Monday, April 30, 2018

Stamping Collage Post #2



Today I'm sharing the last two cards I created around the ticket embellishments I shared in this post.
This is such a fun style to create with all the stamping and layering. There's really not a right and wrong way to do it, I just picked stamps/embellishments in a general theme and color scheme. For step by step instructions in putting these cards together visit today's post on the Cropstop Blog.


Supplies and Tools:
Embossing: Gears Embossing Folder (The Paper Studio)
Inks: Fired Brick Distress Paint (Ranger), Faded Jeans, Frayed Burlap, Fired Brick, Walnut Stain Distress Oxide (Ranger), Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Misc. Sponge Daubers, Burlap String, Mounting Tape
Stamps: The Journey, Here and There, Special Delivery (Tim Holtz), Stripes (Stampabilities)


Supplies and tools:
Inks: Frayed Burlap, Faded Jeans, Walnut Stain, Wild Honey, Peeled Paint Distress Oxide (Ranger), Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Misc. Burlap String, Mounting Tape, Sponge Daubers
Stamps: Here and There, Air Travel (Tim Holtz)


Have you ever created collage style cards? If so I'd love to see them! Stop by the CURRENT LINK PARTY and showoff  any project that include a few products from the companies Cropstop carries in the store!

This post linked to:
Simon Says - Anything Goes
Little Red Wagon - Riding Along
Tic Tac Toe - Metallic/Free/Stripes
Word Art Wednesday - Anything Goes
Make My Monday - Embossing (Wet or Dry)

Saturday, April 28, 2018

Watercolor Sympathy


Today I'm sharing a simple watercolor scene I created for one of my husband's coworkers that recently lost his mother.


After I had painted my scene (sky, grass, water) I applied some green paint to my tree stamp and pressed it into my watercolor background. The tree stamped directly on the card front has a bit more water mixed into the paint than the one I stamped separate and fussy cut.
For the inside I used two shades of distress ink to stamp my trees before adding a scripture over top. 

Supplies and Tools:
Dies:  Stitched Oval
Ink: Sonnet Watercolors, Mowed Lawn/Pine Forest Distress Ink (Ranger), Tuxedo Black Ink (Memento)
Misc. Watercolor Paper
Stamps: Lg. Pine Tree (Repeat Impressions), Lg. Pine Forest (Repeat Impressions), Thoughts and Prayers (Stampin' Up), Scripture (Biblical Impressions) Down by the Sea (Inkadinkado)

This post linked to:
Simon Says - Anything Goes
Time Out - Wild (the wild and wonderful outdoors)
Cardz TV - Anything Goes
Word Art Wednesday - Anything Goes

Friday, April 27, 2018

3D Embossing Folder



Today I'm sharing an almost-all-white card I created using one of the new 3D Embossing Folders from Tim Hotlz (Sizzix).  I just love the deep impression these folders make! I kept my card fairly simple to showcase the elegant embossing.



This card also features a new die I received as a prize from Stamplorations! I love how all the words are connected in this sentiment -- it makes placement super easy and quick! 
(Note: For some reason I have a hard time getting a photo to do justice to all-white cards, so it's really a lot more elegant in real life!)
 

Supplies and Tools:
Dies and Punches - Botancial 3D Texture Fades Embossing Folder (Sizzix - Tim Holtz), Embroidery border punch (Martha Stewart), Labels 10 Nestabilities (Spellbinders), Thinking of You Phrase Die (CUTplorations)
Embellishments: Pearls

This post linked to:
The Paper Players - Sketch Challenge
STAMPlorations - Focus on the sentiment
4 Crafty Chicks - Less is More
Word Art Wedneday - Anything Goes

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Guest Designer for WAW


I was thrilled with Karen ask me to guest design for the month of April over at Word Art Wednesday. I've been linking up to this fun "Anything Goes" challenge for a long time, and I use their free word art files quite often in my card-making.



To create the chalkboard type text I:
  • layered my free wordart verse onto a white background in Photoscape X
  • inverted the colors so the text was white and the background black - saved as a new file
  • inserted my new wordart into Open Office and adjusted the size
  • clicked the picture so that the color properties could be adjusted
  • added red and green till I got the shade of brown I wanted

I find that using designer paper from all one paper stack makes cards like this fun and easy to create!  I hope my card will inspire you to check out Karen's blog and link up your own lovely creations!

Supplies and Tools:
Dies/Punches - Hello Doily Dies (Sizzix), Lg. Square Punch, Sm. Circle Punch, Scallop 3-Dot Border Punch (Martha Stewart), Cherry Blossom Double Edge Punch (Martha Stewart)
Embellishments: Buttons, Burlap String, Rhinestones

This post linked to:
Cardz TV - Anything Goes
Stamplorations - Focus on the Sentiment

Dragonfly


It's time for our Wednesday challenge over at The House That Stamps Built. Since it's the fourth Wednesday of the month, it's one of our readers favorites --- ANYTHING GOES!
I chose to showcase the big beautiful dragonfly stamp in a spring themed color scheme! I used this fun Diagonal Stripe stencil along with some distress oxides to create a fun background for my main image. 


Details: 
  • For my blog readers: Enjoy the 10% discount code to the Repeat Impressions Store posted on the sidebar
  • There's a new challenge every week over at  The House That Stamps Built 
    • you don't have to use Repeat Impressions stamps to link or win
  • One lucky person will win a $25 Repeat Impressions Gift Certificate on the first Wednesday of every month

Check out what the other design team members created: 


Supplies and Tools:
Embellishments: Washi Tape, Paper Doily, Sequins, Burlap String
Ink: Broken China/Peeled Paint Distress Oxide, Versamark Watermark, Midnight Black Embossing Powder
Stamps from Repeat Impressions:
4401-O, Dragonfly (lg)
9717-C, Happy Hello 
Stencils: Diagonal Stripes (Echo Park Paper)

This post linked to:
Paper Craft Crew - April Showers bring May flowers (springtime)
HeARTful Stamping - Anything goes + a stamp
Word Art Wednesday - Anything Goes

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Weathered Window


Hello blog friends! Today I'm sharing a weathered window card I created with Graciellie Designs "True Beauty" digital stamp set.  This set is also available in Spanish (click here).


I'm also sharing a mini tutorial for creating that fun weathered wood background out of an up-cycled piece of cardboard.


To create my background I:
  • Cut a piece of cardboard box to size
  • Applied White school glue in a fairly heavy manner
  • While the glue was still a tacky wet, I applied frayed burlap distress paint 
    • Any acrylic paint works
    • DO NOT apply distress paint using the dauber - open the top and use a paintbrush

  • Next I, dried the paint with my heat gun
  • Scored lines every 1/2 inch
  • Applied some fired brick distress paint
  • Sanded the finished piece with a piece of rough sandpaper to give it a weathered look


To create my window I:
  • Printed the True Beauty digital stamp on kraft card stock
  • Cropped and printed two sizes of the flower on kraft card stock
  • Brushed the window with Picket Fence Distress Stain
  • Cut the window pains out with my xacto knife
  • Roughed up the edges with sand paper
  • Added a lace valance to the inside of the window
  • Colored my flowers with prismacolor pencils,
    •  used baby oil to blend
    •  added highlights with a watercolor marker
    •  added stamens with a black sharpie marker\
  • Using the Fall Folliage & Holiday Greens Thinlits (Tim Holtz) I die cut branches and greens to accent my floral arrangement
  • Added a burlap string bow
  • Added a branch and two punched birds (Martha Stewart punch) to the to of my window
  • Popped the whole ensemble up off my card with mounting tape


If you haven't already, you'll want to stop by Gracie's Etsy shop - Graciellie Designs - and check out all the lovely stamps, papers, and cut files she has for sale there!

This post linked to:
Tuesday Throwdown - Anything goes (limit one entry)
Tic Tac Toe - Stripes/Punch/Pattern Paper
Dies R Us - Springtime (Sizzix - Tim Holtz Thinlits)
Craft-Dee BowZ - Handmade Bow
As You Like - Favorite Coloring Medium
(Prismacolor pencils - they work beautifully on everything - even printed digital stamps!)
Poppy Stamps - Framed



Monday, April 23, 2018

Stamping Collage Post #1



Today I'm sharing the first two cards I created around the ticket embellishments I shared last week. These cards all feature a lot of stamp layering that I call "collage style." It's something I'm fairly new at, in fact these may be my first cards to do in that style....at least my first that include LOTS of stamp layers. For step by step instruction in putting these cards together: Visit today's post on the Cropstop blog.



Supplies and Tools:
Embellishments: Pearls
Inks: Tattered Rose, Worn Lipstick, Frayed Burlap, Wild Honey, Seedless Preserves Distress Oxide (Ranger)
Misc. Watercolor Paper, Mounting Tape, Brayer
Punches: Embroidered Lace Border Punch (Martha Stewart), Monarch Butterfly Trim (Martha Stewart)
Stamps: Blossom, The Journey, Flights of Fancy (Tim Hotlz), Music Background Stamp (Heidi Swapp)
Stencils: Flourish Stencil (Tim Hotlz)
 

Supplies and Tools:
Dies/Punches: Tattered Florals (Tim Holtz), Hello Doily (Sizzix), Frond Punch (Martha Stewart)
Inks: Broken China, Faded Jeans, Peeled Paint, Frayed Burlap Distress Oxide (Ranger), Tuxedo Black Ink (Memento)
Misc. Burlap String, stamens, sponge daubers
Stamps: French Market, Air Travel (Tim Holtz)
Stencils: Burlap (Tim Holtz)


I hope you'll come back next Monday when I'll share the last two cards created in this style with those ticket embellishments. Meanwhile, we want to see what you've been creating of late! Stop by the CURRENT LINK PARTY and showoff your projects that include a few products from the companies Cropstop carries in the store!

This post linked to:
Mrs. A's Butterfly Challenge - Butterfly, Dirt, Dimension
Allsorts - Use Pearls
Cardz TV - Anything Goes
HeARTful Stamping - Anything Goes + a stamp
Stamping Sensations - One for the Girls
Word Art Wednesday - Anything Goes

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Spring Party Favors

It's time for our Wednesday challenge over at The House That Stamps Built. This week we have an inspiration board for you. This challenge is a fun cross between a photo challenge and a color challenge. You can choose to be inspired by the colors, the photograph, or both!
I decided to use both sides of the photo as inspiration and created some fun little sour cream containers in the shape of carrots! These would make fun party favors or maybe just an extra little tuck-in for a spring themed gift basket.

To create my containers I:
  • Stamped the 10201-W, Flower Power Background in Versamark watermark ink on orange card stock
  • Lightly rubbed some orange chalk over the surface to make the stamped images bolder
  • Created my sour cream containers using this easy to follow tutorial
  • Stamped 9717-C, Happy Hello on white card stock and die cut with my circle nestabilties
  • Die cut a piece of purple card stock with the scallop circle nestabilities and layered the sentiment over top
  • Added a pretty lavender flower (punched with the Flowers and Leaves punch from EK Success)
  • Cut 1/4 inch strips of green card stock and ran them through my Fiskars paper crimper
  • Added some candy to the sour cream containers and assembled my "carrots"


Details: 
  • For my blog readers: Enjoy the 10% discount code to the Repeat Impressions Store posted on the sidebar
  • There's a new challenge every week over at  The House That Stamps Built 
    • you don't have to use Repeat Impressions stamps to link or win
  • One lucky person will win a $25 Repeat Impressions Gift Certificate on the first Wednesday of every month

Check out what the other design team members created: 

This post linked to:
Dies R Us - Springtime (Spellbinders dies)
Cardz TV - Anything Goes
heARTful Stamping - Anything goes + a stamp
Word Art Wednesday - Anything goes
Power Poppy - Hues to Use


Tuesday, April 17, 2018

True Beauty


Today I'm sharing another card made with beautiful Graciellie Designs Digital Stamps. This card features her newly released "True Beauty"set.
Gracie recently added a new line of digital stamps (including the set I'm featuring today) IN SPANISH! To read all about it and enter her GIVEAWAY - CLICK HERE to be taken to her blog.


To create this card I:
  • Printed the window digi on white card stock
  • Printed three extra flowers (two small and one big)
  • Used Squeezed Lemonade/Wild Honey/Worn Lipstick Distress Oxide and sponge daubers to color each flower
  • Added white stamens with gel pen
  • Added a large golden pearl the center of the flowers
  • Colored the leaves with touch five markers
  • Fussy cut each flower and popped them up with foam mounting tape over the original ones




Next I:
  • cut out each of the window pains with a xacto knife
  • using the Scalloped Daisy border punch (Fiskars) I created a valance for my window
  • to finish off the window, I added piece of pink designer paper to the back
For the background:
  • I scored a piece of pink card stock every 1/2 inch to resemble siding 
  • embossed a piece of gray card stock with the brick embossing folder (The Paper Studio)
  • layered both on a piece of black cardstock
  • added some butterflies with pearl centers to the window 
Inside:
  • I added a light pink border (Monarch Butterfly punch - Martha Stewart)
  • altered one of the sentiments from the "True Beauty" digital set to read "Hello Beautiful Mother"
    • printed it and matted it on shimmery gray card stock
This post linked to:
Tuesday Throwdown - Glimmer and Shine (pearls, metallic paper inside)
Simon Says - Add Some Texture
PINspirational - Anything Goes
Mrs. A's Butterfly Challenge - Butterfly, Die Cut, Digi Image, Dimension
Allsorts - Spring Flowers or Showers
Stamping Sensations - One for the Girls
My Favorite Things - Color Challenge (below)



Monday, April 16, 2018

Ticket Embellishments


Hello Friends. Today I have a different kind of post for you - I'm sharing these ticket embellishments over on the Cropstop blog. I don't know about you, but I'm not always "in the mood" to create a full fledged project. That was the case a few days ago when I pulled out my That's The Ticket Dies (Spellbinders) and set to work creating some fun little embellishments to use on future projects.


Supplies:
Dies: That's the ticket dies (Spellbinders)
Inks: Frayed Burlap/Worn Lipstick/Seedless Preserves Distress Oxide
Misc. Sponge Daubers
Stamps: Flights of Fancy, Bird Crazy, Curious Possibility (Tim Holtz)



Supplies:
Dies: That's the ticket dies (Spellbinders) 
Inks:  Tuxedo Black Ink (Tsukineko), Walnut Stain, Peeled Paint,
Misc. Sponge Daubers
Stamps: Bitty Grunge, Special Delivery, French Market (Tim Holtz)




Supplies:
Dies: That's the ticket dies (Spellbinders)
Inks: Tuxedo Black Ink (Tsukineko), Frayed Burlap, Fired Brick Distress Oxide (Ranger)
Misc. Sponge Daubers
Stamps: The Journey, Air Travel (Tim Holtz)


Supplies:
Dies: That's the ticket dies (Spellbinders)
Inks: Faded Jeans, Peeld Paint, Frayed Burlap Distress Oxide (Ranger), Tuxedo Black Ink (Tsukineko)
Misc. Sponge Daubers
Stamps: French Market, Here and There, Curious Possibility (Tim Holtz)

Here's a sneak peak of the cards I later created from these fun tickets -- lots of stamp layering using Tim Hotlz stamp sets and Distress Oxides! I'll share the finished cards on the next two Mondays, so come back then.


In the mean time, stop by the CURRENT LINK PARTY and showoff your projects that include a few products from the companies Cropstop carries in the store! Hope to see you there!

This post linked to:
PINspirational - Anything Goes
heARTful Stamping - Anything Goes + a stamp
Word Art Wednesday - Anything Goes

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Layer Cake


I recently had an order for 25 handmade cards through our local florist. Five of those were a custom order for birthday cake cards with a pop up inside! I immediately though of the Layer Cake Digi from Power Poppy and set to work creating a set of five in this design.

For the pop up cupcake I used a free template from Inspired and Unscripted (here). I colored the wrapper with distress crayons, embossed swirls into my icing, and added a few sequins for sprinkles.


Supplies and Tools:
Embossing: Swirls Embossing Folder (Cuttlebug)
Embellishments: Sequins, Burlap String 
Inks: Crayola Markers, Prismacolor Pencils, Distress Crayons (Spun Sugar, Shaded Lilac, Twisted Citron, Tumbled Glass, Squeezed Lemonade)
Punches: Embroidery Deep Edge Punch (Martha Stewart)
Stamps: Banner Stamp (unknown),  Layer Cake (Power Poppy)
Tools: Paper Crimper (Fiskars)

This post linked to:
The Card Concept - Sweet Treats (Clean and Layered)
Cuttlebug Mania - Baking (Cuttlebug Embossing Folder)
PINspirational - Anything Goes
Cardz TV - Anything Goes
Craft-Dee BowZ - Handmade Bow