Recipe Challenge

This month’s challenge on the Scrap It Girl blog is a recipe challenge hosted by co-DT member April Walker.

The ingredients require 1 stamp, 2 punches and 3 different patterned papers. I opted to use some brand-new paper from Bo Bunny:

march challenge by Candy Spiegel

I didn’t intend to use this photo originally, but as I was digging through supplies, it landed on the paper and the colors matched so perfectly, I had to use it! This is a photo of my kids during one of Christopher’s recent trips home from Guam. (click on the photo for a larger view)

Here is a close up of the Tim Holtz stamp I used …

march challenge 2I used an EK Success circle punch to accent the stamp and a Fiskars border punch to create the base for the title.

What would you create with one stamp, two punches and three different patterned papers?

Put together your creation and submit it to Scrap It Girl. We choose our favorite and send them this pack of goodies …

I can’t wait to see what you create!


Pretty in Bling

The January challenge for Scrap It Girl is to use bling, glitter and other things that sparkle and shine.

I decided to add a bit of sparkle to the homecoming dance photos of my niece Kayla.

My niece is a bit of a tomboy … she lives for football and hates dolls, pink and dresses. So, you can imagine our surprise when her mom asked us to meet her at the park to take pictures of her in her homecoming dress! Half expecting her to be in a denim shirt dress, I was thrilled to see her so beautifully dressed in lace and heels.

I knew I wanted to do something special with the photos, so I have been sitting on them for several months. I decided a bling challenge was perfect! Here’s what I did …

bling by Candy Spiegel

The journaling tells the story of how her dad wanted her to pose like a model and how when she finally started goofing around, I got a photo that shows her as she really is … beautiful inside and out!

Play along at Scrap It Girl this month and you could win some great prizes. All you have to do is create something that sparkles and post it online. Hope to see your entry there, soon.


Viva Las VegaStamps DT Tryout

I’m trying out to be a part of the Viva Las VegaStamps design team. Viva Las VegaStamps offers a plethora of images that are generally on the realistic or artsy side. I’ve been looking at them for some time, but since none of the stores I frequent sell them, I have yet to try them out. So, I thought if I was part of their design team, I could try them out and, if I like them, which I am 99.9999% sure I will, I can look into bringing them into Capture-A-Memory.

As part of the application process, they asked for three projects that showcase my style. So, I pulled out a few of my favorites to share …

These photos were taken the morning before my son left for Guam. He joined the Navy, and Guam was his first assignment after school. I used several Tim Holtz stamps on this page. I love working with stamps on scrapbook pages. It is always a bit of a challenge to fit stamps often designed for cards onto 12×12 paper, but I enjoy it and I am always pleased with the results. I often use stamps on my journaling blocks or as tiny accents. Background stamps are also great for adding layers without bulk. 

This is one of my favorite cards. It is a stamp from Northwoods, colored with Copic Sketch Markers. A little distressing, some quick stitching on the side and a bit of twine and it is done. Simple, yet beautiful. Exactly my style!

Finally, I am showing this one. I made it for an aunt who was in the hospital. I colored the Magnolia stamp with Copic Sketch Markers and used Distress Ink around the edges. Then, just for a little something special, I added some Liquid Pearls to her sweater to serve as 3D buttons. Cute, eh?

So there you have three of my favorite stamped projects. Wish me luck!


Under the Mistletoe

Well, not really UNDER the Mistletoe, but that was the first thing I thought of when I heard Bo Bunny’s new Christmas line was named Mistletoe.

Before you start thinking of kissing or anything romantic, let me tell you that this new line from Bo Bunny is young, childish, whimsical and fun in traditional Christmas colors and a beautiful light blue.

Here’s one sample page I made for Capture-A-Memory:


This is the last portrait of my family before my son left for bootcamp in the U.S. Navy. I added a bit of black cardstock, some ribbon and a few Maya Road pins. The flowers were cut out of Bo Bunny paper using the Tim Holtz/Sizzix Tattered Flowers die.

This one features a much older photo … for a $5 donation to a pet-rescue organization, we got this Polaroid of my children and my cat with Santa. Cute, huh? The Bo Bunny paper made this layout so easy. Everything — title, patterned paper, tree, “stamping” is all part of one sheet of paper. I used some others to make a photo mat, added a bit of ribbon and cut the journaling block (cut from another sheet of paper) and it’s done. It took all of about 5 minutes, yet looks like I spent hours. Thank you, Bo Bunny!

With a piece of leftover Bo Bunny paper, I made this quick little card. It uses two stamps from Stamps by Judith, Copic Markers and a bit of Stickles for some sparkle and shine. The base of the snow globe is colored in Y28 and then AtYou Spica pen in gold. It is the closest look to actual metal I have been able to achieve with Copic markers.



A serenade, please

One of Bo Bunny’s newest lines is Serenade. When I first saw it, I wasn’t sure I liked it. But, the more I looked at it and noticed the flowers and dragonflies, the more I fell in love with it.

I especially love the saying on one of the papers … Some people look for a beautiful place; others make a place beautiful. That phrase was the inspiration behind this page.

The paper was already decorated so beautifully, I didn’t have to do much to it. A little ink, some ribbon, a few flowers and a brad and it was done!

Here’s a card I created with the same line … also very simple.

Click on the images for a better view …



Technique Thursday: Around the Border Punches

Martha Stewart’s Around the Border Punches can create breathtaking layouts and designs — if you know how to use them.

While both punches can work independently of each other, if you want to go all the way around the border of something, each side of your paper must measure to one of the following:

3 1/4″


6 3/4″

8 1/2″

10 1/4″


You can mix them up as you choose (like a 5″ x 6 3/4″ photo mat or a 10 1/4″ x 3 1/4″ strip), but each side must be one of the measurements above. Once you have that figured out, you are ready to punch.

With different sizes, you can make frames, journaling boxes, photo mats and more.

There are two punches that come in the Around the Border set.  There is a corner punch and an edge punch. Both have wings that fold out or down for use and then fold back in or up for storage.

Step 1 is to punch each of the corners of your paper.

Then, grab the edge punch and line up the corner you punched with the design printed on the punch itself. When properly aligned, you will not see the silver pattern at all.

Punch once, then move the paper to line up with the border or edge design printed on the punch. In this case, the silver pattern should fit perfectly within your punched area. Once lined up, punch again. Repeat this process until you are at the edge of your paper. Then, turn the corner and start again.

You can also use the punches independently of each other.

Here I used only the corner punch …

Here I used just the border or edge punch:

NOTE: Crooked edges are what happens when you don’t keep the paper up tight against the guide …

You can also use the corner punch to punch the folded corner of your card, like this:


To do this, only open one wing on your corner punch. Line the edge up with the edge of the paper, like you normally would. Then, find the little mark on the side of the punch and line that up with the fold of your card …

And punch.

Stop by Capture A Memory today from 2-6 p.m. and try out these awesome punches for yourself!





Technique Thursday: Sew Ribbon

Technique Thursday is back after a short vacation to spend time with my son who stopped by on his way from Guam to San Diego. He’s a corpsman in the Navy and I am so proud of him!

Anyhow, today’s technique is an easy way to add ribbon to a card or layout. Here is an example I created a few months ago of my nephew … notice the ribbon along the bottom of the photo mat? It is applied with the Sew Ribbon tool from We R Memory Keepers.


It is very easy to use. The tool includes three parts, like this …

You simply slip your paper between the two templates (strong magnets hold them perfectly in place), insert the punch into the template and push.


Then, you remove the sticker paper from the “needle” and wrap it around the edge of your ribbon, like this …


The needle makes it easy to thread the ribbon through the holes made with the template.


I wrap the ends of the ribbon around the back side of the paper and secure them with a bit of adhesive. It couldn’t be easier!

Here is a layout I did of my daughter, using new paper from Graphic 45 … I used the leaf template, here.


(click on the photo for a larger version)

And a card I made with the leftovers … I used the Shoelace template on this one.


Want to try it out for yourself?

I’ll be at Capture A Memory from 2-6 p.m. today with Sew Ribbon for you to try. Hope to see you there!


Bring on the Sunshine

I have the cutest nephews.

Although I don’t get to see them often (they live in the deep south), I do get to share their smiles on Facebook.

Naturally, when I saw these photos, I HAD to scrapbook them. And, I thought this collection from Little Yellow Bicycle would be just perfect …

(Click on the photo for a larger image)

Welcome, Henry

My brother and sister-in-law recently expanded their family.

To show off my newest nephew, I created this adorable page using papers and embellishments by Little Yellow Bicycle, cardstock from American Crafts, Ribbon from Bo Bunny and the We R Memory Keepers’ Sew Ribbon tool. The ribbon tool was easier and faster than I predicted. I think I might be adding it to my collection very soon!

Classes, classes and more classes

Learning is fun — if you know where to look. And crafting classes are always great fun.

Personally, I like real classes — not ones that are more like project kits — but ones where the instructor provides tips and tidbits while helping you make a project or learn a new technique. It doesn’t really matter what I make, it’s the process that is rewarding.

I could listen to Wendy Vecchi, Colleen Schaan, Tim Holtz or other experts teach all day long. I could take the same class again and again and always learn something new.

Sure, I can follow the directions and place a brad at a certain spot, I don’t need an instructor for that. But when the instructor adds tips for lining it up just right or telling you what not to do (because they’ve done it and it was a minor disaster), well, that’s what I expect to pay for when I take a class.

I remember taking a class from an EK Success rep years and years ago. We were working with products that aren’t even made anymore and the layouts I created never did receive photos or make it to my album. But, that rep taught me how to tear paper — a simple technique that you wouldn’t think you would need help with, but I’ve taught it over and over again and everyone seems thankful for the tips.

It’s moments like that that make the class worthwhile. And, since that is what I expect, that is how I model my classes.

And, I have quite a few classes on the horizon … I’m going to add a space to my blog for them to reside permanently, but for now, here are the classes I have coming up:

Art Glitter Lace Notebook

Sunday, Jan. 22 1-2:30 p.m.

Copic Airbrushing

Tuesday, Feb. 7 5:30-7 p.m.

Heritage: Holding Documents

Sunday, Feb. 19 1-2:30 p.m.

Adding Texture with Copic Colorless Blender

Sunday, March 18 1-3 p.m.

Cricut: Layers & Masking

Tuesday, Feb. 21 5:30-7 p.m.

To register or for more information, contact Capture A Memory at 810-733-0716 or click here …

I look forward to seeing you there!