Friday, October 22, 2021

Not a Creature Was Stirring

This fortnight at Jingle Belles, we're asking you to break out the animals for this week's holiday card … it could be one of Santa's reindeer, a sheep next to a manger, or possibly even a monster or a Yeti if you're in a Halloween mood and want to stretch the theme (b/c some of us are Just Like That, lol!) In this case I split the difference and went with a real creature (Lawn Fawn's adorable Winter Narwhal) at the North Pole (thanks to Pebbles' Fairly Accurate Map!)

Be sure to swim, gallop, prance, fly or stomp over to Jingle Belles to see what Stephanie has made, then start planning your own creature-featuring card!

Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Under the Tree

The new Eyelet Outlet Gift Brads are fairly awesome on their own, but of course the best place for them is under a Christmas Tree, right? So that's where I've put them. See?

In this case the tree --decorated with Green Pearl Bling and a Glitter Enamel Star-- is from Lawn Fawn's "Joy to All" stamp set (from Paper Anthology) and the room is composed of five different EO Washi varieties: Gold Script Tape, Heart Washi, Wood Tape, Star Gold Tape and Christmas Pattern Washi, to be precise. But maybe my favorite thing is the art on the wall: a Nutcracker Brad, matted on a little scrap of Wood Tape, diecut into a frame shape. 

Friday, October 15, 2021

50 Shades of... PINK!

We're still celebrating PINK CHRISTMAS at Jingle Belles and you've got until next Wednesday evening to join the fun and help us raise a little money for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation!

This week's card was as fast to make as last week's Pink Couch card was slow! After I made a design of seven or eight miscellaneous washi tapes featuring every shade of pink and red, on a salmon pink ledger paper background and topped it with pink poinsettias from MME's (older) Sugar Plum collection, all I needed was an anonymous diecut sentiment, a few Eyelet Outlet Glitter Enamel Dots and a bit of machine stitching.

Over at Jingle Belles you can see Stephanie's beautiful card and start planning what you'll link up with us this time!

Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Cupcakes for Everyone!

New Brad Alert! We've got four new styles making their Eyelet Outlet debut today: Female Cardinals, Gift Boxes, Iced Coffee and... my personal favorite... Swirl Cupcakes!

Three flavors of Swirl Cupcakes come in each package, so of course I had to make three slightly smaller than A2 cards. It also made sense to add in other birthday-themed and/or pink brads, such as a Birthday CandleLollipop Brad (they're on sale!) a Flamingo, Colored Daisy, Birthday Sock Monkey (also on sale!) and a Heart Brad. A scattering of white Round Sequins, some torn patterned paper and a little machine stitching completes the design.

Stay tuned for more New Brad inspiration from the design team on the Eyelet Outlet Blog.

Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Pumpkin Spice and Everything Nice

If you've guessed that this fortnight's challenge at Shopping Our Stash is a celebration of all things autumnal, then well done! You don't need to include a literal pumpkin (though of course you can!) just channel thoughts of Fall, Halloween or Thanksgiving and that should point you in the right direction. Here's what I made:

A couple of years ago, I made this card that featured a chevron-patterned background made from LOTS of leftover patterned paper scraps, cut into skinny strips. A couple of weeks ago, I saw that card again and was inspired to make more of those backgrounds. I couldn't decide whether to go darker or lighter, so I made one of each!

Both cards feature ColorBursted, collaged and diecut leaves (an ancient set of Provocraft dies from Cuttlebug days that I still use a lot!); machine stitching, tiny paper flowers, Prima Pretty Pale leftovers, and the perfect orange mats from Simply Stories' (older) We Are Family collection, which I may have liberated from the Paper Anthology scrap bag!

Wend your way over to SOS to see what the rest of the design team darlings have created, and start planning your own awesome autumnal masterpiece!

Friday, October 8, 2021

Pink Christmas (YAY!)

Anyone who's played along with us at Jingle Belles probably already knows this, but it's worth mentioning again anyway. As always, the first prompt of October is PINK CHRISTMAS and it starts NOW!

When I saw Lawn Fawn's 'Window Scene, Winter' stamp set at Paper Anthology I let out a little squeak of joy, because as a matter of fact, I own a couch a bit like that one and it sits directly in front of a large and dramatic window. I cannot claim that we've ever had a plaid tree, but the blue spruce that I cover with my vintage ornament collection each year actually does sit exactly where the tree from LF's 'Joy to All' is in the card. There are Eyelet Outlet Pink Pearls on this tree, and (white) snowflake sequins in the shaker that's behind the window frame, which is diecut using the add-on 'Window Frame' die set.

Here's the actual couch and window, for comparison purposes. Note that the room is much less pink than the card, due to undue influence from a certain husband.

Be sure to visit Jingle Belles to see Stephanie's beeeeautiful pink card and start making plans to link up one (or more!) of your own, for a very good cause.

Wednesday, October 6, 2021

CAS Question... a card still "Clean and Simple" if it features five Eyelet Outlet Washi Tape styles and nine Brads?! I say yes; but then I'm not exactly a minimalist, lol! 

Inspired by this cute tree sticker I found in my stash, I started looking through my Eyelet Outlet goodies for autumnal items in the right colors, and found Pumpkin Brads, Sunflowers, Mini Leaves, and the orange calico cat from our Feline Brads. To ground my embellishment grouping, I made a tape stack starting with Pumpkin Tape, Wood Washi, and my favorite Script Tape, to which I added some shorter pieces of solid color Skinny Tape. Since I had obviously made a tiny stylized landscape, it seemed like a good idea to finish off with Sun and Cloud Brads... so I did! 

Sunday, October 3, 2021

Weekend Round Up

In addition to hostessing some of the challenges during Paper Anthology's WCD Crop Weekend, I also participated in a few that my friends Elisabeth Ostrowski, Shari Morris and Linda Duke were responsible for, and this seems like a good time and place to post those.

Acorns and/or Pinecones Challenge

Elisabeth made an utterly luscious card for this one, featuring vellum leaves to die for! My card has text diecut leaves on which I've smooshed autumnal colors of Tombow Dualbrush Pens, dimensional Prima flowers from various older collections and Eyelet Outlet Pinecone Brads... all set atop a piece of absolutely gorgeous patterned paper from 49 and Market's Vintage Artistry collection.

Clean and Simple Christmas

CAS cards are a true challenge for me, but this time I think I've acquitted myself pretty well. That Lawn Fawn Yeti never fails to make me smile, and he doesn't really need much embellishment to make a card work. I stacked some snowy washi tapes, added a couple of punched trees and finished off with a trio of EO Snowflake Brads.

Black and Orange Challenge

I gave myself a bit of an extra challenge on this one, I wanted to use these colors but NOT make a Halloween card! I'm happy that this is seasonless but still interesting and entirely orange and black!
 (Well ok, there's some white too...)


Monochrome Mania

It's Day Three of our Paper Anthology Online Crop celebrating World Cardmaking Day and here's the third challenge I'm hosting:

And just in case you're wondering what color I chose... yes of course it's PINK!!! 

I own a LOT of nested die sets and use them constantly, but one shape I didn't have until quite recently were hexies. Luckily, I nabbed Hero Arts' Hexagon Infinity Dies at Paper Anthology, and used about eight of the seventeen (17!) perfectly scaled dies in the set to create a pattern from lots of lovely pink patterned paper scraps. I used my Altenew Bold Alphas on some ancient pink burlap paper and added a secondary sentiment with my Taylored Expressions Simple Strips Birthday stamps and dies. I had envisioned a bunch of other embellies making an appearance, but that was before my hexed background cast its spell, lol; in the end I decided it was finished just like it is!

Be sure to join us on the Paper Anthology Facebook Page to see all the challenges and join the fun!

Saturday, October 2, 2021

Sketch Challenge

Welcome to Day Two of Paper Anthology's Online Crop to celebrate World Cardmaking Day! I hope you've been tuning in to the PA Facebook Page for all the fun! Today I'm hosting a sketch challenge, with your choice of card sketch (on the left) or layout (on the right):

I've been totally smitten with P13's Stitched With Love collection ever since it arrived in the store, and as soon as I saw the rounded element in the sketch I knew exactly what I wanted to do:

I worked in six of the twelve patterns in the collection, then embellished with lots of 49 and Market Pixie Petals in Twilight and some ancient Prima Flowers; including a few green multi-petaled blooms that I cut apart to make tiny leaves. Accents of Eyelet Outlet Pearls tinted to match with Copic Markers and some machine stitching and that's really all you need, right?

Friday, October 1, 2021

Gift Card Holder

Welcome to our Paper Anthology World Cardmaking Day (or in this case Weekend!) Online Crop. We've got ten inspiring challenges that will roll out over the next three days, plus trivia quizzes, chats and more. Be sure to visit the Paper Anthology Facebook Page for all the details. This challenge might be self-explanatory, as the name implies, we'd like to see gift card holders. With the holiday season approaching, we'll all need at least a few of these ubiquitous items, and frankly the store-bought variety are just too expensive and not cute enough, imo! (PS: your holder need not be seasonal; any theme from wedding to birthday to all-occasion is fine!)

There are lots of dies and templates for making clever gift card holders with pop-ups, fun shapes and other cool interactive features. But sometimes we need something FAST and the ones I've made (basically just a small card with a built-in pocket) require only a 7.5 x 4.5" piece of double-sided patterned paper, a coordinating 7.25 x 1.5" strip, a scoring tool and a few embellishments. 

To make the folder, score your 7.5 x 4.5" paper at the 1.5" mark (of the long edge) and again at the 4.5" mark. 

Fold on both score lines and place a very thin line of dry adhesive (I've used 1/8" Scor-Tape) at the very edges of the 1.5" flap, to create the pocket. Of course you can move on to embellishing at this stage, and hold the little folder closed with ribbon, velcro, or a magnet closure. But I chose to make a little slide from a scrap of coordinating paper.

To make the slide-off band, score your 7.25 x 1.5" paper on the long side at the 1" point and again at the 4 + 1/8" point... yes... that makes the space inside your slide 1/*" larger than your gift card folder... which is why you can slide it on and off without tearing or getting stuck. 

Figure out where your overlap is going to be and add your adhesive there only. Slide it onto the folder and you are good to go!

Once you've got the folder and slide made, you can embellish it in any way you like. Though I suggest keeping whatever you add to the front of the folder quite flat, and making sure the decorations on the band are adhered securely. I stamped and colored four adorable Lawn Fawn Critters, stamped matching sentiments on four diecut Tiny Tags and accessorized with some diecut trees and snowflakes. 

I hope you'll be inspired to make your own version of this very easy and flexible gift card folder! Don't forget to join us on the Paper Anthology Facebook Page for challenges and other fun stuff all weekend long!

Snow Far, Snow Good

We're still celebrating snow in all its forms at Jingle Belles and you're still invited to join the fun! This week I've invited a sweet little Doodlebug snowman to the party:

The background snowstorm is an older Impression Obsession Cover-a-Card stamp which I had inked imperfectly, but I still loved the colors so I saved it thinking "this could work for... something...?" and suddenly when I saw it again I knew THIS was the "something"! I layered an ancient piece of KI Memories Snowflake Lace Paper on top and it kind of blended in too well, so I outlined around it with a purpley-blue Prismacolor pencil. I don't think Core'dinations makes that woven-effect cardstock any more (which is a bit of a pity, imo) but I still have a few scraps left and this one was perfect both for framing my Lawn Fawn sentiment and the snowy panel, as well.

Be sure to visit Jingle Belles to see Stephanie's card and link up your own Snowy masterpiece!

Wednesday, September 29, 2021

Witchful Thinking

Halloween is just a month away, but there's still time to make some fun (and fast!) cards with Eyelet Outlet Halloween Brads!

This sweet little witch diecut was part of a seasonal collection from a year or two ago, and when I saw her again while looking for something else, I realized that she was the perfect size for out Witch Leg Brads! And where there's a witch, you are bound to find a few black cats... or in this case... Kitten Brads; one of whom is very curious about what might be under that Witch Hat

We've also got Pumpkins and Ghosts, Candy Corn and Monsters, Spiders and Owls and lots more Halloween fun at Eyelet Outlet!

Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Music to My... Eyes

We're taking NOTE this fortnight at Shopping Our Stash. Musical notes, that is! I have lots of music-themed patterned papers and some fab Eyelet Outlet Music Note Brads and Washi, but maybe my favorite way to incorporate this theme is by using actual vintage sheet music in collages. So that's what I did.

There are about six different torn pieces of sheet music in my background collage, but several of them got covered up by the beautiful vintage postage stamps my friend Heather gave me the other day; and by the flower and hummingbird who share the spotlight as focal points on my A6 card. 

As often happens when I start making collage cards, I couldn't stop at one. Especially since recently, my mother and aunt took a bunch of my favorite falling apart collage-fodder books home with them, and did a lot of fussycutting for me! So I now have an entire folder full of pre-cut-out flowers, birds and other funky things... how cool is that?!

There's not much actual crafting product involved in making these, except for my trusty Scotch Create Gluestick and some Frayed Burlap and Walnut Stain Distress Ink around the edges. Oh and the dear old We-R-Memory Keepers industrial corner rounder saw a bit of action, as well.

Be sure to hop over to SOS to see what the rest of the design team has made and start planning your own music-centric creation!

Friday, September 24, 2021

Dashing Through the Snow

By far the best place for snow is on holiday cards, so that's where we're putting it this fortnight at Jingle Belles! Snowflakes, snowfall, snowmen, snowballs or snowscapes... if it's snowy, make it showy, lol! Here's my card:

Every six months or so, I remember that I own quite a few truly beautiful embossing folders... luckily, this is one of those times. I embossed some dramatic purple Core'dinations cardstock and then sanded it to get a cool two-tone effect. I matted it on purple shimmer paper and then a scrap of one of my favorite (older) Blue Fern Studios "Eclectic Charm" patterned papers from Paper Anthology and stacked my Tattered Snowflakes layers, topped with an Eyelet Outlet XL Snowflake Bling, et voila!

Pop over to Jingle Belles to see Stephanie's lovely card and start planning what you'll link up with us!

Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Trick or Treat

There are few things more adorable, in my opinion, than tiny children dressed up for Halloween; unless it's tiny MONSTAS wearing Eyelet Outlet Brads as part of their disguise!

The Yeti, Dragon and Unicorn from Taylored Expressions' Mythical Grumplings stamp set are seemingly already at the top end of cuteness, but then I decided to give them (from left to right) a Witch Hat and Wand from the Wizard Set; a Men's Hat and Mustache; and Groucho Eye Glasses. A Pumpkin Brad and a Frog complete the scene, which turned into the world's fastest shaker card thanks to a set of nested oval dies and some EO Star and Pumpkin Sequins

Friday, September 17, 2021

Tic-Tac... Two?

It's our second week of crafty Tic-Tac-Toe at Jingle Belles and you still have time to join the fun. Here's the board:

And here's my card which incorporates the central row with Brads + Diecuts + Ribbon:

Taking those elements in order, there's an Eyelet Outlet Poinsettia Brad tucked slightly under the cardinal, as well as a scattering of some red Round Brads; the cardinal and the poinsettia he's perched against constitute my diecuts (they're by Taylored Expressions and Penny Black, respectively) and I'vge stacked three or four ribbons leftover from an ancient Doodlebug collection.

Head over to Jingle Belles to see Stephanie's card and link up your own!

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Inkbox Gothic

It's always fun to try new formats and lately I've been seeing a lot of 3x3" square "inkbox" cards which I thought might be the perfect size and shape for showing off some of my favorite Eyelet Outlet Halloween Brads.

Technically, inkbox cards are meant to have rounded corners (I believe they're called inkbox because they're the size and shape of a Distress Ink Pad?) but this time I (literally) played it straight! I paired some fun little sentiment stickers in purple, orange and a sort of mushroom shade with coordinating torn scraps of patterned paper, then added Bat Brads, Spiders and Mini Spider Brads, a Witch Hat and a Pumpkin. I love how these came out and can't wait to make a few more!

Tuesday, September 14, 2021

SOS454: Back to the Books

This fortnight at Shopping Our Stash we're celebrating back to school season with a challenge that features BOOKS! Does that sound like fun? Yep, I thought so too!

Here's a shocking true confession: I made a card similar to this in April, which also used Eyelet Outlet Book Tape, Wood TapeBook Brads and Coffee Brads, as well as the adorable stamps from Waffle Flower Crafts' Books and Coffee stamp set (that I was lucky enough to win from Doodlebugs.wa in the last Coffee Loving Cardmakers Blog Hop). But I have quite a few reading friends who would enjoy a card like this; also... I was kind of in the mood to stamp and color! So I made another version. This one features my all time favorite reading quote, from Groucho Marx, which I formatted in a nice typewriter font and printed out before trimming it into shape with one of my trusty Nestabilities Label Shape sets. I matted the whole thing up on a Beary nice page from an elderly dictionary.

Be sure to visit SOS to see what the rest of the design team have made to inspire YOU... then start planning what sort of bookish masterpiece you'll be linking up with us!

Sunday, September 12, 2021

Merci Bouquet

I've been loving the new Wendy Vecchi Archival Inks from Ranger, and having a lot of fun using Periwinkle, Goldenrod and English Ivy... a trio which were literally made to go together! Today I've added in two older WV shades, Cactus Flower and Watering Can, and used the "Bravo" Stamp, Die and Stencil Set to create an oversized floral still life collage.

As someone who is not what you'd call a natural colorer, I love using the coordinating stencils to lay down my base color, then stamping the correct floral image on top, and using the die to cut the whole thing out. For this card, I built a background from random layers of torn book paper; added a vellum vase and stamped some of my flowers on text paper. 

If you want to create an instant "scene" it's a really good idea to add a horizon line, which literally grounds the other elements in your design. My tabletop was created by masking off an area about 1.5" from the base of my card, adding detail with the diagonal stripes stencil from Wendy's "Birthday Bash" set, then covering that part of the design with some ancient and quite translucent washi tape. After I had assembled the vase and all its flowers, I added a finishing touch of texture and shine by applying Perwinkle Liquid Pearls to the dots within the flourish stamp.

In the spirit of full disclosure, I should mention that I like big cards and some of the ones I make don't actually fit in standard envelopes. I don't worry too much about that.* This one is 6.5x8" and will either get displayed on top of a wrapped gift or I'll make a custom envelope for it.  

*Except at Christmastime, that is, when I mail out about sixty cards. I've been trying harder, in the last few years, to make the majority of my holiday greetings flat enough to mail for a dollar or less. ('s a work in progress, lol...)

Friday, September 10, 2021

Holiday Tic-Tac-Toe

Everyone loves playing Tic-Tac-Toe, right? Our Jingle Belles version just the kick your Mojo needs to get started on your next holiday card. Choose any row, column or diagonal... incorporate those three elements into your card... and link up with us at Jingle Belles!

I chose the center column of: Bling + Diecuts + Tree(s) and here's my card:

I've used a couple of ancient and beloved dies: Memory Box's Marvelous Pine and Tim Holtz's Reindeer Flight; taken an Eyelet Outlet Champagne Swirl Bling apart and pieced it back together a bit more compactly; and added a sentiment sticker strip. A few mats in coordinating colors plus a tiny bit of machine stitching and I was all set.

Be sure to head over to Jingle Belles to see Stephanie's beautiful card and start planning your own Tic-Tac-Toe masterpiece!

Wednesday, September 8, 2021

Fall is Fun

Technically, autumn will not begin until September 21st, but as soon as the kiddos head back to school, it seems like we all shift gears into "Fall Mode" doesn't it? So this seems like a good time to break out a few Eyelet Outlet Pumpkin Brads, some beautiful Sunflowers and even a sweet little Fox!

I chose my colors from the truck, which I fussycut from an autumn-themed journal card. I diecut long, leafy flower stems out of a few shades of green to compose my sunflower field and added some Black Jewels to the hubcaps. The woodgrain mat was made by carefully lining up strips of Wood Washi along each edge of my pre-cut white cardstock layer, and letting them overlap at the corners.

once lived down the road 
from a sunflower farm!

Monday, September 6, 2021

Stamped Mandala

It's Mandala MUM-day, thanks to the beautiful flowers in Wendy Vecchi's Thank You Stamp, Die and Stencil Set and her newest Ranger Archival Ink shades: Goldenrod, Periwinkle and English Ivy.

This time, I did all of my stamping on watercolor paper, so that I could try "watercoloring" with the Archival Inks. Or, more accurately, I should say PAINTING with the inks, because, of course, the Archival formula is permanent, so you can't dilute it with water. But I was intrigued by the idea, so I filled one of my waterbrushes with 91% isopropyl alcohol (and then I labeled it with a piece of tape, so I wouldn't get it mixed up with my other waterbrushes) dispensed a few drops of my Goldenrod, Periwinkle and English Ivy Reinkers onto my craft mat and started painting. 

I discovered that less is definitely more with this method, and you don't want to over-work your stamped image; but basically you can indeed to something quite similar to watercoloring and you get a lovely soft result, with subtle shadings! I also found that while the technique works fine using drops from the reinkers, the color is SO concentrated, that unless I wanted a really dark shade, I preferred to smoosh the Archival Ink Pads onto my craft mat, mist very softly with rubbing alcohol, then pick up the slightly less intense color that way.

I stamped the bottom and second-from-top layers as single units on solid pieces of watercolor paper, but did the rest of the leaves and the largest flower on scraps, then used the coordinating dies to cut them out. I discovered that I got a little more separation between layers... and more of a "mandala like" design... by adding a circles of coordinating cardstock. Most of my layers are flat, but I've popped a couple up on foam tape for even more dimension and drama.

Friday, September 3, 2021

Snow Far, Snow Good

At Jingle Belles, we're still making cards based on this beautiful inspiration photo from Missy's Sugar Shop and you're still invited to join in!

This week I've used the snowglobes as my inspiration; along with a little nod to some of the colors, especially the purple sky and background, which I truly would never have thought to use, otherwise! But I swapped out the cute factor in favor of something a bit more sophisticated, featuring Tim Holtz's Snow Globe #2 Thinlits Dies. I only use this set a couple of times per year, because this card has literally FIFTY tiny diecut pieces, which is not the recipe for a fast make, lol. Having said that, it's hard to argue with the results, and once you've assembled all the bits, you don't need anything else on your 6" square card!

Be sure to make the trip over to Jingle Belles to see Stephanie's beautiful card and check out the readers' gallery, before linking up your own photo-inspired masterpiece!