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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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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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Lace-Up Moon and Stars: Love You…Altered House

Hello,

Lilian (The Leaf Studio) here to share a project using Lace-Up Moon and Stars:

How-To (Lace-Up Moon and Stars):

1. Remove Moon from the carrier and ink it with VersaMark (and no, that hand is not mine! My son B was helping me, so I could take the pictures):

2. Sprinkle Platinum UTEE (Ultra-Thick Embossing Enamel) and heat emboss. Let it cool down and repeat a second time (Steps 1-2).

3. Loop some sequined embroidery thread through the holes and set aside

4. Without removing the stars from the carrier, ink them with VersaMark .

5. Sprinkle Gold UTEE and heat emboss. Let it cool down and repeat.

6. Remove stars from the carrier.

7. Thread one end through one star and tie a knot (using both ends) at the desired height.

How-To (Wooden House):

1. I purchased these wooden houses at my local craft store a while ago and let my kids paint them. I altered one of them by adding some Pearlescent Purple paint on the “green” house.

2. After it dried, I added some Pearlescent Blue diluted with water. Let it dry.

3. Finally, I added some diluted Pearlescent Black (except on the back side) and let dry.

4. On the back side, I painted a rectangle in light blue and let dry.

5. Then, with a black Sharpie, I wrote the quote and doodled the hearts (I must say the regular Sharpie wasn’t working so well, but it was all I had that would work…so, if I try it again, I would use paint markers instead or apply a thin layer of Mod Podge before writing).

6. Adhere Lace-Up Moon and Stars on the front.

Supplies:

Lace-Up Moon and Stars

VersaMark ink pad (Tsukineko/Imagine Crafts)

Platinum and Gold UTEE (Ultra-Thick Embossing Enamel/Ranger)

Sequined Embroidery Thread

Scissors

Wooden House

Pearlescent Purple, Blue & Black paints

Light Blue Acrylic Paint (Liquitex)

Paintbrush

Black and Red Sharpie markers

Adhesive (I used Mod Podge Dimensional Magic)

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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.

Supplies:

Lace-Up Corset, Large

White Gesso (Faber-Castell)

paintbrush

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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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

Supplies

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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.

Supplies

  • 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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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:

How-To:

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!

Supplies:

Lace-Ups: Tags, Small, Arched

White Acrylic Paint

Pearlescent Pink (and Blue) Acrylic Paints

Paintbrush

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

scissors

double-sided tape

foam tape

ribbon

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)

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Steampunk ATCs with EyeConnect Crafts

Hi everyone, Steph Ackerman here today and I’ve created some Steampunk ATCs with some fun chipboard products from EyeConnect Crafts.

Today I’ve created Steampunk ATCs using the Lace Up Long Gloves, Small.  4 mini gloves come in each package and can be used in any number of ways.   Mini black brads have been used to assemble my elements.

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ATCs are fun mini canvases that are free to be embellished as you desire.  Consider inking or painting the backgrounds – the options are unlimited.  I painted and then inked with distress inks.  Using molding paste through a stencil created some additional dimension.

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Once the molding paste dried, I sprayed the panels with assorted colors of spray inks.  Torn papers and assorted embellishments were added to each panel.

Steampunk ATCs

Steampunk ATCs

Once I liked their placement, I adhered all the elements using mini black brads.  Of course, the placement of the elements changed on the final panels as I rearranged everything again.  And I mixed in some other elements I found – metal gears, acrylic stars, wood labels and tiny mirrors.

Altered ATCs

Thanks for stopping by today.

Steph

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Happy 4th of July

Hi everyone, Steph Ackerman here today working with some fun chipboard products from EyeConnect Crafts.

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Today, I’m working with the Lace Up Celebration, Flags which  I colored with ColorBox Crafter’s Ink for Ann Butler in Canyon.  Then I placed stickers on each.

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Using a 5″ x 7″ canvas panel, I used ColorBox Crafter’s Ink for Ann Butler in Canyon across the top of the canvas and used Blueberry across the bottom creating a red, white and blue panel.  Next I used molding paste with the ColorBox Art Screen by Ann Butler – Stars across the top half of the panel.

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I used large brads to adhere the flags together, punching holes in the canvas to tie the flags to the panel.  I found a Magnolia image which I colored with Copic Markers.  After die cutting, I added the image to the  panel.

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I love this – perfect for 4th of July celebrations!

Thanks for stopping by today.

Steph