Sundays With Lorraine

Hello, my crafty friends, and welcome back to Weekly Scrapper. Lorraine here, ready to share some fun projects on this beautiful fall day, so grab a cup of coffee, sit back, relax and enjoy a little crafty “me” time. You deserve it!

Adding Color to Black & White Elements by Missy Whidden

There is nothing like a beautiful watercolored background to make a black & white photo just pop. Missy used the Faith > Fear Collection by Illustrated Faith on this layout. The collection is entirely black & white which leaves your color options wide open. I love the contrast of this black & white collection. Click here and I’ll take you over for a peek of all the pieces that are available.

For more details click here and I will be honored to take you over to the Bella Blvd blog so you can follow along as Missy shares many tips and tricks on how easily this adorable layout comes together. Happy scrappin’!

You Are Amazing By Yoonsun Hur

Since we already have the watercolors out, I thought you might enjoy this sweet card designed by the very talented Yoonsun. Have you had the opportunity to play with Altenew multilayer stamps yet? They really take the guesswork out of creating a beautiful bold contrast, or you can use your favorite coloring medium for a soft and subtle look.

No matter what your style is, you are sure to fall in love with all the possibilities. Yoonsun stamped the image using Versa Fine Onyx Ink than watercolored the flowers with Distress Inks, but feel free to use what you have on hand. Have fun experimenting with different coloring mediums to alter the finished piece.

Mini Album By Suzz

What’s not to love about mini albums?  They are the instant gratification of scrapbooking, not to mention they make the perfect gift for those special people in your life.  With a little guidance from our crafty friend Suzanne, you, too, can whip up several of these little works of art for the holidays. Add a few photos and some meaningful sentiments and you have a gift that will be treasured for years to come. The large house in the set measures approximately 5″ tall by 3 5/8″ wide, which can easily handle of few carefully cropped pics and lots of stamping. After all, there is no better gift than the gift of memories, right?

I couldn’t resist sharing a 2nd photo of the inside. Be sure to stop by the Funkie Junkie Blog to check out the album in its entirety. You’re gonna love it!

I love the fact that Suzanne created her own mini album using the Tiny House Die by Tim Holtz. What a creative way to use the die. I must confess, I loved the die before but I haven’t purchased it yet. I was on the fence thinking how many little houses can one make, but when you add in mini albums – well that’s another story!  After seeing what Suzanne did with this project It’s now on my list to purchase at our Sacramento show in a few weeks.

Creamy Lemon Parmesan Chicken Piccata

It’s lemon time in my neck of the woods (sunny southern CA) so I am on the hunt for ways to use them. My family and friends love this creamy chicken over pasta, but a piccata can be served over anything: rice, zucchini noodles, steamed vegetables, or anything else you can think of. Have fun making this dish your own.

Be sure to stop by and visit with Karina on her amazing food blog Cafe Delites; you and your family will be glad you did. Big hugs to Karina for helping us kick things up a notch or two in the kitchen. Bon appetit!

Thanks for stopping by, have an amazing week, and I’ll see you next Sunday with some really fun projects to get you in the fall spirit. If you happen to be in Sacramento, CA the 3rd weekend of Oct (10/20 – 10/21) or in Ontario, CA the first weekend in Nov (11/3 – 11/4) we would love to have you join us at our last two shows of the year! I will meet you at the Creativity Center and we can create something beautiful together.

 

 

Saturday With LeAnn

Hello

Hello again to all my crafty friends and welcome back to Weekly Scrapper!  I hope you are enjoying a nice, relaxing weekend.  I am so happy you made your way over to be with me today.  It is an honor to have the opportunity to share inspiration from some of the most talented people in our industry.  Please take a few minutes today to sit back, relax, and enjoy today’s creative therapy!

You Can Do It By Cathy Cafun

I immediately fell in love with this beautiful layout that I discovered on Cathy Cafun’s blog, Cathy Can’t Help Herself.  I always feel inspired and enjoy all of her beautiful paper crafting skills.  This layout gives such a soft feminine feel and really gives a pop to her photo.  Even though there are a lot of fine details going on, the embellishments really complement her photo and allow it to still take center stage on this lovely layout.  It is always such a treasure to preserve our priceless memories by taking lots of photos, then taking the time to scrapbook them.

You Can Do It

Cathy created this beautiful layout using the L’Aquarelle Collection from Ultimate Crafts.  Cathy also used coordinating dies, embossing folders, and stamps, along with fussy cutting to make some of her own embellishments.  This beautiful vintage work of art has truly inspired me.  I love how Cathy incorporated warm colors that retained the vintage style. Click here and I will take you on over to Cathy’s blog, Cathy Can’t Help Herself, where you will find all the products needed to create one of your own.  A big shout out to Cathy for sharing this wonderful inspiration with us.

Hello By Yoonsun Hur

Put a smile on someone’s face today just by saying “Hello.”  Can you just imagine the smile when they discover this darling card that was made with so much love?  Receiving a handmade card is like receiving a huge hug through the mail.  It is definitely a great way to brighten up one’s day!

Hello

On this sweet card Yoonsun stamped the sunflower with Memento Tuxedo black ink using Summer Flowers by Simon Says Stamp.  She then colored it in using her Copic markers.  I love Yoonsun’s blending which makes this look just like a watercolor.  Yoonsun is one very talented lady so be sure to pop on over to Rejoicing Crafts where you will find so many more inspirational projects.

French Farmhouse Tray By Diana at Dreams Factory

For those of you who know me, you know I just love vintage.  I always fall in love with projects that are a DIY project with a fun vintage flare.  Today I want to share with you a ship-lap inspired tray, with a little bit of painting and distressing.  You will learn how to transfer an image and lot of tips and tricks so you can easily make a chic French Farmhouse tray in no time.  This is a perfect project to make as a gift just about for anyone.  Who wouldn’t love this?

French Farmhouse Tray

There are so many possibilities for using this Shabby Chic tray in your home.  Use it as a decor piece and style it with other decorative items that you may already have around.  Use this fun piece to hang on your wall, or even to use it as a breakfast tray, and serve that special someone a nice breakfast in bed.  Click here and I am going to escort you on over to our crafty friends at Dreams Factory where you will get step-by-step instructions.  Have you heard of Waterslide decals, also known as slip decals? It used to be they were professionally printed, but with the luxury of having a color inkjet or laser printer you can print your own PDF file.  Diana will share all about the Waterslide Decal Paper Transfers with you.  I hope you have been inspired to give this fun technique a try.  Enjoy crafting, my sweet friends!

Peanut Butter Pie by Tonia Larson

This smooth and silky peanut butter pie has a hidden layer of chocolate, a crunchy peanut butter cookie crust, and is topped with mini peanut butter cups.  You will love the results and want to share this with a friend or two!  They will be so impressed with how beautiful this pie looks and they will definitely want your recipe!

Peanut Butter Pie

With a little help from our friend Tonia you can easily make this beautiful pie. She also shares a fun video on how to create it, so don’t miss out – just click here and I will lead the way over to The Gunny Sack so you can print out the recipe.  Enjoy, my friends!

Thank you for stopping by today.  I love our creative time together.  If by chance you are close to the Chantilly VA area this next weekend (June 23rd & 24th) we would love you to join us at Stamp & Scrapbook Expo for a weekend of crops, classes, and lots of shopping! It’s a weekend crammed with crafting, stamping, and scrapbooking.  Stop by the registration desk and say hello to me, I would love to see your smiling face!

Hugs,

LeAnn

 

Sundays With Lorraine

Hello, my crafty friends, and welcome back to Weekly Scrapper. You’re just in time for today’s creative therapy, so sit back, relax, and enjoy!  Spring is in the air and Easter is just around the corner so I thought you might enjoy the following projects.

Watercolor Easter Eggs By Allison

These watercolored eggs are so pretty, you almost don’t want to crack the shell. Notice how I said almost – because these pretty little eggs are soon to be an amazing egg salad. But not to worry –  until that time they will look oh-so-cute in a basket and or crystal bowl on the table for your Easter brunch.

You can use this technique on hard boiled eggs, you just need to substitute food coloring markers (sold in the cake making craft section) for the Sharpie. Allison used the dyeable plastic eggs sold at Walmart for about $2. I’m going for the real hard boiled eggs. I hope you give these beautiful watercolored eggs a try.

Dragonfly Dreams Card By Chat

I’m in love with the adorable Stampin’ Up! Dragonfly  stamp and die set that Chat used on this adorable card. This is a “Two-Step Stampin’” set which gives you the freedom to switch things up to create different looks. The Thinlet Dies have a mix of open images and detailed images and these dies can cut detailed die-cuts or frame stamped images. With this set, you can have it all!

If you’re like me and you need both the stamp and coordinating die set, you can save a little by bundling them together. Click here and I will be happy to escort you over to Chat’s Blog Me, My Stamps & I so you can follow along as she shares how this sweet card came together. Chat also has an Etsy site where you can purchase some of her gorgeous handmade cards.

Hello Friendship Card By Yoonsun Hur

This gorgeous card is sure to brighten up anyone’s day. The rainbow of color is just so cheerful. Yoonsun used Zig Kauretake Gansai Watercolors to create the beautiful background,  then she dove into her stash of dies. I love how she used multiple dies to create lots of visual interest.

Now that’s the way to use your tools, just experiment using different configurations. If you don’t play with your toys you’ll never truly know what they’re capable of. Way to go, Yoonsun, and thanks for sharing.

Baked Chicken Parmesan By Gina

Gina is the hostess of the amazing food blog Skinny Taste. I love how she took this Italian classic and eliminated some of the unwanted calories. The secret is baking the chicken cutlets versus frying them. The chicken remains moist and flavorful, the clean up is much easier, and there are fewer calories, what’s not to love?

I highly recommend stopping by Gina’s blog Skinny Taste any time you need to kick things up a notch on the kitchen. Her recipes are proof that eating heathier doesn’t have to be boring.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have an amazing week ahead of you! I just returned home from the Stamp & Scrapbook Expo in Texas and I am happy to report that a fun time was had by all. It’s always a pleasure to create something beautiful with you in person. It’s like having my cake and eating it, too. Hugs to all!

Saturdays With LeAnn

Thinking Of You

Saturdays-with-LeAnnWelcome back, my friends.  What better way to round out the work week than with five amazing projects from four wonderful designers?  I hope I can WOW you today with these wonderful projects and a yummy dessert!  So kick off your shoes, relax, and let’s get started!

Young Wild & Free By Cathy Cafun

You are probably familiar with the term “fussy cutting.”  It is something we see quite often in layouts.  Our motifs lend themselves to be hand-cut, layered, and put on display.  What a fabulous way of using some of your beautiful papers.  It adds dimension and gives your layout a clean, refreshing look.

Young Wild & Free

Cathy has some step-by-step and easy to follow instructions prepared to help you create your fun beach layout.  I highly recommend you stop by her blog “Cathy Can’t Help Herself” for a visit; you will love all of her fun tips and techniques.  This is one that you will certainly will want to make to put your fun beach photos on. Thank you for sharing your beautiful layout, Cathy.

Thinking Of You By Yoonsun Hur

With shaker cards being so popular, I wanted to share this adorable card designed by Yoonsun Hur.   Yoonsun used the Die-namics Wonky Stitched Rectangle Stax die from My Favorite Things that really simplifies the process of creating a perfect shaker card.

Thinking Of You

Along with the fun dies, Yoonsun used a fun flower stamp to create this beautiful and colorful design.  For the beautiful sequins to fill up your shaker card, you’ll find them at My Favorite Things. The fabulous combination of beads, sequins, and confetti all coordinate perfectly to create this beautiful card.  I really hope you have a great time creating your own fun shaker card!

Venetian Summer By Heather Telford

I instantly fell in love with this beautiful card.  It is so classy and I love the pop of red.  Heather created those shadows and highlights so perfectly with water coloring.  Heather inked her stamp Venetian Summer in London Fog, but avoided the hat so she could ink it in red.  She then added some shading to the building and the woman by picking up ink with a small watercolor brush. What a masterpiece Heather has created!

Venetian Summer

Her beautiful card encouraged me to develop some new skills and be less intimidated to try new things.  My motto is “Creativity involves in breaking out of your traditional style. Never hesitate to try something new.”  I would like to say a big “Thank You” to Heather for her fabulous inspiration and allowing us to share her beautiful creation.  Do yourself a big favor and stop by her blog Bits and Pieces where you will enjoy some creative therapy with Heather.  You will be filled with so much inspiration and be very happy you took the time to visit.

Fancy Box By Beatriz Jennings

I love having cards on hand.  When an occasion comes up, I am prepared and don’t have to stress about making one quickly!  I found this adorable Fancy Box created by Beatriz Jennings and immediately knew that I had to make one.  What a perfect way to store all of my hand-crafted cards!  This adorable box turned out to be the perfect place for my cards, and I had a blast creating one of my own.  Thank you, Beatriz, for sharing your fun Fancy Box.

Fancy Box

Now lets take it one step farther and create a birthday card using up some of the scraps that were used for the Fancy Box.  Grab some of your fun embellishments to finish adding some dimension to your card.

Birthday Card

Now that you have fallen in love with both the box and the card, let me take you on over to Beatriz’s blog Iralamija where you will find the supplies that she used, along with instructions to begin creating your own box and card. Have fun creating!

Mason Jar Lid Mini Cheesecake By Linda Braden

I have such a great love of Mason jars; I have used them in so many different ways in my crafting.  Today I want to take it one step farther than only using the jar – we are going to use the Mason jar lid to create mini cheesecakes! Yes, you read that right, Mason jar lids!  Who would have ever thought that a lid would be so useful?  They are like mini springform pans.  What a fun treat to make with your family.  Always creating memories, right?

Mason Jar Lids Mini Cheesecake

These taste as good as they look.  I bet you can’t just eat one! 🙂  Click here and let me escort you over to the It All Started With Paint blog so you can print out your recipe.  This is one you will want to be sure and add to your favorites. Enjoy!

I hope you enjoyed spending some of your Saturday with me.  If you are in the Orlando, Florida area today, make sure to stop in at the Gaylord Palms resort and say hello and enjoy a fun day with Stamp & Scrapbook Expo.  Hope to see you there! 🙂

Saturdays With LeAnn

Vintage Tags

Saturdays-with-LeAnn

Welcome back, my dear friends!  I hope you all had a great week and a wonderful Valentine’s Day last Sunday!  Sit back and enjoy the projects that I have to share with you today – I hope they will get those creative minds of your going, and that you have some enjoyable crafting time this weekend.

Colorful Pocket Pages By Nancy Damiano

Pocket pages are a simple and stylish way to tell your story; this is a great solution for getting your photos off your phone and computer. Are you one that has a lot of pictures in boxes?  You can get those into an album in no time. This is a great way of completing your albums without spending hours on only one page.

Colorful Pocket Pages

There are so many different types of themed card inserts that will give you no more cutting, pasting, or even having to buy oodles of supplies. It is simple, fun, and then you are done!  This fun and colorful pocket page was designed by Nancy Damiano. Be sure to visit Nancy at the American Crafts Studio blog. It is inspiring to see how Nancy creates unique and fun pocket pages. Pocket scrapbooking provides endless possibilities! Don’t hesitate to try this fun technique; there are so many different varieties to create that you won’t want to leave your craft room! It is the instant gratification of scrapbooking!  I know you will be hooked once you try it.

Vintage Tags By Marta De 

Today I would love to share some beautiful tags created by Marta De. Tags can be used in a variety of ways and take a package from ordinary to something really beautiful and special. These lovely tags were made using wood embellishments and fabulous mediums to give the wood great color and texture.

Vintage Tags

Notice the beautiful layering, along with the wonderful texture created by using Sandstone Stone Effects on the wood clock. These beautiful tags are so versatile – use them on a package, a layout, a card, or even as an invitation to a party. They give such a beautiful and vintage flare. Click here and you will see a video tutorial to show you how to create your own.

Sincere Thanks By Yoonsun Hur

I hope you will be inspired today to send out one of your beautiful handmade creations in the form of a lovely card. They are so much fun to make and such a joy to receive.  It is a great way of letting a special person in your life know just how much you care.  Who wouldn’t love to receive such a fun surprise in the mail?

Sincere Thanks

This bright, whimsical card was created by Yoonsun Hur. The roses are from Clearly Besotted Merci Beaucoup set with some red and black ink splatters. What a cheerful card!  Yoonsun also used the Storybook 3 Dies to add some dimension.  Come with me over to Rejoicing Crafts where you will find how she created this fun card with all of the supplies you will need to get started.

Dresser With Fabric Inlay By Christy James

Do you have an old dresser hanging around that you don’t want to get rid of because it has been in the family for a long time? Today I want to share a fun way of keeping that dresser and changing it into something beautiful. Once you restore this piece of furniture you are going to have a great appreciation for it since it will no longer just be sitting in a storage area! If you love this project but don’t have a dresser, you can always pick one up very cheap at a garage sale or thrift store.

Dresser With Fabric Inlay

Your dresser with a fabric inlay can be so charming and add a special flare to your room. The fun part of this is that you can use any fabric of your choice, along with painting the dresser a custom color to match your décor. Can you just imagine what you would have paid for this at a furniture store?  Let me take you over to Confessions Of A Serial Do It Yourselfer where you will receive step-by-step instructions from Christy James.  You will love her blog and be inspired by the fabulous projects she shares with you!

Lemon Blueberry Cupcakes By Alyssa

With spring just around the corner, these cupcakes just scream for warm weather. What a great treat for spring parties! These are the perfect individual desserts that will be sure to put a smile on your family and friends’ faces.

Lemon Blueberry Cupcakes

These yummy Lemon Blueberry Cupcakes are bursting with vanilla, fresh blueberries, and a hint of lemon. They are piled high with a delicious lemon buttercream frosting.  Don’t forget to add your sprinkles; it wouldn’t be a cupcake without them!  Let’s pop on over to The Recipe Critic to get your recipe and ingredients; this is a recipe you don’t want to miss out on! 🙂

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