SURPRISE… it’s me again…just can’t help my self… as I love birds and this is just too cute….




Well I have in the past used the tubes of MARVEY UCHIDA WHITE LIQUID APPLIQUÉ and then you had to heat it with a heat tool…dig thru your stuff and see if you have a tube of it that still works or hit the drug stores or Wally World for a travel size can of shave cream…I think this is much easier but will still require a “SAFE” place to lay it to allow it to dry and right now FLORIDA IS NOT THAT PLACE AS WE HAVE BEEN HAVING SINCE OCTOBER 90-100% humidity… really a pain…and I am sure you go well why are you there…. too long and boring to explain but lets just say not my choice..

AS well as the PUFFY PAINT technique she will show you a cut idea for using the bird builder punch…I do have it and I do love him…. then on PINTEREST I saw this I could not find directions for them so assume you will just have to wing it…but still cute idea for making multiple birds but just putting different color wings on the punch makes for cute bird as well … I am not selling SU stuff just so happens that I do like this but I think that others actually have dies of birds…like maybe Tim Holtz…and also think Martha S has a punch for bird but it may be in flight and look more like a dove than just a bird… again not sure…love that parrot… of course as you know I love anything with googley eyes…lol

pinterest birds

pinterest birds

As for the wood fence… if you don’t have the stamp and its one of those humongous ones so I don’t like them…use your embossing folder…lots of folks make the wood one and just lightly rub stamp pad over it after embossed to add color… it will work just fine…or cute strips of brown paper and using a fine line pen draw lines on them and then past them onto paper to look like fence…

Do you ever notice that with CRAFTS and ART work you can almost always find at least one way around something to create what you want and often several ways…nothing says it has to look exactly like mine or DAWN’S or anyone else…. do with what you have .

This puffy paint and the fence or a tree limb would also work great with the owl punch or die cut…. I do have the SU owl punch and I do love it as it also is very versatile … I am pretty sure I mentioned in a previous post that it can be turned up side down and made into a bat or right side up and cut off ears to make a ghost…or an alien if you cut off ears and draw on a antenna…etc… and as you can see from this video she uses part of his vest to make the black on the head of the cardinal… think its also used on both the other birds…

Ok that’s it for today…AS ALWAYS THANKS FOR STOPPING BY …wire headed cyber toad …aka kath



OK WELL HERE IT IS 2 days past Christmas and maybe you are still looking for a card to send or needing to send something or just wanting to play or you have some January birthdays coming up well Dawn ( of course and STAMPING UP) have this weird looking but adorable die that makes the cutest little critters…. this one is a snowman but if you check out her videos you will also see jack-0-lantern and scarecrow made using this die…you do need to cut two of them to make the little dimensional box…








Is that CUTE OR WHAT….and now I know you are going oh I don’t have that die… well fear not you can just look at this photo and make a one dimensional version..it won’t hold any peppermints ( what I put in mine) but a couple of circles a square a few other pieces and bingo you have a snowman that is flat for on a card…or make two and glue them together and put a string in the top and you have an ornament… however , should Santa have left you funds that you can’t wait to spend….if you go look on her web site you will see that using this same die she made a Jack-o-lantern, and a Scarecrow…both just as adorable as this Snowman….




Here is the link….DAWN’S CURVY KEEPSAKE SNOWMANwatch to see what pieces she uses and remember that you can also use circle dies for the circles and squares for the squares and a piece of post it note to hold that square in case your corner rounder is bigger than the one she used….works just fine… and one last HINT…I found pre-made bows in Michaels in the sticker area…but you can also tie a ribbon into a bow and stick it on…..and SHE STUCK HER’S on the top of body flap…. however I think it looks better if you stick to the bottom of  your circle… also MICHAELS HAD tons of clothespins in colors and sizes… again in the sticker , or Tim Holtz section… my kids loved it and I am making a few more for friends we are taking out to dinner on NEW YEAR’S EVE…. 

So just to keep you motivated…check this out and ENJOY… AS ALWAYS THANKS FOR STOPPING BY...wire headed cyber toad…aka kath


Well we are down to 5 days and counting.. every day I compete another task and assume I done and now ready then every new day something else comes along… like this… My great  JANIS BLEVINS sent me this web site on YOUTUBE a few days ago and bingo I was hooked and had to run to bank and ask them for 30 plus dollars that were in good shape…not whimpy but they didn’t have to be brand new as those sometimes really stick together and make it difficult .  In any case this is called MODULAR ORIGAMI. Watch the video ( which may have a weird type of ad to begin with mine was on sewing pinwheels and at first I thought WHAAAAAT.. then it jumped to the modular STAR…. glad I hung in there it is so cool and here is what it yielded….

my 240 folded dollars

my 240 folded dollars

each star requires 5 dollars so making 6 of them requires that I fold 240 FOLDS = 3 ½ hours of folding = 6 assembled stars = 6 happy and surprised nieces and nephews…which equals PRICELESS…

origami money star

origami money star

here is the video link on how to do this from YouTube …Modular Dollar Star

Ok below are several other links that I had planned to share but due to computer problems they got left behind….if you haven’t seen them there are some great EYE CANDY.. hope you enjoy

KNOCK ON WOOD....This is an artist who creates using driftwood… its absolutely wonderful… give it a look…

SIGNED, SEALED AND UNDELIVERED… This is a web site that has several area’s to look at but mostly they have come across some very old mail that was never delivered… yeah you know that cool letter/card etc that you sent but somehow never arrived …well here is some info on it and many of the images shows that these old letters were all sealed…with real seals…..very cool…

MIT ARTICLE ON UNDELIVERED LETTERS….This is more on the above images… and it reveals insight into the 17th century social life… no FB there but interesting non the less… hope you enjoy it..

FRAKTUR CALLIGRAPHY this website shows various types of calligraphy which have various names such as BLACK LETTER, GERMAN GOTHIC and even TEXTURA…while this may sometimes be hard to read, You are not going to want to copy the Gettysburg address in Black Letter but single words or short phrases work well and even long writings will work just a little more difficult to read but the TEXTURE and rhythm are so appealing … it’s quite as difficult as it looks at first glance but by no means am I saying its easy… like all calligraphy it takes PRACTICE…

BECAUSE most of you are here for the CARDS…let me share a great video from SPLITCOAST STAMPERS…its a watercolor technique and it comes out so great you may want to try it..she is demo ing…christmas so she has ornaments but it would work just a well with balloons for a birthday..WATECOLOR ORNAMENT CARDwatercoloredornamentstep14



I LOVE THESE wacky birds and they also have dies to cut them out so you don’t have to fussy cut them out…. in any case another good way to practice the water color techniques…

Ok that’s it for now and while I know I have missed a lot .. I am going to take the time between now and new Year’s off … too much to do… I WISH ALL OF YOU A YEAR FILLED WITH LOVE, LIGHT , LAUGHTER AND LOTS OF CREATIVE MOMENTS… AS ALWAYS THANKS FOR STOPPING BY….wire headed cyber toad…aka kath



MONDAY …MONDAY…so good to me…

HELLO AGAIN… First my blog server Not my actual Blog but the machines that allow me to write it and then put it out on the internet were hacked and I had to have my Guru deal with it ….then right after we moved to new servers that were running very fast….my Computer died  and I do mean died…my hard drive complete rolled over with barely a gasp and croaked and all attempts at resuscitation were unsuccessful so this meant  trip to Apple for new hard drive… luckily I was still under warranty and while i have had many apple devices this is the first one that actually died on me so I am still hard core apple as they replaced it in less than a day…so these are my excuses for no POSTS…SO HOW AM I DOING SO FAR…..SERIOUSLY with  Christmas marching rapidly forward I thought thiswas a good idea for possible gifts…… which is that you make some cards or perhaps like you have plenty you can use to fill the box just put them in this little box so that you can give them to someone as a gift… I am sure we all know friends who think are cards a lovely and say things like wish I was creative, or wish I had time to make cards…so here is a lovely way to share some homemade art with friends and if you check out her web site you will see that she has both the box and some samples of the cards…now she is using leaves but to some people leaves mean raking…so make your box for whatever you want if you do it a box of birthday cards you might want to put balloons or if you did thinking of you cards you might want butterflies or flowers… the possibilities are endless… you could even do a box of MINION CARDS…lol..no I am not over them yet….anyway I think the box will hold about 4 or 5 cards so depending on how many you want to make to give away that are a nice thing to have handy for quick gifts… thank you cards are always a nice thing to have handy…also great teacher gifts… so Here is her link check out the video and give it a go….


Dawn's vintage leaves box

Dawn’s vintage leaves box

sorry about the photo ….I tried to post from my husbands computer but he doesn’t use mouse and I am lost without it.. again not my computer and its coming up weird and while it shows that I have edited it and cropped it …. this is what I got…. but you will see it better when you link  to her sight… these can be any kind of cards…. whatever you want…birthday , anniversary etc or a variety…


Dawn's luminary window card

Dawn’s luminary window card

I also really liked this adorable card , remember i showed you about buying those little battery candles and using them as birthday cakes…well there are everywhere right now for the holiday season and here is another great use for those candles… and you will notice that this sample is her recent Shadow box card but you could also do this using the DIORAMA BOX CARD

DAWN’S DIORAMA BOX CARD  Now the difference with this one is that instead of window you have a cut out using that punch or you could cut a rectangle and in side of putting a separate piece of paper in the center you can stamp on a piece of vellum and then paste it to the back of the front of the box against the cut out then you can just put the candle behind that image and the card will fold flat for mailing and you remember I told you that you could this in one of the small priority mail boxes to mail or of course you could hand deliver it to someone…

dawn's diorama boxs

as you can see she made this back before halloween and then being smarter than me moved on to Christmas…. anyway its cute and easy and fun with or without the little luminaries.

NOW BECAUSE I AM SO FAR BEHIND…here a few more too look at…

DAWN’S CHRISTMAS GIFT CARD HOLDER 2015.. (she calls it lots of labels gift card holder).this is really easy and quick and you can just use decorative scissors on the front flap and overlay if you don’t have the die she uses….Dawn's xmas gift card holder

these are just a few that I did…

my gift card holder with embellishments

my gift card holder with embellishments

one more of my gift cards

one more of my gift cards

as you can see I only used one layer of paper and then the circles with little embellishments… after doing these three I decided that they would be better with solid color with layer of designer paper then solid color for the circles…. however these will work fine and since they are going to folks that don’t do this kind of thing they won’t know…lol…. why is it that them minute Thanksgiving is over the dishes and left over turkey not even put away yet… things move into warp speed….and its not like I don’t plan ahead…I do…it is just never enough… any way…

One more then I promise to quit for this post this one is SPLIT COAST STAMPERS ...DECORATIVE CORNER CARD...

SCS decorative corner fold

SCS decorative corner fold

sorry this is blurry for some reason it won’t go bigger an when I tried it got blurry.  maybe this one will be better…

deco corner card from the web

deco corner card from the web

ahh much better…lots of extra die embellishments but lovely… one other 

this is very cute and stands up yet folds flat and the unique part is the the circle on the front ( could be square, oval, star) stands out complete…cute little mechanism that allows that to happen…. but you could just adhere the image on one side it would be quite as spectacular but it would still be quite impressive… Now my HINT..is she mentions that you can just use 5 ½ x 8 ½ paper and in fact you can and it works just fine… SCORE  the paper on the 8 ½ inch side at 2 , 4, 6 and 8… THEN GATE FOLD the card and seam it with that ½”…. now you layered panels should each be 1 ¾ ” x 5 ¼” and if you want a third layer cut it 1  ½ x 5″….otherwise its the same as the one in the video….

HINT…you can use punches and make this a candle type card as well using the little luminary inside with vellum covering the cut outs…. again it would go in one of those little priority boxes to mail or you could hand deliver it.

Ok again I am sorry for all the delay and remember that everything here can be adapted to birthday, get well, anniversary…valentines…whatever…. hope you will forgive my delays…

MERRY MERRY and AS ALWAYS THANKS FOR STOPPING BY... the wire headed cyber toad…aka kath