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


Wednesday, April 11, 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.
I hope my card will inspire you to check out Karen's blog and link up your own lovely creations!


To create my card I:
  • printed the word art on white card stock and cut it out with a stitched oval die (Printable Heaven)
  • embossed a piece of white card stock with the Victoria embossing folder from Cuttlebug
  • lightly brayed over the embossing with a mixture of Worn Lipstick/Wild Honey Distress Oxide
  • punched a double sided border with the Embroidery Deep Edge Punch from Martha Stewart
  • die cut a butterfly from card stock (colored with Worn Lipstick/Wild Honey Distress Oxide) using the Butterfly Trio dies put out by Anna Griffin (Cricut-Cuttlebug)
  • create a bow with homemade crinkle ribbon (dyed with Worn Lipstick/Wild Honey Distress Oxide)
  • added some stamens to one of my Tattered Floral Flowers (Tim Holtz die) and glued it to the inside of my bow 
  • punched a butterfly border (Monarch Butterflies Double Edge Punch - Martha Stewart) for the inside with more Worn Lipstick/Wild Honey Distress Oxide dyed card stock

This post linked to:
PINspirational - Anything Goes
Simon Says - Add some Texture
Mrs. A's Butterfly Challenge - Butterfly, Dark Salmon, Die Cut, Dimension, Digi Image
Dies R Us - Anything Goes (Cricut-Cuttlebug Butterfly Die)
Stamplorations - Focus on the Sentiments

Some Bunny Loves You


It's time for another Tic Tac Toe challenge over on The House That Stamps Built. Choose three items (across, down, or diagonally) to include on your creation, then come by the blog and link it up! I chose the top line -- Pearls, Bunnies, and Pink!


I started by creating a lattice background for this fun little shape card, but instead of using all white paper strips, I changed it up with some pastel colors!


 Creating a lattice background:
  1. Cut a stack 1/8 inch paper strips
  2. Run a strip of adhesive across the bottom of your cardstock  and adhere a line of paper strips
  3. Starting at the top, weave a strip of paper through and slide to the bottom
  4. Repeat until you reach the top 
  5. Carefully lift your woven piece, apply adhesive and press to your cardstock
Note: If you'd like to make a shape card like mine, be advised that it's very difficult to cut through all the layers with nestabitlites. I recommend cutting your lattice piece into a square and then adhering the white frame over top.



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:
Dies/Punches: Scallop Square Nestabilities (Spellbinders), Flowers & Leaves Punch (E K Success), Square Punch
Embellishments: Pearls, Baker's Twine, Prima Flowers
Ink: Walnut Stain Distress Oxide
Stamps from Repeat Impressions:
1318-P, Cottontail Rabbit
1302-F, Some Bunny

This post linked to:
Use Your stuff - Squares
Double D - Twine
Allsorts - Be There or Be Square
HeARTful Stamping - Anything Goes + a stamp
Word Art Wednesday - Anything Goes

Monday, April 9, 2018

Re-inker Background


Today I have a super fun card to share with you that features a splatter background and a cute little crazy bird.

For step by step instructions in creating that splatter background with distress oxide re-inkers - Visit today's post on the Cropstop blog



Since I decided to go for a fun card, I incorporated a different fold into the design for even greater interest! To create this fun design: Score and folded a 4 1/4 by 11 inch piece of white card stock at the 2 3/4 and 8 1/4 line. 


 Inside I added a strip of Washi tape and a two tone sentiment. 


I hope this card inspires you to try create something fun today! After your finished, be sure to stop by the CURRENT LINK PARTY and showoff your projects that include a few products from the companies Cropstop carries in the store! Happy Crafting!

Supplies and Tools:
Dies: Circle Nestabilities (Spellbinders), Scallop Circle Nestabilities (Spellbinders)
Embellishments: Washi Tape
Inks: Cracked Pistachio/Broken China Distress Oxide Re-inkers & Distress Ink, Tuxedo Black Ink (Tsukineko), Black Paint, Prismacolor Pencils,
Stamps: Bird Crazy (Tim Holtz), Bible Journaling Stamps (American Crafts)
Tools: Spritzer (Tim Hotlz), Scoreboard (Martha Stewart)

This post linked to:
City Crafter - Case me if you can (colors and layout)
Dies R Us - Anything Goes
Cardz TV - Anything Goes
HeARTful Stamping - Anything Goes + a stamp



Shadow Stamping


Hello friends! It's my turn to share a Pick of the Week project over on The House That Stamps Built. I decided to try shadow stamping with one of Repeat Impressions small solid stamps.


For this first card I:
  • Inked up my 5205-I, 2" x 2" w/Round Corners stamp with distress oxide ink (Wild Honey, Broken China, Peeled Paint) and stamped on the front of my card
    • This technique is especially nice to use in creating one-layer, clean-and-simple cards. 
  • Next I stamped 9706-U, Flowers in versamark watermark ink 
  • I added midnight black embossing powder and heat set
  • To create a bit more depth, I inked up my script embossing folder (Cuttlebug) with walnut stain distress oxide and laid it lightly over my main panel
  • For added dimension,  I added a burlap string bow to the bouquet

For the inside, I added a pretty yellow strip of flowers punched with the blossom trim punch from Martha Stewart.


For my second card I:
  • Stamped my 5205-I, 2" x 2" w/Round Corners stamp in Peeled Paint and Seedless Preserves on watercolor paper
  • Stamped the 10201-W, Flower Power Background over the top in Versamark Watermark ink 
  • Added white embossing powder and heat set
  • Cut out all my squares and layered them on a piece of white card stock embossed with the basketweave embossing folder from Darice
  • Using the lace border punch from Martha Stewart, I created a lacy strip and adhered it down the middle of my card
  • Added a burlap string bow with a purple button center to the left side of the card
  • Stamped 3910-G, Miracle of Spring in Seedless Preserves Distress Oxide, matted it on olive green card stock, and popped it up with mounting tape

 A third way to use these solid stamps is to create embellishments like the one I used inside my card.
  •  I stamped the 5205-I, 2" x 2" w/Round Corners stamp in seedless preserves distress oxide, spritzed it with water, and heat set
  • Next I, die cut a leaf from the fall foliage thinlits (Tim Hotlz), added some distress crayon, rubbed it around, and added it to the corner of my square
  • The last item was a small flower (Flowers and Leaves - EK Success punch) with a purple pop up sticker center



I hope you've enjoy seeing these fun ways to use solid stamps. All four of the Repeat Impressions stamps I used will be 20% off this week only. (For the coupon code see: The House That Stamps Built blog.)

This post linked to:
Use Your Stuff - Squares
Double D Challenge - Twine
4 Crafty Chicks - Flowers
Time Out - Inspiration Photo (below)
Allsorts - Be there or be square
Inspired by all the little things - Inspiration photo (below)