your unicorn has arrived

Hi everyone! A very Happy Tuesday to you! I have some great news to share – I was personally recruited by the owner of The Outlawz Challenges to join the Tuesday Color Challenge DT! I’m elated – I love playing in all their challenges so why not throw in some inspiration while I’m at it?! The Outlawz Challenges has been running a DT Call and I had not applied because I really wasn’t looking to get on any additional challenge teams, but I just couldn’t resist Laurian’s invite, so here I am! A new ‘5 Colors Plus Twist’ challenge has started today over at The Outlawz Tuesday Color Challenge and our sponsor is Polkadoodles so come on over and play! I was in the mood for a shaped card so I grabbed the adorable Polkadoodles Octavia Moonfly Unicorn digital image (part of a big kahuna download bundle) from my stash and created a sweet hybrid birthday card.

For the 5 Colors Plus Twist challenge this fortnight, we are to use at least three of the five colors shown in the photo below with a twist of adding a doily. I used pink, teal and purple.

I printed the precolored image on 60# Hammermill copy paper, cut it with a stitched mini scallop die, and layered it on a teal stitched oval die cut. I stamped the sentiment in black StazOn ink and set it aside to dry thoroughly. I cut the shaped card base from Neenah Solar White along with a pink shaped layer. I adhered two narrow silver glitter cardstock strips vertically down the center of the card front with a narrow purple strip between them. I added a purple tie-dyed doily which I cut in half and then adhered the layered focal image. I added iridescent gemstones for a little interest.

I adhered a pink shaped layer to the inside of the card base, then a slightly smaller white shaped layer embellished with teal and silver glitter cardstock strips and a sentiment stamped in purple ink.

And one more look… totally loving how this turned out! Such a pretty color palette we were given to work with!

Products used:
Cardstock/Paper: Neenah Classic Crest Solar White cardstock, CutCardStock Basis Aqua and Basis Pink cardstock, CutCardStock Amethyst Stardream Metallic cardstock, 60# Hammermill copy paper
Stamps: Polkadoodles Octavia Moonfly Unicorn digital image, Cas-ual Fridays Stamps Be A Unicorn stamp set
Ink: Jet Black StazOn ink, Stampin’ Up Wisteria Wonder ink
Dies/Punches: Crafter’s Companion Emma Die’sire Create-A-Card die set, My Favorite Things Die-namics Stitched Mini Scallop Oval STAX die, Memory Box Stitchede Oval Layers die
Accessories: Bearly Art precision craft glue, Tombow Mono permanent adhesive, Big Shot, MISTI stamp tool, Momenta purple tie-dyed doily, Darice iridescent gemstones

I hope you’ve enjoyed this project and will come over and join in all the fun at The Outlawz Challenges! I hope you’ll link up a project this fortnight – we’d love to see what you do with this color challenge! And be sure to check out all the goodies at Polkadoodles! Thanks so much for stopping by – we’ll see you next time! ;)

Scrappy hugs,
lesliesig

… “crap” happens.

Hi friends! Hope you had a wonderful week and you’re looking forward to something fun this weekend! I’m excited to be back on the Eyelet Outlet blog today with another DT inspiration project using the new quarantine-inspired brads in the store. The card I’m sharing today is another one in my series aimed at paying tribute to our frontline healthcare workers, but really could be given to anyone who has experienced something unpleasant. And the sentiment is so spot on – “crap” happens to all of us at one time or another but we always seem to bounce back! ;)

I cut a standard A2 size top-folding card base from black cardstock. I printed the sentiment from a digital stamp set on white cardstock and trimmed the panel so the sentiment was in the bottom right corner. I applied a strip of Wide Music Washi Tape horizontally across the panel and then added White Pearl Bling Strip across the top and bottom of the washi tape. I added two Toilet Paper Brads to the left of the sentiment and then adhered the panel to the card base. I finished the card front with several individual pearls from the bling strip.

I created the inside sentiment on the computer, printed it on white cardstock and trimmed the panel so the sentiment was centered toward the top. I embellished the panel with a strip of the washi tape cut in half lengthwise and a narrow black strip of cardstock, and adhered the panel on the inside of the card base.

And one more look… totally love how girly this turned out! And I love both sentiments!

Eyelet Outlet products used:
Toilet Paper & Tissue Brads
Music Washi Tape – Wide
White Pearl Bling Strips

Other products used:
Cardstock/Paper: American Crafts black cardstock, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White cardstock
Stamps: Bugaboo Digi Stamps Crap digital stamp set
Accessories: Tombow Mono permanent adhesive, Bearly Art precision craft glue

I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s project! Be sure to check out all the fun goodies at Eyelet Outlet! I can already see you drooling, lol! Be sure to ‘like’ and ‘follow’ Eyelet Outlet Facebook Page to keep up with news and sales, and while you’re at it, join the Eyelet Outlet Fans Facebook group for lots of creative inspiration! Thanks so much for stopping by today – we’ll see you next time! ;)

Scrappy hugs,
lesliesig

you color my world

Hi friends! I hope you had a great week and have something fun planned this weekend! I’m guesting this month for Just Us Girls Challenge and I’m delighted to share my project for Color Week #572 – Rainbow Colors! I’ve mentioned before that clean and simple cards have always been intimidating, but over the last year or so I’ve become more comfortable creating them. When Vicki sent me this challenge graphic, I knew immediately what I was going to create!

I used stamp sets from Paper Smooches and Prickley Pear Stamps to create a CAS love-themed card featuring a shimmery rainbow with puffy clouds. How stinkin’ cute is this?!

I created a standard A2 top folding landscape card base and rounded the bottom right corner. I stamped the rainbow and little birds on the card base and colored them with Prismacolor pencils. I added shimmer to the rainbow with a Clear Star Gelly Roll pen, then stamped and die cut the clouds and affixed them to the ends of the rainbow with foam tape. I stamped the sentiment in the bottom right corner and added two stamped and die cut hearts.

I kept the inside super simple with just a sentiment stamped in red and colored in with the Clear Star Gelly Roll pen, and an added black glitter alpha sticker.

And one more look… such a fun design! Sometimes less is more! ;)

Products used:
Cardstock/Paper: Neenah Classic Crest Solar White cardstock
Stamps: Paper Smooches Cosmos and Word Salad stamp sets, Prickley Pear Stamps Noah’s Ark stamp set
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black and Rhubarb Stalk ink; Sakura Clear Star Gelly Roll pen
Dies/Punches: Kadomaru Pro corner rounder, Paper Smooches Cosmos die set
Accessories: Bearly Art precision craft glue, MISTI stamp tool; Prismacolor pencils- Crimson Red, Orange, Canary Yellow, Grass Green, True Blue, Indigo Blue, Violet; Gemini Junior, Scotch 3M foam tape, Darice black glitter alpha stickers

I hope you’ve enjoyed this project and will link up a project with us this week at JUGS using rainbow colors! Can’t wait to see what you create! Thanks so much for stopping by today – we’ll see you next time! ;)

Scrappy hugs,
lesliesig

I miss your face!

Hi everyone! A very Happy Saturday to you! I’m thrilled to be back on the Eyelet Outlet blog today with another awesome DT inspiration project! We were gifted some pretty cool quarantine-inspired brads that are new in the store, and all the designers on the team have been creating some pretty amazing stuff, so be sure to check them out! I have been slowly migrating toward CAS for a while now and I made a series of clean and simple cards using these new brads as a way to pay tribute to our frontline healthcare workers during this pandemic. Hopefully we will see an end to this soon.

I created a standard A2 size top-folding card base from black cardstock. I created the front sentiment on the computer so I printed it on white cardstock and trimmed the panel so that the sentiment was in the lower right corner. I embellished the panel with two strips of silver Glitter Skinny Washi Tape spaced a short distance apart with a narrow strip of black cardstock adhered between them slightly offset to the right. Using a Hero Arts stamp set, I stamped the face just above the sentiment and added a Mask Brad. I added three randomly placed Black Enamel Dots to the background and adhered the panel to the front of the card base.

I embellished the inside panel with a strip of the silver glitter skinny washi tape and a narrow strip of black cardstock, stamped the sentiment in black ink and adhered the panel to the inside of the card base.

And one more look… really happy with how this turned out! Sometimes less is more! And this image really reminds me of Audrey Hepburn back in her younger years!

Eyelet Outlet products used:
Mask, Hand Sanitizer & Soap Brads
Glitter Skinny Washi Tape
Black Enamel Dots

Other products used:
Cardstock/Paper: Neenah Classic Crest Solar White cardstock, American Crafts black cardstock
Stamps: Hero Arts You Are Fabulous stamp set
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black ink
Accessories: Tombow Mono permanent adhesive, Bearly Art precision craft glue, MISTI stamp tool

I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s project! Be sure to check out all the fun goodies at Eyelet Outlet! I can already see you drooling, lol! Be sure to ‘like’ and ‘follow’ Eyelet Outlet Facebook Page to keep up with news and sales, and while you’re at it, join the Eyelet Outlet Fans Facebook group for lots of creative inspiration! Thanks so much for stopping by today – we’ll see you next time! ;)

Scrappy hugs,
lesliesig

CO-FF-EE

Hi everyone! I hope you’ve had a great week! How’s the weather where you are? It’s still a bit chilly here and we still have snow on the ground, which we love! I mentioned last week that I was invited to guest for Just Us Girls Challenge, and I’m thrilled to share my project for Trend Week #571 – Slimline Card. I’ve jumped on the slimline card wagon too, along with everyone else, so this was a card I enjoyed creating!

My card has gold glitter washi tape and skinny washi tape striped elements, and features stamped and die cut coffee cups on the front with a gift card holder on the inside. Perfect for that coffee-loving friend with a birthday – or some other reason to celebrate! My slimline cards are 9″ x 3-3/4″ because this slightly larger size fits better in a #10 envelope.

I cut the card base from navy blue cardstock along with three stitched oval die cuts and the alphabet letters to spell COFFEE. I cut front and inside layering panels from sand cardstock and rounded the bottom corners of the navy card base and the sand layers. I stamped four coffee cups in navy blue ink which I cut with the coordinating die. I arranged three sets of washi tape stripes horizontally across the front panel and adhered it to the card base. I adhered the stitched ovals to the panel and then the coffee cups with the letters.

I embellished the inside panel with a single set of vertical washi tape stripes and adhered it to the inside of the card base. I created a navy blue gift card envelope with my WRMK Envelope Punch Board and adhered a die cut sentiment. I then adhered the remaining die cut coffee cup and gift card envelope to the panel, leaving plenty of room for a signature.

And one more look… so pleased with how this turned out! I CASE’d my own design that I created for the Prickley Pear Stamps Hochanda showcase back in late October, but this one is slightly different.

Products used:
Cardstock/Paper: CutCardStock Wild Blueberry and Sandcastle cardstock
Stamps: Prickley Pear Stamps Coffee Cup stamp set
Ink: Stampin’ Up Night of Navy ink, Pentel Slicci Gold pen
Dies/Punches: Memory Box Stitched Oval Layers die, Prickley Pear Stamps Coffee Cup die, CUTplorations Alpha die set, Sizzix Celebration Words: Script die set, Kadomaru Pro corner rounder
Accessories: Tombow Mono permanent adhesive, Bearly Art precision craft glue, Peachy Cheap Gold Glitter Washi Tape, Me & My Big Ideas Skinny Washi Tape, MISTI stamp tool, Gemini Junior, We R Memory Keepers Pocket Punch Board

I hope you’ve enjoyed this project and will link up a slimline card with us this week at JUGS! Can’t wait to see what you create! Thanks so much for stopping by today – we’ll see you next time! ;)

Scrappy hugs,
lesliesig

Top 15 in America’s Favorite Pet contest are advancing to the next round!

I’ve popped on this morning again to plug our pretty boy, Loki! You’ll remember he was hand-picked to compete in America’s Favorite Pet contest! The top 15 in each group advance to the next round this evening. If you have a spare minute, we would most appreciate another vote for Loki!

You do NOT have to pay for votes (unless you particularly want to donate to paws.org which is an awesome organization) – there’s a ‘free daily vote’ button that’s good for one vote every day that you don’t have to pay for.

Here’s the link where you can vote for our guy: https://americasfavpet.com/2021/loki-b4ac

Thank you all so much!

Scrappy hugs,
lesliesig

birthdays are for LION about your age

Hello again, friends! I’m back with another card I created a couple days ago for The Outlawz Challenges. This adorable clean and simple birthday card is for The Outlawz Festive Fridays Challenge. The sponsor this time is Jan’s Digi Stamps and the themes to choose from are Winter, Spring, Valentine, Birthday or Christmas. I chose birthday so I could use this fun Ellen Hutson stamp set and coordinating dies! Here’s a shout-out to my friend, Aimeslee, who reminded me that I have this fun ‘lion’ stamp set in my stash after she posted a card last week she made for her friend telling her she should be lyin’ about her age, lol!

I created my typical standard A2 size top-folding card base from Solar White and rounded the bottom right corner. I’ve been on an ‘angle kick’ lately so I cut a short angled panel from yellow cardstock for the bottom and ran it through the machine with an embossing folder for a little texture, and adhered it to the card base. I have a ton of embossing folders and hardly ever use them, and I really need to change that because they add so much texture to a project! I stamped the lion and his crown on a Solar White cardstock scrap, colored them and die cut them with the coordinating dies. I layered the crown on a few more plain die cuts for dimension, and added an iridescent gemstone. I stamped the sentiment in black ink, adhered the lion and his crown, and added a few small black enamel dots to finish the front.

I kept the inside really simple by adding a couple scraps of the yellow cardstock and stamping the sentiment in black ink.

And one more peek… love, love, love! My first thought was to give this to my hubby on his birthday in June, but he doesn’t lie about his age, so it wouldn’t be as much fun, lol!

Sharing in these additional challenges:
1. 613 Avenue Create: #2 – February Anything Goes w/ optional twist of Heart and Soles
2. A Perfect Time To Craft Open Challenge: #2-2021 – Anything Goes
3. AAA Cards: #183 – One Corner + optional twist Create A Scene

4. Addicted to Stamps & More: #398 – Birthdays
5. Cardz 4 Guyz: #264 – CAS Clean and Simple
6. Classic Design Challenge: #2 – Anything Goes
7. Sweet Stampers Challenge Blog: #53 – CAS

Products used:
Cardstock/Paper: Neenah Classic Crest Solar White cardstock, CutCardStock Camomile cardstock
Stamps: Ellen Hutson Bravehearted stamp set
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black ink; Nuvo alcohol markers- 401, 403; American Crafts gold metallic marker
Dies/Punches: Fiskars corner rounder, Ellen Hutson Bravehearted die set
Accessories: Bearly Art precision craft glue, MISTI stamp tool, Gemini Junior, Cuttlebug Forest Branches embossing folder, Darice iridescent gemstones, Eyelet Outlet black enamel dots

I hope you’ve enjoyed this project and will come join us in The Outlawz Challenges! Lots of fun going on! Thanks so much for stopping by – we’ll see you next time!

Scrappy hugs,
lesliesig

what Christmas ought to be

Hi everyone! Well, we’re another day closer to Fri-YAY for all of you who work! I’m back this morning with a couple more cards I created for The Outlawz Challenges. I’ve spent the last few days in my studio doing what I love to do! Life is good! I created this pretty kraft and gold Christmas card for The Outlawz Wednesday Sketch Challenge! I really liked the sketch this time so I pulled out a STAMPlorations stamp set with coordinating CUTplorations dies to create this card. Never too early to get started on those Christmas cards! Sherry West Art is the sponsor this time and here’s the sketch:

I’m in love with this American Crafts kraft and gold 6×6 Christmas paper pad and have only used it once before and it was the first thing that came to mind when I saw the sketch. Funny how I struggle with some card designs while others just pop into my head and work up quickly – and look exactly as planned. Love it when that happens, lol!

I went literal with the sketch except I didn’t use ribbon or twine – I used a partial clear bling strip that I colored with an alcohol marker to match the brown ink I used for stamping/embossing. I created a square top-folding card base from kraft cardstock, along with layering panels from solid gold, dotted and striped papers from the paper pad. I stamped the sled full of presents and the sentiment from the STAMPlorations stamp set in brown archival ink, then stamped over the brown with Versamark and heat embossed them with clear embossing powder. I learned this trick many, many years ago and haven’t bought colored embossing powder since! I noticed that this clear embossing powder has flecks of white in it and I’m not sure whether it came that way (it’s been a very long time since I used this one) or whether I accidentally dumped some stray white in the container the last time I used it (which I don’t remember). It looks good, though! ;) But I’m not sure why I would have had clear and white embossing powder out at the same time so this is a real mystery. Things that make you go Hmmm…

Okay, back to the card. I colored the presents with fine point Sharpies and the sled with an alcohol marker, die cut it with the coordinating die and layered it on three more plain die cuts for a little dimension. I adhered some looped gold thread on the background panel before popping up the focal image on foam pads. I adhered the sentiment to the bottom panel and then added clear string bling that I colored with the same alcohol marker used to color the sled.

I embellished the inside panel with a strip of kraft and gold striped paper and a strip of plain kraft for a tone-on-tone look, stamped the sentiment in brown ink and layered the panel on solid gold paper.

And one more look… totally loving how this turned out in spite of how darn hard foil is to photograph!

Sharing in these additional challenges:
1. 613 Avenue Create: #2 – February Anything Goes w/ optional twist of Heart and Soles
2. A Perfect Time To Craft Open Challenge: #2-2021 – Anything Goes
3. Classic Design Challenge: #2 – Anything Goes
4. Lemon Shortbread Challenge Blog: #139 – Anything Goes
5. Lil Patch of Crafty Friends: #151 – Anything Goes
6. Pammie’s Inky Pinkies Challenges: #2106 – Anything Goes
7. STAMPlorations: Never-Ending Anything Goes

8. Winter Wonderland Challenge Blog: February Anything Christmas Goes

Products used:
Cardstock/Paper: American Crafts 6×6 kraft and gold Christmas paper pad, CutCardStock Twine cardstock
Stamps: STAMPlorations Warm Hands Warm Hearts stamp set
Ink: Ranger ground espresso archival ink; Versamark, Sharpie fine point markers- Lime, Orange, Blue and Berry; Spectrum Noir alcohol marker EB7 (used to color the clear bling string)
Dies/Punches: CUTplorations Warm Hands Warm Heart die set
Accessories: Tombow Mono permanent adhesive, Bearly Art precision craft glue, Ranger clear embossing powder, Coats gold metallic thread, Eyelet Outlet clear bling strip

I hope you’ve enjoyed this project and will come join us in The Outlawz Challenges! Lots of fun going on! Thanks so much for stopping by – we’ll see you next time!

Scrappy hugs,
lesliesig

Oh, Lovely Ladybug

Howdy peeps! I’m back this morning with a fun ‘good luck’ card I created for The Outlawz Sunday Songs & Rhymes Challenge. The sponsor this time is Wink Wink Ink so come on over and play! When I read the ‘Oh, Lovely Ladybug’ rhyme by Lora Hollings it totally made me think of retirement and the typical carefree life retirees enjoy so that’s the angle I went with. I’ve heard all my life that ladybugs are good luck so that solidified my card idea!

Several weeks ago I swapped my studio space with our master bedroom (yep, it was hubby’s idea so he was totally onboard with it, lol) and when I was reorganizing, I unearthed a ton of 7 Gypsies embellishments that I forgot I had. This typewriter was among those embellishments and worked out perfectly for this card. I created a standard A2 side-folding card base from CutCardStock Curious Metallic Chestnut cardstock because it complimented the bronze-y color of the typewriter. I used a bone folder to make the paper wavy and inserted it into the typewriter through a horizontal slit cut with a craft knife. I adhered the typewriter to a pretty red vintage patterned paper panel, added some mini ladybug brads to tie in the rhyme, and adhered the panel to the card base. I added a few tiny iridescent gemstones to finish the front of the card.

Here’s a close-up of the rhyme. I did not attach the top of the long flowing piece of paper coming out of the typewriter so it will lay flat when put in an envelope.

I embellished the inside panel with a leftover piece of the red vintage patterned paper and a narrow strip of red cardstock cut from a scrap. I added a ladybug brad, stamped the sentiment in red ink and adhered the panel to the inside of the card.

And one more peek… I’m totally smitten! So glad I found all these fun embellishments! I reorganized all my 6×6 paper pads a while back and go through them periodically to remind myself of what I have, so I’ve made a plan to do the same with all my embellishments. Need to also do this with my stamps and dies. Gotta refresh this old brain occasionally, lol!

Sharing in these additional challenges:
1. 613 Avenue Create: #2 – February Anything Goes w/ optional twist of Heart and Soles
2. A Perfect Time To Craft Open Challenge: #2-2021 – Anything Goes
3. Classic Design Challenge: #2 – Anything Goes
4. Creative Moments: #208 – Anything Goes
5. Let’s Craft and Create: #168 – Anything Goes w/ optional Red, Pink and/or White
6. Lil Patch of Crafty Friends: #151 – Anything Goes

Products used:
Cardstock/Paper: CutCardStock Curious Metallic Chestnut cardstock, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White cardstock, The Paper Studio Tattered and Worn 12×12 paper pad
Stamps: Paper Smooches Word Salad stamp set
Ink: Memento Rhubarb Stalk cardstock
Accessories: Tombow Mono permanent adhesive, Bearly Art precision craft glue, MISTI stamp tool, 7 Gypsies Standard Typewriter embellishment, Eyelet Outlet Mini Ladybug brads, Darice iridescent gemstones

I hope you’ve enjoyed this project and will come join us in The Outlawz Challenges! Lots of fun going on! Thanks so much for stopping by – we’ll see you next time!

Scrappy hugs,
lesliesig

Happy Mother’s Day

2/28/21 Spotlight Winner at A Perfect Time To Craft Open Challenge!

Hi everyone! Happy Hump Day! I created a pretty hybrid Mother’s Day card using a Jan’s Digi Stamps digital stamp set paired with sentiments from Julie Nutting and Clearly Besotted clear stamp sets. I’d love to enter this card into The Outlawz Monday Greetings Challenge which is Anything Goes this time, and the sponsor is Lee Holland Art. I’m also entering this card into The Outlawz Twisted Thursdays Challenge where the challenges are always Anything Goes with an optional twist, and the sponsor is Cute As A Button. The twist this time is Stitching (real or faux) which I pulled off with a stitched rectangle die.

I cut a standard A2 size top-folding card base from Solar White cardstock. I printed the Jan’s Digi Stamps image on white antique linen cardstock, cut it with a stitched die and layered it on a purple cardstock die cut layer to compliment the color of the pansies, and adhered the panel to the card base. I stamped the Julie Nutting Mother’s Day sentiment in black ink directly onto the digital image to complete the front.

I printed a single flower from the digital stamp set on Solar White cardstock and made sure the flower was centered at the bottom of the die cut layer. I stamped the Clearly Besotted sentiment in black ink, layered the panel on a purple cardstock die cut layer and then adhered them to the inside of the card base.

And one more look… such a gorgeous digital stamp set which made an awesome Mother’s Day card!

Sharing in these additional challenges:
1. A Perfect Time To Craft Open Challenge: #2-2021 – Anything Goes
2. Classic Design Challenge: #2 – Anything Goes
3. Jan’s Digi Stamps Challenge: February Anything Goes
4. Lemon Shortbread Challenge Blog: #139 – Anything Goes
5. Pammie’s Inky Pinkies Challenges: #2106 – Anything Goes

Products used:
Cardstock/Paper: Neenah Classic Crest Solar White cardstock, Marco’s White Antique Linen cardstock, GKD Wild Lilac cardstock
Stamps: Jan’s Digi Stamps Pansies For Mom digital stamp set, Julie Nutting Mama’s Day stamp set, Clearly Besotted One In A Million stamp set
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black ink
Dies/Punches: JustRite A2 Card Basics and Stitched A2 Banners and Rectangles die sets
Accessories: Tombow Mono permanent adhesive, Gemini Junior, MISTI stamp tool

I hope you’ve enjoyed this project and will come join us in The Outlawz Challenges! Lots of fun going on! Thanks so much for stopping by – we’ll see you next time!

Scrappy hugs,
lesliesig