Saturday With LeAnn

Thank You

Welcome back my friends, and thank you for sharing a part of your Saturday with me.  I have been collecting some really fun projects to share with you.  I hope today will be another inspirational day for you and that you can take time this weekend to create some wonderful projects of your own.  So sit back, relax, and enjoy!

Dare To Dream By Riikka Kovasin

Today I have a fabulous layout to share that was created by Riikka Kovasin. She took inspiration from arrows and a dream catcher. I love this layout! Can’t you just see a photo of your dad, husband, son, or even a grandson on this layout?  Perfect for Father’s Day!

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When creating a layout, the photo itself is the major guide to your process.  Have you ever noticed that when using a photo that is black and white, or with very little color, that it really emphasizes the faces in the photo?  I love the outstanding job that Riikka did on this layout and it really tells a story!  Click here and I will take you over Elizabeth Crafts and Designs where you will find a full step-by-step tutorial on how Riikka put this layout together.  Be sure and check out her blog Paperiliitin where you are sure to be inspired by Riikka’s outstanding projects.

Thank You By Melody Rupple

Today’s card is a perfect way to say thank you.  I just love how Melody incorporated some of today’s trends of watercoloring, ink blending, and stamping.  This card really pulls out all the charm of a shaker card.  Simple add some different elements to create your own personal shaker card.  Wouldn’t you love to be the one to receive this adorable card?

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I instantly fell in love with this adorable card.  Since shaker cards are quite the trend now, be sure and pop on over to Pretty Pink Posh where you will find all kinds of elements to add to your card. Melody really did a fabulous job creating this darling card.  The fun spring colors make it such a ray of sunshine!  Come with me and I will take you on over to A Paper Melody where you will see all the different products that Melody used.  Remember to step outside your traditional style.  Look at your project in a different way, and try something new.  Have fun creating!

Upcycled Drawer By Christy K. James

What a creative storage solution for your silverware!  Instead of being in a drawer and taking up valuable drawer space, create a new silverware organizer.  I am sure you can find access to an old dresser drawer at a thrift store, a garage sale, or maybe a dresser you want to get rid of.  If you are anything like me and love mason jars, this is just one more way of using them and showing them off.

Upcycled Drawer

I just love the way that Christy painted and distressed this old drawer to make it look vintage.  How adorable to sit on a hutch and use as a decor piece for your kitchen.   Are you as excited about this as I am?  Let’s get started and find that old drawer to start recycling it into a storage unit!  Come with me on over to Confessions Of A Serial Do It Yourselfer where you will see a step-by-step tutorial on how Christy created her drawer.  There is nothing more fun than to create and transform an old object into something beautiful and functional.  Hope this has inspired you as much as it did myself.  I can hardly wait to jump in and make one of these for my kitchen!

Key Lime Cheesecake Jaclyn Bell

This thick and creamy key lime cheesecake is the perfect combination of sweet and tart!  You know it is a perfect dessert when it gets a lot of requests to be made.  This recipe is not only delicious, it is also so beautiful, and is a WOW to anyone who has a slice!

Key Lime Pie

We all need to treat ourselves once in awhile, and this is definitely the perfect bright summery cheesecake to make for any of your summer celebrations.  You will be the hit of your summer gatherings.  Click here and I will take you over to Cooking Classy where you will be able to write down the recipe and ingredients.  I promise you that this will be your all time favorite cheesecake!  As a lover of cheesecake in all it’s flavors and forms, this key lime cheesecake has completely stolen my heart!

As always, I appreciate being able to spend some time with you today.  I hope you have been inspired by today’s post and that you have a wonderful week ahead of you.  Enjoy this beautiful weather and I will see you back next Saturday!

Hugs to all,

LeAnn

Sweet Treats

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Summertime is upon us, and I thought I would share a fun summery card and Sweet Shoppe treat/gift box to coordinate with it! To create these projects, I used the new Colorful Treats stamps, the new Tiny Town: Sweet Shoppe dies and the new Cover Plate: Scallops die, all of which will be available at PapertreyInk.com on July 15th at 10pm EST.

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For my sweet treat card, I used a new die called Cover Plate: Scallops. I die cut it with white cardstock and then used Copic markers to color the different scallops before attaching it to the card base! A lollipop and sentiment from the new Colorful Treats stamps and dies was used over the top! I colored in the lollipop with Copic markers, R20 and R29.

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Next is a fun little gift box made with the new Tiny Town: Sweet Shoppe dies. I couldn’t help but to use the same fun colors with my treat box as I did on the card.

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I cut the main box from the Tiny Town Basics dies, then the rest of the pieces are die cut with the new Tiny Town: Sweet Shoppe dies. The awning stripes are colored with a red Copic marker R29, then glued them over the top of the awning piece, and I did the same for the windows, door, flowers, sign and window boxes, all colored with Copics.

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Inside the box is a little condiment cup full of Sweet Tarts. (It has a lid on it, so they don’t fall out.) The condiment cups fit perfectly! The box is tied closed with twine.

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I hope you are enjoying your summer and getting much paper crafting time in! Have a great day!

Danielle

Dark Chocolate Peppermint Cupcakes

 These are almost too pretty to eat! Can you imagine biting into this fabulous rich chocolate cupcake with a creamy Peppermint Swiss Meringue Butter-cream frosting?  Don’t you just love the contrast of these cupcakes?   They are so elegant and classy looking.  I found these on the blog Sweet Revelations by Renee.  She has the very best recipes ever!  Thank you Renee for sharing these with us.  Give them a try. You will be so happy you did!

Dark Chocolate Peppermint

Dark Chocolate Peppermint

First you will make Dark Chocolate cupcakes then top with some Peppermint Swiss Meringue Butter-Cream.  Recipe below.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 5 egg whites
  • 1 cup + 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 cups of unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract

DIRECTIONS:

1.  Fill a saucepan (large enough to fit your mixing bowl just a few inches) with two inches of water.  Bring the water to a boil, then reduce heat to medium-low so water continues to simmer.

2.  In your stand mixer bowl, hand whisk the egg whites and the sugar just until combined.  Place over simmering pot and whisk for approx 4 mins until the egg whites are hot (about 150 degrees.)  The sugar should be dissolved by this time as well.  Place bowl on stand mixer and attach the whisk attachment.  Whisk on medium speed until whites have increased in volume, are thick and glossy, and the outside of the bowl is just slightly warm to the touch. This can take up to 10 minutes!

3.  Remove whisk attachment and replace with paddle attachment.  Beat on low-speed until mixture is completely cooled.  Increase speed to medium and add butter pieces one at a time.  Scrape the bowl and continue to beat until buttercream is glossy, smooth, and thick.  It may separate at first, but continue beating and it will emulsify.  Add vanilla flavoring, a pinch of salt and peppermint, and beat until combined.  Add food colouring if desired.  Use immediately.

Garnish with a chocolate covered peppermint stick.

Have a wonderful day baking!