Monday, April 28, 2014

Ninja Turtle card-in-a-box

There is a certain little boy turning 7 soon who I know is getting Ninja Turtle Lego for his birthday, so when I saw a Ninja Turtle card made by another demonstrator, Jacqueline Rossell, I decided I needed to create a version of my own to go with the Lego gift.

I started off by following Jacqueline's instructions for the turtles heads and masks - she used the 1 3/8" Circle punch and the Large Oval to make the faces, but since I don't have the 1 3/8" punch I used the 3rd smallest of the Circles Collection Framelits instead.  The circle is cut in half and makes 2 heads.  The turtles are cut from outgoing Gumball Green cardstock, sponged in the same colour on the edges, and the mask colours are Pumpkin Pie, Real Red, Marina Mist and Rich Razzleberry.  The eyes are the retired Googly Eyes from the Halloween suite in 2012.

I then decided that instead of a flat card, I wanted to do a Box-card since the birthday boy is the brother of the recipient of my Pirate Box-Card in February.  I made the base with Crumb Cake cardstock and decorated it with the spotty Gumball Green piece from Epic Day around the base, and on the flaps is the spotty Crumb Cake pattern from the retired Season Of Style paper stack from last Christmas. 

I attached the 4 turtles to the box-card and then spent some time wondering what on earth to fill in the "blank spaces" with since I didn't want to use their weapons as embellishments.  I did some googling for inspiration and found this picture:

I decided that Pizzas would be perfect, and set about to copy this design but in a much smaller scale.  I used the 3/4" Circle punch in Pumpkin Pie cardstock and went around the edge with the Tangerine Tango marker to create the sauce.  Then I used Crumb Cake again to cut the smallest Framelit in the Circles Collection and mounted it to the pizza base, and then I used markers to draw on the toppings, and my Paper Snips to cut out one segment.

I love how it all turned out!

Friday, April 25, 2014

Weekly Deals 24/4 and Project Life by Stampin' Up!

It's time for some more specials!! The Week 4 deals are:

Christmas Ornament Punch Was $33.95 Now $25.46
Fun Flowers Bigz L Die Was $67.95 Now $50.96
I Am Me Designer Series Paper Was $22.95 Now $17.21
2013-15 In-Colour Boutique Details Was $19.25 Now $14.44
Modern Medley Designer Series Paper Was $22.95 Now $17.21
Stampin' Write Marker New Colour Kit Was $59.95 Now $44.96
Afternoon Daydream Kit - Digital Download Was $13.95 Now $8.37
Don't forget to use Hostess Code DRZS44JP during April to go in the draw to win a FREE Good As Gold card kit.
The next exciting news out of Stampin' Up! this week is that they are partnering with Becky Higgins to bring out an exclusive line of Project Life products.  I'm really excited about this one! 
If you haven't heard of Project Life before, it is a back-to-basics method of scrapbooking, perfect for those who don't have the time for complicated layouts and want to scrap lots of photos with ease.  Simply slide your photos into sleeves on Photo Pocket Pages, which come in a variety of layouts, and add pre-printed journaling cards that you can use as-is, or embellish as your heart desires.  The Project Life by Stampin' Up! line will be available in our new Annual Catalogue starting 1st July, but stay tuned for more information and samples as it becomes available.  Here's a sneak peek!

Monday, April 14, 2014

Easter Box-Cards

I just finished these two Easter card-in-a-box, a masculine and feminine version for the school teachers of my 5 and 6 year old daughters.

Thanks once again to Pinterest for the inspiration for these cards; the original Easter Bunny Card-in-a-box came from here but I changed the chicks to ones I liked from here, and of course I used the Tanya Bell Card-in-a-box tutorial for the dimensions to fit into our C6 envelopes.

The female version is a Coastal Cabana cardbase with DSP from the 2013-15 In-Colours and Subtles Designer Series Paper Stacks.  I used the Blushing Bride and Coastal Cabana pages.  The male version has a Soft Sky cardbase and uses Soft Sky and Wild Wasabi from the same Subtles Paper Stack.  The grass is Pistachio Pudding cardstock cut with the Fringe Scissors.  The chicks were cut with the Owl Punch and the 1" circle punch double-cut to make the wings.  The colours are Daffodil Delight and Tangerine Tango, and the bunny was cut with the Circles Collection Framelits.


Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Weekly deals 9 April 2014

There are some great deals for you this week in the Weekly Deals, with 25% off a selection of Big Shot products!
129372 Secret Garden Framelits Dies Was $51.95 Now $38.96*
130101 Dress Up Framelits Dies Was $51.95 Now $38.96
129383 Needlepoint Border TIEF Was $16.95 Now $12.71
123113 Flower Garden TIEF Was $16....95 Now $12.71
121809 Framed Tulips TIEF Was $16.95 Now $12.71
115969 Floral Fusion Sizzlits Was $11.50 Now $8.63
And for MDS users, there is a digital download deal for you too:
118869 Recipes by Design Digital Kit Was $13.95 Now $8.37
By complete chance, the very last card I featured on my blog used the Secret Garden Framelits and co-ordinating stampset, here it the card again:
*Secret Garden clear mount stampset = $43.95
*Secret Garden wood mount stampset = $54.95
Cutting your flowers is super easy with the co-ordinating Framelits for just $38.96 - a great deal!
On my Mothers Day card I have used the 'mannequin' or dress form from Dress Up Framelits, which I love for an elegant, feminine look.  I've stamped onto it with the Very Vintage jumbo wheel stamp in Crumb Cake, and the gorgeous Early Espresso doily in the background was cut with the Paper Doily Sizzlits L die, and its all tied up with some Crumb Cake Seam Binding Ribbon.

Make the most of the deals this week, and don't forget that by shopping online with me and using Hostess Code DRZS44JP during April to go in the draw to win a FREE Good As Gold card kit.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Hardwood background stamp

For these cards I have used the Hardwood background stamp to create fences as the backdrops for my flower gardens.

The flowers are made with the Secret Garden stampset and co-ordinating Framelits, and are all stamped in Versamark and embossed with Clear embossing powder.  The cardstock is So Saffron, Daffodil Delight, Crisp Cantaloupe and Tangerine Tango, with Old Olive leaves and grass (cut with the Fringe Scissors).  "Love Ya" comes from Just Sayin' and the co-ordinating Word Bubble Framelits.  The butterfly is stamped in Tangerine Tango.

This second one uses the Bird Punch, punched 3 times and sponged in the same colour as the cardstock, to create a tulip, and the leaves from the same punch.   These ones are Real Red, Daffodil Delight, Crisp Cantaloupe and Pink Pirouette. The grass is of course cut with the Fringe Scissors in Old Olive again.  This fence is Baked Brown Sugar cardstock, sponged in Baked Brown Sugar also, over clear embossing powder, a-la the emboss-resist technique, making it lovely and glossy and textured.

Friday, April 4, 2014


I don't have the Happy Watercolor stampset from the Occasions Catalogue, and I was feeling kind of left out, so I found a video on YouTube by Brian Pilling showing how to use your clear block and a spritzer to create a faux-watercolour background.  You colour your block with some markers, and then spritz them with a few sprays of water (or alcohol) and then plonk it down onto your Whisper White or Very Vanilla cardstock to soak up the inky water, and voila!  Faux Watercolour!

I wanted to combine this with the Ombre technique, starting with a darker shade and then gradually fading down by shades of the same colour.  This first one is stamped with Calypso Coral and has chevron ribbon and matting cardstock in the same colour, popped onto a Crisp Cantaloupe cardbase with dimensionals.  The "watercoloured" behind is Crisp Cantaloupe, Blushing Bride and Pink Pirouette.   The bird is from Papaya Collage; I love his wee pearl eye, and the corresponding pearls at the bottom give a sophisticated finish.

This one has Very Vanilla as the base colour, and is stamped in Elegant Eggplant with the three little buttons also in Elegant Eggplant.  The watercolouring is in Elegant Eggplant, Wisteria Wonder, Marina Mist and Soft Sky, with Soft Sky matting onto an Elegant Eggplant cardbase.  The flower is from Everything Eleanor, and the ribbon at the bottom is Natural Trim ribbon.

I hope you've enjoyed this technique.  Here is the video by Brian Pilling, in case you want to check it out for yourself!  Enjoy!!

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Introducing Weekly Deals!

For the month of April, Stampin' Up! will be announcing new deals each Wednesday, full of savings for you!  Way to go, SU!!!

Deals are for one-week only and the first specials were announced today - on offer are large pearls for $8.21 (usually $10.95); Stitched Satin Ribbon for $14.44 (usually $19.25) in Raspberry Ripple, Summer Starfruit and Midnight Muse; Wild Wasabi Stampin' Emboss Powder for $7.46 (usually $9.95); Vintage Trinkets for $8.96 (usually $11.95) and an MDS download, Mom I Love You, for $8.37 (usually $13.95).

Check them out here!

Don't forget to check the Clearance Rack as well!

And use Hostess Code DRZS44JP during April to go in the draw to win a FREE Good As Gold card kit.
Here is a card I made using the Midnight Muse Stitched Satin Ribbon and my gorgeous Swallowtail stamp:

Happy shopping!