Guest Designer – Darlene Pavlick

Hello everyone! It’s time for another guest design post here on the Cropstop blog! Today I’m sharing the work of one of my favorite guests – Darlene Pavlick (of Dars Crafty Creations). Not only does she create beautiful projects, she also includes plenty of picture, detailed descriptions, and she links all her products for me! You just can’t go wrong with a designer like that! (smile) So without further ado, let’s get to the lovely card she’s created for today!

Darlene says: “Today I have a winter/holiday card to share and a fun technique for creating dimension on your creations. Can you see the dimension on the faerie & the winter scene? I will share close ups a little further down in this write up.

But first,  to create the background for my Poppystamps ‘Winterland Faerie’, I used the panel that popped out of the Memory Box ‘Gentle Horizon Oval’ and colored it using Tim Holtz Oxide Distress Inks (Broken China, Faded Jeans).  I stamped the ‘broken china’ oxide ink onto my Craft sheet, spritzed with water and dragged my panel through … dried with my heat gun then dragged it through again the other direction and dried again.  Around the outside edge, I used Sponge Daubers with the ‘faded jeans’ oxide ink to add the touch of darkness.  This background panel will be ‘reinserted’ into my ‘Gentle Horizon Oval’ die AFTER I have created my dimensional oval.

To create the dimension I’ve referred to above, I simply die cut my scenic die 4 times and glued them one on top of the other.  This not only saves on adding all those little bits of dimensional tape but it also helps me use some of the mountain of white scraps I have in my stash.  Plus, the ENTIRE die cut has EVEN dimension.

Next I reinserted the blue (pop out panel) into my dimensional die and held it in place with just a few narrow strips of Scotch tape.  Once attached to my card front it will be adhered securely with strips of Scor Tape.

The ‘Winterland Faerie’ was done basically the same way but I did however do something a little different with her wings.

I die cut the faerie twice. Once from red glitter paper and a second time from white card stock. I actually die cut from white card stock a total of 3 times. Glued the white panels together then adhered the red glitter faerie to the top. Again, giving dimension.

In order to keep the red glitter wing panels solid, I simply smeared a touch of white glue on the back with the pop out pieces still in place. Once dry, I glued the white wing panel on top of the red.

I used a small piece of dimensional tape to the back of the faerie to which I adhered the wings … then I added more dimensional tape to the wings & faerie to adhere to my winter scene card front.

Before adding my faerie, I created some snowflakes in the night sky using a white Gelly Roll pen.

For the background panel on my card, I cut a white card stock panel 1/4″ smaller than my base card and embossed it with a Cuttlebug ‘Snowflakes’ embossing folder.  Using a large sponge dauber and Tim Holtz Oxide Distress Ink (Broken China), I sponged around the edge of the embossed panel as well as the edge of my winter oval scene panel.

On a scrap piece of white card stock, I quickly sponged some ‘Broken China’ oxide ink and then die cut my sentiment using Sponge Daubers.  This way all the colors matched perfectly.

Here’s another look at the finished card:

I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s creation! Thanks again to the CropStop Team for inviting me to Guest Design with them!!”

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Leafy Blessings

I have another clean-and-simple card to share with you today. It’s my personal opinion that the Zentangle stamps are so beautiful that you don’t really need to add a lot of extra’s when you create with them. Just look at all the details in this stamped leaf!

The last time I showcased this stamp I used distress inks to watercolor it.  This time I chose to let the design of the leaf  stamped in  distress oxide shine by  keeping it plain.

Supplies used on this card:

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Guest Designer – Sherry Gibson

Today we have an awesome wood-land scene created by our talented guest designer, Sherry Gibson of Loose Stitches and Unraveled Threads. Don’t you just love the way she added a pop of color behind the wolf’s head?!

Sherry tells us how she created this cool card:

“Hello Everyone,
I am happy to be back again today as a guest designer for CropStop.

For my card…
I embossed a piece of light yellow Core’dinations Core Essentials Cardstock (from the Neutrals pack) using the We R Memory Keepers Woodgrain Embossing Folder.
Then I used the Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad (Tea Dye) on the embossed trees and on the sides of the paper.
Next I made the card base with white cardstock.
Then using the Prima Marketing Distressing Tool I went around the card, lightly on the fold edge. Then around the embossed paper.
I then applied Scor-Tape to the back of the embossed paper and attached it to the card.
Using my Sizzix BIGkick Machine, I die cut the wolf on brown/white cardstock using the Spellbinders Inspire ‘Howling’ Die.
Then using Elizabeth Craft Designs Fine Pointed Scissors I cut the moon outline off of the white wolf.
I then glued the white moon outline onto the brown moon outline and painted it with yellow Crayola Watercolor Paint.
Next I applied Scotch Foam Mounting Tape to the back of the wolf and attached it to the card.
Then using the yellow Crayola Watercolor Paint I painted the card inside the moon outline.
I die cut the feathers from a brown paper bag using the Spellbinders Shapeabilities ‘Feathers’ Die.
Next I used the Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad (Tea Dye) on the feathers.
Then I cut a piece of the Darice Hemp Cord and tied it around the quills of the feathers and glued them onto the card.

I have enjoyed being a guest designer for CropStop. I hope that you have enjoyed my cards.”

We’d love the see the projects you’ve been working on lately, so stop by our CURRENT LINK PARTY and showoff anything that uses a few products from companies CROPSTOP carries in the store! Hope to see you there!

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November Challenge – Link Party #34

Today I have a handmade journal to share with you. I started out to create a gratitude journal, but decided to make it do double duty by adding currently journal pages to it as well.  I sent this fun little canvas book to my niece along with a set of colored pens.

To create the cover I:

Next I

  • Stamped several images in Graphite Black Brilliance Pigment Ink (Tsukineko)
  • I used Tim Holtz Distress Crayons to color in my stamped doll
  • Along one side I added a strip of green lace (Petaloo) and a pretty Petaloo flower
  • After punching holes in my pages, I tied it all together with natural colored burlap string

As you can see in the photo above, initially I filled the book with blank pages to decorate. I soon decided to create a Currently/Gratitude Journal Template for the inside pages and I’m offering them here as a free printable.  Click Here — Journal Pages

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. Grab our badge and help us spread the word that CropStop is a great place to play along!

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Winner(s) 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.

You may remember that we were doing a promotion this past month:

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

Well we didn’t quite make it to 100, but it was the highest number of links this year, so we’re going to go ahead with the two prizes!!

Winner # 1

#43 — Mary-Anne of Lakeside Stamping

Winner #2

#8 Gail Scott of I Like Paper

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:

#28 Julie Gearinger of Stamping With Julie Gearinger

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.

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Elegant Pearls

A friend of mine (from college days) is getting married this month, so I wanted to create a somewhat simple/somewhat elegant looking card to send her.  Since it’s fall, I used a deep coral colored cardstock as my main color and added paper lace, ribbon, and pearls.

To create my card I:

  • Scored a piece of coral cardstock diagonally every 3/4 of an inch
  • Squeezed out a drop of liquid pearls (white opal) on each intersecting score line
  • Distressed the edges and added it to a piece of kraft cardstock
  • Punched a wide piece of paper lace with my Martha Stewart deep edge punch
  • Tied a beautiful bow using  ruffle edge white sheer ribbon
  • A die cut sentiment from Echo Park finishes off the front
  • Inside I added another piece of punched lace and a Stampin up sentiment in Walnut Stain Distress Oxide

There’s still two days left in our CURRENT LINK PARTY so be sure to stop by and showoff any projects you’ve created that use products from companies Cropstop carries in the store!

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Guest Designer – Sherry Gibson

Time for another guest design spot hear on the Cropstop blog and today we have a lovely card created by Sherry Gibson of Loose Stitches and Unraveled Threads.  I love the way Sherry used that Smooch embossing folder – highlighting it with distress ink!

Sherry shares how she put this sweet card together:

Hello Everyone,
First I want to say thank you to Esther for allowing me this opportunity to be a Guest Designer for CropStop in November. Also thank you to Haylie-Jo for sending me this wonderful embossing folder and beautiful ribbon for winning a random draw on their challenge blog. It goes so well with the basket of flowers, I just had to use it.

For my card…

I embossed a piece of marbled yellow cardstock using Couture Creations Embossing Folder ‘Smooch‘.
Using my Sizzix BIGkick Machine, I then die cut the doily, basket and tag  with the same cardstock using Darice Embossing Essentials Dies.
Next I die cut the basket again using brown cardstock – saving pieces to use on the yellow basket.
I then die cut and embossed the flowers with red/orange/light yellow/dark yellow cardstock.
Then I die cut and embossed the leaves with a dark green cardstock.
Next I made the card base with white cardstock.
Using the Prima Marketing Distressing Tool I went around the card, lightly on the fold edge. Then around the embossed paper.
Then I used the Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad (Tea Dye) on the edges of the card, on the embossed paper, doily, basket and tag.
I applied Scor-Tape to the back of the embossed paper and attached it to the card.
Next I tied a piece of Darice Hemp Cord onto the tag.
Then I applied Scotch Foam Mounting Tape to the back of the doily, added the tag behind it and attached it to the card.
Next I applied clear glue to the back of the basket and attached it to the center of the doily.
Using Elizabeth Craft Designs Fine Pointed Tweezers, I glued the cut out pieces from the brown basket into the marbled yellow basket.
I used Elizabeth Craft Designs Fine Pointed Scissors to cut the brown handle out, then glued it onto the marbled yellow basket handle.
Next I glued the flower pieces together.
Then usedScor-Tape to attach the center flower and used Scotch Foam Mounting Tape to attach the other two flowers.
Using my bow making tool, I made a bow with the Sheer Ombré – Ribbon and glued it onto the side of the basket.”

Now it’s your turn to share the projects you’ve been working on! Stop by our CURRENT LINK PARTY and show off anything you’ve made that uses 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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Color burst Leaf Wreath

Autumn is one of my favorite seasons of the year. I enjoy everything about it, the crisp mornings, the colorful leaves falling everywhere, all things apple and pumpkin, long cozy nights, homemade soup simmering on the stove, wood fires, etc. etc. – You get the idea – I love fall!  Today I’m sharing two cards I made featuring beautiful colorburst leaf wreaths….let’s get started.

To create the background for my card:

To create my wreath:

To finish my card I:

Inside there are three more punched leaves (this time in Kraft edged in Walnut Stain) and a sentiment from the Heartfelt Creations set, All Things Are Possible.

I’d love to see what you’ve been working on lately, so stop by our CURRENT LINK PARTY and show us any project that uses 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 – Darlene Pavlick

We’re back for week number two with Guest Designer Darlene Pavlick (of Dars Crafty Creations). Once again she’s created a gorgeous masterpiece – full of color and dimension — and she’s included step by step photos so you can follow her cardmaking process!

Darlene says: “Today’s card started out a bit ‘inky & messy’ but I always LOVE  the end result with using the Ken Stewart  Color Burst to create a background or colorful panel for die cutting as I have done today.

What do you think??

Like I said … a bit messy (at least I’m messy LOL) so be sure to use a designated Craft sheet when using this sort of product.  I use this same work area when creating with Tim Holtz oxide distress inks.

I first spritz my 6 x 4 1/2″  Watercolor Paper  with water then sprinkled on the color burst of various colors from the set.  Next came more water.  Letting it run, dabbing up the excess with paper towel, heat drying … this was my end result.  Oh yea, once I had it heat dried, I spritzed again but quickly dabbed with a dry paper towel to achieve the water spots.

Next I positioned my Memory Box ‘Dizzy Butterfly’ die onto my colorful panel and die cut.  Positioning it in such a manner that I could use the outside edge of this panel as a matting for my focus image.   I also die cut the Memory Box ‘Blooming Flower Frame’ from teal green card stock to use as a background.

Once I got started putting my design together, I decided to CUT both of these panels in half.  The frame was cut to extend the size and my Ken Oliver panel was cut in half and attached back together just at the border to make it a smaller panel for my dizzy butterflies.

I punched a few small butterflies from the excess Ken Oliver panel using the Martha Stewart ‘3-in-1 butterfly punch’.

Here’s another view of my finished card. Nuvo white crystal drops were also used on the focus panel for added texture.
I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s creation!”

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Jack o Lantern

Fall is here and with it comes all things pumpkin! Today I’m sharing a fun Jack o Lantern card with you as well as a free template for creating the face.

To create my background:

  • I started with a 4 x 4 inch piece of Kraft Cardstock
  • I swiped some Spiced Marmalade Distress Stain over the front till I achieved the color I was looking for
  • After heat setting with my embossing gun, I stamped a chevron background stamp (Heidi Swapp) in Rusty Hinge Distress Ink
  • I cut a slightly larger piece of black cardstock (4 1/4 x 4 1/2 inch)
  • I distressed the edges of both pieces
  • Before adhering my top layer with my ATG gun, I tied a bow to the left side using olive and natural colored burlap string
  • Using the pattern below, I cut the jack o lantern face out of black cardstock and created a faux stitching look with a white gel pen
  • I popped the face up with Scotch Mounting tape and added two buttons on the bottom of each eye

Inside I added:

  • A strip of black and white zig zag Washi Tape
  • A die cut leaf (Fall Foliage Thinlits – Tim Holtz)
  • A bit of Spiced Marmalade Distress Crayon – both over the leaf and as a shadow around it

I’d love to see the fall cards you’ve been creating so stop by the CURRENT CHALLENGE and link up any project that uses 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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