Sunday, November 30, 2014

CYBER MONDAY SALE on Close To My Heart cartridges!!

For the first time ever, Close To My Heart is offering a Cyber Monday Sale on Monday, December 1, 2014. There has never been a better time to buy that Close To My Heart exclusive Cricut® Collections for 20% off the retail price !! 
This deal makes the usual $99 CTMH Cartridge bundles only $79.20 ! Whether you love scrapbooking, cardmaking, or creating 3-D projects, there is an exclusive Cricut® collection to make the perfect addition to any craft room!
Sale starts at midnight (MST) on December 1 and ends at 11:59 pm (MST) Monday night December 1st.  SHOP AT TO GET THIS AWESOME DEAL !
All 4 of the CTMH Cricut Cartridges are included in this sale…. even the New Artfully Sent Cartridge.  Here is a link to them so you can see all the images and how versatile they all are:  Cricut COLLECTIONS . 
PLUS you can also get in on the DEAL OF THE DECADE all month long starting December 1st through December 31st.  UNLIMITED $10 C & D Stamp Sets of YOUR CHOICE !! 
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And there are many COORDINATING CRICUT STAMP SETS (click link to see) which are included in this DEAL OF THE DECADE STAMP Sale.  Make the most of your CTMH Cricut Cartridges by stocking up on stamp sets now.
So which CTMH Cartridge are you buying December 1st?  Or which $10 stamp sets are you getting with a $50 purchase the month of December ??  Let me know if you have any questions about the CYBER MONDAY DEAL OR THE DEAL OF THE DECADE STAMP SET FOR DECEMBER.

Thursday, November 13, 2014


Happy Thursday, everyone! I'm here to share some decorations and a recipe from our recent International Dinner we held at our church. I am also featuring this project over at SHE'S A SASSY LADY so be sure to stop over there and see the amazing new projects that are shared there every day!  Our church hosts this dinner every year to "celebrate" all the missionaries that we support throughout the year and this year I took Greece. We just do appetizer-size portions because everyone likes to sample from all the tables. I made a Garlicky Feta Dip that surprised me by being a total hit! We all just decorate our tables however we want so I kept it kind of simple by just having a few decos.
My sign before decorating it.....

A centerpiece that I made with images from the MY WORLD cartridge and the DESTINATIONS cartridge. 

Close-up of the luggage tag that I wrote GREECE on. 

Close-up of the centerpiece. 

Here is my table all ready to go!

I added some columns to my sign that were cut from the MY WORLD cartridge. 

Here is how I served the, now famous, Garlicky Feta Dip. When I say "garlicky", I mean it!! This bowl held a triple recipe and it had 10 cloves of garlic in it!! :-) 
Here is the recipe:
6 oz. feta cheese, crumbled
4 oz. cream cheese, softened
1/3 c. greek yogurt
2-3 cloves of garlic, minced
pinch of dried oregano
1 Tbsp. lemon juice
1 Roma tomato, diced
Chopped parsley and black pepper, to garnish

Combine feta, cream cheese, yogurt, garlic, oregano and lemon juice in mixing bowl and process until well blended. 
Scoop into serving dish or bowl and top with the diced tomato, parsley and pepper. 
Enjoy with pita bread or chips, crackers, pretzels or french bread! 

Thanks for stopping by today and be sure to check back here in about 2 weeks because I'll be featuring lots of handmade Christmas gifts! 


Thursday, September 11, 2014

Our Truman is 2!!

Hello everyone! Today is my turn to share over at SHE'S A SASSY LADY and I am sharing some fun party decorations that I and our daughter made for our grandson Truman's 2nd birthday!  First of all, here is a picture of our precious boy - He makes us so very happy!

Truman's party theme was The Lorax so all the decorations were bright and colorful!  My daughter had everyone sign inside the front and back covers of this book as a memento! Such a great idea!

I used a flower shadow from the Bloom cartridge to look like a truffula tree for the banner.

The font was from Chalkboard Fonts. The clouds are from the April Showers cartridge. 

This was how it looked all together!

Close up of the cake my daughter made! Cotton candy made the truffle trees!

Cute truffula tree cupcakes!

My daughter made these with paper pom poms and attached them to large wood skewers to look like truffula trees! I think they are so cute! 

I cut the letters out for this from Extreme Fonts in vinyl as a table decoration and a photo prop when we all posed for pics with the birthday boy! 

The mustaches for the straws were cut from the Billionaire cartridge. 

All in all, this party was soooo much fun! Being a crafty grandma is so much fun! 

Thanks for stopping by!

Java Jen

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Birthday Memory File- revisited

Happy Thursday!  It's my turn to be a guest designer over at SHE'S A SASSY LADY today so I am revisiting a project that I shared over a year ago. (Life has been a little crazy and busy so I pulled this one out of my archives!) :-) I'm sharing 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

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Quick Graduation card

Hello everyone! It's my turn to share over at SHE'S A SASSY LADY and this is what I shared: a graduation card that I made in a jiffy for our nephew who recently graduated! :-)

This card and the coordinating envelope is on the Wild Card cartridge and I cut it at 4.5". 

 Since I was in a little hurry when I made this card, it took me about 10 minutes from start to finish! 

Thanks for stopping by today and be sure to stop by Sheila's blog, SHE'S A SASSY LADY to see lots of fantastic projects to inspire your summer crafting!! 

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Country Picnic Bridal Shower

Hello everyone! I am here today to share with you a fun bridal shower that I helped plan for a sweet young lady at our church! We went with a Country Picnic theme and we had so much fun! Today's post can also be seen over at SHE'S A SASSY LADY since I am the guest designer over there! Here are a few pics and then I'll give you more details under each one:

These are the centerpieces we made featuring the, ever popular, mason jars! The mats are 12x12 Kraft paper that has been corner punched with a Lucky 8 punch and an 11x11 bandanna paper that was also corner punched with my Lucky 8 punch. The "Mr. and Mrs." tag was from the Sweethearts Cricut cartridge and was cut at 3".

This was a cute journaling prompt tag that my friend found on Pinterest so I printed them and then created a tag to fit it! This is a tag that I found on the Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge and, using my Gypsy, I unlinked the H and W to stretch it to the size I needed it to be! Even with all the advances with the Cricut, which, for the record, I LOVE----- I still LOVE my Gyspy!! :-)

This little purse that I made from the Bridal Shower cartridge, was made to hold little cards that everyone wrote a little sentiment on. 

This shower was a gift card shower so we found an oval bucket to stick skewers in that we hot-glued mini clothespins to, to hold the gift cards. (Sorry the picture isn't that great but I forgot to take a pic at home so it's a little busy in the background! :-/ ) The "Mr. and Mrs." is from Tie the Knot and the Monogram B is from Tie the Knot as well. We put some paper straws over some of the skewers for more pops of color! 

The bride is the one in the center and she was thrilled with the theme!

We had catered box lunches and this was our place setting.

This shows a little more closely, the corner punches.

I cut hearts from Sweethearts and punched holes to "tie the knots"! :-)

Another view of our yummy place setting. :-)

Thanks for stopping by today! Hope you're having a super fun, family and friend-filled summer! 

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

You are my Sunshine!

Hello everyone! I am here to share a fun birthday banner that I made for our youngest grand baby who just turned 1 in April!  First of all, here are a few pics of our adorable little Collin! He just melts my heart!!

This cheesy little grin makes me want to grab him and start smooching him! :-)

Ok! Now to my project! I made this banner using the Creative Memories Total Sports cartridge, Hello Kitty Greetings, Mickey and Friends and Mickey Font.

These pennant banner shapes with the letter cutout are from Total Sports. I simply attached them with colored twine to a piece of natural twine.

These suns that I used as banner anchors and the large sun at the bottom of the banner are from Mickey and Friends.

The letters for COLLIN are from Mickey Font and the sun shape here is actually a card that I folded over the twine and is found on Hello Kitty Greetings! 

Some close ups:

Thanks for stopping by today! Now, go make something beautiful! :-)