Farmhouse Chalkboard

100_7425Today’s project showcases one of the Mix The Media Chalkboards available in the Cropstop store! There are three sizes available and they’re great for: photo frames, message boards or as a decorative mixed media piece. I chose to decorate mine in a farmhouse style.

100_7415To begin with, I used a white paint marker and drew a frame all the way around my chalkboard. Across the bottom I added a some Petaloo lace from the Teastained Red set and the Cream Burlap Trims set. A decorative wooden button adorns the center of the twine bow.  Next, I printed a sheep (from Graphics Fairy) on coffee stained paper and added a mini clothespin. I cut a tag (using the Sizzix Tags die) and distressed the edges with ground espresso distress ink and the ink applicator.  I decorated the tag with a beautiful burlap flower (Petaloo) and vellum “14” from the Tim Holtz Thrift Shop Ephemera pack.

coffee stained paperHere’s how I make coffee stained paper —

Supplies: Typing Paper, Instant Coffee, Water, Paint Brush

Step One: Dissolve 3 tsp. instant coffee in 1 cup hot water

Step Two: Paint side one of your typing paper with coffee and allow to dry in the hot sun

Step Three: Paint the second side and allow to dry

Step Four: Return to side one and add some coffee stains in the center of your paper and allow to dry

Step Five: Iron paper (without steam) on both sides to flatten

100_7424I’d love to see how you use your paper-crafting supplies and skills to decorate your home so stop by the CURRENT CHALLENGE and link up your creativity that uses products from companies carried by Cropstop! Happy Crafting!

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Guest Designer – Rebecca Yahrling

Happy Birthday June 2017 007Welcome back to Cropstop for another guest designer post! Today we’re featuring the lovely work of Rebecca Yahrling. You’ll want to stop by her Flickr gallery and see all the pretty cards she’s created! I love the texture she included on today’s card with an embossed butterfly and a texture paste stenciled panel!

Here’s what Rebecca says about how she put this sweet card together: “Cut a 4″x9 9/16″ piece of pink cardstock with my Fiskars paper trimmer; folded in half and lightly distressed (Tim Holtz distress tool) all edges. Cut a 4 1/2″x4 11/16″ piece of designer paper (Crate Paper) and lightly distress all edges. Using Tim Holtz distress ink spun sugar, I lightly went around all edges so it wasn’t so white from the distressing. I used double sided tape to adhere this piece to the pink card base. Cut a 1 3/4″x4 1/2″ piece of watercolor paper (Strathmore 90 lb). I stenciled the flowers (Americana Classic “Jacobean Floral’) with a mixture of Ranger texture paste and TH distress inks: spun sugar, mowed lawn, gathered twigs & squeezed lemonade (one color at a time) and let it dry overnight. I used foam squares (Scrapbook Adhesives) to attach this piece to the card for dimension. On vellum, I stamped the butterfly (CTMH “Paper Bird”) in white (Colorbox) & embossed in white (Stampendous) then fussy cut. I glued (Aleene’s tacky glue) the butterfly only at the body to the w/c piece so it looks like it’s in flight. I stamped the sentiment (CTMH “Belated Birthday Occasions”) with TH distress ink gathered twigs at the bottom right. I really love how the stenciled panel came out using the tinted paste and will be doing more of that fun technique.

Thanks for sharing your talent with us this month, Rebecca! We’re looking forward to seeing what beautiful things you’ve created for the next two weeks!

Now 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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June Challenge – Link Party #29

100_7234Today I have a nautical themed masculine card to share with you that includes a fun tutorial for mixing your dry embossing with your wet embossing.

backgroundHere are the steps I followed to create the background for my card:

Step One: Ink up your embossing folder with Versamark Watermark ink (I used the Anchors embossing folder from The Paper Studio)

Step Two: Insert your paper and run it through your Cuttlebug

Step Three A: Add your choice of embossing powder and shake it off (I used Star Dust)

Step Three B: Rub the embossing powder off the raised design with your finger

Step Four: Heat set with your embossing gun and then Rub an ink pad over the raised embossing (I used white pigment ink)

100_7255After I inked up the front panel with white pigment ink, I ran my Paper Distresser along the edges and attached it to the front of my card using my ATG gun. Next I stamped my Postcard stamp (Hampton Art) in Vintage Photo Distress Ink and added a sailboat image  (Set Sail – Stampin’ Up) in Blueprint Sketch DI. After distressing the edges I used my Tim Holtz Ink Applicator to blend in some ink for a vintage look. I added an old stamp to the postcard and tied a tiny nautical knot around the front using natural burlap string.  The postcard is layered over a globe (from World Travels — stamped in ground espresso), and tiny gears accent both the top and bottom. The sentiment is cut with the Rat a Tat Sizzix alphabet set and stamped with a linen stamp in Vintage Photo Distress Ink.

100_7238Inside I used my stencil brushes and a burlap stencil (Tim Holtz) with two colors of distress ink: Vintage Photo and Brushed Corduroy. I stamped a sentiment from the All Things Are Possible set (Heartfelt Creations) in Chipped Sapphire and used my Prismacolor pencils to color in certain parts of it.

100_7250Now it’s your turn to share your creativity with us!

1Here’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:

#27 Vicki from He”artful” Validation of Vicki

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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:

#36 – Birgit of Crafting While I Wait

I absolutely LOVE the background she created for her gorgeous card using Tim Holtz Distress Inks!

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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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Core’dinations Cardstock

100_7645Today I’m sharing a card I made using some of the Core’dinations Cardstock.  “Sand it; tear it; or antique it… these are only a few ideas of what you can do with this wonderful paper. Each sheet has a wonderful canvas texture that can be sanded  (with the sand-it gadget) to reveal a coordinating core color.

To create my card I chose a piece of light blue cardstock from the Core’dinations Pastel paper pack. I embossed it with Chiaro Embossing folder from Couture Creations and lightly sanded the top. Next I rubbed a bit of salty ocean distress ink over parts of it using my ink applicator. I used a corner rounder punch on the bottom of the card – just to give it a little different look.

100_7643I stamped a sentiment from All Things Are Possible (Heartfelt Creations) in broken china distress ink onto a white strip of paper. I added a pretty flower die cut with the Exquisite Poppy dies from Creative Expressions. I inked the edges of my flower with fossilized amber distress ink. The leaves were die cut using the Flower Petals Sizzix die and inked with pine needles distress ink. A strip of pretty lace and a natural burlap string bow complete the front of my card.

100_7653Inside I used the Lace stencil (Tim Holtz), distress inks, and stencil brushes to add a some pretty doily motifs to the corners.

I’d love to see how you use core’dination paper on your projects so stop by the CURRENT CHALLENGE and link up your creations that use products from companies Cropstop carries! Happy Crafting…..

 

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Guest Designer – Gail Scott

crop stop tag june 2017Gail Scott (of I Like Paper) was our recent giveaway winner. She graciously agreed to fill an empty guest designer spot I had using some of her new stuff! Gail created a sweet summer time tag using several of the items in her prize.

Here’s what she says about putting this together:

“Kraft and Yellow cardstock were my choices for die cutting the tag. The Kraft cardstock is layered behind the Yellow cardstock.My ATG gun was used to hold them together.  I used the Cuttlebug to die cut and emboss the Yellow Cardstock using Crazy Daisy Embossing folder by Couture Creations. Two strips of Polka-dot ribbon were wrapped around the tag. A piece of Scotch Foam tape was placed behind the fussy cut Vintage lady [Crafty Secrets]-Scotch Quick Dry glue was used to adhere the butterfly, Petaloo Flower, and mini clothespin to the tag – A red Spectrum Noir Marker was my coloring medium for the clothespin. The butterfly is by Memory Box – I cut two bases, applied Scotch Quick Dry glue to adhere the butterfly body and the top butterfly to the bottom base. Stickles pink glitter glue was used to highlight the butterfly body. I used a blank sticker and adhered it to white cardstock so I could stamp “Hello” – then I fussy cut the sticker and slipped into the clothes pin.”

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 Cropstop carries in the store! Happy crafting!

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Dryer Sheet Texture

100_7406A few years ago there was technique going around that featured stamped scenes with a used dryer sheet glued over the top and glitter added.  I tried it, but found it dulled my stamping more than I liked. After experimenting for a while I came up with a different way to use them. I love the texture they added to my big stamped flowers.

dryer sheetStep One: Glue a used dryer sheet to a piece of cardstock (You can used a glue stick or spray adhesive)

Step Two: Smooth your dryer sheet out and trim the edges

Step Three: Stamp your flowers on top of the dryer sheet and die cut or fussy cut

Note: If you use Distress Inks you can LIGHTLY spritz your stamp before stamping and heat set with your embossing gun.

100_7395To make my cards, I stamped the Flora Grande 2 (Heartfelt Creations) small flower in Pink Lipstick Distress Oxide ink on watercolor paper and splashed it up a bit using my paintbrush, water, and distress oxide.  Next I cut a strip of white cardstock and punched both sides with the embroidered lace border punch from Martha Stewart. Down the middle of my punched piece I added a strip of washi tape.  I used some tiny seed beads to embellish the center of my dryer sheet flower before adhering it to the center of my card.

100_7389Inside I stamped a sentiment from the All Things Are Possible set (Heartfelt Creations) and colored parts of it in with my Prismacolor Pencils. I punched a few tiny flowers with my Scalloped Daisy Border punch (Fiskars) to finish it off.

I loved to see how you use this fun technique, so stop by the CURRENT CHALLENGE and link up your creations that use products from companies carried in the Cropstop store. Hope to see you there…

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Guest Designer – Karenladd

Happy SpringtimeWelcome to the month of June! Today we have another lovely card from our guest designer Karen. She shares her work on her flickr account karenladd, and always links up the prettiest cards to the Cropstop challenge! I love the way she used the same embossing folder to create her main image and then again as part of the card base!

Here’s what Karen has to say about today’s creation: “I was thrilled to win two embossing folders by Couture Creations as a prize from Cropstop, for Challenge #126. I inked up the Smooch folder with green pigment ink  and ran it through my Sizzix Big Shot for the focal panel, and die cut it with a stitched rectangle die by Lawn Fawn. I then ran my white card base through, with the same embossing folder.and layered the focal panel onto a mat, and the card base. The die-cut sentiment ( Happy Sash die) is by Poppystamps/Memory Box , and the flower die is by C.C. Designs. I added texture to my flower center with the Swiss Dots folder by Cuttlebug. My mat and die-cut sentiment were inked with Brilliance pigment ink in Pearlescent Orchid, with ink blending foam by Inkssentials.  I make all of my card bases with  my Fiskars paper trimmer and  Scor-Buddy , and Tombow Mono-adhesive and Scor-tape are my favrorite adhesives . 

Card making is one of my favorite ways to relax, and is much easier than scrapbooking, which is how I started. I’ve found that entering challenges online keeps me motivated to try new techniques and to dig into my stash of papers, stamps, dies and inks on a regular basis. I resisted buying a die cut machine for years but when I saw how embossing folders add quick and easy texture to even the simplest card, I had to get my Sizzix Big Shot. The Smooch embossing folder was perfect for springtime projects and I loved putting this project together for my guest design spot. Thank you Cropstop!”

We’d love to see the creative ways you use embossing folders so stop by the CURRENT CHALLENGE and link up your projects that use supplies from companies carried in the Cropstop store! Hope to see you there!

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Monkeying Around

100_7429Yesterday I showed you how to create fun textured backgrounds for your projects using  Gesso, Spray Ink, a brayer, and your Gelli Printing Plate.  Today I’m showcasing one of those backgrounds using a Ranger Leaf Stencil with Ranger Cut Grass Spray Ink.

100_7435As soon as I pulled the prints off my Gelli plate, I thought of a jungle and remembered the cute Changito Monkey stamps (Stampendous) that I haven’t used in years! I created two cards using both the positive and negative prints I made. To begin with, I stamped my monkeys in black soot distress ink on watercolor paper, and added some vines using Mowed Lawn Distress Ink.  I used my Prismacolor Pencils to color the image and blended them with baby oil. I used Ground Espresso distress ink for the sentiment and to add some spatters to both panels.  The corner are adorned with frond leaves from my Martha Stewart punch and two shiny sequins complete the front of my cards.

100_7431Inside I added a vine and the rest of the sentiment.  I’d love to see how you create textured backgrounds for your projects, so stop by the CURRENT LINK UP and show off your work that uses products from companies carried by Cropstop! I’ll be looking for you there…

 

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Textured Backgrounds

100_7310Today I want to share a tutorial for creating textured backgrounds using Gesso, Spray Ink, and a Gelli Printing Plate.

gesso spray inkStep One: Spread a thin layer of Gesso over your Gelli Printing Plate using your brayer

Step Two: Add color with Spray Ink (I used Heidi Swapp Blush color Shine)

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

Step Four: Pick up a print with Watercolor paper

Step Five: Remove Stencil and Pick up a second print with watercolor paper

NOTE #1 After experimenting with this a bit I found that running your brayer over the ink and gesso once after step two and before step three helped the ink not to puddle on my print.

NOTE #2 After you remove the stencil and before you make your final print you may wish to give another spritz of ink for added color

100_7304-horzHere are some of the fun backgrounds I created using different colors and stencils.  #1 Ranger Leaf Stencil with Ranger Cut Grass Spray Ink  #2 Heidi Swapp Blush color Shine with Tim Holtz Flourish Stencil #3 A Muse Lemon Whip Spash with Tim Holtz Measure Stencil

100_7320-horzFor this card I stamped some strawberries from the Nature’s Sketchbook stamp set (Stampin’ Up) in black soot distress ink on one of my new textured backgrounds. I colored it with Prismacolor pencils and distressed the edges with the Tonic Studios Paper Distresser. I layered it on distressed black cardstock and a Postage Stamp die cut (Spellbinders Nestabilities). In the corner I added some Petaloo blooms and decorated the inside with Washi tape and a sentiment cut with Momento dies.

100_7316For this second card I stamped a pretty scene from the Garden Collage stamp set (Stampin’ Up) in black soot distress ink and colored it with Prismacolor pencils. I used the Tonic Studios Paper Distresser on both the top two pieces and layered them on a scallopped square die cut (Spellbinders Nestabilities).  Three tiny pearls complete the front of this pretty pastel card.

100_7317-horzI decorated the inside with two coordinating pieces of Washi Tape.  I’d love to see how you add texture to your cards so stop by the CURRENT CHALLENGE and link up your projects that use products from companies Cropstop carries.

Come Back Tomorrow and I’ll show you how I used the Leaves Background I created above! (Think jungle and monkeys!)

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