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.

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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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Mini Valentines – Tutorial

100_5022Since Valentines Day is only a month away, I thought I’d share this fun little picture tutorial for making mini Valentines from a heart shaped piece of paper or doily.

heart envelopeOnce you’ve completed your folds you can a) glue the edges and make a tiny envelope to slip a mini note into or b)  leave the edges loose and make it an opening heart shaped valentine! I tried it both ways and had so much fun decorating it up using products from the CropStop store!

pagev3For this mini Kraft Valentine I made an elegant band closure using the Petite Striplet – Jubilee die from Creative Expressions. (CropStop carries some gorgeous dies by this company — you’ll want to check them out!!) I added a beautiful floral arrangement using the Tim Holtz Tattered Floral Die, the Madeline Ornaments Lace Dies (from Couture Creations), and the 3D Rose Sizzix Die. Inside I decorated  a pretty piece of pink cardstock with Washi Tape and a die cut sentiment from Momenta.

pagevFor my Second little Valentine I used a large red doily to create an envelope for my little note.  This elegant looking love note features a mini white doily, a beautiful burlap bloom from Petaloo, Washi tape, and a sentiment cut from the Sizzix set: Framelets 3D Flower drop-ins.

pagev2My last tiny note is decorated with one of the mini Petaloo flowers layered over a little doily and tag die cut from Sizzix. A stip of Washi tape adorns the bottom of both the envelope and card and some pretty ric rac from Petaloo adds charm and dimension to the front. The sentiments are cut from black cardstock using a word die from Momento and a tiny punched heart accompanies the one inside.

I hope you’ve enjoy this Mini Valentine Tutorial — Don’t forget to link your creativity up to the CURRENT CHALLENGE for a chance to win a great prize!

Happy Crafting!

 

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CropStop on Instagram

instagramA quick post to let everyone know the CropStop Instagram account is active again!

Stop by and follow along by  clicking here! 

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January Challenge – Linky Party #24

Hello everyone! Welcome back to CropStop for our first Anything Goes Challenge for 2017! I hope that you have a great time playing along with us this year using some of your favorite CropStop products. As always they’ll be a fabulous prize awarded to one lucky winner, so grab your supplies and let’s get started!

100_4074To get you inspired this month I’ve created two little mitten pockets from paper bags and some of my favorite CropStop products.  I started with a brown and white paper bag and stamped them with a background stamp from Inkadinkado  before sewing them together to form a pocket. I then added some crochet lace fancy trim across the top of each and two gorgeous Petaloo flowers.

100_4072Each flower is layered on top of the Waterlily Set, Madeline Ornamental Lace Dies, and the red one also has a piece of burlap tucked underneath.  I also tied some burlap string bows behind those gorgeous blooms.  A tiny banner with word punches from Momenta completes this project.

100_4076Inside each pocket is a little tag cut with my Sizzix tag die ,tied with more burlap string, and including two tiny blooms with pearl centers. page (3)

Here’s a quick little picture tutorial for you on creating your own banners without banner dies. All you need is: 1. paper strips and 2. square punches

Tip #1 : To make a layered banner, punch both pieces at the same time and then pull one back a little  Tip #2: Flip your punch over and cut from the bottom so you can keep things lined up properly

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Now it’s your turn to share your beautiful creations 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.

We look forward to seeing all your great entries this month.  Thanks so much for linking up with us, and best of luck to everyone in the random draw.  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

I’m starting something new this month. The winner of the previous challenge will be announced in a separate post along with a TOP PICK!

The WINNER will be chosen by Random.org and will receive the fun prize package from the CropStop Store.

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

AND NOW our lucky WINNER for January is:

#6 –D.Ann C

Spellbinders Dies and Memento Inks were used to create this frosty “Winter Cup of Tea.” I just love the elegant edges of this card and that large silver snowflake!

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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 from the December link up is # 21

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I love this darling little woodland scene and the extra “pop” added by the twine tied to one side! Karen used supplies from Impression Obsession, Spellbinders, and others to create this sweet card.  Karenladd if you would be interested in doing a guest design post for the blog, please contact me personally at hmblessings@yahoo.com

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Great job everyone!  We love seeing your work via the link up – help us spread the word about this fun and exciting link party where Anything Goes!

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Winter Mitten Card

100_4431I love the slow and boring days of January after the Christmas rush! To make them absolutely perfect, there should be soft white snowflakes gently falling from the sky, a pot of homemade chicken noodle soup simmering on the stove, and chocolate chip cookies baking in the oven!! Unfortunately for this “born and bred northern girl,” it doesn’t happen nearly as often as I’d like since moving to the south. BUT….Happily for me, winter storm Helena, is making my world a winter wonderland today! To celebrate, I’m sharing this mitten shaped card I made with the template I shared earlier this week on my blog – Shoregirl’s Creations.

To begin with, I traced and cut out my mitten from Kraft colored cardstock. I stamped a text background stamp (Distressing – Glitz Design) over the center of the card with my Versamark Watermak ink pad and lightly brushed over it with brown chalk to make the text stand out a bit better.

Next I adhered strips of pattern paper from my scrap bin with my ATG gun and added ric rac and self-adhesive pearls for  some extra “pop.” A tiny strip of paper lace, punched with a Martha Stewart eyelet lace border punch,  is tucked under the top layer and a double strip of Antique Gold Twine is tied in a bow across the top.

100_4430Clipped to the bow (with a natural colored mini clothespin) is a mini ticket from the Inkadinkado set Paperworks Greetings, and a tiny doily from the Waterlily Set, Madeline Ornamental Lace Dies.  Two little sentiments are stamped with Tim Holtz Distress Inks and a tiny red button adorns the ticket for an extra pop of color.

100_44322A quick tip before I sign off…

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…when punching all those tiny pieces out of your fussy cut die cuts, leave your paper in the die and punch from the back through the die. This keeps your paper from tearing when one sticks and makes a nice clean shape.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this bit of winter inspiration today. Be sure to make some extra time for crafting this week-end, and then stop by and link your project to the CURRENT CHALLENGE for a chance to win a fabulous prize from the CropStop store!

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Snowflakes and Mittens Banner

Hello everyone! Welcome back to the Crop Stop Blog! It’s the start of a new year and we have some changes to announce here on the blog. After careful thought and consideration,  Karen Letchworth has decided to step down from the designer position and turn it over to someone else.  She did an amazing job of showcasing the products in the CropStop store with her beautiful creations, and I for one will miss her creativity here on the CropStop blog. THANK YOU, KAREN, for hosting the challenge each month and for all the hard work you put into making this blog interesting and inspiring!   You can continue to view her cards and projects over at her personal blog – My Cup Runneth Over.

My name is Esther Asbury (of Shoregirl’s Creations), and I’ll be taking over here.  I’m a little nervous about this new endeavor, but also very excited to be promoting and showcasing all the fun products from CropStop.  I’m planning to bring you little tips and tutorials along with the regular feature each month, and I want to include some free templates and other exciting things as we progress through the year.  I hope that you have a great time playing along with us this year using some of your favorite CropStop products.

bannerToday I’m sharing a winter banner I made that’s reminiscent of the cold and snowy January days I remember as a child growing up in the north!

I started off with some pastel blue and Kraft colored cardstock and made four little squares using the Labels One die from Spellbinders.  I then embossed the blue panel with a snowflake embossing folder and lightly inked over it with Antique Linen Distress Ink (Tim Holtz) and white pigment ink. The black letters are cut using Nouveau Letter Dies from Sizzix.

banner2To make the “O” in “SNOW” a bit more fun, I cut 3 snowflakes from the Waterlily Set, Madeline Ornamental Lace Dies.

banner3Each end has a little hand cut mitten (free template on Shoregirl’s Creations) that features handmade snow and tiny pom poms.  I used my Versa Mark stamp pad and some white embossing powder to make a pretty snowflake design across each mitten.  The completed banner is clipped to a piece of twine with natural colored mini clothespins.

My favorite adhesive for holding everything together is the ATG gun. You can find both the gun and the Tape Glider Refills in the CropStop store.

pageHere’s a mini tutorial for those fun little pom poms. 1. Cut a strip of cardboard the width you’d like your pom pom to be (I made mine 1 inch). 2. Wrap your yarn around the cardboard several times (I wrapped 25 times). 3. Gently slide your yarn off the cardboard and tie a knot around the center leaving a long tail for hanging or tying to your project 4. Snip the loops of yarn and fluff to form a pom pom. NOTE: You may have to trim it up a bit when you’re finished to make the ends even.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this bit of inspiration! Don’t forget to stop by the CropStop store and check out all the wonderful products for sale there and link up to our current challenge!

Until next time – Happy Crafting!

 

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December Guest Designer, Esther Asbury

We are blessed to have, once again, the talented Esther Asbury, our December Guest Designer, who is sharing her final project with us.  Her inspiration has been AMAZING this month, and we’re SO grateful to her for sharing her talents with us.  You can visit Esther’s Blog here to leave her some love and thanks for being with us this month.

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Isn’t this GORGEOUS!  Esther created this sweet project using a Chunky Stretched Natural Canvas which come in various sizes.  They make an amazing backdrop for a beautiful piece of home decor as Esther has demonstrated so beautifully.  She adorned the Chunky Stretched Natural Canvas with a width of Crochet Lace Fancy Trim towards the bottom, and topped that with some gorgeous Petaloo Flowers.

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You will also notice that she included a Small Crochet Doily, Mini Clothespins, a sentiment tag, buttons, Twine and Hot Glue.  We sure have enjoyed seeing Esther’s amazing creations.  All these great CropStop products helped her create this project, and you can give it a try yourself by clicking the highlighted links to add these items to your cart.  Then….you’re on your way!

 

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You are also welcome to play along in the FUN CHALLENGE taking place now on the CropStop Blog.  We’d love to have you join us, and YOU could be the next lucky winner of a CropStop goodie package.

Until next time…….

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December Guest Designer, Esther Asbury

It’s Wednesday again, and time for another fabulous project from our talented December Guest Designer, Esther Asbury.  Today she has created four tags for us, along with a tutorial on “How To Make Snow”.  She used some of this “snow” (on card #4), along with lots of great CropStop products on her tags.   You can see additional photos of Esther’s tags, along with a complete supply list on her blog, Shoregirl Creations.

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 Tag #2 Supplies and Tools: Petaloo Flowers, Apricot Ribbon, Paper Crimper (Fiskars), Tree Punch (Martha Stewart), Washi Tape, Crackle Background Stamp (Stampin’ Up), Cream/Kraft Cardstock, Hole Punch, Twine
Tag #3 Supplies and Tools: Petaloo Crochet Lace Fancy Trim, Mini Clothespin, Washi Tape, Cream/Kraft Cardstock, Twine, Snowflake Punch (Martha Stewart), Music Paper, Circle Nestabilities (Spellbinders), Twig, Eyelet Lace Border Punch (Martha Stewart), Mini Star Punch
Tag # 4 Supplies and Tools: Petaloo Crochet Lace Fancy Trim, Scallop Square Nestabilities (Spellbinders), Heidi Swapp – Mini Stencils, Washi Tape, Ric Rac, Cream/Teal/White/Kraft Cardstock, Comb (for quilling), homemade snow, Twine
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AND NOW- ESTHER’S “HOW TO MAKE SNOW TUTORIAL”   –    SEE PHOTO ABOVE FOR REFERENCE
To create your own faux snow you need only two items:
Styrofoam balls and a knife
Step 1: Cut your Styrofoam ball in half
Step 2: Grate both pieces together
Step 3: Apply wet glue to your project and sprinkle on faux snow
Step 4: Pat down and shake off excess

Esther will be back again next Wednesday with another great project for us.  In the meantime, be sure to stop by our blog to play along in our current challenge; and you can always stop by the CropStop Store to do some shopping.

See you next week!

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