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…

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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

Dawn’s Move Me card and TRI FOLD CARD

GREETINGS

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…

YOU MOVE ME VIDEO

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 the                    LIVE LOVE LAUGH TRI FOLD This 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

 

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LETTERING FUN FOR ALL

CALLING ALL CALLIGRAPHERS AND SCRAPBOOKERS… 

I have always had an interest in all the different lettering styles that are out there… years ago I worked in an office with ….hold on…age spoiler alert….I had an IBM SELECTRIC typewrite and my boss would let me by new type balls for it about once a month….yeah I am old…anyway once I started learning Calligraphy …. I was still interested in the fonts that are out there for your devices….after teaching them to myself I taught them I have a new one here I’d like to share… I don’t know where I found it maybe Pnterest…..but I was excited about the ROUND-NESS of the letters and the kinda swirl on them so I am calling it the SWIRLY ALPHABET….It was designed in 1930 (yeah art deco) by SAMUEL WELO and the first image below is his and it was untitled …..maybe it didn’t sell or wasn’t used much in any case I LOVE IT…

SWIRLS  LETTERS

Couple of hints….about above lettering….be careful with the curl on both the capital and the lower case if you cur it too tight it will look like an e….I would also pull the leg of the lower case k in a bit more so that it is not confused with an h….In most cases the placement in the word would correct this confusion…but these are just the tweaks I would make…

 

CALLING ALL CALLIGRAPHERS…I was recently contacted by a OLIVIER JENNES…FROM THE UK…. he had found me via Goggle I think and he and others had put this site together to review the pros and cons on a variety of calligraphy pens.http://wonderstreet.com/blog/the-best-brands-of-calligraphy-pens.  He asked me to review the site and let him know what I thought …. what i thought was that they had put in a lot of work to gather the info own a lot of different pens and I was impressed so I am sharing this site with calligraphers or anyone interested in calligraphy or writing. So if you have any questions about pens this is a great site to find some well researched answers. I have not personally used all the different pens he mentions but the ones I am aware of I agreed with all the information they shared… My only disagreement was with the PILOT FLUMIX fountain pen….. and actually there was nothing wrong with what they wrote but I had a very bad experience with one of those pens… IT LEAKED … big time… I was flying and it was in my carryon bag along with other pens and I only that one leaked….it was so bad I just threw it away and was really glad that I had put it in a zip lock bag… Now I should say that that was the only Flumix I ever bought and its possible that it was in some way defective…..I would suggest also that if this a fault with the pens it would also happen if you were driving in mountains. I also told them that ZIG were my favorite felt tip pens and that SAKURA has some great permanent disposable calligraphy pens in a variety of colors and they have a crisp edge. I also really love PILOT PARALLEL PENS ….the ink is not great as its not lightfast , not permanent or waterproof but you can fill the barrel with better ink, or acrylic etc and they write wonderfully ….to me they are the cadiliac of non dip calligraphy pens … or they can be dipped as well.

well my last wish is that your pens may never run dry….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 TRIFOLD POCKET

GREETINGS Y’ALL

This is such a cute and quick card… and it will work great for you to make your one insert…which could be an invite for a free dinner or for lunch out or even a photo or a gift card .

One of the best things about this is that it maximizes the use of the 12 x 12 designer paper…If you follow the measure meets you can get 3 cards out of one sheet of paper…each strip is cut only 4 ” wide by 12 ” long…and then you can use either side of the duplex paper or if you only have single sided paper then use the designed side..

DAWN’S TRIFOLD POCKET 

another tri fold pocket

 

Dawn’s trifold pock

MEASUREMENTS :

cut at 4″ x 12″   TRI FOLD PAART OF CARD..score at 4″ and at 8″ see video for pocket fold 

cut at 4 1/4″ x 4 ¼″ ACTUAL BASE TO WHICH THE FOLDED POCKET IS ATTACHED

cut (2) at 3 5/8″ x 23 5/8″ LAYERS

cut (2) at 3 1/2″ x 3 ½″  INSERT AND FRONT

This is such a simple fold and yet it makes an elegant card…now she goes thru telling you how to use your PUNCH BOARD to create an envelope to hold this card which is a SQUARE… HOWEVER, you can use a standard size envelope or a 5 x7 which is bigger but depending on how many elements you have on the front you might want to do as well. In addition , a square envelope costs extra but again if you have several layers on the front it will be thick enough that you would need extra postage anyway.

Watch for JoAnne’s or Michael’s to have pads of 12x 12 paper on sale. but don’t hesitate to use what you already have available…..or you will end up like me with so much paper that you can almost open your own paper store …and yet still not have what you are looking for…lol

kh front tri fold pocket

kh open to right showing pocket

in addition to the layers… if you have some of those WOBBLE SPRINGS..( I know that IMPRESS and AMAZON HAVE THEM FOR SALE..) IT would be fun not use one of those on the front with your image or die cut.. but that will definitely mean you need to use the extra postage on your envelope when you mail it.Alas my wobbles haven’t arrived yet so this will probably post without them

EYE CANDY

NOW….I am pretty sure I have told y’all that I don’t really sew…I can sew a few things and I have sewn things onto my cards but really making anything other than place mats, table runner or napkins….you need someone else…but one of my best friends has recently been bitten by the quilting bug and so I am seeing lots of lovely quilts on FB…but I had seen this woman’s art work once before and I think I posted some of it but I had to share this again.

When you first look at these you will think they are paintings, or colored pencils but they are all actually sewn with a large variety of cloths into the images you see.  I am so impressed with all of these….I can’t draw so I use rubber stamps but I can’t imagine how difficult it would be to make these images …. so enjoy this eye candy.

SOPHIE’S ART WORK I said that this was all quilting but actually she says its both quilting and embroidery…either way its absolutely stunning…so enjoy

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

 

 


 

DAWN’S FUN FOLD FLAP

OH I just hate it when she makes a card that I really like… I love this stamp set and the dies that make the bundle but alas the buck stopped before I got here… lol  so I am going to improvise the coffee cup is not that hard a shape to create so I am going to give it a try …MY BFF MARN MAJESKI made me some paper well actually some cards a long time ago with the Starbucks logo on it so I am going to try to use some of that card stock to create my own coffee cup…

DAWN’S FUN FOLD FLAP  This one is the coffee cup version but there is another one using a slightly different idea and a Pig stamp but you could use any thing on it …I will link it down below,,, but here is the coffee cup one…

Dawn’s coffee cup fun flap

dawn’s fun flap open

now she has a bunch of layers on this card and that’s great if you have the paper and want to do it just follow her lead…however I think that it doesn’t need quite that many and so I would adhere the CUP ARM in between one of the other layers… and only the front FLAP on the left would open… once you flip the coffee cup….if this sounds confusing you need to watch the video FIRST…LOL she only added that back tan layer to cover the FLAP ARM but as I said you can just insert it in-between one of the other layers…

DAWN’S PIGGY FUN FLAP

This card is the exact same except instead of a coffee cup on the arm there is a double circle with a pig in the center….otherwise the same type of card… and this one again has that extra layer on the back but I think you can get by with just the two layers under the arm and insert in-between those layers in the case the white and the pink card base…

my coffee cup with faux starbucks paper

I had to hand cut all of the pieces the coffee cup, the lid and the cup holder also the images of the beans since my bean stamp is in FLORIDA…;(…

 

my frog fold flap front

I watercolored the frog and i was able to tuck the flap under the HUG ENCLOSED corner which is mounted on foam tape so it is raised……I tried to show that the frog is mounted on a wobble with a video but videos are too big it says for my blog…I will speak with my blog manager and see if we can fix that…maybe not…

this is the inside…and I cracked myself up with how clever I was …lmao

inside frog flap

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

EYE CANDY…Recent trip to Oregon and fabulous view of Mt St Helen’s…this is something that doesn’t happen often as it must b clear sky …early in the day so the sun is in the right position and it must still have snow or it is mostly grey and just fades into the background so this is a winner….

Mt st Helen’s

Mt Hood

Thru the window of moving car…GOD I LOVE APPLE…its not the bet picture but it is clear..

and this what St Helen’s looked like before she popped her top…she was also pointy…

GLORIOUS DAY but next two day climbed to temps of over 90 degrees…way too hot …

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