Wednesday, October 17, 2018

The New Super-Couple!

Don't worry, there are no Kardashians in this post. Just Kards... I mean cards! The super-couple to which I (Lauren) refer is the combination of Gina K Designs' Wreath Builder stamps and Eyelet Outlet brads. Because trust me, they are gooooooooooooood together. See?

It helps to have a stamp positioner. I suppose it's probably vital. And truly it's the thing that makes it not only possible to make awesome, unique cards this way-- but also really fun and slightly addictive! Then there are the brads, obviously.

My first card is built around our brand new Eyelet Outlet Apple Brads which come with both apples and cores. I used Gina K's Autumn Wreath Builder set to make a perfect home for them, with an appropriate sentiment from the same set.

The second card is still quite autumnal in feeling, but I've left it without a sentiment so that it could be a birthday, a thank you, or a get well; though naturally I hope not to need the latter anytime soon. I've added Daisy Flower BradsButterfly BradsMini Butterflies and Mini Ladybugs, as well as red and champagne Jewel Bling and a bit of Script Washi in the background.

My third card miiiiiiight be my favorite. Because one of our Gnomes is making use of a rake from the Lawn Mower Set in front of a Pumpkin with a background of softly falling Mini Leaf Brads! Boy would I love to have a gnome to do my leaf-raking in real life, but until that happens, I guess I'll just enjoy that in card form!

is in charge of the leaf-raking, lawn-mowing and hedge trimming 
in her household; but has seldom cooked a meal in 33 years of marriage! :)

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Santa's Suit

Hi there!  It's Kim from Katydid Cards today.

The adorable Santa Suit brads are part of the new release at Eyelet Outlet and I have two cards using them with the Santa Hat to share with you today.

First is a waterfall card.  I believe this is the first waterfall card I made, but I just had to try it because it seemed a perfect way to showcase these brads.

I also used  Red Round Brads to hold the base of the waterfall mechanism in place.  As the mechanism just shouts out to be pulled over and over, it needs secure attachment points and these brads are up to the challenge.   Jewel Bling, colored with Copic markers, were added to the three panels with the brads as an accent...just the right touch.  Here's what happens when you pull on the tab:

The cut file for the card base was purchased in the Silhouette Store.  I used retired Christmas themed paper from Stampin' Up as the backdrop as I thought the presents and trees worked well.  As a finishing touch, I brushed the words and Christmas ornaments on the trees with Wink of Stella.

While every Santa we see looks impeccably dressed, there's a lot that goes into looking that way!  My next card gives a behind the scenes look at what Santa goes through when deciding what to wear!  It's not easy looking that jolly.

On this card, I again used the Santa Suit and Hat as well as Brick and Silver Foil Washi Tapes and Black Pearl Bling.  The little Santa image is from Stampin' Up.

Kim from Katydid Cards
Who provided the inspiration for these cards?  Katy did!

Monday, October 15, 2018

Just dropping you a line...

Eyelet Outlet has a variety of clear stamp sets that coordinate with our popular and trendy
brads.  Here I used the Fish Stamp set along with fish brads and our new fishing lure brad.
A bit of insect washi tape creates the decorative panel on the left. 

I love how you can use brads...and stamps now!

Be sure to visit us this weekend in Sacramento CA
at the

Oct 19-20, 2018.

We'll have our new line of brads available for purchase, along with oodles of new ideas to inspire your paper crafting!

Thanks for taking a peek today!

Dawn Mercedes, of Sunnyside Up

Saturday, October 13, 2018

I'm Toast

Hello... I am so glad you've stopped by the blog today! 

Without you, I'm Toast!

Aren't these little slices of toast awesome?
They are part of the Eyelet Outlet Bacon Egg Toast Brads.

I had a bit of fun with Washi Tape and Jewel Bling Strip:

Eyelet Outlet Products Used:

Skinny Washi Tape (Blue with Dots)
Skinny Washi Tape (Green, Pink, and Yellow)

Be sure to head over to the Eyelet Outlet store 
to check out these products... 
and the New Brads, too! 

Friday, October 12, 2018

Message in a Bottle

Hi there.  It's Kim from Katydid Cards.

The calendar says it's officially Autumn, but here at the Jersey Shore, it's the very best time to walk on the beach.  With the weather still beautiful but fewer people out enjoying it, it's like having your own private beach.  It's on those walks you find little treasures the tide has brought in.  Something like this message in a bottle.

To create this scene, I used the Mail, Seagulls and Shell Brads and a combination of hand and machine cut components.  To add the white caps to the waves, I added some Marvy Snow Marker.

To create the bottle, I cut a piece of pale blue cardstock.  Then I created an offset of acetate to wrap around the cardstock and envelope brad.  I even popped a little cork in the top of the bottle.  It tucked between the two layers of "sand" perfectly.

Inside, on a mat of light blue, I added a strip of Script Washi Tape and another of the Mail brads with lots of room for a personal message.

I created another card celebrating the beach back in my early days as an Eyelet Outlet design team member.  Here's a link if you'd like to see it.

Kim from Katydid Cards
Who provided the inspiration for these cards?  Katy did!

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Silly Jokes!

If my dad were still with us I can well imagine what he'd have to say right now!  He'd say, "You can stay, but those jokes gotta go!" I've had so much fun creating silly joke cards this week for the children in my life and today I'm going to share a few with you!

This one is my favorite!  Who would have thought I could create a card that pairs the new Eyelet Outlet Ghost Brad, Fishing Pole Brad, and Fish Brad in the same card!? 

The answer?  Lake Eeerie, of course!  

Next up these adorable twin witches started with a witch image from Cricut Mini Monsters cartridge, but Eyelet Outlet brads took them to the next level!  I embellished them with Witch Hat Brads, Witch Leg Brads, Broom Brads, and Round Jewel Brads.

The Answer?  You never know which witch is which!

Now when I heard this joke I knew immediately I had a card to create using the Cricut Faucet Brad from the Pipe Brad Set!  The tomato and lettuce are Cricut images from the Freshly Picked cartridge and the race track image is from Sports Mania.  

The answer?  The lettuce was a head, the faucet was running, and the tomato was trying to ketchup!

We all need a little fun in our lives, don't you think?  I hope you've been inspired to make a silly joke card for someone you love or maybe to donate to a charity that collects cards for hospitalized children who need some good cheer.

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Washi + Flowers + Bling!

Hi folks, it's Lauren here again. Everyone knows how much I love to wrap presents, especially for my nieces and nephews. So when my niece Lindsay Marie turned fifteen (15!!!) last week, I wanted to go big, which meant I needed ALL my favorite Eyelet Outlet embellishment categories: washiflowers and bling!

I've mentioned before that I'm kind of... well... cheap, lol. So if I can buy plain giftbags inexpensively --or better yet-- if I can re-use a shopping bag, I'm a happy camper. In this case I started with a very pretty oversized bag from the New York Botanical Garden. It was exactly the right size and had that neat fern detail on the front and back. Unfortunately, it had the logo, too; in really large print. I tried putting ordinary washi over top, but the black typeface still showed through. Luckily, I had some glitter tape, which is very sparkly but not at all see-through. It also lets me avoid the wrath of Lindsay's father (my brother, Bill) who has declared glitter giftwrap and ribbon OFF LIMITS in his home, since he's only just now finally gotten all the carpets clean after last xmas' giftwrapping excesses.

I love to personalize presents. It is my belief that *everyone* secretly hopes the fanciest gift is for them, and that most of us totally get a kick from our name being on it! I recently found these beautiful, oversized, silver chipboard letters, and they looked good on top of the glitter tape, but my motto is: NEVER give up a chance to embellish!!! So I added a strip of Zigzag Purple tape and a fun Skinny Foil tape to each letter before adding them to the bag.

Lindsay's favorite color is purple (in case you hadn't guessed, lol!) so I finished off with some Purple Paper Flowers with purple Flower Jewels at their centers. I cut some older green flowers apart to serve as leaves, and finally added most of a package of clear Swirl Bling... cut apart and slightly re-arranged, in order to fit the space better. 

Don't forget to drop by again for designer inspiration, every day! ♥

has rarely met a Sparkly Thing
she didn't love!

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Witches!! (and more)

Hi there!  It's Kim from Katydid Cards with you today.

Last week I shared a few cards featuring Eyelet Outlet's new Ghost Brads.  Today I have two more to share with you in which witches figure prominently.  That doesn't mean I didn't take advantage of some other great brads like the Ghosts, Pumpkins, Cats, Witch Hat, and Witch Legs brads AND a sneak peek of another newly released brad...the Broom!  (And wait 'til you see what else is in that package!)

First up is a shaped card created using a cut file purchased in the Silhouette store.  The witch silhouette is also from the store...I cut and sized her to fit perfectly on the flying broom.  The pumpkins come in two different colors for variety and look great together AND they are a perfect perch for the black cat peering through the gate what lies beyond.  I used Silver Glitter Enamel Dots on the gate as an accent.

When you open the gates...if you are greeted by a trio of ghosts.  Maybe they came from the graveyard!  Did I scare you?

Next, we have a little play on words which incorporates the witch hat and legs( and that adorable boom again).  I changed and rearranged a title from the Silhouette store and then color matched it to the brads.  It's triple matted and peeks through the opening from inside the card.  Gold Glitter Enamel Stars surround the opening with two bat brads at the bottom to finish.

You won't want to miss what the other Eyelet Outlet designers are making, so why not take a moment to follow us on Flickr or Instagram!  And if you like more details, you can find them here on Eyelet Outlet's blog.

Kim from Katydid Cards
Who provided the inspiration for these cards?  Katy did!

Monday, October 8, 2018

North Pole Greetings from the Mr. & Mrs!

Did you see our new Mr. & Mrs. Claus brads?
They are a fan favorite!!

Also seen here is our new wreath brad.  It will match the new pinecones nicely!
Bling strips make a great border for any scene!

Stock up on your new favorites at our booth in

Dawn Mercedes, of Sunnyside Up

Sunday, October 7, 2018

It's All About the Dress

Hello!  It's Kim from Katydid Cards and today my cards are all about the dress.  The Dress Brads from Eyelet Outlet, that is.  This adorable dress comes in a pack of five different colors, something to suit everyone!

And here are three of the colors in this first card I'm sharing with you today.  In addition to the dresses, I also used Bumpy Round Bling as well as Brick and Purple Checked Washi Tape.

To make this look like a storefront, I cut an opening as a window and backed it with acetate before mounting the brick panel, attached with mounting tape.  After cutting the awning, I attached it directly to the brick panel at its top and on dimensionals at the bottom.

I created the greeting in Silhouette Studio and notice the little store sign which happens to be patterned after Eyelet Outlet's own logo.

I matched the sentiment inside to one of the fonts used on the front, leaving plenty of room for a personal note.

Next up, I borrowed a quote from Karl Lagerfeld which seems a perfect partner for the black dress.  In addition to the dress, this card showcases the Pearl Bling in two sizes as well as the Chalkboard and Silver Glitter Washi Tapes and patterned paper from a Black & White Collection.

And inside, I created a birthday greeting playing off the quote on the front.

I've used the dress brads before, combining them with the Loads of Love Clear Stamp.  If you missed them, you can find them here.  See you soon with something new!

Kim from Katydid Cards
Who provided the inspiration for these cards?  Katy did!

Saturday, October 6, 2018

Look Who Is Outside the Window

It's Santa! 

He's surely getting ready to deliver gifts to the homes of all the good boys and girls this Christmas!

As for me, I'd like him to leave me LOTS of goodies from Eyelet Outlet!!!
Please Santa! I've been a very good girl this year!

Eyelet Outlet Products Used:

Thanks for stopping by the blog today!
I'd recommend going to the Eyelet Outlet store 
so you can put together your wish list for Santa.

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Candy Cane Dreamin'

If you haven't seen the brand new Santa & Mrs. Claus Brad Set at Eyelet Outlet, you are in for a treat!  This has to be one of the best sets yet!

Today, I'm bringing you a card featuring Santa & Mrs. Claus having a little conversation about Santa's diet that has left Santa dreaming of Eyelet Outlet Candy Cane Brads!

Mrs. Claus's sewing machine is from the Cricut Country Life cartridge and Santa is admiring his newly altered attire in a mirror from Cricut's Forever Young cartridge. In spite of Mrs. Claus's admonishment, Santa just cannot help but dream of the delicious Candy Cane Brads from Eyelet Outlet!  

Thanks for stopping in and see all the awesome new brads at Eyelet Outlet at