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Archive for the month “June, 2014”

Cricut Friday: Graduation Card

 

Congratulations!  You did it!

Congratulations! You did it!

A friend of ours graduated from college over the weekend and we celebrated in style.  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 graduate at 4″.  Adhere all of the layers of the graduate together.  Run the white cardstock through the Cuttlebug machine to emboss.  Adhere the graduate to the embossed cardstock and googly eyes to the graduate.

I wasn’t sure if it was too cute for him, but I went for it.  He is adorable and the achievement needed to be recognized.

*Tina

Crafty Today: Bluebird Birthday Card

Bluebird of happiness!

Bluebird of happiness!

A dear friend that has moved out of state celebrated her birthday last week and I wanted to create a fun birthday card for her.  You need the following tools and supplies to create this card:

Fold the grape green 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 bird at 4.5″. Adhere all of the layers of the bird together. Run the white cardstock through the Cuttlebug machine to emboss.  Adhere the bird to the embossed cardstock and googly eyes to the bird.

This plump little bird makes you smile and I hope she thought so too.  The older Cricut cartridges have some real gems so take a look.  You might be pleasantly surprised!

*Tina

Photography Monday: First Blooms

Finally!

Finally!

I love dahlias!  I patiently wait for their blooms each year and I am never disappointed.  This year was off to a rocky start.  We had several unseasonably early heat waves this year, which killed my initial crop.  I thought the plants were finished.  I cut back all of the growth and thought no more for the season.  Done.  To my surprise, they started to grow again.  The extreme heat subsided and they flourished.  These are the first blooms of the crop with more to come.  Strangely enough, my mother’s blooms started are few weeks ago and will continue long after mine are finished.  So, rest assured, you will see more dahlias throughout the summer because I love them so.  Enjoy!

Standing tall and waiting for more to join the party.

Standing tall and waiting for more to join the party.

*Tina

Cricut Friday: Party Dog Birthday Card

Let's celebrate!

Let’s celebrate!

We have another friend celebrating his birthday this month and is a dog lover too.  You need the following tools and supplies to create this card:

Fold the kelly green cardstock so it is a finished size of 4.25″x 5.5″ and cut the lime cardstock to 5.25″x 4″.  Cut all of the pieces for the dog at 4″ and the party hat at 4.5″.  Adhere all of the layers of the dog together.  Run the lime cardstock through the Cuttlebug machine to emboss.  Adhere the dog and the hat to the embossed cardstock and googly eyes to the dog.

My husband thought it was too cute for our male friend, but time will tell.  I am sure he will love it!  How can you resist not smiling when you see that face and adorable party hat?

*Tina

Cricut Friday: Milestone Birthday Card #4

Absolutely amazing!

Absolutely amazing!

My grandfather had his 99th birthday yesterday.  Amazing!  You need the following tools and supplies to create this card:

Fold the aqua 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 flags and 99 at 1.25″.  Adhere the layers of the flags together.  Run the white cardstock through the Cuttlebug machine to emboss.  Adhere the twine then the flags to the embossed cardstock.

He is celebrating tonight with family and friends at his favorite restaurant.  He has enjoyed a long, productive life.  Cheers!

*Tina

Crafty Today: Black Dog Birthday Card

 

Jake says happy birthday to his master.

Jake says happy birthday to his master.

We attended a birthday party for a friend over the weekend.  His faithful companion, Jake, was the inspiration for this card.  You need the following tools and supplies to create it:

Fold the crimson 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 dog at 3.5″ and the party hat at 4.5″.  Adhere all of the layers of the dog together.  Run the white cardstock through the Cuttlebug machine to emboss.  Adhere the dog and the hat to the embossed cardstock and googly eyes to the dog.

This dog was originally designed as a graduation dog, but I changed it to be a party dog.  The party hat was enlarged because it made the dog more charming and cute.  Even though Jake couldn’t attend the festivities, I am sure he approves of this card.

*Tina

Hydrangea Happiness

I went to my parent’s house recently to visit and discovered the hydrangeas were in full bloom.  I never realized how many plants and varieties they had in the garden.  Such a visual treat!  Enjoy!

Love the light to dark fade on these flower clusters.

Love the light to dark fade on these flower clusters.

A nice, soft pink hydrangea. Gorgeous!

A nice, soft pink hydrangea. Gorgeous!

A fluffy white mophead.

A fluffy white mophead.

This hydrangea was enjoying the a nice shady afternoon.

This hydrangea was enjoying the nice shady afternoon.

Another pink hydrangea has prominence in the garden.

Another pink hydrangea has prominence in the garden.

This whimsical rabbit sculpture keeps guard in the garden to make sure the hydrangeas behave.

This whimsical rabbit sculpture keeps guard in the garden to make sure the hydrangeas behave.

*Tina

Cricut Friday: Top Dog Birthday Card

 

Happy Birthday to Ya!

Woof!  Woof!  Happy Birthday!

A dear friend of ours, who shows dogs, celebrated his birthday over the holiday weekend.  You need the following tools and supplies to create this card:

Fold the light blue pink 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 dog at 3.5″.  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 and googly eye to the dog.

This design was initially created to be a patriotic dog for the 4th of July, but I changed it to be more celebratory.  He loved the card and he said it reminded him of one of his dogs.  Another satisfied recipient!

*Tina

Photography Monday: Micro Library #11

Charming and rustic!

Charming and rustic!

Several co-workers told me about this micro library a few blocks from work.  Placed amongst a sustainable landscape, this library beckons you to inspect it.  With no door and a penny roof, it has lots of character, which adds to its charm.  Recently, I spoke about the trend of micro libraries with some new acquaintances, who had never heard of them.  They all loved the idea and I hope it inspires them to seek them out.  Not sure where I will find the next one, but I will most definitely share it with you.

*Tina

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