Guest Designer – Christine Miller

Butterfly BirthdayToday’s lovely card inspiration comes from our talented guest designer, Christine Miller of With a Grateful Heart. She created this pretty spring card using products from her CropStop prize package!

Christine started with a white cardstock base and layered rectangular scraps from her stash in blue and brown on top with Tombow adhesive.  She stamped the Prima Fence stamp on Kraft Cardstock and tied a pretty blue ribbon bow around the top.  The birthday sentiment (from Verve) was stamped with Memento black ink and layered on a die cut doily from My Favorite Things. Off to one side, Christine attached a tiny little butterfly from the Petaloo collection.

Thanks, Christine, for sharing this beautiful pastel card with us today! Now it’s your turn to share – stop by our CURRENT CHALLENGE and link up your projects using CropStop products for a chance to win a great prize and guest design spot on the blog!



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Inked Embossing Folder

100_5356Today’s card features the fun technique of inked embossing folders. To create a background for your project you can apply ink to your embossing folder a) with a brayer or b) directly from the ink pad. Load your paper in, emboss, and wa-la a pretty variation on embossed backgrounds. (I used watercolor paper and misted my inked embossing folder with water before embossing, but you can use regular cardstock and emboss w/out misting too.)

pageI used the doily embossing folder from Tim Holtz Alterations (Sizzix) and lightly tapped the seedless preserves (Distress Ink) over top. I lightly misted the folder with my mini mister before putting my watercolor paper inside and running it through my Cuttlebug.  After the image was dry, I cut out the embossed doily and adhered it to my card front with my ATG gun.

100_5353I printed out the free button cards (below) and stamped the Seamstress background stamp from Prima in fossilized amber (Distress Ink). The sentiment comes from the Heartfelt Creations set called All Occasion Sentiments and is stamped in mowed lawn distress ink. That pretty rose was made using the Floral Petals (Paper Blossom) punch, Flower Petals Die (Sizzix), and the Martha Stewart branch punch. A pretty pearl adorns the center of the flower layered on swirly ribbon.  To complete the card I added a few tiny sequins to the front, and a Petite Striplet Jubilee die (Creative Expressions)from cardstock on the inside panel.

100_5363Each completed rose was inked in coordinating inks (Purple = seedless preserves/broken china, Yellow = fossilized amber ) and misted with my mini mister and heat set with my embossing gun.

100_5364Here’s a free printable of the button cards I used in the above cards! I’d love to see what you create with them, so stop by the CURRENT CHALLENGE and link up your projects that use CropStop products for a chance to win a great prize from CropStop and/or a guest design spot on the blog!

CropStop button cards











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February Challenge – Link Party #25

100_4964It’s time for our monthly challenge here on the blog! I’ve had so much fun creating Valentine related cards and projects this year and I couldn’t wait to share this one with you!

I chose Kraft colored cardstock for my A2 card base and added a sheet of text designer paper matted on bright red cardstock. 

To make that giant heart, I ran my Kraft paper through my Fiskars paper crimper and rubbed my Tim Holtz Fired Brick distress ink pad over the top.

100_4969A handmade bouquet of flowers tied with baker’s twine, sentiment from Momenta, and a piece of Crochet Lace from Petaloo completed this elegant Valentine’s Card.

If you’d like to make one of those “Paper Wrapped Flower Bouquets” for yourself here’s a mini tutorial I created for you!

rosesSupplies and Tools: Spellbinders Scallop Circle Die, Flower Punch, Stylus, Cardstock, Hot Glue Gun,  Dictionary page or newspaper (also useful the Craft Molding Mat )

To start with Punch 4 flowers from cardstock and cut one Scallop Circle from dictionary page or newspaper  Step 1 Fold Scalloped Circle as shown above Step 2 Using your stylus, lightly press the center of two punched flowers to fold upwards Step 3 Using the small end of your stylus, fold two flowers up over the end to form a tight center for your rose Step 4 Assemble flower by hot gluing the two tightly folded petals together Step 5 Add inside layers to the two slightly cupped flowers to complete your rose

heart template

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 January link up!

Winners are chosen by and will receive a prize package from

Top Picks will be a favorite of mine from the projects linked up, and will be eligible for a guest design spot in a future month.

Our lucky WINNER for the month of Feburary is:

# 49 Janis

Janis used Distress Inks and MFT dies to create this lovely Valentine Card.

Winners:  Please email us at 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:

#52 Stephanie

Stephanie made these beautiful Dresden quilt themed cards using products from companies CropStop carries — Cuttlebug, Martha Stewart, Ranger, Bazzill, Tsukineko, and Scotch.

Top Pick: Please email me at within 7 days for a chance to guest design for the blog in the month of April.


Great job everyone!  We love seeing your work via the link up – help us spread the word about this fun and exciting link party! Gentle Reminder: In order to be considered for the Top Pick or Winner spot you need to include a product (or two) on your creation from one of the companies CropStop carries in their store!





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Glassine Bag Envelope

100_5256Today’s project is a Glassine Bag that I decorated to use as a fancy envelope for my card.  Since the envelope features so many embellishments, I kept the card inside very simple.

100_5260Here’s the recipe for making this pretty Valentine Set: I started with a Glassine Bag and covered the front in a page from an old dictionary. Across the top I layered some brown lace from my stash, dark coral colored lace from the Petaloo set called Paprika, a length of natural colored twine tied in a bow, and one small button.

100_5265To decorate the bottom of my bag I used the Journal Cards embossing folder from Couture Creations and inked it up with Abandoned Coral & Ground Espresso Tim Holtz Distress Inks. I cut it out and layered it on a piece of coral cardstock, using a corner round punch on both pieces. I distressed the edges with a pair a scissors (see tip below).

100_5264To the right I added a hand cut heart embossed with the Victoria embossing folder from Cuttlebug, a die cut sentiment from Momento, and another beautiful Petaloo bloom! A tiny strip of burlap (like the kind found in my Red Sampler Pack) is decorated with a strip of pretty white pearls and adds the perfect touch to the front of my bag envelope.

100_5258For the CAS card I crimped the kraft panel with my Fiskars crimper and added an embossed doily (Tim Holtz Alterations Sizzix), white heart doily and die cut sentiment also from Sizzix.

tipsTwo tips for you today: 1. Use a q-tip to coloring the tiny areas of alternate color on an embossing folder like this. 2. To created a distressed edge on your project: Open your scissors and scrape them along the side of your cardstock.

There’s still time to link up to our January Challenge for a chance to win a prize package from CropStop and/or a guest design spot on the blog!



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Watercolor Tutorial with Distress Ink & Mini Mister

100_5170Today I want to share a Watercolor Tutorial using Tim Holtz Distress Inks and Mini Misters! Distress Inks react wonderfully with water to make some gorgeous looking images…especially when paired with Watercolor Paper!

page1. Gather your supplies – Distress Ink/Stamp/Watercolor Paper/Mini Mister 2. Start at the top of your stamp and begin applying ink (I used 3 different colors to create a blended effect – you can use as many or as few as you like) 3. I like the mini distress inks because they’re easier to work with in small spaces 4. Mist your stamp with water from the Mini Mister 5. Stamp on watercolor paper (If you don’t have water color paper you can use regular cardstock – box six shows you the comparison) 6. Trim and create your card

100_5191For this card I used: Abandoned Coral, Fired Brick, & Aged Mahogany Distress Inks; Mini Misters; Watercolor Paper; Teastained Petitie Florals (Petaloo); Paprika (Teastained Red) Petaloo Lace; Circular Grid Anna Griffin Embossing Folder; Love is a Grand Thing (Stampin’ Up);  White/Black Cardstock

100_5192I made this next card to show you the difference the amount of water makes. For the first card I spritzed it 3 or 4 times to create a deep, well-blended effect. For this card I spritzed my inked stamp only 2 times for a lighter look.

Supplies for this card:  Abandoned Coral, Fired Brick, & Aged Mahogany Distress Inks; Mini Misters; Watercolor Paper; The border from Circular Grid Anna Griffin Embossing Folder; Love is a Grand Thing (Stampin’ Up); Coral/Deep Red Cardstock;  White/Black Cardstock

100_5193I want to share one more variation using the distress inks. For this card I inked my watercolor paper with Fired Brick distress ink and the misted it with water using the Mini Misters. Next I heat set it using my heat gun. After the paper was completely dry, I inked my Love stamp with Versamark Watermark ink and stamped it on the paper before adding black embossing powder and heat setting again.  I layered the stamped piece on white cardstock cut with the Scalloped Square Nestabilities (Spellbinders) and layered it over a die cut from Creative Expressions (Petite Striplet – Jubilee). The black cardstock is embossed with the Circular Grid Anna Griffin Embossing Folder.

page2Here’s a side by side comparison for you: 1. Watercolor Paper vs. Regular Cardstock 2. Regular Cardstock with different ink colors and colored cardstock 3. Heavy on the water 4. Light on the water 5. Embossing over watercolor 6. One stamp 3 ways!

I hope you’ve enjoyed this little watercoloring tutorial! I’d love to see what you create with these techniques so stop by the CURRENT CHALLENGE and link up! Remember: CropStop offers a variety of watercoloring supplies as well as many other products to help you embellish your cards, scrapbooks, journals etc. Click the top button on the sidebar of this blog to SHOP NOW!



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Mini Envelope Valentine

100_5109I’m having so much fun creating projects to share with you using CropStop products!! There are so many fun supplies to pick from in the store, and plenty of designs, styles, and techniques to try out too!

To begin with I embossed a piece of black cardstock with the Tim Holtz Doily embossing folder and cut it out. Next I cut a small envelope out of double sided cardstock using the My Favorite Things Envelope Die.

100_5111Tucked inside the envelope are two tiny flags made from toothpicks and snippets of paper from the Red Sampler Pack (Canvas Corps). I tied a pretty little bow around the outside with Burgundy Burlap String and stuck a tiny Teastained Red flower in the center.

The Sentiment is stamped in Fired Brick Distress Ink on coffee stained paper using the All Occasion stamp set from Heartfelt Creations.   A tiny line of pearls adorns the bottom right corner and three little punched red hearts add a pop of color to the left side of the card.

100_5112I’d love to see what you’ve been creating for Valentine’s Day! Stop by the CURRENT CHALLENGE and link up your projects for a chance to win a prize package from CropStop!



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Guest Designer – Kathleen Sawyer

DSCF2957Welcome back to the CropStop blog for another guest design post by the talented Kathleen Sawyer of Kat’s Scrap Box.

For her project today, Kathleen created a detailed Valentine card using some great products from CropStop.  She chose kraft colored cardstock for the base of her card, and layered a valentine vellum paper on white cardstock and matted it in red on top. (As a side note: You’ll want to stop by the Cropstop stop store and browse the nice variety of cardstock and designer papers they offer there!)

To make those intricate clock faces, Kathleen, used the Lost and Found timepiece die from Cricut, Clock Hands by Bead Landing, brads, clock faces from her stash, and a  craft knife to cut out clock faces from the Darcie embossing folder.

DSCF2959Those lovely hearts come from a Crafter’s Companion die called contemporary hearts, and the die cut chip-board letters from Basic Gray. For added interest and dimension, Kathleen rolled the corners of her vellum with a quilling tool and also added some pink staples.

Thanks, Kathleen, for sharing your talent with the CropStop blog this month! We’ve enjoyed your lovely cards!

Don’t forget to stop by and link up YOUR projects in the CURRENT CHALLENGE for a chance to win a great prize from CropStop and/or a guest designer spot on the blog!

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Valentine Teddy — Free Printable

100_4980Hello Everyone! I’m back today to share another Valentine card with you and a free printable!

I made two of this card in slightly different color schemes. I started with white cardstock as my base and added a stip of red polka-dot paper from the red sampler pack from Canvas Home Basics. Next I added a strip of paper lace cut with a Martha Stewart border punch and overlayed with sparkly, red ribbon from the(Petaloo) Flora Doodles Collection.

100_4981I stamped my Teddy bear and tiny envelope (My Favorite Teddy Bear – Stampin Up) with Distress Ink from Tim Holtz and layered them on the FREE library card printable found below!  To add a little extra charm I tied some natural burlap string around the top and added a few punched hearts.  A tiny washi tape tag and WordsWorth sentiment complete these cards.

Below you’ll find a free (for personal use only) library card printable that I created especially for our CropStop blog readers. Hope you enjoy creating with it!

library cardAs always, don’t forget to stop by the CropStop store and check out all the exciting products, and then link your lovely creations up to our CURRENT CHALLENGE!!


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Guest Designer – Kathleen Sawyer

DSCF2945Today we have a guest post from the talented Kathleen Sawyer of Kat’s Scrap Box. She created this sweet card with some of her CropStop products.  To create the background for her card, Kathleen used her Cuttlebug, the Smooch embossing folder from Couture Creations, her speedball roller, and some cotton candy pink, chocolate brown, and gold metallic ink.

She layered her embossed panel on brown polk-a-dot paper from K & Company. Her stamped sentiment comes from the Close to my Heart set called My Sunshine and nestles on a piece of lace with a pretty white flower and gold bow accenting. Each layer was cut with her Lawn Fawn – large scalloped rectangle dies.


A small arrow embellishment from Anna Griffin overlays her flourish die cut from My Favorite Things, and two tiny copper brads add dimension to her bird and flower

Kathleens preferred choice of adhesive for holding everything together is Zots and Tombow.

Thanks Kathleen for sharing your lovely card with us today.

Be sure to stop by and link your creations to our CURRENT CHALLENGE for a chance to win a prize from the CropStop store and/or be one of our future guest designers!

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