2014 – A New Story- Chapter 1- Page 1

Don’t you just love the feeling when you start a new book and open that very first page of the first chapter to begin?!  A new story- new lessons to be learned and new adventures to take place. That’s what today is….a new story in the series of the Book of Life. A fresh chapter, a fresh page…

Today we celebrated New Years Day with these wonderful people:

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My bestie Karen and her family. We exchanged Christmas gifts and had a wonderful supper. After supper we made glitter sticker tattoos with L  and played with her new Pony, Butterscotch.

butterscotch tatoos glitter sticker tatsWe had so much fun. L. even made tats for the boys!

Happy New Year everyone!

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Good Bye 2013

2013-you have been less than kind. I’m closing the book on you tonight. I look forward to celebrating the end of this edition of my life. I’m ready to begin a fresh story in 2014.

I’m celebrating tonight with my family and I’m looking forward to starting a blank page tomorrow. Whatever the next year brings-good or bad-I know I will get through it.

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I found the above pic/quote off Pinterest and it was perfect!  Let the story of 2014 begin…

Say CHOCOLATE!!!!

I love Chocolate! One of my favourite chocolate haven’s is the Newfoundland Chocolate Company. The chocolate is AMAZING!!! In December of 2012 myself and 11 friends gave ourselves an early Christmas present- an evening making chocolates at the NL Chocolate Company! It was a great experience! We learned about the different types of chocolate and the fine art of chocolate making. We also got to make chocolates and had a few laughs along the way!

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photo from Sara Case Strickland

The June Paperie Club Kit had lots of neutral browns. I decided it would be great to make a layout based on our Chocolate Adventure. Here is the layout I created for the release of the June kit:

lori smith--say chocolate--june paperie kit 2013

This is probally one of the most MIXED MEDIA layouts I have created to date. So here is how I created this layout. WARNING: lots of pics from here on!!!

I started with the awesome Prima paper included in the kit and added Ranger washi tape in various places. I lifted up and rolled some of the edges of washi for texture. I also added some gesso over the paper:

prima with washi

I then got my Ranger Tim Holtz distress inks and Ink Blending Tool and added some color. I then got my TCW & Prima stencils (The Mini Punchinella & Tiny circles by Julie Fei-Fan Balzer and the checked stencil by Anna Dabrowska,aka Finnabair, are some of my absolute favs).

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I  added some random areas of gesso:

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I then added some molding paste for texture:

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I gathered my Stencils and Ranger Perfect Pearls mists:

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Love that shine!!! I then saw this gorgeous creation by my favourite Mixed Media Artist Anna Dabrowska aka Finnabair and became inspired. I was having a mental debate of keeping the paper like it was or cutting it up…so i took the chance (gasp!) and ended up doing this:

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I added some gesso and then Ranger brown Expresso paint around the edges and figured out how I was going to arrange my pics.I grabbed the expresso paint and created dripping chocolate–WELL THAT WAS AN EPIC FAIL!!! The paint was a bit too thick and the cut up paper prevented my drips from dripping properly.OH WELL…it is what it is…moving on…I cut and inked strips of paper and layered it under my pics:

brown paint choco drips-epic fail color paper oh well

I then added some paint flicks and then added a sticker from the Teresa Collins sticker sheet included in the kit. I crossed out “cheese” with my PITT pen and added the chipboard thickers. I really like how the title turned out.

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I then added more pics, embelishments and papers. Here are some close ups of the layout:

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And that’s how I created the “SAY CHOCOLATE” layout!!! Now I’m in the mood to eat chocolate!

L.

Without Music Life Would B Flat——a “coarse” in Texture Gel 101

I found this quote on Pinterest and I thought it would make an awesome layout of my hubby playing the guitar. I was in the middle of making design team layouts for my LSS, The Paperie, and I made this layout for the June kit:

lori smith--without music life would be flat--june paperie kit 2013

I took my TCW 12×12 Brick stencil and taped it down onto my navy blue cardstock and work surface. I mixed Liquitex coarse texture gel and a bit of white paint on my Ranger Craft Mat. Then I taped scrap paper on the stencil  and exposed only the area that I wanted to add the texture gel.I added the mixture with my pallate knife and this is what I got:

brick stencil & coarse texture gel

I wanted my bricks a little more white so I painted them with my paintbrush and Ranger Picket Fence paint:

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 I added some white paint splatters with my paintbrush and got this:

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Then I added my photos and layering and some doodling with my Faber Castell PITT pen and my Signo White pen:IMG_9043

I fired up my Silhouette Cameo and started cutting. I arranged my title using my die-cut letters and some sticker letters included in the kit. I added some embelishments, washi tape and sticky notes and here it is:

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Have a great day!

Love You- a layout and a card

My hubby and I have been through so much since we have been together. He is not perfect and neither am I. We have had our share of ups and downs, happiness and heart ache, good times and bad, (lots of) sickness and health, but have managed to stick together through it all!  Love you Babe! Happy Anniversary!

I designed this layout for the June Paperie Club kit. The pic that was taken on our wedding day:

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 Here are some close-ups:

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I created the flair using a sticker from the Teresa Collins “He said, She Said” sticker sheet included in the kit, and Epiphany Epoxy bubble caps.

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Love making my own flair!

And here is the Anniversary card I made for my hubby. I made a 6×6 card using blank white CS and painted it with Luminarte Twinkling H2O’s. I mixed Luminarte Red Carmen Silks acrylic glaze and Liquitex Coarse Texture Gel. I added the mixture over my awesome TCW Ronda Palazzari Confetti Stencil. I stamped TT Ali Edwards stamp to the card with black Staz-On and doodled around the edge with my black XS Faber Castell PITT pen. I love how it turned out and my hubby liked it too!!!

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Anniversary card-twinks and silks

Looking forward to using these awesome products again!!!

L.

If there ever comes a day….

It’s Fathers Day. Happy Fathers Day to all the Dad’s, soon to be dads, and all the men who are like dads to special kids, and to those who would make excellent dads in the future.

This month it was Rae Lynn’s and my turn to bring you some inspiration using the June kit “Mister Man” from our local scrapbook store, The Paperie. You can check it out here, here and here. The kit was indeed masculine containing lots of brown neutral tones:

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While working on the kit in May, I knew one layout I would be doing would be a tribute to my late grandfather. I used a quote from Winnie the Pooh for my title and decided to do a Vintage style layout. I found some of my favourite old pics of Poppy, Nanny and me when I was a little girl. I scanned them and printed them on my printer in a sephia tone. I was filling up with tears the whole time I was creating this layout and had my box of Kleenex on the table. Here is the layout I created:

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and some close ups:

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I toned down the paper in some areas using white acrylic gesso, I then used used Studio Calico mist in colors dark ands warm calico. I added some doilys, washi tape and stickers in the kit and other washi tape from Ranger, Autum leaves Flourish stamps, Maya Road wood buttons & Ranger Tim Holtz Adornments. I  created my title using the AC thickers in the kit as well as Ranger black sticker letters. I added Studio Calico wood veneers, Hero Arts Lace and Pearls, Evalicious badge, Tim Holtz Film strip, TCW clocks stencil & the 7 Gypsies clock stamp.

The title “If there ever comes a day when we can’t be together, keep me in your heart, I’ll stay there forever” was perfect for this layout.  I added my journaling with my favourite pen-the XS black PITT pen by Faber Castell. It says “You’ll always be in my heart. I miss you Poppy”

Lori

 

 

 

Time to Catch Up

This is my first blog post in over a month. I’ve been working on a few projects, but have been unable to share them until now as they have been for layout tags,challenges and design team projects etc. Plus life has been a bit of a roller coaster for us lately. (We love being ON roller coasters-but only the ones in amusement parks!!!) Since my back/shoulder/arm/neck injury it takes me a lot longer to do the things I enjoy, including scrapbooking (and blogging about it). However, I do a few mins here and there, and eventually end up getting something done….in time!

Throughout June I will be posting some of the creations I have been working on the last few months (if my back/neck/shoulder/arm cooperates). I have been told by a few of my followers that you love my step-by-step photo tutorials when I create some of my layouts. You will be happy to know that I will be doing that at least once a month (maybe more!)

Remember I gave you a peek of this:

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Well here is the full layout-Journey to Atlantis. In 2009 we went on our first trip together to the Bahamas. We left our resort and  got on a Water Taxi to the beautiful Island Resort of Atlantis:

The paper,MME enamel dots,velum heart and letter stickers were leftovers from the february Paperie Kit. (See my design team layouts from that kit here, here, here and here). I used lots of colorful washi tape and mist. That awesome arrow stamp (from MME) in the corner was from a previous kit.

Heres a close up of the letters:

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I used graphite Viva Ferro Metal Effect Color to add some texture and added dots with my white uniball signo pen. All I did was take the letters, stick them to my craft mat and added the Metal effect with a brush and allowed to dry.

atlantis-ink and metal effect

I used StazOn Jet Black ink for stamping on the acetate packaging paper (yes, I recycle most of my packaging if I can!!)

atlantis- recycle that packaging

Next I gathered some paint- greens and brown (Jeni Bowlin Brown Sugar and Stick Candy, and Mallard Green Silks)I added some pain to my craft mat.Then I mixed the greens slightly in the center to have 3 tones.

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Then I began coloring my palm tree with my paint brush I added brown to the tips and areas to make it more realistic:

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And this was the final result:

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Then, I added a few embelishments and outlined my letters & white CS with my XS Black PITT pen.

I wish I was under a palm tree right now! … *sigh*