By the time you see this post I will hopefully be back in the GREAT PACIFIC NORTHWEST OR PACIFIC we sometimes refer to it…however I am certain the temps will be cooler, the trees taller and the sky bluer….. can you tell I love it there.  I wrote this post while still in Florida and scrambling to get things together to go back to WA…but I liked this card and you may have already seen it on DAWN’S POST if so forgive me for showing it again..I just got a bit behind in the rush to go home.




It is however, a really cute idea and while she designed it to be a card that can open with space for message inside… its also possible to make it a card that doesn’t open…it will have the slide/pull out part with a brief message and still you will have room to write or stamp on the back and additional message.

I will tell you that I didn’t feel just a different piece of paper ..the little half circle… on the end of the pull tab was enough to encourage the recipient to pull it out to see the surprise message. My idea is to put the piece small circle on the end of the pull strip…..then I punched a small hole in the center and added a small piece of ribbon as pull cord…. it does make the card a little larger than a standard A2 size envelope but you can fold the ribbon or you can jump up to the next size which is A6 or approximately 5×6…


You all know that I am always looking for a way to use GOGGLY EYES..I will them on just about anything and I have them in every size imaginable at least I think ti do…so when I stumbled on this piece of eye candyI just had to share it…. please make sure you are sitting down and  prepare for a belly laugh….

Well I know this is short but I have company coming and I must wrangle the dust DRAGONS…after several months they are no longer bunnies…lol… and prepare for a fun adventure…

I am home and here are a few of the photos to prove it…

my Mt Rainier out plane window before landing

my Mt Rainier out plane window before landing I actually squealed when I looked over to see it out the window…then others got up to look its a wonder the plane didn’t tilt…lol

my japanese dogwood in full riotous bloom.. white star shaped flowers

my japanese dogwood in full riotous bloom.. white star shaped flowers its hard to see them but they are snow white but it was sunny and doesn’t show well..

one lonely weathergram just barely hanging in there

one lonely weathergram just barely hanging in there

first bowl of PHO soup..sure do miss it in FL

first bowl of PHO soup..sure do miss it in FL

my lovely new fountain which glows in the dark as it has tiny lights... next post dark

my lovely new fountain which glows in the dark as it has tiny lights… next post dark

So far only Goldfinches and a Towhee….but I am certain the my chickadee’s and hummers will arrive soon..they just don’t know I am back with food yet…lol… The squirrels found the peanuts within minutes of putting them out and the Stellar jays found them soon after the squirrels.

Yes… I am home…definitely…. happy face…AS ALWAYS THANKS FOR STOPPIN BY……wire headed cyber toad…aka kath


Dawn, has more unique gift card holder designs…this one is VALENTINE GIFT CARD HOLDER BUT you know it can be and any theme gift card holder and it is very simple and quick…so hey QUICK AND DIRTY should be my middle name…

valentine gift card holder that slides in and out

valentine gift card holder that slides in and out

Now this works great as a gift card holder but lets just say that you are not giving the person a gift card or that you want to do something a little more personal… well cut a piece of card stock the same size as a gift card…(2/1/2x 3″) and you can put your message on it…like THIS ENTITLES THE BEARER TO ONE FREE DINNER AT MY HOUSE WITH 24 HR ADVANCE NOTICE…or ONE LUNCH AT ANYPLACE MY TREAT call and your phone or e mail and schedule…Or ONE DESSERT /COFFEE…. ONE AFTERNOON SHOPPING ….ONE FREE BABYSITTING…etc… then if you don’t feel that your card looks impressive enough or you want to jazz it up a little you can laminate it at many copy stores and for sure at the FED EX stores which use to be KINKO’S…THEY HAVE SMALL laminating sheets that work for business card size to make luggage takes with …or maybe like me you had to have your own laminating machine (PURPLE COW at AMAZON).

HINT: IF you laminate a card then maybe wait to make the folder to make sure that you have the correct size or to see if you might need to trim the laminated card down some so it slide in and out easily…. 

In any case this is another fun way to make a unique gift card holder… and I give lots of gift cards…especially STARBUCKS and Movie cards… something you know they will use …think I told you that I just gave my hubby 5 GUYS gift card as he loves them and I don’t and he already used it twice…..

STARBUCKS HINT: You might notice that they have lots of different kinds of gift cards and sometimes they are seasonal ones… Like they had leaf shaped cards last fall and they had cute little starbucks cups at christmas….and last valentine’s day they had great hearts…so my hint is that grab those unique cards when you see them…you don’t have to put the money on they right away you can do it anytime…j and if you do it right then just make a note of how much money you did put on it so you will know later… and not be like me and forget …of course you can always ask at any Starbucks and they can tell you how much is on the card.


MAGIC ENVELOPE CARDThis is a great video of a card that I learned a about 15 yrs ago from a wonderful creative woman MARY WORTHINGTON….Mary told us that she came up with this idea while fiddling around with a church bulletin.  Mary and a friend published two books that are now out of print but this was called the church envelope fold.  I don’t know where this woman got the pattern and I do believe that she figured out how to do it using the smaller paper ( Mary’s was designed using 8 ½ x 14…) but I had to give Mary credit too….I also saw Michael Jacobs teach this once and his was exactly the same as Mary’s so I know it was not his original design….sorry if this seems like a soap box but I believe one should always try to give credit where it is due and even if you modify  a design or write up directions etc be sure to tell where you got it and if you don’t know then say that too…. just my personal belief… still this is a great video and it’s nice to know that you can do the same thing using smaller paper…. so give it look see and then give it a try… It’s also a great way to write up an invitation on the computer or by hand then fold it and mail it … my favorite part is using the little triangle to put on the postage stamp but you can also flip it upside down and use a sticker to hold it together.  In addition to using duplex paper you can also use magazine covers and or calendar pages cut to size.  Its just such a great idea….

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


OK By now you should know that I love all things ORIGAMI…and while you may think that I am whiz at it….( HA …GOT YA FOOLED) I AM NOT…but I still like the challenge I guess in any case this little box is not that hard and Dawn does her usual good job of showing you  just how to fold it so …Put on your big girl britches…and give it a try….

Dawn's Origami box for all occasions..

Dawn’s Origami box for all occasions..

This is not a big box as you can tell by the top that is only a bout 3 ”  and about an inch and ½ deep but it would make a gift box if you were putting money in it or even a check…it won’t fit gift card ..just so you know…. and it will be sturdier if you can manage to fold a light weight card stock….she is using really light weight duplex paper and while that will be easiest to fold its also fragile… sometimes this is a good time to go looking for some  paper like CANSON at Michaels its sorta a medium weight but it is only solid color sometimes you just need to go looking thru your paper stash and see if you  have some gift wrap that is heavier or art paper in an art store…If you are near Bellevue WA there is a PAPER SOURCE store there that has so many different types of paper you can’t believe it a lot of it in PARENT SHEETS ( Usually around 19 x 25 “).  If you are near BELLINGHAM WA…the STAMPADOODLE has parent sheets of paper and I am not sure but I think that IMPRESS RUBBER STAMPS in TUKWILIA WA..also carries some parent sheets paper but they also have lots of duplex paper…. HINT: If you decide to fold this with heavier paper/cardstock…I recommend that you fold it first with a piece of lightweight paper so you get the folds down before you try with the heavier paper…

HINT: 2 Be sure you crease your score lines really well with a bone folder of some type as this box looks best if it has nice sharp corners…

So here is the link to Dawn’s video and remember you can fold and stop it where you need to when you are watching…


I have a granddaughter that is graduating with her Masters and a grandson that is turning 23 a day apart so I going to make two of these… His is going to be a STAR WAR’S theme and I will just put $$ in it with a note that says just to help the FORCE….and her’s I am not sure what to say in yet ….as she has not decided what she wants…. I will probably just include a small heart card that says write your wish and send it to gramma…lol…I hope to get them both made and include a photo here before this posts…lol


GOGGLY EYES.. YOU all know what a fan of GOGGLY eyes I am so when I saw this link on You tube I had to go give and look and I cracked up… this might end up being my next halloween costume…. lol

ORIGAMI RESOURCEif you like origami and are looking for more things and directions for making them, this is one of my favorite resource sights …some are hard some are easy…take your pick…

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

PS… My hubby told me I forgot to put that tag line in one my of other blogs…sorry guess I was in too big of a hurry…


Ok when I went to this site I have to admit that it was the accent that made me sign up to receive her posts… Its also a STAMPIN UP blog but its in the UK so you probably won’t want to buy things from her as you would have additional shipping I think but maybe not in any case she had some things here that I had not seen before so ….as I said I am a sucker for British accents…

LONG BOX VIDEO … I AM NOT SURE WHAT you might want to put in this box but she did such a nice job with it and its fun to see how someone else would decorate…if you watch the video  you will see that she wraps the decorator paper around the box at the top and bottom leaving the middle solid color to use with her ribbon… that alone was a new idea for me as Dawn usually cuts strips and puts them on each panel…

When you go to the site be sure you read about her back story and where the name POOTLES comes from and what it means…. I was delighted with her story and immediately jealous that my blog name was not more creative….however, my only other nick name that both my folks called me was Princess…and somehow I don’t think that would make a good blog name….

pootles long boxes

pootles long boxes

You will also note that her name is SAM and that she is a she…. she explains it all so give it a look see….

Ok this post is short because I AM HEADING WITH MY BFF for a week at the Beach and we have agreed not to do any heavy thinking…. lol… just sun, surf and maybe a SKI DO…yeah we didn’t get a chance to try it last year but we are both feeling more adventurous this year so we may just have to give at try.  Lots of lazy days and we both deserve it… I will post a few photos…after we get back as I will also be heading to Granddaughters Master’s graduation then back to WA so will be very busy….

here are a couple  photos of us from last years trip which was too short…lol

beach daze girls BFF'S for 40 + years

beach daze girls BFF’S for 40 + years

No we didn’t dress alike on purpose ….lol



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