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Photography Monday: Front Door Series #3

Love the red door!

Love the red door!

I have always loved red and especially red doors.  This red door takes this façade from bland to distinctive.  It is unexpected, but necessary to make this front entrance warm and inviting.  The brass hardware also makes a mark by providing a lovely contrast to the red door.  Simple and refined.  Love it!

*Tina

Crafty Today: Getting into the Scrapbooking Groove

Why I scrapbook?

Why I scrapbook?

In my About section of my blog, I claim that I scrapbook.  Yet, I have never posted anything about it.  Well, today is the day that I am going to talk about it.  Maybe it will provide insight, maybe not.  But, I would be remiss if I didn’t address the topic.  I have been scrapbooking for 20 years, way before it was hot and trendy.  I believe that scrapbooks are important to one’s soul and shows that you lived a meaningful life.  You can look at them whenever you want, as many times as you want.  Share them with family and friends and it allows you to tell those funny or poignant stories that make up your life.  For me, the photos are such an integral component and I put as many photos on the page as I can to illustrate the event or story.  I always journal because the stories will be lost in your mind if you don’t write them down.  I even use my own handwriting because it is a record and adds a personal touch.  No one is going to remember in 20 years the cool font you used.

You are probably wondering why I bring up this topic now.  Well, I went off the rails for a while.  Life happened and scrapbooking took a back seat.  Back in the spring, I was talking to a dear friend who encouraged me to start again and she invited me to an all day crop.  What is that you say?  You work on your scrapbook all day.  All day.  Pack the snack of your choice, crank up the tunes and get into it.  For a creative person like myself, it is essential to have creative time and to enjoy the process.  I had a blast and have continued to attend those monthly crops.  She even had the audacity to ask if I could scrape the money together to attend a weekend crop.  Yes, scrapbooking all weekend!  Well, I did and that is when I got my mojo back.  In that weekend, I finished two-thirds of the 2011 scrapbook and had all of the pages laid out to finish at the next crop.  I finished an entire scrapbook in one month.  One month!  That is a record for me and now I want to keep going.  On that scrapbooking weekend, I pounded the peanut M&M’s, cranked my Sirius app and hung out with my friends.  I didn’t have to cook or clean or do laundry, but I could be me doing something I love.  I am so happy that my friend made those suggestions and didn’t give up on me.  Life has a habit of getting in the way and sometimes you need to stop and do what makes you happy.  Remember that!

*Tina

Photography Monday: Front Door Series #2

 

A window to the world.

A window to the world.

I was sorting through photos to scrapbook and found this photo from the 2012 South Pasadena Garden Tour.  I didn’t take that many garden photos because I must not have been amazed by what I saw.  But, this front door is fabulous!  I love the hinges and that is what makes this door spectacular.  The ivy creeping around the door is lovely too and it brings softness to the structure.  Some of you are thinking that it is a risk to have a large glass window for your front door.  However, the view of the landscape and the light streaming in is what makes it worth it.  Do you agree?

Freedom is the open window through which pours the sunlight of the human spirit and human dignity.  -Herbert Hoover

*Tina

Cricut Friday: Raccoon Birthday Card

Birthday time!

Birthday time!

Another birthday card for a dear friend and card maker.  You need the following tools and supplies to create this card:

Fold the orchid cardstock so it is a finished size of 4.25″x 5.5″ and cut the lavender cardstock to 5.25″x 4″.  Cut all of the pieces for the raccoon at 3.5″ from the Create a Critter cartridge and the hat from the Create a Critter 2 at 4.5″.  Adhere all of the layers of the raccoon together.  Run the lavender cardstock through the Cuttlebug machine to emboss.  Adhere the raccoon, hat, and googly eyes to the embossed cardstock.

One of the best aspects of these Create a Critter cartridges is that you can mix and match the elements.  The same designer created the designs for both cartridges and that is why they work so well together.  By the way, she loved the card!

*Tina

Inspiration/Interpretation: Birthday Card #12

Lots of balloons for the celebration!

Lots of balloons for the celebration!

I found this card on Pinterest, which inspired me to create the card above.  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 the balloons at 4.5″.  Tie the coordinating colored twine to each balloon.  Run the white cardstock through the Cuttlebug machine to emboss.  Adhere the balloons and twine to the embossed cardstock.

My parent’s have birthdays that are 9 days apart so sometimes I make one card for both.  They each received a card this year and this one was for my father.  He loves color.  Therefore, I went full throttle with the depth of the color for the balloons.  He loved it and definitely suited his personality.

*Tina

Cricut Friday: Grill Master Card

Let's fire up the grill!

Let’s fire up the grill!

I am a little late on posting this card, but I had to share it with you.  This card was given to my father for Father’s Day.  You need the following tools and supplies to create this card:

Fold the dark 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 boy at 4″.  Adhere all of the layers of the boy together.  Run the gold cardstock through the Cuttlebug machine to emboss.  Adhere the boy to the embossed cardstock and googly eyes to the boy.

This card was perfect for my father because he is the grill master.  The Best in the West!

*Tina

Inspiration/Interpretation: Birthday Card #11

 

Let's celebrate!

Let’s celebrate!

Inspiration is everywhere and Pinterest is one of my favorites.  I am starting a new series titled Inspiration/Interpretation.  I found this card on Pinterest and thought it would make a fabulous birthday card.  You need the following tools and supplies:

Fold the black cardstock so it is a finished size of 4.25″x 5.5″. Cut celebrate at 2″ from the Cheerful Seasons cartridge and the balloons at 1.5″ from the Birthday Bash cartridge. Adhere celebrate to the card and cut lengths of the colored twine to your liking.  Adhere the balloons and twine to the card.

I made this card for my mother and she liked the contrast of the black against the brightly colored balloons.  A simple card can be one of the hardest to create, but worth the effort when it is finished.

*Tina

Photography Monday: Front Porch Series #1

 

Come sit a spell!

Come sit a spell!

Along with the front door series, I wanted to include a front porch series.  We live in a town filled with older homes with many in the Craftsman/Bungalow style.  Porches beg you to come and sit a while.  Watch the world go by.  The teal Adirondack chairs are a wonderful contrast to the warm white exterior.  Something casual juxtaposed with a somewhat formal exterior.  Simple and inviting.  Love it!

*Tina

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