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Cricut Friday: Birthday Card #20

Time to celebrate!

Time to celebrate!

Still on the birthday card roll.  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 another piece of white cardstock to 5.25″x 4″.  Cut celebrate at 1.5″ and adhere to another piece of white cardstock for the band.  Emboss the white cardstock.  Punch out many circles in various sizes using the circle punches and hole punch.  Adhere the confetti to the embossed cardstock and then add the celebrate band using foam dots.

This card layout was inspired by a card I pinned on Pinterest.  I have a Pinterest board filled with card designs.  I liked the layout and took that as my inspiration.  This card has endless possibilities because it can be made with various color combinations.  Love it!

*Tina

Crafty Today: Love Garland

Love is in the air!

Love is in the air!

I love hearts!  I have been wanting to make another garland to hang in my dining room so now was the time.  You need the following tools and supplies to create this garland:

To create the flags, cut out the kraft flags at 5″ and the heart paper flags at 4.5″ from the Tiny Treasures cartridge.  Cut out the LOVE letters at 3.5″, the pale pink shadow letters at 3.5″ and the hearts at 3″ from the Folk Art cartridge.  Adhere it all together and add the 14th and Be My Valentine onto the hearts with foam tape.  Hole punch the upper corners of each flag and string the ribbon through the flags to create a finished garland.

Many years ago in a quilt class, the instructor told us to let the patterned fabric do the work.  Let it happen and don’t fuss over it.  I remembered this when I was designing this garland.  The patterned paper in the background of the flags adds the depth it needs to make it more interesting, not so flat and plain.  But the trick is, not to overwork it.  I think I achieved the desired effect.  It is perfect for my dining room and adds that needed decoration for the upcoming celebration of Valentine’s Day.

Love banner detail

I also added this decoration to my living room, Ornament-filled cloche, and Punched Hearts Garlands to my parlor.  Have you decorated for Valentine’s Day yet?

*Tina

Cricut Friday: Birthday Card #19

Lots of gifts for the birthday girl!

Lots of gifts for the birthday girl!

Between work and home, I created many birthday cards in November and December.  You need the following tools and supplies to create this card:

Fold the orange 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 gifts at 2.5″.  Emboss the white cardstock.  Adhere the gifts to the embossed cardstock.

Buried deep in the cartridges, you often will find some hidden gems.  These gifts were taken from the Straight from the Nest cartridge that is predominantly filled with bird and tree images.  At first glance, you wouldn’t think to look for gift packages.  That is why I love the Cricut cartridges because you often get a lot of bang for your buck.

*Tina

Crafty Today: Birthday Card #18

Rocking the purple!

Rocking the purple!

Another birthday card to share with you and this one was created for my sister-in-law.  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 the gift at 2.5″.  Emboss the lavender cardstock.  Adhere the gift to the embossed cardstock.

I have been able to use the same embossing folder many times, but by adding a different element or changing the color combination, it looks completely new and fresh.  Love that!  Hope you do too!

*Tina

Photography Monday: Hearst Castle

After driving Highway 1, we made a stop at Hearst Castle.  We have visited often and always find something new to discover.  We picked an available tour and headed up the hill.  On this day, there was a Sunset magazine event later in the afternoon so our tour was condensed, but we were allowed to wander around the property unescorted.  How lucky can we be?  We enjoyed our short tour of some of the cottages plus the wine cellar.  Then, we were let loose to explore the property while Sunset magazine finished the set-up for their event.  We explored some of the back patios of the cottages as well as the gardens around the castle.

Your first view of the castle as you climb the steep mountain to get to the property.

Your first view of the castle as you climb the steep hill to get to the property.

The back side of the castle isn't as ornate as the front, but found this beautifully sculpted arch.

The back side of the castle isn’t as ornate as the front, but found this beautifully sculpted arch.

The main castle is beautiful from every angle.

The main castle is beautiful from every angle.

Mr. Hearst had exquisite taste in art and architecture and this piece was recently restored and placed back onto the property.

Mr. Hearst had exquisite taste in art and architecture and this piece was recently restored and placed back onto the property.

The backdrop of the hills and mountains is breathtaking.

The backdrop of the hills and mountains is breathtaking.

A have a few more photos to share from our visit in the next installment.  For more tour information, please visit the Hearst Castle site.

Don’t be afraid to make a mistake, your readers might like it. – William Randolph Hearst

*Tina

Cricut Friday: Birthday Card #17

Ping pong anyone?

Ping pong anyone?

This card was created for my nephew, who is an avid ping pong player.  You need the following tools and supplies to create this card:

Fold the lime green cardstock so it is a finished size of 4.25″x 5.5″ and cut the aqua cardstock to 5.25″x 4″.  Cut the paddle at 2.5″.  Emboss the aqua cardstock.  Adhere the paddle to the embossed cardstock.

My husband was perusing the Total Sports cartridge for another card idea and realized that ping pong was represented on this cartridge.  Amazing!  It really can be a challenge to create a card for a 13 year old boy that is meaningful and appropriate.  Well, he loved it!

*Tina

Crafty Today: Birthday Card #16

 

Birthday wishes to our favorite chef!

Birthday wishes to our favorite chef!

Another birthday celebration at work so a card was needed.  You need the following tools and supplies to create this card:

Fold the lime green cardstock so it is a finished size of 4.25″x 5.5″ and cut the khaki cardstock to 5.25″x 4″.  Cut the apple at 1.25″, the pear at 1.5″ and the blueberry at 1″.  Emboss the khaki cardstock.  Adhere the fruit to the embossed cardstock.

One of my teammates is a trained chef so I always like to incorporate the food theme into her cards.  I chose this color scheme because I wanted it to be more rustic and have a farm feel to it.  A little unusual, but I think it works well.

* Tina

Photography Monday: Highway 1 Part III

More photos to share plus the remaining details about the building of this iconic highway.  Supplies and equipment were brought in by boat, and steam-powered donkey engines were used to lift the materials up to the level of the new road. Tons of dynamite was used to blast the canyon hillsides and carve the steep terrain. And, San Quentin Prison set up three temporary prison camps to provide convict labor. The 100-mile portion of California Highway One between Carmel and San Simeon was built between 1921 and 1937 and the ruggedness of the terrain required 32 bridges. The first bridge was a small timber structure across Salmon Creek about 19 miles north of San Simeon and opened in 1928.  The largest, most famous and certainly most photographed is the Bixby Bridge, about 13 miles south of Carmel. This was also the most difficult to build.  The length of the bridge is 716 feet, and when completed on November 23, 1932, the Bixby Bridge became the largest arched highway structure in the Western states.  Another interesting detail, it was built on a curve.  On September 18, 1934, convict labor from two camps working towards each other met, and the final barrier was removed.  A few official cars drove the entire distance from San Simeon to Carmel for the first time, although much of the road was still under construction and was only one lane wide in places.  On June 27, 1937, a gala celebration was held at Pfeiffer Redwoods State Park to commemorate the opening of the highway.  A boulder was symbolically pushed off the road to formally open the highway to traffic. It was called the Carmel-San Simeon Highway, but was better known as the Roosevelt Highway in honor of the President.  Actual cost of the construction was around $10 million, a bit over Dr. Roberts’ original $50,000 estimate.

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During our drive, we saw a Triumph Car Club cruising the highway.  At one point, the group had pulled over because one of the cars was having a mechanical problem.  They huddled and discussed the issue.  Magically the right part appeared from a teammate’s emergency part kit and off they went.  While we lunched, we were treated to the whales migrating offshore. It truly is a magical experience and I hope these photos and the building history of the highway inspire you to make this iconic drive.  It is well worth it!

Slow down and enjoy life. It’s not only the scenery you miss by going to fast – you also miss the sense of where you are going and why. – Eddie Cantor

*Tina

Cricut Friday: Medal Card

Great achievement!

Happy New Year!  I didn’t mean to be away so long, but I celebrated the holidays with my family and friends.  A good time was had by all!  You need the following tools and supplies to create this card:

Fold the lime 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 medal at 4″ and the K at 1.25″.  Run the white cardstock and silver cardstock through the Cuttlebug machine to emboss.  Adhere the layers of the medal together and then adhere the medal to the embossed cardstock.

This card was in commemoration of my husband’s sister completing the New York City Marathon.  Amazing!  My husband wanted her to have her own special medal to remember her outstanding achievement.  Go Nance!

*Tina

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