HERE’S HOPPING YOU ALL HAD A WONDERFUL THANKSGIVING AND THAT YA’LL GOBBLED TILL YA WOBBLED…LOL…I am grateful for all ya’ll that check out my blog.
Well I have good news and bad news…. the GOOD NEWS is my Mom is finally back at her residence in FT MYERS… so no more trips to Sarasota except for fun…lol. THE BAD NEWS is that due not being put on antibiotics weeks ..maybe even months ago her cough got so bad that had a fever last sunday of 101…FINALLY they gave her the antibiotics..its a long story why but she is very sad shape…and why not she has been suffering with this for over 6 wks and if they had given her the antibiotics to begin with it would have been gone in just a few days… ok know you didn’t come for this so I will move on…
dawn’s wallet for gift cards
DAWN’S GIFT CARD WALLET ..AS DAWN WOULD SAY THIS IS SO “stinkin Cute” seriously it is … and the great part is that its in plenty time for Christmas…she also tells you that it has so many pockets you won’t believe it…. so you can put gift cards or photos, or notes or just about anything you might want into it and give it ….and it doesn’t have to be Christmas…if you want to give it as a BIRTHDAY well try using a balloon on the front using either a die, a punch or fussy cut one out…. its just the cutest card and a very simple fold….
AS you can see she did one with just the word friend but this could also be a GET WELL, THINKING OF YOU, OR BIRTHDAY OR EVEN JUST BECAUSE …and note the you can also make the front of the card run either vertical or horizontal…
She is using 12 x 12 designer paper..Which means that is also duplex paper…and its gonna be kinda hard to fold… so you will need your embossing folder… you can use lighter weight text paper that in most cases will not be duplex …it just means that what little of the card shows inside will most likely be white or the same color as your outside…. either way due to the number of folds it will be sturdy enough especially if you are adding a gift card if you are adding photos you might want to add a slim piece card stock into the pocket that you put the photo so it doesn’t get bent…and due to the bows which like cause it makes look like a gift…you will have to add additional postage …STILL I think this is worth it…
HINT: regarding the Ribbon…. I would not rely on jus the embellishment on the front holding it in place….I would use a few glue dots on both the front and the back or the wallet and attach the ribbon with them and then also use the embellishment on the front to keep tin place…..
EYE CANDY..this is especially for all my friends and family in WASHINGTON...RAINWORKSis a brief YOU TUBE video of a process by which you can letter on cement and it will only show up if its wet…. I love it…nothing could be more fun that wandering around Seattle in the stuff we call rain and finding these wonderful works of art and there are several other videos so you can see how and what he uses to make these and they don’t have to happen in Washington it rains everywhere sometime…lol…
Think I may have posted this before if you just type rainworks on You Tube it will come up several more …. ENJOY MY FRIENDS… and letter on…
IF YOU ARE LIKE ME….the countdown has begun…seems like the time between Halloween and Christmas gets shorter every year… and this year especially as I was away for 14 days right before THANKSGIVING…aaarrrggghhhh. BUT I have a friend who says that the more projects you have the longer you will live cause you can’t die till you get them all done…in that’s case I am going to be one OLD LADY…lol
Another sponged background and the pop out part.
A Christmas version of this same card but it could be a birthday too
this card is simple and cute and if you need something quickly then you can use just decorator/designer paper for the inside panels and then stamp your message or write your message … or photos or die cuts or punches to decorate your inside panels and truthfully you don’t have to have every panel decorated….sometimes less is more…
This is again one of those types of cards where you can prepare the BASE card with the cut out ahead of time and then also cut and score the inside accordion so that you have it ready to put together for this last minute cards you forgot to make…lol… I swear if it was for “LAST MINUTE” I’d never get anything done…
I also think this would make a really good birthday card with some balloons on the outside pop out panel and then maybe one or two on the inside panel…or just cut some small squares or rectangles to look like mini packages inside ….also one of my favorite sentiments for the birthday card comes from my friend TORY BROKENSHIRE…its CYH..which stands for CONSIDER YOURSELF HUGGED..I just love that and I am a huge hugger…
OH and there won’t be a travel log coming due to circumstances beyond our control we will not be going to HALIFAX as this time.. ☹️😬 I am disappointed but I am sure we do it another time
EYE CANDY….AMAZING LEAF ART…YOU wont believe the wonderful things they carve out of these leaves…check it out..
AS ALWAYS THANKS FOR STOPPIN BY…wire headed cyber toad…aka Kath
IN APRIL of 2016 I posted DAWN’S VIDEO LINK to this little card… I had posted it before that and The pattern that I am sharing here actually came several years ago from Impress Rubber Stamps when they still had a store in BELLEVUE Square….They gave away the pattern for free….and as you can see its incredibly simple but as I said its good for so many ideas…and this time I am also letting you know that it works as a mini desk calendar where it can stand on someones desk or counter with one of this two little mini page a month calendars…
mini calendars from IMPRESS RUBBER STAMPS top one is about 1 ½ in x ¾ inches square and the bottom one is like about 3 ” x 1 ½ inches… and now they found on my request the older version which was about 1 ½ ” SQUARE…. I always love the little square ones but they kinda disappeared and so when I asked they come up with them so I think you can get them there.
So decorate your standing corner and then add your little calendar…you can decorate with embellishments , punched or die cut images or even a favorite photo…or one my favorites is to use canceled postage stamps…when I get cool postage in the mail I save it to make my cards /calendars etc…you can soak them off the paper even the newer sticky ones or just use them like a collage..or you can just make this a card as Dawn has done..
I know there is not much to this but think you will enjoy making these and IMPRESS CARDS AND CRAFTS does sell the tiny calendars and this year they also have some that are about 1 1/2 inch square.
This is short but I am heading to HALIFAX soon and I wanted to get one more blog lined up before I left…I hope to create some travel blogs and especially with photos of the Bay of FUNDI…which can have a 30 ft tide….yikes what fun…a 30ft tide in Florida would cover coast to coast underwater….I listen to lots of books on AUDIBLE and just in case you have a any interest in tides …AUDIBLE has a book called TIDES ….that is really interesting…it starts by talking about FUNDI and the thousands of SANDPIPERS that swoop in to feed on the muck when the tide is out….I hope to get photos of that and share them with you but while its not a book I might have read ….listening to it was fantastic. It’s TIDES..THE SECRET SCIENCE OF THE OCEAN..AND some other books I highly recommend are THE BOYS IN THE BOAT ..About the 1936 Olympics and the rowing team from university of WA….again fantastic story…..and JOYLAND by STEPHAN KING…nope not horror at all its actually a love story/coming of age and the narrator is fantastic…ahhh the english major in me is coming out… I will quit for now… but how about some
EYE CANDY….this is a short technique on how to create water color background for stamping or lettering… I love this and while it looks messy my suggestion is to tape your paper to a piece of Masonite or FOAMCOR board and then work over a plastic tablecloth or near your sink…this made me think of my making mud pies days.. sometimes we just need to be a big messy….Michael’s sells the hand held small spritz bottle for about 4.99 and its a great one as it has a trigger… some control of the amount of water…
This card will work best if you have not too heavy card stock ..it will also work a duplex type of card stock but then if you want to put a message inside either of the openings you may need to layer a solid piece of card stock so that you can stamp or write one it. I do like the fact that it opens twice any little twist on a card is positive if creates a smile on the person who receives it. I also like that its pretty simple and that you only have to measure each triangle and score at the 5 inch mark to make it work…Now it is probably going to be a bit bulky to mail so you may need a slightly larger envelope and also you will probably need extra postage. Still I think its worth the effort…. and I also like the fact that it has a belly band to hold it closed and that you decorate the belly band to give the front of our card a nice look. So here is Dawn’s and she had duplex paper that was solid on one side and printed on the other but because it was dark she still need to put a layer inside to stamp/write on.
Dbl gate fold by Dawn
So give this one a try and in fact you can fold some ahead of time and then have them available to decorate and mail.
same fold just different ….sent this to my BFF who has been suffering some annoying health issues…
EYE CANDY…THE REAL VENICE…In 2013 we went to venice and I only had two days and have been dying to get back …. this is a wonderful article with pictures that show you just what a terrific city it is…. so sit back and do a little “arm chair ” travel to one of the most wonderful and romantic cities in Italy… BUON GIORNO .GOOD DAY… PS they also had an incredible pen/calligraphy/murano glass stores in ST Marks square…well off the square but there….and the images below or me drooling and shopping…
me in calligraphy store in St Marks square oh how do I decide
power shopping ….and sensory overload and me helping someone else decide
note shopping bag….lol look at that face does that say success or what… lolA
AS ALWAYS THANKS FOR STOPPING BY…..wire headed cyber toad aka kath
Well its getting to be that time of year when you are wanting to send treats to friends and family , teachers, hair dressers etc…so this is slight variation to other gift card holders and hey you can never have too many card ideas with POCKETS….right ….
Dawn’s gift card folder
Dawn’s gift card folder
DAWN’S GIFT CARD HOLDERso after you look at the video… here are a few hints that you may find helpful….HINT 1…..paper is cut 5 ½ x 12. And she is using duplex paper that means decorated on both sides…however she then shows you how to cover up the inside design as it is really too busy …so just wanted you to know that because at least where I am I only know two stores that sell a selection of duplex paper …you don’t have to use duplex paper…you can do with with 12 x 12 paper that is solid color on both sides or paper that is designer on one side and white on the back side….
HINT 2…This really ties into HINT 1 …I have found that many times the solid color on both sides paper is not cut with the grain and when you go to fold it CRACKS…sometimes it cuts when you are trying to score it so my suggestion is to a) score carefully and b) do score before you fold… that triangle…as it may not fold neatly if it isn’t either scored or folded and pressed with bone fold…it doesn’t happen all the time but its always a surprise when it does happen.
My next suggestion is othe ways of using this card….you can slip a hand Made coupon in the pocket inviting the person to lunch , a party , or maybe write a encouraging word on separate paper, share a business card or even a photo…this would be a perfect idea for sharing a photo of a new baby in the family , human or new pet even…also it could be a we’ ve moved card with new address inside… or if you have someone who has a hard time writing you send them some address labels for their family and friends…or print up some special return address labels to give as a gift..the small strips of post it notes to use as markers etc.. Lots of things to fill the pocket..
I ALSO WANT TO SUGGEST that you follow DAWN’S hint about trimming off just a smidge of the flap of the card…especially if your card stock is rather thick it will make it fold much nicer…
EYE CANDY..This week I want to share a site that is a DIY on painting rocks which seems to be a craze again and these are showing you how to paint PUMPKIN ROCKS.. they are so cute I may have to go out and round up some of my hubby’s rocks and paint them before he finds them missing…..TTFN…for you non TIGGER fans that TA TA FOR NOW..
ok think that is it for this blog AS ALWAYS THANKS FOR STOPPIN BY…wire headed cyber toad…..aka kath..
IN CASE YOU DIDN’T KNOW HALLOWEEN IS MY FAVORITE HOLIDAY….and to kick the season off I want to share a photo by a friend that was on FACEBOOK back in August when the Eclipse happened…. I think these photos tell you why I think it should be here in this post….
partial eclipse in 2017…
I love this card… I love the pop out effect…ya know the BOO effect…and the fold is that old explosion fold she gives you the directions of how to do it and you can use 6×6 decorator paper or you can do as she did and decorate it yourself with embellishments or stickers or stamps…. then if you have one of those Martha Stewart boarder punches ..there are several but the cobweb is very cool land gives almost a lacey effect…
Now in case you can’t tell this explosion fold when enclosed in the card is a 3 inch square mounted on the diagonal inside the card…. however…. just so you know it can also be a card all by itself… small maybe but you can also do it an 8×8 fold which would give you a 4inch square….or if that still isn’t big enough for you… you can use a 10 x 10 piece of paper and you would end with a 5 x 5 inch square card…. now one of my favorite uses for this fold is to use it to create calendars that stand on their own for my friends… SAME FOLD but you remove one panel so that you now will need to overlap two of the panels to create a corner then glue them to together so that the diagonal fold is in the bottom of the card its the platform the card stands on….then decorate the two panels inside and using one of them to glue the little monthly calendars on for me that is usually the right panel but it can be the left one also…. so the little calendars are available at impresscardsandcraftsas you can see from the photo they come in two sizes and depending on what you want to use to decorate and what size square you end with will help you decide which size calendar you want to use
mini calendars from IMPRESS RUBBER STAMP
Well its getting to be that time of year again… I have to leave my paradise in WA and head to FL…. I know lots of you think that is just a terrific thing and I am not really complaining because I get to see our daughter and our grandchildren as well as my Mom and also all of my husbands family however, I don’t think l am ever going to think that CHRISTMAS at 87 degrees with probably 80% humidity is just not my idea of christmas….but being with family makes up for that a lot. In any case the reason I am even mentioning this is because I am going to be really busy and also taking a trip to Nova Scotia so my posting is going to be iffy….as in if at all….lol… but I am going to give you other web sites to check out and also be sure to check out PINTEREST ……just go locking for Handmade cards and then you will have more sources than you can stand… but I have alreadying given you
FRENCHIES SCRAP AND STAMPFrenchie is a Stamping Up rep but she does have a different take than either DAWN…or SPLITCOAST STAMPERS.. IN any case guess you will have lots of sources to check . if you go looking on PINTEREST or even YouTube.
EYE CANDY…this is a lovely video of painting wet on wet…I keep telling myself I can do this but somehow ….WATER COLOR WET ON WET…check it out maybe your’s will be better than mine…
AS ALWAYS THANKS FOR STOPPIN BY..wire headed cyber toad…aka kath
WELL HERE WE ARE AGAIN….and I recently found this card from on Pinterest and I hadn’t been on P for a while and I discovered that many of the links no longer go to the item you were looking at BUMMER…it goes to the web site and then you have to look for what you wanted…. I am not sure why this is happening but this FROG Is a good example. But I have a thing for Frogs so I thought I’d share this with you …
Pinterest Frog card
You will either need circle and oval dies or you will need circle and ova punches…
FROG HEAD……medium oval
FROG BODY ………ONE LARGE CIRCLE AND ONE MEDIUM CIRCLE
LEGS ……..TWO SMALL OVALS ONE FOR EACH SIDE.
EYES…3 SIZE CIRCLE..SMALLEST ONE BLACK WITH WITH WRITING…of course you know I would probably use google eyes…. what can I say….
head cut small rectangles about ½ inch wide and about 2 ½ long then round the corners and apply the to the thin strips to be the stems.
BOW…I am only guessing but think it could be a small butterfly punch or die or you overlap two tiny hearts to make it also…
AS ALWAYS THANKS FOR STOPPING BY ….wire headed cyber toad aka kath
AT first glance this looks like a card with a window shade …and an image behind it… not so…. this is the most amazing card…and YES i went directly from the video to the shopping to order this bundle ….You will have to watch it to appreciate it…
OK are you amazed…definitely SHOCK AND AWE.This is just such an incredible idea and while I think both the butterfly and the hummer are terrific images but I can only hope that they do this with some other images as well …like balloons or boats or the birds..airplanes … ok I’ll try to calm down… but I am excited about this bundle and in addition I will post another of Dawn’s cards which is also using this butterfly die as an overlay over a solid image of a butterfly..this is a die cut that comes with the set and gives you both a solid image and the cut out image…
aren’t they just amazing.. I will try to show you an additional card that also uses this butterfly and it uses the butterfly as a closure to hold the card closed… its theLIVE LOVE LAUGH TRI FOLDThis is a rather simple card but the fact that she used the butterfly to hold the flap on the front closed…is really unique. In any case I think you may find lots of ways to use the dies in this set.
BUTTERFLY CLOSURE OPEN
BUTTERFLY CLOSURE .. then when closed the left side of the card tucks lightly under the piece of butterfly that is cut out…. creating a very unique card.
It’s not to easy to see but if you look closely at the photo above and of course watch the video you will see that she only cuts out part of the butterfly so that part is available to lift up and tuck the other side of the card under it… As I said you will probably find lots of other things /images /dies that can also be used this way…the coffee cup die….the small animals the bear , lion and elephant all of those also could be used as a CLOSURE.
In addition it doesn’t really have to be a die that you cut out half way and then tuck the other side of the card under….it could be an image that you punched out and then only glue half of it onto the card leave the other half unglued and you can also tuck the left side of the card under it…. it makes for a nice effect on the card so look at your dies, your punches and even some embellishments might work for this TRI FOLD CARD. Of course I am drawn to this card because I am ALWAYS drawn to card that doesn’t just open like any store-bought card…. I always want the unique or special effect to my cards…the real joke to this is that and I can’t believe I am sharing this but the truth is once I have made the card and sent it out my recipient….if they text me or call me to tell me how much they loved the card I usually have to admit to them that I have no idea what I sent…. now this is both embarrassing as well as kinda hurtful to my friend as it kinda implies that I don’t really care I just sent a card…. nothing to could be farther from the truth…I actually work hard on trying to come up with a design that think my friend will both like and appreciate. However, once its in the mail…I am on to the next creation and lately I have been spending more time working on my lettering …I have been neglecting it and I really want to improve my scripts and use my design ideas to create better lettering.
So thats all for this post… AS ALWAYS THANKS FOR STOPPIN BY….wire headed cyber toad…aka kath
AS ALWAYS THANKS FOR STOPPIN BY…..wire headed cyber toad..aka kath
DAWN’S POP UP BOOK CARD.. THIS CARD GOT ME SO EXCITED… my youngest granddaughter is turning 21 the end of this month and I just thought how cute would this card be with two photos for the book pages..one of her as little girl and one of her now…I hope to get it done in time… but you can use stamp images or whatever you want for the book pages…..I have to measure it but I think you could even do this as a mini desk type calendar with the calendar pages on the right side of the book and an image or postage stamp on the left side…. I need to check the measurements of the tiny calendars…where you tear a page a day off..( impress cards and crafts).
Front Dawn’s pop up book card
Inside pop up book card
It’s hard to see in the green but there is a about a ½ in that allows the book to part to sorta pop out rather then up.. in any case you have the measurements to use to make the little pages for the inside of the card…you can use your stamps or you can use photos which ever you have or whatever very you want…
I did notice when I was looking at my page I printed with her measurements …there was no measurement listed for the what I am calling the liner (inside) card which is the green.
So here are the measurements as well as the scoring numbers that you will only find on the video and here on my blog…so I am calling this my HINT: SO the liner (green ) is cut at 4 x 8..then put on trimmer the 4 inch width at and place it at 1″ then cut from 1″ down to 7″…then flip the card over again with 4 ” width and repeat …cut at 1″ in and then start at 1″ and cut down to 7″…
Next flip the card so that you are at the 8″ width and from the left hand end score at 1″ just between the cut lines not all the way across…then again at 1 ½ inch again between cut lines …NOW JUST FROM TOP TO THE CUT LINE SCORE AT 2 ½ AND REPEAT THAT AT THE BOTTOM FROM THE BOTTOM UP TO THE CUT LINE NOT ALL THE WAY ACROSS.
SCORE ALL THE WAY ACROSS AT 4 ” AND FLIP THE CARD OVER AND AND REPEAT SCORES..from the end 1″. And then 1 ½ inch inside the cut lines…and the outside cut lines from top down to cut line at 2 ½ and also from bottom up to cut line at 2 ½ . Now you have all your score lines set so you can begin folding with the valley then mountain on the ends of the book..and valley in the center of the book then fold the card in half to get other folds in place so that booklet pops out. Then use her video to see about gluing the card in rather than tape just because it may get opened and closed a lot and the glue will hold better than the tap…..ok that should help and I printed the first two pages of he post and then wrote these measurements on my print out so I would have them when I wanted to make the card…
I am certain that she just forgot to list that liner card size due to just getting back from THAILAND and probably she has jet lag… I know I would … but I really though this card was extra cute and would work great for birthdays….if you have younger and current photos…lol… otherwise its great with sentiments or image stamps… balloons and cake etc.
Ok think that is all for now so enjoy. AS ALWAYS THANKS FOR STOPPIN BY…wire headed cyber toad..aka kath
FRENCHIE’S BOX IN A Z FOLD…..WELL we had made this Z FOLD with a couple of different twist to it but this is really cute also as it has sorta pop ups coming out of the box… Plus its Frenchie and you know how I just love her accent and also her laid back method of making art. She so goes with the flow… she does a birthday one and then a christmas one….so this is a popcorn video..its 25 minutes long but its worth every minute.
Z BASE IS 4 ¼ X 11 THE BOX PART IS CUT 2 1/8 X 11..YOU SCORE BOTH OF THEM AT 2 ¾ AND 5 ½ .
This is her vision of the birthday box one…and it is taken form over head so that you can see how the layers go in inside the box.
Frenchie’s bday box z card
then here are the images of her xmas one or winter one.
I really like that she suggests that you put a piece of clear plastic in the back panel cause it will give it a bit more depth and give you something to attach your pieces too. As I said its a long video but she does a good job and has lots of good suggestions and I like that for the winter /snowman one she basically designs it as she goes… she made all her pieces first and then had them ready to assemble .
Well since the video is long …I am going to keep this short… but check out Frenchie and enjoy the video..You Tube has several different videos on this same card and each is just a bit different…