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

Friday, July 14, 2017

Awash in Blue

Today's card was inspired by the Power Poppy Hues to Use "Awash in Blue" inspiration board. I used their Everything's Rosy Digital Stamp set and fussy cut all the images out.
After coloring my images with Prismacolor Pencils (and blending with baby oil), I created a collage around a mini die cut doily from the Hello Doily Die set (Sizzix). I added a small baker's twine bow and popped up a small rose (using dimensional tape) over the largest one in the tea cup.
Supplies and tools:
Everything's Rosy Digital Stamp (Power Poppy), Hello Doily Die Set (Sizzix), Large Polka Dot Embossing Folder (The Paper Studio), Prismacolor Pencils, Baby Oil, Sharpie Marker, Gel Pen, Baker's Twine, Inside Sentiment (PSX), Washi Tape, Broken China Distress Ink (Tim Holtz)

This post linked to:
Power Poppy Hues to Use - Awash in Blue
City Crafter Challenge - Two Colors Only
Word Art Wednesday - Anything Goes

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Sweet Little Dresses

One of my favorite Etsy shops (that sells digital downloads) is Iralamija Shop. I recently purchased  their (on sale!) Vintage Dresses download and had a lot of fun creating a pretty pastel card with one of them.
 I embellished my pretty dress with some tiny roses around the collar, a pretty burlap string bow, and an extra lace ruffle across the bottom.  These cards are perfect for sending to little girls or even as congratulations for a new baby!
Supplies and Tools:
Vintage Dresses Download (Iralamija), Tiny Tattered Florals Die (Tim Holtz), Burlap String, Lace, Oval Doily Embossing Folder (Darice), Circular Grid Embossing Folder (Anna Griffin), White Pigment Ink (rubbed over the embossing), Hello Doily Die (Sizzix), Pearls, Washi Tape

This post linked to:
Double D Challenges - Pastel Party
{PIN}spirational Challenge - Inspiration Board (inspired by the pinks/browns)
Dies R Us Challenge - Layers
Really Reasonable Ribbon - Anything Goes with ribbon/lace/trim

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Textured Watercolor

It’s challenge time again on the Cropstop blog, and here on the Eastern seaboard of the USA it’s summer time!  When I think of summer, I think of: Picnics with my family, evening walks on the beach, fresh veggies from the garden, waffle cones filled with hand-dipped Hershey’s ice cream, catching fireflies, mason jar bouquets of wildflowers, and the smell of newly cut grass!  Today’s card reflects the colors of summer with the blues of the ocean, the bright yellow sunshine, and greens of the trees and grass. It also includes a beautifully embossed butterfly that I can picture flitting about my flower beds full of summer blooms!
 To create my card:  I stamped Salty Ocean, Spiced Marmalade, and Mowed Lawn Distress ink on my desk and added water. Next, I used a small paintbrush and painted the colors across my watercolor paper. After the colors dried I laid my Flourish Stencil (Tim Holtz) over the top and applied a thick layer of Gesso  and heat set it with my embossing gun. I layered my watercolor/gesso panel on white cardstock embossed with the One World Embossing Folder from Couture Creations. This was lightly inked with the same distress inks using my Tim Holtz Ink Applicator. After matting this layer on gray cardstock, I attached it to my card using my ATG gun.
 Next I added a die cut (Labels 4 Spellbinders nestabilities) stamped with a sentiment from All Things Are Possible (Heartfelt Creations). The butterfly comes from the Butterflies Die and Embossing set from Cuttlebug.  I added a line of tiny pearls down the center to dress it up a bit.
 Inside I used stencil brushes, distress inks, and the flourish stencil to create a lovely swirl background for my sentiment (stamped in Hickory Smoke) from the Tim Holtz Watercolor Stamp and Stencil set.

This post linked to:
Double D Challenge - Pastel
Word Art Wednesday - Anything Goes

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Countryside Bouquet

The challenge over at Power Poppy this month is to CASE one of their Bloom Brigade members. There are so many gorgeous creations to pick from -- Here's the one I chose:
 My card features the Power Poppy digital set Countryside Bouquet. I colored my image with Prismacolor Pencils, and after blending them (with baby oil) I added some details with my Sharpie markers and a gel pen.
I chose to fussy cut the entire image and keep it the main focal point by popping it up on my CAS card front.
Supplies and Tools:
Countryside Bouquet.  Digi (Power Poppy), Prismacolor Pencils, Baby Oil (for blending), White Gel Pen, Sharpie Markers, Ribbon, Washi Tape, Bible Journaling Stamps (American Crafts), Flourish Stencil (Tim Holtz), Inside Sentiment from PSX, Worn Liptsitck/Broken China Distress Oxide (Tim Holtz), Stencil Brushes

This post linked to:
Power Poppy - On the CASE
Really Reasonable Ribbon - Anything Goes with Ribbon/Lace/Trim
Word Art Wednesday - Anything Goes

Monday, July 10, 2017

Packing Tape Glitter Technique

Today (on the Cropstop blog) I'm sharing a fun technique for adding glitter behind your die cuts pieces. All you need is a piece of packing tape! (Click here to go to the tutorial)
I chose a die cut from the Tim Holtz Mixed Media Thinlints set. After stamping it with the crackle background (Stampin’ Up), I used my ink applicator to apply some Fossilized Amber Distress Ink around the edges before adding my Spring Pale Yellow Glitter (Art Accentz). Across the bottom I added a strip of (green) Petaloo lace and tied some natural colored burlap string in a bow over the top. I then added a tiny air dry flower to the center of my bow.
 For my background, I embossed a piece of (pastel) Core’dinations Cardstock with the One World embossing folder from Couture Creations and sanded it to reveal the inner core.  The daisy and bee were freebies from the Graphics Fairy as well as the bee image I used inside the card. The bee is popped up with foam tape for extra dimension.
 Inside: I used my Circle and Blossom Nestabilities (Spellbinders) to frame my beehive and stamped a cute sentiment from the Fun Border Stamp set from Recollections.
I’d love to see how you use this technique on your cards, so stop by the CURRENT CHALLENGE and link up your projects using products from companies Cropstop carries! Can’t wait to see your creations!

This post linked to:
Really Reasonable Ribbon - Anything Goes with ribbon/lace/trim
Word Art Wednesday - Anything Goes

Friday, July 7, 2017

Pastel Wreath

I was in the mood to play around with my Distress Oxides yesterday. I used Worn Lipstick (Distress Oxide Ink) on watercolor paper to create the background for this card. After the ink was dry, I applied some Gesso to the corners using the Lace Stencil from Tim Holtz. I then distressed the edges before adhering it to my white cardstock.
The flowers were stamped in the same ink and lightly watercolored with diluted oxide using a small paintbrush. I added some cheesecloth to my raffia wreath for a little more dimension and texture!

Supplies and Tools:
Watercolor paper, Worn Lipstick/Peeled Paint Distress Oxide (Tim Holtz), Blossom Stamp Set (Tim Holtz), Lace Stencil (Tim Holtz), Natural Beauty (Stampin' Up), Raffia, Cheesecloth, Baker's Twine, Pearls, Paintbrush, Gesso, Sharpie

This post linked to:
Double D Challengers - Pastel Party
Stamps and Stencils - Color, Texture, Shape (Inspired by the pretty flowers and the lace)
Stamping Sensations - Flowers
Craft-Dee Bowz - Handmade Bow
4 Crafty Chicks - Stamping No Digis
Really Reasonable Ribbon - Anything Goes with ribbon/twine/lace/trim

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Patriotic Stars

I have one more patriotic card to share with you this month. This one features stars and would make a perfect graduation card!
To create my background, I embossed a piece of Kraft cardstock with a star embossing folder and lightly rubbed my white pigment ink over the top. I layered the kraft piece on red cardstock and distressed the edges. The last step was to create a fancy edge using the Scallop Basic Edge dies from My Favorite Things. 
All the stamping was done with my watercolor Crayola markers. I simply scribbled on the images with Indigo/Navy Niblets/Midnight Blue markers and then "huffed" on the stamp to add moisture before stamping. I love how the sentiment looks like denim fabric!! Inside I added a strip of lace, denim Washi tape, and some more stars.

Supplies and Tools:
Star Embossing Folder (Cuttlebug), White Pigment Ink, Labels 10 Nestabilities (Spellbinders), Scribbled Star stamp (Dollar Tree), Scallop Basic Edge Dies (MFT), Blueprint Sketch Distress Ink (Tim Holtz), Ink Blender (Tim Holtz), Indigo/Navy Niblet/Midnight Blue Crayola Markers, Curious Possibility Stamp Set (Tim Holtz), Lace, Denim Washi Tape, Star Punch

This post linked to:
MFT Card Challenge - Sketch
Mod Squad Challenge - Mark It, Stamp It
4 Crafty Chicks - Stamping - No Digis
Sugar Pea Designs - Mix It Up Inspiration Board
Paper Sweeties - Inspiration Board
Shopping Our Stash - Flag Day