DAWN’S GIFT CARD BOX

HELLO HEH, well that’s as good as I can do for making a it sound like I am Canadian…oh well ….by the time you get this I will either be in Canada or on my way back…. in any case you know that my grandkids would roll thier eyes if I gave them anything for Christmas BESIDES A GIFT CARD….one of these days I am going to give them each socks and not just any socks but Christmas socks just to see the look on thier faces..lol so having this cute little box to put it in seemed like a really good idea….

Dawn’s gift card box

DAWN’S GIFT CARD BOX 

HINT 1……It is easier than it may look at first glance and one tip I will tell you as some of us may not be using as much paper as others or maybe you’d just like to skip a step… what ever you decide to use as the inside card holder part of the box you don’t have add designer paper if you use a designer type paper for the inside…of course it needs to be cardstock rather than text weight paper or it won’t hold the card..but if you have duplex paper which mostly only comes in 12 x 12 sheets you can get two boxes out of a sheet and you  wont have to stress over what coordinates with the out side because it will be what is on the opposite side of your duplex card stock…..did that make sense…well anyway that’s what I am suggesting….in the end no one is going to know that you skipped the layering step so why not…..I am all about quick and easy …. right…

HINT 2….my second hint is that you can also glue a small loop of ribbon on to a corner of the box and hang it from a branch in your Christmas tree…just cut about a 2 inch piece of small flat ribbon and fold it into t a loop then stick it down I under the tape of the flap on the TOP right corner so that the box will stay closed and yet be able to hang… this is just a thought ….if your box isn’t staying closed you can alway tie it with a piece of the same ribbon and then hang it.   My Dad always liked to hang presents, envelopes, tiny boxes etc isn’t the Christmas tree and make us hunt for them even after we were adults… just making christmas more fun and more interactive.

Hint 3 …pretty sure there also room for a small candy cane inside of the box as well or at the least a peppermint… If you have small guys that you are giving too…you may not want to use a card because they are too young to use one so you can also fold money into a heart and then tuck it into the slot for the card…you will have to push it down into slot a bit more so that the lid on the box will fold close but still it would be cute or even just fold the money in an accordion and have just flap of it sticking up thru the slit and then can pull it out like a tissue…

HINT 4….again depending on the age…you might be giving them a special time with you like taking them to zoo or to lunch , tea, or even a sleep over or trip to beach …all of that can be written on a strip of paper no wider than the gift card so about 3 inches and then again accordion fold or if its long roll it up and and just a have flap maybe with the word pull written on it sticking out of slit ….

So think that is enough for this little box…AS ALWAYS THANKS FOR STOPPIN BY..wire headed cyber toad…aka kath

EYE CANDY….since we have been on a paper art journey…PAPER WIGS none of this is in English but you can look at the incredible wigs made completely out of paper ..still I wonder how heavy some of them must be… enjoy..

PS due to my Mom’s status at not being back in Fort Myers our trip to Halifax was canceled… so no photos and I will stop the Canadian accent..lol

DAWN’S GIFT CARD WALLET

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….

Dawn’s wallets

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...RAINWORKS is 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…

AS ALWAYS THANKS FOR STOPPIN BY…..

 

 

 

SCS DRUNKEN ACRYLIC TECHNIQUE

DEAR PEEPS….

Hope this finds you laying around to stuffed with Turkey to do more than read and look…lol and also hope that you and your familiies and extended families had a delightful THANKSGIVING…

SCS ACRYLIC TECHNIQUE….I left out the word drunken because I am not sure it applies..but I do like the idea and I like the fact that she uses a spray bottle but opens it and drops the alcohol( guess that’s where the drunken comes from) onto the paper..but you should know that not all reds , blues and yellows, blend together to make good colors and I really didn’t like the addition of the turquoise to her sample… lI thought that the red or in her case the magenta and the yellow ….were stunning and certainly made me think of the Pacific Northwest this time of year…

HINT..in most cases the rule for blending colors is no more than 3 or you get mud… BUT  in this case I think that the red/magenta and yellow work best.  However, you could also try doing the base color yellow then when dry apply the red over part of the card and let it dry then go back and apply the blue over the yellow that is still showing but not over the red…

3 color alcohol /acrylic technique…too much in my opinion..

This is interesting but in my opinion just too much..now its also possible that this looks way better and way different in real life than it photographed… so experiment and play my favorite two words…

Another thing I would try is to actually spray the alcohol on the card maybe from different directions with each layer… the spray will I think make it a bit more streaky…but this is interesting background…

REMINDER….you drop/spray the alcohol onto the color while its WET…then let it dry before adding a second  or third coat…each time drop/spay when the color/layer is wet then let dry totally before moving to next layer…

 

HINT 2…Because you need to let this air dry naturally I would suggest you precut several pieces of card stock and work on all of them at one time… then go away let them dry and come back for stage two….each time you have to let it dry naturally or AIR DRY no heat tool as she suggested it would make the paint bubble…

Alchol acrylic technique from SPLLITCOAST STAMPERS

With the unicorn above I think she used the WHITE acrylic over the top for her last layer but I am just guessing….again not my favorite effect looks a little too busy to suit me …I often have to remind myself that LESS IS MORE…

THE ONE WITH THE TREES IS MY FAVORITE…. it so looks like a fall background and its possible that on that one she did as I suggested you try putting the colors on over a solid background BUT not over each other so much… IE THE RED LOOKS LIKE it might be over the yellow but not over the green and the same with the green over the yellow but not over the red except in a few places…. remember it is all about play so explore and if you think when its dry that you don’t like it ….BEFORE YOU THROW IT AWAY…look and see if there are areas that you do like and cut them out or punch them out etc…before you toss…. look at carefully to see what might be saved…

HINT 3….because I also do calligraphy I bought a small set of  HIGH FLOW GOLDEN ACRYLICS……these are just what it says very fluid so you probably won’t need to add the water just put some on a plate and paint away….of course they re available in a 1 oz set of ten..from AMAZON for about $34 .  They work great in calligraphy pens as well as making art with them… so put them on your christmas wish list or play some christmas music and order them today…lol don’t forget the water color paper but you may find that locally at either a Michael’s, JO ANN’S OR HOBBY LOBBY…and you might be able to use your coupon… but I doubt you will find the HIGH FLOW SET.……the cheap acrylics will work just fine for this technique… I am only suggesting the HIGH FLOW..for those of my readers who might also be calligraphers and would want to use the colors to letter with as well as making art…

My favorite

These three are definitely my favorites for a lovely fall background…. enjoy

 

EYE CANDY…as you know I am in Florida and I recently saw this on FB and because I know I have friends out there that don’t use FB ….i found this video of STARFISH WALKING. CHECK IT OUT …its very interesting … when I was in college on the east coast of Florida we had a medium size fish tank and we had baby starfish that we brought from the ocean into the tank so we got to watch them climbing the sides of tank as well as walking around…but this nice big one so you can really see how the move .

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

 

 

 

DAWN’S POP OUT SWING CARD

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 ARTYOU 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

 

 

 

DAWN’S EMBOSSED RESIST CHRISTMAS

Greetings ya’ll its FALL and by the time you see this i will be in Florida and the only resemblance to fall will be that IRMA took out a lot of trees, bushes, flowers, etc and everyone is in the clean up mode and piling the debris along the sides of roads in hopes that the city and county will pick it up and haul it off to someplace where there will giant piles of botanical debris and the when the weather permits it will get burned…or perhaps chopped up to become mulch. I am not making light of IRMA she and MARIA have done serious damage to Places like Puerto Rico and they has been much loss of life…Our area of FL had lots of water damage …long lines for food /water and long waits for power to come back on but not the damage that other places have seen. On top of all that they have had sweltering heat and humidity. But we have had almost a week of FALL WEATHER….very dry and sunny and warm during the day but nice and cool during the night …my idea of cool is down in the 50s…and it has been but now moving up to 69s at night but still dry so no humidity… YES…

DAWN’S EMBOSSED RESIST is a great technique type of card and also she is using the technique of sponging ink .  Now I have a friend who might prefer to remain nameless (Stephanie)..who hates to get her hands dirty…this always tickles me as she is a motorcycle mama…so you would think a little ink or glue on her hands would not be a problem but it is…so if you also hate getting glue or ink on your fingers then try using this sponges cut in wedges and then hold them with what I call butterfly clips or what office supply people call binder clips …they come in all sizes and even in colors but if you use one of them to hold your sponge then it will keep you fingers clean and free of ink..

If you haven’t don’t much embossing with the heat tool there a few tings I”d like to mention… I think it works best and easiest to use a solid image IF YOU SPONGING AROUND IT….its not a rule but it will make the sponging easier if you don’t have to worry about getting ink inside the image…..with the solid image you can’t just use a tissue to wipe off the ink that may get on the image ….basically the embossing acts as a resist g…and this card and these stamps certainly show off that aspect very well… it makes the town and the characters look as if they either are lit up or that moonlight is shining on them…just gives your card a more dimensional look…

Sponging over embossed images by Dawn

If you also have little experience with SPONGING then be sure to watch this video as she gives you really good lesson on how to do it… and most important is to note that you start off the paper…also dense ponies don’t work as well as the open airy kind…at least that is both STAMPING UP and my opinion….you can use those ready made sponge things but its easier to use do and you have more control with the open airy kinda yellow ones …you can buy them from SU of course but also from places like Walmart in the car wash area or over in the paint section..it doesn’t matter what color they are as long as they are the open airy looking sponges…

THE WATERMARK pad works great to stamp with then depending on your weather quickly sprinkle on the embossing powder ….you can also use a white pigment pad to stamp and if you use white pigment then you could use clear if you didn’t have white…

More sponged ideas..its great as background too.

Sponged background

Another sponged background

Dawn’s Sponged background

 EYE CANDY…this link will take you a true paper artist or maybe I should call  him a paper engineer….its a short video but I think it may have taken him hours or days to create these pieces……PAPER GEAR ART….enjoy

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

EXTRA ….since I posted the piece on the CORNER FOLD and suggested you make a calendar…here is SCS EASEL CALENDAR CARD..it is really cute as well and while they give you a web site where you can go and print up tiny calendar PAGES..then adhere them together to make a complete calendar…my suggestion is to make the card and order the calendars from IIMPRESS CARDS AND CRAFTS…AS I mentioned in the previous blog…they have three sizes of mini calendars all of them will fit on this card but the smallest rectangle will either need more embellishment or for you to downsize the card…I am ordering some more calendars myself….

ENJOY..

 

CORNER FOLD CARD

GREETINGS AND HOWDY YALL

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.

DAWN’S IMAGE

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…

WATERCOLOR BACKGROUND TECHNIQUE

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

 

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