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Archive for the month “June, 2013”

Cricut Friday: Baby Shower Card

Expecting an adorable baby girl!

Expecting an adorable baby girl!

A colleague is having a baby so a handmade card was in order.  You need the following tools and supplies to create this card:

Fold the yellow cardstock so it is a finished size of 4.25″x5.5″ and cut the light yellow cardstock to 5.25″x 4″.  Cut all of the pieces for the stork at 3.5″.  Adhere the layers of the stork together.  Run the light yellow cardstock through the Cuttlebug machine to emboss.  Adhere the stork to the embossed cardstock.

A cute yet sophisticated card for the mother-to-be.  Happy cardmaking!

*Tina

Photography Monday: The Huntington’s Roses Part IV

The rose labels displayed near each rose contain three pieces of important information: cultivar name, horticultural class and date of introduction or when the cultivar was first sold.

Roses, roses everywhere!

Roses, roses everywhere!

What a beautiful color combination!

What a beautiful color combination!

These roses are fun and vibrant.

These roses are fun and vibrant.

Fuchsia and loving it!

Fuchsia and loving it!

Lushness and beauty for all to enjoy!

Lushness and beauty for all to enjoy!

We enjoyed reading the labels and were quite entertained by the rose names.  If you are ever in the area, you must make a trip to The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens.  You won’t be disappointed and most probably will kick yourself for not making the trip sooner.  Hope you enjoyed the tour!

But friendship is the breathing rose, with sweets in every fold.  -Oliver Wendell Holmes

*Tina

Cricut Friday: 98th Birthday Card

What an achievement!

What an achievement!

What do you give to a person that is celebrating his 98th birthday?  A handmade birthday card, of course!  You need the following tools and supplies to create this card:

Fold the light blue cardstock so it is a finished size of 4.25″x5.5″ and cut the aqua cardstock to 5.25″x 4″.  Cut all of the pieces for the 98 at 2″.  Adhere the layers of the 98 together.  Run the aqua cardstock through the Cuttlebug machine to emboss.  Adhere the 98 to the embossed cardstock.

It is such an achievement to reach 98 years of age.  We all celebrated as a family by having lunch at the birthday boy’s favorite restaurant.  We shared stories and everyone had a grand time.  By the way, my grandfather loved the card.  Happy Birthday Grandpa!

*Tina

The Mysterious Plant

What is it?

What is it?

I am putting forth another mystery to be solved.  What is it?  This plant has taken over our backyard.  Last year, it was so vigorous and plentiful that they were choking the established rose plants.  We dug up most of the plants and only a few returned this year.  Most of these plants grow from a large tuber and are quite a chore to dig up.  Persistent little buggers!  It is a colorful and pretty plant, but we had too many.  Any thoughts?

A weed is a plant that has mastered every survival skill except for learning how to grow in rows.  -Doug Larson

*Tina

Photography Monday: The Huntington’s Roses Part III

The Huntington’s Rose Garden includes important parent roses, roses from prominent hybridizers, and rose cultivars from around the world that grow exceedingly well in Southern California.  The garden has been redesigned many times over the years with major plantings in 1922, 1945, 1973, 1982 and 1988.

Many ruffled petals of pink loveliness!

Many petals of pink loveliness!

Very peachy!

Peach ruffles galore

Vibrant gold petals tipped with orange zest

Vibrant gold petals dipped in orange

Has the feel of a carnation, but definitely a rose.

Has the feel of a carnation, but definitely a rose.

The buffet is open.

The bee buffet is open!

Speckled rosy loveliness

Speckled rosy delighfulness

First bloom starts about April 15th and continues until early January with peak season from late April through early June.  Stay tuned for more roses next week!

One may live without bread, not without roses.  -Jean Richepin

*Tina

Cricut Friday: Donkey Pinata Card

Let the festivities begin!

Let the festivities begin!

My mother was so enamored with the Rockin’ Fox card that she asked me to make a special birthday card for her.  I enlisted my husband’s opinion to assist in making the appropriate selection because I wanted the male perspective for this project.  You need the following tools and supplies to create this card:

  • Cricut machine
  • Cricut Birthday Bash cartridge
  • Cuttlebug embossing folder
  • cardstock
  • adhesive

Fold the tan cardstock so it is a finished size of 4.25″x5.5″ and cut the burnt orange cardstock to 5.25″x 4″.  Cut all of the pieces for the donkey at 3.5″.  Adhere all of the layers of the donkey together.  Run the burnt orange cardstock through the Cuttlebug machine to emboss.  Adhere the donkey to the embossed cardstock.

The donkey looks like a pinata, which gives the card a very festive feel.  Feliz cumpleanos!

*Tina 

Heavenly Hydrangea

Love the big cluster of tiny petals!

Instant bouquet

On my morning walk, I have the pleasure of enjoying the hydrangea show.  They are loving the crisp cool mornings and the spring heat!  Hydrangeas are my husband’s favorite flower because of the variety of colors, their showiness and the fact that you can change the color of the flower based on the amount of acid in the soil.  When I see hydrangeas, I think of my husband.  Hopefully, we can find the perfect spot in our garden to plant a few bushes and be able to enjoy them for years to come.

*Tina

Flower Brick

An old way to display flowers

A vintage option to display flowers

Years ago, I purchased this flower brick because I liked it and thought it would be handy to have.  For years, it sat unused in the cupboard until a few days ago when I realized its true potential.  My roses have started to bloom and they are an older variety with a delightful fragrance, but very short stems.  What to do?  Display the gorgeous roses in the flower brick and my issue was solved.  How divine!

*Tina

Photography Monday: The Huntington’s Roses Part II

The Huntington Rose Garden is a rose lover’s delight.  Beds upon beds filled with shrub roses, climbing and rambling roses, Hybrid Teas, Floribundas, Polyanthas, miniatures, and David Austin roses.

A perfect rose for an old world painting

A perfect rose for an old world painting

How a beautiful sunset would look in a rose

How a beautiful sunset would look in a rose

A plethora of beautiful salmon pink roses

A plethora of beautiful salmon pink roses

Soft peach loveliness

Soft peach loveliness

Love the speckled striking contrast in this rose!

Love the speckled striking contrast in this rose!

Pink triple treat

Pink triple treat

More roses to come in the next installment for your viewing pleasure.

What’s in a name?  That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.  -William Shakespeare

*Tina

Cricut Friday: Rockin’ Fox Card

Let's get in the groove!

Let’s get in the groove!

We have been invited to a birthday party on Saturday and needed a card.  No gifts are allowed, but I felt that a handmade card would be perfect.  He loves his Rock and Roll!  You need the following tools and supplies to create this card:

Fold the sage green cardstock so it is a finished size of 4.25″x5.5″ and cut the tan cardstock to 5.25″x 4″.  Cut all of the pieces for the fox at 3.5″.  Adhere all of the layers of the fox together.  Run the tan cardstock through the Cuttlebug machine to emboss.  Adhere the fox to the embossed cardstock.

My husband is in charge of writing a clever birthday greeting.  His forte.  Hope the birthday boy enjoys the card!

Happy card making!

*Tina

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