Tuesday, October 17, 2017

We Wish You a YETI Christmas

Have you started building your holiday card stash?  I make holiday cards all year long, so I never have to put my favorite products away.

An Eyelet Outlet Santa Hat Brad can turn almost anything into a holiday card ... even one of my favorites ... a Yeti (this guy is from Frantic Stamper).  I die cut him twice from both sides of a piece of Core'dinations Cardstock & then layered them with a bit of a shadow.

I used the same paper for my sentiment from Hero Arts Clearly Kelly's Fa La La La La and tore the edges, so you could see both colors.  

This Yeti does look rather jolly to me ... he's the creature I'd like to have with me when I go to cut down my Christmas Tree (mostly because he could help me carry it back to the car).

Those fun Peppermint Candy Brads look good enough to fill my Grandma's Candy dish that was always filled with delicious hard candies for the holidays.

Make sure you get your Eyelet Outlet Christmas order now, so you have plenty of time to finish those holiday designs.

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, October 16, 2017

Purring for Eyelet Outlet!

Last year, Eyelet Outlet released Cat Silhouette Brads...
this year, it's Kitten Silhouettes!  

These adorable felines will have you purring with excitement.
Remember to add some rolls of washi tape to your order!

Our next trade show will be in Sacramento, CA 
Come take a stroll to our booth! We'd love to see you!

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Chicken Crossing

"Why did the chicken cross the road?"

Well, it's Kim from Katydid Cards with you today to share a card that takes a look at that age-old question...from the chicken's perspective!  The star of the show is the Chicken Brads.

I hope their dream comes true!

This card was created by modifying a Standing Easel Card.  I simply adjusted the position of the folds and also traced around the top half of the street sign so it would pop up.  The card folds flat for mailing:

The background was created by sponging with Distress Inks on white cardstock.  After it dried thoroughly, I embossed it with the Cloudy Day embossing folder.  I added the Sun brad in the corner to break up the empty space.  I added a grassy border to soften the edge of the card.  Looking at it again when it's folded:

To create the crosswalk, I cut a strip of cardstock and added Glitter Washi Tape in Black and Silver on the diagonal.  I think it worked out rather well!  The greeting was designed to fit in that open area below the crosswalk.  I just kept layering until I was happy with the look and the height.
When you open the card up fully, you see the sentiment inside.

I made another card with the Chicken Brads here and I just had to make another one.  They're so darn cute!

Thanks for stopping by today!

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

Friday, October 13, 2017


Hello!!  I'm here with a CAS vintage kraft, black and white card with just a tiny pop of color. The outside is clean and graphic with a sentiment in an old-fashioned font accented by a telephone brad from our telephone/fan brad set.  

Inside there are some torn strips of vintage washi tape and phone washi tape, along with a punny sentiment built from typewritten words, a couple of stamps and a fan brad.   We have so many selections for coordinating tapes and brads, it really makes your creative options practically limitless!  

Enjoy your weekend!  We have forecast highs around 87 degrees so I'll be enjoying some craft time in the comfort of the AC!

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Till The Cows Come Home

Happy Thursday crafty friends!  I am just loving Eyelet Outlet's latest brads!  Today I'm bringing you a real fun and easy card with our new Cow Brads.

I love how realistic looking these guys are and I wanted to put them in a realistic scene, so I downloaded this beautiful pasture photo from FreeImages.com called "Lonely Tree."  

After uploading the photo to Cricut Design Space, I attached my sentiment directly to the photo and for some whimsy and dimension, I added this cute ranch gate from Cricut's Country Fair cartridge.  

If you're in or around York, Pennsylvania this weekend, come on by the Heirloom Rubber Stamp Show and pick up some amazing products from Eyelet Outlet's booth or visit us on the web at EyeletOutlet.com.  

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Down on the Farm

Have you seen the awesome new brads in the Eyelet Outlet Fall Release? There are some really great ones this time, and I confess that the series of farm animals are some of my (Lauren's) favorites. There are RoostersCow and Goat Brads, and Pig and Sheep Brads. There's even a cool Truck Brad that coordinates pretty well and of course we already had Ducks and Chickens (and Eggs!) and a bunch of other Animal Brads so the possibilities are pretty endless. I stuck with just the farm animals this time, though, and made a set of Artist Trading Cards.

I love the smaller size of ATC's. They are typically 2.5x3.5" ...the size of standard playing cards. In fact I've used some old playing cards as the base on which to build these.

I also like that ATC's are often created as a series of related cards, because you can choose one set of supplies, but make a bunch of different ideas.

For each of the cards in the farm series I've featured one of the new Farm Animals inside a vintage slide mount, then added them to a playing card covered in torn bits of ledger and map paper, as well as bits of dictionary pages with animal definitions on them.

I've added strips of Red Dot Washi and Skinny Gold Pattern Tape as accents.

Finally I used my old school Dymo Labeler to create an appropriate farm animal pun for each card: "Legendairy" for the Cow Brad, "Fowl Play" for the Rooster and Chicken, "No Kidding" for the Goat, "Sheep Thrills" for the Sheep and "Hogs and Kisses" for the cute Pigs.

I hope you'll be inspired to try out a smaller format like ATC's; and be sure to remember that Eyelet Outlet Brads are the perfect accents for this size!

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on her own blog the rest of the week,
and at Jingle Belles-- with Stephanie-- every Friday! 

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

March of the Toys

So many of the Eyelet Outlet brads are perfect for realistic cards ... but today, I'm looking at my brad collection through the eye of creating my own Toy Story.

I started with March of the Toys Designer Paper from the Carta Bella Toy Box Collection and then created my own Toy Box Parade.  I started with a few pieces of Building Block Washi Tape to help ground the parade (remember you can click on the pictures to see a larger view).

Next I went through my entire brad stash and pulled out any that I thought would be found in a Toy Box.  

I added a winter sled (one of the new Fall Brads), a fun little convertible car (doing a wheelie for my brother), a motorcycle, cartoon fish, a stuffed giraffe, a fun Monster, a Toy Army Man ... and of course some building blocks.

I finished with a dump truck (one of our favorite toys because we could play in the dirt and rocks), another wheelie car, a stuffed lion and round brads for some bouncing balls.

I had so much fun creating my card, there will likely be more toy-themed designs in my future.

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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

Monday, October 9, 2017

Oh the Move!

Today, I am featuring the little red pickup Truck Brad that was released by Eyelet Outlet this fall.
It is a sweet little brad that can be used to encourage others and bring a smile to their face!

Paired with the Sun & Cloud brads and Pine Tree brads,
you can create a scene!  

Keep the engines revving by adding this pickup truck brad with an old map.
Mark the spot with a bling heart...
and you'll make someone's heart go...zing!

Truck on over to pick up your own package of truck brads, pine trees and suns!
(And remember to pick up a few more rolls of washi tape!)

October 20-21, 2017 in Sacramento, CA!

Thanks for driving by today!
Dawn Mercedes, of Sunnyside Up

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Give Thanks

It's Kim from Katydid Cards today!

I've wanted to use the Leaf Brads to make a fall-themed or Thanksgiving card for some time, but there are so many other goodies to work with, I'm just getting around to it now.  You still have plenty of time to get these leaves if you want to make a card like this for a Thanksgiving or Fall card.  There are a number of other leaf brads, quicklets, ribbon and washi in the store as well.

I decided to make a shaker card with these brads.  I immediately thought of a window.  It's so beautiful to look out the window on the autumn day and see the show Mother Nature puts on for us.
To do this, I snipped the brad prongs off the back and flattened any residual metal with the flat end of my paper piercer.  To ensure a nice smooth surface so the leaves would shake properly, I also added a dot of Glossy Accents to the back...worked like a charm! 

I created the tree background by using a digital stamp in brown on a sky blue background.  Then I added my window over it, with acetate covering the back.  I attached it using mounting tape to allow plenty of room for the leaves to move.

And here's what the leaves look like when they've all fallen to the ground.  Get the rake!

I created the greeting using another digital stamp, cut in a scalloped oval.  A slightly larger oval was used as a mat.  I covered it with Glitter Gold Washi Tape.  I also covered a strip of cardstock with the same washi tape and ran it through a Paper Crimper.  Who knew it would crimp so beautifully.

I used another digital stamp for the inside.  That panel was placed on a larger mat rimmed with more washi tape.  A perfect complement to the glitter on the front!

And speaking of gratitude and appreciation, I just want to tell you how much I appreciate you spending time here!  Thank you!

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

Friday, October 6, 2017

Swept Off My Feet!

Halloween card-making is so much fun!  The colors are so bold and quirky.  Silly, punny and even downright corny can work for Halloween when it would fall flat for other holidays.  On top of all that, it is just fun to stretch your non-holiday stamps and supplies and use them in unexpected ways.

I've been sewing clothing for a Colonial era historical reenactment, and so I guess petticoats and bumrolls are partly what inspired today's card!  I looked through all of my stamps and found an image and sentiment that I thought would go with these witch's legs brads, and then sketched a bodice and some poufy purple hair to go along with them. 

The witch's bum is a small piece of tulle stitched and gathered and knotted, then positioned so that the broomstick barely peeks through from underneath...hopefully it looks like she is comfortably seated and flying off into the night. Of course, her little black kitten had to go along for the ride!

Bright purple glitter washi tape frames the design, echoed in her glittery purple hair and the colors of the designer paper bodice.  

Certainly silly and sure to bring some Halloween smiles and snickers (pun intended!)! Have a great weekend!

Thursday, October 5, 2017


Who is a fan of Fall with all it's colors and textures?
Eyelet Outlet has a great selection of autumnal brad.
Check out our online store and stock up!!

The weekend, we'll be in Akron, OH!

Come visit us and pick up our 12 new brads!!
You'll love them!!


Good Morning crafty friends!  I'm crazy about all of Eyelet Outlet's new Fall 2017 Brad Collection, but the Pipe Brads have to be my favorite.   The spigot is amazing in its detail and I couldn't wait to create this card with it!

I think it's clear to see that when you order your Pipe Brads, you'll need to get some of our awesome Tear Drop Bling to go with them!  They come in 3 colors and make perfect sparkling water drops, don't you think?  This card also features some of our beautiful Brick Patterned Washi Tape.  

Thanks for coming by today and be sure to hop on over to Eyelet Outlet and see all of our new Fall 2017 Collection!