December Challenge – Linky Party #23

Hello, everyone!  Welcome back to the CropStop Blog for our December Anything Goes Challenge.  We’re SO glad you’re here, and we hope that you have a great time playing along with us this month using some of your favorite CropStop products.  We have some great inspiration for you, a fabulous prize package up for grabs, and another lucky winner to announce; so, let’s get started!

To get you all inspired for the challenge, Karen Letchworth is sharing this fun card she made using some of her favorite CropStop products.  She started with a piece of Kraft Card Stock and used a Stencil to  create a unique background for her card.  Using Prima Heavy Gesso and a Sponge Dauber, she placed a layer of the Gesso over the stencil to cover the base of the card with a checkerboard pattern.  It’s a super easy technique, and gives your projects SO much great depth and texture.  It’s easy to use, dries quickly, and you can use it with ANY stencil…..the creative possibilities are truly endless.  Why not grab some Gesso today and give it a try?!


Next, Karen cut scraps of patterned paper and vintage sheet music, and she inked them with Tim Holtz Distress Inks Black Soot.  The Die-Cut sentiment (Hello) is from Poppy Stamps.  The blue berries are one cluster from the sweet Petaloo Sugared Berries and there are also some red glittery “berries” tucked in here and there.   You can read more on Karen’s Blog, My Cup Runneth Over.  I hope you’re inspired now to play along with us in our awesome challenge.

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 on the second Wednesday in January when our new challenge begins.
  • AND NOW….Our lucky winner from November’s challenge chosen by is:

Entry #5 – Christine Miller


Winners:  Please email us at 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.

OK……now it’s your turn.  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.   We really want you to help us spread the word that CropStop is a great place to play along!

Have fun creating, and good luck!

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4 Responses to December Challenge – Linky Party #23

  1. Marsha D says:

    Ooops. Name of the winner is missing.
    I keep thinking I need to try gesso. Love the hello on that pretty paper.

  2. Janis in ID says:

    Karen….your card is sensational, as always!!! Love how you pile on the delicious embellishments and layers to make a gorgeous project!!

    I am not seeing last month’s winner’s name in your post. Have you chosen one yet? Thank you for your lovely challenges!!! So much fun.
    <3 J

    jwoolbright at gmail dot com

  3. Gail Scott says:

    Happy Dance to the winner – here is my link for the challenge – thanks for another time to upload – blessings and Merry CHRISTmas!

  4. D.Ann C says:

    What a nifty background and I LOVE the music with the flowers!!

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