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Archive for the month “January, 2014”

Cricut Friday: Robot Birthday Card #2

Robots rule

Robots rule

For my nephew’s sixth birthday, I created this fun card.  You need the following supplies and tools to make it:

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

My nephew is into cars, trucks and anything with wheels so he was the perfect robot to adorn this card.  The googly eyes adds to his goofiness.  What is not to love?

Happy card making!

*Tina

Lilac Lunacy

A beautiful scent permeates the air.

A beautiful scent permeates the air.

As some of you may have heard, we are still experiencing warm weather in January with no rain in sight.  The lilac tree was lulled into thinking it was an early spring and started to bloom in late December.  It is so confused, but we welcome the delicate blooms and sweet scent.

Every flower is a soul blossoming in Nature. -Gerard De Nerval

*Tina

Photography Monday: Micro Library #3

Just as charming!

Just as charming!

The smallest of the three in town, but no less charming.  I love how the books are haphazardly stacked, which goes against my neatnik nature.  My town only contains these three so it might be time to scour the area for some more.

A library implies an act of faith. -Victor Hugo

*Tina

Cricut Friday: Retirement Card

Hit the road!

Hit the road!

One of my husband’s colleagues is retiring so he asked me to create a special card for his retirement party.  You need the following tools and supplies to create this card:

Fold the red cardstock so it is a finished size of 4.25″x 5.5″ and cut the white cardstock to 5.25″x 4″.  Cut all of the pieces for the car at 2.5″.  Adhere all of the layers of the car together.  Run the white cardstock through the Cuttlebug machine to emboss.  Adhere the car to the embossed cardstock.

He loved the card!  It was most appropriate for him since he is a classy guy.  Enjoy retirement, John!

And if you don’t know where you’re going, Any road will take you there – George Harrison

*Tina

Camellia Crush

Beautiful bloom!

Beautiful bloom!

Our camellia tree is in full bloom!  It is covered with many more to come.  I snip a few every couple days and float them in water in a beautiful pressed glass dish.  It is a wonderful way to bring the outside in and spread its beauty.

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

*Tina

Cricut Friday: Birthday Card #7

Hip hip hooray!

Hip hip hooray!

The birthday celebrations for the new year have started already for us.  This card was for a male friend so cupcakes and candles wouldn’t do.  You need the following tools and supplies to create this card:

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 all of the pieces for Hooray at 2.5″.  Adhere all of the layers of Hooray together.  Run the white cardstock through the Cuttlebug machine to emboss.  Adhere Hooray to the embossed cardstock.

This sentiment is perfect for a birthday and any type of celebration.  Change the color combination to suit the personality of the recipient.  The possibilities are endless!

Happy card making!

*Tina

Winter garden

My parent’s garden is blooming all of the time with spring and summer being the most prolific.  I took these shots in the middle of December before the start of our current heat spell, which is finally coming to an end.  An unseasonably warm spell in the winter really confuses the plants.  We don’t have defined seasons here in sunny Southern California, but you can usually rely on your garden to tell what season it is.

Beautiful lavender hydrangea

Beautiful lavender hydrangea

A slowly unfurling camellia

A slowly unfurling camellia

A lone Yves Piaget waiting for the sun.

A lone Yves Piaget waiting for the sun.

Lemon season is here!

Lemon season is here!

My mother loves the older rose stock because they have more character and are simply charming.

My mother loves the older rose varieties because they have more character and are simply charming.

This blue hydrangea is on the same plant as the lavender one.

This blue hydrangea is on the same plant as the lavender one.

I hope you enjoyed the tour!  It is a labor of love worth sharing and I will visit periodically throughout the year to share the beauty with all of you.

It is like the seed put in the soil – the more one sows, the greater the  harvest. -Orison Swett Marden

*Tina

Cricut Friday: Party Penguin

Time to party!

Time to party!

A friend of my husband’s since grade school celebrated his birthday on Monday.  He deserved a handcrafted card and the party penguin fit the bill.  You need the following tools and supplies to create this card:

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

My husband wrote a witty sentiment and the card was complete.  He loved it!

Happy card making!

*Tina

Happy New Year!

Let's celebrate a brand new year!

Let’s celebrate a brand new year!

Happy New Year!  I look forward to sharing more crafting, more photography and more living with you.  The new year is always a fresh start and let’s see where it takes us.

Celebrate what you want to see more of. – Tom Peters

*Tina

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