Sundays With Lorraine

You Are My Sunshine

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Good day, my artsy friends! I hope all is well in your world. I’m happy that you’ve found some quality time to relax and get your craft on!

Snap Shots Of You by Heather Leopard

Would you believe that Heather created this adorable layout using just a single sheet of October Afternoon Saturday Mornings Journal Cards (12″ x 12″) and a handful of embellishments? I know you’ve heard me say this before, but it’s not always easy to pull together using multiple photos plus an interesting background. The desired end result is to have your photos take center stage and everything else should be there to complement your photos. This layout is a perfect example of how to do just that! Notice that the beautiful background has lots of color, yet it complements the black and white photos instead of competing for your attention. Your eye is automatically drawn to the precious photos, then your eyes take in the rest of the design.

Snapshots Of You

I hope this inspires you to try something different with your photos like Heather did by incorporating them into the background as part of the design. I’d like to send out a hug to Heather for sharing her tips and tricks. You can also visit Heather on her Instagram by clicking here. Keep up the good work preserving your journey one photo at a time!

You Are My Sunshine by Dawn Woleslagle

I hope this sweet card adds a bit of sunshine into your day; it certainly did for me! Who wouldn’t feel the love that was put into this handmade treasure? What a beautiful way to remind someone that they really do brighten your day.

You Are My Sunshine

This card is sure to put a smile on anybody’s face! If you would like to see how Dawn created this adorable shaker card, just click here and I will take you over to the Simon Says Stamp Blog where she has prepared a great video tutorial sharing her great tips and techniques. You don’t want to miss this one!

Capture Life by Andrea Murdock

I have a thing for cameras, so this artsy card really caught my eye. I love how Andrea used embossing paste and a camera stencil to create the subtle texture in the background without adding any bulk, leaving a perfect card to send in the mail. The Unity Stamp ‘Angie’s Camera’ and some copic markers were used to create the whimsy focal point. What a perfect example of how easy it is to create an artsy fun card in no time.

Capture Life

Thanks for sharing, Andrea. To see more of Andrea’s beautiful designs, you can visit her blog My Stamping Heaven.

I hope you’ve been inspired to put one of your handmade treasures in the mail today! After all, who doesn’t love to receive a card through old-fashioned snail mail? ;-)

 Altered Cigar Box by Alicia O’Bryant

I love altering cigars boxes; they’re like a blank wooden canvas ready to take on a new life and they really do make the best place to store little pieces of this and that jewlery, little Pishkys, etc. (you know what I mean).

Altered Cigar Box

There’s nothing like altering a well made cigar box to get those creative juices flowing again!  For an easy to follow tutorial with lots of lovely pics, click here and I will take you over to the Quick Quotes blog. Have fun designing a unique treasure box of your very own. While you’re visiting you might want to check out the Quick Quotes events; they really do put on some pretty amazing workshops/retreats.

Cilantro Lime Shrimp

Cilantro and lime make this simple shrimp dish outstanding and it takes just minutes to make! This yummy shrimp is perfect in a nice summer salad, delicious over rice or pasta, or how about in a taco?

Cilantro Lime Shrimp

This is one recipe that you are going to crave time and time again, so hop on over to the Skinny Taste blog where Gina has prepared an excellent step-by-step recipe along with some yummy pics to go with it. Bon Appetit!

Thanks for sharing a bit of your Sunday with me; I’m looking forward to seeing you back soon.

Saturdays With LeAnn

Mom

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Hello again, my crafty friends! I recently returned from a wonderful Scrapbook Expo show in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. I always get home feeling so motivated and inspired to start creating! With my enthusiasm today, I hope to share some wonderful projects that will get you inspired to take some time this week for you to create some fun projects.

Clock Face Chipboard Layout created by Kim Price

Today I want to share this exquisite layout featuring a large Blue Fern clock face chipboard piece, which made this layout so striking! Kim did some fussy cutting, painted her chipboard clock face, and added her layering technique to make this layout really pop! Her embellishments with her beautiful papers come together so well.

Clock Face Chipboard Layout

Kim added many beautiful flowers, giving this a lovely shabby chic look. This also gives the layout a fun girly look with some fabulous dimension. I’m inspired, aren’t you? Get out those special photos and begin your layout! Using chipboard is always a great way to get started.

Mom created by Cherry Nelson

When I discovered this beautiful card created by Cherry Nelson, I couldn’t help but think about my own mom. The scissors brought back memories of my mother as she was a hair dresser, along with being a beautiful seamstress. I took some time to reminisce about the fun things she would sew for me, and the haircuts in her beauty shop that I would often get. Oh, how I miss her and those memorable days!

Mom

Since Mother’s Day is just around the corner, what a treasured card to create for your mom, grandmother, or even a special friend who is a mom! Along with this adorable vintage card, you can take a few extra minutes and create a pillow box gift set.

Mom

Cherry used Carta Bella papers, along with a handmade flower made from a vintage hankie, and antique linen fabrics. This will be one of those gifts that will be treasured for years to come.

Ingenious Inking created by Barbara Anders

This beautiful mixed media canvas is a perfect way to experiment with all of the fun mediums, textures, colors, and embellishments. Let your creative mind go to work using all of your supplies, and enjoy all the different textures and patterns.

Ingenious Inking

For this outstanding project, Barbara started by using a 8 x 10 inch linen canvas. The taupe colored canvas gives a great color to start with for the background. Adding some gesso, stamping, and then her fabulous embellishments, Barbara created a masterpiece to display in her home. For her step-by-step instructions CLICK HERE. Remember that mixed media is forgiving; if you don’t like the way you put something on the canvas, just gesso over it and start over. Give this a try, you will have a lot of fun!  Mixed media could easily become your favorite way of crafting!

Vintage Floral Jewelry 

Once again, giving mom a homemade gift will warm her heart and she will cherish it forever. This fun vintage floral necklace was made using Epoxy clays and molds. Don’t be intimidated – just give it a try; you are going to have so much fun making these. The molds are very easy to use.

Vintage Floral Jewelry

By the time you finish your first necklace you will have your jewelry making wheels a-spinning. To get you started, be sure to visit damask love. You will find easy steps that will walk you through your first project; after that it will be a breeze. Happy crafting!

Strawberry Shortcake by Kayley McCabe

These yummy individual Strawberry Shortcakes will be perfect for your Mother’s Day dinner. I can see these being one of my favorite desserts through the summer months as well. They are so delicate and beautiful as well as being very delicious.

Strawberry Shortcake

Let me take you over to get your recipe and ingredients to make these fabulous individual desserts; just CLICK HERE. Enjoy!

Have a great week and enjoy some time for you by creating your fun projects. See you next week!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Freebie Friday – My Favorite Things

My Favorite Things Shaker Card by Jen Walker

Hello Scrapbook Expo friends! We are back today with another great giveaway from one of our friends. This week, I had the pleasure of working with stamps and dies from My Favorite Things. I really enjoy working with clear stamps that have coordinating dies. These coordinated sets make it much easier to cut out the small characters that are so fun to work with.  For these projects, I worked with the Birdie Brown You Gnome Me stamps and dies, Pure Innocence Heart Bouquet stamps and dies as well as the Die-namics Blueprints 23 set.

My Favorite Things

 

I started off by die cutting a series of items on white cardstock and stamping their coordinating images onto the cut shapes.

My Favorite Things Blank Images

 

I then used my blendable colored pencils to colour a series of images. I always colour more than I am going to use so I can see how the different colours affect how the characters will look on the white and/or coloured cardstock base. It also means I have lots of images for later as well :)

My Favorite Things Extra Images

 

On this first card, I used the large rectangle panel to mount the image and sentiment. I really like how the rectangle has the appearance of stitching on both the top and bottom edges.

My Favorite Things Flowers in Boot by Jen Walker

 

On this next card, I added a few enamels dots to the coloured images to add a little bit of dimension to the card. hehe … I love this sentiment … “You Gnome Me So Well.”

Mt Favorite Things Gnome Card

 

For this last card, I created a shaker card.  I started by cutting the navy cardstock piece to the full size for mounting on the card base and then used the rectangle panel die to create the opening space.  I adhered a single red heart on to the heart bouquet that the little girl is holding. I then filled the shaker space with matching foil hearts. The sentiment was stamped using a rainbow stamp pad and is raised on foam dots above the clear acetate piece of the shaker.

My Favorite Things Shaker Card by Jen Walker

 

This last project includes a few project life style cards. Given that I have been filling my albums with a combination of both 12×12 layouts and pocket pages, I often create 2×3 and 4×6 project life style cards that I can use later.

As soon as I saw the Birdie Brown stamps, they reminded me of moments with my kids when they were small. The card on the left reminds me of my daughter when she was small. She loved to wear orange and used to pick flowers from our garden and bring little bouquets to me all the time. I can’t wait to find one of her photos to use with this card!

My Favorite Things Project Life Style Cards by Jen Walker

 

So there you have it. Wasn’t that fun! I am a new fan of the Birdie Brown and Pure Innocence collections.

 

Friends of Scrapbook Expo

 

Now that you have seen how much fun that I had using the stamps and dies from My Favorite Things, would you be interested in winning some for yourself? Of course you would!

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Our friends at My Favorite Things are offering a $25 gift certificate to one lucky Scrapbook Expo friend. For your chance to win this giveaway, leave a comment on this blog post telling us what stamps and/or dies you would choose from My Favorite Things if you won this giveaway. The giveaway runs until 6pm EST on Thursday, April 30th.  Once you have left a comment on this blog post, why not visit My Favorite Things at one or more of these locations:

Last week’s Freebie Friday post was sponsored by Stampendous. Thank you to everyone who commented on last week’s blog post! Lots of you have jumped in and gotten your hands messy, and lots more of you are excited to jump in and get your hands messy. I sure enjoyed turning my fingers blue!  The winner of the Stampendous prize pack is Evelyn.

Stampendous Winner

 

Congratulations Evelyn! Please send your mailing address to Jen Walker and include ‘Stampendous winner’ in the subject line.

Don’t forget … If you want a chance to win a $25 Gift Certificate from My Favorite Things, you need to leave a comment on this post telling us what stamps and/or dies you would choose from My Favorite Things if you won.

Thanks for joining me this week and I hope you have a fabulous weekend! See you next week! Until then, have fun getting creative.

If you are looking to be inspired, join us on Pinterest, Instagram and Facebook.

Don’t forget to visit the Scrapbook Expo YouTube Channel for lots of amazing videos filled with tips and inspiration.

~ Jen

Tip of the Day: Ink Pad Tip from The Stamps of Life

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Stampers, this tip is going to make you smile! We have Stephanie Barnard with The Stamps Of Life sharing a great tip on how to keep our stamp pads their true color, even after we just might have mixed our colors a bit (and haven’t we all done that?).

Thanks, Stephanie for sharing this great tip. No more muddy colors! Be sure to stop by the Stamps Of Life website anytime you need a burst of inspiration.

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

Die Cut Flower Treat Box

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Jennifer-G-header-800Welcome back to this week’s “Inspiration Station” blog post! You’re going to be glad you visited as today I’m sharing a special video with you. In this video we’re going to be creating a treat box that you could easily make for a friend or neighbor. Watch the video HERE on our Youtube channel or below to see how I constructed this project:

 

Here’s another look at the finished project:

Flower Treat Box by Jen Gallacher for the Weekly Scrapper blog for the Scrapbook Expo

And here’s a close-up photo of the project:

Close Up Photo of the Flower Treat Box Jen Gallacher created for the Weekly Scrapper blog hosted by the Scrapbook Expo

If you own a Cricut machine, you likely already have access to a cartridge that includes die cut boxes. Use your favorite patterned papers to create a special gift for someone you love with any of the die cut box options you already have on hand.

Join me next week for a special BONUS “Inspiration Station” project. I’m always excited to share new ideas with you.