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:

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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:

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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:

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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.

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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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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

 

 

 

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:

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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

Eclectic Love- Layout #4-A little Bit of Magic

Here is the final LO  I completed for the release of the February Paperie Club Kit, “Eclectic Love”. BUT that’s not all!!!!! You will see more projects I make from this kit in future posts, including a St. Paddy’s Day LO I’m working on!!!

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This was THE FASTEST LAYOUT I HAVE EVER DONE!!!!!! I am a pretty slow scrapbooker, but this LO took me about 30 mins to do (40 mins if you count cutting the SC journaling card).

First I got my white CS and added a few flicks of Ranger Black Marble Dylusions. I then started the bottom of the LO first….I know- crazy!!! I added the strip of Studio Calico  Darling Dear “Garbo” paper at the bottom. I added washi tape and the star strip from October Afternoon Midway “Duckpond”. I colored the SC vellum heart with Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Markers in Barn Red and added it to the corner with the star flair and the SC ampersand vellum die cut sticker:

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Then I got the circles cut from the October Afternoon Midway “Ring Toss” paper, that was left over from making the last LO. I popped every second one up using foam dots. Then I got out my black PITT pen and added some faux stitching around them:

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So, yeah….I did the top and bottom first. Not your typical way to do a LO, but hey it worked out. I cut a piece of Bo Bunny teal CS and added it to my LO. Added a few strips of washi and more paper strips from the OA “Duckpond”. I adhered my pics and began to embelish the LO. I loved the orange pinking cirle on the SC journaling card, but i didnt want to add another square element, so I did what any crazyType A scrapper would have done- I fussy cut the darn thing out! A little secret- I only cut enough to fit….the remainder is hidden under the pic…maybe it was laziness….whatever!!! Then I stamped it with a Kelly Purkey (she will be visiting here in less than 3 weeks!!!!!)  “A Little Bit of Magic” stamp using black STAZ ON. I added faux stitching to the pinking circle and adhered some velum die cuts and the SC flair and it was done!!!

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So that’s the story of the fastest LO I have ever done. Horray!!!!

Lori

Eclectic Love Post #2

I’m back again with another layout using the Paperie February Club Kit “Eclectic Love” . I had lots of fun making this layout because it involves lots of inky messy goodness!!!

One of my favourite scrapbookers/artists is Anna-Maria Wolniak. Her work is absolutely amazing and I am so ispired by her use of mixed media on her layouts. This LO was inspired by by a layout of hers called Centre Pompidou.

Here is the layout titled “Best Friends”. It’s a tribute to my best friend Karen who introduced me to scrapbooking in 2004. paperie club kit feb 2013 lori smith layout best friends

I started with a white CS background. I gathered my Ranger Tim Holtz Pumice Stone Distress Ink Pad & Blending Tool, and the Punchinella stencil designed by Julie Fei-Fan Balzer for TCW. I added some tape to the back of my white CS and stuck it to my Ranger Craft Sheet. (I love my Ranger Craft Sheet! It protects my table from my inky messiness and its heat resistant!).

I then positioned the honeycomb part of the stencil on the CS where I wanted to add my ink. (NOTE: to make the stencil the width I wanted, with a straight edge, I taped a strip of paper to the top and bottom of the stencil acting as a mask). I taped the stencil down with a small amount of washi tape. I did this to prevent the paper and stencil from moving. Next I added Pumice Stone distress ink to my Ink Blending Tool and moved the blending tool over the stencil carefully and in a circular movement. When finished, remove all tape to reveal a crisp image!

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I gathered my Witch’s Brew October Afternoon Sprinkler (green), my Peppermint Studio Calico Mister Huey (red), my Seven Seas Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist (teal), my MME Follow Your Heart Be Amazing stamp set, my Ranger Jet Black Archival Ink and my clear stamp block. I added the 3 misters in separate areas on my craft sheet. Using my finger I added the inks in areas to the paper as shown below. I added a big glob of red and blew on the ink on the CS to make a runny pattern. I also removed the spray nozzle from each of the mists and flicked it to create some drips as shown. I inked up my arrow stamp and added it as shown. Love it!!!

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I laid my LO and craft sheet to the side,and gathered my craft knife & cutting mat. I took one of the Studio Calico Darling Dear Journaling Cards included in the kit, and used my craft knife to cut out the heart in the corner. I adhered the card to my layout and put the heart to the side to use later. Here is the pic below after I cut it out.

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I gathered my TCW mini Squircle stencil and taped it to my LO. Using my Jet Black Archival ink and ink blending tool I added ink to the stencil as shown. IMAG1492

The journaling card has a glossy finish so make sure the ink dries thoroughly before proceeding. Here is what it looks like:

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I backed my photo with SC Garbo (black Camera paper) and added washi tape (see full LO for placement of washi) I adhered pop dots to the back of the cut-out heart and placed it on the LO as shown. I grabbed my fine black Faber Castell PITT pen and added faux “stitching” around the heart.

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I added ink with my finger in patches as shown below and added a few flicks of mist droplets to my LO. I also drew faux threads with my PITT pen. I added my title using the Konichiwa Basic Grey Letter Stickers that came in the kit. I added the MME enamel dots and Bo Bunny enamel hearts that came with the kit.

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At the bottom of the LO, I added washi tape, enamel dots/hearts and a SC Darling Dear Flair Badge that came with the kit. I punched out a heart with my punch and added it to the layout. I added some faux thread and outlined the heart and letters in my title with my PITT pen. I stamped that fabulous arrow stamp again at the bottom.

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I added the Vellum Die cuts to my LO. The arrow in the upper right hand corner was colored with my distress markers. I cut the “smile” speech baloon from the October Afternoon Midway Washi tape and placed it on the LO (see full LO for final placement)

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Finally I put glossy accents to the red letters in my title:

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Hope you like this LO and learned a few new techniques!!! In my next post I will tell you how I did Layout #3 “Roa’s Rapids”

enjoy!

LORI

Time for a Challenge

 I have been trying to keep up with the blogging. It’s a new thing for me, so still trying to get used to it…plus I suck at time management…ironic considering the name of my blog! LOL

Great news …my friend Karen started a blog too. (You should check her out). We decided we were going to do some challenges to keep us motivated and have fun! So today I’m sharing one of those challenges with you. If you want to play along- feel free. I would love to see all your beautiful art! Make a comment in the comment section and link it to your gallery or blog.

BUT FIRST I have to tell you about this awesome class I’m taking over at Big Picture Classes called “kit-tastic” taught by the amazing May Flaum! I found out about this class through Ashli Oliver aka soapHOUSEmama…you should check out her blog-her work is absolutely wonderful and inspirational! She rocks the house!

My first kit I put together using the techniques in week one….I used Basic Grey Paper Clippings, Studio Calico wood veneer hearts,cameras & potty people, BG letter stickers, October Afternoon alphas & AC thickers, Christy Thomlinson’s  vintage doily mask (i luv it), black  Le Pen, Ali Edwards stamps,TIM Holtz/Ranger distress ink and re-inkers/misters, Ranger black archival ink, washi tape and charcoal (yeah I’ll explain this in a later blog post Sara! ) I made sure to use reds in my papers, letters and embelishments for contrast to my black and white photos…

…..and this is the kit I put together…

So to kill 2 birds with one stone…actually 3…..ill explain later….

Karen & I decided to do a sketch challenge– nothing big just a motivator! And here is the 2 page layout sketch from BG….

So using my kit and my sketch I started my layout….and then I decided to tie in another challenge from my LSS, the Paperie. They have MOJO MONDAY challenges posted on the blog and my friend Krista posted this challenge—quotes and song lyrics for a title. So I looked at my pictures and the lightbulb went on like a spotlight on a stage!!!!”Crazy Little Thing Called Love” by Queen popped into my head!!!

And so the layout began……