DAY FOUR YELLOWSTONE ROOSEVELT ENTRANCE

TIME FLIES WHEN YOU’RE HAVIN FUN

Yes , I am 2 days behind but dang I am havin fun.  The drive to GARDINER was uneventful but we did take a quick detour through BUTTE…the town is know for is mining copper, mostly but also some lead.Elk walking the streets of GARDINER Mt. Each evening…pretty cool….

 

Backside of Roosevelt entrance due to sun shining on the front.. but I do have the front…

See told you I had it…lol

Bison herd settling down for the nigh along the fire hole river.

The Hamilton group was the original concession for all of Yellowstone for quite awhile.

Eagle eating along the river…I have never seen this before and couldn’t believe how big he was.

Dragon’s mouth fumerole…stinky too.

The back side of the Original INN AT OLD FAITHFUL…..note  the widows walk along the top when the park was in the about the 40’s they would allow visitors that were staying at the Inn to go up to the top and they had a dump off the to the left and bears came there to eat at night and they would shine lights on the dump so the visitors could see the bears this was later discontinued due the fact that it was actually harmful to allow the bears to root in the garbage.  Now the Inn is too fragile and no one but employees are allowed up there for mostly repairs.

Resting near the Inn.

Grand PRISMATIC POOL. Swiped this off the internet because you can only see it like this from the air.. you can walk all around it but you can’t appreciate the color because you can’t get up high enough to look down on it.. also no drones allowed in the park

CASTLE GYSER going off in the distance. We are waiting for Old Faithful…

And it begins…but I didn’t get a good photo of it all the way up due to it being on the video and its too big to post here this 40’s poster will have to do… sorry

Another one of my favorites is this poster of the Yellow bus….they were there a long time ago and they brought them back a few years ago but like so many things COVID caused them seriious problems due to only a few on the bus due to social distancing…so it only ran a few times and they are not sure if or when they will start them again. ….so sad…

Raven’s are everywhere and I just love them but I won’t bore you with how many photos of them I have taken…

.This is the most impressive place… and the color dazzles the eyes… I think because it is not as big as the GRAND CANYON that it is actually more impressive because you can appreciate the size and the color better.

The Lower falls of the canyon and if you look close you can see that you can walk right out to the edge to look over ….my favorite place….when I was about 9 or 10 my folks took us here and we were actually able to watch them dynamite the area to build the ledge out to the edge… my dad had a two way radio in the car and we had to turn it off as it was a possible problem for them with the dynamite. So many memories.

Ok Yall isn’t arm chair travel fun..

Thanks for stoppin by…old traveling shoes…aka kath

 

 

 

 

 

DAY 2…. SPOKANE TO MISSOULA….

Greetings and Salutations….

This is day two and while I have not done much but ride in the car….I am incredibly sleepy, however I have had less alcohol tonight so we can hope that I will do a better job of editing…the real problem is my glasses don’t work…lol so I really can’t see the screen that well … still it was a lovely day and I do have a few fun things for you…..

I think I may have told you that we spent some time in Spokane last year ( which SIRI pronounces SPO CANE….LMAO) and when I was here I found a great art supply store and because one can never have too many art supplies my sweet baboo took me back over to it this am before we left town… this is the outside of the art building… I like to pretend that its me… making art..lol

Shortly after leaving the city of SPOKANE you find yourself approaching Coeur d’ Alene…( pronounced Cour de lain). But we are not French…lol. It’s a huge lake and very beautiful to drive along..

Then we come to more  images of the variety of landscapes that are this part of Eastern Washington.  It’s just lovely , however , I now know why my sister and brother in law do not drive on the freeways very often but tend to take the back roads….It’s very hard to take good photos when you are flying by the scenes at 70 miles an hour and that is the speed limit and just when you think you have the photo lined up a huge truck goes wizzing by… It’s fun but also frustrating….. you just can’t yell STOP when your hubby is driving 70 miles and hour… He’s good but that’s a no no…

 

 

Amazing bald rock just pops up out of no where trees all around then suddenly its bare…and smooth

Or rough and craggy

one of my favorite parts today was the area around Kellog I think where there is and Gondola and guess they are getting it ready for ski season.. in any case this poor man was having to climb STRAIGHT up with so much crud hanging off of him I wanted to suggest he get a cherry picker…

The climber with all the STUFF.. who knows what just hanging off of him..

I had to put this in as it just cracked me up…listed as a historical marker…

More lovely trees these are pines and they are just so crisp and very tall.

More bare rock that just doesn’t look like it belongs there..

A brief bathroom stop at Mickey D’s and an incredibly large bug ( nope don’t know what kind and good that he was on the outside not the inside…

This is the inside of what can only be referred to as a sh—t shop full of souvenirs…well that’s what they call them but this one also had $50,000 dollars worth of silver dollars hanging on the walls and over head of their bar….it was just a hoot.. no they did not give out any or even have any to purchase as souvenirs..lol but it was fulll of stuff and I did get a couple of postcards.

And look a wee bit of fall ya’ll ( that’s for my Southern friends who haven’t see fall in years)


This is my favorite image of the day…. and we were going much slower so I was able after the 3 or 4 one we saw to capture it… I think it means rock and roll truck…lmao…

I am afraid that this post is rather boring and some of you might not come back… but if you have ever wanted Julie and Julia ( movie) Julie decides she is going to cook all of JULIA’s recipes and then blog about each night…. I loved that movie but now I also know why she found it so hard to both do the cooking and then blog till the wee hours… If you haven’t seen it ,rent it…its worth your time… and perhaps you will have more sympathy for me and continue to stay with me… tomorrow is GARDINER and the northern entrance to Yellowstone and if we are luck some of the elk will be lying around the Ranger station and we of course get to see Mammoth hot spring…so hang in there the photos will get better I promise…

Oh and BTW …. I have hired a proofreader so any mistakes with this post are due to Mr HARNEY.. LOL

SO TTFN  ( that’s TA TA FOR NOW ) for all you Tigger fans… ( I decided that the blog need a new sign off) ole traveling shoes  IN MISSOULA MT……aka kath

 

 

 

 

 

Surprise…. its a road trip to JELLYSTONE NATIONAL PARK

ROAD TRIP ROAD TRIP ROAD TRIP……2020

DAY ONE….... SOMEWHERE IN THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST TO SPOKANE

 

SURPRISE SURPRISE SURP RISE …. I haven’t toled your but for the nest 10 + days I am going to be posting my blog of my road trip to YELLOWSTONE..

I am so excited I haven’t been back since 2007 and before that 1984 and then my first time taking my native Floridian husband who had never been out of the state of Florida 1972….and for me I don’t know how many times but my first was when I was 5 years old.. and the cabin we stayed in at old faithful  … my dad got up in the morning to start a fire and warm up the cabin and promptly gathered up all the newspaper that my mom had spread on the floor and burned up my socks…. YELLOWSTONE has a truly warm place in my heart so I WAS DELIGHTED WHEN my sister in law and brother in law agreed to let us join them on their trip … she did all the work and got us  booked for all the fun places … nothing in Yellowstone park was open so  we are staying outside at Gardner ( think Mammoth Hot Springs and the northern entrance..photos to come… and then on to West Yellowstone… via the park… the park is open but nothing else well maybe Old FAITHFUL LODGE but q bit pricey…..so I plan to blog my way through…..hope you can join me..we are headed to SPOKANE.. and the wonderful DAVENPORT HOTEL…

SO day ONE… We left at bout 9:33 and headed east on I-90 … to SPOKANE… it was an easy drive and our first really scenic spot is VANTAGE. Where we cross thec Columbia  river and see the change in the landscape .. driving from wet western Washington to dry Eastern Washington is a HUGE CHANGE… …its almost like not being in the same country…

the HORSE SULPUTURE is beautiful… I grabbed these off the internet as my husband was on a roll and flying by at 70 miles an hour so no chance to see up  close..

The river is the Columbia and the scenery around this area is just amazing… next we flew by the plains and the sage brush which I love…

Then you know you are in Eastern Washington due to the fact that you move from FIR TREES IN WESTERN WA TO PINES IN EASTERN… as a Grits girl (girls raised in the south) I had a hard time learning Western is Fir trees and Eastern is mostly pine… all lovely and I love the PACIFIC NORTHWEST..

THEN when we arrived in Spokane we went to the best STEAKHOUSE restaurant called. CHURCHILLS… and had the best Martini I have had in ages….kudos to the bartender who actually knew what DRY meant… lol.. plus they gave me this lovely little blue glass bottle of hand sanitizer…a local brewery is making it up for them… and I have a huge collection of blue glass ..and now one more…

So thus ends day one…but stay tuned for day two tomorrow … SPOKANE TO MISSOULA..doesn’t that get your pulse racing….

oh yeah these photos are from my local Safeway store which had the most amazing CHARLOTTE’S WEB….. no Charlotte but hey the web was SOME WEB…LOL.

 

 

 

OH YEAH and my BFF STEPHANIE GOGGLEYE made this incredible Halloween mask for me and I was hoping to share it with KING 5  AS THEY WERE ASKING FOR PHOTOS BUT CAN’T FIND OUT HOW TO DO IT SO HERE IT IS AND As said stay tuned for more adventures and more Halloween …my absolute favorite holiday…

Any and all typos are due to the 2 fantastic martini’s …

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

CARDS (FOLD THE NIGHT AWAY)

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QUICK UPDATE..A friend notified me that IMPRESS CARDS AND CRAFTS appears to have vacated their store in Tukwila…. so I wrote to the me and they assured me that they did have to leave their store due to owner having other plans for building and not renewing their lease…they are HOWEVER STILL ON LINE …if you sign up they will send you e mails about sales etc and you can create an account or as a guest you can still purchase items and see them on line the link is IMPRESSCARDSANDCRAFTS.COM I recommend that you sign up for their newsletters…but that’s up to you… just wanted to make you up to date..

Double panel gate fold card from SPLITCOAST STAMPERS

YOU can see written directions for this one as well as video if you go to SCS and click on tutorials and then search for DOUBLE PANEL GATE FOLD. Its a simple gate fold then panels are added to front of each gate and only glued one side each…I did like this and its relatively simple and you can use some of the scrap paper which may be piling up around you like snow…at least it is at my house.

This is another of my favorites.. I have used it so many times… I got the original pattern from Impress Rubber stamps which at the time had a store in the Bellvue square mall.  They still have a great store now down in Tukwilla WA.  Any way you can also see a video of it on YOu Tube with Dawn called the CORNER FOLD POP UP…. Its very similar to another corner fold that is way more complicated and so if you watch that one and want to have a cut out on the front you can do that just by cutting out the front and then putting your image up against that cut out on the inside and adhering it …. I think this is the easy one and I have used it many times and in fact first posted it here in 2017..but I am sharing the images and the pattern

one of the reasons I like this so much is because it will stand creating a corner with your images inside.. I have used this design a couple of times to display a mini calendar on one side and either stamp images or even photos which I felt the person I sent to would enjoy.  You can obtain the little calendars from IMPRESS RUBBER STAMPS 

IN fact that is the only place I have ever been able to buy them and they do come in a couple of sizes and you can make your card smaller if you change the original paper from 8x 8 to 6×6 square… otherwise its the same and you will go from a 4″ open square to a 3″ open …

This one is also a favorite and very easy …its called a twisted diagonal fold. and it creates two pockets if you want to use them as pockets…they will hold a gift card if you are wanting to send a gift or just little messages.   The one below I only used small messages and pad of paper I found on sale that was full of black and white images… which I love and then added bits of red for a pop of eye candy. Again the link to video is from SCS…TWISTED FOLD 

I am sure there is You tube video but it is basically 4 ¼ x 11 then score diagonally from top right to bottom left… fold along the score line and rub your bone folder along it to make it lie flat… then fold the two ends together so that you have now have a card that opens.  For the insert papers or decorator papers I simple cut a sheet of 4 x 10 ¾ then again the diagonal fold top right to bottom left and then fold in half and then go back and cut the triangles that you have created out and use them as you want … I only put them on the front flaps outside and inside because I think to do all of it , it gets way too busy… but your choice. Actually looking back at my photo I did use it on there front two different triangles but I still think its a bit busy..

Those are just  few of the folds that I like … as I have said many times I am all about quick and dirty….I don’t want to spend a lot of time on the cards I want to do more and new ones all the time so they have to be quick…lol

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

 

ERASISTIBLE STAMPING

GREETINGS AND SALUTATIONS.

WHAT you ask is the ERASISTIBLE STAMP EXCHANGE…well back in a the mid 80’s a few of my friends ELIZABETH WALSH and LORNA HUTSELL shared with me the idea of carving my own rubber stamps out of the white plastic drafting erasers,,actually I am sure i tried few different kinds of erasers but we found that the white plastic ones carved the best and held up the best ie they didn’t crumble when used repeatedly.. I believe that it was Elizabeth that started the exchange and as I remember we would carve our images and stamp them on 3×5 or maybe it was 4×6 cards and make 10 or 11 ( the 11th one was for ourselves to remember what we had exchanged) then we would send them Elizabeth and she would sort them out and return to us 10 different cards, one each from the participants.  It was great fun seeing all the different designs that others carved and the cards were fun to look through.  I know that I started a large paper scrap book and started mounting the cards in them so that I would have them readily available to look at and inspire me for my next weeks carving..at least I think we did it once a week… I should know because when Elizabeth decide that she had done this long enough she allowed me to continue the EXCHANGE so now the cards came to me instead of Elizabeth.

It was a simple process to carve the stamps merely trace your image onto a piece of tracing paper then lay that on the eraser then rub it with a bone folder and viola you transferred the image onto the stamp then you only needed to carve it. For that we used the linoleum carving blade and removed the pieces of the eraser that were not part of the image .. We carved all kinds of things people , images of animals, logo images, letters , numbers just about anything we could think of and my dear late friend LORNA HUTSELL carved and image of me and sent it to me… we also carved on both sides of the eraser to maximize them.  Sometimes the things went together like a ball and bat but sometimes not just depending on the size of our image… I teased Lorna because the image she carved of me was on the back side of a toilet bowl she had carved,, hummm..Lorna and I got so into this the we started making small bound calendars with only carved images. We typically only made about 10 or so and they were then shared so like 5 each and given to special friends, and of course one for each of us… at first I think we each did 10 with our own carvings then we started making a theme and each carved 6 months of images so half and half…

just a few of the calendars we had made using only carved stamps

pages of the exchanged cards some Lorna’s some others

This was Lorna and the infamous YARD BIRDS from the Yarbird store in Chehalis/Centraila…and rather than Floridian I had become the FLORIDIDAIN..

some of my favs and some out of the post card exchange.. this its her carving of my head which we used to sign our calendared there is one of her too…if I can find it..

just a few of the calendars we had made using only carved stamps

Lorna’s Bun’s she had such fun with them..and always a delight to my mail box

this was due to our trip to the Stamp show in Pullaup and i forget the year but they had just come out with foil that you press onto your stamped images if you had run then through a copier with carbon…ie you had to stamp image then copy it at like a Kinkos to get the carbon then iron the foil onto the image…the demo guy had used an image of a rooster and ironed one every color or foil that they had….when we saw it we both cracked up and she later reminded me of the cartoon rooster which made me laugh all over again..it was a poor choice on his part but hey I am sure she sold some foil..

the above are a few pages from our calligraphy group (NIB N’ INKS aka south sound calligrapers)  you will note that the bottom right carving is by SUE NAN DOUGLAS who because hand carving has such a unique look went on to market some of her designs to readymade stamp companies.. hand carving was hot and can be again if you have images that you want and they aren’t out there give it a try …

You can buy the plastic white eraser from Amazon and in a larger square but still the ½ thick so you can hold it and not ink your fingers and you can also carve on the other side..Amazon link to white vinyl erasers by Alvin

you can look for the tools on Amazon too.

Lastly I would recommend that you consider the book as it has lots of tips and hints on how to do this and most important is don’t undercut your image ..alway cut away from the image to the outside.

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

 

MY FAVORITE THINGS.

OH MY GOODNESS….I have some things to share and also a card link.. one of the first things I want to share is about the GEMINI JR.  I bought this about a year or so ago and liked it so much and if you don’t know its an electric version of the BIG SHOT… not made by same people but it is available at AMAZON…( LETS all vote Jeff Bezos to restart our economy…) it cuts dies of all types and it will also emboss using the regular embossing templates as well as the 3D templates which emboss deeper…( ie don’t use thin card stock with them or you will probably end up breaking the paper). Frankly I got a chance to try one of the Gemini machines at a stamp store and was very impressed..mostly due to fact that I have some arthritis and no way to predict where it will pop up next but I was tired of cranking my way thru die cuts and embossing … less embossing than die cuts which is what I want to tell you about… the Gemini works so well and I have the die cutting down pat… I know the layers and how to put it together and to turn the clear cutting plates so that they don’t warp so badly just flip them.  BUT AS I SAID I DON’T EMBOSS much that said I recently bought a 3 D template of cob webs for my all time favorite cards HALLOWEEN so I decided the other day to emboss it using the GEMINI JR…( smaller version the big one is way too big) so I looked up in my directions of layers and read it twice then put them together and turned on the machine and inserted the sandwich of layers …it started in and then I could tell it was stuck so I tried to push it a little to get it going having never used a 3D plate before I thought it would go but no… it wouldn’t and suddenly I panicked and tried to pull the sandwich back out… not working… so turned it off and called my hubby thinking I’d make him hold the machine and I’d pull and it would come out….well that didn’t work either so he turned it off AGAIN and did what I almost never do…got on line and read instructions…..with me kibitzing in the background that it wouldn’t work….but he said …they said to turn it on and hold down the reverse button ( which I had tried to no avail) for 10 seconds… i hadn’t done the 10 seconds…so we gave it a try and BINGO ..it promptly reversed the plates and pushed them back out to me… turns out that I had left in the frosted plate that you DO USE with the die cuts and that of course made the sandwich too thick…so I bravely relayed the sandwich without that frosted sheet and it worked perfectly…..so I just want you all to know that if you are like me and tired of cranking the BIG SHOT…then you might want to give the GEMINI JR a try there are other electric ones out there but I have liked this one very much and it does cut through rather heavy paper and even cuts through a couple  sheets of about 60 lb card stock.. and my shoulders don’t get tired and neither do my hands…I am just sharing this for your interest not because I get a commission for selling them… lol…and if you are new to all of this you might find that cost of BIG SHOT or ever the stamping up one is about the same as this electric one… and it will cut most size dies… anyway I love it.

Now next I want to share some pens my Epistolary friend in Oklahoma shared with me months ago so not sure if you will find them but she and I are great DOLLAR TREE shoppers… not Dollar General nor Dollar Family etc…only DOLLAR TREE actually has everything at $1.00….these pens are so cool… they actually have two tips coming out the end so you get dual letters or lines with them and in dual colors.  I had to go to 3 different DOLLAR TREE’S to find them but I do like them and they came in set as you see but also another set with two different colors… and at $1 of course I had to buy both sets… I only scanned this set so you will have to go hunting but you just might find them.

Now more info …I tried to scan this and it was too blurry so I took photo with my iPhone and tried to drag and drop it into the blog…but apparently with this newest update on IPHONE..they have made the photos no longer JPEG BUT NOW SOMETHING CALLED HEIC… it makes for a better and maybe takes up less space BUT IT is not possible to put it into blog… that blew me away…. in fact I am going to have a online discussion with apple soon and I plan to tell them that STEVE IS PISSED… some of the changes they have been making with these updates are just not necessary or at least don’t seem necessary … I am sure they have some reason but often it seems like they are just MESSIN WITH US… and this folks is from and all APPLE girl have been for long time and only phone I ever had was apple and don’t plan to change but really guys leave the do it three times to microsoft and give us back the EASY WAY…ok I am off my soap box for now… I also want to share with you a few photos from my mt Rainier day trip… WE ALL WORE our masks..

mt Rainier in all her glory against the total blue sky

This card below is from SPLITCOAST STAMPERS…and its on You tube as a TWISTED DIAGONAL FOLD CARD... but while you are there also check out the TWISTED GATE FOLD… another of my favorites…

 

I am still wearing my flip flops but I am currently not in the south…still the statement holds…

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

“MY HEART SOARS”

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Hello again…yep still here and I am sure you are wondering what on earth type of card or calligraphy would have a title or name of MY HEART SOARS... the answer is neither of them.

Movies

I just finished watching for the 2nd or 3rd time  UPSIDE… ( I watched it on Showtime but I assume it would also be available on Prime Video)and those words are what happens at the end of the movie and also along the way… I don’t want to say its the best movie I have even seen but while I have heard those words before (don’t know where they actually came from) but this is the one thing that for me they apply to.  I am not going to tell you about it but you can always look it up on google or better yet IMDB.  Its is a fantastic movie and I can’t imagine ever not wanting to see it again…I PROMISE that if you only read the premise or plot for this movie it is not a downer…what kind of person would i be if sent you on a quest for something to make you cry or to make you sad,  I am sure that we all have things like that every day now including but not limited to the news. I kinda felt this way about the BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL…but this one tops that for sure…

This is a rotten time for all of us… and we are all wondering when will it end and if and when it does what will our worlds be like…hard to say but hopefully you find positive, beautiful things about your world and things that will make your HEART SOAR. 

NATURE

TURTLES at a pond at the edge of the WALMART parking lot..this was before it got so dang hot.

Ibus… also at the same pond they are such beggars they wait and hope that someone from walmart will come out and throw them some food. They are beggars for sure and you can recognize them by their curved beak. and they usually travel in hurds…

These guys eat bugs, snakes , lizards etc …and those long bills can go very deep into the ground ..

gator at CORKSCREW PARK in Florida

this guy can eat whatever he wants…lol

Pelican on the back of fishing boat on the east coast of Fl ….hoping for some scraps I am sure

WELL I CAN’T BELIEVE its been almost a month since I posted anything…for that I apologize..however we are now in the PACIFIC NORTHWEST and in addition to the normal jet lag from flying across country, I also have the “where is lag”..trying to remember how to get places and even where things are stored here… especially since its been a good 9 months since we were home.  But I am loving it and here are some photos of our back yard and deck..a wonderful neighbor was diligent in watering when necessary and checking on the house.

my frog buddha who holds the peanuts for the squirrels , jays and crows etc..as you can see its almost always empty..

We have lived here for about 20 years and only in the last two years have we had bunny in the back yard… maybe too many dogs around.

We recently too a quick trip to Peninsula and that included a trip to the Olympics and Hurricane Ridge…and what a great treat it was.. We saw a total of 10 deer on the way up and down and then several on the walk/hike across the top .. they were so special and obviously used to having people around and they were not the least bit shy

no trip to the peninsula is complete without a trip over to the straits of Juan de Fuca and of course that means Sea gulls and this guy definitely wanted his picture taken..

These are some of the wildflowers that we saw on the drive up to the top of Hurricane Ridge..note the bee on the thistle..

Above is one of my favorites Indian Paintbrush…

HUMOR

Now a couple of things to make your smile..

So with that said … I am going to sign off for today and I promise it won’t take a month for me to post again.

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

DBL PANEL GATE FOLD & EXPLOSION CARDS

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DOUBLE GATE FOLD WITH FLAPS

Double panel gate fold card from SPLIT COAST STAMPERS

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hfPkm12AU7E

I have include the link above so that you can both have written directions and also the link to their video .

I liked this card because it was simple and yet different in that it has multiple panel and is a great way to use up scraps… it would be easy to make up the base ahead of time and event cut some decorative pieces to go on the front and the flaps and then you would be able to assemble it quickly and have unique card for those last minute needs. Also since most of us are home a lot these days thought you could go ahead and make them up and then all you have to do is sign them, Of course this also requires that you will need a place to store them and the ablility to remember that place…lol and also you will have to be willing to use them… my biggest problem is that I see what I have made and I know I will forget it so I end up saving them for samples and never mailing…..ok nod your head if you do that too.  I could scan them  on my Computer, but then I would forget them there too. Still as my hubby would say it keeps us out of the bars ( which currently are not open in lots of places )

DAWN’S LARGE EXPLOSION CARD

I gave the link so you could see how to fold this card its really quite simple but I always do better with a video.  I made this small one using the same folding techniques but on a 4×8 piece of card stock .. Score each end at 2 and the fold the flaps down as shown in the video…I did not put this one inside a base card but merely left it as is and mailed it.

explosion folded closed this is the 4x 8 size

small explosion card with out a base just the explosion

 

same basic folds except that the inside is using a lighter weight (text) paper.

inside of card

Again this is the 4 x 8 size and its the one I use most often  I did cut the base card slightly larger as I never seem to get my papers the exact same size so for me its easier to make the base slightly larger and then insert the explosion so that if fits evenly.  It must be the paper trimmer that doesn’t cut them the same as I am sure its not me.

my crocosmia looks like mini orchids and grows well in PNW

my Black Calla lily which this year is all due to my neighbor/friend Shannon’s excellent care,

 

HUMOR

My better half finds these jokes on the web and shares them with me and this one is so true because we have the ice thing in the door and its forever shooting ice out on the floor which because the floor is white and the ice is clear no one finds till we step in the water with our bare feet…at which point we have no idea who melted it.  enjoy

 

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

 

 

DOWN THE RABBIT HOLE….

Or KATH’S ADVENTURES…some times it feels like I have fallen down the rabbit hole…a) I am getting bigger…lol b)pretty sure my queen of hearts is actually a king of hearts and I know he is ready to cut off my head…..and I don’t seem to be able to wake up from this adventure and I certainly don’t think I want any more of it…

THE ADVENTURE ( if you don’t want sad story skip down to CARDS)

On April 25th my MOM , who has Alzheimer’s and is subject to UTI’s… and had a UTI was sent to the local hospital and there tested postitive for the virus…I am sparing you some of the details but for the next 35-40 days she  spent in the hospital and on approximately May the 28th she tested negative twice as required and was released to the Memory care facility that she had been in for the last 3 yrs… she is weak and needs physical therapy to walk on her own again (which before hospital stay she did quite well in fact was very healthy physically on Alzheimers med and assorted vitamins and something to help prevent UTI) so she is back and hopefully getting better but I can’t see her and in fact haven’t seen her since sometime in FEB…when they shut the memory care facility to help protect the patients…Its a small facility and I know she is getting best care they can give but still its hard not being able to see her or spend any time with her and she doesn’t get FaceTime at all and try to reach into the screen and touch me…..so we are still here in hopes that the place will reopen to visitors soon and we can see her before we head back to WA…so enough of my adventure it could have been worse she is 94 and other than the UTI had no symptoms…not on regulator at all …I know there are way worse stories out there but I felt the need to share …I did however give you a chance to skip this…

CARDS

FLOATING GATE FOLD…YouTube has a couple videos on how to make this and this one is made off the Video by Dawn.. but I had trouble with the Pop ups sticking to the paper and so I thought I try it a different way…you know me I am a lazy stamper /cardmaker and if there is an easier way I am going to give it try.  I did make it and turns out it is not really easier…so suggest you try either the link to Dawn’s or one of the others that are listed on YouTube.

CALLIGRAPHY

Now for my pen pals..lol pun intended… AMITY PARKS is giving another couple of classes and these are on her CHUNKY CAPS… so here is the link to her new class sign up website also with samples  .http://www.amityparkslettering.com

I think there other classes listed also including a second one on the BISTER INKS.

So you might want to check it out as the classes are in July but not sure if there is a limit on them or not.

Here are some of the pens that I just love… the top one is BRODY PEN from JOHN NEAL BOOKSELLER. Its basically an updated ruling pen…and it has two different angles for making thick letters as then of course the tip allows you to write a moonlike…I had it but hadn’t used until I took JULIE WILDMAN’S AKIM VARIATIONS CLASS and she is also doing more classes here is the link to her web      https://www.wildmandesigns.com 

after her class I really started playing with it… it had been virgin so I just looked at it but didn’t try dipping it into ink and even after watching Julie… I only dipped into walnut ink… then I got brave and tried it with sumi… I did clean it well after.

HUMOR 

I am not sure if you will be able to click on these links and then see them or not but a calligraphy pal of mine SHARON CLYMER shared them with me recently and they both make me laugh…

This snake one could be here in Fl since we are over run with pythons however because they are an invasive species they are doing their best to eliminate them and so they would most likely have killed it before tossing it… still its pretty funny…its title is “WHEN YOUR CHECK ENGINE LIGHT COMES ON..

The one below is titled WHERE’S MY PURSE and it is funny but obviously a set up and after looking up the link On YouTube saw that it was at least 2 yrs old…STILL  being down this RABBIT HOLE…I will take all the laughs I can find… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uo1HhX25tRQ

this also cracked me up… now below are some older photos of Mt Rainier and a visit we made last year.

The critter ( other than my hubby and I ) is a Marmot…they cute but not vary sociable..they can do the distancing quite well and that’s probably a good thing as depending on if it early summer they can be rather cranky and they have nasty front teeth …think Badger.. and mostly they want food and women…marmot women… I can’t tell you what flowers they are as my pic is pretty blurry but they are also from the Rainier National Park… this year sadly I had several reservations on the most important one was for around the 25th of July but sadly they have canceled all reservations at PARADISE INN due to this virus so while we could stay outside the park or down at the LONGMIRE area ..its then a good 30 minutes to the top or to PARADISE and I like to get up early around 5 or so and grab a cup of Java and go out side and sit on one of the benches near the visitor center and watch the sun come up over the top of the mt.  It doesn’t rise there but the sunlight starts lighting up the snowfields and it just soothes my soul… and puts me at peace with the world..but If I have to drive for 30 or so minutes while its a pleasant drive but curvy so you can’t go too fast… it means getting up even earlier and then my hubby will wake and think he should go with me… as long as I am just walking across the parking lot he is fine with me going alone and I like to be alone… usually no one else up then and I have often seen deer grazing in the meadow while its still a little dark and no one around… I do love it there.

Mt. Rainier at sunrise.

Ok I promised to try to end this on a happy note so think this photo does that…

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

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