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:



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!


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.

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:


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!







Lori <———you are here!!!



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


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!!!!