Tuesday, 12 May 2015

Animal Challenge

Good morning all, Brenda here to introduce our next challenge.  This week your challenge is


We can't wait to see your projects featuring your favorite animal images.

This week I am so happy to say our sponsor is-

Prize of 3 digi images

Crafty Sentiments Designs is an online base family company own and run by Suzette, the images are cute fun and make any cards and projects look amazing.
Suzette and Justyna are the main artist, all images are exclusive to Crafty Sentiments Designs and there is lots of digital stamps available, sentiments, rubber stamps, crafting CD's, exclusive Crafty Sentiments Designs dies and much more. www.craftysentimentsdesigns.co.uk you can also find us on facebook, printerest and twitter.

What kind of Tips do we have for you this week when it's about animals?  The tips we have for you today are not so much WHAT you put on your project, but HOW to display them.

How about from Folksy:
Cute Animal Duck Birthday Handmade Greeting Card
Lovely CAS card, no special template needed just cut out your shapes, ouline with a black marker and add googly eyes.

A Shaped Card by HGTV Handmade:
(note: this is a video link)

Paper Punched Animals on a paperclip by Kylie-Jo:

Paper punched animals are made from combining shapes using basic punches...like a circle punch, or a scalloped circle etc.

And let's not forget stamped images.  

A cute fox by Cheryl Rowley:
Rizzo from Whipper Snapper designs. - card base from the Big Scalloped Grand Nestabilities from Spellbinders. - bjl

This week's Pinterest inspiration!

Copics-Animals - Arlyne Hayes
Punch Art-Animals - Michele Nelson-Ruff
Cards-Animals - Rhonda Dixon

Oh your in for a special treat!
Janice R  is our special Guest Designer.
You have to love her super cute cards
and her awesome coloring technique!

So, to start us off, here's Jan's card.
Using Couples


Our Design Team

We are also welcoming Lori back to the team after a much
needed break!

TIP- to "accentuate" your colored image, add a halo of light blue around the outside
of the image to make it POP off the white!

Brenda using Gaffi

Tip - Don't be afraid to use strong contrasting colours, they can make a cheerful vibrant card.

Tip: Pick your DPs before you colour your image so you can match the colours for a beautifully
coordinated look.

Tip: Mix geometric patterns using different elements like paper, dry embossing and ribbon.
I love the visual interest it adds. 
TIP: To make a coordinating embellishment for my card I layered 3 buttons on top of each other and threaded a piece of fine ribbon through them and tied in to a bow.

My Tip is a very simple one
add a little white flower soft to add dimension to the snow. 

Sue Using CouplesMy tip is to twist your layers for an updated look

Vicky using Penguin
 I'm sure it was a Crafty Sentiment image but can no longer find it in the store probably retired. 
Tip: If you like an image get it before it's retired otherwise you will be regretting it!

Now it's your turn.
We can't wait to see your creations! 

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.

Winner and Top 3 - Duo Challenge

Hello and welcome here!  It's Deneen here to share the Winner and Top 3 for last week's Duo Challenge.

This forthnight's challenge was a bit trickier, we were looking for duo's like Batman and Robin, or Peanut Butter and Jelly etc. which is different than a pair, or 2 of something. 

Thanks for playing along!  Let's get right to it.

P.S.  A hearty thank-you to those that listed their duo, sometimes we didn't see it right away but when you took the time to list it, it was like a V8 moment, the whole smacking our hand on our foreheads and saying "Of course!"

Here's the Top 3 4 
(Really?  With such amazing creations how does one choose just 3???)
(In numerical order)

Duo - Chalkboard and Chalk
(Mynn also had a wonderful Tip of smudging white ink in a circular motion so that you avoid fingerprints.)

Duo - Boys and Girls

Duo - Flowers and Leaves

Duo - Bride and Groom

And the Winner is....

Duo's -  British Celebration & Union Jack Bunting or Ribbon & Lace

You win:
Two free digis of their choice
from Wendy’s Etsy shop

Please email toptiptuesday@hotmail.co.uk to claim you prize.

Our Top Tipper is:

Fill a container with cold water and drizzle the glue from a glue gun onto the water. It dries instantly and makes neat designs.
You need to use a paint pen, sponge on Staz On ink or use a permanent marker to color the flowers because otherwise the color will come off because it is a slick surface.

You win our Guest Designer spot this time, congrats!
Please email our Top Tip Tuesday email for the details.

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

Could our Winner and Top Tipper please contact us  at toptiptuesday@hotmail.co.uk

Our new challenge will be posted in half an hour,  hosted by Brenda.
I hope you can join the fun!

Tuesday, 28 April 2015

Duo Challenge

Happy Tuesday everyone!! Deneen here to welcome you to another Top Tip Tuesday Challenge and Easel Noteholder Tutorial.

Our next TTT Challenge is:

And to help us understand the challenge, let's read this helpful definition!

 (ˈdu oʊ, ˈdyu oʊ) 

n., pl. du•os.
Two persons commonly associated with each other; couple, a pair of performers
Two things ordinarily placed or found together
Although in my own mind I was thinking a duo...
Black and white
Scones and Jam
Sausages and Mash
Sticks and Stones
Strawberries and Cream
Fish and Chips
Hide and seek
Lock and key
 You get the picture!



Winner will receive two free digis of their choice

from Wendy’s Etsy shop
Hi I am Wendy Burns I live in Nottingham UK with my husband and two children who have been the inspiration behind the characters, in particular my daughter who has kept me up-to-date with blogging and trends. I work predominantly within the textile children’s wear market, fashion and interiors.
I trained as a textile designer and although my work is digital based, I love to retain that hand drawn /sewn feel which I hope comes across in my artwork.
Digital stamps is a new challenge for me and the opportunity to work with the All Dressed Up Team and has been very exciting, in particular the creative way my characters have been given individual personalities by the designers .
All Dressed Up is a newly launched blog with an enthusiastic team who are passionate about stamping.  The coordinators Marilyn and Tracy along with an amazing design team are also known as The Dressy Girls.
We have a friendly Facebook page, regular blog posts, tutorials, challenges and freebies. The stamps can be purchased from the Etsy shop which is updated on a monthly basis. We really are friendly bunch and would love to see your creations so please feel free to contact us and visit the All Dressed Up Challenge Blog.

 Easel Noteholder Tutorial

Pen and Paper make a great duo, so here's a tutorial on how to make an Easel Note Holder.  I based it on Jamie Lane's Easel Sticky Note Holders. For the holder below, I used loose notepaper that measures approx. 3 1/2" square.

Note Holder Size:  approx. 4.75" (wide) x 4.25" (tall), it sits open about 3.5"

We hope you enjoyed the Tutorial!

Let's check out the DT's Duo creations!

Brenda My Duo is Love My Sister 

Elaine My Duo are birthday & cake, also 2 cuties

Kat My duo is the 2 mice and also my fave colour duo of pink & green

My duo is this this sweet owl couple 

Lorraine My Duo is Love My Sister

Samantha My Duo is Strawberries and Cream

Sue My Duo is Love My Sister

Vicky My Duo is Shepard and Sheep - using A star is born
Tip: Don't try to create something when your cat really really really wants to cuddle

I did manage to get it done :)


Now it's your turn to share your creations for:
Duo Challenge
  • You can enter up to 3 different creations.
  • If you have a Tip to share, please type TIP after your name when adding it to Mr. Linky, and let us know in your post it's for TTT.
  • You have 2 weeks to complete your project and add it to the link below.
  • For detailed rules please click HERE
 Have Fun!!