Sundays With Lorraine

Hello, my crafty friends, and welcome back to Weekly Scrapper! Summer has officially begun and in Southern California, we can have days that can exceed 100 degrees so if I’m not at the beach, I tend to navigate to my happy place, which is my nice air-conditioned craft room.  Since you are here with me that must mean that you, too, have found a little “me” time in your happy place, so let’s get started with today’s creative therapy.

Walk By Faith Canvas By Suzanne C

This whimsical canvas really spoke to me and I hope you find it as inspiring as I do. You all know how I love a nice hand-painted and/or inked background. The combination of this along with the stenciled texture and the gorgeous crackle embossing paste really takes this canvas to the next level.  Add those gorgeous butterflies with a little help from our creative friend, Suzanne, and you too can create a real work of art.

Pulling off a project with a lot of negative space is quite a challenge and big hugs to Suzanne for showing us how it’s done. I love how all those beautiful butterflies look as though they’re ready to take flight right off the canvas. I hope you’ve been inspired to break out a blank canvas and create your own work of art! I highly recommend stopping by the blog Suzz’s Stamping Spot any time you are in need of some serious inspiration. Suzanne is the queen of paper crafting and she has prepared a tutorial that shares step-by-step instructions on how she designed this project.

Are We There Yet By Tamera

Isn’t this a perfect card to mail someone that needs a little pick-me-up? After all, isn’t that why we put so much love into our handmade treasures? Sending a handmade card is like sending a hug through the mail. Many thanks to Tamera for sharing how easily this adorable card came together.  Click here and I will take you over for a visit so you can follow along as Tamera shares easy-to-follow instructions.

Kudos to you for sharing those smiles one handmade card at a time. I hope you’ve been inspired to break out those Distress Inks and Distress Crayons to create your own customized backgrounds. Be sure to stop by Tamera’s blog Plays Well With Paper for more great tips and techniques.

Heat Embossing Basics By Julie Ebersole

Heat embossing is one of my favorite techniques to share. I love it when I break out the heat guns and embossing powders in the Creativity Center – it makes my heart sing to see those faces light up when they experience the magic for the first time. It’s a beautiful thing! Whether you have been heat embossing for years or it’s your first time, Julie has some really great tips to share, so be sure to check out her video on Ellen Hutson’s Blog; you’ll be glad you did.

One tip that I would like to repeat is the fact that you don’t have to limit yourself to using Vera Mark for heat embossing. I’m almost embarrassed to admit how many years I thought that was our only option. I love my Versa Mark and I use it often. Because it’s a thicker watermark ink it stays wet longer which gives you more time to add embossing powders. You can basically use any pigment ink for heat embossing; you just need to remember that the pigment ink will dry faster so you have to apply the embossing powder before the ink drys. This will open all kinds of options for you, as long as you have clear embossing powder you can heat emboss with all your yummy pigment ink colors. Have fun!

Shrimp Cakes By Skinny Taste

You’re going to love these light, pan-seared shrimp cakes. They are moist and tender, covered with a crispy panko crust. Not only are they tasty but also much healthier than what you would expect. For those following the Weight Watcher program, they count as 7 points or a mere 265 calories. I almost forgot to mention that you can have these delicious shrimp cakes on the table in under half an hour. What’s not to love, right?

Gina is the queen of preparing light, fresh meals you and your whole family will love! Click here and I will be happy to escort you over to her amazing food blog Skinny Taste so you can print out the recipe. While you are there make sure you check out the “need it in your life” cookbooks. Big hugs to Gina for sharing with us that eating healthier doesn’t have to be painful.

I do hope you will take a minute or two to visit the individual blogs I have shared to see more details on these wonderful projects. Hugs to all who have shared the inspiration for today’s post. Have an amazing week and I’ll see you next Sunday.

Saturdays With LeAnn

Happy Family

Saturdays-with-LeAnn

Do you ever have artist’s block?  I think we all have times when we sit down to work on a project and our minds are completely blank.  Today I hope to take care of that for you! I believe you will be inspired by the projects that I have to share with you, so grab your favorite beverage, sit back, and enjoy!  Saturdays were meant for you to take some time for yourself, so I hope you enjoy doing just that. 🙂

Happy Family By Missy Whidden

I am delighted to share this adorable layout designed by the very talented Missy Whidden.  The astonishing moments with our children are not only precious, but very important to scrapbook.  I love Missy’s layout and how she used two special photos set off by attractive chevrons and stitching.

Happy Family

Don’t you love the soft colors?  All of the embellishments are a perfect match to complement the layout. You can just feel the love that these darling photos portray.  My favorite part of the layout is the fact that this is a digital file.  The texture cut files look great with mixed media. The best part is that you can print it as many times as you want.  Click here and I will be happy to take you over to the youtube video so you can see how Missy designed her layout. I would like to thank Missy for sharing her step-by-step video.  I am sure you will want to use this design again.  Enjoy creating your layout!

Hello By Karen Letchworth

Who doesn’t love pretty things?  I know we all enjoy creating pretty things with lovely details.  I am excited to share this darling card created by Karen Letchworth.  There is nothing better than getting a handmade card in the mail that was made with love.  Take the time to brighten up your loved one’s day!

Hello

Karen always does such a perfect job with her layering skills.  You will be in awe when you see all the different possibilities she created.  I have to warn you, once you get the flower fever you can’t stop.  You will start out fussy cutting a few and before you know it, you will have pulled in all sorts of beautiful flowers.  The possibilities are truly endless!

Spring Inspired By Suzanne Czosek

Today I have a fun mixed media tag I would love to share with you.  Break out your stamps, glimmer mists, and stencils, because we are going to add a bit of unexpected dimension to our stamped backgrounds!

Spring Inspired

This jumbo journaling tag will be awesome used on layouts, a card, or even turned into a home décor piece on canvas. Suzanne started with a stamped background and the fine print painted in white paint to create a resist.  If you have fallen in love with this fun mixed media project, click here and I will lead the way over to Suzz’s Stamping Spot.  Have fun creating your own custom tag!  A big thank you to Suzanne for being such an inspiration; you will leave her blog ready to start on your next project.

Flower Vine Plaque By Delaina Burns

Are you ready for some more fun and inspiration?  Let’s create a vintage feelby making this adorable Flower Vine Plaque.  This outstanding home decor was created by the amazing Delaina Burns.  You can create your  plaque by designing it with your own personal touch and then set it out to showcase your style of crafting.  Your family and friends will be begging you to make them one for their homes.

Flower Vine Plaque

Pull out your favorite embellishments, mix in some antique trinkets, and you will have the most beautiful assemblage.  Adding in some dark tones to set off the light tones will give a versatile look. Come along with me over to Delaina’s blog where you will find her list of what she used to create her amazing Flower Vine Placque.  Have fun creating your own custom design!

Lemon Sorbet By Linda

Lemon sorbet is an easy dessert to make at home, and is so worth it.  You don’t even need an ice cream maker to get good results.  Lemon sorbet is a classic, and to top it off just put it into the lemon rind itself.  This makes such a beautiful dessert for showers, weddings, gatherings, or just a fun treat for your family.

Lemon Sorbet

Lemon Sorbet is known to cleanse your palate after a meal.  It makes a delightful refreshing finish to any meal.  The creamy four-ingredient sorbet is both sweet and tart.  To get your yummy and easy recipe, click here and you will find the ingredients with the directions for your delicious sorbet treat.  Enjoy! 🙂

Well, my friends, I hope this has been a fun-filled Saturday for you and that you enjoy the rest of your weekend.  As always, thank you for stopping by Weekly Scrapper and sharing part of your day with me.  Have a wonderful week and I will see you back again next Saturday!