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!

the choco gals

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).

distress ink ink stencil dots pretty pretty2

I  added some random areas of gesso:

gesso

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:

cut!! pics

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.

title

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.

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:

atlantis closeup

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:

atlantis letters close up 2 atlantis-letters close up

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:

atlantis palms

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* 

 

 

Sketchbook 365 April Sketch

Well its been a rough week in our household. We’ve all been very sick with colds, stomach bugs and headaches all at once! As a result I never got to link up my layout I created using Aprils sketch to the Sketchbook365 blog. However here is my take on this months sketch:

pyramid of kukulcan-mexico-lori s

here is the sketch I used:

This sketch is based on a layout by Sian Fair

This sketch is based on a layout by Sian Fair

I used American Crafts Dear Lizzie Lucky Charm papers, Amy Tan vellum letters, Studio Calico wood veneers, various washi tape, MME enamel dots, Evalicious flair,MM letter stickers, Ranger pumice stone distress ink, TCW mini Kaliedoscope stencil, gesso,Tattered Angels Chalkboard Glimmer mist (admiral) and my Sakura 0.2 micron black pen and my Faber-Castell XS black pen.

Triangles seem to be all the rage right now! The Dear Lizzie Lucky Charm papers coupled with the SC wood veneers and the stencil all fit together! And to top it all off, I used my pics of the Pyramid of Kukulcan (El Castillo) when i visited the archeological Site, Chichzen Itza in Mexico. I really like how it turned out!

Thanks for looking! Have a great day!

Lori

Super Scrapper!

I was quite suprised when I saw yesterdays SKETCHBOOK 365 blog post. I was so happy to have been selected as one of the 5 Super Scrappers for the March Sketch Challenge for my “Mr. Cool” layout. I was certainly not expecting it!

mr cool

Sketchbook 365 is a sketch challenge blog presented by Scrap 365 mag. Every month a sketch is posted on the blog and a prize is offered to one lucky scrapper. There are lots of lovely layouts posted every month with some great inspiration by the design team members and other scrapbookers.

If you havn’t already done so, check out the blog for April’s Sketch Challenge based on a layout designed by Sian Fair:

This sketch is based on a layout by Sian Fair

The Sketchbook 365  sketch is based on a layout by Sian Fair

I will be posting my version of the sketch next week on my blog and on the Sketchbook 365 blog. I may post a sneak over the weekend, so check back soon.

You have until April 19th to submit your layout on the blog, using this months sketch. You could win a prize or be selected as one of the Sketchbook 365 Super Scrappers of the month!! Good luck!

Also check out todays blog post on The Paperie blog. They re-bloged my post Longing for Summer featuring my  “Summer” layout using the June 2012 kit. And here is another layout I made using the same kit:

I used an awesome mask by Americana Decoart called Kaleidoscope and white paint to create this LO. I also added some mist,washi tape and of course doodling!

Speaking of kits…here is a peek of this months Paperie Club Kit to be released next week! Lots of goodies from Amy Tangerine, Pink Paislee, MME, Technique Tuesday, Fancy Pants and American Crafts:

Paperie April 2013 Club Kit

Paperie April 2013 Club Kit

and here is the reverse side of the papers:Paperie April Showers Club Kit paper side B

I may be posting a sneak or two of my creations over the weekend!!

Lori S.

Class Time

On 10/11/12 I taught a Layout class at The Paperie….

….to some awesome Ladies…

They got to use The Crafters Workshop stencils with some multi mediums and carry home a 12 x 12 stencil and 2 layouts! I also taught them how to make their own Epoxy Flair buttons using Epiphany products and how to make a fake cracked porcelian embelishment using a technique I leaned from Shelly Hickox on her fantastic blog called Stamp Tramp !

Here are the 2 layouts:

To see more on “With this Ring” see this post.

I had a lot of fun doing the “Our Moment” LO. I used The Crafters Workshop Stencil sheets in my Cricut with the deep blade housing and the Cricut Craft Room to make these custom made stencils!! Look at that awesome heart stencil. One lucky class participant won this stencil after we drew a name of all those who attended my class!

I used the stencil and washi taped it to the center of my Simple Stories background paper. I then used Ranger Matte Multi Medium and applied it to the stencil with my pallette knife. I removed the stencil and dried it with my heat tool. It dried matte clear. (Alternatively you could use versa mark & embossing powder if you dont mind your hearts shiny).I then misted my paper with broken china re-inker (in water in my Mini Mister) over the hearts. You can now see the actual color of the paper in the hearts with the grid pattern. I then added some dark brown mist to the upper left and lower right corners of the LO and lightly stamped some of the Hero Arts french script stamp in some areas on the LO. I doodled around the edges of the layout with my black zig pen and added a few circle doodles to the top and bottom. I added some Tim Holtz washi tape, a strip of Simple Stories chevron paper and Studio Calico tissue trim to the center. I added Freckled Fawn gold polka dot washi tape, Martha Stewart doilies, Studio Calico wood veneer hearts and arrows, Authentique and Doodle Bug Sticker letters and some white pearls. Here is a close up:

I made the Epoxy Flair using Epiphany products. The image was made by myself using a Studio G stamp and SC paper. Love it!!!!

It was a great class! I love it when students take their own creativity and create something diferent in class. Look at Tina’s take on the LO…

this pic was taken just after her mini mister “exploded” and created a beautiful mess on her LO. Awesome colors!!!

In a future post I will show you some of the different layouts created at my class by this remarkable group of talented ladies.

L.