In Late July I had a chance to spend a few nights at PARADISE INN AT MT RAINIER… now  you may remember that I have told you before that in the PNW we don’t officially start summer till mid July well apparently I brought some of Florida weather to the Mt as the two days and nights we were there it did nothing but rain…and I mean serious you are going to get wet rain…more like Florida than Washington… however the lodge is gorgeous and old and has wonderful huge fireplace so I sat and wrote postcards in front of it along with some adapted WEATHERGRAMS ( see earlier post for info on Weathergrams).  And on the day we left were were rewarded with beautiful blue sky and MT RAINIER in all her glory.. just a few shots below…then I promise I show you the card…lol…IMG_5799

first two days of our visit this is all we saw….so I spent a lot of time here in the lobby



This is me writing postcards from the balcony above the lobby… only guest may use this area where as the lobby is open to all visitors… I love it here.  Two days of rain and at 5:30 am the morning of our departure My mountain was calling …I jumped up threw on some sweats and raced outside to be greater with this…

IMG_5810note the sun is just peaking on the top of east side of Rainier… but it was obvious that the day was going to glorious..at 5:30 am there are not many folks around but these two were having a delightful breakfast and were not bothered by me walking incredibly close …


Reflection lakes gave just what it promised…



Ok I did promise a card so I will not bore with too many more of these photos… well maybe just one hubby and I waving good by from BOX CANYON …




I first met June at Menucha Calligraphy somewhere around 1984….she always came and almost always we spent some time together sharing our favorite folds… for while June was a calligrapher I think her first love was paper folding…and when she shared this card with me I was just tickled… I loved it and while it looked complicated it was really rather easy… The trickiest part is that flap but if you approach it like apple look for easy answer and be gentle it will stand up and show you the crease to make. pesky flap photo

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Your looking straight down on the flap and you can see that the tip is folded over so that it meets the dot/crease then it causes the card to sorta stand up as you push the crease back and then that triangle at the back gets reversed and folded inside …then rotate the card and do the next one the same way… tucking the flaps outer edges just like a box top.

Here is my pattern with sketches … June's hawaiian 1

This is one of my favorite ways to make a halloween card….you can insert a 4 x4 square with you favorite halloween quote inside or you can even use your computer  and write the quote just make sure you keep it inside the 8 ½ x 8 ½ size and they can open it and see it all .  June passed away a few years ago but I like to think that every time I share this card she is smiling and remember all the fun times we shared .

If you need more help with this then you will have to send me a request in comments or to my e mail at kathharney@gmail.com.  Enjoy and make your first effort with a piece of computer paper or a magazine page but do use light weight paper as  card stock is just too heavy to crease properly and it would fold nicely.



MY GOOD FRIEND JANIS BLEVINS sent me this card because of my florida connection we use see you later alligator on some of our correspondence and so I am pretty sure that the card base is commercial but think she may have cut out around the gator and also added some of the white to show him off a little better… then inside she had several pages that she stitched little pockets onto and in each pocket was a Gator pun /joke… I need the laughter that this card brought and once again I was reminded of just what a lucky little girl I am to have such creative friends.

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THEN MY FRIEND RANDI KANDER posted these two photos on FB and I love PASSION FLOWERS AND THOUGHT THIS WAS A GREAT PHOTO and the GARDEN PATH speaks for itself…I used squares out of the passion flowers to create a card using inches…AND ALSO this design idea I saw on pinterest it was done using a stamp but I thought hummm why not a photo… I’ll post both images…

I removed both of the images because I borrowed them from Randi and while I know she didn’t have anything to do with it it appeared that there may be some kind of trojan attached and there for I took them off just in case… if you just have to see them go to FB AND TYPE in passion flowers and then again garden stone path…you should be able to find them from there… sorry about this…





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