Monday, June 26, 2017

DIY Weathered Wood

Today (on the Cropstop blog) I shared a tutorial for my favorite way to make faux weathered barn-wood.  I hope you'll stop by the blog and check it out. 
For this sea themed card, I chose the weathered wood background painted with Blueprint Sketch Distress Paint. Next, I cut a large round circle of watercolor paper with my Spellbinders Nestabilities and inked it up using the ink blending tool and these Tim Holtz Distress Inks: Vintage Photo, Brushed Corduroy, Blueprint Sketch, & Broken China. I then stamped two images (in black soot distress ink) from the Inkadinkado stamp set Sea Breeze and framed the image with natural colored burlap string. To the left I glued a piece of cheesecloth and added two sea creatures from the My Sentiment Exactly: By The Sea Sentiments set.  A burlap string bow completes the front of this card.  Inside I added two more sea creatures and a sentiment from the same MSE set.
 For the fired brick weathered wood background I chose a patriotic theme. I stamped some stars over my faux wood piece in fired brick distress ink. I used my Tonic Studios Paper Distresser along the edges to further the worn look. I layered the wood piece on blue cardstock and added two denim brads to the top left corner.  The sentiment (from Celebrate – Unity Stamp Co.) was stamped in Chipped Sapphire Distress ink. I hand drew a messy border with a sharpie marker and tied some burlap string around the mini panel.
 Inside I stamped a boat (from the same Unity Stamp Co. set) and added a sentiment from the Heartfelt Creations set, All Occasion Sentiments.
 Come back tomorrow to see how I used the gray piece of weathered wood to create not one, but two cards! I’d love to see your take on this fun technique so stop by the CURRENT CHALLENGE and link up your projects that use items from companies Cropstop carries in the store! Hope to see you there…..

This post linked to:
Ooh - La -La - Summer Themed
Fusion Card Challenge - 4th of July Jars
Addicted To Stamps - Summer/Beaches

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Patriotic Button Card

Today I'm sharing a patriotic card I made using Papertrey Ink's Button Boutique stamp set and the Sizzix 3D Flowers die!
I love the extra sparkle my glitter Washi Tape adds -- I even punched some tiny stars out of it to decorate both the outside and the inside!

Supplies and Tools:
Button Boutique (Papertrey Ink), Black Soot/Blueprint Sketch Distress Ink (Tim Holtz), 3D Flowers Die (Sizzix), Felt, Pearls, Deep Edge Punch (Martha Stewart), Blue/Red Glitter Washi Tape, Mini Star Punch (EK Success), America Collection Stamp Set (Amy Design)

This post linked to:
Allsorts Challenge - Flower Power
Dies R Us Challenge - Celebrations
Fusion Card Challenge - 4th of July Jars
Word Art Wednesday - Anything Goes


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!)



Thursday, June 15, 2017

Vintage Tim Holtz


Here's a monochromatic masculine card I created using some vintage themed stamps and embellishments.
I decorated the inside with some Washi Tape, Ribbon, and a tiny tag. This will be one of my Father's Day cards this year.

Supplies and Tools:
Watercolor Paper, Postcard Stamp (Recollections), Mixed Media Die (Tim Holtz), Vintage Photo/Ground Espresso Distress Ink (Tim Holtz), Ink Applicator, Tiny Gears, Vintage Stamp, Washi Tape, Ribbon, Tags Die (Sizzix), Baker's Twine

This post linked to:
Mod Squad Challenge - Make It Square
Tuesday Throwdown - For The Men
Shopping Our Stash - Happy Mail (I used a postcard stamp)
Allsorts Challenge - Use Two Dies (I used the Mixed Media Dies & Sizzix Tags Die)
Stamping Sensations - Use Your Favorite Stamp (The Postcard stamp and a Tim Holtz stamp)

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Ahoy - Embossed Embossing

Today I have a nautical themed masculine card to share with you that includes a fun way to mixing your dry embossing with your wet embossing. (For complete instructions on this fun technique - visit the Cropstop blog.)
 After I created my shimmering background, I inked up the front panel with white pigment ink. I then ran my Paper Distresser along the edges, and attached it to the front of my card using my ATG gun. Next I stamped my Postcard stamp (Hampton Art) in Vintage Photo Distress Ink and added a sailboat image  (Set Sail – Stampin’ Up) in Blueprint Sketch DI. After distressing the edges I used my Tim Holtz Ink Applicator to blend in some ink for a vintage look. I added an old stamp to the postcard and tied a tiny nautical knot around the front using natural burlap string.  The postcard is layered over a globe (from World Travels — stamped in ground espresso), and tiny gears accent both the top and bottom. The sentiment is cut with the Rat a Tat Sizzix alphabet set and stamped with a linen stamp in Vintage Photo Distress Ink.
 Inside I used my stencil brushes and a burlap stencil (Tim Holtz) with two colors of distress ink: Vintage Photo and Brushed Corduroy. I stamped a sentiment from the All Things Are Possible set (Heartfelt Creations) in Chipped Sapphire and used my Prismacolor pencils to color in certain parts of it.
 I’d love to see the masculine cards you’ve been creating so stop by the CURRENT CHALLENGE and link up any projects that use products from companies Cropstop carries in the store! I’ll look for you there….

This post linked to
Tuesday Throwdown - For the Men
Shopping Our Stash - Happy Mail (I used a postcard stamp and an old postage stamp)
Double D Challenge - Blue and White

Monday, June 12, 2017

Core'dinations Cardstock

Today I’m sharing a card I made using some of the Core’dinations Cardstock.  “Sand it; tear it; or antique it… these are only a few ideas of what you can do with this wonderful paper. Each sheet has a wonderful canvas texture that can be sanded  (with the sand-it gadget) to reveal a coordinating core color.
To create my card I chose a piece of light blue cardstock from the Core’dinations Pastel paper pack. I embossed it with Chiaro Embossing folder from Couture Creations and lightly sanded the top. Next I rubbed a bit of salty ocean distress ink over parts of it using my ink applicator. I used a corner rounder punch on the bottom of the card – just to give it a little different look.
 I stamped a sentiment from All Things Are Possible (Heartfelt Creations) in broken china distress ink onto a white strip of paper. I added a pretty flower die cut with the Exquisite Poppy dies from Creative Expressions. I inked the edges of my flower with fossilized amber distress ink. The leaves were die cut using the Flower Petals Sizzix die and inked with pine needles distress ink. A strip of pretty lace and a natural burlap string bow complete the front of my card.
 Inside I used the Lace stencil (Tim Holtz), distress inks, and stencil brushes to add a some pretty doily motifs to the corners.
I’d love to see how you use core’dination paper on your projects so stop by the CURRENT CHALLENGE and link up your creations that use products from companies Cropstop carries! Happy Crafting…..

This post linked to:
Allsorts Challenge - 2 or more dies
(I used Exquisite Poppy and Flower Petals for my flower)
Paper Players - Color challenge 
Word Art Wednesday - Anything Goes

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Box of Sunshine

I recently  made up a "Box of Sunshine" to send to someone dear to me going through a pretty rough time right now.
I used free printables (linked below) to decorate the inside of the box and printed off a bunch of yellow sunshine faces to tuck in among the gifts.
Everything inside is in the happy shade of yellow! Hope it brightens their day and brings a little cheer to their lives!

Free Sunshine Printables:
Sunshine Notes from Serving Pink Lemonade
Summer Sunshine Printables from Two Yellow Birds Decor
Sunshine Gift Tags from Thirty Handmade Days
Sunshine Printables from We Love Being Moms
Box of Sunshine from Funky Polkadot Giraffe


Friday, June 9, 2017

Floral Watercolor Cards

I recently found some beautiful (free for personal use) watercolor printables from On Sutton Place.
I printed several of them out on watercolor paper and trimmed them to fit the front of kraft cards.
Next, I distressed all the edges, and inked them using Antique Linen Distress ink and my ink applicator.
To finish them off, I stamped a simple sentiment across the front, and added a burlap string bow to the flower arrangement.
Very simple, but oh so pretty! Printing on watercolor paper really sets them off, and I'll enjoy using them to send notes to friends!

This post linked to:
City Crafter - Inspiration Photo (inspired by the flowers)
(PIN)spiratoinal Challenge - Photo
Inspired by all the Little Things - Photo Board

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