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Sneak peak of the forthcoming Splash Biome Tunnel Book!


It’s been a long time in the making, but I’m happy to be able to finally share with you a sneak peak at the forthcoming Splash Biome Tunnel Book I have been developing!

For quite some time now I have though the Totem Poppets needed a home. I wanted to make sure that it was both interesting and educational and also customizable. The pages fit a standard 3 ring binder and come preshaoed to look like a Splash that is receding as you turn the pages. Here are 6 pages total, each made from a nice stiff 100% recycled chipboard.

So to that effect, here a short flip through of the finished prototype of the Splash Biome Tunnel Book due to be released in the fall!

 

 

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Commonwealth Charter School and Box of Light use the Totem Poppets in stop motion animations!

We are so excited to announce that commonwealth Charter Schools in conjunction with Box of Light an animation studio used our Totem Poppet animals today to create some really cute stop motion animation is! 

Over 250 students signed up for this fun animation class. Box of Light and Capital Area Charter School will be traveling to all the major cities in Pennsylvania over the coming month.

You can check out the finished animations here! (I think the one with the Pegasus is super sweet. And the cat animation is just fabulous. They are all great really! Seriously check them out!!) 

http://www.boxoflight.org/commonwealth-charter-academy

And of course you can get your own Totem Poppet animals to make crafts and fun animations with your kids here on Http://www.EyeConnectCrafts.com. 🙂

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Upcoming Blog Hop

Blog Hop with EyeConnect crafts and Rubber Dance Stamps.

Upcoming Blog Hop

Blog Hop with EyeConnect crafts and Rubber Dance Stamps.
Blog Hop with EyeConnect crafts and Rubber Dance Stamps.

On Feb. 12 2016 we will be having a blog hop with the amazing and awesome Rubber Dance Stamp Company!

What’s in it for you?
Glad you asked!
One lucky winner will receive a Gift Certificate worth $25 from BOTH EyeConnect Crafts AND Rubber Dance to spend on their websites!
Another lucky winner will receive a surprise gift from BOTH Erin and Bibi, with $25 worth of products from their two companies!
What do you have to do?
Not much!
1) Visit all the blog posts in the hop and leave a comment.
2) Become a follower of the EyeConnect Crafts and Rubber Dance Stamps blogs.
That’s it! And who knows… maybe YOU will tie new bonds of friendships across the globe, too! 🙂
You have until Valentine’s Day, Sunday the 14th at midnight EST (New York time), which is 6 am Monday 15th for those of you on Central European Time (Amsterdam, Berlin, Oslo),  and 5 am if you live in the UK. You can find a time converter here.
Winners will be announced 18th February.
Enjoy the hop and good luck!

 

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#CHA2016 Sneak Peek!

Sneak Peek of #CharityWings wings for #CHA2016

#CHA2016 Sneak Peek!

CHA is here! I have been designing like mad… One of every new release AND I made Elena’s of Charity Wings!

Here is a sneak peek of the wings!

I used the wings from our Totem Birds. you could also use our individually packaged wings, I just happened to have several hundred extra bird wings laying around LOL, so I though I would use them up. Recycling at its finest. Each one is attached with a 1/16″ brass eyelet so that they move!  The wing bones were hand cut and jointed using larger stationary sized brads.

Check out this short 20 second video to see the final assembled wings on my new work table! 🙂

Sneak Peek of #CharityWings wings for #CHA2016
The wing bones.

Sneak Peek of #CharityWings wings for #CHA2016
Sneak Peek of #CharityWings wings for #CHA2016 – Laying out the feathers.

Sneak Peek of #CharityWings wings for #CHA2016
Attaching the wings using 1/16: brass eyelets.

Sneak Peek of #CharityWings wings for #CHA2016
Sneak Peek of #CharityWings wings for #CHA2016

Sneak Peek of #CharityWings wings for #CHA2016
Sneak Peek of #CharityWings wings for #CHA2016

This weekend I will share images sent to me from our wonderful assistant at CHA here and in Social Media. So follow us on Instagram and like us on FaceBook to see the latest from the CHA Mega Show 2016!
And if you happen to be able to attend CHA, come to Booth #2206 in the New Exhibitor section for our ongoing make and takes!

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New Year, New Partnerships and Sneak Peek of New Designs…

We are so happy to announce that EyeConnect Crafts has teamed up with Sizzix/Ellison to make our uniquely movable designs available for download to your digital cutter! Look for our fun and educational designs to be available on your Eclips2 in the coming months!

And new week we attend the CHA Mega Show. Here is a sneak peek of a couple of the sample designs we made for the show. I’ll be sharing video tutorials of how we made these in our upcoming Blog Hop with Rubber Dance! Come back for more details…

#CHAShow

 

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How to Look as Organized as Martha Stewart, with Easy DIY Label Ideas!

Labeling and organizing kids toys Duplos with baskets.

How to Look as Organized as Martha Stewart, with Easy DIY Labels!

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A Chance to Win $500 with the CHA Mega Show Blog Hop

Welcome to EyeConnect Crafts and the CHA Mega Show Blog Hop. For those of you who are new to our site and our blog we make unique moveable chipboard embellishments

Find your totem, shop now.

We will be at the CHA Mega Show this year in the New Exhibitor Section. Be sure to stop by booth #2206 to do a Make and Take of our movable Totem Poppet animals!
For the CHA Blog Hop we would like to share several things with you:
  1. Our Newest EyeConnect Crafts Member.
  2. How to Look as Organized as Martha Stewart, with Easy DIY Labels.
  3. And of course a chance to win $500! With the CHA Blog Hop Rafflecopter give away!

First, I’m proud to announce our newest member of the EyeConnect Crafts Team…

First, I’m proud to announce our newest member of the EyeConnect Crafts Team… Jay Laffite Brandberg.  He arrived Friday the 13th!  He was 6 lbs 13 oz and is our second child and much loved.

The Newest Member of EyeConnect Crafts!
The Newest Member of EyeConnect Crafts!

2. Organizing the Baby’s Changing Table

In preparation for Jay’s arrival, I wanted to organize the baby’s changing table so that I, and my husband or company could find what we needed. I used EyeConnect Crafts’ Large Tags to label the draws on the babies changing table.  They come 6 to a pack. I used Butcher’s Twine to lace them up with a blanket stitch.
Organizing a baby changing table.
Organizing a baby changing table.

Ideas for Organization Labels:

Instead of labeling the draws with the sizes of the cloths -which was my first inclination- I labeled the draws  with “Fits”, “Bigger”, “Diapers” and “Blankets”. This way as he grows I can just move the cloths from one to the other and I don’t have to redo the labels!
* Tip: Use labels that can change with the contents. 
Organizing a baby changing table
Organizing a baby changing table
I love using the blanket stitch on the corners of these organization labels. I like the natural white up against to the kraft color.  I did 2 blanket stitches in each hole, three in the corner, and 4 in top center hole. leaving just enough string to tie each label onto the handle or basket.
Using a Blanket Stitch on the organization tags.
Using a Blanket Stitch on the organization tags.

 

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How to Make the Hand Lettering on the Organization Labels.

To make the hand lettered organization labels I used 2 pens. A brown Zig calligraphy pen and a white Signa gel pen. I like the brown lettering for the old fashion feeling it adds to the design. I used the small tip to write the letters. Then I traced each letter in white to accent the the letter shape and make them “pop” up from the background.
Hand lettered calligraphy on the organization labels.
Hand lettered calligraphy on the organization labels.

For the butcher’s twine you will want about 5 -6 times the height for the organization label. It’s better to have too much than to little. I lay it out to rough measure like this…

Butcher twine used on the organization labels.
Butcher twine used on the organization labels.

While I was organizing and labeling things, I also made labels for my toddlers toys. For me the trick to organizing children’s toys is baskets and labels.

The Trick to Looking as Organized as Martha Stewart, Easy DIY Labels!

  1. First, declutter and get rid of as much stuff as possible!
For kids toys there are many many different blog articles about downscaling kids toys and organizing, but for me it really boiled down to asking a couple of easy questions:
  • Is it broken?
    • Yes? Throw it away.
    • No? –>
  • Does she/he play with it?
    • Yes. Keep it and put in basket or on a tray at child level so he or she can see it and easily put it back when they are done.
    • No? –>Give it away to the Salvation Army or Consignment Shop.
  • Is it Educational? Can she/he build something with it, make music with it or be creative with it?
    • Yes? Organize it.
    • No? Donate it.
  • Does it make noise or have flashing light? Is it giving you a headache?
    • Yes? Get rid of it ASAP! lol.
That which you can’t get rid of should be sorted and organized into categories or collections.
Some ideas for ways to group and organize kids toys include:
building blocks, music making, cooking supplies, dress up, constructions vehicles, good guys and bad guys, firemen and police men, etc…
The easiest and fastest way to organize kids toys is with baskets. I know, I know baskets are SO trendy, but you have to admit they are super for corralling and  hiding the mess! Plus they offer quick and easily cleanup. They don’t even need to match. Just use the same color labels on each and violia: you look like Martha Stewart! You can find cheap baskets as the Dollar store or in the Salvation or Community Aid Army Store.
Labeling and organizing with baskets.
Labeling and organizing with baskets.
Labeling and organizing kids toys Duplos with baskets.
Labeling and organizing kids toys Duplos with baskets.

 

And Last, But Not Least: You Could Win $500!

See You at CHA Blog Hop

The CHA Blog Hop has over 60 different companies and designer have partnered to create a massive blog hop.

Their are just three entry options to win our $500+ Visa gift card:

  1. Leave a comment on our blog (mandatory) answering the question – “What is your favorite “can’t live without” craft supply or tool?”
  2. Tweet about the giveaway  (tweet text includes #CHAshow hashtag; can tweet daily for extra entries)
  3. Answer a multiple-choice poll about how often you “cre8time” for crafting  (double entry value)
Anyone and everyone in the US and abroad is eligible to enter, even you and your team. CHA staff are the only folks who are not eligible.

Visit all 60 blog posts if you can!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

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Workshops with Gail Green at CHA Mega Show 2016

Lace-Up Moon and Stars used in Gail Green Mixed Media in Motion in the CHA Mega Show Workshop 2016

Take the CHA Mega Show Workshops with Gail Green and EyeConnect Crafts!

This year we will be sponsoring a really awesome workshops with the whirlwind Gail Green. Reserve your spot now before it is full!

 

W1105 Mixed Media in Motion

Monday, January 11, 2015

6-8 pm

Room 210C

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CHA worksop with Gail Green - Mixed Media in Motion
CHA worksop with Gail Green – Mixed Media in Motion

Workshop Description:

Let’s get creative and discover the magic of Eye Connect Crafts unique jointed and pre-punched chipboard shapes with movable parts! Craft your way into unique projects for adults and children with CHA designer, author and illustrator Gail Green… and complete TWO coordinating shadowbox projects embellished with paint, inky techniques, wire, beads and more to display in your store and/or use for your own classes. Plus…there will be a raffle with several lucky winners!

Items Participants Requested to Bring:

  • Scissors
  • Baby wipes

 

 

W1002 Color Your Canvas with Mixed Media

Monday, January 11, 2015

8-10 am

Room 209A

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 Workshop Description:

Find your creative mojo with the new canvas in town!  Transform Linnie Blooms’ unique lined and die-cut canvas products into several finished “pages” that create a mini Mixed Media Sampler Journal, which you can display in your store and/or use for your own classes! CHA designer, author and illustrator Gail Green will introduce you to the endless possibilities of these unique canvas products. Use fabric markers, stencils and inky techniques to create the project “pages.” Plus, there will be a raffle with several lucky winners!

Items Participants Requested to Bring:

  • Scissors
  • Baby wipes
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Win a set of Fiskar eyelet setters!

No tools required to use these great spring loaded Fiskar 3 piece eyelet setters and hole punches.

If you were recently at the Art and Soul Retreat in Virginia Beach, don’t forget to send us pictures of whatever you make using the free samples of the Lace-Up Moon and Stars you got in you goodie bags! And heck, if you weren’t at Art and Soul and want to join in the fun as well, please feel free!

Just post your pictures to Facebook, Instagram or even Twitter and include the hash tag #EyeConnectCrafts. Or you can even send us your images directly at erin@eyeconnectcrafts.com!

Three random winners will be selected to win a pack of Fiskars Eyelet setter with a retail value of $20! These great tools have been tested and selected by me as our favorites! They do not require any tools to use and they will both make holes and set eyelets in three different sizes! I just love them! The winners will be elected and announced Oct. 31 so you have plenty of time!

Have fun crafting! We can’t wait to see what you make!