Saturday With LeAnn

A huge welcome to everyone, new followers as well as old friends!  It is so hard to believe we are already halfway through December.  Where has this year gone?  It is always such a great time to reflect back through the past months and see what we have accomplished this year.  I feel so blessed to get to spend time with you friends here on Stamp & Scrapbook Expo’s Paper Affair blog.  I am so grateful for all of you wonderful people who follow me from month to month.  I hope today you will gain some inspiration on the projects I will share with you today.

It’s The Most Wonderful Time  Of The Year By Hetty Hall

Ok, seriously, who wouldn’t fall in love with this stunning layout?  Who says Christmas layouts have to be in traditional colors?  I love how the stunning foil accents along with the soft color give this layout a different twist and become such a masterpiece.  Christmas layouts always bring a smile to anyone’s face by sharing wonderful memories that have so much love and meaning.

I love the dimension that Hetty created on this layout, don’t you?  Her beautiful flowers were handmade from art foam using a flower die and colored with some Kaiser ink.  Hetty’s layout is simple which lets her photos shine on her layout.  This layout could be made ahead of Christmas, then later adding in your precious photos of Christmas.  If you would like to follow along, Hetty shares step-by-step instructions with some great photos on how she created her layout; click here and I will take you over to KaiserCraft blog.  Happy crafting, my friends!

Santa Gnomes By Cathie Cowles

This adorable whimsical Christmas card was created using the Gnomes Stencil from Simon Says Stamp.  If you love stencils then you will love working with this one. These adorable little guys are sure to bring a smile to anyone’s face, and the sentiment goes so perfect with them.  Now is the time to get busy creating your cards; it is always nice to get a head start on them.

I know there are a lot of people looking forward to receiving one of your handmade Christmas cards.  They are always such a highlight to many at Christmas time.  Click here and I will be happy to take you on over to Daydreams In Paper so you can take some notes and see every step that Cathie shares to begin to create your adorable nnomes.

Hostess Gifts & Party Favors By Stephanie Klauck

I am sure you have some special neighbors, co-workers, special friends, and family members that you would love to give a little gift to at Christmas.  It is the best part of the season to pamper friends and family.  These adorable bags will be that perfect little bag to fill with a small gift meant for these special people.  You will be such a hit as they see how talented and creative you are!

These are the perfect favor if you are going to be hosting a holiday party this year.  You will love the fact that they are so easy to create; they provide instant gratification.  Be sure to stop by the My Favorite Things blog so you can watch the video and see how easily these bags come together.  You will also find all the materials you will need to start creating yours.  Have fun crafting!

Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bars By Christy Denney

Just by reading the title this amazing dessert sounds so yummy, but that is just the start.  These bars are like combining shortbread, cheesecake, apple crisp and caramel all into one truly spectacular treat.

I love these bars!  They have the texture of both smooth and crunchy along with the flavor to make for a very delightful taste experience.  If you love caramel apples and cheesecake then you are in for a real treat with these delicious bars.  Come with me on over to The Girl Who Ate Everything so you can grab the recipe and begin to make you and your family these delicious treats.  Enjoy!

Thank you for joining me on this wonderful Saturday!  I have been so excited to share with you some of the fun projects that I discovered this week on several blogs.  I hope you will find some time today to create at least one wonderful project that will lighten and brighten your day.  Your handmade projects are so special and touch people in many different ways.  I hope you have been inspired with the projects that I have shared with you today.

See you back real soon.

Hugs to all,