HERE COMES THE SUN AND I SAY ITS ALRIGHT….That song says it all… we live for the sun during the summer months and we have had wonderful weather lately and I just returned from a weekend at Rainier where I did get up at 6 am to go out and watch the sun rise over the Tatoosh range and gradually light up the mountain. It was stunning and worth the early morning and the chill.  The weather was actually perfect weather for hiking and we did some of that and the wild flowers ( see below) were just lovely.

Lupine in Paradise meadows

Indian paintbrush pinky coral color

Ok I won’t bore you all my photos but if you write me at the leave me a comment …cause you just love looking at other people’s photos…lol I’ll send you a link to a journal I created of all my Rainier photos. There is not that many… lol…Ipad and Iphone both have an new app called Iphoto that you can use to create journals… publish to icloud or your home page and then send the link to others… Its great lets you edit them caption them etc… kinda like you used to do with mobile me but way better as they are arranged in a collage fashion or just plain squares…you choose…guess what I choose…lol…I know I sound like an Apple employee but I do love my Apple… it is not however available for my Mac…maybe in the future so I choose to create on my ipad as I can see them better than on my phone…. ok so while we are on Apple let me share some cartoons about Steve Jobs in Heaven…my BFF Pamela sent them to me and I just loved them…. love to think he is still out there having fun..


I know that through history each generation has had things that the previous generation didn’t and we come to take those things for granted.  I however, know that my life is greatly enriched thanks to Mr. Jobs…..its trite but I can’t imagine my life without my iPod, iPad and iPhone to say nothing of my Mac.  Thanks Steve wherever you are.


Linda O’Neill sent me this link to a beginningITALIC calligraphy web site and I looked it over because Italic is my worst script and when I do attempt it I always know I should practice it more…that is how you get better.  So I am going to share this link in case you are like me and NEED TO PRACTICE or in case you are interested and think you might be able to learn on your own a little ….my hint here is USE YOUR EYES… make sure that while you are practicing your letters look like their letters…if they don’t all you are doing is teaching yourself the wrong way.  Another HINT…. no ever tells you that its ok to TRACE a letter or stroke so that you can figure out how to do it correctly… sometimes it just takes that.  Now tracing someone else’s artwork and passing it off as your own THAT’S NOT ACCEPTABLE…however, tracing to learn is sometimes very helpful and for Lefty’s sometimes its the only way most of us righty’s can’t do diddly with the left hand so we can’t begin to tell you how to make that stroke with the left hand but tracing it you can find out for yourself what works for you… I have seen lefty’s that write upside down totally and they do lovely lettering just depends on you and your interest level… but one thing I really HATE is when a person says “oh you can’t do calligraphy because you are left handed” ….DON’T YOU BELIEVE IT…. you can do whatever you want and you can learn anything you put your mind to… More questions about left handed calligraphy send me a comment and I’ll be glad to help as much as possible.

Another web site I found via Cyber Scribes on FB….is a woman Tricia Smout in Australia who has a year long project going and one of things she is looking for is envelopes…check this out she has two projects going and both sound like fun and I hope you will try to participate. Her deadline for the envelope is September 30, 2012.


I made this for the first time several years ago and frankly I have no idea where it came from or who to give credit too… I think I might have seen it at the Impress Rubberstamp Store…then again someone could have shared it with me at workshop… in any case I do love it and will be sharing it with my students at my Akim class at STAMPIN IN THE RAIN.

The size I am working on is so that you can maximize your cardstock and so that it will fold flat and fit an A2 envelope and use only one stamp… unless you put some much embellishment on it that you have it too thick then they are going to want an extra 20cents and what an ugly stamp its of George Washington, oh well if you gotta you gotta.

8 1/2 x 11 cs cut it 4 1/4 x 11 this way you get 2 to a sheet of paper…

12 x 12 cs you can cut it just 4 x 11 and that way you can get 3 to a sheet of paper

Next using your Scoring tools you will need to start at the left edge and score at  21/2….5…..71/2… AND 10

NOW you can fold on each of those score lines and and you will see that the last one is only about 1 ” wide this is the piece that you will glue to the opposite end when you are ready to assemble.  I recommend that if you are writing or stamping or even punching on this that you do that before you adhere it together it’s just easier that way…and if you use punches like this sample of a leaf one below you can then add one of those new little fake candles with battery in it and stand that in the center and of card and you have a mini Luminary.  It also makes a great place card holder …simply write the person’s name on the card then punch out some shapes ….stars, snowflakes…hearts ….leaves etc and stand it at their place with the mini candle inside… you can use really candles in the little dishes but  fire ….paper …this could be scary I recommend the faux candles…much safer.

You will notice that there is nothing punched on the first fold so that I can write a message or stamp an image or even punch out another leaf or a tree…and the flap on the far right is where you would use your double stick tape to adhere it together.  If you fold it in the middle and tuck that small flap inside you can be sure that it will in fact fold flat and it’s the easy way to get it to line up perfectly.  This was a sorta autumn colored paper with punch out but you could use stickers of leaves or even punch out the leaves and then adhere them to this form.  You can make it larger, for instance you could make the it 6 inches tall or even 8 1/2 ” or 12″ depending on your cs or what your purpose is.  It’s just such a great little shape to use for lots of different things and I know you are tired of hearing this but cut your cs then while you are watching tv or sitting out in the sun you can score the paper so its ready to go in the color you want and the size that you want.

Here are some other samples I did using the candle punch , and just a plain circle punch, and a cobweb/spider border punch…and on one the tree with copper leaves and then the little mini calendars. With that calendar one you can take the calendar apart and do all four seasons just by adding a design on each of the four sides then put 3 pages for each Dec, Jan and Feb are winter, Mar, April and May are spring, June, July and Aug are summer and Sept Oct and Nov are Fall…. and it folds flat for mailing you could also use fun photos for the person you are sending to or even funky postage stamps, cancelled or new.   

The one below is meant to look like a balloon with string hanging down and balloon stuck on with foam tape so that it stands out a little on the card. 

This is one of my favorites since its HALLOWEEN…my favorite holiday and look I used googley eyes… you can never have too many googley eyes.

The circle punch in various places on the luminary will allow the little mini light to glow thru the holes and in addition if you used squares of vellum then it will cover the circle and yet let colored light show through.  Give this a try and you will probably come up with lots more ideas of your own.

One last smile… My BFFWA Stephanie got a Harley TRIKE ( yep, 3 wheel) and recently took her little dog Panda for a ride on the back of her brother’s bike to see if she liked it…as you can see she did so I bought her a pair of DOGGLES…too cute…

Panda's first Bike ride


Panda and her purple Doggles



That’s it for another week… hope you have fun and AS ALWAYS THANKS FOR STOPPIN BY.….wireheaded cyber toad aka kath harney


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