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Grasshopper Masculine Birthday Card

Hello, dear ECC friends!

Lilian (The Leaf Studio) here today to share a masculine card, using Totem Grasshopper:

Before you start…a few tips here…

1. I leave the pieces on the carrier, so I don’t have to hold them while I paint…plus I don’t loose the pieces!

2. The stars denote the pieces that you have to paint on the other side…I found that out when I was assembling them…

How-To:

  1. Paint the Totem Grasshopper with Green Acrylic Paint
  2. Add Pealescent Light Green paint and let dry
  3. Color Mini-Brads – White with green Sharpie marker
  4. Take the pieces off the carrier and assemble the Totem Grasshopper

Assemble the head and legs on the body. And assemble the pointy piece last, the one that you had to paint on the other side.

Trim, ink the edges and adhere printed paper, border, embellishments and sentiment on card.

Color the sentiment with Sharpie marker.

Then, adhere Totem Grasshopper on with foam tape.

Supplies:

Totem Grasshopper

Green Acrylic Paint

Pearlescent Light Green Paint

Paintbrush

Mini-Brads – White

Green and Turquoise Sharpie marker

Foam Tape

Printed Papers and Digital Stamp (Club Scrap Steamworks Hybrid Kit)

Adhesive

Memento London Fog ink pad (Imagine Crafts)

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Totem Seahorse Card

Dawn here, from the little mennonite blog, today with a Totem Seahorse Card for you today.  While I don’t have pictures for every little step (because we would be here all day) I have a good overview for you.  Always remember these pictures are just a guideline.  Each crafting project should be your own.

Directions:

Colour the seahorse with a pink felt marker (Pro-Marker in Hot Pink) and then use a stencil (Simon Says Stamps stencil “Falling Snow”) to apply embossing paste.  Sprinkle silver embossing powder onto the wet embossing paste.  Heat with heat gun.

Ink newspaper background stamp (I used an old Hero Arts stamp) and ink entire seahorse.

Die cut a white cardstock rectangle (Simon Says Stamp stitched rectangle dies) for the Totem Seahorse card’s front.  Ink a striped background stamp (Simon Says Stamp Diagonal Stripes) in gold ink and emboss with clear embossing powder.  Create a colourful panel in the middle of the rectangle with patterned paper.

Adhere rectangle panel to card front.  Next add the seahorse with foam squares.  Detail the seahorse with a pink gel pen (I used GelWriter).  Add silver sequins, patterned paper and a sentiment on velum (I used Lawn Fawn’s Critters on the Savanna).   Give the Totem Seahorse Card to some you love.

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Just Ballet…Corset Art Canvas

Hello, dear friends!

Lilian (The Leaf Studio) here today…I love Ballet and had a few classes when I was little…so, I made an Art Canvas, using Lace-Up Corset, Small

How-To:

Color Lace-Up Corset, Small with Smooch Moonlight (goodies I got from Erin, ECC’s owner) and add details in Smooch Gold:

Use light pink satin ribbon to lace Lace-Up Corset, Small up, tie a knot on the back and trim ends:

Stamp sentiments on white cardstock, tear them out and place them on the canvas. Paint the 6″x 6″ linen canvas in Pearlescent Yellow and Green, and paint over the stamped sentiments (the paint will work as the adhesive):

Stamp Ballet shoes and Ballerina on white cardstock, tear them out and adhere and paint them in Pearlescent Purple. Paint the edges in Pearlescent White.

Add a Flower Ribbon with glue and adhere Lace-Up Corset, Small on with foam tape:

 

Supplies:

Lace-Up Corset, Small

Smooch Bottles: Moonlight and Gold Lame’ (ClearSnap)

6″ x 6″ Linen Canvas

Stamps (Born to Perform – Visible Image)

White cardstock

Gray ink pad

light pink satin ribbon

flower ribbon

Pearlescent Paint: Yellow, Green, Purple, White

Paintbrush

Glue and Foam Tape

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Win over $200 worth of craft products!

Design Team Competition for 2018:

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:

Please send:

* 3-6 project examples

* A short bio

* And any link to your website, blog, social media channels you want us to look at

At

erin@eyeconnectcrafts.com.

Deadline:

Submissions for the design team competition Wed. At Midnight Jan. 31, 2018

Winner Requirements:

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.

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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.

 

Directions:

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!

 

Supplies:

Lawn Fawn stamp sets

Pro-Markers

White cardstock

Sissors

Adhesive

Memento Ink

VersaMark Ink

Heat Gun

White embossing powder

Velum

Lace up celebration stars

Teal glitter glue

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How To Make A Crepe Paper Butterfly

I can’t believe this is my last project for EyeConnect Crafts.  I’ve had fun this past year crafting and creating, and I’m ending things on a high note with a beautiful Crepe Paper Butterfly!

Crepe Paper Butterfly

Butterflies are such delicate creatures and when I started gathering supplies for this project I wanted to be sure I picked a medium that relayed the texture and fragility of their wings. Crepe paper with its vein-like wrinkles fit that bill.

To get started with this project I covered the Monarch Totem with a layer of decoupage medium and then covered it with orange crepe paper (streamers).

Decoupage is so easy to work with that I was able to cover both sides of the wings easily.

After they were dry, I painted the butterfly’s body black and started trying to paint veins onto the wings. This was such a bad idea! No matter how thin the brush I couldn’t get it thin enough and opted to use a good old marker instead.

Lastly, I used the mini-brads to put the butterfly together and then added white dots of paint along the body.

It’s NOT the natural pattern of an actual Monarch butterfly, but it’s close enough for the kids to enjoy. They were amazed at how the texture of the crepe paper made the wings look so real!

Did you know Monarchs will be emerging from hibernation the next two months (February and March) to begin looking for a mate and starting their migration cycle?

You can learn more about Monarchs and how you can help them by visiting Save Our Monarchs.

Supplies

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Lace-Ups: Celebration, Bulbs and Stars – Gift Toppers

Hello,

Lilian (The Leaf Studio) here…it’s my turn to share a project today! Do you like wrapping gifts?

I do! So here’s what I made…Gift Toppers:

How-To:

1. (optional) Apply white gesso on Lace-Up: Celebration, Bulbs and let dry

You can skip this step if you’re using regular glitter. I used Holographic glitter and they are a little see-through…I didn’t want a “brown-ish” color, so that’s why the gesso…

2. Apply Dimensional Magic on the bulb part

3. Sprinkle glitter of your choice and let dry

4. Apply Dimensional Magic on the remaining “screw” area, sprinkle glitter color of choice (I used yellow) and let dry

Repeat with Lace-Up: Celebration, Stars…I didn’t gesso the stars because I used a brilliant or regular glitter.

5. Use die cuts (or cut them with an electronic machine – I used my Cricut E2 and some cartridges) for the base. I layered different shapes.

6. Tie ribbons on the Lace-Ups

7. Adhere the shapes on the bases with foam tape

8. Add Gift Toppers to your packages!

Supplies:

Lace-Up: Celebration, Bulbs

Lace-Up: Celebration, Stars

Gesso

Brush

Glitter

Ribbon

Dimensional Magic (or other adhesive)

Cardstock

Die Cuts or Machine-Cut Shapes

Foam Tape

 

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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.

Supplies

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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.

Directions:

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!  🙂