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:


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.


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

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!!!


Paperie April Club Kit April Showers Reveal

Hi everyone! April was Rae Lynn’s and my turn to bring you some inspiration for this months Paperie Scrapbook Club kit , “April Showers” . Here is the beautiful kit:

Paperie April 2013 Club Kit

Paperie April 2013 Club Kit

It contains some awesome Amy Tangerine Velum letters in 4 colors! Amy Tangerine Rub-Ons, Pink Paislee chipboard, Technique Tuesday stamps and MME stickers!!!

Here are the layouts I created on display at the Paperie if you want to check them out in person:

As well as this!!!!

I added a few chipboard pieces from Studio Calico and Ranger Tissue Tape (theres still a few packages of each left at the store!!) as well as washi tape from my stash at home which i got at the Paperie.

Will be adding a few more layouts i created with this kit in future posts. I will also be sharing how i created these layouts in future posts as well if you want to re-create these layouts for yourself!!!!

You can also check out Rae Lynn’s take on the kit as well as store co-owner Wendy’s take on the kit!!! Lots of inspiration to get your Creative Juices Flowing this month!!!!


And the winners are……

Here are the winners of the blog hops that I participated in this week selected from all the lovely comments you have posted on my blog! Thanks again to everyone who participated and left comments!!!

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From the commenters in the Skrap n Chat Blog Hop……the named pulled out of the infamous Philadelphia Flyers hat of my DH is….


Congrats!!! I just sent you an email!!!!


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From the commenters in the Crop Circles Blog Hop……the named pulled out of the infamous Philadelphia Flyers hat of my DH is….


Congrats!!! I just sent you an email!!!!

Hoping to get your goodies out this week!!!!

Congrats everyone! Looking forward to seeing you participate in the next blog hops!!!!

Lori S.



Crop Circles April Blog Hop

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Welcome to the final stop on the CROP CIRCLES APRIL BLOG HOP! If you just came from Darlene Head Whalley’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!

Our Challenge this month was fairly simple. Create a Layout or project that has a Spring theme. Its April 10th and we still have some midly cold temperatures and the snow still wants to hang around a bit longer. However its starting to get a little warmer and hopefully Spring weather will soon appear more often over the next month.

When I think of spring I think of spring vacation and getting away from the snow! Usually in the spring we would go on a little vacation, however this spring we’ll be staying home and counting down the days watching the snow dissappear. In 2007 we went to Montreal for 4 days in the Spring. We left NL in snow and arrived to Montreal where the grass was green, the flowers were blooming and blossoms were on the trees. Here is a layout I created of a pic that my hubby took of me:

spring in montreal=lori smith

There is a story behind this LO: I started it last year….hated it….put it in a “to re-do” pile and that was that….so I took out the layout…ripped it apart…added mist, washi tape, embelishments, and added some doodling. Now I’m satisfied with it! I used a fiscars lace border punch and pink cardstock to create the “lace” around the LO. The key to doing it is to make it slightly damp and adhere it with stick 2 way tape.I then added ink to it to give it an aged look. I used Basic Grey Olivia papers and chipboard letters, Fiskars Cloud punches,heart punches, October Afternoon Mist, Ranger Tim Holtz Flourish mask, Evalicious Flair, and various washi tape.

Now its your turn to participate by visiting the members blogs in the hop and leaving a comment on their beautiful Spring Projects. For every comment you leave along the way on each blog hop members blog, your name will be entered to win a prize. You’ll also have chances to win some blog candy along the way from some individual bloggers. I have a prize I will be awarding from all comments made on this blog post.You have until end of day April 12th  to play along with us. Winners will be announced shortly after that.Good luck!!!

Here is the full list of participants in case you got lost along the way or want to participate in the entire hop!

Cathy Caines
Sara Case Strickland 
Michelle Marks
Kymberley Wragg-Machamer
Natasha Connolly
Cheryl Ashworth with guest posts from Shar Strahan & Brande Strahan
Catherine Stockley
Rhea Skomorowski
Darlene Head Whalley
Lori Smith <——————- you are here!!!!!!

This is the last stop on our Crop Circles April Blog Hop! I hope we have inspired you to create some beautiful spring layouts and projects! Glad you coud hop along with us!

Lori S.

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!

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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.