Friday, July 29, 2022
Thursday, July 28, 2022
More Wendy Vecchi Christmas in July
Wendy Vecchi's new Doodle Holiday Stamp Set is versatile enough to make all-occasion cards (like this one from yesterday) but as a matter of fact, it's quite excellent for Christmas, too! Today I've paired it with stamps from Doodle Christmas and with chipboard greenery from Wendy's Chippie Wreaths set customized with Fern Green Liquid Pearls, plus a few of my own doodle accents.
Wednesday, July 27, 2022
PS: The staging for these photos is composed of scattered sheets from Dina Wakley Typed Ledgers Set 2, which technically have nothing to do with the project; but they make quite a nice background, don't you think?
Cardinals are some of my favorite birds and also some of my favorite Eyelet Outlet Brads. We have Cardinals, Female Cardinals and Cardinal Profiles and I've used the first two on this card. To make the male Cardinal's vivid feathers stand out even more, I've clustered some of my favorite holiday washi tapes: Vertical Red Tree Tape, Heart Tape, Poinsettia Tape and Red Foil Striped Washi. My sentiment is one repeat of Merry Christmas Tape, stuck to a piece of cardstock and popped up on foam for extra dimension.
If Christmas in July isn't your thing, check out our Bluebird and Robin Brads, Seagulls, Owls, Penguins or Flamingos in the Eyelet Outlet Store!
Tuesday, July 26, 2022
Wendy Vecchi: Christmas in July (Part 1)
Thanks to Wendy Vecchi and Ranger we're celebrating Christmas in July with big style; there are TWO new seasonal MAKE ART Doodle Stamp Sets (Doodle Holiday and Doodle Christmas) holiday sentiment Chippies (Statements) and Liquid Pearls to match two of my favorite Wendy Vecchi Signature Archival Inks: Red Geranium and Fern Green!
Monday, July 25, 2022
Cruising Into the End of July...
...and here now is the penultimate ICAD Round-Up; starting with today's Mandala and working backwards through the past week:
Friday, July 22, 2022
It Don't Mean a Thing...
...if it ain't got some BLING! Because at Jingle Belles, we're still "Blinging on the Holidays" with our special crafty crossover challenge with the lovely ladies on the Double Trouble Challenge Blog. Which means you can make ONE (new, blingy, holiday) CARD and link it up at both sites... with a chance of a fun little prize at each!
I'd been trimming up papers from Photoplay's North Pole Trading Co line for a Christmas in July class I'm teaching at Paper Anthology next weekend, so I had lots of weirdly sized little strips of pretty paper -including metallic gold and glittery red- and whenever that happens, I tend to want to use them to make backgrounds like this one I did a few years ago. For a focal point I used the round tag (and one of the cut-outs) from Pinkfresh Studio's Classic Tags with Fillable Elements die set to make an ornament from a scrap of older red moire paper. I backed it with Copper Non-Shed Glitter Paper adorned with Eyelet Outlet Pearls, and an oversized red Pearl Brad; dangling from a Champagne Bling Strip hung on my Tim Holtz Holiday Greens Thinlits.
Be sure to visit Jingle Belles to see what Stephanie has made this week; then remember to link up your own card on the "Bling on the Holidays" post AND also at the Double Trouble Challenge Blog.
Wednesday, July 20, 2022
Christmas in July: Ho Ho Ho Edition
There's something about making holiday cards in July that helps to offset the hot and humid temps, don't you think? Eyelet Outlet's Santa and Mrs. Claus Brads are happy to celebrate all year long, and on this card they've brought along one of their Deer friends, a Santa Hat Brad and Santa Washi, with a sentiment out of Merry Christmas Tape.
Whether you're making cards for Christmas, Hanukkah, Back to School, Birthdays or "Just Because", Eyelet Outlet has all the brads, tapes, sequins, bling and paper flowers you could possibly want.
Tuesday, July 19, 2022
This fortnight at Shopping Our Stash we have an especially interesting challenge: we want you to search through your embellishment stash and find something that makes you think, "WHY the Heck did I acquire this??!" And then... (here's the tricky part!) ...use it on a card or project!
Thanks to Paper Anthology's Annual Papercrafters' Garage Sale, many of my most puzzling items have already crossed the crafty rainbow bridge, but I did find a this plastic sorter* full of metal shapes, tags, keys, tiny frames, bookplates, miscellaneous hardware and enough charms to make a Victorian lady swoon. Plus... some strange but beautiful embossed metal stickers, whose origins completely elude me. I expected the adhesive to be long gone, but no, the backers peeled right off and they stuck magnificently well to my funky collage of torn vintage paper and white lace tape. I added machine stitching, a scatter of Eyelet Outlet Sequins and a gel print mat that my friend Gina made and declared my A7 card fini! I have to say that I didn't expect to create ANYTHING remotely interesting for this challenge, but now I'm slightly wondering, "Why the Heck didn't I buy more of these??!"
*Having discovered said sorter, OF COURSE I promptly dropped it, broke the lid, and spent twenty minutes retrieving tiny metal things from the floor of my art lair; which is why everything is now arranged kinda neatly... sigh...
Monday, July 18, 2022
Mighty Mighty Mandala Monday...
...and another ICAD Round Up! Let's take a look at the index card art from this past week:
Sunday, July 17, 2022
Long long ago, dinosaurs roamed the earth in search of itinerant typing jobs! This adorable Toby the Stegosaurus pattern is by Mariska Vos-Bolman (aka @diyfluffies on instagram) via her Ravelry shop. Crocheted in Demin Mist Vanna's Choice from Lion Brand Yarn. RAWR!!!
Friday, July 15, 2022
Bling On the Holidays!
It's a special Christmas in July event at Jingle Belles; we are happy to be partnering with the lovely ladies of the Double Trouble Challenge for exponentially more fun AND a chance at some cool prizes! First, I'll tell you that our part of this event is called, "Bling On the Holidays" and we'd like to see your brand new holiday cards that include jewels, gems, pearls, sequins, glitter or pretty much anything sparkly!
Wednesday, July 13, 2022
Christmas in July: Snowy Woods Edition
I don't know about you, to me the time that snow and ice really start looking good is NOW... when New Jersey's hot (90F) and humid (75%+) weather makes Christmas in July seem very appealing indeed. Luckily Eyelet Outlet's frosty, glitter washi tape, Snowflake Sequins and winter critters are happy to be featured on cards and tags no matter what the temps happen to be!
I saw some mini shaker tags on Instagram and immediately knew what I wanted to make. I used a set of Sunny Studio Tag Dies and my trusty 1.5" square punch to create homes for my Polar Bear Brads, Deer Brads and even a Handsome Snowman; plus a few Snowflake Brads, of course.
I backed the insides of the shaker windows with Glitter Tall Tree Tape, Glitter Star Tape and Glitter Tree Tape; then filled the shakers with Snowflake Sequins and Gold Star Sequins. After I sealed up the shakers, I backed the tags with contrasting cardstock, added some jute twine, a few sticker sentiments and called it good.
Whether it's hot or cold where you are, this is definitely a good time to get started on some Winter Holiday makes with your favorite EO items!
Monday, July 11, 2022
ICAD Recap and Mandala Monday
Just another manic Mandala Monday, followed by the rest of last week's Index Card a Day artworks, in reverse order. Hope you'll find time to do something fun and creative today! ♥
Friday, July 8, 2022
Stars OR Stripes?
We're still celebrating Stars OR Stripes at Jingle Belles, or if you're really into it, you can make a holiday card that has BOTH... like I did:
Wednesday, July 6, 2022
Is there anything more festive than Birthday Sock Monkeys? I kind of doubt it, especially when they're Eyelet Outlet Birthday Sock Monkey Brads AND they're on sale! I've paired mine with some colorful Happy Birthday Washi Tape, Pastel Balloon Brads (also on sale!) and Heart Enamels.
If Sock Monkeys are not your idea of birthday joy, there are plenty of other styles of brads, tape, flowers, bling and enamels at Eyelet Outlet!
Tuesday, July 5, 2022
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Monday, July 4, 2022
It's a Fourth of July Mandala Monday...
...and here's an ICAD round up as we hit the midpoint of our 61-day index card art journey. Here are the week's cards, in reverse order:
I post my ICADs in my Instagram feed @llaurenb each evening and then collect them up right here on Mondays. If you'd like to know more about ICAD check out Daisy Yellow Art!