Thursday, June 30, 2011

Happy bird-day! - Color Dare 107

What a great color combo Riley came up with this week for The Color Dare!  I am so glad to be on this great design team! 

So Saffron
Marina Mist
Certainly Celery

Here's what I came up with:

Bird was cut at 3.75" from Straight from the Nest

You can't see from the picture but the So Saffron is a soft paisley print which I thought went well with the Paisley embossing on the little bird.

Card Base: SU  Marina Mist 4 1/4" X 5 1/2" (folded)
Card front:  Designer papers:  So Saffron & Certainly Celery layer and trimmed at 4" X 5 1/4"
Other Cardstock / Paper:   So Saffron, White, Chocolate Chip
Ink:  Marina Mist & Chocolate Chip
Stamps:   SU Pun Fun & PTI Honey Bees (little flowers by sentiment)
Accessories: SU Chocolate Chip marker, Cuttlebug & Perfectly Paisley and SU Square Lattice embossing folders , Cricut & Straight from the Nest cartridge, PTI Blueberry Sky Swiss Dot ribbon (not a perfect match to Marina Mist but pretty close!),  Corner Rounder

Thanks so much for visiting me while I am
Hiding in My Craft Room!

Be sure and head over to The Color Dare to link up your card and/or check out the other great creations!  Plus, for more inspiration check out the design team blog roll on my sidebar!!

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Trying Something NEW!

I've decided to start hosting weekly challenges with a monthly giveaway chosen randomly for one lucky participant!  Each Saturday (Starting July 2nd!) here at Hiding in My Craft Room there will be a new challenge with a linky to share your creation for that week's challenge.  You will have the entire week to create something (card, scrapbook page, 3-D item, tag, etc.)  and get it linked.  So you will have up to 5 chances, depending on how many weeks there are in the month, to enter the giveaway.

Here's the schedule:

1st week:  A Color Challenge
2nd week:   Super Scraps Saturday (even though you have all week!) - time to use up some of those SCRAPS!  I personally need this challenge for myself!!!
3rd week:  Try a Technique Week
4th week:  Mix it Up!  This challenge will be different each week!
5th week:  Freestyle!  This week you can enter with ANY creation!!

I'm going to do this for a trial period of at least two months to see if anyone is interested and to see if I can keep it up! LOL!!  If you have any questions, concerns, advice, suggestions, please use the 'Contact Me' button at the top of my blog.  When I get a question in the comments I'm never quite sure how to answer it.

Just a few guidelines: 
1.  The current weekly challenge linky will be up until Friday night at midnight MST.  Be sure and link your creation back to the actual post and not just your blog home page.
2.  When posting your creation on your blog or online gallery please link it back to this challenge.  This helps me to spread the word and the FUN!
3.  Please create something new for the current challenge and NOT use something you've made previously.  However, you can combine a HIMCR challenge with other challenges. It is always fun to complete more than one challenge at a time!
4.  The winner of the monthly giveaway will be posted the FIRST Friday of the month!
5. Have FUN!!
6. Let me know if I forgot something!

I am soooo excited to be doing this!! JOIN ME Saturday July 2nd for the 1st challenge and PLEASE HELP SPREAD THE WORD!!!

Thanks so much for visiting today and I hope we have a lot of fun creating together!

Cricut Cartridge WINNER!

I meant to get this posted earlier but it has been a busy day with my kiddos!  If fact, I type this with a 2 year old sitting right here with me, but it's now or after they are in bed!

So on with the winner of my very first Cartridge Giveaway!  It is ..... drum roll please!!!

~Sarah from Simplyshaddock

Congrats Sarah!  Please use the 'Contact Me' button to send me your mailing information so I can get this sent off to you!!

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Winner of Custom Uprinting!

And the winner is......


Please use the 'Contact Me' button at the top of my blog to send me your full name and email address so I can pass it on to Al from .

Congratulations Lindsey!

Monday, June 27, 2011


Thank you so much for all the response I have had with the giveaways I have going on right now!

See them here:  Cricut Cartridge Giveaway  OR  Custom labels from Uprint

Hiding in My Craft Room is only 10 away from 400 blog subscribers and 200 email subscribers (of course some of those overlap, but that is wonderful!)

I decided I'm going to do another giveaway! YES you read it right!  Another giveaway when I read 400 blog subscribers!  I have something pretty good in mind too!!! 

Again, this is all thanks to all of you!!!  I really CAN'T BELIEVE IT!!!!

Saturday, June 25, 2011

PTI June Blog Hop - Feel Better

This month's Papertrey Ink Blog Hop challenge is an inspiration photo.  These are the most challenging to me, but what is a challenge for, right?  So here goes:


               photo via pinterest

"We thought we would start a short inspirational series with the Blog Hops for the next few months as a fun way to spice things up! This month we are providing you with a beautiful photo to help trigger some creative ideas with color! This inspirational photo is just dreamy and it's the perfect thing to give you a creative jumpstart that will lead to nothing but fabulous results! We look forward to seeing everyone's interpretations using this inspiration! "

Here's what I came up with:

Card Base:  PTI  Vintage Cream 4 1/4" X 5 1/2" (folded)
Card front:   DCWV 'The Pocket full of Posies' stack 4" X 5 1/4"
Other Cardstock / Paper: PTI Rasberry Fizz  
Ink:  SU Melon Mambo
Stamps:   PTI Butterfly Dreams and Mega Mixed Messages
Accessories:  Nestibilites, random flowers

Thanks so much for visiting me while I am
Hiding in My Craft Room!

Be sure to link up your creation and see the other entries here:  {capture the moment}

Also don't forget to check out my TWO GIVEAWAYS!!

Friday, June 24, 2011

A Fun Giveaway!

Al from contacted me and has donated a print giveaway from

This looks like so much fun!

The winner will be able to use their own design for the stickers!
Check out the labels/stickers here:  Label Printing
And standard label templates:  Templates

How cute is that!! 

Prize Details:

250 Stickers for One (1) Winner

2" x 3.5"

70lb Label Matte, Front Only Printing, 4 Business Days Turnaround

Restriction: Limited to US residents 18 years old and above only.

Disclaimer:  This giveaway is sponsored by UPrinting, no monetary compensation was given and I will receive labels for hosting.

To be entered into the drawing all you have to do is just leave a comment on this post!  Please leave only one comment.

I will be using to pick the winner from the comments and post the winner on Tuesday the 28th!

This Giveaway is now closed!
Thanks so all that particitpated!

Thursday, June 23, 2011

8 MORE New Cricut Cartridges

What a crazy month!  8 More New Cricut Cartridges are being released!  These are Cricut Events Cartridges much like the Lite ones in content and packaging.  All of these are available NOW at  Are you ready for them?

Here they are:

Fancy Frames

Girl's Makeup

Princess Party

Robot Party

Space Party

Flower Shop (This one looks like sooo much fun!)

Sweet Tooth Boxes

Word Collage

Some really great ones!
Which one is your favorite?

Thanks so much for checking in today!!! 

Don't forget to get entered into the current giveaway!

You are a Peach - Color Dare 106

I was supposed to post this yesterday for the new Color Dare challenge but blogger was acting up and I couldn't get any pictures to upload.  So, I cleaned my house instead! Dang blogger, why did you make me do it!!

 For this week's challenge I was pressed for time, WHAT ELSE IS NEW?  So, I made a simple but cute card.  Here's the challlenge:

Color Dare #106 - Real Peachy Pears

Real Red
Peach Parfait
Pear Pizzazz

 Corner was cut at 1.5" from Picturesque cartridge.

Peach was cut at 3" from "Just Because" Cards.

Card Base: SU  Real Red 4 1/4" X 5 1/2" (folded)
Card front:   White 4" X 5 1/4"
Other Cardstock / Paper:   Peach Parfait (Solid & DP), Pear Pizzazz (Solid & DP), Chocolate Chip (stem)
Ink:  Peach Parfait
Stamps:   PTI Signature Greetings
Accessories:  Cuttlebug & SU Square Lattice and Floral Screen, Cricut and "Just Because" Cards & Picturesque cartridges, SU Real Red ribbon

Thanks so much for visiting me while I am
Hiding in My Craft Room!

Be sure and head over to The Color Dare to link up your card and/or check out the other great creations!

Monday, June 20, 2011

Teacher's Card Gift Set & Giveaway!

I made this card set for my daughter's teacher on the last day of school.   The tutorial is from my Cricut Expression 2 Series Video #6.   I really hope it helps someone!!  I know by making these videos I'm learning.  Be sure and watch until the end to see the giveaway!!  It's a good one!

To be entered into the giveaway all you have to do is at least two {you can do more if you want to!  ; ) } of the following and then leave a comment on this post saying which two you decided to do:

1.  Become a follower of HIMCR.
2. Grab my button (located in sidebar on right toward the top) and display it on your blog.
3.  Become a fan on HIMCR facebook fan page.  HERE!
4.  Subscribe to my blog via email.
5.  Become a YouTube subscriber.  My YouTube channel is: Laurie's Craft Room.
6.  Put a post on your blog about this giveaway with a link back here.

You have ONE WEEK to be entered into the drawing!! I'll be picking the winner using and then posting here on Wednesday, June 29th!!

Here's the gift set for my daughter's teacher:

 Oblong shape cut in DP using Fit to Length 3.75 &
Solid black at 4"
Scallop Circle cut at 2"
Circle cut at 1.5"
Letter 'L' cut at 1"

Supplies used:

Cricut Cartridges: Elegant Edges & Storybook
Papers from the Paper Studio 'Black & White' pack
Empty stamp set box from Papertrey Ink (I love re-purposing!)
SU Black Taffeta Ribbon

Thanks so much for visiting me while I am
Hiding in My Craft Room!

Today is the day!

I just wanted to pop in and let you know that the video with the giveaway is processing RIGHT NOW!  I actually thought I would have had it done Saturday, at the latest, especially since my oldest daughter got  home from college and with the extra help I thought I would have more time, but we've been too busy catching up with long talks to get anything done!!  I have some errands to run while it is processing but will be getting it posted later today!

So please be sure and check back later today!!

Friday, June 17, 2011

Altered Composition Notebook - Video#19

The Chocolatiers for were challenged to make an 'All About Me' project.  I decided to make a journal of sorts.  Also, I made a video tutorial altering my composition notebook and embellishing it using images cut using my Cricut!  I hope it helps someone!

I love making these!
They make wonderful gifts for teachers, kids, list makers, ANYONE!

 I decided to curl up the edges of this flower to give it a little more dimension!

Emblem was cut at 5" with Real Dial Size ON!

I just cut out a bunch of flowers, different styles and sizes and layered them up!
All cut from Forever Young Cricut Cartridge
I really like the way it turned out!

Supplies used:

Papers from makingmemories 12 X 12 page kit & Chillin Girls 8 X 8 paper pad

Brads, ribbon, Alpha stickers, and paper from Lush kit by My Mind's Eye

Outer paper was trimmed at 9 X 12 and solid paper on the inside (not shown) was trimmed at 7 X 9.

Cuttlebug folders used:  SU Square Lattice and Spots & Dots

Thanks for checking in today!

More New Cricut Cartridges

6 NEW Cartridges!!!

When I got the 'Hello Thursday' email yesterday I debated whether or not to post the information on my blog since most of you interested in Cricut news and information probably receive the newsletters as well.  But after thinking about it, I decided it might be beneficial to some of you and also good to have the new cartridges with the links to their handbooks,  that I try to do when possible. 

So here they are:

Ornamental Iron 2

Summer Celebrations

Autumn Celebrations



Traveler (exclusively from Creative Memories)

The handbooks to these are not yet up but here's a link to the Cricut Cartridge library where the handbooks to all the cartridges, past and present (well most of anyway), can be seen:  Cricut Cartridges

Sadly Retiring (I can't believe it!):

Tinkerbell & Friends
Pooh Font Set
Mickey Font Set
Happily Ever After
Dinosaur Tracks

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Videos and a Giveaway coming SOON!

I know I have already said that I have a giveaway coming soon!  It's a pretty nice one too!  I just wanted to let my YouTube subscribers in on it too.  So I have the giveaway at the end of a video.  I've just been super duper busy with my kiddos this summer.  My oldest (that still lives at home to help!) has been to scout camps; so my time is even more limited!!  I've started editing it along with another video and I hope to get time tonight to get them finished uploaded and posted Saturday at the LATEST!! 

I think you will find the giveaway worth the wait!

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Color Dare Challenge 105

Are you ready for a GREAT and challenging color combo?

I'm just loving being on the Color Dare design team.  Each week there is another color challenge (my favorite kind of challenge!).  This week's challenge is:

 Color Dare #105:  Elegant Blushing Sandy Pears

 Elegant Eggplant
Blushing Bride
Pear Pizzazz
Sahara Sand

Here's what I came up with:

Corner Swirl ws cut at 2" and the flower layers were cut at 2 1/2".

Card Base: SU Elegant Eggplant 4 1/4" X 5 1/2" (folded)
Card front:  Blushing Bride 4 1/8" X 5 3/8"
Other Cardstock / Paper:  Pear Pizzazz, Blushing Bride, & Sahara Sand DP, Sahara Sand
Ink: Elegant Eggplant,
Stamps:   SU Vintage Labels
Accessories:  Cuttlebug & SU Square Lattice and D'vine Swirls embossing folder, Cricut & Picturesque Cartridge, Ribbon from Dollar Tree,  Crystal effects, Stickles, SU Pearls, sponge, SU punch

Thanks so much for visiting me while I am
Hiding in My Craft Room!

Be sure and head over to The Color Dare to link up your card and/or check out the other great creations!

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Ewe are Loved Video Tutorial

About a month ago I posted this card for my monthly design team submission.  With all the sickness, other commitments,  and normal household 'stuff', I'm just now getting the video I made edited and posted.  I hope it helps someone!

I broke it down into two parts.  Part 1 is a tutorial using the Cricut Expression 2:  using two different carts and placing all the images on one mat to be cut at the same time.

Part 2 is cutting the images and putting the card together!

Here's a repost of the card and recipe:

Here's the original post:  Ewe are Loved

Card Base: SU White 4 1/4" X 5 1/2" (folded)
Card front:   DP from mm Just Chillin boy paper pad 4" X 5 1/4", Chocolate Chip 4 1/8" X 5 3/8"
Other Cardstock / Paper:  more from makingmemories Just Chillin boy  
Ink: Chocolate Chip
Stamps:  BasicGrey Clear Stamps
Accessories:  BasicGrey buttons & ribbon, googlie eye, Cricut Expression 2 and From the Kitchen & CE2 cartridge Just a Note

Thanks so much for visiting me while I am
Hiding in My Craft Room!

Monday, June 13, 2011

Hey There

Just another card to send to my husband! I thought he would like just a fun hello card. Also, since it is a masculine card (sort of! LOL!) it qualifies for a few challenges I have seen.  One is Hand Stamped Sentiments and Crazy 4 Challenges the other is Papertrey Paper Dolls (the PTI blog group I'm in!). I guess with Father's Day just around the corner it's that time, but I don't need anymore Father's day cards so I made this one. 

Here's what I came up with:

Alien was cut from Boys Will Be Boys Cricut cartridge at 3 1/2".
Card Base: PTI New Leaf 4 1/4" X 5 1/2" (folded)
Card front:  DCWV the Spring Glitter Stack 4 1/8" X 5 3/8"
Other Cardstock / Paper:   PTI Dark Chocolate and Aqua Mist
Ink: Early Espresso
Stamps:  PTI Big & Bold Wishes
Accessories:  PTI Dark Chocolate ribbon, Cricut & Boys Will Be Boys cartridge, Cuttlebug & Mesh and Swiss Dots embossing folders, Wiggle Eyes

Thanks so much for visiting me while I am
Hiding in My Craft Room!

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Have a great day!

Really Reasonable Ribbon is having a fun challenge: 

Challenge #25 is 'Pink & Brown'

Create a card, layout, multi media piece, tag, ATC, hair bow, you name it. Just be sure to follow the theme above and use ribbon/lace or trim somewhere on your project.

Here's what I came up with:

Card Base: SU Chocolate Chip 4 1/4" X 5 1/2" (folded)
Card front:  Pretty in Pink 4 1/8" X 5 3/8"
Other Cardstock / Paper:   DCWV the Spring Glitter Stack
Ink:  Chocolate Chip
Stamps:  PTI Way To Go, Kiddo!
Accessories:  SU Markers, Rhinestones, Hollogram Glitter Glue, Ribbon from Dollar Tree, distresser, Spellbinders Nestibilities

Thanks so much for visiting me while I am
Hiding in My Craft Room!

Friday, June 10, 2011

New Cricut Cartridge Release!

Here are the new Cricut cartridges this month!  Three Cricut Lite Cartridges that are available NOW at  And a full catridges available on HSN June 15th.  Looks like some cute ones!


Sweet Shop (YUMMY!) Click on name to see more pictures

9 Months (wonder what this one is all about? LOL!)

Love You a Latte

County Fair (available on HSN June 15th)

Retiring this month:

Speaking of Fall
Opposites Attract

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Penquins love FOREVER

Doesn't it seem like I was just posting last week's Color Dare challenge?  Well, it is that time again!  And Riley has done it again, another great color combo challenge!

Color Dare #104:  Cajun Crazy Beezes 
Cajun Craze

Baja Breeze

Not Quite Navy

I decided it was time to make my husband another card and thought these colors would be great for a man's card.  I used the Penguins from Everyday Pop-up Cards.  They reminded me of a movie, I can't remember the name, but it's about penguins and their heart song and how they mate for life.  A kid's movie of course, I don't get to watch much else!  I hope my husband picks up on the connection.  I will probably put a little reminder in my letter on the inside!

Here's what I came up with:

Scalloped background was cut from Elegant Edges at 4 3/4".
Penguins image was cut at 2 3/4" from

Card Base: SU Not Quite Navy 4 1/4" X 5 1/2" (folded)
Card front: Cajun Craze 4" X 5 1/4"   
Other Cardstock / Paper:  Baja Breeze, Not Quite Navy DP,
Ink: SU Cajun Craze
Stamps:  PTI Faux Ribbon
Accessories:  Cuttlebug & Checkerboard and Mesh embossing folder, Cricut & Elegant Edges and Everyday Pop-up Cards

Thanks so much for visiting me while I am
Hiding in My Craft Room!

Don't forget to check out the other design team members creations at The Color Dare, put a link to your creations for this week's challenge, and/or check out what others are doing with the colors this week!

Tuesday, June 7, 2011


Oh my goodness!  I haven't done a MojoMonday sketch challenge is sooo long. I can't even remember the last time.  Well, I decided to check it out this week and thought I would give it a whirl.  PLUS, it's CONTEST week!  WOOHOO!  It's a fun sketch this week.  Head over and get your sketchy mojo on!

For this week's sketch: Mojo194 I instantly thought how it would be a great opportunity to use up some designer paper scraps I have been hoarding!  So I laid some out and arranged them to see which ones would work together. 

ALSO, over on The Paper Players, it is theme week and there is an easy preasy challenge.  All you have to do for that challenge is make a 'thank you' theme project. 

Here's what I came up with:

Owl layers were cut from Hoot 'n' Holler lite cartridge at 2.5".

Card Base: SU Chocolate Chip 4 1/4" X 5 1/2" (folded)
Card front:  White 4" X 5 1/4"
Other Cardstock / Paper:  SU Designer Paper scraps, Dusty Durango
Ink:  Dusty Durango
Stamps:  Verve 'So Happy'
Accessories:  SU Dusty Durango ribbon, Cuttlebug and Spots & Dots and SU embossing folder, Cricut Hoot 'n' Holler Lite Cartridge

Thanks so much for visiting me while I am
Hiding in My Craft Room!

Also thanks so much for all the well wishes!
Thankfully no one was sick today,
just a lot of cleaning and getting much needed rest.
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