Thursday, December 12, 2013

Ahoy, It's a Boy!

Hello everyone! It's my turn to share over at  SHE'S A SASSY LADY!  It's my pleasure to share some decorations that I made for a friend's baby shower!

Here are the pics of our nautical-themed shower:

The banner shape is from the Art Philosophy cartridge. The other nautical images are from the Lite cartridge Splish Splash. The font for "ASHER EDAN" is from Art Deco. 

We punched holes in the mason jar lids to make unique drink containers and made tags, (also from Splish Splash), to decorate the jars. 

Close ups.

What's a party without cupcake toppers! :-)

This nautical theme turned out to be so much fun!

Close up of the tags!

If you want more details, like paper used, cut sizes, etc., I will be posting more details on my blog shortly. We just moved into our new house and I have been buried in unpacking and getting our house all set up so I need to look back and get all of those details! 

Thanks so much for stopping by today! May you all have the merriest Christmas and happiest new year ever! :-)

Thursday, October 10, 2013


Hello everyone! This is my spot to share here and over at SHE'S A SASSY LADY! I have chosen to share a frame I made to announce to everyone how I really feel! :-)

The phrase is from the Teresa Collins Sophisticated Cricut cartridge. The camera cut-out and "memories" are from Cheerful seasons.

Some close-ups:

I hot-glued buttons to the edge of the frame to hold up the twine to hang the images and phrases on. 

I added some Stickles to the corners of the frame as a finishing touch!

Thanks so much for stopping by today! 

Thursday, September 12, 2013

A Very Hungry Caterpillar Birthday!

Hello everyone! Happy Thursday! It's my pleasure to share with you all here and over at SHE'S A SASSY LADY! Today I want to share some decorations that I made for our grandson's 1st birthday! The theme was the Very Hungry Caterpillar.    First up is a pic of our adorable grandson! He brings us so much joy!! His name is Truman!

This is what I came up with:

I made all of the rosettes with the Martha Stewart scoring board. That is such a quick way to make these! Click to see one of these score boards for yourself! I used the Creative Memories Tiny Treasures for the banner. I used George and Basic Shapes for the circles for the food signs.

Here is a pic of the cake my daughter made! So cute and I think it looks just like the caterpillar in the book! :-)

Caterpillar Food sign was made from Pooh Font.

A close-up of part of the banner and the rosettes. I mostly used the Confetti stack from K and Company for the rosettes.  

Sorry that I don't have more close-ups of my creative process but I didn't think of it until it was too late because I kinda had to make these decos in a short amount of time! :-) 

Thank you so much for stopping by today!

Java Jen

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

What's New at Close To My Heart!

Hello everyone! There are so many new and wonderful products and promotions available from Close to My Heart that I just had to share! Let me start by saying that it is National Stamping Month so CTMH has a great offer with a $50 purchase -------> You can purchase the "You Are My Happy" stamp set trio for only $10! It has a retail value of $47.60!! What a deal!

Next product that I am so excited to talk about is our latest Cricut cartridge: The Artbooking Bundle!! This collection is absolutely amazing and can be used for so many projects from Mini books to complete scrapbook page layouts! I will be featuring some of these projects that I am making so you can see exactly what I mean! 

In this bundle, you get the full content Artbooking cartridge, 3 stamp sheets and 3 die-cut chipboard sheets that coordinate with cuts from the cartridge! If you have the Art Philosophy and / or Artiste cartridges, this one works just like they do! This makes it soooo easy to create beautifully coordinated projects! 

Next up is the Stamp of the Month. This is a great program where this exclusive stamp set is offered for purchase by itself for $17.95 or for $5 with a $50 purchase! What a deal! So, if you decide to purchase the Artbooking bundle, you could get the Stamp of the Month for $5 and the "You Are My Happy" stamp set trio for $10! That makes for a grand total of $114! That is less than the retail value of the just the Artbooking Bundle and way less than the retail of all these products, if purchased separately -------> a whopping $190.55! Let's see....... $114 or $190.55?? Which would you rather pay?? :-)  Pictured below is the September Stamp of the Month:

There are so many fun, new and functional products in our new idea book! Click HERE to go to my website and see all of the wonderful products featured here and soooooo much more! Click HERE to go right to our beautiful Idea Book to view every single page! Click HERE to view the new Holiday Gift Guide!! You can't order from this catalog until October 15th but thought you might like a preview!

Thanks for stopping by and I hope to see you over at my website: ! 

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Welcome Baby card

Hello everyone! I'm here to share a simple little card with you. I'm also sharing this over at SHE'S A SASSY LADY so, if you get a chance, stop over there to see all the crafty goodness that goes on there everyday!!  A friend asked if I could make a card for her to give with a hand-knitted afghan that she was giving to a friend and wanted a verse from Psalm 139 inside because it seemed fitting since she knit the afghan! :-) I decided to give my Cricut Gel pens a try to just write the verse instead of handwriting it or cutting it out.  I designed everything in the Cricut Craft Room, which, by the way, is great for typing text when you want to use the markers or gel pens.

"Welcome Little One" was cut at 4.5" from Tags, Bags, Boxes and More 2.

For the phrase I used the font from Extreme Fonts and sized it at .5".  I had to make this card kind of quick so I wasn't really happy with my font choice but it worked for my first try.

I love to use my little blog stamp when I giving a card as a gift. :-)

Thanks for stopping by to see my quick little card! I'm anxious to get back into some more in-depth crafting when things slow down a little! Ha! What am I saying??? I can dream, at least! :-)

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Happy 98th Birthday, Gma!!

Hello everyone! So excited to share some projects with you this month! I'm also sharing these projects over at SHE'S A SASSY LADY so be sure to stop over there to see lots of other awesome projects every day!
Recently my Gma, (short for Grandma), turned 98 and we celebrated in grand style! I was in charge of the decorations and I had so much fun doing them! My Gma's sister turned 96 the day after her so we celebrated her too! I made a birthday banner, Chip Decor names and themed centerpieces.
I used the Country Life cartridge for the images in this centerpiece because it was perfect to represent her growing up years!

The main table that Gma and her sister Lucille sat at.

Close up of the banner made using Art Philosophy and Country Life.

Used the Hobby Lobby exclusive cartridge, Chip Decor to cover the Chip Decor letters.

Made this centerpiece using the Heritage and Country Life cartridges.

Gma and Aunt Lucille enjoying their cake and ice cream! 

Sorry for the glare in this pic but I used Create a Critter and Animal Kingdom for this centerpiece since Gma loves animals, namely cats! 

My beautiful, sweet Gma - 98 years young! 

Gma and her sister, Lucille! Forever friends!

Thanks for stopping by today!!

Saturday, June 22, 2013

CLOSE TO MY HEART links - Some products will be retiring!

Hey everyone! I just wanted to check in and share a few links to some of our fantastic products. Also, soon, I will be posting a list that was just released of products that will be retiring so that if you see something you want, you can snatch it up before it's gone!

Click HERE to see all of the While Supplies Last products from CTMH.

Click HERE to view and purchase the stamp set that is available to help the Oklamhoma Tornado victims and their families.  This is an easy way to help and it is an awesome stamp!

Click HERE to see a complete list of our stamp sets that are compatible with our 2 Cricut cartridges, Art Philosophy and Artiste! There are so many possibilities here!

Click HERE to see the two Cricut collections that we have. They are amazing and so worth the price for all that you get and the many ways that they can be used!!

Click HERE to see all of our Workshops on the Go! These are conveniently packaged products for easy completion of amazing projects!

Click HERE to see June's Stamp of the Month! It is absolutely beautiful!!

Click HERE to see the Home of the Brave - Military support campaign stamp set. This would be a great stamp set to make Patriotic cards and decorations!

Click HERE to see the Courage - Military support campaign stamp set.  Another great set for showing your support for our military!

Have a great day and feel free to contact me and/or visit my website HERE to view all of our fantastic products!

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Totally Tags 'n ATC's - GEMS

Today I am showcasing a tag that I made for a tag swap back in December.  I chose to use all purple and used glitter and gems to bling it up!

Now to break down the process I used to create these tags:

I used TBBM 2 for the kraft paper tag and inked the edges with a purple ink.

I chose lots of shimmery purple papers!

Here is the tag cut out with the solid layer and the filigree layer that was cut from Paper Lace.

The filigree layer up close. I just ran these through the xyron sticker maker to adhere them to the solid layer. 

Since the sticker maker sometimes leaves some sticky residue, I used it to my advantage by adding some glitter in those spots! 

I apparently don't have a pic of the snowflake by itself so here it is on the finished tag. This snowflake is cut from the CTMH Artiste cartridge, as is the little label in the middle of it. I finished the tag off with some bling on the edges of the snowflake and some ribbon! I made 15 of these tags and had so much fun doing them! Here are a few more pics and close-ups:

Thanks for stopping by today! Be sure to head over to CRAFT WITH CUTTERS to see more projects made with some gems to spark your creative juices! 

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Craft With Cutters Challenge #138 - All About Dear 'ole Dad!

Hello everyone!! I'm here today to share a simple calendar page with you and all of my friends over at CRAFT WITH CUTTERS !  I'm revisiting this project to share it with my new followers - You may remember that I did it last year as one of my regular blog posts.

If you have seen any of my previous posts, you probably know that I do a different calendar page each month to showcase on my fridge and then add it to my scrapbook in front of all the pics I took that month.  This month, I decided to show how you can make a calendar grid if you don't have the Designer's Calendar cartridge.  Here is my finished page:

Let's break it down a bit.

To make my grid, I used my Gypsy, (forgot to take a pic of my screen), and lined up 35 - 1.5"squares to form my calendar. The squares I used are from Art Philosophy because I wanted squares with a little scallop on the corners but any square will work.  After the cut, I trimmed the extra off the edges.
The 35 little squares can be saved for another project.

Then I used the Father's Day seasonal cartridge and my Cricut markers to make my icon to designate Father's Day on my calendar. I chose to just use the markers and not cut it.  I just cut around the outside with my scissors.

I then traced over the sentiment with my black gel pen.

Then, I actually used 4 of those little squares to stamp my title on - I used the Urban Alphabet stamp set from CTMH.  Then I used CTMH's Liquid Glass to give the letters a shiny appearance.
I punched holes in the squares and threaded twine through to hang then across the page. The squares themselves are mounted with pop dots so they won't slide around.
Here are a few more close-ups of the squares and the twine "clothesline".

I also used Liquid Glass to adhere the twine to the page.

I added Distress Stickles throughout the grid to give a little pop of color.

Here is the Father's Day icon in place.

The background paper is from DVWV's Heirloom stack - (I love this stack!)
One more look:

Thanks for stopping by today! I hope you enjoyed today's post! Remember to stop over at CRAFT WITH CUTTERS to see some more fantastic projects that celebrate DAD!
Now, go create something beautiful!!