Thursday, January 24, 2013

Photography Background Decorations


Hello everyone! Today, I'm sharing with you some decorations that I made for my daughter to use on her photography background for Christmas pictures.  (She is an amazing photographer!)  I was so pleased with how they turned out and they looked amazing in her pictures, if I do say so myself! :-) Here is a finished picture and then I will share details:

Cricut cartridges used:
Pretty Pennants
Art Deco
When It's Cold Outside

I decided to keep the colors neutral since, with Christmas pictures, the subjects clothing tends to be colorful! :-) 

Here are a few close-ups:
I backed the letters with gold foil paper. I love how it looks as it peeks through!

The detail of the snowflakes looks great on the black background! I used mini clothespins to hold the banner pieces on the twine.

When my daughter was done and took the backdrop down,  I hung the banner on our wall to display throughout the season! I plan on using it next year too, but I think I will add some extra color and decorations to it for some variety! 

Here are a few of the pictures from her Christmas photography sessions:




Aren't they amazing!!?? I'm inspired now to make more banners and decorations!




Thanks for stopping by today!

Until next time, create something beautiful!

JAVA JEN



Wednesday, January 23, 2013

CWC Challenge #118 - Wintery Fun

Welcome to another Wednesday Challenge over at CRAFT WITH CUTTERS! This week's challenge is all about fun things we do in the winter! Nothing speaks "winter fun" to me more than a snowman so I made a fun card with an adorable snowman from the Cricut cartridge Snow Friends. (Love that cartridge!)

Can't get much easier than this - I just dressed it up with some Stickles and my white gel pen! 


Thanks for stopping by today and be sure to stop over at CRAFT WITH CUTTERS to create and link up your own projects that showcase Wintery Fun for a chance to win a great prize!



Wednesday, January 16, 2013

CWC Challenge # 117 Bundle Up Baby!

Happy Challenge Wednesday, everyone! Welcome to our latest challenge over at CRAFT WITH CUTTERS! This week our projects needed to include some winter attire! I chose to do an altered 11x14 frame to clip snapshots to! So fun and easy! The paper I used, of course, has a wintry theme but the paper can be changed out for the seasons!

Thanks for stopping by today and remember to stop by CRAFT WITH CUTTERS to link up your own "Bundle Up Baby" project for a chance at a great prize! 



Monday, January 14, 2013

CRAFT WITH CUTTERS Mini Books Cartridge Showcase



Hello everyone! Today is another Cartridge Showcase over at CRAFT WITH CUTTERS! Today I am showcasing the awesome Mini Books Project cartridge! There is so much wonderfulness on this cartridge! Mini Books are one of my favorite things to make so when this one came out, I just had to have it!!  You will see that on all 3 projects that I created, I used K and Co.'s double-sided paper. I love their papers for these kind of projects because it looks so much better than a plain/white side.  Here are pics of the 3 projects finished with details about each one following:




PROJECT 1: EXPLODING BOX (YES! There is an exploding box cut on this cartridge!)
 ---shown on page 11 of the handbook and assembly instructions are on page 17
 ---cut at 3.6"
 ---paper is K and Co.'s Life Journey Stack ------ isn't it great to be able to see both patterns on all of the papers?? 
                                    All put together!
After cutting ----- before assembling. (This pic was supposed to be before the previous one but it got mixed up!)

Ready to be put together. :-)

This is another reason why I like K and Co. stacks --- there is usually a sheet that has little images or sayings that you can cut apart to use to embellish a project. You can see how I used this one in the pic below.



The finished, closed box! Mine isn't over embellished, but you could really have some fun with this one!



PROJECT 2: Tag & Pocket ------ These would be great to make up and keep on hand to tuck into last minute gifts!
----shown on page 16, assembly instructions are on page 46
----cut at 4"
----paper is K and Co.'s Kelly Panacci Designer paper

Cut, put together, not embellished.

Here is that sheet I was talking about --- it's perfect for embellishing these tags and pockets! Notice how the tag and pocket are one cut on this cartridge. When you use double-sided paper, you can just flip the tag over for the contrast. Pretty neat, huh??

Finished and embellished!



PROJECT 3: Mini travel accordion album ------ This would be great to take on vacation and journal about all your adventures and then add pics when you get home!
----shown on page 13, assembly instructions are on page 27
----cut at 3.25"
----paper is K and Co.'s Brenda Walton - Around the World



All finished, closed and embellished.

View from the top.

Put together, not embellished.


This sheet had glittered accents that worked great in this little mini!

Cover, embellished.

Inside pages. Notice how I used the cut-outs from the glittery sheet!







Thanks so much for stopping by today! I hope you have enjoyed this showcase of the Mini Books cartridge! I sure had fun! 


JAVA JEN

Thursday, January 10, 2013

We've Moved!


Happy 2nd Thursday of January!! I hope you all had a blessed Christmas and are expecting a new year filled with promise! I can truly say that I am blessed beyond measure and I am so very thankful! I'm excited to embark on another year of sharing projects that inspire me and are so fun to make!

 Today's project is also posted over at SHE'S A SASSY LADY and CRICUT IS CLOSE TO MY HEART! Be sure to stop by these blogs as there are always new and wonderful things going on! :-)

In November, we made a major move from Texas to Ohio to be with our families, namely our grand boys! :-) I am staying super busy with the babies so I haven't got everything situated in my craft area like I want quite yet so I chose a simple, yet useful project to start of my year of crafting! I made "We've Moved" cards to send to our friends and family so they have a special way to remember our new address.


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Card Recipe:
Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge - page 24 card, cut at 4"
Phrases Cricut cartridge - "We've Moved" and all layers, cut at 2"
The paper I used for the base of the card is Bazzill Basics Rope Swing Dotted Swiss

I love this card shape and this paper comes already embossed!


A close-up of the "We've Moved" stamp cut


I added a little extra detail on the inside to write our new address and a personal note to the recipient.


Thanks for stopping by today and be sure to check back regularly, as I will be trying to get caught up with my Christmas gift posts and lots of other exciting crafty happenings in my new year!


Link to my CTMH site: www.jenniebarger.ctmh.com
(If you are interested in purchasing the Art Philosophy cartridge or any other fantastic CTMH products!)