Wednesday, October 02, 2013

CropStop Guest Spot - Christmas Printer's Tray

Good morning, Bloggers. I am the CropStop Guest Designer for October. {insert clapping and jumping up and down here} CropStop is a wonderful online store specializing in all of your die cutting and embossing needs, but they also carry a wide range of other products. If you have been a reader of my blog for awhile, you know that I have worked with CropStop off and on since 2007 or 2008. I often help out with things they need, so I was happy to say "YES" to a guest spot for October!

Here is what I created for altered printer's tray.

I got the 7 Gypsies Santa's Journey 8x8 paper pad from CropStop, and I thought it was perfect to use with a 7 Gypsies tray! This tray is 6 1/2 x 6 1/2 inches in size. I placed some of the Santa's Journey paper into the largest opening, and then matted the Santa image (cut from another piece of the paper) onto red cardstock. Santa is attached with foam tape to the center of the opening.

I created a Christmas "spray" around the edge of the tray with die cut shapes (Couture Creations Missoni die) and a few other odds and ends.

I die cut a paper rosette (Tim Holtz Rosette) and an ornament (Spellbinders Mix n Match Ornaments) for the corner of the tray. 

I cut the leafy flourish from silver foil cardstock. I sanded the foil a bit to "shabby" it up. I fussy cut the Nice list is from the Santa's Journey paper. My oldest son is called Nathan Andrew...and both names appear on this list. So funny! It is even funnier in that we were going to call him Spencer, another name on the list. What a hoot!

I die cut a reindeer (Tim Holtz mini reindeer) and a little tag for this corner of the tray. I stamped a sentiment on the tiny tag. Who knew I had stamps that tiny?! I added some Glossy Accents to the "25" to make it shiny.

For the middle opening, I embossed some metallic cardstock (Couture Creations Jolly Christmas folder), then added a postage image that I fussy cut from the designer paper, and a bit of bling I found in my stash.  For the last opening, I filled a bottle cap with Glossy Accents, and placed silver bells and some white and red microbeads inside. Once the glue dries, the items stay in place. I fussy cut another postage image for this area.

I hope you enjoyed my project for today. For a full supply list, see below.
CropStop Products:
7 Gypsies Santa's Journey Paper Pad
Newsprint Candi Dots
Tsukineko Memento Tuxedo Black ink
Ranger Glossy Accents
Ranger Distress Ink, Vintage Photo
Ranger Distress Paint, Picket Fence
Tim Holtz Alterations Rosette die
Spellbinders Mix n Match Ornaments die
Couture Creations Nesting Dies, Circles
Couture Creations Sophia die, Missoni
Couture Creations Jolly Christmas embossing folder
Couture Creations Sanding block
Couture Creations Handheld Essentials tools
Couture Creations Scissors
Couture Creations foam mounting tape

Tray: 7 Gypsies
Cardstock: WorldWin Papers
Stamp: Flourishes
Twine: May Arts
Other die cuts: Tim Holtz Alterations Movers and Shapers Mini Reindeer die; Sweet n Sassy Stamps Tag die
Pinecones, silver bells: craft supply
Bottle cap: Paper Studio
Deco scissors: Provocraft
Adhesive: Scotch 3M ATG tape


  1. Gorgeous darling! I have this printer's tray. I think I can do this, or at least try. Hugs and congrats! Hope you feel better soon.

  2. Hard to believe we are seeing Christmas projects but this one is such a great inspiration it may just entice me into starting early!

  3. This is a fabulous project, Gloria!

  4. This is a fabulous project, Gloria!

  5. How stinkin' fabulous is this? I love your collage work,'s always just right. That vintage Santa is fabby. Love this!