Friday, August 17, 2018

a-sketching we will go

by which i mean: we're still making holiday cards based on stephanie's awesome sketch at ♥JINGLE BELLES♥ and you're still invited to join us! here's the sketch:

and here's my card this week:

circle icons: simple stories; patterned paper: elle's studio, echo park; border stickers: making memories; sentiment sticker: october afternoon; ink: colorbox; adhesives: elmers brand gluetape, 3m foam tape

this is one of the fastest cards i've ever made, because it's not only been 100% faithful to the sketch, i've also used all readymade items to complete my card. there are circle icons that i've punched and matted on slightly larger circles, border stickers as a ground for the circles, and an ancient (but awesome) sticker sentiment. easy peasy, and that's another flat/mailable card is added to my stack for december!

be sure to hop over to ♥JINGLE BELLES♥ to see stephanie's card, then start planning what you will make with this wonderful sketch!

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Go Wild!

It's a jungle out there, but fortunately, there are Eyelet Outlet Jungle Mix Brads to help us cope. I'm on the EO blog again today, with a couple of cards I hope will impress you with their animal magnetism.

For my first card, I paired the Elephant, Monkey and Giraffe from the Jungle Mix with a diecut sentiment made from woodgrain patterned paper and some of my favorite Animal Print Tape. Since there are four letters in "WILD" I also added a tropical Tall Palm Tree Brad to balance things out.

I love how the first card came out, but I really wanted the animals from the Jungle Mix to stand out even more, so for my second card I fashioned my sentiment from three shades of solid green to provide more contrast. I added another Tall Palm and mounted the whole thing on a woodgrain panel adorned with a strip of Wide Flower Tape in a beautiful henna brown. A few patterned paper leaves focus the eye on the area where the sentiment sections join up and make everything just a little more Jungle-ish, don't you think?

I hope that you'll be as WILD as I am about our Jungle Mix Brads! ♥

Tuesday, August 14, 2018


this week's challenge at shopping our stash is called, "LEAF it to me" so i bet you can guess what we'd like to see, right? ok, just in case you're still on your first cup of coffee, i will tell you, we want to see LEAVES, lol! mine are diecuts, from altenew's "rose flurries" set, with which i am still entirely smitten.

rose flurries die set: altenew; plus the very lacy light green sprig is a tim holtz/sizzix die from a set of holiday foliage;  colored cardstock in 3 or 4 graduated shades to make up each flower: bazzill, core'dinations, my colors and the paper cut; patterned paper: photoplay, prima, marion smith designs and the girl's paperie; plain white cardstock: staples; adhesives: nuvo liquid adhesive with the teeny tiny applicator tip is a MUST with these tiny layered diecut pieces! plus elmers brand gluetape and 3m foam tape for the rest of the ordinary layering
this being a newish (6 months?) set of dies, my cards don't seem all that stash-centric, until i tell you that nearly all of the 70-or-so individual diecut pieces* on these guys were leftover from a class i taught at paper anthology this spring, and using them up meant i could empty the bead-storage divider case in which they had been sitting since then. that's why there are two cards, because i was determined to use every... last... piece... dammit! :) :) :)

all of the patterened papers in the backgrounds of the cards are older scraps, with the exception of the pink woodgrain, which is brand new, from prima's luscious "havana" collection. (it's the "b" side of the paper; i often love the reverse better than the front side of the paper, lol. that tells you everything you need to know about me, probably!)

there's loads more leafy inspiration, for every season, over at shopping our stash. why not go check out the amazing creations the DT have cooked up for you?♥

*this constitutes just a few tiny flower pieces less than one extra set of the diecuts needed to make all three cards in the class. i always bring and extra EVERYTHING to class, especially when the individual "bits" are as tiny-- and potentially lose-able-- as these are!

Friday, August 10, 2018

sketch time (hooray!)

each year at ♥JINGLE BELLES♥ if we're very very lucky, miss stephanie will devise a card sketch for us to follow. and this year's is here right NOW, see?!

i really like this one, i think it's got almost endless possibilities AND it's a fab opportunity to use a bunch of smaller stamps or stickers, which i sometimes find challenging. it's also a great opportunity to make a "tall card" which i did; though of course you could expand or contract in any direction to make a standard A2 or a square card, if you prefer!

stickers: doodlebug; sentiment: crate paper; patterned paper: doodlebug, echo park; glossy white cardstock: the paper cut; hear punch: fiskars; deco scissors: michaels; adhesives: elmers brand gluetape, 3m foam tape

check out the gorgeous card stephanie made, and start plotting your own version of world sketch domination at ♥JINGLE BELLES♥!

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

It's Five O'Clock Somewhere!

That being the case, this is the perfect time to celebrate with a bit of a cocktail, in card form! I'm up on the EO Blog today, to remind you that Eyelet Outlet has many styles of adult beverage brads, from Beer to Champagne to Wine and Cocktails, there is something to suit every taste! I've made a few variations, because it's no fun to drink *alone* right?!

Lately I love to make altered rolodex cards, and I've been lucky enough to get into a fun swap group, which is helping to grow my collection. For this set of Cocktail Cards, I diecut the rolodex card shape from various bright patterned papers, added strips of Washi Tape and affixed my various Beverage Brads on little tags. For my sentiments, I printed most of the text in a typewriter font, then chose to highlight a word or two by spelling it out in letter stickers. I used neutral stickers in the same font as my bright colors, to create a sort of drop shadow effect, which made them show up even better!

For my first sentiment, "It's Five O'Clock Somewhere" I wanted a party atmosphere, so I chose to combine a few different brad styles, including a mug from the Beer Brads set, a glass of white wine and a margarita from the Cocktails set, and some Colorful Sunglass Brads to add to the tropical vibe.

For "Why Limit Happy..." I used both the mug and one of the bottles from the Beer Brads, as well as an appropriately festive Emotion Brad. I've set off the sentiment with some Blue Dots tape and a Skinny Yellow tape.

On the "Cheers My Deers" card I used two champagne flutes from the Wedding Brads set, with some tiny gems snipped from a Fancy Long Bling strip, rising up from the glasses. I've drawn attention to the little tag by adding strips of bubbly-looking Pink Dots and Blue Dots washi.

To illustrate "When Life Gives You Lemons..." I used one of each shade of margarita from the Cocktail set, adorning one of them with a Beach Umbrella that is cleverly multitasking, lol.

I hope you'll be inspired to serve Eyelet Outlet Beverage Brads at your next papercrafting party! ♥

Tuesday, August 7, 2018


it's a pretty cool challenge, imo, at shopping our stash this week. we want to see projects with solid, silhouette-style images! they can be stamped or diecut or... well, i suppose you could do the old school trace-and-cut variety too, if you'd like. i went with diecuts though. see?

"row of poppies" die by memory box, cut from scraps of glossy black and white cardstock by the paper cut; background composed of strips cut out of colorburst-ed watercolor papers, in too many shades to mention; ink for edges: colorbox; cardstock mats: core'dinations; adhesives: xyron machine (for mosaic background) elmers brand gluetape, 3m foam tape, sewing machine

obviously the most traditional style of silhouette image is done in black, so that's the card i made first, and i *like* it... but i since i chose to use quite a busy background-- it's another version of the herringbone "scraps" pattern i made for this card in june, but this time the scraps are offcuts of watercolor paper, painted with colorburst-- so i felt like the glossy black image of the memory box poppies just didn't stand out quite as much as i wanted it to.

so for my second card, i used a glossy white diecut, instead, which pops quite a bit more, i think.  

both versions are made exactly like the original herringbone card (there are directions and some process pics in the original post) i xyroned a panel of cardstock, attached all of my strips to it, and trimmed neatly around the edges. this time i also added a bit of machine stitching. then i affixed the silhouettes with little slivers of foam tape, so that it would literally stand out from the background.

speaking of designs that "stand out" my SOS design team sisters have a bunch more to show you, why not check those out right now? ♥

Friday, August 3, 2018

layers and layers

we're still making cards inspired by our ♥JINGLE BELLES♥ blog banner, and you're still invited to join the fun!

this week i again chose to use the basic color palette of neutrals with pops of lime, silver glitter and teal. i also tried to do a version of the header's very layered background, though instead of digital elements, i used a variety of elderly rub-on transfers, which kind of unintentionally added to the "distressed" vibe of the collage! but there are echos of many of the same shapes, including those shiny scattered gold stars.

white and grey patterned paper: basic grey; background is decorated with MANY styles of rub-ons, many of which did not rub-on terribly well, including some new, brand-name, not-cheap ones that i will not embarrass here by naming; glittery snowflakes and poinsettias (taken from a garland): michaels; smaller white flower: creative imaginations; blue metallic specialty paper of unknown origin; adhesives: elmers brand gluetape, beacon 3 in 1 adhesive, sewing machine

be sure to check out stephanie's lovely creation, then link up one (or more!) of your own at ♥JINGLE BELLES♥!

Thursday, August 2, 2018

the great 2018 ICAD wrap up

the index card a day project ALWAYS makes june and july fly by, but this year seemed to go especially fast! here are the last few cards, and at the end, my little handmade ICAD book as it appeared on day 1 and day 61!  

day 58: favorite color
if you asked me my favorite color every day for a month, you'd probably get 30 different answers. but... it must be said... i do love PINK! :)

day 59: staple
or in this case, staples, plural. fourteen, in fact. for my second-ever 14-staple collage!

day 60: mandala monday
if you really did ask me my favorite color every day for a month, there's a decent chance, on a couple of days, i'd say, "RAINBOW"!!!
(preferably a colorburst rainbow!)

day 61
one consistent thing in all of my years of ICAD, is that my day 61 is always a big THANK YOU to my art heroine, tammy garcia, for devising, hosting, inspiring, commenting, cheerleading and generally logisticizing (yes that is too a word) index card a day with unflagging enthusiasm every year. it's a HUGE undertaking, not to mention a huge gift to everyone who participates, for which i'm incredibly grateful!

ICAD book: day 1
slim and trim...

ICAD book: day 61
full of delicious memories and inspiration!

many thanks to everyone who has followed along/endured all of the index card art over the last two months. should you, for some bizarre reason (chronic insomnia??) need to see all my ICAD blog posts, click this tag. if you'd like to just see all the cards, they're in order on instagram, and are in their own album on facebook.

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Giftwrapping, In the Bag!

Here's a shocking true confession: I hate buying gift bags! They're so expensive, and often not very good quality. The good news is, I have Eyelet Outlet washi tape and embellies, so instead of buying pre-made gift bags, I buy inexpensive plain bags in bulk and personalize them! 

This bag was made for my sister, Amie's, birthday gift. And I confess it was made a bit last minute, so I needed a few Ninja tricks to speed up the process. Trick #1: Washi tape covers a lot of ground quickly. Standard sized (5/8") tape is great, but at almost 1.25" our many beautiful EO Wide Washi Tapes are even better, and the Wide Lines Washi I've paired my butterlies with is 1.75". The latter has so many colors and patterns, it matches nearly every tape in my collection! Trick #2: Use a shoebox to hold the gift bag open. This will make it much easier to apply the tape, since the empty bag will want to keep folding up on you. You really needn't cover the entire bag; a few strips around the top of the bag add loads of interest. You don't have to take the tape 360 degrees, either, but the nice thing about tape is, it's one lonnnnnnnng piece that already has adhesive! So if you decide you do want to go all the way around the bag, it's easy! However much or little tape you decide to use, you'll want to start and end in the "folds" at the side of the bag, so you never see the ends of the tape. Apply one strip at a time, and if you're not confident enough to "eyeball" a straight line, a tiny pencil mark at each edge will keep you on track!

Trick #3: An oversized monogram is a really fast way to personalize your bag. My giant letter A is almost 5 x 8" and I printed it as an outline, on plain white cardstock, using a free font called "Storybook". I applied the same tapes I used on the bag, but you could use a coordinating-- or even a contrasting-- design to get different looks. Trick #4: Since most washi tape is translucent, you don't need to pre-cut-out a monogram to use as template! In this case, I just applied the tape right over the outline, and as you can see, it was still perfectly visible for me to trim up afterward. I use an Xacto knife for interior cuts (like the triangle at the top of the A) and regular scissors for the rest.

Trick #5: A coordinating mat makes your monogram stand out even more. Having said that, the "ghost effect" of the un-matted dimensional letter gives a totally different, but equally cool look. In this case, though, I did use a mat, which I chose to go with the Solid Color Paper Flowers I added for a little more color and interest. Since they come in nine colors, it's not hard to find a shade that will match perfectly! Trick #6: Green flowers are an awesome addition to your collection, because you can snip the petals apart and make them into leaves, as well, like I've done here. 

Again, this is hard to beat for speed and ease: I attached the flowers to the monogram with some beautiful oversized Pearl Brads and affixed the monogram to the bag with a few strips of foam tape, for extra dimension. Finally, I applied a strip of extra tape to a scrap of cardstock and fussycut a few extra butterflies to perch on the flowers.

With hundreds of varieties of washi tape in the Eyelet Outlet Store, I'm confident you can find LOTS of designs you'll love... and lots of ways to use them! But if you need more ideas, the EO Blog has daily inspiration from our awesome design team! ♥

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

all shook up

this week's challenge at shopping our stash... have you guessed from my title? to make a shaker card. i have to confess that i'm not what you'd call a natural engineer, so i do need a push to create anything more interactive than a card that opens in the traditional manner. but i always love the end result!

patterned paper: pebbles, sei, heidi swapp and best creation white glitter paper for snow + scraps of glitz design, studio calico and elle's studio for the diecuts; snowy transparency sheet: hunkydory designs; reindeer dies: impression obsession; tree die: echo park; sentiment flag: elle's studio; adhesives: elmers brand gluetape, 3m foam tape, sewing machine

yes, i've made a holiday card. for some reason, all of my shaker ideas revolved around snow this time. and let's face it, you can NEVER have too many xmas cards done early. at least i never can. i've used some ancient pebbles paper for the front of the card, and inside the shaker window there is even ancienter paper from a springy SEI collection that i always think looks like gusts of snow, so my last few scraps are stored in with my holiday stuff. my window is made from awesome heavy duty, snow-patterned acrylic that stephanie found for me. inside it are tiny clear microbeads from a jar that has the name of the LSS near my mom's house, which closed at least ten years ago, so i think it's safe to say i don't make enough shaker cards?* i've trimmed out with a bunch of the diecuts i made from my smaller holiday scraps at the beginning of the year. it's really handy to have a bunch of basic shapes ready to roll!

need more inspiration? there's nothing shaky about my SOS design team darlings... except their cards this week! ♥

*because it's not even a very big jar of microbeads... and there are still some left, lol!

Saturday, July 28, 2018

the end is near...

...the end of 2018's 61-day index card a day marathon, that is. we finish up on tuesday, after what has been, without doubt, the FASTEST june and july of all time: yowza! here are a few more cards, and i'll post the final wrap up the middle of next week.

day 54: tide pool
this year i haven't often used the (entirely awesome!) prompts that tammy generously devised and provided for the group. some years i do every single one, either because i'm enjoying the challenge of figuring out how to approach them, or because i'm not sure where to go on my own. this year i seem to have had (admittedly bizarre) ideas burning holes in my brain all summer, so i've mostly followed whatever i was "into" at the time. i think that's probably a good thing...?

day 55: circuit or network
a truly ODD one-staple collage, made entirely to show off the fact that i found a diagram of an electrical circuit to collage around! also: some rhinos, a bridge tally, a piece of magazine paper with a drawing of cassette tapes and a couple of unrelated stickers! 
(as random and unfocused as it is, i do really like this tho, lol)

day 56
a verrrrrrrry loose colorburst floral, made using the "smoosh" technique. with LOTS of doodles on top.

day 57: typewriter
this prompt was actually from monday, but i like to post mandalas on mondays, so i skipped past it. here's a flashback, lol. lots of typing-related goodies, including a dictionary illustration, a page from a typing exercise book and a torn, reversed, bit of an old-school mimeograph copy, cloaked the stainy purple ink of my 1970's elementary school days! :)


Friday, July 27, 2018

getting ahead(er)

this fortnight at ♥JINGLE BELLES♥ we're inspired by our blog header, so we invite you to choose as many (or as few) elements as appeal to you, and make a holiday card or two

i chose to use the basic color palette of neutrals with pops of lime green and teal blue, and made the reindeer and tree --which are supporting characters in the header-- the stars of the show!

patterned paper: blue fern studio, prima, glitz design, pink paislee, graphic 45, plus scraps of india paper and colorbursted watercolor paper for the snowflakes; reindeer, tree and snowflake dies are all oldschool sizzix steel rule dies that i still use constantly; sentiment sticker: creative imaginations; snowflake stickers: martha stewart; adhesives: elmers brand gluetape, 3m foam tape, sewing machine

i used this week's sketch saturday layout pretty faithfully, although i rotated the elements but accidentally forgot to rotate the strip, so i will understand if i am disqualified; but i was definitely inspired by the sketch!

hop on over to ♥JINGLE BELLES♥ and check out stephanie's beautiful card, then start planning your own holiday masterpiece, darlings!

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

I Can Never Resist a Pun...

...and seemingly the more diabolically bad the pun is, the less I can resist it! My card on the Eyelet Outlet Blog this week's card may set the record high (or low, depending on how you look at it?) for puns: "Just CHICKEN in", hahahaha! Ok, sorry, but it made me laugh and gave me an excuse to break out my adorable Eyelet Outlet Chicken Brads and Rooster Brads, so obviously it had to be a card.

As soon as there is any kind of farm theme, I want to break out the red gingham... so I did. I considered making an entire landscape for the Chicken and Rooster to inhabit, but I wanted the sentiment to stand out most, so I abbreviated down to just the diecut fence, grass and clouds, on a tag. I think you still get the feeling of a scene, but without too much detail.

I dotted the "i" with a Heart Pearl, and placed my chipboard letters pretty randomly, for a casual look. I attached the Chicken and Rooster directly to the fence panel, then raised it up on foam tape for a little extra dimension.

Don't like constructing your own sentiments? Check out our new line of EO Clear Stamps! They're full of fun (and punny!) greetings for all occasions, and designed especially to work with so many styles of our fun Brads!

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

get krafty!

that's the name of the new challenge at shopping our stash and i bet you've already guessed from the spelling what we're looking for this week. yep! we want to see projects which feature kraft paper. here's what i made:

kraft cardstock plus scraps of glossy white cardstock: the paper cut; matte white cardstock: staples; vintage sheet music and ledger paper scraps from my stash; "cool beans" stamp, coffee bean brads and henna style flower tape: eyelet outlet; oversized flourish stamp: tattered angels; inks: ranger distress and archival; paper scraps: photoplay, glitz design, hambly, junkitz; paper flowers: prima; memorydex card dies: heidi swapp; coffee cup dies: stephanie barnard for sizzix; adhesives: elmers brand gluetape, scotch/3m foam tape and gluestick

i suspect this needs a tiny bit of backstory, otherwise eight coffee-themed altered rolodex cards might seem like an odd thing to make, lol. this spring, my friend anna gave me a very cool heidi swapp memorydex holder and the dies to make my own rolodex-style cards. so of course we swapped cards, as well. when our fellow junk journal junkies at paper anthology saw them, we embarked on some bigger group swaps. this month's theme is "coffee or tea".

as soon as i heard that, i knew i wanted to use my eyelet outlet coffee stamps and coffee brads, not to mention the cool coffee cup dies that were part of my prize from stamps of life in the last coffee loving cardmakers' bloghop.

when i started piecing the dies in a "traditional" sort of travel coffee style, they were kraft and white, which helped me the rest of my papers and embellishments. since this is a fairly small format, it was possible to use up a whole bunch of paper scraps, which is always fun. i tried out a few different washi tapes, too. and since i was using scraps, it meant that even though i used the same basic design, every single card is unique. which i love!

be sure to check out all of the krafty goodness from my design team sisters over at SOS!

Monday, July 23, 2018

hard to believe...

...we're already headed into the last full week of ICAD. where has july gone, eh?! meanwhile, here are my tiny index card masterpieces from the past week:

day 47: love
in this case i used the day's prompt as an excuse to include all the ingredients i LOVE to use in a collage: a tiny auto from "illustrated motorcars of the world", several varieties of ledger paper, my favorite ken oliver flower mandala stamp, and loads of ancient, imperfect rub-on transfers!

day 48
my found text (in english and french) reads, "and the fish, his name is leblanc" which pretty much sums up everything we need to know about this one!

day 49: 
a one-staple collage of random yellow things. because at 10:30pm that's how scientific my process is, lol. actually, that's often how my process is, regardless of time. in a way, it's based on an actual art principle: the designs we instinctively like have some sort of unifying factor. in this case, it's color. 

day 50
super, SUPER loose colorburst florals, painted "wet into wet" so that the shades blend and bleed into each other. with pitt artist pen outlines, applied after the card was thoroughly dry.

day51: mint
a collage which embodies the day's prompt in a way that makes sense! woohoo!!!
(incorporating, and pictured atop, a whole entire box of vintage slidemounts that my aunt judie gave me, do i even have to mention how much i looooooooooove them?!)

day 52: postage
another vintage ingredient i love, that's easy and inexpensive to collect: old stamps. again, i composed the background more or less by color. 

day 53: mandala monday
ledger paper, graph paper, notebook paper, text paper... i love paper... 
have i mentioned that recently??! :)

i love mandala monday, also, and i hope yours is a particularly good one!