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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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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!

Supplies

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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!

 

Supplies:

Totem Snail

Mini Brads – Assorted Greens

cardstock

designer paper (Club Scrap Succulents Collection)

Digital Stamps (Club Scrap Succulents Digital Kit)

Markers (Fabrico, ShinHan Touch Twin and Copic)

Adhesive

 

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Fun Valentine’s Day Kids Craft Project

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Fun Valentine’s Day Kids Craft Project!

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

CLICK HERE: 

https://www.facebook.com/mykidstime

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!!!

DETAILS:

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!

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Easy and Festive Holiday Table Centerpiece

DIY Holiday Table Center Piece idea

Make this Easy Festive Holiday Table Centerpiece

Hi Peeps, it’s Majo here today to show you a festive holiday table centerpiece I made with the Lace-Up Celebration Bulbs.
I painted them all with silver acrylic paint and stamped a fir leaf image on each bulb. Than I heat embossed them with chunky powder in gold and then strung  them all on a thin wire.

These Lace-Up bulbs make a super easy and fast festive addition to any table centerpiece. Or to your Christmas decoration, holiday wreath, Christms tree, a picture frame etc., or as in my case the table candle decoration!

Have fun crafting ♥

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Spooky Owl Shadowbox with Eyeconnect Crafts

Hi everyone, Steph Ackerman here today and I’ve created a spooky owl shadowbox.  It’s almost Halloween and the decorating is just beginning.

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With Halloween drawing near, it’s always fun to create some spooky projects.  Check out the Eyeconnect store and see all the fun projects you can make.  I’ve used the Totem Owl opting to gesso  it first.  I  find that adding gesso to the chipboard pieces first allows the colors I want to use really stand out.

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I decided used the reverse side of the canvas to create a shadow box.   First I added gesso around the edges of the canvas, then painted the edges of the canvas with black paint.  Using a stencil, I added molding paste to create a textured background.

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Next I spritzed colors in the shadowbox.

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The owl was adhered to the lower corner and the moon was adhered to the upper corner.

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Finally I added a spooky banner with some wiggly eyes peaking out.  Then a spider was added along with some gauze.

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Quick and easy and a perfect Halloween piece don’t you think?

Thanks for stopping by today.

Steph

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See You Later Gater

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I loving playing with the interesting chipboard shapes from Eye Connect Crafts! They are so versatile, easy to work with, and from recycled materials.

One way to connect the pieces is with brads, which I did here. Eye Connect Crafts has brads in a variety of colors.

I’m sending this to a friend in Florida…:)

Details:

Card Base: DCWV Eflute Kraft A2 cards.

First Layer: Recollections Habitat

Sentiment: Recollections Habitat, Alphabet stamps, Color Mini Pop – Cocao

Alligator: Eye Connect Crafts – Alligator, Tattered Angels – Plain Jane Black, Glimmer Mist French Lime and It’s Brown, Embossing Folder – Tim Holtz Cobblestone.

 

Kim Rippere

Craftisan Studios

I design for:

Canvas Corp Brands

Eye Connect Crafts

Glue Dots

Susan Weckesser

The East Wind

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DIY Large Picture Frame

DIY Picture Frames

DIY Large Picture Frame

DIY Picture Frames
DIY Picture Frames

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This is my debut posting as a new member of the Design Team at EyeConnect Crafts! Hello world! 🙂

I chose to work with the large scalloped Picture Frame.

I applied Gesso for some texture and added acrylic paint in different colors, also a metallic paint to give it a more vintage look. I added some hemp cord with a little star attached to one side and used it as a frame of my stamped panel.

 

To make it stand up I cut a piece of cardboard to hold it upright.

 

Happy Crafting ♥

 

 

Mit freundlichen Grüßen

Marion A. Wybranietz

 

Majos Bastelstube

Rödermark

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Have a Spooky Halloween with Eyeconnect Crafts

Hi everyone, Steph Ackerman here today and I’ve created a spooky Halloween card today.  October is not too far away so it is time to get ready for Halloween.  This quick and easy card uses the Totem Cat as the focal element.

Spooky Cat

I wanted to keep my card simple, so I stamped  the card with a collection of Halloween stamps from Joy Clair stamps.

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I painted the chipboard black before separating the pieces.

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Once assembled with brads, the cat looks amazing popped on the card as the focal point.

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Thanks for stopping by today.

Steph