Saturdays With LeAnn

Hey There

Hello, my friends!  I hope you have all had a great week and that you will have a relaxing weekend ahead. Today I want to share some fun projects that are sure to give you a burst of inspiration. Grab a drink (and maybe even a treat), sit back, relax, and let’s get started.  Hope you enjoy this day!

French Country Journal By Kathy Clement

I want to share this super fun XL Journal Die designed by Eileen Hull.  I just love the versatility of this die!  Who wouldn’t love to have all your favorite recipes organized?  This is such a priceless keepsake and a great way to preserve your family heirloom recipes.  This is absolutely adorable both inside and out.  The cover is expertly adorned with Graphic 45 French Country papers and Petaloo Burlap Textured Flowers with yellow buttons, along with fun Tim Holtz Idea-Ology silverware and keys.

French Country Journal

This would make a perfect gift and with the holidays not too far away, (scary, right?) it is a great time to start making your gifts now.  Kathy has some great step-by-step instructions and tips to share, so be sure to check out her video by clicking here.  You can also click here to see her step-by-step instructions.  Kathy shares ideas for using the journal, tips for creating interactive elements, and lots of great techniques that you can use in your own crafting. This beautiful piece of artwork can be set out on an easel to add some charm to your kitchen.  How fun to take these same techniques and make up some cards or even a layout.  A big thank you to Kathy for sharing this stunning creation.

Hey There By Cindy Lawrence

This is one stamp set you will want to get right away and start creating!  Cindy always does such a fabulous job with her coloring skills and brings her images to life.  Cindy shares some fun tips and how she colored her glass cloche with an easy and effective way to create the look of glass with your Copic markers.  It is always fun to incorporate your stamping along with die cuts. Handmade cards are always so loved and treasured when received.

Hey There

Are you ready to begin?  Let me escort you over to The Creative Closet blog where Cindy will give you the directions how she created her beautiful card.  You will be over-the-top inspired by Cindy and you won’t want to miss out on any of her fabulous projects!  Enjoy creating, my friends!

Microwave Flower Press BY June Olsen

Are you one who loves to preserve and press flowers?  It can be so discouraging waiting for the flowers to dry before you can create with them.  Pressing flowers is a wonderful way to preserve their beauty, and the process couldn’t be more simple.  Today I will share a fun technique that will only take minutes.  Who would have ever thought to use a microwave?  Microwave flower pressing really preserves the colors and hues of the flowers and foliage much better than traditional flower pressing.  Microwave pressing flowers offers a wonderful way to savor the beauty of summer long after it’s blooms have faded from the garden.

Microwave Flower Pressing

Adding your flowers to a beautiful frame is a great way to display the flowers and enjoy them each day of the year.  These will make wonderful gifts!  I am thinking about making a few extra for the holidays.  I know many of my friends and family would love this.  I always have extra frames on hand, so this would make a beautiful gift and almost a free project. Be sure to hop on over to the Hometalk blog where you can see step-by-step instructions by June Olsen.  You will love this project!

Pineapple Upside Down Trifle By Lisa Jorgensen

This recipe is Incredible!  Layers of cake, glazed pineapple, and cream… it is sure to be a hit whenever you serve it!  This dessert will taste just like paradise.  It is colorful and pretty in the little jars.  The best part is that it is so easy that when you feel like something delicious, you can just whip this up quickly!

Pineapple Upside Down Trifle

I hope you give this delicious dessert a try; I know you’ll be so happy you tried it!  Be sure to stop by Making Life Blissful for a printable recipe and ingredients list, and while you are there be sure to check out more wonderful recipes by Lisa Jorgensen.

I hope these projects have given you some inspiration today.  One of the things I appreciate most about my work is connecting with crafters.  I thoroughly enjoy being able to share projects from so many talented designers.  I love working at the Stamp and Scrapbook Expo shows, and hope if you attend any of them that you will stop by the Registration Desk and say hello to me.  I would love to meet you in person!  If you haven’t attended any of our shows, visit our Stamp & Scrapbook Expo website for a complete listing of events.  You will enjoy a fun-filled weekend with us!  in the meantime, I’ll see you back here next Saturday!

~LeAnn~

 

 

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Vellum Overlay Cards

Do you have spring fever?  I know I sure do!  After the winter most of us had, I am sure you are ready for some beautiful spring-themed projects.  With spring on it’s way, it is also a reminder that Easter is just around the corner.  When I think about spring or Easter, pretty pastel colors and flowers come to mind.  So with that said, I would like to share some fun projects using flowers.  I hope today you will be inspired with these fun spring projects.

Best Days Of Our Lives By Alicia McNamara

We all know how much texture and dimension adds to a layout, card, or mixed media project. Alicia has definitely demonstrated this in this layout. We often use the term “Happy Papercrafting” because we know the opportunities with paper are so much more than just on the page.  Today, Alicia shares her gorgeous example of beautiful altered art. I would also like to share a tip that will help you when creating your outstanding layouts.  TIP: Choose a focal point on your layout and then create embellishments that will continue to tell the story from that point.  It is amazing how well this works!

Best Days Of Our Lives

Alicia’s layout is full of all kinds of beautiful elements.  It is really light and colored with some pastels, but there are also some black parts here and there to give it a nice contrast.  I absolutely love that!  Alicia adds wording perfectly and it tells so much about the photo.  This layout is certainly an eye catcher and is very well done.  Let me take you over to Time to Create where you can write down all of the products you will need to start your own layout.  Take some time while you are at Alicia’s blog to see more of her beautiful creations.  You will certainly leave her blog feeling very inspired.

Vellum Overlay Cards By Jennifer McGuire

Not sure how to use vellum?   Do you ever struggle using vellum?  Here’s a fun technique using vellum that will turn your curiosity (or struggles) into having fun and being very creative.  You will enjoy working with vellum so much that I guarantee you will make many more projects using it. These beautiful cards created by Jennifer McGuire have a vellum overlay that give each one a very soft look.

Vellum Overlay Cards

Jennifer started her cards by simply using white embossing powder to emboss the floral image on vellum.  There is a little bit of glitter added to the lines of the flower for extra interest and a pearl added to the center. Adding some color to her image, she started by stamping the layering floral image with the Altenew Beautiful Day Stamp Set using different shades of Altenew ink on a small note card.  Let me escort you over to watch Jennifer’s YouTube Video on how she created her card, along with her step-by-step instructions.  You are going to love every minute of her video.  Step out of your comfort zone and take some time to experiment and just have fun creating!

Absolutely Beautiful By Melissa Phillips

Cards might be little, but they are packed with so much inspiration.  This is one of those cards that can be so versatile.  Send it as a Spring, Hello, Birthday, Thinking Of You, or even an Easter Card.  Who wouldn’t love to receive this adorable card in the mail?

Absolutely Beautiful

Melissa’s card started with the word beautiful to create the theme for her card.  She used the Reverse Confetti You’re So stamp set for her sentiment.  The beauty of this stamp set is it has four uplifting words that can be mixed and matched to create numerous uplifting sentiments.  She also used the Blooms ‘N Buds stamp set to create the pretty blossoms.  For the background, Melissa used the XOXO Hearts Confetti Cuts.  Melissa’s creativity is amazing!  I love her combinations and the colors she chose are so pretty and perfect!  Click here and I will take you over to see more of Melissa’s wonderful talent and fabulous creations.

Luscious Lemon Cake By Christi Johnstone

Lemon desserts always make me think of spring, so I wanted to take a moment to share this Luscious Lemon Cake with you.  This cheery lemon cake is perfect for Easter or any festive occasions.  Lemon is one of my absolute favorites and this Luscious Lemon Cake is both easy and delicious.  You won’t want just one bite!

Luscious Lemon Cake

This lemon cake is probably one of the best I have ever made.  Being that lemon is one of my favorite flavors; I have been making lemon cakes for many years.  My children said that this has to be a new tradition in the family and I am to bring this cake now whenever we have get togethers.  Let me take you on over to Love From the Oven where Christi Johnstone will share her recipe with you.  Be sure and grab your pen and paper, because this is one recipe you will want to make to share with your family and friends!

Thank you for sharing a bit of your Saturday with me.  I hope you have been inspired today to try something new.  I am looking forward to seeing you back next week.  Have a great weekend!

Hugs,

LeAnn

 

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Pumpkin Pie Cake

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Welcome back, my friends, on this lovely and cool fall day.  The weather here in Utah has become chilly, and with days like today I really enjoy staying inside and working on some crafting.  I hope you will be able to spend the day to create some of the things you have on your list.  My hope is that you will be inspired by today’s projects and will enjoy our today’s Weekly Scrapper post.

Stay Wild & Sweet

This adorable layout has multiple photos with an interesting background.  These two things are not always so easy to pull together.  The desired end result is to have your photos take center stage and everything around them should only be there to complement your photos. This layout is a perfect example of just that.  The beautiful background colors really complement the photos, instead of competing for your attention.  You automatically have your eyes drawn to the precious photos and then you take in the rest of the design. This makes for a perfect layout!

Stay Wild & Sweet

This is simply stunning!  The twine accents as well as the embellishment groupings are very tastefully done.  For an easy-to-follow tutorial with a lot of great photos, click here and I will take you over to the Soaring blog where you will be inspired by Jinny Newlin.  Have a fun time crafting!

Pumpkins, Pumpkins, Pumpkins

This is one of those fun cards you can whip up so quickly.  I know so many of you have a large stash of supplies in your craft room, and I am almost positive you could come up with many fun items to make this Halloween Pumpkin card.

Pumpkins, Pumpkins, Pumpkins

Pam Bray created this fun card using the Stampers Anonymous Pumpkin Stamp, and the Tim Holtz Halloween Paper Pad.  Don’t you just love the layers, distressing, embellishments and even the spiders?  This fabulous whimsical card with the paper pieced pumpkin is sure to put a smile on someones face.  Besides the smile, you will have a blast creating this one!  Change up the papers, eliminate the spiders, and you can change this into a wonderful fall or Thanksgiving card.  Thank you for sharing your talent with us Pam.  To see more of Pam’s beautiful designs, you can visit her blog Scrapbook Flair.  I hope you have been inspired to put one of your handmade treasures in the mail today!

Thankful

I just love making cards!  Whether they are simple, detailed, any occasion, or seasonal they are just so fun to make.  I think the one thing I love most about cards is taking the time to share the finished product with those who I care about and love.  I often think of how blessed I am in my life to have such great friends and family and so I need to send out more cards as this one created by Debby Hughes.

Thankful

I just love the warm tones Debby uses in her card, along with her beautiful watercoloring details.  Click here and I will escort you on over to Lime Doodle Design where you can find the links to the supplies that Debby used for this fabulous card.  I hope you will be inspired today to pull out your watercolors and begin some beautiful fall projects.  Happy crafting!

Hanging Wall Planter

If only walls could talk!  This fabulous hanging wall planter will liven up and utilize a blank wall space of your home.  Wall planters are the perfect option for accenting your home decor!

Hanging Wall Planter

Wall planters are the perfect choice to turn any empty wall space into a living wall filled with the vibrancy and elegance of your favorite flower or plant.  These unique planters will effortlessly make any wall come alive, and add a perfect addition to your home.  With just one click here I will take you over to Shanty 2 Chic where you will have a full tutorial by Ashley Turner how to create this fun wall planter.  With Christmas being right around the corner this could be a great gift for those that have everything or are just plain hard to buy for!

Pumpkin Pie Cake

This is definitely the time of the year for that wonderful fall flavor of pumpkin spice.  If you like pumpkin pie, you are going to love this pumpkin pie cake!  This delicious cake gets you the satisfaction of a pumpkin pie without having to deal with rolling out a crust.

Pumpkin Pie Cake

This is one of those perfect desserts to make for Thanksgiving or any fall gathering.  It is not only delicious, but it is absolutely beautiful!  If you are not a confident pie-maker you can not fail with this outstanding recipe.  It is very rich and moist and will feed a crowd!  I am sure you would like this recipe so click here and you will have the perfect instructions by Sam Henderson how to create a cake of your own.  Enjoy!

Thank you once again for sharing a part of your Saturday with me.  I hope this beautiful fall day will find you some time to create all of those wonderful projects you desire to make.  I hope you have a wonderful week and I will look forward to seeing you back soon.

LeAnn

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Unforgettable Birthday

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Hello my friends, welcome to another inspirational Saturday. I am so happy you have found your way here!  Today I want you to take a minute to sit back, take a deep breath, and enjoy some down time for yourself. I have some beautiful spring projects in store for you today. I hope you will enjoy these unique ideas and be filled with wonderful inspiration.

Handsome Little Man By Di Garling

These priceless photos were the first thing that caught my eye on this darling layout. I was also drawn to all the fine details that Di created on her fabulous layout. This is one of those fun designs using many wonderfully vibrant colors, and showcasing precious photos.

Handsome Little Man

Scrapbook pages are always a great reminder of all that is special to us; it is a record of your journey through life.  As a scrapbooker, it is our responsibility to gather these precious photos and add them into our scrapbooks. I would like to send out a big thank you to Di Garling for sharing her masterpiece of inspiration with us today.  Be sure to visit her blog Di’s Creative Space for more of her outstanding projects.

Sending Happy Thoughts By Mona Pendleton

I really enjoy creating mixed media projects. This adorable mixed media card is not only beautiful, but will sure to put a smile on anyone’s face.  Don’t you just love the gorgeous background with the beautiful colors of spring?

Sending Happy Thoughts

Mona added a lot of texture using various mediums including texture paste, distress embossing powder, crackled paste, and paint.  Come along with me as we pop on over to Cupcake’s Creations to see how Mona created her beautiful card.  You will be so happy you stopped by and will leave with much inspiration from this fabulous lady.

Unforgettable Birthday By Kaiwan

Would you believe this darling card was created using only four stamps?  I love mason jars and this is such a cute way to use one on a card.  There is something to be said about a beautiful watercolor background and how it sets the stage for creating a lovely card.

Unforgettable Birthday

Click here to see your step-by-step instructions on how Kaiwan created this beautifully artistic design.  You will learn techniques on watercoloring, stamping, and creating with die sets.  Keep up your good work of creating heartfelt cards and spreading smiles by sending out your handmade cards.

Tulip Wreath By Tasha 

Spring is here and it is time to brighten up your front door with a beautiful door decoration.  This adorable wreath is certainly different than you normally see.  The best part of all, it is very easy to make.  Visitors will be instantly impressed with your home as they walk up to your door and see this beautiful display.

Tulip Wreath

This pretty arrangement only takes three items to make and just a few tools.  Click here and I will take you over to Designer Trapped In A Lawyer’s Body, where you will find step-by-step instructions. Thank you, Tasha, for your wonderful talent and for sharing this fabulous decoration with us.

Lemon Blueberry Bread By Gloria Albin

This recipe comes together so quickly and would be perfect for a special brunch, tea party, or even a shower.  Lemon Blueberry Bread is a refreshing, sweet, and light treat.  This is a recipe for anyone who loves the fresh, bright taste of citrus.

Lemon Blueberry Bread

This yummy Lemon Blueberry Bread was inspired by one of the very best bakers, Gloria Albin.  Grab your pencil and paper and come with me over to Glorious Treats where you will find the recipe; I’m sure this will find its way into your favorite recipe file.

Thank you for sharing a bit of your Saturday with me; I am already looking forward to seeing you back next weekend.  Have a fabulous weekend and a great week ahead! 🙂

~LeAnn

 

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To The Moon And Back

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I am thrilled to be with you today; thank you for stopping by! The last few weeks I have been traveling with Scrapbook Expo and teaching a variety of workshops. I want to share my love of crafting with you today, as I have some wonderful projects to showcase. My hope is that these will serve as a great jump start when you are feeling stumped and uninspired. Hope you enjoy today’s projects!

Beautiful Little Girl By Di Garling

This is one of those perfect designs that can be adapted to fit any occasion. Even though there are a lot of beautiful details and dimension to this layout, the photo is still the first thing your eye is drawn to. Take the time to journal, to preserve and record those special moments of life. It is always so fun to go back and reminisce about those special memories.Beautiful Little Girl

This gorgeous layout was designed by Di Garling, and what inspiration she has given us! Click here to see more of her fabulous projects. Break out of your traditional style; take a look at your project in a different way, and never hesitate to try something new.

Happy Birthday By Karen Letchworth

My eyes were immediately drawn to this adorable birthday card with the machine stitching around the edges. What a fabulous way to add a personal touch to your cards. This is a very simple card, yet it has so much appeal. Adding a perfect bow to this card gave it just what it needed.

Happy Birthday

It made me want to pull out my favorite papers and begin to create! This is a perfect card to give to that special person on their birthday. Come with me over to My Cup Runneth Over where you will find so much more inspiration from Karen, along with a list of all the supplies that you will need. A big thank you Karen for sharing this adorable card!

To The Moon And Back By Ellen Taylor

This darling card truly warms my heart. I am so in love with the Hang In There stamp set from Impression Obsession. Just think of the different possibilities you can do with this fun stamp. I can see this stamp working for all seasons – Winter, Spring, Summer, and Fall.

To The Moon And Back

Come with me over to The Serendipitous Stamper where you can see each step that Ellen used to create her card.  You will also see her same design made using a chalkboard technique with Prisma pencils. You won’t want to miss this project!

Wall Art By Gabrielle Pollacco

Now, how about some perfect home décor created by Gabrielle?  What an amazing job she has done creating this beautiful wall art. I just love her style, along with so many of her great tips that she always shares. Can you just imagine this gorgeous wall décor hanging in your home?

Wall Art

You may think of mixed media as being eclectic or busy. This wall art is one that is very elegant and soothing. What an inspiration this piece is! I would like to say a big thank you to Gabrielle for sharing today’s project. Click here to follow Gabrielle’s step-by-step instructions on how to create one for yourself.  Here is your chance to dive into a mixed media project if you haven’t already given it a try. I know you are going to have a blast creating your own one-of-a-kind masterpiece.

Toasted Coconut Trifles By Elizabeth LaBau

Are you a coconut lover?  If so, this is the treat for you.  My husband loves coconut, so I made these for him hoping I could make a new favorite treat.  Well, guess what? I did just that. He loved every bite!  (Shhh…they are super easy to make as well.)

Toasted Coconut Trifles

Trifles are a secret weapon dessert. You can always turn to them in times of true baking emergencies; when family members spring in unexpectedly, to impress co-workers, an unplanned party that comes up, and so on.  Click here and I will take you over so you can get the recipe for this fabulous dessert.

I hope you have enjoyed today’s inspiration. I look forward to sharing more fun projects and recipes with you, especially as we start into the holiday season. Have a fabulous week and I will see you back next Saturday.

Let’s Have Cake

What first caught my attention about this adorable birthday card was the fact that it is so adaptable. It would be perfect for a male or female.  Currently it looks a bit feminine, but by removing the liquid pearls and switching out the floral patterned paper it would be perfect for a man.

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How sweet is this?  There She Goes stamp from the set titled “A Little Treat, Tracy colored the stamped image with Copies & dotted the whimsical cake with Liquid Pearls. Tracy really has some serious coloring skills, she knows just how to bring her images to life.

I hope you’ve been inspired to break out your favorite stamp set & markers while enjoying some creative coloring time. Be sure to stop by Tracy’s blog I Wanna Build A Memory anytime you need a burst of true inspiration.

Thanks for the visit & I hope you have a very creative day.

Supplies

Paper:

SBC_mme-st1059 Bluebellxpbc250ltr65_2 Blending Cardstock

Product Used (Not Shown):

  • Cardstock
  • “A Little Treat” Clear Stamp Set
  • Buttons
  • Kraft Outlet Tag
  • Pearls
  • Liquid Pearls
  • Black Ink

 

Frankenweenie “Sparky” Cake

Do you ever stumble across something creative and find yourself stopped in your tracks at the talent needed to create such an amazing finished project?  That’s how I felt about this cake.  I found myself reading every word of the blog post.  I hope you are as impressed as I was with this adorable Halloween themed Cake.

The creator of the cake is Heather Baird and she has an incredible blog and book call Sprinkle Bakes.  If tackling the task of recreating such an amazing cake is bouncing around in your future plans, I highly encourage you to check out her blog: http://www.sprinklebakes.com/

Heathers inspiration for the cake is the brand new Tim Burton film Frankenweenie.  She says “I can remember watching the original version of this movie when I was nine years old. That was way back in 1984, but the story still tugs at my heartstrings today. Tim Burton based the film on the relationship he had with his first dog (aw!) and the personal feel really shines through. Most every pet owner will be able to relate to the love that young Victor Frankenstein has for his dog, Sparky. I certainly saw myself and my first dog (a scruffy mutt/chihuahua named Danger) in the story.”

Here’s a peak at what you will get when you visit her blog.  She has complete instructions on how to recreate the cake, recipe and step by step assembly including pictures.  Here is the link: http://www.sprinklebakes.com/2012/10/frankenweenie-sparky-cake.html#more

Be sure to check out her book.  I know I plan on picking up a copy!