I am listening to Christmas music as I write but that is not to say that I am not frazzled..still struggling a little with Mom’s readjustment but mostly I am just so far behind… working on my own cards and thank the Lord I found old extra ones from previous years and brought them to FL… or there would be none!!!  Lol

But I did have fun with this one…. so check it out and see if you don’t agree.


Dawn's inside pop up


Inside pop up


My first effort and I didn’t have some of the same punches she used so I used the what I had and thought that the wholes would make it look like it was snow…then I used a new stamp of a stand of trees and I hand colored several different little wooden trees that came from the tree pkg of embellishments from IMPRESS RUBBER STAMPS….I love those little wooden embellishments I think I have them all ….surprise…lol..

kath's inside pop up


below is the  inside of one of mine I will give you a hint that while I did have ( imagine that) the label punch that she used you can do the same thing by just cutting two slits that are centered and approximately ¾ of an inch apart…to make the little platform that the pop  up strip is glued to… its a fairly standard way to make any card have a stand up or pop up and in this case I would actually say its sorta a flop up…lol…. but its still adds an interesting aspect to your cards.

inside of popup kh

kath's inside popup

This is the same rubber stamp of trees , note the deers in the background but this time I used one of my hand colored birds…when I say hand colored I am using a sponge and applying stamp pad ink from the pad…or using the little cat’s eye pads and applying the color… you could also probably use markers the color will stay unless they happen to get wet…in which case you could spray the with WORKABLE FIXATIVE…or if you wanted them really shiny you could coat them with DIAMOND GLAZE on them. I get most of my wooden embellishments from IMPRESS RUBBER STAMPS but you may also find some at Michael’s or JoAnn’s.

VARIATION based on STAMPING SCHOOL PROJECT.. btw…this is one of those cards that makes that fee of 35$ a year worth it.

variation 1

THIS  IMAGE…is a variation on the same thing… I got this one off the STAMPIN SCHOOL WEB SITE…but if you don’t have an account there you won’t be able to see the video…however I think I can talk you thru it after seeing DAWN’S video…

close up variation


close up of notches above

INSIDE variation  2


INSIDE variation


INSIDE variation  1


CARD BASE…4 ¼ X 11…SCORE BOTTOM END AT 1 ¾ INCH…fold up and use red sticky tape to glue the two edges to the base so that you have created a pocket..keep tape at the outside edges of the pocket..


cut card stock 3 ¼  x 6 ¾  score one end at ½ inch and the other end at 1 ¾ inches again fold the 1 ¾ inch piece up and tape at the very outside edges to make a mini pocket that you will use for your gift card or a note. use the red ultra sticky tape again for the on the ½ inch score..now wait before you try to attach it…first you need to fold the base card and create a little extra interest with the notches you can use a punch and just take a bite out or if you have the envelope maker put the none pocket end into the envelope maker and line up the edge with 1″ and click the punch to take out the notch… flip the card over and repeat the process making another notch… NOW..WE STILL DON’T HAVE A FOLD IN THE BASE CARD and the easiest way is not to try to score it but to simple tuck the two notches into the card and gently press down to create a perfect fit…then rub it with the scoring tool (bone folder) to create a nice crisp crease. You may try to measure it for future reference but its just easier to make the notches and then insert it into the pocket and then crease it and as I said it will be a perfect fit ever time.

Now inserting the mini pocket …..put the sticky red tape on the ½ scored piece and fold the flap back and stick the edge against the card base center crease… then tuck the mini pocket into the larger pocket and fold the card closed then when you open it again it will pull the mini pocket up to display whatever message or decoration you put on it…I found that STARBUCKS had mini cups that looked like the real thing as gift cards and I bought several to give to my starbucks buddies…HOW COOL IS THAT…


Ok enough on the cards…how about some eye candy from some of the christmas cards I have received…bonnie's  front xmas cd

BONNIE NOEHR’S hand drawn and and colored eggs in nest and her fabulous calligraphy on the message inside ….M

bonnie's greetingjanis:card:envy My dear friend JANIS BLEVINS sent this terrific card and envelope to my MOM as a get well card….inside of her flipper card..

janis card openOne of my best calligraphy buddies…CHRIS SABO… Chrissy always sends me the best birthday and Christmas cards…

chris sabohere is her diamond fold card unfolded…

chris sabo 1

my recycled christmas card from several years ago…

kath's recycled

I will have more eye candy for after the holidays… and I also want to thank those of you who check my blog often or even only once and a while… I admit it is really for me as much as for all of you, when I am in Fl I am isolated from all my calligraphy friends and workshops etc so I thought this would be a good way to allow me to kinda be teaching without having to have a location or actual students… while it has been stressful these last few weeks I do enjoy sharing what I know with others… that said I am also going to give myself a HOLIDAY VACATION and I will not post again until the second week in January 2014.  I just need some down time and I hope that you will all stay with me. The best way to know when I do post again is if you have signed up for for the e mail notice … I don’t send any other e mails and I don’t send any info on to any other businesses… I also have a scam program so it should protect us both from unwanted spam..

I am a very luck girl who is blessed with many wonderful friends and family and I want to wish all of you A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR.

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







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.




I just want to let you know that the posts may be a bit erratic or short for a while …my Mom (88) has had a bad bladder infection and been in hospital and now in rehab to get her strength back so I am spending a lot of time on the road and not much in the play room..

However, saw this one from SPLITCOAST STAMPERS And its so quick and easy that I thought I would quickly set it up to share.



SCS glowing lights

SCS glowing lights

Ok this was just a series of triangles then they drew bulbs on with a with gel pen (  more about this later) and then they made the garlands again with the white gel pens….Punch out stars for tree tops and then a dots background which suggests snow.

TIP 1…. the best way to get this triangle is to cut a square… then pinch or mark the center of one side and cut from that point down to the point at one corner and flip it over and repeat cutting from top down to opposite corner.. and you have a perfect equilateral ( thats all the math I know lol) triangle.  

TIP 2… when it come to white gel pens… ( remember that i told you ALL GEL PENS need to be standing up with writing tip down to keep the gel liquid in the roller) I had three different types….SAKURA GLAZE WHITE GEL PEN, SAKURA SOUFFLE WHITE GEL PEN AND UNIBALL SIGNO BROAD WHITE GEL PEN…this last one the UNIBALL seems to be the white gel pen of choice…however I have three samples below all down with a different white gel pen and I can’t tell the difference…THAT SAID….I have to admit that I prefer the Uniball FOR WRITING EVERY TIME..BUT IT DOES WRITE A WIDER STROKE THAN THE OTHERS.  The Souffle will turn opaque and matt finish when dry the glaze will turn RAISED and shiny when dry…with writing this may matter with these bulbs any will do. 

TIP 3 .the chalks. SCS is a STAMPIN UP WEB SITE so they used the STAMPIN UP CHALKS if you have any chalks give them a try they will probably work just fine I had a small Pearlescent set by PEBBLES INC( think they used to be EYE CANDY. If you have no chalks you can go to any art supply/craft or Amazon store and by cheap chalk pastels usually in stick form and they work just finesame technique just rubbing on the stick with a q-tip then rubbing it onto the paper…just the act of rubbing it into /onto the paper will lock it on you don’t need to use any kind of sealant after. And any extra dust you can simply blow off or dust off lightly with your finger or tissue… so you don’t have to spend a lot to achieve this look.  

You will also note that I tried a different image than doing the tree… this is a stamp from PENNY BLACK and I do love these little hedge hogs… so if you have an image with lights on it you can see that it will work with those too…

glowing lights with soufflé gel pen

glowing lights with soufflé gel pen

Ok this is the one using the soufflé pens and you can see a couple of things one I was impatient and didn’t let it dry completely and smeared the first light…two I also used some colored pencil to give some ground for them to run on and also rubbed a little of the chalk on it and also tried to make a moon again using both colored pencil and the chalks…I don’t think the glowing effect shows up as much on this paper as it might at least not in the scan I used to post the photo… but I also think that because the soufflé pen is opaque and matt finish it doesn’t glow as much as it might….

glowing lights with Uniball sign white gel pen

glowing lights with Uniball sign white gel pen

This one was done with the Uniball Signo white pen and I like it better…think it is shinier and while that won’t show up in the scan too well it does on the card and the pearlescent effect of the chalks shows up better too.. but its hard to do a dark background with a stamp I am guessing thats why they just used a triangle for the tree with white bulbs and then white dots … also I think the less is more principle works here with using chalks only on the bulbs on the trees and leave the dots to  just be plain white…. that way they both show up if you chalked them both it wouldn’t look as dimensional.

glowing lights on dk blue

ok this is the first one I tried and I tired to stamp that same image on dk blue paper with white ink… as you can see even enhanced with the white colored pencil it still doesn’t show up too well however the glowing lights show up better than on the green paper even with the scan image… then I also used some glitter glue with too big of glitter in it and I don’t like it at all on the ground… also the color of the glowing lights doesn’t show up as well with the SAKURA WHITE GLAZE PEN as it does with the white UNIBALL SIGNO…I am guessing that’s because the glaze dries very shiny and raised and it doesn’t take the chalk as well but remember that my chalks are pearlescent and the color would be darker and stronger with just plain chalks … the pearlescent is very soft a pastel palette rather than a deep color palette.

Ok that’s it for glowing send me a copy of an image if you find one that you like but my best guess is the tree is best option as it does not require a stamped image and therefore can be done on dark paper.


bonnie's  front xmas cd

bonnie's greeting

Several years ago (1991 i think ) I met a girl from California named BONNIE NOEHR and thanks to her my mail box is a frequent recipient of luscious mail.  BONNIE speaks 5 languages, draws, and is an incredible calligrapher and I don’t think she had done any calligraphy before I met her at the conference but her eye and her hand work magic together.  This is her christmas card for this year ( never mind that she ALREADY HAS THEM DONE AND MAILED) BUT IT WAS TOO WONDERFUL NOT TO SHARE.. I know that she hand drew the image of the nest /twigs and eggs then I think she either used colored pencils or water colors  and then she may have drawn this larger and reduced it and color copied it for on her cards but she also on each copy or at least on mine used just a smudge of glitter glue on a few of the branches and then also a snowflake embellishment. It is just so amazing as are all her art and lettering projects.  Inside she used her lovely pointed pen letters and the word NESTLE for her greeting… its mounted on dark brown card stock and the envelope which is also addressed in white ink on dk brown paper using the same pointed pen hand …. I may not have this 100% accurate as to her “HOW”. But you get the idea… and it is an amazing card and I am once again such a lucky lucky girl… THANKS BONNIE..