Saturdays With LeAnn

Bugs and Kisses


Welcome back, my crafting friends. It’s summertime! It’s the time of year to get out of the heat, kick back, relax, take in the inspiration, and then enjoy your day crafting!

Once Upon A Time By Lisa Novogrodski

Today let’s start with this gorgeous layout designed by the very talented Lisa Novogrodski. This collection can be created in many different ways, such as a vintage flair with some mixed media, or even a steampunk theme. I love using stamping for my background; if you haven’t yet created a stamped background, you must give it a try. I guarantee it will become addicting!

Once Upon A Time

Along with your stamps, pull out your dies and add some glitter paste from BoBunny. Most important is just to have fun experimenting. Click here and I will take you over to Rainings Artful Life where you will be inspired by all the beautiful projects created by Lisa.

Smallest Things by Lainie Michel

I am a true hoarder when it comes to saving scraps of paper from previous projects. Today I want to show you a darling card utilizing those leftover pieces. Scraps can make such fun backgrounds for your cards! Mixing and matching your scraps can really add character to your card, and can make a fast card with minimal measuring.

Smallest Things

Don’t be afraid to apply the same concept to your layouts. You will have so much fun creating different backgrounds. (And look at the money you will save by not buying more paper!) Now that you have fallen in love with this adorable card, just click here and I will take you over to Paper & Passementerie, where Lainie will give you step-by-step instructions that showcase her love of layering. You will be so inspired!

Bugs & Kisses By Jinny Newlin

Look at this beautiful colorful background, contrasted with embossed scenery. It’s time to pull out your Glimmer Mists and watercolor paper, along with your fun stamps. This one is all about stamps and mists! You are sure to put a smile on the recipient’s face with this beautiful card.

Bugs and Kisses

Whether you have made many cards using watercolor paper and glimmer mists, or this is your first attempt, you will learn some great tips from Jinny Newlin. Click here and it will take you over to Soaring where you will find her instructions on how to create this adorable card. I am sure you will be very inspired by Jinny.

Cat Coasters by Amanda Niederhauser

These adorable cat coasters are purrrrfect for all of you cat lovers!  How adorable it would be to have these sitting out for special occasions. If you are not a crazy cat lover, you can easily pick another Sizzix die that you can swap out for the cat heads.

Cat Coasters

With summer here it will be a great time to make these adorable coasters and have a few friends over for a patio drink. This fun project requires very few materials and they are so easy to make.  Click here and I’ll take you over to the Sizzix blog where you will find step-by-step instructions by Amanda Niederhauser.

Almond Joy Sorbet by The 36th Avenue

It has been a very hot summer, so this yummy Almond Joy Sorbet is the perfect thing to help cool you down! If you are an Almond Joy lover you don’t want to pass up this delicious treat.

Almond Joy Sorbet

From chocolate chips and slivered almonds, to toasted coconut shavings, this combination makes for a yummy dessert. Its not only tasty, but incredibly simple to make. You almost feel like you are on a tropical island. If you are a coconut lover like I am, you absolutely need to try making this. I will tell you it won’t be one of those treats you make only once. Click here for the ingredients and directions to make this delicious dessert.

Saturdays With LeAnn



Welcome back, my crafty friends! I have some really great projects to share with you today. You will be inspired to scrapbook, create beautiful cards, tackle a fun sewing project, and whip up something yummy in the kitchen. Take a moment and sit back, relax, and get motivated.

Together Family created by Minna Paajanen

This gorgeous design was created by the very talented lady Minna Paajanen. I just love the gorgeous Pion Papers made in Sweden. They are so unique and are of a timeless design with a romantic and vintage feel.

Together Family

Minna used the beautiful blue-toned papers and tags from the “My Beloved Son” collection. Using three-dimensional floral embellishments really pops out her photo. This is definitely one of those simply elegant layouts. Click here and I will take you over to Pion Designs. You will find fabulous projects and have a chance to discover their gorgeous paper lines.  You’re sure to be inspired to start creating your next beautiful project.

Thanks created by Donna Mikasa

You don’t have to be a professional painter to create watercolor masterpieces! I have recently taken the plunge to using water with my markers and I love how it can make coloring so much fun, while being such a breeze. Don’t be afraid to pull out your distress markers and distress inks, and if you have watercolor pencils they are wonderful, too.


This embossed imaged was colored by Donna Mikasa. She used some distress markers and water for her coloring. The sentiment was a die cut from gold foil cardstock and attached to a vellum band. Adding a few gold sequins finished off the card nicely. If you prefer some shine to your card, just add a Wink Of Stella pen. Now for your challenge; if you haven’t already been watercoloring, take the plunge and dive in! You will be amazed at your own talent with watercoloring.

Friends created by Debbie Olsen

Wouldn’t it be fun to go to your mailbox and receive a handmade treasure from a dear friend? Everyone loves a beautiful handmade card. They are so much fun to make and such a joy to receive.

Debbie Olsen always has so many outstanding and inspirational cards. Click here and I will take you over to her wonderful blog “Thinking Inking.” You will receive more fabulous inspiration from this talented woman. I hope you are inspired to send a special friend one of your handmade creations; I am sure you will brighten their day.

DIY Pillow created by Desiree

Pillows are such a great way to add beauty to your home. Using your favorite fabrics will reflect your personality and give your home a personal touch. The possibilities are endless!

DIY  Pillows

Have you ever stenciled on fabric?  It is super easy and will give character to your pillows.  For a full tutorial on how to create these adorable pillows click here and I will take you on over to The 36th Avenue where you will be able to follow step-by-step instructions. When you complete your darling pillows you will be amazed at your talent.  It will put a big smile on your face!

Coconut Macaroon Tart With Passion Fruit Cream created by Elizabeth LaBau

Are you a coconut lover? If you answered yes to that question, there is no way you will want to miss out making this yummy dessert; it will become one of your very favorites. These are full of fresh, bright flavors, and topped with piles of fresh berries.

Coconut Macaroon Tart


It is crunchy on the outside, chewy on the inside, filled with a passion fruit cream, and makes a perfect summer dessert! Click here and I will take you over to “Sugarhero” where Elizabeth shares her step-by-step instructions. Enjoy!

I hope you have been filled today with lots of great ideas. Enjoy the rest of your weekend and I will see you back next Saturday!