Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Something New Challenge

Hi all, Brenda here. 
I am hosting my first ever Top Tip Tuesday Challenge!  

Our challenge is so fitting for this time of year, something new.  
I can’t wait to see what beautiful creations you come up with!

While on the subject of new, our fab teamie, Deneen, has a wonderful new technique tutorial for you, so it's over to Deneen for her tutorial :

Paper Ruffles
I saw a post on Paper Ruffles at Clare's Creations and thought you might enjoy a Top Tip Tuesday version of it!  Enjoy.

My new items are a Maggie Holmes Open Book embossing folder and the Spellbinders Fancy Label Tags Four Die D-Lites.

So now onto our Challenge which is :

Something New

Our sponsor this week is Hannah Lynne Art who are offiering a $10 Voucher to their store for the lucky winner:

Here's a little bit about Hannah Lynn
I am a self-taught American artist, working out of my home studio in Idaho Falls, Idaho. I have been selling my artwork online, at events, and through licensed products since 2006. 
My childhood took place in Northern California, where I first discovered my passion. Like many artists, I have been obsessed with drawing and coloring ever since I can remember! Everything was right in the world when I got a new coloring book and a fresh box of colored pencils or crayons. It has always been a part of me: my first paid freelance job was back when I was just 11 years old; I was the dedicated artist in every school group project; and after school I was the girl knocking on your door trying to sell you hand-drawn bookmarks for 50 cents each! When I wasn't at school, doing homework, or doing chores, I was drawing, writing, reading, or making something. I am happy as pie to be able to share my talent with the world and to make it my living! People have been collecting my artwork from sites like eBay and Etsy for many years now, and hundreds of my original paintings and prints can be found in numerous personal collections all around the world. My fans are very special to me because I wouldn't be where I am today without their support! My original artworks are created by hand, using watercolor pencil and ink on illustration board, using traditional materials and techniques. Sizes range from miniature (2.5"x3.5" up to 11"x14", although I can go a bit larger). I also do all of my own graphics for internet and product usage, and produce a lot of my own prints and products in-studio. I currently license my artwork to outside companies for use on products such as cross-stitch charts, jewellery purses, rubber stamps, and more. I love being able to offer my artwork on products I know people will use and enjoy! I look forward to a wonderful future of licensing more products, illustrating books, and painting more fun characters and artwork for all to enjoy :)

First up, we have a guest designer joining us this week.  
Please welcome the lovely... 

 I have used some new heart shape die cuts from Stix2 and a new (to me) method of suspending them within the card

And now onto the creations from the teamies:

Brenda - Rainbow Sky Mermaid
Tip:  Sometimes a mess up can present a creative opportunity.  I didn't clean up glitter I used from my previous project very well and some of it stuck to this lovely's hair.  You can't appreciate it in the picture, but it adds a nice, very subtle sparkle to her hair IRL.   

TIP: I set some shining course on my mdf sheet with silver embossing powder. Paint your template befor embossing with gesso.


Waterfall Mini Album

Rainbow Sky Mermaid
TIP: To achieve a muted background ink your stamps with distress ink and once stamped on to your paper/card then spritz with water and watch the images blur and fade for a subtle look.

**on a break**

My tip this week is to try colouring hair in the sort of colour you would love to go for, but know you would get fired (or at least a stern talking to...) if you did!!!  I've really admired some cards around blogland that have used images with brightly coloured hair... and I have no idea why but I found it much easier to colour bright hair than I thought I would, and I think I have learnt something that I hope will translate when I go back to colouring blond/brunette/black hair... oh and I LOVE the result!  So why not let your inner rebel loose and break out the bright hair...

Vicky -  Owl Snow Forest Girl

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

Winner and Top 3 of CAS Challenge

Hi Everyone

It's time to announce the winners of our last CAS Challenge

Heres our Top 3
(in number order)

14 Stampartpapel
I love the embossing and the gorgeous gold on top.

46 Nanda
Nanda made a few of these, and they were all gorgeous, but this was my favourite. So cute.

94 Henriette
Amazing wire work and some lovely other wire designs on her page (I like the penguin!)

Our Winner is...

Beautiful colouring on Kraft. Stunning.

You win a fabulous $10 prize from 
Please email Top Tip Tuesday to claim your prize.

Well done everyone!
Remember to collect your badges to display on your blogs.

Our new challenge hosted by Brenda will be up soon. 
I hope you can join the fun!

Tuesday, 6 January 2015

Keep It Simple Challenge

Hi Everyone,
Happy New Year to you all!

I hope you can join us for our challenges this year we have an
AWESOME line up of challenges and sponsors for you..

Not to mention all the awesome Tips and Tutorials we have planned...
So why not follow us on bloglovin or by Email you can find the buttons to click or fill in over there >>>>

ok so onto the 1st challenge of the year!

Challenge theme - Keep it Simple
By this we are asking you to create something Clean and Simple

Here come some Tips

What does "Clean and Simple" (CAS or C&S) mean?
There is no simple answer it depends on the individual person, but fear not, 
  I've compiled a list of some CAS Tips:
  •  Lots of open space
  • White or neutral colours
  • A single layer
  • Few or no embellishments
  • Focus is on one main image
  • Think "Less is more" or uncluttered
  • If you spend little time on it or it is very simple to create
 Sources Cited:
This year we want to highlight a couple of Pinterest Boards each Tip week, so be sure to check back each month, we just may highlight yours or someone you know!

Pinterest C&S Boards to check out:
 Jytte Jensen - CAS cards
Karen Beaupre - clean and simple cards
Rita Grantham - Cards - Clean & Simple

The amazing sponsor this challenge is
and the brilliant prize is a $10.00 Gift Certificate
for Sweet Stamp Store
SweetStamps.com manufactures artistic rubber stamps on cling cushion for use with acrylic blocks. We carry a variety of stamping and paper crafting goodies like our own Shades dye inks, metal embossing plates, embossing folders, cutting & embossing dies (Our very own SweetCuts Dies, Cheery Lynn, Marianne, Joy! and Nellie's), fine detail embossing powders, speciality cardstock and vellum along with supplies for parchment crafting.

Our Top Tip Guest Designer

Now I am definitely NOT an expert on Clean and Simple cards but my tip is: STEP AWAY FROM THE CARD!!
It is so tempting to just add....... but after many a ruined card I would say avoid the temptation!! Also if you would like a bit of texture on your card to add a piece of lace or trim

Our Design Team

TIP: To hold the die cut letters in place, I placed a piece of tape across the back of the label.  It held the letters in place perfectly!It was also very easy to mass produce this card by mixing the different colors.

TIP: If you want to make a wood background on your own, check out this video from Susanne


Tip- A simple card like this can be used for all sorts of occasions just adding a new sentiment.

Tip: It's nice to give a simple image more dimension by cutting out some of the elements and popping them up on foam pads

Here's the full card;

Tip: Use several inks to create a watercolor effect on your stamped image(s). I borrowed this technique from Tim Holtz. :)

Tip: when using distress inks to make a background always start with the lightest colour first, you can always deepen a colour or add more but can not take it away.

Tip: Sometimes when you stamp large sentiments
they miss little bits so use a fine liner pen ti add the missing gaps.

Tip:  Even if CAS isn't your normal style (and it really isn't mine!!), why not give it a go - just limit yourself on layers and embellishments.  Here, I have used twine and just a hint of ribbon on the button.  Using opaque embellishments works too - like this film strip which goes really well with this fun image.

Tip:When making lots of items of similar nature do them all in advance and at the same time it makes assembling it a lot easier afterwards.  You also have all the tools out.  In this case, for the calendar I wrote it down on a piece of paper to organize the images that I needed for all the month depending on the holidays going on :)  Here it's the month of May so for Mother's day in Canada.

Look forward to seeing what Clean and Simple
creations you will make hugs Samantha and the teamies x