Dawn’s Matchbook Gift Card holder

Wow…say that 3 times fast For many of us today is going to be tough…there is a lot of fear surrounding our newly elected president so here is something to keep you occupied … actually this is a really cute idea… we have made and used these little matchbook type cards before and maybe even as a gift card holder but…. everything old is new to someone…right… so anyway… below is the link to her video and she gives you all the measurements and how to cut and fold the matchbook and then she adheres it to a regular A2 card base…. well frankly I think that is a step too far for me… I can manage with just cutting a piece of card stock 5 ½ x 4 ¼  and adhere it to that ..for me it doesn’t need to open and if I need to make a message then it can go on the back of that piece…..couple of reasons …1) saves paper ( although if you saw my paper stash you would go why on earth would you want to save paper…2) at some point you are going to have your card so thick or so heavy ( more than an ounce) and you will need extra postage because remember you also have the weight and the thickness of the gift card which are usually out of plastic…

MATCHBOOK GIFT CARD HOLDER

MATCH BOOK GIFT CARD HOLDER

MATCH BOOK GIFT CARD HOLDER

If you like to have a card that opens then by all means make it an opening card just beware your weight and thickness for postage…nothin worse then sending something that may already be borderline arrival or late and have it zoomed right back to you …bummer

This one was christmas themed but it could be for any occasion it could also be a handmade gift card i.e….use a business size card and write on it just what you want to do or give..like THIS CARD ENTITLES YOU TO A  free dinner of your choice at my house with 2 days notice...or something like that…one free lunch with me pick a day and time… or give them shopping trip ,or coffee or something with you etc..BTW (by the way) business size card is 2 x 3 AND I would round the corners or use a corner punch to decorate it a little..or embellish it as you wish…

HOWEVER you do it its lots of fun and cute way to give a gift card.

AS ALWAYS THANKS FOR STOPPIN BY.…wire headed cyber toad…aka kath

 

Dawn’s Card Box

I just have to share that my calligraphy group in WA made the 4 SEASONS CALENDARS as part of their christmas party …..and one of members just wrote to me and told me that she and her sister JANICE AND NANCY HAMMOCK made 25 of them as christmas gifts….YOU ROCK GIRLS… I was delighted… if you are interested in the calendars check out the 4 SEASONS CALENDAR blog…just type that into the search box… Ok now onward to the card box…

DAWN’S CARD BOX.

DAWN'S CARD BOX VIDEO

THIS IS SUCH A GREAT IDEA… Dawn will take you thru the steps of creating a simple small box that will hold approximately 5-6 cards depending on how much embellishment you use and how much you use the foam dots to lift your embellishments.  If you are like me you may have some friends who would love to have some of your cards to use for their friends.  Maybe they have even asked you to make them a card or two sometime in the past.  Even if they haven’t asked I am sure they would love to have some hand made cards .  So here is a cute /clever way for you a cute little box and decorate it to match your cards or you can make any design on it you want and its a gift from the heart…

so here is one I made and you can do it too…. give it a try… and yes, this is short but time flys these days and I have lots I want to share… go for it…

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card box bottomI have a thing for asian designs and I had this lovely paper which was nice and heavy so I decided to make my box asian and then add some asian cards… more on the card designs later…

HA.. THIS HAS BEEN SITTING AROUND WAITING TO BE POSTED SINCE 2015…see I am not totally together..lol…anyway it is a cute idea and I do like giving cards….in fact I should do it more often since I just keep piling them up but not using… then again in an emergency I can always come up with a card….

AS ALWAYS THANKS FOR STOPPIN BY….wire headed cybertoad…aka kath

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Well its hard not to be a bit let down after all the hustle and bustle of Christmas and New Years .  But I know many of us are wondering just what this year is going to bring due to our very unusual election of 2016… One thing for sure is that there will probably be changes… however, I plan to try to keep busy with my usual activities…and so I want to share with you right away the INVITATION to participate in the GRACEFUL ENVELOPE CONTEST...this is the link to the 2017 contest with rules and how to participate BUT just like on the TV there is more….YEP there are links on this page to several year’s worth of lovely eye candy from some of the previous years….and these are only the winners…or honorable mentions… So give a look and then see if you can create an envelope to submit.  The rules are all there and if you have an questions you can contact me via this blog or by e mail.  Its really fun and frankly its not about the winning its just about the challenge to myself from myself to create an envelope… Since I am trying to focus more on my calligraphy this year.

I have signed up for a blog called PUSHING THE ENVELOPE…its been around for a long time and its hosted by JEAN WILSON… she posts almost daily incredible envelopes that she receives in the mail… its a great resource to spark your imagination… some of the envelopes would be more likely considered MAIL ART rather than Calligraphy but they are are interesting and you’d be surprised at what makes it thru our postal system…I have included at least a few that I thought were special and especially ones that I wanted to try myself.  This one below is very interesting and I had to give it a brief try although I felt a little bad doing it at this time of year ( I mailed it before Christmas)….it might not have arrived on time but I am certain that the friend that got it will appreciate it.

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This was done by Celia Lister… and my effort was not quite so involved but I liked the effect. For the lettering was just simple monoline letters at random angles. It was not any formal calligraphic script but it does create a lovely calligraphic effect with the use of colors and shapes.

my envy with w/c between the letters...

my envy with w/c between the letters…HINT..make sure your letters are waterproof..lol

 

Here are just a few more of the ones I have saved since I subscribed… I don’t save them all but I did created mail box where I can stash the ones I especially liked

This is done in the NEULAND SCRIPT

This is done in the NEULAND SCRIPT

POINTED PEN CALLIGRAPHY

POINTED PEN CALLIGRAPHY? might be pointed brush

Love that she filled the whole envelope with snowflakes and then added snowflake postage..

Catherine Langsdorf's art

Catherine Langsdorf’s art

this was an actual submission and I think it was either a winner or an honorable mention… beautiful layout… but simple and elegant.

LOVED THIS ONE

LOVED THIS ONE

This one was probably my favorite… its sorta a variation on NEULAND but making a double crossbar on the T …….PRICELESS and icing on the cake!…. also the effect of kinda making it look like confetti….just lots about this one that makes me smile.

Now these are JEAN’S letters and her note with this post said that someone gave her the words. WHIMISCAL CHRISTMAS…and asks her if she could design a complete alphabet from those words…I think she did a stellar job…

JEAN WILSON'S whimsical letters...from her blog

JEAN WILSON’S whimsical letters…from her blog

So I have given you some ideas, and font to play with so why are you still here???lol GO MAKE SOMETHING…check out the GRACEFUL ENVELOPE AND PUSHING THE ENVELOPE. 

AS ALWAYS THANKS FOR STOPPIN BY…wire headed cyber toad…aka kath

 

 

4 SEASONS CALENDAR

Well we can all breathe a bit…the big stuff is over and we can relax and celebrate the new year… think positive….

I have lots of calendar patterns and i like them all but this is one of my favorites and I received it years ago from my dear friend Sharon Clymer… Sharon was one of my early students and she has been a super fan ever since and while she no longer lives near me I think we have a connection because she seems to sense when I need a digital hug and bingo I get a note via e mail or a card in the mail… so SHARON  thanks sweetie for all you do and for being my constant fan… and friend..

This is based on a standard card base 5 ½ x 8 ½  scored at 4 ¼ and folded… now you technically have 4 fronts to work on… i.e. 4 seasons…so then you cut layers that will be

4  x 5 ¼ cut 4

approximately 2 ½ inch circles again cut 4 …

You can decorate this differently you can use designer paper or better designer yardstick for the layer and still cut the circle knowing that it will cover part of the designer layer or you can just put your image on the designer paper or perhaps its an embellishment…

HUGE HINT..#1…. DO NOT ALLOW ANYTHING TO STICK ABOVE THE FOLD LINE ON THE BASE CARD.. because you only get two seasons to a front and back then you flip it completely and you have two more seasons each with 4 months on a strip.

This is the directions that I wrote for a class I was teaching… copy them if you want but be sure to give Sharon and I credit… me for writing it up and her for sharing it in the first place.

 4 SEASONS CALENDAR DIRECTIONS BY KH

4 SEASONS CALENDAR
DIRECTIONS BY KH

Now I left this page with the months running sideways so you can get two full calendars per page…and they are exactly the right size as I preshrunk them to fit on your 4 sides…

remember nothing sticking up over the fold or it will get bent when you reverse it for the ne two seasons…

READY TO PASTE calendar months for the 4 seasons. you have 2 full calendars per page

READY TO PASTE calendar months for the 4 seasons.
you have 2 full calendars per page

one using the designer card stock

one using the designer card stock

This is one I have started and you can see I used postage designer paper for the layer..and just stuck the flowers embellishment on top of the designer paper then added some lady bugs crawling around….

HUGE HINT #2….DO NOT GLUE THE BOTTOM OF THE LAYERED PAPER ACROSS THE BOTTOM… it needs to stay open so you can stick your little stand ( see photo of standing calendar )into each side to hold it up and open like a tent…  then when you flip it you can re insert it again… or you can glue it to the card base on only one side and it will work even when you reverse it…

These are so much fun and you can use small photos as well as stamp images if you wish … JUST don’t for get hint 1 and 2…they are like THING 1 AND THING 2…you must remember them… Ok

Think that’s all for this one… hope your holidays are coming together well but if not remember just smile… time together is always good even if things are perfect…

AS ALWAYS THANKS FOR STOPPIN BY..wire headed cyber toad ..aka kath

 

Dawn’s Dutch Fold Card

If you have cable you might be able to watch a really incredible series called THE NATIONAL PARKS :AMERICA’S BEST IDEA…by KEN BURNS perhaps like myself you might have grown up with at least one parent who had the urge to wander… My folks did not have money but every summer from the time I was about 5 my Dad tossed us into the car and pointed it west… I saw and hiked Yellowstone, Mt Rushmore, and Devil’s Tower…when I realized that was where they were going in CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND….I was immediately transported back to my childhood… as I said we didn’t have money and we mostly ate one meal out maybe every other day but in between time we ate baloney sandwiches out of a cooler in our back yard…or sometimes peanut butter but we did travel… often sleeping in the car ….we wisely had a station wagon …me mom and dad squished into the back and my little brother slept on the front seat… unless Mom took it away ( she was short) and forced him to be in the back with me and Dad..

As I grew older we eventually had more funds and got a small travel trailer..( this was my favorite) and again as time went by Dad got a trailer that sat in the back of the pickup truck he now owned.. and finally my folks well my DAD was probably the prime reason they got an RV…my dad was happiest on the road…Fond memories and this series about the Parks is just magical if you have any love of the national parks … hunt for it its worth the effort… Ok now back to cards…

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DAWN’S DUTCH FOLD CARD...because i assume the some of my readers are younger than myself you might think that the name of this card is due to being made by the dutch…nope …it has to do with a unique type of door that is rarely used these days but it make for lovely set of opening for cards…and gives those of us who can’t stop ourselves from buying yet one more set of embellishments…. and so here you have multiple surfaces on which to mount them…

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who doesn’t love mice at christmas…

but what about travel….

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This just has so many options that you can hardly decide what to do…. but if you are like me and have tons of embellishments cause ya just can’t resist them especially when they are on sale…. well here is the card for you… lots of spaces to use…

WELL THAT CLOCK KEEPS TICKING so go make something…. AS ALWAYS THANKS FOR STOPPIN BY..wire headed cyber toad… aka kath

PS… plan to take some time to enjoy the holidays so probably no posts in January however you might be surprised so SUBSCRIBE to make sure you don’t miss a thing..HAVE A WONDERFUL, CREATIVE HOLIDAY….hugs kath

CHRISTMAS WOBBLE CARD..Dawn’s and mine

YES, ITS COMING READY OR NOT…but this card is so adorable that You have to make at least one… yeah you know why….it WOBBLES… and I fell in love WOBBLES when they first came out in fact I love them so much and I do actually use them that every time I see them for sale I have to buy at least one pack… yes… this is my part of the card… WOBBLE SPRINGS…they are available to purchase…and because I am the INCREDIBLY LAZY STAMPER…I have been buying and using those ready made springs for a couple of years now…. So after you watch her video please feel free to make your own springs or use the ready made.

Its great knowing how to make your own because sometimes your image that you want to use is not large enough for the ready made springs…( however for me I usually just cut a circle or oval that is large enough and put the small image on the larger one … by the way did I tell you that the ready made springs come with adhesive on both sides… so that’s just perfect…and of course AMAZON has tons of them… pretty much I find them on line..

santa wobbles vertical and horizontal

santa wobbles vertical and horizontal

elf wobble

elf wobble

While the images used on Dawn’s card are obviously STAMPING UP again the lazy stamper would remind you that Michaels and Joannes have tons of embellishments that can be used on the front of the cards… also they don’t necessarily have to be inside a window on the front they can just be on  the front .

So here is her video check it out and then WOBBLE AWAY… DAWN’S WOBBLE SPRING CARDS..

ALSO these are Christmas cards but they don’t have to be…they can be whatever celebration you want or even just a hello….like use a telephone …Just let your creative juices flow and go where they lead… and of course I’d love to see any that you come up with.

Also wanted to mention that Love her use of the washi tape.. I keep buying it but I often forget to use it …. I recently saw a card that used the washi tape as candles…very cool and great way to use it… each candle can be different…and you can use an upside down small heart punch as the flame.. quick simple yet elegant… just saying…

Ok time for you to go play …take these ideas and make them your own…

EYE CANDY not sure this is actually eye candy but it certainly made me laugh and also wish that He’d been on the ballet …pretty sure a lot of us would have voted for him….

Humor t shirt

Humor t shirt

My dear friend Craig saw this at the airport and snapped a picture to send me…you have to admit its cute..

my new sewing table

my new sewing table

Remember I showed you that I was suddenly inspired to sew…not much mind you but some table runners…well I needed a place to set up my sewing… so not its official I have sewing on side of the guest room / calligraphy on the other side and my closet is over flowing …so guest need not apply…I will just have to get them a motel room… lmao..still as soon as I get the big bird over with I hope to get a few xmas runners made for friends.

front of table runner

front of table runner that I made that got me started sewing..

Ok that’s it for today… REMEMBER TO TAKE TIME TO PLAY…AS ALWAYS THANKS FOR STOPPIN BY ….wire headed cyber toad..aka kath

 

 

DIE CUT GATE FOLD CARDS from SCS

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Well  here we are rushing head long into Christmas and scrambling to get everything done…what???? you aren’t … well lucky you… anyway in the early am or late pm I always find time to go look at new ideas… actually in this case TECHNIQUES…and they aren’t really new but she does such a great job of quick and simple instructions that I wanted to share…

DIE CUT GATE FOLD CARDS…as I mentioned these are both two different techniques but she really does simplify how to go about it…I loved the wavy line cut on the front and I did have that border die so had to give it a try …then the second technique was actually cutting a window in the front of the card so that you add an embellishment or image. She uses a square because that is going to be the easiest to center..but a circle or oval or even one of the decorative types of squares would work just as well as long as you make sure to center it and laying it out and taping it on have of the gate…well that’s just pure genius..

DINA's border Die cut gate fold

DINA’s border Die cut gate fold with belly band

window die cut on front of gate fold...

window die cut on front of gate fold…

Now if you notice on the front of the window die cut she has that banner but in order for the card to open you can only adhere it on one side or the other of the card… I know I hear the DUH’S but its amazing how in the furry of making the card we forget some of the simplest things …. well at least at my desk it happens.. so give either of these or both of them a try… what fun… you can make them up ahead and then fill in whatever the occasion might be.. Congrats, Graduation ..yep I have a grandson graduating in December…Birthday or Anniversary…

 

Now I am sure if you been looking at my site for a while you have seen in the past where I participate in an envelope contest called the GRACEFUL ENVELOPE…I have been doing it for several years and I have won once and had one or two honorable mentions… there is no money or prize for this but its fun and challenging as one of the best ways to win and have yours posted on line is tie your design to a postage stamp…I have given you the link to find out all about it and you have till March 30th to come up with a design…and get it in the mail…. I also have been looking at Blog /Web site called PUSHING THE ENVELOPE..

She posts her own envelopes as well as others and some of them are simply stunning so you might want to subscribe to her site and get them sent to your e mail every day…right not just once a week but daily…. and don’t freak… you can always throw it away you don’t have to save them…. or you can just book mark the site and go there and look when you think of it or when you want…..for me getting them every day is a treat and I save what I want to try and toss the others… here are few of the latest ones that I especially liked…

on her site she lists author

on her site she lists author..zentangle art

just liked the layout of this since we are told that your name is not as important as your address..also like the horizontal line but don't put it right in the center

just liked the layout of this since we are told that your name is not as important as your address..also like the horizontal line but don’t put it right in the center… go either higher or lower…

this one was similar in format to my one winning envelope back in 2001.. adding to the postage by simply making a stem.. clever and elegant at the same time

this one was similar in format to my one winning envelope back in 2001.. adding to the postage by simply making a stem.. clever and elegant at the same time

One more from Pushing the Envelope…candles ..they won’t work for every name but for some it will be great…

simple candles of different colors and different heights..perfect

simple candles of different colors and different heights..perfect

The two  below are from my GRACEFUL ENVELOPE ENTRIES in previous years…

Winning BIRD WALKING ACROSS using bird stamps drawling in legs

Winning BIRD WALKING ACROSS using bird stamps drawling in legs. This was my first win and the idea came from my friend NICHOL RAUCH…who had recently taught a class using postage stamps…

this one was my honorable mention in 2013 and two of my friends and I took a trip to WA DC to see it ....what fun

this one was my honorable mention in 2013 and two of my friends and I took a trip to WA DC to see it ….what fun

So check out GRACEFUL ENVELOPE site and PUSHING THE ENVELOPE site  and send in an entry this year…

AS ALWAYS THANKS FOR STOPPIN BY…wire headed cyber toad…aka kath

 

 

 

SCS STITCHED STAR ORNAMENT

Just a quick note cause as you know I have been sewing and this is so cute and simple if you already have the star dies or even the circle one would work…

SCS STITCHED STAR ORNAMENT..check it out…

stitched stars...ornament

stitched stars…ornament

 

again stitched stars ornament but it could be circles...

again stitched stars ornament but it could be circles…

because this is short I am going to try to attache some images my friend JANIS BLEVINS sent me on being old… AS IT STATES AT THE TOP IF YOU NOT OLD you won’t know what these are….lol…

Well I can’t link this set of pictures and there are too many to do them one at a time… sorry… but I hate to admit that I recognized most of them…bummer…

however … I think I told ya’ll that I had subscribed to PUSHING THE ENVELOPE and one of the links she sent me…is no longer active but here is the image of a very TINY BOOK with calligraphy made by SUSANNE MOORE…I think at least that is the name that was under the image but as I said the link was no longer active… note the book is in her hand… so you can see just how tiny it is…

Susanne Moore tiny book ...I think

Susanne Moore tiny book …I think… see her thumb… oh how lovely…

JUST A QUICKIE… wire headed cyber toad…aka kath

GATEFOLD SHUTTER CARD via  YOUTUBE

Well I hope you had a wonderful THANKSGIVING FILLED WITH LOVE , LAUGHS, FAMILY AND FRIENDS.

I love this card and I know that DAWN and I posted a similar card …at least it has the same technique of that camera shutter effect on the inside …however hers was smaller and this one is not only larger but it is centered in the middle of the card… I do really like it and so thought I’d share again…I am going to make one like for my grandson who is graduating from college in December.

Now it may look a little scary but its really not hard at all and I would suggest that you cut a pattern out of a piece of old file folder for the two pieces that create the shutter effect then keep it in the sheet protector with the directions page…

There are several videos on how to so this but I think this one does the best job of showing and describing what she is doing .

COUPLE OF EXCEPTIONS…tips and hints… her description of how to assemble the shutter effect… she makes it look like she is sticking it down on the wrong side of the score …. best way is put the tape on be sure the the fold is to the back and then tuck it up just a fraction off the score line…look closely at her picture and you can see then line up the other side and do it also…

I do like her suggestion that you put these pieces in place BEFORE you attempt to put the the center piece on … also I would not cut the opening as close to the edge of the center piece as she did… make it too fragile.. go for a smaller punch or die cut circle…

GATEFOLD SHUTTER CARD OPEN showing shutter

GATEFOLD SHUTTER CARD
OPEN showing shutter

GATEFOLD SHUTTER CARD OPEN showing shutter

GATEFOLD SHUTTER CARD
OPEN showing shutter

where the shutter pieces are glued down...

where the shutter pieces are glued down…

I do think that this is my favorite cards right now… I seem to have a lot of small birthday stamps and I love using them in this shutter effect…

Ok give this one a try and AS ALWAYS THANKS FOR STOPPIN BY...wire headed cyber toad…aka kath

 

MINI MAGAZINE HOLDER for CARDS

WOW.. I know I have told ya’ll in the past that making cards for someone is a great idea just give them some cards that they can share with others….especially if they don’t make cards themselves or even if they do …if you do a swap between a few friends this would be a great way to share cards and have a clever way to hold them,..Dawn has had a couple of different boxes and so has SCS that could be used to give away a few cards  so here is DAWN’S video and while I noted a few posts back that I was delighted she started giving us the cuts and sizes in the print out so we didn’t have to start and stop the video so often to scribble it down… she still isn’t giving us the scores…and at that time I think I also suggest that you print the front page with the cuts on it and then in the open space write down the scores so you can save the idea in a sheet protector …will this one has a lot of cuts and folds so I tried to save the ones that would help the most with assembly.

 MINI MAGAZINE HOLDER

mini mag holder for cards

mini mag holder for cards

HINT…the heavier your paper the better for the basic box as it might be too flimsy if you used lighter weight paper…here are a few freeze frames from her video to maybe help you with the assembly…

scored , cut and taped

scored , cut and taped

folding it over and sticking it down on one side then repeat

folding it over and sticking it down on one side then repeat

TADAH...without layers that decorate...

TADAH…without layers that decorate…

one more HINT…. BE SURE YOU CREASE OUR FOLDS REALLY WELL WITH BONE FOLDER this will make the box go together easier and make it sturdier also… she says it but doesn’t quite do it because she is in a hurry in the video..she also has a complete theme for this cards and they match the box..I don’t think that’s absolutely necessary I think you can make some birthday some get well maybe a celebrate and then decorate our box with anything you like some old pages from books or the sheets with the old writing on it or the ones that look like old maps…. again this would fit into the small priority mail box to mail…you can try a cushion envy but my guess is that its going to get squished…

This holder will hold standard size cards and envelopes…and I thought this would be a good teacher gift or secret pal gift.  You can fill it with any kind of cards you like….Birthday, Thank you, holiday etc…

Any way just give it a try and do send me photos if you make one…

EYE CANDY …

THANKSGIVING SMILE

THANKSGIVING SMILE

BEAUTIFUL sunset from our LANAI

BEAUTIFUL sunset from our LANAI

AS ALWAYS THANKS FOR STOPPIN BY...wire headed cyber toad…aka kath