“Play it again, Sam”

Hello my friends, Barry, your prince of paper here to show you another fun box card using Eyelet Outlet brads, washi tape, enamel dots and sticky back pearls.  This piano box card is another set from SVGCuts and I have made this card several times for my Choir Director, my church music director and a for a friend who is a singer.  It is so fun, easy to make and quite a “Wow” factor to the recipient and it folds flat for sending in the mail!

For the base of the piano once it was cut out using my Silhouette Cameo I added the glitter black  washi tape to give it that shiny, showy feel.  Next, I added the music washi tape on the front panel first affixing it to white cardstock and cut it to fit and then a little piece of music cardstock for the stand.  The notes are the music note brads that I adhered to the second panel and on the back panel. I attached one pearl bling in the center of each flower in the bouquet.  To make it different than the actual SVG file I added a candelabra that I cut out from a file from the Silhouette library and placed that behind the front panel and added the glitter red enamel dots.  Finally, added three little silver brads for the foot pedals.

I hope you like my piano box card.  With a little bit of imagination you can create such wonderful masterpieces and then make them even more special by adding washi tape, brads and sticky bling!  Thank you for stopping by my kingdom today!


Tea for Two and Two for Tea

Hello everyone, Barry, your prince of paper here to show you a wonderfully fun box card and the card that was inspired by it.  This box card design came from SVG Cuts called “Tea Time”.

I had so much fun making this card, using coordinating paper from pink paislee’s “Hello Sunshine” paper pack and pearl bling and jewel swirls from Eyelet outlet.   What is so fun about these box cards is that they fold flat and fit within a standard A2 envelope!  Next, I had these cute Tea pot and tea cup brads so I decided to create a traditional card with this box card as my inspiration.  I started with covering a scrap piece of cardstock with Glitter Swirl washi tape which has to be my most favorite washi tape as I have used this on so many projects.  It really is my go to when I use Washi tape.  I reduced the size of the SVG images of the vase with flowers, the tray of bon bons, the sentiment oval and one of the panels to fit proportionately with the Tea Pot and Tea cup brads, again added the white pearl bling for the center of the flowers and then one tiny sticky grey bling on the top of the bon bon tray.

Even when making one type of card you can easily modify and change the design to fit another type of card.  Sometimes even your own work will inspire you to create something different but have the same feel.  I hope I have inspired you to create your projects.  See you next time and thank you so much for stopping by.

Colorful Butterflies

Hello my friends!  I had these lovely outline butterfly stickers from Elizabeth craft designs that I placed on white glitter card stock and then colored them with my Copic Markers, cut them out and placed them on a outline tri-frame flower design I cut from my Silhouette machine.

 Next came the fun part by adding Swirl Bling – Pearl in Cream, the sticky back round jewels in black in the centers of the flowers on the frame and finally cut off two small pearls from the 500 count Pearl Bling strips to accent my sentiment all from eyelet outlet.

The swirl bling comes in a variety of colors and add movement, grace and beauty to any project, they are a must have in my stash of paper crafting supplies.

I hope you all had a great summer and I look forward to seeing you back here during the month of September where I will be highlighting showstopping box cards using a variety of eyelet outlet brads, bling, and baubles!  See you soon!

Legend of the dragonfly

Hello my friends, did you know that in the some cultures the dragonfly symbolizes success, victory, happiness, strength and courage?  I also remember being told a story as a child that if a lady bug lands on you and you make a wish the lady bug will carry it away.  Dragonflies, as the story went, when they appeared before you, were the heralds announcing that your wish was being fulfilled. With that in mind I created this card using the dragonfly brads, washi tape and enamel dots from eyelet outlet.


I had my Silhouette draw the topiary which is simple task, replace the blade with a pen and the machine draws the image!  I then colored it with my copic markers.


I hope you get a chance to make a wish on a lady bug this summer and then the next time you see a dragonfly know that your wish is on its way!

Just keep smiling

Hello everyone, we recently saw “Finding Dory” and I was totally enchanted and inspired by this movie and created a card using elements from Eyelet Outlet and from a “Avery Elle” stamp set.


I stamped the whale, cut him out and colored him with my Copic Markers. For the glittery frame I used strips of dark blue glitter washi tape.  I created the piers by hand cutting brown paper and then drawing on the wood grain.  I used the Seagull brads, and the Spring Bubble brads that say “Keep Smiling” which reminded me of the saying that Dori would often say “Just keep swimming, just keep swimming…” and then added Clear Swirl Bling as the water spout from the whale all from Eyelet Outlet.


As a fun, interesting and creative way to make the ocean waves I took some left over blue ribbon and looped it around and stuck it down with double sided tape!  Easy.  I hope you like my “Finding Dory” inspired card that reminds us to just keep smiling and to always remember to just keep swimming, just keep on swimming.

Under the Sea….

Hello everyone.  Did you know that tomorrow (July 17) is National Ice Cream Day?  Neither did I but how cool is that?  That bit of trivia has nothing to do whatsoever with this card that I made for a swap at the “Stamp and Scrapbook Expo” that I attended last weekend.

I had this Mermaid image from my favorite digi stamp company EVER “A Day with Daisies” and fell immediately in love with her.  So I created this “Under the Sea” inspired card.  I used this card for a swap at the “Stamp and Scrapbook Expo” that I attended last week.  I used this Fine Filigree Paper from “Chatterbox Inc” that I found at Tuesday morning which gives the illusion of seaweed. Of course I cut seaweed from an SVG file I had in my Silhouette Cameo library (hardly a day doesn’t go by that I am not playing on my Silhouette).


Colored her with my copic markers and added these charming seashell brads from Eyelet Outlet.  Then because Mermaids need pearls I attached these pearl beads in her hair and on the orange paper flowers which were also from Eyelet Outlet.

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The Expo was a lot of fun but making 16 of these cards to swap with the other talented designers was the highlight of the weekend for me.  Thank you for coming to my blog and thank you “A Day with Daisies” for making such delightful and smile inducing digi stamp images.  I am such a fan!

Gone Camping

This card is being sent to a very good friend of mine has gone camping with a large group of friends every Memorial day weekend.  He has been doing this for close to 17 or 18 years now.  We went with them twice and I quickly figured out that camping is truly not my thing.  I find that my kind of camping is having a cocktail on the patio!  When I saw these camping brads I knew that Gregg would be the participant of this special card for his birthday.  I started with the paper “Happy Campers” from We R Memory Keepers which I just love (these will eventually be used for my scrapbook pages for those 2 times I tried camping).

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I added the pearl strip bling to highlight the paths between the images and emphasized those areas with the camping brads.  The pearl strip bling come in a package of 500 and available in many colors and they are in a long strip that can easily be manipulated around corners as I did on my card.  Finally using the green enamel dots as a finish.  Perfect for a camping enthusiast.

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Thank you for visiting the great outdoors with me today.  I hope these camping brads inspire you to create your own camping projects!

“Olive” You!

Hello everyone!  I was inspired by the  Martini and Olive brads from Eyelet Outlet when designing this card.  The brads come with 12 Martini glasses and a mix of green and black olives – Perfect – and they are now on sale for just $.99 – even more Perfect!  In the description it offers the idea of saying “How about saying ‘Olive You’ to someone you love?” so I literally took the suggestion to come up with my “Olive You!” card.Olive You Eyelet Outlet 1.JPG

I even used the Clock washi tape for the frame which is also on sale for 50% off! Punched a circle from the small frame, added the green olive (because I really like that touch of red pimento).  Then to create the fun border I took the Martini glass brads and placed them at a slight angle, they look a bit ‘tipsy’ don’t they?  and then for added fun, took the Pearl strips in gray to outline the bottom of the border and then a bit of twine to tie it all together.

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This card is perfect way to say “Olive you” to someone you love!  and to share a martini with!

Thanks for coming by today and the sale on the Martini brads and clock washi tape is going on right now!

Father’s Day

It is a week before Father’s day and as always it allows me to take time out to remember and honor the man that was my loving father. My father was a loving example of what it is to be a good man, an upstanding individual and a contributing and shining light. My father passed away in 2002 and even though many years have gone by since I last talked with him I still lovingly remember his talks and his hugs (complete with very vigorous pats on the back).  This card is dedicated to this wonderful and super man!


The image is from the Silhouette studio, which I used the print and cut feature for both Superman and the explosion frame.  I used the foil Silver/Red star washi tape from eyelet outlet for the background and the Super hero sayings brads.

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To make the card more 3D I used pop dots for the top part of Superman and the bottom portion of the explosion frame to give the illusion of Superman flying out of the frame.  As an added touch I had some comic book designer paper from Scrapin’ up that I layered under a comic strip frame that I also cut out of the Silhouette software.

Thank you so much for stopping by today and Happy Father’s day!

Come sit a spell

Welcome everyone, come and sit a spell.  I love the digi stamps from “A day for daisies” (and such a delightful name for a digi stamp company) and I had this stamp “garden chair gathering” which I created this card using the image and a variety of eyelet outlet embellishments.Day for Daisies.JPG

After importing the digi image into my Silhouette library I was able to remove the other chairs from the stamp and size the remaining image to fit my card design.  I then print it out and color it with my copic markers and add a small pink frame using pink cardstock.  The back ground strip is the blue brick washi tape with Blue jewel strips as a border.  Then it is was a matter of adding a collage of little items including pearl bling in white and pink, pink and blue Jewel Bling and a Bling Jewel in pink.  The amazing thing with the colorful bling is that they are sticky backed but I did add a dab of glossy accent as an adhesive to ensure its stability while traveling in the mail.  Next I added a Pink colored egg brad in the center of the kraft star embellishment and a mini stitched flower brad in the far right corner on the tiny blue tag.  Finally I added some blue enamel dots here and there to create the wonderful collage look I had envisioned.

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With so much lovely product from eyelet outlet I was able to let my imagination do it’s thing.  Give it a try and let me hear how you did!  Thanks for sitting a spell with me today!