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!
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!!)
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?
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 amMonday 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.
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 – Laying out the feathers.
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!
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…
How to Look as Organized as Martha Stewart, with Easy DIY Labels!
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.
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:
Our Newest EyeConnect Crafts Member.
How to Look as Organized as Martha Stewart, with Easy DIY Labels.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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…
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!
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.
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.
And Last, But Not Least: You Could Win $500!
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:
Leave a comment on our blog (mandatory) answering the question – “What is your favorite “can’t live without” craft supply or tool?”
Tweet about the giveaway (tweet text includes #CHAshow hashtag; can tweet daily for extra entries)
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.
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
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:
W1002 Color Your Canvas with Mixed Media
Monday, January 11, 2015
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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org!
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!
Our one-of-a-kind craft kits are posable!
So, go ahead and play with your art!
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“For anyone who has ever wished they could draw animals and the position right, or just add symbolism or dimensional interest to their projects, EyeConnect Crafts has the answer! … Made from 100% recycled chipboard, these unique chipboard products can be used in multiple paper crafting applications, from scrapbooks, art journals, and greeting cards to home decor and DIY projects.”
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“Made from 100 recyclable materials, these DIY cardboard cutouts from EyeConnect Crafts are sure to spice up your stamping routine. Paper dolls are more popular than ever, and many Lace-Ups would compliment any stamped dolls perfectly. These funky cardboard shapes are easy to use – all you have to do is pop them out, embellish, string them up and you’ve got an intriguing accent to add to your stamped collage or diorama. String up such designs as the garter and corset with distressed ribbon for a shabby chic appearance. Try adding eyelets for an extra industrial effect!”
The Stamper’s Sampler, by Devon Warren, Managing EditorThe Stampers' Sampler: the Art of Rubber Stamping
“I fell for EyeConnect Crafts’ Totem Poppets the minute I saw them. What captured me right away and has held my interest over the years is the design and how different they are from everything else in the world of paper crafts and mixed media. They are graphic and graceful, intelligent and sophisticated without being too offbeat, beautifully crafted, fun to use; neither too large nor too small. The story of each totem animal is an added bonus. I’ve always had an affinity for elephants and turtles. Now I know why! Like Goldilocks’ porridge: Just right!”
Judi Kauffman – Designer, writer, product review columnistI fell for EyeConnect Crafts' Totem Poppets the minute I saw them.