Time for our first guest design post of 2018! Being that the holiday’s are especially busy, several of you declined my offer to start the new year off with a guest design post here on the Cropstop blog. One of my blog friends, Connie Griffin of Connie’s Crafty Creations, sweetly agreed to fill today’s spot and has created a lovely bit of sunshine for our sometime dreary winter days!
Here’s what Connie says about putting her lovely card together: “A friend gave me this stamp and when I first saw it I thought of sunshine, and this time of year when there are more days of gray skies, why not add some sunshine to someone’s day.
I decided to make my own background, so I started with my Distress inks Scattered Straw, Shabby Shutters and Tumbled glass, I applied them to my cardstock with a sponge applicator. Making sure to apply the scattered straw where I would be placing my flower.
I embossed the background with a Sizzix embossing folder.
Next I stamped my stamp with Mustard seed ink using my Misti on the top flower portion of the stamp, then I took my Carved Pumpkin ink and added it to the flower using the corner of my ink pad to the area’s that are striped. Using the Shabby Shutters and My Favorite things cactus ink I inked the bottom leaf portion of the stamp. Later I decided to add some Stickles in yellow to the flower to give it some sparkle.
Now here is a little tip for you, when using these inks if you aren’t getting a total coverage or want to give it a bit more mottled look, leave any ink remaining on your stamp and spritz with a touch of water, this will give a neat look to your stamping.
Next I cut out the Poppystamps Climbing Vine and Picket fence dies. I cut the fence first in kraft cardstock and then in brown for more dimension.
I cut a small piece of cardstock into a little square added my stamped Taylored Expression, many mini occasions stamped sentiment and using my ink sponge tool around the edges. Made a couple little holes in the top, threaded my jute from the back to the front and tied a couple small knots to the front and looped it over the fence.
I hope this gave you some inspiration to share some sunshine to someone who might need it. “
Thank you Connie for sharing your creativity with us and for creating a cheery card to start our new year off! Now it’s YOUR turn! Stop by our CURRENT LINK PARTY and show off any project that includes a few products from companies Cropstop carries in the store! I hope I’ll see you there!