MINI EASTER BASKETS

DAWN’S EASTER/PICNIC BASKET This basket is very cute but also VERY LABOR INTENSIVE..lol … so you might guess that just maybe I had one that was WAY easier and also if you include the brads and pre/punch you could in fact mail it or leave it together and use one of prepaid mini flat rate boxes …it might be a wee big squished but still lots of fun for who ever you send it to…

Dawn’s easter/picnic basket.

Now here is the pattern for mine with the measurements… its slightly larger then hers but you could adjust the size easily.  I made a smaller one using the following sizes…

kath’s mini basket

cut 1….6×5

score on the 6″ size at 2 ” and 4″

then rotate and score on the 5″ side at 1 ½ ” and at 4 ½ “.. then fold and attach with brads on each side and don’t forget your handle which works best at ¾ ” x  7 ½ …use the brad to also hold the handle…

Ok that’s not much but its getting awful close to easter so wanted to get this out there..

HINT: if you use duplex paper both sides of the basket will be attractive…Or you could use white and stamp on it before you put it together….If you are sending/giving more than one to a household then you can reverse the basket so that you have two different ones…

HINT:2 If you need to mail this you can make a copy of this pattern and include it with the mailing so that the parent ( if you are sending to children ) or the adult can see how to put it together .. then you can use the cushion envelope to mail and put hand cancel on it and maybe add baggie of jelly beans or some other no melting type of candy depending on where you are mailing it…

You can also use stamps and die cuts to embellish it or bunny brads etc…

EYE CANDY….3D FLOWER POP OUT… I think might have posted this some time ago as My friend JANIS BLEVINS sent me the directions and I had to try it.. this one is a bit updated as they are drawing more on the papers so that they look even more like flowers…It doesn’t tell you a size , though it might if you went to her web site..but I used 3×3 squares and it worked just fine….somewhere …I found a stack of multi colored squares that I used for the flowers so they were all solid colors but multi colors.  You CAN NOT use post it notes the sticky is not in the right places….you will end up with a mess YOU DO NEED 7 pieces for 7 flowers and I am going to post a second link the makes the same flower but this one cut to a point rather than rounded…. so different looking flower.

DIY flower pop up/out

 

I would suggest you cut lots of 3 inch squares and then you can sit and fold them in front of the tv at night store them with the image in a sheet protector and you can when you get tired of folding start cutting and decorating…. watch video carefully so you can see where to cut or you will have just loose petals….how does she know this you ask…well guess I cut off the wrong end…lol…..in any case it makes a really spectacular card that will impress the hardest to impress… this is a bit time consuming but as I said I just made a stack of papers and folded and cut them and then began decorating all in front of tv…then tucked them away for future use….

Posted this AS MARTHA’S 3 D FLOWER CARD…in MAY OF 2015..IF you go to the blog and in the search box type in MARTHA’S 3 D FLOWER CARD…it will link you to that site and then you can go see her video… they are all the same…

my multi colored flowers but I needed to decorate the inside…lazy stamper..

Here is the second link…Pointed pop out card this is the same card just with pointed petals rather than rounded….

HINT:3… most import is how you paste them together so watch that part of the video and and then put a sample together and  I would use removable tape or the two way glue so that you can gently put the stack apart to reming your self how to assemble… or bookmark the you tube…ALSO DON’T RECOMMEND ASSEMBLY IN FRONT OF TV…too distracting and suddenly your bouquet looks like its been run over by freight train…lol

great card for mother’s day also…

OK THAT’S ALL FOR THIS WEEK...AS ALWAYS THANKS FOR STOPPIN BY…wire headed cyber toad…aka KATH

MAGNET MINI SCRAPBOOK/PURSE AND EYE CANDY

As I said in the last post I know I am behind…so thought I would just give you some photos of the cards I received for Christmas…

turkey is my aunties card
tree is my friends Nancy and Janice Hammock and the THANK YOU CARD was calligraphy from my Aussie friend HELEN

BIRD is my Auntie , photo calligraph is my friend Jo Forsyth and the wreath is my friend Carole Crose

japanese lantern cd is my friend Claire Russell and the Silent Night is my Cousin Patti

bag card is mine and inside it says no matter what has happened…bottom card is a purse type with a tiny magnet….that holds it closed….

MAGNETIC MINI SCRAPBOOK…This is the link I am going to use to show you this mini card above …now they are adding pages to put in inserts to make it a scrapbook but I just did mine flat and folded it over layering the magnet under the designer paper and if you stick them together  the magnets on the top flap and put a dab of glue on the back of the bottom one and fold it closed ( before you cover it with the designer paper) you have them perfectly lined up so they connect…. yippee…. so for just this card not with the inserts… you will need to cut your paper 3″ by 7 ½  scored at 3″ and at 6″  then layer a piece on the front or using  a punch or die cut the top end in a fancy cut …. Its just so cute and its perfect for those tiny stamps you have or the tiny images/embellishments… and After much searching I finally found the magnets…I ordered them in a pack of 12 ( it takes two for each card) from SCRAPBOOK.COM they were listed as the magnet source Neodymium Magnet adhesive Disk -3/8 inch -12piece   SKU..par -tms 7526

As Always thanks for stopping by. …wire headed cyber toad …aka Kath

 

DAWN’S SHADOW BOX BIRTHDAY

Dawn’s Shadow Box bday

Greetings, all you paper pushers…. above is the link to Dawn’s video and below is the photo of her card… It is made with a new die from STAMPIN UP… and its not cheap but it is cute…. and believe it or not No I didn’t buy it mostly cause I have several ballon dies as well as a balloon punch so I talked myself out of it for now anyway….

DAWN’S BALLOON SHADOW BOX

NOW while I think this is a lovely card and I do like the die…. I have to say that I found the various pieces needed to make the card TEDIOUS…and you know what a lazy stamper/cardmaker I am….so please look at her video and and with our without the die she uses you can make this shadow box her way using a piece of 8 ½ x 11 piece of paper.

However…. I know I had done one years ago and that I didn’t have to piece it so much… so I grabbed a piece of 12 x 12 and cut and scored it as follows to make the same shadow box WITHOUT all the pieces…

cut 5 ½ x 12

score along the 12 inch side as follows….4″  7 ½, 8, 11 ½ One advantage to this one is that you are not trying to score that ½ inch at the inner edge of your scor pal…

 

Then as you can see with the images below the card folds from the right hand edge over to the left and the left edge should meet up with the 4″ score line…

You can also see that for the opening in the shadow box I used a different die as long as it fits between the score lines and leaves at least ¼ in margins on each side it should work just fine…

Then the insert ( the yellow/orange piece in the middle panel) is cute 3 3/8’s by 5 ¼. then I gently folded the out flap up into the 7 ½ inch score line and marked on the yellow panel where the top bottom and each side of the open was so I could make sure my image was inside the opening… then I stamped it…

I made the panel on the left ( lite blue) kinda a square) about 3 inches by 4 inches..I wrote my message with the sakura BLACK GLAZE pen but you can stamp your message and I just happened to have the elephant butt stamp.. who knows why I bought it but I think I have always used it for my LATE CARDS and the words …just a little behind as a play on words since we all know Elephant Butts are not little…lol…

Well there you have it…. when its closed my large Elephant stamp (STAMPERS ANYONYMOUS V1-1494, pretty sure I got mine from IMPRESS CARDS AND STAMPS) the BUTT one came from a company that I don’t think is out there any longer…(GOOD STAMPS STAMP GOODS.) BUT DON’T FRET…..you can just use the but end of the large stamp and mask off your paper so it just gets the but…. it will work I promise…The the front of my card is as seen below

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then just to help you I found this buzzard birthday stamp at Hobby LOBBY and it cracked me up….

kh buzzard/blue bird

front of buzzard card

you can see that on this buzzard card I used an oval to cut the opening… so be creative and use what you have…oval, rectangle , fancy opening ….even a heart would work or a square…just Play….REMEMBER TO SCORE YOUR FOLDS WELL SO THAT IT STAND UP PROPERLY WHEN YOU ARE FINISHED …READY …SET….CUT/SCORE…(yeah I an an avid fan of the British Bake off TV series…)

NOW EYE CANDY There hasn’t been any for a while…so below are may VALENTINE CARDS that I received …. not many but fantastic quality ….

my pinwheel valentine
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my friend Marn’s card which is the image of one of my favorite postage stamps from a few years ago…perfect.

JANIS BLEVINS CARD

MY AUNTIE’S CARD

CAROL CROSE’S CARD

CYNTHIA THOMAS’S CARD

I have to say that first Cynthia’s card was the first one i received and it came on what for me was a bad day so I lifted my spirits immediately and its so involved that this photo doesn’t do it justice… its a box with many inserts…. and Cynthia were co-workers at a local stamp store in another life and we always enjoyed sharing ideas . She is still great at sending me via SNAIL MAIL…long may it live. terrific ideas and its great to keep in touch this way..

Lastly this is a store bought card but it came from my hubby along with the balloon stack and what can you say about a man that knows what you love to do and finds a card to express that…..PRICELESS AND WONDERFUL….

hubby’s hallmark card also a pop up box but opened slightly different to create more of a fan effect.

Balloon stack

OK THAT’S IT FOR THIS WEEK …AS ALWAYS THANKS FOR STOPPIN BY...wire headed cyber toad…aka kath

Ghirardelli Chocolate MATCHBOOK holder

Ok so last week we put a gift card in a match book mounted on an A2 card …this week she is showing you how to make 4 separate matchbooks out of one piece of paper and then 5 inserts out of a second piece of paper….these are so cute that I immediately thought about cutting and scoring paper while watching TV…WHY YOU ASK  can’t I just watch TV…. I have no idea but now I find that if I am not doing somthing my needlepoint or my knitting while I am watching most TV I fall asleep… THEN when I finally do go to bed …I am wide awake…. plus sometime this is only time I have left in the day to do some of this… and the cutting and scoring is not the fun part anyway…so if I put the page in a sheet protector with the measurements ( I write in the scoring as she sometimes doesn’t give that except verbally in the video) the as I cut and score I can drop the piece into the sheet protector and viola…I have the pieces ready to assemble for a quick treat for anyone even for someone random like the check out person at the grocery or even another shopper etc…or my nail person or hairdresser… if you carry a few in your purse ( put them in a zippy bag in your purse) or they will end up looking like they were in an elephant stampede….and you can skip the step of brushing the color on the score lines…and  the person you try to give it too if it’s a stranger will run screaming away from you ….lol

chocolate matchbooks

chocolate matchbooks

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inside with pocket decor

inside with pocket decor

GHIRARDELLI CHOCOLATE MATCHBOOK

If I have misspelled Ghirardelli..once I have misspelled it several times so if I don’t get them all fixed its because I didn’t have enough chocolate…lmao…that is the hardest dang word to spell correctly and apparently I can misspell it a variety of different ways….no matter how you spell it the DARK SALTED CARMELLE are SINFUL…and ADDICTIVE….but there are lots to choose from so pick your favorite and spread a little love .

You will also notice that she doesn’t mount this matchbook on anything its just a little matchbook with chocolate inside…I love this idea… and I like that I can pre make them and have them ready to decorate whenever I need or want some… I think we are all going to want to spread some love and positive feelings for the next few years.

EYE CANDY .baby anythings are eye candy right??

HERE IS A FUN LINK..EAGLE CAM FT MYERS FL..its just across the river from where I am and about 50 yrs ago when I was in high school one of my girlfiends took me here and we had a great time driving and old jeep around in old orange groves… NOW there has been an EAGLE NEST with a mated pair there for a few years now and they have live cameras on them… the first male died and the new mail is M15…think that may stand for male 2015…in any case currently the female hatched two eggs on the 31st and 1st… click on the link and you can bookmark it a go to peek at the eaglets and mom and dad whenever you want… it does become addictive though…

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

 

 

 

Dawn’s Matchbook Gift Card holder

Wow…say that 3 times fast For many of us today is going to be tough…there is a lot of fear surrounding our newly elected president so here is something to keep you occupied … actually this is a really cute idea… we have made and used these little matchbook type cards before and maybe even as a gift card holder but…. everything old is new to someone…right… so anyway… below is the link to her video and she gives you all the measurements and how to cut and fold the matchbook and then she adheres it to a regular A2 card base…. well frankly I think that is a step too far for me… I can manage with just cutting a piece of card stock 5 ½ x 4 ¼  and adhere it to that ..for me it doesn’t need to open and if I need to make a message then it can go on the back of that piece…..couple of reasons …1) saves paper ( although if you saw my paper stash you would go why on earth would you want to save paper…2) at some point you are going to have your card so thick or so heavy ( more than an ounce) and you will need extra postage because remember you also have the weight and the thickness of the gift card which are usually out of plastic…

MATCHBOOK GIFT CARD HOLDER

MATCH BOOK GIFT CARD HOLDER

MATCH BOOK GIFT CARD HOLDER

If you like to have a card that opens then by all means make it an opening card just beware your weight and thickness for postage…nothin worse then sending something that may already be borderline arrival or late and have it zoomed right back to you …bummer

This one was christmas themed but it could be for any occasion it could also be a handmade gift card i.e….use a business size card and write on it just what you want to do or give..like THIS CARD ENTITLES YOU TO A  free dinner of your choice at my house with 2 days notice...or something like that…one free lunch with me pick a day and time… or give them shopping trip ,or coffee or something with you etc..BTW (by the way) business size card is 2 x 3 AND I would round the corners or use a corner punch to decorate it a little..or embellish it as you wish…

HOWEVER you do it its lots of fun and cute way to give a gift card.

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

 

Dawn’s Card Box

I just have to share that my calligraphy group in WA made the 4 SEASONS CALENDARS as part of their christmas party …..and one of members just wrote to me and told me that she and her sister JANICE AND NANCY HAMMOCK made 25 of them as christmas gifts….YOU ROCK GIRLS… I was delighted… if you are interested in the calendars check out the 4 SEASONS CALENDAR blog…just type that into the search box… Ok now onward to the card box…

DAWN’S CARD BOX.

DAWN'S CARD BOX VIDEO

THIS IS SUCH A GREAT IDEA… Dawn will take you thru the steps of creating a simple small box that will hold approximately 5-6 cards depending on how much embellishment you use and how much you use the foam dots to lift your embellishments.  If you are like me you may have some friends who would love to have some of your cards to use for their friends.  Maybe they have even asked you to make them a card or two sometime in the past.  Even if they haven’t asked I am sure they would love to have some hand made cards .  So here is a cute /clever way for you a cute little box and decorate it to match your cards or you can make any design on it you want and its a gift from the heart…

so here is one I made and you can do it too…. give it a try… and yes, this is short but time flys these days and I have lots I want to share… go for it…

my box top for card box

card box bottomI have a thing for asian designs and I had this lovely paper which was nice and heavy so I decided to make my box asian and then add some asian cards… more on the card designs later…

HA.. THIS HAS BEEN SITTING AROUND WAITING TO BE POSTED SINCE 2015…see I am not totally together..lol…anyway it is a cute idea and I do like giving cards….in fact I should do it more often since I just keep piling them up but not using… then again in an emergency I can always come up with a card….

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

4 SEASONS CALENDAR

Well we can all breathe a bit…the big stuff is over and we can relax and celebrate the new year… think positive….

I have lots of calendar patterns and i like them all but this is one of my favorites and I received it years ago from my dear friend Sharon Clymer… Sharon was one of my early students and she has been a super fan ever since and while she no longer lives near me I think we have a connection because she seems to sense when I need a digital hug and bingo I get a note via e mail or a card in the mail… so SHARON  thanks sweetie for all you do and for being my constant fan… and friend..

This is based on a standard card base 5 ½ x 8 ½  scored at 4 ¼ and folded… now you technically have 4 fronts to work on… i.e. 4 seasons…so then you cut layers that will be

4  x 5 ¼ cut 4

approximately 2 ½ inch circles again cut 4 …

You can decorate this differently you can use designer paper or better designer yardstick for the layer and still cut the circle knowing that it will cover part of the designer layer or you can just put your image on the designer paper or perhaps its an embellishment…

HUGE HINT..#1…. DO NOT ALLOW ANYTHING TO STICK ABOVE THE FOLD LINE ON THE BASE CARD.. because you only get two seasons to a front and back then you flip it completely and you have two more seasons each with 4 months on a strip.

This is the directions that I wrote for a class I was teaching… copy them if you want but be sure to give Sharon and I credit… me for writing it up and her for sharing it in the first place.

 4 SEASONS CALENDAR DIRECTIONS BY KH

4 SEASONS CALENDAR
DIRECTIONS BY KH

Now I left this page with the months running sideways so you can get two full calendars per page…and they are exactly the right size as I preshrunk them to fit on your 4 sides…

remember nothing sticking up over the fold or it will get bent when you reverse it for the ne two seasons…

READY TO PASTE calendar months for the 4 seasons. you have 2 full calendars per page

READY TO PASTE calendar months for the 4 seasons.
you have 2 full calendars per page

one using the designer card stock

one using the designer card stock

This is one I have started and you can see I used postage designer paper for the layer..and just stuck the flowers embellishment on top of the designer paper then added some lady bugs crawling around….

HUGE HINT #2….DO NOT GLUE THE BOTTOM OF THE LAYERED PAPER ACROSS THE BOTTOM… it needs to stay open so you can stick your little stand ( see photo of standing calendar )into each side to hold it up and open like a tent…  then when you flip it you can re insert it again… or you can glue it to the card base on only one side and it will work even when you reverse it…

These are so much fun and you can use small photos as well as stamp images if you wish … JUST don’t for get hint 1 and 2…they are like THING 1 AND THING 2…you must remember them… Ok

Think that’s all for this one… hope your holidays are coming together well but if not remember just smile… time together is always good even if things are perfect…

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

 

Dawn’s Dutch Fold Card

If you have cable you might be able to watch a really incredible series called THE NATIONAL PARKS :AMERICA’S BEST IDEA…by KEN BURNS perhaps like myself you might have grown up with at least one parent who had the urge to wander… My folks did not have money but every summer from the time I was about 5 my Dad tossed us into the car and pointed it west… I saw and hiked Yellowstone, Mt Rushmore, and Devil’s Tower…when I realized that was where they were going in CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND….I was immediately transported back to my childhood… as I said we didn’t have money and we mostly ate one meal out maybe every other day but in between time we ate baloney sandwiches out of a cooler in our back yard…or sometimes peanut butter but we did travel… often sleeping in the car ….we wisely had a station wagon …me mom and dad squished into the back and my little brother slept on the front seat… unless Mom took it away ( she was short) and forced him to be in the back with me and Dad..

As I grew older we eventually had more funds and got a small travel trailer..( this was my favorite) and again as time went by Dad got a trailer that sat in the back of the pickup truck he now owned.. and finally my folks well my DAD was probably the prime reason they got an RV…my dad was happiest on the road…Fond memories and this series about the Parks is just magical if you have any love of the national parks … hunt for it its worth the effort… Ok now back to cards…

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DAWN’S DUTCH FOLD CARD...because i assume the some of my readers are younger than myself you might think that the name of this card is due to being made by the dutch…nope …it has to do with a unique type of door that is rarely used these days but it make for lovely set of opening for cards…and gives those of us who can’t stop ourselves from buying yet one more set of embellishments…. and so here you have multiple surfaces on which to mount them…

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who doesn’t love mice at christmas…

but what about travel….

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This just has so many options that you can hardly decide what to do…. but if you are like me and have tons of embellishments cause ya just can’t resist them especially when they are on sale…. well here is the card for you… lots of spaces to use…

WELL THAT CLOCK KEEPS TICKING so go make something…. AS ALWAYS THANKS FOR STOPPIN BY..wire headed cyber toad… aka kath

PS… plan to take some time to enjoy the holidays so probably no posts in January however you might be surprised so SUBSCRIBE to make sure you don’t miss a thing..HAVE A WONDERFUL, CREATIVE HOLIDAY….hugs kath

CHRISTMAS WOBBLE CARD..Dawn’s and mine

YES, ITS COMING READY OR NOT…but this card is so adorable that You have to make at least one… yeah you know why….it WOBBLES… and I fell in love WOBBLES when they first came out in fact I love them so much and I do actually use them that every time I see them for sale I have to buy at least one pack… yes… this is my part of the card… WOBBLE SPRINGS…they are available to purchase…and because I am the INCREDIBLY LAZY STAMPER…I have been buying and using those ready made springs for a couple of years now…. So after you watch her video please feel free to make your own springs or use the ready made.

Its great knowing how to make your own because sometimes your image that you want to use is not large enough for the ready made springs…( however for me I usually just cut a circle or oval that is large enough and put the small image on the larger one … by the way did I tell you that the ready made springs come with adhesive on both sides… so that’s just perfect…and of course AMAZON has tons of them… pretty much I find them on line..

santa wobbles vertical and horizontal

santa wobbles vertical and horizontal

elf wobble

elf wobble

While the images used on Dawn’s card are obviously STAMPING UP again the lazy stamper would remind you that Michaels and Joannes have tons of embellishments that can be used on the front of the cards… also they don’t necessarily have to be inside a window on the front they can just be on  the front .

So here is her video check it out and then WOBBLE AWAY… DAWN’S WOBBLE SPRING CARDS..

ALSO these are Christmas cards but they don’t have to be…they can be whatever celebration you want or even just a hello….like use a telephone …Just let your creative juices flow and go where they lead… and of course I’d love to see any that you come up with.

Also wanted to mention that Love her use of the washi tape.. I keep buying it but I often forget to use it …. I recently saw a card that used the washi tape as candles…very cool and great way to use it… each candle can be different…and you can use an upside down small heart punch as the flame.. quick simple yet elegant… just saying…

Ok time for you to go play …take these ideas and make them your own…

EYE CANDY not sure this is actually eye candy but it certainly made me laugh and also wish that He’d been on the ballet …pretty sure a lot of us would have voted for him….

Humor t shirt

Humor t shirt

My dear friend Craig saw this at the airport and snapped a picture to send me…you have to admit its cute..

my new sewing table

my new sewing table

Remember I showed you that I was suddenly inspired to sew…not much mind you but some table runners…well I needed a place to set up my sewing… so not its official I have sewing on side of the guest room / calligraphy on the other side and my closet is over flowing …so guest need not apply…I will just have to get them a motel room… lmao..still as soon as I get the big bird over with I hope to get a few xmas runners made for friends.

front of table runner

front of table runner that I made that got me started sewing..

Ok that’s it for today… REMEMBER TO TAKE TIME TO PLAY…AS ALWAYS THANKS FOR STOPPIN BY ….wire headed cyber toad..aka kath

 

 

DIE CUT GATE FOLD CARDS from SCS

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Well  here we are rushing head long into Christmas and scrambling to get everything done…what???? you aren’t … well lucky you… anyway in the early am or late pm I always find time to go look at new ideas… actually in this case TECHNIQUES…and they aren’t really new but she does such a great job of quick and simple instructions that I wanted to share…

DIE CUT GATE FOLD CARDS…as I mentioned these are both two different techniques but she really does simplify how to go about it…I loved the wavy line cut on the front and I did have that border die so had to give it a try …then the second technique was actually cutting a window in the front of the card so that you add an embellishment or image. She uses a square because that is going to be the easiest to center..but a circle or oval or even one of the decorative types of squares would work just as well as long as you make sure to center it and laying it out and taping it on have of the gate…well that’s just pure genius..

DINA's border Die cut gate fold

DINA’s border Die cut gate fold with belly band

window die cut on front of gate fold...

window die cut on front of gate fold…

Now if you notice on the front of the window die cut she has that banner but in order for the card to open you can only adhere it on one side or the other of the card… I know I hear the DUH’S but its amazing how in the furry of making the card we forget some of the simplest things …. well at least at my desk it happens.. so give either of these or both of them a try… what fun… you can make them up ahead and then fill in whatever the occasion might be.. Congrats, Graduation ..yep I have a grandson graduating in December…Birthday or Anniversary…

 

Now I am sure if you been looking at my site for a while you have seen in the past where I participate in an envelope contest called the GRACEFUL ENVELOPE…I have been doing it for several years and I have won once and had one or two honorable mentions… there is no money or prize for this but its fun and challenging as one of the best ways to win and have yours posted on line is tie your design to a postage stamp…I have given you the link to find out all about it and you have till March 30th to come up with a design…and get it in the mail…. I also have been looking at Blog /Web site called PUSHING THE ENVELOPE..

She posts her own envelopes as well as others and some of them are simply stunning so you might want to subscribe to her site and get them sent to your e mail every day…right not just once a week but daily…. and don’t freak… you can always throw it away you don’t have to save them…. or you can just book mark the site and go there and look when you think of it or when you want…..for me getting them every day is a treat and I save what I want to try and toss the others… here are few of the latest ones that I especially liked…

on her site she lists author

on her site she lists author..zentangle art

just liked the layout of this since we are told that your name is not as important as your address..also like the horizontal line but don't put it right in the center

just liked the layout of this since we are told that your name is not as important as your address..also like the horizontal line but don’t put it right in the center… go either higher or lower…

this one was similar in format to my one winning envelope back in 2001.. adding to the postage by simply making a stem.. clever and elegant at the same time

this one was similar in format to my one winning envelope back in 2001.. adding to the postage by simply making a stem.. clever and elegant at the same time

One more from Pushing the Envelope…candles ..they won’t work for every name but for some it will be great…

simple candles of different colors and different heights..perfect

simple candles of different colors and different heights..perfect

The two  below are from my GRACEFUL ENVELOPE ENTRIES in previous years…

Winning BIRD WALKING ACROSS using bird stamps drawling in legs

Winning BIRD WALKING ACROSS using bird stamps drawling in legs. This was my first win and the idea came from my friend NICHOL RAUCH…who had recently taught a class using postage stamps…

this one was my honorable mention in 2013 and two of my friends and I took a trip to WA DC to see it ....what fun

this one was my honorable mention in 2013 and two of my friends and I took a trip to WA DC to see it ….what fun

So check out GRACEFUL ENVELOPE site and PUSHING THE ENVELOPE site  and send in an entry this year…

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