Thursday, March 12, 2015

Happy Birthday Centerpiece

Hi, everyone! Today I am sharing a little Thursday inspiration with you and everyone over at SHE'S A SASSY LADY!  I am always making centerpieces as gifts for people. I like to think of them more as paper bouquets! :-)  I made this one for a co-worker and she was amazed that I made it! (I just didn't tell her how easy it really was!) :-)  I used several different cartridges like Sweet Treats, Birthday Bash, Birthday Cakes and Celebrate. I simply cut my images out at the size I thought would look best and attached them to wood skewers and stuck them in a foam block inside a mason jar.  I used tissue paper to hide the foam block! So easy!

Thanks for stopping by today!!

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Baby Shower Time and this time IT'S A GIRL!!!

So, I have thoroughly enjoyed creating decorations for my grandsons' baby showers - all 4 of them! But now we have added a granddaughter to our family and I am thrilled to make some girly decorations!!! Today it's my turn to share over at SHE'S A SASSY LADY so I just had to share my excitement there too! Be sure to check out Sheila's blog for awesome, daily inspiration!!  I decided to make a big centerpiece in a basket. Here is what I came up with:
Here are some close-ups:

I got all the various cuts from Cricut Cartridges. I can't seem to remember them all but I know I used Creative Memories Tiny Treasures, Cricut Lite Sugar and Spice, Baby Steps, Cricut Lite Cupcakes and Sweet Treats. There are so many great images to choose from that I just had to pick a bunch!! I also wrote on a chalkboard sign: 

I also made a little snowflake banner that can be hung up in her room!

I attached the snowflakes to the dowel with fishing line. These snowflakes are from the new snowflake cartridge, Holiday Snowflakes! So many beautiful choices on this cartridge!! I cut everything on my Cricut Explore! 

I would totally be remiss if I didn't share a few precious pictures of our sweet Lora, who arrived the day before her due date, Jan. 3rd! She came so quickly that her Daddy, our son, had to deliver her!! What priceless memories!! 

Here is our beauty at 1 month old!!

Thank you for indulging me! :-) 

Sunday, November 30, 2014

CYBER MONDAY SALE on Close To My Heart cartridges!!

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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!
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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