Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas to all of you from all of us!

Today I’m sharing one last Christmas card. This card features one of the 5 x 7 embossing folders from Couture Creations. To be honest I was a bit “stumped” when I first got this folder as I wasn’t sure how to fill the white space adequately.  After accidentally embossing crooked, I decided to cut out the white space and mat it (so as to not entirely waste my messed-up piece) – it was just what this card needed, and I love how it turned out in the end!

To create my card I:

Inside I added:

I’d love to see the cards you’ve been creating, so stop by the CURRENT LINK UP and add any project that includes products from companies Cropstop carries in the store! Hope to see you there!

 

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Guest Designer – Sherry Gibson

Happy Friday! Time for another guest designer to share a project here on the Cropstop blog. Today we have a beautiful card from the talented Sherry Gibson of Loose Stitches and Unraveled Threads. I love the way she paired those pretty berry picks with that sweet vintage image.

Here’s what Sherry says about putting her lovely card together:  “Hello Everyone, First I want to say thank you to Esther for allowing me this opportunity to be a Guest Designer for CropStop again. For my card…

  • I embossed a piece of green ColorCore Cardstock ‘Glitter’ using Darice Embossing Folder ‘Holly Vines’.
  • Then I die cut the largest snowflake from the Darice Embossing Essentials Dies ‘Snowflakes’.
  • Next I die cut the snowflake three times from the Signature Collection By Sara Davies Contemporary Christmas Dies ‘Festive Trio’.
  • I then cut a piece of paper from the The Paper Studio ‘Tattered and Worn’ Paper Pad a little larger than the green glitter paper.
  • Then I made my card with white cardstock a little larger than the patterned paper.

  • Using the Prima Marketing Distressing Tool I distressed around the green glitter paper, the patterned paper and the card.
  • Then I went around both papers and the card using the Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad ‘Tea Dye‘.
  • After the ink dried, I applied tape to the back of the green paper and attached it to the patterned paper.
  • Then I applied tape to the back of the patterned paper and attached it to the card.
  • Next I cut a piece of coffee stained lace and glued it onto the card.
  • Then cut a piece of Darice Fabric Tape and attached it across the center of the lace.

  • Next I: glued the three snowflakes onto the fabric tape.
  • I had an idea to use natural twine to make a wreath. So I wrapped like eight strands around my hand and glued the ends in back.
  • Then I cut a piece of Darice Hemp Cord ‘Natural’ and wrapped it around the strands to make the wreath. I tied the ends together and glued them in back.
  • The holly berries floral stems (Petaloo) were in my stash, thought they were perfect for this card. I stuck one in the wreath and applied glue to the back of it.
  • I wanted the digital image to look like it came from an old family photo album, so I cut four black triangle shapes for the corners and glued them in place.
  • Next I glued the larger snowflake onto the upper left side of the card.
  • Then I cut a piece of coffee stained gauge and glued it onto the right upper part of the card. After placing the image partially inside the wreath I added glue to the back of the wreath and at the bottom of the image, then glued them over part of the gauge.
  • Next I tied a piece of Darice Hemp Cord ‘Natural’ on the other holly berries and glued them to the bottom right of the card.
  • My dear husband had brought me some cedar tree pods in from outside to dry overnight, so I was able to glue them onto the wreath. I think they add the perfect touch for my wreath. 🙂

I enjoy being a guest designer for CropStop. I hope that you enjoy my card.” Thanks Sherry, we enjoyed having you share your talent with us today!

Now it’s YOUR turn! Stop by our CURRENT LINK PARTY and add your projects (that include a few supplies from companies Cropstop carries in the store) to the gallery!

 

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Money Holder

Christmas is just one week away, and if you’re like me, money and gift cards will be part of your holiday giving this year. Today I’m sharing a quick and easy money holder I created to make my monetary gifts a little bit more fun!

To create my card I:

Inside:

  • I created a pocket with some polka-dot paper.
  • You can cut a 1/2 circle out of the top with either circle punch or the circle nestabilities from Spellbinders
  • I added a strip of green ribbon, a sparkly snowflake sticker, and a die cut sentiment from the Phrase Set 2 (Spellbinders)

Now it’s your turn to share what you’ve been creating this holiday season.  Be sure to stop by the CURRENT LINK PARTY and showoff any project that uses product(s) from companies Cropstop carries in the store!

 

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Guest Designer – Rebecca Yahrling

We’re back with another guest designer post! Today my sweet friend, Rebecca Yahrling is sharing not one, but two projects with us! (You can view her Flickr gallery here.) She created a beautiful window card (so lovely and elegant!), AND a set of Christmas ornaments. Without further ado, here’s what Rebecca says about putting both of these projects together:

“One of my favorite techniques is to use ink sprays on watercolor paper and then use die cuts. It’s so fun to experiment with the different colors and they take less than 30 minutes to dry naturally (& I always heat set them as well with my heat gun). And I save all my scraps to use for smaller dies. So for today’s post, I have made a card and 4 ornaments (that I will give to my youngest niece & nephews to hang on their Christmas tree, as I do every year until they reach 16).

For the card, I started with a white card base. Then I cut (Fiskars) a light grey cs slightly smaller and stamped (Versafine black) & embossed (clear, Stampendous) the sentiment (Unity Stamp Co.) at the top. Then I dry embossed that panel (Taylored Expressions ‘weathered’) and adhered it to the card. Next I die cut all my pieces from the watercolor papers I made (using Ranger dylusions ink sprays and Heidi Swapp color shines).

The window is by Sizzix. The flowers are from Elizabeth Craft Designs. The leaves are from Spellbinders. I backed the window with a dp from 7 Gypsies (using Tombow mono liquid glue), then adding it to the card with double sided tape.

I used foam squares by Scrapbook Adhesives to the window box for dimension. Then I arranged my flowers and leaves. To finish, I added white half pearls (Michaels) to each flower. I think this will make a lovely wedding card.

The ornaments were made the same way as the card. I simply die cut the butterfly (Spellbinders), Owl (Echo Park) & tree (Spellbinders) from the watercolor papers . I also die cut a 2nd cut in white as a backing and glued a hanger (twine by American Crafts) in between the layers. I added gems to the owls for eyes and to the butterfly’s antennae. I also added gems to the tree, as well as a die cut cardinal (Sizzix) and star (Concord & 9th). And the owls also received some leaves (Spellbinders). These ornaments are small enough that they would work well on a miniature tree, too.

Thank you to Esther and Crop Stop for inviting me to be a guest designer. And I hope that everyone has a blessed holiday, whatever you may celebrate.
Becca”

Now it’s your turn to show us what you’ve been creating of late. Stop by the CURRENT LINK PARTY and showoff any projects that use products from companies CROPSTOP carries in the store.

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December Challenge – Link Party #35

It’s time for our last link party of 2017!

Announcing a few changes for 2018

  1. Every time we get 100 or more links we will draw TWO random winners and give away TWO prizes
  2. The Challenge is moving to the FIRST MONDAY of every month. (Since I’ve been doing an inspiration post every week, on Monday, and featuring one of you on Guest Designer Friday; it will make things simpler and more organized for me to move the link party to Monday.) Same great challenge – same prize, just moving to a different day! That means the NEXT challenge will begin on January 1st!
  3. The Winner(s) will be announced the day after the new challenge begins!
  4. Instead of announcing a TOP PICK every month I’ll feature one “Gallery Stand Out” each week on Wednesday

Now, on to the current challenge…..Today I’m sharing two different ways to create hot chocolate pockets for gifting to those in your card-making club, your Bible study group, your co-workers, or just a sweet friend who needs a little pick-me-up!

This first pocket is made just like a greeting card. Here’s how I put it together:

  • Inside I created a pocket using a white piece of card-stock embossed with the Knitted folder and cut diagnoally
  • I embellished the corner with greens cut from Holiday Greens Thinlits (Tim Holtz), another snowflake, and a big pearl

To create my second pocket I:

To decorate my pocket I:

I created a tiny tag to tuck into the pocket using the Create a Flake dies, light blue burlap string, and a sentiment from Winter Wonders (All Night Media) stamped in Broken China Distress Oxide

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

Here’s how our challenges work:

  • 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 a random Winner (or two if we reach 100 links) to receive a prize from the CropStop Store!

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.

December Winner

#39 Tracy of Stuff n’ Things

Winner:  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.

 December Top Pick

#27 Diane of Nellie’s Nest

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

Great job everyone! Thanks so much for linking your lovely projects up to Cropstop!  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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Guest Designer – Gail Tasker

It’s Friday and that means it’s time for another guest design post here on the Cropstop blog! Today we’re sharing the talents of Gail Tasker of the Crafty Nomad. Gail is sharing a quick and easy Christmas card for all you last minute card makers – I think it would double nicely as a wintertime card for January as well!

Here’s what Gail says about creating this deer themed card: “Hello. My name is Gail aka ionabunny, and I am very honoured to have been asked to guest design here at Cropstop. I decided that since Christmas is fast approaching I would share a quick seasonal card that is very easy, but quite fun.

I have used Tim Holtz Dashing Deer and Cuttlebug Snowflake embossing folder with Bazzill Dots brown card.

I cut the deer and embossed a panel of the Bazzill paper with the snowflake folder.

I added colour using Frayed Burlap and Tea Dye Distress ink on the deer and white pigment ink on the snowflakes. Then I decided to add some of the white ink to the antlers as well.

I edged the panel with Frayed Burlap and Tea Dye distress ink, added the deer and mounted on a dark brown card base.  

And then I did this…..

It’s a twofer!!  I used the Bazzill card negative cut from the deer and stuck it on a brown card base.  Don’t forget to keep those three little pieces so you can piece them back in.  I also added some Wink of Stellar to the brown deer to give it a bit more interest.  

I hope this gives you some ideas for quick makes and using those negative bits.  It’s been fun.  Take care.  Hugz

Thanks so much for sharing your talent with us today, Gail! Now it’s YOUR turn! Stop by our CURRENT LINK PARTY and showoff the projects you’ve been working on that include a few products from companies Cropstop carries in the store! I hope to see you there!

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Celebrate Christmas

It’s hard for me to believe it’s December already, but my calendar says it’s so! Today I’m sharing a quick and simple card I created along with a free Christmas carol printable.

To create this card I:

To create the gold edge I:

NOTE: You can re-dip and re-heat as many times as you want to get the desired results

I finished off my card by:

  • Die cutting two green wreaths from the Wreath Spellbinders dies
  • Adding a pretty red ribbon bow to the top
  • Punching a wide piece of lace (using a Martha Stewart border punch) for the inside
  • Die cutting the sentiment from the Phrase Set 2 (Spellbinders )
  • To download the Christmas carol zip file with four color variations CLICK HERE — Christmas Carols

I’d love to see the Christmas cards you’ve been creating so stop by the CURRENT LINK PARTY and showoff any of your creations that use something from one of the companies CROPSTOP carries in the store!

 

 

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Guest Designer – Rebecca Yahrling

Today we have a lovely card designed my sweet friend, Rebecca Yahrling. (You can view her Flickr gallery here.) I love the way she “thought outside the box” when she created this awesome holiday card using birds/birdcages and snowflakes. She even used a non-traditional color scheme to make it even more fun!

Here’s what Rebecca says about putting this card together:

“Here it is December already! And I still need a few more Christmas cards to get done. So that’s where today’s card comes from. I started with a white card base and added a purple card stock. Then I die cut a bunch of snowflakes (Lawn Fawn) in a white card stock. Then I cut a piece of vellum and embossed (Ranger liquid platinum) the sentiment (CDD). I adhered the vellum to thesnowflake panel by wrapping it around the sides & adhering with Tombow mono liquid glue on the back. I then adhered this to the purple card stock with the same glue. I die cut the bird cage (Spellbinders Flight 1) in Core’dinations silver mist cs as well as white card stock, gluing together for a bit more dimension, then adhered to the center of the card. I also hand cut a very thin strip of the silver card stock as a hanger for the cage. I die cut two birds (one from Spellbinders Flight 1 and one from Taylored Expressions Birds & Branch) in the same purple card stock and adhered to the cage.
We are all birdie lovers in my family, so someone will be happy to receive this card.”

Now it’s your turn… Stop by the CURRENT LINK PARTY and add any project that includes products from companies that Cropstop carries in the store! I hope I’ll see you there!

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Season’s Greetings

It’s hard to believe that the Thanksgiving holiday is already behind us and we’re quickly heading into Christmas, but it’s true! Maybe it’s just me, but this first year of working for Cropstop as a designer seems to have passed by quickly! To kick off the Christmas holiday season I’m sharing a bright red card I created as well as mini tutorial for creating that sparkly flower!

Supplies needed:

To create my flower I:

  • Punched 8 sets of petals with the Floral Petals Punch (McGill)
  • Using my stylus and Craft Molding Mat, I shaped each petal for a more realistic look

Starting at the bottom I:

  • Added four of the largest petals to a punched flower shape (a circle would work as well)
  • Continued to add layers working my way from the biggest to the smallest
  • “Dipped” the edges of my completed flower in Versamark ink and then in Red Tinsel embossing powder before heat setting
  • Added a white center with Liquid Pearls (white opal)

To create my card I:

  • The flower has two holly leaves for accents – die cut with the Anna Griffin Die: Holly Sprig from Cuttlebug
  • The holly is embossed and inked with Pine Needles Distress Ink
  • Inside I added another strip of polka-a-dot paper and a pretty piece of paper lace (punched with a Martha Stewart border punch)

I’d love to see the holiday cards you’re creating, so stop by the CURRENT LINK UP and showoff your projects that use a few products from companies Cropstop carries in the store! I hope to see you there!!

 

 

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