Happy Hip Hop Holidays!

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Hello there Hip Hoppers! Happy Hip Hop it's a Holiday stamp sale celebration today! Angela has just released some SUPER fab holiday themed stamps and we are sharing some inspiration created with these images with you today. There are some great deals for you so please start at the Unity blog to see the deals! I created some quick projects to share with you using 3 of the new kits! First a layout

I used the snowflakes from the Winter Wishes set here to create a fun border on my layout along with Nikki Sivils Gingerbread Land

I also used the Season's greetings image from the Holly Jolly Christmas

And created a card with the same Season's Greeting background image

And since Halloween is just around the corner, I couldn't resist a Spooky card with Treats and Fun!

Trick or Treat 

Now it's time to hop on over to Stephanie and see what she has in store for you today!

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Did you see HSN's 24 hour craft day?

Hey friends! Monday was HSN's 24 hour craft day and I am still having a hard time not buying the Cricut 2. I love my Cricut Expression and it works great. I just can't buy another one when I already have one but the new features look awesome! Anna Griffin had 2 different hour blocks and some of my samples were show which was really fun. I love the new Twinkle Bright collection. Here's a few things I created for the show.

I love the vintage feel of this holiday collection. That snowman is so cute! 

We got to do a product swap with Spellbinders and I have been using my dies to create with for Anna's assignments. They go great with her paper collections. Anna also has a fall paper kit that was shown that I loved! Here's a few creations

I love cutting out the images and layering them. This floral print is so beautiful.

Now I'll shift gears and share a My Little Shoebox sneak of one of my October assignments with Audrey! 

World Card Making Day is Saturday! Have you signed up for the Paper Crafts blog hop! I'm going to be sharing something fun!  Be sure and stop by.
That's all the fun I have to share today. Have a good Wednesday!

Paper Posies October kit reveal!

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

I loved this month's kit and as soon as it arrived I dove in. I love that Michele always pairs the best manufacturers to create a super fun kit to create with month after month! This month we have Jillibean Soup and Bella Blvd.

Here's some things I created using this fall themed kit!

A fun hello card with Bella Blvd

My little cutie and our neighbor, loving that pizza!

We don't really get fall in the city but I try to capture what I can of my favorite season at our local park.

 Here's a close up some stitched leaves I created with my Sew Easy tool from We R memory Keepers

 I loved these chipboard banner shapes from Bella Blvd I used to create this Fall Blessings card

Finally, here's this month's altered project from Maya Road. A fun acorn banner that I dressed up with Bella Blvd and Martha Stewart Glitter. The Thanks sticker is American Crafts. Easy and fun to create in a short amount of time. 

Sunday crafting and a winner

Sunday, September 25, 2011

I love Sundays, not much really goes on around our house except football and the occasional soccer game for Scott. That leaves me usually doing laundry and crafting. Today I was in the mood to make some cards and was inspired by this week's Tuesday Trigger at the Moxie Fab World blog.

Here's my take on the challenge with the beautiful Miss Nelly collection by Kaisercraft.

I really like embossing vellum and layering it over pattern cardstock. I think it adds dimension to the card. Since I had all the cardstock out I decided to make another one.

You still have time to create your take on this week's Tuesday Trigger. Visit the Moxie Fab blog for all the details here.
Thanks to everyone that created with my sketch for the Paper Secrets Twisted Card hop. My winner is...

Raechelle Bellus!

Email me your address to shemainesmith@yahoo.com and I'll get your prize out to you this week.
Thanks to all who created with us! 

I am looking forward to a new week. My husband and I have been taking morning walks together and it feels good to be getting back into a healthier routine.
This afternoon my son scored his first goal of the season and I am so very proud of him!

Here's a shot I got of his coach congratulating him before they started the last quarter. The Striker's won 5-3. It's so exciting to see Scott's confidence building.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Hello friends. This week at the Imaginisce blog we're having a release party for our travel themed collection Bon Voyage! My fellow designers have made some fabulous projects for you to gain inspiration from. Make sure you stop by the Imaginisce blog all week long and comment for your chance to win some of this new collection.

Yesterday my projects were shown on the blog so I'm sharing them here with you today. I really wanted to show you that this collection didn't have to just be for travel photos. So take a look at what I came up with.

 9th Grade

A layout with photos from my son's first day of high school

A journal I made for him to share his feelings.

 And a card I created using the airplane Snag Em stamp.

That wraps up my projects with Bon Voyage! Hope you have a fantastic day!

Snag em up quick!

Friday, September 16, 2011

Thanks for stopping by my blog today! Please scroll down for the Paper Secrets Blog hop. 

I hope you enjoyed the tutorial today on the Imaginisce blog

Paper Secrets Twisted Card Hop

Welcome to the Paper Secrets Twisted Card Hop. Each of our team members have a card sketch with a twist posted along with a prize so be sure to visit all 8 blogs for 8 chances to win. You can also visit the Paper Secrets blog to see how you can win more prizes!

Here's my card

Supplies: Patterned paper Bella Blvd Super Stud; Sentiment Bella Blvd Unity Stamp Co Co-branded set Sweet Celebration; buttons Michaels $1 bin.

Prize: I have a fabulous mix of My Little Shoebox mini Alphas to give away!

Complete a card using this sketch AND the twist is that you must use BUTTONS. Upload your card to Mr Linky by the end of day (California time) September 23rd. Winner will be chosen on Saturday September 24th.  Don't forget to visit the other 7 participating blogs including the Paper Secrets blog.

Paper Secrets http://paper-secrets.blogspot.com/
Kristi Beisel http://devosmommy.blogspot.com/
Rochelle Spears http://rochellespears.blogspot.com/
Nancy Dare http://daretobeunique-nancy.blogspot.com/
Joyce Casaldi http://1ashjoy.blogspot.com/
Kimmy Jaster http://www.lostinadreamofjosh.blogspot.com/
Nicolle Kramer http://nicollelovesscrapbooking.com/      

Hip Hop!

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Hip hop hello friends! It's another fun Thursday at Unity with lots of ispiration and a little hiccup or two too!
Make sure you have started the Hop over at the Unity blog to read what Angela has for your today!

Today I am sharing a layout I created using September's KOTM: All Seasons

I love the images in this kit! Perfect for creating some great holiday cards! If you aren't a KOTM Subber then click on over here to read all the news about how to sign up.

Here's a look at my layout

Oh and don't forget...It's the 15th of the month which means Unity has a new challenge!!

This month's challenge is:


 If you would like to create with us simply make any project using leaves and link it up over at the Unity challenge site! Now hop on over to Stephanie to see what she's created for you!

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Unity Stamp Co Scor-Pal Blog Hop!

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Hi friends!  Welcome to the Unity Stamp Company and Scor-Pal Blog Hop! Our teams have come together to show you ALL of the amazing things you can do with Unity Stamp Company stamps and Scor-Pal products! Along the blog hop you will find cards and projects that are sure to INSPIRE you! 

Oh and we have prizes, too, so BE SURE to leave a comment on ALL of the blogs on today’s Blog Hop! There will be 2 winners! 1 will get a Scor-Pal and 1 will get 10 Unity Itty Bitty stamps of their choice! Winners will be picked from ALL of the comments so the more comments you leave, the more chances you have to WIN! 

The winners will be announced on Thursday, September 15th on the Unity Stamp Company blog and the Scor-Pal blog! 

I was lucky to win my first Mini-Scor Pal from my favorite (yet retired) sketch blog 2 Sketches 4 You. I was amazed by all the great things you can do with this tool! So I've been using mine to make little gift sets for gift cards for quite some time! Here's my project

Supplies: My Little Shoebox Audrey collection Roman Holiday and Love in the Afternoon patterned paper and 3D rollup flowers, Co Branded Unity Stamp set Audrey and Cottage Cutz die. 

The vellum envelope was created by scoring a 5 1/2 x 5 1/2 sheet at 2 inches and then 2 1/2 inches and then repeated and folded. I secured the envelope with the scor tape and slid in the gift card. I used heavy weight vellum so that I could stamp the Audrey ribbon image on the front and embellish.

The gift holder is a 4 1/2 x 12 sheet scored at 4 1/2 and 6 1/2 and again at 11. I folded the cardstock and then used a Martha Stewart Border punch to add detail to the flap.

So that's it...I'll be keeping it short and sweet today and send you on your way!
Your next stop on the blog hop is: Tami Mayberry

HOP ORDER: in case you didn't start at the beginning {wink}

Unity Stamp Company

Angie Blom

Diane Zechman

Jimmi Mayo

Gini Cagle

Natalie Dever

Julie Koerber

Maren Benedict

Katie Tate

Stephanie Muzzulin

Robyn Weatherspoon

Steph Ackerman

Christi Snow

Shemaine Smith <---------------------ME

Tami Mayberry

Lisa Henke

Brooke Lien

Virginia Nebel

Wendy Chang

Lisa Andrews


Paper Secrets September sketch challenge

Friday, September 9, 2011

Hello friends. TGIF! Wow this week really flew by! What are your crafty plans for the weekend? I'll be at Michaels in Hawthorne Ca on Saturday promoting my scrapbooking and card making classes from 1pm-3pm. Some of you might not know that EK Success Brands has teamed up with Michaels to bring you some great classes like Spotted Canary Scrapbooking classes, Martha Stewart classes and several Paper Ed classes. I am proud to be teaching the Scrapbooking, Martha Stewart and Card Tricks classes. I am also excited to share that during our Open House all classes are 50% of the course fee. It's a great deal and there is something for everyone. Visit Michaels website for more info!

Today I am sharing a layout I created for the September sketch challenge at Paper Secrets using We R Memory Keepers products and the Sew Easy tool. You can load up your take on this month's sketch until September 30th and be entered to win a $10 Paper Secrets gift card.

Supplies: Patterned paper, stickers and chipboard We R memory Keepers Be My Valentine collection. Sew easy tool and thread We R memory Keepers.  Bling : Recollections. Chipboard 4 American Crafts. Mini Alpha's My Little Shoebox.

Here's a detailed look at my stitched hearts. I created the template from tracing a chipboard heart from Maya Road. I really love creating with the Sew Easy tool. It's fun and really is easy to use.
Make sure you visit the Paper Secrets Forum for more chances to win gift cards to the Paper Secrets store. They just got some brand new products in! Ordering from the Paper Secrets Store is fast and easy!

Have a crafty weekend!

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