Sunday’s Inspiration: A beautiful layout and card, crafty treasures, and an easy, delicious dinner!

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I hope that you’re kicking back and enjoying a nice relaxing Sunday, which means you’re ready to check out some great projects. I even have the perfect recipe for a cold winter’s day. I just spent three weeks in New York where we had negative temperatures. I guess I’m a little spoiled after living in California for 20 years. How quickly I forgot what those cold temperatures felt like!

Faux Metal Trinket Box

One thing I am always on the lookout for is really cute gift boxes and/or bags. There is something to be said about receiving a gift within a gift to show the people in your life how special they are to you. You could go to a party supply store and spend way too much money on a mediocre non-personalized bag but you are a very talented crafter, so why not take a trip to your scrapbook room and come out with this adorable faux metal trinket box?

Faux Metal Trinket Box

One can never have too many trinket boxes to hold life’s little treasures, right? I’d like to send out a huge note of thanks to Lisa, author of the Creative Juice Blog for sharing her gorgeous gift boxes with us. Be sure to pay Lisa’s blog a visit, you are sure to leave totally inspired to start that next project.

She Melts My Heart Layout 

What’s not to love about this sweet feminine layout designed by Emeline Seet. The Melissa Frances resin embellishments, buttons, and ribbon flower paired with the soft blues, creams, and whites really complement the precious black and white photo.

She Melts My Heart

I love how Emeline uses many layers to create dimension and detail while still allowing the photo to take center stage. Emeline used vellum and white lace to soften the look of the patterned paper for a beautiful, feminine feel. I hope you’ve been inspired to breakout your precious photos and start scrapping!

Blanket Stitched Heart Garland

Hearts are something that never go out of style, so I often use them in my designing. What attracted me most to this project was not only is it perfect for Valentine’s Day, but because it is a craft project you can work on while traveling. Many of us are always on the go, whether you’re taking the kids to their many activities and then waiting for them, or traveling to the next Scrapbook Expo like me! So why not have something to keep your very creative hands busy? Whether you are on a plane, train, or automobile or just sitting in front of the TV, this is a fun and oh-so-versatile project that can be used in many different ways.

Heart Garland

This pretty heart garland is so easy and inexpensive to make (just one stitch, some felt scraps, and twine). You are going to love the video tutorial that Lisa has provided on her blog Shiny Happy World showing you how to create the perfect blanket stitch (no worries if you aren’t familiar with the stitch) as well as a free pattern for the felt pieces. Not only do these hearts and circles make an adorable garland but they would also be great as an embellishment for a card, tag, on a scrapbook layout, or even as a cute pin. The possibilities are endless!

You Warm My Heart designed

This beautiful card truly warms my heart. The softness of the pinks combined with the rich chocolate brown and kraft paper are a match made in heaven. I am absolutely in love with the Sheltering Tree Stamp Set from Stampin’ Up! This one is a NEED (not a want) – just think of the possibilities! Winter, spring, summer, or fall this stamp set works for all seasons. I love the tree done in pinks with the hearts added for Valentine’s Day!

Sheltering Tree in Pink

I’m sure you, too, have fallen in love with this fun stamp set. I recommend that you click here to stop by Amy’s for a visit. She has beautiful projects, lovely photos, and great instructions with a full supply list available for you.

Slow Cooker Loaded Potato Soup

This is one of those winter comfort foods that your family will ask for time and time again. I’d like to thank Jaclyn, from Cooking Classy, for sharing this recipe. I love it because I can toss it in the crock pot in the morning before things get too crazy and forget it (well, maybe a stir here and there as I pass by) until we’re ready for dinner. Add a nice loaf of crusty bread and a simple salad and you’re good to go. Definitely a no muss, no fuss, and oh-so-delicious dinner. Enjoy!

Slow Cooker Loaded Potato Soup

Thanks for stopping in for a visit! I’m looking forward to spending some more time with you next Sunday. Have a wonderfully creative week and stay warm out there!

Saturday’s Inspiration: Valentine’s Day projects, a lovely wedding layout, and a yummy treat!

From The Heart

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Good morning crafters, and a very happy Saturday to you all! Today I hope you will enjoy some projects that I found to be inspiring to me and hope they will be to you as well.

Cherish by Gabrielle Pollocco

Gabrielle Pollocco is one of my most favorite designers for a beautiful, vintage look. She has so many wonderful projects at Such A Pretty Mess and I know you will truly be inspired by visiting her blog. This stunning layout has some really fun techniques along with gorgeous embellishments. And an extra bonus from Gabrielle – learn how to make your own texture paste with her step-by-step instructions.

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From The Heart by Melissa Phillips 

I just love Valentine’s Day! It is such a fun time to make and hand out cards to those you love. This darling card was created by an amazing designer, Melissa Phillips. You can always feel the love that she puts into her projects. See more adorable cards made by Melissa on her blog LilyBean Paperie. You are sure to have endless inspiration for your week.

From The Heart

Paper Rose Framed Art Work by Lia Griffith

It is the time of year I like to bring spring and some color into my home décor. This beautiful design is one that will look fabulous in any room of your home. Believe it or not, these gorgeous flowers were made using metallic text weight paper. Are you inspired and want to get started? Click here for the step by step tutorial from Lia Griffith on how to create your paper roses. Lia has so many wonderful home projects, so be sure to visit her blog Handcraft Your Life  I hope this will inspire you to create a beautiful masterpiece for your own home décor, or share the love by giving this to someone special.

Paper Rose Framed Artwork

Paper Rose Framed Art Work

 Textured Tag by Hels Sheridan

This lovely tag is all about texture. Let your imagination run wild just by using some stamps, texture paste, paint, gesso, and inks, along with some fun embossing folders. Adhere this to a package, a card, scrapbook page, or just set it out on a small easel to enjoy. Be sure to pop on over to the Ink On My Fingers blog to see instructions on how to create your lovely tag.

More Than A Feeling

Lemon Poppy Seed Cupcakes from Your Cup of Cake

I would like to share one more item with you, and that is Lemon Poppy Seed Cupcakes with Strawberry Frosting. These are so yummy they will just melt in your mouth. (I bet you can’t just eat one, lol!) So simple to make and very impressive to serve. Stop by and see Lizzy at Your Cup Of Cake. You will find the Ingredients and directions, along with enjoying more of her wonderful recipes.

Lemon Poppy Seed Cupcakes

I have really enjoyed sharing these projects today and hope they have been inspiring for you. Thank you for taking your time to stop by. Looking for additional inspiration? Visit Weekly Scrapper every day, and make sure to pop back here next Saturday; I promise I will have more inspiring projects! Enjoy your weekend!

Freebie Friday – Paper Smooches

Love by Jen Walker for Weekly Scrapper

Freebie Friday with Jen Walker

Welcome to Freebie Friday! This week I had the pleasure of working with stamps and dies from Paper Smooches. These stamps and dies are designed by Kim Hughes, who is known for her whimsical designs and wonderful handwritten fonts. Each set can be mixed and matched with pieces from other sets.

Love by Jen Walker for Weekly Scrapper

The love word and heart dies come from the Love & Cherish die set.

You + Me = Awesome by Jen Walker for Weekly Scrapper

Using the brand new Fruit People dies along with the coordinating Cute Fruit stamps, this card came together easily. Kim puts lots of focus on each and every detail and it shows in pieces such as the tiny mustache and arm and leg dies for these fruit characters. They were a lot of fun to work with and I enjoyed trying the different accessories (hat, glasses, bow tie, etc.) on the fruit pieces.

Love You by Jen Walker for Weekly Scrapper

I created this very simple card using the Lots of Love stamp set to show how you can create an elegant card using only a stamped sentiment.

Friends of Scrapbook Expo

Would you like to win a prize pack from Paper Smooches?

Paper Smooches

For your chance to win these products, leave a comment on this blog post telling us what kind of paper crafting class you would like to take if given the chance. Would it be cardmaking, layout based, mixed media, stamping, etc.. The giveaway runs until 6pm EST on Thursday, January 29nd. While you are at it, why not show Paper Smooches some love and leave them a comment on their Facebook page and let them know that you saw this blog post.

Last week’s Freebie Friday was sponsored by our friends at Taylored Expressions. Thank you to everyone who commented on last week’s blog post!  The lucky winner of the Taylored Expressions goodies is … Patricia Zukowski.

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

We also have a winner to announce for the #IWannaGoSBE giveaway.

IWannaGoSBE Winner January 23

Congratulations to Dodie Pajer! You have won two – single day passes to a 2015 Scrapbook Expo event of your choice. Please send your mailing address to Jen Walker as well as which event you would like to attend and include ‘#IWannaGoSBE winner’ in the subject line.

Would you like a chance to win two single day passes to a 2015 Scrapbook Expo event of your choice? You can learn more about the #IWannaGoSBE giveaway in the Freebie Friday post from last week.

Thanks for joining me this week!  See you next week! Until then, have fun getting creative.

~ Jen

Tip of the Day: Photo Overlays by Becky Higgins

Becky Higgins-Photo Overlays

On today’s Tip Of The Day we have Kari Holt with Becky Higgins here to share a fun and easy way to add detail to your photos in seconds.

You can use these overlays to add text and graphics to your photos without the use of your computer! They are perfectly clear acetate with white printing so only the details will show on your image – just place it on top of your photo and slide it right into a photo pocket page. Don’t you love it when things come together so easily and look so beautiful?

Thanks for the visit and I hope you have a creative, carefree day.

Stitched Paper Heart Burlap Frame

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Welcome back to another “Inspiration Station” tutorial in which I share a few tips and tricks for creating layouts, cards, and altered art. Today I wanted to create something beautiful for my home. I found a charming 6″ x 6″ burlap frame at my local craft store and knew that a little bit of paper, ribbon, and embellishments could turn it into something really special. Here’s what we’re creating today:

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Everything on this frame is glued directly onto the burlap. Because this frame can hang on the wall as is, I wanted to add some dimension to the project because it would not be flattened by glass. To do this, I created stitched paper hearts. To create these stitched hearts, you will need two sizes of the same punch shape (I chose a heart) and some patterned paper:

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To create the stitched hearts follow the steps below.

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Step 1: Punch both sizes of hearts from the patterned paper.

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Step 2: Layer the hearts on top of one another but do NOT adhere them together.

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Step 3: Holding onto the hearts as you guide them through your sewing machine, machine stitch through both layers of your punched hearts. (If you prefer to create this project without using a sewing machine simply staple the layered shapes vertically to hold them together).

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Step 4: Trim off the excess pieces of thread and then fold up the top heart layer before mounting it onto the frame.

Here’s a look at how the hearts look when mounted on the frame.

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You use these same steps to layer as many shapes on top of one another as you like. You can even layer similar sizes of any shape you like. This technique works best when using symmetrical shapes that look the same on each side when folded in half vertically. These stitched shapes can also be placed on layouts and cards.

Like this project? Be sure to check out last week’s “Tissue Paper Heart” card (sensing a heart theme here?) on this blog post HERE. And look for a tutorial video next week on our Scrapbook Expo Youtube channel with additional information and instructions posted here on our blog. Be sure to subscribe to our channel so you are notified of when we upload a new video.