Friday, September 30, 2022

Sketchmas Continues

At Jingle Belles, we're still making holiday cards based on Stephanie's awesome card sketch (scroll down to see!) and as always, you're invited to join us!

This week I rotated the sketch, and placed my focal point slightly off center. I also went a bit mad for plaid, with two different bold green varieties that match surprisingly well considering that they are older scraps from different companies. I trimmed down an American Crafts journal card and overlapped it on one of my oldest dies (Sizzix's Tree, Christmas #2); added some Eyelet Outlet Red Snowflake Bling, Red Star Sequins and a Poinsettia Brad, and called it a (holi)day! 

Visit us at Jingle Belles for more inspiration and then join us in getting a jump on holiday cardmaking!

Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Oh Deer!

The new Eyelet Outlet Brads just get better and better, don't you think? Today's card features the Deer from our new vintage-inspired Santa and Deer set, as well as the Snowy Tree Brads

Of course, the new items pair really well with the older ones, too! Such as Holly Brads, Heart Pearls, two styles of Tree Tape, Wood Washi, Sparkle White Glitter Tape and Glitter White Enamel Dots!

There's lots more cardmaking inspiration on the Eyelet Outlet Blog and in the gallery at the Online Store, as well as our Facebook Fan Group and Instagram pages!

Tuesday, September 27, 2022


This fortnight's challenge at Shopping Our Stash is called, "Leaf Me Alone" and (as you've no doubt already guessed) involves adding some foliage to your card. In September, that often means colorful autumn leaves; a category that I truly LOVE; but... as it happens... I've recently made a couple of autumn leaf projects. So this time I went totally tropical!!!

Knowing that I love diecutting, foliage and Hawaiiana, Stephanie gave me Lawn Fawn's Tropical Leaves and Happy Hibiscus die sets last year, so it was a bit of a no-brainer that I'd employ them for this challenge. When using standalone dies, I often choose papers from my watercolor or gelprint boxes... the places I stash panels or pages I've made using up leftover wet media. In this case, in the watercolor box, not only did I find pre-painted green, fuchsia and yellow watercolor paper; I also discovered the leafy stitched background panel, as well! I have no idea when I made that, or WHY it wasn't right for whatever that occasion was, but I was sure happy to see it now! I added a little extra Archival Ink shading to my diecut flowers and leaves, a mat of glitter paper, ET VOILA... a 6" square card finished in no time!

Whatever else you make this week, I hope you'll love us and LEAF us at Shopping Our Stash!

Monday, September 26, 2022

Wendy Vecchi Autumn Greetings Frame by Lauren Bergold

How do you take this collection of fabulous Wendy Vecchi Products from Ranger, including the beautiful Autumn Greetings Stamp, Die and Stencil Set as well as Lots of Leaves Chippies...

...and make it into a lovely fall frame? The answer --in step-by-step form-- is on the Ranger Blog today. I'd love for you to jump over there and see!

Mandala Monday #38

It's a uniquely colorful Mandala Monday, as I allowed my palette to be based on the random bundle of Distress Markers I scored at the Paper Anthology Papercrafters' Garage Sale on Saturday!

Friday, September 23, 2022

Merry Sketch-mas

We've got a fabulous sketch challenge this fortnight at Jingle Belles, thanks to the very talented Stephanie; so we'll be making cards based on this helpful roadmap:

And here's how I used the sketch this week:

Lawn Fawn's Critters in the Arctic has been around for ages, and every time I see it, I'm a bit sad that I didn't purchase it when it was available. Much to my surprise, when I mentioned that to my friend Elisabeth at Paper Anthology a month or so ago, she said, "Oh I think I can still order that!" and sure enough... it arrived this week! I decided to paper piece the critters and add them to the diamond shape in the sketch, on which I fashioned (very abstract) layers of sky, snow and water. In my washi stash, I found the perfect grey tape to act as a sentiment. I matted out the design with some silvery Lawn Fawn snowflakes and a bit of stylized graph paper. To give the critters enough room, my diamond got a bit bigger than I planned, so I slightly truncated the sketch, in order to make it fit a 6" square card.

I hope you'll visit Jingle Belles to see what Stephanie has made and then start planning your own festive Sketch Card!

Thursday, September 22, 2022

No Lines Coloring is NOT (Quite) as Hard as I Thought!

Yesterday I was lucky enough to spend time with my friend and fellow Jersey Girl Lorraine Mastalski of Paper Vernissage, who was kind enough to demonstrate the rudiments of No Lines Coloring. I'm pretty sure I'll never be on her level at this (or any other coloring skill, lol!) BUT... I now feel, with practice, this could be another technique I'll use periodically. It turns out one of the "tricks" of the trade is to use Ink on Three's Fadeout Ink which is completely brilliant, imo! It also turns out that choosing a stamp with enough detail and shading is also a very good idea, and luckily, the large flower spray in Wendy Vecchi's A Million Thanks Stamp, Die and Stencil Set from Ranger is an excellent choice!

Lorraine showed me some tricks and tips which really helped. She uses watercolor pencils in a very cool way, pulling the color right off the pencil with a waterbrush! I'd like to try that next time, for sure. This time I embraced my coloring comfort zone, and did a base coat of the lightest shades with my Tombow Dual Brush Pens; then came in and slowly (SLOWLY!!!) added layers of detail with my Prismacolor Pencils. Since my first attempt came out considerably better than I had imagined, I decided to diecut the flowers, stamp more foliage and a sentiment in from the Million Thanks set, and make it into a card. I even (rarely for me!) added some detail to the envelope! 

THANK YOU Lorraine for teaching me this technique... and also... for the amazing Lemon Blueberry Loaf! ♥

Wednesday, September 21, 2022

Here We Come A-Caroling

The new Eyelet Outlet Caroler Brads are the about cutest thing ever! Here they are singing a happy holiday song in their very own snowglobe. I used my Wendy Vecchi Doodle Town stamp set to make a backdrop for them, added a strip of Sparkle White Glitter Tape for the ground, Snowflake Brads to the sky, and diecut the snowglobe base from Wood Washi with an accent of Brick Tape.

Check out all the newest brads in the Eyelet Outlet Store: Carolers, Santa & Deer Brads, Gnomes 2 and Snowy Trees will make your winter cardmaking season more fun and festive!

Monday, September 19, 2022

Paper Punched Mandala Monday

It's the 37th Mandala Monday of 2022 and a good example of the EASIEST type of mandala to start with: Punch or diecut some circles and hearts, stack them, overlap them, layer them and glue them... et voila! Instant Mandala with absolutely NO drawing skills required!


Friday, September 16, 2022

Mission: Embossable!

We're still making cards that celebrate EMBOSSING at Jingle Belles, and you're still invited to join the fun!

Since I used an embossing folder last week, this time I broke out my Wendy Vecchi Doodle Christmas set, stamped the poinsettia over an entire background, embossed with Ranger's Vintage Pearl Embossing Powder, and then painted the flowers with Buttercup, Sunflower and Viridian Archival Inks, using a waterbrush filled with rubbing alcohol. I added Sunflower Liquid Pearls to the centers of all the flowers, added a couple of sparkly mats, some White Lace Tape and a suitable diecut sentiment and called it a day.

Be sure to check out Stephanie's beautiful card at Jingle Belles and then start planning what you will link up with us this time!

Wednesday, September 14, 2022

Gnome Alone

I come from a family that loves puns, and luckily that skill is appreciated in my role as an Eyelet Outlet Design Team Member. When I saw the adorable (g)new Gnome 2 Brads and Mushroom Washi Tape I couldn't wait to use them together with a suitably punny sentiment!

I couldn't decided whether to use the tape as a background or as part of my sentiment, so I decided to do both! I made two mini slimline cards, which each measure about 3.25 x 6.25". For the first, I applied the Mushroom Tape to some plain white cardstock, diecut the letters of "GNOME" (using Altenew's Bold Alphabet Die Set) added a pair of Gnomes to the M and E, and set the whole thing against a strip of Grass Washi. For the second card, I framed a single strip of the same Mushroom Tape with strips of Glitter Red Washi and Brick Tape, then stamped the sentiment and the little mushroom house from Lawn Fawn's Gnome Sweet Gnome stamp set. I added a Gnome 2 Brad in front of the house, and a Sun and Cloud Brad to the scene. Since I had used the Red, Green and Brown Gnomes from the set, it seemed wrong not to make an extra little tag for the Blue Gnome to inhabit; it features the same Mushroom and Grass Tapes, plus letters cut from Wood Washi (using My Favorite Things' "Connected" Alphabet) and a couple of Bee Brads up at the top.

If you can't get enough Gnomes, there are still a few original EO Gnome Brads in stock and they're on sale... while they last!

Tuesday, September 13, 2022

Fastest (h)Ombre in the East!

The new challenge at Shopping Our Stash is called "Hey (h)Ombre" and the brief is to include something ombre (a gradient effect of multiple tints and shades of the same color) in your design. There are LOTS of ways to go about it, but I'm pretty sure mine is the fastest and easiest: I grabbed a few oversized paint chip cards at Home Depot, et voila!

Ok, yes, I added my paint chip strip to a collage of torn vintage paper; stamped, colored and fussy-cut some of Dina Wakley's adorable Scribbly Fishies; and composed the whole thing into a not-quite A7 card. But the ombre part was an awesome "cheat" that I will definitely remember in future; and the only time in my life I've ever made Fish and Chips at home, lol!

Head over to SOS to see what the Crew have made to inspire you, then start planning your own Ombre, Hombre!

Monday, September 12, 2022

Monday, Monday

It’s a mellow and muted Mandala Monday. Hope you have a wonderful week!

Pitt Artist Pens and Tombow Dualbrush Pens in my Canson Mixed Media Sketchbook

Friday, September 9, 2022

My Sweet Embossable You

This fortnight at Jingle Belles we're celebrating the joys of embossing! Heat embossing, pressure-embossing, or, if you're especially ambitious, you could do both! I was not especially ambitious, so I just used my oldest embossing folder and broke out my newest die set, Spellbinders' Winter Welcome Sled from Paper Anthology.

The dies from this set are small and fairly intricate, but it was quite an easy job to cut each piece from scraps and assemble them. Since I really wanted the embossing to show, I added only a Tim Holtz sticker sentiment and a couple of appropriately colored mats. All in all it took much less time to make this card than it did to find and replace the ice skate blade die, which had got itself stuck to a piece of cardstock and put away in the cardstock bin without me realizing. I'll spare you details of the search, especially the part about the moldy peach in the garbage can, which was truly vile.

I'd love for you to hop over to Jingle Belles to see Stephanie's beautiful card and start planning your own Mission: Embossable!!!

Wednesday, September 7, 2022

Framing Fall

When I saw this awesome Frame Washi in the Eyelet Outlet Online Store I couldn't wait to use it to show off a little collection of my favorite brads. Since we're heading into September and  looking forward to all things autumnal, a collection of Fall Brads, like Scarecrows, Sunflowers, Apples, Leaf Brads and Mini Leaves seemed appropriate. Of course, with so many leaves, I needed the Rake from the Lawnmower Set (which is on sale!); and then I couldn't resist adding Sun and Cloud Brads. Butterflies and Mini Ladybugs aren't specifically autumnal, but the colors work nicely together, don't you think? A few strips of Script Tape set off the Frame cluster really well; and as a finishing touch, it's hard to beat a scattering of golden orange Sequins.

What's your favorite thing about autumn? Because I bet we have EO Brads and Tapes that will work perfectly!

Monday, September 5, 2022

Happy Labor Day

It's a very vivid two-fer of watercolors this Mandala Monday, featuring five of my favorite shades of Simon Hurley create. Dye Ink Pads from Ranger. For this method, I "smoosh" the ink pads (individually) onto a palette and use a waterbrush to pick up the color and paint with it. Since watercolor lends itself to adding color in increments, and since it's highly preferable to add outlines and doodles on top of DRY watercolor, it's not a bad idea to start two pieces at the same time, so you have something to do while one or the other is in the drying phase!*

Simon Hurley create. Dye Ink Pads in Prom Queen, Guppy, Shooting Star, Overzealous 
and Remember Me on 5.25" watercolor panels. Outlined with Letter It Fineliners; 
White Paint Pen details.


*You can, obviously, use a heat tool to speed up this process, but if you're watching an exciting British mystery on Acorn TV, the noise will not be appreciated by your fellow viewers. If you DO use a heat tool, be sure to dry the back of your work as well as the front; watercolor paper has long fibers specially intended to hold and wick moisture.   

Friday, September 2, 2022

Old Fashioned Christmas

Over at Jingle Belles, we're still celebrating cards made with vintage or vintage-style products, or even just themes that have a strong retro vibe. 

This week I've dipped into my stash of actual old stuff: I made a collage of torn sheet music, vintage book pages and Green Stamps; added some pretty Simple Stories washi on top, and framed part of an Authentique journal card with an ancient Tim Holtz Idea-ology Christmas Vignette Boxtop and sticker. I inked and machine-stitched around the edges, then mounted the whole thing on some Authentique brick-patterned paper and an A7 kraft card.

There's a little prize this fortnight, which comes from my own Etsy Shop, Just Enough Stuff, so if you've been wishing you had some older goodies to play with, you should definitely link up with us at Jingle Belles!

Since it's a week that happened to contain a fifth Monday, you can automatically link up your Jingle Belles card with the Double Trouble Challenge's SomeThing, AnyThing, EveryThing event, since we're on their list of Past Partners!

Wednesday, August 31, 2022

Bloomin' Beautiful

Is it just me or do Sunflowers seem to perfectly capture the transition between summer and fall? I especially love Eyelet Outlet Sunflower Brads and surely there's nothing better to pair them with than this gorgeous new extra-wide Sunflower Washi Tape? Though admittedly, the bright autumnal Sunflower Washi and Sunflower Glitter Tape are also quite lovely. I scattered a few tiny gold Star Sequins around, (because Sequins, imo, are ALWAYS a good idea!) and my flat, floral card is ready to mail.

If sunflowers aren't your thing, I'm pretty confident we've got one or two other items in the Eyelet Outlet Online Store that will appeal. And don't forget to be on the lookout for the EO Booth at a tradeshow near you!

Tuesday, August 30, 2022

SOS478: Animal Antics

For the new challenge at Shopping Our Stash we'd like to see animals acting like humans, so break out your baking mice, cycling cats and driving reindeer and get to work! Personally, I'm partial to bears that read, like Big Bear does in my Waffle Flower Books and Coffee Stamp Set:

Someday, I'll make a card with this set which doesn't feature Eyelet Outlet Book Tape as the background. I thought *this* might actually be that occasion, but as I was sorting through a pile of miscellaneous stuff, I came across a panel of white cardstock that already had the Book Tape neatly lined up on it, which seemed like a sign... so I just went with it. Quite a while ago, I had formatted my favorite Groucho Marx quote in a fun typewriter font and it was just the right size for this slightly-larger-than-A2 panel; so I printed it and used an ancient Nestabilities Label Die on it. I colored the cute critters and a few accessories with "base coats" of Tombow Dualbrush Pens in the lightest shades, then added a little bit of shading with my Prismacolor Pencils. Scraps of older woodgrain paper (Photoplay, I think; or possibly Echo Park?) plus EO Book and Waterlily Brads polish off the scene.

There's lots of Animal Antic inspiration awaiting you at SOS, I hope you'll hop over and check out the awesome cards that the Crew have made!

Monday, August 29, 2022

Flashy, Splashy Mandala Monday

I've been shamefully neglecting my Dina Wakley MEdia Blue Edition Journal, and this page isn't nearly mixed media enough to do it justice. But I had a lot of fun blending (and blending and blending) lots of blue and green shades of Distress Oxide Inks, both wet and dry, on one of the super-heavyweight cotton rag paper pages, then flicking it with White Gloss Spray and adding outlines. I almost feel like this needs... one... more... thing...; so if you see it again in a few weeks' time, act surprised, k?

and Squeezed Lemonade Distress Oxides; Black Letter It Fineliner; White .7 Posca Paint Pen


Saturday, August 27, 2022

NEW Class at Paper Anthology

What are you doing on September 10th... or September 12th... or October 3rd? Because I'm going to be playing with all my favorite Wendy Vecchi goodies at Paper Anthology and I'd love for you to join me!

Join me for a fun and colorful class that features three of Wendy Vecchi’s newest MAKE ART Stamp Sets: Doodle TownDoodle Celebration and Floral Doodles; as well as some older Studio 490 goodies like her Simply Stripes Background, Thank You Stamp, Die and Stencil SetRectangle Grate Stencil and Rectangular Stitching Template. We’ll “watercolor” with Archival Inks, paint and blend with Liquid Pearls, do a little hand-stitching and quite a bit of fussycutting. 
Click the link above for all the details!

Friday, August 26, 2022

Walking in a Vintage Wonderland

This fortnight at Jingle Belles we're making holiday cards with a vintage or retro vibe. You can incorporate actual vintage paper, sheet music, postcards and the like: OR you can use reproductions of the same; OR you can opt for using one of the many beautiful vintage-style stamps or paper lines available, as I have done here. 

I've used a fun retro 1950's style journal card from Authentique (one of my faves for a vintage vibe; Graphic 45 and Carta Bella are good too!) with coordinating distressed gingham background, an ancient paper poinsettia, 7 Gypsies velvet leaves and an MME brad that might have been purchased during the last century. The fun and snarky sentiment came from another journal card and the ribbon, which is fairly new, from Paper Anthology, was impossible to resist because how often do you get to put red AND green gingham on the same card?!

Be sure to visit Jingle Belles to see Stephanie's amazing vintage collage card and check out the fun little prize, which just happens to be from my own Etsy Shop, Just Enough Stuff!

Wednesday, August 24, 2022

Best Fishes

I've made a "Best Fishes" birthday card for my brother nearly every year for probably a decade. But this version miiiiight be my favorite, since it features a background made of Ocean Washi, a sentiment diecut from Wood Tape backed with scraps of cardstock, and in the starring role are our Eyelet Outlet Fish Brads (they're on sale!), plus some of the Trout from the Trout and Bass set.

Did you know that there's an EO Fish Stamp Set, as well? Plus cute and colorful Fish BradsFishing LuresFishing Poles and several styles of Fish Tape! Check out all of the Fishy Goodness at Eyelet Outlet!

Tuesday, August 23, 2022

Paper Pieced Daffodil Card

The other day I set out to make a special card for a daffodil-loving friend, and discovered --much to my surprise-- that I literally do not own ONE single daffodil-related item?! No stamps, no diecuts, no stickers; I couldn't even find a nice sized daffodil illustration in my collection of falling-apart collage books. What to do? I searched for a simple clip art image of daffodils, printed it out, and used it as a template with scraps of patterned paper.

I stapled the flowers to some yellow gingham paper, and cut out around the outside lines. I set those pieces aside, and stapled the clip art flowers to some dotty orange paper, and cut out around the centers. I glued the centers to the flowers and using the clipart as a guide, I outlined all the petals and centers with a fine-tipped black pen; adding shading with a darker orange pen. Since the foliage on daffodils is pretty straightforward, I just doodled some stems and leaves of various heights onto green scraps and cut them out. Then I arranged everything on a Nestabilities Label Shape diecut, added a mat, and machine-stitched around the whole thing.

This is probably not something I'd attempt with... say... a gazzillion-petaled hydrangea, but for simple shapes it's a fun and easy method that lets you make a completely original card!

Monday, August 22, 2022

Going Dotty

Mandala Monday has come around again, and I'm enjoying the wide open spaces of my Canson Mixed Media Sketchbook and the colorful fun of Zig Clean Color Dot Markers!


Friday, August 19, 2022

Play It Again, Skinny Santa

We're still making slimline holiday cards at Jingle Belles with our lovely friend, Lela Meinke, and we'd love for you to join the fun!* Here's what I made this week:

This is one of the fastest cards I've made all year, because I totally "cheated" and used a bunch of tags from Photoplay's North Pole Trading Co Cardstock Ephemera collection. Since all the pieces were specifically designed to go together, it saved me a bunch of time finding and coordinating elements! I just added a few Eyelet Outlet Brads (a Candy Cane and a Sleigh) plus a few strips of Washi Tape (Vertical Red Tree, Heart Tape and Skinny Glitter Gold to be precise) and called it a day.

Hop over to Jingle Belles to see Lela's and Stephanie's beautiful slimline designs and start planning what you'll link up with us this time!

*There's a little Slimline-Centric prize for a random cardmaker; you know, if you like that sorta thing? 

Thursday, August 18, 2022

Holiday Stamps, All-Occasion Card!

As you know, I make Christmas cards all year round, and I often use non-holiday items in my holiday cards; but I don't think I've ever done the reverse. But since Wendy Vecchi's Doodle Holiday and Doodle Christmas Stamp Sets are super-cute and super-flexible, I was totally inspired to use them for a not-at-all-massy type of project; and today on the Ranger Blog, I'm happy to show you, step-by-step, how I created an entire garden, in card form. I'd love for you to jump over there and check it out! 

Wednesday, August 17, 2022

HB to a T!

Here's a really fun and EASY birthday card idea that can be adapted to use your favorite Eyelet Outlet Brads and Tapes, customized for any recipient! In this case, I used a bunch of older birthday themed brads and the best news of all is that a lot of them are ON SALE! Including Pastel Balloon Brads, Birthday Sock Monkeys, Lollipop Brads and Cupcakes. I've also used Candle Brads, Party Hats and Bright Balloon Brads. My background is made from Wide Calendar Tape and my sentiment is Happy Birthday Washi

The tiny shirts were made with a set of nested T-Shirt dies and a bunch of colorful paper scraps, but you could use any small punch or die of a similar size: hearts, stars and tag shapes, for example, would be really fun! And I'm quite sure you can find the perfect Eyelet Outlet Brad and Tape combination for EVERYONE on your birthday list!

Tuesday, August 16, 2022

SOS477: Back to Books

Since we're heading into "Back to School" territory, this fortnight's challenge at Shopping Our Stash is to create a book- or school-themed project OR use book pages in your design. I went with (surprise!!!) the latter, and used it as an excuse to make a few very random A6 collage cards.

In case you're thinking there's no actual "product" involved in these, I should point out that over my bases of torn book paper I've layered postage stamp and ephemera stickers from the remains of about six different (ancient!) sheets; White Lace Tape (from the late, great Ink Pad); and swirly, lacy cream colored stickers I found deeeeeeeeeeeeep in my stash. BTW, those cool acetate butterflies are stickers as well, though I glue-sticked them flat to the cards instead of using their center-only adhesive and bending up their wings, as the makers intended. Each collage has inked edges and a coordinating cardstock mat. I've machine-stitched the collages onto the cards, which looks pretty, but also guarantees that the sticker and tape edges won't curl up from being handled.

I hope you'll check out all of the beautiful, inspiring cards from the SOS Crew, then start planning what you'll link up with us this time.

Monday, August 15, 2022

It's Mandala Monday Once Again

...and this sticker mandala is inspired by my favorite guilty pleasure tv show, I call this one, "Only Murders in the Mandala" and pay tribute to Mabel, Alice, Bunny (& Bunny's Mom... how great is Shirley MacLaine?!) Sazz, Lucy, Jan and my very favorite character, Detective Williams. Have an awesome week everyone! ♥

Friday, August 12, 2022

Hey Skinny Santa

We're so lucky to have awesome friends at Jingle Belles. A few weeks ago, when our pal Lela Meinke came across a new-to-us holiday song, "Hey Skinny Santa" by JD McPherson she emailed us the video and the brilliant idea of using it as inspiration to make SLIMLINE holiday cards this fortnight! So that's what we're going to do!

I have a lot of washi tape. No really, even by crafty/hoardy standards, I have A LOT of washi tape. So when I started to think about this challenge, I thought it would be a good idea to make a dent in my older tape supply by making my slimline card panel out of tape. But then I had to decide whether to go with lots of red tapes, with hints of aqua; or lots of aqua and green tapes, with hints of red. In these situations, I've often found that making a decision can take longer than just doing both... so I just did both. I mounted both panels on coordinating cardstock, found a couple of fun Lawn Fawn tags to augment with Eyelet Outlet Brads (Holly and Cardinals, to be precise) did a tiny bit of machine stitching and called it a day.

Won't you join the Skinny Santa fun with us at Jingle Belles? Just make a slimline holiday card and link it up today!

Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Wide Washi Sentiment

I don't think I've ever used the same set of products two weeks in a row, but after I made the Dog Days of Summer card last week, I had a brainstorm about using the combination of Wide Sky Washi and Grass Tape that made up the background with one of my chunkier sets of alphabet dies and making the sentiment BE the scene. So that's what I did:

I neatly applied a piece of Sky Tape to plain white cardstock, then slightly overlapped the Grass Tape on top. I used my Altenew Bold Alpha dies to cut out the word, "Happy" and added White Daisy Brads and a sweet Mini Ladybug to the scene. I applied multiple strips of Brick Tape to another panel of cardstock, making it larger than I needed to mat the first panel, so that I'd have enough extra to cut the word, "Birthday" using my Lawn Fawn Henry's ABCs dies. 

To get extra mileage out of your favorite Eyelet Outlet supplies, why not try reversing the way you usually use them... in this case, bring the background into the foreground... and see what happens?!

Monday, August 8, 2022

Hello, Sketchbook!

It's a Wide Horizons Mandala Monday as I jump back into my 7x10" sketchbook after two months working on 3 x 5" index cards. This mandala morphed itself out of a mistake: as I started to softly ink the rings, the edge of my fingertip dauber caught the paper and made a big dark streak. I thought about flipping over the page, but then I decided to add streaks to some of the other rings et voila... it turned out way cooler than my intention of a smoothly blended pastel rainbow. Chalk one up for serendipity, it's a nice way to start another hot (HOT!) summer week!

Friday, August 5, 2022

We're Singing the Blues...

...but in a happy way this fortnight at Jingle Belles, we're channeling our inner Elvis and making "Blue Christmas" cards; we'd love for you to join the fun!

Last week Stephanie made this extraordinarily lovely card using gel prints and she inspired me to get out my stash of prints and see what I could come up with. I used my Tim Holtz/Sizzix Mixed Media Christmas Dies to cut the holly leaf cluster out of the center of the panel, outlined and backed it with white. For a focal point I stacked a peacock blue poinsettia on top of a white one and secured it with an ancient blue bejewelled snowflake brad of unknown origins. 

Be sure to check out Stephanie's latest card and then start planning what you'll link up with us at Jingle Belles.

Wednesday, August 3, 2022

Would This Be...

...a good time for one more Wendy Vecchi "Christmas in July" card? Ok, yes, technically, it's August now, but I couldn't resist using Wendy's awesome holiday themed items from the July Release, including her Doodle Christmas Stamp Set, Statements Chippies, plus Red Geranium and Fern Liquid Pearls. I've used the latter in THREE different ways on this fun and funky card, which is featured on the Ranger Blog today. I hope you'll hop over and read all about it! 

Dog Days of Summer

The best cure for a "ruff" day is a lovely handmade card landing in one's mailbox; not for any particular reason, just because the sender was thinking of you! This one has an extra helping of cuteness thanks to our Eyelet Outlet Puppy Brads and a background made from two strips of extra wide Sky Washi and one of Grass Tape. A sweet Butterfly Brad has flown in to see what's going on.

Check out all of the beautiful new Washi Tapes in the Eyelet Outlet Store; they're the ones at the top of the page with an asterisk next to each!