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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)

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Totem Monarch Planter Decor

I have been inspired by all the great planter decor one can make, so I created this Totem Monarch Planter Decor with eyeConnect Crafts’ Totem Monarch.  I forgot to take photos of every step (sorry) but I have a few to guide you to the finish.

Directions:

I started by painting the  Totem Monarch Planter Decor blue with Martha Stewart Craft paint in pool.  Next I added Tim Holtz small nautical stamps with VersaFine Ink and clear embossing powder.  I heat set the powder to get a water-resistant shinny look.  I then took some white acrylic paint and splattered it on top.

After the drips were dry I took clear glue and fine glitter and applied to the Totem Monarch Planter Decor here and there.  Before the glue dried I added another layer to make the glitter muted  (this step is really important for the overall effect!).

Next, I added bronze paint to the edges and the back. I also painted the center piece bronze on both sides (at first I was going to paint it black).

Lastly, I added sequins to the wings.  After this was dry I assembled the Totem Monarch Planter Decor with black brads and hot glued a stick to the back.

Supplies:

 Totem Monarch from eyeConnect Crafts

Martha Stewart paint in Pool

Tim Holtz Nautical small stamps

white and bronze acrylic paint

paint brush

hot glue gun

stick

black VersaFine ink

heat gun

clear embossing powder

sequins

fine glitter

clear glue

black brads

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Up-Cycled Chipboard Moon Belated Birthday Card

Hello,

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

Did you see the Solar Eclipse on Monday? Pretty cool, right?

Look what you can make, using the carrier from the Lace-Up Moon and Stars:

I was working on another project (click HERE to see) and couldn’t throw the carrier away…

So after I took all the chipboard shapes off, I inked the carrier with VersaMark ink pad and heat embossed it in Ultra-Thick Embossing Enamel in Gold (you can embossed it a couple of times)…

Then, I die cut a yellow paper and adhered it on card.

I stamped a sentiment on white paper, using Memento Paris Dusk ink pad, trimmed it out and adhered it on card:

Finally, I adhered the embossed carrier on the card:

Other idea is to use the carriers as templates for your kids to draw on paper, cut out and assemble the shapes!

 

Supplies:

Lace-Up Moon and Stars carrier

Rectangular Stitched Die Cut (ODBD – Our Daily Bread Designs)

Cuttlebug

Sentiment Stamp (Club Scrap Lagoon Colllection)

White and Yellow papers

Memento Paris Dusk (Tsukineko/Imagine Crafts)

 

 

 

 

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Kids Craft: Popsicle Stick Whale

Today I am sharing a kids craft activity using one of the most basic crafting supplies – Popsicle sticks. Popsicle sticks have so many possibilities. It is a fun, low-cost and easy to find material.

To make this Popsicle stick Whale you will need:

  • Popsicle stick
  • Acrylic paint and paint brush
  • Super glue
  • Sharpie/pen for adding details or googly eye
  • Totem Whale
  • Mini Brads

Let’s grab those craft supplies, follow the full tutorial below and have a “whale-y-good-time”! Happy crafting!

Directions:

Unpack the totem whale and using acrylic paint of your choice paint the totem whale pieces.

Once dry, detach the pieces and start assembling the whale with the help of some mini brads.

Piece by piece, fully assemble the totem whale.

Add some more details to the totem whale. Adhere the Popsicle stick using super glue.

Lastly, add some finishing touches. Here I decided to draw the eye. However, if you happen to have some googly eyes, glue that instead.

Let everything dry completely before proudly displaying!

The fun part about the Popsicle stick animals is that you can add a magnet behind them or stick a thread on the back and use it an an ornament.

I hope you enjoyed this idea.

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How To Make A Steampunk Hot Air Balloon

I love all things steampunk, so when I came along the Lace Up Hot Air Balloon I knew I wanted to create a great flying contraption of my own…even if it was made of paper!

Using a handful of supplies, many I’m sure most of you crafty folk already have, I made this shining balloon to use in scrapbooking and card-making projects, or you can attach it to a magnet and hang it on the fridge!

Steam Punk Hot Air Balloon

The first step of this project was covering the bracing and basket pieces with the gold label paper.

I realize that everyone might not have gold label paper, any metal colored paper will do. In fact, this might be an excellent opportunity to try out your paint or stamping techniques to create a faux sheet of metal.

Secondly, I used a bit of glue to cover the balloon chipboard piece with a cool checkered paper from an old Flow book. Have you checked these books out? They are a paper lover’s dream!

With all the pieces I just used scissors to trim away excess paper, but if you have a craft knife, it’d be even easier.

The ropes were not nearly as complicated as I thought they’d be!

First, I looped six pieces of the elastic thread through the bracing piece and then the top of the balloon. I used hot glue to secure the ends to the back of the balloon.

Second, I repeated the process with a thick quilting thread, but from the bracing to the basket. *You don’t want to glue these strings down just yet, so make sure they are plenty long enough.

Third, I stretched the bracing down to where I wanted it and hot glued it into place.

Finally, I flipped over the entire project, pulled down the basket so that all the strings were even, and hot glued everything into place.

This project was so much easier than I thought I was going to be! I’m sorry I didn’t get more complicated and create a clever steam-punk inspired pattern with the “ropes!”

 

Supplies

  • Lace-Up Hot Air Balloon
  • Gold Label Paper (or any metallic paper)
  • Checkered or Striped Cardstock
  • Glue
  • Elastic Thread
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Glue
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Easy Totem Whale Card

Dawn (the little mennonite) here today to show you a fun way to use the totem whale from eyeConnect Crafts.

Directions:

Paint the totem whale grey and water spout white.  Let dry.  Add glitter to the whale and spout.  Let dry.  Glue the whale together.  Since I wanted it to stay in one place there is no need to use brads to connect the pieces.  Add a googlie eye.

Cut out a piece of cardstock slightly smaller then the A2 card front and colour a wave pattern of your own design.

Stick the wave drawing to the card front with photo squares at an angle.  Adhere the whale to the card front with foam squares.

Add a sentiment and three gems!  Send to a good buddy!

Supplies:

eyeConnect Crafts totem whale

grey and white paint

paint brush

grey and white glitter

clear glue

sentiment (mine is from Lawn Fawn’s Critter’s in the Sea)

felt markers

white cardstock

scissors or rectangular die

gems

foam squares

photo squares

googlie eye

black VersaFine

 

 

 

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Hello Baby – Lace-Up: Celebration, Stars – Card

Hello, dear friends!

Lilian (The Leaf Studio) here today to share a cute Baby Card, using Lace-Up: Celebration, Stars

Heat embossing is my favorite technique to color the chipboard shapes!

I inked the Lace-Up: Celebration, Stars with VersaMark and sprinkled some neon yellow embossing powder on (I use a piece of scrap paper for this):

Put the excess powder back in the container and use a heat gun to melt the powder.

I repeat the process a couple of times, for a smoother look.

I die cut a piece of patterned paper and adhered it on the white card base:

String some yarn through Lace-Up: Celebration, Stars and add some foam tape on the back:

I stamped the sentiment on a strip of paper, tore the sides and inked the edges. Add the strip and the Lace-Up: Celebration, Stars on the card:

Supplies:

Lace-Up: Celebration, Stars

VersaMark ink pad (Tsukineko/Imagine Crafts)

Embossing Powder (American Crafts)

Heat Embossing Gun

Yarn

Foam Tape

Patterned Paper

Dotted Rectangles Die Cut (Sizzix)

Cuttlebug die cut machine

Blue, Green and Yellow ink pads

Baby Stamps (Close To My Heart)

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Totem Seahorse Summer Greeting Card

Hello everyone…

It is Laura here. Can you believe it’s nearly the end of July? Where did it go?

I love all things nautical. The ocean is definitely a source of inspiration for me and today I would like to share a Summer Themed Greeting Card featuring Totem Seahorse.

This card was a delight to make.

Supplies needed:

  • Cardstock (4″ x 5 1/4″)
  • Blank A2 size card (4 1/4″ x 5.5″)
  • Stencil
  • Summer themed sentiment stamp
  • Bubble wrap
  • Totem Poppet Seahorse
  • Mini brads
  • Washi tape
  • Ink
  • Acrylic block
  • Acrylic block (pink, blue, white)
  • Paintbrush

STEP 1:

Grab Totem Seahorse and Mini brads.

STEP 2:

Paint the chipboard (I chose pink color for the seahorse, but coral would be beautiful as well).

STEP 3:

Once the chipboard is dry, start assembling the Totem Seahorse.

I love how nicely it came together. This will make a beautiful focal point for the greeting card.

STEP 4:

Prepare the cardstock with your choice of paint.

STEP 5:

Now this is where things get interesting. While I was rummaging through supplies, I came across some bubble wrap and decided to incorporate it into the project. I attached the bubble wrap to wet background and waited until it dried…

STEP 6:

Once the cardstock has dried, I removed the bubble wrap to reveal a pattern. I was hoping for a more striking effect. Now that I think about it, I should have applied paint to bubble wrap directly and dabbed the white cardstock, that would have been a nice effect. There is always next time 🙂

STEP 7:

I decided to use a stencil and white acrylic paint to create more interest. I also attached the background layer to the greeting card.

STEP 8:

Assemble the greeting card. This step requires gluing the Totem Seahorse and decorating the card. I used some washi tape to add more interest to the card.

STEP 9:

Lastly, I stamped the sentiment. If you do not happen to have anything nautical, use a pen and write a nice greeting.

And here it is, my summer greeting card!!!

I hope you love what I’ve created!

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Easy to Make Bendy Straw Duck Puppets

It’s camp week at our house which means it’s uncommonly quiet and not once have I been asked, “Can I play on the…”. The toddler and I agree it’s a beautiful thing and it’s made craft time a little more special since it’s just us. I love working on projects as a family, but I forget how much fun it can be to spend one-on-one time making. There are fewer distractions and comparisons being made; there’s an intimacy to the moment that lets the imagination soar!

Speaking of pretend play, here’s how we made a family of duck puppets using bending straws.

Duck Family Puppets

First, gather your supplies. In the picture above you can see I started out using kids’ washable paints, they did not work well at all, and we ended up painting over them with a thicker acrylic.

Second, Paint your ducks! We went for the classic yellow and orange, but if you’re crafting with older kids, you could always get more creative with their colors.

If there is one mistake I regularly make with the Totem Poppets it’s not paying attention to the image and painting the WRONG SIDES. To be sure you don’t make this mistake paint both sides of your pieces!

To be certain you don’t make this mistake paint both sides of your pieces!

After the paint has dried, go ahead and use the mini brads to assemble the ducks, using the picture as a guide.

If you’d like you can paint the brads so that they are yellow too.

Finally, use a little bit of glue to attach the eyes and straws.

Using bendy straws instead of craft sticks of dowels was my son’s idea. As he explained, then the ducks can move even more!

Supplies