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Cricut Friday: Birthday Gift Tag #1

Who doesn't love a party hat?

Who doesn’t love a party hat?

Sometimes a gift tag is the perfect accompaniment for a gift.  I wanted to explore this festive option.  You need the following tools and supplies to create this tag:

Cut two gold tags at 4″ using the Holiday Frames & Tags cartridge.  Cut the party hat at 3″ using the Celebrations cartridge.  Cut the border at 1″ from the Ribbons & Rosettes cartridge.  Adhere the party hat together.  Sandwich the border between the two tags.  Trim the border to fit the width of the tag.  Adhere the party hat to the tag.

I am thrilled with the result and most definitely will make more of these as a great option to a traditional birthday card.  I feel a series coming on.  Let’s see where it goes!

*Tina

Pineappleade

So refreshing!

So refreshing!

Every weekend in the summer, I make a very large bowl of fruit salad.  Pineapple, melon, green apples, strawberries, peaches, plums and blackberries all go into the mix.  Dressed with Strawberry Vinegar, it is delicious and refreshing.  What to do with the pineapple carcass?  Make pineappleade.  Several years ago, I came across this recipe from Martha Stewart Living and have been making it ever since.

Pineappleade

  • Entire peel of pineapple
  • 1/2 c. sugar
  • 2 whole cloves
  • 1 tsp. peeled ginger

Bring 4 cups of water to a boil.  Place pineapple peel, sugar, cloves and ginger in a large heatproof pitcher.  Pour boiling water into pitcher and stir to combine.  Let stand at room temperature for 24 hours.  Strain.  Transfer to refrigerator to chill.

My adjustments: I use the entire pineapple including the core, but not the base.  Before straining, I squeeze all of the juice from the rind back into the mixture.  I try to get out all of the goodness.  I cut back on the sugar and only use 1/3 cup per my husband’s request.  I also add about 10-12 cloves for more flavor.

This drink is fabulous by itself or you can make your own blends.  My husband often adds pomegranate juice or cherry cider to his concoctions.  It would make a great base for a tropical drink.  Also, we found this gadget to be the best and easiest way to cut a pineapple.  Enjoy!

*Tina

Photography Monday: Denver Botanic Gardens Part V

Being a designer, I am always looking for patterns and textures in everything.  Paper, textiles, food, movies, antiques and most definitely the garden.  I love and always appreciate the details.  It makes the world a fascinating place.  The Denver Botanic Gardens had some lovely details that I will share with you.

Amazing curly, crinkled leaves of greenness

Amazing curly, crinkled leaves of greenness

How beautiful the dew is embedded in the spider web.

How beautiful the dew is embedded in the spider web.

Leave it to nature to create something so fabulous!

Leave it to nature to create something so fabulous!

Even dried it looks magnificent.

Even dried it looks magnificent.

Teeny, tiny petals of pinkness

Teeny, tiny petals of pinkness

Nature uses only the longest threads to weave her patterns, so that each small  piece of her fabric reveals the organization of the entire tapestry. – Richard P. Feynman

*Tina

Cricut Friday: Heart Sympathy Card

Soft and pretty card for a special friend.

Soft and pretty card for a special friend.

Sympathy cards are the most difficult to create.  A dear friend is mourning the loss of her grandmother.   You need the following tools and supplies to create this card:

Fold the silver cardstock so it is a finished size of 4.25″x5.5″ and cut the white cardstock to 5.25″x 4″.  Cut the heart at 3.5″.  Run the white cardstock through the Cuttlebug machine to emboss.  Adhere the heart to the embossed cardstock.

I wanted the card to be soft and thoughtful, but not somber.  A simple yet elegant card with the hope it provides some comfort.

A grandmother is a little bit parent, a little bit teacher, and a little bit best friend.  -Unknown

*Tina

Simple Pleasures

Wren the window cat

Wren the window cat

Summer is rapidly coming to an end.  Wren, our youngest cat, knows how to enjoy life’s simple pleasures.  She lounges in this window all summer long listening to the chirping birds, while being warmed by the sun.  She is truly enjoying herself by being in the moment.  Pure bliss.  There is something to be learned here.  Be present and enjoy the lazy days of summer!

We know that in September, we will wander through the warm winds of summer’s wreckage.  We will welcome summer’s ghost.  -Henry Rollins

*Tina

Photography Monday: Denver Botanic Gardens Part IV

Nature is incredibly inspiring and that is one of the reasons why we love to visit botanic gardens.  Let’s continue our tour of the Denver Botanic Gardens.

Putting all if its energy into emerging to beautifulness.

Putting all if its energy into emerging to beautifulness.

Love the magnificent color combination!

Love the magnificent color combination!

How delicate, but gorgeous!

Love it when the bee is part of the composition!

How pink thou art.

How pink thou art.

Delicate and wispy and the bug loves it too!

Delicate and wispy and the bug loves it too!

Flowers…are a proud assertion that a ray of beauty outvalues all of the utilities of the world.  -Ralph Waldo Emerson

*Tina

Cricut Friday: Birthday Card #4

Remember, it is all about the frosting!

Remember, it is all about the frosting!

The  birthdays keep coming.  Time to create another special birthday card for a good friend.  You need the following tools and supplies to create this card:

Fold the cranberry cardstock so it is a finished size of 4.25″x 5.5″ and cut the pink cardstock to 5.25″x 4″.  Cut all of the pieces for the cupcake at 4″.  Adhere all of the layers of the cupcake together.  Run the pink cardstock through the Cuttlebug machine to emboss.  Adhere the cupcake to the embossed cardstock.

Cupcakes are still all the rage and the recipient has a sweet tooth.  I hope the card makes her smile!

A friend never defends a husband who gets his wife an electric skillet for her birthday.  -Erma Bombeck

*Tina

Four Bean Salad

The best bean salad on the planet!

The best bean salad on the planet!

This is a classic recipe from our family archive.  We have been using this recipe for almost 50 years.  My mother received this recipe at her wedding shower.

Four Bean Salad

  • 1 can green beans
  • 1 can wax beans
  • 1 can garbanzo beans
  • 1 can dark red kidney beans
  • 3/4 c. sugar
  • 2/3 c. white vinegar
  • 1/2 c. salad oil
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1 tsp. fresh ground pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. granulated onion or onion powder

Rinse the garbanzo and kidney beans.  Drain the green and wax beans.  Put all of the beans in a large bowl.  Add the remaining ingredients and toss lightly.  Refrigerate overnight.  Drain before serving.  Serves 8-10.

It is delicious and the best bean salad you will ever eat.  Promise!

*Tina

Photography Monday: Denver Botanic Gardens Part III

Visiting botanic gardens are always a feast for the eyes because I am able to see new plant varieties and species.  Color, texture and pattern are important to me and these garden visits allow me to explore those aspects that are an essential part of nature.  Let’s look at some of the beautiful flowers from the Denver Botanic Gardens.

These flowers are enjoying the beautiful, sunny day!

These flowers are enjoying the beautiful, sunny day!

What a splendid golden marigold!

What a splendid golden marigold!

Poppies are so delicate, yet add vibrancy to the garden.

Poppies are so delicate, yet add movement to the garden.

Loving the intricate details of this gorgeous flower!

Loving the intricate details of this gorgeous flower!

A small flower with lots of details.

A small flower with lots of details.

A profusion of lilies!

A profusion of lilies!

There are always flowers for those who want to see them.  -Henri Matisse

*Tina

Cricut Friday: Lemon Card

So bright and cheery!

So bright and cheery!

My grandfather is recovering from surgery.  He is a man of few words, but I know he likes to receive mail.  Time to make a card.  You need the following tools and supplies to create this card:

Fold the lemon cardstock so it is a finished size of 4.25″x5.5″.  Cut all of the pieces for the lemon at 2.5″.  Adhere the layers of the lemon together.  Cut the yellow cardstock at 2.75″x3″ and the gold cardstock at 2.5″x2.75″.  Run the gold cardstock through the Cuttlebug machine to emboss.  Adhere the lemon to the embossed cardstock.

My grandfather was a citrus farmer and lemons always make me think of him.  I hope this card brings a smile to his face and he knows that we wish him a speedy recovery.

*Tina

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