Hiding In My Craft Room #104: Freestyle

This week at HIMCR the challenge is...Freestyle!  Meaning you can do whatever you want!  Can't wait to see what you come up with!
I was recently in a swap with a few (15) demonstrators in my Stampin' Up! group. Our new catalog has been out for about a month and it's always fun to see what other people are doing with their new stamps.  SO...now I have 16 cards using NEW merchandise to show you!  I'm excited!!!
Here is the swap that I created...
New items on this card: Gorgeous Grunge Stamp Set, Birthday Cake Stamp, Bermuda Bay Ink, Smokey Slate Cardstock and Ink, and the Brights Stack of DSP! 
Supplies Used
Cardstock: Basic Gray, Smokey Slate, Whisper White
DSP: Brights Stack
Stamp Sets: Birthday Cake, Gorgeous Grunge
Inks: Smokey Slate, Basic Gray, Bermuda Bay
Big Shot: Labels Collection
Embellishment: 1/4" Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon - Basic
Adhesives: Snail, Dimensionals
Purchase these products HERE!


Practical Scrappers Blog Hop: Project Life

***Keep Scrolling down to the next post to see today's Inspired by Pinterest creation!***

Hello and welcome to the PRACTICAL SCRAPPERS and SCRAPTOWN LADY Blog Hop!  So glad that you stopped by today! 
I LOVE Project Life and I simply use it for Project 365, Picture of the Day.  Meaning that I take one picture per day that makes it in our Project Life album.  At the end of the year, I have an album full of 365 of my favorite pictures of every day life and some special events thrown in there too!
I currently use Becky Higgins' products.  This year I am using the Seafoam Kit.
So here is my basic process and one of my layouts of pictures I took back in January.
I have to start the week with Sunday...it's just natural for me!  I normally will do all 4x6 pictures, with some Instagram picture thrown in this year, because I now have a smart phone!  Hello 2013!

In all of my scrapbook pages, not just project life, I use my own handwriting.  There is something about handwriting...it's part of a person and I want my kids and future generations to know that part of me.  I could pick my Grandma's, Mom's or Dad's handwriting out anywhere.  It's a special connection!

My daughter is 4 years old and she loves being artistic.  This is so much a part of our every day life that I have to add in her creations!  I slip them into an 8.5x11 page protector.

Sometimes I will have a lot of art work for a layout.  This week I just chose 4 pictures!

I mentioned earlier that I have started to use Instagram pictures some of the time.  When I have a 4x4 Instagram print, I take a 4x6 blank grid card and use a little washi tape on each side to give a little decoration!
Some weeks I will had in stamps and embellishments more than others...this just wasn't one of those weeks!
Now you have some work to do!  There is a great drawing going on if you follow the below rules!
What do you have to do to be entered in the drawing? It’s easy!
1. Be a follower of Practical Scrappers; and
2. Be a follower of Scraptown Lady; and
3. Visit all the blogs, starting with Practical Scrappers and ending with Scraptown Lady, and leave a comment at each blog along the way.

We will be hopping until Sunday, June 30th, at 11:59 p.m. CST. The grand prize winner will be announced on Tuesday, July 2nd!
Thank you for stopping by today!  You are off to see Ruth next!

If you get lost along the way, just check the complete list below to get you hopping in the right direction:
Kim Ryden ***You Are Here***

If we have inspired you so much that you “need” to do a little shopping now, SCRAPTOWN LADY is offering 20% off all orders during the hop! The sale runs from now ‘til midnight Monday. Enter “code20” to receive your discount.

Practical Scrappers: Inspired by Pinterest

It's time to be inspired by Pinterest again today at Practical Scrappers.  This challenge fell on the perfect day because we are hosting a playdate that our house this morning (kiddos are 4 and almost 2) that is Pinterest inspired!
Each Mom is bringing an activity or a snack that she has pinned on Pinterest but hasn't gotten around to doing with her own kids yet.  My activity is...messy!  But it should be fun!!!
Anyway, back to the crafty-ness before I head to bed and get ready for the kids tomorrow!  Here is the pin that I chose to use as inspiration...
I love the texture of this blue background!  You can see the pin here.
And here is my creation...

I kept the textured background and added in a flower in the same color!  It was late when I took this picture so the colors are kind of off.  But these are a few of Stampin' Up!'s new colors: Smokey Slate, Costal Cabana and Strawberry Slush.
Hope you enjoyed my card today.  Don't forget to check out what the other Design Team members were inspired by Pinterest to create over on the Practical Scrappers blog
Supplies Used
Cardstock: Smokey Slate, Costal Cabana, Whisper White
Stamp Set: Regarding Dahlias
Ink: Costal Cabana, Strawberry Slush
Tools: Paper Snips
Big Shot: Polka Dot Embossing Folder
Embellishment:In Color Boutique Details
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My Paper Pumpkin: May Kit

Just wanted to show you all my finished Brag Book that I made using the May My Paper Pumpkin Kit!

Hope you like it!  If you want a little more information about My Paper Pumpkin click here.  If you sign up for the monthly kit, please select Kim Ryden (Me) as your demonstrator!
You can see a full post about my Brag Book and other monthly kits at Practical Scrappers today!


Practical Scrappers: Frugal Finds - Straws

Today at Practical Scrappers we are being frugal.  It's time for Frugal Finds!  And this month we are using straws!
Yes, drinking straws!
I made this card using my June Paper Pumpkin Kit from Stampin' Up!  If you haven't heard of My Paper Pumpkin, you should take a look.  It's a monthly kit that comes directly to your door for just $19.95 + tax!  Every month there is a different, fun project to make!
To create the Tangerine Tango circles, I used a drinking straw (from a Sonic drink...of course).  I dipped the end of the straw in the ink pad and stamped repeatedly.  I love that there is never a perfect circle...it's a fun distressed look!
Head on over to the Practical Scrappers blog to see what the other Design Team members did with straws today!
Supplies Used
Cardstock: Smokey Slate, Whisper White, Basic Gray
Stamps: Hello to You - June Paper Pumpkin Kit
Ink: Bermuda Bay, Tangerine Tango, Smokey Slate
Punches: 2-1/2" Circle, 1-3/8" Circle, Small Heart
Tools: Paper Snips
Adhesives: Snail, Dimensionals
Other: Straw
Purchase these products HERE!
Interested in My Paper Pumpkin?  Sign up today and please choose Kim Ryden as your demonstrator at check out!  THANKS!


More Paper Pumpkin Cards: June Kit

I know that I showed you one card that I made with my June Paper Pumpkin Kit.  BUT, I have a few more for you today.  This weekend I got to play around with the kit a bit more!
For this card I used Early Espresso for my brown.  I just like that color a lot better than Soft Suede.  I also added in some fun Pumpkin Pie embellishments in the hexagons!  LOVE it!

This card used a lot of washi tape!  I also love all of the different colored hexagons and that they are pointing different directions!

This last card was meant to be simple.  Not a lot of added products.  I did add in the Chocolate Chip DSP behind the hexagon punch outs.  Simple and Cute!

And after those 4 cards, I still have this left over!  I play on using some of the hexagons and of course the stamps to make a few other cards!  Can't wait to get time to play!
If you don't want to miss another kit, head to www.mypaperpumpkin.com to sign up.  Choose Kim Ryden as your demonstrator!  The first person to sign up with me before July 10th will have the opportunity to purchase the June Kit for $20.  You will never be able to get it again!  But I got an extra to share this month!  Please let me know if you are interested!


Hiding In My Craft Room #103: Wedding

This week at HIMCR we are showing you wedding themed projects.
I created a teeny, tiny card...perfect for a giftcard to be placed inside!
I used the new Eastern Elegance DSP from Stampin' Up!  I just love these designs for a wedding card!
Please be sure to stop by HIMCR today to see what the other designers created with the wedding theme in mind.
Supplies Used
Cardstock: Smokey Slate, Whisper White
DSP: Eastern Elegance
Stamp Set: Label Love
Ink: Costal Cabana
Punches: Artisan Label, 2-1/2" Circle
Embellishments: Ruffle Stretch Trim - Costal Cabana
Adhesives: Snail, Dimensional
Purchase these products HERE!


My Paper Pumpkin: June Kit

Just wanted to let you all see the June My Paper Pumpkin kit!  It is called "Hello to you" and it has A LOT of hexagons!! 
Here is what the contents of the kit make, according to the directions.  You have the supplies to make 4 cards and you get envelopes!

There are a few hexagons that are actual punch outs and you use your heart stamp (included in kit) with your Soft Suede Ink Spot (included in kit) to stamp hearts through them to the back piece of cardstock!

The stamps this month are AWESOME!  That Chevron fits perfectly on the D size block!  I can't wait to use it on all kinds of projects!  :)
If you are interested in joining this monthly kit club, all you do is go to the Paper Pumpkin website, choose Kim Ryden as your demonstrator and the kits will come directly to you, ready for you to sit down and create.  (Everything is included, except adhesive.)
Please let me know if you have any questions!


Hiding In My Craft Room #102: Die Cuts

This week we are using Die Cuts at HIMCR for Challenge #102!
I have just recently gotten into using Die Cuts more often and I love them!
Stampin' Up! has a ton of new framelits for the Big Shot and they coordinate with stamp sets that we sell too!  For this card I used two different sets:
AND...using them with the new Magnetic Platform makes them so much fun and SO EASY! 
This card was so simple to put together!  I hope you enjoy it!
Make sure you head on over to the HIMCR blog to see what the rest of the Design Team did with their Die Cuts this week!


Practical Scrappers: June Layout Sketch

It's time for another fun layout sketch over at Practical Scrappers!  I think you are really going to love it!
Here is the sketch...
And here is my layout...
It's all about having lunch with some of our very best friends! 

I just love this camera paper! 

And I used my new favorite stamp set Gorgeous Grunge by Stampin' Up! ALL over this layout!  :)  LOVE IT!


June Stylin' Stampin' Squad Bog Hop: New Catalog Release

Hey everyone!  It's time for another blog hop from a great group of demonstrators and this month we are showcasing NEW items from the NEW catalog!  YAY!!!
If you are following along the hop you just came from Pamela's blog and got to she her use some awesome new goodies!  And now you get to see mine!
This month I created a layout of my little boy!
This is the layout that my scrapbook club members got to create yesterday!  The hostess wanted to use punches and boy did we!  There are 28 punched items on this layout!  WOW!
One of my favorite NEW colors is Bermuda Bay.  It was a color that came back from the past and I LOVE IT!

One of my favorite things about the new catalog is that they now sell Bundles!  You can get the Six-Sided Sampler Stamp Set and the Hexagon Punch together and you save $5.40 (for clear mount)!  AWESOME!

I love these tone-on-tone circles!  I punched them with the 2-1/2" Circle Punch and then stamped a little texture on them using the Off the Grid single stamp and the Gorgeous Grunge stamp set.  Then I used the NEW Stampin' Distress Tool to rough up the edges.

I couldn't resist adding in this cute picture of my little Noah checking out his scrapbook page!  The page was of him at 18 months and he's how 22 months...where does the time go?!
Supplies Used
Cardstock: Chocolate Chip, Whisper White
DSP: Brights Stack (NEW)
Stamp Sets: Six-Sided Sampler (NEW), Off the Grid (NEW), Gorgeous Grunge (NEW)
Inks: Tangerine Tango, Bermuda Bay (NEW), Chocolate Chip
Punches: Hexagon (NEW), 2-1/2" Circle
Tools: Stampin' Distress Tool (NEW)
Embellishments: Candy Dots - Brights (NEW), 7/16" Natural Trim (NEW)
Adhesive: Snail

Blog Hop Participants:

  1. Pam S. of Stampin' in the Sun!
  2. Rose C. of Stamp with Rose
  3. Tonya B. of Stampin' with Tonya
  4. Dawn S. of Dawn's Creative Chalet
  5. Darcy J. of DJ's Stampin' Place
  6. Pamela W. of Stinky Tofu
  7. Kim R. of Stamping with Kim
  8. Heidi B of Stuck on Stampin'
  9. Bree R. of Craft-somnia
  10. Diana E. of Stampin' Fun with Diana
  11. Annie L. of Love Me Cards
  12. Jamie H. of Unique Ink


Hiding In My Craft Room #101: Super Scraps Saturday

Happy Saturday!  It's Super Scraps Saturday over at HIMCR.  Get out your scraps and play along with us!!
You will see a few new things on this card.  The new Stampin' Up! catalog just came out and I just got my box of goodies that I ordered! 
New Items
Cardstock: Smokey Slate
DSP: Subtles Stack
Stamp Set: Zoo Babies
Make sure you head on over to the HIMCR blog to see what the rest of the Design Team did with their scraps this week!


Practical Scrappers: June Card Sketch

It's time for another sketch over at Practical Scrappers.  Here is the sketch that I used for inspiration...
And here is my card...
This card showcases SO many NEW Stampin' Up! items!  Can you tell that I just got my big box of goodies today?!  YAY!
Supplies Used
Cardstock: Costal Cabana (NEW), Whisper White
DSP: I Am Me (NEW)
Stamp Set: Banner Greetings (NEW)
Ink: Calypso Coral
Embellishments: Paper Doilies, Ruffle Stretch Trim - Costal Cabana (NEW), Baker's Twine - Calypso Coral, Candy Dots - Neutrals (NEW)
Other: Toothpick
Adhesives: Snail, Dimensionals, Glue Dots


Practical Scrappers: Two Page Layouts

It's time for another dose of two-page layouts over at Practical Scrappers
Here's mine...
I used the NEW Stampin' Up! Soho Subway DSP!  And do you see that washi tape?  This & That: Epic Day 3-pack.  SO much fun to use!

Here is a close up of some of hte papers and the NEW washi tape.

And I just couldn't resist showing you a few pictures of my little man checking out the layout of him while I was trying to take pictures!

Love it!!
Be sure you stop by the Practical Scrappers blog to see what the other design team members did with their two-page layouts.  I have a crop this Saturday and I have a feeling that I will be casing a lot of them!  ;)  Thanks girls!


Hiding In My Craft Room #100B: Die Cuts

We are on to Challenge #100B: Use Die Cuts.  It can be any kind of Die cuts, from any machine, any company...even punches!
HIMCR is sponsoring this challenge and giving away a FREE Cricut Cartridge!  AWESOME!
I used Stampin' Up! Framelits Dies for my card!
Hearts Collection Framelits (#125599  $26.95 USD)
Hearts a Flutter Framelits (#130159  $24.95 USD)
I love our framelits and they just got a whole lot easier to use because of the Big Shot Magnetic Platform (#130658  $39.95USD).
Please be sure to stop by the HIMCR blog to see what the rest of the design team came up with for this challenge.  And then stop by on the hour for the next 2 hours.  This is where my crafty day ends with HIMCR but there are still two more challenges to participate in and WIN!  Good luck and I can't wait to see your creations!
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Hiding In My Craft Room #100A: Choose Your Own...

Challenge that is! For this challenge all you need to do is pick a previous HIMCR challenge! Freestyle doesn't count! It can be a challenge you wanted to do but didn't get a chance to, a challenge you started and didn't get finished or posted, or one that you already participated in and want to create another one! It HAS to be something you make or finish that is NEW, no back linking please!

The sponsor for this challenge is Template Dreams! You could win a $5 gift certificate!
I chose to work with Challenge #86: Use a Kit
I got to use the Let's Go Racing Kit from Template Dreams and I love it so much for my little car-aholic! 
Can't wait to see you all play along and pick your own challenge!  Be sure to check out the HIMCR blog to see what the other design team members came up with for challenge 100A!

Hiding In My Craft Room Blog Hop: Challenge #100

Welcome to HIMCR's 100th Challenge!  Today we are doing things a little differently.  We are starting the day off with a blog hop and we will continue with a few other posts and challenges throughout the day!
Each of the Design Team members has chosen a color combination for Challenge #100.  There are two prizes for this challenge:
#1: For completing the blog hop.  Visiting every Design Team member's blog, leaving a comment and going back to the HIMCR blog to say you finished the hop.
#2: For choosing a color combination that one of the designers used and making your own project with those colors.  Link up below and you may be a winner.
My Colors for this challenge are: Gray, Blue and Red.
And here is my card... 

Hope you enjoy it and be sure to continue on the hop and stop by Amber's blog next!
Have fun today and we'll be back in another hour with Challenge #100A!

Here's the blog hop list:

Jennie - Jenscrapstoo
Adrienne - PaperDivaScraps
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Amber - Momma Scraps <------- font="" go="" here="" next="">
Laurie - Hiding in My Craft Room <----- back="" blog="" comment="" easy="" entered="" final="" font="" get="" giveaway="" here="" hop="" into="" leave="" nbsp="" o="" peasy="" the="" to="">