Thursday, July 27, 2017

Updating My Craft Room

When I was home for the July 4th holiday, my brother gave me two old windows that he had saved from the trash. (He's a contractor and knows I love old stuff so he rescues things for me that his customers ask him to throw away!)

I decided I wanted a new cabinet for my craft room, so my husband and I worked together to design and build the one you see above using the old windows for doors. Neither of us are builders (this is the 1st piece of furniture we've ever built), so I'm not sure how "properly" it's put together.....but I LOVE it!!!

 I painted all the boards (and the windows) with a homemade chalk paint and then sanded them to give them a distressed/old look. (As a side note: I left the smears of paint from the original owner on the glass because I thought it added more charm and a bit of nostalgia to the piece.)
 Instead of using the light finishing wax that I usually use on my chalk painted furniture, this time I used the dark. It added just the right touch and made my new cabinet look like something out of an old farmhouse! (The photos don't really do it justice -- but they give you a good idea of what it looks like.)
In the past few years my tastes and styles of decorating have changed. I'm becoming sentimental and learning to love antiques and old farmhouse style stuff. I've updated several pieces of furniture to that style, and have started collecting antique decor whenever I can find it for a good deal.  That being said, I wanted to update a few things in my craft room to match my new cabinet.
 I updated the above frame by adding a chicken wire back and dry brushing over the black frame with a "warm buff" paint. I changed up the photo with a vintage style collage.
I also up-cycled a tin can with a little muslin fabric and burlap ribbon.
I have it sitting on my desk with my most used tools - scissors, small paintbrushes, stylus, paper piercer, craft knife, bone folder, stencil brushes, etc.
Hope you've enjoyed this mini decor update -- I'm enjoying the fresh look and feel it gives my craft room.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Beary Sweet Couple

 Today's card is a shameless CASE of Lori Hairston's adorable little bear card. From the sweet bear couple (one of her freebies), to the fold over card, to the twine around it, I pretty much copied her lovely card because how could you improve on what she created?!
 Here's Lori's Card
I printed my bear couple on watercolor cardstock and colored them in with prismacolor pencils. After blending I added some details with my sharpie markers. A tiny bow and some glittered flowers also add a pop of interest to the image(s).

I laid down some Distress Crayon on my work surface, picked it up with a baby wipe, and smudged some around each image for a little more color before distressing the edges.

Supplies and Tools:
Bear Couple Freebie, Distress Crayons (Spun Sugar & Salty Ocean), Distress Oxide (Worn Lipstick & Broken China), Black Soot Distress Ink, Plaid Background Stamp (Impression Obsession), Scholar Prismacolor Pencils, Baby Oil (for blending), Martha Stewart Border Punch, Love This Die (Echo Park), Glitter, Sharpie Markers, Sequins, Choose Happiness (Stampin' Up), Doily Tag, Heart Punch

This post linked to:
Really Reasonable Ribbon - Anything Goes with Ribbon/Lace/Trim
Repeat Impressions Blog - Anything Goes
Word Art Wednesday - Anything Goes
City Crafty Challenge - Something beginning with "S" (sequins, string)

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Pretty in Pink

Today's card features the Stampin' Up set, Choose Happiness in light pink and green. I love how soft and feminine it turned out.
I stamped the flower twice (on watercolor paper) and lightly painted over the petals with watered down distress oxide (worn lipstick). I then fussy cut both flowers (one smaller than the other) and layered them together for more dimension. The leaves were stamped (and watercolored) in peeled paint distress oxide. Spatters of both inks adorn the white watercolor paper base.
Supplies and Tools:
Choose Happiness (Stampin' Up), Sunny Flowers (Stampendous), Bible Journaling Stamps Set (American Crafts), Distress Oxides (Worn Lipstick and Peeled Paint), Gathered Twigs Distress Ink, Watercolor Paper, Burlap String, Martha Stewart Deep Edge Punch (Embroidery), Pearls, Nuvo Jewl Drops (Grey Mist), Sharpie Marker, Small Paintbrush, kraft cardstock

This post linked to:
Mod Squad Challenge - Layered Florals
Really Reasonable Ribbon - Anything Goes with ribbon/lace trim
Stamping Sensations - Anything With Flowers
City Crafter Challenge - Something beginning with "S" (how about splatters and stems)

Monday, July 24, 2017

Sandpaper Castle

Recently my niece reminded me of a sandcastle card I created five years ago! She suggested I re-create it and share it with the Cropstop readers, so here it is! (My style has changed quite a bit in five years - Sometimes I'm rather embarrassed when I look back at the "old stuff" I made! Guess that's part of creativity though - you're ever learning/changing/growing in your field of interest!) 

To create the background for my card, I used the technique Verna shared with us in Friday’s guest designer post. I started with watercolor paper  (scored every 3/4 of an inch) and used Hickory Smoke Distress Ink to create my faux woodgrain. After I swiped my ink, I lightly misted it with water and heat set it before distressing the edges of my panel.
Next, I traced the sandcastle (template below) onto rough sandpaper and cut it out. I used my craft knife to cut out the windows and doors and adhered some teal colored cardstock behind each one. To add a bit of detail, I traced around the insides with a white gel pen before layering the completed castle on dark brown cardstock.
In the top left corner I added two strips of Washi Tape and a die cut sentiment from Sizzix.
 To dress up my card, I added a pretty paper doily behind the sandcastle using the Hello Doily Set (Sizzix). The bottom corner has a collage of cheesecloth, burlap string, a pretty Petaloo bloom, and two die cuts from the Cuttlebug cut/emboss set “Under the Sea.”
 To decorate the inside, I used a small paintbrush and some water-diluted Distress Oxide ink (Broken China) to paint a small swatch on one side. Over the top I stamped a seahorse (By The Sea Sentiments -MSE) in Ground Espresso Distress Ink (Tim Holtz).
I’d love to see your summertime cards so stop by the CURRENT CHALLENGE and link up any projects that use products from companies Cropstop carries in the store.

This post linked to:
Curtain Call Challenge  -- Surfs Up
Repeat Impressions - Inspiration Pallete
Craft-Dee Bowz - Handmade Bow

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Pop of Color

Today I'm sharing another card using the Tim Holtz Distress Crayons. This time I used them to create a background for my big flower on watercolor paper. First I colored the paper with several shades of blue, and painted over it with water. After it was dry I added a bit of crayon to the flower tips and used my finger to blend it into the petals. The last step (for creating these flowers) was to stamp a crackle background over the top. 

I created my background for this card by cutting 3/4 inch wide strips of white and black cardstock and alternating them down the front. I die cut my sentiment 3 times and glued them all together for more dimension.

Supplies and Tools:
Tim Holtz Distress Crayons (Chipped Sapphire, Mermaid Lagoon, Peacock Feathers, Tumbled Glass), Watercolor Paper, Crackle Background Stamp (Stampin' Up), Chipped Sapphire Distress Ink, Baker's Twine, Hello Doily Die Set (Sizzix), Sequins, Pearl, Washi Tape, Blue Gem, Martha Stewart border punch

This post is linked to:
Double D Challenge - Black and White with a Pop of color
ModSquad Challenge - Layered Florals
Power Poppy -Copy a Bloomie
(I chose this card by Allison Cope I flipped her layout around and enlarged those black and white stripes!)

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

In Its Time

I recently found a "new to me" digital store on Etsy via an Instagram post. Graciellie Design has so many beautiful digis to pick from and is also running a summer sale of 40% off the entire store using the coupon code SUMMER2017. This card features the "In Its Time" digital stamp set. After I printed it off (twice) on watercolor paper, I used my Prismacolor Pencils to color the image. I fussy cut around one image and pop it up over the first using dimensional tape.
The background for this card was created by rubbing shades of pink (listed below) Distress Crayons over watercolor paper and blending them with a wide paintbrush dipped in water. For the edges, I used some green and brown crayons. I smoothed them into the pink with my finger and then distressed the edge with my scissors. I added some white gesso over the panel using the Blossom stencil from Tim Holtz.

Supplies and Tools:
In Its Time Digital Stamp (Graciellie Design), Watercolor Paper, Prismacolor Pencils, Baby Oil (for blending), White Gel Pen, Tim Holtz Distress Crayons (Spun Sugar, Picked Raspberry, Dried Marigold, Peeled Paint, Vintage Photo, Cracked Pistachio), Gesso, Blossom Stencil (Tim Holtz), Burlap Ribbon, Dimensional Tape, Pink Gems, The Journey Stamp Set (Tim Holtz), Black Soot Distress Ink (Tim Holtz), Washi Tape, Doily Tag, Baker's Twine, Kraft Cardstock

This post linked to:
City Crafter Challenge Blog - KRAFT crafting
Mod Squad Challenge - Layered Florals
Word Art Wednesday - Anything Goes
Really Reasonable Ribbon - Anything Goes with ribbon/lace/trim
Power Poppy - Hues To Use inspiration board