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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Latest & Greatest: Card Making with Melissa Frances

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

Our next show is this week in Sacramento, CA on October 20th & 21st. Stamp & Scrapbook Expo will be teaching three “Latest & Greatest” workshops at this show: Card Making, Cool Tools, and Stamping. Today I am going to be creating with new products from our Latest & Greatest: Card Making class: Melissa Frances‘ Embellishment Sampler.

If you take the class, you will receive the following embellishment sampler:

Clock Charms, Thin Chips Sampler, Sequins, Sweet Life Words Stickers, and Watercolor Paper Pack

You will get a chance to work with Watercolor Paint, a Water Brush Pen, and a Candles Stencil from Melissa Frances in class too.

With the Watercolor Paper, Thin Chips Sampler and the Sequins, I created this Christmas card:

I also used the Watercolor Paint set, Water Brush Pen, and Wreath Stencil from Melissa Frances.

I used a permanent marker to outline the stencil on watercolor paper. Then, I painted the wreath with watercolors.

I added sequins around the wreath for the ornaments, added an inked Thin Chips sentiment in the center of the wreath, and added a baker’s twine bow to finish.

This Latest & Greatest: Stamping workshop featuring Melissa Frances Embellishments and Watercolors will also be taught at our upcoming show in Ontario. We would love to see you there!

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

Latest & Greatest: Stamping with Hampton Art

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

Our next show is in Sacramento, CA on October 20th & 21st. Stamp & Scrapbook Expo will be teaching three “Latest & Greatest” workshops at this show: Card Making, Cool Tools, and Stamping. Today I am going to be creating with new products from our Latest & Greatest: Stamping class: Hampton Art‘s Seasonal Stamp & Die Sets.

Today I will be working with the Gratitude Pumpkins Stamp & Die Set:

Note: Stamp & Die Set designs may vary at each show location.

I love that this stamp set comes with coordinating dies. I love to create dimension on my cards, so creating stamped images that can be popped up is an added bonus for me!

With the set, I created this card:

First, I stamped and colored the pumpkin and leaf images with colored pencils.

Then, I die cut the images with my manual die-cutting machine.

I decorated my card front with patterned paper and stickers from Photo Play Paper‘s Autumn Day collection to highlight my stamped pumpkin image.

This Latest & Greatest: Stamping workshop featuring Hampton Art‘s Seasonal Stamp & Die Sets will also be taught at our upcoming show in Ontario. We would love to see you there!

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

Sundays With Lorraine

Hello, my crafty friends, and welcome back to Weekly Scrapper. Lorraine here, ready to share some fun projects on this beautiful fall day, so grab a cup of coffee, sit back, relax and enjoy a little crafty “me” time. You deserve it!

Adding Color to Black & White Elements by Missy Whidden

There is nothing like a beautiful watercolored background to make a black & white photo just pop. Missy used the Faith > Fear Collection by Illustrated Faith on this layout. The collection is entirely black & white which leaves your color options wide open. I love the contrast of this black & white collection. Click here and I’ll take you over for a peek of all the pieces that are available.

For more details click here and I will be honored to take you over to the Bella Blvd blog so you can follow along as Missy shares many tips and tricks on how easily this adorable layout comes together. Happy scrappin’!

You Are Amazing By Yoonsun Hur

Since we already have the watercolors out, I thought you might enjoy this sweet card designed by the very talented Yoonsun. Have you had the opportunity to play with Altenew multilayer stamps yet? They really take the guesswork out of creating a beautiful bold contrast, or you can use your favorite coloring medium for a soft and subtle look.

No matter what your style is, you are sure to fall in love with all the possibilities. Yoonsun stamped the image using Versa Fine Onyx Ink than watercolored the flowers with Distress Inks, but feel free to use what you have on hand. Have fun experimenting with different coloring mediums to alter the finished piece.

Mini Album By Suzz

What’s not to love about mini albums?  They are the instant gratification of scrapbooking, not to mention they make the perfect gift for those special people in your life.  With a little guidance from our crafty friend Suzanne, you, too, can whip up several of these little works of art for the holidays. Add a few photos and some meaningful sentiments and you have a gift that will be treasured for years to come. The large house in the set measures approximately 5″ tall by 3 5/8″ wide, which can easily handle of few carefully cropped pics and lots of stamping. After all, there is no better gift than the gift of memories, right?

I couldn’t resist sharing a 2nd photo of the inside. Be sure to stop by the Funkie Junkie Blog to check out the album in its entirety. You’re gonna love it!

I love the fact that Suzanne created her own mini album using the Tiny House Die by Tim Holtz. What a creative way to use the die. I must confess, I loved the die before but I haven’t purchased it yet. I was on the fence thinking how many little houses can one make, but when you add in mini albums – well that’s another story!  After seeing what Suzanne did with this project It’s now on my list to purchase at our Sacramento show in a few weeks.

Creamy Lemon Parmesan Chicken Piccata

It’s lemon time in my neck of the woods (sunny southern CA) so I am on the hunt for ways to use them. My family and friends love this creamy chicken over pasta, but a piccata can be served over anything: rice, zucchini noodles, steamed vegetables, or anything else you can think of. Have fun making this dish your own.

Be sure to stop by and visit with Karina on her amazing food blog Cafe Delites; you and your family will be glad you did. Big hugs to Karina for helping us kick things up a notch or two in the kitchen. Bon appetit!

Thanks for stopping by, have an amazing week, and I’ll see you next Sunday with some really fun projects to get you in the fall spirit. If you happen to be in Sacramento, CA the 3rd weekend of Oct (10/20 – 10/21) or in Ontario, CA the first weekend in Nov (11/3 – 11/4) we would love to have you join us at our last two shows of the year! I will meet you at the Creativity Center and we can create something beautiful together.



What’s Hot On the Stamp & Scrapbook Expo Show Floor

Happy Tuesday my crafty friends, I’m smiling because today is the day that I have the opportunity to share some of the must-have treasures on our show floor. Many of you know that I host the Creativity Center at the Stamp & Scrapbook Expos. One of my favorite projects that I get to share with you at the show is from Elizabeth Crafts Designs. It takes me to my happy place when I see the faces of those who have seen the magic for the first time.  What you can do with their amazing microfine glitter and double-sided tape will blow your mind!

Here’s a photo of the project we made at the Creativity Center; I couldn’t resist sharing. When you can create this kind of detail with glitter and double-sided tape, you know that you are experiencing the best of the best.

Sorry, I got distracted in my excitement over their glitter! 🙂  What I really intend to share with you today are their gorgeous new Christmas designs. How lucky for us that they are available just in time to create some beautiful holiday cards.

Let’s start out with this gorgeous snowflake card; doesn’t it just scream simple elegance?  If you plan on creating your own handmade cards for the holidays, this would be a great choice.  It’s fast, easy, and oh-so-pretty. The Snowflake die comes in three sizes – the largest Snowflake is approximately 3.5” x 4.1” which is the one used on this card. I know that your creative mind is spinning with all the ways you can use this die, so click here and I will take you over to Elizabeth Crafts site so you can order your own.

Who says Christmas has to be red and green? I love the soft, romantic pink and white combination on this card. The die set used on this little beauty is titled Festive Glow.  The set comes with 6 separate dies, making it oh-so-easy to change the design to suit your mood.

For those that prefer more of a traditional look, the Hang the Christmas Stockings die is perfect. Do you have someone in your life that just can’t wait for Christmas? Then you are going to love this gentle reminder that they can’t open their gift until Dec 25th (too cute)! This die set comes with 11 separate dies, making it so very versatile.

The Christmas Tree is my absolute favorite die set.There are so many ways to alter the trees. It’s hard to see the intricate design in this photo but each section of the tree has a different pattern. Tthe pieces are all separate so you can also adjust the size of the trees, big or small you are going to love them all! Each die also comes with an outline so you can have a plain tree without the design. The possibilities are endless. Be sure to check out the video that Els has prepared; it shows how easily this adorable card comes together. The second card was created using the Reindeer die set; this set has seven separate dies, making it so easy to create the perfect winter scene.

I hope that you have been inspired to get a head start on your holiday cards. We still have two shows left for the year and we would love to see you at one of them. Once you’re on the show floor you can find all of the dies at the Elizabeth Crafts booth. If you are unable to attend the show you can also find lots of must-have supplies at the Elizabeth Crafts Designs website; just click here and I will be happy to take you over for a visit. While you’re on the site be sure to checkout Els’s Technique Friday, you will never be left without inspiration. Els is the queen of paper crafting and her videos are amazing. There is good reason that she has 19K subscribers!

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

Latest & Greatest: Cool Tools with Uchi’s Design

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

Our next show is this week in Akron, OH on October 6th & 7th. Stamp & Scrapbook Expo will be teaching three “Latest & Greatest” workshops at this show: Card Making, Cool Tools, and Stamping. Today I am going to be creating with new products from our Latest & Greatest: Cool Tools class: an Embossing Punch from Uchi’s Design.

You may already be familiar with Uchi’s Design. They are known for their cool Animation Clear Stamps. But they also have a wonderful line of Embossing Punches too. Today, I am going to be working with the Star Embossing Punch.

Note: Punch designs may vary at each show location.

With it, I created this card:

This punch is awesome! It is easy to use and with one quick punch, you have a shape that is cut AND embossed.

For this card, I punched four stars from solid patterned paper.

I then created a card front using some patterned paper, stickers, and enamel dots from Echo Park Paper Co.‘s  Party Time collection.

I popped a couple of the stars up with foam adhesive to add a little extra dimension.

Tip: The embossing will stand out even more if you use foil cardstock to punch your shapes.

This is such a fun tool. I can’t wait to get the other designs too!

This Latest & Greatest: Card Making workshop featuring Uchi’s Design Embossing Punches will also be taught at our upcoming shows in Sacramento and Ontario. We would love to see you there!

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

Card Swappin’ in Edison, NJ and Schaumburg, IL

Welcome back! I am excited to share the card making inspiration from our shows in Edison, NJ and Schaumburg, IL.  We had very amazing cards at both these show locations and I enjoyed the way they were created using several different elements.

In Edison, NJ we had several first-time card makers and first-time guests attending a card swap.  It is always great to hear what inspires a newbie to make cards and attend our swaps. We had two sisters that attended together. One of the sisters was a long time card maker and she inspired her sister to begin making cards and join her at the swap. It was wonderful to hear the sister new to card making say at one point during the swap, “I am hooked!”  What a great way for these two sisters to enjoy this beautiful card making and crafting experience.  We had a mother and son who had attended the swap last year and enjoyed it so much they came back to enjoy it together again this year. I love seeing people share their creative experiences with those people dear to them.

Take a look at this very fun shaker card!  It has an Inspiring message and a cute way to make the water drops fall; they are attached to the threads so they move up and down when you shake the card.  This is such a clever idea and really makes the card stand out.

This cute Hello card uses some beautiful flowers from Heartfelt Creations.  The embellishment was created with clay and makes the card so elegant.  It is sure to be cherished as a gift in itself.  Thanks so much to Kevin Devine for creating this card and sharing it at the Edison, NJ card swap.

The Card Swap in Schaumburg was jam-packed full of great cards!  We had approximately 60 card swap guests on Friday and Saturday.  Choosing just 15 special cards was a challenge for all of our guests.  It always amazes me how each card is such a personal statement about the creator.  Take a look at this card created by Kim Walters.  This twist and pop style card was very detailed on the outside with detailed dies cuts and also contained a beautiful surprise on the inside, adding even more elegance.  You could use this card for any special message by simply changing out the sentiment on the outside and inside.

Agatha McCallister pulled out all of the stops with her “Celebrate” themed card.  It has a decorative band to hold in all of the surprises that this card has to offer.  As you take the outside strap off, it reveals several triangles with places to stamp and create different celebratory messages.  As you open the card, it reveals several more triangles for you to create even more messages or to simply add more color to your card.  This card is a gift all by itself as it depicts the shape and look of a gift box.

Have you joined a local Card Swap yet?  It only takes a few friends to get one started and think of all of the fun you will have sharing your card ideas and inspiration with them.  Guess what???  I recently joined a group in New Jersey to swap cards with, and I live in California. You can swap cards if you are next door or on the other side of the country.  Find or create that special card swap group just for you! Keep making those beautiful card creations and I hope to see you and your friends at a Stamp & Scrapbook Expo near you!