Monday 31 March 2014


"YAY" #congratulations

Happy Monday! It's a crazy, tired, busy one after one wonderful weekend with Clearly Besotted Stamps peeps Stephanie, Caryn (and Stephanie's husband, Dean!) promoting CBS at a show on Saturday and teaching a CBS workshop on Sunday (Check out my Facebook page or Instagram for pics of it.) Such fun, but I'm playing catch up with sleep now - especially after losing an hour (hello, BST! :D)

But tired or not, nothing stops for some sneaky peeks Top Dog Dies stylee:

Yup, this week the Top Dog Dies design team are sharing some projects created using the new Top Dog Dies release that will be available for purchase April 5th.


As a literacy teacher, my heart skipped a beat when I spotted this speech mark die from the Top Dog Dies Camera Finishers set. I'm a sucker for punctuation.  It then skipped a little faster when I saw the hashtag die too! So combining the two, I created a card suited to congratulating someone who is a tweeter or tech savvy at least. :)

"Yay" -  Close Up
I used the Top Dog Dies Vintage Alphabet Die to create my main sentiment and some silver, scrap, sparkly, sticky, stuff to die cut from. 
tips and tricks
  • To keep the hashtag flush with the white panel, I removed the white hashtag that was created with the die and inserted one die cut from black card. To keep it secure, I simply adhered a thin strip of card behind it.
  • I went a little patterned paper crazy here! I find that if I'm struggling to use a detailed pattern, then it usually makes a nice background pattern for a card and makes a tiny dent in the huge stash of the stuff that I'm hoarding LOL!
  •  The hashtag die comes in a frame that is longer than this. I simply trimmed it down to fit my sentiment on but you can fit longer sentiments on it if you wish! 
  • Like the idea of a hashtag greeting? Keep it authentic and don't have spaces in-between stamped words: e.g #happybirthday . Simply ink up each word separately and stamp them close together. 
It's going to be a crazy week here on the blogeroo so I hope you can stay tuned. I have a couple more projects to share with the new Top Dog Dies release as well as the sneaky peeks of the new Clearly Besotted Stamps release. Crazy, busy times ahead!

*Shameless Plug Alert!*
As always, I'm so grateful and thankful for your visits! If you like visiting here, then I'd really appreciate it if you could possibly vote for me as I've been shortlisted in a competition to find the UK's best arts and crafts blog. Thank you! ;)

Thanks so much for stopping by today!


Products Used
New Top Dog Dies products will be added once they're available for purchase. :)


Chunyuan said...

awesome card. Voted for you!

Taheerah said...

So funny and fun Aimes! Gotta say I am a sucker for all that punctuation too!

Janis said...

Voted for you, with pleasure. Your blog is #awesome!!!
<3 J

jwoolbright at gmail dot com

Shona Chambers said...

Love the card, especially the background paper!! I tried to vote for you but seems you to have to tweet to vote and I don't use twitter, sorry about that, wish there was some other way I could vote!!

Petti said...

I tried to vote for you (love your blog) but it requires twitter which I don't...
Best of luck to you!

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