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

Hands Of Time

I hope today you are taking some time to relax and enjoy your weekend.  Since it is cold outside, go grab yourself a cup of coffee, tea, or even a good old mug of hot chocolate.  I want you to sit back, relax, and enjoy the inspiration I have to share with you on this beautiful Saturday!

Dream Passionately By Cathy Cafun

How do you come up with your ideas to start layouts?  For me, inspiration usually comes from sifting through photos, which I love to do.  When I stumble across the ones I want to use, I usually come up with some quick ideas for starting a layout.  One of my favorite go-to ideas is using chipboard; its a great way to add some dimension to your layout.  This ultra-sweet layout was created by Cathy Cafun using some Dusty Attic chipboard. Using frames is a great way to draw the eye to your photos.  Other favorite techniques of mine when using chipboard include painting along with adding glitter, stickles, texturizing elements, and so much more.

Dream Passionately

What a wonderful design Cathy created, and her details are perfect.  Don’t you just love how she tied all the chipboard pieces together using flowers?  Cathy’s combination of pastels are glorious and makes us hopeful that spring is not that far away.  Click here and I will be happy to escort you over to the blog “Cathy Can’t Help Herself” where you will be thrilled with all the inspiration! While you are visiting Cathy’s blog be sure to check out all of the other beautiful layouts she has to share.

Hands Of Time By Brenda Brown

This beautiful masterpiece can be used for a home decor piece or a beautiful card to brighten up someone’s day.  I love the texture that was created using gesso, modeling paste, and your favorite stencil.  You can always create a spectacular background by spritzing with ink sprays, mists, or color wash.  You know me, I am a big fan of creative and different backgrounds.

Hands Of Time

Brenda created this on a 5 X 7 canvas board.  There is nothing more exquisite than a handmade decor piece for your home.  This distinctive canvas is definitely the proof of what one can do when you open up your imagination.  I would like to send out a big thank you to Brenda Brown for sharing this beautiful and unique masterpiece with us.  Let me take you over to Bumblebees And Butterflies where you can find a list of supplies along with the steps of how Brenda created her canvas.  Be sure to stop by her blog anytime you need a burst of inspiration.

Headboard To Chalkboard By Christy James

Chalkboards are a versatile tool that come in so handy at home.  They can come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and styles to fit the needs of multiple users.  Today I have to share with you one of the most unique and fun chalkboards I have ever seen.  I totally fell in love with this and so will you.

Headboard to Chalkboard

Christy found this fun old headboard at a thrift store for only $10.00.  It is amazing how you can find great treasures at the thrift store; and so inexpensive as well.  Who would have ever thought of a headboard turning into a useful chalkboard?  I also love the added hanging hooks to add a little more function.  This is one project I can’t wait to get started on.  I have the perfect spot in my home for it.  I know you are dying to make this as well, so come with me over to Confessions Of A Serial Do-It-Yourselfer where you will get step-by-step instructions by Christy.  You will want to jot down some notes and what supplies you will need.  With a little help from Christy, you will be able to create this adorable chalk board in no time. This will be one fun project to create!

Chocolate Toffee Buttercrunch By Christy Denney

The sweet crunch of this delicious Buttercrunch Toffee pairs chocolate and pecans for a winning combination.  This recipe requires very few ingredients and little effort, but the result is superb, making it appear as if you had slaved over a hot stove all afternoon.

Chocolate Toffee Buttercrunch

I don’t know about you, but just looking at this photo makes my mouth water.  It looks so yummy!  I can’t wait to give this one a try.  What a fun treat to have when family or friends pop over.  Let’s go on over to The Girl Who Ate Everything so you can print out your recipe from Christy Denney.  I bet this will become one of your family’s favorites!

I hope you enjoyed today’s projects and that you have been inspired to begin your weekend crafting.  I’m looking forward to sharing some more fun things with you next Saturday.  Have a wonderful week!

LeAnn

 

Simple Stories Posh Card


Hey, everyone! Roree here with another Make It! Monday project. Today I am sharing a card I created adding texture with my sewing machine.


I decided to play with the Simple Stories Posh collection. I used the Combo Sticker sheet, the 3×4 Journaling Card Elements patterned paper, the 4×6 Horizontal Elements patterned paper, and the Bradz pack.


I cut out the 4 x 6″ striped card from the 4×6 Horizontal Elements sheet and added zigzag stitches on each of the white stripes with my sewing machine.


I put together the sentiment by layering two 3 x 4″ cards from the 3×4 Journaling Card Elements sheet, which I trimmed down and decorated the edges with scalloped scissors. Then, I decorated the card with stickers from the Combo Stickers sheet and one of the adhesive Bradz to finish.


It’s a fun and colorful card that is sure to brighten anyone’s day.

I hope you enjoyed today’s Make It! Monday project. Thanks so much for stopping by!

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You Are Amazing

 

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Welcome back, my crafty friends.  I have some great projects to share with you on this beautiful fall day, so sit back, relax, and let’s have some fun by letting the creative therapy begin!

Autumn Is Here By Shizuka Hirano

Mixed media is a lot of different things. It can be art pages, tags, alterations, canvases, and many more types of projects.  So today I wanted to share this wonderful fall mixed media layout. To create the background of this layout, Shizuka uses torn paper and adheres it to the background paper.  She then covered the paper with gesso and added some texture using a stickable stencil.  To give it a finish and shine she added some gold glimmer mist. Shizuka used several sheets of paper to give the layout thickness and a chipboard look and feel.

Autumn Is Here

The photos are the stars of this layout. I love the way the embellishments complement and coordinate perfectly with these adorable photos. This is such a stunning layout with the colors, the texture, and all of the layers.  A big thank you to Shizuka for her wonderful inspiration.  I know you would love to have all of the techniques that Shizuka used, so let me escort you over to BoBunny’s blog where you can see the steps to make this masterpiece layout.  You will truly be inspired!

You Are Amazing By Kelly Latevola

Would you like to learn a wonderful watercoloring technique that will make your flowers look dimensional?  This card is absolutely stunning with the vibrant colors and the composition. Kelly uses two different stamps, Sketch Ranunculus and Spring Flowers along with Tim Holtz Distress Inks, and created a lovely watercolor background. And better yet, she shares a video giving several new tips and tricks.

You Are Amazing

I know you are dying to see the video, so click here and I will be happy to take you over so you can follow along with Kelly’s step-by-step instructions.  You are going to love it – enjoy!

I Am So Thankful By Kerri Boucher

Today I want to celebrate fall.  It is here with the warm colors, the shades of gold, and the magic it gives to this time of year.  Autumn is always a favorite season!  Kerri shares this adorable card with us and it certainly gives fall a precious welcome!

I Am So Thankful

Where does time go?  With it being fall we will be celebrating Thanksgiving before we know it, so let’s start creating those cards to let your loved ones know just how thankful you are for them! The sentiment on this adorable card really says it all  It’s perfect for this time of year  I hope you will be inspired to give this fun card a try.  I highly recommend stopping by Thank God For Colors and check out all the products Kerri used.  While you are there, be sure to look at the fabulous projects she’s created; you will be so happy you took the time for her wonderful inspiration!

Chocolate Swirled Pumpkin Bars By Julie Gransee

These delicious bars are so comforting and perfect for the season.  This is one of those pumpkin recipes that will satisfy all of your family and friends.  If you love pumpkin, then you are going to love every bite of these scrumptious bars!

Chocolate-Swirled Pumpkin Bars

These Chocolate Swirled Pumpkin Bars are soft, moist, and bursting with flavor.  It is the perfect treat for when you need your pumpkin fix. This makes a perfect dessert for a large crowd.  Let me take you over to Lovely Little Kitchen so you can print out this delicious recipe.

Thank you for your time today!  I know we are all so busy, but I hope you will enjoy your weekend and please do something that makes you happy.  Weekends are short, so make the most of yours!  Be sure to hug those you love and spend some time with them.

See you again soon!

LeAnn

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Miss You

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I have had a great time choosing some beautiful projects to share with you this Saturday.  I can’t believe the amazing creativity that pops up in our social media feeds each and every day!  Today I have chosen these wonderful projects for all of you amazing and crafty friends to enjoy.  Sit back and take it all in! 🙂

You Are Beautiful By Alicia McNamara

I would like to share this exquisite layout by Alicia McNamara.  Lisa added several different stamps and embellishments to make this very striking layout!  What a beautiful way to preserve a special photo. Look at the beautiful layering that Alicia achieved.  I am so impressed with her skilled techniques that really give her layouts a pop.

You Are Beautiful

Alicia added fun wooden flourishes and plenty of rhinestone swirls which give this a fabulous sparkle along with a fun, girly feeling and wonderful dimension.  The Kaisercraft Leaf Die is perfect for using as a space filler.  Alicia inked the edges and curled them up a little. Grab your darling photos and get started!  To see more of Lisa’s projects, come along with me over to Time To Create. Alicia will surely inspire you!

Happy Birthday By Betsy Veldman

As many of you know, I am a big fan of anything that is done with watercoloring techniques.  You can never go wrong trying out several types of watercoloring.  The best yet is that your project will always look beautiful and there will never be a mistake when creating it.  Each individual piece will have it’s own personality and charm.  This particular background was watercolored and then stamped with the Alphabet Soup stamp set.

Birthday

What a fun card to send out to that special person with a fall birthday.  If you haven’t tried watercoloring, I challenge you to do so.  It is so fun and will create some amazing projects.  Click here so I can take you over to Paper Scissors Superheros blog.  You will find so many wonderful and fun projects created by Betsy.  You won’t want to miss out on her inspiration and techniques.

Miss You By Virginia Lu

Isn’t it so satisfying to create a collage card?  The beautiful art of collage gives the impression of an artist’s eye and the imagination of working overtime. The colors are so beautiful, but it is the collection of stamps that truly make it extraordinary!  Virginia has created such a great mix of images and textures in this card.

Miss You

This card will take a little longer than most cards do, but its absolutely worth it!  You will need to allow more time to add layers and colors for each step.  Click here and I will escort you over to Virginia’s blog where she will give you her process on how she created such a beautiful card.  This will make you want to jump right in and create one of your own handmade treasures!  Cards are a priceless gift and will be love and treasured by the person receiving them.

Planner Clips By Rebecca Luminarias

Have you created your own planner?  Planners are the hottest rage right now!  You can customize every month to reflect your style and to keep your life organized. Today I want to share a small crafty item that will add some fashion and fun to your planner. These are fabulous planner clips!  There is a definite planner clip craze happening as well, so jump on board and let’s create a few!

Planner Clips

As you can see by the photo above, they are simple, fun, and creative.  You can turn a few of your scrapbooking embellishments into clips with a bit of glue.  The possibilities are endless! Use your imagination and see what you come up with.  These paperclips will definitely brighten up your planner and add some personality.  They make great handmade gifts for friends as well. Let’s pop on over to Thurston Post where Rebecca shares some of her fun tips on making these darling clips.  Have fun creating some of your own! 🙂

Cinnamon Roll Monkey Bread By Dorothy Kern

It is getting close to that time of year when we start to want some warm, yummy desserts.  Today I want to share with you one amazing cinnamon roll that you will enjoy throughout fall and winter. The best part of this, they are made in your slow cooker!  How awesome is that?

Cinnamon Roll Monkey

This will bake for about two hours.  These will feed a lot of people, probably around 8 – 10.  Drizzle the top when finished cooking with cinnamon roll icing.  This will be a treat that everyone will request time and time again.  Simple but delicious.  Click here and I will take you on over to Crazy for Crust.  There you will be given the recipe by Dorothy Kern, along with the ingredients to make your fun Cinnamon Roll Money Bread!  Enjoy!

I have really enjoyed sharing these projects with you today and hope that you have been inspired.  Thank you for taking the time to stop by.  When you need some additional inspiration be sure to visit every day of week on Weekly Scrapper.  Each day you will be filled with new ideas that will inspire you.  Be sure to pop back here next Saturday, as I will have many more inspiring projects just for you!  Enjoy your weekend!

LeAnn

 

Tip of the Day: Viva Decor Ferro Modeling Paste Meets Stencils

Have you ever wondered how to create fun dimensional textures? Wonder no more! Today we have Nicole Petersen here to show us just how easy it is to add some fun texture to projects using Viva Decor Ferro Modeling Paste.

This product comes in 18 gorgeous colors and can be applied with a brush, pallet knife, or sponge. Ferro is perfect for decorating walls and is also great for using with stencils.

Be sure to visit Nicole’s blog for your paper crafting inspiration! You can also visit the Nicole Petersen Team in person at many of our Scrapbook Expo events.

I hope you’ve been inspired to give this fun product a try.

Thanks for the visit and have a very creative day!

All About Textures

On today’s Tip Of The Day we have Kim Donahue with Tall Mouse Cre8tive Artz here to take the mystery out of the many textured materials that are available to us & how to use them in our craft world.

Thank you Kim for showing us how fun it is to add some textures to our craft projects. To see more of Kim’s fun tips & techniques be sure to visit the Tall Mouse Cre8tive Artz website.  You can also visit the Tall Mouse booth at most of our Scrapbook Expo events.