NORTH TO ALASKA the cruise is on…

Well about 1973 I brow beat my husband into going on a cruise to the BAHAMAS…we had only been married a few years and we were living in Florida …. my then and current BFF’s husband was working for a company that had a group of tickets for the 3 day cruise and they asked us and another couple we were friends with to take the cruise with them… I really wanted to go but hubby and done this cruise in high school (he’s a bit older than me both physically and mentally lol) and he was against it …finally as the deadline for signing up approached… to get his attention I sat on his chest and looked him square in the face and said… I AM GOING …am I traveling alone or are you coming… he agreed to go… we had a good time but I was slightly depressed at Nassau. I thought it would be casinos, glamor, glitz…it wasn’t it was rips in the blackjack table tops, burns in the drapes and nasty carpet…. still we had a day on a private island which I am told they still do and of course now Nassau has the ATLANTIS on paradise island so I am sure its much more fun now… still I wanted to try another cruise and yes I have been whining about it for a while …finally he gave in and scheduled a 7 day cruise to ALASKA FROM SEATTLE I love it

FIRST STOP JUNEAU..…..we left on a rather sunny ( for Seatte) day and headed up to JUNEAU…where we had scheduled a trip to MENDENHALL GLACIER and a whale watching boat trip ….I actually thought they were both a boat trips or one trip that did both… turns out the Glacier was a bus ride with a slightly cranky no nonsense bus drive and a very jerky bus however the Glacier was lovely to view from a great distance ( again more than I thought) and also a tremendous waterfall which we did not have time to hike to due to the next leg which was whale watching… as it turns out I could have skipped this …it was a fun scenic boat ride and we did see lots of whale blows quite close and very frequent …however due to the time of year they were not breaching ( that’s when they leap out of the water and crash back) because they were feeding for their return of I think they 5000 miles to the hawaiian islands to breed so just eating as much as possible and not really surfacing so I we saw tails which taking a photo of was harder than taking a photo of lightning…lol…

MENDENHALL and the waterfall to the right

MENDENHALL and the waterfall to the right

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Mendenhall zoom

NEXT STOP SKAGWAY here we took the train excursion up into CANADA and then back …again I thought it was an HO narrow gage steam train…it was HO AND NARROW GAGE and they did have steam engine however on our ride they used desiel engines… so that was wee big disappointing but it was a fun ride and I love trains so that part was fun..and the guide told us that a waterfall was coming up on the right and that we could see it but probably don’t bother to take a photo as its so close to train it always comes out blurry and yet….indomitablel spirit that I am I jumped up and went to the open platform between the cars ( this was allows for those of my friends who know that I run with scissors) and when the waterfall came by I snapped….and look it came out great and even the guide was impressed…for my sister in law who takes great pictures always …I DID IT.

may great photo of the waterfall from moving train

may great photo of the waterfall from moving train

one of skagway's old buildings made of driftwood

one of skagway’s old buildings made of driftwood

close up of driftwood decor on outside of building

close up of driftwood decor on outside of building

UNLIKE JUNEAU we had time to wander around SKAGWAY before we left on the train ride that afternoon…loved it… they had walking tours and I found the postoffice so I mailed quite a few postcards and the postman was impressed most people don’t send postcards anymore…too sad…I also found a quilt shop which I went into for my Mom and for my friend STEPHANIE who has just started quilting… and I found this incredible seam ripper ..now if I don’t sew what the heck do I need with a seam ripper…. well I do needle point and cross stitch and sometimes you have to rip out …and I had been looking for these seam rippers and hadn’t found them. The one I was looking for was the one with the resin handle as I have one if Fl and I love it… but when I also saw the wooden handle one and that they slip in side to protect people and point on ripper well I boosted SKAGWAY’S economy and bought them both …train and then back to ship..

and on to GLACIER BAY...this was definitely the most scenic part of the cruise…First according the captain and crew we had the most incredible weather they had had all summer…and this was end of august.  It was sunny and bright and what they do …the cruise ships as there were 3 more behind us they go into the bay a boat brings a ranger from the park ( yep its a national park) out to the boat and you turn your TV on and they show what you are seeing and the ranger gives you information and our concierge had told us that we had the best viewing spot from the back of our deck…we were on the aft ( butt end )of the boat and she was correct..the captain slowly rotates the boat in a a 360 about 4 times and those with decks can see everything without scrambling to get to a railing and then running to the next side…remember this lounge chairs I showed you from my deck well l sat in one in the sun and slowly saw the whole of the bay several times… its was perfect… well a bloody mary to go with would have been even better if I had thought of it and I could have had it but I was too busy looking…eventually we had to give up our space and allow the other boats a chance.. it was the best..

glacier bay

glacier bay

glacier bay

glacier bay notice my deck neighbor also taking photo..photo bomb

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NEXT ON TO KETCHICAN…

NEXT STOP KETCHICAN… I fell in love…. if I was going to live in Alaska this and Homer are the two places I have seen that I could do it…. here we only took the DUCK TOUR so we would have more time to see city and while the guide on tour was born and raised here and obviously loves it the boat itself was covered in plexiglass and it was scratched etc and hard to see thru so wish we had skipped this one all together…Wandered the town and had the best fish and chips ever….and I found a level antique ivory whale tail necklace and bought myself a ulu pocket knife that folds and has antique ivory for the handles… wish I had had more time to wander the town as it was just so pretty perched on the side of hill.

our room on ship

our room on ship

 

our view at breakfast each morning

our view at breakfast each morning

yes, there were 4 hot tubs on board and each evening we thought maybe as we returned from our excursions we go get in one..but we didn’t want the next day’s news to read “elderly couple found drown in hot tub…LMAO

WE WATCHED them Jog as we ate our breakfast each day ...does that count???

WE WATCHED them Jog as we ate our breakfast each day …does that count???

our wonderful deck at the aft end of boat...highly recommend aft end..

our wonderful deck at the aft end of boat…highly recommend aft end..

 

critters each night

critters each night

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LAST STOP WAS VICTORIA BC..While this is one of my favorite places we go there several times during the summer and we were going there the week after this with cousins and aunt and uncle so we didn’t get off the ship just hung out in the sun on our deck and enjoyed the view and read…at midnight we sailed back to seattle and arrive around 6 am… I love SEATTLE it is such a wonderful city regardless of the fact that it rains A LOT…
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HOME SWEET HOME… AS ALWAYS THANKS FOR STOPPIN BY…wire headed cyber toad….aka kath

JUST A FEW HINTS FOR GOING ON A CRUISE… take less clothes than you think..

bring an extension or power cord unless you have no devices..there are not enough electrical outlets to re charge

bring stick up lights for the closet..it was very dark

take some salty snacks… they brought snacks every night but always sweet

decide before you go do you really want to do excursions or do you want to see the location…

don’t bring new shoes even if they are sneakers unless you have broken them in…

go for priority boarding … that was the best think we didn’t know we did…

 

 

 

 

SCS DECORATIVE CORNER CARD

Decorative_Corner_Card_300ELLO, ELLO, ELLO,  ah yes feeling a little british this am… I did post this card along with some other cards quite a while ago but I must say I didn’t give this card credit… I have used it a lot… maybe because as in my hints I said that she was correct that you could just use an 5 ½ x 8 ½  sheet of card stock and score it at 2, 4, 6, AND THEN ADHERE IT TOGETHER WITH THATHPIM8057_by_lacyquilter ½ STRIP.  Well I cut quite a few and scored them ahead so that I would have them when I needed them…. and that’s probably why I have used it so often… it was already ½ completed… lol…MARTHA STEWART I AM NOT… I am nothing if not the lazy stamper…SCS DECORATIVE CORNER CARDLet_s_Talk_Turkey_by_Clownmom

THE two above are samples from the decorative corner gallery of SCS…

 

my b day corner

my b day corner

front of my b day corner

front of my b day corner

Ha just noticed that what is actually an ANT brad…down by the writing looks like a mistake that was marked out…lol… its an ANT I promise….

So I am reposting it here and as I said I really use it a lot… in addition I will add that I rarely use her method of attaching the embellishment…again LAZY…I just adhere one side of the attachment to the base… if more than one attachment I adhere one on one side and the other on the other side… It works just fine …still folds flat and lots less effort… yes it will not stand out just from the point of the corner but I think it works just fine….

This the most recent one I did for a friend who loves GIRAFFES…the giraffe image is off the internet

giraffe corner

giraffe corner

kh giraffe corner

kh giraffe corner

standing

standing

so you can see when folded flat it fits envelope but standing I have one going one way and the smaller one going the other way….easy peasy…

EYE CANDY

BEACH ART BY ANDRES AMADOR..he isn’t writing words or letters like SUZI BRINGER but this is amazing and beautiful and gone with the tide… enjoy

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

 

DAWN’S BEE SPINNER CARD

GUESS WHO

DID YA MISS ME… sorry we took our first cruise in about 25 yrs and the first one was just a 3 day…so this 7 day to alaska was amazing… and that’s why its been a while since I posted….pictures from trip under eye candy.  LMAO…. I actually got ahead of myself and we haven’t gone yet… so no photos and you have had no time to miss me…lol…

A COUPLE OF HUGE HINTS.

  1. IF you don’t have any of the long sticky foam strips from STAMPING UP… GET THEM… THEY WORK SO WELL WITH THIS… and if you look at the video from SCS you will see that they use them in the corners and that’s easier then trying to curve them…so check it out and they are worth every penny but they are not expensive.
  2. There are round dots that I might have gotten at the dollar store I’ll scan them and post them below but they work great for the dots BETWEEN the pennies and no trimming however I did just small pieces of foam tape for the top of the pennies didn’t want to waste the dots …if you have some dots they will work but you need to double them in order for them to have enough space to roll properly…
  3. I did all of my cards using the nesting circles but as SCS says you need about 3/8″ between the circle in order for the pennies to roll around properly… my last effort I got a little too big with outside circle…not enough space on the outside edges… give yourself at least ¼ inch on each side of the outside circle… just my suggestion…

DAWN’S BEE SPINNER CARD

DAWN'S BEE SPINNER

DAWN’S BEE SPINNER

IF you receive DAWN’S posts than you know she did this one a while ago and I have a thing for bee’s and frogs…so this really appealed to me…plus rather than it just going across the card it goes around…pretty cool and yes of course SU has dies that but this for you but if you have circle dies already you can make your one..just make sure there is about ½” space between the circles and if you don’t have the magnetic platform then use a piece of light tack tape to hold them in place then just cut… WHEN I HAVE THE TIME…I plan to do this one with a FROG in the center and a bug/mosquito, fly going around the outside….and inside probably something like may all your wishes come true…lol…also just a HINT but at either JOANN’S or Michael’s K and company has a great packet of WINNIE THE POOH that has bee hive and bees in it….in case you don’t have stamps or want to cut them out if you… they are out of heavy cards stock too.

Ok I made the individual circles work… I use the outside circle that measured 2 ¾ inches and the inside circle was 2″.  I had round foam dots so I used them ..they came in two sizes and it turned out that you want the smaller one for the two pennies…or it won’t roll /spin well… so about ¼ inch round not the half inch…my frog was a big large but my mosquito on the small 1″ circle works just fine…. so play with what you have and see what you can come up.

kh spinner frog front

kh spinner frog front

kh frog spinner inside

kh frog spinner inside

 

SCS CIRCLE SPINNERSurprise… the SCS..posted the same card but they used the circle dies … and just taped them down as I suggested if you don’t have the magnetic plate…. this was cute and just showing you that you can use all kind of different stamps with this…

SCS circle spinner

SCS circle spinner

You will notice that they also used a square card rather than rectangle which does give you a bit more space to put the images and have them roll around….My second one was for a little girl that loves the movie FROZEN… so I have a snow flake spinning around the outside…pretty sure she is going to think this is amazing… she is only gonna be 3…so pretty easy to impress but she will also probably remove the penny…lol.. here is my FROZEN

KH spinner with snowflake and Frozen

KH spinner with snowflake and Frozen

 

kh bee spinner with pennies

kh bee spinner with pennies

kh inside bee spinner

kh inside bee spinner

 

dots ...think they came from walmart

dots …think they came from walmart

EYE CANDY

SUBLIME TANGLEthis is a nice video of another form of ZENTANGLE and how to make it happen … I am sure a lot of you don’t need to be shown how to make a pattern but I do… so if you struggle with Zentangles this might be the video for you…

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

 

 

 

 

 

FLAP FOLD card with Dawn

GREETINGS..this has been on my draft pile for quite a while but its still so cute and I liked it especially because it almost just uses scraps….just a quarter sheet of cards stock for the base then smaller for surface and then scraps for the front pieces… watch the video and then go make something…FLAP FOLD CARD

Dawn's flap fold

Dawn’s flap fold

two versions of flap fold

two versions of flap fold

This card will work best with small short sayings….there is not room for a long or large quote…although she makes it a birthday …it will be great as a THANK YOU..OR A HELLO if you need more space you can always write a note on the back of the base card…As I said part of the reason that I like this card so much is due to the fact that it doesn’t open and close like a regular… it doesn’t take much to amuse me…lol…

I also like the fact that it gives you an opportunity to use up some small scraps of paper that you may really like but now you don’t have enough of it left to make an actual card….

I also have a very small snail die and I think cutting out a small snail for on the front of the card and then on the inside I would write ( have to hand write it as I don’t have a stamp that says it) YOU’VE GOT MAIL….I LOVE THAT SENTIMENT…then on the back you can write a slightly longer note with whatever you want to say to your recipient.

These posts are shorter but this is due to HEY ITS SUMMER….and the outside is calling even if its only to go lazy about on the deck and read a good book..watch the birds feed and watch the squirrels and crows and Stellar jays fight over the peanuts… then every so often we get several BANGTAILED PIGEONS..which I must say give meaning to the term BIRDBRAIN…they appear to be the dumbest bird I have ever seen…I am convinced they have no idea of their body size ( they are quite a big bird..approximately

BAND TAILED PIGEONS are approximately 14 inches tall….which does make them a large bird who might be trying to land in a birdbath only to find that they have splashed all the water out…my little song birds (Chicadee’s, Goldfinches, Nuthatches and Purple finches…etc ) look at them like WHAT THE HELL… dude you now no one can drink…

BAND TAILED PIGEON

BAND TAILED PIGEON

The STELLAR JAY…is very aware of his size and regularly challenges the squirrels as well as the Crows… he is so vibrant that while many consider his loud and screechy cry annoying, I think that his color is so impressive that I don’t mind the noise….He is also a rather large bird approximately 11.5 inches tall.

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Ok I am sure you have had enough of my nature studies but I do love my birds and my friend Stuart Feil says I should have a sign that says Nature Sanctuary.  I am not sure about that but WHOA to the cat that thinks he can grab a meal from my back yard….I am a pretty good shot with my slingshot…Please don’t think I don’t like cats…I do but I think the if you have a cat you have a responsibility to keep them in your yard or in your house your neighbors should not have to deal with them…. My closest neighbor does have a cat that just runs loose but one day I took a shot at it with my slingshot and a marble …the marble hit the wall in the back and shattered right underneath where the cat was slinking… I am happy to say it scared the pooh out of the cat and we now seem to have an understanding the cat will stroll down the hill behind our house and there is a line of bricks on the approximate property line and the cat will look at me as if to say…hey I get it I am on my side of the yard… no way would I even think of coming over to your side no matter how many birds I see over there….lol….anyway a truce has been formed and we seem to be able to keep it…

EYE CANDY…. I promised you a link to the WINNING AND BEST OF SHOW site for this years GRACEFUL ENVELOPE…ENJOY…

SALLY PENLEY'S BEST OF SHOW

SALLY PENLEY’S BEST OF SHOW

 EYE CANDY

This one on Youtube…starts out and you think well just some statues…but CHECK IT OUT….stay to the end its a huge surprise…. and amazing…MODERN ART

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

 

DAWN’S SPILT TOP BOX

GREETINGS…

First I want to say that there may be less postings in the coming months my time is getting busier and busier and I am finding less time to tell and not enough time to do…. so don’t be alarmed if you don’t get e mails for posts it will most likely be because I didn’t post…lol..

I loved this box and in fact I think I like it even better than her BIRTHDAY IN A BOX…and the reason is the box is bigger…so I am going to get a helium(UNFILLED)balloon and also some latex balloons and a few more candles and still make the little cake using the battery tea light…. and stick a card in it also…. then put the whole kit into one of the small priority flat rate boxes… and off it goes …what a treat for the person receiving…if you know how old they are you might at dollar store or party store even find the numeral candles for their age or just use 39 AGAIN… LOVE IT…

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Dawn’s SPLIT TOP BOX… LOVE THAT STRAWBERRY PAPER…here is photo of the one I just did for my sister in law…IMG_0438

my birthday in a box

my birthday in a box

I even had  a little battery tea light that made a tiny cake …like Dawn showed in her BIRTHDAY IN A BOX … and best of all it did all fit in the small FLAT Rate Priority Mail box.

I found star candles and made the tiny cake…

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anyway I just loved it… and think she will too… my niece her daughter is picking up a real cake for her as a surprise… I called the local grocery/bakery and ordered her favorite cake…all the way to FLORIDA…..and my niece will pick it up for her birthday…

SO the box is easy but the layers and the printout that DAWN GIVES are not…. the layer paper for the designer paper is just fine but I found her recipe for the black layers was very confusing so I wrote them down when I FINALLY GOT THEM cut correctly and here they are THIS IS JUST THE BASIC BLACK LAYER :

FRONT TOP CUT 2…4 ¼ X 2 ½                    designer… 3 ¾ x 2 (2)

OVER LAP TOP CUT ONE…3 ¾ X 3 ¼         designer….3 ¼ X 3 (1)

END SIDES CUT 2….4 ¼ X 1 ¼                    designer…..3 ¾ x ¾ (2)

FRONT AND BACK  CUT  4…. 2 ½ X 1 ¼     designer…. 2 x ¾ (4)

INSIDE BLACK LAYER…CUT ONE   5 X 4     designer……4 ½  x 3 ¾

then just so you know each layer of designer paper gets cut approx ½ inch smaller on each side… her layout and measurements are probably all the same but I found that those directions for the BASIC BLACK..BB…WERE JUST TO HARD TO FOLLOW…

now my HUGE HINT..IS CUT ALL THOSE PIECES BOTH BLACK LAYER AND THE DESIGNER PAPERS AS WELL AS THE BASIC BOX…before you start to assemble or you will be jumping up and down 50 times …. and it will take a lot longer to make the box.. But if you have all the pieces cut it goes to gather really quick…. and I do like it even more than the first little birthday box you had us make.

EYE CANDY

FLOWING INK ARTI use stamps because I can’t draw so this video left me spellbound cause I can’t image how she sees these images as they just flow from her brush… amazing

HUMMER SWARM.. these are not US hummingbirds but it is still amazing and when I watch my one or two stop by to feed I am jealous of this guy with his swarming like bees..

THAT’S ALL FOLKS…AS ALWAYS THANKS FOR STOPPIN BY...wire headed cyber toad aka kath

 

SCS STAMP CARVING BASICS

CARVED LEAVES SCS

CARVED LEAVES SCS

CARVING TOOLS SCS

CARVING TOOLS SCS

This is good info on carving your own designs from erasers..well for years I did this and I  have about 500 I carved not where I am at the moment so can’t show you any but I will tell you that I don’t like the pink erasers…mostly because while its cheaper at least at Amazon its thin and doesn’t give you a chance for a good grip without getting ink on your hands and then on your card when you try to press it down’t used for a long the white plastic erasers by Mars Staedler…and after many years they finally started making them larger as this long rectangles definitely limited your designs… AMAZON of course sells MOO BLOCK and it is the white plastic easier to carve and large so you can get multiple designs and its ¾ inch thick so something to hold on to and even allows you to carve on the other side so you actually get two for one…if you scroll down it also shows you where to click to see the basic carving tools that come with handle and the blades can be stored inside… definitely better than just an exacto knife…. but these are just my opinions….other than their choice of carving block their directions are great…. pretty much anything you see or can draw you can carve… I would suggest you start with easy stuff first maybe even solid images rather than those with lots of detail but seriously its not hard and as I said sometimes its great cause you can carve something that you might never find a stamp for.

I think this is one of the only carved images that I have here at the condo the rest are all if WA… and even this one is not one I carved but one a very dear friend Lorna Hutsell carved for me …it a very good image of myself …younger of course but the sunglasses on the top of my head are very accurate… We both belonged to an Eraser exchange group that was started by ELIZABETH WALSH from our calligraphy group… it was great fun and I have a whole notebook of cards we exchanged and after Elizabeth wanted a break I took over sorting the cards and sending them back to participants… but again all my samples are in WA… But the

Well I didn’t get any images from Elizabeth think she was out of town but here are some that I had saved from the exchange…some I know who they belong to and some I don’t there were all kinds of people who participated in this and many of them we were all total strangers just had a love of carving our own images and creating with them…

my penguins

my penguins

marn's ducks

marn’s ducks

my friends ducks and I am not sure who did the fish…

lorna's buns

my dear friend Lorna Hutsell’s buns…. she loved plays on words..

lorna's black and whites

lorna’s black and whites

lorna's neuland letters

lorna’s neuland letters…she carved a complete alphabet using neuland letters and then she also carved the kiss.

So there you have some ideas about what you might carve and I will say because I can’t draw that many of mine were traced images from magazines, etc…..even though most of those things would be copyrighted if you are just doing this for yourself and not selling them in any way then there should be no problem with using them…except for basic shapes I could never have done this without having tracing paper and pencil handy…

My carvings

My carvings

I think I said at the beginning that I had about 500 remember some are very small stamps and so I started keeping track of what I carved in a small blank book and I was storing them in a large plastic bin with lots of drawers that was from Walmart in the tool section as it was designed to store nuts bolts, nails etc…but worked great for stamps and then I numbered the drawers with stickers and then numbered the images in the book so I would know what drawer to go looking for them and some are carved on both sides because the small blocks that were the white plastic erasers we were using to carve were about ½ inch thick so easy to hold and to carve on both sides..

Mine and Lorna's carvings

Sorry for the blurry press couldn’t get it to lay flay on the scanner ..the picture of the head on the top left of first page is an image of me…LORNA carved that for me and I still love it and use it a lot to sign the back of my cards…at the time it looked pretty much like me…no sags or bags…lol she had a great sense of humor though as the back side of my head is the toilet bowl….. Love it…I know we had a great reason for the toilet bowl but I can’t remember what it was… A joke of some sort and probably a pun of some kind… In any case now you can see what some of my pages looked like and how I kept track of the images and where they lived… I haven’t used a lot of them in a long time but I think I will start using them again as some of them are really good..ok

now to some EYE CANDY

This first one is another ZENTANGLE video that will show you how to create a specific design over and over again to fill in a space…apparently there are a lot of comments on the fact that they don’t like the music….I had mine turned off so didn’t hear it the first time but it is a bit snappy and frankly i think of Zentangles as being meditative so yeah the music doesn’t go for me but just be aware of it and you can turn it off… also note that since this is on YouTube the right side of the screen has many more similar type videos if you have any interest… also HINT: she makes the dots with a pencil then uses the pen to create the actual design that way you  can either cover the dots with ink pen  or erase them if they bother you…

Y tangling from YouTube

Y tangling from YouTube

You can see its not just the drawing but the shading which really makes this shape stand out.

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

 

 

 

SCS CLOUD TECHNIQUES

Well the SKY IS THE LIMIT…lol… here are two really great techniques on how to create clouds on your cards IN THE BACKGROUND… so if you have images that need to overlap and that looks more realistic, you will need to cut a mask or else stamp or adhere images and then work around them … with the paint it will be a little more risky but it is do-able

SCS CLOUDS

SCS CLOUDS USING SCALLOP CIRCLE

SCS CLOUDS USING SCALLOP CIRCLE

SCS CLOUDS USING WATER COLOR PAINT

SCS CLOUDS USING WATER
COLOR PAINT

I am not sure if it will work but I am also going to try to create clouds using the scallop circle as template and trying with GELLATOS and baby wipes… that’s right baby wipes…Gellatos will blend with water but baby wipes any kind will make them more bendable and very vibrant.  so here is my effort with them…ok Gellatos make great blended back ground but they don’t work for this technique…they just don’t give the definition that you get with the sponge and stamp pad ink…that’s my favorite…. I am not very good with the watercolor either….

This was mine using a large scallop circle…

kh large scallop stamp ink cloud technique

kh large scallop stamp ink cloud technique

Ha…those dark spots are not on my paper but I apparently need to clean my scanner top…lol….

In any case these are two great ways to add clouds….ie sky to your background which helps anchor your images to the page…. depending on your image..( if its solid and you are going to stamp darker) you might not need to do the masking ..but this bunny was an open image so she needed to mask it so that the clouds were not on top of the bunny with the painting one she didn’t make just made sure she didn’t go over the bunny but just up to him…. important things to remember…

Now it’s just my opinion but I would also not have such a busy background behind the image with clouds… I would have it be more a solid color so that it doesn’t draw your eye away from the clouds and bunny trying to figure out what else is there…or if you were going to use a patterned background layer I would have it be all the same not…this is just to distracting for me….

EYE CANDY

I think I may have told you that I am in an International Envelope Exchange and so I thought I’d share some of the envelopes that I have received…It just started in FEB of this year so some of these are from previous years….

another envy from the exchange ...

another envy from the exchange … using entangles

envy art

envy art

envy art

envy art

 

 

 

 

 

DAWN’S TECHNIQUE PUFFY PAINT

SURPRISE… it’s me again…just can’t help my self… as I love birds and this is just too cute….

DAWN'S PUFFY PAINT AND CARDINAL

DAWN’S PUFFY PAINT AND CARDINAL

DAWN’S PUFFY PAINT TECHNIQUE

Well I have in the past used the tubes of MARVEY UCHIDA WHITE LIQUID APPLIQUÉ and then you had to heat it with a heat tool…dig thru your stuff and see if you have a tube of it that still works or hit the drug stores or Wally World for a travel size can of shave cream…I think this is much easier but will still require a “SAFE” place to lay it to allow it to dry and right now FLORIDA IS NOT THAT PLACE AS WE HAVE BEEN HAVING SINCE OCTOBER 90-100% humidity… really a pain…and I am sure you go well why are you there…. too long and boring to explain but lets just say not my choice..

AS well as the PUFFY PAINT technique she will show you a cut idea for using the bird builder punch…I do have it and I do love him…. then on PINTEREST I saw this I could not find directions for them so assume you will just have to wing it…but still cute idea for making multiple birds but just putting different color wings on the punch makes for cute bird as well … I am not selling SU stuff just so happens that I do like this but I think that others actually have dies of birds…like maybe Tim Holtz…and also think Martha S has a punch for bird but it may be in flight and look more like a dove than just a bird… again not sure…love that parrot… of course as you know I love anything with googley eyes…lol

pinterest birds

pinterest birds

As for the wood fence… if you don’t have the stamp and its one of those humongous ones so I don’t like them…use your embossing folder…lots of folks make the wood one and just lightly rub stamp pad over it after embossed to add color… it will work just fine…or cute strips of brown paper and using a fine line pen draw lines on them and then past them onto paper to look like fence…

Do you ever notice that with CRAFTS and ART work you can almost always find at least one way around something to create what you want and often several ways…nothing says it has to look exactly like mine or DAWN’S or anyone else…. do with what you have .

This puffy paint and the fence or a tree limb would also work great with the owl punch or die cut…. I do have the SU owl punch and I do love it as it also is very versatile … I am pretty sure I mentioned in a previous post that it can be turned up side down and made into a bat or right side up and cut off ears to make a ghost…or an alien if you cut off ears and draw on a antenna…etc… and as you can see from this video she uses part of his vest to make the black on the head of the cardinal… think its also used on both the other birds…

Ok that’s it for today…AS ALWAYS THANKS FOR STOPPING BY …wire headed cyber toad …aka kath

 

DAWN’S VINTAGE LEAVES GIFT BOX

MONDAY …MONDAY…so good to me…

HELLO AGAIN… First my blog server Not my actual Blog but the machines that allow me to write it and then put it out on the internet were hacked and I had to have my Guru deal with it ….then right after we moved to new servers that were running very fast….my Computer died  and I do mean died…my hard drive complete rolled over with barely a gasp and croaked and all attempts at resuscitation were unsuccessful so this meant  trip to Apple for new hard drive… luckily I was still under warranty and while i have had many apple devices this is the first one that actually died on me so I am still hard core apple as they replaced it in less than a day…so these are my excuses for no POSTS…SO HOW AM I DOING SO FAR…..SERIOUSLY with  Christmas marching rapidly forward I thought thiswas a good idea for possible gifts…… which is that you make some cards or perhaps like you have plenty you can use to fill the box just put them in this little box so that you can give them to someone as a gift… I am sure we all know friends who think are cards a lovely and say things like wish I was creative, or wish I had time to make cards…so here is a lovely way to share some homemade art with friends and if you check out her web site you will see that she has both the box and some samples of the cards…now she is using leaves but to some people leaves mean raking…so make your box for whatever you want if you do it a box of birthday cards you might want to put balloons or if you did thinking of you cards you might want butterflies or flowers… the possibilities are endless… you could even do a box of MINION CARDS…lol..no I am not over them yet….anyway I think the box will hold about 4 or 5 cards so depending on how many you want to make to give away that are a nice thing to have handy for quick gifts… thank you cards are always a nice thing to have handy…also great teacher gifts… so Here is her link check out the video and give it a go….

DAWN’S VINTAGE LEAVES BOX

Dawn's vintage leaves box

Dawn’s vintage leaves box

sorry about the photo ….I tried to post from my husbands computer but he doesn’t use mouse and I am lost without it.. again not my computer and its coming up weird and while it shows that I have edited it and cropped it …. this is what I got…. but you will see it better when you link  to her sight… these can be any kind of cards…. whatever you want…birthday , anniversary etc or a variety…

DAWN’S LUMINARY CARD 

Dawn's luminary window card

Dawn’s luminary window card

I also really liked this adorable card , remember i showed you about buying those little battery candles and using them as birthday cakes…well there are everywhere right now for the holiday season and here is another great use for those candles… and you will notice that this sample is her recent Shadow box card but you could also do this using the DIORAMA BOX CARD

DAWN’S DIORAMA BOX CARD  Now the difference with this one is that instead of window you have a cut out using that punch or you could cut a rectangle and in side of putting a separate piece of paper in the center you can stamp on a piece of vellum and then paste it to the back of the front of the box against the cut out then you can just put the candle behind that image and the card will fold flat for mailing and you remember I told you that you could this in one of the small priority mail boxes to mail or of course you could hand deliver it to someone…

dawn's diorama boxs

as you can see she made this back before halloween and then being smarter than me moved on to Christmas…. anyway its cute and easy and fun with or without the little luminaries.

NOW BECAUSE I AM SO FAR BEHIND…here a few more too look at…

DAWN’S CHRISTMAS GIFT CARD HOLDER 2015.. (she calls it lots of labels gift card holder).this is really easy and quick and you can just use decorative scissors on the front flap and overlay if you don’t have the die she uses….Dawn's xmas gift card holder

these are just a few that I did…

my gift card holder with embellishments

my gift card holder with embellishments

one more of my gift cards

one more of my gift cards

as you can see I only used one layer of paper and then the circles with little embellishments… after doing these three I decided that they would be better with solid color with layer of designer paper then solid color for the circles…. however these will work fine and since they are going to folks that don’t do this kind of thing they won’t know…lol…. why is it that them minute Thanksgiving is over the dishes and left over turkey not even put away yet… things move into warp speed….and its not like I don’t plan ahead…I do…it is just never enough… any way…

One more then I promise to quit for this post this one is SPLIT COAST STAMPERS ...DECORATIVE CORNER CARD...

SCS decorative corner fold

SCS decorative corner fold

sorry this is blurry for some reason it won’t go bigger an when I tried it got blurry.  maybe this one will be better…

deco corner card from the web

deco corner card from the web

ahh much better…lots of extra die embellishments but lovely… one other 

this is very cute and stands up yet folds flat and the unique part is the the circle on the front ( could be square, oval, star) stands out complete…cute little mechanism that allows that to happen…. but you could just adhere the image on one side it would be quite as spectacular but it would still be quite impressive… Now my HINT..is she mentions that you can just use 5 ½ x 8 ½ paper and in fact you can and it works just fine… SCORE  the paper on the 8 ½ inch side at 2 , 4, 6 and 8… THEN GATE FOLD the card and seam it with that ½”…. now you layered panels should each be 1 ¾ ” x 5 ¼” and if you want a third layer cut it 1  ½ x 5″….otherwise its the same as the one in the video….

HINT…you can use punches and make this a candle type card as well using the little luminary inside with vellum covering the cut outs…. again it would go in one of those little priority boxes to mail or you could hand deliver it.

Ok again I am sorry for all the delay and remember that everything here can be adapted to birthday, get well, anniversary…valentines…whatever…. hope you will forgive my delays…

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

SCS FLAP FOLD

YEP…STILL HERE…just running behind as seems to be my usual…in fact I have always thought that the statement” If it wasn’t for last minute I would never get anything done” was specifically directed at me…not that it bothers me…just letting you know..actually we were on the road and down on the Oregon coast to my favorite beach BANDON, OR…here are just a few of my favorite pics from that road trip…of course no road trip would be complete without a quick stop at Rainier…as you can see lots less snow than usual but still standing tall and looking beautiful..

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then on to……

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as you can see my calligraphy in the sand is not SUZIE BERINGER’S…I need more practice and although I had fork in the room i forgot it and had to make do with just a stick but it was ok…

sunset at Bandon with Facerock in the background

sunset at Bandon with Facerock in the background that quirky little one in the foreground is called WITCH’S HAT…just love all these sea stacks.

Bandon Or

Brandon Or…day break

great caves to explore in the stacks

great caves to explore in the stacks

and this is why ……

mary ann radamacher quote...that I have loved for years.

mary ann radamacher quote…that I have loved for years.

ok enough road trip on to the card…

SCS FLAP FOLD CARD.. Again another cute simple fold that just makes your card stand out a little from those store bought cards…and its a great chance to use some embellishments that you die cut or I am great a picking up what use to be dollar bin stuff at Michaels and is not $1.50 BIN stuff… and using that…so here are a few of my samples.

 

SCS FLAP FOLD...

SCS FLAP FOLD…

You will notice that they once again used the small circle to hold the card closed….You could use a belly band if you don’t want to use the circle or you could use a any shape that works for your design… just use foam tape to lift it up so it the flap can tuck into it…

for the cupcake at the top..oh boy oh boy …I get to use an image that will sit on a wobble spring… you can never have too many google eyes or wobble springs…lol…. I gonna try with a MINION …face… let me know what you think…

minion face...

minion face…I love him but was not able to use wobble spring cause the face was too big and it wouldn’t go thru the cut out…:( but still I like it…

wobble spring but with smaller image...actually embellishment from the Michael's 1$ bin..

wobble spring but with smaller image…actually embellishment from the Michael’s 1$ bin..

First TIP: be sure that your make your circle in the card base with just plain edges or it will be more difficult to get the card open…ie don’t use the scallop circle to cut the base card…works fine as they have it here.

Notice again that we are using that little image in this case circles to hold the flap closed… to do this you must ( well maybe not must but works best) if you mount it with foam tape/dots etc….

OK that’s it for this post… go out there and make something…oh by the way you may notice that DAWN has started posting the measurements and scoring on the page with image and the video… I LOVE THIS…it was difficult to go get the measurements from the video cause I was never prepared to write them down the first time I watched it…so now they are on the page one…SO WHAT I DO…is print out that page just so I know the name of the card style and now I will have the measurements also without writing them by hand also easier to share if you want to send a copy to a friend along with the way to access it you can just copy page one…DO BE SURE YOU SET YOUR PRINTER TO ONLY GET PAGE ONE AND MAYBE 2 or you will get all the comments and that can go for pages…yeah I have done it…

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

stay tuned for another exciting road trip around the middle of August…WA at its best…