Monday, September 1, 2014

Creative Blog Hop

I would like to thank my good friend, the very talented and artistic Alicia from ( for nominating me for this Creative Blog Hop. I met Alicia on a blog hop a few months back. At the time Alicia was having a 2 year blogiversary giveaway that I won. We have been following each other ever since then, Alicia is a very faithful follower and I love her work.

1. What am I working on? My project for next week's Hiding In My Craft Room design team so I can't give you a peek, it has to stay under wraps until it's posted on 9-6.

2. How does my work differ from others of its genre? I think my work is unique and is a good reflection of me, I have always been one to follow the beat of a different drummer and I tend to do my own thing, not what everyone else is doing. 

3. Why do I write/create what I do? Started scrapping back in 2006 after my Dad passed away. My sister and I had a stupid argument over family pictures and I wanted to make sure my own kids didn't run into that problem when my time comes so I made each of them their own scrapbooks. I swore that I would never make another one but you should see my craft room now, I spend all of my time in here playing with my crafting. It really helps to keep me focused and helps me to moviate myself to not sit around doing nothing all day long. I enjoy playing with the various items we are given to create with on the DT and I LOVE winning challanges and blog hops. I have made several projects for my son and daughter in law who live in Tokyo, I feel a little closer to them when I'm working on something for them. They send me some awesome crafting toys and enjoy seeing what I create with them.

4. How does your writing/creating process work? For most of my work I usually see a finished project in my head that I like, I start by coloring the digi or image (if one is being used) then I start picking out papers and other elements. At times this method comes to a screaching halt if I don't have the right color papers. So I will pick what colors I want to work with and color the image again. Then I start going through my other elements and through trial and error I assemble the final project.
Occasionally I will draw out an idea on paper and start from there. Sometimes I use Cricut Craft Room to design and cut my projects but seem to have gotten away from that recently when my desktop computer died, I find myself doing more and more things by hand now.
All of my online crafting pals are so busy with getting kids back to school, work , etc. that I haven't been able to find anyone to follow me. Please feel free to pick this up and continue it on your own.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

HIMCR #163 - Freestyle!

HIMCR #163 - Freestyle!



The sponsor is Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps!

The giveaway is 3 Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps digital images - winner's choice!

I was wondering what to do with this little airplane and the clouds, this is the, "Soar Above the Rest" digi from Sweet 'N Sassy Stamps, the first thing that came to my mind was the day my son left his home in Michigan to begin a brand new, unknown life in Kanazawa, Japan. The two of us in the top pic, him and his BFF on the bottom along with a shot of some of his Japanese friends from Michigan.
I'm very proud of my little guy (he's now 30), he spent his entire life working towards learning Japanese and visiting Japan, when he returned from his first visit in 2003, 9 months later he told me that he was going to finish his college education and return to Japan.
Before graduation he had himself set up with a job in Kanazawa through the J.E.T. Program, that is where he met his wife to be. After 2 years on the job, he left Kanazawa to pursue a job in Tokyo.
In October 2011 he brought his girl home for an American wedding which I had a whole lot to do with (planning, making decorations, invitations, the whole 9 yards) then they returned to Kanazawa for a Japanese wedding. They now reside in Tokyo. I have the best son and daughter in law in the whole world.


"Soar Above the Rest" Digi Image from Sweet 'N Sassy stamps
All papers from Basic Grey's Konnichiwa collection
Picture frames were made using the Spellbinder's scalloped circle dies I won from Paperie Blooms Blog Candy a few weeks back
Sentiment is from SEI June 2014 Kit of the Month that I won back in July
Tickets are from some festival or other I was at
Everything else except for the sequins, bling and pearls are from Basic Grey's Konnichiwa collection
Bling is from a blog hop win over at Zva Creative
Colored pencils
Adhesives, I attached almost everything with foam pads.

Entering into this challange:


Thursday, August 28, 2014

Tall and Skinny

I'm all caught up with my HIMCR DT postings so I decided to make something for another challenge and came up with this one for Verve's Mojo Monday. Please ignore my paint splattered easel.

Cardstock: My card measures 7" tall x 3.5" wide when folded. The blue and cream are from my stash, the 2 prints are from SEI's June 2014 Kit of the Month.
Ribbon: From my stash
Flower: From the SEI June 2014 Kit of the Month, Leaves are leftovers from another project
Sequins: My stash
"Happy Birthday" printed on my computer using Word, layered onto a blue background.
I inked my edges with the ink that came with the SEI June Kit.

Entering into this Challenge:

Mojo Monday - Tall and Skinny


Saturday, August 23, 2014

HIMCR #162 - Any Holiday! 2nd Posting

HIMCR #162 - Any Holiday!

The sponsor is Pickled Potpourri!

The giveaway is a $7 Gift Certificate to Pickled Potpourri!
I was able to complete 2 projects this week using the same images from Pickled Potpourri.
I have been wanting to make something on wood and came across this piece of wood in our neighborhood wash a while back. My other half drilled some holes in the wood for me and I went to work.
My piece of wood measures 13" wide x 4 1/4" tall, the bottom piece measures 7" wide x 4" tall.
The papers are all scraps from my stash, I covered both pieces of wood with black paper, I had to make a join in the top piecs. I used Mod Podge to hold the paper on. When that layer was totally dry I added the printed paper using Mod Podge.
My images were all printed out at 3" tall, I colored them using my Faber - Castell pencils and gamosil then fussy cut them.
Adhere to project using Mod Podge, when that layer is totally dry add 2 more layers of Mod Podge.
Then I adeded several items from my Halloween stash and the ribbons for hanging on wall.
Entering into these challanges:  (Halloween stash)  (Buttons, up-cycled piece of wood)

HIMCR #162 - Any Holiday

HIMCR #162 - Any Holiday!

The sponsor is Pickled Potpourri!

The giveaway is a $7 Gift Certificate to Pickled Potpourri!
Thanks to DT member Lena I was able to get this week's images. Thank you Lena. I made these cute little treat bags.

Digi Image from Pickled Potpourri
Cricut Tags, Bags, Boxes and More 2
Colored pencils, I used my Faber - Castell pencils and gamosil
Chipboard (I reused an office supply box, very light weight)
Googly eyes, ribbon, twine, charms and stickers (all from my stash)
Action Wobbles
Color images then adhere to chipboard and fussy cut out.
Cut bags using Cricut Tags, Bags, Boxes and More 2 <TrtBgLce> after first scoring using Cricut scoring blade and <TrBgLc-s> to mark score lines, then cut bag, do both, "cuts" at 10.75".
Fold bag on score lines and assemble bag.
I added 2 holes to my box lids with my Crop-A-Dile to add the ribbon.
Add ribbon and close bags by tying with twine through holes in bag and flap.
Attach twine to 5th hole in flap, add charms to other end of twine.
Attach image to other side of bag with Action Wobble.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

HIMCR - #161 - Use Ribbon

 HIMCR #161 - Use Ribbon!

The sponsor is My Besties!

The giveaway is 4 preselected digital images!

My desktop computer died on me so I do not have a way to print up the digi images for this week's challange so I went rogue and pulled out my quilling supplies.

On the blue card I used ribbon for the flower stems and pleated ribbon on the edge.
On the orange/yellow card I used ribbon along the bottom of the front panel as well as the bow.
Quilled Creations Beginner's Quilling Kit and Combing Quilling Kit (orange/yellow card).
Ribbions, brads, sentiment stamp, fringing scissors.
Embossing folders.
Adhesives, foam pads.
Corner Chomper
Blue card measures 5" w x 6"tallh (when folded on side), front panel is 4.25" w x 5" tall.
Orange/yellow card measures 5" w x 7" tall (when folded on side), front pannel is 4.5" w x 5.25" tall
Card fronts and yellow panel are all embossed with various folders from my stash.
I chomped all of the corners on the blue card and panel. The leaves are from Cricut's Mother's Day Bouquet Cartridge, flowers are from the beginner's kit, follow kit directions to quill and assemble 3 daisys.
The flower and huming bird on the orange/yellow card is from the combing kit, combing tool included when you buy this kit. Follow kit directions to make the hummingbird and flower.
Grass on blue card was cut from a scrap of green cardstock then I used my fringing scissors and curled the blades of grass.
All of the brads and ribbons are from my stash except for the pleated ribbon, I just received that as a part of a blog candy package of goodies from: Paperie Blooms, it's from Webster's Pages Designer Trim Collection.
I adhered the Bazill Basics blue panel to the front of the blue card with foam pads.
I took the prongs off of the ladybug brad on the orange/yellow card and adhered her with a foam pad.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Double Sided Post-It Holder

Yesterday was a odd day, I overslept and felt like I was behind all day so I spent the day watching TCM and taking my time playing with making this post-it holder. They are very easy to make and really don't take any time at all, I was just in slow motion all day.

I used double sided paper, the pocket with the flowers on is the flip side of the paper I made the easel section out of, the, "Mom" side matches the easel paper.

I also used some of the metal flowers I had leftover from my previous project, added some sequins and cut out, "Mom" with my Cuttlebug alphabet dies and embossed them with an argyle folder.

All you need to do to make one of these is:

Cut easel: 9 1/2" x 3 1/8".
Score at: 1/2", 1 1/2", 2 1/2", 6".

Cut pocket or pockets: 5" x 4 1/8".
Score on 5" side at: 2 1/4" and 2 3/4", then turn and score on 4 1/8" side at: 1/2" and 2 3/4".
cut out small sections where score lines cross. Then fold on score lines and assemble.
Cut 1 or 2 (depending on if it's single or double sided) to measure a 1/2" small all the way around than the finished pocket. Decorate this panel and attach to pocket section.

Entering into these challanges:

Saturday, August 9, 2014

HIMCR Blogiversary #4 - Anniversary!

HIMCR Blogiversary #4 - Anniversary!

This has been a great Blogiversary for Hiding in My Craft Room!

Thanks so much for celebrating it with us!

We are 5 years old!!!!

For this challenge it can be anything Anniversary themed and isn't a birthday just an anniversary of a birth. So hey, we'll accept birthday themed projects as well!

We want to have fun right and not make it too difficult to play but still a challenge at the same time!

The sponsor is Scrapper's Delights

The giveaway is 3 images, winner's choice from Scrapper's Delights!


I was bad and didn't follow directions but I really don't have any anniversary to celebrate so I made a, "Happy Easter/Hoppy Birthday" gift box.

Why does Google flip these on me and how can I fix it?

Digi Image from Scrapper's Delight
Cricut cartridges:Tags, Bags, Boxex & More 2, Birthday Bash, Easter 2010 and Ribbons & Rosettes
Cardstock, I used DCWV Flower Shower Spring Stack for the box and grass, everything else was a scrap
Flocking, twine, googly eyes and bling, my bling is from Zva Creative, one of my blog hop winnings
Adhesives, foam pads, pom poms
Print and color digi, then fussy cut and adhere to piece of cardstock and make a, "shadow". I added flocking for flower centers.
Cut box from Tags, Bages, Boxes and More 2 @ 11", cut Happy Easter and bunnies from Easter 2010m cake and, "Hoppy Birthday" from Birthday Bash, the gras is from Ribbons and Rosettes, the lighter green is cut as grass border @ 1" x 11", I also used the same cut for the darker green but I stretched the cut to be a little bigger than the lighter green. Cut each length of grass twice.
Assemble your cuts, add googly eyes to the bunnies, I also added pom poms for the bigger bunny's tail and nose. Attach sentiments to box before assembling as well as the image, cake and bling.
Attach darker green grass to box with foam pads, score wherever you need to turn a corner. Attach lighter green grass to the darker green grass using foam pads. Add a piece of twine around outside of grass.
Attach bunnies, mine are either inbetween the layers of grass or under both layers of grass.
I also cut a piece of chipboard, just a bit smaller than bottom of box and glued to bottom of box, this gives the box bottom more strength.

HIMCR - Blogiversary #3 - Back To School


 HIMCR Blogiversary #3 - Back to School!
The sponsor is Digi Digi Doodle

The giveaway is ?????   
I was very happy with this project until I got up this morning and saw the wrinkles in the vinyl, I shouldn't have used any glue on the letters, I should have stuck to my Xyron sticker maker. Or if we lived in a perfect world I would have had some black paint on hand to use (that was my first choice).
Apple digi from Digi Doodle
Cricut Birthday Bash cartridge
Red, black and white cardstock, clear craft plastic
Black vinyl or paint (I would use paint if I did it again)
14 x 11 canvas
Glazed Dimensions, black enamel accents, colored pencils
Mister Huey's Color Mists - Shine
Foam pads, Xyron 1 1/2" sticker maker
Attach vinyl to canvas or paint canvas black (I strongly recommend the paint). 
I ptinted the apple out using red cardstock then again using white cardstock. I fussy cut the red apple out then colored in the stem, leaves, nose and mouth on the white apple and fussy cut those out. I also did a fussy cut on the white cardstock eyes but didn't color them. Shape leaves and run a bead of Glazed Dimensions to center of leaves. Attach leaves, stem, eyes, nose and mouth with foam pads.
I cut the font from the Cricut Birthday Bash cartridge at 1 1/8", using white cardstock then I sprayed the letters with Mister Huey's Shine while still on the Cricut mat and let them dry. I also cut the font shadow from black cardstock and cut a second set of letters using the Clear Craft Plastic. (I wanted to use white glitter paper but didn't have enough) so I decided to make it shine a different way.

If you look real close you can see the shimmer of the font.
Attach apple to vinyl using double sided tape. The set of books on the bottom was an extra from a previous project a few weeks ago. Put black Enamel Accents on the dots on the apple's face.

HIMCR - Blogiversary #2 - KISS! Keep it Simple Sweetie!


HIMCR Blogiversary #2 - KISS! Keep it Simple Sweetie!

This just basically means to what it says, just keep it nice and simple or clean.

AND have fun!

The sponsor is PaperTemptress!

The giveaway is a $20 Gift Certificate to PaperTemptress

I made this card for my friend Pat who fell and broke her wrist a few weeks ago.

The Paper Temptress papers are so beautiful, they really shimmer and shine, close ups below show some of the beauty of these papers.

I cut my card base then each subsquient layer was cut approximately a 1/2" smaller than the previous layer. Then I added some black trim from Queen and Co. that looked like a ladder, then I laid gold ribbon over that trim so all you can see is the border of the black trim. I put the floss on top of the gold ribbon and tied under where I wanted to place the blowers. Flowers are from my stash, the brad centers are from Spare Parts, the gold and white twine on the side is from Your Next Stamp. Sentiment came from my Unity Stamps.

Card base: kraft
Topped by: Cream Velvet, Onyx mica/metallic, Canelicle Incandescent, Flame mica/metallic, Navy Blue Leather, Silver mica/metallic, Gold mica/metallic, topped by Silk Silver Luster Text.
I stamped the sentiment twice, on the gold mica/metallic then again on the Silk Sliver Luster Text, doing a fussy cut on the Silk Silver Luster Text and layering on top of the Gold mica/metallic using a foam square.