NOT THE HUNDRED ACRE WOOD

GREETINGS AND SALUTATIONS….. but if you have listened to the news lately or even talked with friends you know that we are NOT in the HUNDRED ACRE WOOD..…in fact for most of us we are not even in our happy place and its getting harder and harder to even find that happy place…but enough… I don’t want this post to end up being negative .

So I told you all that I was taking a couple of on line classes via ZOOM and they were quite  fun…if different…I did try to work( they were calligraphy)  along with the teacher but it was easy… as Kermit says it ain’t easy being green in the case of of my last class which was with AMITY PARKS on Bister Inks…. being blue… I had my blue bister ink mixed up way to dark and then got it all over me… lol.. still the class was great and I think she will be doing more of them so I suggest you either check out her web site or think she has a site on FB.

I also took two classes with JULIE WILDMAN and she was fantastic also .. I am pretty sure she is offering the AKIM VARIATIONS again and maybe an ALPHABET book class. I also highly recommend both AMITY AND JULIE as great teachers.

I am sure there are lots of other classes being offered and in fact know that Carol Dubosh is also offering an on line class… I am pretty sure that JOHN NEAL BOOKSELLER also has some listing of on line classes…

No one seems to know when this will be over or if we will need to learn a whole new way of life… regardless ….as the saying goes KEEP CALM AND KEEP INKING

Now as I gave this title .. I think this is true…so many disappointing and negative things are going on… it would be great if we could just block it all out and you can just mute it whenever it comes on.. lol…

I wanted this to have some redeeming features so I have some lovely photos to share with you…

This is a photo from my Nephew Nathan Hoiles of a Butterfly that visited his butterfly/hummer garden …just lovely
and look no mask …lol

With all the bad stuff and especially with grads who were robbed of their graduation…this was too cool… these signs were from the 2020 graduating class of my high school .  They ran for a mile or so and while I couldn’t get a close up of them each sign had the name of a graduating senior.  I think that they the seniors were allowed to go pick up the one with their name on it after graduation date and take them home to their own yard… but these are along McGregor Blvd …a lovely scenic main road from down town to the beach… now the signs didn’t run the full length but it was AWESOME to see…

this was photo of a sunrise here sent to local TV station by this viewer…. note I said sunrise not sunset…

Photo my hubby took of an owl that we see frequently at the ranch.. and also the thunder storm that is brewing…

SPEAKING of thunderstorms …we had a short but noisy one yesterday …some terrific boomers and I wish there was a way for me to capture them and replay them for you… I do love my thunderstorms..

We are all a little mad here… as the Hatter said… and one morning a few weeks ago I woke up and this was running thru what I like to call my hard drive…so I had to get up… it was about 3:30 am east coast time and I went in and just started writing …. trying to come up with as many “x” s as I could think of… a flash back to SESEME STREET… who knows. I am pretty sure that X is what we are going to write on our calendar for this year. As you can see I didn’t spend much time with it as far as care of lettering because I wanted to get it all down… I may go back and rewrite it in a more perfect form but decide to go ahead and share it just because I might also loose it…lol

RED HOT POKERS from my friend Craig Barker’s yard..these are one of the hummingbirds favorite take out restaurants… no masks required..

One last image …I had to end this post with a cartoon from NEW  YORKER that my hubby sent me… i am still laughing

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

STANDING CARDS

GREETINGS ONE AND ALL

I told you about my epistolary ( mostly a writing friend that you don’t see often or have never met) friend Janis and how we after 22 yrs we did get to meet this past winter just before the big shut down…well we are still keeping that epistolary  friendhip going but she is doing much better than I. She recently sent me this really cool card idea that she found on the web…its called several different things but this first link is using an 8 ¼ ( not a typo ) by 11 inch piece of card stock … its then scored at 1 ¼ , 2 ¼ , 6 and 7.  Then turn to the 11 inch side and cut it at 5 ½ and you have two cards ready to fold and decorate.  WE liked this one cause it allowed us to use the BALLOON die from Stamping Up ..it is however discontinued now but you might be able to find it on eBay.  in any case this it JEANNIE STARKS link to her pattern

.https://juststampin.com/2017/04/09/%EF%BB%BFlets-celebrate/

BUT WAIT…just like ads on TV there is more to this card idea…some of the ideas actually make that center panel smaller and then the card is more like a triple gate fold..and this link shows lots of ideas plus some that have nothing to do at all with TRIPLE STANDING CARD… and of course bests of all is that it folds flat for mailing …little bulky and if you make things that are bumps then you will need extra postage…but hey aren’t your friends worth it.. here is link to lots of cards like this

standing triple panel card

So just pick the ones you like from the images and then click on them and they will take you to that link and you can find out what the cutting and scoring ideas are….

Here are some images of both Janis’s cards and mine… I can’t remember what they call that triangle card… maybe its triangle explosion it is difficult well maybe not but time consuming and Janis knows that I am not a patient person so this Triple fold standing card was much more my style.

Here is link to AMANDA MERTZ ’S  version which is more the gate fold version and she gives you all the measurements etc.( she is also an independent SU person) and this is link to her website.

http://didyoustamptoday.blogspot.com/2017/05/cool-popsicles-fancy-fold-stampin-up.html

Janis’s balloon die card like
Amanda’s

 

my version with balloon dies popped out

 

my balloon die version with it popped in not out…

my version of Amanda’s card more like a reverse gate fold that stands

Janis’s version of Reverse Gate fold or Trifold pop up card

 

Janis’s sliding barn door card so amazing

 

Janis’s triangle corner pop up card again very unique

If you want to see how to make this card you need to go to YouTube and just type in TRIANGLE CORNER POP UP CARD.  There are several video’s of how to make it.  

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


ZOOM WHILE WE WAIT

FELLOW DETAINEES…which according to the dictionary we are not Detainees because we are not being held for questioning nor for political reasons…well most of us aren’t…lol

Its hard to suddenly find ourselves being told to wear masks , stay at home, and even if we don’t stay at home most things have been closed… but they are starting to open a little and what is really hard is to realize that this, while it affords us time to play, read, and just sit and breathe..it not really LIVING…its just surviving and trying to help others survive.

Its hard on everyone and I just discovered that keeping my self distracted by doing things I have not done before and maybe not doing so well is a good choice…so I am going to share two different Calligrapher’s who are teaching via ZOOM if you don’t know about ZOOM it is very easy and its also fun…not the same fun you would have if you actually took the class because you miss out on the creative energy that one gets in a class..

but I am going to post this quick because one of them happens tomorrow thru Wednesday and that is JULIE WILDMAN’S FUNKY LETTERS… AND ITS NOT TOO LATE TO SIGN UP…. HERE IS THE INFO

I took Julie’s first class VARIATIONS ON AKIM and it was great fun and I am still playing and trying to improve my swoops…so I am looking forward to this class as well since it looks like lots of fun too.

The next class in on the 17TH and its taught by AMITY PARKS…and its all about the BISTER INKS..and tools etc… i have signed up for it as well and really looking forward to more discoveries.

Amity Bister Online

sorry I am late with these but I started cleaning out files and you know what happens when you do that..and since many of my fellow detainees are calligraphers I thought and hope that you have seen about these classes thru another source…

SOME EYE CANDY….

this Clematis is from my back yard  in WA…and was sent to me by my neighbor/friend Shannon as was this image of my Red-hot poker…

The rest of these are from my friend in Chehalis Craig… he has lovely flowers.

 

And this as you an see if from the WOC newsletter… and i love this sea pen… wonder what kind of letters it makes.

 

Hope you are all staying well and that your worlds are slowing coming back into focus..

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

 

POSITIVES TO THE VIRUS

Greetings Fellow Captives

Initially thanks to the media we have seen very little that is positive about this dang virus…( you will note that I will not use the name of this virus as I feel it has gotten way to much attention already….) but EARTH DAY was terrific almost every where this year….. VENICE had canals there were so clear you could see all the way to the bottom for the first time in years….LOS ANGELS had clear skies so that you cauld see all of downtown skyline …something that handn’t happen in about 30 years I think….

Italy canals after lockdown

Los Angeles skyline fully visible…

Lions in africa on empty roadways

DUKE our favorite Gopher turtle

In addition my husbands family owns property that has been in their family since 1910 and we have had gopher turtle on the property for at least 35-40 yrs….maybe not the same one but he is still using the same hole… Gopher’s are protected in Florida and I have recently been sending lettuce, carrots etc up with my hubby to toss out near his house..

Tuesday we were rewarded with him paying a visit to edge of the road and I took this video below…We have decide actually guess I decided to call him DUKE, and no Idon’t really know if he is a male or not . After I took the video he wandered out of sight kinda behind the car so I go out to see where he was and he was right behind the back wheel so. I picked him him and moved back to side of the road where one of his other entrances to his home is located…. as we drove away my husband looked at me and said that I had probably ruined Duke’s afternoon delight because Ray thinks there is a female on the other side of the road…

I also found a lovely duck pair taking a quick bath ( I say quick because an hour from now the water will have evaported) in a puddle across from the grocery

AND while I am stuck here in FLorida due to Mom (94) getting the virus and then testing negative after 25 days in hospital she was due to be released yesterday and they found that her potassium was going down so now probably there till monday., and while the heat Is worse then ever and now we have the love bugs too nasty little guys that don’t bite but fly around in tandem like they are brain dead and really mess up your car….

I have had lovely thunder stoms for the last two evenings just before sunset… and there are lots of lovely trees in bloom here the Ponciana( red to orange0 , the Jacaranda,(Purple) and the Goldenshowers… I have posted photos of them below..

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Remember that My hubby thought DUKE was crossing the road to have a little afternoon delight…well we found proof… below are pictures of DUKE’S FRIEND…we don’t know if its a she or he as we don’t really know what DUKE is so we are just going to call this one CLYDE after Sherlock Holmes turtle ( even though his is a box and ours is a gopher) in any case CLYDE was spotted two days in a row and appears to live on the other side of the highway and about half a football field away…we are attempting to supply each of them with fresh ( semi fresh) veggies…so we’ll see what happens…

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

 

SCS BLACK ICE TECHNIQUE

Hi all…I watched the video of this technique and thought it SOUNDED LIKE A FUN EFFECT..BLACK ICE TECHNIQUE

black ice technique

however, it is very hard to see the effect in the video so go all the way to the end and look at the last few images she shares of previous cards and if you zoom in you should be able to see the droplets effect…. as she points out no two will be exactly the same even if you use the stamp inks and stamps… but it is interesting…

love the idea of the moon just doesn’t photograph well

For me it would be one of those things that I would prepare quite a few of them at one time so just do the covers and then worry about making the cards…IN addition I really like the triplicate effect on the front of black cards… I think black is going to show up better than anything else.. I am now going on the prowl for copper and silver foil card stock .. I am not sure this would work on actual copper or on silver as I don’t think it would stick with the embossing and I know that embossing heat on copper changes the color so you want this to be card stock…

this may the best image of the little beads of clear embossing but still hard to see

loved the color with this one

I am pretty sure the Michael’s has had some gold cards in box for sale as well as some that are silver… but I will check for the sheets of card stock as well..

I did find sheets of silver and of copper at AMAZON they are the star dream brand and its pretty smooth as you don’t want paper with a textured surface or this technique would not show up well at all..

Again while the photos don’t show up well I am certain that if you had the card in your hand it would show up very well… and I love the idea of it… so who knows when but I do plan to give this a try..

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

friend sent me this photo and since I am back in the land of slugs and snails I thought I’d share it… lol

DAWN’S GIFT CARD WALLET

HERE’S HOPPING YOU ALL HAD A WONDERFUL THANKSGIVING AND THAT YA’LL GOBBLED TILL YA WOBBLED…LOL…I am grateful for all ya’ll that check out my blog.

Well I have good news and bad news…. the GOOD NEWS is my Mom is finally back at her residence in FT MYERS… so no more trips to Sarasota except for fun…lol. THE BAD NEWS is that due not being put on antibiotics weeks ..maybe even months ago her cough got so bad that had a fever last sunday of 101…FINALLY they gave her the antibiotics..its a long story why but she is very sad shape…and why not she has been suffering with this for over 6 wks and if they had given her the antibiotics to begin with it would have been gone in just a few days… ok know you didn’t come for this so I will move on…

dawn’s wallet for gift cards

DAWN’S GIFT CARD WALLET ..AS DAWN WOULD SAY THIS IS SO “stinkin Cute” seriously it is … and the great part is that its in plenty time for Christmas…she also tells you that it has so many pockets you won’t believe it…. so you can put gift cards or photos, or notes or just about anything you might want into it and give it ….and it doesn’t have to be Christmas…if  you want to give it as a BIRTHDAY well try using a balloon on the front using  either a die, a punch or fussy cut one out…. its just the cutest card and a very simple fold….

Dawn’s wallets

AS you can see she did one with just the word friend but this could also be a GET WELL, THINKING OF YOU, OR BIRTHDAY OR EVEN JUST BECAUSE …and note the you can also make the front of the card run either vertical or horizontal…

She is using 12 x 12 designer paper..Which means that is also duplex paper…and its gonna be kinda hard to fold… so you will need your embossing folder… you can use lighter weight text paper that in most cases will not be duplex …it just means that what little of the card shows inside will most likely be white or the same color as your outside…. either way due to the number of folds it will be sturdy enough especially if you are adding a gift card if you are adding photos you might want to add a slim piece card stock into the pocket that you put the photo so it doesn’t get bent…and due to the bows which like cause it makes look like a gift…you will have to add additional postage …STILL I think this is worth it…

HINT: regarding the Ribbon…. I would not rely on jus the embellishment on the front holding it in place….I would use a few glue dots on both the front and the back or the wallet and attach the ribbon with them and then also use the embellishment on the front to keep tin place…..

EYE CANDY..this is especially for all my friends and family in WASHINGTON...RAINWORKS is a brief YOU TUBE video of a process by which you  can letter on cement and it will only show up if its wet…. I love it…nothing could be more fun that wandering around Seattle in the stuff we call rain and finding these wonderful works of art and there are several other videos so you can see how and what he uses to make these and they don’t have to happen in Washington it rains everywhere sometime…lol…

Think I may have posted this before if you just type rainworks on You Tube it will come up several more …. ENJOY MY FRIENDS… and letter on…

AS ALWAYS THANKS FOR STOPPIN BY…..

 

 

 

Pinterest Frog card

WELL HERE WE ARE AGAIN….and I recently found this card from on Pinterest and I hadn’t been on P for a while and I discovered that many of the links no longer go to the item you were looking at BUMMER…it goes to the web site and then you have to look for what you wanted…. I am not sure why this is happening but this FROG Is a good example.  But I have a thing for Frogs so I thought I’d share this with you …

Pinterest Frog card

You will either need circle and oval dies or you will need circle and ova punches…

FROG HEAD……medium oval

FROG BODY ………ONE LARGE CIRCLE AND ONE MEDIUM CIRCLE

LEGS ……..TWO SMALL OVALS ONE FOR EACH SIDE.

EYES…3 SIZE CIRCLE..SMALLEST ONE BLACK WITH WITH WRITING…of course you know I would probably use google eyes…. what can I say….

CAT TAILS

head cut small rectangles about ½ inch wide and about 2 ½ long then round the corners and apply the to the thin strips to be the stems.

BOW…I am only guessing but think it could be a small butterfly punch or die or you overlap two tiny hearts to make it also…

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

 

DAWN’S Z FOLD and ZIG ZAG PANEL CARDS…

DE JA VUE , yes, you are not loosing it …we have done this type of card before but still I really like it and it stand by itself so that makes it a winner in my book…

Dawn’s Z fold

This is the birthday one that she did and the best part about her video is that she put the the measurements in for the white pieces ( you could make them any color or use some type of designer paper ) but cut it the measurements that she gives for the white so that it fits exactly in the space on the base card..ie no math involved… yippee…

MEASUREMENTS ARE….

BASE CARD IS CUT 5 X 12.. THEN MAKE A DOT AT 2 ½ IN AT ONE END AND CUT THE DIAGONAL DOWN TO THE POINT AT THE OTHER END THEN .SCORED AT 4 AND AT 8* this is also where she reminds you that you can have your Z pulling open from either way ..this means if you have duplex card stock that you are using you can decide which design you want to feature.

LAYER PIECE ( IN THIS CASE WHITE) IS CUT AT 4 ¾ X 12 THEN AGAIN MAKE A MARK AT  2 ¼ AND CUT FROM DIAGONAL DOWN TO POINT…THEN STARTING AT THE SMALL END CUT EACH AT 3 ¾ SO THAT YOU END UP WITH 3 PIECES…THESE FIT PERFECTLY INSIDE EACH FOLD OF THE BASE CARD…

HUGE HINT: If you use on either the base card or the layer piece a patterned piece of paper make sure you are cutting it right side up!!! or you will end up with pieces that are upside down..  if you cut wrong don’t throw it away try reversing the way your is folded and it may still work… just sayin…. I don’t tell y’all this cause I think you are dumb but because its the kind of thing I would do….lol…

Dawn’s Z wild ride

This is the same card different card stock , different stamps and a few extra layers of paper and of course embellishments.. and almost everything fits inside the base of the card just a wee bit of the banner is sticking out of the top…you want to make sure that it will fit in your standard envelope or you will need to use a 5×7 which is ok as long as you have 5×7..they still use just a forever stamp.

EYE CANDY….WINGS ON A LADYBUG…Not sure if you know much about Ladybugs but I am sure you do know how tiny they are so you won’t believe this video showing how larger their wings really are…. Also did you know that they hibernate during winter up at high elevations …well they do they group together in the large quantities under a rock.  In any case I think you will enjoy seeing this little video.

ZIG ZAG PANEL This is so close to the Z FOLD that I decided to put them in the same post…plus its really old she posted it back in May I think…sorry…I get behind sometimes…

check out the video and go for it…. it would also be a good one to put embellishment type flowers on… I just got an amazing amount of succulents that are dimensional in at Michaels and they were 75 cents a pack and I bought 10 packs…so I will try to whip one out and show you …. its quick and easy and there are lots of images you can use on this card…

ZIG ZAG PANEL CARD

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

 

MT RAINIER TRAVEL

GREETINGS…

I assume that you are aware that we for the past several years have spent our winters in Florida and our summers in Washington.  Well since I consider WA my home I am also sure I have perhaps more than I should have , suggested that I’d prefer to spend my time in WA and that I really do miss spending my winters in an area of mostly rain but also within just a few hours of fabulous SNOW…. I know if you have to work in it and drive in it and live with it day in and day out spring is a delight …but i miss playing in the snow …. and though my husband does in fact enjoy the heat he also misses the SNOW…so that when we returned to WA this late spring to find that there MT RAINIER was still packed in snow at the upper elevation namely PARADISE INN we were elated.  In addition I had previously ( in February) booked us our favorite room at the Inn for the 12th and 13th of June well the was just priceless…I don’t usually book this early because we are not usually having good weather namely its raining and cloudy WITTHOUT the benefit of SNOW and usually no chance to see the mountain.  But I had found out ahead of time that the ANNEX at the INN would be closed for renovation beginning in late AUGUST and that it would stay closed for a year or longer… The Inn at Paradise is 100 years old and I am not sure what they are doing but its more than just cosmetic that had been done several times over the years. So I booked the rooms and lucked out… there was at least 10 feet of snow around the INN.

Because the Inn will be closed for so long …one will have to stay down at at the Inn at Longmire or one of the facilities outside the park.

This was the view out of our window looking over at the front end of the INN as you can see there was a lot of snow and I was loving every minute..

my penguin…

out my other window there was this small tree that had been broken down by the incredible amount of snow this year at the mountain but looking at it I thought it looked like a penguin.

the Fireplace at Paradise

An Old Photo of the what the lobby of the Inn looked liked years ago..

Paradise river just before it goes over Narada Falls.

Down at the lower elevation the WILD VANILLA is blooming  I love those leaves

one of my favorite flowers the Orange ones are Indian Paintbrush..

another of my favorites BEAR GRASS also called SQUAW grass….

Mt. Rainier at sunrise.

While I didn’t get to see it at sunrise this time I did get to enjoy all the snow and how quiet  it was because the snow absorbs the sound.

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

DRY EMBOSSING ON VELLUM

GREETINGS…

I learned to do this technique several years ago but I had forgotten about it till I was browsing thru thru my  STAMPING SCHOOL  subscription…..she had posted a card using the fat chicken….

Stamping School card

.and I had gotten that stamp set cause I just loved those chickens and so I had to give it a try ….you do need to press very gently or you will tear the vellum…but I love the effect….of DRY EMBOSSING ON VELLUM….i can’t link you to STAMPING SCHOOLsite but I found this video on you tube…the STAMPING SCHOOL SITE is a pay site…. its 35$ a year but I do like the way she lays out her cards…and you can save favorites for yourself on the site and she gives what she calls the recipe which gives you the sizes of card…score lines etc and a picture all on a single sheet of paper…. I like all of that so much that I said ok I am going to pay for it… this is my 3rd year and I do feel I get my money’s worth .  So while there is the link up there …you won’t be able to see all of the cards etc/videos unless you pay for a subscription.  This is also why I can’t link you to the sight

I also discovered that its hard to do a large open area….and while balloons would look good afraid it will be harder to do that larger area….unless you have the denser piece of foam to rub on… I tired to use my mouse pad and it tore, I found a small piece of dense foam that I had for something else and it worked better so I went to Michaels and looked for dense /thicker foam wirere they had the light foam that you can use to die cut images… the dense foam is little more than ¼ inch thick and it only comes in two colors grey and white… I think the grey will be easier to see where you have been and what still needs to embossed…. it was a very cheap purchase think it was only 99 cents… It can be very impressive .

Here are some of the images that I did ….

mouse embossing

chicken dry emboss

my frog above is mounted on the multi panel card or center step….and I did use watercolors on the back side of the vellum.

dry embossed flowers of vellum

Because I scanned these images none of them are showing up as well as they do when you see them in person…

also I would tell you that you can also use tracing paper its slightly thicker and not a transparent as vellum but it will work..also colored vellum will work it won’t show up white but it will show up a lighter shade of whatever color you might be using..

EYE CANDY…..SEAL AND GIRL ON DOCK..this is maybe not eye candy… and as you can see it made the NEWS as well as FACEBOOK and it made me laugh…only because I know she is ok…I am sure she was scared but this is the best reason why t you don’t feed wild animals…I know I have a black sense of humor but as I said she is fine. just a little wet and shook up…

well guess that’s it for this post…. AS ALWAYS THANKS FOR STOPPIN BY…wire headed cyber toad aka kath harney