Pinterest Frog card

WELL HERE WE ARE AGAIN….and I recently found this card from on Pinterest and I hadn’t been on P for a while and I discovered that many of the links no longer go to the item you were looking at BUMMER…it goes to the web site and then you have to look for what you wanted…. I am not sure why this is happening but this FROG Is a good example.  But I have a thing for Frogs so I thought I’d share this with you …

Pinterest Frog card

You will either need circle and oval dies or you will need circle and ova punches…

FROG HEAD……medium oval



EYES…3 SIZE CIRCLE..SMALLEST ONE BLACK WITH WITH WRITING…of course you know I would probably use google eyes…. what can I say….


head cut small rectangles about ½ inch wide and about 2 ½ long then round the corners and apply the to the thin strips to be the stems.

BOW…I am only guessing but think it could be a small butterfly punch or die or you overlap two tiny hearts to make it also…

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




I posted a blog back in 2016 that was about my friend JANIS BLEVINS version of a center step card… and also version of center step card by SCS…I didn’t care for it too much because it was almost square when completed and it didn’t fit easily into an envelope.  But  this MULTI PANEL CARD by Dawnis the same thing as a center step format but the part I like about DAWN’s is that is fits in a standard envelope and its easier to make .

She did a live video on FB of it with the HIGHTIDE SET of stamps but it was an hour long video and hard to watch with people talking and not as concise as this one. i asked to repost a video for this card and she did….just love her videos…so the link above is much easier to watch and I do like the card format..

I especially like this card because can stand on it own…as long as you use card stock for the base…..its really fairly simple just takes a bit of extra scoring. And cutting…then that center panel can work with almost any image you want to cut and add,…it doesn’t have to fit only in the center it can overlap onto the panels since it doesn’t open….it can be an oval or a circle and using a piece from last weeks post on dry embossing would Work well in the center….in fact the card I made using the frog in the center works well… I used it as a get well card and on the back it said wishing you a RIBBIT recovery,…

GET WELL card with frog



Paper Ponderings

Going back in time…

Posted: 05 Jun 2017 11:32 PM PDT

We are away at the moment, so I have gone back in time to another trip earlier in the year.

We visited the National Arboretum in Canberra for the first time in April and it was stunning.

Not only are the mass plantings inspired; but the discovery of art and sculpture in between and around the corner and on top of hills was a real delight.

As you enter the building, these great walls of rock are interrupted with lovey etched corten steel panels.

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



I learned to do this technique several years ago but I had forgotten about it till I was browsing thru thru my  STAMPING SCHOOL  subscription…..she had posted a card using the fat chicken….

Stamping School card

.and I had gotten that stamp set cause I just loved those chickens and so I had to give it a try ….you do need to press very gently or you will tear the vellum…but I love the effect….of DRY EMBOSSING ON VELLUM….i can’t link you to STAMPING SCHOOLsite but I found this video on you tube…the STAMPING SCHOOL SITE is a pay site…. its 35$ a year but I do like the way she lays out her cards…and you can save favorites for yourself on the site and she gives what she calls the recipe which gives you the sizes of card…score lines etc and a picture all on a single sheet of paper…. I like all of that so much that I said ok I am going to pay for it… this is my 3rd year and I do feel I get my money’s worth .  So while there is the link up there …you won’t be able to see all of the cards etc/videos unless you pay for a subscription.  This is also why I can’t link you to the sight

I also discovered that its hard to do a large open area….and while balloons would look good afraid it will be harder to do that larger area….unless you have the denser piece of foam to rub on… I tired to use my mouse pad and it tore, I found a small piece of dense foam that I had for something else and it worked better so I went to Michaels and looked for dense /thicker foam wirere they had the light foam that you can use to die cut images… the dense foam is little more than ¼ inch thick and it only comes in two colors grey and white… I think the grey will be easier to see where you have been and what still needs to embossed…. it was a very cheap purchase think it was only 99 cents… It can be very impressive .

Here are some of the images that I did ….

mouse embossing

chicken dry emboss

my frog above is mounted on the multi panel card or center step….and I did use watercolors on the back side of the vellum.

dry embossed flowers of vellum

Because I scanned these images none of them are showing up as well as they do when you see them in person…

also I would tell you that you can also use tracing paper its slightly thicker and not a transparent as vellum but it will work..also colored vellum will work it won’t show up white but it will show up a lighter shade of whatever color you might be using..

EYE CANDY…..SEAL AND GIRL ON DOCK..this is maybe not eye candy… and as you can see it made the NEWS as well as FACEBOOK and it made me laugh…only because I know she is ok…I am sure she was scared but this is the best reason why t you don’t feed wild animals…I know I have a black sense of humor but as I said she is fine. just a little wet and shook up…

well guess that’s it for this post…. AS ALWAYS THANKS FOR STOPPIN BY…wire headed cyber toad aka kath harney






MASTER I WANT TO SHARE SOME TREATS….6a00d8341c09ea53ef01bb09490ad4970d-450wi

DAWN’S VIDEO FOR BOX IN A BAG..I know these seem like whaaaaa these are halloween… and its over for a year..however…ya know how I love to repurpose things and I i like these frankie’s so well that I thought you can use them for birthdays and say AT OUR  AGE, BIRTHDAYS ARE SO SCARY’s some chocolate to make it better….she also has directions for making it in several sizes…

I just couldn’t help myself …I just love this guy  and while it requires quite a few pieces i think its worth the effort…

in addition to Frankie , she has included several other images and also gives you different sizes… I haven’t tried it yet but I do believe that you can use that priority mail box the small one to mail this… or you could hope to send it in a cushion envelope…. put fragile on the envelope and they just might hand cancel it.


This is so close to the box in a bag that I just thought I[d put them together ..what makes this so cool is that its made OUT OF AN ENVELOPE…no kidding and envelope… what a cool idea… and you can basically use the same measurements for scoring even up to a 6×9 envelope… of course if you make it that big you will need more to fill it… lol…



In addition she suggests you can use one of those small battery tea lights …not the ones with flames…lol…and it is so cute…



Sometimes I am just not listening well enough because I am sure that I was told before to use those 2 inch yellow airy sponges and then cut them into 4 pieces and use those with a clip to put color on the envelope… but I must have slept thru that suggestion… however when I went to make some of these the other day I tried to use those wooden dowels with the soft color that velcro on the end of it but no matter how much I tired to start off the edge of the page I was still getting circle impressions rather than the overall coverage that she got so I looked again at video and saw…the SPONGES… I must have known at some time cause I had a couple so I cut them and viola it worked just great so that’s my hint this week…use the dang sponges a) they are cheaper then those down things and that open airiness of those sponges works best for soft coverage and for just brushing the edges.

Your STAMPING UP distributor has the sponges in a 3 pack for 3.50 or I also found them on AMAZON a bag of 25…( that’s a lot but you could share)for about $ 11… or a bag of 3 for about 4.50… so you might find them at an art supply store as well… in any case do not do what I did and buy them then not even try them… they do work wonderfully…

Ok that’s it for this week…. go out there and make something… AS ALWAYS THANKS FOR STOPPIN BY…wire headed cyber toad…aka kath

HUMOR..just a little smile from my good friend SHARON CLYMER…

The rain was pouring down. And there standing in front of a big puddle outside the pub, was an old Irishman, drenched, holding a stick with a piece of string dangling in the water.

A passer-by stopped and asked, “What are you doing?”

“Fishing” replied the old man….

Feeling sorry for the old man, the gent said, “Come in out of the rain and have a drink with me.”

In the warmth of the pub, as they sip their whiskeys, the gentleman cannot resist asking, “So how many have you caught today?”

“You’re the eighth”, said the old man.





tree around corner from our house

tree around corner from our house

Tiny toadstools in our front yard in my hubby ground cover ...looks like a mini fairyland..

Tiny toadstools in our front yard in my hubby ground cover …looks like a mini fairyland..


OH MY… I was so lucky when I began my digital and snail mail friendship with JANIS BLEVINS..our friendship is often via e mail but she frequently surprises me with a delightful card in my snail mail box.  That’s where this card came from and it was my birthday card this year.  below is JANIS’S birthday card to me this year…IMG_9822

Janis's bday card to me

Janis’s bday card to me

You can’t see the die cut in the center too well as its dark but you can see it in the previous picture where it is standing… The die is from AMAZON and unfortunately it was out of stock the last time I checked but if you just go to amazon and type in HAPPY BIRTHDAY DIE…you will find several that will also work on this card… and you also just die cut a shape and put it in the center with the words stamped or with balloons and words etc…turn your imagination loose…

The pattern for this is what makes it so wonderful… 5  ½ X 8 ½ CARD STOCK FOLDED..

Next on the left side of your folded card measure in 1 ¼ inch and then cut straight down from the fold to the 3 “ mark on the side…..THEN REPEAT ON THE RIGHT SIDE…using the paper cutter I flip the card over measure in 1 ¼ then cut down 3″.. that’s it for the cutting …now for the scoring… again leaving the card folded… SCORE ONLY THE CENTER CUT AREA FROM CUT LINE TO CUT LINE…

Now you can use a ruler to measure again 1 ¼ inches up from that first score line and again score only the center piece….If you are heavy handed as I am you will not need to score any more…however if you feel the score line on the other side (i.e. flip it over to the back) isn’t showing well enough then you will need to score it again in both places…

straight across at the bottom of cut line and again 1 ¼ inch up from that score line and score again…

now open the card and fold the bottom or first score line in mountain and the one in valley then mountain then valley… TA DAH… it’s done…you need only to decorate and choose your image or die for the center… You can see that Janis layered designer paper on the front of her card both sides and bottom… if you used a printed card stock you would not need to do it could also just add balloons or some other party type embellishment on either side….and across the bottom if you wish…. it’s all your creation at this point…so just go for it… and you may want to cut a sample and write on it the measurements just so you don’t have to go back to this post to see it…. then keep it in a sheet protector…and mark t center step card.

This is an image of the SCS CENTER STEP and you can see it has more cuts more folds and they are skinnier on the sides…I like JANIS’S better but you know what a lazy stamper /cardmaker I am… lol… but I think her’s is just wonderful…



This one is a lot more measuring and cutting and in my opinion harder than the one I am showing you today… and it won’t fit in an A2 envelope because it is bigger …so you would need an A7 ( 5×7″) envelope to mail it… it also has more of a bump due to the extra fold at the bottom and so you would also need to add extra postage.

This is similar to the the other center stand cards that both  SCS and DAWN have posted only this one fits into a standard A2 envelope unless you add things one the side that stick up or out….lol

SPEAKING OF ENVELOPES…EYE CANDY YOU may remember that I participate every year in an envelope contest that was started but the USPS but now is handled but THE WASHINGTON DC CALLIGRAPHY GROUP and each year a submit my entry for the theme which this year was communication and once again I did not win nor was I an honorable mentions ( i have won once and been an honorable mention at least 2 times that I can remember the most recent was in 2013… )  the winners and honorable mentions are placed in a glass case at the postal building in WASHINGTON DC and left there till next year’s winners are announced any way…here is a link the to HONORABLE MENTIONS enjoy ..

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

I WILL POST THE LINK TO THE WINNERS a couple of whom I know and also the BEST OF SHOW  which is also a friend of mine….next posting…





HI THERE…they (SCS) posted this a few weeks ago and but this is the first chance I have had to repost it on my blog… this is different than DOROTHY’S ORGAMI KITE CARD I posted before in that this is the whole card is a kite…not just a kite image for on the front…it does require a bit of measuring and also some cutting but its not hard and it does come out ever so cute. Plus with all the wind we have had lately I thought it was timely..



SCS KITE CARD so this is the link check it out  and I think you will agree its a really cool card to make…

I liked the pop up effect when you open it but the sample above is a bit to fru fru my tastes so I went and tried it with some halloween style paper.

my halloween version of the kite card...

my halloween version of the kite card…

I just used regular white cord to form the tail and then I have a small bat punch and punched two each and stuck them together to form the decorations on the tail… plus I used a sticker that cut out the big bat and used it on the kite… I am still debating about putting gogglie eyes on the big bat…..I think the gogglie eyes are gonna win……after I finished this one I looked at it and went hummmm what about a cob web on the kite and a hanging spider….ok back when its finished….Ok…first I did the birthday one with embossing on the front using the cloud embossing template and then I lightly ran over the embossing with s silver cat’s eye stamp pad… then I use sticker for the cupcake..INSIDE I will write something like JUST FLYIN BY WITH A BIG BIRTHDAY HI…

birthday kite

birthday kite

Now here is the spider and web one… Used an embossing template on the front for the WEB then I lightly ran over the embossing with a black stamp pad… the spider is a large felt SPIDER mounted on a foam dot…I got the spider a few years ago from either Michaels or JoAnn’s…probably Michaels…

spider/web kite

spider/web kite

I bet I have more halloween embellishments than all the craft stores in all the world…lol… I just can’t help myself so I do try to stay away…at this time of year…or to walk straight thru to where I need to be…

Now back to the pattern… in step 2 it says that you are to score diagonally from the 3″ mark diagonally down to the 7″ mark… well she shows you on the score board ( not sure whose its is as its PINK) BUT its not that easy…. so here was my solution to this problem I have the new SCOR-PAL and it has marks every 1/8th inch… so I went to the center of the board ( THE 6″ MARK ) and using my regular black sharpie…I traced that 6″ mark all the way down the board once you have that you can lay your marks at each end and score away….however if you don’t have a score board of any type you could use a magazine and score with a ruler and a bone folder or some other type of scoring tool and score or you can simply fold the paper so that the straight edge matches up at 3″ mark and the 7″ mark and then score the fold with your tool… look at the photo for #2 to see the straight line I am talking about .  This  X fold creates the explosion effect at the top of the kite. Here is the image so you can see what I did….

scor-pal with black line all the way down to help with diagonal scores..

scor-pal with black line all the way down to help with diagonal scores..

I actually used the 6 1/2 inch mark to drawn on …but you get the idea …I think you could remove if you needed to with windex or something like that…but this helps and you can do the same thing if you have the MARTHA STEWART score board also…. the new scor-pal does have marks on the board as you can see but they didn’t come down far enough to show out from under the diagonal piece of card stock… one line all the way down seems to work the best…

So one more note regarding the two small squares… which the directions tell you to cut at diagonal from point to point.  Now those squares cut into 4 diamonds are used to decorate the inside of the kite card at the explosion part at the top…this is fine,however, I also think that a) you don’t need to decorate that area at all…b) you can use small stamps in those spaces c) you can use small stickers…or d) small punches to decorate…my reason for this is because I am usually using scraps to decorate the front of the card and while they make the inside squares match the decorator paper on the front sometimes  in fact quite often I don’t have enough of the paper to do the small triangles for the inside.

While I also told you that I found this card a little too fru fru for myself…I do have several friends and even relatives who would love the flowers and ribbons…so especially if you have flower punches small ones and brads this will make a lovely card that will be appreciated by many… so go for it… it would also make a great get well card and also a cute valentine card as well..tiny hearts on the tail would be great.

EYE CANDY Baby Video… I truly hope that you can see this video as it is so cute… however if you can’t then you might try to go to YOU TUBE and type in baby video…my favorite part is the last scene with the dog… I am still laughing…

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




Well I said this was DAWN’S AND the pattern info is all her’s and have you guys noticed that she is putting the measurements on the first page rather than having you have to copy them while you watching the VIDEO…I gave her a big shout out BRAVO for doing that as I think it makes it much easier.. then I noticed that she was giving the cutting measurements but not the SCORING… well half at least… then guess you will have to write the score numbers on that sheet that you print of the cover page….again then I print just that first page unless measurements are also on page two… just so I have it and them I make at least a sample for in the protector sheet with that page…I KNOW I have told you about that over and over but hope springs eternal that they may be a newbie at this blog who needs this info…so bare with me.



I have to tell you that I was so excited about this as my BFF in florida has a B day coming up and I am never there for the actual date so I think this is just the best and cutest idea….I can tell her with a card that I am celebrating with her even though I am not there… AND..HUGE HINT….in case you don’t know about it you can pick up the small priority mail boxes at any PO ( they are free) and this little box will fit just fine in one then here is the HUGE PART you can go on line and to UPSP CREATE MAIL LABELS and print out your own mailing label …then you can paste it on the box and you can either give it to your mail man or worst case take it to a PO and drop it on there ready to go desk…NO WAITING FOR PEOPLE TO MAIL OR BUY STAMPS….yep its great there are several sizes but the small works great for this and it only costs $5.25…now who would you not spend 5 bucks on… if your mail comes to regular box you can just put it your mailbox and put the flag up… I might be able to do that but our mail boxes are some of this locking ones in stacks and we have new mail person and she seems to be having enough trouble as it is…she sent back to AMAZON things that were in fact addressed correctly…SO I just drop it by local PO…

Now while I am sending you her info…I do have a few changes that I am going to make… I am putting a candle in the box but instead of mailing matches ( don’t think you are supposed to and my luck they would start a fire somewhere in route…lol) I am going to make one of those MATCH BOOK explosion cards…(its a mini the same size as the match book or just slightly larger… directions down below…instead of real matches…and the words on the front are going to say YOU LIGHT UP MY LIFE…don’t have stamp so will just either write them or you could type them and then use punch to punch it out…also instead of ribbon I am going to use the cord stuff… I am hitting party store for a bag of balloons …

Also AMAZON has boxes of those little candles very cheap… and I just used one of them last night since our huge windstorm rain just hurricane winds in some places took down tons of trees and debris..and out power …11 am yesterday till 5:25 this am… I have lived here for 20 years and that is the longest my power has ever been out…and our power lines in this neighborhood are all underground so it took out sources somewhere else…anyway I put one in our bath last night so if one of us got up in the night ( with no power we went to bed at 8…lol) we could find our way to the bathroom…works great I use them for travel all the time… as its just enough light to see where you are going and not bump into things…lol..anyway boxes of these little lights cheap at amazon…or lots of other stores too…you could even decorate a real candle fat candle, one of those little ones that come in the plastic cup or tin cup…. I may try that as well…

Ok that’s the big differences…I can’t show you any of mine cause I forgot to take photo and mailed them already…lol.. in any case I ended up using the match book but I used a HAPPY BIRTHDAY or BEST WISHES…since I didn’t have the lite em up… I used real matches cause I did put the candles in there and because i even found candles that were numbers at the DOLLAR TREE STORE… too cute if you know their actual age and if not they also had a cute HAPPY BIRTHDAY candle that would fit in our box…. LOVE IT…

So give it a go… and FYI…it will fit plus space into one of the small priority mail boxes which you can print label for on line for only $5.05. then BEST PART no standing in line a PO or any mailing place you can just drop it on the prepaid desk …. is that great or what and then look at all those folks in line waiting to get the postage on their pkgs…. they hate us…

EYE CANDY...CALLIGRAPHY AND LETTER ARTS..This is a really lovely video on calligraphy and letter arts… what it is and how to begin… you just might enjoy it…

OK THATS IT FROM HERE..AS ALWAYS THANKS FOR STOPPIN BY….wire headed cyber toad…aka kath


OK DON’T LAUGH….Yes, the TP does mean toilet paper …I OWE THIS WHOLE BLOG to one of my best craft buddies..JANIS BLEVINS so whenever I refer to her I am going to coin a new term..BCBF…that stands for BEST CRAFT BUDDY FOREVER..ok Goggle mark it down I created that term.   Janis and I have never met in person  ( someday) but we met thru a mutual friend who is no long with us…in sharing memories and crafts..I know I feel like she is with us and turns out Janis is always very supportive both of my blog and a very creative artist in her own right.. So she shared these two video’s from YOU TUBE with me and while I think they may be a little long…I loved both techniques… I am also sharing JANIS’S SHADOW BOX CARD…she made Dawn version but in her enthusiasm she scored it at the wrong sides… however, undaunted and unwilling to trash it she dug out some of our mutual dollar bin buys from Michaels and they worked perfectly with this shape and I also have several long skinny stamps that would work well with this too… check it out….

Janis Blevins shadow box

Janis Blevins shadow box

Don’t you just love it… I do cause I am all about creating something different….I am a RUNS WITH SCISSORS…kinda girl… so this I think is great and she fussy cut those tiny butterfly and bird and they make such a cute accent…and if the card ran the other way they wouldn’t show up nearly as well… so GREAT SAVE JANIS…and remember when making art THERE ARE NO MISTAKES ONLY HAPPY ACCIDENTS…not sure who said that but its true….Ok..

We have all probably done the crumpled per-decorated tissue paper thing AND then I ironed it onto butcher paper the waxy side after the crumpling and then used it on the card as background usually …it is hard to stamp on tissue but using the white and then crumpling it then uncrumpling it and glueing it to white back ground ..THAT For me was new idea…and looks like a lot of fun…so here is the YOU TUBE LINK..  TISSUE PAPER ART.

kh fish

kh fish

I use the new ombre pad from Hero Art…on the fish…love it…

astoria tissue art

astoria tissue art

pens tissue paper art

pens tissue paper art

I love this last one with the brushes…. its really hard to tell that these are on crumpled tissue but they are and they do have lots of texture…you gotta try it…

NOW I laughed at the beginning of this video cause she is trying to explain how she came up with the toilet paper idea and I can tell you that I get a lot of things accidentally left on my desk cause I stop to do something and lay things down….lol  but I am pretty sure I have never left TP on my she is really creative as far as I am concerned… This video is rather long but she does give you all the ins and out of doing this so its worth it. Here is the YOUTUBE link to TOILET PAPER EMBOSSING..not something I have ever tried but after watching this video I wondered..hummmm can you add water color to this might have to try that just to see but it might get too wet and and and …there could be lots of downfalls so first I will try the recipe/techique as shown…have a hard time both with recipes and techniques…I always seem to have a little something I want to add …sometimes good sometimes not so good…

Ok I tried to show this but I just can’t…however if you have done any of the 3D embossing with the newer templates its a lot like that…you will just have to look at her video to see more of what it looks like … I used what TP I had and it happens to be KIRKLAND which is from Costco..OTHER than being 2 ply nothing special…. this could be really fun if you had some of that quirky TP you know the money one…or I am sure there are others…there is a funky store in our mall that sells all kind of weird stuff I can’t think of the name of it but I may go in there and see what I can find….or I may check on AMAZON…but if the paper is preprinted then the embossing is not going to show up very much so ok enough musing…just go check out her video and give this a try its pretty cool

I do love the tissue art which can also be done with fancy napkins …but you must separate them down to just one sheet …they are usually 2-3..layers… very fragile when its only one and you can also use sticky back labels to stick it on like the 2 x4 mail labels…easier than putting down the glue stick and making sure you got all the edges….

ladybug napkin

ladybug napkin

shopping chick napkin

shopping chick napkin

both of these were pretty easy as they were those little packets that go in your purse…but this fall /autumn one is from a square napkin so it  was 3 layers and harder to separate…

fall napkin

fall napkin

I liked this one so much that I decided to stop the blog a second well maybe little longer and go make a triptych  out of them …so what do you  think…

fall y'all

fall y’all.. I punched out the leaves and mounted them with foam tap… doing it again I’d probably layer it on a piece of green then mount on purple…

I also did this one of the moon and bamboo….love it…this was done on the tissue and only the moon was colored …moon mail


Ok I just love it… going to do more of these….like using the bamboo embossing template for the background…or base of the card…

moon mail 2

The base card is some green tea paper I have and the color is not coming thru on the computer but its very asian…and yes, I stuck it on their crooked on purpose… I don’t like this that are straight all the time….

EYE CANDY.. Our next road trip is over  to the Olympics and the Hoh rain forest and some of the beaches on the far west coast of WA… this is a lovely video…OLYMPICS..take a peek and when I get back from road trip I will post some stills

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



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

blue solar lightbulb

blue solar lightbulb

green solar lightblub

green solar lightblub

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

daylight view of solar bulb

daylight view of solar bulb

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


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

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




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

my fancy fold card

my fancy fold card

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

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

fancy fold bee day kh


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


inside fancy fold

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

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

wild animals

wild animals

game of thrones??

game of thrones??

sea monster

sea monster

another castle

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

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

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



Sorry this is late again… well actually I did tell you a while back that I was not going to be so fussy about when I posted… either check often or subscribe to receive the e-mails that there is a new post…it is free.

If you don’t have a PINTEREST account then this might make you want to get one…there are tons of handmade cards on it so its a great source of inspiration and they are in some categories like birthday and then I found HALLOWEEN...OMG…well see for yourself… some of these will have a link you can type in and go to see if they give the directions but most of them are pretty easy to figure out and I am going to give you my take on how its done… I just couldn’t resist sharing all of these great cards…If you want to go to Pinterest yourself and find cards…in search type in HANDMADE CARDS and then BIRTHDAY , HALLOWEEN, CHRISTMAS OR JUST HANDMADE CARDS… you will be there a long

EASY spider /web

EASY spider /web

This one is pretty simple but still very impressive… its a layered card with three layers and I am only guessing on the sizes but my guess are… BLACK 3 1/2 x 4 1/2 THEN orange is 3 x 4 ” and white is 2 1/2 x 3 1/2..she stamped a web and the the spider is either die cut or an commercial  embellishment.   I don’t know who the HAPPY HALLOWEEN stamp belongs to but its cute or you could hand write..I’d use either there black Glaze gel pen by Sakura or the Orange .



This one is a couple of years old but I still love it… its simply torn paper with the edges rubbed with looks like brown ink to give it a old look  and leave a hole on one side to glue on goggly eyes…. I can never resist a chance to use goggly eyes… lol… Boo stamp unknown but there are lots of them out there… or again grab your pen this is one season where wobbly or jagged letters are most acceptable in fact they look great.. so get out your black SAKURA gel GLAZE pen SO THAT THE WRITING IS RAISED and shiny…or use your alphabet stamps different sizes would be good too if you have more than one set…hey don’t judge me…I am letter lover…



Getting a little harder and you don’t have to use the die cut basic shape but it does look good and I love this not sure how but it appears to stand but it could be layers onto the front of a black card with foam dots to lift it up … they used a die to cut the overall shape and I am not sure what that shape is called but its the same one I used to create the large owls and also to create DAWN’S frankie from last I am pretty sure they used oval die for the mouth and also for the eyes and don’t think punches would reach that far into the shape this shape must be close to 4 x 5 .  NOW THE HARD PART OF THIS IS be sure you STAMP ON IT BEFORE you emboss it … so cut out your shapes and then stamp and last emboss …and of course this person missed a chance to use goggly eyes…lol…just sayin .. again your Sakura BLACK GLAZE gel pen would work to make a spider remember they have 8 legs not six …lol and then to write the OCT 31 down at the bottom… again you have to do this before you emboss it or you might have to layer on pieces after..

SU own punch used as a ghost.

SU own punch used as a ghost.

This is so cute using black as basic card sponge white around the edges then cut 11/4  x 3 1/2 inches of black ..card stock also with white sponge around edges and then little brass brads to create a drawer effect ….the ghosts are the owl punch from STAMPING UP without the extra piece and with the feet cut off and then turn it upside down… I ‘d love to know if someone was really that clever when they created the punch or if someone discovered it after it was laying on their desk…the eyes are small circles with a white dot for the center but off center works best…they throw a few white spider webs on the corners of the card… and I did a screen capture to get this image and apparently I didn’t get the piece at the bottom where it looks like one of the label punch/dies and it probably says Happy Halloween or BOO or something like that… but you know my re-purposing fetish so it would be a cute birthday card if it said BIRTHDAYS AREN’T SCARY…or BOO then inside Happy Birthday… anyway its all because  A) I have so many halloween stamps, dies, and punches and B) because I love to use them….lmao



Again these little ghosts are the owl punch upside down with feet cut off… I am certain the BOO is letter dies but don’t know who make them as they are pretty large… improvise… type them on computer and cut them out with fussy cut scissors.  The background is a sizzix spider web embossing template on the orange card stock… this time EMBOSS first then glue or foam dot your pieces on…the happy halloween is double layered with label punches or dies.



Wow too cute….The SPOOKY STAMP is from Michaels…and was marked a CRAFT SMART… think it was last years but you may still find it or again print it with your own pens or even on the cuter and then cut it out…or cut the whole piece of card stock and stamp around the printed word…run your paper through the printer the LANDSCAPE WAY then the stamps are from STAMPING UP SET CALLED TEE HEE-HEE…it has both the witches hat or similar and shoes and leggins.. the words EEK AND TEE HEE-HEE are also in there so you could use them instead of the spooky stamp. Or you could write it sideways yourself and use a hat and boots stamp… I thought this was just too cute..and I would probably layer it onto designer paper and then onto card. Or the embossing but think the two layers at the bottom are a bit busy for my taste.

bat/owl STAMPIN UP

bat/owl STAMPIN UP

I just love this punch from STAMPIN UP…first he is a great owl but as you have seen he is a good ghost as well as now a bat… looking at this I thought they were using small circle pieces to create the bat wings but here this person was great a telling you just what they did use and it was not circle punch but oval punch… terrific…. if the trees at bottom are a stamp not sure whose but there is a small fiskar punch for trees actually in two sizes that would work terrific with this image… I think that the bird builder punch is what he used for the branch but you could just draw it or stamp it or there are several dies out there that would cut a branch.

SU boots

SU boots

Ok this witches boots came from a STAMPIN UP and its called BOOTFUL OCCASIONS… the saying at the bottom was actually attached to the boot on my set but I VERY carefully cut it off so I could stamp it where I wanted it… there are three other boots in set each with a saying and I am not sure you can cut off the sayings for each of them but I will certainly look and if possible I will try.. not sure why they attached them…maybe there are actually SOME STAMPERS EVEN LAZIER THEN ME….and just wanted to stamp once…lmao… in addition you will need to cut the boots out in the so called “FUSSY CUT” fashion with sharp scissors to get this effect… and you will need to stamp the boot twice… but I do like the boots and there is a cowboy boot that says kick up your heels so that would work well for a party….


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