Sundays With Lorraine

Hello, my crafty friends, and welcome back to Stamp & Scrapbook Expo’s blog.  As always, it’s an honor to have the opportunity to share projects designed by some of the most talented people in our very creative industry.  Here are a few projects that recently inspired me to get my creative mind moving and I hope they inspire you as well.

Pocket Page Meets Mixed Media by Martine

I love how Martine created those gorgeous inky backgrounds in combination with the simplicity of a pocket page layout.  One of my favorite ways to get out of a creative funk is to sit down with some great coloring mediums and just make backgrounds.  That way when you need one it’s all ready to cut up and use on various projects just like this one.  What a fun way to customize your projects!  You, too, can design your own patterned paper using the tools that you already have at home; it’s a beautiful thing.

I hope you’ve been inspired to give this technique a try, you’ll be glad you did.  Click here and I will be happy to escort you over to The Crafters Workshop blog so you can check out the short video tutorial; Martine has lots of tips and tricks to share with you.

Glow In The Dark Firefly Card by Nichol Spohr

Who doesn’t smile when they see the first firefly of the season?  Growing up in New York it was something that always excited us as children so this stamp and die set (Little Fireflies by Lawn Fawn) really brought back some fond memories.  Add in the Glow In The Dark Embossing powder and it’s magical.

Big hugs to Nichol for sharing this adorable card.  What’s not to love – fireflies that actually glow in the dark, how fun!  The glow in the dark embossing powder is by Lawn Fawn.  You can use the embossing powder to add dimension, depth, and shine to your projects.  Stamp with clear ink like Versa Mark and set it with your heat gun and let the magic begin.  Click here for a complete supply list and some great tips from Nichol.  Have fun and kudos to you for sharing those smiles one handmade card at a time.

Spooky Halloween Lanterns

With Halloween right around the corner, I thought these spooky lanterns might inspire you to get started on your holiday decorations.  Wouldn’t these look sweet on a mantel or around the buffet table if you’re having a Halloween party? ( FYI, I have found those battery operated lights at the Dollar Tree stores.)  The die that was used is from Spellbinders titled “Tricks or Treats” and you’ll be happy to know that it was just released this month.  This “Tricks or Treats” die set features six dies that are perfect for your Halloween projects!

Click here and I will be happy to escort you over to the Spellbinders blog so you can take a peek.at the short video showing how easily these little cuties come together.

Recipe: One-Pot Cabbage & Sausage Pasta

This is one of those recipes that you’ll want to keep in your back pocket for busy days when there’s little or no time to shop.  It might be the German ancestry in me but my family loves Kielbasa and cabbage and this is one of those dinners that is requested over and over.  I typically have the ingredients on hand, it’s easy, inexpensive, and my family loves it.

Thanks for stopping by, I always enjoy our creative time together.  With 19 shows around the nation, the question is not what show you should attend, but rather how many shows you can attend!  I hope to see you soon, we still have five more shows for the 2018 season and I’m hoping that I see you at one of them.  I’ll meet you at the Creativity Center!

Hugs to all!

Lorraine

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