Friday, September 22, 2017

Three-In-A-Row

Yes, it's our second week of holiday Tic-Tac-Toe, so you still have plenty of time to play along. Just choose a row, a column or a diagonal from the board and get creative, then scroll down to the original post and link up your masterpiece!


Here's what we made this week:


Stephanie says, "I had plans to use a different three elements this week, but when I found a red-glittered-Santa tag in my stash, I had to do a repeat of the left column ... because when life hands you a trifecta ... you use it.  All I added was some amazing bling strips from Eyelet Outlet to finish my glittery design."



Lauren says, "I chose the top row this week so I got to combine RED (in the form of Alizarin Crimson ColorBurst, deep red cardstock and two-toned ribbon); plus SNOW (in the form of glitter paper diecuts of several sizes); and FLOWERS (that I've stamped in the background, as well as layered in the snowflake stack)!"

Scroll down to the original post to see the glorious readers' gallery and to link up your masterpiece!

Friday, September 15, 2017

Christmas Tic-Tac-Toe

Yes, it's that time again, when we bust out the ever popular holiday Tic-Tac-Toe game and invite you to pick a row, a column, or a diagonal; then make a card using those three things and link it up! 


Here's what we made this week:


Lauren says, "I chose the left hand column, "red... glitter... santa". The red is pretty visible, and the Santa element is on that sweet Eyelet Outlet Santa and Snowman washi tape. Admittedly the glitter is a little hard to see, but the Doodlebug snowman and some of the the snowflakes are glittery stickers. I mention this because I know some people do not enjoy having loose glitter in their homes, and these are a great "work around". As are Eyelet Outlet glitter washi tapes and American Crafts "POW" glitter papers; both of which also diecut beautifully!"


Stephanie says, "I usually avoid glitter like the plague, but this week I built my card around it ... I used Bo Bunny Silver Glitter Paste with my ARTplorations Oh My Stars! Stencil on black cardstock for my background.  I went with the left column too with Red & Santa as my other two Tic-Tac-Toe elements (I always find it awesome when Lauren & I use the same inspiration, but get such different results) and threw in some deconstructed Eyelet Outlet Red Swirl gem bling & glittery red wired ribbon as finishing touches."

Of course we cannot wait to see what you will make, so choose any consecutive strip and start creating! Link up here by 6pm (EST) on Wednesday, September 27th. Keyword for galleries and Flickr is JB:17:19.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Musical Masterpieces

So much musical loveliness in the gallery for this prompt ... here are a few we thought were particularly molodic.



created a gorgeous collage on a sheet music base in beautiful holiday tones.


Cornelia of

created a beautiful snow globe scene because
"Santa Claus is Coming to Town".


Jane Willis of

used a perfectly stamped musical background (gotta love that MISTI) 
to frame her modern silhouette Christmas tree.

Thanks so much for going a' caroling with the Jingle Belles ... come back at midnight for a little fun & games.

Friday, September 8, 2017

A Christmas Carol

This week we're continuing to make cards inspired by our favorite Christmas Music (or making cards that incorporate Sheet Music is another option).

Here's how we were inspired this week:


Lauren says, "I went uber-simple this week and used all ready made bits, including this ancient piece of red metallic sheet music patterned paper that I was saving for 'just the right thing' lol. I'm kind of in love with the spare, graphic style of those little square journal cards, and they were absolutely the PERFECT way to interpret this week's fab layout from Sketch Saturday imo!"

Stephanie says, "This card is inspired by one of my favorite Christmas carols that for years I sang for at least one church service during every holiday season.  I love the words and the powerful melody.  Papers are from PhotoPlay's Luke 2nd Collection accented with Silver Star Washi Tape from Eyelet Outlet and a wrap of silver cord."
  

Friday, September 1, 2017

A Caroling We Will Go

I have always loved Christmas Caroling ... standing in the cold crisp air singing my favorite songs at the top of my lungs ... just soaking-up that Christmas spirit.

So this week we are making cards inspired by any holiday song.  It might be one that evokes childhood memories ... or a more modern tune.  Just let us know which holiday song inspired your design ... OR you can use Sheet Music in your card design (or both for bonus points).

Here is how we were inspired:


Stephanie says, "I started by scanning in a piece of vintage Christmas music from a beginner piano song book.  I actually remember learning to play the carols from this beginner piano book.  I loved being able to play songs where I could sing along.  It also reminded me of how much fun I had playing the bells (xylophone) one year at the city-wide interdenominational Christmas service. I intended to sponge my music with antique linen ink, but somehow managed to grab a sponge that had previously been used with red ink ... I called it a *happy accident* and actually love the end result.  I highlighted my music with Eyelet Outlet golden bell brads & a few poinsettia brads to anchor the corner.  Since I was joining the Krafty Challenge at My Time to Craft, I used a kraft card base and kraft sticker sentiments to finish the design."


Lauren says, "I was inspired by this beautiful greyish/taupe sheet-music-inspired patterned paper from a Crate Paper collection several years ago. I added a diecut ornament, a couple of brads and a matching journal card from My Mind's Eye, and used mats made from patterned paper scraps in coordinating colors. Oh and I couldn't resist glamming up the hangers with some Eyelet Outlet Pearl Strips. I used the current Sketch Saturday layout, though admittedly, I've done a pretty loose interpretation."


So break-out your sheet music OR start humming your favorite holiday tune; then show us your creations. Link-up here by 6pm (EST) on Wednesday, September13th. Keyword for galleries & our JB flickr Gallery is JB:17:18.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Old-Fashioned Goodness

It's truly inspiring to see so many different ways to create a "Vintage" look for our holiday cards; we always love to see what our Jingle Belles will come up with, and you never disappoint! Here are three cards that made our holiday hearts especially happy:

...had the perfect stamp for this theme and then made it even better with a clever two-layer stamping technique!

...added layers of paper, lace, flowers, diecuts, pearls and... well, let's just say we could stare at this beautiful vintage-style creation for a good long time!

...proves that the vintage look can still be quite pared down and lovely; you just need the perfect retro-style image and just the right papers to finish off a perfectly sweet card!

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And now it's time to see who's won that fun Christmas ephemera pack from Lauren's Etsy Shop, Just Enough Stuff! The fine folks at Random.org chose number *10* which means that

BARBARA G
is our lucky winner!

Please email Lauren at llaurenb (at) hotmail.com so she can get that prize in the mail!
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Many thanks to everyone who linked up with us, we loved seeing every single card! We'll be back at Midnight with a brand new prompt we hope will put a song in your Christmas card-making heart! 

Friday, August 25, 2017

Have Yourself a Very Vintage Christmas

We are still celebrating "The Spirits of Christmas Past" by making cards that feature actual vintage ingredients, beautiful vintage-style modern ingredients, or which just evoke the feeling of an old fashioned holiday. Be sure to scroll down to the original post to see the complete details... (including a photo of the fun prize from Lauren's Etsy Shop, Just Enough Stuff!) ...and to link up your own masterpiece! Meanwhile, here's what we made this week:


Stephanie says, "When I was young, a favorite activity was paging through my Gran's collection of Ideals Magazines ... especially the holiday editions.  I found this vintage Ideals Magazine Photo in my collection, so I scanned it and sized it down to 5"x7" to cover my card front.  I thought the Impression Obsession sentiment was the perfect finishing touch ... do you remember making popcorn & paper ring garlands for your holiday tree?"


Lauren says, "Unfortunately neither of my grandmothers collected "Ideals" magazine, but I've made up for lost time since finding my first copy at a book sale about 15 years ago! For this card I've used two different blue-toned snowscape illustrations from two different issues of "Ideals" and framed them up with loads of textural blue, white and sparkly flowers. My layout is inspired by this week's Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge." 

Friday, August 18, 2017

Spirits of Christmas PAST

It's time for a brand new prompt, ♥JINGLE BELLES♥ and this fortnight we are celebrating all things vintage! As you know, we loooooooove vintage paper and ephemera, and in fact Lauren even built her Etsy Shop, Just Enough Stuff, around it! But for this challenge you needn't have actual OLD stuff; you can use vintage-style products or images; we've also put a few digital scans of some favorite items from Lauren's personal collection at the bottom of this post that you are welcome to test drive! But basically, we just want to see holiday cards using whatever conveys an "old fashioned" vibe to you! 

Stephanie says, "I love finding vintage sheet music at estate sales ... especially when it's aged brown & completely falling apart.  I created a background collage using lots of partial pieces of sheet music in various shades of aging and then stamped my image on a vintage receipt book from an Iowa Hardware & Implements store.  I finished with a wrap of twine that I thought worked with the rustic look."


Lauren says, "I'm absolutely in love with this "Small Cabin" die from Impression Obsession, it has exactly the right amount of detail, imo. I've paper pieced it using patterned paper, glitter paper and a bit of vintage sheet music. Then I built a background with a snowy forest illustration from an old Christmas Ideals magazine, more sheet music, some vintage dictionary paper and a bit of lace that I "liberated" from my Mom's sewing room!" 

No cool vintage-themed items to use in your own card? 
Feel free to right-click, save and print one or both of these:



Would you rather have some "real life" vintage goodies for next time? This week we are sponsored by Lauren's Etsy Shop, Just Enough Stuff, and one lucky, randomly-selected cardmaker who links up with us this fortnight will win this Deluxe Christmas Assortment of paper and ephemera:


Don't forget to link your vintage-inspired creations right here, before 6pm (EST) on Wednesday, August 30th. Keyword for galleries and Flickr is JB:17:17.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

PEACEful Abundance

Thanks so much for sharing your gorgeous Peaceful Creations with us ... here are a few that caught our eyes.

Kathy K of

colored this gorgeous Peaceful image ... 
and included peaceful sentiments both on the front & inside her card.

Keti of

shared her gorgeous angel with her golden peace sentiment.

Darlene Pavlick of

shared a glittery masterpiece in traditional Christmas hues ...
can you ever have too much shimmer & sparkle?

Make sure you join us at midnight for our next holiday card prompt ... as we continue to take back December, one holiday card at a time.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Goodwill to Men

One of my favorite themes for holiday cards is Peace. In the bustle and chaos of the holidays, I think it's important to step back from it all and find peace ... both inner peace and world peace.

So our prompt for this week's card is to incorporate a Peace Symbol or the word Peace into your design ... or create a card that evokes Peace for you (snow, forest, etc.).

Here are our second creations:


Lauren says, "I am in a watercolor phase again, so this week I got out my ColorBursts and Liquid Metals and had a blast making a crazy, messy red and green background. When it was finished and dry, I stamped Ken Oliver's Poinsettias strategically on the reddest bits, and embossed them in white. To finish up, I added a diecut sentiment and a few Eyelet Outlet sticky-back pearls that I colored gold with an alcohol ink marker."


Stephanie says, "This week I used some Penny Black Stickeroos from 2005 for my peaceful creation I added some Eyelet Outlet Silver Pearl Swirls to finish my design."


Remember to Link-up here by 6pm (EST) on Wednesday, August 16th.  Keyword for galleries & our JB flickr Gallery is JB:17:16

Friday, August 4, 2017

PEACE on Earth

I'm always seeking peace in one way or another ... peace of mind, peace & quiet ... and Peace on Earth.
Our next prompt is to incorporate a Peace Symbol or the word Peace into your design ... or create a card that evokes Peace for you (snow, forest, etc.)

Here are our PEACEful creations.


Stephanie says, "This was the perfect opportunity to ink-up the new Stampin' Up set Carols of Christmas set (that I was able to buy early as a Demonstrator ... it will be available soon).  I used my MISTI to stamp the sentiment four times using two differing shades of Navy ink to get the deep blue solid color I wanted.  The background is Simon Says Stamp Falling Stars Craft Die layered over silver glitter paper.  I added a pop of red with the paper banner to finish the design."



Lauren says, "I was headed in a completely different direction when i re-discovered my stash of colorful Eyelet Outlet peace sign brads which for some reason, seemed to me to go PERFECTLY with this fun Doodlebug Santa on a scooter, lol. My layout was inspired by this awesome "road map" from Tuesday Morning Sketches:"


So break-out those PEACE-ful images and show us your creations.  Link-up here by 6pm (EST) on Wednesday, August 16th.  Keyword for galleries & our JB flickr Gallery is JB:17:16
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Thursday, August 3, 2017

Everybody Loves Santa!

And with the amazing gallery full of Santa-centric cards we've seen this fortnight, we love the Big Guy more than ever! Here are a few cards that made us feel especially jolly:

...combined digital elements with "real life" supplies to make this charming chalkboard greeting!

...proves that CAS cards are a breeze, if you have the perfect image and awesome coloring skills!

...not only uses dies to perfection to create an entire scene, she's cleverly *added* a Santa where there wasn't one; just by placing a bit of cardstock and a santa hat brad inside the sleigh!
(We also love that Barb decorates the INSIDES of her cards, that is such a cool bonus!)

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As always, we send our thanks and admiration to everyone who played along; we *LOVE* seeing every single card! We'll be back at midnight with a brand new prompt we hope will leave you feeling peacefully creative! ♥

Friday, July 28, 2017

SANTA CLAUS is coming to town

The big man never stops being an inspiration for awesome holiday cards. Scroll down to last week's post to link up your own Santa Card! Meanwhile, here's what we made this week:


Stephanie says, "I can never resist Christmas papers with a fun Santa Claus ... this one sort of looks like he belongs on South Park with his skinny arms  legs and square torso.  I embellished his hat with an Eyelet Outlet enamel dot, added a holly brad & glitter washi tape using the Sketch from The Paper Players ... quick, easy & mailable."


Lauren says, "At the moment I'm a bit obsessed with AlteNew's super-thin, amazingly die-cut-able wood sheets. They come in cherry and birch, this is the cherry; it's luscious, right? I love that when you use it for a silhouette style diecut, you really don't need to do anything else, it's a statement all on its own. Santa is flying through a beautiful greyscale night sky I found in an old "Christmas Ideals" magazine. I added some neutral, fairly flat layers to trim out the card (sheet music, doily scraps, washi tape, vintage seambinding) and then popped on a couple of velvetty floral accents and called it good!"

Friday, July 21, 2017

Here comes SANTA CLAUS

This fortnight we're making cards featuring none other than the main man of Christmas, in any of his many forms: Jolly St. Nick, Pere Noel, Julenissen, Father Christmas ... aka SANTA CLAUS. By the way, if you're looking for additional holiday inspiration this month, there's a special "Christmas in July" feature on the Eyelet Outlet Blog each Saturday afternoon, featuring our amazing fellow EO designers, so be sure to check it out!

Meanwhile, here are our Santa-centric designs:


Lauren says, "I've used the current Atlantic Hearts Sketch. I  was tempted to make all those fab little flags out of washi tape, but instead I decided to make the pennants out of paper scraps and topped them off with a strip of gorgeous Eyelet Outlet Black and White Wide Flowers tape. Since, as the name implies, this tape isn't actually colorful, I added my own tinting with a few alcohol ink markers. Strictly speaking, it's not even a holiday tape, but I liked how it went with the vintage flora on the pretty reproduction vintage postcard I used as a focal image. I topped the design off with a beautiful EO paper flower stack and a large pearl brad."


Stephanie says, "Doodlebug's Here Comes Santa Claus collection is filled with lots of fun little Santas like the one I featured on this week's card.  A few coordinating stickers and an Eyelet Outlet Enamel Dot on the top of his hat, and this one is ready to go ... and mailable (tip 5"x 5" square cards can be mailed in 5" x 7" envelopes with no additional postage charge) ... I had so much fun there's another card on my blog."

Link up here by 6pm (EST) on Wednesday, August 2nd. Keyword for galleries and flickr is JB:17:15.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

True Blue!

So many cool and creative takes on our Fireplace Inspiration photo make it really HARD to narrow down to just a few. But here are three that made us feel anything but blue:

http://yogiemp.com/HP_cards/MiscChallenges/MiscChallenges2017/MCJuly17_EaselDigiLetItSnow_IfKissesWereSnowflakes.html
...took inspiration from the beautiful palette and softly falling snow; then constructed a fabulous easel-style card with those elements!

...used an embossing folder and some clever fussy-cutting to make an actual fireplace, then built the room from the inspo pic around it... right down to the adorable pooch! 

...was inspired by, "The wonderful blues, the silhouettes of trees, the touches of green, and the starry sky" and found all of those in a new holiday crafting collection!

Many thanks to everyone who played along, we loved seeing EVERY single card! We'll be back at midnight with a brand new prompt that celebrates a guy we all know and love... ♥

Friday, July 14, 2017

Beautiful Blue Christmas

We're still creating with inspiration from our fabulous Fireplace Photo this week.


Here is what we made for our second round of inspired cards.


Lauren says, "Once again I've chosen to feature that beautiful palette of bold blue and white, with some little pops of green. I've given the birch logs stacked in the fireplace a bit of a flashback to their previous incarnation ...as a forest. The diecut pine tree with the typing on it is a technique that I've done a few variations on over the years, and there's more info on my blog today, as well as a basic tutorial here. My favorite part of this card, however, is the Cerulean ColorBurst sky, sprinkled with a little snow in the form of Eyelet Outlet Snowflake Brads, along with white and blue sticky pearls."


Stephanie says, "This week I started with inspiration from the snowman silhouette on the mantel and continued with inset squares inspired by the shape of the fireplace and lots of fun snowflakes.  I couldn't resist topping that big snowman head with a die cut plaid hat."


Friday, July 7, 2017

Snowflakes Hanging on an Open Fireplace

This week we're bringing you some vibrant Fireplace Inspiration to inspire your design.


Maybe you'll be inspired by the fireplace itself or the vibrant color palette ... or perhaps the white silhouettes against a bright blue background ... or maybe even the firewood or cute little doggie.  Whatever inspires you, we want to see it.

Here's how we interpreted the inspiration:


Stephanie says, "I may have gone a bit overboard with incorporating elements from the design including firewood, the rich color palette, snowflakes, and even a cute little dog (courtesy of Doodlebug's Polar Pals).  Layout is from Try Stampin' - or Not - on Tuesday."


Lauren says, "Meanwhile, my focus is very general, I've basically just used the palette and the sparkly snowflakes! My background was created using ColorBurst pigment powders in Cerulean, Ultramarine and Indigo; I've added snowflakes via stencilled copper embossing paste, with glitter paper punches and diecuts on top. Finally, a few sparkly Eyelet Outlet Jewel Brads and Gems notch up the glam factor!"

Link-up by Wednesday, July 19th at 6pm (EST). Keyword for galleries or our Flickr Gallery is JB:17:14.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Stars and/or Stripes... Forever!

You guys surely do know how to wave the Christmas card-making flag! We were delighted by every single card that got linked up this fortnight, but here are a few that take a starring role:

...made a bold statement with one single, perfect, dimensional, elegant, graphic red star!

...chose the "stripes" option and kind of blew our minds by making an incredible warm and charming holiday card using only black and white!

...rocked the stars AND stripes, in the most beautifully fresh palette we've seen in quite some time!

We'll be back at midnight with some picture perfect inspiration we hope will have you running for your card-making supplies!♥

Friday, June 30, 2017

Pinstripes & Super Novas

We are still celebrating holiday cards that feature stars or stripes or both and you still have time to join the fun, which we hope you will! Meanwhile, here's what we made this week:


Stephanie says, "Every year I manage to make at least one card and when I'm finished I say *Who on earth am I going to send that one too?* ... I combined some patriotic designer paper (combining both Stars & Stripes) with Lawn Fawn's Winter Unicorn ( for some reason, the lighting made my white iridescent sequins look pink in the photo)"

(I think you'll find, Miss Stephanie, that the answer to your question is *Lauren* lol!!!!!!) :) :) :)



Lauren says, "I made as cute a card as was humanly possible without a unicorn, having discovered a couple of Basic Grey dimensional felt stickers that i *think* may have been brought to this country on The Mayflower, lol. Ok, maybe they are not quite as old as that, but they're pretty old. They're still flippin' adorable though, imo, and thanks to an awesome sketch (PP350) from the Paper Players i knew exactly how to use them!" 

 Scroll down to the original post for complete details and to link up your own masterpiece!