Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Challenge- 3 or more papers

Hello again Top Tippers. 

It's Tuesday again and time for a new challenge at Top Tip Tuesday today. 

It's Bettina here today to bring you our new challenge this fortnight.

But first we have some fabulous News!

We had some lovely entries to the DT call and we have invited 4 lovely ladies to join us! 
We are so pleased they have said yes! 
You are going to really enjoy their styles and creations.
So we would love to introduce to you our newest teamies:


Welcome ladies we are so happy you are here!

Now on to our theme today

 3 or More Papers

Our sponsor this challenge is: 

And an awesome prize of 

Stamp and Create is an on-line store based in the US. We ship worldwide with reasonable shipping prices.

We specialize in Rubber Stamps and Scrapbook supplies. Some of the companies we carry are: Wags 'n Whiskers Rubber Stamps, High Hopes Rubber Stamps, Whiff of Joy, The Greeting Farm, Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps, Stampavie, Whimsy Stamps, Emerald Faeries, Basic Grey, My Mind's Eye, Echo Park, Ribbon, Charms, embellishments, dies, and more!

We have an awesome
Guest Tutorial from Nic
Aka Coops Cluttered Corner

Nic Coops Cluttered Corner
has done a great faux stitching tutorial

Cracking picture tutorial Nic LOVE your finished card too!


Our Top Tipper Guest Designer

Our Design Team




Tip: Using papers from a paper pad makes combining patterned papers super simple!


Tip: If your sentiment is too long to fit where you want it, try cutting it up into bits!

Lisa S 

Tip: I mixed a few drops of Picked Raspberry Re-inker (Tim Holtz-Ranger) with my Liquitex Glass Beads for a custom colored heart with texture. 


Tip: When adding separate die cut letters to your project stick the bottom edge of each letter on to a strip of low tack tape to line them up before placing on your card.

Tip: adding organza ribbon over your image can add texture and dimension but not impede the image itself.


Tip: Using papers from the same collection really helps make sure they blend in, but using neutral papers (like the word paper I have used here)is a great way to use up odds and ends!  My other tip, is to try stamping on kraft card stock using a brown ink pad, then using pens, pencils or inks to add some colour to your image


Tip: When stamping put a mousepad under your paper to stamp.  It helps to make the stamp image much crisper and not lose any of the details.

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 for Chevrons challenge

Hello, it's Annette here again today to bring you the 
winners and top picks from the last challenge which was :


So, let's get started and announce the winners and top three ...

Firstly, here is our lucky winner:

Congratulations honey, you've won a prize of $10 to :

And next, onto my top picks ....

I love the velum you've used behind the sweet image. 
It really suits the moon theme in the image.

Colour Kitty
Fabulous colouring, lovely bright papers and a fab fold.

Lisa S
WONDERFUL basket and beautiful colouring.
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Congratulations girls, fabulous cards all round.

And my top tipper this week is : 

"As I did my fussy cut, I noticed her neck was very weak. I didn't want it to break so I glued another piece of paper onto her in the back so she could have the support she needed."

You've won a guest design spot with us Robin, 
so please send us an email to get the details.

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

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

Bettina will be back with you in half an hour with our next challenge and to announce our new DT girls, so pop back shortly ...
Catch you soon.
Annette and the TTT teamies

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Challenge - Chevrons and a DT CALL

Hello again Top Tippers.

It's time for a new challenge and this week we have a great one.

But before we get started on the challenge, we also have some fabulous paper organisation tips from our resident Tip Queen, Deneen.

Paper Organisation

Here are a few Tips on organising your paper!

 Hanging file folders.
Dream Create Inspire

Magazine holders on a shelf.
Paper Playhouse

Sweater shelf repurposed.
diy inspired

And here's a Tutorial on how to make your own paper organiser:
Paper Cabinet Tutorial

 My new paper storage.  I bought an Ikea upper cabinet (size 15x39") base (item 443.832.10) for a shell for my storage solution.  Then, I went to the hardware store and bought two 1/8"x4'x8' panels.  I purchased the cheapest white panelling they had, though they sell slightly more expensive and slightly thicker bead board in the same section.  I had them cut each piece to 11 1/2"x13 3/8".  I was able to get 28 shelves out of one panel, which is exactly what was needed for this cabinet (I bought 2 cabinets to hold my paper.)  Using panelling serves two purposes.  1.  Price - it's a cheap material and can be cheaper if you don't mind brown, but I wanted white.  2.  It is thin, but sturdy.  Regular shelves are 3/4" thick each...that's space I could be using for paper!!   I built the cabinet, then attached casters (hardware store) to the bottom so I can easily shift it from my closet behind the doors to protect from dust and light to next to my work space.  Then, using pegs I bought at the hardware store (check Ikea's spare hardware section by returns for cheaper option, I didn't realize how pricey these little things would be at the hardware store), I mounted a peg in every...single...hole except the very top and very bottom and rested a shelf on each set of 4.  A tip from someone who's been there:  BEFORE constructing the cabinet, nail in all 112 pegs in the holes provided, THEN build the cabinet so you don't fight gravity and the tight space.  When stacked with paper, the shelves barely show, as the paper sticks out 1/2" in the front and the shelf is only 1 3/8 inch wider than each sheet.  I'll post a picture soon with it filled with my paper and explain how I organize it.

Great organisation tips, huh?

Maybe you'll try one to keep your papers neat and organised.


Before we get onto the challenge, we are also having a DT Call this fortnight.

We're looking for a few new members and would like to invite you to apply if you'd like to be considered to be part of our friendly team.

The requirements of the team are simple:

You'd need to create a fortnightly crafting project in line with our themes, and share occasional tips and tricks in some weeks. You don't need to host a tutorial, although if you'd like to, then of course we'd be delighted, but it's not necessary so don't feel pressured to do so. 

Most members also take a share in 'hosting' the challenge, and also picking the winner and top 3 projects, so it gives you a chance to get involved. 

You also get to work with sponsor images / products where they are offered, but again this is not compulsory if they are not to your taste, because we know that your creativity will not flow if you're not comfortable using something. 

So, would you like to be part of our friendly, chatty and creative team? 

How to apply for the DT Call .....

If you'd like to apply for the DT call, 

1) please send us an email at:

2) DT Call in the subject line, 

3) include links to two of your favourite projects that you've created for one of our previous TTT challenges.

Your chosen projects can be any type of craft, 
but must be something you've submitted to a previous TTT challenge.
(it can be any previous TTT challenge, including this one)

Closing date will be the end of the current challenge.
The successful applicants will be notified by email shortly afterwards.

Good luck, and we look forward to seeing your applications.

So it's time to get onto this fortnight's challenge, 

which is CHEVRONS

Our sponsor this week is 

Sweet Stamp Store

who are offering $10.00 Gift Certificate to the 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. 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 Design Team


Tip: when you don't have the right colour of ribbon, in my case chevrons, use a marker and get the colour to match!


Tip - It is not always necessary to have an image as a focal point to make a stand out.

Lisa S 

Tip:  If you're having issues with your punch not cutting well use aluminum foil to sharpen it. 

Samantha P

Tip: pick your embellishments before your ink...
I have chosen some enamel dots and a Spectrum Noir pen and distress ink in that order.


Tip - I've used up scraps to make my card, using an embossing folder to still give my card interest - this design is great for mass producing Christmas cards!


Tip - don't over-complicate your Christmas cards for mass makes - keep the design simple with just a little touch of detail like the pearls on the tree here


Tip - dig through your stash of embellishments from other projects (kits, 3D projects etc) I found my glittery spider and twine from another Halloween project - worked perfect for this card! :)

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