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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Guest Designer – Stephanie Wright

CropStop 4-28-Card1Welcome back to the Cropstop Blog for another post by our talented guest designer, Stephanie Wright (of Sasha Belle Designs). Stephanie went over and above this week, creating a set of four beautiful cards to showcase Cropstop products.

CropStop 4-28 card2Here’s what she has to say about putting this beautiful set together: “For today’s project, I decided to make a set of cards. Instead of making each card in the set match exactly, I chose to make them coordinate by using the same card design and patterned papers from the same company (all but one of the papers are even from the same 6×6 pad). Black cardstock (Recollections) was used for matting to also help tie the set design together. I had some 3 x 4 pre-printed water color panels that I water colored using Distress Pads – and markers. For the inks, I smooshed them on my craft sheet and then spritzed them with water using a Mini Mister to make the “paint.” I used a small paintbrush to apply the color to the image. For the distress markers, I colored right on the panel and then moved the color around with a brush and plain water. After they dried, I stamped sentiments on three of them with Versafine ink (Tsukineko) and the added some Wink of Stella (Zig) for a little shimmer.”

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Supplies from the Cropstop Store:Distress Pads – various colors, Distress Markers – various colors, Cricut Cuttlebug – Machine, Spacer A, Cutting Pad B, Adapter C, Inkssentials – Mini Misters, Scotch ATG Adhesive Applicator,Scotch Advanced Tape Glider Refills (ATG), Scor-Buddy, Fiskars Triple Track Cutting Blades 

Brands found in the Cropstop Store: Cricut Cuttlebug – Embossing Folder – Anna Griffin–  Juliette Lace folder and border folder, Zig – Wink of Stella Brush marker – Clear, Tsukineko – VersaFine ink – Onyx Black,

Other Items Used – Recollections cardstock – black, The Paper Studio heavyweight cardstock – white, Basic Gray 6 x 6 pads – Hillside (retired), Urban Luxe (retired), Taylored Expressions 3×4 Watercolor Panels – Keep in Touch, Kaisercraft clear stamp set – Secret Garden (Cards 1 & 2 above), My Sentiments Exactly clear stamp set – Inspirational Birthday Innies and Outies (Card 3 above), Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps die – Lacey Eyelet Border (retired)

CropStop 4-28 Card4Thanks so much for guest designing for us this month, Stephanie! You’ve created some lovely projects!  Now it’s your turn to show us what you’ve been working on! Stop by the CURRENT CHALLENGE and link up your creativity using products from companies Cropstop Carries in the store! Happy Crafting!

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Easy DIY Backgrounds

pageHere’s a mid-week Bonus Post to get your creativity going…. Today I want to share a quick and easy way to create background for your cards using embossing folders and distress inks.(Cropstop carries a large selection of both — stop by the store and check them out!)  I learned a while back that “not every card has to be a masterpiece” – sometimes it’s nice to create simple and easy cards too!

page (2)Step One: Gather your supplies – Cardstock, Embossing Folder(s), Distress Ink (one light and one dark)

Step Two: Lightly rub the lighter color across your piece of cardstock

Step Three: Emboss with your chosen embossing folder

Step Four: Lightly rub the darker ink across the embossing and wa-la you have a background piece for your card!

Variations: 1. You can use just one color if you like for a softer look 2. You can skip the first inking and ink only the embossed layer

I chose to keep my finished cards fairly simple to showcase the backgrounds better.

100_6368Supplies: Kraft & Black Cardstock, Gears Embossing Folder (The Paper Studio), Vintage Photo & Walnut Stain Distress Ink, Sizzix Thinlits Word Dies (Tim Holtz Alterations), Twine, Sequins.

100_6364Supplies: White & Black Cardstock, Circular Grid Embossing Folder (Anna Griffin), Peacock Feathers Distress Ink, Sizzix Thinlits Word Dies (Tim Holtz Alterations), Twine, Sequins.

100_6365Supplies: White & Black Cardstock, Cherry Blossom Embossing Folder (Darcie), Picked Raspberry and Abandoned Coral Distress Ink, Sizzix Thinlits Word Dies (Tim Holtz Alterations), Twine, Sequins.

100_6363Supplies: White & Black Cardstock, Typewriter Alphabet Embossing Folder  (The Paper Studio), Shaded Lilac and Seedless Preserves Distress Ink, Sizzix Thinlits Word Dies (Tim Holtz Alterations), Twine, Sequins.

100_6366Supplies: White & Black Cardstock, Circular Grid Embossing Folder (Anna Griffin), Peacock Feathers  & Mermaid Lagoon Distress Ink, Sizzix Thinlits Word Dies (Tim Holtz Alterations), Twine, Sequins.

I’d love to see your DIY backgrounds for cards so stop by the CURRENT LINK PARTY and link up your projects using Cropstop products!!








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Distress Oxides & Gelli Printing Plates

I’m sure by now most of you have heard about (if not not bought and experimented with) the NEW Tim Holtz Distress Oxides.  If you haven’t used them yet, you’re missing out! They are wonderful cross between pigment and dye ink that reacts with water to create fun effects!

Today I want to show you the fun way I created backgrounds using a few of them along with the Gelli Printing Plate. The printing plate is a fun way to create monoprints and can be used with all kinds of things….bubble wrap, leaves, foam stamps, stencils to name a few.  Let’s get started….

100_7131-horzFirst up: Gather your supplies: Stencils, Distress Oxides, Gelli Printing Plate, something to add texture (I chose bubble wrap)

oxideStep One: Ink up your Gelli Printing Plate with Distress Oxide

Step Two: Spritz With Water

Step Three: Lay Bubble Wrap over plate and press lightly

Step Four: Remove Bubble wrap and press a piece of clean cardstock into the Gelli Plate

Step Five: So as not to waste your ink — lightly Press  a second piece of clean cardstock into the bubble wrap

Optional: Use a Stencil (or some other item) instead of the bubble wrap

Here are some of the fun background I created using the above techniques. One of the exciting things about the new Distress Oxides is that you can use them on dark colored paper as well!!

100_6903-horzHere are a couple cards I created with my fun new backgrounds.

100_6927To create this card I selected one of the backgrounds above (made with Broken China Distress Oxide, a Gelli Printing plate, and bubble wrap) and splashed a few drops of Cracked Pistachio reinker (mixed with water) over it.  I ran my Tonic Studios paper distresser along the edges and glued it to the front of a white card front. Next I stamped and image from the Dina Wakely Little Birdies Set (from Ranger) in Black Soot Distress Ink. To color my birds I used prismacolor pencils on the beaks, feet, and branch. Then I  mixed Broken China Distress Oxide and Cracked Pistachio reinker with water on my desk and painted over the image with a very thin paintbrush. 

After matting my birds on black cardstock I attached them to the card with a die cut from Hello Doily (Sizzix Thinlits) behind them. The sentiment in the upper corner also comes from that set. A few Candi Dots (Nightingale Square) and a pretty piece of Petaloo lace complete the front of this card.

100_6928Inside my card I used a piece of the black cardstock matted on a piece of white cardstock that I used to “mop up” the inks on my desk after I finished painting the birds.  The sentiment comes from the All Things Are Possible stamp set (Heartfelt Creations) and is colored with prismacolor pencils and matted on a scalloped circle die cut from Spellbinders.

100_6958For my second card, I inked up a the Lace Stencil from Tim Holtz in Fired Brick Distress Oxide ink and spritzed it with water before laying my paper on it to pick up the print. I then dripped a couple drops of Vintage Photo Distress oxide re-inker on my desk, added a bit of water, used a paintbrush to splatter some across my lace panel. I used my  Tonic Studios paper distresser along the edges and layered it on a piece of Kraft cardstock embossed with the Victoria embossing folder (Cuttlebug). (I used the Tim Holtz Ink Applicator with Vintage Photo Distress Ink to ink the edges of my embossed card front.) Across the bottom I placed a gorgeous piece of Petaloo lace before adding my die cut (Label Four – Spellbinders) sentiment ( All Things Are Possible stamp setHeartfelt Creations). A few pretty Petaloo blooms complete the front of this card.

100_6959Inside I added a sentiment from Wordsworth in Fired Brick Distress Oxide ink, a strip of die cut lace (Hello Doily —Sizzix Thinlits ), and one more tiny Petaloo bloom.

I’d love to see how you use the NEW Distress Oxides or the Gelli printing plate so stop by the CURRENT CHALLENGE and link up you projects that use products that Cropstop carries! One lucky winner will receive a prize from the Cropstop store and a chance to guest design here on the blog!







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Guest Designer – Stephanie Wright

swright 4-21Stephanie Wright (of Sasha Belle Designs) is our guest designer for today! She’s sharing a fun technique called “Faux Metal” that she used to create this beautiful CAS card!

I ask Stephanie for instructions on creating the faux metal look and she graciously sent me these directions:

Step One: Mask off edges of 3.75″ x 5″ card with 1/2 inch wide washi tape

Step Two: Using a blending tool, ink the panel from the top left corner with Picked Raspberry Distress ink – as you moved diagonally to the bottom left corner, bring in Spun Sugar and Cracked Pistachio finishing up with Evergreen Bough

Step Three: Carefully peel off washi tape and apply perfect pearls over inked surface. (Because the Distress ink stays wet for a little while it acts as a binder for the Perfect Pearls.) She used the brush that came with her perfect pearls to apply them and then buffed away the excess.

Step Four: Set the Perfect Pearls by spraying water into the air with a mini-mister and then waving the panel through the mist. (She did this 2-3 times)

Step Five: Dry emboss the white panel with the Cricut Cuttlebug Embossing Folder – Rosette Cluster.

Step Six:  Trim (with Fiskars paper trimmer) and mat panel on black cardstock. Adhere the die cut sentiment and hearts (Lawn Fawn –  Scripty Hello and Hearts) using Ranger Multi Medium Matte liquid adhesive

Paper-saving tip from Stephanie: “I die cut the hello and the hearts from the black piece of cardstock that I used for matting before adhering the white panel on top of it. I do this all the time to help stretch my supplies.”

Thanks so much for sharing your talent with us this month, Stephanie! Now it’s your turn to show us what you’ve been working on! Stop by the CURRENT CHALLENGE and link up your creativity using products from companies Cropstop Carries in the store! Hope to see you there…



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Embossing Spacer

100_6878Today’s card showcases one of the new Heartfelt Creations stamp sets that Cropstop added to the store this year.  You’ll want to stop by and check them out – they make beautiful focal points for your cards!

To create this slightly larger card, I embossed a piece of cream cardstock using the Circular Grid embossing folder from Anna Griffin and the Oval Embossing Spacer. Cropstop carries two different wooden spacer plates – a rectangular one and an oval one. It lets you emboss your cardstock leaving a smooth opening for stamping in.  I chose a stamp from the All Things Are Possible (Heartfelt Creations) set and stamped it in Black Soot Distress ink. I colored parts of the image in using my Prismacolor Pencils and drew a light oval line around my image using the spacer as a guide.

100_6881Those lovely flowers were die cut from the Creative Expressions die, Exquisite Poppy, and have just a bit of Broken China Distress Oxide ink on the outer edges.  I used the leaf, branch, and frond punches (Martha Stewart) to add a bit of greenery under my blooms. Tiny white pearls adorn the center. In the upper corner I added a Baker’s Twine bow with a little Candi dot (Saville Row) in the center. (Cropstop sells a wide variety of Candi dots for embellishing your projects – you can check them out here.)

I’d love to see the projects you’re working on these days. Stop by the CURRENT CHALLENGE and link up your creations that use products from companies Cropstop carries in the store! Happy Crafting!





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Guest Designer – Janis Woolbright

013AJanis Woolbright (from Her Peaceful Garden) is our guest designer again today. She created a lovely French – Shabby Chic card for us today.

Here’s  how she put this beautiful card together:

1.  Cut a panel from pink Core’dinations Pastel cardstock and distress the panel using the Sand-it Tool.  Ink the edges with Distress Ink in Victorian Velvet.  Cut a smaller panel of grey polka-dot paper from Glitz – Love You Madly and distress the edges of this piece too.

2.  Cut lace panel and adhere it over the grey panel.

3.  Stamp JustRite image onto cream paper with gray ink from Tsukineko  and die cut with the Sizzix Fancy Label Die.  Ink edges the with Distress Ink in Victorian Velvet.  Stamp over image with texture stamp from same set using Distress Ink in Spun Sugar.

4.  Die cut Memory Box Gwyneth Flourish from DCWV Mercury Glass Stack in Metallic Silver.

5.  Die cut MFT Eiffel Tower in ream cardstock and in gray from Core’dinations Neutrals pad.  Glue together slightly offset for dimension.

6.  Glue all the panels together and attach the Flourish die cuts.  Tie some pretty pastel crinkle seam binding ribbon on left edge.

7.  Attach centers to the flowers.  Glue the pink flowers (Prima) to the right corner of the card.

8.  Use Scotch Foam Mounting Tape to attach Eiffel Tower over the top of the pink flowers and add an pretty ivory flower overlapping the Eiffel Tower.

Thanks for sharing your talent with us this month, Janis! You created some lovely cards to showcase products from Cropstop!

Now it’s your turn, stop by the CURRENT CHALLENGE  and link up your completed projects that use products from companies Cropstop carries in the store. Hope to see you there…




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April Challenge – Link Party #27


Today I’m sharing a mixed media card that includes several different embellishments and mediums.  There’s plenty of texture and dimension to this spring collage.

100_6068To create the base for this card I started with a 5.5 x 5.5 inch white cardstock base.  I cut a slightly smaller green square and distressed the edges with my scissors. A aqua square of designer paper is sewn on top. In each corner I used my Tim Holtz Gothic stencil and applied a layer of white gesso.

100_6075Next I die cut a piece of white cardstock with my Beaded Ovals Spellbinders die and used my craft knife to trim out the center to create an open frame. Inside I stamped a sentiment (PSX) in mermaid lagoon distress ink. In the upper corner I tied a bow with light blue and parrot green twine and added a tiny rose from the Tiny Tattered Florals Die Set (Tim Holtz).

100_6078Across the bottom I added a piece of blue lace (from Petaloo), and a large flower die cut with Tim Holtz‘s Tattered Florals die. The flower is stamped with my plaid background stamp from Impression Obsession in salty ocean distress ink. A large pearl adorns the center and three tiny pearls decorate the top of the card.

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


Here’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:

# 48 Karenladd

Karen used products from Lawn Fawn, Fiskers, and Tombow to create her sweet tea themed 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:

# 49 – Becca Yahrling

Becca created her beautiful coffee themed card using products from these companies carried by Cropstop: Heidi Swapp, Tim Holtz Distress Inks, & My Favorite Things.


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 June.

3Great job everyone!

We love seeing your work via the link up, so join us for Challenge #27 posting tomorrow at 12:00 AM Eastern Time.



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