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Cricut Friday: Dancing Dog Birthday Card

Yippee...Skippeee...it's your birthday!

Yippee…Skippeee…it’s your birthday!

It was my co-worker’s birthday last week and she is a dog lover.  You need the following tools and supplies to create this card:

  • Cricut machine
  • Cricut Birthday Bash cartridge
  • Cuttlebug embossing folder
  • cardstock
  • adhesive
  • googly eyes

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

Everyone on our team especially the recipient loved the card and thought it was very cute and fun.  Then, we had homemade cupcakes to celebrate.  Divine!

*Tina

Crafty Today: Mother’s Day Card

Pretty flowers for our mothers!

Pretty flowers for our mothers!

Since my mother and mother-in-law follow my blog, I couldn’t share with you until after Mother’s Day.  You need the following tools and supplies to create this card:

  • Cricut machine
  • Sweet Treats Cricut cartridge
  • Create a Critter 2 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 teal cardstock to 5.25″x 4″.  Cut the flowers at 2″ from the Sweet Treats cartridge.  Cut the stems at 3″ from the Create a Critter 2 cartridge.  Punch two circles per flower at .75″ and 1″ with circle punches.  Run the teal 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 and stems to the embossed cardstock.

The mothers loved it and in this format, they will always have flowers to remember this Mother’s Day.  This floral card can be adapted to be used for any event or sentiment.  I look forward to using it again in the future.

*Tina

Photography Monday: South Pasadena Garden Tour 2014 Part IV

I wanted to share the last photos from the garden tour that featured sustainable gardens in an urban setting.

More beautiful roses!

More beautiful roses!

The maple tree provides nice contrast to the stained glass window.

The maple tree provides nice contrast to the stained glass window.

A dry river bed was an unexpected surprise in this front yard.

A dry river bed was an unexpected surprise in this front yard.

The blue hydrangeas were a welcome sight in this shady yard.

The blue hydrangeas were a welcome sight in this shady yard.

 

An interesting choice as a garden decoration.

An interesting choice as a garden decoration.

A lovely way to spend a quiet evening watching the sun set.

A lovely way to spend a quiet evening watching the sun set.

*Tina

Cricut Friday: Spring Paper Flower Wreath

 

 

Colorful and very spring!

Colorful and very spring!

As I mentioned in my previous post, I am little obsessed with these paper flowers.  I created this wreath for my front porch and you need the following tools and supplies to create it:

  • Cricut machine
  • Sweet Treats Cricut cartridge
  • Cuttlebug machine
  • Cuttlebug embossing folders
  • cardstock and patterned paper
  • adhesive
  • hot glue gun
  • circle punches
  • 12″ wire wreath form

Cut the flowers using the Sweet Treats cartridge at the following sizes: Flower 1 and 5 at 3″ and Flowers 2,3 and 4 at 2.5″.  For Flower 1, punch two circles per flower at 1″ and 1.25″ with circle punches.  For Flower 2, cut the centers from the cartridge at 2.5″.  For Flower 3, punch a circle at 1.25″.  For Flower 4, cut the center from the cartridge at 2.5″.  For Flower 5, cut the center from the cartridge at 3″ and punch a circle at 1.25″.  Run the flower centers through the Cuttlebug machine to emboss.  Put all of the flowers together and adhere to the wire wreath form with hot glue.

This project is a fun way to create something seasonal and doesn’t use too much in the way of supplies.  All of the flower centers were created from paper scraps and you need one 12×12 sheet of patterned paper for each flower.  That’s it.  If you are looking for a fun project to give as a gift that doesn’t cost a lot of money, then you might want to try it.  You will most probably get hooked like I did.  Enjoy!

Isn't it lovely!

Isn’t it lovely!

*Tina

Crafty Today: Mini Paper Flower Wreath

Mini floral madness

Mini floral madness

What do you give your parents for their wedding anniversary when they can buy whatever they want?  Something handcrafted, of course.  You need the following tools and supplies to create this wreath:

  • Cricut machine
  • Sweet Treats Cricut cartridge
  • Cuttlebug machine
  • Cuttlebug embossing folders
  • cardstock and patterned paper
  • adhesive and foam dots
  • hot glue gun
  • circle punches
  • 6″ wire wreath form

Cut the flowers using the Sweet Treats cartridge at the following sizes: Flower 1 and 5 at 2″ and Flowers 2,3 and 4 at 1.5″.  For Flower 1, punch two circles per flower at .75″ and 1″ with circle punches.  For Flower 2, cut the centers from the cartridge at 1.5″.  For Flower 3, punch a circle at .75″.  For Flower 4, cut the center from the cartridge at 1.5″.  For Flower 5, cut the center from the cartridge at 2″ and punch a circle at 1″.  Run the flower centers through the Cuttlebug machine to emboss.  Put all of the flowers together and adhere to the wire wreath form with hot glue.

This wreath was my first attempt at using the Cricut paper flowers.  I am thrilled with the results and now am a little obsessed with the process.  So many variations and color ways.  The possibilities are endless!  By the way, my mother has displayed it amongst her pressed glass bowls on her sideboard.  Perfect!

*Tina

Cricut Friday: Birthday Swimmer Card

Enjoy yourself!

It is just you and the pool.

For my brother’s birthday, I went with a swimming theme since he is an avid swimmer and played water polo in high school and college.  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 aqua cardstock to 5.25″x 4″.  Cut all of the pieces for the swimmer at 4.5″.  Adhere all of the layers of the swimmer together.  Run the aqua cardstock through the Cuttlebug machine to emboss.  Adhere the swimmer to the embossed cardstock and googly eyes to the swimmer.

This swimmer is too darn cute and I am sure my nephew and niece loved it as much as their father.  The kids in the Create a Friend cartridge are beyond adorable and you will have to wait and see which one I choose to do next.

*Tina

Crafty Today: Birthday Card #10

Best wishes!

Best wishes!

The birthdays keep coming so it was time to create another card for a dear friend.  You need the following tools and supplies to create this card:

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

This gift was originally displayed as a Christmas gift in the cartridge booklet, but it definitely can be a birthday gift as well in various color ways.  Love the versatility of this image!

*Tina

Photography Monday: South Pasadena Garden Tour 2014 Part III

Most of the backyards on the garden tour created space for entertaining as well incorporating sustainable landscaping.  Fruit trees and succulents blend with roses and other California native plants to create an interesting tapestry of color and texture.

This garage was changed into an interior space for entertaining.

This garage was changed into an interior space for entertaining.

Beautiful succulent!

Beautiful succulent!

 

Nice outdoor entertaining space next to the converted garage.

Nice outdoor entertaining space next to the converted garage.

The curvy edges of this succulent is unexpected and playful.

The curvy edges of this succulent is unexpected and playful.

Roses add color and a wonderful fragrance to the sustainable garden.

Roses add color and a wonderful fragrance to the sustainable garden.

Return next week for the final installment of the South Pasadena Garden Tour 2014.

*Tina

Cricut Friday: Tree Sympathy Card

Always remember

Always remember

A few weeks ago, my father was told that one of his childhood friends had passed away.  He asked for two very special sympathy cards for her husband and mother.  The above card was created for her husband and you need the following tools and supplies to create it:

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 tree at 4″.  Adhere the layers of the tree together.  Run the white cardstock through the Cuttlebug machine to emboss.  Adhere the tree to the embossed cardstock.

His friend and her husband loved the outdoors and nature and I thought this tree would be a loving tribute to her.  I hope this card reminds him of all the wonderful times they spent together.

*Tina

Photography Monday: South Pasadena Garden Tour 2014 Part II

The 2014 South Pasadena Garden Tour had seven sustainable gardens for viewing and at least 400 people took advantage of the free tour.  Each unique garden showed off principles of sustainability from the use of drought tolerant California native and Mediterranean landscaping, planting for wildlife including ponds and bird habitat to permeable paving options and recycling organic waste.

Nice, cool respite from the dry, summer heat.

Nice, cool respite from the dry, summer heat.

Love the color and texture of this plant.

Fireworks bottled as a plant.

Love the colors and textures of the plants lining this path!

Love the colors and textures of the plants lining this path!

The bees were loving this gold yarrow.

The bees were loving this gold yarrow.

 

This charming rose was gently arching out over the front walkway.

This charming rose was gently arching out over the front walkway.

This garden was by far our favorite because it had a variety of plants in lots of colors and textures.  There was a nice mix of drought tolerant plants with roses, succulents and mature trees.  It had a painterly feel with a strong organic composition.

Come back next week for another installment of this wonderful garden tour.

*Tina

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