It’s been a while …

It has been more than two weeks since my last post … I cannot believe how time has flown.

Although my blog may disagree, I have not been ignoring my job. Rather, I have been working day and night — or so it feels — creating things to sell.

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I have been making garden fancies, altered cans and altered spoons for craft shows. This was a quick snap shot before packing them up last weekend.

And, I have been working on page kits …

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I still have lots to do and more to make … fingers crossed I’ll be participating in a large craft show next month.

I’ve also been doing a bit of number crunching and soul searching … I’m changing things up a bit with my retail business. To make room for new stock, I’ll be doing grab bags during the crop this weekend at Holy Family in Grand Blanc. Stop by for some GREAT deals!!

And, I promise to get back to tutorials and ideas ASAP!

Let the Light Shine!

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Today is a beautiful fall day, but my heart is ready for Christmas. I am not ready for the cold outside, but I am all set for a little faux snow, like I put on this lantern.

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The lantern began as a plain, black lantern I found at a big box store for less than $20. I love that it has a battery-operated candle that screws to the base and can be turned on and off from the base. It was the perfect blank slate to transform!

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I started by removing the glass panels so they could be etched. Then I added a bit of Distress Paint to the filigree on the top of the lantern and to the latch that holds the front door closed.

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Then, I coated the ledges with Art Glitter Vintage Glass Glitter.

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I cleaned each of the glass pieces with water and a paper towel (do not use Windex) and then added stickers from Elizabeth Craft Designs. (I should have taped the backside of the glass pieces as well — since the etchall got a bit messy and some of the pieces were etched on the wrong side. You cannot easily see the mistakes in the finished lantern, but I thought I should pass along my lesson learned!)

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Next, I coated each piece with etchall. (it gets brown as you use it, but it still works well) and let it sit for 15 minutes. Then, I scraped off the excess and put it back in the jar and rinsed off each panel.

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I love the soft, frosty feeling the etched glass provides.

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And it still allows the light to shine through!

Are you ready to make one of your own?

etchall is ready to help … use the code CANDYS and you will get 10% off your entire order! Click here and get etching today!

NOTE: I received compensation for this post.

Plate of the Dead

etchall_halloween_candy_spiegel4I’m not one for Halloween, but when I saw these new stencils from etchall, I knew I had to have them to make something for my cousin. She loves skulls. Personally, I do not understand her obsession, but I knew they would be the perfect gift.

These Etchnet reusable stencils are quick and easy to use. You simply cut them apart, tape to your project and apply etching cream. Then, rinse and dry and use again and again.


I started with six dinner plates I found at Goodwill. I love how the scratches created a spooky feeling to the dishes and thought they would be perfect for this project.


I taped the stencil to each plate with painters tape. In order to get the stencil tight, I taped one side to the plate. Then I placed tape on the opposite side of the stencil and pulled it taught before sticking it to the plate.


Next, I used the squeegee to push the etching cream through the stencil and then piled it nice and thick to sit for 15 minutes.

Because I planned to use three of the stencils from the package, I was able to do three plates at a time, so the entire process went quickly.

When the first three plates were finished, I removed and washed the stencils and then reapplied them to the remaining three plates. That is the great thing about these new stencils — you can use them over and over, which makes them perfect for party favors, or dishes!

Here is the first one …


And the next one …


And my personal favorite … super scary!etchall_halloween_candy_spiegel7

Can you imagine sitting down to dinner and slowly seeing these creepy skulls appear as you finish your meal?! My cousin is sure to love them.

Are you ready to create your own creepy masterpiece? etchall is ready to help … use the code CANDYS and you will get 10% off your entire order — including the brand new Etchnet stencils. Click here and get etching today!

NOTE: I received compensation for this post.

A Little Wood Here and There

One of the hot trends in scrapbooking is wood … I recently wrote an article for Michigan Scrapbooker Magazine and wanted to share some of the pages and additional techniques that I did.

To read about the wood techniques, and get the supply lists, click here and then visit page 7 of the magazine.

To read about a few other ideas for scrapbooking, read on!


I LOVE how this page turned out … I photographed the menu and used it as the title. I created a table setting for my journaling block.


This was just an iPhone snap shot of my cousin, but I loved the emotion in her face, so I had to scrap it. I used a few strips of coordinating paper and a strip of ribbon to accent the photo and title.


This one is completed on Mosaic Moments Grid Paper. I love how the grid keeps everything straight and organized, even though I did not cut any photos into 1″ pieces.

Be sure to visit Michigan Scrapbooker Magazine’s fall issue for more inspiration!


Altered Shutter


I have found a new love … altered shutters!

I know … it’s nothing new, but I finally got around to making one!

I made this one for my son and future daughter-in-law. She loves black and distressed, so that is what we did … (I apologize for the blown out photo … I had to lighten it in order to see the details.)


The shutter was brown when I purchased it. I painted some random colors in places with the hope of seeing the color underneath when I sanded off the black of the shutter … it didn’t work quite as well as I planned (I think I covered it with too much black spray paint), but there are a few spots where you see the color.


I used stencils from Wendy Vecchi and black glossy embossing paste to add a bit of texture and some fun words to the shutter.


I used alcohol ink to alter a brass metal piece that I placed on top. Beacon’s 527 glue held the metal clip and topper in place.


next came a bit of washi tape from Love My Tapes and Tim Holtz.


And, some Piccolo pieces coated with Enamel Embossing Powder were added to the side.


I altered a few old keys in alcohol ink and used a ribbon to dangle them on the side.


A handle attached to the bottom, some additional clips and some photos of my kids finished off the piece. I really wish I had better photos because it is a stunning piece, but I was in such a hurry to give it away, I didn’t look at the photos first! grrr…

Mini Canvases

I first saw tiny canvases a few months ago. Just 2-inches square, I thought they were adorable, but had no idea what to do with them.

I also had a shelf that was just missing something …

Alas, my brain finally put the two together and I created this …


These little canvases are perfect for filling in that tall space above the things on my little shelf.IMGP3273

I sprayed the canvases with Dylusions Ink Sprays. Once dry, I lightly painted white paint over the top. Then, I added just a hint of ink. And, used a Wendy Vecchi stencil and Ranger Texture Paste to add some birds to the top. As a final touch, I went over parts of them with a little Distress Ink.

I used Command Picture Hanging Strips to hang the canvases so I didn’t damage my shelf.

I love how they turned out … what do you think?

You Look Marvelous!

My future daughter-in-law loves mirrors — the bigger the better. We have been to dozens of stores looking, but have been unable to find the perfect mirror at the right price. In the meantime, I thought I could alter one a bit so she has something pretty to check her outfit each morning.


Mirrors, you should know, are rather challenging to photograph, so my chickens helped me out with this one …

I started with an inexpensive (about $15) full-length mirror. It had a bit of a Greek detail to the frame, so I opted for a Greek-inspired flourish from a Cricut cartridge to decorate the top and bottom of the mirror. The process is so simple …


First, cut the image out on etchmask. This is an adhesive vinyl made by etchall. It is thicker than Cricut’s vinyl, which means it is less likely to tear and the Cricut doesn’t cut all the way through the backing paper, so everything stays together until you take it apart.

I did two images … one for the top and one for the bottom. I reversed and flipped the bottom image before cutting it out.

Next, remove the entire piece of etchmask from the cutting mat and cover with a transfer sheet cut to the same size. (etchmask comes with the transfer sheets, so there is nothing extra to buy!) Carefully remove the backing from the etchmask and adhere it to your surface. The transfer sheet holds it all together for you. Once adhered to the mirror, carefully remove the transfer sheet, as seen in the photo above.

Now, use the etchall Squeegee to work out all of the air bubbles and make sure the vinyl is adhered well.


Now use a pick or piercing tool to pull out the design. Tip: Start in the center of the image and pull it out from there.


If your image is too close to the edge, add washi tape, masking tape or painter’s tape. You do not want to get the etchall anywhere else on the glass. Then, use the squeegee to apply a thick, even coat of etchall.

Wait 15 minutes, then scoop up all of the etchall with the squeegee and put it back in the bottle — it is reusable.


Since this project was so large, I used wet paper towels to clean off the rest of the etchall and then carefully removed the tape and stencils.

Here’s how it turned out …


Are you ready to decorate a mirror of your own? etchall is ready to help you … use the code CANDYS and you will get 10% off your entire order — including premade stencils if you do not have a Cricut or other electronic cutter. Click here and get etching today!

NOTE: I received compensation for this post.