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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.


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


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:



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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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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Totem Cat Purr-fect Halloween Card

Halloween is almost here!!! I have a purr-fect card using Totem Cats

Hello, dear friends!

Lilian (The Leaf Studio) here today to share a fun card…we don’t really celebrate Halloween, but the kids still go out trick-or-treating…sometimes, they dress up a bit, if they feel like it! =)


1. Leave pieces on carrier and paint them with Black Acrylic Paint. Let it dry.

2. Remove pieces from the carrier and assemble them using Black Mini-Brads (I used mini White ones for demonstration purposes, then I colored them with a black Sharpie marker):

Here’s the finished movable Totem Cat:

3. Die cut a rectangle and stamp (Purr-fect Halloween stamp set) the background with brown ink. Adhere it on card base. Stamp the sentiment, using purple ink, on white cardstock, trim one end and adhere it on card. Die cut a circle and add washi tape on the bottom, before adhering it to card:

4. Finally, adhere Totem Cat on the circle with foam tape! That way is easier to move the pieces:


Totem Cats

Black Acrylic Paint

Black Mini-Brads (I used mini White ones for demonstration purposes, then I colored them with a black Sharpie marker)

Purr-fect Halloween (Close To My Heart) stamp set

Cardstock (White and Kraft)

Ink pads (brown and purple)

Washi Tape

Die Cuts (Stitched Circles and Stitched Rectangles – ODBD)

Cuttlebug Machine

Foam Tape


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How to Make Lace-Up Sugar Skulls

It may be fall, but that doesn’t mean we can’t still be colorful! One of my favorite spooky themed projects is decorating sugar skulls. It’s perfect for teaching kids about Mexican art, Dia de Muertos, and even cultural appreciation vs. appropriation. For our latest skeletal creations, we used the Eyeconnect Craft Lace-Up Skull. **Right now there is a Halloween Sale, so you can get this and many other items for 50% off!

Lace-Up Sugar Skulls

The first step of this project is to give the skull a base color, preferably either white or black. I used a Kwik Stix, because they dry so fast and are mess free!

Next, I started to decorate my face with a variety of Smooch® accents I had on hand. How decorate your skull is up to you, flowers, swirls, and simply dots are always a good place to start. Traditionally, the names of deceased loved ones would be added to the forehead of a sugar skull.

Add little touches at a time and be sure to be mindful of when it’s time to STOP decorating! Otherwise, you’re likely to have a mess-up like I did. Can you see it, I tried to fill it in, not sure it helped.

Once you’re done and your skull has dried, use the shoelace to create teeth by simply lacing it through the holes. Trim your excess lace and use a hot glue gun to secure it to your skull.

As you can see in the picture, I didn’t punch out my pieces until after I had laced the teeth. It made it much easier, even if I had to be careful in removing them once I was done.

We attached a magnet to the back of this guy and put him on the fridge, but he’d be great on a card or in a scrapbook too.


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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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Halloween Crafts Sale!

DIY Halloween Decoration: Witch’s Brew Mason Jars!


50% off ALL Halloween Crafts

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.

Step 1:

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.)

Step 2:

Paint your Lace-Up Skull and Tags! Let dry.

Step 3:

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.

Step 4:

Decorate your tags with a silver paint pen or marker. Write spooky things, like cockroaches, poison, and brains for a Witches Potion.

Step 5:

Decorate your Lace-Up Skull with a silver paint pen.

Step 6:

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.

Step 7:

Hot glue your Lace-Up Skull to your mason jar. (Try not to burn yourself. Like me.)

Step 8:

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.

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