I am pretty sure that Dawn has shown us more than one type of box to fill with cards not to mention the Magazine folder box … so this is really probably #4 and #5…lol..anyway they are all cute so lets look at these and see what’s different..one thing is that one is for horizontal card format and the other one if for vertical card format…



For one thing it is made with one sheet of standard size paper …in fact its cut at 10 so you loose an inch at the bottom of the paper… the vertical cards are little easier to make since they just have the medallion and the banner on the front of a white card…and they are using designer paper…I also want to mention that I have a calligraphy teacher Carol DuBosch who uses the phrase ..”.worth the price of admission or worth the space on your shelf ” ..well its my opinion that Dawn showing you to use your bone folder to adhere the tape inside the box (where our hands just won’t ) is worth the price of admission…especially since admission is free …lol… also don’t think I have told you but their( Stamping UP) designer paper is mostly text weight paper its great for layers but it is not sturdy enough in my opinion for cards … Both boxes really only will hold 4 cards and 4 envelopes.


While her’s are all thank you cards…your can be whatever you want…birthdday, anniversary, get well, thinking of  you , just a note, hello, etc.  In fact for me if you are giving these to someone unless you are giving them to a person who just had a recent shower, wedding or baby… it would be nice to make a mix of cards… even if the person is a card maker they probably don’t have time to make up cards after one of these events ..


If the recipient is a card maker you might want to print off the first page or two of this link for the and include it with your box and cards….they will probably ask you for it anyway so just send it along.  My printer prints front and back (2 sided) which is great as that is enough to give them the cutting and possibly the scoring info.  You might also just want to print out the link for them and let them go to see it for themselves…you could just put a post it not in with the box /cards and say sending you the link via e mail…that way they can just click on it and bazinga you are there… isn’t technology wonderful …I mean really how much easier is to share stuff so quickly…


I have a thing for bugs…not all bugs I not particularly fond of roaches but many other bugs are beautiful and even spiders are very unusual and they eat Mosquitos…always a good thing… anyway these bugs are simply gorgeous… they are made from textiles and not all of them are bugs… so check it out think you will enjoy…TEXTILE BUGS.

If you are young mom and have little ones in school or day care and you send things to school for party etc… you will enjoy this post by its told from the view point of a working mother who wants those of us CRAFTY enough to come up with cute ideas for things to send to school ….TO JUST STOPit made me laugh so enjoy.

One last note… I just discovered ( yah I am not as technically savvy as I may have implied) that I got a few REAL comments and I didn’t respond to them…. FOR THAT I AM TRULY SORRY…one person was even asking me about weathergrams… I did finally respond  but I am several weeks late… so if you go into the ABOUT on the opening page you will find my e mail address and it will work much better if you simply email me especially with questions…for the past 3 years I think the first few weeks of the blog I had friends making comments after that all I ever see are the spam stuff and boy is there a lot of that… so lately with sick husband and especially around holidays when we are all very busy…I haven’t been checking comments much …so please e mail me if you have a question but I will try to get better about looking at comments…

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


I reposted this due a request to remove copyrighted material…think of it as a flash back..😁


I say FAITHFUL cause my posts have been quite irregular and yet some of you still are finding them… Now I wanted this first post to be about sharing some of the lovely hand made cards I received from friends near and far…so here goes..


This card was just sooooo impressive… its by SHARON CLYMER, who started as a student of mine years ago and became a very good friend.  She is a very talented watercolor artist, calligrapher and as well as a great photographer and she used her photography to make this clever card…she printed the mini picture of the catus bloom on regular paper then reprinted it on photo paper and cut out only the piece of leaf and bloom and using foam tape stuck it on top lining it up with the mini photo this giving great dimension to an already great  photo.  Her lettering at the left is EAGLEFEATHER  one of the monoline scipts that I posted here earlier and one that she took from me several years ago and it looks fantastic on the card… the photo corners are real also.  GREAT JOB Sharon.


This one is from my e-mail friend JANIS BLEVINS…she had a cardmaking party with some of her co-workers and showed them a simple yet elegant card with embossed background of snowflakes and a simple snowman that was cut out and colored and adhered to the front of the card…just goes to show it doesn’t have to be complicated to be impressive… Thanks for sharing Janis.


PATTI is my cousin and I love the whimsey in this card and she too used the embossing templates to make a background of Christmas trees…looks fantastic. CAROLE CROSE  made a simple layer of green on the off-white but look closely at the lovely little corners she punched on green layer… its a terrific punch by Marvey called of all things SOUTHWEST not sure why but it is one of my favorite corner punches, and I loved her little snowman with the paper chain.


The top card is from EDITH CASWELL calligraphy and cardmaking friend…. Edith’s card is maybe a little labor intensive but also simple and yet very impressive… three layers of Christmas papers….. and remember things don’t have to be perfectly straight…I love the fact that the are askew…and then on top I think she folded wrapping paper over a small rectangle of cardboard to look like a package… she did have to pay extra for postage as that created a bump but what a great WOW when I opened it… Thanks Edith.

The next one is by PAMELA O’NEAL, my long time craft friend and BFF for 40 years but I am only now getting her pushed and dragged into the card making…lol… this was also simple but very impressive… she used the snowmen embossing template on the front of each card and then only colored the nose and buttons…. these templates are great because the embossing is always so crisp and deep and those little bits of color really made it POP!  This was her invitation to annual Christmas Party… GREAT JOB…BFF


TOP CARD is by CYNTHIA THOMAS…another cardmaking friend who used a great alphabet background then a small typewriter stamp and I am not sure if she made the poinsetta or if it was a commerical embellishment either way it really sets the card off.  The card is basically done with black stamp pad on a light cream paper layered with a very small boarder on the gold card stock… again seems simple but its very impressive and again that small POP of color just makes it  leap off the paper at you.  Oh she is also no where near as lazy as myself and she not only stamped the images in black she then used heat embossing to raise the letters slightly and make they show up even more and two small gold brads I love it…Thanks so much for sharing CYNTHIA…

The second card is by a great calligraphy buddy CHRIS SABO, who always fills my mail box with dynamic and impressive cards.  This little beauty is from a pattern by SCS called a SIDE SPRING CARD.  It has a unique fold that creates a lovely little diamond shape on the front of the card.  Chris then layered small squares on the front and also on the side with stamped images and words and again on the inside with her greeting.  Chrissy likes unique folds as much as I do and always delights me with her designs.  I thought I had posted this fold before but I couldn’t find it so I have given you the link again to SCS in blue for this delightful little card.  Thanks for sharing CHRIS..


This little Treasure was from my Auntie.  It was done using a die cut several times with each of the colors of paper shown then you assemble it on the card using the different layers.  I was immediately charmed by it and went in search of the die which was by QUIKKUTZ and I was not able to find it in my usual resource (AMAZON) and due to the stress of the season did not look any further .  I think it may be a discontinued die.  But it was just lovely and looked so






This card is from a terrific teacher and friend NICHOL RAUCH.  Nichol’s signature is the fact that almost all the cards she makes are done with HAND CARVED IMAGES. That’s right she has carved them herself from Erasers and unless she has changed these were probably carved using STAEDLER MARS ERASERS. They are white sorta plastic and while they work just fine as erasers…we have spent years beseeching the Staedler Mars folks to make larger blocks as we wanted to carve larger images….a few years ago they realized ( at least this is what all of us eraser carvers believe) that there was no way people were making as many  mistakes as they were selling erasers so they responded and you can now buy a block that is about 4 inches sq and 1/2 in thick to carve on and they actually mark them CARVING BLOCKS. I don’t know what size Nichol used and she could have carved the deer on one block and the antlers on another the birdie is probably from a scrap, likewise the scarf then the tiny letters spelling PEACE are also carved…She is our queen of carving and we all love all her lovely cards.  NICHOL, I can’t thank you enough for making me part of your holiday sharing… Also note her lovely monoline lettering on the address below the card.  I hope to share some monolines with you in the coming year.


The top card is from a terrific Calligrapher SALLY PENLEY and I love how she mingled the letters together….Sally just had a project to make folks aware of bullying called OUT OF THE SILENCE..( it’s on Facebook but I think you can see it even if you are not a FACEBOOK MEMBER) if you click on this blue link you can see about 50 calligraphers who posted pieces to push against hate and discrimination. Check it out for some incredible eye candy and some very thoughtful quotes about tolerance and concern for those who are being harassed or bullied.  THANKS SO MUCH SALLY for all you do for my card as well as an incredible project.

The second card is from BARB BOLTON who only recently started card making due to spending time with her sister STEPHANIE GOGGLEYE  who is my WA BFF and main card making buddy… and she was using DAWN’S TRIPLE LAYER method which I posted a few weeks back…it came out great and I love that little package which adds great dimension to the card.  Then the card just below is by her sister STEPHANIE GOGGLEYE… again using that triple layer method of card making this time with fir tree  and pinecones.  SIMPLE yet fantastic effect.



This is from my dear friend STUART FEIL….Stuart drew the mountain and the foothills in with a silver pen.  The little snowmen are commerical embellishments along with the snowflakes.  But on this BLACK CARD, who thinks to use black at Christmas, they are soooo dimensional… from a distance I could look over at this card and it was like I was looking INTO it…and the little tab at the bottom folds up so that this card can stand on it own…then its too small to show but inside he drew a small bed on the bottom of the card with just the head of a snowman in the bed… so CREATIVE… again I am lucky to be on his mailing list…..but hey that’s what the FRIDAY NIGHT GANG is all about.  Thanks STUART….I love it.


LAST  but not least ..I signed up for a monthly calendar page done in calligraphy and with artwork by VAL WEBB.. this is the January page…isn’t it beautiful.

Well hope this gives you lots of ideas for your card making and that you enjoyed seeing just some of the lovely creations that I received.

I should also tell you that I am going to limit my blogs to just one idea at a time ( because even I find it hard to go back to the blogs and find things I have posted.) I am also not going to hold myself to posting every Friday.  I am going to post whenever I have the time to put a post together …..so what does that mean for you ? Well if you are signed up to my blog you will receive an e-mail every time I post, if you are not signed up then you will just have to go check to see if there is anything new.

Look foward to hearing from you with questions or requests for how something is done.  Oh PS… save your commerical cards that  you liked …I am going to shortly post an idea for making little boxes out of them and then hanging them as decoration on your tree next year or just a decoration around the house or for gift boxes.


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



SURPRISE … I am reposting this or at least that’s what I think I am doing so that you can have a link to modified z fold it took me forever to find the video…enjoy

If you are like me you must be wondering JUST HOW MANY GIFT CARD PATTERNS DO WE NEED…HOWEVER…I must admit I liked this one due to the many layers and the multiple folds…so here is the link to DAWN’S Z FOLD GIFT CARD HOLDER..



the first two are her gift card holders and then the one on the right is her modified Z card and you can grab the link to it from the GIFT CARD holder link…so I didn’t link it separate. Well that was HUGE MISTAKE AND I FOUND THAT YOU CAN’T GET THERE…so here is the MODIFIED Z FOLD VIDEO.… I have no idea why it isn’t listed in her videos but this will get you there and then this is what the card looks like and its quite clever so no idea why she doesn’t have it listed…


This one has no button and doesn’t need it to stay closed and i liked the smaller version of paper inside the regular size…. anyway sorry I am re posting this just so you get it …

Below is  the z fold gift card info.

I love the button effect on the front to hold the card closed and while the cake is cute. I was thinking if you might be giving a Starbucks or any coffee type card you might want to a cup of coffee image on the front or just the words FOR YOU or maybe HAPPY BIRTHDAY or one of the small balloons… etc… don’t be tied to the image… make it work for your card….for example….the one below is for my BFF’S hubby AND HE LOVES CORN DOGS FROM SONICS so I got him a gift card for there and then I went on the internet to snag some photos of corn dogs to use to make the card… you might also notice that I didn’t go back and watch the video again so some of my layers are different from her’s and I didn’t have a big enough circle punch so I used one of circle dies to make the ½ circle on the inside where you put the gift card…now I know CORN DOGS…but ON HALLOWEEN they sell them for 50 cents… We happened to be with them on Halloween and he went and bought a bunch ( like 30) and put them in the freezer… I was skeptical would them still be good after being in the freezer but they were excellent… 30 seconds if you have high power microwave and they taste like you just got them….I love corn dogs too and usually only the annual trip to the fair yields a corndog …I see them in the freezer at grocery but the ones from Sonic have really good cornbread and I should know being a GRITS ( Girls Raised In the South). … here is my card and some corn dog images just in case you might want them…





sorry about photo couldn’t quite get it all scanned in … but you get the idea…




AMAZING ART WORK…You have probably seen some of this on FB or Pinterest but this was just so lovely and more detail and explanation that I had to share it…THE LITTLE THINGS..I have to say the the rocks are the hardest one for me to see the person… I looked for a long time before I could see it…. my favorite is either the frog or the lizard both of which are made using multiple people… check it out…

This one is supposed to be the oldest LOVE LETTER that exists… its lovely calligraphy cause they worked much harder at their handwriting back them… enjoy

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


I apologize for the irregular posts… but my hubby has recently been to ER and things are a little crazy around here …. like finding time to sleep ….. we think we have things under control and he is going to be fine….now just takes time…. but I had to share this Z FOLD POP UP BY DAWN…she has done something like this before but this one is little different and as you can see her’s is birthday using the new balloon punch and I do love that punch but I also have an older one by Martha Stewart and then some smaller balloons by marvy think so use what you have… as you can see from my sample I decided to use it to make an Easter card…. I had found this really funny/quirky stamp at HOBBY LOBBY but it made by AMERICAN ART STAMP… the thing is that EARS REALLY ARE THE BEST PART… LMAO… There used to be a newspaper cartoon called SALLY FORTH. and of course the fun part of this quote was that she would always buy her daughter chocolate bunnies and no matter how the daughter tried to hide the bunny her mom always ate the ears off… so of course had to have this stamp… and I knew I had a punch of bunny ears so I thought I give it a try with this card… I like it but admit the ears are hard to do since there is very little to stick too… but I think I made it work pretty good…. It would also work really well for shamrocks and St Patrick’s day… ( have ever mentioned I am Irish/german) yeah quite a combination… but DAD was the Irish side and his birthday was actually on St Patrick’s day and he would have been 90 this year . Any way I wanted to give you a chance to try this yourself… you could also use eggs or bunnies for easter…

Dawn's z fold

Dawn’s z fold

another version of Dawn's with different colors...

another version of Dawn’s with different colors…

I like the less bows on the balloons… they are cute but I think I would only have put them on the front of the card… also I like the stamping on the pop out part  but not the rhinestones… I have tons of those things in all colors but I hardly ever use them… I don’t dislike them but somehow they didn’t seem to go with my egg/ jellybean format and I don’t think I would use them with the balloons either but do what you like its your design.

So if a picture is worth a 1000 words here come 2000 more…. lol.. this is my card folded then opened

kh z fold pop up Easter

kh z fold pop up Easter

kh side view of card

kh side view of card

kh open z fold pop up

kh open z fold pop up

This card is for my Auntie and we both love the black jelly beans but I think I will add some diamond glaze to my jelly beans cause they don’t stand out enough or I may do a second one and actually cut the jelly beans out so that I use pop dots on them not sure… but know that with the humidity we have here the diamond glaze won’t dry for a day or so I am not going to be able to show you that as I want to post this PDQ…

Below is another card that saw on IMPRESS RUBBER STAMPS NEWSLETTER its a sample from a class I think in any case I loved it and am going to make one for MY BFF’S hubby’s Bday but thought the idea was so cute of using various circle punches or dies and punching out holes in the yellow card so that it would resemble cheese…. don’t ya just love it… anyway here is the image and I went on line and found a graphic of a wedge of cheese and printed several of them so I could make a few cards….

I think this card was by made by Gosia Hoot

I think this card was by made by Gosia Hoot


Cups from old Book pagesthese ARE just so lovely and if you had a friend who was into tea or tea cups this would be such a lovely idea….

Maintaining the artist within….This is an interesting and short article on how to keep those creative juices flowing …and the meditation part may be a bit hard for most of us but it is worthwhile to carve out some quite time to just think…apparently my brain does this at about 3 am… I frequently wake with some really good ideas and sometimes I even get up to go write them down… lol…

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