Friday, April 28, 2017

"On the Twelfth Day of Christmas..."

" TRUE LOVE gave to me..." is the rather long title of this fortnight's theme at ♥JINGLE BELLES♥ but hang on for a second while i explain it, because there are some cool twists this time. first, let me tell you that the title and idea come from our lovely guest star, Lela Meinke,  whom we are thrilled to welcome back! but now let's consider the brief. this fortnight we'd like you to choose any of the following options:

Create a holiday card for your *TRUE LOVE* or for any extra-special person in your life 
Create a holiday card with HEARTS on it 
Create a holiday card that references any aspect of "The 12 Days of Xmas" that appeals to you

Here's a reminder of that dozen rather distinctive gifts!

 On the twelfth day of Christmas my true love sent to me: 
Twelve Drummers Drumming 
Eleven Pipers Piping 
Ten Lords a Leaping 
Nine Ladies Dancing 
Eight Maids a Milking 
Seven Swans a Swimming 
Six Geese a Laying 
Five Golden Rings 
Four Calling Birds 
Three French Hens 
Two Turtle Doves 
and a Partridge in a Pear Tree

so plenty of ideas there, eh?! i confess that i'd planned to stick firmly to option #2, when, during the recycling challenge, while flipping through my box of saved holiday cards, I came upon one that actually had all twelve of the items in question. well you just cannot fight serendipity like that, can you?? so here's my admittedly slightly cheater-feeling card:

"12 days" panel trimmed from an older store-bought card sent to us --or possibly to my mom-- in a previous year; patterned paper: october afternoon, echo park; heart brads: eyelet outlet; adhesives: elmers brand gluetape, 3m foam tape, sewing machine

since the panel was fairly large and already a bit busy, i only needed a sentiment, a couple of mats and yes... i couldn't resist a few eyelet outlet heart brads, lol... to complete the design. i used the current atlantic hearts sketch, though in the end, i elected not to tilt the central panel. i will completely understand if that disqualifies me, but i truly was inspired by the sketch AND i also wanted to thank them for the shout-out to my flourishy reindeer card from last week!

why not head on over to ♥JINGLE BELLES♥ and see lela's and stephanie's cards; then start planning your own bid for holiday card-making awesomeness!!!

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Sweet As Candy!

Everyone knows that Eyelet Outlet makes (as the name implies, lol) eyelets; by now I'm pretty sure the secret of the awesome brads and washi tape are out, too! But today I'm on the Eyelet Outlet Blog with a card that celebrates the newest member of the Eyelet Outlet family, our super-fun Enamel Dots and Shapes! My inspiration is the fact that the round ones totally remind me of the brightly colored candies in the gumball machines that were on the counter of seemingly every store in my childhood.

There are so many shapes, colors and styles that I couldn't possibly show them all, but here are a few of my favorites in my own collection:

This time I went with classic round Enamel Dots since they look the most like gumballs! To make the machine, I printed out a piece of copyright-free clip art and used it to paper-piece the machine from cardstock and patterned paper. I filled my machine with all different sizes of gumballs, since that makes a design more dynamic. Plus, it filled the space better! ;) For the gumballs at the very bottom of the machine, I used my stout craft scissors to snip one edge flat, so that it would look more realistic.

For the background I made my own patterned paper by filling a 4x6" panel of white cardstock with neat strips of colorful Dot Washi Tape. I printed an appropriate computer-generated sentiment et voila! Would you care for a gumball?

I hope today will be an especially sweet day for you! If you need an extra treat, why not head over to the Eyelet Outlet Blog and see what my lovely DT sister Carri has made?! She has the post directly below mine! ♥

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

how have you BEAN?

this week's challenge at shopping our stash is a coffee lover's dream! because... you've guessed, haven't you? for "caffeine fix" we'd like to see coffee (or tea... or hot chocolate...) themed projects. of course my first thought was my favorite eyelet outlet coffee brads... and what's a coffee brad without a doughnut brad to go with it, eh??!

as always, my favorite part of an SOS card is the chance to pull out loads of scraps and older goodies and mix them all up together! how else would a colorful library card, older patterned papers and icons cut from newish journal cards all wind up together, eh? not to mention the paper i "made" by typing "HAPPY ANNIVERSARY" over and over (and over) on some lined paper.

but my favorite thing on this card *IS* still the coffee brad, though i confess that when i first attached the red brad to the pink heart, it kind of blended into the background a bit too much. this has happened to me a couple of times, and i always wish i could "ink the edges" of a brad and make it stand out a little more. well, this time, i decided to see if it was possible. and i'm pretty excited to tell you that running a black permanent marker verrrry carefully around the edges of a brad functions exactly like inked edges on paper! cool, no?!

meanwhile, there's lots more coffee-flavored goodness from the SOS design team... grab a cuppa, hop on over and be inspired!

Friday, April 21, 2017

rudolph the flourishy reindeer?

if a reindeer with a red nose caused a sensation, just imagine the reaction this guy would get at the north pole?! we are still rockin' the recycling for "peace on earth day" at ♥JINGLE BELLES♥ so i dug deep into my stash of xmas cards and other bits that were much too pretty to toss out!

recycled bits: green and red card base AND flourishy reindeer from (store bought) xmas cards we received last year; kraft colored reindeer "shadow" cut from a cereal box, ancient norwegian sheet music oval, scrap of shimmery tan wallpaper; wooden frame: michaels; florals: bazzill and petaloo; brad: october afternoon; ink: stewart superior india ink; adhesives: elmers brand gluetape, 3m foam tape, gluedots

in this case, i've used two different christmas cards: the flourishy one yielded the diecut reindeer, obviously, but would you believe that the green base card WITH the red strip was the front of a different card?

as soon as i saw this week's atlantic hearts sketch challenge (#208) i knew i was on to something!

when i first put this card together, i put the flourishy reindeer right on top of my gorgeously patina-ed norwegian sheet music (!!!) and even with strongly inked edges... you just couldn't see him. also, the flourishy paper was just a little too flimsy. so i grabbed a nice sturdy cereal box out of the recycling bin and cut a second backup reindeer that works as both reinforcement and a drop shadow. the only other recycled item is the tan strip of paper behind the frame, which is a scrap from a swatch of wallpaper and has kind of a mild shimmer effect irl.

stephanie has also made another amazing card to inspire you. why not hop over to ♥JINGLE BELLES♥ and check it out?! 

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Flower Power!

Spring has officially sprung here in New Jersey, and I get excited by the new growth that is visible in my garden each day. I have more shrubs than flowers, so maybe that's why I tend to go a little "flower crazy" on my cards? That and the fact that there are sooooooo many bloomin' awesome flower-themed products in the Eyelet Outlet store! I've only used a few on these cards, but they're some of my favorites.

Bright Daisy Flower Brads are so fun and funky, I wanted to use them in a way that they could POP! I stamped a vine background and let the flowers grow right off the edge of the sentiment panel. Before I knew it, some Fresh Flowers had also sprung up, and they attracted a bunch of Mini Butterflies, as often happens.

Pairing the floral vines with one of my favorite friendship quotes, I wanted the word "friends" to really stand out. The Pink Floral Washi I used is sadly out of stock in the store just now, but many NEW tapes have just arrived! There's also lots of other varieties of Flower Tape. For that matter, this idea will work with absolutely ANY tape you like! Just adhere a few strips of washi neatly to scrap cardstock, burnish well, then diecut them like any other type of patterned paper. I love this technique, because it means that I can match the rest of the design perfectly... and I never, ever, run out of vowels, lol!

As much as I love tons of color, sometimes you need something a little calmer, right? The Bright Fresh Flowers also do a mellow vibe surprisingly well, don't you think?

Using a variety of sizes helps make any design more dynamic, so I threw in a couple of Mini Stitched Flower Brads as well. Finally I stamped --and typed-- another flower-related sentiment.

Whether your favorite spring pastime is gardening, card-making or something a bit more athletic, I hope you will get to do a little bit of it today. But first, why not check out what fabulous ideas my awesome DT sister Carri has to inspire you today on the Eyelet Outlet Blog?

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

everything's coming up ROSES!

therefore ♥ROSES♥ are what we want to see at shopping our stash this week! being a floral sort of girl, this was fairly easy for me and i had quite a few choices. so naturally i decided to go as deep into my stash as possible and grab some ancient rose-festooned cardstock diecuts. the age of these sort of suggests i should be slighly embarrassed... but no... what can i say? i still like these guys:

rose diecuts, label shape and a few of the paper strips: "madeline" collection by k and co; background paper: pink paislee; other patterned paper scraps: glitz design, prima, doodlebug, making memories, recollections, american crafts; pearl flourish and tiny flowers: prima; adhesives: elmers brand gluetape, 3m foam tape, sewing machine 

i'm also kind of  excited to have used loads of scraps for the background, as well. having found a photo in my inspiration folder of a scrapbook layout that used lots and lots (and lots!) of little strips of paper, all down the edge of the page, with a photo in the center as focal point, it made me wonder if that idea would work for a card? yep. it does! at least, i think so, anyway. :) i was also inspired by the awesome spring color palette on the simon says stamp wednesday challenge blog this week, though when i see the two photos together, i realize that my aqua is a lot softer than theirs is. ah well, i was still *INSPIRED* by the palette, which is lovely, see?


need more stash-centric ideas for rose-related projects? check out the gang at SOS, they are longing to inspire you right this minute, darlings! ♥

Friday, April 14, 2017

peace on EARTH DAY!

one of my favorite prompts of the  ♥JINGLE BELLES♥ year is the one that falls just before earth day, when we challenge ourselves (and our friends) to make holiday cards that re-use, re-purpose, re-cycle or up-cycle at least one element! this has led not to  just some of the most creative ideas we've seen, but also some of the most beautiful cards. plus, you know, i always have tons of old stuff i'm dying to use up, lol!

since nearly EVERYTHING on this card used to be something else, it might quicker for me to tell you what the new elements are: the tiny blue and white doilies that are matting the focal image and part of an eyelet outlet pearl bling flourish. yep, that's it. as for the rest? the cottage image was punched from one of the (store boughten) holiday cards we received in a previous year; the lace was a scrap from my mother's sewing room; the papers with images have come from several old xmas "ideals" magazines; the (cool, blue!) text paper came from an old falling-apart book i rescued; and the sheet music is... well, it's sheet music, lol... mostly from books that have pencil markings and "well done" stickers and things inside them.

to deploy all of this goodness, i used the current (rather fab!) layout from sketch saturday, though i did, admittedly, get rather carried away with my strips of paper at the bottom of the sketch, so i will completely understand if they feel i've strayed too far from the original. the sketch did totally inspire the design, however; for which i thank them!

speaking of thanks, i am lucky enough to have the nicest blogging partner and crafty buddy in the whole wide world! her name is stephanie, and if you don't know who i'm talking about, you need to hop over to ♥JINGLE BELLES♥ and check out what she's made this week. then start planning your own masterpiece and join the fun!