Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Go Wild!

It's a jungle out there, but fortunately, there are Eyelet Outlet Jungle Mix Brads to help us cope. Hi folks, it's Lauren here again, with a couple of cards I hope will impress you with their animal magnetism.

For my first card, I paired the Elephant, Monkey and Giraffe from the Jungle Mix with a diecut sentiment made from woodgrain patterned paper and some of my favorite Animal Print Tape. Since there are four letters in "WILD" I also added a tropical Tall Palm Tree Brad to balance things out.

I love how the first card came out, but I really wanted the animals from the Jungle Mix to stand out even more, so for my second card I fashioned my sentiment from three shades of solid green to provide more contrast. I added another Tall Palm and mounted the whole thing on a woodgrain panel adorned with a strip of Wide Flower Tape in a beautiful henna brown. A few patterned paper leaves focus the eye on the area where the sentiment sections join up and make everything just a little more Jungle-ish, don't you think?

I hope that you'll be as WILD as I am about our Jungle Mix Brads! ♥

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and on her own blog the rest of the week.

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Enjoy the Ride

Hello everyone!  It's Kim from Katydid Cards.

I haven't had the chance to work with the Motorcycle Brads yet, so I decided to pair it with the Compass Brads and the Postage Washi Tape to make this card.

I used the Stitched Triple Reek-a-boo Window and Edge by My Favorite Things.  Before die cutting, I covered the cardstock with the washi tape.  As you can see, it cuts beautifully with nice clean edges and the stitching is sharp.  

I found three different landscape themes on the Internet as the backdrops for my motorcycles.  To provide some dimension, I used mounting tape to attach the die cut panel to my card base.  I sponged the edges of the base and used a Dots stamp by Judith.  The compass was the finishing touch and a perfect complement to the greeting.

Inside I used the Tire Track Washi Tape under the sentiment.  To color coordinate, I lightly colored it with a brown marker.

Since the theme today is transportation, I thought I share the link to a card featuring a train in case you missed it.

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

Monday, August 13, 2018

Egg-cellent day!!

Start the day off with Eyelet Outlet...and 
it will be great!

Don't you love how our new stamp line pairs so well with our Breakfast brads!

The paper flowers with yellow centers mimic the the egg brads.
With these clever stamps, you'll never run out of toast or eggs!!
The Sun & Cloud Brads are some of my favorite brads!!

We will be headed to Schamburg, IL for the next 

on August 17-18, 2018!

Saturday, August 11, 2018

A Perfect Pair

I really like sentiment stamps that make a big statement. The "You're a Perfect Pair" sentiment in the Eyelet Outlet Playing Cards stamp set is exactly the kind I'm talking about. Awesome fonts, nice size, looks fabulous.

It makes card-making so easy! Add some designer paper and some "pairs" of Eyelet Outlet brads and you've got a card.

Eyelet Outlet Brads Used:

Speaking of pairs... did you see there are two (a pair) of Expos coming up later this month. Check it out in the right side bar. 

Schaumburg Illinois - August 18-19
Edison New Jersey - August 24-25

If you live near either of those places, I'd highly recommend going. You'll be glad you did as soon as you find the Eyelet Outlet booth!

Thanks for stopping by today. Come back often!


Thursday, August 9, 2018

Wishing You A REELY Happy Birthday!

I hadn't made a box card in a while and forgot just how much fun they can be to make and receive!  This movie themed box card was especially fun to make with the help of Cricut's Movie Night cartridge and the amazing Movie Themed Brads from Eyelet Outlet! 

I also used a cute movie themed digital paper from Huckleberry Hearts.  

Eyelet Outlet Ticket and Popcorn brads and Film Strip Washi Tape were a great addition to this card, too! The Ticket Washi Tape would have worked wonderfully as well, but I forgot I had that on hand!  Could that mean I have too much Washi Tape?  No!  Never!

The thing I love most about card making is the ability to personalize and by adding some text and using Print Then Cut on this movie clapboard, I was able to do just that!

Thanks for stopping by today, and if you're in the Houston area this weekend, come by the Creating Keepsakes Convention at The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel & Convention Center!  Stop by the Eyelet Outlet both in the Vendor Area and we just might meet!  

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

It's Five O'Clock Somewhere!

That being the case, this is the perfect time to celebrate with a bit of a cocktail, in card form! Hi folks, it's Lauren here to remind you that Eyelet Outlet has many styles of adult beverage brads, from Beer to Champagne to Wine and Cocktails, there is something to suit every taste! I've made a few variations, because it's no fun to drink *alone* right?!

Lately I love to make altered rolodex cards, and I've been lucky enough to get into a fun swap group, which is helping to grow my collection. For this set of Cocktail Cards, I diecut the rolodex card shape from various bright patterned papers, added strips of Washi Tape and affixed my various Beverage Brads on little tags. For my sentiments, I printed most of the text in a typewriter font, then chose to highlight a word or two by spelling it out in letter stickers. I used neutral stickers in the same font as my bright colors, to create a sort of drop shadow effect, which made them show up even better!

For my first sentiment, "It's Five O'Clock Somewhere" I wanted a party atmosphere, so I chose to combine a few different brad styles, including a mug from the Beer Brads set, a glass of white wine and a margarita from the Cocktails set, and some Colorful Sunglass Brads to add to the tropical vibe.

For "Why Limit Happy..." I used both the mug and one of the bottles from the Beer Brads, as well as an appropriately festive Emotion Brad. I've set off the sentiment with some Blue Dots tape and a Skinny Yellow tape.

On the "Cheers My Deers" card I used two champagne flutes from the Wedding Brads set, with some tiny gems snipped from a Fancy Long Bling strip, rising up from the glasses. I've drawn attention to the little tag by adding strips of bubbly-looking Pink Dots and Blue Dots washi.

To illustrate "When Life Gives You Lemons..." I used one of each shade of margarita from the Cocktail set, adorning one of them with a Beach Umbrella that is cleverly multitasking, lol.

I hope you'll be inspired to serve Eyelet Outlet Beverage Brads at your next papercrafting party! ♥

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and on her own blog the rest of the week!

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

It's a Jungle Out There

Hello!  It's Kim from Katydid Cards.

Another new Eyelet Outlet release is these realistic Jungle Mix Brads.  The package includes Elephants, Giraffes, and Monkeys.  I've used all three to create a scene right, "Out of Africa"

I made a standing easel card to highlight the African sun in orange on a background of yellow.  This provides the backdrop for the black silhouetted trees I traced and cut from free clip art on the Internet and the Jungle Mix animals. 

I made a card not too long ago using another new release, Horse & Pony Brads.  If you missed it, here it is.

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

Monday, August 6, 2018

Howdy, Houston!!

Howdy, Houston!!
Eyelet OUtlet is packing up and shipping out to TX this weekend.
Come see our new stamp line...that coordinates with our brads!

You'll love our selection and your core!

Thanks for checking out our blog today!
Dawn Mercedes, of Sunnyside Up

Sunday, August 5, 2018

Best Fishes

Eyelet Outlet has a variety of stamp sets. The one I've used for my cards today is the Fish stamp set

This stamp set has some fun sentiments, two little fish, and even a fish bowl. So much possibility with this stamp set!

For my first card I wanted to include the fish bowl and the just dropping you a line sentiment. I used a tiny piece of a post it note to mask the area of the fish bowl, allowing the sentiment to go there without being affected by the stamped image of the fish bowl. First I stamped the sentiment, then I covered the line/hook with the small piece of post it note before stamping the fish bowl. Once it was stamped, I simply removed the post it note.

I paper-pieced the water and surface/sand in the fish bowl, using bits of the same designer paper I have in the card background.

Eyelet Outlet Products used:

For my second card I started my creative process with the sentiment You're quite a catch. When fishermen catch a great fish, they usually do two things. They stretch the story, of course... but they also try to capture a picture IF it truly is a great catch. Therefore I used a variety of film/camera themed items (Brad and Washi Tapes) to go with that theme. I added a fun fish in the film strip and used three white matte enamel dots to give the perception of air bubbles rising to the surface above the fish. This card was so much fun to make.

Eyelet Outlet Products used:

I hope you'll stop by the Eyelet Outlet online store and check out the great products there.

Thursday, August 2, 2018


When you're shopping Eyelet Outlet, don't leave without some leaves!  Our leaf brads are a must-have brad for any season!  Here are two cards I made with them, one featuring the Autumn colored leaves and one with bright spring green leaves.  These beauties come in two sizes - standard and mini

For my first card, I used both the standard size as well as the mini size leaves.  The water color trees are from Cricut's Photo Play-Autumn Day cartridge.  I also added a couple of strips of Eyelet Outlet's skinny washi tape.  

Next up, a similar card, only this time I changed seasons and used the beautiful green leaves with some water color clip art trees by Amalie Roepstorff's Etsy store. 

Thanks for stopping in today!

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Giftwrapping, In the Bag!

Here's a shocking true confession: I (Lauren) hate buying gift bags! They're so expensive, and often not very good quality. The good news is, I have Eyelet Outlet washi tape and embellies, so instead of buying pre-made gift bags, I buy inexpensive plain bags in bulk and personalize them! 

This bag was made for my sister, Amie's, birthday gift. And I confess it was made a bit last minute, so I needed a few Ninja tricks to speed up the process. Trick #1: Washi tape covers a lot of ground quickly. Standard sized (5/8") tape is great, but at almost 1.25" our many beautiful EO Wide Washi Tapes are even better, and the Wide Lines Washi I've paired my butterlies with is 1.75". The latter has so many colors and patterns, it matches nearly every tape in my collection! Trick #2: Use a shoebox to hold the gift bag open. This will make it much easier to apply the tape, since the empty bag will want to keep folding up on you. You really needn't cover the entire bag; a few strips around the top of the bag add loads of interest. You don't have to take the tape 360 degrees, either, but the nice thing about tape is, it's one lonnnnnnnng piece that already has adhesive! So if you decide you do want to go all the way around the bag, it's easy! However much or little tape you decide to use, you'll want to start and end in the "folds" at the side of the bag, so you never see the ends of the tape. Apply one strip at a time, and if you're not confident enough to "eyeball" a straight line, a tiny pencil mark at each edge will keep you on track!

Trick #3: An oversized monogram is a really fast way to personalize your bag. My giant letter A is almost 5 x 8" and I printed it as an outline, on plain white cardstock, using a free font called "Storybook". I applied the same tapes I used on the bag, but you could use a coordinating-- or even a contrasting-- design to get different looks. Trick #4: Since most washi tape is translucent, you don't need to pre-cut-out a monogram to use as template! In this case, I just applied the tape right over the outline, and as you can see, it was still perfectly visible for me to trim up afterward. I use an Xacto knife for interior cuts (like the triangle at the top of the A) and regular scissors for the rest.

Trick #5: A coordinating mat makes your monogram stand out even more. Having said that, the "ghost effect" of the un-matted dimensional letter gives a totally different, but equally cool look. In this case, though, I did use a mat, which I chose to go with the Solid Color Paper Flowers I added for a little more color and interest. Since they come in nine colors, it's not hard to find a shade that will match perfectly! Trick #6: Green flowers are an awesome addition to your collection, because you can snip the petals apart and make them into leaves, as well, like I've done here. 

Again, this is hard to beat for speed and ease: I attached the flowers to the monogram with some beautiful oversized Pearl Brads and affixed the monogram to the bag with a few strips of foam tape, for extra dimension. Finally, I applied a strip of extra tape to a scrap of cardstock and fussycut a few extra butterflies to perch on the flowers.

With hundreds of varieties of washi tape in the Eyelet Outlet Store, I'm confident you can find LOTS of designs you'll love... and lots of ways to use them! ♥

really, reallllllly loves
wrapping presents!

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Deer Crossing

Hi!  Kim from Katydid Cards with you today! I'm always happy to be sharing an Eyelet Outlet project with you.

Relatively new in the Eyelet Outlet store are the Prancing Deer Brads.  I paired them with the Deer Brads and the Sun & Cloud Brads to make a card which I hope brings a smile to the face of its recipient.  I have to admit, it makes me smile; but then I always crack myself up with my own silliness.

I made the winding roadway by tracing some free clip art I found.  It's two layers, the white "lines" peeking through the opening in the black layer.  I placed that on the hills of three shades of green.  The hills are just circles and ovals, cut to fit the card of Soft Sky cardstock.  The Deer Crossing sign was also clip art which I converted to a print and cut.

Then came the fun part when I got to place the deer on the side of the road...and Simon making his own rules.  This brings back a fond memory of my Dad saying (every single time we saw a deer crossing sign), "I wonder how the deer know to cross here?"  He'd laugh at his own joke every you know I came by it naturally.  We would just roll our eyes.

And the one deer comments Simon's errant ways, saying how he "buck's the system".  See what I did there?  Dad would be proud!

Inside, a sentiment to continue with the theme.

Another "animal" brad I particularly like is the Chicken brad and now the store has the companion Rooster brad.  If you missed it, here's a card I made using both.

Thank you for visiting with me today.  I love you all "deerly" ;-)

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