Technique Spotlight with Paige Evans: Snow Cute Layout

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Is it snowing where you live or are you basking in warmth and sunshine? Here in Germany the snow has finally melted, but I wouldn’t past Mother Nature to be done with snow quite yet! I took a lot of photos of my daughter Jane in the snow this winter and was excited to scrapbook one of them on a new layout.

I started by die cutting the “Stencil Daisies” cut file from textured white cardstock. Then I spent some time backing each of the petals with a piece of patterned paper from Paper 24 of my Oh My Heart collection with Pink Paislee. Once all the petals were backed I adhered the piece onto a periwinkle cardstock background that I had spritzed with white paint using a toothbrush.

On the upper right corner I tucked the photo under one of the large open spaces and created the title along the top curve to say “SNOW CUTE”.

Next came the embellishing! Once I got started it was hard to stop! I used puffy stickers, die cuts, chipboard stickers, and paper stickers to create two main clusters around the photo and on the bottom left corner. I journaled in another one of the large open spaces using a black pen.

What do watches and books have to do with snow?! Not a whole lot, but I am trying to break free of “rules” that I set for myself to broaden my creativity and have fun! I hope you inspired to try this technique on a future layout!

Tip of the Day: Fringe Die from Richard Garay

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If you are not already familiar with the fringe die from Richard Garay, you will quickly be a fan! Watch Richard’s tip today on how to use the fringe die to create a beautiful weave, an eye-catching bloom, and stamps, which all come together for a fabulous project! Richard uses elements from his Celebrations collection with Spellbinders to create this fun card.

Make sure to visit richardgaray.com for lots more inspiration!

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Latest & Greatest: Card Making with American Crafts


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

Our next show is in Grapevine, Texas on March 31st – April 1st! 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 one from our Card Making workshop: American CraftsCreative Zen Coloring Cards & Markers.


I love that coloring has become a cool thing to do again. It definitely takes me back to when I was a kid. I would spend hours with my coloring books, crayons, markers, and colored pencils. It is just so relaxing and it is something that I really enjoy.

I started with the Floral 2 Thank You card pack, the Jewel coloring markers, and some coordinating colored pencils.


I outlined the flowers and leaves with the markers and used different shades of colored pencils to fill in.


To finish, I added some rhinestones to the small flower centers and added a bow to highlight the sentiment.


I haven’t colored in a long time, so I am sure there are techniques that I missed for getting better blends. But it was just so much fun working with these products that I can’t wait to play some more and improve my coloring skills.

This Card Making workshop featuring American Crafts’ Creative Zen Coloring Cards & Markers will also be taught at our shows in Anaheim CA, Milwaukee WI, Orlando FL, and Puyallup WA. We hope you can come join us at one of these shows. We would love to see you there!

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

Tip of the Day: Adhering Thin Laser Cuts from Sparkle N Sprinkle

I always love it when Demo Donna from Sparkle N Sprinkle stops by to share a tip! We all adore those beautifully intricate laser cuts, and Donna is here to share a tip on how to adhere them perfectly, along with adding a beautiful background.

We’d like to thank Donna for her tip; its always great to get some creative inspiration from her! Make sure to visit Sparkle N Sprinkle for all their great products.

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Sundays With Lorraine

Hello, my crafty friends and welcome back to Weekly Scrapper! It makes me smile knowing that even with your crazy, busy schedule that you’ve found some time to be creative.  So sit back, relax, and enjoy a little creative therapy – you deserve it!

Digital Scrapbook Layout by Marla Thrall

Digital scrapbooking is a form of scrapbooking that is done using a personal computer, digital or scanned photos, and computer graphics software. For many of us seasoned scrappers digital scrapbooking was a little hard to swallow at first. My only concern was what would happen to all the treasured supplies that I have been collecting for the last 15 years!? Not to worry, there is room for both; I call it going hybrid. It is totally fine to have some traditional scrapbook layouts mixed in with your digital layouts. Remember there are no rules, just have fun with your art!

Digital scrapbooking can be a beautiful thing as you can see by this adorable layout designed by the very talented Marla Thrall. Whether you are a seasoned professional with computer graphic skills or are just getting your feet wet, I highly recommend spending some quality time with Maria as she shares how quick and easy it is to create the perfect digital scrapbook layout. 

Hello Friend By Lynn Put

One of my favorite types of cards to make are friendship cards. Growing up in New York and then moving to California as an adult, I appreciate the importance of keeping in touch across the miles. What better way to let those special friends in your life know how important they are to you than to send a handmade card, right?

I hope you’ve been inspired to break out your favorite watercolors and create something beautiful. On this sweet card, Lynn used Distress Inks to create the gorgeous backgrounds, but feel free to use what you have on hand. For a complete supply list click here and I’ll escort you over to The Queens Scene Blog so you can check out how easily this heartfelt card came together. Keep up the great job you’re doing by sharing those smiles one handmade card at a time.

Butterfly Gift Card Box By Marjie Kemper

With gift cards being available everywhere, they have quickly become one of my go-to gifts, but I sometimes harbor a bit of guilt – that it wasn’t personal enough. A handcrafted gift card holder like this one adds that personal touch back into the gift so in my world that erases the guilt. 😉 Who wouldn’t love to see their favorite store gift card peeking out of this adorable gift card box handcrafted by you. Maybe it’s me, but I don’t have any problem walking into my favorite store and picking out exactly what I want with my gift card, do you?

Marjie paired Eileen’s Hulls Recipe Box die with Tim Holtz’s Detailed Butterflies die to create this custom gift card holder.  These are wonderful to have on hand whenever you need a gift card holder, they also make great party favors, a place to house your business cards etc. Click here and I will be honored to take you over to Eileen’s blog so you can follow along as Marjie shares how this darling project was created.

 30-Minute Caprese Chicken Recipe By Heidi

It’s that time again when everyone is asking what’s for dinner but not to worry, I have your back on this one. I discovered this easy to make Chicken Caprese Recipe on one of my go-to food blogs Foodie Crush and knew I had to share the love. With just a few simple ingredients, you can make this tasty, one-pan chicken breast dinner in under 30 minutes.

Big hugs to Heidi for sharing this delicious Caprese Chicken recipe! Click here and I’ll take a stroll with you over to her blog Foodie Crush so you can print out the recipe. You all know how I love to share those amazing recipes that can be on the table in under an hour, and with a little help from our culinary genius Heidi – you too can have this dinner serve in about 1/2 an hour. Bon appetit my friends!

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have an amazing week ahead of you!

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.

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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?

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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!

Hugs,

LeAnn

 

Freebie Friday – Scrapbook & Cards Today Spring 2017

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Hello and Happy Friday! Has Spring arrived where you are? The weather is trying really hard to be spring-like where I am, but Mother Nature isn’t sure she is ready to say goodbye to Winter yet. Honestly, though, I cannot wait to see little flowers popping up in the garden. I so love my garden!

With each season change, a new issue of Scrapbook & Cards Today magazine releases. The Spring issue of Scrapbook & Cards Today magazine went live today! This beautiful magazine is available in hardcopy from select retailers, including many Barnes & Noble, Books A Million and Chapter’s/Indigo stores! The Spring 2017 issue can be viewed online for free here: http://www.scrapbookandcards.com/current-issue

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The Spring issue includes all of these wonderful articles. On these individual web pages, you can view the artwork from each article as well as download each article as a separate PDF. It is also a great place to pin your favourite products from!

Did you know that you can also view all of the Scrapbook & Cards Today magazines, from the current one back to the first issue that was released in 2006, online here? You can view and/or download them all for FREE!

Here are a few projects from the Spring issue to get you inspired …

Sweet Girl by Megan Hoeppner

Sweet Girl by Megan Hoeppner

The Best by Stacy Cohen

The Best by Stacy Cohen

Ewe Are Loved by Kimberly Crawford

Ewe Are Loved card by Kimberly Crawford

With each issue, they also provide free sketches, cut files, and printable files. Each issue has a full series of bonus items that will inspire scrapbookers, card makers and paper crafters everywhere! Here are a couple of my favourites from the Spring issue:

Free Cut Files from SCT Magazine

Free Printables from SCT Magazine

I hope these projects have inspired you and have you wanting to see more! See the current issue here: http://www.scrapbookandcards.com/current-issue

You can also find hundreds of free sketches, and other free downloadable cut files and printables on their website.

Last but not least, Scrapbook & Cards Today is turning 11! Be sure to visit their blog and join the fun tomorrow as they kick off their 11th birthday celebration with 11 days of birthday inspiration and prizes. Trust me, you do not want to miss it! With over $3K in prizes to give away, it’s going to be fun!

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To celebrate the release of the Spring 2017 issue, Scrapbook & Cards Today magazine would like one lucky Stamp & Scrapbook Expo friend to receive a one-year subscription to Scrapbook & Cards Today magazine!

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For a chance to win a subscription to Scrapbook & Cards Today magazine, leave a comment on this blog post. The giveaway runs until midnight EST on Thursday, March 23rd. Good luck!

Last week’s Freebie Friday post was sponsored by Pretty Pink Posh. Thank you to everyone who commented on last week’s blog post! The giveaway was for a prize pack from their new March release.

The winner is … Debbie!

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Congratulations Debbie! Please email me at jen@scrapbookexpo.com with your mailing address.

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 subscription to Scrapbook & Cards Today magazine, you need to leave a comment on this post.

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Have a wonderful week! See you here next Friday!

~ Jen

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