Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Challenge Paper Piecing

It's tuesday again and time for a new and fabolous challenge over here at Top Tip Tuesday today. Our team have come up trumphs for this challenge, you just wait and see what we've got in store for you. 

First up our sponsor for this challenge:
And an awesome prize of 

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What is Paper Piecing
Paper piecing is when you stamp an image several times on different cardstock and patterned paper, and  then cut out the pieces to layer them.  

For example, stamping a character like a little girl, you would stamp it once on white paper, you would then stamp it again on pink patterned paper, and then stamp it once more on brown paper.
Now you would colour the skin and face etc. and use this as your base for layering the other pieces. Carefully fussy cut out the dress/clothes you stamped onto pink patterned paper, and add it to the base layer, lining it up with the dress lines.  Then cut out the shoes and layer them. 

You can add layers and dimension by using foam squares!

Just check out the different Paper Pieced examples from the Design Team below!!

First of all we have a fabolous guest designer for this challenge

Stephanie Wright
that made this fabolous card:

Here's her fab tip too:Obviously paper piecing is a fantastic way to use scraps but using other smaller pieces is possible when you cover seams or where they don't join with other elements.  For instance:  All the patterned paper used for my card were scraps from other projects. The red background piece wasn't big enough for my card front.  I cut what I had in half and the floral strip covers the gap.  And the floral piece wasn't long enough to span the width of my card.  However, the image panel hides that gap

She also left us with a link to her fab paper piecing tutorial on her blog. 

Now over to 

Our Design Team

I stamped the image twice. Once in green and once in red. Then I cut out the red flower and attached it to the green stem.

I digitally paper pieced the dress, shoes, head band and hair 
scrunchies with the same digital papers that I used on my card.  
make those elements of the image transparent using a photo editing software 
(I use Gimp), and layered her in front of a second image 
containing the digi-papers, before printing the combo onto plain white card.

Tip: When paper piecing intricate stamps make sure that you do find matching pieces so they go together beautifully!!

*coming soon*


Making Easter bags is fun. I paper pieced the rabbit's sweater and shaded it with Promarkers to give definition. 

Lisa S 
A little something different from me-a mixed media canvas. My paper pieced element (the dressform) is a die. I wanted to play with paper piecing another way by using a die instead of a digital stamp so I die cut a piece of chipboard for sturdiness and made another cut with a text dp by Fancy Pants. I paper pieced the dp to my dressform.  

Samantha P
* coming soon*

Samantha K
Her hat and outfit are paper pieced. To help add depth, don't be afraid to use your colouring medium to help add a bit of shade over the paper pieced areas :)

*coming soon*

Winner and Top Picks Cute Challenge

Boy, it's certainly safe to say you liked our last challenge; we had over 200 entries and I've just spent nearly 2 hours looking through them so that I can pick the winner and top 3.   Phew!  However, it was far too tough limiting myself to just 3 top picks, so I've sneaked in with 5 (and even that was tough)!  
Shhh, don't tell the boss!

So, here's my top picks:

This was just so adorable, I love the Tiddly Inks image, and Jan's tip for colouring on textured card is great, although I am not sure she needs to worry about her colouring as it looks fab to me.

This image made me smile, and on a Monday evening after a long day, that's worth it's weight in gold, so it definitely qualified as a top pick for me.  Those little chickies look soooo peed off!

I loved the colouring on this, so soft and beautifully blended.  Very cute card. Love it.

Norma's card was just beautiful with 2 perfectly coloured Wee stamps images that were just stunning.

The GORGEOUS cross stitch image on this baby announcement is just stunning. It looks real, not coloured with copics.  It's fab Jen.

Grab your Top 5 badge girls, and well done, I loved them all.

And so onto our lucky winner:

Our generous sponsor was Sami stamps with a prize of a $12.00 gift certificate to thSami Stamps Shop.

And the winner is:
Please email us Katie, at toptiptuesday@hotmail.co.uk, and we'll sort out you prize.

And finally our Top Tipper:

Marie didn't just leave us a tip, she did a whole tutorial on how to colour transparent balloons.  And here's her creation to demonstrate what the end result looks like. Do drop by her blog to see the fab tutorial.
Well done honey, it's really professional looking. Love it.

Congratulations, you've won a Guest DT spot with us.
Please email us at toptiptuesday@hotmail.co.uk and we'll give you the details for the next challenge.

A huge thank you to everyone who entered our challenge, and please do drop back in half an hour for our next challenge.

Annette and the TTT teamies.

Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Challenge - Cute (and a fab tutorial from Kat)

Hello everyone.

Well, it's Tuesday already, and also APRIL FOOL'S DAY.
If you're anything like me you'll be caught out by some bright spark. (I'm too trusting, though some people say gullible!)

Well, it's no trick to say that we've got a new challenge here at Top Tip Tuesday and have got some lovely treats in store for you today with a fab tutorial and some fantastic samples from the TTTTTs (that's our Talented Top Tip Tuesday Teamies!!).

Before we get started on the new challenge, we are bursting to spill the beans that we have one of my favourite designers as a special guest today, and she has even written a fabulous tutorial.

So here is KAT to share with you her tutorial for her fancy fold card:

Here is the finished design so you know what to aim for!
Isn't it beautiful.  

Cut a 4cm strip from the front right hand side of
a 14.5cm square base card and save the offcut strip for later:

Cut a panel of patterned paper to fit the front of the card and 2 panels to fit the inside of the card, leaving a small white border. If desired, ink and stitch round the edges of all the panels:

Glue the patterned paper panel to the front of the card:

Take the offcut strip from step one, round the corners at one end then score and fold at 
9cm from this end. This will form the 'buckle' strip:

Cut a small panel of patterned paper to fit the front of the buckle leaving a small white border, inking and stitching edges if desired.  Glue panel to buckle strip:

Inside the card mark out a slot roughly 4mm wide on the left hand side 4cm up from the bottom and 3cm from the left hand edge and cut out with a craft knife; the exact size and placement of the slot is not crucial and can be adjusted to fit where you would like it underneath the image:

Attach buckle strip to right hand side 4cm up from the bottom so that the fold line of the buckle lines up with the right hand edge of the card and will fold neatly over the front of the card when closed:

Glue patterned paper panel to right hand inside to cover the buckle:

Stamp and colour image, trim to size and mat onto a piece of Kraft card. Cover back of image panel with foam pads or tape except for where the buckle will pass behind it; you can mark out where the slot will be by placing the image panel on the front of the card and drawing through the slot you have cut out:

Cut a 4 x 6cm piece of white card and attach to the back of the image over where the buckle slot will be; just glue at the very left hand edge and allow it to hang over the foam pads but don't take the backing off the foam pads just yet!

This is the tricky stage; remove the foam pad backing from the image panel and poke the card strip on the back through the slot whilst you stick down image panel on front:

This is what it now looks like from the front:

Glue the end of the small piece of card down inside. You can make the card without this little strip but it does allow the buckle to slide in and out much more easily without catching:

Glue patterned paper panel to left hand inside to cover the slot and tab:

Decorate the front of the card as desired; 
I have added flowers and tied some twine with tags round the buckle strip:

Huge thanks to Kat for her fab tutorial and such a pretty card! 

Thank you for being our special guest! 

So, it's onto our challenge, which this week is :


Our generous sponsor is Sami stamps and
the prize is a $12.00 gift certificate to the Sami Stamps Shop

Our Special Top Tipper Guest is 
Karen using protective fairy

And here are the creations by our own Design Team:

Lisa S 
using Umbrella Splash

Samantha P 
using Sunny Spot

So, it's over to you, we want to see your CUTE creations, 
and / or leave us a Top Tip to be in with a chance to win.
Have a great fortnight,
Annette and the TTT Teamies.