Sunday, December 20, 2015

2015 Mini Christmas Crop

Can you believe this year is almost over and Christmas is fast approaching. Right now it is time for our 2015 Christmas Mini Crop. I love this challenge and card by Linda. Come on over to the Turtle Soup blog and check out her challenge as well as the other fun challenges.

Thursday, December 17, 2015


Congrats to all for making the Design Team 2016. What an amazing team full of creativity and inspiration. Can't wait to see what you share with us this term.
I would also like to thank those that are leaving for you contributions to our online family: Ginni Gass and Cheryl Nyboer. So glad to know you'll be hanging out with us.
This is the best ever forum team I have been with. Not only do they share creative challenges, fun mini crops, some fabulous special celebrations but they support each other and make the Turtle a fabulous place to hang out.  Hope you'll join us and become part of our family too.

Sunday, December 6, 2015

12 Days of Christmas

The 12 Days of Christmas is going on over at Turtle Soup and I hope you will join in and see some wonderful new ideas. This is a card by Tracy, and isn't it awesome the way she used the feather stamp in different ways on the card.

Thursday, December 3, 2015


Turn your favorite photos into a photo book at

Super excited to share this Christmas Special Issue with you.
Be sure to view in the larger size version to see the full potential of each designer.
After viewing we would love if you leave feedback in the comment section.

If you would like to join us for some fun.... here are the 2 sketches offered in the magazine.
Create using one or both of them and link up below so we can visit your sites and leave comments.


Happy Holidays to all.

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

December 12 Days of Christmas

Sure hope you have some time to join us. We are excited to see what you create and share with us.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Sketches and a chance to be Published.. check it out


Do you like to create using sketches.. well here is your chance to join us.. not only for the fun but also for a chance to be published in our Christmas Special Issue of our Turtle Soup Magazine.

Create a Christmas, Winter page using one or both of the sketches and email direct to:    with your full name and country along with your projects

DUE DATE: Nov 30th EST at the latest.

Can't wait to see your projects and then you'll be pleasantly surprised when you see it in print.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Sunday card sketch

The Sunday, November 15 card sketch
Bev's take on the sketch
Come on over to the Turtle Soup forum and join in on the challenges.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Tuesday 10th November - TTT Neverending Card Tutorial with Elisa

Hi everyone,

Welcome to the Tuesday TTT - Neverending Card.

I came across this tutorial on my facebook feed and gives very clear instructions on how to make this Neverending Card. Now I don't make cards very often so I was totally amazed by this and just had to try sure you seasoned card makers may have already tried this card and if that's the case show us how you make yours and put a twist on it!!

Here is the link for the tutorial on Youtube. I did notice she amended the measurements, so to make it clear for every measurement of 1 1/8 inch amend it to 1 3/8 inch instead.

and here is the link to the card that I made for my Mum's 70th.

and just in case you can't see the video here are some photos

Hope you enjoyed both the tutorial and my card!

You can see more of my work at 

Monday, November 9, 2015

Monday Sketch is up and waiting for you to create with

Monday's sketch is up .. would love to see what you create using it. Come and join us so we can comment on your page too. Here is the link to the challenge.....  

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Project 12 with Lisa Moen

Lisa is sharing our Project 12 sketch today at the Turtle Soup forum. 
Wow! Another month has flew by. 
Here is the October sketch: 


Here is my 2 pager: 


Left side: 


Right side: 


She would love if you join us and play along. Here is the link to her post in the forum to share your project.

Monday, November 2, 2015

Turtle Soup Design Team Call 2016

Are you interested in being on a Design Team that has the old forum type atmosphere with lots of challenges, mini crops, sketches for both layouts and cards and just enough chatter to make it feel like home?
Well there is such a place at:
Take time to visit and view what we are all about.
The next term will be Jan - June 2016 and we are looking for about 2-4 new Designers.
1 month you do challenges (2-3) and the next month you do the Sketch DT reveal, a challenge for the mini crop and post the questions 1 day of the week all month. We have 2 teams that rotate the above schedule... any other questions feel free to ask. Most important we allow cross over multi tasking to make things easier if your on more than 1 team or more.
And just so you know there are usually 6 or 7 people in each Team and we support each other when life gets in the way.. so no worries as long as we get someone to cover for you. Also a bonus is that the full 6 month term calendar of schedules are available 6 + months ahead so you can work at your leisure. We like the no stress getting things done on time.
If all this sounds like a good fit for you please take the time to submit the following to:
and in the subject line: list your name and DT Call please.
We request that you submit about 4-8 projects boasting your creativity.
Share your bio which includes all teams past and present and also any publications online or other.
Share you email, FB, blog address and any other info you have that will give us a better knowledge of who you are.
Tell us in a short paragraph why you'd like to join us and what you would like to share with us.
DT Call is from Nov 2 until Nov. 22 11:59pm EST or sooner if positions fill. We will confirm ASAP so we can start your duties for the next 6 months.
yours in scrapping,
Bev Code DT Co-ordinator

Sunday, October 18, 2015

October Mini Crop Challenges

Today I am sharing just one of the mini crop challenges over at Turtle Soup. Danielle is hosting this challenge and it is the Bingo challenge. Below is her Bingo card and her LO. Come on over to the forum and join in.

Sunday, October 4, 2015

World Card Making Challenges

We have so many card challenges for you to pick from on the Turtle Soup forum. Here is just one of the beautiful cards you could make, White on White
We also have some fun games for you to play along the way as well. Come on over and have some fun.

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Mini Challenges

Toward the middle of the month we always have mini challenges that you have until the end of the month to complete and here is one of the challenges and some examples of the beautiful work the ladies have done. The weathered background was created by using glue so if you would like to know how to have this look on your cards or layouts please come on over and check us out. You can also check out all the rest of the challenges for the month, there is still time to play.
Look at these beauties the ladies created: Ruby's card
Tania's card

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Sunday Card Challenge

Every Sunday on the Turtle Soup forum we have a card challenge. This week the challenge is based on a card sketch from Bev Code. This is the sketch:
This what Karen made using the sketch:
So come on over to the forum, pick a challenge and have some fun with us.

If you'd like to play along us the InLinkz to share..  ( we'll put your name in for a ballot along with our regular monthly draw.. so share here or in our forum gallery and challenge)

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Week in Review

Can you believe it's already September?  Where has this year gone? But with a new month starting we have some fun challenges going on and you have all month to play along.  Please stop by our Turtle Soup site and check out what's happening this month.

Here are a few of our DT and member's projects

Pocket Letters by The Gov
Crash your Stash card by Tania5127

Scraplift by PaulaJ

Inspiration page by Tania5127

Circle project by GinniG

Hope you'll stop by and play along with our challenges this month. We'd love to see your work!

Monday, August 31, 2015

Turtle Soup Magazine Issue #6 - celebrating our July Birthday Bash

hi.. we at the Turtle Soup had an amazing month of celebrations for our Birthday Bash. We would like to share with you some of the amazing creative things we shared during the month of July.
Take time to view our magazine in full viewing.
When you love what you see maybe you'll take the time to play along with us in our forum

Sunday, August 23, 2015

August Mini Challenges

It is time for the Mini challenges at Turtle Soup Joan's challenge is to use punctuation on your layout, card or altered item.

 Cheryl's challenge is Back to School Memories

 Linda's challenge is all about Botany

 Karen's challenge is all about Geography

 Phillis's challenges is about Math

 Toni's challenge is to use a quote

Friday, August 21, 2015

Photo Tutorial by Design Team Member Elisa - Easy Mixed Media Background

Welcome Crafty Friends to my first ever Turtle Soup blog post and mixed media photo tutorial! I hope that you find it informative and inspiring, feel free to interchange products; it is the techniques that are important here also make sure you check out the Scrapping Turtle shop for a great range of inks, paints, stencils and other mixed media products. Here is the final layout and the tutorial is to show a few techniques on how to create the background.

Now onto the tutorial!

For the August Mini Crop over on the Turtle Soup Forum I have a challenge for participants to use a poem on your layout. I chose my poem and decided to print it up (using different fonts and a piece of a4 white cardstock) on my computer and cut it into individual pieces. For the base cardstock I have used a smooth white thick cardstock so the paint glides on smoothly and the thickness of the paper will ensure that the layout does not warp. Once you have cut your poem into pieces put them aside (perhaps in a zip lock bag so you don't lose any pieces like I did the first time around)

As you can see from the second photo I have selected 4 different colours of paint, all acrylic paint. Colour selection is entirely up to you. Squirt lines of paint onto your cardstock. I also cut a wedge from a cardboard box to use as a large palette knife or scraper ( a cheap alternative ).
Using a small amount of pressure scrap the paint across your page, turn your scraper over and complete scraping the paint across the bottom of the layout to your satisfaction. I didn't go completely across the page and I didn't worry to much about it being perfect!!
Let the paint dry completely before completing next step! Grab your favourite stencil, I used a Crafters Workshop stencil which are stocked at the Scrapping Turtle shop. Lay your stencil on your layout where you want it. Using texture paste or modelling paste (not gesso) spoon some paste onto your stencil and spread with a palette knife or use an old credit card like I did. I like using the old credit card as you can get a smoother coverage.

Put aside to dry, while mine dried I used coloured markers to colour in parts of pieces of the poem and I gathered together all of the embellishments and papers I wanted to use.
Next step! grab your favourite 'texture stamp' I love using Kaisercraft Texture stamps as they have an awesome range and they are extremely affordable. I also used an archival ink - Versafine black but any archival ink will do. Stamp in desired area. I stamped around where I was planning for my photo to sit.

HOT TIP!! after inking up your stamp gently use a baby wipe to wipe the ink off around the edges of your stamp so when you stamp you won't get those pesky 'mistake' edges that sometimes appear when you apply to much ink to a stamp or if you apply to much pressure when stamping.

Wait to the ink dries and then piece your poem back together in desired position so that you can work out where your embellishments are going to fit in your design, As you can see from the photo below I added my secret to many layouts (plasterers/joiners tape which can be bought from hardware shops) it has a sticky back and looks like mesh and can be coloured by paints or inks etc. Awesome!!
Now fast forward a bit, as the tutorial was for just the background, after you have stuck down your desired embellishments, I will post a  material's list at the end but please use whatever you like, visit the Scrapping Turtle Shop for supplies or dig into your stash for similar items.

And some close ups!!  Poem by Dr Seuss. :-)

Well we've come to the end of the tutorial, I really hope you liked it and that you will try some of the techniques and branch out of your comfort zone even a little bit. Make sure you leave some love on the blog!
Handy Links:
My Blog:
Coredinations Cardstock
Lily Bee Paper
Hessian, Joiners Tape
Paint - Jo Sonja, Making Memories, Decoart
Cardboard, Jo Sonja Texture Paste
Kaisercraft Texture Stamp, Versafine Ink
Die cut black frame, Plastic Straws cut into small pieces.
D-Lish Scraps flowers, Unknown Origin of Flower Sprig
Maya Road Love Heart Clip, Colour Markers.