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:
* 3-6 project examples
* A short bio
* And any link to your website, blog, social media channels you want us to look at
Submissions for the design team competition Wed. At Midnight Jan. 31, 2018
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.
Make your Halloween Decorations original and movable. Get your kids involved in decorating with fun movable crafts for Halloween. Get 50% OFF ALL Halloween theme craft supplies.
Assemble your Halloween Totem Poppet crafts with black mini-brads (Also on sale for less than a $1!!) and hang them everywhere!
Follow along today as I make a craft post in stages!
Yesterday while at the Kmart with my children we saw some really cute mason jar’s that had tags around the lids that said things like frog poison, or witches brew,…
Today I’m going to make a DIY Halloween craft mimicking the decorative Kmart Halloween mason jars we saw using the Lace-Up Skull and Lace-Up Tags.
Poke the holes out of your Lace-Up Skull and Lace Up Tag designs.
(Tip: use a chop stick or the back of a paint brush to poke out the holes. if you poke the holes out first they’re less likely to get stuck in the chipboard with the paint.)
Paint your Lace-Up Skull and Tags! Let dry.
Paint the other side of your Lace-Up Skull and Tags. Painting Idea: you can paint your tag and skull completely black, or you can allow some of the chipboard to show through to make it look old-fashioned. Another option is to paint just the outside edges with a very rough brush stroke. In the example below I painted the backside of my Lace-Up skull with a dry brush that had very little paint on it. I just scrubbed it around the outer edges of the skull shape and the holes.Lace- up tag on the left with just the outside edges paint it black. Lease up tag in the middle with just the center painted black. And third Lace-Up tag painted completely black.
Decorate your tags with a silver paint pen or marker. Write spooky things, like cockroaches, poison, and brains for a Witches Potion.
Decorate your Lace-Up Skull with a silver paint pen.
Pop the Lace-Ip Skull out of the backboard chipboard. Save your chipboard to use as a stencil on a pumpkin or another craft project.
Lace the Lace-Up Skull and Tags with ribbon string or twine.
Tip: every time I buy new pair of pajamas, or something that has ribbon or string with it, I save it and put it in this Tupperware in the basement. That way when I have a project that requires ribbon or twine I just go dig through my ribbon box.
Hot glue your Lace-Up Skull to your mason jar. (Try not to burn yourself. Like me.)
Lace up the tags. Tie them around the mason jars and have your kids fill them up!
We used plastic cockroaches and added dead leave and grass and pine cones from our yard to make it look real.
We filled another with water and green food die for Posion.
And the last one we put cabbage in for brains!
And there you have it your very own DIY Witches brew mason jars craft for kids!
Halloween Paint Color Ideas:
Black (of course)
Silver !(To add a dash of sophistication to your Halloween decorations.)
Dark Red or Maroon – To add the creepy aspect of Halloween.
Royal Purple – For a witchy feel
Even Midnight Blue – to add a feminine or romantic feeling to your Halloween decor.
Bright Orange – And don’t forget the Orange!
Ideas on Where to Use Your Halloween Craft Projects:
Not only can you make Halloween cards with these fun Halloween crafts. You can also use the tags to label bottles of potion ingredients. Hang they over the mantel, from a dinning room chandelier, or in a tree to create a mobile.
July 1 was Canadian Day. This Year Canada is celebrating 150 years! Congratulations! Put lovely Design Team Member Dawn did an extra -and extra cool- centerpiece using two Totem Poppet swans as Canadian Geese. What a great idea!
Check it out:
And check out the full post on how to make your own here:
It’s been a long time in the making, but I’m happy to be able to finally share with you a sneak peak at the forthcoming Splash Biome Tunnel Book I have been developing!
For quite some time now I have though the Totem Poppets needed a home. I wanted to make sure that it was both interesting and educational and also customizable. The pages fit a standard 3 ring binder and come preshaoed to look like a Splash that is receding as you turn the pages. Here are 6 pages total, each made from a nice stiff 100% recycled chipboard.
So to that effect, here a short flip through of the finished prototype of the Splash Biome Tunnel Book due to be released in the fall!
Making an Easy Journal Cover for your Planner from Cardboard
Hi, Erin (owner and designer of EyeConnect 🙂 here today I have two journal ideas to share with you!
The first is a tunnel book and art / nature journal I’m working on. I posted this one in Jane Davenport’s mixed media FB ground and had a ton of requests for more details. So, I thought I’d share some pictures of it here.
It’s made of 6 pieces of chipboard with decreasing sized holes in it. Each page represents one of the level of the ocean’s biome levels and features one or more of the Aquadic Collection Totem Poppet animals.
(To see more of my in process photos, videos and sneak peek shots follow @EyeConnect on Instagram.) not sure yet what I’ll put in the frame of the binder… ideas?
I just bought and painted a cardboard 3 ring binder from Recollections to house and protect it. I used blues, green and silver watercolors with wet and dry brush techniques as well and bubble wrap to create some texture!
Making an Easy Journal Cover for your Planner from Cardboard
The second journal I want to share with you is a planner or journal cover for several small notebooks I bought for a dollar at Michaels. I’m trying out bullet journaling and needed a new journal to hold ideas, to dos and sketches.
Here is the cover: I used a Jane Davenport’s Mermaid markers with suran wrap to create texture. I’ll continue to add more detailing -picking out stuff I see from the textures- as I work in it, so make follow to follow me @eyeconnect on Instagram to see how it changes!
How to make an easy journal cover from cardboard instructions:
Measure your inserts. Mine were perfect for a 8.5″ x 11″!
Here I have folded the standard letter size chipboard in half.
Punch 4 holes in the cover to lace your elastic through.
I used Jane Davenport’s extra elastic that came with her butterfly journal because I like the colors and if matched the colors of the inserts I found. But you could use any elastic you have. You could even use a rubber back in a pinch.
Start from the inside and go through the top left hole.
Come back up through the top right hole. (See the next picture.)
Go down to the bottom right hole and through to the back.
Come back up through the bottom left hole.
Now either use the clips that came with the set or tie a square knot to secure your eleastic.
Tip: let the elastic overlap and get the clip closed on it before cutting it down to size!! (I used the backs of my scissors and teeth as I was out and about while making this and didn’t have any needle nose players.)
The chipboard cover folded, with the 4 holes and the elastic.
Stitching: start in the inside…
It’s easier to use a bit of overlap and then cut off the excess.
Using the backs of the scissors to close the clasp.
The store bought inserts
Adding some color and texture to the cover. Conclusion:
These two journals span the full gamut from pure art to pure functionality. Maybe you want or need just one or the other, or maybe you need and want both! Either way having one or more journals to work in is a great way to try new things, expire different ideas and experiment with your art, and your productivity!
You can see more creativity and get an inside view by following me on http://www.instagram.com/EyeConnect
We are so excited to announce that commonwealth Charter Schools in conjunction with Box of Light an animation studio used our Totem Poppet animals today to create some really cute stop motion animation is!
Over 250 students signed up for this fun animation class. Box of Light and Capital Area Charter School will be traveling to all the major cities in Pennsylvania over the coming month.
You can check out the finished animations here! (I think the one with the Pegasus is super sweet. And the cat animation is just fabulous. They are all great really! Seriously check them out!!)
Live FaceBook Tutorial with MyKidsTime This Fri. Feb. 3 at 10am!!
Thanks for joining us during our fun -and crazy- kids craft time! The live video is available on MyKidsTime FB page and will soon be available on YouTube as well as here.
Here’s our final Valentines Day card using the Lace-Up Broken Heart:
Scroll to the end for your discount code!
Thanks for watching!!!
This Fri. Feb. 3 at 10am Erin, the owner and founder of EyeConnect, and her son Elon -age 5- will show you how to make a fun simple kids craft for Valentines Day. Join us live as we paint, stamp and lace-up 2 of our Lace-Up Hearts is a simple kids craft idea for Valentines Day.
Tune in on MyKidsTime’s Facebook page at 10 AM EST Fri. Feb. 3 for this short and easy kid’s Valentines Day craft tutorial!
If you’d like to craft along with us or if you’re visiting after the live feed here is a supplies list of all of the different materials that we utilized in the craft. And of course please feel free to alter or substitute anything that you may have, that is part of the fun of crafting, experimenting!
And make sure to watch to the end, as I offer a discount code for all of the people that joined us on Facebook live! Thanks for watching! Have fun crafting!
Supplies list for the Facebook Live Tutorial:
[ ] One pack of EyeConnect Crafts Lace-Up Broken Hearts in size large (comes with 2 broken hearts)
[ ] An assortment of string, ribbon or leather to lace up your broken hearts
[ ] Stamps
[ ] Ink stamp pads
[ ] Quotes, expressions, or phrases either as stamps or pre-printed stickers.
[ ] One or two piece of long chipboard and/or patterned paper
[ ] One or two pieces of chipboard or card stock to form the card base size 8.5 x 11″ or 10 x 7″
[ ] Glue, glue stick or white craft glue works fine or if you want to be more permanent about it I hot glue gun works well too
[ ] Assortment of watercolor paints, or acrylic paints, or spray inks
[ ] Assortment of pens, pencils, crayons or other implements of destruction
[ ] Baby wipes
[ ] Water brushes, regular paint brushes will do fine as well
[ ] One or two mini clothes pins More Broken Heart Project Ideas:
Here are some of the many different ways you could design your Lace-Up Broken Hearts:
The first step and organizing anything is labeling! If you come up with labels for your items it will help you decide how to organize your stuff. I believe in labeling first because it helps me figure out how to group my things. If I have a lot of megablocks, or Socks or whatever, by looking and thinking about what my labels need to be I figure out how to group my items and what size basket or box I might need.
There are two sizes of Lace-Up tags- Large rectangular tags and smaller arched tags- that make great labels! But the Lace-Up Hearts also make great labels!
If you leave the chipboard bare and just Zentangle, or tangle on it with colored sharpies you get a cool rustic feel. Attach your labels with twine, or butchers twine that you find in the kitchen to add to that rustic feel. For more feminine feel your label try ribbon or lease. You could also use leather, or chain to create a steam punk lAbel!
Label your baskets, label your cabinets, label your presence, label your plants, labeling rocks!
There’s some great examples of ideas for ways to use your labels and tags!
As the holiday season approaches, you might be thinking about how to make a couple ofunique Christmas cards, holiday crafts or how to keep your children entertained over the holiday break! Chances are, you would love to transform your craft stash into magnificent and spectacular DIY projects while making memories and having fun! The good thing is, there are lots of available ideas in the Internet. Making spectacular, yet easy, holiday crafts and Christmas ornaments doesn’t need to be expensive or complicated as inspiration and affordable materials can be found everywhere. The rest depends on your dedication and creativity.
Here are some fun and uniques craft ideas you can make over the Holidays:
Cute Santa Penguin Craft Project Idea
Are you planning on sending holiday cards to friends and relatives this year? Make your holiday card unique and special by adding a personal touch. Meet the Totem Penguin! Just paint or ink the chipboard pieces of they easy craft kit and connect the pieces using mini brads. A shade of black is cool, but you could also use the person’s favorite color. Be creative and involve your kids in this fun little Christmas card craft and add some silly eyes. To complete your Christmas card design add a Santa hat with glitter along the hat’s brim. Even if you just used a premed card, the DIY Totem Penguin will add a custom touch. Visit https://www.eyeconnectcrafts.com/create-santa-penguin-eyeconnect-crafts/ today for more helpful details.
A Humorous Non-Denomination Holiday Craft Project Idea
Looking for ideas for a non-denominational holiday craft projects? Want to wish your friends and family a happy holidays with a politically correct, yet humorous, saying? Try this funny holiday expression!
There is nothing that adds more festivity to a party or a event than flags or pendants hanging above! Lacing-up EyeConnect Crafts’ celebration flags can add a touch of the holiday festivities to your non-denominations Holidays greeting card, quickly and easily.Add, a festive mood in your Christmas cards by using lace or decorative ribbons to string your painted and embossed pendants. Use paint, embossing powder and a heat gun to make this holiday card below. These materials are easily accessible and the final product looks expensive and special.The steps are easy. Visit https://www.eyeconnectcrafts.com/merry-everything-card/ to get started on this beautiful project today!
Gold Star Country Craft Ornament
Can you believe that you can create a spectacular Christmas star décor using just cardboard and a Newman tin top!? Well you can! Using simple recycled materials to craft with is a fun way to teach your children about gratitude over the holidays, while having fun and making a memory! Make this lovely little recycled craft project with your children over the holidays. Supplies used include the Eye Connect Crafts Celebration Stars, masking tapes, distress ink, embossing folder and circular stamps. If you have lots of different colors of paints available, the better. Instructions are easy to grasp. Check out more about this easy DIY recycled Christmas ornament craft project at https://www.eyeconnectcrafts.com/4950-2/.
Kid-Friendly Crafts: Christmas Tree + Gift Tag
Do you have children off from school and home for the holidays? Need a couple of holiday craft project ideas for simple yet fun crafts to make with your kids? Try these two DIY projects that encourage dexterity and fine motor skills though lacing!
Using the Lace-Up Celebration Bulbs and acrylic paints, encourage your kids to paint the unfinished wooden trees and bulbs using their creatively. You can assist them in embossing the piece to add an extra special touch. Then just “lace-up” the bulbs and “decorate” your tree!
When it comes to gift tags, these extra large Lace-Up tags are awesome for fun holiday projects. The Lace-Up tags are large and rectangular and have holes your kids can add string, ribbon or twine through. Paint the tag and let it dry and then add cut out shapes of animals, some Washi tape and fiber strings to complete your holiday kids craft project!
Are you fond of making your own unique Christmas ornaments? Here is a unique up-cycled Christmas tree ornament craft project idea is for you!Using the Lace-Up Totem Wings, Scalloped, Small and Rubber Dance Art Stamps, create a spectacular Christmas tree ornament with angel wings! The project is also perfect for display as a table center piece or on a side tables. This fun little craft project idea epitomizes the spirit of the holiday season by showing you two different project ideas! Use a snowman to create a cute ornament or a beautiful red cardinal for a nature inspired holiday decoration. Detailed steps for how to make there Up-Cycled Christmas Ornaments are available at https://www.eyeconnectcrafts.com/upcycled-angel-wings-ornaments/
Super Easy, Vintage Style Christmas Lightbulbs Ornaments
Are the limbs on your tree to week to hold up your Christmas ornaments? Would you like to make a couple of faux Christmas light bulbs from lightweight and affordable materials? With the use of Eye Connect Crafts’ recycled materials, you can create this beautifully shiny yet lightweight vintage style Christmas light bulb for your Christmas trees. They are easily attached to your Christmas tree using miniature cloths pins! Let your tree sparkle with the simple shapes and materials by applying the modern but easy craft treatments.
When it comes to Christmas decorations, we usually take for granted the easiest -and yet one of the cutest decorations- you can have in your home, a DIY Christmas wall canvas! By using the Lace-Up Celebration bulbs and colorful foam adhesives, you can easily make a eye-catching holiday inspired canvas. For more helpful information about this cute craft, just visit https://www.eyeconnectcrafts.com/christmas-canvas/.
Vintage Christmas Ornament
If you want to create unique Christmas tags with a mix of modern and vintage style, this DIY craft is perfect for you. Just prepare the Lace-Up tags with Distress inks. Add cut out expressions on dark or antiqued papers, and then lace them up with jute twine. Add a special touch with beads on the end of each string. This craft tutorial has a extra technique on how to make your own beads from paper! Make your gifts extra special with these lovely vintage style tags. Or hang them on your tree! Check out the detailed instructions at https://www.eyeconnectcrafts.com/vintage-christmas-lace-up-ornaments/.
How to Make a Zentangled Golden Angel
DIY Christmas Angel made from the Lace-UP Corset and Totem Poppet Horse Wings.
Do you believe in angles? You can make this lovely gold and white angel craft using EyeConnect Crafts’ Lace-Up Corset and Totem Poppet Wings. Try making this entangled angel in small or make a large angel using the large Lace-Up Corset and large Totem Poppet Wings!It would make a perfect addition to your Christmas tree’s ornaments or as a Christmas tree topper! With the use of Lace-up Corset and other handy materials, make this season a bit more whimsical and memorable! Try this step by step zentangle tutorial and angel craft project to create your own guardian at https://www.eyeconnectcrafts.com/dyi-art-making-a-golden-angel-of-light/.
Shimmering Holiday Garland using the Lace-Up Celebration, Stars
Stars are considered to be a symbol of of the holidays. If your looking for another non-denominational holiday decoration try this lovely pastel colored garland featuring Lace-Up stars. The star decorations are easy to create. You can use EyeConnect Lace-Up Celebration, Stars along with your imagination to create a dashing garland for this holiday season. You can paint the stars with any colors you prefer. Then add them to the Rosettes. Thread the stars and rosettes together to assemble the garland. Cause your creativity to make this craft project unique with your signature colors or different materials. Watch the step by step process for making this easy holiday craft project at: https://www.eyeconnectcrafts.com/tag/garland/
Nature Inspired Table Center Piece
If your looking for a quick and easy table centerpiece for entertaining this holiday, look no further. This craft project uses EyeConnect Crafts’ Celebration Lightbulbs embossed with gold to augment a nature inspired center piece. The lovely gold embossing of a fir branch offsets the real pine branches surrounding the candles. Quick and easy this craft project is a fun way to add shimmer to your table center piece.
If you have limited time, make things a lot easier by adding one of our unique movable craft projects to your holiday craft. Visit our blog for over unique 150 craft project ideas. We add new craft project ideas every Friday!