It seems like summer just arrived, but already it's time for it to come to a close and the kids are heading back to school. Have you seen the new School Bus Brad at Eyelet Outlet? It's perfect for all your back to school cards and scrapbook layouts!
Last week I posted some Llama Brad cards that were inspired by a pair of novelty socks. Continuing in that same vein, my first Sheep Brad card was inspired by this cute pouch my sister gave me. (Because yes, there does seem to be a Pun Gene, and our family definitely has it!!!) :)
My first thought (of course!) was, "Hey! We have Sheep Brads AND Eye Glass Brads!!!" so obviously I had to use both. I created the sentiment with a mixture of stamps (spectac and lar) and alphabet stickers. My original idea for the card did not involve Star Brads, and would have had the specs right next to "you're". But because the Eye Glass Brads are open at the center, they have their prongs off at the edges, and actually need two small holes, and I didn't punch the holes precisely enough. Of course I could have started over, but at times like these, I will usually try to come up with a fix. In this case, it was to move the glasses up, and place a white star over the resultant holes; then add a couple more stars to make the placement seem more intentional. In the end, I think they look really good, and if I was going to make a second card like this, I'd plan on stars from the beginning!
The thing about puns is, it's hard to stop at just one, lol. So while I was making the "Spectac-EWE-lar" card, I kept thinking of other words with "EWE" in them. One of which was, "EWE-phoria". At first I wasn't sure how that would translate into a card, but when I was retrieving the Star Brads for the first card, I saw my Knitting Brads and thought about how much I love yarn, some of which --coincidentally-- comes from sheep. I drew the long tangly trail verrrrrrry lightly in pencil and stitched over it twice with my sewing machine. Then I added my alphabet stickers and finally set the Sheep Brad, plus two balls of blue yarn (the packs also contain yellow, purple and green) and the needles from the Knitting Brads.
That's all for today. If you need me, I'll be right over there, near the air conditioning vent, knitting! ♥
I can't help myself! I love making silly joke cards for the kids in my life and this old tiger joke came quickly to mind when I saw the new Eyelet Outlet Tiger brad! I knew he'd pair perfectly with the playing card brads, so away I went to create this card!
Inspiration really is EVERYWHERE! Sometimes I (Lauren) find it myself, and other times, a friend or family member sends me something which triggers an idea. These cards are the result of the latter; I'll explain in a minute. But meanwhile check out the adorable Eyelet Outlet Llama Brads and Llama Washi Tape:
Now, here is the inspiration, an actual pair of socks spotted in a shop by my craft bestie and EO Design Team alumnus, Stephanie:
Of course as soon as I saw it I immediately thought, "LLAMA BRAD CARD!!!" :) I made the vertically oriented card first, using two sets of alphabet stamps for the sentiment. You'll notice the base is a fun graph paper print; Doodlebug has a whole rainbow of them, which I love, even just aesthetically. But also... if you're going to hand stamp a long sentiment, one letter at a time, it's quite handy to work on a paper which has a nice strong horizontal line. Just sayin'. I placed the star of the show, the handsome Llama Brad, next to his name, popped on a purple Heart Enamel and filled the rest of the panel with Llama Tape.
I actually love everything about the first card, but it did occur to me as I was working that it would be fun to have more color in the sentiment AND I'd like it even more if the sentiment was on three lines instead of four. So this time I chose a stamp set that could be colored in, and turned my paper horizonal so that "ding dong" fit on one line. Since that meant no "extra" space at the bottom, I placed two strips of Llama Taperight down the middle, and spelled out "llama" in chipboard letter stickers so they'd stand out. The two lowercase L's seemed like the perfect place for another Llama Brad. And since theHeart Enamelswere still sitting on my worktable, it seemed a shame not to add a few.
What have you seen lately in a shop, a website, or even a catalog, that made you think, "Hey! That might look good on a card!"? Whatever it was, I'm going to bet that Eyelet Outlet has a brad which could make your idea even better!
While you can always find links and dates to upcoming trade shows were we will be setting up shop, here are a few of the ones coming your way! Come into the booth, say hello and fulfill your wish list with papercrafting items that range from our delightful decorative brads, our wide variety of washi tape, more bling that you can dream of...as well as clear stamp sets that coordinate with our brads, enamel shapes and paper flowers. Did you know that we carry card kits too! We did the work, you put them together and get the credit when your friends are wowed!!!
Eyelet Outlet has amazing prices at the shows...
and so many themes and patterns!
We are looking forward to meeting you and helping you stock up for your next season in creating.
If we aren't coming near you at this time, be sure to stop in our online store:
When I saw this box card SVG from My Casual Whimsy's Etsy shop, I knew I'd have to make it! First because it's just so cute, but second because I could imagine how cute it would be with a couple of Eyelet Outlet products added to it for extra fun!
This card really was quite easy to make and went together very quickly! The poor little sick bear in bed is getting lots of comfort from his snuggly Eyelet Outlet Teddy Bear. Hopefully the medicine he has to take from his Eyelet Outlet Spoon Brad is at least grape flavored! I made the bear a little bit bigger than the file had it so that the bandaid brad would be the right size for his forehead and I used a red round enamel dot on the end of the thermometer and a few enamel hearts around the sentiment.
I'm glad you stopped in today! Keep on crafting, friends!
Have you seen the new Eyelet Outlet Fairy Brads? They are one of my (Lauren's) favorites from the Spring release. And I can envision them working in so many ways, but this being the height of summer gardening season, I decided to go a bit nature-y!
Both of my cards are built on trimmed-down journal cards from Prima Marketing's Havana collection. I loved the way the soft foliage colors made the fairies blend in just a tiny bit... because fairies like to hide! For my first card I added three Fairies, in pink and green, and let them flitter around the card. (Each pack has an assortment of pink, green, blue and purple fairies.) I added bits of white Pearl Swirl Bling to convey movement and magic. There was a pre-printed sentiment at the top left of the card, so I covered that with Sun and Cloud Brads, and added my own words, lower down, via alphabet stickers... probably my favorite craft supply after brads and paper, lol!
We also have fun new Crown and Tiara Brads, and as soon as I thought of the sentiment, "Wish Big" I knew that I had to put a crown on a Frog Brad and surround him with a few more Fairies. Again, the Pearl Swirls are meant to imply that the fairies just miiiiiiiight be in the process of working a little bit of magic... or possibly mischief? It's sometimes hard to tell with fairies!
I love the variety of Washi Tape that can be found at Eyelet Outlet. Have you looked around the site? WOW! There are rolls and rolls and rolls of Washi Tape. You can see the variety HERE. So, with all that Washi Tape to choose from, why not get creative with it, right? I used five different designs of Washi Tape (they don't even necessarily look like they would go together but the overall look works) and wove them in and out to create a fun design for this birthday card.