Latest & Greatest: Cool Tools with the Stamps of Life

Hey everyone! Roree here with today’s Make It! Monday post.

Our next show is this week in Duluth, GA on July 14th-15th. Stamp & Scrapbook Expo will be teaching three “Latest & Greatest” workshops at this show: Card Making, Cool Tools, and Stamping. We have lots of great products from some awesome manufacturers in these classes, and today I am going to be working with products from our Cool Tools workshop: The Stamps of Life‘s Exclusive Pillow Box Die Set.

If you take the class, you will receive the 7-piece die set designed by Stephanie Barnard:

I used the die set and The Stamps of Life’s 6 x 6 1/2″ Laugh Collection Patterned Paper Pad to create this pillow gift box:

After cutting the box shape out of patterned paper, I layered the small frame die over one of the pillow box’s sides and cut out a window. I then used the large frame die to cut a frame from vellum. I adhered the vellum on the inside of the box to create a frosted window.

I cut the sentiment using the “A Gift for You” die nested inside the small frame die and adhered the cut onto the vellum window. I finished by adding some baker’s twine and a fussy-cut whale from a sheet in the paper pad.

This set is perfect for so many different occasions and you can change the look and feel of your box by simply changing the papers you use.

This Latest & Greatest: Card Making workshop featuring The Stamps of Life’s Exclusive Pillow Box Die Set will be taught at our upcoming shows in Duluth, Kansas City, Santa Clara, Edison, and Schaumburg. We would love to see you there!

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

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!




Stenciled Watercolor Winter Card

Hey, everyone! Roree here with another Make It! Monday project. Today I am sharing a card I created using a watercolor paint set and a stencil for my background.

I started with some watercolor paper, a Crayola® Washable Watercolors set, a paintbrush, and the Moroccan Adhesive Stencil from Momenta®.

I placed the stencil over the watercolor paper.

After wetting the paper with my paintbrush and some water, I started adding color.

I started in the middle and worked my way outward. I added a darker blue and purple towards the bottom left corner and a lighter blue with more water towards the upper right corner to achieve a gradient look going from dark to light.

After coloring the whole panel, I removed the stencil and let the panel dry completely.

I found some older Doodlebug Design Snow Biz cardstock stickers in my stash that I wanted to work with, but the colors were more muted than my watercolor background. To tone down the color and add a “snow” effect on my winter-themed card, I added a layer of dotted vellum over the panel.

I decorated the card with some die-cut flowers and snowflakes, cardstock stickers, glitter brads, and ribbon.

I just love this color combination and the fun design that I achieved with the stencil and watercolors.

I hope you enjoyed today’s Make It! Monday project. I hope you have a very Merry Christmas and thanks so much for stopping by!




Saturdays With LeAnn

Classic Christmas Wood Tray

I hope that you are enjoying a beautiful holiday season surrounded by those you love. I adore the holidays and am so excited to share some fun holiday projects with you.  We all have traditions and gifts we love to give to family and friends, and one of the biggest gifts I try to give to my children are memories.  The most precious gift they give back to me are the smiles when reminiscing about those memories.  Whether memories are preserved through a card, a scrapbook page, or some type of craft, they will be treasured forever.  As we are heading into the final stretch of preparing for Christmas, there is still time to do some Christmas crafting!

Greetings By Anya Lunchenko

Do you still have a few cards to dress up for the holidays?  No problem, Anya will come to your rescue by sharing her beautiful card with faux wood logs.  Anya is a fabulous designer for Echo Park and she shares the steps, along with all the product you will need, to recreate this festive Christmas card.


Who wouldn’t love to receive this beautiful card in the mail, after all isn’t receiving a card just like receiving a hug through the mail?  Click here and I will take you over to Echo Park’s blog where you can see how Anya added a few of her handmade touches, taking the card from pretty to “WOW” in no time.  Don’t worry, you still have plenty of time to get these made and out in the mail. Whew, one more thing to check off your list!

Believe By Joy Taylor

Who says Christmas needs to be red and green?  I fell in love with this magical Christmas card.  It really inspired me to break out some of my die cuts and stamps. What makes this card stand out is the white heat embossed sentiment stamped on vellum, and the added blue ink blended to give a soft hue.  Such an elegant look!  Don’t you love it when a beautiful card comes together so quickly?


This festive card, with it’s beautiful details, was made with so much love.  A big thank you to Joy for being such an inspiration to all of us crafters!  To see more of her beautiful work, let’s go over to her blog Simple By Design.  You will be so inspired by her and happy you took the time to visit!

Classic Christmas Wood Tray By Karen Peterson

If you are anything like me, you probably have oodles of journaling cards in your scrapbook stash.  This is such a fabulous way of using some them. This fun festive wood tray will make a perfect display of Christmas cheer for your home.  It is definitely a one-of-a-kind piece of home decor.  This Classic Christmas Wood Tray just might be your favorite Christmas decoration ever!

Classic Christmas Wood Tray

If you look closely you can see how the added rhinestones will catch the light. Layering embellishments is one of the most important things as you create a tray of your own.  As you gather your embellishments, this will add your own personality to the project.  Don’t stop with your craft supplies, also think about jewelry, sewing, florals, and even miniatures in your local craft stores.  The possibilities are endless!   This project was so much fun yet could be kept simple enough that you could even have your children or grandchildren make one right along with you!  The holidays are not quite as much fun without creating a little holiday magic with a handmade treasure.  Click here and I will escort you over to Simple Stories where you will learn from Karen how to create your very own tray.  Thank you Karen (again) for sharing your wonderful talent and inspiration!

Snowman Oreo Balls By Christy Denney

These adorable little guys are easy to make with nothing to bake!  What a perfect treat for your holiday parties.  These cheerful snowman Oreo balls will brighten any cold winter day.

Snowman Oreo Balls

Your family and friends will love these, not to mention how the kids will go crazy!  To get your holiday party inspiration, ingredients, and directions pop on over to The Girl Who Ate Everything.  You will receive tips from Christy how she put these darling little snowmen together.  Once again, you will be a hit at your Christmas parties.  Enjoy!

I hope you have a wonderful weekend and you get some time for some creative fun!  Thank you for visiting, have a great week, and most of all remember to take time to enjoy this special time of year!



Vellum Frames

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Happy Tuesday, cardmakers!

Little vellum frames are a soft and pretty way to house a focal point. On these two cards, I’ve created my own frames with a sheet of preprinted vellum and some different frame-shaped dies to trim out the centers. This is a great way to draw your eye to the center of a card, whether it be to draw your eye to a sentiment, a flower, or whatever you’d like to highlight on your card! The vellum just adds a softness that I love.

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On my first card, I’ve used the Fabulous Frames die by Papertrey Ink to trim out the center of the striped vellum. This vellum is an older paper from the Open Book collection by Maggie Holmes and Crate Paper, but there are so many pretty preprinted vellum papers out these days, and they layer beautifully! I backed the vellum with a subtle notebook striped paper, then added a floral rub on in the center, also from the Open Book line. I love how the open center of the frame draws your eye to the floral! You can pop up the frame for more dimension also, if you’d like.

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I’ve layered a few patterned papers here and added a tab, a paperclip, and a cute aqua enamel dot.

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On the Best Wishes card, I’ve used a circle die to trim out the center of the vellum. Then I created a hanging tag with the stamped sentiment and added an older Crate Paper flower and little patterned paper banners.

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As far as adhering the vellum, I have simply stapled it at the two top corners for a quick and easy card.

Vellum frame - Best Wishes2

Enjoy your week, and I will be back soon with more fresh ideas to hopefully inspire your next greeting card!


Saturdays With LeAnn

Hello Friend


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 banner for your home, and whip up something yummy in the kitchen for a wonderful dessert!  Take a moment and sit back, relax, and get motivated.

Pocket Page Planners By Layle Koncar

I don’t know about you, but my life is too hectic to get through each day without a planner.  So with that said, why not have one that will brighten up that busy schedule using fun photos and embellishments? Today I have Layle Koncar here to show how you can change up your planner using different pockets as your mood changes; or if you you’d rather keep the pages the same, that’s great, too! Planners are all about you!

Pocket Page Planners

Don’t let those fun pocket page inserts just be for your pocket page layouts; use them for your planners as well.  Decorate them to suit your own personal style.  Pop in a bit of color and and add throughout your monthly or weekly pages. Click here to see how Layle put her planner together to give you some ideas how to get started.  Journaling cards are great for memory keeping and events that you don’t want to forget.  Pull out some of your pocket page pieces, along with your journaling inserts, and dress up your planner.  Your days will seem a bit less stressful as you see your beautiful photos and fun creations brightening your day!

Hello Friend By Kimberly Crawford

This beautiful card was created by using deco foil, adhesives, glue dots, translucent vellum, die cut flowers, a clear stamp, and gold embossing powder. Isn’t this card simply gorgeous?

Hello Friend

Kimberly Crawford is a fabulous designer for My Favorite Things. Click here to see her video which gives step-by-step instructions to create this beautiful card.  She gives great tips for foiling without a machine, and who would have ever thought of using glue dots for her polka dots?!  You will definitely want to give this one a try!  🙂 Thank you, Kimberly, for sharing such wonderful techniques with us.

Just Because By Leslie Miller

I just love Leslie’s choice of stamp for this beautiful, clean, and refreshing card.  It is so fun to recycle some of your older stamps.  Dig into your stash of stamps and reuse some of them you haven’t used for a while. You will be surprised how easily you can turn that “old” stamp back to “classy”!

Just Because

You don’t have to be a professional to create a watercolor look image.  Don’t be afraid to pull out your distress markers and distress inks; you’ll have so much fun creating with them.  Pop on over to Running With Scissors for more of Leslie’s fun projects.  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.  What a joy they are to receive!

 Seashore Banner By Kathy Clement

Today we have a very inspiring seashore-themed banner by Kathy Clement.  The soft colors of teal along with all of the fabulous embellishments caught me eye while I was visiting the Kathy By Design blog.  I highly recommend popping in for a visit – Kathy is sure to inspire your creativity!

Seashore Banner

Layering up elements and shells found during her own beach adventures make for lots of dimension and added interest.  Isn’t it funny how just one piece of paper can inspire an entire project? This beautiful beach-themed banner was created using Prima papers, embellishments, and flowers. Kathy painted some of her chipboard with Picket Fence Distress Ink and added some embossing powder while wet to age it.  Doesn’t this just make you want to take a long walk on the beach?  Thank you, Kathy, for your wonderful inspiration and creativity!

Strawberry Rhubarb Shortcake By Elizabeth LaBau

This amazing dessert looks too beautiful to eat!  Just think how your family and friends will be impressed with your talent in the kitchen!  This cake is filled with tangy rhubarb curd and sliced fresh strawberries. I am sure your mouth is already watering, am I right?

Strawberry Rhubarb Shortcake

This could be used for a very fancy occasion, or you don’t have to put the flowers on top and you’d still have a beautiful cake!  Either way it will be a big hit when you serve it. Click here to find your recipe from Elizabeth LaBau.  She will give you step-by-step directions to create your own beautiful cake.  Have fun creating and 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!


Vellum Shakers

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Happy Tuesday, and welcome back to another Creative Cardmaker post! First, I should probably apologize for yet ANOTHER butterfly card! I guess butterflies and I go together like peanut butter and jelly. Ha! I started creating, and this is what I came up with: a card with a sewn vellum pocket that acts like a shaker. Let’s get started!

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I’m using Gossamer Blue’s Gramercy Road line of papers, die cuts, stickers, and stamps today, along with Papertrey Ink’s Cover Plate: Bitty Butterflies. Actually, I had cut some butterflies out yesterday for THIS card and had the negative of the butterfly piece left over. I thought I should put it to good use! I wanted to layer a few leaf die cuts over the top, then cover them with vellum to create a shaker pocket.

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Here is what the “shaker” will look like! All I have to do is stitch or adhere the edges of the vellum. I attached the butterfly background to the striped cardstock and layered a chipboard flower over the top. I love the dimension and all of the layers peeking through. Next, I want to stamp a sentiment onto the vellum. Although the stamps are meant for fall, I think they are pretty for spring, too!

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I stamped and embossed the “hello” over the vellum and some leaves up in the corner as well. This adds yet another visual layer, without adding bulk!

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Will you be trying vellum shakers on your next card? You can fill them with sequins, or balloons for a birthday card, or stars… the sky is the limit! I would love to see what you are making also, so please say hello and leave a link to what you are currently working on!

Have a great day,