Saturdays With LeAnn

Blending Ink

Welcome back, my friends, to Weekly Scrapper!  Are you getting tired of cold weather?  Sick of being inside? Starting to get antsy?  Well, let’s take some fun into your craft room and start being creative.  Let me give you some inspiration for new and fun projects that are sure to warm your heart!  I hope they will inspire you and that you’ll have fun creating some of your own.

Love You By Alicia McNamara

We all know how much layering and dimension add to a layout.  This is definitely demonstrated on Alicia’s beautiful page shown below.  When creating a layout, choose a focal point and then create embellishments that will continue to tell the story.  This certainly will make it easier to create and accomplish the goal you are going for.  Alicia added lovely details that draw your eye to the priceless photos and that helps make this layout so amazing.  Scrapbooking is not just about the photos and embellishments, but the meaningful story behind the photos.

Love You

This is one of those perfect designs that can be adapted to fit any occasion.  I just love all the details on this layout from the layering to the amazing cluster of embellishments, all while letting the photos take center stage.  Don’t be afraid to mix and match supplies you have in your stash.  Most important is to preserve the feeling of those precious memories you’ve made.  I highly recommend you visit Paper Craft Secrets anytime you need a burst of creative inspiration.   Alicia will truly inspire you with her wonderful talent.

Blending Ink By Laurie Willison

This adorable card shows off ink blending, a simple way to add big impact to your papercrafting project with a minimum of effort.  It is such a fun technique and makes your project look amazing!  Using a soft swirling motion, blend a color of distress ink over a portion of the surface of your paper.  Add a second color, swirling the blending tool over the surface.  Continue to add swaths of color, blending together until the entire surface is pigmented.  Now you have a beautiful background ready to add some dimension.  Who doesn’t love a little extra color in their world?

Blending Ink

To finish up this adorable card, Laurie created a shaker card using the Heart Throb Kit from Queen and Co.  How perfect for the one you cherish on Valentines Day.  Love is definitely in the air!   Let me escort you over to Soapbox Creations to see Laurie’s darling cards, along with the list of supplies you’ll need to create your own Valentine’s card.  Take some time today to experiment with ink blending and have fun creating!

Inbox Tray By Christy James

Bring some style to your home with this charming inbox tray.  This small tray is so attractive!  It would be great on the kitchen counter, bathroom, bedroom, or even in your living room.  It’s great to hold accessories, bathroom toiletries, or even kitchen cooking items.  This is a project you will be so thrilled about!  You are going to want more than one in your home because it’s so stunning to the eye.

Inbox Tray

I love the concept of trash-to-treasure.  It is thrilling to transform discarded items into beautiful and useful treasures, so find yourself an old box tray and have fun with it.  Before you know it, you will have a beautiful tray to enjoy for years to come.  Be sure and visit Christy James at Confessions of a Serial Do-It-Yourselfer; you will find many more wonderful projects along with her step-by-step tutorials.  You will be inspired to turn old items into something beautiful.

Chocolate Raspberry Cake By Glory Albin

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, I thought a pretty cake would be very fitting.  This Chocolate Raspberry Cake is beautiful, delicious, and amazingly easy to put together.  You will have one happy sweetheart on your hands when you serve a piece of this fabulous cake!  This is also a perfect cake for a party.  The moist chocolate cake layers, filled and frosted with a sweet and delicate raspberry frosting, is one that is sure to delight your family and friends.

Chocolate Raspberry Cake

This is definitely a cake you will want to make more than once.  Let me take you on over to Glorious Treats where Glory Albin will share her recipe with you. This is one recipe you will want to have in your recipe collection!  I guarantee you will put smiles on many faces when you serve this scrumptious dessert.  Happy baking!

Thank you for stopping by and I hope you have a great week ahead.  I will see you back here next weekend with more projects to keep you inspired.  Stay warm out there!




97 thoughts on “Saturdays With LeAnn

  1. Mary Holshouser says:

    It’s been a miserable January. I did get away from the cold
    for a week but it didn’t help a lot. It’s a struggle to get
    anything craft accomplished. I need sun. Love your page.
    thanks for sharing

  2. Kathy Marshall says:

    I live in Arizona so check back with me in the summer. I will be miserable then! I retired in December and have been spending some of my happiest days in my craft room. (My happiest are with my daughter and grandson). I love your ideas. I don’t feel I am very creative so I love to start with someone else’s design and then go from there.


      I know what you mean about Arizona heat!! Spent June -September helping my daughter thru several strokes but we actually had fun. Helped her do scrapbooking that got her thru some depression bouts that made her feel good about herself. She has since gone back to work but still loves scrapbooking.

  3. Kary stahl says:

    Stunning card & beautiful cake… Think I need to do a little baking this evening. Thank you for the idea 🙂

  4. Sally Morton says:

    Beautiful layouts of love and special card! The chocolate cake and raspberries make a stunning presentation too. The repurposed drawer would be nice for embellishments or other craft items.

  5. Stephanie T says:

    The InBox tray is beautiful and the shaker card filler is adorable. Wonderful blending on the love card, too.

  6. Angela fisher says:

    In a world so full of hate, how great it is to celebrate love in the month of February! I love the shaker card! I’ll be making some to spread my love!

  7. Allison Romansky says:

    Your ink blending looks SO much better than mine!!!! hahaha…I need to practice more I guess 😉

  8. Maureen Hayes says:

    Love all the different ideas you gave us, but the cake made me drool all over my screen! ??. That tray would be beautiful in my new apartment, I may have to give that a try even though I mostly paper Craft! Thanks for the inspiration!

  9. Lynette says:

    Being a newbie to card making, Queen & Co. has made it easy for me to learn! Keep your new products coming!!

  10. Lori jenkins says:

    Thank you for sharing the cake recipe and cards. I was so excited to see you at the Denver expo I think I spent an hour just in your booth. Can’t wait to see you again this year.


    It’s February and love is in the air. Valentines Day, couples getting married, wedding anniversary’s. I love making valentine cards to give and of course to receive. Who doesn’t like chocolate? Chocolate in any form is the best and this cake looks really yummy. I’m going to surprise my husband with it on our wedding anniversary, February 25.

  12. Sarah J says:

    I absolutely love the inbox tray! That would look gorgeous in my decor. I’ll have to try out that cake recipe too! Yummo!

  13. Pam Paxton says:

    I love these dies and the shaker cards you can make with them. Queen and Co. is definitely the ones to go to for new ideas and cute shaker cards with all the extras.

  14. Misty W. says:

    Queen & Co is my new favorite vendor since learning about their products at the Stamp & Scrapbook Expo last year! Any new inspiration is always helpful when you are trying to create new things.

  15. Pat Holcomb says:

    Love the softness of your ink blending card. It’s one of my favorite things to do for backgrounds. Thank you for all the inspiration!

  16. Karen says:

    A fun shaker card & a recipe for chocolate cake! Looks like I hit the lottery……and THAT makes me happy as today’s high temperature is only supposed to get to 30°F…….Did I mention that I am sooo NOT a fan of cold weather? I will gladly take the Arizona heat any (and every) day of the week!

  17. Romaine says:

    The cake looks delicious and the blending on the card is exceptional Mine blending never quite looks that good but I keep on trying.

  18. Sharon Gullikson says:

    I LOVE THE LITTLE TINY HEARTS! And the way you shaded the card with an ombre effect is gorgeous.

  19. Emily Thorne says:

    What a pretty LO! I really like the border strips added to the top and bottom of the page. I am going to try that on my next page. The shaker card is adorable.
    Thanks for sharing the great inspiration! 🙂

  20. Lori Cushenberry says:

    Really interested in the ink blending – haven’t tried that before. And I love the Queen & Co shakers.

  21. Vivian A says:

    I like the shaker. I always have so much trouble with this. I’m headed to their site to learn 🙂

  22. Audrey says:

    The gray “love you” is perfect! Now, I also need to go find something I can turn into a tray…such a cute idea!

  23. Cheryl Perry says:

    Love the shakers! Sometimes too much bling can take away from the pictures like the first one. Sorry. 🙁

  24. Jenna Murski says:

    Christy, I love the Inbox tray, what a beautiful accent piece for an end table or large ottoman! So excited to see more of your work

  25. Kim Gyuran says:

    Whoo Hoo….Queen & Co. does it again. I can’t get enough of their shakers. Their heart shakers are perfect all year around!

  26. Jodie Stoddard says:

    OMG…I can’t get enough of Queen & Co. I splurged and bought almost all of the shaker fillers at the Expo last November. Thank you!

  27. LeAnn Ostergaard says:

    So happy you ladies enjoyed this project. I will definitely write more on Queen and Co with more inspiring ideas. Thank you for visiting our Weekly Scrapper!

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