Tuesday, 17 March 2015

Buttons or bows

Hello there!

It's Kat here to host our new challenge but before I get on to that I have some sad news...this will be Clarissa's last challenge with us due to health issues.
It has been a joy to have you on the team, we wish you all the best and there will always be a place for you here if you are able to come back :-)

Ok, on to our theme for this challenge and we want to see...

Buttons or Bows

And we have a fabulous treat this challenge as we have 2 awesome sponsors - Bugaboo & Whimsy so that means 2 winners - YAY!


Anyone have trouble tying bows? Who knew that such a tiny thing could drive you over the edge of sanity. Well I hope the follow Tips help you stay calm.

Nicole Kowalk has some instructions for tying a few different bow types.

Operation Write Home shows step-by-step how to tie a bow using a fork.

Evermine Blog uses the bunny ear method to tie the perfect bow.

The ever popular Bow Easy, shown on Stamp TV by Gina K. Designs.
This is a video and the instructions start around 3:20.

This week's Bow or Button Pinterest Boards to check out:

Hope you found those useful!

Now for some fabulous inspiration from our Design Team;

using Bugaboo Brat Bugs

TIP: If you want to have some grass on your project, you can use a chive scissors and cut your green paper with it

Coming soon!

using Umbrella Mouse by Bugaboo

My Tip is a simple one, Make your bow a different colour to your main ribbon pick out a little bit of colour from  your image to give it a pop of colour. I use the bunny ears bow method and it works everytime!

Coming soon!

Using Dandelion Butterflies from Bugaboo Stamps
Tip: Buttons can make fabulous centers to flowers and make them have more dimension.

Now it's over to you and we can't wait to see your creations with buttons and/or bows :-)

Don't forget that if you leave us a little tip we might pick you as a guest designer - just add 'tip' on your linky entry.

Winners Post and Top 3 for Action Figure Challenge

I am once again amazed at all the wonderful creations submitted for our Action Figure Challenge.  

Without further delay, the winner of our sponsor prize is:

Thats you Deanne!
with this cute creation love the Punny sentiment too.

Congratulations!  You have won 2 digital images of your choice from

Please email Samantha at Top Tip Tuesday to claim your prize.

Now for the Top 3 in numerical order:

#8 JanR 
Love her unique colouring on the textured paper.

#10 Andrea 
Love the details and the off the circle cut image.

#14 *Vicki*
The colouring and card design are wonderful.

Please get your well deserved badge for your sidebar.

Stay tuned for Kat.  She'll be here shortly to introduce our next challenge!  Hope you will join us!

Tuesday, 3 March 2015

Use an Action Image

Hi everyone, it's Brenda again.  I'm here to host the challenge for this fortnight and it's a fun one.  I have to commend everyone on their wonderful entries from last week.  You all made it very tough!  Congratulations! 

So this week your challenge is to use an action image.  
See, fun, right?  So many things you could do!
 Our wonderful sponsor has many images perfect for this challenge.  

Zlatoena's Design is our sponsor, with a prize of 2 digital images of the 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 the 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 came up with some inspiration for you...


 Using Zlatoena - Bunny Traveler Hot Air Balloon
Tip:  I decided to make this action figure into an action card.  You can create motion with tools you have on hand but there are great products out there that make this super easy.


Tip - An easy way to make your card more interesting is to make a simple easle card.

Using Zlatoena - Snowman Kunki
Tip: Try to find reason to make Christmas cards all year round this way when the rush of Christmas comes you are ready and have plenty on hand.  The Fabulous image from Zlatoena's was a great reason to create one!

Using Zlatoena - Bunny on a Space Rocket
Penny Spinner Card
TIP - When making a penny spinner card make sure that there is plenty of foam tape to support your top card layer but avoid putting foam tape too near the slot for the penny slider mechanism as it will snag on the tape and stop your image from spinning.

Coming soon.

Remember to leave  your tips for a chance to play along as our guest designer.   Just add 'tip' behind your name on the linky.

 Have fun, we look forward to seeing your creations!

Winners and Top 3 - Rubber Stamps only challenge

Winners and Top 3
 of our Rubber Stamps only challenge

We had lots of beautiful entries in this challenge. It seems you all have a passion for rubber stamps like myself. I enjoyed looking at all your entries very much. 

The random choice for the Sponsor prize is:-

#49 Carolyn
with this super cute round card and the lovely stamp
Nerdy Snowman from C.C. Designs, love the glossy accents on the glassed too.

Congratulations you have won a £10 gift voucher for Bunny Zoe's Crafts

Please email Top Tip Tuesday to claim your prize.

It was a had task to pick just 3 as I would have liked to have chosen many more.

My Top 3 are in no particular order

#2 Kari
A sweet image beautifully stamped

#67 Louise
I love how this scene fills the entire card

#130 Nanda
An adorable image, nice and crisp

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Top Tipper

Jane says

My Top tip for the challenge today is how to add rubber stamps to textured journal pages. If you try stamping directly parts of the  stamp will often will have no contact and be missing from the image. To solve this use archival ink and stamp the image on tissue paper. Roughly tear around the image, don't cut or you will just have harsh edges. You can then add the image by carefully spreading glue (I use matt medium) to the back and then apply the stamped image with a paintbrush smoothing it in place with a little more glue. It melts into the background like magic. I used this method for all the stamps I used in my pages above.

You win our Guest Designer spot this time, congrats! 

Please email - Samantha on our Top Tip Tuesday email.

Brenda will be here shortly with our next challenge.

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