Quilted Sympathy

Today I have a quilt themed sympathy card to share with you. I keep my paper scraps organized in pockets according to color, so it’s fairly easy to pull out some matching pieces and create a background like this one.

Here’s how I put created the background for this card:

Since I wanted the quilted background to be the main feature of this card, I kept the embellishments to a minimum.


Now it’s YOUR turn to share what you’ve been creating lately! Stop by our CURRENT LINK PARTY and show off any project that includes a few products from companies Cropstop carries in the store.

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Guest Designer – Heather Mills

Time to share the work of another talented guest designer! Today we have a beautiful card created by Heather Mills of Wire Wrapture. I love the way Heather layered the heart shape over her patchwork tag and the soft colors of her beautiful card!

Here’s what Heather says about putting this lovely card together: “I created my tag with a bunch of scraps from one of my favorite paper packs (alas, it is all used up now.) and a Spellbinders scalloped tag die.  I layered it with a Pierced Heart die from My Favorite Things (which happened to be in my bits and pieces stash) and then my cupcake image, colored with spectrum noir markers) and sentiment banner.   I finished the tag off with some ribbon tied in a bow using my bow-easy tool.  Since there were so many patterns/colors going on with the tag, I wanted to keep my background more neutral.  I used core-dinations white card stock embossed with a Cuttlebug Swiss Dots embossing folder and die cute with an MFT stitched rectangle.  Thanks for stopping by, and thanks, Esther, for inviting me back again.”

Now it’s your turn! Stop by our CURRENT LINK PARTY and showoff any project that includes a few products from companies CROPSTOP carries in the store!

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Gallery Stand-Out

Today’s Gallery-Stand-Out is none other than:

Janis from Her Peaceful Garden.

I love all the cold and frosty effects she included on her beautiful pine tree shaker card!



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Winter Wonderland

Today I’m sharing a winter wonderland card I created in whites and blues. Instead of using all of one brand of product, I combined several to create the bright winter sky behind my snow scene.

To create my sky I:

Next I:

  •  Tore three strips of card stock and glued them to my card front
  • Added some fake snow with a wet glue and a tiny deer (unknown die)

To finish the card I:

I’d love to see the backgrounds you create with color burst or distress inks so stop by our CURRENT LINK PARTY and showoff any projects that include a few products from companies Cropstop carries in the store! Happy Crafting!


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Guest Designer – Connie Griffin

Welcome back to the Cropstop blog for another Guest Designer Friday! Today I’m sharing the work of one of my sweet blog friends, Connie Griffin of Connie’s Crafty Creations. Connie graciously agreed to fill a few January spots for me and took time out of her busy December schedule to create this lovely card!

Connie says: “Have you sent out all your Thank you’s yet?  That special gift or neighbor who shoveled your walk. I know this is spring like but who doesn’t like flowers and butterflies all year through!

I started out using my Colorburst to make my background.  As you can see in the picture below there is a white edge around my piece, I taped it down to a clipboard, and after spritzing it with water to release the colors I just let it sit and dry, you get so much less warping of your watercolor paper that way. Also go ahead and do a large sheet, then you can cut it down to your card size and the left over’s can be used for other projects.

Next I embossed the piece with Darcie Butterfly on a Flower embossing folder.  Then I took my Distress Oxide inks and applied them to my Craft Sheet adding spritz of water to them and using my paint brush to color the embossed areas.

I can’t say enough about the craft sheet, I have it on my desk at all times.  I taped it down to my desk using Scor-tape and it hasn’t budged after many years of use, I love it so much that I bought another one just to have on hand just in case I want or need to change it out at some point.

I hope this gave you some inspiration to let those in your life that are so helpful or generous to know how much you appreciate them.

Thanks to you for joining me today,


Thanks Connie, for sharing your time and talent with us today! Now it’s YOUR turn! Stop by the CURRENT LINK PARTY and showoff any project that uses a few products from companies Cropstop carries in the store!

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Dictionary Page Background

Today I’m sharing a somewhat funky style of card created with an old dictionary page and some Tim Holtz distress products.

To create my card I:

Now it’s your turn to show us what you’ve been working on lately. Stop by our CURRENT LINK PARTY and add any project that includes a few products from the companies Cropstop carries in the store. I hope I’ll see you there….

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Guest Designer – Connie Griffin

Time for our first guest design post of 2018! Being that the holiday’s are especially busy, several of you declined my offer to start the new year off with a guest design post here on the Cropstop blog. One of my blog friends, Connie Griffin of Connie’s Crafty Creations, sweetly agreed to fill today’s spot and has created a lovely bit of sunshine for our sometime dreary winter days!

Here’s what Connie says about putting her lovely card together: “A friend gave me this stamp and when I first saw it I thought of sunshine, and this time of year when there are more days of gray skies, why not add some sunshine to someone’s day.

I decided to make my own background, so I started with my Distress inks Scattered StrawShabby Shutters and Tumbled glass, I applied them to my cardstock with a sponge applicator. Making sure to apply the scattered straw where I would be placing my flower.

I embossed the background with a Sizzix  embossing folder.

Next I stamped my stamp with Mustard seed ink using my Misti on the top flower portion of the stamp, then I took my Carved Pumpkin ink and added it to the flower using the corner of my ink pad to the area’s that are striped. Using the Shabby Shutters and My Favorite things cactus ink I inked the bottom leaf portion of the stamp. Later I decided to add some Stickles in yellow to the flower to give it some sparkle.

Now here is a little tip for you, when using these inks if you aren’t getting a total coverage or want to give it a bit more mottled look, leave any ink remaining on your stamp and spritz with a touch of water, this will give a neat look to your stamping.

Next I cut out the Poppystamps Climbing Vine and Picket fence dies.  I cut the fence first in kraft cardstock and then in brown for more dimension.

I cut a small piece of cardstock into a little square added my stamped Taylored Expression, many mini occasions stamped sentiment and using my ink sponge tool around the edges. Made a couple little holes in the top, threaded my jute from the back to the front and tied a couple small knots to the front and looped it over the fence.

I hope this gave you some inspiration to share some sunshine to someone who might need it. “

Thank you Connie for sharing your creativity with us and for creating a cheery card to start our new year off! Now it’s YOUR turn! Stop by our CURRENT LINK PARTY and show off any project that includes a few products from companies Cropstop carries in the store! I hope I’ll see you there!

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Gallery Stand Out

Stamping Kitty created this adorably cute winter scene for our Gallery Stand Out this week!

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

Chosen by random.org, the winner is:

#42 Marsha Drain of Gramma’s Room

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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January Challenge – Link Party #36

Happy New Year everyone —Welcome to 2018!

Just in case you missed the December announcement I’ll re-post it again:

  • Every time we get 100 or more links we will draw TWO random winners and give away TWO prizes
  • The Challenge is moving to the FIRST MONDAY of every month.
  • The Winner(s) will be announced the day after the new challenge begins!
  • One “Gallery Stand Out” will be featured each week on Wednesday

Same great challenge, same fun prizes, just a little more organized and definitely more fun with the possibility of two prizes! Now on to today’s inspiration….

To create the background for this fun winter card I:

Next I:

  • Applied a bit of white gesso through the North Star stencil (TCW)
  • Splattered some diluted (with water) white paint onto the panel with a thin paintbrush
  • Stamped the trees (Woodland Wonderland – Inkadinkado)  and sentiment (Winter Wonders – All Night Media) in Graphite Black Memento Ink (Tsukinkeko)

Inside I added another sentiment and  two die cut snowflake from the Create a Flake die set (Spellbinders)

Now it’s your turn…

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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