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





Greetings Fellow Captives

Initially thanks to the media we have seen very little that is positive about this dang virus…( you will note that I will not use the name of this virus as I feel it has gotten way to much attention already….) but EARTH DAY was terrific almost every where this year….. VENICE had canals there were so clear you could see all the way to the bottom for the first time in years….LOS ANGELS had clear skies so that you cauld see all of downtown skyline …something that handn’t happen in about 30 years I think….

Italy canals after lockdown

Los Angeles skyline fully visible…

Lions in africa on empty roadways

DUKE our favorite Gopher turtle

In addition my husbands family owns property that has been in their family since 1910 and we have had gopher turtle on the property for at least 35-40 yrs….maybe not the same one but he is still using the same hole… Gopher’s are protected in Florida and I have recently been sending lettuce, carrots etc up with my hubby to toss out near his house..

Tuesday we were rewarded with him paying a visit to edge of the road and I took this video below…We have decide actually guess I decided to call him DUKE, and no Idon’t really know if he is a male or not . After I took the video he wandered out of sight kinda behind the car so I go out to see where he was and he was right behind the back wheel so. I picked him him and moved back to side of the road where one of his other entrances to his home is located…. as we drove away my husband looked at me and said that I had probably ruined Duke’s afternoon delight because Ray thinks there is a female on the other side of the road…

I also found a lovely duck pair taking a quick bath ( I say quick because an hour from now the water will have evaported) in a puddle across from the grocery

AND while I am stuck here in FLorida due to Mom (94) getting the virus and then testing negative after 25 days in hospital she was due to be released yesterday and they found that her potassium was going down so now probably there till monday., and while the heat Is worse then ever and now we have the love bugs too nasty little guys that don’t bite but fly around in tandem like they are brain dead and really mess up your car….

I have had lovely thunder stoms for the last two evenings just before sunset… and there are lots of lovely trees in bloom here the Ponciana( red to orange0 , the Jacaranda,(Purple) and the Goldenshowers… I have posted photos of them below..



Remember that My hubby thought DUKE was crossing the road to have a little afternoon delight…well we found proof… below are pictures of DUKE’S FRIEND…we don’t know if its a she or he as we don’t really know what DUKE is so we are just going to call this one CLYDE after Sherlock Holmes turtle ( even though his is a box and ours is a gopher) in any case CLYDE was spotted two days in a row and appears to live on the other side of the highway and about half a football field away…we are attempting to supply each of them with fresh ( semi fresh) veggies…so we’ll see what happens…

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



YES, many of you are EPISTOLARY friends,

Yes that is a word… and it means that you are in a friendship that is basically just writing.. ie you haven’t met the other person so it sounds so much more grown up than pen pal…I have had an epistolary friendship with Janis Blevins for 22 years… actually it might be approaching 23 yrs but this past February she and her hubby came to Florida sightseeing just before everything went haywire but still it was in the middle of the height of tourist season and they were in there RV and looking for a place to stay that was close to where we were so  we could finally meet…. and amazingly they found one just north of us and so we drove up to spend a delightful afternoon with them and eat an early dinner… it was hot but we had nice shade and breeze and while you might think that since we had never met it might be a bit awkward but after 22 yrs we picked up right where we left off in letters, emails and exchanges… Our husbands found something to talk about also and it was great finally meeting her but it was like I always knew her.

Now lots of our e mails /exchanges are about card making and stamping so I recently got a link from her regarding this web site about 5 CARDS you can make from one fold… well you probably know from my older posts that I hate to just fold a card in half and decorate, I like to make it interesting and this YouTube video did just that … so a huge shoot out to Janis for share ONE EASY FOLD by Janie the Card Princess.  You may find that you are familiar with the fold but she makes it a lot easier then some of the other times I have had to look up measurements and scoring lines etc… in any case check it out if you are interested..

As I said you may recognize this fold as an EASEL , OR A Z FOLD ETC…but she has some interesting ideas and the best one is that you can make them any size at the end of video she even fold up a sample that is only about 1 ½ inches and suggest you use it for a place card …. so its worth a look and like most of YouTube you can subscribe to her site and see lots of other ideas…

I haven’t given up on DAWN..and her video that I just watched could have been part of this one as I would call it a double EASEL.. but she calls it SWEET EASEL Z FOLD.  IT is similar to one of Janie’s but I like it a little better as a way to make it stand up it needs that extra support and Dawn’s is little more refined.

Told you these posts would not be all about cards so I want add some more photos of a very lovely plant that my brother in law has that has TRUMPET shaped flowers and I have also seen these in Victoria as unfortunately by the time I got to visit him they were pretty far gone due to the HEAT…but I am not complaining…LOL opps forgot photo … f

OK well that’s all for this post.  I know i use to sign off with THANKS FOR STOPPIN BY but times change and for now I’ll just STAY SAFE AND WASH YOUR HANDS…

HUGS kath the wire headed cyber toad


GREETINGS ONE AND ALL….it has been years literally since I posted anything and guess thee breach and the dang virus has made me want to talk to you all again… then too I know it has been 40 years since MT ST HELEN’S blew… and 39 years since I moved out to THE PNW and about 30 miles from MT ST HELEN’s… we moved there almost exactly one year after the eruption.  I spent the a lot of time going down to the park to get in as far as I could to see what I could …… in fact I accidently got in way farther than I was supposed to …yep into the red zone and the Weyhauser folks forgave me and then even allowed me to visit more often because I did a good job of obeying their rules….

The sad part is that I am stuck in Florida right now and now able to go visit live… in any case I am hoping to get back there soon … WA is where my heart lives..the photo below is from the original eruption or just a few days after the initial..then the second one was several years later when the mt started releasing steam thru the mound which developed after the eruption.

Its a huge visit site now and lots to see and even hike up to the rim…. I am too old to  pull this off now but one can drive to may view[oints that allow one lovely views.

Ok bare with me on this my first venture in several years…. so I am a little rusty… but I do plan to try to post weekly  so if you register you will receive an e mail telling you that there is a new post… I also hope you will respond by leaving a note at the bottom so Iknow that they number they say are looking at my blog are not all junk mail…

I also plan to post more photos and some calligraphy and some cards that I have been doing during this time of lock down…. I have alll my Halloween cards made… and also my Christmas cards except for a few things to add to each of them… so I have kept busy and also two small drawers full of birthday or get welll or simply hello cards…

I ALSO took an on line calligraphy class with JULIE WILDMAN… it was fantiatic and it was based on variations on AKIM… well you all know how much I love AKIM so I am trying to get the hang of lovely gestures so make my AKIM more exciting and lively…

Well I got distracted and now its late so while this is very short I  WILL just ad a few funnies regarding this damn virus.. and sign off for the first new post in a few years..  TTFN…



GREETINGS ONE AND ALL… no I didn’t fall off the face of the earth but I have been a busy little bee….first to Mt RAINIER…..then  some photos from a recent trip over to VICTORIA another one of my favorite cities…

Indian paintbrush

it was a glorious time and as you can see lovely weather….have never seen an elk before near was actually out the east/north side on HWY 410…

NOW ON TO VICTORIA… not many pictures but CHECK OUT THE NUMBER OF STEPS I did in one day…. my highest number ever…lol

OH RIGHT want to see the card…its pretty simple and actually DAWN had this on a while back but it was combined with several others so thought I’d share this one again…

SCS DOUBLE TRIANGLE CARD..OK this card is so simple but it works well and its great for those oh rats moments when you realize you have forgotten someone and need a quick card…. You will probably need to cut this diagonal cut on a cutting mat as I know none of my paper trimmers are long enough to cut all the way thru…. but then it can be made to be vertical as this one is or you can make it a horizontal one also… in any case think you will find it a fun and easy card that also is easy to remember… but bear with me as I have a couple of doozies coming up just as soon as I find time to write about them…

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


Hi all…I watched the video of this technique and thought it SOUNDED LIKE A FUN EFFECT..BLACK ICE TECHNIQUE

black ice technique

however, it is very hard to see the effect in the video so go all the way to the end and look at the last few images she shares of previous cards and if you zoom in you should be able to see the droplets effect…. as she points out no two will be exactly the same even if you use the stamp inks and stamps… but it is interesting…

love the idea of the moon just doesn’t photograph well

For me it would be one of those things that I would prepare quite a few of them at one time so just do the covers and then worry about making the cards…IN addition I really like the triplicate effect on the front of black cards… I think black is going to show up better than anything else.. I am now going on the prowl for copper and silver foil card stock .. I am not sure this would work on actual copper or on silver as I don’t think it would stick with the embossing and I know that embossing heat on copper changes the color so you want this to be card stock…

this may the best image of the little beads of clear embossing but still hard to see

loved the color with this one

I am pretty sure the Michael’s has had some gold cards in box for sale as well as some that are silver… but I will check for the sheets of card stock as well..

I did find sheets of silver and of copper at AMAZON they are the star dream brand and its pretty smooth as you don’t want paper with a textured surface or this technique would not show up well at all..

Again while the photos don’t show up well I am certain that if you had the card in your hand it would show up very well… and I love the idea of it… so who knows when but I do plan to give this a try..

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

friend sent me this photo and since I am back in the land of slugs and snails I thought I’d share it… lol


GREETINGS FROM THE GREAT PACIFIC NORTH WEST...yep I am back home and I almost know where things are….lol  My yard is beautiful and while my wisteria has already bloomed and now hangs in dead strings my peonies have just budded and then opened… and they are lovely…

first peony bud..

now we have two open

close up of the flower

also dog wood is blooming everywhere I’ll get some photos for later… and a friend took a trip down to Oregon and Cannon Beach and took this great photo of the sunset .

That’s HAYSTACK rock in the fore ground… just beautiful isn’t it… so on to card making..

EXPLOSION CARDS VIDEO..these are so cute and very simple and easy to make and bonus is that you actually get two ..yes two cards for the price of one…lol… I do like the there are two sizes of these and they are pretty easy …I will tell you and she mentions it that its best to use text weight or the designer paper for the explosion part because it gets harder to fold it with card stock also thicker to mail. Dawn will also show you using solid paper and then gluing triangles on the inside and she does tell you the this makes the card much thicker and little harder to fold… but she gives you these options…

large and small explosion cards.

Now this one was very impressive BUT…as I have said in the past I am not a fan of coloring and this had way toooooo much coloring for my taste it is impressive…my only suggestion is that I would have either left the belly band un colored or I would have used a solid piece of carsick that was the same color as one of the flowers…

my explosion with bees and inside wishing you a honey of a day…

EYE CANDY….string art…at least that is what I am calling it..  Ok Know its been a while and have more to share but I am just going to switch it up a little and start sharing whenever I get a blog finished sometimes I hold them til friday but friday is not going to be a magic day any longer if you are signed up you will get e mail when I post if not then it will be up to you to check to see if I have posted recently or not… so hope you enjoy all of this and more of the northwest soon…

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


OMG…so sorry ..when I did this post I didn’t realize that she was only going to show you how to do the card with the pocket on both the outside and the inside…not the one I liked the best which was just the diagonal fold… no pocket… so here is the link to that video..

MASCULINE DIAGONAL FOLD this video is on YouTube…not her web site …well maybe there too but this is the one I found… basically they all use the same size papers…

BASIC CARD is 8 ½ by 11 ..then score it on 8 ½ side at 4 ¼ ..then rotate paper and score at 5 ½..

Next using your paper trimmer cut the card from one point to the opposite point ie diagonally …if it won’t fit in your paper trimmer that way then you will have to use a self healing cutting board and an exacto and a ruler… then fold on the score lines…

now you have two cards… so for the front triangles you need to cut

2 pieces ( bottom layer 4 x 5 ¼ i wouldn’t use designer paper for this because only an 1/8 inch boarder will show so choose a coordinating paper for this layer or you can just make this your ONLY LAYER ON THE FRONT OF CARD … still need two of them since you have two card bases assume you will want to use the same papers on them and in that case if its your ONLY layer probably use designer paper…

if you are doing a TOP LAYER OF DESIGNER PAPER  you will now cut 2 pieces of it 3 ¾ x 5….after you have cut the papers then you will cut each of them again diagonally ie from point to point so that they will fit on the triangle folds on your base card…

SOMETIMES A PICTURE REALLY IS WORTH A THOUSAND WORDS… so just watch the video this was basically just to give you the measurements so she only gives them on line… aaarrrgggghhh..

above are my two regular sized ones and the one on the left says HAPPY B DAY inside…the other says HAVE A HONEY OF A DAY…

above are the two 6×9 cards with only one layer and in this case because they were smaller I ending up using the same designer paper for both triangles… if you believe that I have bridge in brooklyn that I can sell you really cheap…lmao…. actually I got side tracked and had glued them on before I realized what I had done… so the left card says CELEBRATE wherever you are…. and the right one says DON’T COUNT THE CANDLES ON YOUR CAKE …JUST ENJOY THE GLOW THEY MAKE… ( I think I may have purloined that saying from Hallmark… lol)

Now if you want to make it easier it must also be smaller… so cut the following.

BASE CARD 6 X 9 …SCORED AT 3 X 41/2 ..

the diagonal cut and for the triangle panels on the front and for the inside panel.. cut

cut 2 ..3 ¾ x 4 ¼…only cut one of them diagonally the other can be your inside panel if you used a dark card it should be light … the other piece should be a piece of designer paper. ok hope you find this helpful and worth the second post..

again my bad for not giving you this with the first posting…. thanks for stopping by…

DIAGONAL POCKET FOLD CARD…we have seen this fold b before with putting the pocket fold inside and using it to hold a special note or a gift card… but I LOVED THE IMAGES OF THE CARD FOLDED WITH TWO TRIANGLES ON THE FRONT…

diagonal front fold flaps..

Now Dawn doesn’t give you the way to make this card but if you look closely at this image from her video… I think I can talk you through it. SO HERE GOES… using the 8 ½ x 11 piece of card stock  then score the 8 ½  side at 4 ¼ then rotate the paper and score it  5 ½ now here is where it differers… now instead of only cutting the diagonal on the bottom left rectangle you will not cut a diagonal line front the top left down to the bottom right..then when you go to fold the card closed it will make in insistence a diagonal gate fold…WHAT FUN… I also like the idea of just using complementary papers on the front of the card and a belly band with an image or quote on it … in the example above if you look to the left you will see the belly band with a circle on the front and a quote..

here is one that is closed two scraps of paper and belly band with circle…

two triangles on the front make a pocket on the front

two diagonal cuts make a triangle that folds up to create two pockets using 8 ½  x 11

the original with pocket inside in vertical format

same pocket inside but turned so that the card is horizontal.

in addition this one has a much larger belly band with multiple strips of paper and string..

All of the cards have a space for you to write your message on the inside… but I like the funky two triangle flaps on the front…

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

EYE CANDY…KEITA SAGAKI...ART WORK done using thousands of tiny manga images….. he draws directly onto paper using a 0.015-inch black pen, referring to images of the painting that he’s reproducing. Sagaki’s drawings vary in scale, from roughly the size of a sheet of A4 paper to enormous works almost 10 feet wide. Given that a single mistake could ruin an entire work, Sagaki takes his time when drawing, and some works take as long as a year to complete….just amazing enjoy..


HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY to all the mom’s out there hope your day is filled with love and laughter… 

TRI FOLD CARD..I really liked this card because it had this quirky opening …however you might need to put a little note in with the card that tell them how to open it….I have friends who only receive cards and aren’t involved in making them they may not be able to figure out how to open it…  ANOTHER HINT…When you put the piece be it oval or circle or rectangle don’t overlap it too much ie too far down on the bottom flap because it will make it harder to open and in the end they may accidentally end up tearing the card ….of course you can simply fold the flap inside the card and then it will be easy to open but folding it over the top to hold the card closed is more interesting…as long as they can figure out how to open it…

I also like all the layers both on the front and on the inside but again don’t make that piece that is what holds it close too many layers or again it will be so stiff that the bottom won’t want to fold out easily.

Although Dawn made a wonderful card for her husband or a man card using her motorcycle stamps ….I just want to suggest that MOST men would not have a clue how to open this card…and it would definitely end up being destroyed.  Now her husband would not have a problem because he also makes cards…

I also think that the penguins would work really well with this card as would flowers and also the punch out owls… So just a few suggestions about this card technique…so have fun and GO MAKE SOMETHING… AS ALWAYS THANKS FOR STOPPIN BY…wire headed cyber toad aka kath

OLDEST PENCIL FACTORY this is one of the last pencil factors in America… very interesting.  I hope you will enjoy it…





I called this EASTER/PICNIC because its actually designed as a picnic and this is the 3rd basket she has posted very cute and somewhat similar baskets but each of them is unique in their own way. I am not a fan of the lid on this one which actually makes it more of a picnic basket but it is cute… I made two of them as Easter Baskets for a friend.

I also didn’t put the trim on the handle because these baskets were for friends who are not so into fru fru…so I skipped that part….  but this can also make a very cute birthday basket or just a thank you basket with a treat in it… personally I like the Ghirdelli chocolates but you can use whatever makes your friend the happiest… You could also get a gift certificate and if its paper you can roll it up like a scroll, tie it with a ribbon and put it in the basket…

In any case use it as you see fit…

easter/picnic baskets

I do like the way they sit and shape into a basket though which is a bit more curvy than the other basket..and its slightly bigger so it will hold slightly more candy or even plastic eggs filled with candy like jelly beans or m&ms…. either one is good…..


a) I don’t have the stampin up paper trimmer so I can’t use it to score with… I was forced to use my scor pal because my paper trimmer is a fiskar with a wire and a slot that the cutting blade runs thru…while its great at cutting when I tried to score it ended up cutting the paper or scoring it so deeply that it cause the paper to crack and tear…yep ..had to start all over again…SO if you have to do as I did an use a scor-pal you will need to score one side of the basket and then turn it 180 score it the same on that side.. all of that is do-able..

b) You can cut up your regular card stock  but Jo anns and Michaels both sell lots of 6×6 pads of card stock and they are often duplex even if you use solid colors you can always stamp on it. So this is just an FYI..

I can’t think of much else to tell you about  this pattern as its pretty simple….I did write down the various measurements for the basket and put them on her cover sheet to make it easier for you and you should be able to print this sheet for reference. I also made some notes on how I did the measurements etc using the scot-pal. Hope it works for you.

pattern with measurements

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