Tuesday, August 21, 2012

The Chosen "3" Crop Stop Challenge card

Today I'm sharing my entry for  the Crop Stop Challenge #85-The Chosen 3.  The Challenge was to use flowers, bling and dots-The Chosen 3. I decided to incorporate these items into other design elements I've been wanting to try. The main one being to paper piece a hexagon design using coordinating paper. This proved to be a rather time consuming experiment, which was a welcomed relief to some personal stress I was dealing with that evening. If I were ever to do this again, I would flood fill the shapes with coordinating designs using my Silhouette software, and just cut the whole patternered piece as a card front. But for those of you that love a paper piecing challenge, here's the results of my planning, cutting and gluing each piece:

I really loved these bright happy colors and thought I might have some twine that would go nicely with it. (What an understatement that was! I have twine coming out my.....well you get my drift). I decided I would like to wind some twine around something and so I cut a strip of white cardstock to 1-1/2 "  X 4-1/4 ". I put some ATG tape on back of the strip, and some more in the front of the strip to anchor the twine, and proceeded to wind the twine around the cardstock. I made a very simple pattern alternating the turquoise and yellow twine until the whole white strip was covered. I really enjoyed this technique and will do it again. Got to use that twine I have!

I found another sheet of cardstock from the stack and fussy cut  flowers that were part of the pattern. I added some small, matching paper flowers I had in my stash (this is the flowers portion of the challenge) and then added yellow rhinestones and sparkly self adhesive dots to the center of the flowers (this is the bling and dots portion of the challenge). I finally added a dragon fly a good friend had made for me several months ago to the whole embellished strip. I felt the hexagon shapes looked kind of blah, so I outlined them with Diamond stickles.

I didn't really care for it. So I decided to rub the stickles all over the card stock to add shine to all the shapes.

If I had to do it over again, I would've left the Stickles off. But at this point, there was no going back. And with the time I invested in creating this card, there was no way I was not going to use it for this challenge. This is not one of my favorite creations, but I did have a lot of fun challenging myself and I've learned a lot. I guess that's why they're called challenges.

There are a lot of nice entries over at the Crop Stop Challenge. Do yourself a favor and check them out.


Supplies: The Mango Frost cardstack (DCWV), Stickles-Diamond, Twine (from a twine share so I'm not sure if it came from The Twinery or Divine Twine), paper flowers, sparkly dots and bling from my stash; dragonfly embellishment made for me by Pam Ramesh.

Tools-Silhouette Cameo, Silhouette Designer Edition Software, Hexagon shapes image from the Silhouette Online store, Petal roller (Imaginisce)


  1. Lovely card! Beautiful colors and design. Thanks for playing along with our CropStop Chosen 3 Challenge.

  2. what a great card for the chosen 3 challenge! Thanks for playing the CropStop challenge this week! :)

  3. Wow Carole - beautiful, love those colours.


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