Saturdays With LeAnn

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Hello my dear friends, and welcome back to Weekly Scrapper.  What a better way to round out your work week than with five amazing projects that I have gathered to share with you?  I hope today’s post will give you some great “WOW” inspiration from these fun projects (and of course a yummy dessert)!  Shall we get started?  Kick off those shoes, get comfortable, and relax, because here we go!

Dream By Tina Stepanova

You all know by now how much I love creative backgrounds, and an inked mixed media background is one of my favorites.  The combination of embossing powders, inks, and sprays really make a gorgeous background.  Some stamped images in the background really turns this into a beautiful masterpiece.  Think of all the possibilities you can do to create beautiful backgrounds!

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You will find all kinds of inspiration from Tina Stepanova on her blog Dare To Create.  Click here and I will be happy to escort you over to her blog where you will find all kinds of inspiration.  The most important thing is to have fun when creating your backgrounds and layouts. Ok, now let’s get those creative minds to working!  Happy scrappin’!

Carousel Card By Kathy Clement

Did this whimsical card catch your eye as it did mine?  You can make this darling card for a very special occasion.  Choose unique papers and embellishments to design a card that is just perfect for that special person.   Kathy took it a step further and made it function as a mini folio.  This alone makes a perfect gift for any occasion.  Who wouldn’t love and appreciate receiving this beautiful card full of surprises and all the love that went into making it?!

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This is just a sneak peak of what you will see inside. Remove the little brown binder clip, and you will find that the front cover is just the beginning.   You just wait, you will totally love this card and will be anxious to make your own!

 

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Kathy created this fun tri-fold design using the Imagine Collection Kit from Authentique.  Are you dying right now to see how Kathy created this gorgeous card?  I am going to take you over to  Authentique’s blog where Kathy shows you every surprise she has created. On top of that, as an added bonus for you, Kathy also has a full step-by-step video tutorial.  You are going to love this project and I hope you will give this one a try.  You will certainly be inspired by Kathy.  Have fun creating, my crafty friends!

Quilt-Inspired Window By Allison Murray

Clear glass doesn’t coordinate with messy shelves!  Ready to hide away your mess, or just add some personality to the window panes on your cabinet?  You don’t need to get rid of that cabinet you are tired of, or even paint it to make it look different.  This is a perfect solution to give your cabinet a totally new look. I just fell in love with how covering the window panes with scrapbook paper brought so much charm to this piece of furniture.   Who would have ever thought to use scrapbook paper this way?

Quilt-Inspired Window

If you fell in love with this stunning cabinet and don’t have one in your home (but wished you did), visit one of your favorite thrift stores or a garage sale.  It is surprising what is available out there. Always remember that one person’s trash is another person’s treasure!  A little distressing, along with adding some fun scrapbooking paper to the window panes, will give you a beautiful piece of furniture for your home.  Let me escort you on over to Dream A Little Bigger where Allison will show you just how she covered her windows and made her cabinet so charming.  Can’t you just see this attractive piece in your home?

Peach Pie Cookies By Vera Zecevic

This cookie is the best of summer in a bite!  The taste of a pie but in the size of a cookie; you are going to fall in love with these scrumptious baked treats!  Peach Pie Cookies bring you the best of both worlds, the deliciousness of traditional peach pie with the convenience of a cookie – no fork required!  I promise you can’t eat just one or two!

Peach Pie Cookies

Make an extra batch and freeze them for cold winter evenings where all you want to think about is summer!  Peach Pie cookies are delicious no matter what the season is!  You can’t go wrong with this delicious recipe.  Click here and I will escort you on over to one of my favorite food blogs “Oh My Goodness Chocolate Desserts.”  I have to say that this will become one of your favorites as well.  You will love all of the wonderful desserts and recipes that Vera has to share!

I want to thank all of the fabulous designers for sharing such wonderful inspiration with us today.  Have a fabulous week ahead, and I hope to see you all back here next Saturday with more fun projects!  I always enjoy our crafty time together!

~LeAnn~

 

Freebie Friday with Memoir Your Way

Happy Friday Stamp & Scrapbook Expo friends and fans, Becki here with another amazing giveaway. This time, I have something a little different that I’m really excited about. (Honestly, I wish that I could be eligible to win this prize.) This week we have a great book to share with you. Memoir Your Way: Tell Your Story Through Writing, Recipes, Quilts, Graphic Novels, and More is a fabulous new book.Here’s what you need to know about this book: Be inspired with this book for crafty people! Memoir Your Way: Tell Your Story Through Writing, Recipes, Quilts, Graphic Novels, and More is full of ideas for capturing meaningful moments, people, and places in our lives. The chapter titled “Reinvent Your Scrapbook” shows how to experiment with fun flaps, folds, pockets, and pull-outs to add stories to your pages. Why not use ideas from the food chapter to make a cookbook scrapbook that tells the stories behind each recipe? Or a fabric scrapbook that draws inspiration from the quilting chapter? The possibilities are endless! The book even includes chapters on nurturing children as storytellers, writing personal and family stories in a graphic novel format, and other memoir-related topics. The book’s six authors call themselves The Memoir Roundtable and include a writer, scrapbooker, cookbook editor, quilter, literacy expert, and graphic novelist.  In this example by co-author Katherine Nutt from the scrapbook chapter, the “cheese chest” opens to reveal a nonsense question-and-answer-game that her grandmother played with her.Here’s the story of a bear’s unexpected visit to a campsite (with moveable magnet character).This scrapbook keepsake for a favorite aunt highlights some special memories with her.

Learn more about Memoir Your Way and the Memoir Roundtable on Social Media:

If you’d like to win a free copy of this book all you have to do is leave a comment below before Thursday, August, 17th 2017 at 11:59 EST.

Now, I’m sure you’re all wondering who won last week’s giveaway from Dare 2B Artzy. I won’t keep you in suspense any longer. The winner is…..Congratulations, Regina!! Please email becki@scrapbookexpo.com to claim your prize.

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 a copy of Memoir Your Way. I’ll be back next Friday to announce the winner AND I’ll have another awesome prize up for grabs.

Latest & Greatest with Waffle Flower Stamps

Hey friends, Becki here to share with you a card that I created using a fun stamp set from our Latest & Greatest Stamping workshop. I used the Waffle Flower Flora Cat Play stamp set.

If you’re a cat lover, this stamp set must be in your collection. It’s a beautiful stamp set. Waffle Flower always has such adorable designs. This card is very simple with 3 stamped images (the cat, the butterfly, and the sentiment) with black pigment ink. I chose pigment ink because I wanted to watercolor the flowers, balloons, and butterfly. The “life is boring when you are not around” is so cute! I added a little bit of shimmer to the card with a Wink of Stella pen.

If you haven’t tried a Wink of Stella brush pen, you must try it! It is the perfect way to add a little bit of sparkle to any project. The patterned paper I used on this card is from Fancy Pants Designs. It’s the Family & Co.collection. I’ve been using this collection a lot lately. Its so fun to play with and so versatile. Did you see the other pet card I created with this collection? You can find it HERE. This Latest & Greatest: Stamping workshop featuring Waffle Flower stamps will also be taught at our upcoming show in Schaumburg. We would love to see you there!

Technique Spotlight with Paige Evans: Flowers

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I have featured flowers once or twice before (maybe even three of four times!) on this here Technique Spotlight, but what can I say except I LOVE FLOWERS! I could probably add a flower onto every.single.project I create. Here are a few layouts I’ve made recently prominently featuring flowers:

EPIC AWESOME LOVE by Paige Evans

On this layout I die cut a floral background from rainbow paper and then cut apart the flowers, backed them with vellum, stitched matching colored thread over them, and layered them onto a mixed media background. All using the beautiful Reflection collection by Altenew.

GHAR DALAM by Paige Evans

This layout uses a cut file by the talented Bea Valint. I love how dimensional it is! The background does all of the hard work for me so all I did was back it with a floral patterned paper and embellish the center of each flower with a little somethin’ somethin’.

HALLO LIEBE by Paige Evans

Hallo Liebe means Hello Love in German 🙂 I absolutely love fussy cutting flowers and then using them as embellishments on my pages! Here I used the Aloha collection by Jessica Fabiano for Scrapbook Werkstatt.


THUMBS UP by Paige Evans

One of my favorite techniques (it never gets old!) is backing cut files with all kinds of patterned papers. This tropical flower cut file is by Kerri Bradford and then I backed all the petals, stems, and leaves with 6×6 papers from my Pink Paislee collection called Oh My Heart.

Tip of the Day: Watercolor Bokeh Technique from Stamp & Scrapbook Expo

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Pauline, an instructor for Stamp & Scrapbook Expo, demonstrates how easy it is to create your own watercolor bokeh background. This technique creates the look of orbs of light against a lovely watercolor. Easy and so beautiful!

You can learn all kinds of fun techniques from Pauline when you take a class from her at a Stamp & Scrapbook Expo, so check out their 2017 calendar and plan an exciting, creative getaway!

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Latest & Greatest: Card Making with We R Memory Keepers


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

Our next show is this week in Edison, NJ on August 11th-12th. 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: We R Memory KeepersRolling Penny Card Die Set.

This is such a fun die set and you can make some really awesome interactive cards with it. With it, I created this card:


I wanted to create a fun little scene, so I cut some extra shapes using my Cricut Explore® machine and Cricut Design Space™. I cut a frame from the “The First Few Years” cartridge and the dog in a plane from the “Just a Note” cartridge.

I cut out a slider shape on a panel of cardstock using the straight slider die from the set. I then decorated the panel with a frame and cloud die cuts.


I flipped the panel over placing the dog in a plane die cut underneath. I added foam adhesive to the body of the plane and two pennies on each foam square.


(I decided to use two pennies because the die cut was so long.)

After placing more foam adhesive behind the die cut panel, I attached another solid panel in the same color to the back.


I then placed a sentiment sticker on the bottom panel between the top and bottom edges of the slider die cut at the back of the plane.


I added the image to a card. The image slides from the left to the right to reveal my message.


The possibilities for these rolling penny cards are endless!

This Latest & Greatest: Stamping workshop featuring We R Memory Keepers’ Rolling Penny Card Dies will also be taught at our upcoming show in 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 thank you for stopping by. I’ve just returned home from a mini marathon of shows – Atlanta, GA, Kansas City, MO and ending in beautiful Santa Clara, CA. I am happy to report that the Creativity Center was on fire and a fun time was had by all – hugs to all those creative people that I had the privilege of meeting in person.  You are the reason that the Stamp & Scrapbook Expo has been doing shows for 20 years. It’s always a pleasure to create something beautiful with you in person. It’s like having my cake and eating it, too. Hugs to all!

Inspiration Butterfly ATC By Riikka Kovasin

You all know how I love a good inky background and these artsy ATC cards designed by the very talented Riikka Kovasin are no exception. It’s a little hard to see in the photo that the butterflies are stamped on acetate, cut out, and sewn to the card. I love the visual interest that it adds to the project without overpowering the cards.

Artist Trading Cards are pieces of art that can fit on a 2.5″ by 3.5″ piece of card stock paper. The possibilities are endless; remember that if you can imagine it you can create it. They are a great way to share your art with others. I hope you’ve been inspired to break out your favorite supplies and give these fun cards a try. I must warn you – they are a bit addictive, so once you get the fever it’s hard to stop. Remember there are no rules; just have fun with your art. 

Block Watercolor Stamping By Jennifer McGuire

I’d like to send a shout out to Jennifer McGuire for revisiting the art of water coloring with your acrylic blocks. It’s fun, easy and oh-so-showy. As you can see by these beautiful cards, the end results are stunning. Try using different size and shaped blocks to create all kinds of designs.

I highly recommend stopping by Jennifer’s blog to check out the video she prepared; you are going to love all the samples that she has to share. I hope you’ve been inspired to break out those acrylic blocks and your favorite dye based inks and or markers and create your own unique works of art.

Italiana Riviera Tile Coasters by Kathy

It makes me smile using my treasured stamps on things other than paper. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a paper crafter at heart, it’s what I do!  I live and breath scrapbooking, from layouts to cards to tags to mixed media projects; big or small I love ’em all!  But there is something to be said about walking into your craft room and coming out with a handmade gift. Wouldn’t this adorable set of coasters make a nice hostess gift at the next BBQ you’re invited to? Add a bottle of their favorite wine and you are the hero. 😉 
Add a cute tag and a simple ribbon and your handmade gift is ready to go.

Who would have guessed that these artsy coasters started out as a plain tile that was purchased at a home improvement store? I don’t want to frighten you, but the holidays are right around the corner and if we start our holiday crafting now we can enjoy the holidays instead of stressing out about not being prepared.  For further details along with a supply list, click here and I will be happy to escort you over to Kathy’s blog Joyfully Made Designs so you can see how easily this project comes together.

Glazed Pineapple and Shrimp Kabobs

These easy-to-make shrimp kabobs are sure to be a hit at your next BBQ. You’ll be happy to know that you can have them ready to serve in about half an hour, and another added bonus is that they are Weight Watcher friendly, too.

I highly recommend stopping by and spending some quality time with our friends over on the KITCHme Blog; they have the best selection of recipes – everything from desserts, drinks, complete meals, etc. If you are following the Weight Watchers program, kudos to you. Losing weight shouldn’t be a flavorless process and thanks to KITCHme, we can all enjoy our favorite foods.

Thanks for stopping by; I always enjoy our creative time together. It’s show time for me and the Stamp & Scrapbook Expo. The marathon of shows is still in full swing and with 19 shows around the nation, the question is not what show you should attend, but rather how many shows you CAN attend! I’ll meet you at the Creativity Center. Hugs to all!