I’m on the Hobby Baby Design Team

I have been waiting for a while now to share the news, but I finally have permission to make it public: I made the Hobby Baby Design Team!

I am so excited.

Hobby Baby is an online store that sells Globecraft Memories products, which I love.

Here are a few projects I made with them:

But I have many more ideas and I cannot wait to get started.

I love that Globecraft Memories is a Michigan-based company and I am excited to work with them and these innovative new products.

Click here to visit the official Facebook page to see the work of some of the other designers who will make up this team.

One more day …

There is only one more day until my very first Technique Thursday!

I am so excited about this project I am working on with Capture A Memory in Flint Township.

Tomorrow, I will post some instructions, tips and ideas for using shrink plastic with punches, dies and alcohol inks. Then, from 2-6 p.m., I’ll be at the store with all of the supplies waiting for you to stop by and try it out for yourself — for free!

Each week will be a new technique and the first four will all be different things you can do with shrink plastic — it is so much fun, I just couldn’t fit it all into one Thursday!

So, be sure to check back here tomorrow and then stop by the store and say, “hi”. I can’t wait to meet you!

Published!

It’s official. I am finally a published artist.

Sure, I’ve been published plenty of times before — as a writer, a columnist and, when I was an editor at a newspaper, my own crafty creations.

However, this is the first time I have been published in a national magazine and I am pretty darn excited about it!

You can find my card, featuring Dickey, a Cricut creation who is sort of a mascot for the girls I crop with, in the March edition of Cricut Magazine on page 59.

It is a wonderful feeling to finally see my work printed in a magazine, after so much time and effort. So, to the editors of Cricut Magazine, “THANK YOU!!”

Be sure to pick up a copy at Barnes & Noble or your local scrapbook store, or order a digital copy directly from the publisher, by clicking here.

I Won an Award!

I am so honored. My cousin, Becky Sandy, has awarded me the Liebster Blog Award!

Thank you, Becky! Her style is so different from mine, but her coloring with Copic Markers is absolutely amazing! I hope you’ll check out her blog …

The LIEBSTER BLOG AWARD is used to show appreciation of smaller blogs (under 200 followers) and to help spread readership and joy.
As part of the tradition, the award is to be passed along to five other blogs that have motivated and inspired me.
It comes from the German meaning Dearest or Beloved, but can also mean Favorite.
To accept the Award you must:
1. Link back to the person’s blog who gave it to you, and thank them.
2. Post on your blog.
3. Give to five other Bloggers who you appreciate and value.
4. Leave a comment on the five blogs you choose and let them know.
The hardest part of receiving the award is choosing 5 deserving recipients. I’m including some of my friends who are amazing artists and great teachers, as well as those I have worked with on design teams and others who have inspired me or who amaze me with their creativity.
Please leave a comment if you accept your award.

A New Tip from Me to You

I love it when I discover a new tip or technique all on my own.
Granted, they may not actually be new tips (I’m sure someone out there has already discovered them), but like Christopher Columbus discovering the New World, if you haven’t heard of them before, you can claim them as your very own discovery! lol
Anyone who has taken a glitter class with me knows my love of coffee filters when working with glitter and embossing powders. The static-free filters collect all of the excess and make it easy to pour back into the jar.
Yesterday, I needed to spray some flowers with Color Wash and Perfect Pearls Mists by Ranger. Color Wash makes a huge mess … the ink goes everywhere and it is very permanent. I used to have a box that I used for spraying, but it got lost during the move.
Since I had been working with glitter earlier, my coffee filters were still out on my desk (I am a very messy scrapbooker).
I thought they may help contain the ink, so I grabbed one, set it on my Nonstick Craft Sheet, put the flowers inside and sprayed.
I was pleased at how well the filter caught the overspray. But then when I picked it up, I was even more amazed. It actually held onto all of the color!
I still wouldn’t recommend using them without placing them on the craft sheet — Color Wash is very permanent — trust me on this one. But, I just found a quick and easy way to contain the ink without having to store a huge box in my studio!

Winter sparkle

You can be sure of one thing when you live in Michigan — during the winter, the days are short and generally cloudy.

Christmas lights and holiday fun helps get me through November and December, but when the decorations come down in January, the cloudy, dark days can easily bring a person down.

So, I decided to extend the sparkle of the holidays right through winter by making an elegant candle holder.

I started with an inexpensive, plain votive cup. (I got mine at the Goodwill store for less than a dollar.)

At first, I planned to add just a bit of sparkle to the bottom third of the cup, so I started with strips of 1/4 inch Sticky Tape, like this.

Leaving the top of the tape on, I went in between the lines with Designer Dries Clear Adhesive and added a light layer of  glue.

NOTE: You will want to use your Microfine Metal Tip for this and really spread the glue around. If you put it on too thick, it may drip down the side of the glass.

On the glue, I sprinkled Ultrafine Transparent Glitter in Blue Rain (120).

Then, I peeled off the covering on the tape and added Faux Snow. And this is where I got a bit carried away … In fact, I loved the look of the Faux Snow so much, I used Designer Dries Clear Adhesive to cover almost the entire exterior of the cup! It reminded me of a sparkly sweater and I just kept going and going.

Then, using my finger, I applied a little adhesive to the top rim and dipped it in some additional glitter.

I let the cup dry over night and then gently brushed off the excess.

Naturally, I wanted a little more added to the votive. I found a couple of clear beads from Maya Road in my stash and went to work making embellishments for my votive.

The first one has a flat back, so I used Art Glitter’s Very Black Permanent Stamp Pad and a Tim Holtz snowflake stamp to add a bit of design to the back.

I then heated it to set the ink, covered the back lightly with a layer of Designer Dries Clear Adhesive and dusted it with the same Blue Rain glitter I used on the glass.

Then, I thought that as beautiful as this white and silvery votive was, I still might like a little color. So, I took a smaller bead and covered one side with adhesive and then a layer of Microfine Opaque Bahaman Blue (512).  Because the surface was not flat, this was a bit more difficult and I had to repeat the process once the first layer was dry. Keep in mind that if you do the same, make sure to smear the adhesive with your finger … Designer Dries Clear Adhesive can dry with a bit of dimension that you will be able to see in your finished product if you don’t smear it out.

Next, I attached a bit of ribbon and a few jump rings.

But, it still didn’t feel quite finished to me.

So, I adhered a piece of Sticky Paper to a scrap of white cardstock and then ran it through my Sizzix Big Shot with the small bird die from Tim Holtz. Then, I removed the protective layer off of the Sticky Paper and covered the image in the same Blue Rain glitter. For a final touch, I added an eye with Ranger’s Liquid Pearls and then attached it to the votive with Designer Dries Clear Adhesive. Because I was attaching it to the Faux Snow on glass, I had to hold it for a minute or two before it took hold.

Then, I inserted a flameless tea light and …

CAUTION: I have no idea how Faux Snow or glitter will hold up to heat or a flame, so I would recommend ONLY using flameless lights inside the votive. They are safer and just as pretty!

This is sure to keep the winter blues away!

I received Art Glitter products in exchange for this post.

Scrapbook store closes

Well, another week has flown by without any posts …

This time I have a very good excuse … my favorite scrapbook store is closing. Yes, the economy struck again.

I have to believe it is Michigan’s current economic state and not that fewer people are crafting — and shopping. I may be naive, but I find it hard to believe that something so important that brings joy to so many people could be diminishing.

Naive or not, I am here for the long haul. In addition to preserving memories, meeting wonderful people, making beautiful gifts and having a creative outlet, papercrafting is my therapy and I am not about to give it up. No ifs ands or buts about it! I will definitely be the last one in the room, waiting to turn off the lights.

Of course, without my store — OK, technically not my store, I mean I didn’t own it, but I spent enough time there to feel like I did — I am a teacher without a home.

Once I get back on my feet (after the shock of the store closing wears off and I put together some packets for other store owners), I plan to offer small classes at my house.

I am also going to be contacting stores in southeast Michigan to see if they can use my services. If that doesn’t work, I’ll spread my wings and expand the search.

And, I am also willing to design custom classes for small groups — scrapbooking, Cricut, cardmaking, home decor, Copic, heritage, mini albums — whatever you desire. I’ll even travel, as long as I make enough to cover my expenses.

There is no way I can give up teaching. It is too much fun. Besides, I learn quite a bit from my students and I love seeing their version of things. If I could make a career of teaching, I would — even if it meant living in an RV and traveling the country.

So, if you know someone who is looking for a teacher, please pass my name along.

If you’d like to contact me directly, my e-mail is candyspiegel@yahoo.com. If you send me a message and do not hear back within a few days, please send it again or post on my blog or find me on Facebook. Sometimes things end up in spam folders and I miss them.

Thank you for reading!

My Scrapbook Room

I love to look at other’s scrapbook rooms. It’s fun to see how people decorate, store products, etc.

I have been asked to share mine, but since it is ALWAYS messy because I am always in the middle of multiple projects, have to unpack from a crop or bought new stuff and then threw it in my room, taking photos isn’t easy.

On this day, I decided it was clean enough and photographed it …

Welcome to my room …

It’s a small room — about 10×12 — but it has everything I need — including two large windows to let in the sunlight. (click on the photos to see a larger version)

It’s put together with repurposed and second-hand stuff — the armoire was part of my son’s bedroom furniture; the desk was purchased when a scrapbook store went out of business; the computer desk was put in here when my husband got a different one …

The animals on top of the TV are some of my favorites … I never have outgrown dolls and stuffed animals! The teddy is dressed in a track outfit. He was bought to remind me of my son. The moose I bought on my honeymoon and then proceeded to take photos of him visiting all over the UP!

This little shelf came with my house. It fits perfect above the window and holds my Tim Holtz dies.

I hung a shelf by 3M to hold my Robin’s Nest Dew Drops. I like the way they look and I use them all the time, so it works better to keep them in view.

The Kaiser binders hold my larger thin metal dies by QuicKutz and Dies Direct. I covered the inside with QuicKutz magnetic adhesive sheets to hold some dies. The 4×4″ dies fit perfectly in the zipper holders that KaiserCraft rub-ons come in. I love the system since it is easy to find exactly what I want.

My cling/acrylic stamps, catalogs and idea books are also stored here.

What used to be a rack for CDs is the shelf I keep my buttons, flowers and other embellishments on.

My Big Shot, Cricut, photos waiting to be scrapped, Copic markers (obviously I don’t have it all!) and other stuff all lives on the desk.

The basket is where I put stuff that I don’t feel like putting away or don’t know where to put until I use it. It’s messy, but it works for me.

The white shelf was here when we bought the house and seems to be permanently attached, so I just work around it.

The closet doesn’t open all the way, but the door holds my punches, extra adhesives and other stuff …

I bought this wooden cabinet at a craft show years ago. It holds my wood mounted stamps — well, at least the ones I don’t leave out to enjoy looking at!

I’ve had this little shelf for a long time, too. I got it for about a dollar on clearance. I covered the red drawers with paper and took the bottom three drawers out to hold some of my ink pads. I keep bottle caps, extra screw posts, rings, extra blades, staples and other “spare parts” in the drawers.

This is my favorite storage container. It’s a spice rack that mounts to the wall. I covered the jar lids with the color of the brads that I keep inside.

The KaiserCraft box I covered with Tim Holtz paper and a Ranger Paint Dabber sits prominently where I can enjoy it. It holds my Texture Fades Embossing Plates, Adirondack Color Washes and a few dies. I haven’t filled the drawers yet.

Also in this photo, although you can only see an edge, is my pink bag. I keep the tools I use all of the time — rulers, scissors, journaling pen, adhesive, piercing tool, knife, stapler, etc., in this bag. It’s easy to grab and go for a class or crop, too.

I have storage under my desk on both sides. This one holds paper and stuff to scrapbook (I have one for each kid, one for Christmas, etc.). The one of the other side of my chair holds tools, templates, stamp blocks, adhesives and other things I use all of the time.

My Ranger Craft Mat and heat gun stay on top, since I use them on almost every project.

I even stash stuff on top of the armoire!

Inside the armoire, I store cardstock, papers from my favorite companies, specialty papers, stickers/die cuts, page protectors, etc. My glitter and embossing powders are in the tackle box. Paints and reinkers are in the container in front. There is room for a shelf up top. I’ve been waiting for about 10 years for someone to make me one.

And, finally, my scrapbook companion. She thinks my room is her room, too. She gets mad every time my husband comes in the room and she sleeps in my chair every day. Often times when I get up, she’ll cry at me and get me to follow and she’ll take me from bedroom (at one end of the house) to my room (at the other end of the house). She thinks it is my job to crop! Someday, Winnie, someday!And, just to be fair …

You should never leave an empty Karen Foster bag laying around … you never who you might find inside!

I hope you enjoyed this peek into my scrapbook room.

I’m a guest designer for Art Glitter

It is finally March and I can finally tell you that I will be a guest designer for Art Glitter for the next three months!

If you have read my blog or taken any of my classes, you know that Art Institute Glitter Designer Dries Clear is one of my favorite adhesives and that I use it on many of my projects — with or without glitter. If I need a liquid adhesive, it is the one I reach for because it dries quickly, is super strong and you don’t need very much of it, so it lasts for a really long time. Every KaiserCraft wooden project I make is held together with this glue — seriously!

Of course, the adhesive is not the only product Art Glitter makes. They have hundreds of colors of glitter in all different styles, which is what first drew me to the company 10-15 years ago when I found them at a rubber stamp show.

For the past few weeks, I have been pushing my creative boundaries, trying new (to me) products, experimenting and having a great time creating projects for Art Glitter. I am sure I have been a little more sparkly than normal, but no one has said anything. Of course, no one said a word when I had blue fingers for 2 weeks after playing with Adirondack Color Washes, either …

Anyhow, I have fallen completely head-over-heels in love with Vintage Glass Glitter and I can’t wait to share my creations with you. Art Glitter asked for home decor and altered projects, and since I was so honored to be a part of the “team,” I happily agreed. I have four finished, one in the works and another still wandering around in my mind. My first blog post on the Art Glitter site will be Monday.

Here’s a link to my bio on their site …

And, here is a link to their Facebook site. Please “like” them and share your questions, projects and comments with us all.

Just to tease, here’s a sneak peek at one of my projects …