Patriotic – 3D Star Template

100_8431Since tomorrow is Independence Day here in the USA, I have a patriotic card to share with you today. It features a fun 3D star and I’m sharing both the template and a mini tutorial for creating your own.

3dstarsStep One: Trace or die cut a star shape from cardstock

Step Two: Score from each point to the center

Step Three: Fold on score lines and pinch each point to make your star 3D

Scan0004To create my card, I started with a piece of Neutral colored Core’dinations cardstock. I embossed it with the Woodgrain Embossing Folder (Darice), and sanded it. To add a bit of extra color, I used my ink applicator and inked the edges in Gathered Twigs Distress Ink (Tim Holtz).

100_8421For the middle panel, I embossed a piece of blue cardstock with the stars Embossing Folder (Darice) and rubbed my white pigment inkpad over the top for added dimension. I added a strip of white cardstock underneath and a pretty piece of punched lace made with the embroidered lace border punch from Martha Stewart. I tied some natural colored burlap string around the panel and added my 3D star inked in Fired Brick Distress Ink (Tim Holtz). The sentiment comes from the American Collection (Amy Design).

100_8465The inside is decorated using my Labels 8 Nestabilities (Spellbinders), some Washi Tape, and a flag from the same stamp set the sentiment came from.

I’d love to see how you use the 3D star template so stop by the CURRENT CHALLENGE and link up your projects that use products from companies Cropstop carries in the store!

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Guest Designer – Rebecca Yahrling

Happy Birthday June 2017 003Our final guest designer post for the month of June, and Rebecca (her Flickr gallery can be found here) is back with not one, but two beautiful cards!! Both are absolutely gorgeous and feature beautiful embossing paired with distress inks!

Here’s Rebecca’s directions for putting this first card together:

“I cut a  white card base (3 3/4″ x 5 3/4”)  with my Fiskars trimmer and added a kraft layer slightly smaller, using double sided adhesive.

The decorated layer is 3 1/2″ x 5 1/2″. I water colored randomly with TH distress inks: worn lipstick, spun sugar & brushed corduroy. Once dry, I embossed it with Sizzix/Tim Holtz embossing folder “French Script”. I then lightly distressed the edges and inked the edges with brushed corduroy. I adhered this panel using double sided adhesive.

I cut a 3 5/8″ x 13/16″ strip of the kraft cardstock and embossed it with Darice folder “Happy Birthday” (just the dots) and adhered it across the w/c & kraft layers.

I die cut the (MFT) scalloped oval from w/c paper (I liked the weight of it better than regular cardstock) and stamped the sentiment with ground espresso and embossed with clear embossing powder.  I used 3D foam squares to pop it up on the card for dimension.

I die cut the butterfly from decorated paper from my stash & glued it to the top of the oval just at the body. I added bronze gems to the butterfly body and to the oval, in a curved pattern as shown.”

Happy Birthday June 2017 002Her second card she put together like this:

“I started with a 3 1/2″ x 5” w/c paper and I stenciled (Clear Scraps stencil “Quarterfoil”) with distress inks (bundled sage, dried marigold & worn lipstick) in a diamond pattern. Then I embossed that panel using Sizzix/TH French Script embossing folder. I embossed the sentiment (Fiskars “Happy Birthday” stamp set) in Ranger Liquid Platinum embossing powder on a strip of vellum and wrapped it around the w/c panel, then added that to a pink card base (Bazzill).

I had some white paper flowers for years that needed to be used. But I wanted them to be more pink so I used the worn lipstick & water to add some pink and bundled sage on the leaves. Added them to the vellum panel with an ombre pink ribbon using Aleene’s tacky glue.  Added a few shimmer sequins using Tombow liquid glue to finish.

I love how it turned out and will give this to my Mom on her birthday this month. I love making my own backgrounds like this.”

Thank you for sharing your talent with us this month, Rebecca! You created some stunning cards to share with us!

We’d love to see what YOU’VE been working on so stop by the CURRENT CHALLENGE and link up your projects that use products from companies Cropstop carries in the store.

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Weathered Barnwood

100_7540As promised, I’m back again today to share two more cards I created using yesterday’s tutorial for faux barnwood (or faux weathered wood) backgrounds. These cards feature the Hickory Smoke backround.

For this first card, I cut a large circle of faux barnwood using my Spellbinders circle nestabilities and glued it to the front of a scallop circle (Spellbinders nestabilities) shape card. Next, I used my Spellbinders wreath die set to cut both wreaths and some greenery. I created a large flower using the Tim Holtz Tattered Florals die set, the EK Success large flower and leaves slim punch, and a large pearl.  The two big  flowers are embossed with Cuttlebug embossing folders: Textile and Kassies Brocade. I added a few branches (Martha Stewart punch) and a big burlap string bow to the flower arrangement and tucked two tiny banners underneath.  The sentiment is from the Sunny Flowers (Stampendous) set and is stamped in Worn Lipstick Distress Oxide. The inside flower has a Candi Dot center.

100_7560I saved my favorite card for last.  For this card I cut the leftover Hickory Smoke barnwood piece (from above) into strips and tore one end of them to create a worn and weathered fence!

100_7568To create my background I cut a piece of watercolor paper to size and began inking it up (using my ink applicator) with distress inks. The sand is torn paper strips inked with: Brushed Corduroy & Vintage Photo.  The sea is: Peacock Feathers & Salty Ocean. The sky is: Salty Ocean & Broken China. Over the sand I stamped my shifting sands (Posh Impressions) stamp in walnut stain and added some sea grass in pine needles.  I used a thin paintbrush to watercolor just the ocean part of my background and added some whitecaps with my Gelly Roll white gel pen.  To create my fence I glued my barnwood strips to the sand and added some natural burlap string across the front.  I colored (with Prismacolor pencils) a few tiny shells (Shells in Seafoam – Hero Arts) and tucked them in the sand before stamping my sentiment (By The Sea Sentiments – MSE) in black soot across the top.

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Inside I added some ink spatters and more images from the By The Sea Sentiments (MSE) set. 100_7571I’d love to see your take on this fun weathered barnwood technique, so stop by and link your lovely projects up to the CURRENT CHALLENGE. Remember to use a few products from companies Cropstop carries in the store! Happy Crafting!!

 

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DIY Weathered Wood Background

100_7526Today I have a fun tutorial for creating faux barnwood (or faux weathered wood) backgrounds. There are many different ways to create this look (and I may share some of the others later this year), but today I’m going to show you my favorite method.

page (2)Step One: Cut a piece of cardboard to size (I used old cracker boxes, cereal boxes, etc.)

Step Two: Coat the brown side of the cardboard with a light layer of Elmer’s Glue

Step Three: Let dry to tacky and paint over the glue using Distress Paints

Step Four: Let dry or heat set with an embossing gun (I always heat set mine)

Step Five: Score (on a scoring board) whatever width you desire your planks to be (I prefer to use a stylus as they are more sturdy than the plastic scoring tool)

Step Six: Sand along the edges and surface to create a worn/weathered look

100_7563For this sea themed card, I chose the weathered wood background painted with Blueprint Sketch Distress Paint. Next, I cut a large round circle of watercolor paper with my Spellbinders Nestabilities and inked it up using the ink blending tool and these Tim Holtz Distress Inks: Vintage Photo, Brushed Corduroy, Blueprint Sketch, & Broken China. I then stamped two images (in black soot distress ink) from the Inkadinkado stamp set Sea Breeze and framed the image with natural colored burlap string. To the left I glued a piece of cheesecloth and added two sea creatures from the My Sentiment Exactly: By The Sea Sentiments set.  A burlap string bow completes the front of this card.  Inside I added two more sea creatures and a sentiment from the same MSE set.

100_7565For the fired brick weathered wood background I chose a patriotic theme. I stamped some stars over my faux wood piece in fired brick distress ink. I used my Tonic Studios Paper Distresser along the edges to further the worn look. I layered the wood piece on blue cardstock and added two denim brads to the top left corner.  The sentiment (from Celebrate – Unity Stamp Co.) was stamped in Chipped Sapphire Distress ink. I hand drew a messy border with a sharpie marker and tied some burlap string around the mini panel.

100_7591Inside I stamped a boat (from the same Unity Stamp Co. set) and added a sentiment from the Heartfelt Creations set, All Occasion Sentiments.

100_7594Come back tomorrow to see how I used the gray piece of weathered wood to create not one, but two cards! I’d love to see your take on this fun technique so stop by the CURRENT CHALLENGE and link up your projects that use items from companies Cropstop carries in the store! Hope to see you there…..

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Guest Designer – Rebecca Yahrling

Espresso 2017 002We’re back for another guest design post by Rebecca Yahrling (here’s her Flickr gallery). This week she’s sharing a lovely coffee themed card along with instructions for creating a beautiful background!

Here’s her directions for putting this sweet card together:

“1. Using your Fiskars paper trimmer, cut 4 1/2″x11 1/2″ piece of orange cardstock (Core’dinations) and fold in half.

2. Cut a 4 1/4″x5 1/2″ piece of cream cardstock and using a stencil (I used Elizabeth Craft Designs stencil “Flower”). Blend your ink color (Tim Holtz distress ink – abandoned coral) in an ombre pattern (I started at the bottom inking the darkest and working my way up, lighter & lighter). Adhere this panel to the orange card base using double sided tape.

3. Cut a 1 3/4″x5 1/2″ strip of kraft cardstock and emboss using Sizzix “On the Go” in a vertical pattern.  Adhere to the left side of the ombre panel, leaving a 7/16″ edge. Die cut another kraft strip 1 1/8″x4 1/2″ and emboss “on the Go” in a horizontal pattern; adhere to the inside bottom of the card.

4. Die cut the word “espresso” (Sugar Pea Deigns espresso die) five times from the same orange c/s as the card base and adhere together using Tombow liquid glue. Adhere to the card as shown.

5. Adhere three copper colored sequins as shown using Aleene’s tacky glue.

I’ve been wanting to try the ombre method of inking for awhile. I think it’s a pretty look for a background. And it was pretty easy to do.”

We’d love to see what you’ve been creating, so stop by the CURRENT CHALLENGE and link up your projects that use products from companies Cropstop carries.  We’ll be looking for you in the gallery!

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Farmhouse Chalkboard

100_7425Today’s project showcases one of the Mix The Media Chalkboards available in the Cropstop store! There are three sizes available and they’re great for: photo frames, message boards or as a decorative mixed media piece. I chose to decorate mine in a farmhouse style.

100_7415To begin with, I used a white paint marker and drew a frame all the way around my chalkboard. Across the bottom I added a some Petaloo lace from the Teastained Red set and the Cream Burlap Trims set. A decorative wooden button adorns the center of the twine bow.  Next, I printed a sheep (from Graphics Fairy) on coffee stained paper and added a mini clothespin. I cut a tag (using the Sizzix Tags die) and distressed the edges with ground espresso distress ink and the ink applicator.  I decorated the tag with a beautiful burlap flower (Petaloo) and vellum “14” from the Tim Holtz Thrift Shop Ephemera pack.

coffee stained paperHere’s how I make coffee stained paper —

Supplies: Typing Paper, Instant Coffee, Water, Paint Brush

Step One: Dissolve 3 tsp. instant coffee in 1 cup hot water

Step Two: Paint side one of your typing paper with coffee and allow to dry in the hot sun

Step Three: Paint the second side and allow to dry

Step Four: Return to side one and add some coffee stains in the center of your paper and allow to dry

Step Five: Iron paper (without steam) on both sides to flatten

100_7424I’d love to see how you use your paper-crafting supplies and skills to decorate your home so stop by the CURRENT CHALLENGE and link up your creativity that uses products from companies carried by Cropstop! Happy Crafting!

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Guest Designer – Rebecca Yahrling

Happy Birthday June 2017 007Welcome back to Cropstop for another guest designer post! Today we’re featuring the lovely work of Rebecca Yahrling. You’ll want to stop by her Flickr gallery and see all the pretty cards she’s created! I love the texture she included on today’s card with an embossed butterfly and a texture paste stenciled panel!

Here’s what Rebecca says about how she put this sweet card together: “Cut a 4″x9 9/16″ piece of pink cardstock with my Fiskars paper trimmer; folded in half and lightly distressed (Tim Holtz distress tool) all edges. Cut a 4 1/2″x4 11/16″ piece of designer paper (Crate Paper) and lightly distress all edges. Using Tim Holtz distress ink spun sugar, I lightly went around all edges so it wasn’t so white from the distressing. I used double sided tape to adhere this piece to the pink card base. Cut a 1 3/4″x4 1/2″ piece of watercolor paper (Strathmore 90 lb). I stenciled the flowers (Americana Classic “Jacobean Floral’) with a mixture of Ranger texture paste and TH distress inks: spun sugar, mowed lawn, gathered twigs & squeezed lemonade (one color at a time) and let it dry overnight. I used foam squares (Scrapbook Adhesives) to attach this piece to the card for dimension. On vellum, I stamped the butterfly (CTMH “Paper Bird”) in white (Colorbox) & embossed in white (Stampendous) then fussy cut. I glued (Aleene’s tacky glue) the butterfly only at the body to the w/c piece so it looks like it’s in flight. I stamped the sentiment (CTMH “Belated Birthday Occasions”) with TH distress ink gathered twigs at the bottom right. I really love how the stenciled panel came out using the tinted paste and will be doing more of that fun technique.

Thanks for sharing your talent with us this month, Rebecca! We’re looking forward to seeing what beautiful things you’ve created for the next two weeks!

Now it’s your turn! Stop by the CURRENT CHALLENGE and link up any project that uses products from companies Cropstop carries in their store! Hope to see you there…..

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June Challenge – Link Party #29

100_7234Today I have a nautical themed masculine card to share with you that includes a fun tutorial for mixing your dry embossing with your wet embossing.

backgroundHere are the steps I followed to create the background for my card:

Step One: Ink up your embossing folder with Versamark Watermark ink (I used the Anchors embossing folder from The Paper Studio)

Step Two: Insert your paper and run it through your Cuttlebug

Step Three A: Add your choice of embossing powder and shake it off (I used Star Dust)

Step Three B: Rub the embossing powder off the raised design with your finger

Step Four: Heat set with your embossing gun and then Rub an ink pad over the raised embossing (I used white pigment ink)

100_7255After I inked up the front panel with white pigment ink, I ran my Paper Distresser along the edges and attached it to the front of my card using my ATG gun. Next I stamped my Postcard stamp (Hampton Art) in Vintage Photo Distress Ink and added a sailboat image  (Set Sail – Stampin’ Up) in Blueprint Sketch DI. After distressing the edges I used my Tim Holtz Ink Applicator to blend in some ink for a vintage look. I added an old stamp to the postcard and tied a tiny nautical knot around the front using natural burlap string.  The postcard is layered over a globe (from World Travels — stamped in ground espresso), and tiny gears accent both the top and bottom. The sentiment is cut with the Rat a Tat Sizzix alphabet set and stamped with a linen stamp in Vintage Photo Distress Ink.

100_7238Inside I used my stencil brushes and a burlap stencil (Tim Holtz) with two colors of distress ink: Vintage Photo and Brushed Corduroy. I stamped a sentiment from the All Things Are Possible set (Heartfelt Creations) in Chipped Sapphire and used my Prismacolor pencils to color in certain parts of it.

100_7250Now it’s your turn to share your creativity with us!

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  • 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 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:

#27 Vicki from He”artful” Validation of Vicki

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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:

#36 – Birgit of Crafting While I Wait

I absolutely LOVE the background she created for her gorgeous card using Tim Holtz Distress Inks!

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Top Pick: Please email me at hmblessings@yahoo.com within 7 days for a chance to guest design for the blog.

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Great job everyone!

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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Core’dinations Cardstock

100_7645Today I’m sharing a card I made using some of the Core’dinations Cardstock.  “Sand it; tear it; or antique it… these are only a few ideas of what you can do with this wonderful paper. Each sheet has a wonderful canvas texture that can be sanded  (with the sand-it gadget) to reveal a coordinating core color.

To create my card I chose a piece of light blue cardstock from the Core’dinations Pastel paper pack. I embossed it with Chiaro Embossing folder from Couture Creations and lightly sanded the top. Next I rubbed a bit of salty ocean distress ink over parts of it using my ink applicator. I used a corner rounder punch on the bottom of the card – just to give it a little different look.

100_7643I stamped a sentiment from All Things Are Possible (Heartfelt Creations) in broken china distress ink onto a white strip of paper. I added a pretty flower die cut with the Exquisite Poppy dies from Creative Expressions. I inked the edges of my flower with fossilized amber distress ink. The leaves were die cut using the Flower Petals Sizzix die and inked with pine needles distress ink. A strip of pretty lace and a natural burlap string bow complete the front of my card.

100_7653Inside I used the Lace stencil (Tim Holtz), distress inks, and stencil brushes to add a some pretty doily motifs to the corners.

I’d love to see how you use core’dination paper on your projects so stop by the CURRENT CHALLENGE and link up your creations that use products from companies Cropstop carries! Happy Crafting…..

 

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