Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Challenge Favourite Colour Combo and Block Card Tutorial

Hello everyone. 
Tuesday comes around so quickly, and we've got the start of another challenge for you.

But before we get started, we also have another fabulous tutorial courtesy of our wonderful tutorial queen, Deneen.

This time, she's showing us how to make a pop-up Blocks Card.


I saw a Blocks card and thought it would make a great tutorial to share with you.  It folds flat for mailing!  I made a Template from instructions I found on THIS video.

Card Size Standing:  4.5" tall, 4.5" long, 1.5" wide
Card Size Flat:  4.5" x 6"  

Purple is my favourite colour combo!

Thanks Dennen. I hope you feel inspired to try the tutorial, perhaps even on our challenge this week.  :0)

So, onto this fortnight's challenge ...

The theme is to showcase your 
Favourite Colour Combo.

Our Sponsor for this challenge is Kenny K, who are offering a prize of 3 digital images of the winner's choice

Digi and rubber stamps from KennyK are a fun and edgy way to add the perfect dose of attitude and style to all of your creations! The creator, the artist, the man: Kenny K is a NYC-born professional illustrator who has brought his funky-but-slick, urban-influenced look to the cardmaking and papercrafts world. His signature style can be seen throughout his various collections of sexy pin-up babes, sweet 'n sassy girls, cool rockin' dudes, kid’s stuff, retro characters and more at KennyKDownloads.com.

Our Design Team

Amy - Color Me Janette
Pink and Brown

Bettina - Spy Chick

Favourite colours : Turquoise and Purple

Deneen - Troublemaker
Favourite Colour Combo : Purple (plus anything!)


Favourite Colour Combo : pink, brown & aqua

Lisa S 

Favorite Combo: Blues, Greens and Browns

Samantha P

Favourite Colour Combo : Blues and Browns

Samantha K - Paige Parasol
Favourite Colour Combo - Pinks and Turquoise 

Sue - Christmas Shopping
Favourite Colours : Neutrals all the time for me!

Kat - Star
Favourite Colour Combo : Pink and anything else!

Lori - Christmas Shopping
Favourite Colour Combo : Red

We hope you join us.
Don't forget you can also join in with a tip.
The Top Tip Tuesday team.

Winners and Top 3 of Non Traditional Christmas

Lisa S back here with our Winner and Top 3 for our Non Traditional Christmas Challenge. 

All of the entries were wonderful and we enjoyed the various takes on this challenge.  

Love Rainey's take on Non Traditional Christmas colors with her red and blue color scheme.
It's fabulous!!!

Sponsor Prize

2 Digi images of winners choice.

Congratulations Rainey!

Top 3 are - 
(in no particular order)

Love the fun image and beautiful details on your card Betty.
It's wonderful!

#16 Lena Loken

Love Lena's quilted pattern, embellishments and beautiful vintage image.
Beautiful card!

#66 Brenda

Love Brenda's CAS style card and her cheerful neon colors.
It's so festive!

Well done ladies! Congrats!!

Top Tipper is -

Clarissa created a video to share tips about painting which you can view by clicking on her link.
Thanks Clarissa for sharing your talent and time with us!

Congratulations on your Guest Designer spot!

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

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

Samantha will be back soon with the new challenge.

Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Challenge-Non Traditional Christmas

It's Lisa S here to share our new challenge-

Non Traditional Christmas

We want to see non traditional colours for Christmas
you can also use non traditional images if you would like too.

Deneen has some great tips to reduce the stress of holiday card making.

Mass Producing Card Tips

Christmas is the one time of the year we like to mass produce our cards.  Here are some Tips on how to make things easier for you.  Coming up with the design is the hardest part but once you have that step complete you can start assembling them.
  • Find a simple design - Or draw your own Template.  Look on Pinterest or Google Images under Fast, Easy Christmas cards.  Keep in mind something that includes fussy cutting will take up too much time for mass producing.
  • Do all of one step at once - It really helps you get in the groove and get the cards done quickly.   Cut all your ribbon at once, cut all your card stock at once, stamp all of your images at the same time, etc.
  • Stamp first, then assemble.  That way if you mess up an image you don’t mess up your whole card!
  • Keep your pattern but change the paper - If you find you don't have enough patterned paper for your cards, that's okay, keep the same template and change up the paper.  It's like having a whole new card.
  • Use your tools - Punches and stickers help cut down on time.
  • Use your computer - Computer-generate your note inside and print on white paper. For A6 cards, I print 4 in one sheet and just trim the papers to 4" x 5.25" then adhere inside the cards. Make room on the bottom for a personal note.
Let us know in the comments if you have any mass producing Tips to share with us and we'll add them here!

Cass says:
Use precoloured images, saves time on colouring.

Sources Used:

2 Digi 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 digital 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 Guest Designers
with this mega cute count down to Christmas clock.
using Bunny Christmas Lights

with sweetie of project using Bunny Christmas Lights
Tip: Use Stardust or glitter pens to make your lights sparkle.
Rocky also has a couple of Extra tips on her blog

Our Design Team

Amy - 
Rabbit in a cupcake
Tip: add toothpicks to the back of images to make present or cupcake toppers

Bettina - 
Bunny Mistletoe Christmas
Tip: Making a little gift bag for Christmas to give away on visits is always a winner!!


Tip: When using a large die cut keep embellishments simple.

Lisa S - Snowman Winter Christmas

Tip: When using a border punch that produces a negative image, save the images to use as embellishments. This is a great way to recycle!

Samantha P

Tip: No need to colour all the inner layers,
Don't waste your time I have stamped my image 4 times and the only middle
that is coloured in full is the top layer.

Samantha K - Bunny Christmas Lights

Tip - Don't be afraid to use a fine liner to add borders or extra detail.

Sue - Coming Soon


Tip - It's really easy to make your own fishtail banners for greetings so you can get exactly the size you want!  Just cut your sentiment into a rectangle leaving space at either end then snip a V shape into one end and punch a little hole in the other.

Lori - Snowman Skating

Tip - when dealing with tiny parts of die cut outs, use tweezers for picking up, handling or placement. Makes life MUCH easier! ;) 

Have fun with this challenge!