Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Missed the Boat

Hi!  It's Kim from Katydid Cards with you today.

As a child, I loved going to vacation bible school.  One of my favorite Bible stories was about Noah.  I loved how he built an ark to hold two of every animal to save them from a flood after forty days of rain.  My card today, which I call, "Missing the Boat", is based on my recollection of the story; with a little touch of humor.

I used the Baby Animal brads as they worked perfectly with my idea.   I have plans for the rest of the pack which I hope to share with you soon.  Aren't they adorable?

 And here's my card:

To set the scene for these cuties, I started with a rectangle of pale gray.  I wanted to give it the appearance of rain, so I stamped lightly with Basic Gray Ink using the Gorgeous Grunge stamp set.  I stamped a second time with VersaMark and heat embossed with Clear Embossing Powder.  The panel was matted with Early Espresso card stock I used for the top layer of the ark.

To make the clouds, I used this cut file.   For the land and water borders, I freehand cut one piece of green, two medium blue, and one light blue card stocks.  To give the appearance of whitecaps on the water, I used white Nuvo Drops.

The ark was cut using free clip art I found here.  I added some lines to resemble planks in my Silhouette design screen and cut the top layer in dark brown with a solid outline in a lighter brown.  The animals fit snugly in the ark; safe and sound for the rough seas ahead.  The faces of the lions work so well with the sentiment, don't you think? ;-)

This card provides lighthearted support and encouragement and lets the recipient know, "I can relate".  I used the AR Cent font for both the greeting and sentiment.

Thanks so much for stopping by for a visit today.  I hope to see you again.

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

Monday, April 23, 2018

Create your own theme with Eyelet Outlet!!

Any card can be a class act, when you add Eyelet Outlet washi, decorative brads and enamels.
There are so many different styles to choose from that you can coordinate to any theme!
Here I used some measuring tape washi tape, which is a fan favorite. It can be used for sewing, carpenter/tool themes, as well as school themed projects!

These Antique Car brads look like they are on their way out of the Eyelet Outlet shop.
Never fear...we have a spring release just around the corner that you make you toot your horns!
Be sure to pick up your favorite brads...and coordinating washi tapes!

Now that April showers are wrapping up...
Michigan crafters know that May brings the Great Lakes MEGA Meet...

Novi, MI
May 10-12, 2018

And, yours truly will be there!
Stop, shop, and say hello to me in the Eyelet Outlet booth!

Dawn Mercedes, of Sunnyside Up

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Latte Birthday

Hi Friends! kel here today to share another fun coffee card!

I got to play with these adorable Coffee Brads again to make my card. I actually had just one white coffee cup left, so decided to use it to make a birthday card!

To make my background, I embossed a piece of dark red cardstock with a Happy Birthday themed folder. Then, I took two different circle punches and just punched out some circles, making sure to go off the edge on all of them!! After I added my sentiment strip, I added the white coffee cup to one of the circles, and then added two differently shaped white heart brads to the other two empty circles. LOVE how this card came out. The white coffee cup and heart brads really stand out against the dark background!

Thanks for stopping by today and see you again soon!!

lovies, =o) kel

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Coloring Washi

Happy Saturday!

Rebecca here with a quick card today.

So fast, in fact, that the longest amount of time was spent on coloring the Coloring Book Washi, and that part was just relaxing! 

After that, some paper flowers, enamel dots and a jewel brad brought it all together in a snap.

The coloring book washi was as much fun as I hoped it would be, and I already have other pieces ready to add to more cards soon.

Eyelet Outlet Items Used

Friday, April 20, 2018

I Get Butterflies!

TGIF crafty friends!  Susie here with another ATC*!

So do you have someone special in your life? Somebody who makes your heart race and gives you butterflies in your stomach?   I hope so!  Whether it is a new love interest or a spouse of many years I have the card for you.  Time to play...

I actually started with the sentiment stamp on this card (Stampendous) and then found the perfect Prima stamp by Julie Nutting to coordinate.  A quick search for all things Butterfly over at Eyelet Outlet yielded an astounding number of brads and washi tapes from which to choose! (seriously you should check it out!)

 I went with the Mini Butterfly Brads (soo cute!) and the Butterfly Washi Tape - Wide.

I stamped the sentiment and image on watercolor paper using Archival Ink and then added color with my watercolor paints. I added a single perfect pink butterfly brad and then trimmed a larger pink butterfly out of the washi tape.

Next I matted it on black cardstock and attached it to a simple card base with a couple of  Zots... 

...and we have a finished card!

And yes I did stamp off a few extra ATCs again this week.  If you are interested in receiving one, just leave me a comment over on my Instagram page. 

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you find some time to play today!  Susie


Materials for Butterfly Card:

Eyelet Outlet Butterfly Washi Tape -Wide
Eyelet Outlet Mini Butterfly Brads 
Prima/Julie Nutting Stamps - Calendar Musts Stampendous - Life Words
Prima watercolor paper and paint
Archival Ink

*Artist Trading Card -  2.5' x 3.5" piece of original art made in any medium and intended to be traded with other artists.

Ride On

Now that Spring is here (at least by the calendar)... it's time to think about outdoor activities.

I created the scene with a variety of Eyelet Outlet Brads:

I also used some Clock Washi Tape on both the front and the inside of my card:

Wherever your springtime activities take you, I hope you'll take time to create, using some FANTASTIC Eyelet Outlet products, of course.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Happy Seagull

Good Thursday morning crafty friends!  I'll never forget the first time taking my daughter to Padre Island and her great surprise when a seagull swooped down and grabbed some of her lunch right out of her hand!  That memory comes to mind every time I see my Eyelet Outlet Seagull Brads in my organizer, so I decided to put the brads and the memory together and create a fun little card, perfect for sending cheer.  

I also used the little Cattail Brad that is included with Eyelet Outlet Frog Set Brads.  The post that the hungry little seagull is sitting on is an image from Cricut's Life's a Beach cartridge.

Thanks for stopping by today and if your travels take you near the Orlando Florida area next weekend, April 27-28, visit Eyelet Outlet in person at the Stamp and Scrapbook Expo!  

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Sunshine and Watercolor

It never ceases to amaze me (Lauren) how inspiration is everywhere! Last week I spotted a $2 stamp and embossing folder combo at a big box crafting store and realized that the cuuuute rainbow stamp was *EXACTLY* the right size to combine with our Eyelet Outlet Sun and Cloud Brads. So obviously I had to buy it, lol, right?!

You may have noticed that I often show a couple of similar projects in the same post, so I'll share one of my secrets with you: when I'm having trouble deciding between two ways to go, I'll start working on both ideas at the same time. In this case, my indecision was whether to paint the embossed rainbow panels with bright, full-strength shades of ColorBurst pigment powders, or to use diluted pastel versions. Often, when I'm in the process, one of the ideas will not work out, so I abandon it and keep going with the other. This time, I liked them both; so I was able to make two different cards.

To get the fun "white lines" effect on both cards, I used the rainbow embossing folder to texturize a panel of watercolor paper in the usual way, but before painting it, I rubbed across the raised bits with an ordinary white candle from Ikea to give it a very light coating of wax. That acts as a resist, so when you paint the watercolor on, it beads up on the raised parts... you can actually paint away quite messily and still get a really fun effect. For the dark version, I used full strength ColorBurst shades and let them air dry completely. For the pastels, I diluted the pigment with a little extra water, and then blotted the wet color with a tissue before it dried. In both cases, I completed the background/sky first and filled in the rainbows second. This seems counterintuitive, but it was a game-changer for me!

The vivid colors of the darker rainbows were a great match for this beautiful multicolor Striped Washi Tape, which I've flanked with a fun stripey pattern from the Rainbow Skinny Set on top of some notebook paper backed with plain white cardstock. I attached the Sun and Cloud Brads to my stamped and colored rainbow before cutting it out... thus I was able to leave a little extra cardstock behind the brads for support! This card is 4.75 x 6.25, to accommodate a slightly larger heart shape and "dilute" the darker colors with a little extra white space.

The pastel rainbows were soft enough to be a background for a typical A2 card, so this time I used a smaller heart shape from my leftover notebook paper, and added my Dymo Label sentiment right on top.

I hope I've brought a little bit of sunshine into your day... in the form of Sun and Cloud Brads! ♥

favorite color is 

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Some Eggs-ceptional Cards

Hello everyone.  It's Kim from Katydid Cards.

Sounds prideful, doesn't it?  Actually, it's the brads that are egg-ceptional; both literally and figuratively!  And I have to say I really enjoy working with these.  Here's a link to the Egg Brads, just in case you want to get some for yourself.  There are also Colored Egg Brads in the store; I used them previously on this Easter card.

I can't wait to show you this first card because it's one of my favorites.  Then again, I have a lot of favorite Eyelet Outlet cards!

In addition to the egg brads, I used the Canister, Cooking, Mixer & Cup, and Baking Brads.  The combination couldn't have been better for this card and the patterned paper called Cooking Time from Crave Designs was a perfect way to tie it all together.

But as to the question, "How do I like my eggs?" 

Well, here's my answer which you find just by lifting the flap:

The cute muffin tin has wells in it for the batter to go, so I filled them!  I used the White Pearl Bling Strips.

Next up, I have a cute card to give anyone of whom you're proud just to let them know.  If would also be nice to send to someone who needs a little confidence boost.

This time I put the little egg in a nest, perched nicely on a branch adorned with the Stitched Flower.

I used several different cut files from the Silhouette store, but the base was made using this file.  I changed the size of the card to 3 1/2" x 6" and cut it from Soft Sky cardstock by Stampin' Up.   The Cloudy Day embossing folder helps add some interest to the card front.  I cut the branch twice and snipped off the leaves; running them through the crimper before attaching them atop the branch.  Here's a closer look:

Inside, a little play on words for the sentiment.

 Thanks for visiting today.  I am egg-ceptionally happy you stopped by.

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

Monday, April 16, 2018

Make a dazzling statement!

Eyelet Outlet Washi Tape comes in all sorts of styles.  
But one of the most fun is our glitter washi tape.  
It always makes such a great statement on cards and it easily mixes and matches with your regularly printed washi.  Need a little upscaling?  Try Glitter washi tape!

Also, check out those glitter enamels.  Subtle...but noticeable!

We are doing inventory and stocking our shelves for the Orlando, FL

Stamp & Scrapbook EXPO

April 27-28, 2018

Stop by and pick up your favorites from our booth.
Paper flowers, bling strips, decorative brads, enamel shapes and much more!

 Dawn Mercedes, of Sunnyside Up

Sunday, April 15, 2018

New Baby

Hi Friends! kel here today to share another fun coffee card!

I got to play with these adorable Woodland Animal Brads for this card. As soon as I saw them I knew I wanted to make a baby card and love how it came out!

They are just too adorable. You get these three characters - skunk, fox, and raccoon - and I couldn't pick which one I wanted to use so all three of them went on the card together!!

Thanks for stopping by today and see you again soon!!

lovies, =o) kel

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Soak Up the Sun & Snorkel

Good morning, and happy Saturday!

As I type, the sun is shining, the breeze is strong, and if I close my eyes, I can ALMOST pretend that I’m at the beach instead of Ohio. ALMOST.. 

My page project this week uses pictures from a vacation last June, and I guess the subject matter helps my fantasy :).

As soon as I saw the Swim Fin Quicklet Eyelets in the store, I knew exactly why I needed them. We had a terrific time with the beach snorkeling on this trip, and I have a couple of other pages with related pictures that will use the rest of the fins. Those pages won’t be on the blog because nobody on the internet needs to see our swimsuits!!!haha

I had a hard time deciding what to do for a title. I knew I wanted “snorkel” to be big, but I didn’t have any big, pre-cut letters. I came up with making my own letters from bling strips, and I like it! I just drew the long, skinny letters in pencil to give myself a guide. The strips cover the pencil line, so there was no need to erase.

I want to try doing some script lettering with the strips, too. Maybe next week.

I backed the arrow washi with white cardstock so it would pop off of the darker patterned papers.

Eyelet Outlet Products Used

Papers are from Studio Calico (background) and Fancy Pants Hello Sunshine.