Saturdays With LeAnn

Hello Gorgeous

Are you ready to get out of the heat and into your cool, air-conditioned craft room?  It is time for me to share some creative inspiration, so it’s time for you to sit back, relax, and enjoy a little creative therapy session. You definitely deserve it, so let’s get started!

Best Day Ever By Amanda Baldwin

Take advantage of your beach surroundings by adding some soft colors and a few embellishments, and you will have a perfect layout for your vacation photos.  Children at play, the sounds of waves, hot sun, laughter, and the noise of the beach makes a day perfect!   A day on the beach is worth a thousand words.

Best Day Ever

This stunning layout was created by Amanda Baldwin using the Pink Paislee Summer Lights collection.  With a little help from Amanda and Pink Paislee, you, too, can create a beautiful beach layout in just a short amount of time.  This layout will bring back all of your fabulous memories, and what a fun way to reminisce about an amazing day at the beach.  Let me escort you on over to Happy Art Days where you can see more outstanding projects created by Amanda.  You will be so inspired by her beautiful talent.

Hello Gorgeous By Laurie Schmidlin

No paper crafter should be without a good supply of cardstock for stamping, embossing, painting, chalking, and creating backgrounds.  I love the way the rich khaki color of kraft paper looks and how it gives a homemade, comfortable feel to the card.  Laurie Schmidlin transformed a plain sheet of kraft cardstock into this gorgeous work of art.

Hello Gorgeous

For Laurie’s card, she used one of the Infinity Frames die cuts to frame a pretty floral scene.  She then stamped and die cut several images from the Give Love stamp set and coordinating Give Love die set.  For more detail on how this adorable card came together, click here and I will take you over to Laurie’s blog “Just Give Me Stamps” so you can follow along.  Using your imagination is all about creativity and taking something as simple as a piece of paper and making a beautiful piece of art.  I hope you have been inspired today to take out your stamps and dies and let your imagination run wild.  Have fun, my friends!

Gatefold Mini Album By Lisa Gregory

You all know how much I appreciate a unique mini album, and this one is no exception.  This mini album has pages, pockets, and tags.  It is a fun size and also chunky, so you can place dimensional pieces on each page and it will still close.  I am thinking this is definitely one of those that is a must do.  Just think of all the possibilities!  Mini albums always make a beautiful home decor piece, not to mention a conversational piece as well.  They are the perfect gift for any occasion and who wouldn’t appreciate receiving a handmade treasure full of priceless memories? They bring a smile to anyone’s face and an instant enjoyment for both you and the one receiving the album.

Gatefold Mini Album

There is definitely a lot of love put into all the perfect details of this darling mini album.  Click here so you can check out the fine details and step-by-step instructions given by Lisa Gregory.  You will have so much fun you won’t know when to stop!  Have fun creating, my crafty friends!

Mini Mason Jar Fruit Crisps By Ali Ebright

Anyone craving a fresh fruit crisp this weekend?  These adorable little single-serving desserts can be made with just about any fresh and juicy fruits, and they will give you the true taste of summer!  They are wonderful, sweet, and delicious!  I highly recommend a scoop of ice cream to go with each one.  No matter how you serve them you can’t go wrong.

Mini Mason Jar Fruit Crips

These fruit crisps are easy to make with mini mason jars, bursting with fresh and sweet fruit flavors.  They are easy to scale down for one or two people, or up to a full crowd.  The best part of all is you can make them with whatever fruit you would like!  Such a perfect little summer treat!

Hope your week is ending on a creative high note!  I am not sure about you, but my neck of the woods is so hot I could really use a cold beverage and a day of crafting in a cool house.  Thank you for stopping by today and I hope you have a wonderful week ahead of you.  I will see you back here next Saturday with more great project to inspire you throughout the week.

Hugs to you all,

LeAnn

 

Freebie Friday with Simple Stories

Friday is Finally here, so it’s time for a great giveaway! This week it’s Freebie Friday with Simple Stories. If you’re not familiar with Simple Stories they’re a manufacturer of awesome paper crafting products. They have gorgeous patterned paper, embellishments, planners, albums, tools, and a brand new line of travelers notebooks (coming soon).

We’re right in the middle of Summer! Before you know it, Summer will be winding down and you’ll have a stack of Summer memories to document. When you’re documenting your Summer memories whether it’s in a traditional scrapbook, a mini album, in a planner, or in a pocket page format, Simple Stories has the perfect products for you with the Summer Days collection. One lucky winner will have this awesome Summer Days prize pack landing on their doorstep very soon.

You know the routine, if you’d like to win this AWESOME prize comment below by next Thursday (July 27th) at 11:59 pm EST. If you’re not connected to Simple Stories on social media, now is the time. They always provide awesome inspiration and gorgeous product photos.

Now, I know you’re all sitting on pins and needles waiting to hear who the lucky winner of last week’s prize (a black type cast typewriter from We R Memory Keepers) provided by Consumer Crafts. Jessica Marshall, congratulations, it’s your lucky day! Please email Becki@scrapbookexpo.com (with your mailing address) to claim your prize. I can’t wait to see what you create with this awesome typewriter! Thank you to all of you who participated in this giveaway. We love each and every one of our readers!

Don’t forget that even when you are not attending a Stamp & Scrapbook Expo, you can always join us online.

Thanks for stopping by for another Freebie Friday. Don’t forget to leave a comment below if you want a chance to win the Summer Days prize pack from Simple Stories. I’ll be back next Friday to announce the winners AND I’ll have another awesome prize up for grabs.

How to use a GIANT Circle Punch

How to use a giant circle punch by @jbckadams for @stampandscrapbookexpo #scrapbooking #papercrafting #SSBE2017 #ssbe #ScrapbookExpo

Hello Stamp & Scrapbook friends and fans, Becki here to share a layout with you that I created with a fun punched circle technique. Recently I ordered a HUGE circle punch. How to use a giant circle punch by @jbckadams for @stampandscrapbookexpo #scrapbooking #papercrafting #SSBE2017 #ssbe #ScrapbookExpoThis punch is gigantic and SO much fun to play with. It punches 3 1/2 inch circles. To create this layout I used the Summer Dreams collection from Echo Park Paper. The memory I wanted to document using this collection and this technique is a memory about taking my nieces to get snow cones on a hot summer afternoon while they were visiting us. I thought this color palette/theme was perfect for this project.While I used white cardstock for my background there is still a LOT of patterned paper on this layout. I chose several pieces of patterned paper and punched a few circles. (This technique can be done with any size of punched, die cut, or hand cut circles.) To create this row of dimensional circles, I scored and folded the circles at the top and bottom of the circle. Then, I adhered them along the left side of the layout. My favorite thing about this technique is that you can see both sides of the patterned papers. The photo is adhered to the left of the circles. I added the title below the photo and journaling above the photo. To continue with the circle theme of the layout, I added a few sticker embellishments and ink droplets.How to use a giant circle punch by @jbckadams for @stampandscrapbookexpo #scrapbooking #papercrafting #SSBE2017 #ssbe #ScrapbookExpoDo you incorporate circles into your paper crafting projects? I’d love to see what you’re creating and what techniques you use for adding circles into your designs.

Thank you for stopping by the Weekly Scrapper blog. I’ll see you here again next Thursday! Have a great week.

Designer Spotlight with Paige Evans: Rebecca Keppel

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Hello and welcome back to a new edition of Designer Spotlight! Today we’re getting to know Rebecca Keppel!

Name: Rebecca Keppel
Location: Arizona
Blog: myclutteredcorner.com
Instagram: @rebeccakeppel
YouTube: rebeccakeppel
Pinterest: @rebecca_keppel
Facebook: rebecca.keppel

Tell us a little bit about yourself and how you got started crafting: Twelve years ago I was working as a corporate securities attorney in San Fransisco. When my daughter was born in 2005, my husband Scott and I jumped at the chance to move to Arizona where we could afford a home and a backyard. We now also have a son (they are 12 and 10 years old) and I am a stay at home mom so I can drive them to and from their charter school and activities. We’ve added two Labrador / Weimaraner puppies to our brood (Crobsby and Cole) and at a little over one year old they are 125 and 85 lbs respectively! We will probably never get used to the 115 degrees that are common in the Arizona summers, but we love the family-oriented town we live in.

I’ve always loved creating and I even had a childhood “scrapbook” with torn out magazine photos and Mrs. Grossman stickers, but it wasn’t until my oldest was born that I decided to make a first year album for her and really got bit by the papercrafting bug. I bought a few basic supplies, which turned into a few more and before I knew it, I was obsessed. I quickly accumulated enough scrapbooking supplies that I decided they should be put to other good uses as well, like card making. These days scrapbooking and card making are still my two favorite types of paper crafts. I’ve had so many amazing experiences related to paper crafts including, being a member of design teams, being published in print or online publications and getting to know other paper crafters around the world.

Favorite thing to create: It varies! I always love sitting down to make a layout, but lately I have really enjoyed the process of designing and creating cards just as much!

What do you love about this hobby? I love the mind/body connection that I experience while creating. I love the creative outlet it provides when so much of life is daily tedium. And, I love the community of like-minded people who truly understand the notion of, “I just had to have that pretty piece of paper!”

5 fun facts about yourself:
1. I grew up on the east coast and moved to San Francisco after college with no money and no job.
2. I’m an only child.
3. I’ve travelled to Quebec, several cities in France, London, Edinburgh, Amsterdam and several places in Thailand as well as several US states.
4. I love sewing on paper, but I can’t for the life of me figure out how to sew fabric. I tried to make a nightgown for my daughter’s doll once and it totally stressed me out. Ugh, SLEEVES….amiright?!
5. Before moving to Arizona I had never lived in a landlocked state. I miss the ocean!


SUMMER CHILL by Rebecca Keppel

I have been obsessed with contact photos lately. I love that using them allows me to add a bunch of photos to one layout.

POOL TIME IN APRIL by Rebecca Keppel

This layout is based on a sketch by Kristine Davidson. In the sketch there was a 4×6 photo in the top lefthand corner, but I used tiny contact photos in that space. I told you I was obsessed with tiny photos!

LOVE CARD by Rebecca Keppel

When creating cards there are few things I love more than die cutting, shakers, and rainbows!

HUGS & KISSES CARD by Rebecca Keppel

Oh and inking! I love creating inked backgrounds over stamped and heat embossed backgrounds like in this card:

HELLO CARD by Rebecca Keppel

Ombre backgrounds are a close second to rainbows in my book! This card has all my favorites: die cutting, inking, shaker, and ombre!

Thanks so much to Rebecca for sharing her many talents with us today!! Be sure to drop by her social media sites listed at the top of this post to see more of her incredible work!

Card Swappin’ With Dave in St. Paul, Minnesota

Hello to all of my wonderful card making friends!  I hope you are ready to get inspired again to make some wonderful cards that will be appreciated for a long time.  What inspires you to sit down and make a card?  Is it a special birthday coming up for a friend or family member?  Is there a special occasion coming up and you want to give the special gift of a card?  All of us get inspired in so many different ways.

I know that for me I enjoy taking Sunday afternoons when I have time to sit in my crafting room to create cards.  Now that may mean that I go through my paper and embellishments to begin creating my cards.  Or it may mean that it is a time for me to sit down and think about a special person that could really use a pick-me-up and create them a card.  The most important part of this time I take for card making is that it is my “ME” time.  And we all need “ME” time!  I know that a lot of you are on the go and hardly have time to relax.  Make your card making time your “ME” time and I think you will see how inspired and creative you will become.

At the past few shows I have seen some amazing cards with such creativity.  A card that I thought was very cute was a card that had a play on the word “chicken.”  The card read “Just Chicken In On You.”  What a fun way to say “I hope you are doing OK”!  This would put a big smile in someone’s day.  See if you can come up with some saying using a play on words like “chicken.”  This turns card making into fun making!

At our recent show in St. Paul this adorable card made by Karen Just shows the cute “Just Chicken On You” sentiment.  (See, I knew it would make you smile!)  Did you notice how personalized this card really is since her last name is Just?  She is truly saying “I’m checking in on you.”  I just love these types of meaningful cards.

Lori Dorsey created this elegant card for a special birthday.  This card is going to make someone’s special day even brighter with all the love and care that went into making it. I like how the May stamp was included in the card for this special May birthday card.  Elements like this add that little extra “WOW” factor to the person receiving the card.

Now that you are inspired to make some cards, pick that special time and day just for your “ME” time.  There is not a gift more special to give yourself than making a hand made card for someone special.  When you make someone else happy, some of that joy cannot help but rub off on yourself!

Happy card making!

Dave

 

 

Latest & Greatest: Card Making with Echo Park Paper Co.


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

Our next show is this week in Kansas City, MO on July 21st-22nd. 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 products from our Card Making workshop: Echo Park Paper Co.‘s Wedding Bliss collection.

This collection contains such a wonderful variety of products. If you take the class, you will receive a sampling of items from the collection perfect for card making, including the 6×6 Paper Pad, Ephemera, and Mini Paper Fans:


With these products, I created this card:


I just love the rosettes in the Mini Paper Fans pack, but I wanted to dress them up a bit. So, I decided to remove the die cut in the center and add my own touch to this fun embellishment.


I die cut a heart shape from paper in the 6×6 Paper Pad and an ampersand from some black cardstock. I pulled out the “Forever Forever Forever” tag and the “mr. & mrs.” label from the Ephemera pack. I cut the label in half and assembled the pieces, along with a paper flower from my stash, to create my very own card embellishment.


I finished my adding the embellishment to my card base (created by layering papers from the 6×6 Paper Pad) with some gray baker’s twine.


This collection is so soft and pretty—just perfect for wedding cards, love-themed cards, and more!


This Latest & Greatest: Card Making workshop featuring Echo Park Paper Co.’s Wedding Bliss collection will also be taught at our upcoming shows in Santa Clara, Edison, and Schaumburg. We would love to see you there!

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

Sundays With Lorraine

Hello, my crafty friends, and welcome back to Weekly Scrapper! Summer has officially begun and in Southern California, we can have days that can exceed 100 degrees so if I’m not at the beach, I tend to navigate to my happy place, which is my nice air-conditioned craft room.  Since you are here with me that must mean that you, too, have found a little “me” time in your happy place, so let’s get started with today’s creative therapy.

Walk By Faith Canvas By Suzanne C

This whimsical canvas really spoke to me and I hope you find it as inspiring as I do. You all know how I love a nice hand-painted and/or inked background. The combination of this along with the stenciled texture and the gorgeous crackle embossing paste really takes this canvas to the next level.  Add those gorgeous butterflies with a little help from our creative friend, Suzanne, and you too can create a real work of art.

Pulling off a project with a lot of negative space is quite a challenge and big hugs to Suzanne for showing us how it’s done. I love how all those beautiful butterflies look as though they’re ready to take flight right off the canvas. I hope you’ve been inspired to break out a blank canvas and create your own work of art! I highly recommend stopping by the blog Suzz’s Stamping Spot any time you are in need of some serious inspiration. Suzanne is the queen of paper crafting and she has prepared a tutorial that shares step-by-step instructions on how she designed this project.

Are We There Yet By Tamera

Isn’t this a perfect card to mail someone that needs a little pick-me-up? After all, isn’t that why we put so much love into our handmade treasures? Sending a handmade card is like sending a hug through the mail. Many thanks to Tamera for sharing how easily this adorable card came together.  Click here and I will take you over for a visit so you can follow along as Tamera shares easy-to-follow instructions.

Kudos to you for sharing those smiles one handmade card at a time. I hope you’ve been inspired to break out those Distress Inks and Distress Crayons to create your own customized backgrounds. Be sure to stop by Tamera’s blog Plays Well With Paper for more great tips and techniques.

Heat Embossing Basics By Julie Ebersole

Heat embossing is one of my favorite techniques to share. I love it when I break out the heat guns and embossing powders in the Creativity Center – it makes my heart sing to see those faces light up when they experience the magic for the first time. It’s a beautiful thing! Whether you have been heat embossing for years or it’s your first time, Julie has some really great tips to share, so be sure to check out her video on Ellen Hutson’s Blog; you’ll be glad you did.

One tip that I would like to repeat is the fact that you don’t have to limit yourself to using Vera Mark for heat embossing. I’m almost embarrassed to admit how many years I thought that was our only option. I love my Versa Mark and I use it often. Because it’s a thicker watermark ink it stays wet longer which gives you more time to add embossing powders. You can basically use any pigment ink for heat embossing; you just need to remember that the pigment ink will dry faster so you have to apply the embossing powder before the ink drys. This will open all kinds of options for you, as long as you have clear embossing powder you can heat emboss with all your yummy pigment ink colors. Have fun!

Shrimp Cakes By Skinny Taste

You’re going to love these light, pan-seared shrimp cakes. They are moist and tender, covered with a crispy panko crust. Not only are they tasty but also much healthier than what you would expect. For those following the Weight Watcher program, they count as 7 points or a mere 265 calories. I almost forgot to mention that you can have these delicious shrimp cakes on the table in under half an hour. What’s not to love, right?

Gina is the queen of preparing light, fresh meals you and your whole family will love! Click here and I will be happy to escort you over to her amazing food blog Skinny Taste so you can print out the recipe. While you are there make sure you check out the “need it in your life” cookbooks. Big hugs to Gina for sharing with us that eating healthier doesn’t have to be painful.

I do hope you will take a minute or two to visit the individual blogs I have shared to see more details on these wonderful projects. Hugs to all who have shared the inspiration for today’s post. Have an amazing week and I’ll see you next Sunday.