Guest Designer – Stephanie Wright

swright 4-21Stephanie Wright (of Sasha Belle Designs) is our guest designer for today! She’s sharing a fun technique called “Faux Metal” that she used to create this beautiful CAS card!

I ask Stephanie for instructions on creating the faux metal look and she graciously sent me these directions:

Step One: Mask off edges of 3.75″ x 5″ card with 1/2 inch wide washi tape

Step Two: Using a blending tool, ink the panel from the top left corner with Picked Raspberry Distress ink – as you moved diagonally to the bottom left corner, bring in Spun Sugar and Cracked Pistachio finishing up with Evergreen Bough

Step Three: Carefully peel off washi tape and apply perfect pearls over inked surface. (Because the Distress ink stays wet for a little while it acts as a binder for the Perfect Pearls.) She used the brush that came with her perfect pearls to apply them and then buffed away the excess.

Step Four: Set the Perfect Pearls by spraying water into the air with a mini-mister and then waving the panel through the mist. (She did this 2-3 times)

Step Five: Dry emboss the white panel with the Cricut Cuttlebug Embossing Folder – Rosette Cluster.

Step Six:  Trim (with Fiskars paper trimmer) and mat panel on black cardstock. Adhere the die cut sentiment and hearts (Lawn Fawn –  Scripty Hello and Hearts) using Ranger Multi Medium Matte liquid adhesive

Paper-saving tip from Stephanie: “I die cut the hello and the hearts from the black piece of cardstock that I used for matting before adhering the white panel on top of it. I do this all the time to help stretch my supplies.”

Thanks so much for sharing your talent with us this month, Stephanie! Now it’s your turn to show us what you’ve been working on! Stop by the CURRENT CHALLENGE and link up your creativity using products from companies Cropstop Carries in the store! Hope to see you there…



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Embossing Spacer

100_6878Today’s card showcases one of the new Heartfelt Creations stamp sets that Cropstop added to the store this year.  You’ll want to stop by and check them out – they make beautiful focal points for your cards!

To create this slightly larger card, I embossed a piece of cream cardstock using the Circular Grid embossing folder from Anna Griffin and the Oval Embossing Spacer. Cropstop carries two different wooden spacer plates – a rectangular one and an oval one. It lets you emboss your cardstock leaving a smooth opening for stamping in.  I chose a stamp from the All Things Are Possible (Heartfelt Creations) set and stamped it in Black Soot Distress ink. I colored parts of the image in using my Prismacolor Pencils and drew a light oval line around my image using the spacer as a guide.

100_6881Those lovely flowers were die cut from the Creative Expressions die, Exquisite Poppy, and have just a bit of Broken China Distress Oxide ink on the outer edges.  I used the leaf, branch, and frond punches (Martha Stewart) to add a bit of greenery under my blooms. Tiny white pearls adorn the center. In the upper corner I added a Baker’s Twine bow with a little Candi dot (Saville Row) in the center. (Cropstop sells a wide variety of Candi dots for embellishing your projects – you can check them out here.)

I’d love to see the projects you’re working on these days. Stop by the CURRENT CHALLENGE and link up your creations that use products from companies Cropstop carries in the store! Happy Crafting!





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Guest Designer – Janis Woolbright

013AJanis Woolbright (from Her Peaceful Garden) is our guest designer again today. She created a lovely French – Shabby Chic card for us today.

Here’s  how she put this beautiful card together:

1.  Cut a panel from pink Core’dinations Pastel cardstock and distress the panel using the Sand-it Tool.  Ink the edges with Distress Ink in Victorian Velvet.  Cut a smaller panel of grey polka-dot paper from Glitz – Love You Madly and distress the edges of this piece too.

2.  Cut lace panel and adhere it over the grey panel.

3.  Stamp JustRite image onto cream paper with gray ink from Tsukineko  and die cut with the Sizzix Fancy Label Die.  Ink edges the with Distress Ink in Victorian Velvet.  Stamp over image with texture stamp from same set using Distress Ink in Spun Sugar.

4.  Die cut Memory Box Gwyneth Flourish from DCWV Mercury Glass Stack in Metallic Silver.

5.  Die cut MFT Eiffel Tower in ream cardstock and in gray from Core’dinations Neutrals pad.  Glue together slightly offset for dimension.

6.  Glue all the panels together and attach the Flourish die cuts.  Tie some pretty pastel crinkle seam binding ribbon on left edge.

7.  Attach centers to the flowers.  Glue the pink flowers (Prima) to the right corner of the card.

8.  Use Scotch Foam Mounting Tape to attach Eiffel Tower over the top of the pink flowers and add an pretty ivory flower overlapping the Eiffel Tower.

Thanks for sharing your talent with us this month, Janis! You created some lovely cards to showcase products from Cropstop!

Now it’s your turn, stop by the CURRENT CHALLENGE  and link up your completed projects that use products from companies Cropstop carries in the store. Hope to see you there…




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April Challenge – Link Party #27


Today I’m sharing a mixed media card that includes several different embellishments and mediums.  There’s plenty of texture and dimension to this spring collage.

100_6068To create the base for this card I started with a 5.5 x 5.5 inch white cardstock base.  I cut a slightly smaller green square and distressed the edges with my scissors. A aqua square of designer paper is sewn on top. In each corner I used my Tim Holtz Gothic stencil and applied a layer of white gesso.

100_6075Next I die cut a piece of white cardstock with my Beaded Ovals Spellbinders die and used my craft knife to trim out the center to create an open frame. Inside I stamped a sentiment (PSX) in mermaid lagoon distress ink. In the upper corner I tied a bow with light blue and parrot green twine and added a tiny rose from the Tiny Tattered Florals Die Set (Tim Holtz).

100_6078Across the bottom I added a piece of blue lace (from Petaloo), and a large flower die cut with Tim Holtz‘s Tattered Florals die. The flower is stamped with my plaid background stamp from Impression Obsession in salty ocean distress ink. A large pearl adorns the center and three tiny pearls decorate the top of the card.

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


Here’s how our challenges work:

  • Create any new project(s) using any product sold at CropStop Store. It’s okay if you didn’t buy it from us – just have a look in the store and see if we have what you’re using (we probably do).  If it’s a company we carry, then it’s fine if we don’t necessarily have the particular color or style you use.  Please, no back-linking old projects.  Limit five (5) entries per month/challenge.   You’re welcome to share ANY project with us.
  • Link your project here in our linkup using this handy dandy linky tool below.   Link back to this post, and mention the CropStop Challenge in your post.
  • We’ll choose one random winner who will receive a prize pack of CropStop goodies!   The WINNER will be announced the night before the new challenge starts. (New challenges always start on the second Wednesday of the month.)
  • We’ll also choose one entry as “Top Pick” and announce it along with the winner. Whoever is selected “Top Pick” will be eligible to do a guest design post in the future.

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 and will receive a prize from

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:

# 48 Karenladd

Karen used products from Lawn Fawn, Fiskers, and Tombow to create her sweet tea themed card!


Winners:  Please email us at 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:

# 49 – Becca Yahrling

Becca created her beautiful coffee themed card using products from these companies carried by Cropstop: Heidi Swapp, Tim Holtz Distress Inks, & My Favorite Things.


Top Pick: Please email me at within 7 days for a chance to guest design for the blog in the month of June.

3Great job everyone!

We love seeing your work via the link up, so join us for Challenge #27 posting tomorrow at 12:00 AM Eastern Time.



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Mini Stencils

100_6851Hello everyone, welcome back to the Cropstop blog! Here in the USA, it’s one of my favorite seasons of the year – springtime! My card today reflects the greens that have been popping up all around me this past month! New green leaves on the trees and bushes, freshly mowed green grass, and green shoots in my flower beds —  green seems to be one of the main colors of spring!

Today I’m  showcasing another way to use your stencils, so let’s get started…

100_6855To create the focal point for my card, I used a set of Heidi Swapp stencils (Frames). Instead of laying the stencil down and using spray ink to highlight the negative space, I inked the back of my stencil up with mowed lawn distress ink (Tim Holtz), and spritzed it with water (mini mister). I carefully moved my stencil to a clean section of my desk (so as not to leave finger prints in the ink), and laid a clean piece of white cardstock over the top and pressed it down.  (A brayer is helpful in the process of transferring the ink from the stencil to the paper.) I then trimmed and layered my print on black cardstock adding a strip of hounds-tooth washi tape across the bottom for added interest.

100_6853I layered a piece of designer paper from the Kirby Teesdale Studio paper stack (The Paper Studio) on black cardstock and added that to my card front. Next I embossed a piece of white cardstock with the Tim Hotlz Collage embossing folder, inked the embossing with  mowed lawn distress ink , and distressed the edges with the Tonic Studios paper distresser before adhering it to the left side of my card.  In the right corner I added the word “smile” using my alphabet punches.  A little burlap string bow (in black) with clay button center and a lovely Petaloo bloom (Botanical Collection) complete my card for today.

I’d love to see the springtime cards you’ve created, so stop by the CURRENT CHALLENGE and link up your creativity using products from companies Cropstop carries! Hope to see you there….









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Guest Designer – Janis Woolbright

004ABWelcome back to the Cropstop blog! Today we have a lovely card from one of our April Guest Designers – Janis Woolbright of Her Peaceful Garden. Janis created a beautiful spring card to share with us today so let’s get started!

038ATo begin with, Janis dry embossed a piece of  Coredinations cardstock with the “Smooch” embossing folder and sanded it her with Core’dinations Sand-it Tool.  Next, she die cut her embossed piece with her Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangle die and added some shimmer to certain parts of the design with Wink of Stella clear marker. Janis used  Altenew Crisp Inks (Ocean Wave) to stamp her sentiment from Waffle Flower Hello Spring on white cardstock and die cut it with My Favorite Things Stitched Oval die.

2 The embossed piece is layered on watercolor background  die cut with Winnie & Walter Pierced Rectangle die from the Essentials: Katharine set. She sponged her background with  Evergreen Bough distress ink and tied a pretty Baker’s twine bow around the left side.  The sentiment is adhered to the card using  Scotch Foam Mounting Tape and adorned with three pretty Petaloo flowers.

Thanks for sharing your talent with us, Janis!  I especially like the extra sparkle you added to your embossing using your Stella marker!

There’s still time for you to play along in our CURRENT CHALLENGE, so stop by and link up your projects that use Cropstop products! Hope to see you there!




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Easter Tag

100_6079 Today I’m sharing an Easter gift ensemble I created with a punched paper bag and a pretty spring tag.

To create my tag I started with a 5.75 x 3.75 piece of  kraft cardstock. I cut a coral piece of paper slightly smaller and stamped the plaid background stamp (Impressions Obesession) in abandoned coral distress ink.  I ran my open scissors along the sides of the coral piece to distress the edges. Down the center of my tag I layered a strip aqua paper embossed with the circular grid border embossing folder from Anna Griffin.  Using a round paper punch I punched a small craft circle and glued it near the top before punching a hole using my Crop-a-dile.

100_6088Through the punched tag hole, I tied a twine bow using pink and blue burlap string.  Next I cut two nesting layers of designer paper using my Spellbinders Labels 4 dies. The floral collage is made using the Tiny Tattered Florals dies from Tim Holtz, the branch and frond punch from Martha Stewart, and a Posie Patch flower (Heartfelt Creations) stamped in broken china distress ink and decorated with a wooden button. The die cut “happy” sentiment comes from Momento, and I used alphabet punches to cut out “Easter.”

100_6082To finish off my tag I added a few pretty pearls and then layered the completed card on white cardstock.  Topping off this gift set is a decorated mini clothespin, and brown paper bag punched with the Embroidery Deep Edge Punch from Martha Stewart.

100_6089I’d love to see what you’ve created for Easter this year, so stop by the CURRENT CHALLENGE and link up your projects that use Cropstop products! Hope to see you there!




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Guest Designer – Karen Letchworth

KLCropCardI had an empty guest designer spot in March and decided to ask an old pro at creating beautiful cards to showcase Cropstop products if she would fill it! — Welcome back Karen Letchworth from My Cup Runneth Over.

To create her pretty spring card, Karen started with some black cardstock from Core’dinations. After embossing her background with a music folder from Cuttlebug, she added some heavy white gesso from Prima to the edges.  Across the top she layered 3 tags and stamped her sentiment in Tim Holtz Distress ink.

KLCropCloseThe bottom of Karen’s card features a lovely floral arrangement using some Petaloo blooms, a music flower die cut with MFT Dienamics Flower die, and bow made from natural colored burlap string.

Thanks for sharing your talent with us again, Karen! You always do a gorgeous job on whatever you make!

There’s still time for YOU to share your creativity with us in the CURRENT CHALLENGE . Come on by and link up your creations using products from Cropstop companies! Hope to see you there…






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Color Bursts and Gesso

100_5694Today I’m sharing a set of three cards that are pretty quick to make and full of texture and color!!

100_5685To create the background for these cards: I cut a piece of watercolor paper to size and tapped out just a bit of Ken Oliver’s Color Bursts in Ultramarine Blue, Chartreuse, and Fuchsia. I spritzed it with water from my mini mister and heat set the colors with my embossing gun.

100_5687Note: I found that alternating spritzing with water and heat setting let me control the amount and depth of color I wanted. Less spritzing = less color — more spritzing = deeper color.

100_5686After the colors were dry, I used my Tim Holtz stencil (Watercolor Stamp and Stencil Set) and applied a layer of white gesso. The card fronts are matted on black cardstock to make them “pop” against the white backgrounds.

100_5696To finish them off I added butterflies (Tim Holtz – Watercolor Stamp and Stencil Set) stamped in mermaid lagoon, twisted citron, and abandoned coral distress ink. For extra sparkle, I applied a fine layer of white glitter over top before fussy cutting and matting on black cardstock. The friendship sentiment (Stampin’ Up) is stamped in black soot across the front of the card.

I’d love to see how you use color bursts or gesso, so stop by the CURRENT CHALLENGE and link your projects using Cropstop products! Hope to see you there!


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