Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Go Nuts for Donuts! ♥

It's no secret that I'm a huge fan of Eyelet Outlet's Donut Brads. And a few weeks ago, I found an awesome Donut Washi Tape in the EO store that pairs perfectly with them. So you can only imagine my joy when the new line of Eyelet Outlet Clear Stamps included a set called "Donut Stamps". Obviously I had to use all of those fine products together, right?! Which is exactly what I've done on the EO blog today!


For my first card, I stamped the sentiment, "I DONUT know what I'd do without you" on some soft pink paper in black ink, and a second time on scrap paper with dark brown.


The latter version I fussycut, and mounted over the background on tiny strips of foam tape, just for a little bit of added dimension. I affixed one of each of the three flavors of Donut Brad onto a matted square of dark brown paper and layered them onto the card over a strip of Donut Tape.


My second card features the fun donut stamp from the set. I used it to make a background by stamping it repeatedly in Archival ink on watercolor paper, then coloring with water-based markers that I brushed with a little water for a looser effect. I added the sentiment, "DONUT ever give up" inside a diecut label shape and adorned it with a Donut Brad and a Heart.


Need more inspirational ways to use the brand new line of Eyelet Outlet Clear Stamps? The design team provides daily inspiration on the EO blog, on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest... and we add new projects all the time, so check back often! ♥

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

bloomin' awesome

this week's challenge at shopping our stash is called, "april showers bring may flowers" and thus we'd like to see... you've guessed already, haven't you... a flower or flowers on your project. stamped, stenciled, hand drawn, dimensional, pressed or any other type of flower you'd like! pretty easy, wouldn't you say? here's what i made:

florals and birds: prima; ancient cardboard frame of unknown origin painted with equally ancient ranger crackle paint; patterned paper: prima, lily bee, basic grey; stencil: tim holtz; modeling paste: liquitex; adhesives: elmers brand gluetape, 3m foam tape, hot glue, sewing machine

i found this ancient, extra-long spray of prima flowers while looking for something else entirely, and i suddenly knew exactly how to make it work on a card! i fitted it to the frame, then snipped off the bits that overhung at the top and bottom, placed them to best advantage inside the frame, and used a little hot glue to tack everything in place.


my first mat is actually the pretty green ledger paper that acted as a backer for the florals. i added a little modeling paste through a stencil and mounted the whole thing on scraps of shabby-chic-style off white papers with a little lace to add interest.


there's lots more flowery inspiration over at SOS, why not stop by and enjoy that right now, darlings? ♥

Saturday, May 19, 2018

One More, From the Shore

I had so much fun combining Eyelet Outlet brads with stamps from The Project Bin's "Summer Fun" set that I couldn't stop with just one card. So here's another:


This one features maybe my favorite sentiment from the set, "It's Always Summer Somewhere" which I stamped in black on a piece of patterned paper that looks like a vintage postcard.



I added a Sandcastle Brad, a Sun and a Tall Palm Tree and mounted the whole thing on a background I made from Shell Washi. Finally, I punched ed a compass rose from a coordinating piece of patterned paper and added a Compass Brad to the center. Easy Peasy... and soooooo summery!


Remember to head over to Instagram this weekend and be sure to follow and comment on all of the hop posts for a chance at some cool gift certificates from Eyelet Outlet and The Project Bin! ♥

Friday, May 18, 2018

Hopping Again!

The Eyelet Outlet team is hopping again this weekend, this time we've teamed up with the fine folks at The Project Bin! The action is over on Instagram where the EO and TPB designers have gone all out and you have a chance to win some sweet prizes, so be sure to check it out! I was working with the Summer Fun stamp set and I had a ball!


I stamped the "Vitamin Sea" stamp a whooooooole bunch of times, using various shades of Ranger Archival ink in shades of blue and green. Then I cut the images apart to make a sort of mandala, with a stacked, multi-color center featuring an Anchor Brad. For each of the petals around the center, I matted the stamped waves on a dark blue punched circle, then added a tuna or a swordfish--both varieties come in Eyelet Outlet's Fish Brads


For the next ring of shapes I punched tiny hearts and added a Heart Pearl to each. I made my background from some dark blue patterned paper with a subtle text print and added a band of Green Pattern Tape to add extra interest.


I hope you'll check out Eyelet Outlet's Instagram page to read all the details of how to hop and maybe even WIN a prize this weekend! ♥

tie one on!

it's time for a brand new prompt at ♥JINGLE BELLES♥ so this fortnight we'd like to see holiday cards that include ribbon, lace, trimmings, fibers, twine, ric rac, rick rack or even rickrack! my card has a few styles, see?


I've got two different sizes of scalloppy trimming by pink paislee that is meant to be misted or inked to match your project, but in this case, the natural color already matched so i left it plain. the wide printed ribbon is from graphic 45 and was given to me by leslie hanna. the velvet flower trim is from a holiday ribbon assortment by doodlebug that i've bought at least 3 or 4 times and always use up pretty quickly. my background is a page of pretty snowflakes from a vintage storybook, which i kind of regret not cutting down a bit more before wrapping all the ribbon around it, but once everything was ON THERE i decided to leave it be. the focal point is a beautiful vintage postcard which i scanned, reduced slightly and printed on semi-gloss photo paper.

stephanie also has an amazing card to show you, why not head over to ♥JINGLE BELLES♥ and feast your eyes on that, darlings!

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Have you HERD?!

Eyelet Outlet has just released a fun line of rubber stamps to coordinate with our brads! Oh and speaking of brads, we're got a bunch of brand new ones! All of the above made their debut at this weekend's trade show in Detroit, and will be added to the online store very soon, but meanwhile here's a sneak peak of just a couple new things: The Animal Stamps which feature sentiments which pair perfectly with our adorable farm animal brads, and the newest addition to the farm family, Horse and Pony Brads:


You can see that I've also added in some of the other farm animals: Cow and Goat Brads, plus a Sheep from the Pig and Sheep set. I've stamped the "Greetings from the Herd" sentiment on some woodgrain paper and added a Sun and Cloud Brad just slightly behind it, to finish off the little landscape scene.


The Animal Stamp set features five awesome sentiments that go perfectly with all of the cool farm animals we already have. It also has a cow stamp and a goat stamp, based on the brads of the same names, so there are endless possibilities for using each on their own. Or even better, together! There are more stamp sets on the way, as well, including ones that coordinate with our Fan Brads, Coffee Brads and... my favorite... Donut Brads!


The Horse and Pony Brads come in a set of 12 that features both light and dark brown adult horses and some utterly adorable foals that coordinate well with either or both!


Be sure to check back at the Eyelet Outlet blog frequently over the next few weeks because the designers will be featuring more of the new spring releases and you'll definitely want to stay tuned for that!

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

for the kiddos!

this week's challenge at shopping our stash is pretty simple: make a card for a kid. any kid, any theme, any products, any colors you like! easy peasy, right? here's what i made:

patterned paper: amy tangerine, echo park; tags: basic grey, october afternoon; stickers: pebbles, echo park; ribbon: making memories; glossy white cardstock: paper accents; adhesives: elmers brand gluetape, 3m foam tape, scor-tape

lots of oldies but goodies here: adorable undersea creatures, a couple of random tags, amy tangerine cloud paper, tiny scrap of ribbon and a sticker sentiment. all wrapped up in the current sketch saturday sketch, which is #513 if you're scoring at home:


not feeling the whole kawaii mermaid vibe? there's lots more kid-centric inspiration going on over at SOS, check it out, darlings! ♥