Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Challenge - Inspiration From Something In Your Home

It's Lisa here to introduce our new challenge

Inspiration From Something In Your Home 

and for this one you'll need to include a photo of what inspired your project.  

This can be anything - ie a plant, a soft toy, some material, a picture anything! but please include the photo of your inspiration! 

Don't forget your tips too if you want to be in the running for a Guest Designer spot!

Speaking of tips, here's one from Deneen!

Sometimes inspiration comes from a picture or photo but it can be difficult to extract the colours you want to use.  

I found a site a while ago that can help you with choosing colours!
It's called Chip It! 

 So how exactly does it work?  You will get your colour combinations from a photo! I'll show you 2 ways on how to use it.

You decide whether you will use an image from your computer or from the web.

Here is the photo I want to use, it's one I took of my son on a carnival ride.  How many of you are like me and see only 3 colours?  White, blue and orange.  Click on the Upload An Image button, choose the photo from your computer.

It takes a few seconds to do it's work and then...BAM...it's done, I now have 5 colours to choose from.

But what if it chooses colours you don't like?  Here is a photo I uploaded of the flowers from my mom's wedding this past summer.   But look, I was hoping it would choose the pinks and greens and it didn't.

No worries!  See that Edit Colors button?  Click on that and it will give you another 5 colours!

 Yay!  That's more like it.  Now you just drag the colours you want to use to replace the dark blues and grays.

 Now you want to choose a photo from online?  On the menu bar it says New Chipcard.  A little drop down menu pops up.

 Pinterest has lots of great photos!  I'm going to choose one from there.  Click on the photo you want and Copy the URL from the address bar.

Go to the drop down menu and Paste it into the spot indicated.

It will give you lots of options, and you can see the photo I want right at the top.  Just click on the one you want.

It did it's work and came up with some awesome colours! Don't forget, you can click on the Edit Colors for more options.  There's even a Pin It button if I want to save it to one of my boards in Pinterest!

Okay, go have fun making colour combinations!!!!

And the prize is a generous $20 voucher to the 
Fred She Said store!


Fred She Said Designs offers a wide variety of digital products with a floral flair and cute characters too - Digi's, Pre-coloured images, Papers, Sets, Fred's Flower Kits, and even digital cutting files.  Have some fun with Fred!

Our Top Tipper Guest Designer
My inspiration - It's not from my home but from my church.
It's a giving tree and it reminded me/us of the gifts the three wise men
brought to baby Jesus. 
My Tip: When stamping on top of a patterned paper use a lot of ink and press really hard.  The first card I made just had way too much of the pattern showing through.  The second I inked much more and pressed harder and it came out very nice.
Great traditional Image love your card Robin
but I REALLLLLLLY love your explanation 
for your inspiration 

Our Design Team

My inspiration does't look very inspirational, but he evokes memories of so many wonderful Christmases past.

Tip:  Always test older embossing powder before you put it on your project.  Apparently it can get old and this results in a less than desirable effect.  (Don't ask me how I know this.)

Here comes my inspiration photo, it´s a cute angel made by my little daughter when she was at the kindergarten and each year it´s one of our first Christmas decoration accessories.

TIP:For some fast little gifts you can decorate a glassine paper bag and put a tag with your wishes and greetings inside, so you have two in one, gift wrap and card.

My inspiration is one of my son's

My inspiration was finding a big bag of pegs which I haven't used for many years

I hope you'll agree they look a lot prettier now!

My inspiration is from my patriotic themed guest bedroom

The various flags in the room inspired the makeover of my trio of black metal stars 

My inspiration is from a Fairy Door ornament I have in my craft room

I have made myself a wall hanging to go along side it
TIP: ~ when using gilding wax either wear plastic gloves or apply with some cut and dry foam and not your finger, I have lovely green, blue and gold fingers at the moment, lol. 


My Inspiration is from a Frog ornament I have had for years

I have made a Hat for my Great Nephew
Its his 2nd Birthday so I think he will have lots of fun in this hat


My sons have so many teddies, but this Christmas Bear from 4 years ago (they have one each) is much loved :-)

 Tip:  While many of our Seasonal cards tend to be quick, it's quite nice to go for it big time on a few!  I get very bored if I'm doing the same thing over and over (which is why I will never make wedding stationary ever again!) so doing a little bit of my normal style makes me happy :-)  My final tip is to not beat yourself up if not everyone on your Christmas list gets a handmade card - while its lovely to do, it's a busy period for us all, and I now limit my more extravagant creations to those who will appreciate them (and hopefully keep them!!)  

Here's my inspiration picture :)

Tip - To make some matting of your image and to lessen the weight of your card (as well as save cardstock) try using the underlayer of your image for the die cut layer.  It's covered so it won't show that there's a hole in it if you use it on a blank white cardstock like I do.

We can't wait to see your fab projects and inspiration photos!

Winner and top 3 of Buttons or Bows challenge

Hello Top Tippers.

It's Elaine here with the winner and top 3 post for Buttons or bows.
First here is the winner of our sponsor prize


Congratulations you have won 2 Digital images from Zlatoena's Designs

Sponsor and Prize

Now for my Top 3. I had a wonderful time browsing all your lovely creations. I certainly got lots of inspiration so well done to all who entered.
In no particular order


This calendar caught my eye. I Iove the colours and sparkle.


An unusual shaped card with eyecatching die cut designs and a lovely double bow.

This gorgeous box is so pretty and different in shape.

Well done and congratulations. 

We only had one tip this fortnight and it was a wonderful tutorial for a beautiful tea light holder. Here it is from

You've won a guest design spot with us, 
so please send us an email to get the details.

Could our Winner and Top Tipper Please contact me
at toptiptuesday@hotmail.co.uk to claim your prize.

Also, be sure to grab your badge on our badges page at the top. 

Lisa will be back with you in half an hour with our next challenge.

I hope you can join in the fun.

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Challenge - Buttons or Bows

Hi, it's Elaine here with our challenge, which is the last one for November. I can't believe we are approaching December so quickly.
Anyway let's get on with this fortnights challenge which is ...

Button or Bows

Our sponsor is 

 Sponsor and Prize

with a prize of 2 Digital images of winners choice.

A little bit about Zlatoena:My mom and I used to make handmade cards and that`s how everything started. I'm last year graphic design student and I have always had to passion to draw and doodle and one day someone came with the idea for digi stamps and .. 3 years since then.. I am creating digital stamps and.. The Cats Pajamas Rubber stamps are producing my designs into real stamps.. and I am as happy as can be.

Our Design Team

Bettina - Bunny Birthday Ice Cream 

Tip: If you are missing a ribbon in the right colour, just use a white one and colour it with a marker to make it fit your project!

Brenda - Bunny Christmas Candy
Tip:  If you don't have a magnetic platform for your die cutting machine, you probably know you can use low tack tape to hold your die in the correct position.  If you don't have low tack tape, you can take regular tape (I can't bear to "waste" my washi tape) or painter's tape and press it several times against clothing or your skin the remove some of the tack.  Don't throw it away after that!  I place prepared tape on the side of my table where it is easy to grab, it can be used it over and over.

Elaine - Bunny Snowball
Tip - make the snowballs pop by making the area behind them dark and adding some glitter to highlight them.

Lisa S 

Tip-Sometimes it comes in handy to keep a file with downloadable projects like this one (G45 Nov 2013). They are great for times when the mojo isn't there or you're super busy. This time it's the later case for me. ;)

Tip - To achieve a white border around your stamped image keep the paper in the die and stamp over the edge of the die and on to the paper. I used a holly leaf stamp.

Nope you're not seeing things there are little 60s and a big 50.
Tip: When sending this card by post make a matching box,
but use bubble wrap in the box to stop it getting squashed.

Tip:  Have a good rummage through your old sentiment stamps -this one is so old I can't remember when or where I got it, but works perfectly with this image - as crafters we often have something that can be rediscovered and reloved!


Tip:  When you go to dollar stores, check out for the great finds that can be used for all sorts of other little ways like the little pompom that served as my snowball here.  They make for very cheap and fun embellishments :)

Join us this fortnight with all your buttons or bows and remember your tips too.
Enjoy the challenge.