Heat-Embossed Watercolor Card

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Hey, everyone! Roree here with another Make It! Monday project. Today I am going to share with you a heat-embossed watercolor card—perfect for sending a little encouragement or even a happy hello.

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To re-create this card, you will need: watercolor paper, a background stamp (October Afternoon’s Saturday Mornings Background Stamp), an acrylic block, embossing ink (Tim Holtz Distress Embossing Ink), silver embossing powder (Stamp A Mania), watercolor paint (Ken Oliver Crafts Ultramarine Blue Color Burst Watercolor Powder), a brush (Niji Waterbrush), and an embossing heat tool.

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First, add embossing ink to your background stamp and stamp the image onto the watercolor paper.

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Sprinkle embossing powder over your stamped image, then shake off the excess. (Do this over a larger sheet of paper or paper plate, so you can put the excess powder back into the container for future projects.)

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With your embossing heat tool, go over the stamped images to heat the powder and create raised metallic images.

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Paint around the images with watercolor paint.

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Use your embossing heat tool to dry your painted image.

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All that is left is to add some embellishments and adhere your watercolor panel to the front of a card.

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

Sundays With Lorraine

Sweet Dreams


Hello my artsy friends, welcome to the weekend! Sundays were meant to be relaxing, so sit back and let those creative juices flow!

Sweet Dreams by Jinny Newlin

It’s layouts like this that make me wish I had been more creative with my daughter’s baby photos. At the time I was too busy figuring out motherhood. 😉  My daughter is now 19 (ouch) so needless to say, scrapbooking has come a long way. Did you notice the background paper by Dear Lizzy titled Phases Of The Moon; isn’t it just perfect for those priceless sleepy time photos?

Sweet Dreams

I know you need the scoop on how Jinny created this adorable layout, so click here and I will take you over to her blog so you can take notes. There’s a lot of fine detail and layering on this beautiful layout and you’re going to love the closeup photos. Happy scrappin’!

Altered Notepad/ Giftcard Holder designed by Gloria Stengel

I truly enjoy giving pishkies (little gifts) to people “just because.” There is nothing that fills the heart more than bringing a smile to someone’s face. When I discovered this sweet notepad/giftcard holder I knew I had to share. It’s a perfect little pishky to give to someone that might need a little pick-me-up. For complete instructions click here and I will take you over to Gloria’s blog Scraps Of Life. Would you believe this notepad holder started out life as a tag?

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Here’s the inside; too cute!

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I’m a firm believer in the policy of Random Acts Of Kindness and I challenge you to think of just one thing that you can do to bring a smile to someone. Whether it’s giving a little handmade pishky or paying for a stranger’s cup of coffee, you just never know how important those little acts of kindness are. Have fun thinking of ways to brighten someone’s day!

Collage Stamping & Masking Technique by Allison Okamitsu

Collage stamping/masking is a great technique to use in your cardmaking, scrapbooking, mixed media projects, or any time you want to create a unique background. Click here and check out the video that Allison has prepared; you are gonna love it!

Collage Stamping & Masking Technique

I hope that you’ve been inspired to break out your favorite stamp sets and have fun creating your own one-of-a-kind backgrounds. The possibilities are endless. Happy stamping!

Welcome Spring Canvas by Shari Carroll

With spring in the air I thought you would enjoy this beautiful canvas designed by the very talented Shari Carroll. I’m in love with the butterfly wreath that Shari created using some paper covered wire; it really adds such visual interest to this already gorgeous project.

Welcome Spring Canvas by Shari Carroll

Whether you are a mixed media artist or just ready to take the plunge, you won’t want to miss out on the great video tutorial that Shari has prepared. Yes, you’re gonna love it! Click here and I will take you over. Have fun experimenting with the different techniques that you’ve learned.

Double Crunch Honey Garlic Chicken

This recipe has a bit of history that I would like to share. The recipe for Double Crunch Honey Garlic Chicken Breasts now has over two million views, many of which were rave reviews. This super crunchy double dipped chicken breast recipe with an easy honey garlic sauce is holy cow amazing!The original pork version of this recipe Double Crunch Honey Garlic Pork Chops was posted several years ago and it was so popular that it’s still being shared by many. In August 2014 Rock Recipes came out with another version that is a bit on the lighter side 😉 . You’re gonna love ’em all!

Double Crunch Honey Garlic Chicken

Click here and I will lead the way over to Rock Recipes where you can print out this amazing recipe. This chicken is going to leave your friends and family doing a happy dance. Bon appetit!

Thanks for stopping in for a visit; I hope you have a wonderful week. I’m looking forward to seeing you back soon; I can’t wait to share what I have planned for you next Sunday 😉 !



Saturdays With LeAnn



Hope you had a fabulous week! Here is to another week of fun projects for you to enjoy! I hope this weekend you will find time to create and be uplifted by your wonderful creations.

You’re An Everyday Hero created by Susan Smit

“Everyday Hero” has such an amazing and touching story. I am sure everyone has a hero in their life. This beautiful layout is a perfect design that can be adapted to fit any photo. Scrapbooking is such a wonderful way to preserve important memories and honor those special people in our life.

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What a beautiful masterpiece created by Susan Smit. Susan used Heartfelt Creations products to create this this exquisite layout. Don’t you just love the vintage tones? Susan added elements to add color to her layout. She captured the perfect moment in this photo and was able to translate that perfect feeling by using the right paper and embellishments. Let’s visit Susan’s blog at SussiPoppins to see how she created this wonderful layout and to find details about all of the supplies needed.

Love created by Regina Mangum

This garden scene card is made completely by using dies. Don’t you just love the white on white with a touch of color? Regina added color and texture by adding purple felt flowers and green vines. The white on white is such a clean look and I love the way that Regina added a lot of dimension. Just imagine how happy it would make a friend or a family member to receive such a beautiful card in the mail.


Make sure you visit The Stampin’ Bean blog. Regina always has a lot of fun things to share – great projects, challenges, and ideas.

Flowers On A Wall created by Heather Telford

Have you crafted with watercolor paper? I just love this card created by Heather Telford. Heather is amazing and does such a beautiful job with everything she creates. This beautiful design was created using three different stamps from Penny Black.

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Heather inked her flowers with memento markers, spritzed the stamp with water, then stamped on watercolor paper. Believe it or not, Heather stamped the brick background after stamping the flowers and she did it in two steps. What a realistic masterpiece Heather has created. Come with me over to Bits & Pieces for Heather’s instructions, and I promise you will be inspired by her talent and enjoy many more of her wonderful projects.

Bloom Box created by Lynne Forsythe

Are you ready to work up some magic of your own? Do you have some lost treasures that are floating around in your scrap supplies? Dig down deep and see what you can come up with to create your own stunning shadow box design.

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Use your favorite items – anything from fun papers to metal corners to your favorite three dimensional flowers. Adding your favorite saying will personalize your shadow box. I just love the texture and dimension that Lynn gave to this beautiful project. She created various floral shapes using bright and cheery papers that are sure to bring a bit of sunshine into your home. Lynn always has a ton of fun things to share – great projects, challenges, and ideas. Be sure to visit The Next Best Thing for more fun projects and inspiration. Have fun creating your own shadow box!

Lemon Meringue Shortbread Tartlets made by Kayley

I can honestly say that these are no doubt the best Shortbread Tartlets I have ever had. I made these for our Mother’s Day dinner and no one could keep their hands off of them. They were gone before I knew it. I have to say my family was pretty impressed with my tartlets! They didn’t know mom could make something so tasty!

Lemon Maringue Shortbread Tartlets


I found this wonderful recipe on The Kitchen McCabe. Kayley will give you all of the ingredients you’ll need, along with great instructions how to make these. Give it a try and impress your family.  One hint for you before you start…be sure to make a double batch! :)

Hope you enjoyed today’s projects. Have a wonderful weekend!

Freebie Friday – Perfect Paper Crafting

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Freebie Friday with Jen Walker


Happy Friday, everyone! This has been a wonderful short week me. I love holiday weekends and the chance to visit with family who don’t live nearby. We all had a wonderful time.

This week I get to share with you a fabulous new tool from Perfect Paper Crafting. A little over a month ago they announced their ‘Perfect Portfolio‘ and let me tell you, it is pretty close to being perfect!  And the colour, I love it! The purple cloth fabric makes me smile!

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When I first went to open up the portfolio and started playing with it, I was super impressed with the quality of the magnets. When they say it is magnetic, they are serious! This portfolio has a series of magnets that helps it stay shut tight to hold your projects in for transporting. There are magnets in the top portion of the portfolio that make it seem like a clip board but without any metal pieces to damage your projects. The magnets even help to hold your pen to the portfolio when you place it in your bag. Although I only received one portfolio, so I cannot tell you that I have tried this myself, the video also shows how the magnets help you to keep multiple portfolios together which is a fabulous concept as well.

So how exactly does the Perfect Portfolio work and what is it going to help you with?  Before I show you how I used it, here is a video from our friends at Perfect Paper Crafting.


Isn’t that cool? I have not had the Perfect Portfolio for long, but in the short time I have had it, I have found lots of ways to use it during the day.  Here are a few of the ways I used it.

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Sometimes when I am working at my desk, I like to see my projects held up instead of flat on my desk. I was recently working on a few project life pages so I hung up the page protectors and set up the Perfect Portfolio like an easel. This allowed me to easily see the pockets I was filling and a number of the photos I was considering using on those pages. This easel feature is very cool!


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This image shows that you can hang your card from the strong magnetic top and work on them while they hang from the easel. I liked that my card was not sliding around my desk as it made it easier to attach the tiny little die cut pieces for the Cute Fruits faces.


Perfect Portfolio Lap Colouring

This last image shows the way I used the Perfect Portfolio the most. I really enjoyed being able to have something strong and sturdy on my lap while I was colouring my stamped images. It allowed me to work at the desk, on the couch, at the hockey rink, and even the rehearsal hall. The Perfect Portfolio slipped nicely into my purse and held my current project tight while keeping it clean. I pulled it out whenever I had a few spare moments to colour.


Friends of Scrapbook Expo


Can you guess what happens now? You got it! The folks at Perfect Paper Crafting are giving a Perfect Portfolio away to one lucky Weekly Scrapper reader. Will it be you?

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Learn more about Perfect Paper Crafting and their other fun tools here:

If you would like to be entered to win this patented magnetic clipbook – the Perfect Portfolio, leave a comment on this blog post telling me fun places you go to create. Are you always creating at the dining room table or maybe in a little corner of the house you have stolen just for you? Do you take your work to the hockey rink, the beach, the back yard, traveling, fill us in. Where can we find you creating? The giveaway runs until midnight EST on Thursday, May 29th.

Last week’s Freebie Friday post was sponsored by Sizzix. Thank you to everyone who commented on last week’s blog post! The giveaway was for a copy of the Upcycle with Sizzix book along with a $25 gift card.

The winner is Reymie!

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Congratulations, Reymie! Please send your mailing address to Jen Walker and include ‘Sizzix Giveaway’ in the subject line.

Remember, if you would like to be entered in this week’s giveaway for the Perfect Portfolio, leave a comment on this post telling us where can we find you creating.

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: Color Chart Tips by Crafter’s Companion

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Have you ever been shopping for a new marker or pencil and could not remember what colors you already had at home? Michelle Peard from Crafter’s Companion is here today with the perfect tip to help you keep them all straight! Simply visit crafterscompanion.com and download your own chart to keep track. Michelle also shows how to use your alcohol markers to make a personalized color chart.

Thanks, Michelle, for these fun and very useful tips! #WeeklyScrapper #ScrapbookExpo