Gallery Stand-Out

This week’s  Gallery Stand-Out is

#45 Darlene Pavlick of Dar’s Crafty Creations

I love the way Darlene created her cabin scene behind her die cut snowflake — such a cool technique!

For a chance to see your work featured, stop by the January Challenge and link up any project that uses a few products from companies Cropstop carries in the store.

Hope to see you there!

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UTEE Texture

Here we are at the end of January already and before you know it Valentine’s Day will be here! Today I’m sharing a fun tutorial for making textured embellishments for your cards. Let’s get started…

To start:

Next:

  • While the last layer was still wet I placed a background stamp on top and pressed lightly (I inked my stamp with Versamark Watermark first)
  • After letting it set for just a bit (maybe 30 seconds) I removed the heart and trimmed away the excess UTEE with sharp scissors
  • I added some Picket Fence Distress Stain and set my embellishment aside to dry while I made my card

To create my card I:

Now it’s YOUR turn! Stop by the CURRENT LINK PARTY and showoff any projects that use a few products from companies Cropstop carries in the store! Hope to see you there!

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Guest Designer – Ann Greenspan

Time for another guest design post here on the blog. Today we’re sharing a gorgeous winter card created by: Ann Greenspan of Ann Greenspan’s Crafts.  Here’s what Ann says about putting her beautiful card together:

“My card was made using two Sizzix trees left over from a previous card.  They were cut using some gold foiled dsp.

To make the background, I first embossed a piece of white card stock with the Crafts-Too Lattice embossing folder.  Then, using my finger, I rubbed on some Vintage Green gilding wax by Creative Expressions.

The layers of the card are held together with 1/4″ Scor Tape and Tombow Mono Adhesive runner.  For areas on the front of the card where I didn’t want the glue to show, such as for the sprigs on the deer necks, I used Creative Expressions Specialist Acrylic Glue.  It is the only glue I trust to not show on my cards.  It even dries clear on foiled cardstock.”

Supplies Ann used

Thank you Ann for sharing this stunning card with us today. Now it’s YOUR turn! Stop by the CURRENT LINK PARTY and link up any project that uses some products from companies Cropstop carries in the store.

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Gallery Stand Out

This week’s  Gallery Stand-Out is none other than

#39 Karen Letchworth  of My Cup Runneth Over.

I love the way Karen used Distress Oxide inks to create a soft and lovely card “outside of her comfort zone!”

For a chance to see your work featured, stop by the January Challenge and link up any project that uses a few products from companies Cropstop carries in the store.

Hope to see you there!

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Quilted Sympathy

Today I have a quilt themed sympathy card to share with you. I keep my paper scraps organized in pockets according to color, so it’s fairly easy to pull out some matching pieces and create a background like this one.

Here’s how I put created the background for this card:

Since I wanted the quilted background to be the main feature of this card, I kept the embellishments to a minimum.

Inside:

Now it’s YOUR turn to share what you’ve been creating lately! Stop by our CURRENT LINK PARTY and show off any project that includes a few products from companies Cropstop carries in the store.

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Guest Designer – Heather Mills

Time to share the work of another talented guest designer! Today we have a beautiful card created by Heather Mills of Wire Wrapture. I love the way Heather layered the heart shape over her patchwork tag and the soft colors of her beautiful card!

Here’s what Heather says about putting this lovely card together: “I created my tag with a bunch of scraps from one of my favorite paper packs (alas, it is all used up now.) and a Spellbinders scalloped tag die.  I layered it with a Pierced Heart die from My Favorite Things (which happened to be in my bits and pieces stash) and then my cupcake image, colored with spectrum noir markers) and sentiment banner.   I finished the tag off with some ribbon tied in a bow using my bow-easy tool.  Since there were so many patterns/colors going on with the tag, I wanted to keep my background more neutral.  I used core-dinations white card stock embossed with a Cuttlebug Swiss Dots embossing folder and die cute with an MFT stitched rectangle.  Thanks for stopping by, and thanks, Esther, for inviting me back again.”

Now it’s your turn! Stop by our CURRENT LINK PARTY and showoff any project that includes a few products from companies CROPSTOP carries in the store!

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Gallery Stand-Out

Today’s Gallery-Stand-Out is none other than:

Janis from Her Peaceful Garden.

I love all the cold and frosty effects she included on her beautiful pine tree shaker card!

 

 

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Winter Wonderland

Today I’m sharing a winter wonderland card I created in whites and blues. Instead of using all of one brand of product, I combined several to create the bright winter sky behind my snow scene.

To create my sky I:

Next I:

  •  Tore three strips of card stock and glued them to my card front
  • Added some fake snow with a wet glue and a tiny deer (unknown die)

To finish the card I:

I’d love to see the backgrounds you create with color burst or distress inks so stop by our CURRENT LINK PARTY and showoff any projects that include a few products from companies Cropstop carries in the store! Happy Crafting!

 

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Guest Designer – Connie Griffin

Welcome back to the Cropstop blog for another Guest Designer Friday! Today I’m sharing the work of one of my sweet blog friends, Connie Griffin of Connie’s Crafty Creations. Connie graciously agreed to fill a few January spots for me and took time out of her busy December schedule to create this lovely card!

Connie says: “Have you sent out all your Thank you’s yet?  That special gift or neighbor who shoveled your walk. I know this is spring like but who doesn’t like flowers and butterflies all year through!

I started out using my Colorburst to make my background.  As you can see in the picture below there is a white edge around my piece, I taped it down to a clipboard, and after spritzing it with water to release the colors I just let it sit and dry, you get so much less warping of your watercolor paper that way. Also go ahead and do a large sheet, then you can cut it down to your card size and the left over’s can be used for other projects.

Next I embossed the piece with Darcie Butterfly on a Flower embossing folder.  Then I took my Distress Oxide inks and applied them to my Craft Sheet adding spritz of water to them and using my paint brush to color the embossed areas.

I can’t say enough about the craft sheet, I have it on my desk at all times.  I taped it down to my desk using Scor-tape and it hasn’t budged after many years of use, I love it so much that I bought another one just to have on hand just in case I want or need to change it out at some point.

I hope this gave you some inspiration to let those in your life that are so helpful or generous to know how much you appreciate them.

Thanks to you for joining me today,

Connie”

Thanks Connie, for sharing your time and talent with us today! Now it’s YOUR turn! Stop by the CURRENT LINK PARTY and showoff any project that uses a few products from companies Cropstop carries in the store!

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Dictionary Page Background

Today I’m sharing a somewhat funky style of card created with an old dictionary page and some Tim Holtz distress products.

To create my card I:

Now it’s your turn to show us what you’ve been working on lately. Stop by our CURRENT LINK PARTY and add any project that includes a few products from the companies Cropstop carries in the store. I hope I’ll see you there….

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