Glasses for the Family

Etchall Glasses

We often have dinner as a family at my in-laws. The family is small … my husband has only one sister, so even with all of our children, there are only 10 of us. Since the family is small enough to fit around the dinner table, we use “real” dishes. We have tried to mark them so we can keep them straight. My mother-in-law made little rings to go around the glasses one year, but we could never remember who had a bell or a tree.

This year, I decided to make monogrammed glasses for everyone to solve this little problem. My first thought was to find pretty, mismatched glasses at a thrift store. But I worried my mother-in-law wouldn’t like a mismatched set. She’s much more formal than I am. So, I decided to buy glasses at a discount store. They came in sets of 4, so I did 12. (and, since they came in boxes, they were easy to wrap)

I used the Cricut Craft Room to create the designs. Most of them were a fancy box with a letter inside. I cut them out in vinyl and then adhered them to the glass … curves are difficult to work on. I kept the monograms small and tried to find the flattest part of the glass to work on.

Then, I added painters’ tape around the vinyl to make sure I didn’t etch any part of the glass I didn’t want to etch.

I used a squeegee to make sure everything was sealed tight and there were no air bubbles anywhere.

Then I applied a thick layer of Etchall and let the glasses sit for 15 minutes. I used a pair of bowl to hold the glasses so they would not roll around. I did them in batches of 4, so the time did not get away from me.

That done, I washed off the cream, pulled off the tape and vinyl and then washed the glasses. Beautiful!

Favorite Ornaments

IMGP1054Each Friday, Scrap It Girl asks everyone to post their favorites.

Today, she asked us to post our favorite ornament to make. For me, this was easy … I love to make ornaments and I love to make ones with a little dome on them by Globecraft & Piccolo. They are so versatile and so much fun to make.

This time, I opted to make one featuring products from Elizabeth Craft Designs.


I started by tracing the outer edge of the frame onto a piece of paper. Then I cut well inside of the line to create the back of the ornament.


I placed it on top of the center ring, which I had already painted white.



Next, I cut out pieces of the candle from Velvet paper and Shimmer Sheetz. I lightly inked the candle and wax.

067I added a couple of sprigs cut out of cardstock and Glitter Dots.

IMGP1050I inked the top ring and then embossed it with an embossing folder. I then took ink and ran it over the top of the ring to highlight the embossing.

IMGP1051I put the dome on and added Art Glitter Designer Dries Clear Adhesive around it. Then I put on the ring and used clothespins to hold it in place white drying.


I finished it off with a jingle bell and a couple of pre-made ribbons.

What do you think?




Upcycled Tins

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This nautical pen holder is a great gift for anyone with an office. It is also easy, inexpensive and fun.

Start with a washed can. I think this one held black olives, but a soup can would work as well. Be sure to use a can opener that does not leave sharp edges when it opens the can.

Paint the can with acrylic paint or spray paint and make sure it is completely dry. I let mine dry overnight.

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Once dry, add a strip of Elizabeth Craft Designs Transparent Double Sided Tape around the bottom of the can.

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Then wrap twine around the base.

Next, apply glitter to the Peel-Offs. You can see how to do this, here.

And color them with Copic markers.

ECD can_Candy_Spiegel7Cut out the stickers and adhere them to the can with dimensional adhesive foam.

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Add some to the backside as well.

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Cut a piece of Velvet Adhesive Sheet to fit the bottom of the can.


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Since these sheets are adhesive backed, they attach easily to the bottom of the can. It gives the can a finished look and keeps it from damaging the tabletop!

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There are lots of other gift ideas on the Elizabeth Craft Designs Blog today … check them out.


Window of Travel


Welcome to day 2 of the 4th Annual Handmade Holidays Blog Hop!

A few years ago we were looking online for handmade gift ideas and thought it would be great if there was a resource dedicated JUST to handmade gift ideas. Enter the Handmade Holidays hop!

We’ve gathered over 100 of our creative blogger friends in the craft industry as well as some of our fellow product manufacturers to bring you a plethora of inspiring gift ideas you can make now to give to your friends, family, and colleagues.

Pin and bookmark these ideas for this holiday season and to use throughout the year! Each day of the hop features approximately 30 gift projects and you can “hop” from one blog to another to check them all out.



For my project, I decided to alter a window with travel photos as a gift to my parents. This is a long post and there are a lot of steps, but do not let that frighten you. It is deceptively easy to create a photo window.


This is what the window looked like when I started … it came out of a barn that was being demolished. After a good hose down with a little bleach, my husband added a piece of wood and hardware cloth to fill in the two missing panes and it was ready to transform.


I applied layers of acrylic paint, some watered down a bit, until I liked the patina. I used white, deep brown and a bright blue. I also left a bit of the red paint that was on the window and some of the chipped paint and wood visible in my layers.


My dad is not into rustic and I was worried he would think the window was dirty, so I painted the sides and back with white gesso to keep it nice and clean. (My cat likes to help with all of my projects — mostly as a supervisor.)


I covered the wood with paper from Graphic 45’s Come Away With Me collection. I also added a bit of embossing paste through a stencil in the corners. At first, the paste was too white, so I took a bit of permanent ink (by dabbing a dauber into the ink pad) and went over it lightly to deepen the color.


I cut out elements from other papers in the collection, inked the edges and adhered them to the frame. I also added a tiny nail at each side and in the top left corner of the frame to hang things on.

HH_CandySpiegel9For the next pane, I adhered a couple of photos to a piece of paper, cut slightly larger than the glass. I used packing tape to attach it to the back of the window.


Here it is from the front side …


I used clips to attach photos to the hardware cloth. This way, they can easily be changed out as often as desired.


The banner was cut out of Graphic 45 papers with Elizabeth Craft Designs Tags & More 2 — Deco.


I decided to put the tags upside down to create a banner. I added cork squares (with rounded corners) and circles cut out of the maps on the paper. Then, I cut out letters with Sizzix/Tim Holtz die Wordplay. I punched holes in each tag and ran fibers through to connect them. I tied them to little nails I put in the edges of the frame.


To add a bit of dimension to the top frame, I used the Sizzix/Tim Holtz Ticket die to cut out tickets out of Graphic 45 paper and then stamped them with a coordinating Tim Holtz stamp.

I used Scrapbook Adhesives 3D Foam Squares to adhere some of the tickets so they stand out better.


I also cut out arrows and cars out of these Sizzix/Tim Holtz dies. This type of die allows the images to be cut out of paper and chipboard. I adhered the papers to the chipboard for a little more dimension.

HH_CandySpiegel17In this pane, I adhered photos and elements directly to the glass. I used Scrapbook Adhesives 3D Foam Squares to add a bit of dimension to some of the elements.


I used the Mini Filmstrip/Ticket die from Sizzix/Tim Holtz to create a filmstrip border. Then I cut out small images from the Graphic 45 paper and used the Sakura Quickie Glue to adhere them. (DISCLOSURE: I did receive products from Sakura to use and promote on this project).


I added the filmstrip border, car, compass stamp and buttons to the front of the glass, so photos can still be changed on the backside without bothering these elements.


I added additional elements cut from paper and chipboard, along with more vintage buttons to this frame.


I wanted to make items to dangle on the frame’s left side. I used Sakura’s Glaze Pens to color an acrylic tag.


I coated another tag with clear, liquid adhesive and adhered it to paper. I added rub ons to the blue tag. Then, I used the black Glaze pen to create dimensional dots on the acrylic. Once the glue dried, I trimmed the tag with the paper on it.


Then I added some jump rings, fibers and pearls to create a little tag for the side of the frame.


For a final touch, I used Sakura Gellyroll Moonlight 06 pens to make a little tag to hang on the frame. These pens show up brilliantly on black cardstock.


And, one last look at the completed frame … I already presented it to my parents and they loved it!


Are you ready for lots more creative handmade gift ideas and projects??

Follow along on our blog hop! Simply click on each of the links below to be taken to that post with additional information and photos on how to create a handmade gift project. Have fun and pin away!


 Ellison Educational Equipment

Walnut Hollow

 Graphic 45

 Hydrangea Hippo


 Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L 

Rowland Technologies

 Neat and Tangled

 ICE Resin

 Therm O Web

 Elizabeth Craft Designs

 Pink and Main

The Buckle Boutique

Clearsnap – Vivian Keh

Ashley Rader – Giddy Upcycled

 ICE Resin – Jen Cushman  ‎

 Candy Spiegel- Candy Scraps  YOU ARE HERE

 Graphic 45 – Andrew Roberts

 Rina Gonzales – Mothership Scrapbook Gal

 Therm O Web – Amanda Niederhauser

 Cori Warner – The Flying C

 Yana Smakula – My Cardmaking & Scrapbooking

 The Buckle Boutique – Shawn Mosch

 Eileen Hull Designs – Eileen Hull

 Angela Muir – Handmade in the Heartland

 Krista Winters – eat, knit & d.i.y.

 Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L – Erica Houghton

Katie Smith – Punk Projects

 Elizabeth Craft Designs – Karen Aicken

 Jeanie Hevener – Create & Babble

 Ellison Educational Equipment – Hilary Kanwischer

 Fancy Shanty – Stacy Molter

Liz Hicks – Blogerisms

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Decorative Cans

This month’s challenge at Scrap It Girl is to use paint.

111 I used paint to upcycle tuna cans to create these fabulous containers. You could use them for candle holders, trinkets or loose change. Making them is simple … paint them with acrylic paint (I used Claudine Hellmuth Studio Paint) and then decorate them with stickers, paper, ribbon, washi tape, burlap, flowers or whatever you wish.

I made these for the craft show I will be participating in on Nov. 23. I hope you will stop by and say hi … I will also have cards, gift boxes, home decor and more for sale.


Now it’s your turn … create a project using paint and post it to Scrap It Girl’s site. You could win fabulous prizes!

Altering a Vase

This month’s challenge for the designers at Elizabeth Craft Designs is to create something using repositionable stickers.

ECD_Vase_Candy_Spiegel2I started with this vase I picked up for $2 at an estate sale …


Then, I followed the directions, here, to create a repositionable sticker … If you are familiar with working with Peel-Offs and Silk Microfine Glitter, you just use a Transfer Sheet in place of the cardstock.


I used the Hydrangea Peel-Off, glittered it, and then colored it with Copic markers. I then cut it out and applied it to the vase. I liked it, but felt like something was missing … so I added a Glitter Dot Peel-Off in Purple to the center of each of the tiny flowers.


It made a huge difference ….

Here is the completed project:


Much better, don’t you think? And, if you decided you wanted to change it up, these will just peel right off and can be placed on something else. Cool, eh!?

Be sure to stop by the Elizabeth Craft Designs Blog  to see what all of the other designers did with this challenge!



I was delighted to be included in an article in June’s edition of magazine!


Here’s the project I did … I started with an inexpensive gift bag (.53 tax included at the dollar store). I applied a little cardstock and then used Peel-Off Stickers, Silk Microfine Glitter and double-sided adhesive from Elizabeth Craft Designs. I colored the glitter with Copic markers and ta-da! A beautiful gift bag that your family and friends will love!

Of course, there are some other inspiring projects by some of my designer friends in the same issue. Please click here to check it out …

I’m off to try that candle technique shown in the article!

Perfect Birthday Gift

This month’s contest at Scrap It Girl is birthday.birthday album by Candy Spiegel


This little 4×4 mini album is the perfect gift for a birthday present. It has places along the way to record memories and place photos of the special day. And the last page has a gift-card pocket!

I used chipboard to create the cover. The inside pages are Mosaic Moments RTC Grid Paper, which can easily be cut to 4×4 sheets. I glued them together back-to-back to make sturdy pages. I bound the book with a ring and added ribbons and fibers from my stash and a little clock from Hobby Lobby.

I typed all of the quotes and words and printed them off to use in the book. The tiny prints are all from Memory Box.

The cupcake is an outline sticker by Elizabeth Craft Designs, filled with ECD glitter and colored with Copics. (Don’t try this without ECD glitter!)

birthday album 003By using the grid paper, I can easily place 1″ squares to frame the photo on this page.

birthday album 004The striped, text and jar papers are all from American Crafts. I just cut one jar out for an embellishment on this page.

birthday album 005This page takes advantage of the grid paper. I also added a Cornerstone (the cake) from Mosaic Moments. I replaced the paper it came with with a piece of patterned paper to keep with the theme of my book.

birthday album 006The last page used another Mosaic Moments Cornerstone (a present), along with chevron and note paper from American Crafts. The pocket (the brown chevron paper) allows for a gift card to be inserted.

Now it’s your turn … create a card, scrapbook page or project with a birthday theme. Post it at Scrap It Girl during the month of March and you could win this:

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