DAWN’S SLIDER and CANDY AND GIFT CARD

WELL ITS OCTOBER and if you been following my blog for any length of time you would know that that means HALLOWEEN ….which is my favorite holiday….its eat drink and be scary time…I AM SO BEHIND…between trying to get ready to leave …making Halloween cards and then to top it off a friend dragged me to a quilt store and I got hooked on making a so called 10 minute table runner… lol that 10 minutes has taken me 3 days and I am not done yet but the next 3 will go faster…lol yeah I bought fabric… but it is cute and will make great holiday gifts…maybe even for this year…lmao…anyway here are some cards and sorry this posting is little late…

DAWN’S WINDOW SLIDER CARD

Dawn's Halloween slider

Dawn’s Halloween slider

I really like this card and not just cause its halloween… because it is a slider ……but you will not want to get too carried away with embellishments as you must keep them on the piece that doesn’t slide …so lots of stamps and lord knows I have halloween stamps… and every year I think I will pare them down and give some away but I just can’t seem to do it… oh well as my hubby says it keeps me out of the bars…lol

Dawn's Xmas slider

Dawn’s Xmas slider

This is the same card but this one is in the vertical format… not a lot of cards work that way but this one does and I like it too… I do have the acorn punch so it will be a fun one to use that with…

DAWN’S CANDY /GIFT CARD HOLDER..

dawn's candy/gift card holder

dawn’s candy/gift card holder

This is so cute and quick…and while this one is halloween it will be great for the holidays and just perfect to slip a Starbucks gift card into or any that you would like…and no I don’t get a kickback from Starbucks but I do love my coffee…

My dear friend SHARON CLYMER…emailed me this adorable images of really artsy PUMPKIN CARVING…so here is your EYE CANDY FOR THIS WEEK…10086

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I DON’T KNOW who he is but think we can all agree that he is super talented…thanks for sharing Sharon…. ok so that’s all for now…again sorry its late…but ” time keeps on slipping,slipping into the future”…

REMEMBER…GHOULS JUST WANNA HAVE FUN... and have a save and scary HALLOWEEN…

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

 

 

LETTERS AND MORE

BUT FIRST.. I need to give credit to others for last weeks inspirations… the 4x4s were apparently the child of my friend BRENDA BROADBENT…AND then they were taught at a calligraphy gathering earlier this year by LINDA O’NEILL…I just stumbled on SANDEE FREEMAN’S and immediately ran with it… so mea culpa Brenda and Linda…but thanks for the inspiration….

HELLO AGAIN …yes I am busy with HALLOWEEN CARDS AND WHEN DAWN POSTED THIS DIAGONAL GATE FOLD..OR if you prefer SCS TWISTED GATE FOLD is the same card with printable directions….I did my halloween snoopy dance… this is just too cute and again like most of the cards it doesn’t have to be halloween… it can be whatever holiday or activity you want it to be… the secret is to score correctly and then I love that she actually has you cutting and scoring two cards at once then cutting them apart for the rest of the scoring again make some up and keep them on hand for quick bday or anniversary or whatever you need… yeah store them in your sheet protectors…. and print the first two pages and then go write in the score marks…

With your paper vertical with the 8 ¼ side at top score all the way down at 2 ¼ and then again at 5 ½ …then ROTATE YOUR PAPER to the 11 inch at top and cut in half at 5 ½ now you have two partial cards… then fold you gates and score each of them from the top left corner to bottom right and then fold them together to get your DIAGONAL GATE FOLD…the rest is just embellishment… lol

dawn's xmas diagonal gate fold

dawn’s xmas diagonal gate fold

 

dawn's bday gate fold

dawn’s bday gate fold

my favorite the halloween diagonal gate fold...

my favorite the halloween diagonal gate fold…

I think on both of them last two she cut down on how many layers she was adding i.e..the back panels don’t have designer paper on them …only the front diagonals… if you using a colored cards that correspond with your papers ..don’t think she need all the designer paper as for me it gets too busy…. play and have fun with this..

CREATIVE LETTERS… I found this alphabet on Pinterest…AND best I can tell its a print that you can buy from ETSY..however as I have found in the past I am not sure who AT ETSY you should go looking for… So I can’ t give it credit and I don’t think its hand lettered although I am going to suggest you try it…. especially if you scrapbook or do journaling…

If you are old enough you may remember that there was a monoline type alphabet that was called the AMEN alphabet ..and the reason for that was because each of those letters A, M, E, N, were written in capital form and the rest of the alphabet was written in lower case…This alphabet is credited as being an alphabet that SISTER CORITA KENT USED…however, I was not able to find a piece that she had done in this alphabet so I had to make one of my own… so here is a sample of the AMEN  ALPHABET and also a basic alphabet which you then can make your own decisions on how to kick it up a notch and make it more creative… reverse the letters write them upside down, or dangle them below or above your guide lines or write the in lower case form or at a weird angle…

MY AMEN ALPHABET

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I SUGGEST that you practice what it is you are going to write before you put it on your card etc… its hard to remember to capitalize the A, M, E, N…AND you can see I wrote my exemplar without the use of guidelines and I did that because much of CORITA KENT’S work was done very free and it has a lot of life to it … Now the next one is based loosely on the quote below …

pinterest quote from Easy

pinterest quote from Easy

I do love this idea and the quote especially sounds good to me as my desk is always messy not sure its very creative but it is messy…I seem to have that down really well.

Here is my exemplar and yes I realize that on the P instead of both reversing and flipping it upside down…was a very bad idea… better to just reverse and if you flip it is should have been dropped below the line… again why i suggest that you spend time writing the quote or sentiment first and getting it the way you want BEFORE you put it on your cards… however, I am also a firm believer is showing you what NOT TO DO…LOL..so I don’t mind sharing  my mistakes…

kath's basic capital alphabet

kath’s basic capital alphabet for use with creative letters

Ok so one final HINT …these are not actually DISPLAY alphabets but they are not in my opinion going to work really well with a long quote or a long poem…ie no Shakespeare  Sonnets ….they are going to be more legible ( and that’s always a big thing for me) if you use them in short and sweet sentiments, quotes etc …a little tongue in cheek type thing …. creative would work well with the Bday card that you wrote HAPPY BIRTHDAY on the outside with the letters all wonky and then inside write THE EYES ARE THE FIRST TO GO… lol … my black humor …. ok you have spent enough time here …. go to your creative place and PLAY…

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

 

 

TINY VIGNETTES…IE monoline and watercolor

I just attended my annual FALL RETREAT with several other crafters and calligraphers… there were people making quilts…people watercoloring…drawing and using colored pencils in other words all kinds of crafts all together in one room sharing the creative energy that you get when you put a bunch of crafty people together… because I had just shared with you the ORNATE STLYE LETTERS... I thought you would also enjoy this. A fellow calligrapher and friend SANDEE FREEMAN was making these at her table while I was busy making the halloween cards I posted last week.  But right down to the wire to leave I discovered these and went crazy….they are just so cute and make a great inexpensive gift … these are her samples and she told me you can find the small 4×4 plastic frames from Walmart and they are around a dollar and you can even order them online in sets.

Sandee's mini vignettes with watercolor.

Sandee’s mini vignettes with watercolor.

my directions on how I did them….

USE THE GLAZE BLACK sakura gel pen (there are no lettering police so you don’t absolutely have to use the BLACK GLAZE pen but because it stays raised when dry and because its shiny it really makes the words stand out and shows off the watercolors.)

make a pencil line around the edges of a 4×4 square of water color paper

using the pencil lines tape the watercolor off so you can create a border

make wavy lines inside the border  either free hand or using a flexible curve…I use the curve with the pencil
then using the glaze black pen write a short quote inside the spaces of the lines..ie make letters fit spaces both tall and short.. then go back and trace he pencil lines with the black glaze pen before you water color but I goofed and was still able to do it after the watercolor…
Let it dry … doesn’t take long if you do multiple at a time you can be writing the next one…
once dry grab your watercolors and just play…splash color around inside the square and its ok if some white remains or fill it all in… don’t blend more then 3 colors or ya get mud…
gently remove tape and using a ruler again trace lines on the outside that create the boarder of the square…
TA dah you have lovely little vignette that makes a great gift …
Wal Mart sells lovely little black plastic frames that stand up for about 1$ or you can order them on line if you cant find them in store or no store close… they are just the bomb…

OF course a sharpie will work for the lines but the glaze is shiny and is slightly raised so it makes a better impression.

kath's samples

kath’s samples

ok the first think you might notice from my samples is that I have them taped to scrap paper cause I was in a hurry and it doesn’t matter… second I had no watercolor paper that  wasn’t pre cut and so I used what I had they are not 4 inch square more like 3 x 4 …but the 4 inch square is what will fit in the frames…this I will probably use on cards…i did warn you that I was going back to my roots with more lettering I will still link you to some unique cards but if you are addicted to DAWN or SCS you are going to need to go sign up to receive there weekly e mails yourself… as they are not going to be my primary focus.

So you can see from my incomplete ones that I taped them off so I had a nice even boarder then I drew the wavy lines also with pencil just incase I needed more …then I wrote the quite also in pencil then traced the quote , the lines BUT NOT THE BORDERS

then I watercolored the backgrounds…when dry I peeled off the tape and then using my ruler to make sure the lines were straight I traced my pencil border lines… ta dat finished..

a couple of finished samples

kh watercolor words..3x4"

kh watercolor words..3×4″

kath friendship

kath friendship

this one isn’t quite finished as I want to use some red to color in the heart at the bottom… cause I think it will give it a bit of a pop and I will probably use both of these on bday cards…

birds and watercolor

birds and watercolor

I think I saw this on pinterest just watercolor a strip across the paper then I used die cut birds ..however there is a rubber stamp that is almost the same and it would work just as well…just let water color dry again cut some paper 3×4 and then start coloring… I put water down first and I was using these great palette of KOI watercolors from where else….Amazon. Love how juicy they are and how dark and vibrant the colors are against the black…

IMPRESS ARTS AND CRAFTS …has a stamp called BIRDS ON A WIRE..I am not sure whose brand it is …I have it of course but not here its in Fl.  but you can go on line and order it or the die that cuts them..

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this is one I do have here…very similar but these guys are a little more friendly looking as they have more personality… this stamp is by ART GONE WILD…and I don’t know who is selling them but again go on line I am sure you can find it..art-gone-wild-crows

they will be even better for birthday as you can say YOUR BIRTHDAY IS SOMETHING TO CROW ABOUT….or whatever you can come up with.. even they are singing your song… crows sing..maybe not well but they do sing…

Ok that’s it for now…AS ALWAYS THANKS FOR STOPPIN BY…wire headed cyber toad…aka kath

 

 

HALLOWEEN..Buckets, Flaps and Panels..

SCS PILLOW BOX BUCKET

My good friend ELIZABETH WALSH recently sent me this link from SCS on making a HALLOWEEN bucket using the pillow box pattern… you may have a die for this and if you do it will be easier but still its cute and you have a whole month to get one or two made for those special little guys in your life or even for a friend or yourself for table decoration…

 

bottom bucket

bottom bucket

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bucket with handle

bucket with handle

i do have the die but no time right now to make one…still its really cute…

DAWN’S POP UP PANEL…This is the most incredible card and while it looks complicated…just watch the video so you make sure to cut and glue where necessary and if you do that it not complicated… I would recommend that you cut and score the mechanism and store them in the sheet protector so that you have them ready to go when you need them… this one is a halloween but it could be birthday eat…

Dawn's pop up panel open

Dawn’s pop up panel open

front of the pop up panel

front of the pop up panel

 

pop up panel bday

pop up panel bday

DAWN’S TRIPLE FLAP FOLD

DAWN'S triple flap fold

DAWN’S triple flap fold

She has give directions for this before but this is very cute and Halloween is coming…

DAWN’S DOUBLE FUN FOLD6a00d8341c09ea53ef01b8d21c5eb4970c-450wi

The cute thing about this card is that it just keeps opening… just a matter of decorating several pieces then assemble the card…and again it can be anything it doesn’t have to be halloween..

Not to be left out on Halloween…I found this ghost card in my PAPER CRAFTER and fell in love…. turns out the die is Lil Inkers… and I think its available from Amazon… I love him… and have used him several different ways…both inside cards and outside… here are a couple of samples..

this was the magazine version.

this was the magazine version.

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this ghost was cut from text weight pale green paper and then because i thought the design looked a little bare I tried stamping in a new BRILLIANCE PAD called STARLIGHT BLACK …on white paper its closer to a smokey grey with glitter … and it doesn’t show up much in the background of the ghost but I loved it as it looked IN THE BACKGROUND… I did trim the ghost down a bit so that he was didn’t cover too much of the house… and then I stamped the BOO on the front and I did use the same stamp pad.

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this is a tri-fold ….5 ½ x 12.. score at 4, and 8… then on the 4 ” score you use a hole punch approx 1 ½ round and you center it on the 4″ fold and punch out the hole then you fold it closed and glue a moon the same size .. In this one I also cut the top with a wavy cutter and then on the front I folded a flap about 1 inch wide back and used designer type paper to decorate.

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this is the ghost card folded open with the front flap …the ghost is cut off so that it doesn’t stick out beyond that fold on the front… and still I like him…

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screen-shot-2016-09-29-at-1-08-18-pmok this is open to the third flap and the writing is washi tape.  I also used the eat drink and be scary stamp , a web stamp on the moon and then a sticker for the spider…. I like it … these are just two of the designs I used with the ghost… and I also think he works for birthdays…in BIRTHDAYS AREN’T SO SCARY …it all those candles… …happy birthday… love it..

Ok this is all for this week and plenty for you to try….AS ALWAYS THANKS FOR STOPPIN BY…wire headed cyber toad…AKA kath