March Challenge – Link Party #26

100_6011It’s hard to believe that it’s less than two weeks till spring begins! It’s is one of my favorite times of the year – I love when things start turning green, flowers poke their heads above ground, and buds appear on the trees!

Today’s inspiration celebrates one of the flowers we associate with spring – tulips! To make this card I started with a white card base and adhered a bright aqua piece of cardstock over top with my ATG gun.   Layered over that is a smaller distressed piece of aqua paper stamped with a gingham background stamp from Impression Obsession in Versamark Watermark ink and embossed with stardust embossing powder. Two tiny pink blush pearls adorn the corners.

100_6019Next I dry embossed a piece of vellum using the (Sizzix) doily embossing folder. I cut  the doily in half and glued it to each side of my card. Around the center I tied a bow of twine in natural and pink.

To make each tulip I cut three petals  from water color paper (using the template below.) I inked the petals with worn lipstick distress ink (Tim Holtz) and misted them with my mini mister letting the colors run a bit before heat setting with my embossing gun. Once the petals were dry and glued together, I added a layer of ultra fine Valentine Coral glitter (Art Accentz) over the top.   The leaves and stems were cut (free-hand) and inked with mowed lawn distress ink.  The tulips are popped up off the card using pop dots and a happy sentiment (from Momenta dies) completes my card.

100_6022Here’s a free template for the tulip petals in gradient sizes. To make a tulip: Trace and cut 3 petals from your preferred size and layer the petals as shown in the flowers above.

tulip 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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10 Responses to March Challenge – Link Party #26

  1. Kate Dykstra says:

    This is so, so pretty!! The glitter is such a lovely touch on your wonderful tulips!

  2. Gail says:

    Thank you for the new challenge and I love your card displayed – the tulips are delightful

  3. oh my that is so pretty, I love the soft background and the way you used the vellum, the flowers are so pretty with their sparkle, so neat to share a template for them, Lovely spring card!

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  5. D.Ann C says:

    Oooo! I love that soft embossed vellum and the glittery sweet petals of your tulips… thanks for the template!!

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  8. What a BEAUTIFUL creation Esther! Thanks for the heads up on this challenge! I have now subscribed.

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