SCS LATCH CARD

ELLO ELLO…Yah I am practicing my British accent…I am going to be in BRITISH COLUMBIA/VICTORIA and so even though that is REALLY Canadian…I thought I try out my British accent…but I really need to be hearing it to be able to fake it… lol.. so moving on…

This card is similar to one that Dawn has shown and I think even SCS has shown a similar card…just the size and shape have changed a little and with this one she scores the right edge of the flap that is inserted under the TAB/LATCH so that it does make it easier to slip it in…its kinda one of those slap you head things…we would have thought of it sooner or later…lol… anyway another TIP:  for the latch I like to put it on with a piece of FOAM TAPE or FOAM DOT so its lifted up above the card again making it easier to slip the flap under it to hold it closed… this latch sorta takes the place of a belly band etc.  Just a bit of extra bling to make the card a wee bit unusual.  I have a thing for bees lately so using them and some of my flower stamps was lots of fun… you could even put your bee on WOBBLE SPRING…we all know how much fun those are and how addicted I am to wobbles…

SCS LATCH CARD

scs latch card image

scs latch card image

Here are a couple of mine….one for 4th July birthday

4th july birthday latch card

4th july birthday latch card

the inside of 4th card

the inside of 4th card

then this one was a sun for the latch…

another birthday with a sun

another birthday with a sun

look closely and you can see that I embossed the background with a cloud template….stamp it first then emboss it.

another 365 days around the sun..

another 365 days around the sun..

Remember I think she told us to keep the writing over to the left…well this is what happens when you forget to do that…oh well its still fun… and the score lines do help the latch fold so the card slides easily under the latch.

EYE CANDY … This link is from FACEBOOK and its possible that if you don’t have a FB account you won’t be able to see….I hope that you can because its really wonderful…

Its BOOK PRINTING AND BINDING....It is really interesting to see them set the type and then how they sew the signatures together then the application of the leather cover.

PAPER INK ARTS has a blog also and this is a link to one of their posts which is on a product they and others sell..they are called PERFECT PEARLSthey are great pigments  and fun to play with this will give you some info on them and also a source …you may even  want to suscribe to their blog ….enjoy.

Well I guess this all for this post….AS ALWAYS THANKS FOR STOPPING BY…wire headed cyber toad…aka kath

 

DAWN’S FANCY FOLD CORNER CARD

GREETINGS AND SALUTATIONS…here we are again and we may have to stop meeting like this….NO… I’d miss you all….I have to share a cool little outdoor light I found at BED BATH AND BEYOND…the best thing about it is that they are SOLAR… my favorite geek who helps me I do something weird to the blog and who helped me set it up in the first place JASON is a solar guy and so I know he will like these… next they are only maybe 6 0r 7$ and they look like a light blub and they come with those little alligator clips so that you can clip them right onto your umbrella outside…. and most amazing I didn’t realize when I bought the first two that they come IN COLORS… I luckily got a green and a blue one… I plan to get a few more because they do work so well…. and they give a great ambiance to my deck after dark… here are close ups of them after dark.

blue solar lightbulb

blue solar lightbulb

green solar lightblub

green solar lightblub

You can see it better on the green one that they are clear clubs with tiny and I do mean tiny wires looping around in side and each of the wires has 2-4 very tiny LED blubs …at least I think they are LED…they are just so cute… will try to take a daylight photo and let you see the wires a little better…

daylight view of solar bulb

daylight view of solar bulb

Ok see that tiny little white thing at the bottom of blue and there is another you can see near the top on the right …THOSE ARE THE BLUBS…just amazing I love all the technology we have today….they also have tiny off and on switch near the to of the metal part of the blub. Easy peazy…oh one final note it  rained the got water inside and turns out they ARE NOT WATERPROOF!!!

 

ok… on to the card… this is very cute and not that hard but you do need to know what an 1/8 in mark on your ruler or cutter… so go look… when you find the 1/8 inch marks you will note that there are 8 in one inch… and the smaller ones that are 1/16ths well there are 16 in one inch… and ½ inch there 2…you got it… so hope that helps cause I find a lot of folks don’t know anything but ½ and maybe ¼…so now go check out the video link (in blue ) and you are going to see one cute idea for card…

Ya’ll know how I just love anything that makes it look different from just an open and close type of card….. and actually since many of my friends who receive my cards respond only with a text or e mail saying thanks and maybe wow… etc…but not a card back I like to give them a little extra WOW so it will hopefully make their day.  oh and the wicked side of me thinks it may make them feel a little guilty…oooohh did I say that outloud… lol  ( think witches laugh)..ok here is Dawn’s link and below a copy of her card which is for Father’s Day…

DAWN’S FANCY FOLD CORNER CARD

DAWN'S FANCY FOLD CARD

DAWN’S FANCY FOLD CARD

I did love that she also embossed the card front… I do so like that I must admit that I get in such a hurry I often forget to do it… I also want to tell you that depending on where you live or if you mostly shop on line…DARICE’S has a great many of embossing folders that are quite similar to the ones from STAMPIN UP…. AND they are lots cheaper…ON LINE I USE CONSUMER CRAFTS...they have quite a few embossing folders and some of the basic die cuts…like circles and squares etc…the folders are 2.97 each and the dies run about 8.97 quite a difference from the stores however they may not have what your looking for so you may need to still check at MICHAEL’S , JO ANN’S OR HOBBY LOBBY..I have found that both JO ANN’S AND MICHAEL’s don’t always have coupons any more… especially if you are usually getting them on your smart phone..in fact I recommend that you try getting the coupon in your car or at home before you go as lately every time I try in the store it takes forever or doesn’t come up at all… I don’t want to suggest that they are blocking it but I think they are blocking it.. lol…HOBBY LOBBY does still however have the 40% coupon every time I go there… and no problem getting it in the store…again on my phone and it pops right up…Ok enough about sales and where to go to get stuff …lets look at what my version of this card looks like…

my fancy fold card

my fancy fold card

This is to entice a friend to coming to see me so we can go back to Victoria BC..I layered the large lamppost over the top and used a bit of foam tape to lift the light and flower basket part of the image, while I stick the base of the lamp down tight to give it a bit more dimension.

Here is another one that I did wishing a friend HAPPY BEE day… I used the honeycomb embossing template…and I put the bee on with a wobble spring…. I love it….

fancy fold bee day kh

 

I used the embossing template on the small yellow square…then I die cut two bee’s and layered them together then mounted them on the wobbly spring…and adhered to front of card in the square at an angle…. I know you can’t tell that it wobbles but it is very cool… in fact Iiked it so much that I also used it on the inside black and yellow flower with Happy BEE day on it…

 

inside fancy fold

I also used a newer template that I found at Consumer Crafts that had both the honeycomb and some bees… looking at it here I now wish I had taken a small black ink pad and lightly rubbed it over the embossing but not now its to late and might mess uptake whole card… again you can’t tell it wobbles but it does…. I think she will really enjoy this card…and it was really very quick and easy… but impressive… ok that’s it for cards…but I do have some …

EYE CANDY…I WISH I could give you a link to more of these wonderful sand castle photos… but FB didn’t have the link so guess whoever posted it didn’t link up where they came from either… they are how some of the most incredible ones I have seen my favorite is the one of the Wild Animals… so feast your eyes and then remember when we just used buckets to make castles….lol

wild animals

wild animals

game of thrones??

game of thrones??

sea monster

sea monster

another castle

another castle or maybe just the other side of the castle…

Here is some additional EYE CANDY a CHAMELEON… YA gotta go look at this to believe it…. and on my laptop it moves not really a video just minor movement… it is totally amazing then here is another more in-depth link which also show the FROG hat he had done once before ..that was the other one I had seen. It also shows you a bit of how he achieves this…in any case check it out…you will have to be impressed

Ok that’s it for this post….AS ALWAYS THANKS FOR STOPPIN BY…wired haired cyber toad…aka ….kath

 

DAWN’S EASEL POST IT NOTE HOLDER…

Greetings... well once again I am little behind…I start out ahead worked on this blog several days ago then byzinga…company …and of course I had to go play…so it was worth getting behind.. plus maybe it gives you a chance to catch up…. lol excuses excuses

AHA…I bombed you with two posts within days of each other…lol …Of course its because I was behind and wanted to share MOTHER’S DAY stuff with you… SO back in OCTOBER 2014  I posted SCS TWISTED CIRCULAR EASEL CARD and in that blog I also posted some eye candy by SUZIE BRINGER...she had taught a class that I was part of on lettering on muslin and I just loved it and her little mini quilts with quotes on the muslin were just incredible… well she recently went to the beach in oregon and this what she did ….LIKE THE GOOD TEACHER SHE IS…you always warm up with a run thru of complete alphabet

sand letters SUZIE BERINGER

sand letters SUZIE BERINGER

If this were actually using calligraphy nibs this would be a split nib ….but YOU WON’T BELIEVE THIS but she did all of the following and the one above with A PLASTIC FORK….yep that’s right like the picnic stuff…when you have talent it just always finds a way to come out and this girl definitely has talent… PS I want that FORK…

SUZIE BERINGER

SUZIE BERINGER

SUZIE BERINGER

SUZIE BERINGER

SUZIE BERINGER

SUZIE BERINGER

I was so impressed with her sand letters that I went in search of A STERLING fork …I mean come on if you can write like this then you deserve more than just a plastic fork…FOUND ONE…and sent it off to her with a card made using her photos above…

She was pleased and with summer seeming to aririve much earlier this year…( usually we don’t call summer till about July 15) however, this year we have already had up to 90 degree weather in someplace and even hotter in Eastern Washington… we had a very un winter winter with rain but little or no snow in the mountains and we are all a little worried about drought…so far so good and we have had rain a little lately but not nearly as much as we would usually be having….and wonder of wonder the warm sunny days have been on the weekend when the kids and working folks can enjoy them…

DAWN’S EASEL POST IT NOTE HOLDER

Dawn's Easel post it note holder

Dawn’s Easel post it note holder

another of Dawn's variations...

another of Dawn’s variations…

WOW…I think this is so cute… and such a great gift…for a teacher, or friend who works in an office or just for a friend at home… WHO DOESN’T NEED POST ITS..lol…some days my house looks like a confetti storm went thru from all the post its I have stuck around…even after I don’t need them anymore…lol  Ok its really straight forward and  simple and while she used the regular yellow pads,… I knew that these were going to be gifts so I got some of the pretty colors to use… be careful that you get the ones that have about ½ inch worth of post its though…I found some pads that while good price and more of them in package…they were smaller which might not matter too much but would throw your scoring off or leave you with a bigger gap and might not look as good…

 

MORE EYE CANDY BEACH ART both of the links here are for beach art in the sand created by ANDRES AMADOR BEACH ART 1  AND   J.BEN BEACH ART 2.. Two different styles and two different types of music…lol…but both of them are amazing…they are not calligraphy like SUZIE BERINGER’S but they are lovely and HUGE…like all of You Tube there are annoying ads and you can usually skip them and you can also usually make the video larger by tapping the double arrows in bottom right ( at least that’s where they are on my machine… in any case I just had to share them… I think you can subscribe to Andres and then you would get e mail whenever he posts…not sure if all his stuff is sand art ….also not sure about J.Ben…again he may have other posts..

I have been having lots of difficulties with my devices…ipad and mac book air lately most with connections and now sure what the problem is as they were working just fine if FL and also in WA when we left here in October … so I will get them figured out but even with all the hassle lately I have to say I can’t imagine my life without internet and without APPLE.

CALLIGRAPHY EYE CANDY

THE GRACEFUL ENVELOPE WINNERS FOR 2015 HAVE POSTED…and while I am not one of them several of friends and fellow calligraphers are…in fact there are quite a few from the PACIFIC NORTHWEST… if you click on the link you will see in red at the top 3 links WINNERS, HONORABLE MENTIONS ( both adult) and then CHILDREN .. each link will take you out to FLICKER…if you are not familiar ( I am not ) when it opens you can scroll down thru the envy’s but if you click on the top one you will also be able to see the name of person who did it as well as the state they are from…and that requires that you click on the arrow to the right of each envy…WEIRD…I am not a programer but this seems confusing to me…. however this is how they do it… so go enjoy… now one of the winners is my favorite calligraphy teach CAROL DU BOSCH from PORTLAND OREGON ..then several of the Honorable Mentions…are in the current class that Carol is teaching in Olympia….soooo since class was yesterday I decided last Monday to go see if I could get a celebration cake from my SAFEWAY STORE…YES!!! turns out they have the ability to print out pictures out of edible icing and put them on your cake…. I tried to make small photos of individual envys and have them put on the cake but they told me that edible icing doesn’t like to be cut once its printed it tends to crack so they suggested I make an 8×10 collage of the envys and bring it  back and they would scan it and put it on the to of my ¼ sheet cake… tried overlapping the envys but finally decided I wanted all of each envy to show so I just did them in straight lines… It came out amazing… here is my image I took to bakery at SAFEWAY ( not all stores have this so check around if you decide to try this) cake collage

and this is the actual cake…

envy cake

envy cake

If you are surprised …SO WAS I… I had no idea it could look so perfect… and it tasted great too… I did chocolate with Raspberry filling… needless to say none was left over…lol…

THEY were all surprised to see it also and we took lots of pictures at least 3 of students whose envy’s were on the cake were in the class and then of course the teacher CAROL whose envy is the black one at the top was there also. Go to the link and check out the rest of winners and Honorable Mentions…they are all simply stunning and lots of great art work…so this should inspire you to never send NAKED MAIL…. surprise someone with delightful envy soon even for no reason except you are thinking of them… and your postman gets tired of seeing boring bills too… lol

Well I think that will do it for this post….AS ALWAYS THANKS FOR STOPPIN BY…wire headed cyber toad…aka kath

DAWN’S PEEK A BOO HAND WASH HOLDER

HELLO MY FELLOW BLOGETTES...Ha I am not sure that is even a word but I couldn’t think what to call those of you patient souls who come and drink from my blog… for that I am both grateful and thankful… any way I wasn’t going to even go into this one because I am all about mail and I thought well you can’t mail this easily or rather cheaply… then I thought how many times I would like to have just a little something to give to someone who invites me to lunch or dinner or who might be going on a trip etc…actually have a good friend who works for BARNES AND NOBEL and she won a trip to NEW YORK TO RECEIVE AN AWARD AS EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR… unfortunately I forgot how soon she is going so I can’t make this and send to her (priority mail box only $5) but I would have if I had been more on the ball… it would be great to send to someone who is traveling on plane and in airports… I am sure she has one in her purse but the idea was a good one so I am passing it along to you…. make a few and have them ready when you need them… like the post it note booklet its just a cute idea to let someone know you are thinking of them bit more than just a card….

TIP/HINT…DAWN mentions that you can buy these that are a little nicer than just purell…at BATH AND BODY they usually have some kind of special going that you can get 3 or more for better price… I plan to go stock up ..I usually put them in my stockings at christmas but this is cute I thought it would be fun to do some for a special persons birthday or like a said for traveler…or I plan to take one to my Auntie when I go to visit with her this next weekend… think she will love and of course want to know how to do it…

dawn's hand wash holder

dawn’s hand wash holder

DAWN’S PEEK A BOO HAND WASH HOLDER

This is just so cute and you can make it out of any kind of card stock and decorate as appropriate… if you have a male graduation it would even be fun to make him one and then on his card write….AS YOU GO OUT INTO THIS WORLD…remember to always wash your hands…lol… or something like that… I am sure there are some male ones available and if not then you could just buy one of the Purell type and make your own label or leave it as is… he won’t care and he won’t save the little bag… but its the thought that counts…

SO DON’T JUST SIT HERE READING …go watch the video and then make a few of the holders so you can grab some sanitizers …and BAZINGA you have this cute little gift.

That’s all for this time… AS ALWAYS THANKS FOR STOPPIN BY..wire headed cyber toad…aka kath