Fun, Friday Class

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It’s summer. You deserve some time for yourself.

Spend the afternoon with me making this adorable notebook … in addition to completing the book and getting the instructions so you can make more, you’ll also learn how to work with Perfect Pearls and Fragments.

This class is offered Friday at 1 p.m. at Green Door Studio in Brighton. Call the store at  (517) 618-7700 to register.

Back to Scrapbooking


I’ve been working on what I love … home decor, upcycling and mixed-media, but I still found time to do what I love most — scrapbooking. Here are a few of the pages I completed from my recent trip to the Upper Peninsula. The page above is of the Lumberjack Tavern in Big Bay, Michigan. This is the site of the murder the story and movie, “Anatomy of a Murder,” was based on. We were the only ones in the bar and the self-proclaimed town drunk, and bartender, filled our heads with all sorts of details about the murder and the filming of the movie. It’s a really cool place — and is currently for sale, if you’re interested in owning a piece of history in a very small town.


I was excited to finally use this paper collection from Bo Bunny … I’ve been holding onto it for at least three years! We camped on the shores of Lake Superior.


Two of the trails we explored … one was all boardwalk. The other was through a sandy woods along the lake. It used to be a beach. There was something really strange about being in a forest and hearing the waves lap along the shore! By the way, if you know what this lichen or fungus or whatever it is in these photos, please tell me. It is beautiful! I spent an hour online, but couldn’t identify it. It seemed to occur only in areas that had recently burned.


A highlight of our trip … this was the cutest Sasquatch I have ever had the privilege to meet. The sculpture was extremely well done.


We found this pottery in Marquette. I fell in love. We talked to one of the artists for quite some time and she let me take a few photos. It was the most beautiful thing I have ever seen on a piece of pottery!

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This one uses a flip page from Close to My Heart …

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Here’s the open flap. The paper is from a new Bo Bunny collection … I love the foiled vellum deer and bear!


Surf’s Up!

I am sick to death of the snow, the cold, the gloom and well, just plain winter.

So this time for my Mosaic Moments challenge, I decided to live vicariously through my son who spent the winter soaking up the sunshine in Hawaii.

surfs upSee how I created this page and cheer me on here …


Thankful Butterflies

butterfly Candy SpiegelDespite the cold and 2-feet of snow stacked outside my front door, I thought it was time for a little summer. I’ve been hooked on blue and green lately, so I created this thank you card.

002I started with an orange Shimmer Sheetz. I ran it through an embossing folder and then lightly sanded the color off of the top of it.

I added a strip of paper from Bo Bunny.

003Next, I added glitter to Elizabeth Crafts Designs butterfly, flowers and leaves stickers. To see a video on how easy this technique is, click here. I love Elizabeth Crafts Design Glitter because you can color on it with your Copic, Tombow or Distress Ink markers. This is the ONLY glitter I know of that is safe for your markers.

004Here are the colors I used …

005After coloring, I used a craft knife to carefully cut out each piece and adhere it to the card.

butterfly Candy SpiegelI used dimensional foam to adhere the flowers and butterflies to the card.

Then, I added a bit of ribbon and cut out the word “Thank You” from an Elizabeth Craft Die.

I hope you enjoyed this brief peek into summer!




Scrap It with Stencils!

This month’s challenge at Scrap It Girl is to work with stencils.

I have been a fan of stencils for years, but I fell in love with them all over again after Wendy Vecchi showed me all of the cool things you can do with embossing paste. I took a stencil, embossing paste and a bit of Glimmer Mist to create this 10×10 canvas …

stencil_candy_spiegelClick on the image for a closer look …

I sprayed the mist on the canvas first. After it was dry, I applied Wendy Vecchi’s embossing paste with the stencil. As it dries, it absorbs some of the color from the Glimmer Mists. Very cool!

i then added papers by Bo Bunny, stamps by Tim Holtz and Wendy Vecchi, a wreath by Memory Box, buttons by 7 Gypsies, washi tape, lace and feathers (from my chickens). I love it … what do you think?

Want to play with stencils? Create a card, project or scrapbook layout showcasing your use of stencils and enter it into this month’s challenge at Scrap It Girl. You could win a great prize package!

Fall Scavenger Hunt

scavenger2013_spiegelThis month, the captain of the Mosaic Moments Design Team created a unique and special challenge … she gave us a list of dozens of items to find, photograph and include on a layout showcasing the experience of fall.


I had a wonderful time doing it. I learned a lot about photography, lighting and macro shooting. And, enjoyed several romantic dates with my husband as we watched the sunset at various parks and along country roads searching for the things to photograph.

This year was not a spectacular year for color, but I still managed to get some beautiful fall photos. While I missed some of the reds, oranges and yellows that typically make up fall, I fell in love with the shades of brown and gold found in the fields and farms.

My favorite photo showcases the gold at the end of the rainbow …


This one reminds me to always take my camera along because you never know when you will stumble upon a Kodak moment … it was taken in the parking lot at Home Depot!


To learn more on how I created this page and to see close-ups of the layout, visit my page on Journella, here. Please leave me a comment or cheer me on!


The Colors of My Kitchen

This month’s challenge at Scrap It Girl is to use the colors of your kitchen to create a card, layout or altered project.

I decided to create a card using the colors in my kitchen — red, blue and yellow.

First, I thought I would share a couple of photos of my kitchen. It is the smallest kitchen I have ever had, but it is also my favorite.


It is a little bit vintage


A little bit ecclectic


a little bit chicken


and full of color


So, I used the main colors in my kitchen, red, yellow and blue, to create this card:

color_Candy_Spiegel_ScrapitgirlThe stamp is from Melissa Frances and colored with Copics. The papers are from Bo Bunny and Fancy Pants Designs. The washi tape is from Tim Holtz and We R Memory Keepers and the little embellishment is from Webster’s Pages.

Now it is time to create a project with the colors from your kitchen. Once you are finished, post it at Scrap It Girl and you could win this amazing gift donated by Kelly, one of the designers for Scrap It Girl:


Good luck!

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!


New year, new calendar

CalendarEach Christmas, I make a special gift for my husband. This is the one I gave him this year.

I started with a Tim Holtz die and cut out both paper and chipboard as the background. Then, I used the small easel die to cut out another piece of chipboard so the calendar stands on its own.

I added some Maya Road ribbon, a saying from The Paper Loft, metal embellishments (and paper) from Bo Bunny, a mini calendar, fish netting, and, for a laugh, a moose head a friend gave me.

The little saying was coated in Glastique Gloss and formed while it was still wet. This makes it less like paper and more like flexible plastic so it stays in place and keeps its shape.

It may look like a bit of a hodgepodge at first glance, but it means I have searched around the world, through the oceans, high and low and you are the only one for me!