Guest Designer – Verna Angerhofer

Rustic Thank You10 (465x550)Welcome back to the Cropstop blog! Today we have a beautiful card from our Guest Designer: Verna Angerhofer of VA’s Creative Clutter. Verna not only created a lovely card, but she’s sharing a fun tutorial for creating that faux woodgrain look.

Verna says: ” I wanted to make a more rustic looking type of card and so I decided to make a faux woodgrain look for a background. I used a 4 ¼ x 5 ½ sheet of white layering weight card stock and with my Scor Pal I added lines to it.

Rustic Thank You (550x413)After the score lines were added I then took Tim Holtz Distress Inks and swiped the pad all the way down the panel using various shades to create a wood grain look.

Rustic Thank You1 (550x413)I die cut that panel with Cottage Cutz Double Stitched Rectangle Dies as I wanted it smaller for my card.
Rustic Thank You7 (550x454)Once that was done I set it aside and then stamped my flowers with the help of my MISTI tool. Sometimes with the arthritis in my hands I can’t quite get a good impression but with that tool I can repeat it often until I am satisfied.

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Once that was done I set it aside and then stamped my flowers (Stamplorations Trendy Spring Blooms Stamp Set and Dies by Shery Russ) with the help of my MISTI tool. Sometimes with the arthritis in my hands I can’t quite get a good impression but with that tool I can repeat it often until I am satisfied. With the stamp set there is also some outline images to go with the basic floral designs and I chose to stamp them in black ink and again using the MISTI. Now that my flowers were all stamped I proceeded to die cut them out using the dies that came with the stamp set. I find that using some Washi tape to hold the dies in place helps me keep them in the proper alignment.

Now I was ready to assemble my card.  I first added the wood grain panel to the white A2 size card base. Then I arranged the flowers the way I liked them and fastened them with some Zots Clear Adhesive Dots.  I only used three of the flowers and one of the sentiments on the set. The leaves were added by using a Zig 2-Way Glue Squeeze & Roll Pen as I did not want them popped like the flowers were. The sentiment was stamped with Versafine Onyx Black ink and then die cut with one of the dies from the same double stitched rectangle die set. However, I wanted a thin border to frame the saying better, so what I did was die cut a black die the same size but the white one with the sentiment on it I simply fussy cut along the stitched line so that when they were placed together I had a nice border.

Rsutic Thank You 12 (475x550)I finished the card then by adding some ink around the edges to give a more distressed look. I am happy with the finished product too and believe me that isn’t always the case.”

I’d love to see how YOU use Verna’s technique, so stop by the CURRENT CHALLENGE and show us your faux woodgrain backgrounds using products from Cropstop companies! Hope to see you there….

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Heritage Themed Receipt Holder

100_8760As promised, the vintage receipt holder is making another appearance! There are limitless ideas for decorating these awesome “Mix the Media” displays, and I’ve chosen a “Heritage Theme” this time. I’m including a free printable at the end of this post, so be sure to check that out.  (For a tutorial on creating flowers with your Candi Dots see yesterday’s post by clicking here!)

100_8787For this display, I kept it fairly simple to showcase the old photos. I printed off a sheet of the freebies (below) and tied a bow with natural colored burlap string around the bottom. I added some die cut doilies (Hello Doily Sizzix), my vintage photos, and Candi Dots Flowers.   Across the bottom of the receipt holder I placed a strip of Tim Holtz Idea-ology  Washi Tape.

100_8792I’d love to see your take on vintage receipt holders or Candi dot flowers, so stop by our CURRENT CHALLENGE and link up your projects that use products from companies Cropstop carries.  I’ll be looking for YOU in the gallery….

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Floral Timepiece

100_8870Today’s card features a lot of Tim Holtz products. Not only is the clock ones of his dies, but there’s quite a few layers of distress ink in one form or another.

To create the background for my card, I swiped my Picket Fence Distress Stain bertically and then horizontally over a piece of light blue cardstock. Next I stamped the cheesecloth background stamp (Stampin’ Up) in Peeled Paint (Distress Oxide), spritzed it with water, and heat set. I then distressed the edges and inked them (using the Ink Applicator) with Vintage Photo Distress ink.

100_8872I used the Bigz – Tick Tock die (Tim Holtz) to cut a clock out of old music paper. I ran my Peeled Paint (Distress Stain) over the top and then added a layer of Picket Fence Distress Stain.  I love how easy the stains are to apply over large areas and how transparent they are. Picket Fence adds such a fun element with it’s semi opaque finish!

100_8863-horzTo further distress my clock and make it “pop” against the background, I applied some Vintage Photo Distress ink around the edges.  To decorate the lower corner, I made some Candi Dot flowers from the Nightingale Square pack and added a few pieces of greenery punched with the branch punch from Martha Stewart.

100_8706-horz-vertThere are several ways to form pretty flowers with your Candi Dots – Today I’m sharing two of them.

  1. Glue a Candi Dot to the center of a small punched circle
  2. Glue candi dots  around your flower center to form petals. You can glue them on either inside of the original candi or around the outside edge
  3. Continue to add petals behind your rows until your flower reaches a desired size
  4. You can decorate the centers with other candi dots, pearls, glitter glue, etc.

(Come back tomorrow to see how I used these fun flowers on a Heritage-themed home decor display!)

100_8873The face of my clock is die cuts from the Hello Doily Sizzix Dies.  The center is a cream Candi Dot and tiny pearl.  Using a small  paintbrush, I diluted some Vintage Photo Distress ink with water and splashed it on the front so it wouldn’t be quite so “bright.”  After layering my clock on 3 pieces of white cardstock for strength and dimension, I tied a little green bow on the handle using some Green Lace from Petaloo.

100_8875I added a stenciled design from Tim Holtz Watercolor stencil in Peeled Paint (Distress Oxide) inside using stencil brushes and some water. The sentiment is from Tim Holtz‘s “The Journey” stamp set.

I’d love to see what you’ve been working on lately, so stop by the CURRENT CHALLENGE and link up anything that uses products from companies Cropstop carries in the store!

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Guest Designer – Sandie Lobbezoo

IMG_20170601_174717We’re back with another guest design post from Sandie of Sandie’s Card Garden. Once again she “knocked my socks off” with her over-the-top beautiful card! I love that gorgeous bouquet of flowers decorating her pretty frame!

IMG_20170601_174850bSandie shares how she put this lovely card together:

“This time I “built” my card around an unusual item: some antique, pink, dotted Swiss vellum stationary that I found at an estate sale. It is behind the die-cut circle. I began with the ivory card base and added layer upon layer, ending with the flower arrangement and tucking in the twine bow last of all.

And here is my list of ingredients: 1. -print card stock is from K&Company called “Julianne” 2. ivory card base is Paper Studio 3. -dies: Spellbinders “Anglaise Lace Circles” & “Standard Circles” 4. Elizabeth Craft Designs “Garden Notes Sm Poinsettia” 5. Joy Crafts “Vintage Flourishes”, Gina Marie Designs “Fronds”  6. flowers:  StampingScrapping “Micro Rose” & “Gardenia” 7. I Am Roses “Mulberry Paper Flowers”, Pizzazz Aplenty “Mulberry Rose Buds” 8. twine is Karen Foster “Scrapper’s Spools, Tawny” 9. -adhesives: Zots glue dots, Scor-Tape tape”

Now it’s your turn! Link up  (CURRENT CHALLENGE LINK) whatever you’ve been  working on that uses products from companies Cropstop carries in the store! Happy Crafting!

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July Challenge – Link Party #30

100_7750It’s challenge time again, and here on the Eastern seaboard of the USA it’s summer time!  When I think of summer, I think of: Picnics with my family, evening walks on the beach, fresh veggies from the garden, waffle cones filled with hand-dipped Hershey’s ice cream, catching fireflies, mason jar bouquets of wildflowers, and the smell of newly cut grass!  Today’s card reflects the colors of summer with the blues of the ocean, the bright yellow sunshine, and greens of the trees and grass. It also includes a beautifully embossed butterfly that I can picture flitting about my flower beds full of summer blooms!

pageTo create my card:  I stamped Salty Ocean, Spiced Marmalade, and Mowed Lawn Distress ink on my desk and added water. Next, I used a small paintbrush and painted the colors across my watercolor paper. After the colors dried I laid my Flourish Stencil (Tim Holtz) over the top and applied a thick layer of Gesso  and heat set it with my embossing gun. I layered my watercolor/gesso panel on white cardstock embossed with the One World Embossing Folder from Couture Creations. This was lightly inked with the same distress inks using my Tim Holtz Ink Applicator. After matting this layer on gray cardstock, I attached it to my card using my ATG gun.

100_7759Next I added a die cut (Labels 4 Spellbinders nestabilities) stamped with a sentiment from All Things Are Possible (Heartfelt Creations). The butterfly comes from the Butterflies Die and Embossing set from Cuttlebug.  I added a line of tiny pearls down the center to dress it up a bit.

100_7762Inside I used stencil brushes, distress inks, and the flourish stencil to create a lovely swirl background for my sentiment (stamped in Hickory Smoke) from the Tim Holtz Watercolor Stamp and Stencil set.

Now it’s your turn to share your creativity with us!

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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!
  • We’ll also choose one entry as “Top Pick.” That entry will be eligible to be a guest designer for a future post.

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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Winner and Top Pick

Time to announce our winner and top pick from the last link up!

Winners are chosen by random.org and will receive a prize from Cropstop.com

Top Picks will be a favorite of mine from the projects linked up, and will be eligible for a guest designer spot in a future month.

Our lucky WINNER for this month is:

#30 Tina of Treebug

Tina created a fun shape card using her Cuttlebug and Crafter’s Companion Doilies.

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Winners:  Please email us at cropstop@cropstop.com within seven (7) days to claim your prizes by giving us your physical mailing address, and we will get your prize out to you right away.  In fairness to everyone, there are no exceptions to this rule.

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Our TOP PICK for this month is:

#37 Lois from Lil Artsy Woman

Lois used products from Bazzill, Spellbinders, Cricut, & Petaloo to create this gorgeous floral card!

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Top Pick: Please email me at hmblessings@yahoo.com within 7 days for a chance to guest design for the blog.

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Great job everyone!

We love seeing your work via the link up, so join us for the next Cropstop Challenge posting tomorrow at 1:00 AM Eastern Time.

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Packing Tape Glitter Technique

100_7895Today I’m sharing a fun technique for adding glitter behind your die cuts pieces. All you need is a piece of packing tape!

100_7888-horzStep One: Die cut your image

Step Two: Adhere a piece of clear packing tape to the reverse side

Step Three: Turn to front side, trim away excess, and sprinkle with glitter

Simple, easy, and cheap way to add some sparkle behind die cuts with open places!

100_7896I chose a die cut from the Tim Holtz Mixed Media Thinlints set. After stamping it with the crackle background (Stampin’ Up), I used my ink applicator to apply some Fossilized Amber Distress Ink around the edges before adding my Spring Pale Yellow Glitter (Art Accentz). Across the bottom I added a strip of (green) Petaloo lace and tied some natural colored burlap string in a bow over the top. I then added a tiny clay flower to the center of my bow.

100_7903For my background, I embossed a piece of (pastel) Core’dinations Cardstock with the One World embossing folder from Couture Creations and sanded it to reveal the inner core.  The daisy and bee were freebies from the Graphics Fairy as well as the bee image I used inside the card. The bee is popped up with foam tape for extra dimension.

100_7901I used my Circle and Blossom Nestabilities (Spellbinders) to frame my beehive and stamped a cute sentiment from the Fun Border Stamp set from Recollections.

I’d love to see how you use this technique on your cards, so stop by the CURRENT CHALLENGE and link up your projects using products from companies Cropstop carries! Can’t wait to see your creations!

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Technical Issues

fyiFYI – Both the blog and the store experienced technical issues this week when their hosting site lost a hard drive. Thank you for your patience while we waited for repairs. We’re hoping the store will be up and running again soon!

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Guest Designer – Sandie Lobbezoo

IMG_20170601_173425bTime for another guest design post! Today we’re privileged to have Sandie from Sandie’s Card Garden sharing her talent with us! Sandie created a gorgeous wedding day card with so many beautiful details! I just can’t stop looking at this one – so pretty!

IMG_20170601_174431Here’s what Sandie says about how she put her card together:

My hubby and I recently attended the wedding of a young relative so I had to make a special card, of course! I really enjoy making weddingcards because I have the perfect excuse for frills and flowers and elegance! ( I actually kept this one kinda tame.)

To create this card I chose some pale pastel card stock called “Boogie Board” from Bazzill Basics Paper and I punched the Martha Stewart “Doily Lace” borders from both the pale blue and the ivory. The embossed layer was created using a Cuttlebug folder called “Poppy” by Anna Griffin (one of my very favorites!) The sentiment, a Bildmalarna stamp, is stamped in Memento “London Fog” dye ink and die cut using the Spellbinders “Labels 20” die. The flowers and leaves are a combination of four punches: McGill “Birch Leaf” and “Star Flower”, and  Martha Stewart “Flower” and “Frond”. I like to “cup” the flowers a bit so I used my McGill shaping tools and mat. The final “tweaks” are the Ranger Stickles “Star Dust”, Doodlebug Designs “Sprinkles” glitter dots, and lightly sponged color on the die cut. For that I used one of my many Tsukineko sponge daubers (another favorite!). Many of these products are available at the CropStop shop!”

Now it’s your turn to share the projects (CURRENT CHALLENGE LINK) you’ve been working on! As always, Anything Goes as long as you use some products from companies Cropstop carries in the store!

 

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Burlap Canvas

100_8047I have a little mid-week inspiration for you today….. a burlap canvas decor decor project! I’m also sharing a mini tutorial I use for making layered 3D flowers. Cropstop currently has both stretched burlap and natural canvases in 4 x 4 and 6 x 6 sizes. Both are convenient for making pretty pieces of home decor.  music flowerStep One: Cut six or seven individual flower shapes with a die cut of your choice (I used the Tim Holtz Tattered Florals die)

Step Two: Ink the edges using Distress Ink and an Ink Applicator (I used Vintage Photo)

Step Three: Poke a tiny brad through the center of each and layer your inked flowers.

Step Four: Beginning with the top layer, fold each layer up and into the center

Step Five: Continue folding layers till they are all smooshed together

Step Six: Carefully unfold your flower, fluff, and shape

100_8052To create my piece, I started with a 6 x 6 canvas and ran a strip of twine from the Cream Burlap Trim (Petaloo) set in a zig zag pattern across the front.  Next I attached leaves to my flowers (Flower petals Sizzix Die) and glued them in the corners. I added some mini clothespins with sentiments (stamped in Ground Espresso) from the Inspirational Stamp Set (Tim Holtz ).

100_8055I’d love to see how you use your crafting supplies to decorate your home, so stop by the CURRENT CHALLENGE and link up your creations that use products from companies Cropstop carries in the store.

 

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