GATE FOLD EXPLOSION CARDS

GREETINGS FROM THE GREAT PACIFIC NORTH WEST...yep I am back home and I almost know where things are….lol  My yard is beautiful and while my wisteria has already bloomed and now hangs in dead strings my peonies have just budded and then opened… and they are lovely…

first peony bud..

now we have two open

close up of the flower

also dog wood is blooming everywhere I’ll get some photos for later… and a friend took a trip down to Oregon and Cannon Beach and took this great photo of the sunset .

That’s HAYSTACK rock in the fore ground… just beautiful isn’t it… so on to card making..

EXPLOSION CARDS VIDEO..these are so cute and very simple and easy to make and bonus is that you actually get two ..yes two cards for the price of one…lol… I do like the there are two sizes of these and they are pretty easy …I will tell you and she mentions it that its best to use text weight or the designer paper for the explosion part because it gets harder to fold it with card stock also thicker to mail. Dawn will also show you using solid paper and then gluing triangles on the inside and she does tell you the this makes the card much thicker and little harder to fold… but she gives you these options…

large and small explosion cards.

Now this one was very impressive BUT…as I have said in the past I am not a fan of coloring and this had way toooooo much coloring for my taste it is impressive…my only suggestion is that I would have either left the belly band un colored or I would have used a solid piece of carsick that was the same color as one of the flowers…

my explosion with bees and inside wishing you a honey of a day…

EYE CANDY….string art…at least that is what I am calling it..  Ok Know its been a while and have more to share but I am just going to switch it up a little and start sharing whenever I get a blog finished sometimes I hold them til friday but friday is not going to be a magic day any longer if you are signed up you will get e mail when I post if not then it will be up to you to check to see if I have posted recently or not… so hope you enjoy all of this and more of the northwest soon…

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

DIAGONAL POCKET FOLD CARD

OMG…so sorry ..when I did this post I didn’t realize that she was only going to show you how to do the card with the pocket on both the outside and the inside…not the one I liked the best which was just the diagonal fold… no pocket… so here is the link to that video..

MASCULINE DIAGONAL FOLD this video is on YouTube…not her web site …well maybe there too but this is the one I found… basically they all use the same size papers…

BASIC CARD is 8 ½ by 11 ..then score it on 8 ½ side at 4 ¼ ..then rotate paper and score at 5 ½..

Next using your paper trimmer cut the card from one point to the opposite point ie diagonally …if it won’t fit in your paper trimmer that way then you will have to use a self healing cutting board and an exacto and a ruler… then fold on the score lines…

now you have two cards… so for the front triangles you need to cut

2 pieces ( bottom layer 4 x 5 ¼ i wouldn’t use designer paper for this because only an 1/8 inch boarder will show so choose a coordinating paper for this layer or you can just make this your ONLY LAYER ON THE FRONT OF CARD …..you still need two of them since you have two card bases assume you will want to use the same papers on them and in that case if its your ONLY layer probably use designer paper…

if you are doing a TOP LAYER OF DESIGNER PAPER  you will now cut 2 pieces of it 3 ¾ x 5….after you have cut the papers then you will cut each of them again diagonally ie from point to point so that they will fit on the triangle folds on your base card…

SOMETIMES A PICTURE REALLY IS WORTH A THOUSAND WORDS… so just watch the video this was basically just to give you the measurements so she only gives them on line… aaarrrgggghhh..

above are my two regular sized ones and the one on the left says HAPPY B DAY inside…the other says HAVE A HONEY OF A DAY…

above are the two 6×9 cards with only one layer and in this case because they were smaller I ending up using the same designer paper for both triangles… if you believe that I have bridge in brooklyn that I can sell you really cheap…lmao…. actually I got side tracked and had glued them on before I realized what I had done… so the left card says CELEBRATE wherever you are…. and the right one says DON’T COUNT THE CANDLES ON YOUR CAKE …JUST ENJOY THE GLOW THEY MAKE… ( I think I may have purloined that saying from Hallmark… lol)

Now if you want to make it easier it must also be smaller… so cut the following.

BASE CARD 6 X 9 …SCORED AT 3 X 41/2 ..

the diagonal cut and for the triangle panels on the front and for the inside panel.. cut

cut 2 ..3 ¾ x 4 ¼…only cut one of them diagonally the other can be your inside panel if you used a dark card it should be light … the other piece should be a piece of designer paper. ok hope you find this helpful and worth the second post..

again my bad for not giving you this with the first posting…. thanks for stopping by…

DIAGONAL POCKET FOLD CARD…we have seen this fold b before with putting the pocket fold inside and using it to hold a special note or a gift card… but I LOVED THE IMAGES OF THE CARD FOLDED WITH TWO TRIANGLES ON THE FRONT…

diagonal front fold flaps..

Now Dawn doesn’t give you the way to make this card but if you look closely at this image from her video… I think I can talk you through it. SO HERE GOES… using the 8 ½ x 11 piece of card stock  then score the 8 ½  side at 4 ¼ then rotate the paper and score it  5 ½ now here is where it differers… now instead of only cutting the diagonal on the bottom left rectangle you will not cut a diagonal line front the top left down to the bottom right..then when you go to fold the card closed it will make in insistence a diagonal gate fold…WHAT FUN… I also like the idea of just using complementary papers on the front of the card and a belly band with an image or quote on it … in the example above if you look to the left you will see the belly band with a circle on the front and a quote..

here is one that is closed two scraps of paper and belly band with circle…

two triangles on the front make a pocket on the front

two diagonal cuts make a triangle that folds up to create two pockets using 8 ½  x 11

the original with pocket inside in vertical format

same pocket inside but turned so that the card is horizontal.

in addition this one has a much larger belly band with multiple strips of paper and string..

All of the cards have a space for you to write your message on the inside… but I like the funky two triangle flaps on the front…

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

EYE CANDY…KEITA SAGAKI...ART WORK done using thousands of tiny manga images….. he draws directly onto paper using a 0.015-inch black pen, referring to images of the painting that he’s reproducing. Sagaki’s drawings vary in scale, from roughly the size of a sheet of A4 paper to enormous works almost 10 feet wide. Given that a single mistake could ruin an entire work, Sagaki takes his time when drawing, and some works take as long as a year to complete….just amazing enjoy..

TRI FOLD CARD

HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY to all the mom’s out there hope your day is filled with love and laughter… 

TRI FOLD CARD..I really liked this card because it had this quirky opening …however you might need to put a little note in with the card that tell them how to open it….I have friends who only receive cards and aren’t involved in making them they may not be able to figure out how to open it…  ANOTHER HINT…When you put the piece be it oval or circle or rectangle don’t overlap it too much ie too far down on the bottom flap because it will make it harder to open and in the end they may accidentally end up tearing the card ….of course you can simply fold the flap inside the card and then it will be easy to open but folding it over the top to hold the card closed is more interesting…as long as they can figure out how to open it…

I also like all the layers both on the front and on the inside but again don’t make that piece that is what holds it close too many layers or again it will be so stiff that the bottom won’t want to fold out easily.

Although Dawn made a wonderful card for her husband or a man card using her motorcycle stamps ….I just want to suggest that MOST men would not have a clue how to open this card…and it would definitely end up being destroyed.  Now her husband would not have a problem because he also makes cards…

I also think that the penguins would work really well with this card as would flowers and also the punch out owls… So just a few suggestions about this card technique…so have fun and GO MAKE SOMETHING… AS ALWAYS THANKS FOR STOPPIN BY…wire headed cyber toad aka kath

OLDEST PENCIL FACTORY this is one of the last pencil factors in America… very interesting.  I hope you will enjoy it…

 

 

DAWN’S EASTER/PICNIC BASKET

GREETINGS AND HOPE YOU HAD AN EGGS TRA SPECIAL EASTER..

I called this EASTER/PICNIC because its actually designed as a picnic and this is the 3rd basket she has posted very cute and somewhat similar baskets but each of them is unique in their own way. I am not a fan of the lid on this one which actually makes it more of a picnic basket but it is cute… I made two of them as Easter Baskets for a friend.

I also didn’t put the trim on the handle because these baskets were for friends who are not so into fru fru…so I skipped that part….  but this can also make a very cute birthday basket or just a thank you basket with a treat in it… personally I like the Ghirdelli chocolates but you can use whatever makes your friend the happiest… You could also get a gift certificate and if its paper you can roll it up like a scroll, tie it with a ribbon and put it in the basket…

In any case use it as you see fit…

easter/picnic baskets

I do like the way they sit and shape into a basket though which is a bit more curvy than the other basket..and its slightly bigger so it will hold slightly more candy or even plastic eggs filled with candy like jelly beans or m&ms…. either one is good…..

HINTS

a) I don’t have the stampin up paper trimmer so I can’t use it to score with… I was forced to use my scor pal because my paper trimmer is a fiskar with a wire and a slot that the cutting blade runs thru…while its great at cutting when I tried to score it ended up cutting the paper or scoring it so deeply that it cause the paper to crack and tear…yep ..had to start all over again…SO if you have to do as I did an use a scor-pal you will need to score one side of the basket and then turn it 180 score it the same on that side.. all of that is do-able..

b) You can cut up your regular card stock  but Jo anns and Michaels both sell lots of 6×6 pads of card stock and they are often duplex even if you use solid colors you can always stamp on it. So this is just an FYI..

I can’t think of much else to tell you about  this pattern as its pretty simple….I did write down the various measurements for the basket and put them on her cover sheet to make it easier for you and you should be able to print this sheet for reference. I also made some notes on how I did the measurements etc using the scot-pal. Hope it works for you.

pattern with measurements

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

SCS DAPPLED WATERCOLOR

GREETINGS SWEET SPRINGTIME… it gets closer to Easter everyday and I had hoped to get a few more pieces set to post but alas for me anyway if it wasn’t for last minute nothing would get done…lol… I continue to be playing with watercolor… and this was another technique that really appealed to me… that said I will say I am not a huge fan of rainbows…. but I could really see this background as STARRY STARRY NIGHT…and currently being in Fl … I went wow… just imagine some palmtrees stamped in black against this blue background…. and leaving a bit of open space in the area and then putying some yellow in there as moon… PRICELESS…then basically just using wet on wet and flicking other inks onto the background …. as I said priceless…

DAPPLED WATERCOLOR.  

HOk so you can see here how she is using the cap of the water pen to flip/ or flick other colors onto the wet background… but HINTS… there are other tools that will do this as well… back in grade school we used a toothbrush and splattered ourselves as well as the paper…lol so with any of these methods…you  may want to a) go to the kitchen sink or someplace you can clean up easily…b) wear and apron or old shirt or if you have on ( you may want to designate one) a painting shirt..lol… again… AND then don’t forget to remove it when your hubby comes home or he will wonder what you have been doing all day… lol

so in addition to the toothbrush ( make sure you are not going to use it to brush your teeth any longer… )this little tool and I have no name for it but SPATTER BRUSH works just like to your tooth brush and your children will not refuse to brush there teeth any longer once they see you using it… of course as always it available at craft stores but on AMAZON also..

amazon spatter brush ACTUALLY it says its a kemper tool… lol… what you can’t see in this picture is that there is metal bar on the back side of the wooden dowel that says kemper tools nd if you dip the bristles into the paint then you push the bar up against bristle and twist the handle and bingo it spatters…. test it on scrap paper first to see how much paint you want on it…

 

another spatter.. THIS ONE as you can see is a TIM HOLTZ product is there anything he doesn’t make… still it looks interesting… I am assuming that with this one you dip the long bristles into paint and then maybe using a pencil tap the brush on the pencil to drop ink onto you wet background or you may want to use it on a dry just to make spatter ….. again I found this image on AMAZON… but I assume that it would also be at Michaels or jo ann’s or HOBBY LOBBY…

SPEAKING OF HOBBY LOBBY...it appears that they are either trying to clear out all their stamps Ie discontinue selling them or they just want to get rid of old stock.. in any case I have come to the party late and only found one or two that I just had to have… but almost all of the ones they have for sale are down to less than two or 3 dollars… I was amazed even big ones… so you may want to check it out if you have one near you… I asked several of the checkers and no one seems to know if they just starting over or if they are no long going to sell stamps…..:(…. and if the stamps go does that mean the paper will also… not sure and they are not telling… so this is just an FYI if you have a HOBBY LOBBY  near by..

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

PANDA WATERFALL CARD

HOPPY EASTER….I AM JUST GONNA JUMP IN  ON THIS ONE…LOL…also I am celebrating a major BIRTHDAY…that’s right I am 16 today…no you don’t believe me well how about 30…ok that’s not working either right..so now you have to just guess but I can say that I am alive and well and thankful for every day…

I love this waterfall card and while I was taught it slightly different this is just so easy…I had to share it again…. and these little panda’s from STAMPING UP … they are a freebee if you spend $ 50 so yeah I had some birthday stuff and I had to have them… I think they are just too cute…here is the link to her video..PANDA WATERFALL VIDEO and below is are the measurements needed for each of the pieces that create the waterfall..

I don’t have all the other set she uses but I had some other narrow stamps that work for that last space…AND I did have several designs of cards that I bought by the box at Michael’s cause they were on sale for like 5 bucks… It was just such a deal and so I am using them for the background layer just like see did and even thought the front and back are not the same it works just fine I think… see below

ok there are my two using a box of black and white cards… but I am also going to make one with my favorite frog stamps and I can’t remember where I got him but he was on an image on PINTREST AND and I found her blog and ordered the stamp… sorry guys I just didn’t keep the info but you should also know that he is unmounted totally no cushion either … anyway I like him but there are tons of frogs out there…

I will still use the black squares and the black card basic..just because I like black and because I think it sets all the colors off better… I am not a fan of ink and paper being the same color… EXCEPT BLACK…lol…

I am also pretty sure that you can stamp the panda with the balloon on the last piece of white if you just mask off the bottom a little it might cut off the feet but the rest of panda and balloon will be just fine…

Here are some other designs you can use on the waterfall card…

I used my favorite frog  and then in the second one I used a large balloon stamp that I have.,..my background on each black base are the fronts on some cards I got at Joann’s that were on sale with like 20 cards in one box and envelopes… only the fronts of the cards are decorative the back are plain white but can be use to create the small squares… just saying..

So give this a card a go and my suggestion /hint is to pre cut some of the pieces of black and white as well as using the measurements to score the long strip of white so that all is ready to create your waterfall at the spur of the moment…

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MINI DIAPER FOLD TREAT CARD

GREETINGS …from the Easter Bunnyok I am not really the Easter bunny but after making these wonderful little diaper/pocket fold cards…I feel like the EASTER BUNNY…of course I should also share that I know have the crinkly cut paper that one uses for Easter grass all over the house… I do like it but its a pain to get out of the bag and also to keep into the pocket…lol… maybe that’s why the bunny usually uses just a basket and HIDES his eggs…no grass in the basket… all that said I am also looking for jelly belly jelly beans if you eaten any of them you know that every one loves Jelly Belliys…..lol… I am pretty sure you can find assorted ones at AMAZON and you may find them at Walmarts also…

I will confess that after making the diapers/pockets I used some lovely little rabbits and chicks that I found at Jo Ann’s they are felt and just too cute and I liked the idea that they were dimensional as well.  I found these early near the end of February then recently I found the little wooden painted ones so you have to go back often… which is just what they want….

Dawn’s larger pocket/diaper…this is one she made using an 8×8 square… mine were all made using 6×6 squares…

This is one I did a few years ago with an origami chick if you check my blog and search for origami chicken you will find the pattern for making it..

MINI DIAPER FOLD TREAT

kh mini diaper fold 6×6  2018 easter card

kh mini diaper fold  the little eggs and the tiny chick in the other card are both little painted wooden embellishments I found at Jo Ann’s

back of my mini

Now the problem with this card is that it makes a huge bump in the envelope so then you do have to add an extra stamp to mail it and also I would suggest that you tape it shut just to make sure …. as long as they hand cancel it it will be fine but if they run it thru that machine…well all bets are off.. fingers crossed…

Couple of HINTS on this one… you don’t ‘have to make it an easter card..it could just be a pocket that holds a gift card for birthday or just a mini message inside and it wouldn’t need the easter grass at that point…so up to you… If you decide to use it that way I suggest that you put the pocket inside a folded base rather than just using a single piece of card stock…it will be more secure and what ever you stick in the pocket has a better chance of staying there… lol..

coffee and chocolate
what could be better

EYE CANDY..SPDRS AD

In case you don’t know the above is an ad for SPIDERS financial something or other..lol  I have watched their ads for years when it always a spider creating a web somewhere but this one is all about PAPER folding and cutting and books … hence the new chapter reference…anyway I just love it.. and had to share it because like the SHERWIN WILLIAMS PAINT ADS its so intricate and so amazing … they hours they must have spent just filming it… so enjoy… and HAPPY EASTER…

I am going to an ADULT EASTER EGG DECORATING PARTY ON SAT..SO watch for pictures next week…

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

STAMPING PLATFORMS

me at New Year’s eve with the FLU…

Yep… right after Christmas the 26th to be exact both my hubby and I were at urgent care to find out that yes , we did have the flu…. canceled group annual dinner party as no one wanted to get the flu along with us… but my BFF Pamela had given me these great glasses at her Christmas party and it was good way to cover up how swollen and red my eyes were… lol  got meds now just need energy and ability to hold a thought…lol

BUT I wanted to share some information with you as I figure some of you may have received $$$ for christmas and it may be burning a hole in your pocket… so here is my take on the possibilities… and know that in some case you might also find the Holtz platform at either Michael’s or Jo ann’s and be able to use a coupon… again for the bang for buck my money is Holtz ( I do think lots of his stuff is over priced  but this is pretty fair)

TIM HOLTZ stamp platform

FIRST A DISCLAIMER... I don’t receive any payment for that which I am about to share with you regarding stamping platforms… 2) I can’t really take credit for this as it was shared with me by one of great readers and friend Janis Blevins…she does great research and is always looking for the best product for the money… so with those said… I should also share that I bought a MISTI stamping platform( no video) in WA and while I used it a few times and it worked ok… I did not initially purchase one for her in FL ….so when Janis wrote me and shared the video of TIM HOLTZ’s STAMPING PLATFORM .… I looked but frankly didn’t intend to purchase however  after watching it and discussing more with Janis I had to agree that 1) ITS EASIER TO STORE IN SMALL SPACES…2) IT DOES STAMP BOTH VERTICLE AND HORIZONTAL WITHOUT HAVING TWO PIECES OF LUCITE and there folds flat for storage…a huge plus for both of us.. while I am going to include a link to STAMPING UP’S platform…I don’t like the its two pieces and that the magnets are so difficult to and that ou have to store them on the back … The Holtz one stores on front under the plexiglass..they are strong but so strong that you can’t move them well ( it could also be her nails that causes Dawn trouble…lovely but hard to work with some things although she doesn’t seem to have a problem) 3) and this is the biggest reason… you can order this RIGHT NOW FROM AMAZON and you can’t get the STAMPING UP ONE if you missed the last preorder date until JUNE…. way too long for this impatient stamper… one last disclaimer…remember I am on meds…incase this blog seems a bit spacey…lol

NOW the best part of this device which ever one you choose is that is it will allow you to stamp over your image exactly in the same place until you get the image well inked… for larger stamps ( and I have been removing a lot of my wooden large stamps and using them with this positioned as I get better inking and perfect position every time as long as your image is removed from platform.

In addition it will make stamping multiple cards with the same image go a lot faster just cut your paper and place each sheet in the same place on your platform use your magnets to hold it place and ink and stamp and repeat as necessary.  So as my favorite Calligraphy teacher Carol DuBosch would say “WORTH THE PRICE OF ADMISSION” to your stamping tools…

LAWN FAWN STAMP SHAMMY cleaning cloth

One more item Janis shared with me was a cleaning cloth from LAWN FAWN... I don’t know what it is or truly understand but you simple wet it and wipe off your stamps and VIOLA it comes clean with the exception of STAZON…that one takes a bit more work and your image is going to get stained with the ink color but it will be clean for you decide where you want it placed on your card…if you are uncertain about the clean  then use a scrap piece of paper the same size as your card and test it… just to make sure… kinda link running only one copy to test before you make 50 upside down..lol..hey it happens…also it stays wet for a long time even WITH AC… now heat maybe be different if it dries too quickly keep a plastic bag handy and tuck it in there when you are using it. But you are supposed to get up and move every hour anyway…lol….so just go wet again…

SO the links are listed above but not the MISTI as I was not that impressed with it I am sure you really want to see it go on line to YOU TUBE AND type in Misti and I am sure you can find one…

Ok as I said I am just sharing some information and for ME  and Janis… we found the TIM HOLTZ was our favorite….

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

 

 

SCS SNOWMAN PUNCH BOARD

SCS SNOWMAN PUNCH BOARD TREAT HOLDER….this is just too cute…I am working away on my 10 that I need for New Years eve party….

OMG …you know I love snow and this little snowman is just adorable and so easy…I plan to use it or my placard  at my New Years eve dinner…. I will need 10 of them but they are just too cute…

SCS snowman treat holder by

SCS PUNCHBOARD SNOWMAN..YOU ARE GOING TO LOVE THIS guy and I am even going to use him for my JANUARY AND FEBUARY birthdays…since they are all back where there will be snow…and I have a snowflake punch to use for the name tag for New Years and I can stamp happy birthday on it for the birthday ones ……HINT: I will try to use ribbon for his scarf as I don’ have good luck with Washi tape and especially twisting it and then getting it to stick… but glue dots will work just fine for ribbon...HINT: I think I WILL USE  this for New Years I will also use use a small circle and the printer to put 2018 on it ….. pretty clever huh…..some days the brain does work better than others…lol that instead of a flower for on his hat…

I am also going to probably delete the arms as I don’t have anywhere to get the branches…condo here and they frown on you cutting the plants …lol,…so I will just use a glue dot to adhere the punched out snowflakes with the names on them…for the party

I may also use the end of an eraser on a pencil to make the buttons on the front of the snowman since I don’t have green buttons… to glue on…

Ok this is short but there is not much too it… while I will use some ghirdelli chocolates for the insert on some of the snowmen … for the guys..I think I will insert the mini snickers bars …just so its not so girly…

You could also add a gift card to each on and because it wouldn’t stay on its own you can use a glue dot on the back of it and then they can just take pull it out and remove the dot… they are not that permanent on something like a gift card….well guess thats all for now….

HAVE A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR... last post before 2018.. see ya next year…AS ALWAYS THANKS FOR STOPPIN BY…wire headed cyber toad …AKA kath

 

SCS LAYERED WINDOW CARD

TICK TOCK,TICK TOCK….YEP the clock continues to click on getting your cards together to and ready to mail…but least you feel that you won’t make it ….let me just say that late cards are always accepted and you can change it to a NEW YEAR’S CARD and buy yourself an extra week…lol

SCS LAYERED WINDOW CARD this is an interesting little card…and while they show it standing up…that will only happen if you have either one of those alligator clips on a base or if you send along a small plastic photo stand for it go it… but it is unique and unique is good.. I am pretty sure that I have posted about this before but its been awhile so thought I would do it again… and perhaps use a different die maybe just a plain circle…

Layered window

Open layered window

I am pretty sure that we have done this before but it is one my favorites… and don’t think that you have to do those side panels with the same stamp you can use word stamps or you can use the various decorator papers you might have also… and again the shape in the center could be round , or heart , square or even just plane round… and as I have suggested so many times… cut some of the bases and fold them so that they are ready to go they all you need to do is add your panels and the center design… I do suggest that you stamp first and cut second on those so that you make sure you get the images that you want where you want them …..this is also one of those image and added words will work so well with the stamping platform that I gave you links to last week…I am not saying you have to have it but it does make laying out a multiple image layout much easier…

just in case you missed it last week TIM HOLTZ STAMPING PLATFORM again…my good friend and best stamping buddy JANIS BLEVINS ..shared these with me and now I am sharing it with you….

In any a case hope you enjoy this who knows maybe it will be your 2017 christmas or valentine card..

I am keeping this short cause I am sure we both have lots to do…lol….AS ALWAYS THANKS FOR STOPPIN BY…wire headed cyber toad aka kath