Friday, July 30, 2010

Princess minibook

For our niece's 8th birthday, I made her a princess minibook!  It was so much fun! I used a chipboard book that I got at Michael's for $1!  I used 4 cricut cartridges: Once Upon a Princess, Sweet Treats, Paisley and Going Places.  I will list the cartridge and then the cuts from that cartridge.
     - crown letters on front cover - 1.24"H
     - pull up tag behind some of the pictures - 2.88"H
     - butterfly - 1.82"H
     - crown - 1"H
     - flower and center - 1.24"H
     - cupcake and layers - 1.24"H
     - number 8 on back cover - 4.30"H
     - shoes and layers - 1.24"H
     - necklace - 1.71"H
     - Smile - 1.24"H
The papers that I used for covering the chipboard pages is from a big "The Best of K and Co." paper pad. Of course, I used some stickles to add some bling and glitz as well as some sticker gems! Little girl albums are so much fun to make!

These next two pics are of my Gypsy screen and my 12x12 mat that contained all the die cuts that I used throughout this album. I love when I can get all my icons on one mat! 

Thanks for looking!

Friday, July 23, 2010

Owl Baby Shower Invites

Hello everyone!  This project is the one that Kim featured over at Olive Juice Studio this week!! It was so much fun to be able to share these invites with so many!!  Be sure to visit her site and become a follower because she has so many awesome projects and tidbits that you won't want to miss a thing!!  Her site is . Now on to the project!

I am making baby shower invitations for our daughter's shower that will be in late September. She loves owls so we found this adorable one on Create a Critter!  I'm also showing you how to create multiples of images so that you can assemble lots of cards at once.  We started out thinking that we would only need about 30 of these invites but once we started preparing our guest list......ummmm........looks like we're gonna need about 100!  Oh well, good thing I have my Gypsy to make this easy!! Here we go!

Here is a pic of the completed invites. We chose two different color schemes so they wouldn't all be the same! (My daughter's idea!) 

These were some of the other color combos that we tried.

We ultimately decided on these colors! 

The inside of the invite - The "It's a Boy" and the info stamp are from a Martha Stewart set. The "registered at" stamp is from MFT stamps. I cut the onesie from the New Arrival cartridge to use for additional information. I used the cricut markers first and then cut it so it would be outlined.I then stamped "NOTE" on it for additional information. I love how it looks! 

This is the label on the front of the card that says "Whooooo's having a Baby Shower?" Notice that I was able to make sure that I was cutting on an 8.5x11 size paper since that is the size of white cardstock that I had. This label is on Fabulous Finds.

Once again, I had white cardstock in 8.5x11 so I positioned the onesies to fit within that size. The Gypsy makes it so easy! 

The pocket on the inside of the invite is just a piece of paper cut to size. Since I'm making 100 of these, using my Gypsy makes it way easier to do this instead of cutting them all individually! This pic is for the larger pocket, (I have 2 different card sizes), and the pic below is for the smaller pocket. I really can't imagine doing projects like this without my Gypsy!

When creating a file that I'm going to use to cut out multiples of layers, I always have one page that contains all the layers so that if I need to make just one, I don't need to cut out a bunch of each layer. That is usually the first page of my file.
These next few pics are showing how multiples of the layers can be positioned on your paper to minimize waste.

Look at all these little feet and noses!  I was able to cut out 40 sets from one 12x12 piece of paper!
Well, that's it!  As always, if you have any specific questions, please feel free to leave me a comment and  I'll get back to you!  Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Sunday, July 18, 2010

I am a guest designer at Olive Juice Studio this week!!

Hello everyone!!
Just a quick note to let you know that I will be featured at Olive Juice Studio this week, starting on Tues. July 20th!  I am so excited and humbled to share a little corner of my world with all of you!!!  If you have not been over to the Olive Juice Studio site yet, YOU MUST GO!!  Was that suttle enough??!! :-)  Kim has oodles of cool projects from various contributors and there are even recipes! How cool is that??  You can go directly to her site by clicking the Olive Juice Studio button on the right.  Oh, by the way, while you're there be sure to follow her too so that you won't miss any of her wonderful posts!  Thanks for stopping by!
Java Jen

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Special Card for my Special Daughter-in-Law

I wanted to make a special card to send to my daughter-in-law because I had some pictures that I wanted her to have so I came up with this cute cupcake card.  (She is such a sweetie so cupcakes are very appropriate!) The card is a 5x7 and I cut the cupcake from pg. 49 of Once Upon A Princess. I did the layer but not the shift layer because I didn't want the face on this one.  It is cut at 4.41"H.  Pinks and browns are some of my favorite color combinations! The label on the front is from Fabulous Finds and is cut at 1.35"H. The stamp on the label is one I found in the $1 bin at Michael's and the brads were in a set from Hobby Lobby. Inside, I made a little pocket to tuck the pictures in. The tag on the inside is from Tags, Bags, Boxes and More - sorry, I didn't take the time to look up the page number because I already had this tag cut previously.  The stamps on the tag are a $1 set from Joann's.  My custom stamp on the back is one I sent for after seeing the link on Okie's blog. I love getting my blog address out there for all to see!  If anyone wants the website where I got my stamp, I'd be happy to get that for you - just leave me a comment or check it out on Okie's blog. Wow! That's a lot of writing for a little card!  :-)  Thanks for stopping by today!!

Friday, July 16, 2010

Big Disney Sale at Creative Memories!

Hello everyone!  I just wanted to let everyone know that Creative Memories has some great Disney items and they are on sale right now!  To see the products, just go to My CM site  and check them out!  (There are lots of other great products to see as well so take a minute or two and browse my website for lots of inspiration!)  I'll be back in a day or two with more craftiness so stay tuned!

Java Jen

Friday, July 2, 2010

Family States album

Here is the other reunion project that I made into kits for the kids this year. It was so well-liked that the "big" kids, aka adults, wanted to make one of their own!  I made enough pieces for 35 kits! This turned into a full-time job for about 2 weeks but it was so worth it! I thought this would be a great way for the kids to see where all of our family lives!  Definitely a keepsake!
The covers and pages are from Fabulous Finds! I really like that cartridge!

All of the states and state names are from the 50 states cartridge! Perfect!

We even had another country - France! I got this cutout from the My World cartridge.
The finished kits with all the covers, pages, states and state names - all ready to assemble! This would be very easy to adapt to your own family by cutting the states that are represented by your family! Thanks for looking!