Guest Designer – D.Ann

IMG_1944Welcome back to Cropstop for another Guest Designer post by D.Ann from D. Ann’s Crafting Whims. She’s sharing several creative items with us today, so let’s get started!

For this first card, D.Ann embossed her green chalkboard paper (DCWV) with the Couture Creations Fresh & Fun Collection – Smooch 5×7 embossing folder , and used her Core’dinations Sand-It gadget over the embossing. She layered her embossed piece on Bazzill Basics orange cardstock and added some sweet little lace pieces across the top and bottom.  Across the front, D.Ann added a strip of octagons using her BasicGrey Hey Girl paper pad and Spellbinders dies (Octoagon Strips & Accents).  She used Tombow adhesive, Aleene’s Tacky Glue, and Scor-Tape to hold it all together.  The inside sentiment is die cut with and Spellbinders In’spire Dies – Celebrations 2, and she also created a matching envelope for her lovely card!

20170305_205535_wm-horzFor her second card, D.Ann die cut her black chalkboard cardstock (DCWV) with the Spellbinders Star Dreams Die, and added some shingy gold accents with Colorbok metallic paper and gold glitter tape. Inside her 3D card (that also fold flat for mailing), she included a sentiment cut with the Spellbinders In’spire dies – Celebration 2.

20170305_205319_wmThanks so much for sharing your creativity with us this month, D.Ann!! It’s fun learning new ways to use our dies!

20170305_205347_wm-horzNow it’s your turn, click here to link your projects (using Cropstop products) to our Current Challenge!

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Chalkboard Embossing

100_5757Happy First Day of Spring!! Today I’m sharing a floral card that features a chalk technique I recently experimented with. Here’s a mini tutorial to show you how I created the chalkboard look on this card.

chalkStep One: Gather your supplies – Black Cardstock, Chalk, an Embossing folder of your choice Step Two: Rub the chalk on the negative side of the embossing folder Step Three: Insert your black cardstock and emboss (photo #3 shows you what it looks like after embossing) Step Four: Rub your finger over the chalk to blend it into the cardstock and create a chalkboard look over your embossing.

100_5764 To create my floral card, I chose to die cut my black cardstock with the Tabbed Journal Die from Couture Creations, and embossed it with the Moroccan Screen embossing folder (Cuttlebug).  I stamped a sentiment from the All Occasions Sentiment set (Heartfelt Creations) in Seedless Preserves Distress Ink and cut it out using the Labels One Nestabilities from Spellbinders.

100_5761Using the Tiny Tattered Florals die set from Tim Holtz I cut three pretty blooms and inked their edges with seedless preserves/abandoned coral distress ink. I spritzed them with water from my mini mister to help the colors run a bit and heat set them with my embossing gun.  Holding two pieces of burlap string together (pink and purple) I tied a pretty bow and glued a purple button to the center.  The background features designer paper from the Barnwood Pretty Stack (The Paper Studio) and a small paper doily. I adhered four tiny pearls to the bottom corner to complete this card.

Variations: 1. Chalk/Emboss the entire card front 2. Emboss your black cardstock and then chalk to highlight the raised image instead of the negative space

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I’d love to see how you use this fun technique so stop by our CURRENT CHALLENGE and link up your lovely projects that use products from companies Cropstop carries in the store! Hope to see you there!

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Guest Designer – D.Ann

20170220_183307_wmToday’s guest designer was a recent winner in our monthly challenge. Welcome D. Ann from D. Ann’s Crafting Whims.

D. Ann chose to make a lovely spring card using a wide variety of  products from companies Cropstop carries!  D.Ann used the Spellbinders Elegant Labels 4  to create a lovely die cut card base from Bazzill Basics cardstock: Bank Note green. She embossed her card using Couture Creations Serenity Collection: Chiaro.

20170220_183600_wm To create her beautiful 3D daffodils she used the Heartfelt Creations Botanical Orchid Stamps and dies and the deluxe flower shaping kit from them as well. She colored her lovely daffodils using her Ranger Mini Mister and these Tim Holtz Distress Inks: Carved Pumpkin, Mowed Lawn, Mustard Seed, Ripe Persimmon, Spiced Marmalade, Squeezed Lemon, and Twisted Citron.

The sentiment is cut with a Memory Box Thank You die and layered on Core’dinations cardstock cut with the Spellbinders Gold Labels 4 die.

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The elegant butterfly comes from the Spellbinders Wonderful Wings dies. D. Ann added extra bling with Darice  silver and gold lined gold seed beads, Misc. pearls and Ranger Stickles: Firefly & Tropical Tangerine.

20170220_183806_wmD. Ann used her Sizzix Twist & Style tool to tie those pretty green bows in each corner. Holding it all together is Aleene’s Clear Gel Tacky Glue and Cosmo Cricket Glubers.  (For more details on how she put this all together you can visit her blog linked above.)

Thanks so much for guest designing for us this month, D.Ann — your elegantly cut card full of so many details is a work of art!! Now it’s your turn to share your lovely art with us in the CURRENT CHALLENGE link up! Be sure to include a few products from companies Cropstop carries in the store and Happy Crafting!

 

 

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Joy Fold Cards

100_5667Today I’m sharing a mini tutorial on making Joy Fold cards! This is also my first time to post a more masculine themed card! For some reason they are harder for me to create since most of my “go-to” embellishments are more feminine in nature.

pageStep One: Cut two strips of paper for your card base – #1 – 8.5 x 4.25 inches #2 – 8.5 x 3.5 inches Step Two: Score (with the Scor Buddy) and fold #1 at 3 inches Step Three: Score and fold #2 at 3.5 inches Step Four: Decorate your panels and place the smaller one inside the larger one as shown.

Note: You can vary your measurements to create different shapes and sizes and even use your Spellbinders Nestabilites dies for the inside panel!

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For my masculine card: I chose coordinating papers from the Complete Boy (My Mind’s Eye) stack and an old dictionary page. I die cut a classic scalloped square (Spellbinders) and embossed it with the collage embossing folder from Tim Holtz. The typewriter (Stampabilities) is stamped in Ground Espresso Distress Ink, and accented with a tiny gear and book-page roses from the Tiny Tattered Florals Dies (Tim Holtz.).

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I tied a bow in gold burlap string and affixed a grungy button to the left panel. Inside I added a few vellum pieces from the Tim Holtz ephemera set called Thrift Shop and stamped a small “vintage” sentiment in Ground Espresso Distress Ink.

I also made a spring version of the joy fold card featuring a pretty daisy die cut from Tim Holtz tattered florals die and embossed with the Cuttlebug folder called Swiss Dots.

100_5677To create the matching panels I used the Impression Obsession plaid background stamp, water color paper, Distress Inks (Twisted Citron, Fossilized Amber, Salty Ocean, Abandoned Corlal), and my Mini Mister.  The “hello friend” sentiment is stamped in Mowed Lawn distress ink and pretty sequins add a little sparkle to the front.

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I tied a  little blue twine bow on the left panel and added a button to the center. Inside features a Stampin’ Up sentiment in hickory smoke and a line of little white pearls.

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I’d love to see your take of Joy Fold cards so stop by the CURRENT CHALLENGE and link up your cards and projects using CropStop products!

 

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Guest Designer – Greta

CropStop 2 (2)Today I’m sharing another lovely card by our talented guest designer, Greta of GG Creations.

Greta created this clean-and-simple card using products from companies Cropstop carries in the store.   Her beautiful Easter card features the lovely Poppystamps Freida Curved die across the bottom. She stamped her Impression Obsession sentiment in Tsukineko Encore Ultimate Metallic gold ink pad and used JudiKins Translucent Gold embossing powder to really make it pop! She added a bit of color with  Distress Stain (Bundled Sage) and Heidi Swapp Color Shine (Ocean). I love the addition of gold sequins to her card-front – just the right touch to this pretty Easter Greeting!

CropStop 2 close up (1)Thanks for sharing your talent with us this month, Greta!

Now it’s your turn — Link your creativity up to the CURRENT CHALLENGE for a chance to win a prize from CropStop and/or a guest design spot on the blog.

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March Challenge – Link Party #26

100_6011It’s hard to believe that it’s less than two weeks till spring begins! It’s is one of my favorite times of the year – I love when things start turning green, flowers poke their heads above ground, and buds appear on the trees!

Today’s inspiration celebrates one of the flowers we associate with spring – tulips! To make this card I started with a white card base and adhered a bright aqua piece of cardstock over top with my ATG gun.   Layered over that is a smaller distressed piece of aqua paper stamped with a gingham background stamp from Impression Obsession in Versamark Watermark ink and embossed with stardust embossing powder. Two tiny pink blush pearls adorn the corners.

100_6019Next I dry embossed a piece of vellum using the (Sizzix) doily embossing folder. I cut  the doily in half and glued it to each side of my card. Around the center I tied a bow of twine in natural and pink.

To make each tulip I cut three petals  from water color paper (using the template below.) I inked the petals with worn lipstick distress ink (Tim Holtz) and misted them with my mini mister letting the colors run a bit before heat setting with my embossing gun. Once the petals were dry and glued together, I added a layer of ultra fine Valentine Coral glitter (Art Accentz) over the top.   The leaves and stems were cut (free-hand) and inked with mowed lawn distress ink.  The tulips are popped up off the card using pop dots and a happy sentiment (from Momenta dies) completes my card.

100_6022Here’s a free template for the tulip petals in gradient sizes. To make a tulip: Trace and cut 3 petals from your preferred size and layer the petals as shown in the flowers above.

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

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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:

IMG_1944#3 Marsha from Gramma’s Room

Marsha made a lovely Valentine Card using products from these Cropstop companies: Darcie, Cuttlebug, and Silhouette.

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:

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#41 – Kate from Small Bits of Paper

Not only did Kate use LOTS of products from Cropstop companies (My Favorite Things, Ranger, Tim Holtz, Lawn Fawn, Scotch, Zig, Spectrum Noir), but she created an adorable farm card with beautiful coloring and lots of detail!

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 May.

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Great job everyone!

We love seeing your work via the link up, so join us for Challenge #26 posting tomorrow at 12:00 AM Eastern Time.

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Guest Designer – Greta

CropStop 1Today’s guest designer is no stranger to CropStop, she’s been linking up her beautiful cards for quite some time! Welcome Greta (from GG Creations), it’s great to have you guest designing this month – I love the Clean and Simple lines of your butterfly card for this week!

To create that lovely blue background, Greta used her Ken Oliver Color Bursts in these colors: Ultramarine Blue, Pthalo Green, and Violet. She used her Spellbinders Classic Large Squares to cut and layer her black and white carstock over her focal point.  She adhered a sentiment from Impression Obsession Anytime Sentiments underneath her silver butterfly (Memory Box Kaleidoscope Butterfly Dies). and attached a tiny blue rhinestone to the center of her glittery die cut.

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Thanks, Greta,  for sharing your creativity with us this week!

There’s still time for you to link up to the CURRENT CHALLENGE for a chance to win a prize from CropStop and/or a guest design spot on the blog.

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DIY Cardboard Buttons

100_5486Hello fellow crafters! I have another mini tutorial for you today. I’m going to show you how to make cardboard buttons so you’ll never have to worry about not having just the right color to match your project ever again!  Let’s get started…

pageStep One: Gather your supplies – Cardboard, patterned paper, glue, dies, paper punch Step Two: Cover the entire surface of your cardboard with glue and adhere patterned paper. Step Three: Die cut your shapes Step Four: Punch two holes in the center for button holes

Note: You can turn any solid shape into a button (heart, butterfly, square etc.), and you can also make your buttons large or small to suit your project.

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To showcase this technique I made a card and a matching gift bag. For my card I started with Kraft colored cardstock and embossed it with the Circular Grid Embossing Folder from Anna Griffin.  I went over my embossing with a white pigment ink pad to make the texture show up a little better.  Along the left side I layered white die cut from Creative Expressions (Petite Striplet – Jubilee) under a piece of pink cardstock stamped with the  Seamstress  stamp from Prima in Brushed Corduroy and distressed along the edges with the Tim Holtz blending tool.

100_5567To make my buttons I used Designer paper from the Barnwood Pretty stack (The Paper Studio) and the following  Spellbinders Nestabilities: Circle, Blossom, Blossom II. A piece of twine is tied through the center of each, and a strip of pink Baker’s Twine alongside.

100_5572That sweet little stamp is Bella Geste Friends stamped in Ground Espresso and colored with Colored Pencils.  Three Pink Blush pearls in gradient sizes adorn the lower corner and everything is sewn together with my sewing machine! The gift bag also has two strips of paper lace punched with the embroidered laced punch from Martha Stewart.

I’d love to see how you use this DIY button technique so stop by and link up your projects that use CropStop products to the CURRENT CHALLENGE.

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Guest Designer – Christine Miller

Celebrate Your Special DayWelcome back for another guest design post from the creative Christine Miller of With a Grateful Heart.  Christine has created another lovely spring card for us today using more fun stuff from her CropStop prize package!

For this card, Christine started with a square base of white cardstock. She adhered a beautifully embossed (with the Ooh La La embossing folder from Couture Creations) kraft panel on top using her ATG gun.  Those beautiful flowers were die cut with the My Favorite Things Stitched Flowers die, shaded with watercolor pencils, and accented with tiny enamel dots.

That lovely sentiment comes from a My Favorite Things stamp set called “Birthday Wishes” and is stamped in Tuxedo Black Memento Ink.  Christine tucked a pretty piece of soft blue swirly ribbon behind one flower and added a pretty little Petaloo butterfly to one side.

It’s been a joy to share Christine’s lovely work with you this month! We look forward to seeing YOUR creations linked up to our  CURRENT CHALLENGE! Who knows? Maybe you’ll be the next winner of a fun prize package from CropStop and/or a guest design spot on the blog!  Happy Crafting!!

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