Saturdays With LeAnn

Ghols Just Want To Have Fun

Welcome back, my crafty friends!  The weather here in Utah has become chilly, and with days like today I really enjoy staying inside and crafting in my office.  I hope you will be able to spend your day creating something you’ll love.  I just love this time of year!  Halloween is one of my favorite holidays, and since it’s coming soon, I thought it would be fun to share a few festive projects with you today.  I hope you will enjoy each one.  Remember, it isn’t too late to create some of your Halloween projects for the year!

Dream Chaser By Missy Whidden

Isn’t it funny how one scrap of paper can inspire an entire layout?  Are you ready to do some great things with your products?  Hopefully this layout will give you some added inspiration.  Who doesn’t love a little extra color in their world?  Even though there are a lot of beautiful details and dimension to this layout, the photo is still the first thing your eye is drawn to.  I love how Missy went around the edges of the leaves with some white gesso, and then added gold Color Shine and a few gelatos to add color around the edges.  Also notice the metallic gold machine stitching through the center of each leaf.

Dream Chaser

Missy really created a masterpiece.  Most important, remember there are no set rules when crafting, just have fun with it.  I highly recommend stopping by Little Nugget Creations where you will find a video tutorial on how Missy put her layout together.  The possibilities are endless!  Give it a try you will love the results!

Ghouls Just Want To Have Fun By Therese Dahl

Since it’s October, it’s time for some spooky fun!  You still have plenty of time to get your Halloween cards made and sent out.  This is one of those cards that will make you want to pull out some of your fun festive Halloween papers and put your creative mind to work.  This is such a fun card that really portrays the spirit of Halloween.  With Halloween coming up, what a great way to celebrate by sharing your fun Halloween cards with friends and family.

Ghols Just Want To Have Fun

Therese Dahl did such a fabulous job using the Grim Gretchen Set by Kraftin Kimmie Stamps.  The detail on this card just takes it up to another level.  Don’t you just love this ghoul?  She looks so vicious – such wonderful work by Therese!   I am sure you would like to have a list of supplies that Therese used, so click here and I will take you over to the Katten Mia blog.  A big shout out to Therese for being such an inspiration to all of you fellow paper crafters.

Look A Bit Frightened By Anna-Karin

Halloween is such a perfect opportunity to be creative.  With a little help from our crafty friend Anna-Karin, you can make some spooktacular tags to add to your yummy Halloween treats.  It is also a time when a lot of photos will be taken, so let’s get them off your phones and cameras and into an adorable Halloween mini album.  Let’s take this fun tag a step further and create a mini album out of it.  Just add a few more pages behind the tag and you will create a darling mini album.  What a great way to show off your fun and unique costumes, along with a festive celebration of Halloween.  Don’t you just love a project that can be used in several different ways?

Look A Bit Frightened

Anna-Karin used some fun techniques for her background.   She started out with a die cut tag and then added her patterned paper and brushed gesso over it. To give it a distressed look, Anna-Karin used the Slate stencil and Opague Crackle Paste. I am sure that your creative mind is spinning with all the different techniques that Anna-Karin used, so click here and I will be happy to take you over to spend some quality time with Anna-Karin and her fabulous blog Layers Of Ink.  Enjoy craftin,g my friends!

Halloween Cupcakes By Kelly Senyei

Spooky cupcakes make Halloween so much sweeter!  These sweet treats will both charm and scare your guests all at once.  Cupcakes have never looked so scarily delicious!

Halloween Cupcakes

These darling cupcakes are easy to make and those little hands will love helping in the kitchen.  What a great way to make memories with your children or grandchildren.  This will be a treat they will forever remember making in the kitchen for Halloween.  I just love recipes that look like they take a lot of time but are really quite simple to make.  Let’s pop on over to Just A Taste where you will find full details on how to create your Halloween cupcakes.  Thank you, Kelly, for sharing your fun recipe with us!

I hope you have enjoyed every minute of today’s Weekly Scrapper.  As always, I enjoy you stopping by on Saturday and sharing a bit of your precious time with me.  I hope you will get to those crafting projects today and have some fun creating some outstanding projects.  Have a wonderful week ahead and I will see you back next Saturday!

Hugs to all,

LeAnn

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You Make Me Smile

Hello friends, and welcome back to Weekly Scrapper!  It looks like there are many of you finding some “you” time, and that makes me very happy.  I am grateful that you are doing the things you love to do!  My goal is to impress you with new and fun projects, techniques, and creativity.  I hope you will enjoy today’s post.  Sit back, relax, and take in all the inspiration!

Wander By Amanda Baldwin

Fall is here with cool temperatures slowly creeping in the air, and Amanda shows a great way to capture that fall feeling using beautifully soft and delicate colors.  I just love the color combo along with the way that Amanda uses her printed binder chip, cut files, stickers, and beautiful, intricate doilies. This is definitely a layout that makes your heart feel warm and fuzzy.

Wander

I hope that Amanda’s work of art inspires you to step outside of your comfort zone and create something beautiful.  Are you ready to begin?  Let me escort you on over to her Happy Arty Days blog where Amanda will give you all the supplies you need to get started.  You will love the inspiration that Amanda shares, and you won’t want to miss out on any of her fabulous projects.  I highly recommend taking a minute (or more!) to visit her blog.

You Make Me Smile By Kathy Racoosin

I love to explore new trends in the crafting industry.  A new technique that I discovered, created here by Kathy Racoosin, is alternating a stamp and adding watercoloring.  The sunflower was stamped again, cut, and popped for more dimension.  Sunflowers are one of my favorite flowers, so this really brought a smile to my face especially on this dreary and rainy day.  I love the way that Kathy colored them, so I say pop this card in a frame and call it a day!  Who wouldn’t love to receive this priceless and treasured creation?

You Make Me Smile

Kathy has prepared a wonderful video showing just how she created this beautiful card, along with tips and techniques on how she does some masking and stamping to create a taller sunflower for some impact on her card.  Click here and I will escort you over to The Daily Marker so you can watch her short video.  You will find all the supplies you’ll need to begin to create your own card. You will also walk away being so inspired by Kathy.  Don’t forget to check out her other amazing projects.

Village Bungalow By Sarah Vouga

With Halloween just around the corner, it is time to get out those spooky decorations.  Why spend money buying decorations when you can create some wonderful ones yourself? (And that’s so much more fun, right?)  These frightful little villages will add a spooky flare to your Halloween decor.  This is certainly a project that your children and grandchildren will love and even help with. You will be the talk of the neighborhood with these over-the-top decorations in your home.

Village Bungalow

Village Manor

These creative decorations are definitely ones that will get a second look.  What a great way to enjoy the Halloween season!  You are probably dying to know how to make these and where to get the supplies.  Click here for a video tutorial by Tim Holtz and he will give you many creative tips and techniques on how to create these.  Be sure to visit the Sizzix blog for more wonderful projects.  I promise you will be more than inspired!

Crepe Cake By Natasha K

Crepe cake recipes are exactly what they sound like, cakes made out of crepes.  And if you are a fan of crepes, then crepe cakes exist just to make you happy!  When you need to make a big impression, this scrumptious crepe cake is an easy-to-assemble dessert that is as taste-bud-pleasing as it is visually appealing.

Crepe Cake

Crepe Cake
This is the easiest 30 layer cake you’ll ever make with 15 crepes and 15 layers of cream.  Everyone will think it took you hours to prepare but it’s really very simple.  Let me take you over to Natasha’s Kitchen where you will get all the ingredients and directions to start making one for your family and friends.  This will definitely be one you will make again!
I hope your week is ending on a creative high note!  In my neck of the woods it is quite chilly so with that said, it is always fun to take some time out of the weekend and grab a hot drink, snuggle up, and take some time to be creative.  Enjoy the rest of your weekend and I will see you again next Saturday!
Sending warm hugs,
LeAnn

Tip of the Day: Blending with Distress Ink from Stamp & Scrapbook Expo

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Lorraine from Stamp & Scrapbook Expo is here today to share her crafting talent with us in a tip of the day that you are going to love! Using Tim Holtz Distress Inks, Lorraine demonstrates how to achieve the perfect blending of ink to add lovely color to your latest project. Her step-by-step demonstration makes creating a seamless blend quick, easy, and beautiful!

You will find Lorraine in the Creativity Center at the Stamp & Scrapbook Expo nearest you, inspiring crafters with her love of being creative. You will also feel your creativity nurtured each Sunday on Weekly Scrapper, when Lorraine shares some of her favorite projects. Happy crafting!

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Being Unique

Hello, my crafty friends!  Another week has flown by, and here we are again with an inspirational day on Weekly Scrapper.  I have been collecting some really fun projects to share with you today. Now that we are getting into the busy summer months, I hope that you can find some time to create some of your own projects.  Set aside some time for yourself this weekend and enjoy the things you love to do.  You deserve it!

Dream Big By Kim Stewart

Gelatos are a fun way to add color to your scrapbook layouts, mini albums, and other paper crafting projects.  Faber Castell Gelatos are great for watercolor techniques.  One thing that I love about the Gelatos is that they are so versatile.  You can really come up with so many different ways how to use them.  I love the way Kim added just a small touch of color to her beautiful layout.

Dream Big

Kim’s layout is very simple, but also documents her happy and everyday memories with her photos.  Kim used some cut elements from the Dream On Paper collection by Pinkfresh Studios.  Don’t you just love all the simple and colorful elements?  Get creative with these fun shaped stickers, they are the perfect accent to your project. I bet your creative wheels are turning, so let me take you over to Kim’s personal blog Happy Like Yellow where you will see so many more of her inspirational projects.

Being Unique By Lorraine Aquilina

Here is a way to speed up your crafting!  Rather than fussy cutting stamped images, use images that have coordinating steel dies.  These thin metal dies are so easy to use.  Cut a mat and then stamp the image on top – it is just that easy!  Lorraine used the Zig Real Brush Markers to color her owl.  I just love the sparkle she added to the eye shadow!

Being Unique

Create a stenciled background to add texture to your card like Lorraine did.  She used some white embossing paste and stencil before splattering with inks and adding a sprinkling of glitter.  I know you are dying to find out where to get this adorable stamp and die. Don’t worry, just click here and I will take you over to Lorraine’s Loft where she has a full detailed list of supplies she used for her card.  You are going to love her blog and will certainly be inspired by her wonderful projects!

Fathers Day Gift Labels By Lia Griffith

Give dad something different this Father’s Day with personalized creations that you designed just for him.  They say the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, and after all what man wouldn’t love all these goodies?  Can you just imagine the look on his face when he receives all these savory treats?  This is a great opportunity to make his favorite homemade goodies. You can customize labels with a Father’s Day message and put them all into a basket.

Fathers Day Gift Labels

Lia Griffith has created some really creative and fun labels.  To customize the food gift labels click here and Lia will share how to get started.  What a great gift idea!  Have fun creating your gift baskets for that special guy in your life!

Mint Chocolate Cookie Cups By Lindsay Conchar

When chocolate and mint get together with a hint of peppermint, mmmm….magic happens!  These mint chocolate cookie cups are little bites of heaven.  Can you just image a soft, chocolate cookie with an Andes Mint stuffed in the middle and topped with mint buttercream and chocolate drizzle?  These will become a family favorite!

Mint Chocolate Cookie Cups

You will want to double the batch when making these, I promise they will get devoured.  What a great summer treat for any of your gatherings with friends and family.  Now that your mouth is watering, click here and I will be glad to escort you on over to Life, Love, & Sugar where you will find Lindsay’s recipe and all the ingredients you will need to make these.  Enjoy!

Thank you for stopping by today!  I hope you have been inspired and that you have a wonderful week ahead of you.  I always enjoy our creative time together.  I will see you back next Saturday with more great projects.

Hugs to all!

LeAnn

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Thinking Of You

Welcome back to Weekly Scrapper on this beautiful Saturday!  It is so hard to believe we are already at the end of May. Time flies by so fast, and because of that… we really need to enjoy a little bit of time for ourselves.  I hope you will take some time and be inspired today to head right to your craft room, start creating, and enjoy the things you love to do!  I hope you have a fabulous Saturday!

Layout Three Ways By Shizuka Hirano

One layout can look many different ways by the use of color, embellishments, and textures. It is so fun to create a layout that expresses your personality.  When creating for others you may use a totally different technique.  The first layout today is clean and simple.  It doesn’t have a lot of texture added to it but is still so sweet and beautiful.

Layout Three Ways

Adding some texture and color to the same layout can really create a different look.  For the second layout Shizuka added some texture using BoBunny Fancy Flourishes stencil and New Pentart Stencil Paste.  Shizuka added some diluted acrylic paint slightly using a paint brush and this definitely gave some texture and color.

Layout Three Ways

If you are one that really likes texture then this third layout will be your favorite.  Shizuka stacked chipboard and cut flowers with added Pearlescents.  Glitter paste gave it a fun sparkle and gesso was applied to add a soft impression.

Layout Three Ways

Depending on the type of layout you love, all these simple additions can be achieved.  We all know how much texture and dimension adds to a layout.  Shizuka’s layout is full of all kinds of beautiful elements – she has such a great way of giving layouts a nice contrast.  Let me take you on over to BoBunny’s blog where you can find all of the products you will need to start your own layout.  Take some time while you are at BoBunny’s blog to see many more beautiful creations.  You will certainly leave feeling very inspired!

Thinking Of You By Catherine Cowles

Whether you are scrapbooking, making cards, using mixed media, or any other paper craft, it is so fun to work with the Lattice Frameworks die from Tim Holtz.  It will add a fun vintage embellishment for your project.  You can create a very distinctive background using various artistic elements just by using the shape as a repeating pattern, or smaller die-cuts for accents. Combine both for unlimited mixed-media possibilities!  Catherine Cowles certainly created a masterpiece with this technique.

Thinking Of You

You know me, I always go crazy over a creative and different background!  You can always create a spectacular background by using ink sprays, mists, gesso, embossing paste, and stencils.  I hope you have been inspired to add a little extra to your projects.  Click here and I will take you over to Daydreams In Paper where you can follow along with Cathie as she shares exactly how she created this beautiful card.  Cathie always has so many wonderful projects and you will always be lifted up by her talent!

Favor Box By Audrey Pettit

What a great party favor gift; you can even add your favorite candy!   I can see using this die for baby and bridal showers.  I am always trying to find a cute way to wrap up jewelry and this is certainly the fun box for that.  This die makes the cutest little favor box ever!  You will love how easy they are to put together.  I just love the shape of these, and they are a great size for any number of small treats and gifts.

Favor Box

These favor boxes are so fun to dress up and easily to match any theme or event.  Add a personal tag as an accent to your box.  You will put smiles on so many faces!  Come with me on over to Audrey Pettit Designs where you will find all the materials you will need to create these adorable boxes.  You will have so much fun you won’t know when to stop!  Have fun creating, my friends!

Cannoli Cream Dip By Dorothy Kern

Five ingredient easy homemade cannoli dip takes only 15 minutes to make.  Cannoli filling, in my opinion, is like an Italian cheesecake.  If you think about it, cannoli dip is an easier way to eat the Italian dessert.  There is no chance of the filling falling out of the back end, or the shell crumbling when you take a bite.

Cannoli Cream Dip

This would be a perfect dip for a birthday party, a holiday party, and even a game night with friends. It is a fabulous no bake summer recipe.  The possibilities are endless!  A couple dips with a wafer cookie will easily satisfy any sweet craving!  Get your paper and pencil ready because this is a recipe you won’t want to miss!  Click here and I will take you over to Crazy For Crust where you will find the easy directions by Dorothy Kern.

I hope you enjoyed today’s projects and that you have been inspired to begin your weekend crafting.  Thank you for stopping by and I hope you have an amazing week ahead of you.  I will see you next Saturday and I’ll have some more fun things to share!

LeAnn

 

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Hello my friends, and welcome back to Weekly Scrapper.  I hope you are ready for another inspirational Saturday.  I am so happy you found your way here to spend some time with me today. Take a few minutes for yourself and sit back, take a deep breath, and enjoy some down time. I have some beautiful spring projects in store for you today, and I hope you will enjoy these unique ideas and be filled with wonderful inspiration.

For You By Lorraine Aquilina

Incorporating water into your project can give it a unique look.  It can be an image of water, or water coloring, or just splashing water onto your creation.  Today’s beautiful card was created by using Oxide Ink Pads for Lorraine’s background, which gives a lovely chalky effect when splashed with liquid.  What a beautiful masterpiece!  Can you just imagine the look on your mom’s face when she opens up this gorgeous card?  I have to say those mason jars just finish the card. They always are lovely and make you feel happy!

For You

This card is perfect for Mother’s Day, however, it is one of those cards that could also be used for many other occasions.  A big shout out to Lorraine for sharing her talent with us.  Be sure to pop on over to Lorraine’s Loft where you will see how she created this darling card.  Be sure to look at all of her other fabulous projects as well.  Have fun creating!

Happy Mother’s Day By Brenda Brown

I just love creating mixed media projects.  This adorable mixed media card is not only beautiful, but will sure to put a smile on your mother’s face on her special day.  Don’t you just love the gorgeous background with all of the beautiful spring colors?

Happy Mother's Day

Brenda added some fun embellishments using various Tattered Florals, Vintage Lace Decorative Strips, and topped it off with a beautiful seam binding ribbon.  Brenda added various mediums using paints and distressed inks to give it that rustic shabby chic look.  Let me escort you on over to Country View Crafts where you will find all the supplies you’ll need to create one of your own. You will also see how Brenda created her card and glean so much inspiration from this fabulous lady.

Window Shadow Box By Christy K James

Make a creative home decor project just by using an old window that you can find at a garage sale or thrift store.  It will make a great choice of decor for your wall.  Embellish this shadow box with a variety of decorative accents and some choice photos.  This will certainly be an eye catcher in your home.  The possibilities are endless, and the best thing about this it is one-of-a-kind!

Window Shadow Box

Shadow boxes showcase your own personality and are a great way to store and share priceless treasures.  This would be fun to change out seasonally with some of your favorite photos from each time of year.

Window Shadow Box

I know you are dying to see how easy this was to create. Let me take you on over to Confessions Of A Serial Do-It-Yourselfer where you will get a full step-by-step tutorial on how to create one of your own.  A big thank you goes out to Christy James for sharing her fun project and her wonderful talent with us.  She is such a creative lady so take some time to visit her blog.  Your head will be spinning on what to create next!

Banana Split Dessert Salad By Vera Zecevic

Sweeten your mom’s day by creating a delicious fruit dessert.  This creamy fruit salad is loaded with banana split toppings.  It’s the perfect side dish to any dinner or picnic and you can mix in any kind of fruit you like. It is such a fun treat for your family!

Banana Split Dessert Salad

Whenever you need a quick and easy no bake dessert to prepare and serve in less than 15 minutes, you can turn to this yummy simple Banana Split Dessert Salad recipe.  It is not only yummy but very refreshing and a great crowd pleaser salad.  Let’s pop on over to the  Oh My Goodness Chocolate Desserts blog where will you will find the recipe by Vera Zecevic.  You are really going to love this one.

I hope you have been inspired today!  For you precious mothers, I would like to say Happy Mother’s Day.  I hope you have a fabulous weekend and do the things you love to do.  I am already looking forward to seeing you back next Saturday.  Have a great week ahead.

Hugs to all!

LeAnn

 

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Warm Wishes

I am excited to share a few more fun projects today.  With our crazy, busy schedules these past couple of months in preparing for the holidays, I hope you will find some time to be creative, and enjoy the rest of this special time of year!  You so deserve it!

Christmas Wishes by Kylie Kingham

The holidays can get pretty hectic; however scrapbooking gives you that little outlet that allows us to slow down and take a breath!  The holidays will soon be over and we need to take some time to put those beautiful memories into our scrapbooks.  I just had to share this gorgeous layout with you created by Kylie Kingham.  I can’t wait to create this layout, and add my precious grandchildren to this page.  This layout is sure to bring back fond memories of the Christmas that has gone by.

Christmas Wishes

I highly recommend stopping by Kaisercraft blog.  Kylie Kingham, a very talented design team member, shares a supply list of what she used to create this amazing layout.  The pastel tones and added gold certainly made this layout a winner.  You don’t want to miss out on this one – you’re going to love it!

Warm Wishes By Anya Lunchenko

I love this combination of turquoise with the chocolate brown paper, it gives a warm and peaceful feel to these cards. You may have loved ones that were expecting one of your beautiful handmade cards this holiday season.  You may not have had time to create and send out your Christmas cards, but it’s not too late to send a warm wish for a Happy New Year!

Warm Wishes

I would like to say thank you to Anya for being such a wonderful inspiration to us paper crafters.  Anya is on the design team for Echo Park.  You can see more of her beautiful projects and designs by clicking here.  You will be so inspired by her talent!

Let There Be Snow By Emma Williams

The holidays will come and go, however, our memories will stay forever. What better way to capture your Christmas memories or the fun times created on a cold winter day.  Add a canvas decor to your home and treasure the gift of memories.  Emma will inspire you today to develop some new skills and be less intimidated to try new things.

Greetings

Emma shares a beautiful way to capture a perfect moment in her photo, and also transfers that perfect feel by using the right paper and embellishments. Click here and I will be happy to escort you over to “That’s Life” where Emma will share her tips and techniques with you, along with here instructions on how she put her masterpiece of art together.

Gingerbread Almond Loaf Cake By Patricia Scarpin

It is that time of the year again where I can hardly wait to make some gingerbread Almond Loaf Cake.  This gingerbread cake is soft, smells and tastes delicious, not to mention it will make your home smell completely divine as your guests come and go.  I also love that this loaf is great for breakfast, a snack, or even a dessert.  The possibilities are endless, and if you have a few minutes to spare, very easy to whip up this gingerbread batter.

Gingerbread Almond Loaf Cake

This gingerbread loaf is probably one of my favorite holiday breads.  There is nothing better on a cold winter morning than a warm buttered piece of gingerbread loaf and a hot drink.  A huge thank you to Patrica for sharing her wonderful recipe.  Click here and I will take you over to Technicolor Kitchen where you will find the recipe and ingredients, along with more fabulous recipes from Patricia.

As Christmas approaches us tomorrow, I hope you have a wonderful holiday!  Above all, enjoy the love and friendship between each other.  Thank you for being such great crafty friends and spending your precious time with me each week.  Hugs to you all!  Merry Christmas!

LeAnn