Friday, November 24, 2017

Girlfriends are...

...born to shop!  It's Black Friday, so today's project is all about the shopping!  This trio of blinged-out grandmas is out for a good time together while searching for some great bargains!  

This shopping bag is a recycled bag from the bookstore where my son works.  I covered the logo with some cute designer papers in holiday colors, paper-piecing the focal image with scraps from the same paper pad.  The edges of the green panel are bordered with sticky jewel bling strips.  My favorite, most-oft-used washi tape set, Eyelet Outlet's 5-roll skinny washi tape set, plays along nicely with some music washi and planner washi for a fun calendar theme that harmonizes with the designer paper.  The big layered paper flower mimics the flowers in their hats,  which were given single jewel accents cut from the sticky back bling strips.  Yep, these are gaudy grandmas!  The more bling, the better!  ;)

The tag accenting the top of the bag features more skinny washi tape, a sticky-back bling heart and a tiny calendar of December.  

Whether you choose to shop out in the frenzy or from the comfort of your easy chair, I hope you find what you're looking for at a price you love!  Enjoy your first weekend of the holiday season!  

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Cookies for Santa Carrots for Reindeer

When I saw this sentiment at, I knew I had to pair it with Eyelet Outlet products and I'm sure you'll agree!  Eyelet Outlet has such an amazing collection of brads that inspiration is everywhere!

These Christmas Cookie Brads look good enough to eat, don't they?  The frosting and sprinkles look so realistic and of course there are so many fun uses for the Santa Hat Brad that you'll never want to run low on those!  I have all my "cooking" and "food" themed brads in a separate organizer from my "holiday" collection, so I quickly retrieved that organizer for a couple of Carrot Brads from the Eyelet Outlet Vegetable Brads Collection and Eyelet Outlet's new Prancing Deer Brad  completed the scene perfectly, didn't it?!  

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Wednesday, November 22, 2017

So Thankful

As we in the United States prepare for the Thanksgiving holiday tomorrow, I (Lauren) am feeling especially grateful for family, friends, health, creativity, and for the Eyelet Outlet team, who are truly some of the nicest and most talented folks you could ever hope to meet!

It was impossible to resist making just one more Thanksgiving card with my favorite autumnal supplies, so I didn't even try not to, lol. This time I applied that awesome watercolor-y Wide Pumpkin Washi to plain white cardstock, added a band of Skinny Orange Tape to the top and bottom, then diecut my letters. I used an orange brush marker to ink the edges just slightly, and popped the letters up on thin strips of foam tape to get a little more dimension.

For my focal accent I stacked a Pumpkin Brad on top of a diecut pumpkin and attached a tiny yellow Mini Stitched Flower Brad and a Mini Leaf. By letting some of the brads overlap each other, it makes for a more cohesive cluster, which perfectly fills the center of a large white Paper Flower. One of my favorite "flower tricks" is to snip apart a few medium-sized green paper flower petals to use as leaves, and I love how they finish off the design.

To trim out the orange gingham patterned paper, I added Clear Bling Strips on top, and a skinny (skinny!) border of Glitter Gold Tape, set off by my favorite retro finishing touch: a border made with scallop patterned deco scissors!

Wishing you the happiest of Thanksgiving Days! ♥♥♥

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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Christmas Card Trio

Brads make any Christmas card a little extra-special.

I started with simple holiday stickers and added brads to each one to *kick-it-up-a-notch*.  This one uses this week's Sunday Stamps Sketch.  I added some of my favorite glitter enamel dots (that work perfectly with my glitter paper) and a sentiment sticker.

I loved how the tree brad fit right over the tree riding on top of the car ... oh the memories wandering through the tree farm to find that perfect tree (and then it seldom fitting when we got home).

For my next one I added a Santa Hat Brad to make my Christmas Cardinal just a little more festive.

And my final one this week is a variation on the Sunday Stamps Sketch all decked in gold with a lovely ornament and warm woolen mittens.

Make sure you add some extra brads and bling to your holiday cards this year.

Eyelet Outlet Products used:

Did you know we have a Flickr Gallery 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

Monday, November 20, 2017

Snail Mail!

As a card maker, you'll want to snag these  Mail Brads from Eyelet Outlet.
They add detail to your card.
Paired with this sweet snail, I'm sure the recipient will smile over your card!

Bling strips make a great statement.
and they come in rhinestones and pearls!

Our washi tape selection is always updated. 
Be sure to slide on over to the Eyelet Outlet store to pick out your favorites!

Have a great Thanksgiving!
Dawn Mercedes, of Sunnyside Up

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Christmas Wreath

Hi!  It's Kim from Katydid Cards and I'm posting again today with the last of the Christmas cards I made using Eyelet Outlet products.  I ran out of time, but not ideas for so many more Christmas and holiday cards.  Well, there's always next year.

I made this Christmas wreath using four sizes of Pearl Bling, colored with Copic markers.  They were placed randomly placed on a circle of green cardstock.  The bow was made by placing Gold Skinny Glitter Washi Tape on bow shaped cardstock.   I cut three bows so I could layer it for added dimension.

I cut the card base from Brushed Gold cardstock (retired Stampin' Up) which was the perfect backdrop for the wreath.  I used a cut file from the Silhouette Design Store to make the accordion base and mats.  The mats were cut from Stampin' Up patterned paper...from a Christmas long ago collection.

Here's a closer look at the wreath.  I really like the look of this and am trying to think of other shapes I can use.  I think I might look for rhinestone patterns and go from there.


I'll see you soon with another project!  In the meantime, if there's any EO products you'd like to see used, just let us know and we'll do our best to bring it to you!

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

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Song Cues

Hello everyone!  It's Kim from Katydid Cards and this week I'm working with song cues.  Deck the halls with...llamas?  Yep, that's exactly what this card does.  This adorable trio of llamas are all decked out in their Christmas attire; Santa Hat, Holly and Antler Brads.

I printed the llamas on Whisper White and cut them in the scalloped oval using a cut file I purchased in the Silhouette Design Store.  There was very little coloring needed; just their faces, ears and feet.  I placed the brads where I wanted them and lightly marked their outlines on the llamas.  Then I removed them and applied their "fur" with the Marvy Snow Marker.  I heated it and...instant fur.  When it was fully dry, I replaced the brads.

This focal panel was placed, on pop dots, on a larger scalloped oval cut from Red Foil Paper.  They were placed on a mat covered with Glitter Red Star Washi Tape...this is absolutely beautiful washi tape.  I ran Red Foil Washi Tape around the perimeter of the card base.  As a finishing touch, I placed some of the Red Foil Washi on some scrap cardstock and punched out using a Star Confetti Punch from Stampin' Up.

Next, I have a card for cat lovers.  Those of us with cats can so appreciate the humor...and the truth of the greeting on this card.  And the sentiment inside, too.

To make this card I used the Cat and Holly Brads as well as Pink Pearl Jewel Bling Strip and Chalkboard Washi Tape.  I used several Silhouette Design Store files to make the window and banner.
Here's a peek at the inside:

I hope you liked these Christmas cards and are busy working on yours!  I shared two Christmas cards last week as well.  You can find them here if you missed them and would like to see them.

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

Friday, November 17, 2017

From the North Pole!

Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and that means that Santa will soon be making his holiday debut!  Letters are gonna be flying to the North Pole, and Santa might just answer a few himself!  Eyelet Outlet has so many cute brads and washi tapes to dress those letters in style!

For this project Santa Mail washi tapeSanta washi tape, and skinny washi tape are a fast and easy way to establish the themed background for an envelope and mailbox from our mail brads set.  Sticky back pearl hearts accent the scalloped edge of a strip of designer paper.  

Inside another pearl heart sits beside the sentiment.  

It is exciting to make a wishlist to send to Santa and a real thrill to get a card SWAK from Santa in return!  A fast, fun project with lasting memories!  A quick search for Christmas and/or Santa will turn up all kinds of ideas!  Time to get busy!  

Enjoy your weekend!

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Christmas with Eyelet Outlet!

Happy Thursday Crafters!  If you haven't started your Holiday cards yet, not to worry!  Eyelet Outlet has you covered with amazing products that will make your cards quick, easy, and awesome! Here's one I made that I hope will inspire you.

The Eyelet Outlet Cardinal Brads are so stunning and the coordinating Cardinal Washi Tape is so festive!  I added a little Eyelet Outlet Bling to my branch for some extra dazzle!

Next up is a little tag featuring a snowman from the Cricut Snow Friends cartridge.  He's all decked out an this Eyelet Outlet Hat Brad and Bling Buttons! The Eyelet Outlet Snowflake Brad in the center of "Joy" was a perfect touch, too! 

I love making holiday projects with Eyelet Outlet products and I know you will, too!  

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Less Work, More Cards

I don't think that I (Lauren) know anyone who has too much time on their hands. Especially crafters. Especially around the holidays! So I'm always excited when I stumble upon a way to make a whole bunch of cool Christmas cards at one sitting. In this case the trick was to combine premade mini journaling cards with Eyelet Outlet Brads!

My favorite thing about the pocket scrapbooking craze that hit a few years ago is the fact that nearly all the big paper companies started producing sheets made up of 12 or more little cards with sentiments and scaled-down designs right on them. These are such a boon for cardmakers as well as scrappers. This sheet from American crafts has three dozen 2x2" designs! Not only are they super cuuuuute, the scale is exactly right to add a lot of my favorite holiday styles of Eyelet Outlet brads. Before I cut into the paper, I sat down with my box of Christmas brads and laid out the ones I thought would look coolest. Then I snapped a quick photo with my phone, so I'd remember which ones to use where. Then I got to work separating the cards. Since this particular page was paper-weight, before I did anything else, I used my Xyron machine to cover an entire sheet of thin white cardstock with adhesive, and used it to back the page of cards. This made it a lot sturdier, and kept it from wrinkling when I set my brads.

My first two cards are classic A2's so I was able to fit four designs on each. On first I added a Christmas Cookie to the plate on the card, a Snowflake to the center of the red flower, I gave the cute printed snowman an awesome new Sled Brad to ride, and my adorable Mitten Brads were just a teeeeeeny bit bigger than the pair in the original design-- even the strings line up perfectly. I mounted the embellished cards to a mat of rich red and trimmed out with a strip of  Red Dots Washi and a little classic baker's twine.

For my second card I chose a beautiful prussian blue cardstock and grabbed that Red Dots tape again, with some velvet flower trim on top. I went vertical this time, though, and rounded the outer corners of the mini cards for a different look. It was easy to add a Cardinal to the sprig of holly, a Poinsettia Brad atop that yummy cupcake, a Holiday Tree and Snowman in front of the little trees, plus a very handsome Moose Brad to the florals surrounding the Merry Christmas banner.

For my third card I went long! At 4x8" this one will fit (with a little room to spare) in a #10 envelope. Or, if I add it to the front of a wrapped present, or slip it into a gift bag, I won't need an envelope at all. This time I chose three mini cards with white backgrounds, and got a little more imaginative with my additions. The Cardinal seems very much at home next to the globe, doesn't he? A Heart Brad is the perfect addition to a sprig of mistletoe, and a Prancing Deer was exactly the right touch for the pretty banner. I made mats for each card... and accented my ribbon tie... with some Glitter Copper Tape for extra sparkle.

I chose four kraft designs for the last card, but plussed up a bit to a 5x6" card (which will fit beautifully in an A7 envelope) to give them a little more breathing room. I embellished the elves' existing Hat and Candy Cane with EO brads in those designs, added a Holly Brad to the sprig of holly, covered the printed tree on top of the car with a (perfectly sized!) Pine Tree Brad and nestled a Poinsettia Brad into that little spray of flowers. I added two strips of Pine Tree Washi, a little red ribbon and one more Snowflake Brad and called it good!

I'm guessing you have plenty journal cards in your paper collection, and many of them are exactly the right size to coordinate with your favorite EO Brads! What's that? You don't have enough brads?! Well, this is a great time to hit the Thanksgiving Sale at the Online Store, where all brads and bling are 20% off when you use the code "turkeytrot"! Hurry though, the sale ends this Friday, Nov 17th! ♥

loves making Christmas cards all year long 

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Washi Tape Christmas Trees

Today I used two different techniques to turn Washi Tape into Christmas Tree Cards.

The first one is inspired by the silver metallic tree that my Gran had in her formal living room each year.  I would sneak into the room in the dark to watch the lights reflect off the silver needles.

I started by attaching two different silver glitter washi tapes to cardstock and then trimming the washi tape into smaller strips.

I then used adhesive to attach the strips to green cardstock to form my tree.  Next I used four different kinds of Eyelet Outlet Bling & Enamel Dots to decorate my tree.  

I finished with a layered glittery star & one more piece of bling.

For the next tree I combined three different Eyelet Outlet Washi Tapes.

I started with the Merry Christmas at the bottom on blue shimmer cardstock and then worked my way to the top before adding a Square Bling *star* and a wood grain trunk.

I cut apart a Jewel Red Swirl Bling to use the multi-sized gems to decorate my tree.

I hope this gives you some ideas for using your Eyelet Outlet stash to create some fun Christmas Tree Cards.

Eyelet Outlet Products Used:

Did you know we have a Flickr Gallery 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

Monday, November 13, 2017

Don't be a turkey and miss our sale!

Trot on over to the Eyelet Outlet store site and get 20% off of your order of $20 or more! (Excludes Washi tape...but with the savings, you should add a roll or three to your order!) The coupon code is turkeytrot..and is good until 11/17/17...this Friday!

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Merry & Bright

Hi folks.  It's Kim from Katydid Cards and today I'm sharing two cards for the holidays.

I love making Christmas cards and I love making them early so I'm not hustling at the last minute to get them done!  These have been finished for a while, but I have so many Eyelet Outlet cards to share with you I just don't know which to show you first.  I thought it best to get to post these sooner than later in case you wanted to make something similar...that'll give you time to get your EO supplies.

First up is a twisted easel card using the Holiday Light Brads and the Clear Jewel Bling Strips.  This little reindeer is all "caught up" in his decorating efforts!

I used the Christmas Reindeer with Lights #52259 cut file from the Silhouette Design Store as well as a Halloween Twisted Easel card #95892 (from which I removed the Halloween elements obviously ;-)  To coordinate with the lights, I found digital patterned paper and cardstock.  I love this card's whimsical look.  Here's a closer look at these adorable Holiday Light Brads:

My second card was made using the Wreath Brads and allowing it to be the star of the show!  I also used the Skinny Yellow Washi Tape on either side of the focal panel to set it off beautifully.

I used the Stampin' Up Christmas Lamppost Thinlits Die, cutting it from the panel and separately from Basic Black cardstock.  Back to the panel, I used Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Inks for the first time and, oh my, do I love these inks.  They apply like "butta"!  I applied the color Broken China first, applying it to the entire panel except for the areas behind the lights.  Next, I added some Salty Ocean randomly and finished up on the upper perimeter with Faded Jeans.  Finally, I added some Fossilized Amber in the areas behind the lights.

I sprayed it liberally with Shimmer Spritz before inserting the Basic Black and Daffodil Delight pieces for a beautiful inset look.  The Shimmer Spritz pulled the color from the blue so that it looks like snow!  I added Embossing Paste across the bottom and sprinkled Dazzling Diamonds Glitter over it while it was still wet.

When everything was dry, I added the wreath.  Love it!  I think this is going to be my Christmas card this year...if you're on my list, turn away!  LOL  Get your Wreaths from Eyelet Outlet now as I may buy them out!

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

Friday, November 10, 2017

More Pun With the Herd!

These cow brads (well, all the animals from down on the farm!) just crack me up!  There are all kinds of funny, punny sayings to go along with them so you can really stretch their mileage in your card-making.  If you are like I am, you have goofy friends who appreciate this "roll-your-eyes" kind of humor!

Christmas around our house means extra "moo-sical" opportunities, so here's a little milk chocolate appreciation for the extra effort!  There are green rhinestone notes, some gold glitter washi tape sparkle, and of course, another cow brad.  

Happy Friday!