Sundays With Lorraine


Hello my crafty friends, and welcome back to Weekly Scrapper. 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 and let the therapy begin!

Be In The Moment designed by Cari Locken

Let’s start out with a fun layout that I recently discovered on the Silhouette Blog. As scrapbookers we find joy in documenting life’s everyday moments. Of course we scrapbook the big events, but this layout reminded me that it’s just as important to scrapbook the everyday moments as shown by these great photos of a child enjoying an unexpected snowfall. This layout has it all – I love the bold title, how the priceless photos take center stage, and of course how Cari journaled her story. Perfect!

Be In The Moment designed by Cari Locken

Cari used her Silhouette to create this adorable layout and when you go to the Silhouette Blog you can download the free shape of the week (the cute snowflake image), and you can also follow along with her step-by-step instructions. But not to worry if you don’t have a Silhouette, you can easily adapt your layout by using what you have on hand. I’d like to thank Cari for sharing this sweet design with us today. This layout brings to mind one of my favorite quotes: “Enjoy the little things in life because one day you’ll look back and realize they were the big things.” I hope you’ve been inspired to scrapbook the everyday moments in your life.

Hello designed by Laura Bassen

I fell in love with all the yummy texture and the beautiful color variation on this gorgeous card designed by the very talented Laura Bassen. I surprised to discover that she actually created her own stencil using some dies that she already had on hand. Way to go, Laura, thanks for sharing great tips with us You really are an inspiration to your fellow crafters.

Hello Card designed by Laura Bassen

I highly recommend heading on over to  Laura’s blog Doublestick Heaven so you can check out the great video she created. You’ll learn how to easily change the color of your embossing paste as well as making your own stencils. You’re gonna love it! Click here and I would be happy to take you over. These are techniques that you will use time and time again and I bet you have most of the supplies already in your stash.

Love Is In The Air designed by Keisha Campbell

While spending some quality time on Keisha’s blog “A Bit East Coast” I came across this adorable card and knew I had to share the love.  Not to worry,  you still have time to create a few of your famous handmade cards in time for Valentine’s Day. Keisha used the new Die-namics Tag Builder set to create the focal point on this adorable card. This must-have set includes 18 interchangeable pieces allowing you to create all kinds of tags.

Love By Keisha Campbell

The Tag Builder Blueprints line of Die-namics is perfect for Valentine’s Day but it’s definitely one die set that you will be reaching for over and over again. Tags are one element that we use often in papercrafting. I use them on my scrapbook layouts, in card making, mixed media projects, and even for gift wrapping. The possibilities are endless. To order your own set click here and I would be happy to take you over to the My Favorite Things site, I’d like to send out a big thank you to Keisha for being such an inspiration.

Coin Purse 

I have to share some adorable projects that I discovered on the Papertrey Ink Blog that you are sure to love. Each one is made using the same die “Coin Purse II.” I can think of all kinds of ways to use this fun die and I don’t even sew, but maybe I should start.  😉  Did I mention that the die even cuts the holes so sewing it is a snap; you can’t make a mistake. The design team over at Papertrey Ink have really outdone themselves with this fun new die. These are just a few of the samples they have to share. Click here and I will be happy to bring you over so you can check out the other projects and most important so you can order your own set. I know I need it in my life, how about you?

First up we have a darling purse designed by Kay Miller:


And I love how Lizzie Jones created this adorable mini handbag:


Not only can you make these adorable coin purses, but with the same die you can also make a cute drawstring gift bag. I love how Heather turned hers into this cute bunny gift bag. How cute for Easter, filled with a little pishkey or two.

bunny gift bag by Heather Nichols

This is one die that you will be using over and over again. Since I travel a lot hosting the Creativity Center at Scrapbook Expo, I’m thinking this will be a great way to entertain myself on the plane or on road trips, while waiting at the dentist, watching TV, etc. This is a perfect craft to travel with, you just die cut the pieces, toss them in a small Ziploc bag with your floss, a needle, and those tiny scissors you love and you’re good to go. “Ya gotta love it!”

Easy Stacked Chicken Enchiladas

These easy stacked chicken enchiladas are a healthy balanced one dish meal that can be on the table in about half an hour.What’s not to love?  For anyone interested in Weight Watcher points, Martha has thought of everything and includes that information on this recipe. Click here and I will be happy to escort you over so you can print the recipe.

Easy Stacked Chicken Enchiladas

I’d like to thank Martha for sharing this great recipe. I highly recommend stopping by her blog Simple Nourished Living anytime you’re looking for some yummy recipes. Kudos to Martha for taking  the guesswork out of eating healthy.

Thanks for stopping by. I hope you have an amazing week ahead of you as you prepare for a wonderful Valentine’s Day surrounded by those you love. See you next weekend!