Stitched Sentiments

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Welcome back to another cardmaking tutorial! Today I want to share some tips on adding hand stitching to your cards! A sentiment can be the perfect place to add a touch of hand stitching without having to spend too much time on it, creating a handmade, cozy, homespun feel to your project.

First, I stamped a background with the Note Niblets stamp set by Papertrey Ink. I used Orange Zest, Aqua Mist, Enchanted Evening, and New Leaf stamping inks to create little clusters of button flowers. The Quick Stitch Sentiments dies by Papertrey Ink work to cut the holes out to spell “love,” “hello,” “wish,” and “thanks.” I’ve used the “hello” die today and die cut the word from white cardstock with the Cuttlebug machine. If you don’t have these dies, you can print out a word from your computer, place it over your cardstock, and use a needle or paper piercer to punch holes in the cardstock along the word. The sentiment strip is about 1 1/2″ wide x 4 1/4″.

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Using an aqua floss to coordinate with my card, I started stitching by bringing the needle up from the back of the cardstock strip on the “h.” I taped the end of the floss down onto the back to hold it tight. Then I hand stitched using a back stitch.

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If you happen to run out of floss like I did here (since I didn’t cut the floss long enough to stitch the whole word) just tape the end down onto the back and start a new piece. No one will ever know!

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When finished with the stitching, trim the floss and tape the end down on the back of the cardstock. I stamped a tag with Stitched With Love stamps and tied it onto my sentiment strip with orange floss. I used a staple to hold it on tight before attaching the finished piece to my card.

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Here is the card. I just love the added dimension with the stitches!


This is another one I stitched previously with the same dies.



I hope that gives you some ideas for adding a little bit of stitched dimension to your next card!


Tip of the Day: Piercing Elements from Spellbinders

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Richard Garay is here to share the beauty of using Spellbinders Piercing Elements. What a great way to create a perfect piercing in no time at all. No more piercing one hole at a time!

Be sure to stop by the Spellbinders Paper Arts website to check out all their must-have paper crafting treasures. You can also visit the Spellbinders Team at many of our Scrapbook Expos.

Thanks for the visit and I wish you a very creative day!

Card with Heat-Embossed Die Cut

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Hey, everyone! Roree here with another Make It! Monday project. Today I am sharing a fun way to create a metallic finish on cardstock.

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I found this cute image on the Close to my Heart Artistry cartridge in Cricut Design Space and I knew right away that I wanted to use it on a card.

I decided to use the new My Story collection from My Mind’s Eye for the card. It has so many gorgeous patterned papers with gold accents. I thought it would look really pretty for the die cut image to be cut with a gold metallic cardstock, but I didn’t have any in my stash. What I did have was some gold embossing powder, some embossing ink, and a heat tool. With those items and a cardstock die cut, I got to work.

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I started by covering the entire die cut with embossing ink.

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I then covered the die cut with embossing powder.

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After it was completely covered, I shook off all of the excess powder.

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I used my heat tool to set the embossing powder.

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My cardstock die cut now had the shiny, metallic gold finish I had originally wanted.

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I finished the card by adding the die cut to a 4 1/4 x 5 1/2″ card and dressed it up with more patterned paper, brads, and enamel shapes.

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

Tip of the Day: New Tricks with Cricut Tools from Cricut®


Shannon Kendall, project designer for Cricut®, shares two of her favorite Cricut tools, the Scraper Tool and the Weeding Tool. Shannon demonstrates the traditional uses for these tools, along with lots of other fun tips and tricks for putting them to good use in your crafting.

Thanks, Shannon, for sharing these tips. Make sure to visit the Cricut blog for lots more Cricut inspiration!

Sundays With Lorraine

Little Fishy by Missy Whidden


Welcome to Weekly Scrapper! It makes me smile knowing that you’ve found some “ME” time to get your craft on. Sundays are special to me because this is when I get to share my passion for crafting with you when we’re not creating at a Scrapbook Expo. So sit back, relax , and enjoy today’s inspiration.

Little Fishy by Missy Whidden

Let’s start out with this adorable layout/sketch designed by the very talented Missy Whidden, hostess of the blog Little Nugget Creations. This sketch is perfect for those instagram photos or any small photo because the entire top half of the layout has a grid design which is perfect for highlighting your small photos. What a great way to incorporate multiple photos on your layouts.

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I love how Missy watercolored the black and white patterned paper by Echo Park (Capture Life collection) while adding lots of color to the design. You know how I love any chance to add a good watercolor technique.

Capture Life by Echo Park

I hope that you’ve been as inspired as I was by this fun layout. My daughter is printing out some Instagram photos as we speak (or should I say, as I write 😉 ). Keep up the very important responsibility of preserving your journey through life one photo and fuzzy story at a time.

Come Sail Away

Do you struggle with designing the perfect masculine-themed card, like I do? if so, you’re gonna love this nautical-themed card that I discovered on Debby Yate’s blog, A Scrap Journey. I’d like to send out a virtual hug to Debby for sharing.

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Debby created the oval shape by masking off a section over the main image using one of the Spellbinder Nestabilities. Keep up the amazing job of spreading those smiles one handmade card at a time.

Live Your Dream

What’s not to love about a great, shabby chic, distressed project inspired by the master of grunge, Tim himself. Jennie did an amazing job incorporating lots of yummy textures, layering, and inking on this gorgeous tag. I highly recommend stopping by Tim’s blog A Vintage Journey where Jennie shares her step-by-step instructions on how she created this vintage-inspired tag. You definitely don’t want to miss out on her great tips and techniques.

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You are just a few simple techniques away from creating a gorgeous, vintage-inspired tag. Remember to always have fun with your art! Live on the wild side and be fearless when it comes to your creativity; if you don’t you will never know just how creative you really are.

Live and Learn Altered Domino Book

The theme of this unique altered domino mini album is “Anything Goes.” This piece may be small in size but it has a huge sentimental message. I highly recommend that you hop on over and spend some time with Brenda anytime you’re needing a little fuzzy inspiration.

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Checkout the gorgeous interior; I can see this with a few special photos added to the pages and given as a pishky (little gift) to someone special.



Click here so I can take you over to Brenda’s blog Bumble Bees And Butterflies. Brenda is an amazing instructor and you are going to love her beautiful, shabby-vintage style. Have fun personalizing your little piece of art.

Easy Beef Lo Mein

Many of you know that my absolute favorite food is Chinese food, so it makes me happy to share this easy and oh-so-tasty dish that I discovered on the Menu Musings of a Modern American Mom blog.

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I hope you give this yummy dish a try; you’re gonna love it! I know it goes against my usual “dinner in under half-an-hour” but it’s definitely worth the extra 15 minutes. :-)

Click here and I will take you over to the Menu Musings of a Modern American Mom so you can print out the recipe; Julie also has lots of step-by-step photos along with the recipe. Bon appetit!

I hope that you’ve been inspired by today’s post. Have a wonderful week and I’ll see you next weekend.







Saturdays With LeAnn



Hello, my friends! I hope you had a great week and are ready for a relaxing and creative weekend. I have some cute projects to share with you today, so sit back and enjoy!

Pocket Page Scrapbooking by Lindsay Bateman

“Pocket Page” scrapbooking is quite the rage. What a great way to display your many pictures and complete some albums in no time at all. Build your pages inside page protectors and layer some pieces on top. There are so many wonderful pocket inserts and embellishments available to help create an adorable album.

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This is an ultra-simple solution for getting your photos off your phone and computer, out of boxes, and into albums. You will save spending hours of time on just one page. Click here and I will take you over to Heidi Swapp’s blog where Lindsay will show you photos and step-by-step instructions on how you can create your own pocket pages. Give it a try; I guarantee you will be hooked!

Hello By Barbara Anders

This beautiful, dreamy card by Barbara Anders is the perfect way to say hello and send a smile across the miles. Who wouldn’t love to receive this lovely and cheerful card in the mail?


Pull out those die cuts and inks; creating a beautiful card is a fun way to use your imagination. If you are wondering how Barbara created this sweet card, click here and I will take you over to Paper Pursuits where you will find directions, along with the supplies needed.

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Don’t forget to put your sentiment on the inside! Have fun creating your own, personalized card.

Welcome Baby By Debby Yates

Shaker cards are so much fun; you can never have too many of them on hand. This is such a creative welcome baby card. My daughter is expecting a baby – this will be a fun and adorable card to make for her! Dies really simplify the process of creating a shaker card, and not to mention how these darling little critters really put a smile on your face.

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Sequins are great for shakers cards, or you can use a combination of beads, confetti, and sequins – they all coordinate together so well. Click here and I’ll take you over to Debby’s blog where you will find instructions and supplies for this darling card. If you have never made a shaker card, make sure to give it a try; I know you won’t make only one!

Canvas Frame by Shari Carrol

Turning a canvas into a piece of art is all about imagination, texture, and technique. This creation is so amazing! I can definitely see this as a piece of art to display at home. Pull out your stamps, inks, crackle pastes, and stencils to get started.

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Shari Carrol’s talent is very inspriational. Click here and I will take you over to a tutorial video where you will be able to follow Shari as she creates this beautiful canvas frame. Let your imagination run wild and have fun creating!

Raspberry Lemon Bars by Julie Gransee

This is certainly a fabulous end-of-summer treat to share with all of your loved ones.  I am sure this will be one of those desserts that your family will ask for time and time again. I would like to thank Julie Gransee for sharing this yummy recipe.

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Click here and I will take you over to “Lovely Little Kitchen” where you will be able to print off this recipe to put in your files as a must-have dessert. Enjoy making these, and enjoy every single bite!

I am looking forward to spending some more time with you next Saturday. Have a wonderful and creative week ahead!


Freebie Friday – Mystery Box Giveaway

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Hello Scrapbook Expo Friends!  I hope you all had a wonderful week! Today’s Freebie Friday was originally planned to be a behind the scenes look at the Scrapbook Expo as well as a a giveaway from Becky Higgins and Project Life.  Due to unforeseen circumstances that post will now be shared next Friday.

In the meantime, how would you like a chance to win a Mystery Box from Scrapbook Expo?

For your chance to win an amazing Mystery Box from Scrapbook Expo, leave a comment on this blog post. The giveaway runs until midnight on Thursday, September 3rd.

Last week’s Freebie Friday post was sponsored by Bella Blvd. Thank you to everyone who commented on last week’s blog post! The giveaway was for the Family Frenzy collection pack.

The winner is Cassandra Harmon!


Congratulations Cassandra! Please send your mailing address to Jen Walker and include ‘Bella Blvd Winner’ in the subject line.

Don’t forget … If you want a chance to win the Mystery Box from Scrapbook Expo, leave a comment on this post.

If you are looking for even more inspiration, join Scrapbook Expo on our:

Wishing everyone a fabulous week! See you here next Friday for a behind the scenes look at the Schaumburg Scrapbook Expo!