Friday, February 23, 2018

inching towards the holidays

this fortnight at ♥JINGLE BELLES we've got a prompt called, "have yourself a merry *LITTLE* christmas" and we'd like to see (can you guess?) inchies! of course, in addition to one-inch squares of design delight on your cards, all of the inchie variations are welcome: twinchies (two inch squares) and rinchies (round one-inch or two-inch circles). need more info or inspiration? check out this craftster definition with links or this great pinterest board! meanwhile, here's my card:

i went with twinchies and i basically cheated. i mention this, because you can, too! i found this fab sheet of american crafts xmas paper on clearance last november at a big box crafting store, so OF COURSE i bought a couple of them. 

being as the squares are two inches each, they are INSTANT twinchies, and the colors and motifs go really well with a bunch of different eyelet outlet holiday brads, as i showed off in this post from last year. this card has fewer squares, because i was attempting another version of this week's awesome sketch saturday. 

i've rotated the sketch and compressed it quite a bit. i like it, though! and i've managed to work in an eyelet outlet poinsettia brad, a sweet cardinal and a candy cane!

stephanie has also got an awesome inchie card to show off. why not hop over to ♥JINGLE BELLES♥ and check it out right now?

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Oh Boy!

Hi guys, it's my day on the Eyelet Outlet Blog again. We had some exciting news in the Bergold family just before Christmas: our eldest nephew and his wife are expecting a baby boy this summer! Being a cardmaker, OF COURSE the first thing I thought of was boy themed cards, lol; and I decided to start practicing right away. Luckily I found these adorable Eyelet Outlet Baby Animal Brads which seemed like the perfect set around which to build some super-cute cards.

I love BIG titles and sentiments; for one thing they're an awesome place to feature brads. For both of these cards, I diecut the appropriate letters from white cardstock that I had covered with Blue Houndstooth Tape that's listed under Dots, Patterns and edged the letters very lightly with a black brush marker before mounting them on tiny slivers of foam tape to make them stand out... both literally and figuratively. 

For my first card, I had chosen a patterned paper that looked like denim, when I realized that I had some actual denim in the form of a pair of ancient, lightweight jeans I was getting ready to send to the recycling center. Instead, I used my Xyron machine to apply edge-to-edge adhesive to a 4 x 5.25" panel of plain white cardstock, stuck the panel to the reverse side of the denim, burnished it really well, and cut neatly around the panel with scissors. Then I stitched around the edge with my sewing machine to add extra interest and keep that denim from ever being tempted to peel up.

Since some of the brads are on the very edges of the letters, I used a combination of their own prongs and some super-strong gluedots to attach them firmly, then added them to the card, with some plain white alphabet stickers to finish the title.

My second card was inspired by the current sketch at Sketch Saturday, and it immediately suggested inchies to me. 

I applied Blue and White Dot Washi in neat strips on some plain white cardstock, burnished the edges really well, and trimmed my tape paper down into neat one inch squares, which I matted with cardstock and then verrrrry carefully stitched around the edges. 

I added my Baby Animals, popped the squares up on foam tape, and added them to a cardfront inspired by the sketch, with the Houndstooth letters and alphabet stickers making up the sentiment once more.

I can think of lots of other uses for these adorable critters, and I bet you can, too! Why not treat yourself to some Baby Animal Brads and see what they inspire you to make? Be sure to tag your creations with #EyeletOutlet when you post on Facebook and Instagram, so we can see what you've made; and check out all the fab designer creations while you're there! ♥

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

home is where the heart is ♥

this week's challenge at shopping our stash is called, "home sweet home" and thus we'd like to see a house of some description on your project! easy peasy, right? here's what i made:

house, tree and clouds images from various vintage children's dictionaries; vintage blue lace from anna; sky background is a leftover piece of colorbursted watercolor paper on which i used up various blue pigments after a painting session; yellow washi with blue hearts: dina wakley/ranger media; patterned paper: echo park, doodlebug; ink for edging: colorbox; glossy white cardstock: the paper cut; adhesives: elmers brand gluetape, 3m foam tape

i very nearly did another stamp-and-color card, bc i have an adorable studio calico set i haven't even used yet! but then i had to go through a couple of ancient, falling-apart children's dictionaries in search of an image for another project, and i found all of these cute goodies that worked for "home sweet home" so this became a collage endeavor, instead! you can see that i've used the clouds and grass --albeit cut apart and layered over a colorburst sky i painted on watercolor paper-- from the landscape image, the larger tree and the house. the apple tree and window images got saved for another day. additional stash-centric items include some older clouds paper and a strip of ancient blue gingham paper that's all but hidden by the beautiful blue lace that miss anna gave me.

there are more awesome and home-y cards from my homies on the SOS design team. you should really hop over and check them out! ♥

Sunday, February 18, 2018

new stitching + watercolor obsession!

ok, so everyone knows that i love to watercolor with colorburst pigment powders, and i've done quite a few pieces where i used machine stitching on top, either as an accent or an outline, usually with black thread. but last week on instagram my friend tammy started posting some amazing abstract creations on which she stitched first... with white thread... and then added ink or paint on top and let it color the stitches as well as the background. so of course i had to try it. a few times, actually! ;)

my first creation involved freestyle leaves, painted with pthalo, chartreuse and turquoise colorburst with a cornflower blue background. i feel like i overworked/overmixed the color a bit, but experiments are for learning, afterall!

here's what that piece looked liked before i added the color, just so you can see, i really did use plain white watercolor paper and thread.

 (a quick note about paper: you definitely need to be on a nice heavy watercolor paper for this! i like strathmore's yellow tablets, from the big box crafting store. they're good quality without being extravagant, i feel like i can play around and "ruin" a few pieces while i'm figuring out how to do something.)

my second creation went a bit manic-botanic! this time one of the things i learned is that the thread doesn't necessarily wick up the color in any predictable way. so if you have ANY combination of colors that might make brown --or a really dark brownish purple-- such as alizarin crimson and turquoise-- even if they aren't next to each other, they might mix unevenly. which i kind of like, actually, now that i know it's going to happen.

my third creation was made specifically to be able to use the BACK of the paper, because i noticed in the course of the first two that the colorburst would saturate the stitching on the reverse, without showing through on the paper. 

like this:

cool, right? i'm not sure what i'm going to do with this piece of knowledge, but i'm excited about it. i also like the fact that if my piece gets a little too wet i can blot off the excess with a piece of book paper, and that the stitching with act sort of stamp-like. 

as it did here:

again, i have no idea what significance these facts will have in future --if any-- but i'm enjoying the exploration of this process, so i'm pretty sure you'll see this again.

i hope your weekend did not hold too much snowfall,
and that you will find time to do some creative experimenting today!

Friday, February 16, 2018

breaking news from the world's SLOWEST colorer

i've stamped and colored, wahey!!! and obviously i'm SUPER-excited about that, even though it took me most of an evening (and multiple examples of shading from the lawn fawn and pretty pink posh blogs) to color two teeeeeeny reindeer, a sled and a couple of trees. oh but first i should probably remind you that all this is in aid of the fact that we're moving into the second week of "a-coloring we will go" at JINGLE BELLES. ok, so here's my card:

stamps: lawn fawn reindeer, sled and presents + pretty pink posh evergreen trees: all colored with tombow markers and shaded with prismacolor pencils; snowy hills dies: penny black; patterned paper: pebbles, kaiser, bella blvd + that cool text paper is from a digikit by mye de leon called "peppermint winter" via snap click supply; adhesives: elmers brand gluetape, 3m foam tape, sewing machine  

having already confessed to the slowness and inefficiency of this endeavor, when all is said and done, i do quite like this card AND i think it's by far my best attempt at shading. i'm not sure coloring will ever be a quick and easy option for me, but i do feel encouraged enough to think i'd like to practice a bit more often. meanwhile, since my trees and hills were made with a fab set of penny black dies, i'm jumping in with the simon says stamp wednesday challenge blog's current theme, "add a diecut".

and now i hope you'll hop over to JINGLE BELLES where stephanie and our lovely guest star, marianne, have awesome cards to show you as well!

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Lots of Love

Happy Valentine's Day, everybody! In my opinion it's never too late to send a pretty Valentine out to someone special; or for that matter, to send an all-occasion greeting that just happens to have some hearts on it! I've used some of my favorite Eyelet Outlet Tapes, Enamel Dots and even some Balloon Brads to make a couple of cards that are all heart! Those are on the EO Blog today.

My first card was inspired by a layered heart die that I saw recently on social media. It's quite a new product though, and I haven't seen it in a store yet, which made me wonder if I could make my own version using a heart template and my trusty scissors. And it turned out that yes, I could!

After I traced the heart outline, I used the curves of the stencil to divide the shape into five segments that were more or less even, without being straight. Then I cut out around the heart. And finally, I cut the sections apart... but... I stayed just a scant 1/8" or so away from the dividing lines, so that there would be a bit of a gap between the segments when I reassembled them, without changing the shape or size of the heart.

I traced each of my finished heart sections onto a piece of plain white cardstock to which I had neatly applied strips of Pink Dot Washi, Orange Star Tape, Skinny Green Stripes, Blue Houndstooth Pattern Tape and Purple Dot Tape. I popped each segment up on foam tape and mounted them (with tiny gaps in between) on top of some texty patterned paper I made just for these cards. The text reads, "hugs & kisses & rainbow wishes" and is formatted in a free font called "Broach". I created a page that's white with black print and one that's black with white print. Both of these will be archived on our Freebies Page, so feel free to grab that to use on your own creations!

For my second card, I was thinking of the balloon bouquets my niece Riley has often received on her birthday, which just happens to be today--Valentine's Day! So those bouquets always had a heart balloon or two mixed in with some ordinary colorful balloons. I decided to recreate that look by diecutting small hearts from some of the leftover "tape papers" I had made for the first card --in this case Pink Dot Washi, Skinny Green Stripes and Blue Houndstooth Pattern Washi. I mixed the heart shapes with some of our Bright Balloon Brads and layered them all on top of my text paper, on which I machine stitched some balloon strings. I punched two small holes on either side of the stitched strings, threaded through some very skinny purple ribbon, and tied it into a bow at the front of the card.

I hope you will be inspired to take the hearts we all love on Valentine's Day and use them to spread the love all throughout the year! ♥

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

you stamped with *WHAT*?!

the title of this week's challenge at shopping our stash may already have given you a pretty good clue as to what we're looking for, but just to be clear, we'd like you to use something that isn't a stamp to stamp on your project. yes, you can also use actual stamps, as well as any other products and accessories you'd like. be sure to mention the "non traditional" stamping item in your post if it isn't obvious, ok? here's what i made and then i'll tell you about this adventure, lol.

found objects for stamping: acrylic sink mat thingie, bottle cap and papertowel tube; russian text book paper from my stash; cardstock: bazzill; large chipboard letters used as templates: pressed petals (honestly, they are so old i don't even remember that company, lol!); small chipboard letters: heidi swapp; distressed screw brads: eyelet outlet; super thin, die-cut-able wood veneer: altenew; heavy body acrylic paints: liquitex and golden

a few months ago, i bought this cool acrylic sink mat thing at the discount kitchen supply store, because i thought the pattern would be really cool in a gelli printing context.

i used a brayer to coat it with heavy body acrylic paint, and it made an ok impression, but i wasn't in love with the result. so then i also played around with the cap from my bottle of pellegrino, and also with the tube from a roll of paper towels. i can't say i find any of these earthshakingly cool, but together they made some fun grungy backgrounds that i think will be cool in collage or junk journals. meanwhile, for this project, i decided to keep it really simple and just cut out some oversized letters for a masculine birthday card. i added a small "2u" on the large HB, matted them on peacock blue cardstock attached to wood veneer with these super-fun eyelet outlet screw brads, and called it a day!

there are loads more design team projects to inspire you over at SOS, why not treat yourself to those right now, darlings? ♥