Faux Epoxy Sticker + Distress Oxides

100_7764Today I’m sharing a mini tutorial for creating faux epoxy stickers as well as showcasing more backgrounds I made using the NEW Distress Oxides from Tim Holtz!

100_7160-horzTo create the background for this first card, I pulled out my Watercolor Stencil (Tim Holtz), and laid it over a piece of kraft cardstock. Using a stencil brush, I applied Worn Lipstick Distress Oxide on the left side of my cardfront. When I had a good cover on the card, I misted it with water and heat set it. (NOTE: I prefer to spray my water in the air and wave my cardstock through it till it’s wet enough rather than spraying the card front directly. It helps me control the amount of water better and not get puddles and runs!) Next I realigned my stencil and switched to Broken China Distress Oxide ink applying it in selective areas for added accent and color. Once again I misted it with water and heat set it.  You can repeat the layers or add different colors of ink to your hearts content!

To finish off my card, I used the Tonic Studios Paper Distresser along the edges of the top panel and layered it on colored cardstock. Next I cut 3 Billow Flowers (Memory Box) and leaves (EK Success) and inked them up with Distress Oxides. I added some pretty pearls to the centers of the flowers after gluing them to the right corner.

versa mark-horzTo create the epoxy sticker look: I die cut a sentiment from the Hello Doily Die set (Sizzix) and applied Versamark Watermark Ink and a layer of  Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel to the front. I heat set it and then repeated the process once more. I glued this and two pretty sequins to the top corner to finish off this grungy floral card!

100_7767Now it’s your turn! I’d love to see what you’ve been creating with your Distress Oxides, so stop by the CURRENT CHALLENGE and link up any projects that use products from companies that Cropstop carries in the store.







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Guest Designer – Kate Dykstra

Birthday a Smash - SBoPTime for another guest design spot and today’s card features the work of Kate Dykstra of Small Bits of Paper. Kate has an eye for creating some of the cutest cards, and I enjoy getting inspiration from her blog and Instagram account. She graciously agreed to guest design for the Cropstop blog this month, and I’m so happy she’s sharing her talent with us today!

Here’s what Kate says about creating this adorable birthday card: “I’ve seen a few cards created with the new Lawn Fawn Year Seven stamp set and thought the pinata looked so fun! After stamping, coloring and cutting my pinata (with some Nuvo drops for a little bit of added detail), I created a background using Martha Stewart fringe scissors and three colors of cardstock. I then used an MFT die to cut the fringed background as well as a white mat. For the card base, I stamped the fun treats from the Year Seven stamp set in VersaMark and heat embossed them with white embossing powder. I then layered the white and fringed mats on top with Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive before affixing the pinata with foam dots. I tied some orange jute string for a bit of fun detail. The banners were cut with dies from My Craft Spot (no longer in business) and stamped and heat embossed with the sentiment from the Year Seven Set. I finished things off with some bright yellow enamel dots.”

Thanks for sharing this sweet birthday card with us today, Kate! I adore those fringes, they go so well with your pinata theme!

Birthday a Smash SBoPNow it’s your turn! Stop by the CURRENT CHALLENGE and link up any project that uses products from companies Cropstop carries in their store! Hope to see you there….



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For Love of the Sea

100_7105Today’s card features a fun way to create your own backgrounds using Distress Oxide Re-inkers from the Cropstop store.  Here’s a little tutorial to show you how I made the pretty blue-green backgrounds on these sea cards.

page (3)Step One: Drop a few dots of re-inker on your work surface ( I used Cracked Pistachio and Broken China)

Step Two: Spritz with water from mini mister

Step Three: After the ink has sufficiently reacted to the water, lay a piece of cardstock over the top to pick up the ink

Step Four: You may wish to squish it around a bit or even twist and turn it (depending on the look you’re wanting)

Step Five: Continue picking up ink – Add more water as necessary and dry with heat gun in between layers

100_7095After my background was dry, I added some dots of color using the mermaid lagoon distress ink and two stamps from the Sunny Flowers (Stampendous) set. I also added some text to the right side with vintage photo distress ink.  I stamped a large seashell (PSX) in Broken China Distress Oxide ink and fussy cut around it. The tiny star fish and sand dollar are die cut and embossed with the Cuttlebug die and embossing set: Under The Sea. I added a large “Love” sentiment from the Love This die set (Echo Park), and die cut the bottom of my front panel using the MFT Dienamics set: Scallop Basic Edges.

100_7102Now it’s your turn! Stop by our CURRENT CHALLENGE and link up the projects your working on that use products from the companies that Cropstop carries in the store! Who knows – Maybe you’ll be our next winner or top pick!




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Guest Designer- Marsha Drain

IMG_2643Happy Friday! Today we’re back with another beautiful card by our talented guest designer, Marsha Drain of Gramma’s Room! I just love this western style card with the woodgrain embossing and beautiful horse stamp!

Marsha shares how she put this lovely card together: “For this card I used the Darice Woodgrain embossing folder.  After embossing, I added some Tim Holtz Distress Ink.  The horse head is a one of the stamps in an Inkadinkado set.  The two corner pieces are Joy Clair.  All images were colored with Copics.  After cutting out the horse image with a Die-namic Circle, I used  Tim Holtz Distress Marker to make the stitch lines. The horse piece is popped up with Scotch Foam Mounting Tape TIP: One thing I find really helpful for adhering ribbon to cards is Scorepal Tape.”

Now it’s your turn – Stop by our CURRENT CHALLENGE and link up your creativity using products from companies Cropstop carries in the store! Who knows? You might be our next winner or top pick and find your talent featured here on the blog!





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May Challenge – Link Party #28

100_7074It’s the second week of May, and time for another challenge here on the Cropstop blog! I’ve been enjoying playing with some new products from the Cropstop store. Today I’m sharing a mini tutorial that uses the Gelli Printing Plate, Distress Oxides, and UTEE.  Let’s get started….

pageTo create the focal point of my card I wanted to do some layering with ink and create a collage of sorts. Here’s how I accomplished it:

Step One: Ink up your Gelli Printing Plate with Distress Oxide Ink.

Step Two: Spritz with Water from your Mini Mister

Step Three: Lay a stencil over the top (I used the Tim Holtz Watercolor Stencil)

Step Four: Lay a piece of watercolor paper over top and gently press

Step Five: Clean printing plate and ink with distress ink (I used fossilized amber)

Step Six: Mist with water

Step Seven: Use a baby wipe to pick up some of the ink

Step Eight: Lay your stenciled piece of watercolor paper over it and gently press

After I created my background, I stamped a text stamp (Distressing -Glitz Design) in the corners in Ground Espresso Distress ink and added a bird/sentiment from the Ranger set, Little Birdies (Dina Wakley) in black soot distress ink.   Next I used a thin paintbrush to splash a bit of Cracked Pistachio re-inker over the top, and distressed the edges using the Tonic Studios Paper Distresser.

versa mark-horzI wanted to create a cracked-vintage look, so I pulled out my Versamark Watermark Ink pad and thoroughly inked my collage panel.  Next I applied the Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel to the top and heat set it. I repeated this process two more time (for a total of 3 layers) and then popped my image in the freezer for 5 minutes. When it was cold, I removed it and bent the panel to create cracks in the embossing.  Next I rubbed vintage photo distress ink over the surface and worked it into the cracks with my Tim Holtz Ink Applicator.

100_7078To complete my card, I layered my cracked panel on corrugated cardboard and die cut a doily, sentiment, and corner piece from the Sizzix Hello Doily set. (The doily was a leftover print from this post).  Three Prima flowers with pearl centers add the finishing touches.


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

1Here’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 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:

#40 Sadie’s Card Garden

Sadie used Spellbinders dies, Washi Tape, and Memento Ink to create this gorgeous floral 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:

#31 Verna from VA’s Creative Clutter

I love the way Verna used Color Burst Powders to create her beautiful vivid background! She also used products from My Favorite Things , Crafter’s Companion, Scor-Pal, and Zig.

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


Great job everyone!

We love seeing your work via the link up, so join us for Challenge #28 posting tomorrow at 1:00 AM Eastern Time.



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100_7535Today I have a giveaway  (retail value over $30!) featuring products from the Cropstop store.  Here’s what’s included in the prize:

1 Rectangle Embossing Spacer

1 Package Red Petaloo Flowers

1 Large Green Burlap Flower

1 Gelli Printing Plate (3 x 5)

1 Grab Bag of Ribbons/Lace/Trim

1 Crazy Daisy Embossing Folder

10 Mini Clothespins

Here’s how to enter:

  1. Follow our blog – Cropstop.com/blog
  2. Share this giveaway somewhere (your blog, flikr, instagram, facebook etc.)
  3. Leave a comment on this post telling me where you shared

The winner will be announced May 24th!




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Guest Designer – Marsha Drain

IMG_2555Welcome back to the Cropstop Blog! Today we’re feature a card from our guest designer, Marsha Drain of Gramma’s Room.  Marsha created a lovely birthday card to showcase some of the products carried in the Cropstop store.

Here’s what Marsha says about putting this card together: “Pretty easy card.  After coloring the cut out images ( Paper Sweeties: Happy Cake Day and co-odinating dies), I popped the cake up with Scotch Foam Mounting Tape.  I use Tombow products for most of my adhesives, often using a combination of Mono Adhesive Runner and Mono Multi Liquid Glue.   After gluing everything in place, I added Baby Blue Stickles and Cantaloupe Liquid Pearls to the dots on the cake.  Each time I have balloons on a card, I add a liquid gloss.  Crop Stop carries Tim Holtz Glossy Accents.”

IMG_2557Thanks for sharing your talent with us, Marsha! I love the way you decorated your cake with stickles and pearls!!

Now it’s your turn to share the projects you’ve been working on! Stop by the CURRENT CHALLENGE and link up anything that uses products from companies Crostop carries in the store! Hope to see you there….


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Up-cycled Baby Wipe

100_7375I have another mid-week inspiration post for you again this week.  Today’s card features a used baby wipe turned into a beautiful butterfly.


Instead of throwing away the baby wipes I’ve used to clean up my work area after using inks, I save them and dry them out. I decided to use one to create the butterfly on this card.

Step One: Die cut a scallop circle (Spellbinders nestabilities)

Step Two: Cut your circle in half and fold it over – glue the two pieces together in the center

VARIATION: Instead of cutting the circle in half – scrunch it together in the middle and slip it into your mini clothespin

Step Three: Using craft wire, form two antennae and place them behind the baby wipe wings

You can decorate your clothespin with cardstock or paper to match your card or project and decorate your wings with beads, sequins, or even stamp on them!

100_7378Here are the supplies and tools I used to create this bright and cheery butterfly card: Watercolor paper, Merlot Color Burst, Music Background Stamp (Stampin’ Up), Embroidered Lace Deep Edge Punch (Martha Stewart), Mini Clothespin, Baby Wipe, Sequins, Wire, Hello Sentiment (Momento Die), Definitions (Stampabilities), Picked Raspberry and Black Soot (Distress Ink), Victorian Butterflies (Rubber Stampede), Scallop Circle Nestabilities (Spellbinders), Glue, Glitter

100_7379I’d love to see how you upcycle things or use color bursts on your projects so stop by the CURRENT CHALLENGE and link up your creativity that used products from companies carried in the Cropstop store! Hope to see you there….



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Vintage Receipt Holder

100_6951Today I want to share with you a fun way to create your own home decor pieces using a Mix The Media Receipt Holder.  “Back in the day store owners would tuck receipts behind these metal holders to keep track of their customer’s purchases. We prefer to add our photos, findings, ATC cards or whatever inspires us to these clever “receipt holders”.
Fashioned from metal for an authentic feel and can be hung by the attached chain, these quickly become a one-of-a-kind home display in minutes!

I chose to decorate mine in a vintage style using botanical and bird elements. Instead of telling you exactly how I put each collage together, I’m simply going to list the items I included.

100_69521. Flower Tag 2. Rolled rose jumbo paper clip 3. Vintage dictionary page 4. Ephemera from the Tim Holtz Thrift Shop set 5. Free botanical print from the Graphics Fairy 6. DIY cardboard button  on free printable journal card (Sweet Life) 7. Mis. buttons 8. Denim Washi tape

100_69531. Receipt 2. Watercolor Robins Egg Nest (Printable from Creative Cain Cabin) 3. Die cut envelope (with My Favorite Things Envelope Die.), 4. Ephemera from the Tim Holtz Thrift Shop set 5. Decorative paper clip 6. Coffee Stained Paper 7. Petaloo Flower

100_69551. Homemade Barnwood background (I’ll have to do a tutorial on this soon!) 2. Bird card 3. Washi tape 4. Mini clothespin 5. Ticket 6. Baker’s Twine 7. Egg Printable from Graphics Fairy 8. Wooden Button 9. Metal Charm 10. Paper Doily 11. Lace

100_69541. Music Background die cut with Labels One Spellbinders Nestabilities 2. Postcard Stamp (Hampton Art) 3. Key 4. Baker’s Twine 5. Rolled Rose (Sizzix 3D Flower die and Martha Stewart frond punch) 6. Bird Printable from rebecca’s misc. 7. Metal Frame 8. Ephemera from the Tim Holtz Thrift Shop set 9. Mini flower card 10. Washi tape

All the stamping and inking was done with Vintage Photo Distress Ink . The edges were inked using the Tim Holtz Ink Applicator, and distressed with the Tonic Studios Paper Distresser.

There are endless possibilities for decorating these vintage looking Receipt Holders – don’t be surprised if you see this one again made over in a new theme, decorated for a holiday, or maybe even holding some handmade cards from friends! Stop by Cropstop and order yours today and then come back and link up your creativity to the CURRENT CHALLENGE!





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