It’s hard to get anything done as I am glued to the TV and the OLYMPICS..especially the ice dancing, skating, women’s snowboarding and the then womens ski jumping( first time ever in the Olympics.)  Then along comes my mail from one of best and most faithful viewers JANIS BLEVINS…and she sends this incredible card….( called the flying easel) I was thrilled with it and of course thought Oh I can do that …..well I did eventually get but I did everything you can think of to make it incorrectly…still I managed to make it work for my valentine this year ( well one style) and finally I got the hang of it and then Bless her heart JANIS sent me the link via Pinterest AND THERE WERE LOTS OF SAMPLES PLUS THE VIDEO which I have linked for you but if you go on Pinterest you will see lots of other samples just type in search box FLYING EASEL CARDS…

Karen Burniston's flying easel card

Karen Burniston’s flying easel card

KAREN BURNISTON’S YOU TUBE VIDEO OF HOW TO MAKE THIS CARD. She is using a die from STAMPIN UP called Pop ‘n Cuts….however, it is not necessary to make this card but it won’t have the little insert tabs on the front but I have no problem without them…Watch the video ( click the blue link above) then you can look at Janis’s card with the butterfly and some of my valentine ones.  Trust me it will be much EASIER if you watch the video and then keep it near by before you attempt this one on your own…at least that was my experience …though I have finally gotten it down…I did not see the video till after I had made as many screw ups as possible and remember you don’t have to do all the embellishment that Karen does in this video.


Janis Blevins and mine

Janis Blevins and mine


two of mine

two of mine

kath's flying easel

kath’s flying easel

This last one is the one I did COMPLETEL UPSIDE DOWN AND BACKWARDS…LOL..I have it upside down with the flying part…it should be up by the fold not at the open end but I am using it anyway…in any a case I think you’ll like it… its a fun card and with the video then it is easier… sometimes I just tend to complicate things …THANK YOU JANIS for sending me the card and sending me the video link.




I used the envelope maker to create this tiny envy however, thanks to STAMPING SCHOOL ( she tried it several sizes before she got one that was the size she wanted as its not listed on the envelope maker…

Stamping School image

Stamping School image

cut square 3 ½ ”  then line up at 1 ½’ and PUNCH…. SCORE… and continue around all four sides…following the directions for making any of the envelopes. HINT if you are using light weight paper(designer style) DON’T PRESS HARD or you will score right thru the paper in effect cutting it.

Now there is also a large punch by MARVEY that is an envelope punch and there is also a die by SAVVY I think that cuts an envy about this same size… The die is I am sure available from IMPRESS RUBBER STAMPS and maybe the punch too.  Sometime I see the punch at one of the craft stores but not often… also try Amazon… it does make a much smaller envy but it can work by using more then one on the front… or making the smaller 3 ½ x 5 size card ( cut card stock at 7 x 10 and score at 3 ½ for horizontal or at 5 for vertical.  ) So here is one of my cards using the Marvey Punch …( its green and purple)…oops well sorry guys I just did some research on the Marvey Punch and its discontinued. However the SAVVY die is available at IMPRESS RUBBER STAMPS.

marvel tiny envy punch

marvel tiny envy punch

I can’t show you the SAVVY die because I loaned it to a friend but it is almost the same size as the one I made using the envelope punch board.

PAPER EYE may have seen some of these from a previous posting but there are new ones in here and they are all so amazing… I am so humbled when I look at the paper cutting and think of my pitiful little cards… anyway enjoy.

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




Well I should be winging my way to CHICAGO for a brief trip with some friends who have  place up there …We were looking forward to walking around and discovering Chicago. We have never been …I got some warmer clothes , lots of layers, ear muffs and boots… then the weather refused to cooperate at all…we were prepared for cold but not for tons of snow and below zero temps… that just seemed like it was too much and we would not be able to be outside hardly at all no walking around OLD TOWN or the MILE…so we postponed..and HERE I AM…

Stamping School stand  up tag card

Stamping School stand up tag card

I am pretty sure I have told y’all before that SPLIT COAST STAMPERS, DAWN AND STAMPING SCHOOL are all at least partially attached to STAMPIN UP… so sometimes it comes a no surprise that each of them have the same or similar card videos.  You may also remember that STAMPING SCHOOL requires a paid membership of approximately $37 dollars a year.  Now Dawn and SCS are both free.   I loved this card and STAMPIN UP HAS THIS NEW PUNCH THAT they are using to make this card…however, I don’t have it and while its cute…its pricey and I just didn’t think I needed it…..and I was pretty sure that I could use one of the nestibilities dies to cut the top of the card…LIke cutting the window on the gate fold or the half cut on the gate fold.  I used tape to hold the die and the cards in place ( I used two pieces cute 2″ x 6″) but you could do it also with the long strip of paper but you need to cut both ends at the same time so that they match up perfectly.  I used a piece of blue paint tape to hold it in place but you could also use a post it note. Below is DAWN’S VIDEO and its very similar but she is using her’s to make a candy bar holder…there is also a video for the one that is the size of mine but its at STAMPING SCHOOL and you won’t be able to see it unless you have a paid membership.SS cut her’s 10 ” long by 2 ” wide….( actually she says just shy of 2″ so it fits in the STAMPIN UP TAG TOPPER PUNCH..if you don’t have it or aren’t using it then 2″ is just fine. These are the measurements from the card that I saw on STAMPING SCHOOL..I like the idea of a card more than the candy holder but if you work or want to make them for your kids to take to school it would be very cute… the CANDY TOPPER does NOT have a pleat since it doesn’t need to fold flat.


1piece 10″x 2″

score in middle at 5 ½ ”

then at 4 ½” and also at 6″


ONCE ITS FOLDED THEN YOU CAN CUT your fancy top or you could just round the corners at the top and also had a small hole punch  in the center.. It can be either  a plain round hold or it can be a tiny fancy punch I used a small butterfly.

I also had some fun little clothespins with hearts on them so I used that to hold it closed and no twine tied on at all.  But if you don’t have clothes pins then you can by all means use ribbon or twine to tie it shut or a fancy paperclip with a piece of ribbon attached… any way will do and its the pleat at the bottom that allows it to stand upright .

HINT…. IF your attachment embellishment creates a BUMP in your envelope you will need to use a more expensive stamp …and since the postage has changed I am not sure what that amount is…sorry.. I will find that out and add it to the post.


TIP….If you use two precut tags or you cut two strips of paper and so then you need the PLEAT at the bottom so that the card is able to fold flat for mailing.  CUT A PIECE OF PAPER 2″ LONG and as wide as the tags .  Just like DAWN’S VIDEO..score it at one inch then ½ inch on ease side… then using the red super double stick tape apply it to each tag and then insert the pleat sticking it to each tag.

STAMPING SCHOOL used flower stamps and punches to create the flowers in the center of the tag and her big TIP was using small strips of acetate for the stems.. I SAVE PIECES of acetate when they come my way so I did have some to use as stamps but then you’ll notice I was going for a valentine so instead of flowers I used HEARTS that I punched out .  I also used a strip of card stock and then glued a small heart on upside down to look like a candle….Just let your imagination run… one last TIP…when I use the multi blade scissors..I cut at a diagonal and the grass is then different lengths and more realistic.  Ok time for some photos…worth a 1000 words.

tag with pleat added  and top not cut just yet.

tag with pleat added and top cut with butterfly whole

kh's tag with front decorated and heart clothes pin

kh’s tag with front decorated and heart clothes pin

inside with heart flowers

inside with heart flowers

die used to cut top  precut tags  candle idea

die used to cut top
precut tags
candle idea

This is the die used to cut the top but I did rotate it so that I was cutting the point at  the top of each side of the tag…and I had these strips of zebra black /white so I used two of them and cut them together so they would match ..then I added the pleat at the bottom it was easier to cut the top that way.  If you do use a punch to cut the tops you will just have to be really careful and try to eyeball it in the same places so that it matches…MOST PUNCHES WON’T PUNCH THRU 2 sheets of card stock however the Big Shot or cuttlebug will unless your card stock is very heavy.  I think I got the precut tags in multi colors from Jo Ann’s but you can probably find them at Michael’s or Hobby Lobby as well.

 EYE CANDY..Below is a link to JOHN NEAL’s ( calligraphy bookseller and calligraphy supplies) posting of Christmas and New Year’s cards they received this year.  They are amazing…and wonderful eye go have a look or two or even three.   JOHN NEAL’S CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR’S CARD

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





I don’t know about you but as a child, heck even now I always loved those view masters with the tiny images on a wheel that you could view like a mini slide show. I am old enough (25 or so lmao) that most of the images were of things like the national parks and nature…later DISNEY came in with cartoon images…but the real ones were my favorite. So I was delighted when Dawn posted HER VIEW MASTER CARD this pattern for making a card that worked like an old view master in that you have a whole where the image shows up and inside a wheel which turns and brings up new images as it rotates.  She made it simple …well mostly …I admit that I didn’t put a liner on the inside of the punched window… I think she did it because her outside scallop trim was the same color as the inside of the card …white…however, I simply used a different color on the scallop trim around the window… worked fine for me and one less step..( ya know that lazy stamper )


kh view master wheels

kh view master wheels

kh viewmaster wheel

NOW WA NTCH HER VIDEO FIRST THEN YOU CAN READ WHAT CHANGES I MADE..yeah I did make changes not just with the front but because I just can’t seem to ever leave any recipe or direction exactly as it is told. LoL

You will notice that on this last wheel I drew light pencil lines for where the wheel would stop so that I could stamp and then color the entire wheel before inserting in the card…I did have to make the whole for the brad and put the card on it so that I could see where the window would show up.  I can either erase the pencil lines or I could make them darker like a shadow and leave them. Now I have to tell you that I did end up with bigger images on my wheels and while they fit inside the circle they do over lap a little as you roll the wheel and because I have more of my wheel showing in my thumb roll some of them show there also….but I have told you that I am not a 100% person so I don’t mind and next time I will fix it by looking for some smaller images and for moving the wheel down a little from the top of the card and making the thumb punch smaller and not having so much of the wheel showing in the thumb roll.

HINT..OK I found that I was trying to put too much foam tape on the sides and top…bottom was fine… but the sides and the top you only need a little corner to make sure that your wheel will roll… twice Yeah I am obviously a slow learner…I had so much that when I stuck the card together I found that  I had to gently pull it apart enough to free up the wheel and I had to cut off some of the foam tape.  It was ok cause you don’t see the inside of the card… but BE WARNED…it only needs a little foam tape and before you peel it and stick it check to make sure your WHEEL WILL TURN EASILY…ok..

You will also notice that I didn’t put near as many embellishments on the front of the card as she did…so its up to you… Also if you don’t have the circle nestibilities then use your circle cutter and cut a 4″ circle… Remember that you don’t always need every thing they show you to create the card.  They are in the business of selling product as well as showing you how to make something… HERE ARE SOME OF MY FRONTS.

view master cards front kh 1

view master cards front kh

You will also notice that I used a few more brads that she did… and that some of my stamped images on the inside sorta show thru the thumb punch but I am not too worried about that but if it worries you you will have to maybe stamp a few less images…or stamp them smaller and closer to the left side of the circle.

Ok I think that’s about it for today and I loved this card and making up some wheels ahead of time is great way to have them ready for an emergency Birthday or it could even be a Valentine card with assorted hearts and words… remember TAKE TIME TO PLAY…go MAKE SOMETHING TODAY.


This guy is so amazing and when you think that it all goes away with the tide…you have appreciate is drive to CREATE…and he obviously enjoys his time at the beach.


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