Hiding In My Craft Room #113: Freestyle

This week at HIMCR it's Freestyle!  That means that you can make whatever creation you choose!
Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps is our sponsor this week.  They gave us some really cute images to work with!  AND you can win 3 images of your choice...just for playing along this week!  AWESOME!
Here is my card this week...
I used my Stampin' Write Markers to color in my cute little owl: Opal Owl Digital Stamp.
Colors: Bermuda Bay, Melon Mambo and Pumpkin Pie
With the cute digital images that I'm given, I LOVE to make them big and print them out for my daughter, Brooke.

She loved creating this owl paper!
Please make sure you stop by the HIMCR blog today so that you can see what the other Design Team Members did with their cute digital images!


SSINKspiration: Friday Favorites

Over at SSINKspiration today we are showing you what our favorites of the moment are! 
Here is my card for today...
And here is a list of my favorites!
My top favorite from this card is the Birthday Cake Single Stamp.  I just love all of those chevron cake layers!
More Favorites:
Make sure you stop by the SSINKspiration blog today to see what the other Design Team Members are loving!
Supplies Used
Cardstock: Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Crushed Curry Core'dinations
Stamp Sets: Birthday Cake, Gorgeous Grunge, Banner Greetings
Inks: Early Espresso, Chocolate Chip, Crumb Cake, Cajun Craze, Bermuda Bay
Tools: Paper Snips, Sanding Block
Embellishments: Candy Dots - Regals, Designer Buttons - Brights, Linen Thread
Adhesives: Snail, Dimensionals, Glue Dots
Purchase these products HERE!


Hiding In My Craft Room: Crafty Spaces Blog Hop

Welcome to the HIMCR Crafty Spaces Blog Hop!  Did you have a fun time seeing Laurie's space?  I know I did!  Thanks for hopping along to my blog to see my craft room that I hide in.  Well sometimes I get to hide, but not often as you will see in the pictures I took last night!
I recently moved my craft room to the basement.  I am going to try holding my monthly crop in my basement and decided that it would be better to have EVERYTHING at my finger tips when I have that event than to have to carry it down from the attic bedroom. 
Besides that...the attic bedroom is H-O-T in the summer months!  So the basement is just the right temperature to craft the nights away!
SO...I don't have everything moved or organized yet.  And I decided to show you all what my room really looks like, rather than clean it up...I'm being real here!
Here is my little craft corner.  I have a 5ft. table for myself. Inks close by as well as a Diet Dr. Pepper!  You will get to see all of the things behind my desk up close.  So here we go!

In my new craft space, Brooke (my 4.5 year old daughter) can have her own space to create what she wants.  And usually she holds on tight to my washi tape collection!  I let her use it...when am I EVER going to use it ALL!

This group of shelves behind my chair is home to some embellishments, some cardstock, some designer papers, adhesives and some tools...basically things I use often but don't want to have them cluttering my desk!

Here is a close up of my messy table!  You know it's a good craft session when you have a little mess to share with the world!

Next you get to peek inside that cabinet that is behind me.  This is where all of my stamps are kept!  You will also see my tote that I use for all of my tools at crops and Stampin' Up! events.  On the middle shelf you will find my retired stamp sets that I just can't part with!
And the top shelf is all of the current Stampin' Up! stamp sets!  Can you believe I have so many...YIKES!!!  But I do earn a lot of them for free, being a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator!

Over to my left you will find my scrap drawers.  I really try to use them up!  AND you will see my NEW envelope punch board on that shelf underneath my scraps!  I love that thing!

If you were to sit in my chair, this is what you would see.  It's not a pretty space...it's an un-finished basement that is also a storage facility, laundry room, gym and playroom!  But it works for me!

One of the best things about my new set up is that I can craft while my two year old plays just a few feet away!  I LOVE IT!
I hope that you will continue on our hop and click here to see Jennie's Crafty Space!  So glad that you all stopped by!  Come back Saturday to see more HIMCR goodness!

Blog Hop Order:

Kim from Stamping with Kim 
Jennie from Jenscrapstoo
Melanie - Afternoon Scrapper


Hand Stamped Sentiments #167: Sketch

One of my friends and Design Team Sisters over at SSINKspiration, Bree, just started on the Hand Stamped Sentiments Design Team yesterday!  I love this sketch so I had to play along!
Here is the sketch...
And here is my card...

I started this card with a Basic Gray cardstock base and added a Very Vanilla half circle.  I created the circle using the Circles Collection Framelits Dies by Stampin' Up!.  I just stamped the Off the Grid Stamp in Smokey Slate ink and used the distress tool to rough up the edges.
The Witches Brew Washi Tape is one of my favorites!  I used that for the 3 strips along the bottom of the card.  The witch hat image comes from the Best of Halloween Stamp Set.
The candy dots on this card are some of my favorite products!  I ran out of Basic Black ones...so I just used a black Sharpie to color the Very Vanilla ones!  I think I will be doing this a lot with the colors that I don't use.  Black is one of my favorite colors!
Supplies Used
Cardstock: Basic Gray, Very Vanilla
Stamp Sets: Best of Halloween, Off the Grid
Ink: Basic Black, Smokey Slate
Big Shot: Circles Collection Framelits Dies
Tools: Stampin' Distress Tool
Embellishments: Witches Brew Washi Tape, Candy Dots, Neutral
Adhesives: Snail, Dimensionals
Other: Black Sharpie
Purchase these products HERE!


SSINKspiration: Hexagons

Today at SSINKspiration we are showing you our love for hexagons!  Hexagons are so much fun and the new Six-Sided Sampler Bundle (WM #132725  $36.50, CM #132724  $29.50) is just perfect! 
The bundle comes with the Six-Sided Sampler Stamp Set (WM #130953  $26.95, CM #130956  $18.95) and the Hexagon Punch (#130919, $15.95)
For my card today I stamped a few hexagons from the stamp set using Coastal Cabana ink.  I also used DSP in Crushed Curry and Smokey Slate to punch out the other hexagons.

This "Hello Sweet Friend" sentiment comes with the Six-Sided Sampler Stamp Set.  Isn't it the best?!
Don't forget to check out the SSINKspiration Blog today to see what other hesagon projects you can find!  You are going to love them!
Supplies Used
Cardstock: Crushed Curry, Whisper White
DSP: Regals Stack and Neutrals Stack
Stamp Set: Six-Sided Sampler
Inks: Coastal Cabana, Basic Black
Punch: Hexagon
Embellishments: Rhinestone Jewels
Adhesives: Snail, Dimensionals
Purchase these products HERE!


Bitty Butterfly Thank You

I have started to send all of my customers Thank You cards when they place an order with me.  So I needed something quick, easy and cute for August orders!
Here is the card I made...
Tape It is one of my favorite stamp sets.  And the color combination: Bermuda Bay, Crushed Curry and Smokey Slate is another favorite of mine!
Add in a cute sentiment from Lots of Thanks and a sparkly, silver butterfly and it's done!
Supplies Used
Cardstock: Whisper White
Other Paper: Silver Glitter
Stamp Sets: Tape It, Lots of Thanks
Inks: Bermuda Bay, Crushed Curry, Smokey Slate, Basic Black
Punch: Bitty Butterfly
Adhesive: Dimensionals
Purchase these products HERE!


Hiding In My Craft Room #112: Masculine Birthday Cards

This week at HIMCR we are focusing on Masculine Birthday Cards.  This is always a tough topic for so many crafters.  But this week we werwe sponsored by Template Dreams and I have to tell you that I fell in love with a paper pack that she has for sale...

Summer Fun Paper Pack is adorable and it's only $1.80!!  I would pay $1.80 for this turquoise starburst pattern alone!  It's SO CUTE!!!
The other elements used on my card are from Stampin' Up!'s digital software, My Digital Studio.  If you want to learn more about that, let me know!  You can get a free 30 day trial here!
Make sure you stop by the HIMCR blog today to see all of the masculine birthday cards!  You are gonna love them!

SSINKspiration: Photopolymer Stamp Sets

Head on over to the SSINKspiration Blog today to learn more about Stampin' Up!'s Photopolymer Stamp Sets and see the BRAND NEW one that came out this week...
Another Thank You #133454 $13.95

You can see this card and many others over at the main blog today!  You are going to love them!


Practical Scrappers Blog Hop: Wood

Welcome to the Practical Scrappers/Paper Secrets Blog Hop! We are so excited to have you here today! For this blog hop we are featuring the Ten Things Team from Practical Scrappers and members from the Design Team at Paper Secrets. Our topic for this hop is a fun, trendy one that will definitely catch your attention: wood!


I have a fun layout for you today of my summer "vacation" with my little family.  We went to The Great Wolf Lodge in town and had a one night stay with two days of swimming.  That's vacation enough when your kids are 4 and 2!!!
I have a lot of fun wood embellishments and papers on my layout.  Can you spot them all? 

Woodgrain paper from Becky Higgins Project Life.

Wood Embellishments from Studio Calico.

And one of my very favorites that you can just see a little of in this picture is that green woodgrain washi tape by Scotch...from Office Max!  Can you believe it?!?!

We have a collection of wood goodies from Paper Secrets to give away and you can get all the details on that below, but first here's the list for the hop!

Blog Hop List

Here's what you can win from Paper Secrets!

You can do any or all of the following to get entered:
1) Be a follower at Practical Scrappers
2) Be a follower at the Paper Secrets Blog
5) Leave us a on the Practical Scrappers main blog telling us which of those you did :)

You have until 11:59 PM CST on Sunday, August 25th to enter. A winner will be announced early next week!


My Paper Pumpkin: July Kit

While I still wait for my August Paper Pumpkin Kit to arrive, I can't help but wonder if it got sent to 2 incorrect locations because I still hadn't played with my July kit and posted my projects or WHAT?!
So here is what we got in the July Kit...

Supplies enough to make 2 cute banners!  3 mini background pattern stamps and Pool Party and Summer Starfruit ink spots!
When I got the kit in the mail, I knew that I wasn't going to create the banners themselves.  But I wanted to see what I could use the kit contents to make!
My first project was a scrapbook page of my last birthday.  So I guess I did use a banner...but I used it on a layout instead of a cake!
The base of my layout is Tangerine Tango.  I added in a strip of Pacific Point DSP on each side of the layout.  The half circles were create with my 3 patterned stamps, the ink spots from the kit and Whisper White cardstock.  I used the 1-1/4" Circle Punch to punch them out and then cut them in half before gluing them down.

My second project was a cute card!  I wanted to use the other skewers that came with the kit and make a banner but a typical card isn't large enough to spell out "PARTY" or "HOORAY".  So I laid out all of the letters to see what else I could spell.
I stamped the patterned stamps on the white banners to give them a little design.  Then I added in Pacific Point Baker's Twine too!
The "Happy Birthday" sentiment comes from the Remembering Your Birthday stamp set.

For my last project, I wanted to see what else I could spell using these cute circles.  "ROAR" jumped out at me and I thought it would be really cute paired with a little Tangerine Tango image of the lion from the Zoo Babies stamp set!  Am I right?
Supplies Used
**All projects used the July My Paper Pumpkin Kit**
Scrapbook Layout
Cardstock: Tangerine Tango textured, Whisper White
DSP: Brights Stack
Punch: 1-1/4" Circle
Embellishment: Baker's Twine - Whisper White
Adheives: Snail, Pop-Up Glue Dots (non-SU), Glue Dots
YAY Card
Cardstock: Crumb Cake
Stamp Set: Remembering Your Birthday
Ink: Pacifici Point
Embellishment: Baker's Twine - Pacific Point
Adhesives: Dimensionals, Tombow Multi-Purpose Glue, Glue Dots
Cardstock: Pacific Point, Pool Party, Crumb Cake, Whisper White
Stamp Set: Zoo Babies
Ink: Tangerine Tango
Embellishment: Season of Style Washi Tape
Adheive: Snail
Sign up for My Paper Pumpkin here.  Use the code: pumpkindeal and get your first 2 months for only $10 per kit!  Choose me (Kim Ryden) as your demonstrator please!  Special is good through the end of August!


Practical Scrappers: Frugal Finds - Pencils

Today over at Practical Scrappers we are using Pencils in our Frugal Finds post.
I used a pencil on this card...can you figure out how??
Well...I suppose I will tell you.  I started with a piece of Whisper White cardstock, rolled a pencil across my Smokey Slate ink pad and then rolled it over my cardstock.  The pencil I used was one of the fat smooth pencils so there were no lines when I rolled it.
This was a fun technique that I think I will use again soon!
Be sure to stop on by the Practical Scrappers blog today to see what the other Design Team members made using pencils!
Supplies Used
Cardstock: Real Red, Whisper White
Stamp Sets: Lovely as a Tree, A Banner Christmas, ABC-123 Sketch Alphabet and Numbers
Inks: Smokey Slate, Always Artichoke, Early Espresso
Embellishments: Rhinestone Jewels, Washi Tape (Non-SU)
Adhesive: Snail
Other: Pencil
Purchase these products HERE!


Stampin' Up!'s Undefined Stamp Carving Kit

Have you heard of this awesome new product that Stampin' Up! just came out with.  It's a kit to carve your own stamps!!!
Undefined Stamp Carving Kit  #133402  $19.95USD
When I first saw this kit, I wanted it.  But I wasn't sure that I would be good at carving my own stamps.
I have to tell you that the hardest part was coming up with what design I wanted to carve!  After that, it was pretty simple!  You can eaven watch a video about it here.

So my first attempt was this arrow stamp.  It's not perfect by any means but I think that gives it a lot of character and I LOVE IT!

Here it is up close!  If you have any questions, let me know!  It only took a matter of minutes to carve this stamp and start getting it inky!  So easy and so much fun!  And don't worry...there is a refill kit if you want more rubber to carve!
Supplies Used
Cardstock: Bermuda Bay, Whisper White
Stamp Set: Yippie-Skippie, Undefined Carved Arrow
Inks: Smokey Slate, Melon Mambo, Crushed Curry, Bermuda Bay, Basic Black
Embellishments: Wilver Ribbon, Designer Button - Regals, Baker's Twine - Whisper White
Adhesives: Snail, Tombow Glue, Glue Dots
Purchase these products HERE!


SSIINKspiration: August Layout Sketch

I love this layout sketch that our very own Jennifer Campbell came up with.  Don't you?
The great thing about sketches is that you can look at them and decided what elements you want to keep to make it your own!  So here is my layout...

This page is all about my kids and how they love to play outside on the driveway.  I think they could play there for hours and hours if we let them! 
Be sure that you stop by the SSINKspiration blog this morning to see what the other Design Team members came up with!  The layouts are so much fun!!!  And if you want to play along with us, link up in the comment section!  We would love to see what you are doing!
Supplies Used
Cardstock: Crumb Cake
DSP: Birthday Basics
Stamp Set: Cycle Celebration
Ink: Crumb Cake
Markers: Crumb Cake, Bermuda Bay
Embellishments: Burlap Ribbon, Stitched Satin Ribbon - Gumball Green, Designer Buttons - Brights, Linen Thread, This & That Designer Stickers, Candy Dots - Neutrals, Regals, Brights, Subtles
Purchase these products HERE!