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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:// 🙂

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Totem Snail Side-Step Card

Have you tried a Side-Step Card before? How about trying a Totem Snail Side-Step Card?

Lilian (The Leaf Studio) here today to share a fun card:

Spring is almost here!!! The weather has been pretty good around here!

Time to put some plant pots outside! I hope I don’t forget to water them! =)

How-To Snail:

1. Take the pieces off the carrier.

2. Use Gel Sticks to color the Totem Snail. Apply some color and smudge it with your finger (I used green for the body and red, orange and silver for the shell). For the shell, I drew some patterns on the shell before smudging:

Optional: Seal the pieces after coloring them to avoid dirty fingers. You could use Gel Medium or sealer of your choice. Let dry.

3. Assemble the Totem Snail, using Mini Brads – Assorted Greens. I used 2 light green and one darker green brads. Set aside.

How-To Card:

1. Use a 5.5″ x 8.5″ piece of cardstock for the card base (I followed the tutorial from HERE to trim and score the card). You can adjust the width of your panel and/or steps for different looks, depending on the size of your stamps and embellishments…

2. I trimmed designer paper to decorate the side panel and the steps.

3. I layered digital stamps, printed and cut them out (optional: use rubber and/or clear stamps + ink pads if digital isn’t your thing!).

4. Color the images with markers (I used a green fabric marker and alcohol-based ones) and adhere them on the steps.

5. Adhere the Totem Snail on the panel.

P.S.: I had a video tutorial, but I don’t know what happened to it…Maybe I deleted it by accident…maybe it was one of my kids…Sorry!!! I’ll see if I can edit a new one again…

ETA: Here’s the video tutorial!!! =)

Thanks for stopping by!



Totem Snail

Mini Brads – Assorted Greens


designer paper (Club Scrap Succulents Collection)

Digital Stamps (Club Scrap Succulents Digital Kit)

Markers (Fabrico, ShinHan Touch Twin and Copic)



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Mend these Broken Hearts: How to Create Valentine’s Day Card

Greetings everyone,

Did you know that with the exception of Christmas, Americans exchange more cards on Valentine’s Day than any other time of year? I have a Valentine’s Day card tutorial to share with you today.


All stamping should be completed before adding any embellishments on the card to make sure clear impression is obtained.


  • White card stock, cut to 4″ x 6″
  • Blank A6 (4 1/2 inches by 6 1/4 inches) size card (scored and folded)
  • Gesso
  • 2 Paintbrushes
  • Background Stamp
  • Thread and needle
  • Small heart stencil
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Acrylic Paint (Red)
  • 3″ x 3″ sticky note (or printer paper and temporary adhesive)
  • Stamps (I used Great Chemistry by Paper Smooches)
  • Acrylic block and Sentiment Stamp (I chose ‘With Love’)
  • Ink
  • Small foam square to apply paint/ink
  • Glitter
  • Eye Connect Crafts Lace-Up Broken Hearts (Small) chipboard (
  • Double-sided adhesive tape
  • Wet Wipes


Create a background for white card stock (cut to 4″ x 6″) using ink and your preferred background stamp. I chose script background for the hand written letter effect.


Prepare the broken hearts. I used two layers of gesso to coat both sides. You may wonder why? Gesso gives tooth and a certain level of absorbency to a surface and I prefer to use it before painting anything (it can get messy, therefore now would be a great time to pull out those wet wipes).


Since I did not have red thread, I decided to paint it. Please skip this step if red thread is available to you.


When gesso has dried, it is time to paint and mend the broken hearts. I used 2 layers of paint for more brighter and uniform look. Cross stitch was used to mean the broken hearts. This step takes time, because hearts need to dry. Now would be a great time to make coffee/tea.


Add detail to background card stock. I decided to use the chipboard sheet as my stencil and then added smaller hearts using another stencil using red acrylic paint.


Lastly, I stamped ‘With Love’ sentiment. Card-stock was mounted onto A6 (4 1/2 inches by 6 1/4 inches) size card using double sided tape. Chipboard hearts were glued to the background. Glitter was applied randomly by placing glue dots.

And there we have it. Easy card to make for your near and dear ones!!!

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Spring Rain Cloud Kids Craft

Spring Rain Cloud Kids Craft

Hello, I’m Erin from My Very Educated Mother, and I’m a new member of the EyeConnect Crafts Design Team! As a homeschooling mother of four, it’s hard to find time to craft without having at least one child looking over my shoulder. For that reason, I like to work on crafts that are kid-friendly, and really, there isn’t anything better than sharing your passion with your family!

This first project is perfect to make in anticipation of spring days to come! The kids and I used the Lace-Up Rain Cloud to create a tissue paper cloud and glittered rain drops. Here’s how you can make a cloud of your own.


First, cover the raindrops with a layer of decoupage medium before sprinkling them with glitter. Be sure to cover both sides with glitter and then let them dry.

TIP: Keeping the raindrops attached makes this step less messy for both little and big hands. A paintbrush is also much easier for applying the glue.

Second, rip white tissue paper into rough 1″x1″ pieces. Wrap them around the eraser end of a pencil, dip them in glue, and then stick them to your cloud.

If you have younger kids, you may need to go back through and use the end of the paint brush to add more tissue paper and make sure everything is attached and sticking.

Let the cloud dry for an hour.

Once everything has dried, you can start attaching your raindrops to your cloud.

Originally we planned to use gray baker’s twine but realized it looked much better with this heavy quilting thread instead.

As you can tell from the picture, you WILL get glitter everywhere! We don’t mind but if you do, try using a glitter glue instead.

I ended up doing most of the threading but that’s okay, it was fun wondering around the house with my daughter as she tried to decide where to hang it!

We tried it in a door frame.

Then, it migrated to the back door, and this is where it is still.

To hang our cloud, we used mounting putty since it’ll stick to anything and the kids always get a kick out of it.


  • Lace-Up Rain Cloud
  • Decoupage medium or glue
  • blue glitter
  • white tissue paper
  • paintbrush
  • string or thread
  • a pencil

Before you know it March will be blowing in like a lion and out like a lamb and then April showers will bring May flowers.

What kinds of projects do you like to make to celebrate the seasons?


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Fun Valentine’s Day Kids Craft Project

Lace-Up Large Broken hearts

Fun Valentine’s Day Kids Craft Project!

Live FaceBook Tutorial with MyKidsTime This Fri. Feb. 3 at 10am!!


Thanks for joining us during our fun -and crazy- kids craft time! The live video is available on MyKidsTime FB page and will soon be available on YouTube as well as here.

Here’s our final Valentines Day card using the Lace-Up Broken Heart:

The inside of our kids craft for Valentine's Day.
The inside of our kids craft for Valentine’s Day.
A second version of our kids craft for Valentine's Day.
A second version of our kids craft for Valentine’s Day.
The inside of the second version of our kids craft for Valentine's Day.
The inside of the second version of our kids craft for Valentine’s Day.

Scroll to the end for your discount code! 

Thanks for watching!!!


This Fri. Feb. 3 at 10am Erin, the owner and founder of EyeConnect, and her son Elon -age 5- will show you how to make a fun simple kids craft for Valentines Day. Join us live as we paint, stamp and lace-up 2 of our Lace-Up Hearts is a simple kids craft idea for Valentines Day.

Tune in on MyKidsTime’s Facebook page at 10 AM EST Fri. Feb. 3 for this short and easy kid’s Valentines Day craft tutorial!

If you’d like to craft along with us or if you’re visiting after the live feed here is a supplies list of all of the different materials that we utilized in the craft.  And of course please feel free to alter or substitute anything that you may have, that is part of the fun of crafting, experimenting!

And make sure to watch to the end, as I offer a discount code for all of the people that joined us on Facebook live! Thanks for watching! Have fun crafting!

Supplies list for the Facebook Live Tutorial:

[ ] One pack of EyeConnect Crafts Lace-Up Broken Hearts in size large (comes with 2 broken hearts)

[ ] An assortment of string, ribbon or leather to lace up your broken hearts

[ ] Stamps

[ ] Ink stamp pads

[ ] Quotes, expressions, or phrases either as stamps or pre-printed stickers.

[ ] One or two piece of long chipboard and/or patterned paper

[ ] One or two pieces of chipboard or card stock to form the card base size 8.5 x 11″ or 10 x 7″

[ ] Glue, glue stick or white craft glue works fine or if you want to be more permanent about it I hot glue gun works well too

[ ] Assortment of watercolor paints, or acrylic paints, or spray inks

[ ] Assortment of pens, pencils, crayons or other implements of destruction

[ ] Baby wipes

[ ] Water brushes, regular paint brushes will do fine as well

[ ] One or two mini clothes pins
More Broken Heart Project Ideas:

Here are some of the many different ways you could design your Lace-Up Broken Hearts:

Create a Rustic Addition to a DIY Project:

 Lace up your broken heart with twine for rustic feel.
Lace up your broken heart with twine for rustic feel. This heart reads, “Good as new and was used as an addition to a get well card I sent my Dad after he had open heart surgery!

Make a Thank you Card with your Kids

Making a fun and easy Thank you Card with kids using our Lace-Up Broken Heart in Large.
Making a fun and easy Thank you Card with kids using our Lace-Up Broken Heart in Large.

Add Wings to Make Your Heart Soar!

Add the Totem Poppet Wings, in Large to make your heart soar!
Add the Totem Poppet Wings, in Large to make your heart soar!


Use a Broken Heart to Label a Wedding Gift Bag Tutorial:

Make a Valentines Day Gift Bag label with The Totem Swans and the Lace-Up Broken Heart.
Make a Valentines Day Gift Bag label with The Totem Swans and the Lace-Up Broken Heart.

Make a lovely love letter:

Make a lovely love letter for your sweet heart wing the Lace-Up Broken Hearts.
Make a lovely love letter for your sweet heart wing the Lace-Up Broken Hearts.


Make a Heart Themed Art Journal Page:

Create a heart themed art journal page using the Lace-Up Broken Hearts.
Create a heart themed art journal page using the Lace-Up Broken Hearts.


Broken Heart as a baby Shower Present Card Tutorial:

Create a cute card for a baby shower present using the Lace-Up Broken Hearts.
Create a cute card for a baby shower present using the Lace-Up Broken Hearts.

Thanks for watching! Here is Your Special Discount Code for 25% off for joining us on our live FB event!


(Please note this coupon is only good for the month of Feb and will expire in Feb. 28 so get your order in Now :!)

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Kid-Friendly Valentine’s Day Tags using Lace-Ups Tags, Small, Arched

Looking for Valentine’s Day Tags ideas to make with your kids? Or let them make it by themselves?

Lilian (The Leaf Studio) here today to share a project:

My 4 year-old son actually made the pink tag (mostly) by himself!

Here’s the video:


1. Paint Lace-Ups: Tags, Small, Arched with white acrylic paint, let dry and repeat on the other side.

2. Then, paint it with Pearlescent Pink acrylic paint, let dry and paint the other side.

3. Stamp small heart on white cardstock in purple and cut it out.

4. Stamp scribble heart on red cardstock in black and cut it out.

5. Adhere the scribble heart on tag using double-sided tape.

6. Adhere smaller heart with foam tape on top of the other heart.

7. Add ribbon on top.

8. Optional: Add doodles and “Happy Valentine’s Day” (on the back), using a black permanent marker. Color doodle hearts with a pink marker.

Here’s a close-up:

And this is my version:

Follow all the steps…except I painted it pearlescent blue…

…and I stamped my heart in blue, and added some silver dots with a Silver Paint Pen:

Here’s a closer look:

We hung them up on the silver Christmas Tree (yes…it’s still up!) for pictures…so, I guess you could also use them as ornaments! =)

Thanks for stopping by!


Lace-Ups: Tags, Small, Arched

White Acrylic Paint

Pearlescent Pink (and Blue) Acrylic Paints


scribble heart (I Heart Art stamp set – Rubber Dance)

small heart (Written Hearts stamp set- Sonshine Stamps)

Memento Tuxedo Black, Lilac Posies and Danube Blue ink pads (Tsukineko/Imagine Crafts)

Red and White Cardstock


double-sided tape

foam tape


Slick Pen – Black Broad Tip (American Crafts) and Fabrico Cherry Pink Marker (Tsukineko/Imagine Crafts): for the pink tag

Silver Paint Pen (Club Scrap – for the blue tag)