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.
If you've followed us for very long, then you know that Eyelet Outlet offers one of the biggest selection of brads on the internet. It often tickles me which ones I end up pairing together for a project. Last week it was the tiger brad and the playing cards, a seemingly unlike combo, and this week I'm pairing the stethoscope and the computer brad!
I turned to Cricut's "Dr. Check Up" cartridge to find the doctor and stretcher and in no time I'm ready with a cute get-well card the next time someone I love is under the weather.
It is a fact, universally acknowledged, that masculine cards and gifts are harder to make than those with a feminine theme. Or maybe I (Lauren) am the only one who used to think so? But thanks to Eyelet Outlet I'm now definitely an Equal Opportunity Embellisher. For this gift set, I combined lots of EO Gear Brads, Compasses, Anodized Stars and manly washi tapes with papers from Prima Marketing's "Craftsman" collection. I think it's a bit of a match made in heaven!
I made the bag first. I added a nice thick band alternating layers of torn paper and Brick Tape, Circuit Tape, Map Tape, Road Tape, and Wheels Tape; but really ANY combination of tapes which work well together would be equally good. I adorned the picture wheel with tiny 1/16" Round Brads in gold, and added some old-school Brushed Brass Eyelets to the corners of the label shape. Finally I added the fabulous vintage car (snipped from an old falling apart book I got at a garage sale) and a few Anodized Stars. The extra eagle-eyed will notice that in with the gears I've slipped a few Film Cans from our Movie Brads and Faucet Valves from the Pipe Brad Set; because they both look like they belong, and you don't always have to just use things the way they were originally intended! ;)
When it came to making the card, I basically made a pared down version of the same design, but I added a sentiment. It's a combination of small foam letter stickers and my own larger diecut alphas, made from cardstock covered with Map Tape! The background again uses theMap Tape,Brick Tapeand Circuit Tape and I've thrown in another Compassand someAnodized Stars.
When it comes to creative embellishing, Eyelet Outlet *always* has your back!
July 20, 1969. Do you remember where you were? I do! I was a child watching on our old black and white TV as Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin left man's footprints on the surface of the moon! In honor of that 50th anniversary this month, I thought I'd bring you a few lunar themed cards today.
First up is an inspirational card perfect for when someone you love is facing a challenging time.
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 Brads, Shells 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.
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!
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.
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 Washi, Star 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! ♥
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!