Friday, September 30, 2011

CCI Week #9 - Fall Tag


Our theme over at Creative Critterz Imaginations this week was tags so I decided to make a fairly simple fall tag.

The tag is from Tags, Bags, Boxes and More. The patterns and art are from Enjoy the Seasons. The tag is cut at 6". The art is cut at 2", 1.5" and 1". To make the rosettes (my first!) I used a long rectangle from Fabulous Finds and flood filled it with the patterns I wanted. The leaves are some table scatter from the dollar spot at Target.

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, September 26, 2011

A Super Quick Halloween Card

Ahhh Monday.....

You are almost over.

Just a quick post with a super quick Halloween card.

The headless horsemen is from the Cricut Happy Hauntings cartridge. The paper is from the new Recollections Halloween paper stack from Michaels.

I love paper. To get the distressed, burned look I tore the paper around the edge and then inked it with Tim Holtz Vintage Photo and Black Soot Distress Ink. I added some Stickles to give it some dimension. The horseman is also popped up with my new, tiny, BLACK pop dots!

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Haunted Birdhouse and more....

In case you can't tell....I love Halloween!

I finally finished my last few items for the vintage Halloween box swap over on the Cricut message board.

First up....a little coffin and some goodies inside.

This is a small, wood coffin from Michaels. I painted it black then dry brushed it with red. I lined the inside with dark red suede paper from Joann's.

Using Mod Podge, I painted some ragged glue lines and adhered Martha Stewart micro beads to add some texture.

I added a skull and spider as accents to the top.

The letters are chipboard that I distressed then inked with Tim Holtz Red Brick Distress Ink. Because of the way the letters were sanded down the ink went on darker on the deeply distressed areas and gave the letters a kind of "zombie flesh" look. It was totally a surprise to me and I LOVE how it turned out.

Inside I have a collection of goodies. First up - some flowers made using Tim Holtz Craft Glassine paper. Details on how I made these here.

Some more stickpins in a little matchbook....

And another chunky charm. (This picture did not want to come out so the color is really off but it uses the same bead color scheme as the stick pins)

And haunted birdhouse!

I've been stuck on how to finish this off for DAYS! This is just a simple paper mache birdhouse from Hobby Lobby. I covered it with paper from Graphic 45 Halloween in Wonderland. I added a small fence cut from Mini Monsters.

I love this little bird! I went back to Michaels today to buy some more of them and they're all gone. Probably because they're so stinkin' cute!

I used my Cricut to cut a bunch of 3/4" circles to make the shingles for the roof.

The branches are cut from a shimmery, black branch I found in the floral department at Michaels.

I'll be moving back to Tim Holtz dress forms this week. I'm doing some Christmas themed dress forms and am really looking forward to getting started on those. But I'm sure I'll squeeze a few more Halloween projects in between now and the end of October!

Supplies - Coffin:

Black and red craft paint
Tim Holtz Distress Ink: Red Brick
Tim Holtz Rock Candy Crackle Paint
American Crafts Chipboard Letters

Supplies - Birdhouse

Graphic 45 Halloween in Wonderland paper stack
Recollections Bird
Tim Holtz Rock Candy Crackle Paint

Friday, September 23, 2011

CCI Week #8 - The Weekly Specials Are...


I don't know about all of you, but I NEED the weekend to be here! It's girl's night on Saturday and I am SO in need of a night of junk food and laughter!

Since this week was a designer's choice week over at Creative Critterz Imaginations I went for super simple. Actually, I kind of cheated. For this week's project I FINALLY finished my menu board in my kitchen!

The board is a wood framed metal board I bought at Robert's Craft in Salt Lake City a couple of years ago. I painted the metal with chalkboard paint so that I can write on it and I can also use magnets if I want. I painted the wood with a deep red paint and distressed it with some black paint.

I printed and cut several of the cute images from Kate's Kitchen and added them as accents around the edge of the frame. The lettering is done with plain white vinyl and cut with the Expression using Cuttin' Up. Underneath the days there is space to add items that need to go on the grocery list for the next week.

A drawer pull turned upside down works great as a chalk holder.

So how did I cheat? Well.....I started this menu board 2 years ago. I painted it, added the days of the week and the title and that was it. It always seemed unfinished but I didn't know quite how to finish it off. Then I got Kate's Kitchen and I had an ah-ha moment. A couple of weeks ago when I was doing my experiment with the Mod Podge I very quickly finished off my board as my backup project. Since the Mod Podge worked out, I still had this waiting in the wings.

Oh - and before I took pictures of this I very neatly wrote out a menu that may happen on a good week here at home (like if I didn't have to go to work). I do cook, but it's usually really stuff easy during the week and then some of the other stuff on weekends. Well, my poor husband got all excited over the menu thinking I was actually going to make something other than tacos and mac & cheese. I had to burst his little bubble. It was sad. But I did make him Tarragon Chicken, which is his favorite, last night. What can I say? He's cute and I love him!

More details on my blog, Scrapping Under the Influence!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Another Graphic 45 Halloween in Wonderland box.....

Ok, this is probably a little redundant......but.....

I loved, LOVED my other Graphic 45 box so much I really didn't want to part with it. So I assessed the paper I had left and discovered I had enough to make a second one! (And possibly a third, if it's small...and because now my sister wants one...)

For this one I did use a bigger treasure chest box. This gave me a little more room to play with and do some more of the UTEE cards. I think it's safe to say this one turned out almost better than the first one!

I'm thinking I may add one more card on the back here but I haven't decided yet. (For details on how I made the cards all cool and wavy check out this post)

I tried something different with my bottle on this. I filled it with a mixture of glossy accents and glitter and stirred it up. It of course then settled in the night and the set up SO there is no glittery awesomeness to show you. But it does still look pretty cool!

For this one I ran across a Tim Holtz pocketwatch in Michael's and decided to use it for the little Mad Hatter tag. Since there was some space in the watch I added some purple Flower Soft as a shaker element.

View of the top.....

Can you tell I just LOVE how these cards came out?

I did the same want ads paper on the inside of the box. I added some color to it with Tim Holtz Vintage Photo Distress Ink to make it look a little bit older.

And there you have it! I think I'm going to do a Christmas box with the Graphic 45 Christmas Emporium paper I picked up at the CK show a couple of weeks ago. Not entirely sure what shape of box yet....but hey, it's only September! 


Graphic 45 Halloween in Wonderland paper stack
Tim Holtz Distress Ink: Vintage Photo, Black Soot
Lots and lots of Mod Podge
Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel
Tim Holtz Pocket Watch
Tim Holtz Glass Vials
Glossy Accents

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Halloween Mini Tag Album

See....I told you I've been busy......

Hello again! It's been busy week here already! Next up for you I have a little mini album I made to go in the Graphic 45 Halloween box from my last post. 

This is based off a pattern I got from my friend Paulette several years ago. I have Paulette to thank for getting me interested in scrapping and paper crafting. When I had my first attempt at this style of album I think I'd been crafting for about a month. Paulette was a Close to My Heart consultant at the time and did a monthly hostess club. The pattern for this album is from one of her hostess club nights.

The album is made from a CTMH True Fit Folio. I have no idea if they still sell these but it's basically a 12x12 folder that you fold to make the adorable little tag album. The first one I ever made turned out ok - I messed up a couple of parts and didn't quite get the folding right but, overall, it was ok. My second attempt was worse. Nothing went together right, it wouldn't adhere, it was basically a giant mess. (And yes, I still have both of them. No, you can't see them! They're that bad!)

That was three years ago. When I decided to try this again I was kind of nervous - but it turned out pretty cute!

The ribbon around the front holds the album closed.

When open it stretches to just under 12" long and 6" high. There are five pockets total in the album.

I used the Spooky paper pack from The Paper Loft that I bought at the CK show in Jacksonville a couple of weeks ago. The little poem below was one of the elements in that set. All the other little tags and things are from an old K&Company Halloween embellishment pack from (probably) 3 years ago that I ran across in my stash.

There are five tags with space on both the front and the back for pictures or journaling.

All the little creatures on the bottom of the tags are from a Fancy Pants rub-on set I found in my stash.

On the back of the album you can add more pics.

So there you have it! Not too bad for a third try....three years later!


Close to My Heart True Fit Folio
Tim Holtz Distress Ink: Black Soot
The Paper Loft "Spooky" paper pack

Monday, September 19, 2011

Graphic 45 Halloween in Wonderland Box


I'm back with another Halloween project. I signed up for a vintage style Halloween box swap over on the Cricut message board. This is the box I made (there are more posts coming showcasing the stuff to fill the box). I loved it so much I had to make a second one (post for that coming later this week!).

I made this using Grapic 45 Halloween in Wonderland paper.

I started with a paper mache treasure box and painted it black. I then trimmer and adhered various papers from the Graphic 45 collection. I then sanded all the edges and sealed the box with Mod Podge.

The is one of the tags from the tag sheet found in the paper stack.

For one of the elements on the box I wanted to use the sheet of playing cards from the paper stack. I trimmed the cards and then, using my Ranger melting pot, dipped the cards in UTEE (Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel). This was my first time using UTEE - this stuff is phenomenal!

I was able to dip the cards, lay them on my heat resistant craft mat (a MUST if using the melting pot) until they cooled slightly. While they are still warm I was able to bend the cards into the shape I wanted. Once they cooled completely they hold that shape. If it's not quite right I can use my heat tool, warm them up again, and reshape them. Also, if the UTEE bubbled, didn't cover a spot, or was uneven, I can reheat it with my heat tool and smooth out the coating. Awesome!

On the front of the box is a border from the paper stack. I filled a Tim Holtz glass vial with black Martha Stewart beads and glued the cork in. I layers two small cardstock elements from the paper pack together, pierced them and tied them to the top of the bottle. I adhered this to the front of the box using hot glue.

On the other side I have another die cut from the paper stack that I glued inside a round pendant I found at Michaels in the jewelry section. I then poured UTEE into the pendant to fill up the frame and seam the die cut. Because of the way the UTEE set up (Totally a snafu on my part) it looks like the glass on the "watch" is cracked - which is perfect for a vintage style box.

On the back of the box is another border strip. You can also see how the cards on the top of the box are bent and shaped.

The inside of the box is covered as well. I used the want ads paper from the paper pack. I love this sheet-it's so interesting. I remember an old trunk when I was a child that had old newspapers lining the top of the trunk - that was my inspiration for this part of the box.

Be sure and check back tomorrow - I'll show you one of the items that is going inside this box to be sent off to my partner for this swap! It turned out really cute and goes back to something I learned when I was brand new to paper crafting!



Graphic 45 Halloween in Wonderland paper stack
Tim Holtz Distess Ink: Black Soot, Vintage Photo
Ranger Melting Pot
Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel
Tim Holtz Glass Vials
Martha Stewart Micro Beads: Black