DAWN’S TRIPLE FLAP FOLD HALLOWEEN

Ah yes here we are again with my favorite time of the….and I especially liked this card because I have so many HALLOWEEN STAMPS that I could open my own store selling just Halloween stamps in fact I am heading to my annual retreat soon and I plan to giveaway many of my gently used Halloween stamps…..giving away means you can buy more…. lmao….

Actually there are two reasons for loving this card and she has done it before slightly different and I am sure I posted it then also still I tell myself that there are always new people out there looking at my blog… glass half full.

FLAP UP

YOU’LL also notice that she has used that sponging technique to create some great spooky backgrounds..

DAWN’S TRIPLE FLAP FOLD HALLOWEEN

REASON # 1,,,, IF you don’t want to watch the complete video then just slide along till you get to the part where she is showing you how to both cut out part of die and still leave it attached to the card base…. when you first think about it is seems very perplexing and I know from experience you can confuse yourself and cut the die completely out so that it falls right off the card…..always fun but you can save those pieces ( i have a whole small box of them) to re use on another card… but if you just watch that part of the video( and I”d bookmark this video so you can easily refer back to it …) you will see its actually quite simple ….and while she is using a label die…you can use anything if However …you use a heart shape die…and you want it to fold down over the top…you would want to cut that one upside down …i.e. The two bumps at the bottom and the point at the top of you cut so that the humps will part that stays attached…

Using the center flaps as a guide for how far to cuT

REASON # 2….My second reason is she does and excellent job of showing you how to sponge/rub ink onto your card so that you get that excellent depth effect…now this will only work really well on some very smooth white cardstock…normally I am a huge fan of texture and think it adds greatly to the design but not in this case…this effect has the effect of drawing you into the center of the images… and it also works best if your stamps are done it black ink so make sure your black pad is well inked and that you get nice bold black images….and using the black is not just because this one happens to be a Halloween card… you would use black or a very dark color no matter what the occasion with this technique.  So this post is more about techniques than the actual card….

Sponging on the color…

Sorry this is a  wee bit blurry but it kinda hard to stop and screen shot a photo and not get it blurry…. so best ye watch the video…( I think I been watching bit to much OUTLANDER)..;that is not southern y’all……

Ok so its a BIT complicated…but its what My hubby and like to refer to as BRAIN AGE…you know it goes along with the idea that if you don’t use it you loose it… well this will help you keep all those brain cells active, alive and hoppin…It just makes such a nice presentation and can’t you just see it sitting on someone’s end table or mantle…too cute not make… and it could be Birthday not just Halloween…and the flap in the center could be a balloon, or a heart or any die shape you like…. so get motivated and go make something…

EYE CANDY…this weeks eye candy is really simple…first you need an empty TP paper tube….or paper towel tube cut in half ….you get the idea…. again this is very simple watercolor technique and I do like it….she makes it into flowers but you could also use it as fireworks for a birthday card..ALSO you can make puddles of paint on a piece of wax paper or if you have those teflon sheets that you can stamp and glue on you can use one of those and then just wash it clean when you are done… (AMAZON has great sets of them you can buy and share with friends for less then 10 dollars..just search teflon sheets they are in the cooking section but they will work for this project…)

WATERCOLOR TP TUBE ART this one is not brain age but it is fun… and Micheal’s has 4 pack of cheap acrylic paint (get the basic red yellow green blue and you can mix )for 3 dollars…such a deal… ok that’s it from here…

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DAWN’S DOUBLE GATE FOLD

GREETINGS PEEPS 

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.

DAWN’S DOUBLE GATE FOLD

DOUBLE GATE FOLD ALL OPEN

 

MY FISH DBL GATE FOLD

same fold just different ….sent this to my BFF who has been suffering some annoying health issues…

EYE CANDY…THE REAL VENICEIn 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

DAWN’S XMAS GIFT CARD HOLDER

GREETINGS one and all….

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 HOLDER so 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..

HALLOWEEN HOCUS POCUS

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…

here is the link for this one…..http://callalilystudioblog.blogspot.ca/2012/09/halloween-cards.html

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 impresscardsandcrafts as 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 STAMP Frenchie 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 WETcheck it out maybe your’s will be better than mine…

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

POP UP BOOK CARD

GREETINGS FELLOW CARD MAKERS…

 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..

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…

DAWN’S OUT OF BOX CARD/VIDEO

DAWN’S OUT OF BOX CARD/VIDEO Ok I am leaving this with the title that she gave it but if it was just me… I’d say its the INSIDE OUT CARD..(its also a very old video).this is basically a regular card with a cut out on the front and an image in this its a butterfly but it could be a flower or a frog or a bear or whatever you want… and what happens is the half of it is inside the cut out and the other half of it is OUTSIDE…. it gives such a great dimension to the card .  But the truth of the matter is it’s really just an optical illusion.  In the case of the butterfly you do have to cut a part of it out by hand then layer it onto the front of the card and while she shows you two images of two different cards….the flowers aren’t …AND actually one the one on the left is done the way of the butterfly the other two are complete cut outs and  applied at the end. ( to me anyway ) as impressive as the butterfly so I am going to suggest just go with one  image and make it bigger even if you have to hand cut a bit of it….

Dawn’s out of the box butterfly

flowers /butterfly

Ok so there you have it and you can look thru your images and see what you can find that might work… it might work better with a circle or a square so give it some thought and see what you can come up with… I think the flower would have worked better if she had put it at the top or bottom of the oval and only had the one…or had smaller ones on the outside… but give it a try and of course if you make ones you can post it the comments or a link to it and share it with me.

As always thanks for stoppin by …wire headed cyber toad…aka kath

 

 

 

FRENCHIE’S TUNNEL CARD

GREETINGS Y’ALL

Once I found FRENCHIE… I was so delighted with her “just do it ” attitude and her accent that I kept going back for more… FRENCHIE’S TUNNEL CARD….is not what I would call a Tunnel card but that’s what she calls it… after you watch the video you will see that she has images , embellishments etc hanging down from the center of opening in the inside of the card…I made one and it does work but frankly I don’t care so much for the hanging part…so my idea is to make to more 3D and attach the images to the inside , outside and the background of the opening… but either way its a fun card and will delight the recipient.

Frenchie’s tunnel card

This is the one she did with the balloons and she didn’t like it so the video is done with butterflies….the balloons don’t hang well due to the fact that they have string on the bottom of them if you used foam tape to adhere one to the inside of the cut out and one to the outside of the cut and then one on the base card itself all those cords would be just fine and it would look just a good I think… same with the butterflies or whatever you may choose to use on your card….

Basically you are going to use a standard 5 ½ x 8 ½ card for the base and if you want to stamp inside  your cut out then you probably do want to use a white or off white base card.  The the pop out part can be designer paper/card stock …not to think or it won’t pop out well and also will be difficult to adhere images/embellishments .

TIP: my first tip is that when you got to put the two pieces together the easiest way to do it is to put the one end as she shows but then IF YOU FOLD the pop out then you can apply the tape and then just fold the card shut and it will line up perfectly… at least that’s my way.

So watch the video and then give it your best shot…Here is my image I did use a sheet of decorator card stock for the inside pop out..and then stamps for the inside base

my version of Frenchie’s tunnel.

inside of my tunnel

You can’t see the head of the bird because it laying almost flat…but when its open then you can see his bird really well.

You may also see that my insert while cut the same size as the base card..I chose not to glue it to outside edges instead I moved it just about a 1/8 of an inch inside….it won’t lay out flat when opened all the way but who does that anyway… all the butterflies are mounted on pop up dots…

Ok try the card either way and AS ALWAYS THANKS FOR STOPPING BY …wire headed cyber toad aka kath

SCS TIE DYE TECHNIQUE

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GREETINGS ONE AND ALL

I love the idea of repurposing almost anything and I am a BABY BOOMER ergo a child or the 60’s so tie dye is in my blood….

In addition to the look of this…I love the fact that this has TEXTURE…so when she says don’t smooth it out …DON’T….I still have a grocery brown paper bag full of wadded up tissue paper that you can iron onto freezer paper or  butcher paper so that you can not only actually use the tissue paper but it has great texture…but I digress…this just looks like a fun project and a great way to create interesting background.

 SCS TIE DIE TECHNIQUE  here is the link ….watch it and go create…

SCS TIE DYE TECHNIQUE

 

 

HINT:  I am sure some of you are going to say well I don’t know what colors to put together…or I don’t have any stampin up ink pads…no worries just stick die based inks not pigment ( probably just cause it would take forever to dry ) and then some of those ombré stamp pads already chose the colors for you and if you don’t have any of those I am sure you have some of the older rainbow pads the ones that you slide together to use and unslide to close up so they didn’t bleed together….and it you Don’t have any of either of these…..YOU NEED TO DO SOME SHOPPING..LOL…

Tsukineko
Kaleidacolor

Hero Arts
Ombré pads.

Both of these are probably, sometimes, maybe , available at Joanne’s or Michael’s but they are also available at local stamp stores and defininately at AMAZON…

  • HINT: she doesn’t actually say but implies that you only want to use three that’s COLORS or it may get muddy looking unless you want to make it a rainbow effect but again…( i taught 1st grade for many years so I believe in repetitation ) don’t try to cover all the space…leave some white space between rows…it will look better …TRUST ME…lol…ok there you have it ….so lets see a run on coffee filters at the grocery…oh and UNSENTED BABY WHIPES ALSO.

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

 

 


 

FRENCHIE’S MULTI PANEL FOLD CARD…

GREETINGS YA’LL… 

I am going back to FRENCHIE ….I loved this simple yet elegant card…and the fact that it will stand up…BUT..I HAVE FRIENDS who will tell you that I can never make a recipe just as its written I have to tweak it bit.. and so when I looked at this card rather than it standing you could add a bit of a ribbon on the front panel and then make it hang…so then it would run vertical rather than horizontal….. of course your papers and stamping would need to run that way as well…. just a thought…

I confess after listen to her I got hooked on that accent and had to discover what it was…turns out she is French canadian but she has lived in US for over 25 years… and currently is in TEXAS…I also got hooked on her card videos… I had just stumbled on the first one I told you about which was the peek a boo but then I found this one on the pop laurel and last this accordion one…so now I am subscribed to her site I am sure since they are both Stamping Up Reps that there will be over lap but again due to the fact that in this one she also makes a mistake on the video and then just goes with it ….no biggie and in the end I agree with her that it was what I like to call a serendipity moment and the accident looks better than that original…lol… so give this one a look see and and think you will like it too..

FRENCHIE’S MULTI PANEL ….If you know how to screen shot while you are watching you can do that to get the cuts and scores..if not think I got them on the screenshots I took of her videos…

Frenchie’s multi panel

 

Frenchie’s multi panel open

Here’s the measurements screen shot… both the cut of the base card and the scoring..

Ok she didn’t show what the sizes of the designer paper panels were …well she told us two of them and based on the sizes of the base panels they are as follows…

1 ¼ x 5 ¼,

2 ¼ x 5 ¼ and then last panel is

2 ¾ x 5 ¼.

Ok your gonna love to hear when she makes a mistake  in this video she goes UH OH…. it was just too funny and yet she wastes no time just tells you you can’t pull that tape off so go with the flow…. LOVE IT LOVE IT LOVE IT…

And with the end of the video the last shot is it folded and that’s my serendipity moment cause I do like it better than the first card she did ….

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