Good day to all my crafty friends and welcome back to Weekly Scrapper! I hope you are enjoying a nice, carefree weekend and I’m glad that you’ve found your way into your craft room. It’s an honor to have the opportunity to share a little inspiration from some of the most talented people in our industry, so sit back, relax, and enjoy today’s creative therapy!
Most paper crafters have a nice selection of scraps, so why not put them to good use? I love how Nicole created her own unique journaling cards using pieces of this and parts of that. What a sense of accomplishment you will feel when you walk away with a dozen or so pocket cards and embellishments using nothing but scraps. You can use these cards in your pocket page albums as well as on your cards, tags, planners and traditional scrapbook layouts. The possibilities are endless.
I hope you’ve been inspired to break out those treasured scraps and create some of your own one-of-a-kind embellishments. How creative of Nicole to alter some premade cards as well as cutting her own 3X4 cards and starting from scratch. I love purchasing premade cards but the sentiments or phrases don’t always fit my projects. I love Nicole’s solution which is to alter them with washi tape – cover up what you don’t want and add what you need. Big hugs to Nicole for being such a constant inspiration to her fellow paper crafters.
Paper piecing is an inexpensive yet creative way to add visual interest to your paper crafting projects. Paper piecing is a technique used in both quilting and paper crafting that involves cutting and layering small paper shapes together to create customized embellishments. It’s also a great way to use up some of those scraps that you’ve been collecting.
Back in the day (LOL) we used to fussy cut all those tiny pieces and that is still an option but not necessary. On this sweet card, Melissa used the new Up In The Air Stamp & Die Set by My Favorite Things to paper piece the hot air balloon. Paper piecing is a fun way to take your stamps and dies to the next level. I hope you’ve been inspired to give this technique a try, you’ll be glad you did. Who wouldn’t be smiling from ear to ear when they opened the mailbox to find this handmade treasure?
Suzanne was challenged to design a vintage or shabby chic project without using any patterned/designer paper. That’s a tall order. I think it’s safe to say that she definitely stepped up to the plate with this gorgeous Art Journal. This work of art has really inspired me to step outside my box. I love how Suzanne incorporated bright, warm colors while retaining the vintage/shabby chic style. I have to admit, I tend to stay with more neutral tones like cream, tans, and pastel colors (how boring of me). Big hugs to Suzanne for sharing the inspiration.
I know you’re probably scratching your head thinking “how did she do that”? Not to worry, click here and I’d be honored to escort you over to Suzz’s Stamping Spot so you can follow along as she takes us step-by-step on how the journal came together. Be prepared to take notes she has some great tips and techniques to share.
With a little help from our friends over at Simply Recipes you, too, can have this yummy Cheesy Bruschetta Chicken on the table in less than 1/2 hour. It takes longer than that to order pizza! By using chicken cutlets (thin sliced chicken breast) along with canned diced tomatoes doctored up with a bit of olive oil, garlic, and Italian seasonings, it cooks in about 15 minutes.
All that’s left is to click here and I will lead the way over to Simply Recipes so you can print out the recipe – you probably have all the ingredients you need on hand. I like to serve this with a simple salad and some french bread and my family are happy campers. You can’t go wrong adding a side of pasta if you have a hungry group. Enjoy!
Thanks for stopping by today and I hope you have a wonderful week ahead of you. I’ll see you next Sunday with more great projects to inspire you throughout the week. I’ll be at the Stamp & Scrapbook Expo in Puyallup, WA next week June 2nd & 3rd and would love to meet you in person. It’s gonna be a great show so if you’re in the neighborhood we would love to see you there. I’ll meet you in the Creativity Center and we’ll make something beautiful together!