beautiful flowers, and Missy created her layout around a floral theme.  This is such a great way to break out those treasured scraps you have been hanging onto, and transform them into your beautiful layout.  Missy fussy cut flowers out of bright fun colors, and to contrast those colors she added some blue acrylic paint to white cardstock for the background.  For a full tutorial on how Missy created this adorable layout, click here and I will take you to her video.  Be sure to visit Little Nugget Creations blog where you will see more of Missy’s outstanding projects.  You will not want to miss out on any of her wonderful projects – it will be a real treat to follow her!

Happy Easter By Yana Smakula

Easter is not too far away so now is a good time to start making your Easter cards, from cute and cuddly to inspirational and elegant.  I love Easter and this time of the year.  When I came upon this adorable card created by Yana Smakula, I knew I just had to share it with you.  Pull out your favorite markers and Easter images and have some fun coloring and bringing that spring feeling into the air!

Happy Easter

I just love how creative you can get using kraft paper.  Today I want to share some step-by-step instructions given by Yana Smakula just by clicking here.  You will be able to make two of her spring cards as well as the Easter card, using the Spring Seeds stamp by Simon Says.  These are not only fun to create, but they are absolutely adorable.  Can you just imagine the look on the faces of the ones who will receive these darling cards?  Nothing is more priceless then receiving a handmade card that is delivered by mail from someone so special!

Office Memo Board By Ashely Broviak

This Wood Chicken Wire Memo Board is perfect for your office or any other room.  This fabulous memo board will be an eye-catching decor piece for your home.  Personalize it by adding photos, reminders, calendars, recipes, notes, some embellishments, or just some odds and ends for your entry display!  This is much more attractive than the good old cork board.  This would make such a great gift!

Office Memo Board

I just love the use of the clothespins to hang up wedding invitations and cards so they can be displayed and not just end up in a pile somewhere.  Click here and I would love to escort you over to the Little Glass Jar where you will find how to make one of your own.  A big thank you goes out to Ashely Broviak for sharing this outstanding project.  What a fun home decor item, along with some great organization!

Malted Coconut Cake By Country Living

This is an Easter dessert that is guaranteed to satisfy your sweet tooth!  This beautiful cake will be the hit of your Easter dinner, not to mention how impressive it will look!  This cake is almost too pretty to eat (but also too delicious not to).  If you love coconut this is the cake for you!  This towering creation is loaded with coconut flavor.

Malted Coconut Cake

You can certainly put a spin on it for other spring occasions such as a Mother’s Day luncheon or even a fun baby shower.  Whatever the occasion is, this outstanding cake will become one of your favorite cake recipes.  I know you are dying to get this recipe, so let me take you over to Country Living where you will find the ingredients and recipe to this fabulous cake.  Enjoy baking, everyone!

Thank you for stopping by today.  I hope you have a wonderful week ahead and I will see you back next Saturday with some more fabulous projects.  Be sure to take some time and check out the Stamp & Scrapbook Expo shows coming up this year.  Click here and I will take you over to our website so you can start your planning for an amazing weekend with some of your family or friends.  I sure hope to see you there!

LeAnn

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

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.

Dream Passionately

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.

Hands Of Time

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.

Headboard to Chalkboard

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

 

Saturdays With LeAnn

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.

Pineapple Play

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