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


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

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Heritage Themed Receipt Holder

As promised, the vintage receipt holder is making another appearance! There are limitless ideas for decorating these awesome “Mix the Media” displays, and I’ve chosen a “Heritage Theme” this time. I’m including a free printable at the end of this post, so be sure to check that out. (For a mini tutorial on turning your Candi Dots into adorable flower embellishments visit yesterday's post on the Cropstop blog by clicking here!)
For this display, I kept it fairly simple to showcase the old photos. I printed off a sheet of the freebies (below) and tied a bow with natural colored burlap string around the bottom. I added some die cut doilies (Hello Doily Sizzix), my vintage photos, and Candi Dots Flowers.  Across the bottom of the receipt holder I placed a strip of Tim Holtz Idea-ology  Washi Tape.
 I’d love to see your take on vintage receipt holders or Candi dot flowers, so stop by our CURRENT CHALLENGE and link up your projects that use products from companies Cropstop carries.  I’ll be looking for YOU in the gallery….
This post linked to:
Stamps and Stencils: Color, Texture, Shape (inspired by the second photo)


Monday, July 17, 2017

Floral Timepiece

Today’s card features a lot of Tim Holtz products. Not only is the clock ones of his dies, but there’s quite a few layers of distress ink in one form or another.
To create the background for my card, I swiped my Picket Fence Distress Stain bertically and then horizontally over a piece of light blue cardstock. Next I stamped the cheesecloth background stamp (Stampin’ Up) in Peeled Paint (Distress Oxide), spritzed it with water, and heat set. I then distressed the edges and inked them (using the Ink Applicator) with Vintage Photo Distress ink.
 I used the Bigz – Tick Tock die (Tim Holtz) to cut a clock out of old music paper. I ran my Peeled Paint (Distress Stain) over the top and then added a layer of Picket Fence Distress Stain.  I love how easy the stains are to apply over large areas and how transparent they are. Picket Fence adds such a fun element with it’s semi opaque finish! To further distress my clock and make it “pop” against the background, I applied some Vintage Photo Distress ink around the edges.  To decorate the lower corner, I made some Candi Dot flowers from the Nightingale Square pack and added a few pieces of greenery punched with the branch punch from Martha Stewart.
(For a tutorial on how to create those pretty little posies out of Candi Dots - visit the Cropstop blog today.)
 
The face of my clock is die cuts from the Hello Doily Sizzix Dies.  The center is a cream Candi Dot and tiny pearl.  Using a small  paintbrush, I diluted some Vintage Photo Distress ink with water and splashed it on the front so it wouldn’t be quite so “bright.”  After layering my clock on 3 pieces of white cardstock for strength and dimension, I tied a little green bow on the handle using some Green Lace from Petaloo.
 I added a stenciled design from Tim Holtz Watercolor stencil in Peeled Paint (Distress Oxide) inside using stencil brushes and some water. The sentiment is from Tim Holtz‘s “The Journey” stamp set.
I’d love to see what you’ve been working on lately, so stop by the CURRENT CHALLENGE and link up anything that uses products from companies Cropstop carries in the store!
(Come back tomorrow to see how I used these fun flowers on a Heritage-themed home decor display!)

This post linked to:
City Crafter Challenge - Two colors only (I chose blue and green)
4 Crafty Chicks - Summer Celebrations (Summer Birthday
Really Reasonable Ribbon - Anything Goes with ribbon/lace/trim/
Stamping Sensations - Anything With Flowers