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Cricut Friday: Birthday CD

Time to rock on!

Time to rock on!

We have come to the time in our life that our friends and family can buy whatever they want and need.  We decided to pool our talents and create a birthday cd.  This cd is filled with fun, upbeat music that is definitely a reflection of us including some of our favorite songs.  My husband, the music fanatic, created the cd and I designed the packaging.  You need the following tools and supplies to create this cd envelope:

Cut the kraft cardstock to 7.5″ x 11″ and fold in half.  On the left side of the fold, cut out 2.5″ x 5.5″ rectangle of paper and you will be left with a flap on the right side.  Fold it up to meet the bottom of the paper to make the pocket for the cd.  Adhere the sides of the flap to make the pocket.  Adhere the song list to the left panel.  Cut all of the pieces for Happy Birthday at 1.5″ and adhere to the front.  Create a label for the cd using Avery templates, which can be found at avery.com.

Get your groove on!

Get your groove on!

We have been working on this project for a few months and are very happy with the result.  The music makes you happy and allows you to forget about the cares of the day.  We hope all of the lucky recipients will enjoy it!

Music washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life. -Berthold Auerbach

*Tina

Vintage Roses

 

Stunningly beautiful!

Stunningly beautiful!

When we purchased our home, it was in bad shape, inside and out.  The previous owner was a hoarder and the property had been neglected for years.  We lovingly restored the interior of the home with the help from wonderful craftsmen and my generous parents.  The yards were left to grow wild and one of our neighbors called it a jungle.  The weeds and overgrowth were cleared away and we were delighted to find some survivors of the neglect.  The plants that wouldn’t be denied were the lilac tree, a handful of camellia bushes and a few rose bushes.  A few days ago I saw these roses blooming in the backyard.  So amazing and perfect!  What a treat!

Roses are very red!

Roses are very red!

*Tina

 

Photography Monday: Micro Library #8

The library is open and ready to serve.

The library is open and ready to serve.

The time had come for me to venture out to see what other libraries were in my community.  This two-story library can be found nestled in a small neighborhood near the 210 Freeway.  Complete with solar lights and a drinking fountain, this library is serving all those that pass by.  It looks like it needs some more books for its collection.  I just might have to go back and make a donation.

*Tina

Cricut Friday: Birthday Card #9

Blow out the candles!

Blow out the candles!

My sister-in-law’s birthday is today and we are celebrating this weekend.  Not really, because she doesn’t want to, but I made her a card anyway.  You need the following tools and supplies to create this card:

Fold the kraft cardstock so it is a finished size of 4.25″x5.5″ and cut the kraft cardstock to 5.25″x 4″.  Cut all of the pieces for the candles at 4.5″.  Adhere the layers of the flames together.  Run the kraft cardstock through the Cuttlebug machine to emboss.  Adhere the candles to the embossed cardstock and use foam tape to adhere the flames.

She enjoys celebrating for others, but not for herself.  Well, she is getting this card and a gift regardless of her wish.  Even though she will protest, she will love it.  I guarantee it!

*Tina

Winsome Wisteria

Gently perfuming the air

Softly perfuming the air

This wisteria is not far from my home and encompasses the corner of the property.  Supported by a sturdy chain link fence, this beauty calls out to all that pass including the carpenter bees taking in the sweet nectar.  The flower clusters softly perfume the air and you know that spring has arrived.

*Tina

Photography Monday: Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden Part III

Founded as an educational resource for the Cal State University Long Beach campus and community, the garden advances the university’s ongoing interest in international education and student engagement.  The garden is a combination of typical elements of Japanese garden design, the Southern California location and the vision of its founder.

Another gate greeter

Another gate greeter

The serenity of the lake is captivating.

The serenity of the lake is captivating.

The contrast of the trees against the smooth, glassy lake is masterful.

The contrast of the trees and rocks against the smooth, glassy lake is masterful.

The undulating path adds interest to the garden.

The undulating path adds interest to the garden.

The pop of color is welcome in this viewpoint.

The pop of color is welcome in this viewpoint.

This pagoda structure adds height and texture to the garden.

This pagoda structure adds height and texture to the garden.

The founder’s vision was for the viewer to come away from the garden feeling lighter, more peaceful and free from the problems of the everyday world.  That wish is definitely achievable in viewing this magnificent garden and we thank her for sharing her vision with us.

*Tina

Cricut Friday: Dinosaur Birthday Card

Isn't this dinosaur the cutest?

Isn’t this dinosaur the cutest?

We are attending a birthday party for a three year old tomorrow.  She loves dinosaurs and the color red.  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 gold cardstock to 5.25″x 4″.  Cut all of the pieces for the dinosaur at 3.5″.  Adhere all of the layers of the dinosaur together.  Run the gold cardstock through the Cuttlebug machine to emboss.  Adhere the dinosaur and googly eyes to the embossed cardstock.

I enjoy creating cards when I can use what the recipient loves as a starting point to make something really special and meaningful.  We hope she loves the card and has a great time at her birthday party!

*Tina

Spectacular Spring Flowers

Gorgeous purple and yellow floral arrangement

Gorgeous purple and yellow floral arrangement

As I mentioned before, we have had some unseasonably warm days this year so the spring plants are very confused.  Flowers are blooming early so why not take advantage.  While my parents are out of town, I stopped by their house to see if there were any blooms to be snipped from the garden.  Just enough to make this stunning arrangement of irises, lilacs and freesias.  I love the striking color combination and it makes me smile.

You can cut all the flowers but you cannot keep spring from coming. -Pablo Neruda

*Tina

Photography Monday: Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden Part II

Situated on the campus of Cal State University Long Beach, this 1.3 acre Hill and Pond Japanese-style garden was built through a generous donation from Mrs. Loraine Miller Collins in honor of her late husband Earl Burns Miller.  In the planning stages for three years, construction began in the summer of 1980 and the garden was dedicated in the spring of 1981.

One of the greeters at the gate to the garden.

One of the greeters at the gate to the garden.

Love the orange pop of color!

Love the orange pop of color!

So peaceful and serene

So peaceful and serene

A pocket of beauty

A pocket of beauty

A gently arching bridge over the serene lake.

A gently arching bridge over the serene lake.

The most fabulous fire extinguisher container ever

The most fabulous fire extinguisher container ever

This garden was a joy to see.  We loved the intimacy and beauty at every viewpoint.  Next week, a few more beautiful shots from this lovely garden.

In order to comprehend the beauty of a Japanese garden, it is necessary to understand – or at least to learn to understand – the beauty of stone. – Lafcadio Hearn

*Tina

Cricut Friday: Milestone Birthday Card #4

What an achievement!

What an achievement!

My sister-in-law’s mother just celebrated her 88th birthday. A card was definitely in order to commemorate this special birthday.  You need the following tools and supplies to create this card:

Fold the raspberry cardstock so it is a finished size of 4″x 4″ and cut the pale pink cardstock to 3.75″x 3.75″.  Cut all of the pieces for the 88 at 2″.  Adhere the layers of the 88 together.  Run the pale pink cardstock through the Cuttlebug machine to emboss.  Adhere the 88 to the embossed cardstock.  Following the instructions on the Envelope Punch Board, cut the pale pink cardstock to the appropriate size to create a 4″x 4″ envelope.

In the Japanese culture, 88 is a milestone year and is part of a long tradition of celebrating longevity.  The character for rice, which symbolizes wealth, nutrition and other wholesome things can be broken down to its basic components and rearranged as 88.  Fascinating and what a wonderful tradition!

*Tina

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