Sundays With Lorraine


Hello my crafty friends, and welcome back to Weekly Scrapper!  It makes me smile knowing that you’ve taken some time out of your busy day to enjoy some creative therapy.  I have several fun projects to share with you, so sit back, relax, and enjoy today’s post!

Shine Bright Layout by Evelyn Yusuf

While spending some quality time surfing on the American Crafts blog I discovered this adorable layout designed by Evelyn Yusuf. You can imagine my surprise when I discovered that the beautiful moon and city skyline are a single sheet of patterned paper. It’s from the Shimelle Starshine collection and the gorgeous moon-themed paper is called Magellan.

Shine Bright Layout by Evelyn

I like how Evelyn described her approach when designing this charming layout. She said: “Just because you create a simple layout doesn’t mean you don’t use techniques. Layering is a great technique!” That’s some great advice. Thanks, Evelyn, for sharing! Click here and I will be happy to escort you over to the American Crafts blog so you can check out the supplies used on this layout, along with tips on how to create those perfect layers. Happy scrapping!

You Are Appreciated designed by Audrey Tokach

Who says fast and easy can’t be amazing?  I instantly fell in love with the vibrant colors, the subtle sparkle created with the beautiful sequins, and the heartfelt sentiment. I am a firm believer that we need to let the people in our lives know how important they are to us and how much we appreciate them. I can’t think of a better way to express that than to send one of your handmade cards through the mail.

You Are Appreciated designed by Audrey Tokach

After seeing this beautiful card I was immediately inspired to break out some different coloring mediums and start creating some one-of-a-kind backgrounds. I always keep a stack of precut (A2 sized) panels of water color paper handy so when I’m in need of some creative therapy, I can crank out several panels using a variety of different techniques. Then I toss them in a basket so when I need a card in a hurry I have a head start. Not to worry – if they don’t all turn out perfectly, you can use those to cut up or run through your die cut machines for other projects. Nothing goes to waste in a crafter’s world!

Reach For The Stars by Heather Telford

This card is so perfect it reminds me of a photo. Heather really has a gift for working magic with masking fluid and paint. If you would like to follow along with Heather as she shares some great tips and techniques on how she created those gorgeous Van Gogh-type swirls in the sky, click here and I will be happy to take you over to Heather’s blog Bits & Pieces. You’re going to be so surprised when you see how easily this artsy card comes together.

Reach For The Stars by Heather Telford

I hope you’re as inspired as I am about giving this technique a try. I bet your mind is spinning thinking of all the different backgrounds you can create using this technique. I’d like to send out a virtual hug to Heather for being such an inspiration to her fellow paper crafters.

Vintage Inspired Desk Organization

Whether you are organizing your craft supplies or attempting to keep your kids room in order, these adorable jars are definitely going to make things a bit.easier. Who doesn’t love a good trash-to-treasure project and if it will help keep us organized, even better! The lids look really cute when you paint them with chalkboard paint and give them a good distressing with a sanding sponge. Have fun!

Vintage Inspired Desk Organization

The next time you empty a jar of pickles or your favorite jam be sure to save the jar and in no time you’ll be ready to create your own vintage-inspired organization system. If you happen to collect mason jars like I do, you can use them as well. If you use what you have on hand this very useful project could be made for free. 😉 If you wanted to go with a particular look or style, you could find some great decorative knobs at stores like Anthropologie (my personal favorite) or next on my list are stores like Marshals, Ross, and TJ Maxx, where they are usually sold in a 4-pack. Crafting is so much more enjoyable when you know where everything is.

Three-Peppercorn Steaks with Herb Potatoes

Rachael Ray to the rescue! Are you looking for a delicious recipe for the perfect steak dinner? Then you’re in luck! Click here and I will be happy to take you over to her blog so you can write down the recipe.

Three-Peppercorn Steaks with Herb Potatoes by Rachael Ray

If you’re a visual person like myself, be sure to watch the video as Rachael shares some great tips while preparing this amazing recipe. Bon appetit!

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you have a great week full of inspiration. Wait until you see what I have planned for next Sunday! 😉