Friday, September 21, 2018

Guest Designer - Sherry Gibson

Time for another guest designer Friday! Today we're feature the work of Sherry Gibson of Loose Stitches and Unraveled Threads. I love all the elements Sherry combined to create this gorgeous, neutral themed wedding card!

Here's what Sherry says about putting this lovely card together: 
"Hello Everyone,
First I want to say thank you to Esther for allowing me this opportunity to be a Guest Designer for CropStop. F
or This Card - Step By Step...
  • White cardstock for the card base.
  • Cut a large piece of ivory cardstock to fit the center of the card.
  • Used Darice Embossing Folder 'Crackle' on the ivory paper (left and right side)
  • Embossed another piece of ivory paper using Darice Embossing Folder 'Wedding Dress'.
  • Fussy cut the wedding dress out using Elizabeth Craft Designs Fine Pointed Scissors.
  • Cut out the window with a Spellbinders Shapeabilities D-Lites 'Window Die'.
  • Cut out the Creative Expressions 'Petite Butterflies' Dies with ivory cardstock.
  • Cut out the Darice Embossing Essentials Dies 'Ivy Border'.
  • Using a piece of The Paper Studio 'Tattered and Worn' Paper...For my flowers.
  • To make my flowers...Cut circles/cut them in a spiral shape/rolled them and glued to end.
  • Used a Ranger Ink Applicator with Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad 'Tea Dye' - on the dress.
  • With the ink applicator I used Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad 'Vintage Photo' - on these...
  • On the card base/over the embossed background/on the butterfly wings/on the flowers
  • Glued two pieces of coffee stained lace on the back of the window, then glued onto the card.
  • Next I took a piece of brown string and tied each to make tiebacks for the curtains.
  • Then glued a string of pearls on the top part of the window.
  • Glued a piece of coffee stained gauge to the bottom left/center of the card.
  • Attached pop-dots to the back of the wedding dress and put it on the card.
  • Attached half a pop-dot on two of the top right leaves of the ivy die cut.
  • Then glued the ivy over the dress and onto the card.
  • Glued a piece of coffee stained gauge on the top left side of the dress.
  • Glued the flowers onto the card, over the pieces of coffee stained gauge.
  • Then glued the larger butterfly onto the right side of the vine.
  • Attached half a pop-dot on the back of the small butterflies, then added them to the card.

...Products Used...
Sizzix BIGkick Machine by Vintaj
Darice Embossing Folder 'Wedding Dress'
Darice Embossing Folder 'Crackle'
Spellbinders Shapeabilities D-Lites 'Window Die'
Creative Expressions Craft Dies By Sue Wilson 'Finishing Touches/Petite Butterflies'
Darice Embossing Essentials Dies Ivy Border
Elizabeth Craft Designs Fine Pointed Scissors and Tweezers
The Paper Studio 'Tattered and Worn' Paper
Ranger Adirondack Alcohol Ink Applicator
Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad 'Tea Dye' and 'Vintage Photo'
Forever In Time 'Pop-Dots
Coffee Stained Gauge and Lace
Strand Of Pearls and Flowers
Kokuyo Dotliner Tape Runner
Ad-tech Crafter's Precision Glue
Beacon Gem-Tac Glue
White/Brown/Ivory/Olive Cardstock

I enjoy being a guest designer for CropStop. I hope that you enjoy my card."

Now it's your turn! Stop by our Current Challenge and link up any project that includes a product or two from one of the companies Cropstop carries in the store.  Hope to see you there!

Monday, September 17, 2018

Distress Paper Mosaic

Today's post is all about fall and showcasing the Distress Paper Mosaic kit from Ranger! What a fun kit with so many different options for creating! I'm going to walk you through the steps I took to create this leaf card and also have a free template for you at the end of this post.  Let's get started....

Step One: trace and cut out the front of your card using the free template at the end of this post
Step Two: Add a layer of Distress Grout (from the kit) using a pallette knife - allow to dry (approx. 10 minutes)
Step Three: Cut some pieces of paper in random shapes
Step Four: Glue your paper pieces to your grouted leaf using Distress glue
Step Five: Apply a layer of glue over top of the entire leaf and allow to dry (approx 10 -15 minutes)
Step Six: Using the Distress Glaze, outline and fill in each mosaic shape - allow to dry (approx 1 hour)
Step Seven: Apply distress ink over the entire surface 
Step Eight: Finish decorating your card

Products used on my card include:

As promised, here's a free template for creating your own leaf card! I'd love to see what you create with this, so stop by the current link party and showoff any creation that includes a product or two from one of the companies carried in the Cropstop store.

Friday, September 14, 2018

Guest Designer - Darlene Pavlick

 It's guest designer Friday again, and today we have a super cute card created by the talented Darlene Pavlick of Dar's Crafty Creations! Oh my, I just love the adorable little scene she's created with Memory Box Dies!!  Darlene shares how she created this card....

"The card I have created to share with you today can be used for a variety of occasions or just as a note card.  The 'deer' little scene I've created makes me smile ... I hope it makes you smile too!

It all started with the background utilizing inks and embossing.

For the embossing,  I used a Darice 'Cloudy Sky' embossing folder and did a little outlining with a white Gelly Roll pen to help add even more dimension to my clouds.

While the Memory Box 'Deer in the Trees' #99275 die cut was still in the paper, I did my coloring using Spectrum Noir Alcohol Markers.

Isn't this new Memory Box 'Woodland Bridge Frame' (#94039) awesome?  I love the bridge concept and I turned the little deer into a 'fawn' by putting the spots on his rump!  More coloring done with the same Spectrum Noir alcohol markers and inks.

I wanted to create dimension in the scene so I've cut out 3 additional 'Deer in the Trees' die cuts and glued them all together with the colored one on top.

My sentiment is by Sue Wilson but you could use any number of stamp or die sentiments."

Crop Stop Product Used:
I'd love to see what you've been creating of late so stop by our CURRENT LINK PARTY and showoff any project that includes a product or two from one of the companies Cropstop carries in the store. Hope to see you there!

Monday, September 10, 2018

3D Sunflower

Fall weather hasn't arrived yet (where I live), but maybe this autumn themed card I created with a beautiful 3D sunflower on it will get things moving in that direction! (smile!) I used one of the old Heartfelt Creations stamps sets to create it, and I have a mini tutorial to show you how it's done.

Step One: Stamp and cut out three different sizes of flowers (the photo shows only one large one -- I actually used two)
Step Two: Ink your flowers with coordinating ink making the centers darkest
Step Three: Cut between each petal of your flowers
Step Four: Spritz the reverse side of your flowers with water

Step Five: Crumple each flower into a tiny ball
Step Six: Unflold and twist and crumple your petals
Step Seven: Heat Set
Step Eight: For sunflowers - add some glue and instant coffee to the center

Note: If you don't want the coffee to dissolve in your glue use perk coffee instead of instant. (You can check out the other look by visiting this post.)

Supplies and Tools used on this card:

Have you been working on fall cards? If so I'd love to see your work! Stop by the current link party and showoff any project that includes a product or two from one of the companies Cropstop carries in the store.