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 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

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Well its hard not to be a bit let down after all the hustle and bustle of Christmas and New Years .  But I know many of us are wondering just what this year is going to bring due to our very unusual election of 2016… One thing for sure is that there will probably be changes… however, I plan to try to keep busy with my usual activities…and so I want to share with you right away the INVITATION to participate in the GRACEFUL ENVELOPE CONTEST...this is the link to the 2017 contest with rules and how to participate BUT just like on the TV there is more….YEP there are links on this page to several year’s worth of lovely eye candy from some of the previous years….and these are only the winners…or honorable mentions… So give a look and then see if you can create an envelope to submit.  The rules are all there and if you have an questions you can contact me via this blog or by e mail.  Its really fun and frankly its not about the winning its just about the challenge to myself from myself to create an envelope… Since I am trying to focus more on my calligraphy this year.

I have signed up for a blog called PUSHING THE ENVELOPE…its been around for a long time and its hosted by JEAN WILSON… she posts almost daily incredible envelopes that she receives in the mail… its a great resource to spark your imagination… some of the envelopes would be more likely considered MAIL ART rather than Calligraphy but they are are interesting and you’d be surprised at what makes it thru our postal system…I have included at least a few that I thought were special and especially ones that I wanted to try myself.  This one below is very interesting and I had to give it a brief try although I felt a little bad doing it at this time of year ( I mailed it before Christmas)….it might not have arrived on time but I am certain that the friend that got it will appreciate it.

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This was done by Celia Lister… and my effort was not quite so involved but I liked the effect. For the lettering was just simple monoline letters at random angles. It was not any formal calligraphic script but it does create a lovely calligraphic effect with the use of colors and shapes.

my envy with w/c between the letters...

my envy with w/c between the letters…HINT..make sure your letters are waterproof..lol

 

Here are just a few more of the ones I have saved since I subscribed… I don’t save them all but I did created mail box where I can stash the ones I especially liked

This is done in the NEULAND SCRIPT

This is done in the NEULAND SCRIPT

POINTED PEN CALLIGRAPHY

POINTED PEN CALLIGRAPHY? might be pointed brush

Love that she filled the whole envelope with snowflakes and then added snowflake postage..

Catherine Langsdorf's art

Catherine Langsdorf’s art

this was an actual submission and I think it was either a winner or an honorable mention… beautiful layout… but simple and elegant.

LOVED THIS ONE

LOVED THIS ONE

This one was probably my favorite… its sorta a variation on NEULAND but making a double crossbar on the T …….PRICELESS and icing on the cake!…. also the effect of kinda making it look like confetti….just lots about this one that makes me smile.

Now these are JEAN’S letters and her note with this post said that someone gave her the words. WHIMISCAL CHRISTMAS…and asks her if she could design a complete alphabet from those words…I think she did a stellar job…

JEAN WILSON'S whimsical letters...from her blog

JEAN WILSON’S whimsical letters…from her blog

So I have given you some ideas, and font to play with so why are you still here???lol GO MAKE SOMETHING…check out the GRACEFUL ENVELOPE AND PUSHING THE ENVELOPE. 

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

 

 

 

MINI MAGAZINE HOLDER for CARDS

WOW.. I know I have told ya’ll in the past that making cards for someone is a great idea just give them some cards that they can share with others….especially if they don’t make cards themselves or even if they do …if you do a swap between a few friends this would be a great way to share cards and have a clever way to hold them,..Dawn has had a couple of different boxes and so has SCS that could be used to give away a few cards  so here is DAWN’S video and while I noted a few posts back that I was delighted she started giving us the cuts and sizes in the print out so we didn’t have to start and stop the video so often to scribble it down… she still isn’t giving us the scores…and at that time I think I also suggest that you print the front page with the cuts on it and then in the open space write down the scores so you can save the idea in a sheet protector …will this one has a lot of cuts and folds so I tried to save the ones that would help the most with assembly.

 MINI MAGAZINE HOLDER

mini mag holder for cards

mini mag holder for cards

HINT…the heavier your paper the better for the basic box as it might be too flimsy if you used lighter weight paper…here are a few freeze frames from her video to maybe help you with the assembly…

scored , cut and taped

scored , cut and taped

folding it over and sticking it down on one side then repeat

folding it over and sticking it down on one side then repeat

TADAH...without layers that decorate...

TADAH…without layers that decorate…

one more HINT…. BE SURE YOU CREASE OUR FOLDS REALLY WELL WITH BONE FOLDER this will make the box go together easier and make it sturdier also… she says it but doesn’t quite do it because she is in a hurry in the video..she also has a complete theme for this cards and they match the box..I don’t think that’s absolutely necessary I think you can make some birthday some get well maybe a celebrate and then decorate our box with anything you like some old pages from books or the sheets with the old writing on it or the ones that look like old maps…. again this would fit into the small priority mail box to mail…you can try a cushion envy but my guess is that its going to get squished…

This holder will hold standard size cards and envelopes…and I thought this would be a good teacher gift or secret pal gift.  You can fill it with any kind of cards you like….Birthday, Thank you, holiday etc…

Any way just give it a try and do send me photos if you make one…

EYE CANDY …

THANKSGIVING SMILE

THANKSGIVING SMILE

BEAUTIFUL sunset from our LANAI

BEAUTIFUL sunset from our LANAI

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

 

 

 

 

SCS MINI FILE (TAG) BOX

GREETINGS 

I have loved my envelope and box punch board ever since it first came out and when they came out with putting both the envelope and the box on one punch board …priceless…however if you have one of those nothing changes in the directions I have a tip…..it is be sure you open the bottom leg on the board so that you can embossing all the way down.

Next I love this design a lot because it makes use of all those WONDERFUL DUPLEX 6X6 SQUARES…and you can make 4 out of a 12×12 square… plus what a clever idea to make holiday tags for gifts …. as she points out they are quick and relative easy and everyone one would love to have lovely special tags for their packages… My BFF, Pamela,  is the most amazing package wrapper /decorator… her packages look so amazing you don’t even want to open them… they are gift all on their own…so I can’t make to make up some special tags for her to add to her packages…I think she will really enjoy them. Since my idea of wrapping is usually just a bag I will make some for myself as well and kick up my bags a notch….

 

mini file/tag box...SCS

mini file/tag box…SCS

 

 

my mini tag box

my mini tag box

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Here is the link to the video and tutorial...SCS MINI FILE BOX..

You know that these could also be tags to use on the front or even the inside of a card or actually as a card themselves… they don’t have to be holiday tags they could be birthday , get well, anniversary, etc…so just keep that in mind.

Now I am not sure this actually counts as EYE CANDY ..but I am child of a woman who was and incredible seamstress… as a child every year for christmas I got a lovely Madam Alexander doll. Now the dolls always came with an outfit ..maybe a bride doll or fancy evening dress …but my Mom would make me a special dress for christmas and she would  also make the same dress for my doll so we had matching outfits and she would also make other matching outfits for us both… as I grew older my mom made my first prom dress and several others along the way…so you can imagine that when I took home economy class in high school you would think I did well in the sewing section…NOPE…I  managed to cut out a dress with both sleeves on the same side of the dress… I should have gotten an F on the project but since no including myself could figure out how I did it I was given a D for creativity…lol… anyway sewing was never part of my crafting … however I recently saw a really cute table runner and I had bought some amazing material in Alaska ( thinking I’d have someone else sew it for me) so the pattern and people at the quilt store helped me figure it out… My WA BFF STEPHANIE said its easy… well she didn’t know my history…however this so called 10 minute pattern took me a week… lol. but I finished it today so I am so proud of myself and because Stephanie assured me I could do it… bought more material to make some more of them for christmas presents… so here it is…This fabric came from a wonderful QUILT STORE in SKAGWAY..and its called BATIK type fabric…

back ..this fabric came from the quilt store

back ..this fabric came from the quilt store

 

front of table runner

front of table runner

 

 

unique point end and close up of alaska batik

unique point end and close up of alaska batik

OK that’s it for this week… hope you enjoy… AS ALWAYS THANKS FOR STOPPIN BY...wire headed cyber toad… aka kath

DAWN’S COOKIE CUTTER REINDEER CARD

We are moving right along from HALLOWEEN…which I hope was delightful for all of you… TO CHRISTMAS or various holidays…. I don’t really do much for Thanksgiving holidays due to fact that I am in transition…however, LAST weeks twisted gate fold card  just so excited me that I made up several and now they only need the stamping inside and then some type of embellishment on the outside.

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(this first one above used the cookie cutter as a cookie… me I plan to use it as a reindeer.)

But because I plan to use them for the few Thanksgiving cards that I need… I found some cute readymade embellishments which are Thanksgiving themed…BUT…are ya ready for this… that cookie cutter punch makes a terrific reindeer and I really like it if she had only shown the gingerbread boy I would not have been very interested… but turning it upside down (repurposing) it to be a reindeer well that one got my attention…so picture the card above with a reindeer on the front rather than the gingerbread boy….

By now I am sure you have figured out that I bought the both the punch and the stamps but you can probably do without the stamps if you can draw just a little…. but remember my nome de plume is LAZY STAMPER…lol..

DAWN’S RUDOLPH CARDthis was just a basic card folded in half and then decorated..the whole thing was making the reindeer which in this case she is calling Rudolph and giving him a red nose… just too cute…but you can use him with any of the other cards we have made like putting him on the front of gift card /candy holder…or on the diagonal/twisted gate fold card.  So you decide if you can pass up this punch… I couldn’t cause I have no willpower.

EYE CANDY….Ok so last weekend I took a PASTE PAPER class with SALLY PENLEY..if you don’t have a clue what PASTE PAPER is then basically its like watercolor on paper then using just about anything you can think of to make marks on the paper while its still wet… however , you are needing something that is more opaque so paste paper is made up of wall paper paste with acrylic added…there are other kinds but this is what we were using … and it was such fun… as a calligrapher this paper can be use to write on depending on how busy a background it is or it can be used to make cards, booklets even  gift wrap if you are careful with the folding … Sally prefers to make her designs on ARCHES TEXT WOVE paper…this paper takes the paste well and for the most part holds up to most of the tools you might use to kinda scratch designs into the paste. Ok enough talk here are some photos I took of the class and the papers.. If you have an opportunity to take a PASTE PAPER CLASS I think you will really enjoy it and if you can take one with SALLY PENLEY well then I know you will have a great time…

this piece Sally had written on the paper before applying the paste

this piece Sally had written on the paper before applying the paste

note gloves to keep the paste off your hands. also the scratching tool

note gloves to keep the paste off your hands. also the scratching tool

some of Sally's finished pieces

some of Sally’s finished pieces

well that should have gotten your creative juices going so now go make something… and most of all play…

ONE FINAL EYE CANDY…well I am not sure its really eye candy…while raking up the leaves from the last storms my hubby rescued a weathergram as seen below…he swears there was a squirrel holding it who told him if you ever want to see this again bring me the nuts…( we have run out )…lmao…good weathergram though..

kath's half eaten weathergram...the squirrel's hostage

kath’s half eaten weathergram…the squirrel’s hostage

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

 

DAWN’S SLIDER and CANDY AND GIFT CARD

WELL ITS OCTOBER and if you been following my blog for any length of time you would know that that means HALLOWEEN ….which is my favorite holiday….its eat drink and be scary time…I AM SO BEHIND…between trying to get ready to leave …making Halloween cards and then to top it off a friend dragged me to a quilt store and I got hooked on making a so called 10 minute table runner… lol that 10 minutes has taken me 3 days and I am not done yet but the next 3 will go faster…lol yeah I bought fabric… but it is cute and will make great holiday gifts…maybe even for this year…lmao…anyway here are some cards and sorry this posting is little late…

DAWN’S WINDOW SLIDER CARD

Dawn's Halloween slider

Dawn’s Halloween slider

I really like this card and not just cause its halloween… because it is a slider ……but you will not want to get too carried away with embellishments as you must keep them on the piece that doesn’t slide …so lots of stamps and lord knows I have halloween stamps… and every year I think I will pare them down and give some away but I just can’t seem to do it… oh well as my hubby says it keeps me out of the bars…lol

Dawn's Xmas slider

Dawn’s Xmas slider

This is the same card but this one is in the vertical format… not a lot of cards work that way but this one does and I like it too… I do have the acorn punch so it will be a fun one to use that with…

DAWN’S CANDY /GIFT CARD HOLDER..

dawn's candy/gift card holder

dawn’s candy/gift card holder

This is so cute and quick…and while this one is halloween it will be great for the holidays and just perfect to slip a Starbucks gift card into or any that you would like…and no I don’t get a kickback from Starbucks but I do love my coffee…

My dear friend SHARON CLYMER…emailed me this adorable images of really artsy PUMPKIN CARVING…so here is your EYE CANDY FOR THIS WEEK…10086

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I DON’T KNOW who he is but think we can all agree that he is super talented…thanks for sharing Sharon…. ok so that’s all for now…again sorry its late…but ” time keeps on slipping,slipping into the future”…

REMEMBER…GHOULS JUST WANNA HAVE FUN... and have a save and scary HALLOWEEN…

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

 

 

PENS, PAPER AND INK

GREETINGS…

The title for this blog is from my older business cards… I didn’t really have a business but I did teach a lot of lettering classes in various places and I made up my own business cards and that’s the phrase I used on them so here is some more info along that line…

I recently rewatched the movie JULIE AND JULIA…if you haven’t seen it its wonderful about a girl who decides to spend a year cooking all of Julia Childs recipes from the MASTERY OF FRENCH COOKING book… and in addition to cooking them all she is going to blog about them …. now the movie never says she does this daily , but we assume that…anyway I got to thinking about my blog and decided it was a very narrow focus and to be quite frank its a focus that I am growing weary of …. I love making cards but STAMPING UP has the market covered in demos on line of how to do these cards and mostly while I may share a tip or hint about them I am basically just referring you to one of their websites …. so I am in a position of wanting to do more with my CALLIGRAPHY… that was how I got started with the cards in the first place….so you may find that do the movie and my waning interest there may still be mentions of cards etc but also more about calligraphy and paper and inks etc…I hope I will not loose those that have been following but as Julie mentions in the movie she has no assurance that anyone is looking…she later finds that they are in fact but unlike Julie … I do know that I maybe have about 20 loyal fans but I rarely get comments so it feels like it is just going out there in the ether…and that’s ok too since I didn’t do this to make money and when I think about why I did I realize that I was spending a great deal of time in a location where I had very little reactions with other calligrapher’s or even other crafters.. Since Pens, Paper and Ink were original focus in 1984…I have decided to try to go back to that…. I am also going to try to share more EYE CANDY and possibly a less structured /scheduled posting … as I said I hope this will not frustrate you and that those of you that are not spam( I get a lot of that) will continue to hang in there and maybe you will even be motivated to make a comment now and then…

WOW does that sound like whining…sorry….I just thought you should know so you make your own decisions..then again maybe you are as bored with this format as I am…

THE MAKING OF PAPERI THINK you will find this video quite interesting… the first time I took a paper making class I was amazed at the fact that while I was told to bring 12 inch squares of cloth ( which I bought in lovely patterns and colors think it would be used to CREATE the paper) ha no way it was used to couch your paper i.e. lay your wet sheet on to dry … lmao… so funny…and because it was a big class they just had us pile it up in a stack so and they helped us use the first one we came to so I didn’t even DRY my sheets on my lovely cloth… really funny … that’s how it was done with small group of 20.

Every year for quite a while not sure how long there has been a WASHINGTON STATE CALLIGRAPHERS CONFERENCE…its open to all the WA groups and I am sure we would not deny any Oregon calligraphers either or even California…lol Its held at CAMP HUSTON which I believe is owned by the Luthern church AND its in GOLD BAR WA… its a beautiful setting and about 20-40 of my closest friends come to gather and share and play… for the last 3 or maybe 4 yrs we have extended it from friday to sunday to THURSDAY TO SUNDAY… so 3 whole nights and lots of time to share and play …sometimes there is a teaching moment and this year I am teaching a monoline class it will only be about 2 hours and since most of the attendees are calligraphers it is rather easy to teach… Monoline means just that only one line and it does not go from think to thin …there is no pen angle and the letters can be any size you want… the TOOLS are generally just a bullet tip ..ie ball point, pencil, colored pencil, gel pen, ruling pen etc… anything that writes basically but not with a chisel nib or even a pointed pen… you could use a pointed pen nib but you’d have to becareful not to allow it to make thick and thins… even a fountain pen is good .  I taught these a lot at local scrapbook stores because scrapbookers for the most part don’t want to do formal calligraphy or spend the time and practice it takes to achieve good letters.  But monolines were quick and relatively easy and gave a nice look to their page which maybe their own handwriting didn’t. It also provide a lot of variety …so basically I am teaching a type of typography which in fact is where a lot of my scripts come from… I am especially fond of ART DECO STYLE LETTERS as you can see from my exemplar below.

I don’t own this version but I did spend a lot of time creating it and making the exemplar so I don’t mind you sharing but share the blog please and if you teach this even for free somewhere make a smaller copy of mine to share and show and then do your own exemplar… its hard to teach someone else’s letters so do yourself a favor and do your own version based on  mine…I called mine ORNATE STYLE

kath's ORNATE STYLE EXEMPLAR

kath’s ORNATE STYLE EXEMPLAR

As you can see a lot of that style is from the unique idea of cross bars on letters and dots under a small  o  with all the other letters being larger…while my script is based on typography by TONY FORESTER..here is some original ART DECO letters by RENNIE MACKINTOSH

RENNIE MAC FONT

RENNIE MAC FONT

as you can see its very similar but he has also added dots with some of the other letters like M in capital letters and l and w in lowercase ..his lowercase letters also makes 3 crossbars instead of two but otherwise his caps and lower case look very similar… personally I love it… you can not be two quirky for me…. and don’t ya just love that capital Q and the lower case q … clever don’t ya think…. any way here are some letters to play with.  I’d love to see what you do with them make cards, weathergrams, banners posters, scrapbook pages whatever… just have fun…

I also promised you photos from my cruise to ALASKA…it was fabulous but I will have to post it separately this one is getting too long…

EYE AND EAR CANDY..Mike Rowe’s letter from his MOM.. This is a medium length video of Mike reading a letter from his mom regarding loosing her BIG BLUE BAG in the Walmart ( WALLY WORLD ) parking lot… I laughed so hard tears ran down my leg…. but for all us women you know just how awful that feeling of having left your purse or wallet or credit card somewhere can be…so this is a lighter look at him and I’d love to know how long after the chaos his mom wrote the letter…. hope I am sending you a smile when maybe you need it…

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