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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)

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Happy Winter Table Top Decoration

Hello, dear friends!

Lilian (The Leaf Studio) here today to share a decorative project using the negative image of Lace-Up Mandala/Spider Web, Large…since Winter officially started last week!


1. I used theLace-Up Mandala/Spider Web, Large for another project (check it HERE), so I had sprayed it with Tsukineko Walnut Ink Lilac first.

(I sprayed ClearSnap Smoosh Spritz, but it doesn’t show after the next step, so skip this…)

2. I inked the negative panel with VersaMark and sprinkled white embossing powder on the edges, then Sparkle embossing powder. Heat emboss the panel and let it cool down. I used heavy books to keep it flat.

3. I matted the panel on 2 different printed papers (Club Scrap Shades of Winter Collection). Set aside.

4. Stamp snowman and cardinal images and a sentiment (Frosty Friends – RubberDance Art Stamps) on white cardstock.

5. Cut the images out and color them (I used alcohol-based markers, Fabrico marker, Gel Sticks, Cricut red marker, and a white gel pen). I tore the bottom of the snowman and added some Dimensional Paint (Pearl and Glitter for snow). Let it dry.

6. Trim the sentiment, outline it with Copic marker, ink the edges and mat it on printed paper. Ink the edges again (see photo above).

7. Adhere the images and sentiment on panel.

8. Add some sequins.

Optional: You could punch holes on the top and add a ribbon, to hang it.


Lace-Up Mandala/Spider Web, Large

Walnut Ink Sprays Lilac (Tsukineko/Imagine Crafts)

VersaMark ink pad (Tsukineko/Imagine Crafts)

White and Sparkle Embossing Powders (Tsukineko/Imagine Crafts)

Heat Gun

Printed Papers (Club Scrap Shades of Winter Collection)

Frosty Friends unmounted stamps(RubberDance Art Stamps)

Memento Tuxedo Black ink pad (Tsukineko/Imagine Crafts)

Dimensional Paint (Pearl and Glitter)

Alcohol-Based (Copic and ShinHan), Fabrico Black (Tsukineko/Imagine Crafts) and Cricut Red markers

Gel Sticks (Faber-Castell)

White Gel Pen


Mod Podge Dimensional Magic (as adhesive)

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Summer Fun Art Journal Spread


Lilian here today with a Smash Book Art Journal Spread using Totem Crab:


How-To Totem Crab:

  1. Ink the pieces with VersaMark ink pad (I leave them on the carrier)
  2. Sprinkle white embossing powder, tap off excess and heat emboss using a heat gun
  3. After it cools down, ink it with VersaMark again
  4. Repeat with red embossing powder
  5. After it cools down, remove pieces from the carrier
  6. Using Mini-Brads White, connect the pieces together
  7. Use an alcohol-based marker to color the brads in red
  8. Adhere some googly eyes and set aside


How-To Art Journal:

  1. Apply a thin layer of White Gesso and let dry (I use my fingers, but you could use a paintbrush)
  2. Add Glaze to Raw Sienna paint, mix it and paint the bottom part of the Art Journal for the “sand”
  3. Add Glaze to Pearlescent Blue paint, mix it and paint the “sky” and “sea”. I made the “sea” look a little darker
  4. After the paint is dry, stamp different images on pages…I stamped some on the “sand” using yellow ink pad. I covered “sky” and “sea” using black and blue ink pads. On the left page, I would stamp on it without re-inking the stamps…
  5. Stamp “Summer” and “Fun” using Memento Danube Blue ink pad
  6. Add Totem Crab with foam tape on the left page
  7. Add photos or memorabilia on pages


Here’s a Video Tutorial (on HD):

Thanks for stopping by!



Totem Crab

Mini-Brads White

White and Red Embossing Powders (Zing! American Crafts & Ranger)

Embossing Heat Gun

VersaMark ink pad (Imagine Crafts)

Copic marker (red)

Smash Book or Art Journal

White Gesso (Faber-Castell)

Glaze (Faber-Castell)

Paints: Raw Sienna & Pearlescent Blue


Retro Beach unmounted Rubber Stamps (Rubber Dance)

Memento Luxe Ink Pads – Dandelion &  Danube Blue (Imagine Crafts)

Memento Danube Blue (Imagine Crafts)

India Ink pad (ClearSnap)

Foam Tape