Saturday, June 23, 2012

Cooking With Cricut Birthday Blog Hop: Day 1

Welcome to the and Design Teams' June Blog Hop. Get ready for two days of great projects with each day showcasing different designers and projects. If you have come from visiting Mindy at Scrappy & Piggy then you are in the right place! If you would like to start at the beginning of the party, please head over to

This month our hop theme is all about Birthdays!  And when Melin discovered that my birthday fell on our scheduled Blog Hop she decided to drag me out from behind the scenes at CWC-PCW and put me in the spotlight (not a place I am too comfortable being).  She then challenged our Designers to make birthday inspired projects with a “Jen” theme in mind. Here is what she said:  Our go-to-gal is a die-hard Florida Gator Fan. So we decided to use elements on our projects that reflected our GATOR FOR LIFE Gal’s FANCY -- Florida, The Florida Gators and anything that would make you think of the Sunshine State. 

When my 8 year old daughter, Demi, heard that the Design Teams were celebrating her Momma's birthday she decided she wanted to join the fun.  After cruising all of the wonderful digi stamps at this is what she created:

The front of the card features the Princess Bear Standing digi and a digi Melin gave away in 2010 called Happy Birthday Circle.  Demi decided to cut the heart off of the stick and add the birthday circle after she colored and blinged it up.  The blue mat is cut at 5" wide by 8" tall using Cricut's "Just Because" Cards cartridge.  The blue card stock and the orange-white polka dot papers are from my scrap stash.

On the inside we printed out the Happy Birthday Word Art digi and she added the heart from the Princess Bear.  I think she did an awesome job and I love my orange and blue birthday card!

I made myself a birthday banner for our BBQ this afternoon . . . well, I make them for everyone else's birthday and I wanted one for mine, too!  I also finished up the menu signs for the party (here is the one I shared on Wednesday).

Here's the banner recipe:
  • Cupcakes -- cut at 5" high using the Cricut Create-A-Critter cartridge.
  • Pennant and mat -- cut at 5 1/2" square (orange) and 4 1/2" square (white) using the Cricut "Just Because" Cards cartridge.
  • Party Hat -- cut at 6" high using the Cricut Doodlecharms cartridge. 
  • The text was cut using Sure Cuts A Lot -- the font is Ravie and was cut at 3" tall.
  • Orange card stock is from a 12" x 12" Recollections paper pack.
  • The orange and blue patterned papers are from The Basics Paper Stack by The Paper Studio.  The cherry is cut from a scrap from DCWV Cherry Limeade stack.
  • I used some yellow stickles on the party hat to give it some glitter.
  • The ribbon is 1/4" satin ribbon by Offray.

And here are the last two menu signs for today's party . . .

Here's the recipe:
  • Text for both signs cut using Sure Cuts A Lot (SCAL) -- the font is AR Christy and was cut at 1 1/2" tall.
  • The glass of Lemonade and the Ice Cream Sundae were cut using "Just Because" Cards.  They both measures 4 1/2" tall.
  • All of the papers are from my scrap stash.
  • I inked the edges and did some doodling.

Thanks so much for joining the birthday fun and helping me celebrate my special day! And a HUGE thank you to to my dear friend, Melin, and the awesome CWC and PCW Design Teams -- I am truly blessed by your love, encouragement and friendship.

I'm the caboose on this party train, but make sure you head over to CWC and leave a comment for a chance to win some great blog candy!  And you'll want to come back and join us tomorrow for a second set of Designers and lots more birthday fun!!

~ Jen


Melin said...

Oh my goodness girl! I just LOVE all this EYE CANDY! Please tell Demi that she did a FABULOUS job on her card! I am going to snag it and put it on PCW! You better watch out....Those crafty skills have rubbed off BIG! BIG GIANT BIRTHDAY HUGS TO YOU!!!! Wish I could be there for a scoop of ice cream and a few laughs! May you ENJOY YOUR day!!!!

Larelyn said...

Happy Birthday to one truly fabulous lady! You're the best and deserve to be out of your comfort zone so we can applaud YOU! How sweet is your card? You'll treasure that forever. Have a delightful party - you've certainly made great party items - such cute ideas!!!
Birthday hugs to a special person.

Michelle said...

SAWEET Jen!!! I LOVE your banner, menu and Demi did a WONDERFUL job on her card for you!! I LOVE it all! I hope you have a wonderful birthday filled with laughter and making great memories!!!


Anonymous said...

Oh, my gosh, your Demi is a chip off the old block! Please tell her what a great job she did on her card. I see a design team position in her future!
I love your banner and signs, too (especially the H2O part.)

Happy Birthday, Jen! Have fun at your party! Sounds like a blast!


Madison said...

Happy BIrthday to you JEN!! LOVE your card DEMI!!! Let me just say, Demi, You ROCK:) You did an amazing job on your mom's card:) Jen, all the decorations look amazing. Have a wonderful day and a great time at your party.

Charlotte said...

Oh Jen, Demi did a super job on her card for her mommy. Great coloring and an adorable image. I just know yu are going to have a wonderful party this afternoon.
The menu looks oh so yummy. I love fuzzy navels so what is fuzzy navel punch?
Happy Happy Birthday to you my Good Gator friend! I hope that this one is the very best ever!!!

Rhonda Emery said...

too cute

Karons Krafty Korner said...

Happy Birthday Jen, Have a fabulous day. Your projects are awesome and your daughters colouring is amazing. TFS

Tracy said...

Happy Birthday, hope you have a AWESOME day. your card from your daughter is just precious, she did an awesome job.

aka Frank-LEE Speaking (SITM) said...

WOW What a Fabulous Banner & Menu Signs. Happy Birthday Jen! You are Awesome Girlfriend. Enjoy your Day. The DT really showed out for your day today. Can't wait to see what they do tomorrow. Smooches... Felicia

silvia said...

Happy Bithday Jen!!!! I LOVE the card that your daughter made!!!

Robin said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY JEN!!! Everyone should be put in the spotlight on their birthday. Enjoy it. I have just loved seeing all your birthday cards and your daughter's has to top them all. I love to see the little ones craft. Enjoy your party. Lots of hugs, Robin

Suzanne said...

Demi great job on the card for you mom. You did an awesome job and I am sure your mom loved it so much. Jen I love your banner. So bright and cheery. Glad to see you had a wonderful day. You deserved it. Glad I could be a part of your birthday hope too.

jennyplace2 said...

Just popped in to wish you a Happy Birthday. Have a wonderful day with your family and friends.

Cricut Critter said...

Happy Bday Jen!! What a great card from Demi, she is following her mommy's footsteps... thanks for all you for do for us over at CWC!!!!

Marji said...

Super cute! I love the card, I can't wait until my daughter makes me cards :)
So glad to be able to celebrate your day with you

scrappingnana said...

Love the banner, and of course, the pretty colors. Happy Birthday to a fellow Floridian.

Jill said...

Jen, first of all HAPPY BIRTHWEEKEND! Secondly, all the decorations are simply darling! I love the card your daughter made you! So sweet! Fun hop! Smiles, Jill

Gramjak said...

I adore your banner and want to copy it for my best friend's BD this week!

Hope that your day was wonderful and that you'll have a great year ahead.

Kris Dietz said...

Wonderful projects -- Demi did a great job on her card! TFS.

Hope your birthday was fantastic!!

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