Weekly Scrapper Presents: One Sketch, Three Ways by Becki Adams

Hey friends, Becki here for a special edition of Inspirations Station. I say special edition because I get to tell you about a special project that I have been working on behind the scenes for a few months. I’m am SO excited to be teaching two of my own classes at four Stamp & Scrapbook Expo shows later this year. The first Expo I will be teaching at is in Schaumburg, Illinois on August 18 & 19. I’m teaching two classes on Friday and two classes on Saturday. One of the classes I will be teaching is “One Sketch, Three Ways”. Today I wanted to give you a little sneak peek into this class by creating a layout using a sketch.

I created a video to go along with this blog post because I wanted to tell you all about this class and share a layout with you that I created using a sketch. Creating with sketches is so easy and SO fun! To create this layout I used a sketch that I found on Pinterest. Sometimes I create my own sketches and sometimes, I find sketches online. Even though I used a sketch that someone else created, I made this layout my own and changed a few things so I could tell my story. That is the beauty of using a sketch, you don’t HAVE to follow every detail of the sketch you can use the sketch as a starting point and adapt it as you create. As I’ve created hundreds of layouts over the years, I’ve found that I use the same sketches over and over. In my “One Sketch, Three Ways” class, I’ll teach you how to adapt some of your favorite sketches to create unique layouts, again and again using the same sketch!Come watch the video where I share more details about the class and create a layout. AND you’ll also learn the story behind this layout! Let’s just say, it was one of my most embarrassing moments ūüėČ

Using a sketch as inspiration, this layout only took me a few minutes to put together. I love it when my crafting projects come together easily and quickly.If you’re in the Schaumburg area, I would be thrilled to have you in my class. You can sign up for this workshop HERE. Make sure to let me know that you’re a blog reader!¬† There are two time slots available for this class, Friday at 10:00am and Saturday at 10:00am. As I mentioned in the video, I’ll be teaching workshops in Denver, Sacramento, and Ontario, as well. Make sure you’ve joined the Stamp & Scrapbook Expo Facebook groups by location, so you’ll know when workshop tickets are available in those areas (Facebook Groups by show location).Thank you for stopping by the Stamp & Scrapbook Expo blog, I’ll see you in class!

 

 

 

Crazy Blessed

I feel in love with the design and simplicity of this darling layout. It is simple and yet says so much. This layout inspired me to start the New Year right by thinking of all the ways I am blessed. I discovered this on The Scrap Farm blog, created by Melinda Spinks. It is the fine details combined with her priceless photo that makes this layout so amazing. You are sure to be inspired by her talent, so be sure and pop over to Melinda’s blog for some wonderful inspiration.

Crazy Blessed

Scrapbooking isn’t just about the photos and embellishments but the meaningful story about the photo. This is such a beautiful way to treasure a moment.

Crazy Blessed

Crazy Blessed

These triangles are so perfect to add in your journaling

Crazy Blessed

Add a special touch of ombre style embroidery to your page.

Crazy Blessed

Scrapbooking is to preserve and record those special moments in life, and Melissa did such a beautiful job with her layout. For a full tutorial of this layout click HERE.

Thank you for your visit and I hope you have a fabulous NEW YEAR!

Supplies

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Supplies Used (Not Shown)

  • Doodlebug Rub-Ons
  • Ombre and White Embroidery Thread
  • Mister Huey’s Opaque White
  • Holly Berry Sequins

There Are Some Moments in Life

Hello, my friends! Today you are in for a real treat with this beautiful tag that I discovered on the amazing blog Eclectic Paperie. I have been so excited to share this with you! You can find a full tutorial on how to create this tag by clicking HERE.

 Listen There Are Some Moments

 Listen There Are Some Moments

  Listen There Are Some Moments

 Listen There Are Some Moments

  Listen There Are Some Moments

 Listen There Are Some Moments

 Listen There Are Some Moments

Don’t you just love how all the pieces were brought together to create such a beautiful tag? This gorgeous tag will look so beautiful as home d√©cor, on a card, or even on a package. I would like to thank Toni¬†Burrows¬†for allowing us to share her amazing project. Be sure to pop on over to Eclectic Paperie blog where¬†you are sure to be truly inspired.

Thanks for visiting. I hope you have a very fun and creative day!

Supplies

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Supplies Used (Not Shown)

  • Mini Ink Blending Tool
  • Helmar Quick Dry Adhesive
  • Ranger Heat It Craft Tool
  • Inksessentials Non Stick Craft Sheet
  • Bird Stamp
  • Antique Linen Distress Ink
  • Gathered Twigs Distress Ink
  • Victorian Velvet Distress Stain
  • Peeled Paint Distress Stain
  • Crushed Olive Distress Stain
  • Antique Linen Distress Stain
  • Frayed Burlap Distress Paint
  • Antique Linen Distress Paint
  • Crinkle Ribbon
  • Vintage Photo Distress Marker
  • Victorian Velvet Distress Marker
  • Tattered Rose Distress Marker
  • Frayed Burlap Distress Marker
  • Jet Black Ink Pad

Cherry Limeade Cupcakes

How could anyone resist these yummy Cherry Limeade Cupcakes? Such a fun and timeless flavor combination! These cute cupcakes can be used for many occasions from a summer picnic to a whimsical Christmas party. Can’t you just see these yummy cupcakes brightening up your Christmas table?

Cherry Limeaide

Cherry  Limeade Cupcakes

This is one of those recipes you will want to make sure to add to your collection. I discovered these adorable Cherry Limeade Cupcakes on Cooking Classy. Just sit back and let those compliments roll in because this cupcake is sure to be a hit with your family and friends.

Iingredients 

  • 3/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup cake flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/8 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cups + 2 Tbsp granulated sugar
  • 1 Tbsp lime zest
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 large egg whites
  • ¬†1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup + 3 Tbsp buttermilk
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp fresh lime juice

Simple Syrup

  • 1 Tbsp fresh lime juice
  • 1 Tbsp granulated sugar

Frosting and Topping

  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 2 1/2 – 2 3/4 cup powdered sugar
  • Few drops red food coloring (optional)
  • 3 Tbsp maraschino cherry juice
  • 12 maraschino cherries, lime slices and sugar crystal sprinkles

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Sift all-purpose flour and cake flour into a mixing bowl. Add baking powder, baking soda, and salt and whisk 20 seconds, set aside.

In a food processor, pulse together 3/4 cup + 2 Tbs granulated sugar with lime zest until finely ground, about 1 minute. In the bowl of an electric stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, whip together butter with lime sugar mixture until pale and fluffy (if you don’t have the paddle attachment that constantly scrapes bowl, then occasionally throughout entire mixing process, stop mixer and scrape down sides and bottom of bowl). Mix in egg, then mix in egg whites one at a time, adding in vanilla with second egg white.

In the liquid measuring cup used to measure buttermilk, whisk together buttermilk with lime juice. Working in three separate batches, beginning and ending with flour mixture, add 1/3 of the flour mixture alternating with 1/2 of the buttermilk mixture and mixing just until combined after each addition. Divide batter among 12 paper lined muffin cups. Bake in preheated oven until toothpick inserted into center of cupcake comes out clean, about 18 – 20 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool several minutes in muffin tin, then transfer to wire rack to cool slightly while preparing simple syrup.

Simple Syrup

In a small bowl, whisk together 1 Tbsp lime juice with 1 Tbsp granulated sugar until sugar has dissolved. Brush mixture over warm cupcakes (use all of it, add two light coats over each cupcake). Allow cupcakes to cool completely.

Frosting

In the bowl of an electric stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, whip butter until pale and fluffy. Mix in 1/4 cup powdered sugar then mix in maraschino cherry juice and optional red food coloring. With mixer set on low speed, slowly add remaining 2 1/4 cups powdered sugar (add an additional 1/4 as needed to reach desired consistency), then increase mixer to medium and whip until light and fluffy. Pipe or spread over cooled cupcakes, top each with a maraschino cherry and a lime slice and sprinkle edges with sprinkles if desired.

Thanks for visiting and have a very sweet day!

Black Forest Cake

Are you a cake lover? This is one of those cakes that will certainly make your mouth water! My father came to the United States from Germany when he was a young man and I have such a love for my heritage. When I found out this cake originated from Germany (called Schwarzwalder Kirschtorte) I knew I just had to make it. I can honestly say I truly loved it! It is a delightful combination of chocolate, cherries, and whipped cream. Not only is it scrumptious but it is simply gorgeous! I found this on the Bird On A Cake blog created by Robin.

Black Forest Cake

Black Forest Cake

Ingredients 

  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 3/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup buttermilk (or 1 tablespoon vinegar mixed with 1 cup milk)
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon cherry extract

Chocolate Ganache

  • 1 1/2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 3 tablespoons confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 (21 oz.) can cherry pie filling

Instructions 

Heat oven to 350 degrees.  Line the bottoms of two 9 inch round cake pans with wax paper and grease the sides.  Bring a small pan of water to a boil and keep it simmering while you mix the other ingredients.  In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the sugar, flour, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder and salt.  Add the eggs, buttermilk, oil and cherry extract.  Beat with mixer until combined.  Add 1 cup of the boiling water and carefully stir until it is mixed in.  Beat for 1 1/2 minutes with mixer.  Batter will be thin.  Pour the batter into prepared pans and bake for 20 Р24 minutes (until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean).

Chocolate Ganache

Place the chocolate chips in a small metal bowl.  Heat the cream over medium heat.  Watch it closely and immediately remove from heat when it starts to boil.  Pour over chocolate chips.  Wait for 2 minutes, then slowly stir the mixture until all the chips have completely melted and it is thoroughly combined.  Stir in the vanilla.  Let the ganache cool until it reaches a thicker, spreadable consistency.

Whipped Cream

Chill a large mixing bowl and beaters in the freezer for 10 minutes.  Pour heavy cream into the bowl and whip until peaks are just about to form.  Add vanilla and sugar, beat until stiff peaks form.  Make sure not to over-beat, cream will then become lumpy and butter-like.

Assembling Your Cake

Level cake layers and place one layer on a cake plate.  Spread 3/4 of the whipped cream on the cake layer, leaving one inch of space around the edge.  Reserve 12 cherries and set aside; drop the remaining pie filling by spoonfuls on top of the whipped cream.  Place second cake layer on top.  Spread thickened ganache on top of the cake, just to the edges.  Garnish with remaining whipped cream and reserved cherries.

Hope this has inspired you to try this fabulous desert. Happy baking!

A Warm Christmas

It’s the time of year when it is usually snowing, raining, or just plain cold outside. Some of our friends and family celebrate their holidays in a warmer climate, however, and this is a perfect card just for them. This fun image is sure to put a smile on the face of the one who receives it in the mail. I found this adorable card while searching on Will Stamp For Wine blog. This fun card created by Kathy Curry¬†will definitely put you in the mood for the holidays.

A Warm Christmas

Kathy started this card using the Tropical Santa Buried digital image. She copied it onto Copic xpress paper, colored it with her copic markers, and then added some stickles. Using the Spellbinders Standard Circles dies, she cut out three different sizes using red and kraft cardstock along with the colored image. For the background she used different patterned papers in strips and sewed them onto kraft cardstock. To finish it off, she added some fun red ribbon and red rhinestones to the corners of the card.

 A Warm Christmas

So find your favorite digital image and breakout your chalks, gelatos, colored pencils, and markers and just have some fun creating your special Christmas image.

Thanks for stopping by. Hope you have a wonderful holiday!

Supplies

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Supplies Used (Not Shown)

  • Christmas Pattern Paper
  • Kraft Paper
  • Copic X-press Blending Card
  • Stickles
  • Ribbon
  • Sewing Machine
  • Red Rhinestones
  • Border Punch

Merry

Today’s inspiration is a mixed media Christmas layout. If you love mixed media as much as I do, then you are going to have a lot of fun creating this layout. Mona Pendleton is so talented in all she creates, and also fabulous when it comes to mixed media projects. Be sure and stop on over to her blog¬†Cupcake’s Creations;¬†you will be so inspired by her projects.

Merry

To create this layout, Mona first randomly added texture and design using the Stargaze Stencil and some molding paste. Once it was dry, she randomly spritzed on some color spray and allowed it to dry, then stamped the Sheet Music Background stamp onto her texture.

Merry

Next, she stamped and embossed the tree design from Starry Christmas on the coordinating die cut using the Die-namics Starry Christmas die.

Merry

To create the frame she used the Die-namics Merry Photo Card Frame die. To add some final touches, she then added a few die cut Poinsettias and Stars. The color scheme of this layout is so beautiful and gives it that warm, vintage look. I would like to say thank you to Mona for sharing her sensational masterpiece with us.

Hope you have a fabulous day crafting. Happy Holidays!

Supplies

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Supplies Used (Not Shown)

  • Molding Paste
  • Color Spray
  • Red Ink Pad
  • Patterned Paper