Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Waving Hello

My sister just returned from a week at the Jersey Shore, and thanks to the wonders of technology and social media, I (Lauren) was able to follow along while she and her family had fun at the beach, thus I was properly jealous! Alas, I don't have a seaside trip scheduled any time soon, but luckily I do have Eyelet Outlet Shell Brads and Pearl Swirls, so I was able to make my own little ocean scene, in card form!

I get cardmaking inspiration from all sorts of places, but it's not very often that a whole entire idea pops into my head fully formed. This was one of those times, though, so I was very excited to get to work. My thought was to make "waves" of torn paper that would overlap a neutral colored beach on which lots of Eyelet Outlet Sea Shore BradsShells and Shell Corners had washed up. As I was getting out my supplies, I spotted some white Pearl Swirl Bling and it sort of reminded me of the way seafoam makes little designs on the sand. So I tucked some snippets in and around my shells, starfish and sand dollars.

Here's a little behind-the-scenes process that typically doesn't make it into my post, but I've talked about "dry fitting" the elements of a card fairly often, and this pic really shows what I mean. Before I've poked a single hole to set a brad, before I've even touched the adhesive, I lay out every element I'm going to use, in the place I think it should go. And then... (this is vital!) ...I snap a photo with my phone, so I remember where it all went. As you can see, I've trimmed all the papers (which are from various Prima Marketing collections, including Georgia Blues, Misty Rose and Havana) roughly to size for my 6" square card. I've torn the "waves" so they overlap nicely. I've snipped my letters from their backing sheets and arranged them --for size rather than correct spelling lol. Now I am ready to assemble the layers for real!

You can see that I did make one or two changes during the assembly process. As I was sticking down the letters I realized that "comes in waves" would fit on one line, rather than two, and I liked it better that way. When I decided to add machine stitching to the layers of waves, I knew the sewing process would be much easier if all the pearls were on the beach. I also decided that a little more sparkle was in order, so I made a mat by adding strips of Glitter Gold Tape to the edges of plain white cardstock cut just 1/4" larger than the central panel.

Whether you are headed to the beachthe farm or the zoo this summer, Eyelet Outlet has brads and tape that will work for ANY destination! ♥

could really use some Vitamin Sea!

Monday, July 15, 2019

By the seashore!

Eyelet Outlet's decorative brads will make your papercrafting just a bit more "specschell" with
these summery Sea Shell brads.
The pearl bling strips make great frames and boarders!

Hope today you are on a beach...or at least dreaming of one!
Dawn Mercedes, of Sunnyside Up

Save the Date!!

Trade shows are where you can see our products in person...and shop to your heart's content! This weekend (July 19-20) we'll be in Duluth, GA at the Stamp & Scrapbook Expo! It's going to be fun! Check out some examples by our talented designers. Fill out a slip for our $50 in product drawing...and stock up on embellishments for your craft area!

Then, on July 26th and 27th, we'll be in Lancaster, PA! 

Save the dates!!

Saturday, July 13, 2019

You Nailed It

I love all the carpenter-themed items at Eyelet Outlet. There are hammers, nails, tool boxes and more... a GREAT assortment. 

Eyelet Outlet nailed it with these items!

Eyelet Outlet Products used:

Thanks for stopping by the blog today!
Be sure to check the Tradeshow List 
to see when Eyelet Outlet will be close to you. 
And head over to the online store, too.

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Don't Just Fly. Soar!

Today I have an inspirational card for you featuring the new Eyelet Outlet Eagle brad.  This set includes a flying eagle, like the one I've used today, as well as a sitting eagle. They are really majestic and I'm expecting them to become one of our most popular bird brads.  

Cricut's "Seasonal Printables" image set offers a beautiful mountain backdrop for my soaring eagle and the sentiment I've used is from Cricut's "Girl, You Got This," image set.   I added some Eyelet Let Outlet Pine Tree Brads and a touch a swirl bling to complete my card.

Thanks for stopping in today, and if you're in the Kansas City, MO area this weekend, stop in and see us at the Scrapbook Expo July 12-13.

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Book 'Em!

I (Lauren) recently enjoyed "The Library Book" by Susan Orlean and it inspired me to get out my Eyelet Outlet Book Brads --and Book Tape-- to make some fun cards!

I love that the packets of Book Brads contain both colorful books and more neutral ones.I used five of the colorful ones for my first card, and went vertical with them... to make a whole entire shelf of books. I attached my computer generated sentiment (the free font is called "Bohemian Typewriter") to a fun yellow reproduction library catalog card, added some red Heart Enamels and placed the whole thing on a background of texty patterned paper adorned with Heart WashiStar Tape and some Skinny Washi strips.

The sentiment on my second card is one I saw on a t-shirt in a book lover's catalog some months ago, and wrote down in my ideas notebook. I printed it on a clear ink jet label in a free font called "Beach Condensed" and affixed it to another faux library card. This time I used our beautiful Book Tape as an accent on both the sentiment card and the background, added just one stack of neutral Book Brads and a single Heart Enamel.

It just goes to show that time spent reading OR crafting is NEVER wasted! ♥

loves actual books 
as much as Book Brads!

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

What's Shakin' Bacon

It's Kim from Katydid Cards with you today.

In answer to the question, "What's shakin' bacon"...this card!  The Breakfast Brads are one of my favorites and the bacon is so realistic.  I decided to snip the prongs off the backs of the brads and used them as shaker contents.

The plaid paper is a digital design and I created my own paper for behind the bacon using all the words associated with it; smoked, maple, cured, hickory, thick.  The pig is attached with an action wobble spring.

Inside, as a cute accent for the note card is the cute Pig Brad on a double mat.

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

Saturday, July 6, 2019

Thank You for Your Service

I hope you've had a great 4th of July week - did you get a long weekend? We celebrated in true American fashion with a cookout. And of course the fireworks in town were loud and wonderful.

Our American freedom is not something to be taken lightly so this week I decided to make a card with a military theme.

The Eyelet Outlet Army Men Brads and some Eyelet Outlet Enamel Dots made this card super fast to make. 

Thanks for stopping by the blog today!
Be sure to check the Tradeshow List 
to see when Eyelet Outlet will be close to you. 
And head over to the online store, too.

Friday, July 5, 2019

Trade Show Announcement!

It's time to lace up those sneakers and get your wish lists made. Head on over to these locations!  We are setting up booths this month near YOU!!

July 12-13, 2019
Kansas City, MO

Thursday, July 4, 2019

Loads of Love

The new tractor and trailer brad set reminded me of the farming community where I grew up.  This time of year rigs like this one could be seen hauling freshly bailed hay, but today my little trailer is full of brightly colored enamel hearts!

I also used Eyelet Outlet cloud washi tape and some skinny washi.  I used the writing feature on my Cricut machine to write my sentiment on this tag.  

The tractor and trailer brad packages also include red and I borrowed from some different phrases I had to put together the sentiment on this version of the tag.  

Have a wonderful weekend with those you love!

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Did She Say, "Steampunk Goggles"?!

Yes. Yes, I (Lauren) did say STEAMPUNK GOGGLES! Because that's what's on the card I made for today, a pair of fanciful goggles surrounded by lots of Eyelet Outlet Gear Brads and Pearl Swirls and... well, lots of other good stuff I'll tell you about in a minute.

The goggles themselves were actually really easy to make. They're just layers of diecut circles, stacked together. The largest (dark brown) is about 2 5/8", the silver layer is 2 3/8", the copper colored layer is 2" and the die that cut the hole through all of them so we could see Victorian London (via magazine photo, lol) is just over an inch. I think the thing that really "sells" the feeling of steampunk and fantasy is that after I assembled all the layers, I set twelve (12!) tiny 1/16" Mini Round Gold Brads around each lens, to act as the rivets holding the goggles together. I also used a Pipe Brad for the nosepiece and a couple of tiny scraps of copper colored paper at either end to suggest straps.

The steampunk goggles I have seen photos of (because apparently YES, this is really A Thing!) all have gears and attachments, which I decided to add to the background, instead of the goggles themselves. I stenciled a few gears over some text paper. Then I got to work adding Gear BradsScrew Brads, Valves from the Pipe Brad set, a Compass Brad, and even a couple of film canisters from the Movie Brads set, because they looked like a different type of cog or wheel to me! Then I added bits of a Pearl Swirl to suggest movement, and filled in with some 8mm Stippled Jewel Brads and loose Pearls.

For the sentiment, I used letter stickers in brown cardstock (dream) and silver metallic chipboard. I swapped out the "I" in "big" for a Pipe Brad and a Gear Brad embellished with a Tiny Round Brad from the Brown Mix.

I hope you'll be inspired to dream up your own fanciful creations, because there really is an Eyelet Outlet Brad for EVERYTHING! ♥

is currently reading a novel in the Steampunk/Fantasy genre, 
in case you were wondering, lol.

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Ewe Moooove Me

Hello folks!  It's Kim from Katydid Cards sharing a sliding pop-up card using Eyelet Outlet's Cow and Sheep Brads.  Also included in these collections are the Pig and Goat.  A Heart Pearl adorns the barn.

Here's a picture of the card folded flat for mailing.

But here's what happens when you tug on the ribbon at the top.  I just love this card style!

When you open the card, here's the sentiment.

And I hope you enjoy your day as you're udderly delightful, too!

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

Monday, July 1, 2019

What's your mode?

The air is fine
and who needs a car?  Get out in the fresh air with nautical and outdoor brads 

If you are a boater, we have oodles of brads to suit you: anchors, seagulls, ships wheels, fish...
just to name a few!

But, if you are a pedestrian by nature,

Thanks for joining me on this walkabout!
Dawn Mercedes, of Sunnyside Up

Saturday, June 29, 2019

Wild About You

Have you ever wanted to go on a Safari, a real live Safari? Have you been to a Wild Game Park? Are lions, tigers, zebras and such your favorite animals at the zoo? Or maybe there's someone in your life that you are absolutely wild about?

Whatever the case, you should check out all the wild brads and products at Eyelet Outlet. There are sooooo many of them!

Eyelet Outlet Products:

Skinny Washi Tape (black/white)

I also added some Safari Washi Tape to the inside of my card:

I'm wild about Eyelet Outlet!

Thanks for stopping by the blog today!
Be sure to check the Tradeshow List 
to see when Eyelet Outlet will be close to you. 
And head over to the online store, too.

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Blue Screen of Death

I'm not sure how cats got a reputation of being aloof.  Our two are anything but!  Our oldest cat not only wants to be close by, she wants to be in the middle of whatever I'm doing at my craft table, so this card is obviously inspired by her!

Among the new spring brads recently released at Eyelet Outlet is this nifty computer brad. I added a small scrap of blue vinyl to the screen for this card.  Eyelet Outlet has several great cat and kitten brads.  This one is comes in a set of black and white cats in several different poses.  

The desk is from Cricut's "Sentimentals" image set.  I used tiny 1/16th Eyelet Outlet round brads for the drawer pulls.  These tiny brads come in so handy in my card making.  They come in lots of colors, too, so stock up because you never know when they will the perfect touch of dimension to your project.  

Thanks for being here today.  Check back often because you won't want to miss projects featuring the new spring brads by our talented team of designers!

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Christmas in July (...technically, a week early...)

But these days there are TONS of awesome events and challenges surrounding the making of holiday cards all throughout July, and what better way to prepare than by stocking up on all your favorite Eyelet Outlet Holiday Brads, Washi Tape and Bling?! Hi folks, it's Lauren here again, with (seriously!) a couple of fun Xmas cards:

You may know that my craft bestie Stephanie and I have a fortnightly Christmas card blog called ♥JINGLE BELLES♥ so I am no stranger to making Xmas cards through the year. In fact, the only month I absolutely do not want to make holiday cards is... December! So any time that inspiration strikes me, I will happily sit down and make a couple of cards. In this case my first card was built around these sweeeeeeet Peppermint Candy Brads. In January I had picked up a super-cute gingerbread house stamp set in the post-holiday sales, and when I came across it again the other day and realized I *still* hadn't used it, I got right to work. I stamped the house in white, (thanks to Hero Arts' amazing Unicorn Ink!) added some gel pen details and a few sticky-back Pearl accents. I flanked the house with a Holiday Tree Brad and a Candy Cane, then built a little hilly little landscape, in which it is snowing candy! :)

My second card features these lovely Ornament Brads, which I'm embarrassed to say I don't use nearly enough. Or at least, I haven't until now. But seeing as all I needed to make this card was five Ornaments, portions of one Pearl Bling Strip and a stamped sentiment... I think this is an idea I will be revisiting over and over!

It's never too early to get a jump on the holidays, so I hope you'll be inspired to check out all the fun stuff in the EO Store. And of course we'd love to see you at ♥JINGLE BELLES♥ as well! ♥

will never go back to making 
50+ cards in December!!!