Well I really wanted to post a little sooner but life kinda got in my way…. however, I think that this kit/card by DAWN…was just the cutest thing and in addition My oldest granddaughter has been sick with a cold passed to her but a very unthoughtful while by the time I get it to her she will probably be well… but I told her to just save it for the next time…If you have any kids in college this would be a great thing to share with them to just put aside for that time when they are sick and don’t want to go out to get any of this… instead of the soup you could put in packages of cold meds..and just so you know I went to grocery for the lozenges …nope only the bags of throat lozenges…then I tried a Walgreens ..nope they too only had large supplies..finally I thought about a 7-11 gas station type store… EUREKA…not only did they have them but they had three different types of them… bought extra for next kit I might need to make…




You must check out the video in order to really appreciate how cute it is… I do think I would use packages of THERA-FLU etc rather than the chicken noodle soup.  If the person was close to you I ‘d put a coupon in that said I’d make them homemade chicken noodle soup and drop it off ..all they needed to do was text or call me with a request. ( I make really good chicken noodle soup…just ask my hubby…or my BFF Stephanie since I often share with her… I don’t seem to be able to make a small pot of soup… lol


This is the one that I made but I want to caution you that you should use light weight paper to layer with…mine was actually light weight card stock but it makes it harder to adhere it to the background… probably also because my base card was that semi metallic card paper and its hard to get stuff to stick to it also…I am sure however, that my granddaughter will get a smile out of it even if she doesn’t need it any longer….


I have to share some other things with you that I recently received in the mail…. first was this incredible envelope that at first scared me cause I do participate in an envelope exchange and I was terrified that I had missed mailing mine…however, I check with the friend…JADIE from the Peninsula Scribes in Sequim WA… and she assured me that she was aware of my caregiving with my Mom and she just wanted to let me know that she was thinking of me and hoping that I was doing well… it was such a sweet gesture and the envelope is amazing… it goes totally with the stamp… well enough talking about it…here it is ….

Jadie's envy front with stamp and names or recipients

Jadie’s envy front with stamp and names or recipients

back of envy

back of envy

Jadie's envy2

As you can tell Jadie is not only very talented but also incredibly thoughtful so I just had to share.  As I have said before..I am a very lucky girl to have such wonderful friends.

Here are a few of the Valentines I received also…

Bonnie Nosher's valentine

BONNIE NOEHR ‘S valentine

JO FORSYTH'S valentine

JO FORSYTH’S valentine



Janis Blevin's valentine closed

JANIS BLEVIN’S  valentine closed

JANIS BLEVIN'S valentine open

JANIS BLEVIN’S valentine open

my hubby's card from Hallmark

my hubby’s card from Hallmark

another card from my hubby from hallmark

another card from my hubby from hallmark

Both of these last two cards were so dimensional…the frog is made of felt and stitched and the chopsticks were real just short… as was the fortune cookie… too cute and what kills me is that I go looking at hallmark and I don’t find a thing…so when he comes home with these incredible treasures I am so amazed…they must just like him better than me…lol



MY friend JANIS BLEVINS…takes photos on trips …yeah well don’t we all ….but she looks for natural images that resemble alphabet letters…. she took a beach trip and found these letters …and I asked her how did you do this …she say she printed out her letters in 1 5/8 ” by 16″ then mounted them on foam core… says she found the fish as a hanger at HOBBY LOBBY  and used a small piece of wood behind it to keep it from wobbling then mounted the letters on top of the fish and yes…it is now hanging on her wall…


Years ago when I was a child my folks took us to Yosemite and one night having dinner up on top of one of the peaks the waiter came over and asked us if we’d like to go out on the roof to see the fireball… we had no idea what he was talking about but my adventurous father quickly said yes… out we went back then I am going to late 50″s they will build a fire on top of Half Dome I think and then at dark they would push it over making a firefall…down the face of it…. now I was pretty young so not sure it was on half dome and I didn’t take time to go research it …but a few years later they decided it was detrimental to environment so they quit doing it … My hubby found this and sent it to me and this one is not harmful to environment and in fact is quite lovely but not often seen… and yes, it looks a lot like what I saw as a child….enjoy… a little arm chair travel….

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



WOW… just when I think I am in a spending moratorium along comes STAMPIN UP with this great set of dies… what makes them so special is that they will if placed in the center of a card…pop out at you..yep both of them will do that and you can also just cut them both off at the outer edges and glue them flat onto a card…

dawn's party thinlits card

dawn’s party thinlits card

kh cake die from stamping up its my party

kh cake die from stamping up its my party

kh my inside with the hip hip hooray...and balloons

kh my inside with the hip hip hooray…and balloons

In addition to the balloons I also used washi tape on the sides and bottom… I didn’t put any color behind the cut out other than the card its self cause I really liked it better….( Dawn will show you how to add backing if you want I think what turned me off is I HATE the mambo melon color green…its just lifeless to me… don’t know why just don’t like it…)anyway the real star of this show is the BIG SHOT DIE BRUSH

BIG SHOT DIE BRUSH..a hadda have...

BIG SHOT DIE BRUSH..a hadda have…

I Have quite a few dies that have lots of detail and lots of word dies…and I have been using the dryer sheets ever since I saw how much easier it makes the detail of the dies release…well this is best tool I have seen in years…. this comes with a light weight foam pad and you just lay your paper on it after the cut and lightly roll the brush over it and it releases all the little pieces… and it also works to clean the die of pieces that got stuck… I am telling you this tool is simply the BOMB…no more dryer sheets no sticky stuff on your paper and no more hunting for the dang dryer sheets… seriously this is the best thing I have seen in ages…and those two dies while pricey (i think $30 ) they are both very versatile in that they can be a pop out or you can cut them free and mount on front or inside of card…so enjoy some eye candy and see ya again soon.


This is a short video of a guy doing SPEED PAINTING with spray cans…. now as one who can barely keep my painting inside the lines on my stamp images…this guys is impressive… I am not sure where this is but about 10 yrs ago my SWEET SISTER IN LAW and I were in VICTORIA BC…and there was a guy painting space type scenes like this with spray cans and flower pot bases in various sizes to create the moons, planets etc… we stood and watched and bought him from about 10 pm till 1 am and there was still quite a crowd when we left… so I had to share.

You can probably tell that I am jealous of anyone who can paint… then when they do it with the most minimal of tools well it just seems unfair…TOOTH BRUSH ART..Now this doesn’t mean he uses tooth brushes themselves to form art but rather than using those expensive brushes that I have which have no art in them…he is using a tooth brush… just amazing….

Ok guess that’s all for this post… AS ALWAYS THANKS FOR STOPPING BY…wire headed cyber toad…aka kath


This was a pattern Dawn posted and it was so cute and easy that I had to go cut paper and grab my punch board and make it in bed (it was 6 am and quite chilly 46) so I just wanted to share it with you…it would need a cushion envy or a priority small box  to mail but you may want to give one to someone close…I had company coming so I made them,.. up put in chocolates and placed them on their pillows…just like fancy hotel…lol. Any way watch the video and the get started…oh they will hold either one reese’s peanut butter cup or two ghirdelli chocolates.

dawn's pinwheel boxes

dawn’s pinwheel boxes

Pinwheel box with envelope punch board 

Hint..if you don’t already have THE ENVELOPE PUNCH BOARD…



BEFORE you go and buy one at AMAZON or Michaels..or Jo Ann’s you might want to consider using your coupons and looking for the new one they have out that is 123 PUNCH BOARD…



It is about 10 dollars more but it makes boxes as well as envelopes and bows….pretty cool…and all the directions are in there and you can infect us it to make these little boxes and while its more you can use your coupon at MICHAEL’S OR JO ANN’S and get 40 or sometimes 50% OFF… of course that means they have to have it in stock and right now I did see one at my local Michael’s but it they are still clearing out xmas and valentines day you might want to wait a bit or make sure they have done their inventory..In any case they are great little tools and allow you to make multiple size boxes and envelopes and bows… I am not crazy about all the WE ARE MEMORY KEEPERS items but they have in my opinion hit a home run with these punch boards…and there are more… there is a pin wheel one and a bag one that I know of…all of good quality and all do just what they said they would do…just time to make your hubby or friend a mini candy box…. well ok you gotta hurry…

EYE CANDY..ok this first one I had to go look at it cause the title is HONEY CAN YOU MAKE ME SOMETHING (for that big wall)…it was too funny My hubby is great at cleaning up dishes and sink etc after I cook and does his own laundry and many other wonderful things but I have been waiting 8 yrs for him to hang this really cool ceramic frog on my lanai he bought the drill ( wall is cement) and the drill bits about 3 years ago so he has made some progress but the frog sadly to say is still in the paper bag it came in on the floor of his closet… good news it hasn’t broken …yet…lol  anyway this will make you smile if your hubby is also a sure I can but ya never see it….I want to get this guy an art room…

GIRAFFE TO ELEPHANTthis is just your basic illusion..HA…I can’t paint/draw or do magic AND THIS IS WAY BEYOND MY SKILLS.. I am sorry it isn’t showing it larger it was on FB and I know some can’t see FB so I went hunting on YOU TUBE and found it but you might need to see it couple of times before you see the change just from changing the angle…. it truly is amazing….

Ok that’s it again for this week…AS ALWAYS THANKS FOR STOPPIN BY..wire headed cyber toad…AKA kath