Where do card ideas come from? EVERYWHERE! In this case, a friend sent me a Star Trek meme (see below) that I realized would make a very fast and easy card featuring an Eyelet Outlet Flamingo Brad, a Sandcastle, Tall Palm and our Sun and Cloud Brads with an accent of Sequins and a mat of Pink and White Dot Tape:
Wednesday, May 31, 2023
Tuesday, May 30, 2023
Thursday is June first which means the Index Card a day Challenge, devised and hosted by Tammy Garcia, will kick off its thirteenth season! You don't need ANYTHING special to participate, just some index cards and a way of making marks of some description upon them. This is my twelfth year participating and since I happen to enjoy making little books (and having a dedicated little book for each year's index card art has kept me motivated!) I converted my favorite ever Wendy Vecchi card into a cover; admittedly mostly so I could keep the card for myself! :)
Let me address one really common question right up front: YES, the index cards you work on really should be the cheap, flimsy kind from the office supply store and not high-quality watercolor paper trimmed down to the correct size. This event is about showing up for yourself and doing SOMETHING creative every day, to establish or re-boot your daily art practice. This is about PROCESS more than OUTCOME... and a big part of the point is that you really truly do not need fancy supplies to participate. You also don't need to achieve a finished, polished piece of art each day. Think mark-making, think ink-swatching, think random collage; consider trying a new technique, or getting out those watercolor pens, or inking up those stamps that are still in their packages. Visit the ICAD Base page at Daisy Yellow Art for lots of pre-season activities as well as tips, techniques, badges, ideas and (once we kick off) there will be (100% OPTIONAL) weekly themes and daily prompts for those days when you don't have something in mind. One of the pre-season activities is to make a title card, and here's mine:
Monday, May 29, 2023
Friday, May 26, 2023
This card has four different patterns (including TWO red and green plaids!) as well as a journal card that I diecut into an oval and matted to give it a little more visual weight. I'd love to take credit for the dynamic placement of elements, but in fact, I used an ancient (circa 2012, I think!) but very inspiring layout from the late great Mojo Monday Sketch Challenge:
Wednesday, May 24, 2023
Eyelet Outlet Brads work beautifully with lots of different stamps, dies, stickers, papers and of course diecuts! These cute little shirts are the second smallest in Hero Arts' T-Shirt Infinity Die Set; each one has been cut from a different EO Washi Tape Style and the pairings are as follows: Sky Tape with a Flamingo Brad; Orange Fan Tape with a Beach Umbrella; Green Sprinkles Tape with a Chick; Green Dot Washi and the blue gecko from our Reptile Set; Rainbow Tape with a Sun Brad; Heart Tape and a Heart Brad; Star Night Star Bright Tape with a Unicorn; Chicken Washi with a Lady Bug; and Blue and White Dot Tape with a Monster Brad.
Tuesday, May 23, 2023
This fortnight's challenge at Shopping Our Stash (#497) is called "You're So Sweet" and, as you may have guessed, we'd like to see cards and projects featuring sweets and treats, like ice cream, candy, fruit or maybe CUPCAKES?!
Monday, May 22, 2023
It's a wet and wild watercolor Mandala Monday, featuring one of my favorite color combos (orange and pink!) applied by picking up color from my Tombow Dual Brush pens with a waterbrush. And adding LOTS of splattered color and plain water on top. Hope your week will be bright and beautiful!
Friday, May 19, 2023
It's *nearly* anything goes this fortnight at Jingle Belles: you can make a card of using any color palette and arrangement you like, any theme you choose, and any combination of products you have on hand. BUT... (you knew there had to be a BUT, right?!) ...you can't use ANY rubber stamps! So break out those stickers, diecuts, designer papers, journal cards etc; but close up the ink pads and let them have a little rest. Here's my card:
The NO STAMPING Challenge runs through 6pm (Eastern) on May 31st at Jingle Belles. Hop over to see Stephanie's beautiful card and start planning what you'll link up with us this time.
Wednesday, May 17, 2023
Eyelet Outlet Washi Tape, Paper Flowers and Brads, that is. You can also use them to make customized gift bags, like this one. Just cover plain white cardstock with neat strips of tape (this variety is Happy Birthday Foil Washi)... print out an initial in your favorite font (this one's called Chicken Pie and was free on dafont.com)... trace and cut. Embellish with a few shades and sizes of Solid Color Paper Flowers held on with Candle, Party Hat and Cupcake or Cupcake Swirl Brads. For even more color and pizazz, diecut hearts from a coordinating tape, like Pink Checked Washi and use one repeat of the Birthday Tape to create your sentiment strip. Scatter a few Round Sequins and you're good to go. And yes, all of the above looks pretty good on a matching birthday card, as well!
Monday, May 15, 2023
I used two sizes of circle craft punches, two sizes of heart punches and a bunch of little stickers to make this fun-in-the-sun mandala card for my niece Maddie's nineteenth (19th?!!) birthday.
Sunday, May 14, 2023
Flashing back to the autumn of 2012: Hurricane Sandy left us without electricity for eleven days, and pretty much the only thing I could accomplish in the evenings, by candlelight, were very simple (and BRIGHT!) crochet projects, so I made a few of Caitlin Walker's beautiful Rainy Day Scarves from a free pattern she had posted on her blog. A few weeks ago I stumbled upon the pattern again in one of my yarncraft notebooks and thought it was exactly what I wanted to make for my niece Maddie's birthday. So I did.
I'd write more about this idea, but it'd be taking away time from working on my next yarn creation, which is an amigurumi ice cream cone! ♥
Friday, May 12, 2023
This week I chose the left-hand column, which gave me DESIGNER PAPER + XMAS TREE + DIECUT OR PUNCH. Since, technically speaking, I fulfilled all of those with my cluster of punched patterned paper trees; I decided to grab the middle column, as well, for which I added SNOWFLAKES (Eyelet Outlet Snowflake Brads) + SILVER (two retired EO Washi varieties... silver metallic and silver glitter) + STAMPING (paperpieced Lawn Fawn Yeti & sentiment).
Wednesday, May 10, 2023
Eyelet Outlet Dinosaur Brads make any day both DINO-mite and REX-cellent, as this pair of adorable minicards will attest. Small shapes like these two inch circles are brilliant for building little scenes at brad scale, with just enough room for a Dino, a Tall Palm and Sun and Cloud Brads and yes, a stamped and paper-pieced volcano courtesy of Avery Elle's adorable Dino-Mite Day stamp set from Paper Anthology!
Tuesday, May 9, 2023
You may already have guessed from the title that this fortnight at Shopping Our Stash we're making cards that feature a woman OR making cards for special women in our life. Which is excellent timing if you haven't quite finished making Mother's Day cards; but also flexible enough to cover lots of other situations too, such as colorful random collage cards with stickers, washi and Sewing Pattern Ladies!
Monday, May 8, 2023
It’s an ink over collage mandala Monday featuring all my favorite Wendy Vecchi Archival Inks… with photos to show you all the steps!
Friday, May 5, 2023
It's an extra-fun fortnight at Jingle Belles as we make cards based on this fun, crafty version of Tic-Tac-Toe. Just pick any row, column or diagonal... incorporate those three items into your holiday card... then come and link up with us!
I've incorporated the SNOWFLAKES via a well-hoarded Hambly Transparency as my card base AND with some Eyelet Outlet Snowflake Brads. The SILVER metallic cardstock mat and silver and white washi tape I used look a bit taupe in the photo, but they really are silver, I promise! For STAMPING I chose my favorite Wendy Vecchi poinsettias from Ranger's Doodle Christmas stamp set, which I stamped in Red Geranium Archival, then painted (using a waterbrush filled with rubbing alcohol) in Carnation Red and Fern Green.
Wednesday, May 3, 2023
Did you know that some Eyelet Outlet Brads have coordinating Washi Tape? Case in point, Beer Brads and Beer Tape were quite literally made for each other (there are Beer Stamps, too!) and thus work perfectly for the fastest ever card... just add a few diecut letters, some Round Sequins et voila!
Cheers to Beers! And cheers to the Eyelet Outlet Online Store which is open 24/7 for crafty shopping joy!
Monday, May 1, 2023
It’s time to FACE a new week… with a collage mandala in my Dina Wakley Blue Journal from Ranger. Dina Wakley Media Collage Paper layered over Dina’s Typed Ledgers; with punched heart and circle accents of vintage paper and flowers from a falling apart book of Cath Kidston fabric illustrations. Enhanced by lots of glorious Peat Moss Archival from Wendy Vecchi.
Inspired by the collage on the facing page from a couple of weeks ago: