Sundays With Lorraine


Happy 2016 and welcome back to Weekly Scrapper! I hope your New Year is off to a great start. It makes me smile knowing that you were able to carve out a bit of time from your busy day to enjoy some creative therapy. Sit back, soak up some inspiration, and let the therapy begin!

Hello Winter designed by Katrina Hunt

I am delighted to be able to share this adorable layout designed by Katrina Hunt. Katrina is one of the very talented designers on the Therm O Web blog. I’ve been spending quite a bit of time there lately because I have fallen in love with their iCraft® Easy-Cut Adhesive sheets and their gorgeous Deco Foils. The adhesive sheets are perfect for when you need to die cut and adhere a delicate embellishment like the swirls on the left side of the photo. You can even run them through your die cut machines. I believe Katrina used her Silhouette Cameo to die cut the flourishes; then it’s just place and stick – how perfect is that?!

Welcome Winter With iCraft Tapes and Sheets

If you haven’t had the opportunity to play with their deco foils and adhesive sheets, you’re truly missing out. I highly recommend stopping by the Therm O Web blog and checking out all the fun things they have going on. You are sure to leave ready to start that next project. Whether you’re designing one of your amazing scrapbook layouts, wrapping a gift, or cranking out a few cards, you’re going to appreciate what a timesaver the adhesive sheets are.

You’re A Gem created by Melissa Phillips

Valentine’s Day is a great opportunity to send some overdue hugs through the mail. Who doesn’t feel the love when they open the mailbox to find one of your handmade treasures. If you haven’t started your Valentine’s Day cards yet, not to worry, you still have plenty of time. I’m honored to share this oh-so-sweet Valentine’s Day card created by one of my favorite designers, Melissa Phillips. The “You’re A Gem” collection by Papertrey Ink is perfect for letting those dear to you know just how priceless they are.

You're A Gem By Melissa Phillips

I’d like to send out a big thank you to Melissa for being such an inspiration. Be sure to stop by her blog Lilybean Paperie anytime you need a burst of inspiration, and don’t forget to check out the other “gems” she created with this fun collection. You’re going to love them!  Keep up the amazing job you’re doing spreading those smiles one handmade card at a time. Hugs to all!

Jillibean Soup Shape Shakers

While spending some quality time on the Jillibean Soup Blog I discovered a sneak peek at their soon-to-be-released Shape Shakers. Jillibean Soup has taken all the guesswork out of creating the perfect shaker card. You’re going to need these Shape Shakers in your life but you’ll have to wait until after they’re officially released at CHA this week.

Jillibean Soup Shape Shakers

In case your wondering, yes, those are really sprinkles from Kimber’s kitchen in the cute gumball card. Too cute!

Jillibean Soup Shape Shakers

But wait, there are more samples shared on their blog, so just click here and I would be honored to escort you on over. I know now that you’ve had a peek at a few of the adorable sample cards, I’m sure you need to see more. I’d like to send out a big hug to Jill for sharing her fun designs and of course, for sharing the sneak peek. I’m sure there will be more info on their new releases after CHA which ends on January 12th. I know it’s hard, but we can wait a little while longer!

I instantly fell in love with this artsy keepsake designed by Shelly Hickox. Would you believe that this project started out as a plain chipboard panel that was covered with burlap paper? Then Shelly worked her creative magic and came up with this grungy, vintage-inspired treasure. I do want to point out one die set that was used on this piece. Look on the left side of the photo; you will see what looks like silver mesh. It’s actually a die cut that was enhanced with yet another one of Shelly’s famous techniques. I just bought this set and it’s the holy grail for all us mixed media lovers. It’s one of the Sizzix/Tim Holtz Alterations dies titled appropriately  “Mixed Media Die.” It comes with four different accent piece dies that are perfect to use on all kinds of altered projects. These wafer-thin die sets are designed to cut, emboss, or stencil a single sheet of cardstock, paper, metallic foil, or vellum. Don’t you love it when your tools have multiple functions? It’s such a bonus! You’ll be happy to know that you can pick up your own set at the Funkie Junkie Boutique (when I was writing this article I checked and it was on sale for $15.99)  I’m just looking out for you. 😉 Click here and I’ll take you over.

Something To Say By Shelly Hickox

Whether you’re a mixed media queen or just itching to get your feet wet, this is one post you don’t want to miss. Click here so I can take you over to Shelly’s original post and you can take notes on all the great tips and techniques that Shelly has to share. If you’re new to mixed media techniques, I hope you’ve been inspired to give it a try; you’ll be glad you did.

Creamy Lemon Garlic Chicken

One of the many perks about living in California is having a lemon tree that produces fruit 90% of the year. Needless to say, I’m always on the lookout for ways to use my home grown fruit. I discovered this yummy chicken recipe on the Rasa Malaysia Food Blog and knew I had to share it with you. It’s hard to believe that this yummy and creamy lemon garlic chicken can be on the table in under 1/2 an hour. Click here and I will take you over so you can print out the recipe.

Creamy Lemon Garlic Chicken

Not that you need another reason to give this dish a try, but did I mention that it’s a one-pan (one skillet) dish and that means clean up is a breeze, “Ya gotta love it!” It makes me smile when I can share a delicious recipe that your family will love and still get you back into your happy place (the craft room) in under an hour. Bon appetit!

Thanks for stopping by, and I look forward to spending some more quality time with you next weekend. I know I’ll have some exciting things to share after going to the Craft and Hobby Association (CHA) show this week. See you then!

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