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Cricut Friday: Owl Birthday Card

Hoot! Hoot! It's your birthday!

Hoot! Hoot! It’s your birthday!

A birthday card for a colleague that loves owls.  You need the following tools and supplies to create this card:

Fold the royal blue 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 owl at 4″ and the party hat at 5″. Adhere all of the pieces of the owl together. Run the white cardstock through the Cuttlebug machine to emboss. Adhere the owl and party hat to the embossed cardstock and the googly eyes to the owl.

When I found out that owls were her favorite, the hardest part was choosing which one to create.  Within my collection of cartridges, I had several to choose from and thought this one was the cutest.  She loved it and he is a permanent fixture on her desk.

*Tina

Cricut Friday: Birthday Card #23

 

A colorful birthday!

A colorful birthday!

Another December birthday card for my husband’s friend, who he has been friends with since elementary school.  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″.  Cut birthday from the Create a Critter 2 cartridge at 2″ and happy from the Tiny Treasures cartridge at 1″.  Punch out 5 circles.  Adhere the letters to the circles then to the cardstock.  Adhere happy and birthday to the embossed cardstock.

This card is another variation from some previous cards I have already posted.  I was really inspired by birthday card #21 and the above card is the result.  I love how it turned out.  Do you agree?

*Tina

Magnolia Madness

 

So beautiful, but fleeting!

So beautiful, but fleeting!

The magnolias are blooming in my neighborhood.  The blooming season is short and it seems more so this year because of the unseasonably warm weather we have been experiencing.  Still there are showy and brilliant nonetheless.  Enjoy!

Magnolia madness

*Tina

Crafty Today: Valentine Treat Boxes

Time for treats!

Time for treats!

Aren’t these fabulous?  I follow this Stampin’ Up demonstrator’s blog because she is a marvelous papercrafter.  I love her boxes the most and this one is my current obsession.  I created these boxes at Christmas for my co-workers and neighbors.  Now that Valentine’s Day is upon us, I created more for my co-workers because I appreciate them so much.  We work very hard and we need a treat every now and then.  Following the video tutorial above, you need the following tools and supplies:

Using a 6″x6″ piece of cardstock, follow the scoring instructions in the tutorial.  Fold the box and adhere together.  Punch out hearts, emboss them and adhere them with foam dots.  Fill the treat box with candy and close with the clothespin.

These boxes take exactly 13 Hershey kisses and I filled these with the Valentine colored kisses.  Too much fun and oh so fabulous!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

*Tina

Crafty Today: Birthday Card #22

 

Let's celebrate!

Let’s celebrate!

Still working through those December birthday cards.  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.  Cut out many .25″ paper strips in various lengths.  Adhere the white piece of cardstock and then add the celebrate band using foam dots.

This card layout was inspired by a card I pinned on Pinterest.  I really liked the layout, but not the color combination used.  I love it when a card design has endless possibilities and you are only limited by your imagination.

*Tina

Photography Monday: Hearst Castle Part II

Time to share the last of the photos from our visit to Hearst Castle.  Over the weekend, we watched the American Experience show about Robert Ripley of Believe It or Not! fame.  We found out that William Randolph Hearst was the one responsible for putting Ripley on his way to national fame by offering him an outlet for his column to be distributed by King Features Syndicate.  The rest is history.

Such a grand side entrance.

Such a grand side entrance.

It was so sad to see this magnificent pool emptied because of the drought.

It was so sad to see this magnificent pool emptied because of the drought.

What exquisite detail underneath the balcony.

What exquisite detail underneath the balcony.

The castle is gorgeous from every angle especially against the California blue sky.

The castle is gorgeous from every angle especially against the California blue sky.

For me, the best view on the property.

For me, the best view on the property.

I hope my photos prompt you to make a visit to Hearst Castle.  It is well worth the time and effort.  You won’t be disappointed.

We must be alarmingly enterprising, and we must be startlingly original, and do new and striking things which constitute a revolution. -William Randolph Hearst

*Tina

Cricut Friday: Birthday Card #21

Have a colorful birthday!

Have a colorful birthday!

Another birthday card for a co-worker who loves color.  You need the following tools and supplies to create this card:

Fold the white cardstock so it is a finished size of 4″x 8″.  Cut birthday from the Create a Critter 2 cartridge at 1.25″ and happy from the Tiny Treasures cartridge at 1″.  Punch out 5 circles.  Adhere the letters to the circles then to the cardstock.  Adhere birthday and tie the twine along the edge of the card.

I was inspired by this card on Pinterest.  I enjoyed working with the rainbow colors, which prompted me to make more birthday cards with this color way.  You will see those soon.  And, my co-worker still has this card on her desk and her birthday was in December.  Wow!  She must have liked it.

*Tina

Blooming Camellias

Such beauty!

Such beauty!

Aren’t these gorgeous?  With an unseasonably warm winter in Southern California, the camellias are blooming in full force and sharing their beauty.  The pale pink camellia tree started blooming in early December and my other bushes followed suit in early January.  When we purchased our home, we were blessed with some mature plants including several camellia bushes, rose bushes and a lilac tree.  What I love about the camellias is that they are low maintenance and they bloom with little effort on my part.  Just like roses, they come in many colors and petal variations.  I hope this burst of pink splendor will bring a smile to your face.  Enjoy!

*Tina

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