Thursday, August 17, 2017

Hit the Books Gift Card

Back to school time is fast approaching and when we think of school supplies, most of think about the kiddos in elementary school.  In my "other life" before retirement, I was a college financial aid administrator.  If you've got a loved one heading off to college this fall, take it from me, they would LOVE to receive a bit of help with their school supplies, too!  And here is a perfect way to present your gift - a pop-up gift card holder embellished with Eyelet Outlet Book Brads and coordinating Book Washi Tape.

I first saw this gift card holder design on You Tube created by Mary at CardzTV several years ago.  I've since created a cut file for it in Cricut Design Space because it is my go-to for gift cards.  Eyelet Outlet products work so wonderfully in embellishing the outer belly band.  

When the belly band slides off and the card opens, the gift card pops right up!  I added another strip of Book Washi Tape on the inside to finish it off, leaving plenty of room for the gift giver to add a personal note.  

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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Love and Butterflies

I (Lauren) had the very great pleasure of meeting Suzanne Marchesano, the owner of Eyelet Outlet, and my design team sister Kim Venezia at the Stamp and Scrapbook Expo in Edison, NJ last week! Let me just say this: if you ever get the chance to visit the EO booth in person, TAKE IT, because seeing that many cool brads, washi tape varieties and types of bling all together in one place... not to mention ALL of the amazing samples made by the EO designers... is just sooooooooooo very cool! I guarantee you'll come away with loads of inspiration as well as fantastic products; though I confess I did get some really cool goodies, too! This week I'm all about butterflies!

I was inspired by the gorgeous Butterfly Music Wide Washi Tape, which I've paired with Butterfly BradsButterfly Profile Brads, and Mini Butterfly Brads, to make a card and a tag in two different colorways. I should mention that all of the butterfly varieties come with an assortment of colors in the same packet, so you don't have to choose just pink or just yellow... you can have the whole rainbow on one card if you like!

At the show on Saturday, Suzanne told me a really cool idea she had for using our Long Bling Strips to frame silhouetted shapes, so I definitely wanted to give that a try. I've used them on straight outlines before, but it didn't occur to me that I could bend them into softer lines, around curves?

It worked really well, though. I took a Pearl Black Bling Strip, started at one end of a butterfly diecut I'd fashioned from cardstock covered with Music Note Tape, and kept following the contour all the way around. I *LOVE* how this came out, so you'll definitely be seeing the technique again!

To finish up the card I framed the Butterfly Music Tape with some Pink Argyle Tape and loads of machine stitching.

For the tag, I used most of the same ingredients, but in a scaled down version, and with yellow butterflies instead of pink. This time I used the leftover Pearl Black Bling Strips as a border to the Butterfly Music Tape, which is one of the fastest ways to get totally elegant dimension and texture on any project.

Of course, since the Bling Strips are 12 inches long, come four to a packet, are available in both gem and pearl versions, and sport LOTS of colors...there's sure to be a variety that's perfect for whatever you'd like to make today! ♥

Lauren Bergold
will never, ever, turn down the opportunity to 
learn something new to do with *BLING*!

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Puppy Love

I love using journaling cards from scrapbooking paper for card making.  The size is perfect to embellish with lots of Eyelet Outlet Products.

My first card combines Measuring Tape Washi, Champagne Jewels & of course ... some Dog Brads.

I'm also joining Cute Card Thursday (because seriously, what are cuter than these puppies) where they're creating with embossing (you can still see a little of the embossed cardstock background)

Wide Postage Washi Tape and more cute Dog Brads using a sketch from TGIF Challenges.

Remember to check out those 12" scrapbook papers for fun journaling cards for your card making.

Products used:

Did you know we have a Pinterest Board to showcase Eyelet Outlet Design Team Creations?

You can visit me in blogland at Ingenious Inkling,
and you can find Lauren & I making holiday cards
all year long at Jingle Belles

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Dog Days of Summer

 Hello everyone!  It's Kim from Katydid Cards!

I always refer to the hottest days of the year as "the dog days of summer."  

A little research, however, reveals that phrase is not about dogs at all.  Rather, it actually refers to the star "Sirius", also known as the dog star.  It's name is derived from the Greek word "seirios" which means scorching.  Sirius is found in the Canis Major (big dog) constellation and is most visible in our hemisphere during the summer months as the brightest star in the heavens.  So now you know!

But for the purpose of this post, let's just pretend it's all about dogs; as is my card...well, cards, as I have two to share with you today.

My first card features Eyelet Outlet's Dog Bone Quicklets and Pearl Bling Sheets.

When my l'il dog, Katy, dreams, she smiles.  I'm thinking this is what her dream looks like...she's a real food hound.

I cut the "dream" bubble in the front of the card for a peek-a-boo look at the Dog Bone Quicklets inside.  The pup is from Eureka Stamps and the chair is an Eat Cake Graphics image. Leading from the sleeping pup to the dream are three pearls....the Pearl Bling Sheets gave me the flexibility of using graduated sizes.  The dream BIG title ties everything together.

Inside, a continuation of the thought...and important words to live by.  And here are all the bones...I got as many as I could into that dream bubble. Because as the title says, if you're gonna dream, you might as well, "dream BIG".

My second card uses the Puppy Brads, Chalk Board Washi Tape,  and Swirl Bling-Clear and another Dog Bone Quicklet.

This little puppy in a huge dog bowl makes me smile and brings home the point that "attitude is everything".

I created a circle and filled it with digital patterned paper and matted on Basic Black where I also created my greeting using the text to path option on my Silhouette.  I offset that to create another made from Tangerine Tango.  The rectangle was filled with another patterned paper and matted on the same two colors.

I made the dog bowl by tracing around a clip art image I found on-line.  I wanted to make it w-a-y too big for the little puppy, just like his name...he'll grow into both.  I've had Great Danes in the past, so I know how fast that can happen!

I ran  a piece of the Chalk Board Washi Tape across the bottom.  For accent, I added a Dog Bone Quicklet to the center and paws from the Paw Washi Tape.  I attached the Paw washi to the same blue as the card base and punched out the paws with a small circle punch.

One final touch was to add jewels to the top of the circle and the center of the bone after coloring them black with a Copic marker.  I hand lettered the name on the dog bowl...that was the most difficult part of making this card.

Inside, a another simple but important message.  I color matched it to the patterned paper and printed it on Whisper White card stock.

I'm a real dog lover, so I had a lot of fun making dog themed cards to share with you today.  I hope you like them, too!  See you next week with something new!

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

Friday, August 11, 2017


We just got back from a vacation at my in-laws, spending most of our time visiting with family and fishing on the lake, but evenings and rainy days were filled with Nona's favorite old classics on TCM and Me TV, some even in black and white!  So here's a card to go along with the black and white movie night theme!  

This layout started with a criss-cross of film strip washi tape (also available in gold) and camera washi tape along with a sprinkling of black enamel stars, dots, and hearts.

More dots, stars, and hearts carry the theme to the inside of the card.  I love this quote!  

As fun as vacation was, there's no place like home! (Couldn't resist a classic old movie quote!)  I'm glad to have the weekend to recover and get back into the groove.  I hope you have a great weekend too!

Thursday, August 10, 2017

I Love Rainbow Glitter Washi

When I saw the Eyelet Outlet Rainbow Glitter Washi Tape I immediately thought of my granddaughter, who tells us her favorite color is "Rainbow!"  She also loves snow cones, so I had to put the two together for this card!  It's a perfect day for a snow cone, don't you think?

The snow cone image is from Cricut Summer Love cartridge.  For the rainbow layer, I used the slice tool in Cricut Design Space to make that particular layer smaller.  Then I layered some Rainbow Glitter Washi Tape onto some white card stock and ran it through the Cricut on the poster board blade setting.  The background paper is a Cricut pattern called "Confetti" and I thought it looked so much like my rainbow snow cone!  For more texture and color, I added Eyelet Outlet Enamel Hearts and Dots in various colors and styles.  There are so many to chose from at Eyelet Outlet!  

Thanks for stopping by today!  Hope you'll come back tomorrow and see what our talented design team members have for you!

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Just Hoppin' By...

...with a fun and easy birthday card that uses our adorable Eyelet Outlet Frog Set Brads

Each set includes frogs, cattails, and lily pads with both purple and yellow flowers. So you can make a whole little miniature scene! 

I've built my tiny frog habitat inside some chipboard letters that I covered with vintage sheet music and mounted on foam tape; then placed it in a "pond" made with Blue and White Dots Washi water set above a Skinny Green Washi shoreline.

Don't FROG-et to check out all the other cuuuuute critter brads in the Eyelet Outlet Store! ♥

apologizes for the diabolical puns!

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Enjoy the Little Things

I found another set of fun little stickers in the planner section at the craft store ... they were perfect to make a set of  4 1/4" square cards featuring a selection of Eyelet Outlet Brads.

I had a pad of Prima's Sweet Peppermint Holiday Papers on my crafting table, and they coordinated perfectly (remember some seasonal papers can be used all year 'round).  I love this cute little pair of doughnut brads.

Traveling and taking photos are things I *love love love* so these travel brads were the perfect match for this sticker.

These sneaker brads are for my sister who has been training for her next big race ... she's a rock star.

And I couldn't resist using this sticker again, this time with the sweet little tea pot and tea cup brads.

So next time you're in the planner section, take a look and see if there are any products that would be perfect for your card making stash.

Eyelet Outlet Products Used:

You can visit me in blogland at Ingenious Inkling
and you can find Lauren & I making holiday cards
all year long at Jingle Belles

Monday, August 7, 2017

Feline Good!

After a busy summer getting ready for Girls Camp and doing DIY projects with 110 girls,
then going to said camp...
I am feline good and ready to get back to my own craftiness!

Today, I am show casing Eyelet Outlet's Yoga Cat brads along with thin washi tape.

Doesn't that tape make a great background?

And can you believe it...
I used NO BLING? haha.

That is not something I usually do!

Turning off the devices for five days was so zen...
and I hope it kick starts my mojo at the art table!

Hey, if you want to see our wares in person,
come on over to the Somerset NJ show this weekend:

August 11-12th, 2017.

A couple of our designers live in the area and so you may bump into them!

From Dawn Mercedes, of Sunnyside Up!


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