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Utility Box Art #9

Utility Box Art #9

This utility box pays homage to South Pasadena’s designation as a Tree City USA community.  Sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation, the community must achieve four core standards of sound urban forestry management: maintaining a tree board or department, having a community tree ordinance, spending at least $2 per capita on urban forestry and celebrating Arbor Day.Utility Box Art #9

South Pasadena has had this designation for 17 consecutive years.
Utility Box Art #9

A few benefits of having a mature urban canopy: trees increase property values, trees reduce energy consumption, trees reduce crime, trees unite neighborhoods, trees benefit wildlife, trees reduce the effects of climate change and trees clear our air.

Utility Box Art #9

This box is one of my favorites because of the theme, use of color as well as its painterly quality.  It echoes its surroundings and the purple pops against the saturated greens of this piece.

Utility Box Art #9

I think trees bring much charm and character to the landscape.  I consider myself fortunate to have grown up and still live in this idyllic town filled with these beauties. Stay tuned for box #10!

*Tina

Crafty Today: Vintage Curly Paper Wreath

Vintage curly paper wreath

I made this wreath for my mother’s birthday last year.  Since my parents live in a 1908 Craftsman Bungalow, I choose muted, vintage looking papers that were more in keeping with the aesthetic of the house.  I thought it would grace the front door, but my mother loved it so much that she hung it in the dining room so she could see it every day.  Thanks Mom!

Vintage curly paper wreath

Above is a detail of the wreath so you can see the mixture of colors and patterns.  The original tutorial can be found here.  I hope it inspires you to make one as they are a blast to create.  Each and every one is unique.  Happy crafting!

*Tina

P.S. You can follow me on Instagram @crafted.living.  See you there!

Utility Box Art #8

I didn’t mean to be away for so long, but I am back and want to share the last three utility boxes before moving onto sharing the second phase.

Utility Box #8

This utility box pays homage to South Pasadena being on Route 66.  South Pasadena was part of the 1926-31 and 1940-1964 alignment, which included several major city attractions including the Rialto Theatre, Gus’s Barbecue and Fair Oaks Pharmacy and Soda Fountain.

Utility Box #8

The panels are filled with common car culture imagery including the pin striping on the sides of the auxiliary box below.  The asphalt texture and road tread complete the theme.

Utility Box #8

The design is well executed and a fabulous depiction of an important part of South Pasadena’s history. Stay tuned for two more boxes from phase one!

*Tina

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Cricut Friday: Love Card #2

It makes the world go round.

It makes the world go round.

I used this card as my inspiration for the above card.  You need the following tools and supplies to create this card:

  • Cricut machine
  • Cricut Base Camp cartridge
  • Cuttlebug machine
  • embossing folder
  • cardstock
  • adhesive
  • foam dots
  • heart gem
  • baker’s twine

Fold the white cardstock so it is a finished size of 4.25″x 5.5″ and cut the white cardstock to 5.25″x 4″. Cut the love at 1″.  Run the white cardstock through the Cuttlebug machine to emboss.  Adhere love and heart gem to the embossed cardstock.  Wrap the twine around the embossed cardstock then adhere to the card base using foam dots.

I love the graphic imagery of this card using the classic combination of red, black and white.  It is a very simple card, but the message comes across loud and clear.

*Tina

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Micro Library #17

A new addition to Pasadena..

A new addition to Pasadena.

While we were out running errands over the weekend, we stumbled across this micro library.  Placed right next to the sidewalk, it is a welcome sight for pedestrians as well as animals of the barking variety.  This library has dog treats tucked inside waiting to be shared.  What a novel idea!

*Tina

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Crafty Today: Anniversary Pop Up Box Card

Happy Anniversary!

Happy Anniversary!

This first pop up box card I created was this one to celebrate our 20th wedding anniversary.  Still can’t believe it!  I followed the same process outlined in this post. Unfortunately, this line from Jillibean Soup isn’t available anymore.  Too bad as it is adorable and lends itself well for Valentine Day cards also.  My husband was definitely wowed by this card.  This year we will be celebrating 22 years of marriage and no clue what I am going to create.  I better get on it.

*Tina

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Crafty Today: Birthday Pop Up Box Card

Make a wish!

Make a wish!

These pop up box cards are all over Pinterest and I have been obsessed with them for about two years.  I will share my cheater way of creating these fabulous cards without using rubber stamps.  You need the following tools and supplies to create this card:

  • Jillibean Soup paper
  • Jillibean Pea Pod Parts
  • cardstock
  • scoring board
  • adhesive
  • foam dots and tape

Follow this tutorial from Splitcoaststampers to create the box.  Add assorted pea pod parts to the flaps, straps and inside front of card using the foam tape and dots.  Add embellishment and sentiment to the back of the card.

You want to add the pod parts to the straps in ascending order so it doesn’t block the inside front of the card.  Also, having varying thicknesses of foam tape and dots gives you the flexibility to stack the pod parts and adds emphasis.  I used my favorite Cricut cartridge, Tiny Treasures, to create the 80 on the inside front of the card.  You also can make an envelope for this card using the Envelope Punch Board and choosing size 6×7.  This card has enormous wow factor so you should make it for that special person in your life that will truly appreciate it.  I created this card for my mother-in-law and she had it on view for weeks.  I hope you try it!

*Tina

Micro Library #16

Always room for one more.

Always room for one more.

This micro library popped up a few months ago in front of the two Ronald McDonald houses in Pasadena.  The Craftsman style houses are located across the street from Huntington Hospital so it is the perfect location for a library.  The architectural style is appropriate as it nicely complements its surroundings and gives a wink and a nod to its mother and father in the background.  I am sure it will be loved and used regularly.

*Tina

Utility Box Art #7

Utility Box Art #7

This utility box occupies a very busy street corner in South Pasadena.  It is colorful and interesting to look at tucked under a shady mature tree.  This box has a collection of images that as a viewer, I am not sure what they represent.
Utility Box Art #7

This panel reminds me of the iconic image from the Great Escape with Steve McQueen and James Garner.  But, it is also peppered with iconic South Pasadena images of flying parrots and a baby ostrich.
Utility Box Art #7

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and maybe the artist wants us to be confused. Maybe he or she doesn’t want this artistic rendering to be obvious to the viewer.  All in all, it is fun to look at and definitely is welcome as opposed to a plain utility box.

*Tina

P.S. I am on Instagram if you want to follow my musings as I have been posting more daily life and travel photos there than here on the blog.  Follow me @crafted.living

Crafty Today: Butterfly Card

Butterfly card

I fell in love with this die cut so I had to have it.  You need the following tools and supplies to create this card:

  • Stampin’ Up butterfly die cut
  • Cuttlebug machine
  • embossing folder
  • cardstock, plain and glittered
  • pearl gem stickers
  • adhesive

Fold the white cardstock so it is a finished size of 4.25″x 5.5″ and cut the white cardstock to 5.25″x 4″. Cut the butterfly die cut.  Run the white cardstock through the Cuttlebug machine to emboss.  Adhere the butterfly to the embossed cardstock and add the pearl gem stickers to the butterfly.

I have used this card on several occasions for various recipients.  It is simple and beautiful and begs to be made over and over again.

*Tina

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