Hi there and hope ya’ll gobbled till you wobbled…lol… I just want to share a few things before I give you the cards.  First this is going to be my last post before January 4, 2013.  I just have so many things to do during this holiday season and assume that most of you do too.  I will be back but this one is going to have several things for you to try so hopefully that will keep you busy.

This is the SCS HERSEY’S KISS and I thought it was very cute and fun idea not only for sticking candy inside but also you use it for a tree ornament.  While I thought about decorating it as they did I immediately thought hummmmm wonder if you could cut it out and then wrap it with tinfoil and make it look even more like a kiss… and the answer was…YES…

MINE wrapped in tinfoil and the reason you are seeing the bits of the top of the hearts is that I squished it a little to lay it on the scanner….when standing they don’t show.  But you can see the lines in the tinfoil and so I went a step further and thought why not cut it out of silver card stock, which of course I had some available…lol…it was left over from a previous year’s Christmas card.  Also you will note that I made it a birthday card instead of a holiday card.  It could also be a THANK YOU CARD with something like you deserve a kiss…thanks for your help etc. OH I was so excited about this card I didn’t realize that it had been used as a THANK YOU… duh… In any case I thought you might like to give it a try.  It’s actually quite easy and the one thing I did discover is that regular double stick tape is maybe not as strong as using that red double stick tape so that it doesn’t come apart, especially if you put candy inside it. If you don’t want to stick candy but maybe only a note inside it then you can pinch a pleat into the bottom and it will fold flatter.  If you used anything kind of embellishment that you can feel thru the envelope then you will need to use the 65 cent stamps.  It wouldn’t hurt to also use a cushion envelope to protect it a little better and if you had the heavy duty foil to wrap around it I think you would see less lines and creases ie it would be smoother.

Now this next card/cards are from DAWN (thank you) and they are all small they are cut 3 x 6 and folded in half then decorated… She uses them mostly as thank you cards but they are cute and you can use them for birthday or thinking of you also.  I only gave you one link but if you check her videos you can look for MONTHLY thank you’s and see how she decorated each of them; the card is basically the same just different decorations. She ususally posts a different one each month this one is from October’s and I really thought it was very lovely.  I really liked the cream one and then grey green one… it shows better on lighter colored card stock.  Don’t forget there are different embellishments for each month so do check it out.

HUGE HINT:  YOU MUST MAIL THESE IN A 3 1/2 X 5 envelope that is the smallest size the post office will accept any thing smaller and it won’t go and may end up in the DREADED DEAD LETTER BOX…lol…but you can use any other size envelope also.  Also another hint …envelopes are expensive in fact more expensive than card stock so check your local office supply and see if they have cheaper envelopes even if they only have white you can always decorate them yourself and spend that savings on stamps…lol or pens…or paper…


This idea came from IMPRESS RUBBER STAMPS and if you are in WA you can check their web site to see if they are offering the class near you.  I love these little inchies and have taken a few classes where they were not made into magnets but rather used to decorate cards.  While these are on box tops…fun if you have small gifts to give and you can get the little boxes at Michael’s. But I digress…check your stamps and these work with mostly larger ones so you need to see just how many inchies you need if you are using twinchies (the two inch ones ) less will be needed but also make sure they will fit on your box top… or card. Next you can use your cutting mat and put a line of double stick REMOVABLE down and gently lay the inchies on it so that they are touching each other …then ink up your stamp and press it onto the inchies firmly  but DON’T ROCK or wiggle… next you can remove them from the tape or not and color them in necessary using your copic /alcohol ink pens or colored pencils or your TWINKLING H20’S…if you want them to be even shinier then coat when dry with DIAMOND GLAZE..this will require a much longer drying period so my suggestion is pick up the cutting mat and MOVE IT away from your work space so you can give it time to dry…OVER NIGHT WOULD BE GOOD depending on  where you are and humidity.  IF YOU TOUCH BEFORE DRY IT WILL LEAVE A FINGER PRINT.  Trust me on this I have done it…lol… safest is in another room…lol… You could also make it an antique look by using the CRACKLE ACCENTS again available in the glue section of MICHAEL’s sometimes in the scrapbooking section.  It will also be slightly raised and as it dries it will create cracks and when totally dry you can use a tissue to rub dark brown or black over the cracks to make them show up better it will only color the cracks and again a few minutes you can rub off the color and it just shows in the cracks.

You will notice that they glued these on with spaces between the squares you don’t have to do that but I think it makes them more impressive…Also looks like they either painted the boxes black or got them black.  You can just rub stamp ink on those brown boxes and give them color and black does really show off the other colors…or you could just leave them as they are in brown craft paper.  Any way enjoy and of course I’d love you to share some of the cards/boxes you make….any cards not just using this pattern…hint hint BARB.

Ok one last think before I sign off for this week.  It has come to my attention that some of you may not be aware that any BLUE words will take you to a link that either shows you how to do it usually video or to a store where you can buy whatever I am talking about and it will open in a new page and when you are done you can simply click on your back button and you will go back to the Blog.  IN additon there are also HUGE HINTS that I post in RED…these are to keep you from making my mistakes ….lol….also if  you come up with a better way to do something or even a different idea please feel free to share it in the comments and or on I promise to do my best to answer any questions you have and I’ll repost your suggestions. I’d also love to share your Christmas card if you will share it with me…if you don’t know how to do it digitally ….I do accept snail mail….lol… On last pattern this is really simple and it can be a quick card or it can be a place card for your Christmas Table… I can’t remember at all where I got it but it might have been IMPRESS rubber stamps they come up with this type of wonderful idea…enjoy

CUT ONLY ON THE RED LINES AND SCORE ON THE DOTTED LINES.  You can copy this whole page and then copy it on your card stock and after you cut it out fold it so any lines you didn’t get cut away are on the inside…or cover them with rubbing stamp ink along the edges.

I also want to share with all my calligraphy friends that I am going to be posting more calligraphy in 2013…. I am a better card crafter than calligrapher but I do love my calligraphy and while working on my Christmas card for this year I discovered that I need to PRACTICE MORE…lol ….my hand went numb so my NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTION is to write more and practice more.


MY BFF PAMELA O’NEAL used this Darice embossing folder for the front of her Christmas Party Invitation… as you can see it is deeply embossed then she used the glaze gel pens to color in the buttons and the noses… it was stunning.

Sharon's zentangles before she finished

Sharon Clymer's zentangles

Another good friend SHARON CLYMER sent me these copies of her recent class in ZENTANGLES…as always I love Sharon’s artwork and she is a terrific watercolor painter as well as calligrapher.  I was blown away with these images as I confessed in the Zentangle post that I am not good at this and I admire it greatly …again probably just need to practice….ya think!!!

HAVE A WONDERFUL CHRISTMAS AND SEE YOU IN 2013…THANKS FOR STOPPIN BY..the wireheaded cyber toad….aka kath harney.




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