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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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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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Cute Chick Card

Dawn here, from the little mennonite blog, to help you create a fun and easy chick card.  Chicks bring new life so January is a perfect time for this card!

Directions:

I used the Totem Duck set for this card, turning the ducks into chicks!  I started out by painting the ducks yellow and orange.  Next I added gold Martha Stewart fine glitter to the yellow parts.  Then I assembled the ducks to create cute chicks with glue (instead of brads) and googly eyes!

For the card panel, I started with a A2 white card and then added a die cut pattered paper oval with wave and cloud die cuts attached.  I did the die cutting on my Cameo and my Cuttlebug (the waves are Lawn Fawn dies).  The pattered paper is from a really old 12×12 paper pack.

Finally, I adhered the oval and cute chicks to the card front.  I made sure to add a little detail by added gold Lawn Fawn cord under the oval.  I added a great sentiment and detail on the card front and cute chicks with GelWriter gel pens.  When adding gel pen to the chicks (over the glitter) I was sure to pick contrasting colours so it would show up: purple on the yellow and blue on the orange.  Now your all done!  Give it to a lady you love and watch her smile!

 

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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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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!

Supplies

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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.

Directions:

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.

 

Supplies:

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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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:

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Here’s a video tutorial:

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

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Supplies:

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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How to Make A Marionette Using A Totem Poppet

There are so many amazing ways to craft and use the EyeConnect Totem Poppets, but one of my favorites is turning them into puppets. Marionettes are loads of fun to play with, but if you’ve ever tried to make one, it can get complicated in a hurry! Thankfully, the Totem Poppets are made to move, so turning them into marionettes is effortless.

Here’s how I turned the Wolf Poppet into a Wolf Marionette Puppet!

Making a Marionette Using A Totem Poppet

First, I started off by coloring my totem using an ink pad. I’ve sometimes learned the easiest way to get this done is to sponge the pad across my project.

Next, I wanted to add a molted look to the coloring of the wolf, so I used a spray ink. While it was wet, it looked perfect. Unfortunately, as you can see in the picture below, when it dried the spots completely disappeared.

Since I was still dead set on creating a detailed look, I used the Smooch accents to draw on fur.

Finally, I put my totem together using the mini brads. Then, I tied both ends of a piece of thread to the front and back of the wolf.

From there I simply looped it repeatedly around the two ends of the small dowel. You can always cut two individual pieces of thread and tie the totem to the dowel that way. However, I think it is easier to find the right length when you just wrap it around the dowel. That way, if a smaller child is playing with it, you can easily shorten it for them.

 

Supplies

Totem Wolf

Mini Brads

Brown Ink Pads

Black Ink Spray

Smooch Accents

Small Dowel

String (I used a thick quilting thread)