Tuesday, 28 February 2012

TTT #71 - Stitches ...Real or Faux!

Good Top Tip Tuesday all!

This fortnight's challenge is hosted by Janette and she has done us a fab tutorial using her sewing machine.

This fortnight's Challenge is....

Stitches - Real or Faux

Firstly our sponsors.....

Saturated Canary

1st Prize is 2 Digi images from her lovely Etsy Shop.

Hello! My name is Krista Smith.
I have been drawing and doodling my whole life...as far back as I can remember! Over the last year and a half, I have been selling it on Etsy. I was approached to draw stamps for Sugar Nellie, a stamp company based in Scotland. After designing only rubber for a year, I decided to branch out a bit into the digital world:). As an artist, I appreciate the versatility of digi's for the stamper. I also like releasing stamps that are a little more obscure or unique. Monsters, nerds with big glasses...even a mermaid:). Those ones are really fun for me to draw! After opening up my digi shop in the beginning of September, I've been busy filling orders:). I am really thrilled and very humbled that ladies are so receptive to my designs and seem to enjoy coloring them a lot! I am so inspired by these amazing colorists!! I have met so many wonderful, talented ladies through this business and look forward to building new friendships, too! My personal blog, Saturated Canary, is filled with bits of my family life, artwork, and a slight obsession with fashion;). I also run a new challenge/ inspiration blog, Saturated Canary Challenge with my amazing design team. I'd love to meet you and be inspired by your own creations! Do stop by and say hello!:)


The Crafty Pad

Prize 2 is 2 Digi Images from Debbie's lovely online shop.

Debbie at The Crafty Pad Stamp Designs says:
The Crafty Pad Stamp Designs is proud to sponsor Top Tip Tuesday. I own and run The Crafty Pad Stamp Designs. We offer a variety of both polymer stamps and digi stamps. Weekly challenges are held at The Crafty Pad Blog

My 'Stitches' card for this challenge is using the fabulous image Zorana from Saturated Canary and I coloured her with WC Pencils. The papers are from First Edition 'Hideaway'. The beautiful flower ribbon, lace and gorgeous butterfly are from WOC. That beautiful little leaf is a bead (I think - well they were with all of the other beads!!), I picked a couple of them up from a little craft shop I found on my recent holibobs in York. .......

This week is also a Top Tip Week too - so that means all of the DT are passing on their favorite Top Tips (don't forget we want to see some of your best Top Tips linked into your posts too this week), here's my Top Tip(s)....

Top Tip 1: You can buy VERY cheap little sewing machines ideal for your papercrafts - they look just like a full size machine just MUCH smaller and cost £10 (my daughter bought mine in Home Bargains)

Top Tip 2: If you don't have a sewing machine and would like to add some faux stitching to your cards use one of these......

...a sewing tracing wheel!
It's what I used on my card above!

We hope to see you over at Top Tip Tuesday for this fab Stitchy challenge - with your Top Tips too :)

Some Challenges I'd like to enter my card into......

Crafter's Companion - Anything Goes

ABC - J for Jazz it up!

PollyCraft - Teenage dream

Party Time Tuesdays - Anything Goes!

Simon Says Stamp - Use 3 Different Papers

Cute Card Thursday - Winged Things

Crafty Catz - ...beginning with B - Butterfly!

Stampin' For The Weekend - Bingo - Pearls, Lace & Polkadots

Allsorts - Anything Goes

Sentimental Sundays - Lace & Pearls

Cupcake Inspiration - Inspired by the 'spring' colours of the cupcakes.

Wednesday, 22 February 2012

ABC Christmas - D is for .............

Our challenge over at ABC Christmas for this fortnight is....


A few words from this weeks host - Samantha,

Hi Everyone, It's me 

Firstly I have some housekeeping that WE really need your HELP with… Please check your blogs and if you have Word Verification on please please can you turn it off! Blogger has changed to a new one and it's terrible...you can hardly read the words, and for me being Dyslexic it's a nightmare! It's a real pain to try and figure out the letters, so please help us to beat word Verification by switching it off! If you don’t know how to check or how to turn it off

Thanks Samantha x

Did you all enjoy our C for Charming challenge?
Remember to check the sidebar on ABC Christmas to see if you are one of the lucky winners and there are 3 winners of all the wonderful sponsors' prizes... Also see who Miria chose for her Top 3 picks.

We have 2 Fabulous Sponsors this time:

Prize of a $10.00 Gift Certificate to spend in the Sweet Stamp Store
Sweet Stamps 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 (Cheery Lynn, Marianne, Joy! and Nellie's), fine detail embossing powders, specialty cardstock and vellum along with supplies for parchment crafting.

And we have the awesome Karen's Doodles

There is a fantastic selection of designs, Digital and Rubber stamps,
and our winner will receive 3 digis from Karen's doodles of their choice.

My D for Distressing card....

I've used Santa Kitty from one of sponsors - Karen's Doodles
Isn't he sweet!
The papers are from BG Eskimo Kisses.

So get those distressing tools out..... sand-block, emery board, sandpaper, scissors, tea bag, inks.....whatever you use and we'll see you over at ABC Christmas.

Some Challenges I'd like to enter my card into..............

Crafter's Companion - Anything Goes

Truly Scrumptious - All Creatures Great & Small

Simon Says Stamp - Use 3 Papers

Dutch Dare Challenge - Distressing

Winter Wonderland - A Christmas Card

Tuesday, 21 February 2012

TTT - Who Caught Our Eye???

Good Top Tip Tuesday Morning to you!

Wow, we are already halfway through the

So...let's see who has:

create an avatar

You'll have to pop over and see if it's you!

I will tell you it's absolutely amazing......and we all want to know how to make one!

Everyone - remember you can enter 3 cards and 3 tips into our challenges - thats 6 chances to win one of our prizes!!

closes on Monday 27th February at 6pm!

See you there!

Wednesday, 15 February 2012

ABC Christmas - C is for Charming

Have you joined in with our current ABC Christmas Challenge yet?

The theme is:

'C is for Charming'
(Feature a charm on your project)

We have three fabulous sponsors for this challenge:

The prize is a $15 voucher to spend in the store

The prize is a...


The prize is a ...

As I was on my holibobs last week I made my card for today's Half Way reminder.

I've used a fab little image from one of our sponsors...Christmas Kids by Stamp Fairy...

I've coloured the image with Promarkers and the papers are from a pack that came free with a magazine......but do you think I can find the cover! The ribbons are another magazine freebie and the snowflake charm is from my stash.

If you've not yet joined in with us over at ABC Christmas Challenge get those charms out and let's see your Charming Christmas Creations!

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

Allsorts - Free & Easy!

Crafter's Companion - Anything Goes

Simon Says Stamp & Show - Anything Goes

Tuesday, 14 February 2012

TTT #70 - Mystical, Magical & Fantasy!

I'm a little late with my TTT post today - I do hope Leanne, Samantha and the rest of the girlies will forgive me! I've still not recovered from my week's holiday! I'm sure I should feel relaxed and ready for anything after spending a week in a Log Cabin in a forest in York - Not running around chasing my butt!

Good Top Tip Tuesday all!

This fortnight's challenge is hosted by Elaine and she has done us a fab tutorial for a

 'Flap Opening Card'

This fortnight's Challenge is....

Mystical, Magical & Fantasy

You can follow Elaine's tutorial too and create one of these fabulous 'Flap' cards if you'd like - we'd love to see them, although it is not compulsory to enter the draws for the prizes.


Our Awesome Sponsors for this challenge are....
x2 Random.Org Prizes for Mystical, Magical & Fantasy Projects uploaded into challenge: 


Simon Says Stamp is offering a $20 gift voucher to spend in their store!!

In business since 2002, Simon Says Stamp is striving to offer you the best selection of Rubber Stamps, Altered Art, Scrapbooking, Artist Trading Cards, and Paper Crafting Supplies in the world.  We stock over 100,000 items in our warehouses so that we can offer you quick service and one stop shopping at a great price!

Happy customers are the heart of our business.

We work hard to find and deliver to you the latest in stamping and paper crafting supplies!  Attending classes, workshops, and sales meetings around the world, our goal is to keep our product offerings fresh and current.  Make us your one stop easy shop - and we'll deliver right to your door! 


Stamp Fairy


x1 Top Tipper Prize awarded to the DT's favorite Top Tip linked to this challenge 

Ohh La La Creations

Ooh La La Creations is offering you any 1 of their CDs!

We live in France.  My daughter and I design the CD's.  I started crafting about 20 years ago with glass painting and decorated furniture then started making cards for friends and family.  We decided to design our own CD's as there was not much craft materials around when we moved here.  We use living Artists for all of our CD's now and have recently shown our CD's on Create and Craft TV


For my creation for this challenge I followed Elaine's tutorial and am using a gorgeous digi 
image from one of our wonderful sponsors - Tommy Wizard 2 from Stamp Fairy.....


My Tommy Wizard coloured with Promarkers :)

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

Allsorts - Free & Easy!

Crafter's Companion - Anything Goes

Simon Says Stamp & Show - Anything Goes