Alcohol Ink Card Class

alcohol ink cards

Alcohol ink is back! Yes, it’s the same Tim Holtz/Adirondack/Ranger stuff you bought years ago, but it has returned — with a new surface, Yupo, to play on.

Join me for this class at Scrappy Chic in Livonia and we’ll use four different techniques to make card backgrounds. Then, we’ll turn them into quick, fun cards you can send to anyone.

Click here for details … call the store at 248-426-9020 to register.

Just for You

mm_makeandtake by Candy Spiegel

If you have been to a crop with me, you have likely seen this free make and take that I offer to introduce you into the world of Mosaic Moments.

I love it .. it is quick and easy and uses up some of those leftover nature and scenery photos.

I decided to make a video to show you how much easy it is to make … check it out:

The Foxes of Autumn


I have a thing for foxes lately. I cannot tell you why or what caused it, but I am suddenly really into foxes.

So, when I my challenge for my card swap club was to make an autumn card, I took this adorable paper from Doodlebug and ran with it …


The papers are from Doodlebug’s Friendly Forest collection. I also wanted to use the Mini Doodle-Pops 3D Stickers, as well. Since they come with four different animals in each package, I made four slightly different cards.

I used dies from Tim Holtz to create the postage stamp behind the animals and the leaves. And the Hellos are dies from Elizabeth Craft Designs.


What do you think?

Beautiful Burlap

I apologize for the lack of blog posts lately … I have been working, but it seems everything I make is either a secret (new products coming soon), for later publication or page kits I am designing and selling at crops. Needless to say, I have not had a lot I can share.

So, I decided to share some projects I did for the Fall issue of Michigan Scrapbooker Magazine.

These are all cards featuring burlap …

burlap1_Candy_Spiegel burlap2_Candy_Spiegel burlap3_Candy_SpiegelTo find out how I did it, and discover some tips and tricks for working with burlap, check out the fall edition of Michigan Scrapbooker Magazine. Or, click here to see the digital issue


SNEAK PEEK: Elizabeth Craft Designs Dies

Elizabeth Craft Designs is releasing 48 new die sets in a few weeks. As a member of their design team, I was invited to play with some of the dies ahead of their release. I have been having so much fun playing! Here are a few of the cards I have created in the past week …

ornaments by Candy Spiegel

Ornament Set, Merry Christmas, Glitter Dots, Silk Microfine Glitter, Shimmer Sheetz

Baby by Candy Spiegel

Rainy Day, Set of 4 Bows (stamp & papers from Stampin’ Up)

ECD_Candy_Spiegel_ DuckRubber Ducky, Congratulations (paper from Stampin’ Up)

Wheelbarrow by Candy Spiegel

Wheelbarrow, Thinking of You, Bunch of Flowers, Accordion Card, Shimmer Sheetz (wood paper is from EK Tools)

candle stand up by Candy Spiegel


Stand Up Helpers Set 2, Merry Christmas, Candle, Glitter Dots (paper from Graphic 45)

Crystal flower by Candy SpiegelCrystal Flowers, Shimmer Sheetz, Velvet Paper, Thank You, Flourish

I hope you enjoyed this sneak peek! The dies start shipping in July and I should have pricing by then. Let me know if you would like to order.

Follow Elizabeth Craft Designs on Facebook to see more sneak peeks and the amazing creations by the other designers.

Now, I must get back to work!



Technique Thursday: Elizabeth Craft’s Stickers

Welcome to Thursday!

Today’s technique is going to use Elizabeth Craft’s Stickers. These simple outline stickers come in a plethora of designs — florals, elegant candles, silly birds, tea sets and more.

We’re going to be working with Glitter Ritz glitter, double-stick adhesive and Copic markers, along with the stickers. Believe it or not, this special glitter can actually be colored with Copics, Tombow or Ranger Distress Ink markers. So, you only need to buy one color of glitter and then use the markers you already have on hand.

Here’s a sample I made …


And here’s a video I made a while back that explains the whole process …

It is the first video I made and I didn’t realize I was holding the card upside down, but you get the idea.

Stop by Capture A Memory on Thursday from 2-6 p.m. and I will have stickers, glitter and markers for you to try — or bring your own markers and see how they work on this special glitter. See you then!

Copic Class Scheduled


I finally have a place to teach and have started to create classes!

My new “classroom” is at Capture A Memory in Flint.

Now, if you’re like me and you grew up thinking you should never, ever go to Flint, relax. Capture A Memory is located at the border of Flint Township and Swartz Creek in a plaza designed for medical professionals. It’s practically in the country and not that far away. In fact, if you take the back roads, which are all paved, by the way, you will never see the city at all! But, should you want to, just about every store and restaurant you can think of is a bit farther up the road — between the scrapbook store and the Miller Road exit off of US-23.

And, if you’re coming from the Lansing area, I-69 is just up the road.

The store is very nice — much like ScrapTales was — with two floors, a beautiful crop room and all of your favorite products. They also seem willing to do special orders and welcome suggestions for the types of products you want to see in the store.

As an extra bonus, several customers who visited ScrapTales also frequent Capture A Memory, so you get to see some “old” faces as well.

Now that I’ve convinced you to make the trip, let me tell you what I have planned so far …

My first class is an advanced Copic class focusing on using the Colorless Blender Solution to create texture. We’ll learn five new techniques, practice, and then put our new skills to use on these two cards.

It’s Jan. 11 from 1-3 p.m.

Contact the store, here, for details or to sign up.

And, I have one using airbrushing planned for next month … along with some classes using Art Glitter and some heritage designs. Keep checking for details!

Card Masking Class

I wanted to share these cards I made for an upcoming class.

They use the masks from Tim Holtz, along with Distress Ink, Perfect Pearls Mist, Glaze Pen and some rubber stamps.

The class is scheduled for Feb. 3 from 6-8 and is $17 per person, which includes the three reusable masks used!

Call Scrap Tales at 810-225-9636 to register.

Making cards

I am card challenged.

I know it sounds odd, but I can whip out a 12×12 scrapbook page, a mini album or a home decor project without trouble, but a simple card can kick my butt.

But whenever I am challenged by something, I continue to push myself, trying again and again and again. I’ve discovered its not too hard with beautiful papers, like those from Graphic 45.

These are for my upcoming class at Scrap Tales. We’ll learn how to work with acetate to make unique cards with Graphic 45 paper, alcohol ink, Dies Direct dies, and more.

Contact the store for details … hope to see you there!

Acetate Cards

A few months ago, I taught a class making acetate cards.

One of the students enjoyed it so much, she asked me to teach a private class to her stamp group. While I couldn’t do the original class because the supplies I used were no longer available, I created new ones using the same techniques.

The first one uses papers from TPC. I cut them out using the Tim Holtz flower die from Sizzix and attached them with a brad from American Crafts. A quarter circle on the inside and a few Robin’s Nest Dew Drops complete the card.

This one uses papers and rub-ons by Kaiser Craft. I love how the red paper appears to be floating on the patterned paper in the background. The effect was simple — I just attached the red to the inside of the card and the patterned to the outside of the card.

The final one uses papers and paper ribbon from the Olivia Collection from Basic Grey. I used them to create a pocket for writing and then tucked a tag inside the pocket. The flowers on the front were made using a die from Dies Direct and the stamp is from Northwoods. StazOn ink makes it possible to stamp on acetate.