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Totem Cat Purr-fect Halloween Card

Halloween is almost here!!! I have a purr-fect card using Totem Cats

Hello, dear friends!

Lilian (The Leaf Studio) here today to share a fun card…we don’t really celebrate Halloween, but the kids still go out trick-or-treating…sometimes, they dress up a bit, if they feel like it! =)


1. Leave pieces on carrier and paint them with Black Acrylic Paint. Let it dry.

2. Remove pieces from the carrier and assemble them using Black Mini-Brads (I used mini White ones for demonstration purposes, then I colored them with a black Sharpie marker):

Here’s the finished movable Totem Cat:

3. Die cut a rectangle and stamp (Purr-fect Halloween stamp set) the background with brown ink. Adhere it on card base. Stamp the sentiment, using purple ink, on white cardstock, trim one end and adhere it on card. Die cut a circle and add washi tape on the bottom, before adhering it to card:

4. Finally, adhere Totem Cat on the circle with foam tape! That way is easier to move the pieces:


Totem Cats

Black Acrylic Paint

Black Mini-Brads (I used mini White ones for demonstration purposes, then I colored them with a black Sharpie marker)

Purr-fect Halloween (Close To My Heart) stamp set

Cardstock (White and Kraft)

Ink pads (brown and purple)

Washi Tape

Die Cuts (Stitched Circles and Stitched Rectangles – ODBD)

Cuttlebug Machine

Foam Tape


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The Itsy Bitsy Spider Card

Hello, dear friends!

Today is the first day of Autumn!!!

Lilian (The Leaf Studio) here today to share a fun card…using Totem Spider:


Here’s a video tutorial:

And here’s a photo with flash to show off the glitter from the Glitter Brush Pen:



Totem Spider

Sharpie Marker Black

Mini-Brads (I used white ones, but you can find the black ones HERE)

Glitter Brush Pen Clear (Spectrum Noir)

White and Orange Cardstock

Sequined Embroidery Thread in Black

Foam Tape

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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.


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!


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


foam squares

photo squares

googlie eye

black VersaFine




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Christmas in July- fast and easy card with Lace Up Celebration Bulbs

Dawn (the little mennonite) here with a Christmas card.  I know its early but it always helps to make Christmas cards throughout the year so that they are already done by December.  I used the celebration bulbs lace ups from eyeConnect Crafts to make this easy card.

Ten of these bulbs come in the lace up celebration bulbs package.  This project only uses four, so you can make many projects from one bulb package.


Take each bulb and colour it directly with distress ink.  I used candied apple for the red and pine needles for the green.  Since, distress ink stays wet (only for a very short time), I quickly added clear embossing powder and heat set it.  This creates a “shiny Christmas bulb look.”  Make two red and two green.

Tip: Only do one bulb at a time.

Paint the top of each bulb with bronze craft paint.  Let dry.  Add all four lace up celebration bulbs to a string of Lawn Fawn gold cord.

Cut out a piece of 4 3/4 x 5 patterned Christmas paper for the background (I used Lawn Fawn paper) and adhere to a white A2 card front with foam squares for added interest and dimension.  Choose a cherry Christmas sentiment and adhere to the bottom right corner with adhesive.  I choose to ink mine with Versafine ink onto vellum, pour over clear embossing powder and heat set; however, if this is not method is not available to you, you could print out a sentiment on a computer or write one directly on the patterned paper with a black pen.

Take all four bulbs, still connected on the cord, and decide how you want to arrange them on the card front.  Adhere two foam squares to the backs of all four lace up celebration bulbs.  Adhere bulbs to card front.  Twist the cord as desired for maximum interest.  Adhere each cord end to the card with wet adhesive like glossy accents.  Give to someone you love.


eyeConnect Crafts lace up celebration bulbs

bronze paint

paint brush

gold Lawn Fawn cord

patterened Christmas paper

white A2 card



clear embossing powder

black Versafine ink

heat gun


foam squares

glossy accents

pine needles distress ink

candied apple distress ink

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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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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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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)