Friday, March 16, 2018

sing, santa! sing!

we're still celebrating all things musical at ♥JINGLE BELLES♥ and you still have time to join the fun. just make a card that incorporates sheet music, music notes or instruments-- easy, peasy! here's what i made:

stickers: doodlebug + recollections (the tree); sheet music alphabets from my etsy shop; chipboard letters: thickers/american crafts; patterned paper: photoplay; cardstock: bazzill; enamel dot for rudolph's nose: eyelet outlet; adhesives: elmers brand gluetape, 3m foam tape, sewing machine; here's a tip for when you want to make the stitches blend in with, say, red chipboard letters, but don't feel like changing your white thread & bobbin: sew the letters on with the white thread, then take a red brush marker and caaaaaaaaaaaarefully tint the stitches! :) 

i've used my own diecut sheet music alphas from my etsy shop, just enough stuff, but other than that it's all ordinary xmas stash: adorable, dimensional doodlebug stickers, super-useful chipboard letters, and maybe the best xmas plaid paper of all time, courtesy of photoplay!

stephanie also has another fabulous, music-centric card to show you, it's over at ♥JINGLE BELLES♥ right now, darlings!

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Never Leave Two Bunny Cards Alone On Your Blog...

...because when you come back, there'll be *three* bunny cards! See?

Case in point, I'm on the Eyelet Outlet Blog today with a trio of Easter cards I hope EVERYBUNNY will love! Card one features my favorite new Bunny Tape, which I love because it's got loads of fun spring colors. I accented the purple on this card with a few strips of Skinny Glitter Purple Tape. A pair of purple Paper Flowers holds a couple of adorable Rabbit Brads who are wishing us a happy holiday via an Easter Bubble Brad.

My second card uses the same Bunny Tape, but this time instead of covering the whole panel, I've alternated strips with Pink Checked Tape, Skinny Pink Washi and Skinny Green Washi. I've stacked one pink and one white Paper Flower to make a little spot for two Pastel Rabbit Brads and another Easter Bubble.

My third card is a bit of a cheat, because that beautiful Rabbit Wide Washi Tape is exclusive to the Eyelet Outlet Booth and isn't available through the online store! Which gives you all the more reason to check out the Trade Show List on the right sidebar, so you can be sure to know when Eyelet Outlet is coming to your town! I've added a few strips of Skinny Green Tape and this time a pair of Chocolate Bunnies is talking through an Easter Bubble, on top of a few white Paper Flowers.

There are even more cool Easter brads and tapes in the online store and in the EO booth... I'm positive you can find YOUR favorites!

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

for the birds

this week's challenge at shopping our stash is as fun as it easy: we want you to literally #putabirdonit :) which is the kind of thing you don't have to ask me twice! my birds are from a vintage bird book (surprise, lol!) but yours could be in the form of stamps, stickers, a journal card; realistic birds, cartoon birds, cute digi stamp birds; penguins on a christmas card, flamingos (my favorite!*) on a summery scrapbook page, an owl icon in your bullet journal... any bird, any context, any theme, any project! here's my card:

birds from an old, falling-apart peterson's field guide, xyroned onto plain white cardstock, then fussycut + vintage sheet music; patterned paper: daisy d's green print + heidi grace flocked foliage paper that i think must be literally 15 years old--and yet i'm bizarrely glad i held onto it, lol; cardstock: core'dinations; florals: prima; foliage and heart dies: spellbinders; ink: colorbox; adhesives: elmers brand gluetape, 3m foam tape, sewing machine

ok, so, pretty much a textbook "laureny" card here. vintage birds, vintage (but in this case, bright white) sheet music, loads of ancient prima flowers and leftover foliage diecuts from one of my january classes. i used two sizes of nestie hearts to make the double window, popped the very edges of the openings up on foam tape, but let the sides be flat, then stitched around the edges for a little more texture. et voila. #putabirdonit 101!

there are loads more ways to incorporate our feathered friends into your next project, however, and the lovely ladies of the SOS design team would enjoy showing you some of those RIGHT NOW, darlings! ♥

*note to my fellow flamingo lover, sue c: flamingos were definitely my first thought, but the card i really need right now is an anniversary one for my in-laws and they like the backyard birds of the northeastern us, so i went with goldfinches instead. :)

Saturday, March 10, 2018

because i need yet ANOTHER obsession

joining month long challenges on social media is always a mixed bag. because on the one hand, it takes up quite a bit of time. on the other hand, you get A LOT of practice at a new technique. in this case, birgit koopsen (one of the all-time QUEENS of gel printing, imo) announced that she'd be hostessing an even called "fall in love with your gelli plate" just after i found out i'd be teaching a class that features (very limited) gel printing techniques. so this seemed like the PERFECT time to focus on gelli. here's what i've made so far:

day 1: circles
ok, so, there is no way i can actually print with (and clean up after) my gelli plate every single day. so for some days i'm using older prints in (hopefully) interesting ways. like collage, which is always my comfort zone, lol. for this one, all the prints are leftovers from two weeks ago, when i was making samples for my upcoming "mixed media mandala" class. i punched circles out of a print i didn't love and placed them inside squares of a different print i didn't love. and then layered them over the reverse of a deli paper print i only loved portions of. 

day 2: peek through
both of these prints are from a gelli play date with stephanie last summer. the bricks are on deli paper, in which i've torn a sort of jagged hole. the print beneath is gold and white heavy body acrylic paint on navy cardstock. there's LOADS of stitching holding the two together. not because it needed loads, i just got a little carried away at the sewing machine...

day 3: stencils
in this case, rather than stencils, i've mostly used masks, but the concept and procedure is the same. i really like this one b/c it was made ON THE DAY, in the midst of a gelli marathon with my friend anna, AND i have not done anything to the original print! because part of what i want to do this month is work at composing on the plate, so to speak, so that my prints are more intentional, and can potentially stand alone.

day 4: texture
i nearly used this one for the "stencil" prompt, it was made on the same day, and it looked pretty good as is (see below) but i had used a compound, taped-together set of book pages and a postcard (also below) so it had a bit of texture already. then i "stamped" on the full-sized  blue gelliprint base with the small round gel plate which gave it a bit more texure. mostly, though, i was DYING to outline the butterfly and make it stand out more, so i sewed around with the machine. and then yeah... i added a little bit of modelling paste all over the butterfly's body to make it even more textural. i think, technically, this is cheating, but i don't care, lol!

day 5: crayon resist
i really love the concept of this technique. but so far, my results have been underwhelming. basically you color with crayon wherever you don't want the paint to stick (see "before" pic below). then you pull your print on top, like usual. after the paint dries, you scrape it off and have the contrast of your crayon design showing through. except... you need to really color HARD and get a thick coating of wax. and you need to scrape off with a metal palette knife, very patiently. and it helps to thin out the paint with water. and... well, as i said, my results on this one so far have not been stellar. but i'll try again, at some point! 

day 6: flower
total cheater day, because i just did not have time to make and clean up the fresh-print paint mess. so i took a previously made, blue and purple print that i didn't love on its own, and made it into flower petals. on top of a stencil-cleaning-off page of notebook paper. ta-daaaaa.

day 7: threads
in retrospect, having seen the gallery on instagram, i realize that what we were SUPPOSED to do was use bits of thread or yarn as a mask on our plate, then pull prints with the cool undulating thread shapes on them. instead, for some reason, my brain said, "make plaid!" so i did. using multiple pulls and cardstock masks. and then i typed and sewed on top. sometimes it's really tiring to be me, lol.
(ps: there's a flipagram showing all the steps of this on my IG account.)

day 8: silhouette
on the other hand, this day i not only understood the brief, i was able to do it successfully AND i love the results! which is pretty much the trifecta of gelliprinting right there! i used the first handcut stencil and mask i ever made (the buddha) plus some storebought stencils in the background, and a little acrylic heart shape as a secondary mask. i this case i not only like the "real" print, i also like the "cleanup" print (below, left) and the "ghost" on which i cleaned off my stencils, brayer and masks (below, right).

i hope you are having the best weekend EVER!
(and that you'll find time to do something fun and creative, just for yourself!)

Friday, March 9, 2018

sing a song of christmas

it's time for a brand new prompt at ♥JINGLE BELLES♥ and this time we're inspired by the music of the holidays. so for "hark the herald angels sing" we'd like to see cards that feature something musical, whether it be sheet music, music notes, or even an instrument or two? i've gone with sheet music, and added a few bits of song lyrics (in sticker form!) as a bonus:

patterned paper: pebbles, echo park, we r memory keepers, authentique; journal cards and tags: crate paper, lawn fawn, echo park; badges: lawn fawn; stickers: doodlebug, pebbles, photoplay; washi tape: doodlebug, october afternoon, little b; twine: doodlebug; adhesives: elmers brand gluetape, 3m foam tape, sewing machine

as another bonus, you'll notice i made two cards. i've been trying to double up whenever possible this year, so that i wind up with a few more than 48 cards come december 1st. when i realized i had exactly twice as much as i needed of this pebbles' sheet music patterned paper, it seemed like a good idea to make two.

since i also have enough tags, stickers, badges and twine to make ALL of this year's cards, i had no trouble doubling the fun of this "lots of layers" design!

stephanie also has a rather fab card to show off, why not treat yourself to a look-see at ♥JINGLE BELLES♥ right now, darlings?

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Old MacDonald Had Some Brads

(Warning: This post contains many diabolical Farm Puns. Please accept the author's hearty "You're Welcome" or "Sorry", whichever is most appropriate!)

It seems to me that people either *LOVE* puns or hate them. At Eyelet Outlet almost all of us really love them. If you happen to be a person who does not, let me sum up the salient points of this post right now: we have lots of cool Farm Brads, including Cows and Goats, Pigs and Sheep, Roosters, Chickens, Eggs, Trucks and more. And I'm sure you can do other things besides make pun cards. But I did not do other things. I made pun cards, lol, and they're on the EO Blog today:

The stamps in this post are from the Old Barn Mini Set by Art Impressions and are available at Paper Anthology, as well as other fine stores. I've colored them with Prismacolor Pencils. The sentiments are formatted in a free font called Mom's Typewriter and I used two sizes of cloud punch by Fiskars to get the shapes.

The first card is an A2 and features two adorable Cow Brads and a Sun peeping out from behind the punched clouds. I love how it came out, but when in doubt, my policy is to, "Go BIG", lol... my second card is an A7, which I think fits the scale of the brads a tiny bit better. This time I have a Cow, a Goat and a Sheep Brad, grazing away happily.

I hope you'll agree my farm cards are Outstanding In Their Field! :) :) :)

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

say YES to the dress

or rather, say yes to a dress, because today is (apparently) national dress day, and thus we are celebrating at shopping our stash by making projects that feature-- or are inspired by-- a dress (if the latter, be sure to include a pic of the one that inspired you, k?). i went with a vintage illustration because neither my wardrobe nor my craft stash contains any dresses lol.

vintage birthday party illustration from an old, falling-apart children's book; vintage lace from my friend anna; patterned paper: echo park, glitz design, the girls' paperie; paper flower: eyelet outlet; stickers: sandy lion, recollections, susan branch, karen foster; adhesives: elmers brand gluetape, 3m foam tape, sewing machine

ok, so yeah... vintage illustration, as mentioned above; and some vintage lace from my friend anna. i diecut the illustration with one type of oval nestie and framed it with another. all my patterned paper is older, and the two smaller bits were scraps. the cluster of stickers has nothing less than 5 or 6 years old... several of the companies are sadly out of business now. that fab polka dotted flower is an older eyelet outlet one, and alas, no longer available although there are still some cool printed ones in the shop!

it's "anything goes" on the simon says stamp wednesday challenge blog this week, so i'm joining in! be sure to check out all the FAB design team creations at SOS, then come and play!