December Guest Designer, Esther Asbury

This month we have an AWESOME Guest Designer who will be sharing three projects with us.  Today is the first post, next week starts our new challenge, and then Guest Designer, Esther Asbury will be back on December 21 and 28 to share more of her amazing art (and some pretty awesome tutorials) with us.   Today she’s sharing an adorable card with us using some great CropStop products; and she will be sharing a tutorial with us showing us how to create a sweet little Popsicle Sled like this one on her card today.


Esther created this adorable card by starting with a kraft card stock base and running it through a Snowflake Embossing Folder.  She placed White Cardstock at the bottom of her card, and she also added touches of her “faux snow” on the bottom of the sled as well as on the white ground to make trails of snow.  This is absolutely ADORABLE!!!  And Esther will be sharing a tutorial with us next Wednesday on how to create this “Faux Snow”, so be sure to stop back by next Wednesday to learn how.


You will also see that Esther used some White Pigment Ink to make the embossed snowflakes stand out.  She also added a width of Petaloo Crochet Lace Fancy Trim and some sweet Petaloo Flowers.  The Scalloped Square Die she used for her sentiment is the Scallop Square Nestabilities (Spellbinders), and she used Tim Holtz Distress Ink Barn Door Red for her stamped sentiment.


Other items used on this project include Popsicle Sticks, paint, sandpaper, wine, Baker’s Twine, and a hot glue gun.  Everything came together SO beautifully.  We really hope that you will stop by Esther’s Blog to let her know what a blessing her art has been to us this month.  And let me promise you this… will want to come back EVERY week because she has something AMAZING planned for you on each visit.

OK…..Before we run off, Esther is sharing a quick tutorial with us all on how to create a Popsicle Sled like the one used on her card today.  For this tiny sled, Esther uses these supplies:

White glue, red paint, twine, sandpaper, hot glue, and four mini craft sticks.


Step 1:  Glue three mini craft sticks together with white glue.  Step 2:  Cut the ends off of the fourth craft stick.  Step 3:  Paint all pieces red.  Step 4:  Lightly Sandpaper pieces for a distressed look.  Step 5: Glue the cross bar to the sled and add a knotted piece of twine.


Remember, you’re welcome to visit Esther’s Blog for more information on this tutorial.  She’s one crafty gal, and I’ll guess that she could answer any questions you might have if you run into any trouble while creating your sled.  I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait to give this a try.

See you next week!

P.S.  Don’t forget to stop by and play along in our FUN CHALLENGE taking place now on the CropStop Blog.


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