Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Sleighin' It

There are some fab new holiday brad styles in the Eyelet Outlet Store, with more to come! One that I especially love is the Sleigh Brad, which pairs perfectly with the Prancing Deer from last year.

My first card features an Inchie version of the Sleigh Brad being pulled by three Prancing Deer. I've also worked in some Skinny Tape from a set of five which will be in the store very soon!

My second card contains my favorite cardmaking hack: I love to use journaling cards and stickers! By starting with premade ingredients, all I really had to do for this one was attach my Sleigh, Pine Tree and Snowflake Brads and I was *done*!

There are more adorable NEW holiday brads in the EO store right now, with more designs being added weekly. Be sure to check the Eyelet Outlet Blog periodically to see the design team's awesome and inspiring ideas for using them!

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

welcome home

we're celebrating our roots this week at shopping our stash. for "welcome home" we'd like you to create something using items that represent where you live; or maybe where you come from? i grew up pennsylvania, but have lived in central new jersey for my entire married life ...which is coming up on 33 years next week!!! most people from my home town consider philadelphia their city, but for me it has always been new york. and i'm now lucky enough to live within walking distance of a commuter train into manhattan, which is really quite a nice thing.* so my card is entirely new york centric:

view of central park south with boat pond in foreground, the small statue of liberty photo and a bit of text with tourist advice all cut from out of date nyc guide books which i collect at garage sales; suatelier nyc-themed stickers and diecut navy blue deco tape are actually from the ink pad ♥; cloud washi is a retired eyelet outlet product, the tiny hearts tape is from lawn fawn i think; all of the tapes are stuck on top of an old nj transit commuter train schedule; numerals were sized in outline form in a text document using "impact" font, printed on plain cardstock and used as templates on scraps of prima patterned paper from the "havana" line; slide mount and sheet music from my stash of vintage goodies; ink: colorbox; adhesives: elmers brand gluetape, scotch gluestick, 3m foam tape; we r memory keepers corner rounder; this design was built on a 4x6" vintage (but ugly) pc, so the back has the dividing line, stamp holder, and a bit of text about the original photo which was of some rather unattractive carvings in a church somewhere in france... 

you may be wondering why there's a big "20" in the center of my design? i confess it's because i did a bit of creative multitasking, and actually made this to also be my entry in the ink pad's 20th anniversary postcard contest! i haven't known anna chiang for quite as long as that, but we've been friends for a good decade, and i wanted to join the celebration of that awesome store! i confess i was excited when i saw that my card was in the midpoint reminder FB post about the contest. and i was quite amazed that on the day it ran, two different friends messaged me to say they were sure card with the vintage slidemount MUST be mine! :) :) :) thus, i'm showing the pic in question; and also because although i never show the envelopes i mail or hand to my card recipients, they are often decorated, and i was pretty happy that my rainbow stamped envie made it into the shot! for once, i added lots of detail to the back of the card, as well, but of course i forgot to take a pic of that. dang.

be sure to check out all of the amazing projects from the design team darlings at SOS and then get cracking on your own "home" work! ♥

*though you would probably not envy our traffic. or our property taxes.  

Friday, September 14, 2018

give peace a chance

we're still celebrating a peaceful holiday at ♥JINGLE BELLES♥ and you're still invited to join the fun! here's what i made this week:

cyanotype deer illustration: from a vintage ideals magazine, diecut with nestabilities circles; patterned papers: basic grey; peace die: spellbinders; snowflakes diecut with th/sizzix snowflake die from a colorburst essperiment; fancy pearl bling: eyelet outlet; ink: colorbox; adhesives: elmers brand gluetape, 3m foam tape, gluedots, sewing machine

once again i've incorporated the prompt by using a peaceful scene (in this case from a vintage ideals xmas magazine) and the word peace. i've used lots of lovely and elderly bits of leftover basic grey holiday papers (for the record: basic grey, how i miss thee!!!) my snowflakes were diecut from a (rejected) colorburst background* i made with various shades of blue with white modelling paste on top. 

be sure to check out stephanie's newest peace card at ♥JINGLE BELLES♥ and link up one of your own! 

*i hardly ever throw away colorburst essperiments, however weirdly they turn out, because honestly i find the ones i like least in their "raw" form make the best diecuts! ;)

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Hoppily Ever After

Yes, someday, I promise to once again make something that does not include a diabolical pun. But today is not that day, lol! Case in point, a card that features the frogs, waterlillies and cattails which all come in the Eyelet Outlet Frog Brad Set:

This card also includes one of my favorite hacks for our Paper Flowers. I've mentioned before that I love cutting the petals of the green flowers apart, to make leaves and vines. This time I cut the whole flower across the center to make a lilypad!

Of course, no one likes a uni-tasking pun, right? Luckily we also have Rabbit Brads, which work equally well with the sentiment. I liked the little "scene" in the frogs' card, so I tried to give the bunnies a bit of context by putting them on a sunshiney mini journal card and adding a cloud from the Sun and Cloud Brads as well as a Mini Butterfly.

As I was grabbing the ingredients for the other two cards, I came across the Beer Brads, and realized that "hop" can be a noun as well as a verb. So obviously I had to make a third version. I couldn't come up with a realistic landscape for this one, but I added one of my favorite Heart Brads for good measure!

I hope you're having a very HOPPY day, and that you'll be inspired to make a fun card (or three!) before it's over! ♥

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

SOS371: upcycling

i love challenges where i get to re-use, re-cycle or up-cycle a non-crafty ingredient, especially when it's something i might actually have thrown away. more on that in a minute, but by now you'll have sussed the this week's challenge at shopping our stash is to perform such a feat, and here is the card i made:

upcycled plastic packaging as a shaker card window + flower images cut from an old falling apart book; mason jar stamp and die: art-c; patterned paper: k and co; crystal drops: little birdie; butterfly sticker: sticko; stamping ink: staz-on; ink for edges: ranger distress; glossy black cardstock: the paper cut; adhesives: elmers brand gluetape, 3m foam tape, sookwang scor-tape 

yes, that's TWO shaker cards this year-- a new record for me, lol! but i recently found an entire tin of little crystal beads, which reminded me of the glass marbles used in flower arranging, and thus the idea for a vase/shaker emerged. luckily, i had the sturdy plastic box in which my colorburst inks and reinkers were packaged, so i had the perfect material to make a somewhat realistic mason jar:

I stamped the jar with staz-on, and used the coordinating die on my absolutely ancient k and co paper... which, by the way, i still really love! i've got a sort of secondary-line in upcycling on this card, too: instead of stamping or diecutting flowers, i chose a lovely vintage illustration from a falling-apart garage sale book, backed the slightly brittle paper with scraps of cardstock, and fussycut the flowers. i generally run just a tiny bit of distress ink around the edges at times like these, otherwise you get that glaring white of the cardstock backing. i mounted the blooms on a bit of foam tape for even more dimension, and this pretty butterfly sticker came and perched on the leaves!

don't forget to check out the glorious cards from the SOS design team for more inspiration!

Friday, September 7, 2018

peace on earth... the theme this fortnight at ♥JINGLE BELLES♥ so we'd like to see holiday cards that include the word peace, OR the peace symbol, OR a scene that evokes peace for you. i combined the first option with the third:

vintage pc from my collection, scanned, scaled down slightly and printed on semi-gloss paper, then distressed a bit and inked at the edges; patterned paper: crate, k and co; white glitter cardstock: best creation; gold metallic cardstock: idea-ology; sentiment cut from a simple stories journal card; ribbon: may arts; pearl holly berries: eyelet outlet; poinsettia stamps, stamens, dies and shaping molds: heartfelt creations, via paper anthology; adhesives: elmer's brand gluetape, 3m foam tape, gluedots, sewing machine

i used a (scanned and reduced) vintage postcard for my peaceful scene and trimmed the word "peace" from a journaling circle in which the overall design didn't fit my vintage vibe at all, but the script word worked just fine! i'm still obsessed with heartfelt creations' dimensional flower system, so the sweet poinsettia clusters are making another appearance; this time in white and gold. if i had set out looking for flowers to specifically fit around the circle shape in the postcard without covering all of the holly, i don't think i could possibly have hoped to do better than this, lol! i partook of this week's awesome sketch saturday layout (week #529) though i rotated it ninety degrees counter clockwise.

be sure to check out stephanie's beautiful card and start planning your own peaceful masterpiece at ♥JINGLE BELLES♥!

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

down on the farm (part two)

Last Autumn I made a set of Farm Animal Artist Trading Cards to celebrate the release of our adorable Eyelet Outlet Cow and Goat, Pig and Sheep and Rooster Brads. Recently it occurred to me that I'd left out the Duck Brads and it was a shame the Horse and Pony Brads hadn't been available yet. So I thought I'd go back and fill in the blanks!

ATC's are traditionally the size of a standard playing card, which is 2.5 x 3.5". These ATC's are, in fact, built on top of actual playing cards. Because they are quite sturdy, plastic coated, and really there isn't much else to do with a deck when you've lost or damaged one of the cards!

Each ATC in this set features a base of ledger paper, an appropriate dictionary definition, and a strip of Red Dot Washi plus some Skinny Gold Tape

But the real stars are the Animal Brads, which I've framed up in some vintage slide mounts. You can build a little scene right on top of the image, but generally I remove the original photograph and adhere the cardboard mount to some sturdy patterned paper. Then I set my brads within the window, which is a perfect size to show them off!

In this second set I've featured the Horse and Pony Brads (which combine a mix of two colors of adult horse, plus adorable foals), Duck Brads, Llama Brads, Trout from the Trout and Bass Brads and Sketched Owls which I think are one of the prettiest designs we have.

I made all of the short, punny sentiments with my old school Dymo labelmaker, having recently found Dymo brand tape for sale at Target, of all places! (There are other brands of tape that fit the Dymo, but they don't all STICK like Dymo, and I'll never experiment again, no matter how pretty the colors are!)

I hope you'll be inspired to make some fun ATC's featuring your favorite Eyelet Outlet Brads and Washi Tape!