Tuesday, 30 November 2010

Top Tip Tuesday .... #12

Good Top Tip Tuesday morning to you all!

What fantastic 'Layer on Layer' creations we had last week - and wasn't Anne's Paper Piecing tutorial fab!

This week we are sponsored by the fab Crafty Pad Stamp Designs .....

Today to close the 4 week run of Team 1 tutorials we are holding an 'Open Challenge'

Please create something either using one of the previous 4 week's tutorials - My Candle Design, Dawn's Image Colouring, Leigh's Buttons or Anne's Paper Piecing (those 4 cover about any design of card you fancy doing ;) OR you could leave us a tip in the comments section on the TTT blog OR you could do both!
Each one you do will give you 1 entry into the prize draw.
Thanks to each Team 1 member for their wonderful tutorials :)

PLEASE, PLEASE remember to leave a link back to the TTT blog in your post.

I'd planned on using an image from our fab sponsors this week - but left it a bit late to buy it, so I'll have to try and find some time in the week to colour up my gorgeous little mouse and christmas ball ;)

Here's a card I made with an image I'd coloured previously!

A gorgeous Penny Black image - watercoloured, Cuttlebug embossed Black Magic card - sanded.

Can't wait to see your gorgeous creations this week

Tuesday, 23 November 2010

Top Tip Tuesday - Paper Piecing

Good Top Tip Tuesday Morning to you all!

Huge thanks again this week to all who participated in Leigh's fantastic 'Button Bonanza' - there really were some stunning creations linked this week and some fab tips too!
Pop over to TTT to see if you are one of the lucky winners :)

This week it's the turn of Anne.
Paper Piecing is the skill she's sharing with us today so if you've never tried pop over to see what stunning results you can achieve and the Top Tip Tuesday Team 1 girlies have done some awesome examples too.
Here is the design Anne is sharing with us....


Even if you have tried Paper Piecing before or you're already a master of the skill you could still be in the running for a prize by either sharing a 'Paper Piecing' creation with us or by leaving a tip in the comments section.

This week we have 3 fab prizes again from some of our wonderful sponsors....

This is the card I made as my Paper Piecing example - now I must admit this is a technique I have only ever done once before - but Anne has reminded me how effective it is - so I think I'll be doing it a little more often than once every other year now!


I used one of my favorite stamps which is by Elusive Images and stamped it onto the backing paper, the green (cut out the leaves) and the grain yellow (cut out the flower)

A couple of challenges I'd like to enter this card for...

Back with these very soon!

Tuesday, 16 November 2010

Top Tip Tuesday - Buttons!

Good Top Tip Tuesday to you all :)

Thanks to everyone who joined in with last week's 'Use an Image' Challenge - we had some gorgeous entries and that fab tutorial from Dawn to get us started on our Colouring techniques - thanks Dawn :)
Pop over to TTT now to see if you are one of the lucky winners!

This week over at TTT the lovely Leigh is telling us to look at things differently - namely BUTTONS!

Hands up who loves buttons?.....
....ok you can ALL put your hands down now!

Leigh has shown us some of the gorgeous creations she has made using buttons.

Here are a couple I made to go along with this weeks 'Button Marathon'

A very obvious button here - used with some ribbon threaded through the holes. A gorgeous Penny Black image (can't think of the name!!!) coloured with Watercolour Pencils.

This one is a little less obvious but I promise the heart is a button - I did have to cut off the back loop and embed the remainder of it into the front piece as it stood too proud of the card.
But that's the beauty of buttons - you can make then work for you!

So guess what the challenge is this week???

Again we have some fab prizes on offer.....


So off and find those buttons, get creating, leave a link to your button creation on Top Tip Tuesday and you could win a prize!

Don't forget you can also leave a Top Tip to be in the running for a second prize!!!

Some challenges I'd like to enter my cards into...

(Mum Card)

Cute Card Thursday - Anything Goes

Colour Create - Black, Mint, Green, Gold & Cream

Ellephantastic - Butterfly

Penny Black Saturday - Favorite Things.... Buttons, ribbon, recycling (Green backing = chocolate box!), Watercolour pencils, gems...............but that's only a few!!!!!!

(Wedding Card)

Dutch Dare Card Challenges - Clean & Simple

Tuesday, 9 November 2010

Top Tip Tuesday - Copic Tutorial

Good Top Tip Tuesday Morning to you all!

Thanks to everyone who joined in last week with our Christmas inspired challenge - I hope you all enjoyed my Candle tutorial - I'm sorry I couldn't get round to leaving a comment on everyone's makes this week - I've been away for a 'chill-out' break and only got back yesterday morning.

Make sure you pop over to see if you are one of the lucky winners this week.

On to this weeks challenge - Our very talented Dawn has done an amazing tutorial on colouring. She shows up step-by-step how she's got these fantastic results using her Copics.
***Make sure you pop over to Dawn's blog - she has some amazing giveaways going on!***

Isn't it gorgeous - she's used an image from one of our fab sponsors this week - pop over to Whimsy Stamps to browse through 100's of amazing images, sentiments and personalised signatures.

As this weeks Top Tip Tuesday's Tip is a colouring tutorial I have done a card using Promarkers - I don't own Copics but the colouring techniques are the same!

I've used another image from Whimsy Stamps - this one is called 'Little Pocket Mice' and is one of the amazing digi images by MelJens Designs. I have used a piece of vellum over card for the backing, cut out the image after colouring it and then 3d it to a Nestie circle and scallop circle. 2 ribbons at the side, some Dew Drops and Rub On letters to finish off.

So pop over to Top Tip Tuesday and leave us a link to your tip or a link to your project using an image - or how about both!

Some challenges I'd like to enter my 'Little Pocket Mice' card...

Cute Card Thursday - 'Gently does it' (sponsored by MelJen's Designs)

Raise The Bar - Let's see those Curves!

Stamptacular Sunday - DT Inspiration...my inspiration came from Betty who used a MelJen Digi Stamp

The Crafty Pad - At least 1 circle and 2 ribbons

2 Sister's - Birthday

Crazy 4 Challenges - Square card

Tuesday, 2 November 2010

Top Tip Tuesday - A Couple Of Changes.....

Good Top Tip Tuesday morning to you all :)

WOW! What a fantastic amount of entries we had for our special 'Anything Goes' fortnight - almost 400!!!

I had hoped to leave a comment for everyone who entered - but it turned into a much bigger task that I'd ever imagined! I'm still on the case tho!
A HUGE Thank You to everyone of you who entered a project - and there were some real stonkers too
(OMG.....I've not used that word in over 25 years!!!)

If you left us an 'Anything Goes' please pop over to see if you are one of our lucky winners.

This week over at Top Tip Tuesday we have a couple of changes, pop over now and our wonderful Leanne will let you know about them.

I'm lucky to be the one to kick off the new format and am sharing a tutorial on Christmas Candle Decoration, click on the candle to see how I did it.

Again this week we have some wonderful sponsors with gorgeous prizes on offer - don't miss out the chance to be in the running for one of them.

So what are you waiting for - grab a cuppa, get comfy and spend a little part of your day with us over at Top Tip Tuesday.

A couple of challenges I'd like to enter my candle into...

Wild Orchid Crafts - Christmas with Green, Red & Gold

Mo's Digital Challenge - Pick a Season

Image used for my candle is 'Cat's in the Christmas Tree' Digi Image by the very talented Mo Manning