Crafted Living

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Archive for the month “May, 2015”

Crafty Today: Mother’s Day Card #2

Flowers for you to celebrate your day!

Flowers for you to celebrate your day!

I found some inspiration on Pinterest and used this card as my guide.  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″.  Punch out various circles using scraps of cardstock to create the flowers.  Cut thin strips of green cardstock for stems.  Adhere the stems to the cardstock and top them with the flowers.

Such a simple card, but so much fun to make.  This card could be used for other occasions besides Mother’s Day.  Endless possibilities and groovy too!

*Tina

Photography Monday: Lotusland

Back in September, we took our second tour of Lotusland.  We learned about Lotusland from a Sunset magazine article many years ago.  It is a tour de force that reflects the eccentricities of its founder, Polish-born opera singer Madame Ganna Walska.  The socialite, who married and divorced six times, spent 43 years planning and planting her magnificent garden.  The 37-acre property is located on a quiet street in Montecito and is definitely worth a visit even if you aren’t an avid gardener.  Let’s start the tour.

Beautiful citrus arbor that provides welcome shade.

A beautiful citrus arbor provides welcome shade.

A nod to traditional Italian garden design.

A nod to traditional Italian garden design with an added twist.

From this porch, the Madame would give daily instructions to her gardeners.

From this porch, the Madame would give daily instructions to her gardeners.

A little whimsy is an added bonus in such an eclectic garden.

A little whimsy is an added bonus in such an eclectic garden.

Love the shape, texture and colors of these cast offs.

Love the shape, texture and colors of these cast offs.

A gorgeous arbor that greets you at the end of the tour.

A gorgeous arbor that greets you at the end of the tour.

Next week, I will share more photos of the succulent and cactus gardens which are quite astonishing and out of this world.  For more information, please visit www.lotusland.org.

Gardens are poems, where you stroll with your hands in your pockets. – Pierre Albert Birot

*Tina

Cricut Friday: Birthday Card #28

Happy Birth Day!

Happy Birth Day!

Another birthday card to share with you and I was inspired by this card on my Pinterest board.  You need the following tools and supplies to create this card:

Fold the gold cardstock so it is a finished size of 4.25″x 5.5″. Cut the balloons at 5.5″. Cut HAPPY DAY from the white cardstock using the Quickutz alphabet die.  Tie the twine around each balloon and adhere them in layers using adhesive for the bottom layer and foam dots for the top layer.  Tie the twine together with a bow and adhere to the card.  Adhere the letters to the cardstock.

It is fun to blend die-cutting formats and therein lies the creative challenge.  This card is a great way to use those patterned paper scraps you have lying around.  And, this card lends itself to many color variations too.

*Tina

What is Crafted Living?

Time to create!

Time to create!

I started this blog over two years ago after I was laid off (reduced hours) at my then job as a project coordinator for a private design college. It was a great job where I was able utilize my organizational and relationship skills in a design field. Perfect. But, as in the past when I have been laid off, I switch industries and forge a new career path. I have been at my current job in the travel industry for over two years and struggle sometimes to keep my life crafted.  I might not cook as much as I want, but do my best to eat healthy and splurge periodically. I might not be able to scrapbook or make cards as often as I like, but I go to crops monthly, have my girlfriends over for workshops as often as I can and I make birthday cards for family and friends.  I might not be able to share as many photographs with you as I would like, but hope you enjoy what I do share.  In other words, I share what interests me and you get a glimpse into my creative life.  Eating well, seeing beauty in the garden, and creating a fabulous card are all a part of me.  This blog has been the forum where I can share my creativity and I thank you for the opportunity.  Let’s stay connected and enjoy the ride!

*Tina

Photography Monday: Front Door Series #5

The red pop of color is fantastic!

The red pop of color is fantastic!

My Photography Monday Series has been quiet for some time and it was time to bring it back.  And, I wanted to reinstate my front door series from last year.  I am fortunate to live in an area with homes of architectural interest that the owners are proud to show off.  With that in mind, I will have many homes to share with you and hopefully, these photos will inspire you to do something fabulous too.

I drive past this house every day on my way home from work.  Isn’t it a beauty!  First of all, the red door is marvelous.  Then, to spread the red throughout the garden and to top it off with the flag.  Genius!  Red is a very strong color and one that goes a long way when used sparingly.  Well done.

*Tina

Cricut Friday: Birthday Card #27

Blow out the candles!

Blow out the candles!

For those of you that know me well, I love Pinterest.  A good friend turned me onto it and I have never looked back.  The above card was inspired by this card I pinned to my Just Cards board.  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 celebrate from Cheerful Seasons at 1.5″ and the candles from Tiny Treasures at 3″.  Run the white cardstock through the Cuttlebug machine to emboss.  Adhere the candles and celebrate to the embossed cardstock.

This card was for a belated birthday celebration for a dear friend and she loved it!  For those creative minds, Pinterest offers us a treasure trove of ideas and endless inspiration.  Pinterest recently celebrated its fifth anniversary and I hope it is around for a long time to come.

*Tina

Maple Magnificence

Stunning in its simplicity!

Stunning in its simplicity!

I have been away for a while and have missed you so.  I came back from a long business trip to be greeted by our maple tree.  It is small in stature, but graces our driveway with its beauty.  It started to bloom before I left, but I think it is now fully realized and enjoying the spring.  What I find amazing is that when this tree goes dormant, it is not a pretty sight.  Most of the dead leaves hang on and you think it will never come back.  Then, when all hope is lost, it buds out and the leaves appear within a few days.  Such a transformation!

Once they came on a maple in a glade,
Standing alone with smooth arms lifted up,
 
And every leaf of foliage she’d worn
Laid scarlet and pale pink about her feet.
-Robert Frost
*Tina

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