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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.



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!



Lawn Fawn stamp sets


White cardstock



Memento Ink

VersaMark Ink

Heat Gun

White embossing powder


Lace up celebration stars

Teal glitter glue

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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!


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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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.


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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Christmas Card with the Totem Turtle

It already time to start getting ready for Christmas!  Today I (Dawn at the little mennonite blog) have created a card with the eyeConnect Crafts Totem Turtle, that you can give as a Christmas card or a “thank you for the Christmas gift” card.


Paint the shell yellow, let dry and then add a turtle shell like design with a black pen and gel pens.  Sponge Vintage Photo Distress Ink on the outside edge of the remaining body parts.  Then ink the head, tail (not shown) and feet with a background stamp in black ink and colour red socks on the eyeConnect Crafts Totem Turtle’s feet with felt marker.  Add white Enamel Accents to the top of the socks.  Give the turtle a neck band with a strip of washi tape.  Overlay this with red glitter.  Add googly eye and smile (with a black pen) to head.

Create background with pattered paper.  I used Lawn Fawn paper with Lawn Cuts for the hills.  Create a bow for the presents.  Find directions here.  I made mine with white paper coloured red with a felt marker.  Finally, create the gift bags out of rectangles of white paper covered with miniso tape (front side), then cut three small pieces of red and white cord and tape to the back with washi tape.  Lastly, assemble the card.  Make sure you add the eyeConnect Crafts Totem Turtle with foam squares so it can still move it limbs.  Also, note that I added a piece of mustard cardstock to the card front to give a better design.


eyeConnect Crafts Totem Turtle

yellow paint

paint brush

black pen

gel pens (GelWriter)

washi tape

white paper

googly eye

Vintage Photo Distress Ink

newspaper Hero Arts background stamp

black ink

red glitter

red felt marker

white Enamel Accents

patterned Lawn Fawn paper

mustered yellow paper

Lawn Fawn hill dies

red and white Lawn Fawn cord

miniso tape


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Sorry I was crabby card

We all get crabby now, and then and there is nothing like a nice apology card to smooth things out.  I made this “Sorry I was crabby” card with eyeConnect Crafts totem crab.


First, paint the eyeConnect Crafts totem crab while it is still connected to the cardboard.  I painted mine orange.  Let dry.

Using the black mini brads assemble the eyeConnect Crafts totem crab.  Glue on googly eyes.

Create an A2 card out of white cardstock. Add a die cut white panel to card front with sticky squares.  Next adhere a rectangle of patterned paper (I used my Cameo to cut mine out).  Stick the eyeConnect Crafts totem crab down with foam squares so it rises above the page but can still move its arms and legs.  Add detail to the eyeConnect Crafts totem crab with a gold gel pen.  Let dry.  This is very important, as you don’t want it to smudge.  I let mine dry for a few hours.  Lastly, using a letter stamp set ink out the words “Sorry… I was crabby.” and glue them to the card front.



eyeConnect Crafts totem crab

orange paint

paint brush

black brads

gold gen pen

patterned paper

white cardstock

rectangle die

die cutting machine

Silhouette Cameo

Lawn Fawn letter set

black VersaFine ink

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Totem Monarch Planter Decor

I have been inspired by all the great planter decor one can make, so I created this Totem Monarch Planter Decor with eyeConnect Crafts’ Totem Monarch.  I forgot to take photos of every step (sorry) but I have a few to guide you to the finish.


I started by painting the  Totem Monarch Planter Decor blue with Martha Stewart Craft paint in pool.  Next I added Tim Holtz small nautical stamps with VersaFine Ink and clear embossing powder.  I heat set the powder to get a water-resistant shinny look.  I then took some white acrylic paint and splattered it on top.

After the drips were dry I took clear glue and fine glitter and applied to the Totem Monarch Planter Decor here and there.  Before the glue dried I added another layer to make the glitter muted  (this step is really important for the overall effect!).

Next, I added bronze paint to the edges and the back. I also painted the center piece bronze on both sides (at first I was going to paint it black).

Lastly, I added sequins to the wings.  After this was dry I assembled the Totem Monarch Planter Decor with black brads and hot glued a stick to the back.


 Totem Monarch from eyeConnect Crafts

Martha Stewart paint in Pool

Tim Holtz Nautical small stamps

white and bronze acrylic paint

paint brush

hot glue gun


black VersaFine ink

heat gun

clear embossing powder


fine glitter

clear glue

black brads

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Easy Totem Whale Card

Dawn (the little mennonite) here today to show you a fun way to use the totem whale from eyeConnect Crafts.


Paint the totem whale grey and water spout white.  Let dry.  Add glitter to the whale and spout.  Let dry.  Glue the whale together.  Since I wanted it to stay in one place there is no need to use brads to connect the pieces.  Add a googlie eye.

Cut out a piece of cardstock slightly smaller then the A2 card front and colour a wave pattern of your own design.

Stick the wave drawing to the card front with photo squares at an angle.  Adhere the whale to the card front with foam squares.

Add a sentiment and three gems!  Send to a good buddy!


eyeConnect Crafts totem whale

grey and white paint

paint brush

grey and white glitter

clear glue

sentiment (mine is from Lawn Fawn’s Critter’s in the Sea)

felt markers

white cardstock

scissors or rectangular die


foam squares

photo squares

googlie eye

black VersaFine




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Christmas in July- fast and easy card with Lace Up Celebration Bulbs

Dawn (the little mennonite) here with a Christmas card.  I know its early but it always helps to make Christmas cards throughout the year so that they are already done by December.  I used the celebration bulbs lace ups from eyeConnect Crafts to make this easy card.

Ten of these bulbs come in the lace up celebration bulbs package.  This project only uses four, so you can make many projects from one bulb package.


Take each bulb and colour it directly with distress ink.  I used candied apple for the red and pine needles for the green.  Since, distress ink stays wet (only for a very short time), I quickly added clear embossing powder and heat set it.  This creates a “shiny Christmas bulb look.”  Make two red and two green.

Tip: Only do one bulb at a time.

Paint the top of each bulb with bronze craft paint.  Let dry.  Add all four lace up celebration bulbs to a string of Lawn Fawn gold cord.

Cut out a piece of 4 3/4 x 5 patterned Christmas paper for the background (I used Lawn Fawn paper) and adhere to a white A2 card front with foam squares for added interest and dimension.  Choose a cherry Christmas sentiment and adhere to the bottom right corner with adhesive.  I choose to ink mine with Versafine ink onto vellum, pour over clear embossing powder and heat set; however, if this is not method is not available to you, you could print out a sentiment on a computer or write one directly on the patterned paper with a black pen.

Take all four bulbs, still connected on the cord, and decide how you want to arrange them on the card front.  Adhere two foam squares to the backs of all four lace up celebration bulbs.  Adhere bulbs to card front.  Twist the cord as desired for maximum interest.  Adhere each cord end to the card with wet adhesive like glossy accents.  Give to someone you love.


eyeConnect Crafts lace up celebration bulbs

bronze paint

paint brush

gold Lawn Fawn cord

patterened Christmas paper

white A2 card



clear embossing powder

black Versafine ink

heat gun


foam squares

glossy accents

pine needles distress ink

candied apple distress ink

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Hibiscus Lace Up Hot Air Balloon Scrapbook Page Embellishment

Dawn (the little mennonite) here today with this tropical hot air balloon.  I made it with eyeConnect crafts lace up hot air balloon.  Don’t know about you but I’ve always wanted to ride in one of these.  My Mom and I are planning to in the near future so I made this embellishment for my scrapbooking page when I finally get to go.  🙂


Paint the top of the lace up hot air balloon white.  Let dry.  Paint pink hibiscus flowers (I used a stencil for a helping hand) on the balloon.  (This picture looks glossy because I had already applied the glue for the glitter when I took the photo.)

Add glitter.  (We all need a little shine!)

Paint the bottom yellow.  Let dry.  Paint green leaves.  Dry and then add green glitter.

Finally, add black bakers twine to the lace up hot air balloon.  I tried white string at first but it looked too flimsy. However, because the bakers twine is so much thicker I only used it in every second hole on the bottom.  Embellish on scrapbooking page when ready.

Please note that a third piece comes with this hot air balloon kit but I have chosen not to use it.


eyeConnect Crafts lace up hot air balloon

pink, yellow, green and white paint

paint brush

pink and green glitter

black bakers twine (I used American Crafts)

stencil (I used a delta Creative stencil)