Today I’m sharing 2 very fun and easy cards with you, both birthday cards, one is for a girl & the other a boy. Now I don’t know about you but I’ve noticed that when it comes to girl themes, many times the color scheme is heavy on the pink! But when I was growing up (and still today), I was a big fan of all the colors in the crayon box! And the brighter – the better!! So this first card is for a girl you know who thinks bright hearts and bright colors are awesome! I thought of my 2 nieces that live far away from me and thought that an envelope full of hearts floating their way might be a cute idea ;O) So I pulled out my sweet pack of EO Bright Heart Enamel Shapes and matched the CardStock to them for a bright cheery card!
Here a list of the supplies:
Stampin Up!: “Phrases for a Friend” Stamp Set, YoYo Yellow, Pacific Point, Elegant Eggplant & Poppy Parade CardStock
Other Supplies: Green CardStock, Memento Tuxedo Black Ink, studiog Alphabet Stamp Set, Black Archival Ink Pen
For the inside I wanted it to look like the hearts were getting closer (and their just too cute not to use up), so I added a bunch more in a floaty kinda way ;O)
Here is the YouTube Video Tutorial: Sending Love on Your Birthday!
For the boys card I wanted something completely different so I decided a grunge looking card would do the trick and I had the perfect embellishments to match the perfect pack of paper to do it! Combining the two and distressing the heck out of the paper gave me a quick and easy grunge card that’s perfect for any boy you know that wants to be a Rock Star lol!
Here are a list of the supplies used:
Other supplies: “Like Father Like Son” CardStock by Fancy Pants Designs, “Phrases for a Friend” Stamp Set & Basic Black & Pear Pizazz CardStock by Stampin Up!, Memento Tuxedo Black Ink, Pop-Up Squares
I decided to keep the flow going to the inside of the card so I used some Stampin Up! Pear Pizazz CardStock and one of the border stickers from the dp pack. I then added the star enamel shapes to dress up the sentiment and some of the smaller enamel dots to make the sticker pop even more.
Here is the YouTube Video Tutorial: Happy Birthday Rock Star!
Well I hope you enjoyed todays post and that it’s inspired you to create something of your own. I’ll be posting the links to the youtube video tutorials later today & you’ll see how I made my itty bitty envelope and more when they finally upload – it takes forever – sheesh!!!!
Have a safe and creative day Everyone!
Thanks for stopping by :O)
Hello All – Happy Earth Day!!
Today I’m sharing a card made in response to Cathy’s “Ways to Use it” challenge over at Splitcoaststampers The challenge was to celebrate Earth Day and I thought that to celebrate this day we need to acknowledge our relationship with our wonderful Mother Earth. Thinking on this relationship, and the simple fact that absolutely everything is provided to us freely gave me the inspiration for the card and the message I placed on it.
Supplies used in today’s project are:
Stampin Up! – Hand-Penned Holidays Stamp Set, Black & White Embossing Powder, Crumb Cake, Brilliant Blue, Daffodil Delight Inks, Night of Navy, Whisper White & Basic Black CardStock,
Tim Holtz – Forest Moss, Mowed Lawn, Tea Dye, Vintage Photo, Walnut Stain, Distress Inks.
Other Supplies – Spellbinders “Large Circles” Die-Cut, Versamark Ink, White Gesso, studioG Alphabet Stamp Set, Ranger Multi Medium Matte, Mixed Media Paper, Titanium White Acrylic Paint, Pop-Up Dots & Tape Runner.
I thought the pop-up squares were great for the earth and decided that the banner could use one as well so I curled the banner up on one side and placed a pop-up square underneath it and glued the opposite end of the banner flat onto the card to give it some extra depth.
I hope you enjoyed todays project and that it’s inspired you to make one of your own :O)
Have a safe and creative day, thanks for stopping by!
Today I’m here to show you 2 cards I’ve made using Eyelet Outlet Washi Tape This product comes in different widths & finishes with a ton of designs!
On the first card I wanted to use a variety of tapes and I thought the best way to do that was vinyl records. I loved when my Dad would play his Elvis records on my Grandma’s old stereo system. That thing was HUGE!! It was so big we had the tv on it when it stopped working. It was made of solid wood and had carpet over the speakers lol!!! Anyone else remember those???
I made the records using my Spellbinders “Large Circles” die set, I needed a large full circle, one small circle and then 3 different sized rings. For the base I used the 2 1/2″ full circle and then for the 3 rings I matched the 2 1/2″ with the 2″, the 2″ with the 1 1/2″ and then the 1 1/2″ with 1″. The centers were made by taping down some washi tape onto the cardstock and then using my 1″ circle die cutting out a solid circle. Once all the pieces were glued together onto the large solid circle, I simply punched a hole in the center, used my Prima Time Travelers Memories Collection Stamp (such a long name for a small stamp!), with my Staz-On Jet Black ink to add some script to the record center. I sat back for a minute and realized they needed something more, so, with my Stampin Up Whisper White Craft ink & sponge I wiped the white ink in a couple of areas to give it a highlighted look, but it was still missing something. After a few minutes I realized that the thing missing was the look of vinyl! So with my Ranger Multi Medium Matte I put a thin layer over all the records and Voila!!! I had the look of vinyl!!!
For the record centers I used the following Washi Tapes: Foil Pink Circle, Anchor, Bicycle, Donut, Fan – Orange, Zig-Zag Orange
For the sentiment & message I used Stampin Up’! “Measure of a Life” & “Phrases for a Friend” stamp sets as well as my Image Tree Alphabet Stamp Set.
Because two of the records went over the edge I was able to cut them and use the extra pieces for the inside:
For the next card I wanted to show how washi tape could help you when your creative juices aren’t running high. This Father’s Day card was made using just several items – Stampin Up! Summer Sun & Black cardstock, their “All Holidays” sentiment stamp, black embossing powder, Versamark ink pad, Eyelet Outlet’s Foil Black & Gold washi tape, and some pop-up dots – Easy Peasy right!!
Well I hope you liked todays projects and that they’ve inspired you to create something of your own.
Have a safe and creative day everyone :O)
Good Morning Everyone!
It’s now officially my day of the week to post my new projects on the Eyelet Outlet Blog so I thought I would declare this day of the week here on my blog “Happy Eyelet Outlet Thursday!” And for todays project I made three different sentiment cards in three different styles, all showcasing some of the New Spring Brads
The first card is a “Welcome to the Neighborhood” CAS (Clean & Simple) card. I wanted to really make the Alien Brads pop so I kept it black and white. I flicked some white Gesso over the base of the card and added a moon using my Spellbinders “Large Circle” die and then the Tim Holtz “Alterations Townscape” die for image. I used my “Image Tree” alphabet stamp for the outside sentiment and with my Versamark pad and some Stampin Up! Black Embossing Powder created the sentiment and then cut each letter out in small squares. I then cut some squares (a little larger) on some left over cardstock and then purposely glued the black & white squares together off center to give it a little more interest. I popped them up on some pop up dots and then added the crochet thread to make it look like a banner. Then came time to use my little adorable Alien Brads, they come sitting and standing and for the front I though it would be cute if they were sitting on the sign:
For the inside I decided the standing Alien Brads would look best as they literally look they are waiting to take you on a tour of your new neighborhood lol! I used my “StazOn Jet Black” ink with a $1.50 “studio g Alphabet Stamp Set” I found in the sale bin at Michaels for the message.
For the second card I decided on a “Happy Retirement” sentiment and I had two thoughts, first, what better way to celebrate retirement than relaxing on the beach and secondly, I have the perfect brads to go with such a scene. I created this “Water Color” card using my ink pads by pressing them onto my Tim Holtz Craft sheet and then with a very wet paint brush, I picked the ink up and proceeded to “paint”. I used Stampin Up! “Early Espresso”, “Ballet Blue”, “Pool Party”, “Gable Green”, “Garden Green”, “Sahara Sand” and Primas “Shabby Tote” Resist Chalk Edger for the colors. My white gel pen was used to sketch the hammock and some white paint for the sale boat. I used my “StazOn Jet Black” ink with the “studio g Alphabet Stamp Set” for the message and the Stampin Up! “Phrases for a Friend” stamp set for the sentiment. Then came the fun part, adding the Sandcastle Brads and the Turtle Brads these bring the whole scene to life for me:
Next was the “Encouragement” sentiment card. I wanted to do something fun and bright for those Flamingo Brads and so I got out my White Gesso and painted a piece of Mixed Media paper, then using my “Mandala” stencil from ColorBox and Finnabairs “White Crackle Texture Paste I gave two of the corners some nice decorative swirls. Once it was all dry I used Prima’s Color Bloom Spray Mists in “Boysenberry”, “Sunshine” and “Lime Wedge” and sprayed them down with water. Once the background was dry I realized that I didn’t like the “Lime Wedge” with the other colors for this so I added “Emerald” over it. I took two old floral chip board pieces and after covering them in some White Gesso used the “Tangerine” and “Summer Sky” Spray Mists on them. Then it was time to add the sentiment from Stampin Up’s “My Friend” stamp set, so I brushed over the area with my “Stampin Buddy” added the sentiment with my Versamark ink and SU! Black Embossing Powder and bang – WHAT A MESS!!!! Turns out, the stampin buddy couldn’t keep the powder from sticking to the spray mist. So after an hour of trying to remove the access power – I had an idea. I pulled out my Black & White Gessos and flicked them all over the background so the you wouldn’t notice the Embossing Powder that shouldn’t be there! So after that fiasco I got to add my two beautiful Flamingo Brads, a little shredded cheesecloth, my flowers and then I noticed something missing. So I went to my bling stash and found the perfect Blue Jewel for the much needed bling and flower center ;O)
Well folks that’s it for today, hope you enjoyed the projects. Thanks for stopping by and I wish you all a safe and creative day :O)
Happy Sunday Everyone,
I hope everyone is enjoying their weekend! I just wanted to share a little experiment I performed yesterday (Saturday) on myself, the why and the results. I’ve done a LOT of reading over the past few years on how to create the life you want, and even the ancient texts from thousands of years ago all say basically the same thing and I’m going to share with you one of my two favorite quotes that sums up how our lives are created by us:
“Any idea that is held in the mind that is either feared or revered will, begin at once to clothe itself in the most convenient and appropriate physical forms available.”
~ Andrew Carnegie
So this week after a conversation with my hubby about where my thoughts are most of the day and looking at certain areas in my life that need some serious improvement, I decided Saturday morning to perform an experiment on myself.
First: I asked myself what I really, really want in those specific areas of my life. What is the vision, the ultimate outcome?
Second: I removed my typical daily distractions i.e.: phone, mindless internet surfing, tv, etc.. (I didn’t even listen to music, I wanted complete focus on where my mind went)
Third: I had to pay close attention to where my thoughts went throughout the day and take note if any of them work in the direction of attaining my desired outcomes.
So I spent the day alone (with exception to my furry baby ;O) and I did the one task that would allow me to watch my thoughts more closely without distraction – housecleaning!!! By early evening the outcome was a real eyeopener!! Not only was I NOT focused on my goals but my thoughts had seemed to own homes in “Worrysville”, Fearsome City”, even “Resentment Town” reliving past anger and hurts I thought had been dealt with (I won’t go in to the size of the Guilt & Shame Ridden homes). Not exactly prime ingredients for successful and wholehearted living LOL!!! But I did this experiment without any judgement toward myself; so instead of getting upset or angry over the revelation, I sat with my hubby and told him of the results and talked with him about how I now know why my life in certain areas are the way they are and was glad I had discovered the truth. Even more important – I now know where to go from here.
I awoke this morning far more focused on where I want to go in my life than what’s on tv or what’s happening on social media, youtube, pinterest, etc., I’m not saying that I will live a perfectly focused day every day, but I am truly aware for the first time in my life of how completely responsible I am for what I focus on and how every day my thoughts are creating my life, my outcomes. I will be forever grateful for that eyeopening experience.
And let’s face it, social media, Pinterest, tv – all of these can be fun de-stressors at times but avoiding our thoughts for those hours only to return to “Worrysville”, Fearsome City” and “Resentment Town” in between the distractions will not deliver the most important thing to us – A Life!
So if any of you are curious about where the majority of your thoughts are calling home throughout the day, I encourage you to try this experiment, even if it’s only for a couple of hours. And if you aren’t happy with the results, at least you’ll get the house work done and that’s a bonus ;O)
Thanks for stopping by, I wish you all a wonderful, creative & loving day today and all of the tomorrows :O)
Good Morning All,
Today I’m sharing with you another Eyelet Outlet project using one of the adorable new Spring brad sets Yoga Cat Brads , when I seen them I knew they needed an outdoor scene and once I thought of the outdoor yoga class in the park I had to make some cute little yoga mats to go with them. I wanted the card clean and simple but with a full scene and I find the best way to do that is by using your die-cuts. Die-cuts are great at enabling you to add a lot of pieces and depth and still keep everything clean and simple looking ;O)
Stampin Up! : Old Olive, Tempting Turquoise, Whisper White, Melon Mambo, Elegant Eggplant, Pretty In Pink Cardstock and Ink. Summer Sun Cardstock & Daffodil Delight ink. “Word Window” Punch, “Pursuit of Happiness” Stamp Set
Other Supplies: Tim Holtz “Tea Dye”, “Vintage Photo” and “Walnut Stain” Distress Inks, Spellbinders “Large Circles” Nestabilities and “Cherry Blossoms” Shapeabilities Die-Cuts, Forever in Time Double-Sided Tape, Tombow Liquid Glue, Staz-On Black Ink.
Thanks for stopping by! Have a safe and creative day Everyone :O)
Today I’m sharing two cards made for another Splitcoaststampers challenge. This is the first of two cards I made for Kathy’s CAS “Winged Things” challenge. As soon as I read it I had 2 very different ideas so I decided to make both ;O) So they had to be clean and simple and have some of our favorite winged things. For me butterflies are one of my favorite creatures on earth that have wings. They are so beautiful and yet both ideas I had, had the butterflies colorless! So for the first card I used dry embossing and my Wink of Stella clear pen to dress them up and then added a touch of the green jewels for added embellishment.
Stampin Up! Basic Black Cardstock, & Ribbon, Black Embossing Powder, “Sense of Time” Stamp Set, “Beautiful Wings” Embosslits,
BoBunny “Little Miss Jewels”, White Cardstock, Versamark, Tattered Lace Spellbinders Die, Wink of Stella Clear Pen,
SU! “Fifth Avenue Floral”, Inkadinkaclings “Butterflies Cling”, Designs By Ryn “Raindrops” Stamp Sets. Versa mark Pad, SU! Black Embossing Powder, Gellyroll White Gel Pen, Tim Holtz Distress Inks – Mustard Seed, Spiced Marmalade, Salty Ocean, Picked Raspberry, Seedless Preserves, Mowed Lawn
For the second card I wanted to show how nature “got it’s color”. I stamped my ink pads on my Tim Holtz craft sheet and with a wet paint brush I colored the rain drops. Then added some touches of white here and there with my gel pen.
I popped up the butterfly with pop-up squares
Have a great, safe and creative week everyone :O)