Sending Well Wishes


Hello crafty friends! Today I'm featuring two new brad release sets for Eyelet Eyelet. They are the Feline and the Colored Daisy Sets. There are two cats in different poses. The daisies come in two style and three colors: hot pink, yellow and coral. What I love is that these are perfect to pose in many scenes. Case in point, they work perfectly in this grassy scene. 

The card style I used today is a shadow box slimline card. The thing I have grown to love about slimline cards is that there is much more real estate to build a scene with. A few simple cuts in a shadowbox card suddenly creates all kinds of opportunities to tell a story. I used a Diamond Press die set sold by HSN to create this card. 

Below is a little closer look. Notice how the cats are perfectly proportioned to the bird house and fence. The brads are a nice way to add color, texture and definitely more interest than you can get with stamps or die cuts.

Have a great day! I'll be back soon.

What's An Invisible Slider Card? Read to Find Out!

Hello clever crafty friends! Interactive cards are one of my favorite styles. The new Sheep Set has many different characters and I couldn't resist making a slider card with it. I used the sign, present and balloon images from the Art Impressions Holiday Mansion Birthday Set #5097 to set this animal party scene as well.

Below is the card in the resting position. There is a "herd" of four sheep and a lamb. Clearly these sheep are partying down! Don't you just love their expressions. The one with the crown and red shoes just makes me laugh. She really thinks she's all that doesn't she?

Next is the card with the interactive tab pulled. Now we see the sweet lamb completely and an "unbaa-lievable" sentiment below. I love that this has a little surprise message that you never know is there until the tab is pulled. 

Notice also that there is no slider slot to be seen. This style is called the invisible slider card. There is  a slider slot involved but it's behind the dark green grass panel where you can't see it working There is a simple slider mechanism that comes up behind the dark green panel and folds down. It is attached to the middle sheep but it's hidden behind him. This gives the illusion that the moving sheep are floating across the card when the tab is pulled. 

Other than a slider slot die, I made the tab and mechanism without special dies. Some companies sell a set to make this style but really it's several simple pieces you can make yourself. Even the slider slot is fairly simple to make using a craft knife and a ruler. I used to do that until I knew I wanted to make slider cards regularly.  

I chose to use a stitched hillside die and a spikey hillside grass die from Lawn Fawn. I also used their Cloudy stencil to create the blue cloud background. The stitched clouds are from CottageCutz. 

There is a complete tutorial showing how to make an invisible slider card using the new Sheep Set on my channel. I invite you to stop by and see how I put this together.

The new Sheep Set has so much personality and so many punny sentiments, you really need to check it out at the store. It's super fun and guaranteed to bring a smile to everyone's faces. It's also pretty easy to color these sheep. I used three different COPIC blends for them so they would stand out from each other but you could easily use the same blend if you wanted.
Cool Gray Blend: C1, C3, C5, Colorless Blender
Warm Gray Blend: W1, W3, W5, Colorless Blender
Bluish Gray Blend: B60, BV31, BV23

Thanks for spending a few minutes of your Saturday here with me. Enjoy your weekend!

Happy Creating!


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Using Large Letters & Patterns as Focal Points in Cardmaking

I love card making but it's not always easy to find the time to make them. This is why I use beautiful cardstocks and patterns to do the hard work. Such is the case with my card today.

Card Construction

It started with a beautiful background die called Symmetry in Motion from Spellbinders. I chose to use the die with a gorgeous Mirri Sparkle Pink Sapphire glitter cardstock. I cut a piece of ombre cardstock from the Vicki Bouton Let's Wander collection. It was placed it behind the die cut. This ombre cardstock was cut 6" x 4 1/2. which is the same size as the card base is. The placement of the die cut at the bottom left a space at the top. It left a perfect space for an ombre organza ribbon into a bow.

Next, I used the Block Letter alphabet dies from Art Impressions. The letters are  1 1/4" tall and are great to use as a focal point. I cut the word S-P-R-I-N-G from Silk Glitter Sparkling Water Aqua cardstock. Foam tape secures them on the panel. I cut a piece 9" x 6" in Astrobright Lunar blue. It's folded it in half to make a 4 1/2" x 6" card base. Wet glue attaches the decorated panel to the front of the card base.

The two glitter cardstocks are the stars of the show on this card. It needs little more. All I did to finish the card was add the Tim Holtz label sentiment Hello and a sprinkling of sequins. 

The End Result

It's easy to forget how important cardstock is in the quality and appearance of our cards. Additionally, a great design is not enough. The reality is that without great cardstock like the beautiful glitter cardstocks from CutCardStock, our cards just don't have as professional of a look and feel. With quality cardstocks, your recipients know they have a quality piece of art in their hands. CutCardStock has you covered at reasonable prices for some of the best cardstock you can find in the market. I hope you'll visit the online store. Try some of their cardstock and see if you agree that it improves your cards.

Thanks for stopping by today. I'll be back on Saturday!

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Welcome Spring!!

Hello everyone! I hope the weather where you are is finally showing evidence of spring's arrival. Here in Charlotte, NC spring is definitely in bloom and the warm sun is a welcome change. Today's card celebrates the traditional signs of spring. 

To make this I first used the largest rectangle in the Spellbinders Candlewick Rectangles set. I used my Big Shot to cut and emboss this piece. I love the embossing detail of Spellbinders dies. It really adds a lot to the background. 

The poem is super ancient. I've had it somewhere between 10-15 years! The stickers are also very old and are from Creative Memories. Both items work so well in this card. It reminded me that it's fun to look at old supplies with fresh eyes. 

I had a lot of fun using many brad sets that illustrate the poem. I also embellished with a strip of pink bling and a few stickers. This was super quick and fun to put together. In fact, the poem is absolutely ancient. It was a piece I've had in my stash for at least 10 years! The stickers are also old ones from Creative Memories. It's so fun when your old stuff can be made new with brads and bling from Eyelet Outlet!

Thanks for stopping by today. Have a great week!

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Paper Doll Fun with NEW Hat's Off Miss Stamp Set


Hello everyone. I'm back today with a project made with a brand new stamp release from Art Impressions. There are three sets that have characters that have many different hats that can be used on their heads. There are three sets - one with a man and two others with female characters. The set I am using is called the Miss Set. She has a fun wardrobe of hats to color up and use to decorate her look.

To make the character, I paper pieced the the lady with copic colored skin and patterned paper. It's fun to do this for a different look. You can get some wild looking outfits this way and it's easy to do. I'll show you that and more in the video so I hope you'll check it out.

This tag is long and skinny which I think looks especially great on gift bags. The tag may look familiar. It is actually made from the Bible Journaling Bookmark Die set, also from Art Impressions. I used a partial die cut technique so that it would come out as a tag without the tab that is normally used to insert it over a page. The tag also has a place to store the hats on the back. I used the Matchbook Envelope Die to hold them when not in use. The idea is that the recipient can take the hats on and off and enjoy seeing the different looks that creates for the lady.

I've got a video showing you how I made this tag as well as a close up of all the hats, mask and the sentiments that are perfect for each hat style. Just click on the link below:

I really enjoy this new line. A great thing about it is that you can use all the hats and accessories in each set with each other. The possibilities are practically endless!

Thanks for stopping by today. I have the links to the supplies I used below. Buying through the links are not necessary but I greatly appreciate it if you do because it helps support the cost associated with my blog and YouTube channel. 

Have a great weekend everyone!

Look for Rainbows!

Hello all! Spring is well on its way here in the Charlotte area. With spring comes some rain. A lot of rain it seems! The last three years have been the wettest in this area since the 1850's! It's better than drought but sometimes it gets to be a little bit of a downer.

Today's card is a reminder that whether it's physical rain or psychological rain, there is always a rainbow to be found. This cute little bunny is from a new Avery Elle set called Looking for Rainbows. It comes with lots of sentiments and accessories but I chose to dress it up with Eyelet Outlet products that are really perfect for this scene.

The background paper is dressed up with two rows of Weather Washi tape. I love that there is a rainbow along with the rain clouds in the pattern! I used cloud brads from the Sun and Clouds brad set and last but not least I used the Tear Drop Bling for raindrops and splashes. 

I hope you have a fabulous Sunday! Don't forget that if there's a little rain in your life, look for the rainbow because you'll find it!



Easter Tweetings!

Happy Easter! I wish you a wonderful Easter Sunday full of blessings. These little chicks are so darn cute and can be used for many spring projects beyond Easter. I have to agree that you are tweetest! 

Thanks for stopping by.

- Janet


A Teenie Weenie Hug!


Hi everyone! I made this card today as a special request for a friend of mine who loves Doxie's. After I told her I had joined the Ai Design Team, she sent back a photo of the Dog Twist Tie set from the store and asked me to make her that. I was not going to disappoint her so here it is!

The truth is she really didn't need to "twist" my arm to make this card. The Twist Tie line is so much fun. Before I made the card, I did a little research on YouTube looking for any tips I could find. I did pick up a few but I wanted to line the inside flaps with patterned paper to cover up the Copic ink that would seep through. I couldn't find instructions on that so I decided to make a video with the method I used and also how to line up the stamps and dies for the best results. You can click on the video below.

I colored the dogs and the scene with Copic colors:
E39, E37, E35, E33, E31
C9, C7, C5, C3, C1
G28, G20, YG63, YG25
R37, RV32

If you have a Twist-Tie stamp set, take it out and give it a try again. If you were always intrigued but didn't give it a try, visit the store and the many different Twist-Tie themes available. 

Happy Creating!

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Simon Says Stamp March Card Kit - Watercolor and Glitter Glam!


Hi everyone! Today I'm posting for CutCardStock. This month the focus is on glitter card stock and boy does CutCardStock have a great selection of it! I've used two colors on this card to set off the stamped and watercolored image from the March Simon Says Stamp March Card Kit. 

I love shaped cards and for this one I used a pretty die from Heartfelt Creations called Elegant Swirl Gateway. It has an elaborate center die but I filled that area with the watercolor panel instead. 

I used several CutCardStock products on this card. The card base was made with Neenah Classic Crest Solar White and I glued another layer of Silk Glitter Opulant Opal on the top which creates the glowing background. I used Classic Linen Gold Pearl Cardstock for the lacy border cut and Silk Glitter Red Flash for the pop of color that sets off the reds used in the watercolor panel.

A full video tutorial can be found by clicking on the link below. 

I hope you have a great weekend! I'll be back soon with another project for you.

Happy Creating!

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