Sunday, January 31, 2021
Friday, January 29, 2021
Thursday, January 28, 2021
This Wacky Box Die from Dare 2B Artzy can be probably used in a nearly infinite number of ways; but here are three cards, incorporating rainbow colors in different ways, just for starters. Read more about them on The Ink Pad Blog today!
Wednesday, January 27, 2021
Friday, January 22, 2021
Over at Jingle Belles, we're still celebrating a merry *LITTLE* Christmas, making cards that feature Inchies or Twinchies. If this prompt has you scratching your head, here's a great article on the PaperArtsy website, with lots of great twists on incorporating your tiny art into cards!
Thursday, January 21, 2021
Wednesday, January 20, 2021
Valentines are some of my favorite cards to make, especially since I have a niece whose birthday is February 14th. Like me, she loves lots of color and sparkle, so I have pulled out all the stops for this card and used eight different Eyelet Outlet brad styles with ten varieties of (pink!) washi tape!
I started by choosing a center point on my 6" square card to be the connection for my starburst of different tapes. Then I somewhat randomly layered a bunch of my favorite Valentine-friendly designs, concentrating on those which had lots of pink in them, including: Tiny Heart Tape, Glitter Heart Tape, Glitter Pink, Macaron Washi, Unicorn Tape, Foil Rose Tape, Heart Arrow Tape, Pink Dot Washi, Checked Pink Tape and Gold Foil XO Tape, which is technically not at all pink, but worked well anyway.
Then I added my diecut heart, a Hello Kitty cut-out, and glitter alphabet sentiment over the place where all of the tapes met. Finally, it was time to add the brads. Again, I went mostly by color, but luckily there were lots of things that matched which I know Miss Riley loves, such as: Heart Brads, Donut Brads, a starfish from the Sea Shore Brads, the pink glittery tiara from the Crown and Tiara set, an Ice Cream Brad and a Stitched Flower.
Tuesday, January 19, 2021
I bet you've already guessed that the brief this fortnight at Shopping Our Stash is to make a project with a coffee (or tea... or hot chocolate) theme, right? In which case, all I need to do is show you my card:
I am slightly obsessed with this Caffeinated Flamingo from The Rabbit Hole Designs. He was the first thing I chose when I spent the giftcard I won in the Coffee Loving Cardmakers' blog hop last fall. Ok, I guess, three months is not super-old as far as stash goes, so luckily I also had some so-old-I-don't-know-where-they-came-from sequins; as well as my absolutely ancient collection of Basic Grey 6x6 papers. I used the latter both for paper-piecing the "blahmingo" and also for my background mats. Speaking of paper-piecing, the next time I use this set, could you please remind me to stamp the bottom half directly on the background panel so I don't have to fussycut those skiiiiiiiinnnnnnnnnnny little legs ever again? Kthx. By the way, did I mention that the sentiment (plus several more) and the cool coffee molecule diagram thingie come with this #flockstar AND that this set is currently on sale?
Friday, January 15, 2021
I've embraced the original "Inchie" concept by making three, one-inch, decorated squares. In this case, the three are "kissing cousins" which all feature dictionary paper backgrounds, diecut foliage and Eyelet Outlet Brads. To make the inchies stand out against my vintage collage background, I framed them up with two layers of patterned paper and popped the whole thing on foam tape.
Hop over to Jingle Belles to see Stephanie's beautiful card (spoiler alert: she's done TWINCHIES!) and link up your own merry little masterpiece!
Thursday, January 14, 2021
...Not Your Storms" is just one of the eleven sentiments in Dare 2B Artzy's Sunshine and Rainbows clear stamp set. There are a total of twenty-nine high quality photopolymer stamps, which work modularly to achieve almost infinite variations; including birthday, , and encouragement messages. The first of what I think might turn out to be quite a few different versions I will likely make in future, is on The Ink Pad Blog today!
Wednesday, January 13, 2021
Eyelet Outlet Bling and Flowers are obviously awesome finishing touches to cards, layouts and giftwrapping; but they are equally nice when they come off the page and onto 3D projects. Like a super-fancy Bijou Bird Boutique!
Swirl Bling comes in seven jewel colors (Clear, Red, Green, Pink, Purple Black and Champagne) and four pearl colors (Black, White, Gold and Silver); no matter what style of project you're dreaming up, Eyelet Outlet has Bling, Sequins or Enamels that will embellish it beautifully!
Sunday, January 10, 2021
Lots of color is ALWAYS a good idea, imo; but in January it's even more than usually necessary to cheer up the darker days with lots of bold and brilliant hues! Luckily, The Ink Pad is here for you with The Bright Stuff! Read all about this Picket Fence Studios Swallowtail Beauty card and super-saturated background made with Hero Arts Liquid Watercolors on The Ink Pad Blog.
Friday, January 8, 2021
We're still mixing our brand new holiday goodies with old favorites from our stash at Jingle Belles and you're still invited to join the fun! Here's what I made this week:
Thursday, January 7, 2021
Wednesday, January 6, 2021
If I had to choose just ONE Eyelet Outlet product to sum up last year, it would surely have to be the brand new Mask, Hand Sanitizer and Soap Brads which debuted this week. They are not just super-useful for making cards, layouts and journal pages with distinctive 2020 style, they're also kind of adorable don't you think?
I've paired them with simple, computer-generated sentiments and fun rainbow-colored styles of EO Washi... (Elephant Tape, Stripes and Confetti to be exact!) ...but there are nearly endless possibilities for these, so stay tuned to the Eyelet Outlet Blog to see more ideas from our stellar design team!
Tuesday, January 5, 2021
A bit of a change-up for our first challenge of 2021 at Shopping Our Stash. This time we'd like to see projects which use something NEW you got over the holidays! Of course you can pair your new stuff with older goodies, if you'd like. Here's what I made:
I added in an older die that I love, Lawn Fawn's Happy Birthday Border, as a background; I would blanch at adding this many super skinny diecuts if I didn't have Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive, which has an excellent fine-tipped applicator and dries completely clear. I couldn't decide between yellow and blue backgrounds, so I made one of each. The yellow matches really nicely with the pink... but the white text pops more against the blue...
Hop over to SOS to see what the design team darlings have created to inspire you, then break out your NEW STUFF and join the fun! ♥
Sunday, January 3, 2021
One of the most exciting things about the New Year for planners and journal-keepers is choosing and setting up our new book, supplies and system. Last year was my first time using a Traveler's Notebookfrom The Ink Pad(details from last January are HERE)and since my experience was 100% positive, I'll be going down that same path, using dated 2021 Traveler's Company Products.
Last year I purchased and decorated a Refill Binder, as opposed to a Leather Cover, since I knew most of my journal-keeping would take place at home. I added collage papers and stickers to the front and back covers. Since I had the intention of re-using the same cover in subsequent years, I confined my references to the year 2020 to a catalog card which slid into a library pocket. So this year, all I had to do was remove the 2020 card and my completed (and now rather fat, lol) weekly and monthly refills, archive them, and decorate a new card for 2021. I used some Pepin Vintage Fashion Stickers, MT Fab Letters Tapeand the stickers that came with my new TN.
This year I'll be working with a 2021Weekly Vertical + Memo(which splits the year into two halves)and a 2021 Dated Monthly Diary. I treated myself to the 2021 Customizing Sticker Set(this year's theme is classic books) and a Brass Bookmark Template.
To kick off the year, I decorated the front cover of the January-June Weekly book, again with some of the stickers that came with my TN, more Pepin Vintage Fashion, beautiful White Lace Gem Tape, some letters cut from MT Fab Letters Tape, and various stickers and tapes from Pepin's Natural History, Art Forms in Natureand Classical European Tilesbooks. (There are quite a few other books in this Pepin seriesand with thirty-two 8x10" pages these are a good value as well as being both useful and beautiful!)
Since January first fell mid-week, my first layout spans the end of 2020 and the beginning of 2021. I did a little hand-lettering with my Karin Decobrush pensand made a little collage featuring some vintage bookpaper, sheet music, a fabulous quote (written out on my trusty Royal typewriter)and various Pepin Stickers, some of which I fussycut.
I use my Monthly Diary not to plan forward, but record my projects and assignments once they are completed. So my month of January isn't filled in yet, but I added a little more lettering, as well as more Pepin tapes and stickers.
Friday, January 1, 2021
Christmas has been over for an entire week now, so this seems like the best possible time to start on 2021 holiday cards at Jingle Belles, right? ...Right...?! Ok, yes, this is the most insane sentence I type each year; because it definitely feels crazy to start making Xmas cards on New Year's Day. But not nearly as crazy as making 50+ cards in December! Which is why we are starting our eleventh season at Jingle Belles, and you're invited. The prompt for our first cards of 2021 is "Something Old and Something New" which gives you the chance to test drive some of the goodies Santa brought... (alternatively, you can break out something you've had for a bit, but haven't used yet) ...and mix them with some of your older supplies. Here's my card: