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.

Winners and Top 3 (erm, 4) for Favourite Colour Combo Challenge

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

Favourite Colour Combo

I's taken me ages just to go through and whittle the fabulous entries down to just a few. 

I'm meant to limit it to just 3, but, well, this is what the boss gets 
for leaving me in charge for the day!  :0)

So, let's get started...

Firstly, here is our lucky winner:

Wow, Toni, your card is gorgeous. 
I love the colours and the water-colouring is just stunning. 
I'm gonna have to case this methinks!

Congratulations Toni, you've won a prize of 
3 digital images of your choice from Kenny K.

And next, onto my top picks ....

I love the colouring of the image on this card. The shading is stunning.

Gorgeous colouring again, and I love the subtle colouring.

Beautiful shades, so soft, girlie and pretty.

Wow, it's so pink (what could be better!)  Gorgeous Nic,

Congratulations girls, fabulous cards all round (and yes, I know I can't count!)
It's a good thing that I don't have a day-job that requires that I'm good with numbers!! 
Erm, oh yes, actually I do !!!  ;0)

And my top tipper this week is 

Who provided a couple of tips to enhance our very own block card.  
Great work Wies. 
You've won a guest design spot with us, so please send me an email to get the details.

And just to reinforce the fact that I should not be trusted to be left alone here, 
I'm going to share with you the fabulous cards that were made with our block card tutorial as we didn't have many, but what we did see were fantastic, so here they are ...

Well done ladies, they look fantastic.

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. 

I'm back on duty in half an hour with our next challenge so pop back shortly ...
Catch you soon.
Annette and the TTT teamies

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Challenge Favourite Colour Combo and Block Card Tutorial

Hello everyone. 
Tuesday comes around so quickly, and we've got the start of another challenge for you.

But before we get started, we also have another fabulous tutorial courtesy of our wonderful tutorial queen, Deneen.

This time, she's showing us how to make a pop-up Blocks Card.


I saw a Blocks card and thought it would make a great tutorial to share with you.  It folds flat for mailing!  I made a Template from instructions I found on THIS video.

Card Size Standing:  4.5" tall, 4.5" long, 1.5" wide
Card Size Flat:  4.5" x 6"  

Purple is my favourite colour combo!

Thanks Dennen. I hope you feel inspired to try the tutorial, perhaps even on our challenge this week.  :0)

So, onto this fortnight's challenge ...

The theme is to showcase your 
Favourite Colour Combo.

Our Sponsor for this challenge is Kenny K, who are offering a prize of 3 digital images of the winner's choice

Digi and rubber stamps from KennyK are a fun and edgy way to add the perfect dose of attitude and style to all of your creations! The creator, the artist, the man: Kenny K is a NYC-born professional illustrator who has brought his funky-but-slick, urban-influenced look to the cardmaking and papercrafts world. His signature style can be seen throughout his various collections of sexy pin-up babes, sweet 'n sassy girls, cool rockin' dudes, kid’s stuff, retro characters and more at KennyKDownloads.com.

Our Design Team

Amy - Color Me Janette
Pink and Brown

Bettina - Spy Chick

Favourite colours : Turquoise and Purple

Deneen - Troublemaker
Favourite Colour Combo : Purple (plus anything!)


Favourite Colour Combo : pink, brown & aqua

Lisa S 

Favorite Combo: Blues, Greens and Browns

Samantha P

Favourite Colour Combo : Blues and Browns

Samantha K - Paige Parasol
Favourite Colour Combo - Pinks and Turquoise 

Sue - Christmas Shopping
Favourite Colours : Neutrals all the time for me!

Kat - Star
Favourite Colour Combo : Pink and anything else!

Lori - Christmas Shopping
Favourite Colour Combo : Red

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