Celebrate Fall


Welcome Fall! I love fall. It is one of my favorite times of year. I love those crisp, cool evenings and mild, sunny days. The sky seems bluer and the sun seems brighter in the fall. And then Mother Nature offers a generous treat as leaves turn orange, yellow and red. It is beautiful!

So, when we were asked to make a fall project for this month’s Elizabeth Crafts Designs’ Designers Challenge, I jumped at the opportunity to bring some of those fall colors into my house with a banner.

This banner uses BRAND-NEW TAG DIES from Elizabeth Crafts Designs. The dies come in pieces so you can make dozens of different tags out of the same set of dies. I chose to use Tags & More 3 — Leaves to make the banner.

The banners are easy to use and I wanted to give you step-by-step directions to show you how.IMGP0838 1. Cut cardstock 4×5″. Tape outer die onto cardstock with removable tape (I use Washi Tape). Run it through die-cutter.IMGP0839 2. Remove first die and lay on leaves die — matching holes and making sure it is even. Tape it down and die cut it.IMGP0841 3. Use scissors to trim the edge of the die-cut portion off. Then use a paper trimmer to make the rest of the tag the same width. With this system, the tag can be any length.

IMGP0842 4. Use the circle die (included in the package) to cut holes on each side of the tags. This is where they will attach to each other.

IMGP0843 5. To create a back panel to provide color behind the leaves, cut a piece of cardstock (or paper) 4×2″. Tape the curved die and die cut it. Then adhere it to the back of the tags.

IMGP08466. Use a variety of colors and patterns to repeat the tags, so they look like this. (I used paper from Doodlebug’s new fall line Friendly Forest).


7. Cut out a variety of photo corners, flowers and leaves from the die set and adhere as shown. I also added some strips of paper. Coat fall Peel-Offs with Elizabeth Craft Designs Silk Microfine Glitter and color with Copics. Cut out designs and adhere as shown.

8. I painted chipboard letters and included those, as well. I used brads to cover the hole in the flowers, but you could also paper or a gem.


9. Tie tulle (May Arts) to first and last tags at the top. Also use it to connect each of the tags together.


10. I decided to go back to my finished banner and add hangers. I used a Crop-A-Dile and decorative eyelet, but you could also use the circle die to make the holes, if you did it before the tags were all decorated. Then, attach twine (May Arts) to the tags to serve as hangers.

Here’s another look at my completed banner … I love it!IMGP0909


New Mosaic Momenters

I spent Saturday in Owosso, vending at a crop to raise money for the St. Joseph Youth Group.

It was a fun day. There were a handful of “old” friends at the crop and I made quite a few new friends, as well.

I did things a little differently this time … I didn’t teach Mosaic Moments, but gave a demo and then offered assistance. Quite a few people decided to try the technique. And a couple let me photograph them with their pages. (I apologize in advance for the quality of the photos; it is tough to get a clear photo in a gym.

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This is Marty. She created an amazing page of some beautiful floral photos. She added butterflies that have the same colors and textures as the flowers. She added a bit of Stickles to the Memory Box die at the bottom to make the perfect embellishment.

I wish I took a better photo because this page is worthy of an award — seriously! It really is magnificent!

photo 5Maria also created a page for the first time … she used the most adorable photos of her baby daughter on a Snap On toolbox. (Her husband is a mechanic). I dubbed her the Snap-On Baby and I think Snap-On should use her photos in their next calendar.

Anyway, Maria struggled for a bit — she likes to see what the page will look like before it is complete and she had a hard time envisioning how this one would work. But, she persevered and eventually put this amazing spread together. I love how she cut screws and words from patterned paper and added them in.

I think it is perfect, but she insists it is not finished. She is on the hunt for some metal pieces to add a bit more “manliness” to the layout.

If you want to learn how to create pages like these using the Mosaic Moments system, let me know. I am happy to show you how easy and fun it is!

Beautiful Burlap

I apologize for the lack of blog posts lately … I have been working, but it seems everything I make is either a secret (new products coming soon), for later publication or page kits I am designing and selling at crops. Needless to say, I have not had a lot I can share.

So, I decided to share some projects I did for the Fall issue of Michigan Scrapbooker Magazine.

These are all cards featuring burlap …

burlap1_Candy_Spiegel burlap2_Candy_Spiegel burlap3_Candy_SpiegelTo find out how I did it, and discover some tips and tricks for working with burlap, check out the fall edition of Michigan Scrapbooker Magazine. Or, click here to see the digital issue


The 3-Day Card


Things do not always go the way you plan — even in you are making cards.

For this month’s card swap, I wanted to make a pretty background and then stamp an image in the middle of it. It looked beautiful in my head.


I started by smearing several colors of Distress Paint onto my non-stick craft sheet. I spritzed it with water and then drug sheets of Specialty Stamping Paper through it. I randomly blotted them with paper towel and then dried with a heat gun.


The results were cool, but I wanted more. So, I smeared Distress Ink onto my non-stick craft sheet, spritzed it with water and ran the pieces through. I also added a bit more Brushed Pewter Distress Paint so I could get more metallic shine in the pieces. Again, I randomly blotted with a paper towel and then heat dried.

IMGP0819That was cool, but I didn’t think it was quite done. So I spritzed it with Perfect Pearls Mists.

IMGP0823After that dried, I was happy with the background and ready to stamp. So, I pulled out my stamp, made one impression and realized there is no way it would work. The stamp was too delicate to compete with the crazy background.

At this point, I was devastated. I had invested all of that time and energy into making 12 backgrounds and my idea was a total failure. I spent an entire day stressing over what to do. I was determined to use the backgrounds, but had no idea what to do.

With no vision in mind, I began pulling stuff out. I grabbed a stencil and some Metallic Silver Embossing Paste and coated the top of each card with it.

The next day, I added a few strips of Tissue Tape. Then, I punched out circles, die cut the word “Hello” and adhered them to the cards. I added a few Tiny Attacher Staples and some Glitter Dots.


Each card was slightly different, but I think they turned out well … even if they did take me three days to make!