Friday, November 17, 2017

From the North Pole!

Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and that means that Santa will soon be making his holiday debut!  Letters are gonna be flying to the North Pole, and Santa might just answer a few himself!  Eyelet Outlet has so many cute brads and washi tapes to dress those letters in style!

For this project Santa Mail washi tapeSanta washi tape, and skinny washi tape are a fast and easy way to establish the themed background for an envelope and mailbox from our mail brads set.  Sticky back pearl hearts accent the scalloped edge of a strip of designer paper.  

Inside another pearl heart sits beside the sentiment.  

It is exciting to make a wishlist to send to Santa and a real thrill to get a card SWAK from Santa in return!  A fast, fun project with lasting memories!  A quick search for Christmas and/or Santa will turn up all kinds of ideas!  Time to get busy!  

Enjoy your weekend!

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Merry and Bright!

Kraft with black is one of my favorite color combinations.  For today's Stamp Simply project, I used some lovely Kaisercraft Christmas Editions paper to create an unconventional holiday card of simple, understated elegance.

One of the designs in the paper pack is a newspaper print that includes this long narrow column of the poem, The Night Before Christmas.  Another sheet features a pretty sketch of some Christmas gifts, greenery, and poinsettias.  They worked great together as a three-section background panel for a Stamp Simply Christmas tree and sentiment.

Warm gray Copic markers, gold Wink of Stella glitter pen, and tea-dye ink unify the design which has just a hint of shimmer.  The bow is made from seam binding flattened and wrinkled with the heat gun.  To me that bow gives the card a bit of a vintage Victorian feel...maybe it is because I have been looking at Victorian fashion plates and dress patterns (bustles, ruffles, and swags of folded fabric) lately!  

Here's a look at the greeting that's stamped inside.  


Friday, November 10, 2017

More Pun With the Herd from Eyelet Outlet!

These cow brads (well, all the animals from down on the farm!) just crack me up!  There are all kinds of funny, punny sayings to go along with them so you can really stretch their mileage in your card-making.  If you are like I am, you have goofy friends who appreciate this "roll-your-eyes" kind of humor!

Christmas around our house means extra "moo-sical" opportunities, so here's a little milk chocolate appreciation for the extra effort!  There are green rhinestone notes, some gold glitter washi tape sparkle, and of course, another cow brad.  

Happy Friday!  Happy Veteran's Day, and a great big thank you to those of you who have served in our armed forces.  You are admired, respected, and appreciated!  

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Old-Fashioned Roses Gate-Fold

Today's Stamp Simply project is a gate-fold card inspired by the old-fashioned roses in my friend's garden, and by the "split" design of this MME designer paper.  It's such a pretty print and lends itself well to just about any sentiment.  My friends and I meet weekly for our "Friends for the Journey" Bible study, and with a long list of some serious prayer concerns regarding friends and loved ones from in-utero to 79 years of age, a passage on placing our trust in the Lord was the one that really spoke to me.

The roses and leaves are die-cut and then "painted" with distress oxide inks.  I love how the colors of the oxides separate...if you look closely at the leaves you can see some yellowish greens and even blues (all from the separation of the Peeled Paint distress oxide) which harmonize beautifully with the colors of the background paper.   

The entire belly band (including the sentiment panel and floral spray) slides off so that the card can be opened.  Inside, there's a sentiment in a beautiful script, along with a single old-fashioned rose stamped in glittering gold Delicata ink.  There's just a hint of distress oxide ink color splashed onto the paper.  Simple and elegant.


Friday, November 3, 2017

Old-fashioned Christmas Cards

Hello Eyelet Outlet fans!  I'm here today with a pair of cards that were completed with no stamping.  I love to stamp and color but sometimes, especially at Christmas, it's nice to have a faster alternative.  Eyelet Outlet brads and washi to the rescue! 

First up is Santa's List.  I love this old-fashioned looking Santa washi tape.  

pine tree brad and a prancing reindeer add color and visual interest in keeping with the theme.

A cute sled brad and some music note washi are the perfect companions for this snowman.  I love the pop of orange and red together in the midst of the muted, more traditional Christmas colors.  This is a sentiment you've just gotta sing!

Thursday, November 2, 2017

There is Always Something...

November is "gratitude month" and many of us are daily documenting the people and things for which we're thankful. Sometimes this practice takes a little extra effort, but it's true, there is always something to be thankful for!  Making an attitude of gratitude a daily ritual really changes one's outlook on Life and hopefully it is something that reaches well beyond the month of November.

I keep reaching again for this BoBunny designer paper...these colors just really speak to me, and I suppose since Florida doesn't get much of a blaze of Fall color I have to get my dose of it via arts and crafts!  The splashy watercolor-like patterns and the repeating circles of the papers inspired the repetition of those textures and shapes in the rest of the card.  I used distress oxide reinkers to watercolor a background, then stamped the sentiment within nesting circles, allowing the metallic background paper to peek through from underneath.  The copper paper, elegant ribbon, sugared minis, sparkly rhinestones, and lustrous pearl pin all add rich color and shimmery texture to the otherwise simple card.  

Here are the supplies I used, all from Stamp Simply:

Friday, October 27, 2017

Bee Happy!

For today's card I am revisiting an old favorite stamp set, accenting with some cute coordinating Eyelet Outlet brads in both funky and mini versions.  

These mini bee brads are absolutely adorable!  

The minis are the smaller version of our traditional bumble bee brads, but I love the funky bee brads version, and spring bubble brads are the perfect companions for a fun sentiment inside.  

When the days get short and gray, a happy yellow card is the perfect perk-me-up!  

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Visions of Sugarplums

Today's Stamp Simply card was inspired by the sugarplum colors of this Bo Bunny designer paper, by the idea of looking through a window at a lovely Christmas tree, and by the 12 Days of Christmas (see the ornament in the bottom right corner?).  In our family we celebrate the 12 days from Christmas until Epiphany...sometimes we do something daily and sometimes we just do something super simple like (gluten free) King Cake.  One year for the month of December we did The Advent Jesse Tree devotional, which is a wonderful study of the names of Christ and their symbolism.  That also played a part in the choice for the verse on the inside of this card.  

This frou frou bow was fun to make!  I knotted a short piece of tulle, then stretched the edges into a ruffly flower, layering two with some faux canvas ribbon, adding bits of frayed sparkly cording and pretty pink mini blossoms.

The tree is colored with Copic markers, given a bit of sparkly garland and some glittering rhinestones.

Here's the inside, with a verse from Isaiah about the names He shall be called.  I love Messiah Chorus and every time I see this verse I pretty much have to sing it.  ;)

Here are the supplies I used, all from Stamp Simply:

Bo Bunny Carousel Christmas
Stamp Simply Clear Stamps - Combo/Stamp/Die Christmas Trees
Stamp Simply Clear Stamps - Jesus
Spellbinders Die - Classic Ovals Large LG
Spellbinders Die - Classic Ovals Small SM
Memento Full Size Dye Ink Pad - Tuxedo Black
Kaisercraft Mini Paper Blooms - Fairy Floss
Original Bow Easy
May Arts 5/8" Faux Canvas - Spring/Summer Sampler
May Arts 3" Tulle - 5 yard Bundle
May Arts Metallic String Ribbon - 5 yard Bundle
Rhinestones - Light Pink
Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue
Scrapbook Adhesives-3L 3D Self-adhesive Foam Squares - Mix

Friday, October 20, 2017

If the Shoes Fit...

A Pinterest pin of a Halloween wood project inspired my potion-y, rebus/pictogram card for today!  Distress oxide inks have made creating "witches' brew" backgrounds so much fun, and Eyelet Outlet brads are perfect for spelling out a Happy Halloween phrase!  

Enjoy your weekend!

Thursday, October 19, 2017


I was recently browsing FB and saw my friend Lois Bak's panel pull-out card, so I had to look up the SCS tutorial and try one myself for today's Stamp Simply project.  This fold looks impressive but is incredibly easy and is a great way to feature coordinating prints of designer paper.

I love that this paper is a kind of transition paper with prints that work from Fall through Christmas, so if you still have Fall projects to finish before you move on to Christmas cards, this pad would be a great choice.  Another bonus is that the colors of the Christmas prints are a bit unexpected and not quite traditional.  The same goes for the Petaloo Sugared Minis...the pack includes these pale green flowers that work with the Christmas prints, along with some beautiful gold ones that coordinate with the Fall designs of this paper pad.  I just love the green and bright turquoise together!  (If you're wondering why I am still stuck on Fall...the high yesterday here was 79, which finally is a little cooler than it has been for a while!  Maybe I can finally get out of Summer mindset, leave Fall behind and begin thinking more about Christmas!  Maybe!)

In the fancy fold tutorial, the fourth panel of the fold is stamped at the bottom, and I was delighted to find that one of the sentiments in Stamp Simply's O Christmas Tree set fit there just perfectly!