DAWN’S XMAS GIFT CARD HOLDER

GREETINGS one and all….

Well  its getting to be that time of year when you are wanting to send treats to friends and family , teachers, hair dressers etc…so this is slight variation to other gift card holders and hey you can never have too many card ideas with POCKETS….right ….

Dawn’s gift card folder

Dawn’s gift card folder

DAWN’S GIFT CARD HOLDER so after you look at the video… here are a few hints that you may find helpful….HINT 1…..paper is cut  5 ½ x 12. And she is using duplex paper that means decorated on both sides…however she then shows you how to cover up the inside design as it is really too busy …so just wanted you to know that because at least where I am I only know two stores that sell a selection of duplex paper …you don’t have to use duplex paper…you can do with with 12 x 12 paper that is solid color on both sides or paper that is designer on one side and white on the back side….

HINT 2…This really ties into HINT 1 …I have found that many times the solid color on both sides paper is not cut with the grain and when you go to fold it CRACKS…sometimes it cuts when you are trying to score it so my suggestion is to a) score carefully and b) do score before you fold… that triangle…as it may not fold neatly if it isn’t either scored or folded and pressed with bone fold…it doesn’t happen all the time but its always a surprise when it does happen.

My next suggestion is othe ways of using this card….you can slip a hand Made coupon in the pocket inviting the person to lunch , a party , or maybe write a encouraging word on separate paper, share a business card or even a photo…this would be a perfect idea for sharing a photo of a new baby in the family , human or new pet even…also it could be a we’ ve moved card with new address inside… or if you have someone who has a hard time writing you send them some address labels for their family and friends…or print up some special return address labels to give as a gift..the small strips of post it notes to use as markers etc.. Lots of things to fill the pocket..

I ALSO WANT TO SUGGEST that you follow DAWN’S hint about trimming off just a smidge of the flap of the card…especially if your card stock is rather thick it will make it fold much nicer…

EYE CANDY..This week I want to share a site that is a DIY on painting rocks which seems to be a craze again and these are showing you how to paint PUMPKIN ROCKS.. they are so cute I may have to go out and round up some of my hubby’s rocks and paint them before he finds them missing…..TTFN…for you non TIGGER fans that TA TA FOR NOW..

ok think that is it for this blog AS ALWAYS THANKS FOR STOPPIN BY…wire headed cyber toad…..aka kath..

HALLOWEEN HOCUS POCUS

IN CASE YOU DIDN’T KNOW HALLOWEEN IS MY FAVORITE HOLIDAY….and to kick the season off I want to share a photo by a friend that was on FACEBOOK back in August when the Eclipse happened…. I think these photos tell you why I think  it should be here in this post….

partial eclipse in 2017…

I love this card… I love the pop out effect…ya know the BOO effect…and the fold is that old explosion fold she gives you the directions of how to do it and you can use 6×6 decorator paper or you can do as she did and decorate it yourself with embellishments or stickers or stamps…. then if you have one of those Martha Stewart boarder punches ..there are several but the cobweb is very cool land gives almost a lacey effect…

here is the link for this one…..http://callalilystudioblog.blogspot.ca/2012/09/halloween-cards.html

Now in case you can’t tell  this explosion fold when enclosed in the card is a 3 inch square mounted on the diagonal inside the card…. however…. just so you know it can also be a card all by itself… small maybe but you can also do it an 8×8 fold which would give you a 4inch square….or if that still isn’t big enough for you… you can use a 10 x 10 piece of paper and you would end with a 5 x 5 inch square card…. now one of my favorite uses for this fold is to use it to create calendars that stand on their own for my friends… SAME FOLD but you remove one panel so that you now will need to overlap two of the panels to create a corner then glue them to together so that the diagonal fold is in the bottom of the card its the platform the card stands on….then decorate the two panels inside and using one of them to glue the little monthly calendars on for me that is usually the right panel but it can be the left one also…. so the little calendars are available at impresscardsandcrafts as you can see from the photo they come in two sizes and depending on what you want to use to decorate and what size square you end with will help you decide which size calendar you want to use

 

mini calendars from IMPRESS RUBBER STAMP

Well its getting to be that time of year again… I have to leave my paradise in WA and head to FL…. I know lots of you think that is just a terrific thing and I am not really complaining because I get to see our daughter and our grandchildren as well as my Mom and also all of my husbands family however, I don’t think l am ever going to think that CHRISTMAS at 87 degrees with probably 80% humidity is just not my idea of christmas….but being with family makes up for that a lot.   In any case the reason I am even mentioning this is because I am going to be really busy and also taking a trip to Nova Scotia so my posting is going to be iffy….as in if at all….lol… but I am going to give you other web sites to check out and also be sure to check out PINTEREST ……just go locking for Handmade cards and then you will have more sources than you can stand… but I have alreadying given you

FRENCHIES SCRAP AND STAMP Frenchie is a Stamping Up rep but she does have a different take than either DAWN…or SPLITCOAST STAMPERS..  IN any case guess  you will have lots of sources to check .  if you go looking on PINTEREST or even YouTube.

EYE CANDY…this is a lovely video of painting wet on wet…I keep telling myself I can do this but somehow ….WATER COLOR WET ON WETcheck it out maybe your’s will be better than mine…

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

Dawn’s Move Me card and TRI FOLD CARD

GREETINGS

AT first glance this looks like a card with a window shade …and an image behind it… not so…. this is the most amazing card…and YES i went directly from the video to the shopping to order this bundle ….You will have to watch it to appreciate it…

YOU MOVE ME VIDEO

OK are you amazed…definitely SHOCK AND AWE.This is just such an incredible idea and while I think both the butterfly and the hummer are terrific images but I can only hope that they do this with some other images as well …like balloons or boats or the birds..airplanes … ok I’ll try to calm down… but I am excited about this  bundle and in addition I will post another of Dawn’s cards which is also using this butterfly die as an overlay over a solid image of a butterfly..this is a die cut that comes with the set and gives you both a solid image and the cut out image… 

aren’t they just amazing.. I will try to show you an additional card that also uses this butterfly and it uses the butterfly as a closure to hold the card closed… its the                    LIVE LOVE LAUGH TRI FOLD This is a rather simple card but the fact that she used the butterfly to hold the flap on the front closed…is really unique.  In any case I think you may find lots of ways to use the dies in this set.

 

BUTTERFLY CLOSURE OPEN

BUTTERFLY CLOSURE .. then when closed the left side of the card tucks lightly under the piece of butterfly that is cut out…. creating a very unique card.

It’s not to easy to see but if you look closely at the photo above and of course watch the video you will see that she only cuts out part of the butterfly so that part is available to lift up and tuck the other side of the card under it… As I said you will probably find lots of other things /images /dies that can also be used this way…the coffee cup die….the small animals the bear , lion and elephant all of those also could be used as a CLOSURE.

In addition it doesn’t really have to be a die that you cut out half way and then tuck the other side of the card under….it could be an image that you punched out and then only glue half of it onto the card leave the other half unglued and you can also tuck the left side of the card under it…. it makes for a nice effect on the card so look at your dies, your punches and even some embellishments might work for this TRI FOLD CARD.  Of course I am drawn to this card because I am ALWAYS drawn to card that doesn’t just open like any store-bought card…. I always want the unique or special effect to my cards…the real joke to this is that and I can’t believe I am sharing this but the truth is once I have made the card and sent it out my recipient….if they text me or call me to tell me how much they loved the card I usually have to admit to them that I have no idea what I sent…. now this is both embarrassing as well as kinda hurtful to my friend as it kinda implies that I don’t really care I just sent a card…. nothing to could be farther from the truth…I actually work hard on trying to come up with a design that think my friend will both like and appreciate. However, once its in the mail…I am on to the next creation and lately I have been spending more time working on my lettering …I have been neglecting it and I really want to improve my scripts and use my design ideas to create better lettering.

So thats all for this post… AS ALWAYS THANKS FOR STOPPIN BY….wire headed cyber toad…aka kath

 

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

 

 

 

DAWN’S TRIFOLD POCKET

GREETINGS Y’ALL

This is such a cute and quick card… and it will work great for you to make your one insert…which could be an invite for a free dinner or for lunch out or even a photo or a gift card .

One of the best things about this is that it maximizes the use of the 12 x 12 designer paper…If you follow the measure meets you can get 3 cards out of one sheet of paper…each strip is cut only 4 ” wide by 12 ” long…and then you can use either side of the duplex paper or if you only have single sided paper then use the designed side..

DAWN’S TRIFOLD POCKET 

another tri fold pocket

 

Dawn’s trifold pock

MEASUREMENTS :

cut at 4″ x 12″   TRI FOLD PAART OF CARD..score at 4″ and at 8″ see video for pocket fold 

cut at 4 1/4″ x 4 ¼″ ACTUAL BASE TO WHICH THE FOLDED POCKET IS ATTACHED

cut (2) at 3 5/8″ x 23 5/8″ LAYERS

cut (2) at 3 1/2″ x 3 ½″  INSERT AND FRONT

This is such a simple fold and yet it makes an elegant card…now she goes thru telling you how to use your PUNCH BOARD to create an envelope to hold this card which is a SQUARE… HOWEVER, you can use a standard size envelope or a 5 x7 which is bigger but depending on how many elements you have on the front you might want to do as well. In addition , a square envelope costs extra but again if you have several layers on the front it will be thick enough that you would need extra postage anyway.

Watch for JoAnne’s or Michael’s to have pads of 12x 12 paper on sale. but don’t hesitate to use what you already have available…..or you will end up like me with so much paper that you can almost open your own paper store …and yet still not have what you are looking for…lol

kh front tri fold pocket

kh open to right showing pocket

in addition to the layers… if you have some of those WOBBLE SPRINGS..( I know that IMPRESS and AMAZON HAVE THEM FOR SALE..) IT would be fun not use one of those on the front with your image or die cut.. but that will definitely mean you need to use the extra postage on your envelope when you mail it.Alas my wobbles haven’t arrived yet so this will probably post without them

EYE CANDY

NOW….I am pretty sure I have told y’all that I don’t really sew…I can sew a few things and I have sewn things onto my cards but really making anything other than place mats, table runner or napkins….you need someone else…but one of my best friends has recently been bitten by the quilting bug and so I am seeing lots of lovely quilts on FB…but I had seen this woman’s art work once before and I think I posted some of it but I had to share this again.

When you first look at these you will think they are paintings, or colored pencils but they are all actually sewn with a large variety of cloths into the images you see.  I am so impressed with all of these….I can’t draw so I use rubber stamps but I can’t imagine how difficult it would be to make these images …. so enjoy this eye candy.

SOPHIE’S ART WORK I said that this was all quilting but actually she says its both quilting and embroidery…either way its absolutely stunning…so enjoy

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

 

DAWN’S MULTI PANEL CARD

GREETINGS…

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

 

EYE CANDY….

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

SCS CARD CLUTCH

I know its been a while…but between Jet lag and 3 hour time zone change plus trying to get all my STUFF back where it belongs and off the floor , off the desk…out of the box…lol I am to say the least behind…. but I just watched this video and thought this was just too cute…

I don’t think I have ever given a friend and of my hand made cards because most of my friends don’t send SNAIL MAIL… I send but they don’t however , I did think that maybe they might send to others but not to me… My BFF this year told me as she was taking me to lunch and for a 1hr FOOT MASSAGE (HEAVEN) that she got me cards and that she never gives cards…lol but i got to thinking she might if I made her some and gave them to her..Plus this was a fast and simple fold AND. You may remember that I recently found and purchased some magnets…and I CAN STILL FIND THEM…lol. In any case I also thought that this would work well for a gift card hold also.  You know sometimes you purchase several gift cards like several in and APPLE package or some of the movie cards come in more than one in a package but even if you only gave one gift card and 3 handmade cards it would be a nice treat….YOU. Know your actually not supposed to know or care what the receipent does with what you give them… I have. Friend who I have been told has a draw full of gift cards that he has never used…I haven’t seen it myself but that’s the rumor …remember its the thought that counts….

So here is the image.. and the link..,,,SCS CARD CLUTCH

OPEN AND CLOSED CLUTCH

 

Now I have a couple of HINT…first I would take the ½ inch fold at the bottom of the triangle and after I have the clutch folded complete I’d go back and add some tear and tape to that crease to hold it together better..make it a little more rigid.. next whe doesn’t say it but her cards are small 3 ½ x 5 but they still will need to over lap when you insert them into the pockets…

NEXT HINT…..when I am folding the points up to the center crease I would had a VERY SMALL dab of glue to hold it down…again not much as you want it to dry so the cards don’t get stuck to it..so don’t use glue dots..I used glue…to hold those pockets then flip it over and put some tear and tape in that ½ inch fold on the bottom… I would also add dab of glue or glue dot to the tip of the triangle on the front of each side …

Lastly I haven’t measured this yet but I believe it is mailable in like a 6x 9 envelope or in a larger Manila envelope…. and if you have cards in it then it will need some extra postage…but hey its a gift right so little extra postage is not a big deal…

EYE CANDY

DAISYS ON MY DECK AND MY FOUNTAIN

Bird feeders and rare flamingo siteings..lol

View from my kitchen window…green belt

My summer fushia and due to fact that our house faces due east and west I have to hang it under the arbor which eventually the Wisteria will cover…giving the Fushia the shade it needs ..

Neighborhood Pink Dogwood….they are so beautiful .

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

 

3 D FLOWER POP UP ..via :YouTube

Greetings…and HAPPY EASTER…

I want to share this card with you because a friend Janis Blevins sent me one last year…or maybe the year before ( going back and forth cause one to get lost in the years) and it was just lovely… and not sure if all Michael’s have them on sale right now but ours had 3 inch square origami papers on sale …and they work really well with this card…You can’t use card stock for the flowers as it is too stiff and won’t fold and open well.  You would have to and cut yourself some text paper but origami is really great… the solid colors will let you color in the flowers as seen in these photos…

DIY flower pop up/out

this one above cut the ends into points rather than rounded …

3d flower each is so different depending on what you do to decorate the flower itself…

then there is mine…the lazy version.

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

Ok one more cause you might not think white paper is very impressive.

SO THERE ARE SEVERAL versions of this card on YouTube and I am only giving you the first one… DIY 3D FLOWER CARDSo feel free to check out the others and be sure to watch the videos so that you get that folding correct… and you need to have 7 OF THEM make the flower pop out correctly …

The folding and the cutting are the easy part…lol  the tough part is gluing them together correctly ..so my HINT …. have them all folded and ready to go then watch and stop the video as needed so you can see how to glue them together and if you create a dummy version and make the dots as they did in the video you will be able to make more of them much easier and not have to rewatch the video each time you make the card…then save it in the sheet protector…blah blah blah….cause trust me the hardest part is getting them together correctly or the card won’t open out into the bouquet which is most impressive… I think my friend sent a video that was done by Martha Stewarts people… and its fine too if you go to my blog and type in SEARCH …MARTHA STEWART 3D FLOWER… I think that old post will come up and you can then go look at Martha’s video if you want…or try typing it in on YouTube I am sure its there as well…

This makes a fabulous Mother’s day card and that holiday is racing right towards us a break neck speed…. so I am trying my best to stay at least a wee bit ahead… so hope you will give this a try and that you will enjoy it as much as I did… and just check to see if you can find origami paper in 3 in squares for sale at Michaels… or try the office supply people for a pad of multicolored paper that size ..that is what I used for mine the first time…but I am going to color inside this time… to make it more flower like… You will probably need sharpie’s on the origami paper as its kinda coated but my pack came with multi colored as well.. so just a black sharpie for the flower part inside will work for me… but sharpies are in all colors not but think you will want the permanent ones not the watercolor version …

Ok that’s all for this week as I am already late…missed friday big time so enjoy and go make one…

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

LETTERING AND DOGS AND MOM

Ollie on arm of couch

MY schedule has been kinda hectic lately most due to caring for my Mom… when we first moved her back to FLORIDA ( at her request ) she was living in and INDEPENDENT living apartment… and she was quite independent… she had her small dog and she was perfectly capable both physically and mentally of taking her out regularly and feeding her etc. She had full kitchen although she only used it rarely as she had meals supplied and maid service once a week  and a laundry at the end other hall… but after being there for about 4-5 yrs she was having more and more problems mentally she had been diagonised with ALZHEIMERS…and she was on arrest t medicine which while not preventing or reversing the disease would slow it down and it did……for a while then the facility went through a major renovation and while she was still physically in great shape mentally it was just too much for her and we moved her to an ASSISTED facility… less people still got meals and they cleaned her room once a week and now they did her laundry and she still had her dog…although this was a new rescue dog as her previous dog had died… eventually she was less unable to care for dog mentally forgeting things and trying to feed him strange stuff like packets of diet sugar..etc… finally we had to not only take the dog away ( we have him) but move her to a MEMORY CARE facility….smaller yet and more caregivers and more activity and much smaller room… this was just recently  and it was really a tough move but for the best for her…and for the dog…I hope that this is in some way helpful to others who may be going thru or about to go thru the same thing… and I will answer any emails that I receive, as best as I can  with questions regarding this horrid disease.

When we adopted the dog she was adamant about calling HIM MOLLY previous dogs name and occasionallly she would remember he was a boy but still she called him Molly..so when we had to remove the dog we took him …..He is a wonderful dog and was wonderfully trained before she or we got him… he sleeps in till about 10 he only goes out about 3 times a day ( that is great since we are in a condo and this means elevator). We had not had any pets for about 30 years but we have adjusted to each other well I think, however we are not sure we can keep him due to fact that we are back and forth from WA to FL and taking him on a plane doesn’t sound appealing and driving cross country every time doesn’t sound good either ….we just haven’t committed yet but he is adorable and such a great dog…no barking except if someone comes to door… he is very loving.  He is mostly Shi ZHU with some dachshund  thrown in we think as he is very long in the body…

Ollie ..early morning …not time to get up yet..lol

I know I know …I changed from Molly to Ollie but apparently I now have him as a CAT….poor Ollie…

If we end up driving home this is Ollie’s car seat and he loves it ….

mom in her new place ready to go out to lunch (91)

OK ENOUGH about Dogs and Mom … now to the lettering with ST Paddy’s day so close I have chosen one of my favorite monolines…. I CALL IT KIWI…so think green… lol… I apologize for it not being a very clean copy but I am behind and I just didn’t have time to re do it and its been scanned /copied one to many times…still I think you can see it well enough to try to play with it… enjoy…

EYE CANDY

STREET TRASH This guy uses street trash to create large animals…its just amazing what he can make…. I love the grasshopper because if you remember the story of the grasshopper and the ants…. the grasshopper was the lazy one….and I have always thought of myself as a grass hopper…. check it out…

TIGHTLY ROLLED NEWSPAPER a japanese artist highly rolls newspaper to create incredible art… animals…you won’t believe…. just wonderful…. give it a look …

TIRE ART...Blake Mc Farland….makes amazing art using old tires…. I can’t even begin to tell you how incredible they are so click on the blue link and check it out for yourself…

Ok that’s it 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

kh shadow elephant

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
closed

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