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Crop & Create Delivered – Lawn Fawn

The last class from the Saturday sessions was with Jenn Shurkus and Lawn Fawn. I’ll be honest, this one scared me the most, and I really loved it! I’ve never been tempted by the Lawn Fawn teeny images, but I’m a convert now. That’s one thing I’ve loved about the Crop & Create Delivered classes … different styles and different brands, and trying things I’d never normally purchase for myself, and often being pleasantly surprised by the end results!

Some things I loved about this class:

  • Copic colouring isn’t quite as scary as I expected – is mine perfect? Hell no. Was it fun? Heck yes!
  • All the little critters and teeny tiny elements had always put me off this style, I’ll be honest. After trying it myself, though, I’ve realized how much fun it is!
  • Getting pushed outside your comfort zone is an awesome thing to do – if you embrace it and keep your mind open, you can’t help but be richer for it afterwards.
  • I’ll never look at critter stamps the same way again. Thanks Jenn and Lawn Fawn for broadening my horizons.
  • Using less colours and overlapping to create the rainbow ink blending – genius!

Other than the recommended Copics, the ink colours I used were Dusty Rose, Wild Dandelion and Blue Lagoon by Gina K Designs, and Crown Me by Simon Hurley.

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Crop & Create Delivered – Hero Arts

The class with Libby Hickson and Hero Arts was another fun one. I’d never made a card with vellum before, and the easel card was the only style I’d made previously (although never a horizontal version. I was really nervous about colouring such a large image (the bunny) with Copics, but it wasn’t too bad in the end.

Some things I loved about this class:

  • Being challenged by colouring a large image – it really stretched me, which is good.
  • I love the cherry stamps – so effective creating the cheery bright background just with cherries – something I haven’t tried before, nor have I tried vellum for the card base – lots of new learnings!
  • I adore the sweet bunny card – the stencil background is so cheery, and I’ll definitely use it more in the future.
  • I really dislike fussy cutting, but it was so worth it for these fun projects! I may or may not have since ordered the dies for the bunnies and flowers, though, as I’ll definitely be doing more of these.

I used Gina K Designs inks for my cards – Turquoise Sea, Jelly Bean Green, Red Hot, Cherry Red, and Grass Green.

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Crop & Create Delivered – The Stamp Market

The class with Amy Yingling and The Stamp Market was a challenging one – but I really enjoyed it, and the results were worth all the effort!

Some things I loved about this class:

  • I was well and truly out of my comfort zone trying some techniques for the first time – it was terrific! I’ve tried masking off parts of sentiments before but hadn’t considered a rainbow of colours – so effective!
  • I used glitter for the first time ever with stencil paste – a fun new technique for me. Luckily the one solitary pot of glitter that I own just happened to be the right colour for the class! 😉
  • Such fun bold fonts on both the sentiments and stencil and really versatile sentiments – I’ll be using this one quite a bit, I think.

I used Gina K Designs for my ink choices, matching the cardstock as closely as possible

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Crop & Create Delivered – Gina K Designs

This was the first ‘official’ main class of the weekend, in which we got to make three cards in every class. Gina is the reason I found out about Crop & Create Delivered when she announced in her Facebook group that she was going to be teaching a class there. I couldn’t sign up quick enough! Gina’s class didn’t disappoint, and her new layering daisies stencil is so lovely – such a great addition to my stash. Gina K Designs will always be a firm favourite of mine, all Gina’s products are super high quality, just like the lady herself 🙂

Some things I loved about this class:

  • Being pushed outside my comfort zone colourwise again – I decided to follow the colourways for the classes and I wouldn’t have chosen them myself, but really love the results (I’m not a pink fan so I was pleasantly surprised how much I loved the pink card).
  • I love Gina’s style of teaching and card layouts, always so beautiful.
  • The new stencil set is gorgeous and a great addition to my Gina K arsenal that will be used a lot – and I just love this style font of the ‘forever’ word dies
  • I’m already thinking of new colourways to try!

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Crop & Create Delivered – Kristina Werner

Friday night was the official kick-off to the weekend’s main classes and and after Catherine and Gina opened the event, Kristina taught us how to make these cards. This was such a lovely class with Kristina – it used an exclusive stamp set by Scrapbook & Cards Today, and I really loved the end results of heat embossing an image over the cardstock strip background. I’m definitely going to do more of this in the future, so simple but oh so effective!

Some things I loved about this class:

  • As a ‘non pink lover’ I pushed myself out of my comfort zone colourwise to try new-to-me colour combos, and really enjoyed doing it.
  • I love the simplicity of this design – it’s really impactful, elegant and contemporary.
  • It’s a new style for me, and I really love the endless possibilities.

I used cardstock from for all of my cards, with white embossing powder by Gina K Designs.

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Crop & Create Delivered – Brutus Monroe

Our final mini class before the event was officially opened, and Brutus Monroe sure didn’t disappoint. What great projects these were, and so vibrant and fun to make! This is a brand I’d heard of before, but hadn’t tried, so this was a great opportunity for me. I have to be honest and say that I started doing some pre-work for this class and was having so much fun I ended up making the cards before the class started … oops. But it goes to show how thorough the class instructions are for this event.

Brutus Monroe class projects

Some things I loved about this class:

  • The colour palette is soooo bright and cheery and so up my alley – it makes my heart sing. It was also great that Michael used Gina K Design inks for the class as well, so I could follow the same colour palette exactly.
  • I never ink blend cardstock for die cutting of images – I’ll be doing more in future, it’s really effective.
  • I love the look of using multiple colours on the butterflies and the hot pink embossing – and also the triangle layering panel and pop of embossing on the sides – so much fun, and something I haven’t tried before.
  • I just love everything about the floral card especially – you can’t help but smile when you see it, it’s so cheerful!
  • I’m reminded how Gina’s inks blend so beautifully for backgrounds, it’s my favourite ink brand for blending, hands down.
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Crop & Create Delivered – Spellbinders

Now Spellbinders is one brand that I’d heard of before the event, but I didn’t really own anything by Spellbinders other than a couple of second-hand die sets when I first set out cardmaking a year ago. Since then I’ve used the discount we received at the event and placed a pretty massive order with them, and I’m super impressed with the quality of the die cuts that I’ve seen so far. But this isn’t about my shopping spree, this is all about the card project … and my first attempt at stitching on a card!

Spellbinders class project

Some things I loved about this class:

  • I’ve been a stitcher for 30+ years and a cardmaker for almost a year – combining two crafts sure is fun! I love the stitched effect and sure it won’t be my last!
  • I love the simplicity of this die set and the different looks it will give with different colour choices – I look forward to playing more with this one.
  • I love that I’m feeling more confident with my cardmaking – after realising I’d cut my gold cardstock too close to the edge so I couldn’t use it for the back layer, I could pivot easily and heat embossed the edges of some cardstock with gold embossing powder instead. And now that means I have enough gold card left to do another card 😉
  • What can I say, I’m a blue-hearted gal so the colours make me happy – and those blue gemstones are to die for!

I added a bit of Versamark ink with a background stamp just to give the background a tiny bit of textural look, otherwise the card is per the class instructions.

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Crop & Create Delivered – Pink & Main

This ‘mini’ class by Pink & Main was definitely a crowd favourite of most of the participants as everyone fell in love with the bees – I’m no exception. As with most of the mini classes, there wasn’t anything mini about it other than the shorter class time – and the projects and products are ADORABLE!

Pink & Main class projects

Some things I loved about this class:

  • Yep, those super cute bees and flowers are really gorgeous! Such a versatile set and the extra samples shown during the class were really inspiring too.
  • I never think of swinking cardstock for die cuts and sentiments so this was a great tip to remember.
  • The wee stencil we received was small but mighty! It’s so versatile again, along with everything else. This will be a future favourite for sure.

Inks I chose to use were Slippery When Wet by Simon Hurley, and Powder Blue by Gina K Designs. I also used the following Copic markers for colouring the leaves (and I was silly and forgot to write down the flower and bee details!):

  • Lighter leaves: G24, G43
  • Darker leaves: YG17, G28 (then overlaid some G43
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Crop & Create Delivered – LDRS Creative

Our fifth mini class was with LDRS Creative. I’ll be honest when I saw the stamp set we were sent, I did say a wee ‘meh’ at it, because fruits are just not ‘my thing’. But I’d promised myself that I wouldn’t back away from any class or products because I may be pleasantly surprised … this is one of those cases – these fruits are pretty fun and cute!

Card projects by LDRS Creative

Some of the things I loved about this class:

  • Being taken far out of my comfort zone and loving the end results. Will I do more in the future? You betcha!
  • I’ve never ink blended strips of cardstock before – such a great idea when you have more ink colours than cardstock colours – I love it!
  • A really versatile stamp and die set and I love everything about it – I’ve already used the die set for another card, which I’ll share separately later.

Inks that I chose to use were all from Gina K Designs:

  • Lemons: Lemon Drop and Wild Dandelion
  • Lime: Jelly Bean Green
  • Orange: Sweet Mango, and leaves in Jelly Bean Green with Fresh Asparagus for the veins
  • Strawberry: Red Hot and Fresh Asparagus
  • Watermelons: Lipstick and Grass Green
  • Checkboard border: Red Velvet
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Crop & Create Delivered – Crafter’s Companion

Another fun project set for us by Crafter’s Companion, and their stamp and die sets they provided will be really useful in the future!

Card project by Crafter's Companion

Some of the things I loved about this class:

  • Using my favourite colours in the class caught my eye early on – I love the simple layering using two tones of one colour hue with the layering stamps.
  • I adore the large vertical sentiment stamp and die – this will be used a lot for sure!
  • I usually make quite busy cards, so the simple layout with minimal elements took me outside my comfort zone but I really love the results. Perhaps there will be more in my future … ?
  • Easel cards are one of my favourite styles of card, and this one was no exception.

Inks those I chose to use were: