Saturdays With LeAnn

Let Your Dreams Soar

Good Saturday morning, my friends!  My favorite time of the week, time for me to share more inspiration and fun projects with you!  I hope you are all geared up to learn more new techniques and create beautiful items that will brighten your crafting weekend!  So let’s sit back, relax and enjoy today’s wonderful projects by many talented designers!

Hooray By Jill Keller

This layout is for those of you who love to add some hand stitching on your layouts.  What an adorable way to remember what age your precious child or grandchild was in their photo.  I love the look of sewing on all my papercrafts, from scrapbooking layouts to greeting cards.  Sewing and embroidery adds dimension without a lot of bulk and has the added benefit of attaching elements to the page in the process.  You can sew by hand or with your machine, and both techniques are easier than you might think.  I love the character it gives to the layout!

Hooray

Scrapbook pages are such treasured moments and memories.  Don’t you just love to pull out your scrapbooks and reminisce about all those fond memories?  Down the road you will feel like you walked through memory lane!  Jill captured a sweet moment of her darling daughter on her 5th birthday.  Jill’s layout is full of fun elements, and she has such a great way of giving layouts a nice contrast.  I am sure you would love to see more of Jill’s talent with her scrapbooking, so let me take you on over to Creating Us.  Take some time and enjoy her inspiration of her beautiful creations.

Let Your Dreams Soar By Yana Smakula

Are you ready for a new challenge?  Today I want to share some fabulous extra fine watercolors that will bring your project to life.  Have you heard about Daniel Smith Extra Fine Watercolors?  I recently tried these and oh, my, I am in love!  This adorable card, created by Yana Smakula, is a great example of using these fabulous watercolors, along with fun stamps and dies.  If you love watercoloring as much as I do, you too will fall in love!

Let Your Dreams Soar

You will want to take the opportunity to play with these extraordinary PrimaTek watercolors.  The 240+ color collection will allow you to capture the most beautiful colors that exist in nature that most watercolors cannot capture!  I just love this darling card by Yana and how it really captures the feeling of summer.  Yana did such an amazing job with her coloring that I would love for you to visit her blog Yana Smakula.  You will find a step-by-step tutorial showing how she created her card and see so many other handmade projects that she creates weekly.

Pressed Flower Coasters By Marianne Koo

Tiny pressed flowers peek through glass tiles on these decorative coasters.  Make a set and bring a hint of nature into your living room, office, or even your dining room.  Dried flower coasters also make lovely gifts, and the best part is bringing in the flowers you found in your own backyard!  Press the flowers yourself, or you can use pre-pressed blooms.  You can use any variety of flowers or leaves that you love.  A collection of coasters is even more charming if each one is unique!

Pressed Flower Coasters

Keep your recipient’s favorite flowers in mind when looking for flowers to press.  These coasters are guaranteed to put a smile on the face of who receives them. They will make the most perfect gift!  Are you ready to see a step-by-step tutorial on how to make these beautiful coasters?  Click here and Marianne Koo will show you exactly how she created these.  I just love bringing the outdoors into my home and always feeling the beauty of summer!  You are going to love these!

Chocolate & Berries Yogurt Dessert

Dive into a frosty layered dessert with fudgy cookies, whipped fluffy yogurt, hot fudge sauce, and fresh berries.  Is your mouth watering yet?  This fabulous dessert can be made way ahead of time and it is much easier than it looks!

Chocolate & Berries Yogurt Dessert

This impressive dessert will leave your guests wondering how long this must have taken you to make.  It is rich tasting, yet healthier than many desserts.  The chocolate is a great complement to the berries and yogurt.  It is perfect for those moments when you want an impressive dessert, but don’t want to spend hours in the kitchen.  You will certainly be the hit of your party with this refreshing summer dessert!  Click here so you can copy the recipe.  This is one you don’t want to miss out on!  Enjoy 🙂

Thank you for stopping by today.  I hope you are enjoying your summer, and being able to spend some time creating!  I look forward to seeing you back here next Saturday!  Have a great week.

Hugs to you all,

~LeAnn~

 

Saturdays With LeAnn

Gift Bags

Happy Saturday my friends, and thank you for joining me today!  I want to share some fun projects created by fabulous designers, and of course a yummy dessert for your summer gatherings!  I hope you can take some time to sit back and enjoy the inspiration.  Enjoy!

Pocket Pages By Amy Little

It has been awhile since I shared pocket page ideas.  This past week I went on a fabulous vacation with my family.  I decided I was not going to put these memories in an envelope and hope to scrapbook them one day. The next day I printed some photos (well, a lot of photos) and decided to make a Pocket Page album.  This was so much fun and got me excited to share some ideas with you today!  Whether you are going on a dream vacation or exploring where you live, be sure to take lots of photos to document your adventures!

Pocket Pages

Today I want to share three of my favorite items for creating my pocket pages.  My first one is Pocket Life Cards.  These contain cards like “Places” and “Today” and can help focus your vacation journaling.  Second would be cut apart pages. These are great for your pocket layouts.  You can fussy cut and layer so many different pieces to create a one-of-a kind masterpiece!  Third, wood veneers or chipboard pieces.  What a great and fun way to add some layering, dimension, and personality to your layout.  Take time to record your feelings and thoughts about your photos in that moment so you will always cherish that special time.  Let me take you over to BoBunny where Amy has created this adorable pocket page.  She will give you some tips in creating this page, along with a list of all the supplies you will need to get started.  Thank you, Amy for your fabulous inspiration!

Shaker Over A Colored Image By Nina-Marie Trapani

The sizzling hot shaker trend shows no signs of cooling down anytime soon.  That is good news for me because I love this fun technique.  Today I want to share a new shaker card inspiration.  Yes, let’s add a colored image underneath the fun sequins!  I always look for some unique and different ways to create shaker cards.


Shaker Over A Colored Image

There is nothing better than receiving a handmade card in the mail!  The cards that leave a lasting memory in my mind are always interactive in some way.  This is truly one of those cards that will forever be cherished.  I highly recommend stopping by the Simon Says Stamp blog where you can see some step-by-step instructions by Nina-Marie on how to create this beautiful card.  You will learn so many new techniques for watercoloring along with adding some magical effects to the card using clear sequins.  This is one technique you don’t want to miss out on!  Have fun creating!

Gift Bags By Riikka Kovasin

These sweet bags are not only adorable but can be used for multiple purposes; they are perfect for Thank You, Get Well, Happy Birthday, Just Because, or just about any occasion you need it for. Basic brown bags can make the prettiest bags for gift giving.  How fun to personalize each one, and then adding a tag is such a bonus!

Gift Bags

These stamps offer fun and unique designs that will be a great addition to any occasion for your bags or paper project.  Don’t hesitate to start playing with these fun stamps and see what great designs you can come up with!  Riikki used the Prima Cling Mounted Stamp Doll with Ruffle Dress to create her bag.  I hope you have been inspired to start your own adorable gift bags!

Chocolate Cheesecake Dessert By Tonia Larson

Chocolate cheesecake is one of the ultimate desserts.  With so many recipes, you will find that this one is just right for you!  When the occasion calls for an extra-special dessert, this creamy, rich, chocolaty cheesecake is the one you will want to serve!

Chocolate Cheesecake Dessert

This four-layer chocolate cheesecake dessert is the ultimate way to serve chocolate.  It is also way easier than it looks. Click here for a full video on how to make this scrumptious dessert.  Your family and friends will love this one!

Thank you so much for stopping by today.  I hope this gives you some inspiration and great ideas for a fun summer crafting day!  Enjoy the rest of your weekend and I will see you back here at Weekly Scrapper next Saturday.

Hugs to all,

LeAnn

 

 

 

Latest & Greatest Stamping with Fancy Pants AND The Stamps of Life

Latest & Greatest Stamping with Fancy Pants AND The Stamps of Life by @jbckadams for @scrapbookexpo #SSBE2017 #Stamping #cardmaking #beckiadams

Hey there Stamp & Scrapbook Expo friends and fans, Becki here, for another edition of Inspiration Station. I’m happy that you found your way to the Weekly Scrapper blog. The project I have to share with you today is using products from our Latest & Greatest Stamping workshop. These are products that workshop attendees will receive in the Latest & Greatest Stamping workshop at a few of our shows this Summer. Today, I’m working with a stamp/die set from Stephanie Barnard and the Stamps of Life AND patterned papers/embellishments from the Fancy Pants Family & Co. collection . Usually, I’m not a stamper. But recently, I’ve had a lot of fun working on a few stamping projects. When I first received this cute puppy stamp/die set, I knew that I had to make a card (or several cards) with it. After I stamped and colored the puppy image, I knew that it would go perfectly with the papers in the 6×6 paper pad from the Family & Co. collection. My preferred method of coloring stamped images is with Tombow Dual Brush Pens and a water brush. These markers come in a vast array of colors. I have a couple sets of markers in my stash and many more on my wish list. The sentiment for this card is stamped on a striped tag from the Family & Co. collection. Then, I adhered the stamped puppy to the bottom of the tag and adhered the tag/puppy cluster to layers of patterned papers to create the front of the card. The finishing touch on this card is a few sprinkles of navy shimmer ink. In my opinion a few sprinkles of ink is the perfect finishing touch to a LOT of projects.This card turned out so much better than I imagined. Watch for more projects using this stamp and die set from me. I already have a few more stamped images on my desk waiting to be colored. Thank you for stopping by for another edition of Inspiration Station. Make sure you sign up for Latest & Greatest workshops at a Stamp & Scrapbook Expo near you! You’ll LOVE these workshops!

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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