I love giving super-fancy presents to my friends and family for holidays and birthdays, but I definitely don't like paying fancy prices for giftwrap and bags; especially when I have lots of lovely Eyelet Outlet Bling and Washi Tape to make my gifts stand out!
Wednesday, December 30, 2020
Sunday, December 27, 2020
For cardmakers, the beginning of December gets taken over by Christmas or Hanukkah cards; but the end of December is all about cards! Here's a super colorful design that is fast and easy to make a bunch of, featuring stamp set from The Ink Pad. You can read more about it on TIP Blog today!
Wednesday, December 23, 2020
What do you do when you discover at the verrrrrrrry last minute that you need FIVE more cards NOW?! Just grab a sheet of journaling cards, your favorite Eyelet Outlet holiday brad styles, and some washi tape and you're all set!
These cards are just slightly smaller than the classic A2, made to fit a little stack of odd-sized envelopes I came across. All of the backgrounds are made of washi tape and there's a super-skinny mat behind each which could easily be made from Glitter Tape or Foil Tape.
Sunday, December 20, 2020
Lawn Fawn, right? Those tiny stamps are admittedly on the small side for building an entire card around, but luckily they pair perfectly with Concord & 9th's Seasonal Sayings and Picket Fence Studio's Reindeer Games background. But it was the "twist" of embossing the latter in WOW Primary Pink Robin that made all the difference; read all about it on The Ink Pad Blog!
Thursday, December 17, 2020
You can't get much merrier... or brighter, lol... than fast and easy holiday cards made with MT Shocking Pink, Shocking Greenand Neon Gradation Slim Tape Setfrom The Ink Pad. This card and the details of how I made it, are on TIP Blog today!
Wednesday, December 16, 2020
I diecut three ornament shapes, each composed of navy paper flecked with snow for the sky; and white glitter paper for the ground. Then I added two Penguin Brads and a small Snowflake; a stately Moose Brad in front of a Pine Tree; and a mother and baby Polar Bear. I mounted the ornaments on foam tape for extra dimension and positioned them under some sparkly pine branches, then added clear Bling Strips as hangers. I think they're SNOW fun and festive!
Sunday, December 13, 2020
'Tis the season to make A LOT of holiday and winter-themed cards pretty quickly! So it helps to have products that do a lot of the work for you. In this case, that would be Hero Arts' Tri-Fold Edge Winter Pines Die Set and Stampendous' Winter Blizzard 6x6 Cling Stamp, from The Ink Pad.
Thursday, December 10, 2020
Welcoming the Festival of Lights with a simple but elegant card featuring Michelle Ward's NYC Skyline Stencil and Concord and 9th's Seasonal Sayings stamp set from The Ink Pad. More details on TIP Blog today!
Wednesday, December 9, 2020
Tuesday, December 8, 2020
This fortnight is our last 2020 challenge at Shopping Our Stash, and it's quite a good one! We're asking the question, "What's Black and White and Red All Over"... but in this case we already know that the answer is a cool papercrafting project. Mine's a card, see?
Sunday, December 6, 2020
Hero Arts' Bold Prints cover stamps are 6" square which means you really don't need very much else to finish a nice big card! This one is called Christmas Rose and all the details of how I used it to make this card can be found on The Ink Pad Blog!
Friday, December 4, 2020
Thursday, December 3, 2020
Nothing captures the joy of winter weather quite as well as a snow globe, and arguably nobody makes a cuter or more useful snow globe set for cardmakers than Lawn Fawn's Snow Globe Scenes, as I may have mentioned on The Ink Pad Blog this morning!
Wednesday, December 2, 2020
About the sewing: I machine stitched, but hand cranked the machine. Start and end at the top of the ornaments and leave long tails, so they can act as the hangers. I used the same white heavy duty upholstery thread for my bobbin and top thread. You can use a tiny piece of washi tape to secure one edge of the ornament while you start sewing, but it's kind of fiddly to remove. I found that holding the two shapes together and just working slowly and carefully was the easiest.
My favorite thing about these little ornaments is that I got to use ALL the styles (and quite a few colors!) of Eyelet Outlet Sequins!
Sunday, November 29, 2020
November is just about over, which means it's time to kick holiday card production into high gear! I'm fairly smitten with this fun Vintage Christmas Stamp Set from Rubber Stamp Tapestry, one of many awesome RST peg stamp sets available at The Ink Pad; it's on TIP Blog this morning!
Friday, November 27, 2020
Thursday, November 26, 2020
It's amazing what a huge difference color makes, don't you think? Both of these cards use the same beautiful Impression Obsession stamp, "Mountain View"; one of The Ink Pad's many MANY wood-mounted stamps, which can be found in-store; or inquired for via phone or email. All the details on TIP Blog today!
Wednesday, November 25, 2020
Visit the Eyelet Outlet Store for lots more Brads, Washi Tape, Bling, Sequins and Flowers!
Tuesday, November 24, 2020
In my opinion, BY FAR the best place for snow is on cards, so that's what we'd like to see at Shopping Our Stash this fortnight. Snowmen, snowflakes, snowy landscapes... if it's frosty and white, you're good to go! Here's what I made:
Sunday, November 22, 2020
I'm pretty sure Nathalie Kalbach has never designed an un-interesting product, but her N*Studio Fan Stamps from Rubbermoon are especially cool and I had a lot of fun playing with them this week. The results (including two additional cards) are on The Ink Pad Blog today.
Friday, November 20, 2020
We are finishing off the 2020 Jingle Belles season with a Banner Idea... quite literally. This fortnight we'd like to see holiday cards that are inspired by this year's Jingle Belles blog header. Just to refresh your memory, it looks a bit like this:
Now here's my card:
Ok so... yeah... I went realllllllly literal, lol; and I should stress the fact that you definitely do not have to use the sketch AND the colors AND some of the exact elements (bells, trees, glitter letters) as in the banner. In fact, any one of those selections would work perfectly well! But as I was putting this together, it just so happened that I realized I had quite a few products that would work perfectly, so I just kept adding them in. Next week I'll do something much more abstract, promise!
Wednesday, November 18, 2020
Sunday, November 15, 2020
In addition to hostessing, I also made cards for a few of Elisabeth, Shari and Linda's challenges in the Paper Anthology 9th Anniversary festivities. And here they are now:
Welcome back to the big Paper Anthology 9th Anniversary festivities, I hope you've been hanging out on the Paper Anthology FaceBook page and following all of these cool challenges, there is some serious inspiration over there and there are raffle tickets awarded for however many you complete, with ten awesome prize packs to giveaway at the end!
This is my last challenge for the weekend, and it's to embrace one of my favorite formats. I love square cards, they have such beautiful balance and they just always look good to me. Here's my square card, this one happens to be 6" square, which is probably my favorite size because there seems to be the best selection of envelopes:
I've always loved vintage and shabby chic style cards, but I've just discovered how to make them even more appealing, by adding Tim Holtz Baseboard Dolls. I've named this one Beatrice, and she is the star of today's post on The Ink Pad Blog!