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3 dimensional gift tag

Learn how to make gift tags in a few simple steps!

Perhaps you have a wedding, graduation or a birthday party coming up? Whatever it is, handmade gift tags will come in very handy and most definitely won’t go unnoticed. DIY gift tags are very simple to make and can also be used as place cards for your gatherings! You could also string a batch of these tags together on a line of baker’s twine or ribbon to make a garland.


  • Acrylic paint (I used white)
  • Ink
  • Watercolor
  • Paper
  • Stamps
  • Totem Birds + Mini Brads
  • Paint brush
  • Tag die  / or you can cut it out a tag out of a paper by hand


Cut out the tag .


Prepare Totem Birds by painting the chipboard with any color of your choice.


Let it dry.


Create a background for your tag. I decided to stamp.


Once the base paint is dry, stamp totem birds. You could also doodle or draw anything that you wish.


Assemble bird totems.


I decided to add more color to the gift tag using some watercolor.


Assemble the gift tag. Totem bird was adhered with glue.


And you are done! I hope I inspired you to create some lovely gifts tags!

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Using Totems to Learn About Pollinators

This time of year flying insects are both welcome and detested in our gardens. No one likes getting bitten up by mosquitos or when the squash bugs attack our zucchini. But, without other pollinating insects, like bumble bees and dragonflies, our gardens would be lost!

Teaching the kids about pollinators and how insects help plants grow is such a fun lesson. It encourages them to look at insects as more than pests and understand more about the connection between nature and our food supplies. EyeConnect Crafts Bee and Dragonfly Totem make great supplements to use in pollinator and insect studies. Here’s how we made our totems and used them in our lessons.  

 Bee and Dragonfly Totems

For this project instead of the usual liquid paints, we used solid tempera paint sticks. They worked well and dried quickly. I realized afterward that they’d make it super easy to paint pieces of the totem that had already been popped out.

Dragonflies are a particular favorite of mine; I love all the amazing colors and styles. Plus, did you know they were around back in the time of dinosaurs?

After the pieces are completely dry, we used the green and black mini brads to construct the insects. The brads are pretty small and can be hard for little hands to open without help.

Finally, after they were put together, we used glitter glue to add a bit of sparkle to our bugs. This step wasn’t necessary, but my kids are always up for adding sparkle to a project.

There are so many ways you can use these totems in your lessons here are just a few!

  1. Have students draw gardens and attach their insects.
  2. Hang the flying insects throughout your classroom or home.
  3. Just make them and encourage imaginative play!


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Encouraging eyeConnect Crafts Lace Up Rain Cloud


Hello, Dawn (the little mennonite blog) here today to show you how to use the eyeConnect Crafts Lace Up Rain Cloud to create this wall hanger.


Paint the cloud white in a swirly pattern and colour the raindrops dark blue with felt marker.  I wanted the brown to show through a bit because it darkened the cloud and gave it more depth and a slightly cloudy feel.

Add blue glitter glue to the rain drops.

Connect the raindrops to the cloud with white string.

Stamp out an umbrella (I used a Simon Says Stamp stamp set) two times onto white cardstock.  Colour both umbrellas as desired with felt markers (I used Promarkers).  Colour both umbrella exactly the same.  Cut out the first umbrella, with a white boarder around it, and glue it to the cloud.  Cut the top of the second umbrella only and adhere on top of the first umbrella with foam squares.  Stamp the sentiment onto vellum with Versafine Ink.  Pour over clear embossing powder and heat set with a heat gun.  Cut out the sentiment and glue it to the eyeConnect Crafts Rain Cloud with Glossy Accents.  Add three gems in a triangle with glossy accents.  Adhere magnet or string to the back. Find a friend to encourage and give it to them as a gift.


eyeConnect Crafts Lace Up Rain Cloud

white paint

paint brush


blue, pink, green and purple markers (I used Promarkers)

blue glitter glue

white string

white cardstock

black Versafine ink

black Memento ink


clear embossing powder

heat gun


umbrella stamp (the one I used is no longer made)

sentiment (this can be printing on a computer and cut out)

foam squares

glossy accents adhesive






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Mother’s Day Corset Flower Tutu Card

Mother’s Day is quickly approaching…I (Lilian/The Leaf Studio) thought I would make a card, featuring the Lace-Up Corset, Large in a flower tutu dress style card:

How-To Lace-Up Corset, Large:

1. Apply white gesso on (I usually leave the die cut shape on the carrier for this step). Let dry.

2. Ink your rubber stamp in pink and stamp on the Lace-Up Corset, Large.

If the stamp is not big enough to cover the entire Corset, just ink and stamp the uncovered areas.

3. Remove the shapes off the carrier.

4. Use ribbon of choice to lace the Corset together.

5. Tie a bow on the top.


How-To Card:

1. Trim purple cardstock for the 5″ x 7″ card base.

2. Layer patterned paper and a silver paper on.

3. Adhere the Corset on.

4. Use a die-cutting machine to cut flower shapes out of pearlescent red paper (or color of your choice). You could use punches, instead.

5. Assemble the flowers and add a silver pearl in the centers.

6. Adhere the flowers at the bottom of the Corset.


Lace-Up Corset, Large

White Gesso (Faber-Castell)


Chocolate Grosgain Ribbon (Club Scrap Cherry Blossoms Collection)

Rubber Stamp (Northwoods)

Memento Rose Bud  ink pad (Tsukineko/Imagine Crafts)

Purple and Pearlescent Cherry Cardstock, Printed Paper and Silver Paper (Club Scrap Cherry Blossoms Collection)

Flower Market Cricut CTMH Cartridge

Cricut Expression 2 machine

Adhesive Silver Pearls

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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