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Archive for the month “May, 2016”

Cricut Friday: Birthday Card #36

Remember, it is all about the frosting.

Remember, it is all about the frosting.

It was time to revisit this image and make it bigger and more current with today’s cupcake trends.  You need the following tools and supplies to create this card:

  • Cricut machine
  • Cricut/Creative Memories Tiny Treasures cartridge
  • Cuttlebug machine
  • embossing folder
  • cardstock
  • patterned paper
  • adhesive

Fold the pink 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 cupcake at 4.5″..  Run the white cardstock through the Cuttlebug machine to emboss.  Adhere the cupcake to the embossed cardstock.

The addition of the glittered cherry and metallic frosting adds the glitz factor needed to make this one trendy cupcake.  My co-worker was the recipient of this birthday card and she loved it.


Front Door Series #8

The tile surround is a winner.

The tile surround is a winner.

A few weeks ago we were touring the gardens for the 46th Annual South Pasadena Garden Tour and came across this lovely door that I had to share with you.  The tile surround is a stunning complement to this understated wood door.  It provides that much needed pop of color and pattern against the simple facade.


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Crafty Today: Spring Curly Paper Wreath

Time for spring!


I really enjoyed making the Valentine Curly Paper Wreath so I made one for the spring.  It is a perfect complement to my spring door mat.  I followed the same steps as noted in this tutorial, but made the following changes:

  • Used 7 sheets of patterned paper instead of 6
  • Made all of the curls while watching tv (in my case, watching the Super Bowl)
  • Used a fingertip thimble by Dritz which gave me the control to accurately push the pins into the foam without damaging the other paper curls (it will save your fingertip from being too sore)

    Love those curls!

    Love those curls!

This wreath would make a great gift as my mother has already put in a request for one.  I urge you to try it and you won’t be disappointed.




Utility Box Art #5


These red-crowned parrots are native to Eastern Mexico.

This box documents our everyday life in South Pasadena with our feathered friends, the wild parrots.  The parrots have been entrenched in our city for years and they traditionally roost in Altadena, Temple City and South Pasadena.


They commonly roost in many types of trees in our community plus hang out on the telephone wires that dot the city.

During the fall and winter months, the parrots tend to roost more than any other time of year.  They are very good at finding and exploiting food sources.  This is why they roost in one area for a short time and then move on.


Their behavior is to roost and flock together.

Years ago, my mother had a parrot get stuck in the grill of her car while she was driving in town.  She had to call our city animal control officer to extricate the parrot.  That was one dopey parrot.


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