Saturdays With LeAnn

Tis The Season To Sparkle

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This is the most magical time of the year!  You can feel the warmth of the Christmas spirit in the air.  Since we are in the midst of the holiday season, I thought it would be fun to share a few festive projects with you today.  It is still early enough in the season to create some of your favorite Christmas projects for this year.  I hope you will enjoy the projects from some fabulous designers today.  Sit back and enjoy!

Believe By Alicia McNamara

Today I want to inspire you with this beautiful layout that was created with lots of lovely sparkly sliver, as well as using some silver-toned papers.  This beautifully elegant and eye-catching layout was created using the “Glisten Christmas Collection” by Kaisercraft.  The beauty of the silver accents really makes for a perfect layout.

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This is definitely one of those layouts that has perfectly placed embellishments and fine details.  What a beautiful way to preserve a special Christmas photo!  Look at the beautiful layering that Alicia achieved.  I am so impressed with her skilled techniques that really give her layouts a pop.  This beautiful layout really jumped out at me and I knew I just had to share it with you!  Let’s pop on over to Time To Create where you will see all of the products you will need to create your own.  Thank you, Alicia, for another fabulous layout!

Joy By Peet Roeven

If you haven’t started your Christmas cards, maybe this will help you out.  This sweet card will bring a smile to anyone’s face!  I love the clean and elegant design.  Peet used the Penny Black stamp Red Sparkle along with Winter Cheer, and Bird Flower Doily dies.  These stamp and dies are going to be the perfect solution for your handmade Christmas cards.

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Peet always does such an incredible job with her watercoloring skills.  You will be in awe when you see all of the different possibilities you can do just by watercoloring.  I have to warn you, once you get started with watercoloring you won’t be able to stop. There is nothing better at Christmas time than to receive a handmade card in the mail that was made with love.  Be sure to visit Peet’s blog Scrapablum to see more of her outstanding talent.  The possibilities are truly endless!

Tis The Season To Spakle By Julia Stainton

Who says you have to only use traditional colors for Christmas?  It will be so fun to step outside your comfort zone this year and create something different for your holiday Christmas cards. And what’s not there to love about reindeer?  To me it is one of those images you could use all year long!

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It’s all about a magical Christmas, and this card does send out the magic of the season. Julia kept the design simple with the deer die cut and used Rouge Glitter Paper to show off how lovely the simple die cut is.  It is layered over a lot of fun details with a great play of textures mixed together.  Click here and I will take you over to see some of the steps that Julia took to create this adorable card.   Please take a moment and check out Julia’s wonderful blog Belle Papier.  I promise you will be so happy you took the time to visit.  Have fun creating!

Christmas Lasagna By Vera Zecevic

Christmas Lasagna is a whimsical layered dessert with red velvet shortbread cookie crust, peppermint cheesecake, white chocolate pudding, whipped cream, and mini marshmallows on top. How could this dessert not become a favorite at one of your Christmas parties?

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Every special occasion needs a special treat.  Take this festive treat to your Christmas gatherings and you will be the hit of the party!  Come on over with me to the Oh My Goodness Chocolate Desserts where you will find Vera’s recipe and directions.  You are absolutely going to love this Christmas Lasagna!

This is the time of the year we all enjoy, so make sure to take some time for yourself and do some holiday crafting and create handmade treasures.

Thank you for stopping by today!  I hope you have a wonderful week ahead and enjoy this Christmas season.  See you back next Saturday!

~LeAnn~

Freebie Friday – Paper Smooches

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Freebie Friday with Jen Walker

Happy Friday! This week I am sharing projects from the Paper Smooches design team. For those of you who are not familiar with Paper Smooches, they are whimsical stamps and dies illustrated by designer/owner Kim Hughes.

Here are a few of my favorite cards from their most recent releases, here and here. You can see all of these cards (and more) on the Paper Smooches blog.

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Card by Michele Boyer – pin this card

Paper Smooches Card by Jill Dewey Hawkins

Card by Jill Dewey Hawkins – pin this card

Thanks a Latte card by Alice Wertz

Card by Alice Wertz – pin this card

Be Merry card by Savannah O'Gwynn

Card by Savannah O’Gwynn – pin this card

Merry Christmas card by Michele Boyer

Christmas card by Michele Boyer – pin this card

Friends of Scrapbook Expo

Are you drooling? Well, guess what … Kim would like one lucky Stamp & Scrapbook Expo friend to get win a $25 gift certificate to go shopping in the Paper Smooches online store.

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If you are a fan of Paper Smooches or stamping, in general, take a look at the inspiring design team projects, videos, monthly challenges and more. Follow Paper Smooches in the following places:

For your chance to win this wonderful prize from our friends at Paper Smooches, leave a comment on this blog post. This giveaway runs until midnight on Thursday, December 8th.

We now have LOTS of prize winners to announce. Here goes …

Nov. 25 – Legacy Woodcrafters winner is … Jayne Gallagher

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Nov. 11 – Stamp & Scrapbook Expo admission tickets winner is … Lisa H.

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Nov. 4 – Stamp & Scrapbook Expo admission tickets winner is … Shelley Lard

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Oct. 28 – Stamp & Scrapbook Expo admission tickets winner is … Becca Yahrling

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Oct. 21 – Stamp & Scrapbook Expo Mystery Box winner is … Joanna Bandelin

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Oct. 14 – Stamp & Scrapbook Expo Admission Tickets – Megan S.

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Congratulations to everyone! Please send your mailing address to Jen Walker (jen@scrapbookexpo.com) and include ‘SSBE prize winner’ in the subject line.

Thanks for joining me this week. I hope you have a wonderful week ahead!

Don’t forget … if you want a chance to win a $25 gift certificate to shop at Paper Smooches’ online store, you need to leave a comment on this post.

Until I see you again next Friday, remember to join Stamp & Scrapbook Expo on Pinterest, InstagramFacebook.and on our Scrapbook Expo YouTube Channel for lots of amazing inspiration.

~ Jen

Tip of the Day: Watercolor Bokeh Technique from Stamp & Scrapbook Expo

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Pauline, an instructor for Stamp & Scrapbook Expo, demonstrates how easy it is to create your own watercolor bokeh background. This technique creates the look of orbs of light against a lovely watercolor. Easy and so beautiful!

You can learn all kinds of fun techniques from Pauline when you take a class from her at a Stamp & Scrapbook Expo, so check out their 2017 calendar and plan an exciting, creative getaway!

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Snow Shaker Card

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Becki-Adams-headerHey friends, Becki here! I missed you last week as I was celebrating Thanksgiving with my family. It’s snowing outside my window right now which is the perfect setting for the card I have to share with you today.

If you were in the Latest & Greatest card making class in the last few Stamp & Scrapbook Expos, you’ll be thrilled with the card I have to share with you today. Jillibean Soup has the greatest shaker cards. These are SO much fun to play with! There are tons of shapes just waiting to be filled with fun goodies. You could fill these shakers with SO many things – glitter, sequins, confetti, punched shapes, buttons, and even fake snow. I chose to to fill this card with some fake snow. I picked up a bag of fake snow at the dollar store the other day, and with one small bag you could make dozens and dozens of shaker cards.

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I found that when filling the shaker card, less is more. When you add a bunch of “stuff” in the shaker portion, it doesn’t move around as much. You want your little bits and pieces to move all around when you shake the card.

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These little bits of snow are extra fun because they have a little bit of static. That small static makes the snow stick to the front of the shaker so it looks like it’s snowing on the snowman.

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I used the Snow Fun collection by Carta Bella paper. The embellishments on this card are very minimal. In fact, I only used two die cuts and a bit of patterned paper from the 6×6 paper pad. The snowman die cut from the ephemera pack fit perfectly in the shaker portion of the card. The other die cut (below the shaker portion of the card) is also from the ephemera pack and served as the sentiment on this card.

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I wish you could see this card in real life. It’s so cute!! The little bits of “snow” make all the difference in the world. Thanks for stopping by the Weekly Scrapper blog. I’ll see you again next Thursday! Happy December, everyone!

Tip of the Day: Create Your Own Spray Mists from Stamp & Scrapbook Expo

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Using spray mists adds such a beautiful look to projects and I’m so excited to have LeAnn from the Stamp & Scrapbook Expo team teach us how to create our own mists with very few supplies.

Thanks, LeAnn, for your tip. You’ve made it fun and easy to expand our spray mist collections!

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Technique Spotlight with Paige Evans: Cross-Stitching

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Hello scrappy friends! Paige Evans here and am so excited to share not one, but TWO brand new layouts with accompanying process videos featuring a new-to-me-favorite-technique: cross-stitching!

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There are a few patterned papers in my Take Me Away collection with Pink Paislee that were specifically designed with cross-stitching them in mind. I knew it would take awhile to do the stitching, so I’ve sort of put those projects on the backburner. But this past weekend we were finally home instead of traveling or teaching so I stitched away!

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The cross-stitch pattern is printed right on the paper so I didn’t need to design anything or use any kind of template – it’s already been done! You could also use any color of thread/s to sew as you like, but again to keep things simple I used the colors already printed.

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Watch this video to see how this layout came together from start-to-finish:

Here is the second layout I made with cross-stitching:

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There is another cross-stitch paper in Take Me Away with five flowers on it that I’ve been wanting to stitch… and so I did! I’m so happy to have these layouts that have been on my mind for months finally created and, for now, hanging on my wall to display. Eventually they will make their way into scrapbooks.

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I loved being able to create my own unique, and one-of-a-kind embellishments for my page. I used a few more colors of threads than there were printed on the papers and I think this gave the flowers a bit more of a realistic look.

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Here is another start-to-finish video so you can see exactly how this layout came together:

Thank you so much for stopping by today! Be sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel where I share lots of process videos and other fun movies!

Tip of the Day: Custom Button Embellishments from Stamp & Scrapbook Expo

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Pauline Steffensen from Stamp & Scrapbook Expo shares how to create your own unique and creative button embelllishments. By shopping in your very own stash, you’ll soon be creating some darling buttons of your own. Pauline demonstrates how easy it is to have that epoxy look without spending a lot of money.

Pauline is a talented and dedicated crafter who teaches workshops at Stamp & Scrapbook Expo. Make sure to visit scrapbookexpo.com to find an expo near you, and sign up for one of Pauline’s workshops; you’ll absolutely love crafting with her!

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