Sundays With Lorraine

Good day, my crafty friends, and welcome back to Weekly Scrapper! It’s really hitting home that our 2017 Stamp & Scrapbook Expo season is coming to an end, I just can’t believe that we only have 5 shows left in the year. 2017 seems to be flying by in the blink of an eye! Can you believe it’s almost mid-September? I am extremely thankful that we have Weekly Scrapper to inspire each other throughout the entire year!

On The Beach Layout By Mickie Sutcliffe

It’s time to get those priceless summer photos off your phone and into your scrapbook. I can’t think of a better way to pay tribute to a wonderful summer than to scrapbook those amazing memories.  Do you use your stamps and stencils in your scrapbooks? I hope so. It’s a great way to personalize your backgrounds while getting the exact look you’re going for.

If I know you like I think I do, you already have a pretty large selection of stamps that you’ve collected, so why not use them?  I know it’s hard for some of us old time scrappers to think about stamping on layouts since back in the day (10+ years ago) stamps were mostly used on cards & tags. Many scrapbookers never really used them on layouts. How silly we were back then, since all paper crafters share the same tools and supplies, we are all one big creative happy family. I hope this artsy layout has inspired you to create that next page in your scrapbook.

Follow Your Dreams By Tina Dornbaum

This is one of those cards that automatically puts a smile on your face. It’s time to break out those new Distress Oxides that you’ve been itching to play with. That’s how Tina created this beautiful background. Once the background is dry, you then cut two frames using Elizabeth Crafts Stitched Rectangle (the largest and the medium).  This is definitely a must have die set! I use it all the time; you get seven different sizes which covers just about any size you could possibly need. Talk about bang for your buck.

To create those whimsical butterflies, Tina applied texture paste through an Elizabeth Craft  “A Way With Stencils – Butterflies and Stars.”  While the paste was still wet she added White Silk Microfine Glitter over the butterflies, allowing it to dry before removing the excess glitter. For complete details on how easily this adorable card comes together, click here and I will be happy to escort you over to spend some creative happy time with Tina on the Elizabeth Crafts Blog.  You’ll be glad you did!

When We Love We Grow Canvas By Jenny Marples

To create the focal point (the house) Jenny used the Eileen Hulls House Pocket Die. At the risk of being called an enabler, I’m thinking this is another one of those “need it in your life” die sets. In case you didn’t notice, this is one of those stitchlit dies, which means if you want to create a 3-dimensional project to sew, the holes are already die cut for you making your sewing project a breeze. The die cut set comes with nine dies that you can mix and match allowing you to create all kinds of fun projects.

Big hugs to Jenny for sharing this beautiful piece of art with us. If you would like to follow along as Jenny shares step-by-step instructions and some great photos click here and I will take you over to her blog Pushing The Right Buttons. Happy crafting!

Roasted Red Pepper Pasta With Shrimp By Knorr

If you are looking for a quick and easy dinner that you can throw together in well under 1/2 an hour, then you are going to love this 15-minute pasta dish. The original recipe calls for medium shrimp but I like to use the large shrimp. You can also substitute chicken if shrimp isn’t your favorite. Either way, dinner is on the table in 15 minutes and all is good with the world.

For a complete list of ingredients be sure to stop by the Knorr food blog, they even have some tasty meatless recipes. It’s ok to take a few shortcuts in the kitchen and a big shout out to Knorr for showing us how it’s done.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have an amazing week ahead of you!. I highly recommend taking a minute or two to visit the individual blogs I have shared today so you can check out all the fine details on how these wonderful projects were created. Hugs to all!


Sundays With Lorraine

Hello, my crafty friends, and welcome back to Weekly Scrapper. Do you enjoy the summer heat or do you spend most of your time in the comforts of your cool, air-conditioned craft room? Either way, I hope that you are experiencing a wonderful summer day.  Now that you’ve arrived here, we can begin our creative therapy, so sit back, relax, and enjoy.

Art Journal By Kath Stewart

Just looking at this beautiful art journal cover inspires me to break out my supplies and get my craft on, I hope it does the same for you. Kath even created her own journal using Eileen Hull’s fabulous journal die. Here I go enabling again, but I do believe this is a “need it in your life die.” Think of all the possibilities – art journals, travel journals, and mini albums, do I need to say more? Add your own handmade tags and pockets to house your memorabilia and before you know it, you will have an amazing album and/or art journal suitable for gift giving. What’s not to love about this fabulous project?

If you have been inspired by Kath’s journal, click here and I’ll take you over to her blog “The Cubbyhole” so you can scrap lift some of her great tips and tricks. I love her philosophy, if you don’t have an item that you need – just alter something else and make it work.  Now that’s being creative! Hugs to Kath for showing us how it’s done. I almost forgot, if you, too, need Eileen Hull’s journal die, you can go over to the Sizzix Blog to purchase your own or if you are planning on attending any of our Stamp & Scrapbook Expos I highly recommend stopping by the booth It’s Cheaper Than  Maria B is the Sizzix Queen and she always has a great selections of Sizzix products. Happy crafting!

Hello Summer Card By Nichol Spohr

How adorable is this summer-themed card that I discovered on the Simon Says Blog? Nichol Spohr created this super fun card using components of the new Summer Hello July 2017 Card kit! To complete the design, she also used the Nuvo crystal drops in DandelionRipened Pumpkin, and Carnation as well as our Dot Scallop Border! I love how Nichole mixed and matched her patterned papers to create those adorable bikinis. What a great way to use even your tiniest scraps. Way to go, Nichol, thanks for being such a constant inspiration to your fellow paper crafters!

I highly recommend watching the video that Nichol has prepared; she really has lots of tips and techniques to share. She also shares step-by-step instructions on how easily this fun card comes together. Click here and I will be happy to escort you on over to the Simon Says Blog.

Beach Themed Cards By Lisa

In honor of summer, Lisa created this adorable beach-themed card. I love how she combined several different dies to create her own unique beach scene. Way to go, Lisa, you truly are an inspiration! I can also see this done on a larger scale to use as a fun cover for a summer-themed mini album. Lisa has an amazing eye for detail as you can see by this sweet card. I highly recommend stopping by her blog A Mermaids’ Crafts so you can take notes on what supplies were used. I know that there is a die or two that you need in your life!



This is one of those cards that most people will leave out all summer just because It makes them feel happy. It brings me back to the beach on a beautiful summer day. I hope you’ve been inspired to send one of your handmade treasures and brighten someone’s day. One can never receive too many of your handmade treasures.

Caribbean Pulled Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Tell me this recipe doesn’t scream summer! And you don’t even have to heat up the kitchen. 😉  It’s perfect served in the lettuce wraps or as Lexi said “You can even add the chicken to your favorite greens for a delicious, protein-packed salad any night of the week!” You are going to love it, cook once and enjoy twice.

This is one of those meals that you can dump in the crockpot and stroll right back to your craft room where you belong while the crockpot works its magic. Complete the meal by scooping the chicken into your lettuce wraps, top with your favorite add-ons, and enjoy as the compliments come rolling in. Big hugs to Lexi for sharing yet another delicious recipe to add to our book of culinary masterpieces.

I do hope you will take a minute or two to visit the individual blogs I have shared today so you can see more details on these wonderful projects. Hugs to all who have shared the inspiration for today’s post. With a little help from our creative friends, we can all create beautiful things.

Sundays With Lorraine


Welcome back to Weekly Scrapper! I am honored to have the opportunity to share today’s amazing projects and I hope you enjoy them as much as I have.

Summer Themed Pocket Pages By Jamie Waters

With summer in full swing, that means lots of fun activities which also means lots of pictures. Pocket page albums are a great way to keep those memories alive. They’re quick, easy and oh-so-adorable. I love what Jamie did with her fun beach pics.


It’s time to get those photos off our phones and into our scrapbooks and with a little help from our creative friend Jamie it’s a piece of cake. Just because your pockets are a certain shape doesn’t mean you have to stay in the lines I love how Jamie has elements that poke out the top giving the layout a relaxed, fun feel to suit her carefree summer photos.

Animal Silhouette Cards by Riikka Kovasin

I have a soft spot for silhouettes, so when I came across these gorgeous cards I immediately knew I had to share the inspiration. Riikka used a Gelliplate to create her beautiful backgrounds but you can use any method you choose to create your own unique colored backgrounds. The silhouettes where from the Scrap FX lineclick here and I’ll escort you over so you can check out all the amazing treasures that they have to offer.

Animal silhouette cards

I’d like to take this opportunity to send out a virtual hug to Riikka for being such an amazing inspiration to her fellow paper crafters. For an entire list of materials used to create these little works of art, click here and I would be happy to take you over to Riikka’s blog Paperiliitin.

Capture The Moment by Elina

This post goes out to all you photo enthusiasts. I fell in love with the stamp set by Visible Image titled Capture The Moment – it includes gorgeous words that we can add to our scrapbook layouts, cards, and mixed media projects, and a superb camera, too! Elina used Bister powders. Bister works like watercolour powder (e.g. Brusho), but it is an organic product, made by boiling the soot of wood or walnut shells. 

Capture The Moment'

It’s time to break out your favorite watercoloring medium and the heat gun and create your own unique backgrounds. Someone special is waiting to receive one of your handmade treasures in the mail. Click here and I will be happy to take you over so you can spend some creative time with Elina – you’ll be glad you did!

Floral Vans Restyle | DIY

Boring white sneakers? Not for a crafty person like you! Imagine the possibilities – you can take any canvas shoe and customize it to fit any occasion.

Floral Vans Restyle | DIY

Think of all the money we are going to save! I recently purchased a pair of Vans with a Star Wars theme for my daughter for $100 but now I will be creating my own. You’re a few simple supplies away from designing your own unique sneakers, so have fun my crafty friends! Click here and I will take you over to Courtney’s blog Always Rooney so you can follow along as she shares how easily these adorable sneakers come together.


With a little help from our friend Amanda, we, too, can have this restaurant-quality chicken piccata at home and the best part is that it can be on the table in 30 minutes so it’s perfect for those hectic weeknight meals.


As promise,d dinner on the table in under an hour and then back into your scrapbook room where you belong! What’s not to love? Click here and I will escort you over to The Chunky Chef so you can print out the recipe. Enjoy!

That’s it for today; have a wonderful week and stay creative!

Sundays With Lorraine


Hello and welcome back to Weekly Scrapper! I’m hoping today finds you all enjoying a carefree summer day.  I’m honored to have the opportunity to share the following projects with you, so sit back, relax, and enjoy – it’s time to partake in a little creative therapy!

Revisiting Punches With Missy

It’s time to dust off those punches that we haven’t used in a while and create a fun layout. I know we all love our die-cut machines, but we still have all those fun punches that we have collected. We’ve all done those over-the-top over $20 layouts, but it’s so refreshing to create a layout this adorable for next to no money at all; it”s a beautiful thing.

Revisiting Punches With Missy

What a great way to use up our treasured scraps, right? Between the priceless photo and the handwritten journaling against the coordinating background, this layout has it all. It automatically puts a smile on your face; what’s not to love?

Hello Card By Tracey McNeely

I instantly fell in love with this sweet card that I discovered on the blog In My Creative Opinion. I think it was the gorgeous summer palette that first drew me in and I knew I had to share the inspiration. Upon further inspection, I noticed that Tracey heat embossed in white onto watercolore paper and colored the beautiful flowers using Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers.  Heat embossing images before water coloring is one of my favorite techniques. The embossed edges of the stamp resist any watercolor so it makes it super easy to paint quickly.

Hello Card

I loved the look so much that I purchased a set of the Zig Markers at the Stamp & Scrapbook Expo last weekend in Duluth, GA and I can’t wait to play with them. If you are as inspired by Tracey’s coloring with the Zig markers as I am, I also saw them on Simon Says Blog. They also have that MFT Wonky Stitched Rectangle Die set that Tracey used to create that oh-so-cute hand stitched look. Click here and I’ll take you over. Don’t you love it when a card this cute comes together so quickly?

Beautiful Beginnings By Kristina Werner

I am so excited to share yet another amazing card using the same technique of heat embossing in white and using the Zig Markers to color your images. The bright vibrant colors perfectly blended create the illusion that you actually hand painted this piece of art. What’s not to love?

Beautiful Beginnings By K Werner

I know there are wants and there are needs when it comes to purchasing our craft supplies, but I’m thinking these Zig Markers are one of those needs! Just in case you missed the link in the previous post, you can find these markers on the Simon Says Stamp website. Click here and I will be happy to take you over so you can purchase your own set. Or if you happen to be near one of our shows, we’d love to have you stop by. click here and I’ll take you over so you can check out our many locations.

Vintage Style Camera With Mini Album By Kirsten Hyde

Talk about being creative, I instantly fell in love with this vintage style camera that houses an adorable mini album. Talk about thinking outside the box!  Would you believe that the vintage camera and the mini-album were both made totally from scratch? The camera opens at the top and reveals the mini-album – so clever!

Mini Album

I’d like to send out a huge note of thanks to Kirsten for sharing this amazing project with us. You can click here and I will be honored to take you over to her blog My Craft And Garden Tales where she shares how to create your own vintage camera and album. This is one post you definitely don’t want to miss; not only does Kirsten share step-by-step instructions but she also has tons of photos along with a video tutorial. Have fun with this one, my crafty friends!

The Slipway Crab Roll

If you’re a crab lover like me you’re going to love this quick and easy Crab Roll/sandwich. As stated on the Bon Appetit Blog  “The whole point of a crab roll is the crab—get the best you can find, and don’t mess with it too much” .

The Slipway Crab Roll

You’re just a few simple ingredients away from a really tasty summer treat. How perfect would this be served to your peeps at the next scrapbook day? Click here and I will take you over to the Bon Appetit Blog where you are sure to find some delicious recipes.

Thanks for stopping by; have a great week and I look forward to seeing you back next Sunday. I’m off to the next Stamp & Scrapbook Expo and hope to see you there!

Sundays With Lorraine


Hello, my crafty friends and welcome back to Weekly Scrapper! It makes me smile knowing that even with your crazy busy summer schedule that you’ve found some time to be creative.  So sit back, relax, and enjoy a little creative therapy – you deserve it!

Fun In The Sun Layout By Stacy Cohen

Whether you’re a 1-page scrapper or a 2-page scrapper, you are going to love this sweet summer- themed layout designed by the amazing Stacy Cohen! No matter what your preference is, Stacy shows us just how easy it is to stretch a one-page layout into a double-page layout using the same design.

Fun In The Sun Layout By Stacy Cohen

To modify this design for a double-page layout, Stacy simply rotated the design counterclockwise 90 degrees, stretched out the paper strip rows, and added more photos.


page 2 by Stacy Cohen
I hope that you’ve been inspired to get those precious photos off your phone and into your scrapbooks. With a little help from our friends at Scrapbook & Cards Today and designers like Stacy to lead the way, it’s a piece of cake. Happy scrappin’ my crafty friends!

Distress Inks Butterfly Card by Eileen Godwin

I’m honored to be able to share this beautiful card designed by the very talented Eileen Godwin. If you have not yet had the pleasure of seeing one of Eileen’s video tutorials you’re in for a real treat. Click here and I would love to take you over so you can follow along as Eileen shares all kinds of tips and tricks that are sure to give your cards that “wow!” factor.
Distress Inks Butterfly Card

Amanda really is the queen of beautiful details; you will be amazed how a few simple techniques can add such visual interest to your stamping projects. Be sure to check out the Youtube video – I’ve watched it several times and I’m still blown away by her skills. The best part is that they aren’t difficult techniques, it’s just things that I hadn’t thought of.  My favorite is removing some of the distress ink with a paint brush to give the illusion of depth. I’d like to send out a virtual hug to Amanda for being such an inspiration to her fellow paper crafters.

Fill your Life With Color by Amanda Southern

This one goes out to all of you amazingly talented stampers. I was blown away when I first discovered that this was a single layer card. All the depth and visual interest is created by shading, coloring, and a little imagination. I love the Zentangle influence without all the work. 😉 Amanda generously shares how she created this work of art on her blog That’s Blogging Crafty. I highly recommend stopping by for a little creative therapy. She really has some great tips and tricks to share.

Fill your Life With Colour by Amanda Southern

If you’ve fallen in love with the butterfly stamp as I did, it’s titled Spread Your Wings by Carabelle Studios. You can find it over on the That’s Crafty site along with the Circle and Dots Stamp. Just click here and I’ll take you over.

The Sunbathing Companion

This is one post that’s been resurfacing time and time again through the years and its sure to come in handy for your trips to the beach and/or pool. The end result will be a lovely sunbathing towel with an attached pillow that can all be rolled up into a bag and carried (with sunbathing items included) down to the beach with you. What’s not to love?

The Sunbathing Companion

This project is pretty much labeled a beginner sewing project, so no worries if you’re not a seamstress. I’m thinking I need a few new towels for the bathroom and I will recycle several older ones. See what can happen – I get new bath towels and also a fun beach accessory., If you’d like to give this fun project a try, click here and I will lead the way over to The Golden Adventures Of A Dark Horse Blog so you can follow along as Stella shows us just how easily this fun Sunbathing Companion comes together. Happy summer, my peeps!

Lemon Asparagus Pasta With Grilled Chicken

This recipe for lemon asparagus pasta combines tender asparagus and grilled chicken with pasta in a lemon cream sauce.  Your family is going to love it! It’s a great recipe for the summer as we don’t need to heat up the oven when it’s 110 degrees outside.


You’ll be happy to know that this amazing recipe can be on the table in less than an hour and the creamy lemon sauce only has four ingredients and takes less than five minutes to make. If that sounds like a great plan, then click here and I will escort you over to the Dinner At The Zoo Blog so you can print out the recipe. You might want to print out a few extra copies, because I know your friends will be asking for the recipe.

Thanks for stopping by. I hope you have a wonderful week and I’ll see you next Sunday with some more great projects. Summer means that the Stamp & Scrapbook Expo is on the move and we have great things planned for you. Click here and I will take you over to our website so you can start planning an amazing weekend with some of your fellow paper crafters. I’ll meet you at the Creativity Center; come make a project with me!

Sundays With Lorraine


Hello, my artsy friends; welcome to the weekend! I’m happy to see that you’ve found some time to get crafty.

You Are My Sunshine designed by Lynn

First up we have a gorgeous layout that’s perfect for those summer photos you just took. It’s time to get those priceless photos off your phone and into your scrapbook! Don’t you love all the different techniques that Lynn used in designing this ray of sunshine; she even created her own stencil, got out her stamps and spray mist, and went to town creating this one-of-a-kind background.

Beach Memories

It’s hard to believe that this bright vibrant page started out life as a plain piece of white cardstock. Click here and I will take you over to Lynn’s blog the Smalltown Scrapbooker where she shares some great tips and tricks on creating this beautiful layout. I love it when people get fearless when it comes to creativity. Happy scrappin’!

Watercolor Butterflies designed by Lin

Not to worry, there was no fussy cutting involved while creating this cheerful card – Lin used the Butterfly & Flower Cut & Stamp Set by Hero Arts. I am not a big fan of fussy cutting so this Butterfly & Floral set really caught my eye. To get that soft watercolor look, Lin used the Spectrum Aqua floral set and some assorted watercolor pencils. I haven’t yet had the privilege of playing with the Spectrum Aqua pens, so of course I had to do my homework and was pleasantly surprised that you can pick up a set of 12 for about $30. I know, that’s only $2.50 a pen which makes me happy because at that price we can have them all. 😉

Watercolor Butterflies

Don’t you love how the beautiful watercolor butterflies look like they are about to take flight? This sweet card is sure to brighten anyone’s day. Keep up the good work creating smiles one handmade card at a time.

Let’s Hear It For The Boys designed by Dot

Something we should all do on occasion is seek out, dust off, and renew the love of those stamps sets that haven’t been used for awhile. That was the challenge when Dot created this unique masculine-themed card. It’s always fun get new stamps to add to our ever growing collection, but what a great idea to dig deep and pull out some of your forgotten faves.

Lets Hear It For The Boys

I’d like to send out a virtual hug to Dot for reminding us that we have a nice selection of stamps that are buried in our craft room. What’s old can be new again and think of all the money we just saved by going through our stash periodically. I think we’re all a bit guilty of buying new stamps and tools and forgetting about some of our old faithfuls. Happy stamping and have fun rediscovering some of your old favorites.

Make Your Own Chalkboard Paint

I discovered this easy peasy way to make your own chalkboard paint after I had just paid $20 a pint for mine. Oh, well, now we both can make our own in any color we want!

DIY Chalkboard Paint

You are just two ingredients away from making your own chalkboard paint thanks to Amy, author of The Idea Room. Click here and I will take you over for a visit. Now that the cost isn’t an issue, my mind is spinning with all the wonderful possibilities. Chalkboard paint is perfect if you’re going for a vintage shabby chic look on furniture; you could layer several different colors (letting each layer dry before applying the next) distress it to your liking, and seal your piece with beeswax. Have fun experimenting!

Fajita Chicken Kebabs

Who doesn’t love fajitas? Well, how about fajitas on the BBQ just in time for summer? A delicious chicken kebab recipe that’s easy to make and sure to please. You’re gonna love this!

Fajita Chicken Kebabs

These Fajita Chicken Kebabs are so easy to make and full of flavor; they’re sure to be a hit at your next BBQ. Hop on over to Erin’s blog Well Plated to print out the recipe; Erin really has a gift for cooking healthy food that tastes incredible. Bon appetit!

Thanks for the visit and I look forward to seeing you back next weekend. If I’m lucky I will see you at the next Scrapbook Expo; be sure to stop by the Creativity Center and say hello.




Sundays With Lorraine

Hello my artsy friends, welcome to the weekend! Sundays were meant to be relaxing so sit back and let those creative juices flow.

Beach Life By Riikka Kovasin

With summer knocking at our door, I thought you might enjoy this sweet layout designed by Riikka Kovasin. I love how Riikka created a nautical/beachy theme without the traditional colors and design. For instance, I wouldn’t typically go for the background paper with music notes, but I love it. I hope Riikka’s design has inspired you to think outside the box. I love it when we get fearless when it comes to our creativity; remember art was meant to be fun, so enjoy it!

Beach Life By Riikka Kovasin

Isn’t it time to transfer some of those cute beach photos off your phone and into an album. Be sure to stop by the Paperiliitin anytime you need a burst of inspiration. Happy scrappin’!

Baby Congrats by Sharon Harnist 

Do you love the fun interactive elements of a shaker card, but don’t know how to get there? No worries, check out this adorable shaker card designed by Sharon Harnist, Sharon has really finetuned the process of creating the perfect shaker card.


Click here and it will take you over to Ellen Hutson’s the CLASSroom where Sharon has prepared a must read article with complete step by step instructions and additional photos.Whether you’ve made dozens of shaker cards or this is your first attempt, you’re sure to learn a tip or two from Sharon’s instructions.

Oh Happy Day designed by Mel

This card is sure to bring a smile to anyones face; it’s like receiving flowers in an envelope. Mel’s coloring really brings the digital floral image to life.

Oh Happy Day

I was a little surprised when I found out that other than coloring with Copic markers, everything else is digital, even the lining in the envelope is a free printable that you can find here.  I must confess going digital is something I haven’t explored a lot yet, but I would like to give it a try – especially when I see how easy it is to create a really artsy card in no time.

Mini Fairy Garden

With the kids almost ready to begin their summer vacation, you’re bond to hear “Mom we need something to do,” right? How cute are these mini Fairy Gardens, they are perfect for kids from 2 to 102.

Mini Fairy Garden




Mini Fairy Garden

This project is definitely on my bucket list of things to make this summer. Wouldn’t they look adorable as a little table decoration at your next BBQ. Click here and I will take you over to The DIY Mommy Blog where you can watch a video and check out all the other photos of these Oh So Cute Fairy Houses. Happy summer to all!

Szechuan Shrimp Salad Recipe

Doesn’t this sound like a perfect summer recipe? Packed with veggies, flavor, and color, this recipe is sure to be a family favorite.

Szechuan Shrimp Salad Recipe

I love that all of the ingredients are pretty basic and you most likely have them in the frig and pantry. Click here and I will take you over to the Taste Of Home Blog where you can print out the recipe and directions to prepare this tasty dish at home in about 30 minutes. Bon Appetit!

Thanks for the visit and I look forward to seeing you back soon. Have a wonderful week.