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Archive for the month “January, 2016”

Cricut Friday: Birthday Card #33

Wish big!

Wish big!

This card on my Pinterest board provided the inspiration for the above card.  You need the following tools and supplies to create this card:

  • Cricut Machine
  • Creative Memories/Cricut Tiny Treasures cartridge
  • Cuttlebug machine
  • embossing folder
  • ribbon
  • cardstock
  • adhesive

Fold the orange cardstock so it is a finished size of 4.25″x 5.5″, cut the gold cardstock to 5.25″x 4″ and cut the white cardstock to 5″ x 3.75. Cut the candles at 5.5″.  Run the white cardstock through the Cuttlebug machine to emboss.  Tie the ribbon around the candles and adhere the candle bunch to the embossed cardstock.

I have used this candle imagery before and love the pattern variation.  This cartridge is no longer available, which is a crying shame.  It is by far one of my most used and favorite cartridges.  Cricut, please relaunch Tiny Treasures.  Pretty please!

*Tina

Utility Box Art #1

Enjoying the park!

Enjoying the park!

South Pasadena Arts Council spearheaded an arts program to spruce up ten drab utility boxes with colorful, unique paintings.  Public art builds a sense of community and these boxes capture the unique spirit of our city’s history and distinctive culture.

Shopping the farmers market.

Shopping the farmers market.

This box is a vibrant representation of our weekly farmers market featuring the venue, our local museum and the light rail train passing by.

Being a part of the farmers market experience.

Being a part of the farmers market experience.

This artist truly captured our farmers market and all it has to offer.  Filled with farmers selling their produce, food vendors offering delectable dinner fare and musicians serenading the shoppers, it is a unique experience unlike any in the area.

Our beloved local museum.

Our beloved local museum.

*Tina

Cricut Friday: Birthday Card #32

Bring on the gifts!

Bring on the gifts!

I am constantly pinning card ideas to my board for birthday card inspiration.  This card came from the simple idea of gift imagery.  You need the following tools and supplies to create this card:

  • Cricut machine
  • Cricut Create a Critter 2 cartridge
  • Cuttlebug machine
  • embossing folder
  • square punch – 1.5″
  • cardstock
  • patterned paper
  • adhesive

Fold the cream cardstock so it is a finished size of 4.25″x 5.5″ and cut the cream cardstock to 5.25″x 4″. Cut bows from Create a Critter 2 at 2″ and punch 4 squares out of patterned paper.  Run the cream cardstock through the Cuttlebug machine to emboss.  Adhere the bows to the gifts and the gifts to the embossed cardstock.

This card has endless possibilities for multiple versions and it is a scrap buster.  Love it!

*Tina

Camellia Crush

Winter beauty

Winter beauty

For those of you that have followed my blog for some time, you know that I am in love with my camellia tree.  A very mature tree that anchors our front yard next to our driveway, it never fails to disappoint.  It usually starts blooming in profusion in January.  However, we were given a preview in November due to the warm fall weather.  Luckily, it took a short break and then got back on track for its usual blooming pattern.  It didn’t seem right to me to see these beautiful flowers in November as it is a welcome sight in January.  Enjoy!

*Tina

 

Pastrami Perfection

Delectable and delicious!

Delectable and delicious!

Yesterday was National Pastrami Day and we celebrated by visiting our local burger joint, Hi-Life Burgers in South Pasadena.  Guy Fieri gave a shout out about to Hi-Life back in March 2015 and called it the bomb pastrami.  Succulent and tangy with a hint of spicy heat, it was delicious.  Guy confirmed what we already knew that this pastrami sandwich is pastrami perfection.

*Tina

Cat in the Bag

Isn't she the cutest?

Isn’t she the cutest?

These type of photo opportunity doesn’t come along very often.  This bag was out on the dresser waiting to be put away.  The next moment, Wren was in the bag.  It lasted all about 5 minutes, but I got the shot.  How furry can she be?  Very.

*Tina

In Memoriam

F-stop

Our beloved f/stop

Our beloved f/stop passed away Thanksgiving weekend.  She was 16 1/2 years old and was sweet until the end.  My husband fondly referred to her as the most randomly colored calico cat.  At 5.5 lbs, she ruled the roost and we all obeyed her including Merckx and Wren.  Since moving to our current home, she took residence on the down-filled sofa watching the comings and goings of the household.  It was a familiar sight and all that passed through enjoyed seeing her curled on the sofa.

May I have a piece of birthday cake?

May I have a piece of birthday cake?

The above photo is one of our favorites of her that was taken while we cleaned up after my husband’s 50th birthday party.  Classic f/stop and it always brings us a smile.  Rest in peace and we miss your furry presence.

*Tina

Photography Monday: Micro Library #14

Tardis micro library

Tardis micro library

Happy New Year!  Life has been full with celebrating birthdays (mine and my husband’s) and holidays (Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s), but it is time to get back into the groove.  My colleague told me about this micro library down the street from her duplex.  The most original so far in this series and well executed.  Love it!

*Tina

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