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Archive for the month “April, 2014”

Photography Monday: South Pasadena Garden Tour 2014

With gardens in the historic neighborhood south of Huntington Drive, South Pasadena Beautiful’s 44th annual Garden Tour featured a range of garden styles, sizes, and sustainable practices.  Some were more successful than others, but each garden had gems to take away as possible ideas for our own garden.

A great display idea for succulents!

A great display idea for succulents.

A nice way to enjoy a lazy afternoon!

A nice way to enjoy a lazy afternoon.

How glorious this wisteria must be when it is blooming.

How glorious this wisteria must be when it is blooming.

What a beautiful rose!

What a beautiful rose!

Not part of the tour, but definitely could have been.

Not part of the tour, but definitely could have been.

There is more to share so come back next week for more inspiring photos of sustainable gardens from the tour.

*Tina

 

 

Cricut Friday: Pear Card

 

Kudos to the chef!

Kudos to the chef!

We celebrate work anniversaries at my job.  You need the following tools and supplies to create this card:

Fold the spring green 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 pear at 3.5″.  Adhere the layers of the pear together.  Run the white cardstock through the Cuttlebug machine to emboss.  Adhere the pear to the embossed cardstock.

The card recipient is a trained chef so I thought the pear was most appropriate and a nod to the season.  Happy work anniversary!

*Tina

Crafty Today: Anniversary Card #2

 

49 Years of wedded bliss

49 years of wedded bliss

My parents celebrated their 49th wedding anniversary last week.  I found my inspiration on Pinterest with this card.  You need the following tools and supplies to create it:

  • Cricut machine
  • Cricut/Creative Memories Divine Wedding cartridge
  • Cuttlebug machine
  • Cuttlebug embossing folders
  • cardstock
  • adhesive and foam dots
  • square punch
  • border punch

Fold the periwinkle cardstock so it is a finished size of 4.25″x 5.5″.  Punch the squares at 1.25″.  Cut the hearts at 2.5″ and punch the border.  Run the white cardstock squares, white heart and .25″ strip through the Cuttlebug machine to emboss. Adhere the squares, strip and border to the card and then add the heart on top using foam dots.

I wrote a funny, but heartwarming sentiment on the inside of the card.  They loved it!  Happy Anniversary Mom and Dad!

*Tina

Cricut Friday: Get Well Floral Card

 

Wishing a speedy recovery!

Wishing you a speedy recovery!

One of my colleagues is experiencing some health problems.  We miss her.  You need the following tools and supplies to create this card:

  • Cricut machine
  • Sweet Treats Cricut cartridge
  • Cuttlebug machine
  • Cuttlebug embossing folders
  • cardstock and patterned paper
  • adhesive and foam dots
  • circle punches

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 the flowers at 2″.  Punch two circles per flower at .75″ and 1″ with circle punches.  Run the white cardstock and flower centers through the Cuttlebug machine to emboss.  Put the flowers together and use foam dots to adhere the flower centers.  Adhere the flowers to the embossed cardstock.

My goal was to make the card as cheerful as her personality.  Positive thoughts can be uplifting and give you the strength to conquer whatever is before you.  I hope this card provides a reminder to her that we care and wish her a speedy recovery.

*Tina

Photography Monday: Micro Library #10

Rustic indeed

Rustic indeed

Located in Costa Mesa, this micro library is showcasing the rustic aesthetic.  If you notice, the structure of the library is built with a wooden crate.  Very simple construction yet effective.  It definitely belongs in this yard to keep company with the eclectic collection of lawn ornaments and unusual plants.

Cricut Friday: Basketball Birthday

 

 

He shoots...he scores.

He shoots…he scores!

My brother-in-law is a March Madness fanatic so a basketball birthday card was definitely in order.  You need the following tools and supplies to create this card:

Fold the royal 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 basketball player at 4.5″.  Adhere all of the layers of the player together.  Run the gold cardstock through the Cuttlebug machine to emboss.  Adhere the player to the embossed cardstock and googly eyes to the player.

He is an alum of West Virginia University so the royal and gold uniform was required.  My husband wrote a clever pun as part of the birthday greeting that will most probably cause some eye rolling, but it was necessary.

*Tina

Photography Monday: Micro Library #9

 

Perfect spot!

Perfect spot!

We’ve being visiting Orange County every weekend since the beginning of the year so I decided to see what was close to our route.  This library is located in Costa Mesa in front of a townhouse complex and across the street from a school.  A perfect location that I hope gets lots of use.

*Tina

Cricut Friday: Party Pig

Time to party!

Time to party!

My dear friend, who is fellow paper crafter and avid Cricut user celebrated a birthday recently.  I wanted to create a fabulous card for her and you need the following tools and supplies to create this card:

Fold the pink cardstock so it is a finished size of 4.25″x 5.5″ and cut the raspberry cardstock to 5.25″x 4″.  Cut all of the pieces for the pig at 4.5″.  Adhere all of the layers of the pig together.  Run the raspberry cardstock through the Cuttlebug machine to emboss.  Adhere the pig and googly eyes to the embossed cardstock.  Adhere the pink buttons to the dress with foam dots.

I pulled out all the stops for this card and enjoyed the creative process in putting it all together.  We also gave her the Birthday CD mentioned in the previous post and she loved it all.

*Tina

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