Take A Closer Look

Today is the Elizabeth Craft Designs’ Designer Challenge … we had to use some of the new Peel-Off designs. Here’s what I did …ECD Fox Layout Candy Spiegel

I love photographing flowers, trees, animals and other things in nature. Lately, I’ve been getting up close and getting photos that show off details not typically seen by just looking at the flowers from a distance.

Of course, once I take the flowers, I need to find something to do with them … on this page I wanted to showcase some of the up close photos I recently took, but I also wanted the entire page to give the feeling that you need to look behind and up close to see these natural beauties.

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I used the Leafy Branch die from Elizabeth Craft Designs to give the feeling that the foxes were hiding in the grass or bushes. The way the die is made, it is easy to find places to cut the die cut to fit any size.

ECD Fox Layout Candy Spiegel3The foxes are outline Peel-Offs from ECD as well. I put them on X-Press It cardstock and colored them with Copic markers, then cut them out and adhered them with dimensional foam adhesive.

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For the title, I used the Alphabet Caps die from ECD. I cut out the letters twice — once in black and once in the patterned paper (from Bo Bunny) I used for the journaling block and photo mat. Then I layered them together to give a shadow look.

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Need more inspiration? Click here and see what the other designers created.

Hannah’s Graduation Open House

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My friend is going through a lot right now. Any one of the things she is experiencing would be enough to break many people. Yet, she is dealing with multiple life-changing events all at once. Honestly, I do not know how she is keeping it all together, but she is. Granted she is exhausted and stressed, but she is still managing to smile.

I would love to be able to help her, but there really is nothing I can do … until now at least … her daughter, Hannah, just graduated¬†from high school and if there is one thing I know how to do, it’s play with paper. So I offered to do the centerpieces and banner for Hannah’s open house.

I had help from a few friends who chipped in with money and supplies to help me out. Hannah wanted a Mardi Gras theme, rather than going with school colors, so I created my version of Mardi Gras!

I started with a banner, made from the Tim Holtz Cabinet Card die and then turned upside down. I cut each piece out of chipboard and paper, so it will be strong enough to handle Mother Nature. I then used the Cricut to cut out the letters of her name in metallic gold and a black shadow. I added a few feathers, the year, buttons and little hats to top it off.
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For the centerpieces, I started with some frappuccino bottles spray-painted in metallic gold. I filled the bottles with sand so they would won’t (hopefully) tip over.

Then, I bought a few digital images from Cricut and made the jester hats, circles and labels. I used a gold paint pen around the edges and on the “bells”. The hats are Jolee’s. I used lollipop sticks for the hats and decorative straws for the others. The sand in the jar holds them in place.

I added a bit of glitter tulle to the jars for a little more festivity.

I also included tons of beads and several boas to go with the centerpieces or for guests and the guest of honor to wear.

Now, I am just hoping for a nice day so we can all celebrate with Hannah and her mom can relax and enjoy the afternoon!

Congratulations, Hannah!

Mosaic Moments Videos

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Did you know I have been making videos for Mosaic Moments?

My videos are filled with tips and ideas for working with Mosaic Moments Grid Papers.

Turn a Page Pattern into a Two-Page Spread

How to Use Circle Tiles

Working on White Grid Paper

Using Patterned Paper on Your Layouts

How to Use the New Dies

This one is my favorite … I show you how quickly you can make a page using the new dies.

Although the layout above is not included in any of the videos, I wanted to share a page I recently did to celebrate our 10th year wedding anniversary on the Mosaic Moments Grid Paper.

If you have never tried this system, I would be happy to teach you how. And, I keep a variety of grid papers, the mat, adhesives, Cornerstones and other supplies in stock. And if there is something you need that I don’t have on hand, I can probably order it for you. Happy cropping!