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Archive for the month “July, 2016”

Crafty Today: Birthday Pop Up Box Card

Make a wish!

Make a wish!

These pop up box cards are all over Pinterest and I have been obsessed with them for about two years.  I will share my cheater way of creating these fabulous cards without using rubber stamps.  You need the following tools and supplies to create this card:

  • Jillibean Soup paper
  • Jillibean Pea Pod Parts
  • cardstock
  • scoring board
  • adhesive
  • foam dots and tape

Follow this tutorial from Splitcoaststampers to create the box.  Add assorted pea pod parts to the flaps, straps and inside front of card using the foam tape and dots.  Add embellishment and sentiment to the back of the card.

You want to add the pod parts to the straps in ascending order so it doesn’t block the inside front of the card.  Also, having varying thicknesses of foam tape and dots gives you the flexibility to stack the pod parts and adds emphasis.  I used my favorite Cricut cartridge, Tiny Treasures, to create the 80 on the inside front of the card.  You also can make an envelope for this card using the Envelope Punch Board and choosing size 6×7.  This card has enormous wow factor so you should make it for that special person in your life that will truly appreciate it.  I created this card for my mother-in-law and she had it on view for weeks.  I hope you try it!

*Tina

Micro Library #16

Always room for one more.

Always room for one more.

This micro library popped up a few months ago in front of the two Ronald McDonald houses in Pasadena.  The Craftsman style houses are located across the street from Huntington Hospital so it is the perfect location for a library.  The architectural style is appropriate as it nicely complements its surroundings and gives a wink and a nod to its mother and father in the background.  I am sure it will be loved and used regularly.

*Tina

Utility Box Art #7

Utility Box Art #7

This utility box occupies a very busy street corner in South Pasadena.  It is colorful and interesting to look at tucked under a shady mature tree.  This box has a collection of images that as a viewer, I am not sure what they represent.
Utility Box Art #7

This panel reminds me of the iconic image from the Great Escape with Steve McQueen and James Garner.  But, it is also peppered with iconic South Pasadena images of flying parrots and a baby ostrich.
Utility Box Art #7

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and maybe the artist wants us to be confused. Maybe he or she doesn’t want this artistic rendering to be obvious to the viewer.  All in all, it is fun to look at and definitely is welcome as opposed to a plain utility box.

*Tina

P.S. I am on Instagram if you want to follow my musings as I have been posting more daily life and travel photos there than here on the blog.  Follow me @crafted.living

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