Freebie Friday with Graphic 45

Hey Stamp & Scrapbook Expo friends and fans, Friday is finally here. It seems like it has been a LONG week. I’m ready for a really fun giveaway sponsored by Graphic 45.

I know we have some Graphic 45 fans out there. If, you’re not familiar with Graphic 45 here’s what you need to know:

Graphic 45 an award-winning scrapbook and paper crafting company­—owned and operated by a mother and her two daughters.

Together we create vintage inspired crafting products that capture the flamboyant style of times gone by – with vibrant color, irresistible texture and imaginative design. Let our products inspire your next card, memory album, scrapbook layout, diy party decorations or home decor project.

Graphic 45 has amazing products! If you haven’t visited the Graphic 45 blog, you’re missing out! Their design team creates the most amazing projects! Isn’t this layout gorgeous?!?! That bundle of twigs paired with the patterned paper pendants and flowers make this layout unforgettable. Make sure you’re following Graphic 45 on their social media channels for endless inspiration.

Graphic 45 is generously sending one lucky winner Little Darlings and French Country Deluxe Collectors Editions Packs.

If you’d love to have this awesome prize land on your doorstep, comment on this post before Thursday, October 19th at 11:59 EST.

Now, I’m sure you’re all excited to see who the lucky winner of the Queen & Co. Halloween kit is… the wait is over. The Queen & Co kit will be landing on the doorstep of…Congratulations, Cynthia! Please email becki@scrapbookexpo.com to claim your prize! Happy Halloween crafting. I can’t wait to see what you create with this awesome kit!

And remember… even when you are not attending a Stamp & Scrapbook Expo, you can join us online:

Thanks for stopping by for Freebie Friday with Graphic 45. Don’t forget to leave a comment below for your chance to win the awesome Graphic 45 prize. I will be back with you next Friday to announce the winner AND I’ll have another awesome prize up for grabs! Have a safe and happy Fall weekend.

Latest & Greatest Card Making with Crate Paper

Hey there Stamp & Scrapbook Expo friends and fans, Becki here, to share some Christmas card ideas with you. Our show season is quickly coming to an end which means the holiday season is right around the corner. We wanted to make sure that our Latest & Greatest card making attendees had some fun Christmas products in their hands to create their 2017 holiday cards with. If you’re able to attend the Latest & Greatest card making workshop in Denver, Akron, Sacramento, or Ontario, you’ll be going home with a few products from the new Falala collection from Crate Paper. With only a few products I was able to create these two cards in a few minutes. I used a similar design for each card to make the creative process much quicker. Each card has two patterned papers and a few stickers.

My favorite part about creating this card is the sticker sentiments. Stickers make adding sentiments to cards so easy!

It’s been a while since I created my last card making video. I thought you all might enjoy watching how these two cards came together. I’m sure a lot of you are better at planning ahead and have already started creating your Christmas cards.

I’d love to know if you’ve started creating your 2017 Christmas cards and how many are you making. Let me know in the comment section below. AND if you’re in the Sacramento area or the Ontario area. We’d love to have you in our Latest & Greatest workshops. You can find all the details HERE. Thank you for stopping by today. I’ll see you again next week for another edition of Inspiration Station. Have a great week!

Designer Spotlight with Paige Evans: Rachel Lowe

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Rachel Lowe’s beautiful style instantly caught my eye and I couldn’t wait to share more of her pages with you, especially her new page she made exclusively for her spotlight!

Name: Rachel Lowe
Location: Australia
Blog: inmyworld-scrapbookingourjourney.blogspot.com
Instagram: @rachellowe____
Facebook: rachel.lowe.94
Pinterest: @rachellisalowe

Tell us a little bit about your self and how you got started crafting: I was blessed to have a grandmother who spent many years teaching me sewing, quilting and lots of other crafts. I kept dabbling in many crafts such as folk art painting and quilting until I discovered scrapbooking back in 2006 when I was pregnant and wanted a way to document my pregnancy and soon to be baby! I have four children, one girl and three boys! I am a nurse by profession and scrapping is certainly a way I get some me time and relax through creating.

Favourite thing to create: Often this depends on my mood really, some days I love to create a super pretty card, a gift box, Project Life pages for my YIR album but mostly I love to create layouts to document the going ons in our lives. I have two entire walls full of albums and each person in our family has their own one (or two or three!!!). I know one day these albums full of stories of ‘us’ will be treasured by future generations.

What do you love about this hobby: I love the creative process, it really is cheaper than therapy! I love the social connections I have made through the sharing of my work, such wonderful people and talents from all over the world. I love that I am memory keeping not just for now but for the future generations of us! And I love craft shopping, I would rather buy gorgeous paper or beautiful water colour paints over a pair of shoes any day! I am currently on several design teams which always pushes my techniques and style.

Fun facts about yourself:
1. I do not like shoes or socks, even in winter!
2. I am obsessed with cushion covers and am forever ‘updating’ them.
3. I am an animal lover and have 3 cats and a chocolate lab.
4. I have lived in 3 different countries and travelled to 20 others, I love to travel!
5. I love sports more than my husband and three boys!

PEAVE LOVE & UNICORNS by Rachel Lowe

I wanted to create a soft and pretty layout to match the photo of my daughter. I adore this unicorn wreath crown and have added layers of vellum to soften and added extra petals and leaves to add height and dimension. I have used Dream Big by Pretty Little Studio which is just divine. I added a cut file frame again to add softness. Peace, Love & Unicorns was just the perfect title. I always add some machine sewing on my layouts to add texture and here I have added to my clouds and XOXO part of my title. I finished off with a flair, butterfly, small die cut flowers, journal phrases and a splatter of black.

EVERYDAY MAGIC by Rachel Lowe

I have used PinkFresh Studio Live More collection to create this layout and an amazing cut file from JustNick Studio. This photo is of my mama and daughter, so three generations which makes it a special memory. I have cut my photo into three parts for added interest and definition. I love layering and adding height to my layouts and did so with this cut file, also adding extra branches and leaves.

SUN by Rachel Lowe

I love anything fringed and here I have a fringed flamingo which is just too cute. I have added my usual machine sewing. I am a fan of embellishment clustering and that is what I have done on this layout so there is several points of interest. Clean is clearly my style!

HELLO SUNSHINE by Rachel Lowe

Here is another fringed favourite of mine, a fringed pineapple, who can resist! Using cut files does not mean you have to lose your creativity, like here I add extra layers, extra cut files and embellishments, layering and sewing, then it becomes yours so to speak.

HEY RAD BOYS by Rachel Lowe

With three boys I am always looking for unique ways to scrap them. Here I have used a negative of a star cut file and set about filling it. Here I decided to create a title and work from that point (usually my title can be a bit of an after thought!!). I have added texture to this layout by adding many different material types such as wood, metal, tin all which work so well on a boy layout. Again I have added sewing to add definition.

I love all the different layouts Rachel shared – and there’s more where they came from! Be sure to follow Rachel on instagram and the like (listed at the top!) to catch up with her creative pages!

 

Social Media and the EXPO

Hello and Happy Tuesday! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend. It was the Canadian Thanksgiving, so it was a nice three day long weekend for me. I love what I do, but it is also nice to sit back, kick my feet up, and relax with my family and three dogs.

Working in social media, I have the fun job of seeing many of the pictures and videos you share from your time spent at the EXPO. So many of you post wonderful photos that perfectly express how much fun can be had at the EXPO! Whether shopping with your friends, completing a project at the Creativity Center with the lovely Lorraine, completing make & takes in exhibitor booths, or having a party at the crops, I am at the other side of the keyboard smiling at the photos you share.

Since my last blog post, the Denver and Akron shows have taken place. Here are a few of the photos that were shared in the EXPO Facebook groups:

Denver – Safari Theme Crop

Denver – Slumber Party Crop – Fun Slippers

Denver – Crop Crew

Denver Friday Card Swap – Most Appreciated Card by Katy Thomas

Denver – Door Prize Winner – Tammy Lester

Denver – Lorraine, Host of the Creativity Center

Akron – Wizard of Oz Crop

Akron – Wizard of Oz crop

Akron – Shopping at It’s Cheaper Than Therapy

Thank you to every one of you who shares your photos so that I can live vicariously through you and join in the fun that you have while attending the EXPOs.

My next blog post will be in November after the show season has finished. I look forward to sharing more customer experiences with you at that time. Until then, happy scrapping and I will see/chat with you in the Facebook Groups!

~ Jen

Latest & Greatest: Stamping with Hampton Art


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

Our next show is in Sacramento, CA on October 20th & 21st. Stamp & Scrapbook Expo will be teaching three “Latest & Greatest” workshops at this show: Card Making, Cool Tools, and Stamping. Today I am going to be creating with new products from our Latest & Greatest: Stamping class: Hampton Art‘s Seasonal Stamp & Die Sets.

Today I will be working with the Gratitude Pumpkins Stamp & Die Set:


Note: Stamp & Die Set designs may vary at each show location.

I love that this stamp set comes with coordinating dies. I love to create dimension on my cards, so creating stamped images that can be popped up is an added bonus for me!

With the set, I created this card:


First, I stamped and colored the pumpkin and leaf images with colored pencils.


Then, I die cut the images with my manual die-cutting machine.


I decorated my card front with patterned paper and stickers from Photo Play Paper‘s Autumn Day collection to highlight my stamped pumpkin image.


This Latest & Greatest: Stamping workshop featuring Hampton Art‘s Seasonal Stamp & Die Sets will also be taught at our upcoming show in Ontario. 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 welcome back to Weekly Scrapper. Lorraine here, ready to share some fun projects on this beautiful fall day, so grab a cup of coffee, sit back, relax and enjoy a little crafty “me” time. You deserve it!

Adding Color to Black & White Elements by Missy Whidden

There is nothing like a beautiful watercolored background to make a black & white photo just pop. Missy used the Faith > Fear Collection by Illustrated Faith on this layout. The collection is entirely black & white which leaves your color options wide open. I love the contrast of this black & white collection. Click here and I’ll take you over for a peek of all the pieces that are available.

For more details click here and I will be honored to take you over to the Bella Blvd blog so you can follow along as Missy shares many tips and tricks on how easily this adorable layout comes together. Happy scrappin’!

You Are Amazing By Yoonsun Hur

Since we already have the watercolors out, I thought you might enjoy this sweet card designed by the very talented Yoonsun. Have you had the opportunity to play with Altenew multilayer stamps yet? They really take the guesswork out of creating a beautiful bold contrast, or you can use your favorite coloring medium for a soft and subtle look.

No matter what your style is, you are sure to fall in love with all the possibilities. Yoonsun stamped the image using Versa Fine Onyx Ink than watercolored the flowers with Distress Inks, but feel free to use what you have on hand. Have fun experimenting with different coloring mediums to alter the finished piece.

Mini Album By Suzz

What’s not to love about mini albums?  They are the instant gratification of scrapbooking, not to mention they make the perfect gift for those special people in your life.  With a little guidance from our crafty friend Suzanne, you, too, can whip up several of these little works of art for the holidays. Add a few photos and some meaningful sentiments and you have a gift that will be treasured for years to come. The large house in the set measures approximately 5″ tall by 3 5/8″ wide, which can easily handle of few carefully cropped pics and lots of stamping. After all, there is no better gift than the gift of memories, right?

I couldn’t resist sharing a 2nd photo of the inside. Be sure to stop by the Funkie Junkie Blog to check out the album in its entirety. You’re gonna love it!

I love the fact that Suzanne created her own mini album using the Tiny House Die by Tim Holtz. What a creative way to use the die. I must confess, I loved the die before but I haven’t purchased it yet. I was on the fence thinking how many little houses can one make, but when you add in mini albums – well that’s another story!  After seeing what Suzanne did with this project It’s now on my list to purchase at our Sacramento show in a few weeks.

Creamy Lemon Parmesan Chicken Piccata

It’s lemon time in my neck of the woods (sunny southern CA) so I am on the hunt for ways to use them. My family and friends love this creamy chicken over pasta, but a piccata can be served over anything: rice, zucchini noodles, steamed vegetables, or anything else you can think of. Have fun making this dish your own.

Be sure to stop by and visit with Karina on her amazing food blog Cafe Delites; you and your family will be glad you did. Big hugs to Karina for helping us kick things up a notch or two in the kitchen. Bon appetit!

Thanks for stopping by, have an amazing week, and I’ll see you next Sunday with some really fun projects to get you in the fall spirit. If you happen to be in Sacramento, CA the 3rd weekend of Oct (10/20 – 10/21) or in Ontario, CA the first weekend in Nov (11/3 – 11/4) we would love to have you join us at our last two shows of the year! I will meet you at the Creativity Center and we can create something beautiful together.

 

 

Saturdays With LeAnn

Ghols Just Want To Have Fun

Welcome back, my crafty friends!  The weather here in Utah has become chilly, and with days like today I really enjoy staying inside and crafting in my office.  I hope you will be able to spend your day creating something you’ll love.  I just love this time of year!  Halloween is one of my favorite holidays, and since it’s coming soon, I thought it would be fun to share a few festive projects with you today.  I hope you will enjoy each one.  Remember, it isn’t too late to create some of your Halloween projects for the year!

Dream Chaser By Missy Whidden

Isn’t it funny how one scrap of paper can inspire an entire layout?  Are you ready to do some great things with your products?  Hopefully this layout will give you some added inspiration.  Who doesn’t love a little extra color in their world?  Even though there are a lot of beautiful details and dimension to this layout, the photo is still the first thing your eye is drawn to.  I love how Missy went around the edges of the leaves with some white gesso, and then added gold Color Shine and a few gelatos to add color around the edges.  Also notice the metallic gold machine stitching through the center of each leaf.

Dream Chaser

Missy really created a masterpiece.  Most important, remember there are no set rules when crafting, just have fun with it.  I highly recommend stopping by Little Nugget Creations where you will find a video tutorial on how Missy put her layout together.  The possibilities are endless!  Give it a try you will love the results!

Ghouls Just Want To Have Fun By Therese Dahl

Since it’s October, it’s time for some spooky fun!  You still have plenty of time to get your Halloween cards made and sent out.  This is one of those cards that will make you want to pull out some of your fun festive Halloween papers and put your creative mind to work.  This is such a fun card that really portrays the spirit of Halloween.  With Halloween coming up, what a great way to celebrate by sharing your fun Halloween cards with friends and family.

Ghols Just Want To Have Fun

Therese Dahl did such a fabulous job using the Grim Gretchen Set by Kraftin Kimmie Stamps.  The detail on this card just takes it up to another level.  Don’t you just love this ghoul?  She looks so vicious – such wonderful work by Therese!   I am sure you would like to have a list of supplies that Therese used, so click here and I will take you over to the Katten Mia blog.  A big shout out to Therese for being such an inspiration to all of you fellow paper crafters.

Look A Bit Frightened By Anna-Karin

Halloween is such a perfect opportunity to be creative.  With a little help from our crafty friend Anna-Karin, you can make some spooktacular tags to add to your yummy Halloween treats.  It is also a time when a lot of photos will be taken, so let’s get them off your phones and cameras and into an adorable Halloween mini album.  Let’s take this fun tag a step further and create a mini album out of it.  Just add a few more pages behind the tag and you will create a darling mini album.  What a great way to show off your fun and unique costumes, along with a festive celebration of Halloween.  Don’t you just love a project that can be used in several different ways?

Look A Bit Frightened

Anna-Karin used some fun techniques for her background.   She started out with a die cut tag and then added her patterned paper and brushed gesso over it. To give it a distressed look, Anna-Karin used the Slate stencil and Opague Crackle Paste. I am sure that your creative mind is spinning with all the different techniques that Anna-Karin used, so click here and I will be happy to take you over to spend some quality time with Anna-Karin and her fabulous blog Layers Of Ink.  Enjoy craftin,g my friends!

Halloween Cupcakes By Kelly Senyei

Spooky cupcakes make Halloween so much sweeter!  These sweet treats will both charm and scare your guests all at once.  Cupcakes have never looked so scarily delicious!

Halloween Cupcakes

These darling cupcakes are easy to make and those little hands will love helping in the kitchen.  What a great way to make memories with your children or grandchildren.  This will be a treat they will forever remember making in the kitchen for Halloween.  I just love recipes that look like they take a lot of time but are really quite simple to make.  Let’s pop on over to Just A Taste where you will find full details on how to create your Halloween cupcakes.  Thank you, Kelly, for sharing your fun recipe with us!

I hope you have enjoyed every minute of today’s Weekly Scrapper.  As always, I enjoy you stopping by on Saturday and sharing a bit of your precious time with me.  I hope you will get to those crafting projects today and have some fun creating some outstanding projects.  Have a wonderful week ahead and I will see you back next Saturday!

Hugs to all,

LeAnn