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Win over $200 worth of craft products!

Design Team Competition for 2018:

Are you an art teacher or a home school mom? Are you a designer, mixed-media artist or crafter? Do you have a blog and a career in the arts or craft that your looking to expand and gain more recognizable for?

You could win:

* Over $200+ in crafting products of your choosing

* Special advance samples of craft products before they even hit the market!

* A design team badge that says: “I Design for EyeConnect Craft’s”

* And Free promotion on all of our social media outlets

EyeConnect Crafts has a new partnership with Spellbinders paper crafts! And we are are looking for TWO new design team members for the year 2018! We are looking to expand our educational and kids craft examples on our blog. Traditional crafts such as greeting cards, scrapbook projects, art journals, and do-it-yourself projects are of course still welcome.

To apply all you have to do is send Erin, at Erin@eyeconnectcrafts.com between three and six samples of your work as well as a short bio about you. If you have a blog or website you may include links to that as well.

All applicants will be notified as we receive and review their work. The two winning new design team members will be notified the first week of Feb.

What You Could Win!

Selected design team members will win a shopping spree on EyeConnect Craft’s.com! You will be invited to select from all of our current and any fore-coming designs! Valued at over $200! You will receive special advance prototype of new products before they ever hit the shelf.

New design team members will also be provided with:

* a custom watermark featuring your name in conjunction with our logo

* a bio with picture and links on your website

* and promotion on all of our social media channels!

Design Team Call Requirements:

Please send:

* 3-6 project examples

* A short bio

* And any link to your website, blog, social media channels you want us to look at

At

erin@eyeconnectcrafts.com.

Deadline:

Submissions for the design team competition Wed. At Midnight Jan. 31, 2018

Winner Requirements:

Selected applicants will be asked to complete one craft project per month. Experience posting to WordPress, a willingness to learn, and a strong grasp of the English language is required. Correct spelling and grammar are require.

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Easy Christmas Star Gift Tags

Dawn here from the little mennonite blog.  I have a bonus project for you today.  I’ve made some quick and easy Christmas star gift tags that I used during the holiday season.

 

Directions:

Below are some of the supplies I used for these easy Christmas star gift tags.

First color the lace up celebration stars teal with a felt marker.  Then cover over with glitter glue.  Let dry.  Stamp out the three Lawn Fawn birds three times with black Memento ink and color the birds in with markers.  Cut the birds out and adhere to the stars.  Stamp the word “smile” with VersaMark, on velum, and heat emboss with white embossing powder.  Cut out sentiments and adhere to stars.  Write “to” and “from” on the back of the tag and add to your gift front.

Although these tags take very little time I wanted to used them again next year so I painted the backs gold so I could write on them again.  Saves time and money!  Happy New Year all!

 

Supplies:

Lawn Fawn stamp sets

Pro-Markers

White cardstock

Sissors

Adhesive

Memento Ink

VersaMark Ink

Heat Gun

White embossing powder

Velum

Lace up celebration stars

Teal glitter glue

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How To Make A Crepe Paper Butterfly

I can’t believe this is my last project for EyeConnect Crafts.  I’ve had fun this past year crafting and creating, and I’m ending things on a high note with a beautiful Crepe Paper Butterfly!

Crepe Paper Butterfly

Butterflies are such delicate creatures and when I started gathering supplies for this project I wanted to be sure I picked a medium that relayed the texture and fragility of their wings. Crepe paper with its vein-like wrinkles fit that bill.

To get started with this project I covered the Monarch Totem with a layer of decoupage medium and then covered it with orange crepe paper (streamers).

Decoupage is so easy to work with that I was able to cover both sides of the wings easily.

After they were dry, I painted the butterfly’s body black and started trying to paint veins onto the wings. This was such a bad idea! No matter how thin the brush I couldn’t get it thin enough and opted to use a good old marker instead.

Lastly, I used the mini-brads to put the butterfly together and then added white dots of paint along the body.

It’s NOT the natural pattern of an actual Monarch butterfly, but it’s close enough for the kids to enjoy. They were amazed at how the texture of the crepe paper made the wings look so real!

Did you know Monarchs will be emerging from hibernation the next two months (February and March) to begin looking for a mate and starting their migration cycle?

You can learn more about Monarchs and how you can help them by visiting Save Our Monarchs.

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Cute Chick Card

Dawn here, from the little mennonite blog, to help you create a fun and easy chick card.  Chicks bring new life so January is a perfect time for this card!

Directions:

I used the Totem Duck set for this card, turning the ducks into chicks!  I started out by painting the ducks yellow and orange.  Next I added gold Martha Stewart fine glitter to the yellow parts.  Then I assembled the ducks to create cute chicks with glue (instead of brads) and googly eyes!

For the card panel, I started with a A2 white card and then added a die cut pattered paper oval with wave and cloud die cuts attached.  I did the die cutting on my Cameo and my Cuttlebug (the waves are Lawn Fawn dies).  The pattered paper is from a really old 12×12 paper pack.

Finally, I adhered the oval and cute chicks to the card front.  I made sure to add a little detail by added gold Lawn Fawn cord under the oval.  I added a great sentiment and detail on the card front and cute chicks with GelWriter gel pens.  When adding gel pen to the chicks (over the glitter) I was sure to pick contrasting colours so it would show up: purple on the yellow and blue on the orange.  Now your all done!  Give it to a lady you love and watch her smile!

 

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Lace-Ups: Celebration, Bulbs and Stars – Gift Toppers

Hello,

Lilian (The Leaf Studio) here…it’s my turn to share a project today! Do you like wrapping gifts?

I do! So here’s what I made…Gift Toppers:

How-To:

1. (optional) Apply white gesso on Lace-Up: Celebration, Bulbs and let dry

You can skip this step if you’re using regular glitter. I used Holographic glitter and they are a little see-through…I didn’t want a “brown-ish” color, so that’s why the gesso…

2. Apply Dimensional Magic on the bulb part

3. Sprinkle glitter of your choice and let dry

4. Apply Dimensional Magic on the remaining “screw” area, sprinkle glitter color of choice (I used yellow) and let dry

Repeat with Lace-Up: Celebration, Stars…I didn’t gesso the stars because I used a brilliant or regular glitter.

5. Use die cuts (or cut them with an electronic machine – I used my Cricut E2 and some cartridges) for the base. I layered different shapes.

6. Tie ribbons on the Lace-Ups

7. Adhere the shapes on the bases with foam tape

8. Add Gift Toppers to your packages!

Supplies:

Lace-Up: Celebration, Bulbs

Lace-Up: Celebration, Stars

Gesso

Brush

Glitter

Ribbon

Dimensional Magic (or other adhesive)

Cardstock

Die Cuts or Machine-Cut Shapes

Foam Tape

 

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Kids Craft: Angel Wing Christmas Tree Ornament

It’s the holiday season, which means it’s time to make some ornaments! The great thing about ornaments is that making them creates just as many memories as displaying them. Especially when you’re crafting with little ones who are brimming with holiday spirit. Read on to find out how we made these Angel Wing Ornaments using the EyeConnect Crafts Large Smooth Wings.

Angel Wing Ornaments

First, I coated the wings with a layer of glitter, when they were completely dry I enlisted the help of my three-year-old. He helped me glue craft feathers along the edges of the wing.

Next, I dumped a container of sequins on the table and we carefully picked out our favorite colors. Then we glued them to the center of our wing and let it dry.

Finally, we twisted a pipe cleaner through the pre-made hole on the wing to create an easy way for us to hang our ornaments on the Christmas tree.

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DIY star card with eyeConnect Crafts lace up Celebration Stars

Dawn here (the little mennonite blog) with an easy star card for you today.  This was made with eyeConnect Crafts lace up Celebration Stars and it can be turned into a Christmas card.

Directions:

Cut out a rectangle of white cardstock, slightly smaller then an A2 card front.  (I die cut mine.)  Stamp a diagonal strip stamp (mine was from Simon Says Stamp) with VersaMarkand cover with white embossing powder.  Heat set with a heat gun.  Ink squeezed lemonaid distress ink over surface.  The embossed area will resist the distress ink.  Take gold thread and wrap around the panel.  Secure the thread to the panel back with tape.

Take the eyeConnect Crafts lace up Celebration Stars and colour them blue with felt marker.  Next, cover the stars with blue glitter.  When this is dry use a gold gel pen and make a dotted pattern on the outside edge of the stars.

Finally, to complete the eyeConnect Crafts lace up Celebration Stars card, heat emboss a sentiment in gold on velum (mine is from an old Hero Arts set) and adhere the sentiment and stars to the front panel, then adhere the front panel to the card front.  To upgrade this card into a Christmas card add a Christmas sentiment inside (such as: “Hooray… its Christmas time!“).

Hope your Christmas is merry and bright!  🙂

 

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Winter Mandala/Spiderwebs Scrapbook Page

Hello,

Lilian (The Leaf Studio) here today to share a 12″ x 12″ scrapbook page…

I used Lace-Up Mandala/SpiderWeb Medium and Lace-Up Mandala/SpiderWeb Small:

I took them off the carrier and used the negative space as stencils. I sprayed a metallic ink (Color Shine) in turquoise. They look like snowflakes to me!

I also used Lace-Up Mandala/SpiderWeb Medium and Lace-Up Mandala/SpiderWeb Small as masks and sprayed some more ink…bonus part is that they come out shiny, too!

I let it dry and added the torn paper, photo mat, embellishments and title. I also added some snowflake stickers on the stenciled “snowflakes”.

Finally, I adhered Lace-Up Mandala/SpiderWeb Medium and Lace-Up Mandala/SpiderWeb Small on with some glitter glue:

 

Supplies:

Lace-Up Mandala/SpiderWeb Medium

Lace-Up Mandala/SpiderWeb Small

Black Cardstock

Color Shine Spray (Heidi Swapp)

Club ScrapShades of Winter Collection (Printed Paper, Snowflakes Stickers, Embellishments)

3-D and Letter Glitter Stickers

Glitter Glue

 

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Moon and Starry Night Kids Craft!

Some of my favorite artwork has been born from doodling, tinkering, and letting my imagination go. So, when my daughter asked if she could make something with the EyeConnect Lace-Up Moon and Stars, I immediately said yes.

I pointed her towards the craft closet and told her the only requirement was that she had to let me take pictures. As expected, she reached for the glitter and never look back! Here’s how we turned a little bit of afternoon crafting into a custom piece of art!

Custom Artwork Created By Kids

First, she covered her moon with a layer of glue and then both coarse and fine, silver glitter. I suggested she paint them first for a brighter color. She assured me she’d make sure there was enough glitter to make it very bright.

Next, she hit the stars with a fine golden yellow glitter. Thankfully, she took my advice and waited to pop the stars out of the packaging until AFTER they were coated and dried.

Finally, she brought it all together with a few pieces of scrapbooking paper and a painting she’d made on a previous afternoon.

While I think I’d have used a brighter background to showcase her work, I still think she did a great job!

It’s simple projects like these that my kids end up most proud of, and I can’t blame them. The moon and stars were the perfect addition to our gallery wall, and I love telling people my daughter made it! Next time, her brother wants to use the Totem Spider to make a picture for HIS room!

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