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.
Today 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.
To make the “O” in “SNOW” a bit more fun, I cut 3 snowflakes from the Waterlily Set, Madeline Ornamental Lace Dies.
Each 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.
Here’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!