Thursday, February 28, 2013

Birthday Memory File

Happy Thursday to everyone here and over at THE BUGBYTES! It's my turn to be guest designer over there! Today I want to share a memory file that I made for a friend's 16th birthday. I love Heidi Swapp's memory files so I created one to help my friend remember her special day! Here is a picture of the completed file and then I'll go into more detail.

I started with a plain, standard size file folder.

Next, I covered it with paper and stamped the corners with some decorative stamps in my stash.

I then began making some elements and embellishments for the cover and inside. I used several Cricut cartridges, including Fabulous Finds, Graphically Speaking, Art Philosophy and Tags, Bags, Boxes and More. I stamped them with stamps I had.

Next, I made a mini book to go inside for putting pictures. I, again, used stamps from my stash to decorate the pages. You will notice that all the edges are inked. I like how that really completes the look. I just used some paper scraps to make page-turning tabs.

Now for the fun part of putting it all together! I forgot to mention that I used Kraft paper to line the inside of the folder. The pockets on the right side are from 7 Gypsies and the tags in those pockets are from My Mind's Eye. 

More close-ups:
I used Liquid Glass from Close To My Heart to accent the letters.

I wrinkled up the tickets before adhering them to add some dimension.

Another look at the finished file:

Thanks for stopping by today! I hope this inspires you to make a Memory File of your own!

Java Jen

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Crafting with Cutters Challenge #123 Things with Wings

Welcome to another challenge Wednesday at CRAFTING WITH CUTTERS! This week our challenge is THINGS WITH WINGS so I decided to do a "jazzed-up" baby boy card. :-)

I used the Teresa Collins Cricut Imagine cartridge, Baby Boutique for the heart with wings cut out. I print and cut this image out in layers to add dimension then dressed it up with stickles. I used a Cuttlebug folder for the background and then brushed some white ink over the embossing to make it stand out a little more. 

Thanks for stopping by today and remember to stop over at CRAFTING WITH CUTTERS to link up your own "Things with Wings" for a chance at a great prize!

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Happy Valentine's Day!

Happy Valentine's Day. everyone!! I'm so tickled to share with everyone here,  everyone over at SHE'S A SASSY LADY and over at CRICUT IS CLOSE TO MY HEART! I made some photo props for my daughter to use in taking Valentine pics of our grandsons and some friends! They turned out so good - but the stars of these pics are, most definitely, our grandsons! They just melt my heart! Sorry if I'm gushing here, but they just complete my world!! We are truly blessed! I'll post a few pics and then give some details about what cartridges, cuts and sizes were used to make the props. Remember, you can click on the pictures to view them bigger!  By the way, our daughter took these amazing pictures!

Our 5 1/2 month old grandson, Truman! Yes, he's a big boy and oh, so kissable!!

Our 21-month old grandson, Seth, who can be so serious and so funny at the same time!

Seth and our 26-month old grandson, Langston, who are great play pals! This picture sequence is hilarious because Langston's hand is reaching through the back of the chair to try to get Seth! :-)

Langston is personality plus, as evidenced here!

Above and below are Holly and Riley, daughters of my daughter's good friend! So cute!

One last collage of our sweet little butterball, Truman!

Gosh, I love these kids!!

Now for the crafty details:
The "BE MINE" banner base is from Cricut Art Philosophy - CTMH and is cut at 7.5"
"BE MINE" letters are from Cricut Art Deco and are cut at 3.25"
The hearts are vary in size from 3.5" - 9.5" and are cut from Cricut George and Basic Shapes and Cricut American Alphabet
The Heart Balloons are from Cricut Create a Critter and are cut at 8.07" and 10.9". 

Here is a link to my CTMH website if you are interested in purchasing the Art Philosophy bundle or any other of our fantastic products - (if you don't already have a consultant):

Thanks so much for stopping by today! Happy Valentine's Day from all my little sweeties!