Sundays With Lorraine

Hello, my crafty friends and welcome back to Weekly Scrapper!  I’m so excited to have the opportunity to begin a fresh new year with all of you.  Not only do we have our creative time on Weekly Scrapper but I also have the opportunity to craft with you live at Stamp & Scrapbook Expo where I host the Creativity Center. We currently have 19 shows scheduled for this season, so it’s time to start planning that special weekend with your creative peeps. I’ll meet you in the Creativity Center so we can create something beautiful together, I even have a souvenir button waiting for you.

Let Your Dreams Take Flight Card by Francine Vuilleme 

Let’s start out with this adorable card designed by the very talented Francine Vuilleme. I fell in love with how Francine created the perfect starry night background using distress inks while masking off the moon to house the sentiment – very showy. The must-have die that was used for the city landscape image is from Penny Black titled “Metropolitan.” If you “need” it in your life like I did, click here and I’ll take you over so you can purchase your own. 

Who wouldn’t feel the love that was put into this handmade card? I hope that you’ve been inspired to break out your distress inks and create your own starry night background. Click here and I will take you over to the 1001 Cartes Blog so you can follow along as Francine shares just how easily this darling card comes together.

Happy Winter By Michele Boyer

Oops, if you didn’t get a chance to send out Christmas cards this year, not to worry – it happens to me more times than I care to admit.  One thing that I do when I miss the Christmas deadline is to create some winter-themed cards. Since everyone looks forward to your handmade treasures and we don’t want to start the New Year off disappointing our loved ones, here is your second chance to be the hero that you are.

If you have a bit of time after the holidays, why not take advantage of the second chance to show those you love how much they mean to you,  With a little help from our creative friend Michelle you can put this sweet card together in no time. Click here and I will be happy to escort you over to Michele’s blog Paper Cuts so you can join in the fun as she shares how this simply elegant card was created.

Family Birthday Tracker

One resolution that many of us attempt to conquer at the start of a New Year is to be more organized. This is not always such an easy task for many of us artsy types. Since paper crafting is what you do, those special people in your life are looking forward to receiving one of your handmade treasures on their birthday. Well, I know you don’t want to disappoint them. With a little help from your creative friends, you will never again miss the opportunity to send out their birthday cards so that they actually receive them on time.

I’d like to send out a virtual hug to the very creative team over at the How To Build It Blog for sharing this adorable project. Just a suggestion, you might want to make several of these beauties because when your friends see your birthday tracker, they will also need one in their lives! That’s one less thing you have to worry about this new year… never missing the opportunity to wish your loved ones a Happy Birthday – on time!

Antipasto Skewers

I discovered these yummy Antipasto Skewers on Sara’s blog Dinner At The Zoo. I gave them a try on Christmas Eve and they were perfect served with my lasagna dinner; my family and friends devoured them. They were so well received that my family asked if I could make more for Christmas day. I’m happy to report that they went great with the Christmas ham, too. Since I made them back-to-back I ran out of the cherry peppers so I substituted tiny whole marinated artichokes and that worked out well so don’t be afraid to substitute some of your favorites…

What’s not to love – they look great, they come together in no time, and they taste amazing. What more can one ask for? Click here and I will be happy to take you over to Sara’s blog for a visit. I highly recommend stopping by anytime you’re looking to kick things up a notch in the kitchen.

Happy 2017 and hugs to all! I look forward to seeing you back soon.

Saturdays With LeAnn

Valentines Day Sign

Hello my friends, and happy Saturday to you!  Since it is Saturday, inspiration is coming your way for the weekend.  I get so excited to share new ideas with you each Saturday. I hope you are in your comfys and ready to sit back and enjoy some fun projects that I believe will give you tons of inspiration!

PS I Love You By Alicia McNamara

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and I want to share this beautiful layout which is perfect for your Valentine photos.  The PS I Love You collection was used for this layout which was created by Alicia McNamara who is a fabulous designer for Kaiser Kraft.

PS I Love You

I fell in love with this priceless photo with the soft, warm colors on the layout.  This is one of those layouts that just make you smile; it is a reminder of a special time these girls will never forget. Click here and I will take you over to Alicia’s blog Time To Create where she will share a video on how she created this beautiful layout.   This was so inspiring to me and I hope it will be for you as well.

Follow Your Dream By Laurie Schmidlin

This whimsical stamp set is just adorable and oh, so versatile!  Ready for some inspiration?  I totally fell in love with this hot air balloon stamp.  Looking at it closely, I discovered that there is a lot more going on than first meets the eye.  There is multi-level stamping, paper piecing, and layering.  Laurie is know for her fine detail and is certainly very inspirational.

Follow Your Dream

Laurie created her card using the Half Pint Heroines stamp set designed by Claire Brennan. She also inked every layer, then adding some final touches she applied buttons to her card. Who doesn’t love buttons right?  Click here and I will be happy to take you over to Just Give Me Stamps where you will find more of Laurie’s wonderful projects.

Valentine Sign By Landee Anderson

As the Christmas decorations come down, I always find it so refreshing to pull out my Valentine’s Day decorations. Show your love with this adorable wood sign crated by Landee Anderson.  This vintage love sign is sure to lighten up any room!  It would also make a sweet gift for someone you love.

Valentines Day Sign

You can purchase your wood rounds at Home Depot for around $6.00.  It is so fun to take a piece of wood, apply some paint and a sentiment, and have a custom Valentine decoration. Click here and I will gladly take you over to Landeelu so you can jot down the supplies that Landee used to create her sweet sign.

Cake Roll By Tasbih

With Valentine’s Day coming up, it is never to earlier to start thinking about wonderful desserts to make.  Love is all around with this scrumptious cake roll.  I love finding creative ways to dress up desserts for the holiday, and this is a perfect one for Valentine’s Day.  Whether you are making this for yourself, friends, family or loved ones, you can’t go wrong with a sweet heart-themed dessert.

Cake Roll

Tasbih is a fabulous cook from Egypt who loves baking.  She is obsessed with perfecting dessert recipes and this is certainly one of them.  I know you are dying to get this recipe so let me me take you on over to Cleobuttera where you will find the ingredients and recipe to this fabulous cake roll.  Enjoy baking, everyone!

I hope these projects have given you some inspiration today.  One of the things that I love is connecting with crafters.  I appreciate you taking time on your Saturdays and spending it with me.  I hope you have a wonderful week ahead, and I will see you back next Saturday!

~LeAnn~

 

 

Freebie Friday – Queen & Co. Heart Throb Kit

Queen & Co. Heart Throb Kit

Freebie Friday with Jen Walker

Hello and Happy Friday! It has been a crazy week here in Markham, Ontario, Canada. We had enough snow to have the schools closed for a snow day, then we had freezing rain, enough rain to melt all the new snow plus more, crazy wind storms then thunderstorms complete with lightning. The temperatures have gone up and down along with the weird changing weather. I understand we are not the only ones having this weird weather this year. It does lead me to spend more time at my desk getting creative and on sites such as Pinterest getting inspired, so I am not complaining.

This week we have a wonderful giveaway from our friends at Queen & Co. If you have attended an EXPO or other show that they have been at, you will know their booth as it is always very colourful and rainbow-like. Personally, I feel like a kid in a candy store when I walk into their booth. My eyes run here and there taking it all in, and my creative side wants a little of everything!

Today, the Queen & Co. team are releasing their new Heart Throb Kits! Here are a few sample projects created using the Heart Throb Kit …

Queen & Co. Heart Throb Kit

Queen & Co. Heart Throb Kit

Queen & Co. Heart Throb Kit

Queen & Co. Heart Throb Kit

Queen & Co. Heart Throb Kit

Queen & Co. Heart Throb Kit

Queen & Co. Heart Throb Kit

Queen & Co. Heart Throb Kit

Queen & Co. Heart Throb Kit

Those cards, those papers, those yummy toppings in the shaker cards and yes, all those hearts … WOW! This kit is awesome!

Now that you have seen the new Heart Throb kit, would you like to see an exclusive sneak peek of the new Queen & Co. Trunk? I sure do! Here go you …  Isn’t it pretty?

Queen & Co. 2017 Trunk

Queen & Co. 2017 Trunk

Look at all those Toppings! Many of those are even new, yet to be released Toppings! They are coming out with 50 new ones this year. Sweet! I can just imagine that beautiful trunk filled full of toppings sitting on my desk as I spend an afternoon creating gorgeous shaker cards. Queen & Co. Toppings and Shaker card Kits are what dreams are made of 🙂 A girl can dream, can’t she.

Stay tuned and follow along on the Queen & Co. Facebook page as they are releasing over 200 new products in February! Hooray! I can’t wait to see all those new products as well as the inspiring projects that their team creates with all the new products.

Friends of Scrapbook Expo

Our friends at Queen & Co. would like one lucky Stamp & Scrapbook Expo friend to win the new Heart Throb kit! With this kit, you can create heart shaker cards in no time flat. It even includes brand new toppings! And those word dies, there are lots of cards you can create with ‘thanks’, ‘love’, and ‘hello’. Introducing the Heart Throb Kit …

Queen & Co. Heart Throb Kit

Queen & Co. Heart Throb Kit

Queen & Co. Heart Throb Kit

To learn more about Queen & Co. follow these links:

For a chance to win the Heart Throb kit from Queen & Co., leave a comment on this blog post. The giveaway runs until midnight EST on Thursday, January 19th.

Now to announce the FIVE winners from the last week’s Freebie Friday giveaway …

Congratulations to the following winners …





 

Please send your mailing address to Jen Walker (jen@scrapbookexpo.com) and include ‘EXPO Admission Tickets 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 this beautiful kit from Queen & Co., you need to leave a comment on this post.

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

~ Jen

Tip of the Day: Creating Watercolor Décor from Prima Marketing

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Sharon from Prima Marketing shows how to create beautiful home décor using oil pastels and watercolor panels. It’s quick and simple to create a lovely watercolor background that is perfect for adding photos, stickers, flowers, and other embellishments. Customize the oil pastel colors to match your home and you’ll have a pretty décor piece in just a short time.

Stop by primamarketinginc.com to view all their gorgeous products and their blog at prima.typepad.com for all kinds of inspiration!

#SSBE2017 #WeeklyScrapper #ScrapbookExpo

DIY Valentines Home Decor

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Hey Stamp & Scrapbook Expo friends, Becki here. It’s January which means Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. I have a fun and easy DIY Valentines Home Decor to share with you today. It’s easy to create and only takes a few supplies.

I used a mixed media burlap canvas from Jillibean Soup, lots of red and pink buttons from Buttons Galore, and adhesive Zots from Thermoweb. The first thing I did was cut a heart template out of plain white typing paper.

Then I traced around the heart with a pencil. After tracing around the heart, I started adhering the buttons. The one tip I learned from this project was to start adhering the big buttons and fill in with the small buttons.

This project is much easier than I thought it would be. Start to finish, it took me less than an hour to complete the entire project.

These buttons are SO cute and make a huge impact on this DIY Valentines home decor project. I think this framed canvas looks lovely in my living room. Thank you for stopping by the Weekly Scrapper blog, and I’ll see you again next Thursday!

Tip of the Day: Planner Stickers from Technique Tuesday

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Teri from Technique Tuesday is here to show how to make your own planner stickers. Using stamps and dies, you’ll soon have some custom embellishments to make a planner uniquely your own. Fast, fun, and definitely fabulous!

Stop by techniquetuesday.com to view their galleries of ideas, online classes, and videos for more tips and techniques. You’ll also find Technique Tuesday teaching workshops at Stamp & Scrapbook Expo, so plan your creative weekend now – you’ll be very glad you did. Make sure to visit Stamp & Scrapbook Expo to find a complete listing of shows in 2017!

#SSBE2017 #WeeklyScrapper #ScrapbookExpo

Technique Spotlight with Paige Evans: Winter

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Winter is in full swing in the northern hemisphere so today I have some wintery projects to share with you!

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HAPPINESS IS… by Paige Evans

I saw this print designed by the talented Jasmine Jones then used Silhouette Studio to turn it into a cut file! I backed all of the words and shapes with pastel patterned papers for a soft, wintery vibe.

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GIFT BOXES by Paige Evans

This past Christmas season I took part in an advent calendar exchange and these are the gifts I made! You can read more about this exchange on my blog post: Christmas Advent Swap.

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GIFT TAGS by Paige Evans

We celebrated Christmas in July with Kerri Bradford Studio and I loved decorating these little gift tags with wintery supplies.

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MERRY & BRIGHT by Paige Evans

A large snowflake instantly helps carry out a winter theme!

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WINTER VIBES by Paige Evans

This is the most recent layout I made with a winter theme – also with snowflakes! A detailed how to and process video can be found on my blog: Pink Paislee Winter Layout.

I hope you’ve seen that you can use more than just blues and grays on winter-themed layouts! Icons and shapes help tell the wintery story while colors can be played with to your heart’s content!