Top Dog Dies - Spring Card

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Welcome back to another Top Dog Dies Thursday! I hope to bring you a little happiness today as I have a spring card to share!

The Hummingbird/Flower die-cut was cut using watercolor paper. Then, using Ranger Distress markers, I colored the bird, leaves, and flower. It didn't have to be perfectly colored, just needed to get some ink onto the paper. Once I was finished, I used a mini mister to spray water over the image. The ink blends SO nicely together, and you never know what you're gonna end up with! I waited for it to dry, and was very happy with the end result!! I think this technique is so much fun!

For the bottom strip of color, I did the same technique. This time though, I just used a plain piece of watercolor paper and colored random strokes across the paper, using the same colors in the die-cut piece. Then sprayed with water and let dry. The top piece of white cardstock is die-cut with a fun border die! (supply links are at the bottom of the post)

Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope I inspired you today ;)

Stamps: Uniko Studio - Paradise - Hummingbird
Dies: Top Dog Dies - Bird Trio Die Set, Dotted Borders Die Set
Inks and Markers: Ranger Distress - Mustard Seed, Wild Honey, Bundled Sage, Pine Needles, Tumbled Glass, Dusty Concord; Stampin' Up - Lavender Lace

Top Dog Dies Love Bird Card

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Welcome back to another Top Dog Dies weekly post! I have an awesome Valentine's card to share with you.

This card uses a lot of different dies (see supplies list below for names/links)! The bird is from the brand new TDD release last week, Little Birds die set. The love banner and note is being 'carried' by the bird with the silver cord. The bird and envelope is popped up with foam tape for dimension. Hope you enjoy!!

Dies: Top Dog Dies - Little Birds, Signature Emerson Die, Vintage Alphabet Die, Heart Mini Album Finishers Die Set
Patterned Paper: Amy Tangerine - Plus One; Lawn Fawn - Let's Polka; Echo Park - Be Mine collection

Top Dog Dies January Release!

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Hi crafty friends! I'm popping in for an exciting post. Top Dog Dies has released 6 new exclusive dies! I've been having fun playing with the new goodies over the past week, and you can see what I've created down below, after I introduce the new dies to you!



Aren't they just awesome?!?! I'm loving the little details of the pierced holes around the edges of a lot of these dies. It gives them such character!

I hope you enjoy my cards using the new stuff! I've included the supply list at the end of the post for each card. If you are looking for even more inspiration, make sure to check out the Idea Gallery on the TDD website!


Happy Birthday card:
Dies: TDD - Feathers, Dotted Tags  
Stamps: Papertrey Ink - Sketched Shapes (sentiment)
Cardstock: PTI - White
Patterned Papers: Amy Tangerine - Plus One; MME - Moments
Other: Twine, Washi Tape, Foam Tape

You and Moi card:
Dies: TDD - Corset, Corset Background, Dotted Borders, Elephants (small hearts) 
Cardstock: PTI - Rustic White, True Black; Stampin' Up! - Lavender Lace
Other: Patterned Paper: Pebbles

Thanks card:
Dies: TDD - Little Birds, Dotted Borders 
Stamps: Papertrey Ink - Mini Blooms (sentiment)
Cardstock: PTI - Rustic Cream; Stampin' Up! - Kraft
Other: Patterned Paper: Poteeka Souflee - The Paper Studio; Sequins; Rainstones (PTI)

Baby Elephant card: 
Dies: TDD - Elephants, Dotted Tags
Cardstock: PTI - White, True Black
Patterned Papers: Lawn Fawn - Let's Polka; Pebbles
Other: SU Corner Rounder Punch, Sizzix Embossing Folder - Stripes, Foam Tape

Uniko Studio Challenge #17

Friday, January 16, 2015

Hi! Welcome to the first Uniko Studio Challenge of 2015!! To start our year, we've revamped the challenges to bring more variety and make it possible for everyone to participate. Yay! Here's the deets:

  • Challenges will run for 2 weeks only and will begin on the 3rd Friday of each month
  • You can use ANY stamps in the challenges
  • You can enter as many times as you want and enter as many other challenges as you want combined with ours!

We are happy that we have some very creative Guest Designers joining us for this challenge! Just click on their names to take a browse around their amazing blogs.

So this month our theme is Love and Friendship

Isn't is fun to create Valentine's Day cards?! I just can't get enough of hearts, hearts, hearts! I created the background pattern with the hollow heart and randomly stamped inside some of them with a smaller solid heart. Then, all the sentiments are embossed using black EP.

You have until Friday, January 30th, 2:00am CST, to link your card up on the Uniko Blog

How to WIN some Uniko gift vouchers!!
  • The DT will choose a winner who will get a £20 Gift Voucher for Uniko Studio plus be invited to be a Guest Designer for our next challenge
  • Our DT will also choose a top 3 and they will each get a £5 Gift Voucher
  • If you do use a Uniko product we will do a random selected prize to win a £10 gift voucher

Stamps: Uniko Studio - All Occasions Sentiments #5, Always & Forever, Flower Power #3
Cardstock: PTI - White

Ink: PTI - Hibiscus Burst
Other: Black Embossing Powder

Top Dog Dies Love You Card

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Hey there! I've got a giant-sized card to share today, LOL! (it measures 7.5" x 5.25")

As part of my DT duties for Top Dog Dies, I will be posting a card/project every Thursday here on my blog! I know it's Saturday today, but let's just say it slipped my mind! I hope you will stop by for a visit every week and let me know what you think!

I used the Top Dog Dies Lace Heart Border die and die cut it three times using different shades of pink. Next, I mounted them to a dark grey card stock base.

The large heart was die cut twice using vellum. I stamped the "Love You" sentiment on one of them, adhered dark grey sequins around it, then attached the piece to the other vellum piece. The panel was adhered to the base using foam tape.

Thanks for stopping by! Are you creating any fun things for the upcoming Valentine's holiday??

Stamps: Uniko Studio - Always & Forever
Cardstock: PTI - Smokey Shadow; Stampin' Up - Pretty in Pink, Regal Rose, Rose Red; Vellum.
Dies: Top Dog Dies - Heart Border Die, Heart Doily Die
Miscellaneous: Sequins, Foam Tape

Uniko Studio Sponsors TIME OUT

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Hello! So glad you stopped by today because Uniko Studio is sponsoring the first challenge of the year over at TIME OUT Challenges!

Since this one is a photo challenge, you should have plenty of inspiration to get you started! Check out the cool pic below...

There are 2 ways to win £15 UNIKO gift voucher:
  1. By leaving a comment on the main Uniko blog - chosen at random
  2. By entering the TIME OUT Challenge - chosen at random
There is also TWICE the inspiration from the design team because BOTH the TIME OUT DT and the Uniko Studio DT are participating in this challenge. So be sure to stop by both blogs to see all the lovely eye candy!!

The challenge closes on Jan 21st at 5pm GMT (11am CST). Any stamps/supplies can be used, but we'd LOVE to see you use those Uniko Studio goodies! ;) Let's see what you can come up with!

Thanks for the visit!

Stamps: Uniko - All Occasion Sentiments #2, Flower Power #6, A Gift for You, Time
Cardstock: PTI - White; Stampin' Up - Only Orange
Dies: Uniko Studio - Graphic Flowers from Today, Tomorrow, and Always Time Collection
Miscellaneous: Sequin, Foam Tape

Top Dog Dies Tutorial - Valentine's Day Banner

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

So for all these years that I've been blogging about my cards, I've never done a tutorial. I love watching video tutorials and reading other people's tutorials, but I thought I could never do that! Well, now that I'm on the Top Dog Dies design team, I am required to do one tutorial a month! So, my first one was posted the other day on the TDD blog. Be sure to check it out! I'm very proud of the project and the photos. Thanks to my hubby and his awesome camera for helping me out! ;)

Here's a few shots!!