DOWN THE RABBIT HOLE….

Or KATH’S ADVENTURES…some times it feels like I have fallen down the rabbit hole…a) I am getting bigger…lol b)pretty sure my queen of hearts is actually a king of hearts and I know he is ready to cut off my head…..and I don’t seem to be able to wake up from this adventure and I certainly don’t think I want any more of it…

THE ADVENTURE ( if you don’t want sad story skip down to CARDS)

On April 25th my MOM , who has Alzheimer’s and is subject to UTI’s… and had a UTI was sent to the local hospital and there tested postitive for the virus…I am sparing you some of the details but for the next 35-40 days she  spent in the hospital and on approximately May the 28th she tested negative twice as required and was released to the Memory care facility that she had been in for the last 3 yrs… she is weak and needs physical therapy to walk on her own again (which before hospital stay she did quite well in fact was very healthy physically on Alzheimers med and assorted vitamins and something to help prevent UTI) so she is back and hopefully getting better but I can’t see her and in fact haven’t seen her since sometime in FEB…when they shut the memory care facility to help protect the patients…Its a small facility and I know she is getting best care they can give but still its hard not being able to see her or spend any time with her and she doesn’t get FaceTime at all and try to reach into the screen and touch me…..so we are still here in hopes that the place will reopen to visitors soon and we can see her before we head back to WA…so enough of my adventure it could have been worse she is 94 and other than the UTI had no symptoms…not on regulator at all …I know there are way worse stories out there but I felt the need to share …I did however give you a chance to skip this…

CARDS

FLOATING GATE FOLD…YouTube has a couple videos on how to make this and this one is made off the Video by Dawn.. but I had trouble with the Pop ups sticking to the paper and so I thought I try it a different way…you know me I am a lazy stamper /cardmaker and if there is an easier way I am going to give it try.  I did make it and turns out it is not really easier…so suggest you try either the link to Dawn’s or one of the others that are listed on YouTube.

CALLIGRAPHY

Now for my pen pals..lol pun intended… AMITY PARKS is giving another couple of classes and these are on her CHUNKY CAPS… so here is the link to her new class sign up website also with samples  .http://www.amityparkslettering.com

I think there other classes listed also including a second one on the BISTER INKS.

So you might want to check it out as the classes are in July but not sure if there is a limit on them or not.

Here are some of the pens that I just love… the top one is BRODY PEN from JOHN NEAL BOOKSELLER. Its basically an updated ruling pen…and it has two different angles for making thick letters as then of course the tip allows you to write a moonlike…I had it but hadn’t used until I took JULIE WILDMAN’S AKIM VARIATIONS CLASS and she is also doing more classes here is the link to her web      https://www.wildmandesigns.com 

after her class I really started playing with it… it had been virgin so I just looked at it but didn’t try dipping it into ink and even after watching Julie… I only dipped into walnut ink… then I got brave and tried it with sumi… I did clean it well after.

HUMOR 

I am not sure if you will be able to click on these links and then see them or not but a calligraphy pal of mine SHARON CLYMER shared them with me recently and they both make me laugh…

This snake one could be here in Fl since we are over run with pythons however because they are an invasive species they are doing their best to eliminate them and so they would most likely have killed it before tossing it… still its pretty funny…its title is “WHEN YOUR CHECK ENGINE LIGHT COMES ON..

The one below is titled WHERE’S MY PURSE and it is funny but obviously a set up and after looking up the link On YouTube saw that it was at least 2 yrs old…STILL  being down this RABBIT HOLE…I will take all the laughs I can find… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uo1HhX25tRQ

this also cracked me up… now below are some older photos of Mt Rainier and a visit we made last year.

The critter ( other than my hubby and I ) is a Marmot…they cute but not vary sociable..they can do the distancing quite well and that’s probably a good thing as depending on if it early summer they can be rather cranky and they have nasty front teeth …think Badger.. and mostly they want food and women…marmot women… I can’t tell you what flowers they are as my pic is pretty blurry but they are also from the Rainier National Park… this year sadly I had several reservations on the most important one was for around the 25th of July but sadly they have canceled all reservations at PARADISE INN due to this virus so while we could stay outside the park or down at the LONGMIRE area ..its then a good 30 minutes to the top or to PARADISE and I like to get up early around 5 or so and grab a cup of Java and go out side and sit on one of the benches near the visitor center and watch the sun come up over the top of the mt.  It doesn’t rise there but the sunlight starts lighting up the snowfields and it just soothes my soul… and puts me at peace with the world..but If I have to drive for 30 or so minutes while its a pleasant drive but curvy so you can’t go too fast… it means getting up even earlier and then my hubby will wake and think he should go with me… as long as I am just walking across the parking lot he is fine with me going alone and I like to be alone… usually no one else up then and I have often seen deer grazing in the meadow while its still a little dark and no one around… I do love it there.

Mt. Rainier at sunrise.

Ok I promised to try to end this on a happy note so think this photo does that…

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

NOT THE HUNDRED ACRE WOOD

GREETINGS AND SALUTATIONS….. but if you have listened to the news lately or even talked with friends you know that we are NOT in the HUNDRED ACRE WOOD..…in fact for most of us we are not even in our happy place and its getting harder and harder to even find that happy place…but enough… I don’t want this post to end up being negative .

So I told you all that I was taking a couple of on line classes via ZOOM and they were quite  fun…if different…I did try to work( they were calligraphy)  along with the teacher but it was easy… as Kermit says it ain’t easy being green in the case of of my last class which was with AMITY PARKS on Bister Inks…. being blue… I had my blue bister ink mixed up way to dark and then got it all over me… lol.. still the class was great and I think she will be doing more of them so I suggest you either check out her web site or think she has a site on FB.

I also took two classes with JULIE WILDMAN and she was fantastic also .. I am pretty sure she is offering the AKIM VARIATIONS again and maybe an ALPHABET book class. I also highly recommend both AMITY AND JULIE as great teachers.

I am sure there are lots of other classes being offered and in fact know that Carol Dubosh is also offering an on line class… I am pretty sure that JOHN NEAL BOOKSELLER also has some listing of on line classes…

No one seems to know when this will be over or if we will need to learn a whole new way of life… regardless ….as the saying goes KEEP CALM AND KEEP INKING

Now as I gave this title .. I think this is true…so many disappointing and negative things are going on… it would be great if we could just block it all out and you can just mute it whenever it comes on.. lol…

I wanted this to have some redeeming features so I have some lovely photos to share with you…

This is a photo from my Nephew Nathan Hoiles of a Butterfly that visited his butterfly/hummer garden …just lovely
and look no mask …lol

With all the bad stuff and especially with grads who were robbed of their graduation…this was too cool… these signs were from the 2020 graduating class of my high school .  They ran for a mile or so and while I couldn’t get a close up of them each sign had the name of a graduating senior.  I think that they the seniors were allowed to go pick up the one with their name on it after graduation date and take them home to their own yard… but these are along McGregor Blvd …a lovely scenic main road from down town to the beach… now the signs didn’t run the full length but it was AWESOME to see…

this was photo of a sunrise here sent to local TV station by this viewer…. note I said sunrise not sunset…

Photo my hubby took of an owl that we see frequently at the ranch.. and also the thunder storm that is brewing…

SPEAKING of thunderstorms …we had a short but noisy one yesterday …some terrific boomers and I wish there was a way for me to capture them and replay them for you… I do love my thunderstorms..

We are all a little mad here… as the Hatter said… and one morning a few weeks ago I woke up and this was running thru what I like to call my hard drive…so I had to get up… it was about 3:30 am east coast time and I went in and just started writing …. trying to come up with as many “x” s as I could think of… a flash back to SESEME STREET… who knows. I am pretty sure that X is what we are going to write on our calendar for this year. As you can see I didn’t spend much time with it as far as care of lettering because I wanted to get it all down… I may go back and rewrite it in a more perfect form but decide to go ahead and share it just because I might also loose it…lol

RED HOT POKERS from my friend Craig Barker’s yard..these are one of the hummingbirds favorite take out restaurants… no masks required..

One last image …I had to end this post with a cartoon from NEW  YORKER that my hubby sent me… i am still laughing

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

STANDING CARDS

GREETINGS ONE AND ALL

I told you about my epistolary ( mostly a writing friend that you don’t see often or have never met) friend Janis and how we after 22 yrs we did get to meet this past winter just before the big shut down…well we are still keeping that epistolary  friendhip going but she is doing much better than I. She recently sent me this really cool card idea that she found on the web…its called several different things but this first link is using an 8 ¼ ( not a typo ) by 11 inch piece of card stock … its then scored at 1 ¼ , 2 ¼ , 6 and 7.  Then turn to the 11 inch side and cut it at 5 ½ and you have two cards ready to fold and decorate.  WE liked this one cause it allowed us to use the BALLOON die from Stamping Up ..it is however discontinued now but you might be able to find it on eBay.  in any case this it JEANNIE STARKS link to her pattern

.https://juststampin.com/2017/04/09/%EF%BB%BFlets-celebrate/

BUT WAIT…just like ads on TV there is more to this card idea…some of the ideas actually make that center panel smaller and then the card is more like a triple gate fold..and this link shows lots of ideas plus some that have nothing to do at all with TRIPLE STANDING CARD… and of course bests of all is that it folds flat for mailing …little bulky and if you make things that are bumps then you will need extra postage…but hey aren’t your friends worth it.. here is link to lots of cards like this

standing triple panel card

So just pick the ones you like from the images and then click on them and they will take you to that link and you can find out what the cutting and scoring ideas are….

Here are some images of both Janis’s cards and mine… I can’t remember what they call that triangle card… maybe its triangle explosion it is difficult well maybe not but time consuming and Janis knows that I am not a patient person so this Triple fold standing card was much more my style.

Here is link to AMANDA MERTZ ’S  version which is more the gate fold version and she gives you all the measurements etc.( she is also an independent SU person) and this is link to her website.

http://didyoustamptoday.blogspot.com/2017/05/cool-popsicles-fancy-fold-stampin-up.html

Janis’s balloon die card like
Amanda’s

 

my version with balloon dies popped out

 

my balloon die version with it popped in not out…

my version of Amanda’s card more like a reverse gate fold that stands

Janis’s version of Reverse Gate fold or Trifold pop up card

 

Janis’s sliding barn door card so amazing

 

Janis’s triangle corner pop up card again very unique

If you want to see how to make this card you need to go to YouTube and just type in TRIANGLE CORNER POP UP CARD.  There are several video’s of how to make it.  

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


ZOOM WHILE WE WAIT

FELLOW DETAINEES…which according to the dictionary we are not Detainees because we are not being held for questioning nor for political reasons…well most of us aren’t…lol

Its hard to suddenly find ourselves being told to wear masks , stay at home, and even if we don’t stay at home most things have been closed… but they are starting to open a little and what is really hard is to realize that this, while it affords us time to play, read, and just sit and breathe..it not really LIVING…its just surviving and trying to help others survive.

Its hard on everyone and I just discovered that keeping my self distracted by doing things I have not done before and maybe not doing so well is a good choice…so I am going to share two different Calligrapher’s who are teaching via ZOOM if you don’t know about ZOOM it is very easy and its also fun…not the same fun you would have if you actually took the class because you miss out on the creative energy that one gets in a class..

but I am going to post this quick because one of them happens tomorrow thru Wednesday and that is JULIE WILDMAN’S FUNKY LETTERS… AND ITS NOT TOO LATE TO SIGN UP…. HERE IS THE INFO

I took Julie’s first class VARIATIONS ON AKIM and it was great fun and I am still playing and trying to improve my swoops…so I am looking forward to this class as well since it looks like lots of fun too.

The next class in on the 17TH and its taught by AMITY PARKS…and its all about the BISTER INKS..and tools etc… i have signed up for it as well and really looking forward to more discoveries.

Amity Bister Online

sorry I am late with these but I started cleaning out files and you know what happens when you do that..and since many of my fellow detainees are calligraphers I thought and hope that you have seen about these classes thru another source…

SOME EYE CANDY….

this Clematis is from my back yard  in WA…and was sent to me by my neighbor/friend Shannon as was this image of my Red-hot poker…

The rest of these are from my friend in Chehalis Craig… he has lovely flowers.

 

And this as you an see if from the WOC newsletter… and i love this sea pen… wonder what kind of letters it makes.

 

Hope you are all staying well and that your worlds are slowing coming back into focus..

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

 

MAGIC AND DEJA VU

HELLO AGAIN fellow Detainee’s

THE Magic here is the launch of the SPACEX  DRAGON space craft which was built and launched from the US.. First time since the last launch of SPACE SHUTTLE ATLANTIS. BOB said it was definately a Dragon ride up to orbit… huffing and puffin little more bumpy than the space shuttle had been.  They made the trip in 19 hrs and connected to the INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION for the first time in 9 yrs.  Really exciting and I had hopped that I would see the launch from my lanai across the state ( but it is a very flat state) however the weather did not cooperate and while 9 yrs ago I was able to see the launch of Atlantis once it was air born and then see the contrail but not yesterday. Below are the photos that I took and the color is a little off due to fact that I am using my i phone 11 pro to take photos off the TV… which makes the color a bit wonky.  If you go to your TV and type or say NASA you will see a complete set of photos and videos of the launch and the entering of the ISS…

this is the launch

the crew from left to right are BOB AND DOUG ….

this is the dragon that was on board the SPACE X DRAGON note the logo in the previous photo

Bob coming aboard the ISS

Bob and Doug and  Doug is whipping at his head as he hit something coming aboard and apparently was bleeding a little.

the complete crew two Russians and 3 Americans now on board the ISS.

Incase you can’t tell space is another of my passions and I am trying to figure out how I can send them a weathergram or several WEATHERGRAMS to hang in the ISS…can’t hang them out side but maybe they could just let them go outside… and float around in space…till they dissolve… bet Lloyd would love that..ok moving on.

NOW FOR THE DEJA VU

The following photos are of cards I made this past week using the same format that Janie the Card Princess used to in my previous post of One SIMPLE FOLD.

FOR some reason I am into making small cards and I stumbled on some tiny pieces of stamp art and watercolor that I had done and they worked with this smaller size which is the size that DAWN uses for her thank you etc.  It is basically ½ of standard size card which is normally  8 ½ x  5 ½ folded at 4 ¼  and then it can be either vertical or horizontal.

But the ½ size is 2 3/8 x 4 ¼… I have lots of cards that I have purchased in various colors so I just cut them in half and the proceeded with the double fold on one half of the card ie just like Janie showed with the standard size then a couple of them were actually the standard size…so here they are and have fun with any size you want to use..good way to use up scraps and you saw at the end of her video how tiny you can go…. so just get in there and PLAY…

this is one of the easel type cards with the center being taller than the folded section and it is the 2 3/8 x 4 ¼

again same easel and same size but this time the easel part is a full 4 ¼ tall and only adhered to the bottom of the fold… so it will lie flat to mail and stand up as an easel .I was motivated for this own by friends in WA telling me how lovely the weather was….

Ok this is Based on DAWN’s SIMPLY SWEET  Z or what I call the double easel card and it was also smaller being only 3 x 4 ¼ ...

these last two are both standard size 5 ½ x 8 ½ folded at 4 ¼ then they are done in again what I am calling Double easel and DAWN calls her SIMPLY SWEET Z fold….ok now I have given you  so ideas for making the cards a different size now it your turn to go and play…

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