CARD SKETCHES and VALENTINES

GREETINGS AND SALUTATIONS..AND HAPPY VALENTINES…

I hope you are not suffering from a chocolate hangover…lol…

I am posting this link because it will link you to all of the CARD SKETCHES or basics that Dawn has posted so far… this is new this year the sketches, and I think its a great idea since it basically just gives you a layout or format to work with you and you pick and choose your own stamps for use with that format.  She usually gives you an actually card that she made in that format as well… DAWN’S SKETCHES..

Then I also wanted to share some of the Pinterest VALENTINES …these are also kinda like sketches at they are just there to give you ideas  and layouts that may work for some of the stamps you may have… so enjoy

the above card is using stamping up dies the swirly circles , the love is a die also from them but there is a similar one that is a fishers punch.. and the heart is probably a punch but could be die also from stamping up..I like it except for cutting the love out of teal or blue paper… it would have been better if they used black…to go with the cord  and the black heart

 

stamping up owls punch

this is also stamping up ..owls punch a die cut circle and the leaves on a branch is also a stamping up die ..I think

 

This one is I think out of lavender paper but it photographs as if it was grey…I probably would have used red and white cord and maybe a red and white polkadot heart…

I love kraft card stock and the embossing template of small heart on only one side of the paper is very cute as is the small embossed kraft heart… making a heart out of the checkerboard and using a strip of the paper to make like a ribbon also very nice… I am not however fond of pink… but on the whole the card works…

I have done these before and I do like doing them but you do need to start way ahead like in the middle of january for me…lol… basically you just trace a heart and then using an awl of some sort but not too big a whole ..you punch all around the heart shape .erase your pencil lines and the just stick randomly back and forth across the heart or you can make it more uniform and go from left to right …this is most impressive I think… start by taping the one of the cord to the back of the card panel… when finished you would layer this on the front or the inside of your card…

this is that same embossing template..with tiny hearts then layered with red behind each one… very stunning and while simple it looks fantastic and the two tiny cut out hearts at the bottom ….perfect…

so save this post so that you have it to look at for next year…BUT… hearts are not just for VALENTINES… you could use any one of these to say HEARTFELT wishes for HAPPY BIRTHDAY ETC… just remember it doesn’t have to be exactly like the picture…make it your own …use what you have and most of all have fun…

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

EYE CANDY….ICE SCULPTURES a friend of mine in WA CAROLE CROSE…sent me these images …probably because she knows that I don’t like the heat in FL and it has been warming up way too much lately so looking at these besides being eye candy they do help to make me feel cooler…enjoy

 

kwdesign  EASY WATERCOLOR

HELLO ALL YOU FAITHFUL…..playing catch up sucks… and lately I have been in way over my head… as we age so do those who we love around us age… I have had relatives with aging problems, and my mom’s extra care giver left town for very valid reasons so i had to go thru trying to get another and I did it but all of that is just excuses for not posting the last couple of weeks… actually without going to look I have no idea when the last blog posted … I had been staying ahead but then ……

Anyway back to blog… I have been playing with watercolor as as well as playing with lettering more than card making…I can’t promise that I am going to be able to stay caught up but I am going to give it a try… I did pay with this idea and below are some of my play.

my masked watercolor backgroun

My scribbled lives piece using the watercolor background

kwdesign..EASY TAPED WATERCOLOR this is another one of her designs and I’ve it too..I told ya’ll I was really in to watercolor backgrounds…so you can skip the ad after a few seconds… all YouTube videos have ads…

A couple of things I would mention after you have seen the video …its possible to buy masking tape which won’t tear up your paper when you remove it… that is already in the the thin strips….so being the LAZY STAMPER that I am …look for it in art stores or on Amazon..¼ inch masking tape . This link is just one that I found but there are others… depending on the size of your card… you might want the ½ in one or there is an 1/8 in one also… she is just very frugal using what she has….

Another HINT…is that I prefer FROG TAPE also on Amazon and in Lowes and Home Depot and Probably any hardware store I prefer it because I think it sticks better and is more removable… but thats just my choice… if you have low tack blue use it… but if you look closely down at the bottom she didn’t press the tape down well to the card and she had some bleeding down there as well… mostly its all about pressing the tape down well  BUT NOT TOO HARD or is might damage your paper when you try to remove…also you need to leave it till your watercolor is dry not too long as it also gets harder to remove…so like don’t wait 3 days to go back and remove it … it might remove easily but it might not…

VIDEO HINT: they tend to speed up the videos when they are do repetitive stuff and this is good and bad… you might not have noticed that while she puts down dark color at the beginning of each segment she goes back and ads more water so that she gets an ombre effect to the color… all solid dark red is not as appealing as variated shadings of red…

 

HINT: Now all of that said.. .I remembered after this piece dried…. that WATERCOLOR ALWAYS dries significantly lighter than it looks when its wet..so keep the in mind when you are working yours …..I had togo ahead and use it for my SCRIBBLED LIVES PIECE because I was on a deadline and no time to paint and then let dry another piece… but I hope to do that soon. STILL I’d try for the ombre effect.

I hope you faithful followers will hang in there I do have some ideas in my head just no time to put them on paper… so don’ t too disappointed if you don’t see a post every week…

I ALSO WANT TO REMIND YOU THAT GRACEFUL ENVELOPE submissions are due the end of March and the theme this year WEATHER… check the link for deails.

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

KWERNER WATERCOLOR SNOWMAN

OK  Christmas will be back on the shelf for next year by the time you get this post… but before you just skip over it …ask yourself how many winter birthdays do you have … yeah I know I have a few… and this can work with YOU STAMPING OR WRITING HOW OLD …above the snowman and then inside …is SNOWBUDDY’S BUSINESS…happy birthday.. just a little humor as we all get older… or just plain HAPPY BIRTHDAY at top and inside wishing you a magical day… I could go on but I am hearing the groans… so you can also use this and start your next year’s Christmas cards…every year I swear that I am going to do just that but every year I don’t …. and in the end I find that after thanksgiving I am in a long downhill race to get it all done it time and this I goofed and didn’t print enough cards… trying to be frugal I guess… anyway I am going to use either this one or the next post which is also KWERNER’s AND its all about xmas trees….

kwerner designs youtube snowman in watercolor

I am finding that she is my go too on YOU TUBE….she has the simplest and easiest ideas for playing with watercolor…she just delights me… maybe because I have wanted to be able to watercolor paint for years ….bottom line in most cases you have to be able to draw and I just can’t draw…so her ideas appeal to me so much because they are simple and they inspire me to give it a try…. also most of my friends who will receive these cards don’t spend time on YOUTUBE. so they won’t see how wonderful hers might be compared to mine therefor mine will look good… anyway I’lll post it and let you see….

ALSO. my HINT:1 HERE IS that I will make one or two of these and then take them a color copy center and either print up 4 to a page and then cut them and glue them onto my cards… yes I know that means that none of them are originals however, when you are making 50 cards a year …who has time to make 50 originals… I may make 4 just to do the paste up and then use those 4 as originals for some special people… sorry that’s just the way it is…but no-one is complaining so far… lol

As I mentioned at the beginning if you can’t or don’t want to do lettering at top you can use either die cuts, stamps or even stickers …so that they show up you might want to adhere them to a piece of die cut and then glue it not the front of the card… and this is so cute It could be just like a postcard without opening and just a message on the back or just a personal note or just your signature…

HINT:2 because he has not hat you can also add a square with rounded corners and hatband out of black for laying on top of his head at an angle if it were me… or if you are using this for winter birthday…had a birthday triangle hat… to make it like a party hat…

ok that’s it for today there is still too much to do here so gotta run… have fun…always

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

 

DAWN’S CHRISTMAS GIFT CARD HOLDER

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!! WELL HERE WE ARE IN 2018..lets hope that its a fabulous creative year for us all..

You know I can be never resist a gift card holder …and especially one that uses the regular 8 ½ x 11 paper and you score first and then cut and VIOLA you have two card bases …couldn’t be easier…. Now since xmas is over for a while I plan to use this for a  Birthday gift card holder. The second thing that makes it so appealing is the use of the small pieces or decorator paper/card stock…I don’t know about you but I have tons of scraps and while i mostly have them sorted by color its almost overwhelming…

DAWN’S CHRISTMAS CARD HOLDER …so here is the link and then this is what here’s looked like using the dark green and then the green and black plaid…… but you can use whatever paper works best for you…

Gift card holder closed

Then this is the image open and you can see that actually only one side of it opens… and that the greeting on the front is a circle but yours could be any shape …if you use the circles then instead of a bow you could add a string off the bottom to make it look like a balloon or you can use a square and then punch out smaller balloons and adhere them to the square …the banner die would work well here also with a greeting stamped on it… one of my favorite stamps is HOW OLD..and if you do use he banner dies then you can also make it run verticle rather than horizontal… so many choices… but that’s what its all about making fun choices and making a card your own…

Gift card holder open with. Gift card on the left..the right side doesn’t open and the pocket tucks in under the circle…

Oh I wanted to share my SANTA PANTS candy basket with you…. I had trouble getting the straps to hold so I decided to use brads in addition to glue or tape…but it may have been because I am in Fl and Humidity is a way of life here… I tore my work area apart hunting for the snowflake brads I knew i had somewhere in there but finally due to time I had to move on and so I used these little star brads ….they worked just fine and of course after I had all three of them done….I found the snowflakes buried….under stuff on my desk…. isn’t that always the way….

SCS santa pants basket w/o the brads

this was the first one and I just followed the pattern but with the next two I used one of the label dies and cut the yellow piece out of gold paper instead  and then a slightly smaller piece of black to glue on top of it… made it more belt like I thought…

Santa pats with brads and gold belt.

NOt the best photo but I was trying to block out my messy kitchen where I was working on Parry stuff and also pre christmas dinner cooking…

Here is a close up of the belt buckle and you can tell I don’t wear belts as I have the star on the wrong side of the belt to it should have been over on the left side….duh oh well maybe they won’t notice… lol..

EYE CANDY….EARTH RISE THIS is the first EARTH RISE  as seen by the Apollo astronauts….you gotta see this… simply amazing.. Thanks to CAROLE CROSE for sharing it with me so I can share with you… 

Hope to see you again soon…AS ALWAYS THANKS FOR STOPPIN BY…wire headed cyber toad…aka kath

SCS SNOWMAN PUNCH BOARD

SCS SNOWMAN PUNCH BOARD TREAT HOLDER….this is just too cute…I am working away on my 10 that I need for New Years eve party….

OMG …you know I love snow and this little snowman is just adorable and so easy…I plan to use it or my placard  at my New Years eve dinner…. I will need 10 of them but they are just too cute…

SCS snowman treat holder by

SCS PUNCHBOARD SNOWMAN..YOU ARE GOING TO LOVE THIS guy and I am even going to use him for my JANUARY AND FEBUARY birthdays…since they are all back where there will be snow…and I have a snowflake punch to use for the name tag for New Years and I can stamp happy birthday on it for the birthday ones ……HINT: I will try to use ribbon for his scarf as I don’ have good luck with Washi tape and especially twisting it and then getting it to stick… but glue dots will work just fine for ribbon...HINT: I think I WILL USE  this for New Years I will also use use a small circle and the printer to put 2018 on it ….. pretty clever huh…..some days the brain does work better than others…lol that instead of a flower for on his hat…

I am also going to probably delete the arms as I don’t have anywhere to get the branches…condo here and they frown on you cutting the plants …lol,…so I will just use a glue dot to adhere the punched out snowflakes with the names on them…for the party

I may also use the end of an eraser on a pencil to make the buttons on the front of the snowman since I don’t have green buttons… to glue on…

Ok this is short but there is not much too it… while I will use some ghirdelli chocolates for the insert on some of the snowmen … for the guys..I think I will insert the mini snickers bars …just so its not so girly…

You could also add a gift card to each on and because it wouldn’t stay on its own you can use a glue dot on the back of it and then they can just take pull it out and remove the dot… they are not that permanent on something like a gift card….well guess thats all for now….

HAVE A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR... last post before 2018.. see ya next year…AS ALWAYS THANKS FOR STOPPIN BY…wire headed cyber toad …AKA kath

 

SCS SANTA PANTS BASKET

IMPORTANT NOTE:  I FOUND THAT THE STRAPS WOULD NOT HOLD WITH JUST TAPE NOR PROBABLY GLUE…I ENDED UP USING STAR BRADS BUT ANY BRAD WOULD WORK AND LITTLE ROUND BLACK ONES WOULD BE LESS NOTICEABLE… THIS IS WITH THE BASKET ONLY ½ FULL (ONE LARGE BAG) OF CHRISTMAS KISSES …RED AND GREEN…

Hi y’all a special THURSDAY TREAT… I just found this and thought it was just to cute not to share…

SCS SANTA PANTS BASKET  This is so cute that I am making it to take on Saturday to my family Christmas and Pretty sure I can find kisses in red and green to fill the basket…

SCS santa pants basket

It is quick and simple and way to clever …its a by a new design TWILA DAVIS and huge thanks for sharing this lovely idea …THIS TIME of year a hostess gift is always a good idea and while wine is nice gift how to know what kind to buy is another mind boggler and don’t we have enough to think about at this time…. so no one doesn’t like chocolate…and if they do then just fill the basket with peppermints instead… but me I am going for the chocolate or even do half and half…. any way I just wanted to share this soon so that you would have a chance to make it before needed it not after…

Because of that I am not giving you much here but the link and then the photo so that you can see how lovely it is….

Hope you find this as interesting as I did… thanks again TWILA DAVIS…new SCS DESIGNER..

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

 

SCS LAYERED WINDOW CARD

TICK TOCK,TICK TOCK….YEP the clock continues to click on getting your cards together to and ready to mail…but least you feel that you won’t make it ….let me just say that late cards are always accepted and you can change it to a NEW YEAR’S CARD and buy yourself an extra week…lol

SCS LAYERED WINDOW CARD this is an interesting little card…and while they show it standing up…that will only happen if you have either one of those alligator clips on a base or if you send along a small plastic photo stand for it go it… but it is unique and unique is good.. I am pretty sure that I have posted about this before but its been awhile so thought I would do it again… and perhaps use a different die maybe just a plain circle…

Layered window

Open layered window

I am pretty sure that we have done this before but it is one my favorites… and don’t think that you have to do those side panels with the same stamp you can use word stamps or you can use the various decorator papers you might have also… and again the shape in the center could be round , or heart , square or even just plane round… and as I have suggested so many times… cut some of the bases and fold them so that they are ready to go they all you need to do is add your panels and the center design… I do suggest that you stamp first and cut second on those so that you make sure you get the images that you want where you want them …..this is also one of those image and added words will work so well with the stamping platform that I gave you links to last week…I am not saying you have to have it but it does make laying out a multiple image layout much easier…

just in case you missed it last week TIM HOLTZ STAMPING PLATFORM again…my good friend and best stamping buddy JANIS BLEVINS ..shared these with me and now I am sharing it with you….

In any a case hope you enjoy this who knows maybe it will be your 2017 christmas or valentine card..

I am keeping this short cause I am sure we both have lots to do…lol….AS ALWAYS THANKS FOR STOPPIN BY…wire headed cyber toad aka kath

SHADOW BOX CARDS..

YES, we are in that frantic race towards christmas…and if ever time really does fly its between THANKSGIVING AND CHRISTMAS….There just seems to be so much to do and never enough time… I have taken to keeping paper and pen next to my bed so that when http://kathharney.com/dawns-shadow-box-card-my-variation/my brain supplies wonderful ideas I write them down as next morning I know I won’t remember what I thought up… and sometimes that’s a good think NOT ALL LATE NIGHT IDEAS are good ones…lol

When it comes to SHADOW BOXES there are so many different ways to make them.. almost all of them will like flat for mailing depending on how dimensional you make the inside… it can be simple or complex. I have shown you some of the possible ways in a previous post…SHADOWBOX/3D these are a that are made using punches and the card is a typical folded card.  So you have a front and and inside where the shadow part is located.. Below is one of my favorites and this one uses a DIE which is currently on sale at Dawn’s for ½ price…what a deal… plus I love this image…

DAWN’S BALLOON SHADOW BOX

Ok then there is a version where the card stands up on its own and then it folds flat with a cut out in the center…DAWN’S STANDING SHADOWBOX/MINE this is a previous post from back in 2015… told you there were a lot of these…lol… but I like this on a lot too as it again fits in an A2 ENVELOPE and is mailable without extra postage unless your embellishments are really dimensional and not paper… HINT:  IF THERE IS A BUMP ADD EXTRA POSTAGE..

shadowbox my version

 

MY shadow box using Dawn’s pattern..

DAWN’S RECENT SHADOWBOX CARD ..this is a lovely card and because she has worked to make it really dimensional… you should watch the video to see that she has glued pieces both inside the circle and on the outside thus giving it more dimension.  This one also is made using the the two pieces on the side to pull out so that the card sorta unfolds and it will at that point stand up by itself unless you have too many heavy embelllisments on it….remember less is more…. and also to use foam tape on at least some of the embellishments…here are her two examples .

Dawn’s xmas shadowbox

Personally I like this one best because I think the images of trees and houses in snow with blue big round and just small amounts of sliver are very christmasy…however, that said I am not a fan of the stamping up glimmer paper….I just think its too much I prefer a softer effect like using the wink of Stella…

Dawn’s xmas shadow box

I don’t like this one as much because I feel the red doesn’t go with the village nor the trees…I gues if I was going to use red I would think about using a Santa or christmas packages or reindeer or a wreath although for wreath I would probably use green..anyway this looks nice I just don’t find it as appealing as the blue one…. or a green one…

Now here is one more and this one is from an older post by SPLIT COAST STAMPERS …I am not giving you the link but you can just type it into the search box on thier web site and it will come up… its much more involved as it uses cuts etc to create a more box like farme around your background image and there is very little room to adhere anything to the frame but still some make like it…

SCS shadowbox like a photo frame..

STAMPING PLATFORMSif you have been hearing about them and don’t know what they are or how they work… here are two links that will help you decide… I do really like the  the TIM HOLTZ one because it does let you use it with either the rubber type stamps from SU or the clear ones ….there are a couple of techniques shown also which are great …re stamping with out worry about lining it up.. adding extra colors… etc… anyway check them both out..TIM HOLTZ video even if you don’t think you want one of these you will enjoy seeing how they are used…

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

 

DAWN’S GIFT CARD BOX

HELLO HEH, well that’s as good as I can do for making a it sound like I am Canadian…oh well ….by the time you get this I will either be in Canada or on my way back…. in any case you know that my grandkids would roll thier eyes if I gave them anything for Christmas BESIDES A GIFT CARD….one of these days I am going to give them each socks and not just any socks but Christmas socks just to see the look on thier faces..lol so having this cute little box to put it in seemed like a really good idea….

Dawn’s gift card box

DAWN’S GIFT CARD BOX 

HINT 1……It is easier than it may look at first glance and one tip I will tell you as some of us may not be using as much paper as others or maybe you’d just like to skip a step… what ever you decide to use as the inside card holder part of the box you don’t have add designer paper if you use a designer type paper for the inside…of course it needs to be cardstock rather than text weight paper or it won’t hold the card..but if you have duplex paper which mostly only comes in 12 x 12 sheets you can get two boxes out of a sheet and you  wont have to stress over what coordinates with the out side because it will be what is on the opposite side of your duplex card stock…..did that make sense…well anyway that’s what I am suggesting….in the end no one is going to know that you skipped the layering step so why not…..I am all about quick and easy …. right…

HINT 2….my second hint is that you can also glue a small loop of ribbon on to a corner of the box and hang it from a branch in your Christmas tree…just cut about a 2 inch piece of small flat ribbon and fold it into t a loop then stick it down I under the tape of the flap on the TOP right corner so that the box will stay closed and yet be able to hang… this is just a thought ….if your box isn’t staying closed you can alway tie it with a piece of the same ribbon and then hang it.   My Dad always liked to hang presents, envelopes, tiny boxes etc isn’t the Christmas tree and make us hunt for them even after we were adults… just making christmas more fun and more interactive.

Hint 3 …pretty sure there also room for a small candy cane inside of the box as well or at the least a peppermint… If you have small guys that you are giving too…you may not want to use a card because they are too young to use one so you can also fold money into a heart and then tuck it into the slot for the card…you will have to push it down into slot a bit more so that the lid on the box will fold close but still it would be cute or even just fold the money in an accordion and have just flap of it sticking up thru the slit and then can pull it out like a tissue…

HINT 4….again depending on the age…you might be giving them a special time with you like taking them to zoo or to lunch , tea, or even a sleep over or trip to beach …all of that can be written on a strip of paper no wider than the gift card so about 3 inches and then again accordion fold or if its long roll it up and and just a have flap maybe with the word pull written on it sticking out of slit ….

So think that is enough for this little box…AS ALWAYS THANKS FOR STOPPIN BY..wire headed cyber toad…aka kath

EYE CANDY….since we have been on a paper art journey…PAPER WIGS none of this is in English but you can look at the incredible wigs made completely out of paper ..still I wonder how heavy some of them must be… enjoy..

PS due to my Mom’s status at not being back in Fort Myers our trip to Halifax was canceled… so no photos and I will stop the Canadian accent..lol

DAWN’S GIFT CARD WALLET

HERE’S HOPPING YOU ALL HAD A WONDERFUL THANKSGIVING AND THAT YA’LL GOBBLED TILL YA WOBBLED…LOL…I am grateful for all ya’ll that check out my blog.

Well I have good news and bad news…. the GOOD NEWS is my Mom is finally back at her residence in FT MYERS… so no more trips to Sarasota except for fun…lol. THE BAD NEWS is that due not being put on antibiotics weeks ..maybe even months ago her cough got so bad that had a fever last sunday of 101…FINALLY they gave her the antibiotics..its a long story why but she is very sad shape…and why not she has been suffering with this for over 6 wks and if they had given her the antibiotics to begin with it would have been gone in just a few days… ok know you didn’t come for this so I will move on…

dawn’s wallet for gift cards

DAWN’S GIFT CARD WALLET ..AS DAWN WOULD SAY THIS IS SO “stinkin Cute” seriously it is … and the great part is that its in plenty time for Christmas…she also tells you that it has so many pockets you won’t believe it…. so you can put gift cards or photos, or notes or just about anything you might want into it and give it ….and it doesn’t have to be Christmas…if  you want to give it as a BIRTHDAY well try using a balloon on the front using  either a die, a punch or fussy cut one out…. its just the cutest card and a very simple fold….

Dawn’s wallets

AS you can see she did one with just the word friend but this could also be a GET WELL, THINKING OF YOU, OR BIRTHDAY OR EVEN JUST BECAUSE …and note the you can also make the front of the card run either vertical or horizontal…

She is using 12 x 12 designer paper..Which means that is also duplex paper…and its gonna be kinda hard to fold… so you will need your embossing folder… you can use lighter weight text paper that in most cases will not be duplex …it just means that what little of the card shows inside will most likely be white or the same color as your outside…. either way due to the number of folds it will be sturdy enough especially if you are adding a gift card if you are adding photos you might want to add a slim piece card stock into the pocket that you put the photo so it doesn’t get bent…and due to the bows which like cause it makes look like a gift…you will have to add additional postage …STILL I think this is worth it…

HINT: regarding the Ribbon…. I would not rely on jus the embellishment on the front holding it in place….I would use a few glue dots on both the front and the back or the wallet and attach the ribbon with them and then also use the embellishment on the front to keep tin place…..

EYE CANDY..this is especially for all my friends and family in WASHINGTON...RAINWORKS is a brief YOU TUBE video of a process by which you  can letter on cement and it will only show up if its wet…. I love it…nothing could be more fun that wandering around Seattle in the stuff we call rain and finding these wonderful works of art and there are several other videos so you can see how and what he uses to make these and they don’t have to happen in Washington it rains everywhere sometime…lol…

Think I may have posted this before if you just type rainworks on You Tube it will come up several more …. ENJOY MY FRIENDS… and letter on…

AS ALWAYS THANKS FOR STOPPIN BY…..