Tuesday, July 25, 2017


Here I am with my last official post for the Eyelet Outlet Blog, the DT term is over. I will be participating in the last Christmas in July Saturday for the last one for the month. I have had a lot of fun designing for the Eyelet Outlet it has been fun trying to figure out different ways to use the products and I have learned a lot from the other design team members too.  I have always used the Eyelet Outlet Brads and had quite a nice collection too but best of all I'm not as washi tape challenged as I was.  So for my  card I used Purple pearl strips. 

The card is 4 1/4 X 6 1/4 I put the strip of purple beads around the outside edge of the die cut lattice and put single beads in the centers of the cuts.  I also used the beads for the bodies of the Butterflies.

The beads are perfect for the butterfly bodies

I just used the Smile die-cut as the inside can be finished for a birthday or for a get well or just thinking of you. 

The Pearl strips come in many colours and in rhinestone as well
the also co-ordinate with the swirly bling/pearls.

Check out the Eyelet Outlet Store for all your embellishments

Don't forget to visit the Eyelet Outlet Blog on Saturday for the last Christmas in July post and there will be two winners from the comments left on the blog.

Have an Awesome Day!!!

Butterflies, Bees, Dragonflies, Ants What do they have in Common?

It's the new challenge at Shopping Our Stash!!! Challenge #313 is all about bugs we want you to use any insect/bug on your project that you want to. I love butterflies so that is what I wanted to use and in a very different (for me) colour. So here is what I made.

I used an unbranded butterfly die and the sketch from Cheerful Sketches.
The white enamel dots are from the Eyelet Outlet Store. 
I started out to make a  5  1/4 square card but as I was placing the oval on the finished card I realized the opening was in the wrong place and the sketch didn't work that way, so I cut the card at the fold and placed it on the 5 1/2 square base.  That shows I shouldn't be watching a good mystery movie while I put my card together. 

Close up of the die-cut.

I didn't put a sentiment or finish the inside as this is one of those "generic" cards to finish as it is needed.

I will be entering this in:

Thanks for stopping by today and don't forget to check out the Main Blog and see what the rest of the design team have made.

Have a creative day!!

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Celebrating Christmas in July at the Eyelet Outlet Blog ~~ week 4

How much fun is Christmas in July? I think it's awesome!!! So head over to the Eyelet Outlet blog and see what fun some of the other design team members have made.  I love making Christmas cards all year as when its time to get them in the mail I have enough for all my friends and family as well as a couple of swaps.

I love this super cute image from Sami Stamps  and it works perfectly to use the  cute ornament brads from the Eyelet Outlet Store, I  must say that the image is  a valentine one and has hearts hanging also she is holding a heart but now she is holding a super cute candy cane from the Eyelet Outlet 

Close-up of the ornaments and candy cane.

Finished inside of the card.

Eyelet Outlet Brads I used

There is a whole section dedicated to HOLIDAY BRADS have  a look.

Don't forget to come back again next Saturday for the final installment of .
Christmas in July at the Eyelet Outlet Blog.

Up Yer Kilt!!!

Well we can never say there are boring challenges at the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers  ~~ challenge #89 is U is for Up Yer Kilt. We want to see plaid on your card.  I use plaid a lot but usually for Christmas cards so I had to stretch my mind on this one.  I was pleased to acquire TH hipster stamps of course these stamps as well as the crazy birds are WAY out of my crafting technique but I used that age old spot on the computer called Google and found some inspiration.

I always think when in doubt Black and White is always vogue. .

Close up of the image. 

Finished the inside with a favourite "old" birthday stamp.

There you have it my off the wall card with a bit of snark, thanks for checking out my card today, you have until Friday August 4th at midnight to get your "up the kilt" projects in.  Head over to the SoSS blog, check the rules and see what the rest of the design team have made. 

Have a wonderful day!!!

I'm entering this in:
Tim Holtz ~~ get hip for summer

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

How Much is that Kitty in the Window?

Good afternoon and a beautiful afternoon it is too.  Today on the Eyelet Outlet Blog I have  a super cute window card featuring brads from the Eyelet Outlet and Brads store. 

I had this idea a while ago and I had to wait until I has some flower brads, they are mini flowers from the Eyelet Outlet Store. Since I was using the flower box I thought the garden tools (also from the eyelet outlet store) would look cute and peeking out of the window are two black kitties dreaming about the beautiful sunshine.

Here is a closer look at the super cute brads 

Finished inside of the card.

Brads I used today:
Cat Brads (12 per pack black & white)
Garden tools (12 per pack fork & shovel)
Mini flower brads (minis also come in lady bugs, bees, leaves and mini birds)

Thanks for joining me today and have a wonderful week.
See you again next Tuesday at 3.01 EDT

You Light Up My Life...............

Are you humming along?  You're welcome.  Shopping Our Stash wants you to light up the blog with your creations using anything with light. I went with light bulbs....Christmas light bulbs.

Since I'm crafting with limited supplies, I only have  a couple of paper packs with me but the one had this polka dot paper in a coral colour and wow I found some cardstock that went along with it so I made a Christmas card in a non-traditional colour.  The ornament brads are from the Eyelet Outlet Store.  They are so cute I had better stock up.  Of course my image is from House Mouse Designs

Finished inside of the card.

Thats all for now thanks for visiting today and head over to the main blog and check out what the rest of the Design Team have made.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

It's Saturday and at the Eyelet Outlet Blog it's Christmas in July!!!

I'm joining in the fun at the Eyelet Outlet Blog for Christmas in July!!! So after you have checked out my card head over to the EO blog and see the awesome projects some of the design team members have made.

For my card I used some unbranded dies both for the snow and for the Merry Christmas. I wanted to use those fabulous deer from the Eyelet Outlet store, they come 12 to a package and two different browns of course what would a winter scene be without a super cute snowman brad also an EO product.  So to give my card some pizzazz I added wink of stella to the snow lines and some bits of tiny clear swirl bling. (I have been working with the same package for months)

Close-up of the deer and check out that bling too.

Well that's all for this installment of Christmas in July 

The Eyelet Outlet & Brads store has many other awesome Christmas brads, bling and washi tape.

Christmas Challenges I would like to enter.
Jingle Belles Rock ~~inspiration (I went with white and blue with a bit of sparkle.)

Tuesday, July 11, 2017


Hello.....it's my day to post on the Eyelet Outlet Blog.   I was pondering on how to use the super cute flower brads from the Eyelet Outlet Store and thought I will make a  summer wreath (now I want poinsettia brads to make a winter wreath.)

The background was made by using green cardstock and the wide leaf washi tape (a favourite of mine) the leaf wreath is a Gina Marie die and the hello was cut twice once in green and once in black with an unbranded die and offset for dimension. Now to the fun part...placing the super cute stitched flower brads and those adorable colourful butterflies both are from the Eyelet Outlet.

Close up of the flowers and butterflies. I added some rhinestones from the Swirl Bling clear that I have been "parting" out bit by bit and there are lots left too. 

Items I used
Wide Leaf Washi tape (comes in Flowers too)

I am so in love with all these products from the Eyelet Outlet especially the brads there is a set of brads for every occasion and for every card or scrapbook.

Thanks for visiting today and see you again next Tuesday for my regular post at 3.01 EDT

Don't forget about Saturday there is a Christmas in July post at the Eyelet Outlet Blog 

CAS is for Simplicity Day

Wow not only do we shop our stash we have to make it simple. Most of my friends and family know I do NOT make "clean and simple cards" I'm a pile it on kinda gal.  But for Mimi's challenge at Shopping Our Stash I made a ...... wait for it......a ONE LAYER CARD!!!  Please check out the main blog for an explanation of the challenge as Mimi has a much better one than I can give you. Here is my design team card for the challenge.

I can't believe I actually made a one layer card. First I taped the card with washi tape to have a white border, using a makup brush and a Kaleidacolor Blue Breeze ink pad (shesh probably 8 years old and never been used) I layered the background. In keeping with the frugal consumption I made my own shimmer spray with perfect pearls (probably had them for 10 years) and water in a mini spray bottle, I then spritzed the background. The stamps I used are from a retired Stampin'up set called Upsy Daisy,.

I hope you can see the fabulous sparkly paper.

Before I sign off I hope you noticed the fabulous watermarks Lee made for me I just love it in Black or in white.  Lee is the fabulous creator of Edna at the Sisterhood of Snarky stampers. 

Well friends and family that's all until next week. Please check out the rules, the write-up of the challenge as well as what the rest of the design team made for the challenge. 

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Saturday!!! and a NEW Challenge at the Sisterhood of Snarky stampers!!!

Challenge #88 K is for Kids starts now at the Sisterhood of Snarky stampers.  Time to make some cards for the little "darlings" , I lucked out with this challenge as I had three commissioned cards for some "grands" so you are going to see all of them of course there is no snark on any of them.

When asked to make a couple of cards for a friend's grand children I wasn't ready for the themes, as you see this is Trolls (I didn't know they were back)  so I found a colouring book page on pinterest coloured it and made a shaker card. 

The second card is as you see...Hot wheels. it was a bit easier as I just printed two images, again from pinterest and cut one car out and attached it with a wobble. 

Third card (for a different grand)  was to have a train on it so I made it into a shaker card, all "boys" no matter what their age loves an interactive card.

Sentiment found on a verse site and I liked it so well I used it on both boy cards. As you see I didn't have enough room for his name on the outside and just squeezed it in on the inside.

Congratulations for making it the end of a long post now head over to the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers check out the rules and see what the rest of the design team have made. p.s. I think there is some snark on some of theirs.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

A Beach Day!!

Happy Independence Day for my American friends, family and followers.  Canada Day is July 1st and had just a few days ago and we spent it at the cottage it only seemed appropriate to make a beach scene for my day at the Eyelet Outlet Blog.

I used three new spring brads from the Eyelet Outlet Store on my card and some seashells I had in my stash also from the Eyelet Outlet. I have been wanting to use those pink flamingos since I got them and finally some water to have them stand in.

The sandcastle is also one of the new spring brads look at the detail on it and the pink flamingos too.

As I was getting organized I spotted  the Turtle another new spring brad from the Eyelet Outlet store, you really need to visit the store and see the awesome brads not just for spring but for all occasions. Can you tell I LOVE the brads from the Eyelet Outlet?

The items I used today:

I've come to the end of my post for today but meet you here again next Tuesday at 3.01 p.m. EDT.

Show your Flag's Colours ~~ Challenge #310 at Shopping Our Stash

Welcome to a new challenge at Shopping Our Stash ~ Show the colours of your flag!!! Since it's just past Canada Day which is July 1st and the U.S.A. is celebrating July 4th we want you to fly your colours. Mine, since I live in Canada, is Red and White so I took the opportunity to make a Christmas Card as I'm way behind in my Christmas stash.

The image is one of my older house mouse designs stamps called "Gifts to Tie"  The Jingle Belles challenge is Stars and/or Stripes so I was inspired to use stripes.

I even cut the Merry Christmas from the striped paper leftover. 

The striped theme was carried over to the inside and the sentiment is from Stampabilities  which unfortunately it is no longer operating.

There we are.....Red and White for Canada let's see the colours of your flag!!! 

I'm entering this in:
Jingle Belles Rock ~~ Stars and/or Stripes or both

That all for today join me see you again next Tuesday at 6.30 a.m. EDT.

Monday, July 3, 2017

ICAD 2017!!!

With some prompting from a certain LB,  I tried a few of the challenges, I didn't jump in until it was half way and I really like the fun. ICAD stands for Index Card A Day and there are 61 days and my first one was day 32, I have a couple more on my desk in various stages  These are 3 X 5 index cards, those flimsy lined "recipe" type.

First I covered the card with Spiced Orange and stared at it to see what I could do with it then I remembered an old SU set called "in the wild" so I stamped the elephants and then I was transported to a Sunset in the Serengeti 

Day 34 Prompt 4th of July,  but since I'm Canadian I also had to make one for Canada Day which is July 1st.  150 years.
So far I only have  two finished but hope to finish the  week and start on Week 6 soon,

Thanks for visiting, 

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

A Girly Monster Card!!!

Guess what time it is? 3.01 p.m. Tuesday!! and my time to post on the Eyelet Outlet Blog!! Let me tell you it's so great when you can use a few brads, a bit of bling and some paper flowers ( all from the Eyelet Outlet Store) to make a card because I left my markers at home this weekend.

Since most guys (no matter what age) don't like flowers I decided to make this a blingy, girly monster card.  Those monster paper flowers from the Eyelet Outlet Store are so cute and are a perfect match for the Eyelet Outlet monster brads  The two smaller flowers are flat attached and the center one is popped up, when I finished I knew it needed some bling so I grabbed the Jewel Strips you can find them in all colours and in pearls too at the Eyelet Outlet store.  and added them to the edges of the blue layer and dotted a few inside the circles of the embossing. 

close up of two of the monster brads and the flowers 

check out how awesome those rhinestones are.

Eyelet Outlet items I used
there are many, many designs and solid colours too.

You really need to check out all the fabulous products the Eyelet Outlet has to offer.
That's all for now, see you again next Tuesday at 3.01 p.m. EDT.

Another New Challenge at Shopping Our Stash!!!

Hello and a fabulous day it is!! A new challenge at Shopping Our Stash is Lazy Summer Days, which translates to "what are you going to do to relax"? Well since every chance I get I want to relax at the cottage and how I relax mostly is to craft and take walks to the dead end and sit on a rock watch the boats and the water.

As I mentioned I like to craft at the cottage and it's always hard to remember everything I'm always stressed to remember medications especially the cat's meds, I make lists but you would think since I truck certain tools back and forth that I would remember them....nope, left my markers at home,  I didn't have but 5 distress markers and none of them were blue or brown so off to the dollar store and bought some pencil crayons that will remain at the cottage for the next faux pas. 

A closer look at the image, I love this set it's called Summer by the Sea and so far this year I have used 3 out of the 4 images, sadly it's retired from Stampin'up. 

Stuff I used on my card
Sketch by Sweet Wednesday Sketch 2
Stamp from Stampin'up
Embossing folder - Darice (never been used)
Spellbinders Small classic ovals
Flower and Hello unmarked dies
Cardstock mostly used scraps
Blue, expresso, sand, white

I'm enter this in:

Now I've shown you how I'm relaxing it's your turn to show us how you are relaxing this summer. So head over to the main blog check out the few rules and see how the rest of the design team are relaxing this summer.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Let's get Arty with the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers!!!

I don't know about you but I'm not very "arty" , I'm not into art journals or mixed media although I've collected a lot of equipment because I want to try. I was hoping to start an art journal but alas ran out of time as life got crazy for a couple of weeks. Well the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers are wanting everyone to get Arty for the next two weeks and join us for challenge #87 A is for Arty. After a few false starts, several hours watching videos I finally came up with some watercolouring.

This card is 5 1/4 X 7 1/4 the method I used was ink the Stampin'up large bg stamp with versamark watermark and embossed in white on watercolour paper. Using a paintbrush I wet the sections of flower and then using Ken Oliver's colorburst powders I coloured the image. I don't have any blue so for the background I used mermaid lagoon and a watercolour brush.

there are tiny specs of different colour in the colourburst as I only used one for the flower and one for the leaves.

I was so excited how the background turned out I had to take a picture of it, and for that reason my card is "big"

Well here are my "fails" although I'm sure I can do something with one or two.

Top left is putting powder on first and then spraying
Bottom is using more water spritzing
the top right was using a spellbinder's stencil (never used) and mixing texture past with merlot colour burst and spreading it over the stencil (more practice would help)

Well there you have it ~ my success and my "fails", I am totally sure you are much better being "Arty" than I am so head over to the Main Blog and check out the fabulous "arty" works of my Sisters then Get Arty and join us.