Monday, October 16, 2017

Mini Burlap Canvas

Today I'm sharing a mini stretched burlap canvas I created with interchangeable tags for different seasons. 
For step by step instructions on how I decorated my canvas and  put these little tags together visit today's post on the Cropstop blog.
 I used gesso to decorate the corners of my canvas and added a burlap string bow across the bottom.
 Supplies and Tools:
Mini Burlap Canvas, Mini Clothespin, North Star Stencil (TCW), Gesso, Burlap String, Sponge Daubers, Ground Espresso Distress Ink, Happy Everything Blueprints (Tim Holtz), Distress Crayons (Pine Needles, Festive Berries, Fossilized Amber, Ripe Persimmon, Vintage Photo, Picked Raspberry, Cracked Pistachio, Shaded Lilac, Spun Sugar, Mermaid Lagoon, Twisted Citron, Wilted Violet, Faded Jeans)

This post linked to:
Mod Squad Challenge - Fall Fest
Pinspirational Challenge - Inspiration Photo (below)

Friday, October 13, 2017

Mini Tri Fold

 Today I have a mini tri-fold card to share with you! I wanted to use a Power Poppy digital stamp, but also wanted to create a black and white card. To turn my digital image into a "chalkboard" digi - I opened it in my photo editing program and clicked the invert/negative button.

I've used the above technique on sentiments before, but this is my first time to use it on the actual image. Kind of cool....huh?

Inside I added flower (stamped and embossed on black cardstock) and one of my favorite (PSX) sentiments.

Supplies and Tools:
Wreaths: Succulents and Baubles (Power Poppy), Everything's Rosy (Power Poppy), Polka-dot ribbon (Amuse), Watercolor Cardstock, PSX sentiment, Layer Flower Happy Stamp Set (Hampton Art), Graphite Black Brilliance Ink (Tsukineko), Lace Border Punch (Martha Stewart), Versamark, White Embossing Powder

This post linked to:
Power Poppy - Mini and Mighty
Fusion - Striped Wreath (inspired by the wreath/black and white color scheme)
Word Art Wednesday - Anything Goes
Addicted to Stamps - Lace and/or Ribbon

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Patchwork Pumpkin

Do you ever use your papercrafting skills to decorate your home? Today I'm sharing a fun patchwork pumpkin that can be used to do just that OR you can create some bright and cheerful cards with it - the choice is yours!
You can add your finished pumpkin to a Stretched Canvas (embellished with a strip of wide Petaloo lace) ,a mini chalkboard, or make a greeting card to send to friends.
 For step by step instructions on creating the pumpkin along with a free template: Visit today's post on the Cropstop blog!
 Supplies and Tools:
Mosaic Memories (Recollections), Rusty Hinge/Vintage Photo Distress Ink, Sponge Daubers, Ribbon, Fall Foliage Dies (Tim Holtz), Oval Die (Hero Arts), Sentiment (Making Memories), Blossom Nestabilities (Spellbinders), Burlap String, Basketweave Embossing Folder (Darice) Stretched Burlap Canvas, Mini Chalkboard, Seam Binding, Petaloo Ribbon, Knitted Embossing Folder (Couture Creations), Petite Striplet - Jubilee (Sue Wilson Die)

This post linked to:
Little Red Wagon - Leftovers (The papers I made the pumpkin out of were scraps from previous projects -- the cardboard button was leftover as well)
Mod Squad Challenge - Fall Fest
Double D Challenge - Inspiration Board (Pumpkins and fall colors)

Monday, October 9, 2017


I'm pretty proud of myself today! I actually created a CAS card that I like! (smile) Usually I can't seem to pull it off - at least not to my satisfaction, but this one makes me happy!
I recently got this gorgeous Zentangle leaf from Cropstop and once I'd water-colored it with distress inks I didn't want to distract from the image with too many layers or designer papers. Lots of white space just seemed to be the perfect fit.
(There’s still two days left to enter our CURRENT CHALLENGE, so be sure to stop by and link up any project that uses products from the companies CROPSTOP carries in the store. There's always a nice prize for the random winner, so you'll want to check it out!)
 Supplies and Tools:
Zentangle Leaf, Versamark Ink, Black Embossing Powder, Distress Inks (Fired Brick, Rusty Hinge, Fossilized Amber, Mowed Lawn, Pine Needles, Gathered Twigs, Ground Espresso), Scotch Mounting Tape, Stampendous Sentiment, Burlap String, Christmas Quilt Embossing Folder (Coutture Creations), Washi Tape, All Occasions Sentiments (Heartfelt Creations)

This post linked to:
Allsorts - Trees and Leaves
Stamping Sensations - Autumn Glory
Word Art Wednesday - Anything Goes

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Mini Autumn Card

Today I'm sharing a card that combines several of my favorite challenges into one mini 3 1/2 inch masterpiece!
 I printed a large flower and leaf from the Camellias digital stamp set (Power Poppy) on textured orange paper and used my Prismacolor pencils to add a few highlights. The background is the same cardstock; embossed and sanded for added texture.
 Supplies and Tools:
Camellias Digital Stamp Set (Power Poppy), Orange/Kraft Textured Cardstock, Sandpaper, Burlap String, Pearl, Prismacolor Pencils, Deep Edge Border Punch (Martha Stewart)

This post linked to:
Power Poppy - Mini and Mighty
Color Throwdown - Orange, Kraft, White
Paper Sweeties - Inspiration Board (the colors and theme of autumn)
Inspired by all the Little Things - Inspiration Board (autumn roses)

Friday, October 6, 2017

Not your Traditional Fall Card

Today I'm sharing a fall card I created using non-traditional colors! Sometimes it's fun to "think outside the box" when creating seasonal cards.
I used Ultramarine Blue and Lime Green Color Bursts on watercolor paper to create my background. The leaves are from an Inkadinkado stamp set and are embossed in midnight black embossing powder.
Supplies and Tools:
Ken Oliver Colorbursts (Ultramarine Blue/Lime Green), Mermaid Lagoon Distress Ink, Square Punch, Watercolor Paper, Leaves Galore & Harvest Expressions (Inkadinkado), Versamark Watermark, Midnight Black Embossing Powder, Baker's Twine

This post linked to:
Repeat Impressions - Count Your Blessings
Shopping Our Stash - Give Thanks
Stamping Sensations - Autumn Glory

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Power Poppy Sympathy

I decided to use the current Hues to Use inspiration to create some sympathy cards to use for the  mailbox ministry I belong to (Shelter: Postmarked).
I created a little pocket on the inside of my card and included a round bookmark featuring a second digi from Power Poppy with a sentiment from Heartfelt Creations stamped on the reverse side.
 Supplies and Tools:
Camellias Digital Stamp Set (Power Poppy), Everything's Rosy Digital Stamp Set (Power Poppy), Distress Inks (Salty Ocean, Fossilized Amber, Mowed Lawn, Black Soot), Chalkboard Sentiments (Anna Griffin), Watercolor Paper, Circle & Scallop Circle Nestabilities (Spellbinders), Prismacolor Pencils, Crackle Background Stamp (Stampin' Up), All Things Are Possible (Heartfelt Creations), Baker's Twine, Border Punch (Martha Stewart)

This post linked to:
Power Poppy - Hues to Use (below)
Word Art Wednesday - Anything Goes
{Pin}spirational - Anything Goes

Monday, October 2, 2017

Julie Nutting Doll

Happy October to you!! Today I’m sharing a slim card I made using one of the Prima doll stamps from the Holiday Bliss Stamp set.
 I used the Planner Stamp set, and I love the size of these dolls since they fit perfectly on a A2 cardfront.
For step by step instructions on putting this card together, visit today's post on the Cropstop blog.
Supplies and Tools:
Julie Nutting, Holiday Bliss Stamp Set (Prima), Crayola Markers, Fence Die (Sizzix), Red Sampler Pack (Canvas Corp), Ribbon (Amuse Studio), Beaded Ovals Die (Spellbinders), Fired Brick Distress Oxide, Hero Arts Sentiment, Prima Flowers, Pearls, Dimensional Tape, All Occasion Sentiments (Heartfelt), Seamstress Stamp (Prima), Hickory Smoke Distress Ink

This post linked to:
4 Crafty Chicks - Black and White with one other color
Word Art Wednesday - Anything Goes
Repeat Impressions - Anything Goes

Friday, September 29, 2017

Home Sweet Home

Today I'm sharing a card that was inspired by several of my favorite challenges. Unfortunately, I didn't get it finished in time to enter two of the link ups! Oh well....I'll link it to the other two! (smile)
I stamped all my images on watercolor paper and embossed them with midnight black embossing powder. I masked off the background and using distress inks, I watercolored grass and sky as well as the little scene I wished to highlight. To make my middle house a little more fun, I added a fence with teeny tiny flowers and a burlap string wreath to the door.
Supplies and Tools:
Outdoor Fun (Fiskars), Distress Inks (Mowed Lawn, Pine Needles, Twisted Citron, Rusty Hinge, Salty Ocean, Broken China, Hickory Smoke), Watercolor Paper, Fence border punch (Martha Stewart), Versamark Watermark, Black embossing powder (Zing), Lace Border punch (Martha Stewart), heart punch, burlap string

This post linked to:
Color Throwdown - Green, Aqua, Orange, Rust
Little Red Wagon - Heart and Home
Repeat Impressions - Anything Goes
Word Art Wednesday - Anything Goes

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Sunflower Side-Step

A friend came over last week to make cards and wanted to try the side step technique. Here's a fall card I created using Heartfelt Creations sunflowers and some Word Art Wednesday Scripture art.
I stamped my sunflowers on watercolor paper and embossed them in copper embossing powder.
I colored the flowers with Distress Crayons, blending the hues together with a damp finger. Here's the colors I used from lightest to darkest: Squeezed Lemonade, Mustard Seed, Fossilized Amber, Rusty Hinge.  The center is lightly colored over with Vintage Photo Distress Crayon.

Supplies and tools:
Watercolor Paper, Sunflower Stamps (Heartfelt Creations), Versamark Watermark ink, Copper Embossing Powder (Zing), Distress Crayons (Squeezed Lemonade, Mustard Seed, Fossilized Amber, Rusty Hinge, Vintage Photo, Twisted Citron, Peeled Paint, Pine Needles), Word Art Wednesday Scripture Art, Script Background Stamp (Stampin Up), Walnut Stain Distress Ink, Lace, Burlap String, Button

If you'd like to download the Scripture art on burlap (like above) CLICK HERE.

This post linked to:
Tuesday Throwdown - More Than One Fold
Word Art Wednesday - Anything Goes
Really Reasonable Ribbon  - Ribbon, Lace, or Trim
Repeat Impressions - Anything Goes
Mod Squad Challenge - Use Fall Colors

Monday, September 25, 2017

Falling Leaves

Here we are at the last week of September already! Today’s card uses color burst to create my bright and colorful autumn background panel.
For step by step instructions on putting this card together as well as a mini tutorial on coffee staining paper doilies --- visit the Cropstop blog today.
Supplies and Tools:
Ken Oliver Color Bursts (Tangerine/Orange/Green), Watercolor paper, Leaves Embossing Folder (The Paper Studio), Sponge Daubers, Distress Ink (Vintage Photo,Walnut Stain, Gathered Twigs, Ground Espresso, Rusty Hinge), Peeled Paint Distress Oxide, Corrugated Cardboard, Coffee Stained Doily, Sentiment (Hampton Art)

This post linked to:
Mod Squad Challenge - Leaves
Little Red Wagon - Leaf it to me
Creative With Stamps - Leaves

Saturday, September 23, 2017


Since closing my Etsy shop, I've decided to upload all the digital items
 I had for sale there onto my blog as FREEBIES!

You can find the new additions in the following categories:
 (click the images to go to each page)

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
Do-Al(l) Kreatives - Autumn - Let's Drop the Leaves