Petal Popping

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See the cute little flowers that pop on this page? These are called Petal Poppers and they are dies made just for Mosaic Moments Grid Paper. They are so cute and they pop right off the page — literally.

I thought they were the perfect accent to showcase the squirrels in my yard who insist on eating bird seed.

I created a video for Mosaic Moments showing how this is done. You can click here to watch it.

NOTE: I was paid for making the video.

Upcoming Class at Scrappy Chic

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Get ready to scrap your pictures from the zoo, safari or wild family in this fun class at Scrappy Chic.

We’ll create a 12×12, 2-page layout using Graphic 45’s new paper — and you will go home with additional pieces to create a card or add to another project or layout.

As always, most everything will be precut, so this will only take an hour on July 20 at 6 p.m.

Contact the store for details and to register.

See you there!

Mosaic Monday

Mosaic mattIt’s Monday, so I thought I would make it a Mosaic Monday and share a few pages I have created recently using the Mosaic Moments system.

If you are unfamiliar with the system, it is based on a 1-inch grid. Each page uses special grid paper as its base. There is only one rule — you must cover all of the grid lines. Other than that, you can do anything you like!

In the page above, I cut up images out of paper and added all sorts of metal bits, gears and brads to make it manly … I call it my 40-pound page because it weighs so much! Notice how I covered each of the grid lines with either cardstock or photos and then added my decor on top of that.

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This is a two-page spread using the Mosaic Moments system. I overlapped a few photos and used patterned paper to fill in a bit.

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These are my meat chickens — the ones we raise for food. Yes, I know, you are horrified. I used the journaling block to explain why I do this. Because I had a lot to say, I typed it on the computer and then cut the paper to fit the grid. I also matted a photo and cut up parts of the paper to create the title.

Look for more inspiration and tips next Monday!

Did You Think It?

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I love animals — especially my animals.

When you watch them enough, you can imagine what is going on in their little heads. (Don’t judge … you do the same thing with babies!)

On this page, I gave words to what they were thinking using the new Think It die from Mosaic Moments.

Check out how easy it is …

(Note: I did receive compensation for making this video.)

Challenge: Black, white and one color

April’s challenge at Scrap It Girl is to create a project using only black and white and one additional color.

I decided to stick with mostly white — using black and yellow as an accent — and play with texture. Here’s what I came up with ….

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This is one of my new chickens, Emma, an Ameraucana hen. She’ll lay blue eggs when she grows up. Chickens grow so fast and change so quickly, I take lots of pictures and I thought this one would be perfect for this month’s challenge.

I started by ripping a piece of paper (Stampin’ Up), folded the corner, stapled it and then adhered it to white cardstock. Then I used Texture Paste and a Dylusions stencil to add to the background.

April_Candy_Spiegel2I triple matted the photo to make Emma really stand out and cut out a little tag for her name. I also added some white embossed chicken feet to the area under the tag, but they are hard to see.

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I also added a few ribbons and some vintage buttons to the page.

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Then I added a few fibers and some little pearls.

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(I know there is a pink cast to my pages … it was the only way I could get all of the white layers to really show up in the photo).

Now it is your turn. Create a project using only the colors white, black and one other. A project can be anything … a card, scrapbook page, home decor, banner, altered art, mixed media …. whatever you choose. Then share it at Scrap It Girl before the end of April. You could win a great selection of prizes! Good luck!!

Love My Tapes

I am so excited to be a part of the new Love My Tapes Design Team.

Today, I am introducing myself on the Love My Tapes blog and sharing a few of my creations using washi tape …

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Here’s a page I made of my baby turkey … they have got to be the cutest of all poultry babies!

I used washi tape directly on the page toward the bottom. I placed it on cardstock for a custom embellishment at the top of the page and used it to create the title …

Click here to see two more projects I did …

Peeps in Pink

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Our challenge on the Mosaic Moments Design Team this time was to create a page with texture. I opted for a mixed-medial approach and provided you with step-by-step directions to create the background on Journella.

Click here to see it and cheer me on!

Help! They’re Molting!

Linnie Blooms Molting Candy SpiegelIf you have never noticed a molting chicken, you are in for a treat. They look rather ridiculous as they lose feathers and slowly replace them.

I recorded the event this year on this spread for Linnie Blooms Designs.

For a closer look and to see how I created this page, click here.

 

Gobble, gobble

MM17_Candy_spiegelThis is the second year my husband and I have raised turkeys.

Turkeys, I think, are the cutest poultry babies there are and I love watching them grow.

Of course, I also love to eat them.

People wonder how I can possibly eat my babies, but it is not as hard as you might think.

First of all, I just take the turkeys for a ride and drop them off at the processor. I go back later that day and pick up turkeys sealed and labeled just like you buy at the store. So, I have no idea which cooking turkey was once part of my farm and I do not see any of the butchering process.

Secondly, turkeys get rather unattractive as they mature. They are not loving like a dog or hen. They have horrendous table manners and if you do not keep their coop clean, the smell is awful. So, by the time they are ready to butcher, the novelty of raising them has totally warn off.

Finally, these turkeys are bread to become food. They grow quickly, cannot reproduce and will die of a heart attack if not butchered in the fall.

So, you see, it isn’t really hard at all. I get to enjoy the experience and then taste the fruits of my labor!

To see how I put this page together and for close up views, visit http://www.journella.com/storyboard/fullview/id/10925

Be sure to cheer me on … if I get more cheers than any other members of the design team, I’ll send one lucky supporter a wonderful gift basket of goodies!

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