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).

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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.

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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:

title

detail

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:

lori smith--love you-june paperie kit 2013

 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!!!

anniversary card

Anniversary card-twinks and silks

Looking forward to using these awesome products again!!!

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:

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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:

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* 

 

 

Skrap ‘n’ Chat Blog Hop

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Good Day everyone and welcome to the SKRAP ‘N’ CHAT  BLOG HOP! I have been a member of Skrap ‘n’ Chat for 2 years now and this is my first time participating in a blog hop with this wonderful group of creative ladies. Skrap ‘n’ Chat is an on-line community where scrapbookers, cardmakers and paper-crafters can participate in ongoing challenges and share their creativity with each other.

If you just came from Anita’s blog, you are right on track. If you didn’t, then see the list at the end of this post and click on the members names to participate in the entire hop!

The theme of this blog hop is do a project (layout, card- whatever crafty project your heart desires) that uses a stencil or mask (or a shaped object or diecut if you dont have any).

Here is my creation using The Crafters Workshop Tiny Circles Stencil and GESSO and The Paperie April Showers Club kit:

The stencil actually looks like this:

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I laid my stencil down on my navy cardstock and brushed gesso on the places I wanted it to go instead of using the whole stencil. This is one of my favourite stencils from TCW designed by the awesome Julie Fei-Fan Balzer!

So now its your turn to participate by visiting the members blogs in the hop and leaving a comment on their blog post. For every comment you leave along the way on each blog hop members blog, your name will be entered to win a grand prize.You’ll also have chances to win some blog candy along the way from some individual bloggers, such as myself. Leave a comment in my comment section below and I will enter your name in  to win a prize from me as well. You have until 23:59 AST April 11th to play along with us.

Now its time to hop over to Jenn’s blog and see her beautiful layout.

Here is the full list of participants in case you get/got lost along the way!

Karen

Dana

Emily

Stacy

Kelsey

Anita

Lori <———you are here!!!

Jenn

April

Thanks for hopping along with us in the Skrap ‘n’ Chat Blog Hop!!! Good Luck and have a creative day!

Lori

Christmas in…….APRIL?????

Looking at my blog posts, I noticed I never posted my completed layouts using the Paperie December Club kit. I had a few sneak peeks on posts here and here and then the Paperie posted the layouts on their blog here, but I somehow forgot to do my own posting. December 2012 was my very first time as a Paperie design team member and here is what I created:

Lori Smith-the hat i got for christmas is too big

Lori Smith-our tradition

lori smith- starbucks

Lori Smith- 12 years of Cheer

Would you believe I created all these layouts in one day???!!!! Yeah I couldn’t believe it either!!! I guess it was a christmas miracle!!! LOL!

So Happy Christmas in April!!!!

 

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.