Monday, October 31, 2022

Happy Halloween

It's a Floral Pumpkin Mandala Monday, suitable for the World Wide Web; wishing you a Happy Halloween that's full of treats, and free of tricks!

Wendy Vecchi Designer Series Archival Inks from Ranger, in Orange Blossom, Peachy Keen, Leaf Green and very very diluted Acorn for the stem. Painted on with a waterbrush full of isopropyl alcohol; then doodled upon with Letter It Black Fineliners.

Saturday, October 29, 2022

Birthday Monster!

This is Stephanie's photo of the Little Monster I made for her birthday (and an awesome collage she made while we were creating together, as well!) I chose this fine gauge yarn because it's Stephanie's favorite colors and I had never made a variegated amigurumi before; though it was a "leftover" of which I had only one tennis-ball-sized amount so I was slightly nervous that I'd run out, but thankfully all was well.

This pattern, which was free from the Lovely Craft website had an especially clever way to make the Monster stand up: you crochet a turning round at the bottom edge (by working only through the back loops) and then... you add a little round of cardboard after stuffing, but before decreasing to close the circle. I found that my smallest circle Nestie die worked perfectly on scrap chipboard and was pleasantly shocked at how sturdily this Monster stands!

I don't know why I started thinking of this Monster in a Frida Kahlo type of vein, but after I did, I couldn't resist adding a chunky beaded necklace and an orange flower... I found the tiny monkey eraser while looking for something else and decided she needed a friend!

Friday, October 28, 2022

Jingle Belles "Creature Feature" (Week 2)

Nothing says, "Happy Holidays" quite as well as a reindeer road trip, am I right? And since this is Week Two of our "Not a Creature Was Stirring" prompt at Jingle Belles, this seemed like the perfect time to pull out my Lawn Fawn Car Critters stamp set and Christmas add-on to do some paper-piecing.

I come from a long line of quilters, so perhaps that's why I find that stamping the car, accessories and deer on subtle patterns is very appealing; certainly I always have LOTS of little scraps that are perfect for this sort of card. Additionally, all of the background pieces on this card came from the scraps box as well, including that perfect A2-sized panel of ancient MME Cozy Christmas with the cars on it! Eyelet Outlet Snowflake Brads and various sizes and colors of Enamel Dots round off the design.

Be sure to visit Jingle Belles to see what Stephanie has made this week to inspire you, then start planning your own Creature or Critter card!

Wednesday, October 26, 2022

WITCH Way to the Candy?

Eyelet Outlet seasonal Brads added to pre-printed journal cards make for Halloween cards so quick and easy, you won't even need a magic wand! Especially if you make coordinating tags and backgrounds using a few of the hundreds of gorgeous styles of EO Washi.

By neatly applying strips of tape to plain white cardstock, you are, in effect, designing your own patterned paper! For this trio of Halloween cards, I started with just three sweet witch tags out of Prima Marketing's Luna collection from Paper Anthology, plus a few small scraps of ribbon. I traced the tag shape onto cardstock covered with bright Orange Halloween Tape, charcoal grey texty Halloween Tape and Halloween Dot Washi, to make companion tags for each witch. I made some slightly larger background panels using the orange and grey tapes again as well as Coloring Book Washi; with mats of Glitter Black Tape beneath each. Then it was time to add brads to all the tags: pink Heart Brads, Pumpkins, Bats, Witch Hats (which fit the sweet witches perfectly!) as well as Mini Spiders and Mini Candy Corn... both of which are on sale! Et Voila: Three flat, mailable Halloween cards in less time than it took my favorite British TV Detective to solve this week's crime. 

Adorable cards for any occasion are no mystery... the perfect Brads and Washi for your next project are waiting for you in the Eyelet Outlet Store!

Tuesday, October 25, 2022

SOS482: I Only Have EYES for You!

If you've read the title of this post, you may well have guessed that the assignment this fortnight at Shopping Our Stash is to emphasize the EYES, using googly eyes, or anything that focuses on EYES. You can make one last Halloween card, or branch out into any occasion or idea that catches your fancy. I went with one last Halloween card:

This is quite a triumph of Stash Shopping, in that I don't think there's a single thing less than five or six years old; and the background pumpkin paper (to which I've glued the teeeeeeeeniest variety of googly eyes I've ever encountered; many thanks to my friend Michelle for those!) is probably from about 2010. The journal card is American Crafts, I've added a ghost and speech bubble from a half-sheet of journal cards that no longer had a tear-strip, but it might've been Echo Park? The green plaid mat is Doodlebug, the spider paper is Photoplay. There are a few Eyelet Outlet Mini Spider Brads and some tiny silver Star Sequins.

By the way, if you're looking for a really fun way to stage a Halloween card or anything extra-silly, I highly recommend dumping your entire collection of googly eyes out onto some dark paper and then spending half an hour finding an angle at which you don't have horrible glare off the plastic eyes!!! :)

In the meantime, do be sure to visit SOS and see the EYE-catching projects the team have made to inspire you!

Monday, October 24, 2022

Tiny Sticker Mandala Monday

This Mandala Monday is brought to you by Kinokuniya, one of my favorite stores in NYC, where I shopped for the first time in nearly two and a half years, while Stephanie was here for our New York adventure. It's a three-level store on Sixth Avenue, directly behind Bryant Park. They have books on the main floor, with gaming, manga and dvds upstairs; but whenever I arrive, I immediately head for the lower level, which is a treasure trove of pens, stickers, washi paper and tape, magazines, stationery and other kawaii goodness.

Of course I had to buy a few sheets of tiny Japanese stickers, which I made into a simple mandala design in my 7 x 10" Hello Kitty school planner...also from Kino. I was excited to find this, because when I enquired, the clerk said they no longer carried them. Luckily, Stephanie found them before I committed to a less adorable option!

Friday, October 21, 2022

Not a CREATURE Was Stirring!

This fortnight at Jingle Belles, we're asking you to Feature a Creature! That includes every imaginable animal... like a sweet sheep, a plucky little duck, or perhaps a rowdy reindeer; or YES, even a monster or a Yeti if you're in a Halloween mood and want to stretch the theme! And for a bit more fun, we're throwing in a prize for one lucky participant, so you should hop over to Jingle Belles and read about that, but first, how about a look at my card:

Stephanie got me hooked on Yeti Cards, and this one features Lawn Fawn's supercute version! I've stamped on some tiny text paper and fussycut the happy little dude so he could be part of my snowy scene, made from scraps of patterned paper. I added a diecut sun and clouds as well as couple of Eyelet Outlet Snowflake Brads, because super-furry Yeti like their weather on the chilly side!

Head over to Jingle Belles to see Stephanie's card* and start planning what Creature you're going to Feature when you link up with us.

*Stephanie's card might also feature a Yeti; I cannot confirm or deny that hypothesis.

Wednesday, October 19, 2022

Birds of a Feather

I think it's possible that whoever said, "Good things come in small packages" may very well have been thinking about Eyelet Outlet Tropical Bird Brads! These colorful feathered friends are exactly the right size for Penny Black's Vintage Birdcage Dies, which I diecut from our Pink Foil Tape backed with a scrap of plain white cardstock. A punny diecut sentiment, a few fronds of foliage with Colored Daisy and Green Leaf Brad accents, as well as a Flower Washi mat complete the design.

There are other "Birds of a Feather" in the EO Store, including Bluebird and Robin Brads, three kinds of Cardinals, Flamingos and several styles of Owls, some of which are on sale!

Monday, October 17, 2022

Wendy Vecchi Gal-O-Ween Treat Bags

What's pink and orange AND has a tiny bit of chocolate inside? My adult take on End-of-October festivities: Adorable Gal-O-Ween Treat Bags made with Wendy Vecchi's Let's Shop Stamp, Die and Stencil Set. The set features this clever die for making dimensional shopping bags that really hold gift cards, tiny enclosures and yes, best of all, a little bit of candy. I hope you'll head over to the Ranger Projects Page to read all about this fun project!

Mandala Monday Double Header

Apparently I forgot to post last week's take on Mandala Monday here on the blog, so today we get an extra helping! First up is today's very special Sticker Mandala; last week's funky zendoodle is below.

Lots (and lots!) of glittery dimensional pink ribbon stickers, courtesy of my friend Patrice, who generously shared her supply when I mentioned that I had a great idea for Mandala Monday!

A somewhat tangential take on a mandala, inspired by @evawuzentangle because there are 50+ Mandala Mondays in a year and you really have to branch out a bit, lol!

Friday, October 14, 2022

What's Pink & Vintage & Sweet All Over?

It's Prima Marketing's new holiday line, Candy Cane Lane by Frank Garcia, which is coming soon to Paper Anthology. Luckily, I was allowed to sneak a few of the gorgeous papers a teeny bit early, so I could use them for week two of PINK CHRISTMAS at Jingle Belles!

This Santa's face miiiiiight be my favorite image in the line, though the whole collection is so adorable, it's hard to just pick one. I did some tearing, some fussycutting, some distressing and layered on flowers, ribbon and White Lace Tape for extra interest. Would it be wrong to send this one to myself in December??! (Ok, yeah, it would... but luckily I get to enjoy it for the next six weeks or so!)

I hope you'll visit Jingle Belles to see the already awesome PINK CHRISTMAS gallery, and we'd love for you to link up a card or two to help us raise a little money for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation!

Wednesday, October 12, 2022

Going Batty!

Halloween is always FANG-tastic at Eyelet Outlet, thanks to our Bat Brads, Pumpkins and Kittens; not to mention the Brick Tape which is perfect for diecutting spooky mansions and the cream and charcoal Halloween Washi which just might be the ultimate card background!

If bats aren't your thing there are also GhostsSpidersSkulls, Witchy Hats and Legs, and lots more awesome Halloween-themed items (including addtional awesome Washi varieties) in the Eyelet Outlet Store!

Tuesday, October 11, 2022

SOS 481: Frightfully Delightful

This fortnight at Shopping Our Stash we're embracing all things creepy, kooky, mysterious and spooky. Which is to say, we're creating cards that feature ghosts, monsters, skeletons or other cute but creepy characters; or any other take on Happy Halloween!

Here's a shocking true confession: these adorable bats are from Lawn Fawn's brand new Fangtastic Friends set, which I acquired only last week at Paper Anthology. But... since every other item on this card is at least three or four years old, I decided I could use them anyway, despite their clear non-stashy status. (Ok, ok, kinda cheating, but I was lonnnnnging to color those bats, so it had to be done!) The black chevron paper and white letters are both Doodlebug from... ok I don't know when, but they're not remotely recent, lol. The skinny purple mat is Bo Bunny and even older. The orange Lawn Fawn plaid moon is from the scrap bag; and my Eyelet Outlet Pumpkin, Mini Spider and Witch Hat are from around 2018. 

Creep, crawl, shuffle, shamble or mysteriously materialize over at SOS to see the fabulously, frightfully delightful creations from the rest of the design team!

Friday, October 7, 2022

Pink Christmas!

It's time for one of our all-time favorite annual Jingle Belles events, PINK CHRISTMAS!!! We've done this every year since we started Jingle Belles, so if you've spent October with us in the past you already know the drill. If not, it's pretty simple: at the beginning of October we make holiday cards whose color is predominantly PINK, and for each card that gets linked up at Jingle Belles, Stephanie and I each donate $2 to the Breast Cancer Research Fund. If that sounds good to you, I hope you'll hop over there and link pink with us!

It's no secret that I love pink at any time of year, and if anything, I love it even more for Christmas cards, so this wasn't difficult for me. I used a bunch of readymade items: an ancient pink My Mind's Eye chipboard tree, diecut poinsettia layers from leftover patterned papers, am Eyelet Outlet Pink Pearl Brad and Enamel Dots, a KI Memories (that's going back a bit, eh?!) border sticker and a kraft paper with pink polka dots that is so old I don't know whence it came! Definitely a hodge podge style of card, but that was the sort of mood I was in, lol; and it's no use fighting that sort of thing!

I hope you'll visit Jingle Belles to see Stephanie's beautiful card and start thinking up what you'll make to take part in our PINK CHRISTMAS event!

Wednesday, October 5, 2022


Sometimes when I start making tags, I find it hard to stop! Especially when I've got my entire stash of Eyelet Outlet holiday brads and tapes to choose from. For this set, I planned to make tags featuring all the new EO Brads: Santa and Deer, Gnomes 2, Trees- Snowy and Carolers... but then... I just kept going! Luckily I managed to fit them all on a two inch book ring from the office supply store.

I used Sunny Studio's Build a Tag #2 die set to create tags, toppers and reinforcements cut from cardstock covered with my favorite EO holiday tapes, such as Poinsettia Tape, Santa Tape, Twig Tape, Santa- Green Washi, Garland Tape, Tree Tape, Cardinal Washi, Skinny Vertical Tree Tape, Gingerbread Washi, Red Santa and Winter Characters Tape; with accents of Wood Tape, Brick Tape, Music Note Tape, Green Damask Washi, and of course I couldn't resist breaking out a bunch of Glitter Tapes (we have over two dozen styles... and counting!)

After all my tape tags were created, I used circle punches of several sizes to make a little home for the brads on each tag. I used: Cardinal and Female Cardinals, Gift Brads, Snowy Trees and Snowflakes, Santa and Deer Brads, a Sleigh, Wreath and Poinsettia Brads, Holly, the Gnew Gnomes, a Gingerbread Couple, Candy Cane, Caroler Brads, and a Snowman on a Sled.

If you'd like to see ALL of these lovely Eyelet Outlet goodies (and lots more!) in person, check out our Trade Show Schedule to see if the EO Booth will be coming to your town!

Monday, October 3, 2022

Pretty in Pink

It's the first Mandala Monday of October, aka Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and thus the choice of colors was a bit of a no-brainer!

Watercoloring with Tombow Dual Brush Pens over 
Pitt Artist Pen lines in my Canson Mixed Media Sketchbook