HELLO AGAIN fellow Detainee’s

THE Magic here is the launch of the SPACEX  DRAGON space craft which was built and launched from the US.. First time since the last launch of SPACE SHUTTLE ATLANTIS. BOB said it was definately a Dragon ride up to orbit… huffing and puffin little more bumpy than the space shuttle had been.  They made the trip in 19 hrs and connected to the INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION for the first time in 9 yrs.  Really exciting and I had hopped that I would see the launch from my lanai across the state ( but it is a very flat state) however the weather did not cooperate and while 9 yrs ago I was able to see the launch of Atlantis once it was air born and then see the contrail but not yesterday. Below are the photos that I took and the color is a little off due to fact that I am using my i phone 11 pro to take photos off the TV… which makes the color a bit wonky.  If you go to your TV and type or say NASA you will see a complete set of photos and videos of the launch and the entering of the ISS…

this is the launch

the crew from left to right are BOB AND DOUG ….

this is the dragon that was on board the SPACE X DRAGON note the logo in the previous photo

Bob coming aboard the ISS

Bob and Doug and  Doug is whipping at his head as he hit something coming aboard and apparently was bleeding a little.

the complete crew two Russians and 3 Americans now on board the ISS.

Incase you can’t tell space is another of my passions and I am trying to figure out how I can send them a weathergram or several WEATHERGRAMS to hang in the ISS…can’t hang them out side but maybe they could just let them go outside… and float around in space…till they dissolve… bet Lloyd would love that..ok moving on.


The following photos are of cards I made this past week using the same format that Janie the Card Princess used to in my previous post of One SIMPLE FOLD.

FOR some reason I am into making small cards and I stumbled on some tiny pieces of stamp art and watercolor that I had done and they worked with this smaller size which is the size that DAWN uses for her thank you etc.  It is basically ½ of standard size card which is normally  8 ½ x  5 ½ folded at 4 ¼  and then it can be either vertical or horizontal.

But the ½ size is 2 3/8 x 4 ¼… I have lots of cards that I have purchased in various colors so I just cut them in half and the proceeded with the double fold on one half of the card ie just like Janie showed with the standard size then a couple of them were actually the standard size…so here they are and have fun with any size you want to use..good way to use up scraps and you saw at the end of her video how tiny you can go…. so just get in there and PLAY…

this is one of the easel type cards with the center being taller than the folded section and it is the 2 3/8 x 4 ¼

again same easel and same size but this time the easel part is a full 4 ¼ tall and only adhered to the bottom of the fold… so it will lie flat to mail and stand up as an easel .I was motivated for this own by friends in WA telling me how lovely the weather was….

Ok this is Based on DAWN’s SIMPLY SWEET  Z or what I call the double easel card and it was also smaller being only 3 x 4 ¼ ...

these last two are both standard size 5 ½ x 8 ½ folded at 4 ¼ then they are done in again what I am calling Double easel and DAWN calls her SIMPLY SWEET Z fold….ok now I have given you  so ideas for making the cards a different size now it your turn to go and play…

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






I assume that you are aware that we for the past several years have spent our winters in Florida and our summers in Washington.  Well since I consider WA my home I am also sure I have perhaps more than I should have , suggested that I’d prefer to spend my time in WA and that I really do miss spending my winters in an area of mostly rain but also within just a few hours of fabulous SNOW…. I know if you have to work in it and drive in it and live with it day in and day out spring is a delight …but i miss playing in the snow …. and though my husband does in fact enjoy the heat he also misses the SNOW…so that when we returned to WA this late spring to find that there MT RAINIER was still packed in snow at the upper elevation namely PARADISE INN we were elated.  In addition I had previously ( in February) booked us our favorite room at the Inn for the 12th and 13th of June well the was just priceless…I don’t usually book this early because we are not usually having good weather namely its raining and cloudy WITTHOUT the benefit of SNOW and usually no chance to see the mountain.  But I had found out ahead of time that the ANNEX at the INN would be closed for renovation beginning in late AUGUST and that it would stay closed for a year or longer… The Inn at Paradise is 100 years old and I am not sure what they are doing but its more than just cosmetic that had been done several times over the years. So I booked the rooms and lucked out… there was at least 10 feet of snow around the INN.

Because the Inn will be closed for so long …one will have to stay down at at the Inn at Longmire or one of the facilities outside the park.

This was the view out of our window looking over at the front end of the INN as you can see there was a lot of snow and I was loving every minute..

my penguin…

out my other window there was this small tree that had been broken down by the incredible amount of snow this year at the mountain but looking at it I thought it looked like a penguin.

the Fireplace at Paradise

An Old Photo of the what the lobby of the Inn looked liked years ago..

Paradise river just before it goes over Narada Falls.

Down at the lower elevation the WILD VANILLA is blooming  I love those leaves

one of my favorite flowers the Orange ones are Indian Paintbrush..

another of my favorites BEAR GRASS also called SQUAW grass….

Mt. Rainier at sunrise.

While I didn’t get to see it at sunrise this time I did get to enjoy all the snow and how quiet  it was because the snow absorbs the sound.

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


Ok when I went to this site I have to admit that it was the accent that made me sign up to receive her posts… Its also a STAMPIN UP blog but its in the UK so you probably won’t want to buy things from her as you would have additional shipping I think but maybe not in any case she had some things here that I had not seen before so ….as I said I am a sucker for British accents…

LONG BOX VIDEO … I AM NOT SURE WHAT you might want to put in this box but she did such a nice job with it and its fun to see how someone else would decorate…if you watch the video  you will see that she wraps the decorator paper around the box at the top and bottom leaving the middle solid color to use with her ribbon… that alone was a new idea for me as Dawn usually cuts strips and puts them on each panel…

When you go to the site be sure you read about her back story and where the name POOTLES comes from and what it means…. I was delighted with her story and immediately jealous that my blog name was not more creative….however, my only other nick name that both my folks called me was Princess…and somehow I don’t think that would make a good blog name….

pootles long boxes

pootles long boxes

You will also note that her name is SAM and that she is a she…. she explains it all so give it a look see….

Ok this post is short because I AM HEADING WITH MY BFF for a week at the Beach and we have agreed not to do any heavy thinking…. lol… just sun, surf and maybe a SKI DO…yeah we didn’t get a chance to try it last year but we are both feeling more adventurous this year so we may just have to give at try.  Lots of lazy days and we both deserve it… I will post a few photos…after we get back as I will also be heading to Granddaughters Master’s graduation then back to WA so will be very busy….

here are a couple  photos of us from last years trip which was too short…lol

beach daze girls BFF'S for 40 + years

beach daze girls BFF’S for 40 + years

No we didn’t dress alike on purpose ….lol



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


OK DON’T LAUGH….Yes, the TP does mean toilet paper …I OWE THIS WHOLE BLOG to one of my best craft buddies..JANIS BLEVINS so whenever I refer to her I am going to coin a new term..BCBF…that stands for BEST CRAFT BUDDY FOREVER..ok Goggle mark it down I created that term.   Janis and I have never met in person  ( someday) but we met thru a mutual friend who is no long with us…in sharing memories and crafts..I know I feel like she is with us and turns out Janis is always very supportive both of my blog and a very creative artist in her own right.. So she shared these two video’s from YOU TUBE with me and while I think they may be a little long…I loved both techniques… I am also sharing JANIS’S SHADOW BOX CARD…she made Dawn version but in her enthusiasm she scored it at the wrong sides… however, undaunted and unwilling to trash it she dug out some of our mutual dollar bin buys from Michaels and they worked perfectly with this shape and I also have several long skinny stamps that would work well with this too… check it out….

Janis Blevins shadow box

Janis Blevins shadow box

Don’t you just love it… I do cause I am all about creating something different….I am a RUNS WITH SCISSORS…kinda girl… so this I think is great and she fussy cut those tiny butterfly and bird and they make such a cute accent…and if the card ran the other way they wouldn’t show up nearly as well… so GREAT SAVE JANIS…and remember when making art THERE ARE NO MISTAKES ONLY HAPPY ACCIDENTS…not sure who said that but its true….Ok..

We have all probably done the crumpled per-decorated tissue paper thing AND then I ironed it onto butcher paper the waxy side after the crumpling and then used it on the card as background usually …it is hard to stamp on tissue but using the white and then crumpling it then uncrumpling it and glueing it to white back ground ..THAT For me was new idea…and looks like a lot of fun…so here is the YOU TUBE LINK..  TISSUE PAPER ART.

kh fish

kh fish

I use the new ombre pad from Hero Art…on the fish…love it…

astoria tissue art

astoria tissue art

pens tissue paper art

pens tissue paper art

I love this last one with the brushes…. its really hard to tell that these are on crumpled tissue but they are and they do have lots of texture…you gotta try it…

NOW I laughed at the beginning of this video cause she is trying to explain how she came up with the toilet paper idea and I can tell you that I get a lot of things accidentally left on my desk cause I stop to do something and lay things down….lol  but I am pretty sure I have never left TP on my she is really creative as far as I am concerned… This video is rather long but she does give you all the ins and out of doing this so its worth it. Here is the YOUTUBE link to TOILET PAPER EMBOSSING..not something I have ever tried but after watching this video I wondered..hummmm can you add water color to this might have to try that just to see but it might get too wet and and and …there could be lots of downfalls so first I will try the recipe/techique as shown…have a hard time both with recipes and techniques…I always seem to have a little something I want to add …sometimes good sometimes not so good…

Ok I tried to show this but I just can’t…however if you have done any of the 3D embossing with the newer templates its a lot like that…you will just have to look at her video to see more of what it looks like … I used what TP I had and it happens to be KIRKLAND which is from Costco..OTHER than being 2 ply nothing special…. this could be really fun if you had some of that quirky TP you know the money one…or I am sure there are others…there is a funky store in our mall that sells all kind of weird stuff I can’t think of the name of it but I may go in there and see what I can find….or I may check on AMAZON…but if the paper is preprinted then the embossing is not going to show up very much so ok enough musing…just go check out her video and give this a try its pretty cool

I do love the tissue art which can also be done with fancy napkins …but you must separate them down to just one sheet …they are usually 2-3..layers… very fragile when its only one and you can also use sticky back labels to stick it on like the 2 x4 mail labels…easier than putting down the glue stick and making sure you got all the edges….

ladybug napkin

ladybug napkin

shopping chick napkin

shopping chick napkin

both of these were pretty easy as they were those little packets that go in your purse…but this fall /autumn one is from a square napkin so it  was 3 layers and harder to separate…

fall napkin

fall napkin

I liked this one so much that I decided to stop the blog a second well maybe little longer and go make a triptych  out of them …so what do you  think…

fall y'all

fall y’all.. I punched out the leaves and mounted them with foam tap… doing it again I’d probably layer it on a piece of green then mount on purple…

I also did this one of the moon and bamboo….love it…this was done on the tissue and only the moon was colored …moon mail


Ok I just love it… going to do more of these….like using the bamboo embossing template for the background…or base of the card…

moon mail 2

The base card is some green tea paper I have and the color is not coming thru on the computer but its very asian…and yes, I stuck it on their crooked on purpose… I don’t like this that are straight all the time….

EYE CANDY.. Our next road trip is over  to the Olympics and the Hoh rain forest and some of the beaches on the far west coast of WA… this is a lovely video…OLYMPICS..take a peek and when I get back from road trip I will post some stills

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



YEP…STILL HERE…just running behind as seems to be my usual…in fact I have always thought that the statement” If it wasn’t for last minute I would never get anything done” was specifically directed at me…not that it bothers me…just letting you know..actually we were on the road and down on the Oregon coast to my favorite beach BANDON, OR…here are just a few of my favorite pics from that road trip…of course no road trip would be complete without a quick stop at Rainier…as you can see lots less snow than usual but still standing tall and looking beautiful..


then on to……


as you can see my calligraphy in the sand is not SUZIE BERINGER’S…I need more practice and although I had fork in the room i forgot it and had to make do with just a stick but it was ok…

sunset at Bandon with Facerock in the background

sunset at Bandon with Facerock in the background that quirky little one in the foreground is called WITCH’S HAT…just love all these sea stacks.

Bandon Or

Brandon Or…day break

great caves to explore in the stacks

great caves to explore in the stacks

and this is why ……

mary ann radamacher quote...that I have loved for years.

mary ann radamacher quote…that I have loved for years.

ok enough road trip on to the card…

SCS FLAP FOLD CARD.. Again another cute simple fold that just makes your card stand out a little from those store bought cards…and its a great chance to use some embellishments that you die cut or I am great a picking up what use to be dollar bin stuff at Michaels and is not $1.50 BIN stuff… and using that…so here are a few of my samples.




You will notice that they once again used the small circle to hold the card closed….You could use a belly band if you don’t want to use the circle or you could use a any shape that works for your design… just use foam tape to lift it up so it the flap can tuck into it…

for the cupcake at the top..oh boy oh boy …I get to use an image that will sit on a wobble spring… you can never have too many google eyes or wobble springs…lol…. I gonna try with a MINION …face… let me know what you think…

minion face...

minion face…I love him but was not able to use wobble spring cause the face was too big and it wouldn’t go thru the cut out…:( but still I like it…

wobble spring but with smaller image...actually embellishment from the Michael's 1$ bin..

wobble spring but with smaller image…actually embellishment from the Michael’s 1$ bin..

First TIP: be sure that your make your circle in the card base with just plain edges or it will be more difficult to get the card open…ie don’t use the scallop circle to cut the base card…works fine as they have it here.

Notice again that we are using that little image in this case circles to hold the flap closed… to do this you must ( well maybe not must but works best) if you mount it with foam tape/dots etc….

OK that’s it for this post… go out there and make something…oh by the way you may notice that DAWN has started posting the measurements and scoring on the page with image and the video… I LOVE THIS…it was difficult to go get the measurements from the video cause I was never prepared to write them down the first time I watched it…so now they are on the page one…SO WHAT I DO…is print out that page just so I know the name of the card style and now I will have the measurements also without writing them by hand also easier to share if you want to send a copy to a friend along with the way to access it you can just copy page one…DO BE SURE YOU SET YOUR PRINTER TO ONLY GET PAGE ONE AND MAYBE 2 or you will get all the comments and that can go for pages…yeah I have done it…

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

stay tuned for another exciting road trip around the middle of August…WA at its best…





In Late July I had a chance to spend a few nights at PARADISE INN AT MT RAINIER… now  you may remember that I have told you before that in the PNW we don’t officially start summer till mid July well apparently I brought some of Florida weather to the Mt as the two days and nights we were there it did nothing but rain…and I mean serious you are going to get wet rain…more like Florida than Washington… however the lodge is gorgeous and old and has wonderful huge fireplace so I sat and wrote postcards in front of it along with some adapted WEATHERGRAMS ( see earlier post for info on Weathergrams).  And on the day we left were were rewarded with beautiful blue sky and MT RAINIER in all her glory.. just a few shots below…then I promise I show you the card…lol…IMG_5799

first two days of our visit this is all we saw….so I spent a lot of time here in the lobby



This is me writing postcards from the balcony above the lobby… only guest may use this area where as the lobby is open to all visitors… I love it here.  Two days of rain and at 5:30 am the morning of our departure My mountain was calling …I jumped up threw on some sweats and raced outside to be greater with this…

IMG_5810note the sun is just peaking on the top of east side of Rainier… but it was obvious that the day was going to 5:30 am there are not many folks around but these two were having a delightful breakfast and were not bothered by me walking incredibly close …


Reflection lakes gave just what it promised…



Ok I did promise a card so I will not bore with too many more of these photos… well maybe just one hubby and I waving good by from BOX CANYON …




I first met June at Menucha Calligraphy somewhere around 1984….she always came and almost always we spent some time together sharing our favorite folds… for while June was a calligrapher I think her first love was paper folding…and when she shared this card with me I was just tickled… I loved it and while it looked complicated it was really rather easy… The trickiest part is that flap but if you approach it like apple look for easy answer and be gentle it will stand up and show you the crease to make. pesky flap photo

photo 3

Your looking straight down on the flap and you can see that the tip is folded over so that it meets the dot/crease then it causes the card to sorta stand up as you push the crease back and then that triangle at the back gets reversed and folded inside …then rotate the card and do the next one the same way… tucking the flaps outer edges just like a box top.

Here is my pattern with sketches … June's hawaiian 1

This is one of my favorite ways to make a halloween card….you can insert a 4 x4 square with you favorite halloween quote inside or you can even use your computer  and write the quote just make sure you keep it inside the 8 ½ x 8 ½ size and they can open it and see it all .  June passed away a few years ago but I like to think that every time I share this card she is smiling and remember all the fun times we shared .

If you need more help with this then you will have to send me a request in comments or to my e mail at  Enjoy and make your first effort with a piece of computer paper or a magazine page but do use light weight paper as  card stock is just too heavy to crease properly and it would fold nicely.



MY GOOD FRIEND JANIS BLEVINS sent me this card because of my florida connection we use see you later alligator on some of our correspondence and so I am pretty sure that the card base is commercial but think she may have cut out around the gator and also added some of the white to show him off a little better… then inside she had several pages that she stitched little pockets onto and in each pocket was a Gator pun /joke… I need the laughter that this card brought and once again I was reminded of just what a lucky little girl I am to have such creative friends.

janis:gator 1


THEN MY FRIEND RANDI KANDER posted these two photos on FB and I love PASSION FLOWERS AND THOUGHT THIS WAS A GREAT PHOTO and the GARDEN PATH speaks for itself…I used squares out of the passion flowers to create a card using inches…AND ALSO this design idea I saw on pinterest it was done using a stamp but I thought hummm why not a photo… I’ll post both images…

I removed both of the images because I borrowed them from Randi and while I know she didn’t have anything to do with it it appeared that there may be some kind of trojan attached and there for I took them off just in case… if you just have to see them go to FB AND TYPE in passion flowers and then again garden stone path…you should be able to find them from there… sorry about this…







Do I sound like MInnie Pearl…..OK some of you may be too young to even know who Minnie Pearl was…anyway I was trying for that.

I wanted to share this card from Dawn cause as she said it just too cute… and apparently she received it from DARLENE McCALLUM…( I do like to give credit and Dawn does also on her video).







I really like the black one with the houndstooth check….and while she is using designer paper I am thinking we could also use the embossing folders on solid paper or ink the folder ..both would ways would work in case you don’t have any designer paper that works with your images/greetings. Just a suggestion.






Dawn is using the square nestibilites for the cut out on the flaps… I however, did not have them with me so I did have my SIZZIX THINLITS FLIPPER cards, which has three concentric squares so it worked just fine…. SEE…

kh fancy flap




kh fancy flap 2

my FANCY FLAP INSIDE GREETING… oh and note that I misspelled HUGS… now I write this all the time so you would think I could spell it but hey I was under pressure and do do happens.

I don’t have time to try it but I am pretty sure that you could do this also with a round cut out as well .  Ok I made time…lol.. cause I had to see for myself …and I used the same format that Dawn shows for the square…I used nestibilities circles number 3 and 4 from the center …It works well I think and I like it almost  as much as the square… I also think some of label templates would work just as well just check the sizes..You can see that I love the little wooden birds embellishments and I use stamp pad ink to color them.. You can get the little wooden birds from IMPRESS RUBBER STAMPS on line, just look up wooden birds.  I have also seen some of these wooden embellishments at Michaels.

Dawn's fancy flap


kathy's round fancy flap

kathy’s round fancy flap

kath's greeting inside fancy flap circle

kath’s greeting inside fancy flap circle

Ok that’s it for this week… have fun and remember to PLAY…

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

UPDATE…soooo sorry guys due to lack of brain on my part…forgot to link the time lapse but its fixed now so once again grab snack and glass of wine and have a look…

 EYE CANDY….IF you are up for little ARM CHAIR TRAVEL..this is a great video of TIME LAPSE photography of AMERICA’S GREAT SPACES… grab a glass of wine and a snack and sit back and take a little trip across america… you’ll love it.




UPDATE:  This is DAWN’S video on HT use the envelope  ENVELOPE PUNCH BOARD... so thought I’d send you the link… just click on the blue and see how it works…


Myrtle Falls at Mt Rainier

MY HUBBY’S PHOTO OF Myrtle Falls at Mt Rainier






LITTLE LATER with the moon behind trees kh

LITTLE LATER with the moon behind trees kh

Bandon Beach Oregon

Bandon Beach Oregon

Sunrise at Bandon

Sunrise at Bandon


This week we are going to take a quick look at my recent travel…First we a lovely picture of Mt Rainier and Myrtle Falls … we spent a few nights there and were able to see the BLUE MOON while there..We stayed at the PARADISE INN and that’s where the moon photos were taken from the parking lot… My BFF Stephanie Goggleye took this one that is actually blue and we have no idea how it came out that way but hey it looks terrific doesn’t it.  Then I took the other one with the lights of Paradise Inn in the foreground.  Then my hubby and I went on down to BANDON OREGON and we fell in love with beach there.  Its a quaint little town and the beaches are lovely as you can see with lots of SEA STACKS…long drive but we had a great time and my neighbor has been going there for years and her photos made me want to see it for myself then she also suggested a Winery the ABACELA WINERY in Roseburg and it was wonderful also and yes we did buy some wine.  lol  Ok I have tons more photos but I wont’ bore you with them..PS all photos here were taken with IPHONE…I love APPLE

Now on to the cards…SCS FLIP FLOP /SWIVEL CARD

Now I am going to link you to the the SCS FLIP FLOP CARD I think I actually may have shared this one with you before but I am sharing it again because it is the one that the THINLITS are based on… BUT the FLIP FLOP/SWING card will tell you how to cut your own.


I saw these are Dawn’s web site and fell in love with them.. they are a little pricey but the good news is that they both cut the card and score it where necessary for it to fold properly… they also come with several other dies that you can use with the card.  The bad news is that they are designed for the BIG SHOT which I don’t have and it is maybe a little bigger and maybe presses a little harder than my CUTTLEBUG soooo some of the dies mainly the word ones are too curvey and to involoved to cut well on the CUTTLEBUG but frankly they are also hard to read words so I would not use them in any case.  They are available from any of the STAMPIN UP dealers but as you know I buy my stuff from DAWN so here is her website and she will show you how she used them.. DAWN’S THINLITS CIRCLE VIDEO and DAWN’S LABEL THINLIT VIDEO

The next think I want to show you with my cards, yeah I had to make quite a few…lol….is that you can make them either vertical or horizontal…your choice and below with my samples you see I have done some either way.  In addition you can also use your embossing folders to emboss them on either side of the fold and give your card a little extra pizazz…the other dies that work with them allow you to layer them .  Now if you do layer them as I have or use embellishments then you will need to use the 66 cent stamps as they will have that bump that the PO doesn’t like… But hey your recipients will definately like them…so here they are and at the end you will see what the dies look like .

my birthday thinlit

my birthday thinlit


birthday thinlit open

birthday thinlit open

You can see that I also used my favorite birthday punch the candles…I punched the strips and then using a sponge I sponged red onto the top of the candles so that they look like a flame.

horizontal/halloween kh

horizontal/halloween kh

horizontal /halloween open

horizontal /halloween open

Hey its never too early for the QUEEN OF HALLOWEEN ( that would be me) to make halloween cards so this one used a die to cut the web effect and then the spider is attached with the TAGGER GUN…I found the spiders at either Michael’s or JoAnn’s last year and I had a few left over and they look so cute hanging and moving on the front of this card.  The EEEK stamp is one of (use to be 1.00$ ) 1.50$ stamps from Michael’s and again they put those out way early so you might want to check soon to see if they are there yet.

birthday/love seattle kh

birthday/love seattle kh

thinlit birthday seattle open kh

thinlit birthday seattle open kh

This one is using the second THINLIT and I forget what they call it but think it goes with their framelits or label dies… it does come with one that fits just inside the original cut of the card.

horizontal with embossing kh

horizontal with embossing kh

horizontal open kh

horizontal open kh

This is another one of the horizontal ones and as you can see I also used one of the herringbone embossing folders .  Because the card was dark I stamped the words in white before I embossed ….but because the words are small they didn’t show up well with the embossing so I stamped them again on the banner ( which comes with one of the THINLITS) and then glued it onto the card works better.

belated vertical kh

belated vertical kh

belated open

belated open

The SNAIL DIE is one of SAVEY’S dies and I got it while on a recent trip to IMPRESS RUBBER STAMPS …its also available on line… there are so many dies out there now and they all work with most of the CUTTLEBUG, BIG SHOT, or any of the others…then you will notice that I layered the larger matching shape with a smaller one that also came in one of the THINLITS.

circle thinlit die

circle thinlit die

other thinlit die

other thinlit die

additional dies included except the circle

additional dies included except the circle

In addition to the ones I have shown here there are several banners and a few arrows and a couple of hearts…plus the words but as I said I could not make the words cut .  I tried several ways using shims and even the rubber pad which doesn’t work at all in CUTTLEBUG at least with these it will BREAK YOUR CUTTLEBUG so don’t try… the CIRCLE came from a set of nestabilities that I probably got from AMAZON as I rarely find them at the craft stores.

The THINLITS ARE $35 EACH but you do get several dies with each and you may find them on line but so far I have only found them at a STAMPIN UP DEALER and for me that is DAWN.  OK I CHECKED..and AMAZON does have  alot of thinlits dies but these are called THINLIT CARD DIES…and the only listings I saw on Goggle were all for STAMPIN UP…so check with DAWN or your own STAMPIN UP dealer.

AS ALWAYS THANKS FOR STOPPIN BY ...the wireheaded cyber toad…aka kath…see ya next week…














OMG I TOUGHT I HAD ALREADY POSTED THIS… better late than never…lol…Ok I have to admit that I have become addicted to Pinterest and this was the cutest idea I had seen lately. Its a slice of CAKE THAT IS MAILABLE.  I haven’t made any yet but hey I just got back to WA…but its on my list of doable things now they noted that you might need $3.00 in postage to actually mail it and she also claimed that it could go thru the mail just like a funky postcard…..however, I think I will make it like a postcard and then actually mail it via a cushion envelope…it shouldn’t cost any more and as soon as I get one done and in the mail…I will let you know what I paid for mailing.  I know that seems like a lot but since I don’t send folks gifts I kinda feel like I can spend the extra postage give them a really WOW card.  It also looked like she wrote on the card part AFTER it was glued to the sponge but I am fairly certain that I will be writing the card part before I glue it to the sponge.


Yep… these are all made from sponges…. but they look so real you could eat them ..



Ok if you go to the link I highlighted you can not only see step by step photos and directions of what and how to do this but at the end of the link there is also a video which will show how to also…. I am just so excited over this …and I was thinking that you could send it saying YOU TAKE THE CAKE!!!… or DO I SMELL CAKE … anyway I am sure you can come up with some other sayings as well…if you do I’d love to share them on the blog so use the e mail and send me pictures anyway hope you enjoy and again I hope to get at least one or two made and post along with their photos.. Ok I got them painted but the tubes of icing stuff well once they are open they tend to dry out and rather than let it dry out almost full I decided to wait till I had more cake slices and could use more of it up… It may just dry out in the tube…ie seal up and then the rest will be good and you can just cut the tube open again but just in case these are photos of just the slices…

I should also tell you that I bought my cheap sponges at FREDDIE’S in the auto section and they took a lot of paint and they still are not totally covered but the icing will cover the yellow… I did find the good sponges or at least the ones she used at a SHERWIN WILLIAMS PAINT STORE and they only had a couple but told me they could order as many as I needed… good to know..also where I found the icing/caulking stuff in a variety of colors.  ALSO YOU NEED TO GIVE THEM TIME TO DRY…..I would guess at least an hour depending on how much humidity you have in the air… don’t speed it up with embossing tool ( I know I could see your little eyes going well I can hurry that along.)..WRONG…it gets too hot and it will melt your sponge…JUST SAYIN…Patience is a virtue …ok go for it.

cheap yellow sponges sprayed dark chocolate.

cheap yellow sponges sprayed dark chocolate.



finding a pen store but finding it

finding a pen store but finding it closed…lol


more paper stores big grin

more paper stores big grin


train stop on the way to CINQUE TERRE

train stop on the way to CINQUE TERRE


Ok… well I returned from Italy on the 31st of May and then left for Washington on the 5th of June which was right ahead of the tropical storm which at the least gave my area a lot of rain.  It was a wonderfull trip but a few tips…one Italians don’t use wash cloths…yep no matter where we went we had no washcloths and my hubby , my self and a friend all found this very difficult…by accident we entered a baby store ( my friend Stephanie’s daughter is pregnant and we found washcloths only they were calling them bambino clothes are there were to use to bath a baby…no matter we bought the last 3 they had…lol.

Next thing is that no matter how much clothes you think you need TAKE LESS…we did our traveling by train and you must put your luggage up in an overhead bin and my poor hubby was stuck heaving 24″ suitcases up in those bins after 21 days he now had arm muscles he never knew he had.  Some of the places we went were Rome, Florence, Venice, Lake Como and Milan.  It was a great trip but we were exhausted by the time it was over and then we had to come back and laundry and repack to head to WA.  The weather here is great much cooler than Florida and my mountain, RAINIER was out to greet me upon my return. It just doesn’t get any better.

BEFORE I GO.….. ORIGAMI…you gotta see these

OK enough for this week and no I didn’t get a chance to actually make a cake ..but I do have  the supplies and I have the sponges cut …just need to finish…. keep your fingers crossed that nothing comes up today and I’ll have at least one…JUST CLICK THE BLUE LINE AND IT WILL TAKE OUT TO HIS IMAGES AND THE GARBAGE TRUCK THAT HE HAS TURNED INTO HIS HOME..

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

not proofed by hubby…he is busy… all typos are due to poor typing skills not poor speller…lol




backyard flame bush

GOULISH GREETINGS YA’LL Yes it’s still fall here and this is the flame bush from my back yard to prove it and I am still working feverishly to get my halloween cards in the mail soon.  I also thought at the last minute that I had used ZAZZLE  to get some daisy stamps for my Graceful Envelope back in January so I thought hummmmm wonder if they have halloween stamps…..OMG they had so many I had to force myself to only buy one sheet …ordering special stamps is a bit pricey but I do so have fun with the cards that the stamps seemed necessary as the Post Office had nothing available that would work.  I just type in Zazzle in google and up it comes and then you can choose your category.  I don’t know who they are or what they do as they have tons of stuff on their website but when it comes to postage they are incredible.  Wedding , holidays, just about anything you can think of …and they are legal. lol  So if you can afford about $20 for a sheet of 20 …I know about a buck a stamp but my friends are worth it….lol I also wanted to share this photo that my hubby took recently of the PINE SISKINS that are swarming our place now with winter on their heels… DOUBLE TRI FOLD CARD FROM CARD MAKER MAGAZINE  Ok this is the pattern and and it is going to take a 6 1/4 x 12 strip of cardstock at least that is their pattern…You can also use 6 x 12 and then cut your diagonals.  In addition they use a paper that is not duplex well it may be since I believe it is black on both sides so solid duplex rather than pattern.  Then to create that pattern effect they cut paper and layer it on top of the folds.  I however, am a very lazy stamper/card maker…so my first effort was to use two strips of duplex paper ie it had patterns on both sides of the card stock. HINT The above was what happens IF YOU CUT BOTH PIECES IN AND ASCENDING DIAGONAL ON THE SAME SIDE OF PAPER… YOU will end up with both sides showing on the front and inside.  To make them match you will need cut each panel from opposite side. From the left side of one sheet measure up 4″ and cut a diagonal up to the tip on the right.  On the other sheet cut from the point a diagonal down to 4″.  Then you need to SCORE each panel at 2″, 4″ , 6″ and 8″…then reverse fold the panels with whichever side up that you want to show on the front.  Now I don’t mind it being a mix on the front but for my halloween cards that patter was rather busy on both of them so I wanted them to be the same on panels but I wanted to give you the option of doing whichever way you wanted.  Also the pattern doesn’t tell you that so that’s how I learned it… cut it and then realized it wouldn’t match up…unless I cut them in the opposite directions…Just so you know… now here is one of my halloween images WITH BOTH SIDES MATCHING. I also used a ribbon to tie it together when its closed. Oh yes, and I am sure you remember Frankie and yep I did put one of those wobbly springs behind him so when they open it , it will WOBBLE…….I do love halloween.

Ok hope you enjoy this card as much as I do and if you have any questions please free to either leave as comment or to send them to me via


You may remember a while back I posted some envelopes that I sent to a woman in Australia who was an ARTIST IN RESIDENCE and she was collecting as many envelopes as she could from as many places as she could. Her name is TRICIA SMOUT and she posted two other blogs about the gardens.  This first one is called ARACHNID ARTISTRY and it is showing all the cobwebs that were placed throughout the gardens.. Its very cool so take a quick armchair trip to Australia.

The second one is of flowers that were made of fiber arts again placed throughout the gardens. This one is called FLOWER POWER. AS you have probably guessed both of these were done by locals and they are amazing so for a quick trip via armchair or computer check it out.


I recently discovered this very cute little ad that we saw at the movie theater… think of it as like the old movies where there was a cartoon at the beginning well this was a short video at the beginning .  Since it involved a type of lettering I thought I’d share it with you as well. It’s very well done and very cute and apparently won several awards.  I am not sure if its from France or Italy but there is no dialog just video and music and its a bit scary since its at night and stormy… enjoy its called “D”.

Well my friends that its for this week so hope you enjoy and get those halloween cards going...AS ALWAYS THANKS FOR STOPPIN BY…whct aka kath

My Dad used to say always leave them laughing…so for all my PC friends out there this one cracked me up and was sent to me from a dear friend SHARON CLYMER…

Wife texts husband on a cold winter’s morning:
“Windows frozen.”
Husband texts back:
“Pour some lukewarm water over it.”
Wife texts back 5 minutes later:
“Computer completely screwed up now.”