The Foxes of Autumn


I have a thing for foxes lately. I cannot tell you why or what caused it, but I am suddenly really into foxes.

So, when I my challenge for my card swap club was to make an autumn card, I took this adorable paper from Doodlebug and ran with it …


The papers are from Doodlebug’s Friendly Forest collection. I also wanted to use the Mini Doodle-Pops 3D Stickers, as well. Since they come with four different animals in each package, I made four slightly different cards.

I used dies from Tim Holtz to create the postage stamp behind the animals and the leaves. And the Hellos are dies from Elizabeth Craft Designs.


What do you think?

Simply Elegant


I saw a card recently that was a tree cut out of white cardstock, on a white cardstock base. A few of the leaves were colored in traditional fall colors, but the rest of the card was white. I absolutely loved it.

So, when I got the new Frosted Film in from Tim Holtz, I thought I would make my own white-on-white card with just a hint of red.

You can get the directions on the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog today.

Distress Stain Spritz

Tim Holtz recently released Distress Spray Stain. I think this is awesome — I am much more apt to use sprays over the original stain dauber bottle. However, I really didn’t want to buy one more thing.

sprayWhen I saw the replacement tops for sale, it gave me an idea … I wondered if I could pour the stains I already have into an empty spritz bottle.

I e-mailed Tim and he assured me that it was the same formula and it should work to pour them into a spray bottle.

So, I ordered some empty bottles from Ranger and went to work.

misterThe hard part is getting the little dauber top off of the bottle of stain. I used my thumbnail to wiggle it out … working slowly and going around and around the top.


It is important to work the top off evenly. When I did the Forest Moss, I was watching the birds and wasn’t really paying attention to what I was doing. I lifted one side too high and when the dauber went, so did a lot of stain — on the desk, the floor, my hands and me.


Fortunately, that was the only one I had trouble with!


I poured the stain into the bottle. Then I printed off Distress Ink labels from Ranger’s website. You can print your own set, here.

Then, I cut them out and ran them through my Xyron Sticker Maker and adhered them to the bottles.


Here’s my little collection.

Note: I did not do my metallic ones, since I am not sure how the bottle mixers will work. I decided I would rather buy the spray versions of those. But for the regular colors, it works perfectly!


News from the Crop

I spent last weekend at the Oakland County Fairgrounds fund-raiser crop. It is tiring, but so much fun. I love the people there.

This time, I had a brand-new product in my store … button flowers made by my friend Kendra. One of the croppers was so excited, she showed me how she used them.

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Aren’t they adorable?!

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I also had a customer who learned how to make Mosaic Moments pages last year, make this one this year … isn’t it gorgeous!

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And, of course, I taught some new people how to create with Mosaic Moments … this one isn’t finished (she has to add her title and journaling), but isn’t it fabulous! She learned some advanced cutting techniques in order to do it. I love it!

This weekend, I’m in Grand Blanc at Holy Family Church’s Parish Center. Stop by and say hi!

Ludington Lighthouse

This spring, my husband and I took a little vacation to Ludington, a town on Lake Michigan in northern Michigan. It was a working vacation (I was a vendor at a crop there), but we stayed in a hotel and enjoyed the drive and it was a nice break.

I created this page of our trip to see the lighthouse …


We only spent a few minutes at the lake because the wind was strong and cold, but I still managed to take dozens of photos.

I wanted to keep it simple and let the photos shine, so I just did a bit of embellishing on the title block.

I started with the new Pumpkin colored grid paper from Mosaic Moments. I combined two pictures across the top to make a panoramic view.


I used some of the new Lighthouse Peel-Offs from Elizabeth Craft Designs. I put them upside down (sticky side up) on my non-stick craft sheet. Then I placed a sheet of white cardstock on top, flipped the whole thing over and then colored it with Copics.

I used Stampin’ Up cardstock (by accident) which worked surprisingly well with the Copic Markers. I would not use it for blending, but I was able to get smooth color on it.

Once colored, I cut the images out and then adhered them to the title block. I used dimensional foam adhesive under the life-preserver to add a bit of depth.


Finally, I added cork letter stickers from American Crafts.

052What do you think?

Ruby Rock-It and Elizabeth Craft Designs Blog Hop

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Hello Ruby Rock-It and Elizabeth Craft Designs Fans! We are very excited to be partnering together this month, and to bring you this fun blog hop!

Each of our companies is offering a beautiful prize! Here’s all the fun details on how you will be eligible to win!
Start at the beginning of our hop right here! And then simply follow the order listed below, making sure you stop and leave some love in the comments section for each designer! Please make sure to include your email in the comments section, so we will be able to contact you should you win!
For additional chances to win:
“Like” Ruby Rock-It and Elizabeth Craft Designs on Facebook, and leave a comment, letting us know you came from our blog hop.
Comments will close Friday, October 10th at 11:59pm PST, and we will announce our winners the following week! Be sure to come back next week to see if you have won!
Ruby Rock-It is offering our beautiful Essence Empire Bebe collection to one lucky winner!
And the Elizabeth Craft Designs prize is a package full of fun Peel-Offs from their new collection, Stand Up Helpers Set 2 and a pack of Watercolor paper.
Prize package
I am the last stop on the hop … thank you for continuing all the way to the end! You should have arrived here from Kaka Costa‘s blog.
 I created a card with papers and embellishments from Ruby Rock-It’s Handi Scandi collection and the Katie Label Accordion Die set from Elizabeth Craft Designs. I fell in love with the glittered moose paper and I wanted it to be prominent in my design.ruby_Candy_spiegel2Here is the front of my card …
1. Cut out 2 panels with the Katie Label die set and one panel without using the die.
RubyEDC_Candy_Spiegel32. Cut out another set from the same paper and adhere to the back of each of these.
3. Ink the edges and and adhere the panels together as shown above. Cut off the tabs from each of the panels.
4. Cut an extra piece and adhere just the edges to the third panel to serve as a pocket. Tuck tags inside.
5. Use the decorative corner die that comes with the Katie Label die set and cut out four corners. Adhere them to the pocket and add Glitter Dots to them. Then, add apple embellishments.
6. For the first panel, add pear embellishments.
7. For the second panel, cut out the word Thank You from an Elizabeth Craft Designs’ die and adhere it. Add an apple embellishment and a few Glitter Dots.
8. For the cover, I cut one of the floral borders into three pieces and attached it to the front. Add the Hello embellishment.
I hope you enjoyed this blog hop. Good luck at winning one of the fabulous prizes!
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