Did You Think It?

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I love animals — especially my animals.

When you watch them enough, you can imagine what is going on in their little heads. (Don’t judge … you do the same thing with babies!)

On this page, I gave words to what they were thinking using the new Think It die from Mosaic Moments.

Check out how easy it is …

(Note: I did receive compensation for making this video.)

Making Pinwheels with Mosaic Moments

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I love working with grid paper from Mosaic Moments. It keeps everything nice and straight, but it also provides a graphical element that fascinates me.

For this page, I decided to use a quilter’s pattern to make pinwheels.

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And, I created a video to show you how

NOTE: I did receive compensation for the video.

Crazy for Coloring

Each time I teach a Copic class, I remind students that coloring is good for the body and soul. Some liken the benefits of coloring to those of mediation. And studies have shown that coloring helps you to relax and reduce stress.

I am certainly no expert, but I can spot a trend when it hits and last summer, adult coloring books hit it BIG! The trend, which is expected to continue at least through 2016, has been so large, Crayola just jumped on the bandwagon with a set of pencils and coloring books aimed specifically at adults.

In addition to the calming effects, coloring also gives you an opportunity to be an artist without really thinking about it. You simply grab a pencil or marker and color in the lines, slowly creating beautiful artwork without having to draw or paint a thing. It is the perfect thing to do while watching television or relaxing just before bed. And, it is a fun craft to take to a crop or other social event where you have something to do, but your mind is still free to chat with your friends.

Personally, I have wanted to see how the books work with Copic markers — my coloring medium of choice. So, I bought this one:

Woodland Critters Coloring Book

I have been a fan of Sue Coccia’s artwork for years. You may have seen her work at Great Lakes Mega Meet or another stamping event under the name Earth Art International. I have always loved the stamps, but could never color quite that small. As it turns out, Coccia has been making coloring books for 20 years (I missed that somehow).

Anyhow, out of the thousands of books available, I chose this one because the designs are only printed on one side of the paper and it has a spiral binding which allows the book to lay completely flat while working.

Surprisingly it took less than 2 hours to finish my first page …

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I know … I still have trouble staying inside the lines … but it was fun.

I put a few sheets of computer paper under my page while coloring so the Copic markers wouldn’t hurt the pages below. The marker did go through the paper, but not enough to make a single mark on the scrap paper.

I’m not sure how other coloring books stack up, but Copics get along well with Sue Coccia …

If you would like to try one of her books, click the link above or stop by Scrappy Chic in Livonia. Happy coloring!

Getting Organized

I love my studio … it’s in the living room, so I can watch tv or chat with my husband while I work. And, I have two huge windows for plenty of natural light.

But, those big windows also mean I have virtually no wall space to hang anything.

I do have lots of table surfaces, but they are always piled with stuff and I am always having to move things around to work.

I’m not complaining … I love my studio. But I’m sure people think I am a slob when they come in the door and see my stuff everywhere … It’s hard to explain to non-artistic types that I must work in a mess because 1. I always have more than one project going at a time; 2. I am always adding to my collection; 3. I need to be able to see my stuff in order to be creative; and 4. even if I had a 6,000-square-foot room for a studio, it would probably not be enough room. It is the nature of crafting.

Needless to say, I am always on the hunt for ways to find more space in my tiny house. So, when I saw a little shelf unit at Green Door Studio in Brighton, I knew I needed it. I neglected to take a before pic, but it was glossy black. It looked fine, but I didn’t want something that dark, so I painted it.

mason_jar_shelf_candy_spiegel2My friend, Linda Neff, who owns the Green Door Studio, is always trying to get me to paint furniture. She says it is relaxing and calming. I found it particularly frustrating and tedious. I have decided that any additional projects I need painted are going to her. Four coats of paint and a coat of sealant later, I filled it with my collection of antique mason jars, which hold ribbons, twine, flowers, washi tape, buttons and other bits and pieces I need when I create.

Ignoring the damage on the walls (from the much smaller shelf that was removed), I think my space turned out pretty great.

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I also realized, after putting everything in one place, that I do not need anymore buttons … despite the fact that I was shopping for them last night! I cannot help myself … I love buttons.

 

Let It Snow, Let It Snow Banner

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Since things were so busy before the holidays and I had so many plans for the new year, I decided to make my holiday banner a winter banner, so I could leave it up on my tree all season. Of course, I still have the holiday stuff up, so this photo shows the banner with all of it’s holiday attire, but I assure you, the ornaments and Christmas cards will soon be packed away…

snow_banner_Candy_Spiegel3I started with a 6×6 paper pad from Michael’s and cut out tags using dies from Elizabeth Craft Designs to make the banner. I added a few cut outs from the paper pad, as well.

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Then, I embellished with silver glitter paper using dies from Impression Obsession and a deer punch. I used the Sizzix Precision Base Plate to get the thin metal dies to cut through the glitter paper.

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Then I added ribbon and buttons and strung it up with a bit of twine … since the tree is in my hallway where the lighting is poor, the photos on the tree never look great, but you get the idea!

Happy Birthday, Mom

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It has been a while since I made a card … I did not even get Christmas cards out this year. But, my mother-in-law’s birthday was last month and she always deserves a homemade card, so I got to work.

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I started by coating a plain sheet of white cardstock (cut to size) with Distress Ink. I sprinkled a bit of water, dried it and reapplied some ink. I repeated the process a few times until I got this result.

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I then added a bit of ink with a stencil from Sweet Stamps (a Michigan Company).

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Using Archival Ink, I stamped the image from Local King Rubber Stamp.

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Then, I used another stencil (this one from Dylusions) to add a bit of Transparent Gloss Texture Paste. It will drive crystal clear, but add thick, shiny hexagons. You can see them in the photo below.

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Then, I adhered it to a white card base and it was done … I love it — bright and filled with fun, inky techniques.