Saturdays With LeAnn

Love You So Much

Welcome back this beautiful spring day.  I hope you have had a fabulous week! I have collected another batch of lovely projects for your crafting inspiration, and hope you will find plenty of time this weekend to enjoy being creative!

Life Is Lovely By Gail Lindner

Scrapbook pages are always such a great reminder of all that is special to us; they are a record of your journey through life.  As we scrapbook, it is our responsibility to gather these precious photos and add them into our scrapbooks.  Don’t tuck them away in a drawer! Bring them out and add some enjoyment to your life.   As you scrapbook your photos, take the time to reminisce about those precious photos.

Life Is Lovely

Gail Lindner is a fabulous designer for American Crafts.  I would like to send out a big thank you to Gail for sharing her masterpiece of inspiration with us today.  Click here to receive some step-by-step instructions on how Gail put her layout together.

Love You So Much By Debby Hughes

I’m a sucker for bicycles and I just love the balloon tied to the handlebar. I love cards that pour out love, and you really feel that with this adorable card.  Is there anything more classic than a bike with a balloon?  Another wonderful inspiration from Debby Hughes!

Love You So Much

I love how the bicycle was stamped and colored on kraft paper.  It portrays a classic, old-fashioned look. Whether you keep your card simple or very detailed, your creation will always stand out and be remembered.  Click here and I will escort you over to spend some time with Debby Hughes.  You are sure to love her blog and will certainly be inspired by all of her beautiful projects.  What a choice card to brighten up someone’s day!  I hope you will be inspired to give this one a try.

Chic French Jars By Diana

These outstanding Chic French Jars are perfect to put some spring decorating into your home.  Be sure to keep some of those mason jars or decorative jars that you would normally just throw out.  Using different shapes and sizes will create depth, height, and add some texture to your home decor.  Add some fresh flowers, or any type of greenery, to give your home a fresh and clean look. These fun jars will be so fabulous in your home and will add something that not everyone has!

Chic French Jars

Use the Chic French jars as vases or use them to hold your kitchen utensils, pencils, makeup brushes, etc.  The possibilities are endless!  Let me take you on over to Dreams Factory where you will find a full tutorial and supplies on how to create your own jars.  Look around your home and you will find the most amazing jars right under your nose.  These jars are truly versatile and you will find many reasons why you will love them so much!  Have fun creating!

Rocky Road Brownies By Camille

Remember old-fashioned rocky road ice cream?  Anyone who likes rocky road ice cream will like these moist, fudge brownies.  Get that same delicious chocolate, marshmallow, and peanut taste all in a rich, fudgy, yummy brownie!

Rocky Road Brownies

Rocky Road Brownies are amazing.  Feeling crazy for a sweet treat?  Come with me over to Six Sisters Stuff where you can get your recipe to make some for tonight’s dinner or a weekend treat!  A big thank you to Camille for sharing her wonderful recipe with us.

I hope you have been inspired today.  I will be at the Stamp & Scrapbook Expo in Grapevine on March 31st and April 1st.  If you are attending our show, please stop by the Registration Desk and say hello, I would love to see you!  I hope you have a fabulous weekend.

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

Love You

Hello, my friends!  Welcome to another inspirational day here at Weekly Scrapper.  I just returned home from our first fabulous Stamp & Scrapbook Expo show of the year.  I love going to the shows and having you come by and say hello to me.  It is so fun to see you and to receive a big hug!  I have been collecting some really fun projects to share with you today.  I hope you will find some time this weekend to create some of your own.

Love You By Amanda Baldwin

Scrapbook pages are always a great reminder of all that is special to us; they are a great record of your journey and the people in your life.  So as a scrapbooker, it is so important to take those precious photos and add them into our scrapbooks.  When I came upon this beautiful layout I was drawn to all the fine details that Amanda created; this is such a fabulous design that uses lovely colors and showcases her precious photo.

 

Love You

Amanda created this pretty layout using the beautiful Wild At Heart collection by Cocoa Vanilla Studio.  She started out by drawing a large circle onto her cardstock and then added watercolors over and around the circle.  After that had dried, she did some machine stitching around the circle repeatedly to create a gentle, textured look.  After gluing her butterflies into position she filled the gaps with die cuts, wood veneers, and enamel dots.  Amanda’s layout is so soft and elegant; I love it!  I would like to say thank you to Amanda for sharing her talent with us.  She is one of the fabulous design team members at Cocoa Vanilla Studio. Click here and I will take you over to her blog Happy Arty Days where you will see more of her outstanding talent.  You will definitely be inspired to start that next page!

They Say It’s Your Birthday By Kay Miller

Cards are all about letting those close to you know how much they are loved, especially on their special day.  Who doesn’t love cards?  Whether the are simple or detailed; cards are not only fun to give but are also very fun to make.  This one is for those who love to stamp and color.  This sweet card is also one that you can change the sentiment to and use it for several different occasions.

They Say It's Your Birthday

This is such a cheerful card!  Kay used the stamp Forget Me Not for her flowers, and some different dies to add some dimension.  Come over with me to My Joyful Moments where you will find all of the supplies you will need to get started on creating one of your own.  Can you just imagine the warm feeling that will come to the person who receives this one in the mail?  Not only will this card warm the heart, but it will be treasured for a life time.

Clip Frame By Shanty 2 Chic

A clip frame is perfect for when you want to display a favorite photograph or artwork without the distraction of a frame.  What’s the best part of this fun frame?  It will only cost you around five dollars to make. Yes, you heard that right!  Clip frames feature an easy-to-use clasp that makes your photos stand out in a unique way, so the artwork stands alone.

Clip Frame

Find a special space on your walls, or set this on a table where you can show off that special photo.  Create several of these rustic warm wood frames and personalize your display.  Let me take you over to Shanty 2 Chic where you can see a video tutorial with step-by-step instructions.   You will love this blog so be sure to check out more of their fabulous projects.  You will be so inspired to make many more Do It Yourself projects!

Thin Mint Truffles By Stephanie Hann

What a perfect time to make and share these Thin Mint Truffles.  Not only do they honor Girl Scout cookie season, but the are also a great treat for St. Patrick’s Day as well.  If you have bought some Thin Mints from the Girl Scouts this year, and still have a box or two, you really need to give this recipe a try.

Thin Mint Truffles

These little balls of goodness are amazing (especially if you love the mint and chocolate combo).  Best part about them, no baking required and only four ingredients needed! I recommend making a double batch because from my experience, they disappear rather fast.  Store them in the freezer, as you would with your Girl Scout cookies.  This will savor the truffles a little bit slower… that is, if you don’t eat them all in one sitting. 🙂  I know you are wanting to write down this recipe so click here and I will escort you over to Cookin’ Cowgirl.  Let’s just say… these will be a big hit with your family and friends!

Thank you for your time today!  Life get so busy, so I appreciate you stopping by.  I hope you will enjoy your weekend and please do something that makes you happy.  Weekends go by way too fast, so make the most of yours!  Be sure to hug those you love and spend some good quality time with them.

See you back next weekend!

LeAnn

 

Freebie Friday – Taylored Expressions

Taylored Expressions Giveaway

Freebie Friday with Jen Walker

Happy Friday! I hope you all look forward to these Freebie Friday blog posts as much as I do. I love to share new collections with you and have the opportunity to give away brand new products to lucky Stamp & Scrapbook Expo friends!

Yesterday, Taylored Expressions released a brand new set of stamps, dies, tools and more. These spring and Easter themed products are sure to inspire you and help you to wash away the Winter blues. Visit their blog to see the entire February release and a number of wonderful projects too!

Taylored Expressions New Release

Included in this new release are the Peek-A-Boo Easter stamps and coordinating dies.

Peek-a-boo Easter
Peek-a-boo Easter Dies

Here are a few of the beautiful projects that the Taylored Expressions Design Team created with these stamps and dies.

Tags by Kerri Michaud

Card by Keia Shipp-Smith

Card by Gayatri Murali

Card by Jen Shults

Those cards and tags are all very beautiful! They make me wish that Easter and Spring would arrive just a little bit sooner. On the Taylored Expressions blog, you will also find links to all their design team members blogs where you will find additional projects.

Friends of Scrapbook Expo

Our friends at Taylored Expressions would like one lucky Stamp & Scrapbook Expo friend to win the new Peek a Boo Easter and coordinating Peek a Boo Easter Dies. ($37 retail value)

To learn more about Taylored Expressions follow these links:

For a chance to win the Peek-a-boo Easter stamps and dies from Taylored Expressions, leave a comment on this blog post. The giveaway runs until midnight EST on Thursday, February 16th.

Thanks for joining me this week. I hope you have a wonderful week ahead!

Don’t forget … if you want a chance to win this beautiful prize from Taylored Expressions, you need to leave a comment on this post.

Until I see you again next Friday, remember to join Scrapbook Expo on Pinterest, InstagramFacebook.and on the Scrapbook Expo YouTube Channel for lots of amazing inspiration.

Don’t forget, if you want a chance to win a Dream Weekend at a Stamp & Scrapbook Expo, you need to enter here: https://scrapbookexpo.com/national-stamp-scrapbook-month-2017/

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~ Jen

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Saturdays With LeAnn

Classic Christmas Wood Tray

I hope that you are enjoying a beautiful holiday season surrounded by those you love. I adore the holidays and am so excited to share some fun holiday projects with you.  We all have traditions and gifts we love to give to family and friends, and one of the biggest gifts I try to give to my children are memories.  The most precious gift they give back to me are the smiles when reminiscing about those memories.  Whether memories are preserved through a card, a scrapbook page, or some type of craft, they will be treasured forever.  As we are heading into the final stretch of preparing for Christmas, there is still time to do some Christmas crafting!

Greetings By Anya Lunchenko

Do you still have a few cards to dress up for the holidays?  No problem, Anya will come to your rescue by sharing her beautiful card with faux wood logs.  Anya is a fabulous designer for Echo Park and she shares the steps, along with all the product you will need, to recreate this festive Christmas card.

Greetings

Who wouldn’t love to receive this beautiful card in the mail, after all isn’t receiving a card just like receiving a hug through the mail?  Click here and I will take you over to Echo Park’s blog where you can see how Anya added a few of her handmade touches, taking the card from pretty to “WOW” in no time.  Don’t worry, you still have plenty of time to get these made and out in the mail. Whew, one more thing to check off your list!

Believe By Joy Taylor

Who says Christmas needs to be red and green?  I fell in love with this magical Christmas card.  It really inspired me to break out some of my die cuts and stamps. What makes this card stand out is the white heat embossed sentiment stamped on vellum, and the added blue ink blended to give a soft hue.  Such an elegant look!  Don’t you love it when a beautiful card comes together so quickly?

Believe

This festive card, with it’s beautiful details, was made with so much love.  A big thank you to Joy for being such an inspiration to all of us crafters!  To see more of her beautiful work, let’s go over to her blog Simple By Design.  You will be so inspired by her and happy you took the time to visit!

Classic Christmas Wood Tray By Karen Peterson

If you are anything like me, you probably have oodles of journaling cards in your scrapbook stash.  This is such a fabulous way of using some them. This fun festive wood tray will make a perfect display of Christmas cheer for your home.  It is definitely a one-of-a-kind piece of home decor.  This Classic Christmas Wood Tray just might be your favorite Christmas decoration ever!

Classic Christmas Wood Tray

If you look closely you can see how the added rhinestones will catch the light. Layering embellishments is one of the most important things as you create a tray of your own.  As you gather your embellishments, this will add your own personality to the project.  Don’t stop with your craft supplies, also think about jewelry, sewing, florals, and even miniatures in your local craft stores.  The possibilities are endless!   This project was so much fun yet could be kept simple enough that you could even have your children or grandchildren make one right along with you!  The holidays are not quite as much fun without creating a little holiday magic with a handmade treasure.  Click here and I will escort you over to Simple Stories where you will learn from Karen how to create your very own tray.  Thank you Karen (again) for sharing your wonderful talent and inspiration!

Snowman Oreo Balls By Christy Denney

These adorable little guys are easy to make with nothing to bake!  What a perfect treat for your holiday parties.  These cheerful snowman Oreo balls will brighten any cold winter day.

Snowman Oreo Balls

Your family and friends will love these, not to mention how the kids will go crazy!  To get your holiday party inspiration, ingredients, and directions pop on over to The Girl Who Ate Everything.  You will receive tips from Christy how she put these darling little snowmen together.  Once again, you will be a hit at your Christmas parties.  Enjoy!

I hope you have a wonderful weekend and you get some time for some creative fun!  Thank you for visiting, have a great week, and most of all remember to take time to enjoy this special time of year!

 

 

Saturdays With LeAnn

You Are Amazing

 

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Welcome back, my crafty friends.  I have some great projects to share with you on this beautiful fall day, so sit back, relax, and let’s have some fun by letting the creative therapy begin!

Autumn Is Here By Shizuka Hirano

Mixed media is a lot of different things. It can be art pages, tags, alterations, canvases, and many more types of projects.  So today I wanted to share this wonderful fall mixed media layout. To create the background of this layout, Shizuka uses torn paper and adheres it to the background paper.  She then covered the paper with gesso and added some texture using a stickable stencil.  To give it a finish and shine she added some gold glimmer mist. Shizuka used several sheets of paper to give the layout thickness and a chipboard look and feel.

Autumn Is Here

The photos are the stars of this layout. I love the way the embellishments complement and coordinate perfectly with these adorable photos. This is such a stunning layout with the colors, the texture, and all of the layers.  A big thank you to Shizuka for her wonderful inspiration.  I know you would love to have all of the techniques that Shizuka used, so let me escort you over to BoBunny’s blog where you can see the steps to make this masterpiece layout.  You will truly be inspired!

You Are Amazing By Kelly Latevola

Would you like to learn a wonderful watercoloring technique that will make your flowers look dimensional?  This card is absolutely stunning with the vibrant colors and the composition. Kelly uses two different stamps, Sketch Ranunculus and Spring Flowers along with Tim Holtz Distress Inks, and created a lovely watercolor background. And better yet, she shares a video giving several new tips and tricks.

You Are Amazing

I know you are dying to see the video, so click here and I will be happy to take you over so you can follow along with Kelly’s step-by-step instructions.  You are going to love it – enjoy!

I Am So Thankful By Kerri Boucher

Today I want to celebrate fall.  It is here with the warm colors, the shades of gold, and the magic it gives to this time of year.  Autumn is always a favorite season!  Kerri shares this adorable card with us and it certainly gives fall a precious welcome!

I Am So Thankful

Where does time go?  With it being fall we will be celebrating Thanksgiving before we know it, so let’s start creating those cards to let your loved ones know just how thankful you are for them! The sentiment on this adorable card really says it all  It’s perfect for this time of year  I hope you will be inspired to give this fun card a try.  I highly recommend stopping by Thank God For Colors and check out all the products Kerri used.  While you are there, be sure to look at the fabulous projects she’s created; you will be so happy you took the time for her wonderful inspiration!

Chocolate Swirled Pumpkin Bars By Julie Gransee

These delicious bars are so comforting and perfect for the season.  This is one of those pumpkin recipes that will satisfy all of your family and friends.  If you love pumpkin, then you are going to love every bite of these scrumptious bars!

Chocolate-Swirled Pumpkin Bars

These Chocolate Swirled Pumpkin Bars are soft, moist, and bursting with flavor.  It is the perfect treat for when you need your pumpkin fix. This makes a perfect dessert for a large crowd.  Let me take you over to Lovely Little Kitchen so you can print out this delicious recipe.

Thank you for your time today!  I know we are all so busy, but I hope you will enjoy your weekend and please do something that makes you happy.  Weekends are short, so make the most of yours!  Be sure to hug those you love and spend some time with them.

See you again soon!

LeAnn

Saturdays With LeAnn

Thanks Very Much

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Welcome back on this beautiful Saturday!  I don’t know about you but I am having the hardest time believing that it is already August! Time flies by so fast, and because of that… we really need to enjoy some time for ourselves.  I hope today’s inspirations will lead you right into your craft room and that you take some precious time just for you.  I hope you have a fabulous Saturday!

American Beauty By Deborah Wagner

Now that July is over, it’s time to grab your fun photos and get those special memories onto scrapbook layouts.  Most of us probably picked up some wonderful Americana red, white, and blue products, so now is the time to get started.  Americana is a casual style that can be patriotic, primitive, or reminiscent of a country farmhouse, and is usually a mix of the three.

American Beauty

This precious layout was created by Deborah Wagner. She used digital ingredients along with some embellishments from her stash of products on hand.  When people browse through your scrapbook pages and pause with admiration and delight, you know you have created something special. This fabulous layout is definitely an eye catcher and I’d like to thank Deborah for sharing it with us!

Fantastic Foiling By Stephanie Klauck

Have you had a chance to use Deco Foils yet?  With Deco Foils being so popular these days, I thought you would be inspired by this fun card designed by Stephanie Klauck. Today’s card is a fun and simple technique that you can do with Deco Foils.  You will love the unexpected look a bit of foil will add to your card, and it is so easy to do!  Stephanie started with a New York Skyline die and cut it out on Deco Foil toner paper and then ran it through her embossing machine with teal foil. This gives the design a great shine.

Fantastic Foiling

This foiling technique is so simple and really adds a great touch to cards.  Deco Foils help you create dimensional art on fabric, paper, wood, and other porous surfaces. I know once you have tried this you are going to be addicted to foiling!  If you haven’t played with Deco Foil, I challenge you to give it a try.  You will love the end result!  Click here to watch a video created by Stephanie to help you create your own card.

Thanks Very Much By Cindy Lawrence

There is nothing like something cold and refreshing to drink in the summer, and this is the perfect card to create for hot summer days. I love the cool colors and the green tones. Wouldn’t you love to be the one who receives this darling card?

Thanks Very Much

Handmade cards are such a treasure to receive.  Cindy really has a gift  for bringing her images to life with her amazing coloring skills. Cindy uses a really fun summertime stamp set called Tea In The Garden.  The inside of her card is adorable so I just have to share that with you, too.

Limeaide In The Garden

Cindy stamped the tea cup onto X-Press It Blending Card and used her Copic Markers to color it.  It dressed the inside of the card and still allowed space to write a sweet note.  For more of Cindy’s beautiful creations, be sure to visit her blog The Creative Closet.  It is full of inspiration!

Muslin Stamped Bag By Martha Lucia Gomez

Tiny muslin bags are perfect for small gifts, party favors, holiday decorations, wedding favors, and so much more!  Muslin bags can come in many sizes and if you can’t find the size you want, they are so easy to make.

Muslin Stamped Bag

Personalize your tiny bag with using your favorite stamps that will transform it into a beautiful creation.  Add trinkets inside and you will surely put a smile on someone’s face.  Click here and I will take you over to the Imagine Craft blog where you will find step-by-step instructions showing how to create your own personal bags.  To finish off the bag, add a tag stamped to personalize your gift.

Banoffee Pie Dessert By Nila

You are probably asking “What is a Banoffee Pie?” This is a British invention and consists of bananas, dulce de leche, lots of whipped cream, and plain biscuits. Adding cookies to this dessert instead of the biscuit gives it a crunchy, sweeter taste. These are absolutely delicious!

Banoffee Pie Desserts

This recipe can be made into a pie, or as an individual serving in a small glass.  You can make these in a breeze as they come together very quickly.  Let me give you one tip.. be sure not to eat this dessert layer by layer.  Instead, try to get your spoon all the way to the bottom of the glass, getting as much of the good stuff at the same time.  Serve this at your next party and I guarantee it will make a big hit with your guests!

I hope you have been filled today with lots of great ideas.  Thank you for spending a part of your Saturday with me.  Enjoy the rest of your weekend and I will see you back again next Saturday!

LeAnn