Friday, June 23, 2017

Garden Pots

Today I'm sharing two cards I created with tiny flower pot gardens on them! For both cards, I started with watercolor paper and lightly painted a blue background across the top with salty ocean distress ink. The flower pots came from this coloring page and were printed on dark orange cardstock. I sponge around the edges with rusty hinge/vintage photo distress ink to make them look a bit more realistic.
To create my geraniums, I punched a pile of tiny blooms with my scalloped daisy border punch (Fiskars) and glued them to a punched circle. I added a tiny dot to the centers with my white gel pen. For this first card, I also tore some brown paper and added it as dirt across the top of my pots, and added a little garden spider to the corner.
For my second card, I broke out my stash of Flower Soft and created some pretty stems to tuck into my pots. (Here's a great tutorial for creating these stems.)
I'm not sure how well the picture shows it, but I used my bone folder to bend my pots for added dimension.
Supplies and Tools:
Salty Ocean/Black Soot/Rusty Hinge/Vintage Photo/Fired Brick/Abandoned Coral/Mowed Lawn Distress Ink (Tim Holtz), Burlap Twine, Watercolor paper, Frond Punch (Martha Stewart), Decorative Doilies Stamps (Inkadinkado), Summer/Fuchsia/Sweet Pea Flower Soft, Mums the Word stamp set, Scalloped Daisy Border Punch (Fiskars), White Gel Pen, Patterned Bugs (Inkadinkado), Flights of Fancy (Tim Holtz), Inside sentiment (Studio G)

This post linked to:
Power Poppy - Go Ahead -- Bug Me!
Mod Squad - Colorful Creations
Word Art Wednesday  - Anything Goes

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Nature Sings

I had a lot of fun creating this nature themed card with a free printable from the Graphics Fairy.
The Tiny Tattered Florals Dies from Tim Holtz are some of my absolute favorites! They are so pretty and I love their size because they fit perfectly in little spaces!
I created my tiny nest out of burlap string and added three tiny pearls for eggs! Isn't it darling?

Supplies and Tools:
Vintage Bird from Graphics Fairy, Hyper Magical Embossing Folder (Couture Creations), Tiny Tattered Florals Die (Tim Holtz), Vintage Photo/Salty Ocean/Fossilized Amber/Mermaid Lagoon Distress Ink (Tim Holtz), Strip of Burlap, Old Sheet Music, Burlap String, Pearls, Nouveau Alphabet Dies (Sizzix), Paper Distresser, Ink Applicator, Scripture Stamp (Blue Ridge Impressions)

This post linked to:
Craft-Dee Bowz - Handmade Bow
Ooh- La-La Challenge - Summertime
Word Art Wednesday - Anything Goes
Try Stampin' On Tuesday - Sketch (below)
Mod Squad Challenge - Colorful Creations

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Patriotic Nugget Box

As soon as I saw Lori's Nugget Box Tutorial I knew I wanted to make one, and I also knew that I wanted to use her free Patriotic Kids Printable on the front!
These fun little boxes are pretty simple to create and they make adorable little gifts! (Who doesn't like chocolate?!)
I wrapped some clear heart washi tape around my inside box and embellished the outside wrapper with a fun Dollar Tree Duck Tape print!
Go check out Lori's blog (Choux Choux Paper Art) for more free printables and lots of beautiful inspiration!

Supplies and Tools:
Free  Patriotic Kids Printable, Washi Tape, Duck Tape, Blue Ribbon, Tiny Tattered Florals Die (Tim Holtz), Mini Star Punch, Happy Die Cut (Momento), Burlap

This post linked to:
Really Reasonable Ribbon - Summer with Ribbon
Ooh-La- La Challenge - Summer
Tuesday Throwdown - Party Time (wouldn't these make great party favors?!)
Craft-Dee Bowz - Handmade Bow
Word Art Wednesday - Anything Goes

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Showering You With Love

I was honored to be chosen as the winner of last months Paper Sweeties Challenge, and I had so much fun spending my prize!! I chose two stamp sets, Pretty Posies and Showering You With Love.
I used the Pretty Posies set to create a background for my card and also to decorate the inside.
Supplies and Tools:
Pretty Posies (Paper Sweeties), Showering You With Love (Paper Sweeties), Plaid Background (Impression Obsession), Mowed Lawn/ Black Soot Distress Ink (Tim Holtz), Worn Lipstick Distress Oxide (Tim Holtz), Ink Applicator, Embroidered Lace Punch (Martha Stewart), Watercolor Paper, Sharpie Markers, White Gel Pen, Leaf Punch (Martha Stewart), Seam Binding, Paper Distresser

This post linked to:
Curtain Call - Sorbet (inspired by the pink)
Shopping Our Stash - Think Pink
4 Crafty Chicks - Summer Fun
(This card reminds me of the fun I had as a kid playing in the summer rains and stomping in puddles)
Really Reasonable Ribbon - Summer with ribbon
Word Art Wednesday  - Anything Goes

Monday, June 19, 2017

Farmhouse Chalkboard

Today’s project showcases one of the Mix The Media Chalkboards available in the Cropstop store! There are three sizes available and they’re great for: photo frames, message boards or as a decorative mixed media piece. I chose to decorate mine in a farmhouse style. (To view a mini tutorial I created for making your own coffee stained paper, visit the Cropstop blog.)
 To begin with, I used a white paint marker and drew a frame all the way around my chalkboard. Across the bottom I added a some Petaloo lace from the Teastained Red set and the Cream Burlap Trims set. A decorative wooden button adorns the center of the twine bow.  Next, I printed a sheep (from Graphics Fairy) on coffee stained paper and added a mini clothespin. I cut a tag (using the Sizzix Tags die) and distressed the edges with ground espresso distress ink and the ink applicator.  I decorated the tag with a beautiful burlap flower (Petaloo) and vellum “14” from the Tim Holtz Thrift Shop Ephemera pack.

 I’d love to see how you use your paper-crafting supplies and skills to decorate your home so stop by the CURRENT CHALLENGE and link up your creativity that uses products from companies carried by Cropstop! Happy Crafting!

Friday, June 16, 2017

Summer Daisies

Today I have a summer card to share with you! I printed my daisies on watercolor paper and colored them with Prismacolor pencils. After blending them (with baby oil) I added some accents with a Sharpie marker, white gel pen, clear glitter, and tiny white pearls.
I dyed my seam binding with salty ocean distress ink so everything would coordinate and match! Inside I printed the FREE Scripture printable from Word Art Wednesday and stamped over it with a small daisy stamp from Stampabilities.

Supplies and Tools:
Power Poppy Gerbera Daisies, Watercolor paper, Prismacolor Pencils, Baby Oil (for blending), White Gel Pen, Sharpie Marker, Tiny Pearls, Clear Glitter, Tag Die (Sizzix), Mixed Media #3 Dies (Tim Holtz), Crackle Background (Stampin' Up), Salty Ocean, Mowed Lawn, Vintage Photo Distress Ink (Tim Holtz), Sunny Flower - Friend Sentiment (Stampendous), Patterned Bugs (Inkadinkado), Seam Binding, Labels 8 Nestabilities (Spellbinders), Washi Tape, Word Art Wednesday Freebie, Small Gerbera Daisy (Stamabilities)

This post linked to:
Word Art Wednesday - Anything Goes
Power Poppy - Go Ahead - Bug Me
Color Throwdown - Inspiration Board
Really Reasonable Ribbon - Summer with ribbon
4 Crafty Chicks - Summer Fun Activities (Gardening!)


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