YIPES …birthday celebrations have interrupted my flow… so while I am sure its late here are a couple of the EASTER TYPE cards that I found on Pinterest and then made for the few EASTER CARDS I planned to send… they are pretty much just punches or dies… I did end up ordering a small set of ovals that were narrower than the ones I had… the ones I have work great for those dogs…I showed you… but you can see that my bunny ears looks too short…My dear friend and faithful reader just helped me fix some of the links…and then she told me that she just cut the ears more long ( is that even a phrase) and then used chalk to make the the pink inside… but I did show you below of the longer more narrow oval dies from amazon.




long ovals from Amazon

long ovals from Amazon

Well here we are again.. and the one thing I want to do is share with you one more TIP on how to cut intricate dies on your machine…This one was sent to me by my friend Janis Blevins and its a link to a YOUTUBE VIDEO at pattiestamps.typepad.com…Pattie is a STAMPIN UP representative and she has a blog which I have now subscribed to just to kinda see what she is showing… I am still a huge fan of DAWN’S but this is a great tip and worth sharing…EASY INTRICATE DIE CUTTING

Well while I was releasing my MINIONS on friends and family  … Dawn, as usual was out there coming up with more fun with basic GATE FOLDS…( see previous post … DAWN’S WINDOW GATE FOLD ) This is only one of the posts I did using DAWN’S and my friend JANIS BLEVIN’S ideas on gate fold window cards… If you just type gate fold cards in the search box on my blog…you will come up with at least 3 different post for gate folds…. and as you can see from this POST we aren’t done yet….check it out and then know that if you don’t have the “LABEL” set of dies…you can use something similar… see mine …after I did it… I found I did have the LABEL set…too funny…. comes from having it all…LMAO


Dawn's flap gate fold  card

Dawn’s flap gate fold card

My current gate fold using different die to cut it cause I THOUGHT I didn’t have the one she used…HA turns out I did …that’s a sure sign that you have WAY TOO MUCH STUFF.lol

flap fold gate kh


this was closed… and here it is open..

kh open gate fold

kh open gate fold

Ok so now she came up with another version of this but slightly different and even more fun. DAWN’S WINDOW FRAME GATE FOLD



This is really cool also since it actually slips one inside the other…it also has her trademark MULTI LAYERS… I love that she must really burn thru some paper…..but the truth is I have more paper than one person should own and so I should spend more time make more layers… her’s is a wedding but I think birthday would be great also…watch the video and you’ll understand how it works and see that it doesn’t have to be this die… it would work with almost any as long as you make the insert with a smaller cut die… circle…square or any of the many other shaped dies you may have…





If you check out the web site they supply you with a template of calligraphy and they tell you about purchasing the tattoo paper so that you can transfer it onto your eggs… I know its late but still thought you might find a chance to do it next year…if you save it…

SNOWSHOE ART...this is a link my sweetie found that was incredible…. look what this guy does just using his snow shoes…its just beautiful…




This is so cool…when you pull the little flower on the right it rotates the complete circle and then you can wrap the cord around the center again and do it again , and again and again..  Very cool… she spoils me..


Bonnie Noehr's birthday card...

Bonnie Noehr’s birthday card…

Bonnie is an excellent calligrapher and I love these type of letters…I have played with them but mine are trash compared to this one… it is just so lovely and she also spoils me.

Well that’s all for now… hope you Have a wonderful EGGSTRA special easter… AS ALWAYS THANKS FOR STOPPIN BY.. wire headed cyber toad…aka kath


Well I started a previous post but then I went looking for the pattern for my earlier post and that lead to Pinterest and then I just had to see if there were more Minion Cards out there and THERE WERE!!!! So if you don’t like minions you can just skip this post… cause its mostly about Minions…. this is my previous Minion card post again copied from an image ( no pattern) KH’s Minion Card from Pinterest this earlier card was the first one I had seen.  Now there are all of these…and again most don’t have patterns some do but most you can figure out yourself from the image and some are available for sale usually on ETSY..I got so excited that I have already made 5 of these since 10 am and its only noon now… I am already thinking that I can see this guy with BUNNY EARS… oh yeah….I am such a Minion freak…ok this is the one I choose because I did have the circle thinlits card # 133480…I did get mine from AMAZON  SIZZIX #2 CIRCLE CARD …Now it may also be available as a THINLITS ( sizzix calls theirs FRAMLITS) from STAMPIN UP and I use DAWN.  Either way its a great card with extra pieces for layering your gonna love it TRUST ME… and no I don’t get a kick back… lol

YIPES HERE IT IS SUNDAY… guess I missed Friday….oh well this is so much fun you will forgive me….. won’t you…

This is the image I worked from



….and below  are the toolsI used to make the card….


These are the punches I used… as you can see two circles think the bigger one , EK SUCCESS and is 2″ and the smaller one is STAMPIN UP… the word punch is also STAMPIN UP  and if you never buy anything else from STAMPIN UP that is a punch I use all the time in this case for the straps in the case of my leprechaun I used it for his hat band…Use it for cutting slits and for the opening in the penny roller card… again just trust me you will use it and some time even for words… see my finished card…lol

Below is what the circle die looks like and it does have other pieces to layer but I didn’t use them for this…

circle thinlit die

sizzix circle framelit die from amazon

below paper with belt BEFORE CUTTING...

below paper with belt BEFORE CUTTING…

This is the card stock with the belt glued on BEFORE I CUT  the card out …I wanted the edges to be  smooth so this work best to make them feel really cool.

I cut the rectangles from just blue paper using my paper cutter and cut them 1 ¼ wide by 1 ½ long… the buttons can be punched but as you will see from my card I happened to have a jar of black buttons so I used them… his smile and hair are just cut from scraps of black paper MOST IMPORTANT AS YOU KNOW IF YOU HAVE SEEN THIS BLOG I LOVE GOGGLEY EYES…SO rather than the brown paper and black paper circles I used a LARGE GOOGLEY eye… I have them in all sizes

Ok that its for the THINLITS /FRAMELITS CIRCLE DIE CARD…OH no I forgot to tell you that in order to get the black band across for the eye I ended up gluing it to the YELLOW PAPER BEFORE I CUT THE DIE….It just came out smoother and crisper…. now it does leave that black strip on the inside of the flip but I just stamped on it so I didn’t care… trying to cut those pieces smooth after the die cut was just not going well and I didn’t like it so ” I did it my way”… can you hear FRANKIE..



WHILE I say all the time that I am lazy stamper and don’t like too much detail this obviously proves the exception… so I also saw this card and thought it was very cute and not so much work …. simple 4 ¼ x 5 ½ folded yellow card…

easy minion

This is just a simple A2 size card and I just used a corner rounder to make the top look more like a rounded head… but the one below I used a circle die to cut the card only half way down but as you can see it looks much rounder than the other one….takes a bit longer and uses a bit more effort but think its worth it…

easy minion 1

One last note I did all of this while my SWEET HUSBAND WAS BOTH STEAMING KITCHEN FLOOR AND VACUUMING THE REST OF HOUSE… I guess I had let it get really funky for him…. lol.. no he is just a great guy…those who know him would definitely agree.


 FINDING OREGON is a great short video that shows you some of the spectacular views of the PACIFIC NORTHWEST…OREGON ..it made me homesick…

Then my friend CAROLE CROSE sent me this link to a wonderful 5 minute video on the underwater world… as a kid growing up near the keys in florida I definitely  knew that there were all these lovely fish and coral and general sea life… so sit back and check it out take a dip without ever getting wet… OCEAN VIDEO

Well guess that’s it for now…. AS ALWAYS THANKS FOR STOPPIN BY....wire headed  cyber toad…aka kath




SCS peek a boo card

SCS peek a boo card

This card is similar to the PEEK A BOO cards that I have shared from DAWN… the difference is that this one has a much larger opening then the ones DAWN did… that makes it a bit more difficult but also more impressive and it allows you to use larger images to be viewed… this is very impressive and if you watch the video then print out the tutorial it won’t be that hard ….now there are quite a few layers and those my friend are up to you…. if  you don’t want that many layers then you can leave some of them off… but this is a DO WATCH FIRST… PLUS not all embellishments have to be die cut sometimes we have wonderful stickers, brads, even stamps to use as embellishments. Now some eye candy … ST PAT’S EYE CANDY Since I completely blew sharing valentines BEFORE VALENTINES DAY….I thought I should make a better effort with ST PATRICK’S DAY and maybe you don’t share cards on St Pat’s day… FYI My Dad’s birthday was MARCH 17 TH and he was part welsh/irish…so every since his death in 04 I have dedicated my ST PAT’S CARDS to his memory… I spent some time on PINTEREST looking at ST PAT’S HANDMADE CARDS… in case you don’t have pinterest account here are some of the ones I liked the best….

St pats cards

St pats cards

st pats pinterest cards

st pats pinterest cards

pinterest st pats

pinterest st pats

OK MY FAVORITE was the top left of this last sheet …the little irishman…. isn’t he just adorable…. lots of punches or dies but I sat and punched them out while watching tv then I put them together and of course I am going to use googley eyes …lol…. and then applying them on tags…. my second favorite is the guy on the bottom with the mustache which is actually the wings from the STAMPIN UP BIRD PUNCH…YOU KNOW HOW I LOVE TO REPURPOSE THINGS…

bird punch stamping up and mason jar

bird punch stamping up and mason jar

The bird punch is from Stamping up and the Mason jar is from EK Success and was only $12 dollars at TARGET… I used the mason jar to make his hat… I just cut it off and then I also used the word punch from Stamping up to make the rim on his hat… it was a lot of punching but I did them all first then later assembled them I think I am going to put them on TAGS…but not finished yet will show to you when I am done…


PAPER SCULPTURE…DAVE WOOD..Mr Wood is both a calligrapher and an amazing paper artist…You can watch this video on Youtube and then if you type In DAVE WOOD CALLIGRAPHY  to google you can go to his web site where he also has pieces for sale and he also does commission work.  Go feast your eyes and drool..HERE IS a little appetizer … this especially appealed to me I like the rain…



CAR CALLIGRAPHY...that’s write written with a car…. AND a calligrapher… you gotta see this one.

DEMYSTIFY THE MUSE….This one is for all those folks who think they are not creative… I have said before that especially women our age need to give themselves PERMISSION to go and play…. we were taught that we must be doing laundry or something useful to justify our existence… but when we play we do court our muse and we do learn and do many other things that work to make us better…anyway the say it better than me so go look and learn…


SCS ONE LAYER PAPER TOLE.. TWO reasons for adding this card one is that I am certain that there are folks out there that would love to do this…I am not one of them… I  love the look and MAYBE with a less detailed image I would  in fact give it a try but it is absolutely lovely and the second reason is that SCS’s in house design person is DINA who is demo-ing this card and she is VERY GOOD… she give good instructions and this card needs it.

Well guys that’s it for this post..Now go make..SOMETHING…AS ALWAYS THANKS FOR STOPPIN BY..wire headed cyber toad…AKA kath