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Archive for the month “February, 2014”

Cricut Friday: Yellow Rose Card

With deepest sympathy.

With deepest sympathy

A dear friend lost his mother a few weeks ago.  Sympathy cards are the most challenging to create, but my goal is to focus on remembrance and not so much on the actual loss.  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 the yellow rose at 2″.  Adhere all of the layers of the rose together.  Run the white cardstock through the Cuttlebug machine to emboss.  Adhere the rose to the embossed cardstock.

His mother was Texas born and raised and I wanted to celebrate her heritage.  Thus, the yellow rose of Texas card in soft, but somewhat uplifting colors.  I want him to look at the card and remember her fondly.  She will truly be missed.

*Tina

Dandy Daffodils

Such happiness!

Such happiness!

Standing at attention, these petite daffodils grace a small section of the parkway about two blocks from my home.  Their delicate scent perfumes the air and they make you smile.  Spring is definitely coming!

The daffodil is our doorside queen;
She pushes upward the sword already,
To spot with sunshine the early green.
-William Cullen Bryant

*Tina

Photography Monday: Micro Library #7

A new addition to the neighborhood.

A new addition to the neighborhood.

Back in South Pasadena, this micro library is located half a block from my home.  Isn’t it adorable?  And, it is a charming addition to their newly renovated landscape.  It has been open for less than a week.  I am thrilled that more micro libraries are opening in my community and I hope the trend continues.

The library is the temple of learning, and learning has liberated more people than all the wars in history. -Carl T. Rowan

*Tina

Cricut Friday: Cheerleader Birthday Card

Two! Four! Six! Eight!

Two! Four! Six! Eight!

My mother-in-law’s birthday was last week and she is also recovering from a serious illness.  I wanted her birthday card to be fun and encouraging.  You need the following tools and supplies to create this card:

Fold the teal 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 cheerleader at 3.5″.  Adhere all of the layers of the cheerleader together.  Run the white cardstock through the Cuttlebug machine to emboss.  Adhere the cheerleader to the embossed cardstock.

We all need positive encouragement no matter our age and this card was perfectly suited to accomplish that task.  My husband wrote a cheesy, enthusiastic greeting, which she truly loved even though she rolled her eyes after she read it.   Buffi, the cheerleader, and her card were a hit!

*Tina

Crafty Today: Milestone Birthday Card #3

Amazing!

Amazing!

A friend asked if I would create a 90th birthday card for her husband’s grandmother.  Of course!  You need the following tools and supplies to create this card:

Fold the lavender cardstock so it is a finished size of 4.25″x5.5″ and cut the eggplant cardstock to 5.25″x 4″.  Cut all of the pieces for the 90 at 2″.  Adhere the layers of the 90 together.  Run the eggplant cardstock through the Cuttlebug machine to emboss.  Adhere the 90 to the embossed cardstock.

The recipient loves purple so that was the color of choice.  What a remarkable achievement and one that deserves a handmade card.  I was told that she loved it and even cried.  How touching!

*Tina

Photography Monday: Micro Library #6

Good reads!

Good reads!

This library isn’t a part of LittleFreeLibrary.org, but a micro library nonetheless.  A friend of mine told me about this one tucked away in a small neighborhood in South Pasadena that is one block from Trader Joe’s, close to a soccer field and about three blocks from an elementary school.  Much larger than the other ones I have posted about, but charming all the same.  It is a little more rustic, but that adds to its appeal.  Stop by for a good read!

Your library is your portrait. -Holbrook Jackson

*Tina

Cricut Friday: Birthday Card #8

Nice gift!

Nice gift!

One of my colleagues celebrated her birthday this week and I was in charge of creating the card for the department.  You need the following tools and supplies to create this card:

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

Her favorite color is blue so that was a must plus a punch of lime green.  She loved it!

Happy card making!

*Tina

Crafty Today: Anniversary Card #1

Pop the bubbly!

Pop the bubbly!

Some friends of ours recently celebrated their 10th wedding anniversary.  That achievement deserves a special card.  You need the following tools and supplies to create this card:

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

This card was accompanied by an excellent bottle of port.  We hope they enjoy the libation and many more years together.

Marriage is the most natural state of man, and… the state in which you will find solid happiness. -Benjamin Franklin

*Tina

Photography Monday: Micro Library #5

Libraries and parks go great together!

Libraries and parks go great together!

Yesterday, we were in Glendale at a private home celebrating a friend’s wedding anniversary.  Since I wanted to expand my search of micro libraries, I decided to see if there was one in the vicinity.  As luck would have it, there was.  This charming library is located in Verdugo Park, a mere two minutes away from where we were visiting.  Nestled in the middle of the park, it is close to the picnic tables and I hope it sees lots of use.

What is more important in a library than anything else – than everything else –  is the fact that it exists. -Archibald MacLeish

*Tina

Magnolia Madness

Absolutely magnificent!

Absolutely magnificent!

A few weeks ago, I was in my parents backyard snipping some roses for a bouquet.  To my astonishment, I saw their beautiful magnolia tree covered with glorious blooms.  At this point I realized that I have never seen it in all its glory at this time of year.  In the spring and summer, it provides a canopy of shade and respite from the heat.  But, in the winter, it shines like a beacon in shades of white and aubergine.  Stunning!

More to enjoy!

More to enjoy!

*Tina

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