Tip of the Day: How to Create Fold-a-Long Cards from Its Cheaper Than Therapy

Maria B, the Sizzix lady from itscheaperthantherapy.com, is here today to show us how to cut and fold the Fold-a-Long cards by Sizzix and Jen Long. Maria walks us step-by-step through the process and makes it simple to create these beautiful and impressive cards.

Make sure to stop by itscheaperthantherapy.com for all kinds of great products! Thanks, Maria, for stopping by to share this tip with us; happy card making, everyone!

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Sundays With Lorraine

Hello, my crafty friends and welcome back to Weekly Scrapper. Now that you have arrived we can begin today’s creative therapy. If you are a fan of inky fingers, this post is for you. I love the beautiful backgrounds that you can create using your favorite inks, stamps, and stencils – I hope you do, too.

Measured Moments – Art Journal Page by Maria Calderone

This is a perfect example of the beautiful art that you can create when using quality products. While spending some creative time on the Art Anthology Blog, I discovered these gorgeous art journal pages and knew immediately that I needed to share the love. Maria is a new addition to the Dream Team and boy, is she amazing!  On this project, she used some of the Art Anthology dimensional paints – Metal Effects, Velvets, and Sorbet. These paints are different than most paints I’ve used; they are translucent yet dimensional, so the heavier the application, the more dimensional and opaque they become. The Velvets have a beautiful matt smooth finish, the Sorbets have high gloss and a tinge of glitter. With Art Anthology products you can have it all!

If you would like to see how easily this piece of art came together, click here and I will be happy to escort you over to the Art Anthology blog so you can check out the Snapguide tutorial that Maria has prepared for you. You are going to love it!

 Color Outside The Lines By Dot Leathbridge

It was the combination of the gorgeous background and the fun sentiment that spoke to me. If you’ve ever created with me in the Creativity Center you’ve heard me say that It is ok to color outside the lines. One of my designer buttons has that quote and everyone seems to relate to it. One of the only mistakes that you can make with your art is fear. Many crafters get caught up with their art being perfect, but art doesn’t have to be perfect nor do you have to follow someone else’s rules. If it makes you happy then it is perfect as is. Be one with and enjoy what you have created.


The most important thing is to have fun with your art; it is our therapy and shouldn’t be stressful. You will find loads of gorgeous inspiration from Dot Leathbridge on the Visible Image blog as well as on her blog Ink Art Designs. Have fun and stay crafty, my friends.

All You Need Is Love By Amanda Southern

There is so much more that first meets the eye when you look at this artsy card  I definitely picked up some great tips and tricks from Amanda’s original post. I love how she stamped the flowers with black archival ink and then again onto a post-it note which she cut out and laid on top to mask off each flower. This has such nice layering and is very showy; these flowers really pop off the paper.

I hope you’ve been inspired to send one of your handmade treasures to someone special. Who wouldn’t feel the love that was put into this work of art? It’s like receiving a hug through the mail. I highly recommend stopping by Amanda’s blog That’s Blogging Crafty so you can take a closer look at the design process as well as the supplies that were used. There is sure to be some that you need in your life! 😉

Stuffed Baked Pork Chops With Prosciutto & Mozzarella by Gina Homolka

With summer right around the corner, many of us are attempting to eat a little healthier. Cooking healthy meals that taste great was a tall order for me – until I discovered Ginas Blog Skinny Taste. Gina is the Culinary Queen when it comes to preparing healthier meals that are seriously amazing. Thanks to Gina eating healthy doesn’t have to be painful.

While your spending some quality time with Gina be sure to check out her new cookbook “Skinnytaste Fast And Slow”. It has a total of 140 nutritious, flavor-packed, figure-friendly recipes—60 for the slow cooker and 80 that cook in 30-minutes or less! You know I’d rather be in my craft room than in a hot kitchen. So making it quick and easy or dumping it in a crock pot and running back to creating beautiful things really makes me happy. Hugs to Gina for taking the stress out of eating healthy.

I do hope you will take a minute or two to visit the individual blogs I have shared to see more details on these wonderful projects. Hugs to all who have shared the inspiration for today’s post. Have an amazing week and I’ll see you next Sunday.

Saturday With LeAnn

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Hello again to all my crafty friends and welcome back to Weekly Scrapper!  I hope you are enjoying a nice, relaxing weekend.  I am so happy you made your way over to be with me today.  It is an honor to have the opportunity to share inspiration from some of the most talented people in our industry.  Please take a few minutes today to sit back, relax, and enjoy today’s creative therapy!

You Can Do It By Cathy Cafun

I immediately fell in love with this beautiful layout that I discovered on Cathy Cafun’s blog, Cathy Can’t Help Herself.  I always feel inspired and enjoy all of her beautiful paper crafting skills.  This layout gives such a soft feminine feel and really gives a pop to her photo.  Even though there are a lot of fine details going on, the embellishments really complement her photo and allow it to still take center stage on this lovely layout.  It is always such a treasure to preserve our priceless memories by taking lots of photos, then taking the time to scrapbook them.

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Cathy created this beautiful layout using the L’Aquarelle Collection from Ultimate Crafts.  Cathy also used coordinating dies, embossing folders, and stamps, along with fussy cutting to make some of her own embellishments.  This beautiful vintage work of art has truly inspired me.  I love how Cathy incorporated warm colors that retained the vintage style. Click here and I will take you on over to Cathy’s blog, Cathy Can’t Help Herself, where you will find all the products needed to create one of your own.  A big shout out to Cathy for sharing this wonderful inspiration with us.

Hello By Yoonsun Hur

Put a smile on someone’s face today just by saying “Hello.”  Can you just imagine the smile when they discover this darling card that was made with so much love?  Receiving a handmade card is like receiving a huge hug through the mail.  It is definitely a great way to brighten up one’s day!

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On this sweet card Yoonsun stamped the sunflower with Memento Tuxedo black ink using Summer Flowers by Simon Says Stamp.  She then colored it in using her Copic markers.  I love Yoonsun’s blending which makes this look just like a watercolor.  Yoonsun is one very talented lady so be sure to pop on over to Rejoicing Crafts where you will find so many more inspirational projects.

French Farmhouse Tray By Diana at Dreams Factory

For those of you who know me, you know I just love vintage.  I always fall in love with projects that are a DIY project with a fun vintage flare.  Today I want to share with you a ship-lap inspired tray, with a little bit of painting and distressing.  You will learn how to transfer an image and lot of tips and tricks so you can easily make a chic French Farmhouse tray in no time.  This is a perfect project to make as a gift just about for anyone.  Who wouldn’t love this?

French Farmhouse Tray

There are so many possibilities for using this Shabby Chic tray in your home.  Use it as a decor piece and style it with other decorative items that you may already have around.  Use this fun piece to hang on your wall, or even to use it as a breakfast tray, and serve that special someone a nice breakfast in bed.  Click here and I am going to escort you on over to our crafty friends at Dreams Factory where you will get step-by-step instructions.  Have you heard of Waterslide decals, also known as slip decals? It used to be they were professionally printed, but with the luxury of having a color inkjet or laser printer you can print your own PDF file.  Diana will share all about the Waterslide Decal Paper Transfers with you.  I hope you have been inspired to give this fun technique a try.  Enjoy crafting, my sweet friends!

Peanut Butter Pie by Tonia Larson

This smooth and silky peanut butter pie has a hidden layer of chocolate, a crunchy peanut butter cookie crust, and is topped with mini peanut butter cups.  You will love the results and want to share this with a friend or two!  They will be so impressed with how beautiful this pie looks and they will definitely want your recipe!

Peanut Butter Pie

With a little help from our friend Tonia you can easily make this beautiful pie. She also shares a fun video on how to create it, so don’t miss out – just click here and I will lead the way over to The Gunny Sack so you can print out the recipe.  Enjoy, my friends!

Thank you for stopping by today.  I love our creative time together.  If by chance you are close to the Chantilly VA area this next weekend (June 23rd & 24th) we would love you to join us at Stamp & Scrapbook Expo for a weekend of crops, classes, and lots of shopping! It’s a weekend crammed with crafting, stamping, and scrapbooking.  Stop by the registration desk and say hello to me, I would love to see your smiling face!

Hugs,

LeAnn

 

Tip of the Day: Hybrid Inks by Nicole Petersen Designs

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Are you trying to find your way through the wonderful world of stamping inks? Nicole from Nicole Petersen Designs shares information about pigment, hybrid, and dye inks, and shares her current favorite type of ink to stamp with.

We’d like to thank Nicole for sharing this tip. Visit Nicole’s blog HERE for more inspiration!

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Freebie Friday with Melissa Frances

Hello everyone, it’s FRIDAY!! And that means it’s time for another edition of Freebie Friday here on the Weekly Scrapper blog. I’m Becki, I’m thrilled to be the hostess of the Freebie Friday giveaways. This week we have the awesome, Melissa Frances as our sponsor. I’m sure many of you have been to the Melissa Frances booth at a Stamp & Scrapbook Expo. The prize up for grabs this week is a watercolor tower and a set of water brushes.

If you’re a scrapbooker or a cardmaker and haven’t tried watercolors, now is your chance! Leave a comment on this post before Thursday, June 22nd at 11:59pm EST and you could be the lucky winner of this awesome prize! Here are some examples of cards you can create with watercolors.

If you haven’t connected with Melissa Frances on social media, here are all the links you’ll need to get that taken care of:

YouTube

Facebook

Instagram

Pinterest

Twitter

Melissa has some awesome inspiration on her social media channels.Watch Melissa create with these amazing watercolors:

Now, I know you’re all wondering who won last week’s giveaway from Maya Road. I won’t keep you in suspense any longer. The winner is…..HollyK1226Congratulations Holly!!! Please email, becki@scrapbookexpo.com to claim your prize! Thank you to everyone who participated in last weeks giveaway. I hope you’ll participate this week as well!

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 the Melissa Frances watercolor and water brush set. I’ll be back next Friday to announce the winner AND I’ll have another awesome prize up for grabs.

Latest & Greatest Stamping with Fancy Pants AND The Stamps of Life

Latest & Greatest Stamping with Fancy Pants AND The Stamps of Life by @jbckadams for @scrapbookexpo #SSBE2017 #Stamping #cardmaking #beckiadams

Hey there Stamp & Scrapbook Expo friends and fans, Becki here, for another edition of Inspiration Station. I’m happy that you found your way to the Weekly Scrapper blog. The project I have to share with you today is using products from our Latest & Greatest Stamping workshop. These are products that workshop attendees will receive in the Latest & Greatest Stamping workshop at a few of our shows this Summer. Today, I’m working with a stamp/die set from Stephanie Barnard and the Stamps of Life AND patterned papers/embellishments from the Fancy Pants Family & Co. collection . Usually, I’m not a stamper. But recently, I’ve had a lot of fun working on a few stamping projects. When I first received this cute puppy stamp/die set, I knew that I had to make a card (or several cards) with it. After I stamped and colored the puppy image, I knew that it would go perfectly with the papers in the 6×6 paper pad from the Family & Co. collection. My preferred method of coloring stamped images is with Tombow Dual Brush Pens and a water brush. These markers come in a vast array of colors. I have a couple sets of markers in my stash and many more on my wish list. The sentiment for this card is stamped on a striped tag from the Family & Co. collection. Then, I adhered the stamped puppy to the bottom of the tag and adhered the tag/puppy cluster to layers of patterned papers to create the front of the card. The finishing touch on this card is a few sprinkles of navy shimmer ink. In my opinion a few sprinkles of ink is the perfect finishing touch to a LOT of projects.This card turned out so much better than I imagined. Watch for more projects using this stamp and die set from me. I already have a few more stamped images on my desk waiting to be colored. Thank you for stopping by for another edition of Inspiration Station. Make sure you sign up for Latest & Greatest workshops at a Stamp & Scrapbook Expo near you! You’ll LOVE these workshops!

Tip of the Day: Create Your Own Chalkboard Paint from Stamp & Scrapbook Expo

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Lorraine from Stamp & Scrapbook Expo shares how to use three simple ingredients to create your own chalkboard paint. The process is so much easier than you would think! With Non-Sanded Tile Grout, any type of paint you’d like to use, and some water you’re on your way to an inexpensive store of custom chalkboard paint. It’s really that simple! Lorraine also shares a tip to make it easier to write with standard chalk – genius!

You can enjoy creating along with Lorraine in person at a Stamp & Scrapbook Expo – grab a seat in the Creativity Center and enjoy making a project with Lorraine!

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