SCS WATERCOLOR AND COLORED PENCIL

WOW…SCS ..outdid theirselves this past couple of weeks…this weeks post is all about techniques  and since i am behind …it seems like they are perfect to share…. the first one MONOCHROME PENCIL this is a very concise and simple lesson on how to use your colored pencils to create depth and dimension with your stamps or even with your drawn letters…

SCS MONOCHROME PENCILs

This is such a great technique and they made it very quick and simple…so if it was me ( and I did) I would bookmark it so you can go back to the video and look at it again…then try the technique while you are sitting in front of the tv…..One of the best hints I saw was using the technique of holding the pencil up near the top of the pencil to achieve the very light color…. I have been playing with colored pencils for a long time and I can tell you that getting the lightest color , when you know that you have a heavy hand, is quite difficult so this is a technique that I will definitely try.  My HINT: if you try this technique and feel like you have it down , then what usually happens with me is that I use it for a while and then I don’t ….then the next time I decide to try it my results are not so good… like lettering this is  technique that it would be good to review if you haven’t used it in a while…like do a test of shading from light to dark before you tackle the project and end up getting poor results…sometime its not like just riding a bicycle….lol….

cling wrap and watercolor

CLING WRAP TECHNIQUE This is also a great technique and one I have used a lot to create backgrounds…..however this one had a new twist…in the past using watercolor paper I have always wet the paper and then applied the color directly to the W/C paper then gently placed a piece of cling wrap over the paper and pushed it around with my fingers to create the lines and spaces…THEN MOST IMPORTANT IS TO LET IT DRY OR ALMOST DRY before you remove the cling wrap….as you can see from their video it they are suggesting that you put the watercolor on the cling wrap and then place the paper on top of that and flip it over and mush it around a little again letting it mostly dry before you remove the cling…MY HINT: while in most cases stamping over the top of this background would not be a problem ….however if you spray the background lightly with a SPRAY FIXATIVE….(readily available at any craft/art store or on amazon) it will seal the background and it will for sure not bleed when stamping or lettering over it.  If you want to leave white spaces in the background then you can use a masking fluid to achieve it… do let the masking fluid dry completely before using the cling wrap technique…

EYE CANDY

STREET ART This an amazing video,  this guy takes incredible junk and creates some of the most amazing street art I have ever seen…. I especially like the grasshopper as I have always seen myself as a grasshopper ( from the fairy tale the grasshopper and the ants)..but all of his creations are just wonderful..

TIRE ART BLAKE Mac FARLAND…is a pitcher for the TORONTO BLUE JAYS…he is also an incredible artist… using not paint or ink but TIRES…old tires, used tires …you will have to go look at his sculptures and see for yourself just how incredible they are….

Ok guess that’s all for this week…so AS ALWAYS THANKS FOR STOPPIN BY…wire headed cyber toad…aka kath

LETTERING AND DOGS AND MOM

Ollie on arm of couch

MY schedule has been kinda hectic lately most due to caring for my Mom… when we first moved her back to FLORIDA ( at her request ) she was living in and INDEPENDENT living apartment… and she was quite independent… she had her small dog and she was perfectly capable both physically and mentally of taking her out regularly and feeding her etc. She had full kitchen although she only used it rarely as she had meals supplied and maid service once a week  and a laundry at the end other hall… but after being there for about 4-5 yrs she was having more and more problems mentally she had been diagonised with ALZHEIMERS…and she was on arrest t medicine which while not preventing or reversing the disease would slow it down and it did……for a while then the facility went through a major renovation and while she was still physically in great shape mentally it was just too much for her and we moved her to an ASSISTED facility… less people still got meals and they cleaned her room once a week and now they did her laundry and she still had her dog…although this was a new rescue dog as her previous dog had died… eventually she was less unable to care for dog mentally forgeting things and trying to feed him strange stuff like packets of diet sugar..etc… finally we had to not only take the dog away ( we have him) but move her to a MEMORY CARE facility….smaller yet and more caregivers and more activity and much smaller room… this was just recently  and it was really a tough move but for the best for her…and for the dog…I hope that this is in some way helpful to others who may be going thru or about to go thru the same thing… and I will answer any emails that I receive, as best as I can  with questions regarding this horrid disease.

When we adopted the dog she was adamant about calling HIM MOLLY previous dogs name and occasionallly she would remember he was a boy but still she called him Molly..so when we had to remove the dog we took him …..He is a wonderful dog and was wonderfully trained before she or we got him… he sleeps in till about 10 he only goes out about 3 times a day ( that is great since we are in a condo and this means elevator). We had not had any pets for about 30 years but we have adjusted to each other well I think, however we are not sure we can keep him due to fact that we are back and forth from WA to FL and taking him on a plane doesn’t sound appealing and driving cross country every time doesn’t sound good either ….we just haven’t committed yet but he is adorable and such a great dog…no barking except if someone comes to door… he is very loving.  He is mostly Shi ZHU with some dachshund  thrown in we think as he is very long in the body…

Ollie ..early morning …not time to get up yet..lol

I know I know …I changed from Molly to Ollie but apparently I now have him as a CAT….poor Ollie…

If we end up driving home this is Ollie’s car seat and he loves it ….

mom in her new place ready to go out to lunch (91)

OK ENOUGH about Dogs and Mom … now to the lettering with ST Paddy’s day so close I have chosen one of my favorite monolines…. I CALL IT KIWI…so think green… lol… I apologize for it not being a very clean copy but I am behind and I just didn’t have time to re do it and its been scanned /copied one to many times…still I think you can see it well enough to try to play with it… enjoy…

EYE CANDY

STREET TRASH This guy uses street trash to create large animals…its just amazing what he can make…. I love the grasshopper because if you remember the story of the grasshopper and the ants…. the grasshopper was the lazy one….and I have always thought of myself as a grass hopper…. check it out…

TIGHTLY ROLLED NEWSPAPER a japanese artist highly rolls newspaper to create incredible art… animals…you won’t believe…. just wonderful…. give it a look …

TIRE ART...Blake Mc Farland….makes amazing art using old tires…. I can’t even begin to tell you how incredible they are so click on the blue link and check it out for yourself…

Ok that’s it for this week… AS ALWAYS THANKS FOR STOPPIN BY…. wire headed cyber toad…aka Kath…

 

 

 

 

DAWN’S PEEK A BOO SLIDER

GREETINGS AND SALUTATIONS…  

I saw this card and of course ai had to go figure out how it worked….I think because it was   similar to the double peek a boo she didn’t give any of the measurements EXCEPT IN THE VIDEO….so I will list them below because while this looks a little complicated its not that difficult.  DAWN’S PEEK A BOO SLIDER

Dawn’s Peek a boo one opening SLIDER

SO the way this works is that when its closed you see one message and when you open it you will see a second message slide into the Opening…Her opening is made using a 2″  circle punch….the rest of the measurement are as follows…

BASE CARD …..4 ¼ x 8 ½  SCORED @ 4 ¼ 

FRONT OF CARD….4 ¼ X 5 ½ SAME COLOR AS THE BASE CARD 

BACK OF CARD (WHITE) 4 ¼ 5 ¾ …SCORED along 5 ¾ inch at 5 ½ 

WHITE SLIDER PIECE CUT @ 3 x 4 ¼….SCORED ALONG 3 inch at 2 3/4

2 INCH CIRCLE PUNCH…you could use some other shape but it needs to be no bigger than the 2′ size or it won’t fit  the card…ie unless you are an engineer don’t re invent the wheel… lol

None of the above is going to make any sense until you watch the video but I figured you could copy and past these measurements on a page and print them out so that you have them rather than having to watch the video each time you want to make this card.  HUGE HINT:   I would strongly suggest that you make up a dummy of this card so and put it in a sheet protector with the measurements so that you can refer to it make  more… don’t put it completely together but do adhere the white SLIDER  and the white BACK so that you can see how it does go together. 

As I said this looks harder than it really is … I made both of these in less than an hour..

kh how old peekaboo

You can’t tell form this photo but the dinosaur circle is on a wobble spring… LOVE IT..and nt washi tape is newsprint image… my how old stamp is on a block of wood so it is really hard to get it aligned….but I love that stamp…so I used it anyway…. I may end up removing it from the block of wood and using it on the clear blocks so that I can see it better…HOW DOES SHE DO THAT YOU ASK…I will post that info at the bottom of this blog.

bird how old peekaboo kh

For this card…..I had this long stamp of the chick with the cake with all the candles and when I punched it out and I just kinda chopped off his legs but  He is ok…. then the cover was pice of card stock that was preprinted and left over from some valentine stuff.  I was able to center the HOW OLD a little better but still not perfect…however, I am not a perfectionist and it is legible and most people will get what it says right away..

You will notice that I did not put borders around my circle cuts…..ie the LAZY STAMPER HERE…I didn’t have the next size punch so I would have had to go and die cut them and I was just too lazy to do that…

Both of the my cards has the same message stamped inside on the slider part so it looks like this….

kh peek boo inside

You will also note that I didn’t use balloons to decorate the outside… I have the balloon punch which punches out two different size balloons but again I just liked using my how old stamp and the dinosaur…..I also have a cute big ugly looking bird that I plan to use with the message stamp saying DO I SMELL CAKE…that would go on the slider part.

So ALWAYS WATCH THE VIDEO…then I recommend you cut the pieces I noted above or even cut them first and then watch the video then assemble your dummy using paper /cardtock that you don’t really like so that you have it to refer to without going back to the video each time. My computer is on the other side of the room from my desk so its not convenient to go back and forth …..in fact i am not sure they make a des big enough for me to work with all the stuff I want at my finger tips…lol….I end up working about 10 sq inches ……I don’t recommend that as it is often how ink etc gets where it doesn’t belong or smeared… but it always seems to be what happens …. the muse is running I try to go with the flow….

REMOVING A STAMP FROM A WOOD BLOCK…..basically put your wood block in the microwave with the rubber facing up and nuke it for about 5-10 seconds… then it should just peal right off the wood block…it doesn’t seem to harm the rubber although over time it may dry it out more.  I would start with 5 seconds first as you are just loosening the glue …but if its a really large image you may want to do 10 seconds… you can always go back and do a few more seconds if necessary…. REMEMBER ITS SECONDS ….not minutes….so figure out your microwave first…with water or something so you know how to set it….I have a built in micro so its about 1100 watts…if you have a small one it may take a few more seconds due to your power being lower…

ADHERING THE REMOVED STAMP ….I use the zig two way glue pen applied to the back of the rubber/cushion THIS usually allows it to stick to the block.. however you can always put some double stick tape on the back of stamp and stick it to the clear block that way… 

STORAGE…you can purchase the stamp cases empty from DAWN or any stamping up dealer ..I just stamp the image on a sheet of paper that will slip inside the front cover the plastic box and put them in there… I try to keep them in like kind of boxes… birthday together etc… 

My friend JANIS…came across a garage sale, I think of a whole bunch of clear mount STAMPING UP stuff being sold and she bought it all… lol…. She is my number one BLOG FAN as she frequently makes up the card as soon as I post it and then tweeks it a little and sends me images of her take on the card…. FOR THAT I AM TRULY GRATEFUL…

I am also grateful for my wonderful HUSBAND OF 46 YEARS who makes all of this possible. He is very supportive and always reads my blog…Love him bunches.

Well that’s about all from here and as TOM BODETT would say AS ALWAYS tTHANKS FOR STOPPIN BY and “we’ll leave the LIGHT ON FOR YA”…wire headed cyber toad aka kath

 

 

MAGNET MINI SCRAPBOOK/PURSE AND EYE CANDY

As I said in the last post I know I am behind…so thought I would just give you some photos of the cards I received for Christmas…

turkey is my aunties card
tree is my friends Nancy and Janice Hammock and the THANK YOU CARD was calligraphy from my Aussie friend HELEN

BIRD is my Auntie , photo calligraph is my friend Jo Forsyth and the wreath is my friend Carole Crose

japanese lantern cd is my friend Claire Russell and the Silent Night is my Cousin Patti

bag card is mine and inside it says no matter what has happened…bottom card is a purse type with a tiny magnet….that holds it closed….

MAGNETIC MINI SCRAPBOOK…This is the link I am going to use to show you this mini card above …now they are adding pages to put in inserts to make it a scrapbook but I just did mine flat and folded it over layering the magnet under the designer paper and if you stick them together  the magnets on the top flap and put a dab of glue on the back of the bottom one and fold it closed ( before you cover it with the designer paper) you have them perfectly lined up so they connect…. yippee…. so for just this card not with the inserts… you will need to cut your paper 3″ by 7 ½  scored at 3″ and at 6″  then layer a piece on the front or using  a punch or die cut the top end in a fancy cut …. Its just so cute and its perfect for those tiny stamps you have or the tiny images/embellishments… and After much searching I finally found the magnets…I ordered them in a pack of 12 ( it takes two for each card) from SCRAPBOOK.COM they were listed as the magnet source Neodymium Magnet adhesive Disk -3/8 inch -12piece   SKU..par -tms 7526

As Always thanks for stopping by. …wire headed cyber toad …aka Kath

 

DAWN’S SHADOW BOX BIRTHDAY

Dawn’s Shadow Box bday

Greetings, all you paper pushers…. above is the link to Dawn’s video and below is the photo of her card… It is made with a new die from STAMPIN UP… and its not cheap but it is cute…. and believe it or not No I didn’t buy it mostly cause I have several ballon dies as well as a balloon punch so I talked myself out of it for now anyway….

DAWN’S BALLOON SHADOW BOX

NOW while I think this is a lovely card and I do like the die…. I have to say that I found the various pieces needed to make the card TEDIOUS…and you know what a lazy stamper/cardmaker I am….so please look at her video and and with our without the die she uses you can make this shadow box her way using a piece of 8 ½ x 11 piece of paper.

However…. I know I had done one years ago and that I didn’t have to piece it so much… so I grabbed a piece of 12 x 12 and cut and scored it as follows to make the same shadow box WITHOUT all the pieces…

cut 5 ½ x 12

score along the 12 inch side as follows….4″  7 ½, 8, 11 ½ One advantage to this one is that you are not trying to score that ½ inch at the inner edge of your scor pal…

 

Then as you can see with the images below the card folds from the right hand edge over to the left and the left edge should meet up with the 4″ score line…

You can also see that for the opening in the shadow box I used a different die as long as it fits between the score lines and leaves at least ¼ in margins on each side it should work just fine…

Then the insert ( the yellow/orange piece in the middle panel) is cute 3 3/8’s by 5 ¼. then I gently folded the out flap up into the 7 ½ inch score line and marked on the yellow panel where the top bottom and each side of the open was so I could make sure my image was inside the opening… then I stamped it…

I made the panel on the left ( lite blue) kinda a square) about 3 inches by 4 inches..I wrote my message with the sakura BLACK GLAZE pen but you can stamp your message and I just happened to have the elephant butt stamp.. who knows why I bought it but I think I have always used it for my LATE CARDS and the words …just a little behind as a play on words since we all know Elephant Butts are not little…lol…

Well there you have it…. when its closed my large Elephant stamp (STAMPERS ANYONYMOUS V1-1494, pretty sure I got mine from IMPRESS CARDS AND STAMPS) the BUTT one came from a company that I don’t think is out there any longer…(GOOD STAMPS STAMP GOODS.) BUT DON’T FRET…..you can just use the but end of the large stamp and mask off your paper so it just gets the but…. it will work I promise…The the front of my card is as seen below

kh shadow elephant

then just to help you I found this buzzard birthday stamp at Hobby LOBBY and it cracked me up….

kh buzzard/blue bird

front of buzzard card

you can see that on this buzzard card I used an oval to cut the opening… so be creative and use what you have…oval, rectangle , fancy opening ….even a heart would work or a square…just Play….REMEMBER TO SCORE YOUR FOLDS WELL SO THAT IT STAND UP PROPERLY WHEN YOU ARE FINISHED …READY …SET….CUT/SCORE…(yeah I an an avid fan of the British Bake off TV series…)

NOW EYE CANDY There hasn’t been any for a while…so below are may VALENTINE CARDS that I received …. not many but fantastic quality ….

my pinwheel valentine
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my friend Marn’s card which is the image of one of my favorite postage stamps from a few years ago…perfect.

JANIS BLEVINS CARD

MY AUNTIE’S CARD

CAROL CROSE’S CARD

CYNTHIA THOMAS’S CARD

I have to say that first Cynthia’s card was the first one i received and it came on what for me was a bad day so I lifted my spirits immediately and its so involved that this photo doesn’t do it justice… its a box with many inserts…. and Cynthia were co-workers at a local stamp store in another life and we always enjoyed sharing ideas . She is still great at sending me via SNAIL MAIL…long may it live. terrific ideas and its great to keep in touch this way..

Lastly this is a store bought card but it came from my hubby along with the balloon stack and what can you say about a man that knows what you love to do and finds a card to express that…..PRICELESS AND WONDERFUL….

hubby’s hallmark card also a pop up box but opened slightly different to create more of a fan effect.

Balloon stack

OK THAT’S IT FOR THIS WEEK …AS ALWAYS THANKS FOR STOPPIN BY...wire headed cyber toad…aka kath

SCS FACETED BOX and Origami HEART

Yes, here I am … I know I missed a week post and I can’t promise that it won’t happen again… I think I may have mentioned that my Mom has Alzheimers….and while it is not too bad due to medicine she takes it had reached a point where it was necessary to move her to a memory care facility….that has been hard on all of us involved but she is in a lovely place and she is slowly adjusting…..they don’t like change …..so I am not sure where this blog is going or how often I will be able to post…but I know that Valentines is coming ready or not so here we go…

SCS FACETED BOX.. ok this is the link to their site and the video on how to make this as well as the directions….I do like it and I do think that its great for putting some valentine card it and giving it away….her verbal directions on the video are sometimes a bit confusing but if you look at the video and then maybe take a screen shot of what you are going to cut off it would be helpful..at least thats what I am doing… I think I will try to post the screen shot of what gets cut off as she doesn’t show you that so  well after …in any case it may show up better on the printed directions…I just watched the video knowing I was behind… also she would have been better to use a darker piece of paper as its hard to see the score lines or to show you them with a pen drawing in the lines… still I think its a do-able project.  Here is what it looks like finished…

SCS via Wendy’s video
faceted box

 

NOW MY ORIGAMI HEART…FIRST I want to tell you that while you can use any light weight (text weight or decorator paper) Origami paper works the best .. at minimum I would practice folding it with a piece of white text paper then when you know you have it switch to the paps that want to use and if you aren’t using the origami paper then You want to be sure and score the folds well so that it will lay rather flat on your card…generally Origami paper comes in 6 inch squares but you can use smaller if you want your heart to be smaller….the 6 inch size  piece of paper will make about a 2-3 inch heart.

The directions are pretty straight forward  but you can just look at the pictures as this is a very easy fold…not like doing a crane…lol…oh yeah when it says fold back…it means UNFOLD… also you can use a stamp image of a character to hold the heart or just put it on the card alone or with background paper. I am aware that this is very last minute however for me IF IT WASN’T FOR LAST MINUTE …I would never get anything done..lol…So don’t give up on me just yet and give it try…

Origami Heart simple

Here is one more that actually folds into an envelope this one the directions are in Japanese but the pictures will get you thru it….

envelope origami heart

Again start with a square and you might want to go with bigger paper or else just stamp or write a HAPPY VALENTINES ,or BEE MINE AND STAMP A BEE..etc to go inside …1 AND 2 YOU WANT TO FOLD AND UNFOLD…… DO START WITH A SQUARE ….but 8×8 is good for a sample and to get the folds down…then if you need bigger you will have to go to 12×12 paper and cut it to size or use it…

Again sorry this is so last minute…

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

 

 

 

Ghirardelli Chocolate MATCHBOOK holder

Ok so last week we put a gift card in a match book mounted on an A2 card …this week she is showing you how to make 4 separate matchbooks out of one piece of paper and then 5 inserts out of a second piece of paper….these are so cute that I immediately thought about cutting and scoring paper while watching TV…WHY YOU ASK  can’t I just watch TV…. I have no idea but now I find that if I am not doing somthing my needlepoint or my knitting while I am watching most TV I fall asleep… THEN when I finally do go to bed …I am wide awake…. plus sometime this is only time I have left in the day to do some of this… and the cutting and scoring is not the fun part anyway…so if I put the page in a sheet protector with the measurements ( I write in the scoring as she sometimes doesn’t give that except verbally in the video) the as I cut and score I can drop the piece into the sheet protector and viola…I have the pieces ready to assemble for a quick treat for anyone even for someone random like the check out person at the grocery or even another shopper etc…or my nail person or hairdresser… if you carry a few in your purse ( put them in a zippy bag in your purse) or they will end up looking like they were in an elephant stampede….and you can skip the step of brushing the color on the score lines…and  the person you try to give it too if it’s a stranger will run screaming away from you ….lol

chocolate matchbooks

chocolate matchbooks

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inside with pocket decor

inside with pocket decor

GHIRARDELLI CHOCOLATE MATCHBOOK

If I have misspelled Ghirardelli..once I have misspelled it several times so if I don’t get them all fixed its because I didn’t have enough chocolate…lmao…that is the hardest dang word to spell correctly and apparently I can misspell it a variety of different ways….no matter how you spell it the DARK SALTED CARMELLE are SINFUL…and ADDICTIVE….but there are lots to choose from so pick your favorite and spread a little love .

You will also notice that she doesn’t mount this matchbook on anything its just a little matchbook with chocolate inside…I love this idea… and I like that I can pre make them and have them ready to decorate whenever I need or want some… I think we are all going to want to spread some love and positive feelings for the next few years.

EYE CANDY .baby anythings are eye candy right??

HERE IS A FUN LINK..EAGLE CAM FT MYERS FL..its just across the river from where I am and about 50 yrs ago when I was in high school one of my girlfiends took me here and we had a great time driving and old jeep around in old orange groves… NOW there has been an EAGLE NEST with a mated pair there for a few years now and they have live cameras on them… the first male died and the new mail is M15…think that may stand for male 2015…in any case currently the female hatched two eggs on the 31st and 1st… click on the link and you can bookmark it a go to peek at the eaglets and mom and dad whenever you want… it does become addictive though…

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

 

 

 

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…

my box top for card box

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