Category Archives: distress

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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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October Challenge – Link Party #33

Today I’m sharing a mini tutorial for creating a fun patchwork pumpkin. I’m also including three different ways you can use your finished pumpkin. To create the pumpkin: Cut a piece of white cardstock slightly bigger than your pumpkin template … Continue reading

Posted in autumn, canvas, cards, challenge, circles, cropstop, die cuts, distress, distress ink, embellishment, embossing, embossing folders, freebie, home decor, Linky Party, nestabilities, paper project, ranger, ribbon, spellbinders, stamping, texture, tim holtz, tutorial | 14 Comments

Zentangles

I’m so excited because I actually created a clean-and-simple card that I like! (smile) Usually, this style is very hard for me, and more often than not I don’t like the finished project! Cropstop sells several different Zentangle stamps (and … Continue reading

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Falling Leaves

Here we are at the last week of September already! I love the beauty of nature during autumn, so I decided to create a bright and colorful background in fall colors using Ken Oliver Color Burst. To create my card I: … Continue reading

Posted in autumn, cards, color burst, cropstop, cuttlebug, distress, distress ink, distress oxide, embellishment, embossing, embossing folders, inkpad, ranger, stamping, texture, tim holtz, tutorial, watercolor | 3 Comments

Heidi Swapp Stencils

Do you enjoy using stencils on your projects? Have you ever tried the mini Heidi Swapp sets? I especially like the Frames Set that look like little Polaroid photos. Unfortunately, I’m not always very creative with turning them into cards. … Continue reading

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Masculine Mixed Media Tag

Today’s creation is something totally out of the ordinary for me — mixed media, a tag, and masculine! Both mixed media and masculine are areas I “struggle” in, but lately I’ve been branching out and trying my hand at both. … Continue reading

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August Challenge – Link Party #31

It’s time for a new link party here on the Cropstop blog! Before I get to today’s project, I want to take a minute to thank each one of you who faithfully link up to this blog each month.  It … Continue reading

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Creating Backgrounds

One thing I love about the paper crafting world is that we all have our own style and there’s no right or wrong way to create our art. “Variety is the spice of life,” and I enjoy trying different techniques and … Continue reading

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Distress Stained Flowers

Hard to believe it’s the last day of July already! My summer flower beds are full of beautiful blooms — everything from black-eyed-Susans to daisies to knock-out roses. I enjoy all the different varieties of flowers, and try to add … Continue reading

Posted in cards, core'dinations, cropstop, cuttlebug, die cuts, distress, distress ink, distress oxide, distress stain, embellishment, embossing, embossing folders, flower, flowers, Heartfelt Creations, ranger, sizzix, spring, stamping, texture, tim holtz, tutorial, watercolor | 3 Comments