DOROTHY’S ORIGAMI KITE card

HI THERE…. well its Kite flying weather so I thought I’d send you a site to see some real kites then a friend of mine  Dorothy has this great pattern for making a kite card.

FLYING KITES IN GASWORKS PARK IN SEATTLE WA.You have to see this to believe it…first its set against the background of my favorite city…SEATTLE and second this guy is amazing… I have been to GASWORKS park and its a great place to fly kites… but 3 OF THEM… yeah he is going to fly 3 at a time… its a 5+ minute video so if you get bored then be sure you push to the end so you can see the final shot… also it has to be summer …no rain ….no shirt…we do get lovely days like this off and in spring and winter but don’t tell anyone but the no shirt gives it away… lol…

DOROTHY’S ORIGAMI KITE CARD…

FIRST thing don’t panic over the word ORIGAMI…. its not a hard one its actually very easy.OK here is her pattern for folding the kite they you would glue/tape it to a card and cut it so that the shape is the same as the kite.  Then write your message inside… something like  “JUST FLYIN BY WITH A BIG BIRTHDAY HI…or a GET WELL WISH …or THINKING OF YOU …just about any thing will work for this great spring card.  I used some slighly heavier paper to fold it because it was duplex( printed on both sides …but it works just as well just using some origami paper with the white showing for a nice contrast.

Here are the directions in just 3 easy folds.

FIRST fold the square in half …this is a 6″ square of origami paper …next fold the left corner and then the right corner into the crease in the center.

NEXT turn the paper over…and again fold into the center with both the left and right side.

second folds again into the center crease

For this last one you will need to flip the kite over with the point up at the top and then fold the last two corners into the center…. and TA DAH…you now have a kite…

Here are some of the others I folded and I have to say that while I liked the duplex paper I did decided that I like the contrast of the white and then colors better than two different patterns.

All the above papers except the star/red paper is Origami paper.  All of the larger ones are folded using a 6″ square but the two smaller ones are using the 4″ square.

Ok after you have your folded kite, Dorothy actually attached it to a folded card so that it could open and you could put your message inside.  The way I did it was to fold a standard 8 1/2 ” x 5 1/2 ” than I lay the long leg of the kite agains the fold and glue it down.  Then using my paper cutter I trimed it off so that there was either an 1/8″ edge all around the kite or I cut right up against the outer edges  and bingo you have your kite card and when it opens it kinda looks like a heart shape with flat edges.  Now I used the 6″ and lay it on fold diagonally ( see below)

kite on card ready to be trimmed

trimmed card with 1/8″ edge

the above kite was trimmed exactly along the lines of the kite…it will also open but had no border /margin around the outside..I like that margin.  In addition I used the baker’s twine to create a tail for this card…then I punched out 6 tiny butterflies …could be flowers, frogs, anything for the embellishment on tail.  You will need to put them together one on each side of the twine.  I liked the effect.  You could also use tiny hearts…

 

Then this one below is one of the 4″ square kites so its smaller and I just glued it diagonally into the center of the card , so that I had a standard size card.

 

Again this is great little folding project do while watching television… then save our kites in a sheet protector along with the directions ( best idea is to fold one and save it so you can unfold it if you forget ) You can then mount them and trim them when you need one.

Thanks again DOROTHY CARMACK…for sharing this delightful little origami project.

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

 

DAWN’S BOX CARD

 

GREETINGS  YA’LL

JUST A FEW THINGS TO TELL YOU… well I want you to know that I am going on Vacation for a few weeks and while I have scheduled a few cards/posts there will not be enough to last till I return..but hey that will just give you more time to try making a few more of each of them.   So don’t forget to play.

DAWN’S BOX CARD is both simple and elegant.  I had fun making a few of these and tucking them away for emergency card necessities…lol…YOU never know right.

DAWN’S BOX CARD VIDEO

After watching her video you will see its rather easy… a few simple scores and cuts and then you just adhere the flaps to the back , and then decorate the fronts and inside.  I do have one TIP FOR YOU …if you don’t have the STAMPIN UP  score board then you will find need a little help with scoring those diagonal folds….. if you are using the SCOR -PAL board then when you are scoring on the 10 inch side make a score mark at 5 ” then flip the cardstock over and make another short score mark again on 5″ ..

Now you will need a ruler and you will need to score from the little tick mark diagonally down to the corner score… repeat on the right side and then again flip the card around and do it again on the other side of the card…

If you can’t figure this out the gently fold the right side down to the center then repeat on the left side then do the same on the opposite side of the card…

Ok this is one of those times when words might fail but hopefully a picture really is worth a 1000 words…once you have this done gluing the box together and then folding it flat is a peice of cake…then you need only to decorate the front and the inside… As you can see from my sample I used some black buttons on my decorator paper as the centers of my flowers now these will create bumps in the envelope which as we know means you must post the card with a 66 cent stamp.  Below is my sample.

This is another one of those cards that you can cut and score while watching TV..then you will have them ready for a quick or forgotten birthday.

Ok that’s it for this post. DON’T JUST SIT THERE …GO MAKE SOMETHING…LOL

AS ALWAYS THANKS FOR STOPPIN BY…wireheaded cyber toad…aka kath

DAWN’S GEL/WATER CARD

 

dawn's water gel card

DAWN’S GEL/WATER CARD VIDEO .. this is a cute idea that I have tried before and I love it and believe it or not it is mailable… not sure that is a word but you get the idea.  The big hint is not to try to fill the little zippy bag toooo full… a little I am guessing about a leave teaspoon is just fine… too much and maybe it won’t make it.

The first one I got was an stamp image of a toilet and inside it said ‘hope this doesn’t get FLUSHED in the mail’… very funny… and it didn’t… my friend included the directions on how to do it and it was little harder as we were using the ‘seal a meal’ thing and having to make up our own baggies but the mini zippys are lots easier and if you don’t fill them too full and let out as much air as you can they work great.

I didn’t have a dollar store near me so I was at grocery and found a large cheap bottle of blue hair gel with lots of bubbles it was ‘DEP SPORT’..now while it looks really blue in the bottle the small amount that you and I will use makes that blue a lot less noticeable…

Here are two that I did one with a small punch out of a boat and the other I used the water punch border and MS’s whale and Of course there was the option of using a goggly eye so I did use one of the tiny ones…. I just love it…

my whale gel

You can really see the bubbles right?  The other one was a ‘bon voyage’ card and I used the tiny sail boat punch that was one of Fiskars’ handle ones 

I was in such a hurry with this one that I forgot to squeeze out most of the air so you don’t see the bubbles as well…but I still like it …but you can also see that because it was on a white background the blue doesn’t show up as much as it did on the lite blue background.

Another idea is a small person or animal etc image under water and the words ‘could be I have been in over my head’…and make it a belated birthday or an apology etc..

Also fish with WISHING YOU BEST FISHTIVITIES on your BIRTHDAY…

QUICK TIP FOR CLEAR CASES 

I know you may think that I get a kickback for pushing some of DAWN’S merchandise but I assure  you I don’t… however, I looked for over a year for these clear cases to store my unmounted stamps in and couldn’t find them anywhere…if they had them at STAMPIN UP I didn’t find them but now they do have them for sale a really good price and her idea of sticking the image on the back (she also thinks that leaving the image sticker off the back of your clear stamp makes it stick to block better) is a great way to store images that are unmounted.  I put like things together like animals etc or birthday or just greetings.  Then you can store these clear boxes on a shelf or in a drawer or in a basket.  Anyway as my favorite calligraphy teacher CAROL DU BOSCH would say its worth the price of admission. LOL. I think the boxes are like 5 for 5 dollars…check her website under storage or if you have a STAMPIN UP rep that you deal with I am sure they have them also.  In any case they are a good thing.

The gel/water cards have become one of new favorites… just remember not to put too much gel in the baggie..squeeze out as much of the air as possible …you can use punch outs like the whale or stamps like my fish…as you can see I felt they could even do with a goggly eyes…yeah I use them as often as I can….

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

SCS DIAMOND ORIGAMI FOLD CARD

GREETINGS, I wanted to share this DIAMOND ORIGAMI FOLD with you because I thought it was fun and easy to fold.  It works best with light weight paper.  This is the front of the card when its folded.

SCS DIAMOND ORIGAMI CARD

SCS DIAMOND ORIGAMI CARD

and this is the inside which for me is way toooo busy… less is more…but everyone has there own ideas on that so you do what makes you smile.

DIAMOND ORIGAMI OPEN

SCS DIAMOND ORIGAMI FOLD CARD This is a really cute card and it has become one of my new favorites… Last night I sat and folded 15 while watching TV… lol… yeah obsessive…While this is the name that SCS gives it I am going to refer to it as Diamond Pocket card because there is also a different diamond fold and I think they don’t have the word origami in it but it is in there resources and its very cute also and totally different.

As you can see from this one and from the video it could actually be used as both the card and the envelope if you write or lable the back of the card with the mailing address…however NOTE: its square so it is going to cost extra ..that said depending on how much embellishing you do on it you are probably going to have to pay extra postage anyway..(currently 66 cents) so it may not matter.  In addition you want to make sure that you have inserted the front flap in and secured it with some type of removable adhesive or with a belly band so that it will go there the mail and not be eaten…

Another point that is not really addressed is that this is going to work best with some type of lighter weight paper , heavy card stock is not going to fold nicely nor stay folded. At some point I walked into Michael’s and found that they had huge book of 12×12 light weight paper ( not card stock but not text weight either so somewhere in-between) It is all printed on one side but white on the other but that doesn’t matter as you will not see the other side if you fold this correctly. Also you can’t really tell for sure but the pocket on the right side can be sealed shut as you will only fold that flap into center you will not be tucking anything into it.. the pocket on the left side is the one on the front and that needs to be left open so you can tuck the top point into that pocket.

Now if you folded correctly both side flaps are the same so it doesn’t really matter which little pocket you use to tuck the top flap into ….if you like the one on the left better for some reason use it either way the card opens the same.

One more note I will mention…is that if you are sending this as a card but lets say you have a desire to also write a letter you can print your letter on the back before you fold it and then don’t stick it all shut at the end but leave it so the recipient can open and read the letter as well …you may need to give them a heads up with a small note on the inside that says open fully or something like that…

If you have old car atlases those old map pages will work well also…You can also see from  my samples below that I am into those little wooden embellishments…I get mine from IMPRESS RUBBER STAMPS and you can order from them on line… I just got the little houses box of them and then I rub stamp ink on them to give them some color.  The little bird is new also..this box of birds has them on branches and in different then the first ones I got which were pretty much all the same but different sizes… the box also has little owls…How cute will those be for a GUESS WHOOOO…

 

kh diamond pkt made of map page

diamond pkt kh

kh more diamond pkt

Ok that is only 5 of the 15….I didn’t want to bore you to death… on the bird one it is duck paper so I was going to wish the a ducky day or write “a little bird told me…then HAPPY BIRD DAY.  The house one inside will say from my house to yours …HAPPY BIRTHDAY OR GET WELL WISHES…etc..The U rock is a congrats or a graduation type card or birthday for thank you  whatever works for  you…The All about U one  is blue so inside I was going to write something LIke I am so blue without you… missing you …etc. Ok enough pocket folds..

Here is more EYE CANDY … This first one is from my extremely talented friend BONNIE NOEHR..whose wizardry with pointed pen knows no limits.  She complete hand drew this whole image with her pointed pen and the reproduced image may be hard to see that there are tiny gold dots …it is so exquisite that it must go in a frame at least until next years little bit of lovelyness… I am such a lucky girl to have such a talented friend who graces my mailbox with lovely designs .  THANK YOU BONNIE… ( you may remember I posted her lovely little VALENTINE back in Feburary it had similar images even smaller and multi dimensional pop out heart)

Bonnie Noehr’s hand drawn birthday card 13

Bonnie’s valentine

Bonnie’s envelope error

Above is the beautiful envelope she wrote to mail my card in which however, she got back because she did not have my address on it… that one is wrong… she was so freaked when she go it back she sent me an e mail showing it too me so I would know she tried to make it on time… Well I love stretching my birthday at least until my hubby’s in april it was not problem and the second time this is the envelope it arrive in!!!!!

I had posted this previously and briefly it was larger and when I saw it on the blog I FREAKED as in the background was my kitchen garbage can…aaarrrggghh..the kitchen has the best light and so we took photo there and looking at a thumbnail I didn’t realize that it was showing the GARBAGE…well I edited photo cropped out the garbage and reinserted, reposted it into that blog as well as putting it in this one.

The reason I can do that is because I am able to go look thru a media library of images on my blog and easily find and repost it… if you are thinking of a blog I LOVE WORDPRESS! That said it is all I know…or have ever used but still I find it does a great job.

 

ONE MORE HADDA SHARE..I found this site on PINTEREST and just thought it was fun ….TISSUE PAPER FLOWERS..tissue paper comes in such great colors and designs but it is always hard to work with but this looks simple and makes a great package topper or embellishment…DON’T JUST SIT HERE  go PLAY…

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

 

DAWN’S TWISTED GIFT CARD HOLDER

 

DAWN'S TWISTED GIFT CARD HOLDER

DAWN’S TWISTED GIFT CARD HOLDER

I loved the idea of this card as a way to send a Money gift card.. giving money even a debit type card seems so impersonal so if I can make the holder a little more personal than the folder they ususally give you with the card ( if they give a holder at all) is important to me… and this was just the perfect answer… Its quick …its simple especially if you use duplex paper ( her word is designer) which means there are coordinating colors/ designs on both sides of the paper, then you don’t have to cut paper to insert.  Remember when you are adding something like a gift card you may want to be sure to pay  to track it so you know that it arrived , it’s not much.  Also you will probably need to add additional postage like the 66 cent butterfly stamp or any variation of stamps to add up to that amount.  It’s gonna make a bump in your card and it probably going to go over an ounce.

Now while this is designed to hold gift cards.. you can also use money and then fold it in the origami heart ( easy ) or in the origami star ( little more difficult) or any number of other money origami folds.  In addition you can also  just use it as a birthday, get well, congrats card with inserts in the pockets with either stamped messages or hand written messages.  REMEMBER …. I am at least the princess of repurposing…

SCORING TIP.. Dawn suggested using your paper cutter and the scoring blade..well don’t know about you but in the heat of creation… I know I would accidentally cut the paper rather than score it…mainly because there are at least 3 black scoring blades to my fiskar paper cutter hiding out somewhere in my room. I never can find them when I need them and I even do tell myself that they should go right next to paper cutter when I do find one…but the little devils wait till I turn out the lights at night and then they run away… SO my solution is to MOVE AWAY FROM THE CUTTER….go back to my desk and use my scor-pal… now making a score that long is always difficult and you have to find a way to line up the top right and the bottom left on the same score line or it just makes a mess… so I found lining up next to double lines on the scor-pal was the easiest way to do this for this project I used the 7 1/4 LINE ON THE LARGE SCOR-PAL…it’s right next to another line which has no measure mark next to it so I have no idea what it is…but the two lines so close together makes it easy to line up your top right and bottom left on the same score line and score away….Ok hope this helps… or that you are better with using the scoring blade on your paper cutter than I am…

Well I know this is a little short but sometimes enough is enough…right…

front my twisted gift card holder

This was the one I did  and I did insert a gift card in it.  I really do like this card for using with gift cards, tags, notes, money ( folded origami style of course) etc. Even a photo would be good but you would have to print it smaller that 4×6.  Business card size would be good.

MORE BIRTHDAY EYE CANDY

I have a great friend JANIS in OK..who not only reads the blog…lol but actually makes things from my posts.  These are two of the birthday cards I received from her and they were both done it the VELUM DRY EMBOSSING style .  The Magnolia is just stunning and the Iris done sorta like a stained glass window is also just lovely… She told me that she added the color on the back side of the images using colored pencil.  I think she would also agree that the images show up better against a dark background in this case her’s were on a dark green background an the Magnolia was on the same background but she had used and embossing template to make the background appear polka dot.  As I have said before I AM SUCH A LUCKY GIRL. THANKS JANIS for enhancing my mail box and for following my blog.

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