Saturdays With LeAnn

Welcome Little One

Well, another week has flown by and I do hope you have all had a wonderful week.  It is so fun this time of year to start planning some spring and summer projects, so sit back, relax, and enjoy.  It is time to show you some fun projects that will bring a lot of creative inspiration to your day!

Happy Summer Days By Amanda Baldwin

I would like to share with you this exquisite layout by Amanda Baldwin.  Amanda has added a delicate watercolor splatter base, as well as using the Colour Me Happy cut files to add some interest and draw your eye into her image.  She has stitched some pattern papers together and used cotton floss around her embellishment clusters.  What a beautiful way to preserve a special photo! Look at all the beautiful layering that Amanda achieved.  I am so impressed with her skilled techniques and they really give her layouts a pop.

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Amanda added fun flare and wood buttons, some enamel shapes, and a few flowers to give it a girly feeling along with adding some wonderful dimension.  Grab your darling photos and get started! You will be so inspired by Amanda and her impressive talent, so be sure to pop on over to Happy Arty Days where you will find many more of her fabulous projects and lots of inspiration!

Welcome Little One By Laurie Schmidlin

There are so many incredible opportunities to let your imagination run wild when you are creating handmade cards.  Today I want to share a darling baby card created by a very talented designer, Laurie Schmidlin.  This card can be used for any occasion just by changing out the sentiment.  What a sweet card that will bring a smile to anyone’s face.

Welcome Little One

Whether you keep your card simple or very detailed, your creation will always stand out and be remembered.  Cards may be small but they are packed with so much love and inspiration.  Click here and I will escort you over to spend some time with Laurie Schmidlin.  You are going to love her blog and will certainly be inspired by all of her beautiful projects!

Enjoy By Sara Barker

This beautiful masterpiece can be used for a home decor piece or a beautiful card to brighten up someone’s day.  Can’t you just see this on a canvas board and sitting on an end table?  I just love the texture that was created on this beautiful project.  You can always create a spectacular background using all kinds of different mediums.  You know me, I am all about creative and different backgrounds!

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There is nothing more exquisite than a handmade decor piece for your home.  One of my favorite projects are the ones you can use it in many different ways, and wow, this would make an awesome card as well.  I would like to send out a big thank you to Sara Barker for sharing this beautiful and unique masterpiece with us.  Let me take you on over to Sarascloset where you can find how Sara created this beautiful card.  Be sure to stop by her blog anytime you are in need of a burst of inspiration.

Three Ingredient Coconut Macaroons by Kelly Senyei

My husband’s favorite cookie ever is a coconut macaroon and when I found this wonderful recipe I was so ecstatic because they are very easy to make!  Just think – only three ingredients and I think you will agree that this is a scrumptious recipe!

 

Simple Summer Layout with Process Video

Hey there Stamp & Scrapbook Expo friends and fans, Becki here with another edition of Inspiration Station. This week I have a fun Summer layout to share with you. Even though we’re still waiting for warmer weather here in Idaho, I know that Summer is right around the corner because the snow is finally GONE. I chose to work with the brand new Summer Fun collection from Echo Park Paper.This collection has such an awesome color palette. My favorite thing about this collection is the pop of black that’s found throughout the collection. Typically black isn’t a color I think of when I think of a Summer color palette. I think the pop of black makes this collection shine!This is a very simple layout that features 3 photos telling the story of my nephew eating raspberries out of Grandma’s garden. I print my photos at home so I was able to print the two photos of my nephew larger than the photo of the raspberries. Although the photo of the raspberries tells the story and is an important part of the layout, I wanted the focus of the layout to be on the photos of my nephew.

Because this layout is on the simple side, I wanted to add a few special unique touches. My favorite detail of this layout is the hand stitching on the title. I love the added texture it gives to the title. It makes the title shine a little bit more than it would have had I not stitched the letters in place. Stitching the letters into place was actually an after-thought. I was almost finished with the layout before I decided to add that special finishing touch of hand stitching.You can see how this entire layout came together in the process video over on my YouTube channel.

You might want to find the Summer Fun collection by Echo Park paper so you’ll be ready to document all of your Summer memories. Thank you for stopping by the Weekly Scrapper blog. I’ll see you again next Thursday with another fun video.

School Carnival Layout and Video Tutorial

School Carnival layout and video tutorial by @jbckadams for @scrapbookexpo #scrapbooking #scrapbookingprocessvideo #cartabellapaper

Becki-Adams-headerHey scrapbooking and stamping friends, Becki here. It’s my favorite Inspiration Station week, video week! I love making and sharing videos with you. This week I have a scrapbooking process video to share with you. Even though I’m really looking forward to fall (remember this video and this layout); I’m also savoring our summer memories.

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This layout is about my son’s end of the year school carnival. I chose the Beach Day collection by Carta Bella Paper.

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As I mention in the video, I live in Idaho so I have no “beach” photos. I stretched this collection to create a layout about a school carnival instead of a “beach” themed layout.

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In this video I also share a quick storage tip. Make sure to listen for the tip at the beginning of the video.

Thanks for stopping by the Weekly Scrapper blog. I hope you enjoy the video and that it inspires you to document a few more summer memories. I’ll see you next week!

Sundays With Lorraine

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Hello, my crafty friends and welcome back to Weekly Scrapper. I just returned from the Stamp & Scrapbook Expo in Somerset, NJ where I’m happy to report that a fun time was had by all. I’d like to send out a virtual hug to all who attended – you guys are some seriously talented paper crafters and I had a great time hanging out with you in the Creativity Center. For those of you who have never attended a Stamp & Scrapbook Expo, we still have six more shows this year, so there’s plenty of opportunity to find one near you. I’d love to have you come meet me in the Creativity Center where we can create lots of projects together! I thoroughly enjoy seeing our guests’ eyes light up as they make something they love and rediscover the artist within.

For your Sunday crafting enjoyment, I have some fun projects to share. Sit back, relax, and let the creative therapy begin!

Echo Park Craft & Create

I recently discovered that Echo Park has their 2016 Summer Craft & Create Idea Book that we can download for free. Yay, Echo Park!  The issue includes three layouts, five cards, and over 28 altered projects from talented designers. You’re going to love it!

 Echo Park's FREE "2016 Summer Craft & Create" Idea Book

Since we still have some summer left to enjoy, I thought you might be inspired by this issue as it highlights the summer season and features ideas to record your fun memories from the season, including travel, camping, and celebrations. How perfect is that? 😉  To download their FREE digital edition, just click here and I will be happy to take you over. Happy summer to all!

Art Impressions Watercolor Heart Wreath Tutorial

As I’ve shared with you, I host the Creativity Center at the Stamp & Scrapbook Expos and I am frequently asked about the make & take project that I have the privilege of teaching for Art Impressions. After seeing this great video filmed by the amazing Kendra herself, I knew I had to share the love. This post goes out to all my students who have been requesting this video. It’s time to break out your flowers and foliage stamp set and create some art.

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This picture may not be the best, but this is all about the video. If you’ve crafted with me before, you know how passionate I am about stamping the Art Impression way. I’m in love with the artsy, painted look you can create using their stamps, inexpensive Marvy markers, a simple round synthetic paint brush, some tap water, and of course, watercolor paper. Be sure to check out all the other amazing video tutorials Watercolor with Kendra and Watercolor Wednesday; both channels can be found on Youtube. Feel a hug and enjoy!

Take Care By Lydia Evans

I love what Lydia created with the new Altenew Bamboo Rose stamp set. The roses and leaves in this set have a unique stroke line as they were painted with a hand curved bamboo stick, and that is where the name of this set comes from.

Take Care By Lydia Evans

While the flowers, leaves, and butterflies cry out to be colored, they are beautiful enough to leave as is for an elegant look, and the sentiments are full of inspiration. I’m thinking this set is a keeper!

Up, Up & Away Canvas By Jenny Marples

I’m honored to share this stunning travel-themed canvas designed by Jenny Marples. In her original post, Jenny shares a great tip on recycling your used wipes to stamp on. What a great way to create fun texture and visual interest to your projects. The next time you wipe your inky fingers off with a baby wipe, you will have created a background for a future project.

Up, Up & Away Canvas By Jenny

Another great tip that Jenny shared was stamping on fabric with paint or gesso. It’s just as easy as stamping with ink and will often give you a clearer image. I hope that you’ve been inspired to give Jenny’s great techniques a try.  Click here so I can escort you over to her blog Inspired To Make so you can download the PDF and check out the pictorial step-by-step tutorial You’re going to love it!

Hasselback Chicken Stuffed With Mozzarella, Tomatoes, and Basil Recipe 

Are you looking for something different for dinner tonight? Then you are in luck because you are going to love this tasty chicken recipe that I discovered on the Walking On Sunshine food blog.

HASSELBACK CHICKEN STUFFED WITH MOZZARELLA, TOMATO AND BASIL RECIPE

Did you know that the term Hasselback is used for potatoes? Make slits in the potato, like an accordion, being careful not to slice the potato all the way through, then stuff the slits with bacon and cheese. I love how Lois used the same concept on chicken. Click here and I will lead the way so you can print out the recipe.

Thanks so much for stopping by today! I have some fun projects in the works for you coming next Sunday so be sure and check back. Have a great week!

Saturdays With LeAnn

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Welcome back, my dear friends, to another wonderful summer weekend!  My desire today is that the projects I have to share with you will bring you inspiration for your own creating.  I hope you will be inspired to pull out your fun products and begin to create things that will make you feel happy and accomplished.  May you have a beautiful, relaxing, and creative Saturday.

Moments By Di Garling

As scrapbookers, we know that it’s all about preserving and sharing memories for your family, friends, and future generations.  It is a great thing to feel the joy and fulfillment that comes from the projects you have created.  Here is a masterpiece layout that showcases how to beautifully capture a special moment.

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Chipboard embellishments are so easy and amazing to use.  My favorites are titles and background panels. This beautiful vintage layout uses several pieces of chipboard and it is certainly an eye catcher.  Click here and I will take you over to Di’s Creative Space, where she’ll give you the products and directions for creating this beautiful layout.  Di is a fabulous designer and you will not want to miss out on any of her outstanding projects. It will be a real treat to follow her!

Be Grateful By Rhonda Van Ginkel

There are so many incredible opportunities to let your imagination run wild when you are creating handmade cards. Today I want to share a darling card created by a very talented designer, Rhonda Van Ginkel.  Rhonda uses the Butterfly Kisses collection from Bo Bunny along with some accents from their Blossoms.

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I love the fact that this card has such a versatile design.  Give it a personal touch by adding a sentiment of the occasion you are using it for.  Don’t you just love the other fabulous cards that she has created?  You will walk away with so much inspiration every time you visit her blog!  Keep up the good work, and keep those smiles coming with each handmade card you give.

Friend By Amy Rysavy

Friends are certainly a joy in life!  Have you told your dear friend lately how much she means to you?  This bright, whimsical card created by Amy Rysavy is certainly a cheerful card to send out in the mail to your special friend.  She will cherish your personal, creative cards for years, not to mention the smile that will come across her face as she receives this handmade treasure.

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Amy created her card by starting with Tim Holtz Distress watercolor cardstock, then sponged four different Distress Inks over it to create this embossed resist look.  Amy shares several different techniques, so click here and I will take you to her step-by-step video so you can begin to create your own personal card.

Fish Canvas By Lisa Nazario-Gregory

Summer has arrived! I am sure you are feeling the high temperatures, so it is time to stay inside and create something beautiful for your home.  Take a different look at scrapbooking, and decorate your home with items you may already have created.  This beautiful seaside scene has bright and vivid colors and portrays a lovely, vintage feel.  This would look beautiful on an easel or as a wall décor piece.

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Lisa really knows how to bring her images to life with a combination of stamps, Sizzix dies, gesso, dye colored base spray, and stickles, all on watercolor paper.  Let me escort you on over to What A Beautiful Mess where you will see how Lisa puts this all together.  You will be so inspired by her talent and I am sure you will want to check out the other projects she has created.  Your finished project will certainly add some personality and charm to your home.

Lemonade Cookie Sticks By Glory Albin

I just love cute cookies…. and I also love cookies that don’t take hours to decorate.  These adorable summer cookies are a perfect treat to share with the people you love!  Not only are they darling, but pretty easy to create, too. Hooray for summer! Now let’s celebrate with a cold glass of lemonade and these yummy and cute Lemonade Cookie Sticks!

Lemonade Cookie Sticks

You are probably wondering “What is a cookie stick?”  It is a style of cookie that is long, thin, and rectangle. They are cute, easy to make, and perfect to give as packaged gifts. The design options are endless and you can create your own variations!  Click here and I will take you over to Glorious Treats where you will find the easy recipe so you can begin creating cookies in your very own style.

Thank you for sharing a bit of your Saturday with me.  I hope you have enjoyed today’s projects and you have been inspired to begin your next one.  I am looking forward to sharing some more fun things again with you next Saturday.  Have a wonderful week ahead and try to keep cool! 🙂

~LeAnn

Sundays With Lorraine

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Welcome to Weekly Scrapper! It makes me smile knowing that you’ve found some “ME” time to get your craft on. Sundays are special to me because this is the time that I get to share my passion for crafting with you when we’re not at a Scrapbook Expo. So sit back, relax, and enjoy today’s inspiration.

It’s All About The Beach

Since we are in the final days of summer, I thought you might enjoy a summer-themed project (it’s ok to want to hold onto that carefree summer feeling just a bit longer). After all, you have those great pictures that you’ve taken this summer. Check out the great fishing net embellishment that Linda used to pull her beach theme together. Would you believe that Linda made it herself?! I recommend hopping on over to her blog It All Started With Paint so you can check out her wonderful step-by-step instructions and photos. You’re gonna love it! Since I discovered Linda’s gorgeous wall grouping, I’ve been looking for things that I can embellish with a fishing net. 😉

It's All About The Beach

It’s time to get those summer photos off your phone and into your scrapbook (or in this case, the wall). Think of this project as a proper farewell to another amazing summer. Not to worry, I think you still have a few fun beach days before Fall is in full swing. I’d like to send out a virtual hug to Linda for sharing her beautiful design with us!

Make It Happen designed by Jennie Atkinson

Don’t you love the gorgeous, inky background all dressed in the tranquil colors of summer? It reminds me of the ocean. What a great tag for your summer-themed projects and a great way to use up those extra chipboard numbers that you have stashed in the draw, or in my case, a mason jar.

Make It Happen By Jennie Atkinson

I highly recommend stopping by and spending some creative time with Jennie Atkinson, author of the blog Live The Dream. She really is full of inspiration and extremely talented. Remember, there’s no stress allowed in our craft world; just dive in and have some fun with your art!

Back to School Clipboard Tutorial by Ashley Horton

With the kids going back to school, I thought you might enjoy this adorable altered clipboard designed by Ashley Horton.

Back to School Clipboard Tutorial by Ashley Horton

This is such a fun way to display your child’s school photos! I love that you can change out your photos as often as you like. I’m thinking a bit ahead, but wouldn’t this make a sweet holiday gift for the grandparents? This way when you send those treasured pics of the kids, Nana can stay current. She’ll love it!

Printable Dry Erase Menu

Do you like to plan out your menu ahead of time? Are you tired of the familiar “Mom!! what’s for dinner?” Then you need this adorable Dry Erase Menu Frame in your life, right? 😉 How handy that there is a section for a small grocery list. How many times have you planned on something for dinner, only to find out you are missing an important ingredient and there isn’t any time to take a trip to the store? Bummer, isn’t it?

Printable Dry Erase Menu

But wait, there’s more (lol)! You even have choices about what color you want your free printable menu to be. Pretty cool! Thanks to Super Moms and the lovely ladies at Tatertots & Jello; we appreciate you sharing.

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Be sure to hop on over to the Tatertots & Jello blog where you can print out your Free Printable Dry Erase Menu Board. I’m thinking about making a few extra for the holidays; I know the girls would love one. The great thing about a dry erase menu is how easy it is to change things up. I always have extra frames and chalkboard paint so this is pretty much a free project; ya gotta love it. I think the girls had a Super Mom Moment when they designed this fun yet functional project.

Chinese Chicken Salad

This isn’t your typical Chinese Chicken Salad; it’s so much more. It’s a perfect dish when it’s your turn to host a craft day because it can be served cold or at room temperature. You can make it days before your guests arrive, leaving you more time to spend chillin’ with your peeps. 😉 I know the girls are going to love it and I hope you do, too.

Chinese Chicken Salad

I hope you give this delicious dish a try. Be sure to stop by the Food Network and check out Ina’s step-by-step video on preparing this tasty meal.

Thanks for the nice visit; I’m already looking forward to seeing you back next weekend. Hopefully we were able to spend some time together at the Scrapbook Expo in New Jersey this weekend; if so, I hope you stopped by the Creativity Center to say hello!

Saturdays With LeAnn

From The Heart

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Hello again, my crafty friends! I hope you are having a wonderful summer and have been doing the things that you love!

Summer Vibes by Vicki Boutin

As you reflect upon some of your fun summer activities, you may want to create this adorable layout created by Vicki Boutin. The mixed vibrant colors and fun embellishments will really add to your wonderful summer photos. Don’t you just love the dimension that these darling three-dimensional flowers give to this layout? Dies are such a fun way to create your own design of flowers.

Summer Vibes

Let’s pop on over to the Simple Stories blog where Vicki will give you some wonderful instructions on how she created this fun summer layout. Don’t put off putting those cherished summer memories into your layouts. What a great way to go back and reminisce on your fun summer!

From The Heart By Melissa Bove

This beautiful and warm card is sure to put a smile on anyone’s face. What a beautiful vintage look with such wonderful distressed layers.  Even though there is not a sentiment on the front, this card says so much. It looks like a lot of heart went into making it special; every element added to its perfection.

From The Heart

For step-by-step instructions, be sure to visit Creating From the Heart. You are sure to leave feeling inspired by Melissa to start your next project.

Reading Together By Debbie Olson

Have you taken the plunge into digital stamping? After you see how easy this adorable card is to make, you will think about diving in and giving it a try. Digital images are so easy to re-size to the size you need them. Making cards can be a breeze!

Reading Together

Pull out your markers, chalks, colored pencils, gelatos, and even your glitter. Just think how much fun you can have creating with your digital images. Debbie made her card look a bit vintage, so it was perfect to color in grays. Pop in a bit of yellow to give it just a bit of color. I love the simplicity of this adorable card!

Frame Shelves By Shanty 2 Chic

Do you have an empty wall space in your home that needs an uplift? Today you will learn how to take a frame and create a darling wall grouping. This is such a fun way to reuse some of your old frames, or to dress up cheap ones.  Add color to your wall, or keep them elegant and paint them a soft white or cream.

Frame Shelves

Let’s begin to create a “Do It Yourself” frame shelf. This is a great way to show off some of your priceless treasures.

Frame Shelves

Isn’t it the best feeling when you complete a beautiful home décor project that doesn’t cost you a lot of money? Now that you are excited to make your own frame shelves, hop on over to Shanty 2 Chic where you will find easy to follow instructions along with great photos.

White Chocolate Espresso Torte

If you love pralines and chocolate like I do, I think you are really going to love this White Chocolate Espresso Torte with Praline. This recipe starts with a rich espresso mousse filling, chocolate ganache, with praline and chocolate curls. This is one of those must-have desserts!

White Chocolate Espresso

This fabulous recipe was found on the Tastebook blog. Click here and I will take you over so you can print out the recipe. This is one dessert your family and friends will never forget!

Enjoy your weekend, and remember to take some time for yourself to enjoy your summer. See you next Saturday!