Tuesday, April 26, 2016
Hello again! Can you believe that April is almost over?! It has been a whirlwind week here as my 22 year old son and I are preparing for a trip to Italy with the Orange Park Chorale, so I spent most of the day yesterday working on my recently purchased Midori Traveler's Notebook (oh, I think I'm in love!) and on thank-you's for our tour guide and bus driver.
Our time abroad will be action-packed as we tour Venice, Florence, and Rome, singing four concerts along the way. One of those concerts is in Lucca, which is near Pisa, so I wanted to include a Leaning Tower brad on my card. I'm hoping for a photo-op to take a picture with Matthew there and for a place to print it...since the little file folder is adhered only on one side with foil washi tape, it flips up and the small photo will go underneath. That way when our hosts get thank you's from a bus-full of choristers, they'll know who this one came from! (I stamped a sentiment there just in case things don't go as planned!)
The package of brads that includes the Leaning Tower also includes the Colosseum, so I'll be making another card to go along with this one. I wanted them to be busy, fun, and sort of "lights, camera, action" because that's what I'm expecting this trip to be. My Midori is prepped so that I can jot down highlights and important things to remember. I'll share that with you when we get back. Until then, happy stamping!
Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Hello friends! I'm here to share some vintage beauty today! Have you seen these stunning resin cameos that are new to the Eyelet Outlet? I am absolutely in love with them! They come in a four-pack which includes several colors, and are available in this round shape or in the traditional oval. Aren't they just gorgeous?! Here's a close-up so you can see the lovely detail...
I paired this one with a doily stamp and some of our champagne jewel swirl bling, snipping the jewels into sections to fit around a printed sentiment. The raggedy tulle and ribbon bow is accented with a single matching 12 mm pale champagne jewel.
If you haven't already checked out the new flatback resin category at the Eyelet Outlet, you ought to! There's everything from elegant to adorable.
Hope to see you again soon!
Friday, April 1, 2016
Happy Spring, everyone! For some of you, such a greeting may seem like a bad April Fool's Day joke! You may not feel like Spring has really arrived if you're digging out from under a blanket of snow, but here in Florida we have been covered with a blanket of pollen which, for many of my friends, has brought a myriad of allergy symptoms to go along with it. That's what prompted this country, farm-style get-well card.
For the card front, I used scraps of designer paper in Americana colors and a little lace along with some asymmetrically placed chicken brads...makes me think of the flannel-backed plastic tablecloths my grandma used on her farm house dining table when all of us grandkids came to visit.
Couldn't resist decorating the inside with a hexagon "chicken wire" designer paper print, this vintage eggs ad and some egg brads, which went along perfectly with the country theme and the sentiment from The Cat's Pajamas.
Have a happy April Fool's Day! I hope, if you get pranked, that it's a fun one!
Sunday, March 27, 2016
Happy Easter from our family to yours on this blessed morning! I'm sharing a cute Easter bunny card complete with a basket and some brightly colored eggs, hoping to make you smile and to bring warm memories to mind. The Easter Bunny still makes a pit stop at our house because it's something that I believe one can never outgrow, but it's gonna be a while before the treasure is discovered since my 22 year old "boy" is sleeping in. ;)
Here's what I used on my card:
- The Cat's Pajamas stamp, Sugar Sugar
- Memento ink
- Copic markers
- We R Memory Keepers designer paper
- mini stitched flower brad
- bunny washi tape
- colored egg brads
- SU small and large tag punches
- May Arts ribbon
Of course, the *real* Easter is not about the bunny, but ALL about the Lamb. I have been reflecting all week on those events that happened so long ago that changed the world forever. "Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?" (1 Corinthians 15:55). I'm so grateful that He loved us that much!
He is risen indeed! It is my prayer that we will realize His resurrection power in our everyday lives. Every. Single. Day.
Have a very blessed Resurrection Sunday!
Sunday, March 6, 2016
When my box of goodies arrived from the Eyelet Outlet, I found myself digging through my stash of papers and stamps with a fresh perspective. It's so fun to have new "toys" to play with, but it's nice to revisit the old stuff too...besides, it's "green" for the earth and for the pocketbook!
I made this simple card using designer paper from an old designer paper pad and some cute new pastel owl brads. The washi tape greeting on the front was fast and simple to put together and, with a border of striped paper, was framed perfectly by the design of the layer underneath.
The inside is just as cute as the outside, too! The banner was die-cut with some My Favorite Things dies; the sentiment is from The Stamps of Life.
I hope I've inspired you to take a look through the Eyelet Outlet store and then through your stash to see what new ideas come to mind!
Monday, February 29, 2016
Hello stampers! It's time for a new color challenge at the Eyelet Outlet. Just look at this gorgeous Springy palette!
My card is a double pocket card for tags. I simply layered several My Mind's Eye "Happier" designer paper prints of varying heights, leaving the tops open to form pockets. For one layer, I spliced two prints together onto some card stock (didn't have enough of either paper!) and trimmed the top into a curved shape. The splice is hidden by the sentiment panel.
I stamped a sentiment and some little stems (stamps from The Stamps of Life) and added some mini bright flower brads. The tags are embellished with even tinier tags cut with a die from My Favorite Things, with cute little pastel rabbit brads to give an extra pop of color.
Visit The Eyelet Outlet blog for more inspiration and to play along!
Friday, February 26, 2016
There are only a couple of days left to play in The Eyelet Outlet's current Color Challenge! These colors immediately made me think of my Doodlebug Designs Sweet Things designer paper, which includes some cute "Just My Type" designs.
My first card was a quick design with no stamping. I simply cut the little sentiments from the designer paper, snipped the ends into a banner shape, and attached them to the card with sticky back hearts and a typewriter brad, finishing with a big red bow.
My second card includes a Gourmet Rubber Stamps typewriter and sentiment. I love the way the sticky backed hearts lead the eye to the phrase, "You Rock!" which is another one of the prefabs from the Doodlebug paper.
I hope you'll join us for the challenge! You have until Sunday, the 28th, at midnight Pacific time to enter. The winner will be announced the next day, when our new challenge colors will be posted.
Tuesday, February 9, 2016
Happy Mardi Gras! I hope you've had a wonderful day celebrating sweet things like pancakes and King cake! I certainly did!
I'm excited to say that I've recently joined the Eyelet Outlet design team. My first shipment of goodies arrived a day or so ago, and I couldn't resist making a Mardi Gras card with some gold patterned glitter washi tape and gold glitter enamel adhesive dots. For the background I sprayed some Dylusions sprays on watercolor paper, then spritzed again with water...it came out looking just like the icing on a King cake! The sentiment is from Flourishes.
Sunday, January 10, 2016
It's The Challenge Chicks' first challenge of the New Year, and Bev has challenged us to a "Snowy, Frosty, or Glitsy" card. I used one of my all-time favorite snowman stamp sets, Paper Smooches' Swanky Snowdudes, for a stand-up card with snowbanks made from Tim Holtz's sparkly adhesive-backed glitter paper. Its flurry-filled sky was sponged using a scalloped circle for a mask, and I added a few trees made from scraps of white card stock colored with Copics to match the snowman images. It's a fast, simple card made from a 5 1/2 x 12 piece of card stock that when folded still fits in a standard sized envelope. Here's what it looks like closed...
Sunday, October 11, 2015
I just LOVE October! There's so much to love about it, but I especially love that it signals that Fall has officially arrived and Halloween is just around the corner! Bright, happy colors make Halloween one of the funnest for stamping and decorating.
I've seen lots of cute witch's boots on blogs, Pinterest, and Splitcoast Stampers (this one was my favorite!). Most of them were cut with a Cricut or Silhouette, but I decided to try drawing my own template. The whole idea started with some Heidi Swapp papers I got for 50% off at Michael's. The purple and white pinstripe just reminded me of a pair of boots with a stacked wooden heel... and I thought I could make it work for this month's Challenge Chicks' 3-2-1 challenge.
- 3 layers
- 2 embellishments
- 1 sentiment
- optional "twist"--pink
Card stock forms the base for a second paper-pieced layer made from the various patterned paper sections of the boot. The third layer is the sparkly trim, including the scallops made using a circle punch, and the narrow glittery strips that frame the boot shaft.
I cut three more boot shapes (one from card stock, another from patterned paper, and a third, reversed, also from patterned paper) to form the back side of the card. It would have been fine to use card stock only, but the patterned papers were cute, they make the project look more finished inside and out, and they're thin enough that they aren't too bulky. Once they were all glued together, I scored about 1 1/2 inches from the top, and glued the finished card front to the top of the finished card back. I used a crop-a-dile to punch holes for the lacing...the top two holes go through all the layers, and the rest go through the front only, so that the card can still flip open.
I had a sheet of long-ago stamped sentiments and images from an old SU set (I think it is called Fright Night?!) so I just used my tag punches to punch them out, adding patterned and glittery paper accents to dress it up a little. Finished it off with some twisted ribbon and a blingy button, my two favorite embellishments.
Be sure to check out the rest of the team's projects! We'd love for you to play along!