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

GATEFOLD SHUTTER CARD via  YOUTUBE

Well I hope you had a wonderful THANKSGIVING FILLED WITH LOVE , LAUGHS, FAMILY AND FRIENDS.

I love this card and I know that DAWN and I posted a similar card …at least it has the same technique of that camera shutter effect on the inside …however hers was smaller and this one is not only larger but it is centered in the middle of the card… I do really like it and so thought I’d share again…I am going to make one like for my grandson who is graduating from college in December.

Now it may look a little scary but its really not hard at all and I would suggest that you cut a pattern out of a piece of old file folder for the two pieces that create the shutter effect then keep it in the sheet protector with the directions page…

There are several videos on how to so this but I think this one does the best job of showing and describing what she is doing .

COUPLE OF EXCEPTIONS…tips and hints… her description of how to assemble the shutter effect… she makes it look like she is sticking it down on the wrong side of the score …. best way is put the tape on be sure the the fold is to the back and then tuck it up just a fraction off the score line…look closely at her picture and you can see then line up the other side and do it also…

I do like her suggestion that you put these pieces in place BEFORE you attempt to put the the center piece on … also I would not cut the opening as close to the edge of the center piece as she did… make it too fragile.. go for a smaller punch or die cut circle…

GATEFOLD SHUTTER CARD OPEN showing shutter

GATEFOLD SHUTTER CARD
OPEN showing shutter

GATEFOLD SHUTTER CARD OPEN showing shutter

GATEFOLD SHUTTER CARD
OPEN showing shutter

where the shutter pieces are glued down...

where the shutter pieces are glued down…

I do think that this is my favorite cards right now… I seem to have a lot of small birthday stamps and I love using them in this shutter effect…

Ok give this one a try and 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

 

 

 

 

BOX IN A BAG

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

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

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

DAWN’S BAG-A- LOPE

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

DAWN'S BAG A LOPE

DAWN’S BAG A LOPE

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

BAG A LOPE WITH MINI BATTERY TEA LIGHT ...SO COOL

BAG A LOPE WITH MINI BATTERY TEA LIGHT …SO COOL

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

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

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

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

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

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

“Fishing” replied the old man….

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

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

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

JUST A LITTLE FALL EYE CANDY

LEAVES ON SIDEWALK IN SEATTLE on a recent trip

LEAVES ON SIDEWALK IN SEATTLE on a recent trip

 

tree around corner from our house

tree around corner from our house

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

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

SCS MINI FILE (TAG) BOX

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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 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