Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Cooking with Cricut Challenge #96 - Christmas In July

Welcome to another challenge Wednesday here and over at COOKING WITH CRICUT! This week we are cooking up our Christmas In July projects using our scraps! This is a great project for using some of my seemingly endless stash of scraps!

 I'm sharing a few pics of how I store my scraps and keep them organized.
This is a file cart that I got at an office supply store - it is just perfect for keeping my scraps organized by color!

It fits so neatly under my Cricut table! 

Here is my completed mini album for our grandson's first Christmas. It is a Piggy Tales lift-the-flap album. It was so easy to decorate because I had so many gorgeous papers in my scraps stash!
I used Lyrical Letters and Jolly Holidays for the cover.

The inside pages:

The baby bird is from 3 Birds on Parade.

The filmstrip is from Wall Decor and More. The "smile" and camera are from Going Places.

The Christmas Tree is from Cheerful Seasons - I think! :-/ I forgot to write this one down so I'll have to go back and check! Oooops!

The winter hat border is from Cheerful Seasons.

This page just has journaling boxes and stickers - no Cricut cuts. This paper is all from Creative Memories.

Back cover.

I hope today's project has inspired you to get busy with your Christmas crafts a little early, because, let's face it, the Christmas season will be upon us before we know it! :-) 

Thanks for stopping by today and be sure to head on over to COOKING WITH CRICUT to link up your very own Christmas in July project using your scraps! I know you can do it!! :)

Until next time, keep creating!

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Cooking With Cricut Challenge #95 - Buttons and Brads

Hi everyone and welcome to another challenge Wednesday here and over at COOKING WITH CRICUT! This week's challenge is to include buttons and/or brads in your project. Oooo, there are so many possibilities with these two items!  I chose a simple, yet elegant card using some rub-ons,  gem-filled brads,  stickles,  ribbon and the Storybook Cricut cartridge for the decorative corner that I put in the center of the card!

Thanks for stopping by today and don't forget to create your own project with buttons and/or brads and link it up over at COOKING WITH CRICUT to win a great prize!

Java Jen

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Camp Autograph Book

Hello everyone!! I'm so excited to share with all of you AND all the followers of SHE'S A SASSY LADY AND all the followers of CRICUT IS CLOSE TO MY HEART,  my little Camp Autograph book! 

 Well, it's that time of year again when lots of kids head off to camps of all kinds! Our son, who is 14, will be going to church youth camp next week and I thought it would be fun to make him an autograph book to take with him for old and new friends to sign and write a little message in. Actually, he doesn't think he will use it but I'm going to tuck it into his bag anyway and see what happens! LOL! 
                                                            Here is the finished book:

Now, the details!

First, I cut the tag card that is on page 50 of the Art Philosophy cartridge at 6.5". I am using this as my "book" cover. I cut it out of Coordinations color core card stock - the kind where a different color shows through when you dry emboss it and sand it.

Here are two cards that are embossed using the Tim Holtz Alterations Wood Grain folder and then sanded.

                                                                 A close-up:

Next, using that same button on the AP cartridge, I cut 3 tags, also at 6.5" to be the pages in the book.

Next, I cut the tag/label on page 42 of the handbook to use for my title on the front. Here it is all inked up and stitched! :-)

Finished off with a little ribbon on the edges.....
                                            ...... and placed on the front.

I used the January 2012 Stamp of the Month to make a journaling tag to record the dates of camp.

Everything that is inked on this project was inked with Tim Holtz Distress Ink - Vintage Photo

I circled the dates for the camp and adhered it to the inside left of the card.

Took a few stamps from the September 2012 Stamp of the Month set called Limited Edition to embellish the inside of the back cover.

Now, to finish off the tags -  I inked them and stamped them with the same stamps as the above pic, but I stamped each first impression on some scrap paper and then did a second, lighter impression on the tags so the sentiments wouldn't interfere with the autographs. I just wanted to create a little bit of a background. The binder clip stamp is from D1378 - Notice the Details. I just love the detail that it adds!

Here are the finished tags in the book secured with a binder ring - OPEN


Now for some finishing touches - ribbon and twine on the binder ring and I wrote "Church Camp 2012" on my title plate.

Thanks so much for stopping by today and be sure to stop back here often because I truly enjoy sharing my creations with all of you! 



Java Jen

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Enjoy the Moments Blog Hop

Hello everyone and welcome to the first ever, Enjoy the Moments Blog Hop!! We are so excited that you are joining us today! If you just happened upon my blog and would like to check out this entire hop, please head back to to start at the beginning to see what this is all about!! We are showcasing the products of ABOVE RUBIES STUDIO to celebrate all the wonderful moments we are blessed with! Megan made a huge announcement today so be sure to hop over to ABOVE RUBIES STUDIO for that bit of awesome news too!! :-)

Here is our line up for today's blog hop:

Ok, on to my project! I am featuring Megan Elizabeth's awesome Paper Layerz paper!! If you have never used this amazing paper, you must try it out for yourself! There is a link on my sidebar that will allow you to purchase it directly through my blog! I also used a couple of other Megan Elizabeth products - Adhesive Squares and Sparkle Lights!

Here is my finished project:

Here is a list of the products and materials used:
manila file folder
Simple Stories Summer Flash Cards
DCWV Heirloom Stack
DCWV World Traveler Stack
Tim Holtz Film Strip Ribbon
Tim Holtz Distress Ink - Vintage Photo
Smash Pad- Travels (tag)
Summer Celebrations Cricut Cartridge
CTMH Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge
Cherish the Day CTMH stamp set
Printing Press Cricut Cartridge
Megan Elizabeth Adhesive Squares
Megan Elizabeth Sparkle Lights
Megan Elizabeth Paper Layerz
other various embellishments from my stash :-)

I started by covering a regular file folder with some paper from the DCWV World Traveler stack and adhering some ribbon on the "spine".

On the inside I cut a piece of paper to fit on the bottom left to make a pocket for all the tags I put in there.

Here are the cut- outs I made with the Paper Layerz - well, all except for the "vacation" sign. That was stamped. This paper makes is soooo easy to cut images and phrases with your die-cut machine because you can just put one sheet of paper on your mat and cut away!! Here are pics from some previous posts of mine where I have used Paper Layerz. I wanted to show you the sheets after I have cut from them.  There is still plenty of room for cuts for future projects!!

Here are some of these cuts on the front:

Don't you just LOVE this little suitcase from the Summer Celebrations cartridge??!! Paper Layerz made it soooo easy to cut out!

Notice the dot on the "i". It looks like I put a little pink light bulb on it, doesn't it? Well, that is a Megan Elizabeth Sparkle light!! Isn't it just awesome!!?? 

I stamped this sign and then cut it out. I placed some Tim Holtz Film Strip Ribbon behind it.

Another Megan Elizabeth Sparkle Light dotting the "i"! Paper Layerz was used here too!

This is the cut from the Printing Press Cricut Cartridge.

Now the fun part - I just placed the tags, journaling boxes, flash cards and other embellishments all over the place and this is what I came up with:

The ticket on the front of this pocket is a cut from the Art Philosophy cartridge and it is stamped with a stamp from the "Cherish the Day" CTMH stamp set.

Lots of room for journaling and jotting down special details!

This little card is a cut from the Summer Celebrations cartridge and was cut from the Paper Layerz paper! Isn't it just adorable? 

Good reminder stamped on the inside of the little card! :-)

I just couldn't leave the back blank so I thought I would write the question we are always thinking about when vacation is over - "Where to next?" :-)

Check back in a few days because I will be adding a page in the middle to place photos!

I hope you have enjoyed this post and are ready to hop to the next blog! Head on over to the super-talented, Cheri by clicking HERE! Thanks so much for stopping by and remember to "ENJOY THE MOMENTS!" 

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Cooking with Cricut Challenge #93 - Happy Birthday USA

Happy Independence Day!!  It's another Challenge Wednesday here and over at COOKING WITH CRICUT ! This week we all incorporated red, white and blue in our projects.  I chose a simple card that I made using the Independence Day seasonal Cricut cartridge. I made the theme a little different in that I highlighted the gift we have been given through our independence - FREEDOM! May we never forget the sacrifices of those who have gone before us!

Have fun celebrating today but don't forget to head over to COOKING WITH CRICUT to link up your own red, white and blue project for a chance at a great prize!!

Thanks for stopping by today!