Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Card - Birthday Bikes 2

Hi Everyone, I have had an overwhelming response to this card, and many requests for the full instructions. I like to answer every email personally, but thought I would also post the instructions here as it is so popular.

Cardstock –
Green – 15cm x 10.5cm

White – 15cm x 10.5cm
             12.5cm x 7.5cm

Bike is from Every Paper Dolls cut at 6cm

The green card is cut up 2cm from the bottom and 2cm in from each side (stopping 2cm from the top (this should give you a cut of a 3-sided rectangle in the centre of your card). It is then scored (up from the bottom) at 3cm / 5.25cm / 7.5cm between the cut edges. This is then folded as shown below.

Before putting the card together, line up the 2 larger pieces of card and punch a tab from the middle top. The smaller piece of white card is then attached to only the bottom section of the cut rectangle, making sure it doesn’t overlap. The two large pieces are then attached with adhesive applied to the bottom and two sides only.

The bike is adhered to only the middle fold at the front.
Attach some ribbon to the top of the small piece to make it easier to pull up.

Your finished card then slides open, making it easy to line up where you would like your sentiments.

Unfortunately I don't have step-by-step photos for this particular card, but if you click here, there are full instructions with step-by-step photos for the Pop-Up Bunny card. Although it is a larger, portrait version, the basic cuts and folds are the same.

Hope this helps.
Luv, Tereesa.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Card - Birthday Bike

Hi, I have found another card made last year for a friend's birthday. As he was getting a bike, I thought this pop-up birthday bike card would be fun for him.

The bike image is from Everyday Paper Dolls, and the background is stamped to add a bit of interest.

When you pull the tab on top of the card - the bike pops up and secret messages are revealed inside.

A side view - you can see I have stamped above and written below the pop-up bike. This card can be adapted for any celebration. Click here to see the Easter Pop-Up Bunny.

Don't forget, if you would like full instructions for any of my cards, please contact me and they will be forwarded directly to you.
I hope you are all having a great week.

Till next time,
Luv, Tereesa.

Friday, June 25, 2010

Card - Towels For Two

Hi Everyone, This is a very simple (but effective) wedding card made for my niece. Apart from a Scallop Edge Punch, only the Cuttlebug was used.

First "Mr." and "Mrs." was heat embossed in black, then the two pieces of white card were embossed using the Cuttlebug. These were then edged (in black) with a Scallop Border Punch.

A small strip of brushed silver card was adhered using small foam dots, and attached flat at both ends with brads.

A piece of silver ribbon in the corner, topped with a pretty silver filigree flower and a black rhinestone, to finish the card.

I, unfortunately, made an error in sticking my hand to the element in the oven on Wednesday, so have been unable to do much craft-wise (these things happen). I will definitely have something new to show you in the next few days, but it has been fun looking through some cards from last year and sharing them with you.

Till next time,
With luv,

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Storm - 13

Hi Everyone, Tonight I would like to show you a special card I made for my son, Christopher, when he turned 13. The main cartridge I used for this was Paper Doll Dress Up.

I have used blue gel pens to add detail to the clouds, and also watercoloured around the edges of both the clouds and the grasses.

This cute little guy is dressed in the Melbourne Storm colours (his favouorite footy team). I cut the outfit twice - in blue and maroon - and cut to shape accordingly. Boy - those lightning strikes (especially on the shorts) were fiddly.

The goal-posts are large brackets cut from Lyrical Letters, and the football actually spins up and through the goal posts.

A view from inside the card. The football is attached to a 5c piece, then a foam dot, then another 5c piece. This give it the weight it needs to spin.

Hope you like it.
Till next time,
Luv, Tereesa.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Layout - Turning 5

Hi Everyone, Today I wanted to share with you a double layout done for my daughter's 5th birthday.The theme was Fairy Princesses (of course).

 The first page.....

I have used the gorgeous Kaiser collection “La-Di-Da” for these pages as the bold colours suited my daughter’s party dress perfectly.

This precious sentiment is a rub-on from the Kaiser “Sugar and Spice” set, and is perfect for this layout.

These gorgeous flowers were made using the 2cm paper flowers. I used 7 flowers (one green and 3 in red and white). They were then layered, a hole pierced in the middle, and attached together with a small brad. I then started with the top flower and scrunched it up in the middle. Taking one layer at a time, they were all scrunched around the first, then spread out as much as required. Glitter was added to the edges.

The heading was cut from one of the matching sheets, and the letters were welded together with the Gypsy. It was then heat embossed with clear powder to make it stand out. I also used diamond glitter on the number 5 (as all little girls love their glitter).

Using the matching 6” Paper Pad, I chose coordinating patterns, cut in differing sizes and shapes, to matt the photograph and embellishments.

The second page.

The glittered flowers are cut from a page in the 6” Paper Pad, and the gorgeous tag on this page is one of the punch-outs in the back. (I love these Paper Pads – they are so versatile).

Thought you might also like to see a photo of the cake.

I have another OTP project I am working on - so check back soon for details.

Till next time,
Luv, Tereesa.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Blog Hop Winner

Hi Everyone. Today's the day. The Blog Hop is over and the winners chosen. Random Org was used to choose the winner of a set of 10 Cri-Kits Gel pens - and the lucky winner was...

Char J
with this comment...

"what a great project--it is lovely. i know i couldn't ever do this--to delicate--fingers not nimble anymore. put me down for 19 little guys. great job... "

Congratulations Char J. Please email me your address and choice of Cri-Kits set, and we will get these in the post to you.

Now for those of you wondering, the number of "cut" sea creatures in my Tropical Paradise is 16. There are 4 fish, 1 seahorse, 2 jelly-fish, 1 octopus, 1 crab, and 7 oysters. I hope you had fun counting them.

Thanks to everyone for participating int the "Round The World With Cri-Kits" blog hop.

Have a great weekend.
Luv, Tereesa.

Friday, June 18, 2010

Never Forgotten

Hi, Today marks twelve months since my much-loved Father-In-Law passed away. To honour his memory, I thought I would post this plaque that I made for each member of the family.

The 11" plaque is woodcraft and I have painted the bevelled edge in gold. The backing is a photograph of Jacaranda Trees (his favourite), faded out to a watermark, with his photo and the text printed on top.

The front was then covered in Liquid Gloss which forms a thick, hard, glass-like finish.

I made a similar one when my Grandfather passed away. They are lovely keepsakes for family.

"Always lovingly remembered - Never forgotten"
Luv, Tereesa.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Cricut Cuttables - Embossing Kit

Hi Everyone, I received this a while ago, and have been waiting for the right image to come along to try it. It's a kit where you use your Cricut machine to cut any image on to an embossing sheet, then adhere it inside a blank embossing folder.

I love all the flourishy images on "Summer In Paris", and decided on the hot-air balloon. Because of all the tiny pieces in this cut, this took an absolute age to do, so I think I will choose something a little less fancy next time. Below is a photo of the embossing folder when it is closed.

This is  the folder when open. You adhere half the image to one side, then the second half to the other side. It is then used as a normal cuttlebug embossing folder.

I am just putting some finishing touches on some cards made with this and will be posting them on Scrappy-Go-Lucky. Check them out over the next few weeks.

Till next time.
Luv, Tereesa.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Sweet Pea Stamps

Hi Everyone, Just a reminder that it's not too late to be in with a chance to win one of the many great prizes on the "Around The World With Cri-Kits" Blog Hop. Check out the appropriate post on each Designer's blogs and leave a comment to win a set of 10 Cri-Kits Gel Pens (with holder if required).

And don't forget the major prize - Mandy is giving away the four new-release cartridges -

Cindy Lou / Freshly Picked / Mini Monsters / Wall Decor & More

Once you have collected all the daily clues, solve the anagram, and e-mail the answer to Mandy at by Friday 18th June when all the lucky winners will be drawn at random.....Check out all the details at Scrappy-Go-Lucky.

Now, yesterday I promised to show you some cards made with my new goodies from the Papercraft Convention. Here they are.....
These four gorgeous images are "Sweet Pea Stamps" and are only now available in Australia.

A close-up of the stamp.

The photo below is on an angle to show you the very subtle glitter highlights (not sure if the photo has picked it all up). I have used the Spica clear glitter pen for this - it is very subtle, but shows out more if drawn on un-coloured card.

This is the second card (Alyssa's favourite).

I finally took the plunge and invested in some Copic markers, and I have to say - I absolutely love using them, and experimenting with the blending. These cards are all coloured using the Copics.

Green is not normally a colour I go for, but I quite like how this turned out. The flourishes are from "Stretch Your Imagination".

Can you all guess what I have been doing all weekend? I'll keep practicing blending with the Copics, so hopefully the next ones will be better. Alyssa has had fun with them too, and will be posting hers tomorrow.

Till next time,
Luv, Tereesa.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Card - Rainbow Wishes

Hi Everyone, A fun day was had by all at the Brisbane Scrapbook & Papercraft Convention yesterday. Shelley has posted a few photos on her blog - check them out here. I have had fun today playing with my new goodies, but alas, have not quite finished. Will have some new cards to post tomorrow.

In the meantime, thought you might like to see a card made with "Once Upon A Princess". This gorgeous rainbow is just too cute to ignore. I have made the base card in hot pink sized 5 3/4" x 11 1/2", and all the images are cut at 4".

The rainbow "shadow" is cut in turquoise, with the main rainbow in green. The "shift" image is in the bright pink, and the layer in turquoise. The clouds, of course, are fluffy and white.

Once the layers are put together, I added some Kindyglitz around the stars and clouds, and the eyes, for sparkle.

The background is white card cut at 5 1/2" square. I have used the Scor-Pal to make 1" scores diagonally - first one way then the other. I then used the Crystalina Kindyglitz (which throws a pale pink colour) along all the score lines to highlight them. This makes a pretty, but subtle, background effect.

A hot pink ribbon is used to finish off, with birthday wishes added to the bottom right of the card. A very simple, but pretty card, for any little (or big) girl.

Till tomorrow,
Luv, Tereesa.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Tropical Paradise

Hi Everyone, and Welcome to Day 5 of our "Round the World With Cri-Kits" Scrappy-Go-Lucky Blog Hop. I hope you are all checking in daily to pick up the clues.

I too, live in Brisbane in sunny Queensland, and my absolutely favourite place to be is on Hamilton Island on the Great Barrier Reef. You can literally walk out your front door and snorkel to see beautiful fish and colourful coral all around you. It is like being in another world - and I wanted to recreate that amazing experience with a 3D Tropical Fish Tank.

The Gypsy was a must for this design - I used 15 layers. The first was to cut the front panel of the tank at 11 1/4", the 12x24 mat was needed for this. Unfortunately I couldn't find an acetate sheet large enough, so I have used an A3 Document Protector. The second step was to draw the star-fish and bubbles with the Cri-Kits gel pens. I then coloured these in with Glaze pens to give a stained-glass effect (you can still see the smiling faces on the star-fish).

The same steps were applied for the back panel, but I only went over the top part of the sea-grass with the glaze pens. The clear plastic is very hard to photograph, and unfortunately it hasn't shown the gel-pens on this piece.

The first layer of the tank is the "water". I used the Cri-Kits gel pens to draw the outline of the coral in "Glitter Orange", and the sea-grasses in "Metallic Dark Green".

The image was then cut.

The same process was used for the "sand" layer and I used Cri-Kits "Pastel Mauve" for the starfish, "Glitter Gold" for the shells, "Metallic Green" for the seaweed, and "Glitter Dark Silver" for the stones.

A close-up to show you the beautiful colouring of the Cri-Kits.

To save constantly reloading the mat, I lined up the images on the Gypsy, worked out the sizing, and cut everything at once.

The sea-grasses and coral were cut smaller than the Cri-Kits drawings to give more dimension. The sea-grasses were embossed using Cuttlebug "D'vine Swirl", and the coral with "Rellie Rave" - and of course, plenty of glitter was added to emulate sparkling sun through the water.

Thought you might like to see a shot of the creatures as they came to life. Different parts of these were embossed with Swiss Dots, Tiny Bubbles, Textile, Perfectly Paisley, and Candy Cane Stipe. The fish are layered on both sides so they can "swim" freely.

I chose random sections of each creature to highlight with glossy accents, then sprinkled each lightly with diamond glitter.

The back section is coming together ......  Each of the creatures have been attached using different sized foam dots to add a multitude of dimensions. I love the sea-horse with his tail around the coral.

To make this stand up, I cut a piece of acetate and folded it (like a fan) till the desired length was reached as shown below.

I then took the remainder and adhered it to the back.

Acetate was again used to keep the top separated. This piece is sized at 10" x 4 3/4", scored at 1 3/8" on each side. I attached the sides to the top of the tank with large silver brads, and cut around the lip of the tank making the piece invisible.

After working out placement, holes were pierced in the "base" of this top piece. Fishing line was affixed to the middle of the fish as I was glueing the layers, which is now threaded through the top piece allowing the fish to "swim".

A couple of close-ups of the cute little critters... (you may need these photos - you'll see why soon!!!)

I adhered some oyster shells over the base piece to hide the folds. You can also notice the Cri-Kits on the "sand" layer adding some extra colour and dimension.

A photo showing the side view...

And one from the top.

Here I have placed it beside a Cricut Cartridge to give an idea of the true size.

My "Tropical Paradise" in its new home.

Now for the fun part. To win these awesome Cri-Kits Gel Pens (a set of 10 - your choice - plus holder if needed), all you need to do is count how many "sea creatures" have been used in this project. As some of the photos haven't shown the ones drawn with the Cri-Kits very well (my bad photography) - it is only the creatures "cut" with the Cricut. To enter, leave your answer with a comment, and will choose the winner on Friday June 18.

Don't worry - right or wrong - all comments have a chance to win. (Be sure to leave a way for me to contact you if your comment is chosen.) If you're not already a follower, I'd love to have you join, but it is not required to enter.

And don't forget the major prize - Mandy is giving away the four new-release cartridges -

Cindy Lou / Freshly Picked / Mini Monster / Wall Decor & More

Here's how:-
You need to follow this international Blog Hop and collect the clues. Once you have solved the anagram you need to e-mail the answer to Mandy at:

by Friday 18th June when the lucky winner will be drawn at random.....

Here is my clue.....

Don't forget to check in with Enfys tomorrow to check out her amazing design and to collect the next clue.

Good Luck!
Luv, Tereesa.