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Mixed Media Monarch Butterfly Ornament

Does your garden/patio need a little pick me up? Today I will be sharing how to make a mixed media monarch butterfly, which will add some life to any garden/patio. This butterfly ornament could be used as a patio or flower pot decoration piece or even used as a fence decor. This is a great project to do with kids as it is simple enough and does not take a long time to complete.

Let me show you how easy this was to make and put together!


Acrylic paint (I used pink, purple, white colors)
Modeling paste
Totem Monarch Butterfly + Mini Brads
Paint brushes/pallet knife


Prepare the supplies.


Paint the totem poppet with the paint of your choice.

I used white as a base color, then added pink and purple.


Assemble the monarch butterfly.


Use a stencil and modeling paste to make patterns on the monarch butterfly ornament.


Wait for the modeling paste to dry and go decorate or play outside.

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Kids Craft: Feathered Dragon Totem Poppet

There are few cultures whose fables and lore are untouched by the mythical dragon. It has long been the center of fascination and to this day the cause for celebrations. Did you know, for over 2000 years the Dragon Boat Festival has been taking place in China? This year the event will be taking place at the end of next month at cities around the world.

To commemorate this beautiful creature the kids and I created our own Dragon totem. Instead of the usual green or red dragons we decided to use shades of black, white, and silver. Here’s how you can put together, and embellished, your own dragon poppet.

Feathered Dragon Totem Poppet

First, sponge paint the pieces while they’re still attached to the packaging. It is much easier and cleaner than painting them individually.

Second, after the pieces have dried, pop them out and begin putting them together using the black mini brads. You can use the photo included with the poppet as a guide.

Third, use the glitter glue to attach sequins and other embellishments to your dragon. You can use regular glue as well, the glitter just ads a bit of sparkle. You know, legend tells, that most dragons are particularly fond of shimmer and shine.

After everything has dried flip over your dragon and glue feathers to the main body to create wings.

You’ll also want to take this moment to attach a dowel or skewer to make it easier to hold and play with the poppet.

This would be such a fun craft to make during a birthday party or with a group of children. Be sure to encourage each child to use their own color palette to make their dragon unique.

From there, you can use the dragon to tell a story, act out a scene from a favorite movie, or just play pretend!


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Easy Pink Spring Time Large Lace Up Tag

Dawn (the little mennonite) here today, to show you how to make this easy pink Spring tag with eyeConnect Crafts’ Large Lace Up Tag.




Paint the large lace up tag white on both sides.  Let dry.  Take a stencil (this one is a Heidi Swap) and a pink marker and stencil a “chicken wire design.”  Stamp over with design with black Memento ink and a background stamp (I used an old Hero Arts newspaper stamp).  Let dry.

Glue on a cute chick (I got mine at the dollar store), add a sentiment (you can write your own with a black pen).  Add chicken feet to the bottom with a black pen and black dots large and small throughout the tag.

I thought that this tag needed a little something extra so I added this grassy boarder.  If you don’t have a machine to cut one out you can create your own with scissors.  Glue it to the bottom of the tag.

Cut out the holes that have been covered up with the grass with a hole punch.

Add the ribbon (my is from American Crafts) and some more black chick feet to the grass.

Ta da!  Your done!

Don’t forget to add “to” and “from” on the back so you can give it to someone special!  🙂


large eyeConnect Crafts lace up tag

white paint

paint brush


green paper


black pen

black Memento ink

background stamp

pink felt marker

chicken wire stencil

cute chick


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Making an Easy Journal Cover for your Planner from Cardboard

Making an Easy Journal Cover for your Planner from Cardboard

Hi, Erin (owner and designer of EyeConnect 🙂 here today I have two journal ideas to share with you!

The first is a tunnel book and art / nature journal I’m working on. I posted this one in Jane Davenport’s mixed media FB ground and had a ton of requests for more details.  So, I thought I’d share some pictures of it here. 

It’s made of 6 pieces of chipboard with decreasing sized holes in it. Each page represents one of the level of the ocean’s biome levels and features one or more of the Aquadic Collection Totem Poppet animals.

Tunnel book as an ocean Biome by Erin Sparler
Tunnel book as an ocean Biome by Erin Sparler
Totem Poppet Dolphins jumping through tunnel book hole.
Totem Poppet Dolphins jumping through tunnel book hole.

Totem Poppet Whale eating Krill in the Splash Biome  tunnel book by Erin Sparler
Totem Poppet Whale eating Krill in the Splash Biome tunnel book by Erin Sparler

 (To see more of my in process photos, videos and sneak peek shots follow @EyeConnect on Instagram.) not sure yet what I’ll put in the frame of the binder… ideas? 

I just bought and painted a cardboard 3 ring binder from Recollections to house and protect it. I used blues, green and silver watercolors with wet and dry brush techniques as well and bubble wrap to create some texture!

Making an Easy Journal Cover for your Planner from Cardboard

The second journal I want to share with you is a planner or journal cover for several small  notebooks I bought for a dollar at Michaels. I’m trying out bullet journaling and needed a new  journal to hold ideas, to dos and sketches.

Here is the cover: I used a Jane Davenport’s Mermaid markers with suran wrap to create texture. I’ll continue to add more detailing -picking out stuff I see from the textures- as I work in it, so make follow to follow me  @eyeconnect on Instagram to see how it changes!

How to make an easy journal cover from cardboard instructions:

  1. Measure your inserts. Mine were perfect for a 8.5″ x 11″! 
  2. Here I have folded the standard letter size chipboard in half. 
  3. Punch 4 holes in the cover to lace your elastic through.
  4. I used Jane Davenport’s extra elastic that came with her butterfly journal because I like the colors and if matched the colors of the inserts I found. But you could use any elastic you have. You could even use a rubber back in a pinch.
  5. Start from the inside and go through the top left hole.
  6. Come back up through the top right hole.  (See the next picture.)
  7. Go down to the bottom right hole and through to the back.
  8. Come back up through the bottom left hole. 
  9. Now either use the clips that came with the set or tie a square knot to secure your eleastic.
  10. Tip: let the elastic overlap and get the clip closed on it before cutting it down to size!! (I used the backs of my scissors and teeth as I was out and about while making this and didn’t have any needle nose players.)

The chipboard cover folded, with the 4 holes and the elastic.

Stitching: start in the inside…

It’s easier to use a bit of overlap and then cut off the excess. 

Using the backs of the scissors to close the clasp.

The store bought inserts

Adding some color and texture to the cover.

These two journals span the full gamut from pure art to pure functionality. Maybe you want or need just one or the other, or maybe you need and want both! Either way having one or more journals to work in is a great way to try new things, expire different ideas and experiment with your art, and your productivity!

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Totem Bee Spring Flower Wreath

Hello, dear friends!

Lilian (The Leaf Studio) here to share a Spring Flower Wreath, plus a little surprise…a Totem Beecan you see it? =)


How-To Totem Bee:

1. Add Mod Podge Dimensional Magic Glitter – Silver on wings and let dry:

Add color using Black Fabrico marker (Tsukineko/Imagine Crafts) on body parts, as shown above.

2. Add some more color using Gel Sticks in yellow and orange on upper body, legs and eyes (I blended with my fingers after applying the colors). Add some Mod Podge Dimensional Magic Glitter – Silver on eyes and let dry:

3. I asked my son to color some orange in and then, I added some yellow Gel Stick on and blended with my finger:

4. Assemble the pieces with Mini-Brads (I used white ones and colored them, except for the one on the wing, with a dark brown Copic marker). Set it aside:


How-To Flower Wreath:

I used my Cricut die-cutting machine and Flower Market cartridge (from Close To My Heart) for this project…

1. Cut 2 different wreaths for the cartridge, using 2 shades of green cardstock. Adhere the leafy wreath on top:

2. Cut different flowers (about 2.75″ to 3″ inches), using different colored papers. Assemble the flowers, following the directions from the cartridge’s booklet:

3. Shape the flowers and adhere them on the wreath. Add some extra “leaves”, using left overs from the cuts.

4. Tie a ribbon on the wreath:

5. Adhere the Totem Bee on one of the flowers:

6. Hang your Spring Flower Wreath!



Totem Bee

Mini-Brads – White

Fabrico Marker – Black (Tsukineko/Imagine Crafts)

orange marker (Crayola)

Gel Sticks (yellow and orange)

Mod Podge Dimensional Magic Glitter – Silver

Cricut die-cutting machine

Flower Market cartridge (from Close To My Heart)

cardstock: Green, Light Green, Light Blue, Light Pink, Pink, Light Purple, Yellow



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Mixed Media Spring card using Totem Snail

Happy First day of Spring! Today officially marks the beginning of the Spring season in the Northern Hemisphere. Spring is my favorite season, because sun starts to shine more and life slowly starts to bloom! Therefore, today I will be sharing how to make a bright and cheerful mixed media spring card featuring totem snail.


  • Acrylic paint (I used light blue, pink, gray, yellow colors)
  • Blank card (5 inches by 7 inches) 
  • Ink (Black, pink, green)
  • Background stamp, flower stamp, grass stamp.
  • Alphabet Stamps
  • Modeling paste
  • Stencil
  • Totem Snail + Mini Brads
  • Foam tape
  • Paint brushes/pallet knife


Prepare the background for the card by using blue acrylic paint. Let it dry.


To add some further interest, I stamped the background.


Prepare the Totem Snail by painting it with the colors of your choice. Let it dry.



Assemble the Totem Snail. I also ended up stamping it for more interest.


Mix some modeling paste with yellow paint. This will be used with a stencil, for a sun effect.


Make sure the modeling paste is dry. I usually give it 10 minutes.

Assemble the card.

I used a stamp and green ink to create grass.

Another stamp was used to create flowers.

Then I attached some foam mounting tape to the back of the totem snail and secured it to the card .

I used alphabet stamps so create a sentiment, which reads ‘ Happy Spring’.

That completes my spring card.

Thank you for visiting and I hope you enjoyed this project.

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Lace-Up Birdhouse Magnet Kids Craft

Clever Fridge Magnet Idea

Clever Fridge Magnet Idea

Can you imagine what your home would look like if you were a bird? Would it have a whimsical magic, rustic charm, or a bright cheerfulness about it? Chances are they wouldn’t be quite as playful as the ones we made using the Lace-Up Birdhouses, but it’s fun to pretend.

Here’s how we created our…

Lace-Up Birdhouse Magnets

Coloring Birdcage

First, we used stamps to ink to ‘paint’ our birdhouses. If you’re looking to keep the mess to a minimum, stamp inks are a great option, and most are quick drying!

Decorating Birdcages

Next, we began decorating and embellishing our birdhouses with Smooch® Accent inks and sequins.

Anything goes on this step, just be sure that you don’t cover the lacing holes.

Embellishing Birdcages

Now the fun part! Use a bright, colorful embroidery floss to lace-up your birdhouse. How you lace your project is really up to you.

Lacing Up Birdcage

TIP: Even though the holes are large, I would recommend using a needle. It helped me keep my floss under control and avoid tangles.

Adding Magnets

Once you’re done lacing your birdhouses you can use them in a number of different ways; to decorate a present, embellish a card or scrapbooking page, or to make a refrigerator magnet.

Cut pieces of magnet, with an adhesive backing, to fit the top and bottom of the larger birdhouse and just the top of the smaller.

We had a set of bird stickers that we also attached magnets to and the littlest in the family loves collecting the birds and putting them in their houses.

Playing With Birdcage Magnets

What colors would your birdhouse be?

Lace-Up Birdhouse Project


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Small eyeConnect Crafts Lace Ups Corset turned into dress

I wanted to make a project that would be sophisticated.  When I started this project I had no idea what I was doing but as I got into it I saw that the eyeConnect Crafts Lace Ups Corset (in the small size) could also be a full top by turning the chest into shoulders.

I painted one of the eyeConnect Crafts small Lace Ups corset pink.  (Any paint will do.)  Two corsets come in the package but you can save the other for a different project.  You can buy the small eyeConnect Craft Lace Ups Corset here.

I used a stencil with a sponge and white pigment ink.  Then I add white embossing powder to the wet pigment ink and heat set it with a heat gun.  I added the white embossing powder because the my white pigment ink takes too long to dry.

I then took a background stamp with black Memento ink and stamped the eyeConnect Crafts Lace Ups small corset here and there.  I let it dry for a time and then wiped off any excess ink.  I used pink bakers twine to lace up the corset.

Tip: When you are lacing up the corset start at the bottom back and work your way up.  This way the bow will be on the top.

Take a black piece of paper (or cardstock) and a compass and draw a skirt form.

Create fold lines with a bone folder and a score board.

Add more detail with a background stamp, clear embossing powder and a heat gun.

Final details

Assemble the card.  Cut a 9 1/2 x 11 piece of white cardstock in half lengthwise.  Score in half to create a 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 white card.

Cover the front of the card with silver glitter paper.

Cut out a rectangle of white paper (approx 3 3/4 x 5).  Emboss a simple design with an embossing machine.

Tip: Leave the raised image to the outside for more interest and a better adhesive surface on the back.

Add foam squares to the back of the white die cut that you have just embossed and adhere to the center of the silver card front.

Finally, adhere a double layer of foam squares (one on top of the other) to the back of the eyeConnect Crafts Lace Ups corset so that it will stick out above the skirt.  Put glossy accents (an adhesive) to the back of the skirt and glue to the bottom of the card being sure to center it.  When it is dry add the corset to the to top of the skirt.  Be sure to overlap the skirt with the corset.

Finite!  and your done!

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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!!)

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