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The Itsy Bitsy Spider Card

Hello, dear friends!

Today is the first day of Autumn!!!

Lilian (The Leaf Studio) here today to share a fun card…using Totem Spider:


Here’s a video tutorial:

And here’s a photo with flash to show off the glitter from the Glitter Brush Pen:



Totem Spider

Sharpie Marker Black

Mini-Brads (I used white ones, but you can find the black ones HERE)

Glitter Brush Pen Clear (Spectrum Noir)

White and Orange Cardstock

Sequined Embroidery Thread in Black

Foam Tape

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Up-Cycled Chipboard Moon Belated Birthday Card


Lilian (The Leaf Studio) here today to share a quick project…

Did you see the Solar Eclipse on Monday? Pretty cool, right?

Look what you can make, using the carrier from the Lace-Up Moon and Stars:

I was working on another project (click HERE to see) and couldn’t throw the carrier away…

So after I took all the chipboard shapes off, I inked the carrier with VersaMark ink pad and heat embossed it in Ultra-Thick Embossing Enamel in Gold (you can embossed it a couple of times)…

Then, I die cut a yellow paper and adhered it on card.

I stamped a sentiment on white paper, using Memento Paris Dusk ink pad, trimmed it out and adhered it on card:

Finally, I adhered the embossed carrier on the card:

Other idea is to use the carriers as templates for your kids to draw on paper, cut out and assemble the shapes!



Lace-Up Moon and Stars carrier

Rectangular Stitched Die Cut (ODBD – Our Daily Bread Designs)


Sentiment Stamp (Club Scrap Lagoon Colllection)

White and Yellow papers

Memento Paris Dusk (Tsukineko/Imagine Crafts)





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Hello Baby – Lace-Up: Celebration, Stars – Card

Hello, dear friends!

Lilian (The Leaf Studio) here today to share a cute Baby Card, using Lace-Up: Celebration, Stars

Heat embossing is my favorite technique to color the chipboard shapes!

I inked the Lace-Up: Celebration, Stars with VersaMark and sprinkled some neon yellow embossing powder on (I use a piece of scrap paper for this):

Put the excess powder back in the container and use a heat gun to melt the powder.

I repeat the process a couple of times, for a smoother look.

I die cut a piece of patterned paper and adhered it on the white card base:

String some yarn through Lace-Up: Celebration, Stars and add some foam tape on the back:

I stamped the sentiment on a strip of paper, tore the sides and inked the edges. Add the strip and the Lace-Up: Celebration, Stars on the card:


Lace-Up: Celebration, Stars

VersaMark ink pad (Tsukineko/Imagine Crafts)

Embossing Powder (American Crafts)

Heat Embossing Gun


Foam Tape

Patterned Paper

Dotted Rectangles Die Cut (Sizzix)

Cuttlebug die cut machine

Blue, Green and Yellow ink pads

Baby Stamps (Close To My Heart)

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Kid-Friendly Critters – Frog/Toad and Lizard

Hello, dear friends!

Lilian (The Leaf Studio) here…it’s my turn to post today!!!

Summer is officially here and so is Summer Break! What do you do when your kids are out of school?

I asked my kids if they wanted to paint and they said “yes”! So, they “helped” me with my project! =)

They chose Totem Lizard and Totem Frog/Toad to work with:

They started by painting the Totem Poppets pieces with white acrylic paint:

After it dried, they chose their own colors to paint (you can remove the pieces from the carrier before you paint, but I thought it would be easier for them…not to loose the smaller pieces):

My oldest son (6) decide to paint the Sun, sky, grass and a flower on his Totem Frog/Toad. He was also able to assemble (most of) his own Totem Poppet by himself, using Mini-Brads Assorted Greens. Using mini-brads, the Totem Poppets remain movable:

And…ready to play:

Here’s the finished Totem Frog/Toad:

And the finished Totem Lizard (I helped my youngest with the dots on the tail…but he painted the rest):

They were so happy that they could play with these movable Totem Poppets!


Totem Frog/Toad

Totem Lizard

Mini-Brads Assorted Greens

White and Blue Acrylic Paints

Pearlescent Paints in different colors


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Lace-Up Moon and Stars: Love You…Altered House


Lilian (The Leaf Studio) here to share a project using Lace-Up Moon and Stars:

How-To (Lace-Up Moon and Stars):

1. Remove Moon from the carrier and ink it with VersaMark (and no, that hand is not mine! My son B was helping me, so I could take the pictures):

2. Sprinkle Platinum UTEE (Ultra-Thick Embossing Enamel) and heat emboss. Let it cool down and repeat a second time (Steps 1-2).

3. Loop some sequined embroidery thread through the holes and set aside

4. Without removing the stars from the carrier, ink them with VersaMark .

5. Sprinkle Gold UTEE and heat emboss. Let it cool down and repeat.

6. Remove stars from the carrier.

7. Thread one end through one star and tie a knot (using both ends) at the desired height.

How-To (Wooden House):

1. I purchased these wooden houses at my local craft store a while ago and let my kids paint them. I altered one of them by adding some Pearlescent Purple paint on the “green” house.

2. After it dried, I added some Pearlescent Blue diluted with water. Let it dry.

3. Finally, I added some diluted Pearlescent Black (except on the back side) and let dry.

4. On the back side, I painted a rectangle in light blue and let dry.

5. Then, with a black Sharpie, I wrote the quote and doodled the hearts (I must say the regular Sharpie wasn’t working so well, but it was all I had that would work…so, if I try it again, I would use paint markers instead or apply a thin layer of Mod Podge before writing).

6. Adhere Lace-Up Moon and Stars on the front.


Lace-Up Moon and Stars

VersaMark ink pad (Tsukineko/Imagine Crafts)

Platinum and Gold UTEE (Ultra-Thick Embossing Enamel/Ranger)

Sequined Embroidery Thread


Wooden House

Pearlescent Purple, Blue & Black paints

Light Blue Acrylic Paint (Liquitex)


Black and Red Sharpie markers

Adhesive (I used Mod Podge Dimensional Magic)

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Mother’s Day Corset Flower Tutu Card

Mother’s Day is quickly approaching…I (Lilian/The Leaf Studio) thought I would make a card, featuring the Lace-Up Corset, Large in a flower tutu dress style card:

How-To Lace-Up Corset, Large:

1. Apply white gesso on (I usually leave the die cut shape on the carrier for this step). Let dry.

2. Ink your rubber stamp in pink and stamp on the Lace-Up Corset, Large.

If the stamp is not big enough to cover the entire Corset, just ink and stamp the uncovered areas.

3. Remove the shapes off the carrier.

4. Use ribbon of choice to lace the Corset together.

5. Tie a bow on the top.


How-To Card:

1. Trim purple cardstock for the 5″ x 7″ card base.

2. Layer patterned paper and a silver paper on.

3. Adhere the Corset on.

4. Use a die-cutting machine to cut flower shapes out of pearlescent red paper (or color of your choice). You could use punches, instead.

5. Assemble the flowers and add a silver pearl in the centers.

6. Adhere the flowers at the bottom of the Corset.


Lace-Up Corset, Large

White Gesso (Faber-Castell)


Chocolate Grosgain Ribbon (Club Scrap Cherry Blossoms Collection)

Rubber Stamp (Northwoods)

Memento Rose Bud  ink pad (Tsukineko/Imagine Crafts)

Purple and Pearlescent Cherry Cardstock, Printed Paper and Silver Paper (Club Scrap Cherry Blossoms Collection)

Flower Market Cricut CTMH Cartridge

Cricut Expression 2 machine

Adhesive Silver Pearls

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Totem Bee Spring Flower Wreath

Hello, dear friends!

Lilian (The Leaf Studio) here to share a Spring Flower Wreath, plus a little surprise…a Totem Beecan you see it? =)


How-To Totem Bee:

1. Add Mod Podge Dimensional Magic Glitter – Silver on wings and let dry:

Add color using Black Fabrico marker (Tsukineko/Imagine Crafts) on body parts, as shown above.

2. Add some more color using Gel Sticks in yellow and orange on upper body, legs and eyes (I blended with my fingers after applying the colors). Add some Mod Podge Dimensional Magic Glitter – Silver on eyes and let dry:

3. I asked my son to color some orange in and then, I added some yellow Gel Stick on and blended with my finger:

4. Assemble the pieces with Mini-Brads (I used white ones and colored them, except for the one on the wing, with a dark brown Copic marker). Set it aside:


How-To Flower Wreath:

I used my Cricut die-cutting machine and Flower Market cartridge (from Close To My Heart) for this project…

1. Cut 2 different wreaths for the cartridge, using 2 shades of green cardstock. Adhere the leafy wreath on top:

2. Cut different flowers (about 2.75″ to 3″ inches), using different colored papers. Assemble the flowers, following the directions from the cartridge’s booklet:

3. Shape the flowers and adhere them on the wreath. Add some extra “leaves”, using left overs from the cuts.

4. Tie a ribbon on the wreath:

5. Adhere the Totem Bee on one of the flowers:

6. Hang your Spring Flower Wreath!



Totem Bee

Mini-Brads – White

Fabrico Marker – Black (Tsukineko/Imagine Crafts)

orange marker (Crayola)

Gel Sticks (yellow and orange)

Mod Podge Dimensional Magic Glitter – Silver

Cricut die-cutting machine

Flower Market cartridge (from Close To My Heart)

cardstock: Green, Light Green, Light Blue, Light Pink, Pink, Light Purple, Yellow



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Totem Snail Side-Step Card

Have you tried a Side-Step Card before? How about trying a Totem Snail Side-Step Card?

Lilian (The Leaf Studio) here today to share a fun card:

Spring is almost here!!! The weather has been pretty good around here!

Time to put some plant pots outside! I hope I don’t forget to water them! =)

How-To Snail:

1. Take the pieces off the carrier.

2. Use Gel Sticks to color the Totem Snail. Apply some color and smudge it with your finger (I used green for the body and red, orange and silver for the shell). For the shell, I drew some patterns on the shell before smudging:

Optional: Seal the pieces after coloring them to avoid dirty fingers. You could use Gel Medium or sealer of your choice. Let dry.

3. Assemble the Totem Snail, using Mini Brads – Assorted Greens. I used 2 light green and one darker green brads. Set aside.

How-To Card:

1. Use a 5.5″ x 8.5″ piece of cardstock for the card base (I followed the tutorial from HERE to trim and score the card). You can adjust the width of your panel and/or steps for different looks, depending on the size of your stamps and embellishments…

2. I trimmed designer paper to decorate the side panel and the steps.

3. I layered digital stamps, printed and cut them out (optional: use rubber and/or clear stamps + ink pads if digital isn’t your thing!).

4. Color the images with markers (I used a green fabric marker and alcohol-based ones) and adhere them on the steps.

5. Adhere the Totem Snail on the panel.

P.S.: I had a video tutorial, but I don’t know what happened to it…Maybe I deleted it by accident…maybe it was one of my kids…Sorry!!! I’ll see if I can edit a new one again…

ETA: Here’s the video tutorial!!! =)

Thanks for stopping by!



Totem Snail

Mini Brads – Assorted Greens


designer paper (Club Scrap Succulents Collection)

Digital Stamps (Club Scrap Succulents Digital Kit)

Markers (Fabrico, ShinHan Touch Twin and Copic)



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Kid-Friendly Valentine’s Day Tags using Lace-Ups Tags, Small, Arched

Looking for Valentine’s Day Tags ideas to make with your kids? Or let them make it by themselves?

Lilian (The Leaf Studio) here today to share a project:

My 4 year-old son actually made the pink tag (mostly) by himself!

Here’s the video:


1. Paint Lace-Ups: Tags, Small, Arched with white acrylic paint, let dry and repeat on the other side.

2. Then, paint it with Pearlescent Pink acrylic paint, let dry and paint the other side.

3. Stamp small heart on white cardstock in purple and cut it out.

4. Stamp scribble heart on red cardstock in black and cut it out.

5. Adhere the scribble heart on tag using double-sided tape.

6. Adhere smaller heart with foam tape on top of the other heart.

7. Add ribbon on top.

8. Optional: Add doodles and “Happy Valentine’s Day” (on the back), using a black permanent marker. Color doodle hearts with a pink marker.

Here’s a close-up:

And this is my version:

Follow all the steps…except I painted it pearlescent blue…

…and I stamped my heart in blue, and added some silver dots with a Silver Paint Pen:

Here’s a closer look:

We hung them up on the silver Christmas Tree (yes…it’s still up!) for pictures…so, I guess you could also use them as ornaments! =)

Thanks for stopping by!


Lace-Ups: Tags, Small, Arched

White Acrylic Paint

Pearlescent Pink (and Blue) Acrylic Paints


scribble heart (I Heart Art stamp set – Rubber Dance)

small heart (Written Hearts stamp set- Sonshine Stamps)

Memento Tuxedo Black, Lilac Posies and Danube Blue ink pads (Tsukineko/Imagine Crafts)

Red and White Cardstock


double-sided tape

foam tape


Slick Pen – Black Broad Tip (American Crafts) and Fabrico Cherry Pink Marker (Tsukineko/Imagine Crafts): for the pink tag

Silver Paint Pen (Club Scrap – for the blue tag)