Stars and Stripes Forever

I thought we should be a bit patriotic today, so I brought back this classic page from 2014 … This one was cut by hand, but you could do the same thing with the dies …
July_4th by Candy SpiegelBy the way, this is still one of my favorite pages of all time and it still lives in my sample book!

 

 

I captured the moments from our Fourth of July celebration on this Mosaic Moments layout.

Hop over to Journella to see how I created it and cheer me on!

Adding Ovals to the Grid

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This is my cousin and her family … They live in Ohio, so I don’t get to see them often, but she posts lots of pictures on Facebook and I steal them all.

I’ve “adopted” her and her kids (a baby boy is due in April) to serve as my daughter and grandchildren. This way, I can enjoy the benefits of being a “grandmother” now, since my real grandkids are a long way away. It works for her because it gives her another person to rely on and one more person to spoil her kids, in addition to her mom and her incredible aunt. And it works for my kids because these ones keep me busy enough that I don’t hound my own asking them when they will finally give me a baby! lol

Anyhow, these are pictures she took during Thanksgiving. I paired them with the Oval Frame Set, Mist Grid Paper and Page Pattern #257. I used paper and stickers from Simple Stories to complete the look.

Click here to watch the video and see how easy it is!

DIY Film Strips

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Filmstrips, vintage cameras and anything related to photography are all the rage in crafting these days. And, it is a trend I love. So, I was thrilled when Mosaic Moments brought out this Filmstrip Die. One die cuts out the film strip and whatever paper or photos you wish to put inside the strip.

I created this page after taking my new camera to Chesaning and photographing the city at night. They do amazing holiday window displays! Sort of like a mini Macy’s. The embellishments and accent papers are from Close to My Heart.

I created a video to show you how easy it is to use this new die … click here to watch it.

This post is sponsored by Mosaic Moments.

It’s been a while …

It has been more than two weeks since my last post … I cannot believe how time has flown.

Although my blog may disagree, I have not been ignoring my job. Rather, I have been working day and night — or so it feels — creating things to sell.

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I have been making garden fancies, altered cans and altered spoons for craft shows. This was a quick snap shot before packing them up last weekend.

And, I have been working on page kits …

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I still have lots to do and more to make … fingers crossed I’ll be participating in a large craft show next month.

I’ve also been doing a bit of number crunching and soul searching … I’m changing things up a bit with my retail business. To make room for new stock, I’ll be doing grab bags during the crop this weekend at Holy Family in Grand Blanc. Stop by for some GREAT deals!!

And, I promise to get back to tutorials and ideas ASAP!

Christmas in July

I am loving the new dies from Elizabeth Craft Designs. I have been making plenty of cards to send to the company for samples, as well as for my friends and family. But, my first love is still scrapbooking.

Since the new dies are large enough to make beautiful accents on scrapbook pages, I decided to create a layout of last Christmas. With my children grown and no grandchildren in my future, Christmas is a pretty low-key event these days. So, I opted to just showcase a few highlights of the day.

ECD Christmas Layout by Candy Spiegel

 

The paper, letter stickers and word stickers are from Webster’s Pages.

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I used several dies from Elizabeth Craft Designs, including the Candle, Holly Flourish, Holly Leaves & Berries, Ornaments and Stockings.

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I added Glitter Dots and a little ink to bring out the shapes.

These dies will be available at the end of July. You can order them from Elizabeth Craft Designs, here,check with your local scrapbook store, or contact me to get these amazing new dies.

 

Searching for Spring

This winter has been cold and snowy and really, really long … I am not sure spring will ever come.

But that did not stop me from completing my Mosaic Moments assignment … a spring scavenger hunt.

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I used lots of dies, a little glitter and Shimmer Sheetz to make the page springy.

For details, close up photos and more, click here … 

While you are there, cheer me on or leave a comment!

Create a Holiday Snowglobe

Mason jar_candy_spiegelLast year, I created a snowglobe out of a mason jar. I loved it, but I cannot find it anywhere!

So, I decided to create a new-and-improved one. I had intended to offer it as a class, but there is a lot of dry time and unless we sit in class all day, it just isn’t going to work.

I do have one kit available for $20 if you are interested. Just send me an e-mail and let me know what color tree you would like. You will need Art Glitter Designer Dries Clear Adhesive, Washi Tape and silicone to complete the project.

If you prefer to find the products yourself, here are the directions for creating this snowglobe …

  1. Combine 2-3 drops of Distress Reinker into a Mini Mister and fill with water. Shake and spritz on tree until desired color is reached. Let dry.
  2. When tree is completely dry, apply Art Glitter Designer Dries Clear Adhesive to the edges of the branches. Roll in Art Glitter Glitz (a combination of glitter, beads and Vintage Glass Shards). Let dry.
  3. Apply large glob of silicone to the bottom of the inside of the jar and press the base of the tree into it. Let dry overnight.
  4. Clean mason jar with glass cleaner.
  5. Cut out reindeer from Tim Holtz die. Run through Xyron and attach to jar.
  6. Add fake snow to inside of jar.
  7. Cut out circle to cover the top of the jar lid. Adhere.
  8. Cut out Snowflake Rosette with Tim Holtz die. Apply Washi tape to the back side and fold. Use DDCA to glue ends together. Hold until dry. Flip and adhere to 1” circle with Craft Glue Dots. Repeat for second rosette. Glue together and add snowflake punches to top. Adhere to jar lid.
  9. Assemble lid and wrap Washi Tape around the ring of the jar.
  10. Tie tinsel to the top.

Enjoy!