Monday, December 31, 2018

Rolling past Monday...

This little red pickup truck brad is a fan favorite. 
Cards and scrapbook pages roll out quickly when you use Eyelet Outlet washi for the background and road!!

Saturday, December 29, 2018

Better Than Sliced Bread

Hello, Jeanette here from the design team. I'm glad you've stopped by the blog today. Did you have a good Christmas? I sure you were able to spend some time with those you love the most. And whether you saw them in person, called them on the phone, sent them a text, connected with them on social media... whatever... I hope you told them...

You've the best thing since

(from the Bacon Egg and Toast Brad set)

Have a great - and safe - New Year's celebration. I'll see you here on the Eyelet Outlet blog again next year (which is mere days away).

Thursday, December 27, 2018

Hooked On You

Valentine's Day is fast approaching and the Design Team at Eyelet Outlet is hard at work to give you lots of inspiration for your Valentine projects, but no need to wait on Valentine's Day to let your special someone know how you feel!  Here's a card perfect for just that!

This awesome fishing lure card stock was just what I needed to pair with Eyelet Outlet's new fishing lure brads, don't you think?!  And they go so well with our popular fishing pole brads, too!

And speaking of Valentine's Day and since it is Thursday, how about a little Throw Back Thursday?

Last year I had so much fun creating these little punny Valentine cards for my great niece to share at school.  I actually put together a little kit of all the parts and brads she would need and she assembled the cards herself.  The fishing pole brads are pretty versatile, right?!  

As 2018 comes to a close, we want to thank you for following Eyelet Outlet on our blog, Instagram, and Facebook this year and we're looking forward to bringing you lots more inspiration in the year ahead!  Happy New Year!

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Christmas Leftovers

Don't put away your favorite Eyelet Outlet holiday brads just yet, because they have one more important job to do. Hi folks, it's Lauren here, and if, like me, you had a wonderful Christmas yesterday, you might like to say so to your friends and family, so why not use those last few brads in the packet to make some quick and easy thank you notes?

Holiday Light Brads really don't need much more than a string to anchor them. Mine happens to be machine stitched and a bit curly, but yours could be long or short, straight or curvy! Just lightly mark their path with a pencil, then draw, stamp or sew your string base. Add a sentiment et voila! One fun and fab mail-able card is DONE!

Ornament Brads are another fun and choice and all they need is something on which to hang. Again, my trusty sewing machine came to the rescue: I stitched five cords of various lengths and added a brad to the end of each. Alternatively, you could make hangers from twine or ribbon, or add  simple hand stitching with embroidery floss.

And now all that's left is for me to THANK YOU for dropping by, because I happen to know there's a different kind of Christmas leftovers awaiting me... in the fridge! ♥♥♥

can never resist a Christmas cookie or two,
especially the ones made by her niece, Lindsay Marie!

Tuesday, December 25, 2018

Oh Christmas Tree

Hi, Kim from Katydid Cards here.

Merry Christmas to those of you who celebrate the holiday.  Wishing a fabulous day to those who do not.

I wanted to share one last Christmas card celebrating the Christmas tree inspired by a card I saw on Pinterest.  I love the look of white on white with that pop of red provided by the Red Jewel Bling and greeting.  My photo doesn't do that bling should see how it catches the light in real life.

And speaking of white trees, I want to share one of my Christmas past memories with you.  For more than a few years, we had a white artificial tree (in the days when artificial trees were pretty darn ugly).  Each year my mother would decorate it with Christmas balls of a single color.  And then the piece de resistance was the color wheel to shine brightly its four colors on the tree.  Oh, how my mother loved that tree.  Me, not so much, but it's still a fond memory.

Here's a look at the card from the side so you can see the dimension provided by the In the Woods Thinlits Dies by Stampin' Up.

And here's the inside, simple but sincere sentiment.

See you next week, which will also be next year, with another card.

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

Saturday, December 22, 2018

Feeling Baaad? Get Better Soon!

When my children were young, I was always amazed at how much better they would feel after a little scrape once a bandaid was applied, especially if it was a specialty bandaid with a cute image, character, or such on it. So today's card is for all those injured little darlings that need a bandaid to make them feel better.

The specialty bandaids on my card feature 
Sheep Brads from Eyelet Outlet.

Here's my advice: either be VERY careful not to get hurt or have some cute bandaids on hand for when you do. They will make you feel better, for sure.

Thursday, December 20, 2018

It's a Wrap!

This is my last post before Christmas.  Decorations are up, gifts have been bought, Christmas cards have been mailed and it's all coming together for our Christmas celebration with family next week!  The excitement is building as I'm doing my favorite part - gift wrapping!  

This year I made initials for each family member's main gift and after spray painting them, I embellished them with Eyelet Outlet brads that coordinated with the wrapping paper.  

I loved the way the poinsettia brads paired with this pretty wrapping paper I found at Kohls!

I found this wrapping paper at Hobby Lobby a few years ago and I LOVE the cardinals on it.  The Eyelet Outlet Cardinal Brad looks like it was made for this paper, too!  

Next up, my granddaughter got the Snowman and Snowflake Brad with her snowflake paper!

I thought the new Pinecone Brads paired with a touch of greenery I made with my Cricut looked so great with this plaid ribbon, don't you?  

And of course, I had to do one with some bling!  Here I've used some red jeweled bling to serve as my holly berries for the holly I cut with my Cricut.  The new Pinecone Brads look awesome here, too!  I've found so many uses for them that I need to get some more!  

And last but not least, Santa's Reindeer can really fly now because Santa's Sleigh is finally empty after dropping this gift off for my husband, Don!  

If you're wrapping presents today, bring out your Eyelet Outlet supplies and have some fun with it!  Merry Christmas from all of us at Eyelet Outlet!

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Fair Warning!

Hi folks, Lauren here, with a special public service announcement: It turns out making altered rolodex cards with holiday artist trading coins on top is slightly (ok, a LOT!) addictive. On the plus side, this a super fun, super flexible --and, perhaps most importantly--  super FAST way to create with your favorite Eyelet Outlet brads and washi tape. And of course, this idea would work equally well as package tags, gift certificate holders, small cards, tiny bags or boxes... well, let's face it, a week before Christmas, the prospect of being able to make a whole bunch of useful holiday items is *not* to be sneezed at! So here are a few more ideas for you:

I will mention all the specific products in a minute, but probably the most important thing to tell you is the basic "recipe". I made the artist trading coins first. I started with 2.5" circles cut from scraps of patterned paper. Then I inset circles cut with the next smallest size of my nested circle dies. Then I added two or three holiday-themed brads to each coin. Of course, the rolodex card format could easily be discarded in favor of tags, or A2 cards, but in any case, there's a formula for your "base" as well: a neutral paper (or papers, plural) with strips of holiday tape on top. I like to combine 5/8" tapes with skinny ones, but if all of your washi is the same width, you can get the feeling of variety by adding multiple strips of some tapes and overlapping others. I chose combinations of tape that coordinated with the colors in my coins, paired up each set, and that's IT! Instant holiday festiveness!

Here are the brads and tapes I used on each card, working from the top left of the photo above: Skate Brads, Snowflake Brad, Green Filigree Tape, Silver Skinny Glitter Tape; Pinecone Brads, Poinsettia Brad, Pine Tree Tape, Skinny Holiday Assortment; Sleigh Brad, Prancing Deer Brad, Merry Christmas Tape, Skinny Holiday Assortment; Holiday Tree Brads, Snowman Brad, Green Filigree Tape, Skinny Metallic Tape, Green Dot Tape. And now, starting at the top left of the photo below: Holiday Tree Brads, Snowman Brad, Green Dot Tape, Wide Tree Washi, Skinny Green Stripe, Skinny Holiday Assortment; Holiday Mitten Brads, Candy Cane Brad, Red Tree Tape, Skinny Green Stripe Washi; Elf Brads, Ho Ho Ho Tape, Red and Green Dot Tape, Skinny Holiday Assortment, Skinny Green Tape; Holiday Light Brads, Deer Tape, Skinny Holiday Assortment.

I hope you will be inspired to borrow this "recipe"... or create your own! It really is a fun and fast way to get LOTS of holiday greetings done, with ZERO stress involved! ♥

wishes you the happiest of holiday seasons!

Tuesday, December 18, 2018


It's Kim from Katydid Cards with you today.  The new year is right around the corner and soon we'll be singing, "Auld Lang Syne" which basically means "days gone by".  So in honor of days gone by, here's a card about ancestors.

I had a little bit of fun with this card.  Well, actually I had a LOT of fun with it using Eyelet Outlet products.   I can't take credit for the original idea.  That came from a comic strip I saw long ago and it was in the deep recesses of my mind until I spied these brads.

To create the background, I used the Brick Washi Tape for the wall and Hardwood Washi Tape for the floor.  I added a bit of woodgrain to the floor with a Copic marker.

I found a clip art image of a picture frame and imported it into my Silhouette to trace for a print and cut. A little gilt was added with a gold leaf pen.  Next, I cut a piece of watercolor paper to simulate canvas and sponged lightly with yellow...since this is a picture of an ancestor, it had to be aged, right?  I attached the telephone from the Telephone & Fan Brad Set, but before I did I took a bit of 22 gauge black wire and twisted it around a toothpick to make the cord. You can see I left a bit on each end to tuck behind the phone after bending it to fit.

The father and son conversation is being had by the iPhones included in the Selfie Brad Set.  They're sitting in a chair filled with a pattern and cut using a file purchased in the Silhouette store.

Inside, just a little sentiment to make the recipient smile.  Would this card make you call or text?  I hope so!

I've made a few more cards using the phones.  I can't wait to share them with stay tuned!

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

Monday, December 17, 2018

Sweet Friends

With all the help and kindess shown to me over the last couple of weeks,
I need a pile of these cards to send out to my friends. To coordinate with the sentiment, I used a bunch of candy brads from Eyelet Outlet. Some of these are current and some are retired...
Don't let those older brads sit around!
Use them up and cheer up someone's day! 

Saturday, December 15, 2018

Here's Looking at You Kid

Hello, I'm glad you've stopped by the Eyelet Outlet blog today.

If you're like me, you're often times proud of your children. They say or do something that just makes your heart smile. That's the idea behind the card I created for today.

Here's looking at you, Kid!


Thanks again for stopping by!

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Fleece Navidad!

I've been hustling and bustling with Christmas preparations and I forgot to post last Thursday, so today I'll try to make up for it by sharing two of my Christmas cards with you.

First up is a super quick and easy card I created with the sheep from the Cricut Winter Frolic cartridge.  I added eyes to my sheep with a pair of silly ones from Cricut's Funny Faces cartridge.  They were totally ready for the holidays once they donned their Eyelet Outlet Santa Hat Brads!  A touch of holly with an Eyelet Outlet Holly Brad and done! 

Next up is one of my favorites for this holiday season!  I used various greenery elements and a poinsettia from the Cricut image library for this card and arranged them together along with Eyelet Outlet Bling and our new Pinecone Brads. I added a strip I of Eyelet Outlet Skinny Glitter Washi Tape for a little extra shine. 

 Here's a close up.  Aren't those Pinecone Brads just great?!

I'm glad you stopped by today!

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

What's Red and Green and FUN All Over?

Holiday-themed Memorydex cards featuring Eyelet Outlet brads and washi tape of course! Hi folks, it's Lauren here again. I used my rolodex die to cut out two cards made from ordinary white cardstock covered in a collage of vintage paper and sheet music. Then I added a band of festive tapes, topped with artist trading coins. Because who ever said you cannot *combine* swap formats to make them exponentially more fun!

On my first card, I layered a bunch of my favorite RED washi tapes: Ho Ho HoNo PeekingMerry Christmas, Skinny Merry Christmas and a few other skinny tapes with words on them. Then I made an artist trading coin from red patterned paper and added Santa and Mrs. Claus Brads.

My second card favors shades of green, running in the opposite direction because I started with my favorite vertical Tree Tape and added Green Dots as well as a few different strips of Skinny Green Stripes. This time the coin element features a pair of Pine Trees and a gallant Moose Brad for a fun wintery scene.

Of course there is no limit to the different combinations you could make with just a few fun holiday tapes and brads from Eyelet Outlet!

still *LOVES* washi tape...
in case anyone was wondering!

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Christmas Crafts

Kim from Katydid Cards here.  I've shown you a number of Christmas cards featuring Eyelet Outlet, so I thought I would make a few Christmas crafts as well.

First up is a 3D winter scene gift card bag which has been modified from the original cut file purchased in the Silhouette store.  The changes enabled me to use some of the many brads from Eyelet Outlet.  Here I'm using the Sun & Cloud, Pine Tree, Snowman, and Sled brads.

Here's a closer look.  The "layers" in the bag start with the acetate window then the snowy hills and finally the sky.  Behind the blue panel, there's space for the gift card.

Next, is a cute little holder for hand sanitizer...except, in this case, it's Santa-tizer.  I used the new Santa Brad as well as two Red Round Brads and the new Santa Washi Tape.

Here's a view from the side.

And here's the holder, open.  I used a Red Stripe Washi Tape for the inside panels.

The entire Eyelet Outlet design team has outdone themselves with holiday inspiration!  I hope you have enjoyed our projects as much as we enjoyed sharing them with you!

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