Monday, May 25, 2020

A little riddle!

What is red and white...with 4 wheels?
Why the Eyelet Outlet Truck Brad!

Use the Foil washi tape to upgrade your die cuts!! 
It's thin and flat...and we have a variety of colors, styles and widths.
Don't you just love the diagonal striped ground line?

Thanks so much for waving by!

Dawn Mercedes of Sunnyside Up

Sunday, May 24, 2020

Quick Cards Using Washi Tape

Looking for a quick and simple card design? I've got one here for you today that lets Washi Tape do all the hard work. Don't have Washi Tape or want a new design or two? We have hundreds of designs to choose from at our STORE. You're sure to find designs that you'd love to own.

I made four cards with the same design but with four different Washi Tape designs. From left to right, I used:
Bee Washi Tape and a Blue Glitter Enamel Dot
Copper Sparkle Foil Tape and a White Glitter Enamel Dot
Book Washi Tape and a Red Glitter Enamel Dot and
Map Washi Tape and a Blue Enamel Dot.

This is a great way to personalize a card for the recipient's hobbies or interests. It can instantly make a card feminine, masculine, whimsical, serious, juvenile or adult. Best of all, it's a quick but great card you can make when time is tight.

Here's a close-up of the bee card.

Let's take a peak inside the map card to show how I put another piece of white card stock inside with a strip of matching Washi Tape at the bottom. I sometimes also put a brad in the inside to accent the Washi Tape like here where I used the Anchor Brad in antique bronze. There are two other finished in this charming pack including shiny silver and pewter.

I like using Washi Tape on envelopes because it ties the whole look together and makes a great presentation when it's delivered to the recipient. I put it on the closer flap of each envelope and turn the excess Washi Tape to the back of it.

Stop by our YouTube Channel to see close ups of the cards and a tutorial with all the measurements. While you're there, like it and subscribe so you don't miss any new content. Click on the photo below to see the video or you can use this link:

Are you inspired to try some of these yourself? Let me know what you think!

Janet Axtman - SugarShine Designs
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Friday, May 22, 2020

Miss You Box Card

Today's card entitled "Miss You" is a box card.  It's delicate, sweet, and a card that can remain open and be enjoyed for weeks and months to come! The box card is a great card for shut-ins, hospitals, and nursing homes. 

Eyelet Outlet's Brads, Bling, and Washi Tape are perfect for constructing box cards.  The Large Flower on the back is easy to attach and the Flower Bling is attached to a piece of clear acetate then attached to the box insert. The remaining four flowers are Glitter Rose Washi Tape and Hearts Washi Tape adhered to white paper then die cut.   Eyelet Outlet Sequins are used inside the flower shaker.  Large Heart Bling adorns the side flaps.

Although the box card looks full of flowers and things, the side view shows that it is the multiple layers creating that effect (there's only six flowers).    There's a white strip on the back to write a sentiment and sign the card.   Once you have completed a box card, you'll find it to be addicting! 

The Eyelet Outlet supplies used:

White Flowers
Large Heart Bling
Flower Bling
Pearl Strips
Glitter Rose Washi Tape

Be Safe.  Be Well.  Happy Crafting!

Thursday, May 21, 2020

You Did A GRAPE Job!

Time to start thinking about your Father's Day cards and Eyelet Outlet has you covered!

It's hard for me to pass up puns and plays on words, so when I saw this sentiment at, I knew I had to add some Eyelet Outlet Grape brads to it!

These grapes, like all of our fruit themed brads, look soooo real and there's three colors in each package of 12.  

Be sure and check back next week for some more Father's Day card ideas and if you're not following us on Instagram, Facebook, and Pinterest, please do!  You'll find tons of ideas for all kinds of paper crafting projects!

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

It's Been a Long, Long Time...

...since I (Lauren) have made a scrapbook layout! But my niece Maddie turned sixteen last week, and since a party (or any other social activity) was obviously out of the question, my sister came up with the idea of compiling a surprise scrapbook. She sent blank pages, a few supplies and postage-paid return envelopes to family and friends, and got back unbelievably beautiful and touching results. I was surprised, not only how many ideas I had... but how many of my ideas involved Eyelet Outlet Brads! Here's maybe my favorite of the pages I made:

I love using brads as a frame on cards, but it turns out they're even cooler around a photo! I took this picture of Maddie and her Nana (who also happens to be my mom!) in 2004, when Maddie was one day old, and it is still a favorite. To surround it, I chose brads and bling that either had a baby theme, or were pink, or both. I've got Heart BradsTeddy BearsSafety PinsDucks, a Colorful Lady Bug, a ButterflyFlower JewelsHeart Pearls, and tiny Pearl Bling.

One of the great things about making a scrapbook for an older kid in the year 2020 is that they (and their parents) have their own social media feeds, full of pictures you know they like. So it's possible to do a bit of lurking and photo-stealing, to get shots you might not have thought to take! This beautiful selfie records the day that Madeline got her braces off. As soon as I saw that smile --and the white space above her head-- I started thinking "thought bubble". I used a combination of stickers and brads to make a little collage of a few happy things I thought she might be thinking about, like school, treats, the beach, etc. I scattered a Computer BradSpring BubbleSelfie BradLight BulbScissorsSun and some Mini Emotion Brads around my sticker sentiment, #Sixteen.

Whether you make layouts or cards, Eyelet Outlet has the perfect embellishments for all of your projects. Check out the huge selection of BradsBling, SequinsWashi Tape and more!

Sunday, May 17, 2020

I Treasure You Father's Day Card

Do you like pirates? My husband loves the pirate theme so I decided to make him a card fit for the best pirate I know! Arghh!

I'll admit, this took some time because of the stamping and coloring but I know he'll love it so it's all good! The fancy fold base card is not hard and very quick to make so you can always simplify it and still get a great card.

The card base is a fancy fold style called Dutch Door because of the two flaps at the bottom that meet in the middle and the flap for the top section. When displayed, the card front rests on the flaps and it turns into a sweet easel card. This is digressing a little but I was a child in the 70's and I thought Dutch doors were the bomb back then! It was fun to think of that while I was making this one.

I used three brad sets in this card. They were perfect pieces to enhance and make this card extra special!

The base of my card is made with teal card stock. You can't go wrong with teal for a nautical card because navy, gold, brown, pink and coral looks great with it and they happen to be common colors for nautical images.

The pieces needed for these cards are:

Solid Card Stock:
Main card base - 4 1/8" x 10" Score at 5 7/8"
Flap for the doors - 2" x 8 1/2" Score on each end 2 1/8"

Designer Paper: Front Flap - 3 7/8" x 3 7/8" Inside of Card - 5 5/8" x 3 7/8" 2 pieces for the door fronts - 1 3/4" x 1 7/8"

You'll also need several pieces of white card stock for mats.
Front flap mat - 4" x 4"
Inside mat - 5 3/4" x 4"
For outside and inside door mats: 1 7/8" x 2"
Front image and sentiment - approximately 2 1/4" x 3 1/2" (cut with a steel stitched rectangle die) Inside image and sentiment - approximate 2 1/4" x 3 1/2" (cut with a steel stitched rectangle die)

Attach the smaller teal card stock piece to the back of the larger piece with glue so you can close the door flaps at the bottom of the card. Glue the mats and designer paper to the outside and the inside of the card.
Next I stamped and colored me matey, his fish and the treasure chest sea bottom image. You'll see in the photos that I used yellow initially to make the sentiment glow but I didn't like it. Shall we say it reminded me of small children in a pool doing what kids do in a pool? Not good! I used a light turquoise marker and went over it. That's why the finished pictures show turquoise around the sentiment instead. The yellow was light so it was no problem going over it.
I cut the fish out using my Brother ScanNCut and trimmed the chest scene with my scissors. You can easily fussy cut all the pieces but I'm lazy! Haha! I glued these to the inside of the card and prepared the Funky Fish Brads to go into the scene. I was so busy constructing the card, I forgot to put the brads in before I glued the mats down. Since I didn't want the brad prongs to show, I just cut off the prongs and used glue dots to adhere the decorative part of the brad to the card. Problem solved!
Then I stamped and colored the interior lady pirate and stamped the Father's Day message. I adhered everything inside the card and also added a strip of Fancy Pearl and Jewels Bling in blue from the store. It reminded me of air bubbles and was a perfect touch the vibe I was going for! Here you can see how I placed the Funky Fish in the watery scene.

To finish the front of the card, I attached the male pirate image to a gold mat cut from fine gold glitter card stock at approximately 3" x 4 1/4". I embellished the mat with a Compass Brad. I think you'll agree that gold on the mat and the brad is gorgeous on teal! The matted image was then glued so the bottom is about an 3/4" below the flap. This creates the notch that holds the doors open when you display it. The front flaps are decorated with sand dollars and starfish from the Sea Shore Brad Set. The pirate stamps are from Jessica Lynn Originals called Pirate Brentwood Owl. The fish & treasure chest scene is from a Stampendous set called Nautical Treasure.

As you can see, this card folds flat for mailing or giving. I found the brads were perfect to tuck the flap shut before mailing and it makes a pretty presentation before they open the flap and get the full effect of the design.

This card can be adapted to any occasion, season or reason! Use your imagination, grab your nautical themed stamps and brads and get creative! Thanks for stopping by.

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Friday, May 15, 2020

It's All Abbout the Washi Tape!

Today's card isn't a card!  It's a project that's fun to make, it lets creativity shine and it's useful!  Today, it's all about the Eyelet Outlet Washi Tape, Brads, and bookmarks.


This is a fun technique of blending two coordinating (or not) Eyelet Outlet Washi Tapes and making a bookmark.  It requires a bit of creativity, a bit of measuring, and lot of fun!

In the picture above, the unicorn bookmark was made using the Eyelet Outlet Unicorn Washi Tape and the Skinny Dotted Silver Washi Tape.  Here's how it's done:
  1.  Cut a bookmark base at 2" x 5.25"
  2.  Measure down on the left side .75" and place a light pencil mark.  Do the same for the right side.
  3. At the top, measure in .75" from each side  
  4. Create the bookmark angles.  On the left side of the bookmark cut from the mark .75" down to the mark .75" across the top.  Do the same on the right side.
  5.  Select a backing paper if desired and cut larger(as desired) than the bookmark base.  Adhere the bookmark base to the backing paper.
  6.  Select two coordinating Eyelet Outlet Washi Tapes.
  7. Place the first tape at the bottom of the bookmark leaving extra on both sides (this will be taken care of later) and tear off the roll.
  8.  Add the second tape above the first tape leaving no space between them and tear off the roll.
  9.  Continue steps 7 & 8 until the bookmark is covered.
  10.  Now even the edges either by cutting them off or by folding the excess tape to the back of the bookmark (folding is easier, trust me on this one)
  11. Punch a hole at the center top of bookmark about .5" down and add string, twine or ribbon as desired.
  12.  Now decorate:  add a message with lettering, stamping, or stickers.  Be Creative!
  13.  Add a coordinating Eyelet Outlet Brad.  Both brads in the picture above are mounted on a 1"x1" square edged with one of the Eyelet Outlet Washi Tapes.  It is mounted on the bookmark with foam squares.  
This is a great project for kids 8+.  These bookmarks can be made to keep, trade with friends, or given as gifts.  Please note:  supervision is a good thing to ensure safety with the scissors and/or paper trimmer with younger children.  You may want to create the bookmark bases ahead of time and have them begin with Step 6.

Eyelet Outlet Products Used:
Unicorn Washi Tape
Skinny Dotted Silver Tape
Unicorn Brad
Classic Cards Washi Tape
Road Washi Tape
Classic Car Brad

Be safe.  Be well.  Happy Crafting!

Thursday, May 14, 2020

You Rock!

I'm excited to show you a project today that features Eyelet Outlet's newest brad!  We now have records in the Eyelet Outlet store - both LP's and 45's, so let's get ready to ROCK!

My Cricut machine was instrumental in creating this card.  I started out with two sound wave image from Cricut's Sound Wave image set and two 5" x 3 1/2" rectangles on my design canvas.  First, I centered then sliced a sound wave image into one of the rectangles. I added my sentiment to this rectangle, omitting the "O" in "Rock," since my record brad was going to serve that purpose.  On the second rectangle, I centered and attached the sound wave image, setting the image to draw rather than cut, ending up with two rectangles looking like this:

Next it was time for the skinny washi tape!  Eyelet Outlet has oodles of colors and patterns, but I stuck to the solids in a rainbow of colors.

Using the drawn lines of the sound wave, I was able to apply my washi tape exactly where it needed to be and then I adhered the two rectangles together and applied my record brad as well as some Eyelet Outlet music note brads for a finishing touch!

Thanks for stopping in and enjoy the day with those you love!

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Flock Stars!

Everyone knows that I (Lauren) cannot resist a diabolical pun, so when my friend and Eyelet Outlet Design Team Alumnus Stephanie Severin showed me a fun bird illustration with the phrase "Party Like a Flock Star" of course my first thought was, that it make a great card... especially  if Eyelet Outlet Flamingo Brads were the flock in question!

I had two different ideas for making this concept visual, so rather than spend time deciding between them, I just made both! For my first card, I used an ink-blended panel in bright sea and sky colors, and added a few torn strips of Glitter Gold Tape to be sand and a few torn strips of Cloud Tape up in the sky. I added a Sun and Cloud Brad, plus a Rainbow to the top right and my *flock* of Flamingo Brads at the lower left, with my sticker sentiment occupying the space between.

My second idea was much more minimal, so I even pared down the sentiment, making it into a thank you card instead of a birthday greeting. I blended a very small area of the same ink colors and used one of my nested star dies to draw a star just a bit bigger than a Flamingo Brad. Then I paired the smaller alphabet stickers with my trusty old school Dymo Labelmaker, and finally added a few Star Brads from the Red, White and Blue set.

I hope you'll fly on over to the Eyelet Outlet Store and treat yourself to some fun embellishments and then use them to make cards for your "flock" of friends! ♥

loves flamingos and all other
hot pink birds! :)

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Eyelet Outlet at the GLMM VOLUME SHOW on 5/9/20

While we could not get to the Great Lakes Mega Meet this month,
we are looking forward to meeting up with all of your in October 2020.

In case you missed our segment,
here is Designer Janet.
She is showing our product lines, inspiring card samples and showing off new brad styles!
We hope you ordered during the sale this weekend.

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brads and sales!!

Monday, May 11, 2020

Cruising to the summer!

Oooh, did you guys see the fun new Record brad that was released this weekend at the Great Lakes Mega Meet VOLUME show? This was a digital show as the MegaMeet was postponed to the virus.
What a great turn out!
Designer Janet showcased design team cards of our latest brads.
 Hope you all got in on the 20% discount. THANK YOU for your orders!

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I hope you are cruising through May too! 
Dawn Mercedes, of Sunnyside Up

Saturday, May 9, 2020


Pumping out one last reminder!
Come on over and see our newest brads...
along with Designer Janet! 

We are missing you oodles!
But we'll see you in the fall!

Be sure to be on the Volume FB page at
4:30pm eastern time today.

get 20% off your order with 20megameet code.

Friday, May 8, 2020


NOTE:  There's a missing embellishment from this card, but where is it?  You'll find it at the Eyelet Outlet live presentation on Facebook at VOLUME - Virtual Online Learning Mega Event on Saturday, May 9th at 4:30 PM (EST).  We'll present timely card ideas and reveal our latest eyelet brad set.  Use coupon 20megameet for 20% off all orders.  Come join us and find the missing embellishment!

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Today's card entitled 'HEROS' is a thank you to all of the people in our daily lives that have risen to the challenge needed to move us through this difficult time.

The card has sparkle and shine, but the message is mighty to all the front line workers.  THANK YOU!

The flag is composed of seven red and six white stripes (1/4") with the blue section beginning at the top down to the bottom of the fourth red stripe; it's about 1/3 the way across the width of the flag.

The Eyelet Outlet Star Sequins are perfect for the flag.  The lettering is about 1.25" and is adorned with Eyelet Outlet Sequins.  An alcohol marker the same color as the sequins fills in any gaps on the letters while a deep navy blue cardstock outlines the letters for depth.  To add dimension, the lettering is popped up off of the card with foam squares.

Take a moment to create a card acknowledging the HEROS in your life.

Eyelet Outlet supplies used:
Star Sequins

Be Safe.  Be Well.  Happy Crafting!

Thursday, May 7, 2020

Honor Thy Father and Thy Mother!

Spring is the time to be honoring our precious mothers...and our dear ol' dads! With the snappy decorative brads and a great selection of washi tape from Eyelet Outlet,
you'll have something whipped up in no time!

Here, I added a Cupcake Brad and wooden spoon from the Baking Brads set. (This set comes with muffin tins AND wooden spoons!)  

Our Hanger Brads are a fan favorite.
I prefer the metal looking ones..but we also have a Wooden Hanger brad set.
Use your favorite washi create the tie! 
Wow...what a great duo.

What fun ideas do you have for Mother's or Father's day this year?
We'd love to hear about them!
Remember, come check us out on VOLUME:

4:30 pm on Sturday 5/9/2020
This is a LIVE event...since the Great Lakes Mega Meet has been postponed.
Come, join in...and get 20% off your order with the code: 20megameet!

Dawn Mercedes, of Sunnyside Up

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Highly Koala-fied!

If you're looking for KOALA-tee embellishments, you'll definitely want to check out the adorable new Eyelet Outlet Koala (and Sloth) Brads! Here are a couple of cards that I (Lauren) made, complete with especially diabolical puns!

But first, the Diabolical Puns, which I made myself, using a variety of free fonts. I've made them into jpgs, so that anyone as silly as I am can right-click, save and print them out. They'll also be on the Freebies Page

For my first card, I swapped out part of the sentiment for alphabet stickers and a white Heart Brad, that I placed below the diecut window holding a foliage forest in which my Koala Brad is climbing. 

For my second card, I wanted to convey the idea of the two Koalas being apart, so I used nested dies to cut a bunch of different sized stars from an abstract leafy paper, then scattered them across the front of the card. I placed each little dude inside his own star, climbing up a few wavily handcut stalks of bamboo.

Like everyone else who's been sidelined for over a month, I miss spending KOALA-tee time in the outside world! But if I have to be stuck at home, it's awesome to have lots of cute and inspiring Eyelet Outlet Brads to play with!

changes from pj's to real clothes 
every single day!
( far as you know...)