Mini Stretched Burlap Canvas

Today I’m featuring one of the stretched canvas’ Cropstop carries in the store. This one is a mini (4 x 4) one made of burlap.  I decided to make an interchangeable piece of decor with mine. Here’s step by step instructions for creating this little piece of art:

I cut 6 pieces of manila cardstock into 2 3/4 x 3 1/4 inch pieces

Using Tim Holtz Distress Crayons, I colored each piece in season-coordinating colors and rubbed them in with a slightly wet finger

Using the Happy Everything Blueprints Stamp Set (Tim Holtz) and Ground Espresso Distress Ink I stamped six different images on my tags

I distressed the edges and inked them with sponge daubers

The last step was matting each tag on coordinating colors of cardstock . You could achieve the same look using distress inks. Here are the colors I used for each tag:

Now it’s your turn to share the projects you’ve been working on! Have you ever used your paper crafting supplies to create a piece of canvas art? I’d love to see it, so be sure to stop by our CURRENT LINK PARTY and showoff your projects that use products from companies Cropstop carries in the store!

REMEMBER: If we reach 100 links this month there will be TWO winners and TWO prizes!!

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Guest Designer – Ann Greenspan

ann3Time for another guest design post here on the Cropstop blog. Today we have another gorgeous card by Ann of Ann Greenspan’s Crafts. I just love how Ann highlighted her embossing folder using different colors of gilding wax! In her own words Ann shares how she created her masterpiece:

I used the beautiful Couture Creations Oooh La La embossing folder that they so graciously sent to me for winning a random draw on their challenge blog.

I wanted to highlight all the pretty individual aspects of this embossing folder so I applied some Creative Expressions gilding wax with my fingers after embossing the white cardstock.  I also painted the entire card with some clear Stickles Glitter Glue for some added sparkle.

For the frame I used my favorite Creative Expressions die called Ornate Pierced Rectangles and cut it out with some glittered craft foam.  I backed the ornate frame with some rose glittered cardstock.  The flowers were cut using the leftover piece of embossed paper that was cut to fit the inside of the frame.  I punched some Cosmos flowers with a Martha Stewart punch and inked the already glittered  flower tops with some Spun Sugar distress ink.  The leaf punch is also by Martha Stewart.

I want to thank Esther for allowing me this opportunity to Guest Design for Crop Stop, and I want to thank Haylie-Jo for sending me this beautiful embossing folder.”

If you’d like a chance to win a prize from Cropstop or perhaps a chance to guest design here on the blog, stop by the CURRENT CHALLENGE and link up any project that uses products from companies Cropstop carries in the store. Happy Crafting!

REMEMBER: If we reach 100 links this month there will be TWO winners and TWO prizes!!

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October Challenge – Link Party #33

Today I’m sharing a mini tutorial for creating a fun patchwork pumpkin. I’m also including three different ways you can use your finished pumpkin.

To create the pumpkin:

  • Cut a piece of white cardstock slightly bigger than your pumpkin template
  • Cut strips of designer paper into 3/4 inch wide pieces
  • Using your ATG gun, adhere your dp to your white cardstock
  • Trace your pumpkin pattern on the reverse side and cut out with sharp scissors
  • Emboss your pumpkin with your choice embossing folder (I used Basketweave from Darice)
  • Using sponge daubers, lightly ink the embossed part and darken the edges of your pumpkin with Rusty Hinge Distress Ink
  • Decorate

I decorated mine with:

You can add your finished pumpkin to a Stretched Canvas (embellished with a strip of wide Petaloo lace) ,a mini chalkboard, or make a greeting card to send to friends.

For my card I

Inside I added a cream layer with a pretty Sue Wilson Die Cut (Petite Stripliet – Jubiliee)

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

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.

~SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT~

If we reach 100 links this month there there will be TWO winners and TWO prizes!! Make sure you link up the full FIVE entries you’re allowed, and help us spread the word to all your friends 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:

#50 Gail (Iona) of Crafty Nomad

What a bright and cheery (not to mention fun!) pirate card!

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.

Our TOP PICK for this month is:

#54 – Heather Mills of Wire Wrapture

I love the soft colors of her fall card and those adorable paper pieced pumpkins!

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

Great job everyone! Thanks so much for linking your lovely projects up to Cropstop!  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.

— You won’t want to miss October’s Link Party —

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Zentangles

I’m so excited because I actually created a clean-and-simple card that I like! (smile) Usually, this style is very hard for me, and more often than not I don’t like the finished project!

Cropstop sells several different Zentangle stamps (and other Zentangle supplies), and I thought the best way to showcase this particular one was with lots of white space!

To create my card I:

Inside I added three colors of Washi Tape and a stamped sentiment from the Heartfelt Creations stamp set:  All Occasions Sentiments.

There’s still two days left to enter our CURRENT CHALLENGE, so be sure to stop by and link up any project that uses products from the companies CROPSTOP carries in the store!

 

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Guest Designer – Ann Greenspan

AnnWelcome back to the Cropstop blog! Today we have a beautiful card created by our talented guest designer, Ann of Ann Greenspans’s Crafts.  Ann is also sharing a mini  tutorial for putting this card together:

Hi Everyone! Today as a Guest Designer for Crop Stop, I wanted to share an idea on a different way to use your embossing folders. I basically first embossed a piece of light green foil cardstock with the  Couture Creations embossing folder called Chiaro.  I then dripped on a variety of alcohol inks, mostly greens and yellows.  I allowed the inks to saturate the foiled cardstock right through to the opposite side as shown in the first photo below:

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I then took a piece of white shimmer cardstock and pressed it onto the back side of the embossed cardstock (not the foiled side) to get a stamped image of the embossing.  I kept rotating the top cardstock to get all the saturated areas stamped onto it.  I then cut out a Spellbinder’s heart to use on another card.  For today’s card, I wanted the negative that was left over after cutting out the heart.  I attached it to a card 5 x 6 1/2″ card base with Scotch dimensional foam tape.

I manually cut the flowers out of the foiled cardstock from the front side using my Tim Holtz non-stick scissors.    The flowers  have a variety of greens and yellows mixed into the light green foiled top layer.   I added some 8mm flat back pearls and cut out the words “With Love” from another Spellbinder’s die.

I want to thank Esther for allowing me to share this card with you and also thank Haylie-Jo at Crop Stop for sending me this wonderful embossing folder. “

Now it’s your turn to share what you’ve been working on! Stop by our CURRENT CHALLENGE and link up any project that uses products from companies Cropstop carries in the store!

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Prima Dolls

Happy October to you!! Today I’m sharing a slim card I made using one of the Prima doll stamps from the Holiday Bliss Planner Stamp set. Cropstop currently has two of their dolls in stock – Betty With a Hair Bow & Julie Nutting Doll Stamp & Die Set.

Here’s how I put this card together:

  • I started by stamping my Prima doll (Julie Nutting – Holiday  Bliss) on manila colored cardstock and highlighting her flesh  and coloring her hair with a Crayola markers
  • Next I stamped her dress  and boots on some Recollections designer paper and highlighted/colored in parts with markers.
  • I trimmed her dress and boots and glued them over my manila doll
  • I die cut a piece of fence using a Sizzix die

Now it’s your turn to share the projects you’ve been working on! Do you have any Prima dolls? If so I’d love to see what you create with them. At any rate, stop by the CURRENT LINK PARTY and showoff your latest works of art that use products from companies Cropstop carries in the store. Hope to see you there!!

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Guest Designer – Tina Z.

Time for another guest design post here on the Cropstop blog. Today we’re sharing the talent of  Tina from the Treebug blog. She’s created a BEAUTIFUL Christmas card and shares a picture tutorial for putting it all together!

Tina Says: “I used to make all my Christmas cards in the last days of December but now I love making Christmas cards all year round, it is so relaxing. Here is how I put this Christmas card with vellum together:

I used my Cuttlebug machine to emboss the white panel with Sizzix embossing folder (Tim Holtz Alterations Texture Fades). Then I cut two pieces of Christmas tree (Memory box Flowering Christmas Tree die) in gold and black colour.

I stamped the lovely sentiment (Marianne Design, Christmas Sentiments) on white vellum with Tsukineko Memento Tuxedo black ink pad. The white vellum is a bit larger then my card base. Two snowflakes in gold and black were cut using the Memory Box Lindeman Snowflake.  

 I adhered the Christmas tree on to the white vellum and both snowflakes on to the white embossed panel. The embossed panel was adhered to the card base and the vellum with the golden tree (with black shadow) is in the front of my card. I used Scotch gel glue to glue everything together.  Thank you CropStop for having me as your Guest Designer!”

Now it’s your turn to share what you’ve been working on. Stop by the CURRENT LINK PARTY and attach any project that uses products from companies Cropstop carries in the store!

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Falling Leaves

Here we are at the last week of September already! I love the beauty of nature during autumn, so I decided to create a bright and colorful background in fall colors using Ken Oliver Color Burst.

To create my card I:

Inside:

  • I cut a cream panel and added it to the inside of my card
  • Across the bottom I stamped “Gratitude” (Hampton Art)  in Ground Espresso Distress Ink
  • I stamped another (Inkadinkado) leaf in Rusty Hinge and inked the edges with Walnut Stain and Peeled Paint
  • I added the leaf to the left side of the card, over top of a coffee stained paper doily

Here’s how I coffee stain my paper doilies

  1. Make a dish of strong coffee using: 1/2 cup water 2 – 3 Tablespoons instant coffee
  2. Carefully dip doilies in coffee and lay on an old towel
  3. Dry using a heat gun
  4. Using a small paintbrush, brush a bit more coffee onto the center of each dry doily to create a stained look
  5. Repeat drying process
  6. Iron (without steam) to flatten

I’d love to see the fall projects you’ve been working on of late so be sure to stop by our CURRENT CHALLENGE and link up anything that uses a few products from companies Cropstop carries in the store!

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Guest Designer – Tina Z.

Welcome back to the Cropstop blog and another guest design post. Today’s guest designer is Tina from the Treebug blog. She’s created a lovely shape card to share with us and included a mini tutorial for putting it together.

Tina says: “I love shaped cards and I make them quite often. I also like big sentiments. Here is how I put this round autumn card together:

I stamped the big sentiment (Kaisercraft Texture Clear Stamp – True Friendship) with Tsukineko Memento Tuxedo black ink pad. I used the circle die and distress the edges.  Then I sponged around the outside edge.

Using my Cuttlebug, I cut lacey circle with Spellbinders die and cut my circle card base from patterned cardstock.

For decoration I used My Favorite Things dies (Pierced Fancy Flourish and Leafy Flourish).  I adhered the flowers on to the front of the card using Scotch gel glue. I added a bow and a little flower from my stash.

Thank you, CropStop, for having me as one of your September Guest Designers!”

Now it’s your turn to share what you’ve been working on. Stop by the CURRENT LINK PARTY and attach any project that uses products from companies Cropstop carries in the store!

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