Tuesday, April 30, 2019

And Cats!

Hi there!  It's Kim from Katydid Cards.

I was asked to make a birthday card for a cat lover.  It just so happens Eyelet Outlet has playful Kitten Brads which were just what this card called for.  This set contains black and white kittens in three poses.

I made the center box card with a cut file I purchased in the Silhouette store.  The proportions of the card work so well with the kittens, who are having the time of their nine lives in the yard.

The digital patterned paper for the mats and hills is from the Heartbeat at My Feet Kit by Zoe Pearn.  After I print and cut them, I found cardstock to match nicely.

Then came the fun part.  Placing the kittens in the scene.

Here's a closer look at them:

For the empty areas on the mats, I used the Sun & Cloud Brads which filled the space perfectly.  The brads were before attaching the patterned paper to hide the prongs between it and the cardstock.  I added the cute greeting with pop dots.  Here's a look at the card down from the top.

On the reverse, I added a panel with the sentiment.  As an afterthought, I added plaid mats to the back sides as well.

Although it's not a fancy fold like this one, I also like this birthday card.

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

Monday, April 29, 2019

Saturday, April 27, 2019

HB2U Text Message

I admit it - I love my iPhone. I text. I play games. I search for answers. I am rarely far away from it. So what better way to send a birthday greeting, right?

Eyelet Outlet Brads:

Inside of Card:

Eyelet Outlet Washi Tape:

I hope you've been inspired to get creative!

Don't forget to head over to Instagram and participate in the new products guessing game - someone is going to win a prize!

Thursday, April 25, 2019

Gift for the Grad!

They will want to open your gift first when you jazz up the wrapping with Eyelet Outlet products and they might even want to keep the box!  Here's a gift box for a graduate using one of the square box files from the Cricut image library as a base. 

I used a graduation themed digital paper from Huckleberry Hearts for the base of my box and then applied some Eyelet Outlet Gold Foil washi tape around the bottom edge of the lid.  This black & gold tape would have been great, too!  

For the top I used graduates from Cricut's "Day to Day" image set and cut them in black card stock.  I used the hide contour function to eliminate existing graduation caps in the image and added Eyelet Outlet Graduation Cap brads for fun, touchable texture!

I'm glad you were with us today!  Be sure and follow us on Instagram, too!  Keep it crafty!

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

New Product is coming!!

New decorative brads are coming soon to Eyelet Outlet's store.
Think you know what might be introduced to our collection?

Head on over INSTAGRAM to make your guesses. 
One lucky crafter will win Eyelet Outlet product.
Guess and share, and guess again!

We can't wait to see who is right!
(And maybe some one will suggest a future idea!!)

Say YES to the (Origami) Dress!

A couple of weeks ago, a customer in the Eyelet Outlet Booth* mentioned that she had made some really fun origami dresses to fit our Hanger Brads. And when I (Lauren) hear something like that, of course I have to try it out for myself! Turns out, she was 100% correct!

I have done a few simple origami projects in the past, but I'm definitely no expert. Luckily, there is an excellent post with great photos and a step-by-step video on Red Ted's Art Blog. The folds are quite easy and straightforward, and there was only one section (making the skirt dimensional) that I had to watch more than once before I "got it". Here are a few tips I discovered as I went along: you don't necessarily need to use real origami paper, but you do want nice thin copier-weight paper; cardstock will NOT be your friend in this context. To fit the scale of the Hanger Brad I started with a square that was 3.5". And the most important thing I learned is, attach ONLY the bodice of the dress to your card, leaving the skirt section loose... otherwise it looks very flat and slightly odd. (Ask me how I know!)

I made my first dress from thin patterned paper and embellished the bodice with a snippet of clear Fancy Bling, with some pieces of Jewel Bling Strip at the edge of the skirt.

For my second card, I wanted to see if I could make a dress from some of the gorgeous new spring Flower Washi Tape we just got in to the EO Store. I lined strips of tape up neatly on a piece of thin printer paper, trimmed it into a 3.5" square and made a dress in exactly the same way as the first one. It took a little more patience to crease the folds, and I admit that I cheated and tacked the tiny collars and sleeves with a gluedot in the back, so they would stay folded... but otherwise it worked quite well! (But I highly recommend making one or two dresses from plain paper first!)

Once my dress was finished I added a Heart Brad to the bodice (this not only looks adorable, it also makes sure your folds will stay flat... just sayin'...) and attached it just under a Hanger Brad on a fun faux polaroid. I think this is the first time I've scattered one style of brad all over my background to make a sort of pastel Sunglass Brad patterned paper, but it definitely won't be the last!

I hope you'll be inspired to try some simple origami shapes, then pair them with your favorite Eyelet Outlet Brads and Bling! ♥

*Eyelet Outlet visits more than *thirty* US cities each year with Scrapbook Expo, CKC and various rubber stamp shows! Check the tradeshow schedule on the sidebar of the EO Blog or click here for a list of all the locations. Chances are we'll be somewhere near you, sometime soon!

has had a blast at Scrapbook Expo 
in Edison, NJ the last two years!

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Getting ready for you in Oh-io!!

Emergency Vehicles!

Hi folks! It's Kim from Katydid Cards.

Among the fabulous brads at Eyelet Outlet are the First Responder collection.  As you can see when you link, the package includes a Police Car, Fire Engine, and Ambulance.

I can think of so many ways to use these in card making and scrapbooking.  Here are just two.
First, it's time to Sound the Alarm for a birthday celebration!  Looks like this is a three-alarm fire!

To create this rocker card I started with a cut file purchased in the Silhouette store but changed it almost entirely to create the fire and smoke.  The band across the bottom was a perfect place to showcase the brads.  You can see in the photo above (and a peek here), I also added Red Jewel Bling across the top.

As you can see from this side view, this is not a traditional rocker card.  The back is a separate piece allowing the smoke to billow up from behind the flames.  The smoke is made from printing gray clouds on vellum.

And here's the reason for the alarm!  Lighting all those candles!

Next up a sweet and simple card using the ambulance.  I saw a card similar to this on Pinterest and decided the design would be a great way to showcase the brad.  The top circle was print and cut and layered it on slightly larger white and red circles.  I offset the circle slightly and used that to cut the circle from the red band. The square lattice embossing folder was perfect as it looks like little red crosses...perfect!

I embossed the front of the card with a wide stripe embossing folder before adding everything, including the little greeting on a double mat.  It looked a little plain to me when I finished, so I sponged the edges with red ink and added Red Jewel Bling in two sizes.

Inside I used the stethoscope from the Nurse Brad set to compliment my sentiment.  It's printed on a panel of wite and layered on a red mat just to add a pop of color.

I think a card lending support or sympathy goes a long way to help someone you care about.

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

Monday, April 22, 2019

Saturday, April 20, 2019

Have a Fabulous Birthday

I love flowers - tulips and daffodils are blooming in our town, a sure sign that Spring is here! The trees are blooming, too - but of course, they aren't flowers. LOL!

Because I like flowers so much, I really like Eyelet Outlet's Stitched Flower Brads! They also come in a mini version, which is just way too much fun, but the ones I've used on my card are the larger size.

In the close-up, you can see the stitching!

Of course a card needs more than flowers, so I also used Eyelet Outlet Fancy Long Bling for some sparkle and pizazz. I also added a tiny bit of Skinny Washi Tape for a bit of boldness. That black/white just makes things pop, in my opinion.

Eyelet Outlet Products Used:

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Thursday, April 18, 2019

Purple Passion!

Good morning, crafters!  My box-making bonanza continues this week with this pretty gift box from the Cricut "Box It Up" cartridge which I embellished with Eyelet Outlet products - perfect for spring gift-giving!

Eyelet Outlet has one of the biggest selection of washi tape on the web and this wide purple flower washi is one of my favs!  I applied it around the bottom of my gift box.  

I really love gift wrapping and I often hear, "It's too pretty to open!" Problem solved when using a box with an easily removable lid like this one.  For the top and added an Eyelet Outlet Paper Flower (available in LOTS of colors) and secured it to the box with one of our round pearl brads in lavender.  The green leaf brads added just the right pop of color, don't you think?

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Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Hippity, Hoppity...

...Happy (almost) Easter Daaaaaaaay! Hi folks, it's Lauren here again, wishing you a very happy holiday if you're celebrating. Or just an especially nice weekend if you are not. Either way, why not treat yourself to a chocolate bunny... or at least... some Eyelet Outlet Chocolate Bunny Brads?

I've heard that some people don't actually enjoy chocolate?! So luckily we also have realistic looking Rabbit Brads and super cute Pastel Rabbits as well. Of course all bunnies love Carrots so I've grabbed a few out of the Vegetable Brad set. And Easter wouldn't be the same without beautiful Colored Eggs, but we've also got plain (white and tan) Egg Brads, should you need some. (And there are fried eggs in the Breakfast Brad set, too!)

My second card is an all-occasion greeting, but it's in pretty Spring colors, so I thought I'd post it here too. This one features my favorite Hugs and Kisses Tape plus some Skinny Washi and Pastel Hearts Enamels.

Happy Easter and Happy Spring!!!

always eats the ears off a
chocolate bunny first! 

Tuesday, April 16, 2019


There are so many possibilities for Eyelet Outlet's Jeans and Tee Brads.  For me, the first thing that came to mind was laundry.  Though I try not to think about laundry any more than I have to!  If I have to do laundry, this is the kind I prefer:

The washing machine and accessories are included in Lawn Fawn's Loads of Fun set.  I stamped it and scanned it into my computer to make a few strategic cuts in my Silhouette.  The card is layered.  The top layer is cut to reveal the entire washer.  This allowed me to wrap this piece with Blue Tile Washi.

The second layer has the washing machine with the circle cut out.  This is the piece I colored and accented with Light and Dark Blue Glitter Washi Tape and Silver Glitter Enamel Dots.  This layer was attached directly to the top and a piece of acetate was attached directly to the back.

The bottom layer contains the full image and that is where I strategically placed the Jeans and Tee Brads as well as the Stocking Brads.  The empty spaces were crying out for attention, so I filled them with bubbles made with Pearl Bling.  Using Copic markers, I dotted color in the background so it appears as though there are clothes behind the brads as well.  I attached the top layers to this with mounting tape.

Now back to the front so I can chat with you a bit about how I finished decorating the laundry room.  I made the shelf by just welding various rectangles together.  The dryer sheets and detergent are from the stamp set.  The Water Bottle was added as were the Hangers.

The greeting was added to a mat I made specifically so I could add the two Pearls on either end.  And that's it!

I left the inside blank to use as a notecard.  After the greeting on the front, what sort of sentiment could I have put inside anyway?

I made another card using acetate and a recess well for the brads.  If you missed it, here it is.  I think it's Claw-some!

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

Saturday, April 13, 2019

A Birthday Celebration!

It seems like we're always needing birthday cards, doesn't it? Eyelet Outlet has some great products to make those birthday cards extra special, too. Things like Party Hats and Birthday Washi... and so much more!

Eyelet Outlet Products Used:

I added some of the Washi Tape to the inside:

Thanks for stopping by today! 

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