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

MAZE FOLD CARD from YouTube

OK GET IN , SIT DOWN AND HANG ON....This going to be like MR TOAD’S WILD RIDE... lol… first I stumbled onto this card via youtube and then I drove myself crazy finding a paper trimmer that had centimeters on it so that I could easily cut this… well that was really difficult as most of our paper trimmers don’t come with centimeters cause we don’t use them over here…and dashing over to UK while it might have been great fun was not something I could pull off at the moment…so I found ruler with centimeters and tried to figure out the measurements from that… but MATH GENIUS I am not…and even my husband wondered at all the paper scraps in the recycle bin that week…so now a week has gone by and I am think the hell with it I just won’t even try it…but you see I have all these birthday stamps /sayings and I kept thinking how much fun a Bday card with all of them included on it would be so… somehow here it is Easter morning and the light blub went off…maybe because I changed my FB profile photo to minion with Bunny ears I suddenly got minion voices yelling be do be do… and I thought how would APPLE DO THIS…as any of my friends  would tell you that if it seems hard on your apple you doing it wrong …apple makes it easy….don’t over think…so why not use my standard paper and cut the first one 4 ¼ x 8 ½ … cause this has to be a square or it won’t work. HERE IS THE VIDEO MAZE FOLD CARD..WATCH IT FIRST BUT FORGET THE MEASUREMENTS…JUST WATCH FOR FOLDING AND PLACEMENT…well folding is easy every piece is folded in half and you don’t have to use two colors but believe me its easier… lol…

Srushti’s maze fold card

Ok so now you see how its done and you can do as many or a few of the pieces as you like but I did the full 8… so here are my measurements…

BASE…4 ¼ X 8 ½ YELLOW

4 bX 8 ORANGE

3 ½ X 7 YELLOW

3 X 6 ORANGE

2 ½ X 5 ½ YELLOW

2 ¼ X 4 ½  ORANGE

1 ¾ X 4 YELLOW

1 ½ X 3  ORANGE

ok now my measurements are not perfect but it folds correctly  just so you know here are the photos I took so that I could show you step by step…

base

NOTE; I did change the second cut to 4 x 8 but I didn’t want to take all the photos over again as its shows in each one…so ignore the numbers on the picture and use the one’s listed above the photos..

ok see it does work… and then fold it all closed and yep it still works… and makes a square… now as I said I am not MATH GENIUS but I am pretty impressed with myself over this… and thanks be to minons that helped me see the light and Apple too…

Now my big HINT: for this one is do make a dummy … use two colors and it only uses about two sheets of each other so not too bad… but once you have the dummy don’t glue it together use removable tape so if you need to remeasure ( and some of my type A people are going to say hey… that won’t fold to a square ) fine you fix it and send me the new measurements and I will post it as a update… but for me I am satisfied with it the way it is…aka the lazy stamper… hey that might be my new signature…lol

ok hope you give this a try and that you like it as much as I did bet you all have lots of different birthday stamps…

AS ALWAYS THANKS FOR STOPPIN BY.…the LAZY STAMPER 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

MINI EASTER BASKETS

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

Dawn’s easter/picnic basket.

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

kath’s mini basket

cut 1….6×5

score on the 6″ size at 2 ” and 4″

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

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

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

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

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

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

DIY flower pop up/out

 

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

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

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

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

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

great card for mother’s day also…

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

DAWN’S SHADOW BOX BIRTHDAY

Dawn’s Shadow Box bday

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

DAWN’S BALLOON SHADOW BOX

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

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

cut 5 ½ x 12

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

kh buzzard/blue bird

front of buzzard card

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

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

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

JANIS BLEVINS CARD

MY AUNTIE’S CARD

CAROL CROSE’S CARD

CYNTHIA THOMAS’S CARD

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

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

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

Balloon stack

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

SCS FACETED BOX and Origami HEART

Yes, here I am … I know I missed a week post and I can’t promise that it won’t happen again… I think I may have mentioned that my Mom has Alzheimers….and while it is not too bad due to medicine she takes it had reached a point where it was necessary to move her to a memory care facility….that has been hard on all of us involved but she is in a lovely place and she is slowly adjusting…..they don’t like change …..so I am not sure where this blog is going or how often I will be able to post…but I know that Valentines is coming ready or not so here we go…

SCS FACETED BOX.. ok this is the link to their site and the video on how to make this as well as the directions….I do like it and I do think that its great for putting some valentine card it and giving it away….her verbal directions on the video are sometimes a bit confusing but if you look at the video and then maybe take a screen shot of what you are going to cut off it would be helpful..at least thats what I am doing… I think I will try to post the screen shot of what gets cut off as she doesn’t show you that so  well after …in any case it may show up better on the printed directions…I just watched the video knowing I was behind… also she would have been better to use a darker piece of paper as its hard to see the score lines or to show you them with a pen drawing in the lines… still I think its a do-able project.  Here is what it looks like finished…

SCS via Wendy’s video
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NOW MY ORIGAMI HEART…FIRST I want to tell you that while you can use any light weight (text weight or decorator paper) Origami paper works the best .. at minimum I would practice folding it with a piece of white text paper then when you know you have it switch to the paps that want to use and if you aren’t using the origami paper then You want to be sure and score the folds well so that it will lay rather flat on your card…generally Origami paper comes in 6 inch squares but you can use smaller if you want your heart to be smaller….the 6 inch size  piece of paper will make about a 2-3 inch heart.

The directions are pretty straight forward  but you can just look at the pictures as this is a very easy fold…not like doing a crane…lol…oh yeah when it says fold back…it means UNFOLD… also you can use a stamp image of a character to hold the heart or just put it on the card alone or with background paper. I am aware that this is very last minute however for me IF IT WASN’T FOR LAST MINUTE …I would never get anything done..lol…So don’t give up on me just yet and give it try…

Origami Heart simple

Here is one more that actually folds into an envelope this one the directions are in Japanese but the pictures will get you thru it….

envelope origami heart

Again start with a square and you might want to go with bigger paper or else just stamp or write a HAPPY VALENTINES ,or BEE MINE AND STAMP A BEE..etc to go inside …1 AND 2 YOU WANT TO FOLD AND UNFOLD…… DO START WITH A SQUARE ….but 8×8 is good for a sample and to get the folds down…then if you need bigger you will have to go to 12×12 paper and cut it to size or use it…

Again sorry this is so last minute…

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

 

 

 

Ghirardelli Chocolate MATCHBOOK holder

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

chocolate matchbooks

chocolate matchbooks

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inside with pocket decor

inside with pocket decor

GHIRARDELLI CHOCOLATE MATCHBOOK

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

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

EYE CANDY .baby anythings are eye candy right??

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

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

 

 

 

Dawn’s Matchbook Gift Card holder

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

MATCHBOOK GIFT CARD HOLDER

MATCH BOOK GIFT CARD HOLDER

MATCH BOOK GIFT CARD HOLDER

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

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

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

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

 

4 SEASONS CALENDAR

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

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

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

4  x 5 ¼ cut 4

approximately 2 ½ inch circles again cut 4 …

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

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

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

 4 SEASONS CALENDAR DIRECTIONS BY KH

4 SEASONS CALENDAR
DIRECTIONS BY KH

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

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

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

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

one using the designer card stock

one using the designer card stock

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

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

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

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

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

 

Dawn’s Dutch Fold Card

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

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

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

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who doesn’t love mice at christmas…

but what about travel….

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

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

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