Friday, September 22, 2017

The Presence of Wonder

Today I'm sharing a collage style autumn card that I tried to create in a CAS design.
I just can't seem to pull off the "lots of white space" needed to be truly CAS - but this card isn't quite as layered as I usually make so maybe it's kind of clean-and-simple?
I stamped off my background stamp before printing it on my cream cardstock, and then added a layer of leaves around the edge with different colors of distress ink. (Looks like distressed [and inked] edges are becoming my signature style!)
Supplies and Tools:
Script Background Stamp (Stampin' Up), Fantastic Foliage (Stampin' Up) Distress Inks (Walnut Stain, Rusty Hinge, Fossilized Amber, Fired Brick, Pine Needles), Sponge Daubers. Burlap String, Frond Punch (Martha Stewart), Spiced Marmalade Distress Crayon, Watercolor Stamp Set (Tim Holtz), Copper Embossing Powder

This post linked to:
Double D Challenge - Sentiments/Quotes
ModSquad Challenge - Leaves
Little Red Wagon - Leaf it to me
Addicted to Stamps - Stamp a Background

Thursday, September 21, 2017

A is for Apple

There are several challenges that have apples as part of their link up requirements.  Since I don't have a lot of apple themed supplies, I decided to create a flashcard that I'm including as a freebie at the end of this post.
After embossing the leaf background, I rubbed my white pigment ink pad over the top to help the design stand out a little more.
Supplies and Tools:
Apple Flashcard, Script Background Stamp (Stampin Up), Walnut Stain Distress Ink, Baker's Twine, Button, Leaf Embossing Folder (The Paper Studio), White Pigment Ink, Hello Doily Die (Sizzix), Washi Tape

This post linked to:
Paper Sweeties - Inspiration Photo (below)
City Crafter Challenge - Apples Everywhere
Shopping Our Stash - Apple of My Eye
Word Art Wednesday - Anything Goes

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Fall Thinking Of You

The card I'm sharing today includes a hue not usually included in the "fall colors," but I keep seeing it crop up in autumn cards this year.
I love how the addition of blue adds the perfect accent to the traditional seasonal colors.
I find that using papers from the same mat stack makes it easier to coordinate the colors, and I love how the leaves turned out when stamped on designer paper.
Supplies and Tools:
Leaves Galore (Inkadinkado), Watercolor Paper, Ground Espresso Distress Ink, Nature's Sketchbook (Stampin' Up), Martha Stewart Border Punch, Knitted Embossing Folder (Couture Creations), Thoughts and Prayers (Stampin' Up), Doily Embossing Folder (Sizzix), Mosaic Memories DP (Recollections)

This post linked to:
Mod Squad Challenge - Leaves
Little Red Wagon - Leaf it to me
Repeat Impressions - Mood Board (below)
Allsorts Challenge - Feels Like Autumn
Creative With Stamps - Leaves

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Autumn Chinese Lanterns

Today I'm sharing a fall card made with Power Poppy's Chinese Lantern Digital Stamp Set.

I printed my image on Kraft Cardstock and colored it with Prismacolor Pencils.  It looked a little plain, so I added a background with a script stamp and some walnut stain distress ink.

I love the vintage/rustic look the distressed (and inked) edges give the finished piece. Inside I added a piece of Washi Tape and a sentiment (from Power Poppy) that I reversed for a chalkboard look.

Supplies and tools:
Chinese Lanterns Digi (Power Poppy), Prismacolor Pencils, Script Stamp (Stampin' Up), Walnut Stain Distress Ink, Sponge Daubers, Square punch (to make banner), Burlap String, Button, Washi Tape, Sentiment from Leaping Trout Digital Stamp Set (Power Poppy), Kraft/Orange/Black Cardstock

This post linked to:
Power Poppy - Get Krafty & Hues To Use
Addicted to Stamps - Stamp a Background
Little Red Wagon - Distress It
Allsorts - Feels Like Autumn
Word Art Wednesday - Anything Goes

Monday, September 18, 2017

DIY Mini Album

 Today I have something a little different to share with you....a handmade mini album! The method I used is fairly versatile in that you can make it any size you like, with as many pages as you need, and create anything from a smash book to a mini scrapbook album. Since I was in need of a new "birthday book" I made each two page layout into a monthly calendar to keep track of special days.
To view a step by step tutorial for creating this little book, visit the Cropstop blog today.
 If you'd like to make your own "special dates" book, I also included a free zip file on the Cropstop blog.
Just a little tip: Using a paper stack takes "all the work" out of picking papers - they all coordinated and match perfectly because they all come from the same paper pack!
Supplies and Tools:
Mosaic Memories Paper Stack (Recollections), Grey Burlap Flower (Canvas Corp), Burlap Trim (Petaloo), Teastained Flower (Petaloo), Burlap String, Canvas Fabric, ATG gun, Cardboard, Kraft Cardstock, Scallop Tags #2 die (Sizzix), Biblical Impressions stamps, Ground Espresso Distress Ink, Small Flower Punch, Pearls, Blossom Trim Punch (Martha Stewart)

This post linked to:
Mini Album Makers Challenge
Really Reasonable Ribbon - Anything goes with ribbon/trim/lace

Friday, September 15, 2017

Caramel Apples

Today's caramel apple shape card was created using the FREE template from Stamp-n-Design. I added some extra's using the Fall Foliage dies from Tim Holtz and some crinkle ribbon made with seam binding and peeled paint distress oxide.
Supplies and Tools:
Fall Foliage Dies (Tim Holtz), Distress Ink (Vintage Photo, Ground Espresso), Seam Binding, Peeled Paint Distress Oxide, Popsicle stick, Watercolor paper, Mosaic Memories DP (Recollections), Sharpie Marker

This post linked to:
Paper Sweeties - Inspiration Board (below)
Really Reasonable Ribbon - Anything goes with ribbon/lace/trim
Craft-Dee BowZ - Handmade Bow