Latest & Greatest: Card Making with American Crafts


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

Our next show is in Grapevine, Texas on March 31st – April 1st! 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 one from our Card Making workshop: American CraftsCreative Zen Coloring Cards & Markers.


I love that coloring has become a cool thing to do again. It definitely takes me back to when I was a kid. I would spend hours with my coloring books, crayons, markers, and colored pencils. It is just so relaxing and it is something that I really enjoy.

I started with the Floral 2 Thank You card pack, the Jewel coloring markers, and some coordinating colored pencils.


I outlined the flowers and leaves with the markers and used different shades of colored pencils to fill in.


To finish, I added some rhinestones to the small flower centers and added a bow to highlight the sentiment.


I haven’t colored in a long time, so I am sure there are techniques that I missed for getting better blends. But it was just so much fun working with these products that I can’t wait to play some more and improve my coloring skills.

This Card Making workshop featuring American Crafts’ Creative Zen Coloring Cards & Markers will also be taught at our shows in Anaheim CA, Milwaukee WI, Orlando FL, and Puyallup WA. We hope you can come join us at one of these shows. 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: Rosettes Made Easy from Stamp & Scrapbook Expo

Lorraine from Stamp & Scrapbook Expo believes in alleviating stress in our crafting and she demonstrates how easy it is to create your own beautiful, custom rosettes. Using your own papers and some very simple supplies you already have on hand, Lorraine shows us how it’s done.

Lorraine shares all kinds of crafting inspiration at every Stamp & Scrapbook Expo in the Creativity Center. Visit scrapbookexpo.com to view all the show dates for 2017 and plan your own creative weekend. Lorraine will meet you there and I know you will LOVE crafting with her!

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Tip of the Day: Clipboard Embossing from Stamp & Scrapbook Expo

Have you ever struggled to heat emboss a small piece without getting your fingers a little too hot? Pauline from Stamp & Scrapbook Expo shares a terrific tip to prevent those finger burns that sometimes come with heat embossing.

You can find Pauline teaching the Latest & Greatest Workshops at Stamp & Scrapbook Expo, where she not only helps you create terrific projects, but also shares all kinds of crafting wisdom! Click HERE to see all the show dates for 2017 so you can plan to shop, crop, and create to your heart’s content!

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Tip of the Day: Easy Glitter Clean-Up

Everyone loves a little sparkle in their lives! Lorraine from Stamp & Scrapbook Expo shares how to add glitter to your projects without leaving a big shiny mess behind.  Lorraine learned this tip from Elizabeth Craft Designs and was eager to share it with us. You’ll find Lorraine sharing all kinds of crafting treasures and wisdom in the Creativity Center at Stamp & Scrapbook Expo shows.

Make sure to check out the 2017 schedule HERE and plan a fabulous weekend at the Expo full of shopping, cropping, and crafting with Lorraine!

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Latest & Greatest: Cool Tools with We R Memory Keepers


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

Our next show is in Grapevine, Texas on March 31st – April 1st! 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 one from our Cool Tools workshop: We R Memory KeepersTab Punch Board.

We R Memory Keepers is the one of my go-to companies for craft tools (along with their other amazing products) and the Tab Punch Board is no exception. It is easy to use and perfect for so many types of projects. You can learn more about it HERE.

I used my Tab Punch Board to create this mini album:


First, I started with the Tab Punch board and some white cardstock.


I wanted the my mini album to be 4 x 6″ (excluding the tabs) so I cut each piece of cardstock to 6 x 9 1/2″ and scored each panel in the center.


I placed the Tab Alignment Bar in the Side Tabs position and punched the corner of my cardstock panel.

I then removed the Tab Alignment Bar, flipped the cardstock panel over, lined up the punched tab with the tab size I was creating (medium), and punched the other end.


I placed the cardstock under the Cutting Track and trimmed off the excess cardstock with the Cutter to create my tab.


To create my center tabs, I lined up the edge of the cardstock in the 6″ medium tab position (the length of my page and the size of my tab) and punched the cardstock. I flipped the paper over and repeated this step for the other side.


Then, I trimmed off the excess with the Cutter and Cutting Track.

I created two panels with side tabs on both ends that were diagonal from each other and one panel with center tabs on both sides.


I layered the panels together and punched holes along the scored lines with my Crop-A-Dile.


Then I decorated my mini album. I chose papers and stickers from Bella Blvd‘s Addison and Alex collections, a chipboard sentiment from Pink Paislee‘s Take Me Away Wild Heart Thickers pack, and some ribbon to bind it all together.


And here is a tip for decorating your tabs: I used border stickers cut into smaller strips, attached them to the tabs, then used the punch on the Tab Punch Board to trim off the excess sticker. So quick and easy!


This Cool Tools workshop featuring We R Memory Keeper’s Tab Punch Board will also be taught at our shows in Anaheim CA, Milwaukee WI, Orlando FL, and Puyallup WA. We hope you can come join us at one of these shows. We would love to see you there!

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

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Sundays With Lorraine

Hello my creative friends and welcome back to Weekly Scrapper. I’m so excited to have the opportunity to share these fun projects with you today so sit back, relax, and let the creative therapy begin! 😉 I just returned home from our first Stamp & Scrapbook Expo of the new year and I’m happy to report that a fun time was had by all. You guys in northern California were on fire! I miss you already, but not to worry, we always have Weekly Scrapper as well as the future 18 shows to keep us connected.

I Heart You Mini Quilt By Allison

Many crafters, myself included, don’t limit ourselves to just one craft. Big or small we love them, all right? Quilting is one craft that calls to me but I haven’t taken the plunge yet, so when I discovered this adorable mini quilt, I knew I had to share the inspiration. Mini quilts are the instant gratification of quilting and a great start for a new quilter as well as a fun project for the pros.

What’s not to love about this quick, easy, and oh so adorable mini quilt? I’d like to send out a big hug to Allison for sharing this sweet project. If you’d like to create your own mini quilt click here and I’ll take you over to the Cluck Cluck Sew blog so you can download the printable pattern and follow along with Allison’s very detailed step-by-step instructions.

Snow Angel Card by Debby

This beautiful card goes out to all my crafty friends that I know are pretty done with all the snow they’ve been shoveling lately, so as we approach the end of winter remember warmer times are coming. I thought the cute sentiment, as well as the gorgeous techniques, would bring a smile to your face.

Debby created a resist technique by stamping the snowflakes with Tsukineko Delicata white shimmer ink then used clear embossing powder to heat emboss the image. Since the heat embossed image resists the Gansai Tambi paints you end up with that spectacular background. Don’t you just love how the snowflakes seem to just pop off the card? Using pigment ink in combination with clear embossing powder really stretches your crafting dollars as many of us have a lot more color choices of ink than we do colored embossing powder. One thing that you want to remember is that your typical pigment ink dries a bit faster than Vera Mark, which is what many of us use when heat embossing. All you need to do is apply the embossing powder immediately after stamping your image, otherwise, the ink will dry before the powder has a chance to stick and you’re good to go.

Sanctuary Layout By Jan Hobbins

I love the layout that Jan created using Sizzix’s new 3D Texture Impressions embossing folders.These embossing folders have a deeper and bolder texture to them so it really adds lots of dimension and visual interest to your projects. Keep in mind that the 3D embossing folders are a little thicker than your standard embossing folders so you will need to adjust your Sizzix sandwich by omitting one of your cutting plates, otherwise it will be too thick to properly run through your die cut machine.

I hope you’ve been inspired to add a little extra texture to your scrapbook layouts Click here and I’ll take you over to Jan’s blog In My Own Imagination so you can follow along as she shares exactly how this adorable layout came together. Happy scrappin’ my friends!

Shrimp and Veggie Pasta by Jenn Laughlin

Are you looking for something different for dinner tonight? Well, you are going to love this yummy shrimp pasta dish that I discovered on the Peas & Crayons blog. My family are big shrimp lovers so I usually double the shrimp. The sauteed shrimp are so amazing that it’s tough to resist eating them right out of the pan.

Click here and I’d be happy to escort you over to the Peas & Crayons blog so you can print out the recipe. If you struggle with cleaning shrimp be sure to check out the tool that Jenn uses, it’s going to make the shrimp cleaning process a lot less time-consuming. Bon appetit, my friends.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have an amazing week ahead of you!

Latest & Greatest: Card Making with Bella Blvd


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

Our first show of 2017 in Pleasanton, California is over. I hope all of our Northern California guests had a great time shopping, cropping, and learning this past weekend. Now Expo staff is preparing for our next show in Grapevine, Texas on March 31st – April 1st! Will you be attending?

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 one from our Card Making workshop: Bella Blvd‘s Make Your Mark collection.


If you are able to attend the Latest & Greatest: Card Making workshop, you will receive this awesome sampler kit with the 6×8 Paper Pad, Gift Tags, and Fundamentals Sticker Sheet from the Make Your Mark collection.


It is an amazing collection with bright, vibrant colors, gold accents, and a truly unique and artistic feel.

With all of the beautiful gold accents, I decided to alter my paper to give it a little bit of shimmer. I used a solid paper from the 6×8 Paper Pad, Tonic StudiosEmbellishment Mousse in Mother of Pearl, and a coffee filter.


I just wrapped the coffee filter around my finger, dabbed it in the Embellishment Mousse, and spread it in circles around my paper panel.


It dried almost immediately and gave the paper a distress, weathered look with a metallic shimmer.


I then used it for the base of my card, adding fussy-cut patterned paper, a tag, and stickers to finish.

This Card Making workshop featuring Bella Blvd’s Make Your Mark collection will also be taught at our shows in Anaheim CA, Milwaukee WI, Orlando FL, and Puyallup WA. We hope you can come join us at one of these shows. We would love to see you there!

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

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