Thursday, April 19, 2018

Happy Seagull

Good Thursday morning crafty friends!  I'll never forget the first time taking my daughter to Padre Island and her great surprise when a seagull swooped down and grabbed some of her lunch right out of her hand!  That memory comes to mind every time I see my Eyelet Outlet Seagull Brads in my organizer, so I decided to put the brads and the memory together and create a fun little card, perfect for sending cheer.  

I also used the little Cattail Brad that is included with Eyelet Outlet Frog Set Brads.  The post that the hungry little seagull is sitting on is an image from Cricut's Life's a Beach cartridge.

Thanks for stopping by today and if your travels take you near the Orlando Florida area next weekend, April 27-28, visit Eyelet Outlet in person at the Stamp and Scrapbook Expo!  

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Sunshine and Watercolor

It never ceases to amaze me (Lauren) how inspiration is everywhere! Last week I spotted a $2 stamp and embossing folder combo at a big box crafting store and realized that the cuuuute rainbow stamp was *EXACTLY* the right size to combine with our Eyelet Outlet Sun and Cloud Brads. So obviously I had to buy it, lol, right?!

You may have noticed that I often show a couple of similar projects in the same post, so I'll share one of my secrets with you: when I'm having trouble deciding between two ways to go, I'll start working on both ideas at the same time. In this case, my indecision was whether to paint the embossed rainbow panels with bright, full-strength shades of ColorBurst pigment powders, or to use diluted pastel versions. Often, when I'm in the process, one of the ideas will not work out, so I abandon it and keep going with the other. This time, I liked them both; so I was able to make two different cards.

To get the fun "white lines" effect on both cards, I used the rainbow embossing folder to texturize a panel of watercolor paper in the usual way, but before painting it, I rubbed across the raised bits with an ordinary white candle from Ikea to give it a very light coating of wax. That acts as a resist, so when you paint the watercolor on, it beads up on the raised parts... you can actually paint away quite messily and still get a really fun effect. For the dark version, I used full strength ColorBurst shades and let them air dry completely. For the pastels, I diluted the pigment with a little extra water, and then blotted the wet color with a tissue before it dried. In both cases, I completed the background/sky first and filled in the rainbows second. This seems counterintuitive, but it was a game-changer for me!

The vivid colors of the darker rainbows were a great match for this beautiful multicolor Striped Washi Tape, which I've flanked with a fun stripey pattern from the Rainbow Skinny Set on top of some notebook paper backed with plain white cardstock. I attached the Sun and Cloud Brads to my stamped and colored rainbow before cutting it out... thus I was able to leave a little extra cardstock behind the brads for support! This card is 4.75 x 6.25, to accommodate a slightly larger heart shape and "dilute" the darker colors with a little extra white space.

The pastel rainbows were soft enough to be a background for a typical A2 card, so this time I used a smaller heart shape from my leftover notebook paper, and added my Dymo Label sentiment right on top.

I hope I've brought a little bit of sunshine into your day... in the form of Sun and Cloud Brads! ♥

favorite color is 

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Some Eggs-ceptional Cards

Hello everyone.  It's Kim from Katydid Cards.

Sounds prideful, doesn't it?  Actually, it's the brads that are egg-ceptional; both literally and figuratively!  And I have to say I really enjoy working with these.  Here's a link to the Egg Brads, just in case you want to get some for yourself.  There are also Colored Egg Brads in the store; I used them previously on this Easter card.

I can't wait to show you this first card because it's one of my favorites.  Then again, I have a lot of favorite Eyelet Outlet cards!

In addition to the egg brads, I used the Canister, Cooking, Mixer & Cup, and Baking Brads.  The combination couldn't have been better for this card and the patterned paper called Cooking Time from Crave Designs was a perfect way to tie it all together.

But as to the question, "How do I like my eggs?" 

Well, here's my answer which you find just by lifting the flap:

The cute muffin tin has wells in it for the batter to go, so I filled them!  I used the White Pearl Bling Strips.

Next up, I have a cute card to give anyone of whom you're proud just to let them know.  If would also be nice to send to someone who needs a little confidence boost.

This time I put the little egg in a nest, perched nicely on a branch adorned with the Stitched Flower.

I used several different cut files from the Silhouette store, but the base was made using this file.  I changed the size of the card to 3 1/2" x 6" and cut it from Soft Sky cardstock by Stampin' Up.   The Cloudy Day embossing folder helps add some interest to the card front.  I cut the branch twice and snipped off the leaves; running them through the crimper before attaching them atop the branch.  Here's a closer look:

Inside, a little play on words for the sentiment.

 Thanks for visiting today.  I am egg-ceptionally happy you stopped by.

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

Monday, April 16, 2018

Make a dazzling statement!

Eyelet Outlet Washi Tape comes in all sorts of styles.  
But one of the most fun is our glitter washi tape.  
It always makes such a great statement on cards and it easily mixes and matches with your regularly printed washi.  Need a little upscaling?  Try Glitter washi tape!

Also, check out those glitter enamels.  Subtle...but noticeable!

We are doing inventory and stocking our shelves for the Orlando, FL

Stamp & Scrapbook EXPO

April 27-28, 2018

Stop by and pick up your favorites from our booth.
Paper flowers, bling strips, decorative brads, enamel shapes and much more!

 Dawn Mercedes, of Sunnyside Up

Sunday, April 15, 2018

New Baby

Hi Friends! kel here today to share another fun coffee card!

I got to play with these adorable Woodland Animal Brads for this card. As soon as I saw them I knew I wanted to make a baby card and love how it came out!

They are just too adorable. You get these three characters - skunk, fox, and raccoon - and I couldn't pick which one I wanted to use so all three of them went on the card together!!

Thanks for stopping by today and see you again soon!!

lovies, =o) kel

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Soak Up the Sun & Snorkel

Good morning, and happy Saturday!

As I type, the sun is shining, the breeze is strong, and if I close my eyes, I can ALMOST pretend that I’m at the beach instead of Ohio. ALMOST.. 

My page project this week uses pictures from a vacation last June, and I guess the subject matter helps my fantasy :).

As soon as I saw the Swim Fin Quicklet Eyelets in the store, I knew exactly why I needed them. We had a terrific time with the beach snorkeling on this trip, and I have a couple of other pages with related pictures that will use the rest of the fins. Those pages won’t be on the blog because nobody on the internet needs to see our swimsuits!!!haha

I had a hard time deciding what to do for a title. I knew I wanted “snorkel” to be big, but I didn’t have any big, pre-cut letters. I came up with making my own letters from bling strips, and I like it! I just drew the long, skinny letters in pencil to give myself a guide. The strips cover the pencil line, so there was no need to erase.

I want to try doing some script lettering with the strips, too. Maybe next week.

I backed the arrow washi with white cardstock so it would pop off of the darker patterned papers.

Eyelet Outlet Products Used

Papers are from Studio Calico (background) and Fancy Pants Hello Sunshine.

Friday, April 13, 2018

Curve Ball!

TGIF crafty friends!  Susie here with another ATC*.

Baseball fan?  You betcha! My kids are all grown now, but over the years I spent plenty of time at little league games.  Yes it was fun, but the best thing about team sports was the lessons they learned about life.  Time to play...

This card came together really fast!  I stamped the (excellent) sentiment on a watercolor paper ATC with Archival Ink, painted in a blue sky, drew in a dashed line and added a baseball brad.

The brad came from the Balls Brad set which contains a mix of basketballs, volleyballs, soccer balls and baseballs.  (total of 12 brads)

Oh and here's a quick tip!  I used the inside of a roll of tape to draw in that nice curve!

Here's the finished ATC...

...which easily becomes a card when placed on a simple background.

I stamped out a few extra ATC's that I would love to share!  If you are interested head over to my Facebook or Instagram page and leave me a comment.  I will send them out next week.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you find some time to play today!  Susie

Materials for  Curve Ball Card:

Eyelet Outlet Ball Brads
Inkadinkado Stamps - Friendly Advice
Prima watercolor paper and paint

*Artist Trading Card - 2.5" x 3.5" piece of original art made in any medium and intended to be traded with other artists.

Smile! It's Your Day!

I'm not sure why, but camera embellishments and images seem to call out to me. When I see them, I want them. Maybe it's because they remind me to...

or say Cheese!
(I'm not sure which)

When I saw the gorgeous camera brad from Eyelet Outlet, I knew I needed it!

Just look at that brad! Isn't it awesome!?!?

And then there's that really cool Camera Washi Tape! 
It's from Eyelet Outlet, too!

Eyelet Outlet Products Used:

I even added a bit of the Camera Washi Tape to the inside of my card...

As always, thank you for stopping by the Eyelet Outlet blog today! You can also find Eyelet Outlet on Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest!

Thursday, April 12, 2018

You Did It Grad

I've got a graduation card for you today that has it all!  It's quick, it's cute, and it's custom!

I used two images from the Cricut library.  The graduates are from the "Simple Everyday Cards" cartridge and the sentiment is from the "Decorate! Celebrate!" cartridge.  Using the hide contour tool in Cricut Design Space, I eliminated the graduation caps from the image so that I could feature the Eyelet Outlet Graduation Cap Brads on my card.   

The Graduation Caps offer great texture and interest and this card is so easy to customize by making the sentiment your graduate's school colors!  

Thanks for stopping by today and be sure to follow us on Pinterest and Instagram, too!

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Gift Wrapping Is My Bag, Baby!

I (Lauren) may have mentioned that before. But I never get tired of making extra-fancy presents for my friends and family. Especially (...but not limited to...) the kiddos. It's amazing how quick and easy it is to make a plain boring giftbag from the big box store into something infinitely more colorful and fun... with Eyelet Outlet Washi Tape!

You've seen me make washi tape into patterned paper before, just by applying tape in neat strips on plain white cardstock. And that's what I did this time to make the star bag, but instead of choosing one pattern of tape, I made a washi rainbow! I used a homemade star template from my computer to trace the star and cut it out with scissors. Then I matted the whole thing onto a scrap of glossy black cardstock and cut it out again. For the heart bag I used a store-bought stencil for the shape, and this time I applied the tape in a sort of plaid pattern, alternating between placing the tapes horizontally and vertically, so it would be more interesting. I matted that one on a coordinating shade of purple. I machine-stitched around the edges of both shapes to add a little extra texture.

I affixed both shapes to their bags using a few pieces of foam tape. But first I wanted to add a little more color to the bags. The nice thing about washi tape is that it comes in lonnnnnnnnnnng rolls... so you never have to worry about how wide or tall your project is. I marked an even point on the right and left sides of the front and back of each bag. Then I applied my tapes carefully, one at a time, in long strips that went alllllllllllllllll the way around the bag! By starting inside the fold at the side of each bag (and working neatly) I was able to hide the place where each strip of tape overlaps at the end of its run. I love how it looks seamless, and I can tell you that when non-papercrafters see something like this, they have NO IDEA how you've done it! (So when you make your own version, if you want to tell them it was *MAGIC* your secret will be safe with me!) ;)

On the star bag, I used: Red Dot TapeBlue Stars and a couple of Skinny Print Tapes for variety; the star itself has: Heart WashiOrange StarsCrayon TapeBlue StarsPurple CheckedSkinny Yellow DotsSkinny Green Stripes and Confetti Tape.

On the heart I added a stack of Paper Flowers with an Enamel Dot center, and these tapes: Pink CheckedPurple ZigzagPink DotsSkinny Pink Dots and Skinny Pink Checks plus Heart Tape; with Wide Star Washi and Skinny Glitter Tape on the bag. But really... both of these designs would work with literally ANY combination you'd like to use! You could work in a specific color group--either the recipient's favorite combination, or to commemorate a school or team. Or use the entire rainbow--either randomly or in the ROYGBIV spectrum. You could even combine tapes thematically, for an occasion like a birthday or holiday. The only limit to the variation is your own imagination!

Need even more great ideas for using Eyelet Outlet Washi TapeBrads or Bling? Follow us on Facebook and Instagram to see all the latest makes from our amazing design team! ♥

Lauren Bergold's favorite color 

Birthday Bling!

Good morning crafty friends!  Eyelet Outlet has the most luscious bling you've ever seen!  It was exactly the thing to take this birthday card from pretty to pretty amazing!  The Fancy Long Bling Strip I used in between the stripe and floral layers of my card are available in 5 beautiful colors, too!


There are so many options in the Eyelet Outlet store for the center of our paper flowers and this is one I'd hadn't tried before that turned out stunning!

This pretty pearl and jewel Flower Bling fits perfectly in the center of my small white paper flower. Each package of Eyelet Outlet Paper Flowers includes 3 sizes of flowers and there are many colors and patterns to choose from, too!  

Supplies used in this project include:
Digital Paper from Huckleberry Hearts Etsy Store Red & Blue Floral Collection
Cricut Cartridges:  Creative Cards (Doily); Create A Critter (Leaves); Cake Basics (Happy Birthday)

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Chuggin' By

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

Have you seen the Train Mix Brads in the Eyelet Outlet store?  I've got to tell you, they are so cute!  I decided to try using them in a different way and love the effect.  Let me show you my card and then I'll share more about what I did.

I found the free clipart background from the Internet.  I imported it into my e-cutter and then traced around the black silhouette and cut it from black cardstock, welding it to a rectangle frame.  I adhered acetate to the back and then attached it directly to the background on mounting tape, being careful to align it.

Before adhering the piece, though, I attached the train through the acetate so they seem to float on the railroad bridge.  To add to the scene, I included the Deer Brads.  I typed out the greeting and fussy cut it to look like steam and attached that so that it's coming from the engine.

Inside, a simple sentiment playing off the train theme.

I'm working on another card with a train which would be great to give a child who loves trains and can use a bit of encouragement, so stay tuned for that.

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