Flower Fairy


The challenge on the Just Imagine Kreaxions post today was to do something for Halloween, with pumpkins or something orange.

I opted to hang onto summer for just a little longer.

I started with a pre-embossed card and cut a hole in the center with the Kreaxions Circle Cutter.

I added a few flowers and pearls to the front …

kreaxion_sept_candy_spiegel2Inside, I added a bit of orange cardstock and then a piece of X-Press It Cardstock (my preferred choice for coloring with Copics.)

The image, from Whipper Snapper Designs, was stamped with Memento Ink and then colored with Copic markers. I added a bit of Rock Candy Stickles to the wings. Then I stamped the sentiment (from Close to My Heart).

I think she’s adorable and I love how easy she is to see through the circle opening I created.

Hopefully I used enough orange to pass muster!

Mosaic Monday: The Octagon Die


When my son came home from Hawaii (and the U.S. Navy), he brought a fiance with him.

Her name is Ola. She was born in Tonga, a Polynesian Island in the South Pacific. Her family moved to Hawaii when she was small and she became a United States citizen. She has embraced many U.S. customs, but has held on to many of her Tongan customs, as well.

I’d say Ola is the perfect blend of cultures and she is absolutely ideal for my son. She complements his personality by accenting his strengths and compensating for his weaknesses. She gets his sense of humor, isn’t at all bothered by his lack of neatness and is a genuinely nice person! She seems to make him very happy, and given that they have been through some stressful situations — including living in a hotel, living with his family, and living through a few blizzards — I think they will be together for a long, long time.

I didn’t get to spend much time with them … they only stayed in Michigan for a year before heading to NYC to pursue their dreams — him as a vegan chef and her in the fashion industry. So now I am missing them and decided to finally scrapbook the engagement photos I took of them last fall.

I used a soft gray Mosaic Moments Grid Paper, with black cardstock accents and some really old fall paper I had in my stash. To accent the page, I used the Octagon Die from Mosaic Moments. It comes with tiny photo corners and fits perfectly on the grid paper. I’d have to say this is one of my favorite layouts ever … the colors just work so well and subjects are just adorable!

I made a short video to show you how to cut and use the Octagon Die. You can watch it by clicking here.

I hope you enjoy the video and the page … and if you’re in NYC and see my kids, tell them their mommy loves them!

Give Thanks


I know, I know … I’m not ready for fall either, but if we need to get fall out of the way so we can make holiday gifts!

This sign is actually a class I took at Green Door Studio in Brighton. The wood was already stained … we just had to distress it and paint it. The painting technique is really cool — it doesn’t use stencils but is not quite freehand, either. It’s a great technique that you have to take the class to learn.


This is the sign I came home with. I wasn’t quite happy with my painting skills so I sanded it — a lot — with fine sandpaper. You can see the sanding in this photo — Misty decided she needed to model the sign, by the way.


I wanted to add more because I am just not plain and simple, so I created some flowers. I didn’t have any fall-themed paper, so I cut out orange cardstock using my Tattered Florals die from Tim Holtz.

Then, I used a background stamp and Archival ink to create a pattern.

give_thanks_candy_spiegel4A little Distress Ink and some flower shaping and a button in the middle and they were all set!

give_thanks_candy_spiegel2I also added some hooks and a ribbon to the top to hang it. I love how it turned out!

This class is still being offered this fall at Green Door Studio. Click here to contact the store for details.

Happy Halloween


I know it’s too early for Halloween … but Karen Burniston came out with this adorable ghost charm for Elizabeth Craft Designs and I had a post due for Just Imagine — Kreaxions, so …

I made it even easier by starting with a pre-embossed card. I cut the circle with the Kreaxions Circle Cutter. I used an eyelet and a few jump rings to hang the little ghost charm. I added a bit of cardstock to the inside of the card so the ghost would stand out. Stamped a sentiment. And, there you have it … quick and easy enough to make for Trick-or-Treaters!

Mom’s Garden

momgarden_candy_spiegelMy mother has a beautiful garden, with her house in the middle of it!



Really, she has dozens of gardens around her house, garage and sheds.



momgarden_candy_spiegel3Her garden has been featured on a local charity garden tour fund-raiser twice.



Many of the gardens are separated with fencing, sheds, tall grass and other items. And many of them have themes … there is an outdoor room, a water garden, multiple fairy gardens and a miniature golf garden (built for the grandkids). My favorite garden is a hidden garden. Once you find it, you see it is filled with pink flamingos made from all sorts of materials.

momgarden_candy_spiegel2 During the summer, I took some evening pictures of her garden. Of course, I had forgotten to wipe my memory card clean, so I didn’t get very many pictures, but I did get a few …





I’m sure these photos will find their way onto a scrapbook page or card at some point …

Staying Warm

sweater5Elizabeth Craft Designs just released the most adorable sweater die and I have been having a blast playing with it!

It is part of the Joset’s Designs collection and can be purchased through me, or here …

The set includes the sweater die, the cuffs, a reindeer face and antlers, a snowflake and the hanger. It is such a fun and versatile set!



In the card above, I cut the sweater out of felt and the cuffs and reindeer out of paper. I added a Glitter Dot for the nose and googly eyes, because I thought it needed them! I used the snowflake die that comes with the set to make glitter snowflake accents.


On this card, I cut all of the sweater pieces out of felt. I used a marker for the eyes and colored a tiny pom pom for Rudolf’s nose!


For this one, I cut the sweater out of canvas. Then I trimmed off the collar, sleeves and bottom cuff to make it into a t-shirt. I took one of the sweater cuffs and cut it out to make the pocket. I added a bit of black faux stitching to bring out the details.


Now to show you how I did it …

First I cut the hangers out of wooden paper and then a second time from foil paper. I trimmed the foil paper and put it on top of the wooden cut to make the hangers. Too cute!


Next I cut the sweater die out of felt. I found if you don’t use a metal plate, it cuts, but you might have to use scissors in a few places to get the sweater separated from the fabric. When I used the metal plate, it cut like butter and added some embossed detailing, as well.

If you have a Sizzix machine (Big Shot, Big Kick, Vagabond, etc.), I highly recommend the Precision Base Plate. It will make all of those intricate dies cut out so much easier!


Before cutting out the smaller pieces, like the cuffs and snowflake, I adhered double-sided adhesive to the felt, leaving the backing on. (Elizabeth Craft Designs makes the best for this, since the backing paper is so thin and the adhesive is crystal clear. Scor-Tape also makes some.)


See how cleanly they come out? And the back side has adhesive on it and is ready to stick!


Just peel off the backing and stick the parts to the sweater. I love how the die embosses the ribs into the cuffs even on felt!


It then put the sweater on it’s hanger and adhered it to the card. Then I stamped the sentiment (I used this new set of stamps, also from Joset’s Designs, on three of the cards pictured.)


I added few gems for a little extra bling …

I have so many more ideas using this die, I cannot find more time to play!


Mosaic Monday


This was our second time staying in the Big Bay Point Lighthouse. My daughter, knowing I love lighthouses, did a little research online and found this place. She bought us a gift certificate for a stay there for Christmas. What she didn’t remember was that we stayed there on our honeymoon, when she was just 11!

I cried when I opened our gift and realized all of the time she took to look for something really special. I mean, who would even think to Google “Lighthouse Bed & Breakfasts”! And, the fact that it was a return to one of the wonderful places we spent on our honeymoon made it even better.
mosaic_bigbay2 I created quite a few layouts of the lighthouse for our scrapbook. This one shows the interior of the building and some of the grounds around the lighthouse. I love using the Mosaic Moments system for pages like this. The grid paper makes it easy to showcase just the details — like the nameplate on our bedroom door, the Victorian doorknobs, the view from our window and the brick that used to divide the house into two houses. These types of photos are hard to scrapbook without the page looking cluttered or unorganized. Mosaic Moments Grid Paper allows you to add in all sizes of photos while maintaining a sense of organization. And the mixture of detail-oriented photos and those taken at a distance keeps it interesting.