Zentangle Butterfly

Cropstop has several different Zentangle stamps in stock right now, and I just love all the detail included in them. Today I’m showcasing the beautiful Zentangle Butterfly set from Woodware Clear Stamps.

To create my card I:

I actually did two different versions of the butterfly…Version #1 has the lighter colors on the outside of the wings Version #2 has darker colors on the outside and a layer of clear UTEE over the top to create a glossy look. I think I like the first one better — which do you prefer?

For the inside:

Now it’s your turn….Stop by the February Link Party and link up any project that includes a few products from companies Cropstop carries in the store.


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Guest Designer – Diane Hover


Hello Blog readers — it’s time for another guest design spot here on the Cropstop blog. Today we’re sharing an absolutely  beautiful friendship card created by Diane Hover of  Nellie’s Nest.   Here’s what Diane says about putting this gorgeous card together:

“I made a bright and cheerful card today thinking as cold and dreary

as it is here in Michigan, it just might perk me up!

I started with a favorite product of mine

Ken Oliver Color Burst.

I first misted water on my card stock,

then tapped the bottles onto the wet card stock.

I added a bit more water to get a bit more design.

You want to be a bit light on the water, so you don’t end up ‘muddying” the colors.

Also a warning, these color bursts can be a bit addictive!

I used Lemon Yellow and Orange.

I then used a Poppystamps Velvet Blossoms die to cut out my flowers.

Once dry I did another fun trick to the flowers.

take a container, add some glue and a bit of water from your

water brush, stir it around then ‘flick’ it on your flowers,

then add Wow Glitter, I used Tangerine.

To finish the flowers I added Black Flower Soft to the centers.

I embossed a white card stock panel with the Cuttlebug Swiss Dots folder,

added a Tim Holtz bird cage die cut

and Creative Expressions Finishing Touches  Petite  Vinery.

 The butterfly is from Memory Box

and the sentiment is Stampendous.

I added a bit of twine to finish.”

Products Used:
Poppystamps Velvet Blossoms die
Wow Tangerine Glitter
Tim Holtz Bird Cage die
Memory Box Butterfly

Now it’s your turn….Stop by the February Link Party and link up any project that includes a few products from companies Cropstop carries in the store.

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Mini Notebooks

Hello friends! Today I have a fun little project to share with you.  I recently purchased some mini notepads and turned them into cute little Valentine gifts with matching decorated paper clips.

Here’s how I customized my cover:

  • I carefully unwound the wire from my notebook and removed the front cover
  • Using the cover as a template, I trimmed a piece of kraft card stock to size
  • Next, I laid the cover over the kraft card stock and punched tiny holes across the top with my crop-a-dile
  • I rounded the bottom corners of my cover with a corner punch, and re-attached it to the note pad

Now you’re ready to decorate!  I used several different papers from the Red Sampler Pack (Canvas Corp), a Martha Stewart heart border punch, red ric rac ribbon from Petaloo, and some natural colored burlap string.

I also created a decorative jumbo paper clip using Prima flowers and tiny white pearls.

Now it’s your turn to share the projects you’ve been working on. Stop by the CURRENT LINK PARTY and add any project that includes a few products from companies Cropstop carries in the store! Happy Crafting!


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Guest Designer – Cheri Weston

It’s Friday, and that means we get to share the work of one of you as a guest designer here on the Cropstop blog!! I love all the different styles and techniques that paper crafters use to create projects, and sharing your work in this spot is an inspiration and joy!  This week we’re back with a gorgeous journal spread from my sweet friend, Cheri Weston of Stamp’n Boomer. I just love all the wonderful details she included in this spread — I can’t quit looking at it!

Here’s what Cheri says about putting this beautiful project together: “I’m here again as guest designer with another project for CropStop.  A place for some one stop papercraft shopping. 

Today I’d like to share with you a page from my art journal using the Dyan Reaveley Creative Journey Journal

I used a lot of Tim Holtz and Ranger products creating this page.  It took awhile, but the process was so much fun. 

To begin, I prepared the double page with Gel Matte Medium and laid  Tim Holtz Tissue paper over it, smoothing it but leaving some wrinkles for texture as I went along. Once the tissue paper was dry I then added some Candied Apple Distress Ink to color the background.  Making sure the ink was dry, I again covered both pages with the gel matte medium and glued dollar store paper napkins, that I had trimmed, in the upper corners. 

While that layer was drying, I stamped the Stampers Anonymous stamp “Ice Skate” (It’s a blueprint stamp), onto cardstock and colored them.  I then fussy cut them and set them aside.  From pieces of scrap paper, die cut the packages with a Sizzix Alterations die then distressed their edges.

Going back to the journal which was now dry, I splattered some white acrylic paint to appear as snow and took a damp baby wipe and wiped it in areas to soften the image.  I placed the skates and packages where I wanted them and glued them in place.  I added dimensionals to the front skate to make it appear forward from the other.  I added pieces of embroidery thread to hang and secured those to the back of the page.  After adding some ribbon on the packages it was time for the sentiment. 

In my stash I had some tiny alphabet stamps I’ve had for ions using them, I took a scrap piece of black card stock and stamped out the words in white pigment ink, cutting and separating them from the original piece.  The word “wonderful” was created using some old Thickers I had hanging around.  I used my white gel pen to highlight them. 

There you have it!  Thank you so much for stopping by and once again I thank Ester Asbury for inviting me to guest design for CropStop.”

Now it’s your turn…..Stop by the February Link Party and showoff any projects that include a few supplies from companies Cropstop carries in the store! Who knows? Maybe you’re work will be featured here next time!

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It’s time to announce the winner from our last link-up!

Chosen by random.org, the winner is:

#21 Stamping Kitty

Please email Haylie-Jo at  cropstop@cropstop.com within seven (7) days to claim your prize. Be sure to include your physical mailing address so she can get your prize out to you right away.

Great job everyone! Thanks so much for linking your lovely projects up to Cropstop!  We love seeing your work via the link up, so swing by the current party and showoff the projects you’ve been working on!

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February Challenge – Link Party #37

It’s time for a new challenge here on the Cropstop blog, and today I’m sharing a Valentine card I created with a pretty stenciled background.

Here’s how I put this card together:

Here’s the pattern for creating your own mini crochet flower:

Round 1 ch 2, 5 sc in 2cd ch from hook – join with sl st to first sc

Round 2 ch 2, 3 dc, ch 2, sl st in same sc

sl st in next sc, repeat Round 2 four more times to form 5 petals

Finish off

To create the heart on the inside of my card I:

  • Trimmed a piece of thin typing paper to the same size as my card
  • Cut a heart pattern in the center near the top
  • Laid my heart template over the inside panel of my card
  • Stamped the Plaid Background stamp (Impression Obsession) in Worn Lipstick Distress Oxide
  • Added a sentiment from the Tim Holtz Crazy Birds set in Fired Brick Distress Ink

Now it’s your turn to share the projects you’ve been working on!

Here’s how our challenges work:

  • Create ANY new project using products from companies  CropStop carries in the store. It’s ok if you didn’t buy it from us, and also fine if it’s a product we don’t currently have it in stock as long as it’s from one of the companies we carry!
  • Please, no back-linking old projects.
  • Limit five (5) entries per challenge.
  • Link your project here, link back to this post, and mention the CropStop Challenge in your post.
  • We’ll choose one random Winner who will receive a prize from the CropStop Store! (100 or more links = two winners and two prizes!)

Thanks so much for linking up with us, we look forward to seeing all your great entries this month. Grab our badge and help us spread the word that CropStop is a great place to play along!


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Guest Designer – Cheri Weston

Time for another guest design post here on the Cropstop blog. Today we have a super cute (and FUN!!) card from my sweet friend Cheri Weston of Stamp’n Boomer.

Here’s what Cheri says about creating this adorable Valentine card: “Today is a exciting day for me, I’ve been asked my my crafting friend, Esther Asbury to be a guest designer for CropStop, a fabulous one-stop shopping place for many brands for papercrafters. 

I’ve had these Bird Crazy stamps from Tim Holtz and Stampers Anonymous for some time and always love using them.  Their faces are so funny and I love inking them up and creating with them. 

I positioned my chosen birds on my MISTI stamp positioner where I wanted them to be on the panel.  After stamping them with Memento black ink, I colored them with Copic Markers.  Once the coloring was done, I positioned the coordinating die over each bird and die cut them out.  I then trimmed the panel with a stitched border die from My Favorite Things and replaced the birds into the negative space on the panel.  This gives a lot of dimension to the individual birds.  I added a MFT heart balloon die, which was cut out of hot pink card stock multiple times and stacked on top of each other.  For a final touch of dimension I added Glossy Accents to the eyes. The sentiment, hearts and little bouquet are all from the Stampers Anonymous “Things/Talk” from Tim Holtz

Thank you for asking me to be a guest designer for CropStop blog.  I’ll be back next week with another project for you.” 

Now it’s your turn….Stop by the CURRENT LINK PARTY and link up any project that includes a few products from companies Cropstop carries in the store.

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Gallery Stand-Out

This week’s  Gallery Stand-Out is

#45 Darlene Pavlick of Dar’s Crafty Creations

I love the way Darlene created her cabin scene behind her die cut snowflake — such a cool technique!

For a chance to see your work featured, stop by the January Challenge and link up any project that uses a few products from companies Cropstop carries in the store.

Hope to see you there!

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UTEE Texture

Here we are at the end of January already and before you know it Valentine’s Day will be here! Today I’m sharing a fun tutorial for making textured embellishments for your cards. Let’s get started…

To start:


  • While the last layer was still wet I placed a background stamp on top and pressed lightly (I inked my stamp with Versamark Watermark first)
  • After letting it set for just a bit (maybe 30 seconds) I removed the heart and trimmed away the excess UTEE with sharp scissors
  • I added some Picket Fence Distress Stain and set my embellishment aside to dry while I made my card

To create my card I:

Now it’s YOUR turn! Stop by the CURRENT LINK PARTY and showoff any projects that use a few products from companies Cropstop carries in the store! Hope to see you there!

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Guest Designer – Ann Greenspan

Time for another guest design post here on the blog. Today we’re sharing a gorgeous winter card created by: Ann Greenspan of Ann Greenspan’s Crafts.  Here’s what Ann says about putting her beautiful card together:

“My card was made using two Sizzix trees left over from a previous card.  They were cut using some gold foiled dsp.

To make the background, I first embossed a piece of white card stock with the Crafts-Too Lattice embossing folder.  Then, using my finger, I rubbed on some Vintage Green gilding wax by Creative Expressions.

The layers of the card are held together with 1/4″ Scor Tape and Tombow Mono Adhesive runner.  For areas on the front of the card where I didn’t want the glue to show, such as for the sprigs on the deer necks, I used Creative Expressions Specialist Acrylic Glue.  It is the only glue I trust to not show on my cards.  It even dries clear on foiled cardstock.”

Supplies Ann used

Thank you Ann for sharing this stunning card with us today. Now it’s YOUR turn! Stop by the CURRENT LINK PARTY and link up any project that uses some products from companies Cropstop carries in the store.

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