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

THE GRACEFUL ENVELOPE CONTEST 2017

YES, its that time again … they have posted the winners of the GRACEFUL ENVELOPE CONTEST for 2017This link will actually take you to the WASHINGTON DC CALLIGRAPHER’S HOME PAGE…but if you scroll down you will be able to click on and view each category.  AND NO …. I didn’t win nor get honorable mention, I have told you before that I actually just do it be involved and push myself to come up with an idea that and postage that matches their format…. I also think I told you but for the sake of not making you look for it that I thought SEWING an envelope was pushing it…. in fact because I quilted fabric onto an envelope I also had to sew the stamps onto it as they would not stick to fabric even using glue…. I also enjoy looking at all the categories as the children can come up with some really wonderful ideas as well….so check out the link and see who and what was chosen… and then because I did it for myself … I have the tumbnails on a few pages here below…you can print them out if you wish..

This is thumbnail of winners and a very good friend of mine MARGI LONG WON with her CANCER ENVELOPE AND STAMP. MY OTHER FAVORITES ARE THE LAST TWO WITH ALL THE POSTAGE STAMPS….

HONORABLE MENTIONS… MY FAVS are the first one with all the different angles and i loved the brown package looking one and then the Pelicans…with the fish ….PRICELESS

 

HONORABLE MENTIONS 2 … all of these are cute the goat pushing the envelope but again the carrier pigeon ….PRICELESS..

LASTLY AGAIN… MY entry… a quilted envelope and quilted stamps…in looking at my photos I can’t find that I did post it…so here it is in all its glory…

kh envelope for GRACEFUL ENVELOPE CONTEST 2017

this is what the back looked like after the sewing and kinda why I was worried it would not make it contest but it did…just didn’t win…but my mom would have been thrilled that I SEWED..

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

PS.. I SHOULD MENTION THAT GOING TO THIS LINK YOU CAN ACTUALLY GO BACK quite a few years and see many of the envelopes that were chosen for each of those years in each of the categories….so MAJOR EYE CANDY..

MAZE FOLD CARD from YouTube

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

Srushti’s maze fold card

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

BASE…4 ¼ X 8 ½ YELLOW

4 bX 8 ORANGE

3 ½ X 7 YELLOW

3 X 6 ORANGE

2 ½ X 5 ½ YELLOW

2 ¼ X 4 ½  ORANGE

1 ¾ X 4 YELLOW

1 ½ X 3  ORANGE

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

base

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

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

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

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

AS ALWAYS THANKS FOR STOPPIN BY.…the LAZY STAMPER aka kath

3 D FLOWER POP UP ..via :YouTube

Greetings…and HAPPY EASTER…

I want to share this card with you because a friend Janis Blevins sent me one last year…or maybe the year before ( going back and forth cause one to get lost in the years) and it was just lovely… and not sure if all Michael’s have them on sale right now but ours had 3 inch square origami papers on sale …and they work really well with this card…You can’t use card stock for the flowers as it is too stiff and won’t fold and open well.  You would have to and cut yourself some text paper but origami is really great… the solid colors will let you color in the flowers as seen in these photos…

DIY flower pop up/out

this one above cut the ends into points rather than rounded …

3d flower each is so different depending on what you do to decorate the flower itself…

then there is mine…the lazy version.

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

Ok one more cause you might not think white paper is very impressive.

SO THERE ARE SEVERAL versions of this card on YouTube and I am only giving you the first one… DIY 3D FLOWER CARDSo feel free to check out the others and be sure to watch the videos so that you get that folding correct… and you need to have 7 OF THEM make the flower pop out correctly …

The folding and the cutting are the easy part…lol  the tough part is gluing them together correctly ..so my HINT …. have them all folded and ready to go then watch and stop the video as needed so you can see how to glue them together and if you create a dummy version and make the dots as they did in the video you will be able to make more of them much easier and not have to rewatch the video each time you make the card…then save it in the sheet protector…blah blah blah….cause trust me the hardest part is getting them together correctly or the card won’t open out into the bouquet which is most impressive… I think my friend sent a video that was done by Martha Stewarts people… and its fine too if you go to my blog and type in SEARCH …MARTHA STEWART 3D FLOWER… I think that old post will come up and you can then go look at Martha’s video if you want…or try typing it in on YouTube I am sure its there as well…

This makes a fabulous Mother’s day card and that holiday is racing right towards us a break neck speed…. so I am trying my best to stay at least a wee bit ahead… so hope you will give this a try and that you will enjoy it as much as I did… and just check to see if you can find origami paper in 3 in squares for sale at Michaels… or try the office supply people for a pad of multicolored paper that size ..that is what I used for mine the first time…but I am going to color inside this time… to make it more flower like… You will probably need sharpie’s on the origami paper as its kinda coated but my pack came with multi colored as well.. so just a black sharpie for the flower part inside will work for me… but sharpies are in all colors not but think you will want the permanent ones not the watercolor version …

Ok that’s all for this week as I am already late…missed friday big time so enjoy and go make one…

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

MINI EASTER BASKETS

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

Dawn’s easter/picnic basket.

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

kath’s mini basket

cut 1….6×5

score on the 6″ size at 2 ” and 4″

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

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

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

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

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

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

DIY flower pop up/out

 

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

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

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

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

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

great card for mother’s day also…

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

LETTERING AND DOGS AND MOM

Ollie on arm of couch

MY schedule has been kinda hectic lately most due to caring for my Mom… when we first moved her back to FLORIDA ( at her request ) she was living in and INDEPENDENT living apartment… and she was quite independent… she had her small dog and she was perfectly capable both physically and mentally of taking her out regularly and feeding her etc. She had full kitchen although she only used it rarely as she had meals supplied and maid service once a week  and a laundry at the end other hall… but after being there for about 4-5 yrs she was having more and more problems mentally she had been diagonised with ALZHEIMERS…and she was on arrest t medicine which while not preventing or reversing the disease would slow it down and it did……for a while then the facility went through a major renovation and while she was still physically in great shape mentally it was just too much for her and we moved her to an ASSISTED facility… less people still got meals and they cleaned her room once a week and now they did her laundry and she still had her dog…although this was a new rescue dog as her previous dog had died… eventually she was less unable to care for dog mentally forgeting things and trying to feed him strange stuff like packets of diet sugar..etc… finally we had to not only take the dog away ( we have him) but move her to a MEMORY CARE facility….smaller yet and more caregivers and more activity and much smaller room… this was just recently  and it was really a tough move but for the best for her…and for the dog…I hope that this is in some way helpful to others who may be going thru or about to go thru the same thing… and I will answer any emails that I receive, as best as I can  with questions regarding this horrid disease.

When we adopted the dog she was adamant about calling HIM MOLLY previous dogs name and occasionallly she would remember he was a boy but still she called him Molly..so when we had to remove the dog we took him …..He is a wonderful dog and was wonderfully trained before she or we got him… he sleeps in till about 10 he only goes out about 3 times a day ( that is great since we are in a condo and this means elevator). We had not had any pets for about 30 years but we have adjusted to each other well I think, however we are not sure we can keep him due to fact that we are back and forth from WA to FL and taking him on a plane doesn’t sound appealing and driving cross country every time doesn’t sound good either ….we just haven’t committed yet but he is adorable and such a great dog…no barking except if someone comes to door… he is very loving.  He is mostly Shi ZHU with some dachshund  thrown in we think as he is very long in the body…

Ollie ..early morning …not time to get up yet..lol

I know I know …I changed from Molly to Ollie but apparently I now have him as a CAT….poor Ollie…

If we end up driving home this is Ollie’s car seat and he loves it ….

mom in her new place ready to go out to lunch (91)

OK ENOUGH about Dogs and Mom … now to the lettering with ST Paddy’s day so close I have chosen one of my favorite monolines…. I CALL IT KIWI…so think green… lol… I apologize for it not being a very clean copy but I am behind and I just didn’t have time to re do it and its been scanned /copied one to many times…still I think you can see it well enough to try to play with it… enjoy…

EYE CANDY

STREET TRASH This guy uses street trash to create large animals…its just amazing what he can make…. I love the grasshopper because if you remember the story of the grasshopper and the ants…. the grasshopper was the lazy one….and I have always thought of myself as a grass hopper…. check it out…

TIGHTLY ROLLED NEWSPAPER a japanese artist highly rolls newspaper to create incredible art… animals…you won’t believe…. just wonderful…. give it a look …

TIRE ART...Blake Mc Farland….makes amazing art using old tires…. I can’t even begin to tell you how incredible they are so click on the blue link and check it out for yourself…

Ok that’s it for this week… AS ALWAYS THANKS FOR STOPPIN BY…. wire headed cyber toad…aka Kath…

 

 

 

 

SCS STITCHED STAR ORNAMENT

Just a quick note cause as you know I have been sewing and this is so cute and simple if you already have the star dies or even the circle one would work…

SCS STITCHED STAR ORNAMENT..check it out…

stitched stars...ornament

stitched stars…ornament

 

again stitched stars ornament but it could be circles...

again stitched stars ornament but it could be circles…

because this is short I am going to try to attache some images my friend JANIS BLEVINS sent me on being old… AS IT STATES AT THE TOP IF YOU NOT OLD you won’t know what these are….lol…

Well I can’t link this set of pictures and there are too many to do them one at a time… sorry… but I hate to admit that I recognized most of them…bummer…

however … I think I told ya’ll that I had subscribed to PUSHING THE ENVELOPE and one of the links she sent me…is no longer active but here is the image of a very TINY BOOK with calligraphy made by SUSANNE MOORE…I think at least that is the name that was under the image but as I said the link was no longer active… note the book is in her hand… so you can see just how tiny it is…

Susanne Moore tiny book ...I think

Susanne Moore tiny book …I think… see her thumb… oh how lovely…

JUST A QUICKIE… wire headed cyber toad…aka kath

MINI MAGAZINE HOLDER for CARDS

WOW.. I know I have told ya’ll in the past that making cards for someone is a great idea just give them some cards that they can share with others….especially if they don’t make cards themselves or even if they do …if you do a swap between a few friends this would be a great way to share cards and have a clever way to hold them,..Dawn has had a couple of different boxes and so has SCS that could be used to give away a few cards  so here is DAWN’S video and while I noted a few posts back that I was delighted she started giving us the cuts and sizes in the print out so we didn’t have to start and stop the video so often to scribble it down… she still isn’t giving us the scores…and at that time I think I also suggest that you print the front page with the cuts on it and then in the open space write down the scores so you can save the idea in a sheet protector …will this one has a lot of cuts and folds so I tried to save the ones that would help the most with assembly.

 MINI MAGAZINE HOLDER

mini mag holder for cards

mini mag holder for cards

HINT…the heavier your paper the better for the basic box as it might be too flimsy if you used lighter weight paper…here are a few freeze frames from her video to maybe help you with the assembly…

scored , cut and taped

scored , cut and taped

folding it over and sticking it down on one side then repeat

folding it over and sticking it down on one side then repeat

TADAH...without layers that decorate...

TADAH…without layers that decorate…

one more HINT…. BE SURE YOU CREASE OUR FOLDS REALLY WELL WITH BONE FOLDER this will make the box go together easier and make it sturdier also… she says it but doesn’t quite do it because she is in a hurry in the video..she also has a complete theme for this cards and they match the box..I don’t think that’s absolutely necessary I think you can make some birthday some get well maybe a celebrate and then decorate our box with anything you like some old pages from books or the sheets with the old writing on it or the ones that look like old maps…. again this would fit into the small priority mail box to mail…you can try a cushion envy but my guess is that its going to get squished…

This holder will hold standard size cards and envelopes…and I thought this would be a good teacher gift or secret pal gift.  You can fill it with any kind of cards you like….Birthday, Thank you, holiday etc…

Any way just give it a try and do send me photos if you make one…

EYE CANDY …

THANKSGIVING SMILE

THANKSGIVING SMILE

BEAUTIFUL sunset from our LANAI

BEAUTIFUL sunset from our LANAI

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

 

 

 

 

BOX IN A BAG

MASTER I WANT TO SHARE SOME TREATS….6a00d8341c09ea53ef01bb09490ad4970d-450wi

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

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

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

DAWN’S BAG-A- LOPE

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

DAWN'S BAG A LOPE

DAWN’S BAG A LOPE

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

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

BAG A LOPE WITH MINI BATTERY TEA LIGHT …SO COOL

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

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

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

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

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

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

“Fishing” replied the old man….

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

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

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

JUST A LITTLE FALL EYE CANDY

LEAVES ON SIDEWALK IN SEATTLE on a recent trip

LEAVES ON SIDEWALK IN SEATTLE on a recent trip

 

tree around corner from our house

tree around corner from our house

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

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

DAWN’S COOKIE CUTTER REINDEER CARD

We are moving right along from HALLOWEEN…which I hope was delightful for all of you… TO CHRISTMAS or various holidays…. I don’t really do much for Thanksgiving holidays due to fact that I am in transition…however, LAST weeks twisted gate fold card  just so excited me that I made up several and now they only need the stamping inside and then some type of embellishment on the outside.

more-twist-gate-fold-idea

(this first one above used the cookie cutter as a cookie… me I plan to use it as a reindeer.)

But because I plan to use them for the few Thanksgiving cards that I need… I found some cute readymade embellishments which are Thanksgiving themed…BUT…are ya ready for this… that cookie cutter punch makes a terrific reindeer and I really like it if she had only shown the gingerbread boy I would not have been very interested… but turning it upside down (repurposing) it to be a reindeer well that one got my attention…so picture the card above with a reindeer on the front rather than the gingerbread boy….

By now I am sure you have figured out that I bought the both the punch and the stamps but you can probably do without the stamps if you can draw just a little…. but remember my nome de plume is LAZY STAMPER…lol..

DAWN’S RUDOLPH CARDthis was just a basic card folded in half and then decorated..the whole thing was making the reindeer which in this case she is calling Rudolph and giving him a red nose… just too cute…but you can use him with any of the other cards we have made like putting him on the front of gift card /candy holder…or on the diagonal/twisted gate fold card.  So you decide if you can pass up this punch… I couldn’t cause I have no willpower.

EYE CANDY….Ok so last weekend I took a PASTE PAPER class with SALLY PENLEY..if you don’t have a clue what PASTE PAPER is then basically its like watercolor on paper then using just about anything you can think of to make marks on the paper while its still wet… however , you are needing something that is more opaque so paste paper is made up of wall paper paste with acrylic added…there are other kinds but this is what we were using … and it was such fun… as a calligrapher this paper can be use to write on depending on how busy a background it is or it can be used to make cards, booklets even  gift wrap if you are careful with the folding … Sally prefers to make her designs on ARCHES TEXT WOVE paper…this paper takes the paste well and for the most part holds up to most of the tools you might use to kinda scratch designs into the paste. Ok enough talk here are some photos I took of the class and the papers.. If you have an opportunity to take a PASTE PAPER CLASS I think you will really enjoy it and if you can take one with SALLY PENLEY well then I know you will have a great time…

this piece Sally had written on the paper before applying the paste

this piece Sally had written on the paper before applying the paste

note gloves to keep the paste off your hands. also the scratching tool

note gloves to keep the paste off your hands. also the scratching tool

some of Sally's finished pieces

some of Sally’s finished pieces

well that should have gotten your creative juices going so now go make something… and most of all play…

ONE FINAL EYE CANDY…well I am not sure its really eye candy…while raking up the leaves from the last storms my hubby rescued a weathergram as seen below…he swears there was a squirrel holding it who told him if you ever want to see this again bring me the nuts…( we have run out )…lmao…good weathergram though..

kath's half eaten weathergram...the squirrel's hostage

kath’s half eaten weathergram…the squirrel’s hostage

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