Saturday, July 27, 2013

Saturday Sketch and blog candy: Turtlely Awesome

My Michael Strong sea turtle stamp
has finally crawled into my mail box.
This calls for a celebration!

I have one extra stamp (in the package there
are two stamps: the turtle and the seaweed)
for a give-away

How can you enter?
1. become or are a follower of my blog
2. leave a comment and make sure I can email you
3. any suggestions for turtle sentiments??

On Saturday August 3 I will announce the winner.

Now here is my first turtle card.
I made it for a sketch challenge

Wondering about some of the techniques I used?
Here follows a description:

The background of the card is made with alcohol ink
and I used the colors citrus, pool and stream.
If you like this, but you don't have alcohol ink,
you can use my background.

by saving above picture to your
computer with a click of your right mouse button.

The seaweed on the alcohol ink background is
embossed with lime green embossing powder.
The sentiment is printed with the
computer in the font called skwirl
(you can find it free on

I stamped and embossed the turtle in black
and colored the image with distress ink in the
colors peacock feathers, broken china and 
mowed lawn by putting a drop on my craft sheet
and adding a drop of water.

To give rhe card some extra bling there
are a few sticky gemstones on his shield and
on the background.

Thanks for looking and leaving your comment.

Have a creative day!


Jennifer Scull said...

this is gorgeous! not only is it a fun stamp set, but that bg you have created has me in awe! not very creative with ideas here, but 'swimming by to tell you hi' is all that's coming to mind.... pretty lame, I know.

enjoy your weekend!

CraftyJo said...

Hetty, the background you made is so perfect for this design, great stamps (as always from Mike!) and a lovely use of them here.

"Shell we meet....? (for lunch/coffee/tea/etc.)

KathyR said...

Hetty! I love it! The colors and design are so rich and deep; almost looks 3D!
How about "Don't stay in your shell- go party on your birthday".

Kathy Rossiter

I'd love to have the stamps :-D

Anonymous said...

Beautiful card, Hetty.
Love the background.
Thanks so much for sharing it, as well as the card.
Hugs etc. mary l.

Diana Enns said...

Cool page and thanks for the opportunity to win a neat set of stamps.

L. Levy said...
This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.
L. Levy said...
This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.
L. Levy said...

Great card. I love that color combination.

Unknown said...

Beautiful card. I love the way you colored the turtle and added the pearls to the shel.


slbt17 said...

wonderful! as usually Hetty - I pulled out my alcohol inks the other day too, love the look.

how about : Behold the turtle. He makes progress only when he sticks his neck out.
James Bryant Conant

Thanks for the inspiration.
Sandra ltb
slbt17 at yahoo dot com

Rosie Guiher said...

Love the colors you have used. Wow now for a sentiment......toodles,lol.This is really hard to think of,lol. Thanks for a chance to win it. said...

Wonderful work as always!

Debbie in LA said...

Love your card, technique, and generosity in giving away this lovely stamp set.

Tonya Burke said...

Love Love Love turtles!! And the colors and background are gorgeous! :) "Let's Shellebrate!" "I'd stick my neck out for you" "Swimmin by with a Hi!"
~Tonya Davidson
stampintonya (at) yahoo (dot) com

Ardilla said...

WOW, your card is fantastic, love the background you made and the seaweed and the turtle are awesome!
Thanks for your generosity and sharing a set with us...
Ardilla :)

PS: no idea for sentiments :(

ModernaDesignsArt said...

Hetty, what a stunning card! Perfect color combo for the background and great composition. I like the gems, too.
I'd love to win Mike's Turtle stamp set, thanks for the chance.
As always, thanks for sharing your art and the process, it's inspiring.
Of course I'm a follower, and any sentiment with "truely" can be adapted.
Dorly Weitzen

Miranda said...

wat een prachtkaart weer, Hetty!!! En zo fijn dat je er weer een ebschrijving bij gezet hebt.
ik wil heel graag mee doen aan je verloting. zo'n lief schildpadje. en plantjes komen altijd wel van pas.
met woorden ben ik niet zo handig, dus van deze kant (nog) geen sentimenttips.

groetjes miranda

Lori said...

lOVE Love love this card, especially the background!! Turtles are among my favorite critters! Blessings, Lori

Meredith said...

Love this stamp set! Thanks for your lovely card and constant enthusiasm Hetty!

Rhonda Miller said...

I love your stamp. The card you made is fabulous.

LUCYG said...

Hetty, love the stamps and love the card! You are a genius with rubber and ink!

Capescrapper said...

Hetty!! Love this, and the technique is terrific!

Marie-José B said...

Beautiful card, Hetty!
I love the background.
Mike did a great job, as usual!
And for a sentiment I would say:
Don't hurry, be happy!

chaoscorner said...

Love what you done with this card. So glad you always include instructions! Only thing I can come up with is "Have a flippin' wonderful time".
Anne L

chaoscorner said...

Just found a saying which I like - "Try to be like a turtle - at ease in your own shell" Bill Copeland
Anne L

Laura said...

Love your card and THANKS for the tutorial AND for give us a background to download!! The colors you used are sooo pretty too! Thanks again!! hugs, Laura

Heidi said...

Gorgeous background -- great for the turtle!

Raluca said...

Love your color combination from the background!
It's a "full of live" card :)


CraftyRia said...

This is a beautiful card. I love sea turtles.

A sentiment could be "I see I'm a little slow in wishing you a happy birthday."


"I would stick my neck out for you."

Inge said...

Super mooie kaart, Hetty!
Een sentiment is lastig. Sorry. Ik kom niet verder dan "overal thuis" ;-)

Firenze said...

So gorgeous Hetty! And I love those colours :) Gosh it's hard to think os sentiments!
"You're TURTLEY awesome!"
"It's time to come out of your shell!"
"Have a TURTLEful day!"
TFS this wonderful card and the prizes!
Helen -- Firenze Cards

Lia said...

The card is beautifully done. Recently saw the turtles in the waters off Maui. Thanks for opportunity to win the stamp.

creahetty said...

Prachtig ! Mooie combinatie.

creahetty said...

Prachtig ! Mooie combinatie.

momzilajn said...

Hey Hetty, As always I LOVE anything & everything you do!!! Am I to late to enter? Mike's new turtle is adorable, and I almost forgot to enter! Thanks again for the chance. I have a friend from high school and he I recovering from a stroke, and the turtle is his logo, so this would be perfect for him. Plus it is adorable!

Gerrina said...

Ik heb een tijd getwijfeld; had deze candy gezien toen je +m er net opzette, maar ik volg al zoveel blogs...en zie je mooie werkstukken al op FB of Create with TLC et... Maar nu ik deze kaart ermee zie en die, die Herma van de week heeft laten zien kan ik er niet meer onderuit; de stempels zijn evendig weg te mooi!!! Zonnig en fijn, creatief weekend, Gerrina