Sunday, October 30, 2011

Why I got nothing done on Sunday

I spent most of Saturday in the craft room and got a pretty cute altered box finished and started on a Christmas mini album. I didn't get nearly as much done I as I needed to.

And Sunday? Nothing on Sunday except some Stickles added to the mini. Why?

This is why:


My husband and I went to down to Jacksonville to a book signing with Alton Brown. I couldn't resist. Alton Brown is the reason I'm a good cook. I've learned so much from his show, Good Eats, and I would probably be stuck in a rut of tacos, spaghetti and frozen food if it weren't for his show.

So, this is why I had was totally unproductive today. I might be productive tomorrow (if I ignore the trick or treaters).

Friday, October 28, 2011

CCI Week #13 - Round 2! A Halloween Wreath

Happy Halloween!

This week I did two projects for the design team over at Creative Critterz Imaginations. My first project can be found here. This will also be my last Halloween project this year so I decided to make another decoration - a (surprisingly) quick Halloween wreath.


I started with an 11" foam wreath and covered it with black satin ribbon. You could use any Halloween color really. I would suggest buying wider ribbon. This took 17 yards to cover using 1/2" wide ribbon. (What was I thinking? 1/2" wide? Duh!) To adhere the ribbon I used Fabric-Tac adhesive. It's a little bit easier to use than hot glue when working with something you need to press down on. It also bonds to pretty much anything which is awesome!

I laid out all my parts in Cricut Craft Room. To save on ink, I cut all the black parts from black cardstock. It's easy to forget that the Imagine will just cut, you don't always have to print too.


Here are the two pages I cut using black cardstock. The one on the right I actually cut from Coredinations purple core black cardstock. When I assembled the tree I lightly sanded the top layer - but it doesn't really want to show up in the pics. Trust me - it looks pretty cool in person! And the color on the screens? The orange tree was just from my copying it from the previous layer to keep the sizing exact. Since I'm just cutting and not printing it doens't matter what color it is.


I layered all the pieces and accented some of them with Stickles. I then attached them to the wreath using Fabri-Tac.







And now Halloween needs to be over. Why? Because I have candy waiting in the front hall for trick or treaters and I can't seem to walk anywhere in my house without detouring for a Twix (or Skittles, or Baby Ruth). It's an addiction.....And I have a couple of Christmas projects in the works that I refuse to post until at LEAST November 1st!

Happy Haunting!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

CCI Week #13 - Black Hat Society

Hello!

I picked up an extra day this week over at Creative Critterz Imaginations. Our theme this week was to use the traditional Halloween colors of black, orange, green and purple. I decided to make my version of a little sign I saw in Savannah over the weekend with my sister.


For the coloring on the lettering, the hat, and the orange background I used custom colors on the Imagine. I laid out my project in Cricut Craft Room and then printed and cut my pieces. Overall (not including drying time) it took me about 10 minutes to lay out and cut.


This is done on a small wood plaque from the dollar store. It's about 6"x 9". I painted it black and then inked the edges of all my cut pieces with Tim Holtz Black Soot Distress Ink. I used normal glue to attach everything to the plaque. I then lightly inked over the whole think with silver ink. I then sealed the whole thing with Mod Podge.



After the Mod Podge dried I added a little silver Stickles to the letters to give the plaque some sparkle.

And on a totally unrelated note....can you tell I got a new camera? I love my other camera but it's a little point and shoot sports camera. Great outside but not so much inside, even in really strong light. I took these pics in absolutely horrible light inside and barely did anything to then in Photoshop and they look SO much better! Yay!

Friday, October 21, 2011

CCI Week #12 - A Great Pumpkin (Card)!

This week over at CCI our theme was Halloween cards. As you know I've been making TONS of Halloween cards this year. They're so fun and the possibilities are endless. I mean, seriously - when else can you put a zombie on a card and get away with it?

Here is this week's project.


The little pumpkins are from Mini Monsters. I love this cartridge and have really used it a lot this Halloween. I filled the pumpkins with colors and patterns from Blast Off. That orange checked pattern is really a great one for Halloween. To make the vines I used a flourish from Home Accents Solutions. I printed and cut three of these and cut parts of them to manipulate them into the look I wanted. The are layed on top of, between and behind my pumpkins to give the card some dimension.


The little sentiment at the top actually came from the paper I used for my card base. It's an old Fancy Pants Design paper I found in my stash. I thought it would work great for my card. My moon in the far corner is just a circle of white cardstock that I inked to give it that harvest moon coloring.

Inside is the little Trick of Treat title from Mini Monsters. I had something kind of unexpected happen on this. When I print and cut the wording, I *think* I was supposed to used the outside edges of the letters because it cut around the words. But because of the size I used they were of course too tiny and fragile get off the mat in one piece. But what resulted was this kind of cool looking lettering you see below.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Fun Stamps From A Jillian Vance Design

Hello!

If this is your first time to my blog, welcome! My name is Jennifer Palmer and this is my blog S.U.I. – Scrapping Under the Influence. I’ve been a paper crafter for about three years now. I started out with a few stamp sets, making cards and doing scrapbook pages and since I got my first Cricut have branched out into all kinds of altered projects and other paper crafts.

Today, I've been asked to be a guest designer for A Jillian Vance Design. Jillian designs some amazing stamps and I just bought my first sets. I've designed two cards and tag using her sentiment stamps. I love that her sentiments and these are some of the best I've seen for Halloween. They are so unique and fun. I will definitely be buying some more of these!

My first card is "Smell My Feet".


This is a simple gatefold card using one of the trick-or-treaters from the Mini Monsters Cricut cartridge.



The inside is very simple, but the stamp adds the perfect touch of whimsy to finish off the card. This stamp is from the "Eye on Halloween" stamps set.

Supplies:
A Jillian Vance Design "Eye on Halloween" stamp set
Tim Holtz Distress Ink: Black Soot
Patterned paper, candy corn border: Fancy Pants Design.
Colored Cardstock: The Paper Company
Cricut Mini Monsters Cardstock
Corner Chomper: Cloud/Scallop

My next card is "Purrrfectly Halloween"


For this card I used images from the Happy Hauntings Cricut cartridge. This is a larger 5x7 card. I added Fully Purple Glimmer Mist. I ran the cat through my Xyron and covered it in Sprinkle and Sparkle Stellar glitter.


Inside, I've used two stamps from Jillian's "Witchy Poo" stamp set.




Supplies:

A Jillian Vance Design "Witchy Poo" stamp set
Close to My Heart Inks: Black, Sunflower, Buttercup
Tim Holtz Distress Ink: Antique Linen, Black Soot
Glimmer Mist: Raven, Fully Purple
Sprinkle N Sparkle Glitter: Implusive Purple, Steller
Pattern Cardstock: Recollections Midnight Magic Halloween Stack
Colored Cardstock: The Paper Company

And finally, my tag "Witching You A Happy Halloween"



For the background I used two of the Tim Holtz seasonal Distress Inks, along with some silver Adirondack alcohol ink mixative. I randomly stamped the birds from the Tim Holtz Lost and Found stamp set.


The cauldron is from the Cricut Happy Hauntings cartridge.


On the cauldron I stamped this adorable poem from Jillian's "Witchy Poo" stamp set. The cauldron is lightly edged with a silver Krylon leaf pen.


I also attached a Tim Holtz fragment using one of Jillian's pear pins. These things are amazing! They're sturdy yet delicate. She has all kinds of ides for these on her blog, Princess and the Paper and on the A Jillian Vance Design blog. The cat on the fragment is also from the "Witchy Poo" stamp set.



Supplies:

A Jillian Vance Design "Witchy Poo" stamp set
A Jillian Vance Design Pear Pins
Inkssentials Craft Tag
Tim Holtz Seasonal Distress Inks: Seedless Preserves, Ripe Persimmon
Tim Holtz Fragments
Cricut Happy Hauntings cartridge
Tim Holtz Lost and Found stamp set
Joann Clear Embossing Powder
Versamark
Krylon Silver Leaf Pen

Witching You a Happy Halloween

And finally, my tag "Witching You A Happy Halloween"



For the background I used two of the Tim Holtz seasonal Distress Inks, along with some silver Adirondack alcohol ink mixative. I randomly stamped the birds from the Tim Holtz Lost and Found stamp set. I didn't use the whole stamp, just the small birds near the top and the large bird at the bottom.


The cauldron is from the Cricut Happy Hauntings cartridge. I cut and layered it a shown, then cut the flame layer a second time, slightly larger and layered it behind. I felt this gave it more dimension.


On the cauldron I stamped this adorable poem from Jillian's "Witchy Poo" stamp set. The cauldron is lightly edged with a silver Krylon leaf pen.


I also attached a Tim Holtz fragment using one of Jillian's pear pins. These things are amazing! They're sturdy yet delicate. She has all kinds of ides for these on her blog, Princess and the Paper and on the A Jillian Vance Design blog. The cat on the fragment is also from the "Witchy Poo" stamp set.


To get the cat stamped on the fragment, I used one of Tim Holtz's techniques. You start out by sanding the fragment. Stamp your image on the fragment and then cover with clear embossing powder. Carefully heat with your heat tool and it gives the fragment a frosted look. Pretty cool!


Supplies:

A Jillian Vance Design "Witchy Poo" stamp set
A Jillian Vance Design Pear Pins
Inkssentials Craft Tag
Tim Holtz Seasonal Distress Inks: Seedless Preserves, Ripe Persimmon
Tim Holtz Fragments
Cricut Happy Hauntings cartridge
Tim Holtz Lost and Found stamp set
Joann Clear Embossing Powder
Versamark
Krylon Silver Leaf Pen

Purrrfectly Halloween

This is my second card for my guest design spot at A Jillian Vance Design.

For this card I used images from the Happy Hauntings Cricut cartridge. This is a larger 5x7 card. I added Fully Purple Glimmer Mist. I ran the cat through my Xyron and covered it in Sprinkle and Sparkle Stellar glitter.
Inside, I've used two stamps from Jillian's "Witchy Poo" stamp set.

The moon was done using a plain, white circle and then inking it to get the layers colors. I used Close to My Heart Sunflower and Buttercup inks and then lightly inked around the edge with Tim Holtz Antique Linen.

Supplies:
A Jillian Vance Design "Witchy Poo" stamp set
Close to My Heart Inks: Black, Sunflower, Buttercup
Tim Holtz Distress Ink: Antique Linen, Black Soot
Glimmer Mist: Raven, Fully Purple
Sprinkle N Sparkle Glitter: Implusive Purple, Steller
Pattern Cardstock: Recollections Midnight Magic Halloween Stack
Colored Cardstock: The Paper Company





Smell My Feet....

This is my first card for my guest designer spot at A Jillian Vance Design.


This is a simple gatefold card using one of the trick-or-treaters from the Mini Monsters Cricut cartridge.





The inside is very simple, but the stamp adds the perfect touch of whimsy to finish off the card. This stamp is from the "Eye on Halloween" stamps set.


Supplies:

A Jillian Vance Design "Eye on Halloween" stamp set

Tim Holtz Distress Ink: Black Soot

Patterned paper, candy corn border: Fancy Pants Design.

Colored Cardstock: The Paper Company

Cricut Mini Monsters Cardstock

Corner Chomper: Cloud/Scallop