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Crafty Today: Birthday Card #34

You are a star!

You are a star!

I was inspired by this card on Pinterest.  You need the following tools and supplies to create this card:

  • star punch
  • happy birthday die
  • cardstock
  • adhesive
  • glue pen
  • foam dots

Fold the raspberry cardstock so it is a finished size of 4.25″x 5.5″ and cut the white cardstock to 5.25″x 4″. Punch 7 stars out of colored cardstock.  Cut out happy birthday using the die by running it through a Quickutz Revolution or Big Shot.  Adhere the stars using foam dots and happy birthday to the plain cardstock .

Another card with endless possibilities: switch out the stars for flowers or hearts, change the greeting, change the color way.  This card design will definitely go into my card gallery to be made again.


Utility Box Art #2

The art on this utility box pays homage to America’s first ostrich farm.  The Cawston Ostrich Farm was started in 1886 when Edward Cawston brought ostriches to California to cash in on the popularity of ostrich feathers as fashion by cutting out the middlemen and raising his own birds.

The ostrich is part of South Pasadena's heritage.

The ostrich is part of South Pasadena’s heritage.

Most of the birds he imported from South Africa and Texas died almost immediately, but he was soon able to encourage the remaining birds to breed.  His herd would swell to one hundred at its height.  Cawston soon realized that he could charge tourists and locals for ostrich rides while hawking lucrative ostrich memorabilia from the farm’s gift shop.


In the 1880’s, exceptional ostrich feathers could fetch as much as $5 a piece on the market.

The farm became so popular that the Pacific Electric Railway built a Red Car trolley stop nearby to accommodate the flood of visitors headed up the Arroyo Seco to see Cawston’s birds.


Considered an ornithological curiosity, ostriches have always been fascinating to watch.

In the 1910s, the market for ostrich plumes collapsed, but tourists continued to flock to ostrich farms well into the twentieth century. Visitors rode in ostrich-drawn carriages and wagons or even, in some cases, rode the birds bareback.


Crafty Today: Valentine Curly Paper Wreath

Love it!

Love it!

I love Valentine’s Day because of the imagery, colors and what it represents, but not the commercialization of it.  Since the inception of this blog, I have created a few projects to decorate my home: punched heart garlands, LOVE garland and ornament-filled cloche.  I finally have a decoration to adorn my front porch and it is this curly paper wreath.  I love this project!  You need the following tools and supplies to create it:

  • 6-7 sheets of patterned paper
  • foam wreath
  • small stick pins
  • bone folder

Cut the paper into 1/2″ strips.  Curl all of the strips using the bone folder like curling ribbon with a pair of scissors. Attach the curly strips to the wreath with pins.

I pinned this tutorial video to my Pinterest board and it really is that simple.  A great way to use your favorite paper that you want to see every day instead of buried in a scrapbook.  It is a project that anyone can do and the supplies are readily available.  I am already planning more wreaths for the future.  Stay tuned!


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