Tuesday, 17 February 2015

Rubber stamps only

Hi all, Elaine here this fortnight to host the Top Tip Tuesday Challenge.
We had lots of beautiful colour combos last time, all very inspirational.

Our Sponsor this time is Bunny Zoe's Crafts with a £10 gift voucher

We have a great challenge too - 

Use Rubber Stamps only

This is how I started making my cards about 15 years ago and I still have a passion for this technique. 

Have a look at our Designers samples for some inspiration. 

*coming soon*

Tip - Try stamping images in grey, brown or sepia to give a less harsh outline.


on a break


Tip: If you don't have a template for making little ATC (artist trading cards) just use plain old playing cards they are exactly the right size for them and it makes for a very easy and cheap template.  You can even use them as the actual background for your ATCs.

Have fun and we look forward to seeing all you fantastic entries and remember to share your tips and mark 'tip' beside your name.

Winner and top 3 of our favorite color combo challenge

Hello everyone!  What a bunch of talented Top Tippers!  It's very very hard to pick a top 3 when there are so many wonderful entries!!!!  
I did a random draw for the sponsor's prize and the winner is:
Dian Ratna
With this totally gorgeous creation.  Love the shape and the soft colors used!  The different elements are just so awesome.

Congratulations !  
You have won 3 great images  from our sponsor: 
The East Wind.  

Please email Top Tip Tuesday to claim your prize.

Now for my top three, in numerical order:

# 4 - Marilyn Webb

I totally adore the color combination that was used on this and the stamp image is so well colored!  Love it.  Marilyn also shared a fabulous tip with us that I would never have thought of!!!!  "My tip for making different doilies is to use a corner punch.  For my doily I used a MS corner punch, that co-ordinates with the border punch on the card. "  Super clever right?!?

# 17 - Jane Savage
I really love the fold for this card and the elements really do give it an Asian feel!

#37 - Sandie Gough
What a gorgeous frame!  I totally love all the elements that where used in this.  It's just stunning!  Love how the image was colored as well.

Such beautiful entries by everyone!
Be sure to grab your badge on our badges page at the top.   

Elaine, will be back soon to share our new challenge. 
I hope you can join the fun!

Tuesday, 3 February 2015

Favourite Colour combo

Hello everyone, it's Crafting Vicky here with you for my first hosting of the Tip Top Tuesday Challenge  :)  

This time should be super easy for everyone because we want to see your Favourite colour combo.  Well... actually that could be hard if you have many... don't forget to tell us your favourites when you link up.

Firstly we have some tips on papers to share with you:

Do you have difficulty deciding which pieces of patterned paper go together?  

Rather than re-inventing the wheel I am going to send you on over to Julia Stainton's post on Mixing Patterns!

In Touch - Mixing Patterns

Julia explains why this is not the best combo, but it does look quite 'busy'.

Good choice!


And it's not just about paper, how about background stamps!

You're going to have to pop on over to Julia's POST to read how and why she chose these ones. 

This week's color Pinterest Boards to check out:

Cards Kraft Paper - Sharon Frees
Colour Love (Tutorials, Techniques, Supplies...) - Casey Nelson
cards colors that pop - Vicky Neichter
Cards: rainbow of colors - Dominique Paul

So now onto our Challenge which is :

Favourite Colour Combo

Our sponsor this week is The East Wind who are offering a 3 images to their store for the lucky winner:

Sponsor and Prize
Here's a little bit about The East Wind:

The artist behind The East Wind digital images is known as Unky LaStrange. Unky makes her home in British Columbia, Canada with her wonderful daughter, Aurora, the love of her life and source of much inspiration. She has been creating art since she was a child always allowing it to reflect her interests, humour, and love of all that is quirky. Her unique images run the gamut from the darkly humourous and sometimes creepy through the world of fashion-forward Lucy Loo to the sweet Aurora and Baby Aurora where life and people are good and beautiful. There are images to suit every taste, occasion, or whim at The East Wind 

And now onto the creations from the teamies:

Brenda - Aurora Love You
TIP:  The flowers on this image were a little to much for me to colour.  I punched daisies and placed them there instead.


TIP: Find the tutorial for the frame I´ve used here

Elaine - Baby Aurora Favourite colour combo Pastel pink & blue
Tip - I die cut the heart twice in different papers and off set them to add a bit more definition. 

TIP: I like to stitch my layers of DP but I plan all the layers out first and then mark where they overlap so I don't have to stitch any sections that will be covered up!

*coming soon* 

Lorraine - Baby Aurora Angel
One of my favourite colour combos - Pink and brown
TIP: To hide the stitched edge of pleated ribbon I always find a complimentary ribbon or trim and layer it over the top.

*coming soon*

*coming soon*

Vicky using Good witch makes Christmas for her cat
Favourite colors - Turquoise for clothes and grey for cat.  But my ultimate colours are green and yellow and managed to use them

Tip: Items that are made to use for photo display also make some great decorations with digis in them as well as make a great mementos.


*coming soon*

We look forward to you joining in with us this fortnight.

Winner and Top Three for the Something New Challenge

Hi all you wonderfully talented Top Tippers!  Wow, you made it tough on a newbie to pick a top three!  I could have easily picked a top 33 from all your wonderful creations.  So without further delay...drum roll please...

The winner of our sponsor prize is:

#9, Stephanie W.  
Stephanie also left a great tip for reducing the static on your acetate for shaker cards by rubbing them with an antistatic pouch before adding your shaker elements.  Her card is so pretty too.

Congratulations Stephanie!  
You have won a $10 voucher from our sponsor: 
Hannah Lynn Art.  

Please email Top Tip Tuesday to claim your prize.

Now for my top three, in no particular order:

# 94 Lou Sims
Beautiful colouring, love the fun embellishments.

#55 Janja
I love the way this sweet layout puts all the attention on the beautifully coloured image.

#82 laila aka koneko
I love this mini work of art.

Such beautiful entries by everyone!
Be sure to grab your badge on our badges page at the top.   

Crafting Vicky, will be back soon to share our new challenge. 
I hope you can join the fun!