Thursday, July 24, 2008

Water window Turtle & eat cake Fishy!

Just a quick post today with a little bit o' cute. This guy is a water window gate-fold card made with hair gel (fun to squish!) --added some Stickles to this one & so there's a bit o' glitter. I have a thing for that cute lil' eat cake graphics fishy, love his little smiling face!

Here's the inside view of the gatefold:

The dark swirly cardstock framing Mr. Turtle Dude is done with hot Cuttlebug embossing:
  1. Cuttlebug emboss your cardstock
  2. Swipe with Craft ink
  3. Add clear (or other embossing powder)
  4. Heat it up :0)
(A variation & more detailed instructions here.)

The swirly Cuttlebug paper is matted with white & Cool Caribbean cardstock, the main card is Soft Sky c.s. embossed with the flourish from Baroque Motifs (Versamark & clear e.p.)

The turtle dude reminds me of the surfer turtle from Finding Nemo (he's from the Silly Sea Life set) I coloured him(and his fishy buddies) with SU's watercolour pencil crayons:

Here's a Water window tutorial if you wanna try one, and a couple other gel cards: Mara mermaid floats & a Shark water card.

Hope you have the most fabulous day! :0)

P.S. Just a little note on how these gel thingers might last for you. My hair gel evaporated eventually (a few months) so I was happy I added the Stickles so there was still some interest left. Not sure how they mail, but squishin' that gel is irresistible fun! :0)

P.P.S. 82 things you can do with your Cuttlebug here
in case ya missed em the other 12000 times I mentioned 'em, like a broken record, heehee. (Well, You never know!) ;0)


Anonymous said...

That's a very cute card!


Joani McDonald said...

How adorable Mel! I've not yet made a water window card - no one in the family uses hair gel!

I just love looking at your creations! They are always so great! And I love how you've always got the tutorials so we know just how you did it!
Thanks so much for your wonderful blog!

Denise ~ Paper Ponderings said...

Totally and completely adorable.

Lisa M. (aka. Lisa @ Farm Fresh) said...

Oh my! That is an adoreable card!!! I really need to try that technique...

PS. Check out my blog for a little something special!

Deb Neerman said...

Well, you little squisher, you!! I just knew you'd be sittin' o'er there squishin' your card!

Hey, Mel-a-liscious, we are semi-operating on the same spooky/crazy wave-length: I made a gate-fold card last night ... no gel to squish, or for that matter, no fish ... and, um no Cuttlebug'd stuff ... and, eek, no glitter either.

Okay, forget it ... it appears tht the ONLY thing in common is the way the dang card opens ...

I must try this gel thing ... I'll thin' I'll wait till my meds level off though .... LOLO, I kid!

But I truly {heart} what you've done here ... and the fishies rock!


Deb Neerman said...

Oops, forgot:

I'd also like to take this opportunity to thank you for puttin' the you-and-the-ducky-in-the-bathtub profile pix back up.

I think it truly expresses the real you and your take on socio-economics, government, philosophy, and the humanities.

Seriously. Thank you.

Now go squeeze some gel packs!

~Hugs ... from the serious side of me

Anonymous said...

Wow! Mel, this is so adorable! Love all the details. You are inspiring me to try the water window. TFS!

Heather D. ~ Fresh Brewed Designs said...

Ok, WOW! did I say WOW?? Well, it deserves 2!!! I am so excited to learn something new!::)) YAY! I LOVE this card! it is amazingly adorable and so fun!!! My Hannah is in love with mermaids.. so I will have to try one for her. And the cuttlebug tip! WOW! (again) I have not had mine long and am still learning it. Great tip!
Thanks for finding me:):):) And thank you for your sweet comments. I have had the song stuck in my head all day too:) lol...

christina d said...

I love your cards and techniques. I've even started a notebook. Now I'm getting wrter's cramp, big time lol!! Thank you for all the pretties.

Annapurna said...

Gosh you need to stop filling my brain with ideas. I can't keep up with you, if I have to go shopping every day, so I can CASE you :-)

Very pretty with all the little fishies everywhere.

Did you know there are some stamps in the with love set that you could use for creating an ocean floor?

I come in later, just so I can read Deb's comments too. She is a hoot.

Anonymous said...

This is a very cool card. I guess I should never complain about being bored because you have so many things for me to do.

CreativeMish said...

This is fabulous! I've been wanting to make one of these cards but didnt really have the right stamps! I just bought some new fish stamps so that I can do this now! WHOO HOO! OH! and thanks for the cuttlebug list. I think I found your blog after that post!

Heather "Hev" said...

This looks so cool!!!
I really appreciate all your hard work sharing these tutorials with us :) This looks like fun :)

Have a great day :)

Anne Marie Peterson said...

Hi Mel! What a great card!! I am going to have to try your water window tutorial. Those are just the coolest. Love it!
Hugs, Anne Marie

Cindy Haffner said...

Oh so adorable, super job.

Risa said...

What a beautiful card Mel! I love everything about it and the scene your created is beautiful! I love everything about it and I plan on trying this technique very soon!
I had no idea that I could do so many things with my Cuttlebug and thank you for sharing:)
Last but not least, there is an award waiting for you on my blog. Your creations are awesome girl!!!

Pamela Smerker said...

So so cute! Love those fish with the big eyes. Great job, gotta try that hair gel trick.

Erica Bass said...

I like that fishy too. It looks like he knows something secretly funny. Anyway love your take on the water window!

Anonymous said...

commenting on your blog is next best thing to getting to speak with gel?how imaginative..very watery card...hope you get all your dreams and wishes come true little by little that is love your ma

Anonymous said...

Again, you are amazing. Love your work, and look forward each morning to coffee with Mel....I too have printed out each of your tutorials and share with friends. It's like I know you...thanks again you are so talented..You have given me a bit of fun each day! Thanks!


Tonniece said...

LOL, this is just too cute Mel. Got to try this for sure. I wonder do fairies swim too? Humm I think Mine might. hehe.

Have a wonderful Friday

Dianne said...

Really cute card, very imaginative and what such an inspiration you are to all...

Mada said...

Love, love, love, love, love, love, love x 10 this card and especially those little fishes.
Before reading your text, I thought about Squirty too. You know, the Dude from "Finding Nemo".

Oh, boy! When I grow up I wanna be like you :D

I know for sure I'll never have a cuttlebug, but I will definitely spoil myself with a few critters from "Eat Cake" when I win the lottery... or even before that.

And... I know you already got it but who knows, maybe you can find a second one useful - there's a 'Visa Gold' for you on my blog ;).


L.A. said...

This is fin-tastic! I really like gate cards and yours is very fresh and fun. Love the 82 things to do with a Cuttlebug...have passed the link in to several of my non-blogging friends.

Have a great weekend!

Anonymous said...

again another clever card. i love the colours and how they are put together. i check your site everyday for inspiration. keep up the great work.

Anonymous said...

What a really cute card!!! So much to look at and admire:) TFS

Becky G said...

Mel, this is so stinkin cute! I love all the fishies!

Kathi said...

That's a fabulous card!

Maria said...

Too cute, Mel! That image is adorable. I love how you made the gel card with a gate fold! So fun!!

I made a gel card once using a snow globe! It's such a fun technique and you did a FABULOUS job!!


Erum Tasneem said...

simply adorable!!!

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