Saturday, January 20, 2018

Release Your Inner Kitten

Hi folks.  It's Kim from Katydid Cards; happy to be with you today.

The Knitting Brads at Eyelet Outlet are adorable and I really like the colors of the yarn.




I was eager to use them, so I made a card based on my last experience with yarn...and my cat!  It was when I decided I wanted to learn how to knit, so I was working on my project with the yarn on the floor in a basket.  Suddenly, there was a tug and off went my yarn in the cat's mouth.




It's a spinner card, which was pretty easy to make in my Silhouette.  But you could do this with circle dies as well.  I have a template for you on the Freebies page if you'd like it.  Here's a video (as best as I could provide with one hand on the camera and the other on the card) of the blissful kitty as he rolls around with his yarn.




I picked my cardstock to match the yarn.  The patterned paper is digital from a kit called New Found Happiness.  I recolored the dots, though.  Believe it or not, I scanned the balls of yarn so I had an exact color match.

The kitty was made from a cut file I purchased in the Silhouette store, but I doctored him so he could hold a ball of yarn in his paws.  The remaining yarn and a pair of knitting needles sit nearby in a basket made using the Basket Builder Framelits.  There are two layers to the basket...the open weave top layer in Crumb Cake and the solid back layer in Early Espresso.




And here's a close-up on the kitty.  I added some embroidery floss to make it look like the yarn is trailing.




The sentiment inside plays off the greeting and another ball of yarn and knitting needles finish it off perfectly.
 



I enjoyed sharing my card and my story about my little cat, Pumpkin, with you.  She passed away some years ago now but the great memories she gave me still make me smile.




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

Friday, January 19, 2018

Dropping Anchor


Hello friends!  It seems that there's lots of ice and snow practically everywhere, but that doesn't stop me from longing for the sights and sounds of the ocean.  It has been a stressful week, and just the thought of sand between my toes is enough to calm the spirit and settle the "monkey mind!"  That sense of peace provides an anchor through the storm.

These supplies were strewn across my desk for another project (more on that another day!) but my heart had a detour in mind and I had to make this card first!  I am hoping that you got the feeling of the boardwalk and the fourth of July when you first saw it. 
  

The inside is reminiscent of the shorebirds patiently wading through the tide pool.  Kinda makes me  wanna go shell seeking or searching for sea glass!  Well...maybe when it's warmer!  ;)  

Here are the Eyelet Outlet supplies I used for this project:
If I had had it, I would have added some seahorse washi tape because the colors look like they'd work perfectly with this designer paper!  There are quite a few options for a beach themed, summer vacation card if you are longing for summer or if you're lucky enough to go for a winter getaway!  


Thursday, January 18, 2018

Sending You Love

The holidays are behind us and now it's time to start thinking about Valentine's Day which is fast approaching!  Eyelet Outlet has many products to get you inspired and today I'm going to showcase the Pearl Stick-on Hearts that are available in red, light pink, and white.


I made the little envelope from one of the many available in Cricut Design Space.  The postage stamp border is an image from Cricut's "Photo Fun Holiday Memories" cartridge.  Exploding from the envelope are the beautiful Pearl Stick-on Hearts.  To finish, I added a few strips of Washi Tape also from Eyelet Outlet.  I used Skinny Red and also this lovely Wide Flower Washi.


The Design Team has been hard at work creating lots of Valentine inspiration for you, so be sure and check back.  You can also see our work on Pinterest. Have a beautiful day!




Wednesday, January 17, 2018

All You Need Is Love (& Maybe Some Washi Tape?)

Hi guys, it's Lauren here again. Everyone knows I love Eyelet Outlet Washi Tape, and that one of my favorite uses is to make my own patterned paper, by neatly lining up strips of tape on plain white cardstock. But did you know that some tapes can be "stacked" to make a bigger design than you can see within one strip of tape? In fact, both of today's cards are made using just one style of tape-- this gorgeous Wide Music Washi.


I made the backgrounds for both cards in exactly the same way, by adhering the Wide Music Washi to a piece of plain white cardstock in strips, and lining each subsequent strip up very neatly so that the design on each segment match perfectly and the fully assembled panel looks seamless. This is not difficult, just a little bit fussy, but if you work carefully and take your time, you get wonderful results! It took four strips of tape, layered vertically, to make the complete design of this tape. You can see below that because I was overlapping the (clear) top and bottom edges by about 1/16" there was a little "blurry" bit at each level. I think it'd be absolutely fine to leave that as is, but being a bit persnickity, I wondered if I could take a very fine tipped permanent pen and fill in the black just a little darker. And I could! After a bit of practice, I even got faster at it. I made two panels that measured approximately 4 x 5" and then started to plan my cards.


For the first card I decided to use our Fancy Long Zig Zag Bling Strips to make a frame. This meant I'd need a card big enough to hold the tape panel AND the frame, so I made an A7 card blank from glossy black cardstock and adhered my tape panel to the center of it. I "dry fit" the bling by leaving it on the clear plastic backing, laying it on top of the design and trimming it to size. When I knew exactly where I needed to place each piece (so that the "point" of the teardrop gem was just overlapping the printed panel) I removed the backing and set each section in place.


I made the rest of my sentiment on the computer, using a free font called "Vogue" at 24 point size, and printed it out on plain white cardstock. I matted the strip for the first card on a piece of Cruise Tape so that my words covered the anchors and ships' wheels that are on the tape, but left that elegant braided border, which I think is the perfect finishing touch.


My second card is a standard A2. For this one I thought I'd leave off the bling, but bump up the texture factor by making an extra partial tape panel which contained the word "Love" and the sweet bird in the design... then fussy-cutting the bird and the letters, so I could raise them on some foam tape.


I borrowed this technique from old-school decoupage, and while it seems like a small touch, it adds a bit of dimension and a lot of elegance, in my opinion. 


Once my 3D pieces were attached, I added the sentiment. This time it's trimmed into a little flag shape and framed with a scrap of the same glossy black cardstock from which I made the card base.


I'd like to write more, but now I'm kind of anxious to find out if any of my other Eyelet Outlet Washi Tapes can be stacked into a bigger design! I'll let you know what I discover!

really likes Eyelet Outlet Washi Tape.
(A lot!!!)

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Washi Tape Easter Eggs

Earlier this month, I made this fun card for the January release at Technique Junkies using the new I Woof You Stamp together with lots of awesome Eyelet Outlet Washi Tape and Heart Bling.


I had several leftover ovals that I cut out to form the frame, and they reminded me of Easter Eggs, so those oval cuts are what I used for today's cards (a 2 for 1 design so-to-speak).


I added a heart bling to the Easter Egg and two vintage wooden stamped sentiments from my collection.  

The next card featured a larger oval cut, so I added the sentiment across the center of my Easter Egg with more heart bling.


These cards will be perfect to accompany Easter gifts to my nieces and nephews.


I'd love to see you use your oval cutters or punches with some washi tape to make your own custom designed Easter Eggs.

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

Saturday, January 13, 2018

A Thousand Miles

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

Last week I posted a collection of cards using Eyelet Outlet's Sneaker and Water Bottle Brads.  I have one more sneaker themed card to share and, in my opinion, I saved the best for last.




It features the sneakers making their way down the street to the finish line past a quaint row of houses from the In the City Stamp Set by Stampin' Up.  I stamped the buildings and then scanned them into the computer to color and trace them in my Silhouette.  I attached them to a 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" rectangle of Soft Sky which I embossed with the Cloudy Day embossing folder.  Across the bottom is the first half of the greeting.  As a finishing touch, I coated the windows and clock with Glossy Accents.

Here's the star of the show, a pair of sneakers...ready to go!




And here's the destination:




Just pull the tab and you get to watch the sneakers make their way to the finish line.


 And reveal the second half of the greeting.


 And here's the sentiment inside:



I made another version of this exchanging the word "run" for "walk" for Suzanne, the owner of Eyelet Outlet.  She is quite an accomplished runner so the card with that revision would be perfect for her to give to a loved one.  I forgot to take a picture of it, but it was exactly the same, save for the word.


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

Friday, January 12, 2018

Sew Happy!


Hello crafty friends!  Ready for the weekend?  I am tremendously looking forward to it!  

Most of the crafters I know have their go-to craft but are enthusiastic about other crafts too. I love card-making but lately my heart has been drawn to the first craft I really remember learning...sewing. I am so grateful that my mom and my home-ec teacher, Mrs. Farley, taught me to sew!   It's a very useful skill set to have in the tool box!  Since I have been spending time lately planning some garments for historical reenacting, these sewing stamp sets and the Eyelet Outlet embellishments that coordinate with them were calling out to me.  ;)  I even used a set of paper pinking shears that I haven't used in aeons!  


I love that so many of our EO products come in multiple colors so you can perfectly coordinate with your designer paper and other project elements.  These spools and paper flowers were an exact match for the spools and flowers in this busy, fun sewing print.  

Here are the EO products used for today's project:

I'll be at my sewing machine this weekend sewing up some garments for the Victorian era! I hope to squeeze in some stamping time, too, especially since here in the U. S. we have a long weekend in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  

Enjoy!


Thursday, January 11, 2018

Punny Valentines!

I'll be having friends over for dinner on Valentine's Day and thought it would be fun to place some simple Valentine's cards on their plates.  I love puns and all sorts of play on words, so going with that idea, I opened up my brad organizer and set out to choose a few Eyelet Outlet brads that would go with my theme. 


Guess what!  I couldn't stop!  I ended up with THIRTEEN cute and punny little Valentines!


This was way more than I needed for my dinner party, so I thought of a fun way to share to the love!  My little great niece enjoys crafting and so I made up a "kit" for her to make her own Valentines for her school party.  Using my Cricut and a two layered heart image from the Cake Basics cartridge, I attached the text to the white heart layers and used the print-then-cut feature.  I punched all the holes where the brads will be placed and cut out the red heart frames.  She will match up the brads and stick them on the right cards and then glue on the red heart frame.  


I'll take what I need for my party, and send her a few finished ones and the kit for her create the rest for her class.  I think she's really going to love making them and giving them to her friends at school! I actually thought of quite a few more and I bet you can, too!  I was trying to keep them from sounding too "mushy" though!  😏

Thanks for stopping by today and I'll post links to all the brads I used for today's project below! 


Brads Used:





Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Totally Do-NUTS About You!

Let's face it, doughnuts are awesome. In real life, they're not something most of us can have in unlimited quantities, which is why I (Lauren) am always thrilled to break out the Eyelet Outlet Doughnut Brads: they're fat-free, calorie-free, and full of cardmaking possibilities!


Since we're in the middle of January, I think we're all sort of in Valentine mode, so I've made three cards that would work perfectly for the holiday, but aren't too specifically Valentine-ish. Because it's nice to have choices, right? The first one actually has hearts on it, but that was mostly because I love the colors of this Skinny Heart Tape with the Doughnut Brad that I've swapped in for the "O". I swapped a Heart Brad for the entire word "heart", as well, which makes my sentiment fit really nicely inside the label shape. I'm always on the lookout for papers with strong, straight horizontal lines in them. Ledger and notebook patterns not only look great, they're a great helping hand for placing my tape stripes neatly in the background!


One of the reasons I chose this colorful Dot Washi Tape is that it kind of reminded me of rainbow sprinkles, which are awesome with Doughnut Brads, don't you think? I made my background patterned paper by neatly lining up strips of the tape on a piece of plain white cardstock that I'd cut down to fit perfectly on my A2 card front. This time I moved the sentiment panel off to the right side of the card, but balanced it out by placing the letters towards the left side of the label.


I love pastel pink as much (or MORE, lol!) as anyone I know, but for my third card I chose to celebrate the chocolate Doughnut Brad. I made a background panel from Pink and White Dot Foil Tape, which I revealed unevenly by tearing some dark brown dotted cardstock... a bit like peeling the wrapper of a candy bar! I composed my sentiment with oversized vinyl letters and trimmed-down Dymo labels; and added a few strips of Skinny Brown Glitter Tape just behind the word "donut" for even more emphasis.


I hope your day has included both creativity and treats... the Eyelet Outlet Store is a pretty good place to find both of those! ♥

enjoys the occasional donut,
don't you?

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Movie Night?

Today I'm using Eyelet Outlet Washi Tape & Brads for this week's CAS(E) this Sketch!



I used two colors (and widths) of Glitter Washi Tape to create the top portion of my card and then added some Film Strip Ribbon between the sections.


I used four different movie-themed brads matted on black & silver circles.  The "Movie Night?" sentiment was printed, and the purple stamped sentiment is from CAS-ual Fridays Coffee Talk.

Do you have a favorite movie snack?  I love Milk Duds with my warm Popcorn.

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


Sunday, January 7, 2018

Washi Makes Everything Better!


Washi Tape makes everything better...and prettier and happier!
Don't you think?
Eyelet Outlet's washi is paired with their darling Enamel shaped hearts!

Have a great Sunday!

DawnMercedes, of Sunnyside Up!